Weddings in PARADISE

There’s a Key West nuptial package to suit every budget, taste


HERE IN KEY WEST, THE END OF JUNE SIGNALS the beginning of an island-wide slowdown, where waves of tourists hungry for Key lime pie and southernmost buoy selfies seem to recede a bit. True, there’s really no such thing as a traditional slow season in Key West, where festivals run throughout the summer and hotel occupancy remains above 80 percent […]

Meet the Harrisons




After 30 years in Key West, Harrison Gallery has become a local institution known as much for its uber-creative proprietors, Helen and Ben Harrison, as for the eclectic contemporary works of art exhibited inside its walls. Both renaissance artists in their own right (Helen sculpts in a variety of media and serves on the board of local arts organization The […]

An insider’s look at Key West



The most traveled and visible street in Key West is only the beginning, the surface, of what the town has to offer. Ask the locals about their favorite spots, stroll through quiet neighborhoods or down alleyways off Duval and you’ll begin to dive deeper into the quieter, more diverse and less readily apparent offerings. Here are eight spots that you […]

Getting around Key West



1. Southernmost Point The corner of South Street and White head Street southernmostpointwebcam.com The city of Key West erected this nowfamous concrete buoy in 1983 to denote the southernmost point in the continental United States. 2. Conch Tour Train 303 Front St., Key West (305) 294-5161 or (888) 916-8687 conchtourtrain.com The Conch Train has been winding its way through the […]

PINK TRIANGLE

Bria — the belle of Bourbon Street


The title of “Belle of Bourbon Street” was bestowed recently during a lively birthday party for song stylist Bria Ansara during her weekly Monday night gig at Bourbon Street Pub. The talented and versatile performer was turning 32, with a little help from her friends, including local burlesque hotties Erin McKenna and Chris Tanner. As the lone gal act at […]

KEY WEST CALENDAR OF EVENTS



SPECIAL EVENTS The Robert Cray BandJuly 7, 8 p.m.Key West Theater512 Eaton St.Thekeywesttheater.com ‘Bad Jews’July 7-10, 8 p.m.Red Barn Theatre Summer Stage319 Duval St., #2Redbarntheatre.comTickets at (305) 540-6102 Underwater Music FestivalJuly 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Looe Key Dive Center27340 Overseas HighwayRamrod Key Key West Power CruiseCar ShowJuly 9, 10 a.m. to July 10, 2 p.m.Mallory Square400 Wall St. Power […]

A free reading of ‘The Return’ by Bob Bowersox on July 11



This reading is part of the New Play Festival sponsored by the South Florida Theatre League, and will be the only reading for Monroe County in this statewide project — a real plum for TheatreXP, the Red Barn, and Key West. “The Return” is a comedy of sorts, but with an underlying message. It centers around David Steele, the venerable […]

Its namesake never saw it, but Audubon House still worth a look




It’s midway through the tour of Key West’s stunningly pretty Audubon House and Tropical Gardens that the truth comes out: John James Audubon — famed naturalist painter, whose lifelike paintings of bird portraits line the walls of the museum — never actually lived in the Audubon House. But don’t let this spoiler keep you from visiting; indeed, a visit to […]

BARTENDER OF THE WEEK

This gecko sure isn’t lazy


Carolyn Guarini is an infectious and untiring ball of energy. She bartends at the Lazy Gecko, DJ’s the afternoon show on WAIL 99.5 from 10 till 2, right before Bill Hoebee’s “Afternoon Experiment” and runs multiple events throughout the year for her nonprofit for brain cancer research, Power of Positive Thinking. Oh, and she makes jewelry out of recycled guitar […]

Good times in the Conch Republic



Here are three attractions for the whole family that capture Key West’s artistic inclinations, diverse history and whimsical beauty. The nightly Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square is the best free show in town, a center of Key West commerce and performance art (mallorysquare.com). The square’s history dates back to the town’s early years when it was incorporated in 1828. Everything […]


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