Mel Fisher Days

Key West is ready to celebrate a treasure of its own

There are a few universal laws that every child learns early in life. Finders, keepers. Sharing is caring. Step on a crack, break your mother’s back. Don’t make that face unless you want it to stay that way. From every well-meaning parent and teacher: Follow your dreams and you can achieve the impossible. From Robert Louis Stevenson and Jules Verne: […]

The quest for the Atocha

They were four weeks behind schedule. For months, a procession of mules had been arriving at the Veracruz docks, winding their way through the haze of a humid tropical summer, laden with a bank’s worth of treasure bound for Spain. Each piece of silver, each flawless emerald, each gold bar, each bronze cannon needed first be recorded in a ledger, […]

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 PointThe corner of South Street and Whitehead Streetsouthernmostpointwebcam.comThe city of Key West erected this now-famous concrete buoy in 1983 to denotethe southernmost point in the continentalUnited States. 2. Conch Tour Train303 Front St., Key West(305) 294-5161 or (888) 916-8687conchtourtrain.comThe Conch Train has been windingits way through the streets of Key Westsince 1958. 3. Sloppy Joe’s201 Duval St.(305) 294-5717sloppyjoes.comThe […]


Xena Fund: All for the love of a Great Dane

In some ways, the Xena Fund is the love child of Sister Season Fund and a very large, very sweet, smoke gray Great Dane. Xena (pronounced Zeena) was the much-loved four-legged daughter of an active and popular couple in Key West’s LGBT community, Gary Sechen and Wynn Miller, at the turn of the last century. “Xena Fund was intended as […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Modern Dance LessonsJuly 14-16Coffeemill Annex605 A Simonton St.(305) 296-9982 Mel Fisher DaysJuly 15 and 16Complete schedule of events at Native Plant SaleJuly 16, 10 a.m. to noonKey West Tropical Forest5210 College Road Hemingway DaysJuly 19-July 24Complete schedule of events Water by the SpoonfulJuly 20, 8 p.m.Red Barn Theatre Summer Stage319 Duval St., #2Keywestsummerstage.comTickets at (305) 540-6102 […]

Pulitzer winner ‘Water by the Spoonful’ opens July 20 at the Red Barn

What does it take to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama? Certainly a powerful story, told with heart and an understanding of the human condition. And rich, fully formed characters who engage from the first word and keep you entranced until the last syllable is uttered. Add in a totally unique staging and lighting that take you across the world […]

Modern dance lessons coming to Key West

Key West Modern Dance is presenting a series of modern dance lessons featuring a fantastic lineup of dancers in this year’s faculty. The lessons will take place at the CoffeeMill Dance Studio Annex in Old Town Key West from July 14-16. There will be three daily classes of 1½ hours each with live percussions by Skipper Kripits. The morning classes […]

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 […]


The worldly and wonderful Jennifer Garrison

Beer. Wine. Aperitifs. Jazz. If that sounds like your kind of place, then there’s only one place for you in Key West, and that’s the Little Room Jazz Club on Duval Street. It’s an unassuming little club with wide, welcoming doors, offering both indoor or outdoor seating (for those who would rather watch the Duval Street passers-by). Inside, the décor […]

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