THIS AUGUST — THE 25TH IF YOU’RE THE KIND of person who writes things on calendars and then remembers to check the calendar more than once a year — the National Park Service will have its centennial celebration. That’s 100 years of protected mountains, lakes, coral heads, geysers, historic sites, monuments, meandering forest paths and many a scenic vista — […]

Martello towers protected fort

By the time the American Civil War began, Key West was primed to defend its coastal borders against those dastardly enemy ships sent from … the South. Yes, despite its location at the very bottommost edge of the nation, the city’s massive coastal Navy fortress, Fort Zachary Taylor, had already been secured by Union forces as a vital stronghold, its […]

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 […]


Atlantic Shores: Beloved and mourned

It is probably safe to say that no gay institution in Key West (no, not even The Monster or Papillon) has been so beloved and so deeply mourned as the Atlantic Shores. Called a resort but really an updated 1950s Art Deco motel on the ocean side of South Street, “The Shores” was for several decades before its May 31, […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Full Moon Yoga Gathering andCeremonyAug. 18, 8-10 p.m.Shakti Yoga Key West1114 White St. Farm to Disco-Benefit forGrimal GroveAug. 19, 5-8 p.m.The BottleCap1128 Simonton St. KWTC Triathlon ClinicAug. 20, 10 a.m to 3 p.m.Florida Keys Community CollegeAquatic Center5901 College Road Kids Show to benefit WesleyHouse Family Services Aug. 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Horace O’Bryant Middle School1105 Leon St. […]

Coming up at the Green Parrot

Surf rocker and bluesman Danny Morris leads his trio into The Green Parrot with shows at 5:30 and 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. The former Nighthawks lead guitarist has combined upbeat original material, classic surf rock and blues to form the ultimate surf party band! Guitarist Danny Morris has traveled the club circuit with a blues and surf-rock style that’s […]

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. Mallory Square 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 […]


SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK For a comprehensive guide and map to Key West’s finest art galleries, visit keysarts.com/artist_ connections/gallery_ guide.pdf The Historic Armory Studios 600 White St. Paintings by Michael J. PhillipsOngoingConchead2@yahoo.com(704) 819-2487 Mixed media work bySherry Sweet TewellOngoingSherrysweettewell.comArtbabe00@aol.com(859) 533-1874 The Studios of Key West533 Eaton StreetTskw.org Benjamin Entner — “Inflatable StillLifes and Portraiture”Ongoing Summer Salon@Gallery onGreene 606 Greene St.(305) […]

Hemingway’s Key West legacy and six-toed cats

The crown jewel of Key West’s rich literary legacy, which has attracted writers such as Tennessee Williams, Ralph Ellison, Robert Frost and Carson McCullers, is Ernest Hemingway’s old home at 907 Whitehead Street. The sprawling two-story property is a National Historic Landmark where Mr. Hemingway lived and wrote during most of the 1930s. It is also famously home to about […]

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