Three MARC House events celebrate autumn


The Sixth Annual Smallest Parade in the Universe, a little indoor parade of small floats that benefits the Monroe Association for ReMARCable citizens, is set for Oct. 24. COURTESY PHOTO

The Sixth Annual Smallest Parade in the Universe, a little indoor parade of small floats that benefits the Monroe Association for ReMARCable citizens, is set for Oct. 24. COURTESY PHOTO

Key West may not experience the characteristically chilly weather that signals the beginning of fall across the country, but there is one event we can rely on annually to herald the beginning of pumpkin spice season: the Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens ReMARCable Pumpkin Patch. Now in its 12th year, the patch will be open and chock full of gourds of all shapes and sizes until Oct. 31 (or until all the pumpkins are sold).

Prices range from 50 cents for the smallest squash to $25 for the jumbo jack-o’- lanterns, so grab your kabochas and your knuckleheads and get to carving. The ReMARCable Pumpkin Patch is open daily from 9 a.m. until 6:45 p.m. at 1401 Seminary St.

In addition, mark Oct. 24 on your calendars for the Sixth Annual Smallest Parade in the Universe, a delightful little indoor parade of small floats that benefits the Monroe Association for ReMARCable citizens in Key West. This year’s parade will be streaming live worldwide on www.fantasyfest.com beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. This very small parade will take the place of the annual Fantasy Fest Parade and the theme is “Roaring 2020s and Future Fictions.”

The Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens ReMARCable Pumpkin Patch is open through Oct. 31. COURTESY PHOTO

The Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens ReMARCable Pumpkin Patch is open through Oct. 31. COURTESY PHOTO

Participating artists create a “float” no more than 18 inches tall, wide and long to compete for a $1,000 first prize, $500 second prize and $250 third prize — and complimentary entry to the 2021 Official Fantasy Fest Parade. At the end of the parade, a web auction will sell the floats and proceeds will benefit the MARC House.

The Smallest Parade is looking for artists and craftsmen of all abilities and ages to create small tabletop size floats that will roll down a make-believe parade route complete with a “police escort.” The event takes place indoors at the Studios of Key West on Eaton Street in Key West, but will stream live across the universe. Prospective parade float fabricators can download an application at www.tskw.org, request an application from MARC Event Coordinator Becki Balcer at becki.balcer@gmail.com (please put “Parade” in the subject line), or pick up a hard copy application from the MARC plant store at 1401 Seminary St. The application deadline is Oct. 17 and finished floats are due Oct. 22.

If you are more of an art consumer than a maker, the exhibition “MARC in the Time of Covid” will be on display at the Studios of Key West through Oct. 29. Over the past several months, MARC clients have had to take extra safety precautions and self-isolate to protect their health. During that difficult time, many have found creating art to be a perfect outlet. This collection of paintings by MARC clients shows the highs, lows and in-betweens felt by this community during a most unusual time.

“MARC in the Time COVID” is on display at the Studios of Key West in the Sanger Gallery, but the art can be viewed and purchased online at www.tskw.org. A portion of the art sales go directly to the MARC House. The Studios of Key West is open to the public at 533 Eaton St., Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Prospective visitors also can tour the gallery by appointment from 10 a.m. to noon by emailing info@tskw.org or calling 305-296-0458.

The Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens is a nonprofit agency that provides life services for Monroe County’s adult developmentally and intellectually disabled residents. It is a vital part of the Key West community and a beloved organization spreading kindness and generosity in its path. You can learn more about the organization at www.marchouse.org

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