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blows into town June 22-24

“IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY night…” OK, so maybe “dark and stormy” isn’t the most accurate way to describe sunny and vibrant Key West, but that doesn’t mean the island doesn’t have its fair share of darkness in its past — consider the nickname “Bone Island,” bestowed upon Key West by Spanish settlers in reference to the Calusa Indian […]

Q&A with New York Times bestselling author Ace Atkins, this year’s Mystery Fest Key West keynote speaker

Ace Atkins, the multi-award winning, New York Times bestselling author of 21 novels, headlines the fifth annual Mystery Fest Key West. The gathering of bestselling mystery authors, true crime experts and the readers who love them takes place June 22-24. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and talk mysteries with Atkins. In the meantime, the author answered a few […]


John Hubbard has what it takes to make you laugh

Personality. If you’re a bartender it helps to have one — but not all bartenders’ personalities are created equal. Some are quiet and reserved. Others, like the larger-than-life John Hubbard, can be heard from a mile away. There’s no reservation here. He is definitely not shy. When you walk into the bar where he works, there’s a good chance you’ll […]


Natalia Duke: the yogi behind the bullhorn

By all accounts, Key West is an escapist’s dream. Palm trees, frozen drinks and a gentle year-round breeze tend to render the average person blissfully avoidant of the litany of horrors happening around the world. But no one would ever accuse Key West of being populated by “average” people. And though it’s true that we exist at the margins of […]


The Studios of Key West hosts bestselling author Lama Tsultrim Allione

Tibetan Buddhist Sangha Key West Tara Mandala invites the public to attend an empowering evening presentation at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 15, at The Studios of Key West with author Lama Tsultrim Allione. The former Tibetan Buddhist nun and founder of the Tara Mandala Retreat Center in Colorado will guide guests through a short, experiential journey through a 1,000-year-old […]


Key West museums

... plentiful for your pleasure

WE’RE MIDWAY THROUGH June, which means the island is blanketed in a viscous humidity that makes a short walk to the mailbox feel like wading through tapioca. South Florida’s particularly damp brand of summer heat is known for making even the brightest brains feel soggy and slow. Luckily, Key West is chock full of fascinating museums where both kids and […]

Robert the Doll wants respect, or else

David Sloan wrote the book on haunted Key West. Literally. It’s called “Haunted Key West,” and it’s terrifying — as is the follow up Sloan published a few years later, “Ghosts of Key West.” (If you’re sensing a theme, congratulations! You might be blessed with the coveted paranormal phenomenon of ESP.) Sloan has made a business of scaring the pants […]

Make a plan to protect your boat during a storm

The key to protecting your boat from hurricanes or any severe weather is planning, preparation and timely action. The following precautions and checklists are meant as guidelines only. Each boat owner needs a plan unique to the type of boat, the local boating environment, the severe weather conditions likely to occur and the characteristics of safe havens and/or plans for […]

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