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COMEBACK KIDS OF 2021

Key West businesses and artists got creative to survive the pandemic


A SUDDEN EVENING CURFEW ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY 2020 meant to combat the spread of the coronavirus sent local industries into a tailspin. While it seemed that more corporate businesses could remain afloat, navigating the world of art, Cuban eats, and even ice cream proved trickier. Survival involved figuring out the limitation of no physical visitors and re-evaluating products on […]

How Fantasy Fest could look in 2022



Fantasy Fest continues to face disruptions in light of the ongoing pandemic. For the second year in a row, marquee events during the weeklong celebrations have been canceled or indefinitely postponed. Even the separate royal campaign and fundraising juggernaut of AH Monroe, which has raised millions for health and housing needs, was called off hours before kickoff. The momentary pause […]

Womenfest Kick-Off, Key West Business Guild luncheon

1. The Key West Business Guild welcomes new members — Keys IV Health, Summer Breeze Oxygen Bar and Comedy Key West 2. Edie Hambright and Bert Sise 3. Edie Hambright and Fritzie Estimond 4. Michael Stapleford, Stacy Stahl and Chuck Licis 5. Patti McLauchlin and Edie Hambright

Irish Kevin’s set up 13 shots, plus one more

Irish Kevin’s set up 13 shots of Jameson to honor the 13 troops killed in Afghanistan, plus one more for all the ones lost along the way. “These will stay up all weekend,” the bar shared on Facebook. “We send all of our love to the families of the fallen and will continue to always support our troops.” Irish Kevin’s […]

DID YOU KNOW?

The Sunshine State boasts some interesting numbers

Florida has sun and fun and is known for being home to some crazy people who pop up in the news (uh, oh — Florida Man is at it again). But Florida also boasts some interesting numbers. Consider these, from Visit Florida: Florida has the longest coastline (1,197 statute miles) in the contiguous United States, with 825 miles of accessible […]

GILDING THE LILLY

Key West artist who designed Pulitzer fabrics finally gets her due in a Cooper Hewitt exhibition


IT’S 5 O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE IN the jungle, and monkeys are languidly sipping martinis while lazing on the backs of zebras. Field mice offer them bouquets of daisies while nearby, tigers wave palm fronds, and seals balance balls on the tips of their noses while standing on top of lions. At least, that’s what Suzie Zuzek’s playful 1974 textile pattern, “Zek’s […]

Womenfest brings 5 days of celebration

September may be the hottest month in Florida. That’s weatherwise. But in Key West, the five days of Womenfest are the hottest of the year for the thousands of lesbians, transwomen, and allies who come to what is one of the top LGBTQ+ vacation destinations in the country. Organizers say Womenfest has a simple goal: “To celebrate all women!” Key […]

Seen around Key West

Blanche Dubois, a resident feline, relaxes at The Hemingway Home and Museum. It’s at 907 Whitehead St. Info: www.hemingwayhome.com.

Key West Business Guild’s luncheon meeting, Marriott Beachside

1. Chuck Licis and Bert Sise2. George Galvan and Alan Beaubien3. Ray Warren and the Rev. Donna S. Mote4. Theresa Axford

BrewFest invites you to raise a glass Labor Day weekend


On an average day, life in Key West is like a Corona ad. Picture frosty drinks, crystal clear water and the sound of palm fronds rustling in the breeze. What the ads don’t adequately convey is that by September, the Key West sun is so scorching it’s barely tolerable. And just when you think you couldn’t possibly be any more […]


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