Showing posts with label Key West. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Key West. Show all posts

October 13, 2018

International Sand Art Competition to Bring Master Sculptors to Key West

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — High-energy creativity, unique “art supplies” and playful beachside fun characterize the International Sand Art Competition, set to provide an intriguing experience for spectators over Thanksgiving weekend in Key West.

Visitors can watch nine leading U.S. and international sand sculptors construct and display large-scale creations Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 21-25, on the Atlantic Ocean beach at Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, at 1500 Reynolds St.

Scheduled competitors are Jakub Zimacek from the Czech Republic; champion sculptor Joo Heng Tan of Singapore; international award winner Fergus Mulvany of Ireland; Canadian-born master Abe Waterman; defending champion Morgan Rudluff of San Francisco, California; competition veteran Dan Belcher of St. Louis, Missouri; Boston, Massachusetts’ Deborah Barrett-Cutulle; and husband-and-wife team Adam Russell and Kelly Lever, Key West residents and sculptors of functional pottery who are turning to the medium of sand.

According to competition organizer Marianne van den Broek, owner of Key West’s Just Sand And Water LLC, each entrant is to receive approximately 7 tons of sand. They have four days to craft their sculptures out of only sand and water, using hand tools such as trowels and brushes but no electric tools, molds or glue.

October 5, 2018

Key West’s Goombay Festival to Blend Music, Food and Island Spirit

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — High-energy family fun, entertainment and multicultural taste treats await revelers Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20, during the annual Goombay street festival.

The lively festival runs from noon to midnight both days, with the action centered on Petronia Street in the heart of Key West’s historic Bahama Village neighborhood. Attractions include live music, food and a spirited celebration of the cultural connection between Key West and the Bahamas.

Goombay weekend marks the beginning of Fantasy Fest, Key West’s 10-day masking and costuming gala. The 2018 festival is themed “Oh … The Games We Play!” and is scheduled Friday, Oct. 19, through Sunday, Oct. 28. 

Each year Goombay attracts thousands of people ranging from national and international visitors to Florida Keys residents who have made attending the event a local tradition. 

Against the vibrant backdrop of Bahama Village, they view and purchase island arts and crafts, savor the flavors of vendors’ delicacies and spend two rocking evenings dancing in the streets.

August 15, 2018

Key West’s Exotic Fantasy Fest to Celebrate ‘Games We Play’ Oct. 19-28

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Revelers can expect a “monopoly” on high-energy fun Friday, Oct. 19, through Sunday, Oct. 28, as Key West’s annual Fantasy Fest puts a playful spin on masking and costuming festivities. The 2018 festival is themed “Oh … The Games We Play!” and features 10 days of masquerade balls, elaborate costume contests, parties and fanciful frolics, all climaxing in a grand parade set for Saturday, Oct. 27.

Event organizers encourage participants to design costumes and parade floats around the festival theme — embracing everything from old-style board games to online role-playing challenges. They might draw inspiration from suspects in Clue, riverboat gamblers, Bingo bimbos or quest-focused avatars from the “World of Warcraft” universe.  

The glamorous gaming action is to begin with a Royal Coronation Ball Friday, Oct. 19, where a king and queen are crowned to rule over the festivities. Also that weekend, the family-friendly Goombay street party takes place in historic Bahama Village, saluting Key West’s Caribbean roots.

In addition, Key West Burlesque is to present “Madame DuJour’s Magical Game Show and Burlesque Experience” from Friday, Oct. 19, through Friday, Oct. 26. The tantalizing parody blends performance, pageantry and prizes for audience members.

Subsequent festival highlights include Wednesday’s wacky Pet Masquerade, where creatures ranging from dogs and cats to “angry birds” compete for costume prizes along with their human companions.

June 2, 2018

FLORIDA - Hemingway Days to Celebrate Literary Legend July 17-22 in Key West

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Ernest Hemingway fans can celebrate the late author’s literary accomplishments and colorful Key West lifestyle Tuesday through Sunday, July 17-22. The 38th annual Hemingway Days festivities salute the legacy of the Nobel Prize winner who lived and wrote on the island for most of the 1930s. 

Events include the famed Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest, prose and poetry readings, the tongue-in-cheek “Running of the Bulls,” symposium presentations and a film evening, a look-alike “party” on Hemingway’s July 21 birthday, running and paddleboarding challenges, a lively street fair and a high-stakes three-day marlin tournament recalling his passion for Florida Keys angling.

May 15, 2018

FLORIDA - Mystery Fest Key West to Celebrate Crime Writers June 22-24

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — No sleuthing skills are needed to understand why missing Mystery Fest Key West, set for Friday through Sunday, June 22-24, would be downright criminal. Readers and writers seeking clues about crafting and enjoying mystery fiction can meet, interact with and learn from some of America’s most notable authors during the fifth annual Mystery Fest Key West.

Among the starring “suspects” are keynote speaker Ace Atkins, a prolific crime novelist chosen by the Robert B. Parker estate to continue Parker’s iconic “Spenser” series; editor, publisher and Mysterious Bookshop proprietor Otto Penzler, a world-renowned authority on mystery fiction; and famed multigenre author Heather Graham, who has penned more than 100 volumes including the acclaimed “Krewe of Hunters” novels.

Other presenters include forensic scientist and top-selling author Lisa Black; Diane A.S. Stuckart, who created the Leonardo da Vinci historical mysteries; cozy mystery writer Nancy J. Cohen; and Charles Todd, co-author of the award-winning Inspector Ian Rutledge series. Law enforcement experts are to offer insights as well.  

The festival’s dastardly doings are headquartered at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Grand Key, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd. Attractions include writing workshops, panel discussions, book signings, receptions and gatherings where mystery buffs can mingle with the genre’s leading lights. 

February 15, 2018

FLORIDA - Tennessee Williams Birthday Events to Recall Late Playwright in Key West

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Tennessee Williams first visited Key West in 1941, subsequently buying a house where he resided until his death in 1983. Fans of the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright can celebrate his legacy Feb. 28 through April 9 with cultural and creative events on the island he called home.

Highlights are to include a March 26 “birthday party” recognizing the 107th anniversary of Williams’ birth, film screenings and play presentations, contests for writers and artists, a poetry reading and curator-led tours of the Tennessee Williams Museum at 513 Truman Ave.

During his residence in Key West, Williams completed “Summer and Smoke” and wrote “Night of the Iguana” among other works. The Academy Award–winningfilm adaptation of his play, “The Rose Tattoo,” was shot on the island in 1954.

February 14, 2018

FLORIDA - Key West’s Conch Shell Blowing Contest to Test ‘Mollusk Musicianship’

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — New Orleans might have its jazz and Memphis its blues, but Key West is home to a musical art form all its own: conch shell blowing. Everyone from novices to “pucker pros” can attempt to prove their prowess at the offbeat skill during the island city’s 56th annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest, scheduled at noon Saturday, March 3.

The conch, pronounced ‘”konk,” is a sturdy sea mollusk that’s firmly entwined in Key West’s heritage. In the 19th century, when the island’s economy was largely based on salvaging cargoes from sinking ships, seafarers used the conch’s fluted pink-lined shells as signaling devices, blowing piercing blasts to attract attention.

Today the conch’s unmusical blast still attracts attention, particularly during the annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest. Traditionally held in the lush garden of Key West’s Oldest House Museum, 322 Duval St., the quirky competition usually attracts several dozen entrants and a standing-room-only crowd of spectators.

February 8, 2018

FLORIDA - ‘Sun and Fun’ Highlight the Sombrero Beach Run Weekend March 2-4

MARATHON, Florida Keys — Florida Keys sunshine, athletic action and family fun attract hundreds of avid runners and walkers from the U.S., Canada and Europe for the annual Sombrero Beach Run weekend, set for Friday through Sunday, March 2-4.

In recognition of the outdoor run/walk’s popularity and to encourage families to participate in the healthful weekend together, organizers are offering specially priced online registration fees. 

Until 11:59 p.m. (ET) Friday, March 2, registration for the combined 15k is $30 per adult age 18 and over. Students 17 and under and U.S. military personnel can enter for $15. For each of the 10k and 5k events, registration is only $20 per adult age 18 and up and $10 for students.

After midnight March 3, the 15k entry fees increase to $35 per adult, and 10k and 5k entry fees increase to $25 per adult. Student fees remain the same.

The first 500 pre-registered participants are to receive a custom logo T-shirt and neck wallet.

January 9, 2018

FLORIDA - Open-Air Key West Craft Show to Highlight Creative Heritage Jan. 27-28

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — On the subtropical island that has nurtured creative spirits dating back to John James Audubon, aficionados of artistry can discover offerings by more than 80 national and regional exhibitors Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 27-28.

The Key West Craft Show, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, is to transform the island’s historic lower Whitehead Street into a lively open-air marketplace. Now in its 33rd year, the event is presented by the Key West Art Center, a nonprofit cooperative organization for local artists established in 1960.

Artisan booths are to stand beneath Whitehead Street’s canopy of trees, adjacent to attractions and museums including the Audubon House and Tropical Gardens. The gracious property recalls the famed naturalist and artist’s early 1830s sojourn in Key West.

Show participants also are to offer their artistry just inside the Whitehead and Caroline streets entrance to Truman Annex, named for the former U.S. president who spent numerous working vacations in the island city.

Attendees can choose from glass and fabric pieces, jewelry, pottery, woodcrafts and more. Some items traditionally are inspired by or are unique to Key West.

December 18, 2017

FLORIDA - 2018 Key West Food and Wine Festival to Tempt Appetites Jan. 24-28

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Fans of fine food and vintages can indulge their appetites for both at the 2018 Key West Food and Wine Festival. Scheduled Wednesday through Sunday, Jan. 24-28, the edible extravaganza bears the lighthearted slogan “Flip Flops Required” in salute to its subtropical island setting.

The annual festival is to feature gourmet galas and tastings, cuisine seminars and only–in–Key West experiences that spotlight the region’s lively culinary scene, talented chefs, indigenous ingredients and multifaceted flavors.  

September 19, 2017

FLORIDA - Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Club-to-Club Florida Keys Relief Runs Sept. 18 - Oct. 13, 2017

Collection to Deliver Much-Needed Supplies to Boys and Girls Clubs of the Keys Area Affected by Hurricane Irma

FREE Entrance to Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) 
With Hurricane Irma Relief Donation Through September 26

Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade is spearheading Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Club-to-Club Florida Keys Relief to collect critical supplies to deliver to Boys and Girls Clubs of the Keys Area, Inc. that were devastated by Hurricane Irma.

The two Clubs in the Keys affected by Hurricane Irma are the Southernmost Boys and Girls Club in Key West and Big Pine Key Boys and Girls Club. Both are desperately in need of essential supplies for the children and teens who attend these clubs.

All five Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade locations are accepting items starting Monday, September 18, 2017 through Friday, October 13, 2017. The locations are as follows.

November 30, 2016


Key West’s Premier Boutique Property Converts to Hyatt Centric Brand,
Unveils New Guestrooms, Spa, and Pool Bar

KEY WEST, Fla. (November 2, 2016) – Hyatt Centric Key West Resort & Spa today becomes the latest property to join Hyatt’s new Hyatt Centric portfolio of lifestyle hotels. Following a multi-million dollar refresh, the former Hyatt Key West Resort & Spa now incorporates the Hyatt Centric brand philosophy of providing intuitive travel experiences that draw upon local offerings and experiences like nearby Duval Street, Ernest Hemingway’s Home and Museum, and Mallory Square.

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