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Celebrate the ‘Birthday’ of the Quirky Conch Republic

Fans and friends of the Florida Keys’ Conch Republic can celebrate the irreverent “nation’s” 39th birthday with activities including a pirate adventure, traditional shrimp boil, sunset boat parade, “wearable art” fashion show, sailing excursions and a gourmet dinner and absinthe tasting. The Conch Republic Independence Celebration is scheduled Friday through Sunday, April 16-25.

By |2021-04-09T12:41:23-04:00April 7, 2021|

Take a Ride in Truman’s Presidential Limo (Yes, Really!)

History fans who visit Key West’s Harry S. Truman Little White House, Florida’s only presidential museum, can do more than explore the home where Truman spent nearly six months of his 1945-1953 presidency. They can also choose to ride around the island city in a limousine he used during his term in office.

By |2021-05-13T16:14:11-04:00March 17, 2021|

The Train That Changed the Keys Forever

On Jan. 22, 1912, when Ruby Whitlock was eight years old, she watched the arrival of the first train that ever traveled down the Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad tracks from mainland Florida to Key West. The railroad stretched over 100 miles out into open water in a fantastic ribbon of bridges and track.

By |2021-04-09T12:51:12-04:00March 10, 2021|

Key West Commemorates Legendary Playwright’s Birthday

Internationally renowned playwright Tennessee Williams lived in Key West for more than 30 years, writing classic dramas including “Night of the Iguana.” Today, fans of his groundbreaking plays can honor his legacy and love for his island lifestyle during the annual Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration conceived by longtime Key West resident Dennis Beaver.

By |2021-03-10T10:24:14-05:00March 10, 2021|

Key West Art Center: Nurturing Keys Artists Since the 1930s

The Key West Art Center, whose origins date back to the 1930s, is renowned as the oldest artists’ membership organization in the Florida Keys. Its picturesque Front Street gallery features the work of more than 50 artists from the Keys, with a visual tapestry of color and creativity awaiting everyone who ventures inside.

By |2021-02-03T21:29:50-05:00February 3, 2021|

Misha McRAE: Steward of a Rare Botanical Garden

As executive director of the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, former ballet danseur Misha McRAE is preparing to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the 15-acre subtropical treasure. Described as the continental United States’ only frost-free tropical forest and botanical garden, the enchanted spot has been his passion since the late 1990s.

By |2020-12-29T18:06:12-05:00December 29, 2020|

The Strange Saga of the Bat Tower

Until a few years ago, the Lower Keys were home to a peculiar landmark: a shingled tower rising behind the Sugarloaf Lodge, located at mile marker 17 on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. Tall and weather-beaten, looming over its surroundings, it was a strange monument to an innovative idea hatched in bygone days.

By |2020-11-11T21:47:44-05:00November 11, 2020|

Pavilion Dedication Marks 20 Years of ‘One Human Family’

A small group of Key Westers recently gathered (properly masked, of course) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the "One Human Family" motto that was born on the island — and officially name a local landmark the One Human Family Pavilion. The unifying phrase proclaims that all people are equal and all are connected.

By |2020-10-28T21:57:30-04:00October 28, 2020|

Upper Keys State Parks Offer Wide-Open Spaces on Land and Water

Six state parks in the Upper Florida Keys offer some of the Keys’ most scenic wide-open spaces for social distancing, solitude and outdoor recreational activities like hiking, swimming, snorkeling and paddling. Acclaimed among the region's prime natural attractions, these parks are rich with Florida Keys history, upland and coastal landscapes and underwater life.

By |2020-10-21T20:01:34-04:00October 21, 2020|
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