Archive for the ‘family’ Category

Fast Buck Fredddie’s
February 6, 2008


Historic Duval St. in Old Town Key West offers the best people watching, eating and drinking and, most importantly, the best shopping in South Florida. Everybody who comes to the island eventually gets around to cruising this street, where some of the most unusual and original shops offer something for everyone.

Anchored at one end by Mallory Square and at the other by the southernmost point in the United States, Duval Street’s boutiques and gift shops are as much of the local charm as the gorgeous sunsets.
Whatever you want to purchase is probably available somewhere on Duval & at almost any hour you want to do it. Though there are plenty of tacky tee shirt shops peddling items of questionable taste, there are dozens of fine stores selling the excellent work of local artists and craftspeople.

National chain stores such as Banana Republic, Coach and Express have moved in and satisfy some of the shopping needs in a town that does not boast even a single mall. More memorable, however, is Fast Buck Freddie’s – an amazing emporium of fine clothing, home decorations and gifts that townsfolk call the “Southernmost Bloomingdale’s” – with window displays that could compete with Tiffany’s.

Off Duval you will find Key West Hand Print Fabrics on Simonton Street with their colorful and locally produced clothing, and Key West Aloe on Front St. which has been making and marketing all-natural skin creams and cosmetics for over 25 years. One unique shopping destination on the waterfront is The Key Lime Shop which, as the name implies, makes and sells only items made from the legendary local citrus fruit. Caroline Street is another colorful Old Town street with eye-popping shops such as Local Color, Blue and Global Nomad.

If you are interested in original designs for your home, you must visit Glass Reunions on Duval Street. You’ll find the incredible work of noted stain glass artist Greg McDonald. Exquisite arts and crafts genre lamps found in few galleries worldwide.

Cafe Sole
December 28, 2007

After years of study, cooking and refining his skills in France, John Correa returned to the states, met his wife Judy and opened this unpretentious, intimate little restaurant in Key West. In a very short order, Café Solé captured the hearts and palates of locals and visitors lucky enough to discover this culinary gem off the beaten path. By combining his French mastery of sauces with fresh locally caught seafood, John has created a menu unlike any on the island, where every dish is bursting with indescribable flavors. Mutton snapper in pesto and champagne, yellowtail in a beurre blanc of lobster or a rare hog snapper with red pepper zabaglione top a list of nightly specials. As for the classics, the Duck a  L’Orange, Rack of Lamb with herb de Province and Lobster Bouillaise are as authentic as you will find this side of Paris. Chef Correa combines the best of both of his worlds, European and Caribbean to win the People’s Choice and Best Entree awards at a recent Master Chefs Classic. With his creative cuisine, a knowledgeable wait staff and a “joie de vivre” ambiance, Café Solé is a must visit for Key West!

42 ft Catamaran Charter-Key West-Funny Video
December 25, 2007

42ft Catamaran Charter as seen in Women’s Health Magazine
December 22, 2007

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Red Barn Theater -Key West
December 13, 2007


DEC. 18, 2007 – JAN. 26, 2008

Music by David Troy Francis

Lyrics by Gavin Geoffrey Dillard & Robert Schrock

Book by Gavin Geoffrey Dillard Directed by Joy Hawkins

Musical Direction by David Troy Francis Choreography by Penny Leto

A howlingly funny musical taking the country by storm explores the lives of six dogs as they sing, dance and commiserate about all things canine. The score is a happy mixed breed of blues, salsa, country, and torch songs as each pooch recounts personal stories, filled with tenderness, aggression and humor of past and present owners and their desire to be loved and part of a family. A furry and fabulous tribute to human’s best friend, this show is on its way to NYC after Key West. David Troy Francis, creator of this sparkling new show, will join the Barn’s production as Musical Director and pianist. Don’t miss it, doggone it!

Sight Seeing in Key West
December 2, 2007

Boat Charters in Key West,Florida
November 27, 2007

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42 ft Catamaran Charter as seen in Women’s Health Magazine
November 26, 2007

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A Guide to Christmas in Key West
November 26, 2007



Kids love Christmas in the Keys because it’s different. What’s different is the warm weather and climate, but many of the customs are the same. Most folks have a tree of pine, spruce or fir. You’ll even see Charlie Brown type trees. In the Keys some folks decorate corn plants, Norfolk Pines or palm trees with tropical fish lights and seashells. Below are two places to take the family to during the Christmas hiolidays. The first has traditional trees from around the world and is educational. The second is purely the Keys

Marathon Garden Club – 5270 Overseas Highway, Marathon – “Christmas Around the World” , an educational Christmas tree exhibet with trees decorated from different countries of the world. the traditions, customs, and festivals of lands such as Germany, Russia, Holland December 9 through 30, closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, hours Monday through Thursday 10 AM – 5 PM, Friday and Saturday 12 noon – 5 PM, group appointments, no admission fee for children under 6, students 6- 17 $2.00, adults $5.00, Seniors $2.50 on Wednesday, Phone 305-743-4971, December 6 Gala Preview Party, December 8 Holiday Brunch

Upside Down Christmas TreeKey Largo Lodge, bayside- Take the kids to see the tree hanging from the ceiling with ornaments, tinsel and blinking lights. This inverted Christmas tree began about 20 years ago and was conceived by the lodge’s proprietor, Harriet “Hat” Stokes. An account in local newspaper states that one year Harriet Stokes erected the tree in the more customary point up position, but since everyone seem to be disappointed the tree was returned to the ceiling.

Keys Christmas – Robbie’s Marina at MM 77.5 bayside 305-664-2540 for infrmation

December 1-2, 9 AM to $ PM – celebrate an old fashioned Christmas on Lignumvitae Key at the historic Matheson House hosted by the Friends of Islamorada. Decorated in traditional keys style $10 donation includes boat ride to the island and house and hardwood hanmmock tour plus Christmas treats.

Annual Christmas Tree Sale – The Marathon Lion’s Club begins its annual tree sale November 23 in the Winn-Dixie Plaza in Marathon. Earnings to help residents of Marathon in need of eyecare.

 Marathon Community Park holiday lighting – December 1, 5:30 PM, 36 Street , Marathon

 Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce annual Christmas Party and Dinner – December 4, 6-9 PM, Sugarloaf Spports and Leisure Club, Bad George Road, Santa and Mrs. Claus Admission fee. 305-872-2411 Chamber of Commerce

Breakfast With Santa Claus – Key West Diner, 2814 North Roosevelt Blvd. Key West – $5 for children under 10 includes breakfast buffet and picture with Santa. call for date and time

Marathon Community Theatre Free Holiday Concert – December 22, 5 PM, Marathon Community Theatre, classic and seasonal songs, family oriented sing-along , seating limited so reserve ahead of time 305-743-0994

also Sheila’s Silly Nonsense Show for Kids – December 30, 3 PM, Marathon Community Theatre Galleryshort skits, silly songs and fairy tales, free but donations encouraged, seating limited, reservations recommended, 305-743-0994.

Moose Lodge Christmas children’s party – December 22, 12 noon to 2 PM, 11601 First Ave., Marathon – adult must accompany children under 10, games, lunch, Santa

Pigeon Key – Red, White and Blue Christmas Concert – December 22, 1 PM to 6 Pm , $15 donation goes to local charities, local bands The Happenings, fireworks, exhibits, motorcycle show, and Santa

Sombrero Beach in Marathon, Christmas at the Beach – December 23, 4 PM to 5:30 PM, community Christmas caroling and entertainment from Marathon churches

Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department – Christmas caroling route, 6 PM to 10 PM, check with Department on route, Santa on truck and candy for kids along the way.


Operation Christmas Child The Island Community Church is the main collection center for Monroe County. Residents can send shoe boxes filled with toys and essential items to children around the world living in crisis areas through Operation Christmas Child. Small toys, supplies for school, and basic hygiene items which can be fit into a shoe box are to collected at Island Community Church. Call 305-667-7303 or 800-123-4567 for information.

Toys for Tots Run – The annual Toys for Tots Run organized by ABATE ( American Bikers Aimed Toward Ed ucation) begins in late November each year. Toy donations ( new and unwrapped ) for children age 1 to 10 will go to kids at the Wesley House Child Care Ce3nter, Grace Jones Care and the Florida Keys Children Shelter. Collection Centers for toys are all Florida Keys fire stations, Marathon American Legion, and US1Radio in Big Pine. Information on the Toys for Tots Run call 305-872-2341 or 305-289-4383

42 ft Catamaran Charter as seen in Women’s Health Magazine
November 24, 2007

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