Fight Night in Key West

January 14, 2008 - Leave a Response


KEY WEST, Florida Keys – In the 1930s, when he wasn’t writing, fishing or indulging at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, Ernest Hemingway often officiated boxing matches outside a small bordello near his Spanish colonial home on Whitehead Street.

That tradition is scheduled to return to Key West in a harborside series of bouts set for Friday, Jan. 18, at Mallory Square.

Dubbed “Fight Night in the Keys,” the seven-bout evening card is to feature a title fight and is slated for a live broadcast on ESPN 2’s “Friday Night Fights.”

“There is a very rich history of boxing in Key West,” said Si Stern, a Key West resident who manages several boxers. “When Hemingway lived here, there were a number of championship fights.”

Scheduled marquee events include Randall Bailey, a former two-time junior welterweight world champion, against Anthony Mora for the WBC Latin American Belt and Tarvis Simms versus a contender to be announced.

General admission tickets begin at $35 per person and cap at $165 per person for VIP seats that also includes parties and a pre-fight reception with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.


Shayla Worley

January 13, 2008 - Leave a Response

Shayla Worley, 2006 American Cup Winner, on the National Team, and vying for a spot on the 2008 Olympic Team.
Shayla Worley first joined the gymnastics National team during the 2003-2004 season. She had her first major breakthrough in 2006, placing second in the All-Around at the American Cup competition. Today, nearly four years after joining the national team, Worley is vying for a spot on the 2007 World Championship Team and the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team.

Last week, Worley took a few minutes out to tell about her day-to-day life. (USOT): Can you take me through what a normal day is like for you?

Shayla Worley: I wake up in the morning at about 5:45. I get ready and eat breakfast, and go to the gym from about 7-9. Then from the gym I change into my school clothes and I go to a public school from 9:30-1:15, which includes three periods and lunch. Then I go straight from school to gym at 1:45 to whenever I’m done with gym, which is usually around 7. After gym I ice and stuff, and then I go home, do some homework, eat some dinner, then go to bed.

USOT: What three classes do you take while you are at school?

Shayla Worley: At school I take Algebra 2, English 2 honors and Spanish 2 accelerated.

USOT: Which one is your favorite?

Shayla Worley: Spanish.

Q4: What’s a normal practice like for you?

Shayla Worley: In the morning we run stretch condition and do vault and either bars or beam. Always do vault, and then do a little bit of bars or beam. And maybe something like tumble track or tramp. And then in the afternoon we run, stretch and condition again, and we go to floor. We are on floor for about and hour, and then bars and beam each for about and hour and a half. Everything is like, we have an assignment and it’s just how long, we do the full assignment. It doesn’t matter how long it takes us. We just do the full assignment. After that, we are done.

USOT: Why did you originally get into gymnastics?

Shayla Worley: Originally I got into gymnastics because my older sister had started doing gymnastics, and I wanted to be just like her. I wanted to copy her and do everything like her. So as soon as I was old enough to start classes, I was at the gym, running around like crazy.

Miss America Reality Check

January 9, 2008 - Leave a Response


For the first time in history, all 52 women competing for the Miss America 2008 title, live under one roof to undo everything they have learned about pageant basics. The goal is to determine if their smarts, attitudes and looks hold up in contemporary society. The women participate in an intense set of events and challenges designed to prepare them for the finale: a renewed, modern competition that will redefine what it takes to be Miss America.

Key West Events in January

January 8, 2008 - Leave a Response
January 10 to January 20, in Key West
26th Annual Key West Literary Seminar
The 2008 topic is “New Voices: Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?,” featuring workshops, panel discussions and receptions with nationally and internationally respected writers including Judy Blume, Edmund White, Billy Collins, and Junot Diaz.
Contact: (888) 293-9291
January 11 to January 12, in Key West
Key West Symphony Orchestra Presents “Love, Scandal and Intrigue”
This symphony performance features soprano Monica Abrego at the Tennessee Williams Theatre.
Contact: (305) 292-1774
January 13, in Key West
Impromptu Concerts Presents The Philadelphia Brass Quintet
The band known for its wide repertoire, superb musicality, and humorous program commentaries comes to St. Paul’s Church, Duval and Streets, at 4 p.m.
Contact: (305) 296-1520 x1
January 14 to January 15, in Key West
“Defending the Caveman” at Tennessee Williams Theatre
The hilariously insightful play about the ways men and women relate comes to the theatre at 5901 College Road, Stock Island, at 8 p.m.
Contact: (305) 296-1520
January 18, in Key West
Fight Night in the Keys
Professional boxing returns to Key West’s Mallory Square. Seven matches are scheduled beginning at 7 p.m., to be televised on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights (broadcast begins at 8 p.m. ET), including Randall Bailey versus Anthony Mora and Tarvis Simms versus Willie Gibbs. Tickets from $35 per person.
January 19, in Key West
3rd Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival
This free, family-oriented event at Bayview Park is organized by the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen and the University of Florida in partnership with Monroe County.
Contact: (305) 292-4501
January 20, in Key West
Impromptu Concerts Presents The Jupiter String Quartet with Clarinet
The award-winnng muscians, known for their outreach work in schools, are to perform at St. Paul’s Church, Duval and Eaton Streets, at 4 p.m.
Contact: (305) 296-1520 x1
January 20 to April 19, in Key West
Sculpture Key West
This stunning, contemporary outdoor art exhibit opens at the West Martello Museums on January 20, and expands to historic Fort Zachary Taylor on February 24.
Contact: (305) 295-3800
January 21 to January 25, in Key West
Acura Key West 2008
Nearly 300 racing yachts compete for class championships in this international midwinter sailboat regatta.
Contact: (781) 639-9545
January 23 to February 09, in Key West
“Tuesdays with Morrie” at Waterfront Playhouse
The true story of how a sports writer reconnected with his aging mentor is to be presented at the playhouse at historic Mallory Square.
Contact: (305) 294-5015
January 24, in Key West
“Defying Gravity,” The Music of Stephen Schwartz
The “friends” from Stephen Schwartz & Friends are to perform works from the animated films Pocahantas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Prince of Egypt, and from the musicals Godspell, Pippin, and others.
Contact: (305) 296-1520
January 25 to January 27, in Key West
Hog’s Breath King Mackerel Tournament
Anglers are to use fast boats to target the voracious king mackerel, also known as kingfish, for cash prizes.
Contact: (305) 797-1117
January 26, in Key West
Anne McKee Artists Fund Auction
More than 100 artists are to exhibit and auction their work to raise money for the fund that provides project-based grants to Keys artists. Choose from original paintings, sculpture, photography, fiber art, ceramics and more. Viewing begins at 6:30 p.m., auction at 8 p.m. Admission is $25 per person at the door, including an open bar and gourmet hors d’oeuvres. East Martello Museum, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd.
Contact: (305) 295-8383
January 26 to January 27, in Key West
23rd Annual Key West Craft Show
Juried artisans and crafters display their talents at a popular show on lower Whitehead Street in historic Old Town.
Contact: (305) 294-1241

Charters in Key West

January 4, 2008 - Leave a Response

Two Friends Patio Restaurant/Karaoke

January 3, 2008 - Leave a Response

birthday-jim_mindala-karaoke_jimfamily-800x600x256.jpgTWO FRIENDS PATIO RESTAURANT
512 Front Street
Key West, Florida 33040
Just off Duval
(305) 296-3124

Charter a 42ft Catamaran in Key West

January 1, 2008 - Leave a Response

Bruno Vs Carrie Ann

January 1, 2008 - Leave a Response

Get ready for a new dance show on ABCGet ready for some more dancing on the ABC television network. In addition to the 70 hours of weekly programming you’ll get when Dancing with the Stars returns to the schedule in a few weeks there will be a new series premiering mid-season that will pit two of the show’s judges in competition.

The show is called Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann and is hosted by former Stars champion Drew Lachey. The six-week program will feature judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba as they work with amateur performers who can dance and sing. The result will be the formation of “the ultimate dance team”. Open auditions for the show will be held this month in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles.

Also premiering later this season is Tom Bergeron has a Nervous Breakdown, which challenges the host of Dancing with the Stars and America’s Funniest Home Videos to host as many programs as he can before he collapses into a sobbing pile of pudding.

Cafe Sole

December 28, 2007 - Leave a Response

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!

New Years in Key West

December 26, 2007 - Leave a Response


Once again the Key West New Year’s Eve celebration will be shown live on CNN.

No doubt about it…Key West love’s to party. And what’s a better excuse than New Year’s Eve?

Three different gathering spots offer their own unique version of the time honored tradition of lowering something special as the clock winds away the last seconds of the year.

Your choices are:

  1. to see a big conch shell lowered from atop Sloppy Joe’s Bar…a crowded and boistrous affair
  2. to see a Pirate Wench lowered from the mast of a schooner in the Historic Seaport
  3. or, (CNN’s favorite) to see Sushi, a local drag queen celeb, lowered from a Duval Street balcony, riding a huge high-heeled shoe.

Whatever your choice, we at Key West Travel Guide want to wish everyone a New Year filled with joy, coconuts, a nice tan, good health, laughter, and wonderment.

Oh…and peace on Earth (come on World…make believe you just booked a vacation to Key West)