#WorldRecordAttempt: World’s largest Key Lime Pie = need for world’s largest fork

Contributed The creation of the world’s largest Key lime pie, the wacky Miss Key Lime Pageant, pie-eating and cooking contests and other tasty temptations await Key West visitors July 3-5 during the second annual Key Lime Festival. Celebrating the Florida Keys’ signature dessert and the tiny fruit that inspired it, the flavorful festival is to […]

#Events: Here ye, here ye … here is a social calendar you don’t want to miss

July 4th – Fireworks Shows There are four major fireworks shows in the Keys. The Upper Keys show, off Blackwater Sound, is set to start at 10 p.m., and the best seating can be found at Sundowners, Senior Frijoles restaurants, Carribbean Club, and the Marriot Key Largo Bay resort. The show in Marathon is staged […]

#Diving: You’re a wreck! Get on the ‘Wreck Trek’ or become a reef explorer

Contributed Thousands of scuba divers and snorkelers visiting the Florida Keys each year now can enjoy two new underwater programs spotlighting the Keys’ coral reefs and shipwrecks. Each offers a specially created souvenir journal and the potential to win prizes for discovering the island chain’s subsea wonders. First-timers, families and fun-loving outdoors groups can enjoy the […]

#PartyOnWayne: Top 6 summer party accessories

• Inflatable Duck – Nothing says, “I came to party, but I’m also practical and want to just float, and not swim,” quite like the inflatable duck. • Coozie – Remember that trip you took to Key West, and you miighhht have had a few too many, but your friends watched out for you and […]

#Recipes: Two cold cocktails for one hot summer

By Alex Press On hot summer days, people get thirsty and need an ice-cold drink to cool them down. In the heat a craft beer is probably too filling, your ice cubes will melt in your Jack and Coke and experienced Floridians know the effect of drinking wine all day in a sun chair. There […]

#Question: What will you do on your staycation?

Weekly Staff In most of the continental U.S. summertime means backyard BBQ’s, hanging by the pool and corn on the cob. In the Keys, our habits are a little different — hunting for underwater, edible treasure or bobbing around in crystal blue waters next to the boat. Visitors often marvel, ‘Wow! Every day must be […]

#SummerReading: The Sixth Extinction (An Unnatural History)

(Editor’s Note: Summer Reading is a new Weekly column featuring what local notables are reading this season. What are you reading? Email [email protected]) George Neugent Monroe County Commissioner George Neugent has a bunch of books on his bedside table, but he’s currently enthralled by “The Sixth Extinction.” “It’s not a bunch of gobleygook and heavy […]

#ImOnABoat: How to channel your inner Sporty Spice this summer

Flats fishing This is called “skinny water” fishing and anglers take out small boats, one or two fishermen plus a captain, to hunt the gamefish of the Keys flats. They’re after permit, bonefish, tarpon and they use light tackle or fly rods. $350 half day/$550 full day Offshore fishing Go big, or go home. This […]

Grateful Guitar: go-to experts – Shop sells instruments, helps musicians

Grateful Guitar: go-to experts – Shop sells instruments, helps musicians

For an island that was noted for its fishing and trade industries, Key West is now defined by its art — and music is the muse of the eclectic community. In a one-mile stretch, there are more than 50 live music venues that showcase legendary talent up and down Duval Street. Whether it’s the southern […]

High school grad sings for tuition

High school grad sings for tuition

On Saturday, June 21, community supporters are holding a showcase for recent MHS grad Xavier McKnight. The $20 admission ticket will go towards tuition at the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, his dream school. He and his friends will perform an evening of songs from favorite Broadway musicals including “Rent,” […]