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ARTIST’S CORNER: ADORNING AN ORNAMENT IS NO EASY TASK

By William DePaula The end of November is a transition time here in the Florida Keys. Hurricane season is ending and the heat and humidity is not as intense as it usually is. For me, one thing that always sticks out is that I have a deadline to finish...

SPORTS WRAP PODCAST: PART 2 WITH CONCH FOOTBALL LEGEND ROBERT JAMES

https://omny.fm/shows/the-florida-keys-weekly-podcast/dec-1-part-2-conch-football-legend-and-national-ch In part two of a highly popular Sports Wrap Podcast episode, host Sean McDonald sits down once again with legendary Conch football alumnus Robert James. Growing up in Key West, James spent his early life on the football field. At 11 years old, the 5’6’’, 110-pound player was initially...

HURRICANE FLAG-BURNING MARKS END OF STORM SEASON IN FLORIDA KEYS ON NOV. 30

The Conch Republic will celebrate another end to hurricane season by burning the black-and-red hurricane flag at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30.  The event takes place at Truman Waterfront Park in front of the historic Coast Guard ship Ingham. As the Conch Republic’s First Sea Lord, Admiral Finbar Gittleman fondly...

EXPLORE HYPERBARIC MEDICINE WITH RENOWNED DIVE EXPERT & PHYSICIAN

Join the History of Diving Museum on Sunday, Dec. 4 for an in-person presentation on hyperbaric medicine, presented by Dr. David Charash, physician and diving expert. The lecture begins at 2 p.m.  Understanding how decompression sickness and arterial gas embolism might occur is the first step in recognizing its symptoms. During...

THIRD ANNUAL PADDLE CHALLENGE SUPPORTS EVERGLADES RESTORATION

The Third Annual Send It South Paddle Challenge, an event that raises money for Florida Bay education programs for the Islamorada-basednonprofit Florida Bay Forever, invites paddlers of all craft to join the campaign and get out on the water now through Dec. 3. Virtual participation is encouraged, and two...

FLORIDA KEYS CELTIC FESTIVAL RETURNS TO MARATHON JAN. 6-8

Celtic history, culture, food and music will be celebrated at the 10th annual Florida Keys Celtic Festival, a favorite family event in the Middle Keys. The 2023 event is set for Friday through Sunday, Jan. 6-8. Celtic rock and traditional musicians are scheduled, including Scottish band Albannach, Southwest Florida's West...

STANLEY SWITLIK BRINGS ‘THE LORAX’ TO LIFE ON STAGE

The Stanley Switlik Drama Club had a wonderful performance of Dr. Seuss’s “The Lorax” on Nov. 17. Forty-four cast and crew members have worked hard over the last few months creating sets, memorizing lines and working collaboratively. The play’s directors, Amelia Fernandez and Bailey Francisco, would like to thank...

REHABILITATED JUVENILE SEA TURTLES ARE THANKFUL TO BE HOME

Two rehabilitated juvenile sea turtles, ‘Luna’ and ‘Sonny,’ made their way back to the sea as Marathon’s Turtle Hospital celebrated a double release on Nov. 16 to a cheering crowd at Sombrero Beach. Luna, rescued in February, was found extremely emaciated and covered in a heavy load of fibropapilloma...

BELIGHTED BIKES & HOLIDAY VILLAGE LIGHT THE NIGHT AT KEY WEST EVENT

By Amy Patton Grab your Santa hat and “bedazzle” your bicycles on Friday, Dec. 2, for the second annual Holiday Village & BeLighted Bike Ride presented by Wesley House at Truman Waterfront’s Coffee Butler Amphitheater. The Holiday Village opens at  4 p.m. and will include family activities, food and snacks...

LIGHTED BOATS ILLUMINATE KEY LARGO’S BLACKWATER SOUND DEC. 10

Lighted boats will illuminate Key Largo’s Blackwater Sound during the annual Key Largo Boat Parade on Dec. 10. Organized by the Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club, the evening will culminate with an extravagant fireworks display sponsored by Plantation Boat Mart.  Boats can enter the lighted parade for free, and a...

SPORTS WRAP PODCAST: FORMER KEY WEST FOOTBALL COACH AND DISTRICT CHAMPION ANDY SIEGAL

https://omny.fm/shows/the-florida-keys-weekly-podcast/nov-24-former-key-west-football-coach-andy-siegal Andy Siegal was hired in 1994 to coach the Key West Conchs’ football team. At just 24 years old, he was the youngest head football coach in the state. Taking the team to the postseason in both of his years coaching, his career since Key West has spanned across...

FORECAST CALLS FOR SNOW AT ISLAMORADA’S HOLIDAY FEST

The forecast calls for lots of snow during the 18th annual Islamorada Chamber of Commerce Holiday Fest, set for Friday, Dec. 2, from 4 to 10 p.m at Founders Park. “Bundle up for one of the most exciting community events on the calendar,” said Craig McBay, president of the chamber...