Hays Blinckmann

Hays Blinckmann is an oil painter, author of the novel “In The Salt,” lover of all things German including husband, children and Bundesliga. She spends her free time developing a font for sarcasm, testing foreign wines and failing miserably at home cooking.

Hurricane Naming 101: Now you know

Every year the “list” comes out and we scratch our heads, kind of perplexed at the seeming arbitrary and random choice of names. Gaston next to Hermine? Ophelia next to Philippe? Humberto? Ida? How did they come up with those names? In years passed, there were a variety of ways...

Key West welcomes Bruce and Denise Lieske:

White Street Chiropractic’s new top doc and owner Denise Lieske had endured a stroke and the cold winters of Lonsdale, Minnesota, her home of 20 years, were causing her to suffer. Searching for a solution, her beloved husband and chiropractor, Dr. Bruce Lieske came across White Street Chiropractic for sale...

3 of 3: Guns in the Keys

A look at purchasing and shooting guns in the Florida Keys Gun ownership has been on the rise in the past decade in the Florida Keys. While there might be many reasons to own a gun, two recurring ones are the need for self-protection and a fear the federal government...

Tinsley Ellis plays at Key West Theater May 12

The Blues come to Key West for one night At 14 years old, Tinsley Ellis heard BB King at the Marco Polo hotel in Miami Beach and never looked back. By the next year, he was immersing himself in Muddy Waters, Billy Preston, Howlin’ Wolf and Albert Collins. The Blues...

Happy Mother’s Day – Julia Orofino: Mom, GrandMom, Surfer

Key Wester redefines the modern grandmother  Julia Orofino’s motto is: “Doing everything makes your kids do everything.” And it’s hard to find something Julia hasn’t done with or without her kids or her grandkids. Julia and her husband of 32 years, Mark, moved to Key West in 1988 to develop...

‘The Cripple Of Inishmaan’

All that’s missing from Red Barn production is a pint of Guinness Welcome to Inishmaan, a town that will feel as familiar, small and darkly humorous as Key West. Martin McDonough’s tony nominated play, “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” is now playing at the Red Barn Theater and brings the Irish...

A drag queen and an artist walk into a gallery…

Joan Becker paints local icon at Rockhouse Art Gallery Open for only a year, the Rockhouse Art Gallery bills itself as “more than a gallery” and proved it last Saturday. The gallery hosted artist Joan Becker, a Philadelphia native, painting live. Her subject? Beloved local drag queen Inga from Aqua....

1 of 3: Guns in the Keys

Editor’s note: This is three-part series about firearms in the islands. It starts with a look at law enforcement and recent incidents and will also cover gun safety, education and opinion in coming weeks. Stay tuned.] A look at concealed weapons permits and the safety of police officers Guns, whether you...

Turquoise Restaurant is a labor of love

Chef John Hines cooks with heart and soul Chef and owner of Turquoise restaurant John Hines is as sweet and colorful in person as is his food and restaurant.  Having learned cooking from his Momma in Tennessee and the CIA (Culinary Institute of America), Hines has a passion for all...

Truman Medical Center accentuates personalized care

Dr. Mackey makes some changes Dr. Timothy Mackey has taken ownership of the Truman Medical Center and is redefining family practice. Dr. Mackey’s attitude is, “We treat people like people and consider that a privilege.” He said he is doing away with the sterile, medical office with new paint, furnishings...

Brunch is about choice – at Hot Tin Roof, variety IS the spice

Brunch seemed straight forward and predictable until the Hot Tin Roof Restaurant located at Ocean Key Resort in Key West decided to kick it up a notch. Make a reservation, (seating goes fast), and settle in because it is a unique culinary experience. Surrounded by the crystal blue waters off...

20 questions with Bill Hoebee

Lover of sarcasm, cake and Earnest Goes to Camp New Jersey native and TV/radio host, Bill Hoebee ended up in the Keys like the rest of us — because no one else would take him. Okay, that’s only a half truth, but he’s ours now, for better and/or worse. Today Bill...