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.

Fall seven times, stand up eight

How the Key West Derby Dames roll Frican’ Rican, Duchess of Pain, Fire brawl, Salma Havoc. No, these aren’t names for tourist cocktails or monster trucks, these are the women of the Flat Track Roller Derby team in Key West, affectionately known as the Derby Dames. These women are...

Harrison Gallery charts its own course – celebrates 30 years

Married 43 years, Helen and Ben Harrison have been steadfast and true in their love for each other and their gallery. The result is one of the most successful and long-standing galleries in Key West, Harrison Gallery, often referred to as “the little gallery on White Street.” In the...

A modern-day pirates’ paradise – The Chart Room

The Chart Room, located at Pier House Resort, is the quintessential bar where the booze-fueled history is so lengthy and interesting not one drunk storyteller could tell it all. The Chart Room Bar at Pier House Resort: An Immodest History The Chart Room Bar is like the cool kid you remember...

Fighting Conchs get Golden Football

Key West’s Mira brings home the trophy On the eve of the Super Bowl, the national organization has recognized Key West High school in honor of its alumni George Mira and his participation in the NFL and the Super Bowl. As part of the nationwide Super Bowl 50 celebration,...

Honoring the Montford Point Marines

Key West has not forgotten these pioneering soldiers Few locals know that in the 1940’s, 13 brave African American men travelled from Key West to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina to join the first Black Marines Corp in American history. While Jim Crow laws were still in effect, Franklin D. Roosevelt...

The coolest kids don’t drive, they fly

Civil Air Patrol Cadets train for a future as pilots Captain Ed and Mercy Hiller’s son, Caleb, wanted to get his pilot’s license before his driver’s license. So five years ago, to help their son, these retired military officers along with Major John Di Renzo formed the Key West Civil...

Catch Patrick & The Swayzees before they catch Stardom

What’s old is new again “People open their email when the subject reads Patrick and the Swayzees," said front man Les Greene referring to his band’s name. Patrick, founding member, is the bass player, while the rest of the six-person band are happily known as “the Swayzees.” The group is less...