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Trade Show Today

Head down to 1500 Reynolds St. today for the 24th annual Trade Show, where over forty local Key West businesses will show off their goods to visitors from 2:00 – 5:00pm.
Browse the booths and enjoy a slew of free samples as you learn about local businesses here in Key West. There’s even giveaways to enter!
Hosted by the Key West Chamber of Commerce, this event is a great way to load up on free swag while learning more about the various companies we have here on island.
For more information, call Kerry at 305-294-2587.

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Isaac Update

We’d like to take a moment to say thank you for all your kind words as we prepared for Tropical Storm Isaac this weekend. We are happy to report that Parrot Key Resort suffered no damage whatsoever from the storm. (We especially enjoyed seeing locals dress up in their hurricane finest as they headed out to Duval St. on Saturday night!)  If you have plans to visit this week or for Labor Day Weekend, you will experience no interruption in your visit at our resort due to the storm. Safe travels, we’ll be happy to see you when you arrive!

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FLASHDANCE!

One of the most iconic films to come out of the 80′s is back in theatres for one night only!  Grab your leg warmers, practice your dance moves and get ready for fun as Key West’s favorite independent movie theatre, The Tropic, screens Flashdance tonight at 7:00pm. Watch as Jennifer Beals welds steel by day and dances by night in a cult classic that will have you singing “What a Feeling” by the time the credits roll.
The Tropic Cinema is located at 416 Eaton Street in downtown Key West.

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Museum Discounts: now through Sunday!

Key West has some truly fascinating museums to visit– we’ve lived here for years and we still haven’t seen them all! Which is why we’re so excited that this weekend South Florida’s National Public Radio affiliate, WLRN, and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council have come together to offer free or discounted admission to several local museums and sites. This is a great way to explore some of the best that Key West has to offer with as little impact to the wallet as possible. Most of the participating venues are kid-friendly and fun for the whole family, so pack a snack and get out there!
For three days only, residents and visitors can simply log onto www.wlrn.org and select the “Florida Keys and Key West Museum and Attractions Weekend” link, where they will be prompted to print out their voucher. Hurry– there’s a lot to see in just three days!

Participating venues here in Key West include the following: Key West Aquarium, Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum, Harry S. Truman Little White House, Key West Art Center, Key West Garden Club at West Martello, Key West’s Oldest House Museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Key West Museum of Art and History at the Custom House, Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters, Fort East Martello Museum.

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BottleCap Happy Hour to Benefit the Key West Firehouse Museum

We love a good happy hour. And when it benefits a great local cause, we love it even more! So swing by the BottleCap Groove Lounge tonight from 5:00pm to 8:00pm for a fun & fundraising happy hour to benefit the Key West Firehouse Museum, slated to open to the public in January 2o013. The benefit will feature drinks, appetizers, a silent auction, raffles and more. Come show your support for Old Fire House Preservation, Inc., a nonprofit whose funds support the restoration and maintenance of the Old Firehouse Museum at the corner of Grinnell and Virginia Streets. This historic site housed Key West’s own Firehouse No.3, a 100-year-old firehouse that now stands as a museum and treasured landmark. With private openings and functions having displayed the museum’s collection of artifacts to a select few over the years, Old Fire House Preservation, Inc. looks forward to amassing enough funds to support the public opening of the museum next year, so that all may come and enjoy its beauty and history.

To learn more, visit  www.keywestfirehousemuseum.com.

The BottleCap Lounge is located at 1128 Simonton Street.

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Celebrate the 100th Birthday of Julia Child with “Cinema & Cuisine,” a benefit for the American Cancer Society

Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the birth of beloved chef Julia Child, the Tropic Cinema presents “Cinema & Cuisine,” a one-night fundraiser for the American Cancer Society happening tonight. Featuring a complimentary buffet,  silent auction,  book-signing, and a screening of the film “Julie & Julia,” the proceeds of this fun & festive event will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Festivities begin at 7:00pm, with the movie screening beginning at 8:00pm.
To buy your ticket ($20) simply go online to www.tropiccinema.com or by calling the American Cancer Society at 305-292-2333. Tickets will also be available at the door the evening of the event.

The Tropic Cinema is located at 416 Eaton Street.

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Aqua Idol to be crowned tonight!

They started with thirteen and have narrowed it to the final three– now’s your chance to get a front row seat when the finalists for Aqua’s “Aqua Idol” competition compete for first place and some pretty special prize packages worth thousands of dollars!

After 13 grueling weeks, these talented stage performers have strutted and sung their way to the top three. Watch as Larry Blackburn, Karen Weber and Mary Hancock sing a variety of songs for their final chance to be crowned the official Aqua Idol, with the competition getting started at 6:30pm sharp.

All proceeds from this fun and fabulous event will go to fund Helpline, an incredible charity whose free hotline serves those in crisis:

“HELPLINE’s official mission is to provide confidential and anonymous crisis intervention, education, and information and referral services to the residents and visitors of Monroe County and the homeless. They also provide telephone reassurance to the elderly and disabled. Services are free, and phones are manned by volunteers who have undergone extensive training. As well as answering thousands of calls each year from people with nowhere else to turn. HELPLINE also offers free family caregiver training and support groups.”

Tonight’s Aqua Idol finale will also feature special performances from judges, previously crowned Idols, and more!

Aqua is located at 711 Duval St., in downtown historic Key West. The show starts at 6:30pm sharp– get there early for a prime seat and bring as many singles as your wallet can hold!

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“Fast Times at Ridgemont High” screening tonight

 

The epic slacker 80′s film “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” was an instant classic upon its 1982 release. Tonight, for one night only, relive the comedy as the Tropic Cinema screens this hilarious movie at 7:00pm for all to enjoy.

Written by Cameron Crowe and starring an impossibly young Sean Penn, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” chronicles a year in the life of prototypical high schoolers at the fictional Ridgemont High School, following their ups and downs and featuring some uproarious lines that have been quoted for decades afterward.

Located at 416 Eaton St., the Tropic Theatre is Key West’s favorite independent movie theatre. Get there early for good seats and an extra slice of frozen Key Lime Pie– trust us, it’s worth it.

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Are you ready to crawl?

Get out your plastic bibs and send those friends with shellfish allergies to the other side of the island: Lobster Crawl is tonight! In keeping with the Key West LobsterFest tradition, this annual culinary crawl down Duval St. is not to be missed.

From the official LobsterFest website (found here): “Immediately following sunset, join hundreds of party people for a stroll down Duval Street. Everyone receives an Official Lobsterfest T-Shirt and souvenir lanyard, plus 2 for 1 Coronas and 3 Olives cocktails! Proceeds benefit Key West High School Scholarship Fund. Purchase tickets from the Ship to Shore store at the Rick’s/Durty Harry’s Entertainment Complex, 202 Duval St. 11am til 2am Daily”

Get there early to beat the crowds, and remember: to get melted butter stains out of clothing, apply dish soap directly to the stain and stay away from the dryer. We have experience with this one, and after tonight’s crawl, we have a feeling you will as well.

 

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LobsterFest Begins Today!

The weekend starts a day early this week with the first evening of festivities for LobsterFest, Key West’s indulgent and much-loved culinary feast, beginning tonight. For your first taste, head on over to the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon tonight at 6:00pm for their “Tunes and Tails” party, featuring delicious seafood and live music. Call 305.517.6350 for details. Reservations not required. Visit www.smokintunasaloon.com for directions, details and more.

LobsterFest is just getting started, so clear your schedules! There’s way more finger-licking fun ahead.

Check out the full festival schedule here.

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