Hopefully at this point you have already figured out that Spring Break 2015 is here. The island is filled with young restless energy and businesses ones again catering to the cheerful youth wanting a vacation out of ordinary! Key West being America’s only Caribbean island, people of all ages are attracted to its exotic, warm and eclectic lifestyle. In today’s blog entry we want to talk about the events that may take you off the beaten path and at the same time to shine a light into our cultural roots that make our island stand out!
First Friday Upper Duval Art Stroll
A portion of Key West’s famed Duval Street known for its eclectic galleries comes alive with art exhibitions, receptions and culinary offerings during this monthly event. Participants can explore galleries, boutiques, food and wine emporiums during the event that usually takes place the first Friday of each month, from 6-9 p.m. SoDu Gallery, at 1102B Duval St., presents the watercolors of partner Karen Beauprie for this month’s art gallery and café walk. Contact: 305-849-1581
The theme of this month’s house and garden tour is which “Real or Reproduction: IMPOSTORS AMONG US.” The historic homes you see while strolling through the streets of the Historic District are not always what they seem. Not every structure has withstood the toll of time, nature, fire and neglect. See if you can distinguish the faux from the genuine…and those that are somewhere in-between!
Tour a series of elegant and unique private homes of Key West, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations, and the interior design that complements each. The tours are offered March 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Transportation between homes not included. Tickets and times available online. Proceeds help benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation. Contact: 305-294-9501 or visit www.oirf.org
Conch Shell Blowing Contest. 53rd Anniversary!
53th Anniversary! The annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest, sponsored by Old Island Restoration Foundation. Free and open to children and adults of all ages, the contest willbe held March 7, 2015, 12:00 noon, at the Oldest House, 322 Duval Street. This annual Contest celebrates the historic importance of the conch in the Florida Keys, where the far-reaching sounds from conch shells were used by the Calusa Indians for communication, by sailors as fog horns, and by early Key West citizens to signal salvagers that a sinking ship was spotted offshore. The conch itself, a sturdy sea mollusk, is deeply entwined in the Key West’s heritage and tradition. As well as savoring conch meat in fritters and chowder, native-born islanders proudly call themselves Conchs (pronounced “Konk”). Their island home is known as the Conch Republic. Entrants for the contest are judged on the quality, duration and loudness, and novelty of the sound they produce. Mercifully, for most contestants, musical ability is not a requirement. The winners take home trophies; ribbons are awarded to those who take second place. Visit www.oirf.org for more information.