Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Key West Mallory Square, Waterfront Playhouse, Customs House and fun things to do!

Mallory Square has to be one of the most popular places in Key West, and the sunset pier really heats up at dusk with street performers and artist for the nightly sunset celebration.  If you spend anytime in Key West at all you have to watch sunset at least once, but the Mallory Square area is full of things to check out during the day.

Waterfront Playhouse on Mallory Square in Key West is a 150 seat non-profit professional theater where local actors perform hit plays like The Full Monty and Twelve Angry Men.  Florida Monthly Magazine called Waterfront Playhouse in Key West the best professional theater in Florida, so be sure to check it out while visiting the Conch Republic.  Also at Mallory Square is the historic Key West Customs House, and Joe has a great story about the Customs House so be sure to ask him!  And if you have kids, be sure to check out the Key West Aquarium.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Pam Hobbs and The Studios of Key West

We recently got a chance to visit Pam Hobbs and see her studio at The Studios of Key West in the historic Key West Armory building on White Street.  We really love original Key West art, and we quickly fell in love with Pam's bold, colorful paintings of iconic Key West scenes.  We met Pam at 7 Artists Gallery on Duval where she has uniquely autographed our Pam Hobbs prints.  Pam even signed a print that we gave as a Christmas gift to Miss Georgetown Queen Alexandria Hannan.  Alex's parents share our love for the sun and warm weather of south Florida.

Pam invited us to visit her studio at TSKW after telling us how a recent painting was inspired by her window view of old town houses.  TSKW has converted the old armory into an incredible gallery and studio space, and is even renovating adjacent property to accomodate artist in residence.  You'll find lots of great art in Key West, and you can see a showcase of the best art on the island at TSKW.

Friday, March 16, 2012

A Visit to the Florida Keys Memorial in Islamorada

Located at mile marker 81, the Florida Keys Memorial was dedicated in 1937 and is on the National Registry of Historic Places.  The monument was constructed in memory of those who were lost in the 1935 hurricane, which is said to have killed hundreds in the Keys.

The hurricane monument is in Islamorada near World Wide Sportsman and many other great places to visit, so if you are passing through the upper Keys, we think you'll be glad you stopped to take a look at the Florida Keys Memorial.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Lunch with the Georgetown Fair Queen Alexandria Hannan is a day to remember!

Saturday, March 10th, was the day all dreams come true, and we were there to capture all the excitement at "A Fairy Tale Come True: Lunch with the Georgetown Fair Queen."  This was the second annual princess lunch with the Georgetown Fair Queen, and 2012 Queen Alexandria Hannan was there to make it a magical day for everyone.

Cheri from Floral-n-Flair is a good friend of a the Georgetown Fair Queen Pageant, and we can't thank Cheri enough for supplying all the fine china and place settings for nearly 250 princesses, parents and friends who joined Queen Alexandria for two and half hours of fun, complete with dancing, story time and lots of cupcakes.

The princesses having lunch with Queen Alexandria were dazzled by a ballet troupe from Jodi's Dance Unlimited, and after the special visit by the ballerinas, all the girls joined the Queen to dance at the stage.  The 2012 lunch with the Georgetown Fair Queen was a magical day put on by directors Karen Thornsbrough and Jill Pope, and it couldn't have been possible without the help and support of the Georgetown Fair Board and the friends of the Georgetown Fair Queen Pageant who volunteered their day to create a magical experience for 250 guests.

Be sure to keep following our blog to keep up with Queen Alexandria and her appearances as we head into summer.  May all your dreams come true!