Monday, June 20, 2016

The Tropic Cinema in Downtown Key West Florida

The Tropic Cinema has got to be one of the most iconic spots in downtown Key West, and if you check out much local Key West art you are likely to see the Tropic and the iconic Marilyn Monroe statue pop up quite a bit. The Tropic is right in the heart of downtown on Eaton just off Duval. Even if you aren't headed to a show, look for the people taking pictures with the life-size Marilyn Monroe statue out front. The Tropic might look historic, but it is actually a retro designed cinema that went in around 2004 and is actually in an old factory space. The Tropic is the perfect place to chill on a hot day and they tend to show a pretty good variety of films. On your next visit to Key West consider taking in a show at the Tropic, and be sure to wave if you see Josh and Joe Travels!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Georgetown Fair Queen Contestant Tea coming up on July 10

Summer is here and that means its almost time for the Georgetown Fair Queen Pageant, and things kick off this year with the Georgetown Fair Queen Contestant Tea to be held on July 10th at the Georgetown fairgrounds. The contestant tea is the annual kickoff for the search to find the next Georgetown Fair Queen, and it is a chance for contestants to get all the info about the pageant from directors Karen Thornsbrough and Jill Pope. Contestants will hear firsthand from Miss Georgetown Fair 2015 Sierra Dicken about her year of service and her trip to the state pageant where she finished as a finalist.

Miss Georgetown Fair spends the week at the fair in August making appearances with her court, and she goes on to compete at the Illinois state county fair queen pageant held in January. Miss Georgetown is active in her community making appearances all year long, and since we are the official photographers of the Georgetown Fair Queen, you'll see lots of pictures right here at Josh and Joe Travels.

Think you've got what it takes to do Queen Sierra's job? Look for the Georgetown Fair Queen Pageant on Facebook and get in touch with directors Karen and Jill. Or get in touch with us and we'll connect you with the directors. We've been working with Karen and Jill for years, so we can tell you that the lucky winner will spend the next year with two of the hardest working directors in Illinois.

This summer is sure to be lots of fun, but it can fly by before you know it, so be sure to check back often to see what the Georgetown Fair Queen is up to as we head toward August and the Georgetown Fair Queen Pageant. Count on seeing pictures here first at Josh and Joe Travels!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Blue Heaven and Bahama Village in Key West

Blue Heaven is one of the most popular places to eat in Key West, and Bahama Village is one of the coolest and most historic places on the island. People love Blue Heaven for the jerk chicken and fresh seafood dinners, and they also serve a great breakfast.

Blue Heaven is all outdoor seating, so keep this in mind depending when you visit. During the cooler months just about any time of day is a great time to be outdoors at a place like Blue Heaven, but in warmer months you might like breakfast when it is still reasonably cool, or waiting until after dark for what Blue Heaven calls "dinner under the stars." If there is rain in the forecast, though, this place might be best saved for another day.

We enjoyed our recent breakfast at Blue Heaven. We got there around 8:30am and didn't have to wait for a table, but the place filled up quick while we were eating. We saw a few big parties having a great time, so if you are in town with a small group keep this place in mind for breakfast or brunch. Our blueberry pancakes were tasty, and they even offer real maple syrup for a little extra. If you really love Blue Heaven they have a pretty big gift shop so you can take home something for your friends.

Parking in Bahama Village can be hard to come by so we walked a few blocks from the parking lot at the downtown fire station which took about 10 minutes, and after breakfast we hit a few of our favorite art galleries on Duval to make the most of what we paid to park. If you have a bicycle your totally in business - just be sure to lock up your bike securely anytime you leave it.

If you've already been to Blue Heaven for breakfast we also like Two Friends on Front Street which has similar patio dining and puts you in a great spot to start your day on Duval or even around the historic seaport district. So the next time you are in town be sure to visit Blue Heaven and check out Bahama Village, and be sure to stop and say hi if you see Josh and Joe Travels!