2019 Adventure

Hey folks, it’s been a while since my last post but I think that it’s fitting that we’re headed back to Key West tomorrow for the Labor Day weekend and our 8th wedding anniversary in paradise. Unfortunately the weather might be somewhat of an issue as hurricane Dorian might decide to pay us a little visit come Sunday. Hopefully our first trip to the Dry Tortugas won’t be postponed as we were really looking forward to the excursion on the Yankee Freedom.

Our pals Tim and Stacy will be along for the weekend and regardless of the weather conditions, I’m quite sure we’ll manage to have a blast! Our Jack O Lantern will be is good hands back in Tampa with Grandma and Grandpa so that’s a big relief. Hope to see some of you all this weekend in Key West!! Happy Labor Day weekend and be safe out there my friends!!!

Honor the Heros

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It was 80 years ago today that a Category 5 hurricane roared through the Florida Keys obliterating everything in sight and taking several hundred souls, as well as Henry Flagler’s railroad. It had the lowest recorded sea level pressure ever recorded in the US, with winds estimated at over 185 miles per hour. I would like to take a moment to recognize all the hard work these men and women did constructing the railroad, many of whom were veterans,  and to honor the sacrifices they made . We owe them a debt of gratitude as many of us still trek through the Keys on the same stretch of road so aptly named the Overseas Highway. Here’s a link to more data on the hurricane courtesy of Wikipedia.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1935_Labor_Day_hurricane

 

 

Four Years Ago

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It was 4 years ago today that we got married in Key West aboard the historic Flagship of the State of Florida, the Schooner Western Union. It was so nice to see so many of our family and friends there for us and we thank you all for sharing our special day. We feel so fortunate to have been married by Capt. Lenn aboard such a historic tall ship and will be a memory and honor we will cherish forever. It was definitely one of the best weddings we’d ever been to.
The Western Union is sadly in a severe state of disrepair and needs everyone’s help to keep her from the scrapyard. Here’s a link to find out more info on how you can help. http://schoonerwesternunion.causevox.com/

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Paradise Revisited

Hey folks, just got back from another awesome adventure in Key West and just wanted to post some pics and video of the crazy goings on over the Memorial Day weekend. Cheers and enjoy…  This is the Coast Guarded Tallship Barque Eagle that was in town over the weekend. She;s 295 ft long and is used for training cadets for the rigors of the Coast Guard.

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The annual Minimal Regata was held on May 24th at Schooner Wharf and as usual, it was a hilarious sight to behold.

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What would Key West be without the beautiful sunsets…

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Crazy Fun

Hey folks, if you’re planning on being in Key West over the Memorial Day weekend you’ll do yourself a favor by dragging your bad selves over to Schooner Wharf Bar on Sunday, May 24th for the 2015 version of the zaniest regatta you’ll ever see. It’s called the “Minimal Regatta”.  Contestants are allowed only one thin sheet of 4×8 plywood, two 8 ft long 2×4’s, a roll of duct tape and 1 lb. of fasteners to build their boat and race other contestants around the inner harbor in this sink or swim competition.

Awards are presented for creativity, speed, costume, sportsmanship and paint job, among others. Live music fills the air and a barbeque pulls this wacky race all together. I guarantee you won’t regret it!!

Schooner Western Union

Western Union

Hello friends, we just got back from our recent anniversary trip to Key West and learned some disturbing news about the future of the Historic “Western Union” Schooner from Capt. Lenn. Some of you may already have heard that the Western Union is in a serious state of disrepair and is in desperate need of funding to restore this great sailing vessel to its original pristine shape. Being that this wonderful two-masted schooner is a wooden ship, the costs involved in restoring her are very high and, if the capitol is not raised soon to restore the ship, this beautiful piece of history could very well end up in the scrapyard.

As of early September, 2014 the Western Union Schooner was stripped of its Coast Guard certification to sail until such repairs could take place and not until then. The Western Union is the last functioning wooden tall ship built in the state of Florida and is in need currently of somewhere around 60,000 dollars in state and local community support in the form of donations to be able to secure federal dollars to complete her restoration. This funding must be raised in the next 20 days or this vital slice of Key West and the State of Florida could disappear forever.

The Schooner Western Union Preservation Society is at a crisis point and is accepting donations to help save this important part of Florida’s History. Everyone who has sailed on her or has been to Key West can understand the true importance of this undertaking and CAN HELP in some way, large or small, to save her from destruction. I am posting a link for anyone who wishes to donate what ever they can afford to keep this Historic tall ship sailing through our waters and to serve locals and educate the visitors about its rich history. I am also posting the link to an important article published in the Key West Citizen regarding fundraising efforts. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bxf-Khx6CZrQN201OUdSbFFLS1U/edit?pli=1

My wife and I were married aboard this wonderful and historic tall ship in 2011 and I’m certain that many of you have had similar memorable experiences on the Western Union. Please help in any way possible to keep her afloat and sailing the waters in our region and state. Thank you for your support.

 

 

Recent Visit to Paradise

Hey gang, just got back from another fabulous trip to Key West with Marjorie, Stacy and Tim. We had a great time over the Labor Day weekend as usual. Many thanks to Tim and Stacy for shuttling us back and forth to the N.A.S. for much needed supplies!!! Swimmer Diana Nyad was also in town to commemorate the first anniversary of her historic swim from Cuba to Key West which was really cool. Great food, cool drinks and fond memories!!!  While we were in town we took many pictures and would like to share them with you all.

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Lipstick Killers

Hey, I just wanted to send a shout out to my friend Tate Thibadeaux who is in town here in the Tampa area rehearsing for a Lipstick Killers show on August 22nd at the Local 662 on Central Avenue in St Petersburg Florida. It was great to see him again and catch up a little bit. The Lipstick Killers are the premier Alice Cooper Tribute band in all the land and I highly recommend that you check out the show on Friday night if you’re in the Tampa Bay area.  They’ll rock you to a nub and the theatrical performance is classic Alice!! I know I’ll be there!!

They’ll be headlining the show but also on the bill is Kozmic Pearl, one of the top Janis Joplin tribute bands on the circuit. I suggest that you get there early. Advance tickets plus one free drink 727- 278=9921 Kenny.  Enjoy.

3 years

How time flies. It’s coming up on three years since Marjorie and I got married in Historic Key West. And that means we’re headed back to town for the long Labor Day weekend. Lots happening in town over the Labor Day weekend including the annual Key West Brewfest which runs from August 28th thru September 1st. For you beer lovers out there, and you know who you are, this is one festival not to miss. It takes place in many different venues around town so click on the website linkfor complete details about tickets, times, venues etc… There’s quite an impressive list of beers that will be available for consumption.

Also on Friday August 29th and 30th, the Miami-based funk, Caribbean, Afro, Reggae, Rock, Jazz band Suenelo, will be rockin the house at the Green Parrot Bar on Southard St for 3 live shows Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening. The Parrot, in my opinion, is hands down one of the single best venues in all of the Southeast for live original music. The Parrot plays host to some of the best live bands in the nation. And the best thing about it is…there’s NEVER any cover charge!!! That’s right people. No cover charge. Reasonable drink prices. This place is one of the best kept secrets on the planet. If you’re a fan of top notch live music, and you’re out and about, you  have to stop by to catch at least one of their shows!! I recommend the 5:30 show on Saturday afternoon. Suenelo will rock you off your feet. Later you’ll thank me…

Labor Day weekend is a great time to get away to Key West. Get out and see something historical!! It’s all right under your nose. Every where you go you’ll see something historical. Take a tour. Rent a bicycle. Explore the Island. Get out on the water. There’s so much to see and learn about. That’s what we’ll be doing. Or just chilin out around town somewhere, perhaps Dante’s Pool Bar or any other drinkatorium. Can’t wait to see the Reverend Lovejoy and his lovely wife Mrs. Lovejoy who will be joining us for fun and frivolity. And perhaps some shenanigans. See you there.

A Gala Event

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Hey folks,  Marjorie and I are heading out this weekend to celebrate the Grand Opening of the brand new “Club Laydle” on Reddington Beach, in the Tampa area. This one of a kind facility near the beach and John’s Pass is owned and operated by two of our best friends Maude and Ned Flanders who are primarily responsible for steering this project through the red tape to its fruition. They’re sure to have some A-list celebs this weekend at this long awaited Premier where…. “Dreams Do Come True”.

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The concept for Club Laydle has been kicked around for decades and through some kind of divine intervention, has indeed “risen to life” much to the surprise of many. Maude, Ned and myself have collaborated over the years painstakingly, so that we may bring you this one of a kind experience.

We would be remiss if we did not pause for a moment to reflect on the Memorial Day Weekend and the great sacrifices made by our soldiers, past and present, so that we all may enjoy the freedoms of living in this great nation. Thank You to you all!!!

See you all at “Club Laydle”.