Locals Vanessa McCaffrey and Tony Konrath bring to the stage the struggle between a driven wife and an ailing British poet who, after many years living in the U.S., has decided it’s time to retire and return to the U.K. His wife is not ready for his retirement and will go to unthinkable lengths to prevent his leaving. This is a meaningful story about learning when it’s time to let go, and what the costs of doing so can be.
If you’ve not visited the Red Barn Theatre, take an evening and acquaint yourself with this tiny but perfectly laid-out former carriage house. Located behind the Key West Woman’s Club, this space provides an enchanting and intimate setting for live theater. Every seat offers a premium view of the stage, and they even serve libations in the courtyard prior to the performances. I predict the Red Barn will soon become your favorite venue.
ART! Key West! returns Nov. 28-30 with a three-day island-wide art festival. Key West has long been home to a terrific cultural community including performing actors and musicians, artists, potters, writers and poets. This year’s ART! Key West! is a celebration of all the arts and will be held across the island in theaters, galleries, boutiques and restaurants.
In addition to a “Black Friday” Fine Art Sale on the pier at the Westin Key West Resort, there will be a soiree at the nearby Custom House Museum. And across town on the beach at the historic Casa Marina, you’ll find a unique artistic challenge that’s ideal for a subtropical island.
The lively creativity and sun-drenched oceanfront vibe that characterize Key West come together in the inaugural International Sand Art Competition, an intriguing event for Thanksgiving weekend visitors.
Six renowned U.S. and international sand sculptors are scheduled to participate in the event, set to begin Wednesday, Nov. 26, on the Atlantic Ocean beach at the Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. The competition was conceived and organized by Marianne van den Broek of Key West’s Sand-Isle Professional Sand Sculpting.
Competitors include Rusty Croft, host of the Travel Channel reality show “Sand Masters,” veteran Key West sand artist and show participant Chris Guinto, Canadian master Guy Olivier-Deveau, noted sculptor/photographer/filmmaker Benjamin Probanza, seasoned sand artist Dan Doubleday and world champion Dan Belcher.
Stop by the Casa Marina starting Nov. 26 and watch the artists at work. There will be special lighted sand sculpture evenings as well as the “Mel Fisher Treasure Dig” where you can compete to search the sand for an authentic shipwreck treasure coin valued at $1,000.
Shortly afterward, World AIDS Day is celebrated Dec.1 in Key West beginning with a candlelight Memorial March. The march starts at the corner of United and White streets and proceeds to the Key West AIDS Memorial at the foot of the White Street Pier. The memorial is a tribute to the people who have died of AIDS and, in their lifetimes, showed a love of the Florida Keys by living, working, or visiting here. The names are engraved in Zimbabwe granite.
So if you’re looking for a meaningful observation, powerful new theater, a cultural celebration or a chance to marvel at sand artistry, you’ll find it this month in Key West.
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