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PAGE 1 INSIDEWEEK OF JULY 12-18, 2018Vol. 3, No. 15 FREE Drag lifeFine time for the surprising Ms. Lucille. A13 MusicB-Man and mi-Shell: Happiness and music. A16 Bartender of the Week Alexandr Tolmachenko Bartending for the People. A6 Real estateWindward Park beauty 606 Truman Ave., #10. A22 SEE MEL, A10 BY LAURA RICHARDSONFlorida Weekly Correspondent HE PROMISE OF UNTOLD riches just around the next treacherous corner, past the pit of poisonous vipers and across the fathomless chasm the allure of the treasure hunting lifestyle is ever-present in literature and film. The familiar tale of the rogue explorer always searching for an historical relic or a treasure buried deep in some remote location inspires children of all ages (and some adults) to draw their own treasure maps and lead their own expeditions to where X marks the spot. Given its position in the middle of the ocean and its often sordid past full of mutiny and bloody hard-fought battles, Key West has always been associated with the piratical tradition. But in Key West, treasure hunting SEE ATOCHA, A15 The quest for the Atocha BY MAXINE LOPEZ-KEOUGHFlorida Weekly CorrespondentThey were four weeks behind schedule. For months, a procession of mules had been arriving at the Veracruz docks, winding their way through the haze of a humid tropical summer, laden with a banks worth of treasure bound for Spain. Each piece of silver, each flawless emerald, each gold bar, each bronze cannon needed first be recorded in a ledger, after which it was carefully loaded by a crew of more than 100 sailors and slaves into the bowels of the mahoganyhulled vessel that sat dockside. At the same time, all manner of unrecorded booty jewelry, currency, art, all smuggled aboard to avoid taxation was secretly added to the mix. By the time the ship was ready to depart, the Nuestra Senora de Atocha, prize galleon of Spains Tierra Firme Fleet, named for the holiest of shrines in Madrid, had had over 40 tons of treasure packed tight within its hull. COURTESY PHOTOThe Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha. Celebrate Key Wests legendary treasure hunter f f f f f f f f f f f f aaaaaaa aaaaaaaa a a a a e e e e e e d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d X X X X X X X X X X n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g g Mel Fisher, legendary treaure hunter is celebrated in Key West, July 12-14.COURTESY PHOTOS; PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ERIC RADDATZ / FLORIDA WEEKLY


A2 WEEK OF JULY 12-18, 2018 FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST EditorOwen Killianokillian@floridaweekly.comPublisherNiall Geogheganniall@floridaweekly.comReportersBucky Montgomery Laura Richardson Jennifer White Presentation EditorEric Raddatzeraddatz@floridaweekly.comProduction ManagerAlisa Bowmanabowman@floridaweekly.comGraphic DesignersChris Andruskiewicz Paul Heinrich Scott SleeperCirculation ManagerMichael Gagliardimgagliardi@floridaweekly.comBusiness Office ManagerKelli CaricoPublished by Florida Media Group LLC100 Grinnell Street Key West, FL Copyright: The contents of the Florida Weekly are copyright 2018 by Florida Media Group, LLC. No portion may be reproduced without the express written consent of Florida Media Group, LLC. A COZY UPSCALE CRAFT COCKTAIL BAR & LIQUOR STOREWITH CLASSIC COCKTAILS, FINE WINE & SMALL BITES!FULL RETAIL LIQUOR SPECIALTY STORE, STOCKING LOCAL DISTILLED SPIRITS, FINE WINES, LOCAL FLORIDA BEERS, RARE FINDSASK ABOUT DAILY SPECIALS! HAPPY HOUR 3-6 DAILY 1/2 PRICE CAVIAR $10 STOLI ELITE MARTINIS & COSMOS $8 SELECTED WHITE, RED AND SPARKLING WINES $6 CRAFT COCKTAIL ON TAP OFF OFF DUVALThe most traveled and visible street in Key West is only the beginning, the surface, of what the town has to offer. Ask the locals about their favorite spots, stroll through quiet neighborhoods or down alleyways off Duval and youll begin to dive deeper into the quieter, more diverse and less readily apparent offerings. Here are eight spots that you might not see at first glance. Better than Sex, 926 Simonton St. 305-296-8102; A great place for couples. Swing by this dessert only, adults only restaurant late in the evening. Indulge your senses with chocolate dipped wine glasses and cheeky, homemade desserts and beverages such as an Ephemere Apple Spiced Ale in a tall beer glass with a signature caramel rim-job. Lick it good. Mellow Caf and Gastro Pub, 1605 Roosevelt Blvd. 305-745-3874; www. Located near the water in Old Town Key West, the caf is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers unique island fare with a mellow atmosphere to match. The menu items are crafted with fresh locally sourced ingredients and include a fresh catch, Havana roasted pork, romaine leaf plates and caramelized banana chocolate tacos. Drink options include a large selection of craft beers, 11 rotating tap beers, wine, housemade sangria, and champagne cocktails. They have a great happy hour daily from 5 to 7 p.m. and delivery is available. Cuban Coffee Queen, 284 Margaret St. 305-292-4747; The strong Cuban coffee at this hole in the wall is also rich in Key West heritage. A Caf Con Leche paired with a classic Cuban sandwich or some Havana rice and beans will keep you going long into a Key West night. Firefly, 223 Petronia St. 305-8490104; Being that Key West is home to the southernmost point of the continental United States, its fitting that the island is home to a very southern-inspired restaurant. Fireflys plantation-style look and Southern-inspired cuisine give it the most down-home feel of a culinary experience on the island. The shrimp and grits, fried chicken dish and baconwrapped meatloaf are a few fan favorites. Key West Island Bookstore, 513 Fleming St.; 305-294-2904. This decades-old boutique bookstore offers a surprisingly varied wealth of current and used titles, from best sellers to rare titles. Often open late its an inviting place to browse among the crowded stacks. La Rubia Fine Hats-510 Fleming St. 305-296-6059; www.larubiakeywest. com. The Florida Keys only importer of authentic Panama hats. The owners developed this boutique to carry on the centuries-old tradition of hand weaving hats, which come from Ecuador and not Panama, by the way. There are styles for both men and women in a wide array of colors and weaves. They also offer a nice selection of wearable, fair trade crafts such as jewelry, ikat wraps and shigra bags. Little Pearl,632 Olivia St. 305-2044762; Nestled in the heart of Old Town Key West and away from the bustling downtown streets, sits an excellent spot for fresh local catch and innovative cuisine with a tropical twist. Its new, its hot and reservations are required. Nancy Forresters Secret Garden, 518 Elizabeth St. 305-294-0015; www. Ms. Forrester has a secret, and its not her garden, per se: its what she keeps there. The longtime environmentalist has been caring for orphaned parrots for more than 30 years, and she invites the public to meet with her uncaged friends to take pictures, hold them and listen as she educates the community about her feathered friends. COURTESY PHOTOThe Mellow Caf and Gastro Pub is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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A4 WEEK OF JULY 12-18, 2018 FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST Cruisers, Tandems, Tricycles and Kids bikes!Call us today at (305) 414-8142Monday Sunday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm FREE DELIVERY TO FERRY TERMINAL AND ALL OTHER LOCATIONS IN KEY WEST! MAP IT OUT Getting around Key West1. Southernmost Point The corner of South Street and Whitehead Street The city of Key West erected this now famous concrete buoy in 1983 to denote the southernmost point in the continential United States. 2. Conch Tour Train 303 Front St., Key West 305-294-5161 or 888-916-8687 The Conch Train has been winding its way through the streets of Key West since 1958. 3. Sloppy Joes 201 Duval St. 305-294-5717 The historic bar has been a Key West tradition since it opened in 1933. Its most famous patrons were Ernest Hemmingway and the rum runner Habana Joe. 4. Mallory Square Sunset Celebration 1 Whitehead St., Key West 786-565-7448 This nightly festival begins at the waters edge about and hour or two before sunset and includes street performers, local artisans, food carts, palmists and psychics. 5. Truman Little White House 111 Front St. The Little White House adds a presidential luster to the Conch Republic. Originally built for Naval of cers in 1890 and used as a command headquarters in three wars, the Little White House later served as lodging for President Harry S. Trumans winter retreats from 1946 to 1952.6. The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum 907 Whitehead St., Key West 305-294-1136 Take the tour and say hello to one of the 40 to 50 six-toed cats, all descendants of Hemingways cat, Snowball. 7. The Key West Butter y & Nature Conservatory 1316 Duval St., Key West 305-296-2988 or 800-839-4647 www.keywestbutter More than 50 different butter y species from around the world and 20 different exotic bird species coexist in this climate-controlled, glass-enclosed habitat that includes waterfalls, owering plants and trees. 8. Mel Fisher Maritime Museum 200 Greene St., Key West 305-294-2633 www.mel Exhibits include treasures from the Spanish galleons of 1622 discovered by Mel Fisher and his crew. 9. Mile Marker 0 Sign 490 Whitehead St., corner of Fleming Street U.S. 1 begins here in Key West, continues 2,369 miles north up the East Coast, and ends in Fort Kent, Maine. Stop here to commemorate your visit to Key West with a photo next to the iconic Mile Marker 0 sign. 10. Key West Express Ferry Terminal 100 Grinnell Street 239-463-5733 Traveling via the Express is truly the best way to get between Key West, Fort Myers Beach or Marco Island. Youll enjoy air-conditioned interiors, exterior sun decks, couches, tables and even reclining airlinestyle seating. Theres a full-service galley, full-service bar and at-screen TVs with satellite television. 11. Audubon House and Garden 205 Whitehead Street 305-294-2116 Original lithographs by John James Audubon are on display the former home of shipwreck salvager Captain John Geiger.12. Key West City Cemetery Bordered by Angela, Frances, Olivia Streets and Windsor Lane Stop by the sextons of ce near the entrance at Passover Lane and Windsor Lane for a map containing a free walking tour.13. Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and Beach Located at the ocean end of Southard Street and bordering the Naval Reservation. 305-295-0037 Fort Zach is known to locals and tourists alike as one of Key Wests best beaches. In addition to the expansive beach, there are nature trails, bike paths, and Historic Fort Zachary Taylor all within a 54-acre park with picnic tables and grills. Experience the beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean and the Key West Shipping Channel. b b t t nfr rrn brf


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A6 WEEK OF JULY 12-18, 2018 FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST HAPPY HOUR 5PM TO 7PMHALF OFF APPETIZERS, BEER, WINE AND COCKTAILS!Speciality Martinis: Espresso Martini Key Lime Martini Lychee Martini 314 Duval Street Key West 305.292.4740 www.grandcafekeywest.comENJOY AN ECLECTIC FUSION OF TRADITIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CUISINE OVERLOOKING DUVAL STREET. RELAX ON OUR PORCH OR INSIDE OUR HISTORIC BUILDING BARTENDER OF THE WEEKAlexandr Tolmachenko Bartending for the People BY JENNIFER WHITEFlorida Weekly CorrespondentAlexandr Tolmachenko, or Alex for short, does not take his job as a bartender at Virgilios for granted. That is clear. Behind these walls he was given the opportunity to learn the skills of the trade and it is here that he learned to speak fluent English. It is also where he met his wife of eight years, Pip Kean. Pip, as the manager, hired him to be part of the team and taught him how to bartend by example. To me it was very easy, Alex replies when I ask him about learning to be a bartender. I actually didnt need any training. I was just watching my wife. And asked who he has become as a bartender he answers, Im friendly. If I have time I always try to chat with people, and I have to say Im also fast. After moving to Key West from Sochi, Russia, 11 years ago because it was an adventure, he worked in construction before finding a position as a food runner and bus boy at La Trattoria. Three months in and he was promoted to the position of bar back at Virgilios, the swanky and secluded martini bar adjacent to the Italian restaurant La Trattoria. Shortly after that, he became a full-time bartender. My favorite part about bartending is talking to people, meeting new people and of course the mixology. We dont have those bottles in Russia, he explains pointing up to the bars liquor display, What I like a lot about Virgilios is that it is mostly locals, because it is this hidden place that not a lot of people know about. But my very favorite part about it is my team. We are like a family back here. We always have each others backs. Virgilios was one of the small number of businesses that suffered extensive damage after Hurricane Irma, forcing the bar to close for a while so that they could rebuild. While they were at it, they figured they might as well go ahead and update their look from rustic to sleek by exchanging old wood for more modern stone. The facelift included an extended bar top to seat more patrons as well as significantly more square footage behind the actual bar so that it would be easier for bartenders to move around faster. However, although the decor might look a little different than before, the bartender who is serving you is probably the same person who served you last summer and the summer before. The crowd, the food and the cocktails are all the same, and they still throw a very popular Martini Monday every week with signature martinis for just $7. I always recommend the espresso or the key lime martini, Alex suggests, the espresso is made with real espresso so if you want a little kick thats the best one to get, and I cant say what our secret is but the key lime just tastes exactly like a key lime pie. Live music is another draw for the off the beaten path gem to complement an open aired vibe thanks to a kind of urban garden set-up with only half of the space covered by a roof. The rest is underneath a canopy of trees and stars. If you are looking for a place to hide, then this is the perfect spot, Alex says. Virgilios is tucked just behind its parent restaurant, La Trattoria on Applerouth Lane directly off Duval along with recent newcomer pub Mary Ellens and longtime retailer Leather Master. To find it, look for the Walgreens in the old cinema and look both ways before crossing the street. Then find the side door where a bouncer is more than likely blocking your view from seeing inside while he diligently checks IDs. It is not big, by any means, but it is special enough to have developed a small population of devoted customers who keep the handful of bar stools occupied on a nightly basis. I want to thank the regulars for taking care of us and being such loyal customers, Alex says. See Alex every day except for Thursdays and Sundays from 6 p.m. until close, which usually ends up being around 2 a.m. On his days off Alex spends his time hanging out with his pit bulls Lily and Burto, doing chores at home, or on other days enjoying his drinks of choice, a beer with a shot of Titos. If Im in the mood, Ill come downtown and see the people who come to see me. And if you havent yet gone to see him then maybe it is time that you do. Virgilios 524 Duval Street 305-296-8118


FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST WEEK OF JULY 12-18, 2018 A7 107 Fitzpatrick St, Key West, FL 33040305-294-5044Open today 8:30AM:30PM Kino Sandals offer over 17 different styles using natural leather uppers and natural rubber soles. They are all hand cut, assembled, and glued in our traditional sandal factory since 1966. THEATERSteppenwolf director helms world premiere play for Summer Stage SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYIt was a big storm that enticed Patrick New into pursuing a life in the theater. And not just any old storm it was a very bright and flashy, very scary one. My mum took me to a production of Shakespeares The Tempest when I was about 4 or 5, New said, and the storm in Act One, Scene One is one of my earliest memories. After something like that, well He hasnt looked back since. New immersed himself in the theater offerings of his elementary, middle, and high schools excelling in all of them, became a founding member of The Show in college still the longestrunning student TV show in the country and capped his education with a masters in fine arts in directing from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. And the pedigree doesnt end there. Acting and directing work with some of the top theaters in the country followed: Steppenwolf, The Goodman, and Looking Glass in Chicago, San Franciscos ACT, New Yorks Roundabout, Baltimores Centerstage these are the gold standards of American theater. So whats he doing at the end of the road in Paradise? New is in Key West this summer to direct his second play for Summer Stage in as many years. Last year he helmed a stunning revival of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, which played to soldout crowds every night. This year, its creating something from whole cloth the World Premiere of Summer Stage founder and Key West playwright Bob Bowersoxs brand-new play, Under the Hunters Moon, which runs through July 22 at the Red Barn Theatre as a centerpiece offering of Summer Stage 2018. Its always exciting and challenging to develop a new play, New said. I love the creative process. I love taking words on paper and giving them life by finding their theatrical reality through movement, gesture, and voice. Bowersox met New a few years ago when New ran a seminar for Fringe Theaters Shakespeare in School program, where News well-honed abilities as a Shakespearean actor helped the Fringe actors better master the ins and outs of speaking in iambic pentameter. Patrick and I hit it off right away, Bowersox said, and he came in to direct Cuckoos Nest for us. It was such a great experience the way he finds a plays heart and brings the actors into it with him his whole process is very unique and quite extraordinary. It elevates a play far beyond the norm makes it an exceptional experience for everyone, especially the audiences. Under The Hunters Moon centers on Robert Grey, who has been the biggest Hollywood star of his generation. But after 35 years and 50 films, the joy of the work is eluding him, and a chance meeting with a long-lost first love in a small general store in Maine causes Grey to question his lifes path and the value it may have had. The play stars Bowersox, David Black, Paula Cabot, Melody G. Moore, Mathias Maloff, Tammy Shanley and Arthur Crocker. I love telling great stories that inspire people, and this is a great story, New said. I think it will give audiences the opportunity to explore aspects of their own lives, in their past and in their present, with the understanding that change is not only possible, but sometimes essential. Bowersox agrees. Hunters Moon is a special play, and Im so glad Patrick came back to direct it. Im sure it will soar, thanks in great part to his talent. Tickets for Under the Hunters Moon are available at or by calling the box office at 305-296-9911. All curtains are at 8 p.m. COURTESY PHOTOPatrick NewIts always exciting and challenging to develop a new play. I love the creative process. I love taking words on paper and giving them life by finding their theatrical reality through movement, gesture, and voice. Patrick New, Under The Hunters Moon director


A8 WEEK OF JULY 12-18, 2018 FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST KEY WEST CALENDAR OF EVENTSSPECIAL EVENTSKey West Summer StageUnder the Hunters Moon July 12, 13, 14, 17 and 18, 8 p.m. Red Barn Theatre 319 Duval St. www.redbarntheatre.comHowie MandelJuly 16, 6:30 p.m. The Key West Theater 512 Eaton St. www.thekeywesttheater.comTwice Told TalesJuly 16, 8 p.m. The Studios of Key West 533 Eaton St. www.tskw.orgSummerish Fun Movie SeriesTop GunJuly 18, 7 p.m. The Key West Theater 512 Eaton St. www.thekeywesttheater.comCOMEDYComedy Open Mic NightMondays, 9 p.m. Mary Ellens Bar and Restaurant 420 Appelrouth LaneComedy Key WestThursdays and Fridays, 7:30 to 10 p.m. The Blue Room 1128 Simonton St. Tickets available at www.comedykeyw est.comMUSICBerlins Cigar and Cocktail LoungeA&B Lobster House 700 Front St. Bria Ansara, Fridays and Saturdays, 7 to 10 p.m.Green Parrot Bar601 Whitehead St. Live Music Nightly Check the schedule at www.greenparrot.comIrish Kevins211 Duval St. Live Music Nightly Check the schedule at www.irishkevins.comMary Ellens420 Appelrouth Lane Open Mic with Comedy Key West, Mondays, 9 p.m. Drunken Spelling Bee, First Monday of each month, 9 p.m. Trivia, Tuesday Nights, 6:30 p.m. SIN Night (Service Industry Night), Wednesdays 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.Mellow Caf and GastropubBike Nights Live Music Ride your bike and get half off your meal Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. 1605 North Roosevelt Blvd. www.mellowkw.comSmoking Tuna4 Charles St. Live Music Nightly Check the schedule at www.smokingtunasaloon.comSloppy Joes201 Duval St. Live Music Nightly Check the schedule at www.sloppyjoes.comPHOTOGRAPHYPhotographs from the permanent collectionOngoing Key West Art and Historical Society Custom House 281 Front St. www.Kwahs.orgHomegrownPhotographs by Michael Marrero Ongoing Gallery on Greene 606 Greene St. www.galleryongreene.comCINEMATropic Cinema416 Eaton St. Check the website for ongoing filmsLGBTAqua Nightclub711 Duval St. Aqua Idol for the Florida Keys SPCA Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Drag Shows Nightly, 7 and 9 p.m. FOR THE FULL LINEUP VISIT: WWW.THEKEYWESTTHEATER.COM 07.16 HOWIE MANDEL 11.07 OTTMAR LIEBERT 12.07 PAULA POUNDSTONE 11.16 LIVINGSTON TAYLOR 12.16 A JOHN WATERS CHRISTMAS SHOW 11.28 KINGSTON TRIO LEGACY TOUR 11.15 THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER 09.30 LOUIE ANDERSON 10.14 WHOS BAD THE ULTIMATE MICHAEL JACKSON EXPERIENCE 01.22 HOT TUNA A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF CHICAGO 7.17 THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALLTHE WHITNEY HOUSTON SHOW STARRING BELINDA DAVIDS 02.02 BEGINNINGS A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF CHICAGO


FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST WEEK OF JULY 12-18, 2018 A9 Karaoke Monday through Thursday, 11 p.m. www.Aquakeywest.comBobbys Monkey Bar900 Simonton St. Karaoke Nightly, 9:30 p.m. Bobbys Monkey Bar on FacebookBourbon St. Pub724 Duval St. Just Jeff (Moss), Thursdays through Sundays, 8 to 10 p.m. Bria, Monday through Wednesdays 8 to 10 p.m. Ronnie, Mondays through Wednesdays, 3 to 8 p.m. The Men of Bourbon, Nightly Bourbon Bar801 Duval St. Drag Shows, Nightly, 9 and 11 p.m. Happy Hour Drag, 5 p.m. Saturdays Drag Karaoke, 4 p.m. Sundays Messy Mondays with Mulysa, 1 a.m. Mondays Fierce and Fabulous/Dragalicious, 1 a.m. Wednesdays www.801bourbon.comIsland House1129 Fleming St. www.Islandhousekeywest.comLa Te Da1125 Duval St. Christopher Peterson, July 14 and 17, 9 p.m. Randy Roberts, July 12, 9 p.m. 3Sum, July 12, 13, 14 and 15, 8:30 p.m. Ronnie Lively, July 16, 8:30 The Fabulous Spectrelles, July 17 and 18, 8:30 p.m. Tea Dance, Sundays 4 to 6:30 p.m. www.Lateda.comAROUND KEY WESTLocal Farm StandWednesdays, 5 to 7 p.m. Mellow Caf and Gastropub 1605 North Roosevelt Blvd.Ghost Tours and Ghost HuntsNightly 301 Whitehead St. and 1102 Duval St. 305-395-1435 KEY WEST CALENDAR OF EVENTS Xyxyxy yxyxyx yx yxyxyx yx yxyx yxyxy Main Event: Goes Here txyxyx yxyxy yxyxyyx yxyxyxy yxy xyxyxy #KW7.167.187.16 Howie Mandel, July 16, 6:30 p.m., The Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. www.thekeywest Key West Summer Stage, Key West Summer Stage, Under the Hunters Moon, July July 12, 13, 14, 17 and 18, 8 p.m., Red Barn Theatre, 319 Duval St. 12, 13, 14, 17 and 18, 8 p.m., Red Barn Theatre, 319 Duval St. A night of contrasting, dueling monologues. Catch Twice Told Tales, July 16, 8 p.m., The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St. Summerish Fun Movie Series, Top Gun, July 18, 7 p.m., The Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. www.thekeywest


A10 WEEK OF JULY 12-18, 2018 FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WESTis not just relegated to the realm of farfetched lore and historical non-fiction. From July 124, Key West will celebrate the life of a man who fully adopted the old adage, Finders keepers. A man who fought before the Supreme Court to defend his right to keeping what he found and who pursued his dreams relentlessl seemingly foolishly because he was sure that they would come true if he simply kept at it. A man who shared the incredible bounty of his life with family, friends and strangers and who dreamt of finding buried treasure more than he dreamt of a desk job and then had the courage to follow that dream, even when things seemed hopeless. And who, after having lived a life of inconceivable adventure, tenacity, intrigue and bravery, inspired an annual celebration that today raises tens of thousands of dollars for charity. It is the memory of Mel Fisher historic treasure hunter, famed dreamer and one of Key Wests most beloved characters that the annual Mel Fisher Days Festival seeks to celebrate. Mel Fisher is among the most legendary treasure hunters in American history. His early years were spent working on a chicken ranch, running the worlds first dive shop, selling lobsters, and exploring wrecks underwater alongside his record-setting diver wife Dorothy, nicknamed Deo. In time, Mel and Deo went on to uproot their lives to search for buried treasure in Florida. They developed cutting-edge technology and amassed a crackerjack team of experts, all of whom narrowed their focus to the search for one mysteriously vanished Spanish galleon ship: The Nuestra Seora de Atocha (or, more simply, the Atocha), which had sank in 1622 in the waters off the Florida Keys, taking with it over $400 million worth of gold, jewels, armaments, antiquities and those legendary pieces of eight made famous by Disneys seemingly never-ending Pirates of the Caribbean films (in fact, those Spanish silver dollars are worth a fortune today). Deo and Mel had children; the children joined the quest. The family became a kind of Swiss Family Robinson of the treasure salvaging business, spending 16 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars on their crusade to excavate the Atochas payload. In todays information-driven, instant gratification age, the thought that anyone could spend 16 minutes, let alone 16 years, in pursuit of a singular objective is impressive beyond comprehension, but the Fishers werent just any average thrillseeking family. The Fishers lost a son and daughter-in-law to the search and faced an endless barrage of doubt and ridicule over Mels refusal to give up hope of finding the ship. He was famously, relentlessly determined, starting each day by telling his crew, Todays the day! It became a credo; they even printed it on T-shirts. For over 5,000 days, Fisher believed that today was the day he would finally achieve his dream. The crew would find the Atocha and become rich beyond imagination, and his childhood dreams informed by late nights reading Treasure Island in rural Indiana would finally become reality. Fishers quest became the kind of dare-to-dream, impossible-to-win-but-determined-toanyway story that Hollywood loves to make about injured pitchers getting a second chance at redemption in the Major Leagues. Todays the day we find the Atocha! Todays the day! Outside of his family, his crew, his close friends and a handful of investors, no one believed he would find it. (Spoiler alert: he found it.) Mel Fisher Days has grown tremendously since its 1998 conception, during which Mel was alive and the festival was able to honor him in person. At the time, it was a small gathering, with hot dogs and discounts on rum and Coke as the main draw. Today, the celebration offers a wider range of events, including tours of the companys treasure boats and private conservation laboratory, live music, raffles, a silent auction worth tens of thousands of dollars and the chance to bite into a cupcake laced with an authentic Atocha piece of eight. Beginning on Thursday, July 12, and also occurring on Friday, July 13, a limited number of ticket holders will get a behind-the-scenes tour of the private conservation laboratory of the Fisher family, receiving an intimate look at some of todays most sophisticated archeological conservation technology (and the millions of dollars worth of treasure that it was built to protect). On the afternoon of Saturday, July 14, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., locals and visitors will converge at Schooner Wharf Bar (one of Mels favorite drinking haunts they actually cast his handprints in the concrete) where the storied treasure salvage vessel JB Magruder will dock alongside the bar. Treasure-hunting fans will be able to tour the ship, examining equipment still used in the field and rubbing shoulders with the Golden Crew of the original Atocha Mother Lode discovery. The event is free and open to the public and will also feature live music, food, drinks and contests (including the aforementioned Lucky Cupcake Contest MELFrom page 1 COURTESY PHOTOMel and Dorothy Fisher Pieces of eight from the wreckage of the Atocha.Admiring the treasure.


FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST WEEK OF JULY 12-18, 2018 A11 Where the unique waterfront shops and breath-taking sunsets come together.245 Front Street (Corner of Front & Green Streets)Behind the Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marinawww.sunsetshoppeskeywest.comJoin us for a shopping and dining experience like no other at the Sunset Waterfront Shoppes, located at the waters edge behind the Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina. ONE HOUR FREE PARKING VOUCHER WITH PURCHASE those possessing teeth prone to chipping: youve been warned). The Schooner Wharf Bar Dock Party will also feature the now-famous silent auction, with prizes ranging from authentic treasure to luxurious vacations. While the company still actively raises funds to finance its current treasure hunting missions, it was decided early on that 100 percent of the festivals proceeds would go to a Key West charity. This years lucky recipients, Wesley House Family Services, are a charity that Shawn Cowles, one of the original creators of Mel Fisher Days, feels strongly that Mel himself would have been proud to support. The charity, which provides services to needy children and families throughout the Keys including foster and adoptive care, intervention services, life skills training and more, exists to protect and provide for the many needy families who utilize its services. During his lifetime, Fisher had, of course, leaned heavily on the support of his immediate family, his wife and children working tirelessly alongside him, sometimes with heartbreaking results. His son, Kim Fisher, continues his fathers work to this day, searching the ocean surrounding the Keys for the still-undiscovered sections of the Atocha and other valuable wrecks. The Key West community supported Mel and his company across sixteen years of seemingly-futile searching and fundraising; in helping raise funds for its Key West community (and significant ones at that last years event raised $20,000), the Mel Fishers Treasures company is simply helping its family out. When it comes to the companys current efforts to uncover buried treasure, Mel Fishers Treasures is constantly investing in and developing new SEE MEL, A14 COURTESY PHOTOSTreasure hunters admiring their loot.The Mel Fisher Expeditions booth.


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Kevin Odon, pronounced just like the Norse god Odin, (also known as the all-father of all the Nordic gods, heavily associated with magic) invited this Florida Weekly Key West correspondent to interview him while he put on his makeup and to witness the transformation from Kevin Odon to Kylie Jean Lucille. Turns out that Mr. Odon is distinctive in a number of ways. Most surprising is probably that he was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, worked for a grocery chain in L.A., and then made damn sure he was vested in his retirement fund before moving to Key West. But lets back up a bit. Born in L.A. on Sept. 11, 1968 (he looks 10-15 years younger, really), the family moved to Keiser, Ore., a suburb of Salem, when he was in sixth grade. In high school he became best friends with a kid named Gary Marion, now better known in Key West as Sushi. Keiser was a pretty conservative town and boy, did we make a racket, he said. Mr. Odon said this while showing me into his bedroom and offering a chair in view of his vanity, a bamboo desk topped by four bright, theatrical lights; he immediately set about applying a substantial layer of old-fashioned pancake makeup, and then carefully pressing on an even layer of powder. Not that we dressed in full drag, but we wore dresses didnt think of them as dresses, but we made box dresses with yarn. That was the beginning of Sushis fabled co-career as costume designer and creator. We both learned through trial and error, Mr. Odon remembered, but it became a passion with him. Indeed. In many ways, Sushi is the ultimate in feminine grace, delicate, and often quite ladylike. Not Kylie. We were sent home for wearing makeup, he more than I, but theres not much thats delicate about Kylie. A strong woman originally inspired by Joan Crawford and Baywatchs Pamela Anderson, with an overlay of Valley Girl; unlike his best friend, theres no inner feminine there. I was just a gay guy who liked to dress up. The school had a very conservative vice principal, who called his mother in and asked if she knew what her son was doing. Moms pretty liberal. She wasnt horrified she thought it was a phase. When he came out as gay to his parents, his dad stormed out of the house. Fathers always take it the hardest, his mother soothed. By now he was pressing white powder under his eyes to define cheek andjaw lines, then applying a peachy pink from inside the bridge of his nose out to his brows, followed by black liner in the same arc. I remember talking to Gary the summer between 10th and 11th grades, saying I just want to be crazy not be bored. He admired the outrageousness of Boy George, David Bowie and RuPaul. Long story short: After high school and a year of college, he ended up as a Teamster in L.A. with a roommate who came home in drag one day, believing himself more attractive to men that way. But for the nascent Ms. Lucille the name came from a game of musical trivia when a friend blended another friends name, Kylie Jean, with Fine Time to Leave Me, Lucille, then declared Kylie Jean Lucille was the prefect drag name it was still all a lark. I didnt care, Mr. Odon shrugged. When Gary moved to Key West, I wasnt sure it was part of the U.S. But he visited during Fantasy Fest in 1996 and moved here Dec. 15. Initially he and Gary both worked cleaning Bourbon Street Pub. Then 801 Bourbon Bar called Sushi and said, This is yours. We ended up putting on seven shows a week. He and Sushi bartended and hawked on the sidewalk. I didnt really intend to perform but he learned so much: theater from Inga, humor from R.V. Beaumont, makeup from Mila. We all liked each other, didnt go anywhere without each other Ive learned a lot from every girl Ive worked with, he said. Another close friendship was with Margo, the oldest drag queen in captivity, until she died in 2006. He had highlighted the black arcs with a narrow white line, applied bright yellow inside the top of the bridge of his nose and hot pink to his eyelids, then pressed on pinkish lavender sparkle eye shadow. I like color a lot, so I tend to overdo it, he confessed. His persona really took off and evolved over the years, but he no longer climbs naked in the cabaret rafters. He still, however, has a considerable fan base of returning tourists. Were not getting rich, but we make a living. Then came huge eyelashes and sparkle lipstick and there was Kylie Jean Lucille, in full riotous living color, ready to head in for 801s 5 p.m. Sunday family show, kids welcome. The colors glow in black light, he noted. How has he managed to turn out so well? 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A14 WEEK OF JULY 12-18, 2018 FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST cutting-edge technology to aid in tts search. Electronic surveys are always underway and modern technology is enabling the current treasure-hunters to identify and locate long-lost ships and recover their treasure. That new technology includes a newly-developed HAUV (thats a Hybrid Autonomous Underwater Vehicle to you landlubbers), a custom-built research vehicle capable of reaching depths of up to 1,000 meters. Move over, Mars Rover, theres a new bot in town. Its not just the universally-felt lure of riches that makes Mel Fishers story such a powerful one. Indeed, for many, the actual loot of the Atocha is not the most incredible part of the tale. Its the idea that a person could wake up each day, for an incomprehensible number of days in a row, and tell himself and his crew that today was the day, and that he could believe it just as strongly one morning as the next. In an age of deletable-tweets and five-second attention spans, of lightning-fast information and anonymous internet bullies, this kind of unwavering faith in ones ability to achieve his or her dreams and to invest the time and effort necessary to do so is practically unheard of. But of equal importance is the endless support and unwavering faith of his crew, his family, and his friends, which enabled Fisher to achieve his dreams, making the Atocha team just as impressive and legendary a model for humanity as the man behind the find himself. Its the stuff of fables, of mythical quests and pirates and childrens playground laws. For Mel Fisher, Todays the day wasnt simply a credo meant to keep the workers focused. It was how he lived in the present moment. It enabled him to get up each day with the same determination and focus as the day prior. It made every day he woke up important, hope-filled, exceptional. Every day, an opportunity for adventure and success. Every day, the support of his family both genetic and otherwise was enough to keep him from throwing in the salt water-soaked towel and giving up. Perhaps Mel was teaching all of us that each morning, before the day has ground us down to our worst selves, we have the opportunity to curate the valence of our thoughts, to choose to believe we can achieve our dreams or make sure that someone elses are held afloat for just one more day. And perhaps thats what Mel Fisher Days is really about, at its core: that todays the day, for all of us we just have to choose to live it that way. MELFrom page 11 Mel Fishers storied treasure salvage vessel J.B. Magruder.. At right is Capt. Andy of the J. B. Magruder. EVERY THURSDAY & FRIDAY COMEDY KEY WEST Join usKey Wests ONLY weekly stand up comedy show at the southernmost comedy venue in the US with the BEST stand up comics from all over the world, from rising stars to household names. Mike Cronin and Mike Speenberg will peorm with local Key West comedians at the Downward Dog Comedy Showcase at THE BOTTLECAPS BLUE ROOM 1128 SIMONTON STREETMike Speenberg has been a professional touring Stand up comedian for 20 years. Hes performed on 5 different continents, entertained everyone from Hall of Fame Athletes to US Diplomats, shared the stage with everyone from Robin Williams to Bill Burr, and been featured on everything from CNN to the AMERICAN FORCES RADIO NETWORK.Come See THURSDAY July 12thFRIDAYJuly 13thThis Week... AY MIKE CRONINWhen it comes to comedy, Mike Cronin does it all: stand up, writing, improv, lm, and sketches. Even some of his characters do stand up. In fact, recently he made it to the nals of the Funniest Person In Cincinnati Contest as himself and also a character. In the stand up world, he appeared in the rst ever Limestone Comedy Festival. No matter which way you see Mike Cronin, you will leave laughing. TICKETS$15 C FOR MORE INFO VISIT WWW.COMEDYKEYWEST.COMMIKE SPEENBERGJuly 19th & July 20th Stay Healhy!Stay Fit! STAYFITSTUDIOKEYWEST.COM 305-294-0693 PERSONAL TRAINING MASSAGE NUTRITION COUNSELING BARRE CLASSES SPIN CLASSES SUMMER CHOICESCREATING A SOCIAL AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT IN KEY WEST FOR OVER 10 YEARS! 10 PACK FOR$90 1 MONTH H FOR$90 OR


FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST WEEK OF JULY 12-18, 2018 A15 When the Atocha joined the rest of her convoy of 28 ships and set course for Spain, it was Sept. 4 now six weeks later than the fleet had been scheduled to depart, and five weeks into prime tropical storm season. The ships began their journey, with the Atocha holding the rear to ward off attackers. The following day, as it entered the shallow, treacherous waters of the Florida Straits, a hurricane hit the convoy head-on. By morning, eight ships, including the Atocha, were wrecked. Their remains were strewn across tens of miles, a kingdoms worth of treasure banished to the bottom of the sea along with hundreds of passengers drowned. Only three sailors and two slaves were able to escape the Atochas watery grave; they were found clinging to the mizzenmast by rescuers who could do no more than mark the site of the Atochas sunken hull, then move onward to search for survivors of the rest of the fleet. One month later, a second hurricane would plow through the site, scattering the remains of the Atocha so far it seemed the 112-foot ship had vanished altogether. Spanish salvagers would return to search for the galleon and her legendary bounty for the next 60 years, all returning home empty-handed. In the end, after decades of fruitless searching, it wasnt a Spanish salvager who tracked down the wreck it was, improbably, a former chicken farmer from Indiana who finally unearthed the disappeared galleon. His name was Mel Fisher, and hed spent 16 years searching for the Atocha, telling everyone who asked that today was the day he was going to find it. Mr. Fisher had spent his childhood dreaming of undersea adventures, reading Jules Verne and designing crude diving helmets in landlocked Indiana. When a postwar discharge found him settled in Tampa, Mr. Fisher was able to realize his childhood dreams by cultivating a love of skin diving. In time, he purchased a revolutionary new technology called the aqualung, which allowed him to remain underwater for longer periods of time. Eventually, Mr. Fisher relocated with his family to Torrance, Calif., taking his love of diving with him. During the day, he worked as a chicken farmer on his familys ranch. At night, he designed spear guns and diving gear in a feed shed outside. His creations were popular with the locals, and in time he found a community of people who shared his passion for underwater adventure and, improbably, a bride whose interest was just as keen. They made money diving for spiny lobster, saving enough to open Mels Aqua Shop, the first recorded specialized dive shop in the world. Together, they would teach an estimated 65,000 people how to dive. In 1953 the two set off for a honeymoon spent underwater, exploring shipwrecks in Florida. The Fishers spent the next few years indulging in their shared love of diving, selling lobsters for money, manning Mr. Fishers dive shop, and making underwater films for television. An interest in underwater treasure-hunting, spurred by a vacation to Mexico, soon blossomed into a full-scale obsession, and eventually Mr. Fisher put together a crew of like-minded treasure hunters to move to Florida. The team included a welder, an electronics specialist, a diesel mechanic, a cartographer, and, of course, Mr. Fishers wife Dolores, an accomplished skin diver who would go on to break the world record for underwater endurance. The Fisher crew teamed up with Real Eight, a treasure-hunting outfit led by Kip Wagner, whod spent years searching for an armada of Spanish ships that sank in 1715. The two agreed to work for free for one year, and to split whatever proceeds they salvaged equally. Together, they designed a series of tools for sensing large variations in the magnetic field on the ocean floor, and for blowing clear water down to the silty bottom in order to better illuminate what treasures might be hidden there. Beginning in 1969, Mr. Fisher and his team prioritized their search for treasure, honing in on one payload in particular: Atocha. Mr. Fisher and his team began a tumultuous 16-year search for the famed Spanish galleon, traveling to Spain to research ancient maps and anecdotal records of the shipwreck. Though armed with copies of faded, centuries-old documents they believed showed the location of the wreck, mistranslated directions and renamed islands led them on a series of futile, lengthy searches costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. But Mr. Fisher was not to be deterred, reportedly beginning each days search with the proclamation, Todays the day! The team discovered a handful of cannons, silver and a gold chain attributed to the Atochas manifest in the early 1970s, which enabled them to continue to raise money to fund their efforts. Tragedy struck when Mr. Fishers son, Dirk, and daughter-in-law, both of whom had worked alongside Mr. Fisher and his crew for years, were killed after their treasure-hunting boat capsized mere days after their discovery of some of the Atocha cannons. It wasnt until July 20, 1985, exactly a year from the day of Mr. Fishers sons death, that the hunt could finally cease. A message from one of Mr. Fishers fleet of salvage ships, Dauntless, was received back at headquarters: The charts could finally be put away for good; theyd found the main pile of treasure. The excavation of one of the worlds most coveted shipwrecks began. Teams of archaeologists and conservators gathered and began the lengthy work of stabilizing the long-buried gold, silver, precious gems, rare navigational instruments, gallery wares, seeds, armaments and countless other treasures. Together, the bounty offered a priceless look into 17th-century life, valued at over $400 million. They were immediately flung into a deluge of legal proceedings, with various claims from parties including the state of Florida itself, ultimately finding themselves arguing their right to the treasure before the Supreme Court. They were victorious, and in 1987, Congress passed the Abandoned Shipwreck Act, giving states the rights to shipwrecks (and their payloads) located within three miles of the coastline. Today, much of the treasure the Mel Fisher group fought to keep is now on display at the nonprofit Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, which sees 200,000 visitors each year. 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They eat, snore, and get up on stage together and both sides of their relationship are dependent on the other, but Brian Fields and Michelle Tafoya make it look like it is just as much a part of their life as breathing. Their chemistry on and off stage looks perfectly natural, just like a proper rock n roll couple should, like Sonny and Cher or Johnny and June. Except it isnt exactly straight forward rock n roll they are singing. Its a genre called trop-rock with a mix of folk, country, classic rock and anything to fit the scene. Actually, they like to call it Nautical Americana and rightfully so. Trop-rock has a deceptive reputation for having only one type of sound to it. Their version does not. Brian and Michelle like to mix up their playlist with whatever mood the crowd is in. They aim to entertain everyone. Nautical Americana includes a variety of styles Brian explains, Come watch us and be surprised. We play it all, from Morrissey, to Bon Jovi and the Rolling Stones. For those who dont know, trop-rock is the name for a style of music that is heavily influenced by island rhythms and often credited to Jimmy Buffet and his loyal following of Parrotheads. Which would make sense that there is still trop-rock included in their sets since Brian and Michelle first came to Key West because of the annual Meeting of the Minds festival which celebrated its 26th year in a row last year. However, they werent yet doing shows together at the time. That would come a few years after they got to know each other. In a world far away from this one. The husband and wife to be met when they were both stationed in South Korea. It is where they first started performing karaoke and learning how to sing with each other. They continued their romance to Washington, D.C ., before going southwest to Albuquerque, New Mexico and eventually ending up on the island which they describe as a juckanoo kind of town. Their musical story started when Brian, who had previously dabbled in bands including one called the Garage Boys, as the front man of B-Man and the MizzBeeHavens decided to add some female vocals to the group. Ever since then the two have been combining musical talents him on guitar and vocals, and her on percussion and vocals, and are now known around town as B-Man and mi-Shell. Michelle learned harmony from nuns as a child in Pueblo, Colo/. while Brian taught himself the guitar at the age of 13 as a kid in Ohio. They were both young when music made its impact on their lives and both strongly agree that it can be an important part of growing up. It upsets me when I hear that they are taking music programs away from schools, Michelle says passionately. For some people music is their only option, Brian adds, and it teaches you math, literature and history. I had this amazing music teacher in the eighth grade who took music and went through the eras and into the s when music first became interesting and artists were getting a message across. Music is a message. This past season Brian and Michelle played at a variety of venues around town including Smokin Tuna Saloon at 4 Charles St., Rum Row at 3824 N Roosevelt Blvd., Salty Angler at 1114 Duval St., and Viva Saloon at 903 Duval St. They currently play at Tiki House at 430 Greene St. and the American Legion on special occasions. However, with the slow season in full swing they havent lost momentum one bit between working on new music for their second album, producing their twice a month podcast specializing in fun things to do and where to eat in Key West, and broadcasting Tuesday on the Island where they go around to different places on the Island doing a one-hour show performing songs by request. We opened a music business here called Beechy Shell Music where we help musicians with lodging, instruments when needed and anything else that might come up, Brian tells me. Last year we were asked to join the Key West Songwriters Festival for the first time. Very honored to be included in that, especially after the hurricane. When asked why they decided on this island in the first place, Brian says, We always came for the music, a place that is a home, but also somewhere tropical where we could rock it out on stage and be happy and in love along the way.


FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST WEEK OF JULY 12-18, 2018 A17 Steak Frites8 oz Ribeye, Hand Cut Fries, House Made Steak SauceShrimp & GritsNew Orleans BBQ, Key West Pinks, Cheesy GritsParmesan Encrusted SalonDijon CreamMediterranean ChickenTomato, Kalamata, Pepperoncini & Goat Cheese Salad, Kale & QuinoaSteak Nicoise SaladChilled New Potatoes, Green Beans, Hard Egg, Kalamata Olives, TomatoesSeafood PenneShrimp, Scallops, Local Fish, Roasted Tomato Cream Sauce 305.295.1300 532 Margaret Street, Key West, FL 33040 Open Daily 5:30pmMENU & RESERVATIONS MICHAELSKEYWEST.COM Summer of $18 KEY WEST CUISINEAuthentic Neapolitan pizza a staple at Roostica BY OWEN KILLIANokillian@ oridaweekly.comBobby and Michelle Mongelli own Hogfish Bar and Grill and Geiger Key Marina but perhaps their proudest accomplishment is the Stock Island pizzeria Roostica. A favorite restaurant of Key West locals and visitors, Roostica is known for the pizza but also offers an assortment of Italian specialties. However, the pizza it serves is the highlight. In 1998, the Italian government recognized Neapolitan Pizza as a traditional food worthy of preservation and granted it DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) status. This status specifies the legally permitted ingredients and methods of preparation necessary to produce truly authentic Neapolitan pizza. Only soft-grain flour, fresh yeast, water and sea salt may be used for the dough. Only Italian plum tomatoes, mozzarella di bufala, extra-virgin olive oil, fresh basil or dried oregano may be used for the toppings. Fresh garlic may only be used on the Pizza Marinara and all Neapolitan pizzas must be cooked in a traditional wood-burning oven. Roostica offers three types of DOC pizzas: the Marinara, the Margherita and the Margherita extra. In addition, Roostica offers a large selection of red pizzas. My personal favorite is the Island Pie, which is topped by fresh local seafood. There is also a Shrimp and Pesto Pizza, Pepperoni, Meatball and Ricotta and many more. If you like white pizzas you will love the Truffles and Mushrooms, The Fig and Pig, The Parma Ham and Eggs or the Four Cheese. If thats not enough, there is also a selection of calzones or you can custom make your pizza. Traditional Italian appetizers such antipasto, calamari, garlic bread, bruschetta, a selection of meatballs and various salads are a great start to your meal.Of course, a large selection of wine, beer and soft drinks will round out your meal.Check the website for daily specials or to see the Sunday brunch menu. Roostica is definitely worth the drive to Stock Island. Roostica Wood-Fire Pizzeria>> Where: 5620 Macdonald Ave. >> Phone: 305-296-4999 >> Web:


A18 WEEK OF JULY 12-18, 2018 FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST Its namesake never saw it, but Audubon House still worth a look BY MAXINE LOPEZ-KEOUGHFlorida Weekly Correspondent Its midway through the tour of Key Wests stunningly pretty Audubon House and Tropical Gardens that the truth comes out: John James Audubon famed naturalist painter, whose lifelike paintings of bird portraits line the walls of the museum never actually lived in the Audubon House. But dont let this spoiler keep you from visiting; indeed, a visit to the Audubon House offers so much beauty, charm and historical interest, youll be left feeling only that it was Audubons loss that he was never able to inhabit such a magical place. Amassing a fortune from treasure gathered from the ruins of shipwrecks might seem like a job description for a storybook pirate, but in 19th-century Key West, it was a lucrative and respectable way to make a living. The busy passage between the Eastern Seaboard and the Gulf Coast was a dangerous place for ships to sail, and each year saw many boats wrecked on offshore reefs during the frequent storms that pummeled the area. Finders keepers might not mean much today, but for those in the wrecking industry of Key West, it was law. When a ship ran aground, the first man to reach the boat became the wreck master, who after saving the crew and passengers, if possible directed the salvaging of the ship and its cargo. Back on land, the recovered haul was auctioned off, with the wreck master taking the largest cut of the profits. It was a dangerous, highly competitive and regulated industry, the spoils of which helped solidify Key West as the richest city in the country by the mid-1800s. For Capt. John Huling Geiger, a maritime pilot whose shipwrecking success had made him one of the richest men in the Florida Keys, such wealth demanded a home of appropriate grandeur. In 1846, after the rest of the ilsand was mostly flattened in a hurricane, Capt. Geiger chose a prominent lot on which to build his familys new home a lavish American Classic Revival mansion of tropical wood at the intersection of Green and Whitehead streets, with an unobstructed view of the ocean (and any new potential shipwrecks). It was a grand, busy estate encompassing 6 acres, home to Capt. Geiger, his wife, his children, and a number of slaves who, in addition to domestic chores, were made to assist in the wrecking business that fueled Geigers wealth. For over a century, Capt. Geigers home remained in the familys possession, until Capt. Geigers great-grandson, Capt. William Bradford Smith, took up residence. Smith, a Key West Harbor pilot, lived in hermit-like seclusion without indoor plumbing, electricity or cooking facilities, and by the time of his death in 1956, the house had fallen into ruin. Slated for demolition, it was saved in 1958 by Mitchell and Frances Wolfson, who were compelled to purchase the property after hearing it was destined to become a gas station. The Wolfsons had heard the same folklore that speculated James Audubon might have conceived many of his bird portraits during a visit to the gardens of Dr. Benjamin Strobel, whose home was located on the property where the Geiger family mansion would later be constructed. The Wolfsons began a two-year process of painstaking renovation, the first historical renovation of its kind in Key West, at the end of which marked the rechristening of the Geiger home as the Audubon House Museum. They filled the house with antiques, including many items from the Geiger family, as well as numerous original hand-colored lithographs by Audubon. Today, Key West is known for having one of the most colorful and well-protected historical districts in the United States, with the highest density of historic frame buildings in the nation. Yet few who visit know that it was the Wolfsons renovation of the Audubon House that began this now-priceless movement to protect and preserve the islands oldest architecture. To this day, the property is cared for through the Mitchell Wolfson Trust, and remains a reputable dealer of original Audubon work. The three-story home is filled with precious antiquities and, of course, with Audubons work, as well as information about the artists life and career. An acre of lush tropical gardens surrounds the home, featuring hundreds of orchids, a koi pond and a replica of the propertys original 1850s outdoor kitchen building. Visitors are encouraged to wind their way through the quiet brick pathways, taking note of the rare tropical plants (carefully labeled for those without extensive botanical knowledge) and view the medicinal and herb garden, a staple of 19th-century upscale homes. Though the museum and its grounds are located in the bustling downtown district, once inside the protective foliage of the grounds, the sights and sounds of the outside world are muffled. Visitors are transported back in time to an island without tour buses or T-shirt shops, where fame and fortune awaited any man brave enough to watch the sea for a wrecked ship, and beat his fellow wreckers to the prize. The Audubon House>> Location: 205 Whitehead St. >> Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. >> Tickets: The museum offers discounted museum tickets to locals. >> Contact: For more information, call 305294-2116 or visit PHOTO


FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST WEEK OF JULY 12-18, 2018 A19 An Old Florida Fish Camp... the way the Keys used to be. Bring your boat and catch to our restaurant! 5 Geiger Road Key West, FL Voted one of the Best Seafood Dives in America!Well cook your catch!Step back in time and experience the way the Florida Keys used to befresh seafood, strong drinks, panoramic waterfront views, outdoor dining and plenty of local characters. THE REAL OLD KEY WEST...Located at the Historic Shrimp Docks 305-293-4041 6810 Front St., Stock Island, FL 305-296-4999 5620 Macdonald Ave, Key West,FL e r R o a d i g e d K e y W e s t F L World famous! CAUGHT IN KEY WEST THIS WEEK Wild Bill Charters: Wild Bill Charters: Hows the fishing, you ask? Hows the fishing, you ask? Capt. Artie Duplessis 1801 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West 305-744-7957 Key West Florida Fishing: Key West Florida Fishing: Capt. Tony Miller got a slob today 55 Capt. Tony Miller got a slob today 55 pounderlber caught on the Windy Day. pounderlber caught on the Windy Day. Capt. Mike Weinhoffer 305-395-3474 Salty Goat Fishing Charters: Salty Goat Fishing Charters: Capt Dan still the Man!!!! Goat Life. Capt Dan still the Man!!!! Goat Life. Capt. Dan Bursma 619 Front St., Key West 305-900-8765 Gulfstream Fishing Key West: Gulfstream Fishing Key West: Faster, further, better, we are easing back Faster, further, better, we are easing back into fish catching... Solid fish and peeps into fish catching... Solid fish and peeps today. today. Gulfstream Fishing Key West 1801 N Roosevelt Blvd., Key West 305-296-8494 Fishbusterz Retail Seafood Market: Fishbusterz Retail Seafood Market: Delicious fresh local yellowtail snapper Delicious fresh local yellowtail snapper $17.99 pound. $17.99 pound. 6406 Maloney Ave., Key West 305-294-6456 Capt. Capt. Kyle Fortney Kyle Fortney: Todd and Capt. Dito had a nice day fishing Todd and Capt. Dito had a nice day fishing with Capt. Kyle Fortney. with Capt. Kyle Fortney. Capt. Kyle Fortney 305-928-0269 Located at Hogfish Bar and Grill


A20 WEEK OF JULY 12-18, 2018 FLORIDA WEEKLY KEY WEST KEY WEST GALLERY GUIDEFor a comprehensive guide and map to Key Wests finest art galleries, visit gallery_guide.pdf.SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK:The Gallery on Greene606 Greene St. Peter vey Ongoing 305-294-1669SALT Gallery830 Fleming St. Kreg Kelley Ongoing 305-517-6088Key West Art and Historical SocietyCustom House 281 Front St. Thats Outrageous The work of Captain Outrageous Ongoing www.kwahs.orgCOURTESY PHOTOThe works of Peter Vey are featured at Gallery on Greene. 606 GREENE STREET KEY WEST, FLORIDA, USA 305.294.1669 | FAX 305.294.7747 www.galleryongreene.comSuzie DePooWWII VETERAN The Continual Elegance of Innocence Mario SanchezOnly Native Floridian in the Smithsonian Permanent Collection


FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF JULY 12-18, 2018 A21 KEY WEST GALLERY GUIDECOURTESY PHOTOSAbove: Peter Veys paintings at Gallery on Greene.The Historic Armory Studios600 White St. Paintings by Michael J. Phillips Ongoing 704-819-2487 Mixed media work by Sherry Sweet Tewell Ongoing or 859-533-1874


A22 |WEEK OF JULY 12-18, 2018WWW.FLORIDAWEEKLY.COM REAL ESTATEKEY WEST FLORIDA WEEKLYWindward Park beauty606 Truman Ave., #10 $775,000This beautifully furnished two-story residence is in Old Town Key West. The well-maintained community offers 13 secluded homes with a secure entrance, private heated pool and immaculate tropical grounds. This home has been upgraded with hardwood floors, granite counter tops, ceramic tile, built-ins and more. The main level boasts a spacious living and dining area, an updated kitchen, a bathroom with a shower, and French doors leading to private deck area. The upper level has a master bedroom with vanity, ample closet space, an updated full bath, and spacious second bedrooms. This home includes a laundry, off-street parking, front porch, side deck, skylight and more. Located in an ideal location just steps from fine dining, shopping, galleries, and famous Duval Street. And its also in an X Flood Zone. Contact: Bascom Grooms 1716 N. Roosevelt Blvd. Key West, FL 33040 305-295-7511 COURTESY PHOTOS


245 GOLF CLUB DRIVE | $769,900THE HOME TEAM ADVANTAGE2904 STAPLES AVENUE | $399,0001500 ALBURY STREET | $1,999,000 (305) 1205 Truman Ave. | Key West | FL 33040 We manage over 90 properties in Key West with a variety of programs that can be customized to meet your needs. Whether your property requires a single monthly visit or is used as an investment to generate rental income, our personable staff is available to provide the services required to ensure your home is well cared for and successful in your absence. REAL ESTATE SALES LUXURY VACATION RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT LONG TERM RENTALS 3841 N. Roosevelt Unit 421 $ 999,000Situated in the prestigious waterfront community of Beachside, the finest resort community in Key West, enjoy the versatility of a 2BD/2.5BA, type A floor plan with lockout & 2 transient licenses for optimal rental potential. The finest amenities including designer furniture package grace this 2nd floor luxury condominium situated in building 4 with a pool & courtyard view. Beautifully appointed with gourmet kitchen overlooking comfortable living room & spacious covered balcony. FOR SALE! 1415 Olivia Street $899,000 FOR SALE!Private 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom cottage in The Meadows updated by a modern renovation with first floor master. Features an open floor plan, handsome wood floors, vaulted ceiling, a striking kitchen w/stainless appliances, gray quartz counters and custom cabinetry. Both en suite baths are beautifully tiled offer luxury fixtures and sleek, hidden storage. Spiral staircase to guest suite with viewing balcony backyard surrounded by lush tropical plants.


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