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Inside K eys Kritters: Pet photos with Santa A Key Largo Legacy ...The African Queen Big Seas and Wind for Steeplechase Races Attractions Entertainer of the Month ... Michael Trixx Restaurant of the Month ...Wahoo’s at Whale Harbor Marina Bartender of the Month ...Amy Chinea Artist of the Month ...Susie Tempkin Map Getting From Here to There Special Events The Cultured Conch-Art Events in the Keys What’s Hot & What’s Not Sounds of the Keys All the Buzz Gateway to Paradise S imonton Court Historic Inn and Cottages What You Think is What You Get: The Law of Attraction You Can Find The Coconut Telegraph at over 100 locations from Homestead to Key West 101425 Overseas Hwy. PMB #628 Key Largo, FL 33037 305-304-2837 Jan. 2007 HandCutSteaks,FreshLocalSeafood &NightlySpecials 13 Seagate Blvd. KeyLargo,FL•MM100 www.cayclubs.comPilotHouseRestaurant atKeyLargoCayClub305.451.3142 FREE Dining Entertainment Shopping Lodging Michael Trixx,the Coconut Telegraph Entertainer of the Month (see page 3


I thought instead of an editorial this month I would share with you something I found on the internet at 1. As I let go of my feelings of guilt, I am in touch with my inner sociopath. 2. I have the power to channel my imagination into ever-soaring levels of suspicion and paranoia. 3. I assume full responsibility for my actions, except the ones that are someone else's fault. 4. In some cultures what I do would be considered normal. 5. My intuition nearly makes up for my lack of wisdom and judgment. 6. I need not suffer in silence while I can still moan, whimper, and complain. 7. When someone hurts me, I know that forgiveness is cheaper than a lawsuit, but not nearly as rewarding. 8. I am at one with my duality. 9. Blessed are the flexible, for they can tie themselves in knots. 10. I will strive to live each day as if it were my 50th birthday. 11. I honor and express all facets of my being, regardless of state and local laws. 12. Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so!" 13. A scapegoat is almost as good as a solution. 14. Just for today, I will not sit in my living room all day in my underwear. Instead, I will The Coconut Telegraph C 2006 is published monthly by Prestige Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent of the publisher. The Coconut Telegraph welcomes written articles, photos, and artwork of local interest to be used and/or edited at the discretion of the publisher . The Coconut Telegraph assumes in good faith that all editorial and advertising material submitted are the original property of the advertiser. The Coconut Telegraph may not be held responsible for errors, omissions, or for circumstances beyond our control that may affect the distribution schedule. 2 The Coconut Telegraph January 2007 Coconut Telegraph J anuary 2007 V olume 3 Issue #3 Prestige Publishing, LLC 1 01425 Overseas Highway PMB #628 Phone 305-304-2837 Fax 305-453-4659 C ast of Characters: Editor/Sales/Distribution Denise Malefyt Advertising Production Sue Beal Staff Photographer Donn Rudolph Articles Entertainer of the Month............................................3 “And to all a Good Arf, Arf and Meow”....................4 Big Seas and Wind for Steeplechase Races............5 Get Away to Paradise: Simonton Court.....................6 Restaurant of the Month.............................................8 Bartender of the Month..............................................11 Advice Column Anny Bannay.....................................11 Getting from Here to Therethe map page..........12 Conch Characters..........................................................15 Sounds of the Keys......................................................17 The Cultured Conch......................................................18 Artist of the Month.....................................................19 Business in the Keys.....................................................21 The African Queen, A History .................................22 Deadline f or the Coconut Telegraph’s F ebruary issue is M onday January 22, 2007 Call Denise at 305-304-2837 T he Coconut Telegraph January 2007 3 Entertainer of the Month Michael Trixx The Michael Trixx magic show is a fast paced, adrenaline-based night of magic. Due to his past and present passion for Rock n’ Roll music, the amazing effects you will witness are backed with many of Trixx favorite tunes, which only accent his rock star-like appearance and attitude. The unique style of Trixx presentation will keep you on the edge of your seat and possibly prevent you from blinking. Along with all the excitement there are also many bits of humor throughout the show. This show will entertain both young and old. Children are captivated by Michael's magic and his magnetic personality. Adults simply enjoy and admire the fantastic performance ability this man possesses. Trixx show consists of many magical effects, from the appearance and vanishing of live doves and his magic bunny “Hocus Pocus” to levitations, productions of various objects, they simply appear from bandannas, newspapers and whatever else may be within arms reach, you'll also see a confetti blizzard appear from literally nowhere! Michael ends this quality magic act with a fire eating demonstration second to none! This is a must see show, sure to entertain and leave you with a new sense of wonder and amazement. You can find Michael Trixx at the Island Grill, Islamorada (305 Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Thursdays at Snooks Bayside at sunset, Key Largo (305 and Morada Bay, Islamorada at 10:30 PM, (305 and Fridays at the Oceanview (O.V. (305 Alternative Affirmations for a New Year Disclaimer move my computer into the bedroom. 15. I will no longer waste my time reliving the past; I will spend it worrying about the future? 16. The complete lack of evidence is the surest proof that the conspiracy is working. 17. Before I criticize a man, I walk a mile in his shoes. That way, if he gets angry, he's a mile away and barefoot.


4 The Coconut Telegraph January 2007 Big Seas and Wind for Key Largo Steeplechase T he Coconut Telegraph January 2007 5 M iami sailors won the top two spots of the 22nd Annual Key Largo Steeplechase sail-b oat race for beach catamarans the weekend of December, 16 and 17. Kenny Pierce of Miami teamed up with John Casey of Orlando and won first to finish and first on handicap rating. Also from Miami were two youngsters that recently won the US Sailing Youth Championships. Michael Siau and Lindsay Young were sailing a Hobie 16 and held a 45-minute lead the first day, but did not fair as well on the second day and had to settle for 2nd place. Third place went to brothers from Massachusetts, Chris and Nate Titcomb. Fourth place was Mike Krantz and David Lennard from South Carolina, and Fifth was Jake Kohl and Frank Moore also from South Carolina. The race begins in Barnes Sound at the mouth of Jewfish Creek, goes north to Angelfish Creek, crosses over to the Atlantic side of the islands, then turns south to a beach near Caloosa Cove. The next day the boats go south to Channel Five Bridge, back up the IntraCoastal to finish o ff at Key Largo Boating and Watersports. The race is a two-day, 110m ile trek that attracts racing sailors from around the country and world. However, probably due to a cold front that crashed through, and the forecast of big winds and seas the fleet was much smaller this year than normal – only eighteen boats registered. Usually this race draws well over 40. On Saturday morning there were a lot of sailors sitting around listening intently to their weather radios and not liking what they were hearing – northeast winds of 20-25 knots and gusty. By starting time, only ten boats departed. Of those only seven made it to the finish line after the first day. The host for the sailors was Key Largo Boating and Watersports at Mile Marker 104, where the sailors were greeted with Sloppy Joe's after their adventure. Caribbean Watersports located at the Key Largo Grande Resort provided trophies, and Calvert Sails of Islamorada supplied drinks. Chip Short of Key Largo supplied the starting boat. John Casey and Kenny Pierce flew to a big lead on the second day. When Santa’s sleigh landed o n the roof of Keys Kritters In K ey Largo, there were no milk and cookies waiting. Instead,t here were pina coladas and c andy canes, with an eager crowd sampling the treats. A fter shaking his head a few times, Santa settled into a comfortable chair amid the palm trees, ready to hear Christmas wishes from dogs, cats, birds, and even a bright green baby iguana. People came from Key Largo, Ocean Reef, even Homestead, waiting their turn and enjoying the free pina coladas. There was even a gift bag of treats to take home. Since Keys Kritters owner, Robby started offering pet pictures with Santa over ten years ago, he’s seen chickens, turtles, snakes, and even a skunk lining up to sit on Santa’s lap. The program has g rown in numbers every year, w hich creates benefits far beyond the cute picture ofF luffy in his Santa hat. Robby d onates 100% of the proceeds plus a 200% match to the third g rade class at Key Largo School, where Lisa Taylor’s “Wild Kingdom” teaches kids to appreciate their furry, feathered, and finny friends. Kids can help take care of the hamsters, hedgehogs and fish that live in the “Kingdom,” and those kids who do really well have the reward of taking a friend home for the summer. “Santa” Bob donates his time for this event, and he looks forward to it each year. He’s been growing that beard since taking on this labor of love, so if you tug on it, you’ll find out it’s real. And to All, a Good Arf, Arf, and Meow!!! Left: The Noskes brought their Shi-tzu Mic ki to pose f or a photo with Santa. Micki enjoyed meeting Santa and said,“Only in thek e ysArf! Arf!” If you missed “Pets and Pina Coladas” in 2006 you only have 11 months until it’s here again. So mark your calendar and get Fluffy a new sweater and hair bow. We thank Robby and Santa for bringing the holiday “spirits” to one and all! Right: Keys Kritters owner Robby Majeska taste tes ted the e v ent’ s liba tions . Right: Zoe Warren (leftwith Basil,a 5 year old greencheeked parrot and her sister Mackenzie holding Ziggy the iguana,who’s about 6 months old.The Warrens bought Basil from Keys Kritters, and say Basil is the “best bird ever!” S tory by Rachel Peine/photos by Rich Peine Story and photo by Rick White


The law of attraction is surprisingly simple: Likea ttracts like. It becomes a bit more complicated when it comes to training our minds to think in ways that will bring what we desire into our lives. The term “selffulfilling prophecy” describes the same law. This well-known term explains that we create the circumstances our mind dwells upon, whether positive or negative. So our goal is to practice consistent presence of mind to make sure our thoughts are always directed toward the positive and that which we want to create. A key to the process is the word “frequency.” This is true for two reasons: 1) The frequency you use when you passionately dwell upon or revisit a thought, dream, desire or goal provides the energy your musings need for creation; and 2) just like a radio station broadcasts on a certain frequency, like the radio you must be “tuned in” to receive it. This means preparing for the arrival of your dream on every possible level material, physical, and spiritual. You don’t have to know how it will come into your life, just trust that it will. Your job ist o lay the groundwork, follow any leads you can find, and prepare for its arrival. This can mean cleaning out your garage to make space for a new car, taking a tour of a model home to get the feel of it in order to feed your fantasies, or thinking of what you want in a mate and then living up to that list yourself. Just like with any skill, the law of attraction must be practiced. We must decide what makes us feel abundant, and use our imagination to create the feeling. It isn’t enough to just want something; you must use the power of your thoughts to attract it. A series of choices is what brings us everything in our lives right now, every moment. When we know the direction we want our choices to take us, it is as if we’ve placed an order with the universe. Then we can await its arrival with joyful anticipation. If we find ways to experience our dreams right now, we make creating joy a treasure hunt in which the seeking is just as much fun as the finding. What You Think is What You Get The Law of Attraction Reprinted from DailyOM Inspirational thoughts for a happy, healthy and fulfilling day. Register for free at 6 The Coconut Telegraph January 2007 The Coconut Telegraph January 2007 7 Gateway to Paradise Simonton Court Historic Inn and Cottages Key West Captain Tony’s Saloon is the oldest active bar in Florida. Built in 1820 it was a morgue and icehouse in 1840. The bartender Jason (see photo tells the Coconut Telegraph the bar is actually “haunted” and has been on the Discovery and History Channels. The Saloon appears to be built around a huge tree that was the site of over 70 hangings. One of the headstones decorating the bar belonged to Reba Sawyer. Her husband was a headstrong sailor who she met at the bar. After Reba died in 1951 her husband came across a stack of love letters from an admirer. He was so upset he threw her headstone into the bar where it remains. Another woman, Elvira is actually buried there. No wonder the place is haunted! Stop in Capt. Tony’s where there is always live music and contribute to the hundreds of thousands of business cards decorating the walls. There are also hundreds of bras hanging from the ceiling. We’ll let you have a few cocktails before you decide to leave one of those behind. Capt. Tony’s is located right off historic Duval Street in the “Old Town” section of Key West. Oldest Active Bar in Florida C apt ain Tonys Saloon Enter the serene setting and you'll be greeted by fragrant tropical flowers blooming beneath gently swaying palms. The Inn was once a cigar factory where craftsmen handrolled some of the worlds most famous cigars. A brick walkway, once a lane, runs past the sparkling pools and historic cottages built in 1880 as the homes of cigar factory workers. Today this lane is a beautiful footpath through two acres of luxuriant private gardens, past expertly restored cottages, and four pools shimmering while you stroll through a tunnel of flowering vines and palm frons. The cottages of Simonton Court retain their original 19th century charm, yet are updated with modern amenities. The Inn, Manor House, Townhouse and The Mansion offer a variety of elegant suites and guest rooms. Many have private porches or sundecks and some have Jacuzzi’s. Considered by many to be Key West's most beautiful property, the secluded world of Simonton Court is located in the very heart of Old Town. Begin your days with a complimentary breakfast served poolside each morning, then experience all that has made Key West a favorite destination for generations. For more information on this adultsonly resort visit their website at Out of town visitors can call 800-944-2687. When in the Keys visit the Florida Keys Visitor Center MM 106, or call Bob at 305-451-4626 for the absolute lowest daily rates available.


Waterfront restaurants are abundant in the FloridaK eys but not many can compare to the view from Wahoo’s at Whale HarborM arina. Whether you choose to sit in the indoor air conditioning or outside on the patio, you just can’t get a bad view of the Atlantic ocean and one of the finest Charter boat Fishing Fleets in the Keys. There are 31 Back Country and off shore fishing boats. If you arrive before sunset you can watch them unload their catch. Even Captain Skip Bradeen of the “Blue Chip II” keeps his boat there and when he is not on the water delivering his fishing report on Sun 103 you can sometimes find him and the other Captains at the bar swapping fishing stories. We couldn’t take our eyes off the giant sailfish that appears to have sailed through the floor behind the bar and into the ceiling. How did they do that? It is easy to find with the huge Wahoo in front of the building. The menu holds something for everyone. We tried the Chimichurri Rubbed Churrasco Steak, seasoned to perfection and cooked over an open flame, served with black beans and rice and the slow Roasted Angus Prime Rib that is only served Fri Sun after 5 PM, just melts in your mouth. The sauted vegetables were outstanding. If you are looking for something light there is quite an assortment of sandwiches and salads and the prices are very reasonable. For dessert we recommend thec heesecake and “Death by Chocolate” cake. We are going to return s oon for the outstanding Happy Hour that is 4 to 8 PM, 7 days a week. The specials include 1/2 lb. peel & eat shrimp $4.00, calamari $4.00, The Harpoon (Conch Fritters and Fried Shrimp) $4.50, Whale Fries $2.50, and 50 cent Chicken Wings served mild, medium, hot or sweet chili. For the thirsty the drink specials are 2 for 1 on well drinks, draft beer and house wines. Domestic bottles $1.75, Import bottles $2.50 and Muddled Margaritas $3.00. On Sundays you can create your own Bloody Mary’s all day long and choose from an extensive list of ingredients. “It’s a really fun thing,” John Rusignuolo Wahoo’s restaurant manager tells us. Selena, at the bar, is going to be February’s Bartender of the Month! She really knows how to keep those drinks coming. The new owners, Howard and Janeth Brody, have been residents of the Keys since 1983. Their daughter Michelle manages Braza Lena and the whole family works there. Jim Anderson is the General Manager and he keeps everything running smoothly. If you are interested in catching some great entertainment we recommend the soothing sounds of “Moss”. He has a kind of ZZ Top sound in his voice and plays a lot of New Orleans Jazz and Blues T he Coconut Telegraph January 2007 9 I’ve heard of “instant karma”, but this experience is the most “instant” I’ve ever experienced. My husband Rich and I moved to Key Largo last year after finally reaching our lifelong limit on Philadelphia winters. Our mobile home was just about perfect, but one drawback was that the washer and dryer were outside in the shed. Aside from getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, I’m a lazy slob and want to be able to throw stuff into the wash any time of the day or night. So I went searching and found someone in Miami selling a onepiece gizmo with the dryer on top and the washer on the bottom that would fit perfectly in the closet next to the bathroom. That Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles were scheduled to play Dallas at 4:00. We made arrangements to pick up the washer/dryer around 1:00 so we could be home in time for the game. After loading up, we were chatting with the sellers, Jose and Maria, when Jose noticed Rich’s Eagles hat and mentioned that their son, Juan, loves the Eagles. Now Rich is a connoisseur of ball caps, and this is not your ordinary cheapo cap. It’s a top of the line regulation NFL Eagles cap and you won’t find one like it on every corner in Miami. When Juan came and joined the conversation, Rich was thrilled to find a budding Eagles fanatic and spontaneously transferred the cap from his own head to Juan’s. The sparkle in Juan’s eye told Rich it was the right thing to do. We said our goodbyes and headed back home. When I went to move our other car out of the way so we could unload I saw something sitting on the hood that didn’t belong there. “Rich, what the heck is this?” I asked, holding up a brand new, official NFL Eagles cap, similar to the one Rich gave Juan. We both looked at it, looked around, looked up and down the block, looked at each other, and looked back at the hat. Where the heck did it come from? Who would have put it there? Not a clue. Who here knows that we’re Eagles fans? We were flabbergasted and completely at a loss. The day ended with the mystery unsolved. Monday ticked by with no further information. Then, after dinner, we were out in the driveway, and Bill from around the corner came by in his golf cart. I asked him if he knew anything about the hat. Well, he admitted, he did. It turns out he found it at a yard sale a few months ago, figured Rich would like it, and talked the lady into selling it to him for $2.00. He had been meaning to give it to Rich, but he kept forgetting. He has no idea why it finally struck him to bring it over, but I firmly believe that there were some very strong celestial signals being sent out over the wires between Miami and Key Largo. What’s the likelihood of finding an Eagles fan selling a washer/dryer to ex-Philadelphians in Miami? I say what goes around comes around, and what’s amazing is how fast it comes around sometimes. A Philadelphia Eagles Cosmic Connection in Key Largo Restaurant of the Month Wahoos Bar & Grill 8 The Coconut Telegraph January 2007 By Rachel R.Peine from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s that you don’t normally hear, he plays a phenomenal guitar and sings Fridays and Saturdays 7 to 10 PM. Wednesday is Jazz night 7 to 10 PM with 2 for 1 wine and scotch. Sunday listen to the tunes of the JK Project, 7 to 10 PM. We are excited about how things are flourishing. With the change in Holiday Isle this March, visitors and locals will be pleased to have the Landmark Whale Harbor Marina just across the bridge. Along with everything else they also offer kite surfing, wake boarding, boat and Jet Ski rentals, and parasailing is coming soon. With all that and great food what more could you ask for? MM. 83.5, Oceanside at Whale HarborMarina Mile Marker83.5 “We are going to return soon for the outstanding Happy Hour that is 4 to 8 PM, 7 days a week.” Coconut Telegraph


Bartender of the Month Amy Chinea Queen of the Jungle The Coconut Telegraph January 2007 11 Dear Anny Bannany, Help... I am an attractive, intelligent, gainfully employed Key’s gal. My friends say I have everything, but I am lonely. I long for a meaningful relationship... I want a man. The trouble is all the guys I meet only want onet hing... you know what. I just don’t understand. Signed, Confused Dear Confused, Honey, this is a fact, at least every couple of minutes the average man has a sexual thought. From what I hear, the pain can be excruciating both physically and mentally if they are not relieved of this inner demon. The side effects of not getting it are headaches, vomiting and diarrhea. If every girl would do her part to help these suffering men there would be many less angry, hostile, unhappy, unreasonable men on these wonderful islands the Keys. It would truly be paradise! Good Luck, Anny Bannany Coconut Advice Column Anny Bannany Many of you may remember a few years back when Gilbert's Resort was "Family Paradise Island" and the previous owners literally had a menagerie of animals all around the property. There were marmosets, there were Alaskan huskies, there were parrots, and there were even some Prairie Dogs. Amy Chinea has been working at Gilbert's Tiki bar for 9 years and was in charge of caring for all the animals, it's a task that just comes naturally for her. When the current owners took over the Resort they went about finding happy homes for all the animals. Amy loves animals. She has worked with the Humane Society of the United States and other organizations. She and her friends were successful at changing the law on how pregnant pigs were housed in gestation crates that were so small they couldn't even turn around. Remember the live Lobster game? Similar to the stuffed animal bins where for a buck you can try your luck at grabbing one with a claw arm. Amy thought it was just downright cruel to the lobsters and is very happy that now they no longer exist. Amy loves her job. She loves the locals. She loves her coworkers. She loves her bosses, Reinhard, Karina, George and Susie. "They have worked hard to make this place so great to work at and visit. This is one big happy family to them. It has been fun watching the business grow with the addition of bigger bands and the outside raw bar" says Amy. Danny is her favorite customer, he comes in every Monday to see her tells us "Amy is prettier than a pink eyed Possum". Dave, a retired live aboard and regular says, "I love Amy. She is probably the nicest gentlest person in the world. She takes care of animals and people too". Amy brings her dog Rhiannon, who she rescued in Puerto Rico, to work with her most nights. Stop in and visit them both! 1 0 The Coconut Telegraph January 2007 Am y mak es the best custom mud slide on the planet and she has a dazzling personality, said Kim the can vas guy. Email Anny Bannany at


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LEFT: Kathy Dunlas with her Y or kie,Goldie. Goldie w eighs in a t 2.8 lbs and is only thr ee months old. The Coconut Telegraph January 2007 15 Conch Characters of the Month If you have pictures of fun and interesting goin’s on in and around the Keys just send ’em along to Be sure to include your name and phone number so we can contact you if we have any questions! 1 4 The Coconut Telegraph January 2007 A B O V E : L u k e P o p p w a s t h e m a s t e r o f t h e b l e n d e r a t K e y s K r i t t e r s a n n u a l P e t s a n d P i n a C o l a d a s . L u k e s a m p l e d e a c h b a t c h t o m a k e s u r e i t w a s j u s t r i g h t . A b o v e : T h i s b u s w a s s p o t t e d i n M a r a t h o n . I t b e l o n g s t o T y F l e m m i n g f r o m O n t a r i o . H e a n d h i s f a m i l y o f 1 3 a r e t r a v e l i n g t h e c o u n t r y s e l l i n g j e w e l r y . A b o v e : S o m e o f t h e g i r l s a t t h e 8 0 1 B o u r b o n B a r a n d C a b a r e t i n K e y W e s t . A B O V E : S a n t a a n d h i s f r i e n d a t K e y s K r i t t e r s P e t s a n d P i n a C o l a d a s . P h o t o b y R i c h P e i n e P h o t o b y R i c h P e i n e P h o t o b y R i c h P e i n e


T he Coconut Telegraph January 2007 17 16 The Coconut Telegraph January 2007 ABO VE: Inter na tional singing s tar Xiomara pr ef or ming a t Picchi’ s Res torantina in Islamorada. LEFT: Gary Jennings at the Pilot House in Key Largo.He plays on Fridays. RIGHT & LEFT: The Rockabilly’s keeping the customers entertained at the Mandalay in Key Largo. ABOVE: Moss playing at Wahoo’s at Whale Harbor in Islamorada.


The Cultured Conch Art Event in the Keys Event information provided by Florida Keys Council of the Arts Visual Arts Jan. 1 Feb. 28 "H2O Art" P aintings pastels & prints. Florida S eascapes & Landscapes. John D avid Hawver Gallery at the Rain Barrel, 86700 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada. 852-9958. Fri., Jan. 5 Big Pine Key Galleries and Giftshops “Walk on Winn Dixie.” Art, photography, specials, raffles, music and more. Complimentary refreshments. 7 9 p.m. Winn Dixie Plaza, Big Pine Key. 923-1783. Sat., Jan. 6 The Artists Gallery presents "Seascapes and Landscapes" by watercolorist Millard Wells. 5-7 p.m. The Artists Gallery at DeClue's Fine Art Printing and Framing, Tavernier Towne Shop Cntr., MM 91.3, Tavernier. 852-4840 Wed., Jan. 10 Jan.17 Marc Tetro Pop Art. Opening reception 7 10 p.m. Charest-Weinberg Gallery, 1111 Duval St., Key West. 292-0411. Wed., Jan. 10 Jan. 15 -Literary Seminar Gallery Stroll. Works by Roberta Marks, Valerie Hird, John Martini, Carol Munder, Anja Marais, Helen Colley. Lucky Street Gallery, 1130 Duval St., Key West. 294-3973 Thursday, Jan. 11 Feb. 2 Bougainvillea House Gallery presents 5th Annual Winter Show "Hello Art." Mondays Saturdays 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Before curtain/intermission Marathon Community Theatre, MM 49.5 oceanside, Marathon. 743-0808. Thursday, Jan. 11 Mon., March 12 Key West Art & Historical Society "Artists in Season" series. Sculptor J. Seward Johnson, Jr. "Beyond the Frame." Open daily. Custom House, 281 Front St., Key West. 295-6616. Fri., Jan. 12 Thursday, May 31 New Photo Panoramas by C.J. Groth. Guild Hall Gallery 614 Duval St., Key West. 394-4128 S un., Jan. 14 -Sun., April 22Sculpture Key West. Contemporary art event that bridges Key West three historic Forts: Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, The E ast Martello and the West M artello. The Fort Zachary exhibition opens on Feb. 25. Key West. 295-3800. Sun., Jan. 14 Sculpture Key West Opening reception. One-night video installation by Miami artist George Enrique. 6-9 pm East Martello Museum and Gardens, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West. 2953800. Mon., Jan. 15 Sun., Jan. 21 Anne Packard & Henry Peter. Opening reception 5:30 8:30 p.m. Gingerbread Square Gallery, 1207 Duval Street, Key West. 2968900. Wed., Jan. 17Mon., Feb. 5 Works by Debra Yates. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Lucky Street Gallery, 1130 Duval St., Key West. 294-3973. Tues., Jan. 23 Bougainvillea House Gallery presents Meet the Artist Day in conjunction with 5th Annual Winter Show "Hello Art." 11 a.m. 4 p.m. Marathon Community Theatre, MM 49.5 oceanside, Marathon. 743-0808. Mon., Jan. 29 Sun., Feb. 4 Michael A. Palmer. Opening reception 5:30 8:30 p.m. Gingerbread Square Gallery, 1207 Duval Street, Key West. 296-8900. Fairs & Festivals Sat., Jan. 6 Sun., Jan. 7 Florida Keys Art Guild Outdoor Art Festival. Free. Key Colony Beach, Marathon 743-7441. Sat., Jan. 13 Art Under the Oaks. Fine Art and Original Crafts. Music, Entertainment, Blood drive, continued on page 23 The Coconut Telegraph January 2007 19 Artist of the Month Susie Tempkin The Coconut Telegraph has chosen Susie Tempkin for Artist of the Month because of her unique clothing designs. In her shop, "My Boutique" 80925 Overseas Highway in Islamorada (In the strip mall across from TIB Bank) you will find her hard at work either in the back room at her sewing machine making one-of-a-kind denim skirts and jackets or designing jewelry. She graduated from Sheridan Vocational School in Ft. Lauderdale where she won awards in Fashion Design. As a resident of the Keys for 20 years she knows what the Locals and Visitors want, there is something for everyone in her shop. She caters to the workingwoman, but there are also casual clothes, shoes, bags and gift items. We purchased a tee shirt that reads on the front "I am a virgin" and on the back it says "This is an old shirt" for a college student. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 5 PM. She invites everyone to stop in and browse. 1 8 The Coconut Telegraph January 2007 All pet owners understand the importance of having a veterinarian we can trust to provide medical care to the smallest members of our families. For many of us Dr. Fred Peacock has been that veterinarian for as long as we can remember. The staff at Animal Care Clinic understands this and would like to inform our clients that Dr. Peacock has sold his practice and will go from being a full time veterinarian and part time fisherman, to full time fisherman and part time veterinarian. Although Dr. Peacock will continue to practice at the clinic two days a week, it is with great pride that we here at Animal Care Clinic wish Dr. Peacock.... “God Speed, Fair Winds and Following Seas.” Animal Care Clinic is committed to and will continue to provide top quality medical care for your pets with our new owner, Dr. Geoff Bailey (Most of us already know and love him). Dr. Bailey, your staff and community would like to say... “Welcome Aboard, Doc!” A n i m a l Care Clinic M akes Announcement


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22 The Coconut Telegraph January 2007 The African Queen A History Legacy in Key Largo Part III March 17th, 1987 St P atty’s day the African Queen was in the St Paddy day parade in Dublin, Ireland,a nd then to get a good head of steam up and take a cruise on the Liffey River with Dublin’s Miss Boat Show, and then high tail it back to London for the Easter Parade. While at the Earls Court Boat Show in London we were invited to appear in Melbourne and Sydney Boat Shows, so it was off to Australia we trucked her over to London’s Tilbury docks and she was loaded aboard a Polish Freighter this would be the start of the Queen second trip around the world the first one started in 1912 when she headed to Africa and ended upon her return to England in 1986, and now she was beginning the trek again in 1987 but the second time would not take 74 years to complete. Dad and I met the freighter when she docked in Melbourne, the Queen none the worse for wear, however she needed a major scrub down since even tipped on her side was to wide to fit into a cargo container so she had to ride on the top of the containers and the soot from the ships smoke stack turn the entire boat black as the coal, after a good scrubbing involving a pressure washer and untold amounts of degreaser the old girl was once again presentable for her “Press Day” on Melbourne’s Yarra River. The boat show committee had gone all out for the event as we passed under a bridge we emerged from a wall smoke and as the bow passed through smoke more fire works went off and the Q ueen had officially arrived in Melbourne. While I got to visit S ydney I was not there for her arrival in Sydney Harbor which I understand was just as spectacular as the Melbourne opening, although with the back drop of the Sydney Opera House for my point of view I would think it was even more so. Once the Australian appearances were over the African Queen was once again load on a freighter to start her second leg of her second journey around the world, which would involve her first trip through the Panama Canal. Dad kept Katharine Hepburn informed of the African Queen adventures, writing very long and detailed letters, to which Miss Hepburn would reply with one line notes such as; “Dear old Queen” or “You a re really giving her an interesting life”. Dad even managed to get his name int he back of her book entitled “The Making of the African Queen” by supplying the pictures that John Hoesli had given him. Miss Hepburn even made dad contact Sir John Wolfe to get permission to publish the pictures to which Sir John told him that, ”Katie could have whatever she wants and to please have her call him”, to which Miss Hepburn did and she and Sir John had a reunion via telephone. The interesting thing that I have come to discover including myself everyone who is involved with the African Queen talks about her as if she was a living breathing thing. The African Queen arrived back in Key Largo with many m iles under her hull some she had put there while others she received while riding ont he decks freighters. When there came a phone call from a Frank Martin which was facilitated by my sister Barbara’s friend Lori Best and a chance meeting of Mr. Martin who was a Movie Producer and had managed to get John Huston to agree to let him produce a documentary about Mr. Houston’s life before he had died a year earlier in 1988. Mr. Martin needed a center piece for his documentary, for which Robert Mitchum was going to be the narrator. Mr. Martin was told by Lori that she not only knew who had the African Queen but she had taken a ride on her as well. Lori contacted Barbara who arranged for dad to meet Mr. Martin in Key Largo, and the next thing you know the Queen was off to Hollywood to star in her second film and her first Hollywood production. In route to Hollywood dad had agreed to make an appearance at the Cincinnati and Seattle Washington boat shows in what was becoming a tradition a press on the Ohio River in Cincinnati, I believe that show is in January and for press day on the Ohio it was 13 degrees below zero, the Queen performed beautiful in the cold weather and steamed up and down the Mighty Ohio all morning long, however once the Queen was loaded back on her trailer her crew decided to go off for cocktails to warm their bones instead of properly winterizing her boiler a mistake that the effects of which would not become n oticeable until her next p ress day. As fate would have it the boiler let loose with ab ig swoosh as all the water d rained out of the boiler and into the fir box on LakeW ashington in Seattle and e nded up being towed passed the review stand, anotherm agnanimous showing for the d ear old Queen. After being shown how to plug the damaged fire tubes dad set out again to launch the Queen in the Long Beach, California harbor where another famous Queen the Queen Mary is permanently moored. As dad steamed the African Queen toward the Queen Mary the repair did not hold once again and another swoosh and they were dead in the water, however a passing boater towed them back to shore. With the Seattle and Long Beach incidents behind them it was off to Hollywood for the filming of the “John Huston, The Man, The Movies, The Maverick”. Upon returning from her latest film the Queen had a new boiler manufacture by the St. Louis Semple factory, however that boiler was only used for a year as another appearance by the Coast Guard determined that the new boiler was not ASME certified. The recent visit by the Coast Guard also brought up the concern that the African Queen was being used as a commercial vessel, instead of as private vessel status that we had agreed to. They also informed dad that unless he got the certified to carry passengers and have a proper inspection protocol that they would not let him dock the boat any longer in a commercial marina that he would have to keep the boat behind our family home. Now the problem with getting the African Queen certified to carry passengers i s that is considered “Coastal T rade”, and since the Queen is a foreign built vessel shew ill need an act of Congress a nd a Presidential signature to be exempt from the Jones Act” which prohibits f oreign made vessel from participating in coastal trade,a s anyone who bought an early T aiwan built boat who tried to put it in charter service will tell you. So off dad went to capital hill and Congressman Dante Fascell and his staff helped prepare House Bill H.R. 1803, the bill was introduced on April 11, 1989. At hearing before the House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, Congressman Fascell testified; “My constituent here James Hendricks rescued the African Queen, literally. She was rusting in a field and about to disappear from the lexicon of mortal man; but she is well and alive, and he has been having a great adventure with her ever since” (this is an excerpt from the Congressional record). The then Junior Senator Bob Graham introduced a companion bill into the Senate. Both bills moved slowly through Congress. Combined they became P.L. 101-92 signed by President George Bush into law August 16, 1989. Dad referred to this event as the African Queen getting her citizenship. Look for continuation of this article in The African Queen Part IV in the Coconut Telegraph February Issue T he Coconut Telegraph January 2007 23 By Jimmy Hendricks Photos provided by Jimmy Hendricks African Queen on the Liffey River in Dublin with Miss Boat Show. Afr ican Queen on the Yarra River in Melbour n Austrailia. Why People Move South Photos found at www. StrangeCosmos. com continued from page 18 Environ-mental Walking Tour. 9 a.m. 4 p.m. San Pedro Church gardens, MM 89.5 Bayside U.S.1 Plantation Key. 853-0651 or 6645574. Sat., Jan. 13 Florida Keys Commercial Fisherman present 2nd annual seafood fest-ival. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Bayview Park, Corner of Truman and Eisenhower, Key West. 619-0039 Sat., Jan. 20 Sun., Jan. 21 Florida Keys Art Guild Outdoor Art Festival. Free. Waldorf Plaza Key Largo 743-7441 Wed., Jan. 24 Key West Symphony presents Out of This World Gala Tribute to longtime supporter Robin S. Weiss. Special performance by KWSO members. TBD 292-1774. Sat., Jan. 27 Sun., Jan. 28 Key West Art Center presents 22st Annual Key West Craft Show.. Free. 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Corner of Whitehead & Caroline Streets, Key West. 294-1241. Sat., Jan. 27 Anne McKee Artist's Fund Auction. $20 includes food and bar. 6:30 p.m. East Martello Museum, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West. 295-8383. The Cultured Conch


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