This humble blog was started to document our travels around the country during the summer of 2006, We have opted to continue updating it due to the requests from family & friends. Enjoy!
Friday, February 13, 2015
Slow Down, You Crazy Child.
February 6, 2015
Slow Down, You Crazy Child.
The New Year is speeding by, already the first month is
behind us and we move closer to the spring season. The month of January was
busy for us, we had the 33rd annual Key West Literary Seminar that
preoccupied us early in the month and then the start of the weekly Friends of
the Key West Library lecture series that I have worked on for the past three
years. These events limit the amount of travel that I can do during this time
of year, which happens to coincide with the busy Key West season so it sort of
The lecture series happens every Monday night from January
to March and it keeps me anchored in Key West for the most part. We are already
coming up on our fourth lecture this Monday with cultural historian David
Garrard Lowe having already featured Michael Mewshaw, Alison Lurie and Phyllis
Rose to date in what have been amazingly successful presentations. The first
two were held at the old Eaton Street Theatre, now the Key West Theater and the
series is now being held at St. Paul’s church on Duval Street as new The
Studios of Key West continues to be constructed.
Bruce & baby
We had to move because of the first official theatre
production by the new company, On the Rock Productions, “Bones and Pie” We
attended opening night of the new play which featured short plays written,
produced and acted by an all local team. It was a stellar show that featured
many of our favorite and Key West finest actors including Chad Newman, Erin
McKenna, Pony Charvet, Lliam Dufresne, Brandon Beach and Landon
Caitlin & Effie
They were each fantastic in their own right,
but the final play, written and directed by Michael Marrero and performed by
Bradbury and Beach was one of the finest pieces of theater that I have had the
privilege of seeing on a Key West stage. I hear they may develop it into a full
length stand-alone play- I certainly hope this is the case- it was splendid.
Fran Ford's 92nd Birthday
Kathy and I headed to Miami last weekend to
see the latest Billy Joel tour. I have seen Joel a number of times, but it has
probably been since his 1994 Face to Face tour with Elton John since I saw him
last – which was over 20 years ago. I was curious how well he and his voice
would hold up after all this time, but I should not have worried. He delivered
a two and a half hour performance that was packed full of hits and sounded as
good as ever. It was truly remarkable, especially since he mentioned that he
has not released any new material in twenty-three years. He still managed to
pack the American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami for a sold-out show that was
really, really fantastic.
Joel looked and sounded terrific as he
played through most of his biggest hits, frequently dipping in to his catalog
for songs from his best album, “The Stranger”. We both loved the show. Before
heading to the arena to catch the show, Kathy & I did a bit of shopping in
Miami and I checked out an event called the Miami Beer Fest.
The beer festival was held at the home of
the Miami Marlins baseball team, Marlins Park and it featured about 40
breweries mostly from South Florida and was a pretty enjoyable afternoon. The
best of Florida, Cigar City and Funky Buddah were both on hand as well as a
collection of the rest of the area breweries. South Florida continues to follow
the trend that most of the nation is experiencing with the explosion of craft
breweries that seems to grow by the minute.
Many of the booths featured at the beer fest
were breweries that have yet to open permanent locations and others that have
only been open a few weeks or months. The beer was hit and miss as you might
expect, but the overall quality and abundance of the Florida beer scene
continues to improve.
About Us- We are Kathy Kilroy and Michael Blades and this blog was created to document our summer travels around the nation in 2006 and we have opted to continue posting to keep our friends and family informed of our lives. We each have lived in Key West for over 20 years and met and were married here in October, 2003.