Happiness and Cheer
Happiness and Cheer
Amanda Palmer, Judy Blume and George
December 21, 2016
The festive spirit in Key West continued in full song this week as the holidays crept closer and more and more events were happening including our big somewhat annual Christmas party and a couple of really cool events with the Key West premiere of a new play and an incredible performance by the brilliant Amanda Palmer at the Studios of Key West. It was another really fun and fascinating week here on the Island of Misfit Toys.
Amanda Palmer performing “Judy Blume”
Kathy and I fortunate to include Key West residents Judy Blume and her husband George among our friends and it is through them that we got a chance to see the amazing Amanda Palmer perform at the Studios of Key West. Judy and George opened the fabulous Books and Books at the Studios, book store at the Studios and they were able to arrange to have Palmer sign on to perform her magical show at the Studios, followed by a book signing where Palmer could sign her latest book, based on her well received Ted talk on the same subject, “The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help.” Palmer was formally in the performance art band the Dresden Dolls and is married to the iconic author Neil Gaiman.
Leonard Cohen’s “Democracy” read by Neil Gaiman
The show was an eclectic mix of music, performance art and readings from Mr. Gaiman. Including a powerful reading of the late Leonard Cohen’s, “Democracy”. Palmer was joined by her friend and musician Jason Webley who also happens to be a mutual friend to my friends Josh and Breezy Peyton of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. In fact they had suggested that he visit the famous Catman while in Key West, which he did and he and Palmer created a special song about the Catman during the show.
Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley
In addition to the zany brilliance of Amanda Palmer, I also took some time to attend the opening night of the new play at the Waterfront Playhouse, “Throw Me On the Burnpile and Light Me Up”. Kathy was busy so I went with my buddy Trevor after we had stopped at the new bar/ restaurant MaryEllen’s that just opened in the former Wax on Applerouth Lane for a drink and delicious grilled cheese sandwich. Another awesome place that will be added to our regular rotation.
David and Martha
George and Jeff
The play, was written by Lucy Alibar who also wrote the film “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and is a one woman tour-de-force of stories of growing up in the deep South. A lecherous goat, Pentecostals on the radio, a clutter of in-bred cats, phone calls from death row, and Daddy’s burnpile are all central to this funny, insightful and wonderful play.
Mark and Wendi
The rest of the week was spent preparing for our somewhat annual Christmas party. For many years, Kathy and I hosted a massive Christmas Eve party that seemed to grow larger and larger each year. Eventually it just got to be too much and we took a hiatus for a few years. Then last year, our friends Mark and Nancy who host an annual holiday bike tour of Key West, asked if our home could be a stop on the tour and our holiday party saw a rebirth.
Rich and Penny
Fiona, Sue and Chuck
Tom, Effie and Greta
We started off slowly last year with a small gathering at the house that was suddenly invaded by 65-70 bicycle riders who descend like a happy swarm of holiday locusts on the house, eating and drinking for 30 minutes or so, before riding off in to the night. This year, we decided to go all out and invite a massive amount of friends and have an all-out party.
Suzyjo and Tara
David and Breane
Eric, Rosie and Betsy