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January 2021

Tennessee Williams Poetry Contest

18-January to 7-March from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM

In commemorating Tennessee Williams’s 110th Birthday and the 10th Anniversary of the Tennessee Williams Museum, the 2021 Birthday Celebration includes a poetry contest that is open to everyone.  There is no specific theme for the 2021 Poetry Competition; however, your poem must in some way reference Tennessee Williams.  Authors may choose to write a poem referencing Williams, his family, one of his characters, or one of the actors/actresses who played a role in his plays or films. Poetry Writing Contest…

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Tennessee Williams Short Story Contest

18-January to 7-March from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM

In commemorating Tennessee Williams’s 110th Birthday and the 10th Anniversary of the Tennessee Williams Museum, the 2021 Birthday Celebration includes a short story contest that is open to everyone.  There is no specific theme for the 2021 Short Story Competition; however, your short story must in some way reference Tennessee Williams.  Authors may choose to write a story referencing Williams, his family, one of his characters, or one of the actors/actresses who played a role in his plays or films.…

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VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | Piracy and Key West: Commodore David Porter and the Mosquito Squadron by Fred Borch

21-January from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | Piracy and Key West: Commodore David Porter and the Mosquito Squadron by Fred Borch Thursday, January 21, 2021, from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm   Piracy was a major problem in the Caribbean in the early nineteenth century and Congress wanted to protect American merchant shipping. As a result, the Navy ordered Commodore David Porter to establish a base in Key West to end piracy. He arrived in April 1823. Hear historian Fred Borch talk about Porter’s West…

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Littles at the Lighthouse

26-January from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Key West Lighthouse, 938 Whitehead Atreet
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Littles at the Lighthouse Tuesday, January 26th, from 10:00 am – 10:30 am Our Littles at the Lighthouse program invites parents and children aged five years old and under to join us each week for story time on the lighthouse lawn. Each session will have an exciting new theme that will pair with our Parent & Me program at Fort East Martello Museum (which is tentatively scheduled to resume in March). Space is limited to 15 people, so please register below to secure your spot. Parents should bring a large blanket or towel to sit on during the story time session. All…

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VIRTUAL Happy Hour with the Historian | The Civil War in Key West

27-January from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The Key West Art & Historical Society is excited to offer a series of VIRTUAL fun historical lectures entitled ‘Happy Hour with the Historian’. Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. Topic: The Civil War in Key West This lecture will explore the Key West’s historical significance in the context of the American Civil War. Though fought in thousands of different places from Pennsylvania to Texas; from New Mexico to Florida, no blood was shed on or around the island. Despite our geographical…

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February 2021

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Littles at the Lighthouse

2-February from 10:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Key West Lighthouse, 938 Whitehead Atreet
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Littles at the Lighthouse Tuesday, February 2nd, from 10:00 am - 10:30 am Our Littles at the Lighthouse program invites parents and children aged five years old and under to join us each week for story time on the lighthouse lawn. Each session will have an exciting new theme that will pair with our Parent & Me program at Fort East Martello Museum (which is tentatively scheduled to resume in March). Space is limited to 15 people, so please register below to secure your spot. Parents should bring a large blanket or towel to sit on during the story time session. All…

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VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | The Last Turtlemen of the Caribbean: Labor, Conservation, and Boundary Making from the Cayman Islands to Key West

4-February from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Virtual Distinguished Speaker Series | The Last Turtlemen of the Caribbean: Labor, Conservation, and Boundary Making from the Cayman Islands to Key West Thursday, February 4th, from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm In her talk "The Last Turtlemen of the Caribbean: Labor, Conservation, and Boundary Making from the Cayman Islands to Key West," Sharika Crawford discusses the entangled histories of peoples and commodities that circulated across the greater Caribbean, which connected places like Key West to the Cayman Islands and…

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Littles at the Lighthouse

9-February from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Key West Lighthouse, 938 Whitehead Atreet
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Littles at the Lighthouse Tuesday, February 9th, from 10:00 am – 10:30 am Our Littles at the Lighthouse program invites parents and children aged five years old and under to join us each week for story time on the lighthouse lawn. Each session will have an exciting new theme that will pair with our Parent & Me program at Fort East Martello Museum (which is tentatively scheduled to resume in March). Space is limited to 15 people, so please register below to secure your spot. Parents should bring a large blanket or towel to sit on during the story time session. All…

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VIRTUAL Happy Hour with the Historian | Women Who Shaped Key West

10-February from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The Key West Art & Historical Society is excited to offer a series of VIRTUAL fun historical lectures entitled ‘Happy Hour with the Historian’. Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. Topic: Women Who Shaped Key West The year 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in America. While we celebrate the women who led the struggle, we also honor other women who made historic contributions around the country. To show our support of dynamic women, this talk will focus on some…

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Littles at the Lighthouse

16-February from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Key West Lighthouse, 938 Whitehead Atreet
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Littles at the Lighthouse Tuesday, February 16th, from 10:00 am – 10:30 am Our Littles at the Lighthouse program invites parents and children aged five years old and under to join us each week for story time on the lighthouse lawn. Each session will have an exciting new theme that will pair with our Parent & Me program at Fort East Martello Museum (which is tentatively scheduled to resume in March). Space is limited to 15 people, so please register below to secure your spot. Parents should bring a large blanket or towel to sit on during the story time session. All…

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VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | Afro-Caribbean Migration to Florida

18-February from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | Afro-Caribbean Migration to Florida by Magdalena Lamarre Thursday, February 18th, from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm This program will examine the migration and settlement patterns of the various Afro-Caribbean peoples who made Florida their home and their contributions to its history and culture.  About the Presenter: Magdalena Lamarre was a Full Professor of History and Sociology at Miami Dade College until her retirement in 2016.  She earned a BA in History and Secondary Education from…

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Littles at the Lighthouse

23-February from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Key West Lighthouse, 938 Whitehead Atreet
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Littles at the Lighthouse Tuesday, February 23rd, from 10:00 am – 10:30 am Our Littles at the Lighthouse program invites parents and children aged five years old and under to join us each week for story time on the lighthouse lawn. Each session will have an exciting new theme that will pair with our Parent & Me program at Fort East Martello Museum (which is tentatively scheduled to resume in March). Space is limited to 15 people, so please register below to secure your spot. Parents should bring a large blanket or towel to sit on during the story time session. All…

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VIRTUAL Happy Hour with the Historian | Lilly Pulitzer, Suzie dePoo and Key West Hand Print Fabrics

24-February from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The Key West Art & Historical Society is excited to offer a series of VIRTUAL fun historical lectures entitled ‘Happy Hour with the Historian’. Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. Topic: Lilly Pulitzer, Suzie dePoo & Key West Hand Print Fabrics In 1961, two friends, both involved with Broadway theater, visited the tranquil island of Key West. Peter Pell and Jim Russell instantly fell in love with their surroundings; brightly-colored flowers, exotic fruits, resplendent birds and remarkable sea life were everywhere. Residents…

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March 2021

Tennessee Williams Classic Film Series | Suddenly, Last Summer

1-March from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) 114 minute run time The film is a 1959 Southern Gothic mystery film based on the 1958 play of the same name by Tennessee Williams.  The plot centers on a young woman who, at the insistence of her wealthy aunt, is being evaluated by a psychiatric doctor to receive a lobotomy after witnessing the death of her cousin Sebastian Venable while traveling with him in Spain the previous summer. The film stars Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn,…

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VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | The Legacy of Franklin Roosevelt’s WPA in Florida by David Schmidt

4-March from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | The Legacy of Franklin Roosevelt’s WPA in Florida by David Schmidt Thursday, March 4, 2020, from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was one of FDR’s most wide-ranging, yet controversial programs. Many saw it as a “make work’ program that did not accomplish its goals—the acronym was derided as “We Piddle Around.” The evidence indicates that the program was far more successful and, even today, Floridians enjoy the buildings and constructions…

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Tennessee Williams Classic Film Series | The Fugitive Kind

8-March from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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The Fugitive Kind (1960) 119 minute run time The movie is a 1960 American drama film starring Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, and Joanne Woodward, directed by Sidney Lumet. The screenplay by Meade Roberts and Tennessee Williams was based on the latter's 1957 play Orpheus Descending, itself a revision of his 1940 work Battle of Angels, which closed after its Boston tryout. Valentine "Snakeskin" Xavier is a guitar-playing drifter who earns his nickname from his jacket. He flees New Orleans to…

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Tandy Talks Tennessee – A Virtual Performance and Conversation

13-March to 20-March at 7:00 PM

TANDY TALKS TENNESSEE // a virtual performance & conversation  featuring Tandy Cronyn Actress Tandy Cronyn, daughter of legendary actors Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn, talks about her mother, her father and Tennessee Williams.  Jessica Tandy, the Tony and Oscar-winning actress, originated the role of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire in 1947, and her father, Hume Cronyn, made it all happen.  Ms. Cronyn will also read from the playwright’s poetry collection, share reminiscences and participate in a conversation about…

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Tennessee Williams Classic Film Series | The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

15-March from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2003) 114 run time The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone is a 2003 American-Irish made-for-television romantic drama film and a remake of the 1961 film of the same name based on the 1950 novel of the same title by Tennessee Williams.  The film stars Helen Mirren, Olivier Martinez, Anne Bancroft and Brian Dennehy. A failing star is faced with a lifestyle change when her rich husband suddenly dies while they are en route to…

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VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | Presidents in Florida by James Clark

18-March from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | Presidents in Florida by James Clark Thursday, March 18, 2021, from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm George Washington had nothing but trouble with Florida. Thomas Jefferson tried to steal it. Abraham Lincoln hoped it would win him re-election. Three men came to Florida to fight and ended up in the White House. Franklin Roosevelt was nearly assassinated before he could be inaugurated and quick thinking by a Secret Service agent saved John Kennedy’s life in…

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Tennessee Williams Classic Film Series | The Rose Tattoo

22-March from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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The Rose Tattoo (1955) 117 minute run time The movie is based on a play by Tennessee Williams, this classic drama centers on Serafina, a widowed Sicilian woman living in the American South who is left devastated by the death of her husband. Grief turns her into a recluse, however she is drawn back into the world when she learns of her late husband's infidelities.  Meanwhile, the arrival of a new lodger, handsome truck driver Alvaro, offers hope of a…

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