Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Earthquake in Key West

Did you feel the earth move the week before last?  They say it was an earthquake off the Cuba coast, but I think it was a reaction to the sudden population boom here in Key West.  Surely the rhythm of all those happy feet on our downtown pavement could set up some kind of vibration that would shake up the earth's crust, right?

It's official, it's tourist season and time to share our island paradise with the world.  If you are visiting we are glad you are here and we want you to have a good time.

 I really do want you to enjoy our island, therefore while you are here.............. 

 1. If I see you standing on a street corner puzzling over a map I will ask if I can help you find something.

2. I will encourage you to get off the main streets and do a little exploring of our quaint streets and lanes if you have time.

3. I will answer your questions about Key West to the best of my ability. 
Today's question: Which is the best beach?  Well, our beaches aren't fabulous, but I think the best overall beach is Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, called Ft Zach by the locals.  It's the only beach where the water is deep enough you can swim. There is sun and shade, picnic tables and it's a great place to watch the sunset. But there is an entrance fee.

4. And I will paint some charming little gem paintings that you can take home to help you remember the fun you had. 

Duval and Greene, acrylic 6 x 6"
©Maggie Ruley 2014

Down town Key West takes on kind of a carnival atmosphere when it is busy with tourists, so Duval and Greene is painted in some fun bright colors.

Duval and Greene, framed 12 x 12"
Lucky, acrylic 6 x 6"
©Maggie Ruley 2014
 Lots of boats on the waters these days, I would call mine Lucky.
Lucky, framed 12 x 12"
Happening now in Key West
Quantum Race Week 2014  Yacht Racing.  http://www.premiere-racing.com/ here is a great web site with live coverage and interviews.
Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25 and 26 is the Key West Craft Show.  Wonderful artists from across the country bring their art to Key West.  On Whitehead Street between Greene St and Caroline, from 10am to 5pm both days. 
 Sponsored by the Key West Art Center.
See you at the Craft Show this weekend!


  1. What Fun! Good luck with all the visitors and I would imagine sales. Tourists love to buy and take home something as a memory! How long is the season of visitors?

    1. Thanks BSD, we get tourists all year long, but we are busiest Jan through April.

      Take care,


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