Last year, June 20th was the official first day of summer, but it had felt like summer for weeks already. Many of us dread the humid days when we can barely walk to our cars without breaking a sweat. Writer Nancy Klingener has learned to appreciate summer and the off-season in Key West. Her full essay is below.
Nancy Klingener describes herself as “a recovering journalist, aspiring librarian and addicted reader” living in Key West, Florida. She’s also the writer behind the The Bone Island Book Blog.
As a child I used to think that heaven was a Key Lime Pie.
Well-- not exactly. But by the time that I could completely grasp the concept of heaven, I knew that I had already caught a glimpse of it when I ate one for the first time at a Denny's Restaurant off I-95 during a family roadtrip.
Which means that I should have planned a trip south this Fourth of July, where what just might be the world's largest Key Lime Pie was baked for the Key Lime Festival.
06/28/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Executive Director, Chris Cook, tells us how his not-for-profit, Cannonball, helps artists in so many important ways. Dan Hudak checks in with O Cinema’s co-founder, Kareem Tabsch, about their exciting improvements and upcoming shows. Jazz writer, Bob Weinberg, talks to Jazz musician and educator, Gary Lindsay, about the Miami Saxophone Quartet’s latest CD, Four Of A Kind. Chef Norman Van Aken dishes upA Word On Food and Andy Newman’s Florida Keys calendar suggests quite enticing events. Catch the conversation and information on South Florida Arts Beat every Friday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.
05/23/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins . . . underwater. Many are unaware, but the crystal-clear seawater below the Keys is the third-largest barrier reef in the world. It has a vast history, as well. Many enjoy scuba or snorkel, but historically, the reef has been a bane to shipping . . . and pirates.
Naples resident Stephen Bogart is the son of film legends Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall and will be hosting the 1st Annual Humphrey Bogart Film Festival in, quite appropriately, Key Largo May 2 - 5. Caroline Breder-Watts sat down with Stephen to discuss the festival and his iconic parents. To learn more, visit bogartfilmfestival.com.
04/19/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, music and event producer, owner of Sweat Records, Lauren Reskin, has the lowdown on the 6th Annual Record Store Day and Sweatstock taking place Saturday the 20th in Miami. Judith Bishop covers exciting events at the Bass Museum of Art with Silvia Karmen Cubina.
Perhaps you’ve seen the phrase “Live to Ride—Ride to Live” on a T-shirt or bumper sticker somewhere. It has been on my belt buckle for about 30 years. Motorcycling has been a passion of mine pretty much from the day I got my driver’s license. The activity of being in the wind, leaning into corners, the sight of a bike, and the very simplistic nature of the machine, all bring joy.
When the Old Seven Mile Bridge was built, it was an engineering wonder of the early 1900s. Part of Henry Flagler’s famous railway to Key West, it ran across nearly seven miles of open water to connect Marathon to the Lower Keys.
Today, the bridge is still a popular spot with both locals and tourists, but it’s slowly falling apart. Salt water and storms are eroding the bridge faster than the state can afford to repair it. Much of it is now closed. Historians and activists are desperately searching for a way to preserve what's left: a 2.2 mile section of the Old Seven Bridge that is still open to pedestrians and cyclists.