Florida Keys Business Briefs
Sunday, February 17, 2013


Cemetery strolls honor Black History

In honor of Black History Month, visitors and residents can learn more about the African-Americans who helped shape Key West's history Saturday during 90-minute, guided cemetery strolls starting at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Groups will visit the gravesites of many of the island's notable African-American residents while interpreters tell the stories of people like Sandy Cornish, who helped establish the black community's first church in 1865, and Thomas Romer, who served as a privateer in the War of 1812 before Key West's settlement.

Strolls depart from the Frances Street gate every 20 minutes beginning at 9 a.m.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. A donation of $10 per person to the Historic Florida Keys Foundation is recommended.

For more information, call Cynthia Edwards at 305-294-8503.


Schooner Wharf hosts art show

Colorful arts and crafts, live music and a stroll along Key West's Historic Seaport are the main attractions at the 13th annual Schooner Wharf Open Air Art & Music Affair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 2.

The annual event is centered around Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William St., and the adjacent harborwalk. Creative offerings include original oil paintings, pottery, decorative window art, handmade jewelry, feather crafts and woodcarvings. An estimated 40 artists and artisans will take part in the eclectic affair and many plan to stage demonstrations of their techniques and talents during the day, according to an event press release.

Musical acts include Michael McCloud, Captain Carl and Professor Pete, Piper Road and the Josh Garrett Band.

For more information, visit www.schoonerwharf.com or call 305-292-3302.


Rotary hosts nautical flea market

The Gigantic Nautical Flea Market, a boating and marine bazaar, returns Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23 and 24, to Founders Park at Mile Marker 87.

The event will feature more than 200 vendor booths, deals on boats, parts, fishing gear, electronics, marine products, nautical gear, dock equipment, accessories and clothing. No box of loose parts is left unturned as attendees search for an oddball fitting. Art aficionados, craftsmen and hobbyists will find a variety of items, while sun worshippers enjoy a day at the park.

Flea market hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 24. Parking is available at Coral Shores High School with free shuttles to the flea market.

Admission is free, with a $5 donation to local scholarship programs suggested. Proceeds benefit the Upper Keys Rotary Foundation scholarship fund.

For more information, visit www.giganticnauticalfleamarket.org.