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Keys actors wage war on the boss in ‘9 to 5’

KEY LARGO — The three lead women actors in the Key Players’ newest production, “9 to 5, the Musical,” say the comedic satire is as relevant today, as they comically wage war against their boss for workplace equality, as it was when the original movie was released 40 years ago.[…]

Causeway to Lignumvitae Key hit a dead end in ’60s

ISLAMORADA — Four highway bridges and one private causeway can be found along the U.S. 1 stretch linking Upper and Lower Matecumbe keys, a distance of just over two miles. The number of waterway roads could have increased even more had a 1960s plan to build a bridge to Lignumvitae[…]

Annual walk showcases 5 home oases

UPPER KEYS — The pinwheel jasmine is beginning to bud while the blue tango bromeliads are in full bloom at two stops along the 40th Annual Garden Walk, hosted by the Garden Club of the Upper Keys. Green thumbs and gazers are invited to tour five gardens on Saturday, Feb.[…]

Coral Isles’ annual Winterfest is more than a yard sale

PLANTATION KEY — For yard sale kings and queens and all others who enjoy tactile frugality, Coral Isles Church will present its ninth annual Winter Festival, a mega-yard sale that also features live music, food, dog grooming and games. The shopping opportunity for the fashionable, antique seekers, upcyclers, recyclers and[…]

Rodeo celebrates, preserves Homestead’s heritage

HOMESTEAD — After a lot of preparation and a little bit of horsing around, Homestead Championship Rodeo organizers are making final arrangements as the weekend draws closer. The annual event, set for Friday, Jan. 24, through Sunday, Jan. 26, has united the area’s cowboys and cowgirls for decades and helps[…]

Learn to trace your lineage

ISLAMORADA — A free genealogy workshop here Jan. 25 offers tips for using an online database for family research. Debbie Duay, a Ph.D. in adult education, leads the “Find Your Family, Discover Yourself” session from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Islamorada-Helen Wadley Branch Library. Duay is an experienced genealogist[…]

Learn the Irish jig in time for St. Patty’s Day

KEY LARGO — Discover a traditional dance originating in Ireland just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a social Irish folk dance that’s been around since the European Baroque movement in the 17th century and has since become a significant part of Ireland’s culture. The Irish dance class at[…]

‘Barstool Sailor’ adds to songbook with new album

ISLAMORADA — “I start the day a ‘Sunshine Billionaire’ and go to bed a Barstool Sailor,” says Micah Gardner, the original Barstool Sailor. At 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, his band, Micah and the Barstool Sailors, takes the stage at The Gypsy Cafe and Brewhouse for a live session for[…]

Square dancing keeps foothold in Keys

LONG KEY — As an original member of the Long Key Squares, Dee Parker has been doing the do-si-do every winter for more than 40 years. “I came to the Keys in 1982 and started with the Long Key Squares and have been here since,” Parker said. “That makes me[…]