Archive for November, 2007

Reef Relief and Beach Weddings in Key West

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Saturday morning we married Alex and Julia on Smather’s beach. They were joined by her parents and brother. This was our only scheduled wedding for the weekend, leaving us time for a little rest and relaxation before our VERY busy wedding week. On Sunday the Southernmost Beach Cafe held a benefit for Reef Relief, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to protect our wonderful coral reef. There was a barbeque, drinks and entertainment by Mile Marker 24.

Super Boats, Blue Heaven and Schooner Weddings Key West

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Sunday was the last day of the Super Boat races. It’s not one of my favorite events but, I have to admit, they are fascinating. The roar of their engines can be heard all over the island. While they race, helicopters soar overhead within a few feet of each other.

On Saturday night the Blue Heaven restaurant hosted a benefit for WomanKind – a local woman’s health clinic. The Survivors had everyone dancing in the dirt with their mix of reggae, Brazilian and island style music. It was great to see lots of old friends.

Key West Schooner Wedding

At the Wheel – Schooner Wedding Key West

We had a busy wedding weekend. Maybe because of the holiday? We had four beach weddings and a sunset sail aboard the beautiful Liberty Clipper – the prettiest schooner in town. The evening was perfect. A nice wind for sailing but not too chilly. There were 25 people on board. Instead of catering, they opted to order platters from Publix. The bride’s parents took care of the pick up and delivery. It was a nice way to end a busy weekend.

Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden

Thursday, November 8th, 2007
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Key West Birding

Yesterday we had the pleasure of visiting the Botanical Garden located on College Road on Stock Island. The address is Key West but it is actually on the next island up – just over the bridge as you leave the island. It’s a “hidden oasis” that is actually very easy to find – if you know about it. The garden was beautiful! Acres of native shade trees, flowers and orchids, all accessible by a walkway. While strolling a hawk flew right over our heads and landed in a tree. In the center is a large butterfly garden. There are benches and tables throughout. It’s a great location for a tropical Key West wedding or just a bit of meditating. We left feeling very lucky to have something so special in our city.

Birdwatching and Sunset Weddings in Key West

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

The weather has been beautiful. Clear blue skies, 80 degrees and low humidity. I think November is one of our best months here in Key West. It is also fall migration time so hundreds and hundreds of birds are flying over the keys on their way south. Each morning we see vultures, hawks, falcons, etc riding the thermals. It is quite an amazing site. As we walk past the Key West cemetary, we spot an American Kestral perched on the top of a palm tree, looking for breakfast. Click here for a checklist of common keys birds.

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Another Amazing Key West Sunset

Our wedding last night was at Smather’s Beach. Our couple, Chris and Patrick, were joined by two friends. The light was perfect. We were all treated to a lovely sunset. Afterwards, they headed off in their electric car for some fun at Finnegan’s Wake and then Duval Street. The sunset photo below was, of course, taken by Gary.

Parrottheads and Margaritas

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

This weekend was the Parrothead festival. Key West was full of Jimmy Buffett fans with styrofoam parrotts on their heads. It’s a fun, yet civilized, party atmosphere. We spent a few minutes watching Mile Marker 22, a local “Buffett” sound-alike band, performing outdoors at the Conch Republic Seafood Company. The band makes margaritas onstage, using a blender powered by an old outboard boat motor.

Sailing by Mallory Square

Sailing by Mallory Square

Had another “Sail Away” sunset sail wedding last night. It’s was a lovely evening but a bit chilly for me. Temps are now dropping into the 70’s. On our return to Key West, the captain sailed us past Mallory Square. Hundreds of tourists waved and shouted congratulations to the new couple. It made a very exciting “receiving line”.