Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Fantasy Fest 2006

Look at this...
It's up for grabs...
Make an offer...

This beautifully creative piece of furniture is going up for bids with no minimum. All proceeds will go to this year's King and Queen contenders Scott and Sue.

Call in your offer at 305-295-9808 or better yet, come by the Coffee Plantation and take it for a test seat...

Fantasy Fest King and Queen

Every year, from as early as late August, the competition for King and Queen of Fantasy Fest begins. The competition is open to anyone who wishes to be a part of it. The Winners, ultimately the King and Queen of Fantasy Fest, are the ones that raise the most money for AIDS Help, Inc. by 'Buying' the most Votes, or in other words - Finding Sponsors and Venues for their Fund Raising Efforts. Fantasy Fest commences on a Friday night with the Royal Coronation Ball, where the King and Queen of Fantasy Fest are Crowned. Contributions are accepted right up to the last minute when the final tally takes place at the Coronation Ball. The man and woman, or man and man-in-drag, are dubbed 'Royalty' after emerging from a field of entrants whose votes have been bought and sold and bought and sold over again. The King and Queen of Fantasy Fest receive Regal Robes, Crowns, and Scepters, and preside over all official Fantasy Fest Events. In the name of the people served by AIDS Help, we would like to thank all the Kings and Queens of Fantasy Fest for all their efforts and good will.

Monday, September 25, 2006

A KING among us

Graffiti King

From today's Key West Citizen:
KEY WEST — Officers are investigating a design that has gradually begun to adorn many stop signs and other locales throughout Key West, reports state.

The insignia of a heart with wings over a five-point star is usually accompanied by the words "King" or "Love" beneath the design.

According to reports, photos were taken of the back of a stop sign a the intersection of Thomas and Southard streets, and officers will continue to investigate the source.

Friday, September 22, 2006

"WWWND?" - What Would Willie Nelson Do? (Hint: Bob Marley!)

Last week in Louisiana, one of our favorites, Willie Nelson was found with - get ready for this - marijuana on his tour bus!

Can you believe it? Discovering pot on Willie Nelson's tour bus? It's like discovering that George Bush has a vested interest in oil prices, or Dick Cheney eats babies. (He does, right?)

Anyhow, now that the 73-year old country-western singer and songwriter has had his pot taken away the country can rest easy. Afterall, it isn't as if there are larger problems for us to worry about or anything.

(Incidentally, Nelson was charged with misdemeanor drug possession and released because the Louisiana jail "was not accepting [inmates] on misdemeanor charges.")


Saturday, September 09, 2006

Art display at Coffee Plantation

We are having a art showing at the Coffee Plantation.
Janet Mueller of Key West showing some of her great work in our Coffee House.
A must see when visiting our Island.

Janet Mueller

Janet M Mueller moved to Key West, Florida from her hometown, Champaign, Illinois in December, 1993.

She has a B.S. in Marketing, College of Commerce, from the University of Illinois and spent the years from 1977 to 1989 as a graphic designer and writer-producer of TV commercials and print advertisements.

In 1991, Janet decided to become a painter of fine art. Since that time, Janet has had numerous solo exhibits in Champaign, IL, Key West, FL, Lexington, KY, Rome, Italy (2001), and in 2005 at the Key West Museum of Art and History at the Custom House. Her collection "Political Views" was featured at The Tropic Cinema, Key West from November 2005 through January 2006. Janet Mueller has participated in group shows in Miami, FL and New York, NY.
Her paintings, gouache on paper or oil on canvas, are bold and vibrant. Works created in a crude, primitive style with non-toxic acrylic paints and mixed media are thought provoking. The artist's style and technique are self-taught and have developed and changed over the years.

Coffee art competition

We had some great contenders this year... you be the judge.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Prairie Dog Pup Is In Good Hands!

A letter to the Editor from a recent issue of the Key West Citizen:

[On a recent] Sunday morning at the corner of Greene and Elizabeth, a lot of people were angry with me. I know they were well intentioned, with their rather heated suggestions to "live and let live."

To all those who were concerned about my capturing the prairie dog pup, who had been living on lettuce, pretzels and potato chips under the store, this is why I did it: We all know about the pitfalls of introducing non-indigenous species to an area, and of our responsibility to protect our habitat. But equally important, that adorable animal is quite tame, not wild. He deserves to be cared for as all other pets should be, not abandoned to live like a side-show under a building on a busy street corner, contending with cars, cats, dogs, and fleas, and eating whatever anyone in the streets wants to feed him. No pet should be treated that way.

I learned from Wildlife Rescue that prairie dogs are highly sociable, and need to be with others of their kind. Because they do not breed in captivity, pups are actually vacuumed out of their burrows in the wild to be sold to pet shops. That's where the problem begins. Taken from their mothers and communities at such a young age, these pups do not learn how to survive in the wild. And in many ways, it doesn't get much wilder than Key West.

Prairie dogs do not thrive on cinnamon buns, car exhaust and salt air. The pup is now in very good hands at Wildlife Rescue. They will not euthanize him, but will give him what he needs to live happily, safely and healthily.

If you are still concerned, I'm sure Wildlife Rescue would be glad to let you know how he's doing. They could probably also use a little of your volunteerism or donations, too!

Teri Gauthier
Key West

We couldn't have said it better. Thanks Teri! Your friends, at the Coffee Plantation.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Ernesto come and gone...

We knew we where alright when Geraldo showed up, as soon as his 27 man crew where finished applying his make up, the sky's cleared, and the storm turned...