Dancing With The Stars… Maybe Not, Tango Lessons Yes!

Granted these dancers are not Adam Rippon & Jenna Johnson, current Dancing With The Stars champions, I wandered upon some teenagers who may very well be on their way to finding a love for dancing.

Here at Key Haven Park just north of Key West I stumbled on Tango lessons in progress. It appeared to be an organized function with the instructor in red  (without a partner) showing her students the correct next step. Well… that is except the couple on the far right that are in disagreement on who should be leading… or is she simply saying “Quit stepping on my feet!” 🙂

These future ‘Dancing With The Stars’ wannabees were having a great time as I watch them practice with camera in hand. Having been around this type of music for the last 20+ years, it was easy to pick it out as a Tango. If these guys had any idea how much women like men that dance I assure you they’d keep on practicing! It’s true guys, I tell you no lies, I met my wife while dancing! Any form of dancing included whether it be: East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Cha-Cha, Waltz, 2-Step, Line Dance, or any of the many other styles of Ballroom such as Tango.

You can find this neighborhood park near Mile Marker 5.3 bayside by turning onto Key Haven Road. Timing your visit as they’re having Tango lessons on the other hand is a lot harder than finding the park! 🙂 Either way, the park backs up to a canal and has your standard playground equipment along with a covered pavilion and basketball court that doubles as a dance floor! 🙂

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Bahama Village’s “Pass The Hat” Stage

Here in the middle of the Bahama Village you’ll find an awesome looking raised bandstand. This bandstand is built upon the back of an antique rust riddled flatbed truck complete with broken windows and flat tires… way too cool!

Though I’ve never been here for one of their Goombay Festivals I’d really like to come here one time. The stage faces a large wide open area for dancing and ample amount of room for spectators both from the local Bahamian community and tourists of all nationalities.

You can find this stage named “Pass The Hat” (in reference to “I play, you like, you pay”) 🙂 other than that it’s FREE! The Bahama Village is located a couple blocks southwest of Duval Street here in Key West.

    

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Mile Marker 69

Mile Marker 69

Today’s blog is about Mile Marker 69 which is located at Mile Marker 69 on Hwy US-1… duh no kidding! 🙂 OK, those of you that didn’t get that please raise your hand… thank goodness I only see one, two… three of you! 🙂

You may or may not see Mile Marker 69 on your next trip to Key West. Why you ask… here’s the scoop: The Florida Department Of Transportation (DOT) says that so many of these signs are stolen due to the number 69 having a sexual connotation that they have trouble keeping them on the posts! 🙂 Yes, that’s 100% TRUE! I’ve personally seen the missing signs numerous times… on the other hand, I’ve posed (like 1000’s of others) standing beside the sign to get my photo taken as I give it 2-thumbs up and say “Cheese”! If you look close at the post below the #69 you can see previous holes of past stolen signs. They now apply more bolts in order to keep would-be thieves at bay… I said TRY!

Mile Marker 69 on the southbound lane has 2 beautiful palm trees just behind it that makes a great photo. Remember… THUMBS UP! 🙂

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Father’s Day History, How It Began

Happy Father’s Day to all of you Dads out there from 365 Things To Do In The Florida Keys! Do you know how it all started? There’s several recorded different beginnings, here’s what most think of as the first.

The first observance of Father’s Day actually took place in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908. It was organized by Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton, who wanted to celebrate the lives of the 210 fathers who had been lost in the Monogah Mining disaster several months earlier in Monongah, West Virginia, on December 6, 1907. It’s possible that Clayton was influenced by the first celebration of Mother’s Day that same year, just a few miles away. Clayton chose the Sunday nearest to the birthday of her recently deceased father. Wow, who knew!

It was President Richard Nixon in 1972 that designated the third Sunday in June as a national holiday officially signing it into law.

OH YEAH, be looking for our daily Florida Keys blog to be posted here in just a few hours.

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Key West Seafood Co. & Conch Bar

Looking for a GREAT place to eat with a beautiful view of the harbor? This is by far one of the busiest seafood restaurants on the entire island of Key West! The centerpiece of Harbor Walk, this restaurant has the perfect location, location, location! This place is always packed! It sits at the ‘L’ shape bend of this busy tourist area only 3 blocks away from Duval Street.

Once a year they host the ‘Song Writers Convention’ featuring famous and up-and-coming stars performing there for FREE. The last time there I saw Edwin McCain the singer of such hits as “I’ll Be” better known as (The Greatest Fan Of Your Life) which by the way was the most popular wedding song of 2005 and the smash hit love song “I Could Not Ask For More” among others ALL FOR THE LOW PRICE OF FREE! 🙂

I invite you to come on out any night of the year to this popular dining destination and enjoy the ambiance. It’s said that the bar (featured below) is in the shape of a ship… ok maybe, you might need to stretch your imagination on that one just a little! 🙂 You can find this tourist favorite hot spot in the section of town known as Harbor Walk.

    

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Scuba Picnic Table

Hmm, a combo picnic table and scuba symbol… I got it! This blog is for all of you fans of two fantastic past times that go together like peanut butter and jelly… ok, I lied! I don’t know anyone who scuba dives that their second passion in life is picnics or vis versa, lifetime picnickers who are passionate about scuba diving. 🙂

You can find this unique combination of picnic table and scuba symbol here at the Sundowner Complex at Mile Marker 104 in Key Largo bayside.

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Ernest Hemingway’s Doorknob

One of Key West’s best kept secrets! Even though it’s posted on the outside alleyway wall (seen below) it’s not facing the road and can be missed in a heartbeat. This is in fact Ernest Hemingway’s first home in Key West as stated on the hidden sign. This little known fact is available for all at NO cost whatsoever!

Just think, Ernest Hemingway himself touched this doorknob 1,000’s upon 1,000’s of times as he entered and exited his first Key West home. Now called Casa Antiqua, his former residence is on the second floor corner directly above the door seen here. You too can get your photo taken touching the famous doorknob that even few locals know of! Shhhhhh… it’s our secret! Amazing what information a FREE internet blog can give you… so keep reading daily OK! 🙂

Hemingway’s first Key West doorknob can be found at 314 Simonton Street on the right hand side of the infamous Pelican Poop Shoppe. Just think, you can tell your friends “I touched Hemingway’s knob!”… hmmmm, on second thought maybe you shouldn’t! 🙂

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