First Fridays Warsaw. Spring Break 2017 – time to get out and explore…just ignore the weather!
Stop by and meet the owners of this charming wine cafe, Michelle & Chad. Michelle has put together a wonderful selection of local wines…I’ve personally tasted a couple. The shop is also home to two fabulous little rescue dogs, Lily & Lola. They hang out during regular hours, but stay home during special events or Saturday Rescue Dog Day.
On Rescue Saturdays, the shop hosts a different rescue animal from 11-1pm, educating you on the who, what & where of local rescue efforts…and maybe finding a ‘furever home’ for a lucky fur baby.
Last weeks rescues were from American Greyhound.
Check out the action – click here.
More to come…
I decided to ‘pop-up’ this weekend at the annual Eel River Arts Festival here in lil ol’ North Manchester. And I am so glad I did! It turned out to be a perfect fall day with lots of friendly, smiling faces; talented & creative artists, amazing musicians and good food.
All day I talked and photographed the non-suspecting art fair attendee. Hee hee. Pulled them into the photobooth and had a mini-fall portrait session…here are a few of the images:
If you want to catch all the action and some of the music, you can view my video here MicheleMarieKW on the YouTube.
Festival season is still happening – get out there, enjoy the weather, the people and share some pics!
It was a dark and stormy night… Remember how Snoopy, as the writer, leaning over his typewriter on top of his dog house, always started his novels this way? Ok maybe not, but the entire weekend did have its moments. It was liquid. Rainy, overcast kind of weekend. Typical Key West – looks stormy, but you never know exactly when it’s going to pour. As in buckets & sheets of rain. So, you go out anyway, it’s Friday after all. It was also time to wander. Tonight’s theme is Liquid Key West – a theme that is not hard to substantiate or articulate in Key West.
We started our walk in the Key West Bight area. The fish were swarming by Turtle Kraals. I have never seen so many Parrot fish around the docks. Beautiful.
Continuing down along the water, past Conch Republic Seafood, we ran into some tourists who had sighted a Manatee and had access to a hose.
Okay. Floridians and locals know it is illegal to feed water to a Manatee. However, it is not illegal to take pictures and enjoy the wonderful sight of watching a Manatee enjoy some fresh water. As we kind of battled with what a wonderful sight and our need to tell the guy to stop, another person informed our wayward tourist. Thank you. That could have been a buzz kill moment.
Wandering on we wanted to check out the beach bar, Lagerheads. It’s our new hangout for sunset pics. Closed. For a month.
Seeing a sign saying the “Beach Closed” is so up north and so sad. So end of season. But we know that the construction will be done in a month. “Beach Open” will be the new sign. Happy day.
Next stop – we popped into the new Shameless Lounge on Greene St. Chatted it up with new owner Sarita Bandita (Sara), her handsome son, Justin, and their brand new, just adopted, 10 year-old Puppy!
Rain makes me hungry. And the big olives only got me started.
Amigo’s Tortilla Bar usually fixes that problem. Always fun to sit along the sidewalk bar, enjoy salsa & chips, a bean burrito, a sweet margarita and watch tourists try to throw coins into the big grouper’s mouth at Captain Tony’s. Tonight’s view is wet. Wet tourists. Wet sidewalk. Wet cars. Wet bars. Rain.
To end our evening of wandering and story gathering, we had a great discussion with the two visitors sitting next to us, Dammit Janet and Tourist Guy Wearing New White Hat. It was Tourist Guy’s first time to the Rock. His friend said, ‘hey I’m going to Key West this weekend, want to join me?’ Tourist Guy beat his friend to the island. The question? “What’s up with ‘Captain Tony’s Saloon — The Original Sloppy Joe’s’ vs. Sloppy Joe’s across the street? Do you know the story?” We gave him the short version that the media provides and added a few details of our own. Hope they were entertained.
The rain water reflections on the sidewalk really just lights up the corner of Duval and Greene St. Enjoy your liquid walks in Key West. It may not always be sunny & dry, but it is always Key West.
Bat. Bat. Come out wherever you are.
Last night my daughter woke me while I was snoozing on the downstairs couch – I love falling asleep on the couch. “Mom I can’t sleep – wake up.” Then as I slowly woke up, there was another surprise. “Mom there’s a bat!” Swoop. Swoop.
I’m just too tired for this. Mia said call the police, I said no, we can do this. So I suited up. Leather gloves, long sleeved shirt, baseball cap, beach towel and tennis racket. (I’ve done this before.)
“Quick! Open the front door.” I watched the bat swoop and circle the room. Plan A is for the bat to escort himself out. Plan B is for me to quietly sneak up on him when he lands and scoop him up in the large towel and then rush him out the front door. We were forced to enact Plan C. After losing sight of the Bat, we went upstairs, closed all doors leading to the bedroom and went into a restless bat filled dreaming sleep.
The bat continues to tease us. Waking up late for school is never a pleasant feeling. Then throw in the fact that the bat moved into my daughter’s room sometime during the night and was now preventing any access to the closet. WE ARE LATE FOR SCHOOL BECAUSE THERE WAS A BAT IN THE BEDROOM. Seriously, I’m grabbing clothes from the closet like it’s going to bite me – or suck me into a dangerous bat infested vortex– and throwing them in the hallway at my daughter – can you wear this?
“Long story short” as I sometimes say, I cannot find the bat all day – it ducked into my daughter’s closet and I could not for the life of me find the flying terror. All day.
My daughter comes home after school to pack an overnite bag for a sleepover…She declares that she is never going into her bedroom until I guarantee that the bat is gone. Not going to happen. So, she finally is convinced to go into the room and pack. I have her back. Leather gloves & tennis racket. She grabs her suitcase from the top shelf of the closet. “Mom! The bat is on the suitcase! Mom! The bat! Suitcase!” It figures.
So I grab the suitcase, with the bat firmly attached and scuttle – yes I scuttled – down the stairs and out the front door…mumbling to myself the whole time. “Come on Mr. Bat…let’s go outside. Hang On. Outside for you Mr. Bat.” The bat remained intact on the suitcase, like he owns the suitcase. Hanging on like it is his carryon bag.
I’m guessing he was fast asleep and bit annoyed that we were waking him up and sending him packing. Yes, we sent that Bat packing 😉 Kind of. Sort of. I think he wanted to steal the suitcase. Oy.
Still sleeping. Kind of.
Then we wake him up….He is not happy!.
This is what I call “Batitude”!
Happy ending. He promptly flew away once he woke up and stopped bat-freaking out.
You know another thing that is cool about Key West? The music scene. Like most things in Key West, it is relaxed, yet classic. So many places to choose from with live and fantabulous music playing seemingly nonstop everywhere.
Saturday I had my first SCUBA lesson at the beach at the end of Simonton St. Lagerheads, the new destination beach bar there has live music every Saturday afternoon. The Robert Douglas Band was playing their mix of ‘Southern Fried Classic Rockin’ Blues’. I felt like I was on an island getaway trip learning to SCUBA. Oh, wait, technically I was, but, hey, I live here. And really, how often do you feel like you are on vacation when you are home?
After the lesson we wandered around the block to dinner and had time to catch a few songs from our new fave band and friends, Chris & Ric of LUNG. They were set up at the Rum Barrel. They play a groovy mix of trop rock, originals and classic electro indie tunes. Chris’ sultry French accent is a bonus and makes the blend that much more intriguing, especially here in the Keys.
Stay Creative & Cheers!
The Best Volunteers in Key West are unloading it right now. With the help from the MARC House seasoned pros:
This space will soon be full of fragrant and fabulous trees:
Did I mention, the BEST volunteers?
Get ready to pick out your tree on Black Friday.
So if you know me a little. You know that every year I like to participate in my association, Professional Photographer’s of America’s annual Family Portrait Month benifitting Operation Smile. This year I’m a little more low-key, but still participating, just not doing a lot of advertising. I am so excited to introduce you to Studio 303 – my outdoor studio at my home in North Manchester.
Lynn and Eli very graciously volunteered to come over and do some shots around the outdoor studio last week. Enjoy!
fyi – Appointments are available throughout the month of October. Just call (305) 501-0711 to schedule. Special portrait packages are available. Cheers!
What did you do on this lovely first weekend of August and countdown to the end of summer? I hung out with my daughter. Here’s a little recap:
Friday – started the day with mega-Yard-saling. This was the big weekend in North Manchester. My daughter and I were ready. We scored a few treasures. Said ‘hi’ to everyone because everyone was out!
Friday Nite – Pizza at the Farm. We have a local Farm-preneur who has been operating a Friday nite Wood-fired pizza & picnic nite on the farm. My daughter’s first time for a visit to the farm, seeing pigs up-close and the great pizza. Next Saturday is the last nite for the season – check it out if you are around: Hawkins Family Farm.
Saturday – North Manchester Farmer’s Market. Wore my new, hand-tie-dyed dress a la Cheri, bought some tomatoes. Said ‘hi’ to the few people we didn’t see Friday 😉
Saturday nite – a little crafting, painting with my side-kick and favorite daughter. Enjoyed a cool rain storm and a most awesome sunset.
Sunday – Oh my. The perfect Sunday- sunny & warm. Slept in. Listened to Vivaldi. Went to breakfast at the Apple Diner.
Shopped till we dropped at the Green Oak Antiques Annual Yard Sale. So many treasures & so much eye candy 😉
Could the day get any better? Why yes, yes it can when you stop for a root beer float at a B&K Drive In in Rochester, Indiana. My daughter had never experienced the drive in restaurant and thought it was so cool to have our food brought to us on a tray that clipped to our car window. And the rootbeer float was fabulous!
Summer is wrapping up – get out there and enjoy the simple things with your favorite peeps!
Just saw this on Facebook via YouTube and had to share. I love all things creative and wedding!! This one is a top ten in upbeat, romantic, entertaining creative proposals!
Cheers to you, Isaac!