Old woman making a cigar in the Key West cigar factory – Key West, Florida
Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/85672
Why did explorers name the islands west of Key West the Dry Tortugas?
Answer: They were called “dry” because they contained no fresh water. Tortugas is the Spanish word for turtles, of which the explorers saw and captured many.
Question from: Florida Fun Facts by Eliot Kleinberg
Photo: Some rights reserved by vladeb
West end of Caroline Street after the 1909 hurricane – Key West, Florida
Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/149559
The #flkeys chat is back, in a special Leap Year edition!
Join @KeysClaudia, @ViaKeyWest, @PineapplePress, and @FTLMagazine on Twitter to talk about Florida Keys festivals. We’re especially talking about the Marathon Seafood Festival, coming up soon! Use hashtag #flkeys to join in and chat with us on Twitter at 2p EST on Feb 29th, 2012. To learn more about past chats, check out our Pinterest board for the chat: http://pinterest.com/pineapplepress/flkeys-chats/ or the Storify archive: http://storify.com/KeysClaudia/florida-keys-twitter-chat-flkeys
Here’s our video intro to this week’s chat:
Do the Florida Keys really have it all?
They do! Jimmy Buffett has the right idea. We learned all about the best restaurants, best beaches, and best coffee in the Florida Keys yesterday during the first #flkeys chat.
We met so many great people and got some wonderful ideas about dining and beaches. I was just blown away by the participation, thanks everybody! Claudia Miller (@KeysClaudia) was a fabulous host and shared many wonderful pics. We talked about Bahia Honda, the Dry Tortugas, Sombrero Beach, Coco Plum, and Zachary Taylor. We also learned about Seven Fish’s great meatloaf, Hawks Cay Resort’s flaming coffee, and key lime margaritas. This is the link to the Storify archive and here’s a video recap:
We can’t wait till next month’s chat on Feb 29th at 2p EST. Use hashtag #flkeys to participate. Won’t you join us?
What are the best beaches in the Florida Keys?
What are the best restaurants in the Florida Keys?
Where’s the best coffee in the Florida Keys?
@KeysClaudia and I will be chatting on Twitter about these subjects and more on January 25th at 2pm EST. We hope you’ll join us! Use hashtag #flkeys to join in. For more information, check out the Storify log for the #flkeys hashtag.
Claudia Miller is a writer and weekly blogger for Florida Travel + Life Magazine . Check out her blog to learn more fabulous Florida Keys tips.
Author Bruce Hunt is discussing Winter in Small-Town Florida today (Monday Dec 5th) at 12pm on Twitter via a Twitter chat.
Use hashtag #smalltownFla to follow along.
Follow Bruce on Twitter @BruceHuntImages. You can reach us via @PineapplePress
A sampling of Florida’s holiday fun for 2011
Florida is a fun place to spend the holidays, especially if you want a different spin on winter events. Those of you visiting from up north might be surprised about what Floridians created into winter fun!
Holiday Historic Lighted Inn Tours: Visit beautiful Key West inns while sampling mouth-watering foods and seeing exciting performances. Dec 9-10 and Dec 16-17. Learn more at www.schoonerwharf.com
Annual Dropping of the Conch Shell: Sloppy Joe’s is home to this annual New Years Eve event. Learn more at www.sloppyjoes.com
Pensacola Winterfest: Looks like it’s a month-long celebration in Pensacola this December. Learn more at www.pensacolawinterfest.org
Regatta of Lights: St. Augustine’s spin on Christmas lights. See a parade of boats in historic St. Augustine. Dec 10. Learn more at www.visitoldcity.com
Cruising Downtown DeLand Car Show: Classic cars and crafts bring the holidays to DeLand. Santa Claus is the special guest. Dec. 17. Learn more at www.plantcity.org
Mount Dora Christmas Events: Mount Dora is famous for their many Christmas events. Lights, shopping, and oodles more fun. Learn more at www.mountdorachristmas.com
F L O R I D A
Give me an “F”! Give me an “L”! Give me an “O”! Give me an “R”! Give me an “I”! Give me a “D”! Give me an “A”! What’s that spell? FLORIDA! Below are some words that help define Florida.
O Overseas Highway
R Ringling Brothers
D Daytona International Speedway
To learn more about Florida, read Florida A to Z!
We were saddened to learn of the death of Mr. Stetson Kennedy this past weekend. Here is a nice article from the New York Times about Stetson Kennedy’s great work,
and one from the great Jeff Klinkenberg.
Here is a link to his obituary in the New York Times. Below is a repost of a previous post about Mr. Kennedy’s work.
Stetson Kennedy is the author of Grits and Grunts, Folkloric Key West for Pineapple Press. He is a prolific writer with varied interests. But he is also a human rights activist known for his infiltration of the Ku Klux Klan. He’s really quite fascinating–there’s even songs written about him. Below are links to learn more, including how what he and Superman have to do with each other!