Key West Tropical Forest & Garden Celebrates the Spicier Side of Our Heritage
Cuban Cultural Expo, Hot Havana Nights Showcase Botanical Garden April 13th, 201, Hot Havana Nights
KEY WEST, Florida Keys A celebration of the culture, entertainment, food and flora of Cuba, which lies just 90 miles from Key West, is scheduled Friday March 23-24 at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden 210 College Road. As well as the historic connection between the two islands, the event commemorates the gardens 76th anniversary.
The Cuban Cultural Exposition begins with the debut of Viva Cuba Libre The Chugs of Cuba set for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24. Conceived by Key West resident Benjamin Curry Bruce, the exhibit features Bruces compelling photographs of Cuban refugees chugs, or primitive makeshift vessels displayed alongside items ranging from life jackets to medicines that they carried on the boats.
The opening also features mojitos and hors d oeuvres.
Subsequent days attractions include a domino tournament Cuban cooking class lively dance exhibition and lecture on Cubas medicinal herbs and plants. The work of Cuban artist Sandy Rico whose oils depict his homeland is to be featured throughout the exposition.
All events take place at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, an arboretum, garden wildlife refuge and educational center. Showcasing flora native to South Florida, Cuba and the Caribbean the garden features tropical fruit trees, fragrant plants and palms spices and herbs champion trees butterflies and birds.
The celebrations highlight is Hot Havana Nights a lavish Latin party. Attendees can dance to the sounds of Havana Soul while enjoying mojitos authentic Cuban cuisine fine cigars and an auction of handmade Cuban crafts and artistry including a piece by Sandy Rico.
Those who purchase VIP tickets also are invited to a 6 p.m. Cuban dinner and Tropicana show prior to Hot Havana Nights.
Reservations are encouraged since the gala typically sells out.
Event information, costs and ticketing: www.kwbgs.org or 305-296-1504
Other events 2012, 2013
2012, 2013 Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden
Through July 2012 Key West Art Garden
June 23rd, 2012 Mid Summers Night Dream
October 25th, 2012 Screaming Green Halloween
December 8th & 9th, 2012 Gardenfest, The Green Marketplace
March 23rd, 2013 Migration Mania and Egg Hunt
April 13th, 2013 Hot Havana Nights
June 22nd, 2013 Mid Summers Night Dream
More information at http://www.kwbgs.org/events.asp
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
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