60th Annual HOME TOUR Poster Contest

Deadline
Monday, October 1, 2019

2017 Deborah Moore                       2018 Gabrielle Wilson

Call to Artists! OIRF Poster Contest!

Old Island Restoration Foundation Poster Contest Application 2019 – 2020, 60 Years

The Old Island Restoration Foundation (OIRF) is looking for an image to be used for the 2019 – 2020 Key West Home Tour posters and advertising.  Artists are invited to submit artwork that captures the OIRF mission of celebrating and sustaining Key West’s unique architecture, culture and history.

Artwork can be any medium or size, but must be reproducible to an 11 x 8.5 inch horizontal image. (Image only, no graphics.)

The winner will be chosen by a jury of the OIRF Board of Directors and Staff, and will be awarded $200. Winning artwork will appear on all official posters, advertising, rack cards, programs, maps, and more for the upcoming season.  Artist retains copyright and by signing the application, grants OIRF limited use of the artwork for the poster, advertising, and other items associated with tour. 

Old Island Restoration Foundation Members will be given 10 points out of 100 by the judges.

The winner will be announced at our 60th Annual Key West Home Tours Kickoff Party at The Oldest House Museum on Thursday, November 14th.

All the submitted works will be displayed at the party and the artist my offer those originals for sale to the public, benefitting the artist.

Any questions, please contact Nicolette, Kathy, or Matt at oirf@oirf.org / 305-294-9501.

Deadline:

Tuesday, October 1st by 4:00pm: Original art and application to The Oldest House Museum & Garden, 322 Duval Street.

Thursday, November 14th 5:00–7:00pm: Winner announced at the 60th Annual Home Tour Kickoff Party at the Oldest House Museum & Garden.

Application for poster contest 2019

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THE COST $225 per person  ~ Advance Purchase only, Tickets on sale NOW!

Oldest House Museum & Gardens Parade Porch Party
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Gate opens at 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Dinner 5:30pm
Parade Viewing on the Porch 7:00pm
The Garden at the Oldest House Museum
The Oldest House Museum, 322 Duval Street

Your all-inclusive $225 ticket includes a full-course, sit down dinner prepared by Great Events Catering, served under the twinkling lights in our private backyard garden. Our bar will be open all night serving plenty of cocktails, beer and wine. And we’ll have lots of beads!

This is an exclusive event as we can only sell a very limited amount of tickets, so there’s no crowding. At $225 per ticket it is the best value on Duval Street.

Cocktail Hour
Butler passed hors d’oeuvres

MENU:

Salad
Southernmost Caesar grilled pineapples parmesan cheese
Spinach salad, Fuji apple dressing, dried cherries, feta cheese crumbles, spiced almonds, granny apples

Entrees
Prime rib carving station, natural jus. Horseradish crème
Lightly blackened mahi, herb chimmi,

Accompaniments
Coconut basmati rice
Patatas bravas spicy tomato aioli
Roasted seasonal vegetables
Rolls bread and butter

Chefs Dessert

You’ll also have access to clean and private restrooms all evening long. Trust us, this is important.

Welcome our Sponsors

This years theme:
“IN TUNE BUT OFF KEY”
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF FANTASY!

We’re orchestrating a monumental celebration in honor of the 40th anniversary of Fantasy Fest, and you don’t want to miss this performance. Whether you’re an alto, a baritone, a soprano, or even tone deaf, you can march to the beat of your own drum in your most creative costumes. Become your rock star idol, create a dance routine with your favorite jazzercise group, or transport yourself back to the best songs of your childhood. The ideas are endless, so find the right pitch, sing along with the melody, and do the twist down to Key West this October!
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THE COST you choose Please donate!

60th Annual Old Island Restoration Foundation Kick-off Party!

Thursday, November 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Garden at The Oldest House Museum, 322 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States 
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60th Annual Old Island Restoration Foundation Kickoff Party!

At this special event we will present the 60th season events celebrating our architecture, culture and history.

We will also reveal this year’s Home Tour Poster Contest Winner. You’ll get to meet all the artists, see some of their other work and purchase a signed and numbered limited edition poster by the winning artist.

Exhibitions for our 60th anniversary will premier this evening:
“Historic home tour posters”
“The ceremonial return of the original painting of Captain Francis Watlington”
“Bahama Village Photo Exhibition at The Frederick Douglass Community Center”

Perhaps you will hear a little about some of the homes on this year’s tour.

Meet and mingle with the OIRF Board and Members under the stars in the Garden”.
Wine tasting & small bites will be available.
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THE COST $25.00 per person ! All proceeds will be donated to Emilines Garden

Old Fashioned High Tea in Lily’s Garden

Saturday, November 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Lily’s Garden at The Oldest House Museum, 322 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States 
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Join us in Lily’s Garden for a very tradtional Afternoon Tea.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea in the Gardens’ beautiful surroundings.

The menu includes a fresh pot of tea, petite fresh currant & chocolate scones, a selection of tea sandwiches and chef’s selection of desserts.

Our guest Speaker will be on hand to talk about the history of Emiline Wattlington, with a special appearance by Teri Beard as Lily Wattlington, Emilines Daughter.  What fun!

 

Hosted by The Spice and Tea Exchange


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THE COST $25.00 per person ~ $15.00 per person Members

The Architecture of Key West- Garden Lecture Series

Tuesday, November 26
Gate opens 6:00 pm
Lecture 7:00pm
The Garden at the Oldest House Museum
The Oldest House Museum, 322 Duval Street
Key West,FL33040 United States
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Key West is the largest historical district of wooden structures on the US Department of the Interior’s National Register of Historic Places. The charm of Old Town can be attributed to the eclectic mix of over 3,000 wooden buildings constructed throughout the 19-Century; some of which were built in the Bahamas and brought to Key West. The durability of Key West Homes is a testament to the skills of marine carpenters who used rot-resistant Dade County Pine. In her presentation, art historian Snow Philip will discuss the wide variety of styles and influences that led to Key West’s unique architectural fusion.

About the Presenter
Snow studied at Hood College, University of Grenoble, and George Washington University where she earned a BA in History of Art and Architecture and Modern Languages.
She grew up in Guam and has lived in Helsinki, Stockholm, and Madrid where her husband served as a Foreign Service officer. Her travels have allowed her to develop an appreciation and understanding of architecture and she has worked as a tour guide in Washington DC and Key West. Snow lives between Key West and Venice, Italy and currently gives presentations to Road Scholar tours on the subject of Architecture.

Gates will open at 6:00 PM. Admission: $25, OIRF members $15. Water and soft drinks will be available for sale.

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THE COST Complimentary

12th Annual Gingerbread House Making Party!

Saturday, December 14 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Lily’s Garden at The Oldest House Museum, 322 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States 
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Bring the entire family on December 14th at 11am for our annual Gingerbread House making party.

Be sure to bring the family to the Oldest House and Gardens December 8th, 11:00 to 3:00 for one of the biggest children’s events in Key West. This event is free, no tickets necessary.

A big thank you to our friends at The Smith Law Firm, a professional association, Cheney Brothers, Inc., The Waterfront Brewery, The Restaurant Store, Historic Key West Inns & Hotels, Ibis Bay Beach Resort and SeaStory Press. There will be plenty of candy for all. See you then.

 

 

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THE COST $50.00 per person

Noche Buena ~ Christmas Eve Feast

Tuesday, December 24 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Garden at The Oldest House Museum, 322 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States 
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Christmas is a huge deal to Latinos, but nothing is a bigger deal than Noche Buena.

Noche Buena is what we call Christmas Eve, except, whereas most cultures celebrate the holiday on Christmas Day, we do the whole shebang on Christmas Eve and instead take it easy on Christmas Day.

Noche Buena is a long celebrated tradition in latin communities and is proudly celebrated in Key West by local families.

Wayne Garcia and his family will be enjoying “Noche Buena” in the Gardens at the Oldest House Museum this year and you are invited.

Don’t go to a restaurant on one of the busiest nights in Key West,

Join us in our private garden.

Taste a traditional menu of Roast Pork, Black Beans and Rice, Plaintains and postre a menu made with love & culturally delicious.

Christians with Cuban and Puerto Rican heritage traditionally play dominos on Noche Buena, and cook entire pigs in a Caja China box atop burning coals.

It is believed that the tradition dates back to the 15th century when Caribbean colonists hunted down pigs and roasted them with a powerful flame.

Beer, Wine and Sangria provided.

Hosted by Wayne Garcia & Family.
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THE COST $35.00 in advance – $45.00 day of event

Friday 27 Saturday 28

60th Annual Home Tours “Holiday Style”

Friday, December 27 & Saturday, December 28
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Start at any home on this tour announced this fall.
The Oldest House Museum, 322 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States 
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The annual Key West Home Tours™ are one of the oldest and longest running home tours in America, with the first tour in 1960. Old Island Restoration Foundation (OIRF) conducts the tours and they are funded in part by our generous supporters. Each tour features five lovely homes and gardens reflecting the varied tastes and originality of their owners. This year we’re featuring a Bonus 6th Stop at historic inns/hotels that will feature free drinks and nibbles.

You will be enchanted by exquisite restorations, creative renovations and delightful interiors featuring art collections, antiques, and much more. All proceeds from the tours stay in our local community fulfilling OIRF’s mission of “Celebrating and sustaining Key West’s unique architecture, culture and history.” Grants are provided to local home owners and non-profits to fix up their buildings in the historic district, scholarships are provided to Key West High School students and funds are used to maintain Key West Oldest House Museum and Garden.

NOTE: There is no transportation offered between homes during this event. This is a walking tour.
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THE COST $225.00 per person ~ Advance Purchase only Tickets on Sale NOW!

New Years Eve “1860’s or 1960’s” Costume Gala

Tuesday, December 31
Gate opens 6:00 pm
Dinner 8:15pm
Countdown at midnight
The Garden at the Oldest House Museum, 322 Duval Street
Key West,FL33040 United States
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“Celebrate New Year’s Eve ‘19/2020 in a ‘60s-time warp. Travel back to Jackie O, the Hippies, or even those adorable Madmen, at the Oldest House Museum’s most exclusive costume-dinner party in town.

Be aware, though, the event is about more than the 1960s; this is, after all, Old Island Restoration Foundations 60th anniversary and the Watlington Women—original homeowners, of which 7 were born in the house—will be dressed in 1860s gowns, so choose your favorite era wear because, well, formal attire is requested.

The ladies of yore—and perhaps even Captain Watlington himself—will host, serve and engage you in Emeline’s garden throughout the cocktail hour, sit-down dinner, open bar, Champagne toasts and countdown to the midnight 2020 live-streaming of NYC ball drop in Time’s Square. But the most fascinating live action is on our Front Porch overlooking the Duval Street promenade.

Last New Year’s Eve our wicked DJ got an impromptu “Rooster Strut” going right before the very eyes of our exclusive porch guests. The fun begins at 6 p.m., dinner is served at 8:15 and seating is as limited as the exclusive use of our clean, private restrooms. Sign up now; this event sells out fast.”
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THE COST $35.00 in advance – $45.00 day of event

Friday 17Saturday 18

 

This month ride the Conch Tour Train for $45.00 per person, choose a time at check-out ~ limited seating availalable. Trains will depart from the Oldest House Museum, 322 Duval Street

60th Annual Home Tours “Welcome 2020”

Friday,  January 17 & Saturday, January 18
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Start at any home on this tour announced this fall.
Start at The Oldest House Museum, 322 Duval Street if you have purchased Conch Tour Train
Key West, FL 33040 United States 
+ Google Map

The annual Key West Home Tours™ are one of the oldest and longest running home tours in America, with the first tour in 1960. Old Island Restoration Foundation (OIRF) conducts the tours and they are funded in part by our generous supporters. Each tour features five lovely homes and gardens reflecting the varied tastes and originality of their owners. This year we’re featuring a Bonus 6th Stop at historic inns/hotels that will feature free drinks and nibbles.

You will be enchanted by exquisite restorations, creative renovations and delightful interiors featuring art collections, antiques, and much more. All proceeds from the tours stay in our local community fulfilling OIRF’s mission of “Celebrating and sustaining Key West’s unique architecture, culture and history.” Grants are provided to local home owners and non-profits to fix up their buildings in the historic district, scholarships are provided to Key West High School students and funds are used to maintain Key West Oldest House Museum and Garden.

NOTE: A limited number of seats for touring by Conch Train are available by reservation only. Choose a starting time of 3:00, 3:20, 3:40 pm. There is an additional fee if you opt for the Conch Train Tour.
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Saturday, January 25 & Sunday, January 26

Key West Art Center Celebrates 60 years

Key West Craft Show-Celebrating 35 years

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Whitehead Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States + Google Map
The Key West Craft Show is a two day juried outdoor craft festival. This nationally recognized Craft Show brings over 100 fine and skilled craft artists to this beautiful historic area of Key West. Exhibitors will set up along Whitehead Street from Greene Street to Eaton, and on Caroline Street through the famous Presidential Gates into the beautiful Truman Annex. Set among historical attractions such as Audubon House, the Little White House and Mel Fisher Museum. Visitors can leisurely browse the beautiful displays of pottery, fabric, glass, wood, jewelry and other colorful handmade works by the selected artists.
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THE COST $35.00 in advance – $45.00 day of event

Friday 14 Saturday 15

60th Annual Home Tours “Be My Valentine”

Friday, February 14 & Saturday, February 15       

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Start at any home on this tour announced this fall.
The Oldest House Museum, 322 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States 
+ Google Map

The annual Key West Home Tours™ are one of the oldest and longest running home tours in America, with the first tour in 1960. Old Island Restoration Foundation (OIRF) conducts the tours and they are funded in part by our generous supporters. Each tour features five lovely homes and gardens reflecting the varied tastes and originality of their owners. This year we’re featuring a Bonus 6th Stop at historic inns/hotels that will feature free drinks and nibbles.

 

You will be enchanted by exquisite restorations, creative renovations and delightful interiors featuring art collections, antiques, and much more. All proceeds from the tours stay in our local community fulfilling OIRF’s mission of “Celebrating and sustaining Key West’s unique architecture, culture and history.” Grants are provided to local home owners and non-profits to fix up their buildings in the historic district, scholarships are provided to Key West High School students and funds are used to maintain Key West Oldest House Museum and Garden.

NOTE: There is no transportation offered between homes during this event. This is a walking tour.
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Saturday, February 22 & Sunday, January 23

Key West Art Center Celebrates 60 years

Old Island Days Art Festival-Celebrating 55 years

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Whitehead Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States + Google Map
The Old Island Days Art Festival is a two day juried outdoor fine art festival.  This nationally recognized show brings over 100 fine artists to this beautiful historic area of Key West.  Exhibitors will set up along Whitehead Street from Greene Street to Eaton, and on Caroline Street through the famous Presidential Gates into the beautiful Truman Annex.   Set among historical attractions such as the Audubon House, the Truman Little White House and Mel Fisher Museum.  Visitors can leisurely browse the beautiful displays of paintings from watercolor to oil and acrylic, decorative sculpture, photography and other fine arts from the selected artists.  Tropical themes are abundant here, but contemporary and traditional styles make something for everyone!
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THE COST you choose Please donate! Please register!

58th Annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest

SAT, MARCH 7, 2020
12:00 pm – 3:00pm


The 58th annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest was held in the garden of the Oldest House on March 7th to a standing-room only crowd, and was emceed by Lea Fox of US 1 Radio. The participants this year included four college students on spring break, Santa Claus and an on-stage marriage proposal.
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THE COST you choose ~ Please donate! Please register!
Saturday, March 7 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Garden at The Oldest House Museum, 322 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States 
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Key West Characters: The Oldest House

Five local playwrights are writing short plays to help celebrate Old Island Restoration foundation’s 60th Anniversary!

We’ll present a one-night reading of those original shorts about the Oldest House on Duval Street.

Presented in partnership with OIRF as part of the Old Island Restoration Foundation’s 60th Anniversary celebration.

In the backyard of the Oldest House. Free Event!

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THE COST $35.00 in advance – $45.00 day of event

Friday 13 Saturday 14

60th Annual Home Tours “Thanks for 60 years”

Friday, March 13 & Saturday, March 14
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Start at any home on this tour announced this fall.
The Oldest House Museum, 322 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States 
+ Google Map

The annual Key West Home Tours™ are one of the oldest and longest running home tours in America, with the first tour in 1960. Old Island Restoration Foundation (OIRF) conducts the tours and they are funded in part by our generous supporters. Each tour features five lovely homes and gardens reflecting the varied tastes and originality of their owners. This year we’re featuring a Bonus 6th Stop at historic inns/hotels that will feature free drinks and nibbles.

You will be enchanted by exquisite restorations, creative renovations and delightful interiors featuring art collections, antiques, and much more. All proceeds from the tours stay in our local community fulfilling OIRF’s mission of “Celebrating and sustaining Key West’s unique architecture, culture and history.” Grants are provided to local home owners and non-profits to fix up their buildings in the historic district, scholarships are provided to Key West High School students and funds are used to maintain Key West Oldest House Museum and Garden.

NOTE: There is no transportation offered between homes during this event. This is a walking tour.
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THE COST $25.00

Tuesday 31

60th Anniversary Farewell Party

Tuesday, March 31
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Lily’s Garden at The Oldest House Museum
322 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040 United States + Google Map