60th Annual HOME TOUR Poster Contest

Begins
Monday, October 1, 2019

2017 Deborah Moore                       2018 Gabrielle Wilson

Call to Artists! OIRF Poster Contest! The Old Island Restoration Foundation is looking for an image to be used for the 2019-2020 Home Tour posters and advertising. Artists are invited to submit artwork that captures the OIRF mission which is to preserve the architectural and cultural heritage of Key West and to appeal to the people who go on our Home Tours.

Artwork can be any medium or size, but must be reproducible to an 11×8.5 inch horizontal image. The winning artist will be awarded a prize of $200 and their image will appear on the poster and advertising for the upcoming season.
The winner will be announced at our 60th Annual Home Tour Kickoff Party at The Oldest House on November 15 and the winning artist will be signing posters at the reception. Artwork may be for sale at the opening and for a show until November 25. Sales will be directly to the artists. $20 to enter. Deadline to submit is Tuesday October 1.

For applications and more information visit: http://keywesthometours.com/postercontest or please contact info@oirf.org, call 305-294-9501 or visit The Oldest House at 322 Duval St, Key West.

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THE COST $225 per person  ~ Advance Purchase only, Tickets on September 1, 2019

Fantasy Fest Parade Porch  Party
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Gate opens at 5:00pm
Dinner 5:30pm
Parade Viewing on the Porch 7:00pm

Your all-inclusive $199 ticket includes a full-course, sit down dinner prepared by one of our favorite restaurants, served under the 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 $199 per ticket it is the best value on Duval Street.

We will keep the bar flowing until 30 minutes after the last float.

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

We will keep the bar flowing until 30 minutes after the last float.

OUR 2019 THEME IS:
“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 $25.00 – $35.00 per person

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

Friday, November 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Emiline’s 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 edtion poster by the winning artist.

Exhibitions for our 60th anniversary will premier this evening:
“60 years of 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 “Emiline’s Garden”.
Wine tasting & small bites will be available.
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THE COST $25.00 per person ! All proceedswill be donated to Emilines Garden

Old Fashioned High Tea in the Garden

Saturday, November 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Emiline’s Garden at The Oldest House Museum, 322 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States 
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Join us in Emiline’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 Lilly Wattlington, Emilines Daughter.  What fun!

 

Hosted by The Spice and Tea Exchange


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THE COST Complimentary

12th Annual Gingerbread House Making Party!

Saturday, December 14 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Emiline’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 $35.00 in advance – $45.00 day of event

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 October 1, 2019

New Years Eve “1960’s Style”

Tuesday, December 31
Gate opens 6:00 pm
Dinner 8:15pm
Countdown at midnight
Emiline’s Garden at
The Oldest House Museum, 322 Duval Street
Key West,FL33040 United States
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Travel back to the 1960’s for our 60th year anniversary themed NYE party. The most elegant party in town!

The Oldest House Museum serves as the appropriate celebration’s backdrop, featuring a live DJ, custom cocktails and champagne.

The fabulously dressed 21-plus crowd sets the scene—Whether you are a Hippie, a Little Black Dress type or like Madmen fashion, dress it up; formal attire is requested.

Stick around for the NYE countdown live streaming of the ball drop in New York City where guests can view Times Square.

This is an exclusive event! Limited Seating, this event will sell out.

The porch will also be open to watch the revelers promenade on Duval Street.
You’ll also have access to clean and private restrooms all evening long.
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THE COST $35.00 in advance – $45.00 day of event

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

60th Annual Home Tours “Be My Valentine”

Friday, February 14 & Saturday, February 15       

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 
+ 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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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 $35.00 in advance – $45.00 day of event

60th Annual Home Tours “Thanks for 60 years”

Friday, March 13 & Saturday, March 14
10:00 pm – 3:00 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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