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Key West's seaport to spotlight art and music

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Arts and crafts by approximately 50 participants, plus local and visiting musicians converge in Key West’s historic seaport, Saturday, March 1, at the 14th annual Schooner Wharf Open Air Art & Music Affair.

The Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William St., features artists' and artisans' wares from 10 a.m. until sunset, with music continuing into the night. Featured artistry typically includes paintings, jewelry, decorative window art, painted feathers, photography, clothing, woodwork, stained glass, ceramics and other items reflecting the Florida Keys' free-spirited creativity.

Some artists, such as renowned Keys potter Jay Gogin, often work on site to give attendees a chance to view original pieces taking shape. Demonstrations during the day will focus on subjects including glass bead blowing and jewelry making.
Songwriter/humorist Michael McCloud is to kick off 14 hours of musical offerings at 10 a.m., backed by cohorts Captain Carl and Professor Pete. A longtime local favorite, McCloud is known for his intriguing lyrics and offbeat humor. Following McCloud is the lively Love Lane Gang, a talented local group whose music blends swing with old-school country, rockabilly, surf music and classic tunes from the 1960s.

An evening showcase by multiple gold and platinum recording artist Paul Cotton and his band will highlight the entertainment schedule. Cotton is best known as the primary songwriter, lead guitarist and lead vocalist for the country rock band Poco. Attendees can expect tunes ranging from Poco's "Heart of the Night" to new originals.

Other attractions at the open-air event include the Schooner Wharf's cocktails and casual cuisine as well as the seaport’s colorful atmosphere.

When you go

The drive to Key West from Fort Lauderdale takes about 5 hours along the scenic Overseas Highway. Silver Airways offers nonstop flights from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. Event information: www.schoonerwharf.com.

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