Key West Updates

10 th Annual Midsummer's Night Dream



July 28, 2016— (Key West, FL). Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle – The Most Magical Night of Summer


Key West, Florida Keys – Celebrate the most magical night of summer as the 10th annual Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle unfolds, 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, August 6, at historic Fort East Martello, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd.


Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle was created to celebrate the Keys creative community—to give artists a voice and platform to share the power of their visions. Everyone attending is invited to be a co-creator at this colorful and spontaneous festivity–a wonderland of costumed revelers, interactive art projects, and stages featuring artists of local and national renown. Attire ranges from Key West cool to Midsummer’s Magical, with a King and Queen of Midsummer’s Night crowned from among the best costumed.


This year’s family-friendly Spectacle includes a Grand Dream Mural Project facilitated by artist Amanda Johnson that will engage more than 50 participants of all ages; Magic Lantern Light Show Projections by Nicholas Bergery; Colossal Magic Bubbles by Bill Becker; dancing performed by Southernmost Dance Theatre 2, Key West Comparsa, and Southernmost Shimmies; fire dancing with Michelle Muse; a Dream Wall; hula-hooping, fortune-telling, art-making; and some of Key West’s best singers, sculptors, poets, and storytellers.


Music will resonate throughout the fort’s historic brick walls with performances on the main stage to include: The Cayo Hueso All-Stars, Peter Diamond, Mark Rose, Tim McAlpine, Bubba Lownotes, Hal Howland, CW Colt, Larry Smith Ensemble, Christine Cordone,  and Lopez Family Key West Soul Revue.


Children of all ages will delight in good faery Joyce Straiton and friends, who will create glittery enchantment in faery-land with stardust and face painting, faery wings and hula-hooping.   If you need help dressing the part, Crissy Clap will have an assortment of Midsummer’s attire and headpieces for sale, Beth Hodgins will have her fairyland jewelry on hand, Allysa Mealor will paint her detailed henna tattoos, and Michael Epperhart will provide face and body painting.


Cynthia Morrison of Palm Beach is to appear as Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. A three time International Women’s Jousting champion, Morrison is trained in martial arts, mounted combat and is a stage combat instructor. In 2001 she brought the medieval combat sport to south Florida where she founded Palm Beach Jousting. David Rafaidus and author Miriam Auerbach will join Morrison in her Amazon presentation.


Co-produced by Key West Art & Historical Society and Michael Shields’ Java Studios, “It’s a night when the veil between this world and the next is thin, and powerful forces are abroad. Romances flourish, affairs are begun, mystery and mischief abound. It all begins with a dream,” said Shields. “Come watch the stars or share your own.”


Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle benefits Key West Art & Historical Society children’s education programs and is sponsored in part by Shipyard Brewing. Caribbean food from chef Chris Lordi’s Irie Island Eats and libations will be available throughout the annual fundraiser. Admission is $15 at the door; $10 in advance at Children aged 12 and younger are admitted free. For more information contact Michael Shields at 305-394-3804 or Contact Kim Livingston at 305-395-6616, ext. 106 for free entry with every Key West Art & Historical Society membership purchase or renewal through August 6.

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Fairy wings and glitter are all part of the Dream


Pick up a brush and paint a panel

for the annual group "Grand Dream Mural" project

No one is too young or too old to have a dream. What's yours?

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Dream Projections by artist Nicholas Bergery are an annual favorite

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"Nick Bottom" with event founder and producer Michael Shields