Howard Livingston: Meet Me In The Keys

Banana Express
February 1, 2011 
Hello Friends,
As I sit on the porch this morning it is a picture perfect day in the Florida Keys. It’s 73 degrees with a light breeze. I love mornings on this porch because of the quiet solitude. Don’t ask me how or why but there is a soothing healing effect sitting by the ocean in the morning. Cyndy, Ester and I had dinner on the dock last night with a fire roaring in the pit. Our sunset last night was breathtaking and we savored every second of it. My favorite part of a sunset isn’t the moment when the tip of the sun becomes obscure into the ocean, but what happens afterwards. The sun has seemingly done its job and has moved onto another part of the planet. However, that is when the real magic occurs. The sky turns brilliant shades of orange and reds and the clouds light up and come alive as if they were operated by some magical control board in the sky. It is truly amazing and no two are the same. Each night brings a brand new show and I don’t want to miss&n bsp;even one of them.
I know our mid 70 temperatures are in sharp contrast to our friends to the north. Our thoughts are with you as you battle yet another blizzard. If we could bottle up some warm tropical air and send it your way, we would do it in a heartbeat. This too will pass so hang in there and have an extra cup of hot chocolate for me.
We had a great time at the Island Grass Roots Music Festival benefiting Habitat for Humanity on Sunday. It was great to see so many friends. A big thanks you to Rick Cleaver and Hulber Gagliardini for donating your time.
Saturday February 5th    Sugarloaf KOA Resort
We’re having a party and you’re invited. It’s all happening at the Sugarloaf KOA resort on Sugarloaf Key. They have a full bar and it’s open to the public. So, please come out and party with us. We’ll have the full band and you know we’ll fire up the old Johnson outboard and make ya’ll some margaritas. We'll take the stage at 7pm. Come early and stay late!
 2011 Meet Me In The Keys Getaway May 12 through May 15th
Registration officially opens today for this year’s getaway to benefit Care Camp which sends children with Cancer to summer camp. Last year we raised $39,295 for the kids.  To register for the Meet Me In The Keys Getaway visit   We’ll have a great lineup of entertainers with music everyday and our host hotel this year is the Marriott Key West Beachside Hotel. This place is unbelievable and even if you live in the Florida Keys you are going to want to stay here. The rooms are simply amazing and they also have one, two and three bedroom suites, which are huge with full kitchens sporting granite countertops and Sub Zero refrigerators. Marriott has created a special website for our group. Our Coconut Castaway rate includes a 20% dis count and also waves the daily parking fee.  In addition, you don’t have to drive anywhere once you are here. Shuttle busses will take us everywhere. You must use this link to receive the discounted rate:
Schedule of events:
Thursday May 12th     Registration and Meet & Greet on the beach at the hotel.
Friday, May 13th         Bloody Mary walk in the morning for Care Camp from the hotel to a local bar.
Friday, May 13th         Pool Party at Marriott Beachside Hotel
Friday, May 13th        Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square and then everyone is on their own to  
                                     party in Key West  
Saturday, May 14th     Day on the water with the Fury Ultimate Adventure. Leaves out 10:00 AM and returns at 4:00 PM. This includes breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack, snorkeling at the reef, parasailing, jet skiing, kayaking and free wine and beer. Even if you don’t want to do any of these things, the boat ride is worth it. Also wine and beer after we’re done and heading back to shore.  In addition we have a special rate for our folks~ Half price!!!
Saturday, May 14th     Howard Livingston and The Mile Marker 24 Band Evening Concert in Key West.
Sunday, May 15th       Songs On The Island Concert. We take everyone from Key West to Snipe Point Island on a special boat to enjoy a day on an island and concert by Howard and the band.   
Everyone have a wonderful week and if you are in the Keys we would love to see you Saturday. If you are not, we will raise a toast to you.
Until our paths cross again, may the sun shine upon you and the tide always pull you back.