Eaton Street Christmas Stroll on December 9th—It has become a tradition after just one year and even expanded! Last year was the inaugural year of the Eaton Street Christmas Stroll. Music and skits at St. Paul’s, Old Stone (First United Methodist Church), and the Key West Theater filled 400 people with Christmas cheer. This year there are two additional venues: the Tropic Cinema will be showing a Christmas short film and the Studios of Key West will be the site of music, Christmas goodies and artists’ fair.
Recently Behind the Scenes the Historic Rectory Restoration Committee has been hard at work. We are so thankful for Dr. Brian Wagstaff’s leadership in heading this committee. As many of you know the Historic Rectory lost most of its shutters during Hurricane Irma. We recently replaced them with 1½ inch cedar shutters backed by hurricane code polycarbonate. Also, with the help of generous gifts from parishioners and friends of St. Paul’s the two main air-conditioning condensing units were replaced. These initial first steps have launched the focused efforts to begin the larger tasks of renovation and rehabilitating the Historic Rectory. The committee is moving toward initial design ideas and renderings to channel discussion for architectural support. One thing that is likely to quickly come about is the restoration of the old side porch on the sanctuary side of the Historic Rectory. From there we hope to be able to have initial drawings and renderings of individual rooms and use of the whole facility—always bearing in mind that this can and should always be available for clergy residence should the clergy choose to live there and as a resource of great pride and dignity for St. Paul’s and our presence in Old Town Key West and our mission as a community of faith.