Yesterday, Debbie DiStefano (Sanchez) a member of the Sanchez family, visiting from Tampa, called on us at the Green Parrot and generously gifted a family photo that includes the patriarch Antonio Sanchez, world-famous folk artist Mario Sanchez as a little boy and a score of other relatives including Debbie’s grandfather.
The photo was taken in the late 1890’s in what was then the backyard of the grocery store that is now the home of our bar, visible behind the family members.
|The Green Parrot building, built in 1890, was in it’s earliest years, a grocery, founded and operated by Antonio Sanchez, pictured above.|
|Antonio was the paternal grandfather of renowned folk artist Mario Sanchez, a self- taught master of the woodcut, pictured above in his”Studio Under The Trees”|
The beautifully framed family portrait will soon reside beside the print of Mario’s woodcut “Sanchez Corner” that now hangs in the back bar.
To Debbie, and all members of the Sanchez family we are forever grateful for the rich heritage they have left us, forever woven in the tapestry of Key West history.
For more on the history of Sanchez corner and our continued relationship to our past look here.