HAPPENING in the Florida Keys…
Join us this week for a variety of activities in the Keys…Islamorada Dolphin Tournament, Paradise Quilters in the Middle Keys and theatre in the Lower Keys make up this weeks happenings in the Florida Keys!
The Upper Keys:
In Key Largo and Islamorada, where KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts and Marinas has two exclusive locations –
Mariners Resort Villas & Marina and the Historic Tavernier Inn
Key Largo / March 16 – July 20
Presented by Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center, visitors are welcome to participate in the new Ocean Life Lecture Series; topics include Coral Spawning in the Florida Keys (March 16); Sea Turtles (April 20); Coral Reefs & Human Systems (May 18); World Oceans Day (June 8); Florida Everglades (July 20). Meet-and-greet- reception is at 6 p.m., lecture begins at 7 p.m. Tickets $10 per adult, students are free. Held at the theater inside the Murray E. Nelson Cultural Center, MM 102.
Contact: Linda Kaplan 305-396-7000
Islamorada / June 4 – 8
The world’s top fly-rod anglers endure a five-day test of will and muscle, fishing Keys waters using fly tackle and either a 12- or 16-pound tippet. Named for the late fly fisherman and conservationist Don Hawley, the tournament benefits the Guides Trust Foundation, assisting professional fishing guides and supporting backcountry fishery conservation programs.
Islamorada / June 6 – 7
Just three fish are all that’s needed to capture the $25,000 winner-take-all grand prize, but the aggregate weight of the three dorado must be the highest in the tournament.
Contact: Islamorada Fishing Club 305-664-4735
The Middle Keys:
In the Middle Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts and Marinas has the Village at Hawks Cay Villas on Duck Key, Indigo Reef Resort Villas & Marina and the Coral Lagoon Resort Villas & Marina vacation rentals in Marathon
Marathon / May 24 – June 3
Paradise Quilters to Showcase at Marathon Community Theatre
Original artwork by members of the Paradise Quilters will be on display at Marathon Community Theatre in conjunction with the playhouse’s presentation of “Forever Plaid” from May 24 thru June 3. Paradise Quilters, with over 70 members from the Middle Keys to Key West, is dedicated to the quilting arts. The group holds a semi-annual quilt show as a major fundraiser. This event enables the group to bring nationally known teachers to The Keys to introduce local quilters to new techniques and stimulate creativity. Much of that creativity will be on show at the Marathon Community Theatre for this exhibit.
Contact: Bonnie Greenberg at 305-743-0408
The Lower Keys:
In the Lower Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts and Marinas has the Coral Hammock Resort Villas and Kings Point Marina & Condominiums vacation rentals
Key West / January 01 to December 31
Enjoy a fabulous tour of Key West…with a twist. A gay twist that is! Get a unique tour of Key West and learn about our colorful history that includes the famous and the infamous. Departs from the City Hall Parking Lot, located on the corner of Angela and Simonton. Tickets $25. Can be purchased ONLINE or at the trolley, our G&L Visitor Center (located at 513 Truman), and many of our distinguished gay and lesbian guest houses.
Key West / March 17 – November 30
More than 40 species of fish are targeted during these months, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). In a March kickoff event, anglers target 15 species and $5,000 in cash prizes is split between the top anglers.
Contact: Doris Harris 305-295-6601
Key West / June 6
Show starts at 7 p.m. at Tennessee Williams Cabaret Theatre. Program includes Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Opus 11 and Barber: String Quartet in B, Opus 11. Celebrate some of the world’s best composers. $35 reserved seating/$25 general seating. Type PRIDE in the promo code and receive a 10 percent discount.
Contact: Box office 305-295-7676
Key West / June 6 – 10
Key West shows its Pride every day, and this is your chance to be a part of the celebration! his five day celebration includes a film festival, dance parties, drag shows, bike tours, clothing-optional pool parties, water excursions, a street fair, Pride Pageants, and a ‘Pride in Our Community’ Parade down Duval Street.
Contact: 800-535-7797; 305-294-4603
Key West / June 7 – 10
A food and wine event with a twist – join Keys celebrity chefs as they face off in culinary competition with a great cause in mind. Benefits support the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. Visit site for details, schedules and tickets.
Contact: Aga and James Hilferty 305-766-3356
Big Pine & the Lower Keys / June 8 – 10
More than $35,000 in cash and prizes! Any tournament angler who catches a dolphin weighing more than 50 pounds is to earn a cool $20,000. In the youth division, anglers age 15 and under can win rods, reels and trophies. Kickoff is Friday, June 8 and fishing days are June 9-10. Prizes also are presented for the heaviest wahoo and tuna.
Contact: Carole Stevens 305-872-2411
Key West / June 8 – 9
Star of the acclaimed TV series ‘Will and Grace’ and the cult hit ‘Sordid Lives’, Emmy award-winning actor Leslie Jordan returns to the stage in the hilarious and touching new romp, ‘Fruit Fly: Do Gay Men Become Their Mother?’. Travel back in time as Mr. Jordan, using show-and-tell, takes you on the ride of a lifetime. Two performances only. Tickets are $45.
Key West / June 9
Anglers for Conservation is coordinating a Hook Kids on Fishing program to kick-off the Inaugural Marine Sanctuaries Classic Fishing and Photo Contest. The event is to take place from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., at NOAA’s Eco-Discovery Center in Key West, located directly across from Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park.Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome along with their parents. The first one hundred kids registered will receive a FREE fishing rod & reel, tackle box and fishing trip. Registration is mandatory, visit website for details.
Contact: Rodney Smith (321) 750-3374
These are some of my favorite happenings this week and next in the Florida Keys. If you’re coming down to visit and stay with us at the KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas in our vacation rentals, share some of your favorite experiences with us …
Visit our blog next Monday with updated happenings in the Florida Keys…