HAPPENING in the Florida Keys…
Join us this week for a variety of activities in the Keys…Ocean Life Lecture Series, Pigeon Key Summer Day Camp and music and a Dolphin Derby among 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
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 / July 9 – 13
The tiny Middle Keys island of Pigeon Key is offering summer Marine Science Camp opportunities for children age 8 and older. Designed to offer hands-on daily programs, Pigeon Key Marine Science Camp includes workshops on marine mammals, reef fish, coral reef systems and invertebrates as well as hard and soft corals found in Florida and Caribbean waters. In addition, campers can take workshops on underwater photography and the gathering of specimens. Participants age 10 and older also can get scuba certification during a camp session or take a refresher course if already certified.
Contact: Ananda Ellis 305-564-8014
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 / July 8 – 11
Three summertime venues host the series’ final concerts – All Saints Episcopal Church (July 8), the Arts Garage (July 10) and the Tropic Cinema (July 11). Evening programs feature Antonín Dvorák: American string quartet, opus 96 in F major, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet in G Major, K. 387 (No. 1 of 6 Quartets dedicated to Haydn). Tickets available online, visit website for details.
Key West / July 10
The Key West Summer Stage is a three-week mini-season of great theater at the Red Barn Theatre. The KWSS is produced by TheatreXP, in association with the Red Barn, for a powerhouse run of plays by four of theater’s top playwrights. ‘Talk Radio’ runs from July 10-14, ‘You’ve Got Hate Mail’ from July 17-21 and ‘The Seafarer’ from July 24-28. Visit website for details, show times and tickets.
Key West / July 13 – 15
NEW DATES: Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby
A grand prize of $5,000 cash is to be awarded the boat team with the largest aggregate weight in dolphin during the derby’s two fishing days, with teams allowed to enter one qualifying fish each day. Second- and third-place teams will earn $2,500 and $1,000, respectively. Individual anglers can compete for trophies, prizes and cash totaling more than $20,000 in the tournament’s divisions for male, female and junior participants.
Contact: Greg 305-296-7227; John Stuempfig 305-304-7674
Big Pine & the Lower Keys / July 14
A quirky concert broadcast underwater for divers, snorkelers and the occasional mermaid emphasizes reef preservation. The nationally-acclaimed submerged songfest is held at Looe Key Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Key West / July 14
Anglers are already getting prepared for one of their favorite days on the water. Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens (MARC, Inc.) family members are ready for the 16th Annual event held each year at Oceanside Marina. The tournament gives the MARC family a chance for a much needed outing as well as a little “in house” competition for getting prizes. Visit website for more details.
Contact: Nick Malinovsky 305-797-7490
Key West / July 15 – 18
Anglers fly-fish on the flats in a challenge that honors the late angling pioneer Del Brown, who caught and released more than 500 permit off the Keys. Professionals and guides are allowed to compete as well.
Contact: Justin or Loren Rea 305-744-0903
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…