Florida Keys Happenings!
Join us this week for a variety of activities in the Keys…Art Stroll, Womenfest, fishing and Community Clean up make up this weeks happenings in the Florida Keys!
The Florida Keys / September 25 – 30
The peak of the fall birding season, this event includes an opening reception, dinner, presentations, Keys-wide field trips focusing on education and conservation as they relate to Keys birds and wildlife, and an environmental fair.
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 / September 15 – 30
A sanctioned event by the World Paddle Association, this three-race stand up paddle board series is to be held September 15,16 and 30. Prizes are to be awarded the overall series winner and prizes to each individual race winner. For more information and course maps, visit website for details.
Contact: Scott Baste 305-434-5930
Key Largo / September 8
Teams of up to four divers compete for up to $3,300 in cash and prizes. Derby divers who successfully remove invasive lionfish from sanctuary waters can win for most, largest and smallest lionfish. The Upper Keys derby is held at Coconuts Restaurant. Visit REEF website to register; teams of up to four people can join. Early registration fee is $100 ($120 after Sept. 5), and includes one pair of puncture-resistant gloves per team. Divers can participate in a derby from their own private vessel or join a professional dive operator’s charter.
Contact: REEF 305-852-0030
Islamorada / September 19
The History of Diving Museum continues its 2012 Immerse Yourself! series with a free special event: “Hands On: Vintage Navy Mark V Helmet” presented by Rick Ford. Learn what divers used before SCUBA was invented. Feel the weight of the Mark V helmet and gear. Watch what is involved in suiting up a Mark V diver for a mission. Experience the strength and courage it took to be a hard hat deep sea diver in the Mark V era. Rick Ford will guide the audience through the detailed uniform dressing of a Mark V diver. Starts at 7 p.m. at Diving Museum, mile marker 83 in Islamorada. Immerse yourself in the fun!
Islamorada / September 20
Showcasing the fine arts, music and culinary nuances of the Purple Isles, the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District features national and local artisans who are showcased in galleries at Morada Way between mile marker 81 and 82 – formerly named Industrial Road – as well as “culinary art” and live music from 6-10 p.m. In addition to individual artists, participating galleries include the Redbone Gallery, Gallery Morada, Pasta Pantaleo Signature Gallery and Bluewater Potters. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.
Contact: Daniela Woody 305-664-9100
Islamorada / September 21 – 23
Up to 100 anglers compete for snook, tarpon, redfish, sea trout, snapper, bonefish and black drum against the backdrop of Everglades National Park. An overall grand champ prize is given to the individual or team who catches at least four of the seven eligible species. Headquartered at the World Wide Sportsman in Islamorada, registration is $400 for adult anglers. Young adult and junior registrations are also available.
Contact: Linda Denkert 305-852-1425
Islamorada / September 22
Join an on-the-water wacky charity golf tournament that brings together four-person teams to enjoy a game of nine holes by boat. A kick-off party and team registration is to be held Friday, Sept. 21, at a tropical dwelling designated HGTV’s 2008 Dream Home. A live or silent auction as well as a 50/50 cash raffle also are planned. Teams tee off Saturday with shotgun start at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit local Keys charities.
Contact: Lee Christine Young at 305-522-1590
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 / September 17 – 21
On each “Conchtoberfest Night” a Marathon restaurant is to host a uniquely themed and decorated event that includes food, specialty drinks and menu items; Mardi Gras, Mexican, Toga, St. Patrick’s Day and a Pirates Party. Proceeds each night are to help benefit a different local nonprofit or charity.
Marathon / September 21 – 23
Marathon International Bonefish Tournament
Believed to be the longest running tournament in the Keys, this challenge awards more than 20 trophies and prizes to participants, including individual and team champions scoring the largest bonefish and permit, the top anglers in fly and grand slam divisions (for the top spin or fly angler who releases the largest bonefish, permit and tarpon “slam”), as well as the tongue-in-cheek “wet pants” champion titles for anglers wading from shore.
Contact: Barb 305-304-8682; Laural 305-395-1554
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 / September 18 – 19
Ships from U.S. and allied Navies including Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico and the United Kingdom are to be open for free public tours at Naval Air Station Key West’s Mole Pier at the Truman Waterfront from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and for pre-scheduled group tours of up to 25 people Wednesday, Sept. 19. Visitors are advised to wear comfortable, fitted shoes to navigate the ladders and steps. UNITAS is the world’s longest-running joint naval exercise, with the ultimate purpose of preparing the navies of each participating nation in cooperative response to a variety of maritime situations.
Key West / September 20
Walk on White
Enjoy as you stroll along exhibitions and receptions at art galleries and retail venues along White St., from Southard to United streets. From 6-9 p.m., the monthly Walk includes Harrison Gallery, Stone Soup Gallery, Studios of Key West, as well as restaurants and shops.
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…