Florida Keys HAPPENINGS !
Join us this week for a whole host of activities in the Keys…Fly Fishing, Pirates Festival, Stone Crab Eats and Theatre in Key West…. this weeks happenings in the Florida Keys!
The Florida Keys / October 15 – May 15
Stone Crab Season
Those succulent claws, brought to shore fresh daily from the waters surrounding the Florida Keys, will drip with mustard dip on the chins of hungry locals and visitors. A series of food festivals during the season celebrate the sustainable seafood resource throughout the 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 / October 12
Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center presents Mark Patterson, a professor of marine science at the College of William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Dr. Patterson has used the Aquarius Reef Base to conduct his research since 1984. The Aquarius Reef Base is the World’s only operational undersea research station. This underwater habitat is a research station where scientists live for days and weeks beneath the sea. The Habitat is 43 feet long, sleeps six and is located four miles offshore Tavernier within a coral reef 60 feet underwater. Saturation diving techniques allow aquanauts to remain underwater for extended periods while postponing decompression requirements until the end of a mission, with missions typically lasting 10-14 days. It has been operating for years with grant money from NOAA which will cease funding on December 31st of this year. Patterson will present the new business model for the Aquarius, and the future of human habitation of the sea floor. The event is free and open to the public; begins at 6:00 p.m. with a meet and greet with the speaker, followed by a lecture at 7:00 p.m.
Islamorada / October 13 – 14
Want to learn or perfect your fly fishing skills? The Florida Keys Fly Fishing School has a few spots for their classes. Learn or refresh casting skills with some of the best guides and anglers including Sandy Moret, Chico Fernandez, Captain Jon Milchman and Captain Rob Fordyce. Topics include tackle, casting techniques, fly presentation, fish fighting and so much more.
Contact: Sandy Moret 305-664-5423
Islamorada / October 17
The History of Diving Museum continues its 2012 Immerse Yourself! series with a free special event: “Art McKee and the Treasure Divers” presented by Dr. Sally Bauer. Who was “Silver Bar McKee” and why was he called the Father of Modern Treasure Diving? Dr. Sally Bauer, Museum Founder, will present the story of this intriguing man. Starts at 7 p.m. at Diving Museum, mile marker 83 in Islamorada. Immerse yourself in the fun!
Key Largo / October 18 – 21
Costume contests, interactive pirate shows and more during four days of pirate-themed fun. Swashbuckling spectators unleash their inner buccaneer during the festivities, set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, with a Captain Morgan Look-Alike Pirate Plunder Party at Snapper’s Restaurant, mile marker (MM) 94.5. Buccaneers, wenches, lads and lassies, unleash your inner pirate and join the Pirates’ Fest Parade on Friday, Oct. 19. Black Caesar will be on hand to lead a motley crew of Keys cruisers, pirate decorated motorbikes, sword swinging wenches and numerous wannabe pirates along the Parade route. A festival staple, the family-focused Pirate Bazaar and Thieves’ Market is set for Saturday, Oct. 20, from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m., at Sundowners, MM 104 bayside. Pirate paraphernalia, memorabilia, art, interactive kids’ activities, games, face painting, magic with Michael Trixx and an occasional sighting of Caesar and his buccaneer brethren are among the attractions for attendees to see both days.
Contact: Sue Finney 305-394-3736
Islamorada / October 18
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, Bluewater Potters and more. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.
Contact: Daniela Woody 305-664-9100
Islamorada / October 19 – 20
For more than a decade the Casting for Cats Women’s All-Tackle Backcountry Tournament has been a major fundraiser to help control the feral cat population of the Upper Keys. Female anglers earn points for catching bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook and redfish using bait, artificial lures or fly tackle. Points also are awarded for ladyfish, sharks, jacks and spotted sea trout (also known as speckled trout). Grand Prize: a Hells Bay 18-foot Waterman boat with a 60HP tiller Evinrude engine awaits the first lady angler who catches one of each of the species! And, back by popular demand, the wildly successful silent auction and “Litter Box Dig” for a wide range of prizes highlights the “FUNdraising” event.
Contact: Sharon 305-393-6174
Key Largo / October 19 – 20
The weekend music offering is to include three live venues of more than a dozen entertainers playing simultaneously over two nights. From 6-10 p.m., performers are to liven the stage at Pilot House, Bayside Grill and Sharkey’s. Visit website for more details.
Contact: Robert DiGiorgio 305-619-0172
Key Largo / October 20
Stroll through the gardens, expand yourr horticultural knowledge and explore displays of art and plants for sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with free gardening workshops by local experts on pest control, bromeliads, orchids, pruning, and native plants. Plants and orchids for sale. Unique art, artists and other vendors. Face-painting for kids. No admission charge for this family-fun event.
Contact: Sherry Coussens 305-393-0072
Key Largo / October 21
Divers become underwater artists as they turn pumpkins into Halloween masterpieces beneath the sea in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Prizes such as dive trips are awarded the most creative jack-o-lantern. Entry fee is $85 per certified diver for the two-tank, two-location dive including tanks, weights and snorkel equipment. Space is limited, contact Amoray Dive Resort to make reservations.
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 / October 20
The much-anticipated opening of Florida’s stone crab season takes place Oct. 15 each year, but the 2012-13 season opening is going to be followed by this tasty test of crab-consuming capacity. Register by 12 p.m., contest starts at 1 p.m., entry fee is $25 per contestant, and individuals must be at least 18 years old to enter. Interested eaters are encouraged to register early.
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 / October 18
Presented by Reef Relief, the theme for the festival this year is the “Climate of Change”. These beautiful, engaging and eye-opening films have a particular focus on climate change, as well as highlighting the change makers who are creating a more livable future. Considered one of the nation’s premiere environmental film festivals, this year’s films combine stellar film making, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Reef Relief, tickets $10, show time from 7-9:30 p.m. at Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street.
Key West / October 19 – 28
Days and nights of ghoulish delight are planned for the annual Haunting of Fort Zachary Taylor; live “show” dates are set for Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 25, 26 and 28, a nightmarish celebration not suitable for mere mortals. Don your devilish attire for the Vampires Ball on Oct. 20 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tricks and treats for the little ones are planned for Kid’s Day on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Entrance to the Kid’s Day is free with park admission. Admission to the Haunting event is $13 per adult, $8 for kids and $10 for military. Kids under age five are free. Hours are 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., 8 p.m. to midnight on Halloween. Bring copy of $2 coupon. Event proceeds benefit the restoration of Key West’s historic Civil War fortress.
Key West / October 19 – 28
An outrageous, 10-day celebration, this year themed “A-Conch-Alypse,” featuring costume competitions, promenades, street fairs and a grand parade with marching groups and lavish floats.
Key West / October 19 – 20
The rich Caribbean tradition that flavors Key West’s culture is to be celebrated during the 31st annual Goombay Festival. The exuberant street party showcases island arts and crafts, music and food in the heart of Key West’s historic Bahama Village neighborhood. Goombay weekend marks the beginning of 10-day Fantasy Fest, the island city’s masking and costuming gala scheduled Oct. 19-28.
Key West / October 20 – 23
The ultimate showdown of good vs. evil is upon us and it’s happening right here in paradise. “The Battle for Bone Island” is an epic burlesque quest to save Key West from impending doom. Pasties will fly and tassels will twirl in this risqué and raucous revue staring your favorite Key West Burlesque beauties and a few out of town favorites. Showtime at 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Key West / October 20
Presented by the Florida Keys Eco Discovery Center, this family-friendly and educational series invites kids in kindergarten through fifth grade from 10-11 a.m. to play games and make crafts while learning about the tropical reef fish and marine ecosystems of the Keys. Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. Pre-registration is recommended. The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is located at 35 East Quay Road on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West. Admission is free and free parking is available.
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 …
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