HAPPENINGS in the Florida Keys!
Join us this week for a whole host of activities in the Keys…Stone Crab Season, theatre in Key Largo and Dolphin Research Center welcomes Veterans, among other activities- 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.
the Florida Keys / November 3 – 12
Join a hugely popular biking and resort camping experience, from Key Largo to Key West. Lodging, meals and plenty of sunshine, scenery and memories included. Event limited to first 200 participants and fills fast. Visit website for details.
Contact: Bubba 321-759-3433
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 / November 2 – 17
Accusations, mistaken identities, and romances run wild in this traditional, laugh-out-loud farce. Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent’s doors open, but Paul and Sally, reporters and former fiancees, are hot on their trail. They go undercover as a nun and priest, but their presence, combined with the addition of a new nun, spurs paranoia throughout the convent that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down. Wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves. Tickets $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Performances are to be held at the Key Largo Lion’s Club MM 99.6 Oceanside, behind Capital Bank (formerly TIB Bank). Shows start at 8 p.m., visit website for show dates.
Key Largo / November 8
The culinary competition, held at the Holiday Inn, mile marker (MM) 100 in Key Largo, is open to professional and amateur cooks and chefs, as well as young aspiring chefs. Categories include soups and chowders, appetizers, main dishes, sides and salads, and desserts. The event is to be held from 6 – 8:30 p.m., and public sampling starts at about 7 p.m. Awards are to be announced afterward. Sampling tickets cost $15 per person and only 200 are to be sold. They can be purchased at the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce, Boilini Eye Care, TIB Bank and Community Bank, the event’s co-sponsor.
Key Largo / November 8 – 11
Become a citizen scientist and join a coral restoration program. Learn the importance of coral health, corals’ function in marine ecosystems and help protect this resource in the Florida Keys in a hands-on way. Scuba-certified participants go on a working dive at the coral nursery, an orientation dive at some of the restoration projects that have been completed and two dives to plant corals on the new restoration site. Accommodations packages at Amoray Dive Resort also available.
Contact: 305-451-3595; 800-4-AMORAY
Islamorada / November 9 – 11
To be held at Cheeca Lodge & Spa, Mile Marker 82, Oceanside, this inaugural event targets snook, redfish, bonefish, tarpon, permit. World Wide Sportsman is to be headquarters for fishing. Prizes and trophies are to be awarded, and proceeds benefit the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. Registration fee of $2,000 includes entry into three social events, including an all-American barbecue on the beach at Cheeca, for angler and guest, as well as guide and guest; also, daily continental breakfast dockside at World Wide Sportsman and a casually elegant awards banquet.
Contact: Julie Olsen 360-288-2436
Islamorada / November 9 – 11
Female anglers polish their skills and fish in an event sponsored by the fishing education and advocacy group “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” Held at the Tavernier Elk’s Club with fishing out of Whale Harbor, Islamorada, the weekend event boasts nearly 7,000 lady graduates over the last 17 years. Ages 16 to seniors welcome. Bonus fishing days offered.
Contact: Betty Bauman 954-475-9068
Islamorada / November 10
Reggae, dance & party music on the water, featuring several special musical guests. Food, beverages and an array of vendors are to be available during the event. Gates open 2 p.m., shows from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. Free admission with a non-perishable donation for the Food Bank.
Key Largo / November 10
The out-and-back foot race crosses the 65-foot-high, 1.25-mile-long Jewfish Creek Bridge and the southern portion of the 18-Mile Stretch, a segment of U.S. Highway 1 between Florida City and Key Largo that was recently completed after $330 million in improvements. The 10k event in addition to a half marathon and 5k run/walk is open to all ages, and is held in conjunction with a health & fitness expo each year. Register online at keylargobridgerun.com
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 / November 11 – 12
To salute the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces, the DRC is offering free admission to veterans, current military service personnel and military families. Personnel only need to show their military identification cards or other proof of military service when they arrive at the facility. Dolphin Research Center offers fun-filled, educational narrated behavior demonstrations throughout the day and a variety of exciting interactive programs that bring guests up close to their family of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions. The nonprofit facility is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at mile marker 59 Overseas Highway on Grassy Key in the heart of the Florida Keys.
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 / November 4 – 11
High-speed offshore powerboats race in Key West Harbor and surrounding waters to continue Key West’s longstanding tradition in this 31st annual challenge, known internationally as the Indianapolis 500 of powerboat racing. A portion of the 6.5-mile course runs through Key West Harbor, meaning smooth water where racers can achieve speeds above 140 mph and provide fans breathtaking displays of skill and power.
Key West / November 7 – 24
Three grisly murders, plus one master interrogator, plus one tough suspect equals a suspense-filled new play by Key West playwright and director Bob Bowersox. Visit website for show times and tickets.
Key West / November 10
This one-day festival is set for noon to 11 p.m., and is to begin with folkloric dance and percussion workshops taught by Oscar Caballero of Miami’s Tango Times Dance Company. Also on tap are exhibits by Latin-American artists, a preview matinee and tours of Key West’s historic San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval St., founded in 1871 to promote and preserve Cuban heritage and culture. The festival’s main event, the ¡Esperando Nacer! theatrical concert, is slated at 8 p.m. in the institute’s auditorium.
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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