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 – 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 15
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
Key Largo / November 16
Presented by the Friends of Key Largo Cultural Center, Dr. Gaiser will discuss how collaborations with scientists in the Yucatan peninsula have led to an effort to establish coordinated science and education programs to improve decision-making in the upside-down coastal ecosystems of Florida and the Yucatan region. From 6-8 p.m. at Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center, 102050 Overseas Highway (MM 102).
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 2 – 23
Gallery artists use paint and other medium to examine the state of Florida arts: Debra Yates; Rick Worth; Michael Haykin; Seth Smith; Susan Sugar; Jim Youngerman; Lynne Bentley-Kemp; and A.D. Tinkham. Lucky Street Gallery, located at 550 Greene Street, welcomes visitors daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and later on Thursday and Friday nights. This show celebrating Florida will be on exhibit through Thanksgiving.
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 16 – 17
The Waterfront Playhouse will host a “swellegant” concert of the timeless music of the Gershwins. This season opening concert will feature twelve of Key West’s best vocalists, plus an opening party like only the Waterfront can deliver. Not to be missed. Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Key West / November 16
South Florida Symphony presents: Lara St. John
The South Florida Symphony, a unique gathering of professional symphonic musicians that began as the Key West Symphony, is to launch its 15th anniversary Master Concerts season with a performance featuring renowned violinist Lara St. John. The program includes Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” and Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 “Romantic.” Concert tickets range from $25 to $75 per person depending on seat location and are available at keystix.com.
Key West / November 17
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 importance of mangroves to Florida Keys wildlife above and below the water. 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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