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 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
Islamorada / December 14 – 16
Islamorada Junior Sailfish Tournament
Recreation for teens in the Florida Keys can mean learning from experienced local captains and mates to tie a bimini or rig ballyhoo. One weekend each year anglers aged 16 and younger can apply such lessons in this competition. A maximum of six anglers is allowed per boat. Proceeds help benefit Toys for Tots of Monroe County.
Contact: Tammie Gurgiolo 305-240-9337
Islamorada / December 15
Keys Community Concert Band presents an extra special holiday concert, to be held at the amphitheater at Founders Park, mile marker 87 bayside. The concert features traditional music of the holidays. Starts at 4 p.m. All seats are outdoors, chairs and blankets recommended to bring.
Contact: Donna Heiner 305-853-7294
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 23 – December 15
When Bridget decides to spend the summer before law school with her sweet grandmother it turns into an experience she’ll never forget. Nana is running an illegal lingerie boutique for the over-60 crowd from her rent-controlled apartment. She has to keep it secret from the landlord who wants to evict her, as well as the handsome policeman who is smitten by her granddaughter and regularly checks in on Nana. Will Nana get evicted – or arrested? Will Bridget fall in love with the handsome cop? Find out in this hilarious farce. Visit website for show times, tickets and details.
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 / November 21 – December 31
Live holiday music, games for the kids, holiday cheer and a chance for photos with Santa highlight this event along the historic harbor walk linking colorful seaport restaurants, bars and businesses at the Key West Bight. Created as a gift to the community, the gala is produced by the Key West Bight Preservation Association and tenants of the Key West Bight.
Key West / December 1 – March 23
This stunning art exhibit showcases the work of leading contemporary sculptors at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and the Key West Garden Club at West Martello Tower. Twenty-three contemporary sculptures and two performances are planned to enhance the land and seascapes around two historic Civil War-era forts. Among the projected highlights of the 2012/2013 exhibition are a steel and wood skeletal structure that is part animal, ship, airplane and sleigh, a massive monumental concrete relic of a shell from a world unknown, a mysterious array of manhole covers that seem to melt in the sun and the long awaited Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail Unicycle Tour! Visit Web site for more information.
Key West / December 13 – January 12
In this fun, knee-slapping musical, four graduates of Oil City High return to their alma mater to honor their music teacher. Be prepared to do the Hokey-Pokey! Remember … it’s hip to be square. Visit website for show times and tickets.
Key West / December 14
Discover the history and holiday spirit of Key West by touring beautifully decorated historic inns, including the Mermaid & The Alligator, 729 Truman Ave.; Rose Lane Villas, 522-524 Rose Lane; Wicker Guesthouse, 913 Duval St., and Tropical Inn, 812 Duval St., among others. Participants can visit the inns on their own each evening or in conjunction with a holiday trolley tour presented by CityView Trolley Tours. Visit website for ticket information.
Key West / December 15
Lighted and decorated vessels from rowboats to tall ships proceed around Key West’s Historic Seaport and harbor areas. Holiday revelers can watch and applaud from bars, restaurants and resorts in and around the Historic Seaport.
Big Pine & the Lower Keys / December 15
Lower Keys Lighted Boat Parade
All boats are welcome to enter the parade including deep-sea cruisers, dinghies, kayaks and canoes. Santa and Mrs. Claus are expected to arrive and hand out candy to the kids. The best recommended viewing is from Pine Channel Causeway or Parrotdise Waterfront Bar & Grille, 183 Barry Ave. on Little Torch Key. Parade begins at 7 p.m.
Contact: Steve 305-923-5370
Key West / December 15 – 16
Inspired by the unique and colorful environment of the Florida Keys, Clara and her young Prince encounter enchanted landscapes complete with snowy egrets on shimmering salt ponds, a wicked Rooster-King, an exquisite Sea-Star Fairy, and “underwater” sequences of almost unimaginable beauty. Producer and Artistic Director Joyce Stahl has cast local children, adults and community leaders alongside a nationally-cast corps de ballet in this spectacularly crafted semi-annual production of a beloved classic. Tickets available at keystix.com. Check website for show times. Shows held at the Tennessee Williams Theatre.
Contact: Box office 305-295-7676
Key West / December 16
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary invites the public to enjoy free environmentally-themed documentary films every Sunday through March 31, 2013 at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center in Key West. Each Sunday, doors to the center will open at 1 p.m. and sanctuary staff will show documentaries at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the center’s theater. These award-winning documentaries address environmental topics including climate change, marine debris, energy efficiency and resource protection. Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is located at 35 East Quay Road, on the Truman Waterfront next to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Today’s topics: 2 p.m. “Poisoned Waters” (PBS, 120 minutes) and 4 p.m. “Plastic Planet” (First Run Features, 99 minutes)
Contact: Movie-line 305-809-4755
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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