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 welcome the New Year… 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
Key Largo / December 31
The back bay is the setting for the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks extravaganza hosted by Sundowners, Senor Frijoles, Cactus Jacks, Gus’ Grille at the Marriott Key Largo Beach Resort and the Caribbean Club, MM 103-104. Check website for details.
Contact: Robert Stoky 305-451-4502
Islamorada / December 31
Revelers in the sport-fishing capital of Islamorada can welcome 2013 with the midnight “drop” of a glittering 7.5-foot replica sailfish at Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina at Holiday Isle, mile marker (MM) 84 oceanside. Free and open to the public, the event features live music from Anchor Atlantic on the property’s Atlantic Ocean beach and a big-screen television showing New York’s Times Square festivities as well as the “sailfish drop” from the sixth floor of the Tower Building.
Islamorada / January 3 – March 27
Long Key Squares presents: Tuesday Round and Square Dancing
For residents and visitors who simply want to enjoy dancing, the nonprofit Long Key Squares continues a 30-year tradition, where square dance attire is not required … but your attendance is desired! Held at Outdoor Resorts, mile marker 66, 65821 Overseas Highway, on Tuesday nights from 7-9:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. Lessons are also held for both beginners and plus dancers on Sundays from 2-4 p.m.
Contact: Joanne Prince 305-664-4060
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 / January 5 – 28
Eight local artists present their tropically-themed, original works for view and purchase in the main gallery of The Marathon Community Theater (MM 49.5, oceanside) during the production of “The Dixie Swim Club.” Art can be viewed and purchased before curtain and during intermissions each show date, including before a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Jan. 15. Open-gallery dates are also set between Jan. 19-28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thur, Fri, Sat & Sun, with an artist to welcome guests. The ever-popular art raffle tickets are also to be available. All artwork in the gallery is open to the public to view and purchase.
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 18 – January 12
“The 39 Steps,” Broadway’s longest running comedy, is a giddy display of theatrical invention, in which 4 actors create over 150 characters to portray Hitchcock’s cinematic masterpiece. Winner of the Tony, Olivier and Drama Desk “Best Play” Awards. Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Key West / December 31
Frost-free Key West isn’t a winter wonderland during the holiday season, but it may become a “wiener wonderland” when about 200 dachshunds and their owners take a New Year’s Eve stroll through the island’s picturesque downtown. The annual Key West Dachshund Walk, set for noon Monday, Dec. 31, provides an informal, family-friendly prelude to nighttime New Year’s Eve revelry. Spectators can watch the fun and meet the canine participants on Fleming Street between Whitehead and Duval streets.
Key West / December 31
Key West New Year’s Eve Celebrations
The Southernmost City celebrates with a conch shell drop at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, 201 Duval St.; a descending 6-foot red high heel shoe carrying drag queen Sushi at the Bourbon Street Pub/New Orleans House complex, 724 Duval St.; and a pirate wench descending from a tall ship mast in the island city’s Historic Seaport.
Contact: (305) 296-2388, (305) 293-9800;(305) 292-3302
Big Pine & the Lower Keys / January 1 – 15
VeEtta Baldwin is the new window showcase artist, displaying her “Art in the Square” work in the front window of the Artists in Paradise Gallery in the Winn Dixie Plaza on Big Pine Key. There will be watercolors and scratch art on clayboard. More of VeEtta’s artwork is displayed on two separate walls inside the gallery which is open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Stop in to browse several artwork pieces from Florida Keys artists.
Contact: Dale Malone 305-872-9404
Key West / January 2
Get a free backstage tour of the Waterfront Playhouse with Artistic Director (Danny Weathers) and Technical Director (Michael Boyer). See the magic that happens “behind the scenes.” Wine and light hors d’oeuvres served. Admission is free but reservations are required. Event time 6 p.m.
Contact: Terri Wilson (305-394-4106)
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…