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Super HAPPENINGS in the Florida Keys!


Join us this week for a whole host of activities in the Keys…Stone Crab Season, theater and Round and Square dancing, 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 / 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


Islamorada / January 10 – 19

Uncorked … the Key Largo and Islamorada Food & Wine Festival

Come on down to the Florida Keys and enjoy a multi-sensory experience as Key Largo and Islamorada’s culinary experts step up to the “palate” to present nearly 30 tasty food, wine and spirits events. Enjoy 10 glorious days of culinary events, cooking demonstrations, themed wine dinners, food and wine pairing classes, progressive wine dinners, art and wine shows and the Festival Finale ‘A Grand Tasting.’ What better reason to ‘Uncork’ and unwind in the Florida Keys.
Contact: Sue Finney 305-394-3736


Islamorada / January 17 – 19

Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament

Now in its 23rd year, the tourney is a facet of the World Billfish Series and the second leg of the three-tournament Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish Championship. The event kicks off Jan. 17 with two days of 12-pound test, light tackle fishing Jan. 18-19 wrestling the high flyers.
Contact: Liz Hill 305-451-5094


Islamorada / January 17

Morada Way Arts & Cultural District presents: Third Thursday Art Walk

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 5-9 p.m. In addition to individual artists, participating galleries include the Redbone Gallery, Gallery Morada, Pasta Pantaleo Signature Gallery and Bluewater Potters. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.
Contact: Daniela Woody 305-664-9100


Key Largo / January 18

Ocean Life Lecture Series 2013

Presented by Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center, visitors are welcome to participate in the new Ocean Life Lecture Series; topic this month is Coastal Carnivores, a presentation by scientists from Florida International University who will discuss the role of predators in the estuary at the southern tip of the Florida Everglades that meets the Gulf of Mexico, and the changing water flows that affect them. Meet-and-greet- reception at 6 p.m., lecture begins 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Held at the theater inside Murray E. Nelson Cultural Center, MM 102.
Contact: Linda Kaplan 305-396-7000


Islamorada / January 19

Art Under The Oaks

Fine Art & Original Crafts, Self Guided Nature Walk, Specialty Food Booths, Children’s Arts & Crafts, and raffle of items donated by the artists. San Pedro Church Gardens, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Mile Marker 89.5 on Plantation Key in Islamorada.
Contact: 305-664-5574


Islamorada / January 19

Keys Community Concert Band presents: Hooked on Classics

A free concert at the Capital Bank Amphitheater at Islamorada’s Founders Park, Bayside, MM 87, Plantation Key. Performances are outdoors; no chairs provided, bring blankets. Starts at 4 p.m. Admission free for all concerts.
Contact: 305-853-7294


Islamorada / January 19 – 21

NAMSA North American Championship & Tradewinds Midwinter OpenCat Nationals

Sailors from around the world are to ply the Florida Keys waters in January, harnessing the region’s warm wind and waves during two exhilarating regatta challenges. The expansive beach at Islander Resort, MM 82.1, is to come alive with one of the largest winter sailing events in the U.S. as top catamaran sailors arrive to race in the three-day event. Races are free to watch. Sailing waters are to be aruund the beautiful Hawks Channel on the ocean side of the Florida Keys.
Contact: 305-451-3287


Islamorada / January 20

Inaugural Baygrass Bluegrass Festival

The Inaugural Baygrass Bluegrass Festival features several great Bluegrass bands – both Oldgrass and Newgrass. A blend of the best of traditional Bluegrass with the next generation of Bluegrass as well as some tasteful variations of the genre. Admission is free with a nonperishable food donation for the Florida Keys Food Bank; event from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., located at the Capital Bank Amphitheater, MM 87 bayside at Founders Park. Music begins at noon, featuring bands such as Grammy award winner Mike Compton, the Matt Flinner Trio, the Rowan Cunningham Band, Amanda and Scott Anderson, Myakka River Bluegrass Band, Barstool Sailors and South Florida’s Bungled and Botched. Attendees can bring blankets and lawn chairs, but coolers are not permitted.



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

“Tropical Impressions” Group Art Show

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.
Contact: 305-743-0994


Marathon / January 17 – February 9

Marathon Community Theater presents: Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

At an overdone wedding reception, five bridesmaids find refuge in an upstairs bedroom of the sister of the bride. The women realize, among other things, that despite their differences they have more in common with each other than any of them do with the bride. Enjoy the saucy comedy in this frothy tale from the creator/writer of HBO’s True Blood and Six Feet Under. Visit website for details, tickets and showtimes. Before curtain and during admission, attendees can browse an art display, Watercolor Duets, by two local artists, Judith Conners and Julie Joyce.
Contact: 305-743-0994


Marathon / January 21

Florida Keys Concert Association presents: The World Famous Dukes of Dixieland

Tickets are $40 general admission and $65 for preferred seating. Doors open at 7 p.m., and concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Performance at Marathon High School Performing Arts Center. See website for details.
Contact: (305) 289-1110 or (216) 408-6546


Islamorada / January 21 – 22

Al Flutie Over the Hill Rip-Off Sailfish Tournament

Entering its 24th year, this event is “almost too much fun for old guys to handle.” Locally called the Flutie, the tournament has donated $420,000 to local and national charities. Anglers age 50 and over are welcome.
Contact: Gordon Ross 305-852-3282, ext. 25

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

Gay Key West Trolley Tour

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 / December 1 – March 23

17th Annual Sculpture Key West

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.
Contact: 305-295-2800


Big Pine & the Lower Keys / January 1 – 15

Artists in Paradise Gallery presents: VaEtta Baldwin

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 12 – 20

“Writers/Artists” Exhibit

During the 31st Annual Key West Literary Seminar, enjoy the exhibit “Writers/Artists” at The Gallery on Greene St. The exhibit is scheduled to open with a Cafe con Leche/Cuban Guava pastry dessert after lunch at 1 p.m. on Saturday the 12th. Many of the living Key West Writers/Artists are to be in attendance, including Annie Dillard and Phyllis Rose, among others. Original works from the gallery’s collection will include Key West Pulitzer Prize Winners such as Tennessee Williams, Annie Dillard, Jeff MacNelly, Mike Peters and others.
Contact: 305-304-2323


Key West / January 16

Waterfront Playhouse presents: Fiona Molloy – All Kinds of Wonderful

A Concert of World and Irish Folk music! Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015


Key West / January 18 – 19

53rd Annual Key West Historic House & Garden Tours

Tour a series of elegant and unique private homes of Key West, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations, and the interior design that complements their architecture and adds a unique Key West flavor. The January house tour is set for 4-8 p.m. both evenings. Transportation is to be offered free aboard Conch Tour Trains, or participants can proceed from house to house at their own pace. Proceeds help benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation. Tickets available online.
Contact: 305-294-9501


Key West / January 19

Discovery Saturday Educational Series: Boat Bonanza

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 a new topic of interest and the 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.
Contact: 305-809-4750


Key West / January 19

Eighth Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival

A family-friendly event with local fresh Keys seafood, drinks, marine-related crafts, youth activities, and live music. Free admission; hours open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Bayview Park at Truman Avenue and Jose Marti Drive.
Contact: Vicki 305-872-9026


Big Pine & the Lower Keys / January 19 – 20

9th Annual Big Pine Key Nautical Flea Market

All things nautical are to be displayed and sold at the annual event. Other attractions include live music, food and beverages. The seafaring sale takes place on the grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, mile marker (MM) 31 oceanside.
Contact: 305-872-2411


Key West / January 20

Key West Half Marathon Run

The perfect place to run in the middle of winter? Key West, during the Key West Half Marathon! Recognized by Runners World magazine as one of the 10 great half-marathons of the winter season, the run has attracted more than 1,000 annual participants and follows a 13.1-mile course through Old Town Key West past historic landmarks and the island’s scenic waterfront.
Contact: Barbara Wright 305-240-0727


Key West / January 20 – 25

Premier Racing presents: Key West Race Week

The annual challenge features world-class competition and yachting teams from more than 12 countries and 24 American states. More than 100 racing yachts compete for class championships in this international regatta. To view the action, fans can book seats on spectator boats ranging from excursion catamarans to historic tall ships or from land at Key West’s Atlantic-front restaurants, resorts and beaches.
Contact: 781-639-9545


Key West / January 20

Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center presents: Free Environmental Films Series

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. “No Impact Man” (Oscillscope Laboratories, 93 minutes) and 4 p.m. “Flagler’s Train” (WPBT2, 60 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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