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
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
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
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
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.
Islamorada / January 19
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.
Islamorada / January 19 – 21
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.
Islamorada / January 20
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
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.
Marathon / January 17 – February 9
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.
Marathon / January 21
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
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
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
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.
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 12 – 20
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.
Key West / January 16
A Concert of World and Irish Folk music! Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Key West / January 18 – 19
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.
Key West / January 19
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.
Key West / January 19
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
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.
Key West / January 20
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
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.
Key West / January 20
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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