The Keys is busy this time of year with many choices in activities! Stone Crab Season, Theater in Key West and the Swamp Guides Fishing Tournament in Islamorada- 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 25 – 26
Always held the last weekend of January, this all-release event offers fishing for bonefish, redfish and snook in the shallows of the Florida Keys and the saltwater fringes of the Everglades. Proceeds benefit the Guides Trust Foundation.
Key Largo / January 26 – 27
A festival chock full of fresh stone crabs, conch, local seafood, music, entertainment and fun for the entire family, including a Conch Cook-Off, cooking demonstrations, a peel-and-eat shrimp eating contest, a “little mermaid” contest and a kids’ play area with live fish aquarium & touch tank. Arts & craft vendors, Junkanoo band, magic shows, face painters, food, beverages and key lime pie.
Islamorada / January 26 – 27
Sponsored by the Morada Way Arts District, the Islamorada Fine Art Expo is a three-day event, and begins with Friday evening’s “meet and greet” the artists VIP event. Attend this high-end juried show, held within the confines of the Morada Way Art District MM 81.2 – 81.7, to see local artists’ work and learn the stories behind the art. Open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the EXPO features remarkable fine art and hand-crafted items, music, food and spectacular performance art surprises. Adding to the unique feel is the ambiance provided by the district’s neighborhood shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants doing “business as usual.”
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 28
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
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.
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 22 – February 23
This gleefully demented and twisted tale is an outrageous and rollicking comic homage to nearly every Hollywood film involving nuns. The Mother Superior must deal with postulants with visions, sexual hysteria among her nuns and a former suitor intent on luring her away from her vows. Nary a dull moment! “R” Rated, so don’t bring kiddies! Visit website for show times and tickets.
Key West / January 24 – 27
Top chefs and restaurateurs showcase their culinary creativity and the Keys’ indigenous cuisine in a tasty schedule of events for food lovers. Attendees also can participate in food-related adventures during the savory celebration.
Contact: 800-474-4319; 305-292-1622
Key West / January 25 – 27
Key West Harbour King Mackerel Tournament
Big king mackerel migrate to the waters around Key West each winter, and a fittingly large prize awaits the winner of this challenge. The angler who weighs in the heaviest mackerel, also known as kingfish, is to go home with $10,000.
Contact: Lee Murray 305-296-0364
Key West / January 26
The Key West Firehouse Museum’s Grand Opening
History buffs can learn about Key West’s past through its firefighting heritage at the Key West Fire House Museum, housed in Fire House No. 3 at the corner of Virginia and Grinnell streets, which was an active fire station from 1907 until 1998 and is one of the oldest in Florida. Notable items include a 1929 American La France fire engine, a bell dating back to 1906, historic photos and an early alarm system that communicated a fire’s location. Uniforms, helmets and other items belonging to men once stationed at Fire House No. 3 — among them Vega and his father — are displayed in what was once the firefighters’ sleeping quarters. The station also contains what is believed to be one of the only two remaining coal pits in America, which dates back to the days when fire engines were horse-drawn steamers. Event to be held at 6 p.m., located at 1026 Grinnell St. Ribbon cutting followed by light refreshments, beverages and silent auction, with tours of Key West’s newest museum.
Key West / January 26 – 27
Juried artisans and crafters display their talents at a popular show on lower Whitehead and Caroline Streets in historic Old Town. Highlights include Florida artist Nick Vidakovic whose unique style of woodworking is called intarsia: pictorial wood inlay mosaics.The show is free and will be held from 10 A.M. TO 5 P.M. daily.
Big Pine & the Lower Keys / January 27
4th Annual Island Grass Music Fest & Conch Chowder Cook-Off
Hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower Florida Keys, from 1-6 p.m. at Boondocks on Ramrod Key, many local musicians are donating their time and talents, and there will be something for everyone at this outstanding event. Also, the event is to feature Conch Chowder Cook-Off Challengers, in both the amateur and professional categories. Proceeds from this festival go directly to Habitat to support their mission of providing safe, decent, affordable housing for local working communities.
Contact: Susan K. Miller 305-684-1308
Key West / January 27
Local restaurants vie for top honors in three categories; appetizers, entrees and desserts. Participants get to taste all the food made at this event while judges pick the winners. Held at Westin Key West Resort & Marina Pier at 245 Front Street, open from 4-7 p.m. Tickets available online starting Nov. 1 at keystix.com
Contact: 305-294-9526, ext 25
Key West / January 27
Performing on oboe, bassoon and piano, the trio has been met with great critical acclaim. Being praised by the New York Times for its “elegant renditions” and by the Washington Post for its “near effortless lightness and grace”. They are the most active performing piano-wind group in the world. Performace is at 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Tickets $20 per person, students free. Available online at keystix.com.
Contact: Barbara Bowers 305-294-9677
Key West / January 27
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. “Flagler’s Train” (WPBT2, 60 minutes) and 4 p.m. “Play Again” (Ground Productions, 53 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 comig 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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