The Keys is busy this time of year with many choices in activities! Stone Crab Season, Theater in Key West and art shows and theatre are just a few of the many acitivities which are this week’s 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
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.”
Islamorada / January 29
Performance is located at Island Christian Church, on US1 at mile marker (MM) 83.3, bayside. Tickets are $85 for the season and $25-$40 for the event. Doors open at 7 p.m. and concert begins at 7:30 p.m. See website for details.
Contact: (305) 240-0061 or (305) 451-0665
Islamorada / January 31
Complimentary Wine and Art Show
Martinis Fine Wine & Spirits and B.J. Royster Ocean Gallery come together to offer Keys visitors and residents a free-admission wine and art show, located at MM 81.6 bayside. From 6-8 p.m., public is welcome to browse and sip.
Key Largo / January 31 – February 16
This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He a near-80 retired professor, she delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their teenage grandson for the summer, and each learn also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness. Visit Web site for show dates. Curtain at 8 p.m.
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
Marathon / January 30 – February 1
Explore the majestic bomber aircraft of P-51 Mustang, B-17 Flying Fortress and a B-24 Flying Liberator, inside and out. Feel the engines power up and take to the skies in an amazing 30-minute Flight Experience! Walk-through tours are $12 for adults and $6 for children age 12 and younger. Flight Experiences available for $425 in the B-17 or B-24. Flights also available in the P-51 Mustang for either 30 minutes or one hour. Visit the Florida Keys Marathon Airport for this unique family fun event. Walk-through tour times: Jan. 30 from 2-4:30p.m., Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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 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 29 – February 16
When a formidable retired widow hires an ex-Broadway chorus boy to give her private dance lessons, it’s hate at first sight. Eventually they both learn unexpected lessons about friendship and life. Part comedy, part drama and part cha-cha-cha. An Off-Broadway and Regional Theater Hit. Show time 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
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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