The Keys is busy this time of year with many choices in activities! Stone Crab Season, Theater in Key West and musical performances and auctions to benefit local charities- 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
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.
Key Largo / February 5 – 6
A large regional charity competition that typically draws more than 200 anglers, the challenge offers ten trophies, including first-, second- and third-place teams, grand champion and runner-up grand champion anglers, and the largest dolphin, kingfish and tuna. Entry fee includes fishing, kick-off party and awards banquet.
Contact: Sharon 305-393-6174
Key Largo / February 6 – March 15
Bayside Grille in Key Largo presents a great music schedule with performers of critical acclaim. Showtimes at 6:30 p.m., free admission. Highlights include: The JW Jones Band (Feb 6-7), Canada’s top touring blues act; “Harper” (Feb. 13-14), an Australian-born singer whose “World Blues Fusion,” is a creative use of the harmonica and the Didgeridoo learned from the Aborigine’s; Biscuit Miller & the Mix (Feb. 20), known by Biscuit’s fun and funky style of bass playing; Todd Wolfe (Feb 23), most recently a guitarist for Sheryl Crow, has both a smoking hot solo career and new band; Joel DaSilva and the Midnight Howl (March 2) have logged heavy hitting performances with B.B. King, A.C. Reed, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Reverend Horton Heat and more; from New Orleans, Rockin’ Jake (March 16) has been hailed as one of the country’s premier harmonica players.
Islamorada / February 8 – 10
In this light-tackle challenge, awards await the grand champion team (boat), first runner-up and second runner-up team, captain and mate, as well as those recognizing the high-point angler, outstanding catch, largest tuna, dolphin and kingfish, most tagged sailfish and hard luck.
Contact: Tammie Gurgiolo 305-240-9337
Islamorada / February 9
Layton Garden Club’s Annual Flea Market
Join this small community surrounded by a 1,000 acre state park for their annual flea market. City of Layton at City Hall, MM 68.5, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission, vendors and booths will display a variety of merchandise. Pancake breakfast also offered. The Layton Garden Club fund raisers benefit Florida Keys Charities and the further beautification of the Community.
Contact: Suzanne Murchie 305-664-2064
Islamorada / February 9
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 / February 10 – 11
Bartender’s Sailfish Open
A boat tournament among actively employed bartenders, this locals’ favorite challenge offers trophy awards and bragging rights to winning bars. A hilariously competitive event, the tournament kicks off on Feb. 10, at the Island Grill from 4-8 p.m. Fishing is on Monday, Feb. 11 with a grand awards party on the beach at the Island Grill starting at 7 p.m. Entry fee is $125 per angler. Entry is limited to actively employed bar and restaurant employees who are on the schedule at least one day per week. Teams are limited to 5 anglers per boat. Over the years teams have come from all over the country to represent their bars. Prizes are awarded to the top three bars as well as the top four anglers. Other fun prizes are awarded to hard luck and outstanding catches.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-852-2102; 305-522-4868
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 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.
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 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
Key West / February 3 – 11
Teams of women and girls from the U.S. and around the world are to compete in hard-fought championship play, which typically includes several dozen games and a variety of social events.
Key West / February 4
Waterfront Playhouse presents: Behind the Scenes
Get a backstage tour of the set for “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” at 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. Starts 6 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Big Pine & the Lower Keys / February 4 – 10
Approximately 600 astronomers from around the world gather to view southern constellations, comets and stars in the Lower Keys’ clear night skies — virtually the only place in the continental U.S. where they can be viewed. Lectures, programs and workshops round out the event.
Key West / February 8 – 10
Colorful Civil War re-enactments, the roar of cannon fire and the sight of soldiers in Civil War uniforms are to greet visitors at Key West’s oceanfront historic Civil War-era Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, as participants journey into the island’s past.
Key West / February 9
In a one-night-only performance, the founding member of the trio Peter, Paul and Mary will weave a compelling tapestry of familiar melodies, moving memories and selections from his recently released and much acclaimed ONE&MANY CD. Performance begins at 8 p.m. in the gardens of Casa Antigua, 314 Simonton Street. Tickets available online at keystix.com.
Key West / February 10
Attendees can choose from the work of 60 Florida Keys artists, ranging from renowned masters to emerging talents. An Art Preview is scheduled from 10 – 7 p.m. Feb. 7th – 9th at the Key West Women’s Club, 319 Duval Street – site of the first Anne McKee Fund Auction. An Art Preview Party will take place on Saturday, Feb. 9th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Women’s Club. The Art Preview and Party are free of charge and open to the public. The Preview Party will afford guests the opportunity to meet the Anne McKee Artists Fund Board, preview the auction lots and meet the 2013 auction artists. As well as fine artwork, attractions at the auction include an open bar, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and champagne. In addition, attendees can purchase tickets for a drawing to win a 2-night, 3-day stay at Little Palm Island. Parking spots in front of The Oldest House will be reserved to assist patrons with art pick-up after the auction. Tickets are $30 per person at the door, and can also be purchased in advance at keystix.org.
Key West / February 10
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. “Revenge of the Electric Car” (Bullfrog Films, 90 minutes) and 4 p.m. “Earth: the Operators’ Manual – Your Planet is Due for an Oil Change” (PBS, 53 minutes)
Contact: Movie-line 305-809-4755
Key West / February 10
This accomplished solo pianist has performed in the finest concert halls in 41 countries. His enthusiasm, exacting artistry and delightful commentary make him a favorite among audiences who are thus brought into the heart of the musical experience. Performance 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
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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