The Keys are busy this time of year with many choices in activities! Stone Crab Season, Sculpture 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 / February 6 – March 15
Bayside Blues Festival 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.
Key Largo / February 16 – 18
Florida Keys Art Guild, Art Fest at Waldorf Plaza Browse among local and national artists on display with items ranging from fine jewelry, sculpture, paintings, photography and fine crafts. A free-admission art event, open to the public, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Contact: Joey Smith 305-897-9098
Islamorada / February 20
History of Diving Museum presents: Diving the Lusitania: History, Controversy & Diving the Wreck The History of Diving Museum at MM 83 continues the free, “Immerse Yourself!” series, to begin at 7 p.m., with a special event: “Diving the Lusitania: History, Controversy and Diving the Wreck,” presented by John Chatterton, co-host of Shadow Diver and Deep Sea Detectives. Chatterton was part of the 1994 technical diving expedition to the RMS Lusitania. The British led expedition was the first to dive the wreck using SCUBA technology and Tri-Mix gases. The “Lucy” lies in 300 feet of water, eleven miles off the south coast of Ireland. Mr. Chatterton will discuss the tragic sinking of the Lusitania, and place the event in its controversial historical context. He will also talk about his experiences on the wreck, as well as the role divers have played in the legend that is, Lusitania. The Museum is open daily from 10am-5pm. Extended hours on the night of the program until 7pm. Enjoy the Museum’s exhibits before the event.
Islamorada / February 21 – 23
Backcountry Fly Championship Tournament anglers are to compete to catch the most inches of snook and redfish on fly in a competition where one inch equals one point. Awards are to be given for grand champion, runner-up to grand champion, and largest snook, redfish and tarpon. The field is limited to 30 boats.
Contact: Paul Tejera 305-393-2156
Islamorada / February 21
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 / February 22
34th Annual Garden Walk 2013 The Garden Walk is a unique, self-guided tour showcasing properties in the upper Keys. This year’s theme is “Pathways to Paradise.” Several distinctive, private gardens, each with its own personality and charm are located between MM 82 and MM 102, include a hammock with native plants and trees as well as landscapes of lush exotics and salt-tolerant seascapes. Stroll among the landscaping, while getting ideas for tropical gardening, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presented by the Upper Keys Garden Club. Tickets are available for a $25 donation and may be obtained in advance or are available on the day of the Walk at the Francis Tracy Garden Center and each garden property.
Contact: Dee Dee Barreto 305-332-0535
Key Largo / February 22
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 Macroalgae: Hidden Colors of the Sea, featuring Ligia Collado-Vides, Ph.D. and lecturer/researcher at the Department of Biological Sciences at FIU. 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 / February 23 – 24
18th Annual Upper Keys Gigantic Nautical Flea Market Find hundreds of marine- and watersports-related vendors offering wares to thousands of buyers seeking deals on new and used boats, marine equipment, electronics, fishing tackle, dive gear, nautical arts and crafts, and more. Located at Founders Park, MM 87 bayside, on Plantation Key.
Contact: Mark Kohl 305-664-3210
Islamorada / February 25
Matecumbe Historical Trust presents: The Science of Treasure HuntingSean Fisher, the grandson of the World’s Greatest Treasure Hunter Mel Fisher, is to share his insight into this fascinating endeavor during this free lecture series. Sean Fisher has spent most of his life in the historic shipwreck salvage industry. As the grandson of Mel Fisher, Sean grew up surrounded by treasure hunting. He started to dive at the age of nine, and found his first silver coin when he was just 15 years old. He has since found all types of artifacts, from silver, gold and emeralds to spikes, musket balls and pottery. In his presentation Sean uses his family’s search for the Atocha as a backdrop to show how his grandfather did it, how his family has continued the search for the remains of the Atocha and other wrecks, and the changes in technology over that period. Sean discusses the technology used when his grandfather, Mel Fisher, started treasure hunting, what we use today and everything in between. Lecture to be held at 6:30 p.m. at Island Community Church, MM 83.
Contact: Barbara Edgar 305-393-0940
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 / February 22 – 24
National Pig Days National Pig Days is a three-day BBQ, pig roast, music fest, silent auction and social extravaganza for locals and visitors alike. The main attraction are the wildly exciting royal racing pigs cheered on by howling spectators. Children’s games, beverage tents and evening shows round out what has become a major annual event and fundraiser for a local charity.
Contact: Karen 305-923-1204
Marathon / February 23 – 24
19th Annual Pigeon Key Art Festival Artists and craftspeople are to exhibit their work at Marathon Airport, mile marker 51. The event also includes live music and delicious food, and festival goers can retain their ticket stubs and use them to get a free ferry trip and tour of historic Pigeon Key, a tiny island where Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad workers lived in the early 1900s. The offer is good for one year. Proceeds from the event are to benefit the Pigeon Key Foundation.
Contact: Kristin Artz 305-509-2559
Marathon / February 25
Florida Keys Concerts Association presents: An Evening of Opera Highlights Tickets are $85 for the season (six shows) or $25 general admission, $40 preferred seating, for the event. Doors open at 7 p.m., and concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Performance at San Pablo Church, 550 122nd Street, Marathon. 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
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.
Key West / January 22 – February 23
Red Barn Theatre presents: The Divine Sister 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 / February 13 – April 8
Red Barn Theatre presents: Love, Loss and What I Wore Nora Ephron’s wit defined an era. The Red Barn celebrates her life with her big Off-Broadway hit that ran for four years! Matters of the heart and matters of the closet combine in this comic and poignant scrapbook of stories shared by five women. Sunday/Monday only. Visit website for show dates, times and tickets.
Key West / February 23 – 24
Old Island Days Art Festival The 48th annual juried fine art show is set on lower Whitehead Street and Caroline Street in historic Old Town. The highly acclaimed show, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, features oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture, photography and other offerings by artists from around the United States.
Contact: Lois Songer 305-294-1243
Key West / February 23
World Sword Swallower’s Day Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will celebrate the 7th annual World Sword Swallower’s Day with free performances by death-defying sword swallowers. Performances start around 1:30 p.m., with an official worldwide “swallow” taking place at 2:23 p.m. Sword swallowing shows outside the museum are FREE. Regular admission is required for people wanting to tour the Odditorium, located at 108 Duval St.
Key West / February 23
Key West Cemetery Strolls Commemorate Black History Month Visitors and residents can learn more about the African-Americans who helped shape Key West’s history during guided cemetery strolls in honor of Black History Month. Strolls are scheduled to depart from the cemetery’s Frances Street gate every 20 minutes beginning at 9 a.m. The event is sponsored by the City of Key West, Historic Florida Keys Foundation and Friends of the Key West Historic Cemetery Committee.
Key West / February 24
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. “Powering the Planet” (PBS, 53 minutes) and 4 p.m. “Energy Quest USA” (PBS, 40 minutes)
Contact: Movie-line 305-809-4755
Key West / February 24
Impromptu Classical Concerts of Key West presents: Jonah Kim his cello virtuoso who began his studies at Juilliard and developed his passion for chamber music at Curtis, has performed with chamber orchestras and given recitals nationwide and has been highly praised by critics. The Washington Post’s Joseph McLellan said he “sounded like the next Yo Yo Ma”. Performance is at 4 p.m., at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Tickets are $20 per person and available online at keystix.com.
Contact: Barbara Bowers 305-294-9677
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