The Keys are 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 / 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 25
Matecumbe Historical Trust presents: The Science of Treasure Hunting
Sean 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 25
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
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 / February 13 – April 8
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 27 – March 2
An intimate and captivating portrait of three remarkable First Ladies who suddenly found themselves in the limelight. Stars Emmy Award-winning Elaine Bromka. Four nights only, visit website for show times and tickets.
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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