How to Spend your Time in the Florida Keys with KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Villas

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
Email: sylken-solutions@verizon.net

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.
Email: baysidegrille@terranova.net

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

 

Key Largo / March 6 – 9

Jimmy Johnson’s National Billfish Championship: Quest for the Ring

Hosted by Jimmy Johnson, two-time Super Bowl winning coach and former head coach at the University of Miami, this prestigious event benefits the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, a South Florida-based cancer-related research, diagnosis and treatment facility. Registration is $4,500 for a team of six and includes admission to all social events and a gift bag with a variety of apparel, fishing merchandise and more. Cash prizes and trophies await the first- through third-place boats, of $50,000, $18,000 and $12,500, respectively. All anglers on the winning boat receive authentic, custom-designed Jimmy Johnson’s NBC Championship rings.
Contact: 305-255-3500

 

Key Largo / March 6 – 10

Song Man, Dance Man

Presented by Key Players and Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center, Jon Peterson takes show goers on a rollercoaster of a ride through the lives of seven great men in show business: Fred Astaire; Gene Kelly; Donald O’Conor; Bobby Darin; George M. Cohan; Sammy DAvis, Jr.; and Anthony Newley. Showtimes are 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. matinee. Tickets $20 at the door, Murray E. Nelson Government & Cultural Center, MM 102.
Contact: 305-396-7000
Email: linda@fklcc.org

 

Islamorada / March 9

Islamorada Writers and Readers Seminar: Learn, Listen, Let the Creativity Flow!

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a lunch break, enjoy a lively discussion and books are to be available for purchase. Entry is free. Anyone interested in writing and reading will enjoy the day. Located at the Helen C. Wadley Islamorada Library, mile marker 81.8 bayside. Six Keys-based published authors and writers include Frank Derfler, Dr. David F. Coppola, Frank Hawkins, Brad Bertelli, Jana Vandelaar and Jill Zima-Borski.
Contact: Jill Zima Borski 305-852-9886
Email: jzimakeys@aol.com

 

 

 

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

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

Marathon / March 7 – April 6

31st Annual Judged Florida Keys Watercolor Society Art Show

The Florida Keys Watercolor Society was founded by 10 local Keys artists in 1980 with a mission to promote art to the public, hold an annual show and conduct a workshop instructed by nationally known instructors and artists. Showcasing colorful, luminous watercolors, the show presents original pieces by artists from Key Largo to Key West. Prints are also available for purchase. Visit this event to view the collection and vote for your favorite. As a gesture of “Artists Helping the Arts”, a percentage of all sales benefits the MCT. Located in the main gallery of the Marathon Community Theater (MM 49.5) during the production of “The Sound of Music,” viewing is offered Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. or 7-9:30 p.m. Art Show viewing is also available during intermission on performance days – Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Email: jean@floridakeyswatercolorsociety.com

 

Marathon / March 7 – April 6

31st Annual Judged Florida Keys Watercolor Society Art Show

The Florida Keys Watercolor Society was founded by 10 local Keys artists in 1980 with a mission to promote art to the public, hold an annual show and conduct a workshop instructed by nationally known instructors and artists. Showcasing colorful, luminous watercolors, the show presents original pieces by artists from Key Largo to Key West. Prints are also available for purchase. Visit this event to view the collection and vote for your favorite. As a gesture of “Artists Helping the Arts”, a percentage of all sales benefits the MCT. Located in the main gallery of the Marathon Community Theater (MM 49.5) during the production of “The Sound of Music,” viewing is offered Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. or 7-9:30 p.m. Art Show viewing is also available during intermission on performance days – Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Email: jean@floridakeyswatercolorsociety.com

 

Marathon / March 7 – April 6

Marathon Community Theater presents: The Sound of Music

When Maria proves too high-spirited and spunky for religious life at the Abbey, she is sent to serve as governess for the widowed Captain von Trapp’s seven children. She brings the sound and joy of music back into their lives. This final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein, set in Austria at the start of World War II, was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. Come get reacquainted with the von Trapp family and enjoy your favorite songs, including: The Sound of Music, My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Me and more. Check website for show times and tickets.
Contact: 305-743-0994
Email: gm@marathontheater.org

 

Marathon / March 9 – 10

Original Marathon Seafood Festival

One of the middle Keys’ signature culinary and family events, gourmet delicacies from the waters of the Florida Keys highlight this annual munch-fest at Marathon Community Park, mile marker 49 oceanside. Sponsored by Organized Fishermen of Florida and Marathon Chamber of Commerce. Live music, vendor booths, sweets, treats and beverages make for a delectable weekend. Florida Keys Art Guild also hosts an open-air art show at entrance to the festival.
Contact: 305-743-5417
Email: info@floridakeysmarathon.com

 

Marathon / March 11

Florida Keys Concert Association presents: Jupiter String Quartet

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.
Contact: 305-295-2800
Email: info@sculpturekeywest.com

 

 

 

 

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.
Contact: 305-296-9911
Email: info@redbarntheatre.com

 

Key West / February 27 – March 2

Red Barn Theatre presents: Tea for Three

 

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.
Contact: 305-296-9911
Email: info@redbarntheatre.com

 

Key West / March 5 – 30

Waterfront Playhouse presents: The Drowsy Chaperone

 

The BIG musical is back at the Waterfront Playhouse. With over 20 set changes, 250 costumes and a cast of 18 performers, The Drowsy Chaperone is musical comedy magic. Mayhem, mix-ups and a gay (in the old sense of the word) wedding mark the hijinks of The Drowsy Chaperone. Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Email: Box_Office@waterfrontplayhouse.org

 

Key West / March 10

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. “Hot Times in Alaska” (PBS, 58 minutes) and 4 p.m. “The Natural History of the Chicken” (PBS, 60 minutes)
Contact: Movie-line 305-809-4755

 

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / March 11 – 14

March Merkin Permit Tournament

A charity flats-and-fly-only tournament with a twist – in addition to catch and release, anglers earn extra points for tagging their caught fish. Held at the Key West Harbour Yacht Club on Stock Island.
Contact: Jon Ain 303-888-4546

 

Key West / March 11

Waterfront Playhouse presents: Behind the Scenes

Get a backstage tour of the set for “The Drowsy Chaperone” 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
Email: Box_Office@waterfrontplayhouse.org

 

 

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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