There is Lots To Do with KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts Villas & Marinas in the Florida Keys….

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 / March 13 – 15

Jim Bokor’s Islamorada All-Tackle Spring Bonefish Tournament

The prestigious All-Tackle championship is to go to the high-point angler who catches at least one bonefish in four tackle divisions and one or more weight fish in at least two divisions. Limited to 25 invited anglers with a maximum of two anglers and guide per boat, this demanding challenge features general, fly and spin-casting divisions.
Contact: Betsy Bullard 305-587-1460
Email: fishnfever@bellsouth.net

 

Key Largo / March 15

Ocean Life Lecture Series: Dangerous Dry Down Refuges, A Feast for Snook

Presented by the Friends of Key Largo Cultural Center, Dr. Jennifer Rehage will discuss discuss how seasonal fluctuations in freshwater flow and salinity affect the balance of fish communities and benefit key recreational fisheries. Free and open to the public, the popular Ocean Life Series runs from 6-8 p.m. at Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center, 102050 Overseas Highway (MM 102). A meet and greet is set for 6 p.m., program begins 7 p.m.
Contact: 305-396-7000
Email: linda@fklcc.org

 

Islamorada / March 16 – 17

Florida Keys Art Guild, Art Show

“Bringing Art and the Fabulous Florida Keys Together” as local and nationally-recognized artists display their works from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; free admission, located at the Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina, mile marker 84.
Contact: Joey Smith 305-897-9098
Email: sarasotajoe2000@yahoo.com

 

Islamorada / March 16

Woofstock Music Fair

A day of peace, paws and music comes alive as MarrVelous Pet Rescues and Adoptions hosts this family fun event at Islamorada’s Founders Park; join the far out festival with local rescue groups, food, drinks, vendors, contests, demonstrations and more. FREE admission. Bring bathing suits to take a dip in the Olympic-sized pool. Of course, leashed and well-behaved dogs welcome!
Contact: 305-453-1315
Email: Michele@MarrVelousPetRescues.org

 

Islamorada / March 16

Florida Keys Concert Association presents: Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra

Featuring Gabriella Imreh, Pianist. 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

 

 

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.co

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

 

Marathon / March 11 – 18

The Connections Project – A Mosaic of the Keys

The Florida Keys Council of the Arts invites the public to the Marathon Royal Furniture store for an exhibition and opening reception for its first community mosaic project, involving more than 300 6″ x 6″ small works of art by local artists and community members of all skill levels and various mediums. The completed mosaic, reflecting the ideas, beauty and creativity of our paradise community, will be on display until March 18 in the lobby of the Royal Furniture store, 1757 Overseas Highway. The public is also invited to purchase a piece of the mosaic in an innovative process called “blind buy”. $30 will buy one completed canvas and shipping to the purchaser, once the entire mosaic has been on display in 6 Keys’ locations. The purchaser will not know which piece of art they will receive until it arrives in their mailbox mid-April. Each work will be accompanied by an artist’s statement that will provide insight into the origin of the work and the artist’s thoughts and inspiration.
Contact: Liz Young 305-295-4369

 

Marathon / March 18

Florida Keys Concert Association presents: Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra

Featuring Gabriella Imreh, pianist. 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 / 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

 

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

 

 

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 15

Music in Paradise at San Carlos: It’s a Grand Slam!

San Carlos hosts Key West’s ‘A’ team of nine pianists, playing three grand pianos, starting at 8 p.m. Music in Paradise Artistic Director Linda Sparks has united Key West’s top piano talent to participate in a virtuoso musical romp. Each pianist will be stepping up to the plate with his/her favorite musical offering during the diverse program. The concert ranges from the classics to jazz to show tunes. Tickets available at keystix.com. Prices range from $20 & $25 general admission to $35 for reserved seats. General admission tickets will also be available one hour prior to the concert in the lobby of the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street. Students wearing a baseball cap to this ‘A Team’s’ performance can gain admission for $10.
Email: musicinparadisekw@gmail.com

 

Key West / March 15 – 16

53rd Annual Key West House & Garden Tours

Tour a series of elegant and unique private homes of Key West, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations, and the interior design that complements their March tours are offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with visitors responsible for providing their own transportation. Proceeds help benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation. Tickets available online.
Contact: 305-294-9501
Email: tickets@oirf.org

 

Key West / March 16

Discovery Saturday Educational Series: Be a Bigfoot

Presented by the Florida Keys Eco Discovery Center, this family-friendly and educational series invites kids in kindergarten through fifth grade from 10-11 a.m. to play games and make crafts while learning about a new topic of interest and the marine ecosystems of the Keys. Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. Pre-registration is recommended. The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is located at 35 East Quay Road on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West. Admission is free and free parking is available.
Contact: 305-809-4750

 

 

Key West / March 16

Migration Mania is Back!

Migration Mania is back at the Key West Botanical Garden, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Migration Mania begins with The Great Egg Hunt. The ‘Great Egg Hunt’ themed event includes multiple birding egg hunts for children featuring 7,000 eggs, birding seminars, live birds shows, bird crafts, games, contests and more. The egg hunts are divided by age and a variety of egg hunts are planned throughout the day. Admission $5 for adults and children. Free for members.
Contact: 305-849-8733

 

Key West / March 17

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. “The Natural History of the Chicken” (PBS, 60 minutes) and 4 p.m. “Chemerical” (Andrew Nisker, 75 minutes)
Contact: Movie-line 305-809-4755

 

Key West / March 17

Impromptu Classical Concerts of Key West presents: Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra

This year’s With Love, Florence large string ensemble is dedicated to transforming lives through the richness and beauty of classical music. Its performances are provocative, poetic and reflect its passion for bringing music to new audiences in America and across the world. 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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