This Week in the Florida Keys with KeysCaribbean 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

 

 

Islamorada / March 20

History of Diving Museum presents: Dolphin Behavior: What Do Dolphins Do All Day?

The History of Diving Museum at MM 83 continues the free, “Immerse Yourself!” series, to begin at 7 p.m., with a special event: Dolphin Behavior: What Do Dolphins Do All Day? Barb Berry and Sharon Baldyga identify and study the Florida Bay Bottlenose Dolphin in Islamorada. They have successfully identified 340 individual dolphins and 60 mother-calf pairs by their dorsal fin. The team observes and documents the behavior and the day-to-day activities of these amazing mammals. This information allows the team to track the relationships between dolphins, how long and how often they interact with each other, and the patterns of home territories and the range of territories. Berry and Baldyga will share and discuss their findings. 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.
Contact: 305-664-9737
Email: Courtney@divingmuseum.org

 

Islamorada / March 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
Email: Daniela@MoradaWayArts.org

 

Key Largo / March 23

Florida Keys Community Concert Band presents: Florida Heritage

A musical celebration of all things Florida, this free concert takes place at 4 p.m., at Islamorada’s Founders Park, MM 87 bayside. Performance is outdoors; please bring blankets or lawn chairs. All concerts are free admission.
Contact: Donna Heiner 305-853-7294
Email: heinerdonna@yahoo.com

 

Islamorada / March 24

16th Annual Taste of the Islands

Presented by the Marathon chapter of Business and Professional Women, the event features “tastes” of participating local restaurants vying for best-of honors for appetizer, dessert or entree. Tasters can buy 20 tickets for $15 or $1 per taste. From noon until 4 p.m. at the Key Colony Beach City Park grounds; admission is free. Music, vendors, live and silent auction. Proceeds benefit BPW scholarships and Keys community projects.
Contact: Sarah Cizmas
Email: Sarah.Cizmas@edwardjones.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 / 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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Key West / March 20 – 21

Mel Fisher Maritime Museum presents: A Florida 500 Remembrance of Slavery

The museum is to show (March 20) the History Channel’s Deep Sea Detectives program, Slave Ship Uncovered, on the discovery of the slave ship Henrietta Marie. The showing concludes the Movies at the Museum series. This ship’s artifacts are not only archived at the museum, but they are also featured in a new traveling exhibit that has been developed by the Mel Fisher Museum in partnership with the Frasier Museum in Louisville. This exhibit earned high praise recently from the Wall Street Journal and will begin its national tour in June. Also, (March 21) enjoy a multi-media glimpse into the 1860 sunken slave vessel during a showing of The Wreck of the Peter Mowell. Show time each evening is 7:30 p.m. in the Museum Courtyard.
Contact: 305-294-2633 ext 22
Email: rjtomlinson@mfmm.org

 

Key West / March 20

History Channel’s Deep Sea Detectives: “Slave Ship Uncovered”

The public is invited to view the History Channel’s Deep Sea Detectives program, Slave Ship Uncovered, on the discovery of the slave ship Henrietta Marie, at the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, located at 200 Greene Street. This ship’s artifacts are not only archived at the museum, but they are also featured in a new traveling exhibit that has been developed by the Mel Fisher Museum in partnership with the Frasier Museum in Louisville. This exhibit earned high praise recently from the Wall Street Journal and will begin its national tour in June.
Contact: 305-294-2633
Email: rjtomlinson@mfmm.org

 

Key West / March 22

Tennessee Williams Exhibit Opening Honors Late Playwright’s Birthday

The grand opening of an exhibit honors Williams’ literary prowess and longtime residence kicks off an early birthday celebration for the playwright who was born March 26, 1911. The free-admission exhibit focuses on Williams’ Key West years while exploring his beliefs and legacy. The ribbon-cutting and opening reception for the exhibit, located at 513 Truman Ave. behind the Key West Business Guild Visitor Center, are set for 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Dennis Beaver 305-294-3121

 

Key West / March 23

Gallery on Greene presents: “Key West Past and Present: In with the Old and the New”

Located at 606 Greene St., the gallery celebrates the ongoing artistic accumulation of artists who capture Key West in paint, prose, sculpture and sketches in their own new interpretations that never displace the ones that came before them. The the two-week showing kicks off with a reception from 5-8 p.m. to herald the opening of the show that juxtaposes contemporary artists like William Bradley Thompson, Harriet Frank, Neila Fisher and Stewart Andrews with their predecessors such as Suzie DePoo, George Carey, Craig Biondi, Robert Franke, Ron Clemmons and Van Eno.
Contact: 305-294-1669

 

Key West / March 23 – 24

Naval Air Station Key West Air Show

The U.S. Navy flight demonstration team Blue Angels and other military and civilian aerial performances will fill the skies at this fre-admission, family friendly event. In addition to the Blue Angels, aerial demonstrations by military and civilian performers, and static military and vintage aircraft are planned.
Contact: (305) 293-2027
Email: andrea.denny@navy.mil

 

Key West / March 23 – 24

Adam Scott Rote Galleries presents: The Art of Cinema

The official opening celebration of the Adam Scott Rote Galleries, at 608 Duval St. is to be highlighted with a special exhibit, “The Art of Cinema,” with special guests Burt Reynolds, Angie Dickinson and Tippi Hedren. These legendary actors have become fan’s of Rote’s work and will make guest appearances to sign their names to pieces featuring their iconic images from the silver screen. Burt Reynolds and Angie Dickinson come together at Rote’s Gallery to sign a piece featuring a scene from “Sam Whiskey.” Tippi is featured in Rote’s version of a scene from Hitchcock’s “Marnie.” The public is invited to witness the autographing of these pieces, which will be for sale in the gallery. The artist will debut original paintings and special unique works in mixed media at the event, open from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Contact: Adam Rote (305) 735-4014
Email: adam@adamrote.com

 

Key West / March 24

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery

The public is invited to attend a special remembrance ceremony will be held at Higgs Beach. The African Cemetery at Key West exists because, in 1860, three illegal slave ships were intercepted by the US Navy and diverted to Key West. The Key West community was so appalled at the treatment of the human cargo that they worked collectively to provide food and shelter for the Africans who were being shipped to Cuba to be sold into slavery. Despite their efforts, many of them died and were subsequently buried at Higgs Beach in what has come to be known as the African Cemetery.
Contact: 305-294-2633
Email: rjtomlinson@mfmm

 

 

Key West / March 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. “Chemerical” (Andrew Nisker, 75 minutes) and 4 p.m. “Ocean Frontiers” (Green Fire Productions, 80 minutes)
Contact: Movie-line 305-809-4755

 

Key West / March 30

Fish Earth Day & Hook Kids on Fishing Program

In partnership with other like-minded organizations, the Anglers for Conservation and Mote Marine Laboratory is coordinating a Fish Earth Day using the Anglers for Conservation’s Hook Kids on Fishing Program, in celebration of Earth Day. Is there any better way to celebrate Earth Day 2013 than bringing families together fishing and learning about the our planet Earth? The Key West Hook Kids on Fishing program will take place at the Eco Discovery Center, directly across from Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome along with their parents. The first 100 kids registered may receive a free rod and reel. Registration online is required.
Contact: 305-809-4750

 

Key West / March 30

Mote Marine presents: 4th Annual Florida Keys Ocean Festival and Waterfront Craft Show

Located at the Eco-Discovery Center, 32 East Quay Road, Truman Waterfront Old Town, the festival is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., for all ages and celebrates the Keys’ marine environment. It is a fundraiser for Mote Marine Laboratory’s Coral Reef Restoration Programs. Highlights include kids’ activities, a fishing seminar for kids — the first 100 kids under age 12 who are registered online receive a free rod — live entertainment all day, more than 70 arts, crafts, food vendors & exhibitors as well as a silent auction. Howard Livingston and the MM 24 Band are to headline the day of fun.
Contact: Roberta 305-292-7963; Jason 305-393-6022

 

Key West / March 30

Mote Marine presents: Inaugural Tuna Trot Race for the Reef 5K Run/Walk

A Key West Southernmost Runners sanctioned 5K race, the event starts at 8 a.m. from Eco-Discovery Center, 32 East Quay Road, Truman Waterfront Old Town. Race day registration is at 7 a.m., adults $30, age 13-18 years $20, 12 & under free with an adult. Awards are to be given to Male and Female Overall Winners, Masters (over 40) winners and more. Walker Awards will go to the first five male and female walkers. First 200 participants are to register receive a free t-shirt. Register online at active.com. Also, a Kids Fun Run follows after the race, along a half-mile course.
Contact: Roberta 305-292-7963; Jason 305-393-6022

 

Key West / March 31

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. “Ocean Frontiers” (Green Fire Productions, 80 minutes) and 4 p.m. “1421: The Year China Discovered America” (PBS, 114 minutes)
Contact: Movie-line 305-809-4755

Key Largo / March 31

 

13th Annual Underwater Easter Egg Hunt

 

The Easter bunny hosts this annual underwater egg hunt off Key Largo to benefit Kids in Special Situations, a local charity for needy children. Famous for his up-close creature feature dives with his undersea friends, Captain Spencer Slate of Atlantis Dive Center, clad in a giant bunny suit and dive gear, hides brightly coloured Easter eggs for ardent bounty hunters on the sand, adjacent to a shallow coral reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Real eggs and nontoxic colourings are used to avoid any negative environmental impact. Open to divers and snorkelers, check-in at 8 a.m. Dive is scheduled to depart the dock at 8:30 a.m., must register prior to event, specially priced rates available.
Contact: 305-451-3020

 

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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