The Keys are busy this time of year with many choices in activities! Stone Crab Season, Theater in Key West and musical performances and an Conch Republic Days!- 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
Key Largo / April 21 – 28
The week-long family-friendly and lighthearted independence celebration is to showcase the unique historical and cultural characteristics of Key Largo. Event highlights: Key lime pie dessert-making competition (April 21); Conch Shell Blowing World Record Attempt (April 26); Conch Fritter Eating Contest(April 27); Stiletto Strut and ceremonial Blowing of the Bridge (April
Key Largo / April 26
Enjoy an evening with the sister and brother singer/songwriter duo, their remarkable harmonies and captivating music and lyrics are home grown, expertly fashioned and decades in the making. Meet and greet at 7 p.m., showtime 8 p.m. Visit website for updated ticket prices and sales.
Contact: Linda Kaplan 305-396-7000
Islamorada / April 26 – 28
One of approximately 30 events held each year whose proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Highlights include a kick-off welcome reception with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction; daily continental breakfast and dockside lunch and beach buffet for anglers.
Contact: Susan Ellis 305-664-2002
Key Largo / April 27
Bring the entire family to a musical tribute to music from all continents and genres. The free performance is at the Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center Park, MM 102, oceanside, at 4 p.m. Admission free for all concerts.
Contact: Donna Heiner 305-853-7294
Key Largo / April 27
Slow Art Day
How long does it take to look at a piece of art? Studies have found that people devote as little as eight seconds to each work in a gallery. Gallery goers across the world will be invited to slow down. A lot. Murray E. Nelson Government Center will join museums, galleries and art houses around the world as Slow Art Day challenges you to spend five, 10 or even 15 minutes in front of a single piece of artwork. By engaging with a painting, sculpture or installation over a longer period of time, you might gain a deeper understanding and connection to the piece. The “555@5″ art exhibit encourages participates to experience looking slowly at 5 artworks, 5 minutes of observation, followed by 5 minutes of discussion. Florida Keys artists and representatives participating in 555@5 are John David Hawver, Wendy Cahill, Nance Frank, Dan Lawler and Carmen Sotolongo Kelley. Appetizers and cocktails are to be available. Young Musician’s Concert with Keys Community Concert Band performs on the lawn beginning at 4 p.m. with Slow Art Day 555@5 beginning inside at 5 p.m.
Contact: Nancy Miller 305-522-6562
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 / April 25
Dolphin Research Center presents: Earth Day Bridge Cleanup Event
A perfect event for interested volunteers who want to enjoy time outdoors while giving back to the environment. Participants are to meet at 4:30 p.m. at Tom’s Harbor Bridge, MM 60.6. The cleanup will begin at the parking area on the west end of the bridge on the ocean side and last until 5:45 p.m. Volunteers are encouraged to wear clothes, hats and shoes that can get wet or dirty, and bring a bug repellent, sunscreen and a cutting tool.
Contact: Courtney Coburn 305-289-1121, ext. 231
Marathon / April 28 – May 1
For enthusiastic tarpon anglers, silver kings mean springtime. This high-energy, three-evening tournament mandates that teams fish with a different captain each evening. Teams also rotate among the three major bridge channels in Marathon, so any potential “hot spots” are shared among all anglers.
Contact: David Breznicky at 215-542-1492
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
HYPERLINK “http://www.gaykeywestfl.com/featureevent.cfm?id=16″ \t “_blank” 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 / April 6 – November 30
More than 40 species of fish are targeted during these months, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). In an April kickoff event, anglers target 15 species and $5,000 in cash prizes is split between the top anglers.
Contact: Rob Harris 305-295-6601
Key West / April 19 – 28
With activities ranging from wacky bed race to a lighthearted sea battle featuring tall ships, the Conch Republic’s 10-day birthday party showcases the independent and eccentric spirit that characterizes the Florida Keys.
Key West / April 25 – May 19
“Key West Characters: A Mini-Festival” is a theatrical explosion of history and humor! Three brand-new plays based on the true tales of amazing real-life island residents including a musical about the birth of the Conch Republic, hitting our shores. That’s right, the story of those historic moments in April 1982 when Key West declared its independence from the United States. It’s a rollicking musical tale of the Conchs taking on the Feds in one of the greatest PR stunts ever. The music and lyrics are by Gayla Morgan and the book is by Monnie King. The stage director is Randi Reams with Gayla Morgan as music director. CONCH REPUBLIC (The Musical!) will run at 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays at Kelly’s Caribbean Upstairs, 301 Whitehead St. Dates are April 25, 28, May 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19. Tickets are $35 at KeysTix.com
Key West / April 26 – May 11
Drama lovers can learn the stories and secrets of notable real-life island residents during “Key West Characters: A Mini-Festival,” presented April 25 through May 12 by the eclectic Key West Fringe Theater. “The plays capture the antics and heroics of the wacky and wonderful people who helped make Key West the colorful and unique place it is,” said Monnie King, Fringe Theater’s artistic director. The plays are to be presented together at the Key West Firehouse Museum, 1024 Grinnell St. Show dates are Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27 and May 3, 4, 10 and 11. Curtain time is 8 p.m. for the evening performances and attendees can enjoy a preshow “firehouse chili” supper at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person for the show and available at KeysTix.com
Key West / April 30 – May 25
Parody, adventure and humor abound in this original action adventure as famed explorer Oklahoma Smith and his trusty sidekick set out to find the lost “Book of the Dead” and save the world. The plot twists and turns as each major decision in this “choose your own adventure” is decided by the audience. Visit website for show times and tickets.
Key West / April 30 – May 18
A successful writer of Broadway mysteries struggles to overcome a “dry” spell, and he’ll do just about anything to be back on top. Full of twists and turns and heart-stopping shocks, the devilishly clever Deathtrap is the longest-running comedy thriller on Broadway. Showtimes 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
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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