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 / May 2 – 5
The inaugural Humphrey Bogart Film Festival is to screen a rotating selection of Bogie classics and a group of movies centered around the festival’s theme. There is expected to be a formal Bogart Ball, an outside screening of Casablanca, a display of Bogart memorabilia, question and answer sessions with the star’s son, Stephen Bogart, and tours on the fully-restored African Queen. Visit website for complete details. Tickets for all events, including film screenings, the Bogart Ball and special events with Stephen Bogart and special guest Leonard Maltin are available online.
Key Largo / May 3
A culinary event in celebration of the Humphrey Bogart Film Festival, this delicious evening includes blending classic film noir and an indulgence of cuisine. Enjoy an unlimited array of tapas, specialty craft beers, wine and music. Tickets are $39 per person. From 6 – 8 p.m., at Key Largo Conch House restaurant, 100211 Overseas Highway (MM 100.2). Afterward, don’t miss the 9 p.m. double screening of Casablanca & African Queen at Key Largo’s Murray Nelson Center, outside.
Islamorada / May 3 – 5
A tournament honoring the memory of Nick Sheahan, a Florida Keys student, funds from this event benefit a namesake community scholarship fund, distributing nearly $70,000 to date. Hosted at Tavernier Creek Marina, cash prizes and $25,000 to the angler with the dolphin that beats the state record. Hosted at Tavernier Creek Marina, entry fee for adults is $150, $35 for juniors.
Key Largo / May 4
Come join Stephen Bogart and Leonard Maltin at an elegant Casablanca-themed ball. This will be the signature event of the inaugural Humphrey Bogart Film Festival. The ball will take place at the Hilton, and will open to a red carpet cocktail reception in a casino setting, followed by a three course dinner with a Moroccan-themed menu. Stephen Bogart will host the evening and Leonard Maltin will give a speech about the contribution to film noir made by Humphrey Bogart. Dinner will be followed by dancing. Dress will be elegant. Black tie optional. Held at the Hilton Key Largo, 97000 Overseas Hwy (MM 97 bayside). Tickets $150, available online.
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 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
Marathon / May 2 – 18
A diva actress is barely tolerant of her philandering semi-alcoholic husband in this raucous farce about a dysfunctional theatre troupe at the Erlander Theatre in 1953 Buffalo, N.Y. Mishaps and confusion arise when they hear famed film director Frank Capra may attend a show to possibly cast the two in movies. Will they get the audition and give a performance of a lifetime? Find out in this fast-paced funny backstage comedy by Ken Ludwig. Check website for show times and tickets.
Marathon / May 3 – 5
A $10,000 first prize awaits the angler with the largest bull and cow combined, as well as prizes awarded to anglers catching the largest dolphin, wahoo, tuna and tripletail, grouper and snapper.
Contact: Jack Carlson or Byron Goss at 305-289-0199
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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 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
Key West / May 1 – 5
The 18th-annual showcase of musical magic features America’s foremost performing songwriters, with concerts staged in intimate, audience-friendly island settings.
Contact: Charlie Bauer 305-304-0814
Key West / May 4
To be held at Higgs Beach from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., participate in events the entire family can enjoy. Hundreds of families from all over Florida and the U.S. are expected to participate in this fun-filled community effort that benefits a great cause. Typically at a Surfers For Autism event, children with developmental delays are provided a safe, fun, judgement-free environment where highly skilled surf instructors carefully guide them into waves. Surfers and their families enjoy a day filled with a range of activities including stand up paddle boarding, live music, face-painting, games and much more.
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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