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
Islamorada / May 15
History of Diving Museum presents: ROVs, Uses of Remotely Operated Vehicles in Salvage and Research
The History of Diving Museum at MM 83 continues the free, “Immerse Yourself!” series, to begin at 7 p.m., with a special event: ROVs, Uses of Remotely Operated Vehicles in Salvage and Research, presented by Jon Cole. Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) have been used in salvage operations and scientific research all over the world. ROVs are used by oceanographic institutes, the military and scientific organizations to collect data and objects from the deepest depths of the ocean. Jon Cole will discuss projects involving ROVs and manned submersibles and how they have led to significant historical and scientific discoveries including the discovery of the Titanic, new marine species and underwater hydrothermal vents. 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.
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 / 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 7 – 9
One of the Florida Keys most-established tarpon tournaments, the 47th edition of the Marathon International Tarpon Tournament is set for May 7-9 in the Middle Keys. This is a team tournament with trophies and retail prizes for the top three boats. Proceeds generated are to benefit the Marathon Youth Club and the tournament is to be hosted by the Tarpon Creek Bar & Grill.
Marathon / May 9
Each year, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the DRC welcomes Florida Keys third- and fifth-grade classes for a fun-filled day of watching the center’s resident dolphins and learning about marine life, the Florida Keys environment and other topics. As well as Dolphin Research Center, presenters include numerous environmental and nature groups such as Bahia Honda State Park, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Turtle Hospital, Reef Relief and others. The center is open daily to the public. General admission is $20 per adult, $15 for children ages 4-12, $17.50 for members of the military and free for children age 3 and younger.
Marathon / May 10 – 11
Several cash prizes are awarded to anglers in this one-day tournament. Top cash prize for the heaviest fish is $5,000, with cash prizes also presented to second- through fifth-place finishers. Event benefits Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys.
Marathon / May 13 – 17
This popular angling challenge with a 27-year history of fish tales and foolery helps fund the Ronald McDonald Summer Camp program for disabled youngsters. Captains are drawn during the kickoff event, and anglers fish with a different captain each of the three days of fishing, in what is a hugely popular tournament format.
Contact: Bob Traa 609-645-1840 ext. 115
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 9 – 12
During this ocean paddleboard race, participants enjoy a challenging 12-mile course over crystal blue waters, circling Key West through scenic mangroves, passing by the Historic Seaport district and more. The race around Key West is set for Saturday, May 11, and is open to paddlers on standup paddleboards, prone boards, outrigger canoes, dory boats, surf skis and kayaks. Other weekend activities are planned, and the classic is to conclude Sunday, May 12, with a Higgs Beach day featuring a kids’ SUP clinic and race, adult sprint races and a lively paddleboard relay for four-person teams.
Key West / May 10 – 13
This enigmatic event is to include the staging of a world-renowned comedy thriller, a “Pink Panther” puzzler party and more. Highlights include the suspenseful presentation of the iconic mystery play “Deathtrap” at the Waterfront Playhouse adjacent to Mallory Square; A Pink Panther Affair, a catered mystery party; and attend a reading of the spine-tingling finalist entries in the Key West Citizen’s Mystery Short Story Contest.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Marathon / May 11
The waters off Sombrero Beach are to be transformed into a swift racecourse for a day of dragon boat racing, one of the world’s fastest-growing water sports, that involves 20 paddlers moving in unison a combination of strength and teamwork. Sombrero Beach provides a pristine setting and unique, direct-from-the-beach launch for the sleek, 40-foot-long race boats whose elaborate designs originated in ancient China. The festival is free and open to the public. Food, beverages, merchandise and a variety of entertainment are to be available shoreside.
Key West / May 13
Get a backstage tour of the set for “Deathtrap” 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
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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