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.
Islamorada / May 16
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 6-9 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.
Key Largo / May 16 – 19
Enjoy the food, entertainment and ambiance of Key Largo during this singers and songwriters event. Featuring “on the water” venues, unique entertainers and local musicians. Presented by the Upper Keys Business Group.
Contact: Sue Finney 305-394-3736
Key Largo / May 17
Presented by the Friends of Key Largo Cultural Center, Dr. Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm will discuss how wetland ecosystems are changing over time and space, and the integrated research and education activities being conducted in the wetland ecosystems of the Everglades and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve in Mexico. 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). Meet and greet at 6 p.m., program begins 7 p.m.
Contact: Linda Kaplan, 305-396-7000
Islamorada / May 19 – 22
Outback Golden Fly Invitational Tarpon Tournament
Special flies, accurate casts and a bit of luck are the recipe for winning this prestigious challenge, using only a tournament-furnished tippet not greater than 16-pound test. Eligible tarpon must measure at least 48 inches in length to earn release points, and weigh at least 70 pounds for weight points.
Contact: Betsy Bullard
Islamorada / May 20
In recognition of the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de León’s arrival on Florida’s east coast, guest speaker Dr. Robert L. Gold is to address the topic of “Ponce de Leon: Adelantado de La Florida” in the May lecture presented by the Matecumbe Historical Trust. Ponce de León’s convoy of explorers was the first group of Europeans to document such a landing and give a name to Florida – La Florida. Dr. Gold is a Professor of Latin American History and the author of two books and more than two hundred articles, columns and reviews on Florida history. His specialty is Spanish Florida in the colonial period. Social begins at 6:30 p.m., at Island Community Church, MM 83. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Contact: Barbara Edgar 305-393-0940
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 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 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 17 – 18
Key West’s political history is highlighted in panel discussions, a reception and tours of the Little White House where Truman spent many working vacations during his presidency.
Big Pine & the Lower Keys / May 17 – 19
More than $35,000 in cash and prizes awaits anglers.The angler who catches the tournament’s largest dolphin can take home a guaranteed first prize of $7,500 cash and a trophy. If the winning dolphin weighs more than 50 pounds, an additional $20,000 is awarded for a total of $27,500. While dolphin is the only species of fish eligible for cash awards, rods and reels are also to be presented for the heaviest wahoo and tuna caught. Presented by the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, the tournament is set to kick off Friday, May 17, with a 5 p.m. final registration party featuring hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. A captains meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Entry fees are $150 for open and $50 for youth.
Key West / May 18
Fish for Dolphin, Wahoo, Grouper and Snapper. Cash prizes for heaviest fish, $2500 for heaviest Dolphin. All proceeds benefit Anchors Aweigh Club, a 12-step recovery center in Key West, and a 501-c-3 corporation.
Contact: Pete Thomas 305-509-7244
Key West / May 18
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.
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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