Fall HAPPENINGS- Stone Crab Season, Monster Larva and the Rocky Horror Picture Show- this week with KeysCaribbean 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 drawn butter and mustard sauce 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 / October 25
Celebrate the adventurous, carefree life of a pirate! The one-day bash with ‘rum and grub specials’ is located at the Pilot House Restaurant, Marina & Glass Bottom Bar, and features Wild Wench and Bad-Ass Pirate competitions; Walking the Plank excursions; and cruises are to be offered on pirate ships docked at the restaurant docks for hourly sails to the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Visit website for details. Contact: 305-393-3638
Key Largo / October 25
Presented by the Friends of Key Largo Cultural Center, Dr. Heather Bracken-Grisson, Ph.D., is to share the elusive identity of some of the oceans’ deepest creatures. 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 Email: email@example.com
Key Largo / October 31 – November 1
Let’s Do The Time Warp Again … at The Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center! Located at mile marker 102 bayside. Ginsberg Productions is a non-profit, community based, theatrical organization. Show times and ticket information are available online. Contact: 866-535-7994 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 / October 18 – December 22
Visitors who participate in DRC’s ‘Meet the Dolphin’ program can bring their own Santa hats, reindeer antlers or other accessories to use while posing. DRC’s experienced photographers will shoot the pictures using high-resolution digital cameras. ‘Meet the Dolphin’ guests go onto a floating dock to give backrubs and share a “flippershake” with a dolphin and have their photo taken. The program is offered several times each day on a walk-in basis and costs $25 per person in addition to general admission prices. The photos are supplied on a flash drive for $20 for one person, and $35 for multiple people in the same shot. Quality prints are also available and print prices vary depending on number ordered. Group size is limited to four people. Contact: 305-289-1121
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 / 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). Contact: Rob Harris 305-587-6718 Email: email@example.com
Key West / September 13 – November 30
The exhibit, ‘Depicting Hemingway: Guy Harvey Sketches The Old Man and the Sea’?? is to feature 59 original pen and ink drawings which follow the story line of Ernest Hemingway’s famous novel, The Old Man and the Sea. Widely recognized today as one of the world’s finest marine wildlife artists, Guy Harvey combines his unique artistic talents with his background as a marine biologist, diver, photographer and angler, to create magnificent marine wildlife art. Exhibit is to continue through November, at Key West Custom House, 281 Front Street.
Key West / October 18 – 27
This outrageous 10-day costuming and masking celebration, themed “Superheroes, Villains … and Beyond!” features flamboyant costume competitions including one for pets, promenades, street fairs and a grand parade that stars marching groups, island bands and lavish floats. More than 40 masquerade contests, themed parties, parades and other spectacles are to challenge the creativity of mask and costume designers. Contact: 305-296-1817
Key West / October 22
This “over the top” contest includes an extravagant show with lots of Key West razzle dazzle, and is a competition “head and shoulders” above the rest with contestants judged from the shoulders up! Major cash prizes including a $1,500 grand prize. Tickets sell out quickly! Held at the Southernmost on the Beach, 508 South Street. Contact: Rebecca Tomlinson at 305-294-4603
Key West / October 23
The wacky costume contest for domestic pets and their people is a highlight of the island city’s 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival. A magical carousel of frisky pets and playful owners delightfully disguised get ready to frolic for fame and fortune; registration for competition is at 4 p.m.; Show starts at 5:30 p.m.; FREE to watch; $25 to enter; benefits Lower Keys Friends of Animals; located at the Casa Marina Resort, 1500 Reynolds St.
Key West / October 26
Lavishly decorated floats, costumed characters, bands and elaborately garbed marching groups are to make a splash on Key West’s Duval Street. The glittering parade is the traditional highlight of the annual Fantasy Fest masking and costuming celebration. At 7 p.m. the parade is scheduled to begin at the intersection of Southard and Whitehead streets. Floats, bands and other parade participants are to travel down Whitehead toward the Gulf of Mexico, turn onto Front Street and then proceed the mile down Duval to the Atlantic Ocean.
Big Pine & the Lower Keys / October 27 – 30
Lower Keys Haunted Laboratory
From 7-9 p.m. nightly, at the Big Pine Community Park, located at 31009 Atlantis Drive, off Sands Road. Frightfully free admission! Spook-tacular event is sponsored by the Big Pine and Lower Keys Rotary Club and Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce. The haunted laboratory of Dr. Doevil is opening on Big Pine Key Oct. 27 at the Big Pine Community Park. Dr. Doevil and his minions have but one thought on their undead minds, and that is to scare as many people as is inhumanely possible. And of course, they want you on their table, their gallows, and for their lunch. The event is open to all and is free to the community. You might want to think twice about bringing the little children, if Dr. Doevil and his minions can’t scare them, they might just eat them. The Haunted Laboratory is open Oct. 27 through Oct. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. The Haunted Laboratory is filled with the mistakes of Dr. Doevil in his insane attempt to create the perfect subhuman. Part man, part animal minions roam through the dark passages of the laboratory, while witches and butchers ply their trade on unsuspecting guests. Once the guests have made their way through the maze unharmed (unlikely!) they will come face to face with Dr. Doevil himself. And that will be the end for some. Contact: 305-394-1779
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 …