Getting Ready for the Holiday HAPPENINGS-in the Florida Keys are a Cook-Off, Ocean Life Lecture Series and Holiday Photos with the Dolphin Research Center among many other activities- 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 / November 14
The culinary competition, held at the Holiday Inn, mile marker (MM) 100 in Key Largo, is open to professional and amateur cooks and chefs, as well as young aspiring chefs. Categories include soups and chowders, appetizers, main dishes, sides and salads, and desserts. The event is to be held from 6 – 8:30 p.m., and public sampling starts at about 7 p.m. Awards are to be announced afterward. Sampling tickets are to be sold at the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce, Boilini Eye Care, TIB Bank and Community Bank.
Key Largo / November 15
Presented by the Friends of Key Largo Cultural Center, Dr. Michael Gillespie will discuss the impact of film on our cultural perceptions of the ocean. 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 / November 15 – 17
Female fishing fans can learn or polish angling skills during the award-winning weekend seminar. Over the last 17 years, nearly 7,000 female graduates have immersed themselves in a lighthearted yet skill-heavy curriculum to learn and hone skills in offshore, bottom, inshore and fly fishing, no matter what their experience level.
Contact: Betty Bauman 954-475-9068
Islamorada / November 20
The History of Diving Museum at MM 83 continues the free, “Immerse Yourself!” series, to begin at 7 p.m., with a special event: “Weeki Wachee Mermaids,” presented by Barbara Wynn. 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 / 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.
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
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 / November 1 – April 26
This stunning annual art exhibit showcases the work of leading contemporary sculptors at the 56-acre Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and the Key West Garden Club at West Martello Tower. Contemporary sculptures enhance the land and seascapes. Visit Web site for more information.
Key West / November 5 – 12
Sponsored by Santiago’s Bodega restaurant; the Studios helps keep the creative spirit going all through November with great workshops. Learn to work with simple hand tools to carve a complete sculpture using the “softstone carving method.” Gray is a modern stone carver with twenty years of professional experience. Through demonstration and individual attention, students learn the tools and carving techniques necessary to bring a design to life in stone. By the end of the series, you’ll have a finished or nearly finished piece of sculpture, and the skills necessary to continue to stone carving at home.
Key West / November 5 – 23
Tommy Kelley was a man’s man, the leader of the pack a hail fellow well met. He and his three friends, Paulie, Joey and Bobby, had been inseparable since they crawled together in diapers. But Tommy’s lost his battle with cancer and his three friends have gathered at their favorite pub to celebrate Tommy’s life. But the evening takes an unexpected turn when a stranger brings a startling revelation to the three friends and Tommy’s widow, forcing them all to re-evaluate their personal view of love and whether they themselves have the courage to listen to their own hearts. Visit website for show times and tickets.
Key West / November 5 – 26
Sponsored by Square One restaurant; the Studios helps keep the creative spirit going all through November with great workshops. Whether you are new to painting or watercolor, or just looking to hone your craft, this popular annual class will kickstart your watercolor practice in a controlled indoor environment.
Contact: (305) 296-0458
Key West / November 15
The South Florida Symphony, a unique gathering of professional symphonic musicians that began as the Key West Symphony, is to launch its Master Concerts season with a performance featuring Elgar: Introduction and Allegro for Strings; Barber: Cello Concerto and Opus 22; Clancy Newman: CEllo; Schubert: Symphony No. 9 “The Great”. Tennessee Williams Theatre 8 p.m.
Key West / November 16
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.
Key West / November 13 – 17
Showcasing films that exhibit excellence in storytelling, the festival’s lineup is to feature screenings and special events hosted at landmark venues throughout Key West, including the Tropic Cinema and San Carlos Institute. The four-day program is to include several films from multiple genres and categories as well as social events with filmmakers, actors and film lovers.
Key West / November 18
Artist in Residence Juanita Rockwell has been a teacher of writing at the graduate level for over 20 years, and a meditation practitioner for nearly 30. In this workshop, she guides participants in a few simple practices that short-circuit ingrained habits of writing and thinking. In this “gap” of stillness, silence and spaciousness, participants clear away layers of daily tensions and reconnect with the natural home of creativity. From 6-9 p.m. Register online.
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 …