Holiday HAPPENINGS throughout the Florida Keys: Stone Crab Season, Holiday Photos at the Dolphin Research Center, Waterfront Playhouse, The Messiah and Art- KeyWest! 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
Islamorada / November 29 – December 1
Browse, bargain and buy handcrafted items and original artwork at the annual outdoor fest, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, at the Postcard Inn at Holiday Isle, MM 84. A great way to begin the season of gift giving and support local artisans.
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.
Marathon / November 21 – December 14
Kick off the 2013-14 season with this ferociously funny, family-friendly show. An outrageously hilarious race against the clock begins when Savannah Sprunt Fairchild Honeycutt agrees to get her feisty mother all the way from Alabama to California in time for her brother’s wedding. Savannah’s problem: Mama won’t fly. With only four days to make it to the ceremony, this determined daughter has no choice but to drive across country with her equally willful mother, Norleen Sprunt, in Mama’s vintage sedan. Show dates Nov. 21, 22, 23, 29 & 30; Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8 (matinee), 12-14. Visit theatre’s website for tickets. Showtime 8 p.m., matinee 3 p.m.
Marathon / November 29 – December 1
Local’s Art Show
The Locals Art Show, for years affectionately nicknamed the “Pigeon Poop Show” by local residents as an alternative to February’s Pigeon Key Art Fest, returns to Marathon this year! The outdoor show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. One of the most popular features at this show is the cast of local characters our guests encounter, as artists are often found hard at work, painting and creating original works of art or perhaps even weaving palm fronds into hats right on site at their booths! This show features a variety of mediums with reputedly affordable prices ranging “from tens, to hundreds, of dollars” for the more discriminating buyer. Whatever your delight, you are sure to find something to enjoy at this colorful event. Admission and parking are free. Located at the K-mart Shopping Plaza, 5585 Overseas Hwy.
Contact: Glenn Lahti (305) 664-0001
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 27 – December 31
Live holiday music, games for the kids, holiday cheer and a chance for photos with Santa highlight this event along the historic harbor walk linking colorful seaport restaurants, bars and businesses at the Key West Bight. Created as a gift to the community, the gala is produced by the Key West Bight Preservation Association and tenants of the Key West Bight. Details also at keywestholidayfest.com.
Key West / November 29 – December 1
Key West offers a wide selection of arts and ART! Key West!™ will feature the best and freshest artists and venues alongside veteran and legendary established artists and galleries that have become the very fabric of art in Key West. Pottery to Poetry will have its day in the sun and specialty wine tastings and unique dining experiences complement the event. ART! Key West!™ is a three day, island-wide, art festival focused in downtown Key West. It is a celebration of the many artists, galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and art-focused emporiums. Performance art, sculpture, interactive art, and musical performances are scheduled into the lively and coordinated art walk.
Contact: Marky Pierson 305-619-2275
Key West / December 1 – 6
Susann D’Antonio Wax Works at Frangipani Gallery
Wax Works, a new show at Frangipani Gallery by Susann D’Antonio is a winding path traveling from the abstract to semi-realistic as an exploration of encaustic painting in both 2 & 3 D. There will be two artists’ receptions, one on Sunday Dec 1, 12-4 p.m. as part of ArtKeyWest! and one on Friday December 6, 6-9 p.m. as part of the Upper Duval First Friday Art Stroll.
Contact: Fran Decker 305-849-1581
Key West / December 1
Held in conjunction with the three-day, island wide Art Key West festival, the new monthly artisan market is to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Restaurant Store parking lot. The event is to give residents and visitors alike a chance to shop fresh and local as the parking lot at 1111 Eaton St. is transformed into a showcase of art, photography and unique local handicrafts and gifts made exclusively in the Keys in one convenient location. Entertainment includes a singer and songwriter showcase, local authors, Key West Fringe theater performances, chef demonstrations, kid’s activities and live street art murals. Guests will be able to taste and buy local specialties, and enjoy concessions, beer and wine. Guests are encouraged to BYOB (bring your own bags).
Contact: Sean Krikorian 573-619-2200
Key West / December 1
As many as 90 singers from around the Florida Keys participate in the annual performance of George Frideric Handel’s holiday masterpiece. Directed by Dean Walters, the 31st consecutive production is to be staged at Key West United Methodist Church at the corner of Eaton and Simonton streets, and admission is free. Performance starts at 8 p.m.
Key West / December 1 – April 30
Chiefly known as a playwright, Tennessee Williams also had an artistic flair for painting. To mark the 30-year anniversary of his death, the Custom House is exhibit a number of Williams’ paintings revealing a different facet of his life and his talents. Custom House Museum is located at 281 Front Street, and open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed Christmas.
Key West / December 1 – March 31
Taking inspiration from the famous Cole Porter musical, the Custom House will display a wide array of knickknacks, curios, ornaments, trinkets, baubles, tchotchkes and artwork owned by members of the local community. Their unique and quirky collections will be showcased alongside a narrative from the owners. Custom House Museum is located at 281 Front Street, and open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed Christmas.
Big Pine & the Lower Keys / December 1 – 14
Artists in Paradise,located on Big Pine Key, presents Joanne Sloan’s original acrylic paintings on exhibit in their show window. This special two week exhibit features her smaller works with special pricing, just right for holiday or hostess gifting.Most of the paintings on exhibit are small enough to tuck into a suitcase but colorful enough to create a presence in any room. Joanne paints scenes typical to the Keys including conch homes, popular area restaurants, tropical flowers and fruit in her own impressionistic style. Many of these paintings are done en plein air and some evoke a nostalgic scene, a man feeding the gulls, brothers fishing together.Artists in Paradise, located in the Winn Dixie Plaza on Big Pine Key, is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm.
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 …