HAPPENINGS for the Holiday throughout the Florida Keys with KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas & Marinas

Holiday HAPPENINGS throughout the Florida Keys: Stone Crab Season, Holiday Photos at the Dolphin Research Center, Waterfront Playhouse, Sailfish Tournament and Theater in Key West…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 / December 4 – 8

Second Annual Florida Keys Triathlon Camp

Join camp clinicians Jon Olsen, four-time gold medalists in swimming; and William Elkins, certified coach and triathlon race director, for guided paddle tours and group runs, barbecues and bike rides. Vacation package includes airport transfers, hotel accommodations, bike rentals, paddle board use and tour. The camp ends with participation in the Key West Triathlon. Check website for schedule, fees and registration.
Contact: Mark Terrill 305-395-1551
Email: islamoradasports@aol.com


Islamorada / December 5 – 8

Islamorada Sailfish Tournament

The first leg of the triple-crown Florida Keys Gold Cup Championship Series is characterized by high-flying sail action, conservation and sportsmanship. It’s also the only tournament in the Gold Cup series to offer a junior division for anglers aged 16 and younger. Unlimited anglers are allowed per vessel.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868; 305-852-2102
Email: ditournaments@aol.com


Islamorada / December 6

Florida Keys Holiday Festival

This extravaganza begins with a tree-lighting ceremony at Founders Park, MM 87. A holiday parade follows, featuring Santa, food, kids activity booths and live “on stage” performances. A mountain of snow is the favorite among mitten-clad munchkins. From 4-10 p.m., the big event features the Holiday Fest Parade which begins at 7 p.m. and includes the Coral Shores Hurricane Marching Band. 

Contact: 305-664-4503


Islamorada / December 8

Second Sunday Pickin’ in the Park

Enjoy an open Bluegrass Jam for all ages and skill levels. Come to listen, pick or just enjoy a beautiful afternoon in the park. From 1-5 p.m., at Southwinds Park, MM 82.1.
Contact: Robby McClung 305-587-0901
Email: fishrobby@hotmail.com


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

Holiday Photos with a Dolphin at Dolphin Research Center

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


Marathon / November 21 – December 14

Marathon Community Theater presents: Mama Won’t Fly

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. 

Contact: 305-743-0994
Email: gm@marathontheater.org


Marathon / December 8

Annual Tree Lighting Celebration

An early evening event, from 4-7 p.m., in the parking area outside Fishermen’s Community Hospital gathers the Marathon community to light the tree atop the hospital. Holiday entertainment includes a “special guest” appearance, raffles, activities for kids, tap dancers, music, hot dogs, cookies and punch.
Contact: 305-743-5533


Marathon / December 8

Key Colony Beach Lighted Boat Parade

Christmas lights on outriggers, Santa’s elves and brightly lit deck displays highlight the beautiful festivities during the Key Colony Beach Boat Parade, set to begin at the 7th Street canal. The parade is open to all boats, and the route visits canals and cuts, and passes city hall three times. Great viewing spots include Sadowski Causeway at MM 53.5 and the dock area behind city hall and the post office. The public is welcome. An after-party with awards for captains and crews is to be held at Key Colony Inn with a free buffet and cash bar.
Contact: 305-743-7214


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 / November 1 – April 26

18th Annual Sculpture Key West

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.  

Contact: 305-295-2800

Email: info@sculpturekeywest.com


Key West / November 27 – December 31

Key West “Bight’ Before Christmas” Holiday Celebration

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 / 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 – April 30

Key West Art & Historical Society presents: Tennessee Williams, The Playwright & the Painter

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. 

Contact: 305-295-6616


Key West / December 1 – March 31

Key West Art & Historical Society presents: Key West Collects, Anything goes

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. 

Contact: 305-295-6616


Big Pine & the Lower Keys / December 1 – 14

“A Little Keys Color” Exhibit at Artists in Paradise

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. 

Contact: 305-872-1828


Key West / December 4 – 14

Key West Fringe Theater presents: Cock

COCK, by Mike Bartlett, is a brilliant and blackly hilarious look at love, betrayal, and our desire to control and possess that which we love, especially when it seems threatened. Bartlett does a masterful job navigating the “love triangle” waters, approaching issues with wit, then rationale, and finally desperation, as the writing reaches a force that is shattering. The provocative title references the play’s brute focus that suggests to-the-death battles of penned animals. Show time 8 p.m. at the Studios of Key West, 600 White Street. Visit website for dates and tickets. 

Contact: 305-296-0458


Key West / December 6

Keys Chorale Concert Holiday Concert

The Keys Chorale will present a holiday concert at the Key West United Methodist Church, corner of Eaton and Simonton streets. Tickets are $20 for general admission.
Contact: 305-849-1474


Key West / December 6

Historic Lighted Inn Tours

Discover the history and holiday spirit of Key West by touring beautifully decorated historic inns. Participants can visit the inns on their own each evening or in conjunction with a holiday trolley tour presented by Old Town Trolley Tours. Visit website for ticket information.


Key West / December 6 – 8

Fort Taylor Pyrate Invasion

Experience three days of piracy as Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park transforms into a British stronghold defending her shores against an invasion of pirates. Step back in time to encounter piracy from 1675 through 1825 with pirate encampments, living history demonstrations, live battles, activities for the kids, and more, from 10 am. to 5 p.m. daily. Visit website for details and activities schedule. 

Contact: Jai Somers 305-797-1659
Email: jaisomers@yahoo.com


Key West / December 6 – 8

TRIKW Swim-Bike-Run in Paradise

Presented by Pat Croce’s Charlie Mac’s, this running event is expecting to host a maximum of 1,000 participants and some of the sport’s best known triathletes; TRIKW allows you to bask in the warm weather and the waters of the Atlantic Ocean while the rest of the country is experiencing winter. Olympic and Sprint distances. 

Email: trikeywest@gmail.com


Key West / December 6

Red Barn Theatre presents: Stand Up, with a Little Class

Celebrate the Red Barn Theatre’s 34th season opener with comedian Eddy Sarfazy and his standup comedy workshop, featuring an array of Key West’s funniest and most musical talents! Show time 8 p.m., visit website for tickets. 

Contact: 305-296-9911
Email: moreinfo@redbarntheatre.com


Key West / December 7

Key West Holiday Parade

The island city shows its holiday spirit with this annual hometown parade. Featuring marching groups and motorized and nonmotorized floats, the festive procession traditionally draws entries from churches, civic organizations, businesses and neighborhood and school groups. Starting at Truman Avenue and White Street, it proceeds down Truman to Duval, where it takes a right and continues on to Eaton Street.
Contact: 305-809-3881


Key West / December 7

Key West Writers Bloc presents: Book Signing Event

From 2-5 p.m., at Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, 4 Charles Street, Old Town Key West. More than 30 notable and award winning authors, all in one place, including Rodman Philbrick, Jeremiah Healy, Sandy Balzo, Miriam Auerbach, Lucy Burdett, Jill Zima Borski, Peggy Butler, Robert Coburn, Jane Dawkins, Michael Haskins, Wesley Sizemore, Elizabeth Warren, Shirrel Rhoades, Bill Lorraine, Jane Newhagen, Rusty Hodgdon, Reef Perkins, Ben Harrison, Chuck Van Soye, Hal Howland, Dale Dapkins, Suzie Byrd, Terry Schmida, Mandy Miles, Chuck Meir, Liz Stauffer, Dirk Wyle, Barbara Fox, David Sloan, Letty Nowak, Connie Gilbert and Jonathan Woods. A portion of book sale proceeds benefit the Key West Library book-buying fund.
Contact: Michael Haskins 305-304-2349
Email: michaelhaskins@bellsouth.net


Key West / December 8 – April 26

18th Annual Sculpture Key West

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. 

Contact: 305-295-2800
Email: info@sculpturekeywest.com

 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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