Holiday HAPPENINGS throughout the Florida Keys: this week with KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas


Holiday HAPPENINGS throughout the Florida Keys: Stone Crab Season, Holiday Photos at the Dolphin Research Center, Waterfront Playhouse, Boot Key Harbor Christmas Parade and Theater in Key West…among many other activities- this week with KeysCaribbean Luxury Villas Resorts & Marinas

The Florida Keys / October 15 – May 15

Stone Crab Season

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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 13 – 15

Islamorada Junior Sailfish Tournament

Recreation for teens in the Florida Keys can mean learning from experienced local captains and mates to tie a bimini or rig ballyhoo. One weekend each year anglers aged 16 and younger can apply such lessons in this competition. A maximum of six anglers is allowed per boat. Proceeds help benefit Toys for Tots of Monroe County.
Contact: Tammie Gurgiolo 305-240-9337


Key Largo / December 14

Key Largo Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

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Blackwater Sound is to shimmer as decorated boats parade along the shoreline in celebration of the holiday season; 55-foot yachts to single-person kayaks are to set sail at 7:30 p.m. The best viewing and libations are to be found at Sundowners, Senor Frijoles, the Marriott Key Largo Bay Resort and Caribbean Club, MM 103-104. Boats are invited to deck their hulls, light up their boats and join in the fun. This year’s theme is “Christmas Rocks.” Entry is free with more than $2500 in cash and prizes up for grabs, including a $500 random cash raffle for all boat entries. Parade boats, captains and crews are invited to the Captains’ Party on Friday evening December 13 starting at 7:30 p.m. at Senor Frijoles, featuring a free Mexican buffet, ditty bag and raffle prizes.
Contact: Sue Finney 305-394-3736



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

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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

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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


Marathon / December 14

Boot Key Harbor Lighted Christmas Boat Parade

A middle Keys holiday kick-off event for more than 15 years; watch as dinghies, mega-yachts and anything in between turn the harbor into a sparkling procession along the parade route. Best viewing sites include Lazy Days South, Marathon Marina, Sombrero Dockside Lounge and Burdine’s Waterfront. Starts at dusk, near 5 p.m.
Contact: Greg 305-849-0285


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

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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


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




Key West / December 1 – April 30

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 8 – April 26

18th Annual Sculpture Key West

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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


Key West / December 12

Found Footage Festival

The Found Footage Festival, the acclaimed touring showcase of odd and hilarious found videos, will make its first-ever appearance in Key West. The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event showcasing videos found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout North America. Curators Pickett and Prueher host each screening in-person and provide their unique observations and commentary on these found video obscurities. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found. Festival begins at 7 p.m., at Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street; tickets are $12 and are available at the door or online.
Contact: Nick Prueher 347-255-7350


Key West / December 13

Historic Lighted Inn Tours

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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 14

Schooner Wharf Bar 23rd Annual Lighted Boat Parade

Lighted and decorated vessels from rowboats to tall ships proceed around Key West’s Historic Seaport and harbor areas. Parade is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Holiday revelers can watch and applaud from bars, restaurants and resorts in and around the Historic Seaport.
Contact: 305-292-3302


Big Pine & the Lower Keys / December 14

Lower Keys Lighted Boat Parade

All boats are welcome to enter the Pine Channel Causeway parade including deep-sea cruisers, dinghies, kayaks and canoes. Santa and Mrs. Claus are expected to arrive and hand out candy to the kids. The best recommended viewing is from the new Kiki’s Sandbar (formerly Parrotdise), 183 Barry Ave. on Little Torch Key. Parade begins at 7 p.m. Saturday evening.
Contact: Steve Estes 305-923-5370


Big Pine & the Lower Keys / December 14

Holiday Arts & Crafts Show

Artists in Paradise presents a Holiday Arts and Crafts show at Out of the Blue, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MM 30 in Big Pine Key. Paintings in acrylics, watercolors and oils are to be offered as well as greeting cards, jewelry and much more. They will also feature their famous bake sale.
Contact: (305) 872-1828


Big Pine & the Lower Keys / December 14

Big Pine & The Lower Keys Island Art Festival

Highlights of this holiday event include live music by local entertainers, food, exhibits and booths featuring locally produced arts and crafts. Festivities traditionally take place on the grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, MM 31 oceanside.
Contact: 305-872-2411


Key West / December 15

Christmas on the Sheriff’s Animal Farm

From 1-3 p.m., kids and adults can visit the furry, fluffy and feathered residents of the Animal Farm and get a photo taken with Santa. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm is situated at the county’s detention center just outside Key West at 5501 College Road. This event is free and open to the public.
Contact: 305-293-7300


Key West / December 15

Southernmost Christmas Tree Celebration

Holiday revelers enjoy free conch chowder and then board Conch Tour Trains to proceed to the continental United States’ Southernmost Point to set up the southernmost Christmas tree at sunset overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The event is an annual community thank-you party presented by the Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens. The fun starts at 3 p.m., at 1401 Seminary St.
Contact: 305-294-9526


Key West / December 17 – January 18

Red Barn Theatre presents: Bingo! The Winning Musical

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Popcorn, friendship, intrigue and a famous five-letter word. Bingo turns everyone’s favorite form of gambling into fun-loving musical theater. Directed by Joy Hawkins. Visit website for show dates, times and tickets.
Contact: 305-296-9911


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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