Celebrate the New Year in the Sunny Florida Keys with KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas & Marinas

 

New Year in the Sunny Florida Keys with KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas & Marinas-

 Stone Crab Season, New Year’s Eve Celebrations and MORE- this week with KeysCaribbean in the Florida Keys! 

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

Key Largo / December 31

New Year’s Eve Fireworks on Blackwater Sound

The back bay is the setting for the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks extravaganza hosted by Sundowners, Senor Frijoles, Cactus Jacks, Gus’ Grille at the Marriott Key Largo Beach Resort and the Caribbean Club, MM 103-104. Check website for details.
Contact: 305-451-4502


Islamorada / December 31

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Revelers in Islamorada can find appealing New Year’s activities at Cheeca Lodge & Spa, MM 82 oceanside, who is staging a New Year’s Eve celebration and midnight fireworks display. Attractions include live music, dancing on the beach and a gourmet dinner. Contact Cheeca Lodge for more information, costs and reservations.
Contact: 305-517-4580

 

Islamorada / January 1

America’s State Parks First Day Hikes

America’s State Parks announced that all 50 state park systems will sponsor guided First Day Hike Programs on New Year’s Day 2013, and Long Key State Park is to be a part of the fun. Individuals and families can begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike at a state park, a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Building 10 nature trail parking lot. Hike is a moderate 1.25 miles, recommended to bring water, bug spray and sun protection.
Contact: Monica Woll 305-360-0846
Email: Monica.Woll@dep.state.fl.us

 

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

A Quiet New Year’s Eve in the Middle Keys…

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
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 – 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

 

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
Email:info@sculpturekeywest.com

 

 

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
Email: moreinfo@redbarntheatre.com

 

Key West / December 17 – January 11

Waterfront Playhouse presents: Leading Ladies

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From the author of Lend Me a Tenor, Leading Ladies is the hilarious comedy about two down-on-their-luck British Shakespearean actors who impersonate the long-lost nieces of a wealthy American dowager in order to inherit her money — a classic farce of romantic entanglements, naughty innuendos and hysterical drag. Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Email: Box_Office@waterfrontplayhouse.org

 

 

Key West / December 31

New Year’s Eve Shoe Drop Celebration

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The Southernmost City celebrates with a descending 6-foot red high heel shoe carrying drag queen Sushi at the Bourbon Street Pub/New Orleans House complex, 724 Duval St. Seconds before midnight, the high heel bearing a lavishly gowned and coiffed Sushi is to be lowered from the second-story balcony of the complex toward the cheering crowds below. As midnight strikes and the New Year officially begins, she will land and gleefully pop the cork on a ceremonial bottle of champagne.
Contact: Joseph Schroeder 305-293-9600

 

Key West / December 31

New Year’s Eve: Pirate Wench Drop at Schooner Wharf

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For piratical partiers, a New Year’s Eve salute to Key West’s rowdy seafaring roots is scheduled at the island’s Historic Seaport. At midnight, a winsome pirate wench is to descend from the top of the mast of the tall ship America 2.0 as cannon blasts welcome 2014. A dove release is to follow. Scallywags in attendance can expect live music, dancing and festivities until 4 a.m., without a cover charge, at the Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William St.

 

Key West / December 31

New Year’s Eve: A Key Lime Wedge “Drop”

At the Ocean Key Resort & Spa, 0 Duval St. on Key West Harbor, plans call for a huge replica of a Key lime wedge to splash down into a larger-than-life margarita glass as crowds welcome the new year on the property’s Sunset Pier. VIP tickets are available that include entrance into a private dining area for an abundant buffet dinner and four-hour open bar. At 10:30 p.m., the public will be welcomed to enjoy a free performance by Key West’s Big Bawdy Burlesque Show.
Contact: 305-295-7005

 

Key West / December 31

New Year’s Eve: Conch Shell Drop at Sloppy Joe’s

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The arrival of 2014 is to be heralded on the island’s Duval Street with the “drop” of a gigantic manmade conch shell, the symbol of the Florida Keys, to the flat roof of Sloppy Joe’s Bar, 201 Duval. Thousands of spectators gather on Duval for the annual gala, emceed by a rooftop host starting at 10 p.m. and featuring dancing in the street and a countdown to midnight recorded on a huge clock. At midnight, the shell descends and cheers erupt. Stellar Mojo Band is to perform on Sloppy Joe’s indoor stage, rounding out the revelry. No reservations or tickets are taken, but a door charge is required to party inside the bar.

 

Key West / December 31

Key West Dachshund Walk

Frost-free Key West isn’t a winter wonderland during the holiday season, but it may become a “wiener wonderland” when about 200 dachshunds and their owners take a New Year’s Eve stroll through the island’s picturesque downtown. The annual Key West Dachshund Walk, set for noon Monday, Dec. 31, provides an informal, family-friendly prelude to nighttime New Year’s Eve revelry. Spectators can watch the fun and meet the canine participants on Fleming Street between Whitehead and Duval streets.
Email: keywestdachshundwalk@gmail.com  

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Big Pine & the Lower Keys / January 1

America’s State Parks First Day Hikes

America’s State Parks announced that all 50 state park systems will sponsor guided First Day Hike Programs on New Year’s Day 2013, and Long Key State Park is to be a part of the fun. Individuals and families can begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike at a state park, a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family. Meet at 10 a.m. at the east end of last parking lot in Sandspur. Hike is an easy ranger-led walk of .25 miles, on the Silver Palm Nature Trail. The walk is easy but will include soft sand on the beach. Register at the Ranger Station. Recommended to bring Camera, binoculars, comfortable shoes for walking in sand, bug spray, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses .

 

Key West / January 6

Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center presents: Free Environmental Films Series

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary invites the public to enjoy free environmentally-themed documentary films every Sunday through March 31, 2013 at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center in Key West. Each Sunday, doors to the center will open at 1 p.m. and sanctuary staff will show documentaries at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the center’s theater. These award-winning documentaries address environmental topics including climate change, marine debris, energy efficiency and resource protection. Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is located at 35 East Quay Road, on the Truman Waterfront next to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Today’s topics: 2 p.m. “Hot Planet – Cold Comfort” (PBS, 25 minutes) and 4 p.m. “YERT – Your Environmental Road Trip” (Media Changing Media, 113 minutes)
Contact: Movie-line 305-809-4755

 

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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