There is so much HAPPENING throughout the Florida Keys this week, with KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villa & Marinas!

 

There is so much HAPPENING throughout the Florida Keys this week…Theater, Paddle Challenge, Food and Wine Challenge, Sunday Pickin’ in the Park, Free Log Rolling and MORE! Join KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villa & Marinas for Florida Keys Happenings!

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.

 

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

 

the Florida Keys / January 15 – 22

Florida Keys Paddle Challenge

A unique event to promote nature-based tourism on Florida’s waterways, up to 100 nature-loving kayakers embark on an eight-day traverse through the Keys, starting at Long Key State Park and ending at Zachary Taylor State Park, an approximately 70-mile distance. Deadline to register for this popular paddling event is Jan. 2, 2014. Registration includes meals, layovers, camping, side trips and return transport from Key West to start point.
Email: bill@paddleflorida.org

 

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 / January 9 – 18

Uncorked … the Key Largo and Islamorada Food & Wine Festival

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Come on down to the Florida Keys and enjoy a multi-sensory experience as Key Largo and Islamorada’s culinary experts step up to the “palate” to present nearly 30 tasty food, wine and spirits events. Enjoy 10 glorious days of wine tasting events, cooking demonstrations,wine dinners, food and wine pairing classes, progressive wine dinners, art and wine shows and the Festival Finale ‘A Grand Tasting,’ set for Jan. 18. What better reason to ‘Uncork’ and unwind in the Florida Keys.
Contact: Sue Finney 305-394-3736
Email: suefinney4@gmail.com

 

Islamorada / January 9 – 18

Uncorked … the Key Largo and Islamorada Food & Wine Festival

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Come on down to the Florida Keys and enjoy a multi-sensory experience as Key Largo and Islamorada’s culinary experts step up to the “palate” to present nearly 30 tasty food, wine and spirits events. Enjoy 10 glorious days of wine tasting events, cooking demonstrations, wine dinners, food and wine pairing classes, progressive wine dinners, art and wine shows and the Festival Finale ‘A Grand Tasting,’ set for Jan. 18. What better reason to ‘Uncork’ and unwind in the Florida Keys.
Contact: Sue Finney 305-394-3736
Email: suefinney4@gmail.com

 

Islamorada / January 10 – 12

Don Gurgiolo Sailfish Classic

This all-release tournament, part of the Redbone at Large series, honors one of Islamorada’s great captains, Don Gurgiolo, a pioneer of contemporary offshore light tackle and live ballyhoo fishing techniques who fished for 50 years while operating the Gonfishin’ charter boats. The well-liked skipper’s legacy continues. Up to four anglers can fish per boat.
Contact: Tammie Gurgiolo 305-240-9337
Email: fishnbully@msn.com

 

Key Largo / January 11

Brew on the Bay

Presented by the Rotary Club of Key Largo, this craft beer festival features a “home brew competition,” along with a main event with more than 80 craft beers from around the world featured in an unlimited tasting with food, music and entertainment along the waterfront.
Contact: LMDreaver@aol.com; cpowers33@bellsouth.net
Email: 305-304-0554

 

Key Largo / January 11

Free Key Log Rolling Demonstration!

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Have you ever wanted to try Log Rolling? Karli and Justin, a newlywed couple (and log rollers) decided to take their first year of marriage on the road in their vintage motorhome sporting a Key Log in tow. Log Rolling is a traditional Lumber Jack sport and the Key Log was designed and engineered to meet specific weights and dimensions in order to mimic a real cedar log used in competitions. At only 66 pounds dry weight it is easily carried and transported, making an old sport with rare opportunity now accessible to everyone. Get introduced to something fun and free. Hosted by Florida Bay Outfitters, MM 104, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: 305-451-3018

 

Islamorada / January 12

Florida Keys Wedding Expo

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This premier event is to be be held 12-5 p.m. at the Florida Keys Conference Center at The Islander Resort. The expo is to include appetizers, giveaways, musical entertainment and opportunities to meet with the very best Florida Keys wedding and event professionals in a convenient and casual setting. Admission $5.
Email: info@keysexpo.com

 

Islamorada / January 12

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

 

Islamorada / January 15

History of Diving Museum presents: Finding Capt. Nemo, 20,000 Leagues

The History of Diving Museum at MM 83 continues the free, “Immerse Yourself!” series, to begin at 7 p.m., with a special event: “Finding Capt. Nemo: 20,000 Leagues,” presented by Thomas Lockyear. 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.
Contact: 305-664-9737
Email: joe@divingmuseum.org

 

Islamorada / January 16

Morada Way Arts & Cultural District presents: Third Thursday Art Walk

Showcasing the fine arts, music and culinary nuances of the Purple Isles, the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District features national and local artisans who are showcased in galleries at Morada Way between mile marker 81 and 82 – formerly named Industrial Road – as well as “culinary art” and live music from 6-9 p.m. In addition to individual artists, participating galleries include the Redbone Gallery, Gallery Morada, Pasta Pantaleo Signature Gallery and Bluewater Potters. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.
Contact: 305-664-9100
Email: moradawayarts@gmail.com

 

Islamorada / January 16 – 18

Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament

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The Presidential is one of the most prestigious offshore tournaments in the Florida Keys, and is the second leg of the Florida Keys Gold Cup Championship. Anglers compete for beautiful trophies and prizes with sumptuous banquets held at beautiful Cheeca Lodge & Spa.
Contact: Julie Olsen 305-517-4449
Email: jolsen@cheeca.com

 

Key Largo / January 17

Ocean Life Lecture Series: Rare Orchid Species

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Presented by the Friends of Key Largo Cultural Center, Hong Liu, Ph.D., is to share what it takes to prevent the extinction of a rare orchid species. 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
Email: linda@fklcc.org

 

Islamorada / January 18 – 19

Second Annual Baygrass Bluegrass Festival

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The second annual Baygrass Bluegrass Festival is to feature several great Bluegrass bands – both Oldgrass and Newgrass. A blend of the best of traditional Bluegrass with the next generation of Bluegrass as well as some tasteful variations of the genre. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 per adult age 18 and older, $5 for students and free for children age 12 and under. Money raised helps fund music, dance and art scholarships for local students; event is located at the ICE Amphitheater, MM 87 bayside at Founders Park. Music on Saturday from 4-10 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Attendees can bring blankets and lawn chairs, but coolers are not permitted.

 

Islamorada / January 18

Art Under The Oaks

Fine art & original crafts, a variety of entertainment, specialty food booths, children’s arts & crafts, as well as a raffle of items donated by the artists are part of the annula highlights. San Pedro Church Gardens, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Mile Marker 89.5 on Plantation Key in Islamorada. Onsite parking is available for a $5 donation. Free parking is available at Coral Shores High School, with shuttle service to the event.
Contact: 305-664-5574
Email: artundertheoaks@yahoo.com

 

Islamorada / January 20 – 21

Al Flutie Over the Hill Rip-Off Sailfish Tournament

This event is “almost too much fun for old guys to handle.” Locally called the Flutie, the tournament has donated $428,000 to local and national charities. Anglers age 50 and over are welcome.
Contact: Gordon Ross 305-294-9526, ext. 25

 

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 / January 10

Marathon Community Theater presents: Gordon Ross Cabaret

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One of the Florida Keys’ most celebrated vocalists, Gordon Ross is again bringing his latest cabaret show to the MCT stage. Enjoy fine melodies, jazz, blues, pop and contemporary music. Visit website for more information and tickets.
Contact: 305-743-0994
Email: gm@marathontheater.org

 

Marathon / January 10 – 11

The Florida Keys Celtic Festival

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Staged at the Marathon Community Park, MM49, the festival features six outstanding Celtic bands, including Scottish headliner Albannach, international super group Rathkeltair, Marcille Wallis & Friends with the Tampa Bay Treblemaker Dancers, West of Galway and a special 20th reunion appearance of Celtic rock pioneers Clan na Gael. St. Andrew’s Pipe Band of Miami is to fill the air with the sounds of bagpipes and drums; athletics and Border Collie sheep herding demonstrations along with a Children’s Glen round out the entertainment. Celtic merchandise vendors, Celtic & local food fare and beverages provide an authentic menu to please the palate. The Florida Keys Celtic Festival is a family-friendly event; children aged 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. Friday hours are 4-9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; advance tickets $25 per person, $30 at gate. Available online now.
Contact: Greg McGrath 941-625-8544
Email: greg@celticheritageproductions.com

 

Marathon / January 16 – February 8

Marathon Community Theater presents: A Few Good Men

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This Broadway hit about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay sizzles on stage. The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial. Show dates Jan. 16, 17, 18, 23-25, 30-31; Feb. 1,2 (matinee), 6-8. Visit theatre’s website for tickets. Showtime 8 p.m., matinee 3 p.m.
Contact: 305-743-0994
Email: gm@marathontheater.org

Marathon / January 17 – 18

Free Concert: Appalachian Rock with ‘Big Daddy Love’

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Tarpon Creek Bar & Grill restaurant, located behind the Holiday Day Inn Express & Suites, MM 53.5, presents a free two-night concert. Starting at 9 p.m., both nights, Big Daddy Love presents smokin’ guitar and banjo sounds, reminiscent of the 60s and 70s roots music that the Grateful Dead, Kaleidoscope and other groove merchants made famous. Free and open to the public.
Contact: John O’Brien 305-731-0866

 

Marathon / January 20

Florida Keys Concert Association presents: Artie Shaw Orchestra

Artie Shaw was regarded by many as the finest and most innovative of all jazz clarinetists. The music of the “King of Swing” lives on under the direction of saxophonist/clarinetist Matt Kozan. Relive that golden era, with all time favorites like “Stardust” and “Begin the Beguine.” There’s nothing like experiencing the full sound of the brass and the rhythm section of this wonderful big band. Tickets are $40. Doors open at 7 p.m., and concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Performance at San Pablo Church, 550 122nd Street.
Contact: (305) 289-1110 or (216) 408-6546

 

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 / 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 / January 3 – February 5

Foliage and Flora at Frangipani Gallery

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“Foliage and Flora” is a show of new work by jewelry artist Jessica Wilson and acrylic painter Fran Decker. Wilson works with a relatively new material from reclaimed silver, Precious Metal Clay (PMC). Her latest work is inspired by jungle leaves and the smell of night air hanging heavy with the scents of flower blossoms. Fran’s new paintings this year explored the flora and fauna of the Keys. Meet the artists at a reception on Friday, Jan. 3rd, 6-9 p.m., at 1102A Duval as part of the Upper Duval Art Stroll. The show can be seen until February 5.
Contact: 305-296-0440

 

 

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 / January 9 – 19

32nd Annual Key West Literary Seminar

The 2014 seminar includes two independent sessions (Jan. 9-12 & 16-19) exploring the theme “The Dark Side.” Writing workshops are scheduled Jan. 12-16. Advance registration is required. A stunning lineup of celebrated authors who are to explore the mystery, crime and literary thriller genres includes Carl Hiaasen, Scott Turow, Les Standiford and many more.
Contact: 888-293-9291

Key West / January 11 – 19

Peter Max: A Retrospective 1960 – 2013

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DeRubeis Fine Art of Metal Galleries, at 511 Duval St., presents a never-before-seen collection by artist legend Peter Max, as his exquisite paintings are to be on exhibition beginning Jan. 11. Meet-the-Artist receptions are scheduled to take place on Saturday, Jan. 18 from 1-4 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. as well as Sunday, Jan. 19 from 1-4 p.m.
Contact: RSVP 888-513-8385

 

Key West / January 11

South Florida Symphony presents: Starry Night All in White

An elegant all in white dinner will be hosted by Robert and Elena Spottswood at the luxurious Marriott Beachside Hotel in Key West. Guests will enjoy a sumptuous dinner where hosts are encouraged to create their own original centerpieces. This is a great opportunity to connect with others who love classical music and the symphony’s commitment to create high quality symphonic performances and music education programs. Experience elegance, artistic creations, inspired cuisine and great fun at the Marriott Beachside Ballroom at 7 p.m. Call for tickets, part of the All-Access Pass for six Symphony events.
Contact: 954-522-8445

 

Key West / January 11

South Florida Symphony presents: Tropical Beats, Tantalizing Musical Excursions!

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Celebrate the Symphony’s 2013-14 Season with “The Humanity of Music,” Program includes a piano trio and Blue Door String Quartet; Karl Goldmark: String Quartet in B Flat, Opus 8; Ellen Zwilich: Septet for String Quartet and Piano Trio. Tickets $150 per person, performance at Tennessee Williams Cabaret, starts 5:30 p.m. Afterward at 7 p.m., enjoy dinner at the Marriott Beachside Ballroom for a Starry Night in All White decadent evening of entertainment. Tickets and details available online.
Contact: 954-522-8445

 

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / January 11

No Name Race

Join a 5K/Walk & Run that benefits the Monroe County Domestic Abuse Shelter. The ninth annual race begins at 8 a.m., covers 3.1 miles and is based at the Old Wooden Bridge Guest Cottages & Marina on Big Pine Key. Advance registration $20, $25 day of event. Children under 15, only $10. Registration forms are available online.
Contact: 305-743-5452

 

Key West / January 15 – March 26

Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center presents: Art Exhibition

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Tropical Botanic Artists are the creative force behind “Botanical Exploration in the Everglades: Braving One of North America’s Last Frontiers,” and the exhibit is to be displayed at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, 33 E. Quay Rd., Key West, during open hours Tues – Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Sunday & Monday). Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public. The special exhibition features 28 original portraits of plants discovered in the Everglades by botanists in the 19th and 20th centuries, and given common and scientific names that reflect the identities of those intrepid plant explorers. The show includes graphite drawings of lichens that were discovered and named quite recently, and informational panels about botanical exploration, field collecting, how plants are named, and ways Everglades plants were and still are used by native peoples.
Contact: 305-809-4750
Email: FKEDC@noaa.gov

 

Key West / January 16

V.I.P. Free Lecture Series: “After Ponce: Rethinking the Early History of La Florida and the Keys”

Sponsored by Florida Keys Community College, the lecture series represents Views, Insights and Perspectives (VIP) Presented by J. Michael Francis, Ph.D., History Professor and Family Chair of Florida Studies, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. Lecture series is free and open to the public, refreshments and cash bar. Starts at 6:30 p.m. “V.I.P. Lecture Series” evening sessions are held in the college’s Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center, College Road, Key West.
Email: amber.ernstleonard@fkcc.edu

 

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / January 18 – 19

10th Annual Big Pine Key Nautical Flea Market

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All things nautical are to be displayed and sold at the annual event. Other attractions include live music, food and beverages. The seafaring sale takes place on the grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, mile marker (MM) 31 oceanside.
Contact: 305-872-2411
Email: info@lowerkeyschamber.org

 

Key West / January 18 – February 15

Waterfront Playhouse presents: Other Desert Cities

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A Pulitzer Prize finalist and nominated for 5 Tony Awards, Other Desert Cities is one of the most celebrated plays in recent Broadway history. A daughter returns home for a Christmas gathering after writing a tell-all book about a family secret. Other Desert Cities is a searing comedy with banter that dazzles and decimates. Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Email: Box_Office@waterfrontplayhouse.org

 

Key West / January 18 – 19

Ninth Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival

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A family-friendly event with local fresh Keys seafood, drinks, marine-related crafts, youth activities, and live music. Free admission; hours open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Bayview Park at Truman Avenue and Jose Marti Drive. Fresh Florida Keys seafood and the commercial fishermen who harvest it are to be celebrated. The seafood festival’s menu features fresh grilled Florida lobster, Key West pink shrimp, fried fish, stone crab claws, smoked fish dip and more — including traditional regional favorites such as savory conch chowder, conch salad, sweet flan and Key lime pie. All seafood is to be prepared and served by local fishermen and their families. Soft drinks, beer and wine also are to be available for purchase. In addition, plans call for nonstop entertainment by local musicians.
Contact: Vicki 305-872-9026
Email: vicki@fkcfa.org

 

Key West / January 19

Key West Half Marathon & 5k Run

The perfect place to run in the middle of winter? Key West, during the Key West Half Marathon! Recognized by Runners World magazine as one of the 10 great half-marathons of the winter season, the run has attracted more than 1,000 annual participants and follows a 13.1-mile course through Old Town Key West past historic landmarks and the island’s scenic waterfront.
Contact: Barbara Wright 305-240-0727
Email: bwpromo3@bellsouth.net

 

Key West / January 19 – 24

Premier Racing presents: Quantum Key West

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The annual race week challenge features world-class competition and yachting teams from more than 12 countries and 24 American states. More than 100 racing yachts compete for class championships in this international regatta. To view the action, fans can book seats on spectator boats ranging from excursion catamarans to historic tall ships or from land at Key West’s Atlantic-front restaurants, resorts and beaches.
Contact: 781-639-9545
Email: KWInfo@premiere-racing.com

 

Key West / January 19

Impromptu Classical Concerts of Key West presents: Shen/Berkovsky Piano Duo

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Pianist Jiayin Shen and Michael Berkovsky have been collaborating since 2004 playing four-hands piano repertoire at both large and private venues throughout the U.S. and Canada. Performance at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Duval Street. Tickets are $20 per person.
Email: sherpa33042@yahoo.com

 

Key West / January 20 – 27

Kelly McGillis Classic International Women & Girls’ Flag Football Championship

Women and girls from around the United States and the world gather in Key West for hard-fought sporting action. Each year dozens of teams from the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe are invited to compete in the challenge, named for and endorsed by the critically acclaimed actress and former Key West resident who starred in “Top Gun” and “Witness” among other films.
Contact: Daashia Cochran 305-834-0801
Email: usadirector@iwffa.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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