Florida Keys HAPPENINGS! Stone Crab Season, A Few Good Men, Racing-Quantum Key West and Sculpture Key West, all with KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas & Marinas…..
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 Florida Keys / January 15 – 22
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.
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 / January 20
Starting at 6:30 p.m., at Island Christian Church, Penalver, president of Key West’s historic San Carlos Institute, is to give an overview of the history of Cuba and Florida — with special emphasis on the role played by Key West and the Florida Keys. Informal talk is free and open to the public.
Islamorada / January 20 – 21
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
Islamorada / January 21
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 is located at Island Community Church, on US1 at mile marker (MM) 83.3, bayside.
Contact: (305) 240-0061 or (305) 451-0665
Islamorada / January 22 – 23
Presented by the Islamorada Fishing Club, this final leg of the Florida Keys Gold Cup Series offers up to a $30,000 winner-take-all cash prize. The field is limited to 30 boats, so register early.
Contact: Vinnie Feola 305-664-4735
Islamorada / January 23 – March 9
Renowned landscape photographer and environmentalist Clyde Butcher will showcase the natural beauty of Cuba in images of the island’s most remote and mountainous island locations during a traveling exhibit at the Keys History & Discovery Center, located at the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost, at MM 82. Butcher is best known for his evocative black and white photographs of Florida wetlands. The exhibit also will include images from Butcher’s Florida Keys photography collection. The museum opens Thursdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $12.
Contact: Rich Russell 305-522-0948
Key Largo / January 25 – 26
A festival chock full of fresh stone crabs, conch, local seafood, music, entertainment and fun for the entire family, including cooking demonstrations, peel-and-eat shrimp and Key lime pie-eating contests, a “little mermaid” contest and a kids’ play area with live fish aquarium. Arts & craft vendors, Junkanoo band, magic shows, face painters, food, beverages and Key lime pie.
Key Largo / January 25
A free concert at Murray Nelson Government & Cultural Center Park, MM 102, Bayside. Performances are outdoors; no chairs provided, bring blankets. Starts at 4 p.m. Admission free for all concerts. Presented by Keys Community Concert Band
Islamorada / January 26
Standup paddlers from all over South Florida are to converge in Tavernier for the second annual standup paddling race. There are to be separate courses for first-time participants as well as elite racers. There is also to be a course set up for kids to race. Races begin at 1 p.m., at PADDLE! the Florida Keys, 90773 Old Highway in Tavernier. Proceeds support the Tavernier MARC house.
Contact: Scott Baste 305-434-5930
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 16 – February 8
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.
Marathon / January 20
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
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 / 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.
Key West / January 3 – February 5
Foliage and Flora at Frangipani Gallery
“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.
Key West / January 19 – 24
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.
Key West / January 20 – 27
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
Key West / January 15 – March 26
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.
Big Pine & the Lower Keys / January 15 – 31
Two artists are to be featured as showcased individuals, including Gale Upmal, president of the Lower Keys Artists Network and some of her newest creations and her batik paintings. Connie Powers is also to display her wonderful inventive recycled works of art. The gallery, located inside the Winn Dixie plaza in Big Pine Key, is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily.
Key West / January 18 – February 15
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
Key West / January 22 – 26
Top chefs and restaurateurs showcase their culinary creativity and the Keys’ indigenous cuisine in a tasty schedule of events for food, wine and beer lovers alike. Attendees can participate in a slow of food-related adventures during the savory celebration, such as wine around “neighborhood strolls,” kick off your flip-flops beach party, a hefty hops head-to head brewing competitions and many more events. Visit website for a complete listing of festival happenings.
Contact: 800-474-4319; 305-304-5218
Key West / January 24 – 26
Stock Island Marina Village King Mackerel Tournament
Big king mackerel migrate to the waters around Key West each winter, and a fittingly large prize awaits the winner of this challenge. The angler who weighs in the heaviest mackerel, also known as kingfish, is to go home with $10,000.
Contact: Lee Murray 305-296-0364
Key West / January 25 – 26
Juried artisans and crafters display their talents at a popular show on lower Whitehead and Caroline Streets in historic Old Town. Visitors can leisurely browse the beautiful displays of pottery, fabric, glass, wood, jewelry and other colorful handmade works by more than 100 selected artists. The show is free and will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Key West / January 25
A full and half iron distance triathlon in the southernmost city. Individuals and relay teams can participate in this USA Triathlon-sanctioned event. The minimum age allowed for participation in the Bone Island Full is 18 years of age. The minimum age allowed for participation in the Bone Island Half is 15 years of age. Visit website for complete course and registration details.
Key West / January 26
Local restaurants vie for top honors in three categories; appetizers, entrees and desserts. Participants get to taste all the food made at this event while judges pick the winners. Held at Westin Key West Resort & Marina Pier at 245 Front Street, open from 4-7 p.m. Event proceeds benefit the nonprofit ReMARCable Citizens (MARC). Tickets are to be available Nov. 1, at keystix.com.
Contact: 305-294-9526, ext 25
Key West / January 26
Held in conjunction with the Key West Food and Wine Festival, the 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
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 …