There’s Too Much To Do in the Florida Keys! All with KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas & Marinas!

 

Florida Keys HAPPENINGS! Stone Crab Season, Chili in the Keys -Cook Off!, Florida Keys Discovery Center presents Clyde Butcher and the Wings of Freedom Tour!!!!!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 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 23 – March 9

Florida Keys History & Discovery Center presents: Clyde Butcher

 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

 

 Islamorada / January 23 – March 9

Florida Keys History & Discovery Center presents: Clyde Butcher

 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

 

Islamorada / February 11

 Florida Keys Concerts Association presents: Soo-Yeon Ham

She has been the featured pianist with such orchestras as the Seoul Symphony, the Shanghai Symphony, Royal Irish Academy Symphony and the Russia St. Petersburg Radio Broadcast Orchestra. Winner of the Chopin Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 2009, Soo-Yeon Ham has been praised for her powerful yet graceful performance. Performance is located at Island Community Church, on US1 at mile marker (MM) 83.3, bayside. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 7 p.m. and concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Contact: (305) 240-0061 or (305) 451-0665

 

 Islamorada / February 15

Free Outdoor Pops-in-the-Park; Pet Parade Concert

A free concert at the Capital Bank Amphitheater at Islamorada’s Founders Park, Bayside, MM 87, Plantation Key. Performances are outdoors; no chairs provided, bring blankets. Starts at 4 p.m. Admission free for all concerts. Presented by Keys Community Concert Band
Contact: 305-853-7294
Email: heinerdonna@yahoo.com

 

Islamorada / February 15 – 16

Fifth Annual “Chili in the Keys” Regional Cookoff

 The public is welcome to attend and vote for the best chili at this tasty event, daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; local restaurant and amateur chefs ratchet up the rivalry for the best chili, and the ICF Florida state and world cook-off champions and contestants compete for the finest title. Attendees can sample tastes of all chili entrants; held at the Islamorada Moose Lodge, on the Old Highway at MM 81 oceanside. Live musical entertainment also is planned. This event is dog-friendly. No admission fee. The chili-chowing competition helps benefit local charities.
Contact: 305-664-8120

 

Key Largo / February 16 – 17

Florida Keys Art Guild, Art Festival

For more than 15 years, the Guild’s mantra of “Bringing Art & the Fabulous Florida Keys Together,” has featured local artisans who display original artwork; show is open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily; presented by photographers, craftspeople and artists of the Florida Keys Art Guild. Enjoy the outdoor weekend at the Waldorf Shopping Plaza, Key Largo. Free admission.
Contact: Joey Smith 305-897-9098 home
Email: sarasotajoe2000@yahoo.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 / February 10

Florida Keys Concerts Association presents: Soo-Yeon Ham

She has been the featured pianist with such orchestras as the Seoul Symphony, the Shanghai Symphony, Royal Irish Academy Symphony and the Russia St. Petersburg Radio Broadcast Orchestra. Winner of the Chopin Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 2009, Soo-Yeon Ham has been praised for her powerful yet graceful performance. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 7 p.m., and concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Performance at San Pablo Church, 550 122nd Street.
Contact: (305) 240-0061 or (305) 451-0665

 Marathon / February 10 – 12

Collings Foundation presents: Wings of Freedom Tour

Explore the majestic bomber aircraft of P-51 Mustang, B-17 Flying Fortress and a B-24 Flying Liberator, inside and out. Feel the engines power up and take to the skies in an amazing 30-minute Flight Experience! Walk-through tours are $12 for adults and $6 for children age 12 and younger. Flight Experiences available for $425 in the B-17 or B-24. Flights also available in the P-51 Mustang for either 30 minutes or one hour. Visit the Florida Keys Marathon Airport for this unique family fun event. Walk-through tour times: Feb. 10 from 2-4 p.m., Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Contact: 800-568-8924

 

Marathon / February 12 – 15

Florida Keys Watercolor Society presents: Leslie Frontz Workshop

 Themed “Watermedia — A Fresh Start,” this workshop offers artists an opportunity to discover their own style, introducing unconventional painting exercises that build on strengths and help to easily overcome artistic challenges. Learn to make the most of values, handle color relationships, and create winning designs by linking a variety of shapes and edges. Held from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Martin Luther Church Rec Room in Marathon. The cost for members and non-members is $220 for four days. Registration form online.
Contact: 609-231-7045
Email: info@fkwcs.com

 

Marathon / February 17

Florida Keys Concert Association presents: Trio Solisti

Hailed “the most exciting piano trio in America” by The New Yorker Magazine, violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Jon Klibonoff have earned a reputation for soulful and passionate performances marked by soloist virtuosity, electric energy, seamless ensemble playing and thrilling abandon. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 7 p.m., and concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Performance at San Pablo Church, 550 122nd Street, Marathon.
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

 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

 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

 

Key West / January 18 – February 15

Waterfront Playhouse presents: Other Desert Cities

 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 15 – March 26

Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center presents: Art Exhibition

 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 18 – February 15

Waterfront Playhouse presents: Other Desert Cities

 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 28 – March 1

Red Barn Theatre presents: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

 Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, this is a hilarious spoof of siblings living in Bucks County, Pa., and their movie star sister who comes for a visit with her newest boy toy. Throw in a psychic housekeeper, for good measure. Visit website for show times, tickets.
Contact: 305-296-9911
Email: moreinfo@redbarntheatre.com

 

 Key West / February 14

31st Annual Valentine’s Gala

From 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., on the grounds of the historic Curry Mansion Inn, 511 Caroline St., this special annual event is to be hosted by local musician Howard Livingston; the evening features live music and dancing, a world-class dinner buffet, open bar and the island’s largest and most anticipated silent auction. General Admission $50 in advance, $55 at the door; limited VIP seating $100. All proceeds benefit Wesley House Family Services. Tickets available at KeysTix.com.

 

Key West / February 14 – 15

54th Annual Key West House & Garden Tour

 Tour a series of elegant and unique private homes of Key West, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations, and the interior design that complements their architecture and adds a unique Key West flavor. The February tours are offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Proceeds help benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation.
Contact: 305-294-9501
Email: tickets@oirf.org

 

Key West / February 15 – 16

GardenFest Key West and Beer Garden

Enjoy food, fun, libations and more. A native plant, local and recycled art sale, workshops and presentations also round out the event, open each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Email: mmcrae@kwbgs.org

 

Key West / February 16

Impromptu Classical Concerts presents: Trio Solisti

 Praise abounds for this exciting violin, cello and piano trio. Notable critic Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal proclaimed Trio Solisti the successor of the Beaux Arts Trio as the outstanding chamber music ensemble of its kind. Tickets are $20. Performance at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church door at 4 p.m.
Email: sherpa33042@yahoo.com

 

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