Florida Keys HAPPENINGS! Stone Crab Season, And lots going on in Key West and the Upper Keys!!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 18

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 is located at Island Community Church, on US1 at mile marker (MM) 83.3, bayside.
Contact: (305) 240-0061 or (305) 451-0665

Islamorada / February 19

History of Diving Museum presents: Diving for Dollars

The History of Diving Museum at MM 83 continues the free, “Immerse Yourself!” series, to begin at 7 p.m., with a special event: “Diving for Dollars: Is it Worth the Risk?” presented by Dick Magaldi. 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 / February 20 – 22

Backcountry Fly Championship

Tournament anglers are to compete to catch the most inches of snook and redfish on fly in a competition where one inch equals one point. Awards are to be given for grand champion, runner-up to grand champion, and largest snook, redfish and tarpon. The field is limited to 30 boats.
Contact: Paul Tejera 305-393-2156
Email: captbackbone@gmail.com

 Islamorada / February 20

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

 Key Largo / February 21

Ocean Life Lecture Series: A Thousand Furlongs, Shakespeare and the Sea

 Presented by the Friends of Key Largo Cultural Center, Dr. James Sutton, Ph.D., is to discuss and explore the many representations of the sea in Shakespeare’s work and its impact on our relationship with it. 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 / February 22 – 23

19th Annual Upper Keys Gigantic Nautical Flea Market

 Find hundreds of marine- and watersports-related vendors offering wares to thousands of buyers seeking deals on new and used boats, marine equipment, electronics, fishing tackle, dive gear, nautical arts and crafts, and more. Located at Founders Park, MM 87 bayside, on Plantation Key.

 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 21

Marathon Community Theater presents: An Evening with Bobby Nesbitt

 Performing Cole Porter and the Gershwins, singer/pianist Bobby Nesbitt is to delight Marathon audiences with his celebrated cabaret series and the great American standards. Performance begins at 8 p.m., tickets $24 per adult. Visti website for details.
Contact: 305-743-0994
Email: gm@marathontheater.org

 

 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 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 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 20 – 22

“One Race, the Human Race” Cuban/American Art Exchange

Some of Cuba’s leading contemporary artists are to debut their work in Key West as part of a groundbreaking Cuban-American art exchange that is believed to be the first in more than 50 years. Enthusiasts can meet nine Cuban artists and one Cuban-American in Key West and view nearly 120 pieces of their work during unveilings and other events at five venues in the island city’s historic Old Town.
Contact: 305-296-0458
Email: jed@tskw.org

Key West / February 20 – March 8

Key West Fringe Theater presents: A Delicate Balance

 Agnes and her passive husband, Tobias, and Claire, her alcoholic sister, have settled in for a homey evening of genteel sniping in their well-to-do suburban home when they are confronted by invaders. First are their best friends, Harry and Edna, who are seized by a nameless terror and have decided to move in with them. Not far behind is Julia, their daughter, on the run from her fourth marriage. Their life is upended as the dialogue stings and tickles. Show time 8 p.m., at Custom House, Custom House, 281 Front Street. Visit website for show dates and tickets.
Contact: 305-295-7676

Key West / February 22

World Sword Swallower’s Day at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

 More than 20 sword swallowers will risk their lives when they “drop swords” at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums around the world on February 22. In all, more than 125 feet of solid steel will go down the hatch – hopefully without a scratch! In Key West, D.W. Blademaster (Dale Pritchard) will demonstrate his sword swallowing skills at a free performance at Ripley’s Key West Odditorium, located at 108 Duval Street. The show will start at 2 p.m. with an official “swallow” at 2:22:14 p.m. to coincide with the 2/22/14 date.
Contact: 305-293-9939

 Key West / February 22

Mel Fisher Maritime Museum presents: Cuban Treasure with Artist Sandra Ramos Una Raza

This reception, presented in partnership with Una Raza, The Studios of Key West and La Habana Key West International Exchange 2014, features the work of Cuban artist Sandra Ramos. Museum Open House. Cash Bar. Public Welcome. From 6-8 p.m., at Mel Fisher Maritime Museum Courtyard, 200 Greene Street
Email: rjtomlinson@mfmm.org

 Key West / February 22

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

 Celebrate the Symphony’s 2014 Season with “Cello Spirit,” a recital by SFSO’s principal cello and member of the Blue Door String Quartet; Arthur Cook, cello; Music of Bach & Kodaly; evening includes recital and dinner at Key West Yacht Club; tickets $95 per person, available online.
Contact: 954-522-8445

 Key West / February 22 – 23

49th Annual Old Island Days Art Festival

The 49th annual juried fine art show is set on lower Whitehead Street and Caroline Street in historic Old Town. The highly acclaimed show, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, features oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture, photography and other offerings by artists from around the United States.
Contact: Lois Songer 305-294-1243
Email: kwartctr@earthlink.net

Big Pine & the Lower Keys / February 23 – March 2

30th Annual Winter Star Party

Approximately 600 astronomers from around the world gather to view southern constellations, comets and stars in the Lower Keys’ clear night skies — virtually the only place in the continental U.S. where they can be viewed. Lectures, programs and workshops round out the event.
Contact: 305-661-1375
Email: heinrich1@windstream.net

 

Key West / February 23

Monthly Artisan Market

The monthly artisan market is to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Restaurant Store parking lot. The event gives 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
Email: sean@dailyplan-it.net

 Big Pine & the Lower Keys / February 23

Island Grass Music Fest to Benefit Keys Habitat for Humanity

Contemporary and traditional offerings and original tunes by Florida Keys performing songwriters are to highlight the musical menu from 1-6 p.m. The musical afternoon benefits Habitat for Humanity of Key West and the Lower Florida Keys. The event is to take place at Boondocks Grille & Draft House, mile marker 27.5 on U.S. Highway 1. The entertainment lineup features a host of the seasoned performers whose talents enrich the Florida Keys music scene — among them Howard Livingston, the Doerfel Family, Bill Blue & the Nervous Guys, Pat McCune, the Piper Road Spring Band and a trio composed of Gary Hempsey, Ron Baumann and event producer Terry Cassidy. Silent auction, vendor booths and raffles are to round out the afternoon’s attractions.

 

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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