HAPPENINGS in the Florida Keys! With KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas & Marinas!

 

HAPPENINGS in the Florida Keys! Still Stone Crab Season, Purple Isle Art Show! National Bullfish Championship! And National Pig Days in Marathon, 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

 

Key Largo / February 27 – March 9

Purple Isles Art Guild Annual Judged Members’ Art Show

Visitors can see unique works of fine art by many of the Keys’ most talented artists as well as those by local junior and senior high school students. Works in watercolors, acrylics, oils, colored pencil, pastels, photography and three-dimensional artistry are presented. In addition to seeing the displayed work, visitors will have a chance to see and speak to an Artist in Residence. Come see art in progress, speak with our talented members and vote for your favorite work of art which will receive the coveted “People’s Choice Award.” The show will run daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the community room of the Key Largo Public Library in the Tradewinds Shopping Center, mile marker 101.4 oceanside.

 

Key Largo / March 5 – 8

Jimmy Johnson’s National Billfish Championship: Quest for the Ring

Hosted by Jimmy Johnson, two-time Super Bowl winning coach and former head coach at the University of Miami, this prestigious event benefits the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, a South Florida-based cancer-related research, diagnosis and treatment facility. All anglers on the winning boat receive authentic, custom-designed Jimmy Johnson’s NBC Championship rings.
Contact: 305-255-3500
Email: Tod@ci-mgt.com

 

Islamorada / March 9

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

 

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 28 – March 1

8th Annual Sombrero Beach Run


Attracted by a weekend filled with sunshine and athletic fun, more than 700 racing circuit runners are expected to join the eighth annual event. Co-sponsored by the Southernmost Runners Club, the 2014 weekend workout begins Friday, March 1, with a 5-6:30 p.m. registration kick-off party. Stocked with food, drinks, music and entertainment, the event is to be staged at Sombrero Beach at the end of Sombrero Beach Road, mile marker 50. Awards are to be given to the overall male and female winners, and second-place overall finishers in the 10k run, 5k run and 5k walk. Awards include Keys resort stays, cash and experiences with local eco-attractions and watersports. An awards ceremony on the beach follows the race with a barbecue, drinks, music and warm sunshine.
Contact: 305-743-4582 or 305-289-9868
Email: sombrerobeachrun@bellsouth.net

 

Marathon / February 28 – March 2

National Pig Days

 

National Pig Days is a three-day BBQ, pig roast, music fest, silent auction and social extravaganza for locals and visitors alike. The main attraction are the wildly exciting royal racing pigs cheered on by howling spectators. Children’s games, beverage tents and evening shows round out what has become a major annual event and fundraiser for a local charity.
Contact: Karen 305-923-1204
Email: kd1559@aol.com

 

 

Marathon / March 8 – 9

Original Marathon Seafood Festival


One of the middle Keys’ signature culinary and family events, gourmet delicacies from the waters of the Florida Keys highlight this annual munch-fest at Marathon Community Park, mile marker 49 oceanside. Sponsored by Organized Fishermen of Florida and Marathon Chamber of Commerce. Live music, vendor booths, sweets, treats and beverages make for a delectable weekend. Florida Keys Art Guild also hosts an open-air art show at entrance to the festival.
Contact: 305-743-5417
Email: info@floridakeysmarathon.com

 

Marathon / March 8 – 9

Florida Keys Art Guild, Weekend Art Show

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 show, located at the entrance of the Marathon Community Park, MM 49, during the Original Marathon Seafood Festival. Admission to the art show is free.
Contact: Joey Smith 305-897-9098
Email: sarasotajoe2000@yahoo.com

 

Marathon / March 9

32nd Annual Florida Keys Watercolor Society Art Show Opening Reception

The Florida Keys Watercolor Society is to showcase colorful, original watercolor pieces by local artists at the Marathon Community Theater, located in the main gallery during the production of “9 to 5.” An opening reception is to be held March 9, from 6-8 p.m., with light refreshments, raffle and door prize, and award ceremony. The artists’ meet-and-greet event is open to the public. Between March 13 and April 12, art show viewing also is offered Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or before the curtain and during intermissions on performance days – Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

 

 

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 / March 1 – 31

Happy Birthday Tennessee Williams!

 

The Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit (315 Truman Ave., off Duval St.), in cooperation with the Tropic Cinema, Key West Art and Historical Society, and Artist William Welch are celebrating the 103rd birthday of Tennessee Williams during the month of March. Events planned include a series of four classic movies adapted from Tennessee Williams’ award winning plays being shown at the Tropic, a Poetry Contest, an Artist Challenge, two receptions and an exhibit of original paintings by Tennessee Williams at the Custom House. Wednesday, March 26, a reception honoring the 103rd birthday of Tennessee Williams and his life in Key West is to be held at the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Poetry Contest winners will be announced and read their poems; an exhibit of the paintings done during the Artists’ Challenge are to be displayed; and birthday cake, wine and other light refreshments. A suggested donation of $10 from attendees is appreciated.
Contact: Dennis Beaver
Email: southgatekw@gmail.com

 

Key West / March 1 – June 30

Key West Art & Historical Society presents: Marky Pierson, Night Visions in Technicolor

 

Emerging local artist and graphic designer Marky Pierson is to exhibit new paintings and designs focusing on three distinct categories: ‘Conch Night’ Series featuring the Hemingway House, Custom House and Curry Mansion; ‘Squishy Femme’ Series explores soft, squishy and everything womanly; ‘Graphic Design’ Series features graphic posters of iconic Key West images and large format paintings inspired by vintage tourism posters. Custom House Museum is located at 281 Front Street, and open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Contact: 305-295-6616

 

Key West / March 4 – 29

Waterfront Playhouse presents: Xanadu


Nominated for 5 Tony Awards (including Best Musical), Xanadu joyously spoofs the outrageously campy 1980′s film starring Olivia Newton-John. A beautiful muse descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach and inspires a struggling artist to create his biggest dream… the first ROLLER DISCO! Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Email: Box_Office@waterfrontplayhouse.org

 

Key West / March 5 – 15

Red Barn Theatre presents: I AM MY OWN WIFE

Ten performances only. It’s a fascinating true tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a German transvestite who is a collector of culture and above all, a survivor. Directed by Stuart Meltzer. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, Starring Tom Wahl who recently won the Carbonnell Award for this role.
Contact: 305-296-9911
Email: moreinfo@redbarntheatre.com

 

Key West / March 6

Mel Fisher Maritime Museum presents: Wreck of the Pirate-Slaver Guerrero


A free lecture, presented by museum archaeologist Corey Malcom as he “reveals history” with a multi-media story about the Wreck of the Guerrero, the Cuban pirate-slaver which sank in 1827. Starts at 6:30 p.m., in the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum Courtyard, 200 Greene Street. Chairs provided. Public Welcome. March is Florida History month, an ideal time to showcase some of the unique stories uncovered in the Museum’s research and conservation of shipwrecks and their artifacts.
Contact: Corey Malcom 305-294-2633 ext 20

 

 

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