HAPPENINGS in the Florida Keys! Still Stone Crab Season, Waterfront Playhouse Presents…!Woofstock Music Fair! Ocean Life Lecture and Friends of Old Seven Costume Ball and Gala- 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 / March 24
Key West’s own version of the hysterical off-Broadway hit. Local stars and celebrities read from the most unintentionally hilarious celebrity autobiographies. Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
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 / March 19
The History of Diving Museum at MM 83 continues the free, “Immerse Yourself!” series, to begin at 7 p.m., with a special event: “Undersea Memorials,” presented by George Frankel of Eternal Reefs. 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.
Islamorada / March 20
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.
Key Largo / March 21
Presented by the Friends of Key Largo Cultural Center, author Les Standiford, Ph.D., is to discuss the crown achievement of the Gilded Age, Henry Flagler’s Railroad, the subject of his fast-paced book, Last Train to Paradise. 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
Islamorada / March 22
A day of peace, paws and music comes alive as MarrVelous Pet Rescues and Adoptions hosts this family fun event at Islamorada’s Founders Park; join the far out festival with local rescue groups, food, drinks, vendors, contests, demonstrations and more. FREE admission. Bring bathing suits to take a dip in the Olympic-sized pool. Of course, leashed and well-behaved dogs welcome!
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 / March 22
Celebrating the 102nd anniversary of the Flagler Railway, the Old Seven Mile Bridge and Pigeon Key, the evening will be filled with dancing, cocktails, music provided by the Blues Brothers Soul Band, gourmet food and a silent auction. Join Friends of Old Seven as they celebrate the preservation of the Old Seven Mile Bridge and look forward to working on the next phase of planning their work program – insuring that the entire area between Knights Key and Pigeon Key, including the Old Seven Mile Bridge, becomes a world-class linear park and open air museum. RSVP by Feb. 15
Marathon / March 22 – 23
Local’s Art Show
The Locals Art Show returns to Marathon this year! The outdoor show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. One of the most popular features at this show is the cast of Keys characters our guests encounter, as local artists are often found hard at work, painting and creating original works of art or perhaps even weaving palm fronds into hats right on site at their booths! A variety of mediums with reputedly affordable prices are available. Whatever your delight, you are sure to find something to enjoy at this colorful event. Admission and parking are free. Located at the K-mart Shopping Plaza, 5585 Overseas Hwy.
Contact: Glenn Lahti (305) 664-0001
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 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.
Key West / March 1 – 31
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
Key West / March 1 – June 30
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.
Key West / March 4 – 29
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
Big Pine & the Lower Keys / March 17 – 20
A charity flats-and-fly-only tournament with a twist – in addition to catch and release, anglers earn extra points for tagging their caught fish. Held at the Key West Harbour Yacht Club on Stock Island.
Key West / March 20
This regular neighborhood gallery stroll is perhaps the best known among art lovers, held on the island city’s White Street from Southard to United streets and onto Truman Avenue the third Thursday of each month, from 5-8 p.m. The popular evening features exhibitions and receptions at galleries, shops and occasionally other venues. Highlight locations include Harrison Gallery; the quirky and inviting Stone Soup Gallery; and The Studios of Key West, offering regular exhibitions, performances, workshops and studio space in the style of America’s leading artist communities. This month’s showcase includes the fascinating art of Scott Gruppe, at the Debra Butler Design Studio. Meet Scott and experience his cutting edge work, best described as “poetry in motion.” Art lovers who turn off White onto Truman Avenue will find fine art and functional pottery at Honest Works Island Pottery and emerging talents, multimedia and renegade art at the dynamic Art Space Key West.
Key West / March 20
MFMM has been active in revealing the story of the Key West African Cemetery at Higgs Beach since 2002, and it is home to an exhibit that tells its story. Join museum archaeologist Corey Malcom as he “reveals history” with a multi-media story of the Key West African Cemetery at Higgs Beach and the lesser known South Beach Cemeteries. Free lecture starts at 6:30 p.m., in the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum Courtyard, 200 Greene Street. Public welcome, chairs provided.
Contact: Corey Malcom 305-294-2633 ext 20
Key West / March 25 – April 26
Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. This comedy explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. Directed by Carole MacCartee. Visit website for show dates, times and tickets.
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 …