HAPPENINGS in the Florida Keys! Still Stone Crab Season, Ginsbert Productions Presents Cabaret! A Taste of the Islands, 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
Key Largo / March 29 – 30
A night of Cabaret at The Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center. Located at mile marker 102 bayside. Directed by Debra Ginsberg, in association with the Friends of Key Largo Cultural Center. Ginsberg Productions is a non-profit, community based, theatrical organization. Show times are Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.; ticket information online. Dinner and show packages available.
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 13 – April 12
The Florida Keys Watercolor Society was founded by 10 local Keys artists in 1980 with a mission to promote art to the public. Showcasing colorful, luminous watercolors, the show presents original pieces by local artists. View the collection and vote for your favorite. As a gesture of “Artists Helping the Arts”, a percentage of all sales benefits the MCT. Located in the main gallery of the Marathon Community Theater (MM 49.5) during the production of “9 to 5.” viewing 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.
Marathon / March 30
17th Annual Taste of the Islands
Presented by the Marathon chapter of Business and Professional Women, the event features “tastes” of participating local restaurants vying for best-of honors for appetizer, dessert or entree. Tasters can buy 10 tickets for $20. From noon until 4 p.m. at the Key Colony Beach City Park grounds; admission is free. Music, vendors, fashion show, live and silent auction. Proceeds benefit BPW scholarships and Keys community projects. Call for information & tickets.
Contact: 305-393-9501 or 305-731-6368
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
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.
Key West / March 27
The South Florida Symphony is a unique gathering of professional symphonic musicians. Performance starts at 7:30 p.m. at Tennessee Williams Cabaret Theatre. Program includes Mozart: Sympohony No. 35 Haffner; Zwilich: Shadows for Piano and Orchestra. Also featuring Jeffrey Biegel, piano; Schumann: Symphony No.1 Spring. Tickets available online.
Key West / March 29
The unique marine environment of the Keys island chain, which includes the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef, is to be celebrated at this one-day festival. Presented by Florida-based Mote Marine Laboratory, the family-friendly free-admission Ocean Festival is set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Scheduled attractions include live music, arts and crafts, kids’ activities including face painting, educational displays, food and beverages, a silent auction and more. The festivities take place at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, located on Key West’s Truman Waterfront past the end of Southard Street. The visitor center for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the facility houses exhibits that showcase the region’s unique ecosystem including a living reef exhibit created by Mote Marine Laboratory. A fishing seminar is planned for kids ages 5-11 that features instruction and barge fishing. To participate, youngsters must register online. A Tuna Trot 5k run/walk is also to be a part of the festivities. A pre-race registration party is to be held on Friday, March 28 at Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Key West / March 29
A Key West Southernmost Runners sanctioned 5K race, the event starts at 8 a.m. from Eco-Discovery Center, 32 East Quay Road, Truman Waterfront Old Town. Race day registration is at 7 a.m., adults $30, age 13-18 years $20, 12 & under free with an adult. Awards are to be given to Male and Female Overall Winners, Masters (over 40) winners and more. Walker Awards will go to the first five male and female walkers. First 200 participants are to register receive a free t-shirt. Register online at active.com. Also, a Kids Fun Run follows after the race, along a half-mile course.
Contact: Roberta 305-292-7963; Jason 305-393-6022
Big Pine & the Lower Keys / March 29
KIDS BRIDGE FISHING TOURNAMENT at the OLD WOODEN BRIDGE
Hosted by the Big Pine & Lower Keys Rotary Club and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the fun tournament is free for participants and family. Register between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m., fishing is 10 a.m. until noon. Enjoy free shaved ice, hot dogs and drinks. Awards to be given for biggest fish in each age category, boys and girls: 5-8 years, and 9-12 years old. Please do not bring rods, reels or bait, they will be provided. Bring hooks and sinkers, sunscreen, hat and parent/guardian. Call to pre-register.
Contact: Holly at 305-879-6824
Key West / March 30
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 are 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
Key West / March 30
Chamber Orchestra Kremlin is renowned for violins, and their music will take you soaring. The New York Times states, ” . . . warm, full-blooded and virtuosic playing with colorfully shaped, gleaming phrases.” Performance is at 4 p.m., at Tennessee Williams Theater. Tickets $30 and $50, and are to be available online.
Contact: Box office 305-295-7676
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 …