HAPPENINGS in the Florida Keys! Still Stone Crab Season, South Florida Symphony, Marrying Terry and The Key West Art Garden- 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 / May 11
This music and art festival features local and guest artists performing on the shores of Florida Bay at the ICE Amphitheater at Founders Park, mile marker 87 on U.S. 1. Attendees can savor the sounds from midday through sunset and into the night from the hammock-like performance center set against the aqua waters of Florida Bay.
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 / May 8 – 24
Terry Adams is a name shared by a rare books librarian and a forgettable radiologist. One has booked the last room at the Drake Hotel in Chicago during a blizzard in the hopes of getting engaged. The other has reluctantly just gotten engaged and inadvertently celebrates a bit too much in the Drake’s bar. Mistaken identities, out and out deception, delayed planes, missed phone calls and too many well-intentioned friends popping by are all part of this romantic comedy. Show dates May 8-10, 15,16, 17, 18 (matinee), 22-24. Visit theatre’s website for tickets. Showtime 8 p.m., matinee 3 p.m.
Marathon / May 9 – 10
This is a fun and festive one day fishing tournament for the heaviest dolphin. $15,000 in cash and prizes. Three entry levels: Pro, Weekend Warrior and Jr. Divisions. Come join us and “Fish for a Cause.” All registration fees are tax deductible as allowable by law and will be used directly to build two new affordable homes in Marathon. Tournament proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys.
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 / 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 / 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 / April 6 – November 30
More than 40 species of fish are targeted during these months, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). The Key West Fishing Tournament strongly encourages the release of game fish. All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes.
Contact: Rob Harris 305-587-6718; Doris 305-295-6601
Key West / April 15 – July 31
The cost of admission to the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden brings visitors an added value and wealth of beauty with 19 sculptures, each made of recycled materials, and some interactive, placed throughout the garden from local contemporary artists. Garden is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Key West / May 6 – 24
This is the musical tail, uh, tale, of Roland, a 29-year-old career-driven lawyer looking for a wife. He follows the advice of his womanizing best buddy: get a dog for the summer as a ready-made conversation starter. When Roland adopts tiny (and invisible-to-the-audience!) Cupid, his world is turned upside down. Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Key West / May 6 – 31
A fresh assortment of 10-minute plays funnier and more thought provoking than ever! By Various Playwrights starring Various Actors! Directed by Mimi McDonald and Various Others! Visit website for show dates, times and tickets.
Key West / May 7
The program includes Bernard Hermann’s Echoes, Janacek’s String Quartet No. 1 “The Kreutzer Sonata,” and Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1. Whitney La Grange (violin), Mioi Takeda (violin), Arthur Dibble (viola), and Arthur Cook (cello) collaborate to bring classics of the chamber repertoire. Composed of premiere musicians from the South Florida Symphony, the Blue Door String Quartet aims not only to perform, but to educate the audience about the music through Mr. Cook’ illuminating introductions. The evening will start with a complimentary reception at 7 p.m. followed by the performance at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general seating and $35 for reserved table seating.
Contact: Box office 305-295-7676
Key West / May 7 – 11
The 19th-annual showcase of musical magic features America’s foremost performing songwriters, with concerts staged in intimate, audience-friendly island settings. Highlights include chart-topping RCA recording artist Sara Evans; Jeff Hanna, founding member of the iconic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; The World Famous Headliners, a rock band composed of five leading songwriters and musicians; and many more, including a May 8 Garden Concert Series.
Contact: Charlie Bauer 305-304-0814
Key West / May 10
The Key West Montessori Charter School presents Cirque Merveilleaux, a gala fundraiser benefitting KWMCS on Saturday, May 10th 6-10 PM at the Key West Firehouse Museum (1026 Grinnell St). Tickets are $35 and includes Live performers, music, international foods by Chef Layla Barr plus a live auction hosted by Marky P. Vintage French Circus Theme- costumes are highly encouraged! For tickets and more information, please visit us on Facebook at Key West Montessori Charter School or call Rachel at 305-304-4764.
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 …