HAPPENINGS IN THE FLORIDA KEYS:
Once we’ve welcomed in the New Year, the Keys are the place to be! This week’s happenings include everything from a Stone Crab and Seafood Festival in Islamorada to a production of Reds in Key West. See a sampling of this week’s special activities below:
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
3rd Annual Key Largo Stone Crab & Seafood Festival Key Largo / January 28 to January 29
A festival chock full of fresh stone crabs, conch, local seafood, music, entertainment and fun for the entire family, including a Conch Cook-Off, cooking demonstrations, a peel-and-eat shrimp eating contest, a “little mermaid” contest and a kids’ play area with live fish aquarium & touch tank. Arts & craft vendors, Junkanoo band, magic shows, face painters, food, beverages and key lime pie.
History of Diving Museum presents: FREE Seminar Series Islamorada / January 18
The History of Diving Museum continues its 2012 Immerse Yourself! series with a free special event: Henry Flagler: Florida’s Patron of Progress and Technology, presented by Thomas Lockyear of the Shipwreck Treasures Museum. Step back in time and take journey through Florida Keys history to discover Henry Flagler’s contributions to the development of Florida as both a tourist destination and as a desirable place to live and work. Lockyear will focus on the technology and techniques developed specifically for the creation of the Key West Extension of the Florida East Coast Railway – and the employment of hard hat divers in its construction. Starts at 7 p.m. at Diving Museum, mile marker 83 in Islamorada. Immerse yourself in the fun!
Keys Community Concert Band presents: Get on Board! Islamorada / January 21
A free concert celebrating the Flagler Centennial. The Keys Community Concert Band will perform music about railroads and the people who built them, as well as selections composed during the early 1800s, including “Train Heading West” and “Take a Train.” Located at Islamorada Founders Park, Bayside, MM 87, Plantation Key. Performances are outdoors; no chairs provided. Starts at 4:00 p.m. Admission free for all concerts.
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
“Tropical Impressions” Group Art Show Marathon / January 05 to January 28
Eight local artists present their tropically-themed, original works for view and purchase in the main gallery of The Marathon Community Theater (MM 49.5, oceanside) during the production of “The Dixie Swim Club.” Art can be viewed and purchased before curtain and during intermissions each show date, including before a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Jan. 15. Open-gallery dates are also set between Jan. 19-28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thur, Fri, Sat & Sun, with an artist to welcome guests. The ever-popular art raffle tickets are also to be available. All artwork in the gallery is open to the public to view and purchase.
Florida Keys Concert Association presents: Trio Solisti Marathon / January 23
Hailed “the most exciting piano trio in America,” Trio Solisti is comprised of three brilliant instrumentalists – violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Jon Klibonoff. Their soulful and passionate performances are marked by soloistic virtuosity, electric energy, seamless ensemble playing and thrilling abandon. Tickets $30, purchased at the door. Seasonal tickets available for $85 general admission and $150 preferred seating; visit website for details. Performance takes place at the San Pablo Catholic Church of Marathon, 550 122nd St. Doors open 7 p.m., showtime 7:30 p.m.
Contact: Lynda Berrigan 305-743-4687
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
Premier Racing presents: Key West Race Week 2012 Key West / January 15 to January 20
The 25th-anniversary challenge features world-class competition and yachting teams from more than 12 countries and 24 American states. More than 100 racing yachts compete for class championships in this international regatta. To view the action, fans can book seats on spectator boats ranging from excursion catamarans to historic tall ships or from land at Key West’s Atlantic-front restaurants, resorts and beaches.
Red Barn Theatre presents: Red Key West / January 18 to January 28
Red is a searing portrait of the master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko and his young assistant. Ambition and vulnerability go hand in hand as Rothko tries to create his crowing achievement that could also become his undoing. Visit website for show times and tickets.
These are some of my favorite happenings this week and next in the Florida Keys. If you’re coming down to visit and stay with us at the KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas in our vacation rentals, share some of your favorite happenings with us …
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