HAPPENINGS IN THE FLORIDA KEYS:
Winter activities are in full swing here in the Keys. Sailfish Tournaments, theatre and a classic Paddle Festival. There is something for every taste and interest. Join us at any of the following activities this week in 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
Poor Girls Sailfish Tournament
Key Largo / January 31 to February 01 A large regional charity competition that typically draws more than 200 anglers, the challenge offers ten trophies, including first-, second- and third-place teams, grand champion and runner-up grand champion anglers, and the largest dolphin, kingfish and tuna. Entry fee is $95 per angler, including the kick-off party and awards banquet.
Contact: Sharon Mahoney Ellenwood 305-664-2012
Islamorada / February 03 to February 05 In this light-tackle challenge, awards await the grand champion team (boat), first runner-up and second runner-up team, captain and mate, as well as those recognizing the high-point angler, outstanding catch, largest tuna, dolphin and kingfish, most tagged sailfish and hard luck. Proceeds help breast cancer research.
Contact: Tammie Gurgiolo 305-240-9337
Key Largo / February 04 to February 05 The Bogey 13.2 mile is a scenic race-course for single & double kayaks, surf skis. outrigger canoes and canoes that loops through mangrove creeks and across the open bay water of Blackwater Sound. The start and finish point will be from the shoreline of Florida Bay Outfitters. Cost is $45 per race or $60 for both days until Jan. 17; after Jan. 17, registration is $55 per race and $70 for both race days. Visit website for details.
Contact: Anite Allen 954-803-0028
Florida Keys Art Guild, Art Festival
Islamorada / February 04 to February 05 From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, enjoy a weekend of local and national artisans on display at Lorelei Resort, mile marker 82.
Contact: Joey Smith 305-897-9098 home
Long Key Squares presents: Tuesday Round and Square Dancing
Islamorada / January 03 to March 27 For residents and visitors who simply want to enjoy dancing, the nonprofit Long Key Squares continues a 30-year tradition, where square dance attire is not required … but your attendance is desired! Held at Outdoor Resorts, mile marker 66, 65821 Overseas Highway, on Tuesday nights from 7-9:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. Lessons are also held for both beginners and plus dancers on Sundays from 2-4 p.m.
Contact: Joanne Prince 305-664-4060
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
Watercolor Painting Workshop
Marathon / February 06 to February 09 Internationally known artist/instructor Tony Couch is to conduct a watercolor painting workshop at the San Pablo Church, MM 53.5, daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Presented by the Florida Keys Watercolor Society, sessions begin each morning at 9 a.m., following Couch as he works on a painting, explaining his process as he paints. Students paint in the afternoons, whose work Couch will critique, including his own. An optional slide show/lecture on the principles of design – including color and composition – is to be presented in the afternoon of the first day. Tuition for the event is $425; anyone age 18 and up is eligible to enroll; beginners, students, hobbyists and professional artists welcome.
Contact: Karen Beauprie 305-517-6806
Marathon / February 10 to February 12 Held at the Marathon Community Park, MM49, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission fee $7 per adult, 12 and under are free. Free parking; kids corner, free hourly t-shirt drawings, food vendors, live music and silent auction.
Contact: Kristin Artz 305-396-7076
Marathon / February 13 Praised by critics as “a diva of the piano” and “a mesmerizing risk taker,” Ukranian-American pianist Marina Lomazov has established herself as one of the most passionate and charismatic performers on the concert scene today. 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. oceanside, off U.S. Highway 1 at mile marker 53.5. 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
Key West / January 01 to December 31 Enjoy a fabulous tour of Key West…with a twist. A gay twist that is! Get a unique tour of Key West and learn about our colorful history that includes the famous and the infamous. Departs from the City Hall Parking Lot, located on the corner of Angela and Simonton. Tickets $25. Can be purchased ONLINE or at the trolley, our G&L Visitor Center (located at 513 Truman), and many of our distinguished gay and lesbian guest houses.
Key West / February 07 to March 10 Great comedy, bad manners. This Broadway smash hit is a ninety-minute thrill ride that takes you into the most dangerous place on earth: parenthood. A civilized discussion over a playground fight becomes a rumble in the living room between two couples. Crackling wit and raucous physical comedy abound in this production of grownups behaving badly. Visit website for show times and tickets.
Key West / January 22 to March 25 Members of the public are invited to enjoy free environmental documentaries Sundays through March 2012 at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center in Key West, co-sponsored by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA). Doors to the center open Sundays at 1 p.m., show times are 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is located at 33 East Quay Road, on the Truman waterfront next to Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park. Films produced by PBS, National Geographic, Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Adventures and more. Visit website for complete details.
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 experiences with us …
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