HAPPENINGS IN THE FLORIDA KEYS:
Join us this week for a variety of activities in the Keys…Among the activities to choose from: a visit to the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District, theatre in Key West, a Chili Cookoff, and the 18th Annual Pigeon Key Art Festival!
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 / February 16
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 6-10 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. This month, ceramic artist Samantha Decker-Hoppen will demonstrate her unique pottery wheel throwing techniques; the Art Walk is to reveal new look, creative artists, and fantastic musicians.
Contact: Daniela Woody 305-664-9100
Islamorada / February 18
Third Annual Chili Cookoff
The public is welcome to attend and vote for the best chili at this tasty event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. as local competitors ratchet up the rivalry for the best chili in town. The chili-chowing competition helps benefit local charities. Entrants can compete for a $10 entry fee; to taste, $10 admission allows tastes of all chili entrants. To be held at the Islamorada Moose Lodge.
Contact: Entrants: Nancy Laxe 305-664-1086
Islamorada / January 03 to March 27
Long Key Squares presents: Tuesday Round and Square Dancing
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
Marathon / February 06 to February 09
Watercolor Painting Workshop
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 31 to February 18
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.
Key West / January 31 to February 18
In a quiet cafe a cell phone rings. And rings. The stranger at the next table has had enough. She confronts the owner of the cell phone, but, well … he’s dead. She begins to answer his calls and suddenly finds herself enmeshed in his life and family. Unfortunately, the dead guy has quite a number of shady loose ends. This comic fantasy traces one woman’s accidental quest to make a few people feel just a little bit better about themselves. Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
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 …
Visit our blog next Monday with updated happenings in the Florida Keys…