HAPPENINGS IN THE FLORIDA KEYS:
Join us this week for a variety of activities in the Keys…A 100 mile kayaking tour of the Florida Keys, A lecture on Ocean Life, Art Show and Theater make up this weeks happenings in the Florida 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
Key Largo / March 16 – July 20
Ocean Life Lecture Series 2012 Presented by Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center, visitors are welcome to participate in the new Ocean Life Lecture Series; topics include Coral Spawning in the Florida Keys (March 16); Sea Turtles (April 20); Coral Reefs & Human Systems (May 18); World Oceans Day (June 8); Florida Everglades (July 20). Meet-and-greet- reception is at 6 p.m., lecture begins at 7 p.m. Tickets $10 per adult, students are free. Held at the theater inside the Murray E. Nelson Cultural Center, MM 102.
Contact: Linda Kaplan 305-396-7000
Key Largo / March 17 – 18
Florida Keys Art Guild, Art Show “Bringing Art & the Fabulous Florida Keys Together” as local and national artisans display original artwork between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily; free-admission show is located at the Waldorf Plaza, mile marker 100.
Contact: Joey Smith 305-897-9098
Islamorada / March 19
The Matecumbe Historical Trust presents: Dr. John Nordt Guest speaker Dr. John Nordt shares a slide presentation on “The History of the Seminole Wars and South Florida through 19th Century Maps,” including a discussion of the Everglades and hydrology, the study of where the body of water comes from, its changes and what a unique ecology we have here in South Florida. His lecture begins with understanding how maps influence our livelihoods. Dr. Nordt spent weekends in the late ’50s and early ’60s in Islamorada. His parents owned a Red Cross house next to Warren Russell’s who was one of the original conch families. The lecture is free and open to the public, to be held at 6:30 p.m. at Island Community Church, MM 83.
Contact: Barbara Edgar at 305-393-0940
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 1 – 31
Marathon Community Theater presents: Once Upon a Mattress A fun-filled and family-friendly musical, this fractured fairy tale of the princess and the pea provides some side-splitting shenanigans. Anyone purchasing two tickets to a play on any Thursday, other than opening night, will receive $5 off the price of the two tickets. Both tickets must be purchased and paid for in one transaction. This offer is not valid with any other discounts. Visit website for select show dates and ticket information.
Marathon / March 2 – 31
30th Annual Florida Keys Watercolor Society Art Show at Marathon Community Theater Art viewings are daily from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and during the intermission of the musical “Once upon a Mattress” at Marathon Community Theater, MM 49.5. The Florida Keys Watercolor Society was founded by 10 local Keys artists in 1980 with a mission to promote art to the public, hold an annual show and conduct a workshop instructed by nationally known instructors and artists. This year’s show presents 50 pieces by artists from Key Largo to Key West.
Marathon / March 19
Florida Keys Concert Association presents: String Orchestra of New York City Established as one of the leading young ensembles in New York City with regular performances at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the conductor-less chamber ensemble of SONYC members rehearse in a collaborative effort that allows each musician to have an impact on the artistic process. The flexibility and intimacy of a string quartet are thus fused with the power and scope of an orchestra. 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
Gay Key West Trolley Tour 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 / March 11 – 15
March Merkin Permit Tournament A charity flats-and-fly-only tournament with a twist – in addition to catch and release, anglers earn extra points for tagging their caught fish. Held at the Key West Harbour Yacht Club on Stock Island.
Contact: Jon Ain 303-888-4546
Key West / January 22 – March 25
Florida Keys Eco Discovery Center hosts: Sunday Free Environmental Film Series 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 / March 16
Studios of Key West presents: Vienna in Paradise, Classical Gala Concert World class music making in the Historic Armory Main Hall, the first time in 100 years that the Historic Armory’s Grand Hall will be used for a performance of this caliber. Presenting the resonance and sound of a concert grand piano, the concert features selections by Haydn, Strauss, and Schubert. Tickets $100, concert begins at 7 p.m., followed by a private champagne reception and hors d’oeuvres
Key West / March 16 – 18
Key West Fishing Tournament Kick-Off Fifteen target species and $5,000 in cash prizes highlight this open-to-the-public event, heralding the beginning of more than eight months of exciting Keys fishing. Cash awards await individual participants who catch the heaviest dolphin, kingfish, cobia, blackfin tuna, mackerel, mutton snapper, wahoo, mangrove snapper and grunt, and for boat teams that score the most releases of tarpon, permit, bonefish, barracuda, marlin and sailfish. Junior anglers under age 15 can also fish. Entries in the kickoff also are eligible for the Key West Fishing Tournament, which runs through Nov. 30, 2012.
Contact: Doris Harris 305-295-6601
Key West / March 6 – April 7
Waterfront Playhouse presents: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S! This jubilant musical is about a group of quirky prepubescent overachievers who are pitted against each other in the spelling challenge of a lifetime. They are overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves. Ultimately, the nerdy and the wordy learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. Infectious songs and a laugh-out-loud script make Spelling Bee a winner! Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
the Florida Keys / March 13 – 22
100-mile “Century” Key Largo to Key West Kayaking Trip This annual trip will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Henry Flagler’s Railroad. Paddle with the Authors of the “Florida Keys Paddling Atlas,” Bill & Mary Burnham.
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…