More Mid May “Happenings” in the Florida Keys

The Upper Keys: Islamorada and Key Largo 

Mar. 8, 2017 – May. 24, 2017 -Keys History & Discovery Center presents: Bloodline Mini-Binge- Each Wednesday the Center is to host a weekly Bloodline mini-binge, showing two episodes at 2 p.m., from seasons 1 & 2 of the popular Netflix original series. Free for members, non-members $5. Theater has limited seating (35).
305-922-2237

Mar. 30, 2017 – Sep. 4–  History of Diving Museum: Spiegel Grove Exhibit
 305-664-9737
Enjoy a special exhibit celebrating and honoring the Spiegel Grove, intentionally sunk 15 years ago off Key Largo. This exhibits highlights all who served on this great ship, missions it participated in, the efforts in preparing her for sinking and the environmental impact the artificial reef has had on the area. The exhibit is to be on display through Labor Day.
May. 17, 2017
Immerse Yourself! FREE Presentation at History of Diving Museum
305-664-9737
As part of the Dive Into History events, Honoring Military Transportation, the May Immerse Yourself! presentation will focus on the team that brought the Spiegel Grove to Key Largo and the environmental impact she has had on the area. Starts at 7 p.m.

May. 18, 2017 – May. 21, 2017
Key Largo’s Original Music Festival
305-394-3736
Enjoy the food, entertainment and ambiance of Key Largo during this singers and songwriters event. Multiple “on the water” venues feature Nashville’s hit songwriters and musicians as well as unique local entertainers. Presented by the Upper Keys Business Group.

 


May. 20, 2017
Invasive Lionfish Awareness & Removal Day
REEF 305-852-0030 Website
Designated an annual event (the first Saturday after Mother’s Day each year), this weekend is to be dedicated to statewide lionfish removal and awareness activities. Coastal counties around the state will be harvesting lionfish in an attempt to remove as many of the invasive critters as possible. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is encouraging all divers to remove as many lionfish on the weekend of May 20-21, no matter where they are in Florida.

May. 21, 2017 – May. 24, 2017
Loop Golden Fly Invitational Tarpon Tournament
Betsy Bullard 305-587-1460
Special flies, accurate casts and a bit of luck are the recipe for winning this prestigious challenge, using only a tournament-furnished tippet not greater than 16-pound test. Eligible tarpon must measure at least 48 inches in length to earn release points, and weigh at least 70 pounds for weight points.

The Middle Keys-

May. 4, 2017 – May. 20, 2017
Marathon Community Theater presents: Bathroom Humor
305-743-0994
From the authors that brought you Love, Sex, and the IRS, comes a play that takes the fun, gossip and shenanigans at a house party away from Pictionary and cold pizza rolls and brings it to the bathroom. Wait until you see what really happens at a party full of co-workers, a down on his luck Elvis Impersonator, and an old man who just has to “go” in this hilarious farce.

May. 20, 2017
Battle in the Bay Dragon Boat Festival
813-426-3544
The waters off Sombrero Beach are to be transformed into a swift racecourse for a day of dragon boat racing that involves 20 paddlers moving in unison a combination of strength and teamwork. Sombrero Beach provides a pristine setting and unique, direct-from-the-beach launch for the sleek, 40-foot-long race boats. The festival is free and open to the public. Food, beverages, merchandise and a variety of entertainment are to be available shoreside.

 

The Lower Keys-  Key West

May. 10, 2017 – May. 27, 2017
FOREVER PLAID
Box Office (305-294-5015)
Presented by Waterfront Playhouse. Forever Plaid is one of the most beloved musicals of our generation. One stormy night, four eager singers known as “The Plaids” meet their untimely ends. Miraculously they return from the afterlife to do the show they never got to perform. The boys deliver an unforgettable show that will have audiences tapping their toes to the great pop hits of the 1950s – including “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “Heart and Soul,” “Sixteen Tons,” and “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing.” Performances at 8 p.m.

May. 4, 2017 – May. 27, 2017
Christopher Peterson’s EYECONS
305-296-6706
A master of impersonations, both visually and vocally, with impeccable comic timing. The show is all LIVE, no lip-sync. Thrill to his parodies of Marilyn Monroe, Carol Channing, Madonna, Joan Rivers, Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Eartha Kitt, Cher, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, even Lady GaGa. Show dates are online. Show times 9 p.m., at La te da 1125 Duval St

 

Apr. 6, 2017 – Jul. 31, 2017 
-Key West Art Garden 2017
    305-296-1504 
 Florida Keys artists and sculptors are featured in this open-air exhibit at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden. Exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore a unique blend of sculptured art with Mother Nature that enhances both. The Key West Art Garden showcases local artist’s art work made mostly out of recycled materials displayed as part of nature within the beautiful grounds of the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. Art displayed throughout the garden allows visitors to reignite their sense of exploration finding each treasure and appreciating the workmanship in the nature and art. An opening reception to meet the artists and unveiling is to be held on Wed., April 26 from 4-6 p.m. with art walk to follow.


Apr. 7, 2017 – Nov. 30, 2017
Key West Fishing Tournament
   305-923-5934 
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.


May. 18, 2017 – May. 20, 2017
Flying Carrs Circus “Around the World in 80 Minutes!” visits Key West
This all-new show features seven performances at The Studios of Key West. Audiences are invited to make an ordinary day extraordinary and enjoy some of the world’s most popular cultures, including a Samba Carnival, a Hawaiian luau, a Flamenco duel from Spain, a trip to Asia, Africa, and more in one action-packed and positively unforgettable celebration. Enjoy more than 20 circus acts from around the world, including Aerialists, Jugglers, Acrobats, Dancers, Clowns, and more.

May. 19, 2017 – Aug. 11, 2017

Key Lime Pie-Making Class: Make Your Own Mini-Pie!
855-SWT-PETE Website
Go behind the scenes at Key West’s sweetest spot for key lime pie and learn to make Key Lime Pie Co.’s award-winning recipe of all-natural ingredients. In this class held each Friday, each participant will make his/her own mini key lime pie of graham cracker crust, key lime filling, and whipped topping—tasting encouraged! Experience pie making in our live kitchen—under the tutelage of one of our seasoned pie makers—where thousands of delicious key lime pies are made every week! After creating your mini pie masterpiece, you can pack it up for later or relax and savor right away. Class is approximately 1 hour in duration; $20 per person. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a paid adult.

May. 20, 2017
Big Pine Key Lionfish Collecting & Handling Workshop and Dive
Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) is headed south to Big Pine Key to conduct a Lionfish Collecting and Handling Workshop + a free training dive for the first 15 participants to sign up. At the workshop, learn how to safely collect and handle lionfish, and in the afternoon go out as a class to practice skills on a lionfish removal dive, alongside professionals. Experienced and novice lionfish collectors are encouraged to attend. The workshop includes a background of the lionfish invasion, biology/ecology of lionfish, impacts and current research findings. Both the workshop and the dive are FREE, but workshop attendance is required to participate in the dive. Registration is required. Don’t miss out on the fun, sign up today! Located at Big Pine Key Library, 213 Key Deer Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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