Join us this week for a variety of activities in the Keys…The restoration of the African Queen in the Upper Keys, the 31st Annual Seven Mile Bridge Run in the Middle Keys, and the Key West Contemporary Dance Company… 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
Islamorada / April 10 – 13
Jim Bokor’s Islamorada All-Tackle Spring Bonefish Tournament The prestigious All-Tackle championship is to go to the high-point angler who catches at least one bonefish in all four tackle divisions and one or more weight fish in at least two divisions. This demanding challenge, with general, fly and spin-casting divisions, is limited to 25 invited anglers, with a maximum of two anglers plus guide per boat.
Contact: Betsy Bullard
Key Largo / April 12
Celebrate the Restoration of the 100-Year Old African Queen The iconic original vessel from John Huston’s classic 1951 film “The African Queen,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, soon is to ply Key Largo’s nearshore waters again. A “re-launch” party featuring Stephen Bogart, son of film star Humphrey Bogart, to take place dockside from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, MM 100. Nostalgia seekers and film devotees are welcome to attend. An inaugural ride on the newly revealed African Queen with Stephen Bogart is to be auctioned off at the event, as are signed memorabilia plaques bearing steel pieces of the original century-old hull. The re-launch event is part of the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce business spotlight series. A $10 donation for chamber members and guests and a $15 donation for non-members are suggested.
Contact: Key Largo Chamber 800-822-1088
Islamorada / April 15
18th Annual Bay Jam This music and art festival features local and guest artists performing on the shores of Florida Bay at the TIB Amphitheater at Founders Park, mile marker 87 on U.S. 1. Attendees can savor the sounds from midday through sunset and into the night from the hammock-like performance center set against the aqua waters of Florida Bay.
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 / April 21
31st Annual Seven Mile Bridge Run A full field of 1,500 runners are to participate in the annual foot race across the longest segmental bridge in the world. Sponsored by the Marathon Runners Club.
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 20 – April 14
Red Barn Theatre presents: Match This Broadway hit stars the hysterical Tom Luna as Tobi Powell, an eccentric and endearing dancer, choreographer and teacher. A married couple arrives at Powell’s apartment to interview him about his life, but it is soon evident that their agenda is as multi-layered as Tobi’s life story. Visit website for show times and tickets.
Key West / April 12 – 14
Waterfront Playhouse presents: The Key West Contemporary Dance Company Artistic director Kyla Piscopink and her troupe of professional dancers bring their choreographic magic to the Waterfront stage. Showtime 8 p.m. (plus a 3 p.m. matinee on April 14)
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Key West / April 13
FKCC Keys Chorale presents: Five Centuries of ’50s Music The FKCC Keys Chorale, Monroe County’s premiere choral performance group presents a unique spring concert – music from 1550, 1650, 1750, 1850 and 1950! And of course the music from the 1950s is to include doo-wop, Broadway show tunes and other ‘oldies’ favorites. Show starts at 8 p.m., at Tennessee Williams Theater. Reserved orchestra seats are $30; general admission $20. Tickets available at keystix.com.
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…