These two weeks are busy as we get ready for Thanksgiving and lots of visitors in the Keys
The Florida Keys:
Nov. 11, 2018 In Honor of Veterans Day: Fee Free Day at Florida National Parks Website The National Park Service is to honor all military veterans with special events and free entrance to all national parks for everyone for Veterans Day, including Everglades National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park. At Dry Tortugas National Park, a variety of remarkable experiences await visitors who venture out to this remote national park, including camping, snorkeling, bird watching, or fishing. Visitors also enjoy exploring Fort Jefferson, the largest all-masonry fort in the United States. It was built between 1846 and 1875 to protect the nation’s gateway to the Gulf of Mexico.
Nov. 3, 2018 – Nov. 10, 2018 Bubbafest Bike Fest Tours Bubba 321-759-3433 Website Led by retired police sergeant and biking enthusiast Bubba Barron, the fully supported adventure takes cycling fans on a pampered, roundtrip journey from Key Largo to Key West along the scenic Overseas Highway (U.S. Highway 1) that connects the Keys with each other and the Florida mainland. A NEW format includes two overnight stays in Marathon and four nights resort camping in Stock Island/Key West.
The Upper Keys:
Nov. 14, 2018 Nov. 14, 2018 Keys History & Discovery Center presents: Endangered Sawfish of the Florida Keys 305-922-2237 Tonya Wiley, Marine Resources Researcher is to be this month’s guest speaker. Lectures are held at Keys History & Discovery Center, MM 82 on the property of the Islander Resort. Doors to the Discovery Center open at 5 p.m., one hour before the presentation to allow guests to view exhibits. Light appetizers and a cash bar are available. Cost is $10. Reservations advised. 305-922-2237 Tonya Wiley, Marine Resources Researcher is to be this month’s guest speaker. Lectures are held at Keys History & Discovery Center, MM 82 on the property of the Islander Resort. Doors to the Discovery Center open at 5 p.m., one hour before the presentation to allow guests to view exhibits. Light appetizers and a cash bar are available. Cost is $10. Reservations advised.
Mar. 21, 2018 – Dec. 17, 2018 History of Diving Museum presents: Immerse Yourself Free Speaker Series 305-664-9737 Website The History of Diving Museum presents the annual presentation series that spotlights a new topic the third Wednesday of each month, at 7 p.m. Exhibits and museum store stay open late (normal museum admission applies).
Nov. 8, 2018 – Nov. 10, 2018 Cheeca Lodge & Spa All-American Backcountry Tournament Lisa Thornhill 305-712-7166 Website War heroes compete with world class anglers for prizes and trophies in this annual event targeting snook, redfish, bonefish, tarpon and permit. In honor of Veteran’s Day, the event will host two war heroes to join the competition. The acclaimed event was inspired by 41st President George Bush, an avid Keys angler and a regular visitor to Cheeca. Proceeds benefit the locally based nonprofit Guides Trust Foundation (GTF) for Florida Keys guides in need.
Nov. 10, 2018 Second Annual Night at the Museum: Bootlegger Bash Jill Miranda Baker at 305-922-2237 Website The clandestine evening, in speakeasy fashion, features live jazz, cocktails and gaming – a roaring good time! Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, a delicious surf-and-turf dinner and dessert, as well as an opportunity to bid on enticing trips, jewelry, personal indulgences, and much more in the live and silent auctions. Event benefits The Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation. Staged at Keys History & Discovery Center, located at the Islander Resort, MM 82, a world-class museum facility that preserves and shares the incredible history of the Upper Keys community and explores the unique ecology of the region. Permanent exhibits include Henry Flagler’s Over-Sea Railway, Legends of the Line, and First People, as well as offers a successful lecture series educating the general public through presentations from a variety of expert speakers, and a state-of-the-art theater to view documentaries.
Nov. 10, 2018 A Night of Music with Scott Kirby 305-451-8137 Website Join this musical fundraising event presented by the Garden Club of the Upper Keys held at the Murray Nelson Cultural Center, mile marker 101 bayside, from 7-10 p.m. Best known in trop rock circles, Key Wester Scott Kirby, a creative lyricist and accomplished finger style acoustic guitarist, is to perform. Proceeds from the event are to help replace the roof on the club’s Francis Tracy Garden Center. Donations $35 and VIP $100.
Nov. 10, 2018 Key Largo Bridge Run Website Runners can enjoy the sunrise where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Gulf of Mexico while participating in the 10k and 5k race that crosses a portion of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway, including the Jewfish Creek Bridge. Register by Oct. 11 to save on entry fee.
The Middle Keys:
Nov. 15, 2018 – Dec. 8, 2018 Marathon Community Theater presents: Ken Ludwig’s Leading Ladies 305-743-0994 Box Office The play is set in the late 1950′s in and around York, PA. Leo Clark and Jack Gable, two down on their luck British actors performing their tired mash-up of “Scenes from Shakespeare”, have been booed off the Elk and Moose Lodge circuit and are down to their last dollar. As they ride the train out of town, they read about a dying, elderly woman living nearby, who has been searching for her long-lost sister’s children, Max and Steve, who have been raised in England, in hopes of leaving them her multi-million inheritance. Leo and Jack concoct a scheme to pass themselves off as her British nephews, and are surprised to learn that Max and Steve are actually Maxine and Stephanie! Forging ahead with their plans, they rapidly swap their men’s attire for ladies’ stylish finery. Tickets are $25 pp.
Nov. 12, 2018 Dolphin Research Center Salutes Veterans and Military with Free Admission305-289-1121 To salute the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces, Dolphin Research Center (DRC) is offering free admission to veterans, current military service personnel and their accompanying spouses and children in honor of Veterans Day. Personnel only need to show their military identification cards or other proof of military service when they arrive at the nonprofit facility, open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at mile marker 59 Overseas Highway on Grassy Key.
Nov. 11, 2018 21st Annual Taste of the Islands Website A family-friendly day of food, art, music and fun in the sun. No admission fee, taste tickets will be sold to sample culinary treats from area restaurants including a NEW smoked fish dip amateur competition, as well as enjoy craft & domestic beers and wines. Presented by the Marathon chapter of Business & Professional Women, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Marathon Community Park. Proceeds benefit local scholarships. Premier vendors and artists are to have their creations for sale.
Nov. 10, 2018 Eighth Annual Stone Crab Claw Eating Contest 305-743-4985 Website The much-anticipated opening of Florida’s stone crab season takes place Oct. 15 each year, and the season opening is followed by this tasty test of crab-consuming capacity. How fast can you crack and cleanly consume 25 stone crab claws? Test your munching mettle at this zany contest. Individuals must be at least 18 years old to enter.
The Lower Keys:
Nov. 14, 2018 – Nov. 18, 2018 Key West Film Festival Beth Moyes 305-747-8563 Website Showcasing films that exhibit excellence in storytelling, the festival’s lineup is to feature screenings and special events hosted at landmark venues throughout Key West, including the San Carlos Institute, Studios of Key West and Key West Theater. The four-day program is to include several films from multiple genres and categories as well as social events with filmmakers, actors and film lovers.
Nov. 4, 2018 – Nov. 11, 2018 37th Annual Key West World Championship Races 305-296-6166 Website Super Boat International returns with teams from all around the world who compete April through October in the National Series Points races and conclude in November for the famous Key West World Championships. High-speed offshore powerboats race in Key West Harbor and surrounding waters to continue Key West’s longstanding tradition in this annual challenge, known internationally as the Indianapolis 500 of powerboat racing. A portion of the 6.5-mile course runs through Key West Harbor, meaning smooth water where racers can achieve speeds above 140 mph and provide fans breathtaking displays of skill and power.
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