HAPPENING in the Florida Keys…
Join us this week for a variety of activities in the Keys… Tarpon and Dolphin Tournament and a Hemingway Look A like Contest are but a few of the activities which are all happening this week 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
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 / June 17 – 22
This prestigious tournament, whose founders include baseball great and avid fly-fisherman Ted Williams, pits 25 fly-rod anglers against the tenacious silver king for four straight days of fishing. Experienced tournament anglers and novices are welcome to compete. Tournament proceeds benefit children’s charities in the Keys. Contact: Liz Hill Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Islamorada / June 18
Matecumbe Historical Trust presents: Anglo-Spanish Conflict Over the Keys
Guest speaker, Robert L. Gold, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus of Latin American history. Gold is to share a presentation on the conflicts and struggles over the control of the Keys that beset both colonial powers of Spain and Britain during the British Period (1763-1784). Lecture is at 6:30 p.m., free and open to the public. Located at Island Community Church, MM 83.
Contact: Barbara Edgar 305-393-0940
Islamorada / June 20
The History of Diving Museum continues its 2012 Immerse Yourself! series with a free special event: “Adventures in Underwater Photography” presented by Stephen Frink. Stephen Frink is among the world’s most frequently published underwater photographers, and is one of Canon’s EXPLORERS OF LIGHT – the only marine specialist within this elite group of photographers. He will present a slide show titled “Reef Retrospective,” reflecting on his 30 years of experience as a marine photojournalist. Starts at 7 p.m. at Diving Museum, mile marker 83 in Islamorada. Immerse yourself in the fun!
Islamorada / June 21
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 will honor the flying fishing heritage of the Florida Keys with the “Art of the Fly” theme.
Contact: Daniela Woody 305-664-9100
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 / June 23 – 24
12th Annual Dolphin & Blackfin Tuna Fun Fishing Tournament
Top prizes of $700, $350 and $200 await individual adult anglers who catch the tournament’s three heaviest dolphin, with additional cash awards for the heaviest blackfin tuna and wahoo. Headquartered at Burdine’s Waterfront, the challenge is open to adult and junior anglers.
Contact: Brenda Duff 305-743-5317
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 / March 17 – November 30
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). In a March kickoff event, anglers target 15 species and $5,000 in cash prizes is split between the top anglers.
Contact: Doris Harris 305-295-6601
Key West / June 1 – July 2
Enter the Virtual ‘Papa’ Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at the Florida Keys & Key West Facebook Page!
Yearning to be Ernest? If you look like Ernest Hemingway, you might win a trip to Key West. Stocky bearded men who resemble the literary legend, who lived and wrote in Key West throughout the 1930s, can now compete in a Virtual “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest. The person selected who most resembles “Papa” is to win a four-night, five-day trip for two to Key West to compete in a preliminary round of the 2012 Sloppy Joe’s “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest staged during Key West’s annual Hemingway Days festival, set for July 17-22. One photo per contestant can be submitted through the Florida Keys & Key West’s Facebook page. Submissions are being accepted now through June 22. Public voting is scheduled June 23-29 to choose 10 finalists. A judging panel made up of past look-alike winners is to select the online winner by July 2.
Key West / June 22 – 24
Key West Gator Club Dolphin Derby
A grand prize of $5,000 cash is to be awarded the boat team with the largest aggregate weight in dolphin during the derby’s two fishing days, with teams allowed to enter one qualifying fish each day. Second- and third-place teams will earn $2,500 and $1,000, respectively. Individual anglers can compete for trophies, prizes and cash totaling more than $20,000 in the tournament’s divisions for male, female and junior participants.
Contact: John Stuempfig 305-304-7674
Key West / June 23
Midsummer’s Night Dream and Spectacle is a night of artistic expression, music, feasting, dancing, singing, and theatrical antics celebrating the art and artists of the Keys. Co-produced by Michael Shields’ Java Studios and The Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, the event benefits the Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden and Art Behind Bars. Admission is $10 for adults; children under age 12 and Centennial Bank Customers are admitted free.From 5 to 11 p.m., all ages welcome.
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…