HAPPENINGS IN THE FLORIDA KEYS: Carmen Rodriguez sings Burt Bacharach, lectures on Ocean Life, and Morada Way Arts and Culture, and a Taste of Key West 2012, make up this week’s happenings in the Florida Keys!
the Florida Keys / April 21
Carmen Rodriguez, Key West’s own conch diva, along with numerous guest stars, are to deliver music from the legendary composer/lyricist, Burt Bacharach. Show is to be held at the San Carlos Institute, 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
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 / April 15
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.
Islamorada / April 18
The History of Diving Museum continues its 2012 Immerse Yourself! series with a free special event: The Dark Realm, Cave Diving. This month’s seminar is presented by cave diver, Tracy Grubbs describing the history of cave diving. Learn more about how techniques and training have developed in this challenging sport. Starts at 7 p.m. at Diving Museum, mile marker 83 in Islamorada. Immerse yourself in the fun!
Islamorada / April 19
Fine arts, music and culinary nuances of the Purple Isles are on tap at the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District walkabout that features national and local artisans showcased in galleries at Morada Way between mile marker 81 and 82, as well as “culinary art” and live music from 6-10 p.m. The theme of the April 19th event is “Pedaling Art,” and a raffle of five aluminum beach cruisers hand painted by local artists as well as an auction for “art bikes.” Tickets are $10 each, 3 for $20, available at Gallery Morada, Matecumbe Studio Gallery and Backcountry Outfitters or during the Walkabout. Drawing at 9 p.m. with the live auction immediately after the raffle. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.
Contact: Daniela Woody 305-664-9100
Islamorada / April 20 – 22
Former NASA astronaut Bruce Melnick, a mission specialist on the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1990 and flight engineer on the first flight of the Shuttle Endeavour, is to serve as celebrity host at this year’s event, and limited team entry slots still are available for the popular event that marks the annual migration of the mighty silver kings to Florida Keys waters.
Contact: Gary or Susan Ellis 305-664-7882
Key Largo / April 20 – 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 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 21
A free, outdoor performance at Founders Park, mile marker 87, at 4 p.m. Performances are outdoors; please bring blankets or lawn chairs. Admission free for all concerts. This is the last performance of the season.
Contact: Donna Heiner 305-853-7294
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 19
Celebrate Voluntourism & Earth Day in a Bridge Cleanup with Dolphin Research Center
Join Dolphin Research Center (DRC) in a volunteer effort to collect discarded trash, monofilament fishing line and other debris at the bridge over Toms Harbor Channel, mile marker 60.6, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. All participants should wear clothes, hats and shoes that can get wet or dirty and bring a water bottle. DRC is to supply trash bags, bug repellent, gloves and cutting tools. Participants can meet DRC staff and volunteers at the parking area on the south end of the bridge on the ocean side.
Contact: MeganAnn Cappucino 305-289-1121, ext. 638
Marathon / April 21
An estimated 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 / April 15
The Larry Smith Songwriting Catalogue
Local songwriter and composer Larry Smith, the musical director, singer, and pianist of The Wine Gallery at the Pier House Resort, is to highlight his piano music as well as vocals, tenor sax, baritone sax, flugelhorn and more of special guest musicians. Starts at 4 p.m., St Paul’s Episcopal Church, at the corner of Duval and Eaton St in Old Town Key West. A $20 donation is suggested for adults at the door that benefits the Music Program. All students are free.
Key West / April 17 – 21
With a guaranteed top prize of $100,000, the prestigious sailfish challenge draws top teams and benefits the Don Shula Foundation for Breast Cancer Research, Camp Boggy Creek for youngsters with chronic and life-threatening illnesses, and other national and local charities.
Contact: Chris King 727-631-0072
Key West / April 18 – 26
The City of Key West is teaming up with other environmental organizations to make this an earth week to remember! Short movies, cleanups and community projects, culminating in a green cooking party, award winning movie and an expert panel, will help all Keys residents and visitors learn how to live lighter on this earth, live a healthier life, and save some money to boot! Visit website for complete listing of events.
Contact: Alyson Crean 305-809-1058
Key West / April 20 – 29
With activities ranging from wacky bed race to a lighthearted sea battle featuring tall ships, the Conch Republic’s 10-day birthday party showcases the independent and eccentric spirit that characterizes the Florida Keys.
Key West / April 22
Starting at 1 p.m. through, enjoy an afternoon of hourly environmental films, presented by Project AWARE’s Shout Out for Sharks. Films and documentaries include National Geographic and Jean Michel Cousteau, exploring all things sharks. Eco Discovery Center is open at noon, last film begins at 5 p.m. Free admission.
Key West / April 23
Scores of area restaurants present mouthwatering samples of their cuisine to benefit AIDS Help Inc. The culinary celebration takes place at the Truman Waterfront overlooking Key West Harbor.
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 …
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