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Showing posts with label Florida Keys. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Florida Keys. Show all posts

November 16, 2018

Boat Parades to Light Up the Florida Keys Holiday Season

 

FLORIDA KEYS — Lighted and decorated boats of all shapes and sizes are to illuminate the sparkling waters of the Florida Keys in December, drawing visitors to local hubs and hotspots to watch five boat parades and revel in the Keys’ holiday spirit.
From Key Largo to Key West, visitors can view the parades from the shore or excursion boats, or even become part of the festivities by decking out their own boat in dazzling lights and eye-catching seasonal decorations.
Friday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.
Stock Island Lighted Boat Parade (Stock Island)
Decorated vessels ranging from dinghies and three-masted schooners to shrimp boats from the fleet based on Stock Island stage a festive cruise through community marinas. The free-to-watch boat parade is presented by Sunset Watersports and headquartered at Stock Island Marina Village, 7005 Shrimp Road. Festivities before the parade and an official after party at the Hogfish Bar & Grill, 6810 Front St., round out the evening. Visit ilovestockisland.org.

October 13, 2018

International Sand Art Competition to Bring Master Sculptors to Key West

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — High-energy creativity, unique “art supplies” and playful beachside fun characterize the International Sand Art Competition, set to provide an intriguing experience for spectators over Thanksgiving weekend in Key West.

Visitors can watch nine leading U.S. and international sand sculptors construct and display large-scale creations Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 21-25, on the Atlantic Ocean beach at Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, at 1500 Reynolds St.

Scheduled competitors are Jakub Zimacek from the Czech Republic; champion sculptor Joo Heng Tan of Singapore; international award winner Fergus Mulvany of Ireland; Canadian-born master Abe Waterman; defending champion Morgan Rudluff of San Francisco, California; competition veteran Dan Belcher of St. Louis, Missouri; Boston, Massachusetts’ Deborah Barrett-Cutulle; and husband-and-wife team Adam Russell and Kelly Lever, Key West residents and sculptors of functional pottery who are turning to the medium of sand.

According to competition organizer Marianne van den Broek, owner of Key West’s Just Sand And Water LLC, each entrant is to receive approximately 7 tons of sand. They have four days to craft their sculptures out of only sand and water, using hand tools such as trowels and brushes but no electric tools, molds or glue.

October 5, 2018

Key West’s Goombay Festival to Blend Music, Food and Island Spirit

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — High-energy family fun, entertainment and multicultural taste treats await revelers Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20, during the annual Goombay street festival.

The lively festival runs from noon to midnight both days, with the action centered on Petronia Street in the heart of Key West’s historic Bahama Village neighborhood. Attractions include live music, food and a spirited celebration of the cultural connection between Key West and the Bahamas.

Goombay weekend marks the beginning of Fantasy Fest, Key West’s 10-day masking and costuming gala. The 2018 festival is themed “Oh … The Games We Play!” and is scheduled Friday, Oct. 19, through Sunday, Oct. 28. 

Each year Goombay attracts thousands of people ranging from national and international visitors to Florida Keys residents who have made attending the event a local tradition. 

Against the vibrant backdrop of Bahama Village, they view and purchase island arts and crafts, savor the flavors of vendors’ delicacies and spend two rocking evenings dancing in the streets.

September 26, 2018

KeysCaribbean Resorts Offer Special Discounts for an October Getaway to the Florida Keys


KEY LARGO, Fla. (Sept. 25, 2018) – This October, the Florida Keys offer many events to be found only in the beautiful tropical islands off Florida’s southern tip. KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas & Marinas salutes these events by featuring special offers to enjoy an upscale resort vacation experience in the Florida Keys in October.

KeysCaribbean’s special discounts include "The Longer You Stay in Paradise, The More You Save,” which offers a lower nightly rate for each additional day booked, and guests can receive generous rates of up to 50 percent off, or complimentary night stays at all KeysCaribbean luxury Florida Keys resorts all season. There is also an advance booking special that requires no deposit until two weeks prior to arrival date, plus a 100 percent cancellation guarantee.

June 2, 2018

FLORIDA - Hemingway Days to Celebrate Literary Legend July 17-22 in Key West


KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Ernest Hemingway fans can celebrate the late author’s literary accomplishments and colorful Key West lifestyle Tuesday through Sunday, July 17-22. The 38th annual Hemingway Days festivities salute the legacy of the Nobel Prize winner who lived and wrote on the island for most of the 1930s. 

Events include the famed Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest, prose and poetry readings, the tongue-in-cheek “Running of the Bulls,” symposium presentations and a film evening, a look-alike “party” on Hemingway’s July 21 birthday, running and paddleboarding challenges, a lively street fair and a high-stakes three-day marlin tournament recalling his passion for Florida Keys angling.

May 15, 2018

FLORIDA - Mystery Fest Key West to Celebrate Crime Writers June 22-24

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — No sleuthing skills are needed to understand why missing Mystery Fest Key West, set for Friday through Sunday, June 22-24, would be downright criminal. Readers and writers seeking clues about crafting and enjoying mystery fiction can meet, interact with and learn from some of America’s most notable authors during the fifth annual Mystery Fest Key West.

Among the starring “suspects” are keynote speaker Ace Atkins, a prolific crime novelist chosen by the Robert B. Parker estate to continue Parker’s iconic “Spenser” series; editor, publisher and Mysterious Bookshop proprietor Otto Penzler, a world-renowned authority on mystery fiction; and famed multigenre author Heather Graham, who has penned more than 100 volumes including the acclaimed “Krewe of Hunters” novels.

Other presenters include forensic scientist and top-selling author Lisa Black; Diane A.S. Stuckart, who created the Leonardo da Vinci historical mysteries; cozy mystery writer Nancy J. Cohen; and Charles Todd, co-author of the award-winning Inspector Ian Rutledge series. Law enforcement experts are to offer insights as well.  

The festival’s dastardly doings are headquartered at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Grand Key, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd. Attractions include writing workshops, panel discussions, book signings, receptions and gatherings where mystery buffs can mingle with the genre’s leading lights. 

March 29, 2018

FLORIDA - Five Waterfront Venues, Continuous Tunes Highlight Key Largo Original Music Fest May 17-20

KEY LARGO, Florida Keys — An elite collection of musicians is to highlight the annual Key Largo Original Music Festival, featuring live knee-slapping and foot-tapping performances Thursday through Sunday, May 17-20.

The four-day festival includes music to excite all ages and tastes, offering attendees an intimate look behind the original hits of songwriters/performers from Nashville, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas and Florida — all excelling at country, folk, pop, rock and blues.

Five intimate stages at bayfront eateries and watering holes near mile marker 104 bayside include Breezers at the Marriott Bay Beach Resort, Sundowners, Señor Frijoles, Cactus Jack's, and a festival finale and barbecue at the world-famous Caribbean Club.

Admission is free to all venues and music continues late into the evenings.

The packed lineup kicks off 6-10:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Sundowners. Nashville singers/songwriters RJ Comer, Ryan Robinette and Shawn Byrne are to be joined by local favorites Dave Feder and Adrienne Z. Festival veterans Jer Gregg and Nick Britt join Nashville rising stars LaLa Deaton and Lockwood Barr for over four hours of live entertainment on the water.

March 24, 2018

FLORIDA - KeysCaribbean Resorts Offer Special Discounts for a Spring Escape to the Florida Keys

Indigo Reef Resort Villas & Marina in Marathon

KEY LARGO, Fla. (March 23, 2018) – The Florida Keys offer many events to be found only in the beautiful tropical islands off Florida’s southern tip during the month of April. KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas & Marinas salutes four such events by featuring special offers to enjoy an upscale resort vacation experience in the Florida Keys this April.

KeysCaribbean’s special discounts include "The Longer You Stay in Paradise, The More You Save,” which offers a lower nightly rate for each additional day booked, and guests can receive generous rates of up to 50 percent off, or complimentary night stays at all KeysCaribbean luxury Florida Keys resorts all season. There is also an advance booking special that requires no deposit until two weeks prior to arrival date, plus a 100 percent cancellation guarantee.

February 26, 2018

FLORIDA - KeysCaribbean Resorts Offer Special Discounts for a Spring Break Getaway to the Florida Keys

Indigo Reef Resort Villas & Marina in Marathon
KEY LARGO, Fla. (Feb. 26, 2018) – March in the Florida Keys features unique events to be found only in the beautiful tropical islands off Florida’s southern tip. KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas & Marinas salutes four events by featuring special offers to enjoy an upscale resort vacation experience in the Florida Keys this March.

“We are very fortunate to have escaped the hurricane damage experienced in other parts of the United States and Caribbean. We want everyone to know that the Florida Keys are ready to host your island vacation in paradise in 2018,” said Sam Schorr, KeysCaribbean Managing Director.

February 15, 2018

FLORIDA - Tennessee Williams Birthday Events to Recall Late Playwright in Key West

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Tennessee Williams first visited Key West in 1941, subsequently buying a house where he resided until his death in 1983. Fans of the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright can celebrate his legacy Feb. 28 through April 9 with cultural and creative events on the island he called home.

Highlights are to include a March 26 “birthday party” recognizing the 107th anniversary of Williams’ birth, film screenings and play presentations, contests for writers and artists, a poetry reading and curator-led tours of the Tennessee Williams Museum at 513 Truman Ave.

During his residence in Key West, Williams completed “Summer and Smoke” and wrote “Night of the Iguana” among other works. The Academy Award–winningfilm adaptation of his play, “The Rose Tattoo,” was shot on the island in 1954.

February 14, 2018

FLORIDA - Key West’s Conch Shell Blowing Contest to Test ‘Mollusk Musicianship’

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — New Orleans might have its jazz and Memphis its blues, but Key West is home to a musical art form all its own: conch shell blowing. Everyone from novices to “pucker pros” can attempt to prove their prowess at the offbeat skill during the island city’s 56th annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest, scheduled at noon Saturday, March 3.

The conch, pronounced ‘”konk,” is a sturdy sea mollusk that’s firmly entwined in Key West’s heritage. In the 19th century, when the island’s economy was largely based on salvaging cargoes from sinking ships, seafarers used the conch’s fluted pink-lined shells as signaling devices, blowing piercing blasts to attract attention.

Today the conch’s unmusical blast still attracts attention, particularly during the annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest. Traditionally held in the lush garden of Key West’s Oldest House Museum, 322 Duval St., the quirky competition usually attracts several dozen entrants and a standing-room-only crowd of spectators.

February 8, 2018

FLORIDA - ‘Sun and Fun’ Highlight the Sombrero Beach Run Weekend March 2-4

MARATHON, Florida Keys — Florida Keys sunshine, athletic action and family fun attract hundreds of avid runners and walkers from the U.S., Canada and Europe for the annual Sombrero Beach Run weekend, set for Friday through Sunday, March 2-4.

In recognition of the outdoor run/walk’s popularity and to encourage families to participate in the healthful weekend together, organizers are offering specially priced online registration fees. 

Until 11:59 p.m. (ET) Friday, March 2, registration for the combined 15k is $30 per adult age 18 and over. Students 17 and under and U.S. military personnel can enter for $15. For each of the 10k and 5k events, registration is only $20 per adult age 18 and up and $10 for students.

After midnight March 3, the 15k entry fees increase to $35 per adult, and 10k and 5k entry fees increase to $25 per adult. Student fees remain the same.

The first 500 pre-registered participants are to receive a custom logo T-shirt and neck wallet.

February 2, 2018

FLORIDA - Tasty Springtime Island Fest Set for March 24-25

ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — The 27th annual Florida Keys Island Fest is to celebrate the islands’ relaxed coastal island living and family fun Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25, in Islamorada.

Founders Park at mile marker 87 is to transform into a musical, artistic outdoor emporium featuring over 100 exceptional local and national artists whose work includes paintings, sculptures, jewelry and fine crafts, as well as the signature annual Island Fest poster.

Admission is free to enjoy the live music, food, fun and featured art. Artwork for purchase at the festival varies in price range and style.

The two-day outdoor arts and crafts show is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the bayfront.

In addition to admiring the creations on display, attendees can watch a group of independent artists painting on location in plein-air tradition.

An Island Fest staple that adds to the old-fashioned fun is an All-American Road Vintage Cruisers Car Show featuring antique cars, trucks, motorcycles and rat rods. Festival attendees can vote for their favorite in the popular People's Choice category.

Entertainers in virtually all musical genres are to keep the groove moving during scheduled performances throughout both days. Saturday’s attractions also include a wacky “What Floats Your Boat” race for homemade “boats” crafted of non-maritime materials.

November 21, 2017

FLORIDA - Florida Keys Celtic Festival Returns to Marathon Jan. 5-7

MARATHON, Florida Keys — Celtic rock and traditional music await attendees at the fifth annual Florida Keys Celtic Festival set for Friday through Sunday, Jan. 5-7, 2018, at the Marathon Community Park, mile marker (MM) 49.

A return of the Scottish band Albannach headlines a diverse musical lineup for the family-friendly event. Also to be featured are The Screaming Orphans, an encore performance from West of Galway and a live acoustic performance by Marcille Wallis & Friends.

A free-admission “Kilts in the Keys” celebration kicks off the weekend, featuring Irish music from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at Marathon Grill and Ale House located at MM 53.

The festivities continue at the Marathon Community Park Saturday, Jan. 6, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Other highlights of the weekend event include sheepdog herding demonstrations, the bagpipes and drums of Police Pipe and Drum of Florida, Highland athletics in a sanctioned women’s competition and men’s demonstrations, and the Florida State Haggis Hurling Championship. All events are open for public viewing.

Celtic merchandise, food, beverages, local craftspeople and vendors as well as children’s activities round out the weekend’s festivities.

Advance online purchase is available for single-day Saturday or Sunday admission tickets for only $5 per person per day. Tickets are $10 per person at the gate. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult.

Parking at the event is free. Specially priced Marathon accommodations are available.

Event information: floridakeyscelticfestival.com
Marathon visitor information: fla-keys.com/marathon or 1-800-262-7284
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November 5, 2017

FLORIDA - Lower Keys Island Art Fest to Blend Seasonal Cheer and Community Spirit

BIG PINE KEY, Florida Keys — Local artisans’ wares, live music and edible temptations await visitors at the annual Big Pine & Lower Keys Island Art Festival scheduled Saturday, Nov. 25, in a show of seasonal spirit in the midst of ongoing recovery from Hurricane Irma.

Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Susan Miller said the chamber’s annual holiday festivities, traditionally held Thanksgiving weekend, are more important than ever after the hurricane’s Sept.10 impact on the area.

“The festival is a chance for the community to come together, celebrate local creativity and welcome the upcoming holiday season,” Miller said. “It’s also a way for visitors to support and recognize the Lower Keys’ recovery from the storm.”

The open-air fair is to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of the chamber headquarters at mile marker 31 oceanside in Big Pine.