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Florida Keys Events Calendar

Florida Keys Calendar of Events for April, 2014

Key West / December 1 – April 30
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Chiefly known as a playwright, Tennessee Williams also had an artistic flair for painting. To mark the 30-year anniversary of his death, the Custom House is exhibiting a number of Williams' paintings revealing a different facet of his life and his talents. Custom House Museum is located at 281 Front Street, and open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed Christmas.
Contact: 305-295-6616
Key West / December 8 – April 26
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This stunning annual art exhibit showcases the work of leading contemporary sculptors on the grounds of West Martello Tower, home of the Key West Garden Club, and the surrounding Higgs Beach. Contemporary sculptures in a wide variety of traditional and experimental media enhance the land and seascapes. Visit website for more information.
Contact: 305-295-2800
Email: info@sculpturekeywest.com
Key West / March 1 – June 30
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Emerging local artist and graphic designer Marky Pierson is to exhibit new paintings and designs focusing on three distinct categories: 'Conch Night' Series featuring the Hemingway House, Custom House and Curry Mansion; 'Squishy Femme' Series explores soft, squishy and everything womanly; 'Graphic Design' Series features graphic posters of iconic Key West images and large format paintings inspired by vintage tourism posters. Custom House Museum is located at 281 Front Street, and open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Contact: 305-295-6616
Marathon / March 13 – April 12
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The Florida Keys Watercolor Society was founded by 10 local Keys artists in 1980 with a mission to promote art to the public. Showcasing colorful, luminous watercolors, the show presents original pieces by local artists. View the collection and vote for your favorite. As a gesture of "Artists Helping the Arts", a percentage of all sales benefits the MCT. Located in the main gallery of the Marathon Community Theater (MM 49.5) during the production of "9 to 5." viewing is offered Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. or before the curtain and during intermissions on performance days - Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Email: info@fkwcs.com
Marathon / March 13 – April 12
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Three women — an overworked office manager, a jilted wife, and an objectified secretary — conspire to depose their smarmy boss and begin making woman-friendly changes in the workplace. Based on the 1980 hit movie. Show dates March 13-15, 20-22, 27, 28, 29, 30 (matinee); April 3-5, 10-12. Visit theatre's website for tickets. Showtime 8 p.m., matinee 3 p.m.
Contact: 305-743-0994
Email: gm@marathontheater.org
Key West / March 25 – April 26
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Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. This comedy explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. Directed by Carole MacCartee. Visit website for show dates, times and tickets.
Contact: 305-296-9911
Email: moreinfo@redbarntheatre.com
Key West / April 1 – September 30
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The Florida Keys have historically been an alluring travel destination for travelers around the world. With the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s, tourism in Key West was the lynchpin in warding off bankruptcy. This exhibit explores the history of tourism in the Florida Keys from the 1920s until the 1980s while focusing specifically on transportation, accommodation, travel brochures and postcards. Custom House Museum is located at 281 Front Street, and open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Contact: 305-295-6616
Key West / April 3
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MFMM recently opened its new Coins of the New World exhibit, the story behind the now infamous 'pieces of eight.' Join MFMM's guest lecturer Carol Tedesco, author of "Treasure Coins of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha and the Santa Margarita," as she shares her extensive knowledge about the coins found at the shipwrecks Atocha and Santa Margarita. Free lecture starts at 6:30 p.m., in the Museum Coin Gallery, 200 Greene Street. Public welcome, chairs provided.
Contact: Corey Malcom 305-294-2633 ext 20
Islamorada / April 3
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Back by popular demand! Only 200 tickets are to be available/sold to this exclusive event, featuring Keys restaurants and wine partners: Pierre's, Morada Bay Cafe, Green Turtle, Kaiyo Grill, Chef Michael's, MA's Fishcamp and Martini's Fine Wine and Spirits. VIP parties of 10 can also request reserved seating. Tickets $100 per person. This is a six-course seated tasting with wine, to begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception in the garden and dinner begins at 7 p.m.
Marathon / April 4 – 6
16th Annual Captain Leon Shell Memorial Sailfish Tournament
The 16th annual tournament offers two full days of sailfishing and a $25,000 cash purse. The winning boat team is to receive a grand prize of $20,000 cash (with 20 registered boats), and cash prizes to first and second runners-up. Trophies are to be awarded to the top boat teams and individual sailfish anglers. Proceeds benefit the Visiting Nurses Association/Hospice of the Florida Keys.
Contact: Matt Anthony 305-684-9799
Email: sparkyslanding@aol.com
Key West / April 4 – 6
Fifteen target species and $5,000 in cash prizes highlight this open-to-the-public event, heralding the beginning of more than eight months of exciting Keys fishing. Cash awards await individual participants who catch the heaviest dolphin, kingfish, cobia, blackfin tuna, mackerel, mutton snapper, wahoo, mangrove snapper and grunt, and for boat teams that score the most releases of tarpon, permit, bonefish, barracuda, marlin and sailfish. Junior anglers under age 15 can also fish. Entries in the kickoff also are eligible for the Key West Fishing Tournament, which runs through Nov. 30, 2014.
Contact: Rob Harris 305-587-6718
Email: director@keywestfishingtournament.com
Marathon / April 5
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A field of 1,500 runners participate in the annual foot race across the longest of the 43 bridges that help comprise the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. Sponsored by the Marathon Runners Club.
Contact: 305-395-7040
Islamorada / April 5 – 6
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The annual event features music, art, food and fun. Island Fest hosts a world-class art show with 100 artists and crafters from around the state, great live music and a "Taste of the Islands" competition where the best Upper Keys restaurants compete for coveted awards. Free admission, festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Founder's Park, mile marker 87 bayside on Plantation Key.
Contact: Chamber of Commerce 305-664-4503
Email: info@islamoradachamber.com
Key West / April 5
The Great Egg Hunt and Wild Bird Show! From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., this family-friendly educational event creates awareness and appreciation for the birds that visit the Garden. Enjoy educational activities, egg hunts, arts and crafts, games, live bird presentations and much more. Admission is $5 per person, Botanical Garden members are admitted free.
Email: mmcrae@kwbgs.org
Key West / April 5
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Feel like running across a bridge in the Florida Keys without waking up early or breaking a sweat? Join us for the inaugural Cow Key Channel Bridge Run - the only Zero K Run in the Florida Keys, just for fun. Pre-register on April 4 from 5-8 p.m., and get your t-shirts, bibs @ The Green Parrot. A $5 pre-registration includes an official number bib and finish line bonus gift. Monies raised are to benefit the Monroe Sheriff's Animal Farm, located on Stock Island.
Key West / April 6 – 21
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The crowd-pleasing MADE IN KEY WEST BAND rocking through a collection of country, cowboy, folk, rock, and blues music including original compositions about legendary characters in Key West history is back by popular demand, John Wells heads up the musical group with Gary McDonald, George Halloran, Tom Murtha and music legend Paul Cotton of the seminal seventies band, POCO. Five performances only; visit website for show dates, times and tickets.
Contact: 305-296-9911
Email: moreinfo@redbarntheatre.com
Key West / April 6 – 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). The Key West Fishing Tournament strongly encourages the release of game fish. All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes.
Contact: Rob Harris 305-587-6718; Doris 305-295-6601
Email: kwft@comcast.net
Key West / April 8 – 19
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Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Play, Souvenir is the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a tone-deaf woman who is convinced she is an operatic diva. Using her own fortune, she teams up with a mediocre accompanist, Cosme McMoon, in the hope of achieving success. Wickedly funny and full of heart. Showtime 8 p.m.
Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Email: Box_Office@waterfrontplayhouse.org
Key West / April 12 – 13
Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day, the Key West Garden Club features five delightful gardens to explore. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at any of the individual gardens or at the Garden Club at West Martello Tower. Visit website for more information.
Contact: 305-294-3210
Big Pine & the Lower Keys / April 12
Invasive Removal & Clean Up Day at John J. Pescatello Torchwood Hammock Preserve
From 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., volunteers are needed to help remove invasive Australian pines. Removal of the Australian pines will require walking though patches of heavy native vegetative growth to access them, the use of heavy hand tools, and some heavy lifting. A cleanup of marine debris along the shoreline of the preserve is also planned. The clean-up may include boating or kayaking along the edges of the preserve and waking inland to access the mangroves where marine debris has collected. Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants, closed toe shoes and a hat; and bring a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen and bug spray. Meet at the end of Kings Cove Road, Little Torch Key. Parking is available at 3 Kings Cove Road. Space is limited, RSVP by April 11.
Contact: Shirley Gun (305) 872-7071
Email: sgun@tnc.org
Key West / April 12
From 4-6 p.m., join Carol Tedesco, Roberta DePiero and Jane Newhagen who will present their new release, 'After Life - Images from the Key West Cemetery' at a public book launch and signing event at Salute on the Beach, 1000 Atlantic Blvd. With photography by Tedesco and DePiero and prose by Newhagen, 'After Life' captures the island's unique final resting place in all its poignance, character and eccentricity.
Email: ctedesco@aol.com
Islamorada / April 13
Enjoy an open Bluegrass Jam for all ages and skill levels. Come to listen, pick or just enjoy a beautiful afternoon in the park. From 1-5 p.m., at Southwinds Park, MM 82.1.
Contact: Robby McClung 305-587-0901
Email: fishrobby@hotmail.com
Key West / April 13
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Open between 1 - 3 p.m., the Sheriff's Animal Farm invites you to bring the family and visit the animals at the farm, including horses, a cow, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, a Kinkajou, Sloths, a Lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. It is free of charge (donations are welcome). The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex. Groups may schedule special tours at the farm by calling ahead. Visit the Farm on Facebook! The Animal Farm is open every second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300
Key West / April 14
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.
Contact: 305-296-6196
Key West / April 15 – July 31
The cost of admission to the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden brings visitors an added value and wealth of beauty with 19 sculptures, each made of recycled materials, and some interactive, placed throughout the garden from local contemporary artists. Garden is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Email: mmcrae@kwbgs.org
Islamorada / April 16
The History of Diving Museum at MM 83 continues the free, "Immerse Yourself!" series, to begin at 7 p.m., with a special event: "William Beebe in the Galapagos" presented by Jack Grove. The Museum is open daily from 10am-5pm. Extended hours on the night of the program until 7pm. Enjoy the Museum's exhibits before the event.
Contact: 305-664-9737
Email: joe@divingmuseum.org
Islamorada / April 17
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 6-9 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.
Contact: 305-664-9100
Email: moradawayarts@gmail.com
Key West / April 17
Enjoy as you stroll along exhibitions and receptions at art galleries and retail venues along White St., from Southard to United streets. From 6-9 p.m., the monthly Walk includes Harrison Gallery, Stone Soup Gallery, Studios of Key West, Armory Main Hall, Space 2 Gallery and more, as well as restaurants and shops. Featured this month at the Harrison Gallery, Jimmy Wray and (son) Louis Wray. Jimmy Wray assembles antique architectural elements recovered from old houses in Key West into frames for beveled mirrors, providing a truly unique stage to see oneself. Through photography, Louie calls us to relinquish thoughts of our self, and to expand our imaginative pallets into the natural unknown.
Key West / April 18 – 27
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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.
Contact: 305-296-0213
Key Largo / April 18
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Presented by the Friends of Key Largo Cultural Center, Kevin Boswell, Ph.D., is to share his recent research using ocean drone acoustics and video in areas as divers as Alaska and the Florida coast, whose data helps better understand marine and coastal ecosystems. Free and open to the public, the popular Ocean Life Series runs from 6-8 p.m. at Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center, 102050 Overseas Highway (MM 102). Meet and greet at 6 p.m., program begins 7 p.m.
Contact: Linda Kaplan 305-396-7000
Email: linda@fklcc.org
Key West / April 19 – 20
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Dry Tortugas National Park will have free admission April 19 and 20, opening weekend of National Park Week. 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, fishing, or just enjoying a view from the top of massive Fort Jefferson. The park is remote and can only be reached by ferry or sea plane. Park entrance fee is waived.
Contact: Ferry 305-294-7009; Seaplane 305-293-9300
Key Largo / April 20 – 27
The week-long family-friendly and lighthearted independence celebration is to showcase the unique historical and cultural characteristics of Key Largo. Visit website for complete event details.
Contact: 305-394-0205
Islamorada / April 20
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The Easter bunny hosts this annual underwater egg hunt to benefit Kids in Special Situations, a local charity for needy children. Famous for his up-close creature feature dives with his undersea friends, Captain Spencer Slate, clad in a giant bunny suit and dive gear, hides brightly coloured Easter eggs for ardent bounty hunters on the sand, adjacent to a shallow coral reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Real eggs and nontoxic colourings are used to avoid any negative environmental impact. Open to divers and snorkelers, check-in at 8 a.m. Dive is scheduled to depart the dock at 8:30 a.m., must register prior to event. Check in at Captain Slate's Scuba Adventures, located at mile marker (MM) 90.7 oceanside in Tavernier at the Casa Mar Village shopping enclave.
Contact: 305-451-3020
Key West / April 23 – 27
This four-day challenge is to offer up to $50,000 for first place prize, $15,000 and $10,000 to second- and third-place anglers, respectively. Early entry angler fee per angler is available. Visit website for details.
Contact: Mike Weinhofer 305-395-3474
Islamorada / April 25 – 27
One of approximately 30 events held each year whose proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Highlights include a kick-off welcome reception with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and silent auction; daily continental breakfast and dockside lunch and beach buffet for anglers.
Contact: Susan Ellis 305-664-2002
Email: susan@redbone.org
Marathon / April 25
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Bobby Nesbitt returns to Marathon Community Theatre with Key West's favorite "girl singer" Carmen Rodriguez in their hit show Thanks for the Memories--A Salute to the USO, starting at 8 p.m. The show tells the history of the USO and the stars that entertained the troops. From it's beginning in 1941 through Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East, the USO and the entertainers known as "soldiers in greasepaint" were always there. Bobby and Carmen will spotlight the WW 2 era and the heyday of the Hollywood Canteen and the Stage Door Canteen when stars like Bob Hope, Betty Grable, Marlene Dietrich, Dinah Shore and the Andrews Sisters were the headliners. They will also take a look at later years when Marilyn Monroe entertained in Korea and Martha Raye took "Hello Dolly" to Vietnam. Tickets available online or at the Theatre box office, open weekdays and show nights from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Contact: 305-743-0994 Box Office
Key West / April 25 – 27
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The story of those historic "mouse that roared" moments in April 1982 when Key West declared its independence from the United States. It's a rollicking musical tale of the Conchs taking on the Feds in one of the greatest PR stunts ever. Show time 8 p.m., at The San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street. Visit website for tickets; three nights only!
Contact: 305-295-7676
Islamorada / April 26
A free concert at the Capital Bank Amphitheater at Islamorada's Founders Park, Bayside, MM 87, Plantation Key. Performances are outdoors; no chairs provided, bring blankets. Starts at 4 p.m. Admission free for all concerts. Presented by Keys Community Concert Band
Contact: 305-853-7294
Email: heinerdonna@yahoo.com
Key West / April 27
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The season's monthly artisan market concludes today, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Restaurant Store parking lot. The event is to give residents and visitors alike a chance to shop fresh and local as the parking lot at 1111 Eaton St. is transformed into a showcase of art, photography and unique local handicrafts and gifts made exclusively in the Keys in one convenient location. Entertainment includes a singer and songwriter showcase, local authors, Key West Fringe theater performances, chef demonstrations, kid's activities and live street art murals. Guests are able to taste and buy local specialties, and enjoy concessions, beer and wine. Guests are encouraged to BYOB (bring your own bags).
Contact: Sean Krikorian 573-619-2200
Email: sean@dailyplan-it.net
Marathon / April 30 – May 2
Tarponian Tournament
For enthusiastic tarpon anglers, silver kings mean springtime. This high-energy, three-evening tournament mandates that teams fish with a different captain each evening. Teams also rotate among the three major bridge channels in Marathon, so any potential "hot spots" are shared among all anglers.
Contact: David Breznicky at 215-542-1492
Email: dbreznicky@breznickyassociates.com

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