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Florida Keys Calendar of Events for September, 2014

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 / May 16 – 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 will explore the history of tourism in the Florida Keys from the 1920s until the 1980s while focusing specifically on transportation, accommodation, travel brochures and postcards. Exhibit runs through September.
Contact: 305-295-6616
Key West / June 1 – September 30
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For longer than a decade, Will Fernandez has been one of Key West's most enchanting artists. He paints and sculpts almost entirely from memory and makes his works quite humorous and whimsical. In this exhibition, he displays a number of his impressionistic-style paintings, as well as a selection of his distinctive sculptures in stone, wood, clay and more. 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 / September 4 – 7
Womenfest offers a wide range of activities guaranteed to appeal to a broad range of interests. Golfing with palm trees and iguanas, clothing-optional pool parties, a sizzling dance club scene, and women-only water excursions that range from jet skis to dolphin watching all promise to pique the interest of the more adventurous while film, live music, and special comedy shows offer the opportunity to enjoy paradise at a slower pace. All of this on a tropical island that is "close to perfect but far from normal."
Contact: 800-535-7797; 305-294-4603
Email: admin@kwbgonline.org
Key West / September 5 – 7
In the first of three tournaments in the annual Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series, also called The Trilogy, anglers target tarpon, permit and bonefish to achieve the coveted "flats grand slam." The event raises funds for the fight against cystic fibrosis.
Contact: Susan Ellis 305-664-2002
Email: susan@redbone.org
Key West / September 5
Special art exhibitions and receptions at galleries and shops along Upper Duval from United Street to Truman Avenue. Including Frangipani Gallery, SoDu Gallery, Island Arts, Kate's, The Southernmost Art Studio, De La Gallery & Cork & Stogie. From 6-9 p.m., free and open to the public.
Contact: 305-295-4639
the Florida Keys / September 6
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Spanning more than 100 miles of the Florida Keys, this event is more than a race, it's a challenge! Riders and their support crews are to navigate the Florida Keys Heritage Trail and Overseas Highway as solo, 2-person or 4-person teams. The course begins at Key Largo Bike & Tour Adventures Cycle Shop, located at 91946 Overseas Highway (MM 92). All riders are to be awarded medals and event t-shirts.
Contact: Mark 305-395-1551
Islamorada / September 9 – 12
Islamorada Invitational Fall Fly Bonefish Tournament
The Islamorada Invitational Fall Fly Bonefish tournament is not only the Keys oldest bonefish fly tournament. It's the most prestigious bonefish fly tournament in the world. Past grand champions include Flip Pallot, Billy Pate, Carl Hiaasen and Andy Mill. A welcome reception and captains meeting is held Tues., and three days of fishing follow.
Contact: Paul Nute 917-412-0136
Email: paulnute@yahoo.com
Key Largo / September 12 – 13
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Teams of up to four divers compete for cash and prizes. Derby divers who successfully remove invasive lionfish from sanctuary waters can win for most, largest and smallest lionfish. The Upper Keys derby is held at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Visit REEF website to register; teams of up to four people can join. Registration fee is $120, and includes one pair of puncture-resistant gloves, tee-shirts and four drink tickets per team. Divers can participate in a derby from their own private vessel or join a professional dive operator's charter. A mandatory captains meeting is Friday, Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m., at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
Contact: REEF 305-852-0030
Email: reefhq@reef.org
Islamorada / September 17
The History of Diving Museum at MM 83 continues the free, "Immerse Yourself!" series, to begin at 7 p.m., with a special event: "History of Salvage Diving in the Keys," presented by Clinton Curry. 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
Key West / September 18 – 21
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It's an All-American event as motorcycle enthusiasts from around the U.S. travel the Keys' scenic Overseas Highway - designated Florida's only All-American Road - from mainland Florida to Key West to raise money for charity. Winner takes all, and can win a new Harley-Davidson Motorcycle or cash. Stops are arranged throughout the Keys with a final celebration in Key West. Keys-wide events planned for the entire week.
Contact: Drew Peterson 305-235-4023
Email: drew@petersonsharley.com
Key West / September 18
This regular neighborhood gallery stroll is perhaps the best known among art lovers, held on the island city's White Street from Southard to United streets and onto Truman Avenue the third Thursday of each month, from 6-9 p.m. The popular evening features exhibitions and receptions at galleries, shops and occasionally other venues. Highlight locations include Harrison Gallery; the quirky and inviting Stone Soup Gallery; and The Studios of Key West, offering regular exhibitions, performances, workshops and studio space in the style of America's leading artist communities. Each month's stroll highlights a different artistic genre.
Islamorada / September 18
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
Marathon / September 18 – 21
Marathon International Bonefish Tournament
For more than 50 years, this challenge awards individual and team champions scoring the largest bonefish and permit, the top anglers in fly and grand slam divisions (for the top spin or fly angler who releases the largest bonefish, permit and tarpon "slam"), as well as the tongue-in-cheek "wet pants" champion titles for anglers wading from shore. The event is one of the few tournaments where anglers can fish without a professional guide. Notable and celebrity participants have included crooner Perry Como during the early 1960s, former U.S. Rep. Dante Fascell, Broadway actor David Wayne and Heublein Inc. magnate John Martin of A-1 Sauce fame.
Contact: Barb 305-304-8682
Email: bnbfishing@comcast.net
Islamorada / September 19 – 21
Named after the man known affectionately as "Mr. Everglades," fishing is set against the backdrop of Everglades National Park, challenging anglers who seek the hard-to-reach yet fruitful fishing areas that Lucerne favored. Lucerne spent nearly 40 years exploring the backcountry's labyrinth of canals, water trails and mangrove mazes, earning the affectionate moniker. The tournament distinguishes the overall grand champion as an individual angler who catches at least four of the seven eligible species: black drum, bonefish, redfish, snook, snapper, tarpon and sea trout.
Key Largo / September 19
The Ocean Life series brings renowned researchers and academics to the Keys to educate, entertain and inspire audiences of all ages. Hosted by Florida International University's School of Environment, Arts and Society and the Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center, the series features interdisciplinary experts from FIU and the Keys. This series is free and open to the public.
Contact: Linda Kaplan 305-396-7000
Email: linda@fklcc.org
Islamorada / September 20 – 21
A sanctioned event by the World Paddle Association, this two-day, three-race, one-venue stand up paddle board series awards prizes to the overall series winner and to each individual race winner. For more information and course maps, contact PADDLE! the Florida Keys.
Contact: Scott Baste 305-434-5930
Email: scott@paddlethefloridakeys.com
Islamorada / September 20
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All swimmers, parents, triathletes, and weekend warriors are welcome at this open water distance-swimmers' meet, an 8-mile roundtrip swim race from the shores of Islamorada to Alligator Lighthouse. Swimmers can participate as individuals, 2-person and 4-person teams. Visit website for details and registration information.
Contact: Katy LeVasseur 305-849-2278
Email: katylevasseur75@gmail.com
the Florida Keys / September 23 – 28
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The peak of the fall birding season, this event includes an opening reception, dinner, presentations, Keys-wide field trips focusing on education and conservation as they relate to Keys birds and wildlife, nature photography, hikes, kayak excursions and a family-fun environmental fair.
Contact: Kristie Killam 305-872-0774
Email: kristie_killam@fws.gov
Islamorada / September 26 – 27
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Join an on-the-water wacky charity golf tournament that brings together four-person teams to enjoy a game of nine holes by boat, to "drive" biodegradable golf balls toward floating greens - without any sand traps. A kick-off party and team registration is to be held Friday, Sept. 27. A live or silent auction as well as a 50/50 cash raffle also are planned. Teams tee off Saturday with shotgun start at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit local Keys charities.
Contact: Lee Christine Young at 305-522-1590
Email: conchscramble@yahoo.com
Key Largo / September 26 – 28
14th Annual Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge
For philanthropic anglers, this popular annual gathering proffers an important fundraising opportunity while fishing trout, snook and redfish. Proceeds benefit both local Rotary Club of Key Largo scholarships and Take Stock in Children, a statewide scholarship program for children in seventh through 12th grades. Trophies for first through third place are to be awarded anglers in adult and pro divisions, as well as first-place snook, trout and redfish prizes for juniors age 17 and under.
Contact: Mike Shipley 305-304-0421
Email: mike@islandbayresort.com; host@islandbayresort.com

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