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Florida Keys Calendar of Events for March, 2015

Key West /
February 3
March 7
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This new hot smash hit satire of Hollywood takes place in a swank hotel suite in LA on the night of the Golden Globe Awards.

Contact: 305-296-9911
Email: moreinfo@redbarntheatre.com
Key West /
February 6
May 1
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Enjoy viewing an exhibit showcasing the work of past and present Florida Keys recipients of the South Florida Cultural Consortium fellowship grants. The free exhibit runs through May 1 at the historic Gato Building,1100 Simonton St., Mon - Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Opening reception is Feb. 6 from 5-7 p.m., and closing reception is set for May 1. Presented by the Florida Keys Council of the Arts.

Contact: 305 295 4369
Key West /
February 20
March 8
What happens when a divorced couple - both remarried - realize they still have feelings for each other? A play about the joyously irresponsible defense of the bohemian lifestyle. Performances at 8 p.m., the Eaton Street Theater (Formerly Club Chameleon), 310 Eaton Street.

Contact: 786-529-2281
Marathon /
February 24
April 6
Every Tuesday through April 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., artists from the Florida Keys Watercolor Society are to be available to speak with visitors about their art and inspiration, as they create outdoor "plein air" original paintings in the courtyard, set among the natural attractions' 63 acres of hardwood hammocks and nature trails.

Contact: 305-743-3900
Key West /
February 27
March 12
Key West Art Center presents: Maggie Ruley
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The Key West Art Center, located at 310 Front Street, features an artist show and opening reception for talented local artist Maggie Ruley. An opening reception is planned Friday, February 27 from 5 - 7 p.m., meet the artist at 4:30 p.m. The show runs through March 12. Maggie Ruley paints with an exuberant style, filled with all the colors and light of our surrounding environment. Her paintings invoke a sense of delight in the viewer, and include a sense of humor and whimsy.

Contact: 305-294-1241
Marathon /
February 27
March 1
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National Pig Days is a three-day BBQ, pig roast, music fest, silent auction and social extravaganza for locals and visitors alike. The main attraction are the wildly exciting royal racing pigs cheered on by howling spectators. Children's games, beverage tents and evening shows round out what has become a major annual event and fundraiser for a local charity.

Contact: Karen 305-923-1204
Email: kd1559@aol.com
Islamorada /
February 28
March 1
A new, family-formatted boat tournament that is to feature nine offshore target species. Trophies are to be offered top boats in weight and release categories, as well as private vessel and charter divisions. A junior release division is also planned for anglers up to age 12, and teen division for anglers between 13-19 years of age.

Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868
Email: islamoradafishingclassics@aol.com
Marathon /
March 1
April 4
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The Florida Keys Watercolor Society is to showcase colorful, original watercolor pieces by local artists at the Marathon Community Theater, located in the main gallery during the production of "The Producers." An opening reception is to be held March 1, from 6-8 p.m., with light refreshments, raffle and door prize, and award ceremony. The artists' meet-and-greet event is open to the public. Between March 5 and April 4, art show viewing also is offered Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. or before the curtain and during intermissions on performance days - Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings as well as 3 p.m. matinee March 22.

Key West /
March 1
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The Key West Artisan Market is a vibrant, open air bazaar filled with artists, authors, chef-made cuisine, craftspeople, performers, fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses and flowers, craft beer & wine from residents representing the diversity of creativity, ingenuity and locally made products of the Keys & Key West. Held the first Sunday of the month, during season (thru May) outdoors at the Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton. Free family & pet friendly event.

Contact: Sean Krikorian 573-619-2200
Email: sean@dailyplan-it.net
Key West /
March 1
An evening with Terry Barber is part of the Tropical Beats Tantalizing Excursion series presented by the South Florida Symphony. Barber is a classically trained vocalist. The countertenor is to serenade audiences with extraordinary vocal range and versatility. Concert, with food and wine, is to be held at San Carlos Theater. Tickets $125, available online.

Contact: Box office 305-849-1927
Key West /
March 2
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Celebrate the 104th birthday of Tennessee Williams and his life in Key West during the month of March. Highlights include a series of classic movies adapted from Williams' award winning plays, a poetry contest, artist challenge, staged readings from his plays, letters & journals, a film forum, and much more. Visitors are invited to tour the educational and historic Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit, at 513 Truman Avenue, near Duval St. For month-long events, tickets and venues, visit twkw.org.

Contact: 305-842-1666
Email: exhibit@twkw.org
Key West /
March 3
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In celebration of 30 years of treasure, the program topic this week is: Solving a Sunken Mystery: The 450th Anniversary of the Wreck of the Santa Clara. An in-depth review of the archaeology and history of this unparalleled, early-colonial time capsule. Explore artifacts firsthand! Ticketed event, at $25 pp. Presented by Corey Malcom, museum archaeologist. Program is from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in the Museum Library.

Contact: 305-294-2633 Ext 22
Email: cmalcom@melfisher.org
Key Largo /
March 5
15
Visitors can see unique works of fine art by many of the Keys' most talented artists as well as those by local junior and senior high school students. Works in watercolors, acrylics, oils, colored pencil, pastels, photography and three-dimensional artistry are presented. In addition to seeing the displayed work, visitors will have a chance to see and speak to an Artist in Residence. Come see art in progress, speak with our talented members and vote for your favorite work of art which will receive the coveted "People's Choice Award." The show will run daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the community room of the Key Largo Public Library in the Tradewinds Shopping Center, mile marker 101.4 oceanside.

Marathon /
March 5
April 4
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It's outrageous and hilarious, not to mention the winner of 12 Tony Awards. It's the story of down-on-his-luck producer Max Bialystock, his hysterically awkward accountant Leo Bloom and their "sure-fire" scheme to get rich quick.

Contact: 305-743-0994
Email: gm@marathontheater.org
Key West /
March 6
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From 8-10 p.m., at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street. Ronny Cox got his start as an actor thanks to music - as the guitarist in the "dueling banjos" scene in Deliverance - and these days mostly spends his time playing and telling stories to live audiences.

Contact: 305-296-0458
Marathon /
March 6
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Each year, several hundred racing circuit runners are attracted by a weekend filled with sunshine and athletic fun. Stocked with food, drinks, music and entertainment, the event is to be staged at Sombrero Beach at the end of Sombrero Beach Road, mile marker 50. Awards are given to overall finishers in the 10k run, 5k run and 5k walk.

Contact: 305-743-4582 or 305-289-9868
Email: sombrerobeachrun@bellsouth.net
Marathon /
March 7
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Tour beautiful homes and extraordinary gardens in the Marathon area that reflect Keys living. Each home is to be adorned with floral arrangements created by Marathon Garden Club members. Refreshments will be served at the Garden Club, MM 50 bayside.

Contact: 305-743-4971
Key West /
March 7
Conch Heritage Day
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Bishop Albert Kee welcomed visitors to Key West's Southernmost Point marker, acting as a smiling ambassador for the island while selling fluted, pink-lined conch shells beside the iconic landmark. He is being honored with the unveiling of a life-size bronze sculpture of him at the Southernmost Point. Celebration begins at 2:30 p.m. at the marker.

Contact: Bruce Neff 305-393-9777
Email: director@kwhmt.org
Key West /
March 7
An Old Island Days tradition, this unique contest features novel sounds produced by contestants in several age categories as they attempt to make "music" on fluted conch shells. Contest located in the garden of the Oldest House, 322 Duval Street, free and open to all ages. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and contest begins at noon.

Contact: 305-294-9501
Email: oldisland@comcast.net
Key West /
March 8
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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. The Animal Farm is open every second and fourth Sundays of the month.

Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300
Key West /
March 8
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Project Trio is a passionate, high-energy chamber music ensemble comprised of three virtuosic composer/performers from Brooklyn, NY, on flute, cello and bass. Blending their classical training with a wide-ranging adventurous taste in musical styles, Project Trio has made an impact on audiences of all ages, offering a musical experience that defines a new level of entertainment. Performance at 4 p.m., at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval St. Tickets available online.

Islamorada /
March 10
13
Jim Bokor’s Islamorada All-Tackle Bonefish & Redfish Shootout
Anglers vie for top-honor trophies for catches of bonefish and redfish in this newly formatted event, appealing to a broader spectrum of anglers. Divisions in the tournament's new format include bait, artificial and fly. Awards also are to be given for total release points for each species and to the high-point angler for each day. To be counted toward bonefish and redfish trophies, each fish caught and released must be at least 18 inches in length. An overall grand champion is to be named for both bonefish and redfish in the three categories.

Contact: Betsy Bullard 305-587-1460
Email: fishnfever@bellsouth.net
Key West /
March 11
Same-sex couples planning to marry in Key West or the Florida Keys can find information about everything from historic locations to caterers at the Gay Key West Same-Sex Wedding Expo, expected to feature approximately 40 displays showcasing wedding services in the Keys. The gathering is to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the grand ballroom at the Marriott Beachside Hotel, 3841 N. Roosevelt Blvd.

Contact: 305-296-4603
Key Largo /
March 12
Learn how to identify fish found in the Florida Keys! Join Allison & Carlos Estape at REEF Headquarters (MM 98.3 in the median) for interactive fish behavior & ID classes. Become a citizen-scientist by participating in REEF's Volunteer Fish Survey Project where divers & snorkelers add their Fish ID Surveys to REEF's database which is used by scientists around the world. Begins 7 p.m.

Contact: Allison Estape 305 794 5081
Key West /
March 12
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A delightful fact-based backstage comedy about the thin skins and rampaging egos when Lawrence Olivier and Kenneth Tynan court Orson Welles to direct at the National Theater in London. Performances at 8 p.m., at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street (at Simonton).

Contact: 786-529-2281
Key West /
March 13
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Tour a series of elegant and unique private homes of Key West, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations, and the interior design that complements each. March tours are offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Transportation between homes NOT included. Tickets and times available online. Proceeds help benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation.

Contact: 305-294-9501
Email: tickets@oirf.org
Marathon /
March 14
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One of the middle Keys' signature family events, delicacies from the waters of the Florida Keys highlight this annual munch-fest at Marathon Community Park, mile marker 49 oceanside. Sponsored by Organized Fishermen of Florida and Marathon Chamber of Commerce. Live music, vendor booths, sweets, treats and beverages make for a delectable weekend. Florida Keys Art Guild also hosts an open-air art show at entrance to the festival.

Contact: 305-743-5417
Email: info@floridakeysmarathon.com
Key West /
March 16
19
A charity flats-and-fly-only tournament with a twist - in addition to catch and release, anglers earn extra points for tagging their caught fish. Held at the Key West Harbour Yacht Club on Stock Island.

Contact: 303-888-4546
Email: DHorn18669@aol.com
Key West /
March 17
April 11
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The Waterfront Playhouse takes on its biggest musical challenge ever with SPAMALOT -- the splashy musical that was nominated for 14 Tony Awards. The hilarious retelling of the legend of King Arthur will include over 30 set pieces, a cast of 14, over 150 costumes and a live orchestra! Winner of the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award for Best Musical "Resplendently silly!" (The New York Times) Showtime 8 p.m.

Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Email: Box_Office@waterfrontplayhouse.org
Key West /
March 18
April 18
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A lush evening of music from the heart and the funny bone. Surprising and sophisticated with a swing in its step, this intimate new show will take you from lost to found with passion and pizazz.

Contact: 305-296-9911
Email: moreinfo@redbarntheatre.com
Islamorada /
March 18
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The History of Diving Museum at MM 83 continues the free, "Immerse Yourself!" series, to begin at 7 p.m., with a special event: "The HMS Winchester" presented by Lars Vihlen. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Extended hours on the night of the program until 7 p.m. Enjoy the Museum's exhibits before the event.

Contact: 305-664-9737
Email: programs@divingmuseum.org
Key Largo /
March 18
21
Hosted by Jimmy Johnson, two-time Super Bowl winning coach and former head coach at the University of Miami, this prestigious event benefits the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, a South Florida-based cancer-related research, diagnosis and treatment facility. All anglers on the winning boat receive authentic, custom-designed Jimmy Johnson's NBC Championship rings.

Contact: 305-255-3500
Email: Tod@ci-mgt.com
Islamorada /
March 19
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. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.

Email: Moradawaysusi@gmail.com
Key Largo /
March 20
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 /
March 21
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Free admission, from 6-10 p.m., at Lorelei Cabana Bar, MM 82 bayside. Stylistically, the South Florida group's performance takes its fans back to the golden era of rock music. A rare Keys musical treat.

Islamorada /
March 21
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A free concert at the ICE 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.

Contact: Donna Heiner 305-853-7294
Email: heinerdonna@yahoo.com
Key West /
March 22
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DeCoda is a chamber ensemble comprised of virtuoso musicians, entrepreneurs and passionate advocates of the arts based in New York City. Impromptu Concerts has chosen to present clarinet, oboe, bassoon, horn and piano. Performance is at 4 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Tickets available online.

Marathon /
March 22
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Presented by the Marathon chapter of Business and Professional Women, the event features "tastes" of participating local restaurants vying for best-of honors for appetizer, dessert or entree. Tasters can buy tasting tickets in advance or at event. From noon until 4 p.m. at the Key Colony Beach City Park grounds; admission is free. Music, vendors, fashion show, live and silent auction. Proceeds benefit BPW scholarships and Keys community projects. Call for information & tickets.

Contact: 305-393-9501 or 305-731-6368
Key West /
March 22
April 14
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A heart-tugging valentine to the wonder and weirdness of love. This hesitant romance between neighboring farmers in Ireland is a tender and comic paean to the endearing belief that love will find a way.

Contact: 305-296-9911
Email: moreinfo@redbarntheatre.com
Key West /
March 22
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Bring the family and come visit the animals at the farm, including horses, a steer, pigs, goats, sheep, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, kinkajous, Sloths, a Lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. It is free of charge and donations are appreciated. The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff's Office Headquarters complex. Visit the Farm on Facebook! The Animal Farm is traditionally open the second and fourth Sundays of the month.

Contact: Farmer Jeanne Selander 305-293-7300
Key West /
March 26
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The South Florida Symphony is a unique gathering of professional symphonic musicians. Performance starts at 7:30 p.m. at Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901 College Road. Program includes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1; Natasha Paremski, piano; Beethoven: Symphony No. 5. Tickets available online.

Contact: 954-522-8445
Key Largo /
March 26
Learn how to identify fish found in the Florida Keys! Join Allison & Carlos Estape at REEF Headquarters (MM 98.3 in the median) for interactive fish behavior & ID classes. Become a citizen-scientist by participating in REEF's Volunteer Fish Survey Project where divers & snorkelers add their Fish ID Surveys to REEF's database which is used by scientists around the world. Begins 7 p.m.

Contact: Allison Estape 305 794 5081
Key West /
March 28
The Miss Gay Southernmost USofA and Miss Gay USofA Classic are to be the first preliminary pageants to allow contestants to compete in the annual Miss Gay USofA pageant held annually in Dallas. This pageant of female impersonation starts on the Fury Water Sports Catamaran for a two-hour sunset cruise where all can meet contestants, judges, and sponsors. Miss Gay Southernmost USofA and Classic pageants will be Saturday night followed by performances on Sunday and Monday night at La Te Da.

Contact: 305-731-6557
Islamorada /
March 28
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Music, art, food and fun complement this annual art show with nearly 100 artists and crafters, live music and a "Taste of the Islands" foodie competition. Free admission, festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Founder's Park, mile marker 87 bayside on Plantation Key. On-site parking for a $5 donation. Sponsored by the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce.

Contact: Chamber of Commerce 305-664-4503
Email: info@islamoradachamber.com

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