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Keys Traveler
Vol. 8, No. 5 Travel News From The Florida Keys & Key West March 2012

Food Lovers to Flock to Original Marathon Seafood Festival

What started as a community event has, more than 30 years later, become one of the Middle Keys' most anticipated and sumptuous weekends. The Original Marathon Seafood Festival, set for Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, features a feast of fish, shrimp, lobster and conch for tens of thousands of seafood lovers.

Indigenous seafood such as mahi-mahi, Florida lobster, succulent stone crab claws, plump pink shrimp and smoked fish are the anchoring attractions of the area’s local commercial fishing heritage. These local delicacies and more are to be available at Marathon Community Park, mile marker 49 on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway.

Foods prepared according to secret recipes highlight the annual munch-a-thon, and Keys chefs are to offer conch chowder, salad and fritters as well as fresh oysters, clams and fried local fish. Save room for sweets like Key lime pie, cakes, cool smoothies and icy treats to top off the seafood extravaganza.

To whet your appetite, click here.

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Featured Stories
Get a Clue at the Key West Mystery Fest May 4-13
The inaugural Key West Mystery Fest features a world-premiere play, notable authors, interactive puzzlers for attending "sleuths," a chance to meet the creator and writer/producer of television's "Monk," mystery films and other themed events. Click here for clues to the fun.
Island Fest Sets a Tropical Vibe in Islamorada
Live beachfront music, mouthwatering food and an acclaimed juried arts and crafts show are sure to whet the entire family’s appetites for the 21st annual Florida Keys Island Fest, set for March 31 and April 1. Head for the islands by clicking here.
‘Hot Havana Nights’ to Highlight Cuban Cultural Expo
A celebration of the culture, entertainment, food and flora of the island nation just 90 miles from Key West is to take place at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden March 23-24. For details, click here.
Two Tranquil Water Activities Beckon in the Lower Keys
In the waters surrounding the Lower Florida Keys, you can explore the unique natural environment while treating body and mind to some "unplugged" relaxation. Discover the details here.
Painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelry designers, artists in glass and others are to display their creative wares at the Florida Keys Art Guild's open-air showcase in Key Largo. Click here for the show's specifics.
The Florida Keys are characterized by a deep appreciation and understanding of the heritage of the sea. In Key Largo, one man is dedicated to exploring the oceanic frontier and creating underwater habitats, while also making tremendous historic shipwreck discoveries. Click here.
Elite anglers from around the U.S. and other countries are to battle sailfish in Florida Keys waters April 17-21 during the 10th annual World Sailfish Championship. For a preview of the angling action, click here.
David Feder, a trained engineer turned musician, has become a leader of Islamorada’s cultural community — and works to enrich the lives of children through exposure to the arts. Click here to discover the musician "in tune" with the Upper Keys.
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Upcoming Keys Events
Through March 31
in Marathon
Florida Keys Watercolor Society Art Show
The 30th annual show features 50 pieces by artists from Key Largo to Key West. Art can be viewed daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and during the intermission of the musical "Once Upon a Mattress" at Marathon Community Theater, mile marker (MM) 49.5.
March 13-22
throughout the Florida Keys
“Century” 100-Mile Paddle: Key Largo to Key West
This annual paddling excursion is a "bucket list" trip of a lifetime. Paddle 100 miles from Key Largo to the United States' southernmost point. Click here.
March 15, April 19
in Islamorada
Morada Way Arts & Cultural District Third Thursday Art Walk
The monthly showcase of fine arts, live music and culinary nuances spotlights several area art galleries and eateries between MM 81 and 82. Click here.
March 16
in Big Pine &
the Lower Keys
Artists in Paradise Inaugural $99 Fine Art Sale
At this unique show, up to 99 juried original pieces by Keys artists will be on sale for $99 each. All proceeds benefit the Lower Keys’ Artists in Paradise Gallery. The event is set for 7-9 p.m. Click here.
March 16-17
in Key West
52nd Annual Key West House & Garden Tours
Tour five unique homes in Key West during this rare chance to explore some of the island’s historic, charming and tropical residences. Proceeds help benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation. Click here.
March 30
in Key Largo
FKLCC Presents: Troy Anderson and the Wonderful World Band Satchmo Lives!
Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center present a Louis Armstrong tribute concert at the Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center, MM 102. A reception is set for 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door.
April 8
in Key Largo
Underwater Easter Egg Hunt
The Easter bunny hosts this annual underwater egg hunt off Key Largo to benefit Kids in Special Situations, a local charity for needy children. The egg-citing contest is open to divers and snorkelers. Click here.
April 15
in Islamorada
18th Annual Bay Jam
This music and art festival features local and guest artists performing between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. at the TIB Amphitheater at Founders Park, on the shores of Florida Bay at MM 87. Click here.
April 20-29
in Key West
30th Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration
With activities ranging from a "secession re-enactment" to a 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. Click here.
April 21
in Marathon
31st Annual Seven Mile Bridge Run
An estimated 1,500 runners participate in the annual foot race across the longest segmental bridge in the world. Click here.
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