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Calendar of Events for February, 2018


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Key West / January 01 to August 31
Key West Fishing Tournament
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: Doris Harris 305-923-5934

Key West / January 23 to February 17
Red Barn Theater presents: 20th Century Blues
This sharply funny and evocative exploration of time was the flat our hit of the 2016 Contemporary American Theatre Festival in the 25th season. The play centers on four women who bonded as protesters one night in jail in their youth. Through the vagaries of love, careers, children, and lost causes, the women reunite once a year for a photo shoot, chronicling their changing selves. But when these private photos have the potential to become part of a public exhibit, mutiny erupts and relationships are tested. Featuring Marjorie Paul-Shook, Annie Miners, Peggy Montgomery, Deborah Jacobson, Kathy Russ, and Justin times and tickets online. Red Barn Theater is located at 319 Duval St.
Contact: 305-296-9911

Key West / January 23 to February 04
Waterfront Playhouse presents: 1776, In Concert
"1776" is the Tony Award winning musical which brings history to life as it dramatizes America's contentious Founding Fathers and their determination to do the right thing for a fledgling nation. Engaging, witty and passionate, this Broadway musical takes audiences back to the long, hot Philadelphia summer of 1776 when John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia bid members of the Second Continental Congress to proclaim independence from the tyranny of British monarchy and adopt the United States Declaration of Independence.
Contact: 305-294-5015

Key West / February 01 to February 27
Christopher Peterson's EYECONS
A master of impersonations, both visually and vocally, with impeccable comic timing. The show is all LIVE, no lip-sync. Thrill to his parodies of Marilyn Monroe, Carol Channing, Madonna, Joan Rivers, Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Eartha Kitt, Cher, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, even Lady GaGa. Show dates are online. Show times 9 p.m., at La te da 1125 Duval St.
Contact: Tickets 305-296-6706

Key West / February 01 to February 03
Cuda Bowl
Shallow water flats anglers and guides are invited to hook-up and fight their barracuda rivals. Event is to be headquartered at Hurricane Hole Marina, Stock Island. Prizes and trophies are to be awarded for top angler and guide in light tackle spin and fly divisions.
Contact: Loren Rea 305-360-6969

Marathon / February 02 to February 03
24th Annual Pigeon Key Art Festival
Artists and craftspeople are to exhibit their work from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at this weekend event, located at the Marathon Community Park, MM 49, that includes live music and delicious food. Marine artist Wyland plans be on hand to create ink paintings to be auctioned live as part of the annual fundraiser. At the Festival, guests will find exhibits and displays, touch tanks, hands-on activities and even a puppet show that bring marine and wildlife education to life. Event proceeds from the event are to benefit the Pigeon Key Foundation.

Islamorada / February 02 to February 04
Swamp Guides Ball
All-release tournament offers fishing for bonefish, redfish and snook in the shallows of the Florida Keys and the saltwater fringes of the Everglades. The silent auction is always well attended by locals, guests of the tournament's host venue Lorelei Restaurant & Cabana Bar, and visitors that come in just to bid on our awesome items and guided trips. This annual event benefits the Florida Keys' Guides Trust Foundation.

Key West / February 02 to February 04
Civil War Heritage Days Festival
Colorful Civil War re-enactments, the roar of cannon fire and the sight of soldiers in Civil War uniforms are to greet visitors at Key West's oceanfront historic Civil War-era Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, as participants journey into the island's past.
Contact: 305-292-6850

Islamorada / February 02 to February 04
Islamorada Women’s Sailfish Tournament
In this light-tackle challenge, awards await the grand champion team (boat), first runner-up and second runner-up team, captain and mate. Other awards are presented for the high-point angler, outstanding catch, largest tuna, dolphin and kingfish, most tagged sailfish and hard luck. Proceeds benefit the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys.
Contact: Tammie Gurgiolo 305-240-9337

Islamorada / February 03 to February 04
RESCHEDULED: Second Annual Islamorada Half Marathon and 10K
Join the Friday "Beer Mile" event, which is quite simple: 1 Mile and 4 Beers. Do you have what it takes? Saturday is the main event; there are to be cash prizes for the top 3 finishers for male/female in the half marathon and great awards for the top 3 finishers of the 10K.  In addition, prizes for those who place top 3 in their age groups for both races.  Register for all events online. Early-bird savings.
Contact: Robbie McClung 305-587-0901

Key West / February 03
Studios of Key West presents: Anderson Brothers Jazz Trio
Called "virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone" (New York Times), twins Peter and Will Anderson play "anything that swings," with a style that's fresh, creative, and in the moment. The Blue Note regulars have played with established greats from Wynton Marsalis to the Village Vanguard Orchestra. Show starts 8 p.m.

Key West / February 04
Performance at St Paul’s Concert Series presents: John Baird
The event takes place at 4 p.m. at St Paul's Episcopal Church. "For Love of Art Song", this recital features John Baird, tenor, Tim Peterson, piano. Tickets available at the door, starting at 3 pm. Cash or check only, $30.
Contact: Tim Peterson 305-296-5142

Key West / February 05
Studios of Key West presents: Jeffrey Chappell & Karen Kevra
2017's intimate piano concert by Jeffrey Chappell was a master class in classical virtuosity and dazzling improvisation. This year Chappell is joined by Grammy-nominated flutist Karen Kevra for a recital program using their upcoming recording of standard French repertoire as a jumping off point. Show starts 7 p.m.

Marathon / February 05
Florida Keys Concert Association presents: Evening of Opera Highlights
Remarkable performers will bring you the best and most exciting music from the world of opera. Performances by So Young Park, Federico De Michelis, Cesar Canon. Show starts 7:30 PM, at San Pablo Catholic Church, 550 122nd St., (MM53). Tickets to be available online.

Key West / February 05 to February 28
Randy Roberts Live!
Female impersonator extraordinaire Randy Roberts brings a one man, all live tribute to some famous and infamous women of stage and screen. A Key West tradition for 18 years. Join Randy for an evening with "Bette Midler", "Cher", and Randy's signature lounge act. Hilarious comedy, gorgeous costumes, and voice that never fails to thrill! Open your eyes and mind and let yourself go with Randy Roberts LIVE! Show dates online.

Islamorada / February 06
Florida Keys Concert Association presents: Evening of Opera Highlights
Remarkable performers will bring you the best and most exciting music from the world of opera. Performances by So Young Park, Federico De Michelis, Cesar Canon. Show starts 7:30 PM., at Island Community Church, 83250 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, (MM83). Tickets to be available online.

Key Largo / February 06
Arts Council Presents the Connections Project 2018 TOUR
The Florida Keys Council of the Arts works to support all the arts, in all the Keys, all the time. The local arts agency is launching its sixth annual Connections Project road show with a grand opening reception at the Murray Nelson Government & Cultural Center in Key Largo from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. featuring a vibrant 24-foot mosaic mural created by local artists and art lovers. The reception with wine and hors d'oeuvres is open to the public.

Key West / February 07 to February 10
Inaugural Mile 0 Fest Key West
Mile 0 Fest Key West is a brand-new music festival assured to be a "must see" in the burgeoning Red Dirt & Americana music scene. Take in the big shows at Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheatre, a brand new state-of-the-art facility located blocks off the hopping streets of Duval, OR get into a stripped down acoustic set with your favorite band leader at one of the theatres or bars off Duval. Throw your hat into the ring for one of the charity golf outings or a fishing derby! These are just a few of the many activities and memorable experiences that await you at the inaugural Mile 0 Fest.

Key West / February 08
Studios of Key West presents: Seth Glier in Concert
Last season, Seth Glier blew us all away with a special private performance showcasing his incredible vocal and emotional range. This year, he returns to the Studios of Key West to play for everyone. The Grammy-nominated musician and songwriter "echoes Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel" (USA Today). Show starts 7 p.m.

Key West / February 08 to February 11
Key West Photography Festival
The Festival's goal is bring in top level photographers to share their experiences, exhibit their work, and create great conversations based around photography. The festival focuses on three areas: Exhibition, Learning, and Teaching. We invite everyone to show their work, take workshops and then share their own knowledge with the photography community. Individuals or teams can compete in a 2018 Photo Shootout as well.

Islamorada / February 10 to February 24
Matecumbe Historical Trust presents "29 Points of Interest" Historic Trolley Tour
Enjoy an enlightening trolley ride through time. Guided trolley tours depart at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. from the Islamorada Moose Lodge at 81573 Old Highway in Islamorada.The one-hour, colorful and much acclaimed historical tours feature 29 points of interest on the islands of Islamorada. Tickets may be purchased on site or call in advance. Adults are $15, children six and under are free. Tour dates are Feb. 10, 17 & 24.
Contact: Barbara Edgar 305-393-0940

Key West / February 10
RESCHEDULED: Fourth Annual Parade of Paws and Shopping Bazaar
Bring your dogs, wear a t-shirt with a picture of your kitty with pride, or walk with a paddle displaying your pet's photo! Shopping Bazaar inside the dog park features entertainment, food vendors, a Kissing Booth, gifts for that special Valentine and more! A unique opportunity to support the lifesaving mission caring for the Keys' community's homeless animals, the event supports the Florida Keys SPCA. Check in is 9 a.m. Event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Higgs Beach, at the Higgs Dog Park. Bring four-legged friends.
Contact: 305-294-4857

Key West / February 11
Key West Theater presents: Rumours, A Fleetwood Mac Tribute
Rumours is the country's premier Fleetwood Mac tribute band. Based in Atlanta, GA, Rumours captures the energy of Fleetwood Mac at the height of their career by blending perfect harmonies, precise instrumentation, and a visually engaging stage show. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.
Contact: 305-985-0433

Key West / February 11
Key West Impromptu Concerts presents: Western Wind
Since 1969, the internationally acclaimed vocal sextet The Western Wind has devoted itself to the special beauty and variety of a cappella music. The Ensemble's repertoire reveals its diverse background - from Renaissance motets to Fifties rock 'n' roll, from medieval carols to Duke Ellington, from complex works by avant-garde composers to the simplest folk melodies. This is their second Impromptu appearance .Show starts 4 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Key West / February 14 to March 03
Studios of Key West presents: Undying Love, A Key West Musical
Writer/musician/playwright Ben Harrison penned the definitive account of this true macabre love story in his nonfiction book, Undying Love, which earned him a spot in front of national audiences on the Howard Stern Show and This American Life. Originally performed at the Appelrouth Grill in 1999, Undying Love: The Musical distills the atmosphere of Key West in the 1930's, and perfectly melds the pathos of von Cosel's tale with Harrison's signature dry humor. Showtimes 8 p.m., check website for scheduled performances.

Key West / February 14
Champagne & Aphrodisiacs Valentine's Day Sail
Celebrate this Valentine's Day with your special someone on our Champagne and Aphrodisiacs Pairing Sunset Sail in Key West. As you sail along the beautiful turquoise green waters on the Schooner America 2.0, you and your loved one(s) will be able to take in all the romance that this Key West Valentine's Day Sunset Sail has to offer while being treated to a delicious pairing menu that is sure to entice, consisting of hors d' oeuvres expertly paired with champagnes and sparkling wines from around the world! Join Schooner America 2.0 on a Key West Valentine's Day Sunset Sail that is sure to tickle your taste buds and create memories to last a lifetime.
Contact: 646-772-4880

Key West / February 14
Key West Theater presents: Max Weinberg's Jukebox
Max and his 4-piece band are live on stage, performing over 200 rock & roll classics, chosen in real time as the audience calls out their favorites from a video menu. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.
Contact: 305-985-0433

Key West / February 14
35th Annual Wesley House Valentine’s Day Gala
This signature fundraiser features some of Key West's most talented performing artists, the island's largest silent auction, open bar, dancing, and an elegant and abundant dinner buffet. Feel the Love in the Air! Located at Curry Mansion Inn, 511 Caroline Street 6:30-9:30 p.m. VIP tickets also available. Purchase tickets online.
Contact: Jeremy Wilkerson 305-809-5000

Key West / February 15 to February 24
Fringe Theater presents: The Gin Game, by DL Coburn
Two feisty retirement community residents pass the time getting to know each other over a series of contentious card games. What's revealed surprises them both! Winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize. Limited Seating. Shows 7p.m., 2/15-18, 2/21-24 at Key West Women's Club, 319 Duval St.
Contact: 305-731-0581

Key West / February 16 to February 17
58th Annual Key West House & Garden Tour
Tour a series of elegant and unique private homes of Key West, ranging from exquisite restorations to creative renovations, and interior design that complements each. February and March tours are offered 10 am to 4 pm each day. Transportation between homes is not provided. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 on tour days. Proceeds benefit the foundation's Oldest House Museum, grant and scholarship programs.
Contact: 305-294-9501

Islamorada / February 17
Free Outdoor Pops-in-the-Park: All Creatures Great and Small
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. Presented by Keys Community Concert Band. Bring your dog to be featured in our Pet Parade and, along with the concert band marches, listen to Family Anthem, a bluegrass band from Branson, MO. Pet adoptions will be available through Upper Keys/Key Largo Animal Shelter.
Contact: 305-853-7294

Key Largo / February 17
38th Annual Garden Walk 2018
The self-guided tour offers a chance to visit a wide variety of island garden styles in Key Largo and Plantation Key, not otherwise available for viewing. Stroll through our Francis Tracy Garden Center grounds (MM94 Bayside) while enjoying the complimentary Tea Party, spectacular vendors of all types, plant sales, artisan wares and educational exhibits. While shopping have lunch cooked to order by a local restaurant on site. Tickets available in advance at Key Largo and Islamorada Chambers of Commerce, all First State Bank Locations MM82, 97, 101 or day of the event at the Garden Center and all garden properties.

Key West / February 17 to February 18
GardenFest: The Green Market Place
A giant plant sale offers visitors the opportunity to peruse a wide array of native and exotic tropical plants, earth-based art and healthy living vendors. Enjoy a perfect day in the Garden where organic and healthy food vendors as well as a beer and wine bar will be available in the Courtyard along with the talents of local musicians. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden is located at 5210 College Road.
Contact: 305-296-1504

Marathon / February 17 to February 18
Second Annual ALR Coral Head Music Festival
Nationally recognized bands are to perform as well as Keys favorites for an all-day music fest. ALL proceeds benefit charities, including Project: Vet Relief, Relay for Life and Wesley House Family Services. The two-day, jam packed musical charity event is to be held at the Marathon Community Park Amphitheater, from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Presented by American Legion Riders.

Key Largo / February 17 to March 03
Joe Cella Memorial Award, The Birds in Nature Art Show
Joe Cella was a well-known and well-liked artist who specialized in woodcarvings of birds in nature. Awards in the art show include oil painting, acrylic and photography. Original art is to be displayed by members of the Art Guild of the Purple Isles. Open to the public at Trade Winds Plaza, Public Library Community Room, MM 101.4 oceanside.

Key West / February 18
Hoh Couture show at the Gardens
Valerie Hoh, owner of the eclectic Pandemonium gallery in the '90s, returns to Key West with her Hoh Couture fashion, tribal Afro-Beat jewelry as well as ReWorx, an exciting new collection of unusual metal art sculptures at The Gardens Hotel, located at 526 Angela St. Highlighting the 12-7 p.m. event is the always-fun fashion show at 5.30 p.m. led by Leda and her friends with music by Peter Diamond.
Contact: 828 242 1526

Islamorada / February 19
Maritime Archaeology of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Matthew Lawrence, Maritime Archaeologist presentation will be on the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary which encompasses one of the greatest navigation hazards in the western hemisphere. Maritime traffic for the past 500 years has skirted perilously close to more than 100 miles of barely submerged coral reefs. The Florida reef tract combined with imprecise navigation, tumultuous weather, and human error have led to thousands of shipwrecks. Matthew Lawrence will relate what archaeological study of this underwater cultural heritage is revealing about the Atlantic maritime world. The Matecumbe Historical Trust will host this month's free lecture starting at 6:30 pm at Island Community Church.
Contact: Barbara 305-393-0940

Marathon / February 19
Florida Keys Concert Association presents: Attacca Quartet
This internationally acclaimed prize-winning New York-based string quartet has become one of America's premier young performing ensembles. Show starts at 7:30 PM, at the Marathon High School, 350 Sombrero Road, (MM50). Tickets to be available online.

Islamorada / February 20
Florida Keys Concert Association presents: Attacca Quartet
This internationally acclaimed prize-winning New York-based string quartet has become one of America's premier young performing ensembles. Show starts 7:30 PM, at Island Community Church, 83250 Overseas Highway, (MM83). Tickets to be available online.

Key West / February 22 to March 10
Waterfront Playhouse presents: Hand to God
Sesame Street meets The Exorcist in this outrageous comedy. Hand To God tells the story of an awkward Texas teen named Jason, who spends his afternoons at his local church, practicing for the Christian Puppet Ministry run by his widowed mother. All hell literally breaks loose, however, when Jason's puppet Tyrone takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. Nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Play, Hand To God explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind.
Contact: 305-294-5015

Key West / February 23 to February 24
Key West Garden Club Gardens Tour
Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., both days, attendees can explore the oceanfront site at 1100 Atlantic Blvd. that has been the garden club's headquarters for more than a half-century. The bricks and archways of the Civil War--era fort are the backdrop for spectacular orchids and bromeliads, stands of black bamboo, indigenous plants, a peace garden and a dramatic new pool and fountain in addition to many other attractions.
Contact: Donna Farrow 410-544-2379

Islamorada / February 23 to February 24
Spring Backcountry Fly Championship Series
Tournament anglers are to compete to catch the most inches of snook and redfish on fly in a challenge where one inch equals one point. Awards are to be given to the grand champion and runner-up, and to the anglers who catch the largest snook and redfish. The field is limited to 30 boats.

Marathon / February 24
Fitness for a Cause: Paws in the Park
Join the Marathon campus of the Florida Keys SPCA in Key Colony Beach for the inaugural mile walk for the animals. Bring your well behaved four-legged pet on a leash or just join them on two legs for outdoor fitness and to help raise money to support adoption, spay/neuter, behavior, foster, humane animal control and outreach programs. Registration begins at 9 a.m., at City Hall Park. Suggested donation $10.
Contact: 305-743-4800

Islamorada / February 24 to February 25
Rotary Gigantic Nautical Flea Market
Thousands of bargain hunters are expected to browse and buy fishing gear, rods, reels, line, lures and tools. Hours are 8AM - 3PM. Event is staged at Founders Park, MM 87. Free Parking at Coral Shores High School (MM 90). Free shuttle to the park. A $5 per adult donation requested on entry.

Key West / February 24 to February 25
53rd Annual Old Island Days Art Festival
The 53rd annual juried outdoor fine art festival features oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture, photography and other offerings by more than 100 artists from around the United States and beyond. The event takes place on lower Whitehead Street in historic Old Town.
Contact: 304-294-1243

Key West / February 25
Key West Impromptu Concerts presents: Katona Twins
The identical twins Peter and Zolta?n Katona were born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1968, and began their musical education at the age of ten. As the Katona Twins they've put out nine CDs so far, covering a wide spectrum of music ranging from Mozart, Bach, and Scarlatti, to Queen, the Doors, and the Beatles They have deservedly become among the classical guitar world's musical "must see" performers. They have been called "A symphony for two, Twin Peaks of Classical Music." Show starts 4 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Marathon / February 26
Florida Keys Concert Association presents: Fandango
A toe-tapping spicy mix of Latin, Spanish, Sephardic, Balkan, and classical sounds played on flute, violin, guitar and cello. Founded by four multi-award-winning, globe-trotting virtuosi who hail from Spain, Bosnia, UK and USA, they have played separately and together on the world's most prestigious stages. Show starts 7:30 PM, at Marathon High School, 350 Sombrero Road, (MM50). Tickets to be available online.

Key West / February 26 to March 10
Red Barn Theater presents: Always ... Patsy Cline
The story of Patsy Cline told through the eyes of her pen pal, Louise Seeger. One of the most-produced plays in America, this down home musical features many of Patsy's hits and is a tribute to her, her enduring  music, and to friendship. Featuring Christine Mild and Joy Hawkins. Show times and tickets online. Red Barn Theater is located at 319 Duval St.
Contact: 305-296-9911

Islamorada / February 27
Florida Keys Concert Association presents: Fandango
A toe-tapping spicy mix of Latin, Spanish, Sephardic, Balkan, and classical sounds played on flute, violin, guitar and cello. Founded by four multi-award-winning, globe-trotting virtuosi who hail from Spain, Bosnia, UK and USA, they have played separately and together on the world's most prestigious stages. Show starts 7:30 PM, at Island Community Church, 83250 Overseas Highway (MM83). Tickets to be available online.

Key West / February 28
Sunset Green Event Lawn presents: Michael McDonald
With a career that encompasses five Grammys, numerous chart successes and personal and professional accolades, as well as collaborations with some of the world's most prominent artists, Michael McDonald remains an enduring force in popular music. Hailing from St. Louis, McDonald arrived in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, honing his talents as a studio musician before becoming an integral part of Steely Dan. In the mid-'70s McDonald was invited to join the Doobie Brothers as the band redefined their sound with McDonald serving as singer, keyboardist and songwriter on such Top 40 singles as "Takin' It To The Streets," "It Keeps You Runnin'," "Minute By Minute" and "What A Fool Believes." Sunset Green Event Lawn is a brand new multipurpose event space located at The 24 North Hotel in Key West.
Contact: Tickets 410.268.4545

Key West / February 28 to April 09
Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration
A kickoff party is to be staged at the home of the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit founders Dennis Beaver and Bert Whitt Feb. 28, and the festival, a 6-week commemoration of the literary icon who lived on the island for thirty-four years, is to continue into April and boasts a full roster of writing and painting contests, film and poetry forums, curator tours of the Tennessee Williams Museum at 513 Truman Avenue, a March 26th birthday party for the playwright, and 2 one-act theatre productions of the Pulitzer-Prize-winner's work. Presented by the newly-merged Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit and the Key West Art & Historical Society.
Contact: Shawn Cowles 305.295.6616 ext 1

Key West / February 28
South Florida Symphony presents: MW Series III, Beethoven and Vivaldi’s Expressions of Nature
Four Seasons is Vivaldi's best known work, consisting of four violin concerti, each giving a musical expression to a season. Beethoven publicly declared the Pastoral Symphony's 'extra musical' purpose: An Expression of Nature. Performance at 7:30 p.m., Tennessee Williams Theater, 5901 College Road.