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Calendar of Events for May, 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

Islamorada / March 21 to December 17
History of Diving Museum presents: Immerse Yourself Free Speaker Series
The History of Diving Museum presents the annual presentation series that spotlights a new topic the third Wednesday of each month, at 7 p.m. Exhibits and museum store stay open late (normal museum admission applies).
Contact: 305-664-9737

Key West / April 13 to May 15
Collections, Key West presents: Visual Stories
Local artists and artisans of the Lower Keys are coming together for an end of the season show; Visual Stories. Lizzie Devries' figures made of historic shutters will mix with local exotic hardwood furnishings created by Jimmy & Karen Wray', while Craig Sasser tells nostalgic stories of the Keys. Pamela McLeod comes back to the art scene after an imposed halt by Ms Irma, she will be showing her jewelry and new sculpture designs. As a special treat, world traveler, Louis Wray will share with us his traversing talents via a photographic journey. Opening set for Friday, April 20 5-8 p.m., 6810 Front St., Stock Island.
Contact: Call for hours 305-923-4778

Key West / April 17 to May 05
Red Barn Theater presents: Cry It Out
Cooped up on maternity leave and starved for conversation, Jessie invites her funny and forthright neighbor, Lina, also a new mom, for coffee. Despite their vastly different finances, they become fast friends during nap times...while someone watches from the mansion on the cliff overlooking Jessie's yard. This comedy with dark edges takes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the dilemma of returning to work, and how class impacts parenthood and friendship. Show times and tickets online. Red Barn Theater is located at 319 Duval St.
Contact: 305-296-9911

Key West / May 01 to May 29
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 / May 03 to May 31
The Studios of Key West presents: May Exhibition in Sanger Gallery
Sights Unseen: New Paintings by Rick Worth is on display at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street. The perennial winner of "Best Artist" awards, Rick Worth is among the defining Key West artists of his generation, and likely the most productive.
Contact: 305-296-0458

Key West / May 03 to May 26
Waterfront Playhouse presents: The Legend of Georgia McBride
Casey is an unemployed Elvis impersonator in need of a quick buck. In desperation, he takes up a job offer from drag queen Miss Tracy, to fill in for her drunk partner at a night's cabaret performance. Turns out he's a natural, and soon he's decked out in sequins and warbling Barbara Streisand with the best of them. However, he's kept his new job secret from his wife Jo, who's starting to wonder about her husband's newly unleashed feminine side.
Contact: 305-294-5015

Marathon / May 03 to May 19
Marathon Community Theater presents: Making God Laugh
Making God Laugh is a family comedy that takes place in four scenes, each ten years apart and set at various holidays. Beginning in 1980, the newly "launched" kids - a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former star football player - all return home where we learn of their plans as they embark on their adult lives. The "empty nest" parents contend with their own changes as well as old family rituals and dubious recipes are trotted out and ancient tensions flare up.  "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plan..." Woody Allen
Contact: 305-743-0994

Islamorada / May 04 to May 06
Nick Sheahan Dolphin Rodeo
A tournament honoring the memory of Nick Sheahan, a Florida Keys student, funds from this event benefit a namesake community scholarship fund. Hosted at Tavernier Creek Marina, cash prizes and $25,000 to the angler with the dolphin that beats the state record. Hosted at Tavernier Creek Marina, entry fee for adults is $185, $50 for juniors.
Contact: Marcia Panse 305-393-3733

Key West / May 04 to May 06
Third Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade
If one man's junk is another man's treasure, then the late Key Largo folk artist Stanley Papio was a treasure hunter extraordinaire. Fans of "outsider art" can celebrate the renegade metal sculptor's legacy with a people-powered parade of mobile sculptures crafted in the spirit of his extraordinary creations. The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade features colorful sculptural floats, tricycles with exotically costumed riders, fantastically decorated bicycles and other moving works of art — all powered by human effort alone — and are to follow a route along the length of Key West's Duval Street.
Contact: 305-295-6616

Marathon / May 04 to May 06
Marathon Offshore Bull and Cow Dolphin Tournament
A guaranteed grand prize of $10,000 cash is to go to the team that catches the largest bull and cow dolphin fish combined. However, according to organizers, the top prize payout increases as more boats register. With a field of 60-69 boats, the first-place cash award is to be $13,000, increasing incrementally by 10 boats. If a field of 100 boats is reached, the guaranteed first-place cash prize is $25,000. while other prizes are awarded to anglers catching the largest dolphin, wahoo, tuna and tripletail.
Contact: Jack Carlson 305-481-0495

Marathon / May 05 to May 09
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 215-542-1492

Key West / May 09 to May 13
Key West Songwriters' Festival
The annual showcase of musical magic features America's foremost performing songwriters, with concerts staged in intimate, audience-friendly island settings. The largest festival of its kind in the world celebrates its 23 years as both a tourist attraction and favorite of island locals. The festival revolves around five days and nights of big stars in intimate settings, introducing audiences to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs.
Contact: Charlie Bauer 305-304-0814

Marathon / May 11 to May 12
12th Annual Mother's Day Dolphin Tournament
This is a fun and festive one day fishing tournament for the heaviest dolphin. New and seasoned anglers are welcome! Over $8,000 in cash and prizes have been awarded in past events. All registration fees are tax deductible as allowable by law and will be used directly to build four new affordable homes in Marathon. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys. The Captain's Meeting is Friday, May 11, followed by a day of fishing on Saturday, May 12. Weigh in is hosted by Curly's Coffee Company and the Captain's Meeting and Awards Banquet will be hosted by Key Colony Inn. There are four angler categories: Pro, Weekend Warrior, Ladies, and Junior (16 and under).
Contact: 305-743-9828

Key West / May 14
Key West Theater presents: Steve Earle & The Dukes
Over the past three decades, Steve Earle has established himself as a kind of rootsy Renaissance man: The Texas-bred songwriter is also a political activist, radio host, rocker, actor, and playwright. Early on he was a bandleader equally smitten with bouncy twang and brawny thud (no wonder he has shared bills with both George Jones and the Replacements). These days he's known as the smart dude with the big heart, writing a heap of provocative polit-ical tunes that stand up for the little guy. After overcoming a heroin addiction that derailed his career in the 1990s, he's become a widely respect, highly dependable workhorse. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.

Islamorada / May 16
Solving a Sunken Mystery: The Investigation and identification of a 16th Century Shipwreck
Presented by Keys History & Discovery Center. Join Archaeologist Corey Malcom from the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum as he shares the story of a well-preserved shipwreck found on the western edge of the Little Bahama Bank. It was clearly Spanish and dated to the 1500s, but there were no obvious signs of its mission or identity. Malcom, who organized the research, will detail the fascinating step-by-step process, from discovery to identification, of this early and important shipwreck. Cost is $25 for non-members. Light appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Reservations recommended. Doors open at 5 p.m., presentation begins at 6 p.m.
Contact: 305-922-2237

Islamorada / May 16
Immerse Yourself! History of Diving Museum's Free Lecture Series
This month's presentation, "Underwater Photography, How did We Get To Where We Are Today?" features museum founder, Dr. Sally Bauer, who shares the fascinating history of what was needed to take the first pictures underwater. Click through time on this 2,000-year journey. Starts 7 p.m.
Contact: 305-664-9737

Key West / May 17
Styx and Blue Oyster Cult at Key West Amphitheater
Styx draws from over four decades of barnburning chart hits, joyous singalongs, and hard-driving deep cuts. "Blue Collar Man," "Lady," "Miss America," "Man in the Wilderness," "Crystal Ball," "Come Sail Away" to the grainy all-in gallop of that rugged "Renegade," immerse yourself in their signature sound. Blue öyster Cult has been thrilling fans of intelligent hard rock worldwide with powerful albums loaded with classic songs, including "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," "Godzilla" the hypnotically melodic "Burnin' for You," and "Buck Dharma."

Key Largo / May 17 to May 20
Key Largo's Original Music Festival
Enjoy the food, entertainment and ambiance of Key Largo during this singers and songwriters event. Multiple "on the water" venues feature Nashville's hit songwriters and musicians as well as unique local entertainers. Presented by the Upper Keys Business Group.
Contact: 305-394-3736

Key West / May 18 to May 19
Harry S. Truman Legacy Symposium
Key West's political history is highlighted in panel discussions, a reception and tours of the Little White House where Truman spent many working vacations during his presidency. The 2018 theme is Harry S. Truman's Legacy on how the nation's 33rd president dealt with Russia and the Cold War. Located at 111 Front St.
Contact: 305-294-9911

Key West / May 19
20 years of AfroRoots with Papaloko & Morikeba Kouyate
Grammy nominated Jose Elias (Cortadito, Spam All-Stars) celebrates 20 years of his incredible, eclectic AfroRoots Music Festival with a regional tour making its Southernmost stop at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street, with Papaloko and Morikeba Kouyate. Show starts 8 p.m.
Contact: 305-296-0458

Key West / May 19
Key West Theater presents: Carbon Leaf
Through 24 years, 16 albums and 2300 live shows, Carbon Leaf's independent spirit and vibrant music con-tinues to resonate with their fans. Blending folk, Celtic, bluegrass, Americana and rock traditions into what the group calls Ether-Electrified Porch Music, the Virginia quintet's songs of life, love, heartbreak and land-scape are independently written, recorded and produced from their own studio in Richmond. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.

Key West / May 19
Native Plant Sale & Speaker Series at the Key West Tropical Forest
The Nursery in the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden will be offering native trees, shrubs and vines for sale from 9 a.m. to noon. Choose from over 1,500 plants and 150 species of butterfly and bird-attracting plants propagated by volunteers in sizes from one-gallon to 30-gallon pots. All proceeds directly benefit the Tropical Forest's conservation program. At 1:30 pm, Harry Crissy, Community Resource Development agent with the University of Florida/IFAS Extension in Key West, will be the featured speaker in the Toppino Nature Chapel Pavillion. The topic will be Soil Remediation in the Keys. The Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island.
Contact: 305-296-1504

Key West / May 19
Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center's Discovery Saturday: Sea Turtles
Discovery Saturday from 10-11 a.m. features learning about sea turtles with special guests from Marathon's Turtle Hospital. Through engaging crafts and activities, children will learn how to reduce the threats to these fascinating sea creatures. . Space is limited. The Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center, operated by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, hosts Discovery Saturday for children in kindergarten through fifth grade on the third Saturday of each month. Located in NOAA's Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West, the Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, which interpret the resources and management efforts of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, two national parks, and four national wildlife refuges.
Contact: Register at 305-809-4750

Islamorada / May 20 to May 23
Loop Golden Fly Invitational Tarpon Tournament
Special flies, accurate casts and a bit of luck are the recipe for winning this prestigious challenge, using only a tournament-furnished tippet not greater than 16-pound test. Eligible tarpon must measure at least 48 inches in length to earn release points, and weigh at least 70 pounds for weight points.
Contact: Betsy Bullard 305-587-1460

Key West / May 26
Key West Theater presents: Howie Mandell (2 Shows!)
Howie Mandel has remained a constant force in show business for over 30 years. Mandel is executive producer of many shows through his production company ALEVY PRODUCTIONS, which has produced the series Take It All and Howie Do It for NBC, Deal With It for TBS and Mobbed for FOX, among others. He currently serves as a judge on NBC's hit summer talent competition series, America's Got Talent, now in its 11th season with this being Mandel's seventh season on the series. Shows at 6:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

Key West / May 27
27th Annual Schooner Wharf Minimal Regatta
To compete in the wacky challenge, each six-member team must construct a craft out of the most minimal supplies: a single sheet of 4-by-8-foot plywood, two 8-foot-long 2-by-4s, a pound of fasteners and a trusty roll of duct tape.Regatta rules even forbid the use of caulking or adhesives, though epoxy paint is permitted. The "sink or swim" challenge is a Memorial Day Weekend tradition in the Florida Keys, with Sunday's fun scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. when teams can register at the Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William St.

Islamorada / May 28
Memorial Day Service
The Matecumbe Historical Trust will hold their annual Memorial Day Service at 9 a.m. at the Islamorada Hurricane Monument, Mile Marker (MM) 81.8 Overseas Highway. The monument was dedicated in 1937 to honor the Veterans and civilians killed in the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. Barbara Edgar, President of the Matecumbe Historical Trust will make the introductory welcome presentation followed by the invocation by Pastor Tony Hammon of Island Community Church, Presentation of Colors, the National Anthem, presentation by Glenn Taylor, Guest Speaker Mayor Jim Mooney, a brief history of the Hurricane Monument, the laying of the memorial wreath. The service is open to the public. Residents and visitors are encouraged to attend in observance of Memorial Day.
Contact: Barbara Edgar 305-393-0940