SECTION B - News-y & Cruise-y Items

 

25th NAUTICAL FLEA MARKET, JANUARY 24 & 25 IN POMPANO BEACH

Pompano Beach and Lighthouse Point present their 25th Nautical Flea Market on January 24 and 25 at Community Park, 820 NE 18th Avenue in Pompano Beach. Hours are Saturday 8 - 5; Sunday 8 -3. There will be new and used gear and more. $5 admission fee for adults, children 12 and under, free.

 

MARATHON'S LONG-TIME DESTINATION SPOT TO REOPEN

FARO BLANCO RESORT & MARINA, after having been closed for several years, is said to be scheduled for re-opening ... the on-site hotel in December; the marina in February. Check it out at www.faroblancoresort.com.

 

STUART BOAT SHOW SET FOR JANUARY 9 - 11

The Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast  announces the opening of the 41st annual Stuart Boat Show on Friday, January 9th at 10AM.  The three-day show's hours are 10 to 6 Friday and Saturday and 10 to 4 on Sunday.  Show site is Waterway Marina, 290 N. Dixie Hwy.  There will be a free shuttle to transport show-goers from several nearby parking spots. Seminars covering cruising, fishing and the Coast Guard Auxiliary are scheduled during the show. For further information contact www.allspsortsproductions.net.

 

Stuart's BLESSING OF THE FLEET and Marine Parade - February 7.

Check locally for more information.

 

ST. JOHNS COUNTY RECREATION & PARKS DEPARTMENT INVITE

WE HAVE 4 NEW BOATS ADDED TO THE FLEET, SO IF YOU NEED TO RENT ONE AND WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU GET A SINGLE PERSON KAYAK PLEASE RSVP NOW.

Hello Fellow Kayakers and Nature Explorers: 

Trout Creek Up or Down Every 3rd Friday of each Month at 10am

The St. Johns County Recreation and Parks Department would like to invite you to participate with AyoLane Halusky, our County Naturalist, in a 2.5 hour paddle up or down Trout Creek. This is a new paddling series will be held at Trout Creek, to support the St. Johns County Scholarship Fund for under privileged youth in our area. All costs and donations will benefit local youth for after school programs like; Basket Ball, Swim Lessons, triathlon and more exciting youth programs offered through the county.

Every 3rd Friday of each Month at 10am we will meet at the Trout Creek Community Center and boat ramp (6795 Collier Road, St. Augustine, Fl. 32092) to start their adventure with a quick paddle class.  Bring along your questions about the local history, the flora, fauna and creatures that can be found along the shoreline.  If further information is needed, please call AyoLane Halusky at (904) 209-0348. If you bring your own kayak and equipment the cost is $20; if you need a kayak and equipment the fee is $40. You must reserve your spot in advanced; we will limit the number of paddlers in order to provide a more personal experience as well as to also limit the impact to our natural areas. RSVP before the trip date by calling AyoLane Halusky at (904) 209-0348 or emailing ahalusky@sjcfl.us.

Mr. AyoLane Halusky
St. Johns County Naturalist
Department of Recreation and Parks
Trout Creek Park
6795 Collier Rd.
St. Augustine  Fl. 32092
904-209-0348 office
www.sjcfl.us/recreation
www.sjcfl.us/CountyNaturalist/ 

 

Fast Find 220 PLB

The FAST FIND 220 PLB uses advanced technology packed into a simple, lightweight, palm sized unit. Using the dedicated 406MHz frequency, Fast Find 220 transmits your unique ID and precise GPS location to the global network of search and rescue satellites within minutes. Rescuers are alerted to your situation, and Fast Find 220 sends them regular updates on your position. Finally, emergency services can home in on your beacon’s 121.5MHz transmission to find you.

Mini size, MIGHTY 406MHz emergency signal with GPS
Minimum of 24 hours continuous operation
Simple design, easy to use 6 year battery life
No subscription or call charges
Floats with buoyancy pouch
Waterproof to 10m
SOS morse LED
Safe-stow antenna
Self test both the battery and GPS

Further information: http://www.mcmurdomarine.com/  

 

WINTER OFFSHORE POKER RUN AND REGATTA TO FOCUS ACTION ON MARATHON

MARATHON, Florida Keys -- Powerboats, cars, custom bikes and aircraft are to converge on Marathon as adrenaline enthusiasts explore the Florida Keys during the Winter Poker Run and Regatta. The popular air, land and sea event is set for Friday through Sunday, Jan. 23-25.

For more than 20 years, the Florida Powerboat Club has staged Offshore Poker Run events to Key West, attracting more than 160 powerboat teams and about 1,000 attendees from around the globe each year.

Marathon's new high-energy motoring, boating and flying group rally is to be anchored at the Hyatt Place Hotel at Faro Blanco Resort and Yacht Club, located at 1996 Overseas Highway. The newly opened property features a full-service 74-slip marina that is scheduled to open soon.

Friday, Jan. 23, air, land and sea "poker runners" are to begin their journeys from the mainland through the Florida Keys to Marathon. Stopover checkpoints are planned in Key Largo, Islamorada and Marathon before a late-afternoon arrival at Hyatt Place.

Airplane pilots can land at the Florida Keys Marathon Airport, a public general aviation airport located gulfside at mile marker 52 in the Middle Keys. The airport serves privately owned, corporate and charter aircraft.

Watersports entertainment is on the weekend agenda with wakeboard pro riders, jet sports performers and amphibious aircraft.

In addition, powerboats, exotic cars and custom bikes are to be exhibited for public viewing. Enthusiasts can mingle with participants, meet the poker run teams and see displays of vehicles and vessels. Admission is free.

A Saturday night cocktail reception is planned with poker run awards for boat, car, motorcyle and flying classes.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, on-the-water entertainment is planned. The day’s other attractions include a lunch stopover at a yet-to-be-announced venue in Islamorada for participants returning to the mainland.

Registration is $150 for a motorbike with one rider (passenger fee is an additional $100), $350 per car with a driver and guest, $750 per powerboat, $600 for cruisers or yachts and $400 for an airplane (pilot and guest). Fees include admission and one poker hand per team, as well as participation in the boating, driving and riding activities that are to be accompanied by photo and video teams.

Event information: www.flpowerboat.com 
Florida Keys visitor information: www.fla-keys.com or 800-FLA-KEYS (352-5397)
Marathon visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/marathon  or 1-800-262-7284

 

STOCK ISLAND VILLAGE MARINA KING MACKEREL TOURNAMENT SET FOR JAN. 29-31

KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- Anglers can vie for prizes including a guaranteed first-place payout of $10,000 during the 2015 Stock Island Marina Village King Mackerel Tournament slated for Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 29-31.

The angler who weighs in the heaviest mackerel, also known as kingfish, is to take home the $10,000 cash prize. The second- and third-place finishers receive $3,000 and $2,000, respectively, and cash prizes are to be presented through seventh place. Award amounts are based on having a field of 70 paid boats.

Cash awards also await the top anglers fishing on boats that measure 23 feet or shorter, while prizes are to be presented to top female and junior anglers. 

A sanctioned event of the Southern Kingfish Association, the tournament is headquartered at Stock Island Marina Village, 7009 Shrimp Road on Stock Island.

Events kick off Thursday, Jan. 29, with a 3-7 p.m. registration at the marina. A mandatory captains meeting follows at 7 p.m.

Fishing begins at 7 a.m. Friday and Saturday, running until 4 p.m. Friday and 3:30 p.m. Saturday. All boats must return to Stock Island Marina Village for the daily weigh-in.

Awards are to be presented Saturday approximately one hour after the last fish is weighed.

The tournament entry fee is $375 per angler before Jan. 16 and $425 after that date.

Event information: www.fishska.com or Murray Marine at 305-296-0364
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
Lower Keys visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/lowerkeys or 1-800-872-3722
Florida Keys fishing information: www.fla-keys.com/fishing 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER'S

NATURE NOOK GIFT SHOP OPEN FOR THE SEASON

Wabasso Island, FL – The Nature Nook, filled to the rafters with new and unusual gifts, has re-opened at the Environmental Learning Center after a month-long re-stocking hiatus. Open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm, Saturdays from 9 am to 4 pm, and Sundays from 1 to 4 pm, this special gift shop offers a totally new variety of nature-themed items, focusing particularly on Florida's animals, trees, birds, shells, the beach and the sea.  Children's and adult books are among the most popular items, along with educational toys and stuffed animals. Emphasis is placed on merchandise made from renewable and recycled materials, and made in the U.S.A. to the extent possible. Whimsical wind chimes made from re-cycled bottles and brightly colored doormats constructed from used flip-flops are examples of the use of re-cycled materials.

Head manager-buyer Pat Fava, a 12-year veteran of the Nature Nook, points out that there is a mix of things always carried in the shop such as eco-friendly coffee, insect repellents, and olive oil soaps, and other products that are new this year. Among the new items is the line of "e-cloths," re-usable and chemical-free cleaning cloths
for any place in the house; also the terra cotta "Plant Nanny" for re-cycling wine bottles or plastic water bottles to keep your plants watered while you are away from home. Jewelry made from sea glass as well as other materials, household and kitchen items round out the choices for wonderful housewarming or hostess gifts, as well as birthday and holiday occasions.

The Environmental Learning Center is located north of Vero Beach, off County Road 510, at the western end of the Wabasso Bridge. Its 64-acre campus includes exhibit areas, native plant gardens, picnic facilities, gift shop, and a visitor center. ELC membership benefits, a list of its many field excursions, Ecology Adventures, including nature walks, canoe excursions and other boating adventures may be found at www.DiscoverELC.org. Admission to the ELC, a non-profit organization, is $5 per person; there is no charge for ELC members and children 12 and under. The first Saturday of every month is free-of-charge for all.

255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963

Contact: Molly Steinwald, Executive Director
Phone: (772) 589-5050

ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER 2014/15
ECOLOGY ADVENTURE SCHEDULE
 

Wabasso Island, FL – The Environmental Learning Center (ELC) announces its Ecology Adventure Schedule for 2014/15 season. The schedule includes hundreds of programs for all ages and abilities on or near their 64-acre Wabasso Island campus. The campus features aquariums, hands-on exhibits, native plant gardens, elevated boardwalks and picnic facilities in addition to a touch tank, nature trail, canoe launch area, and gift shop. There are canoe, kayak and pontoon boat excursions around Wabasso Island, to Pelican Island and on the St. Sebastian River.  Many special events are scheduled throughout the season.

The purpose of these programs is to provide a stimulating and fun experience that will instill an understanding of the natural world, enrich people’s lives, and inspire participants to be active stewards of the surrounding natural resources, particularly the Indian River Lagoon. 

The Environmental Learning Center is located north of Vero Beach off County Road 510 at the western end of the Wabasso Bridge. A schedule for the ELC’s programs may be found at www.DiscoverELC.org. Questions can be answered and reservations for events may be made by calling the ELC at 772-589-5050. Admission is $5 per person, children 12 and under free. ELC members receive free admission year-round. The first Saturday of every month is free to all.

255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963

 

LET'S GO FISHING!

An introductory course in Florida Fishing is being offered at the PGI Civic Association on Shreve Street in Punta Gorda. Topics to be covered include fishing techniques, tackle selection, rigging, knot tying, lures, baits, cast nets, fish identification, tides, and fishing regulations for fishing in fresh and salt waters of Southwest Florida.  Rods, reels, lures, nets and other fishing equipment will be demonstrated during the class and there will be a number of useful hand outs issued to students.  The class is geared towards beginning anglers, but more experienced fishermen will pick up helpful tips as well.  The instructor is long time local fishing guide Capt. Ralph Allen who might even reveal the locations of a few local hotspots!  The course is open to all members of the public and includes six evening sessions which are to be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. beginning on Wednesday January 14. The cost for the class is $40 and advance registration is recommended by calling 637-1655.

 

FLORIDA KEYS CUDA BOWL TO PIT ANGLERS AGAINST BARRACUDA JAN. 30-31

KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- While Super Bowl teams make last-minute preparations for the big game, anglers can tangle with a different kind of big game in the Florida Keys: the toothy barracuda, prey for competitors in the 2015 Cuda Bowl scheduled Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30-31.

The all-release flats tournament, designed for anglers fishing in poleable depths of water with artificial flies and lures, got its name because it is scheduled each year on the two days prior to the Super Bowl football championship.

Tournament events kick off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, with a final registration, captains meeting and gathering at The Angling Company, 333 Simonton St. in Key West's historic Old Town.

Fishing is scheduled Friday and Saturday and must not exceed eight hours per day. Anglers and guides can leave from and return to the marina of their choice, but rules mandate that by 5:30 p.m. each day they must bring their catch report to the Hurricane Hole Marina, 5130 Overseas Highway at mile marker 4.5 oceanside.

An awards event at Hurricane Hole is to follow Saturday's fishing.

Awards await the anglers who catch the highest total inches of barracuda in the fly and spin divisions. Each angler can count three fish per day toward their total.

Additional awards are presented to the top team and top lady angler, as well as for the largest individual barracuda released.

Tournament rules allow licensed guides to fish as anglers. The entry fee is $250 for one angler on a boat and an additional $50 for a second, with two anglers permitted per boat. Early registration is suggested to ensure participation.

Tournament information: www.cudabowl.com
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
Lower Keys visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/lowerkeys or 1-800-872-3722
Florida Keys fishing information: www.fla-keys.com/fishing

 

POPULAR NATIONAL FISHING SEMINAR SERIES SET TO RETURN TO THE FLORIDA KEYS

ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys -- For the second consecutive year the Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series is to convene in the Florida Keys, providing anglers of all experience levels valuable techniques and tips for fishing in the subtropical archipelago.

The 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. event Saturday, Jan. 31, is to be staged in Islamorada at the Coral Shores High School's Performing Arts Theater, mile marker 89.9 oceanside.

George Poveromo, host of "George Poveromo's World of Saltwater Fishing" on NBC Sports Network and editor-at-large for "Salt Water Sportsman" magazine, is to headline the program.

Slated to join Poveromo and cohost Tom Twyford are a series of veteran Florida Keys-based fishing guides. They are to share details to get the most out of Keys angling trips while plying waters from the shallow backcountry to deepwater offshore points.

Courses for the seminar are to focus on fishing techniques for yellowtail and mutton snappers, grouper, snook, redfish, tarpon, trout, dolphin, wahoo, cobia and blackfin tuna, as well as wreck fishing, daytime swordfishing, how to find and fish nearshore and offshore surface temperature breaks and much more.

A seminar series ticket is $55 and includes instruction, a course textbook, a one-year subscription or extension to "Salt Water Sportsman" and free services, marine products and discount coupons.

The grand prize at the conclusion of the Islamorada seminar and seven other seminars throughout the east coast and Alabama is a Florida Keys fishing trip with one of several premier captains, including accommodations. The super grand prize, to be awarded two weeks after the conclusion of the 2015 series, is a 17-foot Mako Pro Skiff.

The Keys seminar is sponsored in part by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.

Seminar information, faculty and registration: www.nationalseminarseries.com or 1-800-448-7360
Florida Keys fishing information: www.fla-keys.com/fishing 
Islamorada visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/islamorada or 1-800-FAB-KEYS

 

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APALACHICOLA

Stay at the The Water Street Hotel is offering a winter special December 1 – February 15 take $10.00 off the best available rate when booking advance reservations through The Water Street Hotel & Marina.

 

Lighthouse Climb

The St. George Lighthouse will host a full moon climb Jan 4 from 5:30-7pm.

 

Oyster cook-off

 

Mardi Gras

 

 

NEWS FROM JACKSONVILLE'S RUDDER CLUB AND THE FIRST COAST SAILING ASSOCIATION

These two groups are very active and we suggest that NE Florida sailors check out their site - www.RudderClub.com.

Tell Tales includes race results and schedules of upcoming events (near and far) ... with details on items such as monthly meetings, summer camp opportunities, classified ads, local fleets, crews needed and willing and more. Visit the site and get all the news and check out the links to several other interesting websites.

To contact the club via email: office@RudderClub.com, or phone: 904-264-4094.

 

Marine Swap Vero

 

Marine Flea Market

 

FLORIDA KEYS & KEY WEST 2015 EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

FLORIDA KEYS -- The Florida Keys & Key West provide year-round entertainment for visitors, from festivals focusing on the area's colorful history, artistic culture and eccentric ambiance to events celebrating the Keys underwater paradise and culinary offerings.

Jan. 9-10: Florida Keys Celtic Festival. Marathon. Some of America's most celebrated Celtic musical masters are to be featured at the event held at the Marathon Community Park, MM 49. The festival will also feature Highland athletics, Celtic merchandise, food and beverage booths and children's activities. Visit www.celticheritageproductions.com/keys.htm or call 941-625-8544.

Jan. 8-11: Key West Literary Seminar. The 2015 topic, "How the Light Gets In: Literature of the Spirit," will investigate literature's relationship to the inexplicable. The annual seminar attracts literary aficionados from around the world for readings, discussions and lectures led by some of contemporary literature's leading writers. Visit www.kwls.org  or call 888-293-9291.

Jan. 8-17: Uncorked ... the Key Largo and Islamorada Food & Wine Festival. Key Largo and Islamorada. Enjoy a multisensory experience as Key Largo and Islamorada's culinary experts team up to present tasty food, wine and spirits events. Savor the flavors of the Keys in 10 days of culinary events, cooking demonstrations, themed wine dinners, food and wine pairing classes, art and wine shows, gourmet chocolate-crafting classes for kids and "A Grand Tasting" finale. Visit www.floridakeysuncorked.com  or call 305-394-3736.

Jan. 9-11: Brew On the Bay. Key Largo. Presented by the Rotary Club of Key Largo, this craft beer festival includes a home brew competition and a main event featuring more than 100 craft beers from around the world, showcased in an unlimited tasting with food, music and entertainment along the waterfront at Rowell's Marina, MM 104.5 bayside. Visit www.keylargobrewonthebay.com  or call 305-304-0554.

Jan. 10: No Name Race. Big Pine & the Lower Keys. Join a 5k walk and run that benefits the Domestic Abuse Shelter of the Florida Keys. The race begins at 8 a.m., covers 3.1 miles and is based at the Old Wooden Bridge Guest Cottages & Marina on Big Pine Key. Call 305-743-5452.

Jan. 12-16: Paradise Paint Out. Islamorada. This inaugural invitational plein air celebration features 25 artists creating a body of work that reflects Islamorada and the Florida Keys "in the open air." Presented by the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District, the event combines the vibrant colors of island living with talented artists from across the country. Visit www.moradaway.org/paradisepaintout.

Jan. 16-17: 55th Annual Historic House Tours. Key West. Presented by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, the house and garden tours offer a rare opportunity to see inside some of Key West's magnificent, charming and tropical residences that reflect the varied tastes and originality of their owners. Additional tours are scheduled for Feb. 13-14 and March 13-14. Visit www.oirf.org or call 305-294-9501.

Jan. 17: 32nd Annual Art Under the Oaks. Islamorada. This show in the San Pedro Church gardens, MM 89.5, features fine art and original crafts in many mediums as well as food vendors, live music and raffles from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Visit www.artundertheoaks.com or call 305-664-0888.

Jan. 17-18: 10th Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival. Key West. This family-oriented feast features fresh local Keys seafood, drinks, marine-related crafts, youth activities and live music. The two-day event is held at Bayview Park from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5.p.m. Sunday. Visit www.fkcfa.org  or www.monroe.ifas.ufl.edu.

January 17-18: Third Annual Baygrass Bluegrass Festival. Islamorada. The annual Baygrass Bluegrass Festival is to feature several leading bluegrass bands -- both "oldgrass" and "newgrass" -- at the ICE Amphitheater, MM 87 bayside at Founders Park. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 per adult age 18 and older and free for children age 17 and under. Adult tickets are $12 at the gate. Money raised helps fund music, dance and art scholarships for local students. Visit www.baygrassbluegrass.com or call 305-587-0901.

Jan. 17-18: Big Pine Key Nautical Flea Market. Big Pine & the Lower Keys. All things nautical are to be displayed and sold at the free-admission event that also includes live music, food and beverages, and raffles. The seafaring sale takes place on the grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, MM 31 oceanside, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Visit www.lowerkeyschamber.com or call 305-872-2411.

Jan. 18: Key West Half Marathon and 5k Run. Key West. Recognized by Runners World magazine as one of the 10 great half-marathons of the winter season, the race follows a 13.1-mile course that includes Old Town Key West and the scenic waterfront. Visit www.keywesthalfmarathon.com or call 305-240-0727.

Jan. 18-23: Quantum Key West Race Week 2015. Key West. The annual race week challenge features world-class competition and elite racing yacht crews from around the world. Boats from 23 to 72 feet are to compete for class championships in this international regatta. Fans can book seats on spectator boats ranging from excursion catamarans to historic tall ships or view the action from land at Key West's Atlantic-front restaurants, resorts and beaches. Visit www.premiere-racing.com or call 781-639-9545.

Jan. 23-25: Winter Poker Run and Regatta 2015. Marathon. Powerboats, cars, custom bikes and aircraft are to converge at the new Hyatt Place Faro Blanco Yacht Club and Resort. Watersports entertainment is on the agenda with wakeboard pro riders and jet sports performers, along with a powerboat fun run set for Saturday. Powerboats, exotic cars and custom bikes are to be displayed for free public viewing. Visit www.flpowerboat.com or call 954-545-1414.

Jan. 24-25: 30th Annual Key West Craft Show. Key West. Approximately 100 juried artisans and crafters gather to display their talents at this popular outdoor festival on lower Whitehead Street in historic Old Town Key West. Visit www.keywestartcenter.com or call 305-294-1243.

Jan. 24-25: Key Largo Stone Crab & Seafood Festival. Key Largo. Featuring fresh conch, local stone crab and other seafood, entertainment and fun for the entire family, the festival includes cooking demonstrations, eating and costume contests, kids' play area, arts and crafts vendors, music and more. Visit www.keylargoseafoodfestival.com or call 305-451-4502.

Jan. 25: 21st Annual Key West Master Chefs Classic. Key West. Local restaurants vie for top honors in appetizer, entrée and dessert categories. Attendees sample the culinary treats while judges pick the winners. The show is held from 4-7 p.m. at the Westin Key West Resort & Marina pier. Event proceeds benefit the nonprofit Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens. Visit www.masterchefsclassic.com or call 305-294-9526.

Jan. 28 - Feb. 1: Key West Food and Wine Festival. Key West. Top chefs and restaurateurs display culinary creativity and the Keys' indigenous cuisine in a tasty schedule of events for food lovers. Highlights include the lively "Duval Uncorked Deconstructed," neighborhood wine strolls, food and wine pairings, intriguing seminars, an outdoor artisan wine market and a "Mile 0" grand tasting. Visit www.keywestfoodandwinefestival.com or call 800-474-4319.

Feb. 6-8: Civil War Heritage Days. Key West. Colorful Civil War re-enactments and tours of Key West's historic Civil War-era Fort Zachary Taylor highlight the journey into the island's past. Visit www.floridastateparks.org/forttaylor/  and click "Events" or call 305-292-6850.

Feb. 7-8: 21st Annual Pigeon Key Art Festival. Marathon. More than 80 artists and craftspeople are to exhibit their work at Marathon Community Park, MM 49 oceanside, in this nationally recognized outdoor fine arts celebration. Renowned marine life artist Wyland is to create an ink painting for live auction, and other attractions include live music and food. The festival is a fundraiser for historic Pigeon Key, a tiny island where Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad workers lived in the early 1900s. Visit www.pigeonkeyartfestival.com or email pkartfestival@gmail.com.

Feb. 16-22: 31st Annual Winter Star Party. Big Pine & the Lower Keys. Approximately 600 astronomers from around the world gather to view southern constellations, comets and stars in the Lower Keys' clear night skies -- virtually the only place in the continental U.S. where they can be viewed. Lectures, programs and workshops round out the event. Visit www.scas.org.

Feb 19-22: 20th Annual Miami Boat Show Poker Run to Islamorada. This annual four-day event features over 100 teams that embark on an escape to the Florida Keys. Many leading powerboat manufacturers take their newest creations on display at the Miami International Boat Show to the water to attend this event, headquartered at the Postcard Inn and Marina. Free general admission is available for powerboat viewing. Visit www.flpowerboat.com or call 954-545-1414.

Feb. 21-22: Old Island Days Art Festival. Key West. The 50th 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. Visit www.keywestartcenter.com/festival.html or call 304-294-1243.

Feb. 27: Garden Walk 2015. Key Largo. This unique self-guided tour showcases beautiful private garden properties in the Upper Keys. The event also includes a private garden tea party with live music, artisans, plant sales, original art, refreshments and more. Visit www.gardenclubupperkeys.org/gardenwalk.html or call 305-393-2976.

Florida Keys events calendar: www.fla-keys.com/calendarofevents  

Florida Keys visitor information: www.fla-keys.com  or 1-800-FLA-KEYS (1-800-352-5397)

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