SECTION B - News-y & Cruise-y Items

 

 

SUMMER CAMP INFORMATION

Hey kids and parents! Are you looking for something fun to fill the long summer days? Why not try a Kids’ Saltwater Fishing Camp? Several of these educational, weeklong events are scheduled across the state this summer. Spaces are limited, so sign up today before they fill.

Hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and partners, these clinics enable young people to learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills and safety.

Find a camp near you:
•Englewood: June 15-19 and June 22-26. Ages 8-13. Learn more at http://checflorida.org/Activities.html#Youth
•Naples: July 6-10, July 13-17, July 27-31 and Aug. 3-7. Ages 9 and up. Learn more at http://www.naplesgov.com/DocumentCenter/View/49299

•Stuart: July 20-24. Ages 12-14. Learn more at http://www.floridaocean.org/uploads/docs/blocks/222/2015-july-registration-packet.pdf


•Miami: July 27-Aug. 14. Ages 9-15. Learn more at http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/activities-summer-camps.asp
•Jupiter: Aug. 3-7 and Aug. 10-14. Grades 6-8 for week one and grades 4-6 for week two. Learn more at https://www.loxahatcheeriver.org/summer_eco_fun.php
•St. Petersburg: Aug. 3-7. Ages 8-15. Learn more at http://www.weedonislandpreserve.org/summer-camps.htm

To find out more about FWC’s other fishing clinics for kids, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing and select the “Youth & Student” option under “Education.”
 

 

SF Fall Boat Show

 

 

NEWS From BoatUS
Boat Owners Association of The United States
880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA  22304
NEWS From BoatUS
Boat Owners Association of The United States
880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA  22304
Read this press release online at: http://goo.gl/ZUYaqV

On the West Coast, BoatUS Rebrands Vessel Assist to TowBoatUS

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 16, 2015 – In a move that aligns its on water towing services under one national brand, BoatUS is renaming its West Coast-based Vessel Assist towing fleet to TowBoatUS. The national boating advocacy, services and safety organization purchased Vessel Assist in 2003 and has since operated both recreational boat towing fleets under the membership-based BoatUS Towing Service program. The transition to TowBoatUS is expected to be completed by early 2016. “Other than a new name on the side of the towboat, BoatUS members and boaters needing assistance 24 hours a day will continue to get the same great, helpful and professional service from our local captains.” said BoatUS President Margaret Podlich. “There are no pricing changes for any of our annual on water towing plans.”

Prior to this rebranding, BoatUS offered the recreational boat towing service east of the Rockies under the TowBoatUS banner. The move to rename the red boats of Vessel Assist – located in CA, AZ, OR, WA, HI and British Columbia, Canada – to the red boats of TowBoatUS emphasizes the towing service’s standing as North America’s largest provider of on water assistance with over 300 locations and 600 towing response vessels. Services include boat towing, jumpstarts, soft ungroundings and fuel drop-offs.

“Since our purchase of the Vessel Assist fleet, BoatUS members have seamlessly been able to use either towing fleet for any boat they own, rent or charter anywhere in the US,” said BoatUS Vice President of Towing Services Adam Wheeler. “We will continue to offer Unlimited Freshwater Annual Towing Service Plans for $72 and Unlimited Saltwater Annual Towing Service Plans for $158 – both include BoatUS membership.”

BoatUS Towing Services responds to over 70,000 requests for assistance from boaters annually. Unique to BoatUS’ West Coast towing service is a series of VHF radio towers, or “high sites,” connected to BoatUS’ 24-hour Costa Mesa, California regional dispatch center. At their high elevation dotting the tops of the coastal California mountain range, the sites provide VHF radio communications far out to sea beyond normal range – a distinct advantage over competing boat towing services.
BoatUS is also the only towing service that offers five ways to call for a tow: VHF radio, BoatUS Towing App, telephone (800-391-4869), SPOT satellite messenger and the DeLorme inReach two-way satellite messenger. For more go to BoatUS.com/towing.

 

 

JUPITER INLET LIGHTHOUSE AND MUSEUM SUMMER CALENDAR

Lighthouse Sunset Tour
Jul 8, 15, 22, 29
Aug 5, 12, 19, 26
Time varies by sunset
Take in the spectacular sunset views and witness the Jupiter Light turning on to illuminate the night sky.  Visitors get an inside look at the nuts & bolts of a working lighthouse watchroom.  Tour time approximately 75 minutes, $15 Members, $20 Non-Members, RSVP required, 561-747-8380 X101.  Tours are every Wednesday weather permitting, time varies by sunset, call for tour time.  Children must be at least 48” tall to climb the tower.  www.jupiterlighthouse.org .  Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter, FL 33469

Lighthouse Moonrise Tour
Jul 1, 31-(Blue Moon Tour)
Aug 29
Time varies by sunset
A howling good time and spectacular evening view of a full moon from the top of the tower! Tour time approximately 75 minutes, $15 Members, $20 Non-Members, RSVP required, 561-747-8380 x101. Tours are weather permitting, call for tour time. Children must be accompanied by an adult and be at least 48” tall to climb. www.jupiterlighthouse.org . Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter, FL 33469

Hike Through History
No Hike in July, Aug 1    8am-10am
Discover the topography and natural history of Jupiter’s National Conservation Lands historic site. This 2 mile trek passes through historic points of interest on the 120-acre Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area.  The hike departs from the flag pole at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum and is weather dependent.  Program is open to adults and children-minimum age 5, ages 13 & under must be accompanied by an adult that is at least 18 years old.  Hiker’s footwear, active wear, a hat, and a full water bottle or canteen should be carried.  Admission is free but space is limited-RSVP required 561-747-8380 X101.  Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’sWay, Jupiter, FL 33469.  www.jupiterlighthouse.org .

Lighthouse Story Time & Crafts for Kids
Jul 7, Aug 4, 10:30am-11:15am, Free Program
Join us under the Lighthouse Seminole Chickee Hut for story time & craft activity about Lighthouse Keepers, Florida History and People & Local Plants and Animals.  Moms & Dads, this is ideal for kids ages 8 and under. Please bring a small beach/picnic mat for your child.  Program is free, space is limited, runs approximately 45 minutes, weather permitting, Please RSVP 561-747-8380 X101.  Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter FL 33469  www.jupiterlighthouse.org

Lighthouse Coffee & Book Club
Jul 1, Aug 5,    6-7 PM
Join Museum Staff in book discussions on all things Florida! Discover the surprisingly rich heritage of our State in both fiction and non-fiction. Coffee, Tea & Refreshments available for purchase. The Lighthouse Coffee & Book Club meets the first Wednesday of every month in the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum Café.   Donation suggested.  Check our web calendar for Book reading schedule. Please RSVP to 561-747-8380 X101. www.jupiterlighthouse.org   Location:  Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter.

Tales from the Archives
Aug 19, 6-7 PM
Join us in the Museum café as Staff shares the latest discoveries in local historical research and new findings from our ever expanding Museum’s collection. You may be the first to hear about new research shedding light on an old mystery or see an unusual or rare donation up-close! What fascinating facts are in the archives of the Loxahatchee River Historical Society?  Historian and Collections Manager Josh Liller will give a 30-45 minute presentation related to local history drawn from our Archives and the latest research.  Q&A will follow. A must for history buffs. Free to the public. Check our web calendar for additional scheduling. Space limited RSVP required to 561-747-8380 X101. www.jupiterlighthouse.org   Location:  Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter.

Twilight Yoga at the Light
Jul 6, 13, 20, 27    7-8 PM
Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31  7-8 PM
Experience the serenity of Yoga with Mary Veal, Kula Yoga Shala, 
on the Lighthouse Deck at Sunset! Every Monday (time will vary monthly based on sunset.)  This is an all levels class and beginners are welcomed and encouraged! Offered by donation. Bring a yoga mat and a flashlight. Meet at the Museum 10 minutes prior to start time, class is weather dependent-please check website for updates and future start times. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter, FL 33469
Experience the serenity of Yoga with Mary Veal, Kula Yoga Shala, on the Lighthouse deck at Sunset every Monday! www.jupiterlighthouse.org

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum   Closed July 4th
Blue Star Museum – Active Duty US Military and their immediate family with ID are admitted free – Year-round!
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum offers climbing tours of the landmark 1860 lighthouse. The waterfront Museum in the restored WWII building exhibits Five Thousand Years on the Loxahatchee, which explores Native American, Seminole, Florida Maritime, Lighthouse, Pioneer and WWII Secret “Station J” history. Showcasing the amazing past of the Loxahatchee River region, the heritage site also features the Tindall Pioneer Homestead, Pennock Plantation Bell and Lighthouse Keepers Workshop. Also available are the museum gift shop, educational programs for children and adults, sunset tours, moonrise tours, weddings & proposals, and special events. The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the 120-acre federally designated, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area. Hiking trail and observation tower located on the north side of Beach Road. Open Tues-Sun (Open 7 days Jan-Apr,) 10 am-5 pm, last lighthouse tour leaves at 4 pm. Closed on some major holidays. Children must be at least 48” tall to climb tower. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter, FL 33469, 561-747-8380x 101, www.jupiterlighthouse.org .

 

 

LADIES, LET'S GO FISHING SCHEDULE

The  "No Yelling School of Fishing!" has a few events scheduled . . . the Following activities are usually included ...

•Learn fishing from A-Z in one weekend!
•Kickoff party on Friday, appetizer contest, silent action and fun raffle
•Full day including classes in inshore/offshore fishing, lunch and hands-on skill stations such as knot tying, spin, fly and net casting, lure rigging, gaffing grapefruits, trailer backing and boat handling.
•Optional inshore or offshore charter fishing on Sunday.
•No equipment or experience necessary.
•Ladies can register a male guest or teen.

Dates:
Sept. 11-13 – Bimini Bahamas and Nov. 13-15 – Keys/Tavernier. Register online at www.ladiesletsgofishing.com .  Phone: 954-475-9068. Email info@ladiesletsgofishing.com
 "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!"
The No Yelling School of Fishing
www.ladiesletsgofishing.com
Like Us On Facebook: “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!”
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CAMPFIRES PROHIBITED ON SHELL KEY DURING TURTLE NESTING SEASON ... THROUGH SEPT. 30th.
Campers at Shell Key Preserve will no longer be allowed to have campfires during sea turtle nesting season, which runs from May 1 through Sept. 30.

The ban is being initiated because the campfires may illuminate the beach area at night, disrupting the sea turtle nesting process. The new rule is in accordance with state law which prohibits certain activities disruptive to sea turtles.

Violations will result in a $118 fine.

From Oct. 1 through April 30, campfires are allowed in the designated camping area on Shell Key, but campfires are prohibited year-round outside of the designated area.

Shell Key Preserve is maintained by Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources. It is only accessible by boat. Anyone wishing to camp on the island must have a permit. For more information about Shell Key Preserve and to obtain a permit, visit www.pinellascounty.org/park/managedlands/skp.htm .

For more information on sea turtles in Florida, visit http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/sea-turtles .

The Pinellas County app is available to connect citizens to their government and make it easy to report issues and access useful resources. Pinellas County can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. More information is available on the county website, www.pinellascounty.org , which features LiveChat for assistance. Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

 

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

Joel Shannon Sailing Camp Dates

One-Week Sessions

Monday thru Friday | 0800 - 1630 pm

July 13th - 17th Parent Orientation: July 12th

July 20th - July 24th Parent Orientation: July 12th

July 27th - July 31st Parent Orientation: July 12th

Visit the Rudder Club Website for more information

 

 

FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE TO HOST ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION

Saturday, July 4th, 2014, Fishermen’s Village will host their annual 4th of July Celebration.  Admission and parking are free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The ever popular Freedom Swim begins at 10 am on the north side of the southbound US 41 bridge and ends at Harpoon Harry’s. (call 941 661-5622 for more Freedom Swim details) The Green Hibiscus Trolley will provide transportation between Fishermen’s Village and the Swim starting point beginning at 8 am and continuing until 1 pm.  Other festivities will include:  Live Music by Singer/Guitarist Michael Hirst, 11 am-2 pm near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee Café and shopping/dining with Village Merchants.  Harpoon Harry’s will be offering Kids crafts and treats, bathing suit contests and live music with DJ George all day.  Viewing of annual fireworks display over Charlotte Harbor begins at 9:00 pm.

King Fisher Fleet will be offering a Fireworks Cruise, departing at 7:30 pm and returning to Fishermen’s Village at 10 pm.  Tour Charlotte Harbor, watch the sunset and enjoy the fireworks display.  Call 941 639-0969 for rates/reservations.

Fishermen’s Village Waterfront Mall, Resort and Marina is located off Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda. From I-75, take exit 164, turn left and proceed 3 miles to Fishermen’s Village. Call (941) 639-8721 for more information or visit on line at www.fishville.com.

Kathy Burnam
Marketing/Events Manager
Fishermen's Village
READER'S CHOICE AWARDS FAVORITE
SHOPPING DESTINATION!
1200 West Retta Esplanade #57A
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
P  941 575-3007
M 941 258-1327
F   941 637-1054
www.fishville.com

 

 

LADIES, LET'S GO FISHING SCHEDULE

The  "No Yelling School of Fishing!" has a few events scheduled . . . the Following activities are usually included ...

•Learn fishing from A-Z in one weekend!
•Kickoff party on Friday, appetizer contest, silent action and fun raffle
•Full day including classes in inshore/offshore fishing, lunch and hands-on skill stations such as knot tying, spin, fly and net casting, lure rigging, gaffing grapefruits, trailer backing and boat handling.
•Optional inshore or offshore charter fishing on Sunday.
•No equipment or experience necessary.
•Ladies can register a male guest or teen.

Dates:
Sept. 11-13 – Bimini Bahamas and Nov. 13-15 – Keys/Tavernier. Register online at www.ladiesletsgofishing.com .  Phone: 954-475-9068. Email info@ladiesletsgofishing.com
 "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!"
The No Yelling School of Fishing
www.ladiesletsgofishing.com
Like Us On Facebook: “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!”
http://twitter.com/billfishbetty
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TDC Launches Fall Pet Friendly Getaway!

Looking for a fall getaway with your furry friend? Enter to win a two night pet-friendly vacation in historic Apalachicola. The vacation package features a two night stay at the pet-friendly accommodations in Apalachicola, two evening meals at pet-friendly restaurants, gift certificate to a pet friendly shop and a pet photo session. Click here to learn Enter!
Top 10 Pet Friendly Activities in Franklin County

Looking for great pet-friendly destinations for your next getaway? Your furry friends don’t have to be left out when you vacation in Franklin County. There are many pet-friendly attractions and activities that make bringing your pet that much more fun.
Beaches: Franklin County offers some of the best beaches to bring your dog. St. George Island and Alligator Point features many pet friendly accommodations.

Tate's Hell State Forest Tate's Hell offers a variety of pet-friendly recreation activities for the outdoor enthusiast. Leashed pets are welcome on most state forests in designated areas. Learn more here.

Apalachicola National Forest The Apalachicola National Forest is the largest forest in Florida, with an abundance of fresh water streams, rivers, lakes, and natural springs.  The Apalachicola offers a variety of hiking opportunities from short, interpretive trails to long-distance hikes. Pets are allowed in all U.S. National Forests, but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times while in developed recreation areas and on interpretive trails. Most other areas within the National Forests do not require dogs to be on a leash, but they should be under control at all times. Pets are not permitted in swimming areas. Learn more here.

Apalachicola Dog  Park: Hours: Dawn til Dusk Cost: Free. Avenue L and 17 Street, Apalachicola. Apalachicola Dog Park is a free, 2 acre fenced site where dogs can play off-leash. The park includes large dog and small dog sections, plus a additional area for use by dogs or people with special needs. Water and seating in each section, shade structures, and safety gates.

Restaurants: There are a variety of restaurants throughout the county that welcome well behaved pets.
Take a Tour: Pet enthusiasts can hire a guide to take them on a tour. Click here for a link to all tour and guide opportunities.

Get Pampered: There are pet-enthusiast businesses in Franklin County that cater to pampering your pet.

Camping: In addition to State forest and national forest primitive camping, there are a number of RV campgrounds in the county that welcome pets. Click here for a list.

Water Sports: Several local outfitters offer boat, kayak and paddleboard rentals that you can try with your furry friend. All of them would be happy to recommend calm water locations to enjoy with your pet. Click here for a list.

Pet Events: There are a growing number of annual pet events in Franklin County including the Mardi-Gras Pet Parade and Holiday celebration featuring pet pictures with Santa. Click here for a complete event list.

Throughout  Franklin County, we’ve got plenty of pet-friendly lodgings–whether you’re looking for a hotel, motel, inn, cottage, or bed and breakfast–from Alligator Point to Apalachicola. Click here for a list.
 

 

Area Features Dozens of Artificial Reefs

The Organization for Artificial Reefs reports there are 46 artificial reefs  located offshore from the Franklin County shoreline. These fish hotels stretch from Alligator Point to Apalachicola and are responsible for providing valuable habitat for hundreds of fish species that migrate through the region. Click here to see the Franklin County list. Just to the west, the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Organization (MBARA) also lists a multitude of reef locations within fishing distance. You can see the list of reef locations by clicking here.

Charter captains are booking trips now! For a complete overview of Franklin County's fishing scene, click here.
Fishing Tourneys

fish5Here are a few of the upcoming fishing tournaments scheduled throughout the county.

July 18 - 10th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament. Open to all kids 16 and younger. Registration is required on-site. Sponsored by Jimmie Crowder of C-Quarters Marina, FishFloridaTag.org  and local businesses.

August 1-2 - Kingfish Tournament. This weekend event gives everyone an opportunity to enjoy themselves while advocating a wonderful cause that helps so many. All proceeds go to the Leukemia Research Foundation. For a complete list of tournaments planned for later this summer as well as other events in the county, visit Saltyflorida.com 

For a complete list of tournaments planned for later this summer as well as other events in the county, click here. For area marina, charter and general fishing information, click here.
 

 

Be Kind to the Turtles
The beaches of Franklin County are home to  endangered loggerhead sea turtles which arrive annually at this time of year to nest on the beach. Visitors are reminded please to remove chairs, tents and beach toys at the end of the day so the turtles can move about the shoreline freely as they come ashore at night to lay their eggs.

Visitors interested in learning about sea turtle nesting can attend 2 pm turtle orientation meetings on Wednesdays during July (July 8, 15, 22, 29) at the Apalachicola National Estaurine Research Reserve Visitor Center in Eastpoint. The presentations are hosted by the SGI Volunteer Turtlers and ANERR. Common sense turtle tips include removing all beach chairs and umbrellas at the end of the day and use red filtered flashlights when walking on the beach at night to avoid disorienting hatchlings. Click here to learn more.
 

 

Apalachicola has big plans for a memorable Independence Eve celebration on its riverfront. For the fourth consecutive year, the community is combining its resources for a July 3 spectacular, culminating in a stunning fireworks display over the Apalachicola River.

Beginning at 4 p.m. in Riverfront Park, hub of the Independence Eve activities, a crew from among more than 50 volunteers will be busy serving up Firecracker Fried Shrimp, Wings of Freedom, and Hero Hot Dogs. Refreshments including wine and locally brewed Oyster City Beer will also be available. fireworks

Children will take part in face painting, games and age-appropriate fun for America’s birthday weekend. There’ll be lots of musical entertainment, including the United Methodist Church youth band and soloist Maxine Kellogg.

At 6 p.m. the featured entertainment, Johnny Barbato and the Lucky Doggs, out of New Orleans, will take the stage at Riverfront Park. At 6:30 p.m, across from the historic district in Lafayette Park, the Red, White and Blue parade, coordinated by Franklin’s Promise, will line up, drawing conveyances from walkers to wheelchairs, bicycles to golf carts, all emblazoned in red, white and blue. The parade heads down Avenue B to Riverfront Park, where everyone is invited to enjoy free hand-scooped ice cream.

The patriotic party continues as the excitement grows, leading to a Veterans Tribute at 8:30 p.m. Apalachicola city commissioner Jimmy Elliott, who served with the Army overseas in Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm and three tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom, will be the featured speaker.

Debbie Fletcher will sing the God Bless America and immediately afterwards, a 20-minute fireworks extravaganza, launched by PyroShows, of LaFollette, Tennessee will be launched from a barge, illuminating the river that once served as the height of Florida commerce during its 19th century heyday.

For those who wish to relax in a prime up-close seat on the docks, savoring wine or locally brewed Oyster City Beer, table sponsorships and reserved seating are available.  Lawn chairs and picnic blankets are welcome on the grass.

Last year's successful event drew thousands of people downtown.

The celebration is being coordinated by Historic Apalachicola Main Street in partnership with the City of Apalachicola, Franklin’s Promise Coalition, Project Impact,and the Apalachicola Bay Chamber Of Commerce. 

 

 

FLORIDA KEYS HEMINGWAY DAYS TO CELEBRATE LITERARY LEGEND
JULY 21-26 IN KEY WEST

KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- Ernest Hemingway fans can celebrate the late author's literary accomplishments, passion for fishing and colorful Key West lifestyle Tuesday through Sunday, July 21-26, during the 35th annual Hemingway Days. Honoring the legacy of the Nobel Prize winner who lived and wrote on the island during the 1930s, activities begin on the 116th anniversary of Ernest's birth.

Events include the famed "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, an awards reception capping the internationally recognized Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, prose and poetry readings, a street fair on Key West's Duval Street, a 5k run and paddleboard race, the tongue-in-cheek "Running of the Bulls" and the high-stakes Key West Marlin Tournament recalling Ernest's love of Florida Keys angling.

The festival begins Tuesday, July 21, with museum exhibits spotlighting the island’s primary literary icons. Attendees can explore "Following the Fish: Hemingway in Key West" at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front St., and the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit at 513 Truman Ave.

At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Custom House is to present "Ernest Hemingway -- Angler, Sportsman ... Conservationist?" by author Timothy O'Brien. O'Brien examines Hemingway's angling exploits and activities studying and documenting marine life. A "birthday party" for Ernest is to follow.

The announcement of the winners of the annual short story competition, directed by critically acclaimed author and Hemingway granddaughter Lorian Hemingway, is set for 8 p.m. Friday, July 24. The awards reception takes place at Casa Antigua, 314 Simonton St., Ernest Hemingway's first Key West residence.

Other literary offerings include the "Voices, Places, Inspirations" evening of author readings at the Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa, 601 Front St.

Those with a physical instead of literary resemblance to Hemingway can compete in Sloppy Joe's "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest. Past winners choose the new "Papa" from approximately 125 stocky, bearded hopefuls at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, 201 Duval St., a watering hole frequented by the author. Preliminary rounds are scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 23 and 24, with the final round Saturday, July 25.

The "Papas" also enliven other festival events including Saturday's infamous Running of the Bulls, held at 1 p.m. outside Sloppy Joe's with manmade bull replicas, in an offbeat salute to Hemingway's fascination with the bull ring.

HEMINGWAY DAYS July 21-26 2015 Schedule of Events

DAILY Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum guided tours. Visit the home where Hemingway lived throughout the 1930s and wrote some of his most enduring classics. 907 Whitehead St. For info and ticket prices, visit www.hemingwayhome.com.

TUESDAY, JULY 21

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m."Following the Fish: Hemingway in Key West" museum exhibition. Explore Ernest Hemingway's life and fishing adventures in Key West, and view rare photographs and memorabilia. Custom House Museum, 281 Front St. Mention Hemingway Days upon entering and receive discounted admission. Exhibition continues throughout Hemingway Days and beyond. For info, visit www.kwahs.org.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit. Learn about playwright Tennessee Williams' longtime residence on the island while exploring his beliefs and legacy. Highlights include personal photographs of Williams at home with his partner and friends, first-edition plays and books, a typewriter he used in Key West and much more. 513 Truman Ave. behind the Key West Business Guild Visitor Center. Free admission; donations accepted. Exhibition continues throughout Hemingway Days and beyond. For info, visit www.twkw.org.

5:30-7 p.m. "Ernest Hemingway -- Angler, Sportsman ... Conservationist?" presentation and birthday reception. Join author Timothy P. O'Brien, Ph.D., at the Custom House Museum as he examines Hemingway's angling exploits, passion for sportsmanship and activities studying and documenting marine life. The event also features a reception, "Following the Fish" exhibit tour and "birthday party" commemorating the 116th anniversary of Ernest's July 21 birth. Custom House Museum. For info, visit www.kwahs.org.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 22

4 p.m. Final registration for the Key West Marlin Tournament. Anglers compete for $50,000 in guaranteed cash prizes for targeting marlin, spearfish, dolphin, tuna and wahoo. Conch Republic Seafood Co., 631 Greene St. For info, visit www.keywestmarlin.com.

5:30 p.m. Meet the "Papas." Get to know the contestants and previous winners of the "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest. Sloppy Joe's, 201 Duval St. For info, visit www.sloppyjoes.com.

6-8 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament captains meeting, auction and raffle. Conch Republic Seafood Co.

7:30-10 p.m. "Voices, Places, Inspirations." This evening of readings and presentations features authors including Chuck Ball, Michael Haskins, Steven Hull, Mandy Miles, Timothy O'Brien and Terry Schmida -- plus a special appearance by Lorian Hemingway. Presented by Literacy Volunteers of America-Monroe County, the event also includes a "meet the authors" reception and book signing with books available for purchase. Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa, 601 Front St. Free admission; suggested parking in Mallory Square lot. For information, visit www.hemingwaydays.net.

THURSDAY, JULY 23

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament's first day of fishing. For info, visit www.keywestmarlin.com.

9 a.m. Coffee and Donuts with the "Papas." Join past Look-Alike Contest winners and current competitors for a lighthearted "coffee break" at Cypress House, a historic inn at 601 Caroline St. Visit www.cypresshousekw.com.

4-6 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament weigh-in. Conch Republic Seafood Co. docks.

5-6:30 p.m. Key West Poetry Guild: "Papa's Poems." The Key West Poetry Guild presents a reading of Ernest Hemingway's poems and guild members' work. Events take place at Blue Heaven, a site where Hemingway once refereed neighborhood boxing matches. 729 Thomas St. Free admission. For information, email nanboylan@yahoo.com.

6 p.m. Hemingway Look-Alike Society scholarship presentations. The society is to announce the winners of its annual scholarships for Florida Keys students. Onstage at Sloppy Joe's Bar. For info, visit www.sloppyjoes.com.

6:30 p.m. Sloppy Joe's 35th annual "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, first preliminary round, to be judged by former contest winners. Sloppy Joe's Bar. $35 entry fee. Free to watch. For look-alike event info, visit www.sloppyjoes.com.

6:30-8 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament cocktail party and island-style pig roast. Festivities are to take place at a Key West location TBA. Free to tournament participants.

FRIDAY, JULY 24

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament's second day of fishing.

1:30 p.m. "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Fish-Off. Cheer your favorites as the "Papas" compete in this dockside catch-and-release challenge using traditional "Cuban yo-yos." Conch Republic Seafood Co. docks. Free to watch.

4-6 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament weigh-in. Conch Republic Seafood Co. docks.

6:30-8 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament dockside cocktail party and fish fry. Conch Republic Seafood Co. Free to tournament participants.

6:30 p.m. Sloppy Joe's 35th annual "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, second preliminary round, to be judged by former contest winners. Sloppy Joe's Bar. $35 entry fee. Free to watch.

8 p.m. Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition winners announcement and reception. This literary highlight takes place at Hemingway's first Key West residence, Casa Antigua. Events include a presentation on Casa Antigua's history by owner Tom Oosterhoudt and a reading of the winning short story. 314 Simonton St. Free admission. For info, visit www.shortstorycompetition.com.

8:30-11 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament Party with the Bacardi Oakheart Team. Enjoy an exuberant island-style gathering for tournament participants at Key West's popular Smokin' Tuna Saloon, 4 Charles St.

SATURDAY, JULY 25

8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament's third day of fishing.

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Caribbean Street Fair presented by Literacy Volunteers of America-Monroe County. Much of Key West's famed Duval Street is closed to vehicular traffic and transformed into an open-air island market with arts, crafts, jewelry, tropical clothing and food. For info, visit www.lva-monroe.org or email info@lva-monroe.org.

Noon. Photos with "Papas." Hemingway look-alikes provide a photo opportunity for fans. Greene Street outside Sloppy Joe's. For info, visit www.sloppyjoes.com.

1 p.m. Running of the Bulls. This wacky event is sponsored by Sloppy Joe's Bar and features past "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest winners dressed in their Pamplona best -- and a breed of "bull" found only in Key West. The fun begins and ends on Greene Street outside Sloppy Joe's. For info, visit www.sloppyjoes.com.

3-5 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament weigh-in. Conch Republic Seafood Co. docks.

3-7 p.m. Malibu Rum Hemingway 5k Sunset Run/Walk and Paddleboard Race registration. Register and pick up race packets for the popular run and paddleboard challenge. Southernmost Hotel, 1319 Duval St. $45 adult entry fee for either race; $35 for participants under age 15. For info, visit www.keywestspecialevents.com.

6 p.m. Lazy Dog Paddleboard Race. Competitors follow a 3-mile Atlantic Ocean course that begins and ends at Key West's Southernmost Beach, 1405 Duval St. on the ocean. For more information and registration, visit www.keywestspecialevents.com.

6:30 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament awards banquet and silent auction. Cocktails and silent auction are set for 6:30, with the dinner and awards presentations at 7:30. Open to tournament participants and their guests only. Westin Key West Resort & Marina, 245 Front St.

6:30 p.m. Sloppy Joe's 35th annual "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, final round, to be judged by former contest winners. Sloppy Joe's Bar. Free to watch.

7:30 p.m. Malibu Rum Hemingway 5k Sunset Run/Walk. Racers start at the Southernmost Point in the continental United States at Whitehead and South streets, and proceed through Old Town Key West. A post-race awards party is scheduled at the Southernmost Hotel. For info and registration, visit www.keywestspecialevents.com.

SUNDAY, JULY 26

11 a.m. Sloppy Joe's Hemingway Days Arm Wrestling Championship. Registration is set for 11 a.m. and the contest begins at noon. Prizes await male and female winners in multiple weight divisions. Sloppy Joe's Bar. $5 entry fee; free to watch. For info, visit www.sloppyjoes.com.


This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to change.

Event information: www.hemingwaydays.net 
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest  or 1-800-LAST-KEY

 

 

DIVE, SNORKEL, KAYAK OR PADDLE THE UPPER FLORIDA KEYS AUG. 20-23 DURING THE THIRD ANNUAL REEF CRAWL

KEY LARGO, Florida Keys -- On-the-water and underwater enthusiasts can dive, snorkel, kayak and paddle from reef to reef during the third annual Upper Keys Reef Crawl set for Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 20-23.

A roster of topside and subsea activities are planned during the four-day fest including specially scheduled dive trips to fish-filled Key Largo and Islamorada-area coral reefs. All are designed to promote marine conservation and preservation.

Reef Crawl offers divers, snorkelers, kayakers and standup paddle enthusiasts an exceptional opportunity to explore America's best sites along the continental United States' only living coral barrier reef. Participants learn about reef ecosystems, coral restoration, fish identification, artificial reefs, fish behavior, invasive lionfish and more.

Festival highlights include four days chock full of sunset paddle and mangrove tours, paddleboard yoga classes, backcountry kayak trips, specially scheduled reef snorkeling trips and wreck and reef dives during morning, afternoon and twilight hours.

Divers also can "give back" to the reef and sign up for coral restoration educational seminars coupled with hands-on coral nursery dives as well as participate in lionfish harvesting dives.

Personal, VIP six-pack and group registrations are available starting at $79 per person. VIP card holders are entitled to exclusive Reef Crawl event pricing, social gatherings and discounts on lodging, meals and excursions -- several valid for use through Dec. 31, 2015. VIP cards can be purchased in advance at reefcrawl.com/2015-reef-crawl-vip-cards/ .

Registered Reef Crawl VIP card holders can pick up their festival gear bags and packets full of exclusive discounts, samples, product giveaways and a commemorative 2015 Reef Crawl T-shirt at the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce at 10600 Overseas Highway, mile marker 106.

A portion of each festival registration benefits Florida Keys conservation efforts.

Event information: www.reefcrawl.com 
Key Largo visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keylargo  or 800-822-1088
Islamorada visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/islamorada  or 800-FAB-KEYS

 

 

HEMINGWAY DAYS TO HONOR KEY WEST'S LITERARY PAST AND PRESENT

KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- Ernest Hemingway left Key West in late 1939 after nearly a decade of residence, but his literary legacy still enriches the subtropical island -- as evidenced by the events for readers and writers during Hemingway Days 2015, scheduled Tuesday through Sunday, July 21-26.

Key West's two most famous writers are spotlighted during a special museum day set for Tuesday, July 21, the 116th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway's birth. "Hemingway in Key West" can be viewed at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front St., while an exhibit exploring playwright Tennessee Williams' Key West years is on display at 513 Truman Ave. Both exhibits continue throughout the festival and beyond.

Hemingway Days' opening evening features a presentation titled "Ernest Hemingway -- Angler, Sportsman ... Conservationist?" by author Timothy P. O'Brien, Ph.D., at 5:30 p.m. at the Custom House Museum. O'Brien is to examine Hemingway's angling exploits, passion for sportsmanship and activities studying and documenting marine life. Other attractions include a reception, exhibit tour and "birthday party" for Ernest.

The festival's leading literary event is the announcement of the winners of the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition at 8 p.m. Friday, July 24. Awarding $2,500 annually to emerging writers of short fiction, the competition is directed by Lorian Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway's granddaughter and the author of critically acclaimed books including "Walk on Water."

The awards presentation traditionally takes place at Casa Antigua, 314 Simonton St., an architectural showplace that was Ernest Hemingway's first Key West address. Highlights include a reading of the winning story and a presentation by Casa Antigua owner Tom Oosterhoudt on the property's cultural heritage. Admission is free.

Contemporary writers also take center stage at the "Voices, Places, Inspirations" readings set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, at the Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa, 601 Front St.

Participants include Chuck Ball, author of "Hemingway's Heist" among others; Michael Haskins, who penned the Mick Murphy Key West mysteries; Steven Hull, known for his gritty Hunter Benson adventures; Mandy Miles, whose "Tan Lines" books chronicle Key West life; Timothy O'Brien, whose works include "The Tycoon Tackle Story: Frank O'Brien, the Tycoon Fishing Rod, and the Gilded Age of Big Game Angling"; Terry Schmida, writer of Florida Keys true crime volumes; and special guest Lorian Hemingway.

Presented by Literacy Volunteers of America-Monroe County, the free-admission event also includes a "meet the authors" reception and book signing with books available for purchase.

Though best known for his novels and short stories, Ernest Hemingway also wrote poetry. At 5 p.m. Thursday, July 23, the Key West Poetry Guild is to present a reading titled "Papa's Poems" at the Blue Heaven restaurant, 729 Thomas St. -- a site where Hemingway once refereed neighborhood boxing matches. Admission is free.

Event information: www.shortstorycompetition.com , www.hemingwaydays.net
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest  or 1-800-LAST-KEY

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