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    Event calendar courtesy of fla-keys.com
    The Tourism & Development Council of the Florida Keys

    Events in The Florida Keys for September, 2014
    Year: Month: 
    April 06 to November 30,  in Key West
    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: Rob Harris 305-587-6718; Doris 305-295-6601
    Email: kwft@comcast.net

    May 16 to September 30,  in Key West
    Custom House Museum presents: Florida Keys or Bust! A History of Tourism
    The Florida Keys have historically been an alluring travel destination for travelers around the world. With the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s, tourism in Key West was the lynchpin in warding off bankruptcy. This exhibit will explore the history of tourism in the Florida Keys from the 1920s until the 1980s while focusing specifically on transportation, accommodation, travel brochures and postcards. Exhibit runs through September.
    Contact: 305-295-6616

    June 01 to September 30,  in Key West
    Key West Art & Historical Society presents: Will Fernandez
    For longer than a decade, Will Fernandez has been one of Key West's most enchanting artists. He paints and sculpts almost entirely from memory and makes his works quite humorous and whimsical. In this exhibition, he displays a number of his impressionistic-style paintings, as well as a selection of his distinctive sculptures in stone, wood, clay and more. Custom House Museum is located at 281 Front Street, and open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Contact: 305-295-6616

    September 05 to September 07,  in Key West
    Robert James Sales S.L.A.M. Celebrity Tournament
    In the first of three tournaments in the annual Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series, also called The Trilogy, anglers target tarpon, permit and bonefish to achieve the coveted "flats grand slam." The event raises funds for the fight against cystic fibrosis.
    Contact: Susan Ellis 305-664-2002
    Email: susan@redbone.org

    September 05,  in Key West
    First Friday Upper Duval Art Stroll
    Special art exhibitions and receptions at galleries and shops along Upper Duval from United Street to Truman Avenue. Including Frangipani Gallery, SoDu Gallery, Island Arts, Kate's, The Southernmost Art Studio, De La Gallery & Cork & Stogie. From 6-9 p.m., free and open to the public.
    Contact: 305-295-4639

    September 06,  in Florida Keys
    Key Largo to Key West Cycle Challenge
    Spanning more than 100 miles of the Florida Keys, this event is more than a race, it's a challenge! Riders and their support crews are to navigate the Florida Keys Heritage Trail and Overseas Highway as solo, 2-person or 4-person teams. The course begins at Key Largo Bike & Tour Adventures Cycle Shop, located at 91946 Overseas Highway (MM 92). All riders are to be awarded medals and event t-shirts.
    Contact: Mark 305-395-1551

    September 09 to September 12,  in Islamorada
    Islamorada Invitational Fall Fly Bonefish Tournament
    The Islamorada Invitational Fall Fly Bonefish tournament is not only the Keys oldest bonefish fly tournament. It's the most prestigious bonefish fly tournament in the world. Past grand champions include Flip Pallot, Billy Pate, Carl Hiaasen and Andy Mill. A welcome reception and captains meeting is held Tues., and three days of fishing follow.
    Contact: Paul Nute 917-412-0136
    Email: paulnute@yahoo.com

    September 12 to September 13,  in Key Largo
    Lionfish Derby for Divers
    Teams of up to four divers compete for cash and prizes. Derby divers who successfully remove invasive lionfish from sanctuary waters can win for most, largest and smallest lionfish. The Upper Keys derby is held at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Visit REEF website to register; teams of up to four people can join. Registration fee is $120, and includes one pair of puncture-resistant gloves, tee-shirts and four drink tickets per team. Divers can participate in a derby from their own private vessel or join a professional dive operator's charter. A mandatory captains meeting is Friday, Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m., at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
    Contact: REEF 305-852-0030
    Email: reefhq@reef.org

    September 17,  in Islamorada
    History of Diving Museum presents: History of Salvage Diving in the Keys
    The History of Diving Museum at MM 83 continues the free, "Immerse Yourself!" series, to begin at 7 p.m., with a special event: "History of Salvage Diving in the Keys," presented by Clinton Curry. The Museum is open daily from 10am-5pm. Extended hours on the night of the program until 7pm. Enjoy the Museum's exhibits before the event.
    Contact: 305-664-9737
    Email: joe@divingmuseum.org

    September 18,  in Key West
    Walk on White Monthly Art Stroll
    This regular neighborhood gallery stroll is perhaps the best known among art lovers, held on the island city's White Street from Southard to United streets and onto Truman Avenue the third Thursday of each month, from 6-9 p.m. The popular evening features exhibitions and receptions at galleries, shops and occasionally other venues. Highlight locations include Harrison Gallery; the quirky and inviting Stone Soup Gallery; and The Studios of Key West, offering regular exhibitions, performances, workshops and studio space in the style of America's leading artist communities. Each month's stroll highlights a different artistic genre.

    September 18 to September 21,  in Marathon
    Marathon International Bonefish Tournament
    For more than 50 years, this challenge awards individual and team champions scoring the largest bonefish and permit, the top anglers in fly and grand slam divisions (for the top spin or fly angler who releases the largest bonefish, permit and tarpon "slam"), as well as the tongue-in-cheek "wet pants" champion titles for anglers wading from shore. The event is one of the few tournaments where anglers can fish without a professional guide. Notable and celebrity participants have included crooner Perry Como during the early 1960s, former U.S. Rep. Dante Fascell, Broadway actor David Wayne and Heublein Inc. magnate John Martin of A-1 Sauce fame.
    Contact: Barb 305-304-8682
    Email: bnbfishing@comcast.net

    September 18,  in Islamorada
    Morada Way Arts & Cultural District presents: Third Thursday Art Walk
    Showcasing the fine arts, music and culinary nuances of the Purple Isles, the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District features national and local artisans who are showcased in galleries at Morada Way between mile marker 81 and 82 - formerly named Industrial Road - as well as "culinary art" and live music from 6-9 p.m. In addition to individual artists, participating galleries include the Redbone Gallery, Gallery Morada, Pasta Pantaleo Signature Gallery and Bluewater Potters. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.
    Contact: 305-664-9100
    Email: moradawayarts@gmail.com

    September 18 to September 21,  in Key West
    42nd Annual Phil Peterson's Key West Poker Run
    It's an All-American event as motorcycle enthusiasts from around the U.S. travel the Keys' scenic Overseas Highway - designated Florida's only All-American Road - from mainland Florida to Key West to raise money for charity. Winner takes all, and can win a new Harley-Davidson Motorcycle or cash. Stops are arranged throughout the Keys with a final celebration in Key West. Keys-wide events planned for the entire week.
    Contact: Drew Peterson 305-235-4023
    Email: drew@petersonsharley.com

    September 19 to September 21,  in Islamorada
    Herman Lucerne Memorial Tournament
    Named after the man known affectionately as "Mr. Everglades," fishing is set against the backdrop of Everglades National Park, challenging anglers who seek the hard-to-reach yet fruitful fishing areas that Lucerne favored. Lucerne spent nearly 40 years exploring the backcountry's labyrinth of canals, water trails and mangrove mazes, earning the affectionate moniker. The tournament distinguishes the overall grand champion as an individual angler who catches at least four of the seven eligible species: black drum, bonefish, redfish, snook, snapper, tarpon and sea trout.

    September 19,  in Key Largo
    Ocean Life Lecture Series: Keys Canals, Your Backyard Swimming Pool
    The Ocean Life series brings renowned researchers and academics to the Keys to educate, entertain and inspire audiences of all ages. Hosted by Florida International University's School of Environment, Arts and Society and the Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center, the series features interdisciplinary experts from FIU and the Keys. This series is free and open to the public.
    Contact: Linda Kaplan 305-396-7000
    Email: linda@fklcc.org

    September 20 to September 21,  in Islamorada
    Third Annual Triple Crown of Key Largo Paddleboard Series
    A sanctioned event by the World Paddle Association, this two-day, three-race, one-venue stand up paddle board series awards prizes to the overall series winner and to each individual race winner. For more information and course maps, contact PADDLE! the Florida Keys.
    Contact: Scott Baste 305-434-5930
    Email: scott@paddlethefloridakeys.com

    September 20,  in Islamorada
    Second Annual Islamorada Swim for Alligator Lighthouse
    All swimmers, parents, triathletes, and weekend warriors are welcome at this open water distance-swimmers' meet, an 8-mile roundtrip swim race from the shores of Islamorada to Alligator Lighthouse. Swimmers can participate as individuals, 2-person and 4-person teams. Visit website for details and registration information.
    Contact: Katy LeVasseur 305-849-2278
    Email: katylevasseur75@gmail.com

    September 23 to September 28,  in Florida Keys
    Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival
    The peak of the fall birding season, this event includes an opening reception, dinner, presentations, Keys-wide field trips focusing on education and conservation as they relate to Keys birds and wildlife, nature photography, hikes, kayak excursions and a family-fun environmental fair.
    Contact: Kristie Killam 305-872-0774
    Email: kristie_killam@fws.gov

    September 26 to September 27,  in Islamorada
    Conch Scramble "On the Water" Charity Golf Tournament
    Join an on-the-water wacky charity golf tournament that brings together four-person teams to enjoy a game of nine holes by boat, to "drive" biodegradable golf balls toward floating greens - without any sand traps. A kick-off party and team registration is to be held Friday, Sept. 27. A live or silent auction as well as a 50/50 cash raffle also are planned. Teams tee off Saturday with shotgun start at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit local Keys charities.
    Contact: Lee Christine Young at 305-522-1590
    Email: conchscramble@yahoo.com

    September 26 to September 28,  in Key Largo
    14th Annual Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge
    For philanthropic anglers, this popular annual gathering proffers an important fundraising opportunity while fishing trout, snook and redfish. Proceeds benefit both local Rotary Club of Key Largo scholarships and Take Stock in Children, a statewide scholarship program for children in seventh through 12th grades. Trophies for first through third place are to be awarded anglers in adult and pro divisions, as well as first-place snook, trout and redfish prizes for juniors age 17 and under.
    Contact: Mike Shipley 305-304-0421
    Email: mike@islandbayresort.com; host@islandbayresort.com

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