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Islamorada Calendar of Events 2016

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December 02
Keys History & Discovery Center Midweek Matinee
On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, the Keys History & Discovery Center will host their monthly midweek matinee. This month’s movie will be PT109 from 2-4:30PM. The cost if $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Popcorn, candy, water and soda available for sale. The Center is located at the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost, MM82.
Contact: 305-922-2237

December 03
Yappy Hour – MarrVelous Pet Rescues
Thursday 12/3 from 6pm until 8pm at Buzzard’s Roost Waterfront Seafood Restaurant approx. MM 106 (B – 21 Garden Cove)*** Friendly, leashed pets are welcomed with their owners ~ Adopt, Foster, Sponsor, Donate or Advocate  Save a Life Today~
Contact: Kat at 305-453-1315
Email: info(at)marrvelouspetrescues(dotted)org

December 04
Holiday Festival`
Join us on Friday, December 4, 2015, for Holiday Fest, A Magical Night of Holiday Fun starting at 4 PM. Come out and enjoy the always popular Snow Mountain. There will be many other activities, including the Holiday Parade, a community tree lighting, caroling, gift shopping, food & drink, kids activities and of course, Santa! Goodies and fun for the entire family! Located at Founders Park, 870001 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL
Contact: Judy Hull 305-664-4503
Email: info(at)islamoradachamber(dotted)com

December 05
I Do Care 2015 – Annual Fundraiser
SAVE THE DATE for the annual I Do Care 2015 fundraiser for Island Dolphin Care on December 5, 2015, at the home of Don and Shelley Byrne in Islamorada Florida. Join the festivities with cocktails, dinner, music, silent auctions and more. Proceeds provide care for the dolphins and assist children and families, veterans and military personnel to attend programs at Island Dolphin Care.
Contact: 305-451-5884
Email: fonzie(at)islanddolphincare(dotted)org

December 05
Stone Crab Jam Festival – Islamorada Fish Company
On Saturday, December 5, 2015, the Islamorada Fish Company is hosting their first Stone Crab Jam Festival from 12-9PM at 81532 Overseas Highway. This event is free and will offer fresh stone crab and seafood, all day live island music, vendor booths, kid’s activities, giveaways and more. Live band performances include Bushwood, Baga Tricks, Reggie Paul and more!
Contact: 305-664-9271 ext. 5170
Email: ksparker2(at)basspro(dotted)com

December 05
Casa Mar Christmas
Casa Mar Christmas from 5PM-8PM, with a tree lighting at 6 PM.

December 05
Celebrate the Holidays at Lignumvitae Christmas
The Friends of the Islamorada Area State Parks and the staff at Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park will celebrate Lignumvitae Christmas on Saturday, December 5, 2015, from 9AM-3PM. This annual event provides an opportunity for park visitors to step back in time and enjoy an old-fashioned holiday event on the island. Boats will be leaving from Robbies Marina at Mile Marker 77.5. Admission to the park is free but there is a suggested $10.00 donation for the boat ride for park visitors 13 years and older, children 12 and younger are free. Complimentary Christmas cookies and homemade key limeade will be served. Hot dogs, hamburgers and chips will also be available for a donation.
Contact: Mimi M. Young 305-304-8417

December 05
Morada Way Arts & Cultural District
On Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 9:30AM-12:30PM there will be a fun morning of arts and crafts for ages 8 and up at the Morada Way Classroom and Studio 140 (Morada Way Clay) Mile 81.5(O). For $10, come and create some special holidays gifts.
Contact: 305-900-9023

December 05
Florida Keys Council of the Arts “Connection Project – a Mosaic of the Keys” Workshop
Free workshop at BJ Royster Ocean Gallery, 81650 Overseas Highway, MM81.6(B). This is a workshop for people who wish to participate in the Florida Keys Council of the Arts 2016 Mosaic Project. Artists and non-artists put their creative efforts on a 6×6 canvas and returned to arts council and then the display travels the length of the Keys during the winter season. The workshop is free and all materials supplied. If unable to come to the workshop, stop by the Gallery and pick up your 6×6 canvas and register your work at
Contact: Call BJ to register for workshop 386-569-6331

December 07
Holiday Shop Hop
A fun night of early holiday shopping in Islamorada. Trolley transport, hospitality, friends and shopping. Shop local, eat local, spend local and enjoy locally. Support the local businesses who support the area where you live, work and play. *Businesses: sign up your business to be a stop for the Shop Hop! Decorate, offer deals, serve refreshments and get in the holiday spirit!
Contact: 305-664-4503
Email: info(at)islamoradachamber(dotted)com

December 10
Garrett Chiropractic Annual Holiday Open House
Celebrate the holidays with Garrett Chiropractic at their annual Holiday Open House Party on Thursday, December 10, 2015, from 4-7PM at 90290 Overseas Highway, Suite 110 in Tavernier. Enjoy delicious food and refreshments, while shopping for your health products and services. Gift certificates for the holidays for massage therapy will be available. All products and services will be 20% all day, including chiropractic treatments and massage therapy and valid for one year. Draw for three lovely gift bags full of health products and gift certificates.
Contact: 305-853-1003

December 12
Key Largo Holiday Boat Parade
Key Largo Holiday Boat Parade Saturday, December 12th at 7:30 PM at Blackwater Sound. The 2016 theme is A Magical Christmas Fantasy. Entry to the parade is free and all boats are entered into the $500 cash drawing which is drawn at random from participating entries at the awards ceremony on Saturday night, the only boat not eligible is the Best Overall grand prize winner. There is over $1500 in cash as well as trophies and prizes to be awarded in seven categories Best Use of Theme, Best Overall, Most Colorful, Most Original, Best Business, Best Boat under 25 and Best Boat over 25 Best public viewing locations for the Parade are the Marriott Resort, Sundowners, Senor Frijoles, Jimmy Johnsons Big Chill, and the Caribbean Club. Everyone is invited to the awards ceremony beginning at 10 PM on the beach at Sundowners Restaurant. The ceremony will be hosted by local celebrities Captains Spencer Slate and Skip Bradeen.
Contact: 305-394-3736

December 12
Milk and Cookies with Santa – Florida Keys Elks Lodge
On Saturday, December 12, 2015, from 4-7PM. Kids will visit with Santa, decorate their own cookie, make ornaments and other crafts, kids karaoke, and goody bags. Refreshments will also be served. Open to all
Contact: 305-852-1872

December 12
Keys Community Concert Band – Pops in the Park
Get in the holiday mood with a concert of traditional season favorites with the Keys Community Concert Band and Jingle Bells Rock at ICE Amphitheater at Founders Park, MM87(B) on Saturday, December 12, 2015, at 4 PM. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. New band members welcome. Free admission for all concerts. The special guest has a little round belly and a beard white as snow!
Contact: (305) 853-7294

December 13
Islamorada Half Marathon & 10K
On December 13th, 2015 at 7:00 AM, the Islamorada Resort Company will be hosting this great event at their oceanfront resort, the Postcard Inn (also known as Holiday Isle). Whether its diving, fishing, or drinks at sunset, Islamorada is a spot like no other. Now, with our official half marathon and 10K, we are adding running as a “thing to do” and hope you join us and treat yourself to a wonderful vacation. Visit for further registration information
Contact: 305-587-0901
Email: islamoradahalf(at)gmail(dotted)com

December 15
Islamorada Chamber of Commerce Monthly After Hours
Join the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce for the December After Hours hosted by Robbie’s at MM77.5(B) on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, from 5:30PM-7: 30 PM. Grab a friend and come on down. We hope to see you there. $5 for members and $10 for non-members.
Contact: 305-664-4503
Email: info(at)islamoradachamber(dotted)com

December 16
Latitude 25 Writers Monthly Meeting
Last Wednesday of the Month from 7 pm until 9:30 pm at the Key Largo Library MM 101.4 (O)*** Latitude 25 is the oldest Upper Keys Literary Society and was established in 1978. Local writers of all levels get together to share what they are working on and tips of the trade. The group is small in the summer and larger in winter due to our seasonal residents.
Contact: 305-451-4164
Email: gibbsail43(at)gmail(dotted)com

December 16
Islamorada Chamber of Commerce Monthly Board Meeting
On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, starting at 4:30 PM at the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center located at the entrance to Founders Park MM 87(B) – Open to the public – All welcome!
Contact: 305-664-4503
Email: Email:

December 16
Immerse Yourself! The History of the Diving Museum by Dr. Sally Bauer
On Wednesday, December 16, 2015, Dr. Sally Bauer, Co-Founder, will discuss how South Floridas open bottom helmets have contributed to sports diving, marine biology, underwater photography and treasure hunting. The Museum features one of the worlds largest international collection of diving helmets and artifacts. The History of Diving Museum tells the story of mankinds quest to explore, understand and venture under the sea.
Contact: 305-664-9737
Email: info(at)divingmuseum(dotted)org

December 16
Immerse Yourself! “Founders Choice” with Dr. Sally Bauer
Free lecture at the History of Diving Museum located at MM82.9 (B) on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, from 7-8PM. Special “Founders Choice” presentation by museum co-founder and Women Diving Hall of Fame recipient, Dr. Sally Bauer. Museum members can call ahead and reserve seating.
Contact: 305-664-9737
Email: programs(at)divingmuseum(dotted)org

December 17 to December 15
ArtWalk – Morada Way Arts and Cultural District
Thursday 12/17 from 6 until 9 pm – The Monthly Third Thursday Artwalk showcases the fine arts, music and culinary nuances of the Purple Isles. The Morada Way Arts & Cultural District features national and local artisans represented in galleries at Morada Way between MM81 and MM82 (formerly named Industrial Road) – as well as “culinary art” and live music. In addition to individual artists, participating galleries include the Redbone Gallery, Gallery Morada, Pasta Pantaleo, and The Signature Gallery. Free admission.
Contact: 305-664-9100
Email: moradawaysusi(at)gmail(dotted)com

December 18 to December 19
Hazardous Waste, Used Oil & Electronic Waste Management and Disposal
Friday and Saturday 12/18 and 12/19 from 9 am to Noon***Dispose of household hazardous waste locally. Drop-off location at Founders Park (MM 87 B)will be set up near the south park entrance behind the Administrative Center parking lot. Please call for further details.
Contact: 305-853-3433 or 305-852-6933
Email: lesli(dotted)wojtecki(at)islamorada(dotted)fl(dotted)us(dotted)

December 22
Florida Keys Elks Lodge Christmas Party
On Tuesday, December 22, 2015 beginning at 5:30PM. Bring a side dish to share and a non-perishable food item for the food pantry.
Contact: 305-852-1872

December 26
Full Moon Party at Morada Bay Beach Cafe’
On Friday, November 27, 2015, Morada Bay Beach Cafe and Pierre’s VIP Lounge will host their monthly Full Moon Party. Don’t forget to ask about VIP sections on the beach!
Contact: (305) 664-8414

December 31
New Year Party – Morada Bay Beach Cafe
Thursday 12/31 – New Year Party! Party! Party! A fun and friendly celebration for the local community and visitors alike. Come and enjoy the beach BBQ, signature cocktails, live music, performers, junkanoo band and fireworks! Morada Bay Beach $20 – Pierre’s Lounge $30 – MM81.6 (B) – Please bring a blanket, as no outside seating can be brought into the property. No young adults under the age of 21 are allowed to participate without parental supervision.
Contact: 664-3225
Email: info(at)moradabay(dotted)com