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Fly on down!

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Nothing like flying the Florida Keys

November Events

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
Islamorada / November 05 to November 07

Mercury Redbone Celebrity Tournament Celebrities and other anglers catch bonefish and redfish to raise money for cystic fibrosis research in the final event of the annual Redbone Trilogy.
Contact: Gary Ellis (305) 664-2002
Email: redboneinc@aol.com

Islamorada / November 12 to November 14

Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Female anglers polish their skills and fish in an event sponsored by the fishing education and advocacy group Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing! Featuring legendary Captain Skip Bradeen speaking about offshore and bottom fishing. Early registration $115 by October 29.
Contact: Betty Bauman 954-475-9068
Email: billfishbetty@hotmail.com

Islamorada / November 12 to November 14

Florida Keys Fly Fishing School Learn fly fishing in saltwater with world class instruction in a fun and no-pressure environment. Two-day schools present a unique opportunity for beginners and experienced anglers, as well as couples. Call or visit Web site for details.
Contact: 305-664-5423
Email: info@floridakeysoutfitters.com

Islamorada / November 27 to November 28

Islamorada Fishing Club Junior Derby All species count for points in this competition for young anglers, with the most points awarded for bonefish and permit.
Contact: Jim and Sherri Trice (305) 664-3864
Email: trice_j@bellsouth.net

This Mornings Sunrise in the Florida Keys!!!!!

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010
By D Zinner

What a Sunrise!

October Events

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010
Islamorada / October 01 to October 03

Baybone Celebrity Tournament – A Redbone Trilogy Event The second of three tournaments in the annual Redbone Trilogy, the Baybone targets permit and bonefish to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. Among the celebrities who have fished recent Baybone tournaments are legendary angler Stu Apte, former Denver Bronco and Tampa Bay Buccaneer Mark Cooper, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and pitcher Tim Wakefield, who won a World Series ring with the Boston Red Sox in 2004. Two-person team entry fee $3,500.
Contact: Gary Ellis (305) 664-2002
Email: redboneinc@aol.com

Islamorada / October 04 to October 07

Women’s Fall Fly Classic – Multiple Species Formerly the Women’s World Invitational Fly Championship Bonefish Series, the revamped three-day challenge showcases bonefish, tarpon, snook and redfish for elite lady anglers to compete for points and implement their strategies behind landing an elusive backcountry slam (tarpon, snook and redfish) or a flats slam (tarpon, permit, bonefish) to secure a tournament win.
Contact: Charlotte Ambrogio 305-942-0428
Email: csasun@aol.com

Islamorada / October 10 to October 13

Bonefishing World Championship / Islamorada All-Tackle Bonefish Tournament Only 25 anglers are accepted to compete — one angler per boat with a licensed captain. This three-day challenge is what separates the truly great bonefish anglers from the wannabes. Entry fee $750 per angler, and all bonefish entered for division winners’ trophies must be a minimum of 8 pounds.
Contact: Charlotte Ambrogio 305-942-0428
Email: csasun@aol.com

Islamorada / October 15 to October 16

Casting for Cats What began in 2001 as a one-day tournament for fun, the Casting for Cats Ladies All-Tackle Backcountry Tournament is now a major fundraiser to help control the feral cat population of the Upper Keys. Female anglers earn points for catching bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook and redfish using bait, artificial lures or fly tackle. Points also are awarded for ladyfish, sharks, jacks and spotted sea trout (also known as speckled trout). Entry fee only $125 per angler.
Contact: Sharon Mahoney Ellenwood (305) 393-6174
Email: sharellen@netzero.net

Islamorada / October 16

Islamorada Pedal-Paddle Celebrate Greenways & Trails month! Meet at Robbie’s Marina parking lot, mile marker 77.5 bayside, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. for a ride across the newly refurbished Channel 2 historic bridge. Then paddle the mangrove creeks. Twelve-mile round trip pedal, approximately three-mile paddle. Bring your own bike and kayak, snacks & water. Kayak rentals available at Florida Keys Kayak & Sail 305-664-4878.
Contact: Monica Woll 305-853-3571
Email: Monica.Woll@dep.state.fl.us

Islamorada / October 22 to October 23

3rd Annual Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic The Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic is a one-day fun tournament for the whole family. Jim Mandich will be hosting this event – a portion of the proceeds is to benefit Mariners Hospital. Visit web site for details.
Contact: 305-667-0399
Email: leah@maddogclassic.com

Islamorada / October 28 to October 29

Haunted Robbie’s Visit Robbie’s Marina for ghoulishly fun time during their free Halloween themed event. Haunted boat tours to the underworld, costume contests, games, prizes, food & drink specials. Located at mile marker 77.5, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night.
Contact: 877-664-8498

September Events

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
 
 

July 13 to September 06,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum: Free Admission to All Active Duty Military Personnel
July 13 to September 06
Located at MM 82.9 bayside, the museum is offering free admission to all active duty military personnel – and up to five immediate family members including spouses or children – as part of the nationwide Blue Star Museums program. Spouses of deployed military also are eligible. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: 305-664-9737           305-664-9737      Email: info@divingmuseum.org
 
 

September 04 ,  in Islamorada
Matecumbe Historical Trust presents: Self-Guided Tour
September 04
Start the Labor Day weekend at the Islamorada Hurricane Monument at 9 a.m. for a self-guided tour of historical points of interest. An informational tent is to be set up at the monument with guide maps and brochures, courtesy of the Matecumbe Historical Trust. Historic photos, 75th anniversary tee shirts and mementos to be available as well. Free and open to the public.
Contact: Irving or Jeane Eyster 305-664-9504            305-664-9504      
September 04 ,  in Islamorada
Matecumbe Historical Trust presents: An Evening of Hurricane History
September 04
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the 1935 hurricane, a historically significant event in the Florida Keys. Starting at 8 p.m. the Matecumbe Historical Trust is to show a video and display photos from the event. Survivors are to be present to share their experiences. Free and open to the public, event located at the Islamorada Hurricane Monument.
Contact: Irving or Jeane Eyster 305-664-9504               305-664-9504      
September 06 ,  in Islamorada
Matecumbe Historical Trust presents: Annual Labor Day Service
September 06
In memory of the civilians and veterans who perished in the 1935 hurricane, this annual service is to be held at 9 a.m. at the Islamorada Hurricane Monument. Hear from famed historian Irving Eyster, and the 1935 Hurricane Song written by Cris Foster from memories shared by Bernard Russell who lost many of his family in the event that helped shape Florida Keys history. A wreath is to be placed, followed by taps and the benediction. Free and open to the public.
Contact: Irving or Jeane Eyster 305-664-9504              305-664-9504     
 
 
 
 
September 11 ,  in Key Largo
Lionfish Derby for Divers
September 11
Teams of up to four divers can help capture and remove non-native lionfish from Keys waters in this unique spin on a fishing tournament. Derby divers who successfully remove lionfish from sanctuary waters are to be eligible for up to $10,000 in cash and prizes – more than $3,000 per derby. Headquarters, measuring and scoring to be held at Coconuts Restaurant, mile marker 100. Visit website for registration details.
Contact: REEF 305-852-0030               305-852-0030     Email: alecia@reef.org
 
September 14 to September 17,  in Islamorada
Islamorada Invitational Fall Fly Bonefish Tournament
September 14 to September 17
Also referred to as the “Fall Fly,” this prestigious three-day test of skill and stealth challenges anglers to accrue points for both weight and release fish. Entry fee is $1,000 per angler, up to 25 maximum participants.
Contact: Charlotte Ambrogio 305-942-0428           305-942-0428      Email: csasun@aol.com
September 15 ,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum presents: FREE Seminar Series
September 15
This month’s free seminar is to be given by Eric Smith, themed “Adventures in Underwater Exploration.” Starts at 7 p.m. at Diving Museum, mile marker 83 in Islamorada. Immerse yourself in the fun!
Contact: 305-664-9737              305-664-9737      Email: info@divingmuseum.org
 
 
September 16 to September 19,  in Florida Keys
38th Annual Phil Peterson’s Key West Poker Run
September 16 to September 19
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. Stops are arranged throughout the Keys with a final celebration in Key West. Register online today, or starting Sept. 1 at either of two Peterson’s Harley dealerships, with just a $10 donation.
Contact: (800) 545-2561               (800) 545-2561       877-MIAMI-HD              
September 17 to September 19,  in Key Largo
Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge
September 17 to September 19
Entering its 10th year, the challenge requires anglers fish for trout and redfish. Proceeds benefit both local Rotary scholarships and Take Stock in Children, a statewide scholarship program for children in seventh through 12th grades. Entry fee is $125 per angler, $70 for young anglers (kids and juniors are combined). New venue at the Upper Keys Sailing Club!
Contact: Mike Shipley 305-852-4087              305-852-4087      
Email: mike@islandbayresort.com
September 22 to September 26,  in Florida Keys
Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival
September 22 to September 26
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, and an environmental fair.
Contact: (305) 872-0774              (305) 872-0774      
 
 
September 25 to September 26,  in Islamorada
Herman Lucerne Memorial Backcountry Tournament
September 25 to September 26
Up to 100 anglers compete for snook, tarpon, redfish, sea trout, snapper, bonefish and black drum against the backdrop of Everglades National Park. An overall grand champ prize is given to the individual or team who catches at least four of the seven eligible species. The angling challenge is also a qualifying event for the 2011 IGFA Inshore World Championship in Islamorada.
Contact: Linda Denkert 305-852-1425               305-852-1425      
Email: backcountrybabe1@aol.com
 
September 25 ,  in Islamorada
Smithsonian Magazine’s 6th Annual Museum Day
September 25
The History of Diving Museum will participate in the sixth annual Museum Day, presented by Smithsonian magazine.  Doors will be open free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and Smithsonian.com visitors for an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in diving history.  The Museum is also celebrating its fourth anniversary, and showcases “The Story of Man’s Quest to Explore Under the Sea, and is approximately 3,000 square feet of amazing exhibits relating to diving history. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: (305) 664-9737 (305) 664-9737    

September Events

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
 
 

July 13 to September 06,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum: Free Admission to All Active Duty Military Personnel
July 13 to September 06
Located at MM 82.9 bayside, the museum is offering free admission to all active duty military personnel – and up to five immediate family members including spouses or children – as part of the nationwide Blue Star Museums program. Spouses of deployed military also are eligible. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: 305-664-9737           305-664-9737      Email: info@divingmuseum.org
 
 

September 04 ,  in Islamorada
Matecumbe Historical Trust presents: Self-Guided Tour
September 04
Start the Labor Day weekend at the Islamorada Hurricane Monument at 9 a.m. for a self-guided tour of historical points of interest. An informational tent is to be set up at the monument with guide maps and brochures, courtesy of the Matecumbe Historical Trust. Historic photos, 75th anniversary tee shirts and mementos to be available as well. Free and open to the public.
Contact: Irving or Jeane Eyster 305-664-9504            305-664-9504      
September 04 ,  in Islamorada
Matecumbe Historical Trust presents: An Evening of Hurricane History
September 04
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the 1935 hurricane, a historically significant event in the Florida Keys. Starting at 8 p.m. the Matecumbe Historical Trust is to show a video and display photos from the event. Survivors are to be present to share their experiences. Free and open to the public, event located at the Islamorada Hurricane Monument.
Contact: Irving or Jeane Eyster 305-664-9504               305-664-9504      
September 06 ,  in Islamorada
Matecumbe Historical Trust presents: Annual Labor Day Service
September 06
In memory of the civilians and veterans who perished in the 1935 hurricane, this annual service is to be held at 9 a.m. at the Islamorada Hurricane Monument. Hear from famed historian Irving Eyster, and the 1935 Hurricane Song written by Cris Foster from memories shared by Bernard Russell who lost many of his family in the event that helped shape Florida Keys history. A wreath is to be placed, followed by taps and the benediction. Free and open to the public.
Contact: Irving or Jeane Eyster 305-664-9504              305-664-9504     
 
 
 
 
September 11 ,  in Key Largo
Lionfish Derby for Divers
September 11
Teams of up to four divers can help capture and remove non-native lionfish from Keys waters in this unique spin on a fishing tournament. Derby divers who successfully remove lionfish from sanctuary waters are to be eligible for up to $10,000 in cash and prizes – more than $3,000 per derby. Headquarters, measuring and scoring to be held at Coconuts Restaurant, mile marker 100. Visit website for registration details.
Contact: REEF 305-852-0030               305-852-0030     Email: alecia@reef.org
 
September 14 to September 17,  in Islamorada
Islamorada Invitational Fall Fly Bonefish Tournament
September 14 to September 17
Also referred to as the “Fall Fly,” this prestigious three-day test of skill and stealth challenges anglers to accrue points for both weight and release fish. Entry fee is $1,000 per angler, up to 25 maximum participants.
Contact: Charlotte Ambrogio 305-942-0428           305-942-0428      Email: csasun@aol.com
September 15 ,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum presents: FREE Seminar Series
September 15
This month’s free seminar is to be given by Eric Smith, themed “Adventures in Underwater Exploration.” Starts at 7 p.m. at Diving Museum, mile marker 83 in Islamorada. Immerse yourself in the fun!
Contact: 305-664-9737              305-664-9737      Email: info@divingmuseum.org
 
 
September 16 to September 19,  in Florida Keys
38th Annual Phil Peterson’s Key West Poker Run
September 16 to September 19
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. Stops are arranged throughout the Keys with a final celebration in Key West. Register online today, or starting Sept. 1 at either of two Peterson’s Harley dealerships, with just a $10 donation.
Contact: (800) 545-2561               (800) 545-2561       877-MIAMI-HD              
September 17 to September 19,  in Key Largo
Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge
September 17 to September 19
Entering its 10th year, the challenge requires anglers fish for trout and redfish. Proceeds benefit both local Rotary scholarships and Take Stock in Children, a statewide scholarship program for children in seventh through 12th grades. Entry fee is $125 per angler, $70 for young anglers (kids and juniors are combined). New venue at the Upper Keys Sailing Club!
Contact: Mike Shipley 305-852-4087              305-852-4087      
Email: mike@islandbayresort.com
September 22 to September 26,  in Florida Keys
Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival
September 22 to September 26
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, and an environmental fair.
Contact: (305) 872-0774              (305) 872-0774      
 
 
September 25 to September 26,  in Islamorada
Herman Lucerne Memorial Backcountry Tournament
September 25 to September 26
Up to 100 anglers compete for snook, tarpon, redfish, sea trout, snapper, bonefish and black drum against the backdrop of Everglades National Park. An overall grand champ prize is given to the individual or team who catches at least four of the seven eligible species. The angling challenge is also a qualifying event for the 2011 IGFA Inshore World Championship in Islamorada.
Contact: Linda Denkert 305-852-1425               305-852-1425      
Email: backcountrybabe1@aol.com
 
September 25 ,  in Islamorada
Smithsonian Magazine’s 6th Annual Museum Day
September 25
The History of Diving Museum will participate in the sixth annual Museum Day, presented by Smithsonian magazine.  Doors will be open free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and Smithsonian.com visitors for an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in diving history.  The Museum is also celebrating its fourth anniversary, and showcases “The Story of Man’s Quest to Explore Under the Sea, and is approximately 3,000 square feet of amazing exhibits relating to diving history. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: (305) 664-9737 (305) 664-9737    

I Live here, in Islamorada!

Monday, August 9th, 2010

After having lived in this island paradise, Islamorada, FL Florida Keys, for nearly 40 years, it still amazes me when we are fortunate to have back to back days that are as picture perfect as the last 2 have been. Cloudless skies reflecting gin clear water that is without a ripple, save for those from passing boaters. It is so relaxing it’s hard to work.

I Live here, in Islamorada!

Monday, August 9th, 2010

After having lived in this island paradise, Islamorada, FL Florida Keys, for nearly 40 years, it still amazes me when we are fortunate to have back to back days that are as picture perfect as the last 2 have been. Cloudless skies reflecting gin clear water that is without a ripple, save for those from passing boaters. It is so relaxing it’s hard to work.

Don't Like Lobster?

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Lookout Lodge For those of you who don’t like the pursuit of our spiny crustaceans, we just wanted to keep you advised of a bevy of events taking place throughout the Keys through the balance of the year. Lookout Lodge Resort is ideally located for you to participate in or partake of the festivities all through the Keys. Check out… this Event Calender and then our website. http://www.fla-keys.com/calendarofevents/, www.lookoutlodge.com

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www.fla-keys.com
Search the Florida Keys & Key West events calendar from the Official Florida Keys Tourism Council. View Florida Keys events and activities by month and region – Key West, Lower Keys, Marathon, Islamorada and Key Largo.

Lobster Mini Season, Very Tasty!

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Lookout Lodge The Mini-Season Lobster Mobsters have made their way home with coolers full of tasty “bugs” and we are preparing to welcome a new group of stealthy lobster hunters for the opening day of the regular season, Aug. 6. Early reconnaissence of areas in front of Lookout Lodge show promise for a good start to the 6 month sea…son. We still have a few openings at www.lookoutlodge.com

Another Lobster Mini-Season has been entered into the memories (and stomachs) of 40 or so guests here at Lookout Lodge Resort. It was great fun watching as they shared the grilles and their recipes for our local delicacy. Friendships were made, stories were told and dreams of next year were born. Be a part of the fun next year. www.lookoutlodge.com


Lookout Lodge Resort 87770 Overseas Highway Islamorada, Florida 33036 United States Phone: 305.852.9915 Toll Free: 800.870.1772 Fax: 305.852.3035