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Upper Keys Arts and Culture
The Upper Keys are a wonderful place to live, work, and play. Though this archipelago chain of tropical islands is best known for warm, sunny breezes, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, and miles of beaches, diving, fishing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, skiing, parasailing and much more, they are also home of some of the finest and eclectic arts and culture in the United States.
Running from the southern tip of the peninsula of Florida, just a few miles away from Miami, where nightlife and entertainment are ever-present and highly energetic, the Upper Keys are wind southward from Key Largo, Islamorada, which is the combination of Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Lignumvitae Key, and Lower Matecumbe Key.
Fine arts, music and culinary nuances of Islamorada are featured during the monthly Third Thursday Art Walkabout, showcasing national and Keys-based artists ...
Life in the Upper Keys
Tiki bars, surf shops. dive shops, tackle and bait stores, and miles of natural beauty are the largest staple of the Florida Keys. Sunshine reigns over the sky a whopping 3,000 hours each and every year. With temperatures during the winter months generally rising into the sixties and seventies in the daylight hours, and dropping to the fifties overnight, the Upper Keys make life and exploration possible no matter the time of day.
The attitude and atmosphere is come-as-you-are, where sandals, t-shirts and shorts are the preferred attire and every day is a tropical experience like none other.
Arts and Culture in the Upper Keys
The arts and culture of the Upper Keys is more than just the natural encounters available in the Everglades National Park. Children of all ages will love to visit the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center. And to really get close to nature, hop over to Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
Finer experiences await in the many art galleries, museums, and performing arts centers which can be found in Key Largo, down through the Islamorada island chain. Including, but not limited to: the
Key Largo Art Gallery, The Gallery at Kona Kai, the Joyce Bennett School of Performing Arts, Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center, Islamorada Matheson House and Visitor Center, History of Diving Museum, the Rain Barrel Village of Artists and Craftspeople, The Stacie Krupa Studio Gallery of Art, The Gallery at Morada Bay, Redbone Art Gallery, Atlantis Gallery, and, Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park.
What’s more, there are dozens of independent artists and niche galleries all throughout the Upper Keys. Visit an artists’ little corner of the world and have pottery custom made for your home, or some one-of-a-kind jewelry.
The Keys are made up of small towns and communities. However, due to the strong economy from our tourist base, the Arts are a primary part of our culture. Most weekends bring festivals and street parties throughout the Keys and especially in Key West. Photography of wildlife here is also great. Check out www.dhphotoart.comThe Florida Keys Council of the Arts does a great job in supporting Art in the Keys http://www.keysarts.com/
Also see the Key West Arts and historical society http://www.kwahs.com/
• The Keys Community Concert Band. Susan Bazin 451-4530.
• Keys Chamber Orchestra. Call Inga-Lisa Wright, 305-744-0508
• The Key West Pops, Inc. - 305 293-7658, P.O. Box 6206
• Note to musicians-There are about a zillion Tiki bars etc, that have live music. The times range from the afternoon through the evening. The pay is generally better than you'll find working in a regular club in the rest of the country. In addition to that most outdoor venues shut their nusic down about 11-so the hours
Museums and Culture
• Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum - 305 294-1136, 907 Whitehead St., Key West FL
• Flagler's Station Historeum®-901 Caroline St., 1-305-295-3562.
• Key West East Martello Museum - 305 296-3913, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd.
• Key West Lighthouse Museum - 305 294-0012, 938 Whitehead Street
• Key West Museum of Art & History - 305 295-6616
• Key West Shipwreck Historeum - 305 292-8990, 1 Whitehead Street
• Little White House Museum - 305 294-9911
• Lofton B. Sands African Bahamian Museum - 305 293-9692,
• Wrecker's Museum - 322 Duval St., 294-9502.Theater/dance
• Middle Florida Keys
• Marathon Community Theatre, 5101 O/S Hwy.....305 743-0994
• Key West Theatre
• Island Opera Theatre.....305 296-1520
• Red Barn Theatre, 319 Duval St (Rear).....305 296-9911
• Waterfront Playhouse, Mallory Square.....305 294-5015Art Galleries/ Visual Arts
• Over 90 galleries throughout the Keys
• Note to Artists; regardless of the medium, ther is a place for you in the Keys. The Keys strongly support resident artists.Writers groups in all genres (from screenwriting to novels) are spread throughout the Keys.
There is definitely a reason so many world class writers and Play-rights have made and do make the Keys their home. Especially Key West.(“Ernest Hemingway” )
The musician and actor community here is strong.In conclusion, the arts community in the keys is strong and will even grow stronger. If you like the arts and a small community with lots of outdoor opportunities, The Florida Keys could be just your place.Wouldn’t it be nice to vacation here and not have to leave?
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