The Florida Keys are celebrating the island chain’s unique culture and 200-year history, with a host of events!

Highlights include:

Key West to Celebrate Tennessee Williams, March

In Key West, fans of theatrical drama can celebrate the life and work of Tennessee Williams, award-winning playwright of “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” among other works, throughout March on the island he called home for more than three decades.


Festivities include a fundraising garden party on 5 March, at the Key West home of Dennis Beaver and Bert Whitt, founders of the exhibit that became the Tennessee Williams Museum. Guests can get exclusive tours of the facility on 10 and 24 March. Museum exhibits include personal photographs, rare memorabilia, a scale model of Williams’ Key West home and other items that chronicle his years on the island. The celebration concludes with a ‘birthday party’ on 26 March — the 112th anniversary of Williams’ birth — at the Tennessee Williams Museum.


Mural Commemorates Florida Keys’ Bicentennial, February through April      


The eclectic and talented Florida Keys arts community comes together each year through the Connections Project to form one large mural made from hundreds of individual paintings by Keys artists. In 2023, the Florida Keys Council of the Arts has announced a special edition entitled “Connections Project: Celebrating Our Unique History” honouring the bicentennial of the Florida Keys.

Artists have been tasked with the theme of “Pirates to Pineapples in Paradise – 200 Years in Monroe County.” Their individual canvases will be pieced together to form one 24-foot-long mural. Once the mosaic mural is assembled, it will embark on a ‘road show’ tour of galleries and other venues around the island chain. The special historic edition mural will be on display at venues that include Marathon’s Royal Furniture Showroom beginning 2 March, Big Pine Key’s Artists in Paradise Gallery beginning 24 March and Key West’s historic Gato Building beginning 20 April.

Divers Help Keys Coral Restoration, Earth Day, April

Visiting divers in the Florida Keys can join marine scientists during hands-on coral restoration dive trips, enabling them to play a role in protecting coral reefs for future generations. Captain Hook’s on Big Pine Key is teaming up with Reef Renewal USA on a three-day immersive citizen science initiative leading up to Earth Day in April that enables divers to actively aid in reef restoration.

The programme begins with a two-day Coral Fragging Party set for 20 and 21 April to study and participate in fragmenting corals into small pieces for widespread propagation. Then divers suit up on Earth Day, 22 April, for a Coral Nursery Dive to work on ‘coral tree’ development and planting.

After exploring landside exhibits and nurseries and hands-on work to help grow and support the fragile coral reef system, visitors can reward themselves by experiencing some of the most fascinating dives in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary along the Florida Keys Wreck Trek.

Posted on: 28/02/2023

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