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Muses Never Sleep

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One of the hardest parts of songwriting is opening to the flow of ideas and creativity. It’s as hard as turning all of the stuff you get into polished songs that people might relate to. When my Muses are talking to me, I try very hard to pay attention and write down what they say.

Last night they started in around 10:15, and didn’t quiet down until sometime after 11. So I got to sleep before midnight. In between, I got four pages of fairly interesting ideas and lyrics. Most of them seem to be on a theme of dealing with everyday life, and most of them seem like I could possibly stick them into the same song. There’s no chorus yet, no hook. I know I need these to turn it all into a song or two, and they’ll probably arrive in yet another blinding flash of inspiration. Hopefully not at 2 AM, but it’s possible.

A rough-draft sample, just so you can see how my mind works:

(traffic)

Take a break before I break the brake lights getting in my way

Hate to decelerate; this waiting makes for longer days

(other)

My mortgage is under water; I don’t want to screw with it

I’ll call the bank next quarter; tell them what to do with it

This is the stuff songs are eventually made of. Either in the shower, or in the middle of the night.

Sadly, my Day Job won’t take “My Muses kept me up all night” as an excuse to not be on time in the morning. So it goes.

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Technology and Music

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We’ve come a long way from sitting around a campfire playing hollowed-out logs for entertainment. We have musical instruments of all sizes, shapes, tones, and varieties, and we have thousands of ways of creating a sound, massaging it to sound like anything else, and then delivering that sound to someone thousands of miles away.

As a consumer, I could easily be buried in all of the new music that exists in the world today and that keeps getting created, minute by minute. For example, I once saw a counter showing how many songs were on iTunes; it was adding a new song every couple of seconds. Wikipedia claims that there are over 14 million songs on iTunes now. At three and a half minutes average per song, that’s over 93 years of music, played 24/7.

That’s a lot.

As a creator of music, I’ve got plenty of options as well. It used to be just me and my guitar. Simple, right? Well, if I’m playing to more than three or four people, not all of whom are maintaining disciplined science, I need to amplify the sound somehow or lose my voice trying to make myself heard. Hundreds of choices for amplifiers, speakers, mixers, effects…

And that’s not counting the number of options I have when I record.

Over time, I’ve found some gear that works for me and gives me a decent sound. And now I’m starting to branch out a bit into stuff that makes me sound like more than one guy with a guitar. I’m assembling tracks of the songs I do, as many as I can find – some of them I’ll have to do without or create my own. In my copious free time. And I’m trying out other effects such as a harmonizer.

Will all these gimmicks and gadgets make me sound better, or worse? Come out to a show sometime soon and let me know.

Next show is Friday night (9/23), 8-10 PM, at Panama Bay Coffee, Livermore. Details on my Shows page. I’ll be trying out some of this cool new technology.

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How To Make a Nude Beach Happen Anywhere

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The mystique of a nude beach. Close your eyes tight enough and you can almost see those oiled up supermodels and beefy guys soaking in UV-rays where the sun don’t usually shine. Alas, the reality of a nude beach is much MUCH different. Let’s just say the people baring it all are the people that should be putting their special parts under lock and key.

We have a nude beach here in Southwest Florida. I’ve walked its shores a couple times (with trunks on, sorry ladies), and was quickly frightened. Run, hide, eyes are burning! Maybe it’s different on St. Martin’s Orient Beach or the sands of St. Barths, maybe some of you Castaways with experience on the nude beaches of the Caribbean can let us know what the scenery is like.

Today’s Boat Drink recipe is fittingly called The Nude Beach. The original recipe called for 1oz. of Gold Rum, then the usual Pineapple Juice, Orange Juice, Grenadine and Lime Juice. To me that seemed a little boring and didn’t have anything to do with a nude beach. What do you say we spice it up a bit.

First of all 1 ounce of rum is for beginners, we Castaways need require a little more octane, let’s double it and make it a even 2 ounces of rum. Then instead of your normal everyday gold rum, let’s replace it with a rum that has no problem with limin’ in the buff…Ron de Jeremy Rum.

The Nude Beach Cocktail Recipe

  • 2 oz. Ron de Jeremy Rum
  • 2 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 2 oz. Orange Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Grenadine
  • Dash Lime Juice

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Mix well and strain into a chilled collins glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a lime squeeze. Raise glass and toast.

Enjoy the new Boat Drink recipe Castaways! Would you be brave enough to join the crowd at a nude beach?

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Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill, A Key Largo Entertainment Bonanza

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Key Largo, the gateway to the Florida Keys. It’s also one of the top sport fishing destinations in the world. I’m not much a fisherman though, those damn fish steal my bait every time, so I’ve decided that watching others fish with a boat drink in hand or finding a nice beach bar to chillax at is more my speed. Enter the Big Chill, Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill of Key Largo.

Sadly, it seems like I usually just drive through Key Largo either going or returning from some of the other Keys and Key West. Sunday was different though. Returning from our Conched in Key West Bar Crawl, I needed to meet my buddy Carl at Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill to film a drink video. I’d never been there before so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

WOW. What a complex!

Jimmy Johnson's Big Chill

Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill, Key Largo

Named after former Cowboys and Dolphins coach, and now Fox Sports analyst, Jimmy Johnson has taken the Big Chill and made it an entertainment mecca. Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill at Fisherman’s Cove lures both residents and tourists alike: Come Chill Out with JJ. “The convenience of having a place to play just a few miles or so from where I sleep was a perfect find,” says the retired championship coach. “And not only that, they’re allowing me to make it even more perfect.”

Jimmy Johnson's Big Chill

Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill, JJ’s Sports Bar

Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill is a one stop shop, it boasts indoor/outdoor waterfront dining, JJ’s Sports Bar, Raw Bar, Tiki Bar and a Pool and Cabana Club. In addition to the Big Chill, Jimmy Johnson’s Fisherman’s Cove is an exclusive Private Residence Club located on the property.

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When No News is Good News

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Are you tired of reading all the depressing stuff in the daily news? I get that way sometimes. I’ve gotten better at skipping over the absurdities and the depressing bits, but it’s often hard to ignore things. Especially in the comments sections, in which everyone feels entitled to their own facts, rips other people just because they *can*, behind that mask of anonymity, and so forth.

I’m starting to collect Websites that I can go to when I want to distract myself, but don’t want to depress myself. So far I’ve been focused mostly on humor, but am starting to do more with travel and nature. Here are some of the sites that help brighten my day:

  • Not Always Right: Weird customer service stories. Some of them are a bit on the “ohmighod, people are *that* dumb?” side, but a lot of them are out and out hilarious.
  • Texts From Last Night: Things people say when they’re drunk, hooking up, skipping class, and other odd things. Oh, the humanity! Warning – much of it is NSFW and in truly questionable taste. To me, that’s part of what makes it funny. Others might have a different opinion.
  • Farallones Webcam: There’s a marine life sanctuary on a few islands off the coast of northern California. This is a nice place to just watch Nature for a while.
  • Private Islands Online (for rent or sale): Ever want to live on your own island? Here are some places you can escape to, without leaving your chair. Ignore the price tags.
  • Windjammer Cruises: Want to sail away? Here is a fun site that offers vacations for that. Check out the photo galleries as a bit of an escape.

What are your favorite “escape” sites?

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Key West Bi Plane, The Shot Doctor Bar Crawl, Key West Poker Run

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Key West Blues by Key West Chris Rehm

^ Listen to Key West Blues while you enjoy the Blog!^

KEY WEST BI PLANE FLIGHT, SHOT DOCTOR SCOTT ALAN, KEY WEST POKER RUN

So, there I was, just doing some things around my place when I get a text from Trop Rock artist Scott Alan, also known as The Shot Doctor, for that marvelous apparatus he invented, of the same name. I knew that Dr. Scott Alan was coming to town on a promotional/charitable event he was involved with, which happened to be a bar crawl. We had talked about it several times in the previous weeks. It was also a benefit for Naval air families stationed in the area. Of course Key West is home to the Key West Naval Air Station, something all Key Westers are very proud of. For me it hits close to home as the Truman Annex living quarters for the service men and women, is just a couple of blocks away from home for me, being located right next to the Southernmost Point.
I look at the text from Scott and it says “Can you fly at one today? Open Cockpit” Hummm… Fly? Is this a vernacular for go out and plow a few down, perhaps in an open air bar? It’s 11 am. I reply “Fly?” I What a treat! I met Dr. Shot Alan… er, Dr. Scott Alan at the airport and we went over to Key West Bi Planes where we met Col. Ray Cunanas, son of Key West stunt pilot legend Gen. Fred Cubanas. It should be noted that all of the planes that Fred Cubanas owns, are members of the Conch Republic Air Force.
Col. Ray Cubanas was extremely pleasant and professional He is also the main pilot for the bi plane rides. I found Ray has the ability to explain everything with an air of freshness to it. Remarkable considering he does this many times a day. He’s clearly someone who loves what he does. The aircraft is in pristine condition and is a 1942 Waco bi-plane. After some picture taking on the ground Scott and I buckled into the front seat and Col. Ray in the rear. He fires up the nine cylinder, air cooled radial engine and what a great sound! We taxi down the airport and then off we go, Up! Up! And Away!!!
All I can say was that the ride was fantastic! We flew down the southern coast of the island and then followed the shore around to the north side passing Ft. Zach and the Truman Waterfront. Over the water on the north side Col. Cabanas took us over the water. What a sight! The water in the Keys is magnificent with so many shades of blue and green. This is undoubtedly the way to see it, bar none! We also flew over down town as well. If you come to Key West, this is a MUST! We also opted for the optional DVD of our flight, which is from two video cams, mounted on the aircraft itself. Our flight was 25 minutes. They also have longer excursions available. It’s a short part of your stay, however the memories will last a lifetime.
For more info check out their website:
http://www.keywestbiplanes.com/

As I said, The Shot Doctor, Scott Alan, was in town doing a pub crawl. Now, bear in mind, Scott is a master musician first and foremost. He is a Berkley graduate and back when others were picking up a guitar and learning to strum Margaritaville or, Brown Eyed Girl, Scott was doing arrangements for big band jazz ensembles. Heavy stuff indeed. Scott also came up with his Shot Doctor and often does promotions. This crawl started at The Cork And Stogie, a fantastic little Mom and Pop cigar, beer, and wine establishment on the 1200 block of Duval. From there Scott and his entourage headed over to The Rum Bar in the next block. I met up with the traveling circus at a new bar, Overboard on the 700 blockof Duval. My friends Rick and Cindy Hogan arranged for Dr. Alan to have an I.V. stand, which he hung plasma bags filled with a green elixir. Dr. Alan, along with three quite attractive assistants, administered the potion from the plasma bags into everyone’s Shot Doctors. A great time was had by all and the tour continued to Willi T’s, where Key West icon Barry Cuda was playing, and from there on to Krawls off Duval. Trust me, anyone with a sense of humor and an easy laugh, will LOVE the Shot Doctor!
“Is there a doctor in the house”?
Check out his sites!
http://www.shotdoctorworld.com/
http://www.theislanddoctor.com/

This week was also the Key West Poker Run. I missed the actual year for the event this was, however it’s got to be pushing forty. The sponsor of the event Phil Peterson’s Harley Davidson up in Cutler Bay and Miami, started his business right here in Key West back in the fifties. The Poker Run starts there and runs to Key West. The event usually brings in close to 20,000 bikers and the town is always glad to see them. These guys are not afraid to spend money at art galleries, jewelry stores, in addition to the usual bars and guest houses. In addition, they are good tippers, from what I’ve been told from my friends in the service industry.
This Saturday I’ll be part of a new event “ The Key West Musicians Festival” at Smokin Tuna. Lots of folks playing too. If you’re in town, stop by! If not, you can always tune in to their live streaming video cam. I am currently scheduled to go on at 1pm. It looks like I’ll also have my friend Deb Hudson helping me out on a few songs as well! Whippeee!!!!!

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Conched in Key West – A Meeting of the Minds

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The more and more I travel to the Florida Keys the more I think I could live there. It really wouldn’t take all that much effort to pull the trigger, but I’ll save this Havana daydream for another post.

Last weekend was spent in Key West, participating in the Conched in Key West Bar Crawl. The event started out as just some online friends wanting to get together in a beautiful place like Key West and paint the town with rum. It quickly evolved into more than just a group of island junkies looking for a fix, it turned into a chance to really make a difference and have fun doing it.

Each of the sponsors; Team Cocktail, Rum Connection, Shawn Martin, Conch Republic Bikinis, Hoffman Publications, the Shot Doctor and RumShopRyan – are active online with blogging/social media and have good size readerships. Why not take a little of that influence and invite people (Castaways) to come down to Key West with us and raise money for charity at the same time. The charity we chose was to support the families of the Naval base there in the Keys.

Conched in Key West

Sponsors of Conch in Key West

So that’s how the Conched in Key West Bar Crawl was started. Now I could write a story about how we went to this bar and that bar, how we drank this cocktail and tried this rum, how the fun lasted till the wee hours of the night and how we can’t wait till next year but I’m not going to do that.

Instead I’m going to tell you about the people and let the photos tell their stories. I titled this post with “A Meeting of the Minds” not because it has anything to do with the large gathering of Jimmy Buffett Parrotheads that will be invading Key West next month also called Meeting of the Minds, but because the people who participated in our Conched in Key West crawl.

Conched in Key West

BigKahunaBrew (Charles) RumShopRyan

My buddy Carl of Conch Republic Bikinis wrote a good story yesterday and I think he hit the nail on the head. Most of us have never met, we only know each other through words on a screen, a thumbnail photo and a Twitter handle. But something special happens when you throw a group of people together that all have the same salty, rum infused soul. Handshakes be damned, I’m giving you a hug and buying you a drink!

Conched in Key West

Raffle for a bottle of Tommy Bahama Rum

We had a group of about 30 crawlers and raised somewhere around $1500-$2000, exact figure is still being worked out due to t-shirt sales. We hit up 9 or 10 bars, you tend to lose track of things as the crawl drags on. The bars we hit, many I’ve never even been to before, where great. Places like the Cork Stogie, Pearl’s Patio, Rum Bar, Virgilio’s, Krawl off Duval, Captain Tony’s and Irish Kevins. I think a few more places were sprinkled in there, I just can’t recall all their names right now.

 

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Featured Artist – Brent Burns

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Brent Burns was born in Oklahoma, raised in Arizona and arrived in Gulf Shores, Alabama in 1972.  This son of the desert has become the poet laureate of the beach.  In 2006, Burns was named “Official Music Ambassador of the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau.”  In 2008, Burns won three awards in the first ever Trop Rock Music Awards.  Burns won “Entertainer of the Year,” “CD of the Year (for “Ragtops and Flip Flops”)” and a special WAVE award for his charitable work.  2010 brought more Trop Rock Music awards, CD and Song of the Year for “I’ve Got A Beach in My Backyard” and Songwriter of the Year.

Burns was all over the national scene with his songs and videos, “Pain At The Pump” and “Drill, Drill, Drill.”  After the videos were posted on You Tube, CNN interviewed Burns and used “Pain At The Pump” in their special “4 Bucks!  What’s Next?  America’s Fuel Crisis.”  When the BP oil spill struck his beloved Gulf Coast in April 2010, Burns took the oil giant to task with his song, “Drill, Drill, Drill.”  The song and video were featured on CNN’s Headline News.  Burns first tapped into the American public’s anger over rising fuel costs in response to the oil shortages of the 1970s and 80s.  Burns wrote the hit song, “Cheaper Crude or No More Food.” The song sold 200,000 copies the day it was released and climbed the Billboard Charts after radio commentator Paul Harvey played it three times.  It is the first and only song ever played in Harvey’s nearly 50 years of radio broadcasting.  

Burns’ fame continued with appearances on Real People, The Mike Douglas Show, and Hee-Haw.  Burns was featured on the front page of the Sunday New York Times Entertainment Section, as well as in articles appearing in the Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Arizona Republic, Newsweek, US Magazine, and Billboard Magazine. Besides his Top 40 hit, “Cheaper Crude or No More Food,” Burns has had five other nationally charted records. 

A twice wounded, Purple Heart winning combat veteran, Burns also has the distinction of being the first American entertainer to perform for troops overseas after the tragedy of September 11, 2001.  Burns’ musical career has taken him to Italy, Australia, Mexico and coast to coast in the US.

Burns’ philanthropic projects have continued throughout the years.  A portion of his CD sales goes to charities including the American Cancer Society, Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, and Habitat for Humanity.  Burns’ Habitat tribute song, “Build Them A House,” is available for free download on his web site, www.brentburns.com.  

Brent’s impressive CD sales and songwriting skills continue to make him a highly sought after artist and performer.  His schedule includes over 200 dates a year at corporate events, concerts, festivals and clubs.

For more information about Brent Burns visit his website, www.brentburns.com.

2010 Trop Rock Music Award Winner
for
Songwriter of the Year
CD and Song of the Year
(“I’ve Got A Beach In My Backyard”)

AND
2008 Trop Rock Music Award Winner
 for
ENTERTAINER of the Year
CD of the Year – “Ragtops and Flip Flops”
WAVE Award for humanitarian efforts
NEW CD, “Don’t Come Knockin’ If The Tiki Hut’s Rockin’,” is available for downloads NOW
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St. Kitts Video Montage Part 1 – Ziplining, Brimstone, Catamaran Cruise, Beach Bonefire

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It’s been three months since my time on beautiful St. Kitts as the first Marriott Beach Blogger, but I still find my mind wandering back to its sun baked beaches, towering mountains and the new friends I made there. What better way to relive those memories than to make video and give it a reggae soundtrack right!

This relatively small leeward island packs a lot of punch into its 65 square mile landmass. You can easily spend a full week on St. Kitts and still not have enough time to explore all its treasures.

Below is Part 1 of a short video series I want to dedicate to St. Kitts. There was just way to much island beauty to pack into one video and keep the length somewhat short.

In this video you’ll see our rainforest ziplining experience, our tour of Brimstone Hill Fortress the largest fort in all the Caribbean, then you’ll see our sunset cruise aboard the sleek Spirit of St. Kitts Catamaran and finally we’ll end with a beach bonfire at the Shiggidy Shack beach bar on Frigate Bay. If you can believe this all happened just on day 2.

St. Kitts Video Montage Part 1

I can almost hear the gears in your head turning right now, you’re thinking St. Kitts just moved up on your list of Caribbean destinations. You’re fumbling around for your travel agent’s phone number and trying to remember how many vacation days you have left at work. Trust me, I understand your excitement and eagerness for an island adventure. It’s easy to get seduced. The best solution…give in to the seduction.

I want to give a big thanks to…

Look for Part 2 next week!

By the way, today just happens to be “Talk Like A Pirate Day“. So be sure to call all your coworkers big “scallywags” and tell your special someone that you want them to “Shiver-your-timbers” tonight. It’s worth a try right!

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Festivals and Events Bring Winter Fun to the Florida Keys

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The winter season in the Florida Keys Key West is as bustling as it is warm and sunny, with an array of events to entertain. From holiday happenings to fine food festivals and beyond, the island chain has an event to serve everyone’s interests.

While this piece lists selected 2011-2012 winter highlights, a comprehensive schedule of events throughout the Keys can be found at www.fla-keys.com/calendarofevents/.

Dec. 2: Florida Keys Holiday Festival. Islamorada. This extravaganza traditionally begins with a tree-lighting ceremony at Founders Park, mile marker (MM) 87. Other attractions typically include a holiday parade featuring Santa, a holiday gift bazaar and a silent auction of ornaments decorated by local artists. Visit www.islamoradachamber.com or call 305-664-4503.

Dec. 3-4: Key West Triathlon (TRIKW). Key West. The second annual Olympic distance and sprint triathlon event is to bring hundreds of top athletes to Key West. The competition is set for Dec. 3 with a post-triathlon running exposition Dec. 4. Visit www.trikw.com or call 305-294-0693.

Dec. 9-10 and 16-17: Holiday Historic Lighted Inn Tours. Key West. Discover the holiday spirit and Key West’s architecture and history by touring five beautifully decorated historic inns each evening. Hosted by the Key West Innkeepers Association, the tours include culinary masterpieces by top island chefs and creative offerings by local artists, writers and performers. Visit www.keywestinns.com or call 305-295-1334.

Dec. 10: Big Pine the Lower Keys Island Art Festival. Big Pine the Lower Keys. Highlights of this holiday event include live music by local entertainers, food, exhibits and booths featuring locally produced arts and crafts. Festivities traditionally take place on the grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, MM 31 oceanside. Visit www.lowerkeyschamber.com or call 305-872-2411.

Dec. 10 11: Lighted Boat Parades. Key Largo, Middle Keys and Key West. Decorated and lighted boats are to cruise through Keys waters Dec. 10 at Key Largo’s Blackwater Sound and Key West Harbor, and Dec. 11 at Key Colony Beach in Marathon. For more information on the Key Largo Holiday Boat Parade visit www.keylargoboatparade.com or call 305-451-4502; for the Key West Lighted Boat Parade visit www.schoonerwharf.com or call 305-292-3302; call 305-743-7214 for the Key Colony Beach Lighted Boat Parade.

Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Celebrations. Key West and Key Largo. The Southernmost City celebrates with a “conch shell drop” at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, 201 Duval St.; the descent of a 6-foot red high-heel shoe carrying drag queen Sushi at the Bourbon St. Pub/New Orleans House complex, 724 Duval St., and the descent of a pirate wench from the top of the mast of a tall ship in the island city’s Historic Seaport. Visit www.sloppyjoes.com, www.bourbonstpub.com/newyearseve.html and www.schoonerwharf.com, respectively. Key Largo’s back bay is the setting for the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks extravaganza at MM 103-104. Visit www.keylargofireworks.com or call 305-451-4502.

Jan. 5-8: 30th Annual Key West Literary Seminar. Key West. The seminar’s 2012 topic is “Yet Another World: Literature of the Future,” featuring lectures and conversations, readings, panel discussions and receptions with some of contemporary literature’s most compelling, thought-provoking and funniest writers. Writing workshops are scheduled Jan. 8-12 following the seminar. Visit www.kwls.org or call 1-888-293-9291.

Jan. 13-15: NAMSA North American Championship Tradewinds Midwinter OpenCat Nationals. Islamorada. Daily catamaran races featuring vessels in several classes kick off the annual Harken Buoy Series. Visit www.catsailor.com or call 305-451-3287.

Jan. 15-20: Key West Race Week 2012. Key West. Elite racing yachts compete for class championships in this international midwinter sailboat regatta that celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012. Visit www.premiere-racing.com or call 781-639-9545.

Jan. 21-22: Big Pine Key Nautical Flea Market. Big Pine the Lower Keys. All things nautical are to be displayed and sold at the annual event. Other attractions include live music, food and beverages. The seafaring sale takes place on the grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, MM 31 oceanside. Visit www.lowerkeyschamber.com or call 305-872-2411.

Jan. 26-29: Key West Food and Wine Festival. Key West. Top chefs and restaurateurs showcase their culinary creativity and the Keys’ indigenous cuisine in a tasty schedule of events for food lovers. Attendees also can participate in food-related adventures during the savory celebration. Visit www.keywestfoodandwinefestival.com or call 800-474-4319.

Jan. 28-29: 27th Annual Key West Craft Show. Key West. Juried artisans and crafters display their talents at a popular show on lower Whitehead Street in historic Old Town Key West. Visit www.keywestartcenter.com/craft.html or call 305-294-1241.

Jan. 28-29: 3rd Annual Key Largo Stone Crab Seafood Festival. Key Largo. Chock full of fresh stone crabs, conch, local seafood, music, entertainment and fun for the entire family, the festival includes cooking demonstrations, peel-and-eat shrimp eating contest, “little mermaid” contest, kids’ play area, arts and crafts vendors, steel drum band, magic shows, face painters, food, beverages and key lime pie. Visit www.keylargoseafoodfestival.com or call 305-453-0008.

Feb. 11-12: 18th Annual Pigeon Key Art Festival. Marathon. Artists and craftspeople are to exhibit their work at Marathon Community Park, MM 49 oceanside. The event also includes live music and delicious food, and plans call for tours of historic Pigeon Key, a tiny island where Oversea Railway workers lived in the early 1900s. Visit www.pigeonkey.net or call 305-509-0345.

Feb. 20-26: Winter Star Party. Big Pine the Lower Keys. Approximately 600 astronomers from around the world gather to view southern constellations, comets and stars in the Lower Keys’ clear night skies — virtually the only place in the continental United States where they can be viewed. Lectures, programs and workshops round out the event. Visit www.scas.org for more information.

Feb. 25-26: Upper Keys Gigantic Nautical Flea Market. Islamorada. Hundreds of marine- and water sports-related vendors offer wares to thousands of buyers seeking deals on new and used boats, marine equipment, electronics, fishing tackle, dive gear, nautical arts and crafts, and more. The event is held at Founders Park, MM 87. Visit www.giganticnauticalfleamarket.org.

Feb. 25-26: Old Island Days Art Festival. Key West. The 47th annual juried fine art show is set on lower Whitehead Street in historic Old Town. The highly acclaimed show features oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture, photography and other offerings by artists from around the United States. Visit www.keywestartcenter.com/festival.html or call 305-294-1241.

Florida Keys visitor information: www.fla-keys.com or 1-800-FLA-KEYS
Social: facebook.com/floridakeysandkeywest · www.fla-keys.com/media · youtube.com/FloridaKeysTV

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