Mel Fisher Days to Honor Legendary Shipwreck Salvor July 14-17

Mel Fisher from SharonKEY WEST, Florida Keys — The late shipwreck salvor Mel Fisher is to be honored Thursday through Sunday, July 14-17, with a festival that also commemorates the 26th anniversary of his discovery of the sunken Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha.

Fisher and his crew uncovered a $450 million cache of Atocha treasure and artifacts July 20, 1985, after a 16-year search. The galleon sank in 1622 approximately 35 miles southwest of Key West.

Fisher’s son Kim Fisher and grandson … Read the rest

Festivals and Events Bring Fall Fun to the Florida Keys

OVERSEAS HIGHWAYFLORIDA KEYS — The fall season in the Florida Keys & Key West will host warm weather, sunny skies and an array of events to entertain. From pillaging pirates to high-speed powerboats to eco-conscious happenings, the Florida Keys & Key West has an event to serve everyone’s interests.

While this piece lists selected fall 2011 highlights, a comprehensive schedule of events throughout the Keys can be found at

Sept. 1-5: Second Annual Key West Brewfest. Key West. … Read the rest

Hemingway Days Literary Events Celebrate Talent and Tradition

loriansignKEY WEST, Florida Keys — The flourishing Key West literary community that dates back to Ernest Hemingway’s 10-year residence is to be celebrated July 19-24 during Hemingway Days 2011. Literary highlights include the culmination of the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, directed by author and Hemingway granddaughter Lorian Hemingway, and other events honoring Ernest’s creative legacy and the talents of contemporary writers.

The literary schedule begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, with the U.S. book debut party for “The … Read the rest

Look-Alikes Add Exuberant Energy to Hemingway Days

KWP02KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Each July, the island where Ernest Hemingway lived throughout the 1930s welcomes approximately 125 stocky, white-bearded aspiring “Ernests” to compete in Sloppy Joe’s “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest.

Set for Thursday through Saturday, July 21-23, the contest takes place at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, 201 Duval St., where Ernest Hemingway often enjoyed cocktails with cohorts. The event is a highlight of the annual Hemingway Days celebration of the legendary author’s literary prowess and colorful lifestyle.

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Hemingway Days to Celebrate Author’s Key West Legacy July 19-24

KWP02KEY WEST, Florida Keys — The literary talent and vigorous Key West lifestyle of Ernest Hemingway are to be celebrated Tuesday through Sunday, July 19-24, on the island the Nobel Prize–winning author called home throughout the 1930s.

Hemingway Days 2011 includes a popular look-alike contest, a book debut and authors’ readings, an offbeat “Running of the Bulls,” a marlin tournament and the culmination of a short story contest directed by author and Hemingway granddaughter Lorian Hemingway.

Events begin Tuesday, July … Read the rest

Summer Marine Science Camp Offered at Historic Pigeon Key

PIGEON KEYMARATHON, Florida Keys — The tiny island of Pigeon Key, a unique historic site beneath the Florida Keys’ Old Seven Mile Bridge, is offering summer marine science camp opportunities for children age 8 and older. Day camp sessions are set for Monday through Friday, June 20-24, July 18-22 and Aug. 1-5, with an overnight camp session also scheduled Aug. 1-5.

Designed to offer hands-on daily programs, Pigeon Key Marine Science Camp includes workshops on marine mammals, reef fish, coral reef … Read the rest

Array of Events Equals Summertime Fun in the Florida Keys

BAHIA HONDAFLORIDA KEYS — There’s always something happening in the Florida Keys & Key West, from festivals focusing on the area’s literary history and indigenous seafood to events that celebrate the Keys’ underwater paradise.

While this piece lists selected summer highlights for 2011, a comprehensive schedule of events throughout the Keys can be found at

June 9-12: Second Annual Key West Bacchanalia. Key West. At this food and wine event with a twist, join Keys celebrity chefs and … Read the rest