Monthly Archives: July 2011
It’s 88 degrees and sunny today at Parrot Key, with a light wind from the South East. There is rain coming later this week, but that should be a reprieve for any visiting from the northeast or midwest. The sun sets tonight at 8:15, and with the weather coming should be particularly stunning. The sunset festival performers should be starting at around 5:30 tonight in historic mallory square, with performances continuing until at least 9:00pm.
Parrot Key is running its first ever memories contest on Facebook! Check out our page to enter your favorite memory, and we will reward our favorite with two free nights!
This weekend marks the 26th anniversary of the discovery of the Atocha and its treasure by Mel Fisher. The annual celebration put on by his foundation will be hosted this year at Schooner Wharf bar and feature $5,000 of gold given away throughout the night. Benefits of the celebration will go towards future display of the gold and public programs about Key West history. For more information check there website here.
One of the lower Keys most original annual events is the Underwater Music Festival. Continental Americas only living coral reef is the site of the event, at which hundreds of divers and snorkelers explore the reef while symphonies are piped in from high quality underwater speakers. This years event will take place in the Looe Key section of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, six miles south of Big Pine Key, and run from 10 AM to 2 PM. Dozens of private boats will be attending, but also charters and tour boats are offering special trips to enjoy this original Keys experience. For more information click here.
It’s 83°F and sunny today at Parrot Key. Southeast wind at 11mph is creating some small chop on the ocean, but nothing prohibitive to water sports. If you are considering doing something on the ocean today would be a great choice, there are predictions of thunderstorms for the rest of the week, so get in your boating while you can. Sunset tonight will be at 8:19 and festivities at Mallory Square are expected to start around 5:30.
Coinciding with the Hemingway Birthday Celebration is this years Key West Marlin Tournament. The marlin is one of the most prized sports fish in the Keys, the most beloved of Hemingway, and should attract a divers and skilled set of anglers. Last year a 550 pounder was caught but still fell short of the prize by three points, and with the fishing being as good as it has this year it should be even more exiting. For information on the tournament and registration info click here.
The annual Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest is coming up later this month at Sloppy Joe’s Bar. This is one of the best yearly bar events for writing enthusiasts, beard lovers, or pretty much anyone interested in having a good time. The contest last four days, from July 21-24th and involves arm wrestling, a running of the bulls, and of course the look alike contest. The whole thing corresponds with a Key West street fair, which gets completely overrun with Hemingways. For more information and entry forms, click here.