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Events in the Florida Keys for June, 2017
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June 02 to June 04,  in Islamorada
Second Annual Guitar Festival
Three virtuoso Florida Keys guitarists are to present concerts in three Keys locations June 2-4, intriguing audiences with performances in genres from classical to contemporary to Latin. During the Florida Keys Guitar Festival, the three masters will showcase their diverse Keys-influenced styles and play together to create a unique musical synthesis.

June 02 to June 04,  in Key Largo
Third Annual Coralpalooza
Enjoy a weekend dedicated to promoting awareness for our coral reefs, in honor of World Oceans Day. Dive program participants will join Coral Restoration Foundation on Friday for a presentation along with hands on training, followed by a day of reef restoration activities on Saturday. Register online. Must be dive certified to participate.
Contact: 305-453-7030

June 02 to June 04,  in Key Largo
Third Annual Skippers Dolphin Tournament
This tournament is headquartered at Skippers Dockside Restaurant (former location of Coconuts), behind the Holiday Inn. Anyone, including captains and mates, are eligible to participate. Junior anglers must be under the age of 16 on the first day of the tournament. First-place team is awarded $20,000 cash. Prize monies are given the top six teams, including $10,000 to second place, $5,000 for third place, daily-angler, lady-angler, junior-angler cash prizes and more.
Contact: Dianne Harbaugh 305-522-4868

June 02 to June 04,  in Big Pine
Original Big Pine & Lower Keys Dolphin Tournament
The Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce presents its 24th annual event, where anglers contend for more than $35,000 in cash prizes and awards. A special cash prize of $20,000 is awarded for the largest dolphin over 50 pounds. Additional prizes await winners in the open, ladies and youth divisions.
Contact: 800-872-2411

June 05 to June 10,  in Islamorada
Don Hawley Tarpon Fly Tournament
The world's top fly-rod anglers endure a five-day test of patience and finesse, fishing Keys waters using fly tackle and 12-pound tippet. Named for the late fly fisherman and conservationist Don Hawley, the annual tournament benefits the Guides Trust Foundation, assisting professional fishing guides and supporting backcountry fishery conservation programs.

June 08,  in Key West
Key West Theater presents: Dave Mason
Fans can expect to hear such classics as "Feelin' Alright," "All Along the Watchtower," "Dear Mr. Fantasy," "We Just Disagree" and "Only You Know and I Know," which appears on the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's Alone Together album. Starts at 8 p.m.
Contact: 305-985-0433

June 09 to June 10,  in Islamorada
Fifth Annual Ladies Dolphin Tournament
Hosted by the Florida Keys Elks Lodge, this event welcomes female angler teams to compete for the highest aggregate weight of three dolphin fish, as well as junior anglers under 16 years of age. Cash and prizes are awarded to first- through third-place finishers, and for the largest dolphin caught.

June 10,  in Key West
Key West Island Swim: FKCC Swim Around Key West
The officially sanctioned event is a 12.5-mile swim clockwise around the island of Key West that is open to all age groups. Individual swimmers and relay teams can compete. The route takes swimmers through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, ending where they began at Higgs Beach.
Contact: Lori Bosco 305-809-3562

June 10,  in Marathon
Marathon Community Theater presents: Tah Dance!
Join an evening with the theater's ninth annual community dance showcase. Performance starts at 8 p.m.
Contact: 305-743-0994

June 10,  in Key West
Fifth Annual VFW Fishing Tournament
Sponsored by the Southernmost VFW Post 3911, this family oriented tournament offers cash prizes for dolphin, wahoo, tuna, snapper and grouper, along with prizes for heaviest fish by a lady angler, heaviest fish by a juvenile angler, pee-wee and active service member. Heaviest Dolphin is worth $2,500. Entry fee $200 per boat By May 19, 2017; $250 per boat after May 19, 2017. All proceeds benefit disabled and veterans in need throughout Monroe County.
Contact: Curly McGinn (305) 304-1182

June 13 to June 15,  in Islamorada
40th Annual Ladies Tarpon Fly Tournament
The Ladies Tarpon Fly is an all release, fly fishing invitational that has attracted many premier lady fly anglers and guides throughout its history. Whether your favorite species is tarpon or you are looking to put another feather in your cap, the tournament participants range from the expert to the novice who is trying to improve her fishing skills.
Contact: Heidi Nute 917-607-8779

June 15,  in Islamorada
Third Thursday Art Walk
Third Thursday ArtWalks are held every month throughout the year, offering attendees live music on three stages, performance artists and, of course, original art and hand-crafted jewelry, as well as pottery, sculptures and more! This monthly event has become a focal point of artistic expression and cultural awareness to the Upper Keys. As the Art District's business partners remain open during these Third Thursday Art Walk evenings, this indoor/outdoor street festival has become the talk of the Keys, drawing multitudes of people from all over South Florida and beyond each month. The crowds stroll through the Art District, which spans a quarter of a mile of the Old Highway between the historical 1935 Hurricane Monument and the iconic Green Turtle Inn and includes the intersecting street now known as Morada Way, between MM 81 and 82.

June 16 to June 18,  in Key West
Fourth Annual Mystery Fest Key West
Open to authors, aspiring authors and non-writing mystery-buffs alike—2017 headliners are John Hemingway, grandson of Ernest and author of 'Strange Tribe,' Keynote Speaker Clifford Irving, and Mystery Writers of America Florida Chapter past-President Randy Rawls. Lisa Black, James O. Born, Nancy J. Cohen and Heather Graham are the featured presenters among a criminally stellar hit-list of some two dozen high-profile and award winning mystery and crime fiction authors and true-crime experts. Highlights include presentation of the 2017 Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition and Award, a ghost tour hosted by Heather Graham and a panel on 'How to Commit a Perfect Murder.'
Contact: 305-587-9392

June 16 to June 17,  in Islamorada
Ladies, Let's Go Fishing Offshore/Inshore Anyone Can Win Tournament!
Intended for novice anglers, enjoy a weekend of learning and a non-intimidating, fun competition! Species include legal inshore and offshore fish. Entry fee $75 per angler/adults, $30/teens and under plus optional charter fees per person depending on boat type choice. Or, fish on your own boat. This is a casual tournament with prizes for heaviest offshore fish, longest inshore fish and drawings for prizes of those who caught fish, plus bonus drawings.
Contact: Betty Bauman 954-475-9068

June 16,  in Key Largo
Elbow Reef: Key Largo’s Ship Trap
Matthew Lawrence, an archaeologist of NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, will discuss the many shipwrecks off of Key Largo's Elbow Reef. Beginning in 2016, NOAA resource managers, maritime archaeologists, and volunteers from the non-profit avocational archaeology organization, Diving With a Purpose, initiated collaborative field investigations on an unnamed shipwreck found on that reef. Historical and archaeological investigation thus far has tentatively identified it as the steamship Acorn, which was launched in 1881. In June 2017, the research team returned to Key Largo to continue mapping the sunken vessel for a resource management baseline and to interpret the shipwreck for divers and snorkelers. The Acorn along with three other shipwrecks; USS Arkansas, City of Washington, and Hannah M. Bell are the focus of an archaeological study to shed light on the work of Florida Keys wreckers. Presented by Friends of Key Largo Cultural Center, the event is free and open to the public. Meet and greet at 6 p.m., program starts 7 p.m., at Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center, 102050 Overseas Highway, MM 102.
Contact: Linda Kaplan 305-396-7000

June 19 to June 23,  in Islamorada
Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament
This annual challenge appeals to "tarpon addicts," and both experienced and novice anglers can apply to compete. Held the third Monday in June each year, the event is limited to 25 anglers by invitation only. Proceeds are to benefit the Florida Keys' fishing industry's Guides Trust Foundation.

June 21,  in Islamorada
Immerse Yourself! History of Diving Museum's Free Lecture Series
This month's presentation, "Florida's Golden Galleons, Hidden History Beneath the Waves," features marine archaeologist Robert F. Westrick, who has had the opportunity some only dream of.  Robert has over 25 years invested in numerous shipwreck projects wherein he has been able to track and preserve history and its artifacts. Just off of Little Conch Reef, nestled in our local Florida Keys waters rests El Infante, a 1733 Spanish Treasure Galleon that ran into a hurricane. Robert spent numerous hours documenting and researching the ill-fated El Infante and found other equally historical shipwrecks that succumbed to tumultuous weather.  Starts 7 p.m.
Contact: 305-664-9737

June 22 to June 25,  in Key West
Key West Africana Festival
Three-day destination retreat, festival and academic conference focusing on Thought, Culture and Wellness within the African Diaspora. Thought: Workshops on topics of cultural, physical and spiritual wellness. Culture: Music, art and cultural tourism, exploring Afro-Caribbean culture in Key West. Wellness: Workshops on healthy living, physical wellness and relationship wellness.
Email: 786 529 8624

June 23 to June 24,  in Islamorada
University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Fishing Tournament
This year's event is to be hosted by UM alumnus and NFL Hall of Famer Ted "The Mad Stork" Hendricks, who played 15 consecutive seasons for the Baltimore Colts in addition to seasons with the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers. The high-energy tournament features both an offshore and an inshore division. It celebrates the accomplishments of former student athletes as well as allowing anglers to compete side by side with them while raising money for charitable causes.
Contact: Judy Layne 305-598-2525

June 24,  in Islamorada
Matecumbe Historical Trust presents "29 Points of Interest" Historic Trolley Tour
Enjoy an enlightening trolley ride through time. Guided trolley tours depart at 10 a.m. from the Islamorada Moose Lodge, MM 81.5. The one-hour, colorful and much acclaimed historical tours feature 29 points of interest on the islands of Islamorada. Tickets may be purchased on site or call in advance. Adults are $15, children six and under are free.
Contact: Barbara Edgar 305-393-0940

June 27 to June 28,  in Islamorada
Islamorada Fishing Club's Captain's Cup Dolphin Tournament
Up to $30,000 in cash and prizes are up for grabs, based on a 30-boat field. Prizes for first- through third-place finishers. This is a boat tournament in which the combined weight of three fish determines the winners! Up to four anglers per boat.
Contact: Vinnie 305-664-4735

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