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Dec 152014

The folks at Waterfront Playhouse in Key West offer behind the scenes tours for some of their productions.

Guests mingle with artistic director and technical director and are treated to wine and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $10.

The tours include 6 p.m. December 20 for backstage glimpse of the funny show “Noises Off.”  Participation is limited, and reservations are required.

Another tour is in March. Waterfront Playhouse,  312 Wall Street, Key West, 305-294-5015

 Posted by on December 15, 2014
Dec 152014

By Patti Roth

If you’re dreaming of a vacation in Florida, Groupon Getaways , Living Social Escapes and Travelzoo offer discounts and vacation packages.

Some of the deals are 40 percent to 50 percent off, or more.

These are three of the freshest deals, with links for information and purchases.

Browse more travel deals in Florida and around the world on these links

 Posted by on December 15, 2014
Dec 122014

kw ferryThe Key West Express is selling round-trip tickets for a discount price of $99.

The boat ferries guests from Fort Myers Beach to Key West.

The $99 deal is for round trip tickets to be redeemed in 2015 or 2016. The tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable, and may be used for gifts. Other restrictions and rules may apply.  A $3 fee  per transaction is additional for purchases online.

The offer is valid until December 24, while supplies last.

The deal saves about $50 on regular adult fares. Other discount prices are offered.

For information, phone 888-539-2628

 Posted by on December 12, 2014
Dec 122014

Stroll among art galleries and shops at free art walk events in The Florida Keys.

The art walk festivities in Key West and Islamorada are most Third Thursdays of the month, about 6 p.m.

In Key West, the  various art galleries and shops around White Street participate in  The Walk On White Gallery Walk  most third Thursdays of the month,  6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Some of the venues offer refreshments and free entertainment.

The Morada Way Arts District in Islamorada offers its art walk festivities most third Thursdays. The events are presented by the Morada Way Arts and Cultural District, between mile marker 81 and mile marker 82,  phone 305-664-9100

 Posted by on December 12, 2014
Dec 102014

k bandSavor the sounds of a local band during  free  Pops In The Park outdoor performance in the Florida Keys.

The  free musical events include Winter Wonders December 20 at 4 p.m.

Most of the Pops In The Park events are 4 p.m.  at Islamorada Founders Park  Amphitheater, mile marker 87.

The show January 31 entitled “That’s Entertainment” is in Key Largo at the Government & Cultural Center Park, mile marker 102.

Information is on a   website for  The Keys Community Concert Band, 305-451-4530


 Posted by on December 10, 2014
Dec 102014

Water enthusiasts browse among vendors selling snorkel equipment, boats and other nautical items at a free event on Big Pine Key.

The Big Pine Key Nautical Flea Market is a family- friendly event that includes music by local and regional entertainers.

The event  is  8 a.m. to 2 p.m. January 17 and January  18 at the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, mile marker 31.

Nautical wares,  food and beverages and crafts are available from various vendors. For information, phone 305-872-2411



 Posted by on December 10, 2014
Dec 092014
For performances on eligible Fridays, Waterfront Playhouse in Key West offers Date Night discounts for two tickets.
The discount for two tickets purchased together is $10 per ticket.
Waterfront Playhouse, which is featuring the show “Noises Off” in December and January, offers other discounts.
  • $25 tickets for previews
  • $5 discount for seniors age 65 and older
  • $20 discount for active military personnel
  • $20 discount for full-time students younger than 25
  • 10 percent to 20 percent off for eligible groups

Restrictions and exceptions may apply.

Waterfront Playhouse is at 312 Wall Street, Key West, 305-294-5015

 Posted by on December 9, 2014