The FACE of Islamorada: Cultural Events in the Heart of the Florida Keys

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What is FACE of Islamorada?

FACE is an acronym for Food, Art, Culture and Entertainment. FACE of Islamorada is a collaborative effort between numerous Islamorada not-for-profits and small businesses to promote cultural events held in our Village each year in the month of January. Some of the events are established and longstanding events, some are new and “cutting edge.” The goal of FACE is to create a month-long exposition of continuous cultural opportunities, entertainment and other events that will make Islamorada the ultimate cultural destination every January, every year.

January 15 – 24, 2016

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

ALL

WELCOME!

The David Wirth Gallery and The Old Road Gallery are serving as the official Welcoming Center for FACE and will have an Open House each day of the 10-day event from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Information on any of the participating FACE events will be available at this location – 88975 Overseas Hwy (Mile 89 Oceanside).

Make sure to visit both the David Wirth Gallery and the Old Road Gallery while you are here. David is an accomplished sculptor and artist and his works are very popular with locals, visitors and collectors from all over the country. Cindy and Duane King, owners of the Old Road Sculpture Gallery, are equally as talented, and they have created a remarkably beautiful garden adjacent to their gallery.

Fri 15

Friday, January 15

Event: Baygrass/Bluegrass Square Dance (ICE)

Location: 151 Morada Way (Mile 81.6 Oceanside)

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Dancing in the streets – what a way to kick off the 10-day orgy of arts & culture we’re calling FACE! And what a way to kick off the three-day Baygrass/Bluegrass Festival! We’ll be closing off Morada Way at 6:00 PM for this community’s largest square dance ever.

Add lots of bluegrass jamming, some great craft beer – it’s clear this is where you want to be on Friday night!

Sat 16

Saturday, January 16

Event: Art Under the Oaks

Location: San Pedro Catholic Church, 89500 Overseas Highway (Mile 89.5 Bayside)

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Art Under the Oaks is Islamorada’s longest running cultural event. In its 33rd year, this event offers fine art and original craft, live entertainment and great food.

Admission is FREE. Onsite parking is available for a $5 donation; free remote parking is available at Coral Shores High School with continuous shuttles running to and from the show.

Event: Baygrass/Bluegrass Pickin’ Party (ICE)

Location: oo-tray Restaurant, 80939 Overseas Highway (Mile 81)

Time: 5:00 PM

The warm-up for the Baygrass/Bluegrass Festival! The fun starts at 5:00 PM at oo-tray and goes to the wee hours. Five different bands starting at 6:00 PM. Several craft breweries doing a Tap Take Over and setting up a Beer Garden out back, which will also be home to a lot of jamming. The grill will be fired up, so grab your instruments, friends, and dancing partners and come on down!

Sun 17

Sunday, January 17

Event: Baygrass/Bluegrass Festival (ICE)

Location: Founders Park, 87000 Overseas Highway (Mile 87 Bayside)

Time: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

The Baygrass/Bluegrass Festival is a blend of the best of traditional Bluegrass with the next generation of Bluegrass, as well as some tasteful variations of the genre.

This year’s Baygrass will feature 13 bands, 2 stages, a Florida Craft Beer Garden with tastings and special releases. Arts & craft vendors, food trucks, kids activities, jamming, and more. We’re jamming on the beach too, so bring your instruments AND your bathing suit!

Mon 18

Monday, January 18

Event: Children’s Plein Air

Location: Morada Way Arts & Cultural District Garden, 151 Morada Way (Mile 81.6 Oceanside)

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

As part of the 2016 Paradise PaintOut, the Children’s Plein Air will include local youth 5-10 years of age. Under the qualified guidance of local artists Claudia Moriarty and Lisa Herman, these youngsters will be exposed to the basics of Plein Air painting in an engaging and supportive way. The public is invited to attend and offer encouragement!

Event: Paradise Paint OutArt on Display

Location: Morada Way Arts & Cultural District, 151 Morada Way (Mile 81.6 Oceanside)

Time: Noon – 8:00 PM

The 2016 Paradise PaintOut begins here! Five days, 20 great artists capturing the beauty of our island paradise on canvas. Completed paintings continually brought to our “wet room” at 140 Morada Way and made available for sale. Unique Plein Air events held throughout the week for the public to attend. Please visit PARADISE PAINTOUT for complete up-to-date schedule.

Event: “Pass the Growler” Music Jam

Location: Florida Keys Brewing Company, 200 Morada Way (Mile 81.6 Oceanside)

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Musicians of all levels and genres are welcome! No stage, no microphones and no PA’s. Just imagine a group of friends sitting around in the living room playing music together. We will take turns playing songs. Sing along, make new friends, learn new songs and have a great time. Everyone is welcome and musicians get a free pint!

Tue 19

Tuesday, January 19

Event: Paradise Paint OutQUICKDRAW!

Location: Morada Way Arts & Cultural District, 151 Morada Way (Mile 81.6 Oceanside)

Time: 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM

The 2016 Paradise PaintOut QUICKDRAW is a Plein Air competitive event featuring 3 categories of artists: professionals, non-professionals, and youth.

Blank canvasses are stamped beginning at 7:30 AM and painting begins at 9:00 AM. Finished work must be checked into Art District by noon to be displayed and judged.

Prizes awarded for all divisions. See rules and other information at QUICKDRAW.

Event: Movie Night at the Museum

Location: Florida Keys History & Discovery Center, 82100 Overseas Hwy (Mile 82.1 Oceanside) on the grounds of Islander Resort

Time: Doors open at 5 PM, movie begins at 6 PM.

Come watch the Audrey Hepburn/Peter O’Toole classic, “How to Steal A Million Dollars,” a romantic comedy about a woman who must steal a sculpture from a Paris museum to help conceal her father’s forgeries, and the man who helps her.

Hosted by Florida Keys History & Discovery Center. Beer provided by Florida Keys Brewing Company. Reservations are suggested. Call (305) 922-2237 or email info@keysdiscovery.com

Event: Paradise PaintOutSunset/Night Painting

Location: Worldwide Sportsman/Islamorada Fish Company (Zane Grey Lounge), 81576 Overseas Hwy (Mile 81.6 Bayside)

Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Paradise PaintOut brings together 20 of America’s most gifted Plein Air artists to paint the sunset and continue into the night at the beautiful Zane Grey Lounge overlooking Florida Bay. Painters spread out during the evening to the docks of Worldwide Sportsman and the beach at the Islamorada Fish Company. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the talent of these creative artists as they capture the beauty of our island paradise on canvas right before your eyes.

Food and drink available at both the Zane Grey Lounge and the Islamorada Fish Company during the event. And yes . . . we will have music too!

Event: Music Night

Location: Florida Keys Brewing Company, 200 Morada Way (Mile 81.6 Oceanside)

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

NY-based singer/songwtiter Dan Lavoie’s style brings a fresh new sound to the table with influences of rock, folk, blues, classical and funk jam mixed together to create what many have called travelling music. His music reflects personal life experiences – through heartache, pain, love and hope for a better future. On his musical journey, Dan embraced the path of a singer/songwriter while staying true to his electric roots, creating a very unique sound, with a wide range of influences from Jack Jackson to Jimi Hendrix, Chet Atkins, Grateful Dead, Amos Lee, Paul Simon, Duane Allman, Trey Anastasio, Cliff Burton to the Beatles. Lavoie has made a name for himself touring heavily across the entire U.S. using the road as a centerpiece for his creativity and inspiration. He was voted one of Hudson Valley’s Top 10 Best concerts for his show at the Town Crier Café. (danlavoiemusic.com)

Event: The New Xavier Cugat Orchestra

Location: Island Community Church, Mile 83.3 Overseas Hwy (Bayside)

Time: 7:30 PM

This is the first in a series of six concerts in the Florida Keys Concert Association’s 2016 season. Thrill to the explosive energy and unforgettable sounds of the great Latin legends Xavier Cugat  and Desi Arnaz. Led by showman and singer Greg Gomez, this dazzling, colorful band will keep you swaying as they perform the memorable tunes that Cugat brought to the Starlight Roof of the Waldorf-Astoria. The performance features the dancing duo Tango Romantico and highlights from the Broadway hit “Babalu-cy”.

Tickets are $45, available at www.floridakeysconcerts.com.

For more information, call: Upper Keys (305)8451-0665 or (305)240-0061.

Wed 20

Wednesday, January 20

Event: Paradise PaintOutArt on Display

Location: Morada Way Arts & Cultural District, 151 Morada Way (Mile 81.6 Oceanside)

Time: Noon – 8:00 PM

Art work of 2016 Paradise Paint Out artists on display in our Wet Room Gallery at 140 Morada Way. Come find and purchase your personal favorite and take home a treasure you and your family will enjoy for many years.

Event: Immerse Yourself

Location: History of Diving Museum, 82290 Overseas Hwy (Mile 82.9 Bayside)

Time: Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Join us to view an actual piece of the first successful transatlantic cable while learning the story of the many attempts to lay a telegraph cable across the Atlantic Ocean. Find out how Jules Verne was inspired to include the cable in his novel “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”. Then, stay for the Immerse Yourself presentation on Armored Warriors of the Deep by Georgian Watcher. Exhibits also open late.

Event: Paint Night with Jessica Ann

Location: Florida Keys Brewing Company, 200 Morada Way (Mile 81.6 Oceanside)

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM  Sign-up is 5:30 PM. No experience necessary.

Learn to paint with Jessica Ann! Classes are typically 2 hours long, but we ask that you arrive a few minutes early and get settled and ready to paint. We give two options to our painters: either a pre-sketched canvas or a blank canvas for you to sketch when you arrive. Seating arrangements are based on first come, first serve. If you have a group who wish to sit together, please arrive early to get the seats you want.

We use acrylic paints; while they will wash off the skin, they can stain clothing. We provide aprons but suggest wearing something you wouldn’t mind getting a little paint on.

Thu 21

Thursday, January 21

Event: Paradise Paint OutArt on Display

Location: Morada Way Arts & Cultural District, 151 Morada Way (Mile 81.6 Oceanside)

Time: Noon – 9:00 PM

This is the final day our “wet room” will be open to display the incredible work of our 2016 Paradise PaintOut Artists. Make sure you make it to 140 Morada Way to view and possibly purchase art you will feel privileged to own.

Because of the Third Thursday Art Walk, the “wet room” will remain open until 9:00 PM

Event: Morada Way Third Thursday Art Walk

Location: Morada Way Arts & Cultural District, 151 Morada Way (Mile 81.6 Oceanside)

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Morada Way Arts & Cultural District presents its signature event, the Third Thursday Art Walk. Music, food, drink, and good friends mixed with art – how can you lose?

Our ArtWalks are absolutely free to the public. This is our expression of community. Please plan to join us!

Event: Jam Night at oo-Tray’s

Location: oo-Tray’s Restaurant, 80939 Overseas Hwy (Mile 81)

Time: 9:00 PM – Whenever

After the Art Walk, it’s tradition to move the party down the street to oo-Trays, a great restaurant with a funky name. Jam night is just what it implies – bring an instrument and you will soon be “jammin” with the pros. This great event was created and is still led by Islamorada’s own Dave Feder. In addition to being a very gifted musician, Dave is the founder of Islamorada Community Entertainment (ICE).

Fri 22

Friday, January 22

 Event: Paradise Paint Out Gala (event-closing reception)

Location: Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty, 81888 Overseas Hwy (Mile 81.8 Bayside)

Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Patrons’ Preview (by invitation);  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (Public welcome)

Tickets:  $30 per person  Eventbrite - Paradise PaintOut Gala Reception

The final event of Islamorada’s 2016 Paradise Paint Out, the Gala Reception is hosted and sponsored by Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty. The accumulated (and as yet unsold) works of our artists will be displayed and available for purchase. Food, drink and music provided.

Sat 23

Saturday, January 23

Event: Islamorada Fine Art Festival (Day 1)

Location: Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost, 82100 Overseas Hwy (Mile 82.1 Oceanside)

Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Islamorada Fine Art Festival features 80 of America’s most talented artists and craftspersons assembled at Islander Resort to display and sell their breathtaking creations. Promoted by the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District, this fine art festival is the only one of its kind in the Florida Keys. Those attending will be treated to live art, music, and great food.

Entry is a $5 suggested donation to MWACD. Limited onsite parking available for $15 includes one entry into Festival. Free remote parking is available with continuous shuttles running to and from the show.

Event: Key West Burlesque Invades Islamorada!

Location: Village Square at the Trading Post, 81868 Overseas Hwy (Mile 81.9 Bayside)

Time: 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Key West’s finest Burlesque Showgirls (real girls) will be bringing some Flash! Bam! and Glam! to the stage at Village Square.

Tickets are $30 per person, available at Village Square, Gallery Morada, Florida Keys Brewing Company or Eventbrite - Key West Burlesque in Islamorada

Tickets ordered online may be picked up at Village Square the evening of the show.

FACE is proud to welcome Key West Burlesque to Islamorada! Food Art, Culture and Entertainment!

Event: Morada Bay Full Moon Party

Location: Morada Bay Beach Café/Pierre’s Restaurant, 81610 Overseas Hwy (Mile 81.6 Bayside)

Time: 5:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Morada Bay’s nationally acclaimed Full Moon Party is a fitting way to end a festive day! After spending the day at the Islamorada Fine Art Festival and then taking in the Key West Burlesque at Village Square, it’s literally a “stone’s throw” to the Morada Bay Beach Café and Pierre’s for the Full Moon Party. Entry Fee is $20 (VIP Entry to Pierre’s is $30).

Sensational music, food, unique specialty drinks, bonfires, parades, fireworks over Florida Bay . .. . in Islamorada, we know how to party!

Sun 24

Sunday, January 24

Event: Islamorada Fine Art Festival (Day 2)

Location: Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost, 82100 Overseas Hwy (Mile 82.1 Oceanside)

Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Islamorada Fine Art Festival features 80 of America’s most talented artists and craftspersons assembled at Islander Resort to display and sell their breathtaking creations. Promoted by the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District, this fine art festival is the only one of its kind in the Florida Keys. Those attending will be treated to live art, music, and great food.

Entry is a $5 suggested donation to MWACD. Limited onsite parking available for $15 includes one entry into Festival. Free remote parking is available with continuous shuttles running to and from the show.

This is your last chance to take home with you a work of art that will continue to remind you of the wonderful times you’ve had here . . . and, if you live here, you’ll still be reminded!

Event:  Jazz on the Beach

Location:  Cheeca Lodge & Spa, 81801 Overseas Highway (Mile 81.8 Oceanside)

Time:  4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

In celebration of the natural beauty and rich history of Islamorada, Cheeca joins The FACE of Islamorada in presenting an evening of live jazz, tropical inspired cocktails, light bites and more. As Cheeca celebrates its 70th year hosting guests and serving our community, we welcome you to our island home. Pull up a blanket, dip your toes in the sand, breathe in the sea air, and indulge in this authentically Cheeca cultural experience!

Check back here for next year’s FACE OF ISLAMORADA schedule. MORE DAYS, MORE EVENTS.
Food, Art, Culture and Entertainment
is THE FACE OF ISLAMORADA!

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photography and graphic design by Erich Decker-Hoppen, BONE AGE DESIGN

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