WOW! What a wonderful weekend we had at our 40th Marathon Seafood Festival. A big thanks to all involved. We had nearly 500 volunteers, 220+ vendors, an estimated 22,000+ visitors, and a beautiful weekend of fun and SEAFOOD. Speaking of seafood we went through nearly 625 pounds of stone crab, 1,300 pounds of mahi, 400 pounds of butter….that’s right I said BUTTER, 1000 lbs lobster, and 155 kegs of beer! If there’s one thing we know about our attendees, it’s that you like to eat and drink! Being the 40th year this year, we added a few new things including supplying some fun yard games like Giant Jenga and some cornhole sets. We also added a fun photo booth and Instagram photo contest. Our winner of the photo contest this year was Suzanne Ferguson from Palmetto Bay, Florida. We have sent her a goodie bag of this years shirt, hat, and mug. If you forgot to pick up yours at the festival come on by our office, we still have some for sale. As always our entertainment did fantastic, one of our returning favorites was Amber Leigh.
We are having our wrap up meeting this week to get some final numbers and can’t wait to update you on the donations and money raised for our local community. For now I’ll send you off with a few photos from the event and we will SEA you next year March 11 & 12th 2016.
Florida Keys Marathon International Airport
November 21, 2015 9am-5pm
From the myth of Icarus flying too close to the sun to the 15th century drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci’s flying machines, mankind has always been fascinated with the idea of flight. And while aviation in the modern era has made flying an everyday occurrence, there is still the wonder of how tons of metal are able to break free from the chains of gravity and soar high above the clouds.
If the mechanics of flight intrigue you and you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the sunny Florida Keys, don’t miss the upcoming Aviation Day at Florida Keys Marathon International Airport this Saturday, November 21st, 2015. Presented by the Middle Keys Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), this much-anticipated annual event showcases a range of impressive aviation hardware. Spend the day getting up close and personal with World War II military aircraft (War Birds) as well as modern military planes and drones, plus home-built and light sport aircraft, planes in government service including aeromedical rescue, law enforcement and Coast Guard, and even the Keys’ vital mosquito control.
History buffs will especially enjoy the EAA’s on-site aviation museum. Located at the east end of the airport, the museum houses some of the most treasured aviation artifacts in the Florida Keys, including pieces from WWII.
Admission and parking are free for this day-long event that runs from 9am to 5pm. Hot dogs, hamburgers and refreshments will also be served up for purchase, so don’t miss out on the chance to indulge your fascination with flight!
Florida Keys Marathon Airport is located at 9400 Overseas Highway bayside.
Article written by Paul Lambrakis-Bluegreen Corporation. Check out their blog for more exciting Florida Keys vacation planning tips. www.colorfulplaces.com/destinations/florida/the-keys/
I wanted to share an article on our upcoming Beer & Bubbly fest from our dear friend and chamber member, Jim Saturday-Senior Communications Editor at Bluegreen Corporation. Check out their blog for more details on visiting the Florida Keys!
September 4th, 2015
If you live in, plan to visit, or vacation in the Middle Keys over the December holidays, you can get a four-day jump on New Year’s Eve celebrations while everyone else is still sweeping up gift wrap.
The Florida Keys Craft Beer & Bubbly Festival in Marathon is a free outdoor food, drink and live music event of the first order. It might be a little early to usher in the New Year—it’s Sunday, December 27, noon to 7 p.m. at Marathon Community Park—so let’s instead say that it ushers in the intent to usher in the New Year.
And unlike almost any New Year’s Eve party of the same magnitude, there’s no cover charge at this popular Keys festival. You’ll be able to buy all the beer, wine and champagne you want by the glass. But admission to the park, on the Atlantic side of Overseas Highway at Mile Marker 49, is free. You do have the option to buy a VIP ticket, which provides value if you’re sticking around awhile.
VIP ticketholders to the Florida Keys Craft Beer and Bubbly Festival get a variety of exclusive benefits for their $75 investment—which goes to the Marathon Chamber of Commerce’s Scholarship Program and Marathon Rotary Club. The benefits include free entry in the VIP tent where there’s all-you-can-eat VIP food menu, no limits on free beer, wine and champagne, and comfortable furniture with stage views; four coupons for free beers outside the VIP tent; and more.
The Florida Keys Craft Beer and Bubbly Festival might be bookended by Christmas and New Year’s, so it might not necessarily be the biggest party of your week. But that doesn’t mean it still isn’t one of the biggest parties of the year. Find more details at the festival’s website. Also like their Facebook page.
Thanks for your write up on our upcoming 2nd annual Beer & Bubbly Festival Jim. We sure hope to see everyone there, we will be sure to have an ice cold beer waiting for YOU!
We absolutely love our monthly after hours, and this month’s definitely did not disappoint. The Turtle Hospital hosted BAH this month and it was fantastic. With Food & Drink from Lighthouse Grill & First State Bank, everything was delicious. We had a wonderful 50/50 raffle, with lots of prizes to give away too. Perfect weather, lovely live music, and a large crowd of over 200 people. We love our members, our city, and community! Please see below for further information on The Turtle Hospital and how they help, and how YOU can help!
“The Turtle Hospital opened its doors 1986 with four main goals: 1) rehab injured sea turtles and return them to their natural habitat, 2) educate the public through outreach programs and visit local schools, 3) conduct and assist with research aiding to sea turtles (in conjunction with state universities), and 4) work toward environmental legislation making the beaches and water safe and clean for sea turtles.” –www.turtlehospital.org/about-us/
Here are some photos to share from the successful event:
This has to be one of our biggest after hours yet! What a phenomenal turnout, thank you so much to DRC for hosting. Also a big thanks to Centennial Bank for the delicious food and cold refreshments. We had a lot of fun watching the dolphin show and interacting with our members!
Dolphin Research Center was founded as a nonprofit corporation in 1984 by Jayne Shannon-Rodriguez and Armando “Mandy” Rodriguez. Their goal was to ensure the dolphins had a home here for life, and in doing so to establish a unique education and research facility.
The Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions presently living here provide a range of personalities and backgrounds. Over half of our family was born at the Center, while the other members have either come from other facilities or were rescued, rehabilitated and deemed unreleasable back into the wild by the Government and now have a forever home at Dolphin Research Center.
April’s Membership Luncheon was held at Castaway Waterfront Restaurant and Sushi Bar. It was a great turnout and a very delicious lunch. Mel with FIRM was our guest speaker, we’d like to thank him for some very sharing some very important information and also thank Castaway for hosting. See all of you at the next one!
Our April Business After Hours was held at Wesley House’s new location in Marathon. As always it was a lot of fun and we would like to thank Wesley House for hosting.
“Wesley House Family Services’ vision ,to develop and encourage a more child caring community, is at the heart of everything we do. Each day, Wesley House is protecting and nurturing children and strengthening families. We are committed to helping families learn together, grow together and experience a brighter future.”
For more details on Wesley House Family Services please visit their website: https://www.wesleyhouse.org/Pages/default.aspx
Join us for May’s BAH to be held at the Dolphin Research Center May 13th from 5:30-7:30.
Keep up to date on events going on around the area with our online calendar posted to our website!
We had a great turnout at our March business after hours! Thank you Marathon Veterinary Hospital for hosting us. Also a big thanks to our special guest Jeanne Selander from Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm, our beverage provider Centennial bank, presentation by Aquarium Encounters, and our food provider Marathon Rotary Club. It was a lot of fun hanging out with “Mo” (short for Molasses) the Sloth, his skunk friend, and Boots the Alligator.
We here at the Marathon Chamber of Commerce are so happy to be a part of our amazing community. It’s through our wonderful members and supporters that allow us to donate and support our local charities and organizations.