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.
Dolphin Bistro Events-
December 5th Sunset Dinner from 5 – 8 pm. $20
December 18th Social Hour from 5 – 8 pm $15
And December 19th we will offer Sides To Go for the holidays again.
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes $7
Savory Stuffing and Gravy $7
4 Cheese Mac n Cheese $7
Sweet Potato Casserole $7
Mixed Berry Cobbler $10
Look for MHS Culinary Arts program featured in the new Florida Keys Chef’s Table cookbook! Follow events on facebook –Dolphin Bistro.
We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you.
A small gift can make a large difference.
Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced love and care
through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child (OCC). Samaritan’s Purse works
with local groups to deliver the gifts to children all over the world.
OCC was begun by Bob Pierce and continued by Franklin Graham, the son of Rev. Billy Graham.
Please check out the following websites for more information on this charitable organization, and find out how to pack a shoebox gift!
The Middle Keys drop-off center for shoe box gifts is The Marathon Church of God located at
800 74th Street Ocean, halfway down the street in the heart of the neighborhood.
Collection week is November 17th -23th.
Collection Center hours are as follows:
Operation Christmas Child
Marathon Church of God
2014 Collection Center hours:
Mon – Nov 17: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Tues – Nov 18: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wed – Nov 19: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Thur – Nov 20: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Fri – Nov 21: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat – Nov 22: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sun – Nov 23: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
305-743-6307 Church & Parsonage
Celtic Festival Seeks Volunteers
Service Organizations and Local Businesses Invited to Participate
Before the thundering sounds of Celtic rock fills The Keys this winter, more than a few fair folk will need to roll up their sleeves and maybe even dance a jig to make it happen. Organizers for the Florida Keys Celtic Festival are seeking volunteers to help plan and implement the second annual festival taking place January 9 and 10 at Marathon Community Park. Individuals, service organizations and teams from local businesses are invited to participate.
“We want this to be a real community effort,” said The Reverend Canon Debra Andrew Maconaughey of St. Columba Episcopal Church. The Church produces the weekend event in collaboration with Celtic Heritage Productions of Port Charlotte. The festival is set to kick off with a Kilts in The Keys party at Marathon Grill in the Gulfside Village on January 8, followed by two days of live Celtic bands, Highland athletics, pipes and drums, Celtic food and merchandise vendors, plus a Children’s Glen with activities for the wee ones at the Community Park. And, there’s a rumor that the Conchness Monster, a distant relative to Nessie, may make an appearance.
Festival attendance was more than 1700 for the two-day event in 2014, with about half of the attendants visiting from outside The Keys. Organizers expect an even larger crowd for the 2015 festival. “Our goal is to build an annual cultural event our community can be proud to be a part of,” said Maconaughey.
Volunteer needs include developing and designing creative projects, manning the entry, ticket sales, crowd control, survey taking, set-up and clean-up. Volunteers will receive free entry to the event and an official event t-shirt.
Local non-profits and service organizations are invited to have booths, for free, during the festival and also encouraged to include a Celtic link in promoting their own causes. “We’d like everyone get into the Celtic spirit for the weekend,” said Bill Lorimer who volunteers his time to help plan the festival. Local businesses are also welcome to join with their own teams of volunteers or by participating as an event sponsor. Festival sponsors get great PR and visibility in local, regional and national newspaper and web advertising. Additionally, sponsors receive entry tickets, event booth space and recognition in the official Festival Event Program.
Proceeds from the festival benefit the church’s Hammock House Youth Programs that provide Marathon children and youth with a free, healthy environment where they can thrive emotionally, artistically, intellectually and spiritually. “The Hammock House budget is $50,000 a year and proceeds from this festival will help alleviate some of the financial stress we’ve experienced over the past few years,” Maconaughey said. Hammock House After School Care and Just for Fun Summer & School Break Camps were born out of concern for Middle Keys children who may not have enough to eat when school is out, and who lack of affordable, supervised summer recreation. This free program is available to all children of Marathon, providing a healthy, creative environment when school is out of session.
To sign up as a volunteer or learn more about the Second Annual Florida Keys Celtic Festival, please contact festival volunteer coordinator Toni Hindman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Business interested in becoming a sponsor can contact Bill Lorimer at email@example.com.
Remember, it takes more than a few potatoes and a keg of Guinness to throw a festival.
Scottish rock band Albannach rocked The Keys at last year’s Florida Keys Celtic Festival. Festival organizers are seeking volunteers to help create a weekend of Celtic Culture in Conch country on January 9 and 10, 2015. Photo Credit: Florida Keys Celtic Festival
Hi Friends! We received a letter of thanks from a high school grad who won one of our scholarships! We’re sure she will go very far in her college education and life. Now we would like to say Thanks! to all of our members who participate in the Chamber’s raffles, and all of our friends who come to the Seafood Festival. You all are the reason we are able to offer such scholarships and sponsorship to the many excellent organizations and people in our community. A great big thanks to everyone!! THANKS :))