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Labor Day kicks off busy fall schedule in the Florida Keys

The Matecumbe Historical Trust presents a Labor Day service at the hurricane monument, in Islamorada to the more than 500 men, women and children who perished Sept. 2, 1935 in the Labor Day Hurricane.
Matecumbe Historical Trust

As Labor Day gets under way in the Florida Keys with 150 beers and micro-brews on tap at an annual Key West event that benefits the charitable efforts of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club, and annual Heroes Salutes take place at Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key complete with an All-American barbecue, and at the Hurricane Monument in Islamorada, do not fear if you are not here to participate.

The list of Keys events is never-ending.

In Key West, Sept. 4 – 7, women in love and women looking for love, will be out in force at the annual Womenfest Key West.
Golfing surrounded by palm trees and perhaps iguanas, clothing-optional pool parties, a sizzling dance club scene, and women-only water excursions that range from jet skis to dolphin watching all promise to pique the interest of the more adventurous while film, live music, and special comedy shows offer the opportunity to enjoy paradise at a slower pace. The event trumpets the full schedule on a tropical island that is "close to perfect but far from normal." Contact: 800-535-7797; 305-294-4603 or email: for more information.

On Sept. 5 is the First Friday Upper Duval Art Stroll which features special art exhibitions and receptions at galleries and shops along Duval Street from United Street to Truman Avenue. Frangipani Gallery, SoDu Gallery, Island Arts, Kate's, The Southernmost Art Studio, De La Gallery & Cork & Stogie stay open from 6-9 p.m. allowing visitors to get their art mojo going.

Also in Key West, from Sept. 5 – 7 is the annual Robert James Sales S.L.A.M. Celebrity Tournament in which anglers target tarpon, permit and bonefish to achieve the coveted "flats grand slam," while competing for art prizes and money, and the trilogy title of Redbone Series Grand Champion. The event raises funds for research in the fight against cystic fibrosis. Visit for more information, or contact Susan Ellis at 305-664-2002 or email:

For additional events in September throughout the Florida Keys, visit

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