First cold front ushers in the start of the Holiday season

Well, we have had our first cold front make its way all the way down the Florida penisula this past weekend. Air conditioners have been shut off and windows in homes opened to let the breeze from the North control our indoor climate. Temperatures have been in the low 80’s during the day and high 60’s at night, but soon, with the second front coming we should settle into days with highs in the 70’s and cool evenings hovering around the low 60’s. With the cooler temps comes the annual ceremonies honoring our Veterans, the arrival of the “big boats” in Key West for the races, the Island Christain School Christmas Festival and other festivities which announce the arrival of the Holidays and our winter season.

This Sunday, Nov 11th at 1p.m., there will be a ceremony honoring veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces at the Hurricane Monument in Islamorada. The passive park at the monument was recently renovated to enhance the monument; the new landscaping and sitting areas provide a great place to hold such ceremonies.

The boat races are being held this weekend, Nov 9th to the 11th, in Key West. Travelers on the Overseas Highway have been able to view some of the boats as they are transported to the event. Last weekend the Budweiser Clydesdale’s were in town to kick off the week long pre-race events.

The annual ICS Christmas Festival will take place on November 17th. It kicks off with the $5 all you can eat pancake breakfast starting at 7 am and will last until around 4 pm. There is always alot to see and do at the festival. Local and other craftsman/artists will have thier items on display and for sale, the rummage sale tent will be packed with bargain goods, and the auction is sure to be a big hit as always. This event is free and always a great way to start your holiday shopping.