A week of musical and culinary celebration opened on Saturday, March 12th at the Marathon Seafood Festival. Sue and I feasted on conch chowder, peel and eat shrimp and a mahi-mahi dinner, all of which was yummy. We also grooved to two keys bands that we thoroughly enjoy. John Bartus and Storm Watch performed first.
They played a combination of popular classic rock music and John's original compositions.
The local crowd really loved the music performed by this local Marathon band, as people danced in the grass in front of the stage and enthusiastically applauded each number.
Next up was the band that I was waiting for: Howard Livingston and the Marker 24 Band.
Howard has written innumerable songs about life in the lower keys. A large and rowdy fan base soaked up the music and atmosphere of the event. Even Sue sang some of the songs along with the band. Howard put on a great show.
Sue and I dingied back to "Passage" full of seafood and musical memories.
On Monday the 14th Sue and I dingied over to "Our Time" to celebrate happy hour with Tom and Doris Johnson. John and Marcia off "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia", who we had met in Fort Myers, were also there. Naturally, a great time was had by all.
Tuesday the 15th of March Sue and I hopped on the bus and rode to Key West. We hot-footed it directly to Sloppy Joe's.
We enjoyed a fabulous grilled Mahi-Mahi sandwich, as well as the music of, you guessed it, Brian Roberts. Sloppy Joe's rocked more than usual because it is spring break time! The bar was filled with college age spring breakers looking for a good time, and Brian provided the musical entertainment and tossed colorful bead necklaces to the women in the crowd. Joined by his percussionist friend Ray, Brian put on a great show.
Wednesday brought the Legacy Harbour C dock reunion at The Dockside Bar and Grill, which recently reopened. The crews of "Passage", "Our Time", "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia", "Lady Jane" and "Kokopelli" celebrated being together again for happy hour.
Live music and good food made it a great evening. Unfortunately, we wiped out their supply of Amber Bock and finally motored home in the dark, full and happy.
The 17th was Saint Patrick's day, so Sue and I put on our green shirts and headed over to Dockside again, this time for Corned Beef and Cabbage and music by Joe Mama. We were joined by Tom and Doris and John and Marcia, and we certainly got into the spirit of the day!
So did John and Marcia.
On the 18th we dragged ourselves out of bed at 6:00 a.m. so that Sue could walk over a mile to McDonald's by 8:00 a.m. to meet coaching legend and former teaching colleague Mike Milkovich for breakfast. She hiked back with a backpack full of groceries. After stowing these we motored to shore in the dingy and walked a mile to West Marine, then made several stops looking for a rear view mirror for "Passage", as well as a new portable inverter. No luck on either of those, but we did enjoy a 5 dollar lunch at the Hurricane. Although we were both a little tired from all the walking in the heat, we were revieved by showers and dingied over to "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia for happy hour with John and Marcia, Tom and Doris and their dock partners Dale and Debbie. After the three hour celebration were returned to the mothership tired but happy. Now we are prepping for our last weekend in Marathon.