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Thanksgiving 2016 -So much to celebrate!

On Monday, November 21, the BPKFL celebrated Thanksgiving with 142 of our closest friends and family. As usual, all the traditional dishes were on display in a long, bountiful buffet staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers.  Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy were just the start. As our guests moved through the line they were also treated to Joan’s signature corn casserole, homemade bread and cranberry sauce. As if this weren’t enough, this cornucopia of delights was capped off with a choice of pumpkin or cherry pie with whipped cream… DELIGHTFUL.

Of course, the entire dinner would not have been possible without the efforts of our tireless volunteers, from resupplying the food to serving, there is no limit to what these generous souls will do to bring this wonderful tradition to life.

Cash Box:  Bob Sentineal, Vinnie Ferrera

Invocation:  Sue Creswell

Table Decorations:  Joni Millen, Gail Barbosa

Food Carriers: Dan Millen, Tom Cousins, Bill Barbosa, Tom Woolsey, David Grossman

Meat Server:  George Leppa

Servers: Gail Barbosa, Carol Pringle, Sue Creswell, Tom Woolsey

Tea/Water: Jill and Brian Smith

Trays:  Lindsey, Nathan, Bobby Lyn, Nick

Pies: Joan Cottrell, Mary Sentineal, Lois Woolsey

Pie Carrier:  Tom Cousin

Table Clean-Up: Mary’s Family

There is not enough gratitude to express how much we appreciate Shirley Leppa and Mary Sentineal for cooking with Joan behind the scenes to create the magical dishes that make Thanksgiving such a special time to be at the BPKFL.



Annual Ping Pong Tournament – August 2016

On Sunday, August 7, the Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge held their annual ping-pong tournament. A group of talented ping-pong enthusiasts gathered to test their skills  in one of three categories based on age group. From these competitors, three winners were selected, one for each category. The winners are:

Under 12: Mason Maggio

13 to 16: Carlo Fulgenzi

17 and up: Mark Miklos

In the 17 and up category, our finalists were father and son. The pair battled it out until the dad was left standing as our overall winner.


Congratulations to everyone who participated in this fun and exciting event. We look forward to seeing you next year!



Easter Sunrise Service 2016

There are few things more special than watching the sunrise over the water in the Florida Keys. However, add in a couple hundred of your closest friends, a choir singing traditional hymns, an inspirational message, sticky buns and coffee to celebrate Easter morning and you have an event that is close to perfection.

This year posted a spectacular display by nature accompanied by the lovely voices of our camp choir. The Gladwell family served breakfast by the water on some beach. Guests were invited to take one of the Easter flowers back to their individual campsites as a memento of our special time together.

Special thanks to our choir, event MC, and every one of our guests for sharing their Easter with us. It is because of you that we are able to say – with 100% certainty – that there is no place else on earth like the big Pine Key Fishing Lodge.

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dance and Beer Drinking Contest March 2016

For those of you who have long participated in our BPKFL traditions, you know that the annual St. Patrick’s Day Dance and Beer Drinking Contest is one of the most popular items on our calendar. It is a chance for everyone in camp to show their Irish spirit (whether their Irish or not!) and enjoy a little friendly competition.

Our event this year did not disappoint. It was a large and boisterous crowd that gathered on Palm Court to witness a competition for the ages. The ladies teams went first and made a great showing. The men’s contest was decided by a “foam finish” and a rematch that ended in a very close call. It was great fun to watch and a lot of excitement for both the participants and the crowd that gathered.

Special thanks to our judges and everyone who helped to make the event a success. Hosting events like this would not be possible without your participation and we appreciate your willingness to give of your time.

Fish, Explore, Enjoy, Relax

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Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge (BPKFL) occupies ten pristine acres between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Perfectly positioned in the middle keys at MM33, the BPKFL offers a friendly home-base from which to enjoy all the Florida Keys has to offer.

Whether this is your first visit to BPKFL or your fiftieth, we look forward to sharing out little slice of paradise with you.

33000 Overseas Highway, MM 33 Big Pine Key, Florida 33043