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GET READY FOR ANNA MARIA ISLAND’S 18th Annual BAYFEST

If your vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals-601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 includes an October visit this is definitely something you will want to attend. An all day street festival with live music, crafts, food/beverages, kids zone … something for everyone! Guaranteed fun for all ages!
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BAYFEST Presented by: AMI Chamber of Commerce
When: Saturday October 20, 2018
Time: 10 am to 9 pm
Location: Pine Avenue, Anna Maria
Ticket Price: FREE
The AMI Chamber of Commerce has a full, fun filled day planned:
There will be a CLASSIC CAR SHOW  from 10AM-3PM with over 100 classic, antique, custom, muscle cars and street rods on display.
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Enjoy listening to Emcee, Mike Sales 10AM – 9PM and a great line up of live music —
Memphis Rub 10:30AM – 11:30AM
Renegade  12 NOON – 1:30PM
soulRcoaster  2PM – 4PM
Karen & Jimmy Band  4:30PM – 6:30PM
Dr. Dave Band  7PM – 9PM
There will be blocks of Arts and Crafts Vendors showcasing their unique one-of-a -kind items as well as a Kids Zone. Your kids will enjoy the bounce house and other fun inflatables as well as the Privateers pirate ship.
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Lots of tasty food options from some of Anna Maria finest restaurants —
Churrolicious, Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen, The Feast, Gran Arepa, Hurricane Hanks
Subz n Grubz, T & L BBQ, The Waterfront Restaurant, Anna Maria Island Privateers
You will also find a great variety of Refreshments and Snacks 
Hahn’s Kettle Corn, Kona Ice – shaved ice     Tropi-Coco – fresh coconut water, coconut smoothie, virgin piña colada, Sherry Berry Lemonade – fresh squeezed lemonade, soda and water. And of course, my favourite – Tyler’s Gourmet Ice Cream
Adult drinks – Beer, Wine, Rum Runners, Margaritas, Rum and Coke’s
Please Note: No coolers or outside alcohol will be permitted
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There are several means of transportation to Bayfest.
The simplest way is to take the Free Island Trolley which eliminates your driving and parking worries. The Trolley runs from 6:30 am to 10:30 pm, approximately every 20 minutes with a stop on Gulf Drive, to the right as you walk out of your condo. Hop on the Northbound Trolley to Pine Avenue and you’re there.
If you choose to drive, follow Gulf Drive North all the way to Pine Avenue, which is approximately a 15 minute drive from your condo. There is some neighborhood street parking available, but please read the signs CAREFULLY. Make sure they indicate that parking is permitted and if you are lucky enough to find a spot, be sure you park with all four tires off the roadway and sidewalks, and with the direction of traffic.
You can also park offsite at Crosspointe Fellowship Church, 8605 Gulf Drive on the north end of Holmes Beach. There will be a free dedicated trolley shuttling people directly from the church to the City Pier at the end of Pine Avenue.
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ANNA MARIA ISLAND, 70th SEASON ISLAND PLAYERS, SEPTEMBER 2018 – May 2019 

The Island Players community theatre is one of the many gems and a must visit while you vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217. It is a beautifully maintained little theatre with lots of history. The building was originally a family home in Palmetto and was relocated to its present site. You will find comfortable seating, lots of leg room and viewing with no obstructions. The staff and volunteers from the box office to the stage manager and actors clearly love what they do and it shows. Island Players offers great talent while giving you, the audience, a most enjoyable theatre experience.
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The Island Players group will be kicking off its 70th season with Agatha Christie’s “The Unexpected Guest” with performances from September 20 to September 30. The Unexpected Gift, is a detective and murder fiction, a compelling tale that is sure to entertain. Filled with mystery and suspense it begins with a stranger lost in the fog who seeks refuge in a nearby house. He finds a dead man and his wife standing over him with a smoking gun. The woman’s confession is not convincing, but the unexpected guest decides to help. Police clues create a tangled web of lies revealing family secrets and chilling motives, a Pandora’s Box of loves, jealousies and hates. Just when the murder seems solved, the real murderer turns out to be the greatest mystery of all.
Don’t miss this tantalizing presentation filled with suspicions and intrigues.
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Here is a complete list of the 2018/2019 Island Players schedule:
September 20 – September 30, 2018 THE UNEXPECTED GUEST
by Agatha Christie, Directed by Heiko Knipfelberg
November 8 – November 18, 2018 BAGGAGE by Sam Bobrick
Directed by James Thaggard
January 10 – January 27, 2019 I HATE HAMLET by Paul Rudnick,
Directed by Preston Boyd
March 7 – March 24, 2019 A FLEA IN HER EAR by Geroges Feydeau
Directed by Kelly Wynn Woodland
May 2 – May 12, 2019 PRESENT LAUGHTER by Noel Coward,
Directed by Mike Lusk
You don’t have to choose just one of the above performances, season tickets are available!
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The Island Players Theatre —
Founded in 1949, The Island Players, Inc. is an organization dedicated to providing artistic experiences for the communities of Anna Maria Island through the presentation of stage productions. It is the oldest community theatre in Manatee County.
The Island Players Theatre is located in the Old Community House, a historic building on the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue (the northern end of Anna Maria Island) in the city of Anna Maria.
There are 137 seats in the theatre in tiered rows (stadium seating). There are 4 chairs on the right side of the theatre and 2 chairs on the “fireplace” side, giving a total seating capacity of 143.
Tickets are $20 (US) per performance for season’s five primary plays.
Food and beverages not allowed in the theatre.
Tickets may be purchased in person at the Box Office or by phone – (941) 778-5755
Box office is located at 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, Florida (Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue).
The box office is open 10 days before opening night Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and on performance nights as “Will Call” only, one hour before curtain.
Regular show performances are: Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm and Sunday matinees @ 2:00 pm
For additional information visit their website — theislandplayers.org
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LABOUR DAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2018 FIREWORKS – ANNA MARIA ISLAND

Labor Day is right around the corner and you and your family members staying on fabulous Anna Maria Island won’t want to miss the fireworks show hosted by the Sandbar Restaurant.
We are all familiar with the whizzes and whoops as fireworks screech up into the night sky. For firework lovers there is nothing more exciting than a spectacular firework display at the Sandbar Restaurant with plenty of affects and an array of colour.
The Sandbar had complaints and displeased attendees after a disappointing Firework show on July 4th of this year. According to the Sandbar events operation manager, Jim Harwood, the team Creative Pyrotechnics, hired by the Sandbar lacked experienced staff and fireworks. The same company have offered to do it right on Labour Day and everyone is hopeful that it will be every bit as good as the Sandbar’s years past fireworks displays.
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Bring a blanket, beach towel or beach chairs and enjoy the show for free from the sand. Seating at the restaurant is first come, first served.
There are several ways to travel from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 to the Sandbar. There is the free Island trolley service with a trolley stop right out front of your door on Gulf Drive. You can consider the Island Beach Monkeys, the monkey bus which is a tip only service. If you choose to drive to the Sandbar please keep in mind that parking is limited, making it my last choice of transportation.
Whatever your means of transportation, come out and enjoy a waterfront breeze while marveling at the fantastic bursts of color. What a great way to celebrate the “unofficial end of summer” at this free community fireworks celebration.
Sponsored by: The Sandbar Restaurant
Location: 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria
When: Monday, September 3, 2018
Time: After sunset – approximately 8:30 pm
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ANNA MARIA ISLAND RED TIDE UPDATE

Sandy and I walked the beach from the Moose Lodge to the Manatee Public Beach and back today, we walked for about 90 minutes and then sat on the beach for another hour. Was there a smell of red tide in the air? Yes. Was it a very slight smell? Yes. Did we cough once? No. Is the water a brown colour along the shoreline? Yes. Is it horrible? No. What did we witness? People enjoying the beach. Families with children enjoying the beach. Kids playing in the water and on the beach. People sunning themselves and sleeping on the beach. Jet skies and boats in the Gulf. Did we see one person regardless of age or gender covering their mouth and nose with anything? Not a chance. There were no news agencies on the beach looking for the biggest pile of dead fish and reporting from the scene because we did not see one dead fish in the water or on the beach. We did see a few dead crabs and one dead stingray. I guess good news is no news because they are no where to be found. We had to come up from the beach at 3:00pm because the rain moved in or we would still be out there now. Fortunately all these people and their families did not get the memo the world is coming to an end or they would have missed a beautiful day at the beach.

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LIGHT & SOUND SHOW—THE VOLUMES PROJECT—THE RINGLING SARASOTA, FL

Ezra Masch is a sculptor, musician as well as a visual artist from Philadelphia, currently based in New York City. He holds an MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Texas, as well as a BFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. He teaches at Moore College of Art and Design and is a member of the Tiger Strikes Astroid gallery. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in many sites across the United States.
The Ringling presents —
The special installation VOLUMES Sunday, August 12 – Sunday, September 9, 2018 in the Mondo Gallery (just across the Museum of Art courtyard) view light and sound by the contemporary artist Ezra Masch. *VOLUMES harnesses the speed of light to reveal the volume of sound and space. This immersive audio and visual installation project will feature a three- dimensional grid of LED lights that will fill the interior of the Ringling’s Monda gallery with an iridescent glow.
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Contact microphones will be wired from a basic drum set to custom mixers that will divide the audio into multiple ranges of volume. Dimensions of height, length, and width will then be used to map coordinates of tone and amplitude within the grid of lights. Essentially Masch has created a symbiotic relationship between light and sound, one cannot see the piece unless they can hear it and vice versa. With over fifty percussionists scheduled to play VOLUMES, these musicians will be able to experiment with the visual patterns and forms generated in the lights as they perform. Volume and pitch will determine the number of lights that flicker, so each drummer will have to play the light as much as they play the physical drum set.
Although both light and sound are perceived through different sensory receptors, VOLUMES intertwines light, sound, and space in such a way that they become inseparable to anyone who experiences it. Consequently it combines auditory and visual signals so precisely that the audience will eventually begin to see sound. Only the drummer can control the intensity of what the audience experiences by what he or she decides to play. The musician is in control and the space is essentially sculpted live before you by the percussionist.
Seeking to cultivate a new way of understanding and translating the volume of sound to the volume of space Masch has become a sculptor of both light and sound by creating a piece that lies somewhere in between an entirely new instrument and a visual art sculpture. Masch blends elements of sound, light, performance, and engineering into a unique sensory experience that reimagines the traditional notions of stationary sculpture and time based performance art.*
The Volumes Project a combination of Instrument, Sculpture, Installation and Performance — Come out to the exhibition in the Monda Gallery for Contemporary Art open Tuesday-Sunday 11 :00am-12:00pm and 3:00-4:00pm to watch nearly 60 live performances. Participants will include local Sarasota talent with other performers from around the country ranging in age from 12-82 years old.
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*With the special installation VOLUMES on view in the Monda Gallery, Sunday, August 12, 2018 through Sunday, September 9, 2018 the Ringling is also presenting four special evening performances highlighting influential and versatile percussionists selected by Masch himself. The performers include, Taylor Gordon, Brian Blade, Greg Fox, and Antonio Sánchez.  Each drummer will  play the light as much as they play the physical drum set, combining auditory and visual signals so precisely that the audience will eventually be able to see sound.
Please note: These special performances will not have seating. Attendees are encouraged to walk around or sit on the floor while enjoying the performance. Portable gallery stools will be available if needed.
VOLUMES: Special Performances
Thursday Evenings, Aug 16 through Sept 6
7:30 & 8:30 PM
► Thursday, Aug. 16th | Taylor Gordon AKA The Pocket Queen
Taylor Gordon began playing drums at 2 and joined her New Orleans church band at 7. At 14, she became a member of the High School drumline, and steel drum and jazz bands. She took up the marimba and other percussion instruments. She was accepted into the prestigious Berkley College of Music on a full scholarship for her superior skills on drums. She has also performed with several influential music artists such as Stevie Wonder, Musiq Soulchild and many more. She also performed at the Super Bowl 50 Halftime show with Beyoncé.
Thursday, Aug. 23rd | Brian Blade
Brian Blade is an American jazz drummer, composer, session musician, and singer-songwriter. In 1997, Blade formed The Fellowship Band with pianist Jon Cowherd, bassist Chris Thomas, saxophonists Myron Walden and Melvin Butler, guitarist Jeff Parker, pedal steel guitarist Dave Easley and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. The band released its debut album, Brian Blade Fellowship, in 1998, Perceptual in 2000, Season of Changes in 2008 and Landmarks in 2014.
Thursday, Aug. 30th | Greg Fox
Greg Fox is a multi-instrumentalist, interdisciplinary artist, and teacher born and based in New York City. A versatile and prolific creative, Fox studied percussion with Guy Licata, Thurman Barker, Marvin “Bugalu” Smith, has a B.A. in Integrated Arts from Bard College, and has toured, recorded and released numerous records with Liturgy, Guardian Alien, ZS, Ex Eye, Skeletons, Teeth Mountain, Dan Deacon, Colin Stetson, Ben Frost, and many more.
► Thursday, Sept. 6th | Antonio Sánchez
Antonio Sánchez is a Mexican jazz drummer. In 2014, his popularity increased when he composed an original film score for the film Birdman, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. The soundtrack album was released on October 14, 2014. The score earned him a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and BAFTA Award for Best Film Music; he won the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Score and Satellite Award for Best Original Score.
Tickets for all performances may be purchased online or by calling 941-360-7399.
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Contact microphones will be wired from a basic drum set to custom mixers that will divide the audio into multiple ranges of volume. Dimensions of height, length, and width will then be used to map coordinates of tone and amplitude within the grid of  lights. Essentially Masch has created a symbiotic relationship between light and sound, one cannot see the piece unless they can hear it and vice versa. With over sixty percussionists scheduled to play VOLUMES, these musicians will be able to experiment with the visual patterns and forms generated in the lights as they perform. Volume and pitch will determine the number of lights that flicker, so each drummer will have to play the light as much as they play the physical drum set.
VOLUMES intertwines light, sound, and space in such a way that they become inseparable to anyone who experiences it. Consequently it combines auditory and visual signals so precisely that the audience will eventually begin to see sound. Only the drummer can control the intensity of what the audience experiences by what he or she decides to play. The musician is in control and the space is essentially sculpted live before you by the percussionist. *
For additional information/purchase tickets contact The Ringling @ 941-359-5700 or visit their website — theringling.org
Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 highly recommend our guests visit The Ringling. A tour of the museum with a stroll around the beautiful surrounding property is visit worthy.
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VACATION EFFECT/MEDITATION EFFECT ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND 

We all know that going on vacation is not only fun, it is also a great way to reduce stress and when we come home we feel ready and better able to tackle our day to day challenges. Studies have shown vacations improve our mood, boost our immune system and our sleep is improved. We return from vacation feeling more relaxed, our creativity is boosted and we are more productive with this “vacation effect” lasting for up to six weeks following our vacation.

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Did you know that when vacationing, together with meditation, the effect lasts longer than just a vacation by itself. Recent studies have shown that the effects of vacation with meditation had longer lasting results and lowered scores for stress and depression. Research from Harvard Medical School tells us that going on vacation and adding some regular meditation into the mix, might help you live longer and heal faster. If you are a new/novice or regular meditator, instead of just vacationing, add meditation possibly with some yoga and self reflection time, the “meditation effect” could last for up to 10 months.
Vacation effect, Meditation effect, good both physically and mentally for everyone. Call us today and let us help plan your next effect.
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While vacationing with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217  you might consider the following activities…
*Self Love Hypnosis Workshop – Thrive Yoga & Fitness
July 14, 2018 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Join certified Hypnotherapist and Reiki Master Johanna Erickson for an in-depth rewiring of your subconsciousness to create a deep, peaceful unconditional love for yourself.
So many of us struggle with loving and accepting ourselves and a lot of that comes from our subconscious beliefs. Hypnosis allows us to go deep into your brain and plant seeds for unconditional self love and acceptance that will change your life. $20
Location – Thrive Yoga & Fitness 8819 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34209
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*Guided Meditation at the Waterline Marina Resort
July 18, 2018 6pm – 7:00pm
Are you looking for an escape from the hectic, the monotony, the everyday? Come relax by the tranquil waterside as you are guided through beautiful imagery and visualization with Johanna Erickson Intuitive Healing.
Johanna will bring attention to your breath and present moment, to promote relaxation, reduce stress and enhance personal or spiritual growth.
Bring a towel or yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing.
Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Venue: Waterline Marina Resort
Location – Waterline Resort
To sign up or reserve a spot go to the website — johannaerickson.com and click on events.

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LOTS OF JULY 4th 2018 CELEBRATIONS ON & OFF ANNA MARIA ISLAND 

On Anna Maria Island 
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Parade — The Anna Maria Island Privateers annual Independence Day Parade followed by a daylong Fourth of July celebration. Stand right outside your front door of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida, 34217 as the patriots drive by throwing beads and other treats to kids of all ages. The parade begins at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach at about 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 and runs the entire length of the Island ending at the Anna Maria City Pier at the east end of Pine Avenue. Everyone is invited all to participate in the parade and all entries are encouraged to wear red, white and blue and to decorate their rides for the holiday. You will see a variety of vehicles from — automobiles, golf carts, Segways, roller skates, bicycles, scooters and pirate ships on wheels.
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Parties — After the parade the Privateers will celebrate with two parties. The first will be immediately after the parade at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. There the benevolent pirates will award more than $17,000 in college scholarships to local students. The second, is an adult party at at D.Coy Ducks Tavern, 5410 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
At City Pier Park, the city of Anna Maria will celebrate the holiday with a “Celebrate America” picnic from 12:30-2 p.m. The city will serve hot dogs to picnickers while enjoying patriotic songs in the park at the corner of Pine Avenue and North Bay Boulevard. For more info, call city hall, 941-708-6130.
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Fireworks — After sunset, the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, will mark Independence Day with the 32nd Fireworks Spectacular at their outdoor wedding pavilion. For more than 30 years both tourists and residents have lined the beach with their feet in the sand watching the Sandbar’s colourful display in the sky. They will offer a VIP evening party package which include VIP seating for the show. For more information, call the restaurant at 941-778-0444
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Off Island 
Just off Anna Maria Maria Island, in Cortez, The Swordfish Grill will host it’s Fifth Annual Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4. Given 10 minutes to eat as many hot dogs as possible, the winner will have his or her name engraved on the prestigious Hahana Ilio Cup trophy – hahana ilio is Hawaiian for “hot dog”. The winner will also take home $250 in prizes, including cash and Swordfish Grill swag. The annual contest will also feature raffle prizes. There is no registration fee, but all participants are required to sign a waiver. Contestants under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian’s written permission. Contestants can stop by the Swordfish Grill and pre-register ahead of time or register by noon on the day of the event.. The Swordfish Grill is located at 4628 119th St. W. in Cortez. For more information, call 941-798-2035.
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firework display in downtown Bradenton along Barcarrota Avenue at the Riverwalk, 452 3rd Ave W. Fireworks will be launched from a barge in the river about 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4.
Another display of fireworks will take place July 4 on the Sarasota bayfront in downtown Sarasota and over Manatee River, with the best viewing on the waterfronts in Bradenton and Palmetto.
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Early Celebration — Baseball fans come out and celebrate Independence Day on Tuesday, July 3, at LECOM Park, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Enjoy an evening of baseball as the minor-league team, the Bradenton Marauders  in patriotic jerseys will take on the Palm Beach Cardinals at 6:30 p.m. The first 1,500 lucky fans will receive a free T-shirt and the team will auction off a star-spangled jersey. The game will be followed by a fireworks display show sponsored by Budweiser.
For more information, go online to bradentonmauraders.com or call 941-747-3031.
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Parade — Longboat Key will celebrate the holiday July 4 with a parade and the annual Freedom Fest and Hot Diggity Dog Parade presented by the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce. The parade along Bay Isles Road will take place at 9 a.m. with wagons and bikes decorated in red, white and blue, fire trucks, police cars and pets. Following the parade at Bicentennial Park, 500 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key until 11 a.m. there will be a celebration with games, face painting, balloon and sand art, a butterfly release and a feast that includes waffles topped with strawberries. For more information, call the chamber at 941-383-2466.
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SUNDAY BEACH MARKET ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

A great way to spend a few hours is with a visit to Anna Maria Island’s very own beach market. When vacationing, aside from such things as diving, local tourist attractions, food, drink, beaches, festivals and enjoying the company of other travellers and locals, I have always enjoyed finding local markets. A market is a great place to sample real local life, no matter where you are. Despite the draw of the big shopping centres with the “big store” names in the Bradenton/Sarasota area over local markets, the market is still the place to get local produce and crafts or a place to hang out and meet people. For me a market is an essential part of life in the local community.
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The Anna Maria Island Beach Market on Coquina Beach is especially unique in that it is right on the beach and within walking distance of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.
Anna Maria Island is known for its quiet charm and this quaint beach market is a true reflection of the Island it is located on. The setting is gorgeous under the shaded pine tress along beautiful Coquina Beach running beside the vendors’ booths with a breathtaking view of the Gulf. With over 100 vendors this is a great place to shop for treasures and have lunch at the Beach Cafe. You will find a wonderful mix of high quality and friendly vendors with a wide variety of clothing, jewelry, handcrafted goods, fresh produce, baked goods, essential oils and lots more. You get a really welcoming vibe seeing musicians wandering around playing various instruments entertaining the people.
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This is definitely a perfect place to stop when you’re out at the beach or looking to find that unique gift. Hours of shopping pleasure with lots of unusual, unique, one of a kind items you won’t find anywhere else. Many markets have several of the same types of vendors you won’t find that at Coquina Beach Market because here no two are alike.
There are lots of ways to get to the Market – you can walk, bike, drive or take the free trolley that runs the entire length of the island. From Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals you would catch the Gulf Drive southbound trolley. If you drive there is plenty of Free parking available.
Shop without the crowds in this relaxed, casual atmosphere with a beautiful view of the beach. I can’t think of a better way to shop!
JUNE AND JULY – 2018
Beach Market
When: Every Sunday between June 1 and July 29, 2018 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Find island treasures, select fresh produce, and view all the arts and crafts, jewelry and more.
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Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival

June 23 – July 4, 2018 — Sarasota, Florida
The Sarasota Boat Races called the Suncoast Offshore Racing Grand Prix first took place in 1984 and has since become an annual event. It is the longest continually run boat race in the United States. Not just a boat race, but a festival with lots of activities. There will be dozens of high performance boats participating in a downtown parade and exhibition and race in the Gulf of Mexico. Another real plus of this festival is proceeds from the events surrounding the race benefit Suncoast Charities for Children.

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Admission: Free and event is open to the public.

There are VIP tickets available for purchase to watch the race from the Sandcastle Resort. Visit — sarasotapowerboatgrandprix.org

Location: The event takes place in the waters off Sarasota and various resort locations.
The best place to view the Sarasota Boat Races/The Suncoast Offshore Racing Grand Prix, is from Lido Key Beach. The race course runs from New Pass (north of Lido Key/south of Longboat Key) to Big Pass (south of Lido Key/north of Siesta Key). Anywhere along Lido Public Beach, you will have a great view of the offshore power boat racing. The crowds will be large, but it is spread out and with the water right in front of you bring your swimsuit and stay cool by watching the race from in the water.
Be prepared to come early, as some die-hard fans will arrive between 5 and 6 am looking for good parking spots and to stake out their spot on the beach. Everyone will be looking for the best angle to see the offshore racing boats. Expect to see brightly colored umbrellas and picnic shades, along with racing fans that bring grills filling the beach side with the wonderful aroma of hamburgers, hot dogs and other barbecued treats.
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Here are a few of the more popular events during the festival:
• June 24, 2018: Suncoast Grand Prix Car Show: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Additional details pending.
• June 28, 2018:  The offshore Grand Prix Festival Kickoff Party Fundraiser Doors open at 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. More info pending.
• June 29, 2018: “Meet & Greet Who’s In The Driver’s Seat & Autograph session,” Hyatt Regency Ballroom, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, $5.00 Adults/Kids 18 & Under Free. 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
• June 29, 2018: “Boats by the Bay” Party in the Pits: Powerboats on display plus meet the race teams along with food, drinks and live music. 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Van Wezel Parking lot ,777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.
• June 29, 2018: “Boats by the Bay” Party in the Pits: Miss Powerboat P1 Swimwear Contest. Top prizes: $500, $750, $1,000! 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Van Wezel Parking lot ,777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.
June 30 – July 1, 2018: Grand Prix Fan Fest. See teams up close prepping for the race, watch the races LIVE under a tent plus music, food, full bar, vendors. Free admission. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Van Wezel Parking Lot, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.
• July 1, 2018: Race Team Award Presentations: Free admission and open to the public, 5:30 p.m. Centennial Park, 1105 10th St., Sarasota, FL
July 4, 2018: Fireworks over Sarasota Bay, Island Park, Free. 9 p.m.
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The Sarasota Boat Races are awesome to witness as some of the offshore racing boats reach speeds of over 100 mph on the straight-aways of the six and a half mile long race course off Lido Key Beach. While the racing is happening you will also see
numerous helicopters overhead with medical staff and emergency divers aboard prepared to provide medical response should a mishap occur on the water. They will be keeping their eyes on the boats, drivers as well as marine animals.
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To get to Lido Key Beach from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217: take Gulf Drive South to St. Armand’s Circle and bear to the left around the Circle (west) toward Lido Key Beach. Turn left (south) on to Ben Franklin Drive and look for parking spots on the street or at the Lido Key Beach public parking lot, south on Ben Franklin Drive. If no parking is available, double back to St. Armand’s Key and look for free parking lots around the rear of the shops on St Armand’s Circle (look for the free parking signs around the Circle).
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GULF DRIVE CAFE & KOKONUT HUT

Located directly on the sugar white sand of Bradenton Beach, the Gulf Drive Café has been a part of Anna Maria Island’s unique history since 1981. With spectacular views of the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico just steps away from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217, this family-friendly eatery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The Café restaurant, bar and event space covers 450 square feet of waterfront serving fresh Florida seafood, cocktails and other specialties. The Gulf Drive Café offers great food and reasonably priced drink prices with lots of indoor and outdoor seating.
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The expansion of Gulf Drive Café in 2010 with a full-service bar, The Kokonut Hut, is an ideal place to enjoy a cocktail with a warm Gulf breeze blowing and gorgeous beach views. Enjoy cocktails while listening to live entertainment in a relaxed beach atmosphere.
Gulf Drive Café/The Kokonut Hut is one of Anna Maria Island’s most appealing sites for wedding celebrations. The rustic reception space is perfectly suited for groups of 50-175 people. The staff are happy to create and arrange the perfect backdrop for your wedding or special event. Its amenities are perfect for small or large gatherings, such as special events and wedding receptions.
Excellent food, service, and wow, what a view! This coupled with your Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals accommodations makes for a perfect vacation!
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On June 13, 2018 @ 6:00 PM come join in the fun at the 2nd Annual Anna Maria Island Bar Clash — Battle of the Bartenders
Hosted by: The Kokonut Hut
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