Florida State Fair

The Florida State Fairgrounds once again will soon come alive for its premiere event, bringing livestock shows, entertainment and more to the Tampa Bay area.The Florida State Fair is held annually at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.

Date: February 8 – 19, 2018
 
Where: FLORIDA STATE FAIRGROUNDS
Phone: 813-621-7821
 
The 2018 Florida State Fair brings 12 Days of Fun, featuring rides, amazing agricultural exhibits featuring over 5,000 animals, excellent craft show and a great variety of fantastic food. It includes indoor and outdoor exhibits allowing the state to showcase its agricultural industry.
A great place for history lovers is the Cracker Country living history museum. You will see original structures dating from 1870 to 1912, including homes, a general store, railroad depot, print shop and more. The Museum offers a look of what it was like for those living in rural Florida communities before the turn of the 20th century.
Agricultural buffs will not want to miss the Fair’s pavilions which showcase the state’s agriculture industry. Come see the cattle that roam Florida’s prairies to the fruits and vegetables that provide food for the nation.
For the little ones, Paw Patrol and Rusty Rivets will be at the Fair!
The Fair also showcases great games, awesome Midway rides, superior shopping, cultural exhibits and FREE entertainment with admission.
 

Today, Monday, January 15, 2018 is Half Price Hook Up.

Purchase an unlimited ride all day armband today for just $17.50, good any one day of the 2018 Fair, February 8-19. Hook up quantities are limited and will sell out, so buy now.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 is Opening Day/Heroes’ Day when military and first responders receive FREE admission to the Fair for them AND three family members.
Buy your tickets in advance and receive a significant savings.

For more information go to www.floridastatefair.com 

Just a one hour drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. – Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217

Be sure to check their Facebook page where they will be announcing flash sales.

Fun and excitement for all ages! See you there!

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Florida State Fair

The Florida State Fairgrounds once again will soon come alive for its premiere event, bringing livestock shows, entertainment and more to the Tampa Bay area.The Florida State Fair is held annually at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.

Date: February 8 – 19, 2018
 
Where: FLORIDA STATE FAIRGROUNDS
Phone: 813-621-7821
 
The 2018 Florida State Fair brings 12 Days of Fun, featuring rides, amazing agricultural exhibits featuring over 5,000 animals, excellent craft show and a great variety of fantastic food. It includes indoor and outdoor exhibits allowing the state to showcase its agricultural industry.
A great place for history lovers is the Cracker Country living history museum. You will see original structures dating from 1870 to 1912, including homes, a general store, railroad depot, print shop and more. The Museum offers a look of what it was like for those living in rural Florida communities before the turn of the 20th century.
Agricultural buffs will not want to miss the Fair’s pavilions which showcase the state’s agriculture industry. Come see the cattle that roam Florida’s prairies to the fruits and vegetables that provide food for the nation.
For the little ones, Paw Patrol and Rusty Rivets will be at the Fair!
The Fair also showcases great games, awesome Midway rides, superior shopping, cultural exhibits and FREE entertainment with admission.
 

Today, Monday, January 15, 2018 is Half Price Hook Up.

Purchase an unlimited ride all day armband today for just $17.50, good any one day of the 2018 Fair, February 8-19. Hook up quantities are limited and will sell out, so buy now.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 is Opening Day/Heroes’ Day when military and first responders receive FREE admission to the Fair for them AND three family members.
Buy your tickets in advance and receive a significant savings.

For more information go to www.floridastatefair.com 

Just a one hour drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. – Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217

Be sure to check their Facebook page where they will be announcing flash sales.

Fun and excitement for all ages! See you there!

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UPDATE ON ANNA MARIA CITY PIER – repurposing of the wooden pier planks

In one of my recent blogs, I wrote about the tearing down and rebuilding of of the Anna Maria City Pier due to extensive damage sustained from Hurricane Irma. The estimated date to re-open the Pier is 2019. In that blog, I questioned, what would happen to the wooden planks carved with names and remembrances?

We know that the planks that currently line the Anna Maria City Pier will be removed and replaced as part of the city’s plan to rebuild the pier, but what would happen to these personalized planks? Since Hurricane Irma swept through the state of Florida in September 2017 many people have asked the same question. I thought that the planks would be sold and people would line up to buy a piece of what remains of their pier.

Well, a decision has been made and my guess was wrong. On January 5, 2018 the Anna Maria city commissioners approved Mayor Murphy’s proposal. The decision made is to use the 1,100 engraved planks in making a custom fence on the perimeter of City Pier Park and at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society. Anyone that sponsored a plank can request to have it returned. Requests will be received by the City of Anna Maria until January 26, 2018.

The proposal included an offer from an Anna Maria Island contractor, Frank Agnelli, who offered to pull up and store the planks for free until they are used to build the new fence. Kudos to Frank Agnelli as the City had received estimates of $50,000. to pull the planks up. What a wonderful and charitable thing for Mr. Agnelli to offer to do.

The fence project will take approximately one year at an estimated cost of $10,000. Obviously, and understandably, the pier will take much longer, the contractor Ayer Associates are allowed sixty-two to eighty-two weeks to rebuild.

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CHRISTMAS EVE/CHRISTMAS DAY CHURCH SERVICES ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

Christmas on Anna Maria Island for our guests staying with us at Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island 34217 and everyone visiting the island for Christmas.

ST. BERNARD CATHOLIC CHURCH – 248 S. HARBOR DRIVE, HOLMES BEACH

Date: Sunday, December 24, 2017

Sunday Mass with the St. Bernard Community
  • Time: 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
  •            10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Christmas Vigil Mass
    • Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    •            10:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    • Date: Monday, December 25, 2017
    • Christmas Day Mass 
    • Time: 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
      •            10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    • EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION – 4408 WEST GULF DRIVE, HOLMES BEACH
DateSunday, December 24, 2017
Time9:00 AM     Holy Eucharist
           4:30 PM     Carol Sing preceding the service
           5:00 PM     Holy Eucharist
          10:30 PM    Carol Sing preceding the service
           11:00 PM    Holy Eucharist
Date: Monday, December 25, 2017    Time9:00 AM     Christmas Day Service

GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN CHURCH – 6608 MARINA DRIVE, HOLMES BEACH

Sunday, December 24, 2017 Time: 9:30 – Worship         Time: 10:30 Fellowship

CLOSED – Christmas Day

ROSER MEMORIAL COMMUNITY CHURCH – 512 PINE AVENUE, ANNA MARIA 

DateSunday, December 24, 2017

REGULAR SUNDAY SERVICES WILL BE HELD AT 8:30 & 10:00 AM IN THE SANCTUARY

 The 5:30 PM Family Service features a Nativity Pageant in which all children are invited to participate. This service is meant especially for families, but all are welcome. There will be singing of carols, special music by the Joyful Noise Children’s Choir and “Good News!” from Dr. Bob O’Keef. All children will receive a gift. The service will end with the singing of Silent Night and the Passing of the Light.

At the 9:00 PM Traditional Service there will be special music and the singing of carols. Dr. Bob O’Keef will bring the message of “Good News!” The service ends with the singing of “Silent Night” and the Passing of the Light.

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December Lights – Anna Maria Island

We welcome our guests to delight in a Beach Christmas when you vacation with us. No shovelling snow, instead shovel sand to build your very best sand castle. The Island is all decorated for Christmas and has many activities for you to enjoy.
 
December 8, 2017 – 5:30 to 8 pm
Anna Maria Holiday of Treasures – Stroll along Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria and enjoy cookies and eggnog with entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus at City Pier Park.

At 6:00 pm see the Roser Children’s Choir perform in the the Historical Park at 402 Pine Avenue

December 9, 2017 – 10 am – 12:30 pm
Privateer’s Christmas Parade and Santa Open House
The parade will go the entire length of the island, starting at the north end  (Bay Front Park) ending at Coquina Beach, where Santa will board the Privateers’ Flagship “Skullywag” for all the kids to sit on Santa’s Lap. Hotdogs, chips and soda will also be provided for all the kids.
December 9 & 10, 2017 – 10 am – 4:30 pm both days 
Winterfest – A festival of Fine Arts & Fine Crafts will be held at Holmes Beach City Hall Field. 5901 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island
December 10, 2017 – 8:30 am – 10 am
Candles & Carols – Enjoy a presentation of the Advent Cantata “Candles & Carols” at Roser Community Church, 512 Pine Avenue in the City of Anna Maria
December 15, 2017 – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Holiday Open House at Anna Maria Island Centre, 3246 E Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. The Shops will be open late spreading holiday cheer with entertainment, eats, treats and fun for everyone.
December 16, 2017 – 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Christmas Festival on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach –  see the beautifully decorated Christmas tree with music playing, games, food and drinks while shopping on beautiful historic Bridge Street.
December 24, 2017 – 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – there will be two candlelight services held at Roser Community Church Sanctuary, 512 Pine Avenue in the City of Anna Maria.
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OUTDOOR ICE-SKATING RINK OPENS IN SARASOTA

 
Yes, an outdoor ice skating rink in Florida – with real ice!
The outdoor, tent-covered skating rink opened Friday, November 17th as part of the mall’s “Holidays on the Green” at University Town Center (UTC). The mall at UTC is a retail paradise conveniently located at I75 and University Parkway in Sarasota. Now when you shop, you will see this seasonal holiday village nestled among strings of illuminated palm trees between the mall and North Cattlemen Road. The festive “winter” village will be open to the public through Jan. 15.

At the grand opening on Friday of Holidays on the Green there was a featured meet and greet with Ana and Elsa and then a movie showing of Disney’s “Frozen”! The village will also feature various holiday character meet-and-greets throughout the season. There will be a list of characters updated on the mall’s holiday village website – mallatutc.com Read more here: //www.bradenton.com/news/business/retail/mall-at-university-town-center/article185334933.html#storylink=cpy

Just a short drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Fl 34217.

Each Saturday at 7 p.m. there are plans to show a holiday movie on a big screen. Classic movies such as, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Elf are some of the suggested, but not confirmed. Visit their website for an updated list.

There is also a free small off-track train that children can ride throughout the village.

The ice skating rink sitting under a tent filled with string lights, is equipped with real ice. The cost is $10 to rent skates and use the rink for 90 minutes. If the temperature is 78 degrees or below, the tent flaps will be open. Skating completely outside in the warm Florida air sounds inviting, doesn’t it?

Holidays on the Green Hours (Nov. 17, 2017 – Jan. 15, 2018) weeks 

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Legacy Golf Course

One of my favourite courses in all of Florida.

Legacy is an upscale, 18-hole championship public golf course and un-parallelled in comparison to any other course found in Southwest Florida. By offering value added, impeccable levels of service and conditioning, it appeals to traveling golfers and locals alike.

Just a short drive from our condo Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Bradenton Beach, Fl 34217

As an award-winning Arnold Palmer Signature Design, Legacy has earned its reputation as one of the premier layouts in the Southeastern US.

The course features multiple elevated and virtually every hole is framed with sand and water. This unique course has generous landing areas and wide corridors making the look very dramatic and visually challenging, while still approachable for all players.

So what’s so unique about Legacy Golf Club?
Legacy is the first public golf facility in Sarasota/Bradenton to offer GolfBoards to golfers. A safe, fun, and easy for everyone to learn no matter your age or prior board sport experience. Your golf game will never be the same after you play a round using the GolfBoard! All it takes is a few minutes of training before you head out and by the time you putt out on #1, you will be an expert at the sport of GolfBoarding!

Surf the Earth on GolfBoard!
“The most innovative invention for golf since the graphite shaft, the GolfBoard is forever changing the way golfers experience the game. Powered by an environmentally friendly lithium-ion battery, the GolfBoard is an easy-to-ride vehicle that adds a new level of fun and excitement for golfers of all ages, allowing golfers to ‘Surf the Earth’ in a way that feels similar to snowboarding, surfing, or skateboarding.”

Legacy Golf Club at Lakewood Ranch – 8255 Legacy Blvd | Bradenton, FL 34202
(941) 907-7067
Website: //www.legacygolfclub.com/

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TAKE A DAY TRIP TO – –  MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK

One of the oldest and largest state parks. An absolutely beautiful park located nine miles east of Sarasota approximately 50 minutes from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. Anna Maria Island, Fl 34217.
The Myakka River, flows through miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands.
In my opinion this is one of the best outdoor family experiences in Florida. The rangers at the station are very helpful and they have brochures available that literally plan your day.
You can enjoy various activities from wildlife viewing from a boardwalk that stretches out over the Upper Myakka Lake, or a stroll along the canopy walkway. The park´s river and two lakes provide boating, freshwater fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Kayaking is very enjoyable – lots of alligators, herons, egrets, white pelicans if you are lucky, ospreys, bald eagles, ibis, and maybe even some wild boars.
 Scenic lake tours are offered daily on two large airboats with quite a few departure times throughout the day. This is not your typical airboat tour, it is a large boat that happens the be powered by a big fan and suitable for young and old alike. A very up close and personal tour you can expect to see many alligators and various birds. There is a nice picnic area near the airboat pavilion.
Hikers can explore the many miles of trails that cross large areas of rare Florida dry prairie. The bicycle trails are also enjoyable.
 Safari tram tours of the park´s backcountry are offered from mid-December through May.
This is one of the most beautiful parks I have been to and I can not recommend it highly enough. Unbelievably the entrance fee is only $6. Tour fees, bicycle and boat rentals are available at an additional fee.

Myakka River State Park is open every day of the year from 8am until sunset.

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Bay Fest on Anna Maria Island!

10/11/2017

BayFest – Anna Maria Island

Ride the free island trolley (stop right out front of our condo) to…
The BayFest Event – free, family friendly public event
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM EDT
Where: Pine Avenue, City of Anna Maria
Ticket prices: Free

Bayfest, one of Anna Maria Island’s most anticipated events, returns for its 17th year October 21, 2017. Bayfest is Anna Maria Island’s largest and longest running music, crafts and food festival. Enjoy a fun filled day on Pine Avenue in the City of Anna Maria!
The AMI Chamber of Commerce is the proud presenter of their 17th annual Bayfest
Annual street festival.
There is no admission charge!

What is planned for you to enjoy:
CLASSIC CAR SHOW 10AM-3PM
Over 100 classic, antique, custom, muscle cars and street rods will be on display.
MUSIC LINE-UP
Mike Sales – Emcee – 10AM – 9PM
Renegade 10:30AM – 12:30PM soulRcoaster 1PM – 3PM
Yesterdayze 3:30PM – 5PM Dr. Dave Band 5:30PM – 7PM
Karen & Jimmy Band 7:30PM – 9PM

FOOD VENDORS
Hurricane Hanks – poutine & clam chowder Poppo’s Taqueria – tacos
Rocky Top Concessions – hot dogs, corn dogs, Italian sausage & peppers, nachos, french fries,Subz n Grubz – grub balls, friend shrimp basket, lobster mac & cheese, crab cake bitesThe Feast – coconut shrimp, conch fritters Village Idiot Pizzeria – pizza
T & L BBQ – BBQ fare The Waterfront Restaurant – grouper tacos, pork carnitas
The Schnitzel Trailer – German brats, currywurst, Vienna styple pork schnitzel, homemade goulasch soup The Paella Kitchen – Greek cuisine Rolling Smoke – gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.

Privateers – hamburgers & corn on the cob Tyler’s Ice Cream
REFRESHMENTS AND SNACKS Kona Ice – shaved ice Tropi-Coco – fresh coconut water, coconut smoothie, virgin piña colada fresh squeezed lemonade, water and soda, Hahn’s Kettle Corn, Joey’s Italian icebeer, wine, rum runners, margaritas, rum and cokes ARTS AND CRAFTS VENDORS Block after block of artisans, crafters and vendors with their unique, one-of-a-kind items.

KIDS ZONE
A fun play area for the kids including a bounce house and fun inflatables
Privateers pirate ship
PARKING INFORMATION / OPTIONS
• Ride the free AMI trolley to Pine Avenue. The trolley runs until 10:30 pm
• Park just offsite at Crosspointe Fellowship Church at 8605 Gulf Drive on the north end of Holmes Beach and ride the free dedicated trolley that will be shuttling people directly from the church to the City Pier at the end of Pine Avenue.
• Some neighborhood street parking is available – be sure to read the signs that indicate where parking is permitted, park with all four tires off the roadway and sidewalks, and with the direction of traffic.

* source – annamariaislandchamber.org photo and info Retrieved 10/03/2017


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LET’S GO SHOPPING On Anna Maria Island!

10/05/2017

LET’S GO SHOPPING — On The Island

Take a drive north or south on Gulf Drive to experience the cute shops the island has to offer, or hop on the trolley.. The trolley has many stops making for a short walk to what just might become your favourite shop.

Shopping on Anna Maria Island is convenient, diverse, and affordable, with stores located in one of the three towns. On the North end, the city of Anna Maria has charming Pine Avenue a nice outdoor shops and restaurants right on the Tampa Bay. Holmes Beach hosts a centrally located outdoor strip mall with lots of keepsake shops and necessity items. Bradenton Beach offers historic Bridge Street with all sorts of cafes and boutiques. If you need a break from the sun and beach all these spots are well worth an afternoon stroll.

Bella by the Sea Boutique ~ Anna Maria

Bella brings to Pine Avenue a collection of women’s designer clothes, handbags, industrial furniture, vintage wicker and home accents. A calming shopping experience in a sea side atmosphere!

Pink & Navy Boutique ~ Anna Maria

Has a little of everything, cute & beachy. On Pine Ave on Anna Maria, you most definitely need to visit P&N! From clothing/gifts for littles to amazing swim, clothing for guys/gals to the hippest book selection or yummy candles, P&N truly has something for everyone!

Egret’s Island Stores ~

Each of their three stores offers a varied collection of unique gifts, apparel, home furnishings and more.
The Egret’s Landing ~ Holmes Beach
Home furnishings & Interior design

The White Egret ~ Anna Maria
Home accents and gifts.

The Egret’s Nest ~ Anna Maria
Ladies’ apparel and baby boutique

Be sure to stop in each Egret location. The island stores that offers a colorful collection of stylish , artworks, accessories and coastal living décor.

Ginny’s & Jane E’s at the Old IGA ~ Anna Maria

This little store is fast becoming an island novelty. Located in the Historic City of Anna Maria, a quaint “Old Florida” area on the north end of Anna Maria Island the store is a unique collection of local art and antiquities. They also provide beach supplies, like suntan lotion, sunglasses, flip flops and other items to help you have fun and stay comfortable while at the beach. At Ginny’s & Jane E’s you will hear the sound of people enjoying a meal together with their friends and neighbors. Their cafe and bakery offers a great breakfast and lunch menu. Perhaps you want a break from the sun and cool down with an all fruit smoothie, or just relax with a cold beer or a mimosa. The unique setting offers quiet corners or big family tables.

Island Bazaar ~ Holmes Beach

This store is packed with goodies to take back home. Island Bazaar has a little bit of everything, from funny tee’s, to sundresses, Reef and Sanuk sandals, toys and gag gifts that are fun for all ages! The best part is the prices are low!
Sun & Surf Beach Shop ~ Holmes Beach

Sun and Surf Lifestyle Apparel is a can’t miss store on Anna Maria Island! Well known for the exotic birds on the sidewalk outside of the store, the Sun and Surf Lifestyle Apparel has a large selection of clothing, handbags, shoes, and jewelry. A fun tropical shopping experience.

The Sand Dollar Gift Shop ~ Holmes Beach

Stylish clothes and gifts for the home. Great place to buy gifts for family while on vacation. Not the normal gifts, things you can put up around your house year round to remind you of your great time in AMI. Very reasonable pricing. I always find something new each visit.

Island Fresh Market – Seafood ~ Holmes Beach

Fresh fish and prepared foods located on central Anna Maria Island. Island Fresh Market specializes in local seafood, locally grown seasonal vegetables , and spices and condiments to compliment any meal.

Island Fresh Market is owned and operated by local island resident Nancy Feely, who grew up in nearby Bradenton. Nancy offers a vast knowledge in the culinary arts and a background in the food service industry. Serving fresh, sustainable products and foods in a fun and welcoming environment is her passion. She strives to make the market as green as possible.

Walgreen’s Pharmacy & Liquor ~ Holmes Beach

Pharmacy and Liquor Store on Central Anna Maria Island.
Publix Super Market ~ Holmes Beach

Always recognized as one of the best grocery stores.
Green Turtle Shell & Gift Shop ~ Bradenton Beach

The name says it all a must stop for the essential keepsakes. They have quality items and many unique things. Their prices are reasonable and fun island music is piped into the background. Very enjoyable place, the store our kids always love to visit!

One Stop Shell Shop ~ Bradenton Beach

Truly an island trinket shop, with all kinds of goodies. Seems like you can always find and affordable novelty gift.
Bridge Street Bazaar ~ Bradenton Beach

This small store carries lots of beach necessities (sunscreen, beach toys, clothing items) and souvenirs (post cards, glasses, decor). They also have the Maui Babe browning lotion that is highly sought after, yet difficult to find. Come check it out on historic Bridge Street. Fun for the whole family.

Bridge Street Interiors ~ Bradenton Beach

Bridge Street Interiors offers a wide variety of beautiful


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