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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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*source 7/18 — theringling.org
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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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BOATING & FISHING IN THE SUN ON TURQUOISE WATERS

Welcome to Anna Maria Island, Florida, a wonderland of sugar white sand beaches, laid back lifestyle and a place that offers family friendly fun. Whether you are looking to relax on the white sand beach with your book or want to explore the area by boat, Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 has accommodations that suit everyone.
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For boaters and anglers there is nothing like being able to fish from a dock right outside of your waterfront rental. We have several 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom vacation properties located in Bradenton Beach that overlook the bay and are perfect for spending time outdoors and fishing off your private dock. Want to bring your own boat? You can conveniently secure your boat to your private dock. If you are interested in renting a boat, there are lots of area rental companies that will deliver straight to the dock at your condo.
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After a day of boating and fishing you can swim in the heated pool and later sit back, relax and take in the views of the water on your own private balcony directly overlooking the inter coastal waterway. Cook your catch using your fully stocked kitchen and then enjoy your meal inside or on your outdoor furnished patio.
Anytime you want some sun and sand head over to the beach which is located on the west side of your vacation rental condo.
These rentals are suitable for families as they can easily accommodate up to 6 people. For larger groups we offer multiple condos in the same building. All are available with every amenity you need.

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The waters around the island are home to several different types of fish such as Cobia, Flounder, Grouper, King Mackerel, Redfish, Snapper, Permit, Sea-Trout, Shark, Snook, Tarpon, and many others.
A few minute boat ride away is the historic fishing village of Cortez, where you can learn about the local fishing industry, purchase bait and tackle and get your fishing license.
Here are the closest of several Manatee County public boats ramps —
Kingfisher Point Boat Ramp, 752 West Manatee Ave. Holmes Beach / 941-742-5923
Coquina Bayside Landings North, 2000 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach / 941-742-5923
Memorial Park, 63rd Street East, Holmes Beach / 941-778-1541
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If you are looking to rent a boat these are our recommendations —
Cortez H2O Watersportz – 4110 127th Street West, Cortez / 941-538-4290
Cortez Watersports – 4328 127th Street West, Cortez / 941-798-3721
Bradenton Beach Marina-402 Church Avenue N Bradenton Beach / 941-778-2288
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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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ESCAPE ROOM ADVENTURE – BRADENTON FLORIDA

If you are looking for something to do on a rainy day, want a break from the beautiful Florida sunshine or a fun evening adventure this is something to consider … a visit to an Escape Room.
If you have been to an Escape Room before and don’t want to do the same thing again you are in luck because no two are the same and most have no similarities. There are hundreds of companies with thousands of escape rooms and themes. While there are a couple of games that are owned by larger parent companies, and there are a few franchises around, most escape room companies are small businesses run by people passionate about gaming. Different companies have different ideas and philosophies about how to build their games which makes every facility different with their own unique strengths.
For those of you that have never been you are probably curious to know exactly what an Escape Room is. An Escape Room is a live action adventure, where you are challenged to use creative and lateral thinking using your surroundings to find clues that help you solve your way out of a locked room within a set time limit. There are all kinds of ways to approach solving an escape game. By their very nature, escape games require a number of different skills but everybody has their own unique way to tackle the puzzles they find.
I have personally never been to Escape Bradenton which is only a 15 minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217, but friends of ours were there recently (it was their first Escape Room experience) and they thoroughly enjoyed it. They said it was quite a challenging adventure and that they made it out in time!
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After a visit to the Escape Bradenton website this will definitely be on our things to do list for our next visit. According to their website — “Our rooms are a lot like video games come to life. They are filled with gadgets, puzzles, 2nd generation and 3rd generation escape game technology and tailored for groups of 4-8 players”.
Note: I did see that there is an age restriction with most of their adventures designed for players aged 10+. Some age restrictions are due to content or difficulty so if someone in your party is close to age 10 you might give Escape Bradenton a call or send a message from their website. You never know, there might be some exceptions.
Escape Bradenton—Sarasota/Bradenton’s PREMIERE Escape Game Experience
465 Cortez Road West, Bradenton, Florida (in the Orange Blossom Plaza)
Hours: Monday – Closed | Tue-Fri – 3pm-11pm | Sat-Sun – 11am-11pm
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Recent TripAdvisor Reviews
  1. The owners and staff are all awesome !!! Family had a great time. We had our 7 and 12 year old with us. Did both inheritance and the Pablo Escobar’s room. They were awesome !! The Escobar room was super fun. Can’t wait to come back and do the rest of their rooms. They really do a great job here.
  2. We went with two other couples and had a blast. It was challenging we almost made it out in time, but are ready to do it again. The kids who ran it were super nice.
  3. Had a great time playing Inheritance with my parents! I’ve played a good amount of escape rooms, I was impressed by the unique puzzles and props here. And the Tues ticket price was greatly appreciated. Also, I messaged their Facebook page with a question and they got back to me immediately. Friendly staff, bright and clean facility.
Recent Yelp Reviews
  1. What else do you do with 2 13 year olds on a rainy spring break day!! I found Escape Bradenton on TripAdvisor and I can’t say enough great things about them!!!! My kids had a blast, their prices are fantastic, the owners are remarkable!! What lifesavers to an otherwise down day that we couldn’t spend at the beach!!! Come see what else Bradenton has to offer. You won’t be disappointed!!! ESCAPE the ordinary 🙂
  2. Our family had a great time with our first ever escape room. The staff was friendly. The room (Inheritance) was well designed and the right level of challenge for novices. I highly recommend.
  3. What a blast!! Three generations bringing their best. Really fun and challenging. The staff was helpful and prepared us. Hints kept us on track. Not scary at all.
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ANNA MARIA RANKED #6 — AMERICA’S HAPPIEST SEASIDE TOWN

Anna Maria, the most northern of three small cities located on Anna Maria Island is and will always be #1 in our mind.
Coastal Living’s annual 2018 “Happiest Seaside Town in America” issue ranked Anna Maria 6th of the best small waterfront communities. There were many things considered by Coastal Living and worth mentioning is that the final rankings were based on an online popular vote, with Anna Maria having the second smallest population of the 10 finalists.
All of Anna Maria Island including the City of Anna Maria is a magical seaside place that has the power to revitalize. There are many reasons coastal exposure can benefit you mentally, physically and spiritually. Scientific research shows that people who live on the coast are healthier and happier that those living inland. Well most of us would like to but logistically can’t live by the coast, we can go ahead and book that much-deserved beach holiday to reap the benefits of coastal living.
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Here is a list I have compiled of some persuasive reasons to spend more time in Anna Maria Island’s coastal environment —
  1. At home we tend to spend more time indoors. When we’re near water we tend to go outside in the sunshine. Our bodies convert direct sunshine exposure we soak up triggering the body’s production of vitamin D which is critical for overall health. Vitamin D protects against inflammation, lowers high blood pressure, and improves brain function.
  2. Sunshine, vitamin D and Calcium. Our bodies cannot absorb calcium at all without some Vitamin D. Sunshine triggers production of Vitamin D which helps our body absorb and use calcium for stronger bones and helps fight against hypertension as well as other health benefits. Exercise also helps the body absorb calcium which relates with 3.
  3. Being near the sea you are more likely to head out for a walk and partake in recreational activities. No need to go to the gym, just use the available pool facilities, or head on down to the beach. A beach vacation is all about swimming, sailing, playing beach volleyball, surfing, and taking long strolls along the beach. Being on the coast encourages us to be active by engaging in these enjoyable activities that we don’t do or don’t have time to do when we are at home. Watching other vacationers walking or running on the beach can be a great motivator too.
  4. The sound of waves can be very soothing to the brain, settling you into a deeply relaxed state of mind. This can help clear the mind, lower stress levels and strengthen your immune system. Sitting, relaxing on the beach looking out at the vastness of the Gulf of Mexico helps us put our problems into perspective and our worries away if even for a short time.
  5. Most of us go on vacation to unplug and de-stress from the outside world. When we are at the beach we can put away all our gadgets and engage in the ultimate de-stressing activity of doing absolutely nothing.
  6. Because of the sea air we sleep better after a day at the beach. Research shows that sea air is charged with negative ions speeding up our ability to absorb oxygen and stabilizing levels of serotonin. This is another reason we feel more relaxed and energized after our vacation.
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For most people being on vacation is a happy time. I always say, “when you’re on vacation what’s not to be happy about?” To book yourself a happy holiday please contact us — Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217. We’ll do our very best to make sure you go home feeling relaxed, calm and well rested.
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VISIT A BRADENTON WINERY & VINEYARD

A 40 minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217, Rosa Fiorelli Winery and Vineyard is located just south of Lake Manatee in Bradenton. The picture perfect 10-acre property is home to a working vineyard, where rows of grapes are grown, harvested and bottled. Rosa Fiorelli Winery & VineYard is a family owned and operated winery in Bradenton, Florida originating in 1998. It is the only grape winery and vineyard on the gulf coast of Southwestern Florida.
They offer group and private tours, as well as a variety of special events throughout the year which include the use of the facility for weddings, baby showers and receptions. Tours depart every hour on the hour and are available during regular business hours on the weekends. Reservations are not necessary for standard tours, but large groups need to reserve ahead. You can book all tours on line. Due to other events, tours may not be available some days so please call or check their website before planning your visit to avoid disappointment. There are tours with lunch options available that include the standard tour and following the tour you can enjoy one of several lunch options in their vineyard pavilion, at a picnic table in the vineyard, or under the umbrellas near the winery. Visit their website for more details.
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To contact Rosa Fiorelli Winery: 941-322-0976
Hours: Wed: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Thurs: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Fri: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Sat: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Sun: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Mon: CLOSED
Tues: CLOSED
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TripAdvisor Reviews:
  1. GREAT SERVICE A+ Beautiful little winery with fantastic service! The tour guide was so kind and welcoming. I absolutey loved the tour and tasting.
  2. Friendliest staff and great wines My group and I loved our visit at Fiorelli Winery. The staff was incredibly accommodating and some of the friendliest people we’ve met in Florida. The wines we tasted were also very good and we ended up bringing back a few bottles home. The scenery is also beautiful!
  3. We found this place while staying in the area and looking for something to do. So glad we did. Eric (owner) & Eric (uncle and groundskeeper) are doing a great job with this place in just 2 years of ownership. The tour was very informative and the wines were very good too. Highly recommend it.
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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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