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Speggtacular Easter Celebrations — Anna Maria Island—Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

Happy Easter from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals! With the holiday weekend right around the corner, we’re taking a look at a few of our favorite ways to celebrate—including some unique to Anna Maria Island.

When you think of celebrating Easter what comes to mind? Celebrating can include decorating Easter baskets, painting Easter eggs, early morning egg hunts and special church services. You can celebrate Easter in a variety of ways — Anna Maria Island offers some fun events and a great number of services including an Easter sunrise service on the beach!

Easter Worship Services:
Anna Maria Island Churches
Episcopal Church of Annunciation – 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida
Call the church for information on Easter services 941-778-1638
CrossPointe Fellowship (Non-Denominational) – 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria
Road to Resurrection Services April 14 – 21 Palm Sunday 9 am
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Good Friday all at 7 pm, Easter Sunday 9 am
941-778-0719
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church – 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida
Call the church at 941-778-1813 for Easter service information
Harvey Memorial Church – 300 Church Street, Bradenton Beach
Call church for service information 941-779-1912
Roser Memorial Community Church – 512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Florida
Good Friday Service – Friday, Apr 19, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday – Sunday April 21, 2019 @ 8:30am Early Worship Service – Sanctuary
8:45am Adult Sunday School
9:00am Adult Book Study
10:00am Worship Service – Sanctuary
Please call the church 941-778-0414 for any additional information.
St. Bernard Catholic Church – 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida
Easter Week Schedule – April 18th 7:00 p.m. Mass of Our Lord’s Supper; April 19th 3:00 p.m.; The Passion of Our Lord April 20th 8:00 p.m. Only Easter Vigil Mass
April 21st Easter Mass at 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.
St. Bernard’s 941-778-4769

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Sunrise Celebration on the Beach — April 21/2019 — 6:30 – 8:30 am
Manatee Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island is once again sponsoring the 55th Annual Sunrise Service at Manatee County Public Beach. Participating are all six Island churches including, St. Bernard Catholic Church, Roser Church, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, CrossPointe Fellowship, and Harvey Memorial.
Reflect and worship during this all denominational sunrise service. I am always grateful to spend Easter on Anna Maria Island and find this service is always exhilarating and inviting as everyone joins in singing inspirational Easter music. There is lots of free parking at the beach and to accommodate the anticipated crowd of up to 2,000 people the Island Trolley will begin running at 6:00 a.m. As well, the Anna Maria Beach Café located at the Manatee Public Beach will open at 6 a.m. to serve coffee.
Remember, you will be on the sand so don’t forget to bring your beach chairs to sit on.
There will be an offertory collection for those wishing to participate.

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Secular Activities:
Saturday, April 20/2019 Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria 941-778-0444
At the Sandbar Gazebo beginning at 8:30 a.m. families can enjoy breakfast snacks, coffee and juice for kids aged 10 and under.
An Easter Egg Hunt begins at 9:00 a.m. for kids 10 and under. The Hunt will be held on the beach in front of the Sandbar Restaurant. Don’t forget to have your children’s Easter baskets ready to fill with eggs collected from the beach (don’t worry if you didn’t bring baskets, you can pick them up at the Island Dollar store).
Next up, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. is the Annual Easter Egg Roll with the Easter Bunny leading the way down Pine Avenue. Lots of family fun with face painting, games and coloring as kids participate in egg-rolling races. Everyone will enjoy the live music and complimentary framed pictures taken with the Easter Bunny.
Make sure to wear your finest Easter bonnets with a chance to win some great prizes. Again, the local Dollar store is a great place to pick up a bonnet and all the embellishments needed to make it a winner. Bonnet Contest judging will be held at 10:30. First place adult prize is a two-night stay at an Anna Maria Island guest house and kids win a Sandbar lunch with three friends. There will also be second and third place prizes.

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As you can see, while visiting Anna Maria Island there is no shortage of ways to get into the Easter spirit.
We hope that you and your family enjoy a very happy Easter filled with family, fun, beach and sunshine 🌞

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Shop, Play & Dine on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach – Anna Maria Island

Bridge Street is where the original wooden bridge stood and at one time was the only means of access to the island. The wooden bridge was replaced in 1967 with the concrete bridge that you see today running from the mainland to Anna Maria Island.
Bridge Street offers the same laid-back Florida charm that is consistent with all of Anna Maria Island. Instead of high-rise condos and shopping malls, you will find boutique style shops and restaurants. Historic Bridge Street on Bradenton Beach which is the southernmost city of Anna Maria Island. With spectacular Bay to Gulf water views, Bridge Street is a must see!
So, let’s get started — Parking is limited on the Bridge Street. We recommend that you leave your car and walk or use the free Island trolley. The area is very walkable with rest benches along the way.
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Shop — Anna Maria Island shopping on Bridge Street, with a wide variety of local art, jewelry, clothing and beach souvenirs. Bridge Street stores are walkable, right between the beach and bay. Find one of a kind items from many of the merchants, including, Bridge Street Bazaar, Bridges Street Interiors, Back Alley Treasures, Bridge Street Jewellery. There are a few not to be missed shops that have just recently opened, right beside Bridge Street Bazaar. Shopping on Bridge Street is a relaxing experience. Have fun while you look for that treasure souvenir to take back home with you.
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Activities — Play a round at Florida’s most unique miniature golf course. Fish Hole Adventure golf is an old Florida fishing village themed course. With misters to keep you cool on a hot Florida day, a 3000 gallon pond filled with koi of all sizes and colors, and native Florida plants this is a fun activity. Perfect for the whole family!
If you are looking to book any tours or activities, be sure to stop at Book a Little Sunshine. Choose from water adventures, fishing charters, snorkeling, sunsets cruises, paddle experiences and more. You name it, they will arrange it.
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Dine — There are plenty of places to dine, many offering nightly live music (some day music too). Here are a few of the restaurants we recommend on Bridge Street: Anna Maria Oyster Bar on the Pier, Bridge Tender Inn, Island Creperie, Blue Marlin, Island Time Bar & Grill, Bridge Street Bistro. We are sure one of these will become your new favourite spot. Bridge Street = the best place for Anna Maria Island dining and entertainment.
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After you’ve wandered along Bridge Street and enjoyed a little shopping and a delicious meal, make your way onto the Bridge Street Pier. There is always a breeze and some great views of the waterway and its many boats. Its almost magical!
As you end your day on Bridge Street, take a seat on one of the benches or swings and relax on the Pier. You’ll be happy you did.
Bridge Street is a very inviting and happening street — the place to be and enjoy….
Take a look at the video below to learn more:

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Anna Maria Island & nearby – MARCH – Things to Do, Festivals & Events

If you are looking for a guide to keep you and your family entertained with local events, we’ve got you covered! March is a busy month for festivals and events.
Here are a few of our favorite things to add to your list:

Saturday, March 2 — 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Heritage Day Festival & Settler’s Market
Celebrate life on Anna Maria Island and learn how the early settlers lived. You will have an opportunity to watch all day demonstrations by beekeepers, wool spinners, bonnet makers, candle makers, wood workers, soap makers and arts and crafts as practiced by early Island settlers. There will be a Settlers Market with local produce, honey, herbs and settler’s bread baked by local volunteers. There will be auctions as well as collectibles available for purchase and the newly renovated gift shop will be open. Listen to live music provided by the Anna Maria Island Stringband featuring Howie Banfield and enjoy food, drinks, old fashioned children’s games and a scavenger hunt. The museum, Belle Haven Cottage and the surrounding native plant garden will be open for tours. Our favourite pirates, the Anna Maria Island Privateers will be joining the Heritage Day festivities and will be performing a jail capture around 11:00. Wild Life Rescue (WLR) will be also be there. Justin Matthews from WLR will be on hand with his wildlife friends, a great horned owl, screech owl, iguana, alligator and a boa!
Bid on this auction item donated by Fun and More Rentals—They will set up your beach day on Anna Maria Island! Then they will pack up and pick up the following:
Six person golf cart, Float big enough for 10 people, 4 stand up paddle boards, 4 boogie boards, 2 kayaks, 1 corn hole, 1 bocce ball, Up to 20 beach chairs and beach towels, 2 canopies, 2 coolers of your choice adult beverage. Come on out and bid on this amazing auction donation!
Parking is available at the City Pier lot and Roser Community Church. Please consider taking the free Island trolley which will will drop you off right in front of the museum at trolley stop #42.
Location: Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum, 402 Pine Avenue in the Historical Park, Anna Maria Island, FL
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Saturday, March 2 — 8:00am – 8:50am
Beach Boot Camp (at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe)
Get your sweat on with your feet in the sand and cool breezes on your back, courtesy of the Gulf of Mexico. Class offers a variety of circuit training and team workouts.
What to bring: water, towel and a friend.
Location: 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach (meet just left of the Anna Maria Cafe)
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March 3, 2019 — The Gamble Plantation Historic State Park Annual UDC 59th Annual Spring Open House 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Free admission and parking.
This is your opportunity to visit the Gamble Plantation during the Mansion’s ‘free tours’. Explore the mansion and see the many lifestyle demonstrations of the era of the 1840’s – 1870’s. As well, members of the 4th Florida Volunteer Infantry will have a Confederate encampment. Music, crafts and more on the grounds.
Location: 3708 Patten Avenue, Ellenton, FL. Look for the Landmark white picket fence on US 301 and turn into the main park entrance. It is one and a half miles west of I-75 (exit #224)
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Every Sunday in March (3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2019) @ 2:00 pm
Enjoy Sarasota’s own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their Sunday afternoon show at the Ski-A-Ree Stadium. This free show takes place Sundays at 2:00 pm now through to the middle of May.
We were there to watch them perform last Sunday and were totally amazed!
The Ski-A-Rees put on a wonderful show with great music and the announcers are quite entertaining. The team are a dedicated group doing what they love to do, and it shows! Juggling the demands of full time careers, some are Doctors, lawyers and physician assistants, they unselfishly find time to perform. Their show is non-stop, exciting and a great family activity. The skiers display their talents performing tricks and their skill while making a 16 person skiing pyramid. When you go, be sure to get there at least about hour early as it usually draws a big crowd. There are bleacher seats, some of which are covered, but most of the seats are in the sun so dress accordingly. Sunscreen and hats for everyone! Bring a cushion if you don’t want to sit on the metal seats. We were in the open area which provides a behind the scenes view of the team. Talking to people seated in the covered stands, they were partially blocked from some stunts, but said it wasn’t often. You can also bring your own lawn chair. There is a shaded area under the trees where you still have a good view of the show. We found lots of free parking and there are snacks and drinks available for purchase.
Although the shows and parking are free, donations are appreciated. Please give generously as the Ski-A-Rees are a non-profit organization.
Location: 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway, near Mote Marine Aquarium – look for the Ski-A-Reese signs
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Every Sunday & Wednesday — 10:00am – 4:00pm
Coquina Beach Market
There is shopping at a mall and then there is the unique experience of shopping at the beach! Imagine enjoying the Florida sun while strolling along Coquina Beach listening to live music. With many great vendors offering a diverse selection of jewellery, home decor, plants and fresh produce, you are sure to find that unique treasure you’ve been looking for. Coquina Beach is at the southern most tip of Anna Maria Island with lots of free parking. If you would rather leave your car at home, you can ride the Free Island Trolley that stops every 20 minutes in the Coquina Beach parking lot.
Location: 2650 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach
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Every Tuesday (March 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th) — 8:30am – 2:00pm
The City of Anna Maria hosts a Farmer’s Market every Tuesday until May. Pick up fresh Southwest Florida produce and baked goods. While you’re there you just might find those herbs, plants, or flowers you’ve been looking for. Market hours are 11– 5, but this market welcomes Early birds!
Location: City Pier Park, 100 South Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, Florida
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March 6, 2019 — 6:30pm – 8:30pm — Classic Movie in the Park
Playing…First Kid
Show will play, weather permitting. Bring chairs and blankets, select refreshments will be provided.
Location: City Pier Park, Anna Maria, FL
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March 7 – March 24, 2019 — The Island Players Theatre
Coming Soon! Tickets on Sale now!
A FLEA IN HER EAR
Raymonde believes her husband Victor Emmanuel has been unfaithful, so she hatches a scheme to catch him at a nearby hotel notorious for extramarital hanky-panky. The great French farce is full of mischief, mistaken identities and slamming doors in this new adaptation by David Ives.
Regular Show Performances are: Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM
Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM
The Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, Florida
Phone: 941 778-5755
//www.theislandplayers.org/
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Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 17, 2019 — 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
You can step aboard a bit of maritime history starting March 8th as replicas of ‘Columbus Ships’ will Open in Palmetto.
The Nina and Pinta replicas — two of three ships Christopher Columbus guided from Spain to The Bahamas in 1492 will be docked at Regatta Pointe Marina and open every day until their departure early Monday morning, March 18th.
Admission charges are $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, and $6.50 for students 5 – 16. Children 4 and under are Free.
Location: 1005 Riverside Drive, Palmetto, FL
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Saturday, March 9 – AMI Privateers’ Thieves Market – 8:00am – 3:00pm
A “Pirate Style” Flea Market with craft vendors and plenty of treasures to be found. Yes, the Pirates will be there with their 60 foot Pirate Ship and it all happens right on Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island. Custom Handmade Jewelry, Sharks Teeth on a String, Golf paraphernalia, Antiques and more. As well, you will find lots to eat, hamburgers/hot dogs, tacos, roasted corn on the cob, Pirate Chili & Cheese, and pastries and baked goods.
All money raised will go towards the Privateers, a 501 c3 Non-Profit organization, Mission Statement of “Pirates for Kids & Community”
Bring your beach gear and when your finished at the market enjoy the rest of the day on the beautiful white sand at Coquina beach.
Location: 2650 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach
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March 9, 2019 — 11:00 am – 12:30
Baseball Fans – The Pittsburgh Pirates 13th annual Pirate Fest with family-friendly fun, free player autographs, games, prizes, music and more all inside LECOM Park. This pirate fest is free and open to the public. Buy your tickets now for the game at 1:05 pm vs. the Twins.
Location: LECOM Field, 1611 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL
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March 9th & 10th, 2019 — 10:00am – 5:00pm
The Anna Maria Island Art League 31st Annual SPRINGFEST in Holmes Beach is a festival of Fine Arts and Crafts. Eighty professional artist and crafts persons from across the United States will gather to compete in this juried exhibition. This event will also include children’s young at art exhibit and art activities. Families will enjoy the continuous live music on stage Saturday and large food court offering a variety of food and beverages. Also exhibiting will be community organizations that include various, historical, and environmental groups with information about these worthwhile causes. Free admission and parking.
Location: Right next to City Hall – 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida
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Sunday, March 10 — 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm — Doors open at 3:00 pm

Be part of the Roser Concert Series when Ring Sarasota creates a symphony of sound. Showcasing over 200 bells rung by 30 hands with special effects mimicking the piccolo, percussion, chimes, trombone, even the Tibetan singing bowl. Their music has been described as an inspirational mix of melody and muscle.

Free Admission – There will be a Free-will offering

Location: Roser Community Church, 512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria

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March 16, 2019 — 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Pancakes anyone? Bring the whole family for a Roser style Pancake Breakfast in their Fellowship Hall. For only $6.00 you can enjoy pancakes, sausage, syrup and/or melted butter, applesauce, biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee or tea. There is no charge for children under the age of 5.
For more information go to www.roserchurch.com or call the church at 941-778-0414.
After breakfast stroll across the street and browse the bargains in the Guild Thrift Shop between 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Location: Roser Church, 512 Pine Avenue. The Fellowship Hall is the entrance east of the Roser Memorial Chapel.
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Saturday, March 16 – Sunday, March 17 — 10:00am – 4:00pm
11th Annual Anna Maria Taste of Arts & Crafts Show featuring the creations of talented artists and crafts people from all over. Enjoy the illustrations of the paintings, bronzes, stone, clay, glass, metal, wood, pottery, sculptures, seafood, craft product, photography, fiber, and much more. Admission and parking is free.
Location: City of Holmes Beach, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL
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Sunday, March 17 — Beach Bistro Saint Patrick’s Day Parade: At the time this blog was written, information was not posted regarding the parade. I sent a message to the restaurant inquiring and have not received a response. The Beach Bistro has been doing the Saint Patrick’s Day parade for 19 years and hopefully they will continue the tradition. The Bistro usually celebrates St. Patrick’s Day on the Sunday closest to St. Patrick’s Day and with it falling on a Sunday this year, I would guess that is when the fun will happen.
Normally, the parade route starts in Holmes Beach and proceeds north along Marina Drive. You may want to check the link for updates //www.beachbistro.com/
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Tuesday, March 19 — 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Oldies Beach Dance –
Tickets $10.00 in advance — $15.00 at the door
Get your tickets to the Oldies Beach Party at the Sandbar. Listen to a danceable mix of oldies from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s plus some favourite swing, jazz, country and popular music. There will be great energy in the air, you don’t want to miss it! Bring your dancing shoes, flip-flops are fine too! 😉The Sandbar will provide refreshments at an additional charge.
Tickets are available at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. You can also purchase tickets at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information call the Chamber at 941-778-1541.
Location: Sandbar Pavilion, 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria Island, FL
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March 29, 2019 — 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Music in the Park at the Riverwalk in Bradenton. Bring a picnic basket, blankets or chairs to the Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater and enjoy the show. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase. Admission is free.
Location: Downtown Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater
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We sure hope you find the above list helpful and that you enjoy your visit with us. If you are interested in any activities or events we have missed, please let us know and we will do our best to find what you are looking for.

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Happy NATIONAL STRAWBERRY DAY! 

Celebrate at the Florida Strawberry Festival!
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Who knew there was such a thing as National Strawberry Day?

As much as I love strawberries I wasn’t aware they had their own day. Well it’s true, today, February 27th, is National Strawberry Day! It’s a day created to celebrate those little red fruits bursting with sweet perfection! These juicy, sweet berries just happen to be one of the most popular fruits in the world and they deserve to be recognized.

Here are a few fun facts about strawberries …
  • There are approximately 8,000 acres of strawberry fields in Florida
  • California produces 80% of the strawberries in the United States.
  • Florida is second in production. The Florida season runs from December to May and peaks during March and April. To meet the demand, winter strawberries are usually imported between November and May.
  • Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside—about 200 of them. A berry has its seeds on the inside.
  • Since the seeds are on the outside, strawberries aren’t true berries, like blueberries or grapes.
  • Strawberries are a member of the rose family.
  • Ninety-four percent of United States households consume strawberries.
  • Strawberries at room temperature are sweeter than cold strawberries.
  • Strawberries are low fat, low calorie; high in vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, potassium.
  • Strawberries contain more vitamin C than oranges.
  • Strawberries contain no cholesterol.
  • Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring and must be picked at full ripeness; they cannot ripen once picked.
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Celebrate National Strawberry Day with a fresh bowl of strawberries and cream, a strawberry smoothie, toast smothered in strawberry jam, or a scoop of strawberry ice cream. Yum!
Attending the Florida Strawberry Festival is another way you can celebrate the delicious, bright red strawberry, where it is the main attraction. This 11-day community event celebrates the strawberry harvest of Eastern Hillsborough County. Fill up on strawberries and strawberry themed foods during your visit to the festival. You can enjoy strawberries—straight from the patch, Creamy Strawberry Whip, Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Pizza, Strawberry Cobbler, Strawberry Lasagna, Strawberry Milkshakes, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and much more.
There is expected to be more than 500,000 visitors attending the 48th annual festival which is held at the Plant City (Strawberry Festival) Fairgrounds.
The Florida Strawberry Festival runs for 11 days from February 28 to March 10. Gates open daily at 10:00 am, and close at 10:00 pm.
Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up. Children ages 6 to 12 get in for $5 and children under 5 are free with paid adult admission.
Discount Admission Tickets are available from February 1 to March 11 at participating Publix Super Market locations.
Enjoy the festival’s headline entertainment, youth livestock shows, midway rides, exhibits of commerce and more!
 
 
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Where To Watch The Super Bowl On Anna Maria Island

Calling all Football Fans! Are you ready?

Super Bowl LIII takes place this Sunday, February 3, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Kickoff time is 6:30 p.m. ET.
Tune in early and don’t miss Atlanta native, Gladys Knight, seven-time Grammy Award winner, famous for “Midnight Train to Georgia,” sing the national anthem before kickoff.
For the ninth time in 18 seasons, the New England Patriots are representing the AFC in the Super Bowl. The NFC champions, the Los Angeles Rams, are returning to the big game for the first time since January 2002, when they faced … the Pats. The two teams will meet in a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI, which the Patriots won 20-17.
So, with the big game right around the corner where are you going to watch it?
Here are some great places on Anna Maria Island to watch Super Bowl 2019 —
 
Beach House — 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach 941-779-2222
Imagine watching the Super Bowl with the Gulf of Mexico in the background. Sound too good to be true? Join the Beach House for their 2nd Annual Beach Bowl Tailgate Party. Watch the big game on their outside covered deck complete with a big screen TV. Indoor seating will also be available. The festivities begin at 5:00 pm with great food and drink specials, give aways and more. Come early, seating is first come first serve.
Enjoy some great food, drinks and a great game!
Note: leave your car parked; only a few minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals
 
Bridge Tender Inn — 135 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach 941-778-4849
Join the crew at The Bridge Tender Inn and Dockside Bar located on historic Bridge Street overlooking Sarasota Bay. With plenty of TV’s it is a favorite among sports fans and sure to be a busy spot for the Super Bowl. Their extensive menu offers plenty of selection, tasty appetizers, sandwiches, fresh seafood, chicken and more.The Bridge Tender Inn has three full service bars with inside and outdoor covered seating. Want to experience a great game, great views, endless Bradenton Beach character and old Florida charm? Bridge Tender Inn has it!
Note: Located at the end of Bridge Street right on the water’s edge, approximately five minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.
 
Island Time Bar & Grill — 111 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach 941-782-1122
Island time delivers consistent good,food, good service and cold beer. Open air bar, but don’t worry if it gets cool, they will pull out the propane heaters.
Loads of TVs to view football, a great place to watch the game!
Note: This place will be kicking, football brings in the best crowds. Better get here early! Only five minutes from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.
 
Kokunut Hut — 900 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach 941- 778-1919
Walking distance from your accommodations, perfect! Located right on the beach and the view is amazing. You might even be lucky enough to catch the sunset before kick off. Their food is great, fresh and good portions.
Beach, sunset, great service, ice cold beer and watching the Super Bowl. What more can you ask?
Note: about a two minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.
 
Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus — 3246 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach 941-778-1320
Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus is the Anna Maria Island Restaurant serving authentic German fare. Combine their home cooked Bavarian and Austrian dishes with the best German draft beers and wine in the area and you’ve got a winner. Come out and watch the game on their huge projector screen and enjoy some fresh imported draft beer.
Reservations are recommended.
Note: Located in the Anna Maria Island Centre. There is a Trolley stop out front.
 
Slim’s Place — 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria 941-567-4056
This is a great little spot to visit while on the island and Slim’s Place is having a Super Bowl Party! There will be food and drink specials all day long and pools and prizes during the game. Open seating, so reservations are not needed.
 Slim’s is a great little spot on the Island where the atmosphere is laid back and the food is very good. Their menu is surprisingly extensive for a small place; a real sports bar with Ice cold local beers and lots of big TV’s to view the game. The space is decorated with a variety of sport memorabilia all over the walls.
The service is good, the staff is friendly and helpful and we have always encountered a fun, local, friendly crowd. Parking is quick and easy in their own lot.
Note: Located approximately 10 minute drive north of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals or take the Free Island Trolley or Monkey Bus.
 
Solo Pizza — 3246 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach 941-778-8118
A fun sports restaurant with several TVs to view the game. Solo’s serves excellent pizza and other food as well has a good selection of reasonably priced wine, draft and bottle beer. Love the nice casual ambience and friendly service.
Note: Located in Anna Maria Island Shops with a trolley stop out front
 
The Moose Lodge #2188 — 110 Gulf Drive South Bradenton Beach 
Starting at 4 PM – Super Bowl specials – 16 oz. aluminum bottles Budweiser, Budweiser lite, Miller lite, Coors lite, Micelob Ultra $2.50 Plus, Jello shots trivia, prizes, give aways, $.50 wings.
The kitchen will stay open until Half Time is over.
Note: Private – for Moose Lodge members only or Guest of a Moose member.
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Lots of people watching the game are also excited to see what’s happening during ‘Halftime’. This year promises to bring with it an amazing halftime show featuring Maroon Five. Fans can expect a great performance from lead singer Adam Levine and his band. The live spectacular entertainment with Maroon Five and special guests Big Boi and Travis Scott should prove to be a successful halftime show.
Super Bowl Sunday, where the L.A. Rams will take on the New England Patriots to determine who is the best in the NFL. Will Tom Brady’s Patriots or Jared Goff’s Rams come out on top?
No matter where you choose to watch Super Bowl 2019 and regardless of the outcome, we’re glad you chose to vacation with us, Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.
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PLAYING PICKLEBALL ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

Thinking of playing pickleball while vacationing with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals? Excellent! No reason you can’t enjoy your game at home and on vacation too. With the increasing popularity of pickleball the number of places to play is increasing, but we have found on our travels that many destinations do not offer facilities to play.However, when you are vacationing with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals, no worries, we have you covered. But, before we get to the where, let’s talk a little bit about the game itself.
 
At any sports complex you will find people playing all kinds of paddle or racket sports. Tennis and racquetball are two of the most popular of this variety of sport, but there are other creative options available. For those of you that have never played or are new to the sport of Pickleball you might be curious to know more about the game.
 
You may have just learned of Pickleball, but it isn’t new, it was actually invented in 1965 by three Washington dads to provide a game that the whole family could play together. In 1975 it was recognized as “America’s newest racquet sport”, and by 1990, pickleball was being played in all 50 United States.
 
So, what is pickleball? It is a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong. It can be played with 2–4 people on a court similar to the size of a badminton court. The net in Badminton is elevated, a Pickleball net is low to the ground like on a tennis court. Instead of using a racquet and tennis ball, players use paddles made from solid wood or composite materials and a perforated plastic ball, a “Wiffle ball.” Pickleball is a sport that can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors and has it own unique set of rules. It can be played as singles or doubles. When you serve you do it underhand. Only the serving team is able to score a point and after every point teammates switch spots.
 
A game is played to 11 and the victor must win by at least two points. Pickleball is a sport for all ages. Being played on a smaller court makes it popular for retired aged folks as they can get their exercise without having to play on a larger sized tennis court and you can actually carry on a casual conversation while playing.
 
Younger adults also like playing on the smaller court and enjoy an intense game testing their hand eye coordination much like ping pong. When I compare Pickleball to other sports, I find Pickleball is easier to get the swing and serving down because of the paddles and smaller court. When I first started to play tennis it took me months to get good enough to play a game, but when I started playing Pickleball it only took me a few hours to get the rules and techniques down.
 
The game of Pickleball can be a fun, competitive or a social game that almost anyone can play. For some players it is an adrenaline rush of playing great and winning. For me, it’s about the social interaction and experiencing the physical, mental, and social benefits of feeling great!
Okay, now where can you can play Pickleball in Anna Maria Island?
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The Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria, FL
Phone: 941-778-1908
Pickleball — February 2019 Monday and Wednesday 12:30 – 3:00
Tuesday Thurs Friday Sat 10:30 – 1:30
Note: The last hour of Pickleball is for lessons & less competitive play
Drop In Fee $15
Tennis or pickleball pass for $45 a month
Weekly and Monthly rates are available
Center hours — Monday – Thursday 7am-9pm
Friday – 7am-8pm
Saturday 8am-3pm
Sunday Closed
The Center offers Individual and Family – Day, Weekly, Monthly Passes 
Included in Pass
• Fitness Center – Fitness and wellness classes
  • Tennis Courts
  • Pickleball
  • Open Gym and field time
  • Playground
While you’re enjoying the glorious beauty of Anna Maria Island, come on out and get your game on. Click on the link below and you will see, The Center isn’t limited to only Pickleball.
 
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Mark your Calendar — FABULOUS FEBRUARY Events In & Around ANNA MARIA ISLAND-Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

Anna Maria Island (AMI) is known for its palm trees, incredible white sand beaches and beautiful turquoise water. Add to that, the quaint feel of this beautiful destination and you have one of the best places in the world to visit.
 
Thousands of tourists flock to our Gulf coast area each year to soak up the sun, catch some waves and feel the sand between their toes, but there are more things to do in Anna Maria Island than spending time at the beach. I would be lying if I didn’t say heading to the beach to relax isn’t one of my favourite things to do, but I also enjoy the many inviting activities the Island has to offer.
 
Check out this list of things to do while you’re visiting Anna Maria Island.
Healthy Walking Tours – Select one or more of these happy, healthy walking tours. Lace up your sneakers and dress for the weather to discover some of the best nature spots Anna Maria Island and the surrounding area has to offer.
  • Leffis Key: Early Restoration Efforts February 1 
  • Robinson Preserve: Mangrove Migration February 8 
  • Grassy Point & Neal Preserve: Intracoastal February 15
  • Felts Preserve: Bird Migration Changes February 22 
Cost: $25/person   4-pack $80   Series $150 Attend all 7 tours – get one FREE!
To Register or for additional information contact:
Around the Bend Nature Tours — aroundbend.com — 941-794-8773
On these weekly morning tours you will have lots of time to interpret nature and cultural history. All tours are guided by Professional Master Naturalists and/or NAI Certified Interpretive Guides. All walks are Friday’s 9:30-Noon/1:00 pm
 
February 2 – 3, 2019: The Holmes Beach Arts and Crafts Festival benefits the North American Butterfly Association. Come check out the handmade jewelry, ceramics, fiber art, paintings, stained glass, photography, live music and food plus plants, orchids, handmade soaps, gourmet spices, a green market and more. Free admission. Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Holmes Beach City Hall, Event Field, 5801 Marina Drive, Anna Maria Island, FL.
 
February 2 – 3, 2019: 19th Annual Plantation Festival at Gamble Mansion and Plantation. 3708 Patten Avenue, Ellenton, FL. Look for the Landmark white picket fence and turn right into the main park entrance. 
Enjoy an arts and crafts show, a student art competition, free tours of the Gamble Mansion, food and beverage vendors and more. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Free admission and $1 donation for parking.
While you are in the area, you might consider going to the Ellenton Premium Outlet Mall. It is only about 5 minutes East of the Gamble Mansion and offers some nice outdoor walking as well as some great buys!
 
February 3, 2019: Enjoy Sarasota’s own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their 1st Sunday afternoon show of the new season at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.)
The Ski-A-Rees put on a wonderful show with great music and entertaining announcers. They are a very professional group and their show is non stop, exciting and a great family activity. The skiers display their talent performing tricks and their skill while making a twelve person skiing pyramid. When you go be sure to get there at least an hour early as it usually draws a big crowd. There are bleacher seats, some of which are covered, but most of the seats are in the sun so dress accordingly. Sunscreen and hats for everyone! Bring a cushion if you don’t want to sit on the metal seats. We were in the open area which provides a behind the scenes view of the team. Talking to people seated in the covered stands, they were partially blocked from some stunts, but said it wasn’t often. You can also bring your own lawn chair. There is a shaded area under the trees where you still have a good view of the show.
Free parking and snacks and drinks are available for purchase.
Although the shows and parking are free, donations are appreciated as the Ski-A-Rees are a non-profit organization.
If you miss their first show on February 2, you’re in luck, the Ski-A-Reese Ski Team will also be performing February 10, 2019, February 17, 2019 and February 24, 2019. All shows take place at 2:00 pm at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway-look for the Ski-A-Reese signs
 
Visit the spectacular Ringling in Sarasota —
February 4, 2019: Come out for Ringling by the Bay on the Bolger Campiello at The Ringling Museum, featuring live music and dancing 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Admission: $5 – $15. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets may be purchased in the Visitors Pavilion on the day of the event, purchased online at ringling.org or by calling 941-358-3180.
Limited seating is available. Ringling Museum grounds, Bayshore Gardens. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota.
 
February 7, 2019: Ringling Underground – enjoy live music and art in the Museum of Art Courtyard 8:00 pm -11:00 pm. This event features an eclectic mix of local and regional live music. While you’re there be sure to check out the display of work by up-and-coming artists in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Select galleries will be open until 11:00pm. Admission: $15. Free for Members and College Students w/ ID and free with “Art After Five” admission. Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL. 941-358-3180 or online ringling.org
 
February 7 – 18, 2019: The Florida State Fair is held annually at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa 4800 N U.S. Highway 301, TAMPA, FLORIDA
Phone: 813-621-7821
The 2019 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. Parking is Free at the fair.
You can buy tickets online, at any of our local Publix stores or at the Fair Box Office located on the Fairgrounds open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Fair Box Office – 813-740-4640.
There are some on-line price discounts. Go to – tickets.floridastatefair.net
 
February 9, 2019: There’s a street party for you: “Main Street Live!” on Historic Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton. There will be live music starting at 5:00 pm. This popular party closes the street to vehicular traffic and the streets will be lined with arts and crafts vendors and food trucks. Music ends at 10 p.m. but Old Main Street will remain closed until midnight.
 
February 9, 2019: Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market on beautiful Coquina Beach, Gulf Drive South, Anna Maria Island. From 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, it’s a treasure hunt at “The Thieves” Flea Market. With 100’s of Vendors you can search for treasures and say hello to the Pirates on their 60 foot pirate ship. Choose from custom made jewellery, t-shirts, golf paraphernalia, fresh produce and more.
Free admission.
 
February 9, 2019: Family fun at the 5th annual Bradenton Area River Regatta on the Manatee River. This year the Free event features, boat races, food fest to satisfy any appetite, kids zone on both shores of the river, fireworks and more!
Watch the boat races from either the Bradenton or Palmetto river fronts or on the bridge itself. Featuring, Powerboat Superleague Formula-2—splitting the surf at speeds over 120/mph and added this year Formula-3 racing with speeds hitting 100/mph.
Enjoy live music on two main stage venues…In Bradenton—national recording artists and Bradenton natives: We the Kings…and on Palmetto’s main stage, country music group: the Andy Pursell Band from Arcadia, FL.
An after dark fireworks display over the river provided by Zambelli Internationale, will light up the sky with pyrotechnic brilliance to end the day with an exhilarating blast of multi-coloured beauty.
Mark your calendar — the all FREE, fifth annual Bradenton Area River Regatta
8:00 am – 10:00 pm Downtown Bradenton’s Riverwalk and in Palmetto.
 
Sunday, February 10, 2019 – New Orleans Nighthawks Jazz Band
Concert Series, Roser Church, 512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, FL
The New Orleans Nighthawks are a seven-piece jazz band and have been playing together for about 8 years. Most of the band members are snow-birds coming to Florida between October and April. They play Dixieland and swing tunes in a New Orleans traditional jazz style. With a solid rhythm section from the band’s leader on clarinet, two trombones enhanced by banjo, bass, drums and vocalist, they provide a unique and mellow, yet driving and exciting sound. This concert will be held in the Roser Community Church Sanctuary at 4:00 PM. Doors open at 3:00. A free-will offering is appreciated and will help to make these dynamic events possible.
 
February 12, 2019: It’s the 16th Annual Anna Maria Jazz Fest. Featured will be jazz standards of the past 70 years! Proceeds benefit the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra. $10 advance, $15 at the door. 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Sandbar Restaurant Pavilion, 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria Island.Tickets: 410-812-2468 or at the AMI Chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL.
 
February 16, 2019: It’s the Pittsburgh Pirates Annual Pep Rally 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Where: Manatee Avenue West & Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton, FL
The Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Headquarters in Bradenton, Florida is known as “Pirate City.” This years pep rally will feature a photo booth, player appearances and free autographs, games, live music, face painting, various vendors, family fun and more. The Pirates are celebrating their 51st year in Bradenton this year. Show your spirit and wear your best Pirates colors or costume.
 
February 16 – 17, 2019: Enjoy the 8th Annual J.D. Hamel Park Arts & Crafts Show in the open air. Featuring the creations of talented artists and crafts people from all over. 10:00 am – 4:30 pm both days. Free admission and free parking in the Palm Avenue garage. Main Street and US 41 in Sarasota, across from Marina Jack’s.
 
February 16 – 17, 2019: Enjoy the 3rd Annual Lido Beach Winter Fine Art Festival in an outdoor gallery of original fine art and crafts. Meet with the talented artisans as you view their sculpture, painting, ceramics, woodworking, fiber art, photography, jewellery, metal work and more. Find the piece of art for your home or office that you have been looking for, or commission a piece made specifically for you. Admission is free. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Lido Key, 400 Benjamin Franklin Drive, Sarasota, FL.
 
February 16 – 17, 2019: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm both days. Don’t miss the 37th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, being held in historic Cortez, Florida.
Cortez established itself as a fishing village in the 1800’s and is one of the last remaining fishing villages on Florida’s southwest Gulf Coast. This annual event has grown from 500 attendees when it debuted in 1981 to 25,000 in recent years.
This fishing festival celebrates the area’s commercial fishing industry and features continuous live music, arts and crafts, kid’s activities, lots of food, including locally caught seafood.
Admission to the festival is $4; children under 12 are free. Festival proceeds are used by the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH) to expand and restore the 95-acre FISH Preserve east of the village on Sarasota Bay.
Parking is limited. There will be off-site parking with shuttle service available.
While you’re here in Cortez, experience “Old Florida” with a walk through the village, past the small charming cottages. Visit the old fish houses, seafood restaurants and the Florida Maritime Museum, which documents a unique culture and traditional life on Sarasota Bay.
 
February 23 – 24, 2019: It’s the 19th annual Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County a juried event that takes place at the beautiful Riverwalk Park in Downtown Bradenton. Open to the public, admission and parking is free in the Bradenton Financial Center, 1402 Manatee Avenue West.
The festival is being held Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 9 am – 4 pm and features local, regional and national award-winning artists. There will be artist demos, shopping, music vendors as artists display their work in this juried show with cash prizes. Featuring fine craft, painting, jewelry, clay, stained glass, leather and more hosted by the ArtCenter Manatee. Proceeds of this festival benefit ArtCenter Manatee’s Education and Outreach programs. Please visit www.artcentermanatee.org for more information.
 
February 24, 2019: Baseball fans…The Pittsburgh Pirates will celebrate their 51st Spring Training season in Bradenton as the home schedule begins with the game vs the Miami Marlins at 1:05 pm at LECOM Field, 1611 9th St W, Bradenton, FL
 
February, 25 the Pirates take on the Boston Red Sox in Bradenton. Game time 1:05
 
February, 27 the Toronto Blue Jays are in Bradenton to play the Pirates at 1:05 pm. Tickets: mlb.com
 
Now Through – March 10, 2019: Circus Sarasota celebrating 22 years of Big Top Performances! Previous headliners have included comic daredevil, Sarasota’s own international star, Bello Nock and Sarasota’s high wire artist, Nik Wallenda.
International circus artists will leave audiences awestruck. Every year features a new cast in an intimate one-ring European style Big Top. This year’s show features incredible artistry on the Cyr Wheel, a modern blend of aerial dance and majestic horses, hand-to-hand acrobatics, high wire, teeterboard, juggling and much more.
The all new winter production features performances at various times and dates. Ticket prices range from $15 – $55. Performances take place Under the air-conditioned Ulla Searing Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park behind the Mall at UTC. The Big Top opens 1 hour before show time. Big Top Parking: $5 for local charities. 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, FL.
Contact a ticketing representative at (941) 355-9805 for more information, or purchase tickets online at any time – circusarts.org
 
I believe that covers the majority of our February events. Please let us know It there is something that you are interested in that is not on our list. Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals will help you find whatever it is that will make your perfect vacationfabulously perfect!
 
And, if you haven’t booked your winter escape yet, contact Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals today!
 
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CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE IN BRADENTON BEACH, ANNA MARIA ISLAND

Say Good-Bye to 2018 and Hello to 2019!
What better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve than toasting with champagne on the sandy shores of Anna Maria Island?
Where are the best places to bring in the New Year in Anna Maria Island?
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Ring in the New Year at The Beach House Restaurant with their annual fireworks display. Tables can be reserved ahead of time under the restaurant’s covered pavilion for a fee and will be ready by 9:00 pm. There will be a DJ on their deck from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am with the fireworks show at midnight. There will be lots of party favours and a photo booth set up. Take home some photos of your big smiles as you ring in the New Year on Anna Maria Island. If you go you don’t need to worry about transportation as your condo is about a three minute walk to the Beach House.
The Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach 941-779-2222
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If you would rather a quiet relaxing dinner in the condo and enjoy the fireworks display later, Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offers you your own private beach access very close to the Beach House Restaurant. The fireworks will launch gulf side right outside the restaurant. A couple minute walk and you have a great viewing point for the beautiful fireworks. Take your beach chairs and enjoy the evening as you eagerly await the illumination of the night sky.
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A short distance from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals, The Seafood Shack will be hosting their own country-themed NYE party.
You are invited to ring in the New Year with the Eric Von Band in their Neptune Room from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am. The cost is $20 per person for general admission tickets which offer guests full access to the party with music and dancing. They include your cover charge and all ticket processing fees for seating or standing areas that are not assigned or reserved. There are also a number of reserved Table Packages available for those wanting their own spot for the evening, but they are limited. The Table Packages include cover charge for each person, all ticket processing fees, a reserved table and seating. ‘Your table’ will have your name on it and is yours for the entire evening. Space is limited so call now for tickets. Tickets may not be available at the door.
The Seafood Shack will be serving some of their favourite light bites menu items which are sure to please everyone. Food options will be offered from 8:00 to 11:00 pm.
There is ample parking available for guests and it’s Free.
If you choose not to drive, the Seafood Shack is approximately a 10 minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217, or we suggest using the Monkey Bus, a convenient tip only transportation service. You may want to call them ahead, as reservations might be required. Uber is also another option.
The Seafood Shack, 4110, 127th Street West, Cortez 941-794-1235
As your hosts, we hope we have provided you with the vacation you won’t soon forget and will happily help you find the New Year’s Eve celebration you are looking for.
Contact us for other events to choose from in nearby Bradenton and Sarasota.
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Holiday Events On Anna Maria Island – Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

You won’t find snow on Anna Maria Island, but we do have plenty of events to keep you and your family in the holiday spirit! Here are a few of them:
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Bridge Street Tree Lighting Ceremony – Bradenton Beach
The Bridge Street Merchants annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for approximately 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, November 24. The Christmas tree will be near the roundabout at the east end of Bridge Street, very close to the Bridge Street Pier and will be visible from Gulf Drive. The tree will be lit when it gets dark enough to illuminate the decorations. At present, talks are in the works in hopes of securing some local carollers to share their vocal talents.
Saturday, December, 1, 2018
17th Annual Lester Family Fun Day 
10:30 AM – 2:00 PM with Santa arriving at Noon!
Come out and enjoy some good old fashioned fun at old fashioned prices – Admission is Free and Activity tickets are only 25 cents each! The event is being held at The Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria. Family fun including, pony rides, face painting, games, cookie decorating, Mechanical Reindeer, Bounce House and more! There will be plenty of yummy food, hot dogs, Duffy’s Burgers and Tyler’s Ice Cream.
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Friday, December 7, 2018
Holmes Beach Open House & Tree Lighting
Where: Tree Lighting will take place at AMI Chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM Tree lighting will be at 6:00 PM
Get in the holiday spirit with an evening stroll downtown Holmes Beach shopping and art district and a festive tree lighting celebration. Enjoy listening to Christmas music by CrossPointe Fellowship Holiday Carolers and watch as children’s eyes light up seeing Santa and his sleigh. The Holmes beach Open House and Tree Lighting event begins with a beautiful tree lighting celebration in the Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce parking lot, and then it’s time to explore the shops and choose from many dining options. Many shops will remain open until 8 or 9:00 providing Holliday treats, live music and special sales to boost your season spirit. This event will truly bring out the Christmas spirit.
Privateers Christmas Parade 
Saturday, December 8, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Privateers Christmas Parade 
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will host their annual Christmas parade. The parade travels the entire length of the Island starting at Bayfront Park, 316 N Bay Blvd, Anna Maria and ending at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. It will travel along Gulf Drive and pass right in front of Anna Maris Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 so finding a perfect viewing spot will be easy. After the parade, at Coquina Beach, Santa Clause will be handing out gifts to the children. Come out and see this wonderful parade that brings joy to everyone watching.
Sunday, December 9, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
An Island Christmas at CrossPointe Fellowship Church presented by The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra. Come and enjoy this unique and accomplished Chorus and Orchestra. Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra is a cultural mainstay of the Florida Gulf Coast made up of professional and volunteer musicians thrilling their audiences year after year.
CrossPointe Fellowship
8605 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida
Weekend Event – Saturday, December 8 & Sunday, December 9, 2018
Winterfest
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM 
On the second weekend of December head over to WINTERFEST, a Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts Show taking place at City Hall Field in Holmes Beach. This event is sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Art League and features food, drinks, live music, and of course a great selection of arts and crafts that you can purchase from local artists.
Where: 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida
Admission and parking are free!
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Friday, December 14, 2018
The Island Centre Holiday Celebration
Holmes Beach
5:00 pm – 7:30pm
There will be snow on Anna Maria Island at this holiday event. Actually, a snowstorm, sponsored by The Islander Newspaper. Snow will definitely be falling and for those of us from the North, it will look a lot like Christmas.
You’re invited to a holiday open house at the AMI Centre Shops. This holiday celebration on Anna Maria Island is at the Centre Shops in Holmes Beach located on East Bay Drive just south of Publix. Santa will visit with the kids on the Privateers Santa Sleigh with holiday cheer from the Centre’s local shops and businesses. The Centres’ shops will be staying open late to spread holiday cheer with refreshments, food, entertainment, treats and fun for all!
Friday, December 14, 2018
Members of the recently-formed Love Bradenton Beach business collective are planning a lighted golf cart parade on Friday, December 14. Presently, details have not been released, but more details are expected soon. If you would like more information about this event, please contact us.
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Saturday, December 15, 2018
Christmas on Bridge Street
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The Bridge Street Merchants will host their annual Christmas on Bridge Street holiday celebration on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. This year’s Christmas on Bridge Street event starts around 5 p.m. and takes place along the east end of Bridge Street, near the roundabout, the Bridge Tender Inn and the historic Bridge Street Pier.
Santa Claus will be arriving in a Golf Cart and will go from store to store to visit with the children and have pictures taken. There will be live bands on a flatbed in the parking spaces along Bridge Street in front of the Bridge Tender Inn. The band will remain stationary for the most part, but will occasionally go around the block with the band playing. As well as live music bands you can expect to see some Christmas carollers. Participating merchants are planning holiday crafts activities for the kids and some bars and restaurants will offer special drinks or drink specials.
The Privateers also will be on hand for the Dec. 15 Christmas at the Drift In holiday fundraiser. Proceeds from that event will help provide Christmas gifts and holiday meals for this year’s adopted holiday families.
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Saturday, December 15, 2018
Lighted BoatParade
While you are enjoying the holiday festivities on Bridge Street, you can also enjoy the spirit of the season watching the lighted boat parade. The Bradenton Beach Holiday Boat Parade will begin at 7:00 PM in the Intracoastal Waterway. The boat parade can be viewed by land and is being sponsored by the Bradenton Beach Marina and Island Pearl Excursions. The parade will start near the Cortez Bridge and head south to Longboat Pass Bridge where it will turn around and head back to the North passing the Bridge Street Pier ending at the Bradenton Beach Marina. In total, the parade is expected to take 60 – 90 minutes.
Tip from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals: Your best viewing will be from the Cortez Bridge when the parade starts or historic Bridge Street Pier at the latter part. These two spots will provide an optimal view of the lighted boats. As the boats approach the Bradenton Beach Marina near the end of the parade they will come right beside the pier before turning into the Marina. If you stand about halfway down the pier on the north side the boats will be about 50 feet away from you.
In the spirit of the season we hope you enjoy these holiday events!
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PLAN TO ATTEND — SYMPHONY ON THE SAND-ANNA MARIA ISLAND CONDO RENTALS

Saturday, November 10, 2018 — 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Coquina Beach, Gulfside Park
2650 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach
(south end of the island)
4:30 am – 7:30 pm
A wonderful event to experience while you are visiting beautiful Anna Maria Island. Imagine watching the sunset, listening to the symphony, while you are seated directly on the sand bordering the Gulf of Mexico. You can make that spectacular image a reality with a beachfront concert at Coquina Beach Gulfside Park on Anna Maria Island. The 6th annual Symphony on the Sand will be presenting this event for all musical and gourmet enthusiasts featuring the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra (AMICCO) on Saturday, Nov. 10th from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra and professional soloists will be performing tunes from Broadway musicals, noted popular and classical music and patriotic favourites. Emcee for the event will be local television personality. There are several seating and food options available at this years event. The Beach|House, Bradenton Beach, The Lazy Lobster of Longboat Key, Harry’s Continental Kitchens, Longboat Key, Hometown Desserts, Anna Maria and the Coquina Cafe at Coquina Beach are this year’s featured local restaurants.
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Coolers and outside food and alcoholic beverages are not allowed into the concert or onto the beach.
This is a rain or shine event so dress accordingly. Dress attire is your preference, whether you choose cocktail or casual dress, remember this event is directly on the sand so we suggest wearing comfortable shoes.
There is plenty of free parking at Coquina Beach and a Trolley stop on site. There is also a convenient Trolley stop at the door step of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217. The Free Island-wide trolleys will be running before and after the concert.
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On-line tickets are available only until noon Friday, November 9th so buy them now before they are sold out. If all tickets are not sold out, they will be available at the door on the day of the event.
To purchase tickets online go to: symphonyonthesand.com
• $125 – Ticket/Person Includes: Table Seating (at table of 10) with delicious small plates by area restaurateurs, complimentary fine wine and select beer
• $50 – Ticket/Person Includes: Concert Chair with 2 drink vouchers per ticket & concessionaire food purchase options
• $20 – Ticket/Person Includes: General Admission bring your own seating with cash bar & concessionaire food purchase options.
Manatee County is contributing $30,000 to help cover the costs of the stage, sound, and lighting, and what is left will help pay the musicians’ stipends. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra Youth and Outreach Programs.
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Note: Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offers the above company names and affiliated links as suggestions only. We are not receiving commissions from the above and are listing only to assist our guests. We recommend services that we or close friends and family have experienced.
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