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

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

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

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

You are invited to A Taste of Absinthe tomorrow, Friday August 17, 2018 at the Anna Maria Island Art League Gallery.
The Doctor’s Office is hosting an evening event featuring: Sips from The Doctor’s Office amazing absinthe fountain!

Dating back to the 19th century, the affectionate name given to the absinthe drink was The Green Fairy. Absinthe is a lost spirit with a rich history that is being rediscovered. Absinthe has long been associated with fun and sharing and Picasso, Van Gogh, Oscar Wilde and many other artists loved to consume it. Absinthe was so popular as part of the 19th century French culture that the wine industry worried about their loss of market share to absinthe. They created fake news and as a concession to winemakers it was made illegal through most of the 20th century. Absinthe became rehabilitated around 2000 as scientists downplayed the dangers of wormwood and liquor marketers could recognize a great marketing opportunity when they saw it.

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Absinthe is best served from an absinthe fountain. Today, absinthe fountains are appearing again, appealing to both veteran absinthe connoisseurs and to folks who have just discovered the charm of the Green Fairy.The fountains come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they all perform the same function. Although, much more than just a decorative fountain, a true connoisseur will tell you that they help to unlock the beauty, power, effects and true taste of great absinthe. The fountain delivers a steady drizzle of ice-cold water into glasses of absinthe that are placed under the taps. Small slotted absinthe spoons containing sugar cubes are balanced on top of the glasses. The water from the tiny taps drip water over the sugar diluting the alcohol-rich drink and activating the botanicals in the absinthe. As the sugared water drips into the clear green absinthe it creates a swirling cloud bespeckled with twinkling crystals from the dissolving sugar. Centuries of absinthe protagonists swear to the presence of a green fairy dancing in the swirling, sparkling cloud. Many people have never tried absinthe, much less seen a real absinthe fountain.

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Join the Doctor’s Office and Anna Maria Island Art Gallery and share The Green Fairy while enjoying a unique experience of art and lifestyle. The whole experience is novel and one that I’m sure Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals guests will find most entertaining.

When: Friday, August 17, 2018
Where: Art League Gallery 5312 Holmes Blvd. Holmes Beach, FL
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Artwork by Anne Abgott
A display of the accomplished works by Anne Abgott, world-renowned artist
and best-selling author of Daring Color. Anne is a Canadian-born artist
who maintains her studio here in Cortez, Florida.
Sculptures by Woody Candish
A showing of two secret works by the Island’s most memorable and favorite
Island Son sculptor. These pieces have never been displayed before and both
are part of Sean Murphy’s private “Woody Collection”.

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The Doctor’s Office will treat attendees to bourbon punch, beer, wine,
light bites and teacup servings from the amazing Green Fairy absinthe fountain.
Donations for the Island Art League will be encouraged.

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VISIT SOUTH FLORIDA MUSEUM/PLANETARIUM/MANATEE AQUARIUM 

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There are lots of things to do in the Bradenton/Sarasota area, a visit to the South Florida Museum is a must. A great indoor activity that appeals to all ages, it is a perfect place to spend the afternoon. Founded in 1947, the museum is one of the largest in the area boasting the biggest selection of natural and cultural history on Florida’s gulf coast. Have you ever wondered why there were no dinosaurs in Florida? Learn about Florida’s environment and first inhabitants exploring the exhibits. The museum has life-sized casts of Ice Age mammals, a vast collection of fossils and offers educational programs promoting scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida. With permanent exhibits and constantly changing temporary exhibits you will see evidence of Florida’s earliest marine mammal inhabitants and archaeological materials.
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The South Florida Museum recently introduced a new phone application called Pathways, allowing museum visitors to explore exhibits in all new ways. The app which took seven years to develop, weaves exhibits and objects together to tell interactive stories. The app makes it easy to navigate the South Florida Museum with personalized programs and the adventures provided can be customized to just about any subject. The staff plan to release a new Pathways tour on the public version of the app at least every two months. A massive library of tours covering geology, history, anthropology and others will be built over time.
Pathways is available in the Apple and Google Play stores by searching for “Pathways SFM.”
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Another part of the museum is a fully functioning planetarium, The Bishop Planetarium. The planetarium offers a huge schedule of events including shows for small children. We thoroughly enjoyed our show and suggest that you check the schedule when you arrive for show times and programs. The planetarium features an astronomy educational facility with a multimedia theatre for films, lectures, live and digital art performances. The theatre offers guests unidirectional stadium style seating and the Digistar 5, one of the most advanced projection systems in the world which gives a phenomenal experience. The system allows for exploration of Earth through the use of 200 continually updated satellite datasets of our planet’s land, ocean, atmosphere and climate.
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When you are finished wandering through the museum exhibits and have watched the astronomical adventures under the Planetarium dome, head over to the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Aquarium and say hello to the endangered resident Florida manatees. The aquarium holds nearly 60,000 gallons of water, including a medical pool. Manatees are slow moving creatures so you will have plenty of opportunity to watch them swim and see them feed. The facility offers above and below water viewing and can meet the manatees in the huge rehabilitation facility. The main pool offers both deep and shallow water, which allows the manatees to engage in a wider variety of natural social behaviour and maintain natural feeding behaviors. The medical pool can be used to isolate a manatee and lower the water level which makes veterinary exams and procedures easier to accomplish and less stressful for the animal. After many years of frequenting Anna Maria Island, we have learned Manatees are frequently injured around the coast of Florida and this medical pool provides a temporary home and care for those sick and injured until they are healthy enough to be returned to the wild. You will find an exhibit area within the facility with lots of information to learn about manatees, and Manatee Care Specialists at the facility provide presentations about manatee habitat, nutrition and physiology. To date the Museum has cared for 36 rehabilitating manatees since 1998, including 3 being cared for at this time.
South Florida Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm
For information and tickets call 941-746-4131 or visit southfloridamuseum.org.
TripAdvisor Reviews:
  1. Variety of a Sights and Educational Too! Took our 10 year old grandson who was captivated the entire time. Learned a lot and had fun too! Would recommend it to adults, and families of all ages.
  2. Wonderful Experience. Rainy day in Florida, what better than to visit a museum with the visiting grandchildren. Turned out to be a pretty good place. The kids enjoyed walking around seeing all the different things. The planetarium was really nice and I think they actually learned something. I loved the visiting manatees, but sad to remember this was were Snooty died. But than again it was a really fun day.
  3. Manatee Show and Astronomy-Excellent shows with price of one small admission. There is a beautiful manatee educational presentation. These manatees have been rescued, and are currently being rehabbed to return to Florida waters. It is not a “show”, it is do much more!!! There is a wonderful museum which houses and showcases Native American artifacts here in Florida. And then, enter the theater and be part of an amazing star and planets show. You will love it! This is in a wonderful downtown location,easy free parking. Stroll the waterfront, shops and cafes close by. A one stop destination for everyone in the family.
  4. Wonderful teacher led planetarium shows, manatees fun too. We had a great day at the South Florida Museum. For me, the Planetarium shows were the best part, particularly the ones that were described as “live.” Howard, the scientist who conducted the live shows and introduced/explained the pre-recorded ones, is absolutely amazing. I’m not even particularly interested in astronomy and science, but he had me totally engaged with the easy ways he presented complicated scientific information and theories, and he let audience members ask questions. There are planetarium shows throughout the day, and your general admission includes as many as you want to attend. We went to 3 of them, and each was different and interesting. The manatee presentation was also interesting, even for someone from Florida who has seen multiple manatee exhibits and visited several viewing centers with educational information. The museum’s actual exhibits are a mixed bag, depending on what your interests are. Some were about Florida pre-history & early natives, some were about nature, and others were just plain old nostalgia … like a small collection of old cameras, a Model T Ford car, and a collection of interesting sea shells. Most were typical exhibits with objects behind glass or behind ropes, with signs providing the information. There are a few interactive exhibits scattered in each area, but for the most part, the exhibits are hands off. There’s a nice little gift shop with typical museum gift shop offerings, mixed with some touristy/souvenir products. There’s no restaurant or cafe, but there are a couple of places to eat within a block or two walk. Overall, this museum is a great way to spend the large part of a hot, sticky summer day, rain or shine, and it’s likely to have something everyone will enjoy… from young children to grandma and grandpa.Look at their website for parking instructions. There are some 3-hour-limited spaces right in front of the museum, but we used a parking garage about 2 blocks away that offered parking for up to 10 hours, at just 50 cents per hour. BUT… you’ll need quarters to feed the meters … no credit cards and no garage attendant.
  5. Outstanding natural and cultural museum! I must admit that while it was on our list of possibilities when visiting Bradenton/Anna Maria Island, we probably would not have gone to the museum if it had not been raining at the beaches. When we finished at the museum we were so glad it had been raining! This is a fantastic museum. So much information about local nature, flora/fauna, and history. The prehistoric history exhibits are particularly interesting. You can almost feel the anxiety of the boy in the prehistoric hunters diorama as he drops his spear and alerts the giant bison that the early men are hunting. We learned a lot about manatees in the aquarium, but the planetarium shows were most informative of all. Well worth a visit.
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LIGHT & SOUND SHOW—THE VOLUMES PROJECT—THE RINGLING SARASOTA, FL

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

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

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

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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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