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ANNA MARIA ISLAND, ISLAND PLAYERS “BAGGAGE” November 2018

Get your tickets before they’re sold out!
 
As you enjoy your accommodations with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217 we think you will also enjoy an evening at this local theatre. You will find several excellent restaurants and dessert shops within walking distance of the theatre for dining before or after the show. Food and beverages not allowed in the theatre.
The Island Players community theatre is a beautifully maintained little theatre with a long history on Anna Maria Island. The historic building was originally the William H. Gillette family home in Parrish and around 1912 was brought by barge down the Manatee River and relocated to its present site on Gulf Drive in Anna Maria. Prior to it becoming “The Island Community Theatre” it was used as a school classroom, the centre of municipal affairs, a church for different religious denominations, a tourist information center, the Women’s Club meeting place and Anna Maria Garden Club, and as a service club during World War II. Until the mid 1970s the Anna Maria City Commission held its meetings here and it was around this time when some big changes took place. Damage in the building was found and being a historical landmark the maintenance and repair was too costly for the city. As luck would have it the Island Players group was looking to build their own theatre and an arrangement was made with the city. The Island Players repaired the building along with some major renovations including stage, installation of 137 seats and carpeting. To this day continue to maintain and preserve it. Today the theatre offers comfortable seating, lots of leg room and viewing with no obstructions. We are sure you will have a fun night out at this long established theatre, with a stage production presented by The Island Players. Anna Maria Island residents and visitors are fortunate to have this dedicated organization, The Island Players, founded in 1949, provide artistic experiences to us and our surrounding communities. You will find staff and volunteers from the box office to the stage manager and actors clearly love what they do and it shows. The productions are always well done with great performances by talented local actors giving you, their audience, a most enjoyable theatre experience.
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The Island Players group kicked off its 70th season in September of this year.
Don’t miss their next performance November 8 – November 18, 2018 BAGGAGE by Sam Bobrick. Directed by James Thaggard.
Baggage is a comedy that illustrates what happens when two difficult single people, Phyllis and Bradley, meet due to confusion over the ownership of a suitcase. Their accidental swap of suitcases causes a disagreeable meeting and moves on to a most unlikely friendship. This light hearted play is threaded with humour as the contents of the case are revealed and the two characters get to know each other. While these two might be the opposite of all that is easy for everyone else, will these complex singles turn out to be a perfect match?
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Tickets can 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). Tickets are $20 (US) per performance for season’s five primary plays.
You can also purchase seasonal tickets for all five plays at a slight discount if you plans include staying on the island for a longer period of time.
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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The following is a list of the Island Players remaining shows for the 2018/2019 season:
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
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JOIN US AT THIS UPCOMING EVENT ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND 

SandBlast Sand Sculpting Competition – November 1-3, 2018
Manatee Beach Lifeguard Tower 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
Free Clinics taught by master sculptors Team Sandtastic — Thursday, November 1 and Friday November 2, 2018 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Main Competition — Saturday November 3, 2018 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sand Sculpting – 9 am to 1 pm
Judging – 1 pm to 2 pm Awards – 2 pm
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Enjoy this Free annual fun family event at the Manatee Public Beach, one of the many beautiful beaches Anna Maria Island offers. Learn Tips, Tricks and Techniques of sand sculpture from professionals and watch as amateur school teams and adult divisions take part in a sand sculpture competition. Funds raised help support programs of Keep Manatee Beautiful, a group dedicated to environmental improvement throughout the country. A non-profit organization, Keep Manatee Beautiful and its affiliates, Keep America Beautiful and Keep Florida Beautiful boasts more than 10,000 volunteers. Keep Manatee Beautiful was established in the spring of 1991 with a goal to make Manatee County cleaner and more beautiful and a mission of providing solutions to littering, recycling, solid waste disposal and illegal dumping. The organization inspires the community to get involved in litter cleanups, outdoor beautification projects and tree planting.
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Register or sponsor a team by Oct. 31 at www.manateebeautiful.com,
keep@manateebeautiful.com or 941-795-8272
For those wishing to participate ….
Beverages & Snack Bags Provided! Lots of Awards & Pizza Parties for 1st Place Winners!
Great Family Fun In the Sun!
Sand Themes: Free Form or Wildlife. Elementary-Middle School or High School-Adult
$300 entry fee with up to 15 members per team.
Each 15′ x 15′ plot will be mounded with sand prior to the event.
Bring spades, shovels, buckets and trowels to create your winning sculpture. Arrive at 8:00 a.m. the morning of the event to be assigned
your plot on a first-come/first-serve basis at the check-in table.
Also, donations to this non-profit organization, Keep Manatee Beautiful, are gladly accepted and gratefully appreciated anytime!
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Happy Halloween! From: Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals, Bradenton Beach, Florida

Anyone can enjoy Halloween. It is not just for kids, adults can have fun too. For me, Halloween is more than dressing up, it’s about getting into the spirit of Halloween.
What’s your favourite part? Costume parties, telling ghost stories, watching scary movies?
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Here are the things I love about Halloween —
  • Being creative, you can dress up and be anyone/anything you want to be.
  • Halloween decorations are not as complicated as other holidays and typically are not overly expensive.
  • Halloween celebrates excess sugar. It’s all about consuming special treats and who doesn’t like to indulge their sweet teeth?
  • It’s the only day of the year we allow and encourage our kids to talk to strangers. They knock on the doors of people they don’t know, shout “trick-or-treat” and expect to get a treat in return.
  • Halloween music is the best. Who doesn’t love Michael Jackson’s Thriller, The Monster Mash, The Rocky Horror Picture Show The Time Warp, Ghostbuster Theme Song, The Addams Family Theme Song, Rockwell Somebody’s Watching Me, Ding Dong The Witch is Dead?
  • You don’t have to worry about what to get someone for Halloween. Forget about gift planning, gift-wrapping, and gift returns. Buy some candy to hand out (or eat yourself) and everyone is happy.
  • I think the real beauty of Halloween is, there are no age restrictions and it is completely voluntary.
With Halloween just around the corner what are you going to do? You can prepare to watch your favorite horror movies and featured TV shows. As well, you might consider these things to do while vacationing with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.

Bradenton Beach Ghost Tours

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The Paranormal Society of Bradenton is hosting family-friendly walking tours which are held Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 pm. Each tour is approximately 90 minutes and begin next to Island Time Inn (across from Island Time Bar & Grill).

You will hear chilling Anna Maria Island ghosts stories and the area’s strange but rich history. Your tour guide will tell you ghostly tales from the founding of Bradenton Beach right up to the present day. Your journey begins at Bridge Street with stories about Bridge Tender, the Pier, Drift Inn & Island Time Bar & Grill. You’ll also learn about a number of ship wrecks and the mysterious woman seen walking along the water on Bradenton Beach. This is a great way to understand the Island’s history as Bradenton Beach tour stories are based on research, eyewitness accounts, and paranormal books connected to factual and historical events. Please remember while you are on tour that what you hear is the truth. This is not theatrical, these tours are based on fact. Get your cameras ready. We invite you to join them!
Bradenton Beach paranormal tours Tickets are – $15 for adults and $10 for children over 5, kids 5 and under are free – Buy tickets online in advance via PayPal on the Paranormal Society of Bradenton’s website. When purchasing tickets online – please add a tour date, party name in the PayPal instructions and a phone number in case the tour needs to be cancelled.
Tickets for the Bradenton Beach Ghost Tour are very limited. Once they are sold out, you will have to choose a different date. To ensure that you get a spot on the ghost tour that you would like to take, you are required to purchase your tickets in advance. There are no refunds and they do not allow walk-ups to join the tour. They will tour in light rain, but if it begins to storm the tour will be cancelled and a a refund will be given or credit for another tour. Same day tickets MUST be purchased by 5:00pm EST for 8:00pm tour.
Email psobfl@gmail.com or call 941-704-0621 with any questions.
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Bridge Tender Inn Halloween Party — 3:30 pm Tiki Trivia
Halloween Bash and Costume Street Party from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
At 7:00 pm enjoy awesome live music with Brigid’s Cross

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Enjoy 2018 FALL EVENTS With Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals 

There is always something happening on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Anna Maria Island and the fall season is a beautiful time to visit. The average fall temperatures range from 85°F in September with December’s daily high temperature of 73°F. From farmer’s markets to fun local events you will find plenty of things to do on the island and in the Bradenton area. Here is a list of some of our favourite events that you might enjoy during your stay with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals-601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.
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Bayfest – held on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria, this years date and time for the 18th annual Bayfest is October 20, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. This Free family crafts, food and music festival is a fun filled event with live music, a huge classic car show, unique arts and crafts vendor and a kid’s zone. There will be a large selection of food choices and treats, adult beverages, and live music. The classic car show will be from 10am – 3pm with over 100 antique, classic, custom, and muscle cars.
This year, proceeds will go toward aiding in economic relief assistance for local tourism industry workers.
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Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach – located at 107 Bridge Street the market is held on Sundays from November through April from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Visit your favorite vendors and enjoy fantastic food, beautiful art and jewelry, great local musicians, fresh produce, and more. Well you are there take a stroll along historic Bridge Street. You will find lots of unique shops and restaurants. At the south end is the Bridge Street pier where you can relax and enjoy a beautiful view of the inter-coastal waterway and watch the boats pass by. The pier offers shaded benches, a clock tower and if you are watchful, you can see manatees around the pier.
There is something almost magical about wandering along Bridge Street.
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City of Anna Maria Market – The City of Anna Maria is hosting a farmer’s market from October 2018 to May 2019 from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm at the City Pier Park (the corner of Pine Avenue and South Bay Blvd). Florida produce is available along with herbs, plants, flowers, baked goods and more. When you are finished at the market stroll along Pine Avenue and experience some of the many attractions it has to offer. You will find irresistible boutiques, craft shops, salons, an abundance of restaurants, dessert shops, jewelry stores, clothing stores, art galleries, and gift shops.
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Cortez Nautical Flea Market – Saturday, October 20th 8 am – 1 pm with a rain date set for Saturday, October 27th. This 21st annual FREE event will be held at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th Street West, Cortez. Parking is available at the F.I.S.H. Preserve. Travelling east from your condo the Preserve is located on the right (look for signs). Expect to find lots of marine products, dive gear, fishing gear, antiques and more. There will be live music and food.
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Coquina Beach Market – Come and stroll the Beach Market at Coquina Beach from 10-4 every Sunday from November through July (excluding Easter, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day and Memorial Weekend in 2019) In December market days are extended to include both Sunday and Wednesday through to May 2019. A great way to spend the day as you stroll the beach and the shops. I love the variety of shops with many unique items. You will find local artists, beautiful wood wall art, produce, jewelry, arts and crafts and more! Come and watch local artisans creating and find that perfect souvenir of your trip to Florida. The talented AMI String band strolls the market from 10:30 -2:30. Enjoy the beautiful white sand beach and enjoy lunch with drinks on the deck overlooking the Gulf at Coquina Beach. There is something for everyone to enjoy with a perfect view of the beach and even a play area for the kids.
The Beach Market is at 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach at the trolley stop, concession stand area and is wheel chair and stroller friendly. Ride the FREE trolley to the market or park in the FREE parking lot. Manatee County does not allow dogs
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Symphony on the Sand – While you are visiting beautiful Anna Maria Island experience this musical event, a beachfront concert at Coquina Beach Gulfside Park, Anna Maria Island. The 6th annual Symphony on the Sand presents a musical and gourmet event 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. This is a rain or shine event and tickets can be purchased online at 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.
Online tickets will be available until noon on Friday, November 9. If not sold out, tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the event.
The Beach|House, The Lazy Lobster of Longboat, Harry’s Continental Kitchens, Hometown Desserts and the Coquina Cafe at Coquina Beach are this year’s featured restaurants.
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.
There is plenty of free parking at Coquina Beach and also a convenient Trolley stop on site. Free Island-wide trolleys are running before and after the concert.
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Veteran’s Day Parade – Veterans Day – a great way to remember the sacrifice the service men and women have made keeping the United States free.
Join in the parade on November 12, 2018 from 1:00 -2:00 pm on Pine Avenue on Anna Maria Island, Florida. Not walking in the parade? Then come out to watch, honour and thank those for their service to the country. The parade starts promptly at 1:00 at City Hall in the City of Anna Maria and will go down Pine Avenue to City Pier Park. The parade will feature three high school marching bands, floats, Privateers, a military fly-over and a few hundred marching veterans. There will be a free Ice Cream Social at the ANna Maria Island Historical Museum immediately following the parade.
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Transportation to Events (or anytime) on Anna Maria Island: We love the free transportation our island offers. It lets you focus on the gorgeous landscape that makes Anna Maria Island so special and takes the worry out of driving and trying to find available parking. Anna Maria Island Free Trolley service travels the entire island. The trolley runs daily beginning at 6:00 am at 20 minute intervals until 9:00 pm then every 30 minutes until 10:30 pm. Trolley stops are 2-4 blocks apart. They are well marked, look for a green sign with a Trolley on it.
Another free and fun means of transportation is the “Monkey Bus.”  It really is not free, but a tip for service operation. It is a great way to get around the island and they operate fairly late. As well, they can seat any number of passengers from their 8 passenger golf cart to their mini bus.  They can be reached at 941 565-6542.
If you would like more information regarding any of the above events, we are happy to assist you. Please contact us ~ annamariaislandcondorentals.com
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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!
Haven’t booked your fall vacation yet? It’s not too late find us online at Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. Reserve your spot today for your perfect beach vacation on beautiful Anna Maria Island.
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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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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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