Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island: Free Art Demos and Keeton’s Sale-A-Bration

Bradenton Beach – Time to beat the winter blahs with the artists guild! Learn about and test new art materials and gain new perspectives from watching other artists work! The Artists’ Guild, in conjunction with Keeton’s, will stage another Sale-A-Bration Wednesday, February 18, from 1pm to 4pm at the CrossPointe Fellowship Church on Anna Maria Island. Guild members will be doing free demos throughout the afternoon and there will be door prizes and great sales on products.

The Church is located at 8605 Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach. For more information, call the Guild Gallery at 941-778-6694 or see the web site at www.amiartistsguildgallery.com.

Below: Beach Hut Island Tree House, acrylic painting by Kathy Sparks

Artists Guild

Scheduled Demos using the Big Mirror!

1:00 PM Cheryl Jorgensen – Watercolors
2:00 PM Kathy Sparks – Acrylics – Painting a Beach Hut
3:00 PM Nancy Goff – Pastels

On-going Demos at Tables /Easels
1. Marie Garafano – Collage
2. Dee Pastorius – Glass Painting on Tiles
3. Marsha Bard – Mini Albums – Recyled Art
4. Fernando Soler – Acrylic Painting.
5. Wendell Graham – Whimsical Foil Sculpture
6. Karen Stuart (at easels) – Drawing a Clothed Model

Super Bowl 2015 on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island –  Plan on watching the Super Bowl 2015? To help you out we’ve put together a list of some of the places on Anna Maria Island where you can enjoy the game, and a snack, and a drink. Have fun, be safe and enjoy the game.

Hurricane Hanks – 5346 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-778-5788

Watch the game in HD. NFL Wings and other game food.

Lobstahs – 5337 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-779-1000

ESPN Sunday Package

Slim’s Place – 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, 941-567-4056

Superbowl Party all day. ESPN Sunday Package.

Island Time Bar & Grill – 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 941-782-1122

10 ft TV to watch the game on. Tailgate party until 5:00pm. Drink and food specials all day long.

Below is a list of some other places that regularly do something special for Super Bowl Sunday

Barefoot Tiki Bar – 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-778-4402

Bridge Tender Inn – 135 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, 941-778-4849

Clancy’s – 6218 Cortez Road. W., Bradenton, 941-794-2489

Gulf Drive Café – 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, 941-778-1919

Swordfish Grill – 4628 119th Street W., Cortez, 941-798-2035

 

Bill Vinhage playing music live at the Bridge Street Sunday Market

Bradenton Beach – Live music this week at the Bridge Street Sunday Market is by Bill Vinhage. The weekly Bridge Street Sunday market runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday through the end of April at 111 Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach on the south end of Anna Maria Island. Locals and visitors can find fresh produce, local art, chair massage, beach-style gifts, jewelry, clothes, home décor, food, fun and more. A limited amount of vendor space is still available in some categories.

Bill Vinhage is a singer-songwriter focusing on both original material as well as a very eclectic mix of acoustic oriented cover tunes. Originally from New Jersey, Bill was active in the music scene in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York before moving to Tampa Bay in 1999. He has a diverse vocal range and unique guitar style. His original material is influenced by rock, pop, jazz, country, broadway, folk as well as the AM radio stations of New York City he grew up listening to in the 60’s and 70’s.
The Bridge Street Merchants, a 501c6, host the Sunday Markets, and provide year-round shopping, dining and entertainment on the south end of the island. Other merchant events such as Market Food Challenges and Christmas on Bridge Street support various local charities.

For Sunday, consider taking the free island trolley right to Bridge Street. Car parking options include: the city lot behind the Bridge Street Bistro, up and down Bridge Street including by the city pier, City Hall (permissible on Sundays) and along the beach just south of Bridge Street. For more information on the Bridge Street Merchants, or vendor space at the Market contact Market Manager, Melissa Enders, at melissaenders76@gmail.com or (215) 906-0668 or visit www.bridgestreetmerchants.com.

Walk to Restaurants in Bradenton Beach from Vacation Rentals

Anna Maria Island – You can walk to restaurants in Bradenton Beach from vacation rentals.  To find a large selection of restaurants you don’t even have to leave the island, and you’re sure to be satisfied.

There are several ways to find out about all the good Island eateries on this blog, and the restaurant finder will give you an overview of your options. A more detailed summary might narrow it down. Click here for information, or search our top ten from your local Island Real Estate rental team. Find the best “Happy Hour” , or click here for Waterfront Dining.

Below is a list of on island restaurants, and the Bradenton Beach vacation rentals that are nearby them. You can always drive to restaurants, or hop on the free trolley when looking to dine out. Bradenton Beach is not the only of the three island cities with great restaurant options, but this list is meant to assist those staying in Bradenton Beach.

Walk to Restaurants in Bradenton Beach

The southern 3 mile stretch of the island is very narrow, and Gulf Drive is the only artery to navigate north to south. Naturally, all the restaurants in Bradenton Beach are located along, or just off of Gulf Drive.

Restaurants North of Cortez Bridge

Sharky’s offers fine American dining and is across from the Anna Maria Island Club. Sharky’s has steaks, seafood and a little bit of something for everyone.

Anna Maria Island Club Complex Units at 2600 Gulf Drive North.

If you like Indian food try Island Spice with authentic Indian dishes at 1701 Gulf Drive North.

Between Sharky’s and Island Spice is vacation rental A Pirate’s Cove

Just to the South of Island Spice are several complexes.

Bermuda Bay Club at 1704 Gulf Drive North.

Bradenton Beach Club at 17th Street and Gulf Drive

Runaway Bay Club at 1801 Gulf Drive North.

Coquina Beach Club at 1906 Gulf Drive North.

Sunset Terrace at 2312 Gulf Drive North.

The Gulf Drive Café and Tiki Hut is open all day, and they offer live music at night.
Across from the Gulf Drive Tiki Bar is the South Beach Village complex, and to the south of the restaurant is the Beach House Resort.

Restaurants South of Cortez Bridge

There are more restaurants along the historic Bridge Street. Island Time, Bridge Tender Inn, The Blue Marlin and Island Creperie are all in short distance to each other.

The quaint 4 unit Bay View Inn is just 2 blocks north of Bridge Street. You’ll also find rental 611 Gulf Drive north of Bridge Street.

To the south of Bridge Street is Katie’s Beach Bungalow , Old Bridge Village and Safari Suite.

There is a restaurant on the Bridge Street Pier, Anna Maria Oyster Bar that you can also access by boat. Some of our vacation rentals offer boat access, so you can  enjoy a ride along the Intracoastal waterway from these fabulous canal front homes.

Walk to Restaurants in Bradenton Beach
Visit Anna Maria Oyster Bar (AMOB) on the Historic Bridge Street Pier.

Canal Front Homes

My Sisters Beach House
Casa Bonita
Cayman Bay

 

Anna Maria Island Weather, how do we stack up?

Anna Maria Island Weather is gorgeous! Thousands of people get away from the harsh winters of home every year by visiting the island. But how does the weather really compare to other areas in the world?

Anna Maria Island Weather

As of right now (12:47 October 28th 2014) the weather report reads “ clear 86.5 degrees Fahrenheit Today is forecast to be NEARLY THE SAME temperature as yesterday.” so what about some other great cities of the world?

Nashville, Tennessee- Mostly cloudy 74.3 degrees Fahrenheit “Today is forecast to be MUCH COOLER than yesterday. Showers and thunderstorms.”

Paris, France- Overcast 51 Degrees Fahrenheit “Tomorrow is forecast to be MUCH WARMER than today. Showers ending by midday”

New York City, New York- Clear 64.8 degrees Fahrenheit “Today is forecast to be WARMER than yesterday.”

London, United Kingdom-  61 Degrees Fahrenheit “Tomorrow is forecast to be COOLER than today. Periods of light rain.”

Berlin, Germany- 49.3 Degrees Fahrenheit “Tomorrow is forecast to be NEARLY THE SAME temperature as today. Periods of light rain early tomorrow night”

Honolulu, Hawaii- 74.1 Degrees Fahrenheit “Today is forecast to be COOLER than yesterday. Morning showers.”

San Diego, California- 65.3 degrees Fahrenheit “Today is forecast to be WARMER than yesterday.”

So as you can see while the rest of the world is buttoning jackets to go outside here on Anna Maria were folding towels to go to the beach. So next time your scrapping ice from your windshield or shoveling snow from the driveway remember that there’s someone on Anna Maria laying by a pool right now with a cold margarita in their hand! So don’t wait until there’s salt on the roads to give us a call, do it today and that could be you by the pool building up a nice winter tan!

AMI Privateer Pirate Invasion Weekend!

Come join the fun at the AMI Privateer Pirate Invasion Weekend! costume celebration on Saturday, Nov. 1 between 10am and 10pm, and again on Sunday, Nov. 2 between 10am and 5pm! It will be far from a ghost town on the south end of Anna Maria Island as the Invasion Weekend will take place at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.

Bring your friends and family as there will be fun for all ages! There will be a great lineup of live music (both Sat & Sun) along with drinks, vendors and children’s activities. The Privateers are even opening their boat-float to children where they will be hosting storytelling and playing games.

Music Lineup:
November 1st– Kettle of Fish, Kei Bland, Savannah Brady and Shotgun Justice.
November 2nd – Savannah Brady, The Mangled Tango’s as well as Kim Betts and the Gamble Creek Band.

There will be an all-denominational church service on November 2nd for those who would like to attend.

From your friends at Island Real Estate, we hope to see you all there!

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Walk to Restaurants from Island Real Estate Vacation Rentals

Anna Maria Island – Walk to Restaurants from Island Real Estate Vacation Rentals. Are you in the mood for a dinner out? You don’t have to leave the island or WALK very far from any of our Anna Maria Island vacation rentals with the wide selection of restaurants our little paradise has to offer.

There are several ways to find out about all the good Island eateries on this blog. The restaurant finder will give you an overview of your options. A more detailed summary might narrow it down. Click here for this information or search our top ten from your local Island Real Estate rental team.  Find the best “Happy Hour” and convenient delivery options or click here for Waterfront Dining.

The following links will guide you by location. There are several clusters of restaurants along the 7 mile stretch.

Click here for Walk to Restaurants –

Part 1 will give you the restaurant selection in Anna Maria City
Part 2a will give you the restaurant selection in Holmes Beach/North of the Manatee Public Beach
Part 2b will give you the restaurant selection in Holmes Beach/South of the Manatee Public Beach
Part 3 will give you the restaurant selection in Bradenton Beach, the South end of the island.

sunset view at the Beach Bistro

 

 

Everybody Loves an Anna Maria Island Parade

Anna Maria Island – A small town Anna Maria Island parade is just what is needed to bring together the locals and vacationers.   When you forget your cares for a few hours, and become friends with anyone who sits next to you.   You strike up a conversation about the pristine Anna Maria Island beaches, or even about the vacation rental they are staying in for their beach holiday while you wait for the first sounds of fanfare to hit your ears.

There is a simple thrill you get when you see the colorful floats, hear the music, to grab as many beads/candy as possible and also seeing the joy of children’s faces when someone in the parade looks their way before tossing something just for them!  Even seeing someone on one of the floats you recognize will make you stand up and cheer.  If you are a local or frequent visitor to Anna Maria Island you will see many businesses you know or have used in these parades.  Maybe even one year you yourself will be on one of the floats handing out joy!

It seems Anna Maria Island has a parade for just about everything.  Here is a list of some of the bigger parades you will see for different times throughout the year:

  1. Christmas Parade – usually the 2nd week of December
  2. Lighted Boat Christmas Parade – also usually the 2nd week of December
  3. St. Patrick’s Day Parade – usually the Sunday right before or after March 17th
  4. July 4th Parade – always on July 4th no matter what day of the week that is

The parade route usually runs north from Coquina Beach on south Anna Maria Island, to the Anna Maria City Pier at the end of Pine Avenue using Marina Drive.  Depending on how many floats participate will make the difference of where the parade starts.   Island Real Estate always makes sure we have a presence, and everyone on the float is someone who works in the office and/or their families.  We love the chance to get out in the community, and bring our beach guests a little extra happiness during their Anna Maria vacation.

Next time you plan your beach vacation on Anna Maria Island with Island Real Estate make sure to ask your Reservationist if there may be a parade during your stay!  If there is make sure to set that day aside to come join in the festivities on Anna Maria Island.  Look forward to seeing you soon with your lawn chair next to mine, and I may even share the goodies I collect.

ArtsHop 2014

Anna Maria Island – The 8th Annual ArtsHop 2014 celebration is just around the corner on the weekend of November 7th-9th.

Spanning all three cities of Anna Maria Island, the weekend begins with a tour of the various art galleries and shops across Anna Maria Island as listed below.

HOLMES BEACH- Friday, November 7th 7-9PM

Restless Natives – 5416 Marina Drive

Artists Guild Gallery – 5414 Marina Drive
The Mission of the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island is to educate, promote and encourage cultural and charitable artistic endeavor. Their membership—100 plus artists and supporters of the arts—arrange exhibits, shows, and other means to further local art in the community and surrounding areas. The Artists’ Guild Gallery will feature a portion of the public art exhibit along with music, art demos and of course, refreshments. Web site: amiartistsguildgallery.com

Giving Back – 5312 Holmes Boulevard
Giving Back is its name, apropos of the shop’s purpose – All proceeds go to charity. A great example of pooling resources to meet the needs of the community. Giving back will feature painted furniture and photography.

Art League of Anna Maria Island – 5312 Holmes Boulevard
The art league offers studio space and classes, as well as a gallery for their member artists, plus two amazing art festivals each year: Winterfest and Springfest. The Art League will feature a portion of the public art exhibit and will have the Keeton’s raffle basket (turn in your stamped passport for a chance to win!) Web site: islandartleague.org

Island Tattoo – 5337 Gulf Drive Suite 300

Libby’s Jewelry – 5337 Gulf Drive

Island Gallery West – 5368 Gulf Drive
DON PULVER, Oils & Acrylics Artist, Exhibits “The World in Art” as November artsHOP Featured Artist at Island Gallery West Don Pulver has been named November Featured Artist at the gallery. His vibrant oil and acrylic paintings will be featured in a month-long exhibit “The World in Art.” A public reception honoring Mr. Pulver will be held at the gallery on Friday, November 7, 5-8 PM, as part of the Island-wide 8th annual artsHOP Gallery Walk. Many gallery artists will be on hand to greet visitors with refreshments, live music by Chip Ragsdale and a gyotaku (fish print) art demo, 5-6 PM, by Brenda Alcorn. Web site: islandgallerywest.com

Steam Design – 5343 Gulf Drive, Suite 600
Graphic design, marketing, branding, large format grarphics, tradeshow displays, artist giclee reproduction prints, banners, signs, print … you name it! Steam Design will feature a portion of the public art along with the Art League and the Artists’ Guild Gallery. Facebook: Steam Design

Creations by L – 5500 Marina Drive, Suite 2
Creations by L will have a display of beaded jewelery along with a store raffle with a $50 certificate for classes. Web site: CreationsbyL.com

The Islander Sidebar Gallery – 5604B Marina Drive
The Islander Sidebar Gallery includes a collection of work by numerous local and national artists for sale, as well as Caribbean paintings by friends of the ministry in Haiti. There will be a store raffle, refreshments and other surprises.

Salt Aire – 5508 Marina Drive

Sun & Surf – 5418 Marina Drive
Sun & Surf will feature dy artist, Sara Gafvert

ANNA MARIA – Friday, November 7th 7-9PM

Studio at Gulf and Pine – 10101 Gulf Drive
Anna Maria Island’s cultural art gallery and event facility, The Studio at Gulf and Pine, offers an eclectic array of exhibits, instructional classes, lectures and the Einstein Circle and serves as a salon where artists and art aficionados interact. Founded by former First Lady of Florida, Rhea Chiles, part of the Studio’s permanent collection consists of the Chiles family collection of paintings which hung in the governor’s office. The Studio will feature the Gullette Elementary School Children’s Art. Web site: StudioatGulfandPine.com

Emerson’s Studio – 317C Pine Avenue
Images that make you smile. The Studio is filled with paintings, prints and many other wonderful items that are sure to make you laugh and leave the store with a smile. Web site: EmersonsHumor.com

Shiny Fish – 306 Pine Avenue
Shiny Fish Emporium is a Family Oasis retail store, where classic 1950’s Florida meets the artistic flare of Soho with a touch of beach glam. It is a destination for the entire family offering an irresistable array of unique goods, confections and kid crafts and activities, Paint your own sanddollar, Ukelele Music and refreshements. Facebook: Shiny Fish Emporium

Tide and Moon – 314 Pine Avenue
We love the chunkiest, coolest, natural stones…for ALL your sterling silver needs~ This is the place. Hand designed and hand fabricated custom, one of a kind sterling silver jewelry and ready made sterling silver, bead work and funky island gifts. Facebook: Tide and Moon

Ginnie and Jane E’s – 9807 Gulf Drive
The first thing you’ll notice when you walk through our front doors is “we are different”! Not your normal fare you expect to see at the beach. Although you will find those necessities you need to help you stay comfortable when you are playing in the sun and sand, what you will also find is a unique and funky collection of local art and antiquities all sorced locally from pickers and artists. Web site: Ginnys and Janee s.com

Libby’s on Pine – 501 Pine Avenue

Hometown Desserts – 507b Pine Avenue
Hometown Desserts creates delicious desserts and custom cakes. We also offer wholesale pricing to local restaurants. Facebook: Hometown Desserts

Room with a Hue – 314 Pine Avenue
Artfully inspired home accents, gifts and hand painted furniture. Facebook: Room With a Hue

Salon Salon on Pine – 313 Pine Avenue
Anna Maria’s very own beauty boutique and spa! Live models and demonstration of hair art, Big Hair Beehives, avant-garde styles. From 5-6 hair, makeup and costumes. Facebook: Salon Salon on Pine

BRADENTON BEACH- Sunday, November 9th 10am – 3pm

The Bradenton Beach Bridge Street Merchants will host an upbeat, unique Bridge Street ArtWalk Sunday November 9th 10am-3pm including an outdoor market with live music and merchants on the street. Get your Bridge Street Passport for a chance at the grand prize.

That isn’t all though. The weekend continues with other events such as a special play on Friday and Sunday at the Island Players of Anna Maria, a symphony withe the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra and more that you can read about on the official ArtsHop website. 

AMI Bird Nerd Announces Launch of Indiegogo Crowd Funding Efforts for New Anna Maria Island Business

New Anna Maria Island Business AMI Bird Nerd announces Indiegogo Crowd Funding Efforts.

AMI Bird Nerd

Saturday, September 27th marked the launch of AMI Bird Nerds 30 day Indiegogo Crowd Funding Campaign. The Campaign needs help covering start up expenses and equipment. Additionally, funds are needed for Co-owner Bonnie Ferran to begin a Florida Master Naturalist Certification. This organization is also committed to educating visitors about Florida’s environment.  To fulfill this commitment they will provide free Mobile Apps about local birds and wildlife and Binocular Rentals to Manatee County’s Islands.

Indiegogo Crowd Fund

According to the Indiegogo website, “Indiegogo is the world’s most established crowdfunding platform. Crowdfunding is the process of pooling money from many different people to make an idea happen. Indiegogo is a way to discover projects that people are passionate about all over the world; where you can take action to help create more of what you love.”

Bonnie Ferran Co-owner says, “ As a Bradenton Beach Resident I am extremely fortunate to experience a great variety of birds and wildlife residing on and migrating through the Island every year, and I wanted to make my passion a full time endeavor. Beside my personal enjoyment of Florida wildlife and bird watching, I want to become an advocate of our fragile ecosystem and work to educate visitors about the threats affecting Florida environment and help locals understand what uniqueness local wildlife has to offer.”

Eco-Tourism

About the business aspects of eco-tourism based AMI Bird Nerd, Bonnie’s husband Co-owner  Hector Ferran mentions “Our previous marketing and business experience in running The VIllage Magazine positions us to succeed at creating and running AMI Bird Nerd. We’ve developed two SEO strong websites, one for AMI Bird Nerd and one for our Bird Blog StarlingAndGrackleAreFriends.com, and are currently developing free and paid mobile apps to help birders in the area whether they use our Binocular service or not. ”

AMI Bird Nerd $5 Perk from IndieGoGo campaignContributors to the AMI Bird Nerd Indiegogo campaign get really fun perks. As little as a $5 contribution gets a perk. They include having the contributors face photoshopped on to an original image of local bird photographs also by Hector. Additionally, Perks offered include a recipe to Bonnie and Hector’s favorite libation Island Juice, A corn dog bird sticker reminding people not to feed the gulls, Binocular rentals for two or four people.