At 2pm on Sunday, December 15th, the AMICCO will present their Holiday Concert at CrossPoint Fellowship Church. This proud group of professional and volunteer musicians will perform under the direction of Maestro Alfred Gershfeld, Artistic Director and Principal Conducto. With us since 1993, he is a strong believer in providing musical opportunity and in encouraging youth with musical talent. This is a wonderful opportunity to take some time out of the holiday bustle and get into the holiday spirit!
The concert this year has 3 primary artists. Heinrich Schutz will present Historia der Geburt Jesu Christ (Nativity). George Frideric Handel will share his excerpts from the Christmas portion of Messiah. Not to be missed, the 2013 AMICCO Youth Solo Competition winner, Raine Sagramsingh (trumpet) will perform Hadyn – a concerto in E-flat.
CrossPoint Fellowship Church is located at 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. You may order tickets online here, or call 941-896-3899 for more information.
Keep the reason for the season in mind and join us for the Roser Memorial Community Church Bethlehem Walk. This year the celebration is on December 14th beginning at 6:30pm at 512 Pine Ave, Anna Maria. Imagine dozens of islanders and visitors alike dressed in garb draw a crowd with their live llamas, sheep, goats and even a donkey!
The walk consists of a journey to Bethlehem (a block in Anna Maria) with Mary, Joseph, and the animals in search of shelter. Traveling from “inn” to “inn” participants will sing Christmas carols. At the end of the journey, baby Jesus is in the manger and participants will hear Scripture readings followed by hot chocolate and cookies in Fellowship Hall.
If you don’t have your own period-garb, costumes are available in the Fellowship Hall to borrow on a first-come, first-serve basis, or create even your own to make an even merrier night. We suggest you bring a flashlight for yourself. Don’t miss this annual reenactment and narration of the first Christmas, it’s a special way to release the stress of the “material” Christmas we so diligently prepare for.
For more information, you may call 941-778-0414 or visit www.roserchurch.com
Light up the night! Get ready for Santa Claus and even some snow! On Friday, December 6, 2013 from 5pm-8pm bring your friends and family for free holiday fun to the annual AMI Chamber Tree Lighting and Holmes Beach Walk-About. The annual Lighting of the Tree will take place at the beginning of the open house – just around sunset – in front of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Santa will arrive at The Feast at 5:30pm with treats for the kids.
Even the Privateers will be spreading holiday cheer! The friendly downtown businesses will have in-store specials, there will be sample wines, appetizers, music and a raffle prize drawing for 3 big packages of gift items organized by the Islander newspaper. This is a great time to socialize with your island friends and neighbors! For further information please contact the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce at 941-778-1541.
The 12th annual Lester Family Fun Day is drawing near. Free admission for the whole family….old-fashioned fun at old-fashioned prices!
Bring your camera to capture those big smiles as Santa Claus arrives on a Fire Truck at noon! Awesome raffle prizes and drawings for turkeys will keep you on the edge of your seats. From Manatee Player’s Dickens Christmas Carolers to Tony the Balloon Guy, this is a good, old-fashioned family day at our community center. Pony rides, a bounce house, face painting, card making, cookie decorating, crafts and more will keep kids of all ages entertained. Bring your appetite as well, as you may want to snack on hot dogs, snacks, sodas and even the famous Duffy Burgers!
So mark your calendar for Saturday, December 7th, to have a great time from 10:30am through 2pm at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, located at 407 Magnolia Ave, Anna Maria!
We invite you to warm your holiday spirits! On Tuesday, December 10th from 10:30am-12:30pm, the Sandbar Restaurant will host their 20th annual Lawton Chiles Christmas for Kids Party!
Let’s share in the true meaning of the season and bring holiday joy to the children who are little less fortunate than most. For those interested in contributing to this wonderful cause, cash donations are being accepted. This year, they are planning for at least 120 children from the Head Start program, Healthy Families Manatee and the Children’s Academy. The children will receive a pair of shoes, an outfit of clothing, an age appropriate toy and the family of the child will receive a complete turkey dinner. Each of these children and their families can celebrate with Christmas spirit!
The 2013 Kids Christmas Party will be located at the Sandbar Restaurant in the pavilion. This fun-filled lunchtime party will feature characters in costumes, games and of course, Santa Claus. You are invited to come by to participate in bringing joy to the hearts of these children. The Sandbar is located at 100 Spring Ave, and their mailing address for contributions is P.O. Box 1478, Anna Maria, FL, 34216.
On Tuesday, December 3rd at 8pm, the Island Players will perform “Over the River and Through the Woods” at the Island Players Theatre on Anna Maria Island. Doors will open at 7:15 and seating opening at 7:30pm. This warm-hearted comedy presents an Italian-American family trying to prevent their son from moving to Seattle and starting a new life. Tickets to this enjoyable production are available for a mere $20 donation to the AMICCO, the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra. This benefit will help the Island Players continue to provide our island community with the live classical concerts we love.
But, don’t go to Island Players for a ticket to this entertaining evening! You can get yours, first-come, first-serve through any of the following:
- Visit Creations by L at 5500 Marina Drive (hours Mon-Sat 10am-5pm)
- Visit the Beach Market at Coquina Beach on Sundays from 10am to 4pm
- Call Nancy Ambrose at 941-799-2181, 941-518-4431 or email@example.com
- Visit www.amicoo.org
Get your tickets now, and we will see you there!
Mark Saturday, November 30th on your calendar ~ we have a great way to get in the holiday spirit!
That evening from 5pm through 10pm, we are all welcome to enjoy the first official holiday Lighting of Bridge Street. Bring your friends, family (both human and furry) to Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island. The night will come alive with live holiday music by “Ted Stevens and the Doo Shots”. There will be shopping, crafts, food and a full bar available. The exact location is 107 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach….but leave the car at home! You can let loose, have a good time and shake your tail feathers by taking the free Anna Maria Island Trolley!!
What a fun way to follow up an island Thanksgiving!
This is the first of many merry holiday events on Anna Maria Island, beginning in the city of Bradenton Beach.
For more information on the host, Bridge Street Merchants, click here.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE & SANTA OPEN HOUSE
WHEN: 10am on Saturday, December 7, 2013
WHAT: Prepare your floats! Ready your lawn chairs! Candy and beads everywhere! Merry Christmas to Anna Maria Island, it’s the annual Christmas Parade!
Watch out for that ship…. follow the Anna Maria Island Privateers to SANTA!
On Saturday, December 7, 2013, the parade begins at 10am on the east end of Pine Avenue traveling from the staging area at Bayfront Park, through the city of Anna Maria. From there, the parade continues south through Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach, concluding at Coquina Beach. Upon arrival at Coquina Beach, Santa’s Open House welcomes the children of the island, both visitors and islanders alike. The Jolly Old Man himself will be there to hand out gifts to the children. Kids may also enjoy refreshments of hot dogs and sodas during their visit with Santa Claus.
Whether watching from the side of the road or riding in a float, the Anna Maria Island Christmas Parade is a favorite island tradition. This island event is interactive, so kids remember to bring a bag and gather your loot!
Come out and enjoy a good old fashioned festival of fun at the Anna Maria Elementary school. Open to everyone, this event features live music, fun and games, raffles, carnival prizes, a bake sale, and an island cookout. And don’t miss the Haunted House- set up for dark display, as well as some lighter tours for the littler folk! Festivities begin with a childrens’ parade at 10am from the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, and move to the school for fun until 3pm.
Get into the Halloween Spirit, Island style, with the Fall Festival!
10am Start at:
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
5313 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
11am Festival located at:
Anna Maria Elementary School
4700 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will, once again, host the Trail of Treats for children of all ages.
It begins at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce at 3:30pm on Thursday, October 31st, with the Kiddie Costume contest for ages 0-12, and continue until 7+pm. There will be a free photobooth and a map of the 50+ participating businesses island-wide, that will have goodies available for trick or treating.
There is even a Crazy, Creepy Crawly Critter Costume Contest hosted by the Islander newspaper at the Feast restaurant at 5pm. Don’t miss the Halloween fun!