There is a public library on Anna Maria Island and it is located at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217: For more information call (941) 778-6341 or visit the cities website under the main menu of Libraries.
Note: Of course they have several computers with World Wide Web access. In addition they have a wi-fi hot spot that is free however not secure. Their children’s department is good with games, puzzles, etc. You can take out VHS tapes, Audio tapes, puzzles, magazines, as well ad DVD’s.
For visitors there is a charge to join the library. For local residents there is no fee.
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.
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
Enjoy NFL action live and in person at the next home Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game, just less than an hour from the beaches of Anna Maria Island! Sunday November 25th at 1pm in Raymond James Stadium the Bucs take on the Atlanta Falcons in a classic NFC South Divisional matchup. Catch Josh Freeman, future Hall of Famer Ronde Barber and the November 4th Offensive Player of the Week RB Doug Martin in action. Tickets available from just $35 at www.buccaneers.com.
Nothing like a Pumpkin Festival to get you in the Halloween spirit! The Annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival is just around the corner and will be opening the gates to the farm this weekend. Grab the family and head out to the Annual Pumpkin Festival at Hunsader Farms for the day. Parking is just $5.00 and the price of admission is $8.00 per person, children 12 and under gets in free!
Enjoy: Great Food ~Live Entertainment ~ A Pumpkin Cannon ~ Music ~ Hayrides ~ Pumpkins ~ Games ~ Pony Rides ~ Chainsaw Sculptor ~ Corn Maze ~ Petting Zoo ~ Face Painting ~ Children’s Train Rides ~ Frog Jumping Championship ~ Fresh Produce ~ and much more!
This year’s festival dates
October 13th & 14th – 9am – 5pm
October 20th & 21st – 9am – 5pm
October 27th & 28th – 9am – 5pm
Sorry, Firkin and Fox pub has been CLOSED. If you are looking for a family friendly English Pub then don’t any further than The Firkin and Fox Pub located about 15 minutes from Anna Maria Island. With a wonderful relaxed atmosphere, great food, good service and no smoking this is one Pub you have to try!
To see this place from the outside it looks small, but once you are inside there is nothing but room to relax and enjoy with your family! The staff is very friendly, and loved my daughter the first time we went there for dinner. The next time we were there we got the same server, and she remembered my daughter’s name. I can tell you that that was the height of the evening – she was thrilled!
The food was so good that even my three year old picky eater cleaned her plate. They have a very traditional Irish/American menu with everything from chicken wings to fish and chips. You have to try their Bangers, Beans and Mash or the Knife & Fork “Chicago Style” hotdog! Never fear they have lighter fare as well. Maybe you’d prefer a baby spinach salad or Quesadillas? They have both on their very large menu!
There is something for everyone at this pub. They have billiards, darts and a game room if you are looking for something to do while watching the game or to entertain the kids. There is also a private party room for any special occasion. Sometimes during the winter season they will have family friendly karaoke, and even the occasional contest for monetary prizes! You have to add Firkin & Fox to your places to go! You will not be disappointed.
Firkin & Fox Pub
2505 Manatee Ave East
Bradenton, FL 34208
Phone: (941) 748-7694
Friday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Saturday: 10:30 AM – 12:00 AM
Sunday-Thursday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
The Annual Pumpkin Festival at Hunsader Farms is a great way to get in the Halloween spirit. Hunsader Farms Annual Pumpkin Festival will be held this year on Oct. 15th & 16th – 22nd & 23rd – 29th & 30th, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.