The public Island Library often hosts free classes informing islanders and visitors of all ages, on arts and crafts. Some of their upcoming topics include origami and knitting. The library hosts an origami class every second Saturday of the month led by Judy Pruitt. All ages are welcome and no supplies are needed for this free class on the ancient art of Japanese paper folding. Ms. Pruitt demonstrates different origami designs of varying difficulty for newcomers and veterans alike. The knitting class is led by a devoted group of women who meet regularly to share their knowledge and help novices begin knitting projects. They also are happy to answer any questions, or just provide a friendly place to practice your craft. Both classes are free.
Shiver me timbers! Tami here to tell you to get ready for the pirate invasion! November 1-3 is the Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Invasion. The Privateers are a non-profit group organized to support local youth, and they are partnering up with the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, Keep Manatee Beautiful, and Sandblast 2013 to host this event on Coquina Beach. There will be a parade, Pirates’ Ball, an island wide treasure hunt, arts and crafts, vendors, food, drink and live entertainment for landlubbers of all ages! This fundraiser will benefit local businesses as well as compile donations for the kids’ organizations and scholarship funds. Be sure to check it out, or walk the plank!
Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Invasion
Nov 1 (12 pm-5 pm) Nov 2 (10 am-8 pm) Nov 3 (10 am-5 pm)
Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Island
Contact: Anna Maria Island Privateers PO Box 1238 Holmes Beach, Florida 34217
On Sunday August 18th, from 2-4 pm, the Island Players on Anna Maria Island will be hosting an open house. This event is for the public as well as returning volunteers to learn more about getting involved. The afternoon will start with tours of the theatre and descriptions of volunteer opportunities, including set construction, acting, box office assistance, and more. Afterwards, some of the most exalted directors in the Bradenton/ Sarasota area will discuss the Players’ upcoming season. Refreshments and appetizers will be served throughout.
New York artist Chakaia Booker’s unique sculptures are on display on the plaza and in the lobby of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune (1741 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236) in downtown Sarasota until April 7, 2013.
The sculptures are made nearly entirely of burnt and bent vehicle tires with just a bit of twisted steel. The display is part of the Herald-Tribunes’ “Conversations with Artists” program.
Booker has worked in the medium of tires for more than two decades. She utilizes often overlooked grooves and surfaces of the rubber material to represent a wide assortment of metaphors satisfying her aesthetic, political, and economic concerns. Visit our Sarasota information page for additional things to do while in Sarasota. Also be sure to visit our top ten things to do in Sarasota. Sarasota is just a short 30 minute drive to the South of Anna Maria Island.