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Anna Maria Island 11th Annual ArtsHOP 2017

Anna Maria Island ArtsHOP 2017
Anna Maria Island hosts the 11th Annual Arts event for 2017 with exhibitions, performances and shows.

Thursday, November 9th:
6pm – 8:30pm public reception for “10byTen,”  exhibit in honor of the The Studio at Gulf and Pine’s 10th anniversary.
8pm “The Game’s Afoot” performed by “The Anna Maria Island Players” at the Island Playhouse.

Friday, November 10th:
10am – 3:30pm Ice Cream Social and Museum Tour at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria.
5pm – 7:30 PM, downtown Gallery Walk, Holmes Beach with local art, refreshments, art demonstrations, live music and a chance to meet the artists.
8pm “The Game’s Afoot” performed by “The Anna Maria Island Players” at the Island Playhouse.

Saturday, November 11th:
12 – 5pm Bridge Street Gallery Walk, Bradenton Beach.
4:30 – 7:30pm  “Symphony on the Sand” by The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra at Coquina Gulfside Park beach.
8pm “The Game’s Afoot” performed by “The Anna Maria Island Players” at the Island Playhouse.

Sunday, November 12th:
2pm “The Game’s Afoot” performed by “The Anna Maria Island Players” at the Island Playhouse.

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Anna Maria Island City Pier Turns 100

On May 13 and 14, the City of Anna Maria is throwing a party to mark the 100-year birthday of the much-loved City Pier. As soon as the festivities are over, an extensive face-lift operation will transform the waterfront and pier entrance in a way that is intended to make the pier even more accessible and attractive to tourists than it is in its current simple state.

Such a marketing effort is in line with the origins of the pier, which was built in 1911 by the founding Bean family, in order to bring rich tourists to the new town of Anna Maria via steamer. The 776-foot-length of the pier was necessary to reach the deep waters needed by large boats.

Anna Maria Island City Pier Centennial
In her book The Early Days 1893 – 1940, Carolyne Norwood, of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, explains that George Emerson Bean, his son Will, and their associates had formed the Anna Maria Beach Development Company. They had built 60 homes, a hotel, bathing pavilion, bathhouse, church, school, post office and several stores, in just a few years. Now they wanted to generate some business. After the pier was built, the whole family went to great lengths to entertain those who arrived by boat. Bean’s 10-year-old daughter cruised around the steamers in a little red boat, greeting visitors. Another family member dressed up and told fortunes. A gift shop was opened at the foot of the pier.

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