Anna Maria in September is usually one of the quietest months of the year, in terms of entertainment and special events. At this time of year much of our entertainment comes from watching the flowers grow, and watching the birds watching the fish.
That’s because, in terms of weather, it is likely to be one of the most active months of the year. It is the peak of hurricane season. It’s still very hot and humid and buggy. It’s likely to be very rainy because the sea breezes from Florida’s east coast and west coast tend to collide along our shoreline at this time of year. The result is turbulence: thunder and lightning. Floridians who want to discourage repeat houseguests have learned to invite them in the month of September. Often, the weather will take care of the rest and those guests will not ever come back.
October is the month in which we finally get some relief from the heat. As the temperatures drop, and the threat of storms lessens, the island starts to come outside to celebrate the joys of life here. One of the first celebrations of the season is Bayfest, on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. Now in its ninth year, Bayfest will be held this 2009 on the weekend of October 16. On Friday night, the kick-off party will feature live music by Bootleg from 7 to 10, with DJ Mike Sales.
On Saturday, the live music will continue all day. Arts and crafts booths will line one side of Pine Avenue. There will be retail and non-profit organizations represented in booths, too. One of the most interesting parts of Bayfest is the classic car show. The food court will be located on the corner of Bay Boulevard and Pine. A children’s play area, DJ booth, and booths selling drinks add to the variety of entertainment for islanders and visitors of all ages.
We have been very fortunate this year that September has been quiet in terms of weather. There has been a surprising number of pleasant days in this usually stormy month. Our seawall has not been under water yet this year, and even that is unusual given the torrential rains last week. We are enjoying the peace and quiet of Anna Maria Island, the flowers, the birds, and the empty beach. Still, it’s nice to look forward to the more pleasant temperatures and festive events that are just around the corner.