By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
HOLMES BEACH – The Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce is becoming Holiday Central when it comes to
coordinating annual Island events during the upcoming
According to Chamber President Mary Ann Brockman, all
three Island cities have their own celebrations each year
and the Chamber felt they needed to be coordinated to
prevent duplication and overlapping.
Anna Maria will host the first holiday weekend on Nov.
24 through 26. City hall, the Anna Maria Island Historical
Society and Ginny’s and Jane E’s at the Old
IGA are working on events.
The following weekend, Dec. 1 through 3, will focus on
Holmes Beach. Plans call for an open house of stores around
the Island Shopping Center on Friday, Dec. 1, along with
a Christmas tree lighting at the Chamber parking lot.
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will be there along with
Santa Claus and his sleigh.
The city of Holmes Beach will host a holiday movie outdoors
at city hall on Saturday, Dec. 2, and there will be concert
The spotlight moves to Bradenton Beach the following
weekend starting with the Holiday Prelude on Bridge Street
on Friday, Dec. 8, featuring seasonal music and entertainment
at the Bridge Street Pier parking lot under the bell tower.
On Saturday, Dec. 9, the Privateers will hold their holiday
parade, which ends at Coquina Beach. The merchants on
Bridge Street are working on their plans for that weekend
and will announce them when they are finalized.
For those who look forward to the annual holiday events,
The Anna Maria Island Sun will publish a calendar each
week starting around Halloween to make it easier to plan
Churches, non-profit groups and other entities planning
events leading up to the holidays that want them listed
may call Tom Vaught at The Sun, 778-3986; fax the information
to 778-6988; or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org