Vol 8 No. 2 - October 3, 2007

Bayfest adds Friday night
kickoff party
Anna Maria Island Sun News Story
The popular Bayfest will be held on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria on Friday evening, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20.

By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer

ANNA MARIA -When you spend money in the children’s area of Bayfest this year, the proceeds will go toward the college education of a special young man. Organizers of Bayfest 2007 voted to donate the proceeds from the children’s area to the Matthew Lannon College Fund. Matthew is the son of Pete Lannon, the well-known Holmes Beach Police officer and Anna Maria Elementary School resource officer who died of cancer earlier this year.

The children’s area features kids’ games and activities plus face-painting, clowns, magicians and shaved ice. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays will have a batting cage activity for the kids.

The latest addition to Bayfest, the Island’s largest street celebration, is a Friday Night Kickoff Party on Oct. 19 from 5–10 p.m. at Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard. Featuring live smooth jazz by Project SRQ from 5–7 p.m. and the Dr. Dave Band from 7-10 p.m. Food and beer, wine, soda and water will be sold.

This is a great opportunity to kick back, enjoy some music, dance in the cool night air and get in the mood for the festivities on Saturday.

Bayfest promises to be as fun as last year with 110 vendors signed up selling arts, crafts and local retail items including furniture, clothing and jewelry. Anyone interested in participating should call Cindy Thompson at 761-4766 or the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce at 778-1541.

Once again, car enthusiasts will want to come out and see the classic and customized vehicles on display. Organizer Bill Mergens had 105 vehicles in last year’s event and he expects to draw as many again this year. There will be a disc jockey spinning oldies. If you have a vehicle of interest, call Mergens at 920-2277.

The food court was a popular place to hang out last year and there will be a wide array of offerings again this year. Bring an appetite and check out the menus from Paradise Café and Catering, the Sandbar restaurant, Skinny’s, The Sun House, Banana Cabana, The Waterfront, A Moveable Feast, Melinda’s Café, Solo’s Pizza, Rotten Ralph’s, Brass Bell Catering, Tropical Snow and Barracuda Kettle Corn.

Not for profit organizations will be able to set up a booth for free. Call Cindy at 761-4766 or the Chamber at 778-1541 to sign up.

The music will be live at the main stage at Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard. The lineup is:

9:30–11:30 a.m., Jimi Gee and Friends
Noon–2 p.m., Bootleg Reggae Band;
2:30–4:30 p.m., Koko Ray & the Soul Providers
5–7 p.m., Michael Mac.

Many businesses along Pine Avenue will participate in Bayfest, offering special prices. The Anna Maria Island Historical Society will again host a live music event at the historical museum.

For more information, call Cindy at 761-4766 or the Chamber at 778-1541.



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