ANNA MARIA – The rain and windy weather held off just long enough for the Anna Maria Holiday of Treasures Open House to take place as planned on Friday, Dec. 14 from 5:30-8 p.m.
With Pine Avenue closed to vehicular traffic, folks wandered up and down the street visiting the participating businesses that offered free treats including hamburgers, hotdogs, cookies, sangria, craft beer, specialty cocktails, gourmet popcorn, wine and more.
“We’re serving up a storm. We just love Christmas and the holidays, and we’re excited to give back to the community and have a little fun,” Two Scoops owner Dave LaBell said.
The line for free burgers was also long at Beach Bums.
“Every year we’re hopping,” Chris Gaines said while manning the grill outside Beach Bums.
The holiday festivities extended around the corner on Gulf Drive, where Harry’s Grill owner Mark Labriola dished up pasta fazool “Labriola-style.”
Free cookies and cider were served at the AMI Historical Society Museum, and the Roser Memorial Community Church’s Joyful Noise Children’s Choir performed inside the museum.
The rain finally arrived around 8 o’clock; some of the businesses had decided earlier not to participate due to the weather concerns. The Anna Maria General Store & Deli postponed its holiday porch party until Friday, Dec. 21 from 6-10 p.m.