Heritage Day celebrates Anna Maria’s history

Heritage Day celebrates Anna Maria’s history
A group of little pirates in training at the 2018 Heritage Festival breaks through the lines of the Anna Maria Island Privateers to help rescue imprisoned pirate Bill “Sparkles” Rosencrantz from the old Anna Maria City Jail. - File Photo

ANNA MARIA – As part of Manatee County’s Heritage Days celebration, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society will hold its annual Heritage Day Festival on Saturday, March 2 at the Anna Maria Island Historical Museum and Park at 402 Pine Ave. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Howie Banfield and the AMI String Band will provide music, and BBQ and refreshments will be available.

Local crafters will demonstrate arts and crafts as practiced by early Island settlers including beekeeping, wool spinning, candle making, woodworking, soap making, jam and jelly making, basket weaving and quilt and rug making. A Settler’s Market will offer local produce, herbs and Early Settler’s Bread baked by local volunteers, and there will be a collectibles tent with items for sale.

Local authors will sign books at the author’s table, the Anna Maria Island Privateers will stage an invasion and children can participate in a scavenger hunt and games with prizes. Raffle tickets will be available for a host of prizes, and there will be a silent auction. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring and Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Inc. will have educational booths, and Belle Haven Cottage, the museum, and the surrounding native plant garden will be open for tours.

For more information, call 941-778-0492.

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