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Ringling Festival to Boast Top Talents

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Mikhail Baryshnikov

By JANUARY HOLMES – jholmes@bradenton.com

SARASOTA — The second annual Ringling International Arts Festival will boast the kind of must-see, world-class fare that made it an overwhelming success last year. But this time around, the festival will serve as a centerpiece for a new fringe festival that will showcase local artists and events in both Manatee and Sarasota counties.

This is the first time the two counties have worked closely together for an event.

“I would like to think tonight that the border that exists just right outside this building is gone,” said Dwight Currie, Ringling Museum of Art’s associated director of museum programs, as he unveiled details of the festival’s 11 main stage productions Wednesday night for a crowd at the Historic Asolo Theater.

As for the international festival, set for Oct. 13-17, the event features several United States and world premieres in theater, music and dance. Opening night festivities alone include four premieres at the Florida State University and Ringling Museum campus.

That evening will feature the much anticipated “Solos with Mikhail Baryshnikov and David Neumann” with a world premiere dance choreographed by Susan Marshall and the world premiere of “Capricho” by Florida native and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz. The play, co-produced with the Asolo Repertory Theatre, is about an understudy who is waiting for his time to go on.

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SARASOTA — The second annual Ringling International Arts Festival will boast the kind of must-see, world-class fare that made it an overwhelming success last year. But this time around, the festival will serve as a centerpiece for a new fringe festival that will showcase local artists and events in both Manatee and Sarasota counties.
This is the first time the two counties have worked closely together for an event.
“I would like to think tonight that the border that exists just right outside this building is gone,” said Dwight Currie, Ringling Museum of Art’s associated director of museum programs, as he unveiled details of the festival’s 11 main stage productions Wednesday night for a crowd at the Historic Asolo Theater.
As for the international festival, set for Oct. 13-17, the event features several United States and world premieres in theater, music and dance. Opening night festivities alone include four premieres at the Florida State University and Ringling Museum campus.
That evening will feature the much anticipated “Solos with Mikhail Baryshnikov and David Neumann” with a world premiere dance choreographed by Susan Marshall and the world premiere of “Capricho” by Florida native and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz. The play, co-produced with the Asolo Repertory Theatre, is about an understudy who is waiting for his time to go on.

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Hook ‘Em & Cook ‘Em Fishing Tournament Scheduled for June 4 thru 6

Fishing the Beautiful Blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico

Fishing the Beautiful Blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico

The Cortez Yacht Club has teamed up with the Edison Academics school of NW Bradenton to  Host the Inaugural “ Hook’em & Cook’em”  Fishing tournament.

$6000 Dollars in Prize money will be awarded to  Fisherman and Junior Fisherman.  With the motto of  ”Fishing for a (School) of Students” to raise money for Kids scholarships.

The tournament is slated for June 4th thru the 6th.  Monetary Sponsors, Fisherman and Volunteers are encouraged to participate in this worthy cause.

The tournament is based on a Point systems for type of fish caught, so anybody can win.

Keeper fish will be “Hooked and Cooked”  at the  Fish Fry Scholarship Awards Ceremony on  Sunday June 6th from 12-6.

Live music, games, raffles and other fun stuff will make it a truly family fun event at the BaySide Banquet Hall in Cortez, Florida.

Sponsorships start at $500 down to a small donation for raffles.  Tournament Fee’s are $100 per boat… (FREE for Junior Fisherman).

Join us for this fun event to raise money for student scholarships.

Any questions… Call 941-794-6601 or E-mail CYC Commodore Joe Garbus at jgarbus@tampabay.rr.com or Edison Administrator Randy Stewart at administraion@edisonacademics.com

The Cortez Yacht Club has teamed up with the Edison Academics school of NW Bradenton to  Host the Inaugural “ Hook’em & Cook’em”  Fishing tournament…. $6000 Dollars in Prize money to  Fisherman and Junior Fisherman…   With the motto of “Fishing for a (School) of Students” to raise money for Kids scholarships…..   The tournament is slated for June 4th thru the 6th…..  Monetary Sponsors, Fisherman and Volunteers are encouraged to participate in this worthy cause…  The tournament is based on a Point systems for type of fish caught, so anybody can win….  Keeper fish will be “Hooked and Cooked”  at the  Fish Fry Scholarship Awards Ceremony on  Sunday June 6th from 12-6 with live music, games, raffles and other fun stuff to make it a truly family fun event at the BaySide Banquet Hall in Cortez… Florida…  Sponsorships start at $500 down to a small donation for raffles….  Tournament Fee’s are $100 per boat… (( FREE for Junior Fisherman )) …. Join us for this fun event to raise money for student scholarships… Got questions… Call 941-794-6601 or E-mail CYC Commodore Joe Garbus at jgarbus@tampabay.rr.com or Edison Administrator Randy Stewart at administraion@edisonacademics.com

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Fishing (and Temperatures) Heating Up

John Touchton lands an Amberjack

John Touchton lands an Amberjack

By Nick Walter Islander Reporter

White bait is creeping back into the area, and it could mean the transition from cut bait to live bait for fishers.

Small pinfish already are invading bays from offshore where there are reports of clouds of pinfish. Already there are glass minnows in the bays, so it shouldn’t be long before they’re followed by shiners.

With the bait will come more Spanish and king mackerel, as well as bluefish. There are reports of kingfish being caught from both Sunshine Skyway Bridge fishing piers and some anglers are reporting they’ve been spooled by king smokers.

Calm, warm weather also was timely for grouper fishermen, who took advantage of the opening of grouper season on April 1. Quality catches of grouper can be had in 60 feet of water, and the fish tend to favor live bait. April 1 also saw the open harvest of tarpon and bonefish.

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y Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
White bait is creeping back into the area, and it could mean the transition from cut bait to live bait for fishers.
Small pinfish already are invading bays from offshore where there are reports of clouds of pinfish. Already there are glass minnows in the bays, so it shouldn’t be long before they’re followed by shiners. With the bait will come more Spanish and king mackerel, as well as bluefish. There are reports of kingfish being caught from both Sunshine Skyway Bridge fishing piers and some anglers are reporting they’ve been spooled by king smokers.
Calm, warm weather also was timely for grouper fishermen, who took advantage of the opening of grouper season on April 1. Quality catches of grouper can be had in 60 feet of water, and the fish tend to favor live bait. April 1 also saw the open harvest of tarpon and bonefish.

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Leprechauns Descend on Anna Maria Island

Ms. Duffy is driven in the parade by Rick Lewis in a Pedi-cab from Sarasota Pedi-cab Company

Ms. Duffy is driven in the parade by Rick Lewis in a Pedi-cab from Sarasota Pedi-cab Company

The Anna Maria Island Sun

The leprechauns were out in force last Saturday for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, sponsored by Beach Bistro restaurant.

Dozens of vehicles entered the parade, which featured an elephant. Bradenton Herald columnist Vin Mannix and Lanny Frattare, voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates, followed Judy, the 39-year-old Asian elephant, with shovels, just in case she had an accident. She didn’t.

“Judy was a well-mannered lady,” Beach Bistro owner and parade organizer Sean Murphy said. “It looks like Judy will be returning for next year’s parade.”

The parade appeared to be one of the longer ones the Island has seen lately. Murphy said it appeared to take up about half the distance of the parade route, from Holmes Beach City Hall to 79th Street.

Murphy said the parade probably wouldn’t work anywhere else but Anna Maria Island.

“It was a great little parade in a great little community,” he added. “I want to thank everyone who came out and made it happen.”

ANNA MARIA — It’s not a parade that rivals Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York or The Rose Bowl Parade in California for spectacle, glamor or glitz.
But for many, the homespun St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Anna Maria Island has a pull as strong as gravity.
Lifelong Anna Maria Island resident Gazella Bear, who hasn’t missed the parade in 15 years, found its familiar sights and sounds were instruments of healing Sunday, helping her cope with a sudden great sadness in her life. On Saturday, Bear’s father, 95-year-old Nathan Winters, died.
“I knew he was failing, but when he died it was still a shock,” Bear said. “You aren’t prepared no matter how you try to prepare. You just realize you won’t see him or hear him again.”
Bear, who grew up on Key Royale Drive in Anna Maria, said she had to be at the parade Sunday. Her father was a lover of the island and its annual parade, and she attended the parade in his honor. She also attended for her own sake.
“I just love it all,” Bear said. “I love the high school bands to the animals to the floats.”
She felt better waving to her friends on floats, many of whom probably didn’t know yet that her dad had died.
“I’ve had a beautiful day after,” Bear said.

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Anna Maria Island – Florida’s Beach Wedding Capital

Knot magazine has named Anna Maria Island's Sandbar and BeachHouse to its 2009 "Best of Weddings" edition. PHOTO PROVIDED BY ISLANDPHOTOGRAPHY.ORG

Knot magazine has named Anna Maria Island's Sandbar and BeachHouse to its 2009 "Best of Weddings" edition. PHOTO PROVIDED BY ISLANDPHOTOGRAPHY.ORG

By John Davis – Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Published: Monday, March 1, 2010 at 1:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 11:16 p.m.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Anna Maria Island has carved out a niche for itself as a Florida destination for beach weddings and, in a down economy, the expense saved by getting married outside has been a draw to many couples.

“We’ve seen more people interested since the recession because a lot of the larger hotels like the Ritz and places like that, they price themselves so high that they put themselves out of the reach of many people,” said Michael Khouri of Classic Event Management in Bradenton. “But even though people have to keep it affordable, they still want something nice.”

According to Caryn Hodge, coordinator of the Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival, the island sees 1,000 to 1,500 weddings a year. Sunday marked the third wedding festival, drawing an estimated 800 people, mostly brides-to-be and their friends.

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By John Davis
Published: Monday, March 1, 2010 at 1:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 11:16 p.m.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Anna Maria Island has carved out a niche for itself as a Florida destination for beach weddings and, in a down economy, the expense saved by getting married outside has been a draw to many couples.
“We’ve seen more people interested since the recession because a lot of the larger hotels like the Ritz and places like that, they price themselves so high that they put themselves out of the reach of many people,” said Michael Khouri of Classic Event Management in Bradenton. “But even though people have to keep it affordable, they still want something nice.”

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All Aboard The Loveboat


Floating Chapel Makes Its Way Along Along The Intracoastal

The Floating Chapel Makes Its Way Down The Intra-coastal

By JANUARY HOLMES – jholmes@bradenton.com

Anna Maria Island — Call it the Love Boat.

Jill Chandler-Fisher and Orca Fisher’s vessel is not as big as the famous TV cruise ship, however, it’s cute, classically romantic and a little more churchy.

The Fishers are owners of the “Floating Chapel on the Bay” — a classic-looking church with stained-glass windows, cathedral ceilings, old-fashioned pews that seat up to 100 people and a steeple that’s as blue as the sea. It comes complete with a wrap-around deck, a bridal suite and twin engines to carry it through the Intracoastal waterway.

“The beauty of being able to cruise up and down the Intracoastal has literally stopped traffic,” said Jill Chandler-Fisher. “People get out of their cars. They wave, take photographs.”

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The Fishers are owners of the “Floating Chapel on the Bay” — a classic-looking church with stained-glass windows, cathedral ceilings, old-fashioned pews that seat up to 100 people and a steeple that’s as blue as the sea. It comes complete with a wrap-around deck, a bridal suite and twin engines to carry it through the Intracoastal waterway.
“The beauty of being able to cruise up and down the Intracoastal has literally stopped traffic,” said Jill Chandler-Fisher. “People get out of their cars. They wave, take photographs.”

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Segway Anna Maria Island

Becky Kramer and tour guide Craig Luloff

Becky Kramer and tour guide Craig Luloff

Tours of southern Anna Maria Island on a Segway i2 Personal Transporter are now under way.

Becky Kramer of Zegway by the Bay recently received seven new Segways, which are two-wheeled scooters on which riders can stand up and look around as they drive about.

The 90-minute tours cost $55 and will stop at Bradenton Beach’s Bridge Street, on Coquina Beach, at the Longboat Pass, among others places during the seven-mile tour.

“Nobody’s doing it out here,” Kramer said. “The tourism has been great here on the island and I figured this is a great addition to something that visitors can do.”

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Becky Kramer of Zegway by the Bay recently received seven new Segways, which are two-wheeled scooters on which rider can stand up and look around as they drive about.
The 90-minute tours cost $55 and will stop at Bradenton Beach’s Bridge Street, on Coquina Beach, at the Longboat Pass, among others places during the seven-mile tour.
“Nobody’s doing it out here,” Kramer said. “The tourism has been great here on the island and I figured this is a great addition to something that visitors can do.”
Kramer plans to offer up to four tours a day, every day of the week. When not on tour, the Segways can be rented for 10 minutes for $10 to people who just want to try out the nimble scooter.
Reservations for tours are recommended. For more information, call 565-065

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Bradenton Scores Highest in “Emotional Attachment”

A Gallup survey ranking 26 U.S. communities found Bradenton scored highest of all in the category of “emotional attachment”  as measured by social offerings, physical beauty and an open and welcoming nature.

Village of The Arts

Village of The Arts

That friendly vibe particularly permeates the Village of the Arts, an enclave where bountiful whimsy expresses itself in the district’s colorful cottages, studios, galleries, book stores and restaurants.

Bradenton is also home to the headquarters of Beall’s Department Stores, Tropicana and Champs Sports.

Just to the west, mile-wide Anna Maria Island is home to three laid-back island communities. Just to the east is Lakewood Ranch, one of Florida’s newest and hippest planned communities.

A Gallup survey ranking 26 U.S. communities found Bradenton scored highest of all in the category of “emotional attachment”  as measured by social offerings, physical beauty and an open and welcoming nature. That friendly vibe particularly permeates the Village of the Arts, an enclave where bountiful whimsy expresses itself in the district’s colorful cottages, studios, galleries, book stores and restaurants. Bradenton is also home to the headquarters of Beall’s Department Stores, Tropicana and Champs Sports. Just to the west, mile-wide Anna Maria Island is home to three laid-back island communities. Just to the east is Lakewood Ranch, one of Florida’s newest and hippest planned communities.

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The “Old Florida” Feel of Anna Maria Island

Beachside dining at the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria

Beachside dining at the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria

By Kitty Bean Yancey – USA Today

Unlike similar sunset celebrations in Florida tourist meccas such as Key West, there are no rowdy crowds, wall-to-wall bars or panhandlers. Also absent on Anna Maria are high-rise condos and chain hotels. You’ll have to drive off-island for a McDonald’s or Starbucks fix.

“We’ve been all over Florida, but we love Anna Maria Island because it’s so oldy-worldy,” says Glynis Bayles of England, who is here with her husband, Robert, a retiree. Europeans and the value-minded favor this getaway, where low-rise is the rule. (Just one condo complex stands more than three stories high, and no more tall buildings are allowed.)

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Islanders of the Year: Rhea Chiles, Ed Chiles

The Islander Newspaper named Rhea Chiles and her son, Ed, Islanders of the Year for 2009.  The award recognizes individuals for their unselfish contributions and genuine concern for making Anna Maria Island an even better place to live.   We congratulate Rhea and Ed for this most-deserving recognition of their unyielding support for our community.
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By Bonner Joy
The Islander – January 6, 2010

It was an idea of great joy to Rhea Chiles, and as it formed, evolved, mired and progressed, the idea became big.

Rhea Chiles

Rhea Chiles

It meant something big for Anna Maria Island to be host to the first lady of Florida, to have her return here to live after a time in the governor’s mansion, after the death of Lawton Chiles very near the end of his last term.

Of course, AMI embraced Rhea.

But little did we know she had such a big idea for us, one that would bring us culture, education, arts and artists, and a sense of place in tune with nature and the beauty around us.

It came to be the Studio at Gulf and Pine, but it is a mirror of Rhea Chiles, a woman generous of her great intellectual gifts.

Ed Chiles

Ed Chiles

But take that gift and combine it with the generosity and vision of son Ed Chiles, who has developed his trio of restaurants into landmarks on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, and we have a legacy for the future.

Ed knows the value of investing in the community, of giving back to the organizations that help support youth sports, the elementary school and other worthwhile causes. Few, if any, who ask for help are turned away.

And while he may have competitors in business, none can argue with his generosity.

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t was an idea of great joy to Rhea Chiles, and as it formed, evolved, mired and progressed, the idea became big.
It meant something big for Anna Maria Island to be host to the first lady of Florida, to have her return here to live after a time in the governor’s mansion, after the death of Lawton Chiles very near the end of his last term.
Of course, AMI embraced Rhea.
But little did we know she had such a big idea for us, one that would bring us culture, education, arts and artists, and a sense of place in tune with nature and the beauty around us.
It came to be the Studio at Gulf and Pine, but it is a mirror of Rhea Chiles, a woman generous of her great intellectual giftst was an idea of great joy to Rhea Chiles, and as it formed, evolved, mired and progressed, the idea became big.
It meant something big for Anna Maria Island to be host to the first lady of Florida, to have her return here to live after a time in the governor’s mansion, after the death of Lawton Chiles very near the end of his last term.
Of course, AMI embraced Rhea.
But little did we know she had such a big idea for us, one that would bring us culture, education, arts and artists, and a sense of place in tune with nature and the beauty around us.
It came to be the Studio at Gulf and Pine, but it is a mirror of Rhea Chiles, a woman generous of her great intellectual gifts.

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