Anna Maria Island

artsHOP 2014

ARTWALK, Friday Evening
Check the individual venues for the ARTWALK
Most of the galleries will be presenting local music.

Butterfly Garden Arts and Crafts, Saturday
Live music by area favorite Patchouli, back in Florida with their CD’s for sale (which make great holiday gifts.) Bring a lawn chair and come and enjoy their performance.

Saturday, November 8th

We are pleased to announce the return of Symphony on the Sand, a musical and gourmet event featuring the award-winning Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra. Symphony on the Sand will take place on Nov. 8, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the beach at Coquina Gulfside Park, 2650 Gulf Drive South. Symphony on the Sand features a full 45-piece symphonic orchestra, chorus and professional soloists performing the sounds of classical and patriotic American songs, Broadway and movie selections, plus songs from the Beach Boys and Beatles. Al Ruechel, senior anchor for Bay News 9, and Russell Gant of WSMR 89.1, will co-emcee the event.

Attendees can enjoy small plates created by the following top local restaurants:
  • Anna Maria Oyster Bar
  • BeacHhouse Restaurant
  • Coquina Café
  • Euphemia Haye
  • The Waterfront Restaurant
  • This year's offerings include a salad course, several entrée selections, and a delicious dessert
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Sponsorship tables of 10 are available for $1,250 and up. Sponsor tables will include small plates, as well as complimentary fine wine and select beers. Individual tickets at $100 with food and drink are offered, as are $35 tickets, without food and drink. A cash bar will be available. There is plenty of free public beach seating, so plan to bring your beach chairs or blanket and enjoy a wonderful evening of beautiful music on Anna Maria Island’s spectacular Gulf beach.

Visit or contact Jeanie Pickwick, Chair, Symphony on the Sand Steering Committee, at or 941-795-2370, for sponsorship opportunities, to purchase tickets, and for additional event details. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra’s Youth and Outreach Programs.

Our Anna Maria Island community proudly supports over 12 art galleries and studios, a nationally recognized historical society, a renowned orchestra and chorus, The Island Players theater, and a published writers' group. Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island was established in 2008 for the purpose of promoting and supporting our island culture. "Cultural Connections' mission is to promote Anna Maria Island as a cultural destination."

The 8th annual artsHOP is presented by Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island
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