Arts Hop returns to Anna Maria

The three-day event celebrates the island's art, music and theater

November 7, 2013 

Birdhouse painted by Barbara Hines of Island Gallery West.PUBLICITY PHOTO


Anna Maria Island is probably best known for its beaches and other natural wonders, but it's also a haven for arts and artists.

The seventh annual Arts Hop, scheduled for this weekend on the island, celebrates all aspects of the community's arts and culture.

Friday evening, and all day Saturday and Sunday, island residents and visitors can stroll (it's not required that you actually hop) around the island to take in music, theater, visual arts and crafts.

The island is noting its status as a bird sanctuary by asking artists to create birdhouses that will be displayed around the island. They'll be for sale at various businesses and some of the money from the sale will go to the Anna Maria Island Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Center.

Here's a schedule of events. The free island trolley is available to take you around to various venues.


5-8 p.m.: Gallery hop. Galleries open in Holmes Beach and Anna Maria City.

8 p.m.: "Guilty Conscience," performance by the Island Players.


10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Butterfly Garden, Arts and Crafts Show, Holmes Beach City Field.

4:30-7:30 p.m.: Symphony on the Sand, a beachfront concert at Coquina Gulfside Park on Anna Maria Island.

8-10 p.m.: Dance in the Sand with Mike Sales at the Cafe on the Beach.


10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Butterfly Garden, Arts and Crafts Show, Holmes Beach City Field.

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Anna Maria Island Art League birdhouses, bird-crafting, sidewalk chalk drawing.

2 p.m.: "Guilty Conscience," performance by the Island Players.

Details: Nov. 9-11, locations around Anna Maria Island. Tickets: Free (some individual events charge admission). Information:

-- Marty Clear

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