Triple Event on Bridge Street
Sunday November 15th is a big day on a little street. Next Sunday Historic Bridge Street will have the last day of the Public Art Show, Turtles, and the first day of the annual Bridge Street Market. The season opener for the Market also features a Taste of Bridge Street with 5 local establishments serving up their most popular menu items. In addition to the 25+ market vendors, there’s also 7 other stops on the street comprising an Art Walk 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tying these happenings together is artsHOP, the 9th annual celebration of arts and culture on Anna Maria Island. Hoppers can experience the art of rock & roll with Ted Stevens & the Doo Shots, the art of touch with chair massage, and the art of flavor with fresh produce and prepared foods. Among the Market vendors for the season kickoff are Rhonda K, native Florida Folk Artist, Nick Donatelli, beach and nature photographer, and Mary Roff, jewelry artisan. The new Market manager, Cindy Thompson, is well-known for working with area children as well as organizing island festivals. Sunday Markets run 10-3 through the end of April.
For the Taste event, A.M.O.B, the new incarnation of John Horne’s Anna Maria Oyster Bar slated to open next month at the Bradenton Beach City Pier, will dish it out along side the Bridge Tender, Blue Marlin, Back Alley with Miller’s Dutch Kitchen pies and Bridge Street Bistro. Taste of Bridge Street will happen for just two hours, 12-2, right at the Market, for only $10 to try them all.
Getting there: Call # 855-727-RIDE (7433) to arrange shuttle transportation with the all new Adventure Away Shuttle, take the free island trolley or find car parking right on and near Bridge Street, at City Hall/Tingley Library and just south of Bridge Street at the beach. See visitbridgestreet.com for more information or call 941-896-2222,
MORE ART WALK DETAILS- Check out all 8 stops to enter a grand prize drawing.
- Bridge Street Bistro
Bridge Street Bistro invites you to experience the art of the view, from our second floor banquet room and gallery, with a stunning Gulf view. Our restaurant offers some of the finest cuisine on Anna Maria Island and our Chef will be serving complimentary tastes. Our Gallery features original works of art from Quidley and Company of Boston, Nantucket, and Naples. For artsHOP we will have a special presentation by artist Jay Pullman of New York. Bridge Street Bistro will also be participating in a Taste of Bridge Street at the Bridge Street Market during the Art Walk.
- Bridgewalk, a Landmark Resort
Step into our lobby to see the work of Tampa Bay artist Dustin Cole with the newest, latest craze of aquatic wood sculptures that will make your jaw drop. Have a cup of coffee and cookies while you view his work.
- The Uptown Lot
Connect with Gayden Shell, master photographer and proprietor of the unusual, at her new location for the Lot right on Bridge Street. Shell, her actual surname, makes art with shells, baubles and the like by “up-cycling” vintage jewelry and found objects into new creations for wearing, wall hanging and adoring. A stop this fun is sure to have fun refreshments, too.
- Sea-renity Beach Spa & Eco Boutique
Stop by Sea-renity to truly “see the sea”in the original coastal wood art and watercolors by co-owner Kelly Daszynski of sky30 art studio. The Eco Boutique will serve refreshing cucumber water while showing a gulf-inspired collection of artisan soaps, candles and jewelry. The work of a dozen different artists are represented, in addition to the art of relaxation offered by the beach spa.
- Bridge Street Interiors / Mermaid Haven
Bridge Street Interiors is clearly not just for home design. In fact, it’s now a Mermaid Haven. Toast the owners with a wine spritzer in celebration of 14 years in the same location. Check out their growing selection of Mermaid-related gifts, hand-crafted jewelry and more. This tropical boutique has long been home to the work of many local artists.
- Bridge Street Market & Taste of Bridge Street
See details on this stop above.
- Segs by the Sea / Adventure Away
By wheels to water Segs by the Sea / Adventure Away shares the art of motion. Chill out on the porch with fresh lemonade and take your turn on a Segway or Pedgo Electric Bicycle. Local artist Shelby Counihan created our Public Art Turtle and her distinctive graphics are on t-shirts and tanks available for sale. Hoppers will get discount coupons for rentals of segways, bikes, scooters and golf carts.
- Bridge Tender
Bridge Tender Inn will be showcasing the art of the cocktail. Order your favorite tropical libation and take a look at our murals. Many murals have been created by our own hard-working wait staff over the past few years and Rhonda K, Native Florida Folk Artist, has just added to our collection with a new piece facing Bridge Street.
Our customers arrive by land, by sea, by bike, to relax under the tree at our tiki bar, on the front porch or inside at the Packer bar. Bridge Tender will also be participating in a Taste of Bridge Street at the Bridge Street Market during the Art Walk. #####