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Bayfest 2018

The Bayfest 2018 was held Saturday, Oct 20th and opened the festival season on the Anna Maria Island. The event is sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. As usually, large crowds started filling Pine Avenue as early as 10 am. Despite summer like temperatures the day was another success. Duncan Real Estate tradition is giving out fans that were in high demand again this year. 500 fans went in less than 1 hour.

 

Bayfest 2018

Lindsey Leech, Martha Jones and Darcie Duncan of Duncan Real Estate

With a full program lots of entertainment was offered.  The Bill Mergens Memorial Auto show is a classic car show named after the show’s late organizer. It displayed more than 100 vehicles that were lining on the West part of Pine Avenue. Visitors admired the different models with owners close by to answer any questions. Many vendors lined the street and offered their merchandise like arts and crafts. Non-profit organizations gave out information and support options. The Kid’s Zone with a bounce house, slides and games is always a big success and the kid friendly activities offers by the Roser Memorial Community Church. Little ones enjoyed arts, coloring and face painting. Food and music are other highlights.

Car Show Bayfest 2018

Duncan Real Estate Office

 

Despite a serious problem with red tide this summer it was great to see thousands of people coming out and enjoying the day along Pine Avenue. According to Chamber President Terri Kinder some of the proceeds will go to Island workers who suffered as the Island economy was hit by the lack of business from the red tide.

If you missed all the fun this time put this event on your calendar for next year. Bayfest is usually held the third Saturday in October. Here the full program that was offered:

Bayfest 2018 Program

Please call Team Duncan at 941 779 0304 to learn more about other festivals this season or send us a quick message.

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National Night Out on Anna Maria Island

The Holmes Beach Police Department invited to their National Night Out on Anna Maria Island and lots of people came and enjoyed the outdoor activities on a warm fall evening.

This national event began in 1984 and started simply with neighbors turning on their porch lights and sitting in front of their houses. It is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada and has evolved into much larger festivities. The National Night Out 2016 had a participation of 38 million residents in 16,000 communities across the United States. Most communities celebrate the first Tuesday in August. Texas and Florida shifted the date to the first Tuesday in October due to the warmer climate. The event was created to increase awareness about police programs in communities like drug prevention, town or neighborhood watch and other crime reducing  efforts. It is supposed to build neighborhood camaraderie.

 

This October 2, 2018 many island organizations, companies and the Holmes Beach Police Department put a great outreach program together. It was bigger than last year and took place at the City Field North of the Holmes Beach City hall. The festivities lasted from 4-8 pm and included a number of activities like slides, skill games, free food, bike and toy giveaways. Many island shops offered hot dogs, tacos, popcorn, snow cones, ice cream and barbecue items.

 

 

“DUNCAN DUNKINGS”

Duncan Real Estate sponsored the dunk tank that featured the police chief, the mayor of Holmes Beach and most popular with the island kids some teachers of the local Anna Maria Elementary School. Lines were long for the educator dunkings!

Sounds like a great time! See you next year!

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Anna Maria Island Red Tide Fundraiser

A picture perfect sunset accompanied the diners at the Anna Maria Island Red Tide Fundraiser in response to the recent algae outbreak. 160 guests enjoyed the long table 5 course dinner sitting right on the beach in front of the SandBar restaurant on August 26, 2018. The event raised money to benefit START (Solutions To Avoid Red Tide) – an organization dedicated to Red Tide research. It was also helping bringing awareness to island businesses that are hit very hard by the devastating effects of this year’s Red Tide bloom. The impact was immediate and also coincides with the slowest time of the island tourist season. It resulted in abrupt income loss for many business owners.

 

Anna Maria Island Fundraiser

Jack Elka Photography

 

Sponsors of this event were many local restaurants like the SandBar, Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Blue Marlin, Dry Dock Grill, Seafood Shack and The Waterfront Restaurant. Others included Visit Florida, Bradenton Area and Convention Bureau, Darwin Brewing, Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing and the Bradenton Herald.

Darcie Duncan, owner and broker of Duncan Real Estate, participated in the festivities. Pictured below are Carol Whitmore, (Manatee County Commissioner, left), Darcie Duncan (middle) and John Horne (owner of Anna Maria Oyster Bar, right).

 

If you like to get the latest information on the beach conditions please contact Team Duncan. We aim to provide our guests and customers with the most accurate information about the daily situation. Please call us at 941 779 0304 or send us a quick message here.

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4th of July on Anna Maria Island!

The week of the 4th of July is always a fun and busy time on Anna Maria Island.  It is a time to celebrate America, be with family and friends and enjoy the glorious beaches of Anna Maria IslandDuncan Real Estate is just about fully booked for the week of the 4th.

Parade on Anna Maria Island

If you are staying with us during the week of the 4th of July, you might enjoy some of the exciting activities that are going on all day/night.  Start your day off with the Anna Maria Island Privateers 4th of July Parade.  The parade begins at 10 AM on the south end of Anna Maria Island at Coquina Beach and covers the entire Island all the way to Bay Front Park.  It typically last two hours and is a really fun time – for both kids and adults.  Make sure to wear your red, white and blue and sunscreen too!

Picnic on Anna Maria Island 

Immediately following the parade, Picnic in the Park starts at Bayfront Park on the north end of Anna Maria Island.  This picnic is free and will serve hot dogs, chip and drinks – it is free to all so make sure to come out!  The kids can play on the playground while you enjoy taking a swim in the water.  Bayfront Park offers plenty of shade and tables to enjoy a family picnic.  Duncan Real Estate is right up the street from Bayfront Park – stop by and say hello to us.

Beach on Anna Maria Island

After your belly is full from the picnic, it may be time for you to sit and relax on the beach.  Isn’t that why you are here on vacation!  The white sands, crystal clear gulf water and a breeze that is hard to beat is all the more reason to take your family out to the beach and just enjoy all of it.

Fireworks on Anna Maria Island 

Once the sun goes down and hopefully you have enjoyed the one of a kind Anna Maria Island sunset, stay at the beach as you will see the sky light up from the fireworks!   The Sandbar Restaurant host the annual fireworks and puts on a wonderful show.  You really can be sitting anywhere on the beach to enjoy them.  The Sandbar does offer a VIP ticket with dinner, drinks, and first class seats for the fireworks, just call them at 941-778-0444 to reserve yours.

As you can see, Anna Maria Island offers so much for the 4th of July!  Make sure to call Duncan Real Estate and a member of Team Duncan would love to help you book your next vacation.  941-779-0304

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Here come the food trucks on Anna Maria Island!

One of Anna Maria Island’s most popular event is coming up:  the Beach N’ Food Truck and Music Festival on Saturday, April 14th from 10 Am – 3 PM.  This fun family festival is an all day celebration right along side the azure Gulf waters and white sandy beaches at the south end of Coquina Beach, just south of the trolley turn around.  The food trucks on Anna Maria Island will be ready to serve you!  Duncan Real Estate has many great rentals within walking distance of this fun event in Bradenton Beach!  Give a member of Team Duncan a call today to book a vacation rental for this fun event.  941-779-0304

 

Local bands will be performing live music to keep you jamming all throughout the day into the evening. Check out this great entertainment lineup:

Mike Sales – Event Emcee – 10AM – 8PM
Tropicool Duo – 10:30AM – 12:30PM
Renegade  – 1PM – 3PM
SoulRcoaster – 3:30PM – 5:30PM
The Karen & Jimmy Band – 6PM – 8PM

There will be plenty of opportunities for shopping as well, showcasing vendor booths with unique, one-of-a-king items from jewelry, local artists’ works, collectible items and much more. A Kids Zone with all kinds of fun games, bounce houses and more for the young ones to enjoy will be set up.

The festival will also feature an amazing car show, The Bill Mergens Memorial Car Show, with over 100 classic, antique, custom and muscle cars on display from 10am until 3pm.

And of course, the stars of the show, a variety of Food Trucks serving delectable eats and treats. There is sure to be something for everyone.  Refreshing adult beverages will be available – from wine, margaritas, rum runners and cold beer to soft drinks and water to wet your whistle.  The food trucks on Anna Maria Island will be ready to serve you!

This is an entrance free, family friendly, community event open to all to enjoy.

Parking is available on Coquina Beach. You can also park in other locations further away along Bradenton Beach, Manatee Public Beach, etc. and ride the free trolley to the event. The Island Monkey Bus is another option to leave the driving to someone else and not have to worry about parking. Traffic to the island gets heavy during season after 10am, so plan to come early to enjoy all the festivities.

The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sponsors this event.  For more information, call the Chamber at 941-778-3986.  Team Duncan looks forward to seeing you this Saturday!!

 

Sunny regards,

Ginger

 

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Busy Bunnies on Anna Maria Island Easter!

Anna Maria Island Easter Tradition will continue on Anna Maria Island this week Saturday,  March 31 beginning at 8:30 at the Sandbar Restaurant at 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria.  The restaurant will serve breakfast-type refreshments for children 10 and under and the egg hunt on the beach will begin at 9 AM!

Next, the Easter Bunny will lead a parade to Pine Ave, where the contests and games will take place – bonnet contest, easter egg roll, face painting, games and coloring!  Photos with the Easter Bunny will be taken by Dara Caudill and music will be provided by DJ Chuck Caudill!

Thank you to the Sandbar and Hometown Desserts for providing refreshments and treats on Pine Avenue!  The easter egg roll will be 9:30-11 AM with the bonnet contests judging at 10:30 AM.  Make sure to pop into Duncan Real Estate when you head down Pine Ave.  We have goodies to hand out to the little bunnies for Anna Maria Island Easter.

For further information, please call the Sandbar at 941-778-0444 or Duncan Real Estate at 941-779-0304 or send us a quick message here.

Happy Easter!Anna Maria Island Easter

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Where can you find Green Beer on Anna Maria Island?!

Where’s the green beer at?

 

green beerFiguring out where to drink on St. Patrick’s Day can be a daunting task. Whether you’re staying at one of our vacation rentals or a resident on Anna Maria Island, we got you covered on where to go for the festivities.

Duffy’s Tavern has always been a staple on Anna Maria Island and their St. Patrick’s day celebrations do not fall short. Green beer and traditional dishes stay flowing all day Saturday to commemorate the Irish roots Duffy’s tavern was founded on. In the heart of Holmes Beach, Duffy’s Tavern is our top pick.

The newly opened Freckled Fin just around the corner is guaranteed to be a good time this Saturday. With Irish flags draped all around the edifice, we’re certain the traditional menu items will be amazing and the live music will be even better. If you can handle more than one stop on your boozy day we suggest hitting Duffy’s tavern in the day and Freckled Fin at night.

Bridge street is always known for the night life and St. Patrick’s day definitely won’t disappoint. You have options there. Hit Island Time for a cocktail, Blue Marlin for dinner, Sports for an after dinner drink, and the Drift-in if you want to keep the party going and make your Irish heritage proud.

Off the island, we got more options!  Clancy’s will be packed more than a college bar offering penny beers on game day. Ask someone in Manatee County where to go on St. Patrick’s day and we would bet our lucky 4-leaf clover that they will say Clancy’s. It’s a sight to see so grab your phone call a Lyft and head there if you want some time on the mainland. Not too far away is Paddy Wagons. A relatively new bar located next to the Anna Maria Oyster Bar on Cortez. The green beer will be flowing and the crowd won’t be as bad as Clancy’s. Downtown is your 3rd option on the mainland. They block the street off and the surrounding bars all participate. Get a different perspective on the area. Our food recommendation there is O’Bricks (the name probably gives it away but they are definitely celebrating St. Pats) or Jennings Provisions. A new small plate and wine/beer bar. Maybe they will have green Lola wine?

Enjoy Saturday Irish or not and make sure to plan on watching the St Paddy’s Day parade on the island which is Sunday, march 18th beginning at 4:00 in Holmes Beach!

You can reach Duncan Real Estate at 941.779.0304 or send us a quick message here.

Cheers!

 

 

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St Paddy’s Day Parade on Anna Maria Island!

You will not want to miss out on the St Paddy’s Day Parade on Anna Maria Island.  The date is set – Sunday, March 18th beginning at 4:00 PM.  The parade will assemble in the Eat Here parking lot at Marina and Gulf Drives starting at about 2 and then travel north on Marina and Palm Drives, ending at 78th Street.

Years ago Sean Murphy loaded up his kids and neighborhood friends into an old green lawn trailer and carrying a parade permit and blasting music from a boom box, drove down the middle of Gulf Drive to the amusement of bystanders and vacationers!  This was the 1st annual Anna Maria Island St Paddy’s Day Parade, according to Murphy, the owner of three Holmes Beach establishments – Beach Bistro, Eat Here and the Doctor’s Office.

A few years later, the parade had grown to include bands and floats and to attract thousands of paradegoers!  Murphy invited everyone to “get with the St Pat Spirit” and join the parade – it is free to stroll with the bag pipers, pirates, leprechauns, marching bands and community groups.  If you want to join in the parade fun as a participant, please call the Beach Bistro at 941-778-6444.

Duncan Real Estate has been in the parade for many years.  This year, we decided to enjoy the parade from the streets and holler at all the floats and friends!  We hope to see you all there too!!!

Cheers,

Ginger

St Paddy's Day Parade

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Trail of Treats was a Hit!

As I always say, Anna Maria Island always has such fun activities going on and the Anna Maria Chamber plays a big hand in this.  The Trail of Treats started at the Chamber after school with a costume contest and then the kiddos were sent out with a list of businesses on Holmes Beach, Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach that were handing out candy!

The rush started coming around 5:30 and Team Duncan was ready to roll!  We set up “shop” at our picnic table with Tootsie pops, necklaces/bracelets, and adult beverages!  Let me tell you, the adult beverages were a hit!  Over and over again, we heard that Duncan Real Estate was the best spot and most fun.  We had several groups come back by for seconds (on the adult beverages more than the candy)!

Here are a few photos of the ladies of Team Duncan that worked Trail of Treats:

LL, LS, EQEQ and CK LS and EQ

 

All of the kids were so cute and so polite!  We had to tell them to take two tootsie pops!  Take a look at all of the cuties we saw at the Trail of Treats!

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As you can see, it was a blast!  Hope to see you next year at the Anna Maria Island Trail of Treats!

 

Boo!

Ginger

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Stay in the know! Duncan Real Estate Newsletter!

Look what I just finished and sent out today – The Duncan Real Estate October 2017 newsletter!  It features a new restaurant we have on Anna Maria Island called Smoquehouse BBQ, our Reader’s Choice Award, Duncan Deals, and an upcoming event on Pine Ave.  Click here to view the newsletter and see what is happening with Duncan Real Estate and on Anna Maria Island.

 

Just so you don’t miss out on the Duncan Deal, here is what it is!  If you rent for 7 or more nights in November or December of 2017, you get one night FREE! (excludes holiday weeks) . Get out of the cold and come enjoy all that Anna Maria Island has to offer during the holidays!  PLUS, the weather is perfect this time of year.  If you are here during the week of December 8th, come to the Holiday walk on Pine Ave!  SUCH a fun event and it is free!  The locals look forward to this walk and it really gets you in the holiday spirit.  Duncan Real Estate serves grilled oysters, cookies and processco!  That should be enough reason for you to come out for the Holiday Walk on Pine!

 

Enjoy reading our short October newsletter and give our office a call to book a vacation rental or to help you with the sale or purchase of your new home!

 

Sunny regards,

Ginger

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Contact us or call Duncan Real Estate today at 941-779-0304 to speak with our knowledgeable real estate specialists.