The Center offers a variety of events throughout the year. There’s a golf tournament at The Links at Greenfield Golf Course. A family favorite, Lester Family Fun Day, is a holiday-themed event featuring Santa, crafts, games and performances for all ages. The annual Murder Mystery play is always entertaining for the Center’s adult audience. The annual Tour of Homes provides an inside look into homes around the island, attracting many people on the island and from surrounding areas. The Center also offer member socials, which provide a chance for our community to get together for an evening of food and fun! Stay tuned for upcoming events, scheduling details and information!
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Save the Date
- Murder Mystery: February 22 & 23, 2019 (80’s Theme)
- Bingo: March 1st and March 29th
- Tour of Homes: March 16, 2019
- Center Bazaar: March 16, 2019
- BJ Thomas Concert: March 21, 2019
- Marshall Tucker Band: April 1, 2019
- Passion for Fashion Show: April 11, 2019
- Lester Family Fun Day: December 7, 2019
“1988 what a difference 10 years makes”
The Class of 1978 is back for their 10 year reunion. A night full of memories and fun, all changes when someone is MURDERED! Who did it and what secrets are the class of 1978 hiding?
Friday, February 22nd and Saturday, February 23rd –
TWO NIGHTS TO CHOOSE FROM
6:15pm-7pm VIP Mingle with the Cast each night
Doors Open at 6:45pm
Show starts nightly at 7:15pm
$15 for VIP Mingle
$50 per ticket
$360 for table of 8
Get your tickets now!
For Adults only.
Dinner will be provide.
Cash bar and raffles available.
Sponsorship available: 2019 Murder Mystery Sponsor Form
Friday, March 1st and Friday, March 29th
COME JOIN THE FUN!!!! Bingo is a game of CHANCE…and a great way to come out, socialize with friends (or make new ones), and support your community’s gathering place!
Tell your friends and neighbors and be sure not to miss out on the action.
- Refreshments available for donation.
- Bingo Cards only $1 each!
- Win gift cards to Local Restaurants
WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS:Click here to sign up
Saturday, March 16th 2019
Showing off the best in island living, this 26th edition of an annual tour of local homes, will include five homes and six stops on March 16, 10:00am to 3:00pm. Distinctive architecture, elegant interiors and stunning waterfront views will be open to the public. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the following locations before the event:
Business Name Address
The Center 407 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria
AMI General Store 503 Pine Ave., Anna Maria
AMI Sun Newspaper 202 Palm Ave., Anna Maria
Duncan Real Estate 310 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria
Egret’s Nest 10010 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria
Ginny’s & Jane E’s 9807 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria
The White Egret 10006 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria
AMI Chamber of Commerce 5313 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach
Holmes Beach Ace Hardware 3352 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach
LaPensee Plumbing 401 Manatee Ave., Holmes Beach
The Egret’s Landing 5602 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
Crowder Bros. Ace Hardware 5409 Manatee Ave., Bradenton
The last stop is the Center Bazaar located at the Center of Anna Maria Island (407 Magnolia Avenue). It will have a Bazaar, sponsored by Duncan Real Estate, that will feature original arts and crafts and food vendors, in addition to chances to win a beautiful handmade quilt created by the Eyeland Needlers. The quilt is currently on display at The Center and is sponsored by Green Real Estate. Quilt raffle tickets are on sale for $1 each, or six for $5, and can be purchased at the Center. Those who just want to come to the Bazaar are free to do so without a Tour ticket.
Here are the stops for the 2019 Tour. Tickets can be purchased at any of the locations the day of event:
#1 The Fangmeyer Home: 95 52nd St, Holmes Beach
#2 The Kerchner Home: 637 Key Royale Dr, Holmes Beach
#3 The Horne Home: 8403 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach
#4 The Center of AMI: 407 Magnolia Ave, Anna Maria
#5 The Willow House: 222 Willow Ave, Anna Maria
Center Bazaar located at the Center of Anna Maria Island (407 Magnolia Avenue). The Bazaar is sponsored by Duncan Real Estate. It will feature original arts and crafts and food vendors, in addition to chances to win a beautiful handmade quilt created by the Eyeland Needlers. The Bazaar is open 10am-3pm March 16th
We are looking for vendors: The Center Bazaar Vendor Application
Thursday, March 21st
Live at The Center of Anna Maria Island
Reserved seating tickets priced from $35 to $100 can be purchased at the link below.
Doors open 6 PM
Opening Act 7 PM
Showtime 8 PM
The Center of Anna Maria Island
407 Magnolia Avenue
Anna Maria, Florida 34216
BJ Thomas owns one of the most distinctive voices in American pop music-a reassuringly masculine timbre conveyed with a smattering of unique embellishments that represent a distillation of the most influential genres in pop culture.
Nothing about the identifiable sound of B.J. THOMAS’ voice has changed, but there’s a re-energized commitment behind it. Recognizing the continued loyalty of his fans, B.J. has released his first new studio album in seven years with Curb Records.
Concurrent with that project, he contributed six songs to the soundtrack and co-stared in the independent picture JAKE’S CORNER. He has also developed an album for release in Brazil, where he remains a significant musical signpost; much of it mirroring his own blue-collar background.
“We’ve always tried to do the right thing as far as getting our music out and encouraging people with positive music,” B.J. reflects.
Indeed, many of B.J.’s signature hits-the Oscar-winning Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head, the million-selling (Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song and his career-igniting cover of Hank Williams’ I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry-invariably find the plots’protagonists employing some level of positivity to overcome the universal battle with loneliness.
With over 70 million records sold, BJ’s vocal versatility is as apparent today as it was when he recorded his first hit in 1967, “I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry”.
Since the mid-1960s, BJ Thomas has become one of the most recognized and respected voices of the American musical landscape. He has impacted many areas of popular music with 15 Top 40 pop hits, 10 Top 40 country hits, 5 Grammys, 2 Dove awards and 15 Gold and Platinum Records. He is the only artist to successfully move to the top of three music genres not as a crossover and also have crossover success.
Live at The Center
Monday, April 1st
Reserved seating tickets priced from $50 to $65 can be purchased at the link above.
Doors open 6:00 PM
Opening Act 7:00 PM
Showtime 8:00 PM
|THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND BIO|
|In the early fall of 1973, The Marshall Tucker Band was still a young and hungry group out to prove themselves every time they hit the stage. “We were a bunch of young guys who didn’t know any boundaries,” says founding member and longtime lead singer Doug Gray. As it turned out, the collective talents of The Marshall Tucker Band took them very far indeed.
Today, the band records on its own RAMBLIN’ RECORDS Label (distributed by Sony/RED) and continues to release new and previously unreleased material. Still led today by founding member and lead singer Doug Gray, they represent a time and place in music that will never be duplicated. Gray is quick to credit the band’s current dynamic members with carrying on the timeless essence of The Marshall Tucker Band sound. Current members include the highly respected drummer B.B. Borden, a former member of both Mother’s Finest and The Outlaws, multi instrumentalist Marcus Henderson of Macon, Georgia, plays flute, saxophone and keyboards in addition to lead and background vocals, Pat Elwood on bass guitar, and Rick Willis on lead guitar and vocals, both of Spartanburg SC, are disciples of the Caldwell Brothers. Acclaimed lead guitarist and vocalist Chris Hicks recently rejoined the band after a two-year absence. Together they present a powerful stage presence as they continue to tour the country and continue to be powerful force in the world of music.
The Marshall Tucker Band got its start in Spartanburg, S.C. when Gray teamed up with Tommy Caldwell and Toy Caldwell, Paul T. Riddle, George McCorkle and Jerry Eubanks, borrowing the name “Marshall Tucker” from a piano tuner whose name was found on a key ring in their old rehearsal space. In 1972, they signed with Capricorn Records, the same label that guided The Allman Brothers Band, Wet Willie, and others to national fame. The MTB opened shows for The Allman Brothers in 1973, and the following year, they began to headline their own shows across America due to the platinum-plus sales of their debut album. They toured constantly playing sheds, stadiums, theaters, fairs, and festivals.
In years to come, The Marshall Tucker Band would wow critics and influence major country acts like Alabama, The Kentucky Headhunters, Confederate Railroad, and Travis Tritt with its definitive blend of rock, rhythm & blues, jazz, country, and gospel. Now, thanks to the expanding scope of today’s music, a new generation of fans is learning what the rest of their fans have known for so long- that good music knows no boundaries. Along the way, the band has recorded 22 studio albums, three DVDs, three live albums and many compilations.
In 1980, Tommy Caldwell died as a result of injuries from an auto accident. In 1984, Toy Caldwell, George McCorkle, and Paul Riddle decided to retire. Doug Gray and Jerry Eubanks with the blessings of the other three continued to record and perform as The Marshall Tucker Band. 1n 1993 Toy Caldwell, who wrote the majority of their songs, passed away, as did George McCorkle in 2007. Jerry Eubanks retired in 1996 and Doug Gray continues to lead the current band of fine musicians winning new young fans as well as satisfying the loyal fans of several generations.
Years of rigorous tour schedules earned the band the respect of critics and countless dedicated fans. With hit singles like “Heard It In a Love Song,” “Fire On The Mountain,” “Can’t You See,” and “Take The Highway,” The Marshall Tucker Band earned seven gold and three platinum albums while they were on the Capricorn Records label. During the 90’s, the MTB scored four hit singles on Billboard’s country chart and one on Billboard’s gospel chart. Their music has also been featured on the soundtracks of movies such as Smokey and the Bandit, Blow, The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper, Shipwrecked, Crank 2, Don’t Mess with Zohan, Stop Loss, Swing Vote, Taking Chance and many others as well as many TV Shows.
“The buying public never really cared whether we were country or rock & roll” says Gray. “They called us a Southern rock band, but we have always played everything from country, jazz, blues, rock & roll and all things in-between. As we’ve become older,” Gray grins, eyes twinkling, “our Southern heritage seems to come out even more. But, no matter how old we get, we can still rock your socks off.” Gray also notes that people have gotten “married and buried” to classic MTB songs like “Desert Skies” and “Can’t You See”. After 40 years, The Marshall Tucker Band continues to be played on classic rock and country radio, and they have never stopped touring.
More than 40 years after forming, The Marshall Tucker Band continues to tour, performing more than 130 live dates each year. CMT (Country Music Television) named the MTB’s “Can’t You See” the #4 Greatest Southern Rock Song. The MTB’s debut album, The Marshall Tucker Band, reigns as Gibson Guitar’s #5 Greatest Southern Rock Album. UltimateClassicRock.com crowned the MTB’s “Can’t You See” as the #1 Southern Rock Song and in 2013, GRAMMY® Magazine named the group’s logo as one of the most distinctive and iconic brands in music.