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Date of Issue: October 01, 2008

Detour to Paradise

The Islander staff invites you to join us on a Detour to Paradise as we ride out the closure of the Anna Maria Island Bridge through Nov. 13.

The bridge is closed. Traffic, depending on the hour, may be slow-moving on and off the other bridges at Cortez Road and Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach and on Gulf Drive to Longboat Key.

But hey, this is an Island on the Gulf of Mexico, a place of good vibes and good times.

So, during the shutdown, put yourself on Island-time. Relax. Don’t worry. Be happy.

Oct. 1 – Oct. 7

Wednesday, Oct. 1: Digest some politics at lunch. Catch the trolley and catch Democratic candidate Christine Jennings talking with members of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce over lunch at the Sun House Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. in Bradenton Beach.

Thursday, Oct. 2: Does a traffic jam make you think of city living? Say, sweet old home Chicago? Pull over and indulge in an authentic Chicago-style hot dog — even the celery salt and sweet pickle relish — at Ginny’s and Jane's at the Old IGA in Anna Maria.

Friday, Oct. 3: Celebrate Oktoberfest with German food in an Island setting. The special on Friday nights at Old Hamburg in Holmes Beach is Bavarian haxen. Be sure to call a day in advance.

Saturday, Oct. 4: Shop for fresh produce at the Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and stop nearby for the Island’s version of a major golf tournament — the first annual Fish Hole Miniature Golf Tournament — beginning at 10 a.m.

Also, from noon to 7 p.m., Concert in the Park takes place at the Holmes Beach City Park, 5801 Marina Drive, featuring KoKo Ray and the Soul Providers, the Dr. Dave Band, the Billy Rice Band, Yesterdayze and Eric von Hahmann.

Sunday, Oct. 5: Rise and shine — and maybe get splashed — with the annual Skimboard Bash, held in the Gulf of Mexico near the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.

Monday, Oct. 6: Start and end the day right. Catch the sunrise from Bayfront Park in Anna Maria and the sunset from Katie Pierola Park in Bradenton Beach.

Tuesday, Oct. 7: Test your peddle power. How long does it take to bicycle the length of the Island?

For a complete listing of events this week, turn to The Islander calendar.