CityFest unfolds at Holmes Beach City Hall, field, marina

A two-day lineup of music, food, arts, crafts and more is in store April 13-14 at Island CityFest Holmes Beach Founder’s Day Celebration, which again is sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.

Special recognition of city founders will kick off CityFest at a reception and dedication hosted by Mayor Rich Bohnenberger begins at 9 a.m. Friday, April 13, in the lobby of Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, where city officials will meet and greet guests from the community. Refreshments and breakfast fare are provided by The Islander newspaper.

At 10 a.m. there will be a dedication ceremony in the commission chambers. Kirby Stewart, American Legion, Post 24, will post the colors. Mike Sales will sing the national anthem. Bohnenberger will provide introductions.

The ceremony will include former city clerk D. Paulette Webb, 1971, and former commissioner and mayor, Jefferson Asbury, 1975-78. Also featured will be the presentation of a community partner award. Music will be performed by the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra.

Tours of city hall will be offered until 3 p.m.

Also Friday, April 13 — in the city field off of Flotilla Drive adjacent to city hall — the music lineup on the new gazebo stage will include:

· 5-7 p.m., Koko Ray.

· 7-8 p.m., Scott’s Garage Band.

· 8-10 p.m., Dr. Dave Band.

Saturday, April 14, also at the city field stage, Sales will be the master of ceremonies for a music lineup that includes:

10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Mike Sales’ Restless Natives.

12:30-1:15 p.m., Gulf Drive Band.

1:30-2:30 p.m., Island Rockers.

3-5 p.m., soulRcoaster.

5:30-7:30 p.m., Russ Adams Project.

Both days will feature a fine arts gallery and local crafts and other chamber vendors, a food court and an AMI Fitness Kids Zone.

On Saturday, activities include a free LaPensee Plumbing and Pools-sponsored classic car show on the city baseball field and $10 Island Pearl cruises — a portion of proceeds goes to the chamber —  at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. embarking from Mainsail Marina, 5400 Marina Drive.

The list of local restaurants preparing tasty treats include: the Feast, Waterfront, Pete’s-A-Place, Chicago Joe’s, Corky’s Hotdogs, Aaron’s Smokin’ BBQ, Ol’ Kentucky Concessions, Johnny’s Bad Dogs and Tyler’s Ice Cream.

The event sponsors include media sponsor The Islander, corporate sponsor Miller Electric, Friday beer sponsor Spivey Construction, Saturday beer sponsor Anna Maria Island Resorts and two-day wine sponsor Engel & Voelkers.

Admission to CityFest is free. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, but coolers will not be allowed on the field.

CityFest proceeds are designated by the AMI Chamber of Commerce for student scholarship funding.

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