Facebook page produces ‘Take back the island day’

Approximately 100 islanders came together again — some absent for many years, some lifelong friends at a reunion July 27 at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria.

The event was the brainchild of Rob McGrath, whose, “You know you’re from Anna Maria if…” Facebook page provided the impetus for the event. A few conversations back and forth on Facebook got the party plans started and, on July 27, McGrath saw his social media group come to life.

The folks that showed up ranged from the most experienced (oldest) like Ed Steenstra, Lisa Verona, Scott Rairigh, Bobbette Rairigh Marks and this writer to Tom Ewing’s 3-week-old son. Regardless of age, guests had a great time visiting and sharing stories of their youth.

The group also collected more than $800 for the Anna Maria Island Community Center through T-shirt sales and donations.

No word yet on the next get-together, but judging from all of the Facebook posts from those attending and those who missed it, the next Island reunion will be bigger and better.

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