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Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces Third annual Symphony on the Sand

(Bradenton, FL) The Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau announced today the return of Symphony on the Sand, a musical and gourmet event featuring the award-winning Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra (AMICCO). Symphony on the Sand takes place on Nov. 14, 2015 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the beach at Coquina Gulfside Park, 2650 Gulf Drive South.

This is a great weekend for experiencing the rich variety of art and culture available in our area. Keep Manatee Beautiful’s “SandBlast”, held Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Manatee Public Beach offers some of the best sand sculpturing in our area. The ninth Annual Anna Maria Island ArtsHOP features a weekend of cultural events – Friday evening gallery walk, special performances by Island Players, Friday evening and Sunday afternoon, Sunday is Bridge Street ArtWalk, with the Butterfly Arts and Crafts Show Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., AMICCO takes the stage for the third annual Symphony on the Sand at Coquina Beach.

Jeanie Pickwick, Executive Director of AMICCO and Chair of the Symphony on the Sand Steering Committee: “Last year we dealt with inclement weather. Symphony on the Sand is a rain or shine event and we are making every effort to assure the comfort of our guests and concertgoers.”

Symphony on the Sand features a full 45-piece symphonic orchestra, chorus and professional soloists performing the sounds of classical and patriotic American songs, Broadway and movie selections, plus songs from the Beatles, Queen and Simon and Garfunkel. Al Ruechel, senior anchor for Bay News 9, and a media host from WSMR 89.1, will co-emcee the event.

Attendees can enjoy small plates created by favorite local restaurants:
Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Beach House Restaurant, Coquina Café and The Lazy Lobster. Dining offerings include a salad course, several entrée selections and dessert.

Sponsorship tables of 10 are available for $1,250 and up. Sponsor tables include small plates, as well as complimentary fine wine and select beers. Individual tickets at $100 with food and drink are offered, as are $35 tickets, without food and drink. A cash bar is available. New this year is a $70 option of hi-top Cocktail Tables, which includes complimentary wine and beer. Purchasing tickets early is advised. Ticket sales on the date of the event will have an increased price. Early ticket purchases will receive priority in seating. Bring your beach chairs or blanket.

Visit www.SymphonyOnTheSand.com to purchase tickets and for sponsorship opportunities. Contact Jeanie Pickwick, Event Chair, at pickwick@tampabay.rr.com or 941-795-2370 for additional event details. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Anna Maria Island Chorus & Orchestra’s Youth and Outreach Programs.

“We are excited to bring Symphony on the Sand back for the third year – what a wonderful way to showcase what we have in abundance in our area – extraordinary music, delicious food, our spectacular beaches, and a great sense of community” Jeanie Pickwick, Event Chair.

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Florida Broadcasters Club to hold Meet & Greet at Yacht Sea Grill in Bradenton August 18th

The Broadcasters Club of Florida will be hosting a Meet & Greet happy hour the Yacht Sea Grille in Bradenton from 5-7pm on Tuesday, August 18th. The restaurant is located along the Manatee Riverfront just west of the Hwy 301 Bridge by the Courtyard Marriott.

The Florida Broadcasters Club initial Meet & Greet in July at the Lido Beach Resort was a resounding success. Future events are planned to compliment the club’s season luncheon program and provide a relaxed social opportunity for members and guests to enjoy fellowship with current and former broadcasters, especially those who are unable to attend luncheons.

Please RSVP to Gayle Maxey by noon, Sunday, August 16. This will allow the YachtSea to ensure they have sufficient bar staff for our Meet & Greet group. Last minute walk-ins & guests are encouraged.

Gayle Maxey, Meet & Greet Chair
Broadcasters Club of Florida
RSVP: gmaxey632@gmail.com or 941-416-3565

For more information about the club visit: http://broadcastersclub.com
Broadcasters Club
Directions: From the North: Cross the Hwy 301 bridge from Palmetto. Take first right turn (west) and follow the road as it curves directly to the YachtSea parking lot across from the Courtyard Marriott. Do not proceed to traffic light at end of bridge at the Hwy 64 intersection. (Manatee Memorial Hospital is on east side of the Hwy 301 Bridge.

From I-275: Proceed to the Hwy 64 exit and head west into Bradenton. Cross Hwy 301 and turn right (north) about two blocks west of Hwy 301. Follow the road as it curves directly to the YachtSea parking lot across from the Courtyard Marriott

From the South on Hwy 301: Proceed to the Hwy 64 intersection. Turn left for about two blocks west. Follow the road as it curves directly to the YachtSea parking lot across the street from the Courtyard Marriott.

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Pirate Fest Returns to Bradenton this Sunday, March 15

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates will host the 10th annual Pirate Fest on Sunday, March 15. The event will be located on 9th Street West, just outside the main gate at McKechnie Field. The festival, which is presented by ABC 7, runs from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Pirates will face the Baltimore Orioles at 1:05 p.m. at McKechnie Field.

Several local businesses and community organizations will be represented at the family-centered event. Among the scheduled activities are a photo booth, giveaways, face painting, a bounce house, live music from Matthew Huff, and mascot fun with Marty the Marauder. Autograph sessions with select Pirates players will be featured throughout the morning.

The Pirates will support the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry program by accepting donations of non-perishable goods outside the main gates. Fans that donate five or more items will be entered into a raffle to win great prizes.

On the day of the event, 9th Street West will be closed to northbound traffic at 17th Avenue and closed to southbound traffic at 13th Avenue starting at 8:00 a.m. Fans wishing to park in the Outfield Parking Lot north of McKechnie Field will be permitted to access the lot by traveling southbound on 9th Street, turning left onto 13th Avenue, and accessing the lot from 7th Street. The 6th Street Parking Lot and the Wastewater Treatment Lot will be unaffected by Pirate Fest and are both accessible from 17th Avenue. 9th Street will reopen to traffic at 2:00 p.m.

Pirate Fest is free and open to the public. After Pirate Fest the Pirates take on the Orioles. Single game tickets are available at the McKechnie Field box office, calling 1-877-893-2827, or by visiting www.Pirates.com.

For more information about Pirate Fest, Spring Training, or the Marauders, call 941-747-3031, visit www.BradentonMarauders.com, or email MaraudersInfo@Pirates.com.

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Pittsburgh Pirates to Host Senior and Caregiver Expo at McKechnie Field March 13th

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates will host the fourth annual Senior and Caregiver Expo at McKechnie Field on Friday, March 13. The expo will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., coinciding with the Pirates Spring Training game against the Minnesota Twins. The game begins at 1:05 p.m.

The expo is open to all fans attending the game. There is no additional cost. The event is presented by Manatee Memorial Hospital and Humana. Local businesses and non-profits that provide services to senior citizens will have exhibitor tables at the event. The first 2,500 fans will receive a free Pirates eco-friendly bag courtesy of the event sponsors.

The Pirates are still accepting exhibitors for the 2015 expo. Registration costs $250. Exhibitors interested in providing complimentary health and wellness screenings are encouraged to attend. To register a booth at the expo, call 941-747-3031. All Pirates Spring Training tabling guidelines apply to expo exhibitors.

For more information about the Senior and Caregiver Expo, call 941-747-3031 or visit www.BradentonMarauders.com. To purchase tickets to the game call 877-893-2827 or visit the McKechnie Field Ticket Office on weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., or Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.Pirates.com.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Announce 2015 Spring Training Promotional Schedule

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the promotional schedule for 2015 Spring Training Games. The Pirates play 16 games at McKechnie Field this spring, starting with the Black and Gold Game, an intra-squad contest on Monday, March 2.

The Black and Gold Game starts at noon on March 2. All tickets cost $8 and proceeds benefit the Manatee Education Foundation, Wakeland Elementary School, and G.D. Rogers Garden Elementary School. The length of the Black and Gold Game varies and often does not last nine innings.

Pirates Spring Training games will feature several giveaways at the gate in 2015. All giveaway items are distributed on a first come first served basis and available only while supplies last. On Wednesday, March 4, Pepsi presents a Pirates cell phone wallet giveaway. Pepsi will present a Pirates drawstring bag giveaway at the Spring Training night game on Wednesday, March 18. Thursday, March 5 is SRQ Airport Day, featuring a Pirates luggage tag giveaway. Manatee Memorial Hospital and Humana will give away eco-friendly bags at the fourth annual Senior and Caregiver Expo on Friday, March 13. Baseball America will give away free magazines at the gates on March 9 and March 24.

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Pirate Fest presented by ABC 7 will be held on Sunday, March 15. A free fan festival will be held outside McKechnie Field from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The festival features free player autographs, games, prizes, and live music by Matthew Huff. There will also be a food drive benefitting the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program. Fans that donate five or more non-perishable food items at the gates will be entered into a raffle to win great prizes. A ticket is required to enter the ballpark for the 1:05 p.m. game against the Orioles.

Saturday, March 28, the Pirates will give back to the community and honor veterans by holding Military Appreciation Day and United Way Day. A pre-game ceremony will be held to honor selected local veterans on field. Each branch of the military will also be recognized over the public address system with the corresponding songs played. For each ticket purchased to the March 28 game, the Pirates will donate $2 to the United Way of Manatee County.

Saturday, March 7 is Herald-Tribune Media Group Day and Manatee County Schools Appreciation Day. Anyone presenting a Manatee County School District ID at the box office can purchase grandstand tickets for $12 while supplies last. The discount is limited to four tickets per school ID.

Every weekend game features the opportunity for children 12 and younger to run the bases by participating in a Kids Fun Run presented by Mosaic. Games featuring a Kids Fun Run are March 7, March 15, March 21, and March 28.

Before games begin, the Pirates will hold the annual Pirates Pep Rally in downtown Bradenton on Saturday, February 28. The rally on Old Main Street runs from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and features live music by Yesterdayze, autograph signings, kids games, a photo booth, giveaways, and other fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

The 8th Annual Pirates Charities Spring Training Golf Classic presented by TLI Sports is Sunday, March 1. Foursomes will team up with a Pirates celebrity to support the efforts of Pirates Charities in the region. For more information about the Spring Training Golf Classic, please contact Carley Paganelli by phone at 941-747-3031 ex. 4362 or by email at Carley.Paganelli@Pirates.com.

For more information about the Pirates Spring Training, call 941-747-3031 or visit www.Pirates.com.

Bradenton Marauders to hold 2nd Annual Pirates and Princesses 5K Home Run April 10

(Bradenton, FL) The Bradenton Marauders will hold the second annual Pirates and Princesses 5K Home Run on Friday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. The race will be held in downtown Bradenton, starting and ending on Old Main Street. Participants are encouraged to dress as pirates or princesses for the event. A one-mile option is also available.

Race participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and a ticket voucher for one ticket to the 2015 Bradenton Marauders home opener on Saturday, April 11 at McKechnie Field. The top male and female runner overall and in each age group (9 & Under, 10-12, 13-15, 16-19 & 5 year age groups 20-24 to 80) will be invited to be recognized in an on-field ceremony at the opening night game the following evening. Chip timing will be provided by S2 Timing for the 5K Home Run only. A “Best Dressed” award will also be given to the participant with the best pirate or princess themed costume. All 5K and one-mile participants are invited to the post-race party on Old Main Street, and all runners age 21 and up receive one free draft beer sponsored by New Belgium Brewing.

Registration info is available by clicking on the link to the Marauders 5K Flyer below. Early packet pickup will be available at Fit2Run Downtown Sarasota on April 7 from noon to close and at Pirate City April 8-9 from noon-6:00 p.m. each day. Race day check-in will begin at 5:00 p.m. Participants must register by March 20 to guarantee preferred shirt size.


Pre-registration pricing is available until April 7. Adult registration costs $30 and children 12 and younger can register for $20. For the one-mile fun run, adult pricing is $25, children 12 and younger are $15. Prices increase by $5 for day-of-race registration. A portion of race proceeds will benefit Keep Manatee Beautiful.

The Marauders open the 2015 season against the St. Lucie Mets on Saturday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m.

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Tampa Bay Rays Thanksmas to return for ninth year

(St. Petersburg, FL) Joe Maddon may have left, but the Tampa Bay Rays will continue to host Thanksmas for the ninth consecutive year, December 15-19, at the Salvation Army Shelters in St. Petersburg, Tampa, Bradenton, the Sallie House in St. Petersburg, the Homeless Emergency Project in Clearwater and the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida in Orlando.

Over the past eight years, Thankmas has served approximately 7,000 individuals in need and provided many with clothing and shoes. The Rays will provide and serve either lunch or dinner to each of the shelters. In 2013, as a result of donations from generous Rays fans and fundraising efforts, Thanksmas also presented more than $20,000 to the Salvation Army centers in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Bradenton, the Sallie House and the Homeless Emergency Project.

Thanksmas kicks off on Monday, December 15 with a return to the Sallie House, a safe haven for children who have been removed from their home because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. This will be the sixth consecutive year that Rays will visit the Sallie House as a part of Thanksmas. The Rays will also visit the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, the largest provider of homeless services in Orlando and Central Florida, for the first time.

Throughout this year’s Thanksmas, current and former Rays players, Rays coaches, broadcasters and front office staff will serve meals to those in need.

For more information, visit raysbaseball.com/thanksmas.

Thanksmas schedule

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Pittsburgh Pirates Announce 2015 Bradenton Spring Training Schedule and Ticket Pricing

2015 Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Schedule

2015 Pirates Spring Training Info
2015 Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Ticket Pricing info in Bradenton, FL

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