Category Archives: News from Harrington House

Anna Maria Island — Oil Free Beaches

We have had a number of calls about whether we have seen any impact from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and are grateful to report:

  • Currently, there is no local impact from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
  • Our beaches and destination are open for business.
  • We are in no imminent danger of being affected.

Here are a couple websites with additional information: (on the home page there is a link for a live look at the beach on Anna Maria Island)

We have modified our cancellation policy: You may request a full refund of all monies deposited if the oil reaches Anna Maria Island anytime prior to your arrival date.  Please come and visit us soon!

Also our sister company, Island Real Estate has a blog and recent update with video of the Anna Maria Island beaches:  go to

Catch Me if You Can

Anna Maria Island Players presents Catch Me if you Can.Anna Maria Island Players

Catch Me If You Can by Jack Weinstock & Willie Gilbert
March 18-April4, 2010

Over flowing with laughs, this whodunit is exciting from beginning to end.

The Island Players, Inc. is a non-profit community theatre housed in the historic Old Community House on Anna Maria Island at the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue.

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2010 Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Guidebook

Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce visitors guideThe front cover of the Anna Maria Island Chamber 2010 Guidebook and map features our very own Mark and Patti Davis.

The guide book is a must read for all island guests with information on shopping, island weddings, restaurants, events and cultural activities on the island.

Anna Maria Island Community Center — Annual “Affair to Remember”

Harrington House Beachfront Bed & Breakfast was one of the proud sponsors of the 26th Annual “An Affaire to Remember” for  the Anna Maria Island Community Center ( ).  The annual event raises funds to provide quality youth programs.  This year’s special guest was Lee Greenwood ( , a long-time friend of the Davis family who is country recording artist and is best known for his song “God Bless the USA”.

Islander Article: June 2, 2010

Greenwood helps spur Center success

By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter

Trudy Moon, chair of the Affaire to Remember gala, said at a March 19 meeting at the Anna Maria Island Community Center that the addition of Lee Greenwood to the gala had people talking all the way down in Sarasota.

“I think there are no barriers for this event,” Moon said. “It first started 20 years ago, and we kept the event local, then we built it, and began to bring in Bradenton people, then more people from Longboat Key, and now this is the event to be at.”

She said the 352 people at the gala were particularly pleased with the addition of the country singer and Island property owner.

“That’s a lot of attention we probably wouldn’t have got without his name this year,” Moon said. “Greenwood was one of the kindest, most generous people.”

Moon said the board will consider asking Greenwood to return to next year’s April 2 gala if Greenwood’s schedule is open.

The April 24 gala netted $165,041 for the center. Coupled with $100,000 raised for the Lester Challenge, Center board member Bill Ford said the Center is financially strong heading into the summer.

“We have $285,000 in cash for operating funds going into the summer versus $115,000 last year,” Ford said. “So, this is the first time in three years that we can go into the summer feeling good from an operations standpoint. So, we’ll continue to operate full scale in doing what we do best, which is taking care of our kids.”

Ford said the Center is $10,000 above its budgeted revenues.

Of the Center’s $663,229 expenses this year, $346,596 has gone toward salaries.

The Center has $816,601 in revenues this year, $160,531 of which have come from donations.

The board also announced their summer camp will take place from June 14 to Aug. 18.

The camp will include creativity, Friday field trips, specialty classes such as comics, painting and story writing, and specialty camps such as swimming, basketball, soccer and tennis.