Bradenton is 8 miles east of Anna Maria, just over the bridge. It is a vibrant community with a Riverwalk, the Pittsburgh Pirates winter home and the Village of the Arts. Oleg, Martha, Wayne and I went to the First Friday Artwalk today in the Village. The walkable neighborhood is comprised of art galleries, studios, restaurants and speciality shops housed in colorfully restored 1920's bungalows. I felt like I was transported to 1967 Haight Asbury. Touted as Florida's largest artist community I question the validity. Most of the art was pathetic and appeared to be made by quacks that took up art while in detention somewhere. There was the occasional professional gallery. We ate at Ortygia Restaurant, Sicilian style cooking. It was so noisy that we were literally screaming to be heard over our very loud waitress and an adjacent table full of chatty women. The food was okay but I would never return.