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The Historic Green Village May 7, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Sustainable Living.

A few weeks ago, we attended the preview of a WEDU (PBS) Special on the Historic Green Village.

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The Village, located on Pine Avenue on Anna Maria Island, boasts Platinum LEED Certification and Net Zero Energy Usage.

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They obtained that stellar status with solar panels, LED lighting, geothermal water cooled air/heat, bladders under the parking lot to collect rainwater for flushing toilets and watering the landscaping, etc.

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Before airing the documentary, the Relish Cafe served guests a buffet of good eats and green treats.

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Including sweetened and unsweetened tea and spiked and unspiked Arnold Palmers.

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I did smile at the irony of using plastic cups to serve one of the nibbles.

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This presentation was a bit greener . . . and just as red.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

To learn more: Β Anna Maria Historic Green Village ~ new Documentary (Bradenton Herald) * AMI Historic Green Village (VIMEO)



1. Jill Weatherholt - May 7, 2014

Very cool…thanks for sharing, Nancy. If Eric were there, he’d probably switch the spiked and non-spiked signs. πŸ™‚

nrhatch - May 7, 2014

Eric would not have managed to make such a switch b/c there’s a cupcake place in the village, with the most amazing cupcakes, that would have been calling his name. 😎

Jill Weatherholt - May 7, 2014

Lol! I can picture him eating a cupcake with his man purse on his shoulder now. πŸ™‚

nrhatch - May 7, 2014

If ever he comes down for a visit . . . Hometown Desserts and/or Heavenly Cupcakes will be on the itinerary.

Jill Weatherholt - May 7, 2014

Yum! I might come too!

nrhatch - May 7, 2014

Yes, please!

2. colonialist - May 7, 2014

Why can’t there be a world full of them – without the plastic cups, of course.

nrhatch - May 7, 2014

Now that the price of solar panels is coming down, we’ll see the number of energy efficient buildings going up. I think. Fingers crossed.

Even so, our efforts may come too little too late. I’d love to take a quick peek 100 years hence to see if we managed to dodge the bullet that we’ve not so cleverly aimed right for us.

colonialist - May 7, 2014

Oh well, it is self-correcting. When all humans bump themselves off, the planet will come right.

nrhatch - May 7, 2014

Yup. If we don’t make necessary changes, the Earth will shrug us off with hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, and droughts. And then return to an even keel.

3. Grannymar - May 7, 2014

The Indians have the right ideas: using banana leaves for plates that can be recycled as food for animals, when a meal is over.

nrhatch - May 7, 2014

Around here, the Native Americans used sea grape leaves as paper plates ~ they are perfect for large gatherings and easy to compost.

4. Anne Lene - May 7, 2014

Oh, that stuff looks so good,…. and looks a fun visit πŸ™‚ very pretty!

nrhatch - May 7, 2014

We had a fun evening, Anne. The PBS presentation is being broadcast nationwide ~ very exciting for our little island and the folks interviewed in the show.

The Thrashers did a great job cobbling together the Green Village out of 100 year old homes.

Anne Lene - May 7, 2014

I’ve been reading a lot of the documentation on the Green Village link you put in. And now I want to move πŸ˜‰ Anna Maria Island looks like a small piece of paradise! And the Green Village is a place I would love to hang around. Thanks for posting about it, I think I see a vacation spot in the future πŸ™‚

nrhatch - May 8, 2014

Moving here 5 years ago was the BEST decision we ever made. As realtors say, “Location, Location, Location.”

We first visited Anna Maria in the 80’s. It’s changed since then, but it still has a lovely old Florida feel to it. Definitely a great vacation destination. We came here for 2 weeks in 2008 and ended up staying. 😎

5. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - May 7, 2014

Platinum LEED is not easy to get – that is awesome!

nrhatch - May 7, 2014

They planned every inch of the project with that goal in mind ~ including bladders under the parking lot to gather rainwater for plants and toilets.

6. jannatwrites - May 7, 2014

Mmmm… this post reminds me that I forgot to eat breakfast. (If I wait another hour or so it’ll be lunchtime…) I

nrhatch - May 7, 2014

That’s the great thing about eating 3x (or more) a day . . . there’s always another meal or snack coming around the corner!

7. I am J - May 7, 2014

Great pictures and interesting post. I’d never heard of Anna Maria Historic Green Island but just checked out your link and would love to go there now. I, too, found it a bit ironic that one nibbly was served in plastic cups, but, hey, if the rest of the world would follow suit even a little bit more, we’d probably see a sizable drop in our carbon footprint.

nrhatch - May 7, 2014

Agreed. I really didn’t fault the caterer much. Most of the nibbles were served in tomatoes or peppers.

8. bluebee - May 7, 2014

What’s an Arnold Palmer?

nrhatch - May 7, 2014

An Arnold Palmer is 50/50 Lemonade and Iced Tea. Very refreshing.

9. Naomi - May 8, 2014

Wow, this is gorgeous, Nancy! I love your photos and their subject matter. Almost feels like I am there . . . wish I could have popped in πŸ™‚

nrhatch - May 8, 2014

Hi Naomi! You and Dave take photos of charging rhinos and elephants and snakes . . . I snap well-behaved tomatoes. πŸ˜€

I would love to have you pop over for a visit some time. If ever you are so inclined.

10. Pix Under the Oaks - May 8, 2014

I love lemonade and iced tea mixed together! The munchies look wonderful.. all about the food for me. But, I do find the LEED certification and the Village very interesting!! Good Morning Nancy!

nrhatch - May 8, 2014

When we walked down Pine Avenue with you and CH this winter, we stopped in at the Green Village which includes the Sears Cottage. The store with the Kayaks is at the edge of the village.

11. diannegray - May 8, 2014

What a great place, Nancy. I must have a look around and find out if there is a similar place in Australia I can visit πŸ˜€

nrhatch - May 8, 2014

I hope that we’ll be seeing more and more LEED Platinum buildings with Net Zero Energy usage.

12. pix & kardz - May 8, 2014

what a cool spot – thanks for sharing. i wonder if the plastic cups were made of recycled plastic, and if they are in turn recycled and turned into things like white lines on the roadways, etc. but yes, it somehow doesn’t quite seem to fit the rest of the place, does it?
even so, sounds like a good place to be. πŸ™‚

nrhatch - May 9, 2014

I expect they did use recycled plastic cups, recycling them again after the meal. If so, the plastic cups were not “ungreen,” even if they were bright red. 😎

13. Three Well Beings - May 9, 2014

What a marvelous example of commitment to sustainable living! They have gone “all out.” I have never heard of putting bladders to collect rain water, and perhaps it’s because out here we don’t get enough to collect! LOL! But what a great use for run-off! I enjoyed the video, too! πŸ™‚

nrhatch - May 9, 2014

I wonder if the car washes in your area use bladders to collect the gray water? It will be interesting to see what measures CA takes to conserve the water it does receive.

14. kateshrewsday - May 10, 2014

I’ve never heard of the village before, Nancy. Those snacks look delicious.

nrhatch - May 10, 2014

The village has been cobbled together over a period of 2-3 years. It’s now got 3 historic building and a new building designed to “match.” And all have been outfitted with green technology designed to keep the electric meter in check.

One of the 3 cottages is the Sears Cottage ~ ordered from the Sears catalog 100 +/- years ago. Imagine ordering a house through mail order?

kateshrewsday - May 11, 2014

It’s one of my great ambitions….http://www.huf-haus.com/en/home.html

nrhatch - May 11, 2014

That is STUNNING! Hope you realize your ambition to own one.

15. Perfecting Motherhood - May 13, 2014

That food looks delicious and now I’m hungry… Florida always sounds so much ahead of California when it comes to using green technologies. I can’t believe we can’t do the same thing here.

nrhatch - May 13, 2014

We looked for a Green Home when house hunting 5 years ago ~ we found a few candidates but not in our preferred location. Buying one would have meant driving more (thus offsetting the savings unless and until we had a solar powered electric car).

Here’s hoping that ALL states/politicians get on board the Green Wagon ~ offering incentives to builders and buyers for Green behavior.

16. pattyabr - May 17, 2014

Instead of the paper cups they could have made a corn tortilla cup to serve the dip in. Lovely spread of food with good message

nrhatch - May 17, 2014

Yes. Or little phyllo cups ~ made in muffin tins. Overall, the event was lovely and they shared some great Green info with the attendees.

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