Everyone is at some risk for developing kidney stones. “It is a very common condition,” says Dr. Ziya Kirkali, a urologist at NIH. “One out of 11 individuals in the U.S. is affected by this disease.”
Fernandina Beach, FL – The strongest brand in publishing (according to Forbes Magazine in March 2014) is coming to Amelia Island in February for the 17th Annual Amelia Island Book Festival. The Jack Reacher series by Lee Child is a $1 billion dollar brand published in 47 languages and 101 territories. With well over 100 million books sold, the series has commanded over a billion dollars in global sales.
Jack Reacher is the creation of British author Lee Child (now a New Yorker). Child heads up a blockbuster line-up of New York Times and international bestselling authors coming to the festival, including Karin Slaughter, Adriana Trigiani, Jennifer Armentrout, Sherri Rinker and Jacques Pépin. Steve Berry returns as Honorary Chairman.
The 17th Annual, 3-day long festival continues the tradition of bringing amazing authors to the community in support of its mission of Connecting students, authors and books for lifelong learning. All The ticketed events support the Festival’s award-winning Authors in Schools Literacy Program. The free activities for students and the community ensure there is something for everyone during this annual literary extravaganza.
The Festival’s signature event, the AUTHOR FACE-OFF DINNER GALA, is an annual event that helps buy books for students. You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to mix, mingle up close and personal with the creator of Jack Reacher and witness our lineup of literary giants as they “face-off” with each other on their writing craft! The sparring panel includes NYT bestselling authors Lee Child, Jennifer Armentrout, Karin Slaughter and Sherry Rinker, led by chief instigator, Steve Berry. The “face-off” always delivers surprising and witty insights from our headliners in a multi-genre blockbuster panel.
This very special evening is set for Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 from 6 – 10 pm at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. The evening includes an open bar cocktail reception with the authors, a gourmet sit-down dinner (wine included), a limited live auction, where the winning bidder can live on forever in a Jack Reacher novel. This special prize is a generous donation by author Lee Child. Tickets are $175 per person. purchase tickets at www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org
See the complete festival program at www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org for details on all events and activities. Proceeds from all ticketed festival events benefit the Authors in Schools Literacy Program for students of Nassau County.
Authors in Schools… A book for every student
The AIBF is home to the award-winning Authors in Schools (AIS) Literacy Program. With the support of sponsors, members, donors and fundraising events, the AIBF rolls out this annual program, bringing authors into every public school in Nassau County and buying books for each student of the author they meet. This February, the Festival will purchase and gift more than 11,000 students with a book of the noted author they meet, in turn inspiring young people to achieve their goals.
“Authors in Schools has grown in the past few years especially, encouraging area students to read and write,” said Dr. John Ruis, AIBF President and former Nassau County Schools Superintendent. “Being exposed to this level of quality authors, spending time with them – hearing how they develop ideas and get inspired – and taking home the book of the author they met…it’s an invaluable opportunity to help our students develop important literary skills for their future.”
AIBF annually solicits applications and books from prospective author presenters. This year, close to 80 books from more than 70 authors were submitted for consideration for the AIS program. The books are reviewed by the AIBF Board, then scrutinized by the school media specialists, reading coaches and other educators to determine age appropriateness and applicability to the curriculum requirements. School representatives make the final decisions on all books.
“The Authors in Schools Literacy Program is a perfect example of community partnerships at their best,” Dr. Ruis said.
Donna Martin, School Board chair, added, “The Authors in Schools program is a tremendous gift to our students.” This year’s Authors in Schools Day is set for Fri., Feb. 16, 2018.
January 18’s meeting of the 2018 Writers by the Sea will be held at the Amelia Island Museum of History, 233 S. 3rd Street, in Fernandina Beach, FL. Gather for announcements at 6:00 p.m., immediately followed by the presentation: Binge-Worthy Story Telling: A Revolution in Writing presented byDr. Nadine Vaughan D’Ardenne.
Recently, online streaming services stumbled upon a risky way to exponentially increase their profits. Called the Binge-worthy series, it is so-called because the entire series is released at once, with writing that compels the viewer to watch a season’s worth of episodes back-to-back: Think Game of Thrones; House of Cards; and Stranger Things. These scripts are a radical departure from the traditional 3-Act format. And that is good news for writers. Perfectly suited for the new millennial mindset, it also appeals to newer (ever younger) viewers and many of advancing age who love a story where it is much harder to predict the ending. Fast-paced and multi-layered in both character and plot, its open-ended loops purposefully entice the viewer to watch one episode after another, even if it means missing work the next day. This writing style includes elements that are strangely reminiscent of the addiction process.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
Writers by the Sea, Director Nadine D’Ardenne, is an award-winning screenwriter and licensed psychologist. She will offer insights into this type of writing as an author and as a psychologist. As the former, she initially set out to learn the craft. As the latter, she was amazed to recognize the similarities to addiction. The scripts are purposefully designed to create a psychological need for more. Dr. Vaughan will discuss some of the psychological principles upon which this method exists, along with some pros and cons of developing a career based upon this method of writing. Please check out our website: www.WritersByTheSea.net for more about us and FaceBook: Writers by the Sea – Amelia Island.
The regularly schedule meeting of the Fernandina Beach City Commissioners will be held January 16, 2018 at City Hall on Ash Street, Amelia Island.
1. CALL TO ORDER
2. ROLL CALL
3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE / INVOCATION
-1 PRESENTATION – AMELIA ISLAND BIKE TRAILS – Mr. Phillip Scanlan will provide a presentation regarding Amelia Island Bike Trails.
-2 BUDGET SUMMARY – Comptroller Patti Clifford will answer any questions regarding the budget summary for December 2017.
5. PUBLIC COMMENT REGARDING ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA OR ITEMS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA
6. CONSENT AGENDA
-1 CORRECTED – BUDGET AMENDMENTS – HURRICANE IRMA – RESOLUTION 2017-210 APPROVING AMENDMENTS TO THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017/2018 FOR ITEMS RELATED TO HURRICANE IRMA DEBRIS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves budget amendments for Hurricane Irma debris removal related invoices and approves increasing the Total City Budget from $138,877,010 to $139,826,454. $137,755,000 to $138,704,444.
-2 FACILITIES USE AGREEMENT – BUCCANEER REGION SCCA – RESOLUTION 2018-04 APPROVING A FACILITIES USE AGREEMENT WITH BUCCANEER REGION SCCA TO USE AIRPORT PROPERTY FOR SCCA AUTOCROSS SOLO DRIVING EVENTS ON VARIOUS DATES IN 2018; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves a Facilities Use Agreement for SCCA Autocross Solo Driving Events in 2018.
-1 CHANGE ORDER APPROVAL – KELLERMAN CONSTRUCTION, INC – RESOLUTION 2018-05 APPROVING CHANGE ORDER #1 WITH KELLERMAN CONSTRUCTION, INC. IN THE AMOUNT OF $10,000 TO INCLUDE ADDITIONAL WORK ON THE TIMBER WALKWAY IN THE AREA SOUTH AND WEST OF THE RESTAURANT, AUTHORIZING THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF $38,000; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves Change Order #1 with Kellerman Construction, Inc.
-2 AGREEMENT NEGOTIATION – RFP #17-06 – RESOLUTION 2018-06 AUTHORIZING NEGOTIATION WITH ADVANCED DISPOSAL IN RESPONSE TO RFP #17-06; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Accepts the recommendation of the Evaluation Committee for RFP #17-06 Collection and Disposal of Garbage, Recyclables, and Yard Debris and authorizes the City Manager and City Attorney to negotiate a franchise agreement with Advanced Disposal.
8. CITY MANAGER REPORTS
9. CITY ATTORNEY REPORTS
10. CITY CLERK REPORTS
11. MAYOR/COMMISSIONER COMMENTS
Deryck Burnett, owner of Megabite Computer Services, returns to offer his computer expertise at the Fernandina Beach Library. January’s topic is “An Overview of Using the Smartphone.”
This workshop will be held on Saturday, January 20th, from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. (note the new time) in the Fernandina Beach Library Community Room and is free of charge.
Participation is limited, so register in advance by calling the library at 904-530-6500, Extension 1. If you are not able to attend, please call the library to cancel so someone on the waiting list may participate.
For further information regarding this event, on joining Friends of the Library, or to donate, please visit the Friends of the Library website at www.fernandinaFOL.org.
For a decade, Amelia Island’s annual restaurant week remains one of the most anticipated events on the island. The ten-day culinary showcase will feature a selection of Amelia Island’s award-winning and popular dining establishments. From January 19-28, 2018, guests can enjoy Restaurant Week dining for lunch and dinner, with different restaurants participating in each. Both lunch and dinner will offer a savory prix-fixe menu.
Participating restaurants offer prix-fixe menu(s) at $12 for lunch and $21, $31 or $41 for dinner.
CLICK HERE to view participating restaurants.
In an interrogation room in an unnamed totalitarian dictatorship, Katurian Katurian, a writer, is being interrogated by two detectives. Next door, Katurian’s mentally disabled brother Michale waits. The detectives want to know why Katurian’s stories feature gruesome plots about child murder and torture, and in particular, why they seem to mirror a string of recent child murders in the area.
This intense thriller from Martin McDonagh, poses unanswerable questions: Can stories hold the power to cause atrocities? Where is the line between truth and fairy tale? Is a life of horror worth living at all? Drawing on inspiration as diverse as Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Kafka, and Antonin Artaud, The Pillowman is a dark and twisty story from one of Ireland’s most treasured writers.
Eric Yarham – Michal
Ron Price – Tupolski
Zach Martin – Ariel
James Shelton – Katurian
Ava Thompson – Little Girl
Directed by Tener Wade
Studio 209 Performances:
8:00 PM January 12-13, 18-20
2:00 PM January 14
Nana Teresa’s is offering a hot cocoa bar, weather permitting, beginning at 6:00 p.m., on December 2, 2017, in the lawn of their historic district shop. Purchase a cup of hot cocoa and have fun creating your own special drink with items from their buffet: Marshmallows, Peppermint Sticks, Chocolate Sauce, Candy Toppings, Whipped Cream and so much more!
Local store, BUYGO, will be on hand with some special treats and there will be plenty of giveaways and super fun door prizes. The Rendezvous Film Festival will begin screening “The Polar Express” at 7:00 PM on the bakery’s lawn.
The showing is FREE, but due to limited space you’ll want to get here early to grab your treats and seats. Kids are encouraged to wear their PJs, bring a lawn chair, and a include a blanket.
This is going to be an amazing outdoor event!
Have you ever heard that passing a kidney stone is more painful than giving birth? Each year, more than 1 million people in the U.S. rush to the emergency room with pain caused by a kidney stone. Kidney stones are hard, pebble-like pieces of material that form in one or both kidneys. They’re caused by high levels of certain minerals in your urine. Stones vary in size from tiny crystals that can only be seen with a microscope to stones over an inch wide. Tiny stones may pass out of your body without your even noticing. With larger stones, you won’t be so lucky. Stones that are larger than a pencil eraser can get stuck in the urinary tract—and that can really hurt.
Everyone is at some risk for developing kidney stones. “It is a very common condition,” says Dr. Ziya Kirkali, a urologist at NIH. “One out of 11 individuals in the U.S. is affected by this disease.” Kidney stones can form at any age, but they usually appear during middle age (40s to 60s). Of those who develop one stone, half will develop at least one more in the future.
“Probably one of the most important reasons why people form stones is dehydration,” Kirkali says. When urine is too concentrated, minerals can build up and form stones. “I can’t over-emphasize the importance of drinking plenty of water, because that’s the most effective way of preventing kidney stone disease.”
During the warmest months of the year, you’re at greatest risk of becoming dehydrated. “So it is really important to drink more than you usually drink during the cooler days or months,” Kirkali says.
To detect kidney stones, your doctor may order lab or imaging tests. Lab tests look in urine for blood, signs of infection, minerals (like calcium), and stones. Blood tests can also detect high levels of certain minerals. “About 80% of all stones are made of calcium oxalate,” Kirkali says. Knowing what the stones are made of can help guide treatment.
Treatment also depends on the stone’s size and location. CT scans or plain X-ray imaging can help your doctor pinpoint the location and estimate the size of a kidney stone. Depending on what your doctor finds, you may be prescribed medicine and advised to drink a lot of fluids. Or, you might need a procedure to break up or remove the kidney stone.
There are different procedures for breaking up or removing kidney stones. One method delivers shock waves to the stone from outside of the body. Other strategies involve inserting a tool into the body, either through the urinary tract or directly into the kidney through surgery. After the stone is located, it can be broken up into smaller pieces.
Once you’ve had a kidney stone, you have an increased chance for having another. NIH-supported scientists are studying ways to prevent kidney stones from returning. “We always tell our patients to drink more, but it’s not so easy to really increase your fluid intake,” Kirkali says. A new study is testing a method to encourage people to drink more fluids each day. Other NIH-funded studies are trying to unravel why some people seem more at risk of developing kidney stones. Still others are looking into how to better detect stones and treat them.
Don’t let the pain of kidney stones send you to the emergency room. Keep hydrated! But if you develop any of the symptoms shown in the “Wise Choices” box, see your doctor right away.
Written by: NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison
Editor: Harrison Wein, Ph.D.
Managing Editor: Tianna Hicklin, Ph.D.
Press Release Jacksonville, Fla. — The Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens is honored to announce that it has received two awards in the 2017 Museums Publications Design Competition of the American Alliance of Museums. The Museum received Second Prize in the Annual Report category, as well as an Honorable Mention in the Book category for “The Chef’s Canvas.”
The Museum’s annual report is a collection of stories and descriptions of events, exhibitions, and programs hosted by the Museum over the past year. It highlights the accomplishments and the impact of the Museum on the community, from exhibitions such as LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience to education programs like Cummer in the Classroom. The Museum utilizes the report as an opportunity for transparency and to spotlight the outcomes of the work it does for its constituents. The annual report was designed by Wingard Creative and printed by Agility Press, Inc. Photography for the report was done by local photographers Ingrid Damiani and Dennis Ho.
The Chef’s Canvas is a beautifully-designed coffee table cookbook celebrating the Museum’s diverse collection of art and the abundant talent of local chefs. Each dish was inspired by a work of art each chef selected from the Museum’s collection. The artwork chosen spans a wide range of artistic styles, and the paired food dishes are just as beautifully diverse. Each recipe includes a statement from the chef about the inspiration for their dish, the work of art chosen, and a beautiful image of the finished dish. The book is a way of connecting the art and culinary worlds of Northeast Florida in a unique and compelling way. “The Chef’s Canvas” project was managed by Cari Sanchez-Potter and Emily Moody, designed by Varick Rosete, photographed by Agnes Lopez, and printed by The Hartley Press.
The American Alliance of Museums and the Award
The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to gather members, share knowledge, and provide advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. The AAM represents more than 35,000 individual museum professionals, volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving museums. The AAM’s Museum Publications Design Competition is the only national juried competition of its kind. Winners are chosen for their overall design excellence, creativity, and ability to express the institution’s personality, mission, or special features. The judges have sole authority over all decisions, including whether or not to award prizes in each of the entry categories. The Cummer Museum is honored to have won such a prestigious prize for not one but two publications.
Press release: Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), in partnership with the University of North Florida, Edward Waters College, Duval County Public Schools, the Nassau County School District, Year Up Jacksonville, Earn Up and the JAX Chamber, is hosting Form Your Future, a free event that helps college-bound students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
Form Your Future takes place Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at both the FSCJ Advanced Technology Center, located on FSCJ Downtown Campus, and the FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center.
This annual event provides free, in-person, financial aid guidance to help all incoming students and/or their parents/guardians prepare for a smooth transition to begin college. Students who attend Form Your Future also have the opportunity to enter for a chance to receive scholarship money. Participating colleges and universities are giving away more than $35,000 in scholarships.
The addresses for each location are listed below:
FSCJ Advanced Technology Center (next to Downtown Campus, between Pearl and Broad streets)
401 W. State Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202
FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center (just east of I-95 off of SR A1A)
76346 William Burgess Blvd., Yulee, FL 32097
Professional financial aid staff and counselors will be on hand at both locations to offer free help in all aspects of the application process. In order to complete the FAFSA, parents and students should bring the following:
* Social Security number, driver’s license or alien registration card
* 2016 IRS 1040 or latest tax return and W-2 statements
* Federal Student Aid ID (Don’t have one? Create one at fsaid.ed.gov.)
For more information, visit formyourfuture.org/
Relay For Life Fernandina Beach/Yulee teams are thrilled to wrap-up their 2017 season by announcing their 3rd Annual Pub Crawl For a Cure in historic, Fernandina Beach, Florida. The Pub Crawl For a Cure invites you to crimp your hair and find those leg warmers as we bring back the 1980s and crawl our way through seven of Amelia Island’s iconic restaurants, pubs, and saloons.
Fighting back against a disease that has taken too much, Relay For Life is an opportunity for communities to honor cancer survivors and remember loved ones lost. Fund raising continues year ’round and culminates in the Annual Relay For Life Event where teams set up camp and take turns walking or running around a track or path to continue the fight against cancer. Because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.
Here is the 411 – The Pub Crawl For a Cure will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Crab Trap on North Second Street, with an after-party starting at 9:00 p.m. at the Palace Saloon. Other sponsors include the Green Turtle Tavern, Pablo’s, Pajama Dave’s, Amelia Tavern, and the Salty Pelican. Participating venues and team members will be selling coupon books for $30.00 in advance or $35.00 at the door. Souvenier T-shirts and prize drawing tickets will also be available.
Team members, sponsors, and attendees can take pride in knowing they are working to create a world where cancer no longer threatens our loved ones. So Come on Eileen, Mickey, Billie Jean and Jessie’s Girl, and join us as we raise money to Beat It, and take a Sledgehammer to cancer.
For more information please find our facebook event page at facebook.com/events/142075753086679/ or call Erica Watts (706) 380-1362.
All proceeds benefit Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society.
Coughs help your body clear your airways of irritants and prevent infection. But a deep cough from your chest may signal bronchitis or pneumonia. Although they may have different underlying causes, their symptoms can be similar—and both can be serious enough to send you to the doctor.
Bronchitis and pneumonia both involve Inflammation in the chest. Both can cause coughs that bring up a slimy substance called phlegm to help clear out germs and pus. And both can cause shortness of breath and wheezing.
Bronchitis is a condition in which the bronchial tubes that lead to the lungs become inflamed. Viruses, bacteria, and even toxins like tobacco smoke can inflame the bronchial tubes. Most of the time, though, bronchitis is caused by an infection with one of several types of viruses. If you develop bronchitis during flu season, a likely culprit may be the flu virus. Cold viruses are also common causes at this and other times of year.
Pneumonia is caused by an infection of the lungs. “About 1/3 of cases are caused by viruses, but most of them are bacterial related,” says Dr. Kenneth Olivier, a lung infection expert at NIH. “They’re from bacteria that are quite common, like Streptococcus pneumoniae, which is the leading cause of bacterial pneumonias in all ages in the U.S.”
If you get a fever with bronchitis, it is usually mild (below 101 degrees Fahrenheit). In more serious cases, you may have chest pain, feel short of breath, or wheeze when you breathe in.
“Pneumonia, on the other hand, typically is associated with fever, sometimes very high, spiking fever,” Olivier says. Breathing problems, chest pain, and other symptoms also tend to be more severe with pneumonia. If you have a fever and chills, trouble breathing, or a cough that is bringing up thick phlegm, especially if it’s yellow or green, go see your doctor.
Your doctor can listen to your lungs by placing a stethoscope on your chest. “Frequently, the physician can hear areas where the breath sounds are altered,” Olivier says. If you have pneumonia, your doctor may hear bubbling, crackling, or rumbling sounds from the lungs.
You may be sent for a chest X-ray, which can show whether the lungs contain fluid or pus from an infection. An X-ray is the best way to diagnose pneumonia and rule out bronchitis. Whichever illness you have, resting and drinking plenty of fluids are important ways to care for yourself.
If you’re diagnosed with bronchitis, your doctor probably won’t give you antibiotics. Because viruses are the usual cause of bronchitis, antibiotics are seldom helpful. If you’re wheezing, however, you may be given medicine to open your airways. Your cough may last 10 to 20 days.
Because bacteria are often the cause of pneumonia, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics. It can take 1 to 4 weeks to recover from pneumonia. Some people require treatment in the hospital.
Germs that cause colds, the flu, and lower airway infections are contagious. The best way to prevent getting bronchitis or pneumonia is to avoid getting these infections. And when you’re sick, take care not to spread your germs to others (see “Wise Choices” box for tips).
Guard Against Airway Infections
-Wash your hands often with soap and water.
-Use alcohol-based hand gel if you’re unable to wash them.
-Cough into a tissue, your elbow, or your sleeve.
-Ask your doctor about vaccines for you and your children. Certain vaccines can prevent airway infections caused by harmful viruses and bacteria.
-Avoid people who are coughing or showing signs of infection.
-Avoid tobacco smoke.
Written by NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison
Editor: Harrison Wein, Ph.D.
Managing Editor: Tianna Hicklin, Ph.D.
Press release: On November 16, 2017, “Writers by the Sea Presents… The Craft of Writing”
Fresh from the 2017 Florida Writers Association, Annual Conference, four of our Writers by the Sea authors will share insights and highlights from featured speakers: David Morrell (First Blood, Rambo); Steve Berry (2017, FL Writer of the Year); Michael Tabb (Full Sail Professor); Anne Dalton (Trademark Attorney); Mark Gottlieb (Publisher); and more. Our FWA conference participants were introduced to the craft of writing honed by these esteemed authors, agents, and publishers, and want to share the wealth with you.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS:
Writers by the Sea Panelists include Florida award winning writers: Nadine Vaughan D’Ardenne (Screenwriter), and Donna Jennings (Novelist); plus WBTS small group leader of “The Writer Within”, Marla McDaniels and 2018 WBTS Planning Committee member, Linda Guecia.
As always, we meet the third Thursday of the month, at the Amelia Island Museum of History, at 6:00pm, in Fernandina Beach, FL.
Press release: The Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library’s annual Fall Book Sale kicks off Thursday, November 16th, with a special FOL members-only preview and reception from 5-7 pm at Peck Center Gym, 516 South 10th Street. If you are not a member, you are invited to join at the door or online at our website before the sale and get first choice of thousands of books, vinyl records, CDs and DVDs for sale. Memberships are $15 for students, $35 dollars for individuals, $50 for a couple or $75 for a family.
Your membership dues help to off-set the cost of the many free events sponsored by the Friends over the course of the year, from classes on various subjects to lectures to art exhibits to children’s programs.
The doors will open to all on Friday, November 17th, from 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, November 18th, from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Books are carefully organized for easy browsing in dozens of categories, including fiction, biographies, art, history, children’s books, sports, cooking, audio books and more. We also have a large selection of vinyl records, CDs and DVDs, including boxed sets, for this sale. We, of course, will once again have thousands of books for sale, with most priced at $3 or less. It is always the best book sale on the island!
All proceeds from the sale support the Fernandina Beach Library. For further information regarding this event, on joining Friends of the Library, or to donate, please visit the Friends of the Library website at www.fernandinaFOL.org.
Press Release: AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. Amelia Islands surprising French flair will be showcased during the Pétanque Amelia Island Open (Nov. 10-12), the largest pétanque event in the Americas, where world champions join enthusiastic newcomers for competition and camaraderie. Free to spectators, the tournament draws world champions and players from across the 50 states and more than 19 countries, including Mongolia and New Zealand. The competition and related festivities unfold at the waterfront courts at Fernandina Harbor marina from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12. Highlights of the weekends activities can be found at http://bit.ly/petanqueamelia.
Amelia Island is perfect for pétanque, a social sport with international appeal, said Kate Harris, the Amelia Island CVB’s director of digital and international, who is producing this year’s tournament. With our French history, harborfront historic district, and beaches, the island is not unlike the Mediterranean coast where pétanque began. During the weekend, youll hear dozens of languages and meet people from all over the world. Its a true celebration of joie de vivre on this Florida island.
The event is free to spectators and will feature food trucks, live music at lunchtime, pop-up French lessons presented by the Alliance Francaise of Jacksonville, and artisan cocktails from Amelia Islands own distillery, Marlin & Barrel.
The game of pétanque (pronounced pay-tonk) is growing in popularity around the world and, integrated with similar games such as bocce, is currently under consideration to be played in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Teams of players compete and throw hollow steel balls across a hard-packed dirt course, aimed at a colorful wooden ball called the pig.
The 2017 event will feature a number of world champions, including 12-time champion Phillipe Quintais; Dylan Rocher, dubbed The Crown Prince of Pétanque; along with world champions Damien Hureau, Julien Lamour, Marco Foyot, Claudy Weibel, and seven-time champion, Bruno Le Bouriscaud.
Camille Durand, one of the up-and-coming stars of pétanque and the winner of Frances top national women’s title, will be making her first U.S. tournament appearance on Amelia Island. On Friday, Nov. 10, the finals of the Womens Confederation Cup will take place at the harborfront courts. World Champions will be hosting training sessions and playing friendly matches against enthusiastic amateurs. At 4 p.m., two young talents (both aged 13) and their teams of veteran players will compete in a special Panam Confederation contest.
For more information, go to ameliapetanque.com.