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Where to Find Pirates at the 2014 Shrimp Festival

Where to Find Pirates at the 2014 Shrimp FestivalThe 51st Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival takes place May 2 – 4, 2014, on Amelia Island, Florida. This FREE, three day festival is full of entertainment, delicious shrimp dishes, a Kids Fun Zone, over 300 arts and crafts booths, antique exhibitors and of course, those gnarly Pirates!

Thursday May 1st, the weekend kicks off with a Pirate Parade that begins at 6:00 pm and runs through the heart of historic, Fernandina Beach. Floats, bands and walking entries will put on their best wench and pirate costumes to compete for the Pirate Parade Awards. As a finale to this parade, scores of Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc, members and their Swabbies (pirates in training) will take to the streets with their large pirate ship float, Amelia’s Revenge. Black powdered pistols, rifles and cannons onboard the ship are lit igniting the imagined chaos of the town being taken over by Pirates!

Friday evening the waterfront area of the Festival opens at 6:00 PM with live music, opening ceremonies, the parade awards and the crowning of the 2014 Miss Shrimp Festival. In the midst of the excitement is a Pirate Booth offering swords, hooks, pirate hats, patches, flags and more.

lowes-pirate-ship2014This year children are invited to build a pirate ship with a functioning “plank” and sails, thanks to the generous folks from Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores. But, soon after, as cannon fire and screams ring out in the night, the Pirates invade the town and take over the stage and subject the citizens to an amazing history lesson about their brethren. Then the much anticipated fireworks are shot overhead, lighting up the sky over the Amelia River followed by dancing in the streets to the amazing sounds of KTG until 10:30 PM.

Saturday morning the pirates can be found roaming the streets and in their booth as early as 9:00 am.

At 10:00 am, look for Pirates in the Kids Fun Zone for the Pirates in Training Contest (ages 5 and under) and the Little Pirate Contest (ages 6 and over), sponsored by Ann Teague Bonding Agency, Inc.

invasion-pirates-2014There will be an Invasion of the Pirates at noon, where they march through the streets from the waterfront to the courthouse and raise a Pirate Flag over Amelia Island.

The Best Dressed Adult Pirate Contest is G-Rated and open to anyone who dares enter. Sponsored by SearchAmelia.com, this fun and lively contest takes place near the waterfront at 12:30 pm where Pirates shine up their buckles and compete for cash prizes. This year, our guest judge will be Captain Edgar Hansen of the F/V Northwestern as featured on Discovery Channel’s #1 ranked show, Deadliest Catch

“Learn to be a Pirate”, a class for children led by members of the Fernandina Pirates Club, takes place at 3:30 pm in the Kids Fun Zone. Then they will pillage and plunder their way back through the streets to the waterfront stage to listen to platinum selling artist, Edwin McCain. The festivities of the Shrimp Festival end at 6:00 pm.

The action starts over again Sunday, at 10:00 am with Pirates in their booth trading their wares from around the world, mostly China, and nurse their wounds from the previous two battles. Now that the Island has been seized and is under control of the Pirates, they are free to roam the streets and frolic with the guests of the Festival. Pirates will be found witnessing the Blessing of the Fleet, and enjoying the Decorated Boat Parade on the Amelia River, and at 2:30 pm you’ll find many of them dancing to the Party Band of the South, The Swingin’ Medallions.

If you still haven’t attended “Learn to be a Pirate”, class will be in session two times on Sunday – at noon, and again at 3:30 pm.

pirates-bus-routeIf you take advantage of the Park and Ride shuttle system, Pirates can often be found at the bus loading and unloading zone within the festival; uncharacteristically offering to help you manage your packages, boxes, handbags, cameras, and wallets – while you board the bus.

You don’t want to miss the seeing the Fernandina Pirates at the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival! Come partake of the shrimp, have some fun, enjoy the arts, crafts, and antiques, and dozens of playfully entertaining pirates!

Because many people enjoy coming to the Shrimp Festival dressed as pirates, please keep in mind that not all pirates are members of the Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc. The original, local Fernandina Pirates Club have been incorporated since the early 1970s. Pirate Club members are all volunteers and they each wear an identifying patch on their clothing. The Pirates Club is also an insured, not-for-profit organization in which both the City of Fernandina Beach and the Nassau County Commissioners have proclaimed as Goodwill Ambassadors to our Northeast Florida community.

Festival hours are Friday, May 2, 6:00 to 10:30 pm; Saturday, May 3, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; and on Sunday the festival is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information about entertainment, contests and where to “Park and Ride” please visit ShrimpFestival.com.

There is NO admission fee to attend!

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Blues Aren’t Just About Being Sad

Bluesfest logoMusic is about culture, history, strive, hope, sadness and joy. Music is about people. There are so many musical expressions, but if you’re talking about folk music, you talk about blues, the crucible of African-American music and the directions it experimented in after it escaped the roots of the Mississippi delta and sprang from spiritual music and field hollering to spin the cultural thread that followed the immense black migration from the vast openness of the south to the urban centers of the north – and from there across the globe. More than 5 million blacks moved north, south, east and west between 1915 and 1970, away from the Delta.

Away from the cotton fields in search for a better live in the urban industrialized centers. Some moved to Memphis Tennessee, where the blues gave birth to rock and roll. New Orleans developed its own flavor of jazz/blues and further west in Texas, blues received a Texas shuffle treatment. Moving to St.Louis and later Detroit, blues added horn sections and gave way to rhythm and blues and soul and funk. When the blues reached Chicago it became electrified and amplified and spread across the globe.

Blues was born as a lamentation of hardship but over time became an outlet for the heart’s every yearning. Blues is no longer just about being sad. It’s about life and it is about a culture that needs to be remembered. It’s a way to remember how black folks lived and were treated and to make absolutely sure that history will not repeat itself in any resemblance of that misguided era of human disgrace. Blues came from poverty and restriction and even though poverty is still an issue in the Delta and beyond, the cotton fields are worked by modern machinery and the sharecroppers shacks have made way for neat bungalows and mobile homes.

A lot of things have changed and many for the better, but this also has given rise to the fact that young African Americans these days are not into the blues anymore, even though it animates rap and other music forms they listen to.
These days it is a younger white generation that has taken up the cause of the blues. Joe Bonamassa, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Sheppard and others from areas as varied as upstate New York, Los Angeles and Oregon, are just a selected handful of guitar slingers that have adopted blues as their story to the world. The great Willie Dixon once said: Blues is the Facts of Life. And the fact is that facts change and the blues is how life feels and breathes as it goes on. I believe that there is more continuity in blues as an expression of everyday life, than anything else on this planet. Which is the main reason I joined the initiative to bring a Blues Festival to Amelia Island four years ago. Proud that we are now helping to keep the memories alive and happy to see that the 4th festival is on our door step and that it moved back to the beach. For me it feels like singing “Sweet Home on the Beach”, with a minuscule touch of irony and a giant portion of belief.

Amelia Island Blues Festival 2014 Headliners

The Amelia Island Blues Festival is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 12th & 13th, at Main Beach this year. Four award winning artists are set to headline this year’s event.

Curtis Salgado winner of the 2010 Blues Music Award (BMA) for Soul Blues Artist of The Year, Salgado effortlessly mixes blues, funk and R&B with a delivery that is raw and heartfelt.

Chicago Blues legend, Grammy Award and Blues Music Award Nominee, John Primer is truly “The Real Deal” when it comes to performing Chicago Blues.

Samantha Fish won her 2012 Blues Music Award for “Best New Artist Debut” for her album “Runaway”, Her new CD, “Black Wind Howlin”will be released two days before the festival.

Bernard Allison‘s acclaimed career has included decades of performing the Blues. Bernard totes the same smokin’ six string shooter as his late father, Blues legend Luther Allison.

“We are very excited to have these world class Blues artists to perform at our 4th annual event” says Jeff Malone, President.

Day One – Friday, Sept 12th: gates will open at 5:30pm with music starting at 6:00pm with our very own Fernandina Beach “Blues in School” Band with band leaders Johnny Robinson and Roger “Hurricane” Wilson. From 6:30 – 8:00pm, The Mojo Roots, performer at the 2013 Chicago Blues Festival will take the stage.

Day Two – Saturday,  Sept 13th: gates open at 11:30am with music performances from 12:15 – 8:00pm. Ben Prestage is returning to perform throughout the day. Young Blues guitar prodigy Matthew Curry, Bernard Allison, Samantha Fish, John Primer and Curtis Salgado will headline this year’s event. For updates you can visit the festival facebook page. Don’t forget to like them. For more Information and Tickets visit: www.ameliaislandbluesfest.com

Russell Colburn to Emcee 2014 Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant

miss-shrimp-fest-gals-2014The 2014 Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant, sponsored by The Hampton Inn and Suites Harbor Front Hotel on Amelia Island, master of ceremonies will be Action News Reporter Russell Colburn.

Colburn joined the Action News team in February 2014 after spending three years working as a weekend sports anchor and reporter in Mobile, Alabama for WALA, the FOX affiliate. Colburn’s Jacksonville career will give him the opportunity to see what the east coast beaches of Florida have to offer, since he graduated from the University of Central Florida and grew up in Destin.

Russell Colburn to Emcee 2014 Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant“The pageant will have 19 Nassau County juniors and seniors, ranging in age from 16 to 18, said Pageant Coordinator Crystal Molchan.”

The young ladies will be competing on the Riverfront Stage at 7:00 PM for the Miss Shrimp Festival 2014 title and a $1,000.00 scholarship on Friday, May 2, 2014 at the 51st Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

This is Crystal’s first year coordinating the pageant for the Shrimp Festival. Molchan, a local actress, pirate, costumer and hair dresser, participated in the Miss Teenage America Pageant as one of 60 semi-finalists, and she was first runner up in the Miss Continent Pageant. Playing an extra in local films such as Preserve, Eye of the Hurricane, and the Diary of Preston Plummer, featuring Trevor Morgan and Rumor Willis.

Mrs. Molchan has a consummate flair for theatrics and will undoubtedly do a fantastic job organizing the pageant.

Choreographer Kristin Conner will have the girls kicking up their high-heels, wearing glamorous evening gowns to an entertaining number loaded with smiles and pivot turns.

Kristin began studying dance under her grandmother, Joan Bean, at the age of three at Fernandina’s Bean School of Dance. She continued her education in dance at Florida State College Jacksonville and was invited to dance with the Ka’mia Contemporary Dance Theater in 2009.

This year’s Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant is sure to be a hit with this talented trio at the helm.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is a FREE, three-day event held May 2 – 4, 2014 in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach.

The festivities kick off with the pre-festival Pirate Parade at 6:00 PM on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

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Fernandina’s Library Expansion Relocates 2014 Shrimp Festival Fun Zone

Fernandina’s Library Expansion Relocates 2014 Shrimp Festival Fun ZoneFernandina Beach, FL – Fernandina Beach’s local library is undergoing renovation and expansion, making the 4th Street Parking lot unavailable to house the Kids Fun Zone for the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, so the Shrimp Festival Committee has relocated the Kids Fun Zone to the corner of N. 2nd and Alachua Streets, two blocks closer to the Festival’s waterfront area.

Sponsored by Money Pages, the Kids Fun Zone includes face painting, a craft tent, giant slide, Lazer Maze, Spider Mountain, Power Jump, Jurassic Adventure, Bopping Heads Dance Video and so much more.

Staged entertainment in the Kids Fun Zone includes Rick Hubbard’s Kazoobie Show, Juggle Stuff with Ben Mathews, and “Learn to be a Pirate” with members of the Fernandina Pirates Club. There will also be performances by Pak’s Karate Academy and Bean’s School of Dance.

The Comfort Station and Mother’s Tent will be located just beyond the stage, in the courtyard of the Island Art Association located at 18 N. 2nd Street. There will be minor first aid available, baby changing stations, shade, water, and chairs for nursing mothers or others who need to rest during the three day event. The Island Art Association is organized exclusively for philanthropic and educational purposes and to develop and sustain and interest, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts in Nassau County, Florida.

The Student Art Display, a tent where students from all Nassau County schools proudly display their artwork, will remain in its original location near the library on N. 4th Street. Art patrons provide ribbons and monetary awards for the winning student artists.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is a FREE, three-day event held May 2 – 4, 2014 in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. The festivities kick off with the pre-festival Pirate Parade at 6:00 PM on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

The Kids Fun Zone will be open from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, on Friday, May 2nd; from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday, May 3rd; and from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sunday, May 4th.
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Edgar Hansen of Deadliest Catch Coming to Shrimp Festival

Edgar Hansen of Deadliest Catch Coming to Shrimp FestivalFresh From Florida Seafood is bringing Capt. Edgar Hansen of the F/V Northwestern as featured on Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” to the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

Capt. Edgar Hansen of the F/V Northwestern as featured on Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” is the younger brother of Captain Sig Hansen. He began fishing at age 18 and came into his own on the deck of the Northwestern after only a few seasons. Sig considers his brother to be one of the most talented fishermen on deck. Over the past few years, Edgar has assumed the role of the boat’s chief engineer, which means he’s responsible for both the main and auxiliary engines, the hydraulic and fuel systems, as well as the sea water pumps.

Fresh From Florida Seafood created a well-received Florida seafood promotion called, “Florida’s Tastiest Catch”, where Sig Hansen was featured asking Floridians to support local seafood and our local economy.

“Fernandina Beach is the Birthplace of the modern shrimping industry, so we are excited to have Edgar Hansen be a part of the Shrimp Festival. I truly believe he understands the importance of our commercial shrimp industry and the value it brings to our Fernandina heritage, as well as our local economy,” said Judie Mackie, a volunteer on the Shrimp Festival Committee.

Edgar Hansen will be all over the Shrimp Festival on Saturday, May 3, 2014. He will be signing Fresh from Florida posters and photographs during a meet and greet on the waterfront. He will be one of the judges for the Adult Pirate Costume Contest (sponsored by SearchAmelia.com) at 12:30, he’ll pay a visit to the children in the Kids Fun Zone and will take the stage Saturday as our “Fresh From Florida Seafood” special guest. Times will be announced at ShrimpFestival.com when confirmed.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is a FREE, three-day event held May 2 – 4, 2014 in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. The festivities kick off with the pre-festival Pirate Parade at 6:00 PM on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

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2014 Shrimp Festival’s Exclusive Radko Ornament

2014 Shrimp Festival’s Exclusive Radko OrnamentThe 2014 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival ornament, designed by The Christopher Radko Company, is now available exclusively at The Christmas Shop on the River in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida.

This year’s ornament, “Oglethorpe’s Brigantine” follows the 20 year tradition of designing an ornament with shrimp, pirates and other sea-worthy creations just for the Shrimp Festival!

Oglethorpe’s Brigantine, blown from clear tempered glass is injected with liquid sterling to give the ornament its luminescence. Hand painted details include seven of Amelia Island’s territorial flags on one side of this ship’s sails, with the American flag and a hand painted shrimp on the other. High above the masts wave three Jolly Rogers blowing in the wind, with detailed attention given to the delicate nature of the ship’s waves, her elegant port holes and windows, and even to the eyes of the shrimp. Glitter is added to the crests of the waves and on the ship’s fabulous trim giving the ornament its signature Radko “sparkle”.

The Christopher Radko Company has produced more than fifteen million fine European glass ornaments in a successful attempt to reproduce more than 1,000 vintage, mouth-blown Christmas ornaments that were broken into pieces when the family’s tree fell during the holidays.

Whether the story is true or not, it has presented a fine assortment of beautiful ornaments for collectors including exclusive ornaments designed specifically for the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

The ornament is $72.99 and available at all four Christmas Shop on the River locations including Hilton Head, Charleston, Savannah and Amelia Island. Artist and Founding Designer Mario Tare, of The Christopher Radko Company, will be in Fernandina Beach on Saturday, May 3, 2014, to personally sign these ornaments at the shop located at 110 Center Street. Orders purchased in advance will be autographed and shipped for free within the continental United States. For more information about these limited edition ornaments, or to order yours, please call (904) 261-0747.

Always held the first weekend in May, the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will be held in Fernandina Beach May 2 – 4, 2014. For more information please visit www.ShrimpFestival.com.

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2014 Blessing of the Fleet and Decorated Boat Parade

2014 Blessing of the Fleet and Decorated Boat ParadeThe Blessing of the Fleet and Decorated Boat Parade will take place at 1:30 pm on the Amelia River, Sunday May 4th, during the 51st Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival that runs May 2 – 4, 2014.

Home to the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry, Fernandina Beach holds this annual festival to celebrate our shrimp fleet and show other communities that we support wild caught shrimp.

Do you want to bring your boat to Fernandina Beach for this exciting water parade? Visit ShrimpFestival.com and fill out your application today.

The Blessing of the Fleet takes place around the world with each port praying for a bountiful season. In Maryland, they celebrate to open the oyster harvesting season, here on Amelia Island, we seek blessings for plentiful shrimp. The Priest says a prayer and asks for a safe and productive travel as shrimp boats, commercial vessels, recreational and pleasure crafts line up to be blessed with a sprinkling of Holy Water. This traditional ceremony came to Amelia Island with the immigrants that settled here from Mediterranean fishing communities.

Prizes will be awarded to the Best Decorated Shrimp Boat and all participating boats are invited to be in the Boat Parade and the Blessing of the Fleet.

Even if you don’t have a boat, you will still want to make it to the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival for shrimp, fun, arts, crafts, antiques, entertainment and scores of pirates!

There is NO admission fee to attend!

Festival hours are Friday, May 2, 6:00 to 10:30 pm; Saturday, May 3, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; and on Sunday the festival is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

For more information about entertainment, contests and where to “Park and Ride” please visit ShrimpFestival.com.

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2014 Shrimp Festival T-Shirt Design Selected

2014 Shrimp Festival T-Shirt Design SelectedAmelia Island, FL – The official T-shirt design has been selected for the 51st Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Presented by Publix Supermarkets. “The Shrimp Festival Committee is excited about this year’s design as it touches on various aspects which highlight the shrimp industry and Fernandina Beach”, said Dawn Lunt, this year’s merchandise chair.

The artwork’s designer is Michael Barnard, an award winning artist originally from Dayton, Ohio. A graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design, he combines traditional painting with modern digital technology to create stunning works of original art. Barnard has been a leader in the field of high-end custom digital design for nearly 15 years. He lives in Ormond Beach, Florida with his wife, Lori, and their five year old daughter, Alora.

There will be two merchandise booths offering Official Shrimp Festival T-shirts, tank tops, tote bags, hats, aprons, ornaments and Tervis tumblers. One is located at the waterfront and will be open for the three days of the festival, and the second tent can be found near the corner of 8th and Centre Streets on Saturday and Sunday.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will be held May 2 – 4, 2014, after a community Pirate Parade on Thursday evening. Then merchants in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach will hold a sidewalk sale all day Friday, May 2nd until the Festival officially opens at 6:00 pm. The Kids Fun Zone opens Friday evening, and all of the food, sponsors, and exhibitor’s booths located at the waterfront will be open. Entertainment will last until 10:30 pm with live music, the Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant, and a Pirate Invasion followed by a fantastic fireworks show.

Saturday the fun continues when the fully juried art show opens with over 300 artisans competing for over $7,500 in cash awards. There will be fine arts and crafts, over 50 antique dealers, contests throughout the festival for kids of all ages, live musical entertainment, scores of playful pirates, and a Kids Fun Zone with activities, games and food, and best of all, admission is FREE for the entire festival!

Sunday, the festival’s arts, crafts and antique booths remain open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with the addition of the Best Decorated Boat Parade and the Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet at the waterfront.

Always held the first weekend in May, the Southeast Tourism Society has named the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival a Top-20 event for the past twelve years!

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Festivals of Speed Raised 50K for Communities in Schools

Festivals of Speed Raised 50K for Communities in SchoolsThe Festivals of Speed event returned to Amelia Island March 7-8, and resulted in $50,000 in much needed funding to Communities In Schools for additional services to more Nassau County children and teens.

“The Festivals of Speed kicked off with a luxury lifestyle event attended by 400, and featured a live and silent auction to benefit our children,” explained Susan Milana, CIS executive director. An upgraded MGB was the highlight of our charity auction and went home with a very happy bidder.”

“With this wonderful level of support from our community, the Omni Amelia Island, Hollywood Wheels and the Festivals of Speed, this event will be our most important and profitable fundraiser for years to come,” said Milana.

“We could not have been happier with the Festivals of Speed this year on Amelia Island, stated Joe Sabatini, Festivals of Speed President. “Attendance and car participants doubled from last year and we see further growth in 2015.”

Sabatini explained, “We could not have done it without the overwhelming support of the Amelia Island community, our charity, Communities In Schools, and the team at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Everyone came together in a grass roots effort to create a wonderful event for all to enjoy. Sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers and every team member at the Omni are due a round of applause for their tireless efforts on behalf of this event.”

Festivals of Speed organizers emphasized that “we partnered with CIS because they provide much-needed services to thousands of children and teens right here in Nassau County, and many more across America.”

For more information about Communities In Schools, please visit www.cisnassau.org, or call Susan at 904-321-2000.

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Horch 853 and Scarab Win 19th Annual Amelia Island Councours d’Elegance

Horch 853 and Scarab Win 19th Annual Amelia Island Councours d'Elegance

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Jacksonville, FL – A 1937 Horch 853 and 1958 Scarab won the Best In Show honors on Sunday, March 9, at the 19th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, which attracted approximately 29,000 spectators throughout the weekend.

The Horch 853, owned by Bob and Anne Brockinton Lee of Sparks, Nevada, took home one of the most sought-after trophies in classic car pageantry, the prestigious Concours d’Elegance award. This fully restored automobile is one of only two Horchs ever to have been bodied by coachbuilder Voll & Ruhrbeck, which created custom coachwork for Bugatti, Maybach, Mercedes-Benz and Cord among others. Exhaustive efforts were made to restore this silver 853 to original standards, with no part going un-researched as to authenticity or originality by the restoration team.

The highly coveted Concours de Sport award was presented to the 1958 Scarab, owned by Miles C. Collier and presented The Revs Institute for Automotive Research of Naples, Fla. The three front engine Scarab sports racers built by Troutman and Barnes for Lance Reventlow, were created to contest the road courses of America against the great European marques, such as Ferrari and Maserati. Reventlow originally tried an Offenhauser engine in this car but the engine, designed to run on alcohol, never was successful running on gasoline as required by the sports car ruling body. It was then fitted with a small block Chevrolet V-8, which was perfect for the American road and airport circuits of the late ’50s and early-’60s.

“I want to congratulate our panel of esteemed judges on this year’s best of show selections,” said Bill Warner, Chairman and Founder of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. “Both cars are excellent examples of unique pedigree and provenance and are well deserving of their awards. We worked hard to bring the best in automotive elegance and sport to this year’s event, and judging by our winners and the crowd I think we achieved our goal.”

More than 330 magnificent cars and motorcycles from around the world participated in the 2014 Concours, delighting attendees with an impressive automotive display of style and heritage. Highlights on the field included the presence of BMW’s rare “Batmobiles” racing coupes, which included Alexander Calder’s famed 1975 Le Mans 3.0 CSL, 1975 Sebring 12 Hour and 1976 Daytona 24 Hour winners. The rarely seen Maserati 450S Le Mans “Costin Coupe,” which Sir Stirling Moss raced at Le Mans in 1957 also graced the field, while Chrysler’s La Comtesse Concept Car was introduced to the public after an extensive restoration by the Chrysler group. In addition, attendees were entertained by the exceptional Packard concept car collection of Ralph and Adeline Marano of Westfield, New Jersey, rare beach cars, and Zagato-bodied masterpieces.

The 2014 Concours celebrated Maserati’s 100th Anniversary with an array of models, including the 2014 Ghibli, representing the World Champion Italian grand marque’s impressive heritage and future of the brand. McLaren also marked its 50th anniversary with a display of rare and significant racers from five decades of competition that included 2014 Honoree Jochen Mass’ 1977 McLaren M23 Formula 1 racer as part of the “Cars of Jochen Mass” class. Mass was honored on the 25th anniversary of his victory in the 24 Hours of LeMans.

Some of the world’s most prominent manufacturers had displays at the event, including Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors, Ferrari, Jaguar and Chrysler. Lamborghini held the North American debut of the company’s newest super sports car, the Hurácan LP 610-4, on the Concours’ field, following the vehicle’s global debut at the Geneva Motor Show this week and Infiniti chose to celebrate the Amelia Island Concours by wrapping a 2014 Infiniti Q60 Convertible in the same color scheme as Bobby Unser’s 1968 Indianapolis 500 winning racecar. The convertible was on display next to the original Indy winning car, courtesy of Infiniti and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.

Enthusiasts also enjoyed two impressive seminars this year, a tradition that has become one of the hallmarks of the Amelia Island Concours. “The Great Offy Drivers” seminar included such racing legends as Parnelli Jones, Sonny Meyer, Al and Bobby Unser and David Hobbs. Speakers Ray Evernham, David Piper, John Mecom, Bobby Rahal, Alwin Springer and Bob Tullius lead a lively discussion during the “Merchants of Speed” seminar, which gave a first person look at on-track race management and the sharp-edged business of racing.

Also displayed in a unique Hasselblad Automotive Photography Exhibit were a collection of classic motorsport photographs made with the internationally famous Hasselblad camera. The historic Hasselblad photos captured moments from the National and World Championship motorsport in the United States from the 1960s through 1979, taken by Bill Warner, with his Hasselblads.

The 20th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will be held March 13-15, 2015 on the 10th and 18th fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The show’s Foundation has donated over $2.25 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other charities on Florida’s First Coast since its inception in 1996. In 2013, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance won Octane Magazine’s EFG International Historic Motoring Event of the Year award.

For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org or call 904-636-0027.

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Miss Shrimp Festival 2014 Scholarship Pageant

Miss Shrimp Festival 2014 Scholarship PageantFernandina Beach, FL – The 2014 Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant contestant rehearsals will be held weekly, beginning with the organizational meeting and rehearsal on Sunday, March 15, 2014, and continue through April 26. Meetings will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Bean School of Dance, located at 25 North 3rd Street in historic, Fernandina Beach.

A pageant winner will be announced during the Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant held on the Riverfront Stage on Friday evening, May 2, 2014, during the 51st Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. The scholarship pageant is sponsored by the Hampton Inn & Suites, Amelia Island “Historic Harbor Front Hotel”.

Eligible participants must be high school level juniors and seniors, attending public, private, alternative, or home schools. Contestants must reside in Nassau County, Florida, but they may attend high school in another county.

Winners will be judged on formal wear, a dinner interview, talent displayed in a choreographed, group routine, and their response to a final question asked on stage.

Mike Buresh of FOX 30 News has committed to emcee the pageant and judges include Bob Ramshaw of the Hampton Inn and Suites, Shannon Brown, vice president of the Fernandina Beach Vystar Credit Union, and Nancy Burnett, a former contestant in the Ms. Senior Jacksonville Pageant.

The 4-part application packet may be downloaded from www.ShrimpFestival.com. Contestants will be accepted until April 5, 2014.

If you would like to participate or you have any questions, please call Pageant Director Crystal Molchan at (904) 583-5715 and leave a message with your name and phone number.

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Images for Amelia’s 2014 Concours

Images for Amelia's 2014 ConcoursThe Concours d’Elegance of Amelia Island has become less than a family outing, and more like a trip to Disney World with tickets at the gate running $80.00 for adults and $40.00 for students; a family of four would spend $240.00 just to get in the gate, but if you are a car enthusiast it is worth the cash… and plenty of that cash benefits charities like Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. Community Hospice cares for hundreds of terminally ill children and adults in North Florida each year regardless of their ability to pay.

Here is a slideshow of some of our favorite automobiles and motorcycles:

The 20th annual event is scheduled to be held on March 13-15, 2015.

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Sunday Activities at The Amelia 2014

Sunday Activities at The Amelia 2014Here are the activities scheduled for the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance:

9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Golf Club of Amelia Island
10th & 18th Fairways

9:45 a.m.
Honoree Jochen Mass enters the show field from the Awards Tent

10:30 a.m.
Vintage Fashion Show presented by Fashion Group International,
North Florida, Inc. – Awards Tent

11:00 a.m.
Chairman’s Welcome
National Anthem
Flyover
Judges Introduction

11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Awards Presentation – Awards Tent. Presentation includes Best in Show, Best in Class, Amelia and Corporate Awards.

General admission tickets adult: $80/$60 (in advance, too late now.)
General admission youth 12- 18 years old: $40
General admission Children under 12: admitted free with paying adult ticket.
Active Duty Military and immediate family: $40 with Active Duty ID available on site only.

Exhibitors include:
Bentley, BMW, BMW Group Classic, Breitling, Brumos, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Maserati, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and SRT.

The Shop at the Concours
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Show Field, Golf Club of Amelia Island
Open to the Public With Show Ticket

James Edition Midway
Luxury Lifestyle Merchants
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
North end of the Show Field, Golf Club of Amelia Island
Open to the Public With Show Ticket

Hasselblad Automotive Photography Exhibit
When the Moment Has to be Captured
Featuring Automotive Photography by Bill Warner
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Show field, Golf Club of Amelia Island
Open to the Public With Show Ticket

Automobilia
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Show Field, Golf Club of Amelia Island
Open to the Public With Show Ticket

Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS)
(Only East Coast appearance featuring the Women of AFAS)
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Show Field
Open to the Public With Show Ticket
“Recharge Here!” at AFAS’s Complimentary mobile phone charging station
(Tom Fritz poster signing available)

Luxury Car Displays
Friday – Sunday
The Ritz-Carlton, Front Entrance

ALL events are held rain or shine. The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Foundation, Inc. reserves the right to change or cancel an event.

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Saturday Activities at the 2014 Concours

Saturday Activities at the 2014 ConcoursHere are Saturday’s activities at the 2014 Concours d’Elegance on Amelia Island.

Cars & Coffee at the Concours
presented by Heacock Classic Car Insurance
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Over 250 classic and exotic cars from local car clubs will be displayed on the 10th and 18th fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island.
Free Admission

McIntosh Sound Lounge
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Room Seven

Hasselblad Automotive Photography Exhibit
Featuring Automotive Photography by Bill Warner
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

The Shop at the Concours
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Santa Maria 1

Automobilia and Luxury Lifestyle Merchants
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Open to Public

Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS)
(Only East Coast appearance, featuring the Women of AFAS)
9 a.m. – 11 p.m. Free to the public
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Plaza II
“Recharge here!” at AFAS’s complimentary mobile phone charging station
(Tom Fritz poster signing available)

Test Drives – Various Manufacturers
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton & The Golf Club of Amelia Island, Front Driveway
Complimentary

The Amelia Island Concours Silent Auction
10:00 p.m. – 4 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Plaza 1

The Merchants of Speed Seminar presented by Kelly Services
10:30 a.m.
Team owners from different forms of motor sport regale the triumphs, trials and tribulations of owning a successful racing team. Poster signing follows the seminar.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Talbot Ballroom
Panel to include: Ray Evernham, John Mecom, Bobby Rahal, Alwin Springer, and Bob Tullius
$30 per person –Tickets can be purchased online www.ameliaconcours.org or at the door on the day of the event. Open to the Public. Limited Seating.

RM Auctions Amelia Island Sale
11 a.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Grand Ballroom
Admission is for registered bidders, sellers and credentialed media only. For more information, visit www.rmauctions.com or call (800) 211-4371 or (519) 352-4575

Breitling Cocktail Reception
6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Talbot Pre-Function and Colonnade
By Invitation Only

Mercedes-Benz Gala Dinner
Honoring Jochen Mass
7:30 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island – Talbot Ballroom
Black Tie Optional, Reservations Required: www.ameliaconcours.org
By Invitation Only

After Party presented by McIntosh
10:00 p.m. – midnight
Live Music and Cash Bar
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island – Talbot Pre-Function
Open to Public

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Infiniti Sponsors Media Center at Concours Once Again

Infiniti Sponsors Media Center at Concours Once AgainPhoto Credit Infiniti

Franklin, TNInfiniti will support the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance by sponsoring the Media Center at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island March 7-9, 2014.

Infiniti’s impressive Pavilion Display will share space at The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach as more than 300 vintage, classic and historic racing vehicles spread out across the golf course’s 10th and 18th fairways including special classes of show cars highlighting the 50th anniversary of McLaren Racing, the sports racing cars of Jochen Mass and special Offenhauser-powered race cars.

In conjunction with the recognition of Offenhauser-powered cars at this year’s show, Infiniti worked with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum to bring Bobby Unser’s 1968 Indy 500 race winning car to the concours. Infiniti also recruited its design team, headed by worldwide Design Director Alfonso Albaisa, to commission a one-off vehicle wrap for the Q60 Convertible special-guest Bobby Unser will be driving throughout the weekend that matches his winning race car. Reminiscent of the Rislone livery found on Unser’s Offenhauser-powered Eagle, the special wrap features a striking red, yellow, black and white design finished with the number three found on the winning car. When not in use, the specially designed Q60 will be displayed near the Infiniti Pavilion Display next to the 1968 Indy 500 winning race car.

In addition to this special Q60 Convertible, the Infiniti Pavilion will also showcase a selection of Infiniti vehicles including the 2014 Q70 luxury performance sedan, QX60 7-passenger luxury crossover, QX70 performance crossover, QX80 full-size luxury SUV and the new Q50 luxury sport sedan. Since going on sale last summer, the Q50 continues to be one of the leading options in the competitive premium sport sedan segment, incorporating class-leading, world-first technologies such as Direct Adaptive Steering and Active Lane Control.

“We’re incredibly excited to once again show our support for the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance this year,” said Infiniti Vice President Michael Bartsch. “Yet again, with Bill Warner at the helm, the concours assembled a top selection of significant cars from all around the world. These cars are representative of the same passion and performance we try to incorporate into each of our passenger vehicles. The event continues to inspire fans new and old and we are proud to play a small part in it.”

Credentialed Amelia Island Concours media are invited to visit the Infiniti Media Center inside the Ritz-Carlton from March 7-8. On March 9, the media center will be moved to the Golf Club of Amelia Island Clubhouse, adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton. Concours attendees are welcome to visit the Pavilion display throughout the 2014 Amelia Island Concours, March 7-9, 2014.

About Infiniti
Infiniti Motor Company LTD. is headquartered in Hong Kong with sales operations in approximately 50 countries. The Infiniti brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan and the United States. Production in China and Europe will start soon along with the expansion of the brand’s portfolio.

As the Title Partner and Vehicle Performance Partner of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Infiniti has a far-reaching technical collaboration with the Formula One team, and Sebastian Vettel, its four-time World Champion driver, serves as Infiniti’s Director of Performance.

Infiniti offers a full-line of luxury performance automobiles that inspire at every turn, including the all-new Q50 luxury sports sedan, Q60 coupe and convertible, Q70 performance luxury sedan, QX50 luxury crossover, QX60 7-passenger luxury crossover, QX70 performance luxury crossover and the QX80 full-size luxury SUV.

More information about Infiniti, its Total Ownership Experience(r) and its industry leading technologies can be found at www.infinitiusa.com. For the latest news on Infiniti, visit www.infinitinews.com, “like” Infiniti on Facebook, and follow the brand on Twitter @InfinitiUSA.

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