Test Drive a Jaguar at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Test Drive a Jaguar at Amelia Island Concours d'EleganceFull Jaguar Land Rover 2012 model year line-up available for drive experience and the Jaguar C-X16 will be on display during event

Mahwah, NJ – For the first time at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Jaguar Land Rover is proud to offer a complimentary drive experience to all attendees on a first come, first serve basis. Guests will be able to test the capabilities of the full 2012 line-up, including the all-new Jaguar XKR-S and Range Rover Evoque.

To schedule a drive, please visit the Jaguar Land Rover display by the main entrance of the Ritz-Carlton between 2pm and 5pm on Thursday, March 8, as well as between 9am and 5pm on Friday, March 9th and Saturday, March 10th.

Range Rover EvoqueAlso in attendance is Julian Thomson, Head of the Advanced Design Studio at Jaguar, to showcase the stunning C-X16 concept vehicle Jaguar’s compelling vision for the 21st century.

The Jaguar C-X16 concept is a bold statement of Jaguar’s future design and technological intent. The C-X16 takes the traditional front-engined, rear-wheel drive formula that Jaguar defined over decades and reinvents it for the 21st century in a performance-oriented hybrid drivetrain with 50:50 weight distribution. If anything can be said to define Jaguar design it is one word: drama. The C-X16 is no exception, taking the traditional two-seater sports car template and redefining it in the Jaguar idiom.

The 2012 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will officially take place on Sunday, March 11 with supporting events beginning on Thursday, March 8. For more information on the event, please visit www.ameliaconcours.org.

Jaguar C-X16About Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC
Jaguar Land Rover is a business built around two great British car brands that are designed, engineered and manufactured in the United Kingdom. Jaguar Cars Limited, founded in 1922, is one of the world’s premier manufacturers of luxury sedans and sports cars. Since 1948, Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that define “breadth of capability” in their segments.

Jaguar manufactures all their cars exclusively in the United Kingdom, at the Castle Bromwich manufacturing plant in the British Midlands. Land Rover and Range Rover models are built in the United Kingdom at the Solihull and Halewood plants. Land Rover exports to 169 countries and Jaguar exports to 63 countries, with global sales for both brands exceeding 240,000 vehicles annually. The Jaguar Land Rover business employs 16,000 people in United Kingdom, including 3,500 engineers at two product development centers.

Headquartered in Mahwah, New Jersey in the United States, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC has offices across the USA and Canada and is represented by more than 330 retail outlets.

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Official Amelia Concours Endurance Drivers Seminar Panel

Official Amelia Concours Endurance Drivers Seminar PanelThe Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will host The Great Endurance Drivers Seminar at 10:30 AM, March 10, 2012 in the Talbot Ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island. The panel for this once-in-a-lifetime seminar is composed of a who’s who of, world championship sports car endurance racing.

Derek Bell (UK) has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans five times and the 24 Hours of Daytona four times.

Joe Buzzetta (USA) was one of the first Americans to race for the Porsche factory and won the Nurburgring 1000 Km for Porsche in 1967.

Vic Elford (UK) is The Amelia’s 2012 Honoree and won the Monte Carlo Rally and the 24 Hours of Daytona for Porsche in the same week. He’s won the 1000 Kilometers of the Nurburgring and the Targa Florio, raced Jim Hall’s ground breaking Chaparral 2J.

Jim Hall (USA) changed the world of sports car racing with his ground breaking Chaparrals. He raced in Formula 1 and, at Sebring in 1965, was the first to win a World Sports Car Championship race in a car he designed and built.

Hurley Haywood (USA) is a five-time winner of the Daytona 24 Hours, a three time Le Mans winner and has two wins in the 12 Hours of Sebring.

David Hobbs (UK) is Speed TV’s the Formula 1 commentator and won both the 1971 Formula 5000 and the 1983 Trans-Am championships. He has made 20 starts in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and scored a class victory in his first 24 Hours in 1962.

Gerard Larrousse (F) is a two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and was Vic Elford’s co-driver winning the Targa Florio and the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Sam Posey (USA) Is a Daytona, and Le Mans veteran and, with Brian Redman, won the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1975; he won the Lime Rock Trans-Am for Carroll Shelby, has driven for Roger Penske and is the man who broke Lime Rock’s one-minute barrier. He is an author, designer and a racing commentator for American television networks.

Brian Redman (UK) is the 1981 IMSA GTP Champion and two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring plus World Championship races at the Targa Florio, Monza, the Nurburgring, Watkins Glen, Brands Hatch, Spa, Monza, the Osterreichring and Mosport. He is the three-time Formula 5000 champion.

The GREAT ENDURANCE DRIVERS SEMINAR begins at 10:30 am, Saturday, March 10, 2012 in the Talbot Ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island. Admission is $30.00. Purchase tickets at www.ameliaconcours.org or at the door.

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Gooding and Company Offers Collectible and Iconic Cars at Auction

Gooding and Company Offers Collectible and Iconic Cars at Auction

1948 tucker Torpedo

Gooding & Company, the acclaimed auction house celebrated for selling the world’s most significant and valuable collector cars, will once again offer a world-class presentation of the rarest and most luxurious automobiles (e.g., American Classics, Iconic Race Cars and Post-war European Sports Cars) at its 2012 Amelia Island Auction on March 9 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation.

STAR CARS:

    · A rare 1948 Tucker Torpedo that was featured in Francis Ford Coppola’s hit film Tucker: The Man and His Dream. Estimate: $950,000 – $1,300,000.
    · The Drendel Family Porsche Collection, which is recognized as the world’s finest private collection of its kind, consisting of both road and race cars spanning 25 years of Porsche history from 1973 – 1997. One of the collection’s most significant examples is the 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can -Am Spyder. Estimate: $3,250,000 – $4,000,000.
    · Racing Legend Mike Hawthorn’s 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe, a legendary Italian car that is eligible for the world’s most exclusive events such as, Mille Miglia, Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza and the Colorado Grand. Estimate: $1,300,000 – $1,600,000.
    · The iconic 1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder, also known as Porsche’s legendary four-cam sports racer. Estimate: $2,200,000 – $2,600,000.

WHEN: The auction beings at 11:00 am on Friday, March 9; Preview opens Thursday, March 8 at 9:00 am.

WHERE: Racquet Park located at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation at 6800 First Coast Highway in Amelia Island, Florida.

ABOUT GOODING & COMPANY: Gooding & Company, internationally celebrated for its world-class automotive auctions, provides unparalleled service in the collector car market, offering a wide range of services including private and estate sales, appraisals and collection management. Preceding each auction, a complete catalogue is made available online at www.goodingco.com and a virtual auction guide is published via Gooding & Company’s IAC award-winning iPhone and iPad app. Gooding & Company will conduct its next annual auction in Pebble Beach, California on August 18 & 19, 2012.

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Concours d’Elegance to Open With Classic Flyover

Concours d'Elegance to Open With Classic FlyoverThe 17th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will open with a historic three-plane flyover at 10:02 AM on Sunday March 11th. In keeping with “The Amelia’s” theme of rare, elegant, and desirable cars and maximum fun, “The Amelia’s” flyover will not only be unique, but historically accurate.

The three-plane Amelia flyover will be led by David Martin’s 300-horsepower aerobatic Breitling CAP 232 monoplane. His wingman will be David Kicklighter in the Breitling Extra 300L aerobatic two-seater. The 300-series Extra is so fast and maneuverable that it was chosen as the chase plane for Burt Rutan’s Space Ship One.

Representing the classic trans-war period of aviation is David Marco’s award-winning Lockheed 12A, one of just eight still flying. Marco’s graceful 1938 Lockheed underwent a two-year, historically meticulous 10,000 hour restoration that presents the “Electra Junior” as it appeared in the late thirties.

Classic FlyoverThe twin-engine, double-tail Lockheed 12A was considered the “Lear Jet of the Thirties” and marked the dawn of American business aviation. Capable of 225 mph in 1938 the six-passenger Electra Junior was of all metal construction and even featured an on-board lavatory. It was made famous by the Academy Award-winning 1942 film Casablanca.

Marco’s Electra Junior was originally purchased by Phillips Petroleum in 1939 but was “drafted” into the US Army until 1945 when it was returned to Phillips Petroleum. Since 2011 it has been based in Jacksonville.

“There’s nothing like the sound of a radial engine,” said Warner, “Witnessing this flyover will be like a bit like time travel with the sight and sounds of the two Breitling aerobatic planes and the Lockheed 12A above the field of classic cars.”

The 2012 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will be held March 9-11th on the 10th and 18th fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.The show’s Foundation has donated nearly $1.8 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other charities on Florida’s First Coast since its inception in 1996.

About The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance:
Now in its second decade, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, “The Amelia” draws nearly 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other.Since 1996, the show’s Foundation has donated nearly $1.8 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other deserving charities on Florida’s First Coast.The 17th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for March 8-10, 2013.For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org or call 904-636-0027.

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2012 Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant

2012 Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant

Photo credit: Helmut Albrecht

Fernandina Beach, FL – Contestant rehearsals for the Miss Shrimp Festival 2012 Scholarship Pageant, sponsored by the Hampton Inn & Suites, Amelia Island, “Historic Harbor Front Hotel,” will be held weekly, beginning with the organizational meeting and rehearsal on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm at the Bean School of Dance, 25 North 3rd Street in Fernandina Beach. The pageant winner will be awarded a $1,000 Scholarship during the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival on Friday evening, May 4, 2012. The pageant is open to high school level juniors and seniors, attending public, private, alternative or home schools.

Eligible participants must reside in Nassau County, but may attend high school in another county. The 4-part application packet may be downloaded from www.shrimpfestival.com. Contestants will be accepted until April 10, 2012.

If you would like to participate and/or you have any questions, please call Barbara Book, Pageant Director/Choreographer at 904-583-1770 or Sandy Price, Shrimp Festival Executive Director at 904-206-0756. Please leave a message with your phone number if the call is answered by voice mail.

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Rare and Classic Cars are Heading for Amelia Island

Rare and Classic Cars are Heading for Amelia Island

Packard Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria (photo credit: Darin Schnabel © 2011 courtesy RM Auctions)

RM Auctions returns as the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance with its annual sale scheduled March 10, 2012
• Single-day sale features a superb roster of automotive styling with 100 investment-quality motor cars set for the auction podium
• Featured highlights include a coveted 1934 Packard Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria and a breathtaking, one-off 1929 Cord L-29 Hayes Coupe
• Sale acts as a prelude to the world-famous Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, making for an ultimate automotive weekend for motoring enthusiasts

Blenheim, Ontario – RM Auctions, the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, has announced an exceptional roster of automobiles for its highly-anticipated Amelia Island sale, March 10 in Northeast Florida.

Returning to the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Hotel, the well-established sale – now in its 14th year – will present a magnificent roster of 100 blue-chip automobiles as it looks to build upon RM’s strong track record in Northeast Florida. In 2011, the company once again enjoyed the top auction results posted during the Amelia Island Concours weekend, generating a remarkable $24.3 million in sales with a superb 96% of lots sold – the highest tally ever achieved during the event’s history. The 2012 event promises to continue the momentum with a stellar list of early entries, including a handsome 1934 Packard Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria (pictured top) and a stunning 1929 Cord L-29 Hayes Coupe. Both are considered the ultimate in Classic Era design, rarity and desirability.

“The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance weekend is a world-class celebration of automotive styling through the years,” says Rob Myers, Chairman & Founder, RM Auctions. “We are delighted to be an official part of the weekend once again and look forward to bringing another impressive catalogue of high-caliber motor cars to our Amelia Island auction stage.”

Regarded by many as the ultimate Classic Packard, the 1934 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria, chassis number 1108-15, is expected to garner serious attention from discerning enthusiasts. In many ways, the Packard Twelve was the signature car of the Classic Era – the top-of-the-line offering from one of America’s leading manufacturers. The example on offer represents the most desirable model year and is one of as few as two known surviving examples featuring the perfect combination of supremely desirable custom Dietrich coachwork in this style on a powerful Packard 12-cylinder chassis. Boasting an excellent provenance and well-documented history, it has benefitted from the care of several notable collectors over the years. In addition, it is a proven touring car – its excellent driving dynamics confirmed during a 1700-mile tour from Seattle, Washington, to Pebble Beach, California. Completing its status as the ultimate Classic Packard, its beautiful restoration was recognized via “Best in Class” honors at the 2011 Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s in Michigan (Estimate available upon request).

“This Packard ticks all the boxes when it comes to desirability – unique styling cues, excellent provenance, superb presentation and capability for extended touring. It is arguably one of the finest, rarest and most inspired automotive masterpieces of the Classic Era, deserving of close inspection,” adds Myers.

1929 Cord L-29 Hayes Coupe (photo credit: Darin Schnabel © 2011 courtesy RM Auctions)

1929 Cord L-29 Hayes Coupe (photo credit: Darin Schnabel © 2011 courtesy RM Auctions)

Another outstanding example of Classic Era styling set for RM’s Amelia Island auction podium is a stunning, one-off 1929 Cord L-29 Hayes Coupe, chassis 2927005, widely recognized as the most significant L-29 in existence. Designed by Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky and built by Michigan’s Hayes Body Corporation on the revolutionary front-drive Cord L-29 chassis, this “one-off” design statement was conceived and built specifically for international show competition. No stranger to the show field, it enjoyed stunning results at the 1930 Paris, Monte Carlo and Beaulieu Concours d’Elegance events, where it secured its place in the history books as the first American entry to win at all three venues. Its stunning looks have continued to fascinate onlookers over the years, with additional accolades received at the 1987 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and more recently, “Best in Class” honors at the 2008 Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance. Beyond its success on the show field, it also holds its ACD Category 1 Original Certification and boasts a known, well-documented provenance, including 50 years of careful single ownership (Est. $1,250,000 – $1,500,000).

Reflecting the international flavor of consignments for the RM Amelia Island sale, additional highlights include:

    o a one-off, well-documented 1937 Squire Corsica Short Chassis Roadster, chassis 1063, one of a limited few cars built by Adrian Squire. Powered by a supercharged Anzani twin-cam engine, it is the only one with coachwork by the London firm Corsica (Estimate available upon request);
    o The Ex-Walter Chrysler, Jr. 1941 Chrysler Newport Dual Cowl Phaeton, one of five built and the only example to pace the 1941 Indianapolis 500 (Est. $1,500,000 – $2,000,000);
    o a well-documented 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta, chassis 09721 (Est. $1,200,000 – $1,400,000);
    o a highly-desirable, professionally-restored 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, resplendent in the superb colors of black over dark green and featuring a removable hardtop and desirable Rudge wheels (Est. $850,000 – $1,100,000); and,
    o a beautifully restored, matching-numbers 1959 Jaguar XK120 “Alloy” Roadster (Est. $290,000 – $360,000).

RM’s Amelia Island sale acts as a prelude to the world-renowned Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, returning March 11. Combined, the events make for an ultimate vintage car weekend for automotive enthusiasts.

The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island, Florida, 32034
Sale date: March 10, 2012
Preview dates: March 9, 2012 and March 10, 2012
Admission: An official auction catalog is available for $120.00 and admits two people to the preview and auction.

For those unable to attend the event in person, Internet, absentee and telephone bidding options are available and the auction will stream live online at www.rmauctions.com to provide real-time coverage of the event.

For more information on RM’s Amelia Island sale and a frequently updated car list, please visit www.rmauctions.com. For further information on the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, please visit www.ameliaconcours.org.

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Last Leg Rally Full of Free Activities

Last Leg Rally Full of Free Activities3rd Annual Amelia Island Last Leg Rally is attracting impressive regional talent to this charitable weekend with Arthur Crofton and Mandy Starling to emcee activities scheduled for Wolf Park at Main Beach, March 3rd and 4th 2012, in Northeast, Florida. The event is free and open to the public. Bring your chairs and dancing shoes, but no coolers are allowed.

Saturday 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM

8:30 AM Bike registration opens for your last chance to enter the Veteran’s Motorcycle Poker Run, sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 54

    -Bike Entry includes a hearty Pancake Breakfast (furnished by the Ground Pounders Riding Club), (5) Raffle Tickets, (1) Poker Hand, and (1) free beverage coupon for the Beer Garden.
    -Kick Stands Up at 10:00 AM
    -Last Bike In at 2:30 PM
    -Fees are $25 per bike, $5.00 for a passenger, an extra poker hand is only $5.00

9:30 AM Opening Ceremonies

    -Welcome from Anchors Aweigh Charters, Inc.
    -Opening Prayer
    -Introduction of Guest Emcee, Mandy Starling. This model, actress and television host of “See Savannah on the CW” airing in Savannah, Georgia, will take the microphone.
    -US Coast Guard Color Guard Display presented by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Division 14,
    -Introductions of the Table of Honor Guest Veterans with a representative from every war present beginning with WWII.
    -National Anthem performed by Scott and Cassie Mae Bucher
    -Safety Speech by Road Captain Keith Mason, Closing prayer
    -Military Fly Over courtesy of the Dreamland Squadron and the Avenger Air Shows

Mandy Starling

Mandy Starling

10:00 AM – “Gentlemen Start your Engines” call by Mandy Starling

Peruse the vendor’s tents and grab some food while Big-O Productions provides music and Many Starling entertains you with some Around the Park Commentary.

11:00 AM to 6:00 PM – Beer Garden and main stage events are open

11:00 to 12:30 Antler Annihilation, from Fernandina Beach, Florida, takes the stage.

Noon to 4:30 PM – 3rd Annual Last Leg Rally Motorcycle Show, Sponsored by Ann Teague Bonding Agency

    -Free to look
    -$25.00 to enter – Entry includes (5) Raffle Tickets and (2) free beverage coupons for the Beer Garden
    -3:00 PM Judging begins
    -4:15 PM Awards presentation

1:00 – 2:15 Mike Hendrix Band, of Hilliard, Florida performs live and on stage.

2:15 – 2:45 Enjoy raffles giveaways, brief announcements and learn who won the Veteran’s Benefit Motorcycle Ride

2:45 – 4:15 All the way from Chattanooga, Tenneessee, be prepared for Chasi Lynn & Country Wild

    You don’t want to miss Chasi Lynn and Country Wild. This is the second year the band will travel to Florida to appear in this charity concert. They play a variety of classic rock, country and originals performing all over the Southeastern United States. Chasi found her calling the first time she sang in public and you only have to see her perform one song to become a believer.

4:15 – 4:45 Test your luck during more raffles, short announcements and the presentation of the Bike Show Awards

4:45 – 6:30 DeFunk from Brunswick, Georgia will entertain you until Day One of the festival closes at 6:30 PM.

Sunday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

9:30 AM Opening Ceremonies

    -Welcome by Anchors Aweigh Charters
    -Opening Prayer
    -Introduction of Guest Emcee, Arthur Crofton. Day Two of the Festival is the Last Leg Rally’s Blues Sunday emceed by the lively, Jacksonville, Florida Radio Personality Arthur Crofton. His voice has been heard on our local airwaves for over two decades and he is lending his talent to emcee Sunday’s activities.
    -The booths, tents and blood mobile are all open
    -10:00 AM worship service by the Sons of Thunder CMA Chapter with music by Woody

Peruse the vendor’s tents and grab some food while Big-O Productions provides music and Arthur Crofton delights you with Around the Park Commentary.

11:00 AM to 6:00 PM – Beer Garden and main stage events are open

Noon to 4:00 PM – Last Leg Rally Car Show, hosted by the Amelia Island Cruizers Car Club

    -Free to look
    -$25.00 to enter – Entry includes (5) Raffle Tickets, (2) free beverage coupons for the Beer Garden
    -3:00 PM Judging begins
    -4:15 PM Awards presentation

Sunday’s music is a Battle of the Blues that will have you tapping your foot to some great local blues artists brought to you by the Amelia Island Blues Festival, held in September.

12:00 – 6:00 PM Battle of the Blues, presented by the Amelia Island Blues Festival

12:45-2:15 MoJo Chillen of Jacksonville Beach, Florida

2:15-2:45 Raffles prize winners drawn, brief announcements will be made and some love will be shown to the event’s Sponsors.

2:45-4:15 Kim Reteguiz & The Black Cat Bones from Atlantic Beach, Florida

4:15-4:45 More Raffles, more announcements, more appreciation for the event’s Sponsors and the Car Show Awards Presentation

4:45-6:00 Beech Street Blues Band takes the stage all the way from Fernandina Beach, Florida

6:00pm Final Raffle Drawing and the officially closing of the 2012 Amelia Island Last Leg Rally

The Rally was founded in 2009 to provide funding and awareness for the charity Anchors Aweigh Charters, Inc., (AAC) a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides no cost boating or fishing excursions to those with permanent physical and/or developmental disabilities, as well as those diagnosed with a terminal illness. Even if you don’t ride a motorcycle, the Rally offers something for everyone. Bring your chairs and enjoy the free entertainment!

For more information and full details, please visit LastLegRally.com.

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Third Annual Amelia Island Garden Show

Third Annual Amelia Island Garden ShowThird Annual Amelia Island Garden Show brings two days filled with more than 50 vendors bringing assorted flowers, plants, trees, accessories and more to Fernandina Beach’s Central Park on Saturday, March 3rd (9AM to 5PM) and Sunday March 4th (9AM to 4PM).

Saturday Events
9:30-10:15 Add Some Color To Your Life! Ann Pidgeon of Colorfield Farms

11:30-12:15 Meet A Raptor! Paula Ashby of Avian Reconditioning Center

1:30-2:00 Saturday Wonderful World of African Violets, Laura Perdomo of Silver Springs African Violets

2:30-3:15 Amaryllis/Hippeastrum Extended Blooming, E. William Warren of Amaryllis Spectacularis

Sunday Events
10:30-11:15 What is a Native Plant? James Loper of Reflections of Nature

11:30-12:15 Meet A Raptor! Paula Ashby of Avian Reconditioning Center

12:30-1:15 Arranging Flowers From Your Garden, Brooke Raulerson, AIFD, FSMD of Amelia Island Artistic Florist

For a complete description of the show visit www.ameliagarden.com.

Tickets are $4.00 for one day, or $5.00 for two days. Children under 12 are admitted free. No pets are allowed. There is free parking across the street from the show and preferred parking is available for $5.00.

Troop 152 will offer a Tote and Carry service by delivering plants to the Pick-Up area where they will be loaded into your car when you are through shopping. You are welcome to bring your own wagon!

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And the Movies Are in Town

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Tonight the 4th Amelia Island Film Festival takes off with a Red Carpet Event at the Peck Center, the showing of Derek Estlin Purvis “Sunny Side Up 2011” with Parker Posey as Angelica Lovecraft in the lead and an After Party at Café Karibo.

Then on Friday there are some 20 movies, documentaries and shorts to enjoy at various venues such as Sheffield’s, the Peck Center, o’Kane’s and foreign films (obviously sub-titled) at the Anchor, from Spain, Portugal, Russia, Canada, Italy and Brazil. For a complete listing check the website http://www.ameliaislandfilmfestival.org/

Since the film festival last year, many changes took place in the organization of the event, often leading to the question if there actually would be another . We are happy to see that the organization got its priorities straightened out, serving an impressive line-up of titles and events.

Here are some of the events you will enjoy during the festival
Thursday 2-23, 7pm – Red Carpet
Friday 2-24, 4pm -PBS “Real Food Real Kitchens”
Friday 2-24, 5:30pm Judge Henry Adams Event
Saturday 2-24, 11am Children Red Carpet
Saturday 2-25, 1pm-PBS “Real Food Real Kitchens”
Saturday 2-25, 4pm Norman Studios
Sunday 2-26, 7pm Oscar Party with a special screening of locally shot “The Diary of Preston Plummer” which will premier in two weeks on the Red Carpet of the Miami International Film Festival.

Entirely in the mood for some movie action, our Award Winning point man/ producer Rick Traum has been providing us with some hilarious explanations why sometimes the credits of people involved in the production of a movie takes 10 minutes of screen time.

Enjoy!

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Amelia Island Last Leg Rally Returns with Battle of the Blues

Amelia Island Last Leg Rally Returns with Battle of the BluesFernandina Beach, FL – The Amelia Island Last Leg Rally returns to Amelia Island on March 3rd and 4th 2012. The Rally was founded in 2009 to provide funding and awareness for the charity Anchors Aweigh Charters, Inc. and to draw visitors to Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island. New this year is the Battle of the Blues on Sunday, sponsored by the Amelia Island Blues Festival, whose inaugural event exceeded all expectations with performances by world class blues musicians.

Proceeds from the Rally’s events benefit Anchors Aweigh Charters, Inc., (AAC) a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides no cost boating or fishing excursions to those with permanent physical and/or developmental disabilities, as well as those diagnosed with a terminal illness. With the continued support of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 54 of Fernandina Beach, AAC’s Veteran’s Benefit Program continues to fund excursions for qualifying disabled veterans with proceeds from the Veteran’s Poker Run.

It’s not the destination it’s the ride! The Amelia Island Last Leg Rally provides a plethora of activities to potential visitors heading towards Daytona Bike Week and locals alike. Even if you don’t ride a motorcycle, the Rally offers something for everyone. Bring your chairs and enjoy the entertainment!

The Last Leg Rally events begin with a Meet & Greet Kick-Off Party and Fish Fry on Friday, March 2, at the Kelly Pest Control Building at 1235 S. 10th Street in Fernandina Beach from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. Tickets are only $6.00 and admission includes dinner, and live music by the Suzie Kite Band.

March 3rd and 4th bring a weekend of free entertainment. Opening Ceremonies at 9:30 Saturday morning features a “Table of Honor Veteran’s Tribute”, with guests from various military branches, an Honor Guard Display by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-1, and a military fly-over by the Dreamland Squadron and the Avenger Air Shows. Then, it is kick stands up at 10:00 AM for the Veteran’s Benefit Motorcycle Poker Run. A variety of vendors and a Motorcycle Show take place on Saturday while live bands perform at Wolf Park (Main Beach). Staged entertainment includes the Mike Hendrix Band of Hilliard, FL; Chasi Lynn and Country Wild from Chattanooga, TN; and DeFunk from Brunswick, GA.

“Blues Sunday” of the Rally offers a Battle of the Blues featuring MoJo Chillen of Jacksonville, FL; Kim Reteguiz & Black Cat Bones of Atlantic Beach, FL; and the Beech Street Blues Band of Fernandina Beach, FL. The Amelia Cruizers Car Club will present a display of vintage vehicles all day for the Last Leg Rally Car Show. If you can’t make the festivities, direct donations may be mailed to Anchors Aweigh Charters at P.O. Box 16655, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035

For more information and full details, please visit LastLegRally.com

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Amelia Island Book Festival Update

With more than 40 authors, novelists and poets physically attending, the Amelia Island Book Festival went of to a great start with workshops at the college in Yulee today. The Reader’s Festival, Café and Marketplace with the opportunities to meet and greet the authors tomorrow, Saturday between 9:00 and 4:30pm, is what really should be fun.

With names like Steve Berry, David Morrell, Paula McLain, Tatjana Soli and David-Matthew Barnes the Book Festival returns to Fernandina’s Historic District primarily set up at the First Presbyterian Church campus. Author chats, panels, and presentations will be offered at various locations on the campus. The Café and Marketplace, where the headliners and featured authors meet and greet the public, will be in Jim Thomas Hall. 

This all day Festival is free and open to the public. Here is the day’s program.

Searchamelia is planning some video interviews with several of the authors, in particular David Matthew Barnes (Swimming Chicago), who is residing with us at the Amelia Oceanfront Bed and Breakfast this weekend.

Free Reader’s Festival and Kidz Zone

Free Reader's Festival and Kidz ZoneThe free Reader’s Festival and Kidz Zone will be held Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church on N. 6th Street in Fernandina Beach.

This Festival, Cafe and Marketplace gives you the opportunity to meet the authors, shop for books, hear award-winning authors talk about writing and researching books, have lunch or a snack and get to know some new friends who share your love of books.

The Kidz Zone
La Tierra Prometida, (formerly the First Baptist Church), located on N. 5th Street will have lots of fun activities for all ages. The Friends of the Library will give children a chance to write their own books. There will be crafts, magic carpet story time, and a chance to meet and talk with authors about reading and writing.

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Two Cool Book Island Festival Events

Two Cool Book Island Festival EventsTickets are still available for two cool Book Island Festival events.

Friday, February 17

Writers’ Workshop will be held at FSCJ’s Betty P. Cook Nassau Campus on Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. This is a full day of intensive workshops providing innovative sessions for all genres and levels of writers. Tickets are only $65.00 each.

Included is a working luncheon with award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of First Blood, Creepers, and The Successful Novelist, David Morrell. David is the author of more than 35 books as well as a professor of literature and writing teacher.

Once Upon a Book Island Festival Gala will be held at the Omni Amelia Island from 6:00 to 9:30pm.

Enjoy dinner by Horizons as the island sounds of Pili Pili delight you in a beautiful setting on the marsh with festival authors as well as old and new friends who share your love of books. Featuring Nassau County and Amelia Island favorite Steve Berry along with David Morrell. Tickets are $75.00 each or $700.00 for table of 10.

For more information on these and other upcoming events, visit www.ameliaislandbookfestival.com or call (904) 624-1665.

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2012 Film Fest of Short Films

2012 Film Fest of Short FilmsMouth of Amelia invites you to Film Fest of Short Films! presented by the Fernandina Little Theatre, featuring short fils that are up of Oscars this year.

WHEN: The animated short films will screen at 7 p.m. February 16; 9 p.m. February 17; 7 p.m. February 18; and 4:30 & 9 p.m. February 19. The live-action shorts will screen at 9 p.m. February 16; 7 p.m. February 17; 4:30 & 9 p.m. February 18; and 2:30 & 7 p.m. February 19.

WHERE: Fernandina Little Theatre, 1014 Beech St. in Fernandina Beach.

WHAT: Discover the dynamic world of short filmmaking by attending the second annual Oscar-Nominated Shorts Festival presented by the Fernandina Arts Centre. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences defines a short film as an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits. Last year’s line-up of short films included The God of Love, made by local favorite Luke Matheny, whose mother DiAnn Matheny lives in Fernandina Beach. The God of Love went onto win the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film.

Presented in cooperation with Shorts HD, the festival will screen the 10 films nominated for best animated and live action short film in alternating sessions at the Fernandina Little Theatre, “The festival is a wonderful opportunity for film fans to see and enjoy the nominated films prior to the Academy Awards ceremony on February 26,” said FLT Artistic Director Kate Hart.

The screenings will include an opportunity for film-goers to pick who they think will win the Oscar in both categories. Those who correctly pick both the Oscar-winning animated and live-action short films will be entered into a drawing to win two tickets to the theater’s production in April of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

COST: Admission to each session is $10.00. Tickets are available in Fernandina Beach at The UPS Store in the Publix shopping center on Sadler Road and in St. Marys, Ga., at The Blue Goose, Bulldog Discount Liquors, Cedar Oak Café and Once Upon a Bookseller.

Fernandina Little Theatre is an intimate space, and patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to guarantee seating availability.

For more information, visit www.ameliaflt.org.

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Top Talent Line Up for 2012 Amelia Island Blues Fest

Shemekia-copeland-headlines Amelia Isand Blues Fest Saturday line up

Queen of the Blues Shemekia Copeland headlines Sept. Blues Festival

After successfully concluding the first Amelia Island Blues Fest in September, the committee added 2 new members, Tom Keenan and Jim Hurley and started working immediately on a A-list of Talent they would like to see on stage at the 2012 Event.

During the Bonita Springs Blues Festival today Blues Revue Magazine was given the exclusive to announce the magnificent line up A- Class line up for this year’s festival which will be held on September 14, 15 and 16 at Main Beach.

The organizers are more than pleased with announcing 9 new acts of National and International stature, while some of the exciting performers from the first festival were invited back.

The three day event will find monster guitarist Shane Dwight headline the Friday session, preceded by Duane Truck’s Flannel Church. Saturday is a top heavy day which brings back Roger “Hurricane” Wilson as performer, MC and Blues in Schools program coordinator, 16 year old guitar sensation Alex Ivanov, the Nouveau Honkees, J.P. Soars and the Red Hots, Sean Chambers, Albert Castiglia and the inimitable new Queen of the Blues Shemekia Copeland with her band.

On Sunday we’ll look forward to a nice afternoon mix of Beth McKee’s  Cajun blues, Bill Sheffield magnificent walking blues , Julia Savage’s jazzy blues, guitar fireworks from Blistur, and the smooth magificent BB King plays Stevie Ray Vaughn tones from Detroit based David Gerald.

2012 Amelia Island Blues Fest Talent Line UpWith the talent under wraps, the Blues Committee will know spend all its time working on improving the experience for audience and sponsors. One new addition is the organization of the Battle of the Blues competition which starts up on Sunday March 4, when the first three bands compete for the Opening slot in the September Blues Festival as a part of the Last Leg Rally event.

Advance Tickets for the event are 3 Day Pass $40, Friday Pass $10, Saturday Pass $25, Sunday Pass $15 and VIP $75. Tickets went on sale today on the Blues Festival website

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