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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Actually producing a movie seems to be a young people's job

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

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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

Exploring Florida’s Literary Heritage

Exploring Florida's Literary HeritageMouth of Amelia invites you to Exploring Florida’s Literary Heritage presented by Amelia Island Book Festival, Amelia Island Museum of History and the Florida Humanities Council, Sunday, February 19, 2012 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM, at the Amelia Island Museum of History, 233 S. Third Street, in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

This event will feature a panel discussion of Florida authors, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Zora Neale Hurston.

Rawlings and Hurston first met in St. Augustine, FL in the early 1940s. Both were powerful female writers, one white, one black, decidedly different backgrounds, but, nevertheless, they developed a deep and lasting friendship based on their respect for each other and shared literary professions.

Rawlings’s Pulitzer Prize winning book The Yearling had made her very famous at that time, and allowed her to purchase beach property near St. Augustine. This was not far from the 72 acre orange grove at Cross Creek she acquired in 1928, where she had written her other iconic novel Cross Creek in that wilderness retreat.

Hurston was Alabama born but Florida raised, calling Eatonville home, though she spent some time in Jacksonville in her early school days. She was the only black student at Barnard College, graduated with a BA in Anthropology, and spent two years at Columbia University in the same field. In the 1930s she established a school of dramatic arts at then Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach. By the time these two fascinating women met, Hurston had published and received critical acclaim for Their Eyes Were Watching God.

The panelists are:

Dr. Anna Lillios, the Executive Director of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society and author of Crossing the Creek, a book that details the relationship between Rawlings and Hurston.

Marsha Dean Phelts, the author of An American Beach for African Americans, the only complete history of Florida’s first exclusive beach resort for African Americans.

Dr. Kathryn Seidel, Professor of English at the University of Central Florida, and published in the areas of women writers and literature of the American South.

Virginia Lynn Moylan, author, educator and co-founder of Zora Fest in Ft. Pierce, FL, and author of Zora Neale Hurston’s Final Decade.

The moderator will be Fernandina Beach attorney Teresa J. Sopp, JD, who is also a Trustee of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society.

The program is free and open to the public. However, due to space limitations, reservations are required. Please call 904-624-1665 to reserve a seat or for further information.

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A Salute to The Amelia Island Film Festival

A Salute to The Amelia Island Film FestivalFriday night is movie night! This fun sounding event on February 17, 2012, promises a night of laughs and insights exploring the film industry. They have planned a tasty Club dinner and an award-winning movie, but this is a private event and not open to the public.

Too bad, but it is exciting to learn about some of our talented neighbors who live on Amelia Island.

5:00 – 6:30 P.M.
Brief Description of the Film Festival: Randy Bowman, President, Amelia Island Film Festival

What It Is Like to Make a Film: Rick Traum, Nadine Vaughan, David D’Ardenne

Three accomplished members of the film industry discuss the challenges and occasionally hilarious adventures they’ve experienced while putting life on tape. For instance, once, while taping a live commercial, Rick Traum witnessed one of the biggest stars on the planet get down on all fours to show a dog how to eat dog food! Nadine Vaughan discovered the imperative of checking for alligators before sending a film crew out to film an Everglades sequence; and David D’Ardenne found out that the “Naked look at Wildlife” he was sent out to film turned out to be of the human kind.

Q & A will follow the presentation

Here is the evening’s agenda:

6:30 – 7:15 Cocktails
7:15 – 8:00 Buffet Dinner
8:00 – 9:15 Movie “10 Years Later”

10 Years Later
When six childhood best friends return home for their ten-year high school reunion, each appears happy, successful, and excited for a night they’ll never forget. However, when an enemy from their past reenters their lives, hard hitting Kyra Lee (played by Rachel Boston) decides she isn’t going to take his abuse anymore. The rest of the group soon find themselves fumbling accomplices in a dark kidnapping plot, which none of them are sure they can pull off.

With the stakes rising, they discover that their biggest obstacles might not be the gangster waiting for them in Vegas, the sheriff knocking on their door, or the man tied up in their basement, but rather, a decades’ worth of hidden rivalries, buried emotions, and dark secrets between best friends.

Genre: Dark-Comedy, Drama, Suspense. Written and directed by Aaron Metchik Winner of numerous awards

Cost to Amelia Island Club Members: $33, plus 10% service charge, plus 7% tax.

About the Presenters
Rick Traum is an Emmy Award winning Producer. Rick received his Emmy as Executive Producer of “Displaced Person” (a/k/a “D.P.”), a film for PBS on “American Playhouse”. He also received the prestigious Cine Golden Eagle Award for the film. Rick’s background includes being senior program executive for NBC and Executive In Charge of Production for “Saturday Night Live”, Commercial Producer for “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson”, and Executive Producer for Count Basie’s final TV Special. Film credits include being Producer on the award winning film “The Touch” and executive producer credit for a documentary about elegant old theatres, called “Popcorn Palaces.”

Rick is working on a book called Ten Days to Love, along with his wife Nadine as well as being in pre-production on the feature film “Native Land: Lost In The Mystery of Time”.

Nadine Vaughan is a Filmmaker with experience as a Screenwriter, Producer, Production Designer, and Director. While living in California, in her dual capabilities as performance specialist and clinical psychologist, she founded “Living Theatre Company” in the 1980s. There, she integrated psychology with Stanislavsky acting methods. She also won an Elly Award for best costume design and hosted a radio show for ten years.

Since returning to Florida, her film credits include working as the associate producer for a feature film called “The Touch” and as the Florida casting director for “The Diary of Preston Plummer”. She has also produced and directed several short films, commercials and most recently, she produced a music video in Central Florida, called “The Gospel Train”. Currently, Dr. Vaughan is seeking funding to turn her novel “Native Land: Lost in the Mystery of Time”, into a movie. As the executive producer, she recently produced two trailers for that project. Following publication of her novel,”FireCat! The Legend of Amazon Sage”, along with her husband, Rick Traum, she hopes to turn that story into a graphic novel and a movie.

David D’Ardenne has an extensive history in television production, with over 30 years working for the ABC Television Network (NYC). Starting as a video tape editor, he worked on news, sports, soap operas, and Good Morning America. Switching to electronic news gathering (ENG), his work included “20/20”, “Prime Time Live”, “Day One”, and “Turning Point” as well as numerous specials. In this capacity he traveled the globe extensively working with the likes of Peter Jennings, Barbara Walters, and Diane Sawyer. He’s worked at the White House and presidential homes, starting with Jimmy Carter.

Currently, D’Ardenne works freelance as a cameraman, sound recordist, and most recently director. An expert in the use of hidden cameras, customers include the major networks, commercials, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Facility. For “Native Land: Lost in the Mystery of Time,” D’Ardenne coordinates all technical services.

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David Piper Joins Amelia Concours

David Piper Joins Amelia ConcoursDavid Piper will join Ferrari’s Mauro Forghieri, Cobra creator Carroll Shelby and Cobra Daytona Coupe designer Peter Brock for the Cobra vs Ferrari: the Battle For the World Championship for Sports Cars Seminar at 4:00 PM, Friday March 9th in the Talbot Ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island.

Trying to cast David Piper in a racing movie would be almost impossible. But Piper is a star in his own remarkable life. And he knows entirely too much about making movies. At the height of his sports car racing career David was part of the driving crew for Steve McQueen’s 1971 feature film Le Mans. An accident during filming cost Piper part of his right leg. But he did not stop racing.

While Piper dabbled briefly in Formula 1 during the late Fifties and early Sixties when Grand Prix racing changed from Italian racing red to British racing green, he is best known for his days in sports cars, usually his green Ferraris.

He was part of the Cobra Ferrari battle for the World Sports Car Championship’s original cast in his green Ferrari GTO which he drove from New York to Florida to race at Daytona and Sebring. He raced his Ferrari to victory in the Kyalami 9 Hours in 1962 on the challenging 2.544 mile South African Grand Prix road course. Piper became an institution at Kyalami, racing his Ferraris to five more victories in South Africa. He also won his seventh Rand 9 Hours in one of the first Porsche 917s delivered to private a entrant. That car wore Piper’s distinctive “BP Green”. While David had no trouble mastering the fast and potent 917, he is best known for his races in Ferraris.

Piper not only raced his own Ferraris but drove for the most famous Ferrari teams; NART (North American Racing Team) and Maranello Concessionaires (British Ferrari distributors) and even as a works driver for the Ferrari factory.

“A gathering like this has never happened before,” Said Bill Warner, founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, “These men were key players in one of motorsport’s most bitter rivalries. There will never be another opportunity to see these famous men together or to hear the first person details of the battle for the World Sports Car Championship.”

Admission to Friday’s Cobra/Ferrari seminar is $25. Tickets may be purchase online at www.ameliaconcours.org.

Special Announcement:

Michael Keyser will be signing books at the Saturday Poster and Book Signing event as part of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance weekend festivities.

After working at The Baltimore Sun as a reporter, Michael Keyser turned to freelance photography. In 1969, he attended SCCA drivers schools at the Marlboro and Bridgehampton

circuits in a 911 Porsche, and in 1970 formed Toad Hall Motor Racing. For the remainder of 1970 and all of 1971 he competed in SCCA, IMSA and FIA events, at the same time hopscotching throughout the United States and Europe taking photographs for The Speed Merchants, a photo essay on road racing that was published in 1973 by Prentice Hall.

In 1972 Michael finished 3rd in the IMSA Camel GT Challenge series in a 2.5 liter Porsche, at the same time producing a documentary film, also called The Speed Merchants.

The Speed MerchantsUsing the Porsche as a camera car, he raced at Daytona, Sebring, the Targa Florio, the Nurburgring, Le Mans and Watkins Glen with German driver, Jürgen Barth. He placed 2nd in the Camel GT Challenge series in 1973, 3rd in 1974 and 8th in 1975, driving a number of different Porsches. In 1976, after a victory in a Porsche at the 12 Hours of Sebring with Al Holbert, he switched to a Chevy Monza for the balance of the season, finishing 4th in the Camel GT series. In 1981, after driving for numerous teams, Keyser retired from active compeition. The Speed Merchants was re-released in September of 1999 with a totally new text and twice as many photographs. A French Kiss With Death, a book about the making of Steve McQueen’s film Le Mans, by Michael Keyser, with Jonathan Williams, was published in November 1999.

In 2007, Michael’s company, Autosports Marketing Associates, published Bernard Cahier: F-Stops, Pit Stops, Laughter & Tears, a two-volume set covering the colorful life of the French photo-journalist The book contains many of Cahier’s most memorable photos along with personal anecdotes on the “behind the scenes” activities of some of motor-racing’s great drivers from the ’50s through the ’80s. It was the winner of the 2007 Dean Batchelor Award For Excellence in Automotive Journalism. In 2010 Autosports published The Speed Merchants – Frame By Frame – The 70s & 80s, and in 2011 Evolution of the Porsche 911 in Competition, 1965-2010 and Behind Le Mans: The Film In Photographs.

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Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is a Feast of the Sea

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is a Feast of the SeaFernandina Beach, FL – Shrimp Pie, Shrimp Twisters, Shrimp Quesadillas, Fried Shrimp, Boiled Shrimp, Shrimp Pizza, are you hungry yet? Visit Fernandina Beach on beautiful Amelia Island on May 4 through May 6, 2012 for the 49th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Presented by Publix, and treat yourself to a feast of the sea and lively entertainment in this historic seaport village, known as The Birthplace of the Modern Shrimping Industry.

Pirates roaming the Atlantic are just one of Amelia Island’s tales that come to life at this year’s Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, celebrating all things shrimp since 1964, catching them, cooking them, eating them and even drawing them. The Southeast Tourism Society has named the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival a Top-20 event ten times. This year’s line-up of fine arts and antiques, delicious food and lively entertainment is sure to live up to that distinction. Arrrrr!

Festivities Begin Friday Night
Catch fantastic bargains during the Downtown Merchants Sidewalk Sale all day Friday as the fine arts and antique show doesn’t open until Saturday. The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, presented by Publix, officially kicks off at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening, May 4, when food booths, entertainment and activities open at the Riverfront and Kids Fun Zone only. The Opening Ceremony officially starts the festivities at 6:30 p.m. on the Riverfront Stage, followed by the Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant, Music and a Pirate Invasion, with Fireworks scheduled for 9:45 p.m.

Fine Arts & Crafts and Antiques
On Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., when not feasting on shellfish, visitors can enjoy the works of over 300 award-winning artists and craftspeople and their creations in watercolor, acrylics, oils, sculpture, metal, photography, pottery and more, all fully juried to qualify for entry into the show. Best of Show will receive a $1,250 cash prize. Selected as a Top 200 Outdoor Art Festival in the U.S. by Sunshine Artist Magazine, the festival also boasts an excellent showing of fine antiques and collectibles, about 75 booths, including furniture, Depression glass, jewelry, crystal and coins. Student artwork from all public and private schools in Nassau County are displayed, with awards for outstanding pieces given by local businesses.

Food and Music
What would a Shrimp Festival be without shrimp? Seafood and shrimp dishes abound, all prepared with a local flair and flavor by dozens of volunteer organizations from Fernandina Beach and Nassau County. The treats for the taste buds and eyes are rivaled only by musical performances from regional and local acts that will fill the seaside air with the sounds of jazz, pop, rock, folk, and country. Beach music will be provided by our house band, the ever popular Swingin’ Medallions, who will perform on Sunday afternoon.

Family Fun
See colorful pirates swordfight, loot and plunder in the streets after they invade the festival by a pirate shrimp boat, a throwback to the days when Amelia was ruled under foreign flags. A “Blessing of the Fleet” and the “Best Decorated Shrimp Boat Parade and Contest” on Sunday will entertain guests at the Riverfront. Contests include Adult and Little Pirate Contests and Best Beard Contest on Saturday, and a Shrimp Ice Cream Eating Contest on Sunday. Get with the spirit of the festival and entertain the family in the Kids Fun Zone with activities for all ages and entertainment throughout the weekend provided by Rick Hubbard’s Kazoobie Show and JuggleSTUFF, among others. And, don’t forget to tighten the wooden leg, Black Beards, and join the YMCA 5K run on Saturday morning. Later, bring the crew to the Shrimp Festival Putt-Putt Tournament at Main Beach on Saturday night.

Pirate Parade
Join the locals for the pre-festival Pirate Parade, presented by Residence Inn, Amelia Island, to be held on Thursday, May 3 at 6:00 p.m. as it takes over Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach to the theme of “Shrimping through the Years” Pick Your Favorite Decade. Creative craftsmanship will abound with the imaginative floats and unique entries vying for “Best of Parade” honors.

There are truly memories to be made for everyone at this storied festival. For a complete listing and schedule of events for the 49th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Presented by Publix, visit www.shrimpfestival.com.

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2012 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade

2012 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Pirate ParadeFernandina Beach, FL – Applications are now being accepting for the annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade, sponsored by The Residence Inn Amelia Island, to be held Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. on Centre Street in historic downtown Fernandina Beach on beautiful Amelia Island.

Make plans now to participate in this fun and exciting event! Deadline for entry is Friday, April 16, 2012.

The theme for the 2012 Pirate Parade “Shrimping through the Years” Pick Your Favorite Decade. Entries could be a floating time capsule representing the shrimping industry in the years of choice, as one example. The 8 Flags should be historically accurate. To view footage from last year’s Pirate Parade, go to www.shrimpfestival.com and click on the Pirate Parade icon.

Prizes will be awarded for the top three entries in the following categories:

    1. Commercial or Commercially Sponsored Non-Profit
    2. Non-Profit or Civic Organization
    3. Walking, Performing Unit or Vintage/Unique Vehicle
    ***Plus…***Special Award*** Best Special Effects

All participants must pre-register by Friday, April 16, 2012. Parade Application packets are available online at www.shrimpfestival.com or they can be picked at The Residence Inn Amelia Island, 2301 Sadler Road, Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, 102 Centre Street (Depot) or AIFBY Chamber of Commerce in Gateway Center.

The Pre-Parade Safety meeting will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 6 pm at the Residence Inn, Amelia Island, 2301 Sadler Road. A representative of each registered entrant must attend. A late entry fee of $50 will be required for completed applications received after the deadline of Friday, April 16th.

If you have any questions, please call Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade Director Desiree Dinkel at (904) 261-7562 or (904) 415-0952 or send an email to 4info@shrimpfestival.com.

The 49th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, presented by Publix Supermarkets, will be held May 4, 5 & 6, 2012 in historic downtown Fernandina Beach on beautiful Amelia Island, Florida.

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Editors note: To see all of SearchAmelia’s coverage of the 2011 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, visit: http://www.searchamelia.com/archives/2011-shrimp-festival.

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Porsche Winner to Appear at the Amelia Concours

Porsche Winner to Appear at the Amelia ConcoursThe Porsche 917K that won a lopsided victory in the 1970 24 Hours of Daytona will appear at the 17th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance as part of the salute honoring the Daytona 24 Hours’ 50th anniversary.

Wearing Gulf’s famous blue and orange for the first time in competition at Daytona, 1970 the potent 600 hp, 230 mph Porsche 917 coupe would become Porsche’s second Daytona 24 winner and the undisputed king of World Championship Sports car racing for two seasons.

Driven by Pedro Rodriguez, Finland’s Leo Kinnunen and 2000 Amelia Concours Honoree Brian Redman, the #2 917K Gulf Porsche dominated the first round of the 1970 International Championship of Makes winning Daytona by 45 laps – more than 171 miles! Redman was installed in the leading #2 Porsche while the 917K he shared with Swiss sports car and Formula 1 ace Jo Siffert had transmission repairs.

“They had trouble communicating with Leo Kinnunen, who didn’t speak much English,” Said Redman later, “They couldn’t make him understand that he should slow down… because they had a good lead.”

The Porsche 917K Redman shared with Siffert eventually finished second, giving Porsche a one-two finish, making Redman the first racer in history to place first and second in the same Daytona 24 Hours.

Rodriguez and Kinnunen went on to win three more World Championship races in 1970. With wins in every round of the 1970 championship season, except the 12 Hours of Sebring, Porsche won an equally lopsided championship victory over arch rival Ferrari.

The 1970 Daytona winner did not race again and was modified to Interseries specification as an open cockpit “spyder” in 1971. Kinnunen was reunited with his modified Daytona winner and raced it to the 1971 Interseries Championship. Kinnunen went on to win the Interseries Championship for three consecutive years. The 1970 Daytona 24 Hour winner was restored to Daytona-winning specification and still competes in high profile vintage and historic car races driven by its owner, Bruce Canepa of Scotts Valley, California.

Breaking News:

Al Satterwhite to be among several automobile writers attending the book signing event during Concours weekend. The book signings will take place on the afternoon of Saturday March 10th. Mr. Satterwhite will be selling and autographing his new limited edition (100 copies) book titled “the Racers”. In addition Mr. Satterwhite will have archival limited edition prints available for sale.

His book “the Racers” brings together a portfolio of award-winning photographer, Al Satterwhite’s, stunning black & white photographs of the most exciting decade of racing. From 1963-1973 the Daytona 24-Hour and Sebring 12-Hour races represented a time of profound change in racing as cars reached unheard of speeds, while advances in handling and aerodynamics forever changed the course of racing.

Al captured it all with his keen eye for action and composition and brings it to you in this exclusive collector’s limited edition book. You’ll get an intimate, never published before’ glimpse behind the scenes of drivers, action in the pits and on the circuit. Al’s work is exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, and has been published in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Life, Look, Time, Newsweek, and Playboy.

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 9-11, 2012.

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

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Ferrari vs Cobra, Sports Cars Seminar

Ferrari vs Cobra, Sports Cars SeminarAmelia Island, FL – Ferrari racing engineer Mauro Forghieri will join The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance’s FERRARI vs. COBRA, The Battle for the World Championship for Sports Cars seminar on March 9, 2012.

At the age of just 26 Forghieri, the son of a Ferrari tool and pattern maker, found himself a survivor of the infamous Ferrari racing department purge of 1961. Despite Forghieri’s age Enzo Ferrari promoted the young Modenese to chief engineer of the racing department.

Forghieri’s long tenure produced some of Ferrari’s greatest racing cars and a string of World Champions in Grand Touring, Sports Car and Formula 1 competition. In 1962 Forghieri got immediate results upon completing development work of Ferrari’s iconic GTO and saw it win the 12 Hours of Sebring, its first race. By his 30th birthday Forghieri’s Ferrari prototypes had won Le Mans and delivered world championships to Modena in 1963, ’64 and ’65.

Forghieri’s masterpiece is Ferrari’s 312 series of Formula 1 and Sports racing cars. The Ferrari 312PB prototype sports car earned the 1972 World Championship of Makes, winning every race the 12-cyliner prototypes entered during 1972. That was prologue for his brilliant Ferrari 312T that won the Formula 1 World Constructors Championship in 1975, 1976 and 1977.

Forghieri was the last of a rare breed of engineers who designed the entire car. He designed 15 Ferrari F1 racers from the tiny 1.5 liter Grand Prix cars of the early Sixties to the dawn of Formula 1’s 1000-hp Turbo Era in 1981.

Mauro Forghieri will join British Ferrari racing legend David Piper, Cobra creator Carroll Shelby and Cobra Daytona Coupe designer Peter Brock at 4:00 PM on Friday, March 9, 2012 in the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island’s Talbot Ballroom for the FERRARI VS COBRA, THE BATTLE FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR SPORTS CARS seminar.

“Friday’s ‘Ferrari vs. Cobra’ seminar will be an unblinking look inside one motorsport’s bitterest rivalries,” said Amelia Concours founder and Chairman Bill Warner, “A group like this has never been assembled before; this will never happen again.”

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