Violinist Itzhak Perlman Opens 2017 Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival

Fernandina Beach, FL – Itzhak Perlman, undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, will open the 2017 season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival with a not-to-be-missed performance on Monday, February 6. Winner of 15 Grammy Awards, Mr. Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. This 7:30 PM concert will be held at at First Baptist Church, 1600 South 8^th Street in Fernandina Beach.

Tickets to the general public will go on sale September 1, 2016.

Christopher Rex, the Festival’s general and artistic director, said, “We are thrilled to be hosting a musician of Itzhak Perlman’s international stature at our 2017 season. Beloved for his enormous talent, charm and humanity, Itzhak Perlman is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy in making music. We can now add Mr. Perlman to the line-up of world-renowned artists, who have graced our stage in recent years, including Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell and Pinchas Zukerman. Entering its 16th season, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival truly has become one of the nation’s premier musical events.”

Born in Israel in 1945, Mr. Perlman completed his initial training at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. He came to New York and soon was propelled into the international arena with an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1958. Following his studies at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay, Mr. Perlman won the prestigious Leventritt Competition in 1964, which led to a burgeoning worldwide career. Since then, Mr. Perlman has appeared with every major orchestra and in recitals and festivals around the world.

He also is a frequent presence on the conductor’s podium. He has conducted such major orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, National Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as at the Ravinia and OK Mozart festivals. He was Music Advisor of the St. Louis Symphony from 2002 to 2004, where he made regular conducting appearances, and he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Detroit Symphony from 2001 to 2005. Internationally, Mr. Perlman has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic.

His recordings regularly appear on the best-seller charts and have garnered fifteen Grammy Awards. Mr. Perlman was honored in 2008 with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in the recording arts. His most recent releases include an all-Mozart recording with the Berlin Philharmonic, where he performed as both soloist and conductor.

A major presence in the performing arts on television, Mr. Perlman has been honored with four Emmy Awards, most recently for the PBS documentary Fiddling for the Future, a film about his work at the Perlman Music program, whichoffers unparalleled musical training to young string players of rare and special talent. He has taught full time at the Perlman Music Program each summer since it was founded in 1994 and currently holds the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Chair at the Juilliard School.

About the AICMF
Entering its 16th season in 2017, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is one of the most prestigious music events in the Southeast. The Festival is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For complete information about the Festival visit www.aicmf.com

Learn How to Participate in Dickens on Centre 2016

Santa Claus vacationed on Amelia Island this year and has plans to return for the 2nd Annual Dickens on Centre. Check out his vacation video by clicking HERE.

If you are interested in participating in Dickens on Centre this year, please mark your calendar and come to the Historic Fernandina Business Association’s Dickens on Centre Merchant Meeting on Friday, August 26th at 10:30 a.m, in the City Hall commission chambers.

After the success of the inaugural Dickens on Centre festival, the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Board is diligently making plans for the second annual Victorian holiday festival in downtown Fernandina. Attend on August 26th to learn more about this year’s plans and how you can get involved in this festive community event.

The event is already already promoting the holidays on Amelia Island throughout the southeast with some extra help of a special visitor:

Save the Date for Dickens on Centre 2016
· Kicks off Thursday, December 8th with America’s Youth annual lighted Christmas parade
· Festival held Friday, December 9th – Sunday, December 11 (Just one weekend this year)

Join us at the merchant meeting to learn more about:
· Site plan, street closures and event schedule
· Vendor opportunities
· Décor, lighting and entertainment plans
· Ways for your business to get involved
· Promotional plans for Dickens on Centre and Amelia Island holiday events

As we may not have contact information for everyone that may be interested, please feel free to invite other businesses that may have an interest in this informative meeting about Dickens on Centre.

FSCJ Now Accepting Applications for 2016 JaxbyJax Literary Arts Festival

Jacksonville, FL – Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) invites the local community of writers to submit applications to participate in the 2016 JaxbyJax, Jacksonville Writers Writing Jacksonville, literary arts festival on November 12, 2016.

JaxbyJax aims to showcase our community’s thriving writing scene by sharing with the city its own literary voice through local writers, including FSCJ faculty and staff.

Each application should include either a short writing sample or a link to a relevant audio or visual sample. Those interested in participating should email completed applications to Tim Gilmore, FSCJ professor of English, with “JaxbyJax application” in the subject line.

All applications should be submitted by September 9, 2016. The application form is available to download by using the following link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9sh2VU8SOYddGl1blpCU1ZLZHc/view?pref=2&pli=1.

As a sponsor this year, FSCJ will play a key role in coordinating speaker and venue selection. The event will take place across multiple venues in the King Street District in the heart of Riverside. Participants will present a variety of works such as poetry readings, short films and more.

WHEN: November 12, 2016, 3 – 6 p.m.
WHERE: King Street District, Riverside

Book Festival Announces Dream Team of Bestselling Authors

Fernandina Beach, FL – Mark your calendars for the “dream team” of literary superstars headed to Amelia Island, February 16 – 18, 2017, as the area celebrates the 16th Annual Amelia Island Book Festival (AIBF).

Revel in the company of world-renowned and NYT bestselling authors Steve Berry, R.L. Stine, David Baldacci, Mary Kay Andrews, Joseph Finder, Lara Adrian and others, to benefit the Festival’s acclaimed Authors in Schools Literacy Program. The program brings noted authors to every public school in the county, gives the students an opportunity to hear and meet these authors, and the experience is highlighted by presenting that author’s book to each student.

The Festival is proud to announce that Steve Berry is returning as honorary chairman for a second year. The international number-one bestselling author, known for his trademark mix of fact, fiction, history and speculation, has just published his provocative new thriller The 14th Colony, making this number eleven in the famous Cotton Malone series. Steve is author of other bestsellers such as The Patriot Threat, The Lincoln Myth, The King’s Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor’s Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy and The Amber Room. His books have been translated into 40 languages with 20 million copies in 51 countries. They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times, USA Today, and Indie bestseller lists. It’s no wonder that Steve has just signed a new deal with Minotaur Books for four more Cotton Malone adventures!

Book Festival Announces Dream Team of Bestselling Authors
Pictured left to right are Steve Berry, Mary Kay Andrews, Lara Adrian, David Baldacci, Joseph Finder and R.L. Stine

In addition, he and his wife, Liz, will conduct their highly sought after, Lessons from a Bestseller Writers Workshop to support Authors in Schools. This is a terrific four-hour course on the craft of writing. Writers of all stages, from beginning to published, can benefit from the session. Through their History Matters Foundation, Steve and Liz are making a huge difference in communities across America. Winner of the AIBF’s first-ever Stellar Award and numerous other accolades, Steve has been a friend of the Festival for many years.

R.L. Stine is coming to Amelia Island! No matter what your age, everyone knows of Goosebumps and its beloved author. Stine is one of the bestselling children’s authors in history, stimulating young and old alike with his jovial style. Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Goosebumps. His astounding list of accomplishments is mind-boggling—he’s written more than 300 books (130 books in the Goosebumps series alone); there are 400 million copies, printed in 32 languages, a TV series, a movie, countless accolades and awards, and a teen series called Fear Street, that just won the Chicago Tribune YA Book Prize and a movie from 20th-Century Fox based on the Fear Street series is scheduled for release in 2017.

On Authors in Schools day, Mr. Stine will visit three schools across Nassau County—in Callahan, Yulee and Fernandina Beach. He’ll also present on Saturday afternoon during the Author Expo/Readers Extravaganza being held at the Fernandina Beach Middle School.

David Baldacci is the featured keynote speaker at the festival’s kickoff luncheon, Thursday, February 16. Baldacci has published 32 novels for adults—all (including his most recent, The Last Mile) have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. He has also published five novels for younger readers, including the #1 bestseller The Finisher, which is in development for feature film.

By popular demand, AIBF is repeating last year’s favorite and signature event the Author Face-off Dinner Gala on Friday, February 17 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort with a new cast of top authors in the hot seats. Joining Steve Berry and R.L. Stine on stage are Mary Kay Andrews, Lara Adrian and Joseph Finder.

Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Town, and many, many more. Her 24th novel, The Weekenders launched in May 2016. A former reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she also has written ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, under her “real” name, which is Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Her mysteries have been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Awards.

Joseph Finder is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels, most recently Guilty Minds. His books have won numerous awards, including the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel for Buried Secrets (2011), the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel for Killer Instinct (2006) and the Barry Award for Best Thriller for Company Man (2005). The Boston Globe has called him the “master of the modern thriller.” Two of his novels have been made into major motion pictures, including High Crimes, which was adapted into the hit 2002 movie starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman; and Paranoia, the basis for the 2013 film starring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, and Liam Hemsworth.

Lara Adrian is the New York Times and #1 internationally best-selling author of the Midnight Breed vampire romance series, with nearly 4 million books in print and digital worldwide and translations licensed to more than 20 countries. Her books regularly appear in the top spots of all the major bestseller lists including the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Indiebound, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, etc. And, they have won several awards. Shee also writes as TINA ST. JOHN and her seven historical romances have won numerous awards including the National Readers Choice; Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice; Booksellers Best and many others.

All the AIBF fundraising events: The kick-off Luncheon, Writers Workshop, the Author Face-Off Dinner Gala and the pre-festival events such as the Murder Mystery Dinner, (set for Friday, October 28, 2016) “Hit the Pin for Literacy” charity golf tourney (set for Friday, November 11, 2016) contribute to the goal of buying books for the students in Nassau County Schools.

The three-day festival culminates on Saturday, February 18, with a free-all day line-up of guest authors. The Authors Expo/Readers Extravaganza features more than 100 noted authors, breakout sessions, activities for kids, food, fun and family festivities as well as some bestselling author presentations which require a reservation as space is limited.

“Without the help of Steve and Liz Berry, we would not be able to attract this awesome caliber of authors to our boutique festival,” says Marie Fenn, 2017 AIBF president. “Equally as important, we have an exceptional group of Board directors who are working diligently to make this our best Festival ever. This group is supplemented by a dedicated cadre of some 80 additional volunteers. You’ll be hearing soon from some of these folks regarding sponsorship opportunities and tickets to our fundraising events. This is a county-wide effort dedicated to helping students succeed.”

It all adds up to helping kids in our community get even more excited about reading. Be part of it and help us raise money as we aim this year to exceed our 2016 achievement and provide 8,000 books,” says Jim Weinsier, AIBF vice president.

The 2016-2017 AIBF Volunteer Board Officers and Directors are: Raffaela “Marie” Fenn, president; James Weinsier, vice president; Anne Read, secretary; Fran Shea, treasurer; and Wendee Ashmore, Barbara Heggenstaller, Lauree Hemke, Mary Jane Johnson, Bob Langert, Elsa Mitschele, Foy Maloy, Mandy Purvis, Terry Ramsay and Jamie Thompson. For continual updates to events, breakout sessions, author signups, tickets and sponsorship and donor opportunities, visit www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org. The Amelia Island Book Festival is a not for profit 501(c)3 Corporation seeking to open up the world through books. Our mission is to promote life-long learning and an appreciation for books by providing quality events featuring local area and world-renowned authors.

Amelia Island Jazz Festival Names 216 Scholarship Winner

 Amelia Island Jazz Festival Names 216 Scholarship Winner18 year old Thomas Milovac, a gifted bassist from Clermont, Florida, will be honored with a college scholarship from the Amelia Island Jazz Festival, it was announced today by AIJF Artistic Director Les DeMerle. A member of the Florida All State Band while attending East Ridge High School, Milovac will accept the festival’s annual award when he performs at the 2016 Amelia Island Jazz Festival, October 2-9, at various venues in Fernandina Beach. He will be introduced at a pre-festival Jazz Party featuring DeMerle’s trio, with vocalist Bonnie Eisele, at Horizon;s restaurant, August 12 and 13. Milovac will also be sitting in with them for the opening sets prior to headliner shows with Houston Person and Bria Skonberg on October 7 and 8, in the Parish Hall at St. Michael’s Academy. Additionally, Milovac’s quintet, along with Jazz Vocalist Lisa Kelly, will host and play the Friday and Saturday night jam sessions at Arte Pizza that will follow the main concerts.

“This kid is the real deal,” said DeMerle, “and we are positive that Thomas will do very well in the jazz world that awaits him. I very much look forward to performing with him during the festival.” For his undergraduate university training, Milovac plans on joining the highly regarded music program at the University of North Florida. He also hopes to attain a master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music following his work at UNF.

Proficient on both acoustic and electric basses, Milovac began studying music at age 11 and boasts a wide range of influences. “I’ve listened a lot to Charles Mingus, Ray Brown and Jimmy Blanton,” he said, “but I’m also into more modern bass styles by Christian McBride and Jaco Pastorius.” However his interests go way beyond the jazz greats. “I really enjoy delta blues, classical music, and even some New York punk,” he added, “and I incorporate some of those sounds into my playing.” Presently Milovac leads East Ridge High School’s first ever jazz combo and in the process he has become adept at running a band and writing arrangements. “After school I definitely want to hit the road, do some recording and make my mark as a jazz musician,” he said.

Now in its 13th year, the AIJF will take place at several locations in Fernandina Beach, Florida, from October 2-9, and will kick off with its annual free concert in Amelia Park on Sunday, October 2, with the 21 piece UNF Jazz Ensemble. Additional shows will include a Wednesday October 5 swing night, Jump Jive and Wail, that will feature The Dynamic Les DeMerle Little Big Band at Sandy Bottoms, a Latin Jazz Night October 6 with the sizzling hot, award winning, and internationally famous Trio Caliente, also at Sandy Bottoms and a Dixie to Swing Jazz Brunch at the Florida House Inn featuring the Spare Rib Six Dixieland Band with JB Scott on trumpet. For a full schedule and ticket information, please go to www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com. or contact the Festival Hotline at (904) 504-4772.

In addition to online, tickets may be purchased at the UPS Store, 1417 Sadler Road, in the Island Shopping Center, or at the AIFBY Chamber Of Commerce, Gateway to Amelia, A1A and Amelia Parkway. A not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation, the Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival distributes proceeds toward its scholarship program to fund college educations for aspiring jazz musicians.

Amelia Island Book Festival Brings R.L. Stine to Amelia Island

Fernandina Beach, FL – Mark your calendars for the “dream team” of literary superstars headed to Amelia Island, February 16 – 18, 2017 as the area celebrates the 16th Annual Amelia Island Book Festival (AIBF). Revel in the company of world-renowned and NYT bestselling authors Steve Berry, R.L. Stine, David Baldacci, Mary Kay Andrews, Joseph Finder, Lara Adrian and others, to benefit the Festival’s acclaimed Authors in Schools Literacy Program. The program brings noted authors to every public school in the county, gives the students an opportunity to hear and meet these authors, and the experience is highlighted by presenting that author’s book to each student.

The Festival is proud to announce that Steve Berry is returning as honorary chairman for a second year. The international number-one bestselling author, known for his trademark mix of fact, fiction, history and speculation, has just published his provocative new thriller The 14th Colony, making this number eleven in the famous Cotton Malone series. His books have been translated into 40 languages with 20 million copies in 51 countries. In addition, he and his wife, Liz, will conduct their highly sought after, Lessons from a Bestseller Writers Workshop to support Authors in Schools.

R.L. Stine is coming to Amelia Island! No matter what your age, everyone knows of Goosebumps and its beloved author. Stine is one of the bestselling children’s authors in history, stimulating young and old alike with his jovial style. Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Goosebumps. His astounding list of accomplishments is mind-boggling—he’s written more than 300 books (130 books in the Goosebumps series alone); there are 400 million copies, printed in 32 languages, a TV series, a movie, countless accolades and awards, and a teen series called Fear Street, that just won the Chicago Tribune YA Book Prize and a movie from 20th-Century Fox based on the Fear Street series is scheduled for release in 2017.

David Baldacci is the featured keynote speaker at the festival’s kickoff luncheon, Thursday, Feb. 16. Baldacci has published 32 novels for adults—all (including his most recent, The Last Mile) have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. He has also published five novels for younger readers, including the #1 bestseller The Finisher, which is in development for feature film.

By popular demand, AIBF is repeating last year’s favorite and signature event the Author Face-off Dinner Gala on Friday, February 17 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort with a new cast of top authors in the hot seats. Joining Steve Berry and R.L. Stine on stage are Mary Kay Andrews, Lara Adrian and Joseph Finder.

Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Town, and many, many more. Her 24th novel, The Weekenders launched in May 2016. Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Awards.

Joseph Finder is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels, most recently Guilty Minds. His books have won numerous awards, including the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel for Buried Secrets (2011), the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel for Killer Instinct (2006) and the Barry Award for Best Thriller for Company Man (2005). The Boston Globe has called him the “master of the modern thriller.” Two of his novels have been made into major motion pictures, including High Crimes, which was adapted into the hit 2002 movie starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman; and Paranoia, the basis for the 2013 film starring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, and Liam Hemsworth.

Lara Adrian is the New York Times and #1 internationally best-selling author of the Midnight Breed vampire romance series, with nearly 4 million books in print and digital worldwide and translations licensed to more than 20 countries. Her books regularly appear in the top spots of all the major bestseller lists including the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Indiebound, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, etc. And, they have won several awards. She also writes as TINA ST. JOHN and her seven historical romances have won numerous awards including the National Readers Choice; Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice; Booksellers Best and many others.

All the AIBF fundraising events:
The kick-off Luncheon, Writers Workshop, the Author Face Off Dinner Gala and the pre-festival events such as the Murder Mystery Dinner, (set for Friday, October Amelia Island Book Festival “Hit the Pin for Literacy” charity golf tourney (set for Friday, November 11, 2016) contribute to the goal of buying books for the students in Nassau County Schools.

The three-day festival culminates on Saturday, February 18, with a free-all day line-up of guest authors. The Authors Expo/Readers Extravaganza features more than 100 noted authors, breakout sessions, activities for kids, food, fun and family festivities as well as some bestselling author presentations which require a reservation as space is limited.

For more information: www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org

Shrimp Festival 2016 Slide Show

If you missed the 2016 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, or just want to relive some of the wonderful moments, check out this fantastic slide show by Peggy and Helmut Albrecht.

Wondering the festival from the Pirate Parade on Thursday, through the final performance of the Swingin’ Medallions on the Riverfront Stage late Sunday afternoon, the Albrechts were snapping pictures of people, art, animals, food, entertainers, shrimp boats and just about everything else you will find in Fernandina Beach on the first weekend in May each and every year.

Here is the show… enjoy!

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival from Slices of Life Photostudio on Vimeo.

Tim Driscoll brings The Lengths to Rendezvous Festival

 Tim Driscoll brings The Lengths to Rendezvous FestivalTim Driscoll will be in attendance at the 2016 Rendezvous Film Festival with his full length feature film, The Lengths. If you can only take in one film at this year’s festival, this may be the film to see.

Tim is the co-writer, director, and producer of the film. Born and raised in Jacksonville, he attended Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts. Driscoll will stick around for a Q & A session after the 5:30 p.m. screening of the film on Friday, June 3, at the Amelia Island Museum of History.

The Film Festival Awards are piling up for this coming of age, hipster road trip, co-written by Joel Russo, and featuring Tim’s brother, Cory Driscoll as Tom; Joshua Mikel as Charlie; and Corsica Wilson as Hannah.

When Tom receives a wedding invitation from his ex-girlfriend, Lily, with a hand written, “Save Me” message scrawled in the corner, his homeless and jobless best friend Charlie encourages the road trip, where they pick up hitch-hiking Hannah along the way.

Interesting is the fact The Lengths was crowd funded through Kickstarter, and additional funding was raised in Jacksonville at the inaugural One Spark.

Shot is just 28 days, across six states, with a crew of eight, and a principal cast of three – this film features a number of local businesses and talent.

Awards
Berlin Independent Film Festival (Best Feature)
New Hope Film Festival (Indie Spirit Award)
Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival (Official Selection)
NYC Independent Film Festival (Official Selection)
Beaufort International Film Festival (Official Selection)

For more information about the Rendezvous Festival, please visit: www.rendezvousfestival.org/.

Bounty Momma Always Gets Her Man

Bounty Momma Always Gets Her ManActress, Director, and Producer Wendy Keeling will be traveling from Nashville, Tennessee, to Amelia Island this week for the Rendezvous Film Festival being held in Fernandina Beach June 2 – 4, 2016. Starring in the film, “Self Offense”, she attended last year’s festival and looks forward to returning for the entire festival this year.

Her new project is directing and starring in, “Bounty Momma“, an award winning web-series. If Reno 911, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Dog the Bounty Hunter had a love child it would probably be Bounty Momma! The pilot episode will be screening at the Rendezvous Festival.

Here is the description:
The bounty hunting world will never be the same under the watch of hot tempered redneck momma Twyla Sue Dollarhide and her dim witted family. Twyla Sue Dollarhide, aka “Bounty Momma”, is a no-nonsense southern firecracker with a reality show who, despite the incompetence of her gun toting lamebrain family and film crew, proudly boasts that she “always gets her man”! This reality parody brings the viewer inside the day to day of a dysfunctional family business that turns otherwise mundane bounty escapades into mayhem and madness.

The Bounty Momma screening is scheduled for Friday, June 3, 2016, at Fernandina Beach City Hall located at 204 Ash Street.

Another project of Wendy’s is “The Unconventional Gourmet” scheduled for a Midnight Screening on June 3, 2016, at Halftime Sports Bar and Grill located at 320 South Eighth Street.

This award winning dark comedy short film is about a woman stuck in the 50’s searching for the perfect ingredients in an unusual family recipe. It is a twisted modern take on a well known fairy tale.

Here are the reviews for this short film:
A short film that’s not short on creativity. It’s edited beautifully drawing the viewer in, with captivating cinematography and content.”
Kimberly Michele Durham
KCheleMagazine.com

“Nicely shot with slick editing and great performances.”
Vahid Vahed ‘Çinewest Festivals’ Director (Australia)

Here is the trailer:

For more information about the Rendezvous Festival, please visit: www.rendezvousfestival.org/.

2016 Rendezvous Film Festival

The Ninth Annual Rendezvous Film Festival takes place June 2nd – 4th. We will be showing 54 films from 14 countries over these three days. We will also be hosting exciting After Parties and Workshops in addition to screening Features, Documentaries, Music Videos and Shorts at several Pop-Up Theaters throughout Historic Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island.

Among the highlights of this year’s festival is the U.S. Premier of “Blinky Bill The Movie,” an Animated Family Friendly Film featuring Toni Collette, Rufus Sewell, Ryan Kwanten, and many other incredible actors!

On the other end of the spectrum we have “Pech River Boys: Tales from Afghanistan,” an award winning documentary on the daily life and death struggle of our military overseas. For a complete list of the films and events, please visit the below listed website.

Rendezvous Film Festival is excited to host RJ Cyler, a native of Jacksonville, who has starred in “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “War Machine,” with Brad Pit, and the upcoming Power Rangers movie, where he will play Billy, the Blue Ranger! Complete details about each screening, workshops and other events can be found online at www.rendezvousfestival.org.

2016 Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade Winners

2016 Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade Winners(Click to enlarge image)

Here are the winners for the 2016 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival’s Pirate Parade:

Grand Marshal – Captain Speedy

Commercial or Commercially Sponsored Non-Profit
3rd Place – #103 – Quality Health Care of Fernandina
2nd Place – #62 – Amelia Island Kayak Excursions
1st Place – #38 – Amelia Gentle Dentistry

Non-Profit or Civic Organization
3rd Place – #36 – Newcomers Club
2nd Place – #21 – St. Mary`s Pirates Club
1st Place – #49 – Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville

Walking Group
3rd Place – #45 – Nassau County Special Olympics
2nd Place – #17 – Miss Kate`s Pre K
1st Place – #27 – Bean`s School of Dance

Band or Performing Unit
3rd Place – #111 – Yulee Marching Band
2nd Place – #57 – Fernandina Mighty Pirates High School Marching Band
1st Place – #30 – The Hillard Flashes Marching Band

Vintage/Unique Vehicle
3rd Place – #110 – The Shriners
2nd Place – #50 – Wells Fargo
1st Place – # 94 – Isle of Eight Flags Jeep Club

Special Effects – Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc.

2016 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Contest Winners

 2016 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Contest WinnersDo you want to know who won the contests during the 2016 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival?

Here are this year’s winners:

Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant

Sponsored by the Historic Harbor Front Hampton Inn & Suites
Miss Shrimp Festival: Jade Beasley
1st Runner up: Kate Walker
2nd Runner up: Ellie Crews
Miss Congeniality: Rachel Sheppard

Ice Cream Eating Contest

Sponsored by Cold Stone Creamery
18 years and over
1st Place: Dillan Clements
2nd Place: Alex Vrancic

12 to 17 year-olds
1st Place: Mac Batton
2nd Place: Siara Lockwood

6 to 11 year-olds:
1st Place: Adrian Duncan
2nd Place: Coral Trotter

Pirates in Training (5 and under)

Sponsored by Mason’s Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Inc.
little-pirate-winner2016Girls
1st Place: Miley Barnes
2nd Place: Rileigh Pickles
3rd Place: Madison Nettles
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Boys
1st Place: Jack Wilson
2nd Place: Daxley Turner
3rd Place: Camden Hart

Little Pirates (six years and over)

Sponsored by Mason’s Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Inc.
Girls
1st Place: Kate Martin
2nd Place: Autumn Grasham
3rd Place: Lydia Gass

Boys
1st Place: William Reschke
2nd Place: Ethan Watts
3rd Place: River Plungis

Best Adult Pirate Costume Contest

Sponsored by SearchAmelia.com
adultpirate-winners-20161st Place:Hunter Tomlin
2nd Place: Mike Foley
3rd Place: Thea Seagraves

Topsy Smith Memorial Beard Contest

Sponsored by the Marina Restaurant
1st Place: Ed Kilmer
2nd Place: Joe Craft
3rd Place: Al Johnston

Best Decorated Shrimp Boat Contest

6th Place: Ricky Brown, Beau Rivage
5th Place: Carl Canova, Ashlee Michelle
4th Place: Speedy Tortensen, Miss Alena
3rd Place: Maynor Solarzona, Michaela Dawn
2nd Place: Gerald Miller, Forgiven
1st Place: Barry Woods, Island Girl

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