The Inaugural Fernandina Pirate Festival has announced the winners of their recent contest to design a logo for this new Amelia Island festival being held October 9 – 11, 2015. Two winners were selected. One for the overall festival, and a second logo to represent our family friendly Kids Zone.
Roger Kutz, who recently moved to Amelia Island to be closer to their family, designed the wining festival logo. For 33 years he taught graphics at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California. As chief instructor of the department he created the curriculum which covered reprographic technology, design for print and digital media, web page design, digital illustration, digital photography, computer 3D modeling and product design. Out of the classroom, he cultivated a freelance graphic design practice.
Kutz has been married to the love of his life for 43. He is a dedicated surfer and enjoys digital photography and computer graphics; they are also active members of the Journey Church in Yulee, Florida. If given the chance to live in another era of history, Kutz said, “I might have chosen the early 19th century as a scholarly pirate prowling the islands of the Caribbean and, of course, Northeast Florida.”
Our winner for the Kids Zone’s logo is 15 year old Jada Bitner. Jada loves to draw. She especially favors sketching variety of her own anima avatar characters. While she wants to become a zoologist or a marine biologist, this naturally talented youngster’s hobby is art. You will be able to meet this young artist and see more of her work during the Pirate Festival.
The Fernandina Pirate Festival will kick off Friday, October 9th, at 4:00 PM for the Fernandina Beach High School Homecoming Parade. The Pirates will then muster dowtown at Peg Leg Pete at 6:00 pm for opening ceremonies. Costumed guests are encouraged to enjoy shopping, dining, dancing and cocktails, or to attend the Homecoming Football game for some small-town, family fun.
The Festival takes place at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center on October 10th and 11th. There will be exhibits, vendors, food booths, live music, a family friendly Kids Zone, Pirate School, a beer garden and more. Tickets are only “a buck an ear” or $5.00 for a daily family pass. Hours are 10 to 5 on Saturday, and 10 to 3:00 pm on Sunday.
Saturday evening is the Pirate’s Royal Ball. This adult only event features a traditional Southern dinner, dessert, dancing to the sounds of King Eddie and Pili Pili, door prizes, a silent auction, cash bar and more. Tickets are $25.00 each.
More information and a complete event calendar of where to find members of the Fernandina Pirates Club can be found on the website www.FernandinaPirates.com.