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Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival’s Spring Concerts

Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival's Spring ConcertsAmelia Island Chamber Music Festival’s Spring Concerts will take place this coming May, with a March 29th exception.

The Spring Series will bring eight great performances to the people of northeast Florida and southeast Georgia.

March 29: Celebrated pianist Anton Nel, an internationally renowned Beethoven interpreter.

May 9: A free concert in Amelia Park, featuring the Jacksonville Brass Quintet.

May 17: Russian pianist Daria Rabotkina, winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition.

May 19: A free concert of the Beth Newdome Fellowship artists, composed of outstanding young artists from the nation’s premier conservatories.

May 21: Jacksonville Symphony Concertmaster Philip Pan, playing his electric Viper violin at a free family concert.

May 23: The acclaimed Dover Quartet, one of the world’s most in-demand string ensembles.

May 26: The Beth Newdome Fellowship Artists performing music from the Romantic Age.

May 31: The Closing Gala with the world-renowned and Grammy-nominated Eroica Trio.

For complete information about the AICMF’s Spring Series and to purchase tickets, visit www.aicmf.com.

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2015 Slide Into Spring Music Festival

2015 Slide Into Spring Music FestivalSlide Into Spring, a music and craft beer festival, will be taking place this weekend at Main Beach:

Saturday, March 28th, 2015 from 12:00-10:00pm
Noon: Post Pluto
1:30 – Corbitt Brothers
3:00 – Trae Pierce and the T-Stone Band
4:30 – The Fritz
6:00 – Turkuaz
8:00 – Railroad Earth

Silent Disco continues until 4:00am!

Sunday, March 29th from 1:00-8:00pm
1:00 – Spiritual Rez
2:45 – Supervillians
4:15 – The Wailers
6:15 – Matisyahu

This Spring Music Festival is sponsored by City of Fernandina Beach Parks & Recreation Department.

Tickets:
12 and under are free.

Regular Weekend Pass – $70.00
Ticket allows entry into event site for Saturday and Sunday. Also allows for entry into the beer garden for complimentary tasting on Saturday from 1pm – 4pm. Also includes entry into any after party events.

Regular Saturday – $40.00
Ticket allows for entry into the event site for Saturday. Also includes entry into the beer garden for complimentary tasting from 1pm – 4pm. Also includes entry into any after party events.

Regular Sunday – $35.00
This ticket allows entrance into the event site for Sunday. Also includes entry into any after party events.

Slide into Spring Music and Craft Beer Festival encourages all parties to have a designated driver, or arrange transportation. This year we have designated taxi parking adjacent to the skate park at the event location. The following taxi services are looking forward to providing you safe and reliable transportation throughout the weekend:
-Heritage Transportation: (904) 415-3416
-Affordable Transportation: (904) 556-2872
-Cruz’n Cab: (904) 310-9187
-Amelia Transportation Group: (904) 838-9686
-Yulee Transportation: (904) 206-3485

For more information on breweries or after parties visit www.goincoastalmusic.com.

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The “Rocket” to Debut March 14 at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

The "Rocket" to Debut March 14 at Amelia Island Concours d'EleganceLos AngelesGalpin Auto Sports (GAS) and Henrik Fisker announced today the start of low-volume production on the 725hp coach-built super Mustang dubbed “The Rocket,” which was first unveiled as a prototype last November during the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The first production model will make its world debut at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, March 14, where a select number of media will also have the opportunity to drive it.

Production of the car by Galpin and Henrik Fisker represents the commitment to build a limited number of vehicles to sell to collectors and automotive enthusiasts alike after the car received a positive reception in Los Angeles last year.

“The response has been overwhelmingly positive from all over the world – you can’t get better feedback than that two months after debuting a car you helped build,” said Beau Boeckmann, President of Galpin Motors. “I’m so proud of Henrik’s amazing design, and the team at Galpin Auto Sports for the detailed performance work. Amelia Island is the perfect venue for this debut as it draws an eclectic group of passionate automotive enthusiasts from around the world into one picturesque central location that celebrates the automobile.”

The Rocket’s design, penned by Henrik Fisker, is unmistakably inspired by specialty pony cars of the 1960s and early 1970s including the 1968 Shelby GT500. While its design borrows cues from yesteryear, the materials used to produce it are as state-of-the-art as any modern exotic supercar. Constructed from ultra-strong and lightweight carbon fiber, Galpin and Henrik Fisker worked with GFMI Metalcrafters Inc., of Fountain Valley, Calif., to bring the design to life.

Since the car debuted in November of 2014, Galpin and Fisker have set to work to realize the commitment they made to bring this car to market. In just four and half short months, the team has worked with GFMI to finalize the molds for the production carbon fiber body panels and developed a number of new standard and optional performance and appearance upgrades.

black-rocket-frontFollowing its international debut in prototype form at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Galpin Auto Sports and Henrik Fisker will show the first production Rocket at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida.

Some exterior colors available include “Eminence Grise”-the paint color shown on the original Rocket prototype – Black, Ingot Silver and Magnetic (grey), Oxford White, Race Red, Deep Impact Blue and Competition Orange, but any interior and exterior color combination can be ordered at the customer’s taste. Other exterior options include an exposed carbon fiber hood stripe, mirror covers and lower front fascia.

Another option is the Rocket Interior Package with hand-finished Italian leather upholstery seats, dash board, center console, door panels and rear interior deck panel, as well as suede-lined A, B and C pillars, headliner and interior panels. Galpin also offers a custom-tuned premium audio system, featuring JL Audio amplifier, component speakers and an 8-inch subwoofer housed in a custom fiberglass speaker enclosure.

As standard, the Rocket is fitted with Ford’s optional Mustang performance package which from the factory includes fitment of a larger radiator with oil cooler; unique chassis tuning; gauge pack (oil pressure and vacuum); unique stability control, EPAS and ABS tuning; a 3.73 ratio TORSEN(r) rear differential and Brembo(tm) 6-piston front brake calipers with larger rotors.

The first production Rocket (black) will be unveiled at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, accompanied by the prototype (Eminence Grise) on Saturday, March 14 at the Amelia Island Ritz Carlton Golf Club Patio.

As an additional extra cost option, Galpin and Henrik Fisker are also offering a more extreme ultra-high performance Gran Turismo brake package from Brembo; featuring oversized 15-inch front and rear two-piece drilled rotors clamped by 6-piston calipers for superior stopping power.

New for production, a Bassani cat-back exhaust system with quad tips now comes standard as well; ensuring the outside of the car sounds as good as the inside. Two new additional wheel options have also been created. A 10-spoke 21-inch wheel was designed and built in conjunction with ADV1 and a special, track-oriented super-light 20-inch wheel and tire combo were also developed for owners wishing to reduce unsprung weight and improve the handling of their vehicle at the race track.

The Rocket, equipped with carbon fiber coach work, performance package and a Bassani exhaust, is available at a starting price of $109,100 USD, while models equipped with the supercharged performance package start at $125,000.

Interested buyers will have the ability to option the car to their personal tastes and can purchase directly through Galpin Ford and possibly through one of several hand-picked dealers across the country and around the world.

black-rocket-rearFor more information,
visit GalpinRocket.com.

The 20th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance runs March 13 – 15 and takes place outside the Ritz-Carlton at the Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach. Galpin will host limited media drives of the Rocket on March 13 and 14 from outside resort on an appointment basis.

About Galpin Auto Sports
Galpin Auto Sports, located at 15600 Roscoe Blvd. in Van Nuys offers customizing and personalizing services on all new and pre-owned vehicles including collector and classic cars. For more information on Galpin Auto Sports’ unique products and services, please contact GAS Operations Manager, Brandon Boeckmann (brandonb@galpin.com), at (877)-GO-GAS-GO or visit the website at www.galpinautosports.com.

About Galpin Motors
Galpin Motors, home to the world’s largest volume Ford dealership for the 25th consecutive year, was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. Galpin is comprised of a family of quality automobile brands that include Ford, Lincoln, Honda, Mazda, Subaru, Volkswagen, Volvo, Jaguar, Lotus and Aston Martin.

For additional information on Galpin Motors and Galpin Auto Sports, contact Marketing Manager Jeff Skobin at 818-778-2540/, like them on Facebook at Facebook.com/GalpinMotors or visit www.galpin.com.

About Henrik Fisker
Henrik Fisker is an entrepreneur and one of the world’s leading automotive designers. Previously, Henrik Fisker founded Fisker Automotive in 2007, where he launched the world’s first premium plug-in hybrid, the Fisker Karma. Best known among his creations are BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9 and Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Amongst his latest creations is also the Lauge Jensen Viking motorcycle. Originally from Denmark, Henrik Fisker is now based in Los Angeles, and is the Founder of HF Design, a design and technology company with various automotive, technology and consumer product ventures underway.

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, “Amelia” draws over 300 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. The 20th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for March 13-15, 2015. For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org or call 904-636-0027.

Photo Credit: Galpin Auto Sports

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2015 Fernandina Beach/Yulee Relay For Life Adds Canned Food Drive

2015 Fernandina Beach/Yulee Relay For Life Adds Canned Food Drive Relay For Life Fernandina Beach/Yulee will be held at Main Beach on March 21, 2015. This 12-hour event, from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, includes a great line-up of entertainment including five bands, over 20 themed laps, a Ms Relay contest, Celebrity Look Alike Contests, themed vendor tents, Team tug-o-war, an Obstacle Course, and more. The day will conclude with an emotional Luminaria Ceremony after dark.

It is often breezy at the beach, and to keep these lighted bags grounded, we are introducing a canned food drive this year. Your donated canned goods will be placed inside of the white, paper bags that are designated to honor the memory, or celebrate the life, of someone who has battled cancer. Prior to the Ceremony, a tea candle will be placed in each bag, and when they are all lit, it sets a dramatic tone for the celebration that follows. Donations from the heart will be collected on site, where you can decorate a bag for someone special in your life.

Please drop off your canned foods at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market, located on North Seventh Street on any Saturday until March 21, 2015. The Market Place is open from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. After the Relay For Life event, these canned foods will be donated to Micah’s Place, Nassau County’s certified, domestic violence shelter.

Here is a line-up of the day’s events:
• 8:30 AM – Survivor’s Breakfast
• 9:00 – Team Site Judging
• 10:00 – Opening Ceremony, Survivor, Caregiver, and Team Laps
• 10:30 – PJ Lap and Obstacle Course
• 11:00 – Cumberland Sound Concert
• 11:30 – Celebrity Look Alike Contest and Lap
• 11:45 – Relay Scavenger Hunt
• NOON – Pak’s Karate Demonstration
• 12:30 – Headband/Fight back Lap
• 12:30 – Laid Back Concert
• 12:45 – 50s Decade Lap
• 1:00 – 60s Decade Lap
• 1:15 – 70s Decade Lap
• 1:30 – Ms Relay Contest
• 1:45 – Ms Relay Lap
• 2:15 – 80s Decade Lap
• 2:30 – Bean’s School of Dance
• 3:30 – Tutu Lap and Obstacle Course
• 3:30 – Hambone Stumbs Band Concert
• 4:00 – Western Lap
• 4:15 – Frozen T-shirt Contest
• 4:30 – Purple Glove Lap
• 4:45 – Team Tug-O-War
• 5:00 – Safari/Hunting Lap
• 5:30 – Zumba
• 6:00 – Jimmy Beats Concert
• 6:00 – Beach Party/Luau Lap
• 6:30 – Pirate Lap
• 7:00 – Viva Las Vegas Poker Laps
• 7:30 – Ms Relay Contest Ends/Winners Announced
• 7:45 – Superhero Lap and Obstacle Course
• 7:45 – Jennifer Burns Concert
• 8:00 – Bubble Lap
• 8:15 – Color a Cure/Why I Relay
• 8:30 – Luminaria Ceremony Begins
• 9:00 – Luminaria Lap
• 9:30 – Glow Lap
• 9:45 – Closing Ceremony
• 10:00 – Event Ends

Gather your costumes and join you neighbors and friends at Relay For Life Fernandina Beach/Yulee!

We have wonderful prizes for lap and contest winners, as well as Team Spirit Awards. Teams will each be representing a country, as our “Hope Around the World” theme suggests, so look for fabulous costumes, decorations and perhaps learn how other countries fight cancer, too. Every team offers unique fund raisers. The Fernandina Pirates will have their ship, Amelia’s Revenge, on site; and there will be something for everyone: raffles, jewelry, nail wraps, beads, finger printing, kids activities, face painting, massages, DNA tattoos, green screen photos, food, beverages and so much more.

For more information please visit RelayForLife.org, and enter “32034”, then select Relay For Life of Fernandina Beach Yulee, or leave a message for Judie Mackie at (904) 583-0659.

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2015 Pirate Parade Features Shrimp, Pirates and Fun for All

2015 Pirate Parade Features Shrimp, Pirates and Fun for AllApplications are now being accepted for the Pirate Parade to be held on April 30, 2015, as a kick-off to the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. This year’s Grand Marshall of the Parade is Rosa Adams, one of the original founders of the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

Your 2015 Parade Theme is: “Shrimp, Pirates and Fun for All.”

Sponsored by the Marriott Residence Inn on Amelia Island, your business or organization can be a part of the Pirate Parade, too, simply fill out a Parade Application by April 23rd, a Participation Agreement and pay your entry fee. Parade entry fees range from $35.00 for a non-profit organization, to a fee of $85.00 for political candidates.

Parade entries will be judged in the following categories:
-Commercial or commercially sponsored non-profit
-Non-profit or civic organization
-Walking group
-Band or performing group

A bonus award will also be given to the entry with the Best Special Effects. Winners will be contacted following the parade so a representative can be at the Main Stage of the Shrimp Festival to receive their award during the presentation on Friday evening.

The Opening Ceremony for the Shrimp Festival is Friday, May 1st, at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant at 7:00 p.m. Many waterfront booths, the Kids Zone and the waterfront food booths open at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Saturday May 2nd, the festival gets bigger with nearly 400 arts and crafts vendors joining the fun from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, May 3, 2015, the festival is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is consistently rated by “Sunshine Artist Magazine” in the top 100 North America best events. The street festival features fine arts and crafts, antiques, live entertainment, Blessing of the shrimp boat fleet, pirate invasions, family friendly contests, a Kids Fun Zone and of course, lots and lots of shrimp! Best of all… admission to the festival is FREE!

The deadline to enter the Pirate Parade is April 23, 2015. For more information please visit www.ShrimpFestival.com.

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Sotheby’s First RM Auction Sale Takes Place March 14, 2015 on Amelia Island

Sotheby's First RM Auction Sale Takes Place March 14, 2015 on Amelia IslandNew York – Sotheby’s and RM Auctions are pleased to announce the formation of a new strategic partnership as Sotheby’s acquires a 25 percent ownership interest in the world’s foremost collector car auctioneer, which will now be known as RM Sotheby’s.

This long-term investment comes as the more than $2 billion market for the finest automobiles continues to grow, presenting increasing opportunities for both companies. Sotheby’s and RM have previously collaborated on a number of successful sales in both the United States and Europe, most notably the November 2013 Art of the Automobile auction in New York, which achieved nearly $63 million in just two hours and saw a new auction record set for a Ferrari 250 LM at $14.3 million.

The announcement grows those previous partnerships and unites the two businesses for the full calendar of future automobile auctions. The first RM Sotheby’s sale will take place in Amelia Island, Florida, March 14, with additional auctions in Fort Worth, Texas, Lake Como, Italy, Monterey, California, London, England and New York among others scheduled for later this year.

“Sotheby’s is thrilled to join the clear market leader in this field,” commented Bill Ruprecht, Sotheby’s President, Chairman, and CEO. “RM has established a formidable position that will only be strengthened by this new phase in our relationship. Just last year, RM set a new benchmark for a collector car auction with their flagship Monterey sale totaling more than $140 million, eclipsing the previous record they had established in 2013. The incredible synergy between our businesses, including significant overlap of top collectors and a focus on new markets, will be further strengthened as we work together to expand the classic car collector base. RM’s ownership of the high end of the market coupled with our global client network positions us for great success at a time when the market for investment-quality motor cars has never been stronger.”

Rob Myers, Chairman and Founder, RM Auctions added, “The partnership that has been formed between RM Auctions and Sotheby’s is undoubtedly the most effective way for us to reach the ever-growing worldwide audience of collectors who take a keen interest in the collector car asset class. No other organization in the world has a client base as far-reaching as Sotheby’s and since we have worked so closely and successfully with them in the past, it makes perfect sense that we form a strategic partnership that creates a truly worldwide platform for collector cars. It’s an exciting time in our company history, and for the hobby at large.”

Initially Sotheby’s will have a 25 percent ownership position in RM, governance participation and a comprehensive partnership agreement to work together to drive growth in the business. Over time, Sotheby’s will have opportunities to increase the ownership stake as the partnership evolves and grows.

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Infiniti Sponsors Amelia Island Concours Media Center

Infiniti Sponsors Amelia Island Concours Media CenterNASHVILLE, TN – For the fifth consecutive year, Infiniti will support the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance by sponsoring the Media Center at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island from March 13 to 15, 2015.

Infiniti’s Ritz-Carlton media center will be available to credentialed media on March 13 and 14, and will move to The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach on March 15. On Concours Sunday, media will have a perfect view of the hundreds of vintage, classic and historic racing vehicles spread out across the golf course’s 10th and 18th fairways.

The Infiniti Pavilion will feature the updated 2015 Q70L and QX80 Limited models along with the Q50 Sport with the new Performance Wheel and Tire Package. In addition, an Infiniti Red Bull Racing F1 car will be on display for racing fans to enjoy.

Vehicles available for a ride and drive include a Q50 3.7, Q50 S Hybrid AWD, Q60 Convertible Sport, Q60 Coupe S Limited, Q70L and QX80.

About Infiniti
Infiniti Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with sales operations in over 50 countries. The Infiniti brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States and China. Production in the UK will start in 2015, bringing with it significant expansion of the brand’s portfolio. Infiniti plans to also expand manufacturing into Mexico by 2017.

As the Title Partner and Vehicle Performance Partner of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Infiniti has a far-reaching technical collaboration with the four-time FIA Formula One World Championship winning Team.

More information about Infiniti, its Total Ownership Experience(r) and its industry leading technologies can be found at www.infinitiUSA.com.

For the latest news on Infiniti, visit InfinitiNews.com.

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Movie Making History at 2015 Rendezvous Festival

Movie Making History at 2015 Rendezvous FestivalRendezvous Film and Music Festival will make History using a media rich iOS Mobile Application for this year’s event.

Filmmakers and attendees will take part in movie making history by capturing the 9-day festival using Rendezvous mobile application’s video/photo capture features, streaming live video and more!

Amelia Island, FL – For the first time in film festival history Rendezvous has partnered with VidPlat, LLC to develop a native iOS mobile application allowing everyone participating in the festival from filmmakers to attendees the ability to crowd direct a documentary of the 9 day event using only their Apple devices. Furthermore, the Rendezvous app allows users from around the world the ability to watch live streaming video, stream movies, hear music and give real-time feedback through the app.

The iOS mobile app will leverage the technology of VidPlat’s iOS platform allowing everyone that attends the opportunity to become a filmmaker using the mobile app’s video and photo capture capabilities. The Rendezvous app project was conceptualized by Shane Wooten Tech entrepreneur, CMA Nashville recording artist and the CEO and Co-Founder of VidPlat, LLC, while working with Randy Bowman, Chairman of Rendezvous festival to create a brand new experience for the 9 day film and music festival June 5th – 13th, 2015.

“The festival is going to be amazing! We are so excited to make history as a film festival and helping Shane to make his idea a reality by empowering filmmakers and attendees to have the ability to crowd direct a project together showcasing everyone’s experiences from different perspective using Apple products will be ground breaking in the film festival industry.” – Randy Bowman Chairman of Rendezvous film and music festival

“We never imagined we would have the opportunity to push the boundaries and make history in the film festival industry with our turn key mobile app platform. And, placing the power of mobile into the filmmakers and attendees hands create the ability to crowd direct and participate in this experience, which will be paramount.” – Shane Wooten, CEO & Co-Founder of VidPlat, LLC

The Rendezvous Festival is all about entertainment and brings artists and the community together for a nine day event being held on Amelia Island in June.

For more information visit the website: www.rendezvousfestival.com.

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2015 Amelia Island Automotive Week Details

2015 Amelia Island Automotive Week DetailsThe Passport Transport Eight Flags Road Tour

As The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance approaches, many people have inquired about the upcoming Eight Flags Road Tour, sponsored by Passport Transport.

This annual event will take place on Friday morning; March 13, 2015, with participating cars beginning in at the Ritz Carlton and the Amelia Island Golf Club. This year over 60 spectacular cars are participating in this “Rally” style tour.

Once underway, this unique driving experience will take the Concours registered vehicles through one of the most beautiful, environmentally pristine and historically significant coastal areas in all of Florida, including Amelia Island. They will have an escort of officers from the Florida Highway Patrol and the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department.

The day will wrap up with a public display of the cars on Centre Street from Front to 5th Streets, and 2nd Street to Ash. Please be aware that a portion of these streets will be closed to traffic during this time. This allows the public to safely view the cars at no cost, while the car owners enjoy a luncheon provided by 23 area restaurants, for this charitable event. Lunch is served by Micah’s Place staff and volunteers.

All streets will reopen following the event at 2:00PM.

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
Businessman and car collector Bill Warner, a photographer and writer for Road & Track magazine since 1971, founded the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in 1996 at the urging of Florida auto enthusiasts who wanted a classic car show in Florida like the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California. Warner selected Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, which had provided service to his parents as well as his wife, as the primary beneficiary of the event. The first event was held April 6, 1996 at Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island. The first year there were 163 cars and attendance was around 2,200 vs. 2014 when attendance increased to more than 29,000 people.

Entrants submit an application for each car, and the Concours field is selected from each year’s pool of applicants. Many of the competing cars are valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, with some worth millions. For this reason, along with its setting and amenities, the Amelia Island Concours is considered one of the premier Concours in the world.

In 2014 The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Foundation topped $2.5 million in charitable giving by donating record amounts to the Community Hospice of Nassau County, the Nassau County Sheriffs, and Fernandina Beach Police Departments, Shop with Cops Christmas programs, and Micah’s Place Domestic Violence Center – A shelter for the victims of domestic abuse and their children.

Baptist Medical Center Nassau opened a new Community Hospice inpatient care center on the first floor of its new medical office building. The Community Hospice Jane and Bill Warner Center for Caring is providing acute end-of-life care in a home-like setting.

The center is named in honor of Jane and Bill Warner in recognition of the remarkable legacy and support they will continue to leave on Nassau County.

Other area recipients include Spina Bifida of Jacksonville, and The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

The Micah’s Place Connection with Bonhams
March 10, 11, 12, 2015

When Bonhams ran into challenges trying to find an area location for its first annual Amelia Automotive Auction, during Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Week, it was suggested that, as Island Liaison and island resident of over 22 years, Marianna McIntyre might be able to help.

Working together with Ed Boner, Mayor of Fernandina Beach, The City Commissioners, and the City manager, they were able to find an appropriate location.

Not only is it wonderful to have Bonhams in Nassau County, but they have very kindly made Micah’s Place its nonprofit of choice. They are benefitting the victims of Domestic Violence in several ways including donating a Lot of fine items to be auctioned off in support of the Micah’s Place mission. Micah’s Place will also assist Bonhams by offering a local information table during the event, directing visitors to local business and restaurants.

automobile-week-2015-amelia-islandBonhams Auction House
Bonhams is a privately owned British auction house and one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. Since its establishment in 1793, it has been amongst the most respected and trusted brands in the industry.

The Bonhams name is recognized worldwide throughout all sectors of the fine art, antiques and collectors market, with several of its departments established world leaders within their specialist category. In motoring, Bonhams continues to be unrivaled as the European number one auction house, achieving world record prices for Mercedes, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Aston Martin – as is evidence by the sale in August 2014 of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta, which became the most valuable car in history to be sold at auction for $38,115,000.

In 2013 alone, Bonhams achieved $24.88 million in net income.

With specialists in every major area of art and collectables, the depth of collective knowledge of Bonhams auctioneers has enabled the company to challenge the market positions of Sotheby’s and Christie’s.

Ticket Sales Locations
20th Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30 a.m.

$80.00 in Advance cash only while available/$100 at the Gate. Military, Youth and all other discounts available at the gate on Show Day.

Fernandina Beach, FL
*Purple Dove Resale supporting Micah’s Place – 474311 SR 200 Fernandina Beach
Amelia Island Chamber of Commerce – 961687 Gateway Boulevard, Suite #101G
First Federal Bank of Florida – 1500 Sadler Road Fernandina Beach
*Micah’s Place & Purple Dove Resale are proud members of The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Foundation.

Jacksonville, FL
Brumos Motor Cars (Mercedes-Benz) – 10231 Atlantic Boulevard
Brumos Motor Cars (Porsche) – 10100 Atlantic Boulevard
Lexus of Jacksonville – 10259 Atlantic Boulevard
Lexus of Orange Park – 7040 Blanding Boulevard
Claude Nolan Cadillac – 4700 Southside Boulevard
Mercedes-Benz of Orange Park – 7018 Blanding Boulevard
Corrado’s Bakery’ N Bistro – 813 Lomax Street

Online Ticket Sales Information
The online ticket window will close on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at midnight (PST)
All tickets purchased online, except CLUB AMELIA, will be held at Will Call.
Club Amelia tickets were mailed out in mid-February.

WILL CALL HOURS:
Located Inside the Ritz-Carlton Talbot Pre-Function
Thursday, March 12, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, March 13, 2015 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 14, 2015 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

2015-concours-micahs-place-infoLocated on The MotorXpo
Sunday, March 15, 2015 8:00 a.m.

General Information:
-Concours Automobiles will be on display on Sunday, March 15, 2015 only.
-Tickets are required for this event and also to attend all seminars on Friday and Saturday.
-There will be New Car Displays, Ride and Drives, Vendors, RM Sotheby’s Cars and our Silent Auction available at no charge on Friday and Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island to enhance your weekend activities.
-Cars and Coffee at the Concours is a free show on Saturday from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. on the 10th and 18th fairways.

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Office:
3016 Mercury Road South, Jacksonville, Florida 32207
Office: (904) 636-0027
(Office Will Be Closed The Week of The Event).

For More Information: www.ameliaconcours.org

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Calling Bidders and Owners of Amelia Island’s Automotive Weekend

Calling Bidders and Owners of Amelia Island's Automotive Weekend
Festivals of Speed is offering all auction house registered bidders and registered Concours car owners 50% Off the normal $100.00 price with proof of credentials for the Third Annual Luxury Lifestyle Cocktail Reception.

Held Friday, March 13th in the Grand Ballroom of the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, enjoy a premium brand open bar, great food, live Sinatra band, and a live and silent auction benefiting Communities in Schools of Nassau County.

The ballroom reception will feature multiple, premium brand open bars. There will be exciting culinary offerings, a fantastic display of exotic cars inside the ballroom, luxury brand displays, charity auction, and much more.

E-mail info@festivalsofspeed.com to receive your 50% OFF ticket code.

Porsche race cars are pouring in for the Hollywood Wheels Auto Retro Auction!

The third annual event will be help on March 13 – 14 at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.

You can register your car for display by making a donation for as much or as little as you like direct to the charity. Your car or motorcycle will have it’s place on the fairway and you will be supporting a great cause.

100% of all funds go direct to the charity.

Contact Susan Milana of Communities In Schools for details (susan@cisnassau.org).

If you would like to display your product or service at this ultra exclusive event contact at joe@festivalsofspeed.com and join the fun.

ATTENTION CAR CLUBS
Register as a group and rally to our event Saturday morning to display on this pristine fairway. On site you will enjoy cafes & bars, fine wines, cigar lounge, smooth jazz and a lot more. It’s all here at Festivals of speed.

For vendor or sponsor displays contact Joe Sabatini 352-406-9325.

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Miss Shrimp Festival 2015 Now Accepting Applications

Miss Shrimp Festival 2015 Now Accepting Applications Amelia Island, FL – Applications are now being accepted for the Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant, sponsored by the Historic Harbor Front Hampton Inn & Suites. Entrants must be high school level juniors and seniors attending public, private, alternative and home schools. Eligible participants must reside in Nassau County, Florida, but may attend high school in another county to enter. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship and the title of Miss Shrimp Festival. Scholarships will also be awarded to the First Runner-Up, Second Runner-Up, and Miss Congeniality.

The first rehearsal will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 3 p.m. at Bean School of Dance in Fernandina Beach. Contestants meet weekly to learn the choreography of the opening sequence of the pageant, and to prepare for this highly anticipated event. The competition starts with a judge’s interview and dinner catered by Chick-fil-A the Wednesday before the pageant. On Thursday night the contestants make their first appearance in the Pirate’s Parade, riding the route on boats furnished by Redmond Yachts. On Friday, May 1, 2015, Russell Colburn of Fox 30 News will emcee the pageant. The newly crowned 2015 Miss Shrimp Festival will make several appearances throughout the weekend, help with the Little Pirate Contest, the Beard Contest and participate as a judge in the Shrimp Boat Parade on Sunday.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is consistently rated by “Sunshine Artist Magazine” in the top 100 North America best events. The street festival features fine arts and crafts, antiques, live entertainment, Blessing of the shrimp boat fleet, pirate invasions, family friendly contests, a Kids Fun Zone and of course, lots and lots of shrimp!

The Opening Ceremony for the Shrimp Festival begins Friday, May 1st, at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant at 7:00 p.m., though many sponsorship booths, the Kids Zone and the waterfront food booths open at 4:00 p.m. On Saturday May 2nd, the festival gets bigger with over 300 arts and crafts booths joining the fun from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, May 3, 2015, the festival is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

For more information please visit the official website at ShrimpFestival.com.

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Amelia Island’s Rendezvous Festival Partners with Eurochannel

Amelia Island's Rendezvous Festival Partners with EurochannelRendezvous Festival and Eurochannel have entered a partnership initiating worldwide exposure to this nine-day movie, music, and gaming event being held all over Amelia Island in June 2015. Featuring movie screenings, talks, concerts, expositions, tributes and parties, the Rendezvous Festival is named after a music club on Amelia Island’s American Beach that once hosted famed musicians such as Louis Armstrong, James Brown, Billie Daniels, and Ray Charles in the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s. In 1964, the Rendezvous was hit hard by Hurricane Dora and everything was destroyed.

Eurochannel is dedicated to promoting European movies, documentaries, and music. Director of Programming and Acquisitions of Eurochannel Christian Poccard, has participated in the selection committees of Film Festivals such as Berlin and Rotterdam, as well as attending Film Festivals around the World like Cannes, Venice, Rome and others. Their branch into music permits viewers to find legends like U2 and Phil Collins performing alongside the hottest upcoming musical acts like Davie Guetta and Enrique Iglesias. Eurochannel brings viewers into the most important film festivals in Europe, and now Amelia Island, where the latest in independent films and music are being positioned to take the world by storm this June.

One highlight of the Rendezvous Festival takes place June 11th when Country Music Association recording artist the Shane Wooten Band takes the stage for a high energy, outdoor concert at Main Beach in Fernandina. Shane, from Ocala, Florida, is a CMA up and coming artist to watch in 2015. “Shane Wooten caught our attention with the numerous accomplishments he has gained so far in his career,” said Integrity Music Management President David Adkins.

The goal of the festival is to inspire the creativity and imagination of new and experienced filmmakers, gamers, and musicians by showcasing the talent of industry professionals.

The Rendezvous Festival takes place June 5th – 13th and is all about entertainment by bringing artists and the community together for an amazing event.

For more information visit the website: www.rendezvousfestival.com.

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2015 Book Festival Features Readers Extravaganza

2015 Book Festival Features Readers ExtravaganzaThe Amelia Island Book Festival features a Reader’s Extravaganza on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Atlantic Recreation Center in Fernandina Beach, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

FREE ADMISSION
The year’s lineup of award winning, bestselling and memorable authors, both local and from far off places is dazzling! Whether you enjoy biographies, fiction, non-fiction, mysteries, sci-fi, a wide assortment of genre is all here for you to explore, enjoy and buy.

The Festival offers FREE events all day Saturday. All EXTRAVAGANZA authors’ breakout sessions, TEEN FEST and KIDZ FUN ZONE activities are open to the public and free.

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VYSTAR READERS LUNCHEON
Vystar’s Readers Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Carolyn Curry will also be held Saturday at the Woman’s Club, located directly behind the Atlantic Recreation Center, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Tickets are $25.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members.

Book lovers will not want to miss Curry’s moving talk on faith, hope and courage. Curry is the author of Suffer and Grow Strong, the Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas ( 1834-1907). Her husband Bill Curry will introduce Carolyn.

This is an intimate story of devastating loss and ultimate triumph. Carolyn Curry brings to life the perseverance and metamorphosis of a real life Scarlett O’Hara in the story of Ella “Gertrude” Clanton Thomas. This intelligent, spirited woman was born in 1834 to one of the wealthiest families in Georgia. Thomas began keeping a diary at age 14 and her accounts of life before, during, and after the Civil War filled 13 volumes with 450,000 words. The war and its aftermath changed her life forever. She experienced poverty, illness, and devastating family strife. She saw four of her 10 children die. She grew to question the “peculiar institution” upon which the antebellum South was built. Through it all, Thomas poured her thoughts into her diary and persevered. In her later years, she became a human rights activist.

Kevin-emerson-amelia-islandTEEN FEST
Another Saturday event, held from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, in the Teen Lounge at the Atlantic Recreation Center is Teen Fest… and Teen Fest offers FREE ADMISSION and PIZZA!

Authors will enlighten and entertain throughout the day and the winner of the TEEN FEST writing contest will be announced. This year’s expanded offerings include Kevin Emerson, musician, songwriter, educator, and author, has been writing since he was in elementary school, designing his own unique endings to movies and books. Today he is widely known by young readers as the author of Carlos Gonna Get It, The Atlanteans Trilogy, The Fellowship for Alien Detections, the Lost Code Series, and the Oliver Nocturne Series. He currently works for a nonprofit organization in Seattle, which empowers students to excel academically and write extensively.

Lead singer for the band, Central Services’ Board of Education, his songs are widely heard on college radio stations. He has recently released an album with the same name as his band. He has been interviewed on National Public Radio, has appeared in many schools across the country, and is a much sought after inspiration for young writers and readers.

Charles-bonoit-amelia-islandCharles Benoit, a saxophone player and award-winning author, has published three youth thrillers: You, Fall from Grace and his latest, Cold Call. In his new book he explores the importance of keeping your secrets safe and how anyone can be bullied or be a bully. The fast-paced story is a riveting tale about three teens from different high schools dealing with real life issues.

Benoit, who works as a senior copywriter and producer for a marketing, advertising, and public relations firm, also frequently teaches creative writing workshops around the country. Benoit has taught high school social studies in the Rochester City School District, where he and his wife, currently live, and at international schools in Kuwait, Trinidad and Tobago. His music, writing and engaging presentation talents are sure to regale.

Terry-dean-amelia-islandTerri Dean, Ph.D., is a dynamic speaker, and well-known local clinical psychologist. Her new book, Traveling Stories, Lessons from the Journey of Life, is drawn from personal adventures with people, travels, and work. Her engaging writing style will inspire young authors to use their own lives as meaningful springboards for writing.

Be inspired, entertained and enriched. Attend TEEN FEST!

KIDZ FUN ZONE
Saturday, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, also brings the Kidz Fun Zone to the Rec Center. Again, there in no admission fee to enter this special place full of fun activities for children of all ages and is designed to encourage the love of reading and celebrating books. Collaborating with the Festival is The Friends of the Library, offering crafts, author readings, storytelling and other special projects through the day.

UP-CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH BILL CURRY
Saturday evening, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at the Fernandina Beach Golf Course Club is Up-close and Personal with Bill Curry.

This is a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with Bill Curry, NFL player, coach, and author of the highly acclaimed Ten Men You Meet in the Huddle: Lessons from a Football Life. Bill Curry has spent his entire adult life as a communicator and leader.

Bill-curry-amelia-islandHis NFL career included two Super Bowl titles, and he served as head football coach for Georgia Tech (’80-’86), the University of Alabama (’87-’89), and the University of Kentucky (’90-’96). In 1989, he received the Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year Award. With awards too numerous to mention, Curry now helps motivate businesses, sports and organizations with his inspiring style.

The two-time Super Bowl winner, turned Georgia Tech and Alabama Coach, turned ESPN announcer turned motivational speaker and author will awe and inspire you.

“Bill Curry’s life is more than a football life. In reality, Curry is a humanitarian, scribe, ESPN analyst, an inspirational speaker on the dais and an engaging man about town who at the age of 65 has decided to build a first-ever football program at Georgia State University. He is the epitome of the Southern gentleman who just happened to enjoy knocking heads on the football field,” wrote one reviewer.

Curry also will be at the VyStar Readers Luncheon to introduce his author wife, Carolyn. She, in turn will be on hand at the early evening reception at the Fernandina Beach Golf Course Club to introduce him.

At this special reception you will not only get to mix and mingle with this fascinating man, but you will be among those few to share as he delivers some of the motivational presentations he gives to organizations.

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. Tickets are $60.00 for members, and $70.00 for non-members.

Amelia Island Book Festival is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization registered with the State of Florida dedicated to promoting literacy. Donations are tax deductible. Our mission is to support literacy throughout the community and to organize, manage, and produce annual book festival events for all citizens of Nassau County.

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2015 Book Festival’s Writer’s Workshop is February 20, 2015

2015 Book Festival's Writer's Workshop is February 20, 2015Writer’s Workshop

The 2015 Amelia Island Book Festival’s Writer’s Workshop will be held this Friday, February 20th, from 9:00 am to 3:15 pm, at the FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center The Lewis “Red” Bean Technical Center. Check-in is at 8:30. The cost is $65.00 for members and $75.00 for non-members. Registration includes a box lunch and refreshments.

The Writers Workshop is a scintillating day of sessions that brings together a cadre of stellar authors and presenters who will share their knowledge and skills. Immerse yourself in breakout sessions and panel discussions covering a range of topics about writing, editing, publishing and marketing. Whether you are looking for inspiration, are a published author, are seeking help in marketing your book, or have that manuscript nearly ready to go and want guidance on publishing and more, this year’s Writers Workshop has it all to help you get to that next step.

Workshop sessions address characterization, plot development, dialogue, editing, getting your work into print, working with agents and publishers, book design, book signing, branding, and tips and tricks to get booksellers to carry your work and on-line shoppers to buy it.

Some major highlights of the day from award-winning authors include lunch with Wendy Tyson, a lawyer turned mystery and thriller writer and whose novels have earned extensive accolades. Local author Chuck Barrett, whose work has been compared to Vince Flynn’s the international spy thriller novelist, will present a step-by-step workshop outlining the nuts and bolts of self-publishing, and, Nancy Blanton, author of historical fiction, will present a workshop on crucial aspects of historical fiction writing.

For a detailed schedule of workshop session and presenters go to www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org.

Authors in Schools
Also, Friday, February 20, 2015, the Festival presents its proudest offering. The Authors in Schools Program brings noted authors to visit thousands of students at Nassau County’s 15 public schools. Through this long-standing Festival tradition, students from kindergarten through high school will participate in lively talks, readings and programs all aimed at kindling young people’s interest in reading and fostering an enjoyment of books. Through Author-Link, a dynamic of private and corporate donations and grants, the Festival strives to purchase each visiting author’s book and provide them as gifts to the students to create a full-circle experience for them.

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2015 Chamber Music Festival Music Pops

2015 Chamber Music Festival Music PopsAmelia Island Chamber Music Festival presents Classical for Everyone: Chamber Music Pops featuring Terry Barber, countertenor; Alina Kiryayeva, piano; and Christopher Rex on the cello.

On February 17, 2015, 7:30 PM, Amelia Baptist Church will host renowned countertenor Terry Barber. Acclaimed for his broad vocal range and fluency in musical styles ranging from opera to jazz, Barber will perform a program of light classical and popular music.

Terry Barber has been featured on some of the world’s most storied stages and has worked with many of the music industry’s most prestigious songwriters, composers and producers. Whether performing opera, jazz or popular favorites, he breathes new life into everything he sings and crafts what the Los Angeles Times calls “performances of great vitality and verve.” As a member of the multiple Grammy-winning ensemble Chanticleer, Mr. Barber was called “the jewel in Chanticleer’s crown.” With them, he performed opera, classical, gospel, jazz and folk music in a dozen languages at over a hundred concerts around the globe.

He made his New York City Opera debut in 2001, and the following year he joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for its staging of Sly, starring Placido Domingo. Mr. Barber made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 2004, singing the role of Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus with the National Chorale under Martin Josman. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and was awarded a masters degree in music performance at London’s Trinity College of Music.

Joining Mr. Barber will be Ukranian-born pianist Alina Kiryayeva, who is lauded for her powerful command of the instrument, unique interpretations and charismatic stage presence. Ms. Kiryayeva’s performance schedule takes her around the world.

Now in its fourteenth season, the winter series of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival will continue with the Kruger Brothers Band on February 24. Then, on March 1, the Festival will present violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, universally hailed as one of the greatest violinists on the world stage.

The Festival’s spring season will commence on March 29 with a performance by acclaimed pianist Anton Nel and conclude with eight performances in May. Complete information and tickets for all of these performances are available at www.aicmf.com.

Tickets for this and other upcoming concerts are available at www.aicmf.com or by calling 904-261-1779.

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