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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.

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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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Amelia Island Offers Year-Long Event Schedule for Entire Family

Amelia Island Offers Year-Long Event Schedule for Entire FamilyAmelia Island, FL – Northeast Florida’s Amelia Island has announced an exciting 2015 calendar of events celebrating the small barrier island’s breathtaking assets, colorful past and arts and entertainment. With festivals and other special events showcasing everything from music and cars to shrimp and barbeque, Amelia Island has something to entertain visitors of all ages and interests. Major annual events scheduled for 2015 include:

Amelia Island Book Festival: February 19-21
The Amelia Island Book Festival features local, bestselling and nationally known authors, book signings, publishers and exhibitors, writer workshops, panel discussions, a Teen Fest and hands-on projects for children in the Kidz Zone. In 2015, the festival will feature a luncheon with Carolyn Curry, author of “Suffer and Grow Strong” and a special event with former NFL player and coach Bill Curry. For more information about each of the events, many of which are free, call 904-624-1665 or visit ameliaislandbookfestival.org.

Amelia Concours Week: March 12-15
Amelia Concours Week includes seven top automotive events, including Bonham’s Auction at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club (March 12), the Gooding & Company Auction (March 13) and Festivals of Speed (March 13-14) at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, duPont Registry Live Aeroport Reception (March 13) at Fernandina Beach Airport, the RM Auction at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island (March 14), Cars & Coffee at the Concours (March 14) and the 20th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on the greens of the Golf Club of Amelia Island (March 13-15). Visit ameliaconcoursweek.com for more information.

Amelia Island Garden Show: April 18-19
The Amelia Island Garden Show will feature more than 50 vendors with a full assortment of flowers and plants, fruit trees and palms, orchids, herbs, container gardens, native plants, butterfly-friendly plants, shrubs, garden accessories and much more. On-site experts will offer advice about gardening challenges and how to green your home, yard and garden. Guests can also enjoy gourmet foods at the Picnic Bench Dining Court. Visit ameliagarden.com or 904-557-4202 for more details.

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival: May 1-3
Celebrating its 52nd year, the Shrimp Festival lures thousands of visitors to historic downtown Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island to celebrate all things shrimp. The popular event features free admission, nationally-recognized juried fine arts and crafts show, antiques, live entertainment, kids’ activities, contests, pirates and more. Dozens of food vendors will be serving up the tastiest shrimp you can find, prepared every way possible by local non-profit organizations. For more information, go to shrimpfestival.com.

Wild Amelia Nature Festival: May 15-17
The 2015 Wild Amelia Nature Festival invites residents and visitors to experience the wilder side of Amelia Island. Visitors can enjoy numerous guided eco-tours led by area naturalists and Park Rangers, an EcoExpo featuring nature-based vendors and organizations, nature-based activities for children, a sea turtle release and more. For tickets or additional information, visit wildamelia.com.

Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival: May 9-31
The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival showcases world-renowned artists performing a variety of music styles in intimate and historic settings on Amelia Island. The 2015 festival line-up will include performances by Eroica Trio, Dover Quartet, pianist Daria Rabotkina, Philip Pan and his Viper Violin, and many other stellar musical artists. For ticket details and additional information, call (904) 261-1779 or visit aicmf.com.

Rendezvous Festival: June 5-13
The first ever Rendezvous International Festival will be held at venues throughout Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island, a nine-day celebration of entertainment, including film, music and gaming. The Festival is named after Evans Rendezvous, an American Beach club that hosted musicians such as Louis Armstrong, James Brown and Ray Charles from the 1930s to 1950s, and the venue for the final day of the festival. Celebrating the area’s proud history and contribution to the entertainment industry, the festival will feature an interactive film expo, presentations, workshops and much more. For additional information and a full schedule, please visit rendezvousfestival.com.

Great Southern Tailgate Classic: August 21-22
The 6th Annual Great Southern Tailgate Classic, held on August 21-22, highlights the spirit and fanfare of American football. Kicking off the football season, this year’s event will take place on Amelia Island’s Main Beach and will focus on the “Art of Tailgating” with great food, music and a kid’s zone. The event also features fun tailgating games, legendary food demonstrations, a watermelon eating contest and much more. Visit greatsoutherntailgateclassic.com for more information.

Amelia Island Jazz Festival: October 8-15
The Amelia Island Jazz Festival will light up the island for the fourteenth consecutive year, with a week-long series of events celebrating the diverse all-American art form of jazz. Under the artistic direction of renowned jazz drummer and bandleader Les DeMerle, the 2015 festival will feature world-class jazz artists in a wide variety of styles, including Contemporary, Bebop, Smooth Jazz, Big Band, Latin, Blues, Dixieland and more. This year’s headliners will be announced soon, joining the all-star cast of past headliners such as David Sanborn, Ramsey Lewis, Spyro Gyra and Mindi Abair. Performances will take place at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation and several other intimate venues around the island. For more information, call (904) 504-4772 or visit ameliaislandjazzfestival.com.

7th Annual Petanque American Open: November 13-15
The international community of Petanque (Pay-tonk) will return to Amelia Island this year for its annual International Petanque Tournament in November. At the downtown marina – surrounded by plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops – more than 120 two-player teams will compete. Founded in France, and with increasing popularity worldwide and especially in the U.S., the tournament had teams from a record 25 states and eight other countries in 2014. For more information, call (904) 491-1190 or visit Petanque-America-Open.net.

Amelia Island – A Southern Elegance Christmas: December 4-13
Celebrate the southern elegance of an Amelia Island Christmas with a full slate of events throughout the holiday season. Marvel at the beauty of Amelia Island’s Bed and Breakfast Inns decorated in their holiday finest (AmeliaIslandInns.com) or celebrate the “Golden Age” of Fernandina Beach and the architecture of beautiful beach homes during the annual Holiday Home Tour. The tour showcases private vintage homes professionally decorated for the holidays and open to the public only for this special occasion (AmeliaHomeTours.com). With tree lightings, giant gingerbread pirate ships, holiday villages, caroling and many other festive happenings, Amelia Island shines bright with holiday spirit each year.

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Shrimp Festival has Food Booth Openings for Nassau Non-profits

Shrimp Festival has Food Booth Openings for Nassau Non-profits Applications are being accepted for additional food booths to set up during the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival until February 28, 2015. More food booths are needed in both the Kids Fun Zone and the main area of the Shrimp Festival. To be considered, you must be a non-profit organization within Nassau County, Florida. Many of our food booths make the majority of their annual budgets by being a part of this popular festival, always held the first weekend in May.

Fresh, local shrimp is a staple at the festival and with over 100,000 attendees to be fed, this is an excellent opportunity. The Kids Fun Zone has expanded into a larger area for 2015 and that also means more games, more rides, more entertainment and we are in need of more kid-friendly foods.

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!

To be accepted into the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, all food booths must be organized, staffed and run by a Nassau County, Florida, non-profit organization. No commercial food vendors are permitted!

To apply for a food booth please forward your non-profit information/certificate/EIN number, contact names and phone numbers, and proposed menu and pricing to foodbooths@shrimpfestival.com.

The dates of the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival are Friday, May 1, 2015, from 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm; Saturday, May 2nd, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm; and Sunday May 3rd, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Annual Pirates’ Parade will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 6:00 pm.

For more information visit ShrimpFestival.com.

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2015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction

2015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction

Photo by Bonhams Auctions

A new auction house is coming to Amelia Island for the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, and Bonhams is a recognized name when it comes to fine auctions!

Bonhams Amelia Island Auction will take place on Thursday, March 12, 2015.

Preview Days are Wednesday and Thursday, March 10-11, from 10:00am until 5:00pm.

The auction will be held at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club.

Some auction highlights include Marlene Dietrich’s 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Transformable Phaeton, a 1911 EMF Model 30 Factory Racer, a 1936 Wanderer W25K Roadster, and a 1932 Stutz DV32 Super Bearcat Convertible – just to name a few.

The best source of info for folks is by far the website: Bonhams.com/Amelia. You will find all lot details, descriptions, estimates, pictures and post-sale results are or will be available there.

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Rendezvous Festival’s Movie House Continues at Sheffield’s at the Palace

Rendezvous Festival's Movie House Continues at Sheffield's at the PalaceThe Movie House, presented by the Rendezvous Festival and hosted by Sheffield’s at the Palace, continues this Thursday evening, February 12th, with The Birder’s Guide to Everything, directed by Luke Matheny.

Crossroad Films sums up the movie, “David Portnoy, a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he’s made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father’s remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history.”

Starring as David in The Birder’s Guide to Everything is Kodi Smit-McPhee, a young actor also seen in Twentieth Century Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Other actors in the film include James Le Gros, Daniela Lavender, Katie Chang, Alex Wolff and Ben Kingsley.

Director Luke Matheny received the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for God of Love. After the Academy Awards in 2011, The Calgary Herald reported, “We didn’t know who Luke Matheny was before he won an Oscar for Best Live Action Short for God of Love, but we fell in love with him the moment the mop-haired director opened his mouth… the young filmmaker’s enthusiasm was infectious, and even the Hollywood elite applauded when Matheny thanked his mother…” And with his mother’s ties to Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach applauded him, too.

Hide Your Smiling Faces, a film that has earned a variety of awards and nominations, will be featured at The Movie House on February 19th.

A new movie will be featured every Thursday night until the Rendezvous Festival opens on June 5, 2015. The doors to Sheffields open at 6:30, and the movie screenings start at 7:00 PM. Tickets are only $10.00 and include a bag of popcorn. Hola! Cuban Café’s menu is available for order, and there is a cash bar.

The Rendezvous Festival is named after a music club 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. The Rendezvous Festival is all about entertainment and brings artists and the community together for a nine day event.

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

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Amernet String Quartet Performs as Part of Chamber Music Festival

Amernet String Quartet Performs as Part of Chamber Music FestivalThe winter season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival continues in mid-February with performances by two outstanding ensembles: the highly acclaimed Amernet String Quartet on February 10, (followed by a lunchtime concert on February 12 by the Christiania Trio.)

The Amernet String Quartet, lauded for their “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on February 10. Their show, A Grand Tour of Europe featuring works of Wolf, Goldmark and Chausson, will be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2600 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach. The tickets are $40 per person.

The group has garnered worldwide praise and recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets. Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami since 2004, the group was formed in 1991 while its founding members were students at the Juilliard School. The Amernet quickly rose to international attention after their first season, winning the gold medal at the Tokyo International Music Competition. The ensemble was subsequently named first prize winners of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition.

The Amernet’s busy performance schedule has taken the quartet around the globe. The group has collaborated with many of today’s most prominent artists and ensembles, including the Tokyo, St. Lawrence, and Ying quartets as well as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Robert deMaine, Andres Diaz, Roberto Diaz and Valentina Lisitsa. Among the Amernet’s notable engagements have been appearances at Ravinia, Lincoln Center and many festivals, including Mostly Mozart and Lucerne.

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

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DeMerle’s 17-Piece Orchestra Plays 2015 Big Band Bash

DeMerle's 17-Piece Orchestra Plays 2015 Big Band BashThe Amelia Island Jazz Festival is thrilled to present its fourth annual Big Band Bash Benefit Gala – Dinner/Dance, to be held on Valentine’s Day Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM, in the ballroom at the Omni Resorts Amelia Island Plantation, Florida.

The popular Benefit Gala Dinner/Dance will feature The Dynamic Les DeMerle 17-piece Orchestra, with vocalist Bonnie Eisele and special guests,

Enjoy a sumptuous gourmet dinner and dance with your sweetheart to Big Band classics featuring tunes by greats like Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Harry James, with whom Les DeMerle played drums for several years.

Don’t wait until the last minute to purchase your tickets as the Valentine’s day Big Band Bash promises to sell out fast!

Plan to come early to meet and greet the musicians from 6:30 PM to 7 PM. Also check out the auction items, among them Jazz Art by the prestigious Park West Gallery.

Tickets for the Big Band Bash are priced at $85.00 per person, and the proceeds will benefit the Amelia Island Jazz Festival Scholarship Program.

For further information contact the Festival Hotline at (904) 504-4772.

Tickets are available at:
The UPS Store – Island Walk Shopping Center (1417 Sadler Road)

AIFBY Chamber of Commerce – Gateway to Amelia (961687 Gateway Blvd. Suite 101G)

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