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1st Annual Fernandina Pirate Festival Needs a Logo

pirate-festival-fernandina-contest2015The Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc., a local nonprofit, is hosting the first ever, inaugural Fernandina Pirate Festival October 9th, 10th and 11th, 2015.

Festivities begin with Pirates marching, from the Veteran’s Memorial on Atlantic Avenue to 2nd and Ash Streets, parade style, where pirates from all over the region will muster for opening ceremonies.

Saturday and Sunday, the Atlantic Avenue Recreational Center grounds will be home to the festival with family friendly entertainment, music, vendor tents, food booths, educational exhibits and more.

Saturday evening brings the Pirate’s Ball. A ticketed event that includes a southern feast, costume contest and dancing to live music inside the Recreational Center.

The Fernandina Pirate Festival will conclude Sunday afternoon with closing ceremonies.

But, to get the ball really rolling, the Pirates need a logo for the event. Be as creative as you’d like, but please keep the following information in mind:

-The name of the club is Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc
-This is a family friendly event
-This is the 1st event
-The name of the event is Fernandina Pirate Festival

What does the winning artist receive? Well, since they are Pirates they have promised not to draw blood from the winner, but to honor the winning artist and a guest at the Pirates Ball on Saturday night. And of course, what all good pirates really want are “bragging rights” – so the winning artist will get those, too. As a non-profit, they hate to promise too much, but don’t be surprised if they plunder a few more prizes for the winner.

All artist entries must be sent to info@FernandinaPirates.com or mailed to Fernandina Pirates Club, P.O. Box 17243, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035. (Emails are answered by a volunteer, please be patient as the email is NOT checked on a daily basis.)

All submissions must be received or post-marked by midnight on June 30, 2015.

To learn more visit www.FernandinaPirates.com.

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2015 Wild Amelia Nature Festival

2015 Wild Amelia Nature FestivalEco-Tours: Friday May 15 through Sunday May 17, 2015.
Explore the Wild Side of Amelia by foot, kayak, segway, and sailboat. Some tours are just for kids. Some tours are free! Reservations required.

Eco-Expo: Saturday May 16 at the Atlantic Rec Center:
30 exhibitors – businesses and organizations offering information on living in harmony with nature; StarLab Planetarium with views of the stars over Amelia (and a look at Amelia from space); passport program for kids (with prizes); Kids Niche, hands-on nature activities, face painting, touch-tank, animal exhibit by Jacksonville Zoo; live music; Silent Auction; food… something for the whole family.

Come help celebrate the green anole, Wild Amelia’s critter of the year, and take home a tee shirt with a perky green anole.

For more information, please visit www.WildAmelia.com or visit us on facebook.

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2015 Miss Shrimp Festival Winners

2015 Miss Shrimp Festival Winners

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The 2015 Miss Shrimp Festival scholarship pageant, sponsored by The Hampton Inn and Suites Harbor Front, was held on Friday night, May 1, 2015.

Just over a dozen Nassau County junior and senior high school girls competed for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship.

Winning Miss Congeniality was Miss Baily Wall.

Kate Walker was the 2nd Runner-up

Megan Combs was the 1st Runner-up

… and Miss Zoe Stein in the new, 2015 Miss Shrimp Festival, replacing the 2014 winner Miss Graham Jewel.

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Best Decorated Shrimp Boat Winners 2015

Best Decorated Shrimp Boat Winners 2015The 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival was held under near perfect weather conditions, shattering past attendance records.

The Best Decorated Shrimp Boat Winner for 2015 are as follows:

First Place went to Captain and Owner Jeff “Trapper” Parrish and the 72-foot Jet Stream out of Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Captain Parrish’s First Place prizes included $1,350 cash, a $500 fuel allowance, a quality 11 inch knife provided by Rhineland Cutlery, and a commemorative plaque.

shrimp-boat-winner-12nd Place went to Judge. A 78-footer from Townsend, Georgia, run by Captain Randy Cuthrell and owned by Jack Gore.

3rd Place winner was the Miss Alena, from Brunswick, Georgia. This 90-foot beauty is captained by Michael Thompson, Speedy Tostensen owner.

4th Place went to Captain Marty Collins of the 91-foot Forgiven of South Port, Florida, owned by Gerald Miller.

5th Place was secured by Captain Tommy Williams and Capt Jack. A 78-foot shrimp boat from Brunswick, Georgia, also owned by Speedy Tostensen.

6th Place went to the 98-foot Miss Carolyn Louise of Jacksonville, Florida. The ship’s captain and owner is Lee Vogelsons.

Also participating in the Boat Parade was Captain Lindsey Parker and the GA Bulldog, a 72-foot research vessel owned and operated by the University of Georgia Marine Extension/Sea Grant Program.

Other prizes included:
2nd Place
$600 Cash
Try Net provided by Burbank Sprots Nets
Quality nine-inch knife by Rhineland Cutlery

3rd Place
$350 Cash
Try Net provided by Burbank Sprots Nets
Quality nine-inch knife by Rhineland Cutlery

4th Place
$250 Cash
Quality nine-inch knife by Rhineland Cutlery

5th Place
$150 Cash
Quality nine-inch knife by Rhineland Cutlery

Additional boats received a seven-inch knife from Rhineland Cutlery.

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What to do at the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

What to do at the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp FestivalThe 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, presented by Publix, will be held in Fernandina Beach, Florida, May 1 – 3, 2015, with a Pirate Parade at 6:00 PM, on Thursday, April 30th.

There will be a fantastic sidewalk sale in downtown Fernandina Beach, beginning at 10:00 AM on Friday, May 1st, and hosted by the merchants of the Historic Fernandina Business Association. The Shrimp Festival officially opens at 5:30 PM with live musical entertainment by the band DRB.

From 6:00 to 10:00 PM, the expanded Kids Fun Zone will be open at its new location at Central Park, in the 1200 block of Atlantic Avenue. There will be several activities such as a rock climbing wall, Zippy Pets, a giant slide, and a power jump. There will be vendors, an art show, food booths, ponies, puppets and much, much more. Rick Hubbard’s Kazoobie Show and Ben Mathews JuggleSTUFF will be entertaining kids of all ages with shows held throughout the evening.

From 5:30 to 10:30 PM, the downtown waterfront offers live music, and colorful pirates. Tasty dishes like a low country boil, crab cakes, grilled shrimp, Cajun shrimp, fried shrimp, and other seafood dishes will be cooking in food booths operated by local non-profit charities to satisfy your cravings. Opening ceremonies will be held at 6:30 on the main stage, followed by the popular Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant and the Pirate Parade Awards. After the sun has set you can dance in the street while the band plays familiar songs, and peruse the booths located near the harbor like Action News, Coca Cola, the Shrimp Festival merchandise tent, or check out what the Pirates have displayed in their booth this year. You won’t want to miss taking a tour of the University of Georgia’s “Georgia Bulldog”, a fully operational shrimp boat. But be prepared for mayhem, because at 9:30 the Invasion of the Pirates takes place immediately before the spectacular fireworks show. The party continues until the festival closes at 10:30.

On Saturday morning at 9:00 AM, the Kids Fun Zone and the waterfront vendors are joined by over 350 booths full of fine arts and crafts, and antiques. These additional booths can be found lining all of Centre Street, and a block north and south on every cross road, from the waterfront’s railroad tracks to Eight Street.

At 9:30 the Fernandina Beach High School Jazz Ensemble will take the waterfront stage, and in the Kids Fun Zone, The Pirate in Training (ages 0 to 5) and the Little Pirate Contests (ages 6 and up) begin at 10:00. The dancers from Bean School of Dance with perform at 11:00.

Bring your bearded friends to the waterfront stage at 10:30 and encourage them to enter the 48th Annual Topsy Smith Memorial Beard Contest. At 11:00, Fresh From Florida and Georgia Grown will be offering a Cooking Demonstration by Celebrity Chefs Justin Timineri (Florida) and Holly Chute (Georgia). At noon, beware, for those Fernandina Pirates will invade Amelia Island and storm up Centre Street.

The afternoon brings a new and promising voice in country music to the waterfront’s main stage with Bryan Mayer performing at 1:00 PM. Dominic Gaudious, a passionate artist on both the twelve string guitar and the Australian Didgeridoo, will play a short set at 4:00, just before The Edgar Winter Band takes the stage at 4:30. Co-sponsored by the Amelia Island Blues Festival, the Shrimp Festival Committee, Northeast Florida Blues Society and RockTenn, you will likely recognize Edgar Winter’s hits Free Ride and Frankenstein. This rock and blues legend will play until the festivities end at 6:00 PM on Saturday.

Sunday begins with the Kids Fun Zone, the waterfront, and all of the arts, crafts and antique booths opening at 10:00 AM for your pleasure. In the Fun Zone Pak’s Karate will offer a demonstration at 11:00, or you can Learn to be a Pirate at 3:30 with the Fernandina Pirates Club. Performances continue throughout the weekend by Rick Hubbard’s Kazoobie Kazoo Show as well as JuggleSTUFF with Ben Mathews.

Sunday’s waterfront entertainment includes Back From the Brink, a bluegrass and country band at 11:00 AM, and local cover group, Decades Band, takes the stage at noon. River activities begin at 1:30 with the Blessing of the Fleet, the Laying of the Wreath and the Best Decorated Shrimp Boat Contest. The party band of the South, The Swingin’ Medallions perform from 2:30 to 3:30, but during their break at 3:30 the Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream Eating Contest takes place, where contestants race each other to finish a variety of ice cream flavors including shrimp ice cream. The Swingin’ Medallions hit the stage again at 4:00 for another exciting set and the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival official closes at 5:00 PM on Sunday.

Admission to the festival is FREE!

Parking is available on Friday at Fernandina Beach High School, 435 Citrona Drive, for only $10.00. This includes a free, air-conditioned shuttle ride to and from the festival from 6:00 to 11:00 PM.

Parking is available at both FBHS and Southside Elementary School, 1112 Jasmine Street, on Saturday and Sunday, for $10.00, shuttle fee included. Saturday shuttle hours are 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM, and Sunday from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Parking is also available at Buccaneer Field, South 11th Street and Beech Street, for $10.00; this is within walking distance of the festival and the Kids Fun Zone.

For more information please visit ShrimpFestival.com.

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2015 Shrimp Festival Street and Parking Lot Closures

2015 Shrimp Festival Street and Parking Lot ClosuresPublic Notice: FESTIVAL NOTICE OF STREET & PARKING LOT CLOSURES

EFFECTIVE FOR SHRIMP FESTIVAL: The following street and parking lot closures will be effective this week in order to set up for the Shrimp Festival: City Waterfront Parking Lot A and B will be closed from Midnight, Wednesday, April 29th until Midnight, Sunday, May 3rd. City Waterfront Parking Lots C, and D, the Library Parking Lot and the parking lot at 2nd and Alachua will be closed to unauthorized vehicles from Midnight, Thursday, April 30, 2015 until Midnight, Sunday, May 3rd.

Beginning at 5:00 PM Friday, May 1st, there will be NO PARKING on the streets and public parking lots of the downtown Centre Street Business District (bordered by Ash and Alachua Streets, from 8th Street to the waterfront). This area will remain closed to parking until Midnight, Sunday, May 3rd, in order to finish clean up and street sweeping. Signs will be posted throughout the downtown area and unauthorized cars will be towed.

Any vehicle issued a Festival Parking Permit must fill in the information requested and prominently display the hang tag on the rear view mirror. Vehicles which park improperly, but display a hang tag with no information, will be subject to towing, at owner’s expense. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Rosa Adams Grand Marshall of the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

Rosa Adams Grand Marshall of the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp FestivalAll images are courtesy of Ms Rosa Adams.

In November, 1963, a well-educated woman from Kentucky, Rosa Adams, the full-time supervisor of the Marina Welcome Center located in Fernandina Beach, was invited to attend a meeting where shrimp boat owners felt they could create something larger than a simple shrimp boat race. With her experience in public relations, that idea has grown into an annual festival with over 150,000 visitors expected in 2015. The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, always held the first weekend in May, celebrates its 52nd annual event May 1 – 3, 2015.

The original founders of the Shrimp Boat Festival were Chairman Melvin Dougherty, Co-chair Billy Burbank, Photographer Karl Holland, and Publicity Chairman Rosa B. Adams.

This year, the Shrimp Festival Committee, along with the community, will show Rosa Adams their heartfelt appreciation by recognizing her as the 2015 Grand Marshall. The festivities begin when she takes her place at 6:00 PM, riding in the Pirate Parade on Thursday, April 30th, the traditional kick-off to this amazing weekend in Northeast Florida.

Having served on and off of the Shrimp Festival Committee for over 20 years, listening to Miss Rosa reminisce of the earliest days of the Festival took me back in history. At the time of the inaugural Shrimp Festival you could purchase a man’s short sleeved dress shirt for only $2.99 at Partin’s on Atlantic Avenue, and a one pound can of Maxwell House coffee was just 48 cents at Food Fair.

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The teepee shaped Marina Welcome Station was a joint venture of the Florida Development Commission and the City of Fernandina Beach. The only state-staffed and maintained marina welcome station in the world, at the time, this was the first marina stop in the state if you were heading south. Employed by the Florida Development Commission, she welcomed the mariners with clean showers, tourism brochures, up-to-date maps of the waterways, and samples of Florida’s famous orange juice. This was a time when electronic communications consisted of the teletype machine, and NOAA weather reports came from the Jacksonville airport weather office at Imeson Field.

Hugh Stone of Standard Oil would tell people, “Stop at the welcome center in Fernandina Beach and ask for Rosa Adams and you’ll get the best information.”

1972-award-rosa-adamsBefore Adams involvement in what was locally known as the “Shrimp Boat Festival”, Fernandina Beach was virtually unknown, except for a few business leaders in Jacksonville. Ruth Brown, executive secretary of the Fernandina Beach Chamber of Commerce once wrote, “We feel most fortunate to have a lady of Mrs. Adams caliber to work with in our joint endeavors to promote tourism in the Fernandina Beach area and in the State of Florida as we feel that she is symbolic of public relations in its best form.”

Once she began promoting the area and it’s Championship Shrimp Boat Races on television, radio, and print media, both nationally and internationally, wealthy developers, and businessmen in Tallahassee, began to take notice of Fernandina Beach… “And the rest”, they say, “Is history.”

In 1972, Miss Rosa received a plaque, shaped like the state of Florida that read, “Presented with deep appreciation to Rosa B. Adams for untiring effort and outstanding contributions to Eight Flags Shrimp Boat Races by Fernandina Beach Chamber of Commerce.” Mrs. Adams’ professional and personal contributions have been recognized widely by a variety of civic organizations and clubs in Florida and the U. S.

Married to the late Don Adams, Miss Rosa’s most important duty was that of wife and mother. The couple raised three children working shoulder to shoulder with the most highly respected people, locally and around the world. Taught as children to treat all people in a fair and equal tone, the couple retired in 1995.

Of herself she wrote, “Ms. Rosa Adams, the writer, was born during the Great Depression in the foothills of Kentucky, crying, naked, wet and hungry.”

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Celebrity Chefs Cooperative Cooking Demo at Shrimp Festival

Celebrity Chefs Cooperative Cooking Demo at Shrimp FestivalExecutive Chefs from Florida and Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture Offer Cooking Demonstration at the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

The executive chefs from Florida and Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture, Justin Timineri and Holly Chute, respectively, will be offering a joint cooking demonstration during the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival at 11:00 am, on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

Justin-timineri-Florida-chefInternational Culinary Ambassador Chef Justin Timineri, representing the State of Florida and the “Fresh From Florida” brand, is a certified executive chef, author, and television personality. In 2006 he won the Food Network Challenge, Great American Seafood Cook-off, in New Orleans where he held the title of having the country’s best domestic seafood dish.

Justin’s responsibilities include promoting Florida’s many outstanding commodities and he has participated in many high profile events around the world such as the 2012 Olympic Games in London where he showcased Florida’s cuisine to medal winners and Olympic legends at the USA house. He has been the event chef for NASCAR, PGA, and the Kentucky Derby.

Most recently Chef Justin can be seen nationally on the Cooking Channel where he is a guest on several episodes on Emeril Lagasse’s new TV show “Emeril’s Florida”. He is also the resident chef on the award winning television series “How to do Florida”.

Justin was raised in Florida and his straight forward approach to cooking relies on simple ingredients combined with fresh seasonal produce.

holly-chute-Georgia-ChefExecutive Chef Holly Chute represents the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the state’s largest economic sector. She serves as a liaison between Georgia’s farmers/producers and the food service industry. Chef Holly is one of the most visible faces of the popular “Georgia Grown” program and appears regularly at festivals and community events.

Executive Chef of the Georgia Governor’s Mansion under six administrations, one political observer remarked, “Georgia Republicans and Democrats can agree on at least one thing: Holly’s cooking.” She has welcomed foreign heads of state, former US presidents, Supreme Court Justices, and members of England’s Royal family with her southern style that showcases Georgia’s fresh, agricultural products. She has cooked alongside many celebrity chefs including Cat Cora, Todd English and Paula Deen. Of her many honors and accolades, she considers Jeff Foxworthy’s request for a doggy bag (to take home extra fried chicken) to be a most memorable achievement.

On May 2, 2015, Chefs Timineri and Chute will share their collective expertise in a cooking demonstration during the Shrimp Festival. You won’t want to miss this spectacular culinary event featuring selective dishes of fresh, wild-caught, local shrimp. The event takes place at the waterfront in historic, Fernandina Beach, Florida. There is no admission fee to attend.

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2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival T-Shirt Design Announced

2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival T-Shirt Design Announced

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Steve Whitlock worked as a fishing guide and sportsman, leading him to a rewarding career as a wildlife artist and marine illustrator. This Florida native has over 40 years experience fishing, hunting and exploring the wild places most people never see and this is evident in his winning design for the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival T-Shirt.

Presented by Publix, this 52nd annual, three-day festival celebrates the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry, on the first weekend of May each year, in historic Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Born in Tampa and raised in Naples, Whitlock spent his childhood fishing and hunting around the Sunshine State, but Steve didn’t develop an interest in painting until the early 1990s. With encouragement and support from his wife, family & friends, he applied to the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida to become a wildlife artist. He graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Steve’s artwork will be included on official Shrimp Festival T-shirts, tank tops, tote bags and more. Hats, aprons, ornaments and Tervis tumblers are just some of the official Shrimp Festival souvenirs available during the festival.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will be held May 1 – 3, 2015, with a community Pirate Parade kicking-off the celebrations on Thursday evening, April 30th, at 6:00 PM. Beginning Friday morning you can enjoy a sidewalk sale presented by the merchants in downtown Fernandina Beach. The Festival officially opens with live music by DRB beginning at 5:30 on the waterfront stage. The newly expanded Kids Fun Zone will premier in its Central Park location Friday evening, and all of the food, sponsors, and exhibitor’s booths located at the waterfront will be open until 10:00 pm. Entertainment Friday evening includes live music, the Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant, and a Pirate Invasion followed by a fantastic fireworks show at 9:45 pm.

Saturday the fun starts early, at 9:00 AM, when the art show opens with nearly 400 artisans competing for over $7,500 in cash awards. The Festival is open until 6:00 pm, so you will have plenty of time to see fine arts and crafts, antique dealers, participate in contests throughout the festival for kids of all ages, see live musical entertainment, including The Edgar Winters Band at 4:30, interact with scores of playful pirates, and visit the Kids Fun Zone with activities, games and food. Best of all, admission is FREE!

Sunday, the festival’s Fun Zone, arts, crafts and antique booths remain open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with the addition of the Best Decorated Boat Parade, a Wreath Ceremony, and the Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet at the waterfront. Sunday’s entertainment includes Back From the Brink, Decades Band, and The Swingin’ Medallions. And remember, admission to the entire festival is free!

Always held the first weekend in May, learn more at www.ShrimpFestival.com.

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Edgar Winter Band to Headline Shrimp Festival on May 2nd

The Edgar Winter Band to Headline Shrimp Festival on May 2ndThe Edgar Winter Band will be headlining Saturday’s entertainment at 4:30 pm, on May 2, 2015, at the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, Florida. With hits like “Frankenstein” and the popular “Free Ride”, front man Edgar Winter was a child prodigy who achieved international success early on. Edgar has found an audience in every major entertainment medium – music, film and television. A prolific writer, Edgar’s music encompasses many different genres, including rock, jazz, blues, and pop.

This special Saturday afternoon concert is being co-sponsored by the Amelia Island Blues Festival, the Northeast Florida Blues Society, and RockTenn.

With over 20 albums and numerous collaborative efforts to his credit, Edgar Winter has not been satisfied to ride the wave of popular music stardom, and his live shows consistently receive rave reviews. His music is always evolving and he is a master at stretching his skill and imagination to produce amazing results. Edgar Winter_BW-600He continues to thrill audiences with his performances, always remaining on the cutting edge of music and style. Edgar is now at the very top of his game, and his future looks even brighter than his past.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, presented by Publix, will be held May 1 -3, 2015, in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. Admission is free. Enjoy nearly 400 arts and craft booths, antiques, food vendors, wild caught shrimp, a Kids Fun Zone, scores of pirates, contests and so much more.

Saturday’s performances will also include the Fernandina Beach Highs School Jazz Ensemble at 9:30 am. This will be their final Shrimp Festival performance under the direction of longtime FBHS Band Director Johnnie Robinson, who is retiring at the end of this school year.

Bryan Mayer Trailer Wrap Picture 1-7-151:00 pm brings CMT Country Music Artist Bryan Mayer to the waterfront stage. He was nominated by his fans for the 2014 Carolina Music Awards for Best Male Country Artist and Music Video of the Year. Bryan is a 6’ 7” North Carolina native, and if you’re looking to add a new and promising Country voice and talent to your playlist, look no further than Country music’s future BIG MAN, Bryan Mayer.

Dominic Gaudious returns to the Shrimp Festival again this year performing a short set, at 4:00 pm, just before the Edgar Winters Band takes the stage. His passion in the contemplative world of Classical/World Beat music, Dominic works mainly with six and twelve-string acoustic guitars and exotic instruments such as the Australian Didgeridoo.

For more information about the festival, or to see Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s complete line-up of entertainment, visit www.ShrimpFestival.com.

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RM Sotheby’s Auction Breaks $60 Million at Amelia Island

RM Southeby's Auction Breaks $60 Million at Amelia IslandAmelia Island, FL – RM Sotheby’s, the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, is delighted to announce spectacular results for its 17th annual Amelia Island sale. The auction, which represented the first RM Sotheby’s event since RM Auctions and Sotheby’s formed a strategic partnership in February, achieved total sales of $60,360,050, besting the company’s record 2014 Amelia Island performance by 67 percent.

Photo: 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet brings $6,380,000 to set a new auction record for the model and become the most valuable car sold during the 2015 Amelia Island week (credit: Darin Schnabel (c) 2015 courtesy RM Sotheby’s)

This result represents not only the highest total ever for a sale held during the Amelia Island week, but also exceeds the combined total of all other auctions this week, reaffirming RM Sotheby’s clear market leadership. The incredible 98 percent sell-through rate, which includes 13 individual million-dollar-plus results, is a testament to RM’s reputation for offering best-of-category automobiles.

Taking top sale honors of the day and of the entire Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance week was the 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet, chassis no. 1945 SA, achieving a very strong $6,380,000 to comfortably set a new world record for the model at auction. Significantly, proceeds from car’s sale will benefit the consignor’s charity for the education of children.

“We were thrilled to present as significant a car as the 400 Superamerica here at Amelia Island”, said Gord Duff, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “Both the importance of the car and the success of RM Sotheby’s international team in uniting collectors with the world’s finest automobiles is reflected in its result. The outstanding sale total is a sign of the ever-expanding market for blue-chip collector cars, with bidders hailing from no fewer than 22 countries, of which 22 percent were new to RM Sotheby’s.”

Providing further proof of Ferrari’s domination at the top of the market, additional lots garnering strong prices included the genuine 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider, realizing $3,300,000; a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4, bringing a record $495,000, and the time warp 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta, dubbed “the Condo Find”, achieving a fantastic $770,000.

Some of the most electric moments of the auction were brought about by the record sales of late model and emerging collectibles. Notable highlights included the exceedingly rare, six-speed manual 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB, which nearly tripled its pre-sale estimate at $682,000, smashing the previous auction record for the model. A pair of Ferrari 512 models also exceeded expectations, with the 1995 F512 M selling for $462,000 and the 1980 512 BB garnering $418,000.

Ferrari wasn’t the only high performing marque of the sale, with prices for fantastic Porsche 911s continuing to rise. Amongst numerous examples, a 1973 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring sold for $891,000, a 1988 911 Turbo ‘Slant Nose’ Cabriolet for $363,000, and a 1979 911 Turbo brought $253,000. Japanese collectibles also continue to make waves in the collector car market, with the much-talked-about 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432 surpassing its estimate to bring a record-breaking $253,000.

Ocean Front Lawn at RM Sotheby's 2015 Amelia IslandPhoto: Interested bidders view cars on the Ocean Front Lawn at RM Sotheby’s 2015 Amelia Island Preview (credit: Darin Schnabel (c) 2015 courtesy RM Sotheby’s)

Demonstrating the diversity of the offering and RM Sotheby’s expertise across all segments of the market, additional top lots included elegant coachbuilt classics, racing greats of both the Pre-war and modern periods, and highly desirable sports cars of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.

RM Sotheby’s – Amelia Island Million-Dollar-Plus Sales:

1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet (Chassis 1945 SA)
$6,380,000.00

1955 Jaguar D-Type (Chassis XKD 530)
$3,675,000.00

1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider (Chassis 15417)
$3,300,000.00

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500/540 K Cabriolet A (Chassis 105384)
$3,025,000.00

1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Spider (Chassis 10814313)
$2,420,000.00

1938 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis Cabriolet (Chassis 57710)
$2,337,500.00

1971 Lamborghini Miura SV (Chassis 4884)
$2,310,000.00

1988 Jaguar XJR-9 (Chassis TWR-J12C-388)
$2,145,000.00

1967 Shelby 427 ‘Semi-Competition’ Cobra (Chassis CSX 3045)
$2,117,500.00

1953 Ferrari 212 Europa Coupe (Chassis 0287 EU)
$1,550,000.00

1930 Duesenberg Model J ‘Sweep Panel’ Dual-Cowl Phaeton (Chassis 2336)
$1,155,000.00

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Cabriolet (Chassis 188.013.6500077)
$1,100,000.00

1955 Austin-Healey 100S (Chassis AHS-3504)
$1,012,000.00

2007 Ferrari 599 GTB crosses the auction podiumPhoto: The six-speed manual 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB crosses the auction podium to roars from the crowd as it reaches a record price of $682,000, nearly tripling its pre-sale estimate (credit: Darin Schnabel (c) 2015 courtesy RM Sotheby’s)

RM Sotheby’s continues its 2015 calendar in Fort Worth, Texas, May 2 with the presentation of the Andrews Collection. The most significant private car collection ever offered at a single-vendor sale, the Andrews Collection auction will present 78 of the world’s finest automobiles along with an eclectic assortment of memorabilia. Later that month (May 23), RM Sotheby’s returns to Lake Como, Italy, for its biennial sale during the celebrated Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

To view full results from RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island sale or for additional information on upcoming events, please visit www.rmauctions.com or call (519) 352-4575.

Results are listed in USD and are inclusive of 10 percent buyer’s premium for automotive lots and 15 percent for non-automotive lots. Please note that results include sales that occurred immediately following the auction.

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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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