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Local Pirates Club to Co-host NAMI Awareness Walk Sunday

 Local Pirates Club to Co-host NAMI Awareness Walk SundayThe Fernandina Pirate Club will be co-hosting the Nassau NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Community Awareness Walk to celebrate Mental Health month on May 17, 2015 (Sunday).

The gathering place will be at Central Park from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Local mental and behavioral health providers will be on hand to answer questions about the variety of services offered in our community.

Refreshments will be provided and there will be a raffle with great prizes!

This stroll to the beach is designed to promote awareness about the need to reduce stigma surrounding mental illness.

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Come Ride the Pirate Express in St. Marys

Come Ride the Pirate Express in St. MarysSt. Marys, GA – In a brand new adventure created for St. Marys Express, pirates from the Fernandina Pirates Club will take part in the May 16 & 23 Pirate Express Rides in St. Marys. Trains depart Theater by the Trax at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm each day, taking passengers on a journey through picturesque woodlands and marshlands with entertainment all along the way.

Kids from 2 to 92 will enjoy the antics of the rascally pirates roaming the train. At the Midway stage, more mayhem ensues as the pirates invade Tortuga and bring a new adventure to life. Cannon shots and a life-sized pirate ship round out the day’s adventure. “The Pirate Club of Fernandina adds a new element of fun to our train rides,” said Barbara Ryan, entertainment director for St. Marys Express. “Passengers will be enchanted by these highly experienced mateys and wenches.”

Ryan went on to say that special appearances by such infamous pirates as Captain Hook and Blackbeard are on the slate as well.

“More and more we are seeing our train riders come in early or stay later with overnight stays at our charming bed and breakfasts and historic inns,” Ryan continued. “What’s more interesting is the fact that we have so many repeat riders since every excursion offers a different theme.”

“The St. Marys Express train rides are giving people who have never come to St. Marys a reason to visit,” St. Marys Tourism Director Angela Wigger said. “This gives us an opportunity to introduce a whole new market to our other destination assets including Cumberland Island, our museums, our waterfront park and the many historic features of our town.” St. Marys is enjoying much recent acclaim with high ratings in the areas of desirable destinations and great places to live, according to Wigger.

The Pirate Express departs from Theater by the Trax, 1000 Osborne Street in St. Marys, at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm on May 16 and 23. Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for children 12 and under. Children two and under ride free. Tickets can be purchased at www.stmarysrailroad.com or by calling 912-200-5235. Special group discounts are available for groups of ten or more by calling 912-729-1103.

Future St. Marys Express excursions slated for this year include America’s Birthday Express, Railroad Days, Halloween Express, and Santa Express. A complete train schedule can be found at www.stmarysrailroad.com.

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2015 Fernandina Pirates Club Scholarship

2015 Fernandina Pirates Club ScholarshipThe Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc. is calling for entries to their scholarship essay contest open to all Nassau County high school seniors. The gnarly scallywags offer two separate awards. One winner will be given some extra booty for college, and the other winner is chosen from the pool of students who enter the competition, that have chosen to serve in our United States Armed Forces.

All contestants must submit a 750 word essay to the Pirates Club, by Monday April 13, 2015. The subject is to be about pirates or pirating: past, present or future, complete with proper citations and references. Eligible students may attend high school at home, in a public or private school, or in another county, but they must be a full-time resident of Nassau County, Florida.

The award for the college bound student is a check for up to $1,500.00 made payable to the winner’s chosen school upon acceptance, and must be applied towards tuition and/or books. The winning entry for the student entering military service will receive a check for $500.00 upon completion of basic training. Proof of completion is required.

The winner(s) must be available to join the Pirates on Sunday, May 3, 2015 on the Waterfront Stage during the “Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival” for a formal announcement, public relations photos and of course to grab the booty!

Information on the 2015 Essay Contest is available at www.FernandinaPirates.com.

Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc.
P. O. Box 17243
Fernandina Beach, FL 32035

All entries must be submitted to the above address and post marked by April 13, 2015.

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Finding Pirates at Christmas in Fernandina Beach

Finding Pirates at Christmas in Fernandina BeachFernandina Pirates Club Members Celebrate Over 41 Years Supporting the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

In October of 1973, the Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc. was organized as a not for profit, under the Laws of the State of Florida, who’s membership “shall be limited to persons not under 19 years of age who have an interest in promoting the annual Shrimp Festival and in promoting good community relationships in the city of Fernandina Beach and Nassau County and in developing the historical background of Pirates in Fernandina Harbor.”

As we prepare for the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, the Pirates are proud to hold proclamations from both Fernandina Beach and Nassau County, Florida recognizing the group as their “Goodwill Ambassadors to the World.”

Original pirate surnames include some you may recognize like Daugherty, Purvis, Bayer, Hall, Thweatt, Coker, Waas, Adams, Smith and more. Their vision to create a corporation with perpetual existence permits officers to come and go while the group continues to create long term goals which now include two road worthy parade floats, two annual scholarships, monthly blood drives and our holiday Adopt-a-Family programs.

Pirate members are made up entirely of volunteers and while they offer an abundance of support to the Shrimp Festival, these friendly marauders can be found year ‘round reading to the children at the Peck Center, entertaining seniors at Savannah Grand, and promoting our community by traveling the Southeast with their parade floats.

As the holidays draw near, you may have seen them at the Black Friday Pajama Party, or selling s’mores during the tree lighting festivities.

If you missed them, they can still be found at these upcoming community events:
-December 6th, Callahan Christmas Parade, 11:00 am
-December 13th, Yulee Christmas Parade, 10:00 am
-December 13, 2014 Fernandina’s Lighted Christmas Parade, 6:00 pm

More information and a complete event calendar of where to find members of the Fernandina Pirates Club can be found on the website www.FernandinaPirates.com.

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