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Visit Florida Visits Amelia Island to Fish

 Visit Florida Visits Amelia Island to FishVisit Florida is the state’s official tourism marketing company and it provides a ton of information to those visiting Florida. Tourism is one of Amelia Island’s biggest sectors, and many of the state’s attractions invest as Partners in advertising campaigns to generate more traffic for the industry.

Local resident and Charter Fishing Captain Russell Tharin took Visit Florida writer Terry Gibson on a dynamic and productive trip through the uncrowded salt marshes and shallow waters surrounding one of the best kept secrets in Northeast Florida, Fernandina Beach.

Check out the wonderful video produced when Terry went fishing with Captain Russ:

http://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/videos/2014/Insider-Amelia-Island-Offers-Some-of-Floridas-Best-Fishing.html

Just another reason to love Amelia Island, Florida!

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Pita Bread Pizza Video How-To

Pita Bread Pizza Video How-ToHere is a great recipe for whipping up some personal pita bread pizzas at home using fresh ingredients from the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market. We’ve even put together a 4 1/2 minute video to make it even easier.

Ingredients:
1 Package of Pita’s from Maria’s Bakery
1 Jar of Alla Vodka sauce from Joy of Garlic
1 Jar of Pesto, also from Joy of Garlic
1 Package fresh mozzarella cheese from Blue Moon Creamery
1 Pound of fresh ground beef from JD Beef
1 Fresh onion (diced)
1 Fresh green pepper (diced)
2 Tablespoons of olive oil

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Lightly grease the bottom of a cookie sheet.
Brown the ground beef (there won’t be much grease to drain.)
Saute’ 1/2 of your veggies in olive oil
Mix three to four tablespoons of Alla Vodka Sauce with one tablespoon of Pesto per pita
Break apart the mozzarella into crumb-like pieces

Assembly:
Spread two to three heaping tablespoons of pesto mixture on pita
Add your favorite ingredients
Top with mozzarella cheese

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes to reach desired browning of bread’s edges.

Bon Appétit!

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Warm Reception at Rendezvous Festival Ribbon Cutting

Warm Reception at Rendezvous Festival Ribbon CuttingAmelia Island Fernandina Beach Yulee Chamber of Commerce hosted a Ribbon Cutting for the Rendezvous Festival on the lawn of the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island August 7, 2014.

This warm, oceanfront reception brought scores of people out to welcome the Festival to Amelia Island. Formerly the Amelia Island Film Festival, Rendezvous will become the 1st film, music and gaming festival in NE Florida and SE Georgia.

The evening began with a retiring of the Amelia Island Film Festival name and logo, followed by an exciting ribbon cutting with Chamber Ambassadors, and an introduction of the Festival’s Board of Directors who were present for the ribbon cutting:
-VP, and VP Marketing Travis Cloyd
-Sponsorship Coordinator David Garland
-Volunteer Coordinator Margo Story
-Film Selection Committee Coordinator Julia Ferreira
-Event Coordinator Michael Smith
-Advisory Board Team Members Mark Sutcliffe and Mr. Kim Dawson
-Chairman and CEO for Rendezvous Festival Randy Bowman (and Emcee for the evening)

Why the Name Rendezvous? It is an homage to the Evan’s Rendezvous, located in American Beach, 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, & 50’s in a special beach community that was created for inclusion. It is a goal of the Festival to recognize the proud history that the Rendezvous represents and its contribution to the entertainment industry.

Here is a brief video of the evening’s events:

sponsors of the evening included the Chamber of Commerce, Fast Signs, Amelia Island Museum of History, and the Ritz Carton. Jazz music was provided by blue muse.

Rendezvous Festival 2015 will be held June 5 – 13, 2015, with nine days of festive events being held throughout Amelia Island.

Planned evenings include themes like International, Bollywood, and James Bond Casino Royale.

There will be an American Beach Tribute, and presentations on topics like animation, and interactive media (Gaming, Digital, and Social Media).

Included in the events is a three day interactive film expo with exhibitors from throughout the film industry.

You can expect midnight screenings, multiple concerts, after hours social events, red carpet events, a golf tournament, and an exciting Closing Award Program with dinner and live music at the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island.

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

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Political Meet and Greet at Second Amendment Outfitters [Video]

Political Meet and Greet at Second Amendment OutfittersSecond Amendment Outfitters recently hosted a political Meet and Greet for some of Nassau County’s candidates.

With free shooting, a DJ, free BBQ and drinks, a nice crowd showed up. SearchAmelia was there and caught up with Chris Hartley, a candidate for Nassau County Sheriff; Ronnie Stoots, candidate for County Commissioner District 3; and John Pulice, candidate for a seat on the Nassau County School Board.

Other candidates were there and we offered them the opportunity to speak on camera, but they said they had no idea what to say.

If you’d care to take time to watch the video found here, I assure you it is short and lasts less than two minutes. (Who says all politicians are long winded?)

Remember to vote on August 14, 2012!

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Let’s Move Video Challenge Winner Announced

Let's Move Video Challenge Winner AnnouncedWashington D.C. – First Lady Michelle Obama announced the winners of the Let’s Move! Communities on the Move video challenge, which invited faith and community leaders to share their stories about their efforts to promote wellness and solve the problem of childhood obesity in their communities.

Mrs. Obama launched the challenge during the celebration of the second anniversary of Let’s Move! at an event at Northland, A Church Distributed in Longwood, Florida. The First Lady encouraged participating organizations to create videos that showcased programs related to Let’s Move Faith and Communities that were creative, effective, sustainable, replicable and inspirational. Videos focused on at least one Let’s Move Faith and Communities focus area, including efforts to promote physical activity, access to healthy, affordable food for children and healthy eating using MyPlate, the federal government’s new food icon.

My Plate 2012Communities across the country responded enthusiastically to the challenge, submitting videos that represented a broad range of programs, strategies and age groups, from toddlers to teenagers, with submissions from 21 states. A panel of judges from Let’s Move!, USDA and HHS chose one winner and several Honorable Mentions. The Popular Choice Award was given to the eligible video with the most votes online. All the winners will be invited to the White House and will meet First Lady Michelle Obama at a date to be announced.

“With lots of creativity and a great sense of fun, these congregations and organizations have shown us the inspiring work being done across the country to help our children lead healthier lives,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “Everyone wants to see our nation become healthier, and these contest winners have shown us that by taking steps big or small, each of us can play a role in solving the problem of childhood obesity. I hope more people are inspired by these organizations to work together for our children’s health.”

The winner of the Let’s Move! Communities on the Move video challenge:

First Prize was taken by Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Eatonville, Forida.

Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church of Eatonville, Florida has devised a multigenerational approach to motivate families and communities to take an active role in striving for good health and living life to the fullest. Youth health programs at Macedonia put an emphasis on obesity prevention through physical activity, nutrition education, gardening and group motivation. The Macedonia on the Move video shows their “Fit With Faith” weekly exercise program, Zumba classes and Fitness Boot Camps that infuse some friendly competition into physical activity. The church has partnered with several community organizations and has parents and church leaders serving as role models by engaging in activities that promote health and wellness.

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Sunrise Rotary Presidents Celebrate New Year by Skydiving

Sunrise Rotary Presidents Celebrate New Year by SkydivingAmelia Island, FL – The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise held their installation of officers on Friday, June 29th at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport. To kick off the beginning of a new Rotary fiscal year, the outgoing and incoming club presidents initiated the ceremony by jumping out of an airplane and skydiving in front of the cheering Rotarian crowd. Guided by owner/operator Darren Lewis of Skydive Amelia Island and tandem instructor, Clint Leighton, the two Rotary leaders glided gracefully to a gentle touchdown, after which outgoing president, Katey Breen, passed the symbolic presidential gavel to the new club president, Christal Fish.

The installation was hosted by Past District Governor, Tommy Grimes. Incoming District Governor, John Brunner attended, as well as Rotary District 6970 Foundation Chairman, Bill Griffin.

The incoming board for Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise includes: Christal Fish, president; Mark Cutshaw, president-elect; David Dully, Vice President; Katey Breen, past president; Diane Jordan, secretary; Suzanne McLeod, sergeant at arms; Barbi Coyne, treasurer; Sharon Stanley, foundation; and Josh Bietenholz, member-at-large.

Deb and Stan Cottle

Deb and Stan Cottle

During the past 12 months, the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise held numerous fundraising events, donating $30,000 to charitable causes, including Polio eradication, The Boys and Girls Club, In Search of Me Café, Hope House, Micah’s Place and others. Rotarians Stan and Deb Cottle were also recognized during the officer installation ceremony for their contribution to the Rotary Foundation via charitable bequest, earning them membership in Rotary’s Bequest Society.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets every Friday at 7:30 am, at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. For more information about the club or to attend a morning breakfast meeting, please contact president, Christal Fish, at clfish@barmjlaw.com or go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com.

SearchAmelia’s Lawrence Mackie was hand to record some of the excitement. Here is a short video of Christal Fish and Kate Breen’s skydiving adventure:

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Opening Ceremonies Video of 2012 Shrimp Festival

Opening Ceremonies Video of 2012 Shrimp FestivalIt takes a complete year and over 50 committee volunteers to pull off an event as big as the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

The video below captures the essence of community and includes the traditional singing of our National Anthem and Invocation at opening ceremonies. You will also meet some of the committee volunteers who spend hours and hours preparing for the festival each year.

I have served off and on this committee for over 20 years as a Fernandina Pirates Club representative and know that is takes a team of dedicated folks working together to make this the successful event it has become.

Someone has to organize every aspect of the Festival, from parking to port-o-lets; from food to the fun zone; and from antiques to the shrimpers!

Thank you to the community, thank you to our volunteers and thank you to our sponsors for another wonderful event. With 2013 being the 50th Anniversary of the Shrimp Festival, one can only image what this committee has in store for you… mark your calendars now to attend next year, May 3 – 5, 2013!

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How to Be A Pirate Video

How to Be A Pirate How to be a Pirate in Seven Easy Songs, a mini musical by Greg Gilpin, was performed at Amelia Arts Academy by the children enrolled in their summer programs. By special invitation members of the Fernandina Pirates Club attended this adorable display of the talented youth in our community.

Over 20 kids participated in the play that included song titles such as Ahoy there!, Shiver Me Timbers and Party, Me Hearty.

On the program for the show, they printed the 7 Rules to Bein’ A Good Pirate:

    1. Pirates always dress for success
    2. Pirates eat lots of fruits and vegetables, so they don’t get scurvy!
    3. Pirates share their loot.
    4. Pirates work and play hard!
    5. Pirates always stay focused and stay on course.
    6. Pirates stick together.
    7. Pirates are loud and PROUD!

As the Public Relations Director for the Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc. I will be bringing these rules to our next general meeting!

It is no wonder Amelia Arts Academy is a Jax4Kids.com Best Of winner!

If you know a little pirate who performed in this program, you will want to watch this short, two minute video:

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Pirate Night at the Jacksonville Suns [Video]

Pirate Night at the Jacksonville Suns Fernandina Pirates Club members invaded the Pirates of the Caribbean Night at the Jacksonville Suns baseball park bringing family fun to a downright affordable evening.

Now, if you have never been to a Suns game the park offers more than hot dogs, beer and baseball. Short entertainment boosts were included during pregame activities and at the bottom of every inning including the Jacksonville Sunbeams, a fly over by the Trauma One helicopter from UF and Shands, and of course… pirates!

Enjoy this video where the Pirates frolic on the field with their wenches, fire their black powder weapons, sword fight and even kidnap the Jacksonville Suns’ mascot, Southpaw!

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Video Summary of Shrimp Festival 2011

Video Summary of Shrimp Festival 2011 It takes me several days to recover from the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival and while I was editing the following video, it was easy to see why.

Having been a member of the Fernandina Pirates Club for 20 years, and off and on the Shrimp Festival committee for just as long; I am still amazed each and every year at just how much the festival has to offer. Not only do I have all of the images and video to sort through, edit and publish, but I also have four days worth of pirates costumes to wash for our entire family. Unfortunately, many of these costumes and accessories are hand-wash only! Not to mention cleaning my black powdered gun, and polishing the boots, buckles and weapons.

One of my favorite obligations at the festival is working the shuttle bus stop as a pirate at the top of Centre Street, but I was having so much fun playfully harrassing festival attendees as they arrived, I missed the opportunity to capture any of this on video. The smell of shrimp being cooked at the waterfront food booths tempted me during opening ceremonies, but it wasn’t until I was backstage before the Friday night Pirate Invasion that I finally shared a basket of fish and shrimp with my husband in the dark… and while it was delicious, there simply was not enough light to catch the rising steam of the freshly cooked fare.

We get mobbed walking the street in a pirate costume at Shrimp Festival and it is tons of fun! So, as best as we could with camera and video in tow, we captured the highlights of this extremely long weekend and compiled them into this Summary of Shrimp Festival 2011.

Maybe next year I’ll take my laptop and the Mac so we can set up shop in a room downtown for nearly instant access to freshly charged batteries. A quick dumping of newly captured video and still shots from the memory cards could be done while we get refreshed with a cup of coffee, a change of pirate costumes and grab more beads for the kids! Ah, the life of a modern day Pirate indeed!

Watch for the new icon at the top of SearchAmelia’s website (or CLICK HERE) where you will conveniently find all of the videos we have been publishing from the many different events of this year’s festival, in one single location.

We hope you enjoyed our coverage of the 2011 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival!

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Little Pirate Contests Shrimp Festival Video 2011

Little Pirate Contests Shrimp Festival

Little Pirate Contestants

Each year the Fernandina Pirates Club host the Little Pirate Contest. This year a new age group of five and under was added and sponsored by Wee Wallaby. Anne Teague Bonding Agency has sponsored the ages six and up category for many years and their support is appreciated!

These cute little pirates offer up a preview of what the Pirates Club members consider “recruits” as they are always looking for fresh victims and new members!

Trophies given to the winners are often bigger than the contestants and when it comes to the Pirates, all kids are winners!

Planning to enter your little loved-one in the 2012 contest? Gather ideas from this video of the 2011 Isle of Eight Flags Little Pirate Contests:

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFeK2tXy_gQ

Julia Nichole Savage Performs a Masterful National Anthem

Julia Nichole Savage Performs National Anthem

Julia Nichole Savage

Julia Nichole Savage has been singing as long as she can remember. Most recently she won 1st runner up for the 2010 singing competition Jacksonville Idol.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Committee Opening Ceremonies Chair, Mary Sikes, was thrilled to secure Julia to sing the National Anthem at Shrimp Festival earlier this year.

If you haven’t heard her sing, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to see Julia performing in the upcoming Amelia Island Blues Festival, September 16 and 17th at Main Beach, in Fernandina.

This busy young lady is currently the part time worship leader at The Bridge Family Worship Center in Yulee. She also works at Retail Therapy Consignment on 8th Street on Amelia Island. She continues to sing locally and is open to opportunities for more exposure.

Take a look at this video, and you will see the natural talent of this model and singer simply shine!

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Friday Video Highlights of Shrimp Festival

Friday Highlights of Shrimp Festival

Friday at the Shrimp Festival

Friday night kicked off the 2011 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival with an amazing number of activities all packed into a four hour evening.

Here are video highlights including shots of Opening Ceremonies, Julia Nichole Savage performing an outstanding rendition of our National Anthem, the Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship contest, the Invasion of the Pirates and a Fireworks Over Fernandina display…

Saturday promises a full day of exciting entertainment, arts and craft booths, antiques, shrimp cooked in a wide variety of dishes, Pirate costume contests, a Pirate Invasion, a performance by Atlanta Rhythm Section and more.
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(Full event videos will be available on SearchAmelia following the Festival’s conclusion.)

Successful ShrimpElation Celebration (Video)

Successful ShrimpElation Celebration

ShrimpElation Celebration

The ShrimpElation Celebration wrapped up the Shrimp Expression fund raiser for Micah’s Place with a successful dinner and live auction on Amelia Island, Florida.

First Federal Bank, Burbank Nets and Amelia Liquors sponsored a lovely evening with cocktails, dinner, dancing to music by Harry and Sally, and lots and lots of shrimp at the old Pogey Plant. The Burbank family transformed the old warehouse into an elegant evening with large nets, balloons, confetti and the eight remaining shrimp from the art project Shrimp Expression.

Potential bidders were handed fans to wave in this festive setting of Fernandina’s ecletic movers and shakers.

Shrimp

Jumbo Shrimp

Auctioneer, Aaron Bean welcomed nearly 200 attendees who forked over $125.00 per ticket to support Micah’s Place, Nassau County’s only certified domestic abuse center. Bean auctioned the eight remaining shrimp on the Isle of Eight Flags… coincidence? Perhaps!

He went on to describe each of the available shrimp and opened the auction with a minimum $500 bid for Cool, Coastal, Captivating Cutie.

Other popular shrimp included Liberty, a red, white and blue shrimp that went for $700.00, Mongoose, and Francis the Gator. Rock Shrimp, who was sporting sunglasses, punk hair and a guitar fetched a $1,500.00 bid to thunderous applause from the crowd.

This fund raiser has been a three year project and Micah’s Place Executive Director, Shandra Riffey, said she was “thrilled” with the celebration.

Check out the video highlights of the evening here:

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Pirate Cruise with the Council on Aging (Video)

Amelia River Cruise

Amelia River

Members of the Fernandina Pirates Club celebrated a belated Talk Like a Pirate Day with about 40 seniors and the Council on Aging aboard the Amelia River Cruises.

One of the original founders of the Pirate’s Club, Charles Little, was recognized as Commodore aboard the ship. The seniors were dressed in their pirate’s best and adorned with beads, hats and feathers when they set sail with the Pirates for a fabulous tour of Cumberland Island narrated by Captain Kevin McCarthy. Wild horses, dolphin and the American Bald Eagle were just some of the wildlife encountered on the trip. A fabulous brown bag lunch was served on ship and guests were treated to a popular game of yore among pirates, Farkle, on the return trip to the marina.

To join the adventure with these lovely seniors and a few local pirates, take a look at the video below:

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