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32nd Anniversary

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We have a lot of guests at the Addison who are celebrating wedding anniversaries so you’d think we would be in tune with our own. Funny story about our recent anniversary….

Shannon and I were married 32 years ago on November 30th. On December 3rd, Shannon walked into the kitchen and asked “Guess what we forgot?” I was in the middle of breakfast prep so I’m thinking I forgot the potatoes or to squeeze juice but it turns out we both forgot our anniversary. I guess with all the excitement of Thanksgiving, the B&B Cookie Tour, Christmas decorating and preparing our list of grievances for Festivus we just got run over by the holidays and forgot.

We made up for it tonight with a nice dinner at Le Clos, where we usually go for our anniversary. I had the sea scallops (lousy photo but great food). with pasta and a delightful, light sauce. We ate (we both cleaned our plates), we laughed, we remembered 32 years.  It was good.

Petanque Tournament Wrapping Up

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The US Open Petanque (Pay-tonk) Tournament is just winding up and by all accounts it has been a great success. Three days of sportsmanship, fun and international relations. This event grows each year and they had 172 teams entered this year from all over the world. 26 of the American states were represented and international teams came from as far away as New Zealand and Mongolia.

Petanque is a little like Bocci and a little like horseshoes. It takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to master. They sure were having fun at the tournament today with live music and food trucks available to all between games.

The next big event on Amelia Island? Thanksgiving, coming up fast!

Hurricane Matthew Aftermath

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Thank you all for your e-mail, posts and calls about our situation on Amelia Island. Truth be told…. we have no situation on Amelia Island, we are pretty much like we were last week before Hurricane Matthew. The island is in remarkably good shape considering we just had a Cat 3 hurricane off the coast. Some of the piers in the marina suffered some damage but the restaurants are open, the Addison is open and fully operational, the downtown looks great and I think there is more sand on Main Beach than there was before the storm.

There was tragedy though. The power was out long enough that the ice cream supply at Fernandina Fantastic Fudge melted. The ice cream was stacked outside today waiting for pickup and replacement. So sad but we move on.   We are looking forward to a great weekend for the Amelia Cruizer’s 8 Flags Car Show!

Jet Ski Tour With FlyingFishFun.com

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Shannon and I took a jet ski eco-tour with FlyingFishFun.com yesterday and had the most fun we have had in ages. Neither of us have ever ridden a waverunner before but it was easy to learn and great fun to drive. Tourguide George took us along the Amelia River to Cumberland Island with several stops along the way to watch the wildlife.

First stop was a sunken shrimp boat, one of the last wooden-hulled shrimp boats. Along the way to Cumberland Island we stopped and checked out a sea turtle, a tree full of egrets and a couple pods of dolphins. Then a quick trip up Beach Creek (or Go Really Fast Creek to people on jet skis) to see some wild horses and the ruins of Dungeness Mansion.

Equal parts educational eco-tour and having fun racing jet skis along the river. Definitely a tour worth taking. www.FlyingFishFun.com 904-310-5999

Whole lot of painting going on!

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We are on Day 8 of “No Adult Supervision” at the Addison. That is what I call it when Shannon goes to Canada to visit family and I stay behind to run the inn. No adult supervision. Don’t worry, Lee, our Operations Manager, is here keeping me from accidently burning the house down.

So, what do we do when Shannon is gone for three weeks? Lee takes over the creative side of the kitchen and I continue to do what I am told to do. No real change there, the inn runs as usual.

We did close for 5 nights for a maintenance shutdown, typical for August which is one of our slower months. I’ve got our friends from Ace Painting repainting the smaller front building. It is only Wednesday but they are already talking about wrapping up and we should be good to greet our guests on Friday with a ladder-free courtyard.

I’ve taken advantage of the shutdown to refinish decks, paint outside furniture and do some other maintenance tasks that you just can’t do when there are guests in the house. I also get to do all of my own cooking, which I really enjoy. Clams and spaghetti tonight. Onions, garlic, sundried tomatoes, basil out of the garden, white wine and clams. A nice light dinner with leftovers for lunch tomorrow. My favorite kind of meal!

Fresh Fruit Tarts!

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These fruit tarts are quickly becoming a guest favorite at the Addison. Lee bakes the pastry shells the day before. In the morning she fills the shells with home made pastry cream and fresh fruit and then tops it all with a fruit glaze. Delicious!

I just love that pastry cream.  Any cream left over quickly gets mixed with fresh fruit and becomes my breakfast.

Amelia Community Theatre 2016/2017 Season

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Amelia Community Theatre (ACT) is finishing off their 35th anniversary season and has announced their 2016/2017 season production lineup.

Guests at the Addison attended the play These Two Couples Went To Italy on Friday night. The theatre itself is a great space that was built specifically for the theatre group. Our guests enjoyed the show immensely. This production runs through August 20th.

The 2016/2017 season starts with On Golden Pond in October. Other main productions include Ebenezer, Calendar Girls, Rabbit Hole, The Explorers Club and Avenue Q. A full schedule is on the Addison website’s “Events” page.

Another Happy Hour hit!

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Another Happy Hour hit at the Addison!  Today we presented grilled naan bread topped with Lee’s homemade hummus, fresh tomatoes, roasted red peppers, slivered red onions and diced banana peppers.  Sprinkle a little fresh cilantro over the plate and you have a great, nutritious Happy Hour appetizer.

Christmas in July Concert

I had a craving for some nice fresh shrimp for dinner so took a walk down Ash Street towards Atlantic Seafood.  I heard live music down 3rd Street at the Green Turtle and thought I’d check it out.  What a crowd!
 
Local charity, Joy To The Children, was holding a Christmas in July fundraiser and the band they picked was perfect, full of local heroes and legends.  The man in the middle wearing the purple t-shirt and pSanta 2laying the bass is Ray, the original barefooted tree hugger that owns and operates Kayak Amelia. 
 
To his left, in the hat, is Hup, another local music legend.  Hup and Ray played together for years here on Amelia Island.  They even played at my son’s wedding festivities.  Hup is retired Navy and moved a few years ago up north somewhere.  He is back in town just for this concert. 
 
In the back, on the drums, is Dr. Hal London of London Medical Spa, located just a block from the Addison.  When Dr. Hal isn’t banging on his drums he is nipping, tucking, exfoliating, peeling and doing all kinds of other age defying treatments. 

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Mr. and Mrs. Claus were there as well along with a team of reindeer clad volunteers accepting donations to the cause.  A big crowd turned out, the music was great and a good time was being had by all.
 
I eventually picked up the shrimp, nice and fresh from Charlie at Atlantic Seafood.  Shrimp stir fry tonight for dinner!   

Savory Hash Brown Muffins now on the menu!

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These Hash Brown Muffins are the latest addition to the Addison’s Clean Plates menu.  These savory muffins are filled with hash browns, bacon, green onions and cheese.  Topped off with more bacon, green onions and whipped cream cheese they become a delightful start to breakfast. 

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