Amelia Island is host to three festivals throughout the month of February that highlight a wide platform of artistic endeavors.
The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival has concerts on February 9th, 11th and 15th as part of their WinterFest program. This are advance presentations with the main concert series running in May. These concerts are followed by the Amelia Island Book Festival on the 21st and 22nd. The Book Festival hosts writers , workshops, a readers workshop and the opportunity to meet authors like David Baldacci.
Our third festival in February is the popular Amelia Island Film Festival featuring six award winning feature films, a documentary series, international film series and an Oscar night party. The Film Festival runs from February 27th through March 2nd with films being shown in venues all over the island. Check out their website and order your tickets early.
The festivals offer something for everyone, all month long!
The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival has expanded well beyond the main concert series in May. The festival is now offering concerts throughout January and February as part of their Winterfest concert series.
Besides offering a great series of concerts the Festival also offers some great savings on tickets. When you buy concert tickets just give them your confirmation number from your Addison reservation and you will get half off of the ticket prices.
The WinterFest concerts include:
- Natasha Paremski – Chopin and Franck on January 27th
- the Vega String Quartet – Beer and G-Strings on February 9th
- Trumpet Invasion – Chamber Pops I on February 11th
- Chee-Yun, Andres Diaz and Wendy Chen – Romantic Virtuosi on February 15th
Don’t forget to reserve your room at the Addison before buying your concert tickets so that you can save 50% off of the ticket price!
Well, the stockings were hung by the chimney with care. Now they are under the sofa and there is torn wrapping paper, bits of ribbon and glitter everywhere. Christmas day is over which brings us to the next big holiday….
Happy Boxing Day! The day after Christmas, in England and some of their many colonies, is another holiday. In old timey England, the servants had to work all Christmas day looking after the lords of the manors. The day after Christmas became a day of appreciation for those workers and they would receive boxes of gifts (leftovers) from their employers. Boxing Day is still a day off with pay in many of the ex-colonies including Canada and Australia.
In another week we have the Addison’s traditional and popular New Year’s Eve Champagne Tasting Happy Hour. Our guests will enjoy a selection of sparkling wines and champagne from around the world as a great start to a festive New Year’s Eve. After which, the holidays will be through for another season.
Time to start getting ready for Groundhog’s Day!
A New Year’s celebration just isn’t a celebration without champagne! We are looking forward to treating our guests to our New Year’s champagne tasting again this year. We pour a selection of sparkling wines and champagne during our Happy Hour on New Year’s eve. This is a fun (and educational!) introduction to a variety of bubbles from Italy, the US and, of course, France. This is our guests’ favorite Happy Hour, one that everyone looks forward to and a great start to an evening of celebrating another new year.
The people of Fernandina Beach love their parades! We have parades for practically every occasion. I remember one weekend we even had two parades. A relatively new parade is scheduled for this coming Saturday, the 14th. The theme of this year’s Holiday Lighted Parade is The Wonders of Christmas. The parade will pass right in front of the Addison so after Happy Hour we can move out to the front porch to watch.
The 7th Annual Amelia Island Museum of History Holiday Home Tour is coming up fast! This is a popular event that kicks off the post-Thanksgiving holiday season with a tour of homes on December 6 and 7. Several of the downtown Historic District homes are open to the public and are specially decorated for the holidays. The museum really pulls out all the stops with this event and even has carolers at some of the houses. The Bailey House (the one with the carrousel horses on the porch, kitty corner from the Addison) is even open for a special tea in the afternoon. There is some beautiful fall weather ahead which makes a great afternoon of strolling the Historic District and getting an inside peak at some of these gorgeous homes.
Shannon and I had a terrific experience last week with Air Amelia in one of their powered hang gliders. They have been operating on Amelia Island for a couple of years now and offer aerial tours of the island.
Shannon loved it! I found the take off (really rapid assent to 1200 feet) to be the only mildly terrifying part. I also found it helpful not to over think the fact that you are suspended under a cloth wing 1200 feet above the ground and that gravity has it’s own set of laws.
The views were amazing! The salt marshes stretch for miles and you get a peek at some properties that you just can’t see from the road. We flew south around the resorts and American Beach and then back up along the beach to Fort Clinch and Cumberland Island. Watch the video closely and you can see the Addison as we fly over the Historic District.
This is a great way to see the island and a truly unique experience.
A guest of the Addison once told me that he was putting on a little weight after days of eating the Addison’s breakfast, then lunch, Happy Hour snacking, dinners at our great local restaurants and of course, all the extra vacation cocktails. He had a brilliant suggestion for our Gift Shop…. Vacation Pants. He suggested drawstring sweatpants with “I ate at the Addison” across the back end. He said that with a pair of vacation pants people could be comfortable in the plane on the way home. Brilliant idea but we didn’t follow through on it.
Instead, we now offer these cute little bud vases. They are about the same size as the creamers we have had on the tables for a while.
All of our pottery is hand thrown and is made by Deneen Pottery way up there in Minnesota. These bud vases make a nice addition to the coffee mugs, pitchers, latte mugs and creamers that we already offer. Collect the whole set!
It has been at least two weeks since I have posted anything. I suspect that I have a severe case of writer’s block. It’s not like there has been a lack of anything to write about, I just haven’t been able to come up with a good post on any of it. In the last few weeks there has been plenty of fodder for my brain. Local events have included the Amelia Cruizer’s Car Show, the Jazz Festival, Artrageous Artwalks, events at Fort Clinch and so many other fun things happening around us. I just haven’t been able to frame a story about any of it.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have writer’s block as bad as Jack Torrance did in The Shining. I’m not pounding out page after page of “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. I’m sure something will come up soon. After all, Hallowe’en is coming up, the Florida-Georgia (or Georgia-Florida depending on where you live) Football Classic weekend approaches, Thanksgiving is nigh, Christmas decorations are starting to appear between the Hallowe’en stuff and the season change is upon us.
So, I’ll come up with something and something soon. Something interesting, maybe even catchy. Scintillating comes to mind. In the meanwhile, keep calm and carry on.