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Fall Gardening

October 10, 2014 by theAddison

Once in a while I get a corner of the garden that surprises me. A lot of the Addison’s guests comment on the courtyard, the main focus of our gardening, and the front of the house with the annual beds. The garden next to the back driveway, back where the trash cans are stored, has really popped up this year and has become quite the eyeful.

The purple flowers in the front are from roots that I thought were dead but I buried them next to the sidewalk hoping that something would happen. They love it there! And I love the flowers as they blow off in the wind when they are done and I don’t have to deadhead them. Behind them are some yellow flowers in a pot with whom I had a hard time getting the watering right but now they seem happy. The blue flowers in the back were planted as a ground cover but are now covering so much more and are going to need cutting back before too long.

We just replanted the annual beds out front and I’ve got some weeding to do in the courtyard. I’ll have to get it done by Monday as there are 4 yards of mulch heading our way. The weather will be perfect for spreading mulch. Low humidity, temperatures in the low 80s. That also sounds like perfect beach weather!

Room 2 Garden

Amelia Island Jazz Festival, October 16th – 19th

September 8, 2014 by theAddison

The Amellia Island Blues Festival kicks off this Friday and will be followed by the Amelia Island Jazz Festival in October.  Jazz trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker, a multiple Grammy Awards winner, and monster jazz organ player Tony Monaco, are set to headline the 2014 Amelia Island Jazz Festival. Credited with augmenting the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades, Randy Brecker’s trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of recording artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament/Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, and Jaco Pastorius.

Tony Monaco, who will appear on Friday, October 17, is a leader in the revival of the Hammond B3 organ in jazz. As he has been with so many fledgling jazz organists, Jimmy Smith played a significant role in attracting Monaco to jazz and retaining his interest in the music. A critically acclaimed player, Monaco consistently ranks high among organists in DOWNBEAT Magazine’s Annual Critics Poll. He has released several well-reviewed albums including his latest, “Celebration: Life & Love & Music” on the Chicken Coup Label.

If you love great music, this island is the place to be!

Pegleg Pub Crawl – August 31st

August 10, 2014 by theAddison

These are fun events, run by local servers and bartenders, that focus a LOT of fun on the local bars downtown.  The pub crawls occur three or four times a year, with the latest being held on Sunday, August 31st. The bars all offer drink specials and there is live music at most of the venues.  All of the bars are downtown, within easy walking distance of the Addison, and include the Palace, Green Turtle, Courtyard Cafe, Dog Star, Pablo’s Mexican Cantina and a few more.  What better way to enjoy a hot, sultry, August night than to rehydrate and dance at several local watering holes.  Scan the box for more information!

Amelia Island Blues Festival

July 15, 2014 by theAddison

BluesFestThe Amelia Island Blues Festival is coming up soon!  Get your blues on September 12 and 13th with great music, food, cold beverages and a cooling ocean breeze at main beach.  The Friday night lineup is Roger “Hurricane” Wilson and the Mojo Roots. On Saturday the music starts early (noonish) with Ben Prestage.  I’ve heard this guy play back in the glory days of the Dogstar Tavern and he’s good.  Really good.  The Matthew Curry Band, Bernard Allison, Samantha Fish and John Primer follow throughout the day.  The headliner and final act on Saturday night is Curtis Saldago.

This is a great opportunity to hear some world-class blues in a fun beach environment.  Ride our bikes down to the beach and you can park nice and close to this musical experience.  Take a break on the beach or at Sandy Bottoms for a nice afternoon snack and cocktail.

 

July 4th Rapidly Approaching

June 18, 2014 by theAddison

The 4th of July is only a couple of weeks away!  A big 4th is planned for Fernandina Beach this year with an entire day of festivities, music, a parade and fireworks.

The 4th is on a Friday this year tying the holiday to the weekend quite nicely.  The Freedom Festival, Fernandina’s family friendly festival will be in Central Park (two blocks from the Addison) all day with games, food, live music and fun for all ages.  A parade will leave Central Park in the evening, going down Center Street to the marina.  After the parade will be our Sounds on Center Free Street Concert, which is held on the first Friday of each month during the spring and summer.  This month Island Vibe will be playing patriotic songs from through the decades.  The concert will run between 6 and 8PM and will be followed by even more live music at the foot of Center Street.  Fireworks follow at 9:30.

A big day with lots of fun for everyone!

 

May Already?

April 30, 2014 by theAddison

May is a great month on Amelia Island.  Besides fantastic weather we have so much happening on the island.  We start off with the Pirate’s parade on the first, followed by the Annual Shrimp Festival.  The three-day event attracts 150,000 to 250,000 visitors to Amelia Island.  We at the Addison are lucky enough to host the same roster of great guests that come back for the festival each year.

Right after the Shrimp Festival is Cinco de Mayo.  If you are staying at the Addison you had best brush up on your history because, along with festive snacks, there will be a quiz at Happy Hour.

Besides the Shrimp Festival, we have the Chamber Music Festival and the Wild Amelia Nature Festival in May.  Fort Clinch is hosting two major events in the month as well.

Wrapping up the end of the month, and kicking off the summer season, is the Memorial Day weekend.  Even on this busy weekend there is plenty of beach to enjoy.  If Main Beach is crowded there is 14 miles of sand with lots of access points each with free parking.  Borrow the Addison’s beach gear and head off for a day in the sand.  Don’t forget to take a towel!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sounds on Center Free Concert Series

April 2, 2014 by theAddison

This year’s musical performers for the popular Sounds on Center Free Community Concert Series has been announced and it looks like a great season ahead of us.  For those of you not familiar with the concert series, the town blocks off Center Street to traffic and sets up a stage on Center Street right near the Palace Saloon doors.  The concerts start at 6PM (right after the Addison’s Happy Hour!) and run through to about 8PM.  The pirates are usually in attendance and people are dancing in the streets all while the sun sets over the marina.  The concerts are well attended by locals and tourists and it has always been a fun evening.

This year’s line up:

April 4th. The Honey Badgers, an all Beatles music tribute

June 6th. Mike Hendrix plays top tunes

July 4th. Island Vibes playing music through the ages with a patriotic salute

August 1st.  Jimmy Beats playing soulful Caribbean sounds

September 5th. The Decade Band, Amelia Island’s premier party band

October 3rd.  A surprise musical guest!

Sounds on Center sounds great.  See you there!

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Slide Into Spring Music and Craft Beer Festival – March 29th

March 12, 2014 by theAddison

Save the date, March 29th, for the first big music festival of the Spring!  On the 29th Main Beach Park will be filled with fun, food, craft beer and live music as the Slide Into Spring Music and Craft Beer Festival kicks off.  The festival is brought to you by the same folks who put together the Goin’ Coastal concert series last year and if you liked those concerts you’re going to love this one.

Live music will be featured all day long with Keller Williams, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, the Fritz, Vagabond Swing and Herd of Watts.  Sweetwater Brewing Company is a sponsor and there will be other craft brewers as well.  If that isn’t enough beer for you there is a Homebrew Competition too!  Lots of other activities are scheduled with a craft bazaar, art walk and cornhole tournament.  Food trucks will also be on site throughout the day.

Tickets ($20) are available at www.eventbrite.com

Top Ten Romantic Inns Winner

February 10, 2014 by theAddison

www.BedAndBreakfast.com, the leading B&B only on-line referral site has awarded the Addison with another distinction, Top Ten Romantic Inns Winner.

We won Best of the South a couple of years and were awarded Best Top Ten Overall in 2010 but then they changed their format (one was Top Ten Inns With Treehouses / Llamas).  They have changed back to a more mainstream (as in what most people want to see) format and there we are again, right at the top of the list.

These awards are important to us because they are based on guest feedback.  When you post positive reviews on on-line sites like BedAndBreakfast.com and TripAdvisor.com you not only let us know how we are doing but you contribute to the voting pool for these awards.

To those of you who posted reviews on BedAndBreakfast.com last year, we thank you!  You made this award possible.

Amelia Island Restaurant Week Coming Up!

January 2, 2014 by theAddison

Amelia Island Restaurant Week is coming up at the end of January!    Starting on January the 17th and running through the 26th, the island’s restaurants will be offering special menus at a fixed price.  You can spend the week touring some of Amelia Island’s finest restaurants while dining on a variety of both traditional and eclectic menu offerings.  This is a fun event that everybody enjoys.  We all get to try new menu items at the island’s top restaurants and their chefs get to stretch their culinary skills by preparing special dishes.
This will be a busy week for the restaurants so be sure to give us a call well before your stay at the Addison so that we can make dinner reservations for you.
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