My concept of the Fall season has changed since moving to Florida. Before, the changing of the seasons meant a colorful canopy of leaves and crisp morning air with the onset of frost. Not here, not in Florida. The temperature is a nice 80 degrees out on the veranda for Happy Hour this afternoon. It has been chilly for breakfast with 65 degrees this morning but still, most people are eating outside on the veranda. The leaves are still green.
The pumpkins are carved and are sitting on the front porch waiting for the children to come by tomorrow night. We don’t get a lot of children coming by the inn, maybe 40 or so, but we do like to be ready for them.
That thing sitting on top of the big pumpkin is called a Turban Squash. It looks like two squashes tried to grow up in the same physical space and, at first look, I thought it was something carved together from a couple of different gourds. Not so, it actually grows this way. Look it up.
I was pleased to see so many events coming up in the next few weeks. November is usually a pretty busy time in town because of the beautiful weather. Here is a brief rundown of the next few weeks after Hallowe’en:
Saturday, November 6. City Barbecue Competition down in the marina. The competition has been set up to ensure that there will be lots of barbecue available to the on-lookers. Also on the 6th, the Veterans Day Parade that will pass right in front of the inn.
Fort Clinch will hold a Union Garrison on November 6th and 7th. This program allows visitors to interact with living historians to experience life in the Fort as it was in 1864. On November 13th, Fort Clinch brings us a salute to the Armed Forces.
|Petanque America Open 2009
November 13th and 14th is the 2nd America Open Petanque Tournament that will be held in the new park at the marina. Petanque is a French version of maybe horseshoes and bocci. This year there are over 100 teams from all over the world coming to compete in Fernandina Beach.
The Amelia Island Bed And Breakfast Association Holiday Cookie Tour is on the 20th. The Tour gives you a chance to check out the Holiday decorations at each of the inns and to sample their holiday cookies. After the tour we have a few days to get ready for our traditional Thanksgiving Dinner at the Addison (only two rooms left!).
When all is said and done, we have a busy month ahead. The beautiful Fall weather really draws people to our little seaside town and with all the events going on, there is always something to do when you are visiting us.