Happy New Year! May 2011 be a good year for you.
I started off the New Year by marrying a couple of friends. Gil, head honcho of our local Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB), and Wendy, his former girlfriend now wife, asked me to marry them at sunrise on January 1st. They rented a beach house with great views of the dune for a few days. It was a lovely ceremony and the weather was perfect. The morning was warm with enough cloud cover to make the sky interesting. They had a handful of relatives and friends in attendance and finished off the day with a reception at the beach house. I couldn’t stay after the ceremony of course. I had a full house of guests ready for breakfast when I got back to the Addison
|Wendy and Gil getting married|
|View of the dune from the deck.|
That is me on the left there, blocking out the sun. No Hawaiian shirt and I was wearing long pants. And no, Gil and Wendy are not little people. The camera angle just makes me look huge.
So, that is how I started off the month. What’s next? Restaurant Week starts January 23rd. The local restaurants are preparing special menus at special prices for the week. The Olympic Triathlon is on February 7th and don’t forget Valentine’s Day on the 14th. The Book Festival is on February 18th and 19th and is followed by the Third Amelia Island Film Festival starts on February 24th (watch for the Maggie Doone movie to win!). The spring gardening season officially kicks off with the Amelia Island Garden Show on March 5th and 6th. This is all in addition to the weekly Farmer’s Market and regularly scheduled events at Fort Clinch and at our local museum.
So much to do, so little time. And just who is the man behind the scenes who is assisting in the development of these events and promoting them? Well, that job is Gil’s and his team at the CVB. So far, so good. Maybe you can catch some of his handywork on your next visit.