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Full Moon in February

February 19, 2011 by theAddison


Friday evening. I am just back in from a walk with Maggie Doone and the town is hopping. Maybe something to do with the full moon. Dan Voll is playing to a good sized crowd at the Green Turtle and all of the bars up and down Center Street seem to be drawing a good crowd with lots of live music to be heard.

It is either the full moon or there are just a lot of people in town for the local events. The Book Festival is in full swing and the Addison is hosting keynote author Jamie Ford of “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” fame. Saturday starts off with the Farmer’s Market just a block from the Addison. The Market is followed by the Chili Competition which is on Third Street with Karl Davis playing to entertain the crowds as they sample chili from over 35 competitors. Follow that with Happy Hour at the Addison and a nice dinner out and you have a full day of fun.

It doesn’t hurt that the weather is gorgeous. We have been waiting for days like this all through January. 70 degrees and nothing but sunshine. That is why we live in Florida! Well, nothing but sunshine except at night when we have a full moon. Aroooo!

A Fistful of Festivals

February 11, 2011 by theAddison

The larger festivals on the island have finalized their schedules and it looks like a pretty good line-up this year.  Amelia Island loves their festivals and they are usually attended very well by residents and visitors alike.  Here’s the line-up:

February 18 and 19.  Amelia Island Book Festival.  The Addison will be hosting headline author Jamie Ford for the festival.  Jamie is the New York Times best selling author of “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet”.  www.AmeliaIslandBookFestival.com

February 24 through 27, Amelia Island Film Festival.  This is the biggest and most important Film Festival between Jacksonville and Savannah and we will be hosting an as-yet undisclosed festival VIP.  This is a fun festival with venues all over town.  www.AmeliaIslandFilmFestival.com.

April 28 through May 1, Amelia Island Shrimp Festival.  Sorry, we are sold out to a crew of regular Shrimp Fest attendees and have no rooms available.

May 20 through 22, Wild Amelia Nature Festival.  A festival that showcases our unique bio-region.  Full details can be found at www.WildAmelia.com

May 20 through June 7, Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival.  This is a popular event that is now spreading out beyond traditional chamber music.  If you stay at the Addison we can get you festival tickets at half price.  The Addison will be hosting Luciana Souza, Romero Lubambo and Cyro Baptista who will be performing the “Beer and G-Strings” Concert on June 9th.  Festival info can be found at www.AICMF.com

September 16 and 17, Amelia Island Blues Festival.  The first time for this festival.  Check out the list of performers at www.AmeliaIslandBluesFest.com

October 2 through 9, Amelia Island Jazz Festival.  Last year the Addison hosted headliner Steve Marche Torme.  This year?  Undecided as yet.

All of these festivals are in addition to the regular line-up of events such as next weekend’s Chili Cook-off, the big BBQ Cook-off in August, the Farmer’s Market and regularly scheduled events at Fort Clinch and the Museum of History.  Throw in live music performances on the weekends at local bars and restaurants and you will find that we have quite a lively little town where there is always something going on.

Hot Chili, Warm Weather and Cool Music

February 22, 2010 by theAddison

We just had the best weekend that we have had in weeks. The 4th Chili Cook Off took place on Saturday. There was live music all over the downtown and, even though the rest of the country doesn’t want to hear this, the weather was perfect! Seventy degrees and sunshine all weekend long.

The Addison started Saturday with an almost-full-house crowd for breakfast of glazed lemon poppy seed muffins, baked grapefruit and orange pancakes served with Shannon’s orange syrup and some cracking snorkers. After breakfast our guests had time to cruise the Farmer’s Market, just a block away, before heading down to 3rd Street for the 4th Chili Cook Off.

There were about twenty teams in this year’s Cook Off including teams from local restaurants, the firemen, police, service groups and even the local trash hauling company. The real star of the Cook Off though was the weather. There was nothing but blue skies and seventy degree weather all weekend.

The Carl Davis Band was playing at the Green Turtle and provided entertainment for the entire street. Another local band, Face For Radio, played all Sunday afternoon and the warm-weather crowds were having a great time.
This is the third Chili Cook Off that I have stood on the sidelines and watched but no more! Next year I am entering to win that Bowl o’ Chili First Prize. Of course, cooking 5 gallons of chili and manning a booth is too much fun for just one man. Maybe I can coerce some of next year’s guests into helping out at the booth. In exchange? All of the chili you can eat and a share of the glory!

Chili Cookoff!

February 11, 2010 by theAddison

It is a rare occassion when I make two blog posts in a day but this is exciting news. The 4th Annual Amelia Island Chili Cookoff was announced today. Fernandina Beach has numerous events and festivals all year long but this is one of my favorites. Mark your calendar… February 20th!

Teams from restaurants, businesses and service clubs will be cooking chili for tasting and judging. 3rd Street will be blocked off between Center and Ash and each team has a booth. All of the chili will be cooked on-street starting at 9AM and will be available for tasting through the afternoon.
The Cookoff is on Third Street, right in front of the Green Turtle. They will be hosting the Karl Davis Band for some great blues on Saturday starting at 1PM and Face For Radio on Sunday afternoon. The live music really makes the Cookoff a fun event.
Nori-san, good friend and chef at the Green Turtle, was practicing his chili skills earlier this week and made some really tasty bear chili. I’m not sure if he will have anything that exotic for the but there are several categories for judging including Spiciest and Most Exotic Ingredients.
So, mark your calendars for February the 20th! This is a great opportunity for you guys who screwed up and didn’t do anything nice for Valentine’s Day. Pack up your sweetie, bring her to the Addison for a romantic weekend get-away and enjoy a weekend of Chili and great music.
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