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Concours d’Elegance Weekend

March 14, 2011 by theAddison

What an absolutely fabulous weekend!  The weather was perfect with mid 70s and nothing but sunshine.  The 2011 Concours was a big hit drawing over 20,000 people to the island over the 3-day event. 
The Addison was packed with guests who have been staying with us for the car show for years.  It is a great group of people who don’t keep in touch throughout the year but are good friends when they come back to the Addison for the Concours.
One Ferrari went for $3.9 million at the auction.  Another Ferrari, in “barn condition” went for $600,000.  Barn condition is a car that was found in a barn, maybe with some rust paint, flat tires, rotted electrical system and hoses and a family of mice living in the seats. 
The car shown here is as close as I got to the Concours.  I was out walking Maggie Doone on Friday night and saw this car parked in front of Luigi’s Trattoria, just a couple of blocks from the inn.  Notice that when you drive a strikingly beautiful car you can park it anywhere you want, including at a yellow curb.
Another car worthy of the Concours was parked in our driveway for the weekend.  Mike was driving a new drop-top Bentley.  Most of the weekend the car was wrapped in the most luxurious car cover I have ever seen.  The car cover alone was worth the price of admission.
The Concours is over and Monday is winding down as well.  We have a decent sized crowd at the inn throughout the week and even have a couple of long-lost relatives staying with us.  Repeat guests Mick and Gwen checked in today for their annual vacation from Scotland.  Ted and Marlene came back for their 4th visit with us and brought friends from Alberta with them.
We like having guests return to us.  It is a great compliment, especially when they bring their friends.  We have another great group returning to us for Shrimp Festival in a few weeks.  It is always nice when a familiar face walks in through the front door and says “Hi Bob, we’re home!”

Speaking of Bells….

March 20, 2010 by theAddison

And speaking of bells, the Mobile Millennium Carillon is coming to town. This is one of two mobile carillons in the US and it will be here in Fernandina Beach for a concert on Friday, March 26th.

Here’s the educational part of today’s post…
There are 48 bells weighing 5 1/2 tons with the largest bell weighing in at over 2000 pounds. Each bell is connected to a baton-style keyboard via wire cables, cams and transmission bars. The truck, trailer and carillon weight 43,000 pounds. The whole thing is designed to fit into a standard 40 foot shipping container so that it can be sent anywhere.

According to their website “Sensations of seeing the carilloneur play, hearing the bells and feeling the vibration of sound blend into a unique and dynamic musical experience.”

I am definitely going to go check this out. I’m not much into the whole bell ringing thing but the mechanics of the carillon would be interesting. I just hope the island’s bridges can support 43,000 pounds.

Changing the subject….

Last weekend we had the Concours d’Elegance on the island. We had a full house of mostly repeat guests that come every year for the car show and it was great to see them all again. One of our guests (Thanks, Scott!) was good enough to send me some photos of the cars. There isn’t room for all of the photos here but I did stick them into an album on our Facebook page. Check them out, they may inspire you to go outside and polish some chrome on your own car.

Back to the bells….

Did you notice how I managed to write an entire blog post about bells without using the word “hunch”? It was tough, but I did it!

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