We have had another really good group here at the Addison this last weekend. We had an almost full house and everybody really clicked. It is Sunday evening, Happy Hour has just finished and a couple of our couples are heading out for dinner together.
Category Archives: Interesting Guests
it is always good to hear how are guests are doing after they leave the Addison. We received a note from Gary and Lee yesterday. They live in Alaska and came all the way down to Florida last May to get married at the Addison. The Addison’s Elopement Package is definitely our most popular package for our guests. Lee tells me that they stopped in Washington State for their honeymoon on their way back to Alaska. They also sent a nice wedding poem attributed to Joseph Addison, a poet from the 1600s.
We recently had a fun group of women join us for days filled with shopping, touring and massages at the Ritz Spa. Their evenings were taken up with champagne and their favorite game,Mah Jong. We’ve had Scrabble players and card players before but never a group of such enthusistic Mah Jong players.
The fast paced clicking of the tiles brought back memories. When I was in Saudi Arabia we were invited to the Ras Tanura compound for Friday pot-luck lunches. After lunch the women would all retire to the other room for Mah Jong. They were a quiet group and all you could hear from them was the clicking of the tiles. Once in a while one of the women would come out and get more money to keep playing.
We had a couple stay with us who played Scrabble right from breakfast through to Happy Hour out on the verandah. They got quite animated and even dragged the big dictionary out of the Library to resolve disputes. Other guests take one of our many board games up to their porches and play. There’s nothing like a game of rummy in the afternoon, sitting on your deck outside your room, overlooking the courtyard with the fountain gurgling away.
We recently had the pleasure of having Jim Hickey stay with us. Jim is on his 4th attempt to walk across America while rainsing money for cancer research. Jim lost his father to cancer and has dedicated the last few years of his life to raising money for reseach. Jim doesn’t accept research donations and instead directs donors to several well-known organizations.
Jim has had to cut short his previous attempts due to lack of sponsorship and lack of any kind of support vehicle when crossing the desert. Those wide open hot spaces between cities can be daunting for a solo walker who is good for 20-30 miles per day. This time he has a nephew in Texas who is going to help him out with a support vehicle.
At least that’s what Jim says has stopped his last tries. I think he spends so much time promoting his cause that he just has a hard time getting from one town to another. He came to Fernandina Beach intending to stay one night but slept in (our beds are comfortable!) so couldn’t start off on schedule. Then he set up interviews with the local TV station and some sponsors so he ended up staying on the island for three nights.
Jim’s website is http://www.cancerwalkusa.com/. If any of you see Jim out on the road give him a honk and a wave for support and let us know you’ve seen him.
Ken showed up today in Fernandina Beach with no plans but we found him a room for the night at the Addison. He is the only long-distance Vespa rider that I have ever met. His current trip is going to be over 3000 miles. Ken sticks to the side roads on his 150 CC bike, hits a high speed of 50 MPH (but cruises much slower) and sees a lot more of America than we do cruising the interstates at 80 MPH.
Ken’s current trip started in St Pete’s FL to Valdosta and McCormick GA, to West Jefferson NC and Haywood VA, on to Harper’s Ferry WV and Annopolis MD. Ken went through Washington DC then down to Jamestown VA and on to Raleigh NC. Last night he was in Beaufort SC and tonight he sat in Fernandina beach FL at our Happy Hour and did not seem road weary at all. Perhaps the secret to life is to slow down, take time to smell the horses and never ever miss a Happy Hour.