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Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival

May 15, 2011 by theAddison

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think “Chamber Music”?  I always think of Jack Nicholson in The Witches of Eastwick.  Early in the movie he attends the local chamber music concert and practically drowns out the musicians with his snoring.  It would be a different story if he had attended the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival.

This is the festival’s 10th year and they have a pretty impressive line up of talent coming to the island, a line up of artists that stretches the concept of traditional chamber music.  Their program of concerts this year includes chamber ensembles, tango and flamenco, American roots, jazz and contemporary music.  Many of the musicians are world-class including the Tokyo String Quartet, violinist Rachel Barton Pine and native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai. 

The Addison will be hosting Brazilian jazz vocalist Luciana Souza, guitarist Romero Lubambo and percussionist Cyro Baptista.  Together they will be performing the concert “Beer and G Strings, From Bach to Bossa Nova” on June 9th.  They will be staying with us at the Addison and playing at the La Tierra Prometida just a few blocks from the inn.  I’ve already got tickets for Shannon and myself and am looking forward to expanding my musical horizons. 

The Festival is offering a great discount to our out-of-town music lovers.  Stay at the Addison and receive a 50% discount on concert tickets!  You can check out the whole schedule at Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival and order tickets on-line or by calling 904-261-1779.  Give them your Addison confirmation number and they will give you your 50% discount. 

The Festival has so many great acts that they have had to expand the concert schedule to fit them all in.  The Festival runs from May 20th through to June 19th.  Check out the schedule, reserve a room at the Addison and get your 50% discount for the concert.  It is that easy.  Drum roll, please…..   


A Great Music Weekend on Amelia Island

March 26, 2011 by theAddison

Friday night and just back from a short bar-hopping spree in Fernandina Beach.  No, I didn’t take Maggie Doone as she isn’t a big fan of amplified music but I did take my other half, Shannon, for a musical tour of Friday night.
We started off at the Green Turtle where Dan Voll (white hat) is regularly featured on Friday nights.  Dan is a great entertainer and will show up with a few extras occasionally.  Tonight he had a full 4-piece band sound.  The woman on the left of the photo knew her way around a set of bongos and second guitar was featured in a few songs, too.  Who is the guy blowing the harmonica on the right of the photo?  That is Chef Nori.  Its a good thing nobody ordered food mid-set.

Next we were off to the Dog Star.  We were looking for Coop and Tam, a couple of guests who have been with us at the Addison for a week but they must have still been at dinner.  We arrived mid-band so didn’t get to hear any music but ran into a few people we hadn’t seen in a while.  We checked out the new artwork on the walls and moved on to Indigo Alley where Jenn was playing.  Jenn is a local talent with a beautiful voice, much like a younger Janis Joplin.  She has recently signed a recording deal and seems to be on the verge of greatness.  I just love listening to her sing.  Like most people on the island she has more than one job (singer/songwriter, kayak tour guide and surf shop salesperson) and hopefully her passion for singing will carry her forward.

After Indigo Alley it was back to the Addison.  Maggie Doone’s nose had to be straightened out after it got bent of shape for being left behind.

The rest of the weekend?  Saturday will be filled with the “Taste of The Blues” concert down at main beach.  There will be a full day of blues, cold beer and hot food.  The weather promises to be outstanding with a forecast of 80 degrees and nothing but sunshine.  If I get a chance I’ll take Maggie Doone down to check out the bands.  Photos to follow.

After a full day and a night of bar-hopping it is time for bed.  We have be up early to serve a full-house with Peach-Blueberry Tortes and Breakfast Quesadillias.  Via con queso!

Amelia Island Blues Festival Kickoff Concert

March 17, 2011 by theAddison

The Amelia Island Blues Festival isn’t until September but they are putting on a pre-festival “Taste of The Blues” concert next weekend just to get things rolling.  The concert is on March 26th from noon until 9PM down at Main Beach.  The concert itself is free but there will be beer, wine and food available for purchase.

This promises to be a great day for the blues.  The band line-up includes Karl Davis, the Beech Street Band and the Julie Savage Band.  This is a perfect time of year for an outdoor concert.  The weather the last few days has just been hitting 80 degrees with low (comparatively) humidity and nothing but sunshine!

As an added attraction, T-Bone, that big blue hound and the Blues Festival mascot, will be making an appearance.  I wonder what Maggie Doone will make of that dog?

Katie Ride For Life

March 5, 2011 by theAddison

Katie Caples was a young high school student from Jacksonville who became an organ and tissue donor after not surviving the trauma of an automobile accident in 1998.  The organizers of the Katie Ride For Life believe that through Katie’s legacy they can help the thousands of people awaiting organ and tissue transplants by bring awareness to their needs.

The ride is held on April 16th with courses of 18 miles, 36, 62 or 100 miles.  The courses go through the natural beauty of Amelia Island, the Talbot Islands and Fort George Island.  For the most part, it is pretty easy cycling with few hills.  The steepest parts are probably the bridges between islands.

Katie’s parents are friends of ours and fellow innkeepers on Amelia Island and we like to help out our friends when we can.  I would love to go on the ride myself but I run an inn and my time is not my own.  Each rider in the Katie Ride For Life is required to raise at least $100 for the cause.  Walkers are expected to raise at least $25.  Instead of riding the ride, here is what we are going to do.  For every registered rider in the Katie Ride that stays at the Addison for that weekend we will donate $100 to the cause.  Riders can use that to fulfill a part of their requirement.  Walkers?  Same deal but $25.  That is correct.  You can join the Katie Ride without worrying about meeting the minimum requirement if you stay at the Addison.  Of course, we do hope that you do some fund raising on your own but we do have your minimum covered if you stay at the Addison.

For those of you who can’t participate this year but still feel like contributing to this worthy cause please feel free to contact http://www.katierideforlife.org/ directly or phone 904-491-0811.

The furthest I ever rode my bike was 75 miles and I’ve done that twice.  I’ll bet I could do that 100 miles but not as fast as the guys in the spandex pants.  There are certain truths that we should all hold evident in this universe and one of them is: Bob does not wear spandex.  Even if it would speed my ride.  Trust me.

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.

Happy New Year!

January 4, 2011 by theAddison

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.   

Its Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas!

December 12, 2010 by theAddison

We just got a call from a young woman (we’ll call her Julie) in Wisconsin who was looking to reserve a room with us over the Christmas holidays.   Fernandina Beach has a three-night cold snap forecasted with temperatures as low as 28 degrees!  Julie told me this afternoon that they are having winds of 40 MPH, minus 29 degrees and 16 inches of fresh snow.  And I was complaining about having to cover up our ferns tonight to protect them from the frost.

Fernandina Beach PIrates Club

The guests at the Addison last night had a great treat.  We had Happy Hour in the living room last night with a nice baked brie for the snack.  After Happy Hour we went out onto the front porch and watched the lighted Christmas Parade go by right in front of the inn.  Usually the Fernandina Beach Pirates Club brings up the tail end of the local parades but in this parade it is always Santa at the end of the parade.  The attached video shows just the tail end of the parade.  Somehow I missed the first half.  Maybe I was busy topping up wine glasses.   The Addison’s guests loved the parade!   

“You Know Who” finishing off the parade

It is less than two weeks until Christmas!  It is a good thing we have a gift shop right here in the Addison (coffee mugs, robes, Christmas ornaments….) as it does save me having to drive to a store for most of my shopping.  I just have to find something nice for Shannon.  Something not from Lowes.  For some reason, to most women, a power tool does not speak “Merry Christmas”. 

Thanksgiving Leftovers?

November 27, 2010 by theAddison

Wow, what a weekend!  We not only had a full house, which keeps us hopping, but we prepared Thanksgiving dinner for all of our guests.  We had the full slate of dishes including sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, turkey with sage-sausage dressing, ham, mac and 5 cheese casserole, green beans, Waldorf salad and a garden salad.  Thanks to Pam and Scooter who came all the way from our old neighborhood in Virginia to help out.  We couldn’t have done it without them.

Despite the fact that we had 30 people for dinner we still have some leftovers.  Last night I put together a couple of Turkey Tetrazinis, my favorite way to use up leftover turkey.  Tetrazini is easy to make and you can use up turkey bits, scrapings, white meat and dark.

How easy?  Here we go in under 100 words:

Cut up enough turkey to cover the bottom of your casserole dish, maybe an inch deep.  Add a can of mushroom soup and grated cheese (I used white cheddar).  Use as much cheese as you want.  Add a little milk and stir it all up.  Boil spaghetti and add it to the dish, stir it up.  Top with more grated cheese (Romano this time) and Parmesan.  Bake at 350 until hot and brown on the top.  Eat and enjoy!

And I still have 20 words left.

So now that Thanksgiving is over what do we do next?  Here are some of the events scheduled for the next week:

  • Holiday Home Tour.  Tour of 4 private historic homes that are decorated for the holidays.  December 3rd and 4th
  • Union Holiday Encampment at Fort Clinch.  December 4th.
  • Parade of Paws.  A parade of local pooches dressed up in their holiday finery.  December 4th
  • Artrageous Artwalk.  A chance to buy that last minute gift from one of our local artists.  December 11th
  • Land and Sea Parades.  The Land Parade will roll by right in front of the Addison.  The Sea Parade is an after-dark parade of lighted boats in the harbor.  December 11th

That should keep us busy for a couple of weeks.  Now all I have to do is figure out what to do with the leftover ham.  Any ideas?

Almost Everyone Loves a Parade

November 7, 2010 by theAddison

The town of Fernandina Beach loves a parade.  We like parades so much we had two of them this weekend.  The first was on Friday and was the High School Homecoming Parade.  They had floats, two marching bands, the graduating class and a boatfull of young women vying for the Homecoming Queen title.  The weather was perfect for the homecoming football game with a crisp fall evening and clear skies.
The second parade was on Saturday afternoon and it honored our Veterans.  There was a good-sized turnout for the parade with an appreciative crowd lining the streets.

There was live music at several venues downtown over the weekend and a band played all afternoon Saturday at the Barbecue Competition that was held in the marina.  A busy weekend in Fernandina with something for everyone.

Next weekend (the 13th and 14th) has a lot going on as well.  The Petanque tournament runs all weekend and Fort Clinch is staging a History of the American Soldier in honor of Veteran’s Day.  On Saturday we also have the regularly scheduled Farmer’s Market and the Artrageous Artwalk.

I said earlier that almost everyone loves a parade.  Maggie Doone and One-Eyed Louie are not fans.  The first whoop of the fire engine’s siren has the two of them cowering under the bed where they stay until the last boom of the Pirate’s cannon has well died out.