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Another great weekend at Fernandina Beach

November 15, 2010 by theAddison

The time, she flies!  We have just had another fantastic weekend in Fernandina Beach.  The weather was warm during the day and cool in the evening, just perfect for all the events we had on this weekend.

We had guests in town that came to enjoy the Karl Davis Band at the Dog Start Tavern.  The guests came all the way from Gainesville but had seen Karl before when they lived in Jacksonville.  We had guests celebrating anniversaries, birthdays and we even had two members of the Army, both recently back from Iraq.  We do get such interesting guests and Happy Hour is always a good time, sharing stories over a glass of wine. 

Petanque:  French for “Stand around and watch balls get thrown”.

The only international event in town this weekend was the Third American Open Petanque (Pay-tonk)Tournament.  There were 114 teams playing this year from all over the world with a majority coming from the game’s home country, France.

The Open is a great event.  We have a game that nobody really understands, few can pronounce, the scoring is a complete mystery to the passer by and there appears to be a lot of standing around and drinking by foreign nationals.  This game reminds me of Curling!

It is Sunday night and I just got back from walking Maggie Doone.  It is quiet out there tonight.  The town has a bit of a rest until next weekend when we start all over with a great slate of events. 

Fort Clinch State Park has a Star Gazing Program next weekend and there is a Birding Walk set up along Egans Creek Greenway.  The Fernandina Beach Pirate’s Club is having their yearly Royal Ball on the 20th.  Let me know if you want tickets as all are welcome and the proceeds go to the Pirate’s charities.  Costumes (puffy sleeves, parrots, peg legs…..) are optional.

We have a busy week ahead of us with the B&B Association Holiday Cookie Tour this coming Saturday, the 20th.  We have barely scratched the surface of our decorating and must have everything ready for the tour on Saturday,  My To-Do list grows as I sleep.

Right after the Cookie Tour we get ready for Thanksgiving.  We only have a couple of vacant rooms and are looking forward to about 30 guests for dinner on Thursday. We have some friends coming down from our old neighborhood in Virginia (do you remember Scooter from previous blog posts?) to help us out with the dinner and are really looking forward to seeing them again.  After that we just roll into the Christmas season, New Years and Valentine’s Day. 

Like I said:  Time, she flies.  Grab it while you can or before you know it you’ll be saying “We should have…..”. 


Talk Like a Pirate Day Wrap Up

September 21, 2010 by theAddison

Arrr, another Talk Like A Pirate Day has come and gone.  It was quite a festive event here with the Fernandina Beach Pirate’s Club out in full force for the afternoon and children scurrying about town on the Pirate Scavenger Hunt.

Our own One-Eyed Louie looked quite dapper in his pirate hat.  If only we could keep an eye patch on him but it was hard enough keeping the hat on him as he is a great flapping beast.

Maggie Doone had her own pirate gear on and was quite set for the day with puffy-sleeved shirt and bandanna.  We were sitting at a bar, minding our own business, when a woman came up to us and announced that my dog was spoiled.  I asked “whatever gave you that idea?”  Apparently it had something to do with Maggie sitting on a bar stool and wearing clothes.  Hey, I could never afford to spoil my kids when they were little, why not spoil the dog?
The day was such a success that we just had to make another in the Maggie Doone series of videos.  This is the story of a small pirate dog in a small pirate town, hanging out with fellow pirates and saying Arrr-ooo!  Enjoy!  Maggie Doone Talks Like a Pirate
What is next for the town of Fernandina Beach?  The Amelia Island Jazz Festival runs October 1st through the 10th.  We have Steve March Torme, one of the headliners at the festival, staying at the Addison.  The Amelia Island Autumn Fine Arts Festival is back on October 9th and 10th.  My favorite car show is on October 16th when the Amelia Cruizers Car Club take over downtown with a great display of hot rods.  Before you know it we’ll have Florida-Georgia Football Classic Weekend, Hallowe’en, Thanksgiving and Christmas. 
The year, she flies, my friends.  Grab a piece of it while you can.  Our Fall Specials have discounts up to 25% from October 1st right through December 21st as we encourage our guests to “Fall In Love With the Addison”.  Pick a Festival, pick a room and give us a call.  We hope to see you again soon!      . 

Talk Like a Pirate Day – September 19th

September 7, 2010 by theAddison

Arrr! It is that time of year again, me hearties! Talk Like A Pirate Day, my favorite holiday, is rapidly approaching. Every year on September 19th people all over the world add a little swagger to their step and a little more whimsy to their wordage.

The Fernandina Beach Pirates Club has just announced that they will be out in full force on the 19th. The club has promised that it’s members will be in the streets, in the alleys and in the shops to help people with the Treasure Hunt that they have put together. The Pirates Club is a fun bunch. They are in every parade, they take over the town during Shrimp Festival and you can usually see one or two of them down at the Palace Saloon on any given Saturday.

You don’t know how to talk like a pirate? Lucky for you there is lots of good free advice on the world wide internets. You can check out the official Talk Like a Pirate Day website for a start. If that doesn’t help there is a video on YouTube that goes over the all-important 5 “A”s of talking like a pirate; Ahoy, Avast, Aye, Aye Aye and Arrr.

Maggie Doone, although not a member of the Fernandina Beach Pirates Club, will be dressed for the occassion in full pirate regalia. Watch for her new video “Maggie Doone Talks Like a Pirate”. Arrrr-oooo!

Sunsplash 2010 Coming to a Beach Near You!

June 3, 2010 by theAddison

The first of the Amelia Island Sunsplash events is happening this weekend. This looks like it is going to be a popular event with something for everyone. The first Sunsplash is this coming Saturday, June 5th, down on the beach at Sadler Road near Sliders Seaside Restaurant.

Sunsplash starts off with a Beach Cleanup at 7AM and with the surfing competition starting at 8AM. At 11 they have the Kid’s Sandcastle Contest and Beach Volleyball signups. They will have a Slip-N-Slide, beach ping pong and, of course, the Fernandina Beach Pirates Club will be there. At 2PM there is a Swimwear Fashion Show sponsored by Pipeline Surf Shop.
The highlight for me though will be the live reggae music that will be playing all afternoon. At 1PM Spirit Dub Government will be playing followed by Jah-Creation at 4PM. I get up fairly early in the mornings and can’t stay up as late as I used to so I really do like afternoon music sessions.
There are 4 Sunsplashes scheduled for this year: July 3rd, August 7th and September 4th. Come to our island, grab a Red Stripe and listen to some live reggae on the beach. It will be just like going to that other island but without the really long plane ride.
Full information can be found at http://www.aisunsplash.com/

Car Show Weekend

October 17, 2009 by theAddison

We are having an incredible weekend here at the Addison. We’ve got a full house (always good) and there is lots going on to keep everyone busy and happy. The weather is absolutely gorgeous with a high of 75 and nothing but sunshine.

We started off with cooler Fall weather on Saturday morning. I was up early and walked with Maggie Doone down Center Street. The Amelia Cruizers Car show is this weekend and they were filling up Center Street with some fantastic cars. They started late last night and we could hear them driving up all morning. Last year there were 280 cars and this year there should be a few more. This car show is my favorite local event. It is close by, it is free, and the cars have largely been restored by their owners. It is also a favorite of some of our guests and we had a few “repeat offenders”, as we call them, this weekend.

We also had another wedding today in the courtyard. The first wedding service I performed was one year ago. George and Harlene were married at 1PM on Car Show Saturday and they are still married! At least that is what her friends that stayed with us a few weeks ago said. So, now we have an annual tradition… Car Show Elopement! Sign up now for next year before all of the good spots are taken!

After the wedding I took Maggie Doone and “One Eye” Louie for a walk downtown. They really liked the car show, I think mostly because people had been dropping and dripping food all over the road all day. We went to the Turtle and listened to the Face For Radio band. They were pretty good and played all afternoon. They played outside in the courtyard so we had to sit inside because Maggie just does not like the drums.

But wait, there’s more! Nothing says “Festivity” in Fernandina Beach like a pair o’ pirates. Arr! We ran into these two at the Turtle (sorry for the photo quality) as they drummed up support for their Blood Drive. The Blood Bus is at the end of Center Street and last year they got 86 pints for local hospitls at the car show. I’m not sure that a bar is the best place to be recruiting blood donors but I’m not a doctor, I just watch one on TV. The important thing is that everyone was having fun.

We had a good Happy Hour today, too, with almost perfect attendance. Lee modified our popular Spinach Dip by adding chopped bacon and it was great! The rest of the bacon is going on top of the Breakfast-In-A-Boat tommorrow morning.

So, the day, she winds down. As my mother says… As sand through the hourglass flow, so go the days of our lives.

Pirates on the 4th

July 6, 2009 by theAddison

We had a nice 4th of July here at the Addison. We had a good sized crowd and many of the couples really got along well together. It was the kind of group that trades e-mail addresses and promises to keep in touch after they leave the Addison.

There was lots going on this weekend too. There was a Union garrison at Fort Clinch for most of the weekend. The Freedom Festival went on all day at Central Park and, being a Saturday, the Farmer’s Market was held during the morning. We had a good turn-out for Happy Hour too. Lee made pasta salad and we served pulled pork from the Happy Tomato. They do pulled pork the right way at the Happy Tomato and their sauces are real tasty. After Happy Hour came the 4th of July Parade, right down Ash Street in front of the inn, so we moved out onto the front porch to watch.

The favorites in any of the parades here (and there are quite a few parades) is the Fernandina Pirates Club. Besides beig parade favorites they engage in charitable good works and are available for hire for any Special event. You can find pirates downtown on any given Saturday, event or no event, hoisting a few pints in the Palace.

At this year’s Shrimp Fest the pirates boarded the OA Bloxam for a cruise around the harbor and the blessing of the fleet. They were a crowd favorite with canons firing and the unfurling of the Bloxam’s big jib sail.

We have a couple of weddings booked at the Addison for the month of August. I’m still hoping that one of them will rent a pirate best man or pirate wench maid of honor. For $30 it would probably be the best value for a never-to-be-forgotten wedding accessory.

Pirates, Pirates And more Pirates

September 21, 2008 by theAddison

The town of Fernadina Beach is full of pirates. There are carved pirates, The Fernandina Fighting Pirates play football at the high school, there is a pirate painted on the water tower and there are even pirates wandering around downtown.

My introduction to the town’s pirates came on Martin Luther King Jr. Day last January. There was a parade in town and, as all parades do, they came right down Ash Street in front of the inn. We had just re-opened the inn the week before and were still pretty new to the town. Being from Canada I had never seen a Martin Luther King Day parade so I took a break and sat on our front porch in one of the rockers and watched the parade go by. The parade started with police cars, FPL line trucks, fire trucks and went on with local service and church groups, marching bands and civic leaders. It was quite an impressive display but all through the parade I kept hearing this booming noise, getting louder as the parade went by, like fireworks going off. Right at the very end of the parade came the source of the noise; The Fernandina Pirates Club, complete with a ship-shaped float and cannon. They were firing off the cannon as fast as they could reload. I still haven’t figured out the MLK – Pirate connection but I guess every parade needs a few pirates.

The Pirates Club even does a Pirate-For-Hire service with the proceeds going to charity. Need a pirate for a wedding or birthday party? Want someone kidnapped? Even on days when there is nothing going on you’ll see pirates wandering around downtown posing for pictures with the tourists or drinking in the Palace Saloon. There’s something to keep in mind for all of you couples that are calling about the Elopement Special… How about a rented pirate best man and maid of honor? Aaarr.

The pirate on the left is probably the most photographed pirate on the island. He stands guard outside the Palace Saloon. Maggie Doone likes going to the Palace because Artie “The One Man Party” and daytime bartender keeps treats behind the bar for her but it took her several visits to get used to the pirate at the front door. Now she walks right past him as if he isn’t even there.

More on the Palace and some other island watering holes in a future edition on this blog. Meanwhile… Arrr me hearties, time to shove off!

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