Parading Around Amelia Island
January 1st, 2011
November yielded two parades recently, one for homecoming at Fernandina Beach High School and the other for Veterans Day. They both had patriotic starts and lots of local residents, businesses and associations represented. It’s always enjoyable to see so many local residents line the streets with children to enjoy the sights, greet other people they know, receive some free candy or beads and just generally enjoy the nice fall weather with temps in the 70′s.
The local high school mascot name is the “pirates” which is fitting for an island that had pirates during much of its early history. Of course we have pirate clubs here and they usually join the parade including their pirate ship on wheels that fires cannon and pistols just to create some excitement and energy for the observers. Fire engines, police cars, local elected officials and of course the pageant or homecoming queen also get to participate. It was great to see our men in uniform honored at both the homecoming parade and the veteran’s parade. As I often tell guests, Amelia Island is small town America at its best and we do enjoy the frequent parades that remind us all of community and the special group or occasion being honored.
Amelia Island Williams House Weddings
January 9th, 2011
We have had several weddings during the holidays and found it enjoyable to marry couples so near to this season and see them begin life as newly weds. It is a highly decorated time at the Williams House so no additional flowers are needed, except for the bride and groom themselves. Most of the weddings are in the parlor this time of year, particularly with some of our unseasonably cool temps in early December. We also have had our first wedding of the year on 1/1/11. Easy to remember and a great way to kick off the new year!
Williams House Tea Party
January 14th, 2011
It’s been a busy couple of months at the Williams House with Thanksgiving and Christmas events so I’m going to be catching up on some of the blogging over this period. We’ll start with a tea for about 20 ladies to celebrate the season. It was a combined group from two garden clubs that came to enjoy Deborah’s high tea with several varieties of tea, tasty finger sandwiches, scones, cookies and creme filled strawberries. Deborah definitely enjoys these events and creating the tempting items that go together with a variety of teas. Of course, Byron is the chief sampler and food taster and must give his best tasting efforts to insure quality. In this case…excellent! It was a fun event with the excitement of the holiday season nearing .
Boomer Carries Guests through Historic Fernandina
January 14th, 2011
We can always tell what winter will be like here on Amelia Island by how much fur Boomer the carriage horse grows as winter approaches. This year he would indicate a cold winter with earlier and longer than normal growth. Cold doesn’t seem to affect him a lot, although we have had to move or cancel a couple of rides due to high winds and cold temps. in December. Boomer dresses up for Christmas, weddings, or any event he contributes to depending upon the occasion and the mood of his owner/mother Cindy. Attached are some pictures of recent guests on carriage rides…enjoy!
Christmas at the Williams House
January 14th, 2011
Christmas at the Williams House is always a fun and exciting time as we get to enjoy three night stays with our guests and share carriage rides, extended wine hour and a Christmas day buffet. This year we also added a light dinner to tide guests over into Christmas night. The weather cooperated well with resonable temperatures and no rain for Christmas eve carriage rides and wine hour. The same on Christmas day although a little on the cool side.
Christmas eve wine hour included meatballs, various cookies, cheeses,cheese biscuits, wine and soft drinks. Christmas buffet included ham, unforgettable chicken caserole, brocoli salad, sweet potato casserole, rolls, hashbrown casserole, squash casserole, lemon cake, pecan pie, cherry pie and wines, soft drinks and tea. It was delicious and guests seemed to enjoy. Later in the evening Deborah served turkey chilli for those who didn’t quite get enough in the buffet. It was a fun and relaxing time for guests and a chance for them to meet some new people as well as Deborah and Byron.