Amelia Island is not only the Isle of 8 Flags, it's also the home of a thousand stories (at least.) Drawing on the Island's rich history, an all-star lineup of local raconteurs are coming together to share their best stories at the Island Tales Storytelling Slam on September 19th at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (801 Atlantic Avenue.) There are a variety of accommodations in historic Fernandina Beach that are close to the event, including several unique Bed & Breakfasts plus the Harborfront Hampton Inn & Suites Amelia Island.
Arlene Filkoff, educator, actress and former Fernandina Beach Mayor; Ron Kurtz, author and multi-talented theater pro; Kevin McCarthy, Amelia River Cruises captain and yarn-spinner-in-chief; Abel Rae, a farm and animal lover with storytelling deep ‘in her genes’; and Yvette Thomas, founder of the North Side Storytellers League who peppers her tales with onomatopoeia sound effects, will compete for the coveted title, Island Tales Story Champion.
Caron Neile, award-winning leader of the National Storytelling Network will serve as the MC with musical assistance from violinist Robert Lavine.The Amelia Island Museum of History and the Florida Humanities Council are co-sponsors.
Audience members may vote with cash for their favorite stories; proceeds will help purchase furniture and equipment for the expanded and improved Fernandina Beach Library that is set to open next year. The fun begins at 5:30 pm with a reception featuring Island themed delights from Lulu’s, Wines by Steve, a cash bar and tokens you can buy to cast votes. The program starts at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $50 each and include the reception and program. They are available on www.fernandinaFOL.org (click on ‘what’s new,’ ‘events’, then ‘Donate Now’) A limited number of free tickets for the program only (doors open at 6:45pm) are available at the library at 25 North 4th Street.
Plan your trip by checking out Amelia Island accommodations here.