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Ribbon Cutting for Rendezvous Festival

Aug 04, 2014 02:00AM
Join Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Directors as they celebrate the launch of the Rendezvous Festival with a ribbon cutting on the ocean lawn at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and jazz while learning more about this new film, music and gaming festival commemorating the important history and cultural contributions of the famous Evan's Rendezvous nightclub at American Beach. The nine-day festival will debut in June 2015 and highlight the entire island with screenings at Main Beach, American Beach, downtown Fernandina Beach and other locations. The ribbon cutting takes place on Thursday, August 7 at 5 p.m.

On May 19 of this year, the Amelia Island Film Festival Board of Directors approved re-branding to create The Rendezvous Festival. Rendezvous will become the first film and music festival in North Florida and Southeast Georgia. The new festival is all about entertainment - bringing the artists and community together for a weeklong celebration.

​Why the name Rendezvous? It is homage to the Evan’s Rendezvous, located in American Beach, a music club that once hosted famed musicians such as Louis Armstrong, James Brown, Billie Daniels, and Ray Charles in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s in a special beach community that was created for inclusion. In 1964, American Beach and the Rendezvous were hit hard by Hurricane Dora and were decimated. It’s time to recognize the proud history that the Rendezvous represents and its contribution to the entertainment industry. Be part of history and support the Rendezvous Festival by attending the ribbon-cutting, and seeing what it’s all about!

The entrance to the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island on the Amelia Island Parkway is approximately .3 miles south of South Fletcher Avenue. Island formal attire requested. To RSVP, email [email protected]. For more information, visit