by: Davis Yancy Clegg
Remembering back on my experiences traveling all over this great Nation of ours, I have become well beyond appreciative of the countless hours spent on the road with my fellow musicians, family, and friends. Traveling with family we would eat at amazing restaurants, take in all the cultural happenings and history, and marvel at the endless landscapes and memorials so many take for granted along the way. Unfortunately, when I was on the road traveling with my band and songwriter colleagues, the amazing restaurants became dollar menus, ramen, and gas station microwaveable hamburgers (aka drunk food for broke artists) from the nearest Flash Foods or Shell station! Hotel suites overlooking the Rocky Mountains on a ski trip became the cheap motels overlooking a huddle house on a 3 night dive-bar tour! Wouldn’t trade one of either experience for anything! The bond that you develop with friends traveling is a human experience second to none. The joy of showcasing our original music in settings where that’s all anyone wants to hear make any hardships endured along the way well worth every strife.
These are the most important moments in life that we must mark up as our best times, because it is only when we are doing what truly makes us fulfilled that we are the happiest! One of the main things that drew me to Amelia Island and has kept me here the past 12 years is the unflinching kindness and tight-knit friendships I’ve been lucky enough to be the recipient of. WE are able to thrive as an island culture because of one simple life choice. Most of us embrace the concept made more popular in the 21st century of truly “living local.” It is not just a bumper sticker, it is a life choice. Just as in being a professional songwriter and journalist like I have chosen, small business as well would be nothing without the support of the local community. The entire economy and social structure depends on the support of the locals when it comes to year-round success. The extent to which we flourish as a town will be a direct result of our commitment to our local business and services.
One local cause I’d like to mention is one you probably expect: Amelia River Cruises. Owned, Operated, Captain’D, and with entertainment from local artists, it is the perfect example of living local. While most of the passengers come from out of town and are greatly appreciated, it is just as much a treasure for us locals to enjoy. I’ve been quite surprised at the number of locals I’ve spoken with whom have never had the pleasure of going on a river cruise. The Twilight BYOB cruises are an excellent opportunity for fellowship over some tasty adult beverages while taking in the beauty of the intracoastal island chains and wildlife are sights no one should depart from this life without having experienced. Seeing herds of wild horses run like a scene from your favorite John Wayne picture and watching dolphins grace the surface of the salty deep against a first coast sunset are absolutely breathtaking spectacles. There is no better way to enjoy your favorite bottle (or two) of wine or craft beer with a close group of friends. It is a guided tour of course, but for the most part it is our way of showing you the sights and splendors you won’t experience staying inland.
The Twilight Cruise docks shortly after sunset so you can swagger downtown to enjoy Florida’s Oldest Saloon and other great venues that boast excellent bartenders and live music that give downtown its electric atmosphere. I’d like to challenge our sea legged locals to make at least one Twilight Cruise this summer (if not a few of them). We are likely to run into each other as I am one of the performers on cruises.
Call Angela or Judy at our office (904-261-9972) to book your seats today! You may also book your cruise online.
Until next time… Stay Salty Friends