Bucket List- Check!

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Our RE/MAX Flagstaff brokers Jimmy Millhollin and Annette Gardinal have been living the Florida lifestyle and their most recent adventure involved ticking off one of their bucket list items!


Jimmy and Annette recently went down to Daytona International Speedway and had the chance to enjoy the the Ferrari Track Experience! 


It all started out innocently enough. The couple attended the Annual Flagler Chamber of Commerce Installation Gala at Hammock Beach Resort. Jimmy served as the board chair a couple of years ago and he’s always willing to lend a hand. He presided over the live auction at the event and when the Ferrari Track Experience was up for auction, Annette ended up buying it for him as an early birthday present! WOW! 


Daytona is just a 30 minute drive south from Palm Coast (unless you’re in a Ferrari). It didn’t take long for Jimmy to schedule his birthday present. Both Jimmy and Annette got to enjoy the ride around the track at 170 miles per hour! Just in case you were wondering how long it would take to get to Daytona from Palm Coast at that speed, it would take roughly 10 minutes, maybe less.


Jimmy loved the experience so much that he went back for seconds! Annette on the other hand said, “Thought my heart was going to explode. I was hanging on for dear life and couldn’t wait for it to be over. 170 mph is crazy fast around that track.”


We’re so fortunate to have just about anything we could want either in Palm Coast or a short and sensible drive away. What’s next for the courageous couple? Sky diving in Palatka? Deep sea fishing? Roller coasters in Orlando? Outer space from Cape Canaveral? Stay tuned!


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Family Fun During Nights Of Lights!

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When you live in Palm Coast, you’ll get plenty of guests during the holidays! Aside from family togetherness, the weather is mild, delightful, and even warm on many days. There’s never any snow to shovel and always something fun to do for everyone. 


If you’re looking for something very memorable to do, try an excursion to nearby historic St. Augustine for Nights of Lights, a display of more than three million sparkling lights. The lights adorn the Bridge of Lions, bed & breakfasts, historic buildings including the Lightner Museum, Flagler College, the Plaza de la Constitución, and on essentially each building in the historic district. National Geographic has recognized this 25-year-old tradition in its top ten list of the best places to see holiday lights. 


Take a reasonably priced trolley tour from Old Town Trolleys or Ripley’s Red Trains. Both of these companies offer excellent hop on/hop off tours during the day and during Nights of Lights their evening tours are a great time complete with Christmas carols and special glasses that add even more sparkle to the lights. 


Another great way to see the lights is by boat. St. Augustine Sailing offers charters for up to six people on their fleet of private sailboats. If you’ve got a large crowd, try a pontoon boat with Florida Water Tours. Of course, walking around downtown is lots of fun as well and there are many great places to listen to music, eat, drink, and enjoy memorable times with your family. 


Locals tip: Nights of Lights runs from the Saturday before Thanksgiving until February 3rd. During Christmas break it can get pretty crowded. Try a weekday or wait until after Christmas when it’s less crowded. 


Visit St. Augustine offers a complete guide to the festivities. 



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The Margarita Ball of Flagler County 2018

RE/MAX Flagstaff’s Broker/Owners Jimmy Millhollin and Annette Gardinal had the distinct pleasure of serving on the Board of Directors of the 2nd Annual Margarita Ball in Flagler County.


The Margarita Society was started in Dallas, Texas in 1977 and was dedicated to serving at-risk youth. The Margarita Society started in nearby Volusia County in 1988 and the current Flagler County Margarita Club President Cindy Kiel Evans and her husband Jeff helped organize the Volusia club. The nonprofit organization has just recently has come to Flagler County. 


Under the direction of the nonprofit’s President Cindy Kiel Evans, the organization is partnering with the Flagler Christmas Network this year to donate the 430 toys collected at the event. The organizations receiving all of the bikes, toys, and games are Project Share, Rymfire Elementary School, Flagler County Schools, Wise Men Gift Extravaganza, Families in Transition Program, and the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler County.


The event was held in early November at the Palm Coast Community Center and the black-tie event was by invitation only.


To see more photos of the event click here.


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Shipwreck Discovery!



Archaeologists at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum had an exceptionally exciting week with the discovery of a 19th century ship that washed ashore in South Ponte Vedra Beach in St. Johns County, north of Flagler County. 


According to the Florida Times-Union, “The hull of ship, estimated to date from the late 1700s to the 1800s, was originally sheathed in copper, as evidenced by some copper tack heads that were still visible. Wooden pegs or nails, called trunnels, which were used to secure the hull to the wooden ribs, were also visible, as are Roman numerals carved on the ribs, said maritime historian Brendan Burke.”


The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum has a team of maritime archaeologists who are no stranger to fascinating finds. The Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) is dedicated to the investigation, interpretation and better understanding of the maritime history and archaeology of St. Augustine, the "First Coast" region of Florida, and beyond. 


A visit to the museum is a fun day trip and visitors can climb 219 steps up the historic lighthouse to see a breathtaking view of St. Augustine and the waters of the oldest continually occupied European port city in the continental United States.


For more information, go to http://www.staugustinelighthouse.org/index.htm

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Who was Gamble Rogers?

Gamble Rogers performing at the Florida Folk Festival White Springs Florida

Spring is a gorgeous time of the year in Flagler County and many people are eager to get out of doors and enjoy the days as they get longer and our beautiful beaches. Many people head over to Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach to enjoy the sand, surf, nature trails, fishing, and kayaking opportunities in the shady maritime hammock.


Do you know who Gamble Rogers was?

Gamble Rogers was a talented folk musician and a staple and often the headliner at the Florida Folk Festival along the Suwannee River at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. The son and namesake of two prominent architects (his father and great uncle), Gamble chose to become a musician instead of following along in the family business.

He was often featured on public television and public radio in the 1980’s and was a self-described "modern troubadour.” He influenced many musicians including Jimmy Buffett who dedicated his album Fruitcakes to him writing how he "taught me how to move an audience with dialogue and delivery as much as with music".

Gamble Rogers died a hero in 1991 at the age of 54 when he drowned in an attempt to save the father of a young girl who was in trouble in the rough surf at Flagler Beach. In honor of his heroism, the Florida Legislature renamed the state park Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach. In 1998 he was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.

He’s been described by journalists as "An American treasure ... an awesome talent ... one-hundred percent enjoyable ... a rare and guaranteed treat ... worthy of inclusion in the Smithsonian."

In St. Augustine, there is a middle school, Gamble Rogers Middle School, named after him as well as the 23rd Annual Gamble Rogers Music Festival which takes place May 4th-6th at the Colonial Quarter. If you like acoustic Americana music, do not miss this festival.


To learn more about this folk singer, story teller, and hear his music go to http://www.gamblerogers.org

At RE/MAX Flagstaff, our dedicated REALTORS® are driven to serve you and are committed to success. Please let us know how we can assist you with your real estate needs. Call us at (386) 246-8585.


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