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Castmember Spotlight: Jennifer Johnson

April 28th, 2016

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I was born and raised and spent the majority of my life here in beautiful St. Augustine.  One of my favorite things is waking up to the salty smell of the marsh on low tide and I cannot imagine living away from the ocean.  This is my third year with OTT St. Augustine and I can honestly say it’s been the best decision of my working career.  Two of my work days are spent as the assistant for HR/Payroll manager and the other three days I work as the assistant to the AR/AP manager.  My co-workers are like my extended family and it’s a pleasure to work and laugh with such amazing people.  My greatest joys are my five children (three biological, two step).  Raising five children brings multiple challenges and they keep me on my toes, but they continue to teach me something new each day.  I’m blessed to have my best friend as the love of my life, my fiancé Michael, who embodies everything I’ve ever wanted.  When I’m not at work you can find me out soaking up the sun while roaming the creeks off the intercostal waterway chasing red drum, trout, and flounder.

What three things will you always find in your
refrigerator?
Datil pepper sauce (homemade of course)
Real butter (it’s the best)
Beer (the perfect end to a long day)
What do you consider your hero?
My grandfather- the best man I have ever known
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Delacroix, Louisiana- popping corks on a red drum fishing
charter.
What is your greatest fear?
Spiders – they creep me out.

Earth Day

April 22nd, 2016

Happy Earth Day from Old Town Trolley Tours®!

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Castmember Spotlight: Kristina Prince

April 21st, 2016

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I was born in Baxley, Georgia; a no Starbucks, one traffic light kind of a town. When community theatre wasn’t enough, I enrolled at Valdosta State University. I earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre with a minor in physics. Don’t ask why, it never made sense to anyone else either.
After graduation I went on to work in professional theatre for the next five years. I spent as much time back stage as I did on stage. I’ve been a performer, a seamstress, a dresser, a costume designer, and a wardrobe mistress.  The only problem with working in theatre is moving from contract to contract. When I decided to put down roots I moved to Savannah.
I applied for every job I could find. I had taken my first ghost tour when I was twelve and since then it had been a dream to give them one day. When I got the call from Old Town Trolley, it was a dream come true. Especially when you factor in that I had accidentally applied for a Conductor position not a Ghost Host. In February, I’ll have been working here for three years.  I’ve learned every facet of the Ghost & Gravestones Tour, and I’ve loved every minute of it.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I would love to be able to sing. And anyone who has heard
me try, would really love for me to be able to sing.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing,
what do you think it would be?
I would be a cat.  They have all of the humor and intelligence
of people, but with far more napping time.
If there was one place you would like to live besides
your current city, where would it be?
I’d live in Malmo, Sweden.  The city is full of history, and
beauty.
What is your most treasured possession?
I have a Claddagh ring that was given to me when I was 11.
I’ve worn it every day for 20 years. I feel awkward without it.
If you could choose one reality TV show to be on,
what would it be?
Project Runway. I’ve been making my own costumes and
clothing for years. I’d love to see how far I could get.

Castmember Spotlight: Jerrale Tyjah Morris

April 14th, 2016

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My name is Jerrale Tyjah Morris and  I was born in San Diego, California.  I absolutely love San Diego, it’s my home, but in my teen years I didn’t feel the same way.  I personally believe very few people can appreciate the city they went through puberty in, which lead me on my journey around America.  I moved to New Orleans, Louisiana when I was twenty one.  I live to visit that city.  It was amazing while I was there.  One of the things that I’ve learned is if you’re moving to New Orleans get a job at a bar during Mardi Gras.  You can have just as much fun and get paid for it!  After I left New Orleans, I went to the Mid West.  I wanted to see snow.  I had never lived in snow before.  Moved to Dayton, Ohio and Chicago.  Had an amazing time in both cities.  I eventually moved back home with a new found love and appreciation for this city.
I started working at Old Town Trolley in February 2014.  I saw the employment opportunity online.  I was a little confused because the interview process was slightly different than what I was used to.  It was a group interview which was slightly animated.  We were asked about our previous work history.  After the group interview we were given a script told to memorize as much as we could and we would be filed giving them a presentation of the script.  I was extremely nervous.  I stuttered a few times and “figuratively” kicked myself after.  A few days later John Savage called me back and my time at OTT San Diego started.  It’s been a really great experience so far.

What is your greatest fear?
Drowning.  That said, I love swimming.
What is your favorite occupation?
I love the idea of being a wildlife photographer.
What do you deplore most in your friends?
I have a really eclectic group of friends from all walks of life.
They are all really great people but I would say we all have the
ability to communicate our feelings good and bad effectively.
So we avoid serious arguments and when they do happen we
can actually resolve them.  I surround myself with extremely
understanding people.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing,
what do you think it would be?
I think I’d come back as a Main Coon kitten.  They are the
most loving and cuddling cats, but they are still cats and
extremely mischievous.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A great dinner with close friends amazing conversation and no
cell phones.   I don’t allow phones at the dinner table so I am
lucky to experience perfect happiness a lot.

Meet Our Buyer, Lynn Dalton!

April 7th, 2016

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I was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia and was one of the few students that went from 1st grade to 12th grade in the same small town of Hephzibah, Georgia. My father was in the Army and retired the year I was born, so when my parents bought their first home in Georgia, we stayed there.  I have 2 living sisters and 1 that passed in 1992.  My dad passed away from cancer in 2003, but my mother, thank goodness, is still alive and still lives in Augusta.
While attending high school in Hephzibah, I was in charge of the new automotive service department at the high school, so you could usually find me underneath the hood working on race cars.  I was the first female to graduate from my high school with a Certificate of Automotive Repair.  When I graduated, I stayed in Augusta for a few years after marrying my high school sweetheart.  I wanted to travel and get out of the area and he didn’t, so he stayed and I moved to Jacksonville.
After living in Jacksonville for a year, I moved to New York for a brief time and then to Woodbridge, New Jersey.  I worked mostly retail during these years, but knew I wanted to do more with my life. After leaving the worst snow and ice storms I had ever experienced, I moved back south to Charleston, South Carolina.  In Charleston, I completed my undergraduate degree in Business and Computer Technology.
On September 9th, 1989, my entire world changed.  I was living on the Isle of Palms, a small island off Mount Pleasant, South Carolina when it was hit by Hurricane Hugo.  I lost all of my possessions including my clothes, personal items like pictures of my family and friends, and my apartment.  I was lucky that I was safe, but it took the wind out of my sails for a long time.  I moved back to Augusta and lived with my parents until I could figure out what to do next.
I think that event changed me and how I looked at life.  I decided then to live life to its fullest every day and never “wait” for the right time to do whatever you want to do. Fast forward to May 2008 when I decided to move to Key West and I never looked back and have no regrets.  Life is too short…live it!

Which living person do you most
admire?
I would have to say my mother.  She has
overcome some many personal obstacles
in her life from being brought up in an
orphanage from a very young age, losing
her daughter (my sister) and her
husband (my dad) and surviving cancer
when she was 42 years old.  She turned
80 years old this year and is still as active
as ever!
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is to be diagnosed with any form of Alzheimer’s.
The thought of losing my memories of my life and my loved ones
would be unbearable. Which is why I am a supporter of stem cell
research.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
The most deplorable trait I see in others would have to be
those individuals who “bad mouth” the United States.  My father
fought in WWII and the Korean conflict in order for me to have
my freedom.  Supporting and respecting our leaders should be
the norm but there are those who choose to speak harshly about
their decisions.  Everyone has the right to their opinion, but It
think it can be expressed in a more respectful manner.
What is your favorite occupation?
My favorite occupation is my current position as a Buyer!  I’m
not just saying this as a plug either!  What other job can you work
with fun people, travel and shop for a living!  Every woman’s
dream I would say!  Seeing the new trends and having the
freedom to make decisions based on my collective knowledge of
the industry, then seeing it pay off in the sales at the store level is
basically the best reward of all.
What do you most value in your friends?
In my small circle of friends, I most value their honesty and their
ability to “pick up where we left off” when I see them again.
Some friends I see frequently and others not as much, but my
true friends never make me feel bad for not picking up the phone
every week or two to talk to them.  When we do connect again,
it is like we just saw each other the day before.  My friends, like
myself, will always give you an honest answer to any question –
good, bad or indifferent

Locals Receive Free Admission

April 1st, 2016

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Meet Our Sales Rep, Julie Crowe!

March 31st, 2016

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I was born in Melrose, Massachusetts in 1990 and I’ve lived in Malden my entire life. I’m the middle child between two brothers and I come from a large, close knit family with several aunts and uncles and dozens of cousins. I went to Malden High School and in my senior year, I started working at the Stop and Shop Supermarket Company where I still work part time in the florist department.
After finishing high school in 2009, I attended Salem State University where I graduated with a degree in Public History and Political Science. Along with history, one of my greatest passions in life has always been traveling and I’m happy to say I’ve started to make that dream a reality. I most recently traveled out of the country for the first time and went to Athens, Greece in March with my best friend. I’ve also been to amazing places such as Las Vegas, Disney World, Disneyland, New York City and Washington D.C. to name a few, and I hope to travel as much as I can in the future! In my free time, I enjoy being with friends and family, reading and walking my dog, Rocco.
I’ve always loved Boston and all the history associated with it, so when I saw the opportunity to work for HTA, I was immediately interested. I started working at Old Town Trolley in May and I really enjoy it. It’s awesome to welcome guests from all over the country and world to this wonderful city! Not only that, but working here has given me a much deeper appreciation for Boston and all that it has to offer.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
Probably Maine. My family spent a lot of time in York, Wells
and Ogunquit when I was younger and I have great memories
of that.
What’s your most treasured possession?
My dog and cat.
Who are your favorite writers?
JK. Rowling and Stephen King.
If there was one place you would live besides your
current city, where would it be?
Washington D.C. I’ve been a couple times and I always find
myself wanting to go back. There’s so much history and a lot to
do there. It’s a beautiful city.
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird.

Happy Easter!

March 27th, 2016

Have a happy and safe Easter!

 

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Meet Our Potters Wax Museum Manager, Michelle Fredette!

March 24th, 2016

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Which living person do you most admire?
Hands down, Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Burma (now known as Myanmar) who was under house arrest for over 15 years because of her protests against that country’s military dictatorship. In 1991, she won a Nobel Peace Prize for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights. Married to a British citizen who was living in England with their two children, she was granted freedom on the condition that she leave Myanmar never to return. She opted to stay rather than desert her people. I admire her intellect, resiliency, and unwavering loyalty to the Myanmar people and her adherence to the principle of democracy. If that was me, I would have booked out of there on the first plane!
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I have two – the first was achieving my BA in Communications (Minor in Publishing) in 3-years (Simon Fraser University, British Columbia); the second – at my age, I’m still winning and/or placing in running races! Currently, I am first female overall in Run St. Augustine Race Series, a series of 11 road races that commence in January with the Matanzas 5k, and culminate in December with the 5k Santa Run at St. Augustine Beach. Last month I organized a running team from Old Town Trolley and HTA to run the Corporate 5k “Let’s Get Pedestrian.” Our 10-person team placed 2nd overall and 1st overall “Costume” (thanks for the idea Ryan Darrah – our theme was “tourists”). A win-win situation – it was the first ever road race for at least three of our runners -needless to say they did quite well! Thanks to Dave and Old Town Trolley for their enthusiastic support and for picking up the registration tab.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Cruelty towards animals.
What is your greatest fear?
Losing the ability to lead an active, physical life
On what occasion do you lie?
When I’m playing scrabble.

Happy first day of Spring!

March 20th, 2016

Let the flowers bloom and weather be warmer! Happy Spring!

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