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ISLANDER SEPTEMBER 2012

plus: AMELIA ISLAND WINE FESTIVAL • GREAT HOUSES • ISLAND ENTERTAINING


Our goal is to give the highest quality eye care with the friendliest service possible. the art of S I L V E R Beautiful and treasured in every form. Spring to Summer and the whole year through.

Repairs • Appraisals • GIA Graduate Gemologist (904) 277-4910 6 South 14th Street Fernandina Beach

Sadler Crossing • 1472 Sadler Road (next to Starbucks)

Since 1957

Mon. - Fri. 9am - 6pm www.crawfordjewelers.net

(904) 261-5741 ROWESVILLE COTTAGES ON SADLER (Next to Amelia’s Attic)

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HISTORIC DOWNTOWN Fernandina Beach

Historic Downtown 215 Centre Street Fernandina Beach, FL 3 2034

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Where the locals meet. Espresso • Panini • Dessert Bar 202 Centre Street Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach (904) 277-4880 • www.lindysjewelry.com

Enjoy homemade soups & fresh breads made in our own kitchen every day.

207 Centre Street 321-2111 Locally owned & operated for 17 years.

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Vaneli • Donald Pliner • Azura Born Crown • Cole Haan • Sofft Think • Naot • Mephisto 118 Centre St, Fernandina Beach

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Specializing in European & coastal designers. We are a fullservice design house. Design consultants are available by appointment, or come by to browse our wares and wholesale furnishings catalogs.

No. 3 S. Third St., Historic Fernandina 904.321.0367 ~ 646.416.0310 www.vignette-design.com

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Pam Meyer For Professional Real Estate Services Visit www.ameliaislandproperties.com, or email me at pammeyer@remax.net to learn more about available properties, real estate information, and Amelia Island area information.

Come see our new line of clothing featuring Fernandina’s favorite mascot—the shrimp! We also carry Vineyard Vines, Castaway & more!

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30 restaurants, 58 shops, 400 years of history, and one unforgettable waterfront sunset.


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Visit 5211 South Fletcher Ave, or contact Todd Mitchell, Client Advisor, SunTrust Investment Services, Inc. at 904.491.5969.

E njoy all the amenities, all the activities, and all the excitement available to you on Amelia Island. Deposit products and services are offered through SunTrust Bank, Member ber FDIC. FD

Securities and Insurance Products and Services: Are not FDIC DIC o or any other Government Agency Insured • Are not Bank Guaranteed • May Lose Value SunTrust Private Wealth Management is a marketing name used by SunTrust banks, banks Inc., and the following affiliates: Banking and trust products and services are provided by SunTrust Bank. Securities, insurance (including ncludi annuities and certain life insurance products) and other investment products and services are offered by SunTrust Investment Services, rvices Inc., an SEC-registered investment adviser and broker/dealer and a member of the FINRA and SIPC. Other insurance productss and services are offered by SunTrust Insurance Services, Inc., a licensed insurance agency. nts of SunTrust Bank and its affiliates (collectively, “SunTrust”) SunTrust Bank and its affiliates and the directors, officers, employees and agents are not permitted to give legal or tax advice. Clients of SunTrust should consultt with their legal and tax advisors prior to entering into any financial transaction. regis ©2011 SunTrust Banks, Inc. SunTrust and Live Solid. Bank Solid. are federally registered service marks of SunTrust banks, Inc.

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SUMMER/FALL 2012 TOURS Cumberland Island Tour 10:30 a.m. (2 hour tour)

Beach Creek Tour 2:30 p.m. (1 ½ hour tour)

Cumberland Sound Tour 5:00 p.m. (1 ½ hour tour)

Traditional Family Sunset Tour (1 hour tour) Departure times varies seasonally

Sunset/Twilight Tour

A Real Bakery, A Fun Boutique All Under One Woof!!

(2 hour tour) BYOB; live local entertainment Departure times varies seasonally Fri & Sat evs’ Spring and Fall; Mon-Sat (Summer)

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Gourmet Dog Bakery & Boutique Mon. - Fri.10am - 5:30pm • Sat.10am - 4pm Sun.12:30 - 4pm 809 South 8th Street • Amelia Island, FL 32034 • 904-321-0020 • 800-693-1315 www.redbonesbakery.com

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ISLANDER

High-caliber festivals can transform the spaces of our daily lives into extraordinary experiences in entertainment and the arts.

Philip Kelly Deana Basile Kelly Publishers and Editors Tom Barrett Art Director Mark O’Day Advertising Sales Contributing Writers Dickie Anderson, Jan Davis, Theresa Duncan, Jim Ewing, Kate Harris, Nan Kavanaugh, Karen Miller, Betty Morrell, Julie Simmons

In our August issue, we spotlighted the right whales and sea turtles that return each year to their breeding grounds on Amelia. One longtime local resident named Jeanne wrote on our Facebook page how much she enjoyed learning new things about our unique environment on Amelia. We want to thank her and everyone who reached out to us to tell us how much they enjoyed our August issue. In this issue, we spotlight another annual migration of sorts: the jazz and blues musicians who arrive each fall on our shores for a unique musical season on Amelia. Last year, we had so much fun at both festivals. They’re both terrific community events. With top-notch musicians here at our doorstep, what better excuse could there be to get out with some friends? Last year, we got a sitter and met our friends Marianne and Ed at the Blues Festival. To see Main Beach transformed into a beachfront festival with professional staging and lighting worthy of the great music being performed there was astounding. We were able to grab a bite to eat from one of the local vendors, while enjoying some virtuoso blues. It was a reminder about what high-caliber festivals can do: transform the spaces of our daily lives into extraordinary experiences in entertainment and the arts. For many years now, the Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival has been transforming our local churches and public spaces into world-class music venues. Among our favorite encounters with jazz greats over the years were the David Sanborn and Ramsey Lewis concerts—both truly amazing experiences. This year, the Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival has teamed up with the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. It’s exciting news, as jazz legends Spyro Gyra and David Benoit, who will be performing this year, will have venues that can offer enough space for the number of people that such widely acclaimed musicians attract. What an incredible musical opportunity! Also this month, we present a fascinating article by Dickie Anderson on the Fairbanks House, part of our series on the Great Houses of Fernandina; we raise our glasses to the inaugural Amelia Island Wine Festival; we take you through a fabulous house on North Beach in our Island Home column; and much more. See you around the island!

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Contributing Photographers Holly Allain, Pam Bell, Elizabeth Wilkes, David Burghardt, Lynne Taylor, Katrin Bell, William Raser

C O N TA C T U S Sweetpea Media, Inc. P.O. Box 16624 Fernandina Beach, Fl 32035 904-277-8012 Fax 904-277-8076 islander@ameliaislander.com www.ameliaislander.com Amelia Islander Magazine is published monthly (11 times a year - January and February is a combined issue.) All editorial contents including maps and photographs are Copyrighted 2012 Sweetpea Media, Inc. Reproduction of any material contained herein in any manner, in whole or in part, is prohibited without the express written consent of the publisher. Unsolicited manuscripts, photographs or other artwork cannot be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. No responsibility is assumed for unsolicited materials. The cover and the magazine’s contents are fully protected and may not be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. The Amelia Islander is distributed free of charge on and around Amelia Island. Back issues may be purchased from the publisher for $2.00 each plus postage.

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features

SEPTEMBER 2012 11 Cover Story JAZZ & BLUES ON AMELIA ISLAND

Two exciting festivals—the Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival and the Amelia Island Blues Festival —make fall the season for great music and entertainment on Amelia.

25 The Fairbanks House

31 Grape Expectations

39 Island Home

60 Island Entertaining

As part of our “Great Houses of Fernandina” series, we spotlight the Fairbanks House, known for its lively architecture and fascinating history.

The inaugural Amelia Island Wine Festival is the first festival of its kind to feature exclusively Florida wine and its winemakers.

One local couple creates their idea of the “real thing” in a fabulous home in the North Beach neighborhood.

With summer’s bounty of herbs from the garden, this quick and easy grilled lamb with pesto sauce may be your best recipe for seasonal entertaining.

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ABOUT THE COVER

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Everything Amelia The people, events, and history that make Amelia a special place

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Galleries & Antiques Amelia’s art galleries & antique stores

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In the Neighborhood Profiles of area businesses and organizations

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Beach Combing Great shopping on Amelia Island

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Maps of the Island and downtown, with telephone numbers

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Tide Table Tides at the Amelia River

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Around Town What’s happening around Amelia Island

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Snapshots Islanders out and about

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In the Garden Pathways, rock arrangements, and water features add simplicity and elegance to your garden.

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Eating Scene The Mustard Seed Café located at Nassau Health Foods offers the best in “nutritious and delicious” dining.

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Open House Premium real estate offerings on and around Amelia Island

Cover design by Tom Barrett. Photos and images courtesy of the Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival and the Amelia Island Blues Festival.

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As travel advisors at THE TRAVEL AGENCY, we believe in sharing our knowledge of the many and varied travel experiences available today, allowing you to create a fun, life enriching vacation. We are pleased to introduce you to a selection of our friends and travel suppliers in a setting where you can get answers to questions you may not even know to ask!

Limited to 500 attendees • Refreshments, door prizes, special promotions, and more! A $10 donation will be taken now or at the door for the Boys & Girls Club. You will meet with representatives from: CRUISE LINES TOUR COMPANIES Regent Seven Seas Cruises Tauck World Discovery Tours Crystal Cruises Abercrombie & Kent Travel Silversea Cruises Micato Safaris Celebrity Cruises Lindblad Expeditions Seabourn Luxury Cruises Italian Dream Inc. Oceania Cruises Travcoa Patagonia Cruises Horizon & Co by Cruceros Australis Natural Habitat

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The Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival and the Amelia Island Blues Festival bring acclaimed jazz and blues artists to Amelia for a season of outstanding music. BY KAREN MILLER

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LUES AND JAZZ MUSIC GO HAND-IN-HAND AS AMERICA’S ONLY TRUE MUSICAL FORMS. THE ORIGINS OF JAZZ AND BLUES ARE TRACED TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN RITUAL MUSIC IN THE DEEP SOUTH, MOST ORIGINATING IN LIVE PERFORMANCES

held in shadowy clubs and bars, many in New Orleans, and in other places in the South. Here on Amelia Island, as artistic and musical offerings have flourished in recent years, it’s no wonder that the upcoming Amelia Island Blues Festival and Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival attract thousands of music lovers each year. The first on the calendar, the Blues Festival, features a three-day weekend filled with amazing blues performances, and the Jazz Festival in October offers an entire week of jazz musicians from around the country. Both festivals have a variety of concerts, artists, and prices to suit all individuals, as well as families. In addition to the highly acclaimed national talent, Amelia Islanders will also be treated to some local talent, and a variety of related activities, including an art show, programs for school children, and special senior events. Be sure to choose your favorite artists, mark your calendars, grab the kids and your special someone, and head out to an autumn of musical marvels and events!

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FLANNEL CHURCH NOUVEAUX HONKIES SHEMEKIA COPELAND

Amelia Island Blues Festival, September 14, 15 & 16 On September 14, 15, and 16, Amelia Island gets the blues—the Amelia Island Blues Festival, that is—celebrating its second year of smokin’ good music, held at Main Beach Park. With the Atlantic Ocean as its backdrop, the festival is offering up an end-of-summer party that even beats last year’s event, expanding the blues from two to three days and featuring a line-up of spectacular local and nationally acclaimed artists. The festival kicks off on Friday night with Mojo Chillen from Daytona, and Fernandina Beach’s own Beech Street Blues Band, followed by headliners Flannel Church with Duane Trucks (brother of Derek Trucks and son of Butch Trucks, drummer of the Allman Brothers Band) and Shane Dwight. Flannel Church, the band that started as “something to do” for drummer Trucks, guitarist Gregory “Wolfe” Hodges, and bass player Kevin Scott while they were at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, has become a hot group and a full-time endeavor. Shane Dwight is an American Roots Music Artist whose songwriting, singing, and guitar playing is considered a tour de force in the world of blues. On Saturday, concerts begin at noon, featuring an array of spectacular musicians, with headliners Sean Chambers, Albert Castiglia, and Shemekia Copeland, beginning at 6 p.m. Chambers’ brand of blues is a no-frills blend of Chicago, Texas, and Delta styles, played with an understated sense of ferocity. Castiglia, whose latest album, Living the Dream, was released this summer, is a favorite high-energy performer at blues festivals across the country. Copeland’s passion for singing,

matched with her huge, furnace-blast voice, gives her music a timeless power and a heart-pounding urgency. Aptly named “Queen of the Blues,” Copeland began her career singing at Harlem’s famed Cotton Club when she was just eight years old. Sunday’s concerts kick off with Kim Reteguiz and the Black Cat Bones from Jacksonville, winner of the Battle of the Blues competition held earlier this year. Reteguiz is known regionally as a vocal powerhouse with a dynamic vocal range and an equally exciting stage performance. For the Sunday headliner, Detroit’s David Gerald returns to the Blues Festival this year, after last year’s eye-popping performance. Gerald’s blues have been receiving widespread radio play, along with recognition in the blues community. He was listed as number one on the ReverbNation blues charts for Michigan blues artists. Other talented artists that concert-goers can expect to enjoy during the three days of blues on the beach include young superstar Alex Ivanov, Roger “Hurricane” Wilson, the Nouveaux Honkies, J.P Soars and the Red Hots, Bill Sheffield, Blistur, Beth McKee, and the local Blues in Schools Band. In addition to the music, the Amelia Island Museum of History has launched a new exhibition, “History of the Blues,” that features a tribute to the famed “Chitlin’ Circuit,” a collective name for venues throughout the southern and eastern United States that allowed African-American musicians and entertainers to perform during segregation. The exhibition runs through September 30. The Amelia Island Blues Festival Committee and Board of Directors have worked all year promoting the festival and enlisting volunteers and sponsors. Jeff Malone, president and a

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founding member of the festival, encourages concert-goers to take advantage of the many packages that the three-day festival has to offer. “One thing we try to do is to keep the prices low, so everyone has an opportunity to come to the festival,” says Malone. “We offer a three-day pass, daily passes, and a VIP special seating pass. Our fantastic vendors are offering food, drinks, and shopping, to make your Blues Festival experience the best. With a little sand and surf—and a collection of some of the best blues around—it’s sure to be a great weekend!” This year, the festival is sponsored by RockTenn, its number one supporter, along with SearchAmelia, Fast Signs, The Hampton Inn Amelia Island at the Beach, and Amelia Hotel at the Beach. So far, the festival has raised enough proceeds to purchase a six-passenger shuttle for Baptist Medical Center Nassau, used to assist and transport individuals on their fast-growing hospital campus. For more information about artists or to buy tickets, visit the Blues Festival website at www.ameliaislandbluesfest.com or call (904) 310-6153.

Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival, October 7-14 “The 2012 Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival is swingin’ hard this year – the jazz is smooth and in the groove,” says Artistic Director Les DeMerle. The festival is celebrating its 11th year on Amelia Island, featuring an exciting lineup of acclaimed artists. The week-long event, which runs October 7 to 14, has grown so dramatically that most of the concerts and events will take place at the Omni Resorts Amelia Island Plantation this year.

Multiple Grammy Award-nominated jazz-fusion artists Spyro Gyra and contemporary pianist David Benoit are set to headline this year’s festival. A hugely successful and internationally acclaimed group that has sold over ten million albums since its 1977 inception, Spyro Gyra will appear Saturday, October 13, at the Omni Resorts Amelia Island Plantation. This year marks 35 years since their first album release. Their newest album, A Foreign Affair, was released in September 2011, and features a collection of world music done in Spyro Gyra’s innovative style. Formed out of Buffalo, New York’s fertile jazz scene by saxophonist Jay Beckenstein, Spyro Gyra quickly made a name for itself by creating a distinctive style that sounded like nothing that had come before. Beckenstein is pleased to bring the group to Amelia Island for the festival this year. “This is my first trip to Amelia Island and I’m very excited to see a place I’ve heard is so lovely,” says Beckenstein. “History being my hobby, I’m also looking forward to seeing a place so rich in history.” David Benoit will appear on Saturday, October 12, also at the Omni. His expansive career as a highly regarded jazz pianist has included over 25 solo recordings. His ‘80s releases This Side Up, Freedom at Midnight, and the Grammy nominated Every Step of the Way are regarded as jazz-fusion classics. Benoit has also penned notable film scores, such as The Stars Fell on Henrietta, produced by Clint Eastwood and starring Robert Duvall. Heavily influenced by Vince Guaraldi, Benoit coincidently performed and recorded with DeMerle’s 1970’s fusion band, Transfusion. Both Spyro Gyra and David Benoit will perform in the Omni’s tented pavilion area in Racquet Park.

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The full week of musical events will include performances by the brilliant jazz violinist, Doug Cameron, smooth jazz pianist Mike Levine with the Miami Vibe, and The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band featuring vocalist Bonnie Eisele, plus Latin Jazz Night, a Blues Night with Wine Tasting, the Dixieland Jazz Brunch, the Smooth Jazz Brunch, jam sessions, and many other happenings. The festival kicks off on Sunday, October 7 with Les DeMerle’s Spare Rib Six playing for the Dixieland Brunch, followed later that afternoon by Orion, the 18-piece U.S. Navy Big Band Southeast, performing a free concert in Amelia Park from 4 to 6 p.m. The following Tuesday, Jazz at the Movies will offer SATCHMO, a classic documentary on the first great jazz improviser, Louis Armstrong. Wednesday, October 10 will showcase a Blues Night and Wine Tasting at Sandy Bottoms with the exciting Eric Culberson Blues Band from Savannah, Ga. On Thursday, October 12, the festival will continue its traditional Latin Jazz with Orlando’s trumpet master Bobby Pickwood and Samba Soul. Following the weekend’s world-class headliner concerts, the festival culminates at the Omni on Sunday, October 14 with a Smooth Jazz Brunch, featuring the Amelia Island Jazz AllStars and some very special guests. The Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival also provides youngsters the opportunity to learn about America’s unique musical art form with Jazz in the Schools. The festival donates

part of its proceeds toward a scholarship program to fund college educations for aspiring jazz musicians. In previous years, the Amelia Island Jazz Festival has brought numerous top-drawer players to the area, including David Sanborn, Ramsey Lewis, and Buckwheat Zydeco. “We are committed to presenting high-quality programs,” DeMerle adds, “and the community has demonstrated its support with increasing attendance and enthusiasm.” DeMerle goes on to say that he and his wife, Bonnie Eisele, the rest of the AIJF board, and the festival’s many hard-working volunteers are excited about partnering with Omni and reaching their world-wide market. This year, the festival is again receiving the strong support of many sponsors, especially the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors’ Bureau, as well as international jazz publications JAZZIZ and DownBeat Magazine. “The concerts will explode with exciting, swinging jazz played with passion, expertise, and soul by many of today’s leading jazz artists,” says DeMerle. “Each year’s talent roster is the best line-up we can assemble.” And what do the musicians think about spending some time on our beautiful island paradise? Beckenstein says it all: “What could be a better way to visit Amelia Island than to come with my friends to play some great music?” For information on the Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival, to buy tickets in advance, or to become a sponsor, visit their website at www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com or call the festival hotline at (904) 504-4772.

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Sale on select items. See store for details.

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INITIATION FEES STARTING AT $1,500 Championship Golf Course, private beach club, tennis, member events and social activities, convenient mid-island location adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Call (904) 277-8015 for more information or to schedule a tour.

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AAA FIVE DIAMOND DESIGNATIONS AWARDED TO THE RITZ-CARLTON, AMELIA ISLAND

“LOCAL AUTHORS’ MARKETPLACE” ON SEPTEMBER 29 From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on September 29, the second annual “Local Authors Marketplace” will take place at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Campus. Thirty authors will be on hand to lead a variety of workshops geared towards writers, including “Getting Started Writing” by Cara Curtin, “Ten Rules” by Emily Carmain of Noteworthy Editing, and “How to Get Published in Today’s Market” by Bill Reynolds of High-Pitched Hum Publishing. A day designed not just for writers, the whole family is welcome at this event. In fact, throughout the day, there will also be children’s activities, including face-painting, book-readings, and handson activities. Lunch or refreshments will be available. Admission is free, and no reservation is required. Sponsored by Books Plus and HighPitched Hum Publishing, proceeds of the event will support Nassau Family Services at the Peck Center Library, the Boys and Girls Clubs, and Head Start, as well as Nassau County Public Libraries. For more information, go to www.localauthorsmarketplace.net, or call (904) 321-6180.

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is the recipient of two prestigious AAA Five Diamond designations, the travel authority’s highest rating. In addition to the resort lodging award, Salt, the resort’s fine dining restaurant, was also designated for service excellence. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is part of a select group representing the upper echelon of the hospitality industry. Less than a quarter of one percent of lodgings and restaurants receive the AAA Five Diamond designation. “Receiving one AAA Five Diamond award for the resort and a second for Salt is testament to the dedication and outstanding efforts of the ladies and gentlemen of The RitzCarlton, Amelia Island,” said James E. McManemon, general manager. “I am very proud of their service commitment to our guests.” For 76 years, AAA has used professional inspectors to conduct in-person property inspections and publish the results, using a system of One to Five Diamonds to guide member travel decisions. The 5 Diamond designation represents “the ultimate in luxury, sophistication and comfort with extraordinary physical attributes, meticulous personalized service, extensive amenities, and impeccable standards of excellence.

COA’S PREMIER FUND-RAISER SET FOR OCTOBER 7 The Council on Aging of Nassau County’s (COA) 9th Annual Fall Gala will be held on Sunday, October 7th at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. This gala is made possible by generous sponsorships from Auld and White Constructors, LLC, Wells Fargo Bank, First Coast Community Bank, Edward Jones Financial, Omni Hotels and Resorts, and others. For a $125 contribution, donors will enjoy a fine dining experience and live music by the Bo-Cats, as well as a live auction featuring as auctioneer Fernandina Pat Haley’s “Sail into a New Life” will be Beach’s own Aaron Bean, with the chance one of many offerings at the live auction. to bid on getaways to Cancun, Montreal, and the Berkshires, plus other great prizes. Visit www.coanassau.com or go to the senior center at 1367 S. 18th Street to purchase tickets. Members of the Golf Club of Amelia Island and the Amelia Island Club can donate through their club accounts. Proceeds benefit the COA’s two senior centers, in-home services, transportation services, meals on wheels, and adult day healthcare. For more information, call (904) 261-0701.

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AMELIA ISLAND ANTIQUES 5210 First Coast Hwy • 321-1314

GALLERIES

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AMELIA SANJON GALLERY 218A Ash St. • 557-1195 BLUE DOOR ARTISTS 205 1⁄2 Centre St. • 491-7733

AMELIA ISLAND ARTISTS WORKSHOPS CASABLANCA 2188 Sadler Road • 415-1540 D’AGNESE CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY 205 1/2 Centre St. • 261-6044 or 556-2014 EILEEN’S ART & ANTIQUES CENTRE 702 Centre St. • 277-2717 FIRST COAST COMMUNITY BANK GALLERY 1750 South 14th St., 2nd floor • 277-5290

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ocal artists of all abilities have the opportunity to learn from nationally recognized artists at four exciting workshops being offered this fall by Amelia Island Artists Workshops. The first workshop, from September 14 to 16, features expert watercolorist Pat Weaver, who will present an exciting way to mix color, using limited palettes, and will include Alla Prima painting, a simplified way to draw and an uncomplicated approach to composition and design. Weaver is an international watercolor instructor, having traveled throughout the United States, Italy, France, Mexico, the Bahamas, Saint Thomas, and the Virgin Islands, teaching workshops. From October 26 to 28, Nicholas Simmons’ “Liquid Acrylic on Paper Workshop” will take place. A shining star of the art world right now, Simmons paints in water-media that rivals oil painting. He is known for his fresh, unorthodox, and often irreverent approach. Working with liquid acrylics as well as watercolors, Simmons will show students techniques they will most certainly want to adopt and adapt to their own way of working.

From November 8 to 11, the workshops series presents Jane Paul Angelhart’s “Watercolor Portraits from Photographs Workshop.” Angelhart has a unique, step-by-step method of teaching the student how to paint with clean, rich color to create beautiful portraits in watercolor, from their photographs. Students will learn a new method of creating rich, vibrant and clear colors. Soon Yoon Warren, an awardwinning watercolor realistic artistic, will provide a step-by-step class to create your own watercolor still-life composition in February 2013, and a few spots remain open. In March 2013, nationally recognized and award-winning artist Mary Whyte of Charleston will provide the secrets to realistic watercolor portraits in a sold-out class for a once in a lifetime opportunity to study with a true master. For more information or to register for any of the classes, contact Sandra Baker-Hinton at (904) 491-8040, or Mikolean Longacre at (904) 415-3900. Amelia Island Artists Workshop is located in the Amelia SanJon Gallery, at 418A Ash Street in downtown Fernandina Beach.

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GALLERY C 218-B Ash Street • 583-4676 HUNT’S ART & ARTIFACT GALLERY 361 Centre St. • 261-8225 ISLAND ART ASSOCIATION COOPERATIVE GALLERY 18 North 2nd St. • 261-7020 LA TORRE’S GALLERY & GIFTS 206 Centre Street • 261-0444 MEAD’S FRAMERY & TROPHY Corner of A1A & Hwy 17 • 225-2195 THE PLANTATION SHOP 4828 First Coast Hwy • 261-2030 TRAILER PARK COLLECTIBLES 702 Centre Street • 491-4461 TRISH’S SLIGHTLY OFF CENTRE 218C Ash St. • 277-1147 WATERWHEEL GALLERY 819 South 8th Street • 261-2535

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galleries & antiques Trailer Park Collectibles Art Workshops by Nationally Recognized Artists

Call 904-491-8040 to register.

702 Centre Street 904.491.4461 Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

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gallery & working studios

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Originals and Prints by William Maurer available at Eight Flags Antique Market. “Watercolor Classes Offered”

(904) 261-8276 • MaurerFineArt.com

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hours mon.- sat. 10 - 5; sun. 1- 5

Nouveau Art Juried Themed Show “World of Books”, Best of Show, “A Private Reading” Jane Carrington, Mixed Media

A co-op of 50 local artists show their paintings, pottery, jewelry, glass art, fiber art and more in our newly renovated gallery.

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Southern Touch Gifts • Home decor

Crabtree & Evelyn • Camille Beckman Puzzles • Cards • Games • For the entire family A favorite shop for gifts for over 30 years 301 Centre Street • Fernandina Beach, FL • 32034 • (904) 261-5377 www.AmeliaSouthernTouch.com 19 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • SEPTEMBER 2012

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in the neighborhood

PHOTOS BY WILLIAM RASER

Rick Keffer Dodge • Chrysler • Jeep

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fter Allen Eldridge left the SEABEES Construction Battalion, U.S. Navy, in 2001, he realized just how much he missed construction. In 2004, he acquired his contractor’s license, and started his own construction business, Karlen Custom Homes. At that time, Eldridge focused on custom home building, but, when the economy began to decline, Allen and his superintendent, Tom Ray, started doing remodeling. As real estate begins to climb once more, Allen and Tom realize that their diverse talents and hard work have kept them on their feet. “We have hands- on experience in just about every facet of building or remodeling,” says Eldridge. “We will wear a tool belt, if necessary. Our subcontractors are the best in the business. We know they’re doing a good job because we know how it’s supposed to be done.” Eldridge believes that his success lies in Karlen’s approach to customer service. “When I meet with my clients, I explain to them how a house ‘works,’ so I can get insight into what they are looking for,” says Eldridge. “Things like how a house breathes, its energy efficiency, types of insulation, that sort of thing.” He then goes over the house plans page by page with his customers, explaining everything they need to know about how and why their home is being constructed the way it is. “Communication is the key—without all the bull,” says Allen. “Our logo states quality, and our actions state integrity.” To learn more, call (904) 557-4208.

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n a world full of big box stores and absentee owner chain businesses, Rick Keffer goes to work every morning with a small-business attitude. In fact, this owner of a large car dealership on A1A moved to the area 15 years ago because he wanted to be part of a small community. “Owner-operated businesses are hard to find these days,” says Keffer. “But I have branded my business with my image. I know my customers on a personal basis, and they know me.” Some of Keffer’s original employees are still with the dealership. They are like family to him. This month, Rick Keffer Dodge Chrysler Jeep will be celebrating their 15-year anniversary at their location in Yulee. No small feat for a business owner who has seen his share of economic upheavals over the last few years. Keffer has diversified his car sales to include buyers in Jacksonville and Georgia, as well as increasing his Internet sales. “We’ve had to change with people’s buying habits,” says Keffer. “But, the most important thing to me is living and owning a business in a small community, where I have raised my children and I know my neighbors.” Keffer and his wife, Hollie, are thrilled that their children are doing well in college now, Katie at Furman University and Christopher at Clemson. “A lot has happened in 15 years,” says Keffer. “But our mission to provide quality service and sales is the same.” For more information, call Rick Keffer Dodge Chrysler Jeep at (904) 277-6969.

Karlen Homes

Allen Eldridge and Tom Ray

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Unique Antique Smalls • Home Accessories & Gifts Outdoor & Upholstered Furniture

An Island Tradition for 34 Years!

OPEN FOR LUNCH Tue – Fri 10am – 3pm DINNER Wed – Sat 6 – 9pm

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lunch ~ tues - sat 11:30 - 2 lunch/brunch ~ sun 11:30 - 2 happy hour ~ tues - sat 4 - 6

Clothing - Jewelry - Accessories Shoes - Handbags - Gifts

dinner ~ tues - sat 5:30 - 10 select wines / craft beers local artisan cheeses & charcuterie saketini’s / american bistro cuisine alfresco dining / private dining 4924 ½rst coast hwy 904.310.6620 www.barzin-bistro-winebar.com palmetto walk shopping village

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Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach www.robisonjewelry.com • 904.261.3635

Nicola Nichol is a Registered Representative and Investment Adviser Representative of Equity Services, Inc. Securities and investment advisory services are offered solely by Equity Services, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC, 7077 Bonneval Road, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32216. Financial Strategies of Amelia is independent of Equity Services, Inc. TC63931(0811)

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beach combing More than Apparel Fern Lily, 4856 First Coast Highway in Palmetto Walk Shopping Village (904-310-9351), has Amelia Island covered for style this summer, with their Raffia Fedora hats by Madagascar Hat Company ($48) and Woven Natural Straw and Turquoise Tote by Mar Y Sol ($95)—perfect for the beach or strolling around the island. Hang all your beach necessities on the Trunks and Bikinis Rack ($60). www.fernlily.com

Sensational Sparkle Bursting with color and made with durable German workmanship, the Rossellini jewelry line is fresh, bold, and new. Lucite and Swarovski crystal bubbles line up with color and sparkle! Silver alloy tubes are galvanized with Rhodium for durability. A wide selection to complement nearly anything in your wardrobe is available at Nassau Diamond Showroom, 1743 S. 8th Street, (904) 277-1993.

Vinyl Dreams Rustic Records located in Trailer Park Collectibles, Centre St. (904-4914461) is your record connection, with everything from rock, jazz, big band, country, to motion picture sound tracks, folk, and children’s music, in both 78’s and 45’s – and even needles and record players! Can’t find a record? Collector Brian McCarthy has a huge collection, so just ask. Facebook Rustic Records for the latest info., or stop by the shop.

Girlfriend Gift Available at Coastal Trader, located at 2245 Sadler Rd., this candelabra ($16) is made of wrought iron and can be used with any bottle. It makes a wonderful fall accessory or “girlfriend gift!”

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Address: 227 South 7th Street Date built: 1885 Built by: George R. Fairbanks Builder: Robert S. Schuyler Current use: Bed & Breakfast Current Owners: Theresa & Bill Hamilton

G R E AT H O U S E S O F F E R N A N D I N A

The Fairbanks House BY DICKIE ANDERSON • PHOTO BY JAN JOHANNES

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he Fairbanks House, located in Fernandina Beach’s historic district, is sure to impress. It is set back off the street on a generous lot. One is struck by the number of architectural details that make houses of the Victorian period distinctive, such as the Italianate design, which is evident in the vertical lines and distinctive tower. Her colors are very close to the original, and she features elegant balustrade porches, dormers, bay windows, massive chimneys, and an oriel window. To the rear of the house, facing 6th Street, there are two cottages that served as quarters for the Fairbanks’ servants. One of the two cottages may have been the island’s first schoolhouse. The four-story home with its imposing 15-foot tower was built of the finest materials and designed by Robert Sands Schuyler, a New York architect. Schuyler’s distinctive talent is evident in many island homes, as well as in the architectural gem, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, located at Atlantic and 8th Streets. The house features 12-foot ceilings, floors of heart pine, a fireplace in every major room, and a striking staircase leading to the upper floors. There are many special touches throughout the house that demonstrate the details in which Fairbanks took such delight. For example, unique tiles were used to frame two of the fireplaces on the main floor. The tiles in the parlor are illustrations taken from the plays of Shakespeare. In the dining room, the fireplace tiles portray a more playful theme: Aesop’s fables. When originally built, townspeople called it “Fairbanks’ Folly.” Some speculated that a house with so many rooms (20)

and ten fireplaces was frivolous and, therefore, a folly. Another much-repeated theory behind the folly moniker is that Mrs. Fairbanks did not like the elaborate house or furniture when it was given to her as a surprise by her husband. George Fairbanks was an innovator—and there were lots of firsts at the “Folly.” The house had the first telephone, the first elevator, and the first concrete sidewalk on the island. Fairbanks was also a man with an amazing list of honors and deeds. Originally from New York, Fairbanks was a fruit grower, a noted historian, a lawyer, an editor of the Florida Mirror, and a major in the Confederate Army. After his military service, he was actively involved in the reconstruction of the University of the South at Sewanee. Sewanee alumni are familiar with Rebel’s Rest, the cottage Fairbanks built on the campus soon after Appomattox. Fairbanks and his family lived in the cottage as a residence six months of the year, enjoying the cooler mountain air during the heat of summer. A proud Floridian, Fairbanks served as state senator from 1846 to 1848. In 1856, he founded the Florida Historical Society and served as the organization’s first president when the society reorganized in 1902. He was a successful citrus grower and the first president of the Florida Fruit Growers. Much of the wood on the first floor was brought from some of the family’s orange groves near Gainesville. After the Fairbanks family moved away, members of the Marcellus Williams family (related to the Fairbanks) lived in the home. At one time, the large, elegant home was even a private school. It currently operates as a successful bed and breakfast.

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SEPTEMBER 2012 TIDES AT THE AMELIA RIVER Day

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On the first of the month, the sun rises at 7:02 a.m. DST and sets at 7:48 p.m. DST. On the last day of the month, the sun rises at 7:18 a.m. DST and sets at 7:12 p.m. DST. Daylight hours decrease an average of 1.7 minutes per day.

SEPTEMBER Weather Avg. High 85 degrees Avg. Low 73 degrees Avg. Precip 7.73 inches

While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained herein is accurate, Amelia Islander Magazine shall not be liable for any damages of any kind resulting from use or reliance on this chart.

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But here on Amelia Island, couples rediscover each other on an island ripe with history and Victorian charm, and where the South comes to loosen its collar for seaside living. Come unwind in this place that Time decided to pass gently by, and find yourself slowed to its carriage-drawn pace.

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around town 2012

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

SEPTEMBER 7

Come find farm-direct fruits and vegetables, organic products, specialty foods, gourmet baked goods, specialty plants and more. 9am – 1pm. For more info, visit fernandinafarmersmarket.com.

The Historic Fernandina Business Association proudly presents Sounds on Centre, a free community concert held the first Friday of each month (March – October) in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. Taking place on Centre Street between Second and Front streets from 6 to 8pm, each free concert is another chance for friends to bring their chairs and their dancing shoes to enjoy a wide variety of local bands. For more information, call (904) 277-0717.

Fernandina Farmers’ Market

SEPTEMBER 5

Brown Bag Lunch For this lunch, Jim Longacre will deliver a presentation on the connection between Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, and Amelia Island. We will explore both men’s unexpected rise to prominence, and discuss the events that led these two American icons to spend time on Amelia Island. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gray at 261-7378, ext 102, or gray@ameliamuseum.org.

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SEPTEMBER 8

First Annual Council on Aging Walk-A-Thon The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise presents this first annual walk-a-thon honoring grandparents at 10 am, which raises money for services that COA offers to seniors and caregivers, and to help fund their transportation services. All donations go directly for senior services. The 5K walk begins at the COA’s new transportation center at 102 N. 13th St. Checkin is at 9am. Suggested donation: $20 per person ($25 day of event). To register, please call the COA at (904) 261-0701 or visit the website at www.coanassau.com/events.

SEPTEMBER 13

Amelia Island Lighthouse Tours Guided tours of the lighthouse are held the first and third Wednesdays of every month at 10am. Cost is $5 for adults; $3 for children 12 and under. Tours are limited to 25. Participants should meet at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center, 2500 Atlantic Ave. Pre-registration is required 24 hours in advance. For more information, call the Fernandina Recreation Department at (904) 277-7350.

SEPTEMBER 6, 13, 20, 27

Open Mic Night at The Florida House Inn

An informal group of women who meet to discuss financial and related issues affecting us all. Come and ask the questions you have always wanted to ask and get insight to the questions you haven’t thought of yet. Financial answers and ideas over a glass of wine. Begins at 5:30pm. For more information, call (904) 305-2608.

SEPTEMBER 8

Second Saturday Artrageous Artwalk A free event on the second Saturday each month in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach from 5:30 – 8:30pm. Thirteen participating galleries offer a diverse selection of art. For information, call (800) 226-3542, or visit ameliaisland.com.

SEPTEMBER 7

Isle of Amelia Executive Suites Open House Come see the newly renovated Isle of Amelia Executive Suites on First Coast Hwy from 4 7pm. Refreshments and hors d’oruvres will be served. For imformation, contact Dan Nolan at (904) 753-4179.

NFHLA Charity Golf Invitational North Florida Hotel & Lodging Association will host its annual charity golf tournament at the Ocean Links golf course. Registration begins at 8am and the driving range will be opened. A Shotgun start will begin at 9am. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Claude Collins Hospitality Scholarship. Cost is $125 per player. Visit www.northfloridalodging.com for more information and to register.

Men’s Health Fair & Prostate Cancer Screenings In recognition of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Southeast Georgia Health System will host a men’s health fair, which will include free prostate cancer screenings, as well as cholesterol, blood pressure, height and weight, and colorectal cancer screenings kits, from 5-7pm at Camden Family Medicine Center, 501 N. Kings Bay Road, Kingsland, Ga. Health experts will be available to answer questions. Appointments are not necessary. Men age 45 or older, or anyone with a family history of prostate cancer, are encouraged to attend. For more info, call 1-800-537-5142, ext. 5160 or visit sghs.org.

SEPTEMBER 27

Benefit Concert with The Drifters

SEPTEMBER 19

The original Drifters will be appearing in concert at La Tierra Promentida (the old First Baptist Church) at Fifth & Alachua streets at 7:30pm. The concert will benefit the Interfaith Dinner Network, which feeds the hungry and homeless of Fernandina Beach at the Salvation Army’s Hope House. Some of the Drifters classic hits include: “Under the Boardwalk”, “Up on the Roof”, “This Magic Moment”, and “Save the Last Dance for Me”. The opening act for the show will be local singers/songwriters Joey and Jeannie. General admission tickets are $40 and are available at First Coast Community Bank in Fernandina Beach and Yulee, and online after September 1 at www.idnfernandina.net.

The Amelia Island Museum of History offers a presentation on the third Friday of the month. The presentations are on a variety of different

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SEPTEMBER 14 – 16

Amelia Island Blues Festival

All local musicians are invited to show their talents at Open Mic Night from 7:30pm – 10pm. All ages are welcome to perform or just sit back and enjoy the sounds of our local musicians. Event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (904) 412-7665.

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topics, but each relate to the history of the island. The event takes place in Baker Hall in the museum. Cost is $5 per person (free for members). For more information, call (904) 277-0717 or visit www.ameliamuseum.org.

Come experience Amelia Island and get your blues on! The Second Annual Amelia Island Blues Festival includes three days of outstanding music featuring Albert Castiglia, David Gerald II, Sean Dwight, Shemekia Copeland, and The Nouveau Honkies. Enjoy great food, beer, wine and more, all with the amazing Atlantic Ocean in the background. For more information, please call (904) 310-6153 or visit the website at www.ameliaislandbluesfestival.com.

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heers!” to the organizers of the Amelia Island Wine Festival! It’s not just Amelia Island’s first wine festival: this is the first festival ever to feature exclusively Florida wine and the talented people who make it. “We are making history!” says Tom Thomas, who works with Florida’s Certified Farm Winery Program. In case you didn’t know it, wine has been produced in Florida for centuries. Experts say that French Huguenot settlers made the first wine in the new world in the mid-1500’s. They used the plump, juicy Muscadine grapes found growing wild near St. Augustine. Muscadines, scuppernong grapes, and other native fruits have been the foundation of Florida wines ever since. Today, there is much more to the story. After decades of research and experimentation, Florida wine growers are finally producing hybrid “bunch” grapes that can tolerate our high humidity. Vintners can make lighter and drier wines than previously possible in Florida, and people are starting to notice. Over the past ten years, Thomas says, industry sales have increased, along with interest in starting new wineries. Plus, several new wines have won international wine competitions and praise far beyond the Sunshine State. The festival, set for October 13 on the waterfront in downtown Fernandina Beach, is the brainchild of Jan Smith, organizer of the successful Fernandina Farmers Market and the Amelia Island Garden Show. A former Californian who worked with Napa Valley wineries for many years, Smith says wine festivals are very popular, but consist mostly of distributers showing out-of-state, mass-produced wines. “I thought, ‘why not have a festival where people can try local wines and meet the actual vintners?’” says Smith. “It fits in with the Farmers Market’s emphasis on knowing where your food is coming from and supporting local farmers.” Ticketholders can sample from over 100 dry, sweet, red, white, rose, organic, dessert, and sparkling wines from fourteen Florida wineries. Many are made from the new Blanc du Bois grape, which was named for a French winemaker who came to Florida in 1882 and started a vineyard near Tallahassee. Royal Manor Winery will showcase its award-winning Blanc du

Bois, and San Sebastian Winery and Old Oaks Vineyards will present their new Blanc de Bois blends. SeaBreeze Winery, the state’s largest vineyard, will bring both dry and sweet medalists. Unusual wines made from fruits will also be featured, including tropical, citrus, and berry wines from Florida Orange Groves and Winery in St. Petersburg and mango, lychee, and guava specialties from Schnebly Redland’s Winery

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in Homestead. Don’t miss Royal Manor Winery’s “Southern Passion,” a blend of peaches and passion fruit, or the 100 percent organic wines from Monticello Vineyards near Tallahassee. You may even find a carrot, honey, pumpkin, or avocado wine to suit your fancy! While sampling, you can pair your favorites with signature dishes from top local restaurants BarZin Bistro, Ciao, Espana, and Salt, the fine dining restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. You’ll also enjoy browsing through tantalizing displays of gourmet food, fresh cheeses, and wine-related mementos— all of that set against the backdrop of our beautiful harbor and set to live music. So come raise a glass to talented wine makers, adventurous wine lovers, and refreshing new Florida wines. To learn more, go to www.AmeliaWine.com or call (904) 491-4872.

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ummer’s heat may stop us from putting new plants in the ground, but it doesn’t have to stop us from planning other improvements. This summer, I’ve been thinking about all of the beds, paths, and visual focal points we can use in our gardens. One wonderful way to accent a garden is with stones. Rock gardens are always fun and can be complemented by a variety of attractive plants, like succulents, bromeliads, small ferns, and trailing herbs, like thyme or mint. You can do many things with stones, like accenting a bed with a boulder, outlining a garden area, or making paths with ¾-inch river rock. Fine pine mulch will enhance the look of your river rock path. Just put in edging around the gardens to hold in the dirt and mulch and to retain the stone in the paths. It’s a very simple and elegant look. There are several types of mulch available. My favorite is the fine pine, nicknamed “coffee grounds.” A finely processed mulch, it has been treated to help keep the ants and bugs away. Then you have the small mini-pines, which make a very attractive and long-lasting mulch. The large chunk pine is used for very large areas. There is also the cypress

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mulch. I prefer the natural shade to the colored cypress mulch, as it lasts longer, doesn›t fade, and doesn›t look so artificial. Last, but not least, is the pine straw. This mulch is known to decompose faster than the other mulches, and it makes a very good hiding place for snakes, rodents, and bugs. It does keep down the weeds, but in the long run it ends up costing more because you have to continuously replenish it. The notion that fine pine mulch blows away is false. If, after putting down the fine pine, you wet it thoroughly, it will be set for as long as you want it. I have had customers who refresh it no more than every two to three years. When blowing leaves, keep the blower end a good 18 inches above the mulch and you will not disturb it.

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How about a water feature with crushed oyster shell or granite surrounding it? Water features come in every size, from tiny to large. A small fountain with a trickle of water can be just as pleasing as the rushing sounds of a waterfall in a pond. You can put them in any yard, choosing a size that is appropriate for your space. A variety of water plants are available to complement the pond or fountain. If you don’t want to get an elaborate fountain, there are tabletop ones for your patio or in the house. Oriental gardens sometimes feature dry river beds that are made with small river rock interspersed with some interesting larger rocks. The area around or along the river bed can be planted with drought-resistant shrubs and flowers, like lantana, buddleia, elaeagnus, pineapple guava, pyracantha, plumbago, crape myrtle, golden rain tree, juniper, nandina, and oleander, to name a few. Add a bench or a Buddha statue and you have a simple Zen garden! If you have questions on any of these garden features, you can e-mail me at bamorrell@aol.com. In the meantime, Happy Gardening!

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Left and above: A custom kitchen with zebra wood cabinets and an open dining room offers ocean views. Reclaimed wood and a fantasy crystal pirate ship chandelier are reminiscent of Amelia Island’s colorful north end history.

the age of fifteen. Settling in Atlanta as an adult, it took just a few vacations to Amelia Island to seal the deal. After living on the south end, where Carolyn owned a unique pottery shop called “There!”, Carolyn moved her inventory to her friend Robyn Branch’s store, as Robyn wished to diversify her interior design shop to include outdoor items. That’s when InsideOut Home & Garden, located on South 8th Street, was born. With help from Robyn and horticulturist Philip L. Standifer, Carolyn’s home and gardens are always a work in progress— and the work is superb. Naturally, one-of-a-kind Chinese pottery pieces are everywhere in and around the home, but as Carolyn was born

with a unique sense of style, the house is also filled with many unusual pieces of furniture, art, and home goods. She had the house built with an open feel to capture the look of an old beach house, then added modern touches. The zebra wood cabinets, high-style appliances, distinctive color combinations, and even a crystal pirate ship chandelier, stand out from the reclaimed wood floors and wooden grid ceilings. Carolyn’s favorite colors are teal and sunset orange, and she has used various shades of these colors throughout the house, most dramatically in the bedrooms. The bathrooms resemble outdoor showers, imbedded with river rocks, slate, and porcelain instead of traditional tiles. The first floor

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sitting room opens to a patio and a spacious outdoor kitchen, which Carolyn uses as a convenient “potting shed,” so to speak. Beyond the patio is her garden, her pride and joy. “I love to weed,” laughs Carolyn. ‘It’s relaxing to me.” She has a happy and easygoing attitude about gardening. “If a plant isn’t doing well in one place, I just move it somewhere else. I love succulents especially, and they love this climate, but I also have lots of herbs, as well as many native plants.”

There are roomy balconies off the front and back of the house, which are breezy and delightful no matter what the season. “You can enjoy the ocean views or watch the deer in Fort Clinch,” says Carolyn. “It’s like living in two different climates at one time, with nature all around. This end of Amelia Island is very different, and very special.” Carolyn Carr has definitely found her “real thing.”

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hen Nassau Health Foods opened their in-house café, The Mustard Seed, folks on Amelia Island stood up and applauded. Finally, a health food-style restaurant with great tasting food that actually makes you feel good, because it’s good for you! Café manager and caterer Stephanie Christopher loves her job and her customers, and staff members Wes Goode and Christopher Deeham work closely with Stephanie to create delicious and healthy menu items. I stopped into The Mustard Seed for a late lunch with my friend, Bruce, and the place was hopping, even as late in the day as it was. We were eager to try some of their lunch offerings, and began our meal with a glass of Blueberry Iced Tea, an herbal blend that was thirst-quenching and tasty. I love gazpacho, and, thankfully, that was on the menu that day, a perfect warm-weather soup. It was served ice cold and loaded with fresh garden tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots. We also shared a Veggie Quesadilla, a whole wheat tortilla filled with all my favorite super foods: sweet potatoes, spinach, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, and onions. The quesadilla was served with a fresh tomato and corn salsa and garnished with cilantro and sour cream. This is a scrumptious dish; no wonder it is so popular at The Mustard Seed. I like that the tortilla was lightly browned with a little crunch. Since Christopher offered me a tasting menu, we also got to try a slice of their Spanakopita Quiche, made with spinach and feta cheese. The crust was very nice on this quiche, crispy and flaky, and served at the proper temperature —not too hot—just as quiches should be served. We also split their soon-to-be-famous Turkey Burger, served on toasted Ciabatta bread. This burger was delicious and extremely moist, which is something of a feat, as ground turkey can be dry at times. The meat was flavored with a blackening seasoning and had a good bit of spice to it. I liked that the sandwich had lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts, avocado, and a garlic mayonnaise that paired perfectly with this flavorful burger. We

also got to try two varieties of quinoa salad, one a Southwestern variety and the other a curry. Quinoa is a South American grain that is very high in protein and has a lovely, mild taste and consistency, and can be prepared with many different herbs and other vegetables. Both varieties were delicious! Naturally, I was looking forward to dessert, and after eating such a healthy meal I didn’t have a bit of guilt gobbling down

the Carrot Cupcake with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing. These cupcakes are incredible, and I would suggest getting an extra one to take home with you! The cupcake was moist and sweet, with pineapple, pecans, and coconut added, along with the carrots. The icing was rich and not too sweet. Yummy! The Mustard Seed Café is open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday for breakfast and lunch, and also offers catering. They also can accommodate those with gluten-free, lactose-free, vegetarian, or vegan diets. In addition, delicious and healthy dinner entrees are displayed in their deli case, so you can enjoy their food anytime!

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Le Clos serves dinner nightly by candlelight in a charming 1906 cottage. Eclectic wine menu. Reservations recommended. LE CLOS RESTAURANT 20 South Second Street

904-261-8100 29 South ~ This eclectic bistro has it all; great

ambiance, fantastic food, an extensive wine list and reasonable prices. The menu can best be described as traditional world cuisine with modern, whimsical twist, where award-winning executive chef and owner Scotty Schwartz paints a playground for the palette. Choose from entrees including: lobster corn dogs with spicy horseradish ketchup spiked with ketel one vodka, seared scallops on green tea smoked thai curry nage topped with crispy calamari straws, and sweet tea brined smithfield farm pork chop on macaroni gratin with warm blackberry preserves. 29 South also features grilled pizzas, sandwiches, and nightly specials. 29 South Third Street, Historic Downtown, (904) 277-7919, www.29southrestaurant.com. Bar Zin ~ Inspired by 30 years in the hospitality industry and numerous trips to Napa and Sonoma, our philosophy at Bar Zin is quite simple: create a fun relaxed upbeat indoor / outdoor atmosphere where friends and families can enjoy creative, fresh American bistro cuisine. In addition, we offer a diverse beverage menu consisting of great wines, local brews, and Saki martinis. Whenever possible, it is our intention to utilize local farmers, local products, and local businesses to create a farm-to-table style menu. Our vision was to design a neighborhood atmosphere where everyone will feel welcome, whether you are enjoying a full meal, appetizers, or just stopping in for a cold beverage; a place that will attract a diverse clientele which in turn makes it a place where everyone will have a relaxing and fun time. www.barzin-bistro-winebar.com. Lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch. Major credit cards. 4924 First Coast Hwy at Palmetto Walk Shopping Village. (904) 310-6620. The Beach Club At Amelia ~ Experience one of a kind ocean views while you dine! The Beach Club At Amelia is centrally located near the roundabout at 2080 S. Fletcher Avenue, within walking distance of multiple hotels and only steps to the beach. Inviting decor, scenic views, ample menu selections and a full liquor bar are just a few of the reasons to patronize this beautiful establishment! Tuesday-Thursday 11am to 3pm; 5:30pm-9pm, Friday and Saturday 11am to 9pm, Sunday 11am to 7pm. (The bar remains open each day after the kitchen closes, until the fun ends!). (904) 4328978 or (904) 881-0131.

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5472 First Coast Hwy. (located between Ritz-Carlton and Omni AIP)

Monday-Sunday 4:30PM - 9:30PM 904.491.1999 • 904.261.9400 Outdoor dining. Private room available for large parties. Catering and takeout available. Reservations suggested.

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2 LOCATIONS to serve you! 530 Centre St. Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 (904) 277-2011 96096 Lofton Square Ct. Yulee, FL 32034 (904) 491-6955

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Lunch - Tue. – Fri. 11:30am - 2:30pm Sat. & Sun. 11:30am - 3pm Southern Bistro Fare Mermaid Bar Open Wed. – Sun. 5 - 10pm Drink Specials Nightly 22 SOUTH THIRD STREET 904-491-3322 WWW.FLORIDAHOUSEINN.COM

Lunch Mon - Sat 11:30am - 3pm Dinner Fri & Sat 5:30 - 9pm Closed Sundays (904) 432-8213 19 South 3rd Street Historic Downtown Fernandina

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Bonito Grill and Sushi ~ Bonito Grill & Sushi offers guests a unique dining experience with an “East meets West” fusion cooking style. Enjoy miso-rubbed Chilean Sea Bass, black bean & garlic Maine lobster, hoisin citrus glazed salmon, or one of our chef’s daily fusion specials. Dine in the casual sushi bar area, or for a more elegant evening, select from our extensive wine list and indulge in the experience of our warm, contemporary dining room. Monday through Saturday, join us for lunch, and try Bonito’s popular Bento lunch box. Our full bar, eclectic menu, and unique atmosphere will provide a new twist to your normal lunch or dinner routine. 614 Centre St. 261-0508. www.bonitogrillandsushi.com Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Sat. 12:00-2:30pm, Dinner: 7 days, 5:30-9:30pm V/MC/AE. Brett’s Waterway Cafe ~ The only restaurant on the island where you can dine overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, Brett’s offers a wide choice of seafood, chicken and beef with daily specials both at lunch and dinner. The view of the water, the impeccable service and the refined ambiance will enhance your dining pleasure. The large rectangular bar overlooking the Fernandina Harbor Marina is a pleasant place to enjoy a drink. Open seven days. At the marina on Front Street. 261-2660. Open 7 days, Mon-Sat L, D, $$$, F. Café Karibo ~ Located on North 3rd St. just off Centre Street in the historic downtown district. It has a cozy interior with a funky, laid-back setting. It’s most striking feature is its naturally shaded outdoor dining patio. Great selection of sandwiches, salads, and soups for lunch. Tasty nightly fresh fish specials, theme nights (Tue: Trivia with Angie. Prizes each night.), and live music in the patio most Friday and Saturday nights. Kid friendly. Vegetarian items on the menu. Open: 11am–9pm Tue thru Sat; Sunday 11am–8pm with lunch menu specials; Mon 11am–3pm. Fresh-brewed beer available in the Café and in the brew pub—The Karibrew— located next door. Food prices are relatively lowlunch average $10 pp; dinner $20 pp (generous portions). Le Clos ~ Located in Fernandina’s Historic District, Le Clos serves delicious Provençal dishes, by candlelight and music, in a charming, intimate, 1906 cottage. Patio garden seating available, weather permitting. Eclectic wine list. Monday-Saturday 5:30-9:00 PM. Reservations recommended. 30 South Second Street. (904)261.8100. www.leclos.com. D, $$$, B/W. Crab Trap ~ Nautical decor and friendly service makes for a casual, relaxing atmosphere. Dinner daily offers seafood—fried, grilled, broiled, or blackened—as well as steaks, chicken and oysters year round. Entrees $8.95 - $18.95. Call for seasonal hours. Beer, wine, and cocktails. Family owned and operated since 1979. 31 N 2nd Street, 261-4749. $$$ V/MC/D. España ~ Featuring Old World cuisine from Portugal and Spain, España offers an intriguing menu in a comfortably elegant atmosphere in

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dining out downtown Fernandina Beach. Owner/chef Roberto Pestana serves mouthwatering tapas like Grouper Ceviche, Portobello al La España, and Shrimp with Garlic, all served with España’s homemade bread. Entrees include a classic Seafood Paella, and a variety of fresh local seafood and meats. España also features an extensive wine list and an excellent homemade sangria. Available for private parties. Reservations recommended. All major credit cards. Open 7 days. 261-7700. 22 South 4th Street. $$$, L, D, B/W. Espressos Cafe ~ Food offerings at Espressos are simple and light, refined over many years by discriminating palates and freshly prepared in the best Tuscan tradition. Enjoy Old-World wines from the star vineyards of Europe and coffees and teas chosen from the finest estates in the world. Espressos boasts an elegant ambience that mirrors Europe’s finest bistros and cafés. Located in Gateway to Amelia. Open Mon. to Wed., 8 a.m to 5 p.m; Thurs. to Sat., from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Available for private events at other times. (904) 491-9800. Major credit cards. B,L,D. $$ Florida House Inn ~ Enjoy Southern cooking at its best. Menu includes Southern Bistro salads, sandwiches, soups and daily specials. The Florida House Inn is located just off Centre Street in the historic district of Fernandina Beach. The inn is the oldest surviving hotel in the state of Florida and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Lunch: Tue. – Fri. 11:30am - 2:30pm; Sat. – Sun. 11:30am - 3pm. Mermaid Bar: Open Wed. – Sun. Drink specials nightly. 22 South Third Street, 904-491-3322. L, $$, F Gennaro’s Ristorante Italiano and Pizzaria ~

Authentic Italian cuisine at its finest. Start with our Antipasto or our mussels with white wine or marinara sauce. Accent with luscious wine from our extensive selection. Try our signature dishes, such as Chicken Marsala, Veal Cacciatore with fresh mushrooms, Shrimp Fra’ Diavolo or Veal Piccata with lemon, butter, capers and white wine sauce. Specialty pizzas include Margharita, Chicken Florentine, and Shrimp Feast. 5472 First Coast Hwy (between Summer Beach check-in and Omni AIP), (904) 261-9400 and (904) 491-1999, Mon-Sun 4:00 - 9:30pm. Reservations recommended. Major credit cards. Outdoor dining and private room for large parties. Beer and wine. Gourmet Gourmet ~ Gourmet Gourmet is located between The Ritz-Carlton and AIP at the historical American Beach entrance, on the corner of Lewis Street and A1A. In addition to our fabulous selections of baked goods, appetizers, salads, & entrées to go, we also serve gourmet coffees/cappuccino/espresso with continental breakfast items, brunch, and lunch everyday. A bistro-style dinner menu is served Wed-Sat 5-9pm. AE/MC/ V/DISC 261-8973. Sun-Tues 9am-6pm; Wed-Sat 9am-Seasonal. $$, B,L,D. Hoyt House ~ Enjoy an Authentic English Tea Experience at The Hoyt House Bed & Breakfast. Our menu has fresh Scones and Crumpets made about one hour before you arrive and are usually

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still warm. A perfect balance of sweet and savory with three different Silver tray platters to choose from.Our signature Tea Sandwiches of Spiced Egg, Tarragon Chicken and the classic Cucumber are sure to please. For a different experience we also have a tray of English Cheeses and Truffle Pate. Open daily Wednesday through Sunday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm and private parties of six or more on Monday & Tuesday. Trays range from $11.95 - $39.95. Full libations offered including Bellini Cocktail, Mimosa & Bloody Mary’s to complete your experience. Reservations are required. 904-277-4300.Our menu is on-line at www.hoythouse.com. Located at 804 Atlantic Avenue on the corner of Center & 8th Avenue in the Historic District. Jack & Diane’s ~ Jack & Diane’s remains the love of the locals for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Come explore “A world of Taste all in one Place” as it is affectionately known by guests from every corner of the globe. At the crossroads of comfort and quest, you will find each dish combines homespun recipes with global influences offering new discoveries in their signature concept of “adventurous dining”. The extensive five page menu presents such a great variety that they created a $5 tasting menu, so you can explore all your cravings at once. This cozy bistro nestled in a historic home circa 1862 offers a fun-loving, unique dining experience in what is now an artists’ sanctuary. Your senses will be filled with sights, sounds and tastes from the world over in this little island gem. Tastes that echo both tradition and adventure, it’s the memories a happy life are made of. www.jackanddianescafe.com Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro ~ Located in historic downtown Fernandina, Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro serves innovative cuisine in a relaxed, island atmosphere. Enjoy fresh seafood, game, and specialty dishes in a charming 1903 home, or outside in a New Orleans-inspired courtyard. Jacksonville Magazine Top 25. Extensive wine list available. Reservations recommended. Major credit cards. 321-2558. Open seven days. D, $$$. Kelley’s Courtyard Café ~ The newest addition to Fernandina Beach’s eclectic blend of restaurants. This family friendly Café offers homemade soups, salads and sandwiches in a warm and welcoming courtyard in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach. On and Off site catering available. Please come and join us at Kelley’s we’re at 19 S. 3rd Street Fernandina Beach. (904) 432-8213 Lulu’s at the Thompson House ~ Lulu’s is more than just a sandwich shop! The dinner menu changes nightly to showcase the best available fresh, local seafood. Lunch features sandwiches, po’ boys, salads, and a wide selection of seafood “little plates.” Open for lunch and dinner Tues - Sat. Sunday Brunch from 10:30am - 3pm. Beer and wine available. Major credit cards. Reservations recommended. 11 South 7th Street. Historic Downtown Fernandina. www. lulusamelia.com. (904) 432-8394. Marker 13 Bar & Grille ~ Enjoy delicious seafood

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and a variety of hamburgers with a unique and picturesque view. Watch boats come in go in the busy bridge side marina. Toast a beautiful sunset as you sip from a wide variety of beers and wines. Casual and fun for the entire family. Kids menu available. Tuesday through Saturday 11AM-10PM Sunday 11AM – 7PM. Located at the Amelia Island Yacht Basin by the A1A bridge. 277-9619. The Mustard Seed Cafe ~ Located inside Nassau Health Foods, The Mustard Seed is Amelia Island’s only organic eatery and juice bar, with an extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials include local seafood, free range chicken and fresh organic produce. Salads, wraps, sandwiches, and soups are available —all prepared with Stephanie Christopher’s impeccable style. Popular items are chicken or veggie quesadillas, grilled mahi or salmon over mixed greens and tuna melt with Swiss cheese and tomato. Open for breakfast and lunch, 8 am - 3pm. Mon -Sat. NassauHealthFoods.net. 833 T.J. Courson Rd. (904) 277-3141. PLAE ~ PLAE (People Laughing and Eating) features a brilliant and seductive atmosphere that accompanies an incomparable menu. Both the menu and the lounge are classic, with exciting twists and unexpected elements that tantalize all appetites. Make PLAE a must on your “to do” list. Located at The Spa & Shops at Amelia Island Plantation. (904) 277-2132. D, $$$, F. Sandy Bottoms ~ Casual dining, lunch and dinner menu, outside beach bar, tables and chairs in the sand on the beach, live entertainment almost every night, feet from the ocean. We offer seafood, sandwiches, salads, and home made pizzas. Full bar inside and outside. Sliders Seaside Grill ~ The Caribbean on Amelia Island! Slider’s offers fun dining for the whole family! Exotic seafood and steaks served to order are the specials of the house. Enjoy a beautiful oceanfront view inside, or on the patio, located steps from the beach. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. at Sadler Rd. (next to the roundabout). 277-6652. L, D, $$, F. The Surf ~ Dine indoors or out on our huge, sun-drenched deck with views of the ocean across the street. The extensive menu features delicious seafood, steaks, burgers, wraps, salads and Boar’s Head sandwiches. Daily specials include our famous all-you-can-eat wings (Wed. night) and lobster special all day Sunday. Casual, fun atmosphere. Takeout available. Open daily from 11am. 29 TVs throughout. WIFI available. Full service bar. Entertainment every night and weekend afternoons. 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 261-5711. L, D, $$, F.

Service Above Self elf Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach Meets Wednesdays 12pm ~ Florida House Inn • 87 years of Rotary serve in the community • 70 years supporting scouting • Weekly meeting downtown Fernandina Beach • Scholarship program for graduating seniors • A dictionary to every third grader in Nassau County

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Luxury Living With majestic views of both the ocean and the lush beauty of Amelia Island, Carlton Dunes, located next door to The Ritz Carlton Hotel, offers a gracious lifestyle of extraordinary luxury and elegance. Generous, spacious designs of over 3,000 square feet, each home at Carlton Dunes offers four bedrooms and four baths. The open, bright ambiance is enhanced with high ceilings and large windows to let in the glorious Florida light. With only two residences per floor, Carlton Dunes also offers large covered wraparound balconies, stone floors and crown moldings. Here, life is truly gracious. The warming Florida sun rises above the Atlantic each morning to shed a golden glow on the pristine beach sands, the dune line and the spectacular 18 hole championship golf course. This is a place of spectacular natural beauty. Of hushed charm. It is a place you can call home. For more information on this exceptional property, call Marcy Mock with Summer Beach Properties at (904) 753-6500. 51 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • SEPTEMBER 2012

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6 ZACHARY COURT A rare opportunity to buy a unit in Phoenix Walk. This 2BD/2BA unit is just across the street from the Fernandina Beach Golf Club and just 1 blk. to the beach. Large screened patio opens to fenced yard and open patio. Two car garage. Just a little TLC could make this a charmer. $209,000

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203 Centre St. • Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 KarenWerling@TeamWerling.com • 904.556,9549 www.FindNortheastFloridaHomes.com Mediterranean Villa in gated “The Preserves at Summer Beach”. Best value in pool/golf/ beach/tennis community. Short distance to beach. Lovely 4 bedroom 4 bath, 2,900 sq. ft. of living with private courtyard.

96179 MARSH LAKES DRIVE $420,000 Modified Grand Cayman floorplan in desirable Marsh Lakes. Large living area, high ceilings, fabulous gourmet kitchen, six-burner Dacor gas cooktop, double ovens, walk-in pantry, Corian countertops, and stainless steel appliances. This 5 BR, 3 BA home features 3,156 square feet of living space as well as central vac, tankless hot water, plantation shutters, and many upgrades. Great family room with built-ins, surround sound speakers, and vaulted ceiling. Large master suite and master bath with shower, separate tub, and double vanity. Screened lanai and private back yard, community swim and tennis.

$489,000 95199 WILLET WAY WilletWay.info Pre-1900 built home in Historic District. Magnificently restored for modern day living and the “charm” has been meticulously maintained. Gourmet kitchen, pine floors, 4 bedrooms, 2 car garage.

$720,000 221 N. 3RD STREET AmeliaIslandHistorical.com A 104 AMELIA SURF & RACQUET CLUB $239,000 Excellent oceanfront value offers beautiful ocean views with first floor convenience. Would make a perfect beach getaway or investment opportunity. This villa has 1 BR and 1 BA and is being sold fully furnished. Well managed community offers gated access, tennis courts, walkway to beach, exercise room and pool. Lovely home has been nicely renovated with new refrigerator, dishwasher, Corian countertops, new bath/fixtures, new HVAC, new windows and new glass in sliding glass doors. Excellent rental history!

Almost 1/2 acre lush homesite on Egans preserve on a private cul-de-sac blocks from the beach. Each floor has a private porch. Lovely custom home! 3 bedrooms, 2 fireplaces and bonus room.

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OPEN HOUSE PREMIER PROPERTIES

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Walk to the beach from this duplex townhouse MLS#56808 $329,000

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Custom-built home in Golfside North at Summer Beach Resort MLS#57385 $675,000 Serenity in Amelia Island Plantation MLS#57461 $579,000

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Oceanfront Villa on the South End MLS#56581 $1,111,000

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Very desirable residence in Amelia Walk MLS#57724 $327,500

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If you have children’s books to donate, it would be greatly appreciated!

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island entertaining

GRILLED LAMB CHOPS AND ROMA TOMATOES WITH CASHEW MINT PESTO FOR THE LAMB AND TOMATOES Ingredients: Four 1 ½ inch loin lamb chops Four large Roma tomatoes (not too ripe), halved lengthwise Extra virgin olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper One garlic clove, peeled and cut in half

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his year, I finally planted an herb garden, and, as the saying goes, be careful what you wish for! I have so much parsley, basil, and mint that I barely know what to do with it all! Pesto is definitely in order, and, recently, I’ve enjoyed experimenting with different kinds of herbs, nuts, and oils. I have also harvested quite a few Roma tomatoes, and, although tomato sauce graces my weekly dinner menus, I like to grill a few when folks come to visit. Speaking of grilling, summer is my favorite season for lamb chops. I don’t like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen when the weather is hot, and grilled

lamb chops are the most delicious and expedient “company” dinner you can make. With lamb, the flavor is in the meat, so all you need is a little olive oil, salt, and pepper to season them. While my chops and tomatoes are grilling, I can sip a glass of iced tea, sweetened with stevia leaves, also from my herb garden. Perhaps my guests will like something stronger? I can use my herbs to flavor a Mojito, a Long Island Iced Tea, or even a glass of Pinot Grigio. If you don’t have your own garden, be sure to stop by the Fernandina Farmers Market for fresh tomatoes and herbs. Your guests will appreciate it!

Karen Miller is a food and lifestyle writer, as well as a former caterer. She writes the monthly “Eating Scene” column in the Amelia Islander Magazine. 60 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • SEPTEMBER 2012

Preparation: Cut the tomatoes in half and remove the seeds and pulp gently. Brush the tomatoes and lamb chops with some olive oil, rub with the garlic cloves, then season all with salt and pepper. Heat your grill to medium high, and oil it lightly. Grill the lamb chops for about 5 to 6 minutes on each side for medium rare. For the tomatoes, grill for a few minutes, cut side down, until they get soft. But don’t overcook! Serve the lamb chops and grilled tomatoes with a small condiment bowl of cashew mint pesto. I also like to serve some French bread, which you can also baste with a little olive oil and grill. CASHEW MINT PESTO Ingredients: One bunch Italian parsley One bunch basil One bunch mint 2 cloves peeled garlic ½ light olive oil or grapeseed oil ¾ cup raw cashews Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Preparation: Remove the leaves from the stems of the herbs. Place all ingredients except the salt and pepper in a food processor and blend until smooth. Remove to a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Serve in individual condiment cups.

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