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It is perhaps ﬁtting that this, our annual Home & Design special issue, arrives during these winter months, a great time for dreaming about updating or renovating our homes.
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For gardeners, winter’s dormancy, combined with the New Year, creates the perfect time for reﬂecting on our gardens and considering some changes for the year ahead. In our “In the Garden” column, Betty Morrell often refers to this as the season of “armchair gardening.” During these cooler months, when the temperatures can dip below the freezing point at night, we on Amelia Island enjoy our own short winter dormancy—retreating to the indoors, perhaps turning on that gas-lit ﬁreplace and pulling out our warm sweaters. For those of us who originally hail from up north, it’s deﬁnitely “winter-lite,” the merest suggestion of the long winter’s quiet and cold that we remember with a shiver. Yet isn’t it wonderful to enjoy the change of seasons and the way it changes our environment? On the beach recently in our ﬂeeces, we noticed that the ocean had calmed and seemed to become enervated in the thick, cool air. Tidal pools were crystal clear and still, reﬂecting the sparsely populated beach and a more quiet and pensive mood. Of course, these “winter-lite” days are frequently punctuated by warmer sunny days, but the change of scenery and mood is indeed inviting. It is perhaps ﬁtting that this, our annual Home & Design special issue arrives during these winter months, a great time for dreaming about updating or renovating our homes as we enjoy a blanket on the sofa and a warm cup in our hands. This month, we present two fascinating stories of homes that reﬂect what is important to the homeowners and what they love most. In the ﬁrst, Bob and Judy Schmonsees’ Long Point home reﬂects their love of marsh views and their desire to maximize those views by creating a home that is uniquely adapted to its unusual lot. In the second feature, on the Nolan home, the homeowner’s love of antiques is combined with her love of whimsy to create a house that is at once unique and bold, yet elegant and inviting. They are two extraordinary homes and we thank Harriet Nolan, as well as Bob and Judy Schmonsees, for so graciously inviting us in and sharing their stories with us. Also this month, we present everyone’s top room to redesign: the kitchen. We hope you’ll enjoy reading about how some local residents and local kitchen specialists have been cooking up some great designs in the kitchen. Also, don’t miss this year’s amazing speaker at the Boys & Girls Clubs’ annual event; some delicious dishes from N’Orleans from Brian Grimley of Lulu’s at the Thompson House; a lunch to love at PLaE; and much more. Read on, and you might just be inspired to do some “armchair home designing” of your own. See you around the island!
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Contributing Writers Dickie Anderson, Jan Davis, Theresa Duncan, Jim Ewing, Kate Harris, Nan Kavanaugh, Karen Miller, Betty Morrell, Julie Simmons 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
JAN/FEB 2012 9 Cover Story BUILT TO SUIT
Unafraid of an odd-shaped lot, Bob and Judy Schmonsees engaged a longtime friend and architect to create a home that is perfectly perched on the edge of the marsh— with views from nearly every room.
25 Perfectly Whimsical
37 Heart of the Home
45 Sweet Inspiration
60 Island Entertaining
Harriet Nolan’s Amelia Park home is ﬁlled to the brim with impressive antiques that are paired with whimsical colors and design—just the way she likes it.
The kitchen is the one home that people seem to love to redesign. Some local kitchen specialists and homeowners share what they love about their favorite room.
National speaker and author Bonnie St. John shares her amazing success story at the annual Boys and Girls Clubs beneﬁt at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. It’s a story—and an event—that is not to be missed.
Brian Grimley from Lulu’s at the Thompson House shares some of his favorite N’Orleans recipes and memories of the city he loves.
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ABOUT THE COVER
Everything Amelia The people, events, and history that make Amelia a special place
Galleries & Antiques Amelia’s art galleries & antique stores
In the Neighborhood Proﬁles of area businesses and organizations
Beach Combing Great shopping on Amelia Island
Maps of the Island and downtown, with telephone numbers
Tide Table Tides at the Amelia River
Around Town What’s happening around Amelia Island
Snapshots Islanders out and about
In the Garden With its showy blossoms, the “most beautiful” Caesalpinia makes a striking tree or shrub.
Eating Scene PLaE is now open for lunch – and Karen Miller was thrilled to ﬁnd a delicious and innovative menu tailored to the mid-day diner.
Open House Premium real estate offerings on and around Amelia Island
The exterior of Bob and Judy Schmonsees’ beautiful marsh-front home reﬂects a Nantucket meets Key West style. Photo by Holly Allain Photography.
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to BUILT SUIT BY JAN DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY BY HOLLY ALLAIN PHOTOGRAPHY
Above: The living room of the home is cozy and comfortable. The understated décor and stone ﬁreplace make the room an inviting gathering space. Beams from a 250-year-old Pennsylvania farmhouse are used throughout the open living/ dining/kitchen area. Inset: A large pond boat from the 1930s in a corner of the living room strikes a nautical note.
ometimes there is a piece of property that is a challenge to even the most creative architect. One such lot, in the Long Point area of Amelia Island Plantation, boasts a magniﬁcent view of the marsh and Intracoastal Waterway, yet it had been passed over by many prospective buyers because of the challenges of construction it presented. “Most people couldn’t ﬁgure out how to maximize the wonderful view,” says homeowner Bob Schmonsees. “The house needed to be perched on the edge of the marsh and designed so that it wrapped around the backside of the lot.” With the help of a talented architect, the design was creatively adapted to the unique lot, and the result is a show-stopping home. A blend of Nantucket
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Above: With its distressed cherry cabinets and farmhouse copper sink, the kitchen was designed by Island Kitchens to evoke the early 1700’s.
and Key West architecture, the home has gray shingles, a standing seam metal roof, and many gables. It sits at the end of a long drive, reaching out with many angles to command the view of the everchanging marsh. The architect, Jeff Barnes of Manchester, Vermont, just happens to be a childhood friend of Bob Schmonsees and also the brother of the well-respected local interior decorator, Wendy Smith. Jeff knew Amelia Island well, as he often came to visit Wendy, as well as their nowdeceased parents, who lived in Ocean Village in Summer Beach. Jeff was also aware that Bob had been paralyzed in a skiing accident at age 36, and so he needed a home
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that would easily accommodate his wheelchair. Those accommodations included a ramp from the garage, wider doorways, a special shower, and an elevator. Other than these elements, the focus was on designing a home to beautifully complement the lot and to reﬂect the Schmonsees’ sense of beauty. In fact, Bob has not allowed his handicap to master him or his home in any way. He plays golf from a specially adapted golf cart (which he helped design) and was the 1987 top ranked over-40 wheelchair tennis player in the world. He and Judy were high school sweethearts in River Edge, New Jersey, and they moved to Amelia Island from
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Above: The dining room becomes part of the kitchen and living room in the open design. The farm house bench is from the 1790’s and ﬁts so well between the windows, it looks as if it were part of the original blueprint. The cherry chest is from French Market Antiques.
the Washington, D.C. area. Bob, who says he is “rapidly easing into retirement,” was a software executive, has several patents to his credit, and is also a published author. They searched all along the East Coast for a retirement home for several years before deciding on Amelia Island Plantation. The beauty of the beaches and maritime forest, as well as the low-key lifestyle on Amelia, was very appealing to them. Unafraid of the challenging lot, they turned to Jeff to weave his magic.
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The Schmonsees had previously built seven houses and restored a vintage farmhouse and so they had developed a trademark style for their houses and wanted a “cozy and unpretentious” décor. The gray cedar-shake house looks as if it were plucked from some Nantucket beach. The architecture snuggles into its surroundings in an elegant and inviting way, as it juts into angles and corners, making it both adaptable to the land and interesting to the eye. To maximize the view of the marsh and Intracoastal
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Above: Porches on two levels of the house allow magniﬁcent views. The decorating is very subtle with light colored wicker furniture and sage green fabric.
Waterway, there are rear porches on two levels—one screened and one open— as well as a third-ﬂoor perch with a breathtaking panoramic view of the south end of the island. Inside the 5,200-square-foot home, a soft sage green color (Benjamin Moore’s Raindance) uniﬁes all the areas. Judy did most of the decorating, with help from Wendy Smith on fabric choices. The oak ﬂooring is especially attractive and was reclaimed from factories around the Philadelphia area. It is ﬁnished in satin varnish and the black nail holes from its previous use add interest. Two-hundred-and-fifty-year-old beams from a Pennsylvania barn are used handsomely throughout the living area, while the kitchen is designed to echo 1700’s-style cabinetry. The distressed
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cherry cabinets from Island Kitchens have beaded insets to reﬂect that early colonial ﬂavor. A copper farmhouse sink completes the picture. The master bedroom is on the ﬁrst ﬂoor with Bob’s “man-cave ofﬁce” retreat close by. Access to the upstairs two guest rooms is by a dramatic partially suspended staircase. A large open recreation area on the 2nd ﬂoor houses a pool table from the 1890’s that was once the center of attention at the Pleasure House Pool Room in Springﬁeld, Massachusetts. There is also a large guest suite over the garage for extended family visits. The Schmonsees are fortunate that no one before them had the vision to see what could be placed on this particular piece of property. Or just maybe it had their name on the mailbox all along.
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DUKE UNIVERSITY CHORALE RETURNS TO AMELIA After their acclaimed concert on Amelia in 2008, the Duke University Chorale is set to return to the Amelia Plantation Chapel on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. The primary choral group of the Department of Music at Duke, the chorale is composed of 50 singers and performs numerous concerts throughout the year, touring annually during Duke’s spring break. In previous years, the chorale has toured China, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, England, Wales, Mexico, and many parts of the U.S. Their 2012 tour will take them to southeastern U.S., with concerts in Gastonia, NC; Mt. Pleasant, SC (near Charleston); Sarasota, FL; Macon, GA; and Salisbury, NC; as well as Amelia Island. The chorale’s tour repertoire features both sacred and secular music, ranging from Renaissance to contemporary works, from serious to relaxed music, in accompanied as well as unaccompanied works. In recent years, the chorale has also performed major works with the North Carolina Symphony and other orchestras, including the Verdi and Brahms Requiems and Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert. Admission at the door is $10.
The Amelia Island Garden Show will return to Central Park in Fernandina Beach, featuring growers and nurseries from around the state who will offer a full assortment of ﬂowers and plants, fruit trees, exotic ferns, orchids, herbs, container gardens, native plants, butterﬂy-friendly plants, shrubs, garden art, stepping stones, and more. On-site experts will provide advice about “greening” your home, yard, and garden, and the “Ask the Expert” booth will feature short presentations and demonstrations on topics ranging from fertilizing to sustainable gardening. Returning this year is The Raptor Experience, an up-close encounter with Florida’s unique native and migratory birds of prey. Special discounted rates and packages for this popular two-day event are available at Amelia Hotel at the Beach (visit www.ameliahotel.com or call (877) 263-5428); ERA Fernandina Beach Realty (visit www.amelia-era.com or call (800) 741-4011); The Amelia Island Hampton Inn at the Beach (call (904) 3211111 or visit www.ameliaislandhamptoninn.com); Omni Amelia Island Plantation (visit www.omniameliaislandplantation.com or call (888) 444-6664 and mention code PROTDC when making reservations); and The Residence Inn, Amelia Island (visit www.residenceinnameliaisland.com or call (866) 245-6099). Ticket prices are $4 for one day and $5 for two days. For more information, go to www.ameliagarden.com.
FAITH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY’S 12TH ANNUAL FATHERDAUGHTER BALL “This will be a night to remember!” says Bryan Alvaré, headmaster of Faith Christian Academy, who invites all fathers and daughters to make fond memories at the 12th Annual Father~Daughter Ball on February 25, 2012, from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Enjoy live music, professional photography, and a gift basket rafﬂe. The attire is semi-formal to formal, and fathers and daughter of all ages are welcome. The cost is $85 for one father and one daughter, and $40 for each additional daughter. The price includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, a gift bag, and a memory book. Visit www.fcaangels.com or call (904) 321-2137 to purchase tickets.
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THIRD ANNUAL AMELIA ISLAND GARDEN SHOW TO TAKE PLACE MARCH 3 AND 4
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ocal glass and mosaic artist Denise Murphy was vacationing in Austria when she had an “ah-hah” moment. The source of her inspiration was the distinctive Hundertwasserhaus, an apartment complex draped in color and mosaics that attracts over one million visitors annually to a once ordinary neighborhood in Vienna, Austria. “As I stood admiring the splashes of color, I was struck by the busloads of tourists and the gift shops and restaurants that now ﬂourish there,” she recalls. “‘We could have that in Fernandina Beach!’ I thought.” That moment sparked the idea for the glimmering abstract mosaic that now gracefully winds its way around the Island Art Association (IAA) properties on N. 2nd Street. Murphy’s idea was to enliven IAA’s buildings and courtyard with architectural-type detailing that would dress up the street as well. She won immediate support from her colleagues, then a green light from the City of Fernandina Beach after she demonstrated that aesthetic, safety, and durability standards would be
met. Artists Susi Sax and Pam Bennett signed on as primary designers, and a team of multi-talented IAA artists joined them. After ﬁne tuning design concepts and construction techniques last winter, the artists were well underway by spring. Soon, the mosaic’s intriguing twists and turns were attracting scores of admirers. Over 50 people, including children, have chipped in with construction, grouting, cleaning, sanding, and other chores, and contributed thousands of chunks of brightly colored vases, tile, pottery, glass, mirrors, and mementos. “Some pieces hold special memories for people, and their inclusion is almost like a living legacy,” says Murphy. “We have fun working together - friendships are blossoming and the design seems to take on a life of its own!” Don’t miss this delightful addition to downtown. Work resumes in the spring, and you can sign up to help at the Island Art Association Gallery, located at 18 N 2nd Street, Fernandina Beach. For more information, call (904) 261-7020. ~ Wilma Allen
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s Amelia Islanders, we all share a love of the coast. Yet many of us also relish city environments. Nicole Herbert, owner of Vignette Design, brings that love of both coastal and city aesthetics to her interior design studio, where she offers complete home redesign services, from renovation to real estate staging. “My goal is to provide high quality, functional furnishings, along with well-planned use of space and uniqueness,” says Herbert. “When clients’ personalities exude in a design, I know I’ve created a personal style, which is ultimately my job.” Herbert studied at Georgia State University and worked in London at the renowned Designers Guild. “Trisha Guild is a global leader in interiors, and working for her was the greatest education,” explains Herbert. Next, she worked in Manhattan for some of the country’s most esteemed interior designers on show homes, set designs, print media, and homes in landmark buildings. Relocating to Amelia Island to be closer to extended family, Herbert and her family love it here. “The area has many features we loved about urban living—you can ride a bike to work, and there is great cultural history.” Herbert also enjoys the simplicity and colors of coastal design. “Melding these coastal elements with the logic of urban living is the most satisfying part of my work.” Vignette Design is located at 3 South Third Street in downtown Fernandina Beach. For more information, go to www.vignette-design.com or call (904) 3210367. And look for their new line of housewares in 2012!
melia Island boasts a rich history, with historic architecture to match, and this is exactly the market for architect Richard Sasser’s talents. With a degree in architecture from the University of Florida, Sasser has been in business since 1993, with ofﬁces in Athens, Brunswick/St. Simons, and Waycross, GA, as well as Amelia Island. The family is originally from Waycross, GA, and three generations of Sassers have enjoyed a second home on Amelia. Today, Richard and his wife, Donna, continue the tradition. “Our island has such friendly people, many of whom we’ve known for years, and it’s wonderful to do business here,” says Sasser. He especially appreciates the Amelia Island Jazz Festival and the downtown. “Fernandina’s historic architecture has an aesthetic appeal that people are just drawn to,” says Sasser. “I love restoring that architecture, as well as the challenge of making historic buildings comfortable for today’s living standards.” In addition to historic projects, Sasser specializes in small and mid-size medical projects, including the Satilla Regional Medical Center Specialty Surgeons building, and renovation of the Satilla Regional ER Department, both in Waycross. “I take a lot of pride in my association with such important facilities,” he explains. “The challenge of creating spaces that are both highly adapted to their function, while also embracing a high level of design aesthetics, is very rewarding.” To learn more, visit www.wras.com or call (904) 277-1230. Sasser is now offering a free initial consultation for medical and commercial projects.
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New Shipments in January A carefully gathered selection of English & French antiques, home accessories, outdoor and garden furniture, slipcovered and upholstered furniture, children’s gifts, fashion accessories, books, and gifts.
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whimsical BY JAN DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID BURGHARDT, ISLAND PHOTOGRAPHY
A Inset top: Amelia Park is well known for its welcoming front porches. Black wicker is the perfect foil for splashes of color. Top: Soaring ceilings in the living room allow space for massive antiques. This room showcases Harriet Nolan’s attractive and disparate furnishings.
recent article in The Wall Street Journal proclaimed: “The era of the perfect home has passed. This is fortunate for two reasons: One because perfection is, of course, unattainable, and the other, because it is boring.” While perfection may be unattainable, this Amelia Park home is perfectly suited to its owner, Harriet Nolan– and it’s anything but boring. “Eclectic” might be a better description, as the decorating is drawn from many different and disparate sources, but it is also whimsical, reﬂecting Harriet’s light-hearted, fun-spirited love of fabrics, furniture, and art. “I love whimsy,” she says, “but with a little bit of sophistication.” Harriet moved to Amelia Island six years ago from Waycross, Georgia. She and her late husband, Tom, bought a condominium during the construction phase of the Dunes Club in the mid-1980’s
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and spent a lot of vacation time here, along with numerous other Waycross families who have found their way to the island. When Tom died suddenly while attending a University of Georgia football game, life for Harriet changed dramatically. His family owned the Pepsi company in Waycross and they had been living in a home that Harriet had designed for Tom and their two daughters, a stone mansion on 30 acres where they raised St. Bernard puppies. When the property was sold to an evangelist who planned to use it for religious retreats, Harriet was ready to start anew. She had one daughter in Greenville, SC., and another here, living in Oyster Bay Harbour. The choice was easy: Living here would give Harriet the opportunity to see both daughters and the four grandchildren on a regular schedule, as her daughter in South
Top: A love of color is displayed in the two upstairs guest rooms. This one has twin beds with canopies above them.
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A cozy dining room is enhanced by family antiques. The china cabinet and chandelier were purchased from French Market Antiques. The fresh ﬂower arrangement from Artistic Florist complement the antiques.
One of the massive antiques Harriet Nolan brought from her former home is this Bavarian chest carved in the Black Forest of Germany. One of the ﬁgures is holding the world on his shoulders.
Carolina loves to visit the island and its beautiful beaches. Yet Harriet had difﬁculty ﬁnding just the right location on Amelia Island for her home. She wanted to be in a community “with people.” “It was important to me as a single woman to ﬁnd a neighborhood with a closeness to it,” she says. “Once I drove into Amelia Park, I knew I had found my home.” The real estate market was at its peak, however, and there were only two houses available in all of Amelia Park. When she saw the home she ﬁnally purchased, she describes it as like walking into a snow bank: “Everything was white, white, white. I knew I could add my touches though, and what the house did have was enough wall space for three massive
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antiques I was bringing from my Waycross home.” The biggest challenge was ﬁnding one large open space in the house for entertaining. Although the home has large square footage and four bedrooms and three baths, she discovered on Thanksgiving that there was not an adequate area to accommodate a dining table to seat all of her family. Always one to improvise, she placed her table, extended with all its leaves, in the garage. After the holiday was over, she realized that she really liked having that outsized spot for parties and quickly made the garage into a permanent part of the house. She put travertine tile on the ﬂoor and had a friend—Janie Atkinson, formerly of Amelia Island, but now
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Top: The homeowner has turned the garage into a large sunken family room with travertine tile on the ﬂoor and faux painting on the walls. A bamboo garden has been created and silk ivy seems to grow from what was once the rear wall of the home. Inset: An eclectic array of the owner’s favorite pieces include an elephant with mother-of-pearl inlay found in Africa and a Boehm porcelain rose and a sea-urchin paper weight from French Market Antiques.
in Charleston—faux-paint the walls. Although Harriet added large walls of glass in the garage door openings, she retained the original roll-down garage doors for privacy and light control and had Janie use her faux-paint-magic to turn the doors into a bamboo garden. Janie also constructed and painted a large screen to hide utility areas and applied silk ivy as if it were growing on the brick wall surrounding one of her large paintings. Jamie and Eric Miklas fashioned a “tiki hut” in the center of the room for an intimate area. Harriet can now seat 28 people in her whimsical garage-turned-family-room. Harriet credits many of the artisans on the island for helping her create her fantasy home. Much of the upholstery has been fabricated by Bruce Blacker of Eight Flags Upholstery, who assisted
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Harriet in the mixing and matching of unorthodox textile combinations. Slip covers have been made by Christy Dinkins, but it was Judy Nelson of the recently closed French Market Antiques who ﬁnally said to Harriet, “That’s it. You cannot get one more piece of furniture in this house!” It is easy to see that Harriet Nolan has a joie de vivre when it comes to décor. She has pulled together many unconnected pieces and ﬁlled her space to overﬂowing. “I have never ever regretted coming here,” she says. “The house has been fun to decorate and I have loved incorporating the madness of color to the home.” Harriet Nolan’s home has achieved her own perfection. Whimsical? Yes. Boring? Never.
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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2012 TIDES AT THE AMELIA RIVER Day
JANUARY 1 SUN 8:59 AM 9:13 PM 9:55 AM 10:03 PM 3 TUE 10:49 AM 10:53 PM 4 WED 11:41 AM 11:41 PM 5 THU 12:30 PM 12:30 AM 1:17 PM 1:17 AM 2:01 PM 2:02 AM 2:43 PM 2:44 AM 3:22 PM 3:26 AM 4:01 PM 4:08 AM 4:40 PM 4:52 AM 5:22 PM 5:40 AM 6:07 PM
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14 SAT 6:33 AM 6:57 PM 15 SUN 7:33 AM 7:53 PM 16 MON 8:38 AM 8:53 PM
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5:58 AM 6:16 PM 6:48 AM 7:04 PM 7:34 AM 7:50 PM 8:17 AM 8:34 PM 9:00 AM 9:17 PM 9:41 AM 10:00 PM 10:22 AM 10:43 PM 11:04 AM 11:28 PM 11:48 AM
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6:30 AM 6:49 PM 29 SUN 7:19 AM 7:33 PM 30 MON 8:11 AM 8:21 PM 31 TUE 9:07 AM 9:13 PM FEBRUARY 1 WED 2 THU
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Last Quarter New Moon First Quarter Full Moon
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27 MON 6:39 AM 6:45 PM 28 TUE 7:25 AM 7:31 PM 29 WED 8:18 AM 8:24 PM
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JANUARY Weather FEBRUARY Weather On the ﬁrst of January, the sun rises at 7:23 a.m. EST and sets at 5:35 p.m. EST. On the Avg. High 63 degrees Avg. High 65 degrees Avg. Low 47 degrees last day of February, the sun rises at 6:53 a.m. Avg. Low 44 degrees Avg. Precip 3.82 inches Avg. Precip 3.17 inches EST and sets at 6:23 p.m. EST.
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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The world’s most famous detective is called to investigate a diamond theft at an Opera House in this original stage play based on the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Holmes must use his skills of observation and disguise, along with audience participation to solve the mystery. Cost is $5 for adults, free for kids under 13. For more information, call (904) 277-1225.
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Fernandina Farmers’ Market Come ﬁnd farm-direct fruits and vegetables, organic products, specialty foods, gourmet baked goods, specialty plants and more. 9am – 1pm. For more information, visit www.fernandinafarmersmarket.com.
JANUARY 9 – 31
“The Endangered Life” Art Exhibit The Betty P. Cook Nassau Center Art Gallery will host this art exhibit by Rick Cannizzaro. Rick Cannizzaro is a nationally recognized artist/ author whose paintings include everything from coastal beaches to exotic forests. A public reception is scheduled on January 12th, from 6:30-8pm. The reception will include a participatory exhibit for children. The Gallery is located in the Nassau Center Library in B103. For more info or directions, call 904-548-4467.
Annual Literary Luncheon Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library will present Lu Vickers, author of Cypress Gardens, America’s Tropical Wonderland: How Dick Pope Invented Florida which won the 2011 Bronze Medal for Florida Non-Fiction. Vickers will share her motivations for writing this book and her research on Pope’s creation. Vickers will also discuss the park’s decline, the changes in management, as well as its outlook for the future as part of LEGOLAND Florida. Cost is $35 for FOL members, $45 for non-members. For more information, visit www.nassaureads.com.
The Art of Paul Massing The Seventh Street Gallery invites you to a new showing of the work of painter Paul Massing. In addition to his captivating abstract work, Paul will be sharing with us another side— portraiture! We look forward to seeing you. 5 - 8pm. For more information, call (904) 432-8330.
JANUARY 14, FEBRUARY 11
Second Saturday Artrageous Artwalk
A free event on the second Saturday each month in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Thirteen participating galleries
JAN/FEB Drawings throughout the day. 11 am to 8 pm. 317 Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach. For more info, call (904) 277-0665. See you there!
Third on 3rd
The Amelia Island Museum of History offers a presentation on the third Friday of the month. The presentations are on a variety of different 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.
Zukerman ChamberPlayers’ Concert The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival presents the renowned Zukerman ChamberPlayers, who will perform a program of Brahms and Schumann. The group has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious venues. The 4 pm concert will be held at Amelia Plantation Chapel. Tickets range from $50 to $125 and can be purchased at www.aicmf.com or by calling (904) 261-1779.
JANUARY 22 - 28
Fourth Annual Amelia Island Restaurant Week With an irresistible mix of eclectic dining experiences, Amelia Island is proud to announce its fourth annual Restaurant Week. The program will offer area residents and visitors a ﬁxed menu, including three courses and a beverage, at a great price. Participating restaurants, menus, pricing, and complete details will be announced soon. For more information, call (904) 277-0717.
Brown Bag Lunch & Lecture
Amelia Island Museum of History Annual Golf Tournament The AIMOH will host its annual Golf Tournament at the Golf Club of Amelia Island. The proceeds from the annual ﬁndraiser will help preserve our historical heritage through educational programs, lectures, exhibits, artifcats, and more. For more information, or to register, call (904) 491-8499. Registration closes Feb 3.
FEBRUARY 17 – 18
February’s Brown Bag Lunch Lecture features Mike and Jennifer Harrison, presenting Tales and Trails through Old Town. The Harrisons are residents and advocates of Old Town, the original Fernandina. The town was moved in 1853 to accommodate David Yulee’s railroad, but not everyone moved. Explore the original Fernandina with this interactive virtual tour through Old Town. 12:00 pm. For more information, call (904) 261 - 7378.
Amelia Island Book Festival Amelia Island Book Festival is a two day event for book lovers of all ages. Well-known featured authors from around the country, as well as the region, provide programs for readers and for writers in a variety of settings, including the county schools, a free Children’s Program, free Reader’s Festival, a day-long writer’s workshop, and other special events. For more information, visit www.ameliaislandbookfestival.com.
FEBRUARY 4, 11, 18, 25
Fernandina Farmers’ Market
Come ﬁnd farm-direct fruits and vegetables, organic products, specialty foods, gourmet baked goods, specialty plants and more. 9am – 1pm. For more information, visit www.fernandinafarmersmarket.com.
FEBRUARY 10 – 12
Antique Show & Sale The Amelia Island - Fernandina Restoration Foundation will hold their 35th Annual Antique Show and Sale at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center. Ticket are $5 at the door, or $4 in advance. Contact Susan Steger at (904) 261-4372 if you wish to order early. For more information, visit www.ameliarestoration.com.
Third on 3rd
The Amelia Island Museum of History offers a presentation on the third Friday of the month. The presentations are on a variety of different 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.
FEBRUARY 23 – 26
4th Annual Amelia Island Film Festival
Amelia’s Fine Jewelry Open House Join Amelia’s Fine Jewelry as they celebrate their 5th anniversary with refreshments and extra special sale pricing. Stop by and register to win a beautiful piece of jewelry. No purchase necessary.
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The 2012 AIFF will be an exciting weekend ﬁlled with screenings of some hot new ﬁlms and exciting parties in some of the most fun and unique venues in Historic Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island. Ticket information available soon. For more information, visit www.ameliaislandﬁlmfestival.org. To have your event featured here, email all of the information to email@example.com.
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The kitchen is the one room that people love to redesign. BY JULIE SIMMONS
n inch of dust covers the mantle and ﬂoors, you are stuck eating take-out for days, and, if you’re like the Waas family, you invite friends to bring a sledgehammer and rip the old thing apart. This extraordinary mess is an unavoidable part of the process of a kitchen redesign, yet the kitchen still remains the most popular room to remake in the home. New island resident Dawn Tiura Evans explains why she put so much time and energy into her new kitchen: “Because I love the feeling of people gathering in the kitchen.” The kitchen truly is the heart of the home, and, as you probably just experienced during the holidays, no matter how many comfortable seats are spread throughout your living room, people like to congregate in the kitchen around the food. “We cook frequently for family and friends and had an adequate kitchen, but we were always stumbling over each other,” explains Lisa Waas, who recently redesigned her kitchen. Both families dreamed of a kitchen that would allow room for more friends, as did longtime residents Bill and Chris Bryan. “Bill loves to cook, so when we did our kitchen this time we designed it with both a work area and a space where everyone can visit while we are preparing the meal,” explains Bryan, who has redesigned her kitchen more than once. In addition to redesigning to create gathering space, people redesign for technical purposes. Don Taylor of Island Kitchens, located at 731 South 8th Street, explains that today’s kitchens are streamlined with functional spaces—although not necessarily as large as in the past—to meet the speciﬁc styles and needs of the family. “I’ve seen a lot of clients opting for professional-style gas cook tops and warming drawers,” explains Taylor. The Evans’ kitchen is one example. “We did a microwave drawer which has turned out to be much handier than the normal door-type,” says Evans. “I also love my new oven, where you can pull out all the racks and they don’t fall out.” The Bryans also chose appliances to suit their needs. “Cakes and desserts are what Bill cooks so well, so we have a six-burner stove and two double ovens. He can do four cakes at a time, and we included two subzero refrigerators with drawers just for his butter, cream cheese, and eggs,” explains Chris. Equally interesting, the Waas family is using its six-burner stove
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to cook new recipes. “The ﬁrst year we hit 101 new recipes. In 2011, we hit 112!,” says Lisa. Sometimes the personal preferences motivating the design have nothing to do with cooking, according to Mike Gleason, owner of Kempsville Custom Cabinets, 1745 South 8th Street. “People want to be organized and are designing custom spaces to achieve a place for everything,” he explains. “Most customers these days opt for a built-in trash. Some even include features like hidden message boards and special compartments to hide the telephone.” Some of Gleason’s clients aim to meet their physical needs. “I recently designed a kitchen with high drawers, two inches higher than the normal counter height,” he says. “The reason was that the clients have bad backs and the height prevents them from straining, and the drawers eliminate reaching. Clients also love the new self-closing feature of most drawers.” The one thing all designers and customers have in common is the idea that the kitchen is one of the most vital spaces in the home. Whether one redesigns for more social space, cooking space, or another personal preference, the kitchen is the one room worth the cost of redesigning because the end result is a 15 to 20 year gift that brings family and friends together.
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Bonnie St. John, one of America’s most inspiring women, to speak at Boys & Girls Clubs beneﬁt BY KATE HARRIS
hen you hear about someone who has been a graduate of Harvard, a Rhodes Scholar, a world-class ski racer, and a member of the White House National Economic Council, it would be easy to imagine a background of privilege. Those achievements belong to Bonnie St. John, but her background was not one of privilege. “I was a black girl from San Diego, living in poverty. I had my leg amputated when I was ﬁve, and I wanted to be a ski racer,” remembers St. John, who was the ﬁrst African-American to medal in downhill ski racing, winning one silver and two bronze medals in the 1984 Paralympics. “I was ahead in the slalom,” St. John remembers, “but in the second run, everyone fell at a dangerous spot, and I was beaten by a woman who got up faster than I did. I learned that people fall down, winners get up, and gold-medal winners get up faster.” Bonnie St. John will be bringing her incredible story and her strategies for joy and success to the Boys and Girls Clubs’ 5th Annual Beneﬁt Dinner, to be held February 24 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Dubbed one of “the ﬁve most inspiring women in America” by NBC Nightly News, St. John is thrilled to be making her ﬁrst visit to the area to support the Boys and Girls Clubs. “My local club was a big part of my childhood,” she recalls. “We got to make clothes, do crafts, and—what I really loved —to put on plays. That built my conﬁdence. There, my disability didn’t matter, and my Mom had peace of mind knowing I was in a positive place.” The people who made a difference to St. John inspired her to focus her energy on helping others. While working on
the White House National Economic Council, she relished the opportunity, but realized that helping others was more important to her than her work as an economist. “I have an especially graphic story of overcoming the odds,” she explains. “I went through a lot, including recovering from childhood sexual abuse, and other people made such a difference for me. I needed to hold up my end of the bargain.” St. John tells her story to live audiences and through her writing, including Live Your Joy!, one of the most popular motivational books on Amazon. Instead of trying to present a one-size-ﬁts-all approach, St. John guides readers toward ﬁnding the solutions that are most effective for them. This practical mindset underlies her upcoming book, How Great Women Lead, a collaboration with her teenage daughter, Darcy Deane. The two traveled the world interviewing female leaders, including Hillary Clinton, Geena Davis, Condoleeza Rice, and Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp, exploring the qualities that motivate these women. All in all, her current career is, as St. John put it, “a ridiculously exciting life!” It’s the kind of life St. John wants us to consider when we look at the children in our lives and those who beneﬁt from the Boys and Girls Club. “When you help, you are altering the life of a child,” she says. “You are helping them see what is possible. You are investing in someone the same way that others invested in me.” Just imagine what could happen! 5TH ANNUAL BENEFIT FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF NASSAU COUNTY February 24th, 2012 The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Featuring: Bonnie St. John, described by NBC Nightly News as “one of the ﬁve most inspiring women in America.” Open bar Elegant Sit-down Dinner Silent auction featuring a great assortment of trips, products and services Tickets are $125 per person and available at www.bgcnassau.org or by calling (904) 261-8666. Please call if you are interested in volunteering to help the event team.
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in the garden
tropical beauty With its showy blossoms, this “most beautiful” Caesalpinia makes a striking tree or shrub. BY BETTY MORRELL
am in love again! It’s not a new plant this time, but a well-known standard that is often overlooked: the Caesalpinia pulcherrima. Better known as the dwarf poinciana, it is a real a show stopper in the garden. It is a shorter version of the large royal poinciana tree, which is considered by some as the most beautiful ﬂowering tree in the world. The royal can reach heights of 30 feet with a 50 foot spread, and so it takes up a lot of space. The dwarf poinciana, on the other hand, is perfect for smaller yards and retains all of the beauty of this celebrated tree. This evergreen/part deciduous shrub can be pruned into a small specimen tree in frost-free climate zones. In zones eight and nine (we are in zone nine), it can be damaged by frost, but it will return in the spring and quickly re-grow. In normal garden cultivation, it will grow to about eight to ten feet tall and the same width, but tolerates pruning in order to maintain shape and form. It is a striking tree, with very fernlike (feathery) foliage and breathtaking ﬂower blossoms. The ﬂower colors vary
TIP O F T HE M O N T H With the arrival of colder weather, remember to protect your tender plants. If you can’t move them into a protected area, then water the roots well before the freeze and cover them if possible. If you can’t cover them, you can string some lights around the plant to help keep it warmer than the air. With young citrus trees, water and then wrap the graft well with newspaper to insulate it. If you lose the top of the plant, the graft will stay true, and your new growth will be the same as the original tree you bought.
from scarlet red, vibrant orange, and brilliant yellow. There is an all-yellow variety and another with a pinkish rose coloration. My favorite is the abovepictured variety. Full sun is preferred for best ﬂowering, but some shade is tolerated. Any soil is suitable, as long as it is well-drained. Perfectly suited to informal plantings, dwarf poinciana makes a beautiful, refreshing addition to any garden or yard, either as a specimen or as an accent placed toward the middle or back of a shrub border. This shrub is
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very drought-tolerant and moderately salt-tolerant, as well as resistant to pests and diseases, so it is strong as well as beautiful. The dwarf poinciana can also be grown in a pot or container and then simply brought inside when there is a threat of frost or freezing temperatures. Planting in pots will curtail their growth, as well. Planting in the ground, however, remains more highly recommended for this plant. Tipping the branches (cutting off new growth) during the growing season creates a fuller shrub and more ﬂowers. With some training and pruning, you can create a small multistemmed tree, if that is your preference, but the natural form is that of a full, low-branched, wide-spreading shrub. If you choose to let it develop as a shrub, then allow plenty of room. I can’t wait to get one of these beauties for my own garden! As always, you can e-mail your questions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.inthegardenwithbetty.com. In the meantime, Happy New Year and Happy Gardening!
Dazzling diners, PLaE offers imaginative dishes, drinks, and desserts – for lunch, as well as dinner. BY KAREN MILLER • PHOTO BY WILLIAM RASER
he most memorable meals happen at PLaE Restaurant & Lounge, that is, People Laughing and Eating, located at The Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Owners Brett Carter and Tip Fisher, along with General Manager Shari Murphy and Executive Chef Robert Camp, have created an amazing eatery that surprises its diners every evening. Now, they are also dazzling their diners during the day, as they have recently begun serving lunch. I stopped by PLaE on a recent weekday for a lunchtime break. I’ve always loved PLaE’s urbane atmosphere, where you feel like you’re enjoying a special getaway any day or night of the week.
My server suggested I try the Peasant Lunch, which I had been eyeing on the menu. The plate is a combination of various cheeses, fruits, pickles, meats, breads, and other goodies, served with a glass of house sangria. The sangria was amazing, a white sangria—which I prefer over red any day—that is made with Pinot Grigio, simple syrup, and fresh lemon, lime, and orange juices. The beverage is served in a lovely pilsner glass and garnished with fruit. Very refreshing, but not too sweet, it makes a wonderful lunchtime drink. The Peasant Lunch was a remarkable dish. Enjoying the many different items around the plate, I soon found that I was enjoying appetizer, entrée, fruit, cheese, and even dessert, all in one offering. There were tasty bread and butter pickles
and pickled green tomatoes and okra, fresh asparagus, and homemade cranberry sauce. Carter prepares all his own pickles at PLaE, using fresh from-the-farm ingredients. There was also a small wedge of brie with peach chutney, turkey breast with a seasoned rub, spicy boiled peanut hummus, and pimento cheese with ﬂatbread. But wait, there’s more: tangerines, sharp cheddar, dried cherries, apricots, dates, and pineapple, plus a beautiful poached pear ﬁlled with gorgonzola. This is a plate of food that you could enjoy with a friend or while conducting some lunchtime business, as it is all nibbles and plenty of them. What a great offering! Chef Camp wanted me to sample a couple of his other menu items, and I was more than willing. Although it’s hard to choose just one, I think my favorite was his Fried Oysters on Corn and Ramp Hoecakes, served with Texas Pete mayonnaise, sliced tomatoes, and arugula. A ramp, by the way, is a type of wild onion that is now available commercially, although it can be difﬁcult to ﬁnd. The oysters were perfectly cooked and succulent, with a crisp coating; the hoe cake was bright and slightly sweet. I loved the bite of the mayonnaise. This lunch entrée is really scrumptious. I also tried PLaE’s Squash Risotto served with Crispy Duck, and a red wine demi glace with parmesan cheese. What a rich and luscious dish! PLaE makes the best risotto on the island, and the squash risotto is no exception. It’s creamy, and the squash gives it a bit of sweetness. The duck is unique—it is a duck leg that is deep fried—and the batter is of the ﬂour and ice water variety. It is light and super crispy. A different take on duck conﬁt, it is really wonderful. And then, there was dessert. PLaE makes all their desserts on site, and, trust me, whatever you order will be perfect. Carter suggested the Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie, served slightly warm with gourmet vanilla bean ice cream and hot fudge. Of course, I love my desserts, and this version of a Southern favorite was over-the-top fantastic. The restaurant also offers some gluten-free desserts, so everyone can enjoy a sweet treat for dessert. PLaE is open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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dining guide 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 awardwinning 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. Barberitos ~ Barberitos is a Southwestern grille and cantina where your food is made-to-order right in front of you, exactly the way you tell us to make it. In addition to serving only the best tasting burritos, we also offer delicious tacos, quesadillas, nachos and salads. Barberitos offers fresh, healthy, and absolutely delicious food, made-to-order, just the way you like it. 1521 Sadler Road. Major credit cards. 1521 Sadler Rd, (904) 277-2505. 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 Beech Street Grill ~ This restaurant has won awards for its wine list and has been selected often as one of the 25 best restaurants in the area. It features an outstanding seafood selection including seared tuna, herb roasted sea bass and swordﬁsh piccata prepared in New American style. 277-3662. 801 Beech Street. Open seven days. D, $$$, F. Bonito Grill and Sushi ~ Bonito Grill & Sushi offers guests a unique dining experience with an “East meets West” fusion cooking style. Enjoy miso-rubbed Chilean Sea Bass, black bean & garlic Maine lobster, hoisin citrus glazed salmon, or one of our chef’s daily fusion specials. Dine in the casual sushi bar area, or for a more elegant evening, select from our extensive wine list and indulge in the experience of our warm, contemporary dining room. Monday through Saturday, join us for lunch, and try Bonito’s popular Bento lunch box. Our full bar, eclectic menu, and unique atmosphere will provide a new twist to your normal lunch or dinner routine. 614 Centre St. 261-0508. www.bonitogrillandsushi.com Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Sat. 12:00-2:30pm, Dinner: 7 days, 5:309:30pm V/MC/AE. Brett’s Waterway Cafe ~ The only restaurant on the island where you can dine overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, Brett’s offers a wide choice of seafood, chicken and beef with daily specials both at lunch and dinner. The view of the water, the impeccable service and the reﬁned ambiance will enhance your dining pleasure. The large rectangular bar overlooking the Fernandina Harbor Marina is a pleasant place to enjoy a drink. Open seven days. At the marina on Front Street. 2612660. Open 7 days, Mon-Sat L, D, $$$, F.
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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 low-lunch 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. MondaySaturday 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 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. $$$, L, D, B/W. Espressos Cafe ~ Food offerings at Espressos are simple and light, reﬁned over many years by discriminating palates and freshly prepared in the best Tuscan tradition. Enjoy OldWorld wines from the star vineyards of Europe and coffees and teas chosen from the ﬁnest estates in the world. Espressos boasts an elegant ambience that mirrors Europe’s ﬁnest bistros and cafés. Located in Gateway to Amelia. Open Mon. to Wed., 8 a.m to 5 p.m; Thurs. to Sat., from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Available for private events at other times. (904) 491-9800. Major credit cards. B,L,D. $$ Florida House Inn ~ Enjoy Southern cooking at its best. Chef Susannah Sands makes everything on the menu from scratch. Menu includes southern style home cooking as well as 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: Wed. – Sun. 11:30am - 2:30pm. Mermaid Bar: Open Wed. – Sun. Drink specials nightly. 23 South Third Street, 904-491-3322. L, $$, F Gourmet Gourmet ~ Gourmet Gourmet is located between The Ritz-Carlton and AIP at the historical American Beach entrance, on the corner of Lewis Street and A1A. In addition to our fabulous selections of baked goods, appetizers, salads, & entrées to go, we also serve gourmet coffees/cappuccino/ espresso with continental breakfast items, brunch, and lunch everyday. A bistro-style dinner menu is served Wed-Sat 5-9pm. AE/MC/ V/DISC 261-8973. Sun-Tues 9am-6pm; Wed-Sat 9am-Seasonal. $$, 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 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. www.AmeliaIslander.com
dining out 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, $$$. 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 10:30 - 3. Beer and wine available. Major credit cards. Reservations recommended. 11 South 7th Street. Historic Downtown Fernandina. www.lulusamelia. com. (904) 432-8394. Old South Yankee Gourmet Grocery Store ~ Whether you’re headed out to the beach or on your lunch break, Old South Yankee offers a variety of sandwiches including Cubans, Spicy Chicken Salad, The Best BLTs and many more. We have homemade soup every day, salad specials, and lunches are served with cole slaw, pickles and sweet or unsweet tea. And while you’re waiting, enjoy samples of Old South Yankee gourmet dips and spreads, blueberry lemonade and awardwinning pies. If you’re planning a party, pick up a catering menu or make an appointment by calling (904) 277-5609. Located at 1667 South 8th Street, across from the Island Carwash. Picante ~ Just west of the Shave Bridge, Picante offers the vibrant ﬂavors of Peru and Latin America with a contemporary look and a fun atmosphere boasting a large dining area and free Wi-Fi throughout. The menu at Picante reﬂects the culinary inﬂuences of Latin America providing their guests with a distinctive and unique Latin dining experience. Mostly inﬂuenced by Peruvian cuisine, we stamp our dishes with new, bold ﬂavors to challenge and excite your palate! Offering everything from authentic Peruvian Cebiche to Argentinian cuts of beef with chimichurri sauce. Picante also serves an extensive selection of both boutique South American wines as well as international and domestic craft brew beers, adding a unique ﬂare to the Island’s dining experience. For more information please call (904) 310-9221/9222 or visit us at www.picantenassau.com. Open: Thur. - Sat for Lunch 11:30am - 3pm; Mon-Sun for Dinner. $$. B/W. 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. 277-2132. D, $$$, F. Sandy Bottoms ~ Casual dining, lunch and dinner menu, outside beach bar, tables and chairs in the sand on the beach, live entertainment almost every night, feet from the ocean. We offer seafood, sandwiches, salads, and home made pizzas. Full bar inside and outside. Sliders Seaside Grill ~ The Caribbean on Amelia Island! Slider’s offers fun dining for the whole family! Exotic seafood and steaks served to order are the specials of the house. Enjoy a beautiful oceanfront view inside, or on the patio, located steps from the beach. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. at Sadler Rd. (next to the roundabout). 2776652. L, D, $$, F. The Surf ~ Dine indoors or out on the huge, oceanview deck. 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 $6.99 lobsters 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, $$, F. The Verandah ~ Charmingly casual with today’s freshest seafood…The Verandah alone is worth a trip to Amelia. Sample specially prepared delicacies from the sea as well as grilled New York strip, pan-roasted free-range chicken, grilled pork tenderloin and more! Set among the live oaks of Racquet Park, views are splendid and the service is even better. Dinner nightly, 5:30pm-9pm. Amelia Island Plantation, 6800 First Coast Hwy. Reservations, 321-5050. www.aipﬂ.com B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner. $=Entrees under $10, $$=Entrees up to $15. $$$=Entrees over $15. F=Full bar, B/ W=Beer & Wine
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This fabulous oceanfront villa located in Summer Beach has been completely renovated. The open ﬂoorplan features wonderful mouldings, granite countertops, and high-end furnishings. Luxurious amenities make you feel as if you are at The Ritz-Carlton. There are 3 bedrooms and 2 beautiful baths, all located on ﬁrst level. Outdoor features include quiet location, lush landscaping, and lovely ocean views from two lanais. You will want to make this condominium your private retreat. Membership to the Golf Club of Amelia Island is available to the new owner.
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70 Long Point Dr. Beautiful 3 BR/3.5BA, 2,809 sq. ft. home overlooking the 7th fairway of prestigious Long Point Golf Course. $1,495,000
15 Heron Oaks This 3 BR/2 BA home sits on a large lot and has two private courtyards, crown and chair rail molding and oversized windows. $499,000
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1885 GARDENIA STREET Great price for this beautiful home in sought after Amelia Park. The home boasts wood ﬂoors in living areas, granite counter tops in kitchen and a gas stove for the gourmet cook. The rooms are very open and bright and the master’s suite features California-style closets. Front porch for rocking and greeting neighbors and large patio pavers in the back for entertaining. It is a short distance to the YMCA, shopping, restaurants, medical complex and beach. This lovely home is in move-in condition. MLS #55091. $359,400
5391 FLORENCE POINT DRIVE View amazing sunsets overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway from the large open deck or screened porch of this one-of-a-kind contemporary home with an abundance of windows. This home features a custom kitchen with a SubZero refrigerator and a large island with vegetable sink. The large living room with exposed beams, ﬁreplace and wet bar is adjacent to a brick, octagon-shaped dining room. This 4/3 home with upstairs Master Suite and ﬁrst ﬂoor Guest Suite is a must-see! MLS #56426. $649,000
96700 GRANDE OAKS LANE High coffered ceilings, magniﬁcent wood ﬂoors, superior detailed woodwork is enhanced by a spectacular view of the marsh and Amelia River. To complete this picture is a salt water pool with soothing waterfall. Kitchen boasts granite countertops, island cabinets with built-ins, and pull-out shelves. Kitchen opens to large, bright family room. Formal living room and dining room are a host’s delight. Separate owner’s suite with large bedroom sitting area and opening to screened lanai. MLS #55939. $575,000
96086 HEATH POINT LANE This spacious 4BR/3BA home with master suite on ﬁrst ﬂoor is nestled among the oaks in Lanceford Creek Plantation, a gated community. The large living room opens to the sunroom which overlooks the screened-in pool, a spacious backyard with patio, and fruit trees. The open ﬂoorplan and outside living areas have the perfect ﬂow for entertaining. This home features a covered front porch with circular drive and side entry garage. Membership to the Oyster Bay Yacht Club is available. MLS #50371. $495,000
Completely remodeled like new home with 100’ frontage and incomparable views on the Nassau River. Beautiful ﬂoating dock with deck and ﬁsh station perfect for water front entertaining. Open ﬂoor plan home boasts travertine tile and Brazilian cherry ﬂoors, fantastic kitchen with granite surfaces, stainless appliances, customer cabinets, double oven and breakfast bar. Spacious owner suite with sitting area, river views and walk in travertine shower. New roof, fully fenced and a private, gated entrance. Priced to sell at $657,500, lower than the current appraised value.
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Golf, ocean and lakes views available from this desirable residential lot in prestigious gated community on Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Just steps to the beach and Ocean Club amenities, tennis, restaurants and shops. Membership to The Amelia Island Club is available. Offered at $895,000.
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Fabulous views fronting the ocean links 2 Ocean Club Drive MLS#52501 $1,950,000 Glorious sunrises to the east and sunset vistas to the west 1771 Dunes Club Villa MLS#54563 $1,599,000 Vast and expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean 7201 Carlton Dunes MLS#53545 $1,400,000 Unparalleled ocean frontage on Amelia Island 1544 South Fletcher Avenue MLS#54683 $885,000 Bright and airy desirable courtyard home 95168 Willet Way MLS#54845 $565,000 A stone’s throw to the Atlantic Ocean. Near Ritz. 4918 Spanish Oaks Circle MLS#54639 $448,900 Outstanding value in soughtafter Golfside North 95021 Captiains Way MLS#54502 $429,000 Immaculate, well-kept home on a handsome lot 95022 Woodberry Lane MLS#55822 $415,000
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301B THE LANDINGS $980,000 Gorgeous Intracoastal and Amelia River views and sunsets from this stunning 3,300 square foot villa. Spacious, open ﬂoor plan and all on one level. Beautiful travertine stone ﬂoors in the living areas, 10’ ceilings, heavy crown/base molding. The chef’s kitchen features custom cabinetry, commercial gas stove, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and island. Home also offers 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, wet bar with ice maker and over 630 square feet of balcony space. The secured entry elevator opens to your private vestibule and ownership includes two covered parking spaces, large and conditioned storage room and community dock and boat slip.
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Located north and adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. These fabulous oceanfront condominiums feature beautiful custom appointments, large square footage and membership to The Golf Club of Amelia Island. Oceanfront and golf course views are incredible! These units start at $1,150,000.
28 LONG POINT DRIVE $1,025,000 Beautiful Long Point home with a French ﬂair.You will be captivated with this charming home and the private gardens! Great golf course views, loggia with pergola for outdoor living and your very own potting room. Inside the 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home you will ﬁnd gracious living spaces, a large kitchen, family room with ﬁreplace, spacious master suite and powder room. Up the sweeping staircase there are two guest suites with private baths. The bonus room over the garage could be a fourth bedroom, media room or ofﬁce and features a full bath. Long Point is an Amelia Island Plantation gated community on the south end of Amelia Island.
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Located on the south side of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. These wonderful condominiums offer the perfect get-away. Competitive pricing, fabulous floor plans, beautiful views, as well as rental potential have made Ocean Place a “must have” for potential owner-investors. These units start at $479,000 and are direct oceanfront. View Virtual Tours of these and other fabulous listings on www.marcymock.com.
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Great buy in Amelia Island Plantation. Light and bright two bedroom, two bath townhouse with beautiful views of the golf course and lake. Walk to the beach. Club membership available. $300,000
112 SEASIDE RETREAT Enjoy breathtaking sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean from this 6th floor unit located in Seaside Retreat. This three bedroom condo located on the quiet south end of Amelia Island has everything you could ask for, including garage parking and storage under the building. This oceanfront villa is situated with southeast exposure, and it enjoys views of the Intracoastal Waterway from the west side. Call today for details. $1,133,000
85386 SAGAPONACK DRIVE This is not a short sale! If you REDUCED are looking for a well-maintained home at a good price, this is it! No waiting and move-in ready. This four bedroom split floor plan is perfect for any family. Features include center island in the kitchen and a comfortable screened porch. $229,000
Snuggled under beautiful live oak trees this home offers extraordinary privacy and only a block to the beach. Family room sports a cozy ﬁreplace. The tiled kitchen with center Island opens to breakfast area. Sliding glass doors lead to large secluded stoned patio that’s perfect for entertaining or just sipping morning coffee. Don’t overlook this jewel. Will sell furnished with full price offer. $325,000
4241 South Fletcher Ave Private estate with captivating ocean views on oversized lot. This custom home features a 17’ x 32’ family room with wet bar downstairs plus 2 large bedrooms & bath. You’ll love the kitchen loaded with cabinets, Jenn-Aire range & Corian countertops. All of this, plus a large back deck with enclosed pool & spa overlooking the preservation area. $599,000
495 Crosswind Dr This 5BR, 3.5BA home is within walking distance to the beach. Large open kitchen features granite counter tops and center island with cooktop. Volume ceilings and archways enhance the openness of this home. Large master bedroom ﬂaunts a sitting area, large walk-in closets, and bath with garden tub and double vanities. Screened porch and a open deck are just a few of the features. $575,000
8235 The Residence Ct Exceptional 4BR/3.5BA home in exclusive gated community on the south end. Kitchen has gas stove, double ovens, Bosch appliances, Sub-Zero refrigerator, & all granite tops. Living room has 22 ft. ceilings. Separate study downstairs & an open game or TV room upstairs with wet bar. Pool & tennis court nearby. Golf Club Membership available. Just 1 blk from the beach. $725,000
island entertaining Crabmeat Iberville 1/4 Cup ﬁnely diced green pepper 1/4 Cup ﬁnely diced red pepper 1/4 Cup ﬁnely diced onion 1/4 Cup ﬁnely diced celery 1 Cup freshly shucked sweet corn 1 clove ﬁnely minced garlic 1 Lb. lump crabmeat (picked through thoroughly) 1 Cup Dukes mayonnaise 2 eggs 1/2 Cup grated parmesan cheese 2 Tbsp. Paul Prudhomme’s seafood magic In a heavy bottom sauce pan, sauté the ﬁrst four ingredients until translucent. Add sweet corn and sauté for approximately ﬁve minutes on medium heat. Add garlic and stir in seafood magic. As the vegetables start to stick to the bottom of pan, use a wooden spoon to scrape. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cooled, add crabmeat and cheese. Mix mayonnaise and egg in a separate bowl, and then add to crab mixture. Once all ingredients are mixed, put into an ovenproof casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees until bubbly and golden. Approximately 30 minutes. Serve with crusty bread.
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2 Lbs. head-on large shrimp (largest available) 2 sticks unsalted butter (one stick cubed) 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 1 clove garlic, minced 2 Tbsp. Paul Prudhomme’s seafood magic 1/2 Cup shrimp stock 1/2 Cup room temperature beer of your choice
BY BRIAN GRIMLEY PHOTO BY KATRIN BELL
had this dish for the ﬁrst time at Lake Pontchartrain Yacht Club with Uncle Tommy, a man of Buffettesque stature in the sailing world. As I sat in the club’s trophy room admiring Uncle Tommy’s many accomplishments, we enjoyed this crab dip accompanied with a Sazerac cocktail. Iberville Parish, for which the dish is named, is located south of Baton Rouge in bayou country. The area spawns many seafood dishes due to their plentiful supply of local product. For those who haven’t heard of Uncle Tommy, Thomas Shackleford Allen is a lifetime resident of the city of New Orleans. He lives in a registered historic home in the garden district,
close to Tulane University and the Audubon Zoo. Well into his seventies and still one of the most eligible bachelors in the city, Tommy regularly attends many Mardi Gras balls. Lake Pontchartrain Yacht Club is located to the north of the city and unfortunately burnt to the ground during hurricane Katrina. Tommy, a lifelong competitive sailor, was lucky to be one of the few not to lose his boat during this disaster. Still racing sailboats to this day and using his crew of volunteers from Tulane, he is still a member of the rebuilt, greaterthan-ever, Pontchartrain Yacht Club. At LuLu’s, we love to offer premium ﬁrst coast seafood with a N’Orleans twist. Here are a couple of our favorites. Enjoy!
With no grill, no sauce, and no smoke, the secret is in the jumbo head-on shrimp, which we are lucky to have available here on Amelia Island. Prepare the shrimp by locating the eyes, just below the horn on the top of the head, and then grasp, twist and pull. Discard and repeat for all the shrimp. Wash in cold water and pat dry. In a large skillet (big enough to hold shrimp in one layer; do two batches if necessary), melt whole stick of butter with seafood magic and Worcestershire. When butter starts to foam, add garlic and shrimp. Saute for approximately one minute, turning once. Add stock. The secret here is the motion of the pan: You need to achieve a backwards and forwards shake, as opposed to a swirling motion. After two minutes, add second stick of butter in pats, all at once, continuing the backward and forward motion. Once butter is melted, add beer and continue the same motion until sauce starts to thicken. Pour contents into serving bowl and serve with plenty of white rice and crusty bread for dipping. Hint: removing the eyes allows the sauce to enter the body cavity. So just like with crawﬁsh, you need to pinch de tail and suck da head. Bon appetit and Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Brian and Melanie Grimley are the co-owners of LuLu’s at the Thompson House. They have a combined 50 years’ experience in the restaurant business. 60 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2012
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