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Now in its 17th season, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival continues to delight and surprise concertgoers year after year, and this season’s program is no different.
This month, Amelia I sland once again pr epares for its annual musical extrav aganza known as the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. Now in its seventeenth season, the festival continues to delight and surprise concer tgoers year after y ear, and this season ’s program is no different. Entitled “The Year of the Piano,” this year’s months-long program of concerts includes old favorites and—of course—a few wonderful surprises. We feel v ery fortunate to hav e enjoyed these many y ears of beautiful music fr om the acclaimed group of world-renowned musicians that have appeared here. General and Artistic Director Christopher Rex continues to keep each season fr esh with remarkably eclectic programming. Throughout the history of the festival, we have enjoyed the concerts at Amelia Park, the family concer ts at the Peck Center with our kids, and per formances by such world-renowned talents as Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Hilary Hahn, and a host of other world-renowned classical musicians. The AICMF is now a months-long concert series that begins this month and extends thr ough the busy season until the end of A pril. How far Amelia Island has come as a center for the best classical music since the festiv al was launched sixteen years ago! We listen to a lot music at our house, fr om pop and classic rock to jazz and classical, but nothing compares to hearing live musical performances. It is one of our favorite things to do, and w e try to bring the whole family whenev er possible. The masterpieces of the chamber music canon are so enjoyable because they w ere composed to be per formed in smaller, intimate settings, and Amelia I sland’s varied settings make for an incomparable listening experience. This year’s highlights include piano vir tuosos Yefim Bronfman and Chick Corea, the Miró Quartet, Gil Shaham, and The Grascals. We look forward with anticipation to this y ear’s offerings, and we extend our hear tfelt gratitude to Chris R ex, Executive Director Dr. Joe Marasco, President of the Executive Board Emma Bledsoe, and all the people who work tirelessly to make the festival a smashing success. In addition this month, w e preview the always ex citing Amelia I sland Restaurant Week, now in its tenth y ear of offering exciting culinary opportunities each y ear in January; we feature the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce’s newly renovated office suite, which allows the Chamber to offer a host of new services; and we include a special section on this year’s wonderful Amelia Island Book Festival, returning in February. We also have an interesting “Backyard Adventure” on historic Bosque B ello Cemetery, where the long-lost gravesite of John Barr was recently rediscovered, and much, much more. And best wishes for a very Happy New Year from our family to yours! See you around the island!
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JANUARY2018 11 Cover Story 2018 AMELIA ISLAND CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Celebrating its seventeenth year, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival returns this month with an outstanding new season entitled “The Year of the Piano,” featuring a world-class line-up of musicians headlined by piano virtuosos Yefim Bronfman and Chick Corea.
31 Ten Years of Yummy Offering a terrific group of participating restaurants, Amelia Island’s popular Restaurant Week celebrates its tenth anniversary this month with another culinary feast.
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With New York Timesbestselling authors Lee Child and Adriana Trigiani, the Amelia Island Book Festival in February presents another outstanding roster of authors.
76 Backyard Adventure A former Ordnance Sergeant at Fort Clinch and later mayor of Fernandina, the location of John Barr’s gravesite was recently rediscovered in historic Bosque Bello Cemetery.
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With a new season beginning this month, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival welcomes an exceptional line-up of musicians for its 17th season. BY KAREN MILLER PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE AMELIA ISLAND CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
eaturing five thrilling piano per formances, the 2018 season of the Amelia I sland Chamber Music Festival, themed “The Year of the Piano,” will be launched b y twin headliners; classical gr eat Yefim Bronfman and jazz legend Chick Cor ea. But the excitement will not stop with dazzling displays of keyboard virtuosity. The Festival presents a wide range of internationally recognized artists at 13 more performances through April, including the highly r egarded Dover Quartet, the Festival’s quartet-in-residence; violin vir tuoso Gil Shaham; Amelia Island’s favorite trio, cellist Andr es Diaz, pianist Wendy Chen, and violinist Chee-Yun; and the G rascals, a Grammy-nominated bluegrass band hailing from Nashville. “We’re very excited to celebrate ‘The Year of the Piano’ during our 17th year,” says Christopher R ex, General and Artistic Director of the Festival. “The piano is one of the pillars of chamber music, as w ell as su such an important instrument in many other ggenres. e We’re so fortunate to welcome Yefim B r Bronfman and Chick Cor ea as headliners. They are legendary artists, each with their oown w celebrated style of music.” Executive Director Dr. Joseph Marasco aand n Emma Bledsoe, President of the Executive B o Board, believe the F estival’s sponsors and ccontributors o have brought the AICMF to iits ts present level. “CBC N ational Bank, our sseason ea sponsor, along with Rayonier Advanced M Materials Foundation, Florida Public Utilities, aand n West Rock, are responsible for making this oone n of our best seasons ev er,” says M arasco. ““Th The programs are outstanding, and the artists aare re some of the best in the world.” “With ‘The Year of the Piano,’ we couldn’t Yefim Bronfman bbring ri these concer ts to the public without tthe th he generous contribution of K eyboard k ll ” says B ledsoe. “They provide us with a Connection off J acksonville,” Yamaha Grand piano, and have done so for the past 17 years. That single contribution adds up to $288,000, a very generous donation, indeed.”
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PIANO VIRTUOSO YEFIM BRONFMAN AND JAZZ LEGEND CHICK COREA
Piano virtuoso Yefim Bronfman opens the F estival with a program featuring works by Beethoven, Schumann, and SSchubert, including Schumann’s Humoreske in B-flat Major, Op. 20, a romantic piano piece composed in 1839. It contains w what is thought to be one of the most beautiful openings in all oof Schumann’s works. Internationally recognized as one of today’s most acclaimed aand admired pianists, B ronfman stands among a handful of aartists regularly sought by festivals, orchestras, conductors, and rrecital series. Widely praised for his solo, chamber, and orchestral rrecordings, Bronfman has been nominated for six G rammy A Awards. “I’ve known Bronfman for many years,” says Rex. “His sstrength, power, dignity, and incredible virtuosity is apparent in h his service to the music. He’s one of the greatest pianists in the w world.” Bronfman’s performance will be January 16 at 7:30 p.m. aat Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Road. The piano-themed F estival continues on J anuary 19 when the AICMF welcomes jazz legend pianist Chick Cor ea. The keyboardist, composer, and bandleader has teamed with artists like Lionel H ampton, Stefano Bollani, Bela Fleck, and Bobby McFerrin. His duo partnerships with Gary Burton and Herbie Hancock have endured for decades. Cor ea’s concert will feature in-the-moment improvisation, Corea classics, jazz standards, and classical renderings. “Corea is one of the greatest improvisational artists in the world, ” says R ex. “The winner of 22 G rammy Awards, he’s truly a musical phenomenon. ” Corea’s performance will be held at First Baptist Church, 1600 South 8th Street, at 7:30 p.m.
CHRISTIANIA PIANO QUARTET AND THE MIRÓ QUARTET
On February 2 at 7:30 p .m., the Christiania P iano Quartet presents a stunning performance of works by Mozart, Korngold, Beriot, and Schumann, including M ozart’s Piano Quartet No.1 in G Minor, K, considered the first major piece composed for piano quar tet in the chamber music r epertoire. The Christiania P iano Quartet features David Coucheron, violin, Julianne Lee, violin/viola, Christoper R ex, cello, and Julie Coucheran, piano. David Coucheron regularly performs in some of the most impressive venues, such as Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, and The Kennedy Center, with orchestras such as the BBC P hilharmonic and Oslo Philharmonic. He holds degrees from The Curtis, Julliard, and Guildhall schools. His sister, Julie Coucheron, has established an international car eer and has worked with musicians such as Lazar Bergman, Elton John, and Claude Frank. Julianne Lee appears fr equently as a soloist, chamber musician, and or chestral player, recently joining the A tlanta Symphony Orchestra as their ne w principal second violinist. She has earned her degree in both violin and viola performance from The Curtis and the N ew England Conservatory. Christopher Rex is principal cellist of the A tlanta Symphony
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Orchestra and G eneral and Ar tistic Director of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. Christiania’s concert is held on February 2 at 7:30 p .m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2600 Atlantic Avenue. On February 9 at 7:30 p .m., the Miró Quartet presents a program of meticulously play ed pieces by Haydn, Boccherini, and Schumann, including Boccherini ’s Musica notturna delle strade di Madrid, a composition describing the bustling streets of night-time Madrid. The quartet will be joined by Chris Rex, cello. Now in their 19th year, the Miró Quartet, consistently praised for their deeply musical interpr etation and exciting performances, features Daniel Ching, violin, William Fedkenheuer, violin, John Largess, viola, and Joshua Gindele, cello. “The Miró Quartet was the very first string quartet to win the Avery Fisher Career Grant, and they were also awarded the coveted Cleveland Quartet Award,” says Rex. “Cellist Joshua Gindele has a close connection to Amelia Island, as his parents Jerry and Cathy liv e here, and help suppor t the F estival.” Their concert will be held at Amelia B aptist Church, 961167 Buccaneer Trail. DARIO ACOSTA
VIOLINIST GIL SHAHAM AND PIANIST GARRICK OHLSSON CONCERTS
On February 15 at 7:30 p.m., violin virtuoso Gil Shaham will be joined by pianist Akira Eguchi for a dazzling program with works by Kreisler, Prokofiev, Franck, Bach, Saint-Saens, and Dornam, including Bach’s beloved Partita No. 3 in E major for solo violin B WV 1006 and Prokofiev’s Five Melodies, Op. 35. Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time; his flawless technique, combined with his inimitable warmth and generosity, has solidified his renown as an American master. The Grammy Award-winner is sought after thr oughout the world for concer to appearances with leading or chestras and conductors, and was named Musical America’s “Instrumentalist of the Year” in 2012. Akira Eguchi has captivated audiences and critics throughout the world as a piano soloist, chamber musician, harpsichor d player, and collaborativ e pianist. H e was the r ecipient of numerous honors during his time at Juilliard and was awarded a prize for excellence in accompanying at the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition. S haham and E guchi’s program will be performed at Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Road. Continuing with “The Year of the P iano” theme, the AICMF is proud to welcome pianist Garrick Ohlsson, who will perform works by Beethoven, Scriabin, and Schubert on March 4 at 5 p .m. at Amelia P lantation Chapel. Since his triumph as winner of the Chopin I nternational Piano Competition, Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical pr owess. Ohlsson is known for his masterly performances of the works of Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schuber t, and his v ast repertoire, many of which hav e been commissioned for him. “O hlsson was already a legend when w e were at Julliard together,” says Rex. “He’s one of my very favorite pianists.”
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AICMF QUARTET-IN-RESIDENCE THE DOVER QUARTET RETURNS
Joining the Festival again this y ear is the D over Quartet, the AICMF’s Quartet-in-Residence, for three events: a Master Class on March 17, and two concerts on March 18 and April 8. The Dover Quartet features Joel Link, violin, Bryan Lee, violin, Milena Pajaro-van de S tadt, viola, and Camden S haw, cello. Hailed as “the next Guarneri Quartet,” the Dover Quartet draws from the lineage of that distinguished ensemble, as w ell that of the Cleveland and Vermeer Quartets. Its members studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. The Dover Quartet first formed at C urtis, and its name pays tribute to “D over Beach” by fellow Curtis alumnus Samuel Barber. “The Dover Quartet is a permanent part of our Festival family,” says Rex. “Everyone loves them, and we hope to increase their residency at the Festival to include an expanded educational presence, in addition to their performances.” The Dover Quartet’s master class on M arch 17 will be held at 11 a.m. in the M emorial United Methodist Church sanctuary, a free concert sponsored by donors Scott and J udy McCue. Young string play ers from the U niversity of N orth Florida, Jacksonville University, Douglas Anderson School for the Ar ts, and the J acksonville Youth Symphony will be mentored by members of the Quartet. On March 18 at 5 p.m., Dover will be performing works by Mozart, Borodin, and Mendelssohn featuring Mozart’s Quartet in D minor, K. 421, the second string quar tet in the series of six that Mozart ultimately dedicated to H aydn. “The audience will likely be familiar with the wor k of Borodin, as his music was featured in the popular Broadway show, Kismet,” says Rex. “Baubles, Bangles, and Beads, and This is My Beloved are both from Borodin’s work.” Dover’s second concert will be held on April 8 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m., featuring the works of Couperin, Schoenberg, and Zemlinsky.
“HOT CLUB” MUSIC, DIXIELAND JAZZ, AND THE GRASCALS
Award-winning violin legend Tim Kliphuis teams up with America’s top “hot club ” style guitarist, S am Miltich, to highlight the music of famed musical duo S tephane Grappelli and Django R einhardt on A pril 12. P erforming at Walkers Landing at 7:30 p .m., these two curr ent-day jazz greats bring back the P arisian 1930s, alternating moments of dazzling interplay with melancholy and sheer exhilaration, as r ecorded on their new Duets album. And in a fun concert for the whole family, The Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz group will perform a free concert at the Amelia Park concert pavilion on April 14 at 11 a.m., sponsored by Rayonier Advanced Materials Foundation. Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets. For great musicians to make great music, they must form a bond, and for the Grascals, that bond has been forged through personal friendships. The Grascals feature Terry Eldredge, vocals/guitar, Danny Roberts, mandolin, Terry Smith, vocals/ acoustic bass, Kristin Scott B enson, banjo/guitar, Adam
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NEWDOME FELLOWSHIP ARTISTS, PIANIST SAM HAYWOOD, AND AMELIA’S FAVORITE TRIO
This year’s Newdome Fellowship Artists, which featur e students from leading conservatories, will be the Cezanne String Quartet made up of Eleanor Dunbar, violin, Lauren Densinger, violin, Steven Juarez, viola, and E lizabeth White, cello. They will have two performances: one on April 22 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m. where they will be joined by one of Amelia’s favorite pianists, Wendy Chen; the second is a fr ee concert on April 26 at Savannah Grand at 1 p.m., also sponsored by the Rayonier Advanced Materials Foundation. The Fellowship Artists are named after B eth Newdome, a beloved performer at the Amelia I sland Chamber M usic Festival, who play ed a cr ucial role in helping to get the Festival started. “Beth was a consummate ar tist whose upbeat personality and talent made her sought-after performer and teacher,” says Rex. Newdome fought cancer for over five years and died in February 2010. Virtuoso pianist Sam Haywood offers a stunning performance along with Chris Rex on April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Amelia Baptist Church featuring wor ks by Beethoven, Schumann, Schuber t, Stanford, and Mendelssohn. Haywood was a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition at the age of 13. As a chamber musician, his par tners have included Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis, with whom he is featured on the Musical Gifts album. Mr. Haywood is also a composer and ar tistic director of London’s Solent Music Festival. Amelia Island’s favorite trio r eturns to the F estival this year—Chee-Yun, violin, Andres Diaz, cello, and Wendy Chen, piano—performing works by Menotti, Ravel, and Mendelssohn. For Mendelssohn’s piece, String Octet, the trio will be joined by the Cezanne Q uartet and former N ewdome artist Julia Brandenburg, violin, and Nina Bledsoe, viola. Their concert will be held on April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Amelia Plantation Chapel.
CLOSING GALA AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, AMELIA ISLAND
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The Closing Gala on April 29 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island celebrates the talent of two Festival favorites, pianists Julie Coucheron and Elizabeth Pridgen, in a v ery special four-hand piano concert, that is, two pianists at one piano .The concert begins at 5 p.m., and a post-concert dinner will be held at Coast Restaurant, with an oppor tunity to meet the ar tists. The RitzCarlton, Amelia Island is located at 4750 Amelia Island Parkway. For more information, call (904) 261-1779 or visit the website at www.ameliaislandchambermusicfestival.com.
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BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS PRESENT 11TH ANNUAL BENEFIT GALA FEATURING FRANKIE MORENO
NEW SURGERY CENTER OPENS AT BAPTIST NASSAU
Nassau County residents now have access to a ne w state-of-the-art Surgery and Procedural Center at Baptist Medical Center Nassau. The 30,000-square-foot center, which opened r ecently with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, is the latest addition to B aptist Nassau’s growing medical campus and pr ovides residents with the most adv anced medical equipment in an ultramodern facility . The hospital inv ested $22.5 million to build the ne w center. Among the center’s many featur es are four “smart” operating suites with ceiling-mounted equipment that can be controlled at the medical team ’s fingertips, 20 large private patient r ooms, two endoscopy suites, a suite for minor pr ocedures, and a high-tech sterilization center for surgical instruments. Special attention was giv en to the aesthetics of the ne w center as w ell. In the waiting r oom, a 56-foot mural spans the length of the wall. P ainted by Fernandina Beach artist William Maurer, it depicts the natural environment of the entire county that Baptist Nassau serves and helps pr omote a sense of calm for patients and families. “Every aspect of the Surgery and Procedural Center is designed to provide a better experience for patients, family members, and physicians, ” said Hospital President Ed Hubel. “Safety and comfort were the driving factors at every stage of design.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County present their 11th annual Benefit Gala this year on February 17 at 6 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. A gourmet dinner will be served from the renowned kitchens of the resort after guests have enjoyed a cocktail reception and silent auction. The numerous auction categories range from celebrity memorabilia and cruises to visits at luxury hotels and local adventures. Those unable to attend the event can bid on the auction, starting on February 6 at bgcnassau.org. The evening will feature renowned entertainer Frankie Moreno. He is popular nationwide as a singer, showman, and musician, with sold-out performances of his brand of rock at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and the Kennedy Center in Washington. Viewers of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and his PBS special “Frankie Moreno in Concert” have raved at his talents. Reservations may be requested by contacting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County at (904) 261-8666 or www.bgcnassau.org or to have your name added to the waiting list. The Gala provides vital support for the outstanding programs of the two local Boys & Girls Clubs, which serve almost 500 young people after school each day.
AMELIA ISLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL VALENTINE’S DAY BIG BAND BASH WITH LES DEMERLE AND BONNIE EISELE
Grab your sweetheart and join Les D eMerle and Bonnie E isele for the Amelia Island Jazz Festival’s 6th annual Valentine’s Day Big Band Bash Scholarship Benefit Concert on February 12 at the O mni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. The concert will be held in the Amelia B allroom from 7 to 10 p .m. featuring the Dynamic Les DeMerle 17-piece Orchestra with Vocalist Bonnie Eisele performing the big band classics of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington, with a special tribute to Harry James. The event kicks off at 6:30 p .m. with cocktails, a meet-and-gr eet with the musicians, and a S ilent Auction with lots of great items. S uggested dress is casual/ elegant. Tickets are $90 per person, and pr oceeds will benefit the Amelia Island Jazz Festival Scholarship Program. This scholarship is awarded on an annual basis to a graduating high school senior and used to ward college expenses necessar y to earn a major or minor in music, helping local ar tists pursue their dreams of becoming jazz musicians. For online ticket purchases, visit www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the UPS Store in the Island Shopping Center or at the AIFBY Chamber Of Commerce at Gateway to Amelia.
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isa Chaffman likes to talk about creativity at her studio, Ar tsyMe, located at 212 S.8th Street, Suite B. She believes that creativity is the first building block in becoming a visual ar tist. One must be unafraid of the outcome of one’s creativity, focusing on textur e, color, depth, perspective, and dimensions, and not the end result. Born in A tlanta, Georgia, Lisa Chaffman was inspired at an early age by a carefree, artistic lifestyle. Her mother was an interior decorator, while her father was a free spirit who encouraged others to explore the imaginative world. It was no surprise that Lisa would combine her parents’ talents and imagination, taking her rightful place in the world of art. Lisa integrates all of her experiences into a unique interpretation of art. Using Amelia Island and its wildlife as her base, she takes the ordinary and translates the natural world into colorful renditions in all mediums, including oils, encaustics, acrylic, watercolor, pencil, and alcohol inks, to create mixed media pieces that are original and unique. Chaffman believes that one of the reasons why children paint so fr eely and
boldly is because they have not developed a preconceived idea of what is acceptable. That is also one of the reasons why “paint and sip” classes ar e so popular, because they allow participants to let loose and show their inner voice without judgment. “In my classes at Ar tsyMe, I will teach you how to unleash your creativity in a fun and relaxed way; the techniques you need will come later,” says Chaffman. “I offer a series of three classes, each one focusing on dev eloping creativity and built on the foundation of the pr evious class. We learn about color, perspective, placement, depth, textur e, and loads of other tools for y ou to use, all while having fun! Students may bring wine if desired. Art and creativity is therapy, much like a massage, a pedicur e, or a soak in the hot tub.” Lisa also offers a home decorating service called “R edoing-Spaces Interior Design,” located in her studio, where she helps clients r edesign their homes using what they have, and adding special touches that reflect their individual tastes and personalities. For more information on classes and ser vices, call (904) 5562026 or visit www.artsyme.studio.
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riving past First Coast Community Bank on South 14th Street, you might notice a ne w “Synovus” sign on the building. The sign is ne w, but the bank has been par t of the Synovus family since 1991. “ What’s unique about S ynovus is our leaders are able to make local decisions for our customers,” says Damon Olinto, Market President. “By joining together 28 bank divisions across the Southeast to become one Synovus, we provide the same services as the larger banks. But we’re still the same bank, with the same friendly people.” “We have the same commitment to our clients as we always have, and we treat them the way we would want to be tr eated,” says Antoinette Richter, a local Synovus Retail Market Manager. “Being customer-focused and r esults-oriented, with a desir e to help others achieve their best, we advise our clients about the financial services we offer.” Richter lives in Fernandina Beach with her husband and two children. She’s a member of the Chamber of Commerce, a graduate of Leadership N assau, and belongs to the Rotary Club. “I love this community and enjo y giving back,” says Antoinette. “We’re so lucky to live where other people vacation. Our customers are also our friends and neighbors.” “Our new Synovus branding allows our clients to connect with other Synovus banks throughout the Southeast,” says Olinto. “That means mor e convenience for our customers. ” Adds Olinto, “Synovus is the best company I’ ve ever worked for. It’s a culture of the heart.” For more information, call (904) 321-2839 or visit 1750 South 14th Street.
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aurie Moore became inter ested in skincar e when she had her first facial at age sixteen. S he eventually became an aesthetician in 2007, when she received her degree and worked as an educator for Dermalogica and Cosmedix skincare companies. Upon moving to Amelia Island to be with her husband, Laurie soon saw the need for a local skincar e professional who could provide effective and r elaxing treatments at non-r esort spa prices. L. Moore Aesthetics opened its doors in July at the Isles of Amelia Suites, Ste. 101, at 5422 First Coast Highway. “I offer a comprehensive, yet simple approach to skincare,” says Laurie. “ When a client comes in for the first time, w e discuss their health, lifestyle, what skincar e products they’ve been using, and what their concerns might be. Then I perform a thorough analysis of my client ’s skin, and make tr eatment suggestions.” As a busy wor king mom herself, Laurie extends her hours of operation into the ev enings to cater to wor king women of all ages. “I offer an expansive selection of treatments such as facials, waxing, Sculplla topical filler, and various peels,” says Laurie. “And, in working under the guidance of D r. Scott Trimas of Beaches Nasal & Facial Plastic Surgery, I am able to provide more clinical treatments to my patients as well.” Laurie is available for consultations and treatments by appointment only. Her hours are Monday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (904) 310-5600 or visit www.lmooreasthetics.com.
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Signs of spring are already appearing, like this Maven West Surplice Cold Shoulder Top, in beautiful spring colors! ($205). Made in the USA. You’ll also find this fun Jones Wood Necklace. Wear one or stack two or three for personal impact. ($52). Available at Red Otter Outfitters, 1012 Atlantic Avenue. (904) 206-4122.
You’ll shine day or night in this stunning 14kt. Gold and Lapis with Diamonds Crescent Disk with 1718” adjustable chain ($365), and this 14kt. Gold and Diamonds Crescent Disk with 16-18” adjustable chain ($499). Available at Lindy’s Jewelry, 202 Centre Street. (904) 277-4880.
Show off your seashore style with unique Oyster Shell Art, like this Trinket Holder ($5.50) and Star of Oysters on Canvas ($24.50). Available, with lots of other great stuff for your home, at Trailer Park Collectibles, 702 Centre Street. (904) 491-4461.
Don’t miss this fabulous Samuel Dong Tapestry Ruffle Zip Front Dress, in shimmering purple, gray and green. Fully lined, it has two pockets in front and a wrap fabric belt. Size Medium. Excellent condition. ($48.50). Available at Pippi’s Consignment Cottage, 1853 South 8th Street. (904) 277-4430. 29 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • JANUARY 2018
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4TH ANNUAL SPATACULAR Visit The Spa & Salon at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort between January 2 and February 8 for a month of special pricing! Enjoy a 50 minute Swedish massage or cleansing facial for just $99 each. For every $99 purchase during the Amelia Spatacular promo, you will be entered to win a grand prize of one spa service per month for the remainder of the year (March-December 2018). Make an appointment today by calling (904) 432-2220.
Classic American clothing and accessories for men and women sold in a friendly retail environment.
An old-fashioned gourmet food market & deli offering wine, spirits, gourmet cookware, wine accessories and gifts.
An upscale childrenâ€™s clothing and toy store featuring Le Top, E-Land Kids, Bailey Boys, Thomas the Tank Engine, Papo and more.
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A family-friendly, surf inspired pizza joint and retail shop serving fresh ingredients on hand-tossed dough.
> To conclude Amelia Islandâ€™s Restaurant Week, join us for our Barrel & Ashes dinner
JANUARY 27 | 6PM | MAGNOLIA GARDEN
> Featuring barrel-aged ingredients, the menu will explore complexities of smoked food > $100 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity > $25 from each ticket will be donated to The Barnabas Center
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Gallery of local artistâ€™s work featuring workshops, demonstrations and lectures.
TOUR TIMES VARY | NATURE CENTER > Enjoy a leisurely paddle through the marsh led by a nature center naturalist > Geared towards all skill levels and includes an introductory paddle lesson > $55 per person, call (904) 321-5082 for schedule and to sign up
AVAILABLE DAILY | AMELIAâ€™S WHEELS > Enjoy breathtaking views as you explore the resort on one of our adventurous tours > Geared towards all skill levels and includes an introductory safety course > $40â€“$90 per person, call (904) 277-5120 and sign up today
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Offering a terrific line-up of participating restaurants, Amelia Island’s popular Restaurant Week celebrates its tenth anniversary this month with another culinary feast. BY KAREN MILLER • PHOTOS COURTESY OF AMELIA ISLAND CVB
elebrating ten y ears this month, Amelia Island’s annual R estaurant Week remains one of the most anticipated events on the island. The tenday culinary showcase features a selection of Amelia I sland’s award-winning and popular dining establishments for lunch and dinner, with different restaurants participating in each. F rom January 19 to 28, sav ory prix-fixe menus will be available for lunch and dinner at participating restaurants. Lunch menus are just $12 and offer an entrée, side dish, and non-alcoholic beverage. Dinner menus ar e either $21, $31, or $41 per person, which includes three courses and a bev erage. “Restaurant Week has become one of
our most anticipated annual ev ents, and it is the per fect time for hungr y visitors and locals to tr y some of the island’s new culinary hotspots and enjoy their old fav orites,” says G il Langley, president and CEO of the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This year we celebrate the tenth anniv ersary of Amelia I sland’s Restaurant Week, which will include a ne w dinner price point of $41, several new tours, cooking classes, and other delicious events we’ve added to the menu.” To kick off Restaurant Week, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia I sland will whet appetites with a “ Tribute to Coastal Treasures,” a very special opening dinner on January 17 celebrating fr esh, coastal
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PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS 29 South Eats Amelia Island Coffee Bar Zin Brett’s Waterway Cafe Burlingame Cafe Karibo Crab Trap Cucina South España Restaurant & Tapas Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen Horizons Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro Le Clos of Amelia Island LuLu’s at The Thompson House Marina Seafood Restaurant Oceanside Pepper’s Cocina Mexicana & Tequila Bar Pi Infinite Combinations Sabbia Sliders Seaside Grill The 801 Kitchen & Bar The Amelia Tavern The Pub at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island The Salty Pelican Bar & Grill The Sandbar & Kitchen Verandah
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flavors and southern-inspir ed Florida fare. Held at Coast Restaurant, the event features a wine r eception from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a four-course dinner highlighting seafood and other Amelia Island specialties. H osted by Executive Chef Sean Woods, Chef de C uisine Niko Anagnostou, and Executive Pastry Chef Sheldon Millett, this is a not-tobe-missed culinary experience. Cost is $125 per person, plus gratuity , and reservations are required. Additional events include two-hour Mixology Tours with Amelia I sland Downtown Tasting Tours, as w ell as a series of Florida-themed cooking classes hosted by the Amelia I sland Culinary Academy. Tours and classes are available on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Restaurant Week will conclude with the “B arrel & Ashes ” finale dinner on January 27 at the O mni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, where Executive Chef Daven Wardynski and his culinary team will highlight the complexities behind smoked foods in a four-course meal with paired cocktails. Tickets are $100, which includes a $25 donation to Barnabas Food Pantry. New to R estaurant Week this year is “S tock the Pantry,” which will help resupply Barnabas Center’s Food Pantry, the largest food pantry in Nassau County. Bring shelf-stable food items to participating restaurants throughout Restaurant Week. For a complete list of ev ents and r estaurant drop-off locations, visit www.ameliaisland.com/ yummy. To make r eservations for the opening dinner, call (904) 277-1087. To make r eservations for the finale dinner, call (904) 432-1466.
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St. Michaels Catholic Church ~ 261-3472 First Presbyterian Church ~ 261-3837 Memorial United Methodist Church ~ 261-5769 Trinity United Methodist Church ~ 277-6859 St. Peter’s Episcopal Church ~ 261-4293 First Missionary Baptist Church ~ 261-4907 New Zion Missionary Baptist Church ~ 261-0010
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JANUARY Weather Avg. High 63 degrees Avg. Low 44 degrees Avg. Precip 3.82 inches
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JANUARY 2–4, 9–11, 16–19, 23–25 Bachata, Tango, Latin in Motion Fitness Class, and Dance Workshop
Ballroom On Amelia offers Tuesday group classes: Bachata at 7 p.m., Tango at 8 p.m. $10 each or $15 for both. Latin in Motion Fitness Class Wednesdays at 7:45 p.m., Dance Workshop Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; $10 per person. Friday Night Dance Party January 19 from 8 to10 p.m., $10 cash at the door. Located at 1897 Island Walkway at RAD Studios; no partner or reservation is required. For more information, call (904) 624-0886, or visit www.ballroomonamelia.com.
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JANUARY 9 Newcomers Club Coffee
The Newcomers Club of Amelia Island hosts its monthly coffee on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Women interested in joining the club who reside in Nassau County (no matter how long they have lived there) are welcome to attend. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
JANUARY 10 Women, Wealth & Wine
JANUARY 3 Amelia Knitting Group
Meets the first Wednesday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Mustard Seed Café. Knit with great company and grab a snack or drink. No commitment, attend whenever you have time.
JANUARY 3 Brown Bag Lunch
The Amelia Island Museum of History hosts a Brown Bag Lunch presentation the first Wednesday of every month at noon, on a variety of subjects. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call Gray at (904) 261-7378 ext 102, or email@example.com.
JANUARY 3, 17 Amelia Island Lighthouse Tours
Guided tours on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 10 a.m. Cost is $5 for adults; $3 for children 12 and under. Tours are limited to 25. Participants meet at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center, 2500 Atlantic Ave. Preregistration is required 24 hours in advance. For more information, call the (904) 310-3358.
JANUARY 4, 11, 18, 25 Nassau Community Band Practice
Multi-generational ensemble meets Thursday nights at 6 p.m., Yulee Middle School band room, 85439 Miner Road. For more information, visit nassaucommunityband.com.
JANUARY 7 Birding at Fort Clinch State Park
Hosted by the Nassau Bird Club. Meet in parking lot at beach access at 8 a.m. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, water, and wear comfortable walking shoes and weatherappropriate clothing. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
JANUARY 8 Pink Ribbon Ladies
For survivors of breast cancer, Pink Ribbon Ladies meets at 6 p.m. at Ackerman Cancer
An informal group of women who meet to discuss financial and related issues. Come and ask the questions you have always wanted to ask and get insight into the questions you haven’t thought of yet. Financial answers and ideas over a glass of wine. Begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (904) 305-2608.
JANUARY 11 Bartram Garden Club Meeting
Held at 10 a.m. at GFWC Woman’s Club, 201 Jean Lafitte Boulevard, featuring “Color Our Canopy” with Horticulturist Aimee Underwood of Liberty Landscape Supply, Fernandina Beach, leading a discussion pertaining to the selection, cultivation, and maintenance of blooming trees and other trees suitable for NE Florida’s climate. For more information, contact Kathleen at KTLpilot@gmail.com.or call (732) 895-9234.
JANUARY 11 Men Helping Men – Prostate Cancer Support Group
Educational program for men meets at 11:30 a.m. at Baptist Medical Center board room. For more information, contact Lauren DeWitt at (904) 277-2700.
JANUARY 12–14, 18–20 The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh
This dark comedy, intense thriller is rated “R.” All performances 8 p.m. except for January 14, which is 2 p.m. Held at Amelia Community Theatre’s Studio 209, 209 Cedar Street. Tickets $15 adults; $10 students through college. For more information, call (904) 261-6749 or visit www.ameliacommunitytheatre.org.
JANUARY 13 Second Saturday Artrageous Artwalk
A free event on the second Saturday each month in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participating galleries offer a diverse selection of art. For information, call
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(800) 226-3542, or visit www.ameliaisland.com.
JANUARY 16 Yefim Bronfman in Concert
Opening concert of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, held at the Amelia Island Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Road. Tickets $60 to $100. For more information, call (904) 261-1779 or visit www. ameliaislandchambermusicfestival.com.
JANUARY 18 Writers By The Sea
Writers and friends meet the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. upstairs at the Amelia Island Museum of History for program and discussion. For more information, contact Nadine Vaughan D’Ardenne at email@example.com, or Nancy Blanton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JANUARY 19 Chick Corea in Concert
Celebrating Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival’s Year of the Piano, held at the First Baptist Church, 1600 South 8th Street. Tickets $50 to $100. For more information, call (904) 261-1779 or visit www. ameliaislandchambermusicfestival.com.
JANUARY 19 Third on 3rd
The Amelia Island Museum of History offers a presentation on the third Friday of the month, at 6 p.m., based on a variety of different topics related to the history of the island. Cost is $5 per person (free for members). For more information, call (904) 261-7378, or visit online at www.ameliamuseum.org.
JANUARY 24 Head and Neck Cancer Support Group
SPOHNC is a support group for oral, head and neck cancer patients, held at Baptist Medical Center board room at 11:30 a.m. For more info, contact Lauren DeWitt at (904) 277-2700.
JANUARY 27, 28 The Prisoner of Second Avenue by Neil Simon
Directed by Sinda Nichols, Live Ink Theatre’s stage reading will be held at 7:30 p.m. on January 27 and 4 p.m. on January 28. Held at Amelia Musical Playhouse, 1955 Island Walk. For tickets or information, visit www. liveinktheatre.com or call (904) 206-7746. To have your event featured here, email all of the information to email@example.com.
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With a new business center model called BRIC, the renovated Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce offers even more services for local businesses. BY KAREN MILLER • PHOTOS BY WILLIAM RASER
n November 16, 2017, the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commer ce reopened its doors with a completely r enovated business facility. Boasting a gr oundbreaking business center model called BRIC (Business Resource Innovation Center), the Chamber office has become an even more valuable resource for local businesses. Located at 961687 G ateway Blvd., this is not the Chamber office you remember from a y ear ago. “BRIC is a professional, co-work (shared workspace) setting where you can wor k, form networks, meet with clients, shar e ideas, host meetings, and interact with likeminded professionals,” says Chamber President Regina Duncan. “It is a place where you can connect and collaborate. It took us three years to get to this point, and we’re thrilled to offer this space to members of the business community.” The Chamber v acated their office for construction in May 2017, and the
project was finished in O ctober. “Our ribbon cutting and grand opening was held on Nov 16,” says Duncan. “Beside the cash donations, we had over $78,000 of in-kind ser vices donated for this project. It truly was a community and member business-driven project!” BRIC includes shar ed open workspaces with lounge-style tables and seating, in addition to priv ate offices. It provides access to str ong and secur e WiFi and many other amenities, such as the use of the confer ence room and AV equipment. Designers, contributors, and board members thought of ev ery detail, including stand-up desks, office pods, scanning, faxing, and printing capabilities, flat screen TVs, plus coffee, lemon water, and snacks. Their services are compatible with all electr onic devices, including laptops, tablets, and phones, both Apple and Android. “We also hav e five talented and knowledgeable staff members who help our members learn how to use the
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equipment and make their businesses more productive and successful, ” says Duncan. “For non-members and people visiting from out-of-town, we offer these same services for a small stipend.” With almost 700 members representing thousands of area employees, the Chamber speaks with a strong voice for local businesses. Volunteers and staff people monitor government meetings and pending legislation to keep members informed on issues that affect them. Members are encouraged to take advantage of oppor tunities to pr omote their business and organization thr ough the Chamber, as their Welcome Center is full of members’ brochures and business cards for visitors’ use. “We encourage our members to contact us to see what opportunities are available to pr omote their businesses,” says Duncan. “Our goal at the Chamber is for people to experience educational, informative, inspirational, and entertaining professional development,” says Duncan. “We welcome members and non-members to contact the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commer ce at (904) 2613248 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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AMELIA ISLAND BOOK FESTIVAL Lee Child, Adriana Trigiani, Steve Berry, David Baldacci, Jacques Pépin, and more! Join us for page-turning fun, education and excitement, February 15 - 17, 2018
ell, it’s true that Thoreau predated Kindles, iPads, eBooks and other technology at the time of his great essays, poetry and writings of the 1800s. However, his strong sentiments about books have stood the test of time. For three days in February, the Amelia Island Book Festival (AIBF) promises rabid readers, aspiring authors and literacy lovers of all ages a jam-packed slate of events with
a blockbuster lineup of New York Times bestselling authors, including Lee Child, Adriana Trigiani, Karin Slaughter, Jennifer Armentrout, Sherri Rinker and Jacques Pépin. Steve Berry returns as Honorary Chairman. Free activities targeted to speciﬁc age groups-such as elementary, middle and high school students, as well as book lovers of every niche, will be featured throughout the Festival.
Ticketed events for aspiring writers and literary aﬁcionados are also offered. See the festival schedule at the end of this article or visit www. ameliaislandbookfestival.org for details on all events and activities. Proceeds from all ticketed festival events beneﬁt the Authors in Schools Literacy Program for students of Nassau County—Connecting students, authors and books for lifelong learning.
Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the ﬁt inheritance of generations and nations. –Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Author Face-Off Dinner Gala Supports Literacy in Nassau County
he Festival’s signature event features a panel of literary giants as they debate their craft. Led by Steve Berry, NYT bestselling authors Lee Child, Karin Slaughter, Jennifer Armentrout and Sherry Rinker deliver surprising and witty repartée in a multi-genre blockbuster panel discussion. You do not want to miss this unique opportunity to mix and
mingle up close and personal with the creator of Jack Reacher and witness our award-winning literary lineup as they “face off” with each other. This very special evening is set for Fri., Feb. 16, 6 – 10 p.m., at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. The evening includes an open bar cocktail reception with the authors, gourmet sit-down dinner (wine included)
and a limited live auction where the winning bidder can live on forever in a Jack Reacher novel. (This special prize is a generous donation by Lee Child.) Tickets are $175 per person, and can be purchased online at www. ameliaislandbookfestival.org. The evening’s Emcee and auctioneer is our own FL Senator Aaron Bean.
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Lessons from a Bestseller: Steve Berry’s Writers’ Workshop
long with his wife and business partner, Elizabeth, Steve Berry facilitates this workshop for authors and would-be authors of every genre. This popular workshop is scheduled for Fri., Feb. 16 from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., at FSCJ Nassau Campus – Bean
Center in Yulee; registration begins at 8 a.m. Refreshments and box lunch are provided. Tickets are $150 per person, and can be purchased at www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org. Some scholarships are available for qualifying students.
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Authors in Schools… A book for every student
It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own. –Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
he AIBF is home to the awardwinning Authors in Schools Literacy Program. With the annual support of sponsors, members, donors and fundraising events, the AIBF helps bring noted authors to every school in Nassau County and books for each student of the author they meet. This February, the Festival will purchase and gift more than 11,000 students with a book of the noted author they meet, in turn inspiring young people to achieve their goals. Among the student presenters are: International and NYT bestselling author David Baldacci, who will address high schools students in the county in two presentations during Authors in Schools day. Jennifer Armentrout, NYT bestselling YA author will speak to at several of the middle and high schools and NYT bestselling children’s author Sherri Rinker, who will address elementary school students. For a
full list of presenting authors and the schools visit the AIBF website. “The Authors in Schools Literacy Program has grown in the past few years encouraging area students to read and write,” said Dr. John Ruis, AIBF President and former Nassau County Schools Superintendent. “Being exposed to this level of quality authors—spending time with them— hearing how they develop ideas and get inspired—and taking home the book of the author they met…it’s an invaluable opportunity to help our
Author Expo/ Readers Extravaganza
he three-day festival culminates in a family celebration of the written word. More than 100 published authors of all genres, ﬁction and non-ﬁction—thriller, young adult, children, romance, history, science ﬁction, self-help, biography, etc.—participate in meet-and-greets, book signings and sales. Breakout sessions feature NYT bestselling authors Steve Berry, Lee Child, Karin Slaughter, Jennifer Armentrout and Sherri Rinker. Jacques Pépin will be signing his latest book. Middle school and high school winners of the AIBF Short Story Essay Contest, “My Best Day Ever,” will receive their cash prizes and certiﬁcates and meet Lee Child. Throughout the day, festivalgoers are treated to entertainment, activities and prizes—for “kids” of all ages! There’ll be food and beverages, prize drawings and other special activities through the day. ‘Plus’, ADMISSION AND PARKING ARE FREE . The Expo is Sat., Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fernandina Beach Middle School.
students develop important literary skills for their future.” AIBF annually solicits applications and books from prospective author presenters. This year, more than 70 authors submitted books to AIBF for consideration for the AIS program. The books are thoroughly reviewed by school media specialists, reading coaches and other educators to determine age appropriateness and applicability to the curriculum requirements. School representatives make the ﬁnal selection of books and authors. This year AIBF will bring more than 25 authors to visit our schools. “The Authors in Schools Literacy Program is a perfect example of community partnerships at their best,” Dr. Ruis said. Donna Martin, School Board chair, added, “The Authors in Schools program is a tremendous gift to our students.” This year’s Authors in Schools Day is set for Fri., Feb. 16.
iddle and high school students have the opportunity to meet published Young Adult authors and learn about expressing themselves through ﬁction, poetry, graphic arts and more. Geared speciﬁcally to this audience, Tween/Teen Scene enables students to work and play in an atmosphere of creativity, caring and camaraderie. Author presenters include NYT bestselling authors Jennifer Armentrout, Laura Duksta, Kentrell Martin and Lt. Commander Robert Crosby. Refreshments and cool prizes such as Samsung Galaxy Tablets and more round out the fun! RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS FREE EVENT. Go to www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org or call the Boys & Girls Miller Freedom Center Club at (904) 261-1075. Tween/Teen Scene is Thurs., Feb. 15, 4:30 – 7 p.m., Boys & Girls Clubs, Miller Freedom Center, 942259 Old Nassauville Road, Fernandina Beach.
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If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. –Toni Morrison
STEVE BERRY Steve Berry returns to the AIBF as Honorary Chairman for the 3rd consecutive year. Steve is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Lost Order, The 14th Colony, The Patriot Threat, The Lincoln Myth, The King’s Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor’s Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy and The Amber Room. His books have been translated into 40 languages with 20 million copies in 51 countries. The Bishop’s Pawn, the Cotton Malone Series Book 13, is now available for pre-order. This latest book chronicles his protagonist’s ﬁrst case, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., on that fateful day in Memphis. History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It’s his passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, which led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. LEE CHILD Lee Child is the NYT bestselling author of the Jack Reacher thrillers— sales at 100 million+ and counting. Reacher #22, The Midnight Line, hit
stores on Nov. 7 worldwide and has been enjoying NYT bestsellers listing ever since. His debut novel, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and Barry awards for “Best First Mystery,” and The Enemy won both the Barry and Nero awards for “Best Novel.” Two of Child’s books have been made into feature ﬁlms starring Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. Lee, now a New Yorker, was born in Coventry, England. After part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an 18-year career as a presentation director during British TV’s “golden age.” At the age of 40, he left due to corporate restructuring. Ready to take a chance, Lee bought some paper and pencils, and wrote what turned out to be the ﬁrst book in the Jack Reacher series. ADRIANA TRIGIANI NYT bestselling author of 17 books in ﬁction and nonﬁction, Adriana Trigiani is also a playwright, television writer/producer and an award-winning ﬁlmmaker. She wrote and directed the major motion picture Big Stone Gap, ﬁlmed entirely on location in her Virginia hometown. Her newest novel—complete with a new cast of characters—debuts in fall 2018. Adriana is beloved by millions of readers around
the world for her popular novels—The Shoemaker’s Wife, the Valentine trilogy and Lucia, Lucia— as well as her latest bestseller, Kiss Carlo. Her themes of love and work, emphasis upon craftsmanship and family life have attracted legions of fans. According to Adriana, “...if there is one thing I hope my books do always and forever, it’s that they honor working people.” Her books have been translated in 36 countries around the world. KARIN SLAUGHTER Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers, and is known for the “stories that get under your skin.” Published in 36 languages, with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her 16 novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant NYT bestselling novel, Pretty Girls. When asked about her writing schedule, Karin said, “Unfortunately, I’m not very disciplined. I’m more of a ‘run off into the mountains and write until I collapse’ author. I wish I could be more structured, but it’s been working for me so far, so who am I to judge?” Her Will Trent series, Grant County series and standalone novel Cop Town are all
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in development for ﬁlm and television. A native of Georgia, Karin currently lives in Atlanta. JENNIFER ARMENTROUT Jennifer Armentrout, #1 NYT bestselling author, spends her time watching really bad zombie movies when she’s not hard at work writing young adult paranormal, science ﬁction, fantasy and contemporary romance novels. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that eventually results in loss of vision among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can. Jennifer’s dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories. Her young adult contemporary The Problem with Forever is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. SHERRI RINKER In 2008, in the midst of hectically trying to manage the demands of being a working mom in an unfulﬁlling career, Sherri Rinker wrote Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site. It was picked up by the ﬁrst publisher to whom it was sent! She is now a #1 NYT bestselling author of eight children’s books. Sherri began college as a journalism major, but moved to visual communications which combined creating beautiful, compelling compositions with visuals and text. After a 25-year graphic design career, she started writing books about big trucks to help kids go to sleep at bedtime. Construction Site paved the way for Mighty, Mighty Construction Site; Steam Train, Dream Train; and Big Machines. It’s Soo Quiet debuts in 2018. For a complete list of bestselling and award-winning authors presenting at the 2018 festival, as well as ticket information, please visit the website at www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org.
Schedule of Events All events and activities support the Authors in Schools Literacy Program THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2018 KICK-OFF LUNCHEON Keynote by New York Times Bestselling Author Adriana Trigiani Introduced by International Bestselling Author David Baldacci 12 noon – 2 pm Walker's Landing, Amelia Island Plantation
TWEEN/TEEN SCENE Young adult authors, breakout sessions, prizes and refreshments – open to all middle and high school students 4:30 – 7 pm Boys & Girls Clubs, Miller Freedom Center 942259 Old Nassauville Rd., Yulee FREE EVENT, RESERVATIONS REQUIRED www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org or at Miller Freedom Center, (904) 261-1075
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018 LESSONS FROM A BESTSELLER: STEVE BERRY'S WRITERS' WORKSHOP Steve Berry is the NYT and #1 International Bestselling Author of more than 16 books. Steve and his wife and business partner, Elizabeth Berry, run this intense workshop for authors and would-be authors of every genre. 8:30 am – 1 pm; registration opens at 8 am FSCJ Nassau Campus – Bean Center 76346 William Burgess Blvd., Yulee Refreshments and box lunch provided $150 per person – purchase tickets at www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org AUTHORS IN SCHOOLS DAY – NASSAU COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS A memorable day where noted, published authors visit every public school in Nassau County, including several VPK program, spending time with students…reading, sharing and dreaming… together. 9 am to 3 pm (times are approximate; schools dictate exact start and end times) No cost to schools or students – AIBF secures authors and buys chosen presenting authors' books for students of the author they meet. AUTHOR FACE-OFF DINNER GALA Do not miss this unique opportunity to hear literary giants “face oﬀ” with each other on their craft! Led by AIBF Honorary Chairman Steve Berry, the panel includes Lee Child, Karin Slaughter, Jennifer Armentrout and Sherry Rinker. 6 – 10 pm Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort 39 Beach Lagoon Rd. Open bar cocktail reception, gourmet sit-down dinner (wine included), live auction, door prizes $175 per person – purchase tickets at www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2018 AUTHOR EXPO/READERS EXTRAVAGANZA A family festival and celebration of the written word. Food, fun, entertainment and activities – for “kids” of all ages! Special activities for the little ones. Prizes for children, tweens and adults throughout the day. World-renowned author presentations, breakout sessions, book signings and sales. 10 am to 5 pm Fernandina Beach Middle School 315 Citrona Dr., Fernandina Beach FREE ADMISSION & FREE PARKING
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he old year has departed, leaving us with a fresh start and a garden full of new hopes, good health, happiness, and peace. Come take a walk with me down an aisle at the trade show. I am so excited to see some really interesting colors on my right. I t has been ten years since a ne w Knock O ut Rose has been intr oduced. The standards for a Knock Out Rose are so high that it’s rare that a potential intr oduction is even considered. With these thr ee stunning new additions, I’m sure you’ll find a place in y our landscape for one or more. The White Knock O ut Rose is a single rose. It is an excellent shrub rose, which stands out in the landscape due to the contrast betw een its pur e white blooms and v ery dark green foliage. I t will bloom from spring through fall and it maintains a compact habit of thr eeand-a-half feet wide by the same height. The golden yellow centers in these white roses really pop! Clustered next to the White Knock Out is a dazzling new color addition, the Coral Knock Out. Its unique coral color
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great in mass plantings, specimens, or in a large pot with some cascading greenery around the bottom. Let’s amble through this garden to the next aisle at the trade sho w, where something red is catching my ey e. It is a Mimulus, meaning “comic actor,” the Burst Berry Monkey flower shrub, a small, well-branched mounding shr ub that grows 18 to 24 inches tall and wide. The foliage is a dar k glossy gr een with numerous large, dark red funnel-shaped flowers that have two lips. The bottom lip is split once and the top lip split twice, resulting in five frilly petal lobes that have a light orange/ yellow throat. These flowers bloom year round in coastal gar dens and gr ow in full sun to light shade. What a nice little border plant! By the way, there are two more of these wonder ful new shrubs; Burst Lemon and Burst Orange, which I will tell you about later. Three aisles o ver, I see something outstanding. We’ll go ther e next time! If you have questions, email me at email@example.com. Until then, Happy Gardening!
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n 2004, John and Joan Lohr began searching for a r etirement home along the Southeast coast, where family members had r etired from South Carolina to F lorida. During family visits, John and Joan took many a side trip to find the perfect location in which retire. After visiting Amelia I sland in 2004, they settled on a marsh front lot in Marsh Lakes. “ We had just tour ed St. Marys,” says John, “then we came to Fernandina Beach, where after fifteen
minutes in to wn, we decided it would be a great place to live.” The Lohrs, who had built six ne w residences during their many mo ves for John’s career, began planning their home. They spent three years looking at hundreds of plans in books, magazines, and online, learning a gr eat deal about what features and materials would wor k best in this area. Joan’s parents’ home – a low country-style home outside Beaufort, South Carolina – ser ved as inspiration
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island home Right: The casual breakfast room offers spectacular marsh views. Below: A classic formal dining room has a table that will expand to seat twelve. The sideboard is from Joan’s grandmother’s Westbury, New York home. Bottom: The spacious kitchen is perfect for entertaining.
for their 3,500-foot threestory house, which takes full advantage of the extensiv e marsh views. The Lohrs inter viewed several architects, but after meeting with Jose Miranda, they immediately kne w he was their choice. The three worked closely with builder Steve Bernhard of Bernhard Construction over an eighteen-month period to cr eate a beautiful and comfor table low country home with stunning vie ws and custom-designed amenities. “We designed the house with the elevated floor plan and extensive decks so that w e could take adv antage of the marsh views and the breezes,” says John.
The Lohrs kne w they wanted expansive, lightfilled rooms, which would take advantage of the fifteen-mile view down the Intracoastal Waterway to Black Hammock Island. The panoramic vie w from the first-floor living room and breakfast room is breathtaking. The rooms open to a deck acr oss the back of the house, a per fect setting for an afternoon cocktail. “We love the marsh,” says Joan. “It is always changing – the tides, the colors, the wildlife.” A spacious master suite, great room, breakfast room, kitchen, formal dining room, and small den ar e also on the first floor.
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island home Right: The serene master bedroom also offers expansive views. Below: The master bath is filled with light. Bottom: A decorative mermaid sculpture in the master bath was purchased in Cozumel.
The twenty-four-hundred square foot four-car garage, or, as John calls it, an “island basement,” provides space for household and lawn equipment, and as well as a “ dry” room equipped with dehumidifiers for storing luggage, Christmas decorations, and other items. Two inviting guest rooms— the “King Room” and the “Queen Room”—with ensuite baths and private marsh view decks are on the second floor. John and Joan have long been scuba divers, and they have an extensive collection of “treasures” from all over the world, which are beautifully displayed in an armoir e with a lighted display cabinet in the living room. The cabinet has glass front doors
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The large gourmet kitchen is designed for enter taining. “As you can imagine,” says Joan, “with those guestrooms, we have a constant parade of family members and houseguests to entertain.” Both John and Joan love to cook, and the ample preparation space and five-burner gas range make a per fect working space for the two chefs. A collection of J oan’s handthrown pottery graces the tops of the custom cabinets. It is however, the “Butler’s Pantry” where guests gather, as it contains the wet bar, wine cooler, and ice maker, along with Joan’s beautiful display of glasswar e. The most striking piece
in the pantry is the “copper fish” bar sink, a find from Home Depot’s Expo Design Center. “We had no friends or family locally when we moved here,” notes John, “but that did not matter.” It took only a short time for the Lohrs to make friends in the neighborhood and on the island. John and Joan are members of the Amelia Island Sailing Club and the Newcomers Club, and they are active in both, as well as other groups. They love water sports and keep a power boat at Amelia Island Yacht Basin, but their favorite thing of all is to enjoy their beautiful home with family and friends.
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Sliders SEASIDE GRILL With banquet space for 250 guests, Sliders is a long-time local favorite known for its great food and fun atmosphere, perfect for lunch, dinner, or an unforgettable wedding. BY MICHAEL GASS • PHOTO BY WILLIAM RASER
here are few restaurants in Fernandina Beach that hav e been around as long as Sliders, an Amelia Island destination for more than 30 y ears. Today Sliders is a tr opical-themed restaurant with an outside Tiki bar, live music every night of the week, daily happy hour specials, and Monday night “Paint & Sip” art classes in the banquet space upstairs. Sliders has something for ev eryone. On a recent Monday evening, I met my sister, Martha, for dinner downstairs before venturing up the elevator for a colorful evening with local artist Lamar Miles. Perched on the ocean side of S adler Road and A1A, S liders is the per fect place to take in the essence of Amelia I sland. I like to go in the evenings to enjoy the live music, especially when they bring the F irewater Tent Revival to to wn from Atlantic Beach, which they do once a month. Tonight I wanted to get a better idea for what they do outside of the standard restaurant parameters. It isn’t uncommon for S liders to ser ve over a thousand people on a busy w eekend during the peak season. D uring that time, they may be serving guests upstairs in their banquet facility which seats 250 people or at the nearb y Ocean Club of Amelia, which they also operate. M artha and I started the evening with a C rab Cake and an order of their Tuna Nachos. The crab cake was filled with delicious crab meat and ser ved with a horseradish remoulade and a lemon brulee. I really enjoyed the smoky-sweet flavor of the lemon and squeezed it all o ver my crab cake. The nachos were not nachos at all, but something better: triangle-shaped wonton wrappers, deep-fried, seasoned, and topped with a wasabi cream cheese sauce, teriyaki glaze, toasted sesame seeds, wakame seaweed salad, and, of course, the always delicious ahi. These flavors elevated the dish sky-high compared to the typical neon yellow nacho cheese concoction. Our entrée came from their banquet menu, a delicious Surf & Turf featuring Parmesan-Crusted Seabass and Filet Mignon. The seabass was perfectly prepared, the crust crispy, and dressed with a lemon beurr e blanc. The filet was grilled to per fection
and dressed with a mushr oom bordelaise. The rich red wine and earthy mushrooms drifted into the lemon butter to cr eate a remarkable plate. What may have delighted me most were the potatoes. Roasted simply with salt and pepper , olive oil, and rosemary, they were perfectly seasoned. So often the starch and vegetables are overlooked, but on this plate they truly shined. Monday nights at S liders are a blast. After w e had a slice of what has to be the best key lime pie I’ ve had in ages, w e went upstairs to find a raucous affair already in full swing. The
Monday evening art events typically draw ar ound 30 people, but for some r eason, when flamingos are involved—like tonight—attendance more than doubles. The room was set up in two lines of tables co vered with paper and paint trays. The air was electric with people of ev ery stripe slinging paint and enjoying a drink. Sliders is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Be sure to check out their event calendar at slidersseaside.com for upcoming happenings, musical guests, menus, and information on booking private events.
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dining guide Amelia Tavern ~ Restaurant & B rewpub on Centr e Street provides delicious local food and cold br ews to the friends and guests of Amelia Island. Our kitchen serves amped up southern comfor t food, where you’ll see enough diversity to be surprised without losing sight of the simple stuff you love. The collection of house brews and craft beer options ar e curated to match the menu, with plenty of pairings to fit any palette. A.T. is a brewery infused gastr opub, or a br ewpub with gr eat food, something like that - just stop in, grab a bite and a sip, you’ll see. We are doing it our way, the right way, for you and for this Island. Bar Zin ~ Inspired by 30 y ears in the hospitality industry and numerous trips to Napa and Sonoma, our philosophy at B ar Zin is quite simple: cr eate a fun relaxed upbeat indoor/outdoor atmospher e where friends and families can enjo y 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. O ur vision was to design a neighborhood atmosphere where everyone will feel welcome, whether y ou are enjoying a full meal, appetizers, or just stopping in for a cold bev erage; 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. 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 ser vice and the r efined ambiance will enhance y our dining pleasure. The large r ectangular bar o verlooking the Fernandina Harbor Marina is a pleasant place to enjo y a drink. At the marina on Front Street. (904) 261-2660. Open 7 days, Mon-Sat L, D, $$$, F. Burlingame ~ In the historic district just off Centre Street at 20 S outh 5th S treet, this r estaurant offers seasonally inspired modern American food with a twist. The small menu enables our team to focus on a handful of exquisite dishes developed from the freshest ingredients each season. D ining out is about mor e than just food, and our superb ser vice and casually elegant atmosphere create a special experience. Extensive wine/beer list. R eservations recommended. Open 5:30pm Tue – Sun. Closed Mon. (904) 4327671. BurlingameRestaurant.com Café Karibo ~ Located on North 3rd St. just off Centre Street in the historic do wntown district. It has a cozy interior with a funky, laid-back setting. It’s most striking feature is its naturally shaded outdoor dining patio . Great selection of sandwiches, salads, and soups for lunch. Kid friendly. Vegetarian items on the menu. Open: 11am–9pm Tue thru Sat; Sunday 10:30am– 3pm with lunch menu specials; M on 11am–3pm. Fresh-brewed beer available in the Café and in the brew pub—The Karibrew—located next door. Food prices are relatively low-lunch average $10 pp; dinner $20 pp (generous portions). Crab Trap ~ Nautical decor and friendly service makes for a casual, r elaxing atmosphere. Dinner daily offers seafood—fried, grilled, broiled, or blackened—as w ell as steaks, chicken and oysters year round. Entrees $8.95 - $18.95. Call for seasonal hours. B eer, wine, and
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cocktails. Family owned and operated since 1979. 31 N 2nd Street, (904) 261-4749. $$$ V/MC/D. David’s Restaurant ~ David’s has an amazing steakhouse & seafood menu, upscale r omantic atmosphere, and professional service. New Caviar menu with toast points or Blinis and accoutrements consisting of crème fraiche, red onion, capers & chopped egg. Full bar and large wine menu including wines b y the glass. Dining creations such as F ilet Oscar, our S ignature 16oz. Grilled Delmonico Ribeye, and when av ailable our 24 oz. Porterhouse Steak. Daily Fish specials as well as English Channel D over Sole & Chilean S ea Bass. Vegetarian options. Happy Hour Sunday - Thursday 5 to 7 pm offering 1/2 price Cocktails (ex cept Special Events & H olidays). Lounge M enu & P ort Flights. Reserve your Whole Alaskan King Crab 6-10 lb. average. Full dessert menu and after-dinner cor dials. Open 7 days. Lounge opens at 5 pm, dinner at 6 pm. Young Adult menu av ailable. Reservations highly recommended. Private wine room holds 12 & priv ate dining room up to 50. R esort casual. 802 Ash S treet. (904) 310-6049. M ake reservations online at AmeliaIslandDavids.com. Elizabeth Pointe ~ Located inside Elizabeth Pointe on South Fletcher overlooking the beach, The Pointe Restaurant offers casual indoor and outdoor oceanfront dining year-round. A buffet-style breakfast and lunch menu are offered to guests of the Inn as well as open to the public daily . Seasonal brunches are offered one Sunday each month. Enjoy wide porches, ocean views, delicious food, and Southern hospitality. Wine and beer available. Reservations recommended. Open Daily for breakfast 7:00am-10:00am and for lunch 11:00am2:00pm. 98 S. F letcher Ave. (904) 277-4851. www . elizabethpointelodge.com. España ~ Featuring Old World cuisine from Portugal and Spain, España offers an intriguing menu in a comfortably elegant atmospher e in do wntown Fernandina Beach. Owner/chef Roberto Pestana serves mouthwatering tapas like Grouper Ceviche, Portobello al La España, and S hrimp with Garlic, all served with España’s homemade br ead. 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. A vailable for priv ate parties. Reservations recommended. All major cr edit cards. Open 7 days. (904) 261-7700. 22 S outh 4th Street. $$$, D, B/W. Fancy Sushi ~ We serve fine Japanese cuisine from our Hibachi grill, the best Tempura and the tastiest Teriyaki this side of Tokyo. We give you all the fine foods with the friendliest service you will ever have here in friendly Fernandina Beach. Come by and give us a visit and we’ll serve you with smiles and the fr eshest sushi that y ou won’t find anywhere but here at Fancy Sushi. Open 7 days. (904) 261-9855. 1478 Sadler Rd. Florida House Inn ~ Enjoy Southern cooking at its finest at Leddy’s Porch. Menu includes Southern Salads, Sandwiches, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Collard Greens, and much more. Black Board specials daily. The Florida House Inn is located just off Centre Street in the historic district of Fernandina Beach. The inn is the oldest hotel in the state of Florida and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Open for brunch Wednesday – Friday from 11:00am – 2:30pm and S aturday – Sunday 10:00am – 2:30pm. The Mermaid Bar at The Florida House Inn is open Monday – Saturday at 5pm. Daily drink specials and O pen Mic every other Thursday night. 22 S outh Third Street, (904)4913322. L, $$, F Horizons ~ Where great food and good friends come together. The gourmet food y ou are always craving. You can visit us for a fantastic lunch or dinner or let us cater your event. We have gourmet items to please everyone in your group, including beef, lamb, seafood, chicken, and even gourmet vegetarian choices and also fresh pastries and desserts! 5472 First Coast Hwy. (904) 321-2430. www.horizonsameliaisland.com Jack & Diane’s ~ Jack & Diane’s remains the love of the locals for B reakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Come explore “A world of Taste all in one P lace” as it is affectionately known by guests fr om every corner of the globe. At the crossroads of comfort and quest, you will find each dish combines homespun r ecipes with global influences offering new discoveries in their signature concept of “ adventurous dining”. The
dining out extensive 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-lo ving, unique dining experience in what is no w an ar tists’ 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 adv enture, it’s the memories a happy life are made of. jackanddianescafe.com Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro ~ Located in historic downtown Fernandina, Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro serves innovative cuisine in a r elaxed, island atmospher e. Enjoy fresh seafood, game, and specialty dishes in a charming 1903 home, or outside in a New Orleans-inspired courtyard. Jacksonville Magazine Top 25. E xtensive wine list available. Reservations recommended. Major credit cards. 321-2558. Open seven days. D, $$$. La Mancha ~ A S panish and P ortuguese restaurant with a B razilian flare, blended for sav ory and bold flavors. We offer a mixtur e of contemporar y and traditional authentic S panish cuisine. E xtensive beer and wine list and our famous sangria! Plenty of parking and catering av ailable for large gr oups and par ties. Check out our menu online at lamancharestaurant.net. Open Mon - F ri 5pm - 9:30pm; S at & S un 3pm 9:30pm. 2709 S adler Road. (904) 261-4646. Tue. – Half price sangria; Wed. – Ladies Night – All you can drink sangria with entree purchase; Thu. – Free dessert, Local’s Night at 10% off with proff of residency; Sun. – All you can eat paella, live Spanish guitar music from 6-9pm! Lulu’s at the Thompson House ~ Lulu’s is more than just a sandwich shop! The dinner menu changes nightly to showcase the best av ailable 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. Located in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach. Visit online at www . lulusamelia.com. (904) 432-8394. The Mustard Seed Cafe ~ Located inside N assau Health Foods, The Mustard Seed is Amelia Island’s only organic eatery and juice bar, with an extensive, eclectic menu featuring v egetarian and v egan items. D aily specials include local seafood, organic chicken and fresh organic produce. Salads, wraps, sandwiches, and soups are available—all prepared with The Mustard Seed’s impeccable style. Popular items ar e chicken or v eggie quesadillas, grilled mahi or salmon o ver mixed greens and tuna melt with Swiss cheese and tomato. Open for breakfast and lunch, Mon - Sat., 8 am - 3pm, and 11am - 3pm on S un. NassauHealthFoods.net. 833 T. J. Courson Rd. (904) 277-3141. The Picnic Basket ~ For a perfect dessert, knockout side dish, or casual picnic, The Picnic Basket has what y ou need, including char cuterie, cheese, par ty platters, picnic baskets, baker y treats, and take-home suppers. Open Tuesday - Sunday from 9am - 3pm, we offer breakfast and lunch until 3 pm, ser ving wine & beer and foods to-go . Breakfast includes bagels, daily muffins, house-made granola, fr esh scones, fr eshpressed fruit and veggie drinks, and fresh coffee. Lunch features homemade soups, organic salads, sandwiches on fresh-baked bread, and delicious wraps. We also offer catering for any occasion and we have a small selection of excellent wines. 503-A Centre St. (904) 277-9779. 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 fr om the beach. O pen daily for lunch and dinner . 1998 S. F letcher Ave. at Sadler Rd. (next to the r oundabout). 277-6652. L, D, $$, F. Townies Pizzeria ~ Townies is the “Locals’ Choice for Island Pizza”. All of our food is prepared fresh to order. Townies uses real cheese, only the finest quality ingredients, and fr esh local pr oduce. Unlike the big pizza chains, our sauces don’t come out of a paint can. Pizza! One Luv! 819 TJ Courson R oad. (904) 2774755. Order online at TowniesPizzeria.com or call! B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner. $=Entrees under $10, $$=Entrees up to $15. $$$=E ntrees over $15. F=Full bar, B/W=Beer & Wine
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Lagoon Front Living Living is easy, indoors and outdoors, in this attractive and well-maintained Oyster Bay residence with stunning lagoon views. The floor plan encompasses 4 bedr ooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Enjoy the outdoor water vie ws from the ground floor master bedr oom with a walk-in closet and updated ensuite bath. Two more bedrooms are upstairs, and the retreat over the garage, complete with a Murphy bed, can be used as a fourth bedroom. The spacious eat-in kitchen flows through
to the dining room, sunroom, and rear patio, and has custom cabinetry, granite counters, and updated appliances. The backyard has been lovingly landscaped with covered patio, outdoor fire pit area, bricked pavers, and gardens. Oyster Bay offers a community pool, tennis cour ts, nature trails, yacht club, and marina and it is ideally positioned to enjo y the proximity to Amelia’s beaches, restaurants, shopping, schools, I-95, and the Kings Bay Naval Base.
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This 6 BR, 7,800 sq ft estate has tennis court, pool, riding arena, wrap-around porches, and a community dock. Elaborate kitchen, master suite with ﬁreplace and elevator, and two guest suites. 6 car garage. MLS#78518 $2,199,000
4 BR/3 BA two-story home on extra-large lot on Amelia! First ﬂoor has study, family, dining, and guest bedroom. Upstairs has master suite and bath, two bedrooms, and bonus room. Backyard fronts green space. MLS#78771 $449,000
New home on Amelia Island. Close to schools and grocery store! Bike to beach or beachfront restaurants! Open ﬂoor plan, 2 car garage, Jack & Jill bathroom between guest bedrooms, and 2 porches. MLS#78769 $449,500
86094 MORICHES DRIVE
New townhomes centrally located on Amelia Island with open ﬂoor plans featuring 3 BR with 2.5 BA or 2 BR with 2.5 BA, private garage, front and side porches, and many upgrades! Ready for occupancy now. Priced from $329,500.
New heated pool overlooks lake and golf course. High ceilings, stainless, new granite, custom laundry, new wood ﬂooring, new A/C & water heater. Large screen enclosure with pavered pool deck and gazebo. MLS#78926 $539,000
Private gated community offers 8 marsh front lots and 25 estate lots. Located in the heart of Amelia Island between downtown Fernandina and The Ritz-Carlton and Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. Call for private tour.
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Beautiful home in prestigious gated community with gorgeous golf course views. Newer roof & pavers on driveway. Living area opens to Florida room. Floor to ceiling glass, Plantation shutters, columns & crown molding. Fireplace with custom built-ins. Wood ﬂoors in living, dining area, Florida room, and master bedroom. Eat-in kitchen has Corian counters, 42 in. cabinets & serving bar. Master suite has trey ceilings & French doors to large deck, whirlpool tub & huge master closet. MLS#78793 $549,000
85038 OAK GROVE PLACE
Enjoy this private setting on one acre. Fully fenced-in back yard and large patio provide great area for grilling. This home also has screened in back porch off living area. Everything you need for country living. MLS#78867 $195,000
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Enjoy country living in a gated community at Brady Point! Almost 1.5 acres with beautiful marsh views. Community has 50 acres of natural preserve with kayak/canoe launch and clubhouse. Minutes from Amelia, close to Jax Airport. MLS#76489 $275,000
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Largest lot in Ocean Ridge! Private backyard with access to lake. This 3 BR home has 2 BR downstairs and 1 up. Upgraded kitchen and ﬂooring. Community pool or walk to beach. This is a must see! MLS#77020 $399,900
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3 BR/2 BA home minutes from Amelia Island. Large great room and dining area. Kitchen opens to dining and great room. Open patio. Backyard overlooks preserve. Community with 5-acre stocked lake plus walking trail. MLS#78582 $192,500
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5209 Sea Chase Drive #4 This oceanfront townhome villa offers 4BR/ 4BA with breathtaking views of Amelia Island's beaches and the Atlantic Ocean. Located in the gated community of Ocean Village with two private pools and two tennis courts. $1,299,000 MLS# 77397
3280 S. Fletcher Avenue New oceanfront custom home designed by Cotner being sold fully furnished. 5BR/5BA. Fully appointed home is a must see, including a salt water pool with a Travertine patio and new boardwalk to the beach. REDUCED $3,098,000 MLS# 69529
96225 Piney Island Drive Custom water/marsh front 5BR/3BA home located on Kingsley Creek with breathtaking vistas and sunsets. Many custom features throughout including Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors and Travertine tile. $1,175,000 MLS# 78805
2408 Los Robles Drive Fantastic opportunity to own a 3BR/4.5BA home on Amelia Island. Located on a low-maintenance half acre lot with professional-grade landscape lighting. This beautifully renovated home has many upgraded features.$524,900 MLS# 76601
42 Ocean Place Highly desirable "B" floor plan in Ocean Place at Summer Beach. This 2BR/2BA is located on the 2nd floor of the center building with fantastic views of the beach and Atlantic Ocean. Offered fully furnished. $750,000 MLS# 78672
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96147 Theron Court Located on a beautifully wooded 1/2 acre lot on a quiet cul de sac just off Barnwell Rd. This wonderful 3BR/2BA home offers a split bedroom floor plan, large master bedroom and bath. Bonus room over 2 car garage $379,000 MLS# 77229
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28659 Grandview Manor $619,700
1402 Beach Walker Road $995,000
Southern charmer with waterfront views located in Waterman’s Bluff. Features gourmet kitchen w/ island, brick flooring, gas cook top, and new custom cabinetry. Wide-plank heart pine floors, custom built-ins, and brick pavers on an oversized outdoor patio. Community fishing dock with kayak launch, and coming soon... marina with boat slips. MLS#77259
Gorgeous ocean views from this renovated 4 BR, 3.5 BA town home being sold completely furnished. Open living/dining room w/private balcony. Stainless appliances and large pantry in kitchen. Wood floors, ground level ocean front patio, one-car garage, and community pool. The perfect beach property with the ability to rent short term. MLS#75988
28681 Grandview Manor $589,000
96229 Light Wind Drive $469,000
This home in the gated community of Waterman’s Bluff, features stunning views of the Bells River, a gourmet kitchen, ground floor master bedroom, wood floors, wood burning fireplace, built-in desk/shelves in the office, and covered rear lanai. Community fishing dock with kayak launch, and coming soon...marina with boat slips. MLS#77258
Enjoy the best of indoor and outdoor living from this beautifully wellmaintained 4BR/2.5BA Oyster Bay home. Spacious living room with lagoon views, include wood floors and fireplace. Eat-in kitchen offers custom cabinets, granite countertops and updated appliances. New roof in 2015 and exterior painted in 2017. MLS#76113
27 Oak Point $645,000
1734 Leslie Court
Renovated home at Long Point is all one level and offers tremendous privacy and marsh views. Wood floors, modern kitchen with quartz countertops, double oven and new appliances. Gorgeous master bath has marble floors and oversized walk-in shower with dual heads. Open floor plan and private neighborhood pool are just a few of the outstanding features. MLS#77265
Nestled in a cul-de-sac on Fernandina’s quiet north end, this home is ideal for casual living at the beach. Located just 1.5 blocks from the ocean, features include three bedrooms, one bath, a large combined living/dining area, and light-filled kitchen with butcher block countertops. A large deck offers ocean views and wonderful sea breezes. MLS#76823
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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 ﬂoorplans, beautiful views, as well as rental potential have made Ocean Place a “must have” for potential owner-investors. These units start at $639,000 and are direct oceanfront.
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The Historic Thompson House plus Lulu’s Restaurant where you can live and work in the heart of downtown Fernandina Beach. 100 x 100 lot and C3 Zoning allows for ﬂexible use so bring your imagination and make this your dream come true. Successful restaurateur will provide training if needed. Vintage home features unique arched bay windows, heart pine ﬂoors, very spacious rooms, and carved ﬁreplace mantels. MLS#70169 $698,000
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One of the best views in Flora Parke! Lovely home with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, plus ofﬁce and 3 car garage. A sizeable four season glassed in porch and wall of glass brings the outdoors in. Large kitchen with center dining island, granite counters and stainless appliances. Pond views from most rooms and bricked patio with outdoor ﬁre pit. MLS#76540 $359,000
#203 Ketch Courtyard 2 BR, 2 BA oceanfront condo being sold turn-key. Move right in or use as a vacation rental. Open kitchen, dining, and living areas access a private balcony overlooking the beach, dunes, and the Atlantic. Two comfortably sized bedrooms and two full baths, plus large laundry and storage. Low density complex with on-site management. Pool, interior walkways, and elevator. Direct ocean access. MLS#74585 $315,000
Welcome to the Beach! This charming Sand Dollar oceanside villa offers great views, covered parking and pets are allowed for owners! Comfortable, well furnished and ready for your personal use or as a rental. Sliders open from the living room and the master bedroom to a spacious porch. Don’t miss this adorable villa in move-in condition. Well-maintained, attractive low density complex of with a private boardwalk to the beach. MLS #78797 $299,000
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28616 Grandview Manor Natural views surround this magni½cent home in Waterman’s Bluff. Pool has spilling water bowls and hot tub. First ¾oor owner’s suite overlooks pool and Bells River with private entrance from covered veranda. Guest room with full ensuite bath on ½rst ¾oor. Third bedroom, bath, and den on second. Second ¾oor has covered porch with beautiful views. Chef ’s kitchen, dining room, and gathering room have high-end ½nishes like tongue-and-groove ceilings, stone-wrapped isokerne ½replace, large pantry, and separate bar area for kitchen and pool. Gated community has two docks! MLS#77181 $998,500
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JOHN BARR BY KAREN MILLER
ort Clinch historian F rank Ofeldt has been sear ching for the grave of John Barr for at least 20 years. Elected mayor of Fernandina in 1888, Barr was the former Ordnance Sergeant at Fort Clinch from 1879 to 1887. He was a well-respected member of the community and St. Michael Catholic Church. He was also a member of the American Legion of Honor. He and his wife, Margaret, had 13 children together, and they lived in Fernandina until their deaths in the early 1900s.They were buried in Bosque Bello Cemetery, with six of their children, but the location of the graves was lost. Ofeldt recently invited me to join him in Bosque Bello with exciting news. “The grave of John Barr has been found!” he ex claimed. “I’ve been walking this cemeter y for years, looking for his family plot. It’s really quite a find.” Olfedt and I met on Rosebud Road, in the older part of the cemetery, and he showed me the wrought iron fence displaying the Barr family name, with seven gravesites that had been covered by palms and earth. He showed me the larger gravesite thought to contain the remains of Barr and his wife, and the smaller grav es that likely belong to six of his children. Each headstone and memorial at Bosque B ello has cultural and historic significance. But many of the early grav e markers were carved from wood, and they either r otted or disappear ed.
Cedars, oaks, and palms have overgrown some of the older graves, as with John Barr’s plot. Last summer, City of Fernandina Beach Parks & Recreation Director Nan Voit was conducting research in the cemetery and spotted the words “Barr Family” on a wroughtiron fence. “This was a complete surprise, as the fence surr ounds the Lomm family plot, ” says Voit. “We discovered that Matilda Lomm, who is buried there, is John Barr’s daughter. Using a probe, we found seven graves. We assume these are the graves of John and Margaret Barr, with six of their children.” John Barr’s military service was extensive. During his military career, he was stationed in S an Francisco, Washington Territory, Alaska, and Charlotte, North Carolina. Ofeldt intends to apply for a military marker for Barr through the Veterans Administration “It’s a lengthy pr ocess,” says Ofeldt. “I’ve applied to the N ational Personnel Record Center for his military records, and those will be sent to the V.A. When we receive the headstone, we plan to have a special service for Barr at the cemetery.” A walk through Bosque Bello is a trip thr ough Fernandina history, including 19th-centur y Spanish residents, victims of yellow and typhoid fever epidemics, veterans of many wars, and answers to long-lost mysteries! The cemetery is located at 1321 North 14th Street.
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