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This month, Amelia Island once again welcomes its annual musical extravaganza known as the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. Now in its twenty-first season, the Festival has firmly established itself as one of the premier chamber music festivals in the country with another stellar line-up of concerts, as it continues to wow concertgoers year after year. After kicking off the season in December with a holiday show by The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, the stars continue to shine this month with renowned American soprano Renee Fleming and, over the next several months, performances by the Zuckerman Trio, the Danish String Quartet, and Tango Argentina. We are so grateful to have enjoyed these many years of extraordinary music from the acclaimed world-renowned musicians who have appeared on the island. General and Artistic Director Christopher Rex continues to attract a star-studded line-up each year, as well as offering a great mix of fresh and eclectic concerts on the program. Throughout the history of the festival, we have been treated to events at Amelia Park, family concerts with the kids, and performances by such world-renowned talents as Yo-Yo Ma, Hilary Hahn, Itzhak Perlman, and a host of other extraordinary classical musicians. The AICMF is now a months-long concert series that begins in January and lasts until the end of April with the season finale at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Nothing compares to hearing live musical performances. The masterpieces of the chamber music canon are so enjoyable because they were composed to be performed in smaller, intimate settings, and Amelia Island’s varied settings make for an incomparable listening experience. In addition to Wynton Marsalis and Renee Fleming, this year’s highlights include the Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic, the Danish String Quartet, Tango Argentina, the Gibson Brothers, and the season finale with the Zukerman Trio. We look forward with anticipation to this year’s offerings, and we extend our gratitude to Chris Rex, Executive Director Eric Sakurai, and all the people who work tirelessly to make the festival such a success. In addition this month, we take a look at an exciting archaeological dig taking place on Big Talbot Island by Dr. Keith Ashley and the University of North Florida Field School, which is uncovering an early Timucuan settlement; feature The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island’s exciting new Chef Theaters, in which its outstanding chefs from Salt share their know-how as they cook with their guests; present another of Fernandina Beach’s “Great Homes and Churches” on the distinctive Waas House; share an “Island Entertaining” with Karen Miller on creating some delicious soups to fortify yourself for cooler weather; and much more. Best wishes for a very Happy New Year from our family to yours! See you around the island!

Contributing Writers Karen Miller, Julie Simmons, Dickie Anderson, Mandy Haynes, Teri Sopp, Betty Morrell, Lois Winkler Contributing Photographers William Raser, Sherry Carter, Stephan Leimberg, Pam Bell, Christy LeLait, Lilly Sheetz

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JANUARY 2022 11 Cover Story 2022 AMELIA ISLAND CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

With its 21st season beginning last month, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival presents another extraordinary line-up of concerts that includes its usual variety of great music, including worldrenowned soprano Renee Fleming, the Zuckerman Trio, the Gibson Brothers, and Tango Argentina.

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Located on Big Talbot Island south of Amelia, a University of North Florida archaeology dig makes a discovery that gives voice to the indigenous people of Northeast Florida.

With its new Chef Theater experience, The RitzCarlton, Amelia Island and Salt, its AAA FiveDiamond restaurant, offer guests a chance to learn from some of their extraordinary chefs.

53 Great Homes and Churches A Fernandina physician trained at Tulane Medical School, Dr. William Waas bought a modest house and enlarged it in the Victorian style, creating the Waas House.

72 Island Entertaining With the cool weather here, try these recipes for wonderful winter soups to enjoy and share with friends, as it’s the perfect time to settle in with a warm pot of delicious soup.

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

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Galleries & Antiques Amelia’s art galleries & antique stores

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In the Neighborhood Profiles of area businesses and organizations

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Beach Combing Great shopping on Amelia Island

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Maps of the Island and downtown, with telephone numbers

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Tide Table Tides at the Amelia River

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In the Garden As winter settles in this month, get your beds ready for new additions in the spring and dream of eye-catching beauties that will add interest to your landscape next summer.

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Island Home When Beth Partleton, an architect for industrial and commercial projects, retired on Amelia Island, she built a charming Lowcountry home on Crane Island.

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Eating Scene A favorite with locals and visitors since 1945, Sliders Seaside Grill draws new fans and old friends with its delicious seafood, steaks, music, cocktails, and lively beach vibe.

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A Salt Wine Dinner Like No Other Chef Okan Kizilbayir of Salt at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island presents A Cayman Reunion. This collaborative wine dinner celebrates Chef Okan’s culinary roots at Blue by Eric Ripert. The dinner will feature his colleagues Chef Thomas Seifried of Blue at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman as well as sommelier Michael Kennedy, founder of the Vin Fraîche Wine Group with wineries located in Napa Valley, Oregon, Washington, Bordeaux and Tuscany. Limited seating is available. January 24, 2022 | Reception 6 p.m., Dinner 6:30 p.m. $315 per person, inclusive of service charge. To confirm reservations, please call 904-277-1087. Upcoming Chef Theater Experiences 2022 Schedule of Events:

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Chefs Culinary Theater The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island announces a monthly cooking demonstration experience presented by the resort’s chefs. Guests gather around the chef for an intimate learning experience in the elegant Salt dining room. After each demonstration, guests dine with a matched wine and return to the set for the next dish. The final demonstration is presented by the resort’s talented pastry chefs. January – September, 2022 | 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. $200 per person, inclusive of service charge. To confirm reservations, please call 904-277-1087.

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he Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival began its 21st season last month on December 3 with a Big Band Holiday performance featuring The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and guest vocalist Alita Moses. The season continues this month with world-renowned soprano, Renée Fleming, followed by a line-up of internationally and nationally acclaimed musical stars, all scheduled to perform at various Amelia Island venues. The conclusion of this year’s Festival is highlighted by the return of the celebrated Zukerman Trio. “This year’s Festival promises to be one of our most exciting, with an exceptional list of world-renowned artists that appeal to a variety of musical tastes and experiences,” says Christopher Rex, the Festival’s general and artistic director. “In addition to some of the most celebrated chamber music talent, we are delighted to showcase a variety of performances, including American soprano Renée Fleming, Tango Argentina, The Gibson Brothers, members of The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic, the Danish String Quartet, and our very own quartet-in-residence, the Dover Quartet.” The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival was founded in 2001 by Christopher Rex, a vacationer on Amelia Island and 11 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and a group of Fernandina Beach women, who loved chamber music. The first season was launched with a budget of only $50,000, raised by a group of generous donors and a corporate sponsorship of $30,000 from First National Bank, now First Federal Bank. Friends also donated housing for the artists, and some artists even donated their services to help get the Festival established. Now in its 21st season, the Festival has developed into one of the most prestigious events of its kind in the nation. Grants from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, National Endowment for the Arts, Florida Public Utilities, First Federal Bank, and Rayonier Advanced Materials Foundation, as well as generous corporate contributions from several local businesses, help support the Festival. However, individual contributions and ticket sales account for the majority of their funding. In addition, the Festival continues to be a volunteer-driven Festival. An executive director and office manager are their only professional staff. Festival board president Emma Mills Bledsoe noted that performances often sell out and she encourages music lovers

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to consider becoming a Festival Contributor and enjoy the benefit of early ticket sales. “The Festival’s ongoing success and ability to attract premier artists can be directly attributed to the generosity of the Amelia Island community,” says Beldsoe. “We are grateful for our patrons, contributors, sponsors, and volunteers who graciously give their time and talent to ensure that the Festival continues to be recognized as one of the nation’s premier classical music festivals!”

SOPRANO RENEE FLEMING AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH On January 14 at First Baptist Church, the first concert of this year features American superstar soprano, Renée Fleming. Fleming is recognized worldwide for her performances in opera, recordings, theater, film, recitals, orchestral appearances, and at major public occasions. She is the first opera singer to perform the Star-Spangled Banner at a Super Bowl and is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Fleming has been nominated for 17 Grammy Awards and has won four times. 12 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

In addition to her concert, Fleming will host Music & The Mind, on January 13 at Courtyard/Springhill Suites. This complimentary event (reservations required) is an intriguing presentation and panel discussion about the intersection of music, health, and neuroscience. Ms. Fleming will be joined by Dr. Regis Haid, president of the National Association of Neurological Surgeons; former Emory School of Medicine Pediatric Neurologist Dr. Nicolas Krawiecki; renowned interventional neuroradiologist Dr. Ajay Wakhloo; and Olivia Hoblit, founder of the Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation.

POLISH WIENIAWSKI PHILHARMONIC AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH On January 22 at First Baptist Church, the Festival welcomes the Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic. Founded in 1942 in the throes of World War II, the Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic gave the first symphony concert in postwar Poland and has since become the largest music institution in eastern Poland. Embarking on a North American tour in 2022,

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the orchestra is joined by violinist Sara Dragan, the first prize winner of the Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition, and Tomasz Ritter, piano soloist, who in 2018 became the first prize winner of the First International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments in Warsaw. Members of the Philharmonic will perform under the baton of principal conductor Wojciech Rodek, as they are poised to dazzle Amelia Island audiences in their first performance at the Festival.

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“BEER & G-STRINGS” PERFORMANCE AT SADLER RANCH On January 30 at Sadler Ranch, the Festival is hosting its beloved “Beer & G-Strings” performance, Musical Fireworks. This astounding celebration of exciting, virtuosic, and inspiring chamber music features members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Georgian Chamber Players, Atlanta Chamber Players, Emory School of Music, Vega String Quartet, and Christiania Trio. Enjoy works by a wide variety of popular composers, including Dvorak, Mozart, Vivaldi, Smetana, Piazzolla, and Manuel de Falla. Musicians include David Coucheron, violin; Julie Coucheron, piano; Helen Hwaya Kim, violin; Charae Krueger, cello; Yinzi Kong, viola; Jessica Wu, violin; Christopher Rex, cello; William Ransom, piano; and Elizabeth Pridgen, piano.

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THE LEGEND OF PEER GYNT AT THE PECK CENTER AUDITORIUM The Festival’s Young Patrons present an afternoon of music, dance, and art on February 5 at the Peck Center Auditorium, presenting “The Legend of Peer Gynt – A Concert for All Ages.” Edvard Grieg’s most popular work was composed for Henrik Ibsen’s Norwegian allegorical play in 1875. Today, it is considered to be one of the best examples of beautiful melodic “picture painting.” Children of all ages will especially enjoy two of its best-known movements: “Morning” and “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” as dancers from Susan Dodge’s Amelia Island Dance Festival and artists from Lauren Templeton’s Amelia Art Studio interpret the music live on stage. Students from the Amelia Art Studio will also create artwork inspired by Grieg’s music. Their work will be on exhibit at the concert. Local actor Frank O’Donnell narrates the story. A trio of musicians including Christopher Rex, cello; Elizabeth Pridgen, piano; and violinist Helen Hwaya Kim provide the inspiration for the dancers and artists.

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THE DOVER QUARTET AT NASSAU COUNTY COURTHOUSE On February 13 at the Historic Nassau County Courthouse, the Dover Quartet, the Festival’s quartet-in-residence, presents a concert of music by Haydn, Mozart, and Ravel. The Dover is one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world, and the first-ever quartet-in-residence for the Kennedy Center. They are the recipient of the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant and are also quartet-in-residence for the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, Chamber Music Northwest, Artosphere, and Peoples’ Symphony in New York. The quartet’s distinctive sound has helped confirm its status as “the young American string quartet of the moment” since they catapulted to international stardom in 2013.

TANGO ARGENTINA AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, AMELIA ISLAND On March 8 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, prepare to be wowed by Tango Argentina, comprised of 12 of Argentina’s greatest tango dancers and musicians. Since 2016, Tango Argentina has toured extensively throughout China, Russia, 16 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

Sweden, Turkey, Central and South America. Marcos Ayala, artistic director and choreographer, has created an extraordinary and thrilling program for Tango Argentina’s inaugural tour of the United States. With his company, he has created an experience that leaves the audience astonished beyond their expectations. Dancers Ivana Ayala and Pedro Sanchiz create a perfect dance couple, with synchronous movements of great interpretive technique. Their virtuosity leaves audiences amazed, along with the participation of other dance couples comprising Tango Argentina. Ayala has created a musical show designed so that the public can for a moment imagine how the tango has evolved throughout its history, which originated in Buenos Aires.

DANISH STRING QUARTET AT AMELIA PLANTATION CHAPEL Among today’s many exceptional chamber music groups, the Grammy-nominated Danish String Quartet continuously asserts its preeminence. The Festival is proud to welcome them to Amelia Island this year on March 31 at the Amelia Island Plantation Chapel. The Quartet’s playing reflects impeccable

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On April 10 at The Amelia Plantation Chapel, the Dover Quartet performs with Roberto Díaz, Elissa Lee Koljonen, and Christopher Rex, with a program of music by Arensky and Tchaikovsky. From 1996 to 2006, violist Roberto Díaz, held the position of principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and has been principal viola of the National Symphony under Mstislav Rostropovich, a member of the Boston Symphony under Seiji Ozawa, and a member of the Minnesota Orchestra under Neville Marriner. Recognized as one of the most celebrated violinists of her generation, Elissa Lee Koljonen has thrilled audiences and critics in over 100 cities throughout the world. Koljonen initially received international acclaim when she became the first recipient of the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Award and silver medalist of the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition. Christopher Rex is the founder and artistic and general director of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. He retired as principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) in 2018 after serving in that position for 39 years. During his tenure with the ASO, he was the first cellist ever to win the string prize in the biennial Young Artists Competition of the National Federation of Music Clubs. He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Orlando Cole and at the Juilliard School with Leonard Rose. He was a

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THE GIBSON BROTHERS AT THE PECK CENTER AUDITORIUM The Festival welcomes the Gibson Brothers on April 16 at The Peck Center Auditorium. The Gibson Brothers, Leigh and Eric, are considered bluegrass legends, and they debuted on the Grand Ole Opry stage in 2003. “Ring the Bell” (written by Chet O’Keefe) won Song of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year in 2010. Their first tour abroad was to Ireland and Germany in 2010. In 2012, they returned to Germany with stops in Denmark, France, and Italy. The brothers debuted on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion in 2014, at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, and returned in January 2015.

THE ZUKERMAN TRIO AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, AMELIA ISLAND On April 22, the Festival hosts its season finale at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, with a special concert by the 20 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

Zukerman Trio. With a celebrated career spanning five decades, Pinchas Zukerman reigns as one of today’s most sought-after and versatile musicians as a violin and viola soloist, conductor, and chamber musician. Zukerman has been an inspiration to young musicians throughout his adult life in his continuing effort to motivate future generations of musicians through education and outreach. He launched his trio in 2013, and since then, the ensemble has traveled around the globe and performed at such major festivals as Ravinia, the BBC Proms, Edinburgh, Verbier, and Bravo! Vail.

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JW FRAME GALLERY MOVING TO A NEW LOCATION ON SOUTH 8TH STREET JW Frame Gallery is a custom framing company on Amelia Island offering creative and unique ways to frame any type of art, from 3D shadow boxes or mat and glass replacements to oversized matting, posters, prints, photos, awards, and more! From the moment you walk into JW Frame Gallery, their team is ready to help you create beautiful décor. Whether you are looking to enhance your home or office, frame art, certificates, or precious memories, they will assist you with the right materials and custom choices to best represent your personal style. For the past several years, JW Frame Gallery has made its home on South 14th Street, but it is very excited to announce a move in early 2022 to a larger space at 917 South 8th Street. “We’ve been in a great place for the past seven years but have outgrown it. We are thrilled to invest in a new property with more work and storage room along with design space to accommodate our faithful customers,” says owner Jill Wilkinson. “We are equally elated to be part of the committed entrepreneurs investing in lifting South 8th Street. This path leads to our gorgeous downtown, and I am happy to be part of making it beautiful.”

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galleries, events, and collaborations. The Atlantic Contemporary features the work of Whitehouse and Alexander, along with artists John Folsom, Lisbeth Krawiecki, and Jarred Bishop. Currently, the two friends are collaborating on a project using old photos of Fernandina Beach in an atmospheric perspective that adds new life to the images. In addition, Alexander uses his love of wildlife, landscapes, and meditation as inspiration. Whitehouse uses driftwood to collaborate with Mother Nature and her higher power, in combination with resin, for a contemporary vision of the ocean and its beauty. They also specialize in other mixed media, including painting and collage. When Whitehouse and Alexander are not creating art, you’ll find them at the beach surfing. The Atlantic Contemporary is available for private showings and events by appointment. For more information, find them on Facebook or Instagram, email info@ theatlanticcontemporary.com, or call (404) 358-5313. Special events are advertised on their gallery windows.

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he team at Edgewater Wealth Management consider themselves architects of your financial life, personally consulting with you prior to employing hand-selected strategies to meet your financial goals. “Our team has diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise, and we bring over 50 years of investment experience to assist in every aspect of our clients’ lives. Many families in Northeast Florida have chosen us to be the guardians of their wealth, and it’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly. From advising on proper titling of financial accounts to selecting investments and brainstorming on longevity strategies, it’s all about helping our clients live financially successful lives,” says Kendall Park, CFP, VP Investments. “Our team joined Raymond James & Associates in January 2021, and we’re excited about our one-year anniversary! We’re also very excited about opening an office on Amelia Island in 2022. Since I’m very involved with a few of our local nonprofit organizations, such as the Nassau County Economic Development Board and the United States Constitution Scholarship Foundation, having an office to call our own is vital,” adds Carmen North, VP Investments. “We love everything about Amelia Island, from its rich history to its locally owned businesses,” adds Financial Advisor Linda MacLeod. For more on Edgewater Wealth Management of Raymond James, call (904) 273-1810 or visit www.edgewaterwealthmanagement.com. Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC.

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hristian Caregivers is a dedicated Elderly Assistance Service that believes home care is more than just helping their clients with daily activities. They believe it’s about making a difference in their lives. When Michelle Newton moved here from Virginia three years ago, she saw a need in Nassau County. “I’ve worked in the health care field for over twenty-five years and knew one day I wanted to start my own business. After taking time to build my ‘dream team’ of exceptional caregivers, Christian Caregivers was born.” The most rewarding part of her job is building friendships between clients and caregivers. “I meet with every one of my clients. I find out exactly what their needs are and what kind of caregiver they’re looking for. There’s no greater feeling then receiving a call from a client telling me how much they love their caregiver. I know I’ve done my job and done it well,” says Michelle. Christian Caregivers has exciting plans for the future. “My latest venture is adding Flying Care Companions to my services. If someone is unable to fly on their own but still wants to travel, our team of well-traveled caregivers will accompany them from departure to destination. Want to fly your elderly parents home for a visit? We can make that happen!” Michelle loves living on Amelia Island. “Everyone is so friendly. It warms my heart to be part of a community that’s always willing to help their neighbors.” For more information, visit www.Christiancaregivers.net or call (904) 601-2260.

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TIMUCUAN Voices Located on Big Talbot Island south of Amelia, a University of North Florida archaeology dig makes a discovery that gives voice to the indigenous people of Northeast Florida. BY MANDY HAYNES • PHOTOS BY SHERRY CARTER

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r. Keith Ashley, University of North Florida (UNF) Archaeology Lab director and assistant professor, is giving a voice to the indigenous people who lived in Northeast Florida. Through his discoveries, he is telling their story, and he and his team are doing it one shovelful of dirt at a time. In November, Sherry Carter and I met with Dr. Ashley on Big Talbot Island at the site where he and his students have made an incredible discovery. After 23 years of searching for the precise location of the village of Sarabay, Dr. Ashley believes they have found it. The first excavations conducted by UNF on the southern end of Big Talbot Island began in 1998. I listened as Dr. Ashley explained how they came to the decision to look there, and I realized that I was hearing a genuine story about searching for lost treasure. From Spanish documents dated 1565 that 33 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

mention Sarabay, along with correspondence from 1602, a map from 1703, and discoveries of “Indian pottery” in the late 1960s, Keith Ashley, Buzz Thunen, and Vicki Rolland initiated a shovel test survey of the south end of Big Talbot Island. Conducting more than 550 shovel tests over a three-month period, they turned up indigenous San Pedro and San Marcos pottery, along with other clues that warranted a closer look. The three returned with several students to the site they named Armellino, and the UNF field school went to work digging four individual 1-meter by 2-meter units scattered across the area near the site of the original tests. It’s a time-consuming process. Every shovel of dirt is sifted through, studied, and recorded. Everything matters – even the color of the soil beneath the surface tells a tale. The fourth and continued on next page

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last unit had a lot to say and continued to reveal its treasures through the next summer’s excavation in 1999. What began as a shovel test with a small soil discoloration became a large excavation block. An impressive collection of artifacts and features were found, but the most exciting find proved to be a section of a wall trench structure, with an area within the section thought to represent an entranceway to a wood and thatch building. Covid made things a little harder in 2020 for the students of the field school, but they worked around the obstacles by wearing masks and practicing social distance. A lot of interesting artifacts were found, which continue to help them understand the true history and culture of northeastern Florida’s indigenous population. This year, they were back again, making more discoveries. Dr. Ashley and the students were able to uncover more of the wall trench structure and unearthed some exciting news. The size of the structure is similar to that of a Council House, which could mean that Dr. Ashley has found the center of Sarabay. The team hopes to ultimately confirm the

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discovery of Sarabay by finding evidence of houses and public architectures. They will continue to explore and learn about Sarabay’s physical layout during continuing fieldwork projects over the next two years. Dr. Ashley’s excitement about the project and his love of teaching made me want to know more, and he invited Sherry and me to come to UNF for an exhibit of the items found at the site. Not only was I able to see the treasures up close, but I was also able to hold several pieces in my hand, and I got to meet some of the students who participated in the dig over the summer. They are as excited about learning the history of the indigenous people of Northeast Florida as their professor is. Dr. Ashley’s finds are an important development because the true story of the Timucuan-speaking Mocama Indians, not vague European descriptions, needs to be heard. To find out more about the artifacts they’ve found, how they conduct their studies, and lots of interesting information, visit keithashley.domains.unf.edu/ sarabay/ and the UNF Archeological Lab Facebook page.

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JANUARY Plantation Gallery Guild & Gallery

JANUARY 8 Artrageous Art Walk

PAGG is temporarily closed due to planned construction by the OMNI. Please check our website or Facebook page for the January date of our Grand Re-opening event “Celebrate Amelia.” During the closing art is for sale through our website. PAGG is a not-for-profit artist cooperative located at 94 Amelia Village Circle in the Omni Amelia Island Plantation shops. Visit paggart.com, or Facebook at Plantation Artists’ Guild & Gallery.

On the second Saturday of each month, participating galleries on the island and most in the downtown area host art events and open houses during the second Saturday Artrageous Artwalk. Locals and tourists alike can enjoy the various types of local art that each gallery has to offer as well as meet the artists. 4 - 7p.m. Free

JANUARY 2 Moving Meditation Class

For those with pain, mobility issues, Parkinson’s, MS, Surgery recovery or specific needs. Back, knee, neck and shoulder help. Cost is $89, 11:00a.m.-12:00p.m. A six class session with homework to do during the week. No yoga experience necessary. Available at Community Yoga andWellness located at 210 Beech Street. For more information, please visit us online at www.cyoga-amelia.com/workshops. (904) 613-6345

Movement, music and guided imagery. Great for those who have problems sitting for meditation 2:00p.m.-3:30p.m. Must pre-register class is Free. Book your class at www.cyoga-amelia.com or call/visit (904)-613-6345. 210 Beech Street.

JANUARY 4, 6, 11,13, 18, 20, 25, 27 East Coast Swing and Foxtrot Ballroom On Amelia offers Two for Tuesday group classes on Amelia Island with East Coast Swing at 7:00 p.m. followed by Foxtrot at 8:00 p.m. Two for Tuesday classes are $15 for one class or $20 for both classes per person. A dance workshop is offered on Thursdays on Amelia Island from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Thursday classes are $15 per person. Ballroom On Amelia is located at 1897 Island Walkway at RAD Studios; no partner or reservation is required. For more information, contact us at 904-624-0886, visit our website at www.ballroomonmelia.com or our Facebook page.

JANUARY 6, 7, 8, 9, 20, 21, 22, 23 Disney’s Descendants At its core, Descendants is a musical about empathy, tolerance and acceptance. No matter where we come from, we are better together. Amelia Musical Playhouse is excited to bring this show to our stage. Tickets $25 general $15 students. 7:30p.m.Sundays 5:00p.m. Call the box office at (904) 2773455. For more information, email info@ ameliamusicalplayhouse.com. Amelia Musical Playhouse, 1955 Island Walkway.

JANUARY 8 Luncheon Workshop Discover gold, achieve happiness. Reach for dreams in your life’s next chapter. Luncheon workshop with Donna Lee Overly. $35 registration includes lunch and a copy of the book.11:30 a.mm - 2:30 p.m.info@ storyandsongbookstore.com. Story & Song Bookstore Bistro 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118

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JANUARY 13 Music and the Mind Lecture and discussion hosted by four-time Grammy winner Renée Fleming. Ms. Fleming, who is also the Artistic Advisor for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, is seeking to champion the work being done at the intersection of health and the arts. Ms. Fleming will be joined by Dr. Regis Haid, President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, former Emory School of Medicine Pediatric Neurologist Dr. Nicolas Krawiecki, renowned interventional neuroradiologist, Dr. Ajay Wakhloo, and Olivia Hoblit, founder of the Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation. The event is free but does require a reservation. 5 p.m. at the Courtyard/Springhill Suites by Marriott. For more infomation, visit aicmf.org or call (904) 261-1779.

JANUARY 14 Renée Fleming The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival presents Renée Fleming in concert at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. One of the most highly acclaimed singers of our time, Ms. Fleming has performed on the stages of the world’s great opera houses and concert halls. She brought her voice to a vast new audience as the first classical artist ever to sing “The StarSpangled Banner” at the Super Bowl. For tickets and info, visit aicmf.org or (904) 261-1779.

JANUARY 13 The Bartram Garden Club, Inc. The featured topic will be The Dirt on Dirt, an instructive discussion of soils, mulches, and composts presented by guest speaker Keith

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Fuller. Keith is a former St. Johns County Extension Agent, Gardening Consultant, and FFGC Horticulture Instructor. The Bartram Garden Club meets at 10 a.m. GFWC Woman’s Club of Fernandina Beach, 201 Jean Lafitte Blvd. The Bartram Garden Club meets September through May on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Please visit www.bartramgardenclub. org for additional information.

Special luncheon event with author Craig Pittman and musical group Friction Farm. No one captures the eccentricities of Florida and its residents quite like Tampa Bay Times columnist Craig Pittman, whose stories will have you laughing out loud. Joining the luncheon is the musical group Friction Farm, who write original songs based on books they’ve read. 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, price includes lunch and beverage of choice. Presented in conjunction with Amelia Island Writers and the Florida Humanities Council. Call (904) 601-2118 for reservations or more information Story & Song Bookstore Bistro 1430 Park Avenue. info@ storyandsongbookstore.com

JANUARY 15 Friction Farm An Evening of Story & Song featuring Friction Farm, the musical duo of Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay who write original songs based on books they’ve read. 5:00p.m. Tickets $25 info@storyandsongbookstore.com Story & Song Bookstore Bistro 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118

JANUARY 15, 22, 29, 02/05 Neck and Shoulder Healing Course Four-week course, transformative for neck and shoulder conditions. Stiff, painful or damaged necks and shoulders are all encouraged and welcome. $75 Available online or in-studio. 4:00p.m.-5:00p.m. Sign up now! www.cyogaamelia.com/workshops. Community Yoga and Wellness Healing, 210 Beech Street. For more info, call (904) 613-6345.

JANUARY 17 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade This annual parade commemorates the birth of a truly great American. The parade will begin at Peck High School. Come out and honor the life of the civil rights leader who led the nonviolent movement of equality for all. Participation by all businesses, churches, community and civic groups, local government officials are welcome and encouraged to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For more information,

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JANUARY 22 Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Founded in 1942 in the throes of WWII, The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic gave the first symphony concert in postwar Poland and has since become the largest music institution in eastern Poland. The orchestra is joined by violinist Sara Dragan, the first prize winner of the Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition and Tomasz Ritter, piano soloist, who in 2018 became the first prize winner of the First International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments in Warsaw. Members of the Philharmonic will perform under the baton of principal conductor Wojciech Rodek. 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. For tickets and more info, visit aicmf.org or (904) 261-1779.

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JANUARY 23 Island Fever Set on Amelia Island, the last Bachelor on the Island meets a born again virgin when unwitting neighbors embark on non-date dates to appease their well-intentioned daughters in this new romantic comedy by local playwright Robin Pullen. 2:00p.m. Purchase $25 tickets by calling (904) 601-2118. Story & Song Bookstore Bistro 1430 Park Avenue.

JANUARY 30 Beer & G Strings – Musical Fireworks A dazzling celebration of exciting, virtuosic, and inspiring chamber music featuring members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Georgian Chamber Players, Atlanta Chamber Players, Emory School of Music, Vega String Quartet, and Christiania Trio. Enjoy works by a wide variety of popular composers including Dvorak, Mozart, Vivaldi, Smetana, Piazzolla, and Manuel de Falla. 5 p.m. at Sadler Ranch. For tickets and more info, visit aicmf.org or (904) 261.1779.

JANUARY 31 & FEBRUARY 17 Beginner Yoga Learn the practice of yoga with other beginners. Safe, systematic and fun. You even get homework each week. Common back, knee, shoulder and neck conditions are fine. This is not an easy pace class, students must be able to get up and down off the floor. Make up classes available. $89 January 31 at 7:15 - 8:30 p.m.and February 17 at 10:15-11:30 a.m. Sign up now! www.cyoga-amelia.com/workshops (904) 6136345. 210 Beech Street. For more Amelia Island events, please visit ameliaislander.com/calendar.

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CHEF THEATER With its new Chef Theater experience, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and Salt, its AAA Five-Diamond restaurant, offer guests a chance to learn from some extraordinary chefs. STORY AND PHOTOS BY DICKIE ANDERSON

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n invitation to participate in one of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island’s Cooking Theaters was an offer I could not refuse. Salt, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island’s AAA Five-Diamond restaurant, has launched a monthly series of cooking experiences. The concept originated with General Manager Greg Cook, who wanted to highlight the resort’s talented team of chefs. In the past, cooking classes offered at the resort started in the kitchen, where attendees worked side-by-side with the chefs and later sat down to a meal of the delicious creations they had helped prepared. In the new format, guests are invited to gather around the Demonstration Table, overlooking the dunes and the ocean, for an intimate conversation about the dishes, preparation, cooking tips, techniques, and the chef ’s background and training. After each demonstration, the guests dine on the course with a paired wine. The third course and demonstration is a seasonal dessert dish. Guests are provided with the day’s recipes and list of wines served. Chefs Okan Kizilbayir and Heidi Kabath treated us to an amazing experience over our three hours with them. Chef

Kizilbayir’s appointment as Chef de Cuisine at Salt at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island started at a job fair in Turkey. His sponsor, Eric Ripert, was opening a bistro restaurant in Washington, D.C. It was the beginning of a 14-year mentorship. Kizilbayir’s last stop was at Ripert’s Michelin 3-Star restaurant Le Bernardin in New York City. Heidi Kabath is a prize-winning pastry chef. She completed a four-year pastry program, earning her bachelor’s degree in 2006. She has served at several Ritz-Carlton properties, including Tyson’s Corner, Key Biscayne, Naples, and Charlotte. She has participated in two regional and one national pastry competitions with the Chaine de Rotisseurs, winning the MidAtlantic Pastry Chef award in 2017 and 2018. We were greeted and invited to step outside for a champagne toast. Robert Ardinger, Salt General Manager, slid a specially designed saber along the seam of a champagne bottle and with the blunt side of a saber hit the lip of the bottle, opening it dramatically. The ceremony, which is used for special occasions, became popular in France in the time of Napoleon, who once continued on next page

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said, “I drink champagne when I win, to celebrate... and I drink champagne when I lose, to console myself.” Between our three courses, we were invited to gather around the table, where we learned many new skills and tips. Chef Kizilbayir started the morning by demonstrating the proper way to prepare a duck. As the duck legs and breast simmered, he prepared a yellowtailed snapper to be used later for the main course. Our group really enjoyed our interaction with the talented chef. After our course of French Duck Rillettes and assorted appetizers, served with a glass of Pinot Noir, we again joined the chef to watch as he prepared the salted pastry to encase the snapper featured in the next course. Back at our table, we tasted the SaltCrusted Snapper, which was served with a heavenly Chickpea and Mushroom Stew. The chef treated us to thin slices of white truffle. We agreed the truffles were beyond delicious and merit all the special attention they receive! We returned to the preparation table and joined pastry Chef Heidi Kabath as she prepared our last course: Apple Tart Tatin with Cranberry Orange Caramel Sauce and Mascarpone Creme. She showed us lots of tips on preparing the delicious layered dessert. Combining generous amounts of butter and sugar in two different caramel mixtures were key ingredients in her dessert creations. Yes, it was as good as it sounds! Future monthly Chef Theater events include a Sushi Valentine’s Day with Chef Tandy, Latino Comfort food with Chef Arnaldo “Papi,” and Mother’s and Father’s Day special classes. For more information, contact the resort’s Guest Relations at (904) 277-1087.

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his large house is actually two houses in one. The original house was modest and faced Date Street. It was built prior to the Civil War in the late 1850’s by the Hedges family. It has been described as Carpenter Gothic. It went through several owners, including St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, prior to its purchase by Dr. William T. Waas. The doctor and his wife added many typical Victorian details when they enlarged the house. In the renovation, the original house was engulfed by a newer structure, which included a circular tower and its distinctive spacious and inviting porches all around. A Gothic-inspired palladium window was added, capped by an arched window. The house nearly doubled in size and its new orientation opened to Seventh Street rather than Date Street. The Waas family was very popular in the community, and Dr. Waas wanted to build a house that would allow for frequent entertaining. Like others on fashionable Seventh Street, they competed to make their house more spectacular than their neighbors. Christmas was a special holiday for Dr. Waas and his family. He loved to dress as Santa Claus, and he would pick

up his guests in a wagon drawn by horses. He brought them to his grand home, which would be all lit up with holiday candles. Dr. Waas was born and raised in Fernandina; the son of John and Regina Waas. After studying at the East Florida Seminary in Gainesville, Dr. Waas graduated from the Tulane Medical School and returned to Fernandina, where he partnered with Dr. J. D. Palmer. When Palmer died at a relatively young age, Waas bought the Palmer Pharmacy, which eventually became the Waas Pharmacy. A Waas Pharmacy remains on Amelia Island. In that era, it was not unusual for a doctor to operate a medical practice from home. The extensive expansion of the original house allowed for Dr. Waas to be close to family and still operate his busy medical practice. Like so many gentlemen of his time, Waas held positions with the City of Fernandina and Nassau County. He was Mayor of Fernandina from 1899 until 1908. There are many amusing stories about Dr. Waas. For instance, Dr. Waas owned one of only two automobiles on the entire island, and he managed to get into an accident with the owner of the other car, Flossie Borden.

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Happy and Healthy New Year to you! I hope this new year brings you lots of gardening pleasures, with new and old garden treasures. Southern Living is ringing in the New Year with a gorgeous Vitex called Summertime Blues. This shrub is also known as a Chaste Tree. Summertime Blues has large, lavender/purple flowers on dark stems, which bloom from summer into fall. Its rounded growth habit lends itself to being a tree, 5 to 6 feet high and 4 to 5feet wide, or pruned into a manageable, dense shrub. Summertime Blues likes full sun and attracts birds and butterflies. It is eye-catching in any size. Although drought-tolerant, this plant needs water until it is well-established, then only occasionally, but more if planted in containers or in extreme heat. Prune it in winter to your desired size and shape as that is its resting time. Use it in containers, as an accent plant, a hedge, in mass plantings, or for privacy. No matter how you use it, Summertime Blue will stand out.

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feet in height and width. Proven Winners are available in Lowes and Home Depot. Another Proven Winner (PW) is the Machu Morado Mexican Petunia. You may not want to touch that plant with a 10-foot pole, but let me assure you that this the 2021 introduction does not invade the rest of your landscape. This new one is a thriller with bright purple trumpet-shaped blooms that sway over beautiful lance-shaped leaves, providing lovely color when nights are warm and days are hotter. This continuously blooming annual is heatand drought-tolerant and loves the sun. Machu Morado drops its spent flowers on its own, so pruning isn’t necessary. It attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, so plant it where you can enjoy the visitors. Pair this upright, 18 to 32-inch high and 12 to 18-inch wide plant with other daisy-like flowers in a range of colors for an outstanding display, or display Machu in a container surrounded by cascading plants. If you have any questions, email me at bamorrell33@gmail.com. In the meantime, Happy Gardening!

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Right: A second-floor room, dubbed the “Sunset Room,” doubles as a guest room and a gathering room. Below: The living room showcases many of Beth’s collected and treasured artworks.

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eth Partleton, a retired architect who designed industrial and commercial projects, always wanted to build a house. She fell in love with Amelia Island while escaping Wisconsin winters and visiting her sister, Chris, an artist who lives on Amelia Island. After her husband died, she visited more often and felt more and more at home. Plans for building a home were still distant, but on one visit she found Crane Island and knew that this was where she wanted to build her house. Crane Island is a gated community situated on the Intracoastal Waterway in a maritime forest of ancient oaks, magnolias, and cedar trees. The developers of Crane Island focused on a Lowcountry look reminiscent of southeast coastal communities. Drawing on the rich architectural history of its home island, Crane Island celebrates Lowcountry with a “Fernandina Twist.”

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Above left: The spacious kitchen area has lots of cabinets and a generous island with comfortable pull-up chairs. Above right: The master bedroom includes a desk and sitting area that opens onto a mini porch overlooking the courtyard. Right: The dining table is made from a beautiful piece of magnolia wood.

Beth and Chris share an abundance of artistic talents, including painting and a variety of crafting projects. The sisters are close and embraced the building of one of the first houses on Crane Island with great enthusiasm. Beth compiled an idea book, detailing things that she wanted in her new home. The book was a useful tool to allow better communication with the construction team and it allowed everyone to offer their creative solutions. Eventually, Beth chose Moser Design Group in Beaufort, South Carolina. Their Lowcountry designs were just what she was looking for. The group has designed other houses in the Crane Island development, as well as an award-winning home

in Old Town. Beth was anxious to use tropical colors on her house and selected Festoon Aqua from the Sherwin Williams Historical Collection of colors. Her builder was Cam Bradford Homes out of Winter, Park, Florida. The design of the house incorporates a generous outside living area with a large fire pit and an abundance of places to gather and sit. The master bedroom has a cozy mini porch that spills out into the larger courtyard. The porches and courtyard provide the outdoor space she wanted and eliminated the need for a lawn. Her landscape plan includes a variety of plants offering color throughout the year. A sunny area behind the house is planted with fruit trees.

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Upon entering the house, one has the option to enter the main living area or continue back to the master bedroom and guest suite area. The main living area has a kitchen at one end of a generously sized room. Above the quartz island are unusual sculptured seeded glass light fixtures. Subtle patterned subway tiling complements the kitchen design. The decor features original artwork and the bright colors Beth prefers. Throughout the house are objects and

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pieces of art that are special and have stories to tell. One corner of the living room has a graceful sparkling, longlegged horse by artist Mindy Colton, a favorite piece bought at a gallery in St. Augustine. Hanging above are colorful glass jellyfish by James Stanford, another St. Augustine artist. A hand-painted chair is sure to catch one’s eye. It has a Matisse-esque lady playing guitar, a gift from sister Chris recognizing Beth’s love of playing guitar.

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Above: The large courtyard area at the rear of the house is surrounded by natural plantings. Right: The view of the courtyard and the oak trees surrounding the house from the secondstory porch.

A stunning dining table is custom made by G & H Reclaim in Callahan. Beth was thrilled to find Shari and Buddy Higgenbothom’s unique shop with all kinds of recycled woods, including old barn wood and even bowling alley lanes. She also used a piece of magnolia wood for the mantle over her fireplace. The master bedroom is painted in soft shades of aqua. A striking painting of a mermaid hanging above the king-size bed was painted by Chris. The master bath features a large sculptured soaking tub with an antique chandelier and a bold piece of artwork on the wall. The main floor guest suite is painted soft shades of aqua features a favorite collected piece of art. Hanging over the bed is a sparkling barracuda by Kyle Zubatsky, a Bluffton, North Carolina artist. Colors in the room are soothing shades of aqua, with accent chairs in darker blues. The second floor offers a traditional guest room and a room that doubles as a guest room and a gathering room, which Beth

calls the Sunset Room. Cleverly using day beds as sofas, it offers a welcoming place to gather for cocktails at the end of the day. Each of the second-floor rooms opens onto a wide second-story porch looking over the courtyard and beyond to a forest of live oaks and the Intracoastal Waterway beyond. Her bonus room is another stair climb away into a tower that houses her craft/sewing room. “I love all the windows and the feeling of being in the treetops,” shares Beth. “From the tower, I can see sunsets over the Intracoastal Waterway and the eagles in their nearby nest.” Her Crane Island home is the realization of the house Beth always hoped to build. She enthuses about the art she has collected from Amelia Island artists such as Karen Bowden, Rebecca McDannold, Carol Winner, Barbara Peeples, Billy McCray, and Gwen Cowart. They add the perfect local touch to her Crane Island home, a home base for Beth as she continues to settle in on Amelia Island, the place she has grown to love.

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Slider’s SEASIDE GRILL A favorite with locals and visitors since 1945, Sliders Seaside Grill draws new fans and old friends with its delicious seafood, steaks, music, cocktails, and lively beach vibe. BY LOIS CHAPPELL WINKLER • PHOTO BY LILLY SCHEETZ

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DINING GUIDE Amelia Island Coffee ~ For more than 16 years, Amelia Island Coffee has been a welcoming place to meet. This family-owned business features friendly service, locally roasted single-source coffee, cold brew, select organic teas and freshly baked pastries, pies and cakes. Breakfast and lunch are served all day, along with small plates and appetizers in the evening. You’ll find a selection of mainstream and craft beers along with varietal wines, as well as ice cream, milkshakes, frappes, fruit smoothies and frozen lemonade. The ambiance of a 100-year-old building is enhanced by outdoor, pet-friendly dining. Open 7 days, 7 am Mon–Sat and 8 am on Sun. Major credit cards. 207 Centre Street. (904) 321-2111. Ameliaislandcoffee.com. Amelia Island Brewing Company ~ on Centre Street provides delicious local food and cold brews to the friends and guests of Amelia Island. Our kitchen serves amped up southern comfort 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 are curated to match the menu, with plenty of pairings to fit any palette. AIBC is a brewery infused gastropub, or a brewpub with great 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 ~ Our philosophy at Bar Zin is quite simple: create a fun relaxed upbeat indoor/outdoor atmosphere where friends and families can enjoy creative, fresh American bistro cuisine. We offer a diverse beverage menu of great wines, local brews, and Saki martinis. When possible, we source from local farmers, local products, and local businesses to create a farm-to-table style menu. Our vision is to create a neighborhood atmosphere where everyone will feel welcome; a place where everyone will have a relaxing and fun time. 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 service and the refined ambiance will enhance your dining pleasure. The large rectangular bar overlooking the Fernandina Harbor Marina is a pleasant place to enjoy a drink. At the marina on Front Street. (904) 261-2660. Open 7 days, Mon-Sat. Burlingame ~ In the historic district just off Centre Street at 20 South 5th Street, this restaurant 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. Our superb service and casually elegant atmosphere create a special experience. Extensive wine/beer list. Reservations recommended. Open 5:30pm Mon – Sat. Closed Sun. (904) 432-7671. BurlingameRestaurant.com. Crab Trap ~ Nautical decor and friendly service makes for a casual, relaxing atmosphere. Dinner daily offers seafood—fried, grilled, broiled, or blackened—as well as steaks, chicken and oysters year round. Entrees $8.95 $18.95. Call for seasonal hours. Beer, wine, and cocktails. Family owned and operated since 1979. 31 N 2nd Street, (904) 261-4749. David’s Restaurant ~ David’s has an amazing steakhouse & seafood menu, upscale romantic 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 by the glass. Dining creations such as Filet Oscar, our Signature 16oz. Grilled Delmonico Ribeye, and when available our 24 oz. Porterhouse Steak. Daily fish specials as well as English Channel Dover Sole & Chilean Sea Bass. Vegetarian & Vegan options. Happy Hour Sunday - Thursday 5 to 7 pm (except Special Events & Holidays). Lounge Menu & Port Flights. Incredible Whole Alaskan King Crab 6-10 lb. average. Full dessert menu and after-dinner cordials. Lounge opens at 5 pm,

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dinner at 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays. Young Adult menu available. Reservations highly recommended. Private wine room holds 12 & private dining room up to 50. Resort casual. 802 Ash Street. (904) 310-6049. Make reservations online at AmeliaIslandDavids.com. España ~ Featuring Old World cuisine from Portugal and Spain, España offers an intriguing menu in a comfortably elegant atmosphere in downtown Fernandina Beach. Owner/chef Roberto Pestana serves mouthwatering tapas like Grouper Ceviche, Portobello al La España, and Shrimp with Garlic, all served with España’s homemade bread. Entrees include a classic Seafood Paella, and a variety of fresh local seafood and meats. España also features an extensive wine list and an excellent homemade sangria. Available for private parties. Reservations recommended. Major credit cards. Open 7 days. (904) 261-7700. 22 South 4th Street. 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 friendly service. Come by and give us a visit and we’ll serve you with smiles and the freshest sushi that you won’t find anywhere but here at Fancy Sushi. Open 7 days. (904) 261-9855. 1478 Sadler Rd. Florida House Inn ~ 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. Open for brunch Wed. – Fri. from 11am – 2:30pm and Sat. – Sun. 10am – 2:30pm. The Mermaid Bar at The Florida House Inn is open Mon. – Sat. at 5pm. Daily drink specials and Open Mic every other Thursday night. 22 South Third Street, (904)491-3322. Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro ~ Located in historic downtown Fernandina, Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro serves innovative cuisine in a relaxed, island atmosphere. Enjoy fresh seafood, game, and specialty dishes in a charming 1903 home, or outside in a New Orleans-inspired courtyard. Jacksonville Magazine Top 25. Extensive wine list available. Reservations recommended. (904) 321-2558. Open seven days. Lagniappe Restaurant ~ [“lan-yap”] One of Jacksonville Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants and voted #1 Chef and #1 Amelia Island Restaurant by “Best in the 904” voters across NE Florida! From the melting-pot culinary heritage of Charleston, New Orleans, and Savannah comes Lagniappe, where you can always expect a little something more. Chef-owner Brian Grimley’s respect for Southern tradition, culinary curiosity, and a quarterdecade’s experience in Virginia’s Tidewater District shine through a delectable line-up of evolving charcuterie selections, house-smoked meats, and seafood must-haves like po’ boys, salmon brûlée, and the occasional whole fried fish! Dig in with loved ones over wine, considered cocktails, and curated bourbons in a refined yet relaxed atmosphere. Open daily, 11am–10pm; Happy Hour 3pm–6pm; Sunday Southern Breakfast 10am–3pm. 4810 First Coast Hwy. lagniappeamelia.com The Mustard Seed Cafe ~ Located inside Nassau Health Foods, The Mustard Seed is Amelia Island’s only organic eatery and juice bar, with an extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials include local seafood, organic chicken and fresh organic produce. Salads, wraps, sandwiches, and soups are available—all prepared with The Mustard Seed’s impeccable style. Popular items are chicken or veggie quesadillas, grilled mahi or salmon over mixed greens and tuna melt with Swiss cheese and tomato. Open for breakfast and lunch, Mon - Sat., 8 am - 3pm, and 10am - 2pm on Sun. NassauHealthFoods.net. 833 T. J. Courson Rd. (904) 277-3141. Pogo’s Kitchen ~ Serving southern cuisine with a bend, with a menu that celebrates the full medley of Southern flavors. Cocktails and wine selections are simple but creative. Vsit us for dinner, lunch or brunch at POGO’s Kitchen—a bright, open eatery tucked away from the main lines, waiting to unpack your day and refill your glass. (904) 432-8483. pogoskitchen.com. Pozzi Bistro ~ A new “Old World” style restaurant. Espresso bar and café by day and a full menu restaurant by night. We offer pastries, espresso drinks, blended shakes, and brunch specialty beverages, and brunch each day. In the evening, come and taste charcuterie, cheese, and wine, or a relaxing meal in our dining room or on our outdoor patio. Our simple menu features steak, lobster, crabcake, and more. Top off your evening with one of our house

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dining out made desserts. Wed - Fri 11am - 9pm; Sat & Sun 9am 9pm. 300 Ash Street. Call (904) 310-3779 or email info@pozzicoffeeandwinebar.com. Sliders Seaside Grill ~ The Caribbean on Amelia Island! Exotic seafood and steaks served to order are the specials of the house. Enjoy a beautiful oceanfront view inside, or on the patio, located steps from the beach. Open daily for lunch & dinner. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. at Sadler Rd. (next to the roundabout). (904) 277-6652. Story & Song Bistro ~ Neighborhood bookstore/bistro serving breakfast and lunch indoors or in the “secret garden” courtyard. Home of Amelia’s “Wings” murals. Enjoy favorites like a genuine Bronx bagel, quiche, Ina Garten’s chicken salad, and seasonal specials made with fresh, local ingredients. Organic coffee, Rishi tea, rose lemonade, beer and wine also available. Monday-Saturday 10am to 2pm, Sunday 11am to 2pm. 1430 Park Avenue at the 14th St. entrance to Amelia Park. (904) 601-2118. Thai Spice Cafe ~ Located on Sadler Road next to Jersey Mike’s. We are proud to prepare fresh authentic Thai food. Our menu features traditional Thai dishes, Curries, fried rice, appetizers, soups, salads, and other Thai specials. Come join us for lunch or dinner, or call us for carry-out orders. Happy Hour 5 - 8pm Everyday! Buy 1 get one free House Wine! M - Th 11am - 3pm and 5 - 9:30pm; F 11am - 3pm and 5 - 10pm; Sa 12 - 9:30pm; Su closed. (904) 432-7748. thaispicecafe.com. 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 fresh local produce. Unlike the big pizza chains, our sauces don’t come out of a paint can. Pizza! One Luv! 819 TJ Courson Road. (904) 277-4755. Order online at TowniesPizzeria.com or call! Wicked Bao ~ Enjoy Asian Street Food in a charming historical building in downtown Fernandina Beach. Small Plates, Noodle+Rice, Baos. Beer, Wine, Sake, Vietnamese Coffee. Happy Hour 4-6 Monday -Thursday & Dinner 4-9 Monday - Saturday. 232 N. 2nd St. (904) 775-5577. Please find our menu at WickedBao.com.

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Southern Comfort Food Lunch Wed-Fri 11:00am-2:30pm Come try our fried chicken! Brunch Sat & Sun ~ 10:00am-2:30pm $10 bottomless Bloody Mary’s & Mimosas!

MERMAID BAR Classic cocktails, great wines, & craft beers Happy Hour ~ 5-7pm Daily Open Mon-Sat 5-10pm Available for private dinners, catering, celebrations, & more. OUR PHILOSOPHY IS SIMPLE ~ Southern comfort food and interesting cocktails. 22 SOUTH THIRD STREET 904-491-3322 • FLORIDAHOUSEINN.COM

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Southern Charm in Oyster Bay This updated 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath (+ a large bonus room) coastal-style home in the sought-after Oyster Bay Community is just under 2,000 square feet and loaded with high-end features! The home is set within a tranquil tropical oasis with a lush lawn, stunning gardens, and lakeside views on one of the neighborhood’s largest corner lots. The interior has been updated with quartz countertops/backsplashes and stainless steel appliances in the

kitchen. Bathroom updates include marble shower and sinks and chrome fixtures. The exterior has been updated with new pavers on the driveway, paths, and large front and back porches. The detached garage with a large, walkable attic boasts lots of storage space. This gated neighborhood’s amenities include community pool and clubhouse, tennis courts, playground, nature trails, RV/ boat storage lot, and yacht club with deep water slips.

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3052 SEA MARSH RD

97439 BLACKBEARDS WAY

96131 SWEETBRIAR LANE

Nicely appointed 2BR/2.5BA condo over looking the 9th Fairway on the prestigious Oak Marsh Golf Course in Amelia Island Plantation!! Experience the breath taking sunsets from the brick patio or rear deck as well as beautiful sailboats passing by the Intracoastal Waterway!!! REDUCED $529,000 MLS#96864

BOATERS PARADISE!! Unbelievable opportunity to own a 3BR/2BA deep water home with the most amazing waterfront sunrises and sunsets!!! This home features: private dock that can fit up to a 50’ boat, 4 car heated and cooled 1222 square foot garage, pool, and full home generator. JUST LISTED $1,149,000 MLS#97333

Beautiful 3BR/2BA home and 900 square foot heated and cooled Metal garage/ outbuild in Glen Laurel. Fantastic opportunity to have all your boats/RV's/ Toys on your property. This split bedroom home design features vaulted 10 ft ceilings in the living room and kitchen. 3/4 Acre. JUST LISTED $535,000 MLS#97751

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Amelia Park-Lake View home centrally located on Amelia Island. This 3BR/2.5BA home is a must see, open floor plan with split BR plan, large screened lanai with an oversized spa/pool and patio. Large covered front porch, 15' x 18', perfect for tranquil setting enjoyment. PENDING $795,000 MLS#97095

Ocean Club Villa at Amelia Island Plantation. This oceanfront 3BR/3BA villa offers incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean, pristine beach, community pool and an endless vista. Many upgrades to this villa, Marble flooring, Bamboo Wood floors in guest bedrooms. SOLD MLS#97209

Excellent opportunity to build your dream home with potential ocean views. This lot is 50' wide and 110' feet deep, located on the west side of S. Fletcher Ave in the 2300 block. Short walk to beach access 23 to the north and beach access 24 to the south. PENDING $450,000 MLS#96461

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28759 Grandview Manor $135,000

Build your dream home on Lot 32 and create your own sanctuary of escape among the natural beauty of Waterman’s Bluff. Full of Southern Charm and Low Country vibes, this gated 72 acre riverfront community offers community center, tidal dock with kayak and canoe launch, future 32 boat slip marina, and community park. MLS#96171

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96356 Light Wind Dr. Oyster Bay Harbour 3 bed / 2.5 bath Beautifully updated and maintained $629,000

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41 Beach Walker Road

Boasting 2,930 sq ft, this large one-level home has 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths and is surrounded by preservation areas for privacy at it’s best. Tremendous vaulted ceilings and screened porch and outdoor deck for relaxing under the trees. Located at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, this home is just a short walk to the beach. MLS#96718 SOLD

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95217 Sabal Palm

Located in gated Summerwoods on the south end of Amelia Island within a short walk to the beach via private access. This beautiful 3 bedroom unit has been tastefully upgraded with Plantation shutters and granite countertops throughout, French door access to sunny terrace overlooking green space. MLS#96836


ISLAND ENTERTAINING POTATO LEEK SOUP Ingredients 2 lbs. potatoes, peeled and cubed 4 leeks, cleaned and sliced, white and light green parts only 1/4 cup olive oil Pinch of nutmeg 1/2 cup dry white wine 6 or 7 cups chicken or vegetable stock 3/4 cup heavy cream 8 oz. sour cream 1 cup chopped flat leaf parsley Salt and pepper to taste Preparation Sauté leeks in olive oil until tender. Add a pinch of nutmeg and white wine, then simmer for one minute. Add potatoes and enough stock to cover, then bring to a low simmer and cook until potatoes are tender. Use an immersion blender to puree potato and leek mixture. Add heavy cream, sour cream, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. If the soup is too thick, add more stock and reheat gently, do not boil. Serves 6-8.

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inter in Florida is temperate compared to the rest of the country, but we still have a few frosty days, making it a great time to get out your soup or stock pot and simmer your chills away! Soup recipes can range from simple and inexpensive to complex and elegant. For instance, Potato Leek Soup costs only about $10 for an entire pot that serves 8, but Seafood Gumbo may cost up to $80 to make. In any case, good soup is worthy of serving at any dinner party, along with salad, fine wine, and a crusty baguette. At our house, we like to make a large pot of our favorite soup and

freeze leftovers for the next cold snap. Some soups don’t freeze well, however, especially soups that include noodles or pasta, such as Minestrone. I suggest cooking the pasta separately, placing it in each soup bowl, and ladling the Minestrone over the top. Add some grated Parmesan cheese and a piece of garlic bread, and you’ve got a hearty, heartfelt meal to serve your loved ones. The key to successful soup-making? Fresh ingredients, of course! Base your choices on what’s in season, and what looks good at the grocery store or farmer’s market. Here are a few of my favorite winter soup recipes.

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MINESTRONE SOUP Ingredients 3 tbs. olive oil 2 carrots, finely diced 2 small zucchini, finely diced 1 onion, finely chopped 3 ribs celery, finely diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 28 oz. canned diced tomatoes 1 quart vegetable stock plus extra to thin out soup 15 oz. canned white beans, drained 15 oz. canned kidney beans, drained 1 tbs. Italian seasoning Salt and pepper 1/2 cup each fresh basil and parsley, chopped Cooked small pasta of your choice Grated Parmesan cheese Preparation Cook carrots, zucchini, onions, celery, and garlic in olive oil until vegetables become soft. Add tomatoes, broth, beans, and Italian seasoning and simmer for 10-15 minutes, adding more broth if mixture is too thick. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in basil and parsley. To serve, scoop cooked pasta into each bowl and ladle soup over all. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. Serves 8. For the Seafood Gumbo recipe, visit www.ameliaislander.com/recipes.

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