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This month, the Amelia Island Book Festival returns with its 19th annual celebration of reading and the written word. In the last few years, with the support of donors and volunteers, and the leadership of St. Marys, Georgia best-selling author Steve Berry, the festival has presented some tremendous literary happenings here on Amelia Island. The festival’s community-centered vision has always been to open up the world for people of all ages through the promotion and celebration of literacy. In order to accomplish this mission, the festival has brought in a number of well-known authors, who have spoken and passed out books in Nassau County schools, and the festival has introduced a number of fun events that bring authors into the community. This year, Steve Berry passes the chairperson’s baton to best-selling author David Baldacci, a favorite of festival audiences, who has planned another great season this year. The festival kicks off with the wildly popular and appropriately named Kick-Off Luncheon at Walkers Landing in Amelia Island Plantation, which features well-known author Lisa Scottoline. The Tweens & Teens Scene, offered in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County, also returns to Fernandina Beach Middle School. This event, a huge hit with younger readers, features authors Sharon Robison, Susan Viau, Eileen Meyer, Stacy Horan, and Margot Lee Shetterley. And the Gala Dinner at The RitzCarlton, Amelia Island presents AIBF Honorary Chair David Baldacci, New York Times best-selling author Sandra Brown, plus bestsellers Kathy Reichs, Margot Lee Shetterley, and Sharon Robinson. The gala includes a gourmet dinner and a live auction, conducted once again by Amelia Island favorite son State Senator Aaron Bean. The impressive success of the festival depends on the Amelia Island Book Festival’s hard-working board members, the generosity of sponsors, and the efforts of an army of volunteers. All the festival’s great events raise money to place an author in every classroom in Nassau County and a new book in every child’s hand—13,000 books this year. Many thanks to Steve Berry and David Baldacci for creating the kind of fun events that bring authors and books to Nassau County for the benefit of young and old alike. The festival’s week-long celebration of reading perfectly fulfills its stated mission to promote a lifetime of learning. Also this month, we meet River, a Yellow Labrador puppy, who is in training to be a service dog, learning what it takes to train dogs for this indispensable work; discover the origin of Amelia Island’s popular “Story & Song” concerts and get a preview of the upcoming season; learn about some great local places for you and your family to fish; and much, much more. See you around the island!
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FEBUARY2020 11 Cover Story 2020 AMELIA ISLAND BOOK FESTIVAL
With David Baldacci as the new Honorary Chairperson, the Amelia Island Book Festival brings together another outstanding line-up of bestselling authors, including Baldacci, Sandra Brown, Sharon Robinson, and Lisa Scottoline to celebrate the written word.
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Amelia Island Book Festival Returning for its 19th season, the Amelia Island Book Festival with new Honorary Chairperson David Baldacci celebrates and fosters a love of literature. BY KAREN MILLER PHOTOS COURTESY OF AMELIA ISLAND BOOK FESTIVAL
f you’re a lover of books, you’ll want to spend Valentine’s Day weekend with your favorite books and authors at the 19th annual Amelia Island Book Festival on February 13, 14, and 15. Almost 20 years ago, the late Don Parker and his wife Andrea, along with Joe and Joani Selement, had an idea to combine the lure of books with Amelia Island’s spectacular location. As the idea caught on, they gathered supporters and founded a nonprofit organization to launch the first Amelia Island Book Festival in 2001. Overcoming the usual challenges in the early years, its dedicated volunteers, board members, and internationally-known featured authors have made it one of the best book festivals in the country.
KICK-OFF LUNCHEON WITH LISA SCOTTOLINE AND DAVID BALDACCI The AIBF begins on Thursday, February 13 with its wildly popular 11 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
Kick Off Luncheon at Walkers Landing featuring Keynote Speaker Lisa Scottoline. A former attorney, Scottoline writes legal thrillers, standalone novels, and humor. Her latest is Someone Knows, a story of how a single decision can undo a family, how our past can derail our present, and how “not guilty” doesn’t always mean innocent. Scottoline’s novels are known for their emotionality and their warm and down-to-earth characters, which resonate with readers and reviewers long after they have finished the books. She also writes a weekly column titled ‘Chick Wit’ with her daughter, Francesca Serritella. It’s a witty and fun take on life from a woman’s perspective, published in the Philadelphia Inquirer. At the luncheon, she’ll be introduced by the festival’s honorary chair, David Baldacci, author of 38 best-selling novels, several of which have been adapted for film and television. His novels are published in
over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales. He has also published seven novels for younger readers. Mr. Baldacci is the co-founder, along with his wife, Michelle, of the Wish You Well Foundation®, which is dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across the United States. “We’re so fortunate to have David Baldacci as our Honorary Chair this year,” says Larry Williams, AIBF president. “As our community grows, so must grow the Book Festival in order to meet our mission of providing one book to every student in Nassau County—over 13,000 books this year! With David’s vision and a strong group of New York Times best-selling authors for our events, we are looking forward to a great year. The authors joining us this year cover an array of interests and are sure to attract crowds from far and wide. Our generous sponsors and donors are also a major key to our fundraising effort. Without this combination of support, we could not be successful.”
TWEENS & TEENS SCENE AT FERNANDINA BEACH MIDDLE SCHOOL Also on February 13, Teens and Tweens are invited to come and meet celebrity, noted authors and learn about their writing journeys, in a special event called Teens/Tweens Scenes, offered in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Nassau County. Available to students ages 10 to 18, the event will be held at Fernandina Beach Middle School. Tween students will hear from Sharon Robinson, an educational consultant for Major League Baseball. She is the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction and written
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WRITERS WORKSHOPS AT FSCJ NASSAU IN YULEE On Friday, February 14, the AIBF and Florida Authors and Publishers Association are presenting a Writers Workshop from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., featuring celebrity author Sandra Brown as the Keynote Speaker. Participants will experience a stellar lineup of professionals to inform both aspiring and accomplished writers about the craft and business of writing. This year’s Writers Workshop features six programs divided into two tracks: The Writing Craft and Publishing/Marketing, with sessions running concurrently in each time slot. Each session (one hour and 15 minutes) will offer a dynamic speaker or panel of professionals, with tips, discussion, insider advice, and opportunities for questions and answers. Writers Workshop will be held at Florida State College, Betty P. Cook Nassau Center and The Bean Center in Yulee.
AUTHORS IN SCHOOLS LITERACY PROGRAM On February 14, the Amelia Island Book Festival’s Authors in Schools program provides students with the opportunity to meet their favorite authors, face to face. “Our partnership with the Nassau County Public Schools is especially key to the success of our Authors in Schools program,” says Larry Williams. “In planning for the festival, we work closely with the district’s administrators, principals, teachers, and media specialists to choose books
and authors which most interest the students. Where else can students be exposed directly to award winning authors coming to their schools to speak directly with them about a book they choose to read? Last year, one of our celebrity authors told us that this is the only book festival venue in the country that provides this type of opportunity for local students, and we are very proud of that!” Following a stringent application process and selection by school media specialists, AIBF purchased approximately 13,000 books for Authors in Schools, in which 30 authors will visit students to talk about writing, reading, learning, and exploring their world through the remarkable resource of books. A special bonus for middle and high schools is the chance to meet celebrity authors Lisa Scottoline, Sharon Robinson, and Margo Shetterly. David Baldacci is also participating in the program.
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GALA DINNER AT THE OMNI AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION RESORT On Valentine’s night in February 2020, ticket holders will be wowed by five celebrity headline authors during the AIBF’s most treasured event, the Gala Dinner held from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. Starting with the honorary chair, David Baldacci, the lineup includes prolific New York Times best-selling author Sandra Brown, plus bestsellers Kathy Reichs, Margot Lee Shetterley, and Sharon Robinson. The genre spectrum ranges from internationally popular legal thrillers and murder mysteries to biography and memoir. This elegant event attracts attendees from far and wide, not only because of its star power, but also because of the buying power each ticket helps to build. Ticket sales for the Gala start at $185, which covers the cost of the meal and supports the festival’s award-winning Authors in Schools Literacy Program. The event offers the opportunity for participants to mingle and chat with the authors. After dinner, the authors create a panel to answer probing questions about their lives and their work and what inspires them. After that comes the exciting live auction, conducted by Florida State Sen. Aaron Bean. This year, you or a loved one will have an opportunity to “live forever” as a fictional character in one of Sandra Brown’s upcoming novels. Or bid on the “Best of Broadway” package to host a concert
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AUTHOR EXPO AT FERNANDINA BEACH MIDDLE SCHOOL On Saturday, February 15, an Author Expo/Reader’s Extravaganza at Fernandina Beach Middle School features nearly 100 authors of many genres in an up-close and personal way to learn about their work, what inspires them, purchase books, and have them signed personally to you or your friends. In addition to the exhibiting authors, there are breakout sessions where you will hear presentations from this year’s lineup of New York Times best-selling authors,
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and then return to the Expo, where they will be signing their books. The Expo/Extravaganza also includes activities, incentives, prizes, and other attractions. You can fill your Passport to Literacy with stamps from authors all around the Expo, and then turn it in to be eligible for prize drawings. The passports are designed to help readers circulate around exhibits and get the most out of the event. Funds raised during the AIBF provide two scholarship opportunities to high school students of Nassau County, available for students seeking college education in the communications or creative writing fields. In memory of their late daughter, the Powells joined with the book festival several years ago to co-fund an annual $2,000 college scholarship dedicated to encouraging young writers in their pursuit of a literary career. In addition, a new Amelia Island Book Festival Scholarship, funded by the AEL Family Foundation for $5,000, is available for any area of study. For more information about these annual scholarship opportunities, visit their website. The AIBF also offers a Short Story Writing Contest for middle school and high school students, along with students from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County. Judges are local literary experts and board members of the Amelia Island Book Festival. Prizes will be announced and awarded during the Authors Expo. “The Book Festival Board of Directors and Board of Ambassadors is a group of 21 volunteers from our community that work tirelessly all year long to insure a meaningful, fun, and successful variety of events which appeal to everyone,” says Williams.
“We are so very fortunate to have such a fine cadre of community volunteer support for the Festival operations!” The Amelia Island Book Festival is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supported by the community through membership and donations. Each year, AIBF sponsors provide critical support to their mission: to promote lifelong learning and an appreciation for books by providing quality literary events. For more information on sponsorship or volunteer opportunities and to purchase tickets, please visit www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org. “We treasure our time on Amelia Island, and being part of a worldclass book festival here is like the cherry on top,” says Honorary Chair David Baldacci, who is excited to be part of the AIBF again this year. “We have another stellar author lineup this year, and I look forward to seeing everyone there!”
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Take Stock in Children has provided scholarships, mentors, and hope to academically talented low-income students in Nassau County for 23 years. To continue their invaluable service, the annual Light Up a Life fundraising gala is scheduled this year for March 27 at 6 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The evening will begin with a choice of raffle opportunities and a silent auction featuring more than 100 items from businesses and artists across the county. A three-course seated dinner will follow, with an inspiring message from renowned author, David Baldacci. Additionally, current high school and college students, as well as college graduate participants, will share stories about how their lives have been changed by Take Stock in a newly produced video. Locally renowned pianist and singer John Springer will take guests back in time with some memorable songs. For more information or tickets, visit www.takestocknassau.org or call (904) 548-4464. Take Stock in Children Nassau, Inc. is a nonprofit organization, working to transform Nassau County one student at a time. Their mission is to break the cycle of poverty for low-income, academically qualified students by providing opportunities for a postsecondary education. Since 1996, Take Stock in Children Nassau has helped over 600 students.
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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation presents its premier event of the year, their annual Benefit Gala, on Feb. 29. The 13th annual Gala, featuring dinner, entertainment, and an auction, is hosted by The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, a trusted friend of the Boys & Girls Clubs for many years. The Gala supports the work of the Boys & Girls Clubs in providing the youth of our community a safe space to work on academics, engage with positive role models, and develop into confident leaders. The evening features an auction offering everything from Robison Jewelry to hotel stays, cruises, and memorabilia. The day prior is the 2nd annual Swing to Open Doors Golf Tournament, hosted at The Golf Club of Amelia Island. This event is a great afternoon of fun and includes sponsorship opportunities, contests, and prizes for players. Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau depends on these annual fundraising events to support after-school and summer programs at their two clubs, where over 700 local youth ages 6 to 18 are mentored by professional staff and volunteers. Individual reservations for the Gala are $200, with table sponsorship opportunities. For more information, tickets, or sponsorships, visit www.bgcnassau.org or call (904) 261-8666.
DUKE UNIVERSITY CHORALE PERFORMS AGAIN AT AMELIA PLANTATION CHAPEL The Duke University Chorale will make its fourth visit to Amelia Island, March 11 at 7 p.m. for a concert at Amelia Plantation Chapel. During the university’s 2020 Spring Break, Chorale Director Dr. Rodney Wynkoop and close to 50 young men and women will launch their annual tour, which in past years included China, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, England, Wales, Mexico, and many parts of the United States. The Amelia Plantation Chapel has presented the group in concert in the past and is excited to host them again this year. Formed in 1970 when the Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs were combined into a single choir, the Chorale’s repertoire typically features both sacred and secular music ranging from Italian and English Renaissance to contemporary works, from serious to relaxed music, and from unaccompanied works to major pieces with piano and other instruments. In recent years, the Chorale has also performed major works with the North Carolina Symphony and other professional orchestras, including the Brahms, Berlioz, and Mozart Requiems, Bach’s Passion of St. John, Mendelssohn’s St. Paul, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, and Britten’s War Requiem. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door at 36 Bowman Road.
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asey Matthews has been creating art since she was a small child. “My creativity begins with a constant state of awareness and appreciation for everything around me,” says Casey. “I’m always noticing patterns in nature, and the way inanimate objects and shapes harmonize with each other. I’m inspired by color, motion, how colors flow, and organic repetition.” Born in San Antonio, Casey moved to Amelia Island 20 years ago, initially creating art in her studio space at the Blue Door Artists. But in 2017, she realized she needed a larger space to work in, so she opened her own studio and gallery at 813 South 8th Street. Casey’s artwork
works on multiple pieces at once, inspired by the coastal community in which she resides. Her art can be found on her website and in galleries across the country, including Boston, Charlotte, Atlanta, Delray Beach, Birmingham, and New Orleans. Casey creates rich paintings with multi-media surfaces that are both visually intriguing and full of energy. They incorporate expressive color, fluid movement, and strong elements of design. She has developed a series of gestures and marks that make up a unique visual language. From a distance, her works impose a singular statement of color, composition and tone; viewed closely, they suggest a complex narrative that is multi-hued and textured. For Casey, it is important not to become complacent, and not to be afraid of challenge or risk. “My work is intuitive and process-driven,” she says. “I enjoy the drips and splatters —and the journey they inspire.” For more examples of Casey’s art, visit her website at caseymatthews.com, or you can follow her on Facebook and Instagram. For more information or to make an appointment, call her at (904) 556-1119 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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r. Gerald Koss and the Amelia Eye Associates team strive to provide the finest in optometry services. Amelia Eye Associates is a full-service eye and vision care provider, handling both scheduled appointments as well as emergencies. Patients throughout the Amelia Island area come to Amelia Eye Associates because they know they will receive personal attention and professional care. Dr. Koss and his team are dedicated to keeping patients comfortable and well-informed at all times. At Amelia Eye Associates, each exam and procedure is carefully explained, and the dedicated staff is ready to answer all the questions their patients have. Additionally, at Amelia Eye Associates, vision financing options are offered, and the office works with both vision and medical insurance providers. Dr. Koss, a licensed optometrist, is trained in anatomy, biochemistry, and physiology. He also completed a residency in eye diseases and disorder. He continues to participate in training on the latest advances in health and vision care. Dr. Koss knew from a very young age that he wanted to be an optometrist. “I started wearing glasses when I was nine years old, and I was fascinated by the process of the eye exam,” remembers Dr. Koss. Amelia Eye Care offers complete eye exams; contact lenses; glasses: glaucoma testing, diagnosis, and management; dry-eye management; and pre- and post-operative care. Located at 1411 South 14th Street, their office is easily accessible and has plenty of parking. To schedule an appointment, call (904) 321-1333 or visit www.ameliaeye.com. 28 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
n 1974, Jim and Ange Wallace left their jobs at Pan American World Airways, moved to Fernandina Beach, and opened The Travel Agency on Centre Street. The Travel Agency was the first and only travel agency on Amelia Island. The Travel Agency is part of Virtuoso, an invitation-only organization matching the top leisure travel advisors and the top global travel providers. By partnering with Virtuoso, The Travel Agency is able to provide their clients with the best curated travel experiences. After Jim passed away in 2012, daughter Angela and her husband Eric Pierson stepped up as co-owners of the rebranded Wallace Pierson Travel. The company strives to match the increasing sophistication of its clients with increasingly sophisticated travel offerings. The heart of Wallace Pierson Travel’s success is their staff: world-class travel advisors Lynann Mullis, Tracy Lynch, and Debbie Kellogg. Travel coordinators Dawn Dixon, Mike Dionne, and Heather Bowen, and Disney expert Sarah Adams round out the team, while back office guru Vicki Carter keeps it all straight. As Ange Wallace says, “At Wallace Pierson Travel, we don’t sell travel—we advise savvy travelers.” Not only do travel advisors test new hotels and travel experiences, but Angela and Eric Pierson and their daughters have undertaken their own epic adventure: “Schooling Around the World – 7 Continents in One Year.” Follow their adventures at: www.wallacepierson.com/thepiersons-family-trip-around-the-world. To contact The Travel Agency, call (904) 261-5914 or visit www.wallacepierson.com.
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Incredible Coins Own a piece of history with authentic Spanish coins, like this silver two reale with skull-and-crossbones frame minted in Mexico City between 1598 and 1621 ($1,299); silver two reale framed in gold minted in Lima, Peru between 1556 and 1598 under Philip II, with assayers mark by Diego de la Torre ($1,687); and one reale in dolphin frame minted in Bolivia between 1556 and 1665 ($1,190). Other coins priced from $198. Amelia’s Fine Jewelry, 317 Centre Street. (904) 277-0665. 31 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
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If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to raise a service dog which will one day change someone’s life, look for the Yellow Lab with the red vest walking on Centre Street. BY MICHAEL TANNER
n any day you might see me and River, a female yellow lab puppy, walking in downtown Fernandina Beach on Centre Street or at the Farmers Market on Saturdays doing our training. My wife and I raise and train puppies to become service dogs. We are often approached when we are out with the puppy by people interested in our experience as puppy-raisers. We explain that these excursions are critically important for a service puppy’s training because the puppies need to experience all the sights, sounds, odors, and distractions of the outside world on a continual basis. It’s all part of turning a puppy a dependable service dog. Of course, River has her favorite watering hole spots, knows where all the vendors hide their doggy treats, and has her favorite place to do her business. This is the socialization part of the process, but it has some important limits. The red vest means she is on the job. It’s not playtime, and she must understand that. As we walk about, we ask people to respect this, knowing full well how hard it is to resist petting a cute lab puppy! The 33 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
ﬁrst 18 weeks of a puppy’s life are very crucial in determining that puppy’s suitability as a guide dog. It is a time to show the puppy love, challenge its mind with puzzles, and teach it basic commands, a soft mouth and bite, and reward good behaviors. It’s not all fun for the puppy raiser, with sleepless nights, the housebreaking messy phase, chewing, shedding, and leash training. If you are interested, be prepared to spend a lot of time with your puppy. Dog parks and service puppy-raising do not mix well. It takes only one bad experience with a more dominant dog to make a lifelong impression on that puppy. An overly submissive or fearful puppy will not become a guide dog. Puppy-raisers are also responsible for some monthly expenses. Service dog agencies pay for all veterinary expenses, but puppy-raisers pay for food and toys, which can add up to $50 per month. Not all puppy-raisers make it, and some need to return the puppy. Many with very good intentions ﬁnd out that it conﬂicts with their priorities and responsibilities. You’ll also experience a little heartache when it’s time to give continued on page 35
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FEBRUARY 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Willow Pond Tour Fort Clinch State Park Willow Pond Nature Trail winds through the hardwood hammock around a fresh water area known as Willow Pond. Join a local naturalist for a guided tour of this pristine piece of North Florida. Come prepared to walk on sand and an uneven trail, and pack bug spray. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Park fees $6 per vehicle up to 8 ppl. $4 Single; $2 Pedestrian or bicycle. 2601 Atlantic Avenue. For more infor, call (904) 277-7274 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FEBRUARY 4 Art in the Afternoon Cummer museum and Dr. Debra Murphy present Masterpieces of Art from the Tumultuous Nineteenth Century. Romanticism Realism and the Beginnings of Modern Art. Free to museum members $10 for non-members. Registar at Cummer Museum.org/Amelia. Story and Song Bistro Bookstore 1430 Park Avenue (904) 601-2118. Visit our website storyandsongbookstore.com or find us on Facebook.
FEBRUARY 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 East Coast Swing & Foxtrot Ballroom On Amelia two for Tuesday group classes start with Swing at 7:00 p.m. and Foxtrot 8:00 p.m. Classes are $15 for one class $20 for two classes per person. Thursdays dance workshops 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Thursday workshops $15 per person. Ballroom On Amelia located at 1897 Island Walkway inside RAD Studios. No partner or reservation is required. Contact us at (904) 624-0886, visit our website at www.ballroomonamelia.com, and Facebook.
FEBRUARY 4, 11, 18, 25 Healing Yoga for Knees Yoga can be used as a therapeutic alternative and intervention for osteoarthritis and can help with pain and stiffness. Appropriate movement for injured or recovering knees. $65 for 4 classes. 6:30 - 7:25 p.m. Community Yoga & Wellness, 210 Beech Street, Fernandina Beach. Call (904) 613-6345 or visit cyoga-amelia.com. Register at www.cyoga-amelia.com/workshops.
FEBRUARY 5, 12, 19, 26 East Coast Swing Beginner Level – WILDLIGHT Ballroom On Amelia Wednesday beginner level group classes East Coast Swing 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. $15 per person. Ballroom On Amelia located at 20 Homegrown Way inside RAD Studios. No partner or reservation required. Call (904) 624-0886, visit our website at ballroomonamelia.com or our Facebook page.
FEBRUARY 8 Second Saturday Artrageous Artwalk
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A free event on the second Saturday each month in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach and participating island galleries offer a diverse selection of art. 5:30 p.m.-8:30 pm. For information, call (800) 226-3542 or visit ameliaisland.com.
An informal group of women who meet second Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. to discuss financial and related issues. Contact Nicola Nichol CFA, financial advisor at (904) 305-2608 or email her at nicola@ financialamelia.com.
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Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival presents Grammy-winning singer and composer Ricky Scaggs, bluegrass and country music legend. Ricky Scaggs has been inducted into the National Fiddler Hall of Fame, the International Bluegrass Music’s Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Omni Amelia Island Plantation, 39 Beach Lagoon Road, Amelia Island. For tickets, visit ameliachambermusic.org or call (904) 261-1779.
FEBRUARY 9 Story & Song Bistro Bookstore 2nd Birthday Celebration Plan to attend a fun day of drawings and giveaways. At 2:00 p.m. meet the artists of the Wings mural project and at 4:00 p.m. enjoy the tunes of The Kooks Ukulele Orchestra. Celebration begins 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. Story and Song Bistro Bookstore, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118. Visit our website storyandsongbookstore.com or find us on Facebook.
FEBRUARY 9, 23 Yoga Nidra and Singing Bowls Unplug to reboot your body and brain. The relaxing practice of Yoga Nidra is for everyone. $18 drop in 5:00 p.m.-5:45 p.m. Community Yoga & Wellness 210 Beech Street, Fernandina Beach. Call (904)-613-6345 or visit www.cyogaAmelia.com. Register at www.cyoga-Amelia. com/schedule.
FEBRUARY 11 Karen Bowden Photography Presentation Plantation Artists Guild & Gallery welcome newest member Karen Bowen. Karen will present her photography of the 175 mile hike she made from Porto, Portugal to Santiago, Spain along the Camino Portugese Coastal Route. 2:00 p.m. Plantation Artist Guild & Gallery is located at 94 Amelia Village Circle at Omni Amelia Island Plantation shops. Call for more information (904) 432-1750 or our website https://sites.google.com/site/paggamelia
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Amy Wilson is a National Garden Club accredited flower show judge and succulent specialist. She will discuss growing and caring for succulents. Hospitality begins at 10:00 a.m. with the general business meeting beginning at 10:15 a.m. Botanical demonstration follows the business meeting. The Bartram Garden Club meets September through May on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the GFWC Woman’s Club of Fernandina Beach, 201 Jean Lafitte Blvd. Please visit bartramgardenclub.org for additional information.
FEBRUARY 13 Men Helping Men – Prostate Cancer Support Group This educational program was developed to help men make informed decisions throughout their prostate cancer journey. Held at 11:30 a.m. at Baptist Medical Center Nassau Board Room. Hosted by Ackerman Cancer Center. Contact Lauren DeWitt at (904) 277-2700
FEBRUARY 16 The Dover Quartet Amelia Island Chamber Music presents one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The first-ever quartet-in-residence for the Kennedy Center, The Dover Quartet also is quartet-in-residence for the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, Chamber Music Northwest, Artosphere and Peoples’ Symphony in New York. The quartet will be joined by Roberto Diaz, viola, and Christopher Rex, cello. 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Historic Nassau County Courthouse, 416 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach. Call (904) 261-1779 or visit our website for tickets and more info at ameliachambermusic.org.
FEBRUARY 17 Acoustic Sessions The third Monday of each month Musical Director Tom Leon brings local and regional musicians to Amelia Community Theatre’s Studio 209 stage. ACT’s Studio 209 is a cozy intimate listening room for the true music lover. Open seating begins 30 minutes before curtain. Amelia Community Theater, 209 Cedar
around town Street at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. For more information, call (904) 261-6749 or visit www. AmeliaCommunityTheatre.org.
FEBRUARY 21 History of American Beach Author and lifelong Amelia Island resident Marsha Dean Phelts talks about the history of American Beach and its significance to African-Americans. Marsha includes her talk with American Beach cookbook containing a collection of recipes handed down through generations of American Beach residents and families. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. Story and Song Bistro Bookstore, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118. Visit our website storyandsongbookstore.com or find us on Facebook.
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Amelia Island Quilt Guild will display over 200 quilts from traditional to art quilts, hand-pieced and appliqued, as well as commercially quilted works. The show will also offer a community quilt sew-in offering participants of all ages the opportunity to work on a quilt for the Amelia Island community. Quilt and Fiber Art Boutique, silent auction, raffle baskets including a very special quilt. Admission is $10 and tickets are available at the door. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fernandina Beach Recreation Center, 2500 Atlantic Avenue. For more information, visit AIQuilters.com, or email them at email@example.com.
FEBRUARY 22 Ballroom Amelia 4th Anniversary Dance Party Ballroom on Amelia hosts its 4th anniversary dance party featuring Crescendo Amelia Big Band. The dance party will be held at Kraft Athletic Club, 961023 Buccaneer Trail, Fernandina Beach. 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. $25 advance $30 at the door. Purchase advance tickets with cash or check at Royal Amelia Dance Academy, 1897 Island Walkway or online crescendoamelia.com. Open to the public, ticket purchase includes light appetizers and set ups for BYOB.
FEBRUARY 22 An Evening of Gypsy Jazz Story and Song Bistro Bookstore stages Violinist Tim Kliphuis and guitarist Jimmy Grant. Two of the finest gypsy jazz musicians in the world in the style of legends Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli return to Amelia Island for an encore performance. 7:30 - 9:00p.m. Tickets $20. Story and Song Bistro Bookstore, 1430 Park Avenue, Fernandina Beach. (904) 6012118. Visit www.storyandsongbookstore.com or find us on Facebook.
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A charming bookstore, bistro, and performance space, Story & Song Bookstore Bistro presents another great line-up of “Story & Song” concerts this year. BY JULIE SIMMONS PHOTOS COURTESY OF STORY & SONG BOOKSTORE BISTRO
hen Donna and Mark Kaufman left Nashville for Amelia Island in 2001, what they missed most was “Writer’s Night,” an event Donna started at the local bookstore/café she managed. Every Friday, a parade of singers and songwriters performed to a packed house, sharing their music and the story behind the song. With nearly 30 years of devoted to helping people launch and operate successful, independent bookstores, it isn’t surprising that the Kaufmans’ love of words would spill over into a love of music. Over 10 years of “Writer’s Nights” in Nashville, the Kaufmans befriended entertainers who had it all: the gift of voice, a penchant for writing poignant lyrics, and instrumental talent. “One of our favorite venues was the Bluebird Café, an intimate listening room where patrons were shushed by the staff for talking while a songwriter was performing. That venue launched the careers of quite a number of Nashville stars,” the couple reminisces. After relocating here, Mark and Donna began to dream about drawing on their network of musicians in Nashville
to recreate the experience of the Bluebird Café right here on Amelia Island. Today we know the event as “An Evening of Story & Song.” The inaugural concert was for their family and friends at the Palace Saloon’s pre-antique store space and it was spectacular, but the second concert was competing with a loud rockand-roll band playing at Uncle Charlie’s next door. “That’s when we knew we needed to change venues” says Mark. “An appreciation of the song’s lyrics can only come from listening to the writer’s story, and to do that, you have to be able to hear!” The next two sold-out shows were at Amelia Community Theater, an ideal venue, but it was tough to find dates due to the many theatrical performances. “As we looked around town for suitable spaces, we were concerned that we would not be able to deliver the series.” However, the generous Founders at historic St. Peter’s Episcopal Church graciously shared Burns Hall, which for the next 10 years was transformed into an intimate listening room for the Story & Song performances. In 2016, the continued on next page
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2020 AN EVENING OF STORY & SONG CONCERT SCHEDULE All performances at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 Gypsy Jazz with Tim Kliphuis (violin) and Jimmy Grant (guitar). Two of the world’s best musicians recreate the musical stylings of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli Mar. 14 Friction Farm husband-wife duo of Aidan Quinn & Christine Stay Songs inspired by books Apr. 11 Rachel Kamps & Friends Atlantic Beach songwriter/pianist with songs to soothe the soul May 16 Danika & The Jeb Nashville husband-wife duo of Danika Holmes & Jeb Hart June 2 Hiroya Tsukamoto New York City-based Japanese guitarist Aug. 1 Sofia Talvik Swedish singer/songwriter on U.S. tour Coming in Nov. or Dec. Beth Nielsen Chapman Nashville recording artist and Grammy-winning songwriter
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demands of their bookstore consulting business forced the Kaufmans to end the series. But just a few short months later, everything changed! “We had always dreamed of having our own bookstore,” the couple shares. “Independent bookstores are magical places, where connections happen, meaningful conversations occur, and books change lives.” When the space formerly occupied by Artistic Florist came available for purchase, the couple jumped! “It was far more space than we required, but when we discovered the upstairs space could accommodate events of all kinds for as many as 125 people, we knew ‘An Evening of Story & Song’ was on its way back.” Today, the Kaufman’s invite you to visit their Story & Song Neighborhood Bookstore Bistro, nestled at the entrance to Amelia Park, where you’ll discover a unique combination of bookstore, gift shop, café, secret garden courtyard, art gallery, and performance venue—all under one roof! Launched in 2018, this welcoming spot is a gathering place for locals as well as home to a retail training center for booksellers, offering education to people opening bookstores around the world. And best of all, it’s where you can again enjoy “An Evening of Story & Song.” The 2020 monthly concerts feature some of the best talent in the country. Tickets are $20 and available at 1430 Park Avenue, by calling (904) 601-2118, or online at StoryandSongBookstore.com.
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ebruary is the month of romance, hearts, and roses. When it comes to roses, I like mine with the roots attached. In fact, I like all my flowers with roots, as they become an everlasting reminder, filled with happy memories. At this point in my life, I am almost all about memories. In February, I like to see some color in the garden, and several annuals can be planted now to enjoy until the warmer weather. Alyssum is available through March. It has sweet-smelling tiny whiteto-mixed colors of pink, lavender, and burgundy. They are compact, mounding to 6 inches in height, and they can be grown in full sun to partial shade. For an interesting, stand-out plant, try Flowering Kale in red and white. It grows in full sun, with ruffled, featherleafed, or wavy-leafed white or red colored leaves. It grows to 8 inches in height and it is salt-tolerant. Of course, the ever-happy Dianthus adds striking colors of pink, purple, white, red, and it also comes in very pretty mixed colors. Plant them in full sun, and deadhead to encourage additional blooms. They
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put your new plants into the garden, sit back, and enjoy what you have done. A plant that caught my eye with its beautiful colorations is Grevillea “King’s Fire,” a favorite of the newer Grevilleas. This attractive spreading shrub grows 5 to 6 feet tall, with white stems and soft gray-green dissected leaves with 5-inch long individual, toothbrush typeflowers that are deep red in color. The deep red changes to orange-red on red stems. Plant in well-drained soil in full sun, either in the ground or a container. It’s good for planting near the seashore. Watch the hummingbirds arrive and dance around those red blooms. It’s a great addition to the garden. The Grevillea comes in other beautiful colors. Peaches and Cream has interesting flower clusters of peach and cream all year, while King’s Rainbow has exotic-looking blooms that flower spring through winter. It has a colorful texture and is an interesting addition to any landscape. If you have any questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, Happy Gardening!
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he moment you cross the bridge onto Amelia Island, something special happens,” smiles Sherene Casey beside her husband, Thomas. “We wished to retire by the beach, and when we ventured to determine where, the northeast was out because we’ve already lived there, Hawaii is just too far away, and Florida made us nervous because of hurricanes.” But their confidence in Florida rose in 2010 when Sherene’s sister moved to the Gainesville area, convincing the couple they had an evacuation plan in the event of a storm at the beach. The very next year, the couple visited Florida, starting and ending on Amelia Island. They found a great realtor in Geoff Haynes and toured a number of beautiful homes that were either too big, too small, or just not right. That’s when Geoff pitched the idea of building.
Sherene and Tom decided that building was ideal and they purchased a lot in Amelia Island Plantation. Soon they began work on house plans with John Cotner of Cotner Associates. After many months of planning, the Caseys had blueprints and met with William Rushing of Rushing Construction. “We interviewed so many builders in the community, but we went with our gut feeling, and we couldn’t be more pleased with William and his kindness and patience.” Speaking of kindness and patience, Sherene and Tom learned that home construction takes a good dose of both. “We had the perfect marriage until we started building,” says Sherene as she looks at Tom, and they both laugh. That’s when we introduce Robyn Branch of Robyn Branch Design, who showed up to mediate—or decorate—or maybe a little of both!
Top: Natural cypress beams in the foyer continue into the open floor design, creating architecture in an otherwise open space. The butler’s kitchen features a sliding barn door, and all spaces are wide and open, with functionality and flow paramount. Above: The outdoor living on Amelia Island is as important as the indoor. The screened-in space features a large fireplace with comfortable seating in front of slider doors that expand the family room into the outdoor space.
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Top: The kitchen with its graduated counter lines boasts an induction cooktop with a gas line. The Caseys chose wide openings and wheel-chair accessible design options to plan for future seasons of life. Right: Adjacent to the outdoor living space and the kitchen is an interior wet bar. Sherene and Tom are already enjoying this accessory as they entertain guests.
“We were still living in Texas, and it didn’t take us long to say, ‘Whatever you want, Robyn!’” Both Sherene and Tom agree that getting Robyn’s help was the best decision they made, and their new home’s design owes much to her talent. “Every time we walk in the door, it’s like we are on HGTV! Robyn pushed us out of our comfort zone, but we wouldn’t have this without her! She has an uncanny ability to know what we like, and about halfway through, we figured out to just trust Robyn.” The home’s open floor plan with loads of natural light— even in unexpected spaces like the butler kitchen and master closet—makes the home special. “The view was paramount for us,” says Tom, who especially appreciates the view of the oak canopy from the master suite on full-moon evenings. Other important design features include wide entryways and spaces between counters. “The Caseys planned for the future in their design,” explains Robyn. “If mobility becomes a challenge at any point, this home is equipped.” For today, the couple is enjoying the home’s other features, like the steam shower in the master, an outdoor beach entry 56 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
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Above left: The powder bath with its tile wall is a favorite. The globe lighting is a great example of the Owners trusting their designer Robyn for a beautiful outcome! Top right: Both of the home’s guest suites feature private baths and gorgeous drapery by Christy Woods. This suite is furnished with cherry hardwood by Copeland Furniture, where Sherene’s cousin is the lead designer. Above right: The master suite and its views are treasured by Tom and Sherene every morning. With a high-end rug by Jaffe, furniture by Copeland, and Indian fabrications, the suite is a perfect blend of comfort and refinement.
with a heated shower, a butler kitchen with open shelving to store appliances and provisions within sight, and a wet bar adjacent to the outdoor living area with its large fireplace. The pecky cypress beams in the entryway and living area are the most prominent features of the home’s unique design. “They add texture and break up a large space with architectural accents,” Robyn explains. The team did a great job of incorporating keepsakes important to Sherene and Tom, including photos of their many travels, Indian fabrication as an homage to Sherene’s heritage, and
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Tom’s piano. The couple also integrated beloved furniture to the new design, including their dining room table and bedroom suites by Copeland Furniture, where Sherene’s cousin is the design director. All pieces are hardwood and manufactured in the U.S.A. Since they changed their address last July, the Caseys did opt for one hurricane “vacation” when Dorian visited in the fall, but that hasn’t stopped them from settling comfortably into island life. Favorite days include their six-minute walks to the beach, dining downtown, and of course, spending time together in their gorgeous home.
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Sliders Seaside Grill With fresh seafood, oceanfront dining, and a fun outdoor Tiki Hut bar, Sliders continues to be a local favorite, now featuring Tortuga Jack’s upstairs for great Mexican cuisine. BY MICHAEL GASS • PHOTO BY WILLIAM RASER
ast week I had the opportunity to meet my friend, Cortney Gray, for dinner before a business meeting. The moon was almost full and the sun had just set, so we knew we wanted a place at the beach. What better spot than Sliders Seaside Grill? We decided to try out their new concept, Tortuga Jack’s, upstairs from the main restaurant.
It had been a beautiful day, despite being wintertime in Fernandina, but the temperature was starting to drop as the sun disappeared. Just the same, we opted to sit on the balcony, and our server, Staton, brought over a heater to keep us comfortable. We knew we had made the right choice as the nearly full moon crept up over the horizon; it lit up the entire ocean. We ordered a round of margaritas with a trio of appetizers, and enjoyed the live music coming from the tiki bar below. As the music floated up, we put a hurting on the appetizer trio, which consisted of piping hot queso, guacamole, and fresh tomato salsa with a basket of fresh fried corn tortilla chips. Cortney ordered a strawberry margarita and I a house 60 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
margarita, both on the rocks, mine with salt and hers with sugar. They came in mugs, and the crystal-coated rims glistened in the moonlight. I couldn’t decide between the Enchiladas with Salsa Verde and the Steak Fajitas, and after much deliberation, I went in a totally different direction, choosing the Fried Chicken Tacos. Cortney went with the Chimichanga. The Chimichanga was stuffed with seasoned chicken and rolled in a flour tortilla, then fried golden brown. It was topped with red chile sauce and creamy queso, served with black beans and rice, and finished with a roasted corn and black bean salsa. It looked terrific and I was instantly jealous. My Fried Chicken Tacos were equally delicious, if not quite as aesthetically impressive. The chicken was breaded and fried to perfection and came served on flour tortillas with fresh shredded lettuce, diced fresh tomato, sprinkled with shredded cheese and drizzled with a house-made ranch and sweet chili glaze. The portions were more than generous, and with our hunger satisfied, we paused to enjoy the night sky. Since we still had work to do, we reluctantly decided to skip dessert. A friend of mine and her family were seated on the other side of the heater from us. They too had come for the view and a bite to eat. As Cortney and I caught up on the week’s events, the nearby kids finished their meals and shared a basket of crispy churros covered in cinnamon and sugar while their mother snapped some shots of the moon slipping out from behind a cloud bank. We wished we had saved room for such a treat, but we felt a tremendous sense of gratitude and peace sitting in the moon glow. Sliders and Tortuga Jack’s are on the beach at the roundabout where Sadler Road and South Fletcher Avenue meet. They are open seven days a week from 11 am to 9 pm, 11 am to 10 pm on weekends. Tortuga Jacks also boasts a Sunrise Balcony Breakfast on the weekends from 6 am to 11 am Friday through Monday.
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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 Tavern ~ Restaurant & Brewpub 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. A.T. 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. Open 7 days. Lounge
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opens at 5 pm, dinner at 6 pm. 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
dining out made desserts. Wed - Fri 11am - 9pm; Sat & Sun 9am - 9pm. 300 Ash Street. Call (904) 310-3779 or email email@example.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. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or an afternoon snack—prepared with fresh, local ingredients—indoors or in the “secret garden” courtyard. Favorites include a croissant omelette sandwich, quiche, or toasted Bronx bagel for breakfast; Ina’s chicken salad, our signature sandwiches and salads, and seasonal specials for lunch. Relax and unwind with our organic coffee and iced tea, personally selected wines, and regional craft beer. Mon. - Sat. 9 to 6, Sun. 11 to 5. 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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A stroll to the Atlantic Ocean and the links. Single-story low-density garden home in Phoenix Walk in the heart of Amelia Island. Walk to the Fernandina Beach Municipal Golf Club or easily access the beach via the Bill Melton Road beach ingress. This 2-bedroom villa boasts courtyard entry, volume ceilings, cozy ﬁreplace & a large kitchen that opens to the living area. Roof and plumbing replaced within last 6 years, and there are dual water heaters. Master suite has walk-in shower. MLS# 87453
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29154 GRANDVIEW MANOR
28659 GRANDVIEW MANOR
An excellent opportunity to own single family acreage on the beach on Amelia Island. This offering is for a 75-foot oceanfront lot, with the existing structure currently on the property removed by the closing. The existing structure is condemned and brings no value to this offering. This oceanfront lot has beautiful views of the pristine beaches of the Atlantic Ocean and gorgeous sunrises. The property is zoned for a single family home or duplex. MLS#87719 $1,297,000
Do you want to build the home of your dreams with all the colors, finishes, and features that you’ve always wanted? Here is the opportunity to select all of those items by building from the plans in place for this 4 bedroom marsh front home! A large great room attached to the open kitchen plan gives you all the room you need. Four bedrooms plus a full sized office with a 3 car garage! MLS#87470 $475,000
Enjoy views of the Bells River from the large covered front porch of this southern-style home. Grand staircase in foyer with heart pine ﬂoors throughout the entry, great room, and dining room. Kitchen has beautiful brick ﬂoors, stainless appliances with gas range, kitchen nook with lots of windows for natural light. Vaulted ceiling in family room with ﬁreplace. 4 bedrooms upstairs with balcony overlooking great room. Enjoy the brick paver patio and large yard out back! MLS#87319 $595,000
2950 RIVERBEND WALK
1835 VILLAGE COURT
95049 SUMMER CROSSING RD #1703
Don’t miss this new home under construction in one of Amelia Island’s newest gated subdivisions. If you like wide open spaces, this I the home for you. Family room adjoins an open kitchen with large island, beamed ceilings, and extensive molding. Butler pantry connects kitchen and dining room. Large wraparound porch overlooking pond. Formal ofﬁce. Extra-large three-car garage and covered patio. Ready for occupancy soon! MLS#86994 $795,000
Come take a look at this one-of-a-kind extensively update large ﬂoor plan 4 BR/ 4.5 BA home located in the popular Ocean Village community. This two-story plan has a beautiful lagoon view with a short walk to the main pool and boardwalk to beach. Fully renovated in 2017 with quartz countertops, new appliances, updated tile, top-of-the-line carpeting on upper level, new roof, and more. MLS#86198 $960,000
This Laurel Oak plan 3 BR/ 3 BA ﬂat on 2nd ﬂoor has private elevator, large open kitchen, dining room, great room with balcony, and owner’s suite. Bedrooms have baths and large closets. Loft with computer station and built-ins. Single car garage. Summerwoods is a gated community on the south end with a community pool and dedicated walkway to beach. Short term rental available 7 days or longer. MLS#73194 $489,000
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982 S. FLETCHER AVE
2384 S. FLETCHER AVE
95296 SPINNAKER DRIVE
This is as Oceanfront as it gets! This 4BR/ 4BA home is nestled against a pristine sugar white sand dune on a 100' wide lot. Totally remodeled and updated in 2014/2015. The second floor features the massive great room with the most spectacular views of the sandy beach. $2,599,000 MLS#85315
The "C" Turtle! ATTENTION TO DETAIL IN THIS FURNISHED OCEANFRONT HOME. 3,659 square feet, 5BR/5BA. This three level home features an outstanding floor plan with decks on each level overlooking the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. In-ground oceanfront pool with summer kitchen! REDUCED $2,747,500 MLS#61620
Amazing Atlantic Ocean and golf course views inspired the design of this Key West style 3BR/3.5BA home. Two grand covered porches provide panoramic ocean and stunning evening sunset views from the 2nd and 3rd floors. The awe inspiring top floor features the living room and dining room. $1,096,500 MLS#82510
4953 SUMMER BEACH BLVD
96225 PINEY ISLAND DRIVE
5048 OUTRIGGER DRIVE
Great location for this 2BR/2BA Oceanside Patio Home at Summer Beach!! Nestled under century old windswept oaks and overlooking a preservation area, this home is just steps to the beach and community pool. The home features high vaulted ceilings and abundant windows. $550,000 MLS#87142
Little Piney Island Custom built water/ marsh front 5BR/3BA home located on Kingsley Creek with breathtaking vistas and sunsets. Many custom features throughout including Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors, travertine tile, granite counter tops and 3 car garage. REDUCED $944,500 MLS#78805
Outstanding oceanfront location in the gated community of Summer Beach Village. This unique furnished townhome offers dramatic ocean views and sunrises. With 3BR/3.5BA this is the perfect beach home! The master bedroom and a guest bedroom overlook the ocean with covered balcony. $999,000 MLS#87120
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Sweeping Views of Egan’s Creek Greenway A rare Amelia Island property with breathtaking views. Located on 1.13 acres of pure privacy nestled in nature’s beauty and less than a mile to the beach. In addition to the main home, your guests are treated to a duplex type guest cottage and the studio or workshop space would excite any artist, woodworker or tinkerer, plus a spacious greenhouse and RV shed. MLS#82432 $900,000
Ocean Walk 4 BR home in highly desirable south-end neighborhood. Handsome wood floors, Plantation shutters, a large screened porch, all situated on a beautiful park-like yard and an quick walk to the beach. Peace of mind features include a newer roof, Rinnai gas water heater, new atrium doors. #86724 $565,000
Marsh View Villa Enjoy expansive marsh views from this Amelia Island Plantation Fiddler’s Bend 3 BR/ 3 BA Villa. Vaulted tongue and groove ceiling with beams in the living and dining areas, ﬁrst ﬂoor master suite with 2 bedrooms and baths upstairs. Spacious kitchen with breakfast area. Screened porch plus open deck for outdoor relaxation. Community pool near-by. MLS# 87744 $355,000
OCEANFRONT 1738 N FLETCHER AVE 4 BR Oceanfront is a rare ﬁnd located on the northern end of Amelia Island. Only a few homes south of Fort Clinch State Park. Enjoy the quiet stretch of Atlantic beach and walk to Fort Clinch pier. This is a 1st time offering of this home by original owner. The Living Dining and Kitchen have beautiful oceanfront views. All 4BR have direct access to wraparound porch and oceanfront deck with beach walkover. Home is set up to accommodate extended family and guests with sleeping arrangements for 13. Large double car garage with room for 2-3 cars plus golf cart and toys. 2 storage rooms in garage including 2nd washer hookup. MLS 87622 $1,295,000
Central Island Convenience Open ﬂoor plan 4-BR home with ﬁreplace, built-in cabinetry, and sliders opening to large screened porch and private backyard. Split ﬂoor plan has dining room, breakfast room, and kitchen with granite counters. 2-car garage with storage. Wood ﬂoors, carpet in bedrooms. Priced to sell. MLS# 87776 $379,000 22 South 8th Street Suite 2 Fernandina Beach, FL (904) 321-1999
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These fabulous oceanfront condominiums are adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Located on the south end of Amelia Island, each condo features beautiful custom appointments and large square footage. The oceanfront and golf course views are incredible! Membership to The Golf Club of Amelia Island is available.
OCEAN PLACE AT SUMMER BEACH
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 are direct oceanfront.
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Exclusive beachfront condo now available. Amelia Island Plantation – Direct beach access! Spacious wraparound balcony to enjoy sweeping ocean views. Chef’s kitchen; 4 bedrooms, all with ensuite baths. Clubhouse next door. Furnished and ready for luxurious resort living. 3,230 sq. ft. 2-car garage and large storage room.
MARCY MOCK 1890 S. 14th St, Suite 210 Amelia Island, FL 32034 (904) 753-6500 cell
706 OCEAN CLUB VILLA $2,195,000
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95060 Elderberry Lane $523,750 End unit townhome in Preserve at Summer Beach. Expansive living room, spacious dining room, large granite-topped kitchen with breakfast nook and island. Master BR offers tree top views. Flex space at the top of the stairs for sitting room or work space. This boutique community is a short walk to the beach, bike trails, shopping and restaurants. MLS#86968
67 Long Point $1,200,000 This elegant home in the gated community of Long Point takes advantage of all that nature has to offer. Three levels can be accessed by stairs or private elevator and feature 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, hardwood floors, extensive woodwork and moldings, owner’s retreat with gorgeous marsh views, screened porch, and lots of peace and serenity! MLS#84735
#201C THE LANDINGS ON AMELIA RIVER $1,499,000. Exclusive Intracoastal Waterway Condo Now Available. Come see Amelia Island’s most sought after property, The Landings on Amelia River. Fully furnished, 3 BR, 3.5 BA condo within 9 acre gated community on south Amelia with dock and boat slip. Includes large storage room, underground parking, beautiful swimming pool, and sunsets!
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861984 North Hampton Club Way $89,000 Golf course and pond views from this lot in North Hampton golf community. Amenities include: 18-hole Arnold Palmer golf course/clubhouse, tennis/ basketball courts, community pool/clubhouse, multi-sports field, and Lofton Creek Outpost that comes with cooking facilities, fishing pier and kayak launch. HOA fees include Internet and basic cable. MLS#81028
Family Fishing Fun STORY AND PHOTOS BY JULIE SIMMONS
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ne of my family’s favorite hobbies is fishing, and you don’t have to go far to find great fishing on Amelia Island! The price is right, it’s fun, and it gets us all outside together. For this adventure, let’s paddle around some of Amelia’s best fishing holes and see what we can find. With fall in the air, you’ll usually find us with our toes in the sand and a fishing rod in our hands. “As the water cools, the fishing only gets better,” promises my husband, Captain Greg Simmons, who just happens to be a professional outdoorsman and fisherman. Beach fishing is a win for us because there’s something for everyone. I love the serenity of the coast, the kids are all giggles chasing birds, and Greg is doing what he loves best while helping us all catch something. “The incoming tide brings the clean water,” he explains, and we sometimes reel in a pompano or whiting, fight a bluefish, or show off a shark to a tourist passing by. If you want to try beach fishing with your family, you don’t need a whole lot—just an extra-large surf rod so you can cast beyond the breaking waves, fresh local shrimp or sand fleas for bait, and a sand spike rod holder. And the best part of beach fishing is that even if it’s a bad day fishing, it’s still a great day on the beach! Unique to Amelia Island is George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park. As you head south on A1A off the island, you’ll see the mile-long Crady pedestrian bridge running parallel to the road. We have great memories watching our youngest peer over the edge wide-eyed waiting for his catch. As a bonus, the fish you’ll catch from the bridge make some of the best eating. “This time of year, you can expect to catch a variety of fish, including black drum, flounder, trout, red fish and whiting,” Greg explains. To get started, you need a medium sized spinning reel on an inshore rod, fresh local shrimp or mud minnows, and a smile for the boaters passing underneath. Another option for fishing and spending time together is just plain simple: a cane pole in your neighborhood pond. Many of our funniest stories involve Mickey Mouse fishing rods or tree branches with a string and a hook that the kids made and were so proud when a bream bit the bread ball bait! Here on Amelia, there are many ponds and freshwater spots where you can take a small rod and some can corn kernels, bread, crickets, or worms and bring a smile to everyone’s face when an eager child gets a strike. For special occasions, we go a little fancy, put our boat in the water, and set off to fight a tarpon, mahi-mahi, or even a billfish. If you don’t own a boat, local charter captains are always ready to take you inshore or offshore for an unbeatable fishing adventure. On Amelia Island, we have access to 13 miles of pristine coast, the ocean beyond, and all of our inland waters. At our house, we try to take advantage of the nature around us, and fishing is the perfect adventure to make family memories. So wet a line, catch some dinner, and share a laugh and some time together.
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