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This month, the Amelia Island Book Festival (AIBF) hosts its 20th anniversary program, and in the last few years, the festival has really hit its stride, gathering authors and readers together for some wonderful literary events here on Amelia Island. The festival’s community-centered vision remains a vital one: to open up the world for people of all ages through the promotion and celebration literacy. To fulfill this mission, the festival has brought in a long list of nationally known authors, who have spoken and passed out books in Nassau County schools, and the AIBF has introduced a number of fun events that bring authors to the community as a whole, like the Kick-Off Luncheon and the Face-Off Gala at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. These new events have quickly become some of the most popular happenings on the festival schedule. Unfortunately, with the Covid-19 pandemic still impacting our lives, many of the AIBF’s signature events have been postponed this year. Happily, the AIBF Kick-Off Luncheon, one of the organization’s most popular events, has been rescheduled for October. But never fear, the festival is still planning a number of virtual programs hosted by renowned authors as an alternative to their usual in-person events. With ongoing discussions led by 2021 AIBF Honorary Chair David Baldacci, details on these events will be updated on the AIBF website at www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org as they are finalized. Book lovers are encouraged to stay in the loop by visiting their website frequently and by following AIBF on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. All these wonderful events raise money, in addition to the festival’s generous sponsors, to place an author in every classroom in Nassau County and a new book in every child’s hand—13,000 books in all last year. It’s an enormous achievement, and one for which we should be very grateful. The impressive success of the festival depends on the AIBF’s hard-working board members, sponsors, and an army of volunteers. Many thanks to former and current chairpersons Steve Berry and David Baldacci for creating the kind of nationally recognized festival 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 Shannon Hogue, who has created a ministry that reaches out with hope and encouragement to those suffering through the loss of a loved one; get to know Amy Wade, also known as the “Beach Junki,” who has a passion for keeping our beautiful beaches clean; discover some exciting new places to live in downtown Fernandina Beach; present some wonderful soup recipes to share for the cooler weather; and much, much more. See you around the island!
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FEBRUARY 2021 11 Cover Story 2021 AMELIA ISLAND BOOK FESTIVAL
Preparing for its 20th anniversary season despite the Covid pandemic, the Amelia Island Book Festival offers another slate of renowned authors, with David Baldacci as Honorary Chairperson and a host of virtual programs to celebrate the written word.
29 Spreading Sunshine With bright bouquets of flowers delivered to those who are hurting, Sunshine Saturdays Ministries offers hope and encouragement where it is most needed.
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AMELIA ISLAND BOOK FESTIVAL Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Amelia Island Book Festival returns this year under Honorary Chairperson David Baldacci with virtual programs featuring renowned authors. BY KAREN MILLER • PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE AMELIA ISLAND BOOK FESTIVAL
s the Covid-19 pandemic continues to challenge all aspects of our lives, the Amelia Island Book Festival is planning virtual programs hosted by renowned authors as an alternative to their in-person 2021 Book Festival. According to AIBF Board President, Larry Williams, as the festival has grown and changed with the times over its 20 years, this year’s challenges are just another part of those changes. “We are concerned about the best interests of the health and safety of our authors, students, teachers, and volunteers as well as our donors, sponsors, and participants,” says Williams. “We hope to offer our first virtual 11 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
program in February, with more virtual programs planned in the future.” The AIBF board members are working on possible virtual author events in discussions with David Baldacci, the 2021 AIBF Honorary Chair. Details on these events will be updated on the AIBF website at ameliaislandbookfestival.org. In addition, the AIBF Luncheon, one of the organization’s most popular events, will be postponed until October. Book lovers are encouraged to stay in the loop by visiting their website frequently and by following AIBF on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Continued on page 14
A new project hosted by the Amelia Island Book Festival this year is called “Anniversary Stories,” which are featured on the AIBF’s website/blog. One such remembrance recounts the history and challenges the organization has faced over the past 20-years.
Decade Remembrance of the
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Eventually the Atlantic Rec Center is a welcome large space with rom the title, which is not a misprint, it is clearly apparent that the book lots of parking for the Saturday and Sunday activities. The debut begins festival has undergone numerous changes. The founders, Don Parker with 100+ authors and two full days of cozy, intriguing presentations. and Joani Selement, wanted to share the love of books and reading to Adults, young adults, and children stream into the sheltered Rec Center every part of the community. In a never-ending quest to accomplish this on what if memory serves correctly were all sunny days. goal, the festival underwent constant adaptations. Some were exciting, A later year, Debbie Macomber is the luncheon speaker. It is an others humorous and a few challenging. Here are a couple of favorites. event which consistently sold out, and a larger space was needed on the Let’s jump into Festival history on the beautiful grounds of St. Peter’s festival grounds. Macomber adds spice and whimsy as she encourages Episcopal Church campus in October 2004. The Friday and Saturday those attending to wear hats since they would all be gifted her latest festival was in the early years of growth and gaining momentum. The author presentations, writer sessions, children’s events, and luncheon were all bursting at the seams. Aspiring writers and readers alike were hungry to hear any pearls of wit or wisdom the visiting and local authors were willing to share. With the festival’s expansion uncontainable, Sunday is added to make the event three days and the constant search for larger venues begins. A few years later, the one and only Amelia Island Book Festival in tents on Centre Street premieres on a gray morning. Yes, that’s right, the name was changed so that emails and questions asking if a mistake had been made would cease. That gray morning becomes a wet, rainy weekend as a river forms rushing down the middle of Centre Street. To get out of the weather, the authors are stuffed into Terry at a AIBF Writers Workshop the dry aisles of the Books Plus bookstore, where hearty readers challenged the elements to meet them. Author hardcover release. Festival attendees do not disappoint as they arrive sessions were held in quaint coffee shops, restaurants, stores, and the donned in bonnets, hats, and head dressings, making the day one of library downtown. the most festive, fun tented events. A two-story red and white paddlewheel riverboat offers a floating Those are a few of the wonderful memories. All of it was just the reception and luncheon on the Amelia River. A new challenge arises as window dressing to the real reason for the Amelia Island Book Festival, the speaker would only be able to be seen by one level of the boat. which was always Authors in Schools, which put an author in every Ingenuity saves the day, as authors Tim Dorsey and Claire Cook take school across the county and that author’s book in the hands of every the stage twice, once on each level respectively, so each attendee gets student who had the privilege of hearing them speak. Respectful of the an unforgettable memory. founders wishes and with great pride, the festival achieved that goal Even after that damp year, growth continues and the festival years ago and continues to do so. searches for a new home at a new time of year, in February. The Writer’s Workshops had already graduated to the FSCJ campus with Terri Wright is an author, former AIBF board president, former AIBF five different sessions per hour for six hours on Friday, each taught by executive director, and former board member. either authors, agents, editors, or publishers. 12 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
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Baldacci has been an AIBF headlining author for several years. In total, he has published 42 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. In addition to being a prolific writer, David is a devoted philanthropist, and his greatest efforts are dedicated to his family’s Wish You Well Foundation®. Established by Baldacci and his wife, Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy programs in the United States. Some of the Amelia Island Book Festival’s headlining authors throughout the years have included literary greats like Sandra Brown, Kathy Reichs, Sharon Robinson, Margot Lee Shetterly, John Grisham, Diana Gabaldon, Ridley Pearson, Tess Gerritsen, Kristen Ashley, Jacques Pepin, and many more. An Authors Marketplace and writing workshops have provided help and support for many new and aspiring authors of all ages.
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ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY The Amelia Island Book Festival has again partnered with the Nassau County Public Library System in the “One Book, One Community” program, in which one book is chosen and discussed among community members. In December 2020, best-selling author Lisa Scottoline’s book, Someone Knows, was picked as the chosen read for this year’s festival. If you’d like to watch the 16 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
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TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN’S GALA RETURNS ON MARCH 13 Take Stock in Children of Nassau County is excited to announce a virtual gala this year on Saturday, March 13 at 7 p.m. The “Home Grown Virtual Gala” is inspired by Take Stock in Children’s desire to support and showcase local businesses in Nassau County while featuring talented and deserving students, all while keeping guests safe at home. Attendees will pick up a three-course meal from the popular Lagniappe restaurant and tune into the program live-streamed. The gala will be hosted by John Drew from Amelia Community Theatre and will feature entertainment by Take Stock in Children students. There will also be a virtual auction to bid on fun excursions, unique art and jewelry, and gift certificates to local restaurants and shops. Take Stock in Children is a non-profit organization working to stop the cycle of poverty for low-income students through mentoring, support, and scholarship programs. Gala proceeds, along with public and private donations, help qualified Nassau County students achieve their dreams for a better future through their own hard work and TSIC’s support. “We hope you will join us for this fun event and make a difference for these talented students,” says Regina Lee, Chair of TSIC’s Board of Directors. Visit www.takestocknassau.org for more information and tickets.
FIRST COAST ORIGINAL MUSIC FORUM PROMOTES LOCAL MUSIC First Coast Original Music Forum is an organization founded by Amelia Islander Joe Senger. “We established the forum to promote and offer visibility to original artists and musicians on Florida’s First Coast,” he says. “We feature all styles and genres on our website and Facebook page, and the best part is that it’s offered at no cost to the artists! Each month visitors can look forward to monthly featured artists.” First Coast Original Music Forum is excited to announce its first Original Music Sampler CD coming out in March. “There have been great featured artists and bands over the past year, and there is a whole bunch of new music on the way, and we can’t wait for you to hear these selections from the First Coast’s best talent. And we love Amelia Island so much that the cover photo on the CD was taken right here on the Island.” The album will also debut Fernandina’s own Colored Sound, a 3-piece band that blends genres to form a unique and original sound. In addition to the CD, the team is planning to host live local concerts to further promote the featured artists. For more information and scheduling, visit their website at www.fcomf.com or on Facebook at First Coast Original Music Forum.
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ohn Mead had just finished college when he began offering framing services to the local community in 1972. More than forty years later, Mead’s Framery & Trophy Store, located in Yulee at the corner of A1A and N. Highway 17, has been providing custom framing services, trophies, awards, engraving and so much more to the Yulee, Amelia Island, and surrounding communities. Mead’s is a family affair, with John’s grandson, Robert Gray, as part of their creative team specializing in awards and plaques. Robert is a college student who plans to go to law school, but at present he’s one of the friendly faces you’ll see at Meads. Cindy Lindsey is a framing specialist whose expertise in shadowbox work is unprecedented. “We’ve always gone the extra mile to provide prompt services completed on the premises,” says John. “Hundreds of customers from local community organizations have utilized Mead’s over the years—local schools, businesses, and charities. We consider them part of our family, too.” Mead’s motto is “You Name It, We Frame It,” and over the years that motto
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ourson & Stam has been a financial mainstay in Nassau County for the last 50 years. Their reputation for providing excellent service is no surprise when you meet owner Pierre Laporte. “The thing I like most about my work is the clients. We build long-term relationships, seeing them year after year, through the good, the bad, and the normal, through business changes and life changes. We are there at every step, ready to help them achieve their goals,” says Laporte. “One of the most satisfying aspects is helping a client with complicated and possibly expensive situations dealing with the huge government bureaucracy. It can often take years of work, but it is gratifying when you get relief for a $40,000 tax bill that the spouse had no involvement in but was still held responsible for.” Pierre has lived on Amelia Island for 17 years, but he and his wife love to travel. “We’ve travelled to 88 countries and territories to date. For most trips, I do all the detail planning, reservations, and itineraries myself.” Courson & Stam offers a broad range of services for business owners, executives, and independent professionals. Their team of knowledgeable CPA’s have experience in all aspects of public accounting, as well as experience as Chief Financial Officers and Controllers for large and small corporations. Their reputation for providing quality service reflects the high standards they demand of themselves. Courson and Stam is located at 2398 Sadler Road. Visit their website at www.coursonstam.com or call (904) 261-7803.
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their schooling value the services of Ms. Shannon’s Tutoring. For the past four years, she’s served on the Emma Love Hardee Elementary team, where she coaches both students and teachers on reading strategies and instruction. “While I thrive in my day job(s), the Lord has put it on my heart to do more for Him, and Sunshine Saturday Ministries is my answer to His call.” Every Saturday morning for nearly a year now, Brent, Savannah, Saylor, and Cayman Hogue have shared their wife and mom with those needing a little help. She starts the day in the Publix floral department with the same team member helping to load her cart. From there, she rings doorbells around Florida’s First Coast. “I pray over each bouquet, pray for—and often with—the recipients, and include a Scripture card.” “Shannon is a blessing to so many. She shares her valuable time, energy, and money to make others feel good when they are sad, scared, lonely, sick, mourning, or just having a tough time. She has a special way of making people feel stronger, and there is nothing more precious than knowing someone was thinking of you and took time to seek you out and deliver a gift,” says Nicole Anderson, who was recently surprised with a bouquet. Looking to the future, Shannon is working to register Sunshine Ministries as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and is looking to grow. In the meantime, anyone interested can join the Sunshine Saturday Ministries Facebook page and follow Shannon live every Saturday, hear words of wisdom, and most of all, find encouragement. And if you know of any friends who need a little sunshine in their lives or if you would like to support this ministry financially, send a Facebook message. “Sunshine Saturday’s is such a blessing,” Gracie concludes. “Shannon put a smile on my face when I was least expecting it!”
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FEBRUARY Downtown Fernandina Historic Tours Pick up at 170 Ash Street. Ride into the past and learn the stories of Amelia Island and the eight flags that have flown over its historically rich land. All ages $29 per adult (Discounts for Seniors, Military and Children under 15). Tours run everyday at 10 am, 1 and 3 pm (Sunday 3 pm only). Advance booking only. Contact Daniel Daly at info@ameliaislandhistorictours. com. (904) 899 2429
FEBRUARY 1 Beginner Yoga 8-week course $119 for all 8 weeks. Starts 2/1 @ 7:15-8:30 pm In studio class with 9 ppl max and social distancing Learn yoga with safe, systematic and methodical progress and instructions. Common knee, neck, shoulder and back conditions are ok! Community Yoga + Wellness 210 Beech Street, (904) 613-6345. www.cyoga-amelia.com
FEBRUARY 1 – 28 Lisa Kovacs “Corner Show” Artist at PAGG Plantation Artists’ Guild & Gallery is pleased to announce Lisa Kovacs as the “Corner Show” artist for February. Don’t miss Lisa’s beautiful oils. Open to the public. 94 Amelia Village Circle in the Omni Amelia Island Resort Shops. Mon 11 am – 5 pm, Tues 9 am – 1 pm, Wed through Sat 11 am – 5 pm, Sun 1-5 pm. For info, call (904) 432-1750 or visit paggart.com.
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FEBRUARY 12-14, 18-21, 25-27 “Those Who Fall in Love Like Anchors Dropped Upon the Ocean Floor” Amelia Community Theatre continues its 40th season with in-person and live-streamed performances of a love story based on fleeting moments and chance encounters. Performances are at 8 p.m. on February 12-13, 18-20, 25-27 and 2 p.m. on February 14 and 21. In-person tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students, with limited, socially distanced seating in the Main Stage theatre at 207 Cedar Street. Livestreaming tickets are $15 for individuals; $30 for households of 2-4 people; and $90 for a group of 5-10. Visit www. AmeliaCommunityTheatre.org or call (904) 261-6749 for tickets.
FEBRUARY 13 Amelia Island Jazz Festival Valentine’s Big Band Bash Masquerade Ball Scholarship Benefit Dinner-Dance
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Featuring The Dynamic Les DeMerle 17-piece Orchestra with Bonnie Eisele and special guests. Meet-and-greet at 6:30 pm with cocktails. The Gala Dinner/Dance will be from 7 - 10 pm featuring big band classics and a Special Tribute to Harry James and will include live and silent auctions to Support The AIJF Scholarship Fund. 6:30 - 10:00 pm OMNI Amelia Island Resort, Conference Center Amelia Ballrooms 1, 2, 3. 39 Beach Lagoon Road Amelia Island, FL 32034. Tickets in person and at The UPS Store -Island Walk Shopping Center. Tables will be socially distanced. Buy tickets online at www. ameliaislandjazzfestival.com. For more info, call (904) 504-4772
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FEBRUARY 13 Artrageous ArtWalk
Pat Foster-Turley will be presenting this month’s topic. Pat is a resident of Amelia Island, a zoologist and columnist for the Fernandina Beach News-Leader. Hospitality starts at 10 am with the program to begin at 10:30 am. Open to the public. Contact Linda Broadrick at linda. firstname.lastname@example.org or (904) 491-7759. Masks are required and seating will be socially distanced. GFWC Woman’s Club of Fernandina Beach, 201 Jean Lafitte Blvd.
On the second Saturday of each month, participating galleries on the island and mostly the downtown area host free 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. Photography, pottery, copper, metal, fused, as well as stained glass, watercolors, acrylics, oils and batik are just a few of the varied media one can expect to see. Fall/Winter Artwalk October-March 4 - 7 pm.
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FEBRUARY 13 Beginner Tai Chi Workshop Movement, grace and form. Move with your energy and breath to be more balanced and
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FEBRUARY 13 Relationship Physics Local author Hope Cannon broadens your understanding of and bolsters your confidence in loving well. Masks required, seating at safe distance. 2 p.m. In person and live-streamed. StoryandSongBookstore.com 1430 Park Ave. (904) 601-2118
FEBRUARY 14 All You Need is Love: A Review of Beatles Music Amelia Musical Playhouse will present a Revue of Beatles music, “All You Need is Love”. There will be a 5-piece live pit band and will feature AMP regulars singing a selection of iconic Beatles tunes. Bring your own chair and pay what you can at the door ($15 suggested). 5 - 6:30 pm. $15 suggested entry. 1955 Island Walkway, Fernandina Beach. For info, call Jill Dillingham at (904) 277-3455 or email at email@example.com.
FEBRUARY 17 Bad Guy’s Clothes Local author Tommy Nocerino talks about his latest thriller, set in New York’s theater district in the 1890s. Masks required, seating at safe distance. 4 p.m. In person and live-streamed. StoryandSongBookstore.com 1430 Park Ave. (904) 601-2118
FEBRUARY 20 Building a Bridge in Morocco Environmental engineer Munsell McPhillips takes us to Morocco in photos and stories of the time she was there to design and construct a much-needed bridge. Lunch special to go at Story & Song is Moroccan Chicken Tagine. 11 am - Facebook Live. StoryandSongBookstore. com 1430 Park Ave. (904) 601-2118
FEBRUARY 26 - 28; MARCH 5, 6 Gilligan’s Island the Musical Amelia Musical Playhouse presents this familyfriendly stage musical version of the ever popular and iconic 60’s TV comedy show “Gilligan’s Island.” It’s a fun, wacky and entertaining musical with 18 original, tuneful and memorable songs. Admission: $20. Bring your own chair or blanket. 7:30 - 9:30 pm. 1955 Island Walkway, Fernandina Beach. For info, call Jill Dillingham at (904) 277-3455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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my Wade is addicted to cleaning up Amelia Island’s beaches. You can find her most every morning with a basket of new treasures hanging from the handlebars of her bicycle. It’s hard to believe before she moved to Amelia Island that she wasn’t a fan of going to the beach. Growing up in Hilliard, she considered herself a “woods” girl and preferred building treehouses to sandcastles. But 14 years ago, she was ready for a change. Amy picked up a newspaper and saw an apartment for rent in Fernandina Beach. On a whim, she hopped in her convertible and drove down to have a look. “The apartment was on the top floor of a beautiful pink house, and I knew it was meant to be. Before I even got out of my car, I knew I was going to live there,” says Amy with an infectious laugh. “Well, my nickname is Pinky!” In a southern accent thick as molasses and sweet as honey, which I loved but she apologized for, Amy told me that it was the best move she’s ever made. “I found my feet in Fernandina,” she says with a smile. “Literally. I got off the couch and onto the beach.”
Without giving it much thought, she started picked up trash, along with treasures she’d find on her morning walks. Pretty soon, people were stopping her to see what she’d found. “I’d get their attention with my treasures—shells and fossils— then show them the trash.” Wade grins. “They always wanted to know more.” The more questions they asked, the more Amy wanted to learn. Along with looking up the names of shells in her collection, she started researching the effects of different types of debris and how it came to be washed up on the shoreline. In doing her research, she learned the harmful effects of BPAcontaining plastics. That information planted the seed for how she could use her daily walks for more than just exercise. “In 2015, I decided to use my nickname, Beach Junki, as a way to educate people and bring awareness to marine debris, how it affects our beloved sea turtles and their environment. Reaching children and beachgoers through education is my mission.” Amy especially loves meeting families on the beach who want to join her, as well as facilitating her Clean-up Summer continued on next page
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Camp for Kids. In 2020, Beach Junki became a non-profit organization. Keeping her bike in good condition is one of the biggest challenges Amy faces. She washes it every day to keep the rust to a minimum. “One day, I hope to own a van to haul equipment and pick up groups of volunteers. Plus, it would be nice to have a way to take my ‘treasures’ around to show people the kinds of things I find on our beaches.” Some of the treasures Wade is referring to include 40 light bulbs, 500 pairs of sunglasses, over 100 cigarette lighters, and a hundred shotgun shells. She keeps these items on display, cleaned and color coordinated to catch your eye. And it works. Scrolling through her website, it is easy to get drawn in by the bright colors of plastic toy sand shovels or a rainbow made from disposable lighters. “I have so many ideas and so many things I want to do. I try to stay encouraged and remind myself every step forward is a step in the right direction. Even if it is at a turtle’s pace.” When Amy isn’t busy cleaning up the beach, she likes to relax by riding her bike on the Greenway or around Fort Clinch photographing nature. Amy is passionate about the safety of Amelia Island’s wildlife and the condition of their habitat. One conversation with the Beach Junki and it’s easy to understand why she’s hooked on what she does. For more information, visit her website www.beachjunki.org.
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magine it is a beautiful Sunday morning in downtown Fernandina Beach. You walk onto your front porch and are welcomed by a fresh breeze off the Intracoastal Waterway, the sun warms you from the east, and a canopy of oaks carries the echo of the local train’s whistle. Later, as you stroll to one a quaint nearby restaurant famed for its brunch, you greet families hurrying to beat the church bells, pass a friend walking his dog, and occasionally make way for a horse and carriage making its way along the cobblestone street. With its rich history of eight flags, a location between the river and the ocean, and abundant natural beauty, downtown Fernandina Beach is filled with charm. “We love our quiet neighborhood in the heart of Fernandina, with its small town feel and laid-back pace,” said Kari Burgess-Watkins. “Charming homes, churches, and buildings remind us to appreciate living where others choose to vacation!” As the City of Fernandina Beach continues to attract more tourists and residents, the Historic District Council and local entrepreneurs have done a wonderful job preserving the downtown’s distinctive Victorian architecture. Through the years, businesses who love this community have redesigned original structures for contemporary use as shops, bars, restaurants, and even homes.
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by many. If it appeals to you, you’re in luck, as there are creative new options for downtown living headed your way. Many of you will remember the original location of First Baptist Church Fernandina Beach at Alachua and Fifth streets, which today is home to Celebration Church. What you might not know is that the original campus was divided, and the second half, which was used for Sunday School and preschool, is the new home of Lofts on 5th. “I saw this property and knew it could be something special,” smiles Sherri Rinker, who is developing Lofts on 5th with her dad, Lee Kinard. “We visited the 1963 concrete block and brick veneer building, climbed a ladder to see the views from the roof, and said, ‘Wow!’” For Rinker, the chance to repurpose this three-story structure into nine urban lofts is the project of a lifetime. In partnership with Jody Driggs of Silling Architect Group and DPS Professional Solutions, Lofts on 5th offers generous two- and threebedroom unique layouts, abundant windows, and luxury finishes, and the new design protects the preserved exterior while adding private balconies and a rooftop terrace and gardens. “All loft owners have access to the unprecedented views of historic Fernandina Beach and the Amelia River from the terrace, and top floor units have access to their own 600 to 700 square foot rooftop garden,” says Sherri. In addition to the rooftop terrace, the new development also includes bottom floor storage for each loft and a one-bedroom shared guest suite residents may reserve for visitors. To learn more, visit loftson5th.com. If you’re looking to wake up and wind down each day surrounded by hip and historic charm, some of the new residential options available downtown might be for you. But for all of us, wherever you reside, Amelia Island is a wonderful place to live, thanks in large part to the many entrepreneurs who invest in businesses and development in this special community we adore.By
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e have had a bit of hard freeze in the past month, and some plants look a little sad. Don’t be discouraged; many will revive themselves when warmer weather returns. Don’t count them out yet! I found a fascinating new PPAF Begonia in the Lunar Lights series. It is a special plant being introduced this year and it is guaranteed to please. This new Begonia’s name is Sterling Moon, and it is the first one in this new series. This beautiful plant has puckered, forest green leaves, frosted with silver and mint-green flecking. Sterling Moon stands out during a moonlit stroll on a steamy summer evening. It’s a plant you won’t forget. Besides the attractive textured leaves, it has strikingly colored, large salmonpink flowers, which dance beautifully above young leaves highlighted with a touch of pink. Sterling Moon is a perennial must-have for your shade garden. It grows 24 to 30 inches tall and 20 to 24 inches wide in average soil. This plant is stunning as an edger for the path, in borders, containers, or mass plantings in your shade garden.
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high by 5 to 6 feet in width. It attracts birds and butterflies, makes great cut flowers, and is a wonderful addition to any garden. Fertilize in early spring, before the new flush. Two new Encore Azaleas for 2021 are named Autumn Majesty and Autumn Starburst. Both are dwarf plants growing to 3 feet in height and 3.5 feet in width. The blooms are 2.5 inches across. Autumn Starburst is a beautiful new bi-color with coral pink blooms and bold white margins that stand out against dark evergreen foliage. This plant blooms profusely in spring, summer, and fall. Starburst is a compact mounding hardy plant. Autumn Majesty has masses of petite, ruffled, semi-double dark purple blooms that glow in spring, summer, and fall. This evergreen plant also has a rounded compact habit and stays bright green in winter. Keep up the “armchair” gardening, as spring is not too far away. If you have any questions, email me at email@example.com. In the meantime, Happy Gardening!
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verything in Yvonne Fenn’s self-designed home has been carefully thought out. Not surprising considering that she is a strategic consultant. She redesigns infrastructure and shares that it is not much different than designing a house. It involves mapping out how you plan to live and have your home function, and then designing to fulfill those needs. Built in 2019, the unique home is surrounded by a custom-designed “slip fence” which provides complete privacy. Aluminum posts are installed, and fence boards are then placed. If a board goes bad, you can simply slide in a fresh one. Fenn describes her house as Farmhouse Modern. Details throughout the house have farmhouse details. Cabinets in the kitchen have chicken wire screening instead of glass. Tractor seat topped stools pull up to the kitchen island. Sliding barn doors are used throughout the house, eliminating the space grabbing that traditional doors create. Ceiling fans mirror windmill blades. Finding herself a young widow and wanting to be closer to her parents in Florida, Fenn moved from her Connecticut home to Florida. Her new home will be her forever home—a home to age in
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Top: The kitchen area continues the farm theme with its tractor seat topped counter stools. Above left: A treasured collection of guitars decorate the bonus room over the garage. Above: A unique hall table uses a bicycle as its base.
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Adjacent to the pool area is a convenient outdoor cooking area next to the kitchen and dining area of the home. The kitchen is user-friendly, with twin KitchenAid refrigerators offering all the cooling space Fenn might need for entertaining. The back kitchen wall is brick tile adding interesting texture to the space. A granite-topped island has a generous farm sink. Fenn is especially proud of a specially planned pantry off the kitchen; its supplies, storage space, and a large sink make a perfect workspace that is hidden from sight. The area over the garage has a bonus room, two bedrooms, and a bath. A large room made for play has a pool table, dartboard, and a collection of Fenn’s late husband’s 13 guitars, including three he built himself. Fenn has carefully planned a house that will be comfortable as she ages. It is in a convenient island location, the main living is all on the first floor, and the large master shower is built to accommodate a wheelchair if necessary. She has designed efficient office space with a large flatscreen computer monitor on one wall and a customdesigned Murphy bed on another – ready in case company comes. Fenn continues to put finishing touches on her new home. She is comforted by the sanctuary she has designed as she creates a new life here on Amelia Island.
Top: A saltwater lap pool is adjacent to main living area. Above: The back hall offers a cozy space for jackets and shoes
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Townies Pizzeria Offering delicious pizza on fresh homemade dough, garlic knots, and great salads, Townies delivers with a digital app, pickup window, and a strong sense of community. BY MICHAEL GASS • PHOTO BY SHERRY CARTER
hese days a lot of meals are eaten on the run, fast-food chains have long made it easy to grab something on the go, and recently even finer restaurants have gotten in on the action. I love it when a local company is able to capture the same efficiency as a national chain and provide a quality product. Townies Pizzeria in Fernandina Beach is doing just that, combining digital technology, fresh ingredients, and a sense of community. Dance classes and play rehearsals with the kids, as well as various professional obligations, keep me on the move most of
the time. It seems that time runs through my fingers faster and faster every day. I am grateful for restaurants like Townies for taking some of the fuss out of feeding the troops. My family and I have loved going to Townies since the early days when we would pound on bongos while we waited for our pizza. Having the app on our phones makes placing our order anywhere simple, and we can receive notifications when our order is ready for pick up, just like the big guys. 58 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
Whether it’s on the net, over the phone, or in person, the service is always friendly. At heart, I am an analog man in a digital world; when I want to order pizza, I still call it in. On this sunny but cold afternoon, I was headed home from a doctor’s appointment, so pizza pickup was the call. My phone had conveniently “undownloaded” the app to save space, so after a quick digital search, I touched the call tab and moments later I was greeted by a real person who took my order in seconds. My pizza would be ready for pickup in fifteen to twenty minutes. Townies is a unique pizzeria in the area because they have a drivethru window, which makes picking up orders a breeze. Finally home with our food and after a long afternoon of Jacksonville traffic, I was happy to not have to worry about preparing dinner. This time I tried something new, the Dirty Dina Pizza. For background on where this pizza’s name originates, I’ll only guide you to Urban Dictionary, but suffice to say it is delicious despite its dubious name. Fresh homemade dough is tossed out and spread with Sriracha sauce, topped with meatball, bleu cheese crumbles, sausage, and onions, with an extra sprinkle of mozzarella on top. I also got a Greek salad and an order of garlic knots to split between us, not a bad way to feed four people. Townies Pizzeria has become a part of the Fernandina Beach community over the years and is dedicated to supporting a wide variety of local charitable organizations, worthy causes, and events, especially those involving the arts, education, athletics, environmental needs, and supporting the military and emergency service providers. Whether you are looking for lunch, dinner, or a late night snack, take-out or delivery, Townies has what you need. Located at 819 TJ Courson Road between 8th and 14th Streets, Townies is open Tuesday through Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m. during the week, staying open until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
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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.
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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 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 quarter-
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decade’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 made desserts. Wed - Fri 11am - 9pm; Sat & Sun 9am - 9pm. 300 Ash Street. Call (904) 310-3779 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 9 to 2, Sunday 11 to 2. 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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bedrooms have full en suite baths. There are three 1/2 baths, one on each floor. There’s a Rec Room, library, study, play room, family room, formal areas, 2 kitchens, butler’s pantry, bar, heated pool, pool bath, outdoor kitchen, bunk room, mud room, keeping room, two laundry rooms, elevator, 3 car garage, climate controlled storage, pre-plumbed future space and pet room w/ shower. Look no further. You’ve found the perfect home!! Zoned C-3
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909 Atlantic Ave, MLS #93455 This is truly one of Fernandina Beachâ€™s most beautiful properties! Sitting on a double, corner lot in Historic District, this stately mansion, built 2014, is perfectly situated between the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean. Walk west to restaurants, shops and sunsets, or east, to beach for sunrises. Enjoy parades, fireworks and Shrimp Festival from expansive porches. The Master on main floor has his/her baths and closets. 4 more bedrooms have full en suite baths.
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A view to live for from your screened porch overlooking Amelia’s breathtaking salt marsh,and, distantly, the Intracoastal Waterway. This villa in the gated and amenityladen Amelia Island Plantation has been extensively remodelled and upgraded. Features paver walkway, open ﬂoorplan, skylights, soaring smooth ceilings, new windows & doors, 2015 HVAC, and 2-year-old roof. GE stainless appliances, hidden shelving and ingenious appliance garage in kitchen. 1.5 bedrooms downstairs, plus 2 suites upstairs. Steps from the Fiddlers Bend community pool. Your call welcome today to schedule your personal tour. $589,000
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Located in the gated community of Summer Beach Village this poolside 3BR/ 3BA townhome is just a short walk away from the beach dune walkover and The Golf Club of Amelia Island Beach Club. This corner villa offers a great floor plan with a wonderful deck overlooking pool. $525,000 MLS#93179
3BR/3BA home located in one of Amelia Islandâ€™s most unique settings, in a beautiful hammock of windswept oaks covering 1 acre +/-. Access and frontage on S. Fletcher Ave. There is a deeded shared beach access on the beach side of S. Fletcher Ave. $975,000 MLS#90934
Outstanding furnished 3BR/2BA on the second floor overlooking the private pier, pool and pristine beaches of Amelia Island. Large open kitchen with upgraded counters and stainless steel appliances overlooking the oversize living area and dining area. Spectacular views. REDUCED $539,000 MLS#93523
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This is as Oceanfront as it gets! This 4 BR/ 4 BA 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. PENDING $2,499,000 MLS#92481
Fantastic historic location to build your dream home in McArthur Estates. Located off a dedicated canopy preservation road on southern Amelia Island. Beautiful gated entrance to this small neighborhood of only 15 homesites. Bring own builder and design the perfect estate home. JUST LISTED $360,000 MLS#93337
Oceanfront opportunity located just south of Sadler Rd. with a prime beach location on Amelia Island! This 4BR/3BA home offers many possibilities and expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean. Open floor plan design, with a large oceanside deck and dune walkover. PENDING $1,95,000 MLS#90368
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SHRIMP AND CORN CHOWDER Ingredients 2 lbs. local shrimp, peeled, deveined, and chopped coarsely (save shells) 2 celery stalks, finely sliced 2 carrot, finely diced 1 large onions, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 4 Tbsp. olive oil 2 Tbsp. Old Bay seasoning 2 Tbsp. flour 4 medium red potatoes, cubed 6 cups corn, fresh or frozen 4 to 5 cups seafood stock 2 cans coconut milk Salt and pepper to taste Preparation Place seafood stock in a saucepan and add shrimp shells. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Strain stock and set aside, discarding shells. In a large pot, sauté celery, onion, carrot, and garlic until vegetables begin to soften. Sprinkle vegetables with flour and stir gently until flour turns golden.
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Add 4 cups stock, Old Bay, and potatoes, and cook until potatoes are tender. Add corn and coconut milk and bring back to heat. Add shrimp and cook until shrimp turn pink, about 3-4 minutes. If soup seems too thick, add more stock as needed, and add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with cilantro and add a squeeze of lime and hot sauce if desired. Makes about 8-9 servings.
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e miss entertaining and getting together with our friends, but recently my husband, Troy, and I came up with an idea to show our love with soup. We named it the Amelia Island Soup Exchange, and then twisted the arms of several friends to join in the fun. Here’s how it works: Troy and I made a gallon of Shrimp and Corn Chowder one chilly afternoon. We kept one quart for ourselves and packaged the rest in three quart-size canning jars. We then placed them in gift bags, along with a card and our recipe for the chowder. On the card, we told our friends about our soup exchange idea and suggested
they pay it forward by making a pot of their favorite soup and passing it on to some of their friends. We delivered the soup to our friends, ringing their doorbells and leaving the bags on their front steps. Our plan was a smashing success, as a bowl of piping hot soup is just what we need to warm our bodies and souls, especially during trying times. We’re hoping that we can all be together again soon, attending backyard barbecues and birthday parties, but for now, homemade soup and a handwritten card is a great way to show your love. The following are two of our favorite soup recipes.
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FIRE ROASTED TOMATO SOUP Ingredients 6 Tbsp. olive oil 6 cloves garlic, finely minced 3 medium onions, chopped 1 Tbsp. dried basil or Italian seasoning 3 cups veggie broth 3 14.5 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes 3 cups coconut milk or other non-dairy milk Salt and pepper to taste Preparation Saute garlic, onion, and dried basil or Italian seasoning in olive oil for about 3-minutes. Add veggie broth and tomatoes, and bring to a simmer. Stir, taste, and add salt and pepper as needed. Add coconut milk or your favorite non-dairy milk, and heat until piping hot, but not boiling. (You may use an immersion blender if you like your soup smooth, like a bisque.) Serve with croutons or crackers. Makes about 8 servings.
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