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ISLANDER PRESORTED STANDARD U.S. POSTAGE PAID FERNANDINA BEACH, FL PERMIT NO. 104

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plus: PRIDE & PARTNERSHIP • FERNANDINA FACES • BACKYARD ADVENTURE


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Italian cars, roads, and driving are

Philip Kelly Deana Basile Kelly Publishers and Editors

the stuff of dreams

Tom Barrett Art Director

for car lovers and

Mark O’Day Advertising Sales

drivers throughout the world.

Contributing Writers Dickie Anderson, Jan Davis, Theresa Duncan, Jim Ewing, Kate Harris, Nan Kavanaugh, Karen Miller, Betty Morrell, Julie Simmons

This year, the Concours d’Elegance is honoring Ferrari—as well as a fictitious design called Pignatelli. When we first learned about this concept car called Pignatelli—created by renowned designer Stan Mott—we immediately understood the inspiration. After all, Italian cars, roads, and driving are the stuff of dreams for car lovers and drivers throughout the world. If we can’t drive these cars—let alone drive them on some of the famous roads from the Alps down to Sicily—why not at least fantasize about it? Years ago, I learned how to drive a stick shift in Florence. With its labyrinthine roads, extremely narrow passes, and an off-limits historic center, it was not a good choice of training grounds. On my first outing, I stalled out the car the three times in a row—and quickly invoked the wrath of nearby drivers. The young Italian friends I was accompanying were mortified—in Italy, being a bad driver is a serious embarrassment. Fortunately, it seems that Italians are forgiving people, and, after venting their frustrations, one or two of those angry drivers helped me get the car started, and gave me a quick lesson in depressing the clutch. Once I finally learned to shift gears, nothing compared with smoothly guiding the car through the series of hairpin turns rising up from the Florentine valley to the hills in the countryside. I soon imagined myself a great driver, having hewn my skills in the rough Italian terrain. Unfortunately, the fantasy was short-lived, as I realized that I didn’t drive nearly fast enough to be considered a good driver in Italy. These days, Phil and I are busy racing our kids back and forth to school and after-school activities, and our chances of speeding through the hills of Tuscany anytime soon are about as good as our chances of driving a Pignatelli. That’s why we’ll be over at the Concours d’Elegance this year, dreaming in color about maneuvering sleek cars around hairpin turns. Also in this issue, you’ll find even more to dream about in an article on all of the exciting changes in recent years at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island—including a peek at the beautiful, newly renovated guest rooms. For our “Fernandina Faces” column, Jan Davis sat down with Rick Traum and Nadine Vaughan, who moved to Amelia relatively recently and brought along their writing, producing, and film-making talents, not to mention an Emmy award! We also have a fun backyard adventure through Fort Clinch on a Segway with Eco-Motion Tours; a beautiful Summer Beach home that enjoys beach breezes and a beautifully serene environment in our Island Home column; a fabulous dinner at The Florida House Inn & Restaurant; and much more. See you around the island!

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Contributing Photographers Holly Allain, Pam Bell, Elizabeth Wilkes, David Burghardt, Lynne Taylor, Katrin Bell, William Raser

C O N TA C T U S Sweetpea Media, Inc. P.O. Box 16624 Fernandina Beach, Fl 32035 904-277-8012 Fax 904-277-8076 islander@ameliaislander.com www.ameliaislander.com Amelia Islander Magazine is published monthly (11 times a year - January and February is a combined issue.) All editorial contents including maps and photographs are Copyrighted 2012 Sweetpea Media, Inc. Reproduction of any material contained herein in any manner, in whole or in part, is prohibited without the express written consent of the publisher. Unsolicited manuscripts, photographs or other artwork cannot be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. No responsibility is assumed for unsolicited materials. The cover and the magazine’s contents are fully protected and may not be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. The Amelia Islander is distributed free of charge on and around Amelia Island. Back issues may be purchased from the publisher for $2.00 each plus postage.

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features

MARCH2012 9 Cover Story THE 2012 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

For its 17th year, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance celebrates Italian design, the cars of the stars, and much more, all on the grounds of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.

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Completing a five-year program of renovations, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island gives locals yet another reason to point with great pride to Amelia’s landmark hotel.

With writing, producing, and film-making talents, Rick Traum and Nadine Vaughan are welcome additions to Amelia’s community of creative individuals.

The home of Don and Judy Fischer features lovely beach breezes and a serenely beautiful interior to match.

Explore Fort Clinch in a whole new way, on a Segway adventure with Eco-Motion Tours.

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

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Galleries & Antiques Amelia’s art galleries & antique stores

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In the Neighborhood Profiles of area businesses and organizations

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Beach Combing Great shopping on Amelia Island

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Maps of the Island and downtown, with telephone numbers

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Tide Table Tides at the Amelia River

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Around Town What’s happening around Amelia Island

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Snapshots Islanders out and about

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In the Garden For a regal palm tree, Betty Morrell recommends the Bismarck palm.

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Eating Scene With Chef Susannah Sands at the helm, The Florida House Inn & Restaurant is steering a course to culinary delight.

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Open House Premium real estate offerings on and around Amelia Island

A Ferrari 250 GTO takes the stage at the 2012 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Photo by Dave Wendt.

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t seems hard to believe that the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is celebrating its seventeenth year as one of the top automotive events in the world. This year, at this is internationally renowned event, held here on our beautiful island paradise, car enthusiasts will be treated to some fast, fun cars of the Italian persuasion, including the Ferrari 250 GTO, as well as the infamous Pignatelli. If Ferrari is the real-life car most coveted by aficionados, then the Pignatelli—a concept drawing by Sports Car illustrator Stan Mott—represents the idea of the perfect sports car. “I drew the car I wanted to drive,” said Mott. This year, for the anniversary of the Pignatelli, the Concours will honor the brilliance of Stan Mott, and many

pieces of his original artwork will be made available to the public for the first time. Pignatelli enthusiasts can also indulge their automotive fantasies when the new Pignatelli SLM (Segretezza LeMans) prototype will be unveiled in a world premiere on the Concours field, along with over 250 other entries, in one of the most prestigious displays of fine automobiles ever shown. The Concours is held March 9, 10, and 11 on the grounds of The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach and The RitzCarlton, Amelia Island. Bill Warner, founder and co-chairman of “The Amelia,” was an antique car collector and a writer/photographer at Road

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n addition to Rita Hayworth’s Cadillac, a 265 horsepower 1929 Model J Duesenberg that once belonged to Hollywood darling Ginger Rogers will appear at the show. The Duesenberg became the unofficial car of the stars in the 1930s. Gary Cooper, Tyrone Power, and Clark Gable were other famous names in the Duesenberg order book. As the first Murphybodied Duesenberg, Roger’s 1929m Model J was also the first from the Pasadena, CA custom coach buildingg emporium to have a disappearing convertible top. p Its original reptile pattern embossed leather upholstery is now gone, but current owner John Groendyke of Enid, OK was careful to replicate the original pattern and hides. A vehicle that stood out from all the other cars on Hollywood streets, Natalie Wood’s Mercedes-Benz 300SL, will also compete at this year’s Concours. Wearing optional Rudge knockoff wheels, her 300SL was already rare. But Woods had her Mercedes painted pink, and the interior of the vehicle featured lipstick-red leather. Today, however, the car wears a traditional, factory approved silver blue color, and a meticulous restoration made certain that all the details in Wood’s award-winning 300SL are correct. Silver screen cowboy Tom Mix took a fancy to a custom supercharged Cord 812 Roadster, which will be among the star cars at this year’s show. Cord’s supercharged 812 models were distinguished from the normally aspirated 812s by the brilliant chromeplated external exhaust pipes mounted on each side of the hood and grill. The design of the Cord 812 remains one of the most distinctive of the 20th century.

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and Track Magazine, who, together with Patti Hendrix of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, produced the first Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in 1996. Since then, the show has grown into a truly international competition, drawing people from all over the country and the world. “This year we will honor the iconic Ferrari GTO, as well as Custom Coachwork Cadillacs, and we will celebrate a selection of the winning entries of Florida’s two legendary endurance classics, Sebring and Daytona,” states Warner, “and both of them have been won by our 2012 honoree, Mr. “Quick” Vic Elford.” Considered the fastest in just about anything he raced, Elford was one of racing’s most successful drivers in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Born in 1935 in London, England, Elford began his career as a co-driver in a Triumph TR3A, and then with the BMC works rally team. His legend was to be cemented at Italy’s famed Targa Florio road race in the mountains of Sicily, where, after a tire puncture on his first lap, Elford championed an amazing come-frombehind victory in his Porche 907, in a performance that locals still talk about with deep reverence. “I feel honored to be invited to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance,” says Elford. “It is certainly one of the most distinguished events of the genre around the world.” Also celebrated this year is racer, designer, commentator, and author Sam Posey, Amelia’s guest of honor. During his three-decade-long career, Posey, a native of New York, competed in just about every form of racing, including Can-Am, Trans-Am, World Endurance Championship, and Indy Cars, just to name a few. The racing achievement closest to Posey’s heart was being the first to break Lime Rock Park’s one-minute barrier, when he piloted his McLaren Mk II Can-Am sports car to a single 58.6

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second lap around his home circuit’s seven-turn, 1.53 mile road course. From 1982 to 1996, Posey was also a regular commentator on the Indy 500 for the ABC network. “Sam is one of the true gentlemen of motorsports and very respected for his knowledge, insight, and dry humor,” says Bill Warner. “He has done so many things so well in racing, and he has that one-of-a-kind style in the commentary booth.” The show kicks off with the Passport Transport Marque Road Tour, open to featured Shelby Cobras, Styling Department Corvettes, Custom Coachwork Cadillacs, and Ferrari 250 GTOs. The tour concludes in Downtown Fernandina Beach for public display on Friday morning, March 9, where locals and visitors will be treated to some of the most collectible and impressive roadsters in the world. Saturday, March 10 features the Heacock Classic Car Insurance Silent Auction and the RM Auction, both held on the grounds of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. There are also several seminars offered, including a Great Endurance Drivers Seminar, and a new program this year that helps those new to car collecting learn about investing in rare automobiles. Also on Saturday, there will be book and poster signings by the celebrity honorees.

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This Year’s Featured Automobiles Ferrari 250 GTO This year marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary Ferrari 250 GTO, a vehicle that is universally considered to be the most coveted of all Ferraris built. These vehicles rarely change hands, and, when they do, it is usually via a private transaction. Built between 1962 and 1964, this Gran Turismo (GT), with its newly designed body that could go 180 mph, dominated events like the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With form www.AmeliaIslander.com


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1964 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe

PHOTO BY WIKIPEDIA USER: JAYDEC

Unique details abound in the many classic cars that were featured at the 2011 Concours.

PHOTO COURTESY THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

1957 Corvette SS Sebring race car

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following function, this efficient shape was inadvertently one of the most aerodynamic to grace a Ferrari chassis. With this level of performance, the 250 GTO is currently one of the most expensive cars in the world, valued at $25 to $30 million. Only a handful of the Ferrari 250 GTOs in the world have been documented as originals, and to see one of these cars at The Amelia this year is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Cobra Daytona Coupe There were just six Cobra Daytona Coupes constructed for the 1964 and 1965 World Championship racing season. They were hand-built to do a specific job: win the World Championship for America, and for Cobra creator Carroll Shelby. He came close in 1964, but was maneuvered out by Enzo Ferrari, who lobbied to have the final race of the season cancelled, a move that defeated Shelby’s Cobra by default. Shelby swore to win the next year, and he did, with Roger Miller’s Cobra Daytona Coupe – yes, that’s the actual car that will be featured at The Amelia this year. This vehicle is the most successful racer of its breed, winning as many victories as the rest of its Cobra siblings combined. Experimental Chevrolet Corvette The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is famous for featuring unique and rarely seen cars, and featuring this experimental Corvette keeps that tradition alive. The Chevrolet Corvette SS Sebring was an experimental magnesium-bodied car that set a new lap record at Sebring, Florida, in 1957. With the first and only body built of magnesium, it was meant to be light for speed, yet sturdy for endurance. Zora Arkus-Duntov, engineer and designer of the vehicle, presented it at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 29, 1967, during the drivers’ meeting prior to the 51st Indy 500 mile race, which was paced by a Chevrolet Camaro.

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2011 Best in Show winners at the 2011 Concours d’Elegance

Rita Hayworth’s 1953 Cadillac by Ghia

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The 1957 Corvette SS was a concept car, created with the goal of competing in the 24 Hours of LeMans. Two chassis were built, ‘the Mule’ and the car to be raced. The test of this experimental car, however, would not be in the crucible of LeMans, but in its shorter American counterpart, the 12 Hours of Sebring, where the car had a bushing failure in the first hour, retired from the race, and was pulled from racing the following month. Despite its short career, it served as the forerunner to many Corvette sports and racing models Custom Coachwork Cadillacs Sixteen Custom Coachwork Cadillacs will be on display this year, including actress Rita Hayworth’s 1953 Cadillac by Ghia. The world’s wealthiest man at the time, Prince Aly Khan, gave the car to Hayworth, to whom he was married briefly. The car was one of two built by Ghia and nicely combines the exotic looks of an Italian-bodied custom automobile with powerful and reliable Cadillac running gear. Always held the second full weekend in March, “The Amelia” draws over 250 rare vehicles, displayed on the 10th and 18th fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach, adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The event is once again sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, and The Golf Club of Amelia Island. Since 1996, the show’s foundation has donated nearly $1.8 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other deserving charities on Florida’s First Coast, including the Spina Bifida Association of Jacksonville, the Shop with Cops program, Duval County 4-H, and the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society. For more information about the 2012 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, or to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.ameliaconcours.org or call (904) 636-0027.

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ST. MICHAEL ACADEMY WINE TASTING GALA ON MARCH 31 The third annual St. Michael Wine Tasting Gala will take place in the ballroom at Omni Amelia Island Plantation on Saturday, March 31, starting at 6:00 p.m. Sponsored by Amelia Liquors, the tasting includes a wide variety of wines from all over the world, with wine experts on hand to do the pouring and share their expertise. A sumptuous buffet dinner will be followed by live and silent auctions and dancing to music by Crescendo Amelia. All proceeds will benefit St. Michael Academy. “This is our third year hosting this event and we have had such a positive response from the supporters of our school, our church family, and from the community at large,” says Principal Deborah Suddarth. “It’s also such a fun and unique event for our area.” Tickets are $60 per person and $100 per couple when purchased before March 21. After that date, or purchased at the door, tickets cost $75 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call St. Michael Academy at (904) 321-2102, or go to www.edline.net/pages/st_michael_ academy/fundraising/wine_tasting.

The Council on Aging of Nassau’s Transportation Center is the first of two facilities to be constructed at the COA’s new East Nassau location between North 13th and 14th Streets in Fernandina Beach. While The Transportation Center is fully funded, the new senior center, The Life Center, is not. “The COA’s greatest challenge lies ahead as we redouble our efforts to raise funds to complete The Life Center, which will replace the existing location across the street from Baptist Hospital Nassau,” explains Executive Director Tom Moss. “It will have more space and more functionality, enabling us to better serve not only our current seniors from ‘the greatest generation,’ but also the baby boomers and other generations to come.” “Through donations, pledges, and grants, we have made great strides toward reaching our funding goals,” says Moss, “but we still have a long way to go toward realizing our dream of building a facility that will serve all the seniors in Nassau County.” To learn more, or to donate your time, talent, and resources, call (904) 261-0701.

THE AMELIA ISLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL’S BIG BAND CELEBRATION GALA The Amelia Island Jazz Festival will kick off its 2012 season with a benefit Big Band Celebration Gala on Saturday, March 24, from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. at the Omni Hotel and Resort at Amelia Island Plantation. Featuring cocktails, dinner, and ballroom dancing to the Dynamic Les DeMerle 17 Piece Orchestra, with Vocalist Bonnie Eisele, THE BIG BAND BASH will recreate classic swing arrangements by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Lionel Hampton, and many more. Several surprise guests will appear as well. Tickets are priced at $75 per person, with the proceeds benefiting the educational and entertainment programs of the 2012 Amelia Island Jazz Festival. For ticket purchases and further information, please visit www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the UPS Store, 1417 Sadler Road, in the Island Shopping Center, at the AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, located at the Gateway to Amelia, or by calling (904) 504-4772.

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In June of 2010, six experienced Realtors embarked on a powerful partnership by creating COLDWELL BANKER, The Amelia Group. The strong dynamic of 6 teams of experienced Realtors ended their inaugural year in the top spot in listings and sales in 2010 over the entire Nassau County MLS. 2011 proved as successful and again we finished first in both listing and sales for the entire MLS with a total of $68 million in closed sales and 15.6% of the market. Currently, as an office, we have over $104 million in listed

property which is far and above any other real estate office in MLS. On the Amelia Island Plantation, the group closed over $17.5 million in real estate in 2011 and over $16 million in 2010. Consistently, COLDWELL BANKER, The Amelia Group ranks in the top 20 of all similarly sized offices over the entire United States and the top 5 in the state of Florida.

Claudia Watts, Tiffany Shaw, Terri Tennille, Pam & Pat Troxel, Stacy & Vann Simmons, and Bruce Jasinsky: We are COLDWELL BANKER, The Amelia Group.

Call us or visit us today for all of your real estate needs.

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311 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach 904-261-0347 www.coldwellbanker.com

AGENCY

We do not sell travel. We advise savvy travelers!

TEST DRIVE THE WORLD!

MONTEGO

Client Educationals for 2012. Events held at Sliders, 5:30 pm, wine tasting then presentation. Feb 28 ~ Tuesday Crystal Cruises Mar 8 ~ Thursday African Travel Mar 13 ~ Tuesday Regent Seven Seas Cruises Apr 3 ~ Tuesday Silversea Cruises RSVP 904-261-5914 or angela@thetvlagency.com

1401 Park Avenue, Suite A Amelia Island, FL 32034 904-261-5914 www.the-travel-agents.com

LIMOUSINE SERVICE

Driven to be there for you.

904.583.7337

www.montegolimo.com phil@montegolimo.com

More than just a ride, Montego Limousine is committed to value and first class service. Try us and experience the difference. We are the preferred choice for: JAX Airport • Mayo Clinic • Local Island Service • Night out

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AMELIA ISLAND ANTIQUES 5210 First Coast Hwy • 321-1314

GALLERIES

a n t& iques

AMELIA SANJON GALLERY 218A Ash St. • 557-1195 BLUE DOOR ARTISTS 205 1⁄2 Centre St. • 556-1119

EILEEN’S ART & ANTIQUES CASABLANCA 2188 Sadler Road • 415-1540 D’AGNESE CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY 205 1/2 Centre St. • 261-6044 or 556-2014

PHOTO BY ELIZABETH WILKES PHOTOGRAPHY

EILEEN’S ART & ANTIQUES CENTRE 702 Centre St. • 277-2717

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ileen’s Art & Antiques Centre opened in 1999, carrying a variety of artwork, including paintings, blown glass, pottery, and jewelry – as well as home décor items. Eileen’s is also known as a community gathering place, where good ideas have been known to take root and flourish. Recently, that creative impulse has produced another great idea: the juxtaposition of new, repurposed, and vintage items—along with original artwork—to create a comfortable and inviting look in home décor. Artist and owner Eileen Shannon Moore has teamed up with Bill Ratliff, a former executive in visual merchandising for Macy’s, to devise a creative approach to home furnishings. Utilizing both new and vintage items, the duo has created a collection of unique furniture and accessories, featuring a rustic look for spring. Many pieces are garden-inspired, like the weathered six-pack plant holders, which can be used for plants, utensils and tools, or dried flowers.

Other items include reclaimed materials, like lath slabs that have been taken from old houses in the area as they are renovated. They use the wood to build a mirror or frame and then add pieces like shells and driftwood. The look is relaxed and weather-worn, in muted colors, for a comfortable, coastal look. Other items, like lanterns, terrariums, and bottle carriers, evoke a connection to the past and appreciation of timehonored pieces. They even have vintage farm items, like tobacco-drying baskets. Besides the home décor areas, the store also has newly designed areas for garden, art, and jewelry and accessories – as well as for framing, for which Eileen’s has always been well known. With the redesigned spaces, the expanded framing center, and an ever-changing collection of unique items, it’s a great time to check out all the exciting happenings. Eileen’s Art & Antiques is located at 702 Centre Street. For more information, stop by the store or call (904) 277-2717.

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FIRST COAST COMMUNITY BANK GALLERY 1750 South 14th St., 2nd floor • 277-5290 GALLERY C 218-B Ash Street • 583-4676 HUNT’S ART & ARTIFACT GALLERY 361 Centre St. • 261-8225 ISLAND ART ASSOCIATION COOPERATIVE GALLERY 18 North 2nd St. • 261-7020 LA TORRE’S GALLERY & GIFTS 206 Centre Street • 261-0444 MEAD’S FRAMERY & TROPHY Corner of A1A & Hwy 17 • 225-2195 THE PLANTATION SHOP 4828 First Coast Hwy • 261-2030 TRAILER PARK COLLECTIBLES 702 Centre Street • 491-4461 TRISH’S SLIGHTLY OFF CENTRE 218C Ash St. • 277-1147 WATERWHEEL GALLERY 819 South 8th Street • 261-2535

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galleries & antiques

18 North 2nd Street Voted “Best of the Best Gallery” 2011 Nouveau Art Juried, Themed Show “Four Seasons” Best of Show “Transitions” Lynette Holmes Fiber Art

MEAD’S

FRAMERY & TROPHY STORE

“Sunflowers” by Kathleen Maurer Available at Eight Flags Antique Market.

A co-op of 50 local artists show their paintings, pottery, jewelry, glass art, fiber art and more in our newly renovated gallery.

www.islandart.org 904-261-7020

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COMPLETE CUSTOM FRAMING AT AFFORDABLE PRICES Custom Framing since 1970

Gallery

100’s of framed and unframed prints Member of Professional Picture Framers Association

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218A Ash Street Mon-Sat 10:30-5 Sun 10-4 or by appointment 904-491-8040 • 904-557-1195

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18 North 2nd Street

gallery & working studios

Voted “Best of the Best Gallery” 2011

blue door artists

205 1/2 centre street downtown fernandina beach 904.556.1119 www.bluedoorartists.com

A co-op of 50 local artists show their paintings, pottery, jewelry, glass art, fiber art and more in our newly renovated gallery.

Come see our Nouveau Art, IAA’s Member’s Only Show during the month of March. “Anything Goes” in this once a year show.

TANNING & SUNGLASSES SUPERSTORE Guaranteed Best Prices on Sunglasses RAY BAN • OAKLEY SPY • ELECTRIC COSTA • VERSCAE PRADA TOM FORD • D&G TORY BURCH • VZ

5210 First Coast Highway (Between Harris Teeter & Amelia Island Plantation)

321-1314

hours mon.- sat. 10 - 5; sun. 1- 5

The area’s largest and best tanning and sunglass store now offers Esthetician Services including: • Facials (men, women, & teens) • Waxing • L.E.D. Light Therapy • Professional Spray Tans

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NEXT TO STARBUCK’S ON SADLER ROAD Visit SunGlassDaddy.com

904-261-5955

www.AmeliaIslander.com

Visit PicDizzle.com


in the neighborhood

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Charlene and Erin Kingsnorth

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roviding professional, reliable, and courteous transportation service for the past eight years, Montego Limo is a locally owned business offering vehicles to suit every need. Owner Phil Huber started the company with a mission to provide locals and visitors with the high quality service that discerning clients are looking for. And he has an excellent idea of what that is: for 25 years he had a career in the corporate world and frequently used limo services in his travels. “I was a manager and advisor in the financial services industry in Cleveland, OH and Albany, NY,” says Huber. “I learned that a seamless transportation service can ease client meetings, provide a quiet place to think about work, or just a pleasurable trip in the midst of a busy schedule.” Montego’s fleet includes new, impeccably detailed Lincoln Town Cars. Through their affiliates, they also offer stretch limos, vans, and multi-passenger coaches, all at reasonable rates, providing transfers to and from Jacksonville International Airport. They also offer hourly charter service for local dinner outings or trips to Jacksonville and the surrounding area. “We take people to the theater, concerts, doctor’s appointments —anywhere they need to go with ease and in comfort,” says Huber. “It’s great to get to know local folks, as well as the many vacation and business travelers. When visitors land in Jacksonville, we have 35 minutes to ‘talk up’ the island’s history and all the great things about Amelia—and even give a few of our favorite restaurant suggestions!”

PHOTOS BY WILLIAM RASER

Fern Lily

ast March, Charlene, Erin, and Amy Kingsnorth opened Fern Lily on the south end of Amelia, in the Palmetto Walk Shopping Village. Charlene and her two daughters have always been extremely close and enjoy spending their free time together—particularly shopping. Charlene, a native of Jacksonville with a background in real estate development and construction, moved to Amelia Island six years ago and instantly fell in love with the area. Erin and Amy, both graduates of Flagler College, were searching for careers that would inspire them. They had always dreamed of opening their own boutique and of creating a shopping experience of unique fashions, gifts, and home decor that mothers, daughters, and grandmothers could enjoy together, along with exceptional customer service. After much consideration and planning, their dream came true last year, and Fern Lily was born. “Our clients say that when they shop here, they feel like they’re out visiting at a girlfriend’s house,” says Erin, “and that’s exactly what we wanted to create.” The Kingsnorths travel far to bring home pieces that are sure to be the talk of the town. “We love providing pieces that women absolutely love,” says Amy. Charlene has always been involved in community nonprofits, and at Fern Lily they are proud to continue that work —as well as getting to know more and more local people: “We are so appreciative of our many repeat customers, and we welcome those we have not yet had the pleasure of meeting!”

Montego Limo

Phil Huber

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An island tradition for over 30 years. 904.310.9351 Mon-Sat 10-5 • Sun 11-5

OPEN FOR LUNCH Tue – Fri 10am – 3pm DINNER Wed – Sat 6 – 9pm

321-2430

(904) 261-2030

www.theplantationshop.com

Stonewall Kitchen Two’s Company • Caspari Nielsen-Massey Vanillas

904.261.0940

lunch ~ tues - sat 11:30 - 2 lunch/brunch ~ sun 11:30 - 2 happy hour ~ tues - sat 4 - 6 dinner ~ tues - sat 5:30 - 10 select wines / craft beers local artisan cheeses & charcuterie saketini’s / american bistro cuisine alfresco dining / private dining 4924 ½rst coast hwy 904.310.6620 www.barzin-bistro-winebar.com palmetto walk shopping village

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4 9 2 4 F I R S T C O A S T H I G H WA Y ~ A M E L I A I S L A N D

New slip-covered and upholstered furniture, new lamps and pillows, fashion accessories, and gifts.

PALMETTO WALK

New Antique Shipment!

SHOPPING VILLAGE

Clothing - Jewelry - Accessories Shoes - Handbags - Gifts


Come Stay at the Beach

• Right Across from the Beach • Hot & Healthy Breakfast • Private Pool • Conveniently Located near Shopping and Dining 1997 South Fletcher Ave. Amelia Island, FL 32034 For Reservations, phone:

(904) 206-5600

Toll Free (877) 263-5428

Not a bad place to sit & hold her purse. Stroll through an array of boutiques in our shopping village, dine in one of our many restaurants, relax at The Spa or be adventurous and try a Segway tour.

RESERVATIONS ONLINE at www.AmeliaHotel.com

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EVENTS & SPECIALS EVERY FRIDAY

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SALE

Live music, kids' activities, beer and wine specials March 15 to Labor Day | (904) 491-4834

3/1/12 to 3/31/12 Svedka Vodka 1.75L $17.99

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day U The Verandah Enjoy Irish specials including Guinness & Shepherd's Pie (904) 321-5050

Sweet 16 Pinot Noir Tournament, Tasting & Tapas Ocean Grill | 6:30 PM | $75 per person++ Reservations required | (904) 321-5050

Visit thingstodoataip.com to sign up for our e-club!

Flor de Caña 4yr Rum 1.75L $19.99

Mon. – Thurs. 8am – 11pm Fri. – Sat. 8am – 12 midnight Sun. 2pm – 10pm All Major Credit Cards Accepted

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1 Mile on Right, Past Intracoastal Bridge A1A SENIOR CITIZEN DISCOUNTS ON MONDAYS DRIVE THRU SERVICE LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED

www.AmeliaIslander.com

261-3640


beach combing Bathing Beauties For the latest in sportswear and a large selection of fine swimwear, visit Elizabeth’s in the Harris Teeter Shopping Center, (904) 321-0444. This tankini top ($88) and hipster bottom ($69) are by swimsuit designer Tara Grinna.

Form and Function Handbags by renowned designer M.Z. Wallace combine timeless style, sophisticated design, and modern function to go wherever you want to go ($236 - $415). Available at Debonair, located at 2380 Sadler Road (across from The Residence Inn by Marriott), (904) 261-6993.

Natural Wonders

Pretty in Pink

Ammonites, Denderites, and Petrified Wood are precious objects created entirely by Mother Nature. Formed many millions of years ago, they link us to our geological past and are examples of nature’s complexity and beauty. Available at Scott & Sons Fine Jewelry, located at A1A and A.I. Pkwy, (904) 491-1550, starting at $40.

Evelyne Talman, located at the Harris Teeter Shopping Center, (904) 491-4878, carries Lily Pulitzer, like this pretty and portable Lily Pulitzer cooler ($34) to take to the beach or enjoy poolside with plastic wine glasses ($22), and even a sunglasses strap ($12) to keep your shades nearby.

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furniture, fabrics, & garden flair. 14 Flavors 55 Toppings Unlimited Creations Open nightly until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights until 11 p.m. 306 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, FL

1027 s. 8th street ~ fernandina beach 904.491.1199 insideouthomeandgarden.com

GEAR FOR THE TEAM, ATHLETE, & FAN GATEWAY TO AMELIA Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 (904) 261-1105

RIVER CITY MARKETPLACE Jacksonville, FL 32218 (904) 757-5550

“Think I’ll let that native land agent be my guide.”

Every leaf speaks bliss to me me, fluttering from the autumn tree tree. - Emily Bronte

CURTISS H. LASSERRE Real Estate, Inc. Residential - Commercial Rentals

Call Anytime 904-261-4066 info@lasserrerealestate.com

trina turk • judith march • three dots • velvet orla kiely • susana monaco • french connection tart • tulle • whish • ag denim • paige premium jeans tano • joe's jeans • lenora dame jewelry • alex and ani jewelry

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Premium Estate Lot on Egan’s Creek borders historic Amelia Island Lighthouse on east and south sides. 300’ on creek. 2.27+/- acres. $1,095,000. “We have many great lots for building and investment, all are walking distance to the beach. From $85,000.

Call or come by today for more info. 3032 8th St/Sr 200/A1A Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 www.lasserrerealestate.com www.AmeliaIslander.com


A newly renovated room at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

Pride & Partnership After a five-year investment program, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island continues its successful 21-year partnership with Amelia Island BY JAN DAVIS PHOTO COURTESY OF THE RITZ-CARLTON, AMELIA ISLAND

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ince the arrival of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island in 1991, locals have pointed with great pride to the only five-diamond hotel in this area. In turn, the premier oceanfront resort has put the island on the map and showcased to the world Fernandina Beach’s history, restaurants, shops, and Victorian Seaport charm. It has been a great 21-year partnership. With the completion of a $65 million investment in the hotel over the past five years, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, continues its tradition of excellence. Through a comprehensive plan of renovation that moved from area to area within the hotel, they have achieved a major restructuring, with minimal disruption to guest services and without ever having to close the hotel. Over the past 18 months, the final phase of renovation witnessed an exterior makeover and the installation of brand new floor-to-ceiling sliding balcony doors in all rooms. The new glass doors allow guests to take better advantage of the stunning views offered by the hotel—and sunrise and sunset never looked better! Each of the 446 rooms has also been totally refreshed, with paint, linens, and fabrics that take their cue from the colors, shapes, and textures of the beach. What has emerged is a fabulous new décor - modern, clean, and uncluttered— that reflects the beauty and serenity of the coastal setting. Rug patterns in the hallway replicate waving sea oats or drifts of beach sand. Unusual sconces and mirrors dramatize the walls, as

does artwork depicting Florida’s sea shells. “The overall look is a dramatic conclusion to the five-year investment in enhancing the guest experience,” says General Manager Jim McManemon. The rooms are luxurious and inviting, with that indubitable five-diamond hotel appeal. Early phases of the renovation plan included the addition of a sumptuous spa with a menu of enticing pampering services, including everything from manicures and massages to elaborate salt scrubs. Then came the new Talbot Ballroom, adding 8,000 square feet and creating the largest meeting space in all of Northeast Florida. A stylish new sports bar and updates to the signature restaurants, which now emphasize local cuisine— Fernandina shrimp, in particular—came next. Finally, right on the beach itself, children’s activities were added, along with a Tiki Hut offering drinks and sandwiches, so that guests never have to leave their beach chair. If you haven’t visited The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island lately, it is a great time to take advantage of this beautiful hotel. A visit to one of the decadent restaurants is always a very special treat, and an overnight stay will make you feel that you have arrived at an exotic resort miles away. It will be interesting to see what the next twenty years bring for the hotel. With the investment that the hotel is willing to make in its future, Amelia Island residents will certainly continue to point to their landmark hotel with great pride.

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MARCH 2012 TIDES AT THE AMELIA RIVER Day

Low

1 THU 9:14 AM 9:21 PM 2 FRI 10:12 AM 10:20 PM 3 SAT 11:07 AM 11:18 PM 4 SUN 12:00 PM 12:14 AM 12:50 PM 1:08 AM 1:38 PM 1:59 AM 2:24 PM 2:48 AM 3:08 PM 3:36 AM 3:52 PM 4:24 AM 4:37 PM 6:14 AM 6:25 PM

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25 SUN

9:07 AM 9:17 PM 10:11 AM 10:24 PM 11:15 AM 11:29 PM

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12:15 PM 12:32 AM 1:10 PM 1:31 AM 2:02 PM 2:25 AM 2:48 PM 3:13 AM 3:30 PM 3:56 AM 4:09 PM 4:36 AM 4:45 PM 5:14 AM 5:19 PM 5:50 AM 5:53 PM

26 MON 1:39 AM 1:59 PM

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Last Quarter New Moon First Quarter Full Moon

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4:48 AM 5:08 PM

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Low 7:48 AM 7:49 PM 8:36 AM 8:41 PM 9:31 AM 9:40 PM 10:28 AM 10:42 PM

High 1:18 AM 1:41 PM 2:02 AM 2:26 PM 2:51 AM 3:18 PM 3:47 AM 4:16 PM

E njoy all the amenities, all the activities, and all the excitement available to you on Amelia Island.

12:01 AM 12:23 PM 12:39 AM 1:01 PM

AMELIA RENTAL

JANUARY Weather FEBRUARY Weather On the first of January, the sun rises at 7:23 a.m. EST and sets at 5:35 p.m. EST. On the Avg. High 63 degrees Avg. High 65 degrees Avg. Low 47 degrees last day of February, the sun rises at 6:53 a.m. Avg. Low 44 degrees Avg. Precip 3.82 inches Avg. Precip 3.17 inches EST and sets at 6:23 p.m. EST.

While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained herein is accurate, Amelia Islander Magazine shall not be liable for any damages of any kind resulting from use or reliance on this chart.

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Art Workshops by Nationally Recognized Artists

MARCH Charles Reid - Watercolor Workshop Daryl Urig - Oil Workshop APRIL Dee Beard Dean - Oil Plein Air Workshop Susan Olgivie - Pastel Plein Air Workshop MAY ~ Koo Schadler and Leah Lopez

Doing nothing is an activity.

Call 904-491-8040 to register.

With all the things you could do here. This one might be the best.

Trailer Park Collectibles

But here on Amelia Island, couples rediscover each other on an island ripe with history and Victorian charm, and where the South comes to loosen its collar for seaside living. Come unwind in this place that Time decided to pass gently by, and find yourself slowed to its carriage-drawn pace.

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Riding lessons Boarding Horse camps Birthday parties Party Barn available for rent

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Customer Comments See Yourself in the Arts at Amelia Arts Academy Visual arts and music education taught by professional artists in a fun, high-energy environment.

When it came time to buy a new car, I did not hesitate to return to Rick Keffer Dodge Chrysler Jeep. I have purchased two cars from Keffer and have been pleased to do business locally. I appreciate Kefferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personalized approach and convenient service. My new Jeep Liberty has proved to be an ideal automobile for my business and personal use. ~ Shelly Anderson, Amelia Island

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On March 22 the Amelia Arts Academy will be presenting the Community Band in concert at the historic Peck Center auditorium from 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8pm. The Community Band is the only community band in Nassau County and is made up of all ages and skill levels who perform traditional band repertoires at events such as this. The band will also be holding a concert in either April or May at the Plantation Chapel. A date and time will be announced within the month of March.

For more information on this event and our other programs, visit www.AmeliaArtsAcademy.org or call (904) 277-1225.

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2012

MARCH 2

Sounds on Centre The Historic Fernandina Business Association proudly presents Sounds on Centre, a free community concert held the first Friday of each month (March - October) in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. Taking place on Centre Street between Second and Front streets from 6 to 8 pm, each free concert is another chance for friends to bring their chairs and their dancing shoes to enjoy a wide variety of local bands. For more information, call (904) 277-0717.

MARCH 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Children’s Art Classes

Age appropriate children’s art classes (drawing and painting) held every Saturday from 10am 11am; 11:15am - 12:15pm; 1pm - 2pm. Classes are free, space is limited. For more information, call (904) 261-7020.

MARCH 3, 9

Year of the Woman Series

discuss financial and related issues affecting us all. Come and ask the questions you have always wanted to ask and get insight to the questions you haven’t thought of yet. Financial answers and ideas over a glass of wine. Begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (904) 305-2608.

MARCH 10

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Alternative Gift Market Shop now for unique Easter, graduation, Mother’s Day, birthday and wedding gifts. Exciting new vendors as well as returning favorites. Unique and affordable gifts include hand-crafted jewelry, accessories, home and garden decor, body care, children’s gifts and more. Your purchases benefit women, children and families in our neighborhood and in developing countries. Market goes from 9am to 3pm. For more information, call Susan Singleton, at (904) 321-0237.

The Amelia Island Museum of History continues its Year of the Woman Series with two important lecturers. The lectures will be held on March 3rd at 4 pm featuring General Carol Mutter, USMC, ret., the first woman in U.S. armed forces history to achieve the rank of three-star general; and on March 9th at 6 p.m., Melissa Ross, an accomplished journalist and local WJCT host of First Coast Connect and who has won three regional Emmy Awards will conclude this segment of the series. Seating is limited. Tickets are $10 for museum members or $15 for non-members. All the talks will be held at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. For more information visit www.ameliamuseum.org or contact Alex Buell at (904) 261-7378, ext. 102.

MARCH 9 – 11

MARCH 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Second Saturday Artrageous Artwalk

Come find farm-direct fruits and vegetables, organic products, specialty foods, gourmet baked goods, specialty plants and more. 9am – 1pm. For more information, visit www.fernandinafarmersmarket.com.

A free event on the second Saturday each month in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Thirteen participating galleries offer a diverse selection of art. For information, call (800) 226-3542, or visit ameliaisland.com.

MARCH 3 – 4

MARCH 10

With growers and nurseries from around the state, the show will feature more than 50 vendors with a full assortment of flowers and plants, fruit trees and palms, orchids, herbs, container gardens, native plants, butterfly-friendly plants, shrubs and garden accessories. Get on-site expert advice on how to “green” your home, yard and garden, and enjoy short presentations and demonstrations at the “Ask the Expert” booth. Visit www.ameliagarden.com for more details.

The gift market features fair trade gifts created by artisans from around the world. Your purchases benefit women, children and families in our neighborhood and in developing countries. Exciting new vendors as well as returning favorites. Shop now for unique Easter, graduation, Mother’s Day and wedding gifts. For more information, call (904) 321-0237.

MARCH 8

The Amelia Island Museum of History offers a presentation on the third Friday of the month. The presentations are on a variety of different

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MARCH topics, but each relate to the history of the island. The event takes place in Baker Hall in the museum. Cost is $5 per person (free for members). For more information, call (904) 277-0717 or visit www.ameliamuseum.org.

MARCH 17 – 18

Confederate Garrison at Fort Clinch State Park The Confederate Garrison event feature living history interpreters, as they recreate life at the fort during the Civil War. Visitors may see powder artillery demonstrations, medical demonstrations and soldier drills. For more information, call (904) 277-7274, or visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch.

MARCH 23

Movie Under the Stars Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and popcorn and join us at The Spa & Shops for a family friendly “flick”. All ages welcome. Complimentary. For more information, call (904) 261-6161.

On Sunday, March 11, the Ferrari GTO, Shelby Cobra, and Custom Coachwork Cadillacs will be among nearly 300 classic production and race cars from seldom-seen private collections that will be on display on the 10th and 18th fairways at The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach. The three-day event includes road rallies, RM Auction of vintage cars, seminars, a black tie Mercedes-Benz USA Gala Dinner and silent auction. The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is one of only two Concours that have more than one auction. For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org.

MARCH 24

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MARCH 28 – 29

The Amelia Island Jazz Festival will kick off its 2012 season with a benefit gala from 6:30-10 pm. Featuring cocktails, dinner and dancing to the Dynamic Les DeMerle 17 Piece Orchestra with Vocalist Bonnie Eisele. Tickets are priced at $75 per person, with the proceeds benefiting the educational and entertainment programs of the 2012 Amelia Island Jazz Festival. For more information, please contact the Festival Hotline at (904) 504-4772 or visit the festival website: www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com.

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“Big Band Bash” Gala & Dinner

The March Cooking School theme is South American Carnival, allowing guests to create traditional “street food” with contemporary plating techniques. The cost for the 2-day class is $339 per person. Reservations must be paid for at the time of booking and are not refundable. Additional information can be found at www.ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland.

MARCH 31

St. Michael Academy Wine Tasting Gala The third annual wine tasting will take place in the ballroom at Omni Amelia Island Plantation on Saturday, March 31, starting at 6:00 p.m. and feature a wide variety of wines, a sumptuous buffet, live music, and dancing. $60 per person and $100 per couple before March 21; $75 per person after. Call (904) 321-2102 for more information. To have your event featured here, email all of the information to calendar@ameliaislander.com.

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America’s second largest Real Estate Company has entered one of Florida’s premier markets. Keller Williams Realty—over 80,000 agents strong internationally—opened its newest office in the Harris Teeter shopping center. Team Leader Mark Dilworth has recruited 15 local professional Agents and will continue to pursue top local talent. These agents have many years of experience and countless transactions in the real estate industry. Included in the group are the 2010 & 2011 AINCAR “Realtor of the Year” recipients, Brandon Gill and Tracy Fendig. The Jacksonville Business Journal reports that in just 6 years, the single Jacksonville Beach Office rose to #3 overall in dollar volume sold in the Jacksonville market. Nationally, KW has grown to become the #2 real estate company in the United States. It was also the recipient of the prestigious J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Award for 3 straight years starting in 2007. L to R: Ken Bridges, Lisa Chaffman, Brandon Gill, Kathy Levy, Judi Seay, Pam Nall-Haskett, Tracy Fendig, Dot Morelli, Mark Dilworth, Gulsevil Bridges, Susan Hughes, Anne Friend, Doug Mackle, Gay Browne.

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Rick Traum and Nadine Vaughan BY JAN DAVIS PHOTO BY STEVE LEIMBERG/UNSEENIMAGES.COM

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es, that really is an Emmy! And it was awarded to Rick Traum for his work as executive producer for American Playhouse on PBS in 1985. His list of other awards in the network television arena is quite lengthy and he and his wife, writer and movie producer Nadine Vaughan, chose Amelia Island as their home two years ago. They have an unabated love for the area and have never looked back after deciding to move here. He says enthusiastically that Amelia is a place of “real people” and that life after all was “not the awards you get, but the friends you make along the way—from colleagues to celebrities.” And he has met more than his share of celebrities. He describes growing up in New York and becoming an NBC page, tour guide, program merchandiser, and, finally, climbing the ranks to become commercial producer for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson from 1964 to 1967. His assignment was to design the on-air commercials for the show. He describes with a laugh one Alpo Dog Food commercial he produced in which the dog refused to eat the Alpo—that is until Johnny Carson got down on hands and knees and pretended to eat the dog food himself! He said, “Johnny would always appear aloof,” he remembers, “almost shy until the cameras started to roll, and then he was on-stage!” Of the many celebrities he encountered in the business, he ranks Jimmy Stewart as the kindest, most self-effacing of them all—a real delight. Rick Traum’s career spans many decades in the television industry. Although there was time spent in California, the majority of his work was in New York, where he was named NBC’s head of late-night programming and executive in charge of Saturday Night Live. After that, he became CFO of Radio City Music Hall. “It was the worst business decision I ever made because the budget was so tight,” he says. By 1999, after producing specials for Count Basie and Tony Bennett, he had an opportunity to move to Orlando as park producer for the Animal Kingdom at Disney World. That led him to Tampa and Busch Gardens, where he produced the entertainment elements for the “Rhino Rally” attraction. Finally, he landed in Mt. Dora as executive director of the Icehouse Theater. Along the way, through Match.com, he met his soul-mate and wife, Nadine Vaughan, a writer and film director. It was

she who first brought them here for the Amelia Island Book Festival. They fell in love with the island instantly, but it was health issues that solidified the move here. Both are cancer survivors, and proximity to the Mayo Clinic was a big factor in the move. He quickly adds, however, that what pulled him through his health issues was “a positive attitude, a loving wife, and lots of prayer.” He has been cancer free since 2008. And what is their next project? Nadine is executive producer and director of a movie version of her book Native Land: Lost in the Mystery of Time. They plan to film it right here on Amelia Island, once the funding is secured. In addition, Nadine has two scripts in the editing stage: Ten Days to Love, Nadine’s script of how she and Rick first met, which will be submitted to Match.com; and FireCat! The Legend of Amazon Sage. Retirement? That’s not in the vocabulary for these two vibrant people who now call Amelia Island home. Rick Traum and Nadine Vaughan are welcome additions to the community.

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AT THE GROUNDBREAKING FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS’ NEW CLUBHOUSE

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AT A JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS’ TAILGATE PARTY AT OSPREY VILLAGE

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pring is arriving, and that means there is so much to do in the garden, from cleaning up and weeding, to mulching, planting, fertilizing, and more. Where do you begin? The first thing is to clean up and get rid of the weeds, then you can mulch and start thinking about your some new plantings. This year, a stunning palm called the Bismarck Palm (Bismarckia nobilis) is on the top of my list of new plants. Introduced into the commercial market about 20 years ago, this beautiful silver-blue palm tree has magnificent color and form and is really a sight to behold. It is a native of Madagascar, where it tolerates fairly dry and hot climates. There is only one species within this genus. Either as a single specimen or in groups, this is a strikingly beautiful species, beloved by gardeners and enthusiasts for its blue color. Bismarck palm tolerates a wide variety of conditions, from hot and dry to hot and humid. A single-trunk fan palm, its typical trunk diameter can reach 18 to 24 inches, and, over many decades, it can get quite tall. The trunk is straight, tan

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or brown in color, and basically smooth, with hints of old scars from the leaf base. The crown of leaves numbers from 15 to 30 leaves, typically blue to silver in color and slightly arched. There are both green and blue forms of this species. Leaves fall off easily when old and there is essentially no petticoat of old dead leaves, as seen with some other species. The leaf width is six to eight feet with approximately 20 to 30 divisions. The overall crown width is approximately 20 feet. There are male and female individual plants. To form fertile seeds, female flowers must be pollinated. This is usually accomplished by insect, but can be done by wind and proximity as well. The Bismark is a good grower, and it likes full sun, sandy soil, good drainage, and heat. Although the Bismark can tolerate drought, it also responds to ample

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water during summer and gives more rapid growth. This palm can be grown in a container. It likes a big pot with plenty of room for root growth. When transplanting, handle roots with care. If roots have grown through the bottom of the pot into the ground, don›t rip them out, dig them instead, or you will have a rapid decline of the palm. This palm tolerates temperatures down to 20 degrees, therefore it might be wise to container plant this tree. This way they can be brought inside during a hard freeze, or put in a protected area (I recommend a rolling plant stand).This palm is not recommended as a yearround house plant. This palm grown in a container will not grow as fast as one planted in the ground, making it a medium-growing palm. A 15-gallon Bismark, planted in the ground, will get up to eight feet in about three years. While I sit here wishing I had room for one of these beauties, I bid you “Happy Gardening!” As always, you can send any gardening questions to me at bamorrell@aol.com.

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island home BY JAN DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID BURGHARDT, ISLAND PHOTOGRAPHY

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o see him today in his brightly colored golf shirt, you would never know that Don Fischer dressed in brown for nearly 35 years of his life! Don started his business career as a driver for United Parcel Service, known for their brown uniforms. He rose quickly in the company, however, so much so that, by the time he retired, he was senior vice president and a member of the management team for the billion dollar company. He is credited with many company innovations, including beginning the fleet of UPS airplanes that now circle the globe, delivering those packages that Don once delivered in a brown outfit from a brown truck. It is a true American Horatio Alger story, and his hard work, people skills, and talent were what carried him to the top. Top: New khaki-colored sofas bank the fireplace. A “pop” of watercolor blue in the pillows and chairs dramatize the setting. Much glass is used in the décor, including the colorful plate found at the Shrimp Festival. Inset: Judy Fischer has crafted a “Pot-Man” from terracotta pots. She changes the hats according to the holiday. The pot-man is well-known among local golfers, who pass by from the 15th green of the Golf Club of Amelia and sometimes leave a hat of their own.

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Don and his wife, Judy, grew up together in Amboy, Illinois. They started dating in high school, when Don was captain of the basketball team and Judy was a cheerleader. Judy continues to be Don’s chief cheerleader, and four years ago the couple celebrated their 50th anniversary with a surprise family trip to Chicago for Don to see his beloved “Cubbies” play baseball. Their three children and seven grandchildren are located in Connecticut (one of the 10 places the Fischers have lived) and in Vermont, where Judy and Don have a second home, a country farmhouse on 60 acres with a very different lifestyle from their Florida home. For nearly half the year, they are in Vermont, enjoying family outings and surrounded by their loving grandchildren.

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Above: The china is by Mikasa in the Villa Cora pattern. Judy Fischer arranged the white roses centering the table. Left: The bleached-wood dining room table makes the area light and airy. A sideboard is created by use of a stone block on pedestals.

Their home here overlooks the 15th green of The Golf Club of Amelia, and, although it is 18 years old, it looks as if it had been built last year. Credit for that goes to Judy, dubbed by her close circle of friends as “The Clorox Queen” for her meticulous maintenance of the house. Her philosophy is to “fix it before it’s broken and replace it before it’s tired.” And the home sparkles under her care. The Fischers were living in Atlanta when they decided to build here. They had been coming to Amelia Island on vacations since the 1980’s, owned a condo at the Amelia Surf and Racquet Club, and bought the Summer Beach lot with an eye toward retirement. ���I spent three years, sitting at a drafting table, planning this house and having great fun,” says

Don. “I knew I wanted it to have lots of angles, and it took me all that time to get the concept together before handing it to an architect.” In order to take advantage of views of both the golf course and the peeks at the ocean across the road, the main living space is upstairs. When the house was designed, Judy’s grandmother was living with them, so an elevator was put in. When she passed away just shy of 100 years old, her bedroom suite became Don’s office, and it is now filled with UPS memorabilia. There are two other bedrooms for guests on the lower level, as well as a large family room and wet bar—great for expanded parties and visiting family. Small porches circle half of the downstairs, and Don and Judy love sitting on the upstairs front porch watching

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Top: The spacious Master Bedroom has a fireplace where the Fishers enjoy a morning cup of coffee. The room also has a “Crow’s Nest” for star gazing. The soothing blue color in the bed linens is enhanced by a subtle plaid bed-skirt, designed by Wendy Smith. Above: The glass blocks surrounding the shower make the spacious master bath sparkle.

the golfers or using his telescope from the bedroom crow’s nest for views of the starry sky over the ocean. Judy recently enlisted the help of Wendy Smith, local interior decorator, to change the fabrics and soft goods in the living room. “I didn’t really realize how ‘white’ my house was until Wendy added a punch of color in new upholstery,” says Judy. “I love the change.” Judy also talks about going darker in her decorating, but it is still very light, airy, open, and uncluttered with bleached furniture. Wendy added fabrics in beige and a soft water-color blue for both living room and bedroom. A white kitchen and lots of open white decorative cabinets add to the spacious feel of the living space. The most dramatic part of the home is a large mural on the curved front staircase. Executed by artist Henry Van Geck III of Jacksonville, the mural was painted on canvas and then hung on the wall. “It weighs 300 pounds and to see them mount it was very scary,” remembers Judy. It is a handsome, attention-grabbing piece, which makes a statement upon entering the home. The Summer Beach community is always delighted to welcome Don and Judy Fischer after their six-month hiatus in Vermont. Colorful golf shirts suit Don well as the couple enjoys the breeze from the porch of their beautiful Summer Beach home.

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The Florida House Inn With Southern charm, rich history, and wonderful food, The Florida House Inn is a delicious find for residents and visitors alike. BY KAREN MILLER • PHOTO BY WILLIAM RASER

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he Florida House Inn is Florida’s oldest operating inn, located in the heart of historic downtown Fernandina Beach. Its rich history is obvious everywhere you turn, from its charming rooms and Southern hospitality to its marvelous menu offerings from the Florida House Restaurant, the inn’s Southern bistro. The Florida House Inn is a family affair. Innkeepers Emily and Marshall Sands keep thing running smoothly, and Chef Susannah Sands is Marshall’s mom, the former owner of Susannah’s in Jacksonville. Classically educated by Julia Child and Jacques Pepin, Susannah has catered parties for the likes of Margaret Thatcher, General Colin Powell, and former President George H.W. Bush. Thankfully for Amelia Island, she’s now cooking up some fabulous dishes right here in Fernandina Beach. I invited my friend Terry Smith to join me at the Florida House for lunch. Terry, a local musician and songwriter, is also a foodie, and a great cook himself. We brought along our appetites and were eager to sample some of Chef Susannah’s specialties. Our server, Patrick, started us out with sweet tea (of course!) and a cup each of She Crab Soup and Tomato Bisque, served with tiny corn muffins and homemade biscuits. Three cheers for the bread basket! I have not given up carbs, and the muffins were delicately sweet, while the biscuits were light and buttery. The crab soup was loaded with lots of lump crabmeat, and I loved the fact that it wasn’t over-seasoned—this soup is all about the crab. The tomato bisque had a surprising addition of goat cheese, which gave the soup a slightly tangy nature. Both soups were superb. We then each had a bowl of Shrimp and Grits, and, wow, does Susannah know how to cook grits. Cooked in chicken

broth, they’re served with large, succulent local shrimp, and the sauce is extraordinary. Made with prosciutto, chardonnay, and cream, and then topped with scallions and lemons, this is shrimp and grits at a whole new level! The Florida House is well-known for its family-style dining and their famous fried chicken, so we sampled a few bites of those remarkable Southern goodies—a yummy fried chicken breast served with okra and tomatoes, mashed red bliss potatoes, and macaroni and cheese. The chicken is brined in buttermilk and amply seasoned, before being coated with batter and fried. Each bite was perfect. This is definitely the way to cook chicken. The potatoes had a surprising hint of nutmeg, the vegetables were fresh, and the okra sublime. We swore we didn’t have room for dessert, but there it appeared miraculously on our table, and so we dug in anyway. A giant slice of apple cranberry pie was served warm with vanilla ice cream, and another plate held a dollop of scrumptious chilled lemon soufflé with fresh blueberries. Oh my, what a wonderful ending to our luncheon. The pie crust was golden and flaky, the fruit tender and sweet, and I loved the fact that Susannah threw a few pecans in there for good measure. The soufflé was light and delicious. If you think you don’t have room for dessert, order this sweet treat anyway—you’ll be glad you did. The Florida House is open every day for lunch and available for special events throughout the year. Charm, history, and delicious food make the Florida House Inn & Restaurant a noteworthy and delicious find for residents and visitors alike.

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Amelia Islander

5472 First Coast Hwy. (located between Ritz-Carlton and Omni AIP)

dining guide 29 South ~ This eclectic bistro has it all; great ambiance, fantastic food, an extensive wine list and reasonable prices. The menu can best be described as traditional world cuisine with modern, whimsical twist, where award-winning executive chef and owner Scotty Schwartz paints a playground for the palette. Choose from entrees including: lobster corn dogs with spicy horseradish ketchup spiked with ketel one vodka, seared scallops on green tea smoked thai curry nage topped with crispy calamari straws, and sweet tea brined smithfield farm pork chop on macaroni gratin with warm blackberry preserves. 29 South also features grilled pizzas, sandwiches, and nightly specials. 29 South Third Street, Historic Downtown, (904) 277-7919, www.29southrestaurant.com. Bar Zin ~ Inspired by 30 years in the hospitality industry and numerous trips to Napa and Sonoma, our philosophy at Bar Zin is quite simple: create a fun relaxed upbeat indoor / outdoor atmosphere where friends and families can enjoy creative, fresh American bistro cuisine. In addition, we offer a diverse beverage menu consisting of great wines, local brews, and Saki martinis. Whenever possible, it is our intention to utilize local farmers, local products, and local businesses to create a farm-to-table style menu. Our vision was to design a neighborhood atmosphere where everyone will feel welcome, whether you are enjoying a full meal, appetizers, or just stopping in for a cold beverage; a place that will attract a diverse clientele which in turn makes it a place where everyone will have a relaxing and fun time. www.barzin-bistro-winebar.com. Lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch. Major credit cards. 4924 First Coast Hwy at Palmetto Walk Shopping Village. (904) 310-6620 Beech Street Grill ~ This restaurant has won awards for its wine list and has been selected often as one of the 25 best restaurants in the area. It features an outstanding seafood selection including seared tuna, herb roasted sea bass and swordfish piccata prepared in New American style. 277-3662. 801 Beech Street. Open seven days. D, $$$, F. Bonito Grill and Sushi ~ Bonito Grill & Sushi offers guests a unique dining experience with an “East meets West” fusion cooking style. Enjoy miso-rubbed Chilean Sea Bass, black bean & garlic Maine lobster, hoisin citrus glazed salmon, or one of our chef ’s daily fusion specials. Dine in the casual sushi bar area, or for a more elegant evening, select from our extensive wine list and indulge in the experience of our warm, contemporary dining room. Monday through Saturday, join us for lunch, and try Bonito’s

Monday-Sunday 4:30PM - 9:30PM 904.491.1999 • 904.261.9400 Outdoor dining. Private room available for large parties. Catering and takeout available. Reservations suggested.

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popular Bento lunch box. Our full bar, eclectic menu, and unique atmosphere will provide a new twist to your normal lunch or dinner routine. 614 Centre St. 261-0508. www.bonitogrillandsushi. com Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Sat. 12:00-2:30pm, Dinner: 7 days, 5:30-9:30pm V/ MC/AE. Brett’s Waterway Cafe ~ The only restaurant on the island where you can dine overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, Brett’s offers a wide choice of seafood, chicken and beef with daily specials both at lunch and dinner. The view of the water, the impeccable service and the refined ambiance will enhance your dining pleasure. The large rectangular bar overlooking the Fernandina Harbor Marina is a pleasant place to enjoy a drink. Open seven days. At the marina on Front Street. 261-2660. Open 7 days, Mon-Sat L, D, $$$, F. Café Karibo ~ Located on North 3rd St. just off Centre Street in the historic downtown district. It has a cozy interior with a funky, laid-back setting. It’s most striking feature is its naturally shaded outdoor dining patio. Great selection of sandwiches, salads, and soups for lunch. Tasty nightly fresh fish specials, theme nights (Tue: Trivia with Angie. Prizes each night.), and live music in the patio most Friday and Saturday nights. Kid friendly. Vegetarian items on the menu. Open: 11am–9pm Tue thru Sat; Sunday 11am–8pm with lunch menu specials; Mon 11am–3pm. Fresh-brewed beer available in the Café and in the brew pub—The Karibrew— located next door. Food prices are relatively lowlunch average $10 pp; dinner $20 pp (generous portions). Le Clos ~ Located in Fernandina’s Historic District, Le Clos serves delicious Provençal dishes, by candlelight and music, in a charming, intimate, 1906 cottage. Patio garden seating available, weather permitting. Eclectic wine list. Monday-Saturday 5:30-9:00 PM. Reservations recommended. 30 South Second Street. (904)261.8100. www.leclos.com. D, $$$, B/W. Crab Trap ~ Nautical decor and friendly service makes for a casual, relaxing atmosphere. Dinner daily offers seafood—fried, grilled, broiled, or blackened—as well as steaks, chicken and oysters year round. Entrees $8.95 - $18.95. Call for seasonal hours. Beer, wine, and cocktails. Family owned and operated since 1979. 31 N 2nd Street, 261-4749. $$$ V/MC/D. España ~ Featuring Old World cuisine from Portugal and Spain, España offers an intriguing menu in a comfortably elegant atmosphere in downtown Fernandina Beach. Owner/chef Roberto Pestana serves mouthwatering tapas like Grouper Ceviche, Portobello al La España, and Shrimp with Garlic, all served with España’s homemade bread. Entrees include a classic Seafood Paella, and a variety of fresh local seafood and meats. España also features an extensive wine list and an excellent homemade sangria. Available for private parties. Reservations recommended. All major credit cards. Open 7 days. 261-7700. 22 South 4th Street. $$$, L, D, B/W. Espressos Cafe ~ Food offerings at Espressos are simple and light, refined over many years by discriminating palates and freshly prepared in the best Tuscan tradition. Enjoy Old-World wines from the star vineyards of Europe and coffees and teas chosen from the finest estates in the world.

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dining out Espressos boasts an elegant ambience that mirrors Europe’s finest bistros and cafés. Located in Gateway to Amelia. Open Mon. to Wed., 8 a.m to 5 p.m; Thurs. to Sat., from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Available for private events at other times. (904) 491-9800. Major credit cards. B,L,D. $$ Florida House Inn ~ Enjoy Southern cooking at its best. Chef Susannah Sands makes everything on the menu from scratch. Menu includes southern style home cooking as well as Southern Bistro salads, sandwiches, soups and daily specials. The Florida House Inn is located just off Centre Street in the historic district of Fernandina Beach. The inn is the oldest surviving hotel in the state of Florida and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Lunch: Wed. – Sun. 11:30am 2:30pm. Mermaid Bar: Open Wed. – Sun. Drink specials nightly. 23 South Third Street, 904491-3322. L, $$, F Gourmet Gourmet ~ Gourmet Gourmet is located between The Ritz-Carlton and AIP at the historical American Beach entrance, on the corner of Lewis Street and A1A. In addition to our fabulous selections of baked goods, appetizers, salads, & entrées to go, we also serve gourmet coffees/cappuccino/espresso with continental breakfast items, brunch, and lunch everyday. A bistro-style dinner menu is served Wed-Sat 5-9pm. AE/MC/ V/DISC 261-8973. Sun-Tues 9am-6pm; Wed-Sat 9am-Seasonal. $$, B,L,D. Hoyt House ~ Enjoy an Authentic English Tea Experience at The Hoyt House Bed & Breakfast. Our menu has fresh Scones and Crumpets made about one hour before you arrive and are usually still warm. A perfect balance of sweet and savory with three different Silver tray platters to choose from.Our signature Tea Sandwiches of Spiced Egg, Tarragon Chicken and the classic Cucumber are sure to please. For a different experience we also have a tray of English Cheeses and Truffle Pate. Open daily Wednesday through Sunday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm and private parties of six or more on Monday & Tuesday. Trays range from $11.95 - $39.95. Full libations offered including Bellini Cocktail, Mimosa & Bloody Mary’s to complete your experience. Reservations are required. 904-277-4300.Our menu is on-line at www.hoythouse.com. Located at 804 Atlantic Avenue on the corner of Center & 8th Avenue in the Historic District. Jack & Diane’s ~ Jack & Diane’s remains the love of the locals for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Come explore “A world of Taste all in one Place” as it is affectionately known by guests from every corner of the globe. At the crossroads of comfort and quest, you will find each dish combines homespun recipes with global influences offering new discoveries in their signature concept of “adventurous dining”. The extensive five page menu presents such a great variety that they created a $5 tasting menu, so you can explore all your cravings at once. This cozy bistro nestled in a historic home circa 1862 offers a fun-loving, unique dining experience in what is now an artists’ sanctuary. Your senses will be filled with sights, sounds and tastes from the world over in this little island gem. Tastes that echo both tradition and adventure, it’s the memories a happy life are made of. www.jackanddianescafe.com Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro ~ Located in historic downtown Fernandina, Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro

Ask a local. www.SlidersSeaside.com 1998 South Fletcher Avenue •Amelia Island 904.277.6652

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serves innovative cuisine in a relaxed, island atmosphere. Enjoy fresh seafood, game, and specialty dishes in a charming 1903 home, or outside in a New Orleans-inspired courtyard. Jacksonville Magazine Top 25. Extensive wine list available. Reservations recommended. Major credit cards. 321-2558. Open seven days. D, $$$. Lulu’s at the Thompson House ~ Lulu’s is more than just a sandwich shop! The dinner menu changes nightly to showcase the best available fresh, local seafood. Lunch features sandwiches, po’ boys, salads, and a wide selection of seafood “little plates.” Open for lunch and dinner Tues - Sat. Sunday Brunch from 10:30am - 3pm. Beer and wine available. Major credit cards. Reservations recommended. 11 South 7th Street. Historic Downtown Fernandina. www. lulusamelia.com. (904) 432-8394. Old South Yankee Gourmet Grocery Store ~ Whether you’re headed out to the beach or on your lunch break, Old South Yankee offers a variety of sandwiches including Cubans, Spicy Chicken Salad, The Best BLTs and many more. We have homemade soup every day, salad specials, and lunches are served with cole slaw, pickles and sweet or unsweet tea. And while you’re waiting, enjoy samples of Old South Yankee gourmet dips and spreads, blueberry lemonade and awardwinning pies. If you’re planning a party, pick up a catering menu or make an appointment by calling (904) 277-5609. Located at 1667 South 8th Street, across from the Island Carwash. PLAE ~ PLAE (People Laughing and Eating) features a brilliant and seductive atmosphere that accompanies an incomparable menu. Both the menu and the lounge are classic, with exciting twists and unexpected elements that tantalize all appetites. Make PLAE a must on your “to do” list. Located at The Spa & Shops at Amelia Island Plantation. 277-2132. D, $$$, F. Sandy Bottoms ~ Casual dining, lunch and dinner menu, outside beach bar, tables and chairs in the sand on the beach, live entertainment almost every night, feet from the ocean. We offer seafood, sandwiches, salads, and home made pizzas. Full bar inside and outside. Sliders Seaside Grill ~ The Caribbean on Amelia Island! Slider’s offers fun dining for the whole family! Exotic seafood and steaks served to order are the specials of the house. Enjoy a beautiful oceanfront view inside, or on the patio, located steps from the beach. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. at Sadler Rd. (next to the roundabout). 277-6652. L, D, $$, F. The Surf ~ Dine indoors or out on the huge, oceanview deck. The extensive menu features delicious seafood, steaks, burgers, wraps, salads and Boar’s Head sandwiches. Daily specials include our famous all-you-can-eat wings (Wed. night) and lobster special all day Sunday. Casual, fun atmosphere. Takeout available. Open daily from 11am. 29 TVs throughout. WIFI available. Full service bar. Entertainment every night and weekend afternoons. 3199 S. Fletcher Ave. 261-5711. L, D, $$, F.

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Great buy in Amelia Island Plantation. Light and bright two bedroom, two bath townhouse with beautiful views of the golf course and lake. Walk to the beach. Club membership available. $300,000

112 SEASIDE RETREAT Enjoy breathtaking sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean from this 6th floor unit located in Seaside Retreat. This three bedroom condo located on the quiet south end of Amelia Island has everything you could ask for, including garage parking and storage under the building. This oceanfront villa is situated with southeast exposure, and it enjoys views of the Intracoastal Waterway from the west side. Call today for details. $1,133,000

95111 HITHER HILLS WAY Don’t miss this four bedroom, three bath home in North Hampton. The open floor plan includes a large separate bedroom and bath upstairs. Upgrades include granite countertops, plantation shutters in the master bedroom, and new built-in media shelves in an additional office/den. $279,000

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Located north and adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. These fabulous oceanfront condominiums feature beautiful custom appointments, large square footage and membership to The Golf Club of Amelia Island. Oceanfront and golf course views are incredible! These units start at $1,150,000.



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 floor plans, beautiful views, as well as rental potential have made Ocean Place a “must have” for potential owner-investors. These units start at $459,000 and are direct oceanfront. View Virtual Tours of these and other fabulous listings on www.marcymock.com.

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AMELIA ISLAND LISTINGS AND SALES North Beach Ocean Views

1764 DUNES CLUB VILLA $1,475,000 Spectacular southern ocean views from this gorgeous 3 BR, 4 BA villa in gated Amelia Island Plantation. Spacious floor plan with ocean views from all living areas and master suite, en suite baths in both guest bedrooms, travertine floors, extensive molding throughout, Andersen windows and doors, 2 car garage, and fireplace in living room. Unique features of this home include a wrap-around balcony, top-of-the-line kitchen with custom island and granite countertops, large sink, pull-out pantry drawers, Miele dishwasher, tile backspash and custom bureau in master bath.

Completely remodeled in 2008. Kitchen features granite counters and overlooks an open living and dining area. Double sliders opening to the balcony bring the outdoors in. Custom fireplace surround and shelving in the living area, with a sitting room off the living room. Outdoor kitchen for grilling and dual decks capture glorious ocean views. Easy beach access, and the island lifestyle at it’s best! #56336 $495,000

Completely Remodeled! Bright and open, yet traditional floor plan perfect for entertaining or family gatherings. Wide plank oak floors throughout the living areas, gourmet kitchen, fireplace, french doors and many windows. Large master suite and two additional bedrooms upstairs. First floor guest suite or study. Situated on a large, private lot with plenty of room to add a pool. A large wrap around deck highlighted by a screened gazebo. 3 bay garage. #55808 $420,000

Old World Craftsmanship

11 SOUND POINT COURT $1,200,000 Southern charmer on Long Point at Amelia Island Plantation. Surrounded by lush landscaping, live oaks and magnolias, this lowcountry marsh and river view home is the epitome of southern elegance. Situated on three levels—all with elevator access—this 3 BR, 4.5 BA home offers heart pine floors, generously sized rooms, and high ceilings. Framed by twin staircases, the entry opens on the second level which features a sitting area and 3 bedrooms. Master suite has his and hers baths and access to screened porch which runs length of the home.Top level is open and bright with spacious living and dining space, has stunning marsh/ICW views, well thought out kitchen, access to porch for grilling and a sunny office.

Top shelf quality throughout, includes a solid walnut floating staircase, solid walnut flooring, tongue and groove cofered ceilings, custom kitchen with granite counters, Wolfe 6-burner gas stove, Sub-Zero refrigerator, a custom fireplace surround and bookcases and so much more. Large, lushly landscaped lot in a parklike setting. Marsh views from the front porch. #53946 $549,000

Steps to the Beach Enjoy the unobstructed ocean views from this well-built 3 BR, 2 BA home. Wrap-around decking with front and rear access and an elevator provide easy access. The open floor plan is great for entertaining and the kitchen offers a center island all appliances. The master suite is oceanfront and 2 additional bedrooms are at the back of the house. Also includes a large workshop and storage area. Covered parking for 3 cars. #55029 $615,000

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Anne Barbanel = Commitment “Striving to be the best... when only the best will do!”

86031 Meadowfield Bluff Rd This gorgeous 5,100 sq. ft. HC home in a total of 7,000 sq. ft. can be the perfect home for large family. If you’re looking for a DEAL, this is it!! Original appraised value for this home on over 2 acres was $1.2 mil. Owner will provide buyer with permits & full set of plans. Renovation loans available for buyer to finance the completion of this designer home on beautiful deep water Lofton Creek. $350,000

770 Queens Way This 1977 home has been completely gutted & remodeled inside. Situated on over an acre with detached game room, an additional detached 1 car garage with workshop and a 20’ x 40’ in-ground saltwater pool. Kitchen & family room have travertine floors and the rest of the home is either cherry or oak wood flooring. Kitchen is loaded with special touches like hidden lighting, custom cabinetry, center island, and glass cook top stove. $369,000

1541 Inverness Rd Features include a very open great room, dining room/ kitchen! Walk thru the pocket doors that lead to the 13’x23’ “flex space”, office? Children’s playroom? Den? Use your imagination! Conveniently located near shopping, schools, & the lovely beaches of Amelia Island. Call this your home soon!. $192,000

8235 The Residence Ct Exceptional 4BR/3.5BA home in exclusive gated community on the south end. Kitchen has gas stove, double ovens, Bosch appliances, Sub-Zero refrigerator, & all granite tops. Living room has 22 ft. ceilings. Separate study downstairs & an open game or TV room upstairs with wet bar. Pool & tennis court nearby. Golf Club Membership available. Just 1 blk from the beach. $725,000

Call Anne Today ~ 904.583.0734 www.annebarbanel.com John T. Ferreira & Son, Inc. 500 Centre Street • Amelia Island

1885 GARDENIA STREET Great price for this beautiful home in sought after Amelia Park. The home boasts wood floors in living areas, granite counter tops in kitchen and a gas stove for the gourmet cook. The rooms are very open and bright and the master’s suite features California-style closets. Front porch for rocking and greeting neighbors and large patio pavers in the back for entertaining. It is a short distance to the YMCA, shopping, restaurants, medical complex and beach. This lovely home is in move-in condition. MLS #55091. $359,400

96104 HANGING MOSS DRIVE This sophisticated 4BR/3BA townhome boasts tile floors in living area, a fireplace, private elevator and a balcony overlooking lovely grounds. The large master bedroom features a second private balcony. The large great room and gourmet kitchen is perfect for entertaining. Attention to detail is evident throughout the home. Owner will include a complimentary social membership to the Golf Club of Amelia Island. Luxury townhome located in much desired south end. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity! MLS #56019. $299,000

96700 GRANDE OAKS LANE High coffered ceilings, magnificent wood floors, superior detailed woodwork is enhanced by a spectacular view of the marsh and Amelia River. To complete this picture is a salt water pool with soothing waterfall. Kitchen boasts granite countertops, island cabinets with built-ins, and pull-out shelves. Kitchen opens to large, bright family room. Formal living room and dining room are a host’s delight. Separate owner’s suite with large bedroom sitting area and opening to screened lanai. MLS #55939. $575,000

96086 HEATH POINT LANE This spacious 4BR/3BA home with master suite on first floor is nestled among the oaks in Lanceford Creek Plantation, a gated community. The large living room opens to the sunroom which overlooks the screened-in pool, a spacious backyard with patio, and fruit trees. The open floorplan and outside living areas have the perfect flow for entertaining. This home features a covered front porch with circular drive and side entry garage. Membership to the Oyster Bay Yacht Club is available. MLS #50371. $495,000


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Million Dollar Views Just choose your lifestyle and location! Laily Schlegel, Realtor®/Owner (904) 415-8256 • Laily@aol.com www.ameliabestrealty.com

Fort George River $1,100,000

Oceanfront, Marshfront, & Resort Property Specialist BEST VIEW, BEST PRICE, BEST INCOME Superb oceanfront penthouse at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. With 2,200 sq. ft. of luxury living, this villa offers privacy and amazing ocean and Nassau Sound views from every room. Uncommon penthouse floorplan, offering three spacious balconies. Walls-of-windows in LR/ DR and MR. Upgrades include, marble floors, open kitchen and oversized master bedroom. Available furnished. $895,000 MLS#56291

AIP Ocean $1,195,000

AIP Marsh $1,195,000

Historic Ft George $1,850,000

BEST VIEW OF SUNRISE AND SUNSET Southern exposure with a balcony on every side with spectacular view, lots of built in, electric storm shutter over all window, private garage with storage space. There is a great room with gourmet kitchen and walls of glass with panoramic vistas to endless ocean view. Enjoy ocean view from MB, south guest room and view of the marsh and Amelia River from the west. $1,100,000 MLS#56290

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St. Johns River $1,295,000 CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE OPEN HOUSE. PLEASE CALL FOR DETAILS.

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Wonderful oceanfront condo in the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. Recently remodeled with exceptional upgrades. Condo also has a garage. Great open floor plan that maximizes the ocean views. All one level living with private end unit location. Make this condo your beach home with potential for high rental income while you are away. $995,000 MLS#56952

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the road less travelled Eco-Motion Tours offers a unique way to explore the forests and coastline of Northeast Florida. BY DICKIE ANDERSON • PHOTOS COURTESY OF ECO-MOTION TOURS

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alk about an adventure. Guided tours have always been a popular way to get an insider’s view of a vacation destination or a historic spot, but Segways add an element of fun. This two-wheeled, self-balancing transportation device is designed to go wherever people go, and there are over 500 Segway-guided tours worldwide. Many navigate through busy city streets, theme parks, or resorts—but what about an unpaved, natural setting? What could be more fun than a ride on a Segway along the Atlantic Ocean or an inland waterway, or through the beautiful canopied maritime forests of Northeast Florida? Eco-Motion Tours offers a unique eco-historic tour for those who want to experience exceptional natural beauty and history that goes back over 6,000 years—and you can do it offroad, without disturbing the nature around you. On a crisp January morning, I joined Greg and Maren Arnett, owners of Eco-Motion Tours, on scenic Fort George Island, just south of Amelia Island. Since 2005, the Arnetts have offered Segway tours in the Talbot Islands State Parks, with visits to the National Park Service’s Kingsley Plantation. Now, they have added a new location: Fort Clinch State Park, where riders will have a beach excursion that explores a beautiful section of Amelia Island’s most northern shoreline, looking across at Cumberland Island National Seashore. The Arnetts love showing off what they call “real Florida.” “Every trip offers something new: flowers blooming, butterflies

and birds, bobcat tracks, turtle digs, and dolphins playing,” says the couple. “There are bird roosts and birds of all kinds, including pelicans, ibis, snowy egrets, night herons, blue herons, and wood storks. You just have to know what to look for.” Our group met in the wide, forgiving training field adjacent to the Ribault Club, a beautiful restored historic building on Fort George Island. We each donned the required safety helmet and met the machine we would be riding: the Segway XT cross-terrain model, ideal for sandy trails. Its technologically advanced design senses your body movements, making it very easy to operate. Lean forward, go forward. Stand straight to stop. To increase speed, lean forward a little harder. To slow down, lean back. Wireless headsets allowed us to hear instructions, as well as Greg’s expert descriptions of what we would see on our island adventure. The Segways are set to go no more than 5 mph and are “clean and green.” With wide, low-pressure tires that leave minimal impact on the riding surface, along with its battery-powered and zero-emission technology, these Segways are very quiet, disturbing neither the wildlife nor any people they might pass. Our group agreed that Segways offer the perfect way to explore the trails and pathways of Fort George Island – and we can’t wait to don those helmuts once again for a nature tour of Fort Clinch! To reserve a spot or learn more about Eco-Motion’s Segway Tours, call (904) 251-9477.

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