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

MAY 2012

2012

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C hamber M usic F estival A Musical Family Reunion

plus: GREAT HOUSES OF FERNANDINA • FERNANDINA FACES • FORT CLINCH


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Experience, Knowledge and Dedication for your Real Estate needs.


HISTORIC DOWNTOWN Fernandina Beach

Historic Downtown 215 Centre Street Fernandina Beach, FL 3 2034

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Where the locals meet. Espresso • Panini • Dessert Bar 202 Centre Street Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach (904) 277-4880 • www.lindysjewelry.com

Enjoy homemade soups & fresh breads made in our own kitchen every day.

207 Centre Street 321-2111 Locally owned & operated for 17 years.

SHOE VISIONS

FINE FOOTWEAR & ACCESSORIES

Vaneli • Donald Pliner • Azura Born Crown • Cole Haan • Sofft Think • Naot • Mephisto 118 Centre St, Fernandina Beach

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ORIGINAL OILS • FRAMES • PRINTS METAL ART • WOOD CARVINGS MODEL PLANES & SHIPS • BALANCE TOYS NOVELTY GIFTS • HOME ACCENTS

NEW LOCATION, SAME OLD PRICES!

206 C ENTRE STREET (Across from coffee shop)

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Specializing in European & coastal designers. We are a fullservice design house. Design consultants are available by appointment, or come by to browse our wares and wholesale furnishings catalogs.

No. 3 S. Third St., Historic Fernandina 904.321.0367 ~ 646.416.0310 www.vignette-design.com

AMELIA ISLAND LISTINGS AND SALES

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Pam Meyer For Professional Real Estate Services

Visit www.ameliaislandproperties.com, or email me at pammeyer@remax.net to learn more about available properties, real estate information, and Amelia Island area information. Professional Group

303 Centre Street, Suite102, Amelia Island

904.415.0303

30 restaurants, 58 shops, 400 years of history, and one unforgettable waterfront sunset.


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SPRING/SUMMER 2012 TOURS Cumberland Island Tour ~ 10:30 a.m. (2 hour tour) Beach Creek Tour ~ 2:30 p.m. (1 ½ hour tour) Cumberland Sound Tour ~ 5:00 p.m. (1 ½ hour tour) Traditional Family Sunset Tour ~ (1 hour tour) – Departure times varies seasonally Sunset/Twilight Tour ~ (2 hour tour) – BYOB; live local entertainment Departure times varies seasonally Fri & Sat evs’ Spring and Fall; Mon-Sat (Summer) Interactive, Family-Friendly Eco-Tours ~ Mid-March – May ~ Th-Sat (10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. for 2 hrs) June – Aug ~ Mon-Sat (10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for 2 hours) September through Thanksgiving – Th-Sat (10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for 2 hours)

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Designer Jewelry Franz • Diana Warner • Lenora Dame • Jan Michael

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HANDBAGS • HATS SCARVES • JEWELRY GIFTS FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN 2380 Sadler Rd., Amelia Island

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Visit us across from the Marriott near the beach.

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LIQUORS & Fine Wines

SINCE 1985

Island’s Best Selection of Spirits Cellar Selection Wines • Handmade Cigars Extensive selection of single malt scotch, single barrel bourbons, specialty tequilas, and exotic rums.

Casual beach wear, home décor & gifts One of a kind artist treasures

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2245 Sadler Rd (1/2 mile from the Beach)

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Do you have the coverage you need? SHAPIRO INSURANCE GROUP has been providing quality insurance products and excellent customer service for North Florida since 1989. From auto insurance to homeowner’s insurance, life insurance and business insurance, we provide you with the customer service you deserve. Ask for auto laminated ID cards!

the art of S I L V E R Beautiful and treasured in every form. Spring to Summer and the whole year through. “Voted Best of the Best Insurance Agency”

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(next to Starbucks)

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Amelia

ISLANDER

Our knowledge of chamber music has

Philip Kelly Deana Basile Kelly Publishers and Editors

undoubtedly grown

Tom Barrett Art Director

over the years, and it

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has only piqued our appetite for more.

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

Each spring, as the Amelia Island Chamber Festival approaches and we start planning our coverage, we can’t help but get excited about the calendar of spectacular concerts. Like many Amelia Islanders, we have become enamored of the musical style in which we’ve been immersed because with this festival. Since our introduction to so many world-class musicians and masterpiece compositions, words like “septet,” “fugue,” and “virtuoso” are slowly settling into our local vernacular. Our knowledge of chamber music has undoubtedly grown over the years, and it has only piqued our appetite for more. Fortunately, each year festival organizers manage to bring us not only more amazing musicians from around the world, but more diverse concerts to cater to a variety of tastes. Although the configuration of musicians may change, what is constant is the beauty and extraordinary adaptability of this musical style. When music originally written centuries ago for the private chambers of the elite is performed in settings like the Palace Saloon, Fort Clinch, and historic churches, the performances take on new dimensions. Concertgoers can witness before their very eyes (and ears) how a composition can be affected by the specific setting. One of the most dramatic examples of this in this year’s festival is the June 2 performance, “Hoedown: Dancing Fiddle” at Walker’s Landing, Omni Amelia Island Plantation. This and other concerts promise to be unique musical experiences, brought to us right here in our own backyard. We can hardly wait! This month, we are thrilled to kick off a new recurring column called “Great Houses of Fernandina.” Dickie Anderson has informed and delighted us in our Page of History column over the years, and we thank her for bringing us this new series that will focus on some of the fabulous historic homes that add so much to the character and beauty of our downtown area. We start with the house that seems to stand at the gateway to the downtown: the Hoyt House. Also this month, we hope you’ll enjoy a Fernandina Faces column on fiber artist Billie McCray; a historic backyard adventure at Fort Clinch; a fabulous dinner out at Bonito; 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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MAY 2012 13 Cover Story A MUSICAL FAMILY REUNION

Bringing together world-class musicians and local music-lovers for its 11th year, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival presents a dazzling program of concerts, with musical styles and settings to suit a variety of tastes.

29 Great Houses of Fernandina Tucked under the live oak trees on Atlantic Ave., the Hoyt House boasts charming architecture and a history that is intertwined with the growth of the island.

35 Fernandina Faces

43 Island Home

64 Backyard Adventure

Meet Billie McCray. Instilled with a “can-do” philosophy, she turned her hobby into an art form, designing fabulous pieces of fiber art.

With an abundance of porches and river views, the home of Debbie and Tony Lott has the ambience of a peaceful and idyllic country house.

Living history reenactments at Fort Clinch State Park bring history alive for visitors of all ages.

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ABOUT THE COVER

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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 Three plants featuring showy shades of purple would make wonderful additions to Amelia Island gardens.

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Eating Scene With superb sushi, a fabulous menu, and creative specials, Bonito Grill & Sushi sets a high standard for Asian fusion cuisine.

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Open House Premium real estate offerings on and around Amelia Island

Cover design by Tom Barrett. Photos courtesy of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival.

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Let us find tide pools on horseback. Let us stoke the fire for one more s’more. Let us turn a taste of the good life into a memory of a lifetime.

Discover With You—The ideal package to create fond memories for the entire family includes breakfast and a daily resort credit. For reservations, please contact your travel professional, call The Ritz-Carlton at 800-241-3333 or visit ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland.

*Rates may vary over select dates, and are valid per room/per night, based on single or double occupancy, exclusive of taxes, gratuities, fees and other charges; do not apply to groups; and cannot be combined with any other offer. Advanced reservations are required. Offer valid through December 30, 2012, subject to availability. Credit applied per night, may not be applied toward room rate, has no cash value and must be used during the dates of the reservation. Experiences vary by hotel. ©2012 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. 9 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • MAY 2012 www.AmeliaIslander.com


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2012

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C hamber Music F estival A Musical Family Reunion

BY JULIE SIMMONS PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE AMELIA ISLAND CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

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From Norway to London, from Texas to Atlanta, renowned musicians are traveling from near and far to come to Amelia! Ladies, find that summer hairstyle, and gentleman, reserve your tickets - it’s time for the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival! For the 11th straight season, our favorite musical artists cannot wait to reunite for the opportunity to play, learn, and enjoy Amelia Island together—nor can we wait to hear them. The 2012 AICMF will take place in 17 concerts across several venues on the island between May 13 and June 8, 2012. So, what is Chamber Music? Traditionally, it is a small group of artists gathering to play classical music. The word “chamber” historically implies the musical selections are appropriate for performance in small venues. The neat thing about the AICMF is that it takes chamber music to unique levels, stretching the style of the music and the small venues. “Last year, nearly 3,300 people attended the performances of over 70 artists from around the globe who performed in 12 different island venues,” says Festival Coordinator Kimberly Gustafson. Amelia Island has quickly become addicted to chamber music. “The first year we attended, it was just because the

concert was held at our church,” says AICMF volunteer and regular attendee Rich Smith. “I always thought of Chamber music as stiff, dull, and not too interesting, but my wife and I sat in amazement at the spectacular music that was just beautifully performed in our own church in our own town. We’ve been involved ever since!” Rich’s story is the same for many of the volunteers and attendees who now eagerly await the AICMF each year. The Southeast Tourism Society selected the festival as a Top 20 Event for May 2012. “The original conception of the AICMF was to present music at multiple venues around the island,” says Artistic Director, AICMF founder, and principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Rex. “We want to appeal to different people, different tastes, allow for different ambiances, and, ultimately, give the community the opportunity to connect with the festival.” Another unique feature of the AICMF is its original presentation of classical music. “The festival strives to meet a wide range of musical tastes—traditional chamber music string quartets, larger chamber music ensembles, some including

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Linden String Quartet

Natasha Peremski

Lynn Harrell

Zukerman Chamber Players

voice, guitar, and wind instruments, and non-traditional music that explores American folk traditions,” says Rex. An example of the AICMF’s appeal to a wide variety of tastes is the Saturday, June 2 concert, “Hoedown: Dancing Fiddle,” at Walker’s Landing, Omni Amelia Island Plantation. This event is part of the “Beer & G Strings” series of the festival, which always promises a relaxed setting and a cash bar available. This concert features the April Verch Band. Verch is a renowned Canadian fiddler, singer, songwriter, and stepdancer, and concert organizers are expecting a sold-out event. The festival includes two additional “Beer & G Strings” concerts, both at the Palace Saloon. “There’s nothing like hearing several million dollars’ worth of cellos and violins in a bar on a stage—pure joy!” says AICMF attendee and volunteer Susan Casillas. The first, “Beer & G Strings I: Music of Passion and Fire,” will be Sunday, May 20, and features the music of Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, and Ginestera. The Linden String Quartet will play with Elizabeth Pridgen and Natasha Paremski, both AICMF regular pianists, and Christopher Rex, cello. The second, “Beer & G Strings II: Lyric Cello,” is Wednesday, May 23, with the music of Verdi, Puccini, Delibes,

Bizet, Faure, Sibelius, and Granados, performed by cellist Lynn Harrell, who is not only an Amelia Island favorite, but an internationally renowned soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor, and teacher. Additionally, he is a frequent guest of many leading orchestras and is considered the one of the pre-eminent cellists performing today. Performing alongside Harrell will be James Dunham, viola, Elizabeth Prigden, piano, and Christopher Rex, cello. The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival exists to enrich our community by providing access to great music. “Because of this festival, those of us lucky enough to live on Amelia Island can sit in the front row as world-class musicians play some of the world’s greatest music,” says volunteer and attendee Bob Bolan. While the festival is a treasure for our island, the artists claim that it is also a gift to them. “What a lot of people don’t realize is that many of our artists rarely get to play together,” says Gustafson. “Our festival falls at the end of symphony season, so coming to Amelia is a reunion for them each year.” The Friday, June 8, grand finale concert is titled for just this theme, “From Our Family to Yours.” This evening includes artists who are actual family, and all who are musical family. Norwegian brother and sister, David Coucheron,

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Elissa Koljonen and Roberto Diaz

Robert Spano

violin, and Julie Coucheron, piano, will perform the music of Vitale, Borodin, and Chausson, with husband-and-wife team, Elissa Koljonen, violin, and Roberto Diaz, viola, and brothers, Charles Rex, violin, and Christopher Rex, cello. “These artists are at the top of their fields, and we get to see them all together!” enthuses Gustafson. “For the artists, the goal of the festival has always been to collaborate, mix, and play together,” says Rex. “As we’ve grown, years have passed, and we’ve played together, we’ve grown into a family, and each year we can’t wait to play together, get to know each other better, and have fun. Anyone who performs at Amelia is part of our family—and they return for a musical family reunion each summer.” The artists reciprocate the feelings Rex has of the musical family. Cellist and associate professor at Southern Methodist University in Texas Andres Diaz reiterates the companionship among the artists. “The best part of participating in the festival,” he says, “is seeing each other, rehearsing, playing, and then going out together afterwards.” As you look at the festival schedule (www.aicmf.com), you will see four concerts entitled, “Un Voyage Musical Francais: A Journey through the Art and Music of France.” These concerts encompass French chamber music of the 17th and 18th centuries, the Romantic Age, Impressionism, and the 20th

PHOTO BY ANDREW ECCLES

Anne Akiko Meyers

David and Julie Coucheron

century. This theme runs through the festival in celebration of the 450th anniversary of the French arrival on Amelia Island and the first of eight flags under which Fernandina has flown. “We anticipate these performances to be hits,” explains Gustafson. “Paintings will be presented alongside the music at some of the concerts.” This is true for the Friday, May 25, “Songs on a Summer Night: Un Voyage Musical Francais III” at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m., which includes pianist Robert Spano, music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, playing the music of Berlioz, Debussy, and Franck. In addition to Amelia Island enrichment and artist collaboration, Rex explains how the festival aims to provide an educational component. The AICMF regularly features performances by the Beth Newdome Fellowship Artists, who are schooled at the nation’s most prestigious conservatories and are coached by the world’s finest classical musicians. This year, graduates from Philadelphia’s internationally famous Curtis Institute will perform. The Dover String Quartet will perform beside Roberto Diaz, viola, and Christopher Rex, cello, on Sunday, June 3 at Memorial United Methodist Church at 5 p.m. The success of the festival would not be possible without a host of volunteers. Through them, the entire purpose of the festival is realized, bringing music and people together. Meet

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FOR SCHEDULES OR TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Go to www.aicmf.com or call (904) 261-1779 Ticket discount of 10% for ticket packages for three to five performances and 20% off on six or more concerts. Additionally, visitors receive a 50% discount on concert tickets when presenting a valid confirmation number from any lodging establishment on Amelia Island.

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volunteer Bruce Buchanan. Like Smith, he reluctantly attended his first concert, but the experience led to a whole new hobby. “That evening, I volunteered to be a page-turner for the next year’s festival,” he explains. “I played piano as a kid and I assumed I could still read music, but I quickly realized I could not.” Up for the challenge, Buchanan networked with festival contacts, learned to read music, and started taking piano lessons from festival volunteer and local instructor Emma Bledsoe, seeking to one day be able to turn pages completely unprepared, if necessary. Buchanan found much joy in his piano practice and today is quite accomplished, with classical pieces as his favorite. As for the page-turning, “Last year, I was called in at the last minute to turn pages, and I was able to do it completely unprepared,” Buchanan says with a laugh, quickly reiterating that he always prefers to practice in advance! This year, he is excited about again volunteering as a page-turner and spending time in a private piano lesson with Will Ransom, the Mary L. Emerson Professor of Piano and head of the piano faculty at Emory University in Atlanta. Ransom is founder and artistic director of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and in the summers serves as artistic director of the HighlandsCashiers Chamber Music Festival in North Carolina. “I think the educational component of the festival is a tremendous opportunity for young musicians to be mentored by some of the top performers in the world,” says Buchanan. “And this year, I get to take part as well—exciting!” The chance to reunite with the volunteers is a treat for the artists, as well. “All the people whom we have had the pleasure of meeting over the years are like family - generous, kind and supportive,” says pianist Wendy Chen. “This helps us to give a fantastic concert every time.” The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. Entering its second decade, it relies upon and still exists because of community support, both financially and with volunteers. “This festival puts our island on the international radar, creating a reputation whereby musicians seek the festival. Our community has demonstrated a commitment to support this cultural event, both financially and through the many volunteers,” explains Casillas, who encourages others to call the festival hotline if they are considering volunteering. Festival fans – it’s time to buy your tickets! New to the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival? Give it a try this year and join the musical family! The Sunday, May 13, “Concert in the Park: String Cheese Fling” and the Saturday, May 26, family concert at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church are both free, relaxed concerts and a great place to reunite with—or be introduced to—chamber music!

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WADSWORTH’S LAUNCHES NEW CLOTHING LABEL Brenda DeMarco, owner of Wadsworth’s in downtown Fernandina Beach, has teamed up with her daughter, Angela DeMarco, to create their own clothing label, Wadsworth’s Amelia Island, featuring Fernandina Beach’s favorite mascot, a shrimp. “In July of 2011, Angela drew a shrimp for me because we were discussing the fact that, in all my years of buying, I have never come across a shrimp logo on clothing” explains DeMarco. That drawing remained on her refrigerator for months, until one day DeMarco decided to take it to work. “That same morning someone came in to sell me a shirt with a turtle on it, and then later someone else came in with a salmon logo. Finally, I thought ‘We’ll just have to make our own shrimp logo!’” “The new line is meant to promote a sense of pride in our home town and in the importance of supporting our local community,” says DeMarco. That means working with local companies as much as possible, including P5 Productions and Hamilton Press. The eco-friendly line includes men’s cotton Polos ($60); men’s bamboo/ poly Polos ($65); ladies’ 3/4-sleeve-length Polo ($59.50); visors and caps ($22); and oversized bags ($38.50). “We’re already working on some new items, like T-shirts, so stay tuned!” says DeMarco.

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SPYRO GYRA AND DAVID BENOIT TO HEADLINE AT THE 2012 AMELIA ISLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL A hugely successful commercial group that has sold over ten million albums, Spyro Gyra will appear at the Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival on Saturday, October 13, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Also headlining this year is David Benoit, whose expansive career includes the jazz-fusion classics This Side Up, Freedom at Midnight, and the Grammy nominated Every Step of the Way. He will perform on Friday, October 12, also at the Omni. The festival, which runs from October 7 to 14, also includes performances by jazz violinist Doug Cameron, and smooth jazz pianist Mike Levine with the Miami Vibe, plus Latin Jazz Night, a Blues Night with Wine Tasting, the Dixieland Jazz Brunch, and much more. A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, the Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival distributes proceeds toward a scholarship program for aspiring jazz musicians. For more information, call (904) 504-4772, or visit Spyro Gyra www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com.

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ntique and vintage appliances evoke the comforts of hearth and home. Unlike many appliances today, vintage appliances were often built of sturdy natural materials and meant to last. They may recall the old family home or remind us of our grandparents and great grandparents. One vintage household item that conjures up the idea of a simpler time is an icebox. Amelia Island Antiques has recently acquired a handsome wooden icebox that would make a wonderful addition to any kitchen. The top opens for storage and it would make a great bar. An icebox is a non-mechanical kitchen appliance that was in most homes before the development of powered refrigeration devices. Iceboxes had hollow walls that were lined with tin or zinc and packed with insulating materials. A large block of ice was held in a tray or compartment near the top of the box. Cold air circulated down and around storage compartments in the lower section. Some finer models

had spigots for draining ice water from a catch pan or holding tank. The melted ice had to be replenished regularly, normally with new ice from a delivery man. Commonly iceboxes were made of wood, most probably for ease of construction, insulation, and aesthetics. Like this one, many were handsome pieces of furniture. The horse-drawn ice wagon and the daily occupation of the iceman, who made regular door-to-door deliveries of block ice for iceboxes, was as much a social institution as the milk man. Apartment buildings had small doors that opened to the ice box from the back porch. The ice man would bring the block of ice and insert it into the ice box through this door. Children would go on the ice wagon and take chips of fallen ice as treats during the summer. Available at Amelia Island Antiques, located at 5210 First Coast Highway, (904) 321-1314, this piece would make a unique bar cabinet that can be made useful for today while visually evoking times past.

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JUNE Michael Siegel – Old Master Oil Painting

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A co-op of 50 local artists show their paintings, pottery, jewelry, glass art, fiber art and more in our newly renovated gallery. Nouveau Art Juried, Themed Show “And Then There Was Light” Best of Show, “Chestnut Street - Late Afternoon” James Widerman, Acrylic on Board

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Edward Jones

or decades, Edward Jones has been committed to providing personalized investment service to individuals, helping clients reach their serious, long-term investment goals. Financial Advisor Pamela Brown joined Edward Jones in 1994, after her husband, T.J. Brown, died in a plane crash. The couple had moved their business, National Airshows, to Amelia Island to enjoy the weather and year-round flying, along with several other families who were pilots with the team. After the accident, Brown’s cousin recruited her to join the Edward Jones firm. Having had a series of wonderful careers, Brown discovered that her teaching background lent itself well to her role of advisor. “Our mission is to provide guidance and financial expertise to people who are going through life transitions,” says Brown. “I spend time with my clients in order to understand their goals and create a plan to achieve those goals.” Brown also shares her skills with many organizations in the community, including the Council on Aging, the AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Business Association. To make sense of investing, Edward Jones offers face-toface meetings and technology that gives clients instant access to information on their investments. “I enjoy working with so many friends and neighbors, offering our financial expertise, along with the friendly, personalized service and commitment of a small-town business,” says Brown. “Amelia Island is a great community of people and a wonderful place to do business.” For more information, call (904) 277-2466.

Amelia Dental Group

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ealthy, beautiful smiles abound at Amelia Dental Group, and why not, with four general dentists, three dental specialists, and 24 employees caring for each and every patient as if they were family? The dental practice began 40 years ago with C. K. Owens, DDS, and has grown over the years to include George Van Etta, DMD, Laurie Kitson, DMD, and Joshua Bietenholz, DMD. Amelia Dental Group is committed to providing the highest quality dental care in a relaxed environment. They offer comprehensive dentistry, including the specialty services of an endodontist, oral surgeon, and periodontist, along with up-to-date technology and a commitment to continuing education to earn the trust of their patients. “We offer a very special team approach,” says Dr. Kitson,

who joined the group in 2000. “We’re extremely qualityoriented. Good oral health is important to your overall body health, not to mention that your smile can influence your self-esteem.” Dr. Kitson’s commitment and compassionate personality reflect the good nature and talent of all of those at Amelia Dental Group. Since Owens opened the practice, Amelia Dental Group has provided personalized dental services for thousands of families who come from near and far to experience the warm and gentle individualized care they provide. All of the dental specialists pride themselves in utilizing the most modern equipment and methods available. And their patients, well, they have a lot to smile about! For more information, call (904) 261-7181.

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beach combing Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose Kayak Amelia’s Y.B. Green’s General Store, 4 North 2nd St., (904) 261-5702, offers organic cotton t-shirts printed with earth-friendly clay and kelp-based dyes ($16 to $22), soy-based crayon rocks designed to develop fine motor skills ($5 to $6.50), jewelry from sustainable tagua nut and agave ($9 to $15), plus many other unique fair trade and earth-friendly gifts.

All About Accessories Take flight and visit Bijoux Amelia in downtown Fernandina Beach for fun and affordable accessories for your home. Most items just $10! Located at 317A Centre Street, (904) 310-6086.

Fabulous Finds InsideOut Home and Garden, located at 1027 South 8th Street, (904) 491-1199, offers unique home accessories, from dramatic to whimsical, like this draping octopus, in silver finish ($97.50); coral plate on stand with crab ($48.75); and coral vase on stand with seahorse ($50).

Sultry Summertime In 100% organic cotton with an adjustable neckline and side seam pocket, the LoLe Flutter Dress ($65) goes from the office to lunch on a sidewalk café—and off to the beach after a sultry summer day. Available at Red Otter Outfitters, located at The Spa & Shops at Amelia Island Plantation (904-310-6500) and at 1012 Atlantic Avenue, (904-206-4122). 27 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • MAY 2012

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Address: 804 Atlantic Avenue Date built: 1905 Built by: Fred W. Hoyt Builder: John R. Mann (also built Villa Las Palmas and the Keystone Hotel) Current use: Bed & Breakfast Current Owners: Myrta Defendina and Deborah Gold

G R E AT H O U S E S O F F E R N A N D I N A

The Hoyt House BY DICKIE ANDERSON • PHOTO BY WILLIAM RASER

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here are many architectural treasures that lay hidden in Fernandina’s historic district. The Hoyt House, a little Victorian gem, is located at one of the busiest intersections on the island, at Centre and 8th Streets, and currently operates as a bed and breakfast. Set back from the street and tucked under a giant canopy of live oaks, it’s easy to miss. The original owner, Fred Willis Hoyt, was originally from Meredith, New Hampshire. Following the Civil War, like many other entrepreneurs, he sought his fortune in the South. Settling in Fernandina, he became a successful by selling groceries, hardware, and building materials to meet the demands of this rapidly expanding seaport community. In 1887, Hoyt saw the need for a bank and became one of the founders and the first president of the island’s First National Bank. When it came time to build his home, he hired the most skilled builder in the area, John R. Mann, who built the home in 1905. Mann would later build many of the finer houses and buildings in town, including Villa Las Palmas and the Keystone Hotel. In addition, he was involved in the building of the Fernandina’s handsome Victorian courthouse and Dungeness, the Carnegie mansion on Cumberland Island. He was also a deacon of the First Presbyterian Church, where a memorial window honors him and his wife. The Hoyt House is said to be modeled after one of the cottages built on Jekyll Island and has been cited in the National Register of Historic Places as “noteworthy for its octagonal two-story bay, cross gable, balcony, hip-roof, hip-dormers, and

bracketed eaves.” Its interior is crafted out of the finest heart of pine and oak. Each of its seven coal-burning fireplaces has a unique carved mantel. The Hoyt House has some unique characteristics, thanks to the transplanted Yankee who built it. Most noteworthy are the “Yankee” doors, double doors at the main entry, meant to keep out the cold. A wraparound porch, typical of many Queen Anne style homes, offers a variety of quiet, cool places to sit. Hoyt and his wife, Kate, had three sons and built an amazing third-floor playroom with a stage, a piano, and a puppet theater. This later became a private apartment. When Hoyt died, the house was sold to Everett Mizell (1882-1955), whose family occupied the house for the next 50 years. Mizell also succeeded Fred Hoyt as the president of the First National Bank of Fernandina. The collapse of the Florida land boom and the great depression put pressure on Florida banks, and there were some rough years. The First National Bank survived thanks to Mizell’s good management. Following the Mizell family, the house served as offices for local lawyers. In 1993, it was opened as a bed and breakfast. It has changed hands several times, and several additions have been made, including a swimming pool and cozy, well-appointed bar on the first floor. In keeping with the history of the building, current owners Myrta Defendina and Deborah Gold offer a Victorian tea complete with costumed servers. To enter the Hoyt House is to go back in time and appreciate the welcoming and intimate spaces created so many years ago by John Mann.

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MAY 2012 TIDES AT THE AMELIA RIVER Day

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around town 2012

MAY 2

MAY 6

The Amelia Island Museum of History invites the public to its next Brown Bag Lunch Lecture at noon. This month features Admiral Gene Kendall, USN (retired) discussing diversity efforts in the U.S. Navy from the 1960’s through 2000. Kendall will discuss the issues that drove the turmoil and chronicle some of the landmarks and missteps to diversify the military. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (904) 261-7378, ext. 102.

“Match for a Cure” is an afternoon of tennis at the resort’s Racquet Park featuring tennis legends Chris Evert, Mats Wilander and Todd Martin. Beginner and advanced clinics will be followed by a special pre-match cocktail reception with the players. For more information or tickets, call (800) 745-3000 or visit www.omniameliaislandplantation.com.

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MAY 10

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MAY 3

Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade Kick-off the 49th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival with the Pirate Parade along Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach! Get there early to snag a good spot. 6pm start.

MAY 4

Sounds on Centre

An informal group of women who meet to 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 5:30pm. For more information, call (904) 305-2608.

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 8pm, 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.

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MAY 4 – 6

Evening of Story and Song

49th Annaul Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Featuring three days of arts and crafts, live entertainment, kids area and activities, numerous food booths and of course, fresh, local Fernandina shrimp! Held in historic Downtown Fernandina Beach. For more information, call (904) 261-5841 or visit shrimpfestival.com.

MAY 5, 12, 19, 26

Fernandina Farmers’ Market 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.

MAY 5, 19

Story Time at the Museum! The Amelia Island Museum of History invites you to Story Time at the Museum! Looking for something to do on Saturdays with the kids? Bring them to the museum for some reading and fun! Beginning at 10:30 a.m. every first and third Saturday of the month, the program will feature a different story geared toward 5 to 8 year-olds. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Alex at (904) 261-7378 ext. 102.

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

MAY 12

Gretchen Peters, best known for having written “Independence Day,” the Grammy-nominated song recorded by Martina McBride, will perform at Burns Hall in St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish. A $15 donation to the artist is requested at the door. Advance reservations are suggested. Contact series hosts Mark & Donna Paz Kaufman for reservations or more information at (904) 277-2664 or at mkaufman@pazbookbiz.com.

MAY 14

Drive for Success Inaugural Golf Tournament Come hit the links and win fabulous prizes, while supporting Communities In Schools of Nassau County. Amelia River is known as the best course on Amelia Island for female golfers, and while men are encouraged to join, there will be a lot of reasons for the ladies to be a part of this tournament. 12 - 6pm. For more info, call (904) 321-2000 or visit www.cisnassau.org.

MAY 18

Third on 3rd The Amelia Island Museum of History offers a presentation on the third Friday of the month. The presentations are on a variety of different topics, but each relate to the history of the island. The event takes place in Baker Hall in

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the museum. Cost is $5 per person (free for members). For more information, call (904) 277-0717 or visit www.ameliamuseum.org.

MAY 18 – 20

Wild Amelia Nature Festival Experience the wild side of Amelia Island. With more than 25 seminars and experiences, the three-day festival offers something for everyone. Opportunities include a Segway tour of Ft. George Island, kayaking the marshes along Ft. Clinch State Park, and exploration of bird habitats by bike. The festival also offers programs designed specifically for children, including a Kids Niche with hands-on nature activities. There will also be an EcoExpo with green and nature-based exhibitors and a Silent Auction. For more information, call (904) 251-0016 or visit www.wildamelia.com.

MAY 23

Acting for the Camera… Two Experienced in stage or film? Experience the art of film-making while fine-tuning your skills in a natural, normal sounding way. Taught by filmmaker, psychologist, and author Dr. Nadine Vaughan. Presented by FilmAmelia! Inc. Six Wednesdays beginning May 23 from 5:30 – 7pm. $90 for 6 classes, with scholarships available. 1525 Lime St. in the Police Department Community Room. Call (904) 491-0904 or email psychespace@earthlink.net.

MAY 25

8th Annual St. Michael Academy Golf Classic Enjoy a great day of golf at Long Point Golf Club at Amelia Island Plantation to support St. Michael Academy. The day begins with practice time on the driving range, a lunch buffet, Captain’s Choice Handicap Scramble with a shotgun start at 1pm, followed by an awards reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres. Golf is $150 per player, and the evening reception alone is $35. Call (904) 321-2102 for tickets.

MAY 28

ARIAS “Let Freedom Ring” Memorial Day Concert Featuring the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the concert will be held at the First Baptist Church on 8th Street. Doors will be open at 6pm, concert starts at 7pm. The concert will feature Fabio Mechetti, conducting, and will present a program centered around patriotic music.Tickets are $20 each, and will be on sale at convenient locations around the island. For more information on tickets, contact Pat Murray at (904) 321-4174. To have your event featured here, email all of the information to calendar@ameliaislander.com.

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fernandina faces

Billie McCray BY JAN DAVIS PHOTO BY STEPHEN LEIMBERG, UNSEENIMAGES.COM

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illie Mc Cray has talent oozing from every pore and a smile that’s just as big as her talent. This artist has lived at American Beach for the past ten years, in a beautiful home designed by her husband, Nathaniel, an architect. Visiting with them and listening to Billie describe her art, her family, and her philosophy of life is a treat. Born in Tuskegee, Alabama to a mother who instilled a “can do” spirit in her, Billie says, “I was never allowed to say, ‘I can’t.’ My mother would just say, ‘Try it again.’” It is a lesson she lives by even today, and that philosophy has driven her to overcome challenges in her art. She was pursuing an elementary education degree when she met Nathaniel, or “Nat,” who was in architecture school in Tuskegee. Now married 45 years, they moved after college to Jacksonville for Nat’s job with a large commercial engineering firm. After sending their daughter Natalie to college, Billie pursued two degrees and worked for Bell South at the same time. A favorite Sunday afternoon pastime during this time was to drive up to American Beach, where they bought a lot in 1984. At that point, however, building a second home was not in the budget. Finally, ten years ago, they built Nat’s design of a beautiful open home with a view of the ocean. But the home’s open spaces caused another problem: how to decorate the soaring walls? Nat had a favorite artist named Memphis Wood, who taught at Jacksonville University, and he kept saying that her work would look great on the staircase wall. Well, that made Billie a little jealous, and she decided to craft a piece of art for that spot herself. That was the trigger to release Billie’s latent artistic talent. For years, she had made quilts or clothes from someone else’s patterns, but now she turned toward an artistic process called “fiber art,” and it is all her own creation. She weaves, rolls, and twists objects she has found into bright colorful, Africaninspired artwork. It’s not just wall hangings—although that is a large part of her work—but birds and fish and dolls and baskets, all with intense, attention-grabbing colors. She finds her material wherever she can and puts the cloth together

with beads, shells, rhinestones, buttons, or earrings—in short, whatever is available. Some of her birds are fashioned from discarded gloves, others from old dresses or pocketbooks, with the bird’s feet made from spoons or crochet needles. Plastic detergent bottles have been covered and turned into dolls. One piece of art uses a sink drain cover as the base for a bead design. Her large baskets are covered clothes-line cord that has been sewn together. It is all amazing, and the more you study the work, the more amazing it becomes. She is particularly proud of a wall hanging she did in tribute to MaVynne Betsch, known as the Beach Lady of American Beach. It was made of her discarded clothes and the buttons she wore in her hair. “MaVynne was a great person who did a lot for her community,” says Billie. “She left a legacy and an example for us all to follow.” That piece of art may be seen at the Benjamin Carter American Beach Community Center. Billie’s work as a whole is also a tribute to another woman: a mother who taught her daughter to say, “Yes, I can!” And, by the way, Nat thinks her art looks magnificent on that open staircase wall.

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snapShots AT THE 5TH ANNUAL BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS’ BENEFIT AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, AMELIA ISLAND

BILL GOWER AND BONNIE ST JOHN

ANN COONROD AND DAVID MILLER

ANN MOSER AND STAN COTTLE

MARIANN & ED WEIHENMEYER

AT THE SUNTRUST PRIVATE WEALTH MANAGEMENT DINNER SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DISCUSSION

LARRY GRINER, DANNY TUCKER, AND RON CRAIN

TODD EASTMAN, ANDREW SEIBERT, CHRIS BURGIN, AND TODD MITCHELL

FRANCES & RAY ORTON

SUSAN MARTIN AND BOB DUDIAK

AT A RECEPTION FOR ARTIST JOSE GARCIA AT THE SEVENTH STREET GALLERY

ANN JENNINGS, JOSE GARCIA, AND BILL JENNINGS

STEVE REDEN AND BETTY COX

RHONDA BRISTOL AND CAROL SULLIVAN

LYNETTE YOUNG AND MARGARET HOWARD

AT THE ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS’ ANNUAL HOME & PATIO SHOW

WENDY SAPP, DEE CHAPLIN, AND KAREN WERLING

CLOWNS HAMBONE AND LOOSI ANA

DOUG & JODY MACKLE, AND LAURA LOTT HARRIS

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snapShots AT ST. MICHAEL ACADEMY’S 2012 WINETASTING GALA AT OMNI AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION

KATIE BURGESS, ASHLEY FLICK, AMY LACROIX, AND DAWN EVANS

GABE & YVETTE ANSEEUW

MICHAEL PAUL & JENNIFER BAUER AND MARCI & STEVE COLWELL

KEITH & JENNIFER CLOUD

AT OPENING NIGHT OF “A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE” AT THE AMELIA COMMUNITY THEATRE

JANE MCADAMS AND ARVA BUTLER

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STEVE & BETTY REDDEN

ELIZABETH DION AND SCOTT KESSLER

AT THE 100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR MILLIE HECKARD AT SAVANNAH GRAND

MILLIE HECKARD AND HER FAMILY

TAMMY PIKE, GAIL MOBLEY, MILLIE, AND MARY HUTCHESON

COVIA MARTIN, MILLIE, AND CHINEE SUTTON

AT THE EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE AND OTHER EASTER CELEBRATIONS AROUND AMELIA ISLAND

KIRSTEN CAMPBELL, KATRIN BELL, KATHRYN STEVENS, STEVN BELL, AND JENSEN BELL

KRISTEN & ROB CAMPBELL

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or Shrimp Festival this year, many local gardens were adorned with the latest blossoming plants, flowers, trees, and vines. There was beauty all around, a sight to be appreciated. Beautiful plants and flowers boost the spirit, and so I often enjoy nursery-hopping: browsing through a nursery or grower’s field and losing myself in the plants. I find so many interesting plants, both old and new. Gazing at seas of color helps me to envision the new plants in my garden. Shades of lavender to deep purple make a wonderful splash of color in a garden. Texas sage, a native to the Southwest and northern Mexico, is one of the strongest shrubs in those areas. Sometimes called purple sage, it can face droughts, freezes, high winds, salt spray, and full Florida summer sunlight, and still remain beautiful. The leaves have an attractive velvety touch. The leaves are wavy, oval, and onehalf- to one-inch-long. Five-lobed tubular one-half to one-inch flowers have spotted throats and resemble those of a foxglove. The flowers appear after summer rains, sometimes covering the plants with lavender blossoms for a spectacular

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display that lasts a week at a time. Texas sage is a good choice for container pots, foundation plants, hedges, barriers, windbreaks, or screens. Children love the velvety feel of the leaves. The dried leaves and flowers can be brewed into a good bedtime herbal tea that is said to be useful for treating cold and flu symptoms. Another purple beauty is the Tibouchina, also known as princess flower. Of Brazilian origin, it features showy fivepetaled purple flowers and large, deeply veined, hairy leaves. In fact, the leaves are so unusually hairy that they almost feel like rabbit’s fur! Its brilliant royal purple, three- to five-inch-wide flowers bloom

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in clusters. Tibouchina prefers rich, welldrained, slightly acid soil. The shrubs have a tendency to be leggy and should be pruned lightly after every bloom cycle, and somewhat more heavily in spring. They will re-sprout quickly after heavy pruning. Pinch the tips of young plants to encourage bushiness. Another one of my favorite purple beauties is king’s mantle (Thunbergia erecta). A native of Africa, it boasts eyecatching flowers that are two to three inches wide and consist of a creamy white tube with petals of a rich dark purplish blue and dark yellow throats. King’s mantle will bloom in great profusion, with individual blossoms and often small clusters. These flowers have a faint but pleasant scent. King’s mantle will grow and bloom in partial sun to partial shade and prefers ordinary, but well-drained soil. Although somewhat drought-tolerant, liberal watering and an occasional dose of fertilizer will keep it lush. If you have any questions on these or other plants, you can send me an email at bamorrell@aol.com. Happy Gardening!

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HOMESweet HOME BY KAREN MILLER • PHOTOS BY ELIZABETH WILKES PHOTOGRAPHY

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hen Debbie and Tony Lott decided to retire in the South after living in Hudson, OH, they knew for sure they wanted to live near water. After a short hiatus on Bald Head Island, NC, and living through several hurricanes, the couple searched out Amelia Island as a second home, a warm and safe getaway from the sometimes inclement weather of the Carolinas. They hired a realtor and perused some beach cottages and condos around the island, but there was something missing in those places. A memory from Debbie’s childhood brought a wistful longing for a different kind of house. When the agent brought them to see a spacious country residence located on the Amelia River, the couple knew they had found their home. “The house reminded me of my grandmother’s farmhouse in Swanzey, NH,” says Debbie. “Her house was a former boarding house, full of family heirlooms. It’s 43 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • MAY 2012

Top: With wraparound porches and an abundance of blooming plants, the exterior front of the home presents an inviting entrance. Above: A brick-paved walkway leads to the pool area.

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Left: With a large antique cabinet, the living room has a farmhouse ambience and, of course, beautiful views of the river.

Above: With exposed wooden beams and lots of sunlight, the spacious dining room is great for entertaining. Right: A collection of wooden dollhouse furniture, hand made by Debbie Lott’s father, adorns the dining room.

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what I wanted in my riverfront home.” Sadly, that New Hampshire home was lost in a tragic fire, along with her loving grandmother and aunt. Debbie was determined to keep their memories alive with her Amelia Island home. “The house has a New Hampshire feel to it,” says Debbie. “It’s comfortable, casual, and filled with a conglomeration of family pieces, things from secondhand stores and a few new items we purchased on the island.” The floors and counters are old heart pine. Much of the artwork and furniture has traveled to the South, as well, including her aunt’s dropleaf table and her mother’s Bermuda prints. Her mother-in-law was a quilter and nearly a dozen handmade quilts are found throughout the house. Debbie’s father’s hand-crafted doll furniture graces shelves in the dining room. The family’s antique corner cabinet stands proudly in the living room. Some of their favorite areas of the home are the wraparound porches, sporting comfortable rocking chairs, a cozy hammock, a dining area, and even an old workbench that serves www.AmeliaIslander.com


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Above: Wraparound porches offer peaceful sitting areas and cool breezes. Left: The pool overlooks the river and is a favorite gathering place for visiting grandchildren.

as a bar. Epitomizing the farmhouse ambience, the porches are ideal for entertaining a few friends or even a large gathering. For hubby Tony, an avid fisherman, the beautiful views of the river mean dropping a line whenever he desires. Sea trout and flounder are frequently found on the menu at the Lott house. A deep-water dock welcomes visitors by boat, particularly their sailing chums from North Carolina. Four bedrooms and guest suite come in handy when the family comes to visit. Their three grown children and five grandchildren love the picturesque pool and the yard with plenty of room to play or rest. Just as Debbie’s grandmother’s house was a flurry of activity, the Lotts’ riverfront home is alive with goings-on

nearly every day. Debbie is one of the founding members of Flowering Fernandina, and she is always working in her garden or potting some plants to be donated to the downtown’s beautification effort. Her private potting shed holds tools and gardening equipment, everything she needs to create her charming plant and flower displays. She is also a gourmet cook and the owner of Amelia River Cooking, where she teaches cooking classes in her large, open kitchen. When she’s not busy gardening and cooking, Debbie is following her mother-in-law’s passion for quilting. “What we wanted the most here was a comfortable, river home,” says Debbie. “Something about our house gives me a feeling I can’t explain, really. It’s just perfect for us. It’s home.”

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hen Bonito Grill & Sushi opened in downtown Fernandina Beach 12 years ago, it ushered in a new era for dining out on Amelia. Asian fusion was just coming to northeast Florida, and, while many Amelia Islanders were just learning how to use their chopsticks, Sushi Chef Tony Mai was wowing diners with incredibly beautiful and tasty sushi presentations that made us feel like we were dining in a metropolitan restaurant. Nowadays, there are more Asian and sushi joints in the area, but Bonito’s is still the shining star, and Chef Tony is still the creative mastermind behind their success. Bonito boasts amazingly fresh sushi, a fabulous retro-style bar, a romantic dining area, and a friendly and knowledgeable staff. I recently visited Bonito with my friend, Bruce, for some sushi and dinner. After I heard the suggestions given by manager David Shaeffer, I knew we were in for a treat. We arrived hankering for seafood, and our server bought us a wonderful dish of Striped Bass Sashimi that was topped

with flying fish roe, shallots, and a soy glaze. This dish was so savory and rich, it was almost beefy in nature. Bruce tried one of Bonito’s famous martini creations, an Orange Cosmopolitan, made with Svedka Clementine Vodka, Triple Sec, and a splash of cranberry juice. I had a virgin Lime Daiquiri that was tangy and tart, and very thirst-quenching. We were also treated to a Hot Roll. A sushi creation that features albacore tuna, yellow tail snapper, and jalapenos, it was tempura-fried and drizzled with a sririchaspiced sauce and wasabi mayonnaise. It had a nice bite, and I just loved the hot, crispy coating with the cool sushi inside. With creative rolls like this, as well as their expertly crafted traditional sushi and sashimi, Bonito’s sushi bar is definitely the best of the best. We also shared my favorite appetizer, Japanese Gyoza, seared pork dumplings served with a spicy sesame soy sauce. Tender and juicy, I could eat these little gems every day. We also had a palate-pleasing seasonal salad that was very light – mixed greens with oranges, onion, goat cheese, and a cilantro citrus vinaigrette. For our entrees, Shaeffer paired up a flight of wines for us. I like this way of dining, as we get to sample several small glasses of different wines. We had a Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, very dry and fruity, a Douglas Hill Chardonnay, gentle and creamy in flavor, Albet i Noya, a light Spanish white, and Indaba Merlot from South Africa. Bruce ordered Bouillabaisse, a Japanese version of the classic French dish that is loaded with seafood – Maine lobster, clams, mussels, shrimp and scallops, served with rice noodles in a spicy Japanese-style broth. Wonderful! I ordered the Victoria Perch, a special that night. It is a mild and flaky fresh-water fish, marinated in miso, then encrusted in panko, and served with jasmine rice and fresh asparagus. A lovely beurre blanc is drizzled on the plate. An exceptional dish, I savored every bite. I always order dessert, and, although it was a stretch after this big meal, I decided to try the Green Tea Ice Cream. Not too heavy, it was a sweet ending to our evening at Bonito. The restaurant also has a great lunch menu, featuring a Bento Box that I like quite a lot, and I would also suggest stopping in for some sushi and drinks at their delightful and friendly bar. For all their offerings, visit www.bonitogrillandsushi.com.

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dining out

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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. The Beach Club At Amelia ~ Experience one of a kind ocean views while you dine! The Beach Club At Amelia is centrally located near the roundabout at 2080 S. Fletcher Avenue, within walking distance of multiple hotels and only steps to the beach. Inviting decor, scenic views, ample menu selections and a full liquor bar are just a few of the reasons to patronize this beautiful establishment! Tuesday-Thursday 11am to 3pm; 5:30pm-9pm, Friday and Saturday 11am to 9pm, Sunday 11am to 7pm. (The bar remains open each day after the kitchen closes, until the fun ends!). (904) 4328978 or (904) 881-0131. 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

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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, $$$, F. Bonito Grill and Sushi ~ Bonito Grill & Sushi offers guests a unique dining experience with an “East meets West” fusion cooking style. Enjoy miso-rubbed Chilean Sea Bass, black bean & garlic Maine lobster, hoisin citrus glazed salmon, or one of our chef’s daily fusion specials. Dine in the casual sushi bar area, or for a more elegant evening, select from our extensive wine list and indulge in the experience of our warm, contemporary dining room. Monday through Saturday, join us for lunch, and try Bonito’s popular Bento lunch box. Our full bar, eclectic menu, and unique atmosphere will provide a new twist to your normal lunch or dinner routine. 614 Centre St. 261-0508. www.bonitogrillandsushi.com Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Sat. 12:00-2:30pm, Dinner: 7 days, 5:30-9:30pm V/MC/AE. Brett’s Waterway Cafe ~ The only restaurant on the island where you can dine overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, Brett’s offers a wide choice of seafood, chicken and beef with daily specials both at lunch and dinner. The view of the water, the impeccable service and the refined ambiance will enhance your dining pleasure. The large rectangular bar overlooking the Fernandina Harbor Marina is a pleasant place to enjoy a drink. Open seven days. At the marina on Front Street. 261-2660. Open 7 days, Mon-Sat L, D, $$$, 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.

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dining out 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. $$$, L, D, B/W. Espressos Cafe ~ Food offerings at Espressos are simple and light, refined over many years by discriminating palates and freshly prepared in the best Tuscan tradition. Enjoy Old-World wines from the star vineyards of Europe and coffees and teas chosen from the finest estates in the world. Espressos boasts an elegant ambience that mirrors Europe’s finest bistros and cafés. Located in Gateway to Amelia. Open Mon. to Wed., 8 a.m to 5 p.m; Thurs. to Sat., from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Available for private events at other times. (904) 491-9800. Major credit cards. B,L,D. $$ 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

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Gennaro’s Ristorante Italiano and Pizzaria ~

Authentic Italian cuisine at its finest. Start with our Antipasto or our mussels with white wine or marinara sauce. Accent with luscious wine from our extensive selection. Try our signature dishes, such as Chicken Marsala, Veal Cacciatore with fresh mushrooms, Shrimp Fra’ Diavolo or Veal Piccata with lemon, butter, capers and white wine sauce. Specialty pizzas include Margharita, Chicken Florentine, and Shrimp Feast. 5472 First Coast Hwy (between Summer Beach check-in and Omni AIP), (904) 261-9400 and (904) 491-1999, Mon-Sun 4:00 - 9:30pm. Reservations recommended. Major credit cards. Outdoor dining and private room for large parties. Beer and wine. 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

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2 LOCATIONS to serve you! 530 Centre St. Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 (904) 277-2011 96096 Lofton Square Ct. Yulee, FL 32034 (904) 491-6955

Authentic Mexican Food plus Full Bar at both locations!

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

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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REAL Fresh Local Seafood Live Entertainment Everyday The only place in town where it’s good to have a cocktail on the beach. Upstairs Available for Private Parties The Only True Oceanfront Restaurant & Bar on Amelia Island.

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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 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, $$$. Kelley’s Courtyard Café ~ The newest addition to Fernandina Beach’s eclectic blend of restaurants. This family friendly Café offers homemade soups, salads and sandwiches in a warm and welcoming courtyard in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach. On and Off site catering available. Please come and join us at Kelley’s we’re at 19 S. 3rd Street Fernandina Beach. (904) 432-8213 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. The Mustard Seed Cafe ~ Located inside Nassau Health Foods, The Mustard Seed is Amelia

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Island’s only organic eatery and juice bar, with an extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials include local seafood, free range chicken and fresh organic produce. Salads, wraps, sandwiches, and soups are available —all prepared with Stephanie Christopher’s impeccable style. Popular items are chicken or veggie quesadillas, grilled mahi or salmon over mixed greens and tuna melt with Swiss cheese and tomato. Open for breakfast and lunch, 8 am - 3pm. Mon -Sat. NassauHealthFoods.net 833 T.J. Courson Rd. (904) 277-3141 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. (904) 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 our huge, sun-drenched deck with views of the ocean across the street. 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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comfort & convenience This lovely four bedroom three bath home in the Golfside South community is just that! Located across from The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and The Golf Club of Amelia Island, you are just steps away from world class dining, premier golfing , and an easy walk to the ocean via a deeded beach ingress. Inside you are treated to a kitchen with solid surface counter tops, an extra large center island, overlooking an adjoining family room with a fireplace and fabulous view. The open floor plan leads you easily through

a separate dining area and living room with 12 foot ceilings, and opens to a covered tile patio via French doors. With ample guest rooms and a split bedroom arrangement, the master suite boasts a jetted tub with glass block above, dual vanities, 2 large closets, fabulous views, and dual HVAC zones and water. Seated on the patio one can't help but relax and enjoy. What with the panoramic lagoon, ducks and geese paddling around, a few golfers across the way and the day's cares seem to just melt away.

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HOMES | HOMESITES | VILLAS

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Showcasing natural, wooded views this 3 BR/3 BA home has an open floor plan, Whirlpool appliances and new granite countertops. $499,000

An exquisite 4 BR/5.5 BA home on the 17th hole of Oak Marsh golf course featuring approximately 5,000 sq. ft., 3-car garage, and 2 AC systems. $1,450,000

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This 3 BR/2.5 BA home is the perfect island getaway with new stainless appliances, gas log fireplace and a large deck to enjoy the natural environment. $595,000

This new custom home on the golf course has 3 BR/3.5 BA, Pella casement windows, gourmet kitchen, pool and elevated hot tub. $1,499,000

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This cottage style 2-story 3 BR/3 BA home has a fireplace and a carport with enclosed air conditioned workshop suitable for converting into a garage. $845,000

A beautiful 3 BR/3.5 BA Arthur Rutenburg/Plantation Housing Corp spec home to be built on this 1/2 acre lot on the ocean. $3,815,000

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2 bedroom/2.5 bath town-home villas featuring Intracoastal, marsh, golf, and natural wooded views. $195,000

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Enjoy golf and wooded views from these 2 bedroom/2 bath villas. $190,000 – $325,000

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Anne Barbanel = Commitment “Striving to be the best... when only the best will do!” Call Anne Today ~ 904.583.0734 www.annebarbanel.com John T. Ferreira & Son, Inc. 500 Centre Street • Amelia Island

UNIT 4 OCEAN PLACE Beautifully maintained and updated with wood floors, granite countertops in kitchen and bath. Stainless steel appliances, beautiful cabinets. Walk out back patio to beach and the Ritz Carlton. Never have to get on an elevator. Superb rental because of ground floor and the convenience to the Ritz. MLS#57202. $750,000

96104 HANGING MOSS DRIVE This 4BR/3BA town-home boasts tile floors in living area, a fireplace, private elevator and a balcony. The large master bedroom features a second private balcony. Large great room and gourmet kitchen. Owner will include a complimentary social membership to the Golf Club of Amelia Island. MLS #56019. $299,000

736 OCEAN CLUB VILLAS $1,595,000 Absolutely amazing ocean views form this 5th floor Ocean Club Villa located on Amelia Island Plantation. Looking north you see the golf course, expansive blue ocean and the coastline all the way to Fernandina Beach. Sunsets from the west and sunrises from the east. Villa is in pristine condition, is decorate with soft, neutral tones and features 3 bedrooms and 3 baths. Spacious living room with fireplace, built-ins and surround sound, gourmet kitchen with huge island and beautiful master suite. Oceanfront study can be 4th bedrooms and there is a vented gas grill on the balcony for year round entertaining.

96700 GRANDE OAKS LANE High coffered ceilings and magnificent wood floors are enhanced by spectacular views. Kitchen boasts granite countertops, island cabinets with built-ins, and pull-out shelves. Kitchen opens to large, bright family room. Separate owner’s suite with large sitting area and opening to screened lanai. MLS#55939. $575,000

95214 SPRING BLOSSOM LANE Well-maintained 3BR/2BA home in the prestigious South End. The great room boasts a fireplace and opens to a large screened porch. Open dining room and gourmet kitchen makes home perfect for entertaining. Split bedroom plan offers a spacious owner’s suite. Located close to restaurants, shopping, and beach! MLS#53716. $345,000

95216 MACKINAS CIRCLE $599,000 Executive home in Harrison Cove at Summer Beach has it all! Located in sought-after gated community on the south end of Amelia Island, this home has many WOW features and offers 5 bedrooms and 4 baths. There is a screened pool and heated spa, French doors leading out to a covered lanai, beautifully landscaped yard, flagstone patio, hardwood floors, California closets, plantation shutters, great floor plan – all on one level except for bonus room and bath. Short stroll to the famous Amelia Island beaches and near golf courses and other amenities.

CAPTAINS HOUSE B3 2BR, 2BA oceanfront condo with exceptional ocean views and quick access to beach. Master has bath ensuite. Vacation rentals are allowed and owners are allowed to have pets. Two parking spaces are also included. Convenient to shopping, restaurants, historic downtown, and the beach! MLS#57287. $299,900

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10A AMELIA RETREAT Spectacular views from this oceanfront unit with southern exposure. Secluded location next to Amelia Plantation. Kitchen completely updated with granite counter tops, & stainless steel appliances. Wet bar with wine cooler off living area. Guest bath completely upgraded with travertine tile and modern fixtures. Split bedroom plan with magnificent balcony views off each. Tile through out main living areas & hard wood floors in all bedrooms. $775,000

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Darling oceanfront cottage on pristine shoreline 1784 South Fletcher Avenue MLS#57223 $1,098,000 Beautifully remodeled home in gated Golfside South 1649 Rigging Way MLS#55143 $997,000

770 QUEENS WAY

Idyllic oceanfront end unit on South Amelia Island 11C Sea Chase MLS#55093 $799,000 Deep water marshfront townhouse on South Amelia Island. 95220 Spring Tide Lane MLS#56571 $797,000 Outstanding quality on over 1/2 acre. Screened pool. 96084 Lanceford Lane MLS#57236 $538,000 PE SA ND LE IN G

This 1977 home has been completely gutted and 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

Idyllic golf and marsh views. 5 BR in Amelia Island Plantation. 24 Belted King½sher MLS#54897 $695,000 A stone’s throw to the Atlantic Ocean 4918 Spanish Oaks Circle MLS#54639 $419,000 Woods & privacy abound in this treasured home in AIP. 12 Painted Bunting MLS#55697 $489,000


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OAK POINT

Rated #1 Agents by an Independent Lab Charming craftsman style home at Oak Point in prestigious Long Point on Amelia Island Plantation. Soaring ceilings, walls of windows, natural light and stunning views of the 18th hole at Long Point. High quality cabinetry and lighting throughout. First floor owner suite with adjoining deck, upstairs guests rooms with ensuite baths and an office/study suitable for a fourth bedroom. Spacious sunroom overlooking beautiful gardens perfect for entertaining and relaxing. Community pool exclusive to Oak Point residents. Offered at $695,000.

OYSTER BAY

311 Centre Street • Amelia Island Email: amelia4sale@aol.com (904) 415-1002 - Cell • (904) 261-0347 Office Historic District zoned for office or home MLS#57384 $399,000 Luxury home on Summer Beach Golf Course MLS#57385 $719,000 Condo with sunset views in Amelia Island Plantation MLS#56834 $275,000

Charming home in the gated community of Oyster Bay. Spacious open floorplan with hardwood floors, eat in kitchen, dedicated office and formal dining room. Entertain on either the expansive front porch or screened rear patio overlooking the lake. Just steps to community pool and tennis courts, surrounded by towering oaks and lush landscape. Membership to the Oyster Bay Yacht Club is available. Priced to sell at $315,000.

BRADY POINT PRESERVE

Deepwater home with dock and private boat ramp MLS#56460 $360,000 Sought after South End home with ocean views. Gated community. MLS#57082 $939,000 Just reduced! North Hampton Golf Community MLS#56810 $255,000

Choose one or both of these gorgeous 1 acre lots on the lake in desirable Brady Point Preserve, an Omni Amelia Island Planation gated community. Build your future home amidst the tall oaks with over 300 feet of water frontage. Located just minutes to historic downtown Fernandina Beach and the beaches. Membership to the Amelia Island Club is available. Each lot offered at $265,000.

Susan Gibson® REALTOR

Prudential Chaplin Williams Realty Mobile: (904) 556-8471 5472 First Coast Highway, Suite 1 Amelia Island, FL 32034 Susan@ChaplinWilliams.com

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Walk to the beach. Ocean views from deck MLS#56808 $359,000


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Marcy Mock Amelia Island ~ Nassau County Board of Realtors Top Producer

~ Featured Listings ~ 4677 GENOA DRIVE ~ $579,000 This lovely, energy-eɷcient golf course home on the 2nd fairway of the Golf Club of Amelia is a must see. Located across from the Ritz-Carlton at Golfside South. Enjoy panoramic lagoon views throughout the home. A split bedroom arrangement, the master suite boasts jetted tub with glass block above, dual vanities, and 2 large closets. Home also features a remodeled kitchen with granite countertops, large center island, dual ovens, and an adjoining family room with a ¿replace. A separate dining area and living room with 12 foot ceilings opens to a covered tile patio via French doors. A Golf Club membership is available. Enjoy the community pool and an easy walk to the ocean via a deeded community beach access. Susan McEwen, REALTOR® Cell: 904-994-2505 susanmcewen@watsonrealtycorp.com

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CARLTON DUNES AT SUMMER BEACH

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 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

Coastal Beauty Live the coastal dream in this comfortable home near the beach. Open floor plan with 2 living areas and a double sided fireplace, a spacious kitchen with granite counters, 4 bedrooms, a swimming pool and walking distance to the beach. Centrally located on Amelia Island. #57333 $359,000

North Beach Ocean Views 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

Old World Craftsmanship 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

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5236 SEA CHASE DRIVE Spectacular ocean views await you in this fully furnished penthouse in one of the most desired communities in north Florida. Professionally decorated and ready to enjoy, the spacious open floor plan is perfect for primary or secondary use. Located on the south end of the island in Ocean Village of Summer Beach, this gated community offers two pools and tennis courts within steps of your door and a boardwalk to the ocean. Custom window treatments and electric hurricane shutters add to the comfort and security of this 2,700 square foot four bedroom-four bath unit in pristine condition. This end unit provides direct access to the premier pool on the island. Complete with one bay private garage. Golf club membership is available through The Golf Club of Amelia. $1,100,000

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Living history reenactments at Fort Clinch State Park bring history alive for visitors of all ages. STORY AND PHOTO BY KAREN MILLER

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fell in love with Fort Clinch State Park eight years ago when I first moved to Amelia Island. For me, it was all about the breathtaking views of the Amelia River and the maritime hammocks, with their large, Spanish moss-draped live oak trees. A great place to ride my mountain bike, either on- or off-road, the state park offers something for everyone, including camping, swimming, fishing, birding, and wildlife photography. During the first weekend of each month—Fort Garrison Weekends—the fort comes alive with soldiers who perform living history reenactments of historic fort operations.

From left to right: Members of the 3rd Rhode Island Artillery, Marc Pica, Dan Giannini, and Garry Orlando fire an 1861 three-inch ordinance rifle several times throughout the weekend at Fort Garrison Weekend.

I decided to visit the fort to see the soldiers in action on a recent Saturday. Over 100 volunteers contribute to these living history events, which were started in 1974. Fort Clinch was named for General Duncan Lamont Clinch, a prominent figure of the Second Seminole War, and its construction began in 1847. It was built at the mouth of the St. Marys River to protect the natural deep-water port of Fernandina, which was

the eastern link of Florida’s only cross-state railroad. Never fully completed, the fort nevertheless served as a military post during the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and World War II. Over 100 people were in attendance at the Fort Garrison that Saturday, milling about the fort and visiting the jail, the hospital, the quartermaster’s room, and the general store. A group of soldiers from the 3rd Rhode Island Artillery were on hand to fire the 1861 three-inch ordinance rifle (or cannon), which is always a fun spectacle for visitors, especially children. Although no battles were fought at the fort, the soldiers trained regularly. I enjoyed meeting re-enactor Jeri Dod from St. Marys, GA, who runs the Sutler’s store, the civilian-run shop that provided many of the extra items that the soldiers needed, including candy, soap, stationery, stamps, and gifts. Re-enactors Lee Bledsoe, in charge of the hospital, and Frank Ofeldt, sergeant of engineering, are trained historians who believe in the hands-on experience that the living-history weekends provides. “For that short time that visitors spend at Fort Clinch, we take them out of their world,” explains Ofeldt. “Sharing the military experience brings people together during these weekends, and it’s surprising how many people, especially the children, begin to act differently and settle into their roles quickly.” I love the fact that the soldiers stayed in character during my visit that day. Even when I was taking some photos with my tiny digital camera, re-enactor Marc Pica questioned, “That doesn’t look like a camera to me! Cameras got four legs, they’re big and square!” Besides Fort Clinch’s Fort Garrison Weekends, the state park also holds candlelight tours of the fort every Friday and Saturday night, from May 11 through Labor Day weekend. A Commemoration of the Spanish-American War is held on September 15 and 16, and History of the American Soldier is an all-day program featuring an interactive living timeline of each major military conflict in U.S. history, held on November 10th. For more information on the fort’s living history events, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org/fortclinch.

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