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ISLANDER

We feel very fortunate to have been able to enjoy more than ten years of beautiful music from the acclaimed group of worldrenowned musicians that have appeared here over the years.

Philip Kelly Deana Basile Kelly Publishers and Editors Tom Barrett Art Director Mark O’Day Advertising Sales Contributing Writers Dickie Anderson, Theresa Duncan, Kate Harris, Nan Kavanaugh, Karen Miller, Betty Morrell, Julie Simmons

When I was young, my parents had seats for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and I would go with one of them to hear the orchestra perform three or four times each year. I loved the performances. For one thing, they were always on a Thursday night—a school night—and it was a great adventure for a ten-year-old to stay up late and drive into Hartford to Bushnell Hall. In those days, the conductor of the HSO was Arthur Winograd. Winograd, a founding member of the Juilliard String Quartet, was an enthusiastic conductor, and, as the performance progressed, his arms would wave, his reddish hair would fly, and he would almost split the seams of his tuxedo jacket. At that time, our house was full of music—pop, Broadway, and classical—and it was great to have the chance to hear excellent live musical performances. It remains one of my favorite things to do. My own tastes have widened through the years to include rock, jazz, blues, and bluegrass, and we try to hear live music whenever we can, bringing our kids when possible. Music is one of life’s sublime pleasures; it has a unique ability to move us, even elevate us, in an extraordinary way. The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival has been bringing extraordinary musical performances to our little island for over a decade now, and they embark on their twelfth season this month. We feel very fortunate to have enjoyed more than ten years of beautiful music from the acclaimed group of world-renowned musicians that have appeared here over the years. Artistic Director Christopher Rex has kept each season fresh with wonderfully innovative programming and various surprises every year. Over the years, we have enjoyed concerts at Amelia Park and the family concerts with our kids, and Hilary Hahn, Lynn Harrell, and the Eroica Trio without them. My musical journey has come full circle in a way on Amelia Island. In the last couple of years, I have enjoyed taking my father to concerts during the festival and have introduced him to the Linden String Quartet and other outstanding new performers. I have also had the pleasure of taking my mother, Elsie Kelly, to various concerts through the years, and she would often sit and quietly conduct from her seat. As many of you know, my mother passed away this winter, and we miss her a lot, especially when we are doing something that she loved, like listening to music. My mother was profoundly moved by music and shared that love with me and my family, and we will remember her and smile while we enjoy the festival this year. Also in this issue, you’ll learn about a committed group of people who have transformed the historic downtown with flowers; read about how Fernandina Branch Library serves the community; enjoy another of the “Great Homes of Fernandina” from Dickie Anderson; 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

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features

11 Cover Story A CELEBRATION OF THE FINEST CHAMBER MUSIC AND MUSICIANS

With world-class musicians joining music-lovers from all over the Southeast, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival returns for its 12th year with a dazzling program of concerts, featuring musical styles and settings that offer a little something for everyone.

28 Flowering Fernandina

39 Where Community Begins

43 Great Homes of Fernandina

Thanks to a collaborative grassroots effort by the citizens of Fernandina Beach and the city government, the Historic District is blooming with flowers and flower baskets.

The downtown Fernandina Beach Branch Library, which brings the community together in a variety of ways, is getting a much-needed makeover.

Major Bedloe Crosby Duryee, who was stationed in Fernandina during the Civil War, returned as Special Deputy Collector of Customs, became a community leader, and built this beautiful house.

68 Island Entertaining A Sunday afternoon luncheon is a great way to enjoy good food and good friends with a more relaxed and lighter menu.

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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 The dwarf powderpuff is a versatile red flowering plant that will add color to your yard.

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Island Home Karen and Tom Ray love to entertain at home on Sundays surrounded by their family, and they built the perfect house to enjoy it in.

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

Eating Scene David’s Restaurant & Lounge has gotten rave reviews from diners for their New York-quality nouvelle cuisine and comfortable, upscale ambience.

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Open House Premium real estate offerings on and around Amelia Island

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MAY 11 - JUNE 1, 2013

ix Bach Suites, Five Beethoven Symphonies, Four violins playing a Vivaldi Concerto, Three Garage Band Musicians, Two Maestros, and One Licorice Stick make up just a small portion of the amazing Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival this year. For Artistic Director Christopher Rex, bringing unique and cleverly presented classical music to Amelia Island is a beloved challenge. “Our Festival has been built upon the dazzling array of artists who perform here each year,” says Rex, “in addition to our generous donors, dedicated volunteers, and thousands of music lovers who have attended our concerts over the past 12 years.” Rex joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Principal Cello in 1979, the same year in which he became the first cellist to win the string prize in the biennial Young Artists Competition of the National Federation of Music Clubs. Since then, he has appeared as a recitalist and chamber musician across the nation. In 2000, his vision to inaugurate a chamber music festival on Amelia Island caught on quickly. From an intimate concert held at Eileen’s Art & Antiques that year, Rex and friends formed a small consortium of volunteers to set the festival in motion, and the rest is history.

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Christopher Rex

Don Erdman Group

This year’s festival kicks off on May 11 with a free New Orleans-style concert at Amelia Park Concert Pavilion, featuring Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz. Performers Don Erman, Hal Johnson, Bill Rutan, and Stan Joseph will set your toes tapping to the music of Bourbon Street with favorites like “Sweet Georgia Brown,” Hard-Hearted Hannah,” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Beyond the South, Hotlanta’s music has been enjoyed at clubs and jazz festivals throughout Europe and Asia. The festival continues with eleven more concerts in four weeks featuring an eclectic and talented group of internationally acclaimed classical musicians.

Six Bach Suites The Six Suites for Solo Cello by Johann Sebastian Bach are some of the most frequently performed and recognizable solo compositions ever written. The Prelude from Suite No. 1 is the best known movement of the six, and it is widely heard on television and in films. Cellist Zuill Bailey will be performing the suites at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island on May 13 at 4:30 p.m., presenting to the audience a journey of sorts, in which he will chronicle the creation of Bach’s famous suites. Before the playing of each suite, the artist share entertaining anecdotes about the suites and explain how and when they were composed.

Bailey is widely considered one of the premiere cellists in the world. His artistry, technical wizardry, and engaging personality have secured his place as one of the most soughtafter cellists today. A consummate concerto soloist, Mr. Bailey has been featured with the symphony orchestras of Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Dallas, Louisville, Honolulu, Milwaukee, Nashville, Toronto, Minnesota, Utah, Israel, and the Bruchner Orchestra in Linz, Austria. His performance of the Solo Suites for Cello of Johann Sebastian Bach is a repeat of his acclaimed performances at the Ravinia Festival and New York’s Le Poisson Rouge. Concert goers are encouraged to join Bailey and Rex for dinner at Café 4750 in The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, where they just might hear a spontaneous after-concert treat!

Two Maestros and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony Many of us don’t realize that the person who conducts the symphony is also an acclaimed and accomplished instrumentalist. This year’s festival features two of the greatest conductors of our generation, Robert Spano and Donald Runnicles, who are also consummate pianists. During his eleven seasons as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Spano has elevated the ASO to new levels of international prominence and acclaim. Spano, who has conducted the greatest orchestras around the world, is

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David Coucheron

Elizabeth Pridgen

Robert Spano and Donald Runnicles

also music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School. Runnicles is general music director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He is also music director of the Grand Teton Music Festival and principal guest conductor of the ASO. David Coucheron, concertmaster of the ASO, has soloed with many of the world’s leading orchestras and he will perform with the two maestros on violin, along with Rex on cello. The two maestros come together for the festival to perform the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, in addition to pieces by Brahams, Schumann, and Haydn. The concert will be held at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m.

A Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins A concerto for four violins by Guiseppe Vivaldi, composer of the famous “Four Seasons,” will be be presented at a very special concert featuring Robert McDuffie and the young artists he is mentoring. Performed at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on May 17 at 7 p.m., the last movement of the “American Four Seasons” by Philip Glass will also be presented, along with music by Bach and Telemann. McDuffie is one of the premier violinists on the world stage today. A Grammynominated artist, he has appeared as soloist with most of the

world’s major orchestras, including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; the Chicago, San Francisco and St. Louis Symphonies; the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras; and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the North German Radio Orchestra, the Düsseldorf Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the Hamburg Symphony and Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala. McDuffie will be joined by pianist Elizabeth Pridgen and Rex on cello.

Christiania Trio with a Licorice Stick In this casual lunchtime concert, David Coucheron, along with Chistopher Rex and Elizabeth Pridgen, join Laura Arden, Principal Clarinetist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Arden holds the endowed Robert Shaw Chair and she has been a featured soloist with the ASO in works by Mozart, Weber, Debussy, Copland, Bernstein, Finzi, Rossini, Shaw, and Michael Gandolfi. She has also performed with the Cleveland Quartet. She will bring her talent, her Trio, and her licorice stick to Café Karibo on May 21 at 1 p.m. Concert goers are encouraged to come early and enjoy lunch before the concert, then sit back and enjoy the music of Messiaen, Grieg, Verdi, and Beethoven.

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Time for Three

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Chee Yun

Andrés Diaz

Wendy Chen

Three Garage Band Musicians The world’s first classically-trained garage band, Time for Three, defies traditional classification. Performing music from Bach and Brahms to their own arrangements of the Beatles, Katy Perry, Kanye West, and Justin Timberlake, they have performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to jazz clubs, European festivals, NFL games, and the Indy 500, and for the very first time, at the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. Time for Three, which includes artists Zachary DePue and Nicolas Kendall on violin, and Ranaan Meyer on bass, hails from the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, the most elite music conservatory in the country. The concert will be held at Walkers Landing on May 22 at 7 p.m. Time for Three will also perform a free Family Concert at the Boys and Girls Club on May 23 at 4 p.m.

Beer & G Strings A favorite feature of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is the “Beer & G Strings” series, and, this year, two concerts will be held – one at the historic and famous Palace Saloon, the other at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. On May 19, violinist Chee-Yun, with Andrex Diaz and

Wendy Chen, will be performing the Music of Mendelssohn, Glazunov, Kreisler, Piazolla, and Schoenfield. A legend and “rock star” in Korea, Chee-Yun’s flawless technique, dazzling tone and compelling artistry have enraptured audiences on five continents. Winner of the 1989 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 1990 Avery Fisher Career Grant, she performs regularly with the world’s foremost orchestras. Pianist Wendy Chen has garnered critical acclaim for her recitals and engagements with leading orchestras worldwide, and reviews of her performances have exclaimed that “having pianist Wendy Chen on the program is a guarantee that sparks will fly.” Cellist Andres Diaz, awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1998, has made many orchestral and recital appearances with symphonies throughout the world. On June 2 at 7 p.m., soprano and two-time Grammy Award winner Sylvia McNair will be performing cabaret songs, both past and present, at the Omni Amelia Island. Her musical journey has taken her from the Metropolitan Opera to the Salzburg Festival, and beyond. Having appeared as a soloist multiple times with nearly every major opera company and symphony orchestra in the world, this songbird has flown the classical coop. She is retracing her star route

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now with Gershwin, Porter, Sondheim and Bernstein. Rex is enthusiastic about her music, recalling fondly that he used to rock his baby daughter to sleep while listening to McNair’s albums. She will be performing with Jeremy Allen on bass, and Ted Taylor on keyboard. Other concerts include the Linden String Quartet on May 15 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 7 p.m., featuring the music of Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Tchaikovsky. This brilliant, young string ensemble has enjoyed remarkable success in four short years, winning the Gold Medal and Grand Prize of the 2009 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and several other prestigious awards. Violist and guest artist James Dunham will also perform with the ensemble, along with Rex. Dunhams’s rich background includes being a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Sequoia String Quartet, and subsequently violist of the Grammy Awardwinning Cleveland Quartet. An impassioned advocate of new music, he has premiered and recorded several works written for him by American composer Libby Larsen. Dunham is the only artist, with the exception of Rex, who has attended each and every Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival since the

beginning. The Beth Newdome Fellowship Artists Showcase and McDuffie Center Showcase will feature concerts of young, talented artists from these selective conservatories. Each year, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival presents a program that can satisfy a wide range of musical tastes, from traditional chamber music string quartets and larger chamber music ensembles—some including voice, guitar, and wind instruments—to non-traditional music that explores American folk traditions. This year, the festival introduced a winter season in February, which was extremely successful. Providing access to great music and educating the public on the richness of the classical music tradition are important parts of the Festival’s mission. Many of the guest artists live with families during their stay on the Island, and the success of the festival is contingent on the myriad of volunteers and donors who keep the event vibrant and eclectic from year to year. “We have developed an exciting schedule of established stars and new talent,” says Rex. “We strive to keep the festival fresh, innovative, and exciting!” To order tickets or view more information on the concerts, visit the festival web site at www.aicmf.com or call the office at (904) 261-1779.

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FORMER CATERER OPENS NEW PIE BUSINESS Karen Miller, formerly of Old South Yankee Catering, who writes the “Eating Scene” feature in the Amelia Islander magazine, has opened a new business at the downtown Fernandina Beach Market Place called Karen’s Pies. She is selling homemade pies every Saturday at the Market Place, open on N. 7th Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Miller takes orders for pies that customers can pick up at her booth, or they can purchase from her weekly selection that includes apple, mixed berry, strawberry rhubarb, sweet potato, pecan, and other seasonal varieties. Miller’s oversized pies are all made by hand and baked in glass pie dishes. Customers are asked to pay a $5 deposit on the dish, which they receive back when they return it, or receive $5 off their next pie. She also offers mini pies, which are a perfect serving for two. Miller is a two-time winner of the Desserts of Amelia contest, and also a food, travel, and lifestyle writer. She is also publishing a cookbook that is due out in early summer 2013. Miller closed her catering business last year to spend more time with her family, but soon discovered that she missed her customers, and missed baking pies.“Baking pies makes me happy,” says Miller. “Pie is the ultimate comfort food, and a true American tradition.” For more information, call (904) 614-7279.

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Sylvia Gedeon started Amelia’s Attic, a familyowned furniture store, 20 years ago. Her vision was to create a local marketplace for people to buy and sell gently-used home furnishings. Sylvia’s mother, Vickie Poole, was involved at the store while she was alive, and customers still ask about her. Today, the store is operated by Sylvia and her daughter, Jennifer, along with Leslie and Deb as talented and helpful sales associates. Amelia’s Attic was the first home furnishings consignment store Jennifer Gedeon Crews and Sylivia Gedeon in Fernandina Beach, and soon expanded to include new furniture carefully chosen for its high quality and reasonable prices. The inventory at Amelia’s Attic is exciting because it is truly ever-changing. Many customers browse the store once per week to check out unique new arrivals. Amelia’s Attic now also offers the services of Deb Mischley, a local certified interior decorator, to assist customers with home design, re-design, and real estate staging. Visit Amelia’s Attic and congratulate them on their 20 years in business! They are located at 2164 Sadler Road, and they are open Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (904) 277-2095, or visit their web site at www.amelias-attic.com.

WADSWORTH’S AMELIA ISLAND CLOTHING LABEL OFFERS NEW STYLES Last year, Brenda DeMarco, owner of Wadsworth’s in downtown Fernandina Beach, teamed up with her daughter, Angela, to create their own clothing label, Wadsworth’s Amelia Island, featuring Fernandina Beach’s favorite mascot, the shrimp. “In July 2011, Angela drew a shrimp for me because we were discussing the fact that, in all my years of buying clothes for the store, I had never come across a shrimp logo on clothing,” explains DeMarco. She loved the drawing and kept it on her refrigerator for months. One day, DeMarco decided to take it to work. “That same morning, someone came in to sell me shirt with a turtle on it, and then another person came in with a salmon logo. Finally, I thought, ‘We’ll just have to make our own shirt with a shrimp logo!’” Wadsworth’s clothing line has been very successful and DeMarco has added new styles to their eco-friendly line, including ladies’ embroidered tees and yoga pants, in addition to their men’s cotton polos, and bamboo/poly polos, visors, and caps. “This new line was meant to promote a sense of pride in our hometown and demonstrate the importance of supporting our local community,” says DeMarco. “We’ve worked with local companies along the way, including P5 Productions and Hamilton Press.”

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andra Baker-Hinton was an accomplished artist long before she opened Amelia SanJon Gallery at 218A Ash Street. She is a water media artist who works with both watercolor and acrylics, and, in addition, creates one-of-a-kind jewelry and “sea critter” ornaments by

Dolphin sculpture by Jack Nelson aof Wisconsin

fusing recycled glass. Nicknamed “The Turtle Lady,” the artist is also a naturalist, who sends out photography and nature stories a couple of times each month to interested readers. She loves to engage people by encouraging them to read her blog, which features her photography and goings-on around the island, from her sea turtle work to raising butterflies and squirrels,

and even local entertainment. She writes with an enthusiastic style: “Sea turtle hatching is about to start! Then things will really be rocking and rolling!” Anyone can sign up to receive her updates at www. ameliasanjongallery.com. She is also an excellent speaker and shares her love of nature with others in the community. So when does this busy woman have time to run a gallery? For Sandra, it’s all part of her life, as nature inspires her paintings and, in turn, her creativity inspires others to appreciate the natural world. After moving to Amelia Island, her commitment was to paint and to work with sea turtles. Although she has widened her commitment to include other wild creatures like monarch butterflies and orphaned squirrels, painting and sea turtles are still her first priority. Sandra opened the gallery in 2007, and she likes to focus mostly on local artists, nature pieces, photography, pottery, and vintage jewelry. She takes pride in having something for everyone, from greetings cards and small gift items to large paintings and sculptures. She has offered many painting classes over the years, and she sometimes shares her knowledge by showing step by step on Facebook how she created a painting. She does many pieces on commission, and even has three of her paintings hanging in a restaurant at Disney World in Orlando. Locally, her work has been chosen to represent Amelia Island’s Turtle Trot by creating a new turtle painting each year. “A love of the outdoors, inspired by growing up in the Appalachian Mountains of northeast Tennessee, guides me and becomes the underlying theme used throughout my work,” says Sandra. “The shapes, forms, colors, and textures in my work all reflect our natural environment.” For more information about the Amelia SanJon Gallery, call (904) 491-8040.

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CASABLANCA 2188 Sadler Road • 415-1540 D’AGNESE CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY 205 1/2 Centre St. • 261-6044 or 556-2014 EILEEN’S ART & ANTIQUES CENTRE 702 Centre St. • 277-2717 FIRST COAST COMMUNITY BANK GALLERY 1750 South 14th St., 2nd floor • 277-5290 GALLERY C 218-B Ash Street • 583-4676 HUNT’S ART & ARTIFACT GALLERY 361 Centre St. • 261-8225 ISLAND ART ASSOCIATION COOPERATIVE GALLERY 18 North 2nd St. • 261-7020 LA TORRE’S GALLERY & GIFTS 206 Centre Street • 261-0444 MEAD’S FRAMERY & TROPHY Corner of A1A & Hwy 17 • 225-2195 THE PLANTATION SHOP 4828 First Coast Hwy • 261-2030 TRAILER PARK COLLECTIBLES 702 Centre Street • 491-4461 TRISH’S SLIGHTLY OFF CENTRE 218C Ash St. • 277-1147 WATERWHEEL GALLERY 819 South 8th Street • 261-2535

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M

arie DeSoto moved her shop, Frugal Cachet, from its location on South 14th Street in August 2012 and created a new look in downtown Fernandina Beach. Marie has made her new shop a special place where shopping is fun, frugal, and relaxing, and anyone can browse happily among an eclectic array of antiques, collectibles, gift items, and art. Marie loves to see the parade of young women coming into her downtown shop looking for vintage clothing and handbags. “It’s a new trend we’re seeing. The young people really appreciate many of the older styles!” It may be clothing, shoes, and bags that first attract customers to Frugal Cachet, but Marie is an avid collector, and her love for history is obvious in the items she carries at her store. “I have been a collector all my life,” says Marie. “I’m fascinated with American history and the interesting items that tell the stories of the people who owned them.” One of Marie’s most remarkable finds is a set of Presidential china that was originally meant for Dwight and Mimi Eisenhower. President Eisenhower and his wife decided not to use the set and sent the china back to the factory, where the company then offered it for sale exclusively to their employees. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Marie moved to Fernandina Beach after working in the Bahamas. Frugal Cachet is open Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (904) 206-4444 or email marie@frugalcachet.com.

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Marble Masters

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andy McCommon and Bob Edwards opened Marble Masters as a tile setting company in 1987 when they saw the need for a company which could polish existing stone and restore its beauty. Along with restoration, Marble Masters began to provide quality craftsmanship in the fabrication of marble and granite for new surfaces. Mr. Edwards became a master craftsman by teaching himself the restoration process. In those days, only a handful of professionals possessed this skill. In 1994, Ms. McCommon’s son, Michael Bloodworth, came on board as an employee to learn the business. Later, when Mr. Edwards retired, he became part-owner of the company. A truly family-owned and operated business, Ms. McCommon’s daughter, Jennifer Stewart, began working in the office at the ripe old age of 13, and, today, they employ a staff of professionals who pride themselves on their customer service and commitment to quality. “We treat people the way we want to be treated,” says Mr. Bloodworth. Marble Masters offers fabrication of quartz, quartzite, soapstone, and other natural stones. “We pride ourselves on staying up to date with the latest trends in materials, edges, and finishes,” says Mrs. Stewart. “Our business has grown dramatically, and we have customers as far away as Hilton Head, Gainesville, and St. Simons Island, Ga.” The quality of their work has been spread through word-of-mouth, and that means hundreds of satisfied customers every year. For more information, call (904) 764-5007, or visit www.marblemasterstonecare.com.

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Smashing Shoes A perfect blend of style and comfort, the name says it all with these stylish “Comfi” shoes by Bernie Mev ($54.99). Available in silver/grey and pastel multi from Shoe Visions, 118 Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach (904) 491-1245 and at The Shops of Amelia Island Plantation at the Omni Hotel & Resort (904) 277-0909.

Beachy Keen You’ll find everything for the beach this season at Heron’s Swim & Sport, located in the Palmetto Walk Shopping Village at 4924 First Coast Highway, (904) 261-3636, like these tide washed t-shirts in seven colors, in sizes M to XXL ($16.50 - $23.50, short and long sleeve), pirate shorts from Castaway ($98), and Sperry Top-Sider swimwear (top $46, bottom $46).

Sunshine Sheath Fifi’s Fine Resale features designer handbags, ladies accessories, unique boutique items, and brand name consignments, like this Trina Turk sunshine yellow sheath dress, gorgeous handcrafted Charles Albert jewelry pendant, and this trend-perfect Kooba leather handbag. 1853 S. 8th Street, (904) 277-4430.

Summer Shells The time for shelling on Amelia Island’s beautiful beaches is upon us, but you can also find home accessories featuring shells at Casablanca, in Rowesville Cottages at 2188 Sadler Road, (904) 415-1540, including this basket ($35) and curio stand ($89), and a variety of shell ornaments from $12. 27 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • MAY 2013

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Flowering Fernandina

A dedicated community group collaborates with the City of Fernandina Beach to beautify Centre Street. STORY AND PHOTO BY KAREN MILLER

W

hile Eileen Shannon-Moore was traveling throughout New England, she noticed that a vital component of Northern small town charm was based on the region’s flowering plants and greenery. She found that nearly every historic community she visited was awash with hanging baskets and barrels of colorful blossoms. “Why don’t we have flowering baskets in Fernandina?” thought Shannon-Moore, whose Centre Street business, Eileen’s Art & Antiques, has always exhibited a colorful storefront. An artist by trade, Shannon-Moore strives for beauty in everything she does, and, apparently, so do many other Amelia Island residents because when she brought up the idea to friends and other downtown businesses, everyone was in favor of dressing up Centre Street. It wasn’t long before she had enlisted a group of volunteers to help with the project, and Flowering Fernandina was born. A collaborative project between the citizens and the City of Fernandina Beach, Flowering Fernandina is a grassroots community effort to beautify the downtown area with flowers and plants of all kinds – blooming hanging baskets, and baskets atop free-standing columns. Street-level flower beds planted by local gardeners will further enhance the appearance of the main and side streets. The planning began in 2010, when Shannon-Moore met a local gardener named Debbie Lott. They gathered some folks for a meeting or two, and then approached the City of Fernandina Beach about putting a flyer in the city’s utility bills telling residents about the beautification project and asking for donations. Since then, the group has raised enough money and gathered enough volunteers to help with the initial planting and watering of the baskets. Lott holds a training session for the volunteers on how to plant the baskets. “Besides planting, we need help with transporting, watering, and caring for the plants and flowers,” says Lott. “We also appreciate all donations, large and small, to continue our ongoing efforts.” Shannon-Moore is currently using her creative energy to acquire a golf cart to make all the watering easier on the volunteers. “We have around 20 volunteers on our committee,” says Shannon-Moore. “But we have 40 baskets to care for, and a street-ready golf cart will help us a great deal.” The group purchases the flowers and plants from various stores in the area and also through the City of Fernandina Beach. The baskets are planted all year round, utilizing seasonal flowers and greenery. In the winter, ornamental kale, pansies,

and petunias are grown in the baskets until spring, when they are replanted with colorful and hardy summer blooms. The local merchants are very pleased with the results of the Flowering Fernandina project. “Everyone loves Fernandina,” says Susan James of Pineapple Patch, a women and children’s apparel shop on Centre Street. “Visitors always want to come back, and the look of our city’s landscape makes a big difference.” Bill and Theresa Hamilton, owners of the Fairbanks House, a local bed and breakfast inn, have expressed their

satisfaction with the Flowering Fernandina program. “This is a great project,” says Theresa. “A colorful downtown is an invitation to come share the beauty of our community—its buildings, its people, its pride, and its spirit.” For more information about Flowering Fernandina, email them at floweringfernandina@gmail.com. To make a donation, make your check payable to the Historic Fernandina Beach Business Association (with a memo for “Flowering Fernandina”) and mail it to: Flowering Fernandina, 208 South 7th Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.

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Amelia Island Visitors Center ~ 277-0717 • Monday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm City Hall ~ 277-7305 • Police/Fire/Ambulance (Emergency 911. Police non-emergency 277-7342. Fire non-emergency 277-7331 Amelia Community Theatre ~ 261-6749 Amelia Island Musuem of History ~ 261-7378 Public Library ~ 277-7365 Fernandina Harbor Marina ~ 491-2090 Post Office ~ 261-4848 Nassau County Courthouse ~ 321-5709 (Sheriff 911; non-emergency 225-0331) Fernandina Little Theatre ~ 277-2202

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St. Michaels Catholic Church ~ 261-3472 First Presbyterian Church ~ 261-3837 Memorial United Methodist Church ~ 261-5769 Trinity United Methodist Church ~ 277-6859 St. Peter’s Episcopal Church ~ 261-4293 First Missionary Baptist Church ~ 261-4907 New Zion Missionary Baptist Church ~ 261-0010

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MAY 1, 15

Amelia Island Lighthouse Tours Guided tours of the lighthouse are held the first and third Wednesdays of every month at 10 a.m. Cost is $5 for adults; $3 for children 12 and under. Tours are limited to 25. Participants should meet at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center, 2500 Atlantic Ave. Pre-registration is required 24 hours in advance. For more information, call the Fernandina Recreation Department at (904) 277-7350.

MAY 3, 4, 5

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you haven’t thought of yet. Financial answers and ideas over a glass of wine. Begins at 5:30 p.m. For more info, call (904) 305-2608.

MAY 11 – JUNE 2

Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival

MAY 11

MAY 4, 5

MAY 11

Fort Clinch State Park holds a Living History event the first weekend of each month as volunteers in Civil War-era attire portray daily life at the fort as it was in 1864. Soldiers will answer questions about being stationed at Fort Clinch, while visitors tour the fort and grounds. For more information, call (904) 277-7274 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch.

The Seventh Street Gallery presents the paintings of Susan Henderson, who works in watercolors, acrylics, and oil. The reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., at 14 South 7th Street in downtown Fernandina Beach. The show can also be viewed the following two Saturdays during the Farmers’ Market hours 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. As this is a historic property, it is not handicap accessible. For more information, call (904) 432-8330.

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MAY 17

Mingle with local farmers and business owners to find farm-direct fruits and vegetables, organic products, specialty foods, gourmet baked goods, plants, and more. The market is now located at The Shops at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit ameliafarmersmarket.com.

The Amelia Island Museum of History offers a presentation on the third Friday of the month, based on a variety of different topics related to the history of the island. The event takes place in Baker Hall in the museum. Cost is $5 per person (free for members). For more information, call (904) 277-0717, or visit ameliamuseum.org.

MAY 9, 10, 11, 12

MAY 17, 18, 19

This Nora and Delia Ephron play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes, and memory is a compelling comedy. 8 p.m. on May 9, 10, and 11. Matinees at 2 p.m. on May 11 and 12. Tickets are $15. Purchase tickets at ameliacommunitytheatre.org, or call the box office at (904) 261-6749.

Experience the wild side of Amelia Island. Enjoy numerous tours led by area naturalists and park rangers, nature photography workshops, green expo, Kids Niche, critters from the Jacksonville Zoo, and more. For tickets or additional information call (904) 251-0016, or visit www.wildamelia.com.

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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 into the questions

The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce invites aspriring and existing small business owners to connect with products and services they need to make their

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

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A Memorial Day weekend celebration concert performed by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, featuring patriotic and Americana suites and marches. Fabio Mechetti is Music Director and Principal Conductor. Held at First Baptist Church, 8th Street at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Discounts available for ARIAS members and membership applications are also available at the door. Tickets on sale at The Book Loft, Amelia Island Visitor Center, The Golf Club of Amelia, Fernandina Beach Golf Club and at the door.

MAY 25

Ed Gaw Amelia Island Open Water Challenge The event, held at 8:30 a.m., consists of either a 1-mile or 5K swim. The swims run parallel to the beach at Main Beach Park, North Fletcher Avenue, and run simultaneously. There will be coast guard auxiliary boats, lifeguards, kayakers, and EMT’s at the event, and breakfast after the swim. Money raised goes towards local youth swim scholarships. For more information, call (904) 277-7350.

MAY 25

World War II Program Fort Clinch State Park will host a Memorial Day Weekend program on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 to honor the men and women who served in World War II. Visitors can explore military displays, view memorabilia and learn about the uniforms, weapons, vehicles and lifestyle of those who were part of the war during the 1940’s. For more info, call (904) 277-7274 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch.

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MAY 23

World-class artists performing classical music in intimate and historic settings on Amelia Island. The 2013 festival features Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz, Linden String Quartet, Zuill Bailey, Robert McDuffie, and more. For tickets or more information call (904) 261-1779 or visit www.aicmf.com.

This popular event celebrates “Year of the Golden Shrimp” with a nationally-recognized juried fine arts and crafts show, antiques, live entertainment, kids’ activities, contests, pirates, free admission and food booths serving up shrimp by local non-profit organizations. Fore more information, call (866) 426-3542 or visit www.shrimpfestival.com.

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An informal gathering of clients and friends is held the last Thursday of every month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the SunTrust Private Wealth Management offices located at 5211 S. Fletcher Ave. Steve Raszkin of “A Taste of Wine by Steve” will be showcasing wines from Argentina, with hors d’oeuvres prepared by Horizons. Stop in to enjoy a glass of wine (or two) and nosh on some good conversation. No RSVP required. For more information, call Karen Perdue at (904) 491-5969 or karen.perdue@suntrust.com. To have your event featured here, email all of the information to calendar@ameliaislander.com.

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Where Community Begins The Fernandina Beach Branch Library brings the community together with something for everyone

BY WILMA ALLEN • PHOTOS BY WILLIAM RASER

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n case you haven’t heard, our terrific little library downtown – the Fernandina Beach Branch of the Nassau County Public Library—will soon be getting a much-needed total makeover thanks to combined efforts of the City of Fernandina Beach, which owns the building; Nassau County, which runs the library; and the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library, a 300-member organization of people who love it. All are chipping in to finance a major expansion and remodel which should break ground this year. To raise their share of the construction costs and additional funds for furnishings and equipment, the Friends of the Library has launched a $1.2 million capital campaign with the fitting title: “Your Library: Where Community Begins.” With the city,

county, and Friends of the Library working together, this is a true community partnership. Anyone who hasn’t visited the library lately will be surprised at the many different ways that it serves the community. Last year, the citizens of Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island made more than 107,000 visits to the library to do homework, prepare resumes, search for and apply for jobs online; take online tests and courses, apply for college and financial aid; obtain passports, find health and consumer information, visit e-government sites for Social Security updates, Medicare forms, and much more. Of course, they also browsed the stacks and borrowed thousands of books, periodicals, DVDs.

According to Library Director Dawn Bostwick, use of the library continues to grow, but funding has been cut severely in recent years. To illustrate how people utilize their libraries on an ordinary day, librarians across Florida organized “Snapshot Day” on January 30. On Snapshot Day in Fernandina Beach, scores of patrons were photographed as they browsed, read, worked on projects, studied, and surfed the Internet. Many provided written comments. Shannon, who was visiting the library with her children, wrote that “story time provides social interaction for my one and three year olds.” Lauren, another patron, said the library is “a tremendous resource for my young family. I’m so grateful for the library and its talented staff.” Paul agreed, saying of his daughter: “The library is helping to create a solid foundation for the rest of her life’s education.” Jack called the library “my salvation in the two decades we’ve been retired here. The library is my single largest and best source for information, entertainment, and relaxed leisure time.” Emily echoed that sentiment, noting that the library has “books to read, people to enjoy, and resources I need. I do not have a computer at home.” Another patron said, “It’s great for senior citizens, like my husband and me. We can’t always purchase books we’d like to read. Thank you!” “I improve my Spanish with the books and MP3s, and I found my job with the use of the Internet for an employment search,” James wrote. Veronica said, “It helps me stay connected to the community with information about services, activities and numerous resources. It fills a gap.” Added another patron, “It saves me money on books and movies. I also love the special programs such as the Civil War course.” The Friends of the Library are planning some exciting events to raise funds for its capital campaign. For information on how to donate or volunteer, stop by the library, call (904) 321-6529, or e-mail them at nassau.fbfollib@gmail.com.

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snapShots AT A WINE TASTING AT CAFÉ KARIBO TO BENEFIT THE KATIE CAPLES FOUNDATION

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Address: 414 Broome Street Date built: 1866 Built by: Major William B. C. Duryee

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The Duryee House BY DICKIE ANDERSON • PHOTO BY JAN JOHANNES

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he Duryee House is the first house built in Fernandina after the Civil War. Like many houses built at the time, it is described as vernacular. Vernacular architecture is based on localized needs and construction materials, and reflects local traditions. Major Bedloe Crosby (B. C.) Duryee returned to Amelia Island after the Civil War. This is the first house he built. Later, he built a larger, grander house on the corner of Centre and Eighth streets. It was torn down to make way for a gas station. The house has a welcoming front porch that stretches across the front. Several houses in the Historic District have a cement step once used by those needing a step to climb into a carriage or to step out. The Duryee, Bailey, and Rutishauser houses still have their carriage steps. The ceilings in the original house were 13 feet, but they were lowered by later owners. In more modern times, the house has been pink with a soft turquoise ceiling to the porch. Some will claim the blue ceiling scares away the ghosts, but it more likely repels insects. Duryee was originally from New York. During the Civil War, he served as Assistant Adjutant General of the Federal Army and was badly injured at Antietam. He was eventually stationed in Fernandina and occupied the Reverend Archibald

Baker’s house on North Sixth Street. Ironically, Duryee was instrumental in saving the bell in Reverend Baker’s Presbyterian Church. It still rings today. In 1868, a presidential appointment as Special Deputy Collector of Customs brought Duryee back to Amelia Island. He found great opportunity and soon became a respected community leader. He built the Duryee Building in 1882. It was a substantial brick building at the base of Centre Street that housed the Custom’s House, the First Bank of Fernandina , and a printing press. He was elected to the City Commission and acted as British Vice-Consul. He was especially proud of his membership and support of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, where he sang in the choir and served as vestryman. His wife, a noted recluse, loved animals but, evidently, had little patience with people. She was known to take in all the island’s strays and donated a water fountain currently located in front of the railroad depot on Centre Street for the use of horses, dogs and cats, but not humans. Another story tells of seeing Mrs. Duryee walking down the street with a cat on a leash wearing spectacles! One of the island’s more persistent ghost stories is attached to the house. It is said that the image of an elderly woman in a rocking chair has been reported.

This article has been reprinted with permission from Dickie Anderson’s recently published book, Great Homes of Fernandina. It is now available at Books Plus, The Book Loft, the Amelia Island Museum of History, and by visiting www.ameliaislander.com. 43 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • MAY 2013

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pril showers bring May Flowers, and how beautiful those flowers are! Everyone has been busy getting their gardens ready for the Shrimp Festival, putting their best foot (I should say flower) forward, as we do take pride in our gardens on Amelia Island. One of the most picturesque red flowering plants is the Dwarf Powderpuff plant (Calliandra emaraginata). This shrub fits in nicely in any yard, garden, or landscape. I adore these pretty plants! The branches grow outward in layers, with flowers and buds along each branch. The blossoms appear on and off all year (more often in the summer months), with buds resembling little red berry clusters that open into scarlet fluffy powderpuff flowers. This charming shrub attracts humming birds and butterflies and works well in almost any light, providing color even in partly shaded beds. Evergreen and cold tolerant, this plant is hardy for our area. It grows at a moderate pace, slower than the full-size powderpuff plant. The Dwarf variety can be kept at 3 feet tall. Although this plant can be grown in full sun, it seems

TIP O F T HE M O N T H Fertilize gardenias in the spring, not the fall. The fertilizer will stimulate new growth, which will become damaged in winter in a freeze below 15 degrees. Enjoy this plant beautiful!

to do best in a part-sun/part-shade location. It works well as an accent plant by an entry, as a backdrop for smaller plants, or as a low- to mid-height hedge, or almost anywhere. Plant this shrub 2 1/2 to 3 feet apart, and plant it two feet or more from the house. It works well in containers, too. When planting, add some top soil or peat humus to the hole to enrich it around the root ball. You will only need to do occasional minor trimming. The plant produces seed pods, which can be cut off. Regular watering with time to dry out in between is recommended. Fertilize in spring, summer, and autumn with a good grade of granular fertilizer. You can supplement the feedings with bone meal and/or liquid fertilizer to promote heavier blooms, if you wish.

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Gardenias are one of my very favorite flowers. I have come across a spectacular one with blooms 3 to 5 inches across. It is a native of China and grows in our area. Known as Bush Gardenia, Cape Jasmina, or Bunga Cina (Gardenia augusta, Gardenia jasminoides), this awesome gardenia has gorgeous dark-to-light green, opposite leaves on a shrub that can grow up to 6 feet, with almost an equal spread. The leaves are glossy and leathery. They bloom in mid-spring to early summer over a fairly long season. The flowers are white and turn to cream as they age and they have a waxy feel. This powerfully sweet fragrant bloom can perfume an entire room! Gardenias prefer acid, moist, welldrained soils. Use fertilizer for acidloving plants (like azaleas and camellias), bone meal, and fish emulsion. The best time to fertilize is in mid-March and again in late June to encourage additional blooms and to provide a boost to young plants for quicker growth. If you have any questions, e-mail bamorrell@aol.com. In the meantime, Happy Gardening!

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or Karen and Tom Ray, their home is all about family and community. The industrious and entrepreneurial Karen, who owns Bliss Cupcakery in Yulee, and her talented husband, Tom, superintendant of Karlen Custom Homes, decided to build their home at Fiddler’s Walk after owning another home there. “We loved the neighborhood,” said Karen. “Everyone looks after each other. It’s a close-knit community. It seemed natural to stay here.” Karen, Tom, and Allen Eldridge, builder at Karlen Custom Homes, worked hand-in-hand to create a house that would keep the family centered amidst busy schedules and a large group of extended family. Both Karen and Tom’s relatives reside nearby, and Sunday is family day at the Ray house.

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Left: The custom kitchen features cabinets with a seven-step crown, a special detail that was Karen’s idea. As part of the great room, the kitchen, dining area, and living room allow guests to mingle and converse easily. Below: A formal dining room at the front of the home allows for more intimate gatherings.

“No matter how busy we are, we always spend Sundays cooking and enjoying quality time together,” says Karen. “I like to think our home is cottage-cozy, and welcoming. We’re pretty laid back, and we like our guests to feel comfortable here.” Karen and Tom love to entertain, and their home includes a very spacious kitchen with a 10-foot island, a family room, and a casual dining area that is home to the weekly Sunday dinner. The wide-open living space, with 8-foot doors along the back of the house that open up to an enormous patio and lighted pool area, is perfect for entertaining. At night, the area becomes an oasis of good times for friends and family.

Bliss Cupcakery is a successful and busy establishment. Karen and her staff are continuously baking cupcakes, wedding cakes, custom cakes, and other tasty treats for their customers in and around Amelia Island, but Karen never loses sight of what’s most important to her—her family and their home. While she and her husband worked on designing the space for her bakery, they also worked together on their house at Fiddler’s Walk. Karen had a vision of how she wanted their home designed and she worked with JAC Design Services to create a unique floor plan, which has since become a popular Karlen Custom Homes floor plan that appeals to both men and women. It is a

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Top left:An alluring jacuzzi, framed with sheer curtains, offers a relaxing retreat. Below left: The master bedroom features an inviting fireplace. The furniture reflects superb craftsmanship in every detail. Below right: A set of shelves in the foyer holds everything dear to Karen and Tom, including photos of their grandchildren and the family Bible.

plan that is inviting, functional, and beautiful. The tiny details, however, are what make the house special. “The step ceiling has a luxurious feel, with crown molding and accent lighting, that makes the room warm and comfortable.” “The thing about Allen and Tom from Karlen is that they are completely hands-on when it comes to building a home,” says Karen. “They take part in every aspect of the process, from helping choose countertops to designing each room— every little detail is important to them. There is no aspect of any Karlen home that Tom and Allen don’t play an integral role in.” Allen says his company prides itself on using the finest building materials, especially when it comes to the bathrooms. “For Karen and Tom’s home, we used Schluter systems, an innovative method of installation for showers that guarantees there will be no problems with mold, mildew, or moisture.” Allen goes on to say that it was a collaboration between himself, Tom, and Karen that resulted in the energy-efficient “show

house” outcome of the project. “Tom built the custom fireplace mantel surround, laid the hardwood flooring and tile, and the seven-piece wood trim around the doors and windows,” says Allen. “Those details are what make the house special.” Fiddler’s Walk, located on Barnwell Road just off Amelia Island, is the perfect location for the couple. Close to the island’s beautiful beaches, restaurants, and shopping, it’s also just a stone’s throw from Karen’s bakery and many of her husband’s building projects. For this project, there was no need for an interior designer once the house was built. Karen has a knack for home decorating and she was enthusiastic about finding just the right furniture, accessories, and window treatments. “I like everything to be comfortable, cozy, and simple,” says Karen, who is drawn to clean lines and beautiful wood. With one granddaughter and a new grandson on the way, Karen and Tom are happily preparing for the next addition to their growing Sunday dinner guest list.

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avid’s Restaurant & Lounge opened in November 2012, to rave reviews from diners, who have embraced their New York quality, nouveau classic cuisine. Owned by Deborah Gold and Myrta Defendini (who also own The Hoyt House), David’s features a private wine room that accommodates up to 14 guests, along with on- and off-site private catering for any occasion. Its mahogany woods, tile floor, and a copper coffered ceiling makes for a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience. My beau, Bruce, and I made a reservation on a Thursday evening because we also wanted to hear Grammy-nominated Aaron Bing on saxophone, who plays in David’s lounge. We started out with some cocktails at the bar, and then moved to the main dining room, which is a unique combination of Old World style and a contemporary, relaxed atmosphere. We started with an Amuse Bouche, a little bite of artichoke with mozzarella, on a crostini, and wrapped with prosciutto.

Everything at David’s is made in house—even the mozzarella is pulled by hand. We also enjoyed Foccacio with an amazing pesto dipping oil. Our server, David, suggested a Reisling, North by Northwest, that was surprisingly dry, perfect with our openers. A stuffed yellow tomato was next, bursting with basil, scallions, and mozzarella, presented on the plate beautifully. A Brie en Croute was brought to the table, served hot and gooey in a house-made puff pastry, with a fruit puree of blueberries, blackberries, and cranberries, and crostini. Next we sampled a glass of Macon-Villages Chardonnay, a delightful French wine, which paired well with our next item, Soft Shell Crab in a white wine, shallot, lemon and dill sauce, served with creamy Anson Mill grits. We especially loved the way that the crab was lightly dusted with flour, not battered. The dish really highlighted the sweet flavor of the crab. The grits were nearly the consistency of mashed potatoes—a perfect dinner accompaniment. Deborah brought us lemon sorbet as a little palate cleanser, and we took a little break from our savory meal to peruse their wine and menu offerings, which are presented on an iPad. What fun to scroll through and read all the details about their wine selections! I was yearning for more seafood, and the Seafood Risotto really hit the mark. Seared Scottish salmon sat atop a jumbo lump crabmeat and tomato risotto, that also included diver scallops and fresh, local shrimp. The seafood was perfectly cooked, rich, and delicious. Bruce’s entrée was Filet Oscar, an 8 oz. prime Filet Mignon, topped with jumbo lump crabmeat, béarnaise sauce, and prosciutto wrapped asparagus. Served with whipped garlic potatoes, the dish was splendid. The filet was beautifully cooked, rare, tender, just the way he likes it. Our wine pairings for these entrees were fantastic: a 2009 Rosenblum Zinfandel, a robust and peppery varietal, and for the seafood, and a 2011 Diseno Malbec, a big, outstanding wine that was perfect with the beef dish. We all know I can’t walk away without s sweet ending, and we enjoyed a trio of David’s favorite dessert offerings: Vanilla Gelato, Flourless Chocolate Torte, and Homemade Apple Tart, served warm, with walnuts, blackberry puree, and crème anglais. How could this meal get any better, you ask? We meandered back into the lounge, settling into a comfy sofa, listening to the smooth jazz of Aaron Bing. For reservations to this very special restaurant, call (904) 310-6049.

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dining guide 29 South ~ This eclectic bistro has it all; great ambiance, fantastic food, an extensive wine list and reasonable prices. The menu can best be described as traditional world cuisine with modern, whimsical twist, where award-winning executive chef and owner Scotty Schwartz paints a playground for the palette. Choose from entrees including: lobster corn dogs with spicy horseradish ketchup spiked with ketel one vodka, seared scallops on green tea smoked thai curry nage topped with crispy calamari straws, and sweet tea brined smithfield farm pork chop on macaroni gratin with warm blackberry preserves. 29 South also features grilled pizzas, sandwiches, and nightly specials. 29 South Third Street, Historic Downtown, (904) 277-7919, www.29southrestaurant.com. Bar Zin ~ Inspired by 30 years in the hospitality industry and numerous trips to Napa and Sonoma, our philosophy at Bar Zin is quite simple: create a fun relaxed upbeat indoor / outdoor atmosphere where friends and families can enjoy creative, fresh American bistro cuisine. In addition, we offer a diverse beverage menu consisting of great wines, local brews, and Saki martinis. Whenever possible, it is our intention to utilize local farmers, local products, and local businesses to create a farm-to-table style menu. Our vision was to design a neighborhood atmosphere where everyone will feel welcome, whether you are enjoying a full meal, appetizers, or just stopping in for a cold beverage; a place that will attract a diverse clientele which in turn makes it a place where everyone will have a relaxing and fun time. www.barzin-bistrowinebar.com. Lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch. Major credit cards. 4924 First Coast Hwy at Palmetto Walk Shopping Village. (904) 310-6620. 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. 2610508. www.bonitogrillandsushi.com Lunch: MonFri 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.

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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. Freshbrewed beer available in the Café and in the brew pub—The Karibrew—located next door. Food prices are relatively low-lunch 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. David’s Restaurant ~ David’s Restaurant has it all: an amazing Steakhouse & Seafood Menu, upscale atmosphere, and professional service staff, all for your dining pleasure. Relax in our comfortable leather lounge and peruse the Martini and full bar menu. Executive Chef Robert Camp offers prime steaks, Filet Oscar, and our Signature 20oz boneless Ribeyes. English Channel Dover Sole, Maine Lobster, Chilean Sea Bass and a true Surf & Turf. Desserts & breads made on premises. Open 7 days from 5-10pm with the lounge opening at 4pm. Prix Fixe menu available from 5-6:30pm for 35.00 pp plus tax & grat. No high chairs or kids menu. 802 Ash Street. (904) 310-6049. Reservations highly recommended. www. AmeliaIslandDavids.com. España ~ Featuring Old World cuisine from Portugal and Spain, España offers an intriguing menu in a comfortably elegant atmosphere in downtown Fernandina Beach. Owner/chef Roberto Pestana serves mouthwatering tapas like Grouper Ceviche, Portobello al La España, and Shrimp with Garlic, all served with España’s homemade bread. Entrees include a classic Seafood Paella, and a variety of fresh local seafood and meats. España also features an extensive wine list and an excellent homemade sangria. Available for private parties. Reservations recommended. All major credit cards. Open 7 days. 261-7700. 22 South 4th Street. $$$, L, D, B/W. Florida House Inn ~ Enjoy Southern cooking at its best. Menu includes Southern Bistro salads, sandwiches, soups and daily specials. The Florida House Inn is located just off Centre Street in the historic district of Fernandina Beach. The inn is the oldest surviving hotel in the state of Florida and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Lunch: Tue. – Fri. 11:30am - 2:30pm; Sat. – Sun. 11:30am - 3pm. Mermaid Bar: Open Wed. – Sun. Drink specials nightly. 22 South Third Street, 904491-3322. L, $$, F 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.

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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 Monday 8am - 6pm; Tuesday – Friday 8am - 10pm; Saturday 9am - 10pm; Sunday 9am - 4pm. $$, B,L,D. Hoyt House ~ Enjoy an Authentic English Tea Experience at The Hoyt House Bed & Breakfast. Our menu has fresh Scones and Crumpets made about one hour before you arrive and are usually still warm. A perfect balance of sweet and savory with three different Silver tray platters to choose from.Our signature Tea Sandwiches of Spiced Egg, Tarragon Chicken and the classic Cucumber are sure to please. For a different experience we also have a tray of English Cheeses and Truffle Pate. Open daily Wednesday through Sunday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm and private parties of six or more on Monday & Tuesday. Trays range from $11.95 $39.95. Full libations offered including Bellini Cocktail, Mimosa & Bloody Mary’s to complete your experience. Reservations are required. 904277-4300.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 Island’s only organic eatery and juice bar, with an extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items.

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

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Daily specials include local seafood, free range chicken and fresh organic produce. Salads, wraps, sandwiches, and soups are available—all prepared with Paul Maley’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. 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. Tasty’s Fresh Burgers & Fries ~ Amelia Island’s FRESH spot for great grub and even better atmosphere! Our burgers are 100% grass-fed Angus beef and the fries are hand cut. For our health conscious and PALEO customers, try a bunless option or a delicious turkey burger. And for all the herbivores, we offer a beautiful veggie burger chocked full of flavor! Relax and enjoy an icy cold beer or glass of wine in the casual indoor or outdoor seating. We offer free WI-FI and flat screen TV so you won’t miss your game! Corner of 8th and Centre Street in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach. L, D, $, B/W. The Surf ~ Dine indoors or out on our huge, sundrenched 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. Take-out 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, $$, F. B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner. $=Entrees under $10, $$=Entrees up to $15. $$$=Entrees over $15. F=Full bar, B/W=Beer & Wine

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nature lover's dream Vistas of the pristine marsh along with glimpses of Great Blue Herons, graceful otters and more await you at this spacious two story home. With approximately 200 feet of marsh/creek frontage along with a bulkhead and dock to enjoy the tidal creek, this 3 bedroom, 3 full and 2 half bath home truly embodies the Amelia Island Plantation lifestyle. The homesite has been professionally landscaped to provide year round color from

the flowering plants and trees. A covered porch and enclosed tropical courtyards provide relaxing outdoor living space. The interior features a large living room with windows on three sides and a double-sided gas fireplace shared with the formal dining room. The luxurious kitchen has Omega cabinets, stainless steel appliances and an adjacent butler's pantry. This home has many other exceptional details waiting to be discovered.

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Enjoy Plantation living in this 3 bedroom, 3 bath split floor plan home near Walker’s Landing. Has a golf course view and includes a fireplace and a 2-car garage. $649,500

Overlooking the beautiful Atlantic Ocean these 2 bedroom/2 bath villas provide the perfect beach front get-away. $450,000 – $495,000

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Located on 1.18 acres, this two-story stucco/cedar home features 3 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half baths as well as approximately 200 feet of marsh/tidal creek frontage. $1,350,000

You will enjoy golf and wooded views from these 2 bedroom/ 2 bath villas. Just a short distance to the Golf Shop and beautiful Walker’s Landing. $235,000 – $299,000

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Enjoy southern hospitality at its best in this 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath home. Has teak doors, a gas fireplace, 8 bay windows, crown molding and great golf and lagoon views. $1,395,000

Luxurious 2 and 3 bedroom Mediterranean-style villas on the Atlantic Ocean. Town homes and high rise with a heated community pool. $999,000

Prices subject to change without notice. Sq. ft. is approximate

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AMELIA ISLAND LISTINGS AND SALES Historic District Meticulously restored 1904 home close to Centre St. Heart pine floors and trim work, detailed window designs, and tall oak mantels blend smoothly with the modern elements of the kitchen, featuring top-of-the-line appliances, and the first floor master suite and luxury master bath with a steam shower and Jacuzzi tub. Large closets, spacious laundry room, a garage, studio and brick courtyard round out this special home. #58445 $664,900

Harrison Cove Beautifully upgraded 3/3 town home with elevator access from the garage. The highly functional kitchen features granite counters, stainless appliances and a pantry. Hardwood floors, Plantation shutters and crown molding grace this elegant and comfortable home. The large master suit has a private entrance to the screened porch and a luxurious bath. Membership to the Golf Club of Amelia Island. #59890 $359,000

Walk to the Beach This bright and open home home features a corner fireplace in the living room, four bedrooms and a screened pool and porch. Easy walk to the beach from this centrally located home on Amelia Island. Great floor plan, fenced and nicely landscaped yard, courtyard entry garage. Perfect for those seeking the island lifestyle they want to share with family and friends. #59841 $330,000

Impeccably Remodeled Stunning home in Oyster Bay Harbours. Recently remodeled with top quality and no expense spared. Walnut floors, suspended beam ceiling, beautiful molding and trim work. A brand new custom kitchen with granite counters, glass front cabinets, center island with Wolf gas stove top. Separate suite with full bath makes a great office, den or exercise room. Oyster Bay Yacht Club membership included. #59562 $479,000

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Located north and adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. These fabulous oceanfront condominiums feature beautiful custom appointments, large square footage and membership to The Golf Club of Amelia Island. Oceanfront and golf course views are incredible! These units start at $1,325,000.



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Located on the south side of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. These wonderful condominiums offer the per- fect 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 $559,000 and are direct oceanfront.

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1825 OCEAN VILLAGE PLACE $595,000 Immaculate home in Summer Beach’s Ocean Village community. This 4 bedroom, 3 bath home offers a spacious one-level floorplan and short walk to the beach. Fresh interior and exterior paint, new carpet, and paver patio in this well-cared-for home. Large open and tiled living room opens to spacious kitchen with abundant counter space. Community offers wonderful amenities such as two pools, tennis courts and yard maintenance covered in monthly fee.

The Landings at Amelia River THIRD AND FINAL PHASE! PROJECT CLOSEOUT SALE! – Don’t miss this great opportunity to own one of the 6 brand new units being offered for sale. All units have over 3,200 sq. ft. of single level living, 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, Travertine floors, large open gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry and upgraded appliances, large balcony overlooking the Intracoastal, 2 garage parking spaces, and large storage unit. Gated community with pool, and current offer includes individual boat slip on the Intracoastal. Call us to view this incredible opportunity!! From $749,900.

6302 CARLTON DUNES $1,325,000 Unsurpassed oceanfront living in this 3rd floor, south-facing Carlton Dunes home. Adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton in a gated enclave of Summer Beach, this 4 bedroom, 4 bath home offers stunning ocean views. Neutral colors and classic décor, built-ins in living room, fireplace, wood floors and tile, bar with wine cooler, east and west facing balcony and a light and bright kitchen. Elegant owner’s suite with his and hers closets, dual vanity and water closet.

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Email: claudia.watts@coldwellbanker.com (904) 556-4000 • www.claudiawatts.com 1766 Dunes Club Villas Spacious luxury home in Amelia Island Plantation. 3 bedrroms, 4 baths, 3,059 sq. ft. MLS#56905 $1,429,000 3 Laurel Oak Handsome cedar shake exterior in coastal setting. 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 2,890 sq. ft. MLS#58691 $789,000 32 Ocean Place Splendid views of the Atlantic and The Ritz-Carlton. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,341 sq. ft. MLS#59819 $739,900 477 Starboard Landing Light & bright home. Pool and surround sound. 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 4,087 sq. ft. MLS#59698 $626,000 95337 Mackinas Circle Lovely home on south Amelia Island in Summer Beach. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2,854 sq. ft. MLS#58577 $499,900 9 Belted Kingfisher Timeless home with open floorplan and lush landscaping. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,996 sq. ft. MLS#59280 $435,000

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Walk to the beach from this remodeled custom home MLS#59826 $415,000

Easy living 2BR/2BA home in Villages of Marsh Lakes MLS#59903 $210,000

Lovely 3BR/2BA home in great neighborhood with pool & patio MLS#59726 $255,000 Great 2BR/1BA condo near beach for vacations or investment MLS#59725 $145,000

603 Sailmaker Oceanfront villa in gated Summer Beach. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,325 sq. ft., MLS#57502 $368,900

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Anne Barbanel = Commitment Top Selling Century 21 Agent Northeast Florida Brokers Council

“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

203 Centre St. • Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 KarenWerling@TeamWerling.com • 904.556.9549 www.FindNortheastFloridaHomes.com

96126 OYSTER BAY DRIVE Beautiful lakefront home with an open, spacious floorplan. Well-designed kitchen with glassfront cabinets and granite countertops. Custom built-ins in great room with french doors opening to a screened lanai and oversized spa. Wood and tile in living areas. All bedrooms have their own bath. Located in prestigious Oyster Bay Harbour with community tennis, pool and club house. Membership available at the Yacht Club with dining, pool and work-out room amenities. MLS#59329 $397,000

4 OCEAN PLACE Beautifully maintained and updated 2BR, 2BA condo with wood floors, granite countertops in kitchen and bath. Stainless steel appliances, beautiful cabinets. Walk out back patio to beach and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Never have to get on an elevator. Superb rental because of ground floor and the convenience to the Ritz. MLS#57202 $750,000

96321 BAY VIEW DRIVE Magnificent 4BR, 5.5BA with over 1,200 ft of porches & screened lanai overlooking Lanceford Creek in Oyster Bay Harbour. Spacious LR w/ FP. Study with full bath ensuite could be 5th BR. Gourmet kitchen with granite, 42” cabinets, stainless appliances, and gas cooktop. Third floor owners suite has balcony. All bedrooms have baths ensuite. Home has unique guest suite on the 1st floor (no steps). Membership to Yacht Club available. MLS#58274 $750,000

1360 SHADOW WOOD DRIVE Spacious home with 2 full living areas located in wooded, natural setting with wrap around covered gallery & 1/2 acre lot. Large great room with built-ins & FP, DR, kitchen with eat-in nook, bedroom & bath complete the main floor. Second floor consists of master suite with walk-in shower, a loft & 3rd bedroom. The lower level consists of a living area, full kitchen, bedroom & bath ensuite, office/den, and a bonus room. Two car detached garage. MLS#59581 $499,000

Pre-1900 built home in Historic District. Magnificently restored for modern day living and the “charm” has been meticulously maintained. Gourmet kitchen, pine floors, 4 bedrooms, and 2 car garage.

$675,000 221 NORTH THIRD STREET AmeliaIslandHistorical.com Lovely custom home on almost 1/2 acre lush homesite on a private cul-de-sac in Egans preserve. Just a few blocks from the beach. Each floor has a private porch. 3 bedrooms, 2 fireplaces and bonus room.

$375,000 2347 OFFSHORE COURT OffshoreCourt.com Pristine, split plan, 2,482 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, fireplace in family room, formal dining & office/living room area. Upstairs bonus room/4th bedroom with full bath. Community pool.

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Professional Group 811 S. 8th Street Amelia Island, FL 32034 86325 MEADOWFIELD BL This home has it all. Three BR, 2.5 BA home on private wooded lot with dock on deep water. Hardwood floors, large brick fireplace, Florida room and screened porch. Two car garage. MLS#58296 $499,000

86031 MEADOWFIELD BL Perfect place for large family. Owner will provide buyer with permits & full set of plans. Renovation loans available to finance the completion of this designer home on beautiful Lofton Creek. MLS#56450 $350,000

96042 LANCEFORD LN Large open foyer with spiral staircase. Master bedroom downstairs, two bedrooms and one baths upstairs, bonus room and bath. Hardwood floors, tiled kitchen. 3 car garage. MLS# 59382 $389,000

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When calling about the properties featured in this Open House section,

161 LONG POINT DR Custom Built Mediterranean style home in The Pointe at Long Point. 5,200 sq. ft. Marsh and intracoastal views from 3 covered porches. Built in 2007, includes boat slip at private community dock. MLS#57468. $1,799,000

9A AMELIA RETREAT 3 bedroom, 3 bath villa recently updated. Ocean views from all bedrooms. Two reserved garage parking spaces. South Amelia Island. MLS#50777. Reduced price. $769,000

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1729 N. FLETCHER Ocean views from this 3 bedroom, 2 bath. Updated throughout with granite countertops, new kitchen cabinets, tile floors. Separate garage apartment for guests or rental. MLS#59767. $495,000

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here’s a new entertaining trend going on in my circle of friends. It’s called the Sunday afternoon luncheon. Because so many people I know are busy all the time, Sunday is the perfect day to wind down a little and get together for a meal.

I recently hosted a Sunday luncheon at my friend Julie’s house. She lives in the historic downtown, and her dining room is on the second floor of her house, which features a lovely view of an enormous live oak tree and her eclectic neighborhood. Our plan was to enjoy

Wild Mushroom Soup

our luncheon, and then stroll through Fernandina with our friends. There are many advantages to hosting a lunch party rather than a dinner party. For one, you don’t need large quantities of food or drink like you typically do at a dinner party. It’s fun to simply begin with a glass of wine or two, or maybe a mimosa. Some of my friends are vegetarians, so for this luncheon I decided to make a rich and creamy wild mushroom soup, served with a garden salad, crusty bread, and a mixed berry pie for dessert. The soup is earthy, and satisfying, loaded with an assortment of mushrooms, laced with sherry, and drizzled with white truffle oil right before serving. The salad is made from everything that grows in my kitchen garden: various lettuces, herbs, pea shoots, carrot curls and radishes, and even pansies, which are completely edible. The dressing is simply freshly squeezed lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. And the bread is from the local farmers market. We began our meal with a chilled Spanish white wine, spicy pimento cheese, crackers, and apple slices. After a little conversation, we moved to the dining room and opened a bottle of pinot noir, which paired nicely with the soup. Because our meal was casual and relaxed, we’re able to spend a great deal of time catching up with our dear friends. And, by the time we’ve finished the last piece of berry pie, we’re ready to link arms and stroll through downtown. It’s a lovely, new way to entertain!

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Ingredients 2 lbs. sliced wild mushrooms, any variety 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 3 cups sliced leeks 3 cloves finely minced garlic 6 cups vegetarian broth, or more 1/2 cup dry sherry 2 cups heavy cream 1 tsp. dried thyme Salt and pepper to taste White or black truffle oil Chopped Italian parsley Preparation In a large pot, sauté the wild mushrooms with the dried thyme on medium heat in the olive oil until golden. Remove them from the oil, then sauté the leeks and garlic in the same pot until translucent. Add the mushrooms back to the pot, and then sprinkle the flour over all and stir with a wooden spoon until the flour begins to “cook”. Slowly add the vegetarian stock and the sherry and stir until well mixed and heat gently, until soup gets bubbly and thickens. You want to taste the soup as you’re stirring, to make sure all the alcohol is cooked off. Add the heavy cream, salt and pepper to taste, until heated through. Do not boil. The soup can be made in advance and heated gently right before serving. To serve, ladle soup into bowls, sprinkle with chopped parsley, and drizzle with a bit of truffle oil. This soup is very rich, so portions can be modest. Serves six. For another Sunday luncheon recipe, visit www.ameliaislander.com.

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