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Amelia Islanders are a diverse bunch, with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, but we all agree on one thing: we all love Amelia Island! And why not? By any objective measure, Amelia Island comes out on top. If you like the beach (and this is Florida, after all), we have 13 miles of wide, white sand beaches, which, even in high season, are never so crowded that you can’t find a welcome little stretch of sand somewhere. If you enjoy history, you won’t be disappointed on Amelia, whose story begins thousands of years ago with the Timucuan people and stretches through the French explorer Jean Ribault to the Spanish conquest of the island and the ensuing six other flags that have flown here. (Our outstanding Amelia Island Museum of History can provide all the details.) Amelia’s fascinating history also includes a Victorian heyday, which left us our incomparable patrimony of Victorian homes, some of which are now fine bed-and-breakfast inns. If you enjoy the outdoors, Amelia Island’s enchanting natural beauty makes it a picturesque oasis, with a variety of ecosystems to enjoy, from its Atlantic beaches, with their sea oats and rolling dunes, to oak and pine woodlands and the beautiful marshes that spill into the Intracoastal Waterway. In these varied landscapes, you can enjoy hiking, biking, boating, fishing, kayaking, horseback riding, surfing, and beachcombing, as well as championship golf, tennis, sailing, flying an airplane, jumping out of an airplane, and almost anything else you can imagine. And of course, you can’t talk about what’s great about Amelia Island without talking about its people. Steeped in Southern hospitality, Amelia Island is a thriving and diverse community, whose population reflects the different cultures and traditions of Fernandina’s long history, giving us a unique mix of old Fernandina families, business owners, retired couples, young families, and hard-working people. Add to that, world-class resorts and hotels, historic churches, charming bed-and-breakfast inns, two spas, outstanding restaurants, music, theatre, and art galleries, and you’ve got something special. Amelia Island attracts people from all over the world, and it’s not hard to see why. Our thanks to everyone who graciously shared their thoughts with us for this issue. If you’d like to share why you love Amelia Island, please visit our website at www.ameliaislander.com or find us on Facebook. Also this month, we find out what’s ahead for the Fernandina Beach High School Class of 2017; catch up with the Amelia Island Club’s Women’s Golf Association and their many fun goings-on; take a look at the newly redesigned Egans Creek Park, courtesy of 8 Flags Playscapes; enjoy an “Island Entertaining” on the joys of summer melon; and much more. See you around the island!
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11 Cover Story WHY I LOVE AMELIA ISLAND
Whether you grew up here or came here later in life, there are a million reasons to love Amelia Island, from its sun-kissed beaches to its historic downtown to the warmth of its people. In this issue, we asked a handful of island residents to share with us what they love most about Amelia.
39 Ready for Takeoff As the Fernandina Beach High School Class of 2017 prepares to take its place in the world, graduates look back with gratitude at the teachers who formed them.
45 Forged on the Fairways
51 A Place for Everyone
Created in 1976, the Amelia Island Club’s Women’s Golf Association provides its members with opportunities to socialize, compete, and form friendships for life.
With fully accessible exercise stations and a kayak launch, 8 Flags Playscapes remakes Egan’s Creek Park on Atlantic Avenue into a public park for all residents.
80 Island Entertaining One of summer’s sweetest treats, melons come in a number of delicious varieties, and they can be enjoyed in soups, cakes, on the grill, or even in martinis!
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ABOUT THE COVER Amelia
Everything Amelia The people, events, and history that make Amelia a special place
Galleries & Antiques Amelia’s art galleries & antique stores
In the Neighborhood Profiles of area businesses and organizations
Beach Combing Great shopping on Amelia Island
Maps of the Island and downtown, with telephone numbers
Tide Table Tides at the Amelia River
Around Town What’s happening around Amelia Island
Snapshots Islanders out and about
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Why I Love
Island Home After vacationing on Amelia Island for years, Kim and John bought a home in Amelia Island Plantation and redesigned it to suit their lives and their three boys.
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Why I Love
AMELIA ISLAND Whether you grew up here or came here later in life, there are a million reasons to love Amelia Island. In this issue, we asked a handful of island residents to share with us what they love most about Amelia. BY KAREN MILLER • PHOTOS BY WILLIAM RASER
ith its fascinating history and enchanting beauty, Amelia Island draws people from all over the world. To residents of Amelia Island, this picturesque oasis, steeped in Southern charm, is considered by many to be the perfect place to live, with its
sparkling beaches, indigo skies, and the shimmering waters of the Atlantic Ocean. But Amelia Island is much more than a pretty face—it’s a thriving, healthy community whose populace reflects a myriad of cultures and traditions. Fernandina
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Beach’s rich history has resulted in an eclectic mix of old Fernandina families, fishermen and shrimpers, business owners, retired couples, young families, and hard-working people. Once you visit this remarkable barrier island, you may find it difficult to leave, too!
Why I Love AMELIA ISLAND
DICKIE ANDERSON Dickie Anderson is a local writer and author whose fascination with the Historic District is readily apparent. She volunteers at the Amelia Island Museum of History, writes often about the island’s history in her weekly newspaper column, and even wrote a book about the downtown’s iconic Victorian-era homes. “Asking what I love about Amelia Island is like asking which is my favorite child or grandchild,” says Anderson. “Of course, my first and most immediate response is the beach. Few places offer such easy access to such an amazing stretch of sand that’s never the same each time I visit.” “When people ask what is unique about the island, I am quick to say it is not just a beautiful island with all the amenities, but it is a very real place—a Mayberry with tides,” she says. “Old-timers and newcomers mix together and team up to support community happenings and the island’s many nonprofits. Amelia Island is ever changing. It feels like, recently, almost too fast. It’s no
Dickie Anderson, with husband Shelly
longer the best kept secret, so I guess I have to learn to share cheerfully! I am proud to call Amelia Island my home sweet home.”
Lori Lecker with Lulu
LORI LECKER Lori Lecker is a local entrepreneur who owns three downtown businesses with her husband, John—lori+lulu, Pearl, and JJ COOPER. She and John moved to Fernandina Beach 14 years ago. “We are so proud and happy to have created three little boutiques downtown on Centre Street,” says Lecker. “Doing so has been the highlight of our career. I have visited almost all of the coastal towns of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas, and there is simply no better place to live than Amelia Island.” Born in Jacksonville in 1961, Lecker attended St. Andrews Episcopal Day School until her family left Jacksonville and moved to Fernandina Beach, where she attended sixth grade. “Afterwards, we went on to live all over the country,” says Lecker. 12 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • JUNE 2017
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“I always looked forward to returning every year to Fernandina Beach, where my family rented a little vacation beach cottage. My grandparents chose to retire here in the 1970s, and my parents followed in the ‘80s. I’ve always felt my roots are here, and I get a sense of peace whenever I drive over the Shave Bridge. My life has come full circle back to our hidden secret little gem of an island, which I will never leave.”
MARSHA DEAN PHELTS A third-generation Floridian, Marsha Dean Phelts, a charter and life member of the James Weldon Johnson Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, has spent her life on the northeast coast of Florida, in 14 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • JUNE 2017
Jacksonville and American Beach. In 1997, Phelts earned the distinction of writing the first book chronicling the history of American Beach, An American Beach for African Americans from the University Press of Florida. “Living under the Blue Bottle Tree on American Beach is the fulfillment of my lifetime dream,” says Phelts. “For me, island living is a therapeutic stress buster. Porch sitting, I watch the rush of ocean waves crashing to shore, or marsh hares and gopher tortoises making paths across the yard into the maritime forest. “Thanks to island friends and neighbors Eugene Emory, Neil Frink, Vick Wellington, James Whitsett, and James Wilson, I never run out of fresh-
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caught fish. And whenever I need the sights, sounds, and amenities of my birthplace, Jacksonville is only 12 bridges away.”
Johnny Miller is the mayor of Fernandina Beach, and he encourages his constituents to visit him at the oldest bar in Florida, The Palace Saloon, where he works as a bartender. He’s lived on Amelia Island for the past ten years with his wife, Lori, after having retired from the Navy. Their daughter, Summer, attended Fernandina Beach High School, and Miller’s mother, Nancy Fishburn, also lives on the island. Miller considers Amelia Island the perfect place to live and raise a family. “Fernandina Beach has a small town feel to it,” says Miller. “It has a gorgeous beach, and we love living near the water. Lori and I adore the community here. We have a large cross-section of residents on this island, and we’ve seen how people come together to support each other when needed. “The Palace Saloon draws folks from all over the world, but we also have lots of
regulars who have become good friends. People are always welcome to come in to talk to me about community issues, and I’m eager to listen to their concerns. I may not have grown up here, but I consider Fernandina Beach to be my hometown now.”
LINDY KAVANAUGH Owner of Lindy’s Jewelry on Centre Street, Lindy Kavanaugh loves and appreciates the rich history and strong community spirit of Fernandina Beach. “The atmosphere of downtown Fernandina Beach has a comfortable ease and an interesting history that make for a wonderful place to live and raise a family,” says Kavanaugh. “While a local only since 1988, my husband, Hardee, was born and raised on Amelia Island, and his family has generations of history here. “In 2015, we purchased property downtown and later came to learn that the building was once J & N Hardee Groceries and Hardware, a business owned years ago by
Lindy and Hardee Kavanaugh, with their children.
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my husband’s family. A family member even brought in a receipt dated 1907. Its family ties like these that make it feel a lot like home.” “Our community is made up of many organizations that rely on the compassion and generosity of volunteers,” she says. “Barnabas operates with the strength of many volunteers, providing services to those in need. The Amelia Island Museum of History is another local treasure that is an asset to our island. In addition to a relaxing day at the beach (if there is such a thing with three children), my family enjoys walking along Egan’s Creek Greenway. We have so many natural resources available to explore on the island!”
SANDRA BAKER-HINTON Sandra Baker-Hinton is the owner/ artist of Amelia SanJon Gallery on Ash Street in downtown Fernandina Beach. 18 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • JUNE 2017
She lives modestly, but finds she is amply entertained with her passion for creativity and the natural world. “I love my life here, from the big trees surrounding my home, the foster squirrels I have who live there, the plants I grow for the butterflies I raise, to being able to realize my goal of being a full-time artist with my own gallery.” “But the most exciting part is my dream volunteer job as a Sea Turtle Volunteer,” she says. “For the past 15 years, for six months of the year, Fort Clinch State Park becomes like my second home as I check for nests, watch for hatching, and dig into the sand to provide data on the productivity of the nest laid. “All of this would not be reason enough, if it weren’t for the good people who share this island home. They are a healthy mix of old timers and newbies, but all with a heart as big as all outdoors. We sometimes disagree on issues, but
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AARON BEAN State Senator Aaron Bean comes from a long line of Fernandina families, and he has never thought about living anywhere but on Amelia Island since he became an adult. “I’ve always envisioned living here,” says Bean. “Our community is well-rounded, and it’s a place where everyone knows your name. The schools are great, and besides tourism, we have other thriving industries that make for a healthy community. It’s great place to raise a family, a true slice of Americana.” Aaron’s love for Amelia Island began with his mother, Joan Bean, who has been inspiring young people for 60 years with her Bean School of Dance, located on South 3rd Street in downtown Fernandina Beach. For generations, her dance school has held a special place in the hearts of local children and families, and Joan’s love for young people is apparent. “It’s a thrill to see our Amelia Island young people grow up, then come back to visit,” says Joan. “They inspire me!”
Joan Bean, Aaron and Abby Bean
Aaron’s wife, Abby, is executive director of the Nassau Education Foundation, whose vision is to maximize support for local public education by providing funding to furnish students with the skills needed to compete in our 21st century economy. “Aaron and I have always been involved with our local school system,” she says. “We love our students and feel that they are the community leaders of tomorrow. Our Amelia Island young people mean the world to us.”
ERIC CORBETT When Amelia Island resident Eric Corbett turned 18, he couldn’t wait to leave this island community. By the time he turned 28, he couldn’t wait to move back. Coming from many generations of Corbetts on Amelia, Eric’s roots run deep. “My wife, Marie, and I have been married for 15 years, and we have a son named James, who will become the fourth
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Why I Love AMELIA ISLAND generation to graduate from Fernandina Beach High School,” he says. “I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. This community comes together to take care of one another, unlike any other.” Eric and Marie volunteer at James’ school, and Eric coaches Babe Ruth baseball. “This is my number one favorite thing to do,” says Eric. “Besides our church community, our yoga community, and our business community, our school system is one of the best things about Amelia Island. Parents chip in at school and work together to help our children succeed.”
JOSEPH MARASCO Executive Director of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Joseph Marasco purchased a beach condo on Amelia Island with his wife in 1982. The couple loved the island so much they decided to retire here from Pittsburgh in 2000. “I’ve seen a lot of growth and change since we first came here,” says Marasco. “But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, the growth has provided our residents with all sorts of cultural offerings, like the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. These opportunities enrich the fabric of our island and help bring people together.” “One of things I love about Amelia Island is its friendly atmosphere,” he says. “We have people from all different backgrounds, and this enhances the quality of our community. It’s a working community, not just a resort community, like some other coastal areas. Amelia Island is a place where people flourish. We help one another, we volunteer, we know our neighbors, and we come together to make our island a better place to live.”
GIL LANGLEY President of the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, Gil Langley has the good fortune of promoting all the attractions, events, experiences, amenities and lodging options on Amelia Island. He feels these amenities also make for an unsurpassed quality of life for residents of our community. “When I moved here ten years ago, I had no idea this would be home for the remainder of my career,” says Langley. “After a short discussion, my wife and I decided that Amelia Island was perfect for our family.
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“There are at least 25 world-class dining options serving amazing dishes in a relaxed atmosphere that foodies crave. You can learn the secrets of top chefs on the island at cooking classes and themed dinners that are offered regularly. Of course, for those who like to do it themselves, fresh ingredients are always available at the farmers market and local organic farms. “And for those looking for live entertainment, local community theaters showcase the amazing talents of our neighbors in productions ranging from elaborate musicals to ensemble dramas. As far as my family is concerned, as a place to live, work, and play, Amelia Island is simply perfect.”
father was part of Amelia Island’s early development team. As a young man, Saltmarsh happened to visit the Florida House Inn for a business meeting, and he was taken with its inviting fireplace and warm, comfortable atmosphere. Today, Saltmarsh owns the Florida House Inn, along with the Green Turtle, the Beech Street buildings, and the old Down Under property. “I love restoration, I love Amelia Island, and everything I do is a labor of love for me,” says Saltmarsh. “Why do I love Amelia Island? I guess it’s the lifestyle, the casual, relaxed feeling I get when I drive over the Shave Bridge after having been away for a bit. When I go away, I miss the island and people who live here. When I come back, my heart rate settles. Amelia Island is where I want to be.”
Ernie Saltmarsh was born a Navy brat and he lived in Jacksonville as a child, but his heart belonged to Amelia Island, a place he visited regularly. His best friend, Chris Curry, lived on the island. Curry’s
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TRINITY LOVE HOBLIT FOUNDATION HOLDS INAUGURAL GALA On June 17, the Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation welcomes the public to its Inaugural Gala from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island to support and fund neuroscience research for stroke and aneurysm for pediatric and adult patients receiving treatment at Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Baptist Neurological Institute. Trinity Hoblit, who was born with a rare form of primordial dwarfism, was diagnosed with multiple brain aneurysms at age 9 and over the years went through multiple brain surgeries. Trinity was scheduled for an open brain surgery for aneurysm clipping, but two days prior to her pre-op, her aneurysm ruptured and she passed away on June 30, 2015 at age 14. The Inaugural Gala will help raise awareness and educate the public in the fields of neuroscience, as well as support local education facilities and schools. One hundred percent of the net proceeds received by the foundation are donated back to the community for neuroscience research for stroke and aneurysm. A portion of all gifts to the Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation Endowment at Wolfson Children’s will be matched by Baptist Health. To purchase tickets or to find out more information about the foundation, sponsorship, or advertising opportunities, visit www.trinityhoblit. org or call (904)206-3326.
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#RESQ D BRAND RAISES AWARENESS AND FUNDS TO HOMELESS PETS When Marianna McIntyre was working as director for the Nassau Humane Society, she witnessed the never ending stream of dogs and cats that need protection, care, and re-homing, in addition to the need for financial support. “I talked to my talented niece, who lives in Spokane, Washington, about starting a line of products whose proceeds would go directly to support our ‘no kill’ shelters,” says McIntyre. “Together, we developed a line of jewelry, apparel, collars, and more, whose mission is to raise awareness of the large number of pets that need adoption, and to create a steady stream of funds to help in any way we could.” “The name #resqd was intentionally spelled in this unique way to both draw the attention to the issue of animal rescue and adoption, as well as to represent that each animal has a unique story before being rescued,” says McIntyre. “Our jewelry is made from different elements that include pewter, brass, aluminum, stones, and even vegan leather. Cotton shirts, hats, and collars, all carry our logo as well, in different styles, colors, and fonts.” Products will soon be available locally and online. For more information, call Marianna McIntyre at (904) 710-3131.
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ince opening in 2008, the Plantation Artists’ Guild and Gallery has been supporting and encouraging its artist members to sell their art and interact with fellow artists and the public. Located in the shops of the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, the artists produce quarterly gallery-wide shows and often host visiting artists in month-long shows of their work. The visiting artists also provide demonstrations and classes to inspire members and the public alike. The Guild and Gallery now features 39 artists, mostly residents of Amelia Island Plantation. It is a cooperative gallery that is run by the artists themselves, and visitors to the gallery are encouraged to meet and deal directly with the creators of the art. The PAG&G often partners with Osprey Village, which provides opening receptions for some of the shows. Additionally, most openings function as fundraisers for local charities. This year at the gallery has been designated a year of charities for children. The current show is called “Arts Alive,” in recognition of Arts Alive Nassau, whose mission is to promote the
arts by providing free opportunities and educational experiences to children who might otherwise have little or no access to the arts. AAN collaborates with Nassau County schools to provide school art programs with artists, teachers, supplies, equipment, and funding. Artwork from the children enrolled in their classes will be on display, along with the art from the PAG&G members. Located at 94 Amelia Village Circle, the gallery overlooks the golf course, providing the opportunity for resort guests and community residents alike to enjoy quiet time while perusing the local art. Whether to purchase an original artwork, participate in a workshop, attend a demonstration, or view the beautiful collection, visit the Plantation Artists’ Guild and Gallery and see the many works of art that adorn its walls. The Gallery is open Monday from 11a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (904) 432-1750 or visit www.artamelia.com.
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essica Miller purchased Fifi’s Fine Resale thirteen years ago from the queen of resale herself, Fifi Queen. Jessica met Fifi when she and her husband were selling their townhouse and boat. Fifi answered their ad, and after looking at the house and vessel, Fifi exclaimed, “Hey, do you want to buy my consignment store?” For Jessica, who was working in fashion merchandising in Jacksonville, the business was a perfect fit! Since then, Jessica has become the new queen of resale on Amelia Island, specializing in gently used authentic designer clothing, handbags, footwear, jewelry, and accessories for the savvy shopper. Jessica attributes Fifi’s success to their friendly environment, great prices, designer brands, and knowledgeable staff. “People come into the store and say, ‘Wow, this doesn’t look like a consignment store; it feels like a boutique shop!’ That’s a real compliment, because that’s exactly what we want our store to be!” Customers who consign clothing can choose their own method of payment. “We can take what you have and give you cash on the spot,” says Jessica. “Or we can sell your items individually and pay you as they sell. We also purchase clothing and accessories through estate sales, which makes things easier on family members.” In July, Fifi’s takes part in a Consignment Crawl during National Resale Day. Shoppers receive special discounts, refreshments, and have a chance to win gifts and prizes. Fifi’s is located at 1853 South 8th Street. For more information, call (904) 277-4430 or visit their Facebook page.
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ennie and Ben Stephens came up with the name for their lifestyle store during a visit to Cumberland Island, where they came across two otters while they were discussing leaving their comfortable lives in Atlanta to pursue their dream of living near the water and raising their children in a small town. “Otters are smart, playful, and active, which perfectly describes our customers,” says Jennie. “Adding the color red is a nod to Ben’s alma mater, the Georgia Bulldogs.” “Over the past 13 years, we have attracted a loyal following of locals, second home owners, and visitors,” says Jennie. “They are very active, enjoying kayaking, biking, and hiking, and traveling. Others are looking for quality footwear and apparel for their trips to the grocery store or dinner downtown.” Red Otter sources brands known for quality and durability, like Patagonia, The North Face, Sanctuary, Ex Officio, Merrell, Bella Dahl, Birkenstock, Southern Tide, Kuhl, and Chaco, along with Yeti coolers, Strongback chairs, Eyebobs, HydroFlask water bottles, and travel accessories. “Red Otter stocks a variety of gifts, including a selection of custom jewelry from designers Betsy Pittard and CC Designs, an Amelia Island local, and items like waterproof bluetooth speakers, dry bag coolers, or an ENO hammock,” says Jennie. “And we giftwrap!” Red Otter is located at 1012 Atlantic Avenue. For more information, call (904) 206-4122 or visit www.redotter.net. They are open Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
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Sensational Sideboard This reclaimed pine cabinet is generously scaled to hold all your entertaining supplies. The ravages of time are lovingly replicated by the gray finish, making it a perfect example of sophisticated coastal style! ($2,150). Available at Mine Hill Trading Co, 5210 First Coast Hwy. (904) 310-6823.
Brilliant Belt Whether you’re relaxing in shorts or out for the evening, look sharp this summer in this handsome Samthers & Branson handstitched needlepoint belt. Bespoke design by Betsy Michaelis. ($165). You’ll find this and other men’s clothing and accessories at JJ COOPER, 216 Centre Street. (904) 310-6235.
Laudable Lavender Perfect for outdoor evenings, camping, and gardening, this safe and gentle Lavender Insect Repellent uses lavender’s long-recognized insect repellent qualities ($9/$18), while Lavender Body Butter, made from West African shea butter and lavender oil, heals dry skin and keeps it soft ($6.50/$18). Available at Pelindaba Lavender, 15 S. 4th St. (904) 432-7300.
Charming Chair You wouldn’t know it at first glance, but this comfortable and classic “Justine” Swivel Chair by Best turns 360 degrees on its espresso wood base! Made in the USA. Choose from a wide array of fabrics, starting at $475. Available at Amelia’s Attic Furniture, 2164 Sadler Rd. (904) 277-2095. 37 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • JUNE 2017
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F F O E TAK As the Fernandina Beach High School Class of 2017 prepares to take its place in the world, graduates look back with gratitude at the teachers who formed them. BY JULIE SIMMONS
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our future welder, police officer, pilot, doctor, CPA, and IT expert are ready for action! Meet the Fernandina Beach High School (FBHS) Class of 2017. “This is a unique and diverse group of outstanding students,” says their guidance counselor, Sarah Coombs. Composed of 229 graduates, four of whom completed their studies mid-year for early college admission or to enlist in the United States Navy. “The majority are headed to four-year colleges and state colleges in Florida, surrounding states, and beyond to Maine, Oklahoma, New York, Colorado, Texas, Canada, and even Puerto Rico, while others will begin a career in the United States Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy.” As this class transitions from high school to college, we invited them to look back at the last four years and reflect on what they remember fondly, and what they will miss from their time at FBHS. A common theme running through each student’s remarks was the outstanding staff at the high school. “Our school is made special by all of the amazing teachers and other faculty,” confirms graduate Coby Hancock. “If a
student has trouble understanding a concept in class, almost every teacher will go out of her or his was to help that student.” Ashlyn Rowland echoes Coby’s perspective. She took advantage of a wonderful opportunity last summer thanks to the extraordinary efforts of her teacher, Sharon Belcher, who is retiring this year. “I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Envision Medical Seminar at Emory University, where I was exposed to the variety of opportunities I will have in the medical world. This experience confirmed for me that I wanted to pursue a career in nursing and work with children. My anatomy teacher made this opportunity possible.” Ashlyn is accepted to Samford University’s nursing school with multiple scholarship awards, and she hopes to join a sorority there. Katie Rojas credits the FBHS staff with helping her to strive for the best and become a person with a goa—and a big goal at that! Katie will attend University of North Florida and major in chemistry, after which she hopes to transfer to a medical school continued on page 52.
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JUNE 2 Crescendo Amelia Big Band Dance Crescendo Amelia performs your favorite ballroom dance songs on a huge dance floor for their First Friday Dance at Kraft 10 Acres Clubhouse, 961023 Buccaneer Trail. Admission is $15.00 and the event is BYOB. 7:30-10:30 pm. Also in July and August.
JUNE 3, 4 Living History at Fort Clinch State Park Visit with volunteers in Civil War-era attire portraying daily life at the fort as it was in 1864. Fees include the $6 per vehicle park entrance fee, plus $2 per person Fort admission. For more information, call (904) 277-7274, or visit www. floridastateparks.org/fortclinch.
JUNE 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 23, 27, 29 Salsa, Tango and Dance Workshop Ballroom On Amelia offers Salsa at 7 p.m., and Tango at 8 p.m. in Studio #1. $10 per class or both for $15. Dance Workshop Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for $10. Friday Night Dance Party held June 23 from 8 to 10:30 p.m. in Studio #3; $10 cash at the door. Located at 1897 Island Walkway at RAD Studios. No partner necessary or reservation required. For more information, call (904) 624-0886, visit their website at www.ballroomonamelia. com or their Facebook page.
JUNE 7 Amelia Knitting Group Meets the first Wednesday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Mustard Seed Café. Knit with great company and grab a snack or drink. Created by Merle Sauer. No commitment, attend whenever you have time.
JUNE 7 Brown Bag Lunch The Amelia Island Museum of History hosts a Brown Bag Lunch presentation the first Wednesday of every month at noon, on a variety of subjects. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call Gray at (904) 261-7378 ext 102, or email@example.com.
JUNE 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28 BoogieBabies Class Easy, gentle dance class for babies, moms, dads, and caregivers. Wear your baby in your favorite carrier and be ready for fun. Held every Wednesday and Saturday at Central Park at 9:30 p.m. For more information, call Kristin McNab, (828) 674-1049, or join their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/boogiebabiesamelia
JUNE 7, 21 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 Beach Recreation Department at (904) 310-3358.
JUNE 7, 14, 21, 28 Community Networking Luncheon Each Wednesday, join other business people at The Journey Church from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your own brown bag lunch, network with others, share events. For more information, call Karen Werling at (904) 556-9549 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JUNE 8 Art on 8th Stroll through shops and art galleries along 8th street while sampling great products and fine wines. 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call (904) 310-9766.
JUNE 8 Men Helping Men – Prostate Cancer Support Group Educational program for men meets at 11:30 a.m. at Baptist Medical Center board room. For more information, contact Lauren DeWitt at (904) 277-2700.
JUNE 8-10, 15-18, 22-24 The Explorers Club Set in Victorian England, this comedy is wonderfully absurd. Performances at 8 p.m. except for June 18, which is at 2 p.m. On the main stage at Amelia community Theatre, 207 Cedar Street Adults $22; students through college $10. For more information, call (904) 261-6749 or visit ameliacommunitytheatre.org.
JUNE 12 Pink Ribbon Ladies For survivors of breast cancer, Pink Ribbon Ladies meets at 6 p.m. at Ackerman Cancer Center, 1340 South 18th Street, Suite 103. For more information, contact Anne Showalter at (904)321-5465 or Isobel Lyle at (904)321-2057.
JUNE 13 Newcomers Club Coffee The Newcomers Club of Amelia Island hosts its monthly coffee on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Women interested in joining the club who reside in Nassau County (no matter how long they have lived there) are welcome to attend. For further information, contact Alma Cox at (954) 6109548, email@example.com, or visit www. newcomersclubofameliaisland.com.
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JUNE 14 Women, Wealth & Wine 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 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.
JUNE 15 Writers By The Sea Writers and friends meet the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. upstairs at the Amelia Island Museum of History for program and discussion. For more information, contact Nadine Vaughan D’Ardenne at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Nancy Blanton at email@example.com.
JUNE 16 Third on 3rd The Amelia Island Museum of History offers a presentation on the third Friday of the month, at 6 p.m., based on a variety of different topics related to the history of the island. Cost is $5 per person (free for members). For more info, call (904) 261-7378, or visit ameliamuseum.org.
JUNE 18 9th Annual Rib Cookoff Sponsored by the City of Fernandina Beach, held at Main Beach Park, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring over 50 cook teams from the southeast. Live music, kids zone and vendors. Community plates of teams’ entries go on sale at noon for $10. For more info, contact Jay Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (904) 310-3361.
JUNE 19 Acoustic Sessions Live blues music in Studio 209 at Amelia community Theatre. Performance at 7:30 p.m., 209 Cedar Street. Tickets $10. For more information, call (904) 261-6749 or visit ameliacommunitytheatre.org.
JUNE 28 Head and Neck Cancer Support Group SPOHNC is a support group for oral, head and neck cancer patients, held at Baptist Medical Center board room at 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact Lauren DeWitt at (904) 277-2700.
JUNE 28 Lillian, Paula. Carson Staged reading at Amelia Community Theatre, presented by Live Ink Theatre, 8 p.m., at 209 Cedar St. Tickets $10. For more information, call (904) 261-6749 or visit ameliacommunitytheatre.org. To have your event featured here, email all of the information to email@example.com.
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ince 1976, members of the WGA drives women to become Amelia Island Club’s Women’s better golfers. “We have special Golf Association have been making tournaments each month, in lifetime friends while improving addition to our Thursday dates,” their golf games at Long Point Golf says Cooper-Haims. “Some Club, the club’s primary course. The include our Annual Invitational WGA was formed to encourage Tournament, Witches Brew female golfers to interact more Tournament, WGA Member with their peers, while promoting Guest, and 3 Jills and a Jack, fellowship and good sportsmanship where a team of three members in two divisions, 9-Hole and 18and one male compete against Hole Ladies. other like teams. Our special Current president Donna Sweet Golf rules clinic at a Women’s Golf Association meeting. social and charitable events joined the WGA four years ago to enhance the club experience, meet other female golfers and was delighted to discover the allowing us to meet other female golfers and make lifetime growing number of women on the course. “We have 140 friends on the course.” members with various degrees of experience. We have lots of The WGA operates year-round, but the bulk of the season tournaments and team events for members, including a tworuns September through May on Long Point’s award-winning day Solheim Cup, modeled after the LPGA’s international course, challenging golfers with natural hazards, tight fairways, event, which features team match play in various 9-hole and elevated greens. The rolling fairways wind through three formats. Our ‘Jewels of Amelia’ tournament, our invitational, is spectacular and distinctive settings: magnificent marshes, thick open to other clubs.” oak and pine forest, and scenic oceanfront dunes. Its character The WGA holds weekly play dates, along with monthly is shaped by natural waste bunkers, large undulating greens, themed tournaments. Carole Cooper-Haims, an exuberant and distinctive back-to-back oceanfront par threes. WGA member, believes the competitive and social nature of the continued on page 53. 45 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • JUNE 2017
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and become a physician’s assistant in orthopedics. As she works toward these goals, she will be employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant thanks to the training and certification she received at FBHS. As you can see, this class is one smart bunch, who have achieved impressive things with their excellent education at FBHS. This class also boasts—for the first time since the 1960s—three National Merit Finalists, who will become National Merit Scholars when they accept their scholarships. Congratulations to Gabrielle Bayacal, Jessica Clark, and Scott Wardrop. And they’re not just smart, but talented as well! “We have athletes taking their sports to the next level in football, volleyball, softball, cross country/track, baseball, and swimming at colleges and universities throughout the United States,” says Sarah. In addition to academics and sports, members of the Class of 2017 have fascinating hobbies and interests, too. Coby, for instance, has already earned his private pilot’s license. He also works with Katie at the Fernandina Beach Fire Department as an Ocean Rescue Lifeguard, where he received the Rookie of the Year Award last year. Katie served in the position of supervisor. Coby plans to pursue his passion for flying by working on his instrument and commercial ratings while attending the University of Florida. Meanwhile, Katie counts as her most treasured memory of her last four years the celebration of her fifteenth birthday with a quinceanera, a Latino cultural celebration that marks the transition for girls from childhood to womanhood. “My classmates participated and enjoyed the music, and I am grateful for the effort my parents put into the event,” says Katie. “This marked the beginning of a new start, of having more responsibilities and thinking beyond high school.” To the entire Class of 2017, as you all begin to think beyond high school, we offer our best wishes for the years ahead. Congratulations Class of 2017!
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love June when shrubs, trees, roses, and annuals are showing off their spectacular growth and vibrant colors. Add that to the appearance of hummingbirds and butterflies, and you’ll discover why nature is a gift God has given to Man. Now that the Shrimp Festival is over, I’m studying my Shrimp Plant, a semi-tropical perennial and a must for our gardens. It does well in a container on your patio or planted as a feature plant in the garden. I have the red shrub; it also comes in tree form which can grow to 8 feet in height and spreads 4 to 5 feet. The shrub grows 3 to 4 feet tall and the same in width. The plant also comes in golden yellow and is more compact, growing only 2 to 3 feet in height and width. Shrimp Plant earns its name from graceful flower heads, known as bracts. This easy-to-care-for evergreen plant displays blooms in mass making, it a part of any year-round color option. The bracts, which hold tiny and insignificant white flowers with 2 purple dots, tip each stem with a spike of rusty red or yellow
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bracts in a form that looks remarkably like shrimp. It can withstand a frost, but will die to the ground, only to rebound when the warmer weather arrives. This native of Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico loves our growing conditions. When first obtained, water well to promote a deep root system. Once established, water when top 3 inches of soil is dry. Shrimp Plant likes morning sun and not too much shade as it will cause the plant to become leggy and the flowers to fade. The sun brings out the vibrant color of the flower bracts! While at the trade show I came across a Colocasia named Black Ripple. Awesome is the only word I could
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think of to describe this new captivating elephant ear. Light actually bounces off of each dark, chocolate rippled leaf, leaving a bold, reflective sheen. The underside adds another element of surprise - dark maroon supported by near black stems. Black Ripple is equally effective as a container plant on a sunny patio. Plant Black Ripple in full sun and enjoy its clumping habit and year round interest. It grows 3 to 4 feet in height and width. Be sure to remove dead leaves during the growing season. I’m not sure how ended up with a fern display, as they’re not one of my favorite plants. But I recently came across a fascinating new one called East Indian Holly Fern, native to the forests of China and Japan. Dark green leaves and light yellow variegation down the midrib makes this fern a charming evergreen plant which adds distinctive elegance in partial shade or high light. Holly Fern is one of the most favored selections with fern fanciers. If you have any questions, you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, happy gardening!
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Left: The redesigned kitchen echoes the soft hues of sand and water, and the spacious island provides plenty of seating. Below: The living area is a comfortable space with beautiful views of the ocean. The custom cabinetry is from Mooney Custom Woodworks and the canvases by Andrea Adair.
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aving vacationed on Amelia Island for many years, Georgia-based couple Kim and John decided they needed a personal getaway for themselves and their three boys. “We love Amelia Island for all of its beauty, and because it’s not too far from home,” says Kim. In May 2015, the family closed on their unit at Beachside in Amelia Island Plantation. They were eager to redesign the space, but thought it smart to live there
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Top: The board-and-batten paneling in the lounge is unique and beautiful. In lieu of a formal dining area, the family opted for additional seating and a sleeper-sofa for their sons’ friends. Above: Mooney Custom Woodworks constructed an extraordinary built-in bar complete with cooling drawers and an ice maker.
the kitchen was my main objective,” smiles Kim. “In its original design, the kitchen, while large and centrally located, was closed-in and hindered movement. I wanted a large island where we would all be able to sit together.” “The kitchen was the biggest transformation and the biggest challenge,” confirms Julie. “We were able to deliver a gorgeous, huge, working island that seats the whole
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family and provides an ocean view. We listened to Kim, and made it happen!” When determining the coloring for the space, soft hues of sand and water were selected to echo the beautiful natural surroundings. The rest of the kitchen follows this pattern, with its gorgeous and abundant cabinetry by Mooney’s Custom Woodworks. The family also credits Art Sanchez for his amazing work as contractor for the design modifications. They explain
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Top: The master bath is a spacious area with beautiful tile work that echoes the hues of the living space. Above: The oceanfront master suite is a serene space, with a seating area and inviting balcony. Contractor Art Sanchez suggested covering a window above the bed to create balance, and the result is stunning.
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Top: The guest bath is splendid with its glass, marble, and tile. All original cabinetry and hardware was removed to add a walk-in shower and custom cabinets. Above: A comfortable guest suite continues the coastal design theme. Overflowing with natural light and soft lighting, guests have a comfortable abode to enjoy the beach.
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avid’s Restaurant & Lounge is one of my favorite fine dining establishments on Amelia Island. For a special dinner with friends and family, you can’t beat David’s refined atmosphere and their attention to detail. Recently I made a reservation at David’s for myself and my friend, Teri, who had just moved back to Fernandina Beach. A celebration was definitely in order! Our server Mark suggested a glass of Giesen Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, a clean, crisp, and vibrant white wine that we enjoyed with Chef Devin Odom’s Amuse-Bouche, a single bite of honey cream cheese topped with fresh strawberry compote, along with David’s freshly baked bread served in a real treasure chest. A fine start to our dinner.
Mark then brought us a Chilean Sea Bass Cake, served over mixed greens with red onion, cherry tomatoes, lemon caper remoulade, and basil pesto. We also ordered Brie En Croute, brie cheese wrapped in puff pastry, baked to a golden brown and served with berry puree and apples. These two appetizers complemented each other beautifully, as sweet and savory flavors do, just perfect for sharing with a friend.
Teri and I are salad fiends. She ordered the Iceberg Wedge, served with sweet onion marmalade, cherry tomatoes, house braised bacon, Danish blue cheese crumbles, and topped with blue cheese dressing. I chose the Beet Salad, featuring red and golden beets with goat cheese, candied pistachios, mixed greens, and balsamic vinaigrette. What beautiful and delicious salads! After our salads, we enjoyed Crab Bisque, prepared with lump crabmeat, vegetables, and herbs, a very rich soup course that paired well with another wine, Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Chardonnay. At this point, Teri was gushing about David’s food and their impeccable service. When it seemed it couldn’t get much better, Mark brought us Lemon Sorbet to cleanse our palates and prepare us for our entrees. David’s Signature Delmonico Ribeye, served with sautéed wild mushrooms, roasted garlic red bliss mashed potatoes, broccolini, and foyot sauce (béarnaise prepared with meat glaze), is truly extraordinary. Teri called it one the best dishes she has ever tasted. I would have to say the same for my pan-seared Chilean Sea Bass, served with truffle mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, red pepper coulis, and lemon beurre blanc. Two classic dishes, perfectly prepared. It’s was tough to think about dessert after such an extravagant meal, but it’s hard to turn down David’s Key Lime Pie and Salted Caramel Cheesecake, paired with Warre’s Otima well-balanced 20 year old tawny port. David’s has two event areas available for larger gatherings, including a stunning private wine room that accommodates up to 12 guests. For a larger gathering such as a wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, or corporate meeting, their smaller private dining room accommodates up to 50 people. David’s is also famous for their whole Alaskan King Crab, shipped straight from the Bering Sea, caught aboard the Deadliest Catch boat. David’s is open for dinner seven days a week, and be sure to spend some time in their lounge, which opens at 5 p.m. and features some of the finest libations in the area. For reservations or more information, call (904) 310-6049 or visit www. ameliaislanddavids.com. They are located at 802 Ash Street.
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dining guide 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. Brett’s Waterway Cafe ~ The only restaurant on the island where you can dine overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, Brett’s offers a wide choice of seafood, chicken and beef with daily specials both at lunch and dinner. The view of the water, the impeccable service and the refined ambiance will enhance your dining pleasure. The large rectangular bar overlooking the Fernandina Harbor Marina is a pleasant place to enjoy a drink. At the marina on Front Street. (904) 261-2660. Open 7 days, Mon-Sat L, D, $$$, F. Burlingame ~ In the historic district just off Centre Street at 20 South 5th Street, this restaurant offers seasonally inspired modern American food with a twist. The small menu enables our team to focus on a handful of exquisite dishes developed from the freshest ingredients each season. Dining out is about more than just food, and our superb service and casually elegant atmosphere create a special experience. Extensive wine/beer list. Reservations recommended. Open Tue – Sat 5:30. Sun Brunch 10am - 2pm. (904) 432-7671. BurlingameRestaurant.com Café Karibo ~ Located on North 3rd St. just off Centre Street in the historic downtown district. It has a cozy interior with a funky, laid-back setting. It’s most striking feature is its naturally shaded outdoor dining patio. Great selection of sandwiches, salads, and soups for lunch. Kid friendly. Vegetarian items on the menu. Open: 11am–9pm Tue thru Sat; Sunday 10:30am– 3pm with lunch menu specials; Mon 11am–3pm. Fresh-brewed beer available in the Café and in the brew pub—The Karibrew—located next door. Food prices are relatively low-lunch average $10 pp; dinner $20 pp (generous portions). Crab Trap ~ Nautical decor and friendly service makes for a casual, relaxing atmosphere. Dinner daily offers seafood—fried, grilled, broiled, or blackened—as well as steaks, chicken and oysters year round. Entrees $8.95 - $18.95. Call for seasonal hours. Beer, wine, and cocktails. Family owned and operated since 1979. 31 N 2nd Street, (904) 261-4749. $$$ V/MC/D. David’s Restaurant ~ David’s Restaurant has an amazing steakhouse & seafood menu, upscale atmosphere, and professional service. Relax in our
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lounge and peruse the Martini and full bar menu, then enjoy mouthwatering creations like prime steaks, Filet Oscar, and our Signature 16oz. Grilled Ribeye, English Channel Dover Sole & Chilean Sea Bass. We have Vegetarian offerings as well. Try our dessert sensation, Chocolate Fondue for Two. Lounge opens at 5 pm, dinner begins at 6 pm. Young Adult menu available. Happy Hour Sunday - Thursday 5 to 7 pm offering 1/2 price Cocktails and NEW Bar & Lounge Menu, New Martini Flights & delicious Port Flights. Reserve your Whole Alaskan King Crab 48 hours prior to arrival. 6-10 lb. average. All dessert & breads made on premises. Open 7 days a week. Nightly specials! Reservations are highly recommended. Private wine room holds up to 12 & groups up to 50 in private dining room. Resort casual attire. 802 Ash Street. (904) 310-6049. Make your reservations online at AmeliaIslandDavids.com. España ~ Featuring Old World cuisine from Portugal and Spain, España offers an intriguing menu in a comfortably elegant atmosphere in downtown Fernandina Beach. Owner/chef Roberto Pestana serves mouthwatering tapas like Grouper Ceviche, Portobello al La España, and Shrimp with Garlic, all served with España’s homemade bread. Entrees include a classic Seafood Paella, and a variety of fresh local seafood and meats. España also features an extensive wine list and an excellent homemade sangria. Available for private parties. Reservations recommended. All major credit cards. Open 7 days. (904) 261-7700. 22 South 4th Street. $$$, D, B/W. Fancy Sushi ~ We serve fine Japanese cuisine from our Hibachi grill, the best Tempura and the tastiest Teriyaki this side of Tokyo. We give you all the fine foods with the friendliest service you will ever have here in friendly Fernandina Beach. Come by and give us a visit and we’ll serve you with smiles and the freshest sushi that you won’t find anywhere but here at Fancy Sushi. Open 7 days. (904) 261-9855. 1478 Sadler Rd. Florida House Inn ~ Enjoy Southern cooking at its finest at Leddy’s Porch. Menu includes Southern Salads, Sandwiches, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Collard Greens, and much more. Black Board specials daily. The Florida House Inn is located just off Centre Street in the historic district of Fernandina Beach. The inn is the oldest hotel in the state of Florida and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Open for brunch Wednesday – Friday from 11:00am – 2:30pm and Saturday – Sunday 10:00am – 2:30pm. The Mermaid Bar at The Florida House Inn is open Monday – Saturday at 5pm. Daily drink specials and Open Mic every other Thursday night. 22 South Third Street, (904)4913322. L, $$, F Horizons ~ Where great food and good friends come together. The gourmet food you are always craving. You can visit us for a fantastic lunch or dinner or let us cater your event. We have gourmet items to please everyone in your group, including beef, lamb, seafood, chicken, and even gourmet vegetarian choices and also fresh pastries and desserts! 5472 First Coast Hwy. (904) 321-2430. www.horizonsameliaisland.com 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 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. jackanddianescafe.com
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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, $$$. La Mancha ~ A Spanish and Portuguese restaurant with a Brazilian flare, blended for savory and bold flavors. We offer a mixture of contemporary and traditional authentic Spanish cuisine. Extensive beer and wine list and our famous sangria! Plenty of parking and catering available for large groups and parties. Check out our menu online at lamancharestaurant.net. Open Mon - Fri 5pm - 9:30pm; Sat & Sun 3pm 9:30pm. 2709 Sadler Road. (904) 261-4646. Tue. – Half price sangria; Wed. – Ladies Night – All you can drink sangria with entree purchase; Thu. – Free dessert, Local’s Night at 10% off with proff of residency; Sun. – All you can eat paella, live Spanish guitar music from 6-9pm! 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. Located in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach. Visit online at 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. Daily specials include local seafood, organic chicken and fresh organic produce. Salads, wraps, sandwiches, and soups are available—all prepared with The Mustard Seed’s impeccable style. Popular items are chicken or veggie quesadillas, grilled mahi or salmon over mixed greens and tuna melt with Swiss cheese and tomato. Open for breakfast and lunch, 8 am - 3pm. Mon -Sat. NassauHealthFoods.net. 833 T. J. Courson Rd. (904) 277-3141. The Picnic Basket ~ For a perfect dessert, knockout side dish, or casual picnic, The Picnic Basket has what you need, including charcuterie, cheese, party platters, picnic baskets, bakery treats, and take-home suppers. Open Tuesday - Sunday from 9am - 3pm, we offer breakfast and lunch until 3 pm, serving wine & beer and foods to-go. Breakfast includes bagels, daily muffins, house-made granola, fresh scones, freshpressed fruit and veggie drinks, and fresh coffee. Lunch features homemade soups, organic salads, sandwiches on fresh-baked bread, and delicious wraps. We also offer catering for any occasion and we have a small selection of excellent wines. 503-A Centre St. (904) 277-9779. 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. Townies Pizzeria ~ Townies is the “Locals’ Choice for Island Pizza”. All of our food is prepared fresh to order. Townies uses real cheese, only the finest quality ingredients, and fresh local produce. Unlike the big pizza chains, our sauces don’t come out of a paint can. Pizza! One Luv! 819 TJ Courson Road. (904) 2774755. Order online at TowniesPizzeria.com or call!
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organization and almost all of the community partnerships composed of in-kind donations of time and talent came directly from Benjamin and his professional relationships with the construction industry in Nassau County.” Benjamin is a huge advocate for public-private partnerships. “These partnerships allow projects to be executed in a shorter timeframe and lower cost than if they remained in the public realm,” he explains. “For example, through the generosity of the numerous local businesses that provided us with discounted labor and materials as well private donors and foundation grants, we were able to deliver a park that would have cost the City $700,000 for an investment of only $175,000 in public funding. That’s turning each dollar of public funds into four dollars, a win-win situation.” The park is a win for everyone, with its meditation labyrinth, pet watering station and fire hydrant, bird watching platform, bat box, fishing dock, kayak launch, quarter-mile track surrounded by universally accessible exercise stations, and a large field perfect for a Frisbee or football toss. “It’s literally like everyone in the town has a free gym membership,” says 8 Flags Playscapes treasurer Sharyl Wood. “This is also the only lighted walking path in the city thanks to the state of the art LED lighting, a generous donation by Florida Public Utilities.” But that’s not all! 8 Flags Playscapes is now visioning the second phase of this project, planning for a universally accessible playground targeted at a slightly older audience than Pirate Playground. “It will present an adventurestyle component, more physical, more athletic,” reveals Benjamin. “We are excited about bringing this to fruition by mid-2018, but we will need help!” The 8 Flags team is overwhelmingly grateful to its partners in the community. For a roster of donors, to get involved by participating as a financial or in-kind donor, or to learn more, visit 8flagsplayscapes.org or email email@example.com.
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Southern Comfort Riverfront real estate is at its finest in this sprawling 6,335 square foot property situated on the banks of the Amelia River. As you wind through the prestigious Long Point community on the worldrenowned Amelia Island Plantation, the twisted storybook oaks part and beckon you up to this custom built residence. Swing open the glass-top, Alder wood double doors and your eyes are immediately drawn
past the breathtaking twenty-two foot ceilings to the awe-inspiring view of the water. Step out into the backyard and take in the tidal ebb and flow from the edge of your infinity pool. With its five bedrooms, five and a half baths, and every luxury at your fingertips, this will be the place where your friends and family will gather and create those indelible memories that last a lifetime.
For more information on this exceptional property, contact Joe Cutajar with Manormor Sothebys International Realty at (904) 753-0365. 69 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE â€˘ JUNE 2017
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405 Beachside Villa Oceanfront villa on Amelia Island Plantation with views of the Atlantic. 2nd floor 3BR/3BA, enclosed balconies, access to garage parking, private storage area. $1,150,000
1024 Captains Court Villa 3BR/3BA oceanfront condo. condo Kitchen has been renovated and is open to the wonderful view. This villa is a must see! $729,000
2212 Linkside Villa 3BR/3BA villa has panoramic golf and Red Maple Lake views. Fireplace and wet bar. Front and back decks updated with Trex Decking. End unit! $549,000
61 Long Point Drive (Lot 39 Long Point) The perfect setting to build your new home in the gated Long Point community on the south end of Amelia Island! Marsh frontage and .75 acre lot. $450,000
5458 Stanford Road (Lot 4 Lakewood Townhomes) Beautiful end unit townhouse in Lakewood overlooking New Rose Creek! This 3BR/2.5BA townhome community has only 3 residences. $320,000
4756 St. St Marc Court (The Colony) Near the beach beach, dining, dining golf and shopping. 2BR/2BA townhome on the south end of Amelia Island. Community pool, clubhouse and tennis court. $205,000
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5 BR/4BA home with in-law suite on ﬁrst ﬂoor, plus large master and elegant bath. Kitchen has custom cabinets, granite, and stainless appliances. Rec room overlooks spacious backyard and patio. Located on south end. MLS#74684 $699,000
Oceanfront views from this beautiful townhome in Summer Beach, with membership to Golf Club of Amelia! Owners incorporated 3rd bedroom into the master, can easily be converted back to 3rd oceanfront bedroom. MLS#74276 $839,000
4 BR including in-law suite with ajoining sitting room. Extra large bonus room with private bath. Open living and kitchen area. Owner’s suite has garden tub, shower and huge closet. Covered lanai. MLS#69587 $539,900
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111 S. 5TH STREET
Beautiful 3 BR/3 BA home in Oyster Bay. Family room with custom built-ins, study, and screen porch overlooking lake. Tile throughout except bedrooms. Bonus room. MLS#72329 $359,900
Impeccable home on Amelia. Quartz countertops, hardwood ﬂoors, two master suites, ample storage space, open ﬂoorplan, screened porch, and fenced backyard. MLS#75880 $399,900
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Large Country Estate close to Amelia Island. Over 3 acres and zoned OR, so bring your horses! Large custom-built home is perfect for entertaining and families, with tall ceilings, hardwood ﬂoors, and granite throughout. Summer kitchen and large pool. 3-car garage has additional covered parking space for RV or boat. Each bedroom designed as master suite with large bathroom and closet. Enjoy all that country living has to offer! MLS#74387 $777,000
2140 BLUE HERON COURT
3 BR/2 BA home on Amelia Island on corner lot close to schools, shopping, dining, and beaches. Great rental potential. Large screened back porch plus building in yard for storage or shop. Property sold “as is.” MLS#74646 $274,500
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Don’t miss this great price on a 3 BR/ 2 BA home on Amelia Island close to schools, shopping, and beach. This home features a metal roof and a large fenced in backyard perfect for children or pets. MLS#74334 $274,900
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Charming cottage in Amelia Park with open ﬂoorplan in mint condition. Lovely front porch and Plantation shutters. Gourmet kitchen with white cabinets, stainless appliances, and granite countertops. Private ofﬁce makes this the perfect home! MLS#74505 $449,000
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Rare double lot ready to build on. Located blocks from the ocean in historic American Beach, this wooded lot is near the community center and museum. Private location at end of the road offers a secluded site. MLS#75828 $198,000
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85189 MAJESTIC WALK $399,900 Stunning home in Amelia Walk with community pool and rec center. Minutes to beach, Fort Clinch. Tile ﬂooring throughout main areas, granite counters, 3rd car garage, patio with summer kitchen, upstairs bonus room with full bath and balcony, large backyard with paver ﬁrepit near tranquil lagoon. Walk-in closets in bedrooms. MLS#74336
2730 SOUTH OCEAN OAKS DR $480,000 This Brylen Home backs up to pond and has 4 BR and 3 full BA. One bedroom & bath could be a mother-Inlaw suite. 10-minute walk to the beach or Egan’s Creek Greenway. Kitchen features Corian counters and ebony appliances and looks out to the large tiled lanai and living room. Ocean Oaks is a beautifully maintained community in a peaceful setting. MLS#74229
95210 COOK ROAD $699,000 This private 2,534 square foot deep water home with ﬁshing pier & ﬂoating dock on Nassau River with 20’ depth at low tide. Home has been completely renovated with new roof, new doors & windows, stucco, paint, ceilings, stainless appliances, kitchen cabinets, landscaping & renovated HVAC. Full-length ﬁnished attic/bonus room. MLS#64522
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Egan’s Creek Greenway to the west and the Atlantic to the east provide stunning views from the spacious deck and master bedroom. Kitchen has granite counters and stainless appliances, tile throughout living & dining areas, plenty of storage & deck space. One BR/BA on garage level has it’s own access while other two BR are on main level. MLS#74719
Beautiful Oyster Bay home with renovated master and upstairs bath. New carpet and wood floors throughout main floor living and master bedroom. Private setting from one of two screened porches or enclosed sunroom. Soaring ceilings, built-ins and fireplace. Remodeled kitchen with granite, wine chiller, and stainless appliances. New roof and HVAC. MLS#74088
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104 Cormorant Court $365,000
Exceptional homesite in sought-after Amelia Park which includes central park, playground, tree-lined sidewalks, and community YMCA with pool, fitness center, and athletic programs. Walking distance to shopping and restaurants, and short bike ride to the beach. MLS#68090
Walk to beach or community pool from this home in Ocean Ridge. Open floorplan, two screened-in patios and private master suite that encompasses the 2nd floor. Kitchen features Corian counters, tremendous storage, and new refrigerator. Easy to maintain laminate flooring in living/dining area. Quiet community close to everything. MLS#74064
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Beautifully renovated home at Long Point offers tremendous privacy and marsh views. Beautiful wood floors, modern kitchen with quartz counters, double oven, and new appliances. Spacious living/dining area and sunroom. Gorgeous master bath offers marble floors and oversized walk-in shower with dual heads. Private neighborhood pool. MLS#74045
Amelia Landings offers the best of island living with tennis court, pool, and community path to the beach. New carpet, paint, and renovated baths and kitchen make this home move-in ready. Dining space offers a butler’s pantry and cabinet below for storage. Large screened porch for relaxing. Perfect as a beach getaway or investment property. MLS#75809
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3520 S. Fletcher Ave. This newly constructed 4BR/4.5BA oceanfront home is perfect for the ultimate indoor and outdoor living. The main living area is on the 2nd level along with the master suite, pool/spa and offers a phenomenal oceanfront vista. $3,795,000 MLS# 73935
3280 S. Fletcher Ave. New oceanfront custom home designed by Cotner being sold fully furnished. 5BR/5BA. This fully appointed home is a must see, including a salt water pool with a travertine patio and new boardwalk to the beach. $3,600,000 MLS# 69529
96094 Azalea Lane One of kind meticulously maintained 3 bedroom 2.5 bathroom home with deep water access and expansive views of Lanceford Creek. Excellent floor plan with master bedroom on main floor, great views from the front porch. $749,000 MLS# 74669
2840 & 2850 S. Fletcher Ave. Fantastic opportunity on Amelia Island to own two homes on one of the few remaining 100 foot oceanfront lots with breathtaking views of the majestic Atlantic Ocean. Both properties are income producing. $1,875,000 MLS# 73814
1429 Beach Walker Rd. Outstanding oceanfront views from this 2BR/2.5BA Mediterranean style 4th floor villa in Windsong at Amelia Island Plantation. Recently remodeled with tile flooring throughout and new kitchen counters and appliances. $799,000 MLS# 74153
95141 Amalfi Dr. 4C This Summer Beach Villa is an end unit with Southern exposure offering wonderful natural light. 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms with a 2 car garage located in a gated private community with pool access. $425,000 MLS# 74368
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The Cottage, on Amelia Island, is a tastefully appointed 4 bedroom, 5 1/2 bath, 5,046 square foot ocean front luxury home that offers upscale amenities in every room. Passing through the front gate, you can’t help the feeling that you have been transported to your own personal paradise. Meticulously cared for and upgraded, this beachfront sanctuary will be a special place to create memories with your family and/or friends.
1372 SHIPWATCH CIRCLE 5th Àoor villa at Amelia Island Plantation. Both bedrooms are large, with private dressing areas and ensuite baths. Large walk-in closet in MBR, walk-in locked owner's room, and kitchen pantry. Storage room on ground level of the building. The one-Àoor villa may be accessed via elevator or stairs. Great second home or a rental with an excellent history. Enjoy panoramic ocean and golf views from the front balcony and sunset views from the west balcony. MLS#68780 $519,000 1844 TURTLE DUNES Enjoy oceanfront living with unobstructed views of the ocean from this 4th Àoor Amelia Island Plantation villa. Villa has been updated and well cared for by the current owner. Most furnishings convey at closing so you can move in and enjoy. Tile Àoors throughout. The A/C unit (inside and out) was replaced in 2015. The updated kitchen and baths reÀect current beach decor. Well priced for immediate sale. MLS#70040 $570,000
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WATERFRONT PROPERTY, GOLF HOMES, HISTORIC HOMES, & MORE Rare Opportunity The Historic Thompson House plus Lulu’s Restaurant where you can live and work in the heart of downtown Fernandina Beach. 100 x 100 lot and C3 Zoning allows for ﬂexible use so bring your imagination and make this your dream come true. Successful restaurateur will provide training if needed. Vintage home features unique arched bay windows. heart pine ﬂoors, very spacious rooms, carved ﬁreplace mantels. MLS#70169 $750,000
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87 SEA MARSH ROAD ~ $797,000 Absolutely stunning home with guest house on the golf course in exclusive Amelia Island Plantation. Main house has beautiful golf course views, 3 BR/3.5 BA, each bedroom with a private bath. Master on main floor, guest bedrooms upstairs. Formal living & dining rooms, and large open kitchen with island opens to family room with gas fireplace. Back patio with views. Plantation shutters. Guest house has 2 BR with ensuite baths, wet bar, and mini-fridge.
Tucked in the woods, but wide open spaces inside. This home is all about bringing the outdoors in. Vaulted ceilings, wood ﬂoors and ceilings, a central gas ﬁreplace with built-in wood cabinets. Private decks, screened porch and multiple areas for outdoor living. Workshop and oversized garage. More than ample storage, all within the Amelia Island Plantation. Close to the beach and shops. MLS#74744 $667,000
#203 Ketch Courtyard Looking for a great buy? This 2 BR, 2 BA oceanfront condo is comfortable and sold turn-key. Move right in or use as a vacation rental property. Open kitchen, dining, and living areas access a private balcony overlooking the beach. Large laundry and storage. Low density complex with on-site management. Complex has pool and interior walkways, plus elevator. Fantastic views and direct ocean access. MLS#74585 $314,000
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86183 MEADOWFIELD BLUFFS RD ~ $445,000 This 3 BR/2.5 BA single-family one-story home with 3 BR/3.5 BA guest house/in-law quarters is located on deep-water Lofton Creek and equipped with large dock, 2 boat lifts, and covered deck. Main house has wood-burning fireplace, laundry room, enclosed back porch, and two-car garage. Two-story guest house has great room and wet bar. Roof on main house replaced in 2002. Located on beautiful, dead-end street with acre+ estates. Priced to sell!
Charming cottage with permitted rental apartment above the garage (one of only two in Old Town). Has 2 BRs plus an upper loft bonus room and 2 full baths upstairs with a half bath downstairs. Wood ﬂoors in the main living areas and an adorable gas ‘wood’ stove. Fresh paint and new carpet in the bedrooms. Front and back porches. Great location on the north end of Amelia Island. MLS#73579 $359,000
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DUNES ROW COURT, LOT#5 Situated in gated enclave in AIP Resort. Build your dream home on a wooded oceanfront lot with west-looking views of the marsh. AI Club membership available. MLS#73824 www.lot5dunesrow.com
1845/1846 TURTLE DUNES North Hampton Golf Community. Spacious 2,040 sq.ft. split yoorplan has 3 to 4 BR, formal dining, and 2 full BA. Gourmet kitchen overlooks great room with gas wreplace and sliders to covered patio. Large backyard borders meadow and overlooks lake. 3-car garage great for extra-storage. Low HOA fees include Internet and cable TV. Visit NorthHamptonGolfCommunity.com for home video and photos of community amenities. Call today for a personal tour of this home. NORTH HAMPTON COMMUNITY AMMENITIES • 18 hole Arnold Palmer course with restaurant • Tennis courts • Kayak/canoe launch on Lofton Creek • Jr. Olympic pool • Soccer weld • Basketball court • Bocce ball/Pentanque court • Kiddies playground
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2 BR, 2 BA, 4th ﬂoor oceanfront villa. Open plan creates a perfect atmosphere for relaxation and entertaining. One BR has a wet bar and its own private balcony. MLS#73711 www.1845turtledunesplace.realbird.com
1667 SEA DUNES PLACE Oceanfront 5th ﬂoor villa with views of Intracoastal. Living and dining open to patio. Kitchen has granite counters. All 3 bedrooms have private baths. MLS#75894 $995,000 www.1667seadunes.com
2514 BOXWOOD LANE 2 BR, 2 Ba villa comes fully furnished. Bright kitchen with GE appliances, granite counters. Master has king size bed and balcony access. Whirlpool tubs and lighted vanities in baths. Access to courtyard pool. MLS#73719 $360,000
940142 OLD NASSAUVILLE ROAD Build your dream home on this 1 acre lot overlooking Christopher Creek and the Nassau Sound. Lot is partially cleared and fenced, and driveway has been started from road. MLS#73790 $190,000
marvelous melons BY KAREN MILLER
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hen I posted the question on social media, “What’s your favorite summer food?” nearly every response included melons. Whether you prefer watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, casaba, or canary, all are at their best during the summer when they are ripe, sweet, and juicy. As a kid, my favorite way to enjoy watermelon was cut into enormous slices and eaten in the backyard with my younger brother, spitting the seeds into the grass. These days, melons are found on the menus of the most prestigious restaurants, served in many ways, and many of our food-savvy Amelia Islanders have their own special summer melon recipes. For local resident Michael Howerton, chilled melon soup is the perfect dish on a hot summer day. “I take cucumber, honeydew, yogurt, and jalapeno, and puree them in a food processor,” he says. “Then I chill the soup and serve it garnished with fresh mint.” Chef Michael Gass, culinary instructor at Fernandina Beach High School, is particularly fond of Thai Watermelon Soup. “Take the flesh from one medium watermelon and puree it with 1/2 cup candied ginger, 2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger, 2 chopped hot chiles, and a bunch of cilantro,” he says. “Add 3-finely chopped Granny Smith apples, chill, and serve.” For Marge Wilson, a summery Melon Birthday Cake was a divine surprise for her health-conscious friend. “It was a big hit!” she says. “I added yogurt with lime zest, raspberries, and blackberries. Totally fun, delicious, and gluten and sugar-free!” Jennie Stephens, owner of Red Otter Outfitters says her husband Ben makes a great Watermelon Martini. “Muddle a chunk (approx. one 2 in. by 2 in. cube) in a shaker to render at least 1/2 shot of watermelon juice. Add 1/4 shot of simple syrup, 3 shots of unflavored premium vodka, and ice” she says. “Shake with ice until mixture is ice cold. Moisten martini glass rim with a piece of watermelon and dip the glass into a mixture of sugar and salt (if you wish). Strain the liquid into the glass, garnish with a twist of lime or mint leaf, and serve.”
Cynthia Porter’s son-in-law is fond of grilled fruit, and cooks up all sorts of melons for family barbecues and pool parties. “He sprinkles the melon slices with fajita seasoning, and then places them on a hot grill. The sweetness of the melons and salty nature of the spice are so good on a hot day!” Fernandina foodie Lois Winkler is known far and wide for her Watermelon Tomato Salad, and is always requested to bring it to summer gatherings. “Combine 4 to 6 chopped tomatoes with the flesh of one medium watermelon, cubed, in a bowl,” she says. “Add a teaspoon of salt and toss. Mix 1/f4 cup olive oil and 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar together and pour over the tomato/melon mixture. Then toss in 1 cup crumbled feta cheese, mix gently, and serve.” So what’s my favorite melon recipe? I’m particularly fond of canary melons, which are similar to honeydew, but sweeter, like melon candy! I like to make Canary Melon Daiquiris by mixing 2 cups frozen canary melon cubes with a 6 ounce can of frozen limeade, 1 or 2 jiggers light rum, and enough cold water and ice to process in a blender until it’s thick and icy. It’s a great start to a summer picnic or party. I’m so glad summer is finally here!
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