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Everyone who lives on Amelia Island, and most who have visited, can tell you what a gem the Amelia Island Museum of History is. It is one of the finest regional history museums you will find anywhere. With enthusiastic support from the community, the Museum tells the fascinating story of our “Isle of Eight Flags” through interactive exhibits and “spoken history” presentations that bring Amelia Island’s history—from the native Timucua to Spanish and French explorers, pirates and revolutionaries, and wealthy Victorian-era tourists—to life. It does this through the tireless efforts of countless volunteers. The story of the Museum begins in 1975, when the Duncan Lamont Clinch Historical Society had an idea for a museum that would collect items and interpret Amelia Island history. At that time, William Decker, caretaker at Fort Clinch and a history enthusiast, was amassing thousands of historical documents, artifacts, and books on local and natural history. In 1977, a non-profit institution called the Fernandina Historical Museum was incorporated. The City of Fernandina Beach purchased the Decker collection, which it subsequently donated to the Museum. In 1978, the Museum was opened in the old Train Depot, providing a home for the Decker Collection which could now be more easily shared with the community. By 1979, the old county jail at 3rd and Cedar Streets was empty and in disrepair. The County Commission offered the museum a lease for $1 per year, and soon volunteers began working to create a functional exhibit space. The Museum tried to create interest through a renaming contest, and later by rebranding as a Florida transportation museum, but neither got much traction. The Museum’s board of directors began to search for a new inspiration to keep the Museum alive. That inspiration came in the person of volunteer Deon Jaccard, who resurrected the display stands and framed flags from the first Museum effort, adding new material and creating a “spoken history” museum. With the help of local historians like Helen Litrico and Suzanne Hardee, she trained volunteers as tour guides for an “Eight Flags” journey. With these changes, the Museum went through its final name change to the Amelia Island Museum of History. Today, the Museum is the caretaker of Amelia Island’s exciting history, which it shares through its exhibits, community programs, and its modern research facility. We are thrilled to preview the renovated Museum in our cover story this month. Also this month, we learn a little more from Mandy Haynes about Rick Traum, who is an Emmy Award-winning producer; explore one of the most amazing pirate-themed mancaves you will ever see; present a new Fernandina Faces from Dickie Anderson on Jane Lindberg; discover new ways to cook salmon; and much more. See you around the island!
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Long a beloved institution located in historic Fernandina Beach and a favorite of residents from all over Nassau County, the Amelia Island Museum of History reopened to rave reviews after an extensive fivemonth renovation.
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Long a beloved institution located in historic Fernandina Beach, the Amelia Island Museum of History reopened to rave reviews after an extensive five-month renovation.
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The Margery, an interactive exhibit of a 19th-century sailing ship.
MISSION STATEMENT In bringing alive the past, the Amelia Island or over 40 years, the Amelia Island Museum of History has been dedicated to the Museum of History preserves, protects, and heritage and culture of Nassau County promotes the unique history of Amelia Island and through education and the preservation of local history. Housed in the old county jailhouse on its surrounding area for a diverse community of Amelia Island’s South 3rd Street, the newly renovated residents, researchers, and visitors. museum not only provides a glimpse into our past, but it also offers a wide array of engaging programs and an impressive archive available both virtually and in-house. On May 1, 2021, the museum opened its doors after a visitors and encourages them to search for information in $400,000 five-month renovation. Thanks to Malone Design different areas of the museum and record their success by and Fabrication in Atlanta, the museum has a fresh, dramatic stamping a map. new look. The first-floor flow of rooms features five largeAlways popular is the Margery, a replica ship that invites scale wall murals used for displays as well as giant resolution children to climb aboard. The ship is named after Margery images that reveal the beauty and history of Amelia Island Huston Freas, who, upon her death, left a generous bequest provided by Deremer Studios and the Amelia Island Tourist to the museum. And what would a jailhouse be without a Development Council. few cells? Another popular stop for taking photographs is the The interior space is open, airy, and colorful. Each room replica of one of the original jail cells. An interactive display tempts visitors young and old to participate in the many gives visitors a chance to hear first-person memories from interactive displays. There are drawers to open, buttons to people who remember the days when the old jailhouse was push, and videos to watch. A new scavenger hunt engages in use.
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A SHORT HISTORY OF THE MUSEUM The museum has quite a history itself. In 1975, the Duncan Lamont Clinch Historical Society formed a committee to address the important need to preserve the island’s history. The group recognized that the personal collection of William Decker, a caretaker at Ft. Clinch State Park, presented a unique opportunity to establish a museum. Decker’s Executive Director Phyllis Davis historical documents and photographs were purchased by the City of Fernandina Beach and a non-profit was formed under the name of the Fernandina Her concept, which continues today, was to establish an Historical Museum. oral or spoken approach to teaching and sharing history. She When a new county jail was built in 1979, the old jailhouse drew from the knowledge of local historians, including Suzanne on Cedar and 3rd Streets became available, and it is now the Hardee, George Davis, and Helen Litrico. In addition to the permanent home of the Amelia Island Museum of History. dramatic transformation of the museum, Jaccard organized the Although the building had adequate space for displays and was Historic District walking tours that are still offered today. historically interesting, it was in alarming disrepair. The old jailhouse and its limited collection of small The community came together to clean up the building rooms has always been a challenge. The first step in the and transform it into an Amelia Island museum. It was current renovation was to ensure the stability and integrity originally named The Eight Flags Museum of Nassau County, of the building. A Building Condition Assessment was done the name chosen from a contest of local children. A dramatic by Miranda Architects. Exterior work included much-needed transformation occurred under the leadership of Deon Jaccard. brick-repointing and the replacement of the steel lentils. 14 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • JUNE 2021
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DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS MAKE THE MUSEUM RUN A seventh-generation North Floridian and Amelia Islander since 1976, Phyllis Davis has been Executive Director of the museum for over 12 years. She credits a great staff, board, and dedicated volunteers in the museum’s growth and success. Under Davis’ capable direction, the museum’s four full-time and two parttime staff and a corps of volunteers coordinate a wide variety of programs and services. “We are very excited about the transformation of our Museum,” shares Davis enthusiastically. “We have worked to hone and refine what previous staff and volunteers have created in an effort to engage our visitors with history and keep the Museum moving forward.” Committed volunteers form the heart of any successful museum and non-profit organization. Thea Seagraves, Education Director, coordinates an army of volunteers
A display on Florida Senator David Yulee, who built the first trans-Florida railway.
that offer many skills to a variety of programs and projects. Docents go through an extensive virtual training program preparing them to take visitors on museum tours, walking tours, or to be available as speakers. From the friendly greeters at the museum’s front door to the chefs who cook up the museum’s now-famous shrimp gumbo served each year at the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, volunteers are vital. Almost any talent can find a home in the museum volunteer program, according to Seagraves. Newcomers to the island find the museum a great place to volunteer, meet people, and get involved in the community.
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An interactive exhibit entitled “The Water’s Edge” about the natural history of Amelia Island.
A shrimp boat model in a display on the history of shrimping in Fernandina.
Each year, the museum coordinates three major fundraisers: The Holiday Home Tour in December, the Amelia Island Museum of History Golf Tournament in February, and the shrimp gumbo booth at the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival on the first weekend in May. The success of these popular community events would not be possible without volunteers.
DAILY TOURS AND MONTHLY PROGRAMS On a daily basis, the museum is a busy place. Onehour tours of the museum are held daily at 11 am and 2 pm Monday through Saturday. In addition, the museum offers walking tours in the Historic District. For those looking for a little fun with their history, a Ghost Tour every Friday evening as well as pub crawls are offered by reservation only. The museum offers many specialized tours by arrangement, including Victorian teas and architectural tours. Docents are available in costume to give presentations. There is something for everyone, including camps and programs for children. To showcase local historical research, a dedicated space just inside the entry door offers changing exhibits.
Museum Curator Summer Bias coordinates two of the museum’s most popular programs: Third on Third, a onehour lecture program, is offered every third Friday, in which the museum hosts historians, authors, and other experts for thought-provoking lectures on local or regional history. The topics range from Florida’s statehood to the history of toys, live oral histories to Yamasee princes. The popular Brown Bag Lunch lecture series offers presentations by people in the community with interesting stories to tell. Participants are invited to bring a lunch and meet at the Museum at noon on the first Wednesday of the month. Attendance is free and open to the public.
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AMELIA ISLAND MUSEUM OF HISTORY 233 South 3rd Street (904) 261-7378 | ameliamuseum.org Monday through Saturday – 10AM-4PM $10 Adults, $8 Seniors, $8 Active Military, $5 Children 6-8 Visitor’s Center and Shrimping Museum In partnership with the City of Fernandina Beach 175 South Front Street Monday through Saturday 10AM - 4PM | Sunday 1 - 4PM FREE Programs Every day at 11AM and 2PM -The Eight Flags of Amelia Island Docent-led tours through the museum Ghost Tours every Friday night, 6pm, weather permitting
An exhibit on the Victorian era in Fernandina.
Reservations required Historic District Walking tours Pub Crawls and Victorian Teas In-house student tours – free for Nassau County public school students The state of Florida requires state history be taught in the fourth grade. The museum offers an Eight Flags Tour to every fourth grade class in the Nassau County School District. Summer camp programs offered for younger and older children.
All public programs are presented in Baker Hall, the Museum’s large meeting space, located on the second floor. In addition, Baker Hall as well as the museum itself are available to rent for special events or occasions. Curator Bias coordinates two recorded oral history programs: The Veteran’s Oral History Project and the Heritage Keepers Project. Both programs The Museum gift shop. encourage community members to tell and record their important stories. These recorded oral histories are available online through the Museum’s website. Over Outler shares that people seek her help for a variety reasons, 260 fascinating interviews have been collected through these including researching their ancestors, finding information two projects. The museum welcomes volunteers to assist in about a historic home or building, or grant research and general gathering additional stories and to recommend community information for books and articles. members to be interviewed. Ronda Outler, the Museum’s Archivist, works closely with Early reviews of the renovations reflect an overwhelming those doing research and continues to build on and care for enthusiasm for the Museum’s new look. Carol Ann Atwood, the museum’s many collections. Currently, a major focus is long-time volunteer and past president of the AIMH Board digitizing the Museum’s many valuable collections. Not only of Directors, is impressed with the results. “I was so thrilled to does this effort offer critical protection for the collections, it be present for the ribbon cutting of the Museum’s renovation makes a vast amount of information available to the pubic on and installation of new exhibits. The interesting history of our the Museum’s website. Amelia Island is now told in a very handsome, hands on way.” 20 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • JUNE 2021
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OSPREY VILLAGE ANNOUNCES 2021 SILVER PEN SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS Osprey Village, a luxury senior living community on Amelia Island, has announced the 2021 winners of its Silver Pen Scholarship Competition. The scholarship, started in 2012 by parent company, The Maxwell Group, has awarded nearly $330,000 to high school seniors with the goal of bridging the communication gap between high school seniors and members of the senior living communities. “It’s a great scholarship opportunity, as local students write essays on a chosen topic and our Members get to read and judge the entries based on the set criteria” says Matthew Barger, Osprey Village’s executive director. “Our Members love participating, and it’s a great way to connect with our local community.” This year, the essay topic chosen by Osprey Village was, “There are many people that can be influential to an individual’s life, whether they be someone in history or known personally. If you could have a conversation with anyone, living or deceased, who would it be and why? What would you discuss?” Scholarships worth $3,750 were awarded to Catherine Fenstermaker, First Place; Meredith Boswell, Second Place; and Dylan Kelly, Third Place. Congratulations to the winners, and we wish you all the best as you continue your educations.
SOUNDS ON CENTRE RETURNS FOR 2021 Last year, we missed so many things on Amelia Island, and Sounds on Centre was one of the things we missed most. But 2021 is a whole new summer, and Amelia Island is thrilled to welcome back this great tradition. Sounds on Centre, an energetic, free outdoor concert series appropriate for the entire family, occurs the first Friday of each month through October. The concerts are always an entertaining two-hours as bands perform on Centre Street between Second and Front Streets from 6 to 8 p.m. Roads are closed to traffic during this time, and that means that not only our sidewalks, but also the streets, are open for families to setup chairs, blankets, and even mini dance floors to enjoy the shows. Children adore the music and provide their own show as they sing, play a game of tag, and blow bubbles in front of the stage. Created and produced by the Historic Fernandina Business Association, the 2021 season opened with Band on the Run performing in May, and the Amelia Blues Project is the featured artist for the June 4 concert. To learn more about the series and the coming concerts, visit Facebook.com/SoundsonCentre. DEREMER STUDIOS
As the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival celebrates its 20th season this year, it has also officially passed its leadership baton. Dr. Joe Marasco, who has guided the beloved festival since 2013, provided the passion, dedication, and optimism to usher the festival through a period of challenges and impressive growth, bringing many of the world’s finest classical musicians to Amelia Island. With respect and appreciation, the Festival’s Board has given Marasco the title of Executive Director Emeritus. The new Executive Director of the Festival is Eric Sakurai. Eric has held a variety of corporate senior executive positions in operations and finance at major corporations, and after his retirement in 2015, he served as board member with the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Take Stock in Children of Nassau, and The Guitar Foundation of America. A lifelong, classical music enthusiast, Eric developed a strong passion for playing classical guitar in recent years, and he enjoys living on Amelia Island with his wife of 50 years, Gail. “In my new role as the Executive Director of the Festival, I look forward to working closely with patrons, volunteers, artists, board/ staff members, and all music lovers to bring world-class music and education programs to our community.”
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IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD with Mandy Haynes
errilyn Sylvester, administrator for Coastal Vision Center, moved to Amelia Island 25 years ago. Her husband taught school on the island, and both of their children graduated here. She feels a strong connection to the community and loves the feeling that everyone looks out for each other. No wonder she loves her job at Coastal Vision Center. “Many times in our community, I hear about how hard it is to keep specialists on the island and how nobody wants to fight the traffic to drive to Jacksonville. I believe one of Coastal Visions greatest accomplishments is bringing ophthalmology to Amelia Island full-time. The doctors are so genuine and caring. The fact that we serve over five generations of family members from the island, as well as snowbirds and transplants who visit and never want to leave, is proof of how sincere they are,” says Gerri. Coastal Vision Center brings over 70 years of ophthalmology and optometry experience to Amelia Island. Dr. J. Russell Stackhouse, owner and premier cataract surgeon, is proud to say that from the newest laser technology to routine eye exams and hundreds of frames onsite to choose from, they have everything you need to keep your eyes healthy without going over the bridge. Recent additions to their team include Dr. Capritta Roberts, a corneal specialist, as well as Ocular Plastic Surgeon Dr. Amy Kulak. Coastal Vision Center is located at 6 South 14th Street. For an appointment, call (904) 261-5741 or visit their website at www.coastalvisioncenter.com.
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n August 2005, Cindy Jones encouraged her husband to turn his dream of owning a sailing business into reality. Tony Jones left a 28-year career in retail, and he and Cindy purchased Windward Sailing. Tony and Cindy are Florida natives and love the amazing waterways that Amelia Island and Cumberland Island have to offer. They had been sailing for many years, so their new venture was an easy transition. For Tony and Cindy, it is truly a blessing to be able to do what you love for a living. Windward Sailing has plenty to offer for both locals and visitors to the island. They have a 34-foot sailboat, a 36-foot sailboat, and a 37-foot catamaran, which go out daily for private fun sails lasting from two to eight hours. These sails are ideal for a romantic sunset sail, family outings, proposals, bachelorette and bachelor parties, weddings, memorial services, birthdays, girls-night-out groups, and eco-tours (sailing is the original green-machine) in Cumberland Sound, the Atlantic Ocean, and near St. Mary’s, Georgia. All the boats are equipped with cabins and restrooms. Guests are welcomed to bring drinks and refreshments. The catamaran also has a trampoline on the front, which allows one to lay suspended over the water and let all the cares of the world dissipate as you quietly sail over the waves. Windward is an accredited American Sailing Association Training facility. Visit their website at windwardsailing.com to see everything they have to offer or contact Captain Tony at (904) 327-3265 to schedule your next adventure.
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ou may know Rick Traum as a witty fellow with a great smile and sense of humor, but did you know he’s an Emmy Award-winning executive producer? Rick has produced numerous television specials, movies, and plays during his career, but did you know that Rick’s a musician? In high school, he played Timpani. “I had a band,” he grins. “What was the name of your band?” I ask. He flashes that smile and says, “Rick Traum, His Drums, and His Band.” When he graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York City in 1958, the graduation was held at Carnegie Hall, and Rick played percussion. Did you know Rick graduated from the United States Air Force School of Aviation Medicine? He served as a medic for six months active duty, and five years in the reserves. I ask him what that was like. He raises an eyebrow. “A little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing.” Rick’s father, Juddy Traum, was a theatrical aficionado. Rick followed in his father’s footsteps and studied television, motion pictures, and business management at New York 35 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
University. Rick graduated in 1967 and went to work as commercial producer for Johnny Carson at NBC. “He was great, Johnny made jokes out of everything,” says Rick, then shares a joke that still makes me laugh. “That’s not one I can print,” I tell Rick between laughs, “but it is one I’ll tell.” He became friends with Ed McMahon, who used to send Rick cases of Budweiser for his birthday. In 1976, Rick took a job as the head of Late Night Programming at NBC and became the Executive-In-Charge of “Saturday Night Live.” He was there when John Belushi and Bill Murray made SNL the late-night show to watch. He says that Gilda Radnor was the performer he enjoyed the most, a real sweetheart, and Al Franken’s sense of humor almost gave him an ulcer. “I love Al, he’s great,” Rick laughs, “a very bright guy. I had a great time working with SNL and made lots of friends. That was cool.” I asked Rick who was the easiest to work with on the set. “I guess I’d have to say Gilda. She was terrific.” continued on next page. JUNE 2021
Listening to some of the stories from Rick’s time in television, I realized he was the go-to guy for the cast even outside of the studio. When one of the cast members, Don Novello, perhaps best known for the character of Fr. Guido Sarducci, was in the hospital for a short stay, there was no television in the room. He wanted one, but he was told he couldn’t have one. “Where’s Rick Traum?” he asked. Rick was found, and a television was delivered. Rick went from NBC to PBS, where he worked as an Executive Producer. While working there, Rick won an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Program for an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s short story, “Displaced Person.” Rick was also Senior Vice President of Finance & Production for Radio City Music Hall Entertainment & Radio City Music Hall Productions, as well as Chief Financial Officer for Radio City Music Hall “How did you end up in Florida?” I ask naively, thinking he moved to Florida to retire. Boy, was I wrong. “I got tired of taking my four-year-old daughter across the dirty, sooty slush. The studios were supposedly moving to Orlando to create Hollywood East, so we moved South. But that never happened, so I went to work for Walt Disney World.” As a consultant to Walt Disney World Entertainment, Rick served as the Park Producer for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where he produced the opening ceremonies and the dedication of Asia. Rick is still active in the business. In 2019, he co-produced a concert by Melba Moore, and he also coproduced “Danny Kean and Valerie Ghent: In Concert,” the second in the 2019 Concert Series held at the iconic Woodstock Playhouse in New York. After all his incredible success as a producer, Rick has a little advice for me at the end of our interview. “The awards and recognition aren’t important; the money—it comes and it goes,” he says. “It’s meeting people and making new friends that’s important.”
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JUNE Gentle Seated Yoga No experience necessary. Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30. Drop-in $22, 5 class pass $70. Online or In-Studio options. Community Yoga + Wellness, 210 Beech Street. (904) 613-6345. www.cyoga-amelia.com.
JUNE 1, 3,8,10,15,17, 22, 24 Foxtrot Ballroom On Amelia offers group classes on Amelia Island featuring Foxtrot from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Classes consist of learning steps followed by dance time to practice. Classes are $15 per person. Ballroom On Amelia is located at 1897 Island Walkway at RAD Studios. No partner or reservation is required. For more information, contact us at (904)624-0886 or visit our website at www.ballroomonamelia.com, and Facebook page.
JUNE 3 20th Season Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival Dover String Quartet with bassist Edgar Meyer The Dover serves as quartet-in-residence for the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, The Dover also is the first-ever quartet-in-residence for the Kennedy Center. Mr. Meyer’s unparalleled technique and musicianship in combination with his gift for composition have brought him to the fore, where he is appreciated by a vast, varied audience. 3:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. Amelia Baptist Church 961167 Buccaneer Trail. Tickets are $60 and available at ameliachambermusic.org. Call (904) 261-1779 for more information.
JUNE 3 Story & Song Fiction Book Group Book group discussion of “The Girl with the Louding Voice” by Abi Daré, an inspiring story of a teenage girl growing up in a rural Nigerian village who longs to get an education so that she can find her louding voice and speak up for
herself. Free and open to all. 5-6:15 pm Song Bookstore Bistro 1430 Park Avenue. RSVP (904) 601-2118.
JUNE 4 Sounds on Centre Free community concert. This is a family and visitor friendly event, children and pets are welcomed.Centre Street, Front Street to 2nd Street 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
JUNE 11, 12, 17-19, 24-26 Men on Boats Continuing its 40th season with in-person and live-streamed performances of the rollicking comedy Men on Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus. Performances are at 8:00 p.m. on June 11-12, 17-19, 24-26 and 2:00 p.m. on June 13 and 20. The show contains strong adult language. In-person tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students in the Main Stage, 207 Cedar Street. Livestreaming tickets are $15 individuals and $30 households of 2-4 people. Visit www. AmeliaCommunityTheatre.org or call (904) 261-6749 for tickets.
JUNE 11 Literary Luncheon: The Last Bookshop in London Bestselling author Madeline Martin takes us to London in 1940, when a young woman’s plans to strike out on her own are interrupted by war and the incessant bombing raids that lasted for years. How a single bookshop could make such a difference in people’s lives is central to the story. Tickets are $35, including lunch and an autographed copy of the book. 12:30 p.m. Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, 1430 Park Avenue. RSVP (904) 601-2118
JUNE 12 Concert in the Park Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the sounds of the Nassau Community Jazz Band, performing at the Amelia Park Town Square. 3:00 p.m. Free and open to all.
JUNE 12 Music Under the Stars Song & Dance Outdoor concert series with monthly dates through July. The June program starts with old school Jazz then on to Big Band, Motown, POP, R&B. Performances at Amelia Musical Playhouse outdoor stage 1955 Island Walkway. 7:30p.m. - 9:30 p.m. $20 Tickets purchased online at crescendoamelia.com. For more details, visit www.crescendoamelia.com, email Dennis@ CrescendoAmelia.com, or call (904) 878-0037.
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JUNE 17 Juneteenth Jumpoff Community jubilee celebration honoring African American freedom and achievement. Getting involved and supporting Juneteenth celebrations creates new bonds of friendship and understanding among us. Enjoy families, food, vendors and heritage dancing. Located at Peck High school, 516 10th Street on Charles Eugene Richo field. 1:00p.m.-7:00p.m. Contact Tiffany Harris for more information harristiffany@ gmail.com or (904) 557-0170
JUNE 17 Healing Knee Care Healing for injured, stiff or painful knees. Bring circulation, mobility and stability to the knee joint. Thursdays 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m. $75 for 4 classes. No Yoga experience necessary. Community Yoga + Wellness 210 Beech Street (904) 613-6345 www.cyoga-amelia.com
JUNE 18 The Butterfly Bruises Meet acclaimed author, creative writer and poet Stirling Palmer Smith as she introduces her new Southern Poetry collection of 80 poems and five short stories. Tickets are $35, including lunch and an autographed copy of the book. 12:30 pm Story & Song Bookstore Bistro 1430 Park Avenue. RSVP (904) 601-2118
JUNE 25 Healing Yoga Course For those with pain, mobility issues, Parkinson’s, MS, surgery recovery or specific needs. Fridays 11:00a.m.-12:00p.m. $89 for 6 class sessions with homework. No yoga experience necessary. Community Yoga + Wellness 210 Beech Street (904) 613-6345 www.cyoga-amelia
JUNE 27 Simple Human Dignity: My Life, My Wife, Our Story Arlene Goldberg made history when she and her wife, Carol, became the first same-sex couple to have their New York marriage officially and legally recognized by the State of Florida. A leader and pioneer in the LGBTQ+ community and the recipient of Equality Florida’s 2014 Voice for Equality Award, Goldberg shares her new book. Free and open to all. 2:00 p.m. Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, 1430 Park Avenue. RSVP to (904) 601-2118 For more Amelia Island events, please visit ameliaislander.com/calendar.
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Looking out the window in the bottom level of his new home, Jeff Cummings felt like he was in the hull of a ship, inspiring him to construct one of the great man-caves of all time. BY MANDY HAYNES • PHOTOS BY SHERRY CARTER
ot long after Jeff and his family moved into their house by the Amelia River, he and his son, Pace, were looking through a window from the bottom level out over the marsh. He turned to his sone and said, “I feel like I’m looking out of the hull of a ship.” Almost immediately, Jeff, a carpenter disguised as a day trader, went to work turning the space into one of the most unique man caves you will ever see. Before you open the door to enter what Jeff has named The Hull Shipwreck Tavern, you notice Jeff’s attention to detail. The rum barrels, weathered boards, and copper relief sign with wrought iron accents are just a teaser of what lies ahead. When you step through the door onto a concrete floor painted to look exactly like the heavy oak planks from the inside of a pirate ship from the 17th or 18th century, your legs 43 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
automatically brace themselves for the rocking motion of the waves you’re sure are right on the other side of the wall. The bar to the right catches your eye immediately. Constructed from tequila barrels and a large wooden wire spool—and thanks to Jeff’s creative mind, artistic talent, and fertile imagination—it looks like something straight off the Pirates of the Caribbean movie set. I was really impressed by how Jeff was able to turn ordinary things into realistic-looking period pieces. Jeff put a lot of thought into each detail. Everywhere you look, you find a fun and interesting conversation piece. To give the impression of the entrance to the Captain’s Chambers, he designed and constructed a mirror that hangs continued on next page JUNE 2021
Top left: A view of the Shipwreck Tavern's bar, which was constructed from tequila barrels and pilings. Top right: An authentic-looking ship's lantern illuminates some documents below. Right: A custom-made label with an Amelia Island pirate theme adorns a bottle at the bar. Far right: Pirates also like college football, and two big-screen TVs show all the action.
behind the bar, and he even built cannons from scratch. For the cannons, Jeff started with pilings and spackle and finished with three awesome cannons for his ship. The space has so many cool touches, but for me it’s the lanterns, flickering candles, and the custom-built overhead light that create the greatest impact. “The lighting really gives the feel of being in a ship’s hull,” Jeff says, and he’s absolutely right. It looks and feels like sunlight shining down through the boards of the top level of a ship. The more you look around the tavern, the more there is to see. Like cannon balls (painted bocce balls), liquor bottles (with custommade Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island-themed labels designed by Jeff) mixed in with the real bottles behind the bar. Wooden crates and cabinets that would hold gun powder, ammunition, spare wooden peglegs, or whatever a pirate would store in his ship are used for storage for normal things like tools and electronics. The Cummings, originally from the Carolinas, were intrigued by the colorful pirate history of Amelia Island, so Jeff incorporated that into the design with Wanted Posters of some 44 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
of Amelia Island’s most notorious pirates and plunderers on the wall, along with replicas of swords and other weapons from that era. It only took Jeff 15 months to complete the space, but he continues to add to his collection of nautical treasures, thanks to friends. His realtor, who is also an antique collector, gifted Jeff an antique wheel from a ship. When Jeff and his wife aren’t entertaining friends, Jeff uses his unique space as an office. “I love college football, so there are three TV’s down here. I discovered I can’t handle three games at once, but I do watch two games at a time.” I spy a plastic Macaw in a hanging cage. “His name is Bodie,” says Jeff. “He’s the mascot of Shipwreck Tavern.” I find a couple of other parrots in different places. “They’re all named Bodie,” laughs Jeff’s wife, Kimberly. Jeff’s mancave is the place where everyone loves to hang out, but the full bar and pool table are just bonuses. It’s obvious Jeff had lots of fun creating his unique space, and when you’re standing in The Hull Shipwreck Tavern, that feeling is contagious. A flagon of grog to your health, matey! JUNE 2021
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ometimes the best things come in small packages. Jane Lindberg is a petite dynamo who has been an active part of the Amelia Island/Nassau County arts community since she and her husband, Bob, moved here from South Carolina in 1998. They moved their company, Springer Controls, to Yulee and quickly became involved in their new community. Jane directed her considerable energy to the Arts Academy, a non-profit dedicated to bringing performing and visual arts to the children of Nassau County. She was instrumental when the organization reorganized and became Arts Alive Nassau. She has served as president of its Board of Directors since 2012. She credits the board, a part-time program director, and a potpourri of talented teachers, musicians, and artists who offer their talents to the many programs for the non-profit’s success. She was recognized with the 2019 Community Volunteer of the Year by the Florida Alliance for Arts Education for her role as board president of Arts Alive Nassau. Jane has been instrumental in forming many groups that enrich the lives of both participants and those lucky enough to attend performances, including the Island Chamber Singers, First Coast Singers, and a community chorus for youth ages 10 to 14. She also formed the Songspinners, a group of women who get together weekly and sing pop, folk, Broadway, and other fun music. Community groups like Rotary and the Hospital Auxiliary welcomed their performances. They look forward to starting up again later this year. As Musical Director at New Vision Congregational Church in Yulee, Jane has introduced jazz and rock-and-roll into services. Even with hands challenged by arthritis, she is still able do a mean rendition of Little Richard’s “Lucille,” a performance she shared with her congregation on one memorable Jazz Sunday. She is especially proud of the Island Chamber Singers, a 62-member group in its 16th season, which performs classical music. They sing major choral literature and offer two concerts each year in December and April. Some of their proudest accomplishments include performing at Carnegie Hall in 2017 and at L’Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris in 2019. They have been invited to sing at Carnegie Hall again in 2022. 53 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
Jane also worked closely with the Plantation Artist’s Guild and Gallery on their community photo project, “2020 – A Look Back.” With help from Arts Alive Nassau, a video of the project was produced with background music composed and played by Jane herself. Sales from a magazine published in conjunction with the project will benefit the organization. Under Lindberg’s leadership, Arts Alive Nassau brought Jeanne Robertson, American humorist and motivational speaker to the island. The event was a huge success, and Robertson will return in February 2022 for her second fundraiser for the organization. When Jane married Bob, she inherited three sons, three daughters-in-law, and seven grandchildren. One son, Randy, and his wife, Kristen, moved to Fernandina in 2000 from California to work for Springer Controls. Randy is now the president of the company. All three of their children graduated from Nassau County schools. Pets are big at the Lindberg house and include two Golden Retrievers, Duffy and Maggie May, and two rescue cats, Cleo and Sox. A grateful community thanks Lindberg and her eversupportive husband, Bob, for their dedication to bringing arts of all kinds to the children of Nassau County. Their talent, energy, and dedication have given the community many memorial performances, with many more sure to come. JUNE 2021
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pring has gone, and we seem to be flying from one season to the next! Summer is here, with its heat and humidity, so make sure any plant you buy now is heat-tolerant. Let’s refresh our knowledge of the reliable, tried-and-true plants for summer, like the Crape Myrtle. They will be blooming soon, so now is the time to select the colors and type of bushes for your garden. You can also plant heat-tolerant annuals, such as Gladioli bulbs, Portulaca, Zinnias, Gomphrena, Salvia, Cosmos, Gazanias, and Caladiums. Annuals that add color and are adaptable to the shade are Impatiens, Allysum, Begonias, Torinias, and Coleus. With a little sun, you can add Nicotiana, Lobelia, and Browellia. You can still plant good old perennials that have had a good start, such as Lantana, Gomphrena (can be an annual or perennial), Pentas, Buddleia, Verbena, Ruebeckia, Plumbago, Gingers, and perennial Salvias. Jacobinia and Gingers can be planted in the shade. Your local nurseries are getting in
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lots of beautiful plants, so stop by and see what they have. You can plant Gardenias, Azaleas, and Camelias now. Each has so many varieties that you’ll certainly find the right one for your garden. Their colors and sizes run from dwarf to large and fragrant to non-fragrant. One of the most popular shrubs is Indian Hawthorn, and for good reason. Its glossy, leathery leaves and compact growth habit make it attractive as background plants or informal hedges. My personal favorite is Majestic Beauty, with its fragrant light pink flowers in clusters to 10 inches wide and leaves 4 inches long. It is larger in detail than all the others and can reach 15 feet in height. This beauty can be made into a small tree with a single or multiple trunks. Thin branches reduce wind
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resistance and minimize chances of the plant blowing down. Indian Hawthorns are salt-tolerant. Another great shrub used for hedges is the Ligustrum (Privet). Japanese Privit, or Wax-Leaf Privet, is an evergreen shrub with a compact growth habit to 10 to 12 feet, but it can be kept lower by trimming. The leaves are oval 2- to 4-inches long, dark-to-medium green, glossy above and almost whitish beneath, with a thick, spongy feel. This is an excellent plant for hedges or screens. If you prefer a Ligustrum tree (L Iucidum), Glossy Privet makes a roundheaded tree that can eventually reach 40 feet. It can be kept lower as a big shrub, or it may be formed as a multitrunked tree. Its glossy, 4- to 6-inch long leaves are tapered and pointed, dark-tomedium green on both sides. The leaves feel leathery, but not as spongy as the Japanese Privet. Flowers are especially large, feathery clusters followed by a profusion of fruit. If you have any questions, email me at email@example.com. In the meantime, Happy Gardening!
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liked in The Preserve at Summer Beach was coming on the market. They still marvel that a home with everything they were looking for was immediately available. No house hunting. The house offered lots of special detailing they appreciated, but the backyard and its pool and water features clinched the deal. Entering the house, an open area leads to a beautiful waterscape, which includes a 26-foot by 14-foot pool, fountain, hot tub, fire pit, and seating areas.
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One of the couple’s favorite features of the house is the pool area, with its variety of pools and fountains. One water feature leads to another. At the far right, a fire pit is surrounded by a generous sitting area with cozy pillows. On the far left is an outdoor kitchen. Desiree and Paul have kept the furnishings simple and contemporary. Throughout the house, coffered ceilings painted in two tones add a dramatic design feature. Arhaus, a retail chain with a store in Jacksonville, offered the look the couple wanted in their new
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home. Much of the furniture and art came from the store. The store’s catalog describes their philosophy this way: “Furniture and décor should be sustainably sourced, lovingly made, and built to last.” Favorite pieces include a coffee table in the living room made from a large piece of petrified wood from Madagascar set upon simple legs. Another favorite is a chair in the living room that is more a sculpture than a chair, fashioned out of a unique piece of natural wood. The contemporary artwork, again
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from Arhaus, decorates the walls throughout the main living area and compliments the simple furnishings. There is no separate dining room; instead, a contemporary dining table and seating tucks against a wall. Like many newer homes, the house is divided, with one side opening to a master suite and the other side to additional bedrooms, the family room, and the kitchen. The master suite side of the house has a generous-sized bedroom overlooking the pools. A spacious master bath has as a centerpiece a large glass-
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offering the conveniences of a bar on one side and washer and dryer on the other. Appliances are from GE’s Monogram luxury line. The couple enjoys the active lifestyle Amelia Island offers. Paul owned a logistic and warehousing business in Philadelphia and coached both high school and college tennis. Desiree coached high school soccer. Their son, Paul, played Division 1 tennis at Lafayette College and their daughter, Brooke, graduated in May from George
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Mustard Seed CAFÉ An Amelia Island tradition known for its fresh and healthy cuisine, The Mustard Seed Café serves terrific burgers, breakfast, and soups that are delicious and good for you. BY MICHAEL GASS • PHOTO BY SHERRY CARTER
ny excuse is a great excuse to get out on the water with the family. On an island like ours, there are lots of options, but sometimes ol’ Mother Nature gets all huffy and puffy, and we have to retreat inland. On a recent Saturday morning, the breeze pushed us out to Lofton Creek for a little mini-adventure. I had recently scored a 1973 Sears & Roebuck aluminum canoe from an old friend and was anxious to get it in the water. I took along my beautiful daughter and biggest fan, Lydia. The deal was sweetened with the promise of lunch at the Mustard Seed Café while we were out and about.
The Mustard Seed Café is located inside of Nassau Health Foods, under a sprawling oak tree in the Amelia Plaza Shopping Center. The owner is Buster Beaton, a northeast Florida native and lifelong proponent of healthy living, who had come to Fernandina Beach years earlier to teach at Fernandina Beach High School. He soon recognized an opportunity to fill an unmet need on Amelia Island and opened Nassau Health Foods. Years later, his commitment to bringing quality products to the 66 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
marketplace led him to dip his toe into the restaurant world, and ten years later, with the help of chef Shawn Meeks and their farm partners, The Mustard Seed Café is quietly putting out some of the best food on the island. Lydia is my youngest and most adventurous daughter in the culinary sphere. When we visited sushi restaurants when she was young, Lydia would bite the heads off baby octopi and delightfully say, “Mmm, brains.” Today however, we decided to keep it simple. Despite her taste for the dramatic, Lydia has fallen in love with Caesar Salads, and so no opportunity to enjoy one is missed. At the Mustard Seed Café, crisp organic romaine is tossed in their homemade dressing with crunchy croutons, shaved parmesan cheese, and candied pecans, then topped with the protein of your choice. Lydia picked grilled chicken. She wasn’t really excited about the croutons or pecans, so she ordered them on the side and I got to enjoy the sweet and spicy pecans. I went fairly traditional as well, choosing to go with the Southwest Brasstown Burger, a handmade burger made from all-natural, pasture-raised beef from Brasstown, North Carolina. To be perfectly honest, when the beef is ground, seasoned, grilled to perfection, and served all-theway on a toasted ciabatta bun, you can’t really tell the difference. It is delicious, of course, but along with that full tummy comes the satisfaction of knowing that the meat was raised in a healthful and ethical way, and then prepared by folks who believe in serving the best products around. The burger was served with a side of chips and some pickled cabbage, which was delicious. I added a bit of the cabbage to my last couple of bites of my burger for a killer flavor combination. The Mustard Seed Café specializes in healthy foods prepared with fresh local ingredients. They are located at 833 TJ Courson Road, in front of the Walmart and Winn Dixie, and serve from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, offering breakfast until noon. JUNE 2021
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DINING GUIDE Amelia Island Coffee ~ For more than 16 years, Amelia Island Coffee has been a welcoming place to meet. This family-owned business features friendly service, locally roasted single-source coffee, cold brew, select organic teas and freshly baked pastries, pies and cakes. Breakfast and lunch are served all day, along with small plates and appetizers in the evening. You’ll find a selection of mainstream and craft beers along with varietal wines, as well as ice cream, milkshakes, frappes, fruit smoothies and frozen lemonade. The ambiance of a 100-year-old building is enhanced by outdoor, pet-friendly dining. Open 7 days, 7 am Mon–Sat and 8 am on Sun. Major credit cards. 207 Centre Street. (904) 321-2111. Ameliaislandcoffee.com. Amelia Tavern ~ Restaurant & Brewpub on Centre Street provides delicious local food and cold brews to the friends and guests of Amelia Island. Our kitchen serves amped up southern comfort food, where you’ll see enough diversity to be surprised without losing sight of the simple stuff you love. The collection of house brews and craft beer options are curated to match the menu, with plenty of pairings to fit any palette. A.T. is a brewery infused gastropub, or a brewpub with great food, something like that - just stop in, grab a bite and a sip, you’ll see. We are doing it our way, the right way, for you and for this Island. Bar Zin ~ Our philosophy at Bar Zin is quite simple: create a fun relaxed upbeat indoor/outdoor atmosphere where friends and families can enjoy creative, fresh American bistro cuisine. We offer a diverse beverage menu of great wines, local brews, and Saki martinis. When possible, we source from local farmers, local products, and local businesses to create a farm-to-table style menu. Our vision is to create a neighborhood atmosphere where everyone will feel welcome; a place where everyone will have a relaxing and fun time. barzin-bistro-winebar.com. Lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch. Major credit cards. 4924 First Coast Hwy at Palmetto Walk Shopping Village. (904) 310-6620. Brett’s Waterway Cafe ~ The only restaurant on the island where you can dine overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, Brett’s offers a wide choice of seafood, chicken and beef with daily specials both at lunch and dinner. The view of the water, the impeccable service and the refined ambiance will enhance your dining pleasure. The large rectangular bar overlooking the Fernandina Harbor Marina is a pleasant place to enjoy a drink. At the marina on Front Street. (904) 261-2660. Open 7 days, Mon-Sat. Burlingame ~ In the historic district just off Centre Street at 20 South 5th Street, this restaurant offers seasonally inspired modern American food with a twist. The small menu enables our team to focus on a handful of exquisite dishes developed from the freshest ingredients each season. Our superb service and casually elegant atmosphere create a special experience. Extensive wine/beer list. Reservations recommended. Open 5:30pm Mon – Sat. Closed Sun. (904) 432-7671. BurlingameRestaurant.com. Crab Trap ~ Nautical decor and friendly service makes for a casual, relaxing atmosphere. Dinner daily offers seafood—fried, grilled, broiled, or blackened—as well as steaks, chicken and oysters year round. Entrees $8.95 $18.95. Call for seasonal hours. Beer, wine, and cocktails. Family owned and operated since 1979. 31 N 2nd Street, (904) 261-4749. David’s Restaurant ~ David’s has an amazing steakhouse & seafood menu, upscale romantic atmosphere, and professional service. New Caviar menu with toast points or Blinis and accoutrements consisting of crème fraiche, red onion, capers & chopped egg. Full bar and large wine menu including wines by the glass. Dining creations such as Filet Oscar, our Signature 16oz. Grilled Delmonico Ribeye, and when available our 24 oz. Porterhouse Steak. Daily fish specials as well as English Channel Dover Sole & Chilean Sea Bass. Vegetarian & Vegan options. Happy Hour Sunday - Thursday 5 to 7 pm (except Special Events & Holidays). Lounge Menu & Port Flights. Incredible Whole Alaskan King Crab 6-10 lb. average. Full dessert
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menu and after-dinner cordials. Lounge opens at 5 pm, dinner at 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays. Young Adult menu available. Reservations highly recommended. Private wine room holds 12 & private dining room up to 50. Resort casual. 802 Ash Street. (904) 310-6049. Make reservations online at AmeliaIslandDavids.com. España ~ Featuring Old World cuisine from Portugal and Spain, España offers an intriguing menu in a comfortably elegant atmosphere in downtown Fernandina Beach. Owner/chef Roberto Pestana serves mouthwatering tapas like Grouper Ceviche, Portobello al La España, and Shrimp with Garlic, all served with España’s homemade bread. Entrees include a classic Seafood Paella, and a variety of fresh local seafood and meats. España also features an extensive wine list and an excellent homemade sangria. Available for private parties. Reservations recommended. Major credit cards. Open 7 days. (904) 261-7700. 22 South 4th Street. Fancy Sushi ~ We serve fine Japanese cuisine from our Hibachi grill, the best Tempura and the tastiest Teriyaki this side of Tokyo. We give you all the fine foods with friendly service. Come by and give us a visit and we’ll serve you with smiles and the freshest sushi that you won’t find anywhere but here at Fancy Sushi. Open 7 days. (904) 261-9855. 1478 Sadler Rd. Florida House Inn ~ Southern cooking at its finest at Leddy’s Porch. Menu includes Southern Salads, Sandwiches, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Collard Greens, and much more. Black Board specials daily. Open for brunch Wed. – Fri. from 11am – 2:30pm and Sat. – Sun. 10am – 2:30pm. The Mermaid Bar at The Florida House Inn is open Mon. – Sat. at 5pm. Daily drink specials and Open Mic every other Thursday night. 22 South Third Street, (904)491-3322. Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro ~ Located in historic downtown Fernandina, Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro serves innovative cuisine in a relaxed, island atmosphere. Enjoy fresh seafood, game, and specialty dishes in a charming 1903 home, or outside in a New Orleans-inspired courtyard. Jacksonville Magazine Top 25. Extensive wine list available. Reservations recommended. (904) 321-2558. Open seven days. Lagniappe Restaurant ~ [“lan-yap”] One of Jacksonville Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants and voted #1 Chef and #1 Amelia Island Restaurant by “Best in the 904” voters across NE Florida! From the melting-pot culinary heritage of Charleston, New Orleans, and Savannah comes Lagniappe, where you can always expect a little something more. Chef-owner Brian Grimley’s respect for Southern tradition, culinary curiosity, and a quarterdecade’s experience in Virginia’s Tidewater District shine through a delectable line-up of evolving charcuterie selections, house-smoked meats, and seafood must-haves like po’ boys, salmon brûlée, and the occasional whole fried fish! Dig in with loved ones over wine, considered cocktails, and curated bourbons in a refined yet relaxed atmosphere. Open daily, 11am–10pm; Happy Hour 3pm–6pm; Sunday Southern Breakfast 10am–3pm. 4810 First Coast Hwy. lagniappeamelia.com The Mustard Seed Cafe ~ Located inside Nassau Health Foods, The Mustard Seed is Amelia Island’s only organic eatery and juice bar, with an extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials include local seafood, organic chicken and fresh organic produce. Salads, wraps, sandwiches, and soups are available—all prepared with The Mustard Seed’s impeccable style. Popular items are chicken or veggie quesadillas, grilled mahi or salmon over mixed greens and tuna melt with Swiss cheese and tomato. Open for breakfast and lunch, Mon - Sat., 8 am - 3pm, and 10am - 2pm on Sun. NassauHealthFoods.net. 833 T. J. Courson Rd. (904) 277-3141. Pogo’s Kitchen ~ Serving southern cuisine with a bend, with a menu that celebrates the full medley of Southern flavors. Cocktails and wine selections are simple but creative. Vsit us for dinner, lunch or brunch at POGO’s Kitchen—a bright, open eatery tucked away from the main lines, waiting to unpack your day and refill your glass. (904) 432-8483. pogoskitchen.com. Pozzi Bistro ~ A new “Old World” style restaurant. Espresso bar and café by day and a full menu restaurant by night. We offer pastries, espresso drinks, blended shakes, and brunch specialty beverages, and brunch each day. In the evening, come and taste charcuterie, cheese, and wine, or a relaxing meal in our dining room or on our outdoor patio. Our simple menu features steak, lobster, crabcake,
and more. Top off your evening with one of our house made desserts. Wed - Fri 11am - 9pm; Sat & Sun 9am 9pm. 300 Ash Street. Call (904) 310-3779 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sliders Seaside Grill ~ The Caribbean on Amelia Island! Exotic seafood and steaks served to order are the specials of the house. Enjoy a beautiful oceanfront view inside, or on the patio, located steps from the beach. Open daily for lunch & dinner. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. at Sadler Rd. (next to the roundabout). (904) 277-6652. Story & Song Bistro ~ Neighborhood bookstore/bistro serving breakfast and lunch indoors or in the “secret garden” courtyard, home of Amelia’s “Wings” murals. Enjoy favorites like a genuine Bronx bagel, quiche, Ina Garten’s chicken salad, and seasonal specials made with fresh, local ingredients. Organic coffee, Rishi tea, rose lemonade, beer and wine also available. Monday-Saturday 9 to 2, Sunday 11 to 2. 1430 Park Avenue at the 14th St. entrance to Amelia Park. (904) 601-2118. Thai Spice Cafe ~ Located on Sadler Road next to Jersey Mike’s. We are proud to prepare fresh authentic Thai food. Our menu features traditional Thai dishes, Curries, fried rice, appetizers, soups, salads, and other Thai specials. Come join us for lunch or dinner, or call us for carry-out orders. Happy Hour 5 - 8pm Everyday! Buy 1 get one free House Wine! M - Th 11am - 3pm and 5 - 9:30pm; F 11am - 3pm and 5 - 10pm; Sa 12 - 9:30pm; Su closed. (904) 432-7748. thaispicecafe.com. Townies Pizzeria ~ Townies is the “Locals’ Choice for Island Pizza”. All of our food is prepared fresh to order. Townies uses real cheese, only the finest quality ingredients, and fresh local produce. Unlike the big pizza chains, our sauces don’t come out of a paint can. Pizza! One Luv! 819 TJ Courson Road. (904) 277-4755. Order online at TowniesPizzeria.com or call! Wicked Bao ~ Enjoy Asian Street Food in a charming historical building in downtown Fernandina Beach. Small Plates, Noodle+Rice, Baos. Beer, Wine, Sake, Vietnamese Coffee. Happy Hour 4-6 Monday -Thursday & Dinner 4-9 Monday - Saturday. 232 N. 2nd St. (904) 775-5577. Please find our menu at WickedBao.com.
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Fantastic 5BR/3BA oceanfront home overlooking the pristine white sandy beach and sparkling Atlantic Ocean. Recently renovated and updated through out. Situated on a 75' wide lot with private dune walk-over to the beach. Enjoy the view from the 2nd floor Living room. SOLD MLS#94094
Summer Beach 3BR/3.5BA townhome condo in desirable gated Harrison Cove. This end unit townhome features vaulted ceilings in the living room and dining area, tiled floors, gas fireplace and easy access to the screened lanai, all overlooking majestic oak trees and yard. JUST LISTED $550,000 MLS#95129
Stunning Tudor Style home in Prestigious Marsh Lakes with incredible ICW views!! Custom 4BR/3.5BA home features Anderson Windows and Doors, Gourmet Kitchen, gas cook top with quartz countertops, stainless appliances, large master bedroom with sitting area. REDUCED $1,045,000 MLS#94413
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Retreat from the city to this rare oceanfront property in Amelia Island Plantation. Constructed with 7 levels, this home boasts 6 guest suites each with private balconies. If you love to be outside, this home has over 5,000 sq ft of deck/patio space with amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean from all levels inside and out. First level of the home features a commercial grade elevator with hydraulic arms. Walk out to the pool and lounge poolside or take a short walk to your own private beachfront. Home features a sauna and area for home gym, plus two wood-burning ﬁreplaces for those cool nights. MLS#95110 $10,750,000
Custom-built Oceanview home sits on a rare 71’ X 250’ double lot and borders Egan’s Creek Greenway. High-end custom ﬁnishes throughout. Chef’s kitchen equipped with GE Monogram appliances, double convection ovens with warming tray, smooth top surface stove and built-in icemaker. Upstairs 4th bedroom/entertainment area with built-in refrigerator and sink could be used as a 2nd master bedroom or extended family living area. Oversized 3 car garage with room for additional garage or pool. Large, screened side porch, 2nd ﬂoor oceanview sundeck and covered main ﬂoor wraparound porch. Over 6,000 square ft under roof with 4,000 square ft heated area. Plenty of parking for family and guests. Haro Parkett ﬂooring, 11KW Generac generator, Anderson hurricane impact windows and doors, and central vacuum. Plantation window and door shutters throughout home. Exterior Hardie Board siding, standing seam metal roof. MLS 95134 $2,499,000
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Breathtaking ocean and ICW views in this south facing Dunes Club Villa. Upgrades include travertine stone flooring, custom woodwork and built-ins in living and family rooms. Direct elevator access, 10 ft ceilings, detached single car garage, beautifully appointed kitchen with gas cooktop, granite counters, gas fireplace, and surround sound throughout. MLS#94986 SOLD!
3056 S. Fletcher Avenue, Unit #305 $399,000
Top floor villa with unobstructed south-facing ocean views! Open floor plan nicely furnished with raised panel mocha maple cabinets, built-in eating nook with lots of storage and ocean front balcony. Wonderful retreat or rental with walk over to the beach. Outstanding location between downtown Fernandina Beach and the south end of Amelia Island. MLS#93767
NEARLY NEW ISLAND-STYLE HOME Built in 2019 this home features an open kitchen, quartz counters, stainless appliances including gas stove, an abundance of cabinet space, and bar seating. Nearly 2,000 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, the home also has three porches including a large rear screened marsh-view porch. Situated on a 1.2 acre picturesque lot with plenty of trees, brand new dock and 500 foot artesian well, covered parking for three cars, drive-in storage shed, and carport for RV or boat. Only 10 minutes from Amelia Island. MLS #94693 $849,000.
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2833 Ferdinand Court $525,000
4BR/2BA split bedroom design situated on a premium lot with peaceful lake views. The gourmet kitchen with stainless appliances, French door refrigerator and granite counters adjoins the family room with fireplace, views of the lake, and breakfast area. Owner’s suite features spa-like bath. Three additional bedrooms offer a variety of possibilities. MLS#94054
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HARISSA-MARINATED GRILLED SALMON Harissa is a North African spicy red pepper sauce that is available at most grocery stores. For a spicy grilled salmon dish, portion your salmon into 4-ounce pieces, leaving the skin on. Place them in a shallow dish, skin side down, and pour 1/2 cup of harissa over the fish. Marinate in your fridge for several hours. Remove from fridge and let the salmon, come to room temperature. Oil your grill, heat to medium-high, and place the salmon on the grill for about 5 to 6 minutes. Gently flip the salmon with a fish spatula, then cook on the other side for about 2 minutes. COLD POACHED SALMON OVER GREENS Cold poached salmon is a welcome addition to any salad on a warm summer evening. Lay your salmon pieces in a shallow pan. Add thinly sliced lemon, 1/2 cup white wine, and then water to just barely cover the filets. Bring the liquid to a gentle simmer and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the fish is opaque. Carefully remove the salmon from the water and lay the pieces on a cooling rack until the fish comes to room temperature. Then wrap and store the salmon in the fridge until you are ready to serve. We like to serve it atop a bed of greens, with a dollop of minted yogurt.
You can also use the salmon for other applications, like adding it to a pasta salad, or mixing it with mayonnaise as you would tuna salad, and serving it piled on a brioche roll.
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ow that the world is opening back up, my husband, Troy, and I are hoping to begin entertaining again this summer. During the year-plus lockdown, we have been eating more salmon than anything, and we have discovered many new and interesting ways to cook and serve this versatile and healthy fish. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce inflammation and lower blood pressure. It is also very high in protein, and it’s reasonably priced. And whether
you prefer farm-raised or wild-caught salmon, it’s available at just about every grocery store and fish market. There are lots of ways to cook and serve salmon, whether as a quick midweek dinner after a busy day at work or for an elegant dinner party for friends. I highly recommend leaving the skin on your salmon filets. It helps keep the fish from falling apart if you accidently overcook it. And although I’m not personally fond of the skin, many of your guests like it! Here are some of my favorite ways to cook salmon.
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ROASTED ORANGE TERIYAKI SALMON This is a dish elegant enough for your next dinner party. Make a marinade by combining soy sauce, grated ginger and garlic, rice wine vinegar, a bit of brown sugar, and orange juice. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking. Place an entire loin of salmon skin side down in a large casserole dish. Pour the marinade over all of it and top with orange slices, then let it marinate in the fridge for about 2 hours. When ready to cook, remove the salmon and orange slices from the casserole and lay on a greased rimmed baking sheet. Cook at 400 degrees for about 15 to 18 minutes until salmon is cooked through. Place on a large platter with the oranges, drizzling the sauce over all. Bon appetit!
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