Amelia Islander - July 2022

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When we put this

ISLANDER

issue together each summer, it’s always a

Philip Kelly Deana Basile Kelly Publishers and Editors

great reminder to us—

Tom Barrett Art Director

and we hope to you, too!—about all the fun

Mark O’Day Sales Manager

activities available here

Contributing Writers Karen Miller, Julie Simmons, Dickie Anderson, Mandy Haynes, Teri Sopp, Betty Morrell, Lois Winkler

on Amelia Island.

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ach year, the July Amelia Islander Magazine brings the annual “Fun in the Summer Sun” guide, in which we highlight some of the wide variety of fun things to do on and around the island during our beautiful summer season. When we put this issue together each summer, it’s always a great reminder to us—and we hope to you, too!—about all the activities that are available here on Amelia Island, whether it’s enjoying the island’s abundant natural beauty or finding time for theater, shopping, or a relaxing spa treatment. For us, we’re not ready to just sit in our beach chairs while Amelia’s summer visitors enjoy all the fun! We don’t like to admit it, but for a good part of the year, we are a little preoccupied with work, kids’ sports and activities, and other responsibilities, and we sometimes forget that we live on a beautiful barrier island with the majestic Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Amelia River on the other. Summer is our time to recharge and rejuvenate, and we always commit ourselves in these glorious months to jump into some of the activities we don’t have time for during the rest of the year. When summer arrives, we leave our routines behind and our minds turn to kayaking, surfing, fishing, paddleboarding, and whatever else we can think of to enjoy everything that Amelia Island has to offer. We’re ready to jump on a river cruise, take sail out of the harbor, or hop into a kayak. If you’d rather stay on dry land, you can enjoy biking off the south end of the island, exploring Fort Clinch, or maybe a little leisurely shopping and dining out at Amelia’s many terrific restaurants. There are a lot of good reasons why vacationers from all over the Southeast visit our island paradise in the summer, so get out and discover why—whether you live here or you’re here for a much-needed vacation. Of course, when you’re not chasing adventure on land or sea this summer, we hope you’ll also make time for a quiet walk on the beach or find a good book to read. And while you’re relaxing, we hope you’ll enjoy the rest of this month’s Islander, which includes an article on a colorful summer visitor to our island, the eye-catching Painted Bunting, in our latest installment of “Eyes to the Skies” from Gail Pfoh; another “Fernandina Faces” feature from Dickie Anderson on J.P. McClellan, senior project manager at Crane Island, whose life has had a number of interesting chapters; an article on the historic Lesesne House on Centre Street, one of the first houses built after Fernandina was moved to its current location from Old Town; a “Backyard Adventure” on a fun historic tour with Anchor Trolleys; and much more. See you around the island!

Contributing Photographers William Raser, Sherry Carter, Stephan Leimberg, Pam Bell, Lilly Sheetz

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11 Cover Story 2022 AMELIA ISLANDER “FUNE IN THE SUMMER SUN” ISSUE

Whether you’re headed to the beach, relaxing by the pool, or seeking adventure by boat, bike, or kayak, our annual “Fun in the Summer Sun” guide is a great way for the whole family to find fun things to do this summer on and around Amelia Island!

37 Eyes to the Skies

49 Fernandina Faces

One of the most striking visitors to Amelia Island each year, the Painted Bunting is a diminutive bird that grabs your attention with its vivid coloring and beautiful song.

A long-time member of the Amelia Island building community and now Senior Project Manager at Crane Island, J.P. McClennan has enjoyed a lot of other chapters in his life.

59 Great Homes and Churches Built in 1857, the Lesesne House was one of the first houses built in presentday Fernandina Beach after the town was moved from its original location in Old Town.

88 Backyard Adventure If you’ve ever dreamed about taking a chauffeured tour with a knowledgeable tour guide around the historic sites of downtown Fernandina Beach and Old Town, Anchor Trolleys is for you.

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

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Galleries & Antiques Amelia’s art galleries & antique stores

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In the Neighborhood Profiles of area businesses and organizations

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Beach Combing Great shopping on Amelia Island

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Maps of the Island and downtown, with telephone numbers

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Tide Table Tides at the Amelia River

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Around Town What’s happenng around Amelia Island

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Snapshots Islanders out and about

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In the Garden With warm weather plants in bloom, add color to your landscape this month with robust bloomers like Clethera Ruby Spice and Armeria Dreameria Sweet Dreams.

Cover design by Tom Barrett

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Island Home When Hurricane Irma destroyed their beloved beach house on the north end of the island, Phil and Kathy Coletti planned a rebuild that is just perfect for their family.

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Eating Scene Located right on the sand at Main Beach, The Sandbar & Kitchen offers fresh seafood, burgers, pizza, live music, and the largest collection of bourbons in Florida.

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Open House Premium real estate offerings on and around Amelia Island

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melia Island comes alive during the summer months, jam-packed with activities and entertainment for the whole family! While much of the South suffers with sweltering temperatures, Amelia Island’s cool ocean breezes bring people from all over the world to bask in its natural beauty and seek respite from the heat. No matter what your interests, you will always find something new and different to occupy your lazy days of summer on Amelia Island, from boating, fishing, surfing, and shelling to hiking, biking, yoga, and golf.

TAKE TO THE WATER Amelia Island is home to a number of marinas, including the Harbor Marina in downtown Fernandina Beach, Tiger Point Marina in Old Town, and the Amelia Island Marina, just off A1A. They are all great places to rent a boat, book a cruise, or find a fishing charter. Amelia River Cruises (904-2619972) offers narrated historic sightseeing boat tours 7 days per week from Fernandina Beach to Cumberland Island National 11 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

Seashore. Breathtaking views of wildlife and fascinating stories will enrich your coastal experience with intrigue and wonder, a fun and memorable experience for all ages. Come experience sailing on beautiful Cumberland Sound and the Atlantic Ocean with Windward Sailing (904-3273265)! Private sailing charters include 2-, 3-, and 4-day sails, Eco Tours, and Sunset Charters. Sailboats accommodate 1 to 6 passengers; Catamarans 1 to 10 passengers. Glide though quiet waters with an opportunity to see dolphins, stingrays, sea turtles, and wild horses. Book today at windwardsailing.com. Amelia Offshore (904-556-7380) offers unique, customcurated, private sailing charters aboard their luxury sailboat, in addition to water taxi services, nature photography tours, and sunset cruises. Make special memories this summer! Visit www. ameliaoffshore.com. Backwater Cat Adventure Amelia Island (904-7537631) offers one of the most unique boat tours you will ever experience! It’s one of the best ways to explore Amelia and JULY 2022

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To get everything you need for a successful day of fishing, visit locally owned and operated RennWorks Outdoors (904310-6794) for a full line of fishing gear, tackle, bait, lures, handtied flies, reels, and more. RennWorks will give you the best advice on freshwater, backwater, and blue water fishing. They also carry clothing, hats, and gifts for your favorite fisherperson! Driftwood Surf Shop (904-321-2188) is a family-owned shop that has been serving the Fernandina Beach community since 1979. Offering only the best apparel, swimwear, and footwear for the entire family, sunglasses, and beach accessories, they have what you need to get you set up in the water, on the beach, and out on the town. Driftwood also provides a full range of surfboards, bodyboards, skim boards, and skate equipment, including board rentals and surf lessons for all ages and abilities.

TAKE TO THE TRAIL Here in Northeast Florida, our favorite paths are paved with sand, and our local beach parks provide people of all ages access to a spectacular shoreline and the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. But there are lots of other paths you can take throughout the island, too. Egans Creek Greenway, with its grass-covered paths, serve as a network of trails that are suitable for walking and bicycling, its environment exhibiting a variety of natural wildlife and vegetation. Friends of the Amelia Island Trail have completed a bike path between Peters Point County Park to the south end of the JULY 2022

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Cumberland Island’s history, wildlife, and sea life. Their guides are well-trained and know the waters like the back of their hand, and you get to drive your very own Go-Cat boat, which is very safe and easy to operate! Book at backwatercatadventure.com. Kayak Amelia (904-251-0016) wants you to get outdoors this summer! They are the official outfitter for Talbot Islands State Parks, offering guided kayak, stand up paddleboard guided ecotours, as well as kayak and bike rentals, SUP instruction, SUP yoga, and a summer kids camp. Visit their website for more information at www.kayakamelia.com. Amelia Island Kayak Excursions (904-557-5307) is an award-winning business including USA Today’s 10 Best Kayaking Tours, and rated #1 on TripAdvisor for over 9 years. They offer a variety of adventures exploring creeks, rivers, and marshes in and around Amelia Island, Cumberland Island, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, and the Suwannee River. Explore with guided kayak tours or rentals, Hobie Mirage® Kayaks, SUPs, private motorboat tours, and annual kids/teen camps too! Join the Bullington family for an authentic, fun, and informative experience! Visit ameliaislandkayak.com for more information. Or if angling is your passion, join Captain Terry Lacoss at Amelia Angler Outfitters (904-261-2870) for the best in sport fishing, boating, sailing, and sightseeing opportunities for groups, families, and even hardcore “big game” anglers. Stop by the store for a full line of outdoor wear and fishing gear before your trip on the water!


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TAKE TO THE GYM Summer is a great time to get into shape, and what better way to beat the heat and stay fit than a yoga or exercise class 14 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

at one of Amelia Island’s fitness studios or gyms. Community Yoga + Wellness (904-613-6345) offers all the essential ingredients for an intelligent and safe yoga class, offering over 25 classes per week online and in-studio. New to yoga? They have a dedicated beginner course. Experienced Yogi? Join their Level 2 or 2/3 class which are meant to inspire your practice and give you the information to move along! Need yoga with support? They have a chair yoga class. Therapeutic yoga is offered in addition to regular classes, including the Healing Knee Class, Healing Low Back Class and Healing Neck and Shoulder Class series which are designed to help students find relief from pain and stiffness. Get well, find community, and be inspired! cyoga-amelia.com. The City of Fernandina Beach operates two recreation centers – Atlantic Recreation Center (904-310-3350) and Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center (904-310-3358) – offering aquatics, fitness, and other family activities. Be sure to stop by Central Park on Atlantic Avenue to check out their tennis, pickleball, and petanque courts for players of all ages and The Peck Center (904-310-3353) has an indoor gym and a fitness room, as well. And for your four-legged friends, consider a trip to Nassau Humane Society Dog Park (904-491-1511) or Hot Paws (904-277-3075) for canine socializing, doggie day care, and a cool down at their bathing stations. JULY 2022

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George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park, where it connects to Big Talbot Island. A map of the trail can be found at www. ameliaislandtrail.org. In addition, the Amelia River-to-Sea Trail has been completed along Simmons Road from South Fletcher Avenue westward to the city ball fields off Bailey Road and then onward to Crane Island. Active outdoor adventure-seekers will want to check out the local maritime forests, state parks, and green spaces located in and around Amelia Island. Fort Clinch State Park, Pumpkin Creek Preserve State Park, Little and Big Talbot Island State Parks, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park, and George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park all provide remarkable wilderness experiences that include hiking, biking, fishing, camping, picnicking, bird watching, and beachcombing for the whole family. Nature lovers will want to visit Amelia Island Nature Center (904-321-5082) and join one of their naturalists on a hike, bike, Segway, or kayak tour, discovering birds, plants, and wildlife. Stop by the fully stocked retail shop complete with top-of-the-line binoculars and field guides to fulfill all your exploring needs.


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Are you ready to feel the excitement of skydiving at 120 miles per hour? Skydive Amelia Island (904-718-4648) can provide you with a tandem skydiving experience of a lifetime. During your skydive, you will see miles of beach views, along with the splendor of North Florida, and your instructor will even provide you with a video of your jump!

TAKE TO THE GREENS Golf is one of Florida’s favorite pastimes and Amelia Island’s fairways and greens are close to the beach, meandering through unique coastal maritime hammocks. The Golf Club of North Hampton (904-548-0000) is carved into the natural surroundings and framed by spring-fed lakes, capturing the feel of a Scottish links-style course. The Amelia River Golf Club (904-491-8500), known for its smooth TifEagle greens, manicured fairways, and challenging pin positions, is one of the most interesting courses in North Florida. Fernandina Beach Golf Club (904-3103175) is conveniently located, featuring 27 holes, a full-service restaurant, clubhouse, and is one of the most popular municipal golf courses in Florida. And the Omni Amelia Island Resort (904-277-5907) provides the golfer with breathtaking views and intriguing play, with three championship courses including Oak Marsh and Long Point. 16 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

For the young and the young at heart, Island Falls Adventure Golf (904-261-7881) is Amelia Island’s best miniature golf course with 18 (and a half) inventive and beautiful holes, surrounded by waterfalls, bridges and tunnels, with music throughout the course from their outdoor sound system. And for more mini golf fun, bring the whole family out to Putt-Putt Main Beach. Continuing the 60-plus year tradition of providing a family-friendly fun place to visit, PuttPutt of Amelia Island (904-261-4443) is a competition-style 36-hole course just steps from the Atlantic Ocean.

TAKE TO THE TOWN After a day at the beach or a round of golf, treat yourself to Amelia Island’s vast array of art, music, theatre, and dining experiences. Be sure to check out what’s playing at Amelia Community Theatre by visiting their website at ameliacommunitytheatre.org. Join Anchor Trolley and Transport (904-753-4486) for a Historic Trolley Tour or reserve your own private transportation. They currently offer our tour of historic Fernandina Beach, Old Town Fernandina, and other amazing spots along the way! Visit their website for more information at anchortrolleys.com. Located throughout the island you’ll find many beautiful galleries and antique shops. Check out the Amelia Islander Magazine’s Galleries & Antiques page for a list of the area’s finest JULY 2022

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Native American tribe to Spanish and French explorers, there’s something for everyone at the Museum. Check out their website for current activities and hours at ameliamuseum.org. And there are plenty of places to shop around the island, including the myriad of specialty items at Fernandina Beach’s downtown shops. Other places to shop include Palmetto Walk Shopping Village, The Shops at the Omni Resort, and Sadler Road businesses. Be sure to experience Amelia Island’s restaurant scene, too, featuring some of the best food of the South! If you’re lucky enough to be staying at the Omni Amelia Island Resort or The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, both resorts offer plenty of amenities and fine concierge services. At The Ritz-Carlton’s Florida Spa Resort (904-277-1087) let cares and distractions melt away as you relax under the therapeutic benefits of zero gravity with a Heaven in a Hammock massage. The Spa at the Omni Resort (877-843-7722) will help you unwind after a long day of summer activities with rejuvenating spa treatments that include couple massages, facials, steam showers, and much more. For more information on Amelia Island summer activities, visit www.ameliaisland.com or call the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center at (904) 261-3248. And be sure to check out Amelia Islander Magazine’s blog that features updated weekly activities and more summer fun at www.ameliaislander.com. JULY 2022

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THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF NORTH FLORIDA PRESENTS GRANTS TO BARNABAS AND MICAH’S PLACE The Women’s Giving Alliance (WGA), an initiative of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, recently announced $660,000 in grants to 17 Northeast Florida nonprofits, including two local favorites: Barnabas and Micah’s Place. “The Women’s Giving Alliance is proud to award grants to nonprofits who are truly changing the lives of women and girls right here in our community by providing critical services from affordable housing to career readiness,” says Jan Healy, president of WGA. “This year, WGA made the decision to shift its 2022 Grant Strategy to focus on core mission funding in order to help our nonprofit partners rebuild and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.” Barnabas Center was awarded $50,000 and Micah’s Place $9,300. “Through strategic, collective giving, WGA is able to award its largest grant distribution in our organization’s 20-year history,” says Healy, explaining that the grants are made up of members’ yearly contributions of approximately $1,500 annually along with a portion of WGA’s endowment fund and individual gifts. To date, WGA has awarded over $7.7 million to 68 non-profits serving at least 30,000 women and girls across Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, and St. John’s counties. For more information, visit www.wganefl.org/membership.

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orn and raised in upstate New York, Harvey Sibley studied art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, following service to his country in the U.S. Navy. Thereafter, he distinguished himself in the seemingly diverse worlds of graphic and restaurant design and abstract painting. While painting was the cornerstone of his life, Sibley enjoyed creative and financial success as a graphic designer and restauranteur in and around Rochester, New York. Hoping to paint more and work less, he moved to Prickly Mountain in Warren, Vermont in the Mad River valley. A sailor since childhood summers on Lake Ontario, Sibley raced his sailboat Gran Cru competitively on Lake Champlain in the summer and skied in the winter. Sibley was influenced by the New York School of abstract expressionism, particularly James Brooks, a recognized abstractionist and one of his teachers at Pratt. Sibley’s work reflects his fearless exploration of color, shape, and space. He often painted a series of pieces exploring a related theme or method of expression, utilizing at times mixed media, transfer processes, and collage.

While his body of work refuses to yield a singular signature style, each of his works reflects his unique artistic sensibility. He invites each observer to experience his work with their own eye. Sibley found inspiration for his art in wilderness trekking in Patagonia, northern Spain, the Peruvian Andes, and the Western U.S., as well as urban meanderings through backstreets and promenades of Istanbul, Paris, Barcelona, and Rome. Sabbaticals to the wilds of Utah and New Mexico fueled many of his nature-inspired abstract and representational works. An active artist until shortly before his death, Sibley was joyful and energized to accept a commission for a mobile, although he had never done threedimension work before. True to form, he created not one but three distinctly different mobiles in his final exploration of color, shape, and space. Sibley’s work lives on. His Amelia Island waterfront studio gallery is open by appointment by calling (904) 686-4513. It contains a variety of work available for purchase. You may also view his art at Baxter’s Restaurant on Buccaneer Parkway and at HarveySibleyArt.com.

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shlie Rowland, owner of Hudson & Perry, moved as a child to Amelia Island with her family in 1989 because of a military reassignment. After college, Ashlie moved to New York City, but she always knew she’d come back here. When she returned seven years ago, she missed the boutiques from her old West Village neighborhood, so Ashlie decided to bring a bit of the big city to Fernandina Beach. In 2016, she opened Hudson & Perry, named after two cross streets near her West Village apartment, and combined her love for the south with her love for the north. “Hudson & Perry offers unique, vintage-inspired home goods and gifts mixed with a touch of Southern charm. I love its eclectic flair that brings something a little different to the downtown area for tourists and locals alike. And I love meeting customers! People I have met in the shop have become good friends, including some who aren’t local but return every year because they say my shop is a ‘must-do’ on their trip!” says Ashlie. I asked her what she loves most about the island. “Just one thing?! That’s tough, but it would have to be its smalltown charm, how everyone knows everyone here. Knowing that my daughters will be raised like myself and my husband (also a native) in a community that’s safe, friendly, and caring is priceless.” Hudson & Perry is located at 319 Centre Street. For more information, call (904) 844-2442 or follow them on Facebook and Instagram @hudsonandperry.

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Liam and Radha Gillen use breathing and visualization techniques to guide participants to a mental state between sleep and consciousness to disconnect the mind from distractions. A thirty-minute experience has the equivalent to four hours of deep sleep and participants awaken to increased energy and personal insights into barriers preventing their inner peace and happiness. Discussion, experience, and coaching culminate in setting personal intentions. The itinerary includes free time to enjoy spa services, take beach walks and enjoy resort amenities for a transformative, refreshing weekend. 100 USD food and beverage credit per stay • Two retreat tickets • Mindful meditation experiences and personal coaching


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Von Sol Surfboards combine American-made craftsmanship with the expertise of East Coast-based surfers and shapers for boards perfect for our surf conditions. At Driftwood, you’ll find a great selection of Von Sol, Orion, and Chris Birch Surfboards, as well as Torq & Catch Surf for beginners! Located at the corner of Fletcher & Atlantic at Main Beach. (904) 321-2188.

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also beautiful summer visitors to our area. But if you were to stand before your mirror and ask, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who on Amelia Island is the fairest summer visitor of all?” what would the answer be? Without a doubt, it would be the Painted Bunting! Stunning, vivid, and spectacular are just a few of the adjectives that immediately spring to mind to describe the Painted Bunting. In the French language, the Painted Bunting is called “nonpareil,” meaning without equal, which is the perfect moniker for them. Painted Buntings have a wingspan of about eight inches and they only weigh about half an ounce, yet they command attention where ever they are seen. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology notes that “with their vivid fusion of blue, green, yellow and red, male Painted Buntings seem to have flown straight out of a child’s coloring book.” The male has a striking cobalt-blue head, a lime-green back, and a bright red chest and rump. The females and immature males are a beautiful bright green. Females and immature males look (for the most part) the same and are often called “greenies.” If you see a greenie singing, you will know for sure it is an immature male because only the male of this species sings. continued on next page. JULY 2022

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If you recognize their beautiful song, you will have an advantage in finding Painted Buntings here on Amelia Island. Go to the app store on your phone to get the free Sibley Birds (second edition) app. Search your app to hear and learn the Painted Bunting song. You will also find additional information on this and other birds. To tempt Painted Buntings to your backyard feeders, be sure to offer white millet seed; it is their favorite. Try a tube-shaped feeder with small perches filled with millet. Fill the feeder halfway so the seed you offer is always fresh. In addition, offer a source of fresh water if you can. A small bubbling fountain or a bird bath will attract all species of backyard birds. Because of their beauty, many Painted Buntings are trapped and sold as pets in other countries each year, despite it being a federal crime. Audubon reports that the practice of trapping and selling these wild birds was documented as far back as the 1800s, but it is thought to have been happening as early as the 1700’s. In 2017, the Jekyll Island Banding Station banded a Painted Bunting with a U.S. Geological Survey band. The band was engraved with a number assigned solely to that bird so that it could be identified. In 2021, that same banded bird was seen for sale in a cage at a market in Cuba. If you see illegal trapping or a caged bunting, call Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wildlife Alert at (888) 404-3922. For bird identification help, tips, and other information, www.allaboutbirds. org is your best source. Painted Buntings will migrate south by October, so keep your “eyes to the skies” so you don’t miss them! www.AmeliaIslander.com


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Join us for an Independence Day celebration featuring our full 18+ piece orchestra, dancers, singers, and entertainers. Show starts at 7:30pm, two 45-minute sets with a 15 minute intermission. All Ages Cost $35 7:30 p.m to 10:00 p.m Sadler Ranch 869 Sadler Road Contact: Dennis Negrin dennis@ Crescendoamelia.com. (904) 878-0037

JULY 13 The Essence of Life - Conversation with author Jodie Baudek.

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JULY 1 Red, White, & Swing: Crescendo Amelia Patriotic Show

Jodie Baudek will forever be the little angel on your shoulder talking you through life’s many challenges. She pours love, gratitude, inspiration, and self-confidence into others. After starting her career decades ago as a teacher in various healing arts; she now shares her passions & knowledge by leading the next generation to greatness. Free and open to all. 3:00 p.m. Seating is limited; open to those fully vaccinated, masks optional. Story and Song Art Gallery, 1430 Park Avenue, (904) 601-2118. storyandsongbookstore.com

JULY 6,7,8 Kayak Summer Camp

JULY 1, 2, 8, 9, Amelia Musical Playhouse presents “Anything Goes!” Come on a cruise this summer with a big rollicking musical Anything Goes! telling the whirlwind story of Reno Sweeney, a nightclub singer with bad luck in love, as she helps young businessman and former flame, Billy Crocker win the love of the winsome debutante, Hope Harcourt aboard the deck of the S. S. American ocean liner. Age Range: Teens, Adults, Seniors Cost $25 7:30 p.m to 10:00 p.m. Amelia Musical Playhouse, 1955 Island Walkway. (904) 277-3455. ameliamusicalplayhouse.com

JULY 2 An Evening of Story and Song with Tricia Walker If you haven’t yet been introduced to Tricia, you’ll definitely want to mark your calendars for this show. One of Tricia’s albums, “The Heart of Dixie,” speaks to her Mississippi roots, growing up in the civil rights era. She’ll touch your heart and soul with some of her original songs, including “What a Wonderful Day,” her tribute to breast cancer survivors. Southern style never had it so good! Cost: $25 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Story and Song Art Gallery, 1430 Park Avenue, (904) 601-2118. storyandsongbookstore.com

JULY 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 Dance styles Single-time Swing and Country 2-step Ballroom On Amelia offers Two for Tuesday group classes on Amelia Island with single-time swing at 7:00 p.m. followed by Country 2-step at 8 p.m. Two for Tuesday classes are $15 for one class or $20 for both classes per person. A dance workshop is offered on Thursdays on Amelia Island from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday 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, visit ballroomonmelia.com.

Regardless of experience, our fun, professional and personable guides are there to teach skills, and share with the next generation of kayakers. Get a sense of adventure and wonder about kayaking with outdoor fun for kids. Cost $175 Day 1 and 2: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Day 3: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Registration required by calling (904) 557-5307 or by booking online. Amelia Island Kayak Excursions, 3 South First Street. ameliaislandkayak.com

JULY 8 Lavender Luncheon Pam James, owner of Pelindaba Lavender Amelia Island, discusses the language of lavender for therapeutic purposes, personal care, cooking, home use and more during a lavender-themed luncheon. Cost: $35 Ticket includes lunch, program, and gift from Pelindaba Lavender. 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Story and Song Art Gallery, 1430 Park Avenue, (904) 601-2118. storyandsongbookstore.com

JULY 9 Artrageous Artwalk On the second Saturday of each month, participating galleries host art events and open houses during the second Saturday Artrageous Artwalk to showcase their resident artists. Locals and tourists alike can enjoy the various types of art that each gallery has to offer as well as meet the artists. Photography, pottery, copper, metal, fused, as well as stained glass, watercolors, acrylics, oils and batik are just a few of the varied media folks can expect to see. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m Eleven Participating Galleries on Amelia Island

JULY 9 Walking The Wrong Way Home Arlene Filkoff, Sinda Nichols, Erica Villanueva, and Sue Weiner bring to life the characters in “The Red Shoes”, “Charlie”, and “Picking Up Puppies”, stories from Mandy Haynes’ book Walking the Wrong Way Home. 6:00 p.m. Cost $15. Limited seating, RSVP. (904) 556-3645. Shady Ladies Art Studio, 819 South 8th Street.

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JULY 15 Conversation with author Deb Rogers Jamie is a Florida woman. She wears cutoffs, thrives in humidity, and has been slapped by palm fronds more times than she can count. After making headlines for an outrageous crime she never meant to commit, Jamie avoids jail time through a community service placement at Atlas, a wildlife refuge for rescued monkeys. But secrets lurk among the three beguiling women who run the refuge. As Jamie ventures deeper into the offbeat world and rituals of Atlas, her summer is soon set to become material for an even stranger Florida headline than she ever could’ve imagined. 4:00 p.m. Seating is limited; open to those fully vaccinated, masks optional. Story and Song Art Gallery, 1430 Park Avenue, (904) 601-2118. storyandsongbookstore.com

JULY 16 An Evening of Rhythm and Prose Mandy Haynes brings the narrator of her new novella, Oliver, to life through a mixture of reading and storytelling with the help of Gene Janicke and his ukulele. Be transported back to the summer of 1972 and find out what makes Oliver so special. Cost $10 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Limited seating, RSVP. (904) 556-3645. Shady Ladies Art Studio, 819 South 8th Street.

JULY 20 Cinema, Conversation, & Chow Books aren’t the only medium to talk about. Join us to watch a film chosen for its meaningful theme, and stay for a facilitated discussion after. Event is free, optional heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverage of choice available at 5:30 p.m. for a cost of $15. 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Seating is limited; call to make reservations. Story and Song Art Gallery, 1430 Park Avenue, (904) 6012118. storyandsongbookstore.com

JULY 20 Everyone has a story. What’s yours? Using techniques from How to Tell a Story The Essential Guide to Memorable Storytelling

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from The Moth, participants will have the opportunity to bring in story ideas, and get coaching to bring their story to life. We will spend the first hour “crafting” the story, and the second hour “telling” the story. This workshop is open to adults of all experience levels. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Story and Song Art Gallery, 1430 Park Avenue, (904) 601-2118. storyandsongbookstore.com

JULY 22 The Story of Jazz World-renowned drummer Les DeMerle will showcase the era of bebop and swing in the second of a three-part series with music and stories of legendary artists. Cost: $30 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Story and Song Art Gallery, 1430 Park Avenue, (904) 601-2118. storyandsongbookstore.com

JULY 26 Literary Luncheon with Madeline Martin New York Times bestselling author of The Last Bookshop joins us to celebrate the release of her latest work of historical fiction, The Library Spy. Ava thought her job as a librarian of the Library of Congress would mean a quiet, routine existence. Instead, she finds herself in Europe working undercover as a spy gathering intelligence. As the battle rages, she and her colleague Elaine connect through coded messages and discover hope in the face of war. Purchase tickets online. $35 ticket includes program, lunch, and one signed book. $25 ticket includes lunch and program. 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. 2 pm Book signing open to public. Story and Song Art Gallery, 1430 Park Avenue, (904) 601-2118. storyandsongbookstore.com

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JULY 28 L. Moore Aesthetics 5 Year Celebration Join L. Moore Aesthetics for their five year celebration, which includes Skincare & Treatment Specials, refreshments, and information on exciting new treatments. Hosted by L. Moore Aesthetics and Emjecting. 5-8 p.m. 1815 S. 8th Street. Call (904) 222-6053 for more information.

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Make new friends and exchange tips about goods and services while enjoying live entertainment, wine and beer at happy hour prices, and complimentary nibbles. Free and open to all. 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Seating is limited; open to those fully vaccinated, masks optional. Story and Song Art Gallery, 1430 Park Avenue, (904) 601-2118. storyandsongbookstore.com For more Amelia Island events, please visit ameliaislander.com/calendar.

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.P. McClellan knows Amelia Island and its building community like nobody else. He served as president of the Nassau Chapter of the Northeast Florida Builders Association from 2003 to 2008 and he has been involved in many of the major residential developments built on Amelia Island. McClellan has a talent for being on the front edge of things that are new and innovative. On Amelia Island these days, that means Crane Island, a private island with luxury homes along the Intracoastal Waterway. In his role as Senior Project Manager, McClellan works closely with the developers, architects, arborist, and trade partners to ensure that the vision of Crane Island is maintained. McClellan has seen lots of changes, or “chapters” in his life, as he likes to call them. He first came to the island in 1980 as a Master Carpenter for the Lane Company, building homes on Amelia Island Plantation. Later, his unique talents and love of history led him to work on the historic preservation of many of the homes and businesses throughout the Historic District in Fernandina Beach. Since he always seems to be involved in what is new and exciting on the island, McClellan was recruited by the developers of Amelia Park to bring their vision of a livable new style of community to Northeast Florida. When the concept was first introduced, the idea of creating a TND (traditional neighborhood development) on Amelia Island met with some resistance, but it soon caught on. Amelia Park is now one of the most sought-after housing options on the island. McClellan grew up in Ohio and he credits his apprenticeship with an Amish Master Craftsman with giving him his philosophy of building. During the apprenticeship, he learned to build a house from the ground up. No subcontractors allowed! He still prefers hands-on involvement in his projects rather than front office responsibility. 49 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

Some of the many other chapters of McClellan’s life include teaching, owning a business, and mentoring. While earning a Bachelor of Science degree at Ohio University, he somehow found time to teach wilderness survival skills and team building at the Outward Bound School in Asheville, North Carolina. At the same time, he owned his own construction company and served as a youth minister at his local church. McClellan smiles as he remembers his most unusual building challenge. When the production company for the movie “The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking” arrived on Amelia Island, they needed a set builder. He and his crew were able to respond to the production company’s demanding schedule and provide sets so that the filming could stay on schedule. The movie, which is based on the Pippi Longstocking book series by Astrid Lindgren, was filmed on locations around the island, including Old Town. An iconic house used in the film remains on the big square facing the river and is known as the Pippi Longstocking House. Other chapters of his life include a seven-year sabbatical traveling the world and studying yoga, living in the south of France and studying Zen with the venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, developing and branding a Yoga-based Transformational Team Building program, and building communities for personal development. From his experiences, he has created and inspired independent yoga studios around the country. The next chapter? “The next chapter is already writing itself,” says McClellan, “and includes quite a few exciting developments.” JULY 2022

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ne of the oldest homes in the Historic District is found on busy and mostly commercial Centre Street. Its generous, double-galleried porches stretch across the front of the house. Friendly rocking chairs seem to invite those passing to enjoy a quieter, slower-paced, and more elegant time. The center door is framed by sidelights and an overhead transom. The house is constructed of rough handhewn lumber fastened with wooden pegs. It is guarded by a picturesque fence and lush vegetation. David Levy Yulee brought great changes to Amelia Island as he built his railroad. He was actually able to move the town of Fernandina from a beautiful bluff overlooking the river several miles to the north to its current site. Old Town, as the original site the town of Fernandina is now called, was where the river boat captains lived. The bluff allowed them views of the river on which they made their livings. Yulee did not find the bluff and the large swamp area that bordered the town on its south side an ideal place

for his railroad. Following the acquisition of Florida by the United States in 1821, the heirs of Domingo Fernandez sold the land grants which contained the Eliza and Louisa and Yellow Bluff plantations to Yulee. The Florida Railroad Company first platted the City of Fernandina in 1857, and New Town began to take shape. Dr. John F. Lesesne, the original owner of the Lesesne House, would have been one of the early home builders in New Town, as the house was built prior to the Civil War on the emerging town’s Centre Street. However, he left Fernandina during the Civil War and never returned. The house eventually became the property of Judge John Friend, a German immigrant, who was appointed district tax commissioner by President Andrew Johnson. A prominent man, he served as County Commissioner, a judge, and, at the time of his death, he was the State Senator-elect from Nassau County. At one time, an olive orchard thrived on the lot next door where the Centre Street post office now stands.

This article has been reprinted with permission from Dickie Anderson’s book, Great Homes & Churches: Architectural Treasures of Amelia Island. It is availble at The Book Loft, Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, and the Amelia Island Museum of History. 59 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

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The fireworks are over, but did you notice the red, white, and blue flags, banners, hats, clothing, and the beautiful red, white, and blue flowers in many gardens? It’s fun to try to coordinate colors with events on the calendar. An interesting native bush with a red color is Clethera “Ruby Spice.” It has the darkest red of all the Summer Sweet varieties. (Also known as Summer Sweet and Sweet Pepperbush.) This lovely bush produces sweetly fragrant rosyred blooms in late summer. In autumn, the handsome green foliage ignites into flaming shades of yellow. This shrub is showy all year-round. This easy-to-grow, multi-season shrub grows to 4 feet tall and wide. The color shines best in sun if constant moisture is provided, so semishade is preferred. Ruby Spice is an ideal foundation plant, but it’s wonderful in coastal gardens, too. Ruby tolerates salt spray, so try it if you are near the water. This easy-care, fragrant, free bloomer attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, and it’s a fast grower. Use in borders, as a specimen, or as a hedge for beautiful fall color.

TIP O OF F T HE M O N T H Fertilize shrubs that will flower next season now. Deadhead existing annuals and perennials to keep the garden fresh. A little Miracle Grow helps, and Milorganite is safe for lawns and everything else as it won’t burn.

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arrived. This PP plant is stunning with diminutive dark leaves of silvered purple and a profusion of large deep rose-pink flowers that appear to float above ground on long, erect, dark red stems from early summer to late fall. The plants form small tidy mounds that are great for the edge of the garden or in containers. These compact plants flower well in afternoon shade in our area. Light shade will prevent bleaching of the leaves. The root system is shallow, so if no rain falls, watering is necessary, one inch per week. You can pair plant Timeless Treasure with Ferns, Hosta, Phlox, Plumaria, and many others. Planting against the foliage of woody plants in a border will make a definite statement. These plants are mostly pest-free. Prune them by removing the old top growth after flowering in late summer to expose fresh foliage. Remove dead leaves over the growing season to keep that beautiful foliage looking vibrant. If you have any questions, email me at bamorrell33@gmail.com. In the meantime, Happy Gardening!

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hen people find Amelia Island, one thing is guaranteed —they always want more of it! And that was exactly the case for Laura and Mike Chepucavage. “Laura’s parents purchased an oceanfront home at the Omni Amelia Island Resort, and after we visited the first time, we came back as often as possible,” Mike reminisces. “We have great memories of spending as many holidays on Amelia as we could through the years, with the Fourth of July being our favorite, especially the fireworks on the beach.” The couple’s four children, Bo (11), Paige (9), Rex (6) and Liv (4), along with their very patient golden retriever, Daisy, love Amelia Island just as much. When a groundfloor beachfront condominium just a building away from

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Above left: The kitchen was updated to a contemporary design to maximize functionality in a small space. Above right: The dining area with its bench seating offers seating for the entire family while making clever use of the square footage. Left: The striking lighting was chosen by Kate of Kate Figler Interiors and Kerry Jacobs, owner of Manor & Woods Interior Design.

the grandparents came on the market, there was no question they had to have it as a getaway. “We were excited imaging the kids having the chance to run easily back and forth between our home, their grandparents, the pool, and the beach. We closed in December 2020, and we could not wait to make the home ours.” Laura and Mike met while they were studying at Georgetown University and little did they know how important their college best

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friends would become in their future. “Kate and Kerry are simply the best,” the couple agrees. Kate is owner of Kate Figler Interiors and Kerry Jacobs is owner of Manor + Woods Interior Design. As soon as they closed on the new digs, the Chepucavages recruited Kate and Kerry to be their creative team and bring all their ideas to life. “We had the chance to team up and design this condo for our friends, and it was so much fun,” Kate and Kerry share. “Living in New York and Tennessee,

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Above left: The custom bunk room is the kids’ favorite room after a fun day on the beach. Above right: The bunk room’s bath with a surfing theme is designer Kate’s favorite, especially the penny tile!

“The most interesting part of this project was facilitating it all remotely,” Kate and Kerry remember. “We would Zoom with William, email colors and samples to Laura and Mike, draw tile placements by hand and walk through them inch-by-inch with the subcontractors. It was a challenge!” The duo is quick to shout out that the team at Cape House was great in helping to locate local sub-contractors for upholstery, wallpaper, and more, and to answer questions. Moreover, Kate and

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Kerry loved the shop and selected many of the home’s pieces from the Cape House shelves. When the home makeover was in its final stages, Kate and Kerry made their first visit to do the install and pull it all together. And then Laura and Mike came to see it. “We felt like we were on a reality show for the final unveiling,” they laugh. “We are forever grateful for the hard work of the entire team and how it all turned out. But most of all, we can’t wait to make more family memories on Amelia.”

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Sandbar & Kitchen Located right on the sand at Main Beach, The Sandbar & Kitchen offers fresh seafood, burgers, pizza, live music, and the largest collection of bourbons in Florida. BY LOIS CHAPPELL WINKLER • PHOTO BY LILLY SCHEETZ

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ll my life I’ve been visiting the restaurant at Main Beach, so I can say with authority that The Sandbar & Kitchen is the most polished, versatile, and expansive space I’ve ever seen there. It’s been many great places through the years, but now it is truly ideal for all possible customers. My friend Patti Burch and I arrived one evening to explore the new restaurant concept, as the current owners had taken over just weeks before. The hostess stand vibe let us know we were in for a treat: amusing signs, eager diners lining up for their turn, colorful teeshirts for sale. Having spent Thanksgiving in the beautiful upstairs bar a few years back, I wanted to check out this spot before going to our table. Everyone loves the restaurant’s lively bar: Happy Hour is 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, with a lively Trivia Night on Tuesdays. Nothing is trivial about this place’s dedication to whiskey: Certified Bourbon Steward Ellie told us about the industry, showed us how to taste bourbon, and described how each nostril processes different sensory data. Bartender Jensen described his favorite drink: an Angel’s Envy Old-Fashioned with Luxardo cherries. Bartenders pick a Whiskey of the Week and offer a whiskey discount on Thursdays. Those locked treasure coves all around both floors are where The Whiskey Library at SBK is kept and curated. Representing seven countries and 36 U.S. states, the 1,183 bottles make up the largest whiskey collection in Florida. And there’s a Louis XIII cognac behind the bar awaiting its devotees, some of whom may belong to the Amelia Island Bourbon Society that frequents the restaurant. Back downstairs, we took our seats on the porch near the front so we could enjoy the view and watch the people streaming in. Our fellow diners were families, a girls’-nightout table, older couples, and younger dates. Looking out onto the beach, we saw a small bandshell where people at tables on the sand could enjoy live music, making a note to return one night. 72 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

General manager Blaine, who came to the area with his family from Minneapolis, guided our choices based on SBK’s most popular items: Mahi Bites and a rich Crab Bisque were delicious, but we also had our eye on Shrimp, Tuna Poke Bowl, Fried Pickles, and the Blue Cheese Garden Salad. The Millionaires BLT really shone with house-made sweet, spicy bacon. Patti’s Shrimp & Grits was so fine with Anson Mills yellow grits, hot collard greens, shrimp, all under a rich tasso gravy.

Saying good-bye to Blaine at the pizza oven, I caught a glimpse of a thin, crispy pizza crust I knew I’d have to come back for. The Rustica is most popular, says Blaine, so I brought one home to submit to my personal pizzamaker’s judgement. My husband, who has been making our pizza for decades, really liked everything about this pizza, especially the taste of the red onion with sausage. At The Sandbar & Kitchen, there’s truly something for everyone, from full fine dining to drinks with toes in the sand to a fun upstairs bar for heady pursuits, both elegant and trivial! Located at 2910 Atlantic Avenue at Main Beach. JULY 2022

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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 Island Brewing Company ~ 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. AIBC 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) 2612660. 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. Call (904) 432-7671. or visit BurlingameRestaurant.com.

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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 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) 2617700. 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) 2619855. 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) 3212558. 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

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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 quarter-decade’s experience in Virginia’s Tidewater District shine through a delectable line-up of evolving charcuterie selections, housesmoked 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, Mon - Thu 4-9pm; Fri - Sat 4-10pm; Sun 3-9pm. 4810 First Coast Hwy. lagniappeamelia.com 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. The Sandbar and Kitchen ~ Amelia Island’s only restaurant that sits directly on Main Beach with unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean. Dine with us indoors, on our covered patio, or at our picnic tables in the sand. You can expect fresh seafood, wood-fired pizza, crispy chicken wings, and our special Main Beach Burger! Join us for a cold beer or cocktail during one of our live music events. We also boast the largest whiskey collection in Florida with over 1,200+ options! Contact us about hosting your next event! Call (904) 310-3648 or visit us online at thesandbarandkitchen.com. 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. MondaySaturday 10am to 2pm, Sunday 11am to 2pm. 1430 Park Avenue at the 14th St. entrance to Amelia Park. (904) 601-2118. 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. Find our menu at WickedBao.com.

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Where space & luxury are plentiful A one-of-a-kind home on Amelia Island just a mere 800 feet from the ocean and Omni Resort with beach access just out the back door. Boasting over 7,000 square feet with 8 bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms and private guest quarters including 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Relax and entertain in one of the many expansive living spaces, outdoor patios, by the screened in saltwater pool and spa, as well as a generous media and game room. For more information on this exceptional property, please call William Lorick with Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate at (904) 206-0269. 77 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

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95084 SPRING TIDE LANE 3 Bed | 4 Bath | 3,432 Sq. Ft. SOLD FOR $1,690,000

Colorful sunsets await from this spacious marsh view townhome, elegantly remodeled by Julia Hall Interiors. This open and inviting floor plan boasts top-notch appointments, French oak wood floors, and is perfect for entertaining with a wet bar equipped with custom built-in features. Enjoy cool, breezy evenings on the paved patio by the gas fireplace all year long.

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Come see one of the best arrangements of space you’ll find in sought-after Long Point within the Amelia Island Plantation. Set on a large, deep homesite, this house has an idyllic screen enclosed courtyard pool with summer kitchen. The appealing interior features engineered wide plank wood floors, gas package, 2022 roof, 3 new garage doors, music room overlooking the 6th & 7th holes of the golf course, Carrera marble in the primary bathroom, wine cellar, and generator. Upgrades and replacements throughout have this property looking fresh while the lovely grounds resonate the patina of time. Live comfortably on the first floor with 2 suites upstairs for guests. You’ll want to preview this listing today! MLS#100692 $2,395,000

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RIVER PLACE

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AMELIA NATIONAL

NORTH HAMPTON

ISLE DE MAI

SOLD $2,850,000

SOLD $651,000

SOLD $1,690,000

SOLD $559,000

IT STILL IS A HISTORIC SELLERS MARKET.

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SOLD $850,000

SALE PENDING $799,000


OPEN HOUSE PREMIER PROPERTIES

FOR SALE HIGHLIGHTED BY THE

AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE

Over $13M Sold in June Fernandina Beach - Amelia Island 39 Ocean Club Drive 9 BED | 8.5 BATH | 11,875 SF

$10,550,000 REPRESENTED THE SELLER

Colleen Gerke, Top Producer Realtor (904) 866-1211 colleen@closewithcolleen.com

6543 Spyglass Circle 3 BED |3 BATH | 2,250 SF

$1,567,808.40 REPRESENTED THE BUYER

96341 Nassau Lakes Circle

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3 BED |2 BATH | 1,500 SF

$385,000 REPRESENTED THE SELLER

1907 Sunrise Drive 3 BED | 2 BATH | 2,306 SF

$675,000 REPRESENTED THE BUYER & SELLER

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95120 Alligator Creek Rd. Fernandina Beach Marshfront Home $1,300,000

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JUST SOLD

96621 Bay View Dr. Oyster Bay Harbour Marshfront Vacant Lot $349,000

UNDER CONTRACT Kingsley Creek Fernandina Beach New Build

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BACKYARD ADVENTURE

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trolley ride

across time BY MANDY HAYNES PHOTOS BY SHERRY CARTER

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ho doesn’t love taking a drive around the Historic District to look at the beautiful old buildings and homes in Fernandina Beach? The only thing that might make it better is if someone who knew the stories behind the story of each interesting structure was your chauffer. Someone like peopleperson and trolly manager of Anchor Trolley, John Meredith. Originally from Orange County, New York, John moved to Georgia a few years ago. “I have a degree in Criminal Justice and worked as a parole officer for years in upstate New York, but I’ve always loved history. A few years ago, my family and I moved to Georgia, and I worked at the prison there. Then two years ago, I was ready for a change and started working for Anchor Trolley part time, and I really enjoyed it, so I decided to do it full time. “There’s some incredible history here, and I’m still learning new things. When I get a local resident on a tour, they’ll sometimes point out an interesting fact or tell me a story I haven’t heard. I love it,” says John. It’s easy to forget that our tour guide John isn’t from here once the tour starts and he begins to share the history of David Yulee and his Florida Railroad. Full of fun facts but never boring, John went into a story about the Palace Saloon, and I learned something new. Then we were on to the Florida House Inn, Waas House, and the Fairbanks House, stopping to soak up the beauty of each place while John told us a little bit of the history behind the beautiful homes. I especially enjoyed the story of Kate’s Tree and the Williams House, with its ties to the Underground Railroad. And we were just getting started. 88 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •

From there, we visited Central Park, Main Beach, Fort Clinch, and the Amelia Island Lighthouse, with quick stops and interesting facts at each stop. Then we went past Bosque Bello Cemetery on our way to Old Town, but not before another fun story. “I stopped here one day to give everyone a chance to take a picture of the Lighthouse and I got an odd request from a couple of passengers. They asked if I’d pull up to Egans Creek Park and let them out for just a minute. My first thought was that the other passengers might be on tight schedules, but when the couple said that they wanted to get married under the pavilion and it would only take a couple of minutes, everyone on the trolley agreed to stop,” John laughs. “So yeah, we had a surprise wedding!” Anchor Tours is available for private group tours and transportation, and they get lots of requests for weddings and receptions, but this was a first! John drove us past the beautiful homes in Old Town, Fernandina Plaza, and of course, the Pippi Longstocking house. Then we made our way to the Silk Stocking District and the gorgeous homes there. Before I knew it, we were back on Centre Street, and I had a list of places to look up and find out more about. Don’t miss Anchor Trolleys if you’re looking for a little adventure and a lot of great stories. Tickets can be purchased from the driver or from the Amelia River Cruises kiosk at the end of Centre Street at the marina. Reservations can be made online or by calling (904) 753-4486. JULY 2022

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