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In the summer, Nassau Humane Society needs people more than ever to foster animals, walk dogs, or simply spend time with them to socialize them for adoption.

ISLANDER Philip Kelly Deana Basile Kelly Publishers and Editors Tom Barrett Art Director Mark O’Day Advertising Sales Contributing Writers Dickie Anderson, Karen Miller, Betty Morrell, Julie Simmons, Teri Sopp

August can be pretty warm on Amelia Island, and our minds often turn to new and innovative ways to beat the heat. Usually, those methods involve water sports or airconditioning (like the movies). But another intriguing way to take our minds off the heat this summer might just be the most rewarding. When we decided to feature the Nassau Humane Society and adoption success stories in our August cover story, we discovered something that surprised us. Sherry Merritt, director of operations at NHS, told us that summer is “kitten and puppy season” on Amelia Island. Wow, we thought, kitten and puppy season! What Sherry meant by that was that during the summer months, when many people are away for extended periods, animal shelters across the country, including on Amelia Island, struggle with a dip in volunteers and donations. That means that kittens and puppies keep arriving, but less volunteers are available, as well as less money to take care of the animals. That means NHS needs people now more than ever to help by fostering animals, walking dogs, or simply spending time with them to socialize them for adoption. If you or your family has any time this summer, think about volunteering for a few hours at the shelter. Your time will be well spent, and who knows who may follow you home? We read the success stories in this issue with great interest because our family is living through its own success story! Three years ago, we adopted a dog named Thumper, and we haven’t been the same since. He is a Chihuahua/Dachshund mix, and he has become a very important part of our family. He is very intelligent, full of love, and the kids are crazy about him. And he had us trained in no time! The love that a dog or a cat brings into a home is very special, so if you’re looking for an animal, or you have some time to help out this summer, please contact the Nassau Humane Society. We are also pleased to welcome Michael Gass as our new “Eating Scene” writer. Michael is well known to many of you from Kelley’s Courtyard Café and as the Culinary Arts teacher at Fernandina Beach High School. Michael is a graduate of FBHS and Johnson & Wales University in Charleston. We look forward to working with Michael and sharing his insights on food with you. Also, this month, we have an article on the innovative methods of Amelia Island’s dedicated teachers; a “Fernandina Faces” from Dickie Anderson; a feature on ARIAS and its Instrument Zoo; and much more. See you around the island!

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AUGUST2017 11 Cover Story BRINGING PEOPLE AND ANIMLAS TOGETHER IN NASSAU COUNTY

Over the last 31 years, the Nassau Humane Society has helped many people on Amelia Island find their “forever companions,” loving cats and dogs in need of a home. In this issue, we meet some of those people and the animals who’ve stolen their hearts.

33 Creative Education

41 Fernandina Faces

As children head back to school this month, educators on Amelia Island are making learning an adventure with a little ingenuity and a lot of dedication.

After meeting on an airplane, Sinda Nichols and Will Howery looked for warm weather and a place pursue their passions, and they found it on Amelia Island.

49 A Different Kind of Zoo Started in 1999, ARIAS supports the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra on Amelia Island and brings music into the lives of Nassau County schoolchildren.

76 Island Entertaining As the summer’s warm weather continues, now is the perfect time to entertain family and friends with some captivating cocktails filled with fresh ingredients.

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

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Galleries & Antiques Amelia’s art galleries & antique stores

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In the Neighborhood Profiles of area businesses and organizations

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Beach Combing Great shopping on Amelia Island

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Maps of the Island and downtown, with telephone numbers

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Tide Table Tides at the Amelia River

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Around Town What’s happening around Amelia Island

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Snapshots Islanders out and about

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In the Garden August is the month to dream about your fall garden, and new varieties like the Ebb Tide Rose and Cool Red Mum will add stunning color and fragrance.

Martinique Lemke and her dog, Pinette. Photo by William Raser

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peopl e and animals together With a lot of help from the community, Nassau Humane Society has been creating adoption success stories for over 30 years.

PHOTOS THIS PAGE BY WILLIAM RASER

BY KAREN MILLER

t’s summer at Nassau Humane Society, and that’s not the easiest time of the year for the organization, with people on vacation and the shelter low on volunteers and donations. In fact, most animal shelters across the country suffer during the summer months as they try to keep up with the endless stream of kittens and puppies coming though their doors. “Summer is kitten and puppy season,” says Sherry Merritt, NHS’s director of operations. “Our shelter is full, and we are always in need of people to help foster these animals, and socialize them, so they will be more adoptable.” NHS also partners with Nassau County Animal Services in Yulee, trying to connect people with their “forever” companions. Adoption counselors match families with animals, both dogs and cats, using videos, still photos, and live adoptions, where people can meet the animals who need homes. Volunteers are what make the system work. “We have 25 to 30 volunteers who foster kittens, 15 to 20 people who walk dogs three times per week, and an adoption wagon that takes animals out to meet the public,” says Sherry. “We also operate a food bank for people who might not be able to afford pet food. Our resale store, “Second Chance” has 15 to 20 volunteers working there. Our dog park provides a place for pet owners and their dogs to run and play and swim in the pool.”

Over the last 31 years, the Nassau Humane Society has a long line of adoption success stories. The following are just a few of our local animal lovers and their “forever” companions. If you’re inspired by these stories, consider adopting an animal from NHS, making a donation, or putting in a few hours of volunteer work during a time of year when it’s needed the most! For more information, visit NHS at 639 Airport Road, call (904) 321-1647, or visit www.nassauhumanesociety.com. 11 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • AUGUST 2017

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SHERRY CARTER

Bill Raser, Linda Lane, and Annie

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ill Raser and his wife, Linda Lane, recently said goodbye to their cat, Lofton, Bill’s constant companion for many years. Bill was broken-hearted when Lofton passed away, which left a void in their family. “I was lonely for my cat,” says Bill. “I’ve always been a cat person—and Linda became a cat person, too. We both missed Lofton.” Bill stopped into Pet Supermarket one day to visit the NHS cats and one in particular nuzzled up to him, a tiny, grey eight-week old kitten. “I believe that this kitten adopted me, not the other way around,” laughs Bill. “I took her out of the cage, and she immediately climbed onto my neck. I was instantly smitten.” Bill and Linda named her Annie, and in just a few days she became part of the family. She sits in Linda’s lap every morning when Linda reads the newspaper, and sleeps under the covers with the couple every night. “She’s so entertaining. In just the few weeks we’ve had her, she’s adjusted well, and what a personality!” says Bill. “She’s particularly fond of my Alf doll, and she loves to sleep at the foot of our bed.”

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I believe that this kitten adopted me, not the other way around.

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Sandy and Gregg Balzer, Stuey and Tootie

SHERRY CARTER

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andy and Gregg Balzer work as volunteers for the Nassau Humane Society, including fostering animals that need temporary homes. The couple has been involved with NHS for almost 12 years, working in various capacities, as well as serving on the NHS board. Sandy even worked as shelter director at one point. Their nine-year-old lab/pit mix, named Stuey, came to them as part of a litter of puppies. The couple fell in love with Stuey, in spite of the fact that he had several health problems and was bound to lead a challenged life. “Stuey is so smart, and his personality is so sweet,” says Sandy. “He greets everyone he meets with a toy in his mouth. He loves visitors, he gets along well with kittens, and he’s so funny!” Ten-year-old Tootie came to the Balzer family after their other cat passed away. “Tootie is the best cat,” says Sandy. “He’s also very sociable and enjoys attention. He loves sleeping on my head at night!” The two companions are so good with other animals and people that when Sandy and Gregg foster kittens for NHS, the kittens become well-adjusted to dogs and other cats, making them more adoptable.

Trish Metz and Beamer

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rish Metz came to Amelia Island from Ocala, where she had a career breeding horses and standard poodles. Two years ago, upon the death of her dog, Beau, Sherry Merritt asked her to let her know when she might be ready to adopt another dog. Trish was grief stricken, but four months later, she was ready to welcome a new companion into her home. Sherry had a standard poodle for her, a stray, named Beamer. “That poor dog was a mess. He had been on the street, but as soon as we met, we had an instant connection,” says Trish. Today, Beamer works as a therapy dog, and Trish works as a volunteer for NHS, walking dogs, and she works at NHS’s Second Chance resale store. “Beamer has the best temperament,” says Trish. “He’s very quiet, and he connects with people. He visits Osprey Village and Quality Care. He’s such a wonderful companion to these people. He has this way of coming up to a person and leaning on them gently.” Trish and Beamer can often be found walking in the downtown Historic District, where Beamer has many admirers.

had an instant connection.

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Martinique Lemke, Pinette, and Betsy

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artinique Lemke is the owner of Redbones Dog Bakery & Boutique, located at 809 South 8th Street. For many years, she has worked as a volunteer for NHS and for Nassau County Animal Services in various capacities, including holding dog adoptions, providing donations, working on the NHS board, and adopting six dogs and one cat over the years from both shelters. Pinette and Betsy are her constant companions in the shop, greeting customers and their canine pals as they come through the door and snacking on homemade tasty treats that Martinique has created especially for them. Martinique started the very popular event, “Puppy Kisses,” which she held on Saturdays in front of her store, where NHS dogs and their future “forever” owners could hold a meetand-greet—complete with kisses—for only $1. She also has a donation jar in the shop where she collects money for both shelters, and she carries several lines of products that donate a portion of their revenue back into the shelter system to provide a better life for shelter animals throughout the country.

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Onie is a truly remarkable dog.

SHERRY CARTER

inda Windt adopted Onie five years ago after what she calls a “foster failure,” what happens when a foster parent falls in love with their foster dog or cat. “After my husband died, I worked as a volunteer at NHS as a dog walker,” says Linda. “That’s when I met Onie and decided to foster him. He was a wonderful dog, exceptionally friendly. Onie doesn’t know a stranger!” Onie was such a good dog he became a Canine Good Citizen through a six-week American Kennel Club program to promote the training of well-mannered dogs. “Onie is truly a remarkable dog,” says Linda. “He’s a goodlooking dog, stunning actually—a shepherd/golden/chow mix—very calm, and a good swimmer, too. He’s also a therapy dog.” Onie connects with patients at Quality Health and also volunteers at America’s Youth, a safe place for at-risk children that provides activities and learning opportunities for Nassau County’s youth. “The children love Onie,” says Linda. “And he loves them. He’s so good with the kids, and they really respond to him.”

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WILLIAM RASER

Julie Ruppel, Chris McComas, Rocky, and Mr. Winkle

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hen Julie Ruppel and Chris McComas decided to move in together, they each brought a dog into the relationship – Lola and Gus. “We wanted to adopt another dog from NHS, and we had a specific animal in mind,” says Julie. “After we got to the shelter, we discovered the dog wasn’t going to work out and we were feeling pretty bad about it. So Chris and I went to sit in the cattery there, just to have some quiet time and talk.” While in the cattery, a cat named Mr. Winkle curled up in Chris’s lap, and he was instantly taken with him. “Mr. Winkle had some skin problems, and one of our dogs had similar problems,” says Julie. “We knew that we could help Mr. Winkle by getting him on a special diet. We fell in love with him.” But their love didn’t stop there, because a few minutes later they met another cat named Rocky, who had been sleeping in a closet. “The cats got along with each other, and we loved both of them!” Rocky, 6, and Mr. Winkle, 10, were well-socialized and they adapted to Julie and Chris’s home quite well. “They’re great with the dogs, and even though Mr. Winkle was a street cat, he was very well-adjusted. Rocky is very playful. He even fetches, and loves to play with toys.”

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Sherry Carter and Annie

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ran Clark was a volunteer with NHS in 2006 when she introduced an emaciated year-old Doberman Pincher to Sherry Carter, who had recently lost her other two Dobermans to old age and cancer in a short period of time. For Sherry, it was love at first sight, and Fran handed her the leash that very day. Sherry, however, wanted to adopt two Dobermans. “I feel these dogs do better when they have a companion, so within three months, Fran found me another Doberman who needed a home.” She named the dogs Annie and Penny, and each had her own unique personality. “Annie was young, cautious, and more reserved,” says Sherry. “Penny was older, confident, queen-like, and she loved affection.” Both dogs loved their new home instantly, and Sherry feels that was due to the fact that they felt safe and secure with her. “I had a true connection with these dogs, and within a few months, they were nourished and happy.” Penny died of old age three years ago, but the young Annie continues to thrive under Sherry’s care. “Annie loves the beach, she loves to run and swim, and she’s got an adventurous spirit,” says Sherry. “We both miss Penny a great deal, but Annie has become the queen dog now. She’s matured into a faithful and loving companion.”

Ken and Loretta Ernst, Beau, and Jax

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en and Loretta Ernst have been working as volunteers at NHS, walking dogs. But it was two cats that caught their fancy, Beau and Jax, kittens they fostered when the cats were so tiny they needed constant care. “They were street kittens, and Beau was the runt of the litter,” says Ken. “But we couldn’t resist them, and what characters they turned out to be!” “Jax is a food hound,” laughs Ken. “He loves to eat. And he’s very smart. He has learned to fetch—he loves crumbled pieces of paper.” But Jax isn’t the only talented cat in the Ernst household. Beau has learned how to open doors, and he does not like to be ignored. “Loretta works at home, and both of the cats love to lounge on her desk while she’s working. The cats like people very much. They’re so friendly. Basically, they run the house.”

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everything Amelia P E OP LE ,

Residents of Nassau County will soon have access to the most advanced surgical care as Baptist Nassau’s new surgery center has reached its highest point of construction, or “topping out.” Hundreds of the hospital’s patients, employees, volunteers, and physicians signed the final beam, which was raised to the top of the new building. With the new surgery center, patients Hospital President in the community Ed Hubel will have access to the most advanced medical equipment in an ultramodern facility without leaving Nassau County. The four smart operating suites will have ceiling-mounted equipment allowing medical staff to control equipment at their fingertips. The new center will be completed in December 2017. It was designed for future expansion, including additional operating suites. The contractor is Brassfield and Gorie. “This new facility allows Baptist Nassau to meet the demands of all our surgical specialties, enhances the patient and family experience, and provides the foundation to grow with the community,” says Hospital President Ed Hubel. Baptist Health is comprised of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville; Baptist Medical Center Beaches; Baptist Medical Center Nassau; Baptist Medical Center South; Baptist Clay Medical Campus, and Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Baptist Medical Center Nassau is located at 1250 South 18th Street. For more information, call (904) 321-3500.

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BEAT THE HEAT AT FERNANDINA BEACH POOLS The kids may be back in school this month, but summer is far from over! In addition to the Atlantic Ocean to squelch the summer heat, Fernandina Beach Parks and Recreation features two swimming pools that are open to the public, with a wide variety of aquatic programs and family swim times. The Atlantic Recreation Center, located at 2500 Atlantic Recreation Center, features a year-round outdoor pool and kiddie pool, and offers swimming lessons, water aerobic classes, and is used in the evenings by local swim teams. The pool is heated during the cooler months and is handicapped accessible. The Martin Luther King Jr. Center pool, located at 516 South 19th Street, is only open during the summer months, with a variety of aquatic programs. Cost for both pools is $3 per day for city residents and $5 per day for non-residents, with one-month and four-month passes available. For more information and complete pool schedules, visit www.fbfl.us. Team Fernandina Stingrays is the local youth swim team and it is open to youngsters between the ages of four and eighteen who are interested in competitive swimming. Their action-packed seasons include diving, breaststroke, butterfly, backstroke, and freestyle. For more information about the Stingrays, visit www.swimtfs.org. SHERRY CARTER

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rt on Centre recently celebrated its second business anniversary on Amelia Island and it is continuing to expand its business by representing over thirty-five North American artists, including several from the local area. Jim Lawrence states, “We appreciate of all of the support which we have received from the local community and we are looking forward to many more years to come. We work hard to create partnerships with artists which represent a diversity of styles, mediums and price points and we are continually searching for work that will resonate with all of our clients, both local and tourist.” Jim and Kara Lawrence have been friends with Philip and Debbie Lehman for almost 20 years, living in Orlando, but residing as part-time residents of the island for over ten years. Both couples had a passion for art, and had developed strong, personal relationships with many artists over the years. So, after working in corporate America and private business, the four friends decided to make the transition to move to Fernandina Beach permanently, and open up a gallery in

the historic district. The gallery opened in April, 2015. “We are fortunate to have a terrific gallery manager, Carlin Catanzaro, and she fully exhibits our company culture which is focused on creating a gallery environment which is welcoming and inviting for everyone,” says Jim. Art on Centre features a wide variety of art in various mediums, along with collectibles. “One of our goals is to highlight fine art that is exceptional yet approachable, representing a variety of price points,” states Jim. “Our gallery is diverse and is ever-changing. Our mission has always been to create personal connections with artists and clients, bringing art to life in a welcoming environment.” Art on Centre’s featured artists are Phillip Anthony, Peter O’Neill, Cat Tesla, Claire Jane Kendrick, Jihong Shi, Renee Dinauer, Aaron Whitehouse, Sara Conca, Marian Howard, Suzy Scarborough, David Williams, Chad Awalt, and Bonnie Shanas. For more information, visit www.artoncentre.com or call (904) 624-7255. The gallery is located at 503 Centre Street.

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JW FRAME GALLERY 1875-B South 14th Street • 310-6610 ISLAND TREASURES 1104 South 8th Street • 261-8887 LA TORRE’S GALLERY & GIFTS 206 Centre Street • 261-0444 MAURER FINE ART AT EIGHT FLAGS ANTIQUE MART 602 Centre St • 261-8276 MINE HILL TRADING CO. 5210 First Coast Hwy • 310-6823 MEAD’S FRAMERY & TROPHY Corner of A1A & Hwy 17 • 225-2195 OAK TREE GALLERY 432 South 8th Street • 316-4888 PLANTATION ARTISTS’ GUILD & GALLERY 94 Amelia Village Circle • 432-1750 THE PLANTATION SHOP 4828 First Coast Hwy • 261-2030 SWAMP ART, TOO 505 South 9th Street • (904) 321-3404 TRAILER PARK COLLECTIBLES 702 Centre Street • 491-4461

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in the neighborhood

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Meredeth Shave, Ben Stephens, and Bianca Rosado

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SM Group is a family-owned and operated business, with over 10 years of experience in the paver/hardscape industry. Started by Marilia Mattioly, MSM Group provides high-quality design and improvement services like driveways, pool decks, patios, outdoor kitchens, walkways, and more. Her daughter, Marina, feels their locally-owned family business sets them apart from other paver businesses because they do all the work themselves. “We do not use outside contractors,” says Marina. “We deal with our clients directly and we have our own employees. Our mission is to provide our clients with professional designs, exceptional craftsmanship, fair pricing, and the highest quality materials in the market.” MSM Group has recently added blinds, shades, shutters, wood flooring, and other types of flooring like laminate and hardwood to provide more services to their clients for both inside and outside their homes. “We take great pride in our work and understand the importance of listening to your ideas and visions,” says Marina. “We can help you every step of the way. With our knowledge and dedication, we can transform your indoor and outdoor living space into your dream home!” MSM Group is licensed, insured, and ICPI certified. They offer free estimates and encourage customers to visit their showroom at 1453 South 8th Street. “We love people to come by and talk about their latest projects!” says Marina. “We always have time to listen and get to know our customers better.” For more information, call (904) 802-2120 or visit www.msm.group.

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BrandMortgage

en Stephens, Meredith Shave, and Bianca Rosado worked as a mortgage team for many years before opening the BrandMortgage branch in Fernandina Beach in January 2017. Established in 1905, BrandMortgage is a subsidiary of BrandBank, one of the oldest, privately-owned banks in Georgia. Today, BrandMortgage’s footprint has grown to provide loans in 10 states. “We have a unique market here,” says Stephens. “With BrandMortgage, we provide a broad spectrum of products for our clients, including options for condos, lots, new construction, and specialty loans, as well as the traditional conventional and government loan programs.” “Our clients are also our friends and neighbors, some I have known since grade school and others who are brand new to our town, says Shave. “Our personal service and dedication to complete customer satisfaction is what sets us apart from other lenders. We care about our community, and we enjoy seeing it prosper.” Shave, Stephens, and Rosado have worked together since 2009—known locally as “The Amelia Team”— and bring over 50 years of combined mortgage experience. “We work together as a team,” says Stephens, “and we guide our clients through the loan process, step by step. We love Nassau County and enjoy serving our current neighbors as well as those aspiring to become a part of this very special place.” BrandMortgage is located at 1405 Park Avenue, Suite 202. For more information, call (904) 301-4492 or email ameliateam@brandmortgage.com.

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BRADLEY GORDON ART SHOW ~ AUGUST 12 FILSON | BARBOUR | BUGATCHI | PETER MILLAR | FISH HIPPIE SMATHERS & BRANSON | HARI MARI | SAXX | SWIMS | PAIGE DL1961 | COLLARED GREENS | LUCCHESE | AFTCO | BRACKISH HILTL | MOORE & GILES | SHINOLA

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Here is a great place to call home. If home is where the heart is, then we must be home. Here is where we’re glad to be your friend, your neighbor and your bank. So, turn to us anytime for all the financial services you need. Together, we are all part of this wonderful community and there’s no other place we would rather be.

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beach combing School Supplies For back-to-school, try these great bags from SCOUT, like this Big Draw backpack, water resistant with a large compartment and laptop sleeve ($54); a Chillabuster insulated lunch cooler ($25); and this Back Story backpack, also water resistant with laptop sleeve ($44). Available at Turner ACE Hardware, 2990 South 8th Street. (904) 261-5270.

Brilliant Board Whether you want to catch waves or catch fish, cruise along our pristine coastline on this B O T E 12’ HD Bugslinger ($1799). At Driftwood Surf Shop, you’ll find the highest-quality sunglasses, apparel, footwear, and water equipment to set you up for your next adventure. 31 So. Fletcher Avenue. (904) 321-2188.

Southern Style Cool Combo Show off your style this summer with this A Slice of Summer veganleather “Jackie-O” type bag, shown here in pastel pink, accessorized with a watermelon scarf. Bag, $65. Scarf, $20. Available at Bijoux Amelia, 317A Centre Street. (904) 310-6086. 31 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • AUGUST 2017

East West Bottlers from Austin, Texas emphasizes small-batch processing, homegrown business practices, and Southern values. They feature cologne ($80), candles ($48), and cookbooks $32. Signed copies of South’s Best Butts cookbook are $26.95. Available at Wadsworth’s, 204 Centre Street. (904) 277-1162.

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Olympic Days at St. Micha el Academy

Year-end Field Trip with Emma Love Hardee Elementary School

Night at the Museum at Fernandina Beach Christian Academy

Creative Education

As children head back to school this month, educators on Amelia Island are making learning an adventure with a little ingenuity and a lot of dedication.

PHOTO CREDITS, LEFT TO RIGHT: DEBBIE JOHNSON, MARY ELWELL., LORI BALLARD

BY JULIE SIMMONS

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t’s that time of year again! Backpacks are loaded, lunches are in lunchboxes, and boys and girls are proudly wearing their new school shoes. As students board their school buses, we invite you to take a peek inside the classroom and see what’s in store for them this year. It’s not just students and parents who are ready for the exciting 180-day educational journey ahead of them. Amelia Island teachers work hard when school is in session and during the summer break as they prepare for the coming school year. The assignments they’re baking are bubbling with learning opportunities, and then frosted with a little sweetness to make it all go down easily. At Emma Love Hardee, Nassau County’s 3-5 grade school on Amelia Island, the third grade class annually immerses itself in local culture and history, both in the classroom and on a field trip to the very places they learn about during the year.

“Each spring, we begin a study of the eight flags of Fernandina Beach and how each fits into the historic timeline,” shares teacher Lori Ballard. “And, of course, we teach about the birth of the shrimping industry, and we make sure we include a bit of pirate lore. Next, the students are assigned one of the historic buildings or homes for research. Amelia Island’s Golden Age is rediscovered and reported. “The curriculum culminates with a field trip where we tour our town, and the students present the buildings or homes they have worked on as we pass by. The entire class learns about each major landmark of Fernandina Beach, and we conclude at Central Park with a cookout. And sometimes the pirates show up!” At Fernandina Beach Christian Academy (FBCA), a K-7 private school, the students look continued on next page.

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Education from previous page. forward to what they’ll learn at the annual Night at the Museum. “At FBCA, you will not find the typical classroom. We believe in out-of-the box teaching and we pride ourselves on an active learning model, and Night at the Museum is just one example,” says Director of Curriculum Shannon Hogue. “This assignment teaches our students research techniques, note-taking skills, biography writing and beyond, with the opportunity to bring the character to life through public speaking, and finally, the use of technology to both research and type the biography and timeline. “The students work on their characters from the first week of school until January, when we invite the community to Night at the Museum. Visitors travel through history, depositing money into each exhibitor’s jar, and the character, be it Helen Keller, a Biblical figure like Jochebed, or even Reba McEntire, animates and tells his or her story. Each student presents around 50 times that evening!” St. Michael Academy in downtown Fernandina Beach, a Pre-K-8 Catholic private school, works hard to engage the students and make them excited about learning. “One of my favorite things is the third-grade Olympics curriculum,” says teacher Mary Elwell. “The students learn about the ancient and modern Olympics through a reading assignment, and then they break into groups to study the competing countries. “Next, they create a poster, which includes a map of the country with pictures and facts about the nation. The unit concludes with Olympics Day. The Olympic Oath is recited at the opening ceremony, followed by a parade of nations where the schoolchildren carry the poster and flag of the country they studied. The studies culminate with games to see which teams earn the gold medals!” On Amelia Island, we are blessed with a roster of talented educators. As the students head back to school this month, we tip our hats to our teachers and thank them for your efforts on behalf of our children—the future leaders of our community! www.AmeliaIslander.com


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AUGUST 2 Amelia Knitting Group Meets the first Wednesday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Mustard Seed Café. Knit with great company and grab a snack or drink. Created by Merle Sauer. No commitment, attend whenever you have time.

AUGUST 2 Brown Bag Lunch The Amelia Island Museum of History hosts a Brown Bag Lunch presentation the first Wednesday of every month at noon, on a variety of subjects. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call Gray at (904) 261-7378 ext 102, or gray@ameliamuseum.org.

AUGUST 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 BoogieBabies Class Easy, gentle dance class for babies, moms, dads and caregivers. Wear your baby in your favorite carrier and be ready for fun and connection with your baby. Held every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at Precision Chiropractic, 1699 South 14th Street. Join their Facebook page for more information at www.facebook.com/groups/ BoogieBabiesAmelia.

AUGUST 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Community Networking Luncheon Each Wednesday, join other business people at The Journey Church from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your own brown bag lunch, network with others, share events. For more information, call Karen Werling at (904) 556-9549 or email her at karenwerling@teamwerling.com.

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Hosted by the Dynamic Les DeMerle Band with Bonnie Eisele, held at Horizons Restaurant from 6 to 9 p.m. $15. For reservations, call (904) 3212430 or email courtrthomp@gmail.com.

Held at Main Stage, 207 Cedar Street. All performances at 8 p.m. except for August 20, which is 2 p.m. Tickets $25 adults, $15 students. For more information, call (904) 261-6749 or visit www.ameliacommunitytheatre.org.

AUGUST 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 Bachata, West Coast Swing, Latin in Motion Fitness Class and Dance Workshop Ballroom On Amelia offers Tuesday classes with Bachata at 7 p.m., West Coast Swing at 8 p.m. in Studio #1. $10 or both for $15. Latin in Motion fitness class Wednesdays from 7:45 to 8:30 p.m.; Dance Workshop Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; $10 per person. Friday Night Dance Party August 25 from 8 to 10 p.m. in Studio #3; $10 cash. Located at 1897 Island Walkway at RAD Studios; no partner or reservation required.  For more information, call (904) 624-0886, or visit www.ballroomonamelia.com.

AUGUST 8 Newcomers Club Coffee The Newcomers Club of Amelia Island hosts its monthly coffee on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Women interested in joining the club who reside in Nassau County are welcome to attend. For further information, contact Alma Cox at (954) 6109548, almacox2@yahoo.com, or visit www. newcomersclubofameliaisland.com.

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AUGUST 4 Sounds on Centre Held 6 to 8 p.m. on Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach, featuring local talented musicians. Sounds on Centre t-shirts will be available for purchase. Raffle drawings held throughout the event with prizes donated by local community businesses and retailers. All proceeds go to advertising efforts of the organization.

AUGUST 4 First Friday Dance with Crescendo Amelia Big Band Enjoy live music and dance favorites including swing, tango, foxtrot, hustle, rhumba, waltz, blues, cha-cha, and more from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Kraft Ten Acres, 961023 Buccaneer Trail. $15 per person. BYOB; snacks and other beverages available for sale. For more information, call (904)302-6086 or email info@crescendoamelia.com.

An informal group of women who meet to discuss financial and related issues affecting us all. Come and ask the questions you have always wanted to ask and get insight into the questions you haven’t thought of yet. Begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (904) 305-2608.

AUGUST 10 Art on 8th

AUGUST 14 Pink Ribbon Ladies For survivors of breast cancer, Pink Ribbon Ladies meets at 6 p.m. at Ackerman Cancer Center, 1340 South 18th Street, Suite 103. For more information, contact Anne Showalter at (904)321-5465 or Isobel Lyle at (904)321-2057.

AUGUST 17 Writers By The Sea Writers and friends meet the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. upstairs at the Amelia Island Museum of History for program and discussion. For more information, contact Nadine Vaughan D›Ardenne at nvaughanwilliams@gmail.com, or Nancy Blanton at blantonn@msn.com.

AUGUST 18 Third on 3rd The Amelia Island Museum of History offers a presentation on the third Friday of the month, at 6 p.m., based on a variety of different topics related to the history of the island. July’s presentation features Amelia Island Jazz Festival’s scholarship winner Skylar Nolan and his quartet. Cost is $5 per person (free for members). For more information, call (904) 261-7378, or visit www.ameliamuseum.org.

AUGUST 21 Acoustic Sessions Live music in Studio 209 at Amelia community Theatre. Performance 7:30 p.m., 209 Cedar Street. Tickets $10. For more information, call (904) 261-6749 or visit ameliacommunitytheatre.org.

Stroll through shops and art galleries along 8th Street while sampling great products and fine wines. 5 to 7 p.m. For info, call (904) 310-9766.

AUGUST 23 Head and Neck Cancer Support Group

AUGUST 10 Men Helping Men – Prostate Cancer Support Group

SPOHNC is a support group for oral, head and neck cancer patients, held at Baptist Medical Center board room at 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact Lauren DeWitt at (904) 277-2700.

Educational program for men meets at 11:30 a.m. at Baptist Medical Center board room. For more information, contact Lauren DeWitt at (904) 277-2700.

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inda Nichols and her husband, Will Howery, have found the perfect home to pursue their passions and enjoy island life. The couple met in 2005 while sitting next to each other on a flight to Dublin, Ireland. Love at first sight? Clearly it was. Looking for a place to settle that offered quality of life and artistic opportunity, and the couple found Amelia Island. Their first taste of north Florida was camping at Ft. Clinch State Park, where they fell under the spell of the island. Sinda grew up in Michigan with parents who loved going to the theater, going to plays and musicals in communities near them and each year traveling to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario. She recalls her mother coming home from seeing Julie Harris in The Belle of Amherst, a one-woman show based on the life of poet Emily Dickinson, and telling her daughter that she was certain that one day her talented daughter would play that part. Years passed as Sinda pursued her dream of acting, studying theater at Michigan State, University of Minnesota, Penn State University, and the Stella Adler Acting Studio, as well as numerous workshops and classes. Her mother’s dream came true when Sinda did indeed play Emily Dickinson on stage in The Belle of Amherst at Amelia Community Theatre in 2010. In addition to acting, Sinda also directs and teaches. Well-known for two very different one woman shows, The Belle of Amherst (Emily Dickinson) and The Lady With All The Answers (Ann Landers), she is also the founder of Live Ink Theatre. Sinda enjoys teaching adults of all backgrounds and experience, and guiding actors through the creative process. Close to her side as director, mentor, and friend has been Ron Kurtz. Kurtz has been a player, literally, in the theater scene on Amelia Island for many years. Ron directed Sinda in both The Belle of Amherst and The Lady With All The Answers. Their latest collaborations was a one-night presentation at ACT of Lillian, Paula. Carson, a Live Ink production.

Will Howery also had a passion from his earliest years. Growing up in Wisconsin, he remembers cutting out birdhouses on a jig saw in his father’s workshop. His father was a master craftsman and made most of the furniture in their home. At age ten, Will’s great-grandmother gave him his great-grandfather’s violin to play, and he has continued playing ever since. His twentieth birthday brought a special gift from his Dad – Harry Wake’s Violin Making Manual and a carving gouge, a critical tool in violin making. At age 50, Will decided to restore the German violin that had belonged to his great-grandfather. He soon became fascinated with the process and began attending workshops with violin makers. He has created 12 violins and is working on nos. 13 and 14, Maude and Nicolo. Each is named, not unlike hurricanes—alphabetically, in alternating gender. He also plays violin and hosts the Amelia Island String Ensemble at his shop in his home on Saturday mornings. They perform several times during the year at island events. Will recently left the corporate computer world to develop Howery Violins. After networking in the violin-making community for years, he was approached by seasoned violin makers who needed a digital presence and marketing services. Combining his professional expertise with his passion, he founded Howery Violins. The business also sells hand-crafted violins made right here on Amelia Island, provides instrument rental, and offers full violin repair and restoration services. The couple have found Amelia Island the perfect place to make their creative dreams come true. For more information, visit www.howeryviolins.com and www.sindanichols.com or www.liveinktheatre.com.

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Started in 1999, ARIAS supports the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra on Amelia Island and brings music into the lives of Nassau County schoolchildren. BY KAREN MILLER • PHOTOS COURTESY OF ARIAS

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he Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra had a very good year in 1999. Brazilian-born conductor Fabio Mechetti had just been appointed music director and principal conductor of the JSO, and music lovers flocked to Jacoby Hall to see the brilliant new conductor. Many Amelia Island residents were attending performances, and a core group of concert-goers gathered together and formed a committee to explore the possibility of formally organizing an Amelia Island JSO support group. They called themselves Amelia Residents In Action for the Symphony, or ARIAS, and they held their first membership event at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, with Fabio and Aida Mechetti as the guests of honor. Nearly 200 ARIAS members signed up that evening, and by 2003, the group had grown to 500. ARIAS’s purpose is to encourage and promote attendance at JSO concerts and to sponsor JSO appearances on Amelia Island and in Nassau County. But ARIAS’s shining accomplishment might be their tireless promotion of music education and programs in Nassau County schools, including their popular Instrument Zoo. Each year, ARIAS volunteers called Zoo Keepers visit local fourth grade students, bringing with them more than continued on next page.

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Zoo continued from previous page. 50 instruments, from piccolos and oboes to trumpets and flugelhorns, and showing the children how to hold and play each one. Instrument Zoo was the creation of Shirley Spaniel and Kitty and Bill Hunt. After receiving support from school superintendent Dr. John Ruis, they engaged Nassau County elementary school principals in the project. The group recruited their musical instruments through donations and at pawn shops, and then found their Zoo Keepers. Since its beginning, the Instrument Zoo has grown dramatically. For three mornings in January and February each year, 15 Zoo Keepers conduct two classroom sessions of fourth graders, which require a total of 65 volunteers. ARIAS’s Instrument Zoo touches 850 students annually. Zoo Keeper Sharon Lennon believes the Instrument Zoo might lead to a child taking music lessons, or participating in other music programs. “There are no quantifiable results available for this program, but one has to consider that sparks lit in children’s hearts by the Zoo have led to further interest in music,” she says. “We hope it will lead to the enjoyment of music, and appreciation of those who present it.” ARIAS president Jack Dickison, along with his wife, Jane, have been involved with the group for ten years. He feels ARIAS’s educational initiatives are crucial to Nassau County schoolchildren. “Besides the Instrument Zoo for fourth graders, we also provide subsidized violin lessons to first and second grade students through Arts Alive, we bring ensembles to fifth graders, and we also host community performances like our ‘Let Freedom Ring’ concert with the JSO,” he says. “We feel the Jacksonville Symphony is one of the best regional symphonies in the country.” JSO performs 12 Masterworks concerts each season, along with 10 Pops concerts, and Coffee Concerts on Friday mornings. ARIAS provides a bus for Amelia Island residents to attend the concerts, and ARIAS members receive a discount on the cost of transportation. The group holds a membership drive each fall. The cost is $85 per couple, or $50 for an individual per year. For more information about membership, contact Jack Dickison at jdickison@comcast.net or Barbara Zacheis at carlzacheis@gmail.com. For more information about the Jacksonville Symphony, visit www.jaxsymphony.org. 50 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • AUGUST 2017

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ugust is a hazy, hot, and humid month, and it is also the “lounge chair gardening” time of year. Now is the time to enjoy your spring plantings and designs while you think about what comes next. If you are inclined to get out there and do some gardening for yourself and your plants’ sakes, do it early in the day or after the sun goes down. Be sure to have plenty of water on hand for both you and your plants! I am always on the lookout for new plants, and at the Florida Growers trade show last fall in the rose section I came across a real beauty named Ebb Tide. Actually, my nose found this rose before my eyes did, and when I located it, I was mesmerized. Some call the color of this rose “mysterious,” and it truly is, with its tone of deep plum purple washed with a haze of sultry smoke. Dusky, deep purple buds with a swirling center open into double old-fashioned form and emit a spicy clove fragrance so powerful it nearly bowls you over! Ebb Tide is a new variety of the Floribunda rose. It is definitely a show-

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Left: “The Four Seasons,” artwork created by local needlework artist Barbara Peeples, is the focus of the penthouse’s entryway, featuring wood, fiber, and beads. Below: The open concept living and dining rooms offer breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. The one-of-a-kind rugs were designed by Susie Sergent and hand crafted in Daytona.

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“Matthew Winchenbach with Quartertide was the contractor, and he had a lot to do with helping on the choices in the apartment, such as the floors in the bedrooms, tiling in the kitchen, and stone tops in the kitchen and bathroom,” says Victoria. “My decision to purchase the penthouse at Piper Dunes also brought me in contact with Susie Sargent of Starfish Designs to help design and decorate the space.” “Susie is a good listener,” says Victoria. “I’m a yoga devotee, and I wanted the space to be all about calming colors, natural light, and a peaceful ambience. Susie really took the time to understand my background and my tastes. She was a joy to work with.”

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Top: A glass and wood dining table, with chairs made of leather and Lucite, highlight a distinctive chandelier that looks like a delicate tree branch. Above left: Stunning light fixtures and stone countertops light up the kitchen. Glass cabinets hold treasured family heirlooms. Above right: Sea-colored hand-blown art glass elicits visions of ocean tides.

Victoria showed Susie a painting that she acquired in Hawaii and asked her to design her bedroom around it. “As soon as I saw the art, I recognized who Victoria was, and saw the love she had for the ocean,” says Susie. “It was a beautiful painting, calming, and just so lovely.” Susie works with her husband, Curtis, who builds furniture from camphor

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natural tones, along with art and items by local and international artisans. One piece in particular is a set of shutters called “The Four Seasons,” designed by local needlework artist Barbara Peeples, which sits in the entry of the penthouse. Others include rugs that Susie designed and had specially crafted in Daytona, along with blown glass plates, and a collection of Buddhas. “Victoria also has some fine antique pieces that were handed down to her from her mother and father,” says Susie. “We enjoyed incorporating those with contemporary pieces, giving the penthouse a very distinctive look.” Victoria is also an artist in her own right, and many of her paintings can be found throughout the home. Susie owns Antiques and More Treasures, an antique and collectible shop in Yulee, at the corner of A1A and US 17, where she hosts dozens of unique vendors and their merchandise. “I love being able to draw pieces from my vendors, which I was able to do with this penthouse,” says Susie. “It all depends on my clients and their tastes. With Victoria, we had a close, personal connection.” The penthouse features an open concept kitchen, living, and dining area, with sweeping 360 degree views, along with a master bedroom and bath, two guest rooms with baths, and balconies throughout. For the dining area, Susie acquired a very unique glass and wood dining table from Europe, along with contemporary chairs which set perfectly within the space, highlighting a distinctive chandelier that looks like a delicate tree branch. The chairs are made of Lucite, and the end chairs are white leather, with very unusual Lucite legs. Other unique pieces include Asian sculptures, repurposed furniture, 58 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • AUGUST 2017

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Top: Cool, muted colors accentuate the eyepopping view of the Intracoastal Waterway in this welcoming lobby. Above left: The views from the balcony includes the Atlantic Ocean, an alluring swimming pool, and the impeccably manicured golf course. Above right: Victoria is an artist in her own right. This painting hangs in the kitchen.

stunning light fixtures, and a lobby designed to highlight the views of the Intracoastal Waterway. “We didn’t want to obstruct any of the views,” says Susie. “We even had a couch especially designed with a low back, along with leather chairs, that would give Victoria an ideal view of the ocean.” The penthouse also features blinds in the same tone as the walls,

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which can be easily raised and lowered for privacy, depending on what time of the day the sun is rising or setting. When Victoria is not painting or doing yoga, she can be found on a bicycle, a paddleboard, or walking on the beach. “I’m outdoors most of the year,” says Victoria. “There’s always something to do here on Amelia Island. It’s a very special and beautiful place to live.”

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’ve been to Pepper’s a hundred times with my buddies at the old Food Lion shopping center, and with my wife and kids when it moved downtown. I’ve always stuck to my favorite standards. On this trip, however, nothing would be standard. After a quick overnight trip with my youngest daughter to swim and camp in High Springs, Florida, we scurried home just in time for me to meet Karen Miller at Pepper’s for dinner. With my canoe still strapped to the top of the truck, I arrived to find Karen smiling her way toward me on the sidewalk. I was a little nervous about my new role as a food writer, but her gentle manner, the casual atmosphere, and the Latin hospitality helped put me at ease. We were seated in a booth and were quickly served ice water, tortilla chips, and salsa fresca. Karen and I browsed the menu, and we were soon greeted by Vanessa Garcia and Juan Hurtado, our gracious hosts. After talking over our options, we decided to let Juan make the call for dinner. After only a few minutes, a lava rock bowl known as a Molcajete (mol-kah-hay-tay), radiating heat and overflowing with awesome flavors, was placed on the table before us atop a custom-crafted wooden under liner. Perfect for sharing, the Molcajete is filled with grilled steak, chorizo, chicken, and shrimp, and garnished with caramelized green onion bulbs with delightfully charred tips, grilled banana peppers, and nopales. Scraped of its spines and washed, the nopales, or prickly pears, were sliced and then grilled until soft.

Somewhere in the swirl of flavor and conversation, Juan materialized with a margarita, complete with its own luscious wooden socle. The La Reina margarita is made with Don Julio Tequila, fresh orange juice, sweet and sour mix, and organic agave nectar, with a miniature bottle Grand Marnier by its side. After a pull from the straw and a salty sip, I had enough room to add the orange liqueur. The margarita, already refreshing and smooth, took on a complex citrus profile and richness that I would compare to slathering something you love in soft butter. After emptying the cauldron of its contents and soaking up the remaining jus with our tortillas, I scooped the last little bits of meaty goodness onto crisp tortilla chips and offered one to Karen. We toasted the evening and savored the final morsels. But one of the best bites of the evening may have been saved for the meal’s end. As we sat, suddenly we were presented with a slice of chocolate cake like you would have cut for yourself as a child if given the opportunity. Scented with espresso and layered with creamy frosting and caramel, it sealed an evening that could not have been better. On our way out, with the running water of the fountain in my ears and a fantastic meal under my belt, I noticed a banner that read Bienvenidos hanging in the open-air bar, and welcome is exactly how you’ll feel at Pepper’s Mexican Grill & Cantina. Pepper’s is located at 530 Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach and open seven days a week. You can visit them at www.peppersmexicangrillandcantina.com.

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cocktails. Family owned and operated since 1979. 31 N 2nd Street, (904) 261-4749. $$$ V/MC/D. 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 options. Happy Hour Sunday - Thursday 5 to 7 pm offering 1/2 price Cocktails (except Special Events & Holidays). Lounge Menu & Port Flights. Reserve your Whole Alaskan King Crab 6-10 lb. average. Full dessert menu and after-dinner cordials. Open 7 days. Lounge opens at 5 pm, dinner at 6 pm. 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. Elizabeth Pointe ~ Located inside Elizabeth Pointe on South Fletcher overlooking the beach, The Pointe Restaurant offers casual indoor and outdoor oceanfront dining year-round. A buffet-style breakfast and lunch menu are offered to guests of the Inn as well as open to the public daily. Seasonal brunches are offered one Sunday each month. Enjoy wide porches, ocean views, delicious food, and Southern hospitality. Wine and beer available. Reservations recommended. Open Daily for breakfast 7:00am-10:00am and for lunch 11:00am2:00pm. 98 S. Fletcher Ave. (904) 277-4851. www. elizabethpointelodge.com. España ~ Featuring Old World cuisine from Portugal and Spain, España offers an intriguing menu in a comfortably elegant atmosphere in downtown Fernandina Beach. Owner/chef Roberto Pestana serves mouthwatering tapas like Grouper Ceviche, Portobello al La España, and Shrimp with Garlic, all served with España’s homemade bread. Entrees include a classic Seafood Paella, and a variety of fresh local seafood and meats. España also features an extensive wine list and an excellent homemade sangria. Available for private parties. Reservations recommended. All major credit cards. Open 7 days. (904) 261-7700. 22 South 4th Street. $$$, D, B/W. Fancy Sushi ~ We serve fine Japanese cuisine from our Hibachi grill, the best Tempura and the tastiest Teriyaki this side of Tokyo. We give you all the fine foods with the friendliest service you will ever have here in friendly Fernandina Beach. Come by and give us a visit and we’ll serve you with smiles and the freshest sushi that you won’t find anywhere but here at Fancy Sushi. Open 7 days. (904) 261-9855. 1478 Sadler Rd. Florida House Inn ~ Enjoy Southern cooking at its finest at Leddy’s Porch. Menu includes Southern Salads, Sandwiches, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Collard Greens, and much more. Black Board specials daily. The Florida House Inn is located just off Centre Street in the historic district of Fernandina Beach. The inn is the oldest hotel in the state of Florida and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Open for brunch Wednesday – Friday from 11:00am – 2:30pm and Saturday – Sunday 10:00am – 2:30pm. The Mermaid Bar at The Florida House Inn is open Monday – Saturday at 5pm. Daily drink specials and Open Mic every other Thursday night. 22 South Third Street, (904)4913322. L, $$, F Horizons ~ Where great food and good friends come together. The gourmet food you are always craving. You can visit us for a fantastic lunch or dinner or let us cater your event. We have gourmet items to please everyone in your group, including beef, lamb, seafood, chicken, and even gourmet vegetarian choices and also fresh pastries and desserts! 5472 First Coast Hwy. (904) 321-2430. www.horizonsameliaisland.com Jack & Diane’s ~ Jack & Diane’s remains the love of the locals for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Come explore “A world of Taste all in one Place” as it is affectionately known by guests from every corner of the globe. At the crossroads of comfort and quest, you will find each dish combines homespun recipes with global influences offering new discoveries in their signature concept of “adventurous dining”. The

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Victorian Charm What every heart desires: a lovingly restored Victorian just steps from Centre Street. The current owner is an expert in restoration, making sure to keep the beauty and integrity of the era alive, while updating to modern standards. This home boasts five fireplaces, original hardwood floors, classic glass doorknobs, and stunning moulding. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, an open concept kitchen, living, and dining room, plus a parlor, this home has plenty of space. If desired, there is room to add on a true master suite. Meticulously kept gardens and hidden courtyards round out this classic home in historic downtown Fernandina. They truly don't make them like this anymore, don't miss it! For more information on this exceptional property, contact Bruce Jasinsky at Coldwell Banker The Jasinsky Team at (904) 753-3672. 67 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE â&#x20AC;˘ AUGUST 2017

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440 Beachside Villa Luxury oceanfront penthouse condo features an open floor plan and is move-in ready! 3 BR/3 BA villa on the 7th floor included many upscale details. $1,275,000

8030 1st Coast Hwy Unit 3-C (Amelia Retreat) Picturesque ocean views from this spacious 3BR/3BA condo on prestigious south end of Amelia Island. Large enclosed balcony features sliding screen doors, tile floors, and a beachside setting. Gated community. $699,000

112 Sea Marsh Road Arthur Rutenberg custom home built/designed as spec house in 2003. Situated on a shaded corner lot featuring vaulted ceiling with gable windows, built-in cabinets and a gas FP. Large chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen with granite tops/island and more! $885,000

223 Sandcastles Villa This beautifully remodeled and fully furnished 1 BR/1 BA villa is currently in the Omni Rental Program with excellent rental history! Fabulous ocean views plus spacious balcony to enjoy the breezes. $339,000

2033 Beach Wood Villa This Florida Island 2 BR/2 BA villa is located across the street from the Atlantic Ocean and the Omni Hotel on gated Amelia Island Plantation and is a perfect vacation get-away! $274,900

862837 N Hampton Club Way (Lot 508) Located in the estate section of North Hampton, with marsh views from the rear, and lake view from the front. One of the few remaining lots in this beautiful cul de sac! $149,900

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You won’t believe the privacy afforded in this custom brick & stucco home in sought-after Long Point. Features a gracious and lushly landscaped homesite, concrete tile roof, Andersen windows & doors, detached guest suite with full suite, plus loft, Bill Mooney custom cabinetry, California Closets, smooth ceilings, 3 garage bays, wine cellar, and tasteful appointments throughout. Approximately 2,000 square feet of extended living space greets you just off the family room with pool, spa, and summer kitchen which overlook the serene marsh with tranquil seclusion. The kitchen will impress, the main level master suite will spoil & the upper media room with Magneplanar sound will entertain. Please call for an appointment today. MLS#74262

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87377 RADDIN DIN ROAD

Large Country Estate close to Amelia Island. Over 3 acres and zoned OR, so bring your horses! Large custom-built home is perfect for entertaining and families, with tall ceilings, hardwood floors, and granite throughout. Summer kitchen and large pool. 3-car garage has additional covered parking space for RV or boat. Each bedroom designed as master suite with large bathroom and closet. Enjoy all that country living has to offer! MLS#74387 $777,000

1393 HARRISON POINT TRAIL

Beautiful split plan home in immaculate condition with recent renovations including interior and exterior paint, stainless kitchen appliances, and more! Fabulous hardwood floors in master bedroom, dining room, and great room. MLS#76561 $374,000

96210 BRADY POINT ROAD

Enjoy country living in a gated community at Brady Point! Almost 1.5 acres with beautiful marsh views. Community has 50 acres of natural preserve with kayak/canoe launch and clubhouse. Minutes from Amelia, close to Jax Airport. MLS#76489 $275,000

1754 S 15TH STREET

Charming cottage in Amelia Park with open floorplan in mint condition. Lovely front porch and Plantation shutters. Gourmet kitchen with white cabinets, stainless appliances, and granite countertops. Private office makes this the perfect home! MLS#74505 $444,000

5406 MARY AVENUE

Rare double lot is ready to build. Just blocks from the ocean in historic American Beach, this wooded lot is near the community center and museum. Private location at end of road offers secluded site. MLS#75828 $198,000

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jasinskyteam@gmail.com RIVERBEND WALK A new community is sspringing to life on Amelia IIsland. A community nestled uunder the canopy of majestic old oak trees. This m gated community offers 8 g marsh front lots and 25 m estate lots. Riverbend is e ccentrally located in the hheart of Amelia Island between b historic h downtown d Fernandina F d Beach and the awardwinning oceanfront resorts of The Ritz-Carlton and Omni Amelia Island Plantation. These homes are perfect for both year a round residence or a vacation home. Docks are allowed with proper permitting. MLS#73165 Prices from $385,000 to $475,000

QUATTLEFIELD LANE Do not miss this rare opportunity to purchase this over-sized lot located directly on the Intracoastal Waterway on the prestigious south end of Amelia Island. Flanked by ancient heritage oak trees, this lot offers you the opportunity to erect your own dock with access to deep water t att allll tid tides. Q Quattlefi ttl field ld Lane L is a new nine lot residential community of over-sized lots situated in a “Country Lane” setting located convenient to all the amenities that award-winning Amelia Island has to offer! MLS#76160 $825,000

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96238 Long Beach Drive ~ $259,000 NORTH HAMPTON: 3BR and ofƂce, 2BA, 3 car garage. All usable 2,040 sq. ft. with soaring ceilings, chef’s kitchen, great room, Ƃreplace, BOSE E! LU Surround Sound. Enjoy the A V astonishing sunsets that reƃect ST BE off the lake. Video tour at www.NorthHamptonGolfCommunity.com.

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27 Oak Point Drive $699,000

Gorgeous ocean views from this renovated 4 BR, 3.5 BA townhome being sold completely furnished. Open living/dining room with private balcony. Stainless appliances and large pantry in kitchen. Wood floors, ground level oceanfront patio, one-car garage, and community pool. The perfect beach property with the ability to rent short term. MLS#75988

Renovated home at Long Point offers privacy, marsh views and a separate buildable lot for added property value. Wood floors, modern kitchen with quartz countertops, double oven, and new appliances. Gorgeous master bath offers marble floors and oversized walk-in shower with dual heads. Private neighborhood pool. MLS#75886

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Lot 7 Perimeter Park Rd $99,000

104 Cormorant Court $355,000

Exceptional homesite in sought-after Amelia Park which includes central park, playground, tree-lined sidewalks, and community YMCA with pool, fitness center, and athletic programs. Walking distance to shopping and restaurants, and short bike ride to the beach. MLS#75871

Only one block to beach from this home in Ocean Ridge. Open floor plan, two screened patios and private master suite that encompasses the 2nd floor. Kitchen features Corian countertops, tremendous storage, and new refrigerator and stove. Easy to maintain laminate flooring in living/dining area. Quiet community with pool. MLS#75883

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Beautiful Oyster Bay home with renovated master and upstairs bath, new carpet and wood floors throughout main floor living and master bedroom. Private setting from one of two screened porches or enclosed sunroom. Soaring ceilings, built-ins and fireplace. Remodeled kitchen with granite, wine chiller and stainless appliances. MLS#75885

Egan’s Creek Greenway to the west and the Atlantic to the east provide stunning views from the spacious deck and master bedroom. Kitchen with granite and stainless appliances and tile throughout living & dining space. One bedroom/bath on garage level has it’s own access while other two bedrooms are on main level. MLS#75881


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3710 S. Fletcher Ave. This rare setting offers 100' of incredible ocean frontage in the heart of Amelia Island's beaches with beautiful rolling primary dunes. The 3BR/2BA home is located just west of the CCCL offering a new construction opportunity. $1,749,500 MLS# 74405

3280 S. Fletcher Ave. New oceanfront custom home designed by Cotner being sold fully furnished. 5BR/5BA. This fully appointed home is a must see, including a salt water pool with a travertine patio and new boardwalk to the beach. $3,600,000 MLS# 69529

4020 S. Fletcher Ave. Incredible oceanfront home with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. This custom home 4BR/4BA offers an open floor plan with 10' ceilings and 8' doors, plantation shutters and beautiful custom trim throughout. $2,999,000 MLS# 64035

1855 W. Perimeter Park Rd. Charming Charleston style 4BR/2.5BA cottage in sought after Amelia Park. Close to beach and downtown. Stepping into this gorgeous home you will immediately notice the open floorplan with hardwood floor $549,000 MLS# 76246

95178 Sandpiper Loop Oceanfront single story 3BR/3.5BA Sandpiper patio home just a short walk from the Ritz-Carlton. This unique home design has the master bedroom suite, living area and kitchen in the oceanfront part of the home. $898,900 MLS# 74171

1429 Windsong Outstanding oceanfront views from this Mediterranean-style 4th floor 2BR/2.5BA furnished villa at Amelia Island Plantation. Recently remodeled with tile flooring, new kitchen counters and appliances, remodeled baths. $749,000 MLS# 74153

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Located on the south side of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, these wonderful condominiums offer the perfect get-away. Competitive pricing, fabulous floorplans, beautiful views, as well as rental potential have made Ocean Place a “must have” for potential owner-investors. These units start at $639,000 and are direct oceanfront.

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The Historic Thompson House plus Lulu’s Restaurant where you can live and work in the heart of downtown Fernandina Beach. 100 x 100 lot and C3 Zoning allows for flexible use so bring your imagination and make this your dream come true. Successful restaurateur will provide training if needed. Vintage home features unique arched bay windows, heart pine floors, very spacious rooms, and carved fireplace mantels. MLS#70169 $698,000

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Tucked in the woods, but wide open spaces inside. This home is all about bringing the outdoors in. Vaulted ceilings, wood floors and ceilings, a central gas fireplace with built-in wood cabinets. Private decks, screened porch and multiple areas for outdoor living. Workshop and oversized garage. More than ample storage, all within the Amelia Island Plantation. Close to the beach and shops. MLS#74744 $667,000

33093 Prairie Park Pl One of the best views in Flora Parke! Lovely home with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, plus office and 3 car garage. A sizeable four season glassed in porch and wall of glass brings the outdoors in. Large kitchen with center dining island, granite counters and stainless appliances. Pond views from most rooms and bricked patio with outdoor fire pit. MLS#76540 $365,000

87555 Creekside Dr Exceptional 3BR/2BA home has spacious rooms and plentiful storage. Leaded glass front door, detailed crown molding, and fireplace. Kitchen has granite counters, quartz backsplash, bar seating at the counter, and pantry. Master suite features crown molding, view of garden, dual sinks, garden tub, walk-in shower, and large walk-in closet. Screened and tiled porch overlooking gardens. MLS#76349 $235,000


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Don’t let this one get away! Stunning home with guest house located on the 4th fairway of Oak Marsh Golf Course within the gates of the exclusive Amelia Island Plantation. Long winding driveway leads to house in front & around to side-entry garage. Main house: custom lead-glass front door leads to open foyer and immediate views to golf; 3 bedrooms/3.5 baths, each bedroom with a private bath, master is on main floor, guest bedrooms upstairs; formal living & dining rooms, large open kitchen w/large island opens to family room with gas fireplace. Bright and open to back patio with beautiful golf views, all beautifully finished off with plantation shutters. Guest house was built in 2005 and consists of 2 bedrooms & 2 en-suite baths - one up & one down - and wet bar with mini-fridge.

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island entertaining CUCUMBER BASIL MARTINI For each glass, muddle 5 cucumber slices with 4 basil leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add 3 ounces vodka and ice, shake and strain into a glass. Garnish with a sprig of basil and a cucumber slice. CAMPARI FENNEL APERTIF In a cocktail shaker, muddle 3 lemon slices with a handful of fennel fronds, then add 2 ounces sparkling wine, 1/4 ounce Campari and 1/2 ounce simple syrup. Add ice and shake, then strain into a glass. Garnish with fennel and lemon slice. CARIBBEAN GIN AND TONIC In a cocktail shaker, combine 2 ounce gin with 1/2 ounce each freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice, 2 ounce coconut water, and 1/2 ounce Falernum (a Caribbean syrup). Add ice, shake, and strain into a glass. Lace the top of the drink with chilled tonic water to taste. Garnish with lemon and lime slices.

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CHAMPAGNE SLUSHY In a blender, combine 2 cups champagne, 1 1/2 cups blueberries, 1/4 cup lime juice, and 1/2 cup vodka. Add ice and blend until liquid becomes slushy. Serve in 4 glasses garnished with mint leaves. SUMMER DAYDREAMER Combine 1 ounce gin, 1 ounce ginger liqueur, 1/2 ounce Cardamoro (an Italian herbal liqueur), 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice, and 3 drops rosewater in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, shake, and strain into a glass. Garnish with lemon slice.

BY KAREN MILLER

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ummer is the best time to try fun, contemporary cocktails, whether you’re sitting by the pool or having friends over for a backyard barbecue. Today’s mixologists (remember when we used to call them bartenders?) are highly trained in the use of syrups, herbs, and garnishes, with a flair for creating new cocktails. This has created a trickle-down effect on serving drinks in our homes, as we try to tantalize our guests with unique and innovative drinks. Summer cocktails should be light and refreshing, utilizing fresh herbs, along with seasonal vegetables and fruits. Think basil, cucumbers, blueberries, strawberries, and citrusy juices, with light liquors like rum, vodka, and gin, dry and fruity wines, and light craft beers. Some essentials for your summer bar are a good shaker and access to lots of ice.

A large blender is good for making slushy drinks for a crowd, and a muddler is an indispensable bar tool for smashing and mixing cocktail ingredients. Most muddlers are made of wood, but you can find plastic and stainless steel muddlers at specialty stores. Cocktails always taste better when served in a glass, but gone are the days when you need to purchase specific glasses for specific drinks. Canning jars are casual and festive, and perfect for a cookout. Stemless wine glasses are “safer” than traditional ones, which can be easily knocked over when dining outdoors. Sturdy glass tumblers in two sizes are probably all you need to serve everything from margaritas and mojitos to beer and hard cider. The following cocktails can be made in larger quantities for a party to be served in pitchers or even a punch bowl. All you need is a group of thirsty friends, and a beautiful summer day!

76 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • AUGUST 2017

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