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Now in its 14th season, the Amelia Island Jazz Festival is a swingin’ affair led by festival founder and artistic director Les DeMerle, the renowned drummer, and his wife, vocalist Bonnie Eisele.
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September brings the beginning of fall, and that always means the start (finally!) of some cooler weather here in northeast Florida. Labor Day has always seemed a little anticlimactic since we moved south many years ago because it no longer serves as the bright red line dividing summer vacation from start of the school year. As a kid, I used to count down the days left in vacation during July and August, and it never bothered me much because the start of school always seemed so far away, way off in the month of September. But when we moved here, Labor Day became almost irrelevant because the school year always started in mid-August, sometimes even early August. With my traditional calendar jumbled and warm weather running well into September, Labor Day no longer serves as a signpost for the beginning of fall. But one sure harbinger of the season we know we can rely on each year is the return of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival. Now in its fourteenth season, the Amelia Island Jazz Festival is a swingin’ affair led by festival founder and artistic director Les DeMerle, the renowned drummer and bandleader, and his wife, vocalist Bonnie Eisele. DeMerle, who began his career with jazz legends Lionel Hampton and Harry James, continues to bring the best jazz musicians in the world to Amelia Island. Following appearances by jazz giants such as David Sanborn, Ramsey Lewis, Spyro Gira, and Larry Coryell, DeMerle has put together another stellar line-up this year, headlined by Latin Grammy Award winning flautist Nestor Torres and jazz vocalist extraordinaire Roseanna Vitro. The festival features a full week of shows and events, kicking off with the free “Jazz in the Park” Sunday concert in Amelia Park, then continuing with a new event called “Wine Tasting and Jazz” at the Amelia Island Wine Company, “Jump Jive & Wail,” a swing night and dance party with the Dynamic Les DeMerle band featuring Bonnie Eisele, and the popular Latin Jazz Night in its traditional Thursday night slot with the award-winning, and internationally famous Trio Caliente. Additionally, following the headliner performances Friday and Saturday nights, the entertaining and fun late night “Jazz Jams” return this year at Dizzy’s Den,” upstairs at Sliders Beach Bar & Grill. It promises to be another great week of music. Also in this issue, we take a look at local resident Michelle Holbrook’s incredible Project Athena Santa Barbara Adventure Race, a 24-hour endurance test helping women with medical challenges fulfill their dreams; learn the history of Amelia Island’s Dorian Dig; take a summer adventure with Karen Miller on the Appalachian Trail; and much, much more.
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SEPTEMBER 2017 11 Cover Story THE AMELIA ISLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL CELEBRATES ITS 14TH SEASON
The 2017 Amelia Island Jazz Festival returns this fall for another week of superlative jazz music, including headliners Latin Grammy Awardwinning flautist Nestor Torres and vocalist Roseanna Vitro at venues around the island.
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2017 Kicking off its 14th season next month, the Amelia Island Jazz Festival celebrates jazz and America’s diverse musical heritage with another outstanding line-up of musicians. BY KAREN MILLER PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE AIJF
he inimitable Les DeMerle, Bonnie Eisele, and the entire Amelia Island Jazz Festival team are at it again, presenting the 14th annual Amelia Island Jazz Festival from October 8 through October 15 at venues across the island. Featuring outstanding jazz music in a variety styles, including swing, bebop, Dixieland, big band, Latin, and contemporary, the week-long festival hosts world-class headliners as well as fresh, up-and-coming young talent. After fourteen years, the AIJF has presented jazz legends such as David Sanborn, Ramsey Lewis, Spyro Gyra, David Benoit, Buckwheat Zydeco, and many more. “This year, we are fortunate to feature jazz vocalist extraordinaire, Roseanna Vitro, and legendary flautist Néstor Torres as our headliners,” says DeMerle, AIJF founder and artistic director. “In addition to our concerts, the AIJF brings jazz to local schools and to seniors, and of course, our scholarship awards to so many great young local players.”
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Néstor Torres, UNF Jazz Ensemble II, and Roseanna Vitro
Roseanna Vitro was exposed to jazz and made it her genre of choice after moving to Houston, Texas in the 1970s. She worked for two years in Houston’s Green Room with her group, “Roseanna with Strings and Things,” while hosting a radio show on KUHF-FM. Many jazz musicians stopped in and played with her, including Arnett Cobb, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Tommy Flanagan, and Keter Betts, encouraging her to dedicate herself to a life in jazz. Standing on the shoulders of flute giants from worlds as diverse as Jean-Pierre Rampal, Sir James Galway, Richard Egues, Ian Anderson, Herbie Mann, and Hubert Laws, Latin Grammy Award-winning artist Néstor Torres’s rhythmic and mellifluous flute sound stands apart in a class by itself. With 14 recordings as a soloist, multiple Grammy nominations and awards, collaborations with diverse artists such as Gloria Estefan, Kenny Loggins, Dave Mathews, and Herbie Hancock, Torres’s journey is that of an artist who continues to grow and enrich the lives of those who experience his talents.
JAZZ IN THE PARK FREE CONCERT The AIJF kicks off on Sunday, October 8 with its enormously popular free community concert, Jazz in the Park, featuring the exciting 21-piece University of North Florida Jazz Ensemble II, directed by Dennis Marks. The UNF Jazz Ensemble II’s music comes from all idioms of big band jazz, including swing, bop, funk, and fusion. This ensemble consistently enjoys the presence of high-quality players, enabling this talented young group to create a wide variety of sound colors and textures. Marks is considered one of the finest bassists on the jazz scene today. Much in demand as an accomplished musician and composer, he has toured the world many times over, most recently with legendary jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval for over 20 years. He has also appeared on six of Sandoval’s recordings. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food and beverages will be provided by Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen. The concert will be held at Amelia Park, located between 14th Street and Citrona Drive, from 2 to 4 p.m.
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FESTIVAL SPONSOR PARTY AT HORIZONS RESTAURANT On Monday, October 9, DeMerle and Eisele give a big shout-out to the numerous sponsors with their Jazz Festival Sponsor Party, held at Horizons Restaurant at 5472 First Coast Highway from 7 to 9 p.m. This very special evening features the Amelia Island Jazz Fest All-Stars and the 2017 AIJF scholarship winner, 18-year old saxophonist Skyler Nolan. The event is by special invitation only for Bronze Saxophone sponsors and above. A $250 donation to the festival will give you Bronze Saxophone status, along with being eligible for two tickets to the Sponsor Party and other AIJF perks. For more information about becoming a sponsor, visit www. ameliaislandjazzfestival.com.
WINE TASTING AND JAZZ AT THE AMELIA ISLAND WINE COMPANY On Tuesday, October 10, a new event graces the AIJF line-up, Wine Tasting and Jazz held at The Amelia Island Wine
Company, located at 4924 First Coast Highway, from 5 to 7 p.m. This unique offering features six exceptional wines paired with various jazz compositions that complement the wine. Multi-instrumentalist Dr. Bill Prince headlines the event with performances on trumpet, trombone, clarinet, and flute, along with Doug Matthews, piano, and Les DeMerle, drums. “We’re excited about this new event for 2017,” says DeMerle. “It’s been great fun, pairing wine with jazz, a really unique and creative way to enjoy the sounds of our friend, the talented Dr. Bill Prince. We look forward to seeing you there!”
JUMP JIVE AND WAIL SWING NIGHT AT SANDBAR & KITCHEN On Wednesday, October 11, join the dynamic Les DeMerle Little Big Band featuring vocalist Bonnie Eisele for one of the AIJF’s favorite happenings, Jump Jive and Wail Swing Night at the newly opened Sandbar & Kitchen (formerly Sandy Bottoms), located at Main Beach. Enjoy the best views on Amelia Island while swinging to the hot jazz of Steve Strawley,
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trumpet, Clarence Hines, trombone, Al Waters, saxophone, Doug Matthews, piano, Ernie Ealum, bass, and Les DeMerle, drums. Bring your sweetheart and dance the night away from 7 to 10 p.m.
HOT LATIN JAZZ CONCERT AND DANCE AT SANDBAR & KITCHEN And if you still have some dance left inside of you, come back to Sandbar & Kitchen on Thursday, October 12 for Hot Latin Jazz Concert and Dance featuring Trio Caliente. The group’s one-of-a-kind blend of Flamenco, Pop, and Brazilian Jazz has been enjoyed all around the world. Sharing the stage throughout the years with jazz legends like Charlie Byrd, Keter Betts, and McCoy Tyner to Salsa superstars Jerry Rivera and Luis Enrique, members of Trio Caliente have also performed and recorded with Grammy-nominated jazz flautist, Néstor Torres, Latin Grammy-winner, Raul Jaurena, Shahin and Sepehr, and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos. Special guest Sammy Rodriguez joins the group on percussion. “We thank Les DeMerle for bringing us back once
again to the Amelia Island Jazz Festival,” says Deborah Benner, vocalist. “We now feel like family and truly feel honored to be part of a festival with so many outstanding musicians. We will perform hits from our new CD, MIRA, and we know that the dance floor at Sandbar & Kitchen will be packed!”
HEADLINER ROSEANNA VITRO AT FERNANDINA BEACH GOLF CLUB On Friday, October 13, headliner Roseanna Vitro performs a Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club, located at 2800 Bill Melton Road, at 7 p.m. “I am looking forward to playing the Amelia Island Jazz Festival and have enjoyed working with Les DeMerle on the concept of paying tribute to the first lady of song on her 100th birthday, the great Ella Fitzgerald,” says Vitro. “So many musician friends who have played the festival have told me how wonderful the vibe, energy, and the audiences are, plus they all loved the beauty of the island. I hope to make many new fans at my Friday performance. See you all there, and be sure to come over and say ‘hi’ after the show!”
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In addition, this evening also features the Art of the Trio with Mike Levine, piano, Dennis Marks, bass, and Les DeMerle, drums. “This year, I will play a few of my new compositions with Les and bassist Dennis Marks in the Art of the Trio sets before the headliners come on,” says Levine. “My new CD, Star Gazing, is doing very well and I look forward to performing these tunes at this year’s festival. Playing with Les and Bonnie for so many years has been fun, and each year I look forward to coming back to the Amelia Island Jazz Festival. We work hard, but we always have a ball and play some great jazz for a wonderful, appreciative audience!” “With Mike Levine and Dennis Marks in the Art of the Trio, we have one of the strongest rhythm sections in jazz today,” says DeMerle. “Tunes from Mike’s new CD will be featured in some of our sets, and Dennis Marks on bass and Kevin Jones on tenor sax, soprano sax and trombone will add some real spice to the mix. Bonnie and I have had the great pleasure of playing with Mike for many years and he is featured on two of our CDs on Origin Records, Cookin’ at the Corner’ Vol.1 and 2. He and Dennis are the best rhythm team we could ask for,
and the Art Of The Trio performances on our headlining nights along with Bonnie’s stellar vocals will delight and excite!”
DIZZY’S DEN AT SLIDERS BEACH BAR & GRILL But the fun doesn’t end there! At 10 p.m., join an eclectic mix of jazz musicians at Dizzy’s Den, upstairs at Sliders Beach Bar & Grill, 1998 South Fletcher Avenue, for a Late Night Jam of Bebop, Blues, and Beyond. Featuring the FSU Jazz Ensemble with Kevin Jones, ticket holders are sure to enjoy great spontaneous jazz. Musicians are relaxing after the main gig, and you never know who might show up or what happens next! If you are unable to make the Friday headliner concert, you can still purchase tickets to the Late Nite Jam.
HEADLINER NÉSTOR TORRES AT FERNANDINA BEACH GOLF CLUB On Saturday, October 14 at 7 p.m., headliner Néstor Torres performs a Jazz Flute Traditions Show that’s not to be missed. “I am very excited to come to Amelia Island to present my Jazz Flute Traditions show to all my fans,” says Torres. “I know my music
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will put everyone in the groove, and they will be dancing in the aisles as salsa and jazz grooves unite! I am also going to salute my heroes, Herbie Mann and Hubert Laws, recreating their hits. My show is going to really cook, so come early and stay late!” Torres’ concert is also held at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club and will feature the Art of the Trio, with vocalist Bonnie Eisele and percussionist Sammy Rodriguez, along with another fun Late Nite Jam after the performance in Dizzy’s Den at Sliders Beach Bar & Grill.
DIXIE TO SWING JAZZ BRUNCH AT HORIZONS RESTAURANT The Amelia Island Jazz Festival closes with the ever popular grand finale, Dixie to Swing Jazz Brunch on Sunday, October 15, held at Horizons Restaurant featuring jazz greats J.B. Scott, trumpet, Dr. Bill Prince, clarinet, Dave Steinmeyer, trombone, Mike Levine, piano, Dennis Marks, bass, Les DeMerle, drums, and Bonnie Eisele, vocals. The AIJF distributes proceeds toward a scholarship program to fund college educations for aspiring jazz musicians and works
to provide a rich, diverse jazz offering to the Amelia Island area. By offering educational programs and jazz workshops in area schools and senior centers, and promoting Amelia Island as a tourist destination by drawing jazz enthusiasts from around the nation and the world, the AIJF has found a home on Amelia Island as a beloved yearly event. “The Festival is dedicated to building upon the rich cultural foundation of jazz by exposing thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds to the sounds, excitement, and vitality of this truly American music,” says DeMerle. “Our concerts explode with exciting, swinging jazz played with passion, expertise and soul by many of today’s leading jazz artists. Each year’s talent roster is the best line-up we can assemble. Come to the 2017 Amelia Island Jazz Festival and become part of an amazing jazz experience. Be prepared for extraordinary jazz music which includes our headliners and many other guest surprises!” For the Amelia Island Jazz Festival’s full schedule of events, to purchase tickets, or to get information about becoming a sponsor or volunteer, visit www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com or call (904) 504-4772.
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THIRD ANNUAL REDFISH SPOT FISHING TOURNAMENT RETURNS The Amelia Island Guides Association and Amelia Island Marina will co-host the 3rd annual Redfish Spot Fishing Tournament on September 9 to benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation. Folds of Honor, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is committed to the families of armed services members who have been wounded or killed while serving in the military. Since 2007, Folds of Honor has awarded more than 12,000 scholarships to children of fallen or disabled military men and women in all 50 states. The tournament is open to anglers of all ages fishing from powered boats, sail boats, kayak, canoe, the shore, bridges, and piers, with all entry fees paid out in prize money. The Captains Meeting will be held on Friday, September 8 at Amelia Island Marina. The public is invited to listen to live music, enjoy the raffle and silent auction with food and beverages available from The Surf, and watch the anglers present their fish for spot counting beginning at 2 p.m. Additional information can be found on the AIGA website at www. ameliaislandguidesassociation.com. Persons interested in becoming a sponsor, donating to the raffle or silent auction, or hosting a booth at the event, contact Capt. Scott Thompson at (904) 430-6014. The event will take place at the Amelia Island Marina, 251 Creekside Drive in Fernandina Beach, at the foot of the Shave Bridge.
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TASTE OF AMELIA ISLAND EXPANDS TO WEEKEND-LONG DESTINATION FOOD AND WINE EVENT Tickets for the 26th annual Taste of Amelia Island are now on sale. This year’s Taste Gala will be held on Sunday, October 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in the Magnolia Ballroom, with additional food and wine special events being held around the island throughout the weekend. The Taste weekend will include special events that can be added to the Taste Gala to create a full weekend package of food and wine experiences, with hotel accommodation options also being offered as part of the event. Special events will be hosted by 29 South, Amelia Tavern, Burlingame Restaurant, Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen, and White Oak Conservation. The Taste Gala features 22 of the island’s best chefs, complimentary fine wines, a 50/50 raffle, live chef demo, live music, and, this year, the participation of local Fernandina Beach High School Culinary Arts students. Attendees will also cast their vote for their choice for Best Dish of the Taste. Tickets for the Taste Gala are $100 per person with special events varying in price according to event. Tickets can be purchased online through 904 Tix at 904tix.com/events/taste-of-amelia-island or by calling the Nassau County Volunteer Center at (904) 261-2771.
PATRIOT DAY LADIES LUNCHEON ON SEPTEMBER 11 The Fourth Annual Patriot Day Ladies Luncheon to benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation will be held at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club on Bill Melton Road on Monday, September 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. On September 4, 2002, President Bush signed a bill designating 9/11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. The Patriot Day Luncheon is a way for women from Amelia Island to gather and pay tribute to those lost in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. This year’s guest speaker is Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar, U.S. Navy. She is Commander, Naval Operations Southeast, and is stationed at Mayport Naval Station. Reservations may be made online at aicgnsf.org/ events or by mailing a $30 check (payable to the Navy SEAL Foundation) to P.O. Box 15698, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32035. All proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation’s programs to care for members of the Naval Special Warfare community, including wives and children. The Foundation provides programs specifically designed to improve health and welfare, build and enhance resiliency, empower and educate families, and provide critical support during times of illness, injury, loss, and transition. For more information, contact Carol Carter at (904) 261-9193.
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ill Wilkinson has over 17 years experience in the framing business, having worked in the industry since college. Her signature JW Frame Gallery on South 14th Street is a little different than traditional frame shops. “Besides our custom framing, I wanted to include local artists and craftspeople, featuring various types of art and mediums,” says Jill. “We’re always expanding, growing, offering new services and state-of-theart framing materials, like UV-filtering glass, museum glass, acid-free matting including linens, suedes, and raw silks, as well as Vac-U-Mounting.” Jill frames just about anything you can imagine. “For us, it’s not about just art or photography,” she says. “I recently framed an antique beaded purse that belonged to a client’s great grandmother. It’s a unique way to preserve a family heirloom. We understand how important and valuable your treasures are, and we handle them with care and respect.” Jill’s main vendor is Larson-Juhl, a company that has been making beautiful custom framing for over 100 years. “Larson-Juhl now provides an online
service in which clients can upload a photo of their art and ‘try out’ various frames,” says Jill. “We have a link on our website. Then you can come to the store and we’ll frame your choices!” Jill also has a 24-inch Canon printer, which prints on quality photo paper, canvas, and other fine art papers. Jill works with local interior designers, assisting in framing choices and placement of art. Her appreciation for fine art is the reason she also showcases the work of local artists, including Kathleen Maurer, Loraine Kilmer, Martha Scheffler, William Maurer, and Susan Henderson, along with Simply Coastal and Mermaids Walk. “Our art has many price points,” says Wilkinson. “We also carry high-end tabletop frames. And now that school is back in session, it’s a great opportunity to frame your child’s special accomplishments and awards.” JW Frame Gallery is located at 1875 South 14th Street. They are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (904) 310-6610 or visit www.jwframegallery. com or their Facebook page.
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melia Gentle Dentistry is a true family practice,” says Dr. Mark. “We are all so passionate about our work here.” Mark Olbina, DDS, started as a Navy dentist at Kings Bay, Ga. When he and his wife, Karen, fell in love with Amelia Island, he opened a private practice in 1987. Twenty years later, he moved the practice to a new location on the island and welcomed his daughter, Jackie Olbina Miller, DMD, into the practice in 2013. Her husband, Paul Miller, DMD, joined in 2016. Each doctor is dedicated to providing all their services in a gentle, caring manner, making every patient feel like part of their dental family. “We all have the same philosophy,” says Dr. Jackie. “We take the time to understand each patient’s specific needs, delivering high-quality dental care for healthy, beautiful smiles using advanced technology and our signature gentle touch.” What sets the practice apart is attention to detail to the patient experience. The office is equipped with 40-inch screens in every room where patients can view calming images, as well as x-rays and photographs of their teeth. 3D digital imaging makes cosmetic dentistry a breeze. Patients also can enjoy a massage in the massage chairs during their treatment. “Our commitment to serving our patients includes providing information that helps them to make more informed decisions about their oral health needs,” says Dr. Mark. Amelia Gentle Dentistry is located at 1699 South 14th Street. For more information, call (904) 277-8500 or visit www.ameliagentledentistry.com.
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hen Bonnie Southwick became an empty nester, she saw that Monkey Barrel, a local children’s store, was closing. After 21 years, owners Dina and Roger Martin were ready to retire. Monkey Barrel had been Bonnie’s favorite store. “My children grew up in that store,” laughs Bonnie. “My husband, Rob, and I approached them about buying the business, and we took over in January. It was meant to be!” Monkey Barrel carries clothing for children from babies to size 14/16 for both boys and girls. Some of their quality brands include Hatley, Bailey Boys, and Kissy Kissy. They also carry a selection of accessories like sandals, sunhats, and baby jewelry, along with educational toys from BlueOrange, Fat Brain, Playmobil, and Gamewright/Brainwright. Bonnie has expanded their line of baby items, and says baby showers and gender reveal parties have become a hot, new trend for expectant couples. “We make up special gift bags depending upon the gender, and we also carry lots of gifts for showers and christenings,” she says. “We offer gift wrapping, and shipping to anywhere in the U.S.” Bonnie believes Monkey Barrel’s success is due to the fun atmosphere and quality merchandise. “Families love coming into the store,” she says. “The kids head straight to the toys, the parents shop for clothes and gifts, and everyone is happy!” Monkey Barrel is located at 95 Amelia Village Circle at The Shops at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. For more information, call (904) 310-9463 or visit their Facebook page.
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Adventure is closer than you think! Weâ€™re featuring a variety of new offerings and discounted pricing for some of our favorite activities and tours. These specials are available to Nassau and Duval County residents. Thank you for being a friend!
An old-fashioned gourmet food market & deli offering wine, spirits, gourmet cookware, wine accessories and gifts.
An upscale childrenâ€™s clothing and toy store featuring Le Top, E-Land Kids, Bailey Boys, Thomas the Tank Engine, Papo and more.
DINING > Shrimp Boil Fridays at MarchĂŠ Burette from 5-9pm
> Steak Out Saturdays & Sundays at MarchĂŠ Burette from 5-9pm
> Enjoy football at Falconâ€™s Nest with the NFL ticket! Join us on Sundays for the ultimate tailgate party. Watch the game on our outdoor inflatable screen while you enjoy beverages from our beer wall and specials from the smoker (Prices vary, smoker specials are weather permitting, check game schedules for times) > Let MarchĂŠ Burette take care of the cooking this Thanksgiving while you enjoy time with friends and family. Our dinners to go include a fully cooked turkey, traditional sides, dessert and a bottle of house wine. Dinners are $135 and feed 6-8 people. Call 904-491-4834 to reserve.
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Specials may not be combined with any other discounts or offers. Blackout dates may apply, please visit OmniHotels.com/aiplocals for additional information. To redeem recreation and spa specials, please mention promo code â€œLove Our Locals.â€? A valid ID will be required to confirm local status.
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Jewelry, handbags, ladiesâ€™ apparel and fashion accessories featuring Susan Shaw, Fornash, Oia Jules and Toune & Reese.
Gorgeous Glasses Known for the largest collection of animal paintings on the East Coast, La Torre’s Gallery & Gifts now has a vast collection of The Queens Jewels! It’s stemware with dazzling flair, each piece sparkling with personal and seasonal celebration. $29.50 per stem. 206 Centre Street. (904) 261-0444.
Fun Finds Gift yourself or someone else this fall with a fun vintageinspired item from Hudson & Perry, like this 8x10 FL print by Rifle Paper Co. ($28), Bicycle Bookends from Foreside ($54), or Classic Books published by Gibbs Smith ($14.99$16.99). Visit the store at 319 Centre St. (904) 844-2442.
Sleek Stools If you’re looking to make a statement at your bar or kitchen counter, don’t miss this elegant yet comfortable pair of Italiandesigned Calligaris ‘Irony’ Barstools ($95/pair). Available at Nassau Humane Society Second Chance Resale Store, 1002 S. 14th Street. (904) 321-0022.
Doggy Designs Dress up your dog with these fun Up Country customdesigned Amelia Island logo collars, leashes, keychains, and plush toys. Plush toy bone $9.50, collar $19.99, leash $24.99, and key chain $9.99. Made in the USA. Available at Redbones Dog Bakery, 809 South 8th Street. (904)-321-0030
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amelia’s athena In spite of a daily struggle with Neurofibromatosis, Michele Holbrook proved in the Project Athena Santa Barbara Adventure Race that nothing can hold her back. BY JULIE SIMMONS
Michele Gibbs Holbrook
hrough 100-degree heat, dark of night, and the weariness of her body, she paddled a sea kayak 18 miles, mountain biked over 42 miles while climbing 4,000 feet, hiked 16 miles, and then biked an additional five miles to the finish line—all in under 24 hours! She arrived at the end just in time to be crowned Athena Michele Gibbs Holbrook. Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom, war, and diplomacy, and it’s an appropriate title for this Amelia Island woman, who each day battles eight tumors that plague her body as a result of a genetic disease called Neurofibromatosis (NF). “When I was 25, my left leg started to collapse involuntarily,” says Michele. “I was athletic, played sports, and I knew something was wrong.” A five-year journey led to her diagnosis and the discovery of an additional tumor on her right lung. But perhaps the greatest difficulty of her diagnosis was accepting the reality that this was something she would face every day for the rest of her life. But if you know Michele—realtor, runner, and racer-fora-cure for NF—you know that she is a fighter, and she readies
Part of the 42-mile bike ride over the mountains, one stage of the Project Athena Santa Barbara Adventure.
herself for battle each day. NF causes tumors to form on nerve tissue, which can result in significant pain, dark spotting on the skin, benign growths under the skin, learning disabilities, or, in Michele’s case, tumors on her brain, lungs, and spine. Today there is no cure for NF, and as a result, Michele has undergone numerous surgeries to remove tumors that were impacting mobility or creating intolerable pain. She also endures the day-to-day battle with discomfort. “Sometimes when someone pats me on the back—even gently—it’s enough to bring me to my knees,” she describes. And to her knees in prayer she often heads. “God gives us a time to be born and a time to die, but I am going to continue to fight every day I have left. I am not going to sit down when I can try to make a difference for the children with NF coming behind me,” she says with a confident smile. It is just this strength that led Michele to an amazing feat in June, when she finished the Project Athena Santa Barbara Adventure and was crowned an Athena. The Project Athena Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to helping
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Top left: Planning the route the night before the Santa Barbara Adventure. Bottom left: Heading down the mountain after climbing 4,000 feet. Right: Beginning the 18-mile sea kayaking stage of the Santa Barbara Adventure.
It’s not about trying to get back to what you were... It’s about trying to be the best that you are capable of today, this minute.
women survivors of medical or other traumatic setbacks achieve their dreams. “It’s not about trying to get back to what you were,” explains Robyn Benincasa, Project Athena Founder and World Champion Adventure Racer. “It’s about trying to be the best that you are capable of today, this minute.” The organization offers six non-competitive adventures annually, which are designed to be about teamwork and making sure that no one is left behind. Michele’s face lights up when she describes her time with her fellow Athenas. “The willingness of Robin and her team to volunteer their time to help us is overwhelming,” she reflects. “They tell you, ‘yes you can’ when you are ready to give up.”
This same spirit of encouragement helps Michele on Amelia Island. “I have my group of running girls, and on the days I just want to stay in bed, they call me and rally me to my feet. And my mom is amazing. When I was training for the challenge, she was the one who pulled me up at 5 a.m. for an eight-hour training walk. She walked the first shift, and then a different friend joined me for each additional hour. The time passed so quickly because of our fun together!” Life with NF is not easy, but Michele meets each day with the wisdom, martial strength, and the ability to negotiate life’s hurdles that proves every day is what you make it—and which makes a true Athena!
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ANNUAL CASINO NIGHT FUNDRAISER #ENDNF September 15, 2017 Walker’s Landing 7 p.m. Contact Betsie Huben at 919-333-0836 or Michele Holbrook 904-583-1900 to purchase your tickets ($85) All proceeds benefit Children’s Tumor Foundation (www.ctf.org). The third annual “Casino Night to #EndNF” will honor the legacy of the James Bond Films and offer Black Jack, Roulette, Craps and Texas Hold’em, as well as new games like Black Jack Switch, Caribbean Stud Poker, and Let it Ride! Food provided by Chef Courtney Thompson of Horizons Restaurant. Beer and wine, with Bond movie soundtracks by Justin Wentz.
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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 for prizes donated by local community businesses and retailers. All proceeds go to advertising efforts of the organization.
A Pulitzer Prize winning drama performed 8 p.m. all nights except September 10, which is at 2 p.m. Held at Studio 209, 209 Cedar Street. Tickets $15. For more info, call (904) 261-6749 or visit www.ameliacommunitytheatre.org.
SEPTEMBER 5-7, 12-14, 19-22, 26-28 Cha Cha, Waltz, Latin in Motion Fitness Class, and Dance Workshop Ballroom On Amelia offers Tuesday classes with Cha Cha at 7 p.m. and Waltz at 8 p.m. $10 each or both for $15. Latin in Motion fitness class Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.; Dance Workshop Thursdays at 7 p.m.; $10 for each class. Friday Night Dance Party September from 8 to10 p.m.; $10 cash at the door. Located at 1897 Island Walkway at RAD Studios; no partner or reservation required. For more info, call (904)624-0886, or visit ballroomonamelia.com or their Facebook page.
SEPTEMBER 6 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.
SEPTEMBER 6 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEPTEMBER 6, 13, 20, 27 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.
SEPTEMBER 6, 13, 20, 27 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 email@example.com.
SEPTEMBER 9 3rd Annual Redfish Spot Fishing Tournament
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.
SEPTEMBER 15 Third on 3rd
A benefit for Fold of Honor Foundation, the tournament is open to all anglers. Captains Meeting September 8. Held at Amelia Island Marina, 251 Creekside Drive at the foot of the Shave Bridge. For full schedule of events visit www.ameliaislandguidesassociation.com or call (904) 430-6014.
SEPTEMBER 11 Jazz Concert at Savannah Grand Featuring the Les DeMerle Trio with vocalist Bonnie Eisele, performing hits from Streisand to Sinatra. Free admission; wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Located at 1900 Amelia Trace Court. For more information call (904) 321-0998.
SEPTEMBER 11 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.
SEPTEMB ER 12 Newcomers Club Coffee Hosting its monthly coffee on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Women interested in joining the club who reside in Nassau County (no matter how long they have lived there) are welcome to attend. For further info, contact Alma Cox at (954) 6109548, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www. newcomersclubofameliaisland.com.
SEPTEMBER 13 Women, Wealth & Wine An informal group of women who meet to discuss financial and related issues affecting us all. Come and ask the questions you have always wanted to ask and get insight into the questions you haven’t thought of yet. Financial answers and ideas over a glass of wine. Begins at 5:30 p.m. For more info, call (904) 305-2608.
SEPTEMBER 14 Art on 8th Stroll through shops and art galleries along 8th street while sampling great products and fine wines. 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call (904) 310-9766.
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SEPTEMBER 14 Men Helping Men – Prostate Cancer Support Group
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.
SEPTEMBER 18 Acoustic Sessions Live music led by music director Tom Leon 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.
SEPTEMBER 21 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 email@example.com, or Nancy Blanton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEPTEMBER 27 Head and Neck Cancer Support Group SPOHNC is a support group for oral, head and neck cancer patients, held at Baptist Medical Center board room at 11:30 a.m. For more information contact Lauren DeWitt at (904) 277-2700.
SEPTEMBER 28-30, OCTOBER 5-8, 12-14, The 39 Steps at Amelia Community Theatre A comedy thriller kicks off ACT’s 37th season. All performances at 8 p.m. except for October 8, which is at 2 p.m. Held at Main Stage, 207 Cedar Street. Tickets $22 adults; $10 students through college. For more information call (904) 261-6749 or visit www. ameliacommunitytheatre.org. To have your event featured here, email all of the information to email@example.com.
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hen you enter the Amelia Island Museum of History, you will be greeted by a museum volunteer who will explain the many options available to learn more about the amazing history of Amelia Island. You can choose to explore on your own, or join one of the tours offered mornings and afternoons. Each exhibit provides detailed information about a period or periods in the island’s history. Tucked away on the first floor in a corner of the museum is an exhibit that tells the story of an archeological dig that uncovered evidence of a long-buried Spanish mission and an ancient Indian graveyard. In the early 1980s, a Jacksonville couple, George and Dottie Dorion, bought three acres of land in Amelia Island Plantation and planned to build a house. When the land clearing began, human bones were discovered. The Dorions immediately stopped the excavation, and it was determined that the bones were those of Indians buried hundreds of years
ago. The Dorion Dig, as it was called, eventually revealed not only ancient bones, but artifacts from a 17th-century Spanish mission, one of several missions located on the same spot. The Dorions financed nine years of excavations, abandoned their plans to build a house, and later sold the land. During those nine years, the site was open to school groups and other interested people. What was discovered on the Dorions property were two Indian garbage heaps that predated the arrival of Europeans in Florida. In addition, the dig uncovered the remains of two 17th-century Spanish missions established for Indian refugees, nearly 200 Indian skeletons, debris from a late 18th-century plantation, and trash from a Civil War military encampment. The original mission was built in 1684 to minister to the Guale Indians, who had been moved south from St. Catherine’s Island, Georgia by the Spanish to escape slave raiders from South Carolina. The missions on Amelia Island were part of
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a system of missions that stretched from Elena, South Carolina to St. Augustine, Florida during the period when Spain dominated what is now the coast of the southeastern United States. At one time, there were as many as 150 missions. Artifacts found during the years of the archeological dig were given to the Amelia Island Museum of History, the University of Florida, and loaned to other museums. The Mission Room has a painting of an austere Franciscan priest in his spartan sleeping quarters. Displays in the room include a replica of a seal found during the archaeological dig that proved the existence of the mission. The seal was used in the sending of official documents. The museum displays from the missions include grave goods, axes, shell necklaces, and other artifacts that reveal details of their daily lives. Of historic significance is the original threshold that was part of the entry into the mission. It is thought to be the only one of such thresholds from the missions dotting the coast.
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BY KAREN MILLER • PHOTOS BY TROY ALLEN LAIR
ach summer, I leave my Amelia Island paradise for a taste of the mountains, and this year I decided to join my hiking friend, Rusty, who is thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. He and I agree to meet at the New York/Connecticut border for a 155mile hike though Connecticut and Massachusetts, ending in Bennington, Vermont. Beguiling me with its meticulously painted red barns and sunny hillsides, the Connecticut section of the Appalachian Trail is surprisingly challenging. Although the elevation is low, ranging from 260 to 2,316 feet above sea level, Connecticut’s glacial activity has left behind rocks and boulders which are difficult to traverse. In our first days, we hike along Ten Mile River, a popular whitewater paddling river which flows into the Housatonic River, and then we begin climbing—first up Schaghticoke Mountain, then Indian Rocks, and then Caleb’s Peak. We eventually reach Saint John’s Ledges, a popular destination for rock climbers with its steep stone steps and slab rocks, located in Kent. After a harrowing descent down the Ledges, we meet a group of other hikers who are enjoying grilled burgers and fruit provided by a local trail angel. Trail angels are volunteers who help hikers with food or rides. Soon Rusty and I are back on the trail, hiking along the Housatonic River for many flat miles. This is a popular area for day hikers, with lots of places to picnic and swim. Eventually we climb again, this time up Sharon Mountain in Housatonic State Forest. There is one shelter and three designated campsites on this part of the trail. Pine Swamp Brook Shelter was built in 1989 and sleeps six. We hike into one of my favorite Connecticut towns, Falls
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Village, home to Great Falls and a three-quarter mile section of the trail that is wheelchair accessible, passing through the small village which used to be the site of a large ironworks. Rusty and I stop for a swim at Great Falls, a welcome relief from the stifling heat, and continue towards the town of Salisbury, winding through a hardwood forest, a lush valley, and a rock formation called Giants Thumb. The descent into Salisbury is steep, and we are relieved to arrive in this pretty Connecticut town, where we have decided to stay at a hostel. After a hot shower, pizza, and a good night’s sleep, Rusty and I tour the town before resupplying our food bags at the local market and heading north again, this time to Bear Mountain, Connecticut’s highest peak. Bad weather makes the climb and descent difficult, but soon we reach the Massachusetts border and Sages Ravine. We have hiked 55 miles. The Appalachian Trail travels 90 miles in Massachusetts, winding through the Berkshires and passing over the highest point in the state at Mount Greylock, elevation 3,491 feet. The trail travels over hills, valleys, and towns, crossing through forests of maple, oak, pine, spruce, and hemlock.
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Sages Ravine is a delight. The area is verdant after days of rain, and the forest reminds me of the Pacific Northwest, albeit with A field of wild bee balm runs along the Ten Mile River, just north much smaller trees. of the New York/Connecticut border. Now mountains loom before us in what seems like one endless clamber—Mount Race, Mount Everett, Mount Bushnell, and Jug End. We finally arrive in Great Barrington to resupply our food bags again, meeting up with nice folks from an auto body shop, who invite us in for coffee to wait out the rain. Rain is the nemesis of the AT hiker, making for slippery conditions and damp, musty tents, but it also means lots of bubbling, fresh water streams, so Rusty and I are happy to endure it. By the time we climb June and East Mountains, we are relieved to reach Tom Leonard Shelter, where we find a large group of hikers who are also trying to escape the rain. Rusty and I have gathered wild mushrooms throughout the day, and we make a dish of coconut curry ramen while chatting with our new friends. The next day, we head north through Beartown State Forest. During the summer months, the area’s 35-acre Benedict Pond attracts swimmers, boaters, and fishermen. Brooks, beaver ponds, flowering shrubs, and wildflowers are plentiful. After a quiet night at North Wilcox Shelter, we awake to a break in the weather. It’s a glorious day of sun, cool breezes, and low humidity – perfect hiking weather. In no time, Rusty and I are on our way to Upper Goose Pond, a favorite stopping-over place for AT hikers with its cabin, dock with swimming area, canoe rentals, and hearty pancake breakfast. The next day we enjoy an easy climb up Becket Mountain, then a long, flat hike to the town of Becket, landing at a blueberry farm run by a woman known as “The Cookie Lady” who bakes chocolate chip cookies for hikers and allows camping on her farm. Rusty and I purchase a quart of berries and farm eggs, which we eat for Upper Goose Pond in Lee, Massachusetts, offers a cozy cabin, canoe rentals, pancake breakfast, dinner, then sleep well through the night, and stone cairns built anonymously by a local artist. which brings another drenching rain. We hike into the town of Dalton the next day, where we take a day off to shower, launder our clothes, and resupply our food bags. When we head north again, we find a hiker’s oasis on Cheshire Cobble, a rocky outcrop where we spend the night, before going on to Mount Greylock. The climb to Greylock is gradual but long, and we enjoy our day of hiking across the Hoosic Valley. In another two days, we have crossed into Vermont, arriving in the historic town of Bennington, the end of my 155-mile trip. Rusty hikes on to Maine, and I head back to Amelia Island, basking in the afterglow of the Appalachian Trail. The trip was challenging for this Florida girl, but well worth a few Many sections of the Appalachian Trail run through private sore muscles. For more information about the Trail, visit the land, like this corn field in northern Massachusetts. Appalachian Trail Conservancy at www.appalachiantrail.org. 50 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • SEPTEMBER 2017
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eptember is the month of the annual Florida Growers trade show, when I get the opportunity to discover new plants for the coming season and share my findings with you. How exciting! When I look back on gardening from ten years ago, I am amazed that so many of the plants we now put in our gardens did not exist then. Nurserymen are doing a wonderful job creating new and striking plants that we all enjoy now, and they keep them coming. However, in searching for something new for the garden, I don’t want to overlook my favorite old standbys, like the beautiful and fragrant Oleanders, which are salt-tolerant. And don’t forget the always dependable Ligustrum, Pittosporum, or Viburnum, which makes a wonderful privacy hedge. If you don’t want tall ones, try the dwarf variety. A few hardy stand-by shrubs I like are Burning Bush, Witch Hazel, Spreading Junipers, and Rose of Sharon. Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus) is one of the most-planted shrubs. It is easy to overlook throughout the year, except in fall when the leaves turn a
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vibrant red. Combine this beautiful shrub with some dark green evergreens to showcase the fall foliage. Dwarf varieties are available for small gardens. Use Burning Bush as a hedge or to create a screen. It can also be used in foundation plantings or in a border. Another shrub that I loved as a child (because I made dancing dolls out of the flowers) is the Rose of Sharon. This shrub brings bold colors and big blooms to the garden. Flowers start opening in mid-summer in hues of white, red, pink, and lavender. Not only could I not resist the blooms, but the butterflies and hummingbirds can’t resist the blooms either! How about breathing life into winter scenery with the cheery yellow
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blooms of Witch Hazel? This native shrub blooms from January to March, when other plants are sleeping. Its fall color features gold leaves. It works well as a specimen shrub, and its flowers show best when set against an background. I enjoy having some tropicals in my garden, so Split Leaf Philodendrum and its dwarf counterpart, Xanadu, always have a spot in the mostly shady part of the yard, along with the striking Variegated Ginger. And don’t forget the little Peacock Ginger, with its dainty purple blooms, which makes great edging in the shade. Creeping Junipers are tough, and they make terrific groundcover, growing 12 inches high and spreading from 6 to 10 feet across. This shrub iss an old standby as a border for landscaping around foundations. Blue Rug has blue leaves, and Bar Harbor tolerates salt spray well. Next month I’ll another new plant I know you’ll enjoy in your garden. If you have any questions, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, Happy Gardening!
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Right: The home’s beautiful gray-shingled facade is both traditional and contemporary. Below: The living room, utilizing neutral tones, showcases Joanie and Jeff’s treasured antiques.
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fter moving to Amelia Island, Joanie Michas and Jeff Barnes dreamed of designing a house together. Their frequent bicycle trips took them past a lot that they agreed had great potential for enjoying sunsets and views of the marsh. When the parcel became available, they were quick to act. The end result is a very special house with all the custom details the couple wanted. The grey shingled house sits on a small lot with a pond in front and marsh views and the Intracoastal Waterway in back. The three bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home incorporates the couple’s ideas and interests, including a collection of Swedish antiques of the Gustavian period. Jeff, an architect by trade, designed the house. His admiration for museums and their effective use of light and space were a source of inspiration.
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Top: The dining area opens onto the comfortable living room and the subtle, minimal kitchen area. Above: The back patio, shaded by oak trees, looks over the golf course and the Amelia River.
Having vacationed on Nantucket for years, Joanie loved the weathered gray shingle-style homes there. As an architect, Jeff has designed hundreds of such homes in New England and on Amelia Island. The couple used Jeff’s method of hand-dipping each shingle in weathering stain to ensure full coverage and hanging then on a line to dry. Although the house is shingle-style, the interior is contemporary. The house has an open floor plan, multiple levels and ceiling heights, and a “floating” studio overlooking the entry foyer and living room. Of Swedish decent, Joanie has been collecting Swedish antiques for years. They fit perfectly with Jeff’s simple, clean design, combining the patina of old painted wood with sleek, contemporary elements. Jeff used collected treasures from his barn in Vermont in the design of the house. These include an
old eight-foot tall set of French doors, an aged iron garden railing from a 19th-century house, and rough-hewn beams rescued from a barn in western Vermont. The couple wanted the kitchen to fit subtly in the center of the house. It has a clean, minimal feeling, with a gray and beige palette. Elongated crackled gray tiles give a striking look to the backsplash. Searching stone yards, they found a creamy quartzite slab for the kitchen island and countertops. They used the same Taj Mahal quartzite in the fireplace surround and in the master bath. The interior wall surfaces are white and soft gray throughout the house, not unlike the museums Jeff admires. A unique wall treatment in the master bedroom utilizes striated limestone, contrasting with the shiplap walls and the lightcolored brushed oak floors found throughout the house.
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Right: The contemporary bathroom utilizes dramatic raised sinks and a stand-alone bath tub. Below: The spacious master bedroom was designed with classic neutral tones. Lower left: The sunny guest room adjoins the upstairs sunroom.
On one of their many trips to Vermont, the couple found an antique gallery specializing in Swedish Gustavian antiques, which became favorites. Gustavian antiques use pale pastel coloring with shades of gray, light blue, and salmon. Their collection began with a 1790s Mora clock, which uses pale colors and a simple style that appeals to decorators and collectors. Mora clocks are made in a variety of shapes based on a figure eight or the rounded female form. The clock greets visitors as they enter the house. Another striking piece is a salmon painted secretary in the living room. Several favorite collections are evident throughout, including Jeffâ€™s collection of hand-carved decorative mirrors and weathervanes. 58 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE â€˘ SEPTEMBER 2017
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The couple is quick to credit those involved in building their dream home, including Lendry Homes, a builder of artfully detailed homes in coastal communities like Amelia Island. They also brought in craftsman from Vermont, who installed the lasercut hand rail system on the staircases, built the shiplap walls, and welded the garden railing encircling the sun room. Wendy Smith, Jeff’s sister and owner of Malachite Interiors, was a great source for fabrics and finishing touches that pulled it all together. “Five o’clock seems to find us on the second floor screened porch,” says Joanie.” We never get tired of the glorious sunsets and the little marsh tributaries that twinkle like silver ribbons as the sun goes down. Amelia Island is a magical place.” 60 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • SEPTEMBER 2017
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Lulu’s AT THE THOMPSON HOUSE Tucked into a corner off Centre Street, Lulu’s serves delicious and beautifully prepared favorites like Shrimp & Grits, Oyster Po’ Boys, and Braised Short Ribs. BY MICHAEL GASS • PHOTO BY WILLIAM RASER
here are summer showers, and then there are gully washers. On this afternoon, rivers of water poured down South 7th Street as I pulled in to meet with Melanie and Brian Grimley, the beauty and the brawn behind Lulu’s at the Thompson House. When I popped in to greet my hosts after the rain died down, I found the place nearly full early on a soggy Tuesday afternoon. I settled under the covered patio outside, where I watched a large group come down the coquina path and through the
garden. Despite being tucked away off Centre Street, discerning diners seek out Lulu’s for its vibrant flavors and attention to detail. After spending the day in my classroom and kitchen at FBHS, I was looking forward to catching up with friends, tasting some of Lulu’s favorite dishes, and getting the scoop on their next enterprise, Lagniappe Restaurant, due to open later this year on the south end of the island. One thing about Brian that can’t be overstated is his personal relationship with his food. In lieu of black beans on
his fish tacos, Chef Brian uses Sea Island peas cooked slow and low and spiked with his blend of Creole herbs and spices. As I sampled them, I wondered how an Englishman became so enamored with the food of New Orleans and the Low Country, and as if on cue, Brian launched into a story about the first time he met Chef Paul Prudhomme. The recent Southern food revival has brought many heirloom grains back to the market, a fact not lost on Brian or his Chef de Cuisine Carey Todd. Chef Carey was happy about a new company out of South Carolina called Geechie Boy Mill, a small family farm producing heirloom vegetables and some the finest grits I’ve ever tasted. Lulu’s Shrimp and Grits entree is loaded with andouille sausage, tasso ham, and local shrimp, but the grits in this dish don’t play second fiddle. Decadently creamy thanks to the coarse grind in an antique mill, the natural aroma of the corn shines through the piquant flavors of the bayou. My favorite item on Lulu’s menu is their mussels: piled high, and swimming in a green curry broth. As I asked about the Grimleys’ next big adventure, Chef Carey appeared with a new version of the dish, ready for the menu at Lagniappe, topped with bacon and blue cheese. The smoky flavor of the bacon is an inspired partner to the tangy cheese, coating each mussel in a surprisingly light sauce without overpowering their subtle sweetness. Lagniappe (lahn-yap) still has a few more months before it’s ready to host customers, but if the mussels are any indication, the menu is heavy on the wow factor. The restaurant will feature the food and the spirits of the southeastern United States. While I am looking forward to Brian and Melanie’s next adventure, I am delighted that the quality food and family feeling that I love will still be available downtown. Lulu’s is located at 11 S. 7th Street and is open Sundays for brunch, and Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.
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dining guide Amelia Tavern ~ Restaurant & Brewpub on Centre Street provides delicious local food and cold brews to the friends and guests of Amelia Island. Our kitchen serves amped up southern comfort food, where you’ll see enough diversity to be surprised without losing sight of the simple stuff you love. The collection of house brews and craft beer options are curated to match the menu, with plenty of pairings to fit any palette. A.T. is a brewery infused gastropub, or a brewpub with great food, something like that - just stop in, grab a bite and a sip, you’ll see. We are doing it our way, the right way, for you and for this Island. Bar Zin ~ Inspired by 30 years in the hospitality industry and numerous trips to Napa and Sonoma, our philosophy at Bar Zin is quite simple: create a fun relaxed upbeat indoor/outdoor atmosphere where friends and families can enjoy creative, fresh American bistro cuisine. In addition, we offer a diverse beverage menu consisting of great wines, local brews, and Saki martinis. Whenever possible, it is our intention to utilize local farmers, local products, and local businesses to create a farm-to-table style menu. Our vision was to design a neighborhood atmosphere where everyone will feel welcome, whether you are enjoying a full meal, appetizers, or just stopping in for a cold beverage; a place that will attract a diverse clientele which in turn makes it a place where everyone will have a relaxing and fun time. www.barzin-bistro-winebar.com. Lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch. Major credit cards. 4924 First Coast Hwy at Palmetto Walk Shopping Village. (904) 310-6620. Brett’s Waterway Cafe ~ The only restaurant on the island where you can dine overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, Brett’s offers a wide choice of seafood, chicken and beef with daily specials both at lunch and dinner. The view of the water, the impeccable service and the refined ambiance will enhance your dining pleasure. The large rectangular bar overlooking the Fernandina Harbor Marina is a pleasant place to enjoy a drink. At the marina on Front Street. (904) 261-2660. Open 7 days, Mon-Sat L, D, $$$, F. Burlingame ~ In the historic district just off Centre Street at 20 South 5th Street, this restaurant offers seasonally inspired modern American food with a twist. The small menu enables our team to focus on a handful of exquisite dishes developed from the freshest ingredients each season. Dining out is about more than just food, and our superb service and casually elegant atmosphere create a special experience. Extensive wine/beer list. Reservations recommended. Open 5:30pm Tue – Sun. Closed Mon. (904) 4327671. BurlingameRestaurant.com Café Karibo ~ Located on North 3rd St. just off Centre Street in the historic downtown district. It has a cozy interior with a funky, laid-back setting. It’s most striking feature is its naturally shaded outdoor dining patio. Great selection of sandwiches, salads, and soups for lunch. Kid friendly. Vegetarian items on the menu. Open: 11am–9pm Tue thru Sat; Sunday 10:30am– 3pm with lunch menu specials; Mon 11am–3pm. Fresh-brewed beer available in the Café and in the brew pub—The Karibrew—located next door. Food prices are relatively low-lunch average $10 pp; dinner $20 pp (generous portions). Crab Trap ~ Nautical decor and friendly service makes for a casual, relaxing atmosphere. Dinner daily offers seafood—fried, grilled, broiled, or blackened—as well as steaks, chicken and oysters year round. Entrees $8.95 - $18.95. Call for seasonal hours. Beer, wine, and
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cocktails. Family owned and operated since 1979. 31 N 2nd Street, (904) 261-4749. $$$ 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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5 Sound Point Court Beautiful marsh/ICW views from this custom home being built on a private and secure homesite. 1.10 acre lot includes 25ft long deep water boat slip, 4 boat slips + kayak dock, exclusively for neighborhood owners. $2,588,000
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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
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2408 Los Robles Dr. Fantastic opportunity to own a 3BR/4.5BA home on Amelia Island. Located on a low maintenance half acre lot with professional grade landscape lighting. This beautifully renovated home has many upgraded features. $539,000 MLS# 76601
3424 Sea Marsh Rd. Located on Omni Amelia Island Plantation, this 3BR/3BA villa with direct frontage on the marsh offers one of the most superior settings, with views of the Intracoastal, marsh and stunning sunsets. $339,000 MLS# 76001
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1402 Beach Walker Road $995,000
Luxury and upgrades in this 3BR/2.5BA Amelia Park home. Oak wood flooring & tile throughout. Kitchen features granite, stainless appliances, gas stove, and walk-in pantry. Gas fireplace, custom built bookcase and surround sound, two outdoor porches for entertaining, immaculate garage, and designed with an elevator shaft in place! MLS#75879
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
1209 Beach Walker Road $315,000
Lagoon and nature views from this 2BR/2BA condo at Amelia Island Plantation. Features tile flooring throughout, custom window blinds, wet bar, exterior lighting, and brick pavers on patio. NEW roof and A/C unit. Renovated kitchen includes granite countertops, stainless appliances and glass subway tile backsplash. Close to beach! MLS#75877
96303 Piney Island Drive $699,000
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Beautiful, elegant 5,340 sq. ft., 4 BR/3 BA, and 1/2 guest BA, Traditionalstyle home! Enjoy wide open floor plan with 12’ high ceilings in LR, DR, MBR, kitchen and sunroom. Large handicap walk-in shower, laundry room and office area. 4th bedroom (den) includes a bed tucked in a faux 2nd closet. Upstairs boasts 2 large bedrooms, 2 en-suite baths and a wonderful great/media room: 29’x18’—over 550 SF! Kitchen includes gas range, fireplace, grill, wet bar, and mini fridge. Plus, large 3 car garage! Lush landscaping! Video online or by email! MLS #76804
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WATERFRONT PROPERTY, GOLF HOMES, HISTORIC HOMES, & MORE Rare Opportunity The Historic Thompson House plus Lulu’s Restaurant where you can live and work in the heart of downtown Fernandina Beach. 100 x 100 lot and C3 Zoning allows for ﬂexible use so bring your imagination and make this your dream come true. Successful restaurateur will provide training if needed. Vintage home features unique arched bay windows, heart pine ﬂoors, very spacious rooms, and carved ﬁreplace mantels. MLS#70169 $698,000
39 Beach Walker Rd 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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87 SEA MARSH ROAD ~ $797,000 AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION
200 River Oaks Drive ~ $535,000
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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96238 Long Beach Drive ~ $254,000
4 BELTED KINGFISHER ~ $550,000 AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION Charming & quaint cottage in exclusive Amelia Island Plantation! Recently updated with marble floors throughout the downstairs, renovated kitchen with large island, all appliances have been replaced, bathrooms updated all within the past 3 years. Courtyard entrance enclosed by trellis with double doors leading into the foyer. Large formal living room has beautiful 2-story cathedral ceiling & wood burning fireplace. Large formal dining room looking out to back deck and private back yard. Granite counters in kitchen, master bath, & powder room. Screened porch with 2-story ceiling leading out to back deck and yard.
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pickleball for all BY JULIE SIMMONS • PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE FERNANDINA PICKLEBALL PIRATES
ickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and here on Amelia Island! Perhaps you’ve noticed the four new courts that opened in Central Park—the courts where around 50 people regularly play the game each week. Pickleball is a hybrid of badminton, ping-pong, and tennis played on a badminton-sized court with a slightly lowered tennis net using a paddle and a plastic ball with holes. Invented in 1965 outside of Seattle by dads trying to entertain their kids in the backyard, accounts of how the name originated differ. The inventor’s wife said it is named for a “pickle boat” in crew, a collection of the leftovers from other boats, just as pickleball is a mix of sports. Others claim that the family dog, Pickles, was the inspiration, while the inventors claim the dog was named for the game.
Fernandina Pickleball Pirates on the court in Central Park.
On Amelia Island, David Cultice approached the City of Fernandina Beach four years ago about bringing pickleball here. Soon after, games began at Main Beach. It wasn’t long before the city realized this was a big deal and that the expanding community of players was outgrowing the space available. Plans were made for the new courts, which opened in September last year. “Our department is open to anything that promotes recreation and wellness,” says Parks and Recreation Manager Jay Robertson.
Recently, I was lucky enough to have a private lesson with David, who is a USAPA Ambassador. When I walked up and saw folks in line waiting to play and observed the fast competition on the court, I wondered if maybe I should have ducked this assignment! A just-in-time friendly welcome from Patty Sorensen, Bruce Henkel, who recognized me from our neighborhood, and David put me at ease. “Don’t worry, you’ll be confused by the scoring the whole time,” they reassured me. “Just focus on hitting the ball.” After a few warm-up swings, a couple of successful volleys, and a few serves that landed in the target area, I was having a ball! Many people think this is a slow game for older folks, but I quickly David Cultice learned that was not true. It is fast, furious, and fun to play. The smaller court size makes the game manageable for all levels of mobility, but it can be played at a speed that provides a great workout. “I burn more calories here than I ever did in tennis,” says Patty. “We like seeing participants from age 10 to 90 on the court,” says Jay. “This is one of the few games I can play with my 67-year-old father without a gap in ability.” “Pickleball creates great friendships on and off the court, and it brings out the competitive side of everyone,” said Chmone Ashley. She and her family are champion players who frequent the courts preparing for their next tournaments. If you are ready to laugh and have a great time, don’t worry about being a little green, everyone is welcoming and ready to help you learn the game. A sign on the fence at the courts lists dedicated play times for novice and experienced players. For more information, contact the City of Fernandina Beach (904) 310-3350 or visit the Fernandina Beach Pickleball Pirates Facebook page.
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Osprey Village, Perfecting Retirement on Amelia Island. When you become a Member of Osprey Village at Amelia Island Plantation you also become a Member of The Amelia Island Club. With 3 Master-Designed Golf Courses, 23 Har-Tru Tennis Courts, 3 Distinct Clubhouses, an Endless Social Calendar, All of the Amenities of Osprey Village, The Amelia Island Club and The Amelia Island Plantation; it’s hard to compare to anything else.
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