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Autumn on Amelia Island also means the return of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival, and that is always— like jazz music itself —a breath of fresh air blowing through the island.
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The arrival of Labor Day is always bittersweet since it signals the official end of the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. When the temperatures begin to cool (at least a little), we soon pack away the happy memories of summer vacation and begin to reacquaint ourselves with school schedules and all of our regular routines. As thoughts of relaxation slowly fade, we settle back into the responsibilities that make up the rest of our lives. But fortunately, autumn on Amelia Island also means the return of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival, and that is always—like jazz music itself—a breath of fresh air blowing through the island. The Amelia Island Jazz Festival, returning this fall for its fifteenth season, owes its success to renowned drummer Les DeMerle, artistic director and founder of the festival. An Amelia Island resident since 1991 with his wife, vocalist Bonnie Eisele, Les got his start drumming with jazz greats Lionel Hampton and Harry James, and has worked with musical icons like Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, and Joe Williams. Les and Bonnie are backed by a hard-working group of volunteers who help make the jazz festival an unforgettable event each year. The festival runs this year from October 7 – 14 and welcomes another outstanding line-up of world-class musicians, including headliners jazz guitarist/vocalist Henry Johnson and the dynamic Brazilian jazz project Requinte Trio, to venues throughout the island. As always, the festival features a full week of shows and events, kicking off with the annual free Sunday concert in Amelia Park, then continuing through the week with a special Jazz and Wine Tasting Event at Amelia Island Wine Company, a “Jump, Jive & Wail” swing concert and dance party with the Dynamic Les DeMerle band featuring Bonnie Eisele at the Sandbar & Kitchen, and Hot Latin Jazz in its traditional Thursday night slot with El Niño & the Latin Jazz Knights, also at Sandbar & Kitchen. Additionally, the fun Late Night Jams return after the headliner performances Friday and Saturday nights at Sliders Seaside Grill, as well as the delicious Sunday Jazz Brunch at Horizons Restaurant. It promises to be a great week of music. Also in this issue, we take a look at Kenya Partners, a non-profit organization headed by Amelia Island resident Diane Hamrick dedicated to improving medical care and education in Kenya; we meet long-time realtor Anita Cooper, who recently celebrated her 80th birthday, and her daughter, local entrepreneur Lori Lecker; get to know Melody Dawkins, the Membership Director at the Nassau County Council on Aging; enjoy a “Backyard Adventure” boat cruise and picnic on Cumberland Island; and much more.
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SEPTEMBER 2018 11 Cover Story THE AMELIA ISLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL CELEBRATES ITS 15TH SEASON
The 2018 Amelia Island Jazz Festival returns this fall for another week of world-class jazz music, including headliners the great jazz guitarist/ vocalist Henry Johnson and the dynamic Brazilian jazz project Requinte Trio, at venues around the island.
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JAZZ FESTIVAL In its fifteenth year of bringing the best in jazz music to Amelia Island, the Amelia Island Jazz Festival celebrates America’s musical art form with a stellar line-up of musicians. BY KAREN MILLER • PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE AMELIA ISLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL
T’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THE AMELIA ISLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL IS CELEBRATING ITS 15TH YEAR OF BRINGING WORLD-CLASS JAZZ TO AMELIA ISLAND! SEEMS LIKE JUST YESTERDAY THE LIKES OF
David Sanborn, Ramsey Lewis, David Benoit, Spyro Gyra, Larry Coryell, Randy Brecker, and Richie Cole were “bringing down the house” in venues throughout the island. In just 15 years, the AIJF has brought thousands of jazz-lovers and jazz musicians together to form partnerships and friendships, benefitting from the vision and energy of a veteran jazz professional who gives the Festival a rich heritage – legendary drummer and Artistic Director Les DeMerle. DeMerle and his wife and vocalist, Bonnie Eisele, had a longtime dream of creating a diversified jazz festival on Amelia Island. The couple produced the festival for three years prior to its incorporation as a non-profit 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Since then, with the help of generous sponsors 11 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
and hardworking volunteers, the Amelia Island Jazz Festival has grown into a spectacular event which attracts major jazz artists and attendees from across the country. DeMerle toured for 12 years with jazz trumpet master Harry James and recorded three albums with him, including the Grammy Award-winning King James Version. DeMerle’s own jazz/rock/fusion band, Transfusion, recorded five awardwinning LPs. He has toured with the Manhattan Transfer and appeared with such musical greats as Lou Rawls, Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, and Joe Williams. Eisele has appeared at many popular jazz clubs, including Somerset’s in Singapore, City Jazz in Orlando, The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, and Arturo Sandoval’s in Miami. She has
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also toured the U.S. and Europe with the Chicago Free Street Theater, an original musical theater and dance group. Eisele’s diverse performing experience includes singing at the Chicago Playboy Club, Chicago Fest, Drury Lane Theater, and Miami’s Fontainebleau Resort. Eisele and DeMerle perform many styles of jazz ranging from swing and standard ballads, blues, Latin, rhythm and blues, Cajun grooves, Broadway show favorites, and more, performing in various sizes ranging from a trio to a full seventeen-piece big band.
AMELIA ISLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS The cornerstone of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival is its educational programs; led by DeMerle, the Festival seeks to enrich minds with the sounds, excitement and vitality of jazz. “Jazz in the Schools” was designed to expose young people to the art of jazz, while motivating students to pursue jazz as a musical endeavor. Featuring workshops led by master musicians for grade school, middle school, and high school students, more than 2,000 area students attend this program each year. Each 12 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
year, since 2009, the Festival’s educational programs culminate in the Amelia Island Jazz Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on an annual basis to a graduating high school senior. The scholarship is used toward college expenses necessary to earn a major or minor in music in the area of jazz performance or a related area. It is the desire of the Jazz Festival board to help preserve jazz, the all-American art form, by helping young, talented artists who are pursuing their dream of becoming jazz musicians. This year’s winner, saxophonist David Truilo, will be performing at the Festival in October. Truilo was a member of the Stanford Jazz Institute in 2017, where he learned from luminaries such as Ravi Coltrane, Anat Cohen, and Kendrick Scott. He was also one of a select group of musicians selected for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Summer Jazz Academy in 2018. For his undergraduate degree, David is attending The New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. In addition, DeMerle, Eisele, and special guests perform a special Jazz for Seniors concert at Savannah Grand of Amelia Island. DeMerle also holds a drum camp for children during
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The Festival kicks off on Sunday, October 7 with a free community concert at Amelia Park with the exciting Florida State University Jazz Ensemble 1, directed by Leon Anderson and featuring the FSU Jazz Faculty. This nationally acclaimed, 21-member orchestra from Tallahassee performs in both on- and off-campus concerts around the state in a variety of traditional and modern jazz styles. The family-friendly concert will be held at 2 p.m. Barbeque from Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen and beverages are available for sale, along with AIJF merchandise, so bring your own lawn chairs and enjoy! If you’re not yet a Sponsor of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival, it’s not too late to become one. As a Bronze Saxophone Sponsor ($250) or above, you will receive a special invitation to the Jazz Sponsor Party, an exceptional evening of jazz hosted by Les DeMerle and Bonnie Eisele, along with special guests. The party is held at Horizons Restaurant, 5472 First Coast Highway, from 7 to 9 p.m., and includes wine, hors d’oeuvres, and jazz by 14 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
On Tuesday, October 9 from 6 to 8 p.m., Amelia Island Wine Company, 4924 First Coast Highway, is hosting a special Jazz and Wine Tasting event featuring six unique wines with a pairing of jazz for each taste. The performance presents multiinstrumentalist Dr. Bill Prince, trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, and flute, with Doug Matthews, piano, and Les DeMerle, drums. Prince, a professor emeritus at the University of North Florida, has performed with numerous bands and orchestras, including Buddy Rich, Billy Maxted, Pee Wee Hunt, the NORAD Band, the Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and Jacksonville Symphonies, and the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. Matthews has performed with Louie Bellson, Randy Brecker, Dizzy Gillespie, Branford Marsalis, James Moody, Percy Sledge, and the Dynamic Les DeMerle Big Band. He is an active composer and arranger, and several of his compositions and arrangements have been recorded by various artists.
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SWING NIGHT AT SANDBAR & KITCHEN “Papa’s in the icebox lookin’ for a can of ale, Mama’s in the backyard, learning how to jive an’ wail!” If you’re looking for a can of ale and a place to swing, come on down to the Sandbar & Kitchen, 2910 Atlantic Avenue, on October 10 at 7 p.m. for a very special concert and dance featuring The Dynamic Les DeMerle Little Big Band with Bonnie Eisele, vocals, Steve Strawley, trumpet, Clarence Hines, trombone, Al Waters, saxophone, Doug Matthews, piano, Ernie Ealum, bass, and Les DeMerle, drums. Swing dance developed with the swing style of jazz music in the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s, and its music features a strong groove and rhythmic innovations. DeMerle’s tight horn section, featuring former Ray Charles sax man Al Waters, turns up the heat while Bonnie Eisele’s vocals soar. You won’t want to miss a beat of Jump, Jive and Wail, so be sure to bring your sweetheart and dance the night away! Food and beverages will be available for sale.
HOT LATIN JAZZ NIGHT SWING NIGHT AT SANDBAR & KITCHEN On October 11 at 7 p.m., El Niño & the Latin Jazz Knights bring you a night of Hot Latin Jazz at the Sandbar & Kitchen, 16 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
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HEADLINER HENRY JOHNSON AT FERNANDINA BEACH GOLF CLUB On Friday, October 12 at 7 p.m. the Amelia Island Jazz Festival brings you the great jazz guitarist/vocalist Henry Johnson, headlining the show at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club, 2800 Bill Melton Road. Johnson’s musical roots run deep into gospel, blues, and jazz; his strongest and earliest influences were Kenny Burrell, George Benson, and most significantly, Wes Montgomery. While influenced by these acclaimed guitarists, Johnson also cites the music of Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson, Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, big bands, and jazz orchestras as integral forces which shaped his sound and style.
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Trio features pianist/arranger John diMartino and percussionist/ singer/guitarist Nanny Assis, plus Janis Siegel, lead singer and 9-time Grammy Award winner with the Manhattan Transfer. Siegel has sustained a solo career that has spawned almost a dozen finely-crafted solo albums and numerous collaborative projects, amassed a large international fan base, and garnered consistently high critical praise. Joining with diMartino and Assis, Requinte Trio’s first CD, Honey & Air, has garnered much critical and popular acclaim. They have played in London with Brazilians greats João Donato and the guitar wiz Diego Figueiredo. Critics have hailed this group as “the hottest Brazilian band on the planet.” After the concert, stop by Dizzy’s Den at 10 p.m. for another Late Nite Jam – you never know who will show up to play!
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Festival menu with two seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. featuring The Spare Rib Six Dixieland All-Stars. Musicians include JB Scott, trumpet, former leader of the Dukes of Dixieland, Dr. Bill Prince, clarinet, Dave Steinmeyer, trombone, former leader of the US Air Force Band, the Airmen of Note, Mike Levine, piano, Miami band leader and recording artist, Dennis Marks, bass, Les DeMerle, drums, and Bonnie Eisele, vocals, along with special guests. Chef Courtney’s special Jazz Festival New Orleans menu and the vibe of the music make this a real party celebration, culminating with a secondljne Mardi Gras Parade to “Didn’t He Ramble” and “The Saints go Marching In” as a grand finale.
to the festival, though. We also selected artist Scott Jacobs to create the artwork for the 2018 Festival. Jacobs is the first-ever officially licensed artist by Harley-Davidson and is renowned for his photorealistic paintings of motorcycles, flowers, and wine.” “I was very honored that the Amelia Island Jazz Festival would think of me to do it,” Jacobs says. “I love doing special event pieces because it’s something out of the norm of what I do every day.” Jacobs said his vision for the upcoming Festival’s artwork is a still life of jazz instruments, such as drums, saxophones, and trumpets. Jacobs spends 150 to 700 hours creating one of his works of art, and his stellar artwork will appear on the 2018 AIJF’s materials, such as the program, posters, and shirts.
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When Park West Gallery teams up with its artists for a good cause, they make great music together. Park West helped raise $7,000 for the Amelia Island Jazz Festival’s music scholarship program during the festival’s 7th annual Big Band Bash Gala on February 17 with an art auction. “We feel so truly blessed to have Park West Gallery’s title sponsorship of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival for several years,” says DeMerle. “The auction isn’t Park West’s only connection
The Amelia Island Jazz Festival is dedicated to building upon this rich cultural foundation by exposing thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds to the sounds, excitement, and vitality of great jazz! Tickets are available online at www. ameliaislandjazzfestival.com or by calling the Jazz Hotline at (904) 504-4772. You may also purchase a Jazz Pass, which will get you tickets to all the concerts at a significant discount. Volunteers and sponsorships are also needed.
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TURNING MEMORIES INTO MEMOIRS Each Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. during the month of October, the Amelia Plantation Chapel will be hosting a seminar entitled, “We’ve Got Stories To Tell: Turning Memories Into Memoirs.” Hosted by Bill Hilles, the program will help attendees turn their personal memories into memoirs to be shared with others in the seminar. Serving as overall coordinator, Hilles will teach four memoir-writing lessons over the month-long course. Chapel member and local writer Dickie Anderson will lead off and set the tone for the first seminar on October 6, reading one of her From the Porch stories. Several guests from a previous workshop will share their own memoirs. “As we get older, memories often slip away, often because we don’t record them for later generations eager to know what life was like for their grandparents or great-grandparents,” says Hilles. “This program should help to remedy that oversight.” The seminar will be conducted in the Chapel’s Fellowship Hall, located at 36 Bowman Road. It’s free and open to the public and there’s no need to register in advance, but Hilles suggests that persons interested in attending call the Chapel office at (904) 277-4414 to verify their intent and request more information.
Amelia Island Residents in Action for the Symphony (ARIAS) sponsors a program each January and February that visits all fourth grade classes in Nassau County with 40 orchestral instruments. To be able to reach all Nassau County students, ARIAS needs volunteer “zookeepers,” and no experience is required! The mission of ARIAS is to bring the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra to Amelia Island, encourage Nassau residents to attend symphony concerts, and provide music education to children in Nassau County schools through Jacksonville Symphony performances and its Instrument Zoo. ARIAS also sponsors a music scholarship program and hosts an annual “Let Freedom Ring” Memorial Day weekend concert, as well as Amelia Nights at the Symphony, which include dinner, transportation, and concert. ARIAS’s education programs continue to be very successful. Hundreds of Nassau County students experience various ensembles of JSO musicians in their schools. The ARIAS Instrument Zoo has been enthusiastically received by numerous fourth grade elementary school students, and its outreach also includes scholarships for students at the Amelia Arts Academy. For more information about becoming a volunteer, contact Susan Kosciulek at (904) 548-0227 or Barbara Zacheis at (904) 321-5639. To find out more about ARIAS membership, contact Susanne Brisach at (904) 261-0105 or email email@example.com.
BARTRAM GARDEN CLUB ANNOUNCES FALL MEETINGS The Bartram Garden Club announces its upcoming programs for September and October, with meetings on the second Thursday of each month at the GFWC Woman’s Club of Fernandina, 201 Jean Lafitte Boulevard. The September 13 program features “Water Gardening” with James Loper of Reflections of Nature, which includes various aspects of aquatic gardening with plants, along with planting in and around retention ponds. Hospitality begins at 10 a.m., with the program beginning at 10:30 a.m. The October 11 meeting is a special presentation with author, artist, and park advocate Kathy Stark, speaking on “The Wilderness of North Florida’s Parks.” She offers a unique exploration of natural parks in North Florida with her traveling exhibit and book. Stark combines her expansive watercolor paintings with sketches, historical facts, and maps to create an exhibit that is a unique blend of art and education, serving as a tribute and guide to the great unspoiled stretches of our region. The exhibit and book are an outgrowth of Stark’s personal passion for the outdoors. Her project is sponsored by Merrill Lynch and in partnership with the Timucuan Parks Foundation. The program begins at 6 p.m. For more information about the Bartram Garden Club, visit bartramgardenclub.org.
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rt on Centre recently celebrated its third anniversary on Amelia Island and it is continuing to expand its business, now representing over 35 North American artists including several from the local area. “We appreciate all of the support which we have received since we opened three years ago, and we are looking forward to many years to come,” says Jim Lawrence. “We work hard to create partnerships with artists, who 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 started the gallery with long-time friends Philip and Debbie Lehman after being parttime 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. After working in corporate America and private business, the four friends decided to make the transition to Fernandina Beach permanently and open up a gallery in the historic district. “We are supported by a wonderful manager, Courtney McCranie,” says
Jim. “Courtney has deep roots in the community and she has a passion for people and art. She is instrumental in ensuring we create a gallery environment which is welcoming and inviting for everyone.” 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,” notes Jim. “Our gallery is diverse and 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, Donna Asquith, Marian Howard, Claire Jane Kendrick, Peter O’Neill, Suzy Scarborough, Bonnie Shanas, Jihong Shi, Paul Tamanian, Cat Tesla, Aaron Whitehouse, and Beau Wild. For more information, visit www. artoncentre.com or call (904) 624-7255. The gallery is located at 503 Centre Street. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
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melia Island is pleased to welcome a new business to the community, the Law Office of Marcella A. Taylor, P.A. Marcella was born and raised in Jacksonville, and she felt called to the legal profession in high school. After 12 years working as a paralegal in Elder Law, she decided to pursue her career at Florida Coastal School of Law. Upon graduation, she opened her own practice specializing in the same. “I want to help people,” shares Marcella. “I see my business as a ministry, and I work with flat-fee rates to ensure all people can receive the help they need with Social Security Disability, estate planning, powers of attorney, probate, and all Elder Law matters.” In April, Marcella, who has lived with her husband on Amelia Island for four years, opened her Amelia Island office. The office is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Marcella is also available at other times and places, including hospitals and nursing homes, by request. “We love the small town feel and sense of community on Amelia Island,” says Marcella. “We visit the Farmer’s Market, and the Island spirit just feels like you’re always on vacation.” Marcella opened her new office to serve the people of Amelia Island, to give back, and to work in the community she loves. “It’s been rewarding to meet my new clients and professionally connect and serve the people right here in the neighborhood.” For more information, visit www.christianattorneytaylor.com or call (904) 714-0307.
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r. Kevin Lin, his wife, Rebekah, and their three daughters moved to Fernandina Beach six years ago, where he opened Precision Chiropractic, at 1699 South 14th Street. The beach and the sun brought him to Amelia Island, but it was the community that made him stay. “We love the people here, and discovered a need for our specific type of chiropractic care,” says Dr. Lin. “Our state-of-the-art facility allows us to get to the root cause of patients’ ailments, helping them lead healthier lives.” Precision Chiropractic’s focus is on NeuroStructural Correction, which looks for the underlying neural shifts in the spine that can cause a body’s foundation to be off. “Rather than constantly chasing down symptoms, we focus on fixing the underlying structural abnormality and help you return to optimum structural alignment,” says Dr. Lin. “Our initial examinations include advanced Neural Restoration Radiographs, Neural Structural Spinal Analysis, Neural System Analysis, and Neural Shift Detection, along with Orthopedic and Neurological Tests. These provide us with a complete understanding of the underlying cause of a patient’s condition.” Dr. Lin is working towards a Diplomate in Chiropractic Craniocervical Junction Procedures, the premier post-graduate certification in NeuroStructural Correction. The gentle nature of NeuroStructural Correction allows ease of structural alignment for patients of all ages, accomplished without forceful manipulation, twisting, or cracking of the spine. For a complimentary consultation, call (904) 310-0064 or visit precisionchirofl.com. 28 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
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the country, along with its people. But serious problems of poor healthcare and lack of education hit her hard. “Children were dying from ordinary diseases like measles,” said Hamrick. “One in five children died before the age of five, women were dying in childbirth, and few children had the opportunity to pursue education to the high school level. Many could not even attend primary school because they didn’t have the required uniforms and shoes.” When Hamrick and her friends left Kenya, they committed to raising support to purchase property for a small clinic and to returning the following year with a team of medical professionals, and Kenya Partners was born. Today, Kenya Partners is a 501(c) (3) non-profit that is managed and solely operated by volunteers from all over the country, including many Amelia Island residents. Volunteers pay their own travel expenses and 100 percent of funds raised go directly to the programs in Kenya through the Kenyan NGO, of which Hamrick is chairperson. Some volunteers spend as long as two months in Kenya; Hamrick herself spends at least five months per year. Kenya Partners’ programs were expanded in 2007 to address the global orphan crisis by giving orphans and vulnerable children the opportunity for a quality education, a path out of a life of poverty. Betty Mavity Roberts UM Mission School, serving children in grades K-12, was constructed on ten acres of rural land outside Nakuru in the village of Lanet. It opened in 2009 and now houses over 700 students from all over the country. In 2008 and 2009, because of its commitment to education and the overwhelming support of its donors, Kenya Partners was able to construct two more preschool centers serving children ages 3 to 5 years of age. One center is located in a slum known as
“Squatters Hill,” and the other center, named “Mercy Kids PreSchool,” is located in a rural area near the clinic. Both centers have feeding programs for its students, and the staff at Squatters Hill also provides a nutritious lunch of rice and beans to other children in the community. One of the sustainability measures in place to support the organization’s work is Wenza Safaris, a tour company of which Hamrick is the managing director. The company offers safaris in Kenya, including at the game park at Lake Nakuru National Park, the Masai Mara, Ambosele, Samburu, and others. “Our tagline is ‘Travel with a Purpose,’” says Hamrick. “All funds raised from Wenza Safaris support the Kenya Partners programs. In addition, in Kenya, over 150 local people are employed by Kenya Partners, an economic boon to their community.” On September 23, Kenya Partners is holding its annual “Giving Hope Benefit Dinner” at Walkers Landing in the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort at 5 p.m. The vent includes a plated surf-and-turf dinner from Horizons Restaurant, plus wine and beer, live music by Eastbound, and a silent auction 34 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
entitled “Bid for Hope,” which presents various needs for the guests to bid on such as school uniforms, chickens and cows, medical equipment, and the like. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/dinner2018 or by calling or emailing Hamrick at (336) 210-3765 or emailing email@example.com. Donations for the silent auction are also needed. Kenya Partners has been one of the mission emphases at Memorial United Methodist Church for the last six years. The mission volunteers at Memorial help sponsor informational and fund-raising events throughout the year, and two mission trips to Kenya in the past have been made up of primarily Memorial UMC members. The trips are open to all. The next mission trip is planned for June 2019. Anyone interested in getting more information about being part of the team should contact Diane Hamrick at (336) 210-3765. For more information about volunteering or donating to Kenya Partners, visit www.kenya-partners.org. For information about Wenza Safaris, visit www.wenzasafaris.com.
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Richly narrated historic sightseeing boat tours and sunset cruises. Reservations recommended.
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SEPTEMBER Weather Avg. High 85 degrees Avg. Low 73 degrees Avg. Precip 7.33 inches
While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained herein is accurate, Amelia Islander Magazine shall not be liable for any damages of any kind resulting from use or reliance on this chart.
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SEPTEMBER 3, 10, 17 Beginner Yoga Class
SEPTEMBER 7 Sounds on Centre
Held Mondays from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at Community Yoga + Wellness, 210 Beech Street. No class on 9/24) For more information call (904) 613-6345 or visit www.yoga-amelia.com.
Free family concerts held first Fridays on Centre St. from 6 to 8 p.m. September’s concert features Island Vibe, Music for the Ages. Raffle and prizes. Bring a chair and wear your dancing shoes.
SEPTEMBER 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 Cha Cha and Waltz
SEPTEMBER 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15 This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing
Ballroom On Amelia offers Tuesday classes with Cha Cha at 7 p.m. followed by Waltz at 8 p.m. $10 for one class, $15 for both. Dance workshops Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; $10 per person. Located at 1897 Island Walkway at RAD Studios; no partner or reservation is required. For more information, call (904) 624-0886, visit t www.ballroomonamelia.com or their Facebook page.
SEPTEMBER 5 Brown Bag Lunch
SEPTEMBER 11 Newcomers Club Coffee
A modern fairy tale for children and adults, on Amelia Community Theatre’s Studio 209 stage at 209 Cedar Street. All performances are at 7 p.m., except September 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets $15 for adults, $8 for students through college. Call (904) 261-6749 or ameliacommunitytheatre.org.
The Amelia Island Museum of History hosts a Brown Bag Lunch presentation the first Wednesday of every month at noon, on a variety of subjects. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call Gray at (904) 261-7378 ext. 102, or email@example.com.
SEPTEMBER 6 Endless Summer Watermelon Ride
SEPTEMBER 8 Second Saturday Artrageous Artwalk
SEPTEMBER 6 Amelia Knitting Group Meets the first Thursday of every month from 3 to 5 p.m. at BuyGO. Knit with great company and grab a snack or drink. Created by Merle Sauer. No commitment, attend whenever you have time.
SEPTEMBER 6, 13, 20 Healing Back Care Yoga Course Held Thursdays from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. at Community Yoga + Wellness, 210 Beech Street. (No class on 9/27) For more information call (904) 613-6345 or visit www.yoga-amelia.com.
SEPTEMBER 6, 13, 20, 27 Nassau Community Band Rehearsals Play an Instrument? Rehearsals held Thursdays, 6 p.m. in Yulee Middle School band room. For more information contact info@ nassaucommunityband.com.
The Newcomers Club of Amelia Island hosts its monthly coffee on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Women interested in joining the club who reside in Nassau County (no matter how long they have lived there) are welcome to attend. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEPTEMBER 12 Women, Wealth & Wine
SEPTEMBER 8 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Keep Nassau Beautiful and Nassau County are holding a free collection for pesticides, paint thinners, radiator fluid, used oil and lubricants, oil filters, and more. Drop off is at the NE FL Fairgrounds on US Hwy 1 in Callahan from 7am–noon. For more info and list of approved waste, visit keepnassaubeautiful.org.
Five routes available through Fernandina Beach, along the ocean, and south to the Talbot Island State Parks. Snacks, rest stop, water, maps, support, motorcycle safety escorts in Fernandina Beach, and a post-ride lunch provided. To register visit www.raceroster. com/events/2018/17717/endless-summerwatermelon-ride.
Felix Pinto, Monday, Sept 10, 5:30 at Story & Song Bookstore Bistro. Anna will tell the story of her Africa and why you want to go and experience the Micato way of safari. Come enjoy a sundowner experience! RSVP (904) 261-5914.
A free event on the second Saturday each month in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participating galleries offer a diverse selection of art. For information, call (800) 226-3542, or visit www.ameliaisland.com.
SEPTEMBER 8, 9 Living History at Fort Clinch State Park Visit with volunteers in Civil War-era attire portraying daily life at the fort as it was in 1864. Fees include the $6 per vehicle park entrance fee, plus $2.50 per person Fort admission. For more information, call (904) 277-7274 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch.
SEPTEMBER 9 Pink Ribbon Ladies
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 13 Bartram Garden Club Featuring Water Gardening by James Loper. Meet and greet at 10 a.m., program begins at 10:30 a.m. Held at GFWC Woman’s Club of Fernandina, 201 Jean Lafitte Boulevard. For more info, contact Kathleen at email@example.com.
SEPTEMBER 13 Men Helping Men – Prostate Cancer Support Group Educational program for men meets at 11:30 a.m., Baptist Medical Center Board Room. Hosted by Ackerman Cancer Center. For more information, contact Lauren DeWitt at (904) 277-2700.
SEPTEMEBR 13 Uniworld River Cruises Event
For survivors of breast cancer and other female cancers, Pink Ribbon Ladies meets at 6 p.m. at Ackerman Cancer Center, 1340 South 18th Street. For more information, contact Anne Showalter at (904) 321-5465 or Isobel Lyle at (904) 321-2057.
Wallace Pierson Travel presents Uniworld River Cruises Sept 13, 5:30 at Story & Song Bookstore Bistro. A glass of wine and a presentation that will introduce you to why Uniworld River Cruises is known for its fine service, food and exploration on rivers in Europe and around the world. RSVP (904) 261-5914.
SEPTEMEBR 10 Micato Safaris Event
SEPTEMBER 17 Acoustic Sessions
Wallace Pierson presents Micato Safaris with Anna Pinto, daughter of the founders Jane and
Musical director Tom Leon brings local and regional musicians to ACT’s Studio 209 stage,
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209 Cedar Street, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15. For more information, call (904)261-6749 or visit www.ameliacommunitytheatre.org.
SEPTEMBER 20 Writers By The Sea Writers and friends meet the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. upstairs at the Amelia Island Museum of History for program and discussion. For more information, contact Nadine Vaughan D’Ardenne at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Nancy Blanton at email@example.com.
SEPTEMBER 20, 21, 22, 23 Rendezvous Film Festival This 3-day film festival culminates with an awards ceremony and brunch held on Sunday, September 23. For more information contact Randy Bowman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (904) 556-0362.
SEPTEMBER 21 Third on 3rd
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The Amelia Island Museum of History offers a presentation on the third Friday of the month, at 6 p.m., based on a variety of different topics related to the history of the island. Cost is $5 per person (free for members). For more information, call (904) 261-7378, or visit www. ameliamuseum.org.
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SEPTEMBER 22 An Evening of Story & Song Held at Story & Song Bookstore Bistro at 7:30 p.m., 1430 Park Avenue. Featuring The Moon & You. Tickets $20. For more information or to purchase tickets call (904) 601-2118.
SEPTEMBER 26 Banned Books Everything you wanted to know about banned books at Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, 1430 Park Avenue from 5 to 6 p.m. For more information call (904) 601-2118.
SEPTEMBER 27, 28, 29 Ripcord This comedy by David Lindsay-Abaire is set in a senior living facility in New Jersey with performances continuing into October. Opening week shows 8 p.m. at Amelia Community Theatre, 207 Cedar Street. Tickets $22 for adults; $10 for students through college, available at (904) 261-6749 and www. ameliacommunitytheatre.org. To have your event featured here, email all of the information to email@example.com.
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Left: Anita Cooper and Lori Lecker Inset: Anita with children Lori and Steve
like mother, like daughter Having just celebrated her 80th birthday, Anita Cooper shows few signs of slowing down, and daughter Lori Lecker credits her mother’s example and support for much of her own success. BY KAREN MILLER
hen Anita Cooper was a little girl, she liked to draw floor plans for houses. Little did she know she would grow up to become one of the top realtors in Northeast Florida. When her daughter Lori was a little girl, she liked to pretend her bedroom was a retail clothing store. Little did she know she would grow up to be one of the top fashion merchandisers in the Southeast. “I guess the acorn doesn’t fall too far from the tree,” says Anita, who claims her work ethic is the key to her success. “I passed that work ethic onto my daughter. The two of us have always supported one another in business and in our personal lives.” Lori Lecker and her husband John presently own five retail stores: lori+lulu, Pearl, and JJ Cooper here on Amelia Island, and 2-more lori+lulu stores located in Raleigh and Charleston. A sixth store is in the works, Isola Home, due to open in October at 303 South 8th Street. “I wouldn’t have the stores if it wasn’t for my mother,” says Lori, who began her foray into fashion merchandising with United Colors of Benetton, when she took a group of failing stores and turned them into the most successful Benetton stores in the country. “Right after my father died, my mother helped me acquire my own Benetton stores. She really believed in me.”
The family had close ties to Fernandina Beach, having spent their summer vacations on Amelia Island for many years. Lori and John finally decided to move to Fernandina full time, opening their first concept store, lori+lulu in 2012. “When I saw how much my mother had accomplished, I knew that I could do anything I set my mind to,” says Lori. “My mother was only 54 when my father died. She didn’t have a lot of money—she rose to the top of the ladder in real estate entirely on her own. She’s still selling houses today, at 80 years old.” Anita recently celebrated her 80th trip around the sun with a large birthday party at Lori’s house, surrounded by friends and clients she has acquired throughout her life and career. “I’m in awe of my mother,” says Lori. “She has made so many friends, many of them are also her customers. My mother is so real, so honest, and such a hard worker, and she has a big heart. That’s what people love about her. Never have I met someone with so much integrity.” One of the things the mother/daughter team has learned throughout their successful careers is the ability to let things go, and be joyful in all that they do. “This is something that comes with maturity, I think,” says Lori. “It used to be I couldn’t sleep at night with all the worries about the stores
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and the businesses—but both my mother and I agree that you have to accept that some things are just out of your control. You do the best you can, you go to work every day, and take each challenge as it is presented.” Anita would like to retire from real estate, but it’s nearly impossible as her friends and referrals keep coming to her to buy and sell their homes. “I just can’t stop selling!” laughs Anita. “But I’m not working as much as I used to. I love to play bridge, and mah jongg, and I really love to travel. I’m selling my own place right now. I’m hoping to downsize a bit, and make some changes.” Lori rarely thinks about retiring, even after after 30 years spent operating retail brick and mortar clothing stores. “John and I will probably look to build some infrastructure internally and release that to someone else,” she says. “My newfound passion is developing new retail concepts from start to finish —I especially love designing the logo and the store interior and fixtures. Then we go to the markets and buy for the genre of clientele we target. If I don't start a marketing company and do it for someone else, I may have to open six more concepts I have in my head! It’s very fulfilling to see them come to fruition and as an added bonus, succeed.”
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elody Dawkins has found her dream home and dream job. She is the Membership Director at the Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA). Her energy is contagious as she shares the many plans she has for the agency’s expanded new space. Melody moved to Amelia Island in 2003. With characteristic enthusiasm, she shares her story about finding Amelia Island. While working for Delta Air Lines in Washington, D.C., she lost both a mother and sister in a short period of time, and her father retired to St. Augustine. Wanting to be closer to him, she applied with around 150 others applicants when a job promotion came open at Jacksonville International Airport. As the applicant list narrowed, she and her husband decided to begin looking for housing in the Jacksonville area. Like so many, one visit to Amelia Island and it was love at first sight. She describes many things that led the couple to buy a house on the island. The first thing that impressed her were the welcoming residents of this community. She also felt a connection to her mother after seeing the sign for Barbara Jean’s Restaurant. Her mother’s name was Barbara Jean. Melody and her husband, Maurice, found the house they wanted and bought it on the spot. Family responsibilities for grandparents gave Melody the opportunity to experience many of the challenges senior citizens face. She found the perfect living arrangements for her grandmother at Quality Health and for her grandfather a block away in an apartment, with Baptist Nassau between them. She was able to find good living arrangements for both thanks to a caring community. Melody took an early retirement package with Delta Air Lines, and her dream job materialized when the Council on Aging created the position of Membership Director last year. With their move to 1901 Island Walkways, the agency will grow from 7,500 square feet to more than 25,000 square feet. Part of NCCOA’s planned growth is to create membership opportunities with a wide variety of classes and programs. 49 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
Many classes are already scheduled, including gardening, exercise programs, and mémoir writing. She also is the editor of NCCOA’s Senior Life quarterly magazine. Melody and Maurice have two sons, Matthew and Miles. Her household includes a rescue cat, Tubs, and a rescue puppy named Lilly. Her husband’s African Grey, Lexi, rounds out the family. Maurice and Matthew started a local business, M&M Pick-Up and Delivery, which has rapidly grown from local deliveries to include intra-state moving. Already making a difference, Melody has increased program attendance 40 percent with programs such as karaoke, chair yoga, music, art, and monthly lunch outings, in addition to the popular bingo. She is quick to say that the varied offerings are possible only through the dedication of the many volunteers involved. Volunteers deliver Meals On Wheels, make minor home repairs, teach classes, assist with field trips, bring therapy dogs, and so much more. She shares a favorite quote from Maya Angelou: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Melody Dawkins makes a difference every day in the lives of the seniors in our community. For more information about the Nassau County Council on Aging, visit www.nassaucountycouncilonaging.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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in the garden Agastache Blue Fortune
aesthetic agastache A heat-tolerant perennial with dense spikes of flowers, Agastache Blue Fortune, or Hummingbird Mint, is perfect for sunny locations with well-drained soil. BY BETTY MORRELL
he annual Florida Growers trade show is coming up again, and Iâ€™m looking forward to hunting for new plants, discovering gardening hints, and looking for new ways to help home gardeners grow a successful garden! In the meantime, I came across an interesting, picturesque garden that showed off a mass of soft blue flower spikes, which appeared to be magnets for butterflies. This plant is Agastache Blue Fortune; its common name is Hummingbird Mint. Blue Fortune can grow 3 to 4 feet in height in full sun, with flowers appearing in July and lasting throughout the summer. They have a long blooming season, as they happily shrug off the summer heat and early frost. In early spring, cut back old stems, divide large clumps, and fertilize with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. When planting, space them about 15 inches apart. These pretty, fragrant flowers make a wonderful addition to any bouquet, giving it contrast or just adding color. A new Hummingbird Mint called Morello has arrived. It grows 24 to 30 inches high and 18 to 24 inches in width.
TIP OF T HE M O N T H Put Vietnamese Gardenia in a pot that can be brought into the house and placed in a sunny spot, where it will be protected during the winter.
The large, dense spikes of rich purplishpink tubular flowers are produced from spring through fall on this multiple award-winning perennial. Morello was selected for its sturdy, upright habit and exceptional vigor. This Agastache is a pollinator magnet, well suited to the garden, landscape, or container, attracting hummingbirds, butterflies, and large bees. I love all plants and flowers, and I have some favorites, but one plant I have loved for many years is the Gardenia. They are the flowers in corsages for proms, graduations, dates, and all other occasions, and they have a fragrance that is unforgettable. Vietnamese Gardenia is one I recently discovered. It has a strongly fragrant 3-inch creamy white single flower that stands out against its deep
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green glossy foliage. This vigorous evergreen shrub is much easier to grow than many other gardenias, as it is more tolerant of overly moist soils, as well as drought. Once established, it has a high resistance to many pests. Gardenias do best in fertile, welldrained soil, rich in humus and acidity, with average moisture. They seem to perform well when they get some midday or afternoon shade, but good light is best for flower production. My large Gardenia was planted next to the garage in the front of the house, where it got shade all day, but lots of light. Growing partially under a huge tree, it was protected from the cold. When we had hard freezes, it took two king-sized sheets to cover it! It was huge and filled with flowers. Gardenias attract hummingbird moths with their fragrant and easy-to-spot white flowers. They are the most fragrant near sunset and during the early evening hours, making them obvious choices for Moon Moth gardens and containers. If you have any questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, Happy Gardening!
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Left: A well-maintained landscape invites neighbors and friends to the Cameras’ spacious front porch. Below: In the comfortable living room, Gaylen used design elements such as shiplap, built-in shelves crowned with antique door mantles, and bursts of color.
perfectly charming BY JULIE SIMMONS • PHOTOS BY TERRI WENZELBERGER, ECVT PHOTOGRAPHY
melia Park has a charm that is unique on our beautiful island. The narrow, connected streets, walking trails, canopy of trees, inter-generational mix of residents, the community park and playground space beside the mailboxes, the charming homes, its proximity to the grocery and the gym—what more could you want? It was just that appeal that hooked Gaylen and Tom Camera four years ago. “We were living in the Washington, D.C. area and we visited our son, who was working at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. When we found Amelia Park, we fell in love with the community.” The couple wasn’t quite ready to relocate, with Gaylen thriving as a realtor in her market and Tom working in sales and marketing outfitting professional sports teams with athletic apparel. “So we bought our lot and spent two years planning,” smiles Gaylen. 55 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
Tom was quick to welcome me to “Gaylen’s House.” “He let me live my dream in designing, building, and now living in our beautiful new home,” says Gaylen. The work started with local architect John Dodd, whom she chose because he designed by computer, allowing the team to make adjustments and see what it would look like in real time. The floor plan overflows with custom features. The Cameras partnered with Call Construction and builder Brent Rewa, and the result is stunning: a 3,200 square foot home with four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths that is as charming as the neighborhood. “Brent is an amazing listener,” says Gaylen. “He paid attention to every detail and made suggestions for the best end result. The partnership and communication were great, with a Monday morning meeting each week to follow the progress. And the best part is that he uses all local talent – from Johnny’s
island home Right: With lots of space, the kitchen is perfect for entertaining. The island is the centerpiece, with its custom contrasting color and antique corbels. Below: The dining room looks into the kitchen through an arch, echoing the front porch design and making entertaining easy. Bottom: A great space for relaxing with its audio and television system, the lanai area has large sliding doors and a retractable power screen.
Electric and Crown Plumbing to other local subcontractors. I run into these folks around town and feel such a personal connection.” Highlights of the project include a Southern Livingstyle porch, free of railings, to welcome guests under its arches for a visit. The interior echoes the exterior, with arches in the doorways and a kitchen beautifully outfitted by Highland Cabinets. “We worked with John and Brent to ensure we had everything we needed on the first floor,” Gaylen explains. “We plan to age here and designed the home to accommodate us with ample doorway width and flat shower-entry, to allow for our future needs.” And the home has ample outdoor living space, with a comfortable patio with VIP Pavers, slider doors to 56 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
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island home Right: The home’s bathrooms are bright and smart in design. Each shower is flush with the floor, making entry easy for those with mobility challenges. Below: The master suite is traditional, but uses paneling for a rustic, comfortable feel. The coral and black color pattern echoes colors used in the kitchen. Bottom: The downstairs half-bath creates a beachy ambience with blue walls, starfish, crab, and a shell-shaped sink.
bring the outside in, and a power screen for open-air enjoyment or mosquito protection. Furnished with pieces collected through the years from antique markets in Maryland, art from a favorite artist in Bethany Beach, Delaware, and other cherished pieces from travels to Nantucket and beyond, the Camera’s home overflows with memories and traditions. “Brent, John, and I worked hard to incorporate my favorite treasures into the design. For example, I knew I wanted to use my 1800’s antique door mantles, and we decided they’d be amazing over our living room built-ins. Another instance was making a wall off the kitchen just the right size for a piece of art.” These custom attributes are just the start of the home’s smart design, where features like built-in drawers 58 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
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island home Right: The upstairs guest suite features hand-painted furniture and a collection of handmade quilts in an antique pine cabinet. Below: The upstairs living space doubles as a lounge for the guest suites and a comfortable “man-cave,” which includes Tom’s sports memorabilia and collections. Bottom: The Cameras enjoy hosting family and friends, with guest suites designed for comfort. Each guest room has its own bathroom.
under the staircase for linens on one side and file cabinets for the under-stairs hidden office on the other illustrate the attention to detail that Gaylen, John, and Brent brought to the design. The Cameras love the Amelia Park community and Amelia Island, and they have both jumped right in. Tom, passionate about sports, kids, and baseball, is on the board of the Babe Ruth Baseball League, while Gaylen is a local realtor who is involved with the Amelia Island Book Festival and the Amelia Island Museum of History. The couple enjoys the charm of their new community and their new home, and they are looking forward to welcoming their first grandchild this year—a brand new project which they know will bring loads of new smiles and great memories into their new home. 60 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
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Cucina South With its pizza oven creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere, Cucina South serves delicious pizza, classic Italian cuisine, and fresh seafood in a comfortable setting. BY MICHAEL GASS • PHOTO BY WILLIAM RASER
n a recent summer evening, I had the opportunity to share some time with one of my favorite people over a fabulous meal. My youngest daughter, Lydia McIntosh, loves to dine out. She enjoys the special attention afforded well-behaved youngsters, as well as being out on the town. This night, our destination did not disappoint. Cucina South is located on A1A in the Palmetto Walk Shopping Village. Walking into the restaurant is a comforting experience, like entering the home of a friend, one who has a beautiful pizza oven in their living room. Warm and inviting, the oven fires out some incredible pizzas, but to my surprise, my date was feeling adventurous. We were seated upstairs at a table with a window and greeted warmly by our server, Jenn, who delivered some of Cucina South’s delicious bread with olive and red pepper tapenade, which is packed with big, sharp flavor. Lydia chose to start with a Shirley Temple and I, already eyeballing the scallops, chose a glass of Attems Pinot Grigio from Venezia Giulia, Italy and an order of mussels. I love mussels, and while I tried to make Lydia understand how delicious they were, her adventurousness stopped short of shellfish. The mussels are sautéed with shallots and garlic and deglazed with Sambuca, which gave the broth a lovely sweetness that complemented the delicate flavor of the mussels. We decided to share a salad, enjoying the butter lettuce tossed in a champagne vinaigrette with Parma ham, aged cheddar cheese, and walnuts. The vinaigrette was the perfect accent to the subtle flavor of the butter lettuce, and the Parma ham and aged cheddar got Lydia’s attention. For dinner, I was surprised when Lydia opted for the Chicken Picatta over the pepperoni pizza. (She reminded me that she had eaten pizza just other day.) Served over fettuccine, the sauce is light and tangy with lots of fresh lemon, and the chicken was perfectly tender and full of flavor. I decided on 62 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
the scallops. How could I resist? Risotto is one of my favorite things, and scented with the rich smokiness of bacon, it was a sure hit. The scallops came perfectly seared; crisp yet still a little opaque in the center, perfect. As it turned out, the Attems Pinot Grigio was the unerring choice, juicy with hints of citrus and strawberry, making everything on the table even better. When dessert was offered, the trouble began. Neither of us was sure which cherry to put on top of this splendid evening. Lydia was drawn to the bread pudding, but she really
had the chocolate gelato on her mind. Our server Jenn said it wouldn’t be a problem to have a couple of small scoops by themselves, and that sealed the deal. I chose to to stay with the chocolate but opted for the mousse. We traded bites, and while I always love gelato, I was very happy with the light and deceptively rich mousse. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner from 5:30 to 9 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, call (904) 432-7920 or visit cucinasouth.com.
dining guide Amelia Island Coffee ~ A coffee shop and bistro at 207 Centre St. in the heart of historic Fernandina Beach. For more than 16 years, Amelia Island Coffee has been a welcoming place to meet for both locals and visitors alike. This family-owned business features friendly service, locally roasted single-source coffee, cold brew, select organic teas and freshly baked pastries, pies and cakes. Breakfast and lunch are served all day, along with small plates and appetizers in the evening. You’ll find a selection of mainstream and craft beers along with varietal wines, as well as ice cream, milkshakes, frappes, fruit smoothies and frozen lemonade. The ambiance of a 100-year-old building is enhanced by outdoor, petfriendly dining. Open 7 days a week starting at 7 am Monday-Saturday and 8 am on Sunday. All major credit cards. 904-321-2111. Ameliaislandcoffee.com Amelia Tavern ~ Restaurant & Brewpub on Centre Street provides delicious local food and cold brews to the friends and guests of Amelia Island. Our kitchen serves amped up southern comfort food, where you’ll see enough diversity to be surprised without losing sight of the simple stuff you love. The collection of house brews and craft beer options are curated to match the menu, with plenty of pairings to fit any palette. A.T. is a brewery infused gastropub, or a brewpub with great food, something like that - just stop in, grab a bite and a sip, you’ll see. We are doing it our way, the right way, for you and for this Island. Bar Zin ~ 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, $$$, F. Burlingame ~ In the historic district just off Centre Street at 20 South 5th Street, this restaurant offers seasonally inspired modern American food with a twist. The small menu enables our team to focus on a handful of exquisite dishes developed from the freshest ingredients each season. Dining out is about more than just food, and our superb service and casually elegant atmosphere create a special experience. Extensive wine/beer list. Reservations recommended. Open 5:30pm Tue – Sun. Closed Mon. (904) 4327671. BurlingameRestaurant.com
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Café Karibo ~ Located on North 3rd St. just off Centre Street in the historic downtown district. It has a cozy interior with a funky, laid-back setting. It’s most striking feature is its naturally shaded outdoor dining patio. Great selection of sandwiches, salads, and soups for lunch. Kid friendly. Vegetarian items on the menu. Open: 11am–9pm Tue thru Sat; Sunday 10:30am– 3pm with lunch menu specials; Mon 11am–3pm. Fresh-brewed beer available in the Café and in the brew pub—The Karibrew—located next door. Food prices are relatively low-lunch average $10 pp; dinner $20 pp (generous portions). Crab Trap ~ Nautical decor and friendly service makes for a casual, relaxing atmosphere. Dinner daily offers seafood—fried, grilled, broiled, or blackened—as well as steaks, chicken and oysters year round. Entrees $8.95 - $18.95. Call for seasonal hours. Beer, wine, and cocktails. Family owned and operated since 1979. 31 N 2nd Street, (904) 261-4749. $$$ V/MC/D. David’s Restaurant ~ David’s has an amazing steakhouse & seafood menu, upscale romantic atmosphere, and professional service. New Caviar menu with toast points or Blinis and accoutrements consisting of crème fraiche, red onion, capers & chopped egg. Full bar and large wine menu including wines by the glass. Dining creations such as Filet Oscar, our Signature 16oz. Grilled Delmonico Ribeye, and when available our 24 oz. Porterhouse Steak. Daily Fish specials as well as English Channel Dover Sole & Chilean Sea Bass. Vegetarian & Vegan options. Happy Hour Sunday Thursday 5 to 7 pm (except Special Events & Holidays). Lounge Menu & Port Flights. Incredible Whole Alaskan King Crab 6-10 lb. average. Full dessert menu and after-dinner cordials. 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. 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
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Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro ~ Located in historic downtown Fernandina, Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro serves innovative cuisine in a relaxed, island atmosphere. Enjoy fresh seafood, game, and specialty dishes in a charming 1903 home, or outside in a New Orleans-inspired courtyard. Jacksonville Magazine Top 25. Extensive wine list available. Reservations recommended. Major credit cards. 321-2558. Open seven days. D, $$$. Lulu’s at the Thompson House ~ Lulu’s is more than just a sandwich shop! The dinner menu changes nightly to showcase the best available fresh, local seafood. Lunch features sandwiches, po’ boys, salads, and a wide selection of seafood “little plates.” Open for lunch and dinner Tues - Sat. Sunday Brunch from 10:30am - 3pm. Beer and wine available. Major credit cards. Reservations recommended. 11 South 7th Street. Located in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach. Visit online at www. lulusamelia.com. (904) 432-8394. The Mustard Seed Cafe ~ Located inside Nassau Health Foods, The Mustard Seed is Amelia Island’s only organic eatery and juice bar, with an extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials include local seafood, organic chicken and fresh organic produce. Salads, wraps, sandwiches, and soups are available—all prepared with The Mustard Seed’s impeccable style. Popular items are chicken or veggie quesadillas, grilled mahi or salmon over mixed greens and tuna melt with Swiss cheese and tomato. Open for breakfast and lunch, Mon - Sat., 8 am - 3pm, and 10am - 2pm on Sun. NassauHealthFoods.net. 833 T. J. Courson Rd. (904) 277-3141. The Picnic Basket ~ For a perfect dessert, knockout side dish, or casual picnic, The Picnic Basket has what you need, including charcuterie, cheese, party platters, picnic baskets, bakery treats, and take-home suppers. Open Tuesday - Sunday from 9am - 3pm, we offer breakfast and lunch until 3 pm, serving wine & beer and foods to-go. Breakfast includes bagels, daily muffins, house-made granola, fresh scones, freshpressed fruit and veggie drinks, and fresh coffee. Lunch features homemade soups, organic salads, sandwiches on fresh-baked bread, and delicious wraps. We also offer catering for any occasion and we have a small selection of excellent wines. 503-A Centre St. (904) 277-9779. Story & Song Bistro ~ Amelia Island residents and visitors now have a neighborhood bookstore bistro with an atmosphere that celebrates the art of living. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or an afternoon snack -- prepared with fresh, local ingredients -- indoors or in the “secret garden” courtyard. Favorites include a croissant omelette sandwich, quiche, lox platter or toasted Bronx bagel for breakfast; Ina’s chicken salad, our signature pot pie, wheatberry salad and seasonal specials for lunch. Relax and unwind with our organic coffee and iced tea, personally selected wines, and regional craft beer. Mon. - Sat. 9 to 6, Sun. 10 to 6. 1430 Park Avenue at the 14th St. entrance to Amelia Park. (904) 601-2118 Sliders Seaside Grill ~ The Caribbean on Amelia Island! Slider’s offers fun dining for the whole family! Exotic seafood and steaks served to order are the specials of the house. Enjoy a beautiful oceanfront view inside, or on the patio, located steps from the beach. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. at Sadler Rd. (next to the roundabout). 277-6652. L, D, $$, F. Townies Pizzeria ~ Townies is the “Locals’ Choice for Island Pizza”. All of our food is prepared fresh to order. Townies uses real cheese, only the finest quality ingredients, and fresh local produce. Unlike the big pizza chains, our sauces don’t come out of a paint can. Pizza! One Luv! 819 TJ Courson Road. (904) 2774755. Order online at TowniesPizzeria.com or call! Wicked Bao ~ Enjoy Asian Street Food in a charming historical building in downtown Fernandina Beach. Small Plates, Noodle+Rice, Baos. Beer, Wine, Sake, Vietnamese Coffee. Happy Hour 4-6 Monday -Thursday & Dinner 4-9 Monday - Saturday. 232 N2nd St. (904)775-5577. Please find our menu at Wickedbao.com
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paradise by the ocean! Live every day in comfortable luxury. This custom-built Arthur Rutenberg, 5 bedroom home in the gated Residence community offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean from all 3 levels. An immaculate waterfront residence, graced with soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, it is a haven for gazing at the ocean from multiple vantage points. The entry level is perfect for guests or as an in-law suite with elevator or sweeping staircase to upper levels. The 2nd level offers 3 more guest rooms, den, and a divine master suite with tray ceilings, oceanfront terrace, and opulent ensuite bath with
soaking tub and separate glass shower. The top floor provides amazing ocean views and features a dining area, half bath, bar with wine cooler, oceanfront terrace with summer kitchen, and tremendous chef's kitchen with top-of-the-line stainless appliances, butlerâ€™s pantry, large center island with two Paykel dishwashers, Wolf gas range, and granite counters. Laundry rooms are conveniently located on each level. The Residence is an upscale community on the south end of Amelia Island with private oceanfront community pool, tennis courts, health club, and of course...the beach!
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Over 5,000 square feet of breathtaking views and extraordinary details in Amelia Island Plantation. Enjoy your private inﬁnity pool and spa overlooking the nature preserve, or walk to the beach. This custom Arthur Rutenberg home has a gourmet kitchen, elevator, den or home ofﬁce, and 4 spacious bedrooms. The master suite has its own ﬂoor with multiple closets, whirlpool tub, and private deck. Enjoy ocean views from the top ﬂoor and breezes on the many porches. MLS#79809 $2,875,000
Waterfront luxury at The Landings in 3BR/ 3.5 BA villa on the Intracoastal. 3 covered balconies with marsh views. Travertine ﬂoors, chef’s kitchen, ﬂoor to ceiling windows, gas ﬁreplace, private elevator, boat slip. MLS#80961 $1,400,000
96261 PINEY ISLAND DRIVE Soaring ceilings and panoramic views of the marsh and Intracoastal. Open kitchen, hardwood ﬂoors. Two master suites, with downstairs study/ bdrm perfect for guests. Expansive deck with spa tub, perfect for entertaining. MLS#80989 $575,000
85144 SHINNECOCK HILLS DRIVE Enjoy country club living in this 3BR/2BA home. Large screened porch with lake and golf views. Freshly painted inside and out, ready to move in! North Hampton offers community pool, tennis, and more. Priced to sell. MLS#80160 $349,900
4823 WESTWIND COURT Enjoy living on the south end of Amelia Island for under $250k. Close to shopping, golf, and much more. This townhouse style condo has updated ﬂooring, updated bathrooms and kitchen. As a bonus, this home is sold fully furnished. MLS#81394 $219,000
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1305 SHIPWATCH CIRCLE, #1305 Fully furnished AIP villa with ocean views. Tile and carpet throughout, with 3 BR downstairs with full baths. Community heated pool and steps from the beach. Family getaway or terriﬁc rental opportunity. MLS#78943 $529,000
1664 SCOTT ROAD Private 4 acres on south end of Amelia. Walk to Ritz and Scott Rd. beach access. Room for horses, boat, or RV. 40’x22’ pole barn and 3 BR/1 BA house. RS-1 zoning, but could be changed to RS-2. MLS#79732 $1,900,000
5010 SUMMER BEACH BLVD #708 Oceanfront condo on south end of Amelia Island between Ritz-Carlton and the Omni. 2 BR/ 2.5 BA with open ﬂoor plan and fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Fully furnished MLS#81429
818 SAN FERNANDO STREET Historic 4 BR/ 2 BA home was an original Captain’s home in Old Town. Hardwood ﬂoors, elaborate trim, antique doors and hardware, oversized windows, high ceilings. New roof. MLS#81266
86503 SAND HICKORY TRAIL 3 BR/ 2 BA with ofﬁce that could be bedroom. Screened porch, fenced backyard. Large bar overlooks kitchen, 42-inch cabinets, and breakfast area. $2,000 lender credit for closing costs. MLS#81255 $225,900
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95104 Spring Tide Lane Spectacular sunsets for your evening enjoyment overlooking the intracoastal river on Amelia Island. Private gated entry into this Mediterranean styled community is just the beginning of the luxurious appointments included in this 3 BR/4BA 3,702 SF Villa. REDUCED $775,000 MLS# 79607
96219 Marsh Lakes Beautiful home in the majestic Marsh Lakes neighborhood developed by the Amelia Island Plantation. This 4 or 5 bedroom, 4 and one half bath home is a must see. Situated on two private lots in the back of Marsh Lakes neighborhood. REDUCED $944,900 MLS# 80725
95357 Captains Way Located in Golfside North at Summer Beach, a gated community. This 3BR/2BA well maintained Fairway home is located on the 1st Fairway of the South Course of the Fernandina Beach Golf Course with expansive views. $575,000 MLS# 81315
96225 Piney Island Drive Little Piney Island- Custom 5BR/3BA water/marsh front home located on Kingsley Creek with breathtaking vistas. Many custom features throughout including Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors, travertine tile. REDUCED $1,050,000 MLS# 78805
95120 Sandpiper Loop Oceanfront 2BR/2BA townhome with fee simple ownership that is well-maintained and offered fully furnished. Oceanside deck for oceanfront enjoyment and entertainment. Short term rentals allowed. JUST LISTED $469,000 MLS# 81176
102 The Residence Ocean front luxury furnished condo located on the south end of Amelia Island in the prestigious Residence. This spacious 3BR/2.5BA first floor condo has spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. REDUCED $734,900 MLS# 79972
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861984 North Hampton Club Way $89,000
Home in gated Residence community offers breathtaking oceanviews. 5 BR, dining, bar with wine cooler, oceanfront terrace with summer kitchen, and chef’s kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, butler’s pantry, large center island with two Paykel dishwashers, Wolf gas range, and granite counters. Laundry on each level. Community pool/tennis. Steps to ocean! MLS#81080
Golf course and pond views from this lot in the golf community of North Hampton. Amenities include: 18-hole Arnold Palmer golf course/clubhouse, tennis/basketball courts, community pool/clubhouse, multi-sports field, and Lofton Creek Outpost that comes with cooking facilities, fishing pier and kayak launch. HOA fees include internet and basic cable. MLS#81028
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1630 1st Avenue $688,000
Designed to embody a gorgeous blend of warmth and elegant aesthetic, this estate has it all: grand entrance hall with powder, living room with stone FP, family/theatre room with bar, music room, elegant dining room, up-to-date country kitchen, service room, back staircase, and carriage house with bath. Outdoor living area has fireplace and kitchen. MLS#81029
Custom home with preservation area & protected dunes on one side and ocean views on the other. The floor plan has 3BR on the main and upper levels while the lower level houses a 2BR locked off mother-in-law suite. Kitchen flows into the great room with soaring ceilings, built-in shelving and balcony. Heart pine flooring, garage, and outdoor grilling area. MLS#81026
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62 Long Point Drive $795,000
1797 Indigo Street $385,000
Custom Long Point home on the 7th tee offers stunning golf views along with luxurious finishes inside such as leaded glass front door, stone flooring, 10 foot ceilings, crown molding, custom ash cabinets, and Coral stone gas fireplace. Large kitchen opens to family room with fireplace and built-ins and offers gorgeous views of the golf course and private pool. MLS#81386
Close to schools and park! 4BR/2.5BA home features a wonderful open floor plan with neutral color palette throughout. Oversized walk-in closet and custom bath with soaking tub & separate shower in master. Kitchen with center island, granite counters, stainless appliances opens up to a large family room overlooking the fenced back yard beyond. MLS#81031
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5778 HECKSCHER DRIVE Enjoy waterfront living with this 3 BR, 2 Bath ranch style home with 100 Ft. of frontage on the St. John’s River. Completely rebuilt 25X30 covered dock with 10,000 lb boat lift, ﬂoating dock, bench seating, ﬁsh cleaning station, and lighting for night ﬁshing. Enjoy the river views from 14X35 screened back porch. MLS 81022 $450,000
Have you dreamed of living on your own island? Here is your opportunity for a dream life coastal paradise where you can keep your own yacht at your dock. Enjoy the serenity and beauty and live a comfortable life with space for all you can imagine in this 7839 sq. ft. home. A charming guest/caretaker cottage, gated access, and a private causeway round out this one of a kind property. MLS#79699 $2,995,000
Creekfront Beauty If you are looking for a ‘wow’ home this it! Beautiful craftsmanship and design in this recently remodeled ‘Southern Living’ style home. Situated in a Park like setting on 3/4 acre with creek frontage and room for a pool . With over 3,600 square feet and 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, plus a spacious media room, there is space to accommodate most needs. Two adjacent creek front lots available at $115,000. MLS#81015 $675,000
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8144 RESIDENCE COURT UNIT 202 This spacious oceanfront villa is located in an exclusive gated enclave on the south end of Amelia Island. The 3 BR, 3 BA split ﬂoorplan is ideal for extended stays or accommodating guests. Steps to the beach and the pool. On the ground ﬂoor for easy access. 1 car garage. MLS # 80655 $649,000
961687 Gateway Blvd. Suite 201E Fernandina Beach, FL (904) 321-1999
What’s not to love about this brick home on a cul-de-sac in a quiet community. This fabulous ﬂoor plan has 4 bedrooms plus an ofﬁce. You will appreciate the feel of privacy with the spacious yard with room for a swimming pool. There is a comfortable back porch and patio for your enjoyment. The lovely interior is move-in ready and offers many upgrades. MLS#80801 $269,900 22 South 8th Street Suite 2 Fernandina Beach, FL (904) 415-0303
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f you’re lucky enough to have friends with a boat, you’re lucky enough, especially if they invite you to go on a sunset cruise to Cumberland Island! Recently Doug and Jane Bailey invited me and my husband, Troy, to take a late-day trip to one of most beautiful undeveloped islands on the East Coast, and it’s just a stone’s throw away from our own island paradise. Cumberland Island is rich in history, architecture, and natural areas. Where the eastern edge of Cumberland is bounded by the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, the north, west, and south are bounded by rivers, sounds, and marshes. Visitors to Cumberland Island can enjoy hiking, biking, birding, camping, swimming, and wildlife viewing, and Greyfield Inn, Cumberland’s only commercial establishment, which offers comfortable rooms, cottages, and dining. There are two public dock accesses at Cumberland: one at Sea Camp, and the other at Plum Orchard. Docking is on a first-come, first-served basis, so visiting late in the day is a great time to get a spot at the dock. We arrived at the Sea Camp dock around 5:30 p.m., and we were the only ones there! Our plan was to take a hike to the Dungeness ruins, the former mansion owned by the Carnegie family from the 1880s until 1925. In 1959, Dungeness was destroyed by fire, and today the ruins are preserved by the National Park Service as part of Cumberland Island National Seashore. It’s a one-and-a-half mile walk to Dungeness from the dock along a rustic trail, which leads to a dirt road lined with 300-yearold live oak trees draped with Spanish moss. As we hiked, our shadows grew long in the evening’s radiance. When we arrived at the main house, we were greeted by scores of Cumberland’s famous wild horses. Family units in groups scattered across the compound, which includes servant’s quarters, utility buildings, laundries, cisterns, and a variety of other structures. The light is beautiful that time of the day, and we paused to take photos and drink in the beauty of this magical place. We spotted more wildlife as we toured the grounds – deer, turkey, osprey, and even a pair of bobcats! We took a different route back to the dock, along a dirt road that leads to the ranger station, which was closed at that hour. The sun was beginning to set, so we dug into our picnic basket for shrimp ceviche, crab cakes, and iced tea, before getting on the boat and heading back to the Amelia Island Marina. Speaking of the Marina, if you can’t find any friends with a boat, Amelia Boat Club rents boats and waverunners so you, too, can experience the beauty of Cumberland Island. Alternatively, you can take a ferry from St. Marys, Georgia, and spend the day on the island, or if you’re planning to book a room at Greyfield Inn, a ferry runs from Fernandina’s downtown marina. Amelia River Cruises and Amelia Adventures also offer trips to Cumberland Island. Backcountry camping is allowed on the island, and all reservations for campsites and ferry trips must be made in advance. For more information, visit www. nps.gov/cuis or www.cumberlandisland.com.
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