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Now in its 18th season, the Amelia Island Jazz Festival is a swingin’ affair led by artistic director and festival founder Les DeMerle, the renowned jazz drummer, and his wife, vocalist Bonnie Eisele.
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September brings the beginning of fall, and that always means the start of some cooler weather here in northeast Florida. Labor Day is always a milestone on the calendar, but it hasn’t been quite the same since we moved to Florida years ago because it no longer distinctly separates the summer from the start of the school year. Of course, my kids don’t know what I’m talking about because they are Floridians through-and-through, and school has always started for them in mid-August. But regardless of when summer officially ends, the transition to fall always means cooler weather and the return of schedules and regular routines. Here on Amelia Island, another harbinger of fall for me is the return of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival. Now in its 18th season, the Amelia Island Jazz Festival is a swingin’ affair led by artistic director and festival founder 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 at past festivals by jazz giants such as David Sanborn, Ramsey Lewis, Spyro Gira, and Larry Coryell, DeMerle has put together another outstanding line-up this year, headlined by legendary jazz clarinetist and saxophonist Ken Peplowski and renowned vocalist and guitarist John Pizzarelli and his trio. Both shows will be in the ballroom of the new Springhill Suites at Main Beach. The festival features a full week of shows and events, beginning with a free Sunday afternoon concert in Amelia Park featuring the Nassau Community Band led by Marc Dickman, the Yulee High School Jazz Band directed by Amos Walker, and UNF JE2 directed by Dennis Marks. The fun continues with a unique Jazz & Wine Tasting at Springhill Suites featuring multi-instrumentalist Dr. Bill Prince, the Jump, Jive, and Wail/ Swing Night Concert & Dance featuring the Dynamic Les DeMerle Little Big Band with Bonnie Eisele at Sadler Ranch, and the popular Latin Jazz Night and Dance with the award-winning Trio Caliente in its usual Thursday night spot, also at Sadler Ranch. Additionally, following the headliner performances Friday and Saturday nights, don’t miss the fun at the festival’s Late Night Jams, held this year at Mocama Beer Company. It’s sure to be another great week of music! Also in this issue, we take a look at the work of a group called Amelia Forever, which is working to preserve Amelia Island’s natural beauty, including the Little NaNa dune in American Beach; celebrate the island’s Spanish roots with the Fiesta de Santa Maria, which returns this month sponsored in part by the Amelia Island Museum of History; enjoy a “Backyard Adventure” with Karen Miller aboard a catboat named the Gato Feliz; and much, much more. See you around the island!
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SEPTEMBER 2021 13 Cover Story THE AMELIA ISLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL RETURNS WITH 18TH EXCITING SEASON
Returning with live shows this year, the Amelia Island Jazz Festival presents another outstanding week of world-class jazz with perennial festival favorites Trio Caliente and headliners Ken Peplowski and the John Pizzarelli Trio.
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Returning with live shows this year, the Amelia Island Jazz Festival presents another exciting week of world-class jazz with headliners Ken Peplowski and the John Pizzarelli Trio. BY KAREN MILLER • PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE AMELIA ISLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL
he Amelia Island Jazz Festival provides a rich, diverse cultural experience to the Amelia Island area by exposing thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds to the sounds, excitement, and vitality of great jazz. The Festival presents world-class jazz in many styles, including swing, bebop, Dixieland, big band, Latin, and contemporary. During the week-long festival, held in October each year, music is performed by jazz greats as well as fresh, up-and-coming young talent. Performances are staged in several venues around Amelia Island, offering fresh, jazz-centric settings. The goal of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival is to help preserve the American art form, jazz, by increasing the exposure and awareness of the music genre to the general public. This year’s AIJF will be held from October 3 through October 10, with dozens of your favorite jazz artists and some brand-new venues. The Festival began in 2001 when drummer Les DeMerle and his wife, vocalist Bonnie Eisele, fulfilled their lifetime 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. With support from the community and their devoted volunteers and sponsors, the Festival has grown and thrived. DeMerle launched his career as drummer with Lionel Hampton, the jazz vibraphone great, while still in high school at age 16. He then toured for 12 years with jazz trumpet
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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 award-winning LPs. He has toured with Manhattan Transfer and appeared with such musical greats as Lou Rawls, Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, and Joe Williams. A resident of Amelia Island since 1991, Les continues to perform at concerts, festivals and jazz cruises with his trio, quartet, and the Dynamic Les DeMerle Big Band Orchestra featuring Bonnie Eisele, which has recorded 14 CDs, including their new recording, Hot Night In Venice, an Origin Records release. Eisele is the featured vocalist with the Dynamic Les DeMerle Band. She has appeared with the band on numerous jazz cruises and 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 also has toured the U.S. and Europe with the Chicago Free Street Theater, an original musical theater and dance group. Bonnie’s diverse performing experience includes singing at the Chicago Playboy Club, Chicago Fest, Drury Lane Theater, and Miami’s Fontainebleau Resort. She studied music and dance in Brazil on a Rotary Foundation Graduate Fellowship. 14 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
AMELIA ISLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL SUPPORTS MUSIC EDUCATION The Amelia Island Jazz Festival is much more than music. Through the Festival, DeMerle and Eisele offer education and scholarship programs to expose young people to the art of jazz, while motivating more students to pursue jazz as a musical endeavor. Featuring workshops led by master musicians for elementary school, middle school, and high school students, more than 2,000 area students attend this program each year. These educational programs culminate in the Amelia Island Jazz Festival Scholarship, a financial award presented to deserving high school musicians who demonstrate strong potential to perform jazz at the collegiate level. “This year’s winner is Wyatt Bruno, a student from Jacksonville’s Douglas Anderson School for the Arts,” says DeMerle. “He’s an incredibly talented trumpet player, who is studying music at the University of North Florida this year.”
KICK-OFF AT AMELIA PARK ON OCTOBER 3 The Amelia Island Jazz Festival kicks off with a free afternoon concert at Amelia Park on Sunday, October 3 featuring the Nassau Community Band led by Marc Dickman, the Yulee High School Jazz Band directed by Amos Walker, and
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JUMP, JIVE, AND WAIL AT SADLER RANCH ON OCTOBER 6 On Wednesday, October 6 at 7 p.m., grab your special someone and head out to Sadler Ranch for Jump, Jive and Wail/Swing Night, Concert, and Dance. This concert will feature The Dynamic Les DeMerle Little Big Band with Bonnie Eisele, vocals; Jim Malmgren, trumpet; Clarence 16 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
Hines, trombone; Don Zentz and Matt Vance, saxophones; Doug Matthews, piano; Ernie Ealum, bass; and Les DeMerle, drums. There will be a full cash bar available, and food by Beyond Horizons Food Truck. Also at Sadler Ranch on Thursday, October 7, treat yourself to the sounds of Trio Caliente for a hot Latin Jazz Concert and Dance, featuring percussionist Doc Hardy. Trio Caliente unites and inspires audiences around the globe with their inimitable blend of Flamenco, Pop, and Latin dance music. Enjoyed by political luminaries stateside and abroad, notable Fortune 500 companies, festivals and concert venues around the world, Trio Caliente delivers unique sound and style providing an unforgettable experience.
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HEADLINER JOHN PIZZARELLI TRIO AT SPRINGHILL SUITES ON OCTOBER 9 On Saturday, October 9 at 7 p.m., get wowed by the John Pizzarelli Trio in concert in the ballroom at Springhill Suites. Vocalist and guitarist John Pizzarelli’s unpretentious, songcentered approach has earned wide crossover success during a career that includes numerous tribute recordings honoring both jazz and pop artists. World-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has been hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” The Toronto 18 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
Star pegged him as the “genial genius of the guitar.” And the Seattle Times saluted him as “a rare entertainer of the old school.” This concert also features the Les DeMerle Quartet, with special guests Les DeMerle, drums; Mike Levine, piano; Dennis Marks, bass: and Bonnie Eisele, vocals, along with a second Late Nite Jam at Mocama Beer Company at 10 p.m. And if you can rouse yourself Sunday morning on October 10, after a whole week of world-class jazz, join DeMerle and Eisele for a Dixieland Jazz Brunch at Springhill Suites. There will be two seatings for this event, one at 10:30 a.m. and another at 1 p.m. A special Jazz Festival menu has been created by Niko, former head chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. This grand finale of the 2021 season will feature The Spare Rib Six: JB Scott, trumpet; Dr. Bill Prince, clarinet; Dave Steinmeyer, trombone; Mike Levine, piano; Dennis Marks, bass; Les DeMerle, drums; and Bonnie Eisele, vocals.
PARK WEST GALLERY ART AUCTION SUPPORTS THE FESTIVAL The AIJF operates with the donations from corporate and individual sponsors, along with countless volunteers. Since 2014, Park West Gallery, the world’s largest art dealer, has sponsored the Festival with an auction, and also provides original art for the Festival’s posters and event brochures. “Park West Gallery recognized the importance of promoting our Festival,” says DeMerle. “Their generous grants and continuous support help us achieve our mission. This year’s
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AIJF poster was created by Miami artist, Kre8. Drawing on a unique background steeped in graffiti art, tattoo artistry, and a love of Surrealism, Kre8 has inspired art lovers to share in his vision of enjoying creativity and life - and for us this year, our vision of jazz!” The Amelia Island Jazz Festival has now become a yearround mission for us,” says DeMerle. “With our wide-reaching Jazz in the Schools and Jazz for Seniors programs, our goal is to inspire local citizens of all ages to appreciate the scope and meaning of our American art form, jazz.” This type of participation, including the nearly 1,000 area residents and many jazz lovers from around the country and the world who attend AIJF public performances each year, clearly demonstrates that people of all ages and backgrounds want to hear and learn about jazz. The Amelia Island Tourist Development Council and the State of Florida have recognized the importance of the Jazz Festival by awarding generous grants in support of many of the 18 years of jazz concerts. The Amelia Island Jazz Festival would not be possible without the help of volunteers from the community. Volunteers 20 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
are needed for a wide range of activities, all of which are crucial to the production of a successful Festival. The AIJF is always seeking individuals who possess a variety of talents, skills, and interests. The Festival is also seeking corporate and individual sponsors so it can continue to provide world-class jazz to Amelia Island, grow its education and senior programs, and expand its scholarship program. “Jazz greats endorse AIJF!” says DeMerle. “Jazz luminaries like Wynton Marsalis and Tony Bennett endorse AIJF, as well as AIJF headliners like David Sanborn, Ramsey Lewis, Buckwheat Zydeco, David Benoit, Mindi Abair, Randy Brecker, Kevin Mahogany, Houston Person, Bria Skonberg, Roseanna Vitro, Néstor Torres, Henry Johnson, Requinte Trio with Janis Siegel, Jamil Sharif, and Delfeayo Marsalis. This level of talent is what makes the Amelia Island Jazz Festival what it is today. And we’re still growing!” Tickets and information about Festival events and artists are all available online at www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com, along with a special Jazz Pass that will get you into all the concerts at a special rate.
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TRINITY LOVE HOBLIT FOUNDATION GALA RETURNS ON SEPTEMBER 25 On September 25, the Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation presents its fifth annual Gala at Amelia Island’s newest boutique hotel, the Courtyard Amelia Island. The event includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and dancing to entertainment by top recording artists, all in support of the fight against brain aneurysms and stroke. Trinity Hoblit was born with a rare form of primordial dwarfism. Although small in stature, she had an enormous spirit that captured the hearts of everyone she met. At age nine, Trinity was diagnosed with multiple brain aneurysms. She passed away on June 30, 2015 at age 14. Trinity was an advocate of organ donation, and with her family’s support, she gave life to three donor recipients after her death. These three recipients are alive today as a result of Trinity and her family’s support, and the Hoblits continue to bless others through the Foundation. The Gala will feature music by multiple Grammy Award-winning artist Dave Yaden, a virtuosic piano player who has written and performed with Lady Antebellum, One Republic, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, and many others. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.trinityhoblit.org.
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CARS AND CANNONS AT FORT CLINCH STATE PARK ON SEPTEMBER 25 Did you ever imagine vintage cars inside historic Fort Clinch State Park? Come and enjoy exactly that on September 25 at Cars & Cannons, the only car show anywhere inside an historic fort! This “just for fun” show will boast a 1952 Bentley, a 1923 Ford T-Bucket Hot Rod, and several 1960’s and 1970’s MG’s and Triumphs, as well as muscle cars from the 1960’s. Most of the cars on display are local, the same hot rods you sometimes see cruising the streets on special occasions. If you are interested in attending, you can purchase tickets the day of the show—rain or shine—at the entrance to Ft. Clinch. Admittance is $6 per vehicle and an additional $2.50 per individual. The cars will be on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you own a fancy ride from model year 1996 or older and are interested in joining the show, you are invited to join the Cars & Cannons family. Visit www.friendsoffortclinchinc.org for more information. Registration is just $35, and all proceeds support Friends of Fort Clinch, a citizens group committed to preserving Florida’s natural and cultural resources while providing outstanding recreational and educational opportunities to the public at Fort Clinch State Park. CALEB WILSON
If you’re looking for some family fun, save the date Saturday, September 18 for the first annual Island Hop Craft Beer Fest at Central Park in downtown Fernandina Beach. While craft beer tasting from over 30 regional brewers is the featured event, food trucks, kids’ activities, a dog park, Main Street Marketplace, and entertainment by the local band Honey Badgers will ensure a good time for guests of all ages. The festival will support Fernandina Beach Main Street, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization charged with promoting economic vitality and historic preservation in the Fernandina Beach business district. The district has expanded to now include three local craft brewers: First Love Brewing, Amelia Island Brewing Company, and Mocama Beer Company, inspiring a beer festival as their signature annual event. The Island Hop Craft Beer Fest will help Fernandina Beach Main Street fund important programs that preserve the character of our historic district while supporting the businesses that call it home. Island Hop is a familyfriendly event with children under 12 admitted free. General admission is $39 in advance or $50 at the door, and designated driver tickets are available, too! Visit www.islandhopcraftbeerfest.com to learn more.
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f the name “Janet Rogers” is familiar to you, it’s because Janet has owned A Janet Lynne Salon & Spa, located at 2134 Sadler Square, since 2002. In 2016, Janet began collecting furniture to use in remodeling her salon and realized she would need to renovate every piece. “I started watching videos and learning how to makeover furniture,” says Janet. “After I realized I had a talent for that, I started flipping furniture, selling it on Facebook Marketplace. I always loved visiting antique malls, so with my husband’s encouragement, I decided to rent a space at a local antique shop, where I could put my furniture and thrifted items.” Janet’s favorite thing to do is to find furniture on the side of the road, and her husband often comes home with pieces for her to renovate, too. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!” she laughs. “I was selling so many items that I eventually decided to have my own shop, in addition to my salon.” When space was available at Sadler Square, right next to her salon, Janet knew the timing was perfect. She opened Island Vintage
Market in April of this year. With the help of her sister, Lori, her daughter, Holly, and numerous vendors, artists, and consigners, Janet’s new shop reflects her personality and love for treasures. “I knew I wanted to have vendors, but I also wanted it to be more of a boutique-style vintage market and not another antique mall,” says Janet. “That’s where my dream to offer local artists and vintage collectors a space to sell their items came together. I had a vision of what I wanted, and it’s better that I ever imagined!” All of Janet’s merchandise is crafted by local artists and made in the USA. Each vendor was carefully chosen for their unique talent. In addition to her boutique, niche artists, and vendors, Janet also teaches workshops on how to paint and refinish furniture. “I love this new business venture,” says Janet. “I think my shop makes people smile!” Island Vintage Market is located at 2136 Sadler Road in the Salder Square Shopping Center. For more information, call them at (904) 310-3863.
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IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD with Mandy Haynes
The Spice & Tea Exchange
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ill and Linda Files opened The Spice & Tea Exchange in Fernandina Beach in May, five years after they purchased their first store in Winter Park, Florida. Linda is originally from Michigan and Bill is from Massachusetts, but they both feel at home here on Amelia Island. “My career in radio and advertising took us all over the place before we landed in Orlando. We love Amelia Island, so we thought it would be a great place to open a second store. Fernandina Beach has such a good vibe. The local folks are so friendly and welcoming, and the visitors are all happy to be here. It’s a great laid-back atmosphere. Plus, you can’t beat the natural beauty.” The Spice & Tea Exchange offers more than 60 different loose-leaf teas and more than 85 handcrafted seasonings, made in-store daily. “Holiday and corporate gifting is a specialty,” says Linda. “We just love turning folks on to healthy gift-giving ideas!” When they aren’t busy at the store, Bill and Linda love to bike and comb the beach. “Linda is a runner and we both love cycling, but most of all, we both love to cook and drink tea,” Bill laughs. They also have two cats: Mooch, who is seventeen years old, and Baby Girl, who is seven, both of whom are living with their son, Harrison, in Winter Springs, Florida while they get settled here. Visit Bill and Linda at The Spice & Tea Exchange at 316 Centre Street, online at www.spiceandtea.com/ fernandinabeach, or call the store at (904) 432-7897.
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riginally from Augusta, Georgia, Kam and Brian Kyzer have loved Amelia Island for decades. In October 2020, they opened the Fernandina Beach location of Watanut, a family-owned and operated gourmet nut and cookie company. “We bought a condo here two years ago, and Brian and I split our time between Amelia Island and Augusta so our youngest son, who is a high school senior, always has a parent present. The last two years have been a little hectic, but we believe it will be worth it,” says Kam. “Our Augusta location has been in business almost ten years, and we’re so grateful for the opportunity to grow and be a part of Amelia Island’s community.” “Everyone here is so friendly, and I love meeting all the visitors, learning about where they’re from and what brought them to the island. Cookies, nuts, and ice cream make people happy, so it’s literally fun to work here. We ship gifts year-round, and the exposure we’re getting in Fernandina Beach results in repeat online revenue and continues to grow our business. We’re taking applications, so if you want to join the fun, stop by!” The Kyzers are a family full of energy. They have two other children, one who just graduated from college, another who is a junior at Georgia Southern, and a “toddler” named Winnie. “Winnie is our Covid puppy,” Kam laughs. “She’s an Airedale Terrier, and she loves the beach!” For more information, visit Watanut Gourmet Nut and Cookies at 118 Centre Street or online at www.watanut.com, or call the store at (904) 447-6581.
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Splendid Stool When you need a boost, this Simple Spaces Folding Step Stool will do the job. This 4-step stool is 62.5 inches high with a sturdy tubular steel frame and oversized, non-slip steps, rubberized grips, and rubber leg tips for traction. It’s lightweight and folds for easy storage. Available at Amelia Island Paint & Hardware, 516 Ash Street. (904) 261-6604.
Toffee Treats Enjoy summertime favorites like Espresso Rum Toffee, made with Marlin and Barrel Espresso Rum; Pineapple Rum Toffee, made with Marlin and Barrel Pineapple Rum; and Pineapple Sea Salt Toffee, made with all-natural pineapple. All three are covered in dark chocolate and roasted, salted almond pieces. Available at Amelia Toffee Company, 822 Sadler Road. (303) 475-0926.
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A committee of the North Florida Land Trust, Amelia Forever is working with the City of Fernandina Beach and local conservation groups to preserve Amelia’s natural beauty. BY KAREN MILLER • PHOTOS BY SHERRY CARTER
melia Island is a stunning seaside community that invokes pride in residents and visitors alike for its unique combination of natural and historic features. Boasting an incredible tree canopy, proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, and the calming marshes along the Intracoastal Waterway, as well as a thriving historic center and deep cultural heritage, Amelia Island is a slice of paradise. Yet with all the wonders Amelia Island provides, many of its natural and historic landscapes are disappearing. Amelia Island resident Pam Hart, who used to live in Waycross, Georgia, noticed the changes and the development happening on the Left to right: Board members Lily Scheetz, Cynthia Jones Jackson, Jane Everts and Pam Hart. island as she visited year after year. Ironically, Hart served on the Waycross and Ware County Development Authority, which was trying to bring in more businesses and development into that raise awareness about land conservation among local residents part of Georgia. While her home was lacking the development and businesses. In their first year, Amelia Forever has raised over $800,000, it needed to thrive, Hart saw Amelia Island’s development managing to purchase, in partnership with the City of Fernandina beginning to get out of hand. Hart decided to get involved with the North Florida Land Beach, three parcels of land adjacent to the ecologically significant Trust, chairing its newest committee called Amelia Forever, Egans Creek Greenway. “The Greenway is one of my favorite which purchases or receives donations of land and conservation places on Amelia Island,” says Hart. “Preserving our natural spaces easements, as well as facilitating conservation transactions for is so important right now. If we don’t do it, it will be lost forever.” Thanks to the interest of residents in pursuing conservation public agencies. Formed in 2019, Amelia Forever partners with the City of Fernandina Beach and other conservation efforts on the island, and Amelia Forever’s existing partnerships groups to plan fundraisers, create informational material, and continued on next page 33 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • SEPTEMBER 2021
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with Amelia Tree Conservancy, the City of Fernandina Beach, and Nassau County, the effort burgeoned into a community-wide effort to protect the island’s precious natural resources. “Amelia Forever’s Board is a very hardworking, accomplished group of people, who are now turning their talents to helping preserve the quality of life on Amelia,” says Hart. The current goal of the Amelia Forever campaign is to preserve Little NaNa Dune, a part of the tallest dune in Florida and located within the historic Black community of American Beach. The preservation of Little NaNa Dune supports a longstanding vision to protect the natural integrity of the area championed by the late MaVynee Betsch, an American environmentalist affectionately called “The Beach Lady.” Ms. Betsch lived in American Beach, where she remained an activist for its preservation until she died in September 2005. In preserving Little NaNa Dune, NFLT joins the Friends of American Beach, the American Beach and greater Amelia Island communities, and friends and family of MaVynee Betsch to carry forward her legacy of protecting this special place. “The purchase of Little NaNa Dune is vital to that area of the island,” says Hart. “Last year, we managed to hold two fundraisers, which allowed us to purchase a 3-acre parcel. We held a trolley tour featuring Eve Jones narrating the historical significance of the area, along with Chad Scott discussing the ecological part of it, followed by a jazz dinner for participants. Our Jazz’N to Save Little Nana task force was led by Cynthia Jones Jackson.” Amelia Forever had planned another event for this month, but decided to cancel because of the latest Covid-19 outbreak, but Hart and her committee members still need to get the word out and raise money to buy more land. If you want to make a donation, you can visit www.nflt.org/ameliaforever to make a pledge. If you would like to join the Amelia Forever Committee, call Hart directly at (912) 281-6205 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Pick up at 170 Ash Street Junction of Ash and 2nd streets. Ride into the past and learn the stories of Amelia Island and the eight flags that have flown over its historically rich land. We take you on a journey from the time the Timucua Indians inhabited this area into the modern day shrimping industry. All Ages $29 per adult Discounts for Seniors, Military and Children under 15. Tours run everyday at 10.00 a.m., 1.00p.m. and 3.00 p.m. Sunday 3.00 pm only. Advance booking only. Contact, Daniel Daly firstname.lastname@example.org (904) 899-2429
SEPTEMBER Places I Have Visited During the month of September, The Plantation Artists’ Guild & Gallery Corner Show will feature artwork of exhibiting member’s travel adventures of places visited. Plantation Artists Guild & Gallery continues with caution and require masks. 94 Amelia Village Circle in the Omni Amelia Island Resort shops. Please call (904) 432-1750 or visit paggart.com for more information and hours.
SEPTEMBER Intermediate Yoga classes Expert instruction for progression. Every Tuesday and Thursday 8:30-10a.m. Level 2 and Level 2/3 Yoga. Community Yoga + Wellness 210 Beech Street. Call (904) 613-6345 or visit www.cyoga-amelia.com for more info.
SEPTEMBER 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 West Coast Swing and Waltz Ballroom On Amelia offers Two for Tuesday group classes with Bachata at 7p.m. followed by Cha Cha at 8p.m. Two for Tuesday classes are $15 for one class or $20 for both classes per person. A dance workshop is offered on Thursdays from 7-8:30p.m. Thursday classes are $15 per person. Ballroom On Amelia is located at 1897 Island Walkway at RAD Studios. No partner or reservation is required. Call (904) 624-0886 or visit www.ballroomonmelia.com or our Facebook page.
SEPTEMBER 10, 11 Amelia Island Dance Festival Enjoy live entertainment and extensive dance education workshops with top instructors. Performances are held at Amelia Community Theater Main Stage and start at 7:30p.m. Tickets $25. Live stream tickets are also available. To purchase tickets, visit The Amelia Community Theater at 207 Cedar Street, or their online box office at ameliacommunitytheater.org. Call
SEPTEMBER 15 New Neighbor Night All newcomers to Amelia Island are invited to meet, mingle, and make new friends. Live music, beverages at Happy Hour prices. 5p.m.-7p.m. Free and open to all. Story & Song Bookstore Bistro 1430 Park Avenue. RSVP to (904) 6012118
SEPTEMBER 17 Bluegrass, BBQ & Brews Support local charitable needs by attending this fundraising event hosted by Exchange Club of Nassau County. ECNC is America’s oldest service organization now serving our community. Starts at 6p.m.at Fernandina Beach Golf Club, Bill Melton Rd. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by contacting Bruce Doueck at (904) 718- 1361 or email email@example.com. Connect with them on Facebook, Exchange Club of Nassau County.
SEPTEMBER 17 The Fernandina Cuba Connection Art & Lecture Amelia Island Museum presents The Fernandina Cuba Connection along with a lecture from Berta Isabel Arias, about the connection of Fernandina and Cuba. Enjoy a brilliant art exhibit featuring the artists of Baracoa, Cuba, the oldest city in Cuba connected to Fernandina’s history. Held at the Amelia Island Museum of History, 233 South Third Street. Lecture starts at 6p.m. Baracoa Art Exhibit Grand Opening at 7p.m. For more information, visit ameliamuseum.org or call (904) 261-7378.
SEPTEMBER 18 Danika & The Jeb Evening of Story & Song Danika Holmes & Jeb Hart are a dynamic acoustic husband-wife duo, whose music is uplifting and fun. Between her vocals and his guitar prowess, you’re in for a real treat. Show starts at 3p.m. Tickets are $20. Call or stop by for reservations and tickets. Story & Song Bookstore & Bistro, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118.
SEPTEMBER 18 Fiesta de Santa Maria Fernandina celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with dancing, music, and living history. This celebration will kick off at 9a.m. and go until 12p.m. The event if free and will be held in the Pineland Bank parking lot corner of 8th Street and Centre streets. For more information, visit ameliamuseum.org or call (904) 261-7378.
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SEPTEMBER 18 The Island Hop Craft Beer Fest On tap for the festival are brew houses from Fernandina, greater Jacksonville, and Georgia as well as a few surprises. Live music, food trucks and Main Street Marketplace. Proceeds benefit Fernandina Main Street programs that preserve the character of the historic district and lend support for businesses. VIP $59, General $39, Door $50. VIP Ticket Holders arrive at noon. General Admission at 1 - 5p.m. Central Park, 1200 Atlantic Ave. islandhopcraftbeerfestival.com.
SEPTEMBER 21 Lauren Groff Literary Luncheon Story & Song Bookstore Bistro hosts American writer, Lauren Groff. Celebrating the release of her new novel, Matrix. Set in the 1200’s in the court of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Matrix explores the power of female creativity in a corrupted world. $48 tickets include lunch, beverage of choice, and an autographed copy of the book at 12:30p.m. $35 tickets include reserved seating and an autographed copy of Matrix at 2p.m. Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, 1430 Park Avenue. Call (904) 601-2118 for reservations or more information.
SEPTEMBER 24, 25 The Oldest Profession Directed by Linda Janca and starring some fabulous local Fernandina actors. Five aging practitioners of the oldest profession are faced with a diminishing clientele, increased competition, and aching joints. With wit, compassion and humor, they struggle to find and learn new tricks. Set in New York City, the Upper West Side, in 1980. Tickets $25. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please visit ameliamusicalplayhouse.com, email info@ ameliamusicalplayhouse.com or call the theatre at (904) 277-3455.
SEPTEMBER 25 Healing Back Care Class For injured, cranky or stiff backs. Reduce pain, find space and circulation in your low back and learn ways to help your back at home and in everyday life. No yoga experience necessary. Saturdays 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Three more Saturday classes continue into October. $75 in the studio with a small class size. Community Yoga + Wellness 210 Beech Street. (904) 613-6345. www.cyoga-amelia.com.
SEPTEMBER 25 AIBC Oktoberfest Amelia Island Brewing Company invites you to enjoy beer, music and food to celebrate the harvest of grains. The Oktoberfest starts at 12p.m.-7p.m. The festival takes place in the
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SEPTEMBER 29 Historic Haunts of the South Through Historic Haunts Investigations, Pearce and her 20-person team have investigated ghostly activities in more than 25 states since 2004. Pearce is also the author of five books on the paranormal. She will share some insight gleaned from more than two decades of exploring the things that can’t always be seen. Free. 3p.m. Story & Song Bookstore Bistro 1430 Park Avenue. RSVP to (904) 601-2118.
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n Saturday, September 18, the Amelia Island Museum of History is hosting its third annual Fiesta de Santa Maria. The festival, in conjunction with the Fernandina Farmer’s Market, runs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Pineland Bank parking lot on Centre Street. The festival will celebrate Amelia Island’s Spanish roots with performances by Royal Amelia Dance Academy and Ballroom on Amelia as well as live Caribbean and Flamenco music by Dennis Fermín. Vendors will be offering delicious food, and stories will be shared to raise awareness of Fernandina Beach’s colorful and interesting history. One tale that’s sure to be told is the story of Cuban revolutionary José Martí, who stayed at the Florida House Inn in the spring of 1893. Martí, a writer, poet, diplomat, painter, and journalist, was planning an invasion of his native Cuba to free it from Spanish rule and he amassed his ships in the Fernandina harbor. In addition to the Fiesta de Santa Maria, the Amelia Island Museum of History will present a one-of-a-kind Cuban Art Exhibit from Baracoa, Cuba’s oldest city, which is connected historically to Fernandina Beach. Why art from Baracoa? Well, I’m glad you asked because it’s a fantastic story! I met with Dr. Berta Isabel Arias at the 41 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
Florida House Inn because I thought it would be a great place for a photograph. I also thought it would be a great place for a glass of lemonade and a quick chat about Fiesta de Santa Maria, but once Berta started talking about the upcoming art exhibit, I forgot all about the lemonade! “While I was in Baracoa a few years ago doing research, I was a celebrity of sorts because I live in Fernandina. Fernandina is revered as the city where José Martí, Cuba’s hero during the Spanish American War, put together his Fernandina Plan and secured arms and supplies destined to land in the eastern part of Cuba to support the fight for independence from Spain. “On my trip to Cuba, I met so many talented artists. They became friends, and I’m excited and honored to share their stories along with their art with everyone here in Fernandina Beach. On September 17, I’ll be giving a lecture at the Museum of History that will address Fernandina’s unique connection to Baracoa, as well as sharing some beautiful art,” says Berta. Given the current state of affairs between Cuba and the U.S., it is impossible to obtain original pieces of art from Baracoa, but that didn’t stop Berta. Working with Museum staff, she came up with the idea of creating posters of their art to display. The Exhibit of posters consists of 34 original 2-D continued on next page
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eptember brings wishful dreaming of fall and the many things we can plant for the new season. They say October is the beginning of the planting season in Florida, so let’s get ready! First, I had a question about Perennial Peanut, where it would grow best and whether it is a good groundcover. Yes, yes, yes. An awesome, tough little plant, it survives in our hot summer heat and sandy soil. It is a versatile groundcover that blooms all summer with happy little golden flowers. This groundcover is effective on sites with erosion problems, as the rhizomes grow to form a mat that helps keep the soil in place. Perennial Peanut can also be used as a lawn substitute and can be mowed without damage to the plants. It should be planted as a lawn where there is little foot traffic. When using it as a groundcover, use metal or fiberglass edging along the landscape beds to stop it from jumping into adjacent areas. Water well when first planted, and once established, it will serve you well. It is resistant to nematodes, pathogens, and drought, and requires
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very little fertilizer. Perennial Peanut likes full sun, but tolerates some shade. If you want to liven up some boring shrubs, try the dramatic “Miss Scarlett” Illicium, with its fiery red, star-shaped 2-inch flowers with buttery yellow eyes that rise above the foliage in mid-spring and are on display for 4 to 6 weeks. The green foliage emerges chartreuse in spring, and the glossy evergreen narrow leaves remain green through winter. It produces brown capsules in midsummer. When the leaves are crushed, they smell like anise, and the star-shaped seeds are similar to the culinary anise, bur these are toxic. This Southern Living plant has a compact growth habit and will reach 4 to
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6 feet in height and 3 to 4 feet in width, filling out right to the ground. This hardy shrub does best in part-shade to shade. Apply a thick layer of mulch around the root zone to conserve soil moisture. Warning: this plant is toxic to humans and animals, so plant accordingly. Use in mass plantings, as hedges or screening, naturalize it, or plant in woodland garden. It can be grown in containers, but it will need more water. This is a fairly new PP24640 plant. I am heading to the Florida Growers Association trade show, and I’m so excited to take you all with me. We will explore the new plants, new products, ideas, tips, and hints beginning next month. Lastly, if you have Confederate or Carolina jasmine growing near your house, be sure to clip it off the building as the tendrils will pull off finishes like stucco. I trimmed mine recently, since with all the rain we’ve been having, everything seems to be thriving and becoming invasive. If you have any questions, email me at email@example.com. In the meantime, Happy Gardening!
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business, Lavino Home, with a specialty in transformative remodels, Lauren knew the time was right. “Fe is amazing. She’s from Brazil, has a past career as a lawyer, and she is a friend. We trusted her, and basically, we shared our vision with her, moved out, and she did the magic. We wanted a turnkey experience, and Fe handled every detail, from design to furniture installation,” explains Lauren. For Fe, this was a dream job. “The liberty the Templetons gave me to implement their vision of a coastal, timeless design that was functional for their children and dogs made this project so much fun,” she says. The Templetons and Fe partnered with John Dodd to help with the architectural redesign and Call Construction for the remodeling work. “Our goal was to open up the floor plan, bring in more natural light, and achieve a very organic feeling in the home,” says Fe. The trio pulled this off with lots of creative inspirations, including transforming the oceanside 58 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
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Bar Zin Newly reopened with a fresh look and Amelia Island Wine Company attached, Bar Zin serves outstanding tapas-style dining and old favorites in a comfortable atmosphere. BY MICHAEL GASS • PHOTO BY SHERRY CARTER
ast week, I met a few friends for a celebratory dinner at Bar Zin. Between college degrees, professional accolades, successful surgeries, and new businesses, there was a lot to be happy about. Bar Zin is located in the Palmetto Walk Shopping Center on the south end of the island. Recently it’s gone through a series of upgrades that have ushered in a fresh look, new menu, a full bar, and an in-house wine shop. After ten years in business, owner Tim Seyda is refocusing on his original vision to provide exquisite tapas-style dining with an extensive wine list in a sophisticated but comfortable setting. Mission accomplished. We sat at a large banquette toward the back, which is where Amelia Island Wine Company is now settled in the library room, and where a free tasting was in full swing. We began the feast immediately. Strawberry Ricotta Bruschetta, Charcuterie, Crispy Brussel Sprouts, and Truffle Frites were served, and plates were everywhere. My business partner Josh was celebrating his newly acquired MPhil with a Vodka Collins, while his wife Laura toasted the launching of Personalized Performance, a facility designed to help with rehabilitation and physical wellness. Ken and wife Barb toasted his successful heart surgery and recovery. It was a happy moment in time made richer by great company and delicious food. The first round of tapas disappeared in a flash. The charcuterie changes nightly, but our selections were paired with ground mustard, honeycomb, and homemade pickles. It’s a perfect sharing starter for a small group. The strawberry bruschetta was delicious, but I concentrated my attention on the truffle fries and brussel sprouts. The hand-cut fries were golden brown and drizzled with truffle oil, seasoned liberally, and tossed with parmesan cheese. The brussel sprouts were equally delicious, delightfully crunchy and green. I felt proud of myself for having a few vegetables. I ordered a glass of Chardonnay from the Russian River in anticipation of my second course. Whenever mussels are available, I like to enjoy them. These were steamed perfectly in 62 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
a Sambuca-spiked broth that I finished like a restorative soup after I finished extracting the tender morsels of briny brilliance. They came with a pile of crisp pommes frites with truffle aioli, which I was happy to share, having already indulged in their greasy goodness in round one. Josh enjoyed the New York Strip special, which was served with creamy stone-ground polenta. Laura went with the always popular Tuna Crunch, yellow fin tuna in a panko crust with soba noodles and a sweet chili soy glaze, a Bar Zin staple. Barb won the prize for prettiest dinner with the Seared Scallops.
Another favorite of mine, the perfectly scallops were nestled atop a dollop of the most delicious wild mushroom risotto. Ken went old school with the Wagyu burger, despite needing it cooked well done for health reasons, it remained juicy and delicious, which is no small feat. The plates were beautifully presented, the portions perfect, and the evening divine. We finished our meals with a slice of chocolate cake and retired to take on new challenges in the future. Bar Zin is open Mondays and Wednesday thru Sunday from 5-9 p.m. Be sure to call for reservations.
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DINING GUIDE Amelia Island Coffee ~ For more than 16 years, Amelia Island Coffee has been a welcoming place to meet. This family-owned business features friendly service, locally roasted single-source coffee, cold brew, select organic teas and freshly baked pastries, pies and cakes. Breakfast and lunch are served all day, along with small plates and appetizers in the evening. You’ll find a selection of mainstream and craft beers along with varietal wines, as well as ice cream, milkshakes, frappes, fruit smoothies and frozen lemonade. The ambiance of a 100-year-old building is enhanced by outdoor, pet-friendly dining. Open 7 days, 7 am Mon–Sat and 8 am on Sun. Major credit cards. 207 Centre Street. (904) 321-2111. Ameliaislandcoffee.com. Amelia Island Brewing Company ~ on Centre Street provides delicious local food and cold brews to the friends and guests of Amelia Island. Our kitchen serves amped up southern comfort food, where you’ll see enough diversity to be surprised without losing sight of the simple stuff you love. The collection of house brews and craft beer options are curated to match the menu, with plenty of pairings to fit any palette. AIBC is a brewery infused gastropub, or a brewpub with great food, something like that - just stop in, grab a bite and a sip, you’ll see. We are doing it our way, the right way, for you and for this Island. Bar Zin ~ Our philosophy at Bar Zin is quite simple: create a fun relaxed upbeat indoor/outdoor atmosphere where friends and families can enjoy creative, fresh American bistro cuisine. We offer a diverse beverage menu of great wines, local brews, and Saki martinis. When possible, we source from local farmers, local products, and local businesses to create a farm-to-table style menu. Our vision is to create a neighborhood atmosphere where everyone will feel welcome; a place where everyone will have a relaxing and fun time. barzin-bistro-winebar.com. Lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch. Major credit cards. 4924 First Coast Hwy at Palmetto Walk Shopping Village. (904) 310-6620. Brett’s Waterway Cafe ~ The only restaurant on the island where you can dine overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, Brett’s offers a wide choice of seafood, chicken and beef with daily specials both at lunch and dinner. The view of the water, the impeccable service and the refined ambiance will enhance your dining pleasure. The large rectangular bar overlooking the Fernandina Harbor Marina is a pleasant place to enjoy a drink. At the marina on Front Street. (904) 261-2660. Open 7 days, Mon-Sat. Burlingame ~ In the historic district just off Centre Street at 20 South 5th Street, this restaurant offers seasonally inspired modern American food with a twist. The small menu enables our team to focus on a handful of exquisite dishes developed from the freshest ingredients each season. Our superb service and casually elegant atmosphere create a special experience. Extensive wine/beer list. Reservations recommended. Open 5:30pm Mon – Sat. Closed Sun. (904) 432-7671. BurlingameRestaurant.com. Crab Trap ~ Nautical decor and friendly service makes for a casual, relaxing atmosphere. Dinner daily offers seafood—fried, grilled, broiled, or blackened—as well as steaks, chicken and oysters year round. Entrees $8.95 $18.95. Call for seasonal hours. Beer, wine, and cocktails. Family owned and operated since 1979. 31 N 2nd Street, (904) 261-4749. David’s Restaurant ~ David’s has an amazing steakhouse & seafood menu, upscale romantic atmosphere, and professional service. New Caviar menu with toast points or Blinis and accoutrements consisting of crème fraiche, red onion, capers & chopped egg. Full bar and large wine menu including wines by the glass. Dining creations such as Filet Oscar, our Signature 16oz. Grilled Delmonico Ribeye, and when available our 24 oz. Porterhouse Steak. Daily fish specials as well as English Channel Dover Sole & Chilean Sea Bass. Vegetarian & Vegan options. Happy Hour Sunday - Thursday 5 to 7 pm (except Special Events & Holidays). Lounge Menu & Port Flights. Incredible Whole Alaskan King Crab 6-10 lb. average. Full dessert menu and after-dinner cordials. Lounge opens at 5 pm,
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dinner at 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays. Young Adult menu available. Reservations highly recommended. Private wine room holds 12 & private dining room up to 50. Resort casual. 802 Ash Street. (904) 310-6049. Make reservations online at AmeliaIslandDavids.com. España ~ Featuring Old World cuisine from Portugal and Spain, España offers an intriguing menu in a comfortably elegant atmosphere in downtown Fernandina Beach. Owner/chef Roberto Pestana serves mouthwatering tapas like Grouper Ceviche, Portobello al La España, and Shrimp with Garlic, all served with España’s homemade bread. Entrees include a classic Seafood Paella, and a variety of fresh local seafood and meats. España also features an extensive wine list and an excellent homemade sangria. Available for private parties. Reservations recommended. Major credit cards. Open 7 days. (904) 261-7700. 22 South 4th Street. Fancy Sushi ~ We serve fine Japanese cuisine from our Hibachi grill, the best Tempura and the tastiest Teriyaki this side of Tokyo. We give you all the fine foods with friendly service. Come by and give us a visit and we’ll serve you with smiles and the freshest sushi that you won’t find anywhere but here at Fancy Sushi. Open 7 days. (904) 261-9855. 1478 Sadler Rd. Florida House Inn ~ Southern cooking at its finest at Leddy’s Porch. Menu includes Southern Salads, Sandwiches, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Collard Greens, and much more. Black Board specials daily. Open for brunch Wed. – Fri. from 11am – 2:30pm and Sat. – Sun. 10am – 2:30pm. The Mermaid Bar at The Florida House Inn is open Mon. – Sat. at 5pm. Daily drink specials and Open Mic every other Thursday night. 22 South Third Street, (904)491-3322. Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro ~ Located in historic downtown Fernandina, Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro serves innovative cuisine in a relaxed, island atmosphere. Enjoy fresh seafood, game, and specialty dishes in a charming 1903 home, or outside in a New Orleans-inspired courtyard. Jacksonville Magazine Top 25. Extensive wine list available. Reservations recommended. (904) 321-2558. Open seven days. Lagniappe Restaurant ~ [“lan-yap”] One of Jacksonville Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants and voted #1 Chef and #1 Amelia Island Restaurant by “Best in the 904” voters across NE Florida! From the melting-pot culinary heritage of Charleston, New Orleans, and Savannah comes Lagniappe, where you can always expect a little something more. Chef-owner Brian Grimley’s respect for Southern tradition, culinary curiosity, and a quarterdecade’s experience in Virginia’s Tidewater District shine through a delectable line-up of evolving charcuterie selections, house-smoked meats, and seafood must-haves like po’ boys, salmon brûlée, and the occasional whole fried fish! Dig in with loved ones over wine, considered cocktails, and curated bourbons in a refined yet relaxed atmosphere. Open daily, 11am–10pm; Happy Hour 3pm–6pm; Sunday Southern Breakfast 10am–3pm. 4810 First Coast Hwy. lagniappeamelia.com The Mustard Seed Cafe ~ Located inside Nassau Health Foods, The Mustard Seed is Amelia Island’s only organic eatery and juice bar, with an extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials include local seafood, organic chicken and fresh organic produce. Salads, wraps, sandwiches, and soups are available—all prepared with The Mustard Seed’s impeccable style. Popular items are chicken or veggie quesadillas, grilled mahi or salmon over mixed greens and tuna melt with Swiss cheese and tomato. Open for breakfast and lunch, Mon - Sat., 8 am - 3pm, and 10am - 2pm on Sun. NassauHealthFoods.net. 833 T. J. Courson Rd. (904) 277-3141. Pogo’s Kitchen ~ Serving southern cuisine with a bend, with a menu that celebrates the full medley of Southern flavors. Cocktails and wine selections are simple but creative. Vsit us for dinner, lunch or brunch at POGO’s Kitchen—a bright, open eatery tucked away from the main lines, waiting to unpack your day and refill your glass. (904) 432-8483. pogoskitchen.com. Pozzi Bistro ~ A new “Old World” style restaurant. Espresso bar and café by day and a full menu restaurant by night. We offer pastries, espresso drinks, blended shakes, and brunch specialty beverages, and brunch each day. In the evening, come and taste charcuterie, cheese, and wine, or a relaxing meal in our dining room or on our outdoor patio. Our simple menu features steak, lobster, crabcake, and more. Top off your evening with one of our house www.AmeliaIslander.com
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The Penthouse is the Best! This penthouse villa has lovely views of the shimmering Atlantic Ocean to the East, plus even more dramatic views south to Talbot Island and west with sunsets over the Intracoastal Waterway. Nestled on the South End of Amelia Island in the Dunes Club Villas complex, this top-floor, northern- side unit will impress. Offering the luxurious setting, exquisite landscaping and trademark sunrise and sunset views, the positioning of this building gives this particular villa superlative views from every room. There is a private heated pool, plus tennis courts across Beach Walker Road. Membership to the Amelia Island Club is available and offers casual & fine dining, championship golf, nearly 2-dozen Har Tru tennis courts, health & fitness center and indoor heated lap pool. The accessible Spa & Shops area adds to the appeal of the Amelia Island Plantation, with the lush flora & fauna that hallmark this community. For more information on this exceptional property, please call Claudia Watts with Coldwell Banker The Amelia Group at (904) 556-4000. 67 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
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159 LONG POINT DRIVE Build Anew Today!
Claudia Watts BROKER-EXECUTIVE firstname.lastname@example.org 904.556.4000 www.claudiawatts.com
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4856 First Coast Highway, Ste 2
Marsh front facing South on Long Point Drive! This beautiful homesite offers serene privacy overlooking the vast salt marsh with the Intracoastal Waterway beyond. Located in the gated Long Point section of the Amelia Island Plantation—a resort & residential community on Amelia Island’s South End. Build anew today amidst lush ﬂora & fauna and start enjoying the features & beneﬁts of this wonderful community. Join the Amelia Island Club to access the amenities, including the Long Point Clubhouse, access to Amelia’s pristine beach shoreline, 36 holes of championship golf, health & ﬁtness center with indoor heated lap pool, The Omni pool-scape, treasured Walker’s Landing and a pedestrian trail to the main body of the Amelia Island Plantation. You’re sure to love this quiet & private cul-de-sac street with very stately homes. MLS#94128 $879,000
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95196 Amberwood Lane, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Once you step into this fully custom-built home you will see pride of ownership everywhere! From the outside fire pit with a lake view to the gourmet custom kitchen this 6 bedroom 4.5 bath home has tons of storage throughout. Nestled in a natural setting in the gated community of Amelia Bay, this home will not disappoint you. Priced lower per square foot than any other home in the community this home won't last long!
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96206 MARSH LAKES DR
2364 S FLETCHER AVE
Stunning Tudor Style home in Prestigious Marsh Lakes with incredible ICW views!! Custom 4BR/3.5BA home features Anderson Windows and Doors, Gourmet Kitchen, gas cook top with quartz countertops, stainless appliances and large master bedroom with sitting area. REDUCED $1,030,000 MLS#94413
Spectacular luxury oceanfront custom designed and decorated 5 BR, 4 full BA and 2 half BA home completed in 2019. Amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean and sandy white beaches from each floor. This home offers the ultimate indoor and outdoor ocean lifestyle PENDING $4,499,000 MLS#96106
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2384 S FLETCHER AVE The "C" Turtle! OCEANFRONT HOME. 3,659 heated square feet, 5BR/5BA. This three level home features an outstanding floor plan with decks on each level overlooking the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. In-ground heated oceanfront pool with spa! SOLD MLS#95694
5317 S. Fletcher Ave | Amelia Island, FL 32034 | 904-261-8433
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28759 Grandview Manor $140,000
Build your dream home on Lot 32 and create your own sanctuary of escape among the natural beauty of Waterman’s Bluff. Full of Southern Charm and Low Country vibes, this gated 72 acre riverfront community offers community center, tidal dock with kayak and canoe launch, future 32 boat slip marina, and community park. MLS#96171
8030 FIRST COAST HWY #113 SEASIDE RETREAT - $2,100,000 Enjoy incredible views of the entire coastline of Amelia Island from this north corner 3 bedroom/3 bath penthouse on the south end of the island! There is a wood-burning ﬁreplace and transom windows with higher ceilings which are unique to the penthouse units in Seaside Retreat. Elevator opens directly into the unit’s outer foyer before entering the unit. The elevator can be locked to prevent unwanted access. The ﬁrst ﬂoor of the building is the enclosed garage and there are two assigned parking spaces for each unit plus storage. This gated community offers two tennis/ pickleball courts and beachside pool with direct access to the beach. For more information and to view all photos, go to www.DiscoveringAmeliaIsland.com/property_detail/54815
8030 First Coast Hwy, Unit 207
Rare to market, this 4th floor, 3BR/3BA south facing Seaside Retreat enjoys sunrises over the Atlantic, sunsets over the Intracoastal and access to miles of sandy beaches. Offers direct-entry elevator from lobby to villa’s vestibule. Gated community offers low density living, pool, tennis & pickle ball courts. Home is being sold furnished. MLS#95939 JUST SOLD!
2865 RACHEAL AVE (FRONTS ON S. FLETCHER AVE) - $1,875,000 Move right in to this absolutely stunning 4 bedroom pool home with direct access to the beach! No expense was spare in updating and upgrading every square inch! Relax by the heated pool with waterfall or enjoy outdoor cooking in the fully-equipped pool-side summer kitchen with dining under the large backyard pavilion. Designed for outdoor living, there is a gas ﬁreplace and landscape lighting by the pool. Inside there is a den/bedroom downstairs and upstairs are the master, two bedrooms and large laundry room. Views of the beach from the balcony upstairs or front porch downstairs. For more information and to view all photos, go to www.DiscoveringAmeliaIsland.com/property_detail/54814
95152 Sandpiper Loop $775,000
Greet the sunrise from this stunning oceanfront townhome in sought after Sandpiper. Light and bright end unit with expansive views of the ocean from nearly every room. Home has been beautifully finished, elegantly decorated! Spacious bedrooms, open concept living area and located close to the Ritz Carlton and bike path. MLS#95324
BACKYARD ADVENTURE Troy Lair (l) with Jeff Peterson
Catboat Sail on the
Gato Feliz STORY AND PHOTO BY KAREN MILLER
eff Peterson built his first sailboat when he was a 12-year-old boy living in Maine. “It was a 9-foot catboat and only had one sail,” remembers Jeff. “The boat’s name was Punkin’ Seed, a take on its wide beam, typical of most catboats. There were small fleets of these boats all over New England, and we raced on the weekends. We learned a lot about small boat sailing back then!” Indeed, Jeff was born to sail, and spends many a weekend with his wife, Teen, and their family, sailing about Amelia and Cumberland islands. Imagine our excitement when they invited my husband, Troy, and I to join them on a sail down Egans Creek, then up the Amelia River. We don’t know much about sailing, but Jeff is a great teacher. Their boat, named Gato Feliz (Happy Cat) is an 18-foot Marshall Sanderling built in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. “She was built in 1971, making her a sweet 50-year-old beauty,” says Jeff. “Marshall has built over 750 Sanderlings. They’re very popular in New England, especially Cape Cod, where in many of the towns there are small fleets that race on the weekends. It’s not a high-performance boat, but a fun, family sailer!” No one really knows the origin of the word “catboat.” It’s said that it might be because the boat sails fleet as a cat. But more likely it’s because of the numerous cats that hang around the boats after they’ve come back from a fishing trip, looking for handouts. From the 1850s to the early 1900s, catboats were the dominant inshore boat on the New England coast, both for work and for pleasure. They were used for fishing and 76 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
coastal transportation. Their popularity eventually declined in the commercial world, where they were eventually replaced by motorized boats. Teen and Jeff acquired Gato Feliz from a friend, whose father had brought it down from New Jersey. The former owner didn’t use it much as he had expected, and as Jeff had helped him with some maintenance, he came to Teen and Jeff’s house one day and said, “She’s yours!” Teen and Jeff lived in Ecuador for 12-years, where they learned Spanish. They felt the name Gato Feliz, captured both the personality of the boat and the fun they had sailing her. They fixed her up a bit through the years and have shared their sailing trips with numerous friends on Amelia Island. Our time on the water with Gato Feliz was exhilarating, with perfect wind and Jeff’s expertise. He even let Troy take over the tiller, which controls the rudder, giving him an onshore landmark as a visual heading. Something we didn’t realize at the time, was that this would be one of Gato Feliz’s last sail with the Petersons. The couple decided to downsize, selling their large home on the marsh, and buying a smaller home with less maintenance so they could spend more time in Maine. “We decided to sell Gato Feliz to a man who took her up to Beaufort, South Carolina, where she will join a fleet of five other Sanderlings for weekend racing and general sailing fun,” says Jeff. “We will miss her, but she will be put to good use, doing what she does best!”
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