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The arrival of September signals the official end of the glorious summer season here on Amelia Island, which is always bittersweet, but the cooler temperatures make saying goodbye to the carefree days of summer a little easier. As the temperatures begin to drop, we pack away happy memories of summer vacation and begin to ease back into the familiar rhythm of school schedules and regular routines, slowly taking up again the responsibilities that make up our daily lives. Thankfully, in addition to the return to our usual routines, autumn on Amelia Island also means the return of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival, which always brings great music and good times in its wake, making it a terrific way to kick off the season. The Amelia Island Jazz Festival, returning this fall for its nineteenth 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 Harry James and Lionel Hampton, among others, working with musical icons like Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, and Joe Williams. Les and Bonnie are backed by a tireless group of volunteers who help make the jazz festival an unforgettable event each year. The festival runs this year from October 2 – 9 and welcomes another outstanding line-up of world-class musicians, including headliners Ken Peplowski and the John Pizzarelli Trio, to venues throughout the island. As always, the festival features a full week of shows and events, kicking off with a free Sunday concert at the Atlantic Recreation Center, then continuing through the week with two special Jazz and Wine Tasting shows at The Decantery in downtown Fernandina Beach, a “Jump, Jive & Wail” swing concert and dance party with the Dynamic Les DeMerle band featuring Bonnie Eisele at Sadler Ranch, and Hot Latin Jazz in its traditional Thursday night slot with festival favorite Trio Caliente, also at Sadler Ranch. Additionally, the fun Late Night Jams return after the headliner performances Friday and Saturday nights at Mocama Beer Company, as well as the delicious Sunday Jazz Brunch at SpringHill Suites by Marriott. It promises to be a great week of music. Also in this issue, we take a look at Women of Nassau, a group of community-minded women who are supporting the women of Nassau County through social and service activities; get to know local legend Dee Dee Bartels, who recently celebrated her 99th birthday and who has been an important part of the Amelia Island community for decades as a shrimp boat captain and preservationist; enjoy a “Backyard Adventure” at a local boutique spa for a refreshing and rejuvenating facial treatment; and much more.
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SEPTEMBER 2022 11 Cover Story THE AMELIA ISLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL RETURNS WITH ITS 19TH EXCITING SEASON
With a full schedule of events this year, the Amelia Island Jazz Festival returns with another outstanding week of world-class jazz with headliners Ken Peplowski and the John Pizzarelli Trio and festival favorites like Trio Caliente.
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With headliners Ken Peplowski and the John Pizzarelli Trio, the Amelia Island Jazz Festival returns for another exciting week of world-class jazz and fun, innovative events.
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he Amelia Island Jazz 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 Amelia Island Jazz Festival has grown and thrived. DeMerle launched his career as drummer for jazz vibraphone great, Lionel Hampton, while still in high school at age 16. He then 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 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, 11 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
festivals and jazz cruises with his trio, quartet and 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, The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, City Jazz in Orlando, 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. The Amelia Island Jazz Festival provides a rich, diverse cultural offering to the Amelia Island area by exposing thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds to the sounds,
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excitement and vitality of great jazz. The festival presents worldclass jazz in many styles, including swing, bebop, Dixieland, big band, Latin, and contemporary. During the weeklong 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 October 2-9, with many of your favorite jazz artists.
SUPPORTING MUSIC EDUCATION IN NASSAU COUNTY The Amelia Island Jazz Festival is much more than music. 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. 12 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
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 18-year-old Cameron DeVane, a gifted saxophone player from Fernandina Beach. A recent graduate from Fernandina Beach High School, DeVane, accepted the award during the AIJF’s Big Band Bash back in February. DeVane satin with the Dynamic Les DeMerle Orchestra, featuring vocalist Bonnie Eisele, for a couple of numbers. Says DeMerle, “Cam is a talented young sax player and should have a fine career as a professional musician!”
FREE CONCERT AT THE ATLANTIC REC CENTER ON OCTOBER 2 The Amelia Island Jazz Festival kicks off with a free afternoon “Jazz Party” concert at the Atlantic Recreation Center on Sunday, October 2 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. featuring the University of North Florida 21-piece JE2 Orchestra directed by Dennis Marks. Concert goers are encouraged to enjoy a special Jazz Party lunch prepared by Beyond Horizons’ Chef Courtney
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JUMP, JIVE, AND WAIL RETURNS TO SADLER RANCH ON OCTOBER 5 On Wednesday, October 5, grab your sweetheart and dance the night away at Jump, Jive, and Wail/Swing Night at 14 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
Sadler Ranch at 7 p.m. This concert and dance will feature The Dynamic Les DeMerle Little Big Band with Bonnie Eisele, vocals; Jim Malmgren, trumpet; Clarence Hines, trombone; Don Zentz and A.J. McDonell, saxophones; Doug Matthews, piano; Lawrence Buckner, bass; and Les DeMerle, drums. A full cash bar and food by Beyond Horizons food truck will be available. And if Latin dance moves are your forte, come back to Sadler Ranch on Thursday, October 6 at 7 p.m. for a special concert and dance featuring Trio Caliente! 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, and venerated international organizations, festivals and concert venues around the world, Trio Caliente delivers unique sound and style providing an unforgettable experience. Salsa, reggaeton, gypsy rumba, and bossa nova spice up the flavor, while R & B vocals drive home the groove. Sadler Ranch will again be offering a full cash bar and Beyond Horizons food truck will be available.
HEADLINER KEN PEPLOWSKI AT SPRINGHILL SUITES ON OCTOBER 7 On Friday, October 7, the AIJF presents headliner Ken Peplowksi in concert at 7 p.m. in the ballroom at Springhill Suites. A legendary jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, Peplowski is one of the most recorded jazz players to date, with over 50
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HEADLINER JOHN PIZZARELLI TRIO AT SPRINGHILL SUITES ON OCTOBER 8 On Saturday, October 8 at 7 p.m., get wowed by the John Pizzarelli Trio in concert at the Springhill Suites ballroom. 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 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 Les DeMerle, drums; Mike Levine, piano; Dennis Marks, bass; along with a second Late Nite Jam at Mocama Beer Company at 10 p.m. And if you can rouse yourself on Sunday morning, October 9, 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 2022 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.
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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 AIJF poster was created by artist Jim Warren, who has painted hundreds of magazine illustrations, movie posters, book covers, and especially album covers for such stars as Alice Cooper, Prince, and Bob Seger, the latter winning a Grammy Award for best album package for the cover of “Against the Wind,” which topped the Billboard 200. 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.” The Amelia Island Jazz Festival would not be possible 18 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
without the help of volunteers from the community. Volunteers 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 may continue to provide world-class jazz to Amelia Island and north Florida, grow its education and senior programs, and expand its scholarship program. “Jazz greats endorse AIJF!” says DeMerle. “Jazz luminaries Wynton Marsalis and Tony Bennett endorse AIJF, as well as AIJF headliners 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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Luna Fine Art Gallery at Amelia Island Proud to Support the Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation Located in the Courtyard & Springhill Suites by Marriott Amelia Island, Luna Gallery is part of The Hive, the social responsibility program of Innisfree Hotels. The gallery hosts four exhibits each year featuring local artists. All gallery commissions are donated to the Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation to support funding for brain aneurysm awareness and research. Visit Luna Gallery in person or shop online by scanning the QR code.
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SIXTH ANNUAL TRINITY LOVE HOBLIT FOUNDATION GALA RETURNS ON SEPTEMBER 17 On Sept. 17, the Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation presents its 6th annual gala at Amelia Island’s newest boutique hotel, Courtyard Amelia Island. The event includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and dancing to entertainment by top LA musical artists, all in support of the fight against brain aneurysm and stroke, championed by the Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation. 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 recipients are alive today as a result of Trinity, and the Hoblits’ continue to bless others Trinity Hoblit through the foundation. The gala highlights 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 others. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available, and State Sen. Aaron Bean will serve as auctioneer for the live auction. For more information or to purchase tickets ($200 per person), visit www.trinityhoblit.org.
CARS AND CANNONS AT FORT CLINCH STATE PARK ON SEPTEMBER 24 Can you imagine vintage cars inside historic Fort Clinch State Park? Come see just this on September 24 at Cars & Cannons, the only car show—anywhere— inside a historic fort! This ‘just for fun’ show has boasted a 34’ Ford Woodie, a 49’ Willys Jeepster Convertible, several ‘60s and ‘70s MG’s and Triumphs, along with ‘60s Muscle Cars. A unique detail of the show is that most of the cars are local, the same hot rods you’ll see cruising our streets on special occasions. If you are interested in attending, you may purchase tickets on the “day of the show—rain or shine”—at the entrance to the park. Admittance is $6 per vehicle and an additional Fort admission fee of $2.50 per individual. The cars will be on display 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you own a fancy ride, model year 1997 or older, and are interested in joining the show, visit friendsoffortclinchinc.org to register. Registration is just $50, and all proceeds support Friends of Fort Clinch, a citizens group committed to preserving Florida’ natural and cultural resources while providing outstanding recreational and educational opportunities to the public inside Fort Clinch State Park. COURTESY OF FOFC
Captain Patrick Toohey, U.S. Navy SEAL (Ret), will be the guest speaker at the 8th annual Navy SEAL Foundation Patriot Day Luncheon on September 11. Reservations and tickets are available for the luncheon to be held from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club on Bill Melton Road. Captain Toohey enlisted in the Navy and graduated from BUD/S training in August 1970. He graduated from Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island., in 1978 and was commissioned an Ensign. He retired on September 1, 2001, as a Captain after 30-plus years of service. Captain Toohey served in underwater demolition units and several SEAL teams during his decades of service, first as a team member, and eventually as an executive officer and commanding officer. His shore duty Captain Patrick Toohey assignments included Joint Special Operations Command, Naval Special Warfare Group, and as a professor/Special Operations Chair at the U.S. N aval War College in Newport. In retirement, he serves as a consultant to various government and private sector agencies to promote the operational readiness and safety of the active duty Special Operations community. Tickets to hear this exciting speaker are available online at www. ameliaislandcharitygroup.org or call Carol Carter at (904) 261-9193 with any questions.
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usan McCarthy’s grandparents lived in a trailer park when she was a young girl and visiting them was one of her favorite things to do. “It was a wonderful place,” says Susan. “I always remember how the neighbors and families would get together. What fond memories I have of those days!” Trailer park life has stayed with her over the years, so when Susan decided to open an antiques and collectibles shop in Fernandina Beach, Trailer Park Collectibles seemed like the perfect name. Susan opened her business on Alachua Street 16 years ago, and 14 years ago she moved the business to Centre Street, where today her antique mallstyle business hosts numerous vendors and consignors. Trailer Park’s inventory includes a little bit of everything, including furniture, tableware, nautical decor, vinyl records, and antiques of all kinds like jewelry, linens, funky signs, pottery, and more. “We have one of the largest collections of vinyl LPs in Northeast Florida,” says Susan. “We also have a selection of old fashioned ‘penny’ candy at the entrance of the store, which makes everyone smile!”
And why are so many people buying older furniture and decorative items now? Susan attributes it to a creative force that is present in decorating these days. “People don’t want to walk into a furniture store and buy new things that other people already have,” says Susan. “They want to decorate their homes as they please, using things that reflect their own personalities and lifestyles.” For doit-yourselfers, Susan sells Farmhouse Paint, a top-notch brand that is so easy and effortless that anyone can enjoy painting with professional results. Susan will be offering painting classes starting this fall. Susan loved the trailer park life so much that she purchased a 37-foot trailer of her own, where she lives with her husband, Brian, and their dog, Ziggy. She may have downsized her own lifestyle considerably, but Trailer Park Collectibles is chock full of unique gifts and vintage items that will make you smile. For more information, call (904) 491-4461, visit trailerparkcollectibles.com, or check their Facebook page for their latest offerings. Trailer Park Collectibles is located at 702 Centre Street.
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ike Hargrove, owner of Mike’s Shuttle Service, is originally from Montgomery, Alabama, but he has lived in Nassau County for over thirty years. As a long-haul truck driver, Mike logged over three million safe driving miles. During the pandemic, Mike had a scare. “I got pretty sick with Covid-19 and decided to sell my truck in case things got worse. But then I got better, things opened up, and I went to work as an Uber driver for short while. At the beginning of 2022, I decided to start Mike’s Shuttle Service.” You can trust Mike with all your transportation needs. He is an approved Jacksonville International Airport driver, which means he is licensed and insured, something not all professional drivers can say. Convenient to both Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach, black car transportation to or from Jacksonville International Airport is timely, safe, and convenient with Mike at the wheel. What does Mike like to do when he isn’t working? “Working is my hobby,” he laughs. “I ride my motorcycle and spend as much time as I can with my sweetheart, Sheila. We celebrated our fiftieth wedding anniversary this past June and we’re making up for 40 years of me being on the road.” He also has Bob, an elderly dachshund rescue that keeps him busy. Mike’s Shuttle Service is a member in good standing with the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce. Contact Mike’s Shuttle Service by calling Mike Hargrove directly (904) 753-1560 to reserve your custom transportation today or visit www.mikesshuttles.com.
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lexis Buchanan, owner of Creative Edge Carpet Binding, lived in Fernandina Beach when she was young. While she was attending college in Statesboro, Georgia, her mother moved back to Fernandina. “My mom is a true local. Her family has lived on Amelia Island for five generations, since the 1800s! During a college break, I came down to be with my mom and I never left,” says Alexis. “The best thing about my job is knowing the work I do makes a difference in the lives of my customers, in the community, and in our environment. From repurposing carpet remnants into useful throw rugs to repairing rugs that are damaged or fraying, I’m able to save large amounts of material from going to waste in the landfill and save homeowners time and money. The fun part is when I’m called on to make unique and custom rug creations. I’ve made octagons, dog bones, and once, I created a rug shaped like a guitar! The most satisfying part is putting the new or repaired rug in place and seeing the difference it makes in the room,” says Alexis. When Alexis isn’t working, she loves spending time with her three-year-old daughter. She’s also a part-time student at FSCJ pursuing an A.S. in Architectural Design and Construction Technology. She is active in the Rotaract Club, GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Fernandina, and she was recently elected to the board of directors at Keep Nassau Beautiful. Creative Edge Carpet Binding is located at 942111 Old Nassauville Road. For more information, call (904) 553-7523 or visit creativeedgecarpet.com.
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Dazzling Day Bed Perfect for a quick nap after hitting the beach, this Seychelles Day Bed is the epitome of coastal style, with its layered silhouette and circular textured accents in a white Egret finish. Bed measures 81 in. x 43 in. x 37 in. Available at Cape House, 4810 First Coast Highway (at the entrance to the Harris Teeter Shopping Center). (904) 844-2384.
Beautiful Bowls Trailer Park Collectibles features 7,000 square feet of antiques, collectibles, furniture, and unique finds, like these striking wooden bowls and platters made from local trees by William Atkinson, including this natural edge 10-inch bowl made from Florida-grown river birch. $90. 702 Centre Street. (904) 491-4461.
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WOMEN Established in 2019, Women of Nassau is a vibrant group of like-minded women who are interested in building relationships and serving the community in Nassau County. BY KAREN MILLER
omen of Nassau (WON) was the brainchild of Carolyn Glaza, a member of the Newcomers Club who was looking to start an intimate women’s group of like-minded community members interested in social and service activities. In January 2019, WON became a not-for-profit volunteer organization dedicated to enriching the Nassau County community by fostering relationships and generosity through its membership and supporting women in Nassau County. WON’s members were growing dramatically by the end of 2019, but when the Covid pandemic hit in March 2020, the group had to cancel their meetings and activities. But 2021 brought brighter days, and today WON is going strong, providing social and educational activities, travels, and charitable projects for Nassau County women. Each year, WON chooses a charity to support throughout the year, funded by their annual fundraiser. In 2021 and 2022, the annual fundraiser mawas a Hoedown, with a country-andwestern theme. This year’s Hoedown will be held on November 5 at the Woman’s Club of Fernandina Beach, with proceeds benefiting Micah’s Place, a certified domestic violence shelter serving Nassau County. “Last December, we presented Micah’s Place with a check for $10,000, along with toys and gift cards for the families served there,” says Joy Kemp, WON’s president. “We chose Micah’s Place again this year for our charitable project.” WON is open to any women of Nassau County who are 18 years and older. “We recently started a Membership Welcome Coffee,” says Kemp. “This activity is designed to introduce new continued on next page
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SEPTEMBER 1 The Art Association’s Nouveau Art Show September is themed “Contrasting Colors”. This show was judged by Todd Alexander of the Atlantic Contemporary Gallery in Fernandina. There are 65 entries in a variety of media. Cost: Free Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Gallery is located at 18 North Second Street. (904) 261-7020. islandart.org
SEPTEMBER 1 Story & Song Book Group Discussing Mystery of Mrs. Christie by JMarie Benedict. Free and open to all. 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Story and Song Art Gallery, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118. www.storyandsongbookstore.com
SEPTEMBER 1, 8 Beginning Yoga Course Students can have common conditions like knee, back and neck or shoulder issues. No serious conditions please. Contact the studio if you have any questions. No experience necessary. Cost: $89 for six sessions. 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Community Yoga & Wellness, 210 Beech Street. (904) 613-6345. cyoga-amelia.com
SEPTEMBER 4 An Afternoon of Story & Song Hiroya Tsukamoto, a Japanese singer/songwriter who won 2nd place in the International FingerStyle Guitar Championship, blends contemporary sounds with traditional melodies. Purchase $25 tickets at StoryandSongArts.org. 2 p.m. Story and Song Art Gallery, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118. www.storyandsongbookstore.com
SEPTEMBER 6, 13, 20, 27, 29 Rumba and East Coast Swing Ballroom On Amelia offers Two for Tuesday group classes with Rumba at 7 p.m. followed by East Coast Swing at 8 p.m. Cost: $15 for one class or $20 for both classes per person. No partner or reservation is required. Ballroom On Amelia, 1897 Island Walkway at RAD Studios. (904) 624-0886. www.ballroomonmelia.com or facebook.com/BallroomonAmelia
SEPTEMBER 7 Voces de Hispanos: More Stories to Tell with Rebecca Karimi
may bring lunch to eat during the lectures. Attendance is free and open to the public. 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Amelia Island Museum of History, 233 South 3rd Street. (904) 261-7378. www.ameliamuseum.org
SEPTEMBER 9 Literary Luncheon Haley and the Hot Flashes are five middle-aged girlfriends who trade in carpools and casseroles for microphones and music halls. When they do, look out! Get ready for a rollicking good time! Cost: $35. Ticket includes lunch and a book. 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Story and Song Art Gallery, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118. www.storyandsongbookstore.com
SEPTEMBER 9, 10 The Amelia Island Dance Festival This “Evening of Dance” features diverse styles of dance and will be the same each day. Local dance professionals as well as special guest artists will be performing. Tap, Ballet, Modern, and more will grace the stage. Cost: $25 for matinee 2 p.m.; $50 for evening performances at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit AmeliaIslandDanceFestival.org. Amelia Community Theatre, 207 Cedar Street. (904) 261-6749. ameliacommunitytheatre.org
SEPTEMBER 9, 11 Dastardly Deeds at Harmony House This is the story of a villain trying to hoodwink a slew of investors with a bogus tin mine in the canyons above Orange County, California. It is also the story of the Irish judge that made San Juan Capistrano his home and the world famous actress that many of those canyons were renamed to honor…a story of dreamers and schemers, heroes and villains. Cost: $15 for students, $25 for adults. Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m. Sunday 2:30 p.m. Amelia Musical Playhouse, 1955 Island Walkway. (904) 277-3455. www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com
SEPTEMBER 13 Tuesdays with TED Community conversation, facilitated by a local personality, over a topic of interest following a brief TED talk. Free and open to all. 3:30 p.m. Story and Song Art Gallery, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118. storyandsongbookstore.com
SEPTEMBER 16 Franklintown Exhibit Opening Every third Friday on 3rd Street, the Amelia Island Museum of History presents 3rd on 3rd which hosts historians, authors, and other experts for a thought-provoking lecture on local or regional history. Snacks and beverages available. Cost: suggested donation of $5 for non-members, free for Museum Members. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Amelia Island Museum of History, 233 South 3rd Street. (904) 261-7378. www.ameliamuseum.org
SEPTEMBER 17 The Story of Jazz with Les DeMerle BeBop Blues and Beyond An Exciting Tribute to Birdland and 52nd Street. Featuring Dynamic Les De Merle Band with multi instrumentalist Bill Prince, pianist Doug Matthews and vocalist Bonnie Eisele plus special guests. Cost: $30 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Story and Song Courtyard, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118. www.storyandsongbookstore.com
SEPTEMBER 17 Storytelling Workshop Sinda Nichols, actress and director of Live Ink Theatre, will prompt you to tell your story in a way that captivates your audience. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please email donna@ storyandsongbookstore.com to reserve your spot. Story and Song Courtyard, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118. storyandsongbookstore.com
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A workshop to explore publishing options, opportunities and resources. Topics include production, marketing and distribution. Cost: $75. 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Story and Song Art Gallery, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118. www.storyandsongbookstore.com
Join Raymond James Financial Advisor Linda MacLeod for a free seminar on ways to help maximize your Social Security benefits and optimize your retirement strategy. Cost: Free 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Seating is limited; drinks and small bites served. RSVP appreciated but not required. Raymond James offices, 1416 Park Avenue, Suite 202 (next to Story and Song). (904) 273-1812
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The Amelia Island Museum of History’s Brown Bag Lunch lecture series presents lunchtime conversations with fascinating members of the Nassau County community. Audience members
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SEPTEMBER 21 Cinema, Conversation, & Chow Books aren’t the only medium to talk about. Join us to watch a film chosen for its meaningful
theme, and stay for a facilitated discussion after. Optional heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverage of choice available at 5:30 p.m. Cost: $15 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call for reservations. Story and Song Art Gallery, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118. storyandsongbookstore.com
SEPTEMBER 24 3rd Annual Talbot Tidewater Celebration The Friends of Talbot Islands State Parks present a day filled with the rich Timucuan history of our islands, their natural beauty, and abundant recreational opportunities. Guided hikes, kayak and canoe trips, a fishing clinic for kids, plenty of interactive activities, arts and crafts for children, and an amazing selection of silent auction offerings. Fishing clinic is limited so registration is required at email@example.com. Free and open to all. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.talbotislands.com and www.facebook.com/friendsoftalbot. The Ribault Club, 11241 Fort George Road. (904) 2511050. www.theribaultclub.com
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SEPTEMBER 28 Amelia Lifelong Learning Master herbalist Marge Powell talks about violet, “the herb of the year.” Free and open to all. 3 p.m. Story and Song Courtyard, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118. www.storyandsongbookstore.com
SEPTEMBER 28 New Neighbor Nite Make new friends and exchange tips about goods and services while enjoying live entertainment, wine and beer at happy hour prices, and complimentary nibbles. Free and open to all newcomers. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Story and Song Courtyard, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118. storyandsongbookstore.com
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SEPTEMBER 29 Riding the Investment Rollercoaster The stock market goes up. It goes down. And then it goes back up again, leaving you feeling slightly nauseous. If your portfolio’s balance has recently resembled a rollercoaster, join Raymond James Financial Advisors Kendall Park, CFP® and Carmen North, AMWA® for an interactive presentation on how to ride out volatility and tips for surviving (and even thriving in) periods of economic uncertainty. Seating is limited; drinks and small bites served. 5-7 p.m. RSVP appreciated but not required. Raymond James office, 1416 Park Avenue, Suite 202 (next to Story & Song). (904) 273-1812 For more Amelia Island events, please visit ameliaislander.com/calendar.
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Over the course of her long life, Dee Dee Bartels has made an impact on Fernandina as a shrimp boat captain, preservationist, and a driving force behind the start of the Shrimp Festival.
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ee Dee Bartels is a Renaissance woman, whose love of the sea and coastal communities planted the seeds that would form her fascinating life. At 99 years-young, Bartels is still a force to be reckoned with, with no slowing down in sight. Bartels claims it was her mother who blessed her with “magical thinking,” encouraging her to believe that anything is possible in this world. “My mother used to read me fairy tales, and made me believe in things I couldn’t see,” says Bartels. “The unknown, it was magical to me, a special way of looking at the world.” Bartels was born in Victoria, British Columbia, but eventually the family moved to Miami, where her father was one of the charter members of the Key Biscayne Yacht Club. “I grew up in a house with no other children, so I spent most of my time with adults,” says Bartels. “My father had a huge library, and I spent a lot of time in there, reading about all sorts of things. And we sailed whenever we could.” But Bartels life wasn’t always easy. Her beloved father died when she was 8-years-old, and she was sent to a Catholic boarding school. “When my father died, my mother remarried and moved to Atlanta. I was sent to the Convent of Mary 43 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
Immaculate, a Catholic boarding school in Key West,” says Bartels. “I did well in school, but I didn’t come out of school with any idea of what I wanted to do. I had so many interests.” Coming from a family of seafaring folks, Bartels learned to sail at a very young age, and she developed a keen interest in marine biology. That interest would eventually lead her into the shrimping industry. Bartels and her husband moved to Fernandina Beach in the mid-1950s with their two boys in tow. However, her husband’s work took them to California and Germany, before they returned to Fernandina. Bartels worked as a shrimp boat captain and owned two shrimp boats, Sunrise and Lady Wesa, becoming completely enmeshed in Fernandina’s coastal community. “When we first moved to Fernandina, a friend took me out on a shrimp boat,” says Bartels. “I fell completely in love with shrimping, and Fernandina.” The first Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival took place in 1964, featuring the Shrimp Boat Races for the promotion of tourism. But many people don’t realize that Bartels was the force behind the inaugural festival. continued on next page
“Some people thought I was crazy when I suggested we have shrimp boat races,” laughs Bartels. “But we did it, and it was a huge success. Everyone turned out to watch the races. The New York Times even wrote an article about it.” Bartels was also a community activist, fighting to preserve Old Town and to keep the railroad company from tearing down the depot on Centre Street. The railroad gave the depot to the Historical Society, and they in turn gave it to the City of Fernandina Beach. She was also president of the local Historical Society and started the Restoration Commission. After being captain and owner of shrimp boats in Fernandina, a contract with the marine division of the Smithsonian led her to another island, Carriacou, one of the Grenadine Islands. “I moved there in 1980 and started my own business, West Indian Sea Farms Limited, for raising crabs and sea moss,” says Bartels. “I fell in love with that island, too. It was so untouched. The people were wonderful. I lived there for 11 years.” Bartels’ experience in Carriacou so moved her that she wrote a book about her life there, called Island Rhythms. The book contains Bartels’ art and poetry, and her reflections on island life. She’s also written other books, one called Christopher’s Stories, dedicated to her grandson, and a book about aging. “In total, I’ve written over a thousand poems,” says Bartels. “I’m always working on something new, either poetry, stories, or paintings.” So, what’s next for this Renaissance woman? “I told my son I wanted to buy a van and drive all over the country in it,” laughs Bartels. “He was not amused by that idea.” Bartels’ book, Island Rhythms, is available locally at Story and Song Bookstore Bistro at 1430 Park Avenue.
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shrubs for screening When adding screening to your landscape, don’t forget reliable and beautiful old favorites like Viburnum and Podocarpus, which have striking new varieties available. BY BETTY MORRELL
n another month, we’ll be at the beginning of the gardening season. Now is the time to start thinking of old and new ways to improve your gardens. Many old-time shrubs like Viburnum, Podocarpus, and the Pittisporum ( with its orange blossom scent) are reliable and beautiful and serve a purpose in the landscape. Varieties are available in large, compact, and dwarf sizes. Improvements have been made to some of these shrubs. The Coppertop Sweet Viburnum is a recent addition. This low-maintenance upright evergreen shrub features dark maroon to copper new growth that comes with each pruning. Coppertop has clusters of white fragrant flowers nestled atop dark green glossy foliage in May and June. This beauty has year-round appeal and grows 8 to 10 feet tall and up to 6 feet wide, making it a wonderful screening shrub. The Coppertop color continues after pruning in any season, and it is fastgrowing with a compact habit. This easycare shrub attracts birds and butterflies. Plant it in full sun to part-shade. (The more sun, the more copper color.)
TIP O OF F T HE M O N T H Now is the time to start deciding what bulbs, rhizomes, and other additions you would like to make to your spring garden. They need to be planted by October to get a head start on spring.
Mood Ring Podocarpus (a Japanese yew) is another Southern Living evergreen. It is a narrow screening plant with dense foliage. This easy-care beauty shows off its stunning bronzy pinkish-red new growth in spring and fall, then turns green as it matures. Mood Ring is a lowmaintenance shrub that tolerates full sun. An upright plant, it’s perfect as a hedge or accent. It grows 10 to 15 feet in height and 3 to 4 feet in width. In early spring, fertilize after shaping, before first flush. Plant in full sun to part-shade. Garden Clouds “Copper Glow” Lonicera is a lovely evergreen alternative to the Boxwood. It is disease-resistant with a rounded shape. It thrives in sun or shade (more sun, more copper). This plant should be available this spring.
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Copper Glow has small glossy green leaves that can be pruned to any shape, but no pruning is required. This shrub grows 2 to 3 feet high and wide. Now it’s time to get out of the shrubs and into the flower garden. I love Daylilies, and as their name implies, they are rather short-lived. However, I came across a bunch of re-blooming beauties that just might fill the bill in your garden. Advanced Party is a fragrant early season producer of an abundance of large, lavender-pink flowers that are 6 inches in width with lime green throats. It produces up to four branches and a 30 bud count. One of the first Daylilies to bloom, it blooms from early to mid-summer. An elegant Spider Lily is called Free Wheelin’. It produces gigantic creamy yellow flowers up to 9 inches wide, with red-wine eyes circling emerald green throats. It reaches 34 inches tall, with up to six branches and 48 buds. It blooms from early summer through fall. I will have more Day Lilies next issue. If you have any questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, Happy Gardening!
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Top: The living room of the Pauly house on Crane Island has twin white upholstered couches and beautiful views of the Amelia River. The painting of Andy Warhol by Andy Baird is a favorite. Above: The library has a bookcase with a unique mural portrait of 16th-century Italian Beatrice Cenci.
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idwesterners Cathie and Jeff Pauly had long considered a coastal home, but they hadn’t found the right location. Cathie tells the story of waiting in a doctor’s office and thumbing through a Southern Living magazine. The issue featured a Southern Living Idea House that had been built on Crane Island. She loved the ideas and the concept of Crane Island. She and her husband were familiar with Amelia Island, and when the opportunity to build on Crane Island in its early stages became possible, they were all in.
Top: The house’s comfortable dining area opens onto the kitchen through hand-forged handmade steel doors. Above left: A cozy upstairs hallway meeting area. Above right: The elegant kitchen has pull-up counter seating at the island and hidden appliances.
For the past 40 years, the Pauly’s have lived in Middleton, Wisconsin, a suburb of Madison. They also have a lake home on Lake Winnebago, where generations of the family have had homes. Cathie taught at the University of Wisconsin and was a diagnostician at the Learning and Behavior Clinic at UW Hospital and Clinics before opening a private clinic in Madison. When not working, her passion is design, and she has been hands-on with every house the Pauly’s have lived in. The Crane Island house is the fourth house she has designed. Jeff, a man of many talents, is involved in a variety of entrepreneurial 60 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
businesses. While Cathie loves design, Jeff enjoys car racing and owns the Flying Stag Racing Team, which races historic Porsche cars exclusively. The house is ideally situated on a lot that is close to the Crane Island clubhouse and on the Amelia River. It is part of the Crane Island development built around Alice Park. The landscaped park stretches from the Amelia River to a marsh on the east side of the island. The house is all about white. The bright clear white of the exterior contrasts with the lush green marsh that surrounds it. Wrap-around porches maximize the expansive views of the Amelia River.
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Top: A second floor bedroom opens to a large porch and views of the Amelia River. Above left: The Pauly house includes a bunkbed room, designed by homeowner Cathie Pauly, that sleeps 12. Above right: The master bath has a double shower and step-in bathtub.
The front entrance, through steel factory-style doors, opens into a shotgun foyer that stretches to the back of the house, offering the tease of the exciting spaces throughout the house. The house, with its inviting porches, steel factory-style doors, and cabinet details creates a mix of modern and traditional. The generous first floor 12-foot ceilings allow for tall doors, well-proportioned transoms, and custom crown moldings that would not have been possible with a shorter ceiling. There are lots of “aha” moments in the house, but few match the unique bookcase in the study of the house. One wall is a bookcase with more than 600 books that combine to create a 62 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
canvas for the haunting portrait of Beatrice Cenci, a beautiful young woman who was a national hero in Italy in the late 1500s. Cathie had the idea for the bookcase mural after first seeing something similar in New York. The portrait of Cenci, which hangs in the National Gallery, is a long-time favorite of Cathie’s. She worked with Juniper Books and Johnson Cabinets from Jacksonville to create a unique and stunning bookcase mural. The built-to-order hand-forged handmade steel doors reminiscent of factory doors are a critical element in the aesthetic of the house. Working closely with Pickett Construction and JP McClellan, seven hand-made custom doors were installed,
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Top: The spacious upstairs porch has panoramic marsh and river views. Above: Generous porches on the first and second levels wrap around the house, providing areas to relax amidst the community’s beautiful natural environment.
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including the interior doors that separate the living/dining room from the kitchen. Oscar Dulce, interior designer with Star Sanford Design, based in Jacksonville Beach, worked closely with Cathie in creating spaces that were uncluttered with elegant, welldesigned furnishings and artwork. The goal was a minimalistic look with a touch of traditional style. They selected furnishing and accessories with interesting details, textures, and patterns. Furniture from Sublime Original is ideally suited for the broad, river-view porches. Throughout the house, dramatic light fixtures add both light and interesting design elements. “Lighting is like the jewelry of a home, and the fixtures picked by us and Cathie compliment the style of the house,” says Dulce. Cathie and Jeff have two adult children and four grandchildren. Cathie is especially proud of the unique bunk room designed for children that sleeps 12. Cathie describes the project, “I worked on the house for over a year, really trying to imagine how we would use it and live in it. The porches play to the water and the park. I love the sense of community built into the Crane Island concept.” The Pauly house is one of many beautiful custom homes currently being built by Pickett Construction and the team on Crane Island. The Pauly’s couldn’t be happier with their new home and community.
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Wicked Bao With noodles, poke bowls, rice dishes, and of course, baos, or Chinese dumplings, Wicked Bao serves delicious Asian street food and specialty drinks in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. BY LOIS CHAPPELL WINKLER • PHOTO BY LILLY SCHEETZ
riving to Wicked Bao in its tucked away historic Fernandina location fills me with anticipation. Ahead of me are hours of convivial atmosphere, playful flavors, and signature drinks. The building on the corner of North 2nd Street and Calhoun Street looks festive with its lanterns and colors, but at night, it’s magical! Seeing it gleam from within makes me eager to see owner Nathalie Wu’s warm smile and try what she and her staff are offering this evening. On this day, Patti Burch and I were there when the doors opened at 4 p.m.—early, we thought—but within minutes, the bar and tables were full of devotees who were also waiting for Ms. Wu to open her doors. With its fast casual Asian street
food, Wicked Bao is indeed popular. Many times, my family and I have enjoyed reading the menu and specials on the wall, ordering and paying, sitting on the porch to eat, and exiting down the whimsical ramp. Wicked Bao will be five years old on December 20. The menu doesn’t change, but chef’s specials do change seasonally. 66 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
Twice yearly, she spends a week at a favorite or a new foody place. After this year’s jaunt to Asheville, North Carolina, she will unveil her fall chef’s specials in September. It’s possible, she says, that one special will be seared duck breast with jasmine rice and spinach-citrus salad. We began with small plates: the house-made Chongqing spice on the flash-fried corn quarters lit the pilot light on our palates. “Is that octopus?” we asked. Brie the bartender said no, but they do offer it. It’s one of Nathalie’s favorites. All dumplings, pot stickers, and spring rolls are made in-house. Among the noodles & rice dishes, the Crispy Pork Chop Rice is the bestseller. My favorite is Ahi Tuna Poke over Crispy Jasmine Rice Tots. The tots are available by themselves with sauces, if you prefer. Tasting the Beef Noodle Soup, Patti reminisced about the time her daughter and she drove home from Jacksonville in a bad storm, arriving in Fernandina cold, wet, and hungry. They went to Wicked Bao, the only place open, where Nathalie served them her beef noodle soup – how the beef and cinnamon stick warmed them that day! So, what’s a bao? Rhyming with how, bao are Chinese steamed bread rolls with vegetable or meat fillings. They are as varied as the regions of China. Nathalie’s bao are Taiwan-style openfaced dumplings. Find your favorite(s) by trying all of them, with exciting flavors from Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Japan, and Singapore. Wicked Bao is a great bar, too. Sapporo beer is on tap, while Lucky Buddha, Tsingtao, Singha, and Tiger are bottled beers. We chose sake, but it was not an easy choice. Pineapple-basil sake sangria complemented all of the bold flavors. The fall sake sangria will be mango-tamarind. Best was Moonstone Asian Pear Sake—bright, dry, and crisp, with ripe pear notes. Patti and I are eager to try mango-tamarind sake sangria with a Moonstone on the side! When grown children are in town, this is where they want to go first. They and we remember good times at Wicked Bao. Wicked Bao is located at 232 N. 2nd Street.
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DINING GUIDE Amelia Island Coffee ~ Since 1995, Amelia Island Coffee has been a welcoming place to meet in the heart of historic downtown Fernandina. The 140 year old exposed brick building is the perfect backdrop for our local coffee shop where the focus is on making the perfect latte, serving up a full breakfast, and baking fresh goodies daily. You’ll find a large selection of espresso drinks along with cold brew, select organic teas, fruit smoothies, frappes, milkshakes, and Red Bull Infusions. We offer indoor and outdoor seating where pets are always welcomed. Open daily 7am - 5pm. 207 Centre Street. (904) 3212111. AmeliaIslandCoffee.com. Amelia Island Brewing Company ~ on Centre Street provides delicious local food and cold brews to the friends and guests of Amelia Island. Our kitchen serves amped up southern comfort food, where you’ll see enough diversity to be surprised without losing sight of the simple stuff you love. The collection of house brews and craft beer options are curated to match the menu, with plenty of pairings to fit any palette. AIBC is a brewery infused gastropub, or a brewpub with great food, something like that - just stop in, grab a bite and a sip, you’ll see. We are doing it our way, the right way, for you and for this Island. Bar Zin ~ Our philosophy at Bar Zin is quite simple: create a fun relaxed upbeat indoor/ outdoor atmosphere where friends and families can enjoy creative, fresh American bistro cuisine. We offer a diverse beverage menu of great wines, local brews, and Saki martinis. When possible, we source from local farmers, local products, and local businesses to create a farm-to-table style menu. Our vision is to create a neighborhood atmosphere where everyone will feel welcome; a place where everyone will have a relaxing and fun time. barzin-bistro-winebar. com. Lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch. Major credit cards. 4924 First Coast Hwy at Palmetto Walk Shopping Village. (904) 310-6620. Brett’s Waterway Cafe ~ The only restaurant on the island where you can dine overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, Brett’s offers a wide choice of seafood, chicken and beef with daily specials both at lunch and dinner. The view of the water, the impeccable service and the refined ambiance will enhance your dining pleasure. The large rectangular bar overlooking the Fernandina Harbor Marina is a pleasant place to enjoy a drink. At the marina on Front Street. (904) 2612660. Open 7 days, Mon-Sat. Burlingame ~ In the historic district just off Centre Street at 20 South 5th Street, this restaurant offers seasonally inspired modern American food with a twist. The small menu enables our team to focus on a handful of exquisite dishes developed from the freshest ingredients each season. Our superb service and casually elegant atmosphere create a special experience. Extensive wine/beer list. Reservations recommended. Open 5:30pm Mon – Sat. Closed Sun. Call (904) 432-7671. or visit BurlingameRestaurant.com. David’s Restaurant ~ David’s has an amazing steakhouse & seafood menu, upscale romantic 67 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
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atmosphere, and professional service. New Caviar menu with toast points or Blinis and accoutrements consisting of crème fraiche, red onion, capers & chopped egg. Full bar and large wine menu including wines by the glass. Dining creations such as Filet Oscar, our Signature 16oz. Grilled Delmonico Ribeye, and when available our 24 oz. Porterhouse Steak. Daily fish specials as well as English Channel Dover Sole & Chilean Sea Bass. Vegetarian & Vegan options. Happy Hour Sunday - Thursday 5 to 7 pm (except Special Events & Holidays). Lounge Menu & Port Flights. Incredible Whole Alaskan King Crab 6-10 lb. average. Full dessert menu and after-dinner cordials. Lounge opens at 5 pm, dinner at 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays. Young Adult menu available. Reservations highly recommended. Private wine room holds 12 & private dining room up to 50. Resort casual. 802 Ash Street. (904) 310-6049. Make reservations online at AmeliaIslandDavids.com. España ~ Featuring Old World cuisine from Portugal and Spain, España offers an intriguing menu in a comfortably elegant atmosphere in downtown Fernandina Beach. Owner/chef Roberto Pestana serves mouthwatering tapas like Grouper Ceviche, Portobello al La España, and Shrimp with Garlic, all served with España’s homemade bread. Entrees include a classic Seafood Paella, and a variety of fresh local seafood and meats. España also features an extensive wine list and an excellent homemade sangria. Available for private parties. Reservations recommended. Major credit cards. Open 7 days. (904) 2617700. 22 South 4th Street. Fancy Sushi ~ We serve fine Japanese cuisine from our Hibachi grill, the best Tempura and the tastiest Teriyaki this side of Tokyo. We give you all the fine foods with friendly service. Come by and give us a visit and we’ll serve you with smiles and the freshest sushi that you won’t find anywhere but here at Fancy Sushi. Open 7 days. (904) 2619855. 1478 Sadler Rd. Florida House Inn ~ Southern cooking at its finest at Leddy’s Porch. Menu includes Southern Salads, Sandwiches, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Collard Greens, and much more. Black Board specials daily. Open for brunch Wed. – Fri. from 11am – 2:30pm and Sat. – Sun. 10am – 2:30pm. The Mermaid Bar at The Florida House Inn is open Mon. – Sat. at 5pm. Daily drink specials and Open Mic every other Thursday night. 22 South Third Street, (904) 491-3322. Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro ~ Located in historic downtown Fernandina, Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro serves innovative cuisine in a relaxed, island atmosphere. Enjoy fresh seafood, game, and specialty dishes in a charming 1903 home, or outside in a New Orleans-inspired courtyard. Jacksonville Magazine Top 25. Extensive wine list available. Reservations recommended. (904) 3212558. Open seven days. Lagniappe Restaurant ~ [“lan-yap”] One of Jacksonville Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants and voted #1 Chef and #1 Amelia Island Restaurant by “Best in the 904” voters across NE Florida! From the melting-pot culinary heritage of Charleston, New Orleans, and Savannah comes
dining out Lagniappe, where you can always expect a little something more. Chef-owner Brian Grimley’s respect for Southern tradition, culinary curiosity, and a quarter-decade’s experience in Virginia’s Tidewater District shine through a delectable line-up of evolving charcuterie selections, housesmoked meats, and seafood must-haves like po’ boys, salmon brûlée, and the occasional whole fried fish! Dig in with loved ones over wine, considered cocktails, and curated bourbons in a refined yet relaxed atmosphere. Open daily, Mon - Thu 4-9pm; Fri - Sat 4-10pm; Sun 3-9pm. 4810 First Coast Hwy. lagniappeamelia.com Pogo’s Kitchen ~ Serving southern cuisine with a bend, with a menu that celebrates the full medley of Southern flavors. Cocktails and wine selections are simple but creative. Vsit us for dinner, lunch or brunch at POGO’s Kitchen—a bright, open eatery tucked away from the main lines, waiting to unpack your day and refill your glass. (904) 432-8483. pogoskitchen.com. The Sandbar and Kitchen ~ Amelia Island’s only restaurant that sits directly on Main Beach with unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean. Dine with us indoors, on our covered patio, or at our picnic tables in the sand. You can expect fresh seafood, wood-fired pizza, crispy chicken wings, and our special Main Beach Burger! Join us for a cold beer or cocktail during one of our live music events. We also boast the largest whiskey collection in Florida with over 1,200+ options! Contact us about hosting your next event! Call (904) 310-3648 or visit us online at thesandbarandkitchen.com. Sliders Seaside Grill ~ The Caribbean on Amelia Island! Exotic seafood and steaks served to order are the specials of the house. Enjoy a beautiful oceanfront view inside, or on the patio, located steps from the beach. Open daily for lunch & dinner. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. at Sadler Rd. (next to the roundabout). (904) 277-6652. Story & Song Bistro ~ Neighborhood bookstore/ bistro serving breakfast and lunch indoors or in the “secret garden” courtyard. Home of Amelia’s “Wings” murals. Enjoy favorites like a genuine Bronx bagel, quiche, Ina Garten’s chicken salad, and seasonal specials made with fresh, local ingredients. Organic coffee, Rishi tea, rose lemonade, beer and wine also available. MondaySaturday 10am to 2pm, Sunday 11am to 2pm. 1430 Park Avenue at the 14th St. entrance to Amelia Park. (904) 601-2118. Townies Pizzeria ~ Townies is the “Locals’ Choice for Island Pizza”. All of our food is prepared fresh to order. Townies uses real cheese, only the finest quality ingredients, and fresh local produce. Unlike the big pizza chains, our sauces don’t come out of a paint can. Pizza! One Luv! 819 TJ Courson Road. (904) 277-4755. Order online at TowniesPizzeria.com or call! Wicked Bao ~ Enjoy Asian Street Food in a charming historical building in downtown Fernandina Beach. Small Plates, Noodle+Rice, Baos. Beer, Wine, Sake, Vietnamese Coffee. Happy Hour 4-6 Monday -Thursday & Dinner 4-9 Monday - Saturday. 232 N. 2nd St. (904) 775-5577. Find our menu at WickedBao.com.
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kitchen, dining room and the oversized master suite with his and hers baths. The office/study could be utilized as a 4th bedroom. Very convenient to the dune walkover for easy access to the beach. Sea Watch Villas are one of the few resort properties that have a double car garage attached directly to the villa. This gated neighborhood includes a community pool nestled quietly under the century old windswept oaks. 30 day minimum rental restriction.
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5548 First Coast Highway | Suite 101
Amelia Island, FL 32034
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53 MARSH CREEK ROAD
1832 VILLAGE COURT
1631 S FLETCHER AVE #A
This completely renovated 3 BR/3BA home as it all!! You'll love the gorgeous GOLF COURSE VIEWS over looking the 15th Fairway on Oak Marsh! Featuring vaulted ceilings, wood burning fireplace, tongue and groove ceiling, large dining room/ Florida room off kitchen, JUST LISTED $1,395,000 MLS#101500
Just STEPS from the beautiful BEACH's of Amelia Island in the Exclusive gated community of OCEAN VILLAGE. Featuring: a 5BR/4BA home with plenty of room for family and friends, Master on Main level, solar panels, split floor plan, 10’ foot ceilings, plantation shutters. FOR SALE $1,195,000 MLS#101398
This second floor condo offers ocean views as well as the convenient location across the street from the beach with public beach access #16 directly across the street. This 2BR/1BA condo is uniquely designed to take advantage of a beach lifestyle with partial ocean views. JUST LISTED $395,000 MLS#100979
96131 SWEETBRIAR LANE
2146 BONNIE OAKS DRIVE
4934 SEA WATCH DRIVE
Beautiful 3BR/2BA home and 900 square foot heated and cooled Metal garage/ outbuild in Glen Laurel. Fantastic opportunity to have all your boats/RV's/ Toys on your property. This split bedroom home design features vaulted 10 ft ceilings in the living room and kitchen. 3/4 Acre. SOLD MLS#97751
ON THE ISLAND!! This 4BR/3BA home is extremely hard to find!! Home was extensively renovated in 2017 with a new roof, carpet, new fixtures, appliances, granite counter tops throughout! Home features split floor plan with two master bedrooms! SOLD MLS#98870
Outstanding 2BR/3BA end unit in Sea Watch at Summer Beach! Fantastic views from the living room, kitchen, dining room and double wide master suite. Small office/ study could be used as bedroom but doesn't have a closet. Hurricane Shutters on oceanfront doors! JUST LISTED $1,999,000 MLS#101753
5317 S. Fletcher Ave | Amelia Island, FL 32034 | 904-261-8433
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536 N Fletcher Avenue $1,150,000
Investment opportunity just steps to the beach with stunning ocean views. This duplex is the perfect opportunity to live in the beautifully updated upstairs unit and rent out the downstairs unit with monthly or long term rentals. Expansive deck is optimal for soaking in the views, relaxing or entertaining. Ample parking in back. MLS#101571
95181 Amelia National Parkway $1,150,000
Serving Amelia Island for Over 20 Years!
Former model with heated pool/spa. 5br/4bth home w/main floor master suite w/sitting room, 2 bedrooms w/Jack & Jill bath, Laundry and built in Work Center, Cooks Kitchen w 42” Wood cabinets & high end Granite tops, Spacious lanai for indoor/outdoor living, Bonus room and more! New Roof in 2022, HVACs 2018. MLS#101670
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“Summer Beach is our name not our boundary.”
204 S 18th Street $439,000
Fernandina Beach charmer nestled between Historic Downtown and Atlantic Ocean centrally located to everything! Concrete block construction, hardwood floors throughout, Saltillo tile in spacious Eat-In Kitchen. Enormous backyard, patio and 13x20 Shed with electricity. New Torch Down Roof installed in 2016. MLS#101677
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aise your hand if you love being pampered, the feel of fresh skin, and learning new tricks to make you look and feel younger! Recently, I had the chance to spend some time with Laurie Moore of L. Moore Aesthetics, a boutique skincare spa and local favorite, for a relaxing and luxurious spa treatment. “Whether you are looking for a relaxing treatment, some brow beautification, or a clinical skincare plan to help address concerns, our staff is here to help,” says Laurie. Laurie invited me to join her for a facial treatment, and I don’t know whether I was more excited to meet Laurie, to check out her new digs at The Loft at 1815, or for the treatment itself! From the moment I walked into the door, all my expectations were exceeded: the team welcomed me, offered a beverage, and invited me to complete a short form with history of my skincare and goals. As I sat down to the task, I took notice of the attention to care and detail—from orchids abundant and peaceful music to a cozy chair—I sat back and smiled knowing it was going to be the best hour of the week. Next, Laurie greeted me with a warm smile and showed me to the treatment room. Laurie started her career in marketing and sales with skincare companies, and as she learned more about the benefits, she wanted to get hands-on and help others meet their goals. She became a licensed aesthetician over 15 years ago and worked at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for five years when she moved to Amelia Island. In 2017, it was time to branch out, and L. Moore Aesthetics was born. 76 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE •
As Laurie got to work, she massaged a cleanser onto my face and neck. It was all I could do to stay awake as warm steam misted above me as she moved onto the exfoliation process. Laurie talked to me about the products I use regularly, the condition of my skin, coached me on things to keep doing and new ideas to consider. “We take a personalized approach for all clients because we believe skincare should work for you and your lifestyle. Navigating all the options, new products, and trends can be overwhelming, and that’s where I love to help!” We had a great laugh about all the different products I have tried through the years, and Laurie gets it. That’s why she’s in the industry. “Products are important! We carry a variety that I have personally researched extensively following the science for highquality, effective combinations that will give you the best results. Environ is our main line; formulated by Dr. Des Fernandes in South Africa. It’s a medical-grade, Vitamin A-based line.” As my treatment wrapped up, no words could describe how amazing my face was feeling. My treatment included an SPF treatment, so I was ready to take on the rest of the day. As Laurie grabbed a few product samples for me to try at home—a perk for all clients—I wondered what brand of SPF she was using that was so light and smooth. I later discovered that it was her own—“A More Beautiful You Tinted Mineral SPF 40” formulated by none other than L. Moore! To learn more about good skincare, you can visit lmooreaesthetics.com or stop by and check them out at The Loft at 1815 S. 8th Street.
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