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Contributing Writers Dickie Anderson, Michael Gass, Karen Miller, Betty Morrell, Julie Simmons, Teri Sopp

Every season on Amelia has its particular joys, but the Christmas season is a particularly joyful time. Amelia Island really knows how to celebrate the holidays. We at the Islander have been fortunate in years past to feature some of the selfless work that Amelia Island residents do during the Christmas season through organizations like Joy to the Children, Barnabas, and the many other charities that tap into the island’s abiding generosity. Christmas is a season for sharing with those in need, gathering to share life’s blessings with our families, and for quiet reflection. It’s a time of year for remembering the good things we have experienced, and for focusing on what is most important in life. When we reflect on our blessings, we feel gratitude, which makes the Christmas season a time of joy, and joy is never in short supply on Amelia Island this time of year. When we celebrate the season, we can choose from countless opportunities for making merry. In our cover story, we share with you as many of them as possible, like the Amelia Island Museum of History’s Holiday Home Tour, the Amelia Island B&B Association’s Cookie Tour, the wonderful “Dickens on Centre” festival in downtown Fernandina Beach, “Breakfast with Santa” and the S.S. Amelia—the world’s largest gingerbread pirate ship— at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, plus a range of musical and dramatic interpretations of the holiday season, including “It’s A Wonderful Life” at Amelia Community Theatre, a big band Christmas with Crescendo Amelia, and jazz Christmas shows with the Dynamic Les DeMerle Trio with Bonnie Eisele. And that’s only scratching the surface! Local churches have lots of Christmas concerts and plays, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island are bustling with fun events, and our favorite shops have plenty of special holiday happenings. Get the most out of the holiday season this year! Cultivate a spirit of gratitude, spend time with those you love, give thanks to God, and share in the good cheer. With the happy memories we make, may a spirit of humble thankfulness take root in our hearts. Elsewhere in this issue, we meet an Amelia Island resident with a lifelong passion for trains, who has recreated in his home a scene from the Christmas movie, The Polar Express; feature a group of Wild Amelia Junior Naturalists, led by Lauri DeGaris, who are creating a life-size right while sculpture to raise awareness; present a “Fernandina Faces” profile of Eileen Shannon Moore; get some tips on sharing Christmas cheer this holiday season; and much more. From our families to yours, we at the Amelia Islander Magazine wish you Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a very Happy New Year! See you around the island!

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DECEMBER 2017 11 Cover Story CELEBRATING THE JOYS OF THE SEASON ON AMELIA ISLAND

With “Dickens on Centre” returning to downtown Fernandina Beach, plus lots of fun-filled holiday happenings plays, music, and plenty of cherished traditions, Amelia Island celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve.

33 The Magic of Christmas Steve Lukefahr got his first train as a kid, and his lifelong love of trains culminated in a stunning display from the Christmas movie, The Polar Express.

41 A Labor of Love

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Using oyster shells from Amelia Island’s beaches, Lauri DeGaris and the Wild Amelia Junior Naturalists create a right whale sculpture to honor an endangered species.

From her gallery on Centre Street, Eileen Shannon Moore helped launch some major events on Amelia Island, from the Chamber Music Festival to the Farmer’s Market.

Be ready when guests drop by with a bar, wine rack, and beer cooler stocked with old favorites, then surprise your guests this holiday season with a few new twists.

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ABOUT THE COVER

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

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Galleries & Antiques Amelia’s art galleries & antique stores

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In the Neighborhood Profiles of area businesses and organizations

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Beach Combing Great shopping on Amelia Island

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Maps of the Island and downtown, with telephone numbers

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Tide Table Tides at the Amelia River

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Around Town What’s happening around Amelia Island

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Snapshots Islanders out and about

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In the Garden Rescheduled thanks to Hurricane Irma, the Florida Growers Association show featured lots of new plants, like a Gardenia named Buttons and the Pancake Arborvitae.

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Island Home Featured on last year’s Amelia Island Museum of History’s Holiday Home Tour, Marty Engle and Reid Herlihy’s holiday décor features some special Christmas ladies.

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t’s easy to get into the holiday spirit on Amelia Island, everyone’s favorite “home for the holidays!”

Christmas on our island paradise is full of warm hospitality, friendly shopkeepers, gourmet restaurants, and historic charm. Most of the island is decorated in holiday finery, with all the amenities for joyful holiday celebrations. And December weather is perfect for any occasion—whether

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it’s a picnic on the beach, a fishing excursion with the kids, or Christmas shopping with friends. Amelia Island residents celebrate the season in so many ways. Some spend Christmas volunteering for our local charities. Others spend the day on the water. Others sing in the church choir. Many spend Christmas working at our fine resorts, our community hospital, and our local Top: Children’s storytime at Dickens on Centre. Above left: A Christmas ornament at Artistic Florist. Above right: Santa waves to the crowd in the Downtown Lighted Parade. 11 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE • DECEMBER 2017

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Top: Carolers in period dress at Dickens on Centre in downtown Fernandina Beach. Above: Art on Centre is ready for the Second Saturday Artrageous Artwalk.

find time for our families and friends. It is a joyous season, a time to reflect on everything that is good in the world, and to appreciate our many blessings. The Historic District’s holiday season is already in full swing, kicked off in November with their annual Black Friday Pajama Party and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. America’s Youth lights up downtown Fernandina Beach with the annual Lighted Christmas Parade on December 7 at 6 p.m., celebrating “A Musical Christmas,” the prelude to the third annual Dickens on Centre Festival. This Christmas, make memories as you travel back in time December 8-10, replete with costumed characters, themed entertainment and performances, visits from Saint Nick,

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and a variety of vendors selling seasonal gifts and wares. Inspired by Charles Dickens’ novella A Christmas Carol, Dickens on Centre transforms downtown Fernandina into a classic English village, sure to enliven your Christmas spirit. Think chestnuts roasting, carolers strolling, and readings of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Shop for the perfect Christmas gift in the vendor marketplace on Centre Street, along Artist Alley on North 2nd Street, or with one of the wonderful local merchants in downtown Fernandina Beach. Save yourself time and energy by having your holiday gifts wrapped by the parishioners of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. New to “Dickens” this year is the inaugural “Run Like the Dickens” 1-mile sprint on Main Beach. Held on December 9 at 8 a.m., the sprint is open to people of all ages, and it is a fundraiser for Fernandina Beach Middle School’s AVID program. Cost is $15 per runner. For more information or to register, contact Robin Lentz at (904) 206-0122 or marathonrobin@yahoo.com. Other “Dickens” events include a Kid Zone, history tours presented by the Amelia Island Museum of History, adult beverage station at Fezziwig’s Courtyard, street theatre, and much more. While you’re out and about on December 9, be sure to visit stop at the local galleries during Second Saturday Artrageous Artwalk for local art and unique gifts. Visit www.ameliaisland.com for a complete schedule of events.

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Coming to Amelia Community Theatre on December 9 at 11 a.m. is a family-friendly version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, presented by Hampstead Stage Company. The tale follows the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and his clerk, Bob Cratchit, during a particularly difficult Christmastime. Besides being a feelgood story about love and friendship, this adaptation educates the audience about the class system of Victorian England and encourages them to help others who are less fortunate. The show is hosted by Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library. Call them for more information at (904) 277-7365. Another version of “A Christmas Carol” will performed at Amelia Musical Playhouse December 15, 16, and 17 as a live radio play directed by Jill Dillingham. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com. If you can’t get enough of holiday live theatre shows, be sure to catch a performance of Amelia Community Theatre’s “It’s a Wonderful Life”, held December 1-16. This classic Christmas show tells the story of a man’s journey to find meaning in his life by doing the right thing. Visit www. ameliacommunitytheatre.org for tickets and show times. Take your favorite four-legger out for a morning of holiday revelry, for Nassau Humane Society’s beloved Parade of Paws, held on Centre Street

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Top left: A scene from Amelia Community Theatre’s “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Top right: A beautifully decorated tree at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. Above: Festive participants in the Parade of Paws in downtown Fernandina Beach.

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Top: The S.S. Amelia, a pirate ship made entirely of gingerbread, at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Above left: One of the homes on this year’s Holiday Home Tour. Above right: Breakfast with Santa at the Woman’s Club of Fernandina’s Breakfast with Santa.

lights while you shop and dine there this season. A very special “Truffle Weekend” will be celebrated December 15-17, when adventurous foodies can indulge in a variety of dishes (and cocktails!) incorporating this flavorful fungi. Dine at one of The Sprouting Project dinners and enjoy an artfully crafted, four-course truffle focused dinner. Try the truffle beef burger at Falcon’s Nest, savor the truffle potato soup by the spoonful at Marché Burette, and much more with new discoveries at each restaurant. For more information, call (904) 261-6161. A sailing vessel the likes of which you have never seen, the S.S. Amelia, the world’s largest gingerbread pirate ship, has arrived at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, just in time for their tree lighting ceremony, which was held on November

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24. The pirate ship is made of over 600 pieces of gingerbread, and festooned with fondant sculpted seafarers. The RitzCarlton, Amelia Island is sparkling with holiday allure, enhancing the numerous events held there throughout the season, from Breakfast with Santa to fine holiday dining opportunities, and overall family fun. For more information, call (904) 277-1100. Join the Amelia Island Museum of History for their most anticipated event of the year. The 11th annual Holiday Home Tour will take place on Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour some of the loveliest Victorian homes located in the Historic District of Fernandina Beach, each decorated for the holidays by a local florist/decorator. Free trolley service will transport guests from a central parking area to the featured homes, while costumed carolers and musicians entertain them with seasonal selections. For more information or to purchase tickets ($30), call the Museum at (904) 261-7378. Catch the spirit of the season at the annual Amelia Island Bed and Breakfast Holiday Cookie Tour hosted by the Amelia Island Bed and Breakfast Association on Saturday, December 9 from noon until 5 p.m. You are invited to experience a special afternoon of delicious sweet treats as six of Amelia Island’s classic inns and charming bed-and-breakfast inns dress up in festive holiday finery and open their doors to the public. As you stroll

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through the Historic District on the Cookie Tour, you will able to sample a signature cookie at each inn, take home a beautifully printed recipe card, and view some great decorating ideas just in time for the holidays. You’ll even learn a historical tidbit or two as you peek inside Amelia Island’s prettiest and most unique inns. Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available in the Historic District for your enjoyment between downtown stops. A portion of the proceeds from ticket and cookbook sales will benefit Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ameliaislandinns.com/cookie-tour. While you’re strolling through the downtown district on December 9, stop at BuyGO at 22 South 8th Street for an old-fashioned Holiday Bazaar featuring artisans, crafters, Santa photos, live music, “Elf of a Shelf ” selfies, a hot chocolate bar and more. Call BuyGO for more information at (904) 310-9766. On December 16, join members of the Jewish Community of Amelia Island for their annual Hanukkah Party. Participants are asked to bring their own menorahs and a dish to share. All ages and families are welcome to attend (last year 100 people attended!) and there will be judging on who makes the best potato pancakes! The Jewish Community of Amelia Island also meets monthly for Shabbat Services, and for high holidays. For more information or to make a reservation to attend the Hanukkah

Party, contact Debbie Price at deb203@ aol.com or call (203)313-3925 or (904) 310-6060. This year marks the 21st year of “An Evening in December”, which will be presented Friday December 8 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 10 at 4 and 7 p.m. at Amelia Baptist Church in Fernandina Beach. The community is invited to enjoy this annual celebration of the Christmas Story, which is presented each year in a unique blend of choral music, drama, and dance. The theme of this year’s presentation is “Be Born in Me.” Each year, the church offers an evening of music and drama as its gift to the community. No admission is charged. For more information, contact Pam Helton at (904) 261-9527 or Allen Lennon at (904) 261-8799.

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Top: A stop at The Fairbanks House during the B&B Association’s Holiday Cookie Tour. Above left: A carriage ride in downtown Fernandina Beach. Above right: A celebration of Hanukkah on Amelia Island.

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COURTESY LES DEMERLE LEA GALLARDO

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Top left: A Big Band Christmas with Crescendo Amelia. Top right: Jazz Christmas shows with the Les DeMerle Trio and Bonnie Eisele. Above: The Amelia Baptist Church choir performs at “An Evening in December.”

If Jazz and Big Band are your pleasure, there are several performances to get your groove on this season. The Les DeMerle Trio featuring Bonnie Eisele will present a Jazz Party Weekend on December 1 and 2 at Horizons Restaurant, 5472 First Coast Highway, from 6 to 9 p.m. On December 8, 9, 22, and 23 the Trio will present a special dinner and show, “The Jazz Spirit of Christmas”, also from 6 to 9 p.m. Call Horizons to make your reservations at (904) 321-2430. On December 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. Crescendo Amelia Big Band will be performing their annual holiday variety show, “How the Big Band Stole Christmas”. A full theater production, this show features twenty-five performers including Marah Lovequist,

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Reed Meyer, and an all-star cast of guest vocalists and musicians from the area performing favorite holiday tunes from the classics to contemporary favorites. For the first time ever, a special Crescendo Amelia holiday CD will also be available for purchase at the event. “How the Big Band Stole Christmas” will be held at Fernandina Beach Theatre at Fernandina Beach Middle School, 315 Citrona Drive. Tickets are available at www.crescendoamelia.com. After the gifts have been opened and the Christmas ham has been consumed, ring in the New Year with the City of Fernandina Beach and Light Up Amelia for a unique, familyfriendly New Year’s Celebration at the downtown waterfront, ringing in the New Year in conjunction with the Greenwich Mean Time stroke of midnight, which is at 7 p.m. The event will feature live music, a kids zone, vendors, holiday food and drink, all leading up to the dropping of the LEDlighted shrimp. Visit www.ameliaisland.com for updates on these and other holiday events. Be sure to check with the local churches for the dates of their pageants and craft shows, and don’t forget our local charities. Micah’s Place, Joy to the Children, the Hope House, and many other charities need donations of time and gifts this season. Enjoy the season here on Amelia Island, and spread some holiday cheer of your own!

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AMELIA ISLAND RANKED #3 IN TOP 10 U.S. ISLANDS Northeast Florida’s Amelia Island has placed among the Top 10 U.S. Islands in the 2017 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. Amelia Island finished in the #3 spot and was the only Florida island included in a list comprised of destinations such as Maui, Nantucket, and Oahu in the 30th annual competition. “Amelia Island continues to enchant visitors, resulting in an ever-growing list of accolades and recognitions,” said Gil Langley, president and CEO of the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Readers have voted our island paradise into this elite group of global destinations eight of the last nine years. It’s a true testament to Amelia’s enduring appeal, and an invaluable endorsement from discerning travelers.” Condé Nast Traveler announced the results of its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards on October 17, ranking the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, and cruise lines in the world. More than 300,000 dedicated readers took part in the 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey, submitting millions of ratings and more than 100,000 comments, voting on a record-breaking thousands of hotels and resorts, hundreds of cities, islands, and cruise ships, and dozens of airlines and airports. The full list is published exclusively online at www. CNTraveler.com/rca.

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DICKENS ON CENTRE FESTIVAL KICKS OFF DECEMBER 8 Travel back in time during the third annual Dickens on Centre festival in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. Free to the public, this Victorian-inspired holiday festival is as fun as the dickens for the entire family. Beginning December 8 at 5 p.m., enjoy costumed characters, themed entertainment and performances, visits from Saint Nick, and a variety of vendors selling seasonal gifts and wares. Dickens on Centre features live performances by the Nassau Community Band, Royal Amelia Dance Academy, music by the FBHS band and chorus members, Amelia Island String Enesemble, Crescendo Amelia, Chris Thomas Band, and many more. A Kid Zone features holiday-themed games, crafts, story-telling, and rocking horses. Be sure to be present for the opening ceremony on December 8 at 6 p.m. with Saint Nick’s welcome, and a special reading of “The Night Before Christmas.” Inspired by Charles Dickens’ novella “A Christmas Carol,” Dickens on Centre transforms downtown Fernandina into a classic English village, sure to enliven your Christmas spirit. So grab your top hat, fasten your bonnet, and wander and wonder through a true Victorian Christmas on Amelia Island during the spectacular Dickens on Centre, held through December 10. For more information and full schedule, visit www.ameliaisland.com.

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lue Door Artists opened almost two decades ago, and it continues to offer visitors who climb the colorful steps at 205-1/2 Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach a fascinating glimpse into the working studios and galleries of its unique collective of local resident artists. They pride themselves on featuring some of the island’s finest original art in a variety of media to suit every taste and budget. Acrylic, oil, and watercolor paintings can be found, as well as alcohol inks, photography, collage, jewelry, and weaving. When you visit Blue Door, you’ll always find a selection of new art and creative endeavors, and you can watch the artists work through their innovative processes. Each of the eleven individuals who comprise the group has a distinctive personality and artistic style. The group includes artists Sharon Badenoch, Suzanne Batchelor, Cori Beychok, Theresa Daily, Liz Dion, Sharon Haffey, Jane Hedgecock, Charli Leniston,

Georganna Mullis, Lynne Pilkerton, and Susan Scarborough. Once a month, Blue Door is open until 8 p.m. for Amelia Island’s Second Saturday Artrageous Artwalk. Visitors can enjoy browsing, socializing, and speaking with the artists who create and sell their artwork “at the top of the colorful stairs.” It’s a great time to view new work by a different featured artist and see the artists in their personal working environments. December is an excellent time to visit the gallery since many special items, including greeting cards, prints, smaller paintings, baskets, and jewelry, can be purchased for holiday gift-giving. When you purchase holiday gifts at Blue Door, you’re supporting local artists, while the recipients of your gifts will be enjoying handcrafted, one-of-a-kind items. The Blue Door is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit their Facebook page or their website at www.bluedoorartists.com and click on each artist’s name to view her personal website.

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n 2016, Amelia Island residents Lance and Lauren Jones, along with Wes and Tiffany Hinton, embarked on an anniversary trip to Cape Town, South Africa. Upon arrival, they fell in love with the scenery, architecture, color schemes, and the crisp, coastal-chic style around every corner. Enchanted by its beauty, the four friends developed a plan to open a home and hospitality store that would combine Tiffany’s love for interiors and Lance’s love for the gourmet, and Cape House opened its doors at 4810 First Coast Highway in July. “At Cape House, we have everything that makes a house a home,” says Lance. “In addition to furniture, lighting, rugs, and a design room, we also feature small vignettes throughout the store, making the space feel like you’re walking into someone’s home.” A trip to Cape House is an inspiring experience, with its warm, welcoming atmosphere and attention to detail. The store features Visual Comfort, Jamie Young, Palecek, CR Laine, Imagine Home, and more. The 2,400 square feet store includes a design room, providing convenient access to additional finishes, fabrics, and products to help complete any project. “It’s great to hear the response from people walking through the door. They’re impressed with the aesthetic and frequently comment that they don’t feel like they have to travel to Jacksonville or Atlanta anymore,” says Lance. Cape House offers a fine selection of gifts for the holidays and special events. For more information, call (904) 844-2389, visit www. shopcapehouse.com or follow @shopcapehouse.

obyn Branch changed her business model three years ago as her main focus became design in the luxury interior markets. “We have turned our business into a thriving studio while maintaining our retail accounts,” says Robyn. “I prefer to work developing longtime tried-and-true relationships with our customers and vendors. My association with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) helps me to continue to learn and stay current.” Robyn Branch Design won a first place design award from ASID in 2016, and a first and second place in 2017. “It was a great moment for my staff to be in such fine company,” says Robyn. “ASID has graciously welcomed me, and I’m thrilled to associate with talents locally and nationally.” With a staff of five, Robyn attends many trade shows, while also completing continuing education requirements in all areas of design. “We also work with other designers and welcome collaboration,” says Robyn. “The collaborative spirit is very important, and ASID helps to facilitate that and provides support when we need it. I will also complete the CAPS program this year. As our island and our world ages, it is important to stay current on lighting, mobility, and function.” Among Robyn’s strengths is her ability to see what can be —helping her clients achieve the ultimate possibility for their homes. “Listening, gently guiding, and caring are the tools of our trade!” says Robyn. For more information, call (904) 491-1199 or visit 1027 South 8th Street or www.robynbranchdesign.com.

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Snuggle Spot A cozy addition to any room, a daybed is great for sleep or seating ($1,935). Shown with Wintery Silver Mistletoe bedding, assorted decorative pillows, throws, and a huggable polar bear. A perfect place to snuggle with a good book. Prices vary on throws, bedding, and pillows. Available at Coastal Cottage, 1439 Sadler Road. (904) 580-0484. 31 AMELIA ISLANDER MAGAZINE â&#x20AC;˘ DECEMBER 2017

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the magic of Christmas Amelia Island’s Steve Lukefahr got his first train as a kid, and his lifelong love of trains culminated in a painstaking display from the Christmas movie, The Polar Express. BY KAREN MILLER • PHOTOS BY WILLIAM RASER

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teve Lukefahr received his first train set for Christmas when he was six years old, but it wasn’t until the mid-1980s that his love for trains peaked into a full-fledged hobby. In fact, after Steve retired from his career as a pilot for TWA, he purchased a retail train store called Trains LTD in St. Louis, Missouri, where he sold and bought “toy” trains to and from collectors all over the world. It’s no surprise to those who know Steve that when the movie The Polar Express came out in 2004, it would become his favorite film. Starring Tom Hanks as an eccentric train

conductor, the movie tells the tale of a young boy embarking on a magical adventure to the North Pole on a train called The Polar Express, where he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. “I love the magic of Christmas,” says Steve. “The movie was about believing, about a time when the holiday really meant something. It resonated with me.” Steve purchased the first Polar Express train from Lionel, upgrading every year with trains that now provide full sounds, synchronized smoke output, and full remote control, including announcements.

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But Steve went way beyond most train aficionados’ rumpus room collections. He and his wife Jerie, built their Amelia Island home entirely around their “bonus room,” where Steve’s Polar Express display is the heart of his train collection which includes Southern and Union Pacific trains, landscapes, figurines, and a plethora of historic scenes. Steve had his Polar Express display fabricated at TW TrainWorx, a company that specializes in designing, producing, shipping, installing, and maintaining all things model train-related. Located in Dallas, Texas, the company provides custom heirloom train furniture and full layouts to train enthusiasts and beginners alike. “It took them about 9 months to complete The Polar Express,” says Steve. “Their attention to detail is remarkable. For anyone who has seen the movie, the various scenes are represented throughout the display.” From the houses where the train picks up the doubting children, to the snowy, winding mountain paths, to the colossal clock tower at Santa’s village in the North Pole, the layout is truly a work of art that draws the observer into the story, just as the movie takes the viewer into a magical world of a child’s imagination. When Steve uses the special remote control to turn on the trains and

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displays, newbies to the world of trains drop their jaws in awe. Not only do the trains run around the tracks, but they make real train sounds, including the voices of the conductors and the sound of whistles, and spew real “smoke” from their engines. The passenger cars are lighted and filled with tiny passengers. The “towns” that the trains run through are replete with homes, billboards, trees, bridges, and shops, including Jerie’s father’s welding shop, called Modern Supply, and the East River’s Hell Gate Bridge in New York City. There’s even a panorama of Fernandina Beach’s harbor, with shrimp boats, the Salty Pelican Restaurant, the Fernandina Beach train station and passenger platform. The “town” of St. Louis, Missouri, includes its famous Route 66 Ted Drewes Custard Stand and a scale replica of the St. Louis Union Station. For the young and the young at heart, Steve’s train collection brings a sense of wonder to all the guests who visit the Lukefahr home, especially at Christmas. “Everyone loves trains, and people love to come by and see them in action,” says Steve, smiling. “I don’t collect as many as I used to, but I’m always working on a new vignette for the display, especially Lionel and Ives prewar trains, along with the 1950s trains I remember from my childhood.”

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DECEMBER 1 Trunk Show at Lindy’s Jewelry

DECEMBER 5 & 6 Holiday Wreath Demonstration

Featuring Ponte Vedra designer, Cresta Bledsoe, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Located at 110 Centre St. For more info, call (904) 277-4880.

Join Artistic Florist for tips and techniques on making the perfect holiday wreath! Each participant will take home the wreath they work on during class. At their new location at 2383 Jamestown Road. Class begins at 6 pm. All profits benefit the Amelia Island Museum of History. Tickets are $50 per person ($5 off with Holiday Home Tour ticket). For more info, call (904) 261-5546.

DECEMBER 1, 2 Jazz Party Weekend Held at Horizons Restaurant, 5472 First Coast Highway, from 6 to 9 p.m. featuring the Les DeMerle Trio with Bonnie Eisele. For information and reservations call (904) 3212430 or visit www.horizonsameliaisland.com.

DECEMBER 1, 2 Holiday Home Tour Annual tour showcases historic homes in downtown Fernandina Beach decorated for the holidays. Proceeds benefit Amelia Island Museum of History. Tickets $30. For more information and tickets, call (904) 261-7378 or visit www.ameliamuseum.org.

DECEMBER 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16 It’s a Wonderful Life The heartwarming holiday classic. All performances 8 p.m. except for December 10, which is 2 p.m. Held at Amelia Community Theatre’s Main Stage, 207 Cedar Street. Tickets $22 adults; $10 students through college. For more information, call (904) 261-6749 or visit www.ameliacommunitytheatre.org.

DECEMBER 1, 3 Island Chamber Singers Holiday Concert Held at Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Road at 7 p.m. December 1, and 3 p.m. December 3. Featuring soloists and orchestra performing Haydn’s “The Creation.” Tickets $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Opening night reception on Friday after the concert. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www. islandchambersingers.org.

DECEMBER 2 Rag Doll Tea Held at Hoyt House B&B Tea Room from 1 to 3 p.m. featuring tea, treats, holiday music, and Santa. Ages 5 years and up, along with their rag dolls. Pre-paid reservations required. Call (904) 277-4300 for more info or to make reservations.

DECEMBER 5 Wilderness Safaris Learn more about Africa’s finest wildlife and wilderness areas. Held at Luca’s, 5:30 p.m., 614 Centre Street, hosted by Wallace Pierson Travel. Free and open to the public; RSVP required. To RSVP or for more info, call (904) 261-5914.

DECEMBER 6 Amelia Knitting Group Meets the first Wednesday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Mustard Seed Café. Knit with great company and grab a snack or drink. Created by Merle Sauer. No commitment, attend whenever you have time.

DECEMBER 6 Brown Bag Lunch The Amelia Island Museum of History hosts a Brown Bag Lunch presentation the first Wednesday of every month at noon, on a variety of subjects. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call Gray at (904) 261-7378 ext 102, or gray@ameliamuseum.org.

DECEMBER 7 Lighted Christmas Parade America’s Youth lights up downtown Fernandina Beach at 6 p.m. with the annual Lighted Christmas Parade celebrating “A Musical Christmas.” Held on Centre Street. For more information, visit www.americayouth.org.

DECEMBER 7, 14, 21, 28 Nassau Community Band Practice Multi-generational ensemble meets Thursday nights at 6 p.m., Yulee Middle School band room, 85439 Miner Road. For more information, visit nassaucommunityband.com.

DECEMBER 8, 9, 22, 23 Jazz Spirit of Christmas Dinner and Show Held at Horizons Restaurant, 5472 First Coast Highway, from 6 to 9 p.m. featuring the Les DeMerle Trio with Bonnie Eisele. For information and reservations, call (904) 3212430 or visit www.horizonsameliaisland.com.

DECEMBER 9 Holiday Bazaar Held at BuyGO, 22 South 8th Street, featuring artisans, crafts, gifts, music, Santa, hot chocolate bar, and more. For complete list of events, visit www.buygostores.com.

DECEMBER 11 Pink Ribbon Ladies For survivors of breast cancer, Pink Ribbon Ladies meets at 6 p.m. at Ackerman Cancer Center, 1340 South 18th Street, Suite 103. For more information, contact Anne Showalter at (904)321-5465 or Isobel Lyle at (904)321-2057.

DECEMBER 12 Newcomers Club Coffee The Newcomers Club of Amelia Island hosts its monthly coffee on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Women interested in joining, who reside in Nassau County (no matter how long they have lived there), are welcome. For further info, contact coffees@newcomersamelia.org.

DECEMBER 13 Women, Wealth & Wine An informal group of women who meet to discuss financial and related issues affecting us all. Come and ask the questions you have always wanted to ask and get insight into the questions you haven’t thought of yet. Financial answers and ideas over a glass of wine. Begins at 5:30 p.m. For more info, call (904) 305-2608.

DECEMBER 14 Bartram Garden Club Meeting

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

Held at 10 a.m. at GFWC Woman’s Club of Fernandina Beach, 201 Jean Lafitte Boulevard, featuring Jan Sillik, the National Garden Clubs’ Accredited Master Judge and Floral Design Study Instructor, demonstrating Williamsburg designs with a Floridian flair. For more info, contact Kathleen at KTLpilot@gmail.com.or call (732) 895-9234. 

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Travel back in time during the third annual Dickens on Center festival in downtown Fernandina Beach. Free to the public, this Victorian inspired holiday festival is fun for entire family. For complete schedule of events, visit www.ameliaisland.com.

Enjoy “Holiday Stories – Naughty and Nice” from Live Ink Theatre, as told by Christopher Collinsworth, Jan Cote-Merow, Diana Herman, and others. Tickets are $5. At The Book Loft, 214 Centre St. 7 pm. Limited seating. Call (904) 261-8991 for reservations.

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DECEMBER 18 Acoustic Sessions Featuring “Tis the Season Finale” of live music led by music director Tom Leon on the Main Stage at Amelia Community Theatre, featuring many of their 2017 musicians. 7:30 p.m., 207 Cedar Street. Tickets $15. For more information call (904) 261-6749 or visit ameliacommunitytheatre.org.

DECEMBER 20 Head and Neck Cancer Support Group SPOHNC is a support group for oral, head and neck cancer patients, held at Baptist Medical Center board room at 11:30 a.m. For more information contact Lauren DeWitt at (904) 277-2700.

DECEMBER 20 & 21 Crescendo Amelia Christmas Show Join Crescendo Amelia for some great holiday music in their annual Christmas show, “How the Big Band Stole Christmas.” Last year’s shows sold out, so RSVP early! This year, the shows will be at Fernandina Beach Theatre at Fernandina Beach Middle School, 315 Citrona Drive. Tickets are $30. For more info, visit www. CrescendoAmelia.com. Groups of 12 or more, contact info@CrescendoAmelia.com.

DECEMBER 21 Writers By The Sea Writers and friends meet the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. upstairs at the Amelia Island Museum of History for program and discussion. For more information, contact Nadine Vaughan D’Ardenne at nvaughanwilliams@gmail.com, or Nancy Blanton at blantonn@msn.com.

DECEMBER 31 New Year’s Eve Black and White Gala Held at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, featuring luxurious food buffets, live music, dancing, open bar, fireworks, and champagne toast. $250 per person. For more information or to make reservations call (904) 277-1100. To have your event featured here, email all of the information to calendar@ameliaislander.com.

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a labor of love Using oyster shells from Amelia Island’s beaches, Lauri DeGaris and the Wild Amelia Junior Naturalists will create a right whale sculpture to honor an endangered species. BY KAREN MILLER PHOTOS COURTESY OF LAURI DEGARIS

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he right whale is one of the most endangered whales in the world, fighting for their lives as they endure ship strikes and fishing gear entanglement. Of the 450 to 500 that remain, only 120 are females mature enough for reproduction, and they migrate from New England to the warm waters off Northeast Florida each winter to give birth. Amelia Island’s Lauri DeGaris, a marine biologist and artist, has been working to raise awareness about the plight of the whales with her art. In 2012, she created a life-size right whale calf at American Beach, which was fabricated completely of oyster shells. It is now part of an exhibit at the American Beach Museum. “The sculpture was named after The Beach Lady of American Beach, MaVynne Betsch,” says DeGaris. “MaVynne donated a tremendous amount of support for the study of right whales in Northeast Florida. She even had a female right whale named in her honor!”

On December 30 at Main Beach, DeGaris will be creating another right whale sculpture—this time a life-size 40-foot figure—and inviting the community to celebrate the arrival of female right whales in our area. “We are asking everyone to participate by bringing oyster shells they’ve found on the beach to be used for the project,” says DeGaris. “Shelling is fantastic right now, as northeast winds and summer storms have deposited many on our beaches.” DeGaris will be joined by members of the Wild Amelia Junior Naturalist Program, headed by Robyn Nemes, who heard about DeGaris’ latest project and was eager to help. “Children in the program will be collecting shells on the beach prior to the event, and then helping with the creation of the life-size right whale under Lauri’s expert artistic guidance,” says Nemes. “I learned of Lauri’s work when I saw a seashell creation of hers on the beach, and I contacted her to see if she might help coordinate a similar effort with the Wild Amelia Junior

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Naturalist children for the ‘Year of the Shark,’ and again for ‘The Year of the Pelican.’ In addition to awareness activities like this, Wild Amelia Junior Naturalists participate in classes, water quality testing, and service events such as beach clean-ups and Greenway projects. Both Nemes and DeGaris are members of Wild Amelia, a group of nature-minded citizens that works to educate residents and visitors about Amelia Island’s bioregion through events and programs designed to educate and entertain, while promoting a conservation ethic. DeGaris coordinates the group’s Wild Nites Nature Presentation Series. This month’s lecture will be held on December 12 with Katie Jackson from the Florida Wildlife Commission, who will present a program on right whales. The programs are held at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Peck Center, located at 516 South 10th Street. One explanation for the whale’s name is that right whales were named by whalers who identified them as the “right” whale to kill on a hunt due to the plentiful oil and baleen they could provide. “After centuries of being hunted for their oil and baleen, right whales today are fighting to exist,” says DeGaris. “We’re hoping this project will raise more awareness about the plight of the right whale. Bring your collected oyster shells to Main Beach on December 30 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. We will need thousands of shells to complete this loving tribute to a species in critical danger of extinction.”

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here are few things that have happened in Fernandina Beach in the last twenty-five years that Eileen Shannon Moore hasn’t started, been involved in, or supported. Moore was the owner of a popular gallery, antique, and gift store on Centre Street for 18 years, and she was active in art shows in the region for decades. Her Eileen’s Art and Antiques offered an eclectic collection of wonderful art, antiques, jewelry, and gifts. This little blond dynamo has been behind lots of innovative island projects, including the Farmer’s Market, the Parade of Paws, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Flowering Fernandina, and Centre’d Women, to name a few. She was recognized in 2003 with the Art of Caring Award for outstanding volunteer service to the community by Volunteer Jacksonville. Moore grew up in Jacksonville and graduated from Florida State University, where she received her Master’s in Home Economics. A talented artist, she was involved in the early days of outdoor art shows around the state and regionally. She has displayed her distinctive beach and landscape paintings at Amelia Island’s annual shrimp festival since its earliest days. In 1999, Moore and another artist bought the building on the corner of Center and 7th streets. Their shop, Eileen’s Art and Antiques, became a local energy center, where artists and people involved in island projects could gather. Encouraged by Moore, a group of local movers and shakers met there to brainstorm with Christopher Rex, principal cellist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Could a Chamber Music Festival be successful on Amelia Island? Their dream came true, and the successful festival is now in its seventeenth year. Eileen brought another dynamic group together in 2002 to begin the process of creating an island farmer’s market. Research was done, and talks were scheduled with the city. The first market was held weekly in Central Park, and it later moved to 7th Street between Centre and Alachua streets, where it thrives today.

Moore’s appreciation of the flowers and plants decorating the streets of places where she had traveled resulted in the creation of Flowering Fernandina. She wanted flowers and plantings on every corner of Centre Street. She enlisted volunteers, raised money, and worked with the city to make it happen. Fernandina Beach’s beautiful downtown has been enhanced by her efforts. One of Moore’s more memorable creative efforts involved a giant chess board laid out on the street in front of her 7th Street house. Special permits were secured from the city. Guests came dressed as chess pieces, and actual chess games were played. Moore married Stewart Ira in 2012 and, in keeping with her love of Fernandina Beach, they were married in the historic courthouse by Judge Foster and traveled down Centre Street in a horse and buggy to the marina, where they left for their honeymoon on Cumberland Island. Between them, the couple has five children and seven grandchildren, with one great-grandchild. They enjoy their annual trips to the Abacas in the Bahamas in the Miss Eileen, a 55-foot trawler boat that sleeps eight. Moore’s energy, passion, and creativity have made a difference in many island projects. She cares passionately about her Amelia Island community, and she throws her talent and time into things that make a difference.

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gladsome gardenias Rescheduled thanks to Hurricane Irma, the Florida Growers Association show featured lots of new plants, like a Gardenia named Buttons and the Pancake Arborvitae. BY BETTY MORRELL

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ecember is the time for the holidays, as we prepare for a new year with lots of new plants to adorn our gardens. You may not be thinking of gardening at this moment, but I want to share with you what I discovered at the recent Florida Growers Association show. One grower at the show told me he lost almost half of his stock, while others were still hunting for plants that disappeared with Hurricane Irma. The storm crippled nurseries and limited what could be displayed at the show. Plants that were usually shown with eye-catching blooms were bloomless this year, while some plants scheduled for display had lost all of their leaves and were rather bare. However, I did find some pretty new plants. Not all of them had blooms, but photographs told the story. I found many beautiful perennials for 2018, which I will tell you about after the holidays. In the meantime, here are some new plants, trees, and shrubs that really caught my eye. A baby Gardenia (my favorite shrub) has been born named Buttons

TIP OF T HE M O N T H If your gardenias drop buds before they bloom or have brown or yellowing leaves, they are too dry. Keep the soil consistently damp but not soggy, with one inch of water per week.

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learned that it was a new Thuja, also known as Arborvitae, named Pancake. It is a finely-textured, sage-green evergreen with a low, dense, rounded habit. Its foliage is slightly blue in fall and winter. It is hardy and easy to maintain, and it thrives in full sun, but will tolerate some shade. It is attractive as a low border, low hedge, or in a rock garden. It reaches 1 foot high and 2 feet wide. To care for Pancake, follow a watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after the plant is established. Feed with an all-purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. This plant is worth a place in your landscape, either as a specimen or mass planting. I can hardly wait to tell you about all the other new plants, there are so many… and 2018 is going to be the Year of the Roses! If you have any questions, please email me at bamorrell@aol.com. I wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a New Year filled with good health, happiness, and peace!

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Left: Prancing reindeers decorate a dining table in the family room. Below: A bright green-and-red Christmas Lady with a lighted skirt stands ready to celebrate in the nautical blue family room.

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ne of the houses featured on the 2016 Amelia Island Museum of History Holiday Home Tour charmed visitors with its “Christmas ladies.” Marty Engle and Reid Herlihy’s home on North 3rd Street was filled with wonderfully whimsical ladies made out of old Christmas trees, fresh storm-damaged greens, and an array of recycled fabric, ornaments, and lights. Truly a Cinderella story, the two-story brick home had badly needed help and renovation. Early photos of this turnof-the-century house show a broken chain link fence, a sagging roof, and overgrown waist-high weeds. The restored home now boasts a beautifully landscaped lot with palms, tropical plants, a large magnolia, and a white picket fence. Marty Engle and Reid Herlihy have transformed the two-story “folk house” into

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Top left: A mini Christmas Lady sits on the island in the family kitchen. Top right: The table is festive with green apples on red Christmas place settings. Antique stained glass windows are elegant window treatments. Left: The living room has a classic holiday look with candles in the fireplace and greens on the mantel.

a wonderfully whimsical second home that welcomes friends from around the world. Marty Engle and her late husband, John Howard, first found Amelia Island in 2002 on their way to Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island. Like so many before them, they fell in love with Amelia’s historic district and the charming shops and restaurants on Centre Street. They returned within two months and spent time with a realtor. While looking for a home, they stumbled across an “oddity,” as Marty describes it, on North 3rd Street. Originally built by Nathanial Borden, original owner of Villa Las

Palmas, the house served as the offices for the Borden Lumber Company. Elizabeth Dion, local architect and talented artist, was challenged with taking their ideas and creating a buildable plan. Within a year, construction was underway. When asked to open their home for the 2016 Amelia Island Museum of History Holiday Home Tour, Marty decided to do something special for the annual tour. Pinterest, a favorite website for Marty, showcased Christmas mannequins made from a variety of materials transformed into fanciful ladies. For the museum home tour, she created her own group of Christmas ladies. Recycling and upcycling vintage “stuff,” she

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island home Left: Formerly a porch, an upstairs bedroom uses the exterior brick wall to charming effect. Below: A cheerful wreath hung in a guest room adds a holiday touch. Bottom left: The master bath features a beautiful stand-alone bath tub. Bottom right: Another guest room features a ballerina Christmas lady, with a white paper wreath tutu and Dr. Seuss ornaments.

recycled Christmas trees, old ornaments, lights, clothing, and all sorts of odds and ends, including an old bridesmaid’s dress! Six Christmas ladies charmed the crowds that came out for last year’s tour. The first lady, deemed The Crown, graced the front porch. The only “fresh” lady, she was created using cedar branches salvaged from storm-damaged trees. The pleasingly plump queen flaunted a wrap made from a luxurious turquoise silk remnant. As visitors came through the front door, they were greeted by a tall and elegant lady inspired by Glenda the Good Witch, dressed in blues and silvers, with white twinkle lights highlighting every detail of

her elegance. Continuing through the dining room and into the large family room, visitors encountered The Scarlet Lady, standing elegantly in a far corner of the room. Sporting the traditional reds and the greens of the season, she even had wonderful red satin dancing shoes. On the kitchen counter, the small Kitchen Girl, made from one of the cinnamon brooms popular during the holidays, was a gift of Lee Hamer, a neighbor and friend. Upstairs, the periwinkle guest room was graced by the precious Little Ballerina, dressed in a white paper wreath tutu and whimsical Dr. Seuss-colored Christmas balls. Down the hall in the master

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Left: The turn-of-the-century brick house was built by Nathanial Borden, who built Villa Las Palmas, to house his offices. Below left: An exterior porch offers an excellent place to sit and enjoy the quiet historic district neighborhood. Below right: Inspired by Glenda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz, a glamorous blue Christmas Lady decorates the front entry.

bedroom, Madame Music had her own charm. Made from an old bridesmaid dress, her bustier was overflowing with curled pages from old player-piano sheet music rolls. She was made available through a raffle during the Christmas tours and now enjoys a new home in the historic district. The house is decorated with a selection of antiques and treasured family collectibles. Instead of shutters or curtains, many of the windows have small European stained-glass windows as accent pieces. The large family room and kitchen area is made for entertaining. One cannot help but notice a large bird cage in one corner of the room, as well as a large

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Café Karibo & KARIBREW With its relaxed ambience, shaded courtyard, and an eclectic menu with fresh seafood, Café Karibo and Karibrew Brew Pub is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. BY MICHAEL GASS • PHOTO BY WILLIAM RASER

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y kids spend their time after school at the Bean School of Dance, next door to Café Karibo on North 3rd Street, which is where I met my daughter, Abigail, for dinner recently. While Abigail finished up at dance, I decided to enjoy a nice grown-up beverage. Behind the bar at Karibrew, the brew pub attached to Café Karibo, was my old friend Michael—Kirky to everyone else in town—and, boy, can he make an Old Fashioned. The bourbon tasted like a big hug, with the vanilla notes coupled with the essence of orange and cherry making for a lovely break between shifts on daddy duty. After moving to a table with my daughter, we got down to business. Abigail’s list of approved foods is only a couple of lines long. She’s a born vegetarian, which is fine except that there are only four vegetables she will eat. To my amazement, she agreed to try Karibo’s famous Veggie Burger. A serious compliment to the restaurant, she managed to eat half of it, sauce on the side of course. The burger is truly delicious all by itself, but I spread the guacamole and basil mayo on the remaining half and made short work of it. The richness of the mayo and avocado elevated the homemade veggie patty, taking it to a whole new level. I started my meal with an order of Bam Bam Shrimp. These shrimp were lightly breaded, deep fried, tossed with homemade Bam Bam sauce, and served over shredded romaine with cranberries in a light vinaigrette. I enjoyed this appetizer so much a few weeks earlier that I couldn’t wait to try it again. I offered Abbie a bite, but was met with her signature eye roll. I mistakenly figured that since she was going out on a limb with the veggie burger, perhaps we could stretch her culinary boundaries a little further. After thoroughly enjoying my appetizer, I opted to stay with shrimp for dinner and ordered the Chili Prawns. When I was in recently, I sat at the bar and a friend next to me ordered them and they looked like a hit. The Chili Prawns are indeed a hit, in fact a homerun with the bases loaded. Served with

coconut rice and sautéed vegetables, the shrimp were large and sweet, tossed in a chili sauce that was delicious and not overly spicy, which paired well with the rice. I encouraged Abigail to try the rice, which she did with only a bit of reluctance: she

shrugged her shoulders and looked at her phone. Chef, take a bow, that is high praise! I of course cleaned my plate without even a grain of the shoulder-shrugging rice left behind. When our server, Joy, offered dessert, Abigail came to life. This child loves strawberry cake, and Café Karibo’s offering checked all of her boxes: it was beautiful, it had strawberries, and it was a large slice. It was truly delicious, and only one of the many homemade desserts available that night. Café Karibo is a favorite spot for locals and is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, Sunday for brunch, and lunch only on Mondays. It is located at 27 N. 3rd Street in downtown Fernandina Beach.

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Amelia Islander

dining guide Amelia Tavern ~ Restaurant & Brewpub on Centre Street provides delicious local food and cold brews to the friends and guests of Amelia Island. Our kitchen serves amped up southern comfort food, where you’ll see enough diversity to be surprised without losing sight of the simple stuff you love. The collection of house brews and craft beer options are curated to match the menu, with plenty of pairings to fit any palette. A.T. is a brewery infused gastropub, or a brewpub with great food, something like that - just stop in, grab a bite and a sip, you’ll see. We are doing it our way, the right way, for you and for this Island. Bar Zin ~ Inspired by 30 years in the hospitality industry and numerous trips to Napa and Sonoma, our philosophy at Bar Zin is quite simple: create a fun relaxed upbeat indoor/outdoor atmosphere where friends and families can enjoy creative, fresh American bistro cuisine. In addition, we offer a diverse beverage menu consisting of great wines, local brews, and Saki martinis. Whenever possible, it is our intention to utilize local farmers, local products, and local businesses to create a farm-to-table style menu. Our vision was to design a neighborhood atmosphere where everyone will feel welcome, whether you are enjoying a full meal, appetizers, or just stopping in for a cold beverage; a place that will attract a diverse clientele which in turn makes it a place where everyone will have a relaxing and fun time. www.barzin-bistro-winebar.com. Lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch. Major credit cards. 4924 First Coast Hwy at Palmetto Walk Shopping Village. (904) 310-6620. Brett’s Waterway Cafe ~ The only restaurant on the island where you can dine overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, Brett’s offers a wide choice of seafood, chicken and beef with daily specials both at lunch and dinner. The view of the water, the impeccable service and the refined ambiance will enhance your dining pleasure. The large rectangular bar overlooking the Fernandina Harbor Marina is a pleasant place to enjoy a drink. At the marina on Front Street. (904) 261-2660. Open 7 days, Mon-Sat L, D, $$$, F. Burlingame ~ In the historic district just off Centre Street at 20 South 5th Street, this restaurant offers seasonally inspired modern American food with a twist. The small menu enables our team to focus on a handful of exquisite dishes developed from the freshest ingredients each season. Dining out is about more than just food, and our superb service and casually elegant atmosphere create a special experience. Extensive wine/beer list. Reservations recommended. Open 5:30pm Tue – Sun. Closed Mon. (904) 4327671. BurlingameRestaurant.com Café Karibo ~ Located on North 3rd St. just off Centre Street in the historic downtown district. It has a cozy interior with a funky, laid-back setting. It’s most striking feature is its naturally shaded outdoor dining patio. Great selection of sandwiches, salads, and soups for lunch. Kid friendly. Vegetarian items on the menu. Open: 11am–9pm Tue thru Sat; Sunday 10:30am– 3pm with lunch menu specials; Mon 11am–3pm. Fresh-brewed beer available in the Café and in the brew pub—The Karibrew—located next door. Food prices are relatively low-lunch average $10 pp; dinner $20 pp (generous portions). Crab Trap ~ Nautical decor and friendly service makes for a casual, relaxing atmosphere. Dinner daily offers seafood—fried, grilled, broiled, or blackened—as well as steaks, chicken and oysters year round. Entrees $8.95 - $18.95. Call for seasonal hours. Beer, wine, and

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cocktails. Family owned and operated since 1979. 31 N 2nd Street, (904) 261-4749. $$$ V/MC/D. David’s Restaurant ~ David’s has an amazing steakhouse & seafood menu, upscale romantic atmosphere, and professional service. New Caviar menu with toast points or Blinis and accoutrements consisting of crème fraiche, red onion, capers & chopped egg. Full bar and large wine menu including wines by the glass. Dining creations such as Filet Oscar, our Signature 16oz. Grilled Delmonico Ribeye, and when available our 24 oz. Porterhouse Steak. Daily Fish specials as well as English Channel Dover Sole & Chilean Sea Bass. Vegetarian options. Happy Hour Sunday - Thursday 5 to 7 pm offering 1/2 price Cocktails (except Special Events & Holidays). Lounge Menu & Port Flights. Reserve your Whole Alaskan King Crab 6-10 lb. average. Full dessert menu and after-dinner cordials. Open 7 days. Lounge opens at 5 pm, dinner at 6 pm. Young Adult menu available. Reservations highly recommended. Private wine room holds 12 & private dining room up to 50. Resort casual. 802 Ash Street. (904) 310-6049. Make reservations online at AmeliaIslandDavids.com. Elizabeth Pointe ~ Located inside Elizabeth Pointe on South Fletcher overlooking the beach, The Pointe Restaurant offers casual indoor and outdoor oceanfront dining year-round. A buffet-style breakfast and lunch menu are offered to guests of the Inn as well as open to the public daily. Seasonal brunches are offered one Sunday each month. Enjoy wide porches, ocean views, delicious food, and Southern hospitality. Wine and beer available. Reservations recommended. Open Daily for breakfast 7:00am-10:00am and for lunch 11:00am2:00pm. 98 S. Fletcher Ave. (904) 277-4851. www. elizabethpointelodge.com. España ~ Featuring Old World cuisine from Portugal and Spain, España offers an intriguing menu in a comfortably elegant atmosphere in downtown Fernandina Beach. Owner/chef Roberto Pestana serves mouthwatering tapas like Grouper Ceviche, Portobello al La España, and Shrimp with Garlic, all served with España’s homemade bread. Entrees include a classic Seafood Paella, and a variety of fresh local seafood and meats. España also features an extensive wine list and an excellent homemade sangria. Available for private parties. Reservations recommended. All major credit cards. Open 7 days. (904) 261-7700. 22 South 4th Street. $$$, D, B/W. Fancy Sushi ~ We serve fine Japanese cuisine from our Hibachi grill, the best Tempura and the tastiest Teriyaki this side of Tokyo. We give you all the fine foods with the friendliest service you will ever have here in friendly Fernandina Beach. Come by and give us a visit and we’ll serve you with smiles and the freshest sushi that you won’t find anywhere but here at Fancy Sushi. Open 7 days. (904) 261-9855. 1478 Sadler Rd. Florida House Inn ~ Enjoy Southern cooking at its finest at Leddy’s Porch. Menu includes Southern Salads, Sandwiches, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Collard Greens, and much more. Black Board specials daily. The Florida House Inn is located just off Centre Street in the historic district of Fernandina Beach. The inn is the oldest hotel in the state of Florida and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Open for brunch Wednesday – Friday from 11:00am – 2:30pm and Saturday – Sunday 10:00am – 2:30pm. The Mermaid Bar at The Florida House Inn is open Monday – Saturday at 5pm. Daily drink specials and Open Mic every other Thursday night. 22 South Third Street, (904)4913322. L, $$, F Horizons ~ Where great food and good friends come together. The gourmet food you are always craving. You can visit us for a fantastic lunch or dinner or let us cater your event. We have gourmet items to please everyone in your group, including beef, lamb, seafood, chicken, and even gourmet vegetarian choices and also fresh pastries and desserts! 5472 First Coast Hwy. (904) 321-2430. www.horizonsameliaisland.com Jack & Diane’s ~ Jack & Diane’s remains the love of the locals for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Come explore “A world of Taste all in one Place” as it is affectionately known by guests from every corner of the globe. At the crossroads of comfort and quest, you will find each dish combines homespun recipes with global influences offering new discoveries in their signature concept of “adventurous dining”. The

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dining out extensive menu presents such a great variety that they created a $5 tasting menu, so you can explore all your cravings at once. This cozy bistro nestled in a historic home circa 1862 offers a fun-loving, unique dining experience in what is now an artists’ sanctuary. Your senses will be filled with sights, sounds and tastes from the world over in this little island gem. Tastes that echo both tradition and adventure, it’s the memories a happy life are made of. jackanddianescafe.com Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro ~ Located in historic downtown Fernandina, Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro serves innovative cuisine in a relaxed, island atmosphere. Enjoy fresh seafood, game, and specialty dishes in a charming 1903 home, or outside in a New Orleans-inspired courtyard. Jacksonville Magazine Top 25. Extensive wine list available. Reservations recommended. Major credit cards. 321-2558. Open seven days. D, $$$. La Mancha ~ A Spanish and Portuguese restaurant with a Brazilian flare, blended for savory and bold flavors. We offer a mixture of contemporary and traditional authentic Spanish cuisine. Extensive beer and wine list and our famous sangria! Plenty of parking and catering available for large groups and parties. Check out our menu online at lamancharestaurant.net. Open Mon - Fri 5pm - 9:30pm; Sat & Sun 3pm 9:30pm. 2709 Sadler Road. (904) 261-4646. Tue. – Half price sangria; Wed. – Ladies Night – All you can drink sangria with entree purchase; Thu. – Free dessert, Local’s Night at 10% off with proff of residency; Sun. – All you can eat paella, live Spanish guitar music from 6-9pm! Lulu’s at the Thompson House ~ Lulu’s is more than just a sandwich shop! The dinner menu changes nightly to showcase the best available fresh, local seafood. Lunch features sandwiches, po’ boys, salads, and a wide selection of seafood “little plates.” Open for lunch and dinner Tues - Sat. Sunday Brunch from 10:30am - 3pm. Beer and wine available. Major credit cards. Reservations recommended. 11 South 7th Street. Located in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach. Visit online at www. lulusamelia.com. (904) 432-8394. The Mustard Seed Cafe ~ Located inside Nassau Health Foods, The Mustard Seed is Amelia Island’s only organic eatery and juice bar, with an extensive, eclectic menu featuring vegetarian and vegan items. Daily specials include local seafood, organic chicken and fresh organic produce. Salads, wraps, sandwiches, and soups are available—all prepared with The Mustard Seed’s impeccable style. Popular items are chicken or veggie quesadillas, grilled mahi or salmon over mixed greens and tuna melt with Swiss cheese and tomato. Open for breakfast and lunch, Mon - Sat., 8 am - 3pm, and 11am - 3pm on Sun. NassauHealthFoods.net. 833 T. J. Courson Rd. (904) 277-3141. The Picnic Basket ~ For a perfect dessert, knockout side dish, or casual picnic, The Picnic Basket has what you need, including charcuterie, cheese, party platters, picnic baskets, bakery treats, and take-home suppers. Open Tuesday - Sunday from 9am - 3pm, we offer breakfast and lunch until 3 pm, serving wine & beer and foods to-go. Breakfast includes bagels, daily muffins, house-made granola, fresh scones, freshpressed fruit and veggie drinks, and fresh coffee. Lunch features homemade soups, organic salads, sandwiches on fresh-baked bread, and delicious wraps. We also offer catering for any occasion and we have a small selection of excellent wines. 503-A Centre St. (904) 277-9779. Sliders Seaside Grill ~ The Caribbean on Amelia Island! Slider’s offers fun dining for the whole family! Exotic seafood and steaks served to order are the specials of the house. Enjoy a beautiful oceanfront view inside, or on the patio, located steps from the beach. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 1998 S. Fletcher Ave. at Sadler Rd. (next to the roundabout). 277-6652. L, D, $$, F. Townies Pizzeria ~ Townies is the “Locals’ Choice for Island Pizza”. All of our food is prepared fresh to order. Townies uses real cheese, only the finest quality ingredients, and fresh local produce. Unlike the big pizza chains, our sauces don’t come out of a paint can. Pizza! One Luv! 819 TJ Courson Road. (904) 2774755. Order online at TowniesPizzeria.com or call!

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118 Sea Marsh Road 5 BR/3.5 BA family home in Amelia Island Plantation. Custom built-ins, home theater, screened lanai with heated pool. Upgraded kitchen, stainless appliances. $899,900

83 Oyster Catcher Court Quiet retreat sited on a private lot. 4 BR/3.5 BA open floor plan home. Oversized windows, hardwood floors and high ceilings. Golf course frontage. A must see! $659,000

85094 Majestic Walk Blvd New 3 BD/3 BA home with lake views. Upgrades throughout the open living space. Gourmet kitchen. Tile floors, water softener owned, sprinkler system and more! $359,941

1387 Ship Watch Villa Oceanfront 2 BD/2 BA 4th floor furnished condo. Spacious living/dining areas. Kitchen features Silestone counter tops, custom cabinets, and a large pantry. $535,000

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Located in exclusive Peninsula Estates of North Hampton, this Arthur Rutenberg custom-built 4 BR/3 BA home is in mint condition and features a heated pool with lanai and golf and lake views. Open kitchen concept has stainless appliances, entertainment island with breakfast bar, 6-burner gas cooktop, 42” cabinets, and double ovens. Hardwood in kitchen, living, and office. Game room and outdoor kitchen. HOA includes cable, internet, and security monitoring. Amenities include tennis courts and community pool. MLS#78638 $619,000

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Enjoy oceanfront resort living in Amelia Island Plantation. 2 BR/2 BA unit in has a lock-out feature to maximize rental potential. Two balconies to enjoy ocean breezes. Complex has a large pool with walkways to beach. MLS#78529 $599,000

86305 MEADOWFIELD BLUFFS

Beautifully maintained 3 BR/2 BA home has newly built dock with deep water access to Lofton Creek. Located on quiet dead-end street. Property also includes 400 sq. ft. workshop, which could be made into guest quarters. MLS#77211 $439,900

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94210 PALM GARDEN DRIVE

3 BR/2 BA home minutes from Amelia Island. Large great room and dining area. Kitchen opens to dining and great room. Open patio. Backyard overlooks preserve. Community with 5-acre stocked lake plus walking trail. MLS#78582 $192,500

144 IBIS COURT

Largest lot in Ocean Ridge! Private backyard with access to lake. This 3 BR home has 2 BR downstairs and 1 up. Upgraded kitchen and flooring. Community pool or walk to beach. This is a must see! MLS#77020 $399,900

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This 6 BR, 7,800 sq ft estate has tennis court, pool, riding arena, wrap-around porches, and a community dock. Elaborate kitchen, master suite with fireplace and elevator, and two guest suites. 6 car garage. MLS#78518 $2,349,000

Custom home in Amelia Park. Versatile floor plan with two BR plus flex space with closet and French doors for third BR or study. Wood floors, upgraded cabinets, and Florida room with brick floor. Corner lot with attic storage. MLS#77174 $460,000

5 BR/4BA home with in-law suite on first floor, plus large master and elegant bath. Kitchen has custom cabinets, granite, and stainless appliances. Rec room overlooks spacious backyard and patio. Located on south end. MLS#74684 $599,000

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108 SEA MARSH ROAD ~ $650,000 Lot Size 114’ x 155’ x 91’ x 166’

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Glorious sunset views of Amelia's vast salt marsh with the Intracoastal Waterway beyond. This marsh front lot awaits your design & the construction of your dreams with westerly exposure. Ideal for those who enjoy bird life, sunsets & a peaceful ambiance. Located a convenient golf cart or bicycle ride to Drummond Point park, the Marsh View Grille, the Amelia Links & driving range, plus treasured Walker's Landing. The amenities of the Amelia Island Plantation will spoil you & are accessible by joining the Amelia Island Equity Club. Acquire now for future use, or build anew today in this desirable locale on South Amelia Island. Easily accessible off the South end of the Island to the Jacksonville Metropolitan area, including JIA. MLS#72934

32 MARSH CREEK ROAD ~ $925,000 Selling the Amelia Island Lifestyle since 1995...

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Lot Size 110’ x 194’ x 110’ x 187’ 110 feet of marsh frontage with southerly exposure. This nearly half-acre lot is on the marshside in the Amelia Island Plantation, now a signature Omni resort & residential community. Note the 48-foot wide greenbelt to the west for added privacy. There is also a viewing dock on premises where one can take in the sunsets over the marsh or cast a line. This property has you just a short stroll to Walker’s Landing, the property owner’s club and the Amelia Links. The many amenities within this community can be accessed by equity membership in the Amelia Island Club. Wonderful trees grace this homesite and the lot is level with a wide breadth. Boundary survey & possible building plans are available on file. Pristine vacant lots like this are scarce. MLS#77303

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WATERMAN’S BLUFF is a gated waterfront community with stunning views of the Bells River offering community fishing dock with kayak launch, moss-covered tree-lined streets, and coming soon… a community dock with marina and boat slips. For more information, go to WatermansBluff.net

28659 Grandview Manor $619,700

This elegant waterfront home is located in Waterman’s Bluff and has been renovated to a high standard featuring a gourmet kitchen with granite counters, island with seating, brick flooring, high-end stainless appliances including gas cook top, and new custom cabinetry. Other outstanding features include the ground floor master bedroom with 2 walk-in closets, newly refinished wideplank heart pine floors, custom built-ins in the great room, large front porch, and brick pavers on an oversized outdoor patio. MLS# 77259

28681 Grandview Manor Road $589,000

This beautiful home with front porch views of the Bells River, is located in Waterman’s Bluff and has been renovated to perfection featuring a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, stainless appliances with gas cook top, and new custom cabinetry. Other outstanding features include gorgeous wood floors, wood burning fireplace and built-in’s in the great room, built-in desk/ shelves in the study/office, ground floor master bedroom, and covered rear lanai. MLS#77258


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5209 Sea Chase Dr. #4 This oceanfront townhome villa offers 4BR/4BA with breathtaking views of Amelia Island's beaches and the Atlantic Ocean. Located in the gated community of Ocean Village with two private pools and two tennis courts. $1,299,000 MLS# 77397

3280 S. Fletcher Ave. New oceanfront custom home designed by Cotner being sold fully furnished. 5BR/5BA. Fully appointed home is a must see, including a salt water pool with a travertine patio and new boardwalk to the beach. REDUCED $3,098,000 MLS# 69529

4732 Rigging Drive Located on a corner lot overlooking the 2nd and 3rd Fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island! This 4BR,3.5BA home offers an abundance of amenities such as the extra large screened $549,000 MLS# 78434

95168 Mackinas Circle Located in the gated community of Harrison Cove, this original custom 3BR/2.5BA home is a must see and shows like a model. Just off the master suite is an office that could be a den/ study.$645,000 MLS# 77231

1855 Perimeter Park Rd. Charming Charleston style 4BR/2.5BA cottage in the much sought after Amelia Park neighborhood. Close proximity to beach and downtown. REDUCED $545,000 MLS# 76246

Glenn Hancock REALTOR 904-583-7099

96094 Azalea Lane One of a kind meticulously maintained 3BR/2.5BA home with deep water access and expansive views of Lanceford Creek. Excellent floor plan with master bedroom on main level. REDUCED $699,000 MLS# 74669

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WATERFRONT PROPERTY, GOLF HOMES, HISTORIC HOMES, & MORE Rare Opportunity Own the historic Thompson House plus Lulu’s Restaurant where you can live and work in the heart of downtown Fernandina Beach. 100 x 100 lot and C3 Zoning allows for flexible use so bring your imagination and make this your dream come true. Successful restaurateur will provide training if needed. Vintage home features unique arched bay windows. heart pine floors, very spacious rooms, carved fireplace mantels. It exudes vintage charm and offers the joy of downtown living and working. MLS#70169 $698,000 33093 Prairie Park Pl One of the best views in Flora Parke! Lovely home with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, plus office and 3 car garage. A sizeable four season glassed in porch and wall of glass brings the outdoors in. Large kitchen with center dining island, granite counters and stainless appliances. A convenient front office space with French doors and wood floors offers plenty of room for your ideas. The guest suite and bath opens to the enclosed porch, as does the master suite. Pond views from most rooms and bricked patio with outdoor fire pit. MLS#76540 $359,000 #203 Ketch Courtyard Looking for a great buy? This 2 BR, 2 BA oceanfront condo is comfortable and sold turnkey. Move right in or use as a vacation rental property. Open kitchen, dining, and living areas access a private balcony overlooking the beach beach, dunes, and the Atlantic Ocean. Two comfortably sized bedrooms and two full baths, plus a large laundry and storage. Low density complex with on-site management. Complex has pool and interior walkways, plus elevator. Fantastic views and direct ocean access. MLS#74585 $315,000

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Located north and adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. These fabulous oceanfront condominiums feature beautiful custom appointments, large square footage and membership to The Golf Club of Amelia Island. Oceanfront and golf course views are incredible! These units start at $1,450,000.



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

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1657 RIGGING WAY $779,000

Located near The Ritz-Carlton, this one owner beauty is steps to the beach and The Golf Club of Amelia Island. Entertain outside in the large screened in patio, while your guests enjoy the privacy of your tree lined backyard. The beautiful hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings and vast amount of light from the crown trimmed windows makes this home one of a kind. Come check out this Amelia Island home today, your dream awaits! MLS#78655 95343 SPINNAKER DRIVE $350,000

Picture-perfect homesite in Golfside North on Amelia Island’s south end near The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, just steps from the beach. Homesite in community that boasts a gated entry, and access to the community pool and pavilion near the beach. Enjoy prominent golf views from the backyard. Bring your own builder and enjoy life on Amelia Island. Membership to the golf club is available. MLS#70178

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10 MARSH POINT Luxury low country style 4 BR, 4 BA home in gated Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Double masters with ground level having 2 BR, 2 BA, family room, and kitchenette. Main level has large living area with fireplace and 18’ ceilings. Kitchen has granite counters and island. Sun room, wrap around porches. MLS#77313 $1,295,000

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8144 RESIDENCE COURT UNIT 202 This spacious oceanfront villa is located in an exclusive gated enclave on the south end of Amelia Island. The 3 BR, 3 BA split floorplan is ideal for extended stays or accommodating guests. Steps to the beach and the pool. On the ground floor for easy access. 1 car garage. MLS#66908 $589,000


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eems like just yesterday we were shaking the sand out of our flip flops after a warm day on the beach, and suddenly, the holidays are upon us, just like that! From trimming the Christmas tree to decorating your home and wrapping your gifts, there’s not a lot of extra time to plan a holiday party, in addition to your Christmas and New Year’s dinners. You’ll make the holiday a whole lot merrier by stocking your bar, wine rack, and beer cooler with fine liquors, boutique wines, and favorite brews well in advance of Christmas and New Year’s Eve. It’s not uncommon for friends and neighbors to stop over unexpectedly during the holidays, so it’s best to be prepared with a full bar, lots of ice, and yummy drink recipes up your sleeve. If you’re wondering what people are drinking these days, look to the past, and imbibe in the present. That means updating old cocktail recipes with new, trendy liquors, spices, and even herbs. Take a Tom Collins, for example. It’s traditionally made with gin, lemon juice, sugar, and club soda, but why not add a splash of pomegranate juice and a sprig of rosemary for a festive twist? Give mojitos a holiday flair by adding a splash of coconut milk or coconut rum. It’s like a snowstorm in a glass! Mitchell Wickless, manager of Five Points Package Store, suggests stocking your bar early in the season. “Lots of people come in and need advice on what’s popular this season,” says Wickless. “These days, it’s not just about your basic whiskey, rum, gin, and vodka, but what brands are popular during

the holidays, and this year we have some great new flavors, including Ole Smoky Salted Caramel and Mango Habanero Whiskies. Another new offering comes from a company that makes prohibition-style bourbon, which dates back to the early 1900s. Throwback cocktails are very popular this year.” Wickless, along with his wine and spirit vendors Steven Helmes from Southern Glazer Wine and Spirits and Mike Barnes from Coastal Wine, are eager to share their new flavors. “The liquor companies try to keep it fresh every holiday,” says Helmes. “The new flavors are fun to try, and really liven up a party!” When choosing wines for a holiday party, be sure to have more whites than reds, and offer a few bottles of bubbly, too, like Champagne or Prosecco. “Sparkling beverages make a party really special,” says Wickless. “And Proseccos have gotten even more popular than Champagne.” Some of your guests might be beer or hard cider drinkers, so try to stock the traditional favorites, along with a few artisan brews. “In addition to the proper glasses and a large supply of ice, make sure you have plenty of olives, cocktail onions, lemons, limes, cherries, celery, and the like,” says Wickless. “And many drinks call for glasses rimmed with various salts and sugars, so put those items on your shopping list, too.” Five Points Package Store offers spirit tastings every Friday evening during the month of December from 4 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit Five Points at 2112 South 8th Street, call them at (904) 261-3640, or visit their Facebook page.

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