Ballroom Youth Academy Open Dance

Learning to Dance

Learning to Dance

Let’s Dance is an open dance and fundraiser for the Ballroom Youth Academy that will be held on Friday, September 24, from 7:00 to 10:00 PM at the Peck Center auditorum, 516 South 10th Street in Fernandina Beach.

From 7:00 to 7:45 you can enjoy complimentary dance lessons with open dancing from 8 until 10 PM with a special performance by the Ballroom Youth Academy dancers.

This is an event open to all ages. Tickets are only $10.00 and children 17 years and under who are accompanied by a parent are admitted for free. The dress is resort casual.

All proceeds go to the Ballroom Youth Academy, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit program that offers free ballroom dance classes to Nassau County Youth in Grades 1 thru 12.

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Visiting the Olympic Training Center

Olympic Training Center Visit

Olympic Training Center Visit

Article by: Doug Lane, BS, CSCS
CrossFit Coach, USAW Coach

Upon arrival my arrival at The Olympic Training Center, or the “OTC,” I found a guarded gate and a 6ft white iron fence encasing the entire property. After I received my security badge to get me into each of the facilities on campus, the guard told me where the dorm was and where the cafeteria was located…but that wasn’t what I wanted to hear. I was so excited to go exploring… I left all my gear in the car and took off.

What I found was amazing. Each dorm or 5000 sq ft “hall” had its own sport. From the outside of each hall, I could see each individual sport: volleyball, basketball, swimming, all of them; and of course… I finally found what I was looking for: weightlifting.

Now, many of you know, weightlifting is a primary sport in almost every country except the USA. All the “other” sports had a common facility in which to complete their resistance training. The “other sports” resistance training room obviously contained more equipment than any ‘normal’ gym. Its inventory was similar to an ‘ordinary’ gym with squat racks, dumbbells, cable machines, leg extension and leg curl machines.

However, in the weightlifting gym, the entire hall was dedicated to Explosive Lifting and athletic development. Only weightlifting athletes could train in this hall. What a completely awesome facility. Equipment was everywhere. I hadn’t had this feeling since I was eight year old. Do you remember running into the family room on Christmas morning when you were a kid? Lights, presents, cookies, milk and it was all for you? OK… now we are on the same page…

The Weightlifting Training Hall had it all. There were sixteen platforms in total. Most of them were equipped with video-taping and immediate athlete feedback on a 32″ flat panel tv.

I had to leave the lifting gym and go for a walk before my head started to spin. I mean… this was the pinnacle of performance, right? Sometimes only the top 5% of athletes in our nation would see this stuff.

As I started to walk around campus, I was even more impressed. Each hall is adorned with a bronze statue on each corner, all about 4 ft tall. Lucky for me, Coach Newton was with me and was able to explain who each athlete was and which medal they had won in the Olympic Games.

All of the past Olympic Champions who were cast had claimed Colorado Springs as home during their tenure as a “resident athlete.” Some for only a year, and some for as long as 6-8 years. There may have been 2 statues or 32 statues, but it wasn’t important to me. What was important was the incredible feeling of success and ambition that was in the air.

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Do You Know Jesus Christ?

Do You Know Jesus Christ?

Do You Know Jesus Christ?

Here is a little bit of Sunday humor for you.

The original author is unknown.

An older nun who was living in a convent next to a construction site noticed the coarse language of the workers and decided to spend some time with them to correct their ways.

She decided she would take her lunch, sit with the workers and talk with them. She put her sandwich in a brown bag and walked over to the spot where the men were eating.

Sporting a big smile, she walked up to the group and asked, “Do you men know Jesus Christ?”

They shook their heads in confusion and looked at each other. One of the workers looked up into the steelworks and yelled out, “Anybody up there know Jesus Christ?”

One of the steelworkers yelled down, “Why?”

The worker yelled back, “Cause his wife’s here with his lunch.”

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Townies Pizzeria and Deli

Townies Pizzeria and Deli

Townies Pizzeria and Deli

Townies Pizzeria and Deli is as much about lifestyle as it is creating fabulous recipes for their pizzas, subs, wings and dogs. Located in the old Papa John’s location across 8th Street from Winn Dixie in Fernandina Beach, these guys deliver. No literally, they deliver until the wee hours of the morning when they quit serving and often you will see them delivering their great food on a bicycle or even a skateboard. But, don’t just leave it for delivery! All of their walls are painted by artist Dave Nackashi, and he has a few pieces of original works for sale.

Robert Misso and John Seifert have been making pizza pies together for ten years and along with Dave, they are giving Amelia Island a fresh new twist on pizzeria foods. Another member of the team is Zack who takes a lot of ribbing from his peers about his modeling career which led to the nickname and tag line: Zack the Fury – his pizza is hot! Other items on the menu include PB and J pizza, wings, and The Chiz, a sloppy Joe. Many of their specialities are named after their friends. They are always creating new stuff to try so be sure to ask about their underground pizzas such as the Dirty Dina!

Bring your family along to order take-out. While you wait for your food that is made with fresh ingredients found at our local Farmer’s Market your invited to play Polish Horseshoes, Connect Four, Badminton, Jenga or other games. Family oriented, they even offer complementary Kool-aid and freezer pops for the kids! They even offer 52 cent pizzas to “Truckers” and there may be ample room to park a semi there, but none have stopped in to take advantage of that bargain yet!

Townies is community minded and help to support local surfers with the Eastern Surfing Association. They offer special pricing to local schools and discounts those who work in the service industry with their paycheck stub. They even have a special dog friendly pizza… and on Friday and Saturday nights you’ll find them serving hungry fans of Cotton Eye Joe’s from midnight until about 2:00 AM in the morning.

Stop by Townies Pizzeria and Deli or give them a call at (904) 277-4755. Be sure to check back soon here on SearchAmelia for their downloadable menu!

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In Search of Me Cafe Has Local Roots

Get in touch with your friends

A little less than a year ago local video entrepreneur Stan Cottle registered a web domain called and started to work on a message for and with teenagers dealing with issues of finding themselves in an increasingly complicated world and with an international flavor of exchanging thoughts on cultural differences.

Last Wednesday night at the monthly European American Business Club meeting, Stan took the idea and concept to the one club in the area, whose interaction is based on international networking, especially since qualification to become a club member is met by sheer interest in global issues. And frankly, the audience of some 45 club members got an impressive visual taste of the progress of the now global movement, with “Bureaus” in the US and initiatives sprouting up in Belgium, Kenya and soon the Czech Republic. Stan Cottle would like to see the discussion go around the globe with bureaus in many countries on all continents.

After the United Nations invited Stan to discuss the project on a larger scale as it is spreading its wings to a larger audience, Stan decided to take the idea that has grass roots right here in the Southeastern US, to the rapidly growing EABC network for a qualified input.
In a 20 minute video, obviously the main medium in the communication approach of the program, the audience became excited with the potential. Video works well in today’s global interaction, and Stan Cottle’s format was to the point and fully explanatory of the objectives. The website calls the medium and message “edutainment”, which is in today’s world about the only correct approach to get a message across; the longer term objective of the website being to expand into a global educational entertainment exchange for teenagers finding themselves through cultural exchange.

The format operates inside of a café (Gourmet Gourmet in our video) with a 20-ish barista being the moderator to a group of connected teens, one topic at a time.
In front of the cameras were teenagers questioning teenagers and the recent teenage experience of the moderator, while behind the cameras was the experience that knew exactly how to catch the small nuances of quick glances, mutual recognition and silent facial exchanges on video.

Well done and kudos to Stan Cottle for undertaking a very worthwhile project with a timely carrying capacity as the internet brings new generations quicker and closer together than ever. Just as travel has to be “edutainment” to be important, so does the journey of finding yourself.

SEC Week Three Picks

SEC Week Three Picks

SEC Week Three Picks

Week two of college football is over and we learned a little this week. Florida struggled for the first half against South Florida, FSU was taught a few things by Oklahoma, Georgia showed that they weren’t quite prepared for a Steve Spurrier driven South Carolina team and Tennessee didn’t handle an Oregon team that perhaps is better than anyone predicted this season.

Our third week of SEC (and FSU) football pics are sponsored by Halftime Sports Bar and Grill on 8th Street in Fernandina Beach. If you haven’t been there yet, you should stop by. They have boxes that let you control the sound of the game you want to hear conveniently at your table!

This week’s celebrity guest is Neal Gupton, the drummer from the rockin’ trio, Blistur. Blistur is currently preparing for their upcoming CD release concert and party that will be held in Jacksonville, Florida in late October. We will bring you the latest details as they become available, but it looks like they will be filming a music video at the event. The rumors I am hearing is the event will be near Halloween and concert goers are encouraged to dress up for the occasion. Who knows? You may just be featured in their music video!

Go Dawgs! Sic ’em, woof, woof, woof!

Here are the results from week two’s games:

Halftime Sports Pub 20
Rowlands Upholstery 17
Eric Childers 20
Stanton Studs 17
Lawrence Mackie 17
Han Ramakers 14
Celebrity Picks 13

Games Halftime Sports Pub Rowlands Upholster Eric Childers Stanton Studs Lawrence Mackie Han Ramakers Neal Gupton
Alabama VS Duke Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Duke Alabama
Arkansas VS UGA Georgia Arkansas Georgia Arkansas Georgia Georgia Georgia
Auburn VS Clemson Auburn Auburn Clemson Auburn Clemson Auburn Auburn
Florida VS Tenn. Florida Florida Florida Florida Tenn. Florida Tenn.
Kentucky VS Akron Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky
Ole Miss VS Vandy Ole Miss Ole Miss Ole Miss Ole Miss Vandy Ole Miss Ole Miss
SC VS Furman SC SC SC SC SC SC Furman

Paleo Meatballs

Paleo Meatballs

Paleo Meatballs

Here is a healthy recipe for Paleo style meatballs contributed by Club 14 Fitness. Paleo is a style of eating and meal preparation that is based on the foods our ancestors ate before bleached and enriched grains, processed foods and other conveniences of the industrial revolution that changed the American diet. (Think Caveman Diet!)

This recipe really does sound tasty!


1/2 lb ground beef
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup almond flour
3 cups baby spinach
1 tsp dijon mustard (optional)
2 Tbs tomato paste
2 Tbs sage
1 sweet potato, medium
Olive oil


Preheat oven to 350.

Place spinach in bowl and cover with boiling water for 2 minutes.

Drain, removing as much liquid as possible. Chop well.

Place spinach in bowl with beef, salt, almond flour, mustard, tomato paste and sage. Combine well.

Roll into 1-inch balls and place on an oven proof baking tray lined with baking paper.

Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a frying pan for deep frying.

Place a small handful of sweet potato ribbons in pan and fry for 2-3 minutes until slighly browned.

Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining sweet potato ribbons.

To serve, place ribbons on plate & top with meatballs.

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Sounds on Centre 2010 Finale

Sounds on Centre Fernandina BeachFernandina Beach, FL – Sounds On Centre (SOC), presented by the Historic Fernandina Business Association (HFBA) will cap the 2010 event series with a special 2 hour New Orleans style Second Line Jazz and Dixieland Street Celebration. The musical artist will feature world renowned jazz musician/drummer, Les DeMerle and a 6 piece, All Star cast including Bonnie Eisele. In addition, Navy TGIF 7 piece Dixieland band will perform with DeMerle and his all stars.

This free community concert is a joint effort between the HFBA and the Amelia Island Jazz Festival which officially runs from Oct. 3 – 10, 2010. Raffle drawings will be held during the event and among the top prizes will be tickets to headliners Ramsey Lewis in Concert. In addition, there will be many other prizes valued at $80-$100 each, donated by community businesses and retailers. The HFBA will offer a special commemorative t-shirt for the Sounds on Centre finale. All proceeds from the raffle and sales of t-shirts go directly to funding the SOC community event.

The Historic Fernandina Business Association is a not-for-profit organization with over 60 business members primarily in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. As an organization, its mission is to promote the downtown business district of Fernandina Beach as well as the vibrancy of our city.

Sounds On Centre plays a vital role in the enrichment of our community spirit through music and song while also promoting our city and local businesses.

Event Date: Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 – 6pm to 8pm

Location: Downtown Fernandina Beach, on Centre Street between Front & 2nd streets.

For More Information Contact: Loren Lum at 904-321-1605.

2010 Relay For Life

2010 Relay For Life

2010 Relay For Life

We are two weeks away from the 2010 American Cancer Society Relay for Life Fundraiser for Fernandina Beach and Yulee teams to begin on October 2 and run through the night at Yulee High School.

Many of our local businesses and non porofit organization will be spending the night at the track while at least one member of each team walks the track at all times as a sign of continuous support for anyone who has been touched by cancer.

If you are unable to attend you can still help out with a donation from your business, group of friends, personally or other organization. Donate for yourself or donate on behalf of friends and relatives that may have or have had cancer. CLICK HERE for a link to donate to the Fernandina Pirate’s Relay for Life team.

By taking part in Relay For Life®, you have a chance to join 3.5 million people from across the country to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that takes too much. At the same time, you will be helping to raise much needed funds and awareness to support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save more lives.

At the event in Yulee, there is an incredible ceremony to celebrate cancer survivors and caregivers that starts off the night, and a moving ceremony to honor and remember those who have fought the disease. If you jave never asttended, Relay for Life is a life-changing experience. It’s a night full of fun, hope, and remembrance.

Whether it is through a friend, family member, the neighbor down the street, or your own personal experience, we have all been touched by cancer in some way. Together, we have the power to help create a world where cancer can no longer claim another year of anyone’s life.

Free Ice Cream September 30th

Kate's Creation: Caramel ice cream mixed with chocolate shavings, graham cracker pie crust and apple pie filling.

For the month of September, Cold Stone Creamery has teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. One special little girl’s wish to be the Tastemaster behind the 9th Annual World’s Largest Ice Cream Social is about to come true…

Thursday, September 30, 2010 from 5-8 PM, Cold Stone Creameries nationwide will be serving 3oz. portions of Kate’s Creation (left), absolutely free!

“Kate, 11, is the Junior Tastemaster behind this year’s Make-A-Wish Creation. She asked the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant her wish to design the Creation that ice cream lovers around the nation would savor during Make-A-Wish Month at Cold Stone. Kate’s wish took place at our Arizona headquarters where she spent the day learning the sweet science of creating ice cream. Take a look at Kate’s wish day and don’t forget to be a part of her wish all September long.” ColdStoneCreameryHQ

Go here to watch Kate meet Cold Stone Creamery’s expert taste testers who assist her in mastering her very own tasty creation.

Go here to visit Kate’s web page, where you can read more about her story and leave warm words of encouragement.

Visit any Cold Stone Creamery store and show your support for the Make-A-Wish Foundation by purchasing a Make-A-Wish paper star for just a dollar! An estimated 85% of all donations in September will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Come Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day 2010

Fernandina Pirates Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day 2010

Have you seen this Fernandina Pirate?

Cap’n Slappy and Ol’ Chum Bucket claimed the 19th day, of the ninth month, be declared as a day of international celebration. And so it was written in ink and sealed with wax and delivered to Sir Dave Berry whose loose pen spread the news across the seas. As it was written, so it was done.

This coming Sunday, just before the bell tolls 11 times, a crew of scallawags, sailors and wenches will come ashore the Isle of Eight Flags to establish the town’s celebration. They will set up their camp along side the well traveled path called Centre, in a small park where the waft of coffee beans linger in the air.

Young men whom not yet sprout hair on their chin, as well as their worthy sisters, may earn small treasures dare they brave the task to be taught the ways of a pirate. A map will be shared for those adventurous enough to seek untold wealth and discover hidden treasures. For the fiercest of souls there will be laid out a display of weapons to thrill citizens of all ages and abilities.

Brush up on your pirate tongue and find ye own pirate name at this clever location we pillaged from the infamous Ol’ Chumbucket’s personal parchment.

Founded in 1973, members of the Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc., help keep alive the role pirates played in Amelia Island’s history. Originally formed to promote the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, “Always Held the First Weekend in May”, the pirates are active in supporting many local charities, including their presentation of a Pirate Scholarship to a graduating Nassau County high school senior each year.

They are often found spilling the blood of Land Lubbers at Pirate’s Blood Drives, dancing in the streets at Sounds on Centre, entertaining and teaching pirate history at any of our local schools, or handily helping out with Habitat for Humanity. The Pirates are so active in charitable events in fact, they have received proclamations from both Nassau County and the City of Fernandina Beach declaring them as our community’s “Goodwill Ambassadors to the World.”

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3 Locals to Surf The Easterns Grand Finals

3 Locals to Surf The Easterns Grand Finals

Easterns Grand Finals

Our local surf shop, the Pipeline, has three of their Pipeline Team Riders heading to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina September 19 – 26th, for The Easterns, an “invitation only” contest based on their Eastern Surfing Association Regional Rankings.

The Eastern Surfing Association Mission Statement: “The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) is dedicated to the sport of amateur surfing, to the operation of a program of amateur competition for surfers of all ages and abilities, and to the establishment and preservation of free access to a clean shoreline and ocean environment. It was founded in 1967 by East Coast surfers to promote, preserve, and protect the sport of surfing on the East Coast.”

This year Pipeline Surf Shop has some of the best talent on the East Coast representing Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Team Captain Kevin Leary will be in the Grand Master division, Nick Isabella (ERGO) will be in the mens, and Walter Obszarski (HIC) will be in the Junior Mens.

ESA contests are organized at the grassroots, district level on a year round basis. Each District conducts four or more contests per year, and each year the ESA has over 150 competitions along the entire East Coast. From the local District level top finishers are invited to advance to Region competition (of which there are three), then the top finishers in those championship events are invited to the The Easterns® held each September at Cape Hatteras N.C. This is the official championship of the East Coast of the United States and is now in its 4th decade!

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Cover the Town with Sound

Cover the Town with Sound

Cover the Town with Sound

The Mouth of Amelia invites you to a special free concert, “Cover the Town with Sound,” presented by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra featuring a string quintet from the Symphony!

WHEN: Sunday afternoon, September 19, 2010 at 3:00 PM.

WHERE: Amelia Plantation Chapel, 1450 Bowman Road, Amelia Island (incorrectly listed in some of the media as at another venue.)

WHAT: This is a free 45 minute concert presented by five members of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, playing an assortment of music for strings. Similar concerts are being presented simultaneously all over the Jacksonville area this Sunday afternoon to encourage music lovers to attend concerts in the regular season. We are fortunate to have one of the concerts right here on our own island!!

WHY: These concerts are the Symphony’s gift to the greater Jacksonville community to thank people for supporting the JSO in the past, to foster community pride, and to introduce the new 2010-2011 symphony season.

COST: Free and open to the public!

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2nd Annual Y Kids Tri

2nd Annual Y Kids Tri

2nd Annual Y Kids Tri

The McArthur Family YMCA presents the 2nd Annual Y Kids Tri on Sunday, September 29th from 6:30 to 9:30 AM.

On September 19, children ages 4 to 13 will be able to experience the thrill of a triathlon right here in Fernandina Beach at the local YMCA.

This is their 2nd Annual Y Kids Tri and it includes swimming, running and biking at the Y and in Amelia Park off of Citrona Drive. If you drive in that area please watch for children this Sunday morning.

Ages 4-7
Swim = 25 yards
Bike = 1 mile
Run = 0.25 mile

Ages 8-10
Swim = 50 yards
Bike = 2 miles
Run = 0.5 miles

Ages 11-13
Swim = 100 yards
Bike = 3 miles
Run = 1 mile

Registration forms are available on the Wellness board at the YMCA, but there is limited space, so register early! There will be a pancake breakfast served after the event!

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A Frugal Blog Spotlight

Brilliant Money Saving Ideas

From experience I can tell you that comparing grocery deals can be way more burdensome than beneficial, especially with the time and gas it takes to compare ad fliers, drive to the different stores and scrounge to find any relevant coupons. That’s why I shop around for the best grocery store prices and coupon match-ups in the comfort of my own home on my computer and still save more money than I ever had before on groceries.

The grocery budget for my family of five is $50 per week. The budget includes all food and beverages (e.g. meat, dairy, produce, bread, nonperishable items, etc.) needed for an entire week.  The allowance also includes starting and replenishing stockpiles of things I know my family will use, like rice, cereal, juice and canned veggies. (Did I mention that three of the five are picky eaters?) My secret to keeping within the weekly budget isn’t just buying generic products or simply going without. More times than not, it’s buying at least $100 worth of groceries for only $50 out of pocket. How do I do this, you might ask? Research. Coupons. And a little help from my favorite frugal blog.

My number one, go-to frugal website for finding grocery deals is none other than  In my opinion, this website is by far the best resource in the Southeast for planning out your grocery trips. Jenny Martin, the author and founder of the site, mostly focuses on grocery store deals and other deal alerts for various places you can pick up food and beverage items. She is also a stay-at-home parent of three and was once an amateur “couponer” herself, so all of her advice about saving money is that which she would take herself.

Southernsavers has recently done some major renovations, and I must say, the finished product is a website that is ridiculously easy to navigate. At the top, there are sea green colored tabs for Printable Coupons, coupon Tutorials, coupon Workshops and Jenny’s newest endeavor, the Coupon Database (somewhat resembling the infamously intimidating coupon trading system at, only on a much smaller, less intimidating scale). Just below the larger tabs are the smaller, pale green, store tabs (you can’t miss them). They are all lined up, and separated into Grocery Store Deals and Drug Store Deals. The grocery store tabs on immediate display include only the most popular ones. For those, you’ll find Bi-Lo, Harris Teeter, Kroger, Publix, Target and “Other” all lined up. If you click on “Other”, you’ll find Food Lion and Winn-Dixie among a cluster of other, lesser-known grocers. For drug store deals, you’ll just find the major three: CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens.

The types of posts made for each store vary. For instance, I clicked on the “Publix”  tab today and several different posts came up, including links to Printable Kraft Coupons, Menu Ideas based on this week’s sale ad, and then the plain old sale ad. Though I found that if you want to skip certain types of posts, you can hover over the store tab (instead of clicking it), and the different sub-categories (if there are any) magically appear below your curser. Keep hovering, then click on the type of post you want to read, and voila!

Not only does SouthernSavers provide each store’s weekly ad in bullet-point format, it also includes, right under each and every sale item, a full list of coupons to use. The types of coupons listed include the Sunday paper coupons, printable coupons (my favorite, because I don’t buy the paper), All You magazine coupons and even coupons found in various brochures that stores put on display. This site is the reason I have two subscriptions to the All You magazine. Navigate the grocery deals for five minutes, and you’ll see what I mean! Jenny even includes posts on extra, rock-bottom deals based on coupons.  It’s unbelievable until you get your first freebie. Her penny-wise advice literally comes from every angle.

When it comes down to it, yes, I love this blog for its simplicity and unique formatting. But I have to admit, what keeps me coming back each week isn’t just the style of the site, its that distinctly exhaustive, budget-enabling type of information that SouthernSavers provides on a daily basis.

Want to start saving money on groceries now? Here are a few quick links to get you started:

Harris Teeter
Food Lion

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