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April Fool’s Day Prank Ideas

April Fool's Day Prank IdeasApril Fool’s Day or All Fools Day is celebrated on April 1st of each year. This is a day celebrated with practical jokes and good-natured fooling around.

My first two kids are 16 months apart, so when the next April Fool’s Day rolled around about six months after our second child was born, my husband told his mother that I was pregnant, yet again. He waited about two hours before he exclaimed, “April Fools!”

Here are a few prank ideas to get your creative juices flowing for a fun filled April Fool’s Day of your own:

    -Unplug you workmate’s keyboard or mouse.
    -Call a meeting to be held in your manager’s office at 2:00 PM, but don’t tell your manager!
    -Put up a strategically placed “Wet Paint” sign.
    -Fake snakes and bugs are fun!
    -Set the clocks forward in your house one hour. When the rest of the family or your roommate awakens they will think they are running late.
    -Tuck a piece of chalk into the pads of your teacher’s chalkboard eraser.
    -Switch, or simply loosen, the salt and pepper shakers lids.
    -Switch the coffee to decaf!

Be on the lookout today, you just might be the target of someone else’s prank!

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Early Registration for Summer Arts Camp

Early Registration for Summer Arts CampEarly registration for Summer Arts Camp at Amelia Arts Academy ends on April 10th. Until then, you can register at last year’s price, which is $115 per week, or $500 for any five weeks.

If you choose the 5 week package, you do not have to choose which weeks of camp you’d like to register for until the schedule is released. On April 10th, the detailed schedule will be released and at that time the price per week will be $150 or $600 for any five weeks.

Amelia Arts Academy is only accepting 20 students per week this year, and they have lots of unique activities and special guests planned!

If you have any questions, or would like to enroll, call the Arts Academy at (904) 277-1225.

Thanks for making Amelia Arts Academy’s Northeast Florida’s Premier Summer Arts Camp the Best in Jax 4 Kids for two years straight! This year will be the best yet!!!

The Fulfillment of Living in More than One World

As little Liam Left his One Dimensional World of the Womb

Last night we were a family in anticipation of the delivery of a new grand baby, and our daughter’s father, my wife’s ex-husband, came down from Wisconsin to await the arrival of the newborn with us. Most of our friends and acquaintances already know that he and I are friends and partners in music, so for him to stay at our home is absolutely normal. Her dad had scheduled about 10 days for the happy event to take place and then go back up North for work. Ten days however turned out not to be enough, so he was wondering whether to go back and risk the chance of missing the entire experience or staying longer. I told him to ask himself what would matter more to him 2 years from now. He stayed.

I am writing this story as our daughter is finally in the delivery room trying to make sense of contractions that seem to ravage her little body every couple of minutes. The nurse apparently told her to envision a cake with fifty burning candles and slowly blow out each and every one of them to avert the contraction pains. It’s a new world for me. In itself not that alarming or surprising, as I have wandered through many different worlds in my lifetime. And what I have found is that people who are only living in one world are mostly unhappy.

These days, from the time we wake up to the time we go to sleep, we make important decisions on what we will pay attention to. I am not talking about the attention we pay to our work and our clients—the things that are vital to our organization’s success and our economic well-being. I am talking, instead, about what can be referred to as our inner life.   Our inner life expands or shrinks in direct proportion to what we focus on. It’s an existential choice; that is, we are responsible for how we spend our time. This is important because our inner life ultimately defines who we are as a person—independent of titles, job functions or which step we occupy on the corporate success ladder. Jobs can come and go, businesses can start and end, but who we become in the process is what lasts a lifetime.

It’s true that in our highly charged, digital existence, there is, realistically for most of us, only a small amount of time left for discretionary attention. And in this life crunch, the thing that often gets pushed aside is the fitness of our inner life—our family, our personal relationships, our health and our spirituality. It is these thoughts that go through my head at 2 am, while taking a break from that brutally beautiful process going on inside the delivery room; a process that procreates life on earth as the result of love between two young adults, who intentionally set out to build a family.

I don’t know how other people react to the experience of birth, but it inspires me to pay more attention to my inner life, as I suddenly realize that in recent years I have come dreadfully close to becoming what Peter Drucker called “a knowledge worker” who is severely at risk of living in a one dimensional world. I have always lived a multi dimensional life far beyond the virtual or actual walls of a work life. Now I realize that getting older is a bad excuse for moving to a one dimensional existence.

A total life really is one that includes work, friends, family, professional colleagues and affiliation groups; in short, a life that is rich, diversified and fulfilling. The secret to achieving this is by living in more than one world, enjoying a diversity of interests, activities, acquaintances and pursuits.   I am also realizing with great clarity that “charity begins at home.” Don’t get me wrong, being charitable is worthy but you have to balance what you give to others, whether in volunteering, mentoring, or spending hours answering strangers’ e-mail requests, with the actual time you spend with those closest to you. I realize that I need to make some adjustments to the time scale.

On another level I am also deeply aware of the emotional footprint I leave on relationships. A growing number of us is concerned about the carbon footprint we leave on our environment without much consideration for the other kind of footprint: the emotional one that we may unwittingly leave on our relationships when we show up stressed, harried and distracted—consumed by our work and the business. If this describes you, resolve to make some changes. It’s a question of managing your moods so that they don’t spill over from the office to the living room, or worse the bedroom.

Also I vow to try and not keep scores anymore. Attention on any given day is in limited supply. It takes more effort to hold a grudge, for a real or imaginary slight—to remember who did what, or who didn’t do what, or for what reason—than it does to blow it away. I will do my best to patch up what went wrong and if, despite a sincere effort, there is no improvement, I will push delete and purge all old stuff that is cluttering my life’s inbox. And while I’m at it, make room for new people too.

There is a new person in my life and as I welcome little Liam into this multi leveled diversified life, after 9 months in a one dimensional world, I hope he will pursue an enriching life in many worlds. I hope he will put his foot on the brakes at regular intervals, take stock of his life and where his life is taking him. Consider if a shift in priorities is necessary and which activities need to be abandoned or scaled back. And above all, I hope that as he looks into the future, he will consider those who share his present life, at whatever stage his life happens to be.

Chrysler’s turnaround guy Lee Iacocca said once: “No matter what you’ve done for yourself or for humanity, if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?”

A Farm to Table Experience at the Ritz Carlton

Farm to Table Chef Michel Nischan is not a stranger to Amelia Island either

Farm to Table is a restaurant concept that in recent years has become easily abused by cliché restaurants. Not so however for Thomas Tolxdorf, executive chef at the Amelia Island Ritz-Carlton. For him it is a culinary philosophy that he has ingrained into his team from the day he came to the island. Freshness, quality, regionally grown, and seasonally correct are words the chefs at the Ritz live by every day. And frankly that is no small task given the amount of fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood the chefs order weekly for this oceanfront, luxury resort.

Our friend Michel Nischan introduced the concept several years ago when he opened The Dressing Room, with partner/actor Paul Newman in Westport Connecticut. I fondly remember our conversations about the concept and his Wholesome Wave Foundation when he was on Amelia Island for the 2009 Pétanque America Open.

Chef Thomas Tolxdorf has embraced this concept and philosophy for as many years and considers having a personal relationship with growers, essential. He explains, “We visit farms first hand to see how they grow their produce and discuss future trends. Now our farmers and fish purveyors gather at our restaurant to experience how their product looks on a Ritz-Carlton plate.”

And because these interactions are not only educational, but also fun, The Ritz Carlton decided to organize a Meet The Farmers celebration served The Ritz-Carlton style, open to anyone who appreciates sinful indulgence created from from the source to the table.

On Friday, April 8, Café 4750 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island presents a Farmer Dinner at 6:30 p.m. The event begins with a casual reception with hors d’oeuvres to meet and mingle with the farmers, seafood purveyors and chefs. It’s the perfect opportunity to get answers and tips from the experts. Everyone will want to sample the appetizer buffet with shrimp and other local seafood, farm-fresh vegetables, regional meats, honey, and house made charcuterie. Save room for the seasonal menu served family-style that includes local trigger fish, Berkshire pork variations and a bounty of fresh vegetables with house made dips. The menu also includes three servings of Columbia Valley organic wines paired for dinner. Each course is introduced by our chef and a grower. The celebration concludes with a trio of citrus based delectable delights from the pastry chefs.
At only $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity and Reservations are required. In style the Ritz offers complimentary valet parking. For more information and reservations, please call 904.277.1100, ext 1010.

For those who would like to familiarize themselves with The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island:  The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is Northeast Florida’s premiere oceanfront resort with 444 guest rooms overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Known for its unique natural beauty and warm Southern charm, this luxury resort is home to the award-winning restaurant, Salt, and The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Amelia Island, named one of the top spas in the world by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler.
Just 3 weeks ago the Ritz Carlton was host to the world-renown Concours d’Elégance, accommodating classic cars enthusiasts and collectors from around the Globe.

Criminal Background Checks on the Unemployed?

Crime and the Unemployed

We’ve got an employment problem here in the U.S. The economy is still sputtering in spite of the regional stimulus effects, many Americans are still out of work and a large number of them are willing to take just about any gig they can get, so incomes have not even been adjusted to inflationary effects. And then there are those who are being blocked from gainful employment by their real or “imagined” criminal past. You may not think that that is worth writing about but once you realize that one in four adults in America – around 65 million citizens – have an arrest or conviction in their past that is likely to show up during a routine criminal background check, you know that the issue is turning into a problem.

When potential employers dig into that criminal past what they find can end a job search or lose potential workers a gig in one of the hardest job markets in recent memory.
Since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, yes it’s almost 10 years ago, this country has been at war and criminal background checks intended to uncover everything from arrests on dismissed or expunged charges to misdemeanor and felony convictions have become a common part of the job application process in the private sector.
A 2010 survey by Society for Human Resources Management found that 90 percent of its member firms routinely check a job applicants’ background.

There’s a burgeoning criminal background check industry that has signed up everyone from office cleaning and retail merchandise delivery services to pizza delivery companies, with many reportedly using a “Why aren’t you checking backgrounds like your competitors?” pitch to lure new customers.

But, contrary to the popular belief that once a criminal always a criminal, what’s never mentioned is the growing body of evidence suggesting that after as few as three years –- depending on the person’s age and original crime — people released from prison are no more likely than the general population to commit more crime. You see, having been convicted of smoking pot, gets you a record, as does “stealing” a Christmas tree during the season.

But guess what is the major problem of those returning to some form of crime? Yes, a major factor in those prisoners potentially returning to jail is the failure to find legitimate work. Which is why a growing number of nonprofit agencies and corrections departments across the country are trying to help “ex-cons” get jobs.

And now America is asked the big question if it is right that ALL unemployed workers have to undergo criminal background checks?
Be careful how you answer this question, because a conviction for an alleged crime is potentially in everyone’s future, whether it’s traffic related, white collar or just another misdemeanor taking out of proportion.
Of course  I am not talking about heinous, premeditated crimes that result in abuse, armed robberies, murder, kidnapping etc. But if all unemployed need to be background checked, we may need another system of being judged by 12 of your peers, which of course would be employment creation, albeit without any productive value.

Tools of the Fitness Instructor

Tools of the Fitness Instructor

Tools of the Fitness Instructor

Week eight’s circuit training for the Forever Fit Challenge at CLUB 14 FITNESS on Amelia Island is now complete. In reviewing all of the footage from the 2011 series, I realize there are many sadistic tools of the trade when you are a Fitness Instructor!

The group is losing weight and with cash prizes on the line, many have become secretive about their losses in anticipation of this week’s final weigh-in of the challenge.

Week eight focused on cardio and they spent their final hour of group circuit training with their hearts pounding, melting the fat away!

Here is the final circuit training video for the 2011 contest.

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Check back next week for contest results and a recap of their journey, including some dynamic before and after images!

Old Town Bicentennial Celebration Reminder

Old Town Bicentennial Celebration Old Town Fernandina is celebrating a bicentennial on Saturday, April 2, 2011, on Amelia Island.

Their website states the reasons for this wonderrful event, “In 1811, two events took place in Old Town Fernandina that were milestones in the development of today’s City of Fernandina Beach. On January 1, the name of the Spanish Amelia Island Military Post and the town that had grown up around it was renamed Fernandina. The decree, issued by Enrique White, the Spanish Governor of the Spanish Province of East Florida, was issued on December 24, 1810, and named the town for Spain’s King Ferdinand VII.

On May 11, 1811 Jose Estrada, White’s successor as Governor instructed his Surveyor-General George F Clarke to plat the town according to the Spanish Law of the Indies. Other US cities have used the same plan include Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Los Angeles. Fernandina was the last to be so platted, and according to the University of Florida ‘the Old Town grid remains as one of the last and purest examples of the Law of the Indies planning Edict of 1573.’

In 1811, Old Fernandina was booming as it profited from being close to the United States, but not subject to its laws. Smuggling and Slave-Trading were the mainstays of its economy. As the US grew in international stature, it became increasingly obvious that Washington could not allow Amelia Island and Fernandina to remain in foreign hands. The next 10 years saw much of Fernandina’s colorful history as five of the island’s eight flags were raised and lowered, but in 1821, when Florida became a US Territory much of this ‘economic stimulus’ was removed.”

There is plenty of entertainment lined up including a Pirate Invasion, music by Dan Voll, Flamenco Dancers, the Island Chamber Singers, Silviu Ciulei Trio and more…

Schedule of Events:

    Fort to Fort Run (5K) 8:30 AM
    Official Opening 10:00 AM
    Pirate Invasion 10:15 AM
    Nature of Old Town 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM
    Sail Boat Race On The River 10:30 AM
    Vignettes of History 11 AM and 1:30 PM
    Pirate School 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
    Story Teller (Jane Wood) 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM
    Spanish/Music/Dance 1:00 – 5:00 PM
    Spanish Choral Music 2:00 – 2:45 PM
    Captain’s Homes, Cottages Tours 10:30-3:30 PM
    Walking tours 10:30-3:00 PM

From 10:00 AM, Archeological dig, Bosque Bello Tour, Petanca by the Plaza, Music, Pirate weapons display, Vendors.

Home Tours – $12.00. Tickets available at the Museum of History and Lindy’s on Centre Street.

Bosque Bello Tours – $10.00, on sale at the library.

Second Annual Palmetto Walk Artisan Show

Second Annual Palmetto Walk Artisan ShowThe Mouth of Amelia invites you to the Second Annual Palmetto Walk Artisan Show presented by The Island Sisters Artisans.

WHEN: This coming Saturday, April 2 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

WHERE: On the porch at Palmetto Walk Shopping Area, First Coast Highway, Amelia Island

WHAT: Handicrafts include: picture frames, teraniums, dyed clothing, jewelry, hand stamped gift cards, knitted baby blankets, Easter baskets, gift bags, glassware and plenty more for everyone. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Nassau Humane Society!

WHO: A group of local artisans who enjoy working together and producing lovely things!

COST: Free and open to the public.

Fort to Fort 5K Family Walk and Fun Run

Fort to Fort 5K Family Walk and Fun RunKick off the Old Town Bicentennial with a 5K walk or run! In keeping with the celebrations, this “fort to-fort” starts at the site of Fort San Carlos in Old Town, to Fort Clinch, and back.

This is an untimed fun run, with no race results or awards, but a clock will be posted at the finish line.

Registration is only $15.00 and you get an official Bicentennial T-shirt and refreshments at the finish.

For more information visit AmeliaIslandRunners.com.

Miss Shrimp Festival 2011 Scholarship Pageant

2010 Miss Shrimp Festival

2010 Miss Shrimp Festival

Fernandina Beach, FL – Contestant rehearsals for the Miss Shrimp Festival 2011 Scholarship Pageant, sponsored by the Hampton Inn & Suites, Amelia Island, “Historic Harbor Front Hotel”, will be held weekly, beginning with the organizational meeting and rehearsal on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 6:30 pm at the Bean School of Dance, 25 North 3rd Street in Fernandina Beach. The pageant winner will be awarded a $1,000 Scholarship during the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival on Friday evening, April 29, 2011.

The pageant is open to high school juniors and seniors residing in Nassau County. Eligible participants may attend high school in another county or be home-schooled. The 4-page application packet may be downloaded from www.shrimpfestival.com. Contestants will be accepted until April 10, 2011.

If you would like to participate and/or you have any questions, please call Barbara Book, Pageant Choreographer at 904-583-1770 or Sandy Price, Shrimp Festival Executive Director at 904-206-0756. Please leave a message with your phone number if the call is answered by voice mail.

Free Checking at First Federal Bank of Florida

Free Checking at First Federal Bank of Florida

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Enroll in First Federal’s Community Rewards Program and help the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival.

Not a First Federal customer? Not a problem! Open a FREE checking account, visa debit card, and enroll in the program.

    -Completely FREE Checking
    -Discover Premium Checking earning 1.10% APY
    -Elite Premium Cash Management earning 1.49% APY
    -3 year Option Rewards CD earning 2.52% Blended Rate
    -5 year Option Rewards CD earning 3.29% Blended Rate

Every time you use your First Federal Visa Debit Card as a signature based transaction, First Federal will donate $1.00 to the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival to reach the goal of $5,000.00.

For more information, call Kim at 904-321-1226.

Also, for the month of April when you open a new checking account you will receive a copy of Deb Cottle’s book, Success Simplified, absolutely FREE!

Two local locations for your convenience:

Yulee Branch (corner of Chester Road and A1A)
Fernandina Beach Branch (Across from K-Mart on Amelia Island)

Island Chamber Singers Present Pairs and Spares

Island Chamber Singers Present Pairs and Spares

Island Chamber Singers

“Pairs and Spares” is presented by the Island Chamber Singers with Director Jane Lindberg.

Mouth of Amelia tells us of two opportunities to catch this concert of classical works.

WHEN: Friday, April 1, 2011 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 3:00 PM. A reception will be held immediately following the Friday Evening concert in the Fellowship Hall.

WHERE: Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Road, Amelia Island

WHAT: A concert of classical works, paired with their counterparts from another era, from the Renaissance to the 21st Century!! A few pieces have no “pairs”, hence the “spares!”

WHO: Jane Lindberg will conduct the Island Chamber Singers and a small orchestra of organ, strings, trumpet and timpani!

COST: Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students and free for children under 5. Tickets may be purchased at both AIFBY Chamber of Commerce locations (102 Centre Street and 961687 Gateway Blvd) or from any singer, at the door, or online at www.islandchambersingers.com.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please call 904-225-0575.

Bicycles are Gaining Ground in North America

Bicycling from island to island in North Florida

I smiled when I read a report  that bicycling as a means of transportation  is rapidly growing in the US. Having been born in the Netherlands, the bicycle has been a mainstay throughout my life and since moving to Amelia Island now 5 years ago, I have been excited to place the bicycle back into the center of my on island transportation needs. It gets me anywhere on the island inside of 30 minutes and I feel much better, health wise, monetarily and environmentally.

And now the US is catching up it seems in both recreational bicycling and for reasons of transportation. In cities like Vancouver, Seattle and Minneapolis, bicycling has become the fastest growing method of transportation.
And even it may sound far-fetched in motorized America, but there are also many indications that cycling is growing to become a much bigger part of travel in North America.

Data and tour operators demonstrate the economic role of bicycling. It’s been seeing steady gains in the rising travel market sector, says Adventure Cycling, a group started in 1973 to promote that means of travel.
Bicycle travel is becoming an increasingly visible part of the adventure travel market. In fact, bicycles generate US$89 billion annually in the market, according to a study by the Adventure Travel Trade Association.
“Bicycle travel continues to grow as part of the travel market in North America and beyond, according to empirical research and anecdotal evidence from tour operators and tourism promoters throughout the United States,” said Jim Sayer, executive director of Adventure Cycling Association, the largest such group in North America.
 Sayer cited a variety of indicators and data that demonstrate the growth and economic clout of bicycle travel over the last year.

They include:

– On an individual level lifestyle changes and economic conditions have created a deeper interest in the bicycle as a mode of transportation
– The economy is also noticing bike tourism as an economic motor. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin calculated that out-of-state visitors traveling to Wisconsin for cycling opportunities generated $532 million, or more than half-a-billion dollars in economic activity.
– States are increasingly seeing bicycle travel as a cornerstone of their tourism strategy. For example the state of Minnesota last year hosted its first conference on bicycle tourism.
– Commercial tour operators in different market segments saw more interest in cycling vacations this year resulting in a 20 percent increase from 2009 to 2010.
– In the last couple of years, a number of smaller communities have created bike-only camp and hostel sites to attract riders and spur economic development.
– Following in the tracks of Europe and parts of Canada, the US is beginning to develop an official US Bicycle Route System (USBRS) connecting states and cities from city to countryside. A plan was adopted in October 2008 and in the last year, 27 states and the District of Columbia have begun to implement routes to improve cycling transportation, travel, and economic development.

I readily admit that I’m kind of prejudiced when it comes to riding a bicycle, in part because I grew up in the Netherlands, the country with the highest ratio of bicycles per capita in the world. My father, who was financial controller for the Dutch State Mines (DSM) traveled daily to his office and back on his 12 speed. It was never a matter of money, but always one of health and social interaction.  Bicycling for transportation or leisure allows participants to relate to others or operate as a sort of experimental tourism.

For me it’s also a monetary as well as an environmental decision, as I would spend an easy $35 a week or $150 a month in gas alone, just driving around the island, which with the expected increase in oil prices would soon reach $250 a month.

I have only one beef with the local situation for bicyclists; the way motorized traffic ignores the rights of a bicyclist here on Amelia Island. If bicycling is to become an important contributor to our tourism economy, motorists need to recognize bicyclists and the governments need to create a safer environment with clearly marked and well paved bike paths.

Carmen Martinez MD, an avid bicyclist herself, who owns Oceanfront Bed and Breakfast on Fletcher Ave. is starting to initiate bicycle vacations on her current website , soon to be followed by another site currently under development www.floridabicycletours.com

Deb Cottle Makes Several April Appearances

Deb Cottle Makes Several April AppearancesAmelia Island, FL – Author and Motivational Speaker Deb Cottle is making several speaking, reading and book signing appearances on Amelia Island. This is your opportunity to meet the creator of the 4 Step GUTS Formula for Success in a variety of casual and intimate settings. Deb will be reading from her latest book, Success Simplified – Simple Solutions Measurable Results, sharing her GUTS Formula and providing tips to keep you motivated for more than a day. Deb Cottle is the founder and president of World On A String. Her company focuses on enhancing people’s lives through inspirational seminars, workshops, coaching and products making Deb a highly sought after Keynote Speaker.

Here is her schedule for April 2011:

World On A String is the featured Business of the Month at First Federal Bank of Florida, 1500 Sadler Road, in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Success Simplified and her latest CD, Music and Motivation will be available for purchase ALL MONTH; First Federal will provide a FREE copy of Success Simplified to anyone who opens a new account in April.

April 13, 6:00 PM, Deb is the Guest Speaker for the European American Business Club meeting held at The Learning Center of North Florida, 626 S. 8th Street, Fernandina.

April 14, from 5 to 7:00 PM, Deb will be reading from her book and signing copies at the Book Loft located at 214 Centre Street in historic Fernandina Beach.

April 15, drop in for lunch and get your book signed by Deb at First Federal Bank during a special lunch event from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM where she will be reading from her book while meeting customers, greeting fans and making new friends.

On April 29th, Deb is kicking off the Shrimp Festival by hosting Happy Hour and book signing event at Fifi’s Fine Resale, 1853 S. 8th Street on Amelia Island from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Stop by on your way to Opening Ceremonies and pick up a new outfit for the weekend!

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Deb invites you to stop by at any or all of these venues saying, “For those who know me, I’m all about volunteering, networking and supporting our local business community.”

For more information about Deb Cottle, go to www.worldonastring.com.

Artist Reception at Waterwheel Art Gallery

Artist Reception at Waterwheel Art GalleryWaterwheel Art Gallery and Framing is presenting a reception and exhibit featuring the works of Henry Von Genk, III and John Tassey.

Known for their beautiful landscapes, these local artists have been favorites for our collectors for many years. On Thursday, March 31, 2011, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, both artists will be on hand to greet the guests and discuss their work.

These artists have paintings on the walls regularly at the Waterwheel and have a strong following of faithful collectors. Their landscapes capture the essence of the natural beauty that surrounds us here. If you’re a fan of these artists, be sure to attend as their new pieces usually sell quickly.

Waterwheel Art Gallery is located at 5047 First Coast Hwy in Fernandina Beach on the south end of Amelia Island.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Do you have something to share with our community? Email me Judie@searchamelia.com