Friday, May 3, 2013 Shrimp Festival Activities

Friday, May 3, 2013 Shrimp Festival ActivitiesHere is a handy-dandy guide to the Friday activities of Shrimp Festival 2013. For more information, visit www.shrimpfestival.com.

10:00 AM – Downtown Merchants Sidewalk Sale
5:30 PM – Live music begins with DRB on the Riverfront Stage
6:00 PM – Riverfront Food Court Opens
6:00 PM – Kids Fun Zone Opens at North 3rd and North 4th Streets
6:30 PM – Opening Ceremonies on the Riverfront Stage
7:00 PM – Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant, Riverfront Stage
7:45 PM – Pirate Parade Awards
8:30 PM – Live Music resumes
9:30 PM – Invasion of the Pirates at the waterfront
9:45 PM – Fireworks
10:00 PM – More live music
10:30 PM – Food booths close for the evening

There are NO fine arts and crafts, or antique booths open for business on Friday!

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American Beach Art Sale

American Beach Art SaleWe caught wind of a special, one of a kind, art sale by Fiber and Quilt Artist, Billie McCray being held at 5419 Waldron Street, in American Beach during Shrimp Festival Weekend from the “Mouth of Amelia”.

There will be dolls, bears, birds, baskets, a few quilts and other items too numerous to mention!!!

Dates and Times of the Art Sale
Friday, May 3rd – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday, May 4th – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, May 5th – 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM.

This display is a grand assortment of handmade works of art by local artist Billie McCray. Billie has exhibited her wall hangings and quilts in galleries and shows all over Jacksonville and Amelia Island. She is well known for her whimsical birds “with attitude” made from vintage fabrics she finds in thrift stores and dumpsters. Currently, her passion has been making “tattoo” dolls and “handkerchief” dolls as well as “dish detergent bottle” dolls. You have to see these ladies to believe them! Sometimes she has been known to channel the dolls and have conversations with them! Maybe you will be lucky enough to listen in on one of these chats!!!

Drop by on Friday for the best selection or on the weekend on your way to the Shrimp Festival! Billie’s work sells fast so come early!

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May 2013 Museum’s Brown Bag Lunch

May 2013 Museum's Brown Bag LunchMay’s Brown Bag Lunch program for the Amelia Island Museum of History will be held Wednesday, may 1st, at noon.

This month, guest speaker Marie Santry will deliver a program entitled “Charles Seton: Fernandina Man of Action 1811 – 1836.”

Marie has done extensive research on the events and notable people in Fernandina during the Chaos Period – 1783 through 1821. In her research, she became intrigued by the life of Charles Seton, who would become Fernandina’s first mayor. His meritorious contributions during the Patriot War, his actions and controversy during McGregor’s Invasion, and his organization and reliability during Fernandina’s early US Territorial Days is the subject of her presentation.

This Program is free and open to the public. For more information call 261-7378, ext. 102.

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Let the Golden Shrimp Festival Begin

Let the Golden Shrimp Festival BeginThe 50th Anniversary of the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, held in Fernandina Beach, Florida, has begun. The Pirate Parade, held on Saturday this year, was a huge success with over 95 entries!

Because this parade is so popular, organizers had to make the decision to limit the entries or change the date. While plenty of controversial conversations showed up on a variety of social media sites, the parade went off without a hitch.

Centre, Ash and Front Streets were lined with folks celebrating this wonderful time of the year! Shrimp Festival gives our Nassau County non-profit organizations a chance to raise money to fund their programs for practically the entire year. Many services provided by these wonderful organizations would rely on government funding, and others would not exist at all, if it were not for this celebration of the shrimping industry that brings over 100,000 people to Amelia Island each year.

Grab yourself a Snickers Bar and a cup of coffee, this is one L—O—N—G parade:

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Friends of the Library Campaign Marks Milestone

Friends of the Library Campaign Marks MilestoneFernandina Beach – Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library have been doing a lot more than speaking out in favor of Library improvements in recent months. They’ve been quietly raising their share of the $2 million needed to expand and renovate the Library in a joint project with the City of Fernandina Beach and Nassau County.

“We are thrilled to announce that we have raised cash gifts and pledges for our share of the construction costs,” said Bill Flynn, President, Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library (FOL).

Having achieved this milestone, FOL is launching the second phase of its campaign – to raise additional funds for furnishings, equipment and collection improvements, and to provide an endowment for future needs, he said.

“We’re incredibly thankful to our very generous early donors. Their support shows that the community understands the value of the Library and is committed to making it better,” said Flynn. “In coming months, we’ll be reaching out to the broader community to raise funds for shelving, seating, self-serve checkout equipment, desks and other items that will be needed in the new facility.”

It is hoped that construction on the new wing can begin this summer, followed by renovation of the existing building, and everything will be completed by the end of next year.

The plan calls for the existing 35 year old building to get much needed repairs and upgrades. The energy-efficient new addition will be designed to complement and reinforce the attractive, historic aspects of the downtown area. The enlarged facility will have separate, more user friendly areas for children and adult readers, plus comfortable study and meeting areas. A dedicated computer section and a separate room for historical and genealogical materials are also planned. All in all, the Library will be much more inviting and comfortable for study and learning for all ages, said Flynn.

For more detailed information on how you can help, contact the Friends of the Library, PO Box 17155, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035, call (904) 321-6529 or e-mail nassau.fbfollib@gmail.com. A new website that will accept gifts on line will soon be available.

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How Snoozing Strengthens Memories

How Snoozing Strengthens MemoriesContributed by NIH News in Health: Managing Editor, Harrison Wein, Ph.D.; Editor, Vicki Contie; Contributors Vicki Contie, Alan Defibaugh (illustrations), Dana Steinberg and Harrison Wein

When you learn something new, the best way to remember it is to sleep on it. That’s because sleeping helps strengthen memories you’ve formed throughout the day. It also helps to link new memories to earlier ones. You might even come up with creative new ideas while you slumber.

What happens to memories in your brain while you sleep? And how does lack of sleep affect your ability to learn and remember? NIH-funded scientists have been gathering clues about the complex relationship between sleep and memory. Their findings might eventually lead to new approaches to help students learn or help older people hold onto memories as they age.

“We’ve learned that sleep before learning helps prepare your brain for initial formation of memories,” says Dr. Matthew Walker, a sleep scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. “And then, sleep after learning is essential to help save and cement that new information into the architecture of the brain, meaning that you’re less likely to forget it.”

While you snooze, your brain cycles through different phases of sleep, including light sleep, deep sleep, and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, when dreaming often occurs. The cycles repeat about every 90 minutes.

The non-REM stages of sleep seem to prime the brain for good learning the next day. If you haven’t slept, your ability to learn new things could drop by up to 40%. “You can’t pull an all-nighter and still learn effectively,” Walker says. Lack of sleep affects a part of the brain called the hippocampus, which is key for making new memories.

You accumulate many memories, moment by moment, while you’re awake. Most will be forgotten during the day. “When we first form memories, they’re in a very raw and fragile form,” says sleep expert Dr. Robert Stickgold of Harvard Medical School.

But when you doze off, “sleep seems to be a privileged time when the brain goes back through recent memories and decides both what to keep and what not to keep,” Stickgold explains. “During a night of sleep, some memories are strengthened.” Research has shown that memories of certain procedures, like playing a melody on a piano, can actually improve while you sleep.

Memories seem to become more stable in the brain during the deep stages of sleep. After that, REM—the most active stage of sleep—seems to play a role in linking together related memories, sometimes in unexpected ways. That’s why a full night of sleep may help with problem-solving. REM sleep also helps you process emotional memories, which can reduce the intensity of emotions.

It’s well known that sleep patterns tend to change as we age. Unfortunately, the deep memory-strengthening stages of sleep start to decline in our late 30s. A study by Walker and colleagues found that adults older than 60 had a 70% loss of deep sleep compared to young adults ages 18 to 25. Older adults had a harder time remembering things the next day, and memory impairment was linked to reductions in deep sleep. The researchers are now exploring options for enhancing deep stages of sleep in this older age group.

“While we have limited medical treatments for memory impairment in aging, sleep actually is a potentially treatable target,” Walker says. “By restoring sleep, it might be possible to improve memory in older people.”

For younger people, especially students, Stickgold offers additional advice. “Realize that the sleep you get the night after you study is at least as important as the sleep you get the night before you study.” When it comes to sleep and memory, he says, “you get very little benefit from cutting corners.”

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Divas’ Day Out is May 11th in Fernandina Beach

Divas' Day Out is May 11th in Fernandina BeachDivas’ Day Out is coming Mother’s Day Weekend and will be held Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Atlantic Avenue Rec Center, near Main Beach, on Amelia Island, Florida.

Admission is only $3.00 per person and kids six years of age and younger are admitted FREE!

Hosted by Mamamelia.com, this event will benefit Girl Power 2 Cure, an Amelia Island-based 501c3 nonprofit hunting down a cure for Rett Syndrome. The debilitating neurological disorder strikes in young girls and stays with them for life. It is a sad condition, but there is hope! It is the first neurological disorder ever proven to be reversible.

Help cure Rett Syndrome and have some fun. We’ll be channeling girl power by entertaining, delighting and informing women and girls with 30 vendor booths, beauty treatments, a fashion show, fitness demos, make-and-take Mother’s Day cards and gifts, and prize drawings. Plenty for kids, too, including a “Diva Dress Up” booth, cupcake decorating, and more.

zumba-divaAmong the demos, there will be:

    – a fashion show by Retail Therapy Consignment;
    – women’s self defense by Atlantic Warriors;
    – fitness demonstrations by Jazzercise and Club 14 Fitness;
    – dancing by Lisa Allen’s Dance Works students;
    – and more!

Vendors will offer merchandise and information in categories like fashion, jewelry, makeup, health, cooking and home goods. There will be massages, a makeup artist and a hair stylist offering up-dos on site, even eyebrow threading. Get a 5×7 “Diva Photo” by Picture Happy Media.

Shop for Mother’s Day
-Make a personalized “living locket” with Origami Owl, Mommy-and-Me ID Bracelets with Love Letters By Patti, and other keepsakes.
-You can get mom dinner! My Personal Chef will be offering the same incredible frozen dinners it’s famous for at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market.
-They will also be selling delicious “feel good” meals on site. See a listing of all the vendors and details about the event at Mamamelia.com.

little-princess-divasYou can win a valuable item in the Divas’ Day Out prize drawings and silent auction that will also benefit Girl Power 2 Cure, including a $600 doula services package from Rebecca McKinney Doula Services, a $110 American Girl Kit doll and book, a $100 gift card to Kayak Amelia, a Family Fun Pack for four to St. Augustine Alligator Farm, a number of other gift certificates, gym memberships, jewelry and more.

There will be offerings for the little ones, too, including the extremely popular “Diva Dress Up station,” a cupcake decorating booth, crafts, and more. The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office will be offering child safety IDs.

About the Girl Power to Cure, Inc.
Founded by an Amelia Island mother of three Ingrid Harding, her family moved to the island three years ago to escape the cold weather, which was especially hard on their daughter, Sarah, who has Rett Syndrome. The most severe form of autism, Rett is caused by a single gene mutation. Another girl is born with Rett every 90 minutes. Doctors believe Rett will eventually be cured because it was proven to be reversible in studies in mice. The cure for Rett is expected be the key to a cure for many other neurological disorders, as well.

You can learn more about Girl Power 2 Cure on their website, www.girlpower2cure.org.

About the Host
Mamamelia.com is a family fun guide-style website for families living in or visiting the Amelia Island region. It features a huge calendar of local family-friendly events; reviews of local businesses and destinations from a mom’s perspective; and directories of anything and everything related to families. It was created by Yulee mother of two Tiffany Wilson, who is a former newspaper reporter.

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Local Take Stock in Children Wins Award

Local Take Stock in Children Wins AwardNassau County, FL – Take Stock in Children/Nassau received an award for their first annual Strides for Education 5K Beach Walk/Run. The award for Best First Strides 2012 was presented to Jody Mackle, program coordinator, by the Take Stock in Children State Office at the state conference in Tallahassee in March.

The Strides for Education 5K Beach Walk/Run was held on December 8, 2012, at Main Beach in Fernandina. There were approximately 100 participants including students, mentors, family and serious runners. The event was sponsored by Arlington Toyota, Amelia Island Yacht Basin, Current Running, Fernandina Beach News-Leader, Advanced Rehabilitation and TJ Maxx.

Money raised at the event will be used for scholarships for Nassau County students.

Take Stock in Children/Nassau has provided college scholarships to more than 150 students over the last 15 years. Another 160 Take Stock scholars are in Nassau County’s four middle and high schools.

Arlene Filkoff, chair of the TSIC Leadership Council, Bob Schmonsees, chair of the Strides for Education, and Jody Mackle, program coordinator, with the Best First Strides 2012 award.

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Parade Parking Available at Amelia Community Theatre

Parade Parking Available at Amelia Community TheatreLooking for a place to park for the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival’s Pirate Parade on Saturday, April 27? You can park at the Amelia Community Theatre for a donation to support the ACT Teen Troupe, ACTeen.

The parade begins at 11:00 AM and the ACT Teen Troupe will be manning the parking lot, near 3rd and Cedar Streets, on a first come, first served basis for those who would like to park at Amelia Community Theatre.

Donate the amount of your choice if you park in the ACT lot. Remember, donations will go to support our ACT Teen Troupe, ACTeen!

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Fernandina’s Farmers’ Market Open Until 4PM

Fernandina's Farmers' Market Open Until 4PMHear ye, hear ye, be it declared that on the 27th day of April, in the year two thousand thirteen, merchants from near and far will invade the city of Fernandina Beach, Florida.

This free celebration of farmers shall be called, “The Fernandina Beach Market Place,” and will continue until 4:00 PM on this single, special day!

Fresh baked pastries and loaves of the finest breads will be sold on the streets. Fragrant bouquets will fill the air from organic soaps, giant blooming flowers and soy candles.

Peasants will squeal in delight from the culinary flavors of Merge, and others found roaming the street may find themselves unable to avoid the seduction brought about by the rare Vietnamese egg roll.

bread Spices brought to port from around the world will be blended with the native fruits of our homeland to make jams and jellies sure to please the pallette. And jars of cucumbers, pickled beets, and a variety of sauces and dips are up for a fair trade to be had by the locals.

Milk, eggs, cheeses and meats will come from the best livestock farms in all of the land, and farmers who dress the tables of Kings will bring their lettuce, cucumbers, kale, carrots, and other treasures that will lead your tastebuds into temptation.

Mid morning fills the streets with the laughter of dancing children, prancing royal musicians and decorated platforms will be towed through town, as the Pirate Parade begins at 11:00 AM.

fresh-milkYou’ll find a finale no finer than this one with the explosive powders of the orient, as vibrantly costumed Pirates claim our small Amelia Island community as their own and annouce the approaching Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

We hope you can join us downtown as we welcome our newest weekly vendor, Island Juice and Java, to the market. This hut from the tropics will feature freshly prepared ice cold smoothies and organically grown, fair trade coffee, roasted locally and sold by the cup or by the pound.

Dare ye to miss this festive day of fun as we wear our finest pirate attire, enjoy the sounds of Gabriel Arnold on the saxophone, learn more about your local YMCA and enjoy demonstrations of Dance Trance.

pirates-2013-marketWe welcome one and all, and their scury dog, too, to N. 7th Street, in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach.

To learn more about YOUR local farmers’ market, please find us on facebook, visit us at FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com or call (904) 557-8229.

The Market Place is open (almost) every Saturday, rain or shine.

Because of the Shrimp Festival Parade, we will be extending our hours on April 27, 2013 to 4:00 PM.

We will be closed on May 4, 2013, due to the Isle of Eight flags Shrimp Festival.

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Celebrate the 2013 Amelia Island Book Festival

Debbie MacomberWho are the headliners for Celebrate Viva Books! 2013? Here are the big names coming to the Amelia Island Book Festival:

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide. Macomber brings to life the compelling relationships that comprise family, community and enduring friendships, filling her readers with a sense of love and hope.

Elizabeth Kostova wrote The Swan Thieves and is also the author of The Historian. She graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award for the Novel-in-Progress.

Michael Morris about is a fifth-generation native of Perry, Florida. He knows Southern culture and characters. They are the foundation and inspiration for the stories and novels he writes.

Over 100 authors will be selling their books, giving talks and available for personal conversations. This the largest group of national, regional and local authors this festival has ever hosted!

The date and location of the Viva Books! 2013 is Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center in Fernandina Beach.

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Mad Cowford Improv is Back

Mad Cowford Improv is BackMad Cowford, Jacksonville’s premier improv group, returns for another fun-filled night at the Fernandina Little Theatre. The theatre is located at 1014 Beech Street, on Amelia Island.

On April 27 at 7:30 PM, audience members are encouraged to come prepared to laugh and even occasionally join in the fun on stage as the talented members of this troupe tickle your funny bone and amaze you with their quick wit.

Tickets are only $6, and can be purchased in advance at The UPS Store, located next to the Amelia Island Publix.

The Fernandina Little Theatre is a small, intimate space, and patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to ensure seating availability.

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Courtyard Nights With Susan Gallion, Dan Voll and Ronnie Stoots

Courtyard Nights With Susan Gallion, Dan Voll and Ronnie StootsThe Florida State College Courtyard Nights Series presents Susan Gallion with Dan Voll, and Ronnie Stoots in concert on Friday, April 26 at 7PM, at the Betty P. Cook Nassau Center in Yulee.

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, Susan Gallion, will perform original songs and popular hits, accompanied by Dan Voll on guitar and Ronnie Stoots on keyboard.

Gallion has toured the world as a featured vocalist and backup singer for Tammy Wynette. Her award-winning original song, “The Woman In Me,” was recorded by Crystal Gayle. Gallion has released a CD of her music to help raise funds for Micah’s Place, Nassau County’s domestic violence center. The CD will be available at the concert, or visit OceanbirdMusic.com.

Award winning guitarist, Dan Voll, has been a professional musician for more than 30 years. Voll is known for his dazzling instrumentals and soulful vocals. His versatile guitar work encompasses pop, rock, blues and jazz, plus original songs. He has performed on stage with many well-known recording artists. Voll can be heard at numerous local venues as a soloist and band leader.

Ronnie Stoots honed his talents at an early age, first playing piano in church and then touring the country as a professional musician when he was just 16. While performing with his wife in their band, Southern Heritage, he also worked on projects with renowned recording studio professionals. In addition to his keyboard playing, Stoots is a prolific songwriter and a powerful vocalist who has shared the stage with many musical greats. He performs with a variety of local bands.

The concert is from 7 to 9 pm, rain or shine. It’s free and open to the public. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a can of food for the Barnabas Food Bank. Light refreshments will be available but individuals may bring their own.

Alcoholic beverages and smoking are not permitted. Lawn chairs are welcome. Please call 548-4432 for directions.

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How to Get Published in the 21st Century

How to Get Published in the 21st CenturyHow to Get Published in the 21st Century is a conference is for all writers, from novice to published. Whether you’re just starting to write, need direction on how to better market your book, or anything in between, the dedicated, knowledgeable authors and professionals will offer tips, advice and guidance on all the ins and out of writing and publishing.

Check out the session topics and presenters below and register today!

Lunch Session Keynote
Elizabeth Kostova – A Yale graduate, Kostova holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award for the Novel-in-Progress. After 10 years of research and writing her first novel, Kostova sent The Historian to an agent and then to publishers. The rights of this first book were eventually auctioned and purchased for $2 million. It was the first debut novel to hit the New York Times bestseller list at #1. The Historian has been published in 44 languages, has more than 1.5 million copies in print, and there’s a Sony film in the works. Her most recent bestseller The Swan Thieves was published in 2010.

Effective Tools for Self Editing
Patricia Charpentier – Learn a variety of free/inexpensive tools to root out typos, overused words & phrases, and other oversights that dull the shine of your fabulous stories. (Author of the multi-award winning book, Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time, Charpentier teaches, writes, edits, ghostwrites and publishes personal and family history. Visit her at www.writingyourlife.org.)

Unlocking Your Creative Voice
Sarah Jean Davidson – Learn how to get your thoughts down on paper so they can be polished. (Davidson is author of: Your Mouth To God’s Ear,in which she combines her experiences in Manifesting with scientific discoveries. She is also a portrait and mural artist and a “Seer” with the gift of Clairvoyance.)

How to Market your Book on a Shoestring Budget
Ron P. Whittington – Learn how to implement an effective PR campaign without a publicist. (Author of Second Strike and Doppelganged, Whittington also freelance writes for Texas Monthly, Jacksonville Magazine, and the Florida Times Union. He has worked for more than 20 years in public relations and marketing, starting his career as a journalist with CNN Radio and the Dallas Business Journal.)

Creative Nonfiction
Jeff Kunerth – Learn how the strengths of truth along with the techniques of fiction are the future of nonfiction writing. (An award-winning journalist with the Orlando Sentinel, Kunerth is the author of Trout: A True Story of Murder, Teens and the Death Penalty. As a teacher of writing and reporting, Kunerth was named adjunct of the year in 2010 by the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and his Master’s in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College.)

How to Get Published Panel
June Hall McCash
Mary Ann Miller – Miller is an art educator, professional artist and author who has for many years traveled to various parts of Europe following in the footsteps of artists such as Van Gogh, Monet and Matisse. Sketchbooks from these trips have been combined in the “Blue Vase” series of books.
Drew Sappington – Sappington works at a variety of odd jobs, at least odd to him, including storyteller, clinical psychologist and college professor. He has one textbook, forty professional journals articles, a few short pieces in publications that people actually read, and a book of humorous history stories.
Kevin Shipp

Effective Marketing
Donna Paz Kaufman – Learn what retailers need printed on the book cover, the terms bookstores require, managing consignment sales, strategies for prominent display space, and bookstore approach techniques.

Pit to Pinnacle: the Path to Publication
Sharman Burson Ramsey – Once the book is written, the challenge begins. Learn strategies in improving and surviving the process.

Thinking Outside the Box: Learn New Venues for Marketing
Mary Ann Bator-Gray – Bator-Gray’s book, Ethereal Desire was the 2011 First Place Winner of the FWA’s Royal Palm Award for an unpublished romance. She’s also written several children/cat-lover books.

Finale
Soup to Nuts: Putting It All Together – Panel Discussion
Cynn Chadwick – Chadwick is the author of That’s Karma, Baby plus many more. Her books have been nominated for the Lambda, Golden Crown, and Stonewall Literary Awards. She holds an MFA and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at UNC-Asheville.
A. Dragonblood – A. Dragonblood has been a ghost writer for over 20 years. His stories are a collection of truths, embellished by his own fantastical imagination. Now working on the 5th book in his Children of the Others Collection, he shows the ordinary can be extraordinary in this magical world we live.
Patricia Charpentier
Sharman Burson Ramsey
Jeff Kunerth

Register Now!
The conference is Friday, April 26, at the FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Campus, from 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Costs:
$65 AIBF Member
$75 Nonmember

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Environmental Writer to Discuss Salt Marshes

Environmental Writer to Discuss Salt MarshesHaving grown up on a barrier island in South Carolina, Georgia author Charles Seabrook has long been fascinated with the life and beauty of the vast salt marshes that line our southeast Atlantic coast.

In his fascinating new book, The World of the Salt Marsh, Seabrook explores the natural history, people, historic and ecological significance of these marshes, which are sometimes called “mother nature’s nursery” because 70 percent of the region’s fishes, shellfish, and crustaceans get their start there.

Seabrook will discuss his research and findings at a special luncheon planned by the Friends of the Library and the Amelia Island Book Festival at noon on Friday, April 26 at Café Karibo located at 27 N. 3rd Street, in Fernandina Beach.

Seabrook has been a columnist and environmental writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for many years and has written several books including the locally popular Cumberland Island: Strong Women, Wild Horses.

The Friends of the Library is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization that promotes literacy and lifelong learning in our community and raises funds to strengthen the Fernandina Beach Library.

For more information or to become a member, visit nassaureads.com on click on Friends of the Library, call 904-277-7365 or e-mail fernandinalibfriends@gmail.com.

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