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Pipeline’s 4th Annual Ice Cream Sundayz

Pipeline's 4th Annual Ice Cream SundayzPipeline Surf Shop is excited to announce their 4th Annual Ice Cream Sundayz SK8 Event (that is a skating event to those of us who may not speak digital) and it is lasting the entire month of November!

Starting this sunday, November 3, 2013, bring your lawn chairs and get comfortable in front of Pipeline to witness another super fun event!

EVERYONE is invited – skaters and spectators.

The OPENING EVENT will be a SPECIAL BIG $$$ EVENT. If you want to participate in the Money Round you MUST sign up at Pipeline’s shop BEFORE Saturday.

Don’t forget, the holidays are just around the corner and if you want to spend some quality time with the skater or surfer in your life, bring them to this event and pick up some great holiday gift ideas, too.

Pipeling Surf Shop is located next to Dairy Queen near the round-about (traffic circle) at Sadler and Fletcher.

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November celebrates National Adoption Month

November celebrates National Adoption MonthNovember celebrates National Adoption Month across the country. The month focuses on raising awareness about adoption, educating communities about the challenges and myths around adopting children, and draws attention to thousands of children in foster care who need good homes.

If you’re thinking about adopting a child:
-Educate yourself on common adoption myths and how to make the process the easiest for you.
-Know that on average, it takes a year from the time you contact an adoption agency to the time a child is placed with you.
-Remember there are several steps in the adoption process, including: completing an adoption home study, getting approved, and being matched with a child.
-Have appropriate expectations and avoid judgments based on information you’ve read.

Learn more about adoption in the United States visit THIS LINK.

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COA Meets Budget Challenges with Resolve

Nassau County FLorida Council on Aging Executive Director Janice Ancrum

Council on Aging Executive Director Janice Ancrum

Faced with a potential loss of non critical services as a result of Federal Funding delays, Nassau County’s Council on Aging managed to meet challenges heads on and with resolve.

For the last 30 years, the Council on Aging of Nassau County (COA) has been serving as the primary means of public transportation for disadvantaged seniors and Medicaid patients who require medical treatment at numerous facilities throughout Nassau County.  This long term transportation service has been one principle mainstay of the COA’s overall mission.

In recent years, the COA has expanded their services to seniors and other citizens in the transportation sector to include COA Transit, which is similar to a public transportation bus system. For a small copay, anyone can ride a COA bus between Fernandina beach, Yulee, Callahan and Hilliard even to downtown Jacksonville.  This “Transit” service is for non-medical, non-emergency destinations only and represents a small percentage of the COA bus ridership which numbers more than a thousand individuals a year.

Another group of seniors regularly ride the COA buses at no cost to and from two local Council on Aging Senior Centers in Fernandina Beach and Hilliard. This service is partially funded by the Department of Elder Affairs.

Due in part to the government sequestration earlier this year and most recently the federal government shutdown, two grants which help partially fund COA’s transportation services have been delayed. These delays have challenges not only at the local COA but COAs throughout the state of Florida.  As a non-profit organization, COA of Nassau County relies on these grants, some of which are matched by funds from the Fernandina Beach city and Nassau County Board of Commissioners to underwrite the various COA services and programs.
The grants were submitted months ago and approved, but the impact of not having them executed on the usual schedule put the COA and Janice Ancrum, the Executive Director, in a potentially difficult position.

GRANTS

“As a non-profit organization, we are not able to operate outside of our financial boundaries,” Ms. Ancrum explained.
While the Transportation Disadvantaged and the Medicaid Transportation programs were never on the table for possible cutbacks or temporary suspension, one of the areas where some cutbacks could be made with minimal impact was in the area of COA’s Nassau Transit operations.

In order to save the remaining transportation funds until the federal grants are executed, a plan to temporarily suspend scheduled trips to non-medical facilities was proposed.  According to COA’s Operations Manager, this scenario would have impact on 30-50 individuals who participate in the COA Transit program.

A short notice about a possible suspension of some COA Transit trips was issued and distributed to a small group of COA Transit riders.
Earlier this week, Ancrum made a decision based on information she received from State Department of Transportation in Tallahassee. The decision was made to avert the threat of suspending COA Transit service and keep the buses running on schedule.

“Based on the latest information, these grants will most likely be executed in November even though we felt compelled to warn a small group of our riders about a possible suspension of the non-medical, non-emergency bus trips.

It’s important to realize this is potentially a Florida-and Nationwide problem and not a Nassau County COA problem,” Ancrum added.
As the COA approaches its fortieth year of services to the seniors of Nassau County, the original mandate to provide real and compassionate care to the seniors in our county remains intact but under increased pressure.
The Council on Aging is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, the highest level of charitable organization.  We cheerfully deliver critical services to Nassau County seniors in five categories including Meals on Wheels, COA Transportation, In-Home Care, and Adult Day Health Care, while operating two senior recreation centers.  We are funded by donations from private individuals and limited government grants.

Moving to Oklahoma

Oklahoma, here we come

Oklahoma, Hold On, I'm Coming if you Give me that Piece o land!

It is always said not to fall for the myth that the grass is greener on the other side of the hill. And frankly, when a good friend of mine send me the following content in an email with the message: “Moving to Oklahoma tomorrow” I wondered about his sanity and after reading it I wondered about the driving force  behind his motivation to send it to me.

I know he’s a strong proponent of the South Rising Again, which rally cry I seem to remember from a Chary Daniels song, but still. I’ll share it with you, just in the same way he sent it to me. Let me know if you sympathize, so I can tell him to get the caravan going west ready.

Moving to Oklahoma? – Moving there tomorrow!

Oklahoma is the only state that Obama did not win even one county in the last election…

While everyone is focusing on Arizona’s new law, look what Oklahoma has been doing!!!!

An update from Oklahoma :

Oklahoma law passed, 37 to 9 an amendment to place the Ten Commandments on the front entrance to the state capitol. The feds in D.C., along with the
ACLU, said it would be a mistake. Hey this is a conservative state, based on Christian values…! HB 1330

Guess what……….Oklahoma did it anyway.

Oklahoma recently passed a law in the state to incarcerate all illegal immigrants, and ship them back to where they came from unless they want to get a green card and become an American citizen. They all scattered. HB 1804.
This was against the advice of the Federal Government, and the ACLU, they said it would be a mistake.

Guess what……….Oklahoma did it anyway.

Recently we passed a law to include DNA samples from any and all illegal’s to the Oklahoma database, for criminal investigative purposes. Pelosi said it was unconstitutional SB 1102

Guess what……… Oklahoma did it anyway.

Several weeks ago, we passed a law declaring Oklahoma as a Sovereign state, not under the Federal Government directives. Joining Texas, Montana and Utah as the only states to do so. More states are likely to follow: Louisiana , Alabama , Georgia, Carolina’s,Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, West Virginia, Mississippi, and Florida.Save your confederate money, it appears the South is about to rise up once again. HJR 1003

The federal Government has made bold steps to take away our guns. Oklahoma, a week ago, passed a law confirming people in this state have the right to bear arms and transport them in their vehicles. I’m sure that was a setback for the criminals. The Liberals didn’t like it.

But…. Guess what……….. Oklahoma did it anyway.

Just this month, the state has voted and passed a law that ALL drivers license exams will be printed in English, and only English, and no other language. They have been called racist for doing this, but the fact is that ALL of the road signs are in English only. If you want to drive in Oklahoma, you must read and write English. Really simple.

By the way, the Liberals don’t like any of this either.

Guess what…who cares… Oklahoma is doing it anyway


I think my friend was testing me. He even sent me a list of the 27 islands that Oklahoma’s lakes and rivers harbor, since he knows I only live on islands. Don’t think that Rattlesnake Island or Two Tree Island will entice me to leave lovely Amelia and as far as the south rising again concerns, the following musings found their way into my archives of 33 years mostly dealing with Southerners.

Why The South Will Do It Again

Florida

A Florida senior citizen drove his brand new Corvette convertible out of the dealership. Taking off down the road, he pushed it to 80 mph, enjoying the wind blowing through what little hair he had left. “Amazing,” he thought as he flew down I-95, pushing the pedal even more.
Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw a Florida State Trooper, blue lights flashing and siren blaring. He floored it to 100 mph, then 110, then 120. Suddenly he thought, “What am I doing? I’m too old for this!” and pulled over to await the trooper’s arrival.
Pulling in behind him, the trooper got out of his vehicle and walked up to the Corvette. He looked at his watch, then said, “Sir, my shift ends in 30 minutes. Today is Friday. If you can give me a new reason for speeding – a reason I’ve never before heard – I’ll let you go..”
The old gentleman paused then said, “Three years ago, my wife ran off with a Florida State Trooper. I thought you were bringing her back.”
“Have a good day, Sir,” replied the trooper.

Georgia
The owner of a golf course in Georgia was confused about paying an invoice, so he decided to ask his secretary for some mathematical help.
He called her into his office and said, “Y’all graduated from the University of Georgia and I need some help. If I wuz to give yew $20,000, minus 14%, how much would you take off?”
The secretary thought a moment, and then replied, “Everthang but my earrings.”

Louisiana
A senior citizen in Louisiana was overheard saying, “When the end of the world comes, I hope to be in Louisiana .”
When asked why, he replied, “I’d rather be in Louisiana ’cause everythang happens in Louisiana 20 years later than in the rest of the world.”

Mississippi
The young man from Mississippi came running into the store and said to his buddy, “Bubba, somebody just stole your pickup truck from the parking lot!”
Bubba replied, “Did y’all see who it was?”
The young man answered, “I couldn’t tell, but I got the license number.”

North Carolina
A man in North Carolina had a flat tire, pulled off on the side of the road, and proceeded to put a bouquet of flowers in front of the car and one behind it. Then he got back in the car to wait.
A passerby studied the scene as he drove by, and was so curious he turned around and went back. He asked the fellow what the problem was.
The man replied, “I got a flat tahr.”
The passerby asked, “But what’s with the flowers?”
The man responded, “When you break down they tell you to put flares in the front and flares in the back. I never did understand it neither.”

Tennessee
A Tennessee State trooper pulled over a pickup on I-65. The trooper asked, “Got any ID?”
The driver replied, “Bout whut?”

Texas
The Sheriff pulled up next to the guy unloading garbage out of his pick-up into the ditch. The Sheriff asked, “Why are you dumping garbage in the ditch? Don’t you see that sign right over your head.”
“Yep,” he replied. “That’s why I’m dumpin’ it here, ’cause it says: ‘Fine For Dumping Garbage.’

Y’all kin say whut y’all want ‘about the South, but y’all never heard o’ nobody retirin’ an’ movin’ North. (and even that is changing these days)

So here is a tribute to my friend just in case he decides to move to Oklahoma. He probably forgot that the state lies smack in the middle of Tornado Ally and Carrie Underwood doesn’t live there anymore. And if he’s that forgetful, the following may give him something to think about.

Glad That You Are My Friend

ODE TO MY FRIENDS IN OLD AGE or did I mention that before?

As I was lying around, pondering the problems of the world, I realized that at my age I don’t really give a hoot anymore.

If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, but is still fat.

A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years, while a tortoise doesn’t run and does mostly nothing, yet it lives for 150 years.
And you tell me to exercise?? I don’t think so.

Just grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked, the good fortune to remember the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

Now that I’m older here’s what I’ve discovered:
1. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.
2. My wild oats are mostly enjoyed with prunes and all-bran.
3. I finally got my head together, and now my body is falling apart.
4. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded.
5. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded.
6. If all is not lost, then where the heck is it ?
7. It was a whole lot easier to get older, than to get wiser.
8. Some days, you’re the top dog; some days you’re the hydrant.
9. I wish the buck really did stop here; I sure could use a few of them.
10. Kids in the back seat cause accidents.
11. Accidents in the back seat cause kids.
12. It’s hard to make a comeback when you haven’t been anywhere.
13. The world only beats a path to your door when you’re in the bathroom.
14. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he’d have put them on my knees.
15. When I’m finally holding all the right cards, everyone wants to play chess.
16. It’s not hard to meet expenses . . . they’re everywhere.
17. The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
18. These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter . . .I go somewhere to get something, and then wonder what I’m “here after”.
19. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded.
20. HAVE I SENT THIS ??
Did I tell you that I am so glad you are my friend?

In closing I like to leave a footnote on the opening story, that Oklahoma passed a resolution about its sovereignty, it’s not a Law and
I know that Oklahoma is the only state where Obama didn’t carry any one county. That much is true.
Most of the rest would not surprise me.
And furthermore I expect that Oklahoma, like Kansas, will be advertising that they’ll give you free land if you’ll agree to move to their rural counties.

Cecil Center Offering Free Discovery Flights for Veterans

Cecil Center Offering Free Dicovery Flights for Veterans

FSCJ Cecil Center hosting Veterans Fly-In on November 10, 2013, with free Discovery Flights for Veterans!

There will be a Veterans Fly-In and an Aviation Center Open House to honor and celebrate veterans and their families at the Cecil Center Hangar of Florida State College of Jacksonville.

From 1-5 p.m. at 13510 Aerospace Way in Jacksonville, the public is invited to this FREE event.

Reservations for the Veterans Discovery Flights are strongly recommended. Call (904) 586-3660 to reserve a time.

This Fly-In is like an auto show, but for planes. Aviators are invited to fly in their planes to the longest runway in Northeast Florida and meet-and-greet with other pilots and aviation enthusiasts. The FSCJ Aviation Center of Excellence will give guided tours of their Aviation facility, one of the most sophisticated aviation and air traffic control training centers in the Southeast USA.

There will be activities and a dessert bar for children. All are welcome to attend. The Free Discovery Flights, where one can learn if they have the right stuff to fly, are for Veterans, as a small token of appreciation.

Flights for Veterans are provided by Sunrise Aviation, the exclusive flight training provided for FSCJ. Each Discovery Flight consists of about 30 minutes, including air time and a personal briefing before and after the flight with flight instructor. Limited spots are available and reservations are recommended.

Call (904) 586-3660 to reserve a spot. Flights will be conducted weather permitting. Rain checks will be available on-site.

For more information call 904-317-3800.

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Farmers Market Adds New Vendors

pumpkin-corn-breadThe Fernandina Beach Market Place is a true farmers’ market located on N. 7th Street, in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach and they are ready to welcome both Georgia and Florida fans to Amelia Island. This local’s favorite, open air market offers unique gifts like candles made with a little help from the honey bees, hanging baskets of succulents and hand crafted soaps and salt scrubs. You’ll find tempting treats suitable for any table like farmstead cheeses, fresh winter greens, seedless cucumbers, and grass fed and grass finished beef. Some items you’ll find are so delicious they won’t even make it past the car ride home like fresh whipped smoothies, Wook’s beef jerky, Short and Sweet’s 50 calorie cupcakes, pumpkin pie bars from Great Harvest Bread Company, or a crunchy dill pickle on a stick.

This friendly market is open on Saturday mornings, from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm, with nearly 40 vendors offering the traditional farmers market fare such as fresh baked breads, local honey, seasonal produce, delicious jams, pickles and jellies, as well as meat, dairy and seafood.

We have a few new vendors at the Market Place including Rosa’s Brazillian Treats. Rosa and her young son tempt you with sweet desserts and a pumpkin corn bread that is truly amazing!

Barbara Martin makes delicious Cinnamon Apples using only Fugi apples, poached, then preserved in a jar with a lip-smacking, secret cinnamon recipe blend.

Our featured musician this week is Bruce Beville and the Laid Back Band. The blood bus from the Georgia Florida Blood Alliance will be on-site to collect any blood those Halloween vampires may have left behind, and our non-profit booth will be St. Michael’s Academy. They will be sharing news of their upcoming fund raiser, a Wine and craft beer tasting event complete with silent auction, dancing, live music, raffle prizes and a seated, 3 course dinner created by nationally renowned Chef Daven Wardynski, who has a passion for creating dishes with fresh, local ingredients.

If you haven’t been to the farmers market in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, you should. We are open each and every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM on N. 7th Street on Amelia Island. Well behaved pets are welcome, too.

For more information visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com, find them on facebook or call (904) 557-8229.

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18 Holes of Golf Benefit American Cancer Society

18 Holes of Golf Benefit American Cancer Society

The Golf Club of Amelia Island is offering 18 Holes of Golf, including a reception and entertainment on November 9th 2013, with a 1:00 pm shotgun start.

The cost is only $75 per person and half of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

For more information or to register, contact Erin d’Agostino at erin@golfclubofamelia.com, or call (904) 277-8015 ext 12.

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Divorcing Later in Life? What to Know

Who gets to cut up the divorce cake?

Who gets to cut up the divorce cake?

Divorce can be a complicated and challenging process in which details are easily overlooked. It is important to know the laws that shape divorce proceedings and to understand the impact they have on your assets. This is especially true for those aged 50 and older. Why? Because this group is getting divorced at a greater rate than other age groups. In fact, according to a recent study, the divorce rate for those aged 50 and older has doubled since 1990.

Assets

Typically, everything you and your spouse acquired from the day you were married is subject to division. Exceptions include individual inheritances, gifts to an individual spouse, and assets acquired before marriage. When assets are divided, the court considers each spouse’s earning potential, the length of the marriage, and each spouse’s contribution to building household assets.
The exception to this is the nine community property states: Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. Under the laws of these states, almost all assets are divided equally.

Debt

If you live in a community property state, debt, like your assets, will be divided with your former partner. You will be responsible for half of all debt in jointly held accounts and, in some cases, half of a former spouse’s debt as well.
If you do not live in a community property state, you remain responsible for your individual debt (but not your spouse’s) and any debt in jointly held accounts. Many couples include debt payment as part of the settlement.
If you and your spouse own a home that has appreciated in value, consider whether you want to sell it before the divorce is finalized. Federal tax rules offer an exclusion of up to $500,000 in realized capital gains for married taxpayers. This amount is cut in half for single filers. Be sure to consult a tax advisor for additional information about these rules.

Retirement Assets

Money in your defined contribution or pension plan may legally be divided during a divorce. The divisible amount begins to accumulate on the day you are married and ends on the day you are divorced.
To claim a share of a spouse’s plan benefits, you need to obtain a court order called a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) and provide it to your spouse’s plan sponsor before distributions are completed. You and your spouse have the option of deciding to not divide retirement plan assets. Note that traditional and Roth IRAs do not have to be covered by a QDRO, but should be addressed in any settlement.

Estate Planning

You may want to review you will as it may be beneficial to review and amend your estate plan at the same time you commence a divorce proceeding. Also review beneficiary designations for pensions, retirement plans, and life insurance policies.

Social Security

A divorced person is eligible for Social Security benefits based on his/her ex’s earnings record if he/she meets all of the following requirements:
•    He/she is at least 62 years old.
•    He/she was married for at least 10 years.
•    He/she didn’t marry someone else before age 60.

In order for a person to file for spousal benefits before his/her ex does, he/she must be at least 62 years old and they must have been divorced for at least two years.
If you find yourself faced with divorce, it is essential to protect your financial future. Enlisting the help of an attorney and carefully monitoring the process can ensure that your interests are considered and that you will not need to revisit the proceeding at a later time.

Fake Halloween Zombies Are Exposed as Real

Uncover the real zombie underneath the fake zombie

Imagine going to a Halloween Party and ending up in the following, admittedly one-sided conversation with a Dress Up Zombie.

You: “So, you work in the House?”

Zombie: “Yes, I have been on the Ways and Means staff for about 15 years.”

You: “What do you think will happen in January…when they take another swipe at budget control?”

Zombie: “Oh, you know…it has nothing to do with budget control. This is pure politics. Posturing. Posing. For many of them it was just an opportunity to get their names in the paper. I don’t think it turned out the way they planned.

You: “But there are some real believers in the group too. And I don’t think they necessarily lost as badly as the press reported. They’ll be back. And we’ll have another show.

Zombie: “The real issue, or the real problem for all these guys, is that they are elected by the average voter. And the average voter hasn’t gotten much out of this administration or this Congress. The average voter has gotten poorer. His family has less disposable income. His children have a harder time finding jobs. His cost of living is rising faster than his income. He looks around and he sees Iraq reverting to a bloody mess. He tries to sign up for Obamacare and the website won’t work. He reads the paper and he discovers that US students rank last among developed nations in math and sciences – despite spending a lot more on education.

And he sees too that he spends twice as much as other people on health care – and dies earlier.

And now, the economy has become arthritic too. The rate of new business start-ups has fallen…people are afraid to switch jobs…and indicators of social mobility show us less dynamic than Europe. That is, if you’re born poor in America, you’re more likely to stay poor than you are even in Europe…where nothing ever changes.
He looks at all this…and the voter gets fed up. And I think that’s what’s really behind this Tea Party vote. They’re not really for freedom… or in favor of less government spending. They just think something is wrong with the whole system. They don’t know what to do about it…except to try to stop government, and even that they don’t know how…

And that’s when you realize dear reader, that you’re looking at a fake zombie, camouflaging the real zombie underneath.

And for your own Halloween fun ask yourself this question: In the absence of government would people still willingly give you money to do whatever you do or don’t do? If the answer is no or not likely, then you are probably a zombie and your contribution to society is at least non-essential, and maybe even counter productive.

Crystal Molchan: Costume Designer, Actress, and Pirate

Crystal MolchanCrystal Molchan is a local actress, pirate, costumer and hair dresser. Her flare for design and fashion has permitted her to participate regularly at conventions such as Dragon Con and Mega Con, and she is looking forward to Amelia Con. These conventions bring groups of people, often dressed as their favorite characters from the worlds of comic books and pop culture icons, as well as exhibitors and artists.

Dressing in uniforms began in the Brownies and Girl Scouts and grew into becoming a Worthy Advisor in the Order of Rainbow for Girls, serving in the Grand Choir for Grand Assembly in Jacksonville and receiving the Grand Cross of Color.

Crystal participated in the Miss Teenage America Pageant as one of 60 semi-finalists for Jacksonville, and she was First Runner Up in the Miss Continent Pageant.

As a Head Majorette at West Nassau High School, she was in several clubs, but her favorite was the Girls Athletic Association where she was awarded most athletic playing basketball, softball and a little flag football, too.

Four Faces of Crystal

About five years ago, she started doing impersonations starting out as Mrs. Lovett from Sweeney Todd and now she mimics Carol Burnett’s Cleaning Lady, and her character Starlett O’Hara – a take on Gone With the Wind. She also enjoys bringing to life the Red Queen from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, and Phyllis Diller in her stand up comedy routine at the Sunburst Convention.

Crystal as Phyllis DillerCrystal makes ALL of the costumes for her characters!

She landed the live theater role of Miss Effy, the busy body post mistress, in the musical The Spitfire Grill, has been cast as an extra in several local films, and enjoys life as a Pirate with her husband, Bucky, performing on the streets as Scarlett, her persona as a member of the Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc.

The Diary Of Preston Plummer, Filmed in Fernandina Beach, FL
The movie is set on the day of Preston Plummer’s college graduation, who cannot think of a single thing he really loves. Adrift, Preston follows a beautiful but troubled young woman to a small island town where he begins to fall for her, but it all threatens to fall apart when he uncovers her family’s dark past.
The film stars Trevor Morgan and Rumor Willis.

This was Crystal’s first casting as an extra in a movie, and even though she thinks the scene she was in was cut, landing on the editing room floor; she really enjoyed it. The actual shoot took about three hours in the Bosque Bella Cemetery where she played the friend of John, a character who sadly met his demise by his own hand.

crystal-preston-plummerAs his friend, she was in attendance of his funeral. No one really likes funerals and when the Reverend started reading from his book, Crystal began to cry and tears swelled her eyes, which made her think, “Gee, I can do this acting thing!” She knew at the time it was all fiction, but she said it felt like she was attending a real funeral.

Crystal told me it was truly exciting to meet the cast and have the opportunity to take pictures with them, which is usually a “no-no” on the set. She was even invited to the Wrap Party later that week and ended up at Hammerheads shooting pool with Rumor and Trevor.

The Diary Of Preston Plummer trailer:

eye-of-the-hurricane-owns-this-pictureEye Of The Hurricane, Filmed in St Mary’s, GA
An Everglades community struggles to put their lives back together in the wake of a hurricane.

“The day started off with a wardrobe screening, where we met with the costuming personnel as we entered the door.” Crystal told me. “We had been asked to bring several pieces of clothing so they could pick what they wanted you to wear. We signed a release form and then took a short bus ride to the location, which was marsh front with lots of tents… we were playing displaced survivors in a tent city.”

“It was hot and muggy just like after a large tropical storm or hurricane. You know, you always see these things on television and think to yourself, ‘I am so thankful that did not happen to me’, and being there made you feel like you were in the real moment.”

Crystal met two young men at this shoot and they instantly formed a family, pretending she had lost her husband and they had lost their dad.

This experience too, lasted about three hours. A huge ariel camera filmed the family playing cards when the word “Action” brought everything to life.

One of her sons reached over to hug her and said, “I miss dad.” Crystal had to stifle her laughter knowing no one was allowed to speak while they were filming.

Eye Of The Hurricane trailer:

crystal-preservePreserve, Filmed in St Mary’s, GA
170 years after a disaster has driven humanity underground, a group of four emerge to the surface and soon find themselves running for their lives in a harsh and unwelcoming world.
The film was written by Wayne Degan and directed by Brandon Herron.

In this film Crystal was instructed to wear tattered clothing which she distressed by putting them in the mud and walking all over them. Her clothes were such a mess, on the drive to Georgia she silently hoped she would not be stopped for a traffic violation and find herself having to explain her attire to a police officer.

Upon arrival the extras were seated for their “underground” makeup and then briefed about the scene they would be filming at an abandoned warehouse, the old Gilman Paper Mill. The small group practiced walking with purpose, angry and mean, like they were after someone. That scene was filmed from a small helicopter with a camera attached to it. Then they were split into two groups and directed to block the doors of the warehouse only to find the people they were hunting had already fled the location. The group was given a water break and then briefed again. This time they were to enter the building, tear it apart and burn it down. Three takes later and they were done. The actual burning of the building was done once the actors left the property.

Here is the Preserve trailer where you can see Crystal at :54, 1:09 and 1:13:

Crystal said this was by far the most exciting shoot she has been involved in. She said, “Everyone was so nice and friendly. I was even told I looked scary, which was what I was supposed to be.”

This shoot was so much fun they filmed an “out take” doing the Harlem Shake:

When asked if she wanted to participate in more films, Crystal replied with an avid, “Oh, yes!!!”

Crystal Molchan in one of SearchAmelia’s Interesting Locals – she has three wonderful sons, Jon, Mike and Alan and is married to the love of her life, Bucky. She has two grandsons, Jessie and David and said, “I wish one of the boys would give me a grand-daughter.”

She feels blessed with the opportunities she’s found in life and recalls walking the Red Carpet at Disneyland, in Anaheim, California with the cast of Pirates of the Caribbean.

Crystal credits her parents with her happiness. “I have my mom and dad to thank for all of it, for the values and for setting my feet on the path that I live today. My mom for pushing me and giving me the encouragement to get on that stage of life and do the things I wanted to even though I was afraid. To my dad who always said to me through the tough times, ‘The good Lord will never put on you anymore than you can handle.’ I have always lived my life by that and somehow, I came through it alright.”

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2014 Festivals of Speed Returns to Omni Amelia Island

2014 Festivals of Speed Returns to Omni Amelia IslandRegistration is now open for the 2014 Festivals of Speed at the AAA Four Diamond Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.

March 5-8, 2014 are the show dates, so register your car, motorcycle, boat or aircraft today and join the fun. All years, makes & models are welcome. At Festivals of Speed it’s all about the experience and this year it is bigger! There has been a second Fairway add to the event to accommodate over 500 cars, motorcycles, boats, and more.

Attention Car clubs: contact Festivals of Speed to host your club event within their event.

Multiple ballrooms, display lawns, and massive hotel room blocks are also available this year display your product or service. There will be more Memorabilia, Automotive Art, Wine, Collectables and other auction items in the massive 23,000 Sq Ft Ballrooms and display lawns. For many years to come you can display your product or service in a magnificent environment.

Want to show your product or service? contact joe@festivalsofspeed.com

-Cocktail Receptions
-Lifestyle Auctions
-Automotive Art Auctions
-Classic Car Drive Ins
-Rooftop Cocktail parties
-Wine & Spirit Tastings
-Cigars

Friday, March 7th 8:00-11:00pm
Luxury Lifestyle Cocktail Reception in the Grand Ballroom. Over 22,000′ of magnificent ballroom space to host the ultimate cocktail reception. Inside, guests will enjoy displays of exotic cars, motorcycles, watercraft, luxury lifestyle companies, full open bar, wine tastings, cigar lounges, a live band, live & silent auction and much more.

Saturday, March 8th 10:00am-4:00pm
Display of Exotic Cars, Motorcycles, Watercraft & Luxury Lifestyle Companies on the 9th & 18th Fairways. Not one but TWO fairways will play host to over 400 of the worlds most exotic cars, motorcycles, watercraft & luxury lifestyle companies. In addition, guests will enjoy onsite cafes, full bars, cigar lounges, a cognac lounge, wine tastings, live jazz and more all placed directly on the fairways.

Need a room for the weekend while your displaying a car with us?
We have all the rooms you need at the AAA Four Diamond Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. This AAA, Four Diamond oceanfront resort is the ultimate in luxury. Every imaginable amenity is available for you and your family to enjoy. Located right on the ocean, your view is absolutely spectacular.

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Baptist Medical’s 2013 Holiday Bazaar

Baptist Medical's 2013 Holiday BazaarPresented by the Baptist Medical Center Nassau Auxiliary is the 2013 Holiday Bazaar!

Friday, November 1, 2013, from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, in the hospital board room, you will find home baked items, hand made crafts, Christmas decorations, and an amazing “white elephant” table with remarkable bargains for holiday gifts and stocking stuffers.

There is a “Choose Your Prize Drawing” as well as a silent auction for terrific themed baskets created by various Auxiliary departments. Tickets are only $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.

The sale opens at 7:00 AM so that all the night nurses have the opportunity to shop before they go home and drop into bed. But you can come at 7:00 AM, too, and give them some competition!

The proceeds from this Bazaar go to the Hospital Auxiliary (those folks with teal jackets). Then the Auxiliary can purchase needed equipment for the hospital with the funds.

Please come by and support your local hospital!!

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Auditions Open for The Eight: Reindeer Monologues

Auditions Open for The Eight: Reindeer MonologuesAuditions for The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, by Jeff Goode, are by appointment only.

This dark, dark Christmas comedy involves scandal erupting at the North Pole when one of Santa’s eight tiny reindeer accuse him of sexual harassment.

As members of the sleigh team demand to share their perspectives, and a horrific tale emerges, which seems to implicate everyone from the littlest elf to the tainted Saint himself.

This show is NOT suitable for children. If you are interested in auditioning, please contact Jill Dillingham at dilljill@msn.com if interested.

There are only two erformance dates: 12/27 and 12/28 at 10pm; this includes wickedly funny, adult humor.

Details about roles and ticket links can be found at www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com.

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Health Insurance Marketplace, Have You Logged on?

Health Insurance Marketplace, Have You Logged on?I got the following email from Kathleen Sebelius. It is an update on the Health Insurance Marketplace.

“It has been three weeks since the start of the new Health Insurance Marketplace,
where Americans, regardless of income or health status, can find quality, affordable
health coverage. The launch of the Marketplace website, HealthCare.gov, has been
rocky but we are working tirelessly to make the online process better.

And we are taking other steps to meet the consumer demand for affordable health
insurance. There are four basic ways to apply for health coverage through the
Marketplace, and I want to tell you about them.

-Apply online – Visit HealthCare.gov to get started.
-Apply by phone. Call 1-800-318-2596 to apply for a health insurance plan and enroll over the phone. (TTY: 1-855-889-4325)
-Apply in person. Visit a trained counselor in your community to get information and apply in person. Find help in your area at LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov.
-Apply by mail. Complete a paper application and mail it in. You can download the paper application form HERE.

Before you choose a plan, you may want to explore your options. You can use this calculator to see if you qualify for lower costs on coverage and preview Marketplace plans here.”

Note from editor “Good luck!”

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Mike + Ruthy Evening of Story and Song

Mike + Ruthy Evening of Story and SongThough legendary folk artists Jay Ungar and Molly Mason were the featured performers at the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival a few years ago, it was Jay’s daughter Ruthy, along with her husband, Mike Merenda, who really stole the show!

If you were fortunate enough to have attended that concert, you’ll know why Evening of Story and Song organizers wanted to host Mike and Ruthy for a show of their own ever since.

After thousands of concerts across tens-of-thousands of miles, Mike + Ruthy have emerged as one of acoustic America’s most revered musical duos. As story-tellers, as singers, and as poets, they are heralds of an American cultural awakening, one that values honesty and togetherness, one that prefers grit to glitz and one that – in the face of an information super-highway – revels in the old-fashioned telling of a story.

Though all of their guest artists are top-notch, this is one show you really won’t want to miss (even if there is a Georgia/Florida football game earlier in the day)!

For a sneak preview, visit MikeandRuthy.com

The show is Saturday, November 2nd, in Burns Hall at St. Peter’s Parish. The doors open at 7:15 pm; and the show begins at 8:00.

A $15 donation to the artists is requested.

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