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Baptist Nassau Presents the Shrimp Festival

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Committee is pleased to announce that Baptist Medical Center-Nassau is the “Presenting Sponsor” of the 54th annual festival being held May 5 -7, 2017, in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. “This opportunity is a natural partnership between the area’s only community hospital and the largest, longest running special event in our area”, said Baptist-Nassau’s President Ed Hubel, “sponsoring the festival is a natural extension of our commitment to our local communities.”

Baptist Medical Center Nassau is a highly advanced, extremely well-equipped community hospital on Amelia Island that provides a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient services and 24-hour emergency care to coastal communities in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The medical staff includes highly trained physicians in 24 different specialties who practice locally, and as part of the Baptist Health System. Baptist Nassau has access to many additional specialized physicians, services, and resources when needed.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival kicks-off Thursday, May 4th, with a 6:00 p.m. Pirate Parade in downtown Fernandina. The festival officially opens Friday afternoon with a dedicated Kids’ Fun Zone at Central Park, and plenty of riverfront activities. The festival continues Saturday and Sunday with nearly 400 vendors displaying fine arts and crafts, antiques, and of course there will be lots of shrimp! You can expect contests, pageants, Pirates, and an incredible line-up of entertainment including an emotional Wreath Ceremony.

Located in the heart of the waterfront during the Shrimp Festival, Baptist-Nassau will be in attendance to showcase their services and staff. You are encouraged to stop by their booth where they will be sharing information and answering questions about quality health care available in our communities.

Consistently rated by “Sunshine Artist Magazine” in the top 100 North America best events, visit ShrimpFestival.com for more information.

Challenge Butter Demos and Giveaways at Shrimp Fest

(Press release) – Award-winning Challenge Butter is buttering up Floridians by donating more than 100 pounds of its fresh sweet cream butter to all of the food vendors cooking up local shrimp for the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival attendees. It’s also providing free samples from Chef Ryan Robinson of Brett’s Waterway Cafe, and free coupons.

Festivalgoers can enjoy watching Chef Ryan Robinson prepare and sample dishes made with Challenge Butter and Challenge Cream Cheese on-site at the Challenge Butter Kitchen, located on the lawn at the foot of Centre Street. Demos will be taking place on the hour beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Challenge Butter booth is also fun place to stop for a chance to spin and win coupons, squishy cows and more.
New to Florida, Challenge is the leading butter brand in the West and has won accolades from the World Dairy Awards, Saveur Magazine and San Francisco Chronicle. Its butter and cream cheese are made from 100% real cream from its 450 family owned dairies.

A stickler for quality, Challenge products are free of growth hormones, artificial preservatives, dyes and fillers. And, its products are so fresh, they are ready for the grocer within 48 hours of the cows being milked. Look for them in the dairy case at Winn-Dixie and Wal-Mart. It’s the butter with the elk on the package.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is May 5 – 7, with a Pirate Parade kick-off on May 4th at 6:00 p.m. in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. Enjoy a Kids Fun Zone, live musical entertainment, contests, food booths and more. On Saturday and Sunday there will be over 450 arts, crafts, antiques, and collectible booths. For more information, please visit www.ShrimpFestival.com.

ABOUT CHALLENGE BUTTER
Award-winning Challenge Butter began more than one hundred years ago. Today, it is the largest butter brand in the West and is available nationwide. Its portfolio of products includes Salted and Unsalted Challenge Butter, Whipped Challenge Butter and Salted and Unsalted European Style Butter. Its line of spreadable butters includes Italian Herb & Garlic, Cracked Pepper & Sea Salt, Challenge Lite Spreadable Butter with Olive Oil, a Challenge Spreadable Butter Flavored with Olive Oil, Challenge Spreadable Butter with Canola Oil and Challenge Lactose-Free Spreadable Butter. It recently introduced six cream cheese products including regular Challenge Cream Cheese, Challenge Spreadable Cream Cheese, Challenge Whipped Cream Cheese, Challenge Neufchatel Cheese, Challenge Salsa Flavored Cream Cheese and Challenge Strawberry Flavored Cream Cheese. Challenge has not only been a pioneer in the quality in butter products, but is also responsible for many industry firsts including invention of the first aluminum butter churn, lab sampling of butter and shipping butter in paper rather than wooden crates. Visit Challenge on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ChallengeButter or at www.ChallengeDairy.com.

2017 Shrimp Festival Lot and Street Closures

Wondering how to get around downtown Fernandina Beach during the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival? Well, in certain areas you just can’t! Here are the scheduled street and parking lot closures for the 2017 Festival:

It takes a lot of time to set up a festival with nearly 400 arts, crafts, and antiques booths, food booths, sponsor tents, and other special exhibits so Lots A and B, at the waterfront, will be closed at 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning, May 4th, until noon, Monday, May 8, 2017.

The Festival kicks-off officially Thursday afternoon, on May 4th with a Pirate Parade that starts promptly at 6:00 p.m. so expect road closures on Ash and Centre Streets, from 11th to Second Streets, during the parade.

Immediately following the parade there will be a special Sounds on Centre street dance and live, free concert featuring Skip Towne and the Bounty Hunters. Centre Street, from Front to Second Streets will be closed until Sounds on Centre ends at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Lots C and D, along the river front, will be closed from 12:01 a.m on Friday, until Sunday, May 7th at 6:00 p.m.; some spaces in these lots will be available for parking by permit or payment only.

Noon Friday will see the closing of Centre Street at Second Street, to the waterfront, except for local traffic. At 4:00 p.m. Centre Street will close at Eighth Street, except for local traffic, and at 5:00 p.m. Centre Street and all streets one block north and one block south of Centre Street, from Seventh Street to the waterfront, will be closed to all traffic.

Roads and parking lots will remain closed until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, 2017.

For more information, please visit ShrimpFestival.com.

2017 Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade is May 4th

Historic Fernandina Beach is home to one of the region’s largest hometown parades. This year’s theme is the Ultimate Shrimp Experience. The parade will begin promptly at 6 :00 p.m., Thursday, May 4, 2017, and with spectators lined up three and four people deep for over 16 blocks, there is no better way – for the money – to get in front of a crowd this large and local businesses have signed up! There are almost 100 entries in this parade!!!

There will be decorative floats, walking groups, marching bands, exotic and antique vehicles, and much more. This year’s grand marshal is Jeff “Trapper” Parish.

Parade categories include Non-profit, Commercial, Walking Unit, Band or Performing  Unit, Civic Group, Judges Choice, and Special Effects. Awards will be presented on the River Front Stage on Friday, May 5ht. All entries are required to commemorate the shrimping industry  by adhering to the Pirate Parade Theme and the parade may not be used as a public forum to air personal opinions, grievances, or to protest any issue. 

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is a delicious Northeast Florida tradition being held May 5 – 7, 2017, and is presented by Baptist Medical Center-Nassau. The event kicks-off Thursday, May 4th, with a 6:00 p.m. Pirate Parade in downtown Fernandina Beach. The festival officially opens Friday afternoon with the Geico Kids’ Fun Zone, food booths, a pageant, live music, fireworks, a pirate invasion, river front entertainment, and more. The festival continues Saturday and Sunday with two stages, nearly 400 vendors displaying fine arts, crafts, and antiques. There will be contests, children’s activities, and food booths with lots of shrimp!

Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant Seeking Contestants

It is time for the Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival’s Scholarship Pageant. Sponsored by The Hampton Inn & Suites, Amelia Island, the pageant is open to high school level juniors and seniors, currently attending public, private, alternative and home schools. Continue reading

2017 Amelia Island Book Festival Schedule

What happens when you bring great authors to a small island in Northeast Florida? Everyone wants to come and enjoy all the events and activities. The Amelia Island Festival Board of Directors has announced the three day schedule of events. Be sure to come and help support this yearlong endeavor that brings an author to every public school and a book to every student of the author they meet.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017 (sponsored by Wm. L. Amos, Sr Foundation & Debonair)
TWEEN/TEEN SCENE (For students grades 6 – 12) (sponsored by the DAVID MILLER FAMILY, The WISH YOU WELL FOUNDATION and an Anonymous Donor in Memory of Shiela Fountain) – with youth authors, refreshments, prizes and four breakout sessions
TIME: 4:30 to 6:30 pm
LOCATION: Boys & Girls Miller Freedom Center ~ 942259 Old Nassauville Rd, Yulee.
FREE EVENT: Reservations are required; online at the AIBF website or by calling Boys & Girls Miller Freedom Center

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017
LESSONS FROM A BESTSELLER: STEVE BERRY’S WRITERS’ WORKSHOP-
Presented by CBC National Bank
Run by Number One International and NYT Bestselling Author of more than
15 books Steve Berry and his wife and business partner, Elizabeth Berry (through their History Matters Foundation) to Support Authors in Schools Literacy Program.
TIME: Workshop runs 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration opens at 8:00
LOCATION: FSCJ-Nassau Campus-Bean Center (Yulee) – 76346 William Burgess Boulevard, Yulee, FL 32097
A limited number of student scholarships provided by the Institute for Enterprise

AUTHORS IN SCHOOLS (sponsored by all sponsors and ticketholders)&
TIME: From 9 am to 3 pm (School dictates exact start and end times)
LOCATION: In all 15 Nassau County Public Schools
FREE EVENT No cost to schools or students—AIBF gets authors and buys presenting authors’ books for students

AUTHOR FACEOFF DINNER GALA – With literary giants and NYT Bestselling Authors led by Festival Honorary Chairman Steve Berry, don’t miss this “Face-off” with R.L. Stine, David Baldacci, Joseph Finder, Lara Adrian and Mary Kay Andrews. VIP tickets available for contributors of $500 or more.
TIME: 6 to 10 pm
LOCATION: Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, 39 Beach Lagoon Road, Amelia Island, FL 32034

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2017
AUTHOR EXPO/READER’S EXTRAVAGANZA
TIME: 10 am to 5:00 pm
LOCATION: Fernandina Beach Middle School, 315 Citrona Drive, Fernandina Beach, FL
FREE ADMISSION & FREE PARKING – open to all
A family festival and celebration of the written word. Food, fun, entertainment and activities. Contests and prizes for kids and adults. Author presentations, breakout sessions, book sales and signings throughout the day.

AUTHOR PRESENTATION/BREAKOUT SESSION/BOOK SIGNINGS (at Fernandina Beach Middle School) Breakout sessions with featured authors and book signings for adults. Also breakouts for children with crafts, making a book and so much more.

Don’t miss these fabulous breakout sessions. All free.
Participate in offerings for all ages – enjoy food, beverages; Enter to win contests with drawings for great prizes. Prizes will be given throughout the day. With more than 100 noted authors, both International and New York Times bestsellers and emerging authors of every genre, to share their stories, there’s some thing for every age and type of reader. Come meet and mingle with your favorites; make some new discoveries; buy a book; get it signed; get your photo taken with your favorites; attend author breakout sessions and special presentations; bask in the literary excitement.

All the breakout sessions will be held in the Media Center, except for the R.L. Stine presentation which will be held in the Auditorium & Jacques Pepin who will be signing in the Exhibit Hall (gym).

Breakout sessions will be at 10, 11, 12, 1 and 2:30.
The Kidz Zone will be open from 10 to 2.

Each presenting author will be available in the Exhibit Hall (gym) to sign books immediately after their session is over. Out of courtesy to others, please do not ask authors to sign more than two books.

10 am-12 pm Jacques Pépin – Signing His Bestselling Cookbooks
One of America’s most loved French chefs. Jacques Pépin, the award-winning and internationally renowned chef, television personality and author, has appeared on French and American television and written an array of cookbooks that have become best sellers. A short list of Pépin’s numerous accolades and accomplishments include co-starring in the PBS series Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home with Julia Child, Emmy Award Winner, cooking for heads of state, restaurant owner and columnist.

10 am Mary Kay Andrews – Tales From the Writing Trail
Join New York Times bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews as she intrigues her audience with the essence of her bigger than life protagonists and antagonists who accompany her readers on mesmerizing journeys. Inspired by her southern roots, her meandering travels, and a vivid imagination, hear how she peppers her works—Deep Dish, Savannah Blues, the Weekender and many others –with unforgettable characters.

11 am Joseph Finder – The Ordinary Guy—No Ordinary Thriller Writer
Discover how this master thriller craftsman, who wanted to be a spy or maybe a professor of Russian history, became a powerhouse thriller writer. With a reputation as one of the world’s most talented thriller authors, Joseph Finder writes about the ordinary guy in extraordinary peril. Two of his novels, High Crimes and Paranoia, became major motion pictures. No matter which you choose, Suspicion, The Fixer, Guilty Minds or any of his earlier novels, you will be captivated.

12 pm Henny Stewart – In Celebration of Black History Month
Join Jacksonville TV’s co-host of The Chat as she moderates a diversified panel made up of local and nationally renowned authors. The interactive question and answer discussion promises to be informative and entertaining for all. A dedicated hard worker, who loves to travel and makes connections wherever she goes, Henny says, “Life is about Choices, Chances, and Changes: let’s make the most of them!”

1 pm Lara Adrian – Spell Binding Tales and Heart Stopping Stories
Surrounded by centuries old graveyards, the brooding ocean, and hip urban comforts, New Englander Lara Adrian, international best selling author of the Midnight Breed vampire romance series, historical romances, and paranormal romance tales, will captivate you as she imparts her secrets to creating stories with tension, intrigue, and titillating twists and turns.

2:30 pm R.L. Stine (Reservations Needed) – Giving Kids the Creeps
The king of the Goosebumps empire, who says his great job is to “give kids the CREEPS!” will pay a spine tingling visit to Fernandina Beach. Stine is the author of more than 300 books including the Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room and the Fear Street series. He will discuss his sources of inspiration that propelled him to become one of the bestselling children’s author in history. In addition, he will regale the audience with his latest Marvel Comics venture in which he will deliver scares to fans in the pages of an upcoming all-new MAN-THING series.

10 am – 2 pm Kidz Zone–Unleashing your creativity.
Kidz Zone will feature life-long educator and AIBF Board member Terry Ramsay and her craft creations for ages 3 – 10. Everything from stringing bracelets and making sun-catchers, to bag puppets and collages. In addition, and back by popular demand, Online Binding will turn the works of art into personal book keepsakes. As always, there will be glitter galore!

2017 Quilts By The Sea Show in Fernandina

The 2017 Quilts By The Sea Quilt Show, sponsored by the Amelia Island Quilt Guild will feature over 200 guild members’ quilted creations on display at the Atlantic Recreation Center, located at 2500 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach is ADA accessible Recreation Center. Free on-site parking.

The show only comes around every three years and will be held Friday and Saturday, February 17th and 18th from 9:00am to 5pm – both days. Admission is $10 for both days, children under 12 are free. Tickets available at the door.

The show will display quilts demonstrating a variety of techniques from traditional to art quilts, hand pieced and appliqued to commercially quilted works. Holiday quilts, quilted wearables and an exhibit of Challenge quilt ‘Pirates of Amelia Island’ are of special interest. There is also a special group of fiber art quilts honoring Judi Wagner, local artist and a founding member of the Guild, available in the Silent Auction.

In addition to the quilts on display a Craft and Quilt Boutique will have hand-crafted items for sale. Fabric, patterns, sewing machines and other merchandise will be available in the Merchant Mall from a variety of vendors. The Silent Auction features wall sized beautiful quilted creations. There will be Door Prizes, Basket Raffles and Technique Demonstrations, as well.

More details are available here: www.facebook.com/quiltsbytheseaamelia

New Vendors and New Products at Fernandina’s Farmers Market

While the Farmers Almanac is predicting a snowy season for much of the country, we are seeing plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures for February here in NE Florida. One of the best ways to enjoy this exceptional weather is to head downtown and check out the Continue reading