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Storytellers Vie For Champion in Fernandina Library Fundraiser

Storytellers Vie For Champion in Fernandina Library FundraiserYou’ll giggle, laugh and maybe even cry when six area storytellers compete for the coveted title of Island Tales Story Champion on September 30 at Burns Hall, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in downtown Fernandina Beach.

This year’s theme ‘I Was So Embarrassed!” promises to be a rousing, hilarious storytelling event. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and libations first, then sit back and be regaled by some of the area’s finest storytellers.

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with island-themed delights sponsored by Lulu’s Restaurant and a cash bar. The storytellers take the stage at 7:00 pm to entertain you and earn your cash votes.

The stakes are high as audience members will vote with cash for their favorite storyteller. Tickets for votes will be on sale during the event with proceeds helping fund the Friends of the Library Capital Campaign for the newly renovated Fernandina Beach Library.

Competing for champion bragging rights are: Doris Davis, a beach lover, actress and director of Christian education at First Presbyterian Church; Geoffrey King, a Scottish lad who found his calling on the theatrical stage; Frank O’Donnell, a champion for clean air laws who has appeared as a “talking head” on every major television network; Marsha Dean Phelts, a former librarian for the Duval County Public School system and Florida Genealogy Collection of the Jacksonville Public Library system; Thea Seagraves, a former mime and current Education Director at the Amelia Island Museum of History; and Doug McDowell serving as Master of Ceremonies, an accomplished amateur actor, struggling playwright, and all-around supporter of the arts.

“We’re delighted to have such great participation and impressive talent for our third year’s event,” says Dee Torre, FOL President and Capital Campaign chair. “Stories and libraries are such a natural fit.”

Advance tickets for the reception and storytelling slam are $50 for general admission and $65 for reserved seating. Tickets are available for sale at the Fernandina Beach Library, 25 N 4th Street, or online at www.FernandinaFOL.org.

Re-Branded Taste of Amelia Island Tickets Now On Sale

Press release – Nassau County Volunteer Center announces a re-branded Taste of Amelia Island, to be hosted by Omni Amelia Island Plantation on Friday, November 18, 2016, from 6 to 9 p.m., in the Amelia Ballroom. Tickets are now available for the 25th Anniversary event – Giving Back; Looking Forward – A Silver Celebration of Service, both online at www.volunteernassau.org, and at select ticket locations throughout the island.

This year’s Taste sees the return of many prominent chefs on Amelia Island, including The Ritz-Carlton Executive Chef, Andrew Yeo. To help bolster promotions, the Taste’s Media partner, Edible Northeast Florida Magazine, will be producing a series of podcast episodes, syndicated nationally on Edible Radio, featuring Amelia Island’s unique culinary talent. Each interview will be available on iTunes in the weeks and months leading up to the event.

Additionally, this year the event will include a professionally designed and decorated venue compliments of Robyn Branch Design, as well as event signage and marketing collateral designed and produced by professional graphic artist, Christina King.

“We felt it was important to honor the 25th year of this event with a fresh, elegant approach from the branding of tickets, signage and other media pieces to a completely new approach to our silent auction and cocktail hour”, says Executive Director, Lori Hoerl. “This year, we are excited to have history and nature exhibits and select silent auction items that mirror the food of the event in being a flavor of all there is to do, see and experience on Amelia Island. It is our hope that this year’s silver anniversary will draw in new visitors from the greater Jacksonville area, parts of southeast Georgia and beyond.”

This year’s Taste of Amelia Island will include a selection of wines from San Sebastian Winery, the Sheffield Family, and Prestige Wine Imports, as well as the first “Best Dish of the Taste” contest voted on by attendees and announced that evening, with the winning Chef receiving an engraved gift.

The event will also feature a variety of music including acoustical guitar for the cocktail hour in the silent auction lobby area, and the very popular Decades Band in the main ballroom, provided through Resort Talent. Silent auction donations will reflect the history, nature, and overall flavor of the island and surrounding area, including, among others:
• One Hour Private Charter Aboard Amelia River Cruises
• Two Hour Private Sailing Charter Compliments of Windward Sailing School
• Guided Kayak Eco-Tour for Two from Kayak Amelia
• Stand Up Paddleboard Introduction Class For Two from Kayak Amelia
• Private Wine Class for 20 from Total Wine & More
• History Package With Hotel Stay
• Variety of Other Accommodations / Get-Away’s
• Local Island Jewelry
• A Variety of Spa Experiences
• Additional Gift Basket to Dine Around Town From Local Favorites

Executive Director, Lori Hoerl, says “I have a strong belief that with a well-executed event this year, this event could become part of a weekend-long festival similar to other larger Tastes around the country and bring new and returning tourists to Amelia Island at a time of year when our businesses, restaurants and otherwise, could benefit from the revenue.”

Nassau County Volunteer Center thanks Launch Printing and Promotions for their donation of printing for tickets, posters and restaurant voting piece, Janet Michea for website marketing and graphic design support, and Island Flowers and Garden for providing the voting containers. Special thanks to Eric Webb and Fast Signs for sponsoring event signage and donating to our silent auction as well.

Fifi’s Fine Resale of Amelia Island is Having a Party

Fifi’s Fine Resale of Amelia Island, Florida, is celebrating 12 years under Jessica Miller’s leadership with a party and a $12.00 “Stuff a Bag Sale” on Saturday, June 11, 2016. A portion of the proceeds from $12.00 stuffed bags will be given to Cedar Haven Transition House for Homeless Women.

Specially marked items throughout the shop can be stuffed into a plastic shopping bag for just $12.00. This sale event coincides with the 12 Year Anniversary of Jessica Miller buying Fifi’s. Treats will be served, and the feeling for giving towards a local charity will leave you feeling oh-so-good!

Fifi’s is open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm on Saturday for the event. Fifi’s is stuffed to the rafters with amazing new items including every day brands like Chico’s, Ann Taylor, J. Crew, Talbots, and Banana Republic.

Cedar Haven is a Transitional House for Homeless Women in the Fernandina Beach Community. It is a Non-Profit organization dedicated to serving women by offering transitional housing and education to improve the quality of life for homeless women without children. Cedar Haven is a project of Women of Power Inc. Cedar Haven opened in March 2011 and provides a 180-day transitional program. In addition to providing housing, classes are offered that will assist residents in becoming self sufficient; improving the quality of their lives as they make a transition back into society. For more information, please call (904) 699-7477.

Amateur Radio Emergency Service 2016 Bar-B-Q

There is a super, incredibly delicious BBQ event is this week beginning at 8:00 a.m. Thursday, and going through Saturday night, when they run out of food!

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) works often with county and LE officials honing the operation of its network of communications operations that might one day be called upon in an emergency situation in which regular channels fail.

This is unquestionably a fundraiser, but you don’t just hand over your money; they give you back some fabulous BBQ Chicken and Ribs!!!

Quantities are “Huuuuuge”, but despite increases on the supply side, the prices to you remain the same as last year.

You can also learn about ARES, and there will be a chance to check out some cool radio gear. Some of you might already be thinking you should get involved in this organization, and that’s a good idea…. just because!

The Bar-B-Q is this weekend, May 19 – 21, 2016.

Located in the church parking lot across from Ron Anderson Chevrolet, your purchase helps raise money to support the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, a group that works with Nassau County’s Emergency Management to provide communications support in times of disaster.

Dinner Prices:
Chicken with 2 sides, and a drink $6.00
Ribs with 2 sides, and a drink $8.00
Combo with 2 sides, and a drink $10.00
Slab of ribs $20.00

Sides are: beans, potato salad, or cole slaw.

Amateur Radio Bar-B-Q

Pajama Jam Sunset River Cruise for Micah’s Place

Pajama Jam Sunset River Cruise for Micah's PlacePlease join the Pajama Jam Sunset River Cruise that benefits Micah’s Place Domestic Violence Center this Sunday, May 22, 2016, from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.

Hosted by Captain Pajama Dave, with live music by the fabulous Jim Barcaro, tickets includ three hours of festivities! Your first hour, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., will be spent at the PajamaLife
Store, located at 2 South Second Street in Fernandina Beach, FL. The hour includes free BBQ from
the Happy Tomato, beer, wine and bottled water.

Next, head to the boat at Amelia River Cruise and Charters, (1 North Front Street) for a two hour sunset cruise, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., you are welcome to BYOB and any food for the cruise.

Enter the “on board Pajama Contest” (keep it clean) to win a great prize. Don’t forget to bring cash to buy your raffle tickets too. Prizes include 2 nights at the Omni Amelia Island
Plantation Resort.

Event tickets are $50 per person and all proceeds support Micah’s Place, and the victims of domestic violence, and their children.

To buy tickets: you can go by the Amelia River Cruise Office, or call and talk to
Angela or Melisa at 904 261. 9972, or click the link here. You can also get your Pajamas at PajamaLife – tell them you are going on the cruise, and they will give you a 10% discount on your purchase!

If you, or someone you know, are a victim of domestic violence and need help, call
the Micah’s Place crisis hotline – available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even on holidays, at 1-800-500-1119 or locally in Nassau County, Florida 904-225-9979.

Go Topless Day 2016

Go Topless Day 2016Go Topless Day, May 14, 2016, Celebrates warm weather and the sense of fun and adventure that comes from owning a Jeep. You are invited to National Jeep Go Topless Day whether your Jeep has a hard top, soft top, bikini top, or no top.

The Eight Flags Jeep Club has organized a scenic, police-escorted 36-mile charity run through Amelia Island, beginning at Rick Keffer Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep and ending at VFW Post #4351 with a BBQ lunch. Net proceeds will be donated to the VFW and its charities.

Cost is only $20.00 per Jeep, $5.00 each additional passenger.

Line-up begins at 9:00 a.m. and the ride will be pulling out promptly at 11:00 a.m.

This is a CASH ONLY event, and you must be present to win prizes!

There will be food, raffles, music and vendors.

This year’s longer route now includes downtown Fernandina Beach.

For more information, please visit www.eightflagsjeep.com.

2016 Amelia Island Walk

2016 Amelia Island WalkOn Saturday, May 28th, the Amelia Island Walk, a Vida Series event, begins at the Fernandina Harbor Marina, and ends at Amelia Island State Park at the southernmost end of the island. Choose 15, 10, or 5 miles and walk the island for exercise, enjoyment and appreciation of the beauty surrounding us all. The route will take you through the historic village, Egan’s Creek Greenway, the beach, and the Amelia Island Trail.

At every mile there will be a pause to notice the beauty and nature of the trees, the creatures, the ocean, the wind, the flowers, and more… plus 2 water refill and rest stops.

The start time is 8:00 AM. A t-shirt plus goody bag from our sponsors will be given to all registered participants.

Register for Amelia Island Walk – Vida Series on www.active.com, or email atompkins@anypumpkin.com for a registration form. The entry fee is $25.
NOTE: Registration closes at 11:00 PM on Saturday, May 14th.

This event benefits the efforts of the Amelia Tree Conservancy, dedicated to preserving our Maritime Forest Canopy and it’s ecosystem on Amelia Island.

The sponsors are: Vida Fitness, Osprey Village, Nassau Health Foods, Sliders Seaside Grille, Island Vibe surf shop, and Color It Green.

For questions contact Amy Tompkins, Vida Series event director: atompkins@anypumpkin.com

It’s Time for City’s Recycling Event

It's Time for City's Recycling EventIt’s time for the City of Fernandina Beach’s Annual Recycling Event. Held at the maintenance/utilities complex at 1017 South Fifth Street Extention, on Amelia Island. The event is this coming Saturday, April 16, 2016, and begins at 7:00 AM.

Items accepted include:
Plastic bottles
Propane Tanks
Steel/Aluminum Cans
Oil and filters
Hazardous Chemicals
Flourescent Bulbs
Non-prescription Medications

This is also a Food Drive with the Barnabas Center.

Please bring non-perishable food items for the Food Pantry, such as: tuna, meats, soup, beans, fruits, vegetables, pasta, and peanut butter.

If you have any questions, please call (904)310­3315 or check out the Fernandina Beach Maintenance Department on facebook.

2016 Katie Ride for Life

2016 Katie Ride for LifeOne of Amelia Island’s premier fundraising events is the Katie Ride for Life. Inspired by the heart-breaking death of a teen aged girl, young Katie Caples’ saved five lives, and over the years has touched countless others because she chose to be an organ donor.

Though she didn’t know it at the time, Katie started a movement that anyone and everyone should register to become an organ donor.

The Katie Caples Foundation inspires others to live, breathe, walk, run, ride, educate and advocate for organ donation. They are committed to increasing the number of registered organ donors and eliminating the wait for the more than 125,000 adults and children in need of a lifesaving organ transplant.

If you are not familiar with the story, please take a moment and meet Katie, and one of the lives she saved:

125,000 adults and children are waiting for an organ transplant. 21 people will die today while they wait, and tomorrow 144 more will be added to this “too-long-of-a-list”. We know those people in dire need of a transplant could be your mother, father, son, daughter, sister, brother or friend. Together, we will do the right thing and end the wait.

So join the movement and help others share life by saying, “Yes!” Become an organ donor, because “yes” saves lives.

The Katie Ride for Life will be held on April 16, 2016, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Atlantic Recreation Center on Amelia Island. Expect delays and traffic congestion until 3:00 p.m.

Do You Want to be a Pirate?

Do You Want to be a Pirate?The Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc. is a lively crew with a very active presence and has received proclamations from both Nassau County, Florida, and the City of Fernandina Beach announcing them “Goodwill Ambassadors to the World.” Founded in October of 1973, to promote the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, the Fernandina Pirates entertain crowds at a variety of parades and events in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.

Although their primary focus is on promoting the annual Shrimp Festival, “We are also interested in the community at large, and try to do our part to better life in our charming little seaport town.” Said Club Captain (President) Lawrence Mackie. “Fernandina offers a slower paced, tourist driven community that was all about Pirates long before being a Pirate was cool.”

Behind the scruffy beards, the plumed hats, leather boots, and tight corsets, the Pirates are active members of the community with real jobs like realtors, nurses, business owners and retirees. These volunteers participate in a number of community and charitable events such as monthly Pirate Blood Drives, Katie’s Ride For Life, Joy to the Children, Relay For Life, Downtown Pajama Party, Fernandina Beach High School’s Homecoming Parade and football games, NAMI Walk, and more. The Pirates even offer their own scholarship to a high school seniors entering college, and a military scholarship, too.

With Shrimp Festival on the horizon, this is when the Pirates are often asked, “How do I become a Pirate?” First, you start off as a Swabbie. Being a Swabbie lets you participating in parades, working booth shifts at the Shrimp Festival or other events, help out at “work parties” where we may paint road worthy pirate ships, or simply decorate hats. This is an opportunity to learn how to walk, talk, act, and dress like a Fernandina Pirate. After attending three meetings, three in-town functions, and three out-of-town functions, we hope you have made new friends among the existing membership. You are then sponsored by a Pirate in good standing and nominated for Pirate membership, with full voting and black powder privileges.

If you are interested in becoming a Pirate, the Fernandina Pirates Club normally meets on the third Tuesday of each month, but in preparation of the Festival, they will be meeting on April 12th and 19th, at 7:00 p.m., upstairs, at 115 South Second Street, in historic, Fernandina Beach. Their April 26th meeting will be held at the waterfront.

The Fernandina Pirates Club is a non-profit corporation, with a board of officers, membership requirements and safety rules, too, but they are always looking for a few good ship mates! If you would like to learn more about the Pirates, please join them at an upcoming meeting, “like” them on facebook, visit FernandinaPirates.com, or call Judie Mackie at (904) 583-0659.

Bark for Life in Historic Fernandina Beach

Bark for Life in Historic Fernandina BeachCancer is an epidemic and affects the lies of so many people – mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, friends and coworkers. In fact, 1.6 million people in the United States will be newly diagnosed with cancer this year alone.

The American Cancer Society Bark for Life is a noncompetitive walking event and an irresistable way to partner with your canine companions who demonstrate unconditional love and compassion with no judgement of our appearance or abilities. Canine and human, together, can raise money and make new friends while helping the American Cancer Society save lives.

By supporting Bark For Life, you help the American Cancer Society “take a bite out of cancer” and move closer to our ultimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

bark-for-life-bentley-500So bring your best canine friend and join us for a fun-filled morning starting with a walk, and then continuing with demonstrations, contests, and games.

Bark For Life of Fernandina Beach will be held at the Waterfront Green in historic, downtown, on April 23, 2016. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:00.

Registration is $10.00 per dog in advance or $15.00 on the day of the event; this is a tax deductible contribution.

Contact Alexandra Davis at (904) 391-3646 for more information or to become a sponsor of this fabulous event.

2016 Spring Book Sale

2016 Spring Book Sale

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The Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library’s annual Spring Book Sale kicks off Thursday, April 7, 2016, with a special Friends of the Library “Members-Only” preview from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Peck Center Gym located at 516 South 10th Street, on Amelia Island.

If you are not a member, you are invited to join at the door and get first choice of thousands of books, CDs and DVDs for sale.

Memberships are $15 for students, $35 dollars for individuals, $50 for a couple or $75 for a family.

The doors will open to all on Friday, April 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on Saturday, April 9, from 9:30 to 2:00.

Books are carefully organized for easy browsing in dozens of categories, including fiction, biographies, art, history, children’s books, sports, cooking, audio books and more. Most books are priced at $2.00 or less.

For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.FernandinaFOL.org.