Successful ShrimpElation Celebration (Video)

Successful ShrimpElation Celebration

ShrimpElation Celebration

The ShrimpElation Celebration wrapped up the Shrimp Expression fund raiser for Micah’s Place with a successful dinner and live auction on Amelia Island, Florida.

First Federal Bank, Burbank Nets and Amelia Liquors sponsored a lovely evening with cocktails, dinner, dancing to music by Harry and Sally, and lots and lots of shrimp at the old Pogey Plant. The Burbank family transformed the old warehouse into an elegant evening with large nets, balloons, confetti and the eight remaining shrimp from the art project Shrimp Expression.

Potential bidders were handed fans to wave in this festive setting of Fernandina’s ecletic movers and shakers.


Jumbo Shrimp

Auctioneer, Aaron Bean welcomed nearly 200 attendees who forked over $125.00 per ticket to support Micah’s Place, Nassau County’s only certified domestic abuse center. Bean auctioned the eight remaining shrimp on the Isle of Eight Flags… coincidence? Perhaps!

He went on to describe each of the available shrimp and opened the auction with a minimum $500 bid for Cool, Coastal, Captivating Cutie.

Other popular shrimp included Liberty, a red, white and blue shrimp that went for $700.00, Mongoose, and Francis the Gator. Rock Shrimp, who was sporting sunglasses, punk hair and a guitar fetched a $1,500.00 bid to thunderous applause from the crowd.

This fund raiser has been a three year project and Micah’s Place Executive Director, Shandra Riffey, said she was “thrilled” with the celebration.

Check out the video highlights of the evening here:


Fish and Shrimp at American Legion Post 54

Fish and Shrimp at American Legion Post 54

American Legion Post 54

This Saturday, October 23rd, the Sons of the Legion will be having a cookout at American Legion Post 54 starting at 11:00 AM. Fish and shrimp are on the menu for a donation of only $10.00 a plate.

You are missing out on one of the best meals on the island if you haven’t been to a Saturday cookout. Come out and support the Sons of the American Legion and have some great food.

Members of the Sons of the American Legion include males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. Military and were eligible for American Legion membership. The American Legion family is made up of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, and Sons of the American Legion.

The American Legion is located at the corner of Gum St. and S. 3rd, in Fernandina Beach.

Rotary’s Amelia Challenge Helps Eradicate Polio (Video)

Amelia Challenge 2010The Amelia Challenge 2010 is this Saturday, October 23rd at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Centre in Fernandina Beach. This fund raising event for the Rotary Club of Amelia Island, Sunrise is a day of fun for the entire family.

AC2010 is a sport and intellectual competition that includes bicycle races, walks, runs and mental challenges is presented by Baptist Medical Center Nassau. Other activities a jump house for the kids and food by Sony’s BBQ available on-site.

The fun starts at 9:00 AM and the team who completes their Amelia Island Challenge Puzzle first will be named the AC2010 Challenge Champion. Come on out and cheer for your favorite team! To learn more about AC2010, go to the website

Rotary District 6970 is dedicated to doing their part in the Rotary International goal of eradicating polio around the world. To this end, this video was created to inform and motivate all clubs in the district to set goals for fundraising. Featuring a clip of Bill Gates, the video informs as well as motivates all Rotarians to do their part in matching the generous grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets every Friday from 7:30 am to 8:30 am at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club.

8th Annual Holler for a Dollar

8th Annual Holler for a DollarTake Stock in Children of Nassau County is presenting the 8th Annual Holler for a Dollar at the Outdoor Education Center at the FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center. The event will feature a haunted hayride, haunted house and a haunted forest. It is $2 for each or all 3 for only $5. The money will benefit Take Stock in Children/Nassau, United Way/United Charities and Baptist Medical Center Cancer Research Institute.

Holler for a Dollar will be open on Friday, October 23, Friday, October 29, and Saturday October 30 from 7:30pm – 11pm. For more information contact Jody Mackle at 548-4464 or by email at jmackle (at)

Fernandina Pirates Announce the 2010 Royal Ball

Pirates Club Royal Couple

Pirates Club Royal Couple

The Fernandina Pirates Club Announces their Royal Ball of 2010.

Fernandina Beach, FL – The Fernandina Pirates Club is excited to announce the upcoming Royal Ball to be held on November 20, 2010 at the Kraft Athletic Club (Ten Acres) on Amelia Island, Florida.

The Fernandina Pirates Club is a group of colorful and lively volunteers who have served the local community since 1973. Operating as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation, the pirates conduct blood drives, hold a scholarship contest each year, entertain at ARC and the Council on Aging and support many other non-profit organizations. Proceeds from the Pirates Royal Ball will benefit our Adopt-a-Family Thanksgiving and Christmas programs as well as benefit Joy to the Children. Both Fernandina Beach and Nassau County boards of commissioners have proclaimed the Fernandina Pirates as their “Goodwill Ambassadors to the World” and you can always find them entertaining at the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

You are invited to join the pirates for an evening of elegant costumes, a buffet dinner fit for King Ferdinand himself, and live music performed by Tuff-A-Nuff. There will be a silent auction and door prizes at this BYOB, adult only event.

The doors open at 5:00 with dinner served from 5:30 to 8:30 PM and the band plays your favorite dancing tunes from 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $25.00 from your favorite pirate or online at Tickets sold at the door will cost $30.00.

If you cannot attend, please consider offering an item for our silent auction or a donation to be used as a door prize. Remember, all proceeds will go to help make the holidays a magical time of the year for your neighbors and the children of our community and your donations may be tax deductible.

Please call Dee for more information (904) 430-0020.

Amelia Cruizers 14th Annual 8-flags Car Show [video]

Amelia Cruizers 2010 Car Show

If you couldn’t make it to Amelia Cruizers’ 14th Annual 8-Flags Car Show, you can enjoy many of the cars on display here on this video. Bigger and better than last year, the event in historic downtown Fernandina Beach has been attracting many thousands of visitors in the middle of October, traditionally a soft visitor period.

We knew that this Saturday morning was special when we decided to meet for breakfast at Bright Mornings and the place was absolutely packed to capacity. Food and service was as good as ever, in spite of being filled to the last chair.
At the show on Centre I looked at the stars that sunlight created on these beautiful classic cars and arrangements were quickly made to get the big video camera from home (cannot carry it in my back-pack) and request an official golf cart to drive up and down the “track” for some video footage for people who couldn’t make it here on this glorious day.
Courtesy of Bruce McMullen, “my driver” and one of the 3 founders of this magnificent event in 1995, I got the tour and heard the special stories that go with an event like this and the vehicles on display.
Bruce, a master carpenter by trade, has been collecting antique and classic cars all his life and had a cute tiny camper on display on this show.
The unofficial estimate is that there were some 300 cars lining Center Street, royally beating out last years numbers, the weather was better than a combined claim of the Chamber of Commerce and the Tourism Office could ever ask for and I had the opportunity to put it on video for you.
Amelia Cruizers organizes this event every year to raise funds for selected organizations such as the Justin Hess Scholarship Foundation and the Nassau County Council on Aging, to mention two. In its existence the club has donated some $80,000 already to these causes. With 2 major classic car events on the books, the other being the famous Concours d’Elegance, Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach are rapidly gaining national and international recognition from car enthusiast.

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Volunteers Wanted for Amelia Challenge 2010

Amelia Challenge 2010Fernandina Beach, FL – The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise is looking for about twenty-five volunteers to assist with the inaugural “Amelia Challenge”, to be held the morning of October 23, 2010 at the Atlantic Recreation Center in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

The Amelia Challenge (AC2010), presented by Baptist Medical Center Nassau, is a signature Fund-Raising Event of the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise. AC2010 is a unique challenge that combines sports and intellectual challenges. Included are bicycle races, walk/run races and mental challenges will test up to 50 teams of four, in unique ways: combining for a total of 4 races and 4 challenges. The grand finale challenge will require each team to complete the Official Amelia Island Challenge Puzzle. The team that completes all races and challenges in the best aggregate time will be named the AC2010 CHALLENGE CHAMPION.

Families and friends are encouraged to attend to cheer on their favorite team. Other on-site activities available for the family include a jump house for the kids and food by Sonny’s BBQ. Admission is free and tickets for the family activities and food will be available for sale at the event.

To learn more about AC2010, become a sponsor, volunteer or register a team, go to the website It is all about Teamwork and we hope to see you and your families on October 23. For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact Donna VanPuymbrouck at 904-277-2465 or Sandy Price at 904-206-0756.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets every Friday from 7:30 am to 8:30 am at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. For more Rotary information, contact President Art Shuster at artshuster (at) or visit the club’s website:

Blood Letting Celebration

Pirate Club Blood DriveThe Fernandina Pirates Club will be holding a blood letting this Saturday, October 16th, at the Chili’s in Yulee from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. This brood of scoundrels hosts blood drives for the Georgia Florida Blood Alliance that are wildly popular. Come on out and give a pint, or members of the Fernandina Pirates might just spill one for ye!

The following pirate tale should put you in the mood:

Author Unknown
There’s an old sea story about a Pirate Captain who reprimanded his first mate because his men smelled bad; worse than what was considered usual for the scallawags.

The old Captain suggested the swabbies should change their underwear occasionally.

The first mate responded, “Aye, aye sir, I’ll see to it immediately!” He headed straight for the sailors berth deck and announced, “Your Captain thinks you scurvey dogs are smelling bad and wants you to change your underwear.” He continued, “One Eyed Jack, you change with Mr. Bootleg, Stumpy, you change with the Quartermaster, and Brown, you change with the ship’s doctor.”

Mary Kay Foundation Awards Grant to Micah’s Place

Mary Kay Foundation Awards Grant to Micah's Place

Mary Kay Foundation Awards Grant to Micah's Place

Micah’s Place receives part of a $3 million nationwide grant from the Mary Kay Foundation to combat domestic violence in Nassau County. The Mary Kay shelter grant program will help many of the 61,000 domestic violence survivors assisted each day in the United States.

Fernandina Beach, FL – Micah’s Place has been chosen to receive a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation as part of the organization’s annual $3 million national domestic violence grant program. Micah’s Place is one of 150 domestic violence organizations participating in the program. The grant will be used for the operating budget of the shelter.

“This grant is such a blessing to Micah’s Place in a variety of ways,” said Shandra Riffey, Executive Director. “Not only does it make up for a deficit in funding this year but gives us hope and strength to continue what we do. Domestic violence is not going away and deserves very serious attention. Programs to help battered women and their children require a lot of resources. That’s why we are so thankful The Mary Kay Foundation is helping us help families in Nassau County.”

Micah’s Place is a Certified Domestic Violence Center and the only one serving Nassau County, Florida. The mission is to provide prevention and intervention services to victims of domestic violence and to provide education within the community to affect change in behavior and attitudes relating to domestic violence. Micah’s Place offers safe, confidential shelter, advocacy, a 24-hour toll-free hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, and support groups to victims of domestic violence. All services are free and confidential.

For more information, please visit or call our administration office at 904-491-6364 or call our Hotline call (800) 500-1119.

The Mary Kay Foundation was created in 1996, and its mission is two-fold: to fund research of cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue. Since the Foundation’s inception, it has awarded nearly $25 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and more than $14 million to cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about the Mary Kay Foundation, log on to or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).

Fall Fund Raiser for Council on Aging

Fall Fund Raiser for Council on AgingThe Council on Aging’s fall fund raiser will be held on October 10, 2010 from 5:30 to 9:00 PM, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation.

This 7th Annual celebration includes music by the BoCats, dancing, entertainment, cocktails, dinner by Horizons, silent and live auctions all to raise money to support the COA’s services and community outreach programs such as transportation, Meals on Wheels, activities for seniors and in-home care.

Tickets are $75.00 per person and are available at Council on Aging of Nassau, 1367 South 18th Street in Fernandina Beach (Call Stella at 261-0701) or at The Chamber of Commerce, UPS Store, Train Depot Tourist Center, Golf Club of Amelia, or the Ocean Club at Amelia Island Plantation.

ShrimpElation Celebration

Bids Now Accepted for Giant Shrimp

Bids Now Being Accepted for Giant Shrimp

Join Micah’s Place at their ShrimpElation Celebration benefit!

Fernandina Beach, FL – On Saturday, October 16 (6pm – 10pm). ShrimpElation Celebration will be the culmination of their community art project, Shrimp Expression. This will be an evening of music and dancing by Harry and Sally, shrimply delights by Espana and the Grill Sergeant, and libations compliments of Amelia Liquors. The evening will conclude in an auction where eight of the shrimp sculptures (as seen around Fernandina Beach) will go to their final happy homes! All of the excitement will happen at a waterside location on the Amelia River and the cost is only $125/person. Please R.S.V.P by calling 904-491-6364, ext. 100.

Can’t join them at their ShrimpElation Celebration? You still have time to purchase your very own Vampy Scampi Shrimp and help raise much needed funds for Micah’s Place. Bids on the shrimp sculptures are now being accepted from those that may not be able to attend the event. There are eight beautiful and unique sculptures that would enhance your business front or be a lovely addition to your flower garden or any room in your house. You may also want to donate the sculpture to your favorite charity. Call Kelly Monti, Project Coordinator, at (904) 491-6364, ext. 100. View to see the sculptures that are accepting bids.

Micah’s Place is a Certified Domestic Violence Center and the only one serving Nassau County, Florida. The mission is to provide prevention and intervention services to victims of domestic violence and to provide education within the community to affect change in behavior and attitudes relating to domestic violence. Micah’s Place offers safe, confidential shelter, advocacy, a 24-hour toll-free hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, and support groups to victims of domestic violence. All services are free and confidential. For more information, please visit or call their administration office at 904-491-6364 or the Hotline at (800) 500-1119.

Ballroom Youth Academy Open Dance

Learning to Dance

Learning to Dance

Let’s Dance is an open dance and fundraiser for the Ballroom Youth Academy that will be held on Friday, September 24, from 7:00 to 10:00 PM at the Peck Center auditorum, 516 South 10th Street in Fernandina Beach.

From 7:00 to 7:45 you can enjoy complimentary dance lessons with open dancing from 8 until 10 PM with a special performance by the Ballroom Youth Academy dancers.

This is an event open to all ages. Tickets are only $10.00 and children 17 years and under who are accompanied by a parent are admitted for free. The dress is resort casual.

All proceeds go to the Ballroom Youth Academy, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit program that offers free ballroom dance classes to Nassau County Youth in Grades 1 thru 12.

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2010 Relay For Life

2010 Relay For Life

2010 Relay For Life

We are two weeks away from the 2010 American Cancer Society Relay for Life Fundraiser for Fernandina Beach and Yulee teams to begin on October 2 and run through the night at Yulee High School.

Many of our local businesses and non porofit organization will be spending the night at the track while at least one member of each team walks the track at all times as a sign of continuous support for anyone who has been touched by cancer.

If you are unable to attend you can still help out with a donation from your business, group of friends, personally or other organization. Donate for yourself or donate on behalf of friends and relatives that may have or have had cancer. CLICK HERE for a link to donate to the Fernandina Pirate’s Relay for Life team.

By taking part in Relay For Life®, you have a chance to join 3.5 million people from across the country to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that takes too much. At the same time, you will be helping to raise much needed funds and awareness to support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save more lives.

At the event in Yulee, there is an incredible ceremony to celebrate cancer survivors and caregivers that starts off the night, and a moving ceremony to honor and remember those who have fought the disease. If you jave never asttended, Relay for Life is a life-changing experience. It’s a night full of fun, hope, and remembrance.

Whether it is through a friend, family member, the neighbor down the street, or your own personal experience, we have all been touched by cancer in some way. Together, we have the power to help create a world where cancer can no longer claim another year of anyone’s life.

Free Ice Cream September 30th

Kate's Creation: Caramel ice cream mixed with chocolate shavings, graham cracker pie crust and apple pie filling.

For the month of September, Cold Stone Creamery has teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. One special little girl’s wish to be the Tastemaster behind the 9th Annual World’s Largest Ice Cream Social is about to come true…

Thursday, September 30, 2010 from 5-8 PM, Cold Stone Creameries nationwide will be serving 3oz. portions of Kate’s Creation (left), absolutely free!

“Kate, 11, is the Junior Tastemaster behind this year’s Make-A-Wish Creation. She asked the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant her wish to design the Creation that ice cream lovers around the nation would savor during Make-A-Wish Month at Cold Stone. Kate’s wish took place at our Arizona headquarters where she spent the day learning the sweet science of creating ice cream. Take a look at Kate’s wish day and don’t forget to be a part of her wish all September long.” ColdStoneCreameryHQ

Go here to watch Kate meet Cold Stone Creamery’s expert taste testers who assist her in mastering her very own tasty creation.

Go here to visit Kate’s web page, where you can read more about her story and leave warm words of encouragement.

Visit any Cold Stone Creamery store and show your support for the Make-A-Wish Foundation by purchasing a Make-A-Wish paper star for just a dollar! An estimated 85% of all donations in September will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Amelia Island Book Festival Fashion Show

Amelia Island Book Festival Fashion Show

Amelia Island Book Festival Fashion Show

The Mouth of Amelia invites you to a benefit Fashion Show for the Amelia Island Book Festival, presented by Patchington Ladies Boutique and Book Ladies of North Hampton.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 15th, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

WHERE: The Golf Club at North Hampton (Morgan’s Grille)

WHAT: A Fashion Show with the opportunity to win door prizes and see some fabulous new clothing for fall! You can mingle with local authors and enjoy coffee and pastries with friends! Best of all, the proceeds will benefit the Book Festival!

COST: Tickets are $15 per person (space is limited.) For reservations, please call Judy at 904-225-1974.

The Amelia Island Book Festival is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 organization; donations are tax deductible. The Amelia Island Book Festival will be held February 18 and 19, 2011. For more information on the festival visit

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