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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

shakespeare-abridgedA touring company is coming to Fernandina Beach to perform The Complete Works of William Shakespeare at the Amelia Community Theatre. Presented by Skrank Tank Productions, this show will be here for two days only.

On August 7th at 8:00 PM and on August 8th, at 2:00 and 8:00 PM, you can enjoy this work by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield for only $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children.

This comedy, performed by three actors, takes you through all of Shakespeare’s works in less than two hours and you get to meet many of the popular characters in a new and creative way.

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Getting More out of the Little Things

cookout01Times are tough and we are all figuring out ways to save more of what little money we have left. People are cutting back on things like entertainment. One thing that we all could do is practice what our grandparents did way back when. They actually visited with neighbors, sat on the front porch and talked. Children played together and friendships were formed that has lasted until this day.
How about a simple cook out? Neighbors get together and pitch in to share a burger or hot dog.

I talked with a friend who told me about his experience in the neighborhood and discovered there were several talented musicians. A neighborhood band was formed and now it is a weekly event to get together and have a great time.

Another friend of mine participates in these nearly every weekend with her friends. They get together at one home or another and everyone brings a dish and their own beverages. They often have musically minded friends play a few tunes or they put on some good music and sing along. Card games, board games and some very intense conversations, including how to solve the world’s problems, often come from these neighborly get-togethers. So call up your friends and neighbors and have an old fashioned cook-out, you’ll be amazed at the fun you will have making new friends and saving money at the same time.

I Went to Amelia Island but it Was Closed

amelia-island-closedEvery Friday and Saturday night I am 50% of the Acoustic Classic Rock Duo “Evolution” which plays from 6 to 9 at Sandy Bottoms on Main Beach. Not looking for fame, been there, done that, in the sixties and seventies. I do it mainly for fun and to keep some of my licks practiced and voice oiled and let’s face it, when it comes to beachside food and fun, you can’t beat the location.

The thing however that bothers me is that we’re contracted from 6 to 9pm, yet I haven’t seen the night yet, that we quit before 9:30 or even later. And no, this isn’t because we’re so hard up or nostalgic once we start playing. It’s purely and simply because many tourists are not used to a vacation destination rolling up its sidewalks and closing down the halls of entertainment by 10 o’clock at night.

We have been playing these Friday and Saturday gigs now for the last 12 weeks or so and EVERY night it’s the same story, rain or shine. The moment we shut down the amps and say goodnight we get dozens of requests from people that have either just cleaned their diner plates or are in the middle of desert, getting ready for some fun. Music, drinks, some social interaction, yes, even a dance or two; things a memorable vacation is made off. Not here on Amelia however.

Every time we give the crowd a little extra, 30 maybe 45 minutes, especially if they’re real lively and our “charity” box gets properly filled with donations. But beyond that point, they’re on their own. In the summer of ’69 I couldn’t have cared less and often played till my fingers bled and in 2009 I still would, but that is not in the picture here. I remember several nights in Germany when we opened for Jethro Tull I jammed with Ian Anderson until the sun came up. Those are memories I’ll carry to my grave.

I guess vacationing on Amelia Island is still in the quiet atmosphere. I guess the news hasn’t reached the island yet, but visitors who used to travel to the Caribbean and European beaches and cities have scaled down their vacation budgets because of the economy and cut out long haul travel as an expense. These are the people now who crowd SR 200 also known as A1A as they exit I-95 on their way to a Florida Paradise called Amelia Island. Their past “exotic” vacations included dance clubs on the Costa Brava or Ladies Nights in Caribbean Hideaway Bars and Restaurants. And what do they find: T-shirts that say I went to Amelia Island, but it was closed.

Last week we had a “crazy” party group walk onto the Sandy Bottoms beach deck coming of some yachts. Big yachts! It was quarter to 9 and the waiting staff was ready to call it a day, but these people had it going and big wallets to back it up. Dave and I played about 45 minutes into overtime and were nicely rewarded. We would have played until midnight or beyond because the party was turning out memories. But as the place was in closing down mode, the party mood changed and by ten o’clock all lively banter, laughing and singing had vacated the premises.

Every Friday and Saturday we have similar experiences. Sometimes people want to hear specific requests when we reach the overtime bell, other times they just don’t want the party to end. They just don’t think that 9 or 10 o’clock at night is the proper closing time for a tourist destination. Even sending them downtown is not a solution as not everyone is Palace Saloon material.

Amelia Island has to learn to cater to a wider variety of visitors and their individual needs, if tourism dollars are ever going to be considered a steady economic pillar under the island’s economy.

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

6-dance-lessons-cropThe Amelia Community Theatre is presenting Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
through August 1, 2009. Started in 1981, this non-profit Community Theatre has loyal audiences and outstanding performances. The theatre is located at 209 Cedar Street in Fernandina Beach and if you are looking for quality entertainment, this is a great place to go.

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks is a comedy that proves friendships can develop even in the most unlikely of circumstances. When Lilly Harrison Arlene Filkoff retires to Florida and signs up for dance lessons, taught in the privacy of her own home. The sparks and banter fly from the very first lesson when her dance instructor, Michael Minetti 9Carey Dresser), shows up at her home.

Directed by Toni D’Amico, Produced by Jayne Jeney and Bob Weintraub is the Stage Manager. Visit the Web site for the performance schedule and directions to the theatre.

Fernandina Offers a Swim-In Movie by the Pool

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The City of Fernandina Beach is sponsoring a Swim-In Movie by the Pool on June 19, 2009. Come by the MLK Center Pool on Friday, at 9:00 pm, and enjoy some great family fun while you swim in and watch the movie “Finding Nemo”. This family event is held at 1200 Elm Street on Amelia Island from 9 to 11:00 pm and the tickets are only $5.00.

Film Industry Seeing Action in NE Florida

movie-slateThere has been some action in the film industry around NE Florida and SE Georgia recently. Bealls, a Florida department store, hired some teenagers to shoot a back to school commercial at the new Ponte Vedra High School in St. John’s County, bringing an economic impact to the local economy.

Steinmart held an open casting call this past Saturday to film their upcoming commercial as well. Models who normally cost about $400.00 per day can be replaced by lucky locals for less than half of that fee. This becomes a savings for the advertiser, a win for those employed locally and part time jobs with decent pay for those elected for acting rolls.

South Georgia is benefiting from the new Miley Cyrus movie that started shooting this week in Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia. This Hannah Montana star wasted no time getting started on her next motion picture after the success of her last movie, “The Hannah Montana Movie“. This new project, “The Last Song,” is based on the Novel by Nicholas Sparks. This is the story of a teenage girl, and how she tries to reconnect with her father after her parents divorce. Sparks, who penned the tear-jerker, “The Notebook,” had set the novel in North Carolina, but Georgia offered better incentives for The Walt Disney Co. to film in their state.

Jacksonville and the surrounding area has been the chosen site for movies such as “G.I. Jane“, “The Sunshine State“, “Police Academy” and the “Devil’s Advocate“. With the slow economy, offering incentives seemed to work well for Georgia to land a major production, maybe Florida will follow suit.

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Fernandina Offers Free Movie In The Park

kicking-and-screamingSaturday evening, May 30th, brings the FREE Movie in the Park night at Central Park, presented by The City of Fernandina Beach. Kicking and Screaming, a family comedy with Will Ferrell and Robert Duvall, will be featured at 8:30 pm.

Bring your blankets, chairs and the entire family. Concessions will be available. For more information, call 904-277-7350.

The BLAST Teen Summer Program

blastThe B*L*A*S*T (Becoming Leaders and Successful Teens) Teen Summer Program, open to students in grades 6 Р12, is hoping to top last year’s massive success in introducing activities that interest local teens in the hopes of expanding adolescent interest in the library. Their Teen Program is made by teens for teens and they are always interested to hear how our activities are affecting the community.

All programs will be held at the Fernandina Beach Police Department Community Center unless noted otherwise.

All Summer Programs, apart from the Teens-N-Talent Competition, will begin at 4 PM.

Friday, June 12, 2009 T-N-T (Teens-N-Talent) at the FCCJ Yulee Campus Nassau Center in the Nassau Room from 6-9 PM РCome down and show us what you’ve got! Sign-ups continue until the show! First Prize: $100, Second Prize: $75 and Third Prize: $50

Thursday, June 18th, Magician Mark Alan will be performing at the FBPD at 4:00 pm

Thursday, June 25, is your chance to show off some Graffiti Art with Sherry Norfolk

Thursday, July 2, come join BLAST in a s and castle competition on the shore at Ft. Clinch State Park

Thursday, July 9, is a day of filming fun with Channel 12 WLTV and a professional photographer. If you have ever wanted to be on TV or learn how to capture the world thru photography, you do not want to miss this event!

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Nassau County Public Library. To sign up, stop by any of the Nassau County Public Library Branches or call (904) 548-4858. If you have any questions or comments, or want to know how to get involved in the BLAST Teen Program, contact: Michelle Forde, Youth Librarian at (904) 548-4858 or email her at mforde@nassaucountyfl.com.

World War II Event at Fort Clinch State Park

wwii-posterMay 23 and May 24th, 2009 brings an exciting World War II Event to Fort Clinch State Park. This Memorial Weekend program is in honor of the men and women who served in World War II. Visitors can explore military displays, view memorabilia, and learn about the uniforms, weapons, vehicles, and lifestyle of those who were part of the war during the 1940’s. The event will take place on Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Bring your family to experience a piece of history! For details call (904) 277-7274, or visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch.

Amelia Island Plantation Pirate Boardwalk Bash

pirates-bashPirates have taken over the Boardwalk Bash from 5 to 8:00 PM, on Friday, May 22! Join us on the back porch of March Burette to celebrate good times at the shops! Join us for the Pirate’s Flag Modelers, the Fernandina Pirates Club, food & fun, $1 beer, live music, and so much more! This is the place to be for Happy Hour on Fridays!

The Amelia Island Plantation is also having a Memorial Day Red, White & Blue Sale at The Spa & Shops from May 22 thru May 25.

All are invited to come have some fun while shopping for merchandise at Harrison’s Mercantile, Resort to Home, Amelia’s Signature Shop and The Nature Center. Receive 15% off any item with Red-White & Blue. Discover top designers in every store! Tommy Bahama, LaCoste, Saltaire, Tori Richard, Tailorbyrd, Cole Haan, Donald Pliner, Bailey Boys, Baby Lulu, Happy Tails, Spa, BCBG and Michael Kors. There is 44,000 square feet of fabulous boutiques, gourmet food and more.
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Of course, there is fine print for the conditions of the sale!
Fine Print:
(May not be combined with any other discount or offer. Not valid on the purchase of food & beverage, tobacco, newspapers, magazines, in the Post Office, or on any Nature Center tours.)

Nuts Playing at the Amelia Community Theatre

nuts-playing-amelia-community-theatreThe Amelia Community Theatre presents Nuts at 8 pm on May 15, 16, 21-23 and 27-30. An afternoon showing will take place on May 24 at 2 p.m.

A tense courtroom drama, Nuts features a woman who fights for her right to stand trial, rather than be declared mentally incompetent and committed to an institution. With adult themes, some sexual, this moving, thought provoking and often funny Broadway drama was made into a movie starring Barbra Streisand.

Amelia Community Theatre is located at 209 Cedar Street in Fernandina Beach. For details and ticket prices, please call 904-261-6749 or visit their Web site.

May 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 at 8pm
May 24 at 2pm

Directed by: Ron Kurtz
Produced by: Jane McAdams
Stage Manager: Jennifer Webber
Actors: Ed Deely, Char Bachman, Bob Miller, Jim Hestand, Sinda Nichols, Catherine Henry, Bill Raser, Gill Johnston and Celeste Amos

Stimulus Tuesday at the Movies

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The Local Movie Theatre in Fernandina Beach, Carmike Cinema Seven, is offering a Stimulus Tuesday deal on movies that you just have to take advantage of. If you go to a movie on Tuesday, the 4:00 pm showing is still considered a matinee and you only pay a $6.00 admission fee, no matter your age. If you want to delight in the high caloric treats, you only pay $1.00 for small cokes or a small popcorn.

I took my daughter to the movie last week, it was just the two of us. I mean in the entire theatre. It was so quiet, and we literally had the theatre to ourselves. I actually could have turned my cell phone back “on.”

If you want an economical way to treat someone special to a movie, popcorn and a soda, Tuesday afternoon is the show to catch in Fernandina Beach!

Amelia Ghost Tours

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Are you looking for something different to do in Fernandina Beach? Check out the Amelia Ghost Tours. This is an exciting adventure your entire family will enjoy.

These tours have been rated as one of the best by many paranormal enthusiasts and they especially like the attention given to detail. Diane, your tour host, knows of the many legends and history of Amelia Island and she is always eager to share this insight with you. Bring your camera or recorder and capture for yourself the sights and sounds you will experience.

Sunday Highlights at the Shrimp Festival

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Sunday’s events are mostly the same as yesterday with a few important changes. Sunday is the Blessing of the Fleet and Best Decorated Boat Contest. The shrimp fleet is blessed to have a safe and abundant season, the boats are clean, some freshly painted and decorated to celebrate this sacred tradition. Continue reading