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Why You Should Shop at Fernandina’s Farmers Market This Week

Why You Should Shop at Fernandina's Farmers Market This WeekDowntown Fernandina Beach hosts a fabulous farmers market on Saturday mornings. Open every week, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, the Fernandina Beach Market Place brings a variety of vendors who produce food and other natural products to Amelia Island.

Located in the fresh air, under the Spanish moss draped oak and cedar trees lining North Seventh Street, these farmers, bakers, and candlestick makers are thrilled to bring you a more natural way to put food on your family’s table.

Buying nutritious and delicious, locally grown foods from a farmers market is the best way to learn what fruits and vegetables are in season, and these farmers are happy to share their favorite recipes, too.

Have you never tried a mulberry, or a patty pan squash? Shopping the farmers market can be entertaining when you are on a mission to try something new.

When you make a purchase from a local farmer, you are supporting small business owners and helping to save farm land in our community. We encourage you to talk to the farmers. Just because you don’t see an “organic” certification, this doesn’t mean they don’t grow their produce without spraying chemicals or pesticides. Holding an organic certification is a very expensive process and many farmers opt not to spend the money.

White Hawk, Olive My Pickle, Lizzie’s Cheese Straws, and Something Good are just some of the semi-monthly vendors you will find at the Market Place on August 15th, in addition to our weekly vendors like Boatright, Kings, Bacon’s Select, and Cabbage Creek Farms.

Live music will be performed by the amazing Jim Barcaro and our Booth with a Cause is Community Hospice.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market is open rain or shine. For more information, please visit fernandinabeachmarketplace.com.

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3rd on 3rd Street with Jonathon Bryant

3rd on 3rd Street with Jonathon BryantThe Amelia Island Museum of History presents: “Dark Places of the Earth: The Voyage of the Slave Ship Antelope” on June 19th at 6:00 pm. This is the latest book by Professor Jonathon Bryant.

In 1820, a suspicious vessel was spotted lingering off the coast of northern Florida, the Spanish slave ship Antelope. Since the United States had outlawed its own participation in the international slave trade more than a decade before, the ship’s almost 300 African captives were considered illegal cargo under American laws. But with slavery still a critical part of the American economy, it would eventually fall to the Supreme Court to determine whether or not they were slaves at all, and if so, what should be done with them. The stakes of the Antelope case hinged on nothing less than the central American conflict of the nineteenth century. Both disquieting and enlightening, Dark Places of the Earth restores the Antelope to its rightful place as one of the most tragic, influential, and unjustly forgotten episodes in American legal history.

This program is free for museum members with a suggested donation of $5.00 for non-members.

Seating is first-come/first-served. For more information contact Gray at 261-7378 ext 102.

The Amelia Island Museum of History is located at 233 South 3rd Street, in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

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Veggie Confetti Comes to Fernandina’s Farmers Market

 Veggie Confetti Comes to Fernandina's Farmers MarketThe Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market will be open on June 13, from 9:00 to 1:00 PM, rain or shine. Located under the majestic oak trees on North Seventh Street on historic, Amelia Island, the farmers’ market is a perfect place to stretch your legs on a comfortable Saturday morning in June.

We are introducing a new vendor this week, Veggie Confetti. Veggie Confetti Farm is a small, family farm that grows hydroponic microgreens in St. Augustine Florida. The farm is completely self contained and climate controlled allowing for the year round production of their premium microgreens and pea shoots.

Owners Lynn and Jim Wettach are committed to using non-GMO seed, organic plant based nutrients and never any chemicals, pesticides or herbicides. The farm uses 80% – 90% less water than conventional farming and far less land due to vertical farming techniques. Microgreens are tender, tiny edible vegetable and herb greens usually harvested at one to three inches tall. According to a study conducted by Gene Lester, a researcher with the US Department of Agriculture at the University of Maryland in the summer of 2012, microgreens are packed with nutrients. The researchers looked at four groups of vitamins and other phytochemicals – including vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene — in 25 varieties of microgreens. They found that leaves from almost all of the microgreens had four to six times more nutrients than the mature leaves of the same plant. Microgreens and pea shoots are a wonderful addition to a number of dishes; soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, smoothies, pizza, or delicious garnishes for main dishes.

ln addition to nearly 30 weekly vendors, you will also find zipper, pink eye and Texas cream 40 peas from Boatright Farms, and Alex with Bakery Ribault has introduced an almond poppy seed cake. Blue Planet is returning after a three week absence with organic quinoa, nut butters and other tasty treats. Something Good returns with a fresh supply of gluten free desserts, and Jay’s Marketplace is returning with their popular chopped olive salad.

Entertainment will be provided by Larry Lemier, and our non-profit booth will be hosted by the Nassau Community Players, a county-wide musical fundraiser for Communities in Schools who will be promoting the upcoming show, The Music Man.

This is also the second Saturday of the month, so the Fernandina Beach Arts Market will be open right next door. Come see over 20 booths of local artists and crafters including paintings, jewelry, textile designs, pet accessories, woodworking and more.

For more information visit www.FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com.

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TV Company Hunting for Local Home Builders, Remodelers and Decorators

 TV Company Hunting for Local Home Builders, Remodelers and Decorators
Television company is hunting for Amelia Island, hands-on home builders, remodelers and decorators to be cast in a new TV show.

Do you have a passion for renovation? Do you love to remodel historic or old homes, furniture or fixtures? Are you enthusiastic about your neighborhood’s real estate market?

An award-winning production company is looking for passionate real estate fanatics based in charming and unique locations such as Fernandina Beach, Florida.

They are looking for energetic, vibrant duos or couples who build, renovate homes or design (or home furnishings). They want the hands-on folks, the people who are involved in the whole process and love to get their hands dirty. They are NOT looking for the “money-guys,” but people who are truly passionate about home design and renovation.

They want to celebrate charming, unique neighborhoods and places that have their own quirks and characteristics. Potential candidates can be seasoned builders, skilled DIY-ers, or just starting out in the industry, but all must be vivacious, relatable, and comfortable on-camera!

To be considered, please email RealEstateTVCasting@gmail.com answers to the following questions:

– Name;
– Location:
– Company Name (if applicable):
– Company Size:
– Contact info (email, phone numbers);
– What is your speciality?
– What kinds of projects do you work on?
– What makes your approach to the job unique? What do you do differently than your competition?
– What’s the biggest challenge of your job?
– What do you love the most about your area? What makes unique?
– What do you do for fun when you’re not working? Any hobbies, interests, talents or passions.
– Please send us some recent photos of yourself and your team.

The more insight you give, the better they will be able to get to know you!

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Bands of Relay For Life 2015

Bands of Relay for Life 2015Our volunteers are excited to offer the Fernandina Beach community five local bands for entertainment during the 2015 Relay For Life event, Hope Around the World.

These talented individuals are donating their time and their music to help us fight cancer!

Each will be performing throughout the day, so come to hear your favorite band, or bring your lawn chair or blanket and spend the day with us.

Relay For Life is a 12-hour event this year!

11:00 AM – Cumberland Sound
Started in 2012, Cumberland Sound plays your favorite music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

cumberland-sound-relay-2015The band members are:
Travis Dickey – Vocal
Jeremy Haslam – Bass/Vocals
Matt Hyde – Guitar
Jesse Parker – Guitar
Shawn Necaise – Drums/Vocals

From Kingsland, Georgia, these five guys are a diverse group of music lovers with each specializing in music from 5 different decades.

12:30 PM – Laid Back
Laid Back is a group of musicians that love to get together and jam. Organized by Bruce Beville, the assortment of talent is nothing short of amazing.

For Relay For Life, Laid Back will be playing along to our themed laps: the 50’s (think poodle skirts and greased back hair), the 60’s (tie dye anyone?), the 70’s (disco fever), and the 80’s (think Madonna and Micheal Jackson). The best costume for each theme will win an electric bicycle rental from Amelia Island Fun.

13:30 PM – The Hambone Stumps Band
The Hambone Stumps Band has thrilled audiences at private and corporate events for over three years. This band’s musicians are inspired by the Beatles, Joe Cocker and Eric Clapton.

From Callahan, Florida, The Hambone Stumps Band will be accompanying out Western Lap, the Frozen T-shirt Contest, Team Tug-O-War, and SearchAmelia’s Safari/Hunting Lap. Again, come dressed to impress as you walk laps… and you could take home a great prize!

The Hambone Stumps Band is made up of:
Hambone Stumps -guitar & vocals
Bill Smith – bass guitar
Jerry Peterson – drums, percussion
Jan Peterson – vocals, percussion

jimmy-beats-relay-20156:00 PM – Jimmy Beats

Jimmy Beats was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and raised in Orlando, Florida. He began playing guitar at the age of 13. By the time he was in high school he was playing parties, skating rinks and dance clubs.

Jimmy created Dark Beats Music in 2004 and successfully produced Dancehall, Reggae and Hip Hop music for a lengthy period of time. His tracks were licensed on MTV networks (with Punk’D, Making The Video, Making The Movie as well as other special programming).

Playing keys, guitar and bass, Jimmy is currently stepping out from behind the console to perform live.

Over the years, many musicians have influenced his music, but none so much as “Bob Marley”. His music not only transcends racial and social boundaries, but also draws you down a path that enlightens the soul.

17:45 PM – Jennifer Burns
Jennifer Burns is a singer/songwriter from Fernandina Beach, Florida who began vocal lessons when she was 11 years old. Afterwards, this young girl joined every choir and singing group she could. And now, as a young adult, all of that music is etched on her soul.

A gifted conversationalist, Jennifer knows how to read the crowd, and when you combine that with her girlish charm, this makes her a natural performer. Listeners appreciate the musical journey when Jennifer sings. It could be an old Chuck Berry tune, Leonard Cohen’s classic Hallelujah, or a current top 40 hit, one thing is sure – you will enjoy the ride!

If you have the opportunity to catch her on stage you won’t be disappointed in her soulful, sometimes gritty sound, and her natural ability to empower the audience!

Jennifer will bring us through our Luminaria Ceremony, an emotionally touching tribute to those who have fought, or are currently battling, cancer.

We hope you will join Relay For Life Fernandina Beach/Yulee on March 21, 2015, from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

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Relay For Life Canned Food Drive

Relay For Life Canned Food DriveRelay For Life Fernandina Beach/Yulee will be held at Main Beach on March 21, 2015. This 12-hour event, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, includes a great line-up of entertainment, starting with a FREE Survivors Breakfast and concluding with a Luminaria Ceremony after dark.

It is often breezy at the beach and to keep these lighted bags grounded, we are also having a canned food drive. These canned goods will be placed inside of the white, paper bags that are designated to honor the memory or celebrate the life of someone who has battled cancer. Prior to the Ceremony, a tea candle will be placed in each bag, and when they are all lit, it sets a dramatic tone for the emotional ceremony that follows.

Donations from the heart will be collected on site, where you can decorate a bag for someone special in your life. You can do this in advance by contacting a Team Member on facebook, or by visiting the Fernandina Beach Arts Market on March 14th.

You are encouraged to drop off your canned foods at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market, located on North Seventh Street on any Saturday until March 21, 2015. The Market Place is open from from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. After the Relay For Life event, these canned foods will be donated to Micah’s Place, Nassau County’s certified, domestic violence shelter.

Here is a line-up of the day’s events:
8:30 AM – Survivor’s Breakfast
9:00 – Team Site Judging
10:00 – Opening Ceremony, Survivor, Caregiver, and Team Laps
10:30 – PJ Lap and Obstacle Course
11:00 – Cumberland Sound Concert
11:30 – Celebrity Look Alike Contest and Lap
11:45 – Relay Scavenger Hunt
NOON – Pak’s Karate Demonstration
12:30 – Headband/Fight back Lap
12:30 – Laid Back Concert
12:45 – 50s Decade Lap
1:00 – 60s Decade Lap
1:15 – 70s Decade Lap
1:30 – Ms Relay Contest
1:45 – Ms Relay Lap
2:15 – 80s Decade Lap
2:30 – Bean’s School of Dance
3:30 – Tutu Lap and Obstacle Course
3:30 – Hambone Stumbs Band Concert
4:00 – Western Lap
4:15 – Frozen T-shirt Contest
4:30 – Purple Glove Lap
4:45 – Team Tug-O-War
5:00 – Safari/Hunting Lap
5:30 – Zumba
6:00 – Jimmy Beats Concert
6:00 – Beach Party/Luau Lap
6:30 – Pirate Lap
7:00 – Viva Las Vegas Poker Laps
7:30 – Ms Relay Contest Ends/Winners Announced
7:45 – Superhero Lap and Obstacle Course
7:45 – Jennifer Burns Concert
8:00 – Bubble Lap
8:15 – Color a Cure/Why I Relay
8:30 – Luminaria Ceremony Begins
9:00 – Luminaria Lap
9:30 – Glow Lap
9:45 – Closing Ceremony
10:00 – Event Ends

Gather your costumes and join you neighbors and friends at Relay For Life Fernandina Beach/Yulee for a day to remember, celebrate and fight back! Laps and contest winners will receive some fantastic prizes donated by generous businesses in our community!

You can still donate to Team SearchAmelia, too! (Thank you!!!)

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Movie Making History at 2015 Rendezvous Festival

Movie Making History at 2015 Rendezvous FestivalRendezvous Film and Music Festival will make History using a media rich iOS Mobile Application for this year’s event.

Filmmakers and attendees will take part in movie making history by capturing the 9-day festival using Rendezvous mobile application’s video/photo capture features, streaming live video and more!

Amelia Island, FL – For the first time in film festival history Rendezvous has partnered with VidPlat, LLC to develop a native iOS mobile application allowing everyone participating in the festival from filmmakers to attendees the ability to crowd direct a documentary of the 9 day event using only their Apple devices. Furthermore, the Rendezvous app allows users from around the world the ability to watch live streaming video, stream movies, hear music and give real-time feedback through the app.

The iOS mobile app will leverage the technology of VidPlat’s iOS platform allowing everyone that attends the opportunity to become a filmmaker using the mobile app’s video and photo capture capabilities. The Rendezvous app project was conceptualized by Shane Wooten Tech entrepreneur, CMA Nashville recording artist and the CEO and Co-Founder of VidPlat, LLC, while working with Randy Bowman, Chairman of Rendezvous festival to create a brand new experience for the 9 day film and music festival June 5th – 13th, 2015.

“The festival is going to be amazing! We are so excited to make history as a film festival and helping Shane to make his idea a reality by empowering filmmakers and attendees to have the ability to crowd direct a project together showcasing everyone’s experiences from different perspective using Apple products will be ground breaking in the film festival industry.” – Randy Bowman Chairman of Rendezvous film and music festival

“We never imagined we would have the opportunity to push the boundaries and make history in the film festival industry with our turn key mobile app platform. And, placing the power of mobile into the filmmakers and attendees hands create the ability to crowd direct and participate in this experience, which will be paramount.” – Shane Wooten, CEO & Co-Founder of VidPlat, LLC

The Rendezvous Festival is all about entertainment and brings artists and the community together for a nine day event being held on Amelia Island in June.

For more information visit the website: www.rendezvousfestival.com.

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Fernandina’s Relay For Life Encourages Hope Around the World

Fernandina's Relay For Life Encourages Hope Around the World

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Fernandina Beach’s Main Beach Park will be home to the 2015 American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, on March 21, 2015, from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. This 12-hour event will celebrate survivorship and raise funds for cancer research, education, advocacy and services.

Each team from the Fernandina Beach/Yulee community will each represent a different place around the world because cancer touches everybody, and no matter where in the world you are, communities can heal and grow by coming together for a common purpose… One World – One Hope!

This year, Relay For Life teams will decorate their booths in the vibrant colors and costumes of New Zealand, Kenya, England, China, the New World, and other countries.

The entertainment committee has been busy lining up great musicians such as Cumberland Sound, Laid Back Band, The Hambone Stumps Band, Jennifer Burns, and Jimmy Beats. Several themed laps are scheduled such as Las Vegas, Team Spirit and a Western Lap. There will be a tutu lap lead by Bean’s School of Dance, a head-band lap led by Pak’s Karate, and a Pirate lap led by the Fernandina Pirates Club. There will be fingerprinting, a children’s fun zone, Zumba Fitness, Ms. Relay and frozen t-shirt contests, a scavenger hunt and much, much more!

All of these activities take place while people walk or run on a track symbolizing how cancer never takes a break. Local businesses, schools, churches and families are encouraged to pick a country and make up a team of their own and join us for camaraderie, food, music, entertainment, and a full day of fellowship and games. There is no minimum fund raising required and there are no registration fees for teams or participants! To join in on the fun, please enter “32034” at RelayforLife.org to find our Fernandina event.

Relay For Life begins with a FREE Survivor’s Breakfast, sponsored completely by Sandy Bottoms on Amelia Island. If you are a cancer survivor and would like to join us for a FREE breakfast, please call (800) 227-2345. Other wonderful sponsors include great local companies like Baptist Medical Center Nassau, Amelia Island Fun, Putt Putt, Rick Keffer Dodge, Kelly’s Pest Control, Oxley Heard, Island Juice and Java, SearchAmelia.com and Vystar Credit Union.

If you’d like to organize a team, become a sponsor, or want to learn more about this exciting Fernandina Beach Relay For Life event, please contact Melanie Oberkrom at (904) 391-3643 or melanie.oberkrom@cancer.org. To learn more about cancer, call toll-free anytime 1-800-227- 2345 or visit the American Cancer Society Web site at www.cancer.org.

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February 28th at Fernandina’s Farmers’ Market

February 28th at Fernandina's Farmers' MarketFernandina Beach Market Place farmers market will be open on North Seventh Street in historic, Fernandina Beach from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on February 28, 2015 with over 40 exhibitors! Olives, pickles, pies, salts, candies, seasonal produce, fresh breads and pastries, local honey, beef jerky, gluten-free products, sauces, smoothies, coffee, tea and more is all available on Saturday morning under the cedar and oak trees of Amelia Island.

You will find delicious crab cakes from Lulu’s at the Thompson House, salmon patties, filets and scallops from All About U.S. Salmon, and tasty pink shrimp from Chesser Seafood.

Rose returns this week with her homemade Vietnamese egg rolls, and Seven Trees Nursery has beautiful blooming geraniums in pink, red and lavender.

butter-head-heartierBacon’s Select Produce is growing a heartier, red tipped butter head variety of lettuce, and Kings bell peppers are abundant in green, red and yellow.

Marge Powell, an herbalist for over 20 years, will be joining the Market Place this week with a variety of herbs and heirloom tomatoes in tow. Feel free to ask her about herbal medicines, soap making, cooking with herbs, and of course how to grow them. Marge has conducted hands-on workshops on a variety of herbal topics across the United States.

Entertainment this week will be provided by Bruce Beville and the Laid Back Band. Stop by the Relay for Life booth to learn more about the upcoming event, and cancer survivors are invited to sign up for the FREE breakfast being served on March 21st, sponsored by Sandy Bottoms.

Local business owner Rebecca McKinney, of A Hand to Hold Doula Services, offers important advice, pampering and supportive childbirth related services such as prenatal care, labor support, breastfeeding support, and one-on-one care beyond medical issues to help you through pregnancy and beyond.

Open rain or shine, the Fernandina Beach Market Place is located between Centre and Alachua Streets, on North Seventh Street. For more information please find us on facebook, or visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com.

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Amelia Island Offers Year-Long Event Schedule for Entire Family

Amelia Island Offers Year-Long Event Schedule for Entire FamilyAmelia Island, FL – Northeast Florida’s Amelia Island has announced an exciting 2015 calendar of events celebrating the small barrier island’s breathtaking assets, colorful past and arts and entertainment. With festivals and other special events showcasing everything from music and cars to shrimp and barbeque, Amelia Island has something to entertain visitors of all ages and interests. Major annual events scheduled for 2015 include:

Amelia Island Book Festival: February 19-21
The Amelia Island Book Festival features local, bestselling and nationally known authors, book signings, publishers and exhibitors, writer workshops, panel discussions, a Teen Fest and hands-on projects for children in the Kidz Zone. In 2015, the festival will feature a luncheon with Carolyn Curry, author of “Suffer and Grow Strong” and a special event with former NFL player and coach Bill Curry. For more information about each of the events, many of which are free, call 904-624-1665 or visit ameliaislandbookfestival.org.

Amelia Concours Week: March 12-15
Amelia Concours Week includes seven top automotive events, including Bonham’s Auction at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club (March 12), the Gooding & Company Auction (March 13) and Festivals of Speed (March 13-14) at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, duPont Registry Live Aeroport Reception (March 13) at Fernandina Beach Airport, the RM Auction at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island (March 14), Cars & Coffee at the Concours (March 14) and the 20th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on the greens of the Golf Club of Amelia Island (March 13-15). Visit ameliaconcoursweek.com for more information.

Amelia Island Garden Show: April 18-19
The Amelia Island Garden Show will feature more than 50 vendors with a full assortment of flowers and plants, fruit trees and palms, orchids, herbs, container gardens, native plants, butterfly-friendly plants, shrubs, garden accessories and much more. On-site experts will offer advice about gardening challenges and how to green your home, yard and garden. Guests can also enjoy gourmet foods at the Picnic Bench Dining Court. Visit ameliagarden.com or 904-557-4202 for more details.

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival: May 1-3
Celebrating its 52nd year, the Shrimp Festival lures thousands of visitors to historic downtown Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island to celebrate all things shrimp. The popular event features free admission, nationally-recognized juried fine arts and crafts show, antiques, live entertainment, kids’ activities, contests, pirates and more. Dozens of food vendors will be serving up the tastiest shrimp you can find, prepared every way possible by local non-profit organizations. For more information, go to shrimpfestival.com.

Wild Amelia Nature Festival: May 15-17
The 2015 Wild Amelia Nature Festival invites residents and visitors to experience the wilder side of Amelia Island. Visitors can enjoy numerous guided eco-tours led by area naturalists and Park Rangers, an EcoExpo featuring nature-based vendors and organizations, nature-based activities for children, a sea turtle release and more. For tickets or additional information, visit wildamelia.com.

Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival: May 9-31
The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival showcases world-renowned artists performing a variety of music styles in intimate and historic settings on Amelia Island. The 2015 festival line-up will include performances by Eroica Trio, Dover Quartet, pianist Daria Rabotkina, Philip Pan and his Viper Violin, and many other stellar musical artists. For ticket details and additional information, call (904) 261-1779 or visit aicmf.com.

Rendezvous Festival: June 5-13
The first ever Rendezvous International Festival will be held at venues throughout Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island, a nine-day celebration of entertainment, including film, music and gaming. The Festival is named after Evans Rendezvous, an American Beach club that hosted musicians such as Louis Armstrong, James Brown and Ray Charles from the 1930s to 1950s, and the venue for the final day of the festival. Celebrating the area’s proud history and contribution to the entertainment industry, the festival will feature an interactive film expo, presentations, workshops and much more. For additional information and a full schedule, please visit rendezvousfestival.com.

Great Southern Tailgate Classic: August 21-22
The 6th Annual Great Southern Tailgate Classic, held on August 21-22, highlights the spirit and fanfare of American football. Kicking off the football season, this year’s event will take place on Amelia Island’s Main Beach and will focus on the “Art of Tailgating” with great food, music and a kid’s zone. The event also features fun tailgating games, legendary food demonstrations, a watermelon eating contest and much more. Visit greatsoutherntailgateclassic.com for more information.

Amelia Island Jazz Festival: October 8-15
The Amelia Island Jazz Festival will light up the island for the fourteenth consecutive year, with a week-long series of events celebrating the diverse all-American art form of jazz. Under the artistic direction of renowned jazz drummer and bandleader Les DeMerle, the 2015 festival will feature world-class jazz artists in a wide variety of styles, including Contemporary, Bebop, Smooth Jazz, Big Band, Latin, Blues, Dixieland and more. This year’s headliners will be announced soon, joining the all-star cast of past headliners such as David Sanborn, Ramsey Lewis, Spyro Gyra and Mindi Abair. Performances will take place at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation and several other intimate venues around the island. For more information, call (904) 504-4772 or visit ameliaislandjazzfestival.com.

7th Annual Petanque American Open: November 13-15
The international community of Petanque (Pay-tonk) will return to Amelia Island this year for its annual International Petanque Tournament in November. At the downtown marina – surrounded by plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops – more than 120 two-player teams will compete. Founded in France, and with increasing popularity worldwide and especially in the U.S., the tournament had teams from a record 25 states and eight other countries in 2014. For more information, call (904) 491-1190 or visit Petanque-America-Open.net.

Amelia Island – A Southern Elegance Christmas: December 4-13
Celebrate the southern elegance of an Amelia Island Christmas with a full slate of events throughout the holiday season. Marvel at the beauty of Amelia Island’s Bed and Breakfast Inns decorated in their holiday finest (AmeliaIslandInns.com) or celebrate the “Golden Age” of Fernandina Beach and the architecture of beautiful beach homes during the annual Holiday Home Tour. The tour showcases private vintage homes professionally decorated for the holidays and open to the public only for this special occasion (AmeliaHomeTours.com). With tree lightings, giant gingerbread pirate ships, holiday villages, caroling and many other festive happenings, Amelia Island shines bright with holiday spirit each year.

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SearchAmelia Creates a Relay for Life Team

SearchAmelia Creates a Relay for Life TeamWe all know someone whose life has been touched by cancer. This year SearchAmelia.com is fighting cancer through Relay For Life Fernandina Beach/Yulee. (Find us on facebook.)

We have been posting articles and local events on SearchAmelia since 2008 and we hope you will join us by showing your support for our efforts by making a donation to Relay for Life — big or small — toward our fundraising goal.

Relay For Life will be held at Main Beach this year in Fernandina, from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. This year’s theme is Hope Around the World and SearchAmelia has selected Kenya as our country to represent. Because cancer knows no boundries, Kenya also hosts their own Relay for Life events and our booth and its costumes and decorations hope to bring a bit of Kenya to Amelia Island. Other teams are selecting other countries like China, New Zealand and England.

There will be several bands performing, other live entertainment, themed laps, an activities zone for the children and much, much more.

The Relay movement gives everyone an opportunity to come together to honor cancer survivors, remember those lost to the disease, and raise funds.

The American Cancer Society is putting your donation dollars to work now, investing in groundbreaking cancer research and providing free information and services to cancer patients and their caregivers. With your help, we aren’t just fighting one type of cancer we’re fighting for every birthday!

As a volunteer on the committee, I will be putting the exciting details together for a press release to be published next week. But, in the mean time, we ask you to please join our team and make a small donation!

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GratitudeAmerica Military Appreciation Oscar Night Gala

GratitudeAmerica Military Appreciation Oscar Night GalaGratitudeAmerica, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization who provides critical support for veterans who served post 9/11 in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as their families and families of the fallen, is rolling out the red carpet for an Oscar Night Gala at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Amelia Island Omni Plantation Resort to benefit U.S. veterans suffering the “invisible wounds of war.”

GratitudeAmerica offers retreat programs that use integrative approaches to assist participants affected by deployment exposure, such as Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury, and to connect warriors to resources through a network of community partners. These American heroes are owed a debt that can never fully be repaid, but GratitudeAmerica is passionate about making a difference in their lives.

Cost to enter is $150 per person and $200 per person after February 11; tables of eight or 12 are available by request. The black tie and blue jeans affair will feature red carpet arrival and video welcome, plated dinner, silent and live auctions, live entertainment, wide screen TVs for monitoring Hollywood events LIVE and friendly wagering via ballot for Academy Award winners.

All funds raised during the event will directly benefit GratitudeAmerica’s initiatives and programs.

To learn more or to make a reservation, call John November at (904) 525-3042 or email jnovember@gratitudeamerica.org.

GratitudeAmerica, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to champion an alliance of service and support organizations that partner to provide comprehensive community resources for veterans, their families, and the families of the fallen. While GratitudeAmerica’s main mission is to connect service and support organizations with our military heroes and their families, we also perform outreach activities such as the retreats and community forums located at the Town of Marineland in Northeast Florida.

Visit www.gratitudeamerica.org for more information.

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Les DeMerle and Bonnie Eisele’s 2015 Big Band Bash

Les DeMerle and Bonnie Eisele's 2015 Big Band BashAmelia Island Jazz Festival Artistic Director Les DeMerle and his wife, vocalist Bonnie Eisele, return to the Island this week from a three month sojourn cruising Australia and New Zealand. They’re more than warmed up after performing nightly on the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship and thus eager to swing at the 4th annual BIG BAND BASH Benefit Gala, which will take place Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14 at the Omni Resorts Amelia Island Plantation, in the Amelia Ballroom.

The popular Dinner/Dance will present The Dynamic Les DeMerle 17 piece Orchestra, featuring Eisele and special guests, in a salute to America’s legendary big bands.

DeMerle is quite enthusiastic about the Bash’s 2015 edition. “This band is the real deal, an incredibly well-oiled swing machine that includes some of the greatest musicians on the planet,” he said. “We’ll be playing classic big band jazz from the repertoires of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Harry James and more. And to celebrate Valentine’s Day we’ll be showcasing a few romantic tunes as we pay tribute to the greats,” he added. Featured soloists will include Lead Alto Sax – Bill Prince, formerly with Buddy Rich; Lead Tenor Sax – Al Waters, formerly with Ray Charles; Lead Trumpet – JB Scott, a one-time leader of the Dukes of Dixieland and currently head of UNF Jazz Dept; and Lead Trombone – David Steinmeyer, formerly with Tony Bennett and leader of the Airmen of Note, the official United States Air Force band.

Guests will include WJXT Sports Director and part time singer Sam Kouvaris, who will emcee and perform tunes with the band. Notable artist Tim Yanke, who is affiliated with the Park West Gallery, an AIJF Sponsor, will also be on hand to exhibit his music oriented artistry.

The BIG BAND BASH schedule will kick off with a meet and greet the musicians at 6:30 PM. Dinner and music will begin at 7:00 PM, and the orchestra will play until 10:00 PM. A Silent Auction will take place from entrance time until 9:30 PM. Requested dress is Semi-Formal/Casually Elegant.

For online ticket purchases and further information, please visit the festival website: www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com

Tickets are priced at $85 per person and the proceeds will benefit the not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation, the Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival’s ongoing Scholarship Program, which raises money to support high school seniors in their pursuit of jazz studies in college.

In addition to online, tickets may also be purchased at the UPS Store, 1417 Sadler Road, in the Island Shopping Center, or at the AIFBY Chamber Of Commerce, Gateway to Amelia, A1A and Amelia Parkway.

For more information, please contact the Festival Hotline at (904) 504-4772.

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Awkward Silence Comes to Amelia Island

Awkward Silence Comes to Amelia IslandSketch comedy troupe Awkward Silence Jax kicks off its NE Florida tour with a performance at Amelia Community Theatre at 8 pm on January 24 at 209 Cedar Street in the Studio 209 Theatre.

This show is in the style of Second City and Saturday Night Live. Rated R, it is recommended for adults 18 and over.

The Studio 209 lobby and beverage bar will open at 7:00 pm, with open seating beginning at 7:30.

Tickets are $15.00 and available at www.ameliacommunitytheatre.org or by calling 261-6749.

For more information call 261-6749 or email actheatre@att.net.

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Time to Apply for Fernandina’s Lighted Christmas Parade

Time to Apply for Fernandina's Lighted Christmas ParadeAmerica’s Youth Inc. invites your organization to be a part of the 2014 Annual Lighted Christmas Parade at Saturday, December 13, 2014.

The parade processional will line up at 4:30 pm at Buccaneer Ball Field, 11th and Ash Street. The parade will begin at 6 pm.

It is requested that all entries reflect the theme “Christmas Memories & Tradition.”

The parade will take the normal parade route that will end back at Central Park/Buccaneer Field.

If the parade is cancelled due to rain, it will be held the following day, at 6 p.m. Sunday, December 14.

Deadline for all applications is Thursday, December 11.

Application forms must be completed and returned to:
America’s Youth Inc.
907 S. 11th St.
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
americasyouthinc@comcast.net

If further information is needed, you may contact Vernetta Spaulding at (904) 261-0801 ext 202 or vernetta121@bellsouth.net; or John Gilbert at (904) 624-5383 or americasyouthinc@comcast.net.

Download the 2014 APPLICATION HERE

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