Travel and Leisure Ranks Amelia for Independence Day

Travel and Leisure Ranks Amelia for Independence DayTravel and Leisure ranked America’s Best Towns for July 4th and Amelia Island made the list:

No. 10 (tie) Amelia Island, FL
“This barrier island could have made the Independence Day top 10 for its great tradition of flag-waving—even if, thanks to centuries of explorers and colonizers, it waved the flags of seven nations before settling on the Stars and Stripes. No matter, the 4th here means a free concert in town, and the rest of the weekend includes a Civil War–era reenactment at Fort Clinch.

“Readers also saluted the town for its B&Bs—like the Williams House, an antebellum mansion—and its commitment to good beer. Sample it for yourself at the Palace Saloon, the self-proclaimed oldest watering hole in Florida, with a bar designed by Adolphus Busch.”

I don’t know where they got their information, but they sure left out a lot of fun things going on around here for the 4th of July:

Stars and Stripes Freedom Festival
Music, Arts & Crafts, Food Trucks, Water Slide, Bounce Houses, Face Painting, Cool Treats and More… Friday, July 4, 2014, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Main Beach, at the corner of Atlantic and Fletcher Avenue’s.

Boardwalk Bash
Featuring Low Country Boil, live music, and family-friendly activities. Friday, July 4, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The Shops at Amelia Island Plantation, Fernandina Beach, FL (904) 261-6161.

Sounds on Centre
Sounds on Centre is a free community concert, fun for the entire family. Be sure to bring your own chair and don’t forget sunscreen! Sounds on Centre t-shirts will be available for purchase. Raffle drawings will be held throughout the event with prizes donated by local community businesses and retailers. All proceeds go to advertising efforts for the organization. Friday, July 4, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, in downtown Fernandina Beach, on Centre Street between Front & 2nd streets.

Red, White and The Deep Blue Celebration
Celebrate Independence Day with a lavish All-American Barbecue. This annual event is a buffet with chilled seafood, barbecue ribs, skirt steak churrasco, chicken, salads and dessert classics. Lawn games, crab races, face painter, balloon twister and live music by The Bama Gamblers, five-piece Southern rock’n roll band. Enjoy front row seats to a spectacular ocean front fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. Reservations requested. Cost: $93 per adult, $25 per child under 11, includes service charge. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. For reservations call (904) 277-1087. Friday, July 4, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Fireworks Cruises
Take your pick of two sunset cruises. Both will depart at 8pm and return around 10pm. The fireworks are at 9:30pm. Adult Twilight “BYOB” Cruise or the Family Friendly Sunset Cruise, reservations are recommended. The cost is $16-$28. Amelia River Cruises, please call (904) 261-9972 for reservations. Friday, July 4, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Amelia River Cruises is located at 1 North Front Street in historic Fernandina Beach.

Music
FREE – Nassau County Community Band at the Downtown Fernandina Beach Welcome Center – Train Depot. Friday, July 4, 2014, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Welcome Center – Train Depot Downtown Fernandina Beach Front Street and Centre Street.

Fireworks
Fireworks – 9:00pm Marina Water Front at Front Street and Centre Street. Friday, July 4, 2014, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Marina WaterFront. (Arrive Early)

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Bar-B-Q and Brew 2014

Bar-B-Q and Brew 2014

Smoke N Da Cockpit BBQ team and the Green Turtle Tavern present Bar-B-Q and Brew 2014. It’s a BBQ dinner (and drinks) to raise funds and awareness for Micah’s Place.

SAVE THE DATE and Get your tickets TODAY!!!

This fundraiser is being held Sunday, July 20th, from 2:00pm – 6:00pm and there are only 125 tickets available so buy yours ASAP.

At only $10.00 per plate you get: a meat and two sides includign your choice of pulled pork, spare ribs, and smoked hot wings (while supplies last). Side dishes include baked beans, corn or green beans with new potatoes (while supplies last).

While you are there, “Raise your glass!” The Green Turtle is donating a portion of their sales to the cause. (Bring a designated driver.)

Tickets can be bought in advance at the Green Turtle or through SNDC team members.

Only 125 tickets are available. They can also be purchased at Micah’s Place by contactin Mariana McIntyre at 904-491-6364 ex. 102.

The Green Turtle is located in historic Fernandina Beach, at 14 S 3rd Street.

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Seedless Cucumbers are in Stock at the Farmers’ Market

Seedless Cucumbers are in Stock at the Farmers' MarketYour Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market on N. 7th Street in historic, downtown Fernandina, will be open May 17, 2014, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, rain or shine… and the seedless cucumbers from Bacon’s Select Produce are back and in plentiful quantities!

Here is a little more information about just three of our over 30 vendors who come week after week to bring you seasonal produce, fresh baked pastries and breads, honey, beef, cheese, dairy and so much more.

Harlows All Natural Products are created by locals to Fernandina Beach, Jacob and Sarah Harlow. Their products include vegan, organic and all natural home and personal care products made with essential oils, butters, salts, sugars, waxes and other natural ingredients. This husband and wife team combine their knowledge of chemistry, massage therapy and aromatherapy to make products without harmful preservatives and additives such as deodorants, liquid and bar soaps, lip balm, body balm, bath salts, scrubs, home and personal sprays and more.

Wook’s Beef Jerky comes to Amelia Island from Lakeland, Florida. Their jerky flavors include Teriyaki, made with a naturally brewed soy sauce and a little wine, sugar and spices; Hickory, made with smoke flavor, herbs and a little lime juice; Pepper – loaded with black pepper flavor; and Spicy Cajun made with Cayenne and red peppers. These vacuum packed treats are a wonderful snack to keep handy for the kids or guests.

Shepperd’s Farm of Callahan, Florida grows peppers that Joy Shepperd uses to create amazing flavored jelly combinations such as a hot pepper and orange, sweet pepper and mango, or tangerine and jalapenos. Each week she has created a new flavor combination and she’d love for you to stop by her booth and try a sample.

This week’s entertainment will be provided by local banjo player, Chuck Hall.

The Market Place is open on Saturdays, and your well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome to come along.

For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com or call (904) 557-8229.

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Taste and Toast 2014 is This Saturday

Taste and Toast 2014 is This SaturdayYou are running out of time to participate in the Nassau Humane Society’s Taste and Toast! The event will be on Saturday, May 17, from 7-9pm at the The Florida House Inn, located at 22 S. Third Street. They have graciously offered to host our event again this year in their beautiful courtyard underneath stately oaks and twinkling white lights.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased on our website www.nassauhumanesociety.com, at our Second Chance Store, or at the NHS Dog Park.

Nassau Humane Society is partnering with over 15 restaurants in our community for this unique fundraiser that pairs food with a fine selection of wine or beer. More than a dozen restaurants will participate in the event, with chefs from each establishment preparing an item off their menu and pairing the dish with a wine or beer that best accentuates flavor.

Between taste-size bites of food and sips of wine or beer, guests can head into an adjoining courtyard for a visit with some furry friends from the shelter. Unique gift baskets will be raffled and a live auction will be hosted by our special guest, Nick Loren.

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Nick Loren

Nick Loren is one of the entertainment industry’s most versatile talents, including a successful career as longtime Stand-in and Stunt double for film icon John Travolta, that has evolved into acting, and his new role as host of the highly rated daily morning talk show “First Coast Living,” which has landed Nick an Emmy Award nomination and airs on WTLV (NBC) and WJXX (ABC) in Florida.

Enjoy live music by Dan Voll and Michele.

This event is brought to you by sponsors, Osprey Village and Florida House Inn.

We hope you can join us at our 2nd Annual Taste and Toast, and help raise funds for your animal rescue and adoption shelter on Amelia Island.

For more information, please contact Kelly Monti at volunteer@nassauhumanesociety.com or call 904-491-1511.

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Edwin McCain to Headline Shrimp Festival Entertainment Lineup

Edwin McCain to Headline Shrimp Festival Entertainment LineupPlatinum-selling recording artist Edwin McCain will headline an exciting lineup of local, regional and nationally acclaimed performers taking the Riverfront Stage for a series of free concerts on Amelia Island during the 51st Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, May 2 – 4, 2014.

KTG gets the party started at 5:30 PM Friday evening with a wide variety of dance and party music. Band leader Kenny Levine is an amazing keyboardist, conductor, arranger and composer. Fronting the band are the soaring vocals and dynamic stage presence of Teri Harris Levine, combined with the talented Roderick “Mac” McMorries, an incredible singer and trumpet player who has toured with performers like Cameo and Michael Jackson.

Saturday morning, May 3rd, the festival opens at 9:00 AM and the Fernandina Beach High School Jazz Ensemble takes the stage at 9:30.

The Beech Street Blues Band is a cocktail of seasoned, local musicians including Jeff Malone, Dan Voll, Mike Hawthorne, Ronnie Stoots and Jay McPherson. The band’s influences include Blues, Rock, Funk and Country with the main mission of creating music that people can move their feet to. Catch this fun band at 11:00 AM Saturday.

The Honey Badgers perform at 1:30 and will be led by Hupp Huppmann on guitar and vocals. The Honey Badgers are one of the most popular groups on Amelia Island, thrilling locals and tourists alike. Hupp is joined on stage by Ray Hetchka on bass and vocals, Mike Devereaux on percussion and vocals, Hal London on Drums, Vic Deacon on guitar, and Jennifer Rooth on keyboard. Known for playing classic and acoustic rock songs everyone knows by heart, The Honey Badgers set on Saturday will focus on the music of the Beatles.

dominic-gaudiousPerforming at 3:30 PM is the dynamic, intense and passionate guitarist and composer, Dominic Gaudious. After a successful touring and recording career in the 1980’s, Dominic found passion in the world of Classical/World Beat music. Working mainly with six and 12-string acoustic guitars, he also incorporates exotic instruments like the Australian Didgeridoo. With impressive experience at worldwide events, Dominic was a finalist on FOX TV’s 30 Seconds to Fame. He has won numerous awards and for the past few years has delighted audiences daily at Downtown Disney as one of their most popular performers.

Headlining Saturday’s musical entertainment is the Edwin McCain Band. Edwin McCain’s voice is everywhere. At any given moment, a radio station in America is playing one of his songs, perhaps an American Idol hopeful is belting out I’ll Be or a newlywed couple is dancing to I Could Not Ask for More. Over a million Dr. Phil viewers voted I’ll Be as the best wedding song ever written, the New York Times dubbed him the “great American romantic”. The highlight of what I do is playing for and connecting with the people that come out to see me live,” said McCain. “The fans – and I hate to call them fans – the friends of music that survive the advertising campaign long enough to understand what music is truly about, and have incorporated my music into their lives to the point where it is are part of their memories and emotions – those are the ones I do it all for.”

Sunday May 4th, Karl W. Davis will be lighting up the stage at 11:30 with his warm and charismatic stage presence. He is a real southern blues and soul man. As an international artist Karl has toured throughout Europe and the U.S. spreading his own brand of gospel laden blues and soul. When he is not fronting and leading a 200 member choir with his own compositions, he is appearing with his band at the finest nightclubs, theaters and festivals.

karl-davis-shrimp-festivalDuring his 25 year musical career Karl has shared the stage with some of the greats such as, Gatemouth Brown, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Duke Robillard, The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Mofro, Greg Allman, Magic Slim and The Teardrops, Keller Williams, Moe, Colonel Bruce Hampton, Charlie Daniels, The Jerry Garcia Band, Little Feat, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

At 12:15 local favorite and Fernandina native, Woody Mullis will take the stage to a delighted hometown audience. Woody took a chance when he moved to Nashville, Tennessee joining Mike Geiger to become one of the most prolific songwriting teams in country music. His songs have been recorded by artists on major labels such as Capitol, Columbia and MCA, and netted the 1989 BMI Songwriter of the Year Award. Among his multitude of hits are Darlene by T. Graham Brown; This Missin’ You Heart of Mine by Sawyer Brown; Burnin’ A Hole in the Heart by Skip Ewing; Adalida by George Strait; High and Dry by Kenney Chesney; Before I Die by Tracy Byrd, Hillbilly Shoes and A Cold One Coming On by Montgomery Gentry, and many, many more.

Wrapping up the 51st Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will be the Party Band of the South, The Swingin’ Medallions! Taking the stage at 2:30 PM on Sunday, their classic hit, Double Shot of my Baby’s Love was once referred to as “the greatest Fraternity rock song of all time” by Bruce Springsteen. The Medallions continue to thrill audiences of all ages with their high energy party style performance and their timeless music. Look for the band’s original hits, plus a mixture of ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, beach music and current top 40 hits.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, as presented by Publix Supermarkets, is a free event held the first weekend may in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida. The festival has over 300 juried arts and crafts exhibits, antique booths, a Kidz Fun Zone, delicious shrimp dishes, lots of contests, a boat parade, Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet, and scores of Pirates.

For more information or directions visit ShrimpFestival.com.

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Where to Find Pirates at the 2014 Shrimp Festival

Where to Find Pirates at the 2014 Shrimp FestivalThe 51st Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival takes place May 2 – 4, 2014, on Amelia Island, Florida. This FREE, three day festival is full of entertainment, delicious shrimp dishes, a Kids Fun Zone, over 300 arts and crafts booths, antique exhibitors and of course, those gnarly Pirates!

Thursday May 1st, the weekend kicks off with a Pirate Parade that begins at 6:00 pm and runs through the heart of historic, Fernandina Beach. Floats, bands and walking entries will put on their best wench and pirate costumes to compete for the Pirate Parade Awards. As a finale to this parade, scores of Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc, members and their Swabbies (pirates in training) will take to the streets with their large pirate ship float, Amelia’s Revenge. Black powdered pistols, rifles and cannons onboard the ship are lit igniting the imagined chaos of the town being taken over by Pirates!

Friday evening the waterfront area of the Festival opens at 6:00 PM with live music, opening ceremonies, the parade awards and the crowning of the 2014 Miss Shrimp Festival. In the midst of the excitement is a Pirate Booth offering swords, hooks, pirate hats, patches, flags and more.

lowes-pirate-ship2014This year children are invited to build a pirate ship with a functioning “plank” and sails, thanks to the generous folks from Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores. But, soon after, as cannon fire and screams ring out in the night, the Pirates invade the town and take over the stage and subject the citizens to an amazing history lesson about their brethren. Then the much anticipated fireworks are shot overhead, lighting up the sky over the Amelia River followed by dancing in the streets to the amazing sounds of KTG until 10:30 PM.

Saturday morning the pirates can be found roaming the streets and in their booth as early as 9:00 am.

At 10:00 am, look for Pirates in the Kids Fun Zone for the Pirates in Training Contest (ages 5 and under) and the Little Pirate Contest (ages 6 and over), sponsored by Ann Teague Bonding Agency, Inc.

invasion-pirates-2014There will be an Invasion of the Pirates at noon, where they march through the streets from the waterfront to the courthouse and raise a Pirate Flag over Amelia Island.

The Best Dressed Adult Pirate Contest is G-Rated and open to anyone who dares enter. Sponsored by SearchAmelia.com, this fun and lively contest takes place near the waterfront at 12:30 pm where Pirates shine up their buckles and compete for cash prizes. This year, our guest judge will be Captain Edgar Hansen of the F/V Northwestern as featured on Discovery Channel’s #1 ranked show, Deadliest Catch

“Learn to be a Pirate”, a class for children led by members of the Fernandina Pirates Club, takes place at 3:30 pm in the Kids Fun Zone. Then they will pillage and plunder their way back through the streets to the waterfront stage to listen to platinum selling artist, Edwin McCain. The festivities of the Shrimp Festival end at 6:00 pm.

The action starts over again Sunday, at 10:00 am with Pirates in their booth trading their wares from around the world, mostly China, and nurse their wounds from the previous two battles. Now that the Island has been seized and is under control of the Pirates, they are free to roam the streets and frolic with the guests of the Festival. Pirates will be found witnessing the Blessing of the Fleet, and enjoying the Decorated Boat Parade on the Amelia River, and at 2:30 pm you’ll find many of them dancing to the Party Band of the South, The Swingin’ Medallions.

If you still haven’t attended “Learn to be a Pirate”, class will be in session two times on Sunday – at noon, and again at 3:30 pm.

pirates-bus-routeIf you take advantage of the Park and Ride shuttle system, Pirates can often be found at the bus loading and unloading zone within the festival; uncharacteristically offering to help you manage your packages, boxes, handbags, cameras, and wallets – while you board the bus.

You don’t want to miss the seeing the Fernandina Pirates at the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival! Come partake of the shrimp, have some fun, enjoy the arts, crafts, and antiques, and dozens of playfully entertaining pirates!

Because many people enjoy coming to the Shrimp Festival dressed as pirates, please keep in mind that not all pirates are members of the Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc. The original, local Fernandina Pirates Club have been incorporated since the early 1970s. Pirate Club members are all volunteers and they each wear an identifying patch on their clothing. The Pirates Club is also an insured, not-for-profit organization in which both the City of Fernandina Beach and the Nassau County Commissioners have proclaimed as Goodwill Ambassadors to our Northeast Florida community.

Festival hours are Friday, May 2, 6:00 to 10:30 pm; Saturday, May 3, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; and on Sunday the festival is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information about entertainment, contests and where to “Park and Ride” please visit ShrimpFestival.com.

There is NO admission fee to attend!

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Celebrating Felix’s Birthday at the Farmers’ Market

Celebrating Felix's Birthday at the Farmers' MarketApril 26, 2014 will be the last Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market before the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, so join us and stock up, because you will be without the friendliest farmers’ market in Florida on May 3, 2014! Our vendors know this and are prepared to bring plenty of fresh produce, baked breads and pastries, honey, plants, jams, jellies, sauces, cheeses, meats and more to hold you over.

Also on April 26th we will be celebrating a very special birthday! Felix Jones spends every Saturday morning at the Market Place with his basket of pineapples, peanuts and News-Leaders, and we are getting a giant birthday cake to celebrate! Gabriel Arnold will be blowing on the saxophone, and he is sharing his PA with other local musicians who want to bring their instrument and invite Felix to sit in on a song or two with his harmonica.

In addition to over 30 booths of natural products, organic delights and delicious treats, our sister market, the Fernandina Beach Arts Market, will be open with an addition 25 arts and craft vendors right next door!

The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival will be on hand to tease you with the upcoming 13th season where you should expect the unexpected. World renowed artists will be performing in unique and intimate setting all around Amelia Island, with 13 concerts being held between May 3, 2014 and June 1, 2014.

We have so much going on at the Fernandina Beach Market Place, we have invited massage students from Florida State College at Jacksonville. They won’t just be on hand to tell you about the popular massage classes FSCJ offers, but they are also bringing along some of their massage chairs to show you how great the program is by demonstrating what they have learned by offering free massages!

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market is open, rain or shine, every Saturday of the year (except for Shrimp Festival Saturday)! Our hours are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and we are located on N. 7th Street in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida.

We hope you will join us! For more information, please call Joe at (904) 557-8229, or visit www.FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com.

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Relay for Life of Fernandina Beach Yulee is April 5, 2014

Relay for Life of Fernandina Beach Yulee is April 5, 2014Fernandina Beach, FL – The American Cancer Society, the nation’s leading voluntary health organization, is holding Relay for Life of Fernandina Beach/Yulee, around the track that surrounds the football field at Yulee High School, on April 5th and 6th, 2014. Thirteen teams, and over 50 participants have already raised nearly $15,000.

For 18 hours these teams from local business, schools, churches, civic organizations, and families will participate in a night under the stars while team members take turns walking or running on the track.

-Walking around a track is meant to symbolize that there is no finish line until we find a cure for cancer.
-The overnight walk is meant to reflect a cancer patient’s journey through the disease
-Ending with a new sense of hope as the sun rises in the morning.

There will be entertainment, food, games and fun. This event is open to the public and admission is FREE.

“I encourage everyone to join us Saturday at noon for Opening Ceremonies, and to cheer on cancer survivors during the Survivor’s Lap.” Said Entertainment Coordinator Erica Kittrell. “Then, the Survivors Luncheon is at 1:00 PM. We look forward to paying tribute to the tremendous personal journey that cancer survivors have been on. Every survivor is invited, whether they were diagnosed yesterday or 30 years ago.” Survivors, please contact Melanie Oberkrom at (904) 391-3643, or melanie.oberkrom@cancer.org; or just show up on the day of the event!

Teams sites will be judged on this year’s theme, “Cancer Takes a Holiday” so expect a Fall Festival, Pictures with the Easter Bunny, a Resort Vacation Team, and the Fernandina Pirates Club have chosen “Talk Like a Pirate Day” as their holiday. Each team’s decorated float will take a lap around the track at 3:00, compete in a team Tug of War at 5:30, and participate in other games throughout the event.

You will be able to help Relay continue to raise money for the American Cancer Society by purchasing raffle tickets for great prizes like a Ritz Carlton Gift Card or an overnight stay at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation resort. There will be pictures available with the Easter Bunny, food, games and a plethora of themed laps so even if you are not on a team, you can still join in the fun, or perhaps be crowned Miss Relay for Life 2014!

Relay for Life Events 2014 Fernandina Yulee

Bring us your best Elvis impersonation or wear feathered boas for our Viva Las Vegas Lap, or perhaps you can share an oversized shirt with your best friend or dress like twins for the Buddy Lap. Show off your flexibility with the Limbo Lap, or maybe you will be the winner of the Scavenger Hunt that begins at 1:30.

Flamenco Dancers will entertain you at 2:30 PM, and live music takes the stage at 3:15 with Cumberland Sound. Bean School of Dance will be performing at 5:45, then you are encouraged to put on a tutu and join them as they lead a Tutu Lap around the track. Students of Paks Karate will put on a demonstration and we invite you to learn our Purple Glove Dance before the talented Jennifer Burns performs at 8:00.

One of the highlights of the event is the Luminaria Ceremony, which begins at 9:00 PM. “We invite all local cancer survivors, family and friends to attend.” During the event, people may purchase a luminaria in memory, or in honor, of someone who has been touched by cancer. The luminaria bags are placed around the track and lit during an emotional memorial program followed by a Lap of Remembrance.

After the ceremony, this Celebration of Life continues with a Glow Lap as the lights of the stadium are turned back on, and Bruce Beville and the Laid Back Band will play your favorite music during themed decade laps (bring your costumes) of the 50s, 60, 70s and 80s as we close in on midnight with a group routine to Thriller. At midnight we are throwing a New Cure’s Eve Party where the entertainment and activities just keep coming. Overnight activities include a Zumbathon, a Western Lap, a Frozen T-shirt contest, a Toga Lap, a Rooster Crow Contest, line dancing, a Pajama Lap and more, including Gabriel Arnold who will play the saxophone and croon for you ‘til dawn.

No matter why you take part in Relay, one thing is clear: with every step you take, you are helping the American Cancer Society save lives. With your help, we aren’t just fighting one type of cancer, we are fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. Each person who shares the Relay experience can take pride in knowing that they are working to create a world where this disease will no longer threaten the lives of our love ones or claim another year of anyone’s life.

Having cancer is hard, finding help shouldn’t be. Call 1 (800) 227-2345, anytime day or night, or visit cancer.org.

For the complete entertainment schedule be sure to “like” us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Relay-for-Life-Fernandina-BeachYulee/. To make a donation or create your own team, please visit RelayforLife.org/fernandinabeachfl.

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St. Michael’s Academy’s 2014 Spring Carnival

St. Michael's Academy's 2014 Spring CarnivalIt is time for the St. Michael’s Academy’s 2014 Spring Carnival. The event will be held in Fernandina Beach, at Central Park, March 20 to 23, 2014.

There will be rides and activities. Admission is free, but rides require tickets.

Tickets and wrist bands will be available for purchase on site.

Here are the hours:
Thursday, March 20: 5:00 to 10:00
Friday, March 21: 5:00 to 11:00
Saturday, march 22: Noon to 11:00
Sunday, March 23: Noon to 5:00 PM

Our grandson loved the variety of rides and games when we took him to the Spring Carnival!

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Ronnie Cox is Coming to Amelia Island

Ronnie Cox is Coming to Amelia IslandRonnie Cox is coming to Amelia Island. Who is Ronnie Cox? Well, most people know Ronny Cox from his acting career. You’ve seen him on the big screen in Deliverance, Beverly Hills Cop, Bound for Glory, and dozens more, and on television in St. Elsewhere, StarTrek: The Next Generation, and Stargate SG1.

But not many know of his life-long love and dedication to music. As an actor, he’s played nasty villains and corporate snakes. But as a singer-songwriter, he’s easy-going, amiable, and downright charming.

Actor/Singer/Songwriter Ronny Cox will share his many talents on Saturday, February 1st, at “An Evening of Story & Song,” the popular concert series hosted by Mark & Donna Paz Kaufman and presented by First Coast Community Bank.

Cox will perform at 8 pm in Burns Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish, located at 9th and Atlantic. A $15 donation, 100% of which goes to the artist, is suggested.

Doors open at 7:15 pm for general seating. For preferred seating, call 415-1388 for reservations.

Only in the last 10 years has the world seen him evolve from being an “actor who sings” into knowing him as a “singer who happens to have a pretty fair career acting.”

Just like the man himself, Ronny’s songs are eclectic, funny, touching, insightful and compelling.

To learn more about Ronny Cox’s many talents, check out his website at www.ronnycox.com.

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An Evening with the Hollywood Stars

An Evening with the Hollywood StarsAmelia Community Theater Guild’s presents their 5th Annual Dinner of Dinners Fundraiser, An Evening with the Hollywood Stars.

This Dinner of Dinners, will be held at the Woman’s Club of Fernandina Beach on Saturday, February 1, 2014. This year’s theme is An Evening with the Hollywood Stars, and guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite movie star or character(optional). Enjoy a delicious dinner, exciting entertainment, a silent auction of extraordinary Dinner Parties and a raffle of a variety of gift baskets. Tickets are $60.00 and seating is limited.

You might be lucky enough to run into Cary Grant or have dinner with Mary Poppins! Fred Astaire might even ask you to dance! This is your big chance to morph into Marilyn Monroe for the evening. or just come as yourself.

For more information, call our box office at (904) 261-6749 or visit our website at www.ameliacommunitytheatre.org.

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Stars of the Symphony for Only $10.00

Stars of the Symphony for Only $10.00Stars of the Symphony features the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and four principal musicians as virtuoso soloists. Highlights include Rimsky Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, Sarasate’s Gypsy Airs violin showpiece (featuring Philip Pan), a jazzy clarinet concerto by Artie Shaw (featuring Peter Wright), a concerto inspired by the trombones of Copenhagen’s Casion Theatre Orchestra (featuring Jeffrey Peterson), and an elegy composed by an original member of Deep Purple (featuring Les Roettges).

Tickets have been reduced and are only $10.00 per person!

The concert will be held at the First Baptist Church in Fernandina Beach, on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 7:00 PM.

Michael Butterman, Conductor
Philip Pan, Violin
Peter Wright, Clarinet
Les Roettges, Flute
Jeffrey Peterson, Trombone

This first-ever community concert tour covers the areas of Fernandina Beach, San Jose and Jacksonville Beach. Conducted by Michael Butterman, other concert highlights include Glinka’s Russlan and Ludmilla Overture.

Tickets are NOT available at the church office, but they will be available at the door on the night of the performance.

Pictured are: Stars of the Symphony (from left) Philip Pan (seated), Les Roettges, Peter Wright and Jeffrey Peterson

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An Evening In December Christmas Memories

An Evening In December Christmas Memories
An Evening In December Christmas Memories will be presented by The Community Chorus, Orchestra and Drama Team at Amelia Baptist Church.

Show times:
Friday, December 13 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 15 at 7:00 PM
(preprogram music at 6:30 PM)

Amelia Baptist Church is located at the traffic circle, or round-about, near Harris Teeter.

If you need child care through age four, please call early for reservations, (904) 261-9527.

The community is invited to enjoy this annual celebration of the Christmas Story, which is presented each year in a unique blend of choral music and drama. This is the 17th presentation of An Evening in December! Each year the church offers an evening of music and drama as its gift to the community. Musicians from around the area join in this annual celebration of Christmas.

The choir of 75+ talented singers from numerous area churches will present the beautiful music of “Christmas Memories”. Accompanying the choir are 18 instrumentalists including artists from the Jacksonville Symphony, from the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, and the NE Florida region.

Performances are always well attended, so people are encouraged to arrive early for best seating.

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Heritage Singers of Jacksonville come to Fernandina

Heritage Singers of Jacksonville come to FernandinaThere will be a concert by The Heritage Singers of Jacksonville on December 7th, 2013, in Fernandina Beach!

“The Heritage Singers of Jacksonville (HSJ) is a nonprofit 503(c)3 organization of gifted singers who are dedicated to experiencing and fostering a sense of community through the preparation and performance of high quality choral music.

It is our goal, through both our repertoire and organizational structure, to be of the people, by the people, and for the people. The guiding word is in our very name: Heritage.

Through the fostering of mutual admiration and respect within our ranks, and the selection of repertoire that is fresh and reflective of both our common and individual heritages, the Heritage Singers is, in the very best sense of the word, a community chorus.”

2013 Christmas Concert, “December Nights: More Than Enough Light”, dates and locations are found below:

December 6, 2013 at 7 PM
City Rescue Mission
426 S McDuff Ave, Jacksonville

December 7, 2013 at@ 7 PM
The Promise Land Christian Ministry
416 Alachua Street, Fernandina Beach

December 15, 2013 at 3 PM
Arlington Congregational Church
431 University Blvd. North, Jacksonville

“Celebrating our diverse heritages through innovative and thematic choral music.”

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World’s Largest Gingerbread Pirate Ship Arrives on Amelia

World’s Largest Gingerbread Pirate Ship Arrives on Amelia
The World’s largets gingerbread pirate ship arrives at the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island.

Imagine a 17 foot Gingerbread Pirate Ship with pirate characters sculpted from chocolate standing before you. Festive garland hangs from the elegant molding as if to encase the ship and the sounds of holiday songs play gently through the lobby of this dynamic hotel. Your eyes are drawn into the Courtyard where hundreds of gleaming lights twinkle on a 40 foot Christmas tree. Spellbound, you are captivated by the essence of tradition.

“Holiday tradition,” says, General Manager, James E. McManemon, “is what grandparents and parents want a child to experience and every child remembers their first Ritz-Carlton Santa’s Storybook Tea or the desserts at Santa’s Holiday Dinner and taking family pictures in front of the pirate ship,” continues McManemon.

The festivities start on Wednesday, November 27 at 8:00 a.m. when the Gingerbread Pirate Ship is unveiled. The ship is a tribute to the famed privateer Louis Aury who held the island captive for three days in 1817.

Later in the evening, guests and the public will line the Courtyard sipping hot chocolate and eating cookies from the pastry kitchen to attend the 17th Annual Tree Lighting to benefit the YMCA Scholarship Program for families in need. The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival Brass Quintet plays holiday music accompanied by local students who sprinkle fairy dust on the tree moments before Santa and Mrs. Claus light the tree to start the holidays on Amelia Island.

Santa’s Storybook Tea
A Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island tradition; a fireside holiday storybook read by Santa plus an afternoon tea, with finger sandwiches, pastries, candy, cakes and a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Join us in the Lobby Lounge on Saturdays, November 30, December 7, 14 and 21 at 12 Noon. Price is $49.00 per adult and children ages 6 and up. $10.00 for children 5 and under, includes service charge.

Santa Tuck In
Children will enjoy a visit from Santa as he brings cookies and milk, reads a holiday story and presents a gift for the child every Saturday, November 30, December 7, 14, and 21 for $25.00 per child. Reservations recommended.

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