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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Story and Song on March 21, 2015

Story and Song on March 21, 2015Saturday, March 21, 2015, brings An Evening of Story and Song to Burns Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish

International finger-style guitar champion singer/songwriter Tim Thompson will be joined by his son Myles on fiddle.

The unique relationship of a father and son cannot be argued nor explained, but when the relationship includes musical passion, virtuosity and showmanship – magic happens! Tim and Myles Thompson have been inspiring audiences throughout the country. With recent performances that include the Montreal Jazz Festival, Walnut Valley Festival, and the Chet Atkins Festival, they have polished their craft to a fine luster. The duo has opened for Spyro Gyra, Don Williams, Mountain Heart, and Richard Elliot.

Tim is a Nashville based session player, singer/songwriter and the 2008 International Fingerstyle Champion. Music has always filled the Thompson home; unknowingly it inspired Myles to pick up the violin at the tender age of five! By the age of twelve he was studying music theory and improvising with skill beyond his years – it was clear that music would be his life. Today, Myles is also a prolific singer/songwriter and mandolin player. If you ask his dad or an audience member, they will tell you that Myles fancies himself as quite the comedian, most often at his dad’s expense.

This popular concert series is presented by First Coast Community Bank and hosted by Mark & Donna Paz Kaufman.

The concert will take place at 7:30 pm. A $20 donation (100% of which goes to the artists) is requested.

For more information or reservations, contact eveningofstoryandsong@gmail.com or call 904-415-1388.

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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!

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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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Monthly Acoustic Sessions now at Fernandina Little Theatre

Monthly Acoustic Sessions now at Fernandina Little TheatreFernandina Little Theatre is presenting a new program, Acoustic Sessions for Aspiring Musicians!

Beginning March 2, 2015, the Fernandina Little Theatre is expanding programming to include a regular musical event. This new idea is simple: bringing together artists who usually do not get to play together, and who wish to create, cover, and share music with each other and with a small crowd in an intimate setting. Styles will vary, going from blues to folk, and everything the musicians wish to play together for that unique occasion. Each month the lineup of musicians will change, with each artist bringing his/her own unique style of playing to the session.

Acoustic Sessions is the brainchild of local musician Tom Leon. Born in Caen (Normandy) France, the soundtrack of Tom’s childhood was composed of great music ranging from Beethoven to Elvis Presley and everything in between. “If there were actual instruments in it, it was played through my dad’s stereo”. Tom played clubs all over the French western country side, until he met world recording Blues artist Josh Miller. The two got along so well that Josh invited him to come to Florida for a short trip, and there Tom was introduced to artists who made him feel right at home. Soon the young Frenchman had decided to pack his suitcase and move to Florida to pursue his dream, and play the only music he then wanted to play: the Blues!

For the first chapter of this monthly event, on Monday March 2nd at 7:30 pm, a lifelong passion for the blues will bring together three musicians: local guitarist and singer Tom Leon will share the stage with great friends and talented artists Jeff Malone, also from Fernandina Beach (percussion), and Rick Anthony from Chesapeake VA (Vocals and Guitar).

Tickets for the Acoustic Sessions are only $5.00, and can be purchased in advance at The UPS Store on Amelia Island.

Fernandina Little Theatre is a small, intimate space, and patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to guarantee seating availability.

For more info on FLT happenings and events, check the website at ameliaflt.org.

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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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What’s Up Saturday at the Farmers Market

What's Up Saturday at the Farmers MarketHere is “What’s up” at the farmers’ market in downtown Fernandina Beach. First of all, the market has seen incredible support from our Fernandina Beach community and many vendors, while they continue to bring additional quantities of their products each week, are continuing to experience sell-out Saturdays! It is best you arrive early to make sure your favorite vendors have what you are looking for!

With nearly 40 vendors attending the Fernandina Beach Market Place each and every Saturday, we have a few vendors who join us once or twice a month like Steephill Vermont Syrup, White Hawk Farm, and River City Gourmet.

Steephill Vermont Syrup are Snowbirds Bob and Lynn who bring authentic, Grade A Fancy, Medium Amber and Dark Amber syrup from their Vermont farm. They also have Grade B Dark syrup and fresh Maple creme, along with their genuine, hard or soft, maple candies.

White Hawk Farm comes to us all the way from Yulee, Florida, and they bring fresh, raw goat milk and a variety of eggs. If the forecast continues to promise a gorgeous February day on Saturday, Andy will also bring his pet goat, Aruba. Aruba is a farmers market favorite for kids and adults alike.

River City Gourmet, formerly known as Dips 2 Go, sells homemade spice mixes and rubs. Having expanded their line of products they now carry gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegar. Owners Sherry and Mitch strive to bring you different, exciting and unusual flavors to enhance your cooking experience.

We will also have our regular vendors bringing seasonal produce, fresh baked breads and pastries, honey, dog treats, pasta, goat cheese, pies, candies, beef jerky, jelly, and much, much more. Music will be provided by the Hambone Stumps Band.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place is open rain or shine. We are open from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., and are located on North Seventh Street, between Centre and Alachua Streets, on Amelia Island. To become a vendor or to learn more please visit www.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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Amelia Book Festival Kicks Off with Zara Phillips

Amelia Book Festival Kicks Off with Zara PhillipsThe 2015 Amelia Island Book Festival kicks off with a dynamic and engaging songwriter and singer, Zara Phillip’s strong lyrical themes and powerful melodies create music that is both thought provoking and entertaining.

She began her career working as a back up vocalist for Bob Geldorf, Live Aid Creator and toured extensively with him and with the group Bananarama.

Zara has written a one-woman show, Beneath My Father’s Sky, that debuted November 12, 2014 and produced a CD, When The Rain Stops, with Grammy Award winner, Ted Perlman.

In 2008 she produced an adoption documentary entitled Roots, Unknown that won Best Homegrown Documentary at the Garden State Film Festival in New Jersey. She then wrote her well-known book, Mother Me, about Zara’s journey to motherhood from an adoptee’s point of view, a compelling and personal memoir.

An Evening of Story and Song is pleased to partner with the Amelia Island Book Festival to present this talented singer, songwriter, and author for an evening of music and words on Thursday, February 19th.

The show will be from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

Tickets are $20.00 for members, and $25.00 for non-members.

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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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Great Super Bowl Dishes Found at Local Farmers Market

Great Super Bowl Dishes Found at Local Farmers MarketWe may not have busty blonde supermodels at the farmers market in historic Fernandina Beach, but we do have a vendor who sells fresh, au naturel beef like the Carl’s Jr Super Bowl commercial (shown at the end of this article) is promoting during Sunday’s game. So, if you love all natural like model Charlotte McKinney suggests, be sure to visit JD Beef’s booth. Real beef with no antibiotics, no added hormones, and no steroids.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place has other great foods you will want to have on hand for your Super Bowl party, too. How about making potato skins from fresh, red potatoes? Or you could offer your guests ready-to-go jerky from Wook’s Beef Jerky, who also has a delicious alternative to their beef, a mushroom jerky.

Olive my Pickle returns on January 31st with a wide variety of tasty pickles and olives, and their flavorful hummus is perfect when paired with bagel chips from Great Harvest Bread Company. Another great appetizer to offer comes from Lulu’s at the Thompson House. They have a pimento cheese spread that is available in both plain and spicy, great for serving at any party.

Jack and Diane’s salsa is a personal favorite of mine, but you won’t want to share it; that one is so good you will want to buy a jar to keep for yourself! You can still share a tasty salsa, simply toss together some fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, cilantro and chopped onions for a fresh twist on your own homemade salsa.

Stop by King’s Kountry Produce and pick up some delightful chow chows and relish to compliment a fresh relish tray of sliced tomatoes, onions, and lettuces by visiting our four, fresh produce vendors. Or a fresh assortment of fruits like strawberries, pineapple and melons?

You will also find breads, desserts, honey, plants, soaps, dog treats, salmon, scallops, coffee, smoothies, pasta and more on North Seventh Street, between Centre and Alachua Streets, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. We are open every Saturday.

This week we will have someone from the Nassau County Department of Emergency Management to help you plan for natural and man-made disasters and emergency situations.

We are family friendly, and this week’s live musical entertainment will be the incredible Hambone Stumps Band. Well behaved, leashed pets are welcome. For more information please visit www.FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com, or call (904) 557-8229.

The commercial will be shown regionally, so it may not air in Florida, but here is the video if you’d like to watch it:.

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Pierogi Hut Joins the Farmers Market in Fernandina Beach

Pierogi Hut Joins the Farmers Market in Fernandina BeachJanuary 24th will see new vendor, Cori Fulton of Pierogi Hut, joining the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market. Pierogies are a filled pasta, and Cori mixes up the flavors creating a great variety such as Potato & Cheese, Mushroom & Onion, Cabbage & Onion, Farmer Cheese, a Breakfast Pierogi, and Sauerkraut & Onion.

This week our semi-monthly vendors return like Rose from An Un-believable Eggroll. Andy will return with his eggs and goat milk from Yulee’s White Hawk Farms, and Denise of Jay’s Marketplace will be bringing her delicious olive salads to the Market Place this week.

Our sister market, the Fernandina Beach Arts Market, is also returning with 20 fabulous arts and craft vendors from Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia, including Red Wolf Custom Crafts, Giulia’s Treasures, Sonia C. Designs, and Pawsitively Purrfect Pets.

We are now accepting applications for new vendors at both markets, so stop by our management booth this, or any Saturday, and we’d be delighted to answer your questions. We are also booking dates now local musicians, Nassau County non-profit organizations and Fernandina Beach brick-and-mortars who are invited to join us for a FREE space at the Market Place!

The talented Dan Voll will be providing musical entertainment this week, and of course, your well-behaved leashed pets are always welcome!

The Fernandina Beach Market Place is located on North Seventh Street in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. We are open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, every Saturday, rain or shine. The Fernandina Beach Arts Market is open right next door, on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month.

For more information, please call (904) 557-8229.

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Beth Nielsen Chapman Performs at Burns Hall

Beth Nielsen Chapman Performs at Burns HallBeth Nielsen Chapman returns to Amelia Island for a performance on Saturday, January 24th, at 7:30 pm.

Celebrated singer/songwriter/recording artist Beth Nielsen Chapman has been nominated for a Grammy twice. She is breast cancer survivor, environmental activist, teacher of workshops and lecturer on the magic of creativity. She has penned numerous hits and written songs for many top artists including Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Bette Midler, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Michael McDonald, Amy Grant, Keb Mo’, Roberta Flack, Waylon Jennings, Faith Hill, Willie Nelson, Bette Lavette and many more.

Beth said, “I’ve always been drawn to songs that are three-minute peepholes into the depth of our being human, the attraction and the tragedies and the thirst for humor and how we grow and learn and recover from it all; to me, it all comes back to love.”

The show will be at Burns Hall, St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish, in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

A $20 donation (100% of which goes to the artist) is requested. There will be a full house for Beth’s performance, so reservations are essential.

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