Third Annual Teen Theatre Lock-In at ACT

The Third Annual Teen Theatre Lock-In will be August 26 from 7:30 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. on August 27, in the main stage of the Amelia Community Theatre.

This is an entire night of theatre activities just for teens ages 13-18.

What will they be doing?
There will be workshops on preparing for auditions, stage make-up, scene work, and more, with ample adult supervision. We will also discuss our ACTeen Troupe auditions which will be the following Sunday, August 28 at 2:00 p.m.

What to Bring
Teens need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, and $5 for pizza and beverages.

If you have a teen or are a teen interested in theatre, this will be a fun and informative night!

Space is limited; parents or guardians must sign up their teens, by August 20, in order to attend the lock-in.

Amelia Community Theatre is located at 207 Cedar Street, and this event is sponsored by the theatre’s teen troupe, known as ACTeen.

Farmers Market School Lunches and After School Snacks Ideas

Farmers Market School Lunches and After School Snacks IdeasSchool recently started in Nassau County, and the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market has some great ideas for making fresh and tasty lunches and after-school snacks.

Rudy brings amazing fresh baked breads from his family business, Maria’s Bakery. Top your favorite with spicy pimento cheese spread from Lulu’s and a thick slice of tomato from King’s Kountry Produce, or try the salmon spread from Upstream Salmon and a slice of Vidalia onion from Boatright’s Farm for a sandwich loaded with flavor.

Looking for gluten-free? Dee, with Something Good, whips up fresh baked breads, sweet breads, and desserts twice a month to bring to the farmers market that are so good, your kids will never guess they are eating healthy.

Mix up egg salad or shrimp salad with yard eggs from Boatright’s, Natural Springs, and King’s, and dice up some wild caught shrimp from Chesser Seafood and you’ll have a ready-to-go, healthy sandwich spread for those hectic school mornings.

Blue Planet Organic has several nut butters and flat breads to pair up for a truly organic lunch, and her flavored sunflower seeds, and dried fruits make tasty, healthy snacks, too.

Mix and match your own vegetable and dip selections from seasonal veggies of all varieties that are available from our produce vendors and Simply Savory’s variety of dips packets to make your favorite dip flavor, fresh at home.

For another healthy addition to lunch, try the Amish popcorn, now available weekly at the Market Place. And Joy of Garlic now brings amazing, low sodium tortilla chips to pair with their all natural salsas. Their new spicy mango salsa is my favorite!

Another after school snack idea could include crostinis from Bottega by Liz Catering lightly smothered with any of the authentic hummus flavors from Olive My Pickle. Try their Cilantro lemon, jalapeno garlic, and sun-dried tomato. They also offer a black bean hummus, and an original tahini hummus made without chick peas.

Desserts are in abundance at the farmers market, too, with Tucker’s homemade Topsy Toffee, cupcakes and cookies from Nana Teresa’s Bakery, and of course, watermelon, blackberries, peaches, cantaloupes, and other fresh fruits available from the four produce vendors.

August 13th also marks the return of the Fernandina Beach Arts Market. This is a unique offering of about 20 local arts and craft booths manned by talented members of our community. The Arts Market is only open on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.

Both markets are open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine, and are located on North Seventh Street, between Alachua and Centre, in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com.

Music is provided by the talented Spanish guitarist Dennis Fermin, and your well-behaved, leashed pets are always welcome.

Rotary Amelia Island Sunrise has New Officers

Rotary Amelia Island Sunrise has New OfficersThe Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise recently hosted its annual officer installation. The club looks forward to another year as they continue their projects throughout the community and internationally. The club recognized its outgoing officers and introduced new officers for the coming year. Shown below from left to right are new officers John Kublbock, Larry Ogilvie, Barbi Coyne, Stan Fishburn, Jim Weaver and Mickey Ulmer. Incoming president Stan Fishburn shared his vision for the coming year to continue the club’s many projects and to work closely with other Rotary clubs.

Rotary is an international civic organization with over 1,200,000 members world-wide. The Amelia Island Sunrise club meets Fridays at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club at 7:30.

Waymore Return to Evening of Story and Song August 13th

The Waymores (waymores.net) return to Amelia Island, and if you aren’t leaving town to beat the Florida heat, check them out on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

Tom Kimmel, Sally Barris, and Don Henry are three of Nashville’s finest singer/songwriters; quite successful as solo artists with more than a dozen albums between them and songs recorded by Linda Rondstadt, Johhny Cash, Ray Charles, Miranda Lambert and many others… who realized that they could make way more music and have way more fun by performing together.

If you haven’t already made your reservations, please email: eveningofstoryandsong@gmail.com.

For a sneak preview, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lZh61Iiqfw to see The Waymores on Nashville Public Radio’s “Live in Studio C.”

Doors will open (along with the wine bar) at 6:45 pm; concert begins at 7:30 pm. A $20 donation at the door (100% goes to the artist) is requested and very much appreciated!

Saturday, August 13th at 7:30 pm
Burns Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish
(9th & Atlantic in Fernandina Beach)

“An Evening of Story & Song” is made possible thanks to the generous support of First Coast Community Bank and the Community Outreach program at St. Peter’s.

Friends of the Library Reception at Plantation Artists Guild

There is a a charity reception at Plantation Artist’s Guild & Gallery to benefit Friends of the Library on Friday, August 12, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Spa & Shops, 94 Village Circle.

A donation of $10.00 is requested at the door and this is a great opportunity to support Friends of the Library, view fine art by local artists, partake in refreshments, and possibly win a door prize!

Everyone is welcome and exhibited art works will be offered for sale.

For more information regarding Friends of the Library, membership or to donate, please visit www.FernandinaFOL.org.

Annual Redfish Spot Fishing Tournament September 19th

Press release by Dickie Anderson – The Amelia Island Guides Association (AIGA) and Amelia Island Marina (formerly Amelia Island Yacht Basin) will co-host the 2nd Annual Redfish Spot Fishing Tournament on September 17, 2016 to benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation.

Folds of Honor, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is committed to the families of the armed services who have been wounded or killed while serving our great nation and to ensure no military family is left behind or forgotten. Since its inception in 2007, Folds of Honor has awarded more than 10,000 scholarships to children of fallen or disabled military men and women in all 50 states. You may make a donation to the Folds of Honor Foundation directly on their web site at www.foldsofhonor.org.

The tournament is open to all anglers fishing from powered boats, sail boats, kayak, canoe, the shore, bridges, piers, etc., with 100% of the entry fees paid out in prize money. The Captains Meeting will be held on Friday, September 16, 2016.

The public is invited to listen to live music and watch the anglers present their fish to spot counting beginning at 2:00 pm.

Additional information can be found on the AIGA website at www.ameliaislandguidesassociation.com. If you would like to donate to the raffle or silent auction or have a booth at the event, please contact Capt. Scott Thompson at 904-430-6014.

The Amelia Island Marina, formerly Amelia Island Yacht Basin, is located at 251 Creekside Drive, at the foot of the Shave Bridge.

FSCJ Now Accepting Applications for 2016 JaxbyJax Literary Arts Festival

Jacksonville, FL – Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) invites the local community of writers to submit applications to participate in the 2016 JaxbyJax, Jacksonville Writers Writing Jacksonville, literary arts festival on November 12, 2016.

JaxbyJax aims to showcase our community’s thriving writing scene by sharing with the city its own literary voice through local writers, including FSCJ faculty and staff.

Each application should include either a short writing sample or a link to a relevant audio or visual sample. Those interested in participating should email completed applications to Tim Gilmore, FSCJ professor of English, with “JaxbyJax application” in the subject line.

All applications should be submitted by September 9, 2016. The application form is available to download by using the following link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9sh2VU8SOYddGl1blpCU1ZLZHc/view?pref=2&pli=1.

As a sponsor this year, FSCJ will play a key role in coordinating speaker and venue selection. The event will take place across multiple venues in the King Street District in the heart of Riverside. Participants will present a variety of works such as poetry readings, short films and more.

WHEN: November 12, 2016, 3 – 6 p.m.
WHERE: King Street District, Riverside

Make a Splash with Artist Jose Garcia

Make a Splash is the newest exhibit at the Plantation Artists’ Guild and Gallery. Amelia Island resident, Jose Garcia, features beautiful art that will be on display from August 6 through September 10, 2016, at the Plantation Artists’ Guild & Gallery.

Garcia began drawing as a young man and soon developed a love of color that he used to paint the birds, fish and animals he saw on his world travels. Comfortable with a variety of media, he favors oil on canvas to paint his abstracts and tries to express emotion with each brush stroke.

The Plantation Artists’ Guild & Gallery is located at 94 Amelia Village Circle at The Omni Shops. Gallery hours are Tuesdays 9-1; Wednesday – Friday, from 11:00 a.m until 5:00 p.m., or by appointment.

These Two Couples Went to Italy

Fernandina Beach, FlThese Two Couples Went to Italy opens at Amelia Community Theatre! Sightseeing becomes a no-holds-barred competition as four American tourists in Italy strive to out-do each other as the savviest traveler in Amelia Community Theatre’s These Two Couples Went to Italy.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on August 4-6, 11-13, 18-20 and 2 p.m. on August 14 on the main stage at 207 Cedar Street.

The cast includes Judy and Jim Tipton as a married couple from Indiana, traveling through Europe in matching track suits and fanny packs. Catherine West and Doug McDowell play a New York couple who feel vastly superior to the Midwesterners. The two couples keep crossing paths with one another and brag and boast their away across Italy.

Michael Williams plays a mysterious Italian man, showing up in the most unusual places. Audiences will also be surprised to see some local celebrities traveling through Italy at each performance. These Two Couples Went to Italy is sponsored by Wallace Pierson Travel and directed by Peggy Strickland.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $10 for students through college, available at ameliacommunitytheatre.org, or by calling 261-6749. The ACT box office is open from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and 90 minutes before curtain on show dates.

Chicago comes to Amelia Island in August 2016

Amelia Musical Playhouse is currently in rehearsal for the upcoming August performances of “Chicago The Musical”. The Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb and John Kander collaboration won critical acclaim for the 1996 revival which won six Tony Awards.

The show features favorite songs such as “All That Jazz”, “Cell Block Tango” and “Razzle Dazzle”. The show has a cast of 19 and features a 15 member orchestra. It is being directed by Carey Dresser with Musical Direction by Mary Williams, and five choreographers contributing their talents to the show.

The story takes place in the late 1920’s and is a satire of the corruption of the criminal justice system and the concept of the “celebrity” criminal. Kailin Friedrich will be seen as Velma Kelly, Alexandra Carroll as Roxie Hart, Jill Dillingham as Matron Mama Morton, Bill Mayo as Amos Hart, Jeff Groden-Thomas as Billy Flynn. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. for performances on August 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27 and a 2:30 p.m. matinee on August 14th.

Tickets are $20.00 for general admission, and $15 for students. Stop by AMP Monday-Thursday 8:30am-12:00pm/5:00pm-8:30pm Call (904) 277-3455 for more information.

New Vessel Law helps Officials Manage Florida’s Waterways

Press release – A new Florida law, approved by the Legislature and Governor during the 2016 Session, will enable county and local authorities along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to more effectively manage the state’s waterways. The new law (F.S. 327.4107) allows law enforcement officers to issue non-criminal citations to owners who allow their boats to become “at risk” of becoming derelict.

“This law allows officers to take action before a vessel crosses that line between at-risk and derelict, and hopefully prompts the owner to rectify any issues with the vessel before it reaches a state of disrepair,” said Phil Horning, FWC’s derelict vessel program administrator. “Prior to this law being enacted, officers had to wait until a vessel met the legal criteria for a derelict vessel before beginning any sort of official interaction with the owner.”

Under the new law, a vessel is deemed to be “at-risk” if any of the following conditions is observed:
-The vessel is taking on or has taken on water without an effective means to dewater.
-Spaces on the vessel that are designed to be enclosed are incapable of being sealed off or remain open to the elements for extended periods of time.
-The vessel has broken loose or is in danger of breaking loose from its anchor.
-The vessel is left or stored aground, unattended in such a state that would prevent the vessel from getting underway, is listing due to water intrusion, or is sunk or partially sunk.

If an officer observes a vessel with one or more of these criteria, a non-criminal citation may be issued that requires the owner to correct the problem or face stronger penalties after 30 days have passed. If problems are not fixed, non-compliant vessel owners can face additional fines issued every 30 days until they are.

Officials expect that this new law will decrease the number of vessels becoming derelict, a problem which continues to burden the state’s public waterways.

“Our goal is to keep Florida’s waterways safe and protect their environmental stability,” said Horning. “We are committed to protecting this valuable resource for the people of Florida and its visitors.”

Vessel owners are also reminded to sell their vessels properly.

“Many owners don’t realize that not only is the buyer required to get the vessel retitled in their name, but the seller is also required to notify the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles within 30 days that they have sold their vessel,” said Horning.

Failure to do so is a violation and may cause the prior owner of record legal troubles should the vessel become derelict at a later date. The FWC will be assisting state and local governments with derelict vessel removal grants that will be available soon. The grant funding was also approved by the Legislature and Governor during the 2016 Session. Interested applicants may contact the FWC Derelict Vessel Program office at 850-617-9540 or email DVGrant@MyFWC.com for more information.

Actors Night Out July 29th at Amelia Community Theatre

It is time for Actors Night Out, July 29, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., at the main stage lobby of the Amelia Community Theatre. This is designed for actors 18 years and up, and there is no charge to participate.

Learn more about the shows selected for the 2016-17 season in an informal social setting, where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy refreshments. The beverage bar will be open.

You will have the opportunity to read a scene aloud from an upcoming play just for fun, plus meet directors, actors, and other volunteers at ACT. Learn about backstage volunteer opportunities too.

The Plays
Read from Silent Sky – Studio show in November
Learn a song from Ebenezer – main stage show in December
Plus, scenes from Calendar Girls – main stage show in February.

Amelia Community Theatre is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation, registered with the State of Florida.

Auditions & volunteer opportunities are open to all. Call us at (904) 261-6749 to arrange a time to check out a script.

Book Festival Announces Dream Team of Bestselling Authors

Fernandina Beach, FL – Mark your calendars for the “dream team” of literary superstars headed to Amelia Island, February 16 – 18, 2017, as the area celebrates the 16th Annual Amelia Island Book Festival (AIBF).

Revel in the company of world-renowned and NYT bestselling authors Steve Berry, R.L. Stine, David Baldacci, Mary Kay Andrews, Joseph Finder, Lara Adrian and others, to benefit the Festival’s acclaimed Authors in Schools Literacy Program. The program brings noted authors to every public school in the county, gives the students an opportunity to hear and meet these authors, and the experience is highlighted by presenting that author’s book to each student.

The Festival is proud to announce that Steve Berry is returning as honorary chairman for a second year. The international number-one bestselling author, known for his trademark mix of fact, fiction, history and speculation, has just published his provocative new thriller The 14th Colony, making this number eleven in the famous Cotton Malone series. Steve is author of other bestsellers such as The Patriot Threat, The Lincoln Myth, The King’s Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor’s Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy and The Amber Room. His books have been translated into 40 languages with 20 million copies in 51 countries. They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times, USA Today, and Indie bestseller lists. It’s no wonder that Steve has just signed a new deal with Minotaur Books for four more Cotton Malone adventures!

Book Festival Announces Dream Team of Bestselling Authors
Pictured left to right are Steve Berry, Mary Kay Andrews, Lara Adrian, David Baldacci, Joseph Finder and R.L. Stine

In addition, he and his wife, Liz, will conduct their highly sought after, Lessons from a Bestseller Writers Workshop to support Authors in Schools. This is a terrific four-hour course on the craft of writing. Writers of all stages, from beginning to published, can benefit from the session. Through their History Matters Foundation, Steve and Liz are making a huge difference in communities across America. Winner of the AIBF’s first-ever Stellar Award and numerous other accolades, Steve has been a friend of the Festival for many years.

R.L. Stine is coming to Amelia Island! No matter what your age, everyone knows of Goosebumps and its beloved author. Stine is one of the bestselling children’s authors in history, stimulating young and old alike with his jovial style. Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Goosebumps. His astounding list of accomplishments is mind-boggling—he’s written more than 300 books (130 books in the Goosebumps series alone); there are 400 million copies, printed in 32 languages, a TV series, a movie, countless accolades and awards, and a teen series called Fear Street, that just won the Chicago Tribune YA Book Prize and a movie from 20th-Century Fox based on the Fear Street series is scheduled for release in 2017.

On Authors in Schools day, Mr. Stine will visit three schools across Nassau County—in Callahan, Yulee and Fernandina Beach. He’ll also present on Saturday afternoon during the Author Expo/Readers Extravaganza being held at the Fernandina Beach Middle School.

David Baldacci is the featured keynote speaker at the festival’s kickoff luncheon, Thursday, February 16. Baldacci has published 32 novels for adults—all (including his most recent, The Last Mile) have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. He has also published five novels for younger readers, including the #1 bestseller The Finisher, which is in development for feature film.

By popular demand, AIBF is repeating last year’s favorite and signature event the Author Face-off Dinner Gala on Friday, February 17 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort with a new cast of top authors in the hot seats. Joining Steve Berry and R.L. Stine on stage are Mary Kay Andrews, Lara Adrian and Joseph Finder.

Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Town, and many, many more. Her 24th novel, The Weekenders launched in May 2016. A former reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she also has written ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, under her “real” name, which is Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Her mysteries have been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Awards.

Joseph Finder is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels, most recently Guilty Minds. His books have won numerous awards, including the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel for Buried Secrets (2011), the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel for Killer Instinct (2006) and the Barry Award for Best Thriller for Company Man (2005). The Boston Globe has called him the “master of the modern thriller.” Two of his novels have been made into major motion pictures, including High Crimes, which was adapted into the hit 2002 movie starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman; and Paranoia, the basis for the 2013 film starring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, and Liam Hemsworth.

Lara Adrian is the New York Times and #1 internationally best-selling author of the Midnight Breed vampire romance series, with nearly 4 million books in print and digital worldwide and translations licensed to more than 20 countries. Her books regularly appear in the top spots of all the major bestseller lists including the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Indiebound, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, etc. And, they have won several awards. Shee also writes as TINA ST. JOHN and her seven historical romances have won numerous awards including the National Readers Choice; Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice; Booksellers Best and many others.

All the AIBF fundraising events: The kick-off Luncheon, Writers Workshop, the Author Face-Off Dinner Gala and the pre-festival events such as the Murder Mystery Dinner, (set for Friday, October 28, 2016) “Hit the Pin for Literacy” charity golf tourney (set for Friday, November 11, 2016) contribute to the goal of buying books for the students in Nassau County Schools.

The three-day festival culminates on Saturday, February 18, with a free-all day line-up of guest authors. The Authors Expo/Readers Extravaganza features more than 100 noted authors, breakout sessions, activities for kids, food, fun and family festivities as well as some bestselling author presentations which require a reservation as space is limited.

“Without the help of Steve and Liz Berry, we would not be able to attract this awesome caliber of authors to our boutique festival,” says Marie Fenn, 2017 AIBF president. “Equally as important, we have an exceptional group of Board directors who are working diligently to make this our best Festival ever. This group is supplemented by a dedicated cadre of some 80 additional volunteers. You’ll be hearing soon from some of these folks regarding sponsorship opportunities and tickets to our fundraising events. This is a county-wide effort dedicated to helping students succeed.”

It all adds up to helping kids in our community get even more excited about reading. Be part of it and help us raise money as we aim this year to exceed our 2016 achievement and provide 8,000 books,” says Jim Weinsier, AIBF vice president.

The 2016-2017 AIBF Volunteer Board Officers and Directors are: Raffaela “Marie” Fenn, president; James Weinsier, vice president; Anne Read, secretary; Fran Shea, treasurer; and Wendee Ashmore, Barbara Heggenstaller, Lauree Hemke, Mary Jane Johnson, Bob Langert, Elsa Mitschele, Foy Maloy, Mandy Purvis, Terry Ramsay and Jamie Thompson. For continual updates to events, breakout sessions, author signups, tickets and sponsorship and donor opportunities, visit www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org. The Amelia Island Book Festival is a not for profit 501(c)3 Corporation seeking to open up the world through books. Our mission is to promote life-long learning and an appreciation for books by providing quality events featuring local area and world-renowned authors.

July 23rd at the Art and Farmers Markets

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charlies-art-july2016July 23, 2016, is the fourth Saturday of the month and that means the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market will be joined by the fine artists and craftsmen of the Fernandina Beach Arts Market. Located on North Seventh Street, between Alachua and Centre in historic, Fernandina Beach, both markets will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine.

Charlie’s Art is Artist Charlie Weisenborn who specializes in oil paintings. While she paints just about anything, at the Arts Market, she concentrates on 24 X 36 inch paintings, affordable minis with easel stands, coloring canvas packs, tees, aprons, tea towels and other reproductions of her original designs relating to farmers market items, and of course, shrimp.

Reverse Glass by Gail is painted glassware where the designs face both the interior and the exterior of the glass. This creates an unusual view that can be enjoyed from any angle. Non-toxic, permanent, dishwasher and microwave safe, these environmentally inspired works of art are original, hand painted, and make wonderful gifts.

La Soucique Studio Silversmiths is another exhibitor in the Arts Market and they take their inspiration from the sea creating pieces in the calming and vibrant hues of the sand and water. They like to use found objects (such as sea glass) and utilize hand forging techniques to create custom silver jewelry that highlights the timeless simplicity, tranquility and beauty of each piece of sea glass or gemstone.

One of the Market Place farmers’ markets weekly vendors is the Cross Creek Honey Company. Having spent over three years working with the Florida Department of Agriculture to adopt the first honey standard in the nation, they are pleased to announce they have a resupplied their Florida Everglades. This new batch of honey is very good tasting, a little sweeter, and a bit paler in color than what you have seen at their booth in the past. They have several new beeswax candle designs, too.

Weekly vendor, Percy’s Spice Pantry, is a family business operated by Percy and her daughters. They make uniquely flavored salts that can be used for cooking, rubbing, or finishing, and the salts make fantastic rimmers for your cocktail of choice.

July 23rd at the Art and Farmers MarketsTopsy Toffee’s Tucker Juan told me his fun logo represents the St. John’s River, and his family recipe for toffee is a delicious, natural product made from Florida sugar and Georgia pecans that will last for about 45 days, longer if kept in the fridge… but honestly, the toffee tastes so good it will be long gone before the end of the first week. Be sure to try his summer specialty, “S’mores of July”. Flavored with slivered almonds, graham crackers, melted chocolate, and topped with marshmallows, this is sure to be a seasonal favorite.

Florida State College at Jacksonville offers a Massage Therapy program and their students need practical hours of experience, and what better place for them to find subjects than a well attended farmers market? Stop by to learn more about the program, or to experience a supervised massage by one of their students.

Together the markets bring nearly 60 vendors to downtown Fernandina offering a delightful and unique outdoor shopping experience where friends and neighbors gather. This week’s music is provided by the toe-tapping sounds of Bruce Beville and Laid Back. For more information, please find both markets on facebook and the world wide web.

Save Me Dolly Parton

Save Me Dolly PartonFernandina Beach, FL – Anyone who has experienced or watched someone experience the “joys of new motherhood” should make plans now to attend Save Me Dolly Parton at the Amelia Musical Playhouse. The author, Megan Gogerty, who has made a career of stand-up comedy shares her experiences in this one woman show.

The new Mom, Megan, is played by Rachel Tyler who has a long history in our local theatres. Rachel has costumed several shows at AMP including most recently Spamalot and she has directed shows including Bad Panda and The Producers. Maybe you’ve seen her on stage in shows like A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Vagina Monologues.

Now we are fortunate enough to see Rachel in her delivery of Megan’s new baby experience with all the love, surprises, self doubt and frustrations. She comes from a long line of very strong women and compares herself to all of them. She idolizes Dolly Parton and looks to her for inspiration. She looks to find herself again in the midst of sleep deprivation, juggling a career and a baby, What should she do? Where should she go? Come see the solution.

Get your tickets by calling (904)-277-3455, or by visiting www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com. Performances are at 7:30 on July 22nd and July 23rd. Save Me Dolly Parton is produced by special arrangement with Original Works Publishing. It is directed by Arlene Filkoff.

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