Images of the Greenway 2016

Images of the Greenway 2016October’s Brown Bag Lunch will be held at the Amelia Island Museum of History (233 South Third Street) at noon on October 7, 2015.

The Amelia Island Museum of History is thrilled to announce the launch of its newest Gaslight Gallery Exhibition, a photographic display called Images of the Greenway. They will introduce this captivating new exhibit with a presentation by its creator, Dr. Bill Birdsong.

Images of the Greenway is a visual introduction to Fernandina’s lush Greenway, a protected area along Egans Creek that displays the island’s breathtaking natural beauty. The Greenway is made up of two sections that offer a walk through a salt and fresh water environment, each with distinct plant and animal populations.

The exhibit and the lecture that introduces it will celebrate the flora and fauna that make the area so unique. Bill will discuss the history and background of the preserve, and share some of the aspects that captured his attention and made documenting the Greenway via images his passion.

The exhibit will run from October 7th to December 11th, and prints from the display will be available for purchase at the Museum. The lecture on October 7th will be free and open to the public.

The Amelia Island Museum of History is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 4pm, and Sundays, 1pm – 4 pm. General admission is $7. Don’t miss this vivid photographic exhibition!

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Book Donations Needed for Fernandina’s Library Book Sale

Book Donations Needed for Fernandina's Library Book SaleFernandina Beach, FL – “Bring ’em on!” says Annie Sparkle, Chair for the Friends of the Library Book Sale scheduled for November 5th thru 7th at the Peck Center, in Fernandina Beach. “We have thousands of great books already, but we have room for loads more of every kind.”

As always, the sale will feature a broad assortment of books in dozens of fiction and non-fiction categories as well as hundreds of children’s books, audio books, CD and DVDs. For the best selection, come for FOL members only night, Thursday, November 5 from 5 pm – 7 pm. If you’re not a member, it’s easy to join at the door.

The sale is open to the public on Friday, November 6, 9:30 am to 6:00 pm, and Saturday, November 7, from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. There will be special sales early Saturday afternoon.

The Peck Center Gym is located at 516 South 10th Street in Fernandina Beach.

Items to donate can be left in the collection box under the covered walkway in front of Peck Head Start at 511 S. 11th Street. For larger donations call Annie Sparkle (904-310-9290) or use the collection area in the Peck School located at 516 South 10th Street. Go in the front entrance (Fir Street between S. 10th and S. 11th Streets), turn right and look for the Friends of the Library sign on your left, next to the stairwell.

With most items priced at $2.00 or less, FOL’s spring and fall book sales generate approximately $20,000 annually for specialized databases, network access, books, e-books, periodicals, and other materials to keep the Fernandina Beach Library current.

As a separate project, FOL is conducting a capital campaign to help furnish the Library on N. 4th Street that opened last spring.

For more information, to join or donate, visit or call 321-6529.

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How to Help the European Refugee Crisis

How to Help the European Refugee CrisisHelp is needed in the European refugee crisis! To assist the refugees presently pouring into Europe and for people in other areas of present crisis, the Pod Yoga Studio is collaborating with a variety of Amelia Island organizations in the Care Kits Project. “Yogapod” Bins have been placed at these organizations’ locations where people are encouraged to put basic (but very specific) hygiene supplies. The bins will be picked up on Thursday, October 15, 2016. Care Kits of the collected supplies will be assembled on Saturday, October 17 and mailed shortly after.

The organizations participating are: Amelia Styling Salon, Centred on Yoga, Community Yoga, Fernandina Beach Branch Library, Fernandina Beach Middle School (904-491-7938), Fernandina Branch of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville (904-235-8133), Go Yoga, the Jewish Community of Amelia Island (904-310-6060), New Vision Congregational Church, Pod Yoga, and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Google the websites for these groups or call the numbers listed for information on hours and location.

The specific supplies to be collected are: hand towels, wash cloths, wide-toothed combs, 5-15 oz. shampoo, individually wrapped soap bars, individually wrapped toothbrushes, 2-6 oz. toothpaste tubes, adhesive bandages standard size, one-gallon resealable plastic bags, sandwich-sized resealable plastic bags.

Financial donations (checks written out to Heart to Heart International for tax deduction) are welcome!

For more information, or if interested in assembling the Care Kits and/or donating towards the cost of shipping, contact of the Pod Yoga Studio or leave a message at 904-548-3224.

The assembled care kits will be shipped to Heart to Heart International, a four star Charity Navigator NGO with a global reach of aid (

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Miracle on 34th Street Auditions

Miracle on 34th Street AuditionsAdapted by Mountain Community Theatre, based on the book by Valentine Davies, and directed by Toni D’Amico and Laura Swaim, Miracle on 34th Street auditions are coming to the Amelia Community Theatre on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

Times are 10:00am for young actors 6-17, and 2:00pm for adult actors.

Performances will be held December 3 – 19th.

Based on the beloved film and novel, this is a nostalgic holiday treat for the whole family! A single mother and her young daughter, Susan, have given up on Christmas… until they meet a mysterious gentleman at Macy’s claiming to be Santa Claus. This jolly Kris Kringle brings them hope and unleashes waves of goodwill throughout New York City. Could he be the real Santa Claus?

For more information visit

Scripts available in our box office call 904-261-6749

Some of the roles listed below are smaller roles with a very light line load. Some parts could be doubled.

The characters listed above that do not have a gender beside their name can be male or female.

Kris Kringle (M) 45 & up – Kind old man who truly believes he is Santa Claus.
Doris Walker (F) 25 & up – Special events coordinator at Macy’s. Single mother.
Susan Walker (girl) 6-11 yrs – Daughter of Doris, wise beyond her years with a natural curiosity.
Fred Gaily (M) 25 & up 40 – Neighbor and friend of Doris and Susan. Attorney.
Dr. Pierce – Physician at Maplewood Home.
Shellhammer – 25 & up – Manager of Macy’s Toy Department. Assistant of Doris.
Sawyer – 40 & up – Macy’s psychologist.
Gimbel – Owner of Gimbel’s Department Store.
Newsboy – Sells paper about the trial.
Macy – Tycoon who is very concerned with public opinion and publicity.
Judge Harper – Knows his civic duty.
Mara – Prosecuting Attorney.
Mara, Jr. – Prosecuting Attorney’s child.
Halloran – Judge Harper’s political advisor.
Drunken Santa (M) Former Santa for Macy’s.
Bloomingdale – Owner and Manager of Bloomingdales.
Duncan – Antelope keeper at the Central Park Zoo.
Finley – Bailiff in Judge Harper’s Court.

Inaugural Fernandina Pirate Festival Logo Winners Announced

Inaugural Fernandina Pirate Festival Logo Winners AnnouncedThe Inaugural Fernandina Pirate Festival has announced the winners of their recent contest to design a logo for this new Amelia Island festival being held October 9 – 11, 2015. Two winners were selected. One for the overall festival, and a second logo to represent our family friendly Kids Zone.

Roger Kutz, who recently moved to Amelia Island to be closer to their family, designed the wining festival logo. For 33 years he taught graphics at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California. As chief instructor of the department he created the curriculum which covered reprographic technology, design for print and digital media, web page design, digital illustration, digital photography, computer 3D modeling and product design. Out of the classroom, he cultivated a freelance graphic design practice.

Kutz has been married to the love of his life for 43. He is a dedicated surfer and enjoys digital photography and computer graphics; they are also active members of the Journey Church in Yulee, Florida. If given the chance to live in another era of history, Kutz said, “I might have chosen the early 19th century as a scholarly pirate prowling the islands of the Caribbean and, of course, Northeast Florida.”

pirate-kid-logo-2015Our winner for the Kids Zone’s logo is 15 year old Jada Bitner. Jada loves to draw. She especially favors sketching variety of her own anima avatar characters. While she wants to become a zoologist or a marine biologist, this naturally talented youngster’s hobby is art. You will be able to meet this young artist and see more of her work during the Pirate Festival.

The Fernandina Pirate Festival will kick off Friday, October 9th, at 4:00 PM for the Fernandina Beach High School Homecoming Parade. The Pirates will then muster dowtown at Peg Leg Pete at 6:00 pm for opening ceremonies. Costumed guests are encouraged to enjoy shopping, dining, dancing and cocktails, or to attend the Homecoming Football game for some small-town, family fun.

The Festival takes place at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center on October 10th and 11th. There will be exhibits, vendors, food booths, live music, a family friendly Kids Zone, Pirate School, a beer garden and more. Tickets are only “a buck an ear” or $5.00 for a daily family pass. Hours are 10 to 5 on Saturday, and 10 to 3:00 pm on Sunday.

Saturday evening is the Pirate’s Royal Ball. This adult only event features a traditional Southern dinner, dessert, dancing to the sounds of King Eddie and Pili Pili, door prizes, a silent auction, cash bar and more. Tickets are $25.00 each.

More information and a complete event calendar of where to find members of the Fernandina Pirates Club can be found on the website

Relay for Life Fernandina Yulee Kick Off on October 1, 2015

Relay for Life Fernandina Yulee Kick Off on October 1, 2015Fernandina Beach and Yulee residents are invited to join the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life by signing up your team at our upcoming kick-off party or online. This community celebration is open to anyone who wants to learn more about Relay For Life and how to get involved.

Relay For Life is a community event that honors cancer survivors, current cancer patients and caregivers. Relay also pays tribute to those who have lost their battle with cancer.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a 12 hour community celebration where individuals and teams camp out, barbecue, dance and take turns walking around a track, relay-style, to raise funds to fight cancer. The event is scheduled for March 5, 2016, at Main Beach on Amelia Island.

At nightfall, participants will light hundreds of luminaria around the track in a moving ceremony to honor cancer survivors, as well as friends and family members lost to the disease.

WHEN: Relay Kick-off Rally – October 1, 2015, 6:00 pm
WHERE: Green Turtle, Amelia Island
HOW: To RSVP please contact Alexandra Davis at or call (904) 391-3643.

Find us on facebook at:

Sign your team up online at

For more information about the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit

Sea and Swine Raises Money for Micah’s Place

Sea and Swine Raises Money for Micah's PlaceNassau County, FL – Join us at beautiful Littleberry Farm for the “Sea & Swine” event on Friday, October 2, 2015, from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm. Enjoy a dinner of Low Country Boil, Southern Pulled Pork BBQ and other regional favorites.

Tickets are just $55 per person or $100 per couple and includes dinner, dessert and a beer, wine, or nonalcoholic beverage. Additional Wine & Specialty Beer will also available to purchase.

Enjoy the live music of The Crazy Daysies, as well as local favorites, Bruce Beville and Laid Back.

Dress is Country Casual with comfortable shoes or boots.

Littleberry Farm is working farm and home to several show horses. This hidden treasure is located off of SR 200, just one mile from Amelia Island and features 18 manicured acres, has a 2 acre lake and 20 beautiful wooded acres. Access to ample free parking, the Club House, outdoor Fire Pit and horse Barn.

Hop on the hayride, try your hand at the “Wine Ring Toss”, or jump into the “Best Boots” Contest. Purchase raffle tickets in an attempt to win some great prizes – including 4 “Park Hopper” tickets to Disney!

Event tickets on sale now at the Purple Dove Resale Store, First Federal Bank on Sadler Road in Fernandina Beach, or online at

This event is sponsored by First Feral bank of Florida and Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise.

All proceeds support the programs of Micah’s Place, the only certified Domestic Violence Shelter and program serving victims, and their children.

For more information, please visit or call our administration office at 904-491-6364, ext. 102.

Micah’s Place is 501 c3 nonprofit organization, serving victims of domestic violence in Nassau County.

Talk Like a Pirate at the Farmers Market in Fernandina

Talk Like a Pirate at the Farmers Market in FernandinaSeptember 19th is “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” (yes, it’s a real holiday) and the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market has plenty to offer to a hungry pirate!

Fresh, seasonal produce doesn’t last long on a pirate ship, so scalawags coveted this landlubber delicacy. However, with Veggie Confetti on-board, Pirates can now use a kit and grow their own fresh greens while at sea for two weeks at a time.

Olives, jams, jellies, and other items kept in barrels or jars can last for months and were staples on the ship, and they are all available at the farmers market!

If you are going to live aboard a pirate’s ship, you best be a fan of seafood and All About U.S. offers fresh Alaskan salmon, scallops, salmon burgers and smoked salmon dip every Saturday. Chesser Seafood brings shrimp every week, too, so our Pirates won’t want for this NE Florida specialty.

The Captain’s personal chef prepared meals for his weary crew everyday, but I bet they never had a prepared meal like the ones Bottega by Liz Grenamyer brings to the market each week.

You will find so many more booths full of delicious treats fit for the Pirate in your life, and Taylor’s Treats brings something special for your scurvy dog, too.

We hope you will join us from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, on North Seventh Street in historic Fernandina Beach on September 19th.

For more information, please visit

2015 Diva’ Day Out

2015 Diva' Day OutDivas’ Day Out is a fun ladies’ day that benefits Girl Power 2 Cure. Get pampered on site by beauticians, watch on-stage features including aerial dance, a fashion show, dancing, fitness demos, women’s self defense, and more; shop our 30 vendor booths featuring makeup, jewelry, home goods, natural bath products and more; and take your “little diva” to our Diva Dress-Up Booth, then get a photo against our Diva backdrop!

We’ll have costumed characters and other kids’ activities, too!

Omni Amelia Island Plantation will even offer a FREE “Learn to Play Tennis” clinic for kids. There will also be tons of prizes in a massive giveaway that will benefit Girl Power 2 Cure.

Of course guys are invited, too! What better place to shop for the ladies in your life?!

Have fun while helping a great cause! Girl Power 2 Cure, a nonprofit headquartered on Amelia Island that is working to raise awareness and fight for a cure for Rett Syndrome. Rett is a devastating neurological disorder that robs girls of their motor skills for life. Scientists have proven it’s reversible in the lab, so the Rett community is full of hope that the cure is just around the corner!

$3 per-person, kids under 5 FREE

Diva’s Day OUt is on September 19, 2015, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center in Fernandina Beach.

Gilded Dolphin Art Studios and Gallery Grand Opening

Gilded Dolphin Art Studios and Gallery Grand OpeningThe Gilded Dolphin Art Studios and Gallery will hold a blessing of its art space and artists and a grand opening celebration on Friday, September 18th beginning at 5:30 pm with the blessing by Father Stephen Mazingo of St. Peters Episcopal Church followed by the celebration from 6:00pm-8:00pm. The studios and gallery are located at 5 South Second St. above the Villa Villekulla Toy Store. The celebration will include a meet the artists’ reception. Music will be offered by the group Hickory Winds.

The space has been open to the public since the early spring of this year with positive comments from locals and tourists alike for its bright and airy feel and friendly approachable artists. This opening celebrates all that has been accomplished so far and all that is hoped for the future. The resident artists open their studios off the main gallery so that visitors can see their work in progress. The artists offer various classes. The summer art camps were a big hit with the younger crowd.

This art space is the creative vision of gallery owner and director, Lynne Pilkerton, who recently relocated to Fernandina from Nashville. The official “gilded dolphin” hangs in her studio. The resident artists work in a variety of media which keeps the gallery walls fresh with new work. The spacious windows of the gallery offer views of the downtown and marina which also inspire. The artists live locally and love contributing to the lively and growing arts scene in Fernandina.

Parking for the celebration is on the street or in the public lots. While the gallery is on the second floor, persons needing special access can view art on a closed circuit monitor at the foot of the stairs.

For information about the celebration, the gallery or upcoming classes, contact director Lynne Pilkerton at 615-977-5629.

Book Loving Border Collie Raises Funds for Library

Book Loving Border Collie Raises Funds for LibraryJoey, the incredibly talented Border Collie, goes tubing, rides horses, helps out in the garden and even has her own Facebook page. She knows close to 200 tricks and now she’s adding another skill to her resume, fundraising for a favorite cause.

Joey was a star attraction at Friends of the Library’s Pony Up and Party fundraiser last year at Littleberry Farm just over the Shave Bridge from Amelia Island. There she met photographer and library supporter, Steve Leimberg, who asked her to model for him. In one photo Joey’s boning up on horses, perhaps to elevate her status in the Littleberry barn.

Joey and her trainer and companion, Fernandina Beach High School student Nichole Curry, are great fans of the local library. To help raise funds for new furniture, they will be adjacent to the downtown Fernandina Beach Farmers Market, Saturday, September 19. Joey will be selling and “pawtographing” her portrait, which includes a few of Nichole’s dog training tips on the back.

The Farmers Market is open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Stop by the Friends of the Library’s booth and give this well deserving duo a pat on the back.

Amelia Museum’s September 2015 3rd on 3rd

Amelia Museum's September 2015 3rd on 3rdThe Amelia Island Museum of History’s upcoming 3rd on 3rd lecture will be held September 18, at 6:00 PM in the Peck Auditorium (516 South Tenth Street, Fernandina).

Special guest Greg Parsons, Curator at the Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park, will discuss the fascinating history of Camp Blanding. During WWII, Camp Blanding was a major training facility for the United States Army, housing around 55,000 soldiers at a time. At one point during the war it was the fourth largest city in Florida by population.

For most of 1944 and 1945, a very large percentage of the individuals sent to replenish the ranks of America’s combat infantry formations trained at the Camp’s IRTC. In Addition, the Camp was the site of a 2800-bed hospital, a German Prisoner of War Compound and at the war’s end, a Separation Center.

This program is free for members with a suggested donation of $5.00 for nonmembers. Seating is first-come/first-served.

For more information contact Gray at 261-7378 ext 102, or

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Opens 2016 Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Opens 2016 Amelia Island Chamber Music FestivalFernandina Beach, FL – The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival today announced that cellist Yo-Yo Ma will make his first-ever appearance in northeastern Florida by opening the Festival’s 15th anniversary season on January 14, 2016.

Universally considered one of the world’s greatest cellists, he has made over 90 recordings and received 18 Grammy Awards. Yo-Yo Ma is acclaimed for his extraordinary technique, rich tone and collaborations with musicians from other genres and cultures, which have reinvigorated classical music and expanded its audience.

The January 14 concert is scheduled for 7:30 PM at First Baptist Church, 1600 South 8th Street in Fernandina Beach. Tickets for the general public will go on sale October 1 at or by calling 904-261-1779.

Mr. Ma’s performance is made possible in part by CBC National Bank’s Festival sponsorship. Christopher Rex, the Festival’s general and artistic director, said, “We deeply appreciate CBC’s sponsorship, which helped make it possible to bring an artist of Yo-Yo Ma’s international stature to Amelia Island. CBC’s relationship with our Festival extends back 15 years to our inaugural season when the bank became one of our first corporate sponsors. We are truly grateful for CBC’s ongoing support.” Headquartered in Fernandina Beach, CBC operates full-service branches in Beaufort and Port Royal, S.C.

Born to Chinese parents in Paris, Mr. Ma was a child prodigy and at age five gave his first public recital. He later moved to New York with his family and made his Carnegie Hall debut at age nine. He studied at the Julliard School under cellists Leonard Rose and János Scholz. He subsequently sought a traditional liberal arts education to expand upon his conservatory training, graduating from Harvard University in 1976 with a degree in humanities.

One of Mr. Ma’s goals is the exploration of music as a means of communication and as a vehicle for the migration of ideas across a range of cultures throughout the world. Toward that end, he founded in 1998 the Silk Road Project, an arts organization that initially focused on exploring the cultural traditions along the Silk Road, an ancient trading route that linked China with the West. Soon thereafter he established the Silk Road Ensemble, and the group’s first recording, Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet, was released in 2002. The project’s scope subsequently expanded, using the Silk Road as a metaphor for connecting artistic endeavors worldwide and across cultures. He has taken time to immerse himself in subjects as diverse as native Chinese music with its distinctive instruments and the music of the Kalahari bush people in Africa.

About the AICMF
Celebrating its 15th anniversary season in 2016, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival has become one of the most prestigious music events of its kind in the Southeast. The Festival is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Upcoming Acoustic Session at Fernandina Little Theatre

Upcoming Acoustic Session at Fernandina Little TheatreMonday, September 14th, at 7:30 pm, Acoustic Sessions Fernandina Little Theatre will feature Claude Bassingthwaighte, Louie LeClaire and Tom Leon.

On the second Monday of each month, this live music event happens at our local Little Theatre where they bring in local, regional, and international musicians for two hours of musical entertainment and performance.

Tickets are $9.00, and can be purchased at The UPS Store next to the Fernandina Beach Publix.

Hospital Auxilary Sale September 11, 2015

Hospital Auxilary Sale September 11, 2015I’ve learned of a new fundraising sale. This time the tables are full of specialty merchandise from “a high end department store that must remain nameless”.

Presented by the Baptist Medical Center Nassau Auxiliary, the sale is this Friday, September 11th, from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, in the hospital board room.

Items include handbags, perfume, makeup, watches, glasses, and more. And there is a $6.00 bargain table full of enticing items.

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