2nd Annual Amelia Island Storytelling Slam

2nd Annual Amelia Island Storytelling SlamThe 2nd Annual Amelia Island Storytelling Slam will be held September 25, 2015, at Burns Hall on Amelia Island.

Serving as emcee will be last year’s storytelling champ, Arlene Filkoff.

This year’s competitors:
Dickie Anderson
Carey Dresser
John Drew
Neil Frink
Diana Herman

These storytellers will represent the intriguing worlds of dance, theatre, letters, business, education and community service.

Guests cast votes with cash for their favorite stories and help raise funds to furnish the Library.

Burns Hall is located at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 801 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach.

There will be a cash bar and a heavy hors d’oeuvres reception sponsored by LULU’s Restaurant beginning at 5:30, the show begins at 7:00 pm.

Tickets are only $50 each and they are available at the Fernandina Beach Library, 25 N 4th Street.

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2nd Annual Amelia Community Theatre’s Teen Lock-In

2nd Annual Amelia Community Theatre's Teen Lock-InYour teens are invited to the Second Annual Amelia Community Theatre’s Teen Lock-In. The Lock-In will be September 11, 2015, from 7:30 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. on September 12, in the main stage theatre at 207 Cedar Street.

Sponsored by the theatre’s teen troupe, known as ACTeen, it 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 weekend on Sunday, September 20 at 2:30 p.m. If you have a teen or are a teen interested in theatre, this will be a fun and informative night!

What to Bring
Teens need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, and $5.00 for pizza and beverages, or they are welcome to provide their own snacks.

How to Sign Up
Space is limited; parents or guardians should call 261-6749 to register. Teens must sign up in advance in order to attend the lock-in.

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Catering by Liz Joins Fernandina’s Farmers’ Market

Catering by Liz Joins Fernandina's Farmers' MarketThe farmers market in historic Fernandina Beach being held on August 29th is shaping up to be one fantastic morning! Customer favorite’s such as Olive My Pickle, Joy of Garlic, King’s Kountry Produce, Cross Creek Honey, and Great Harvest Bread Company will be joined by our newest vendor, Bottego by Liz Grenamyer. Catering by Liz is a full service catering company voted “Best Caterer in Jacksonville” by Jacksonville Magazine for two years in a row and Bottega will be joining us weekly at the Fernandina Beach Market Place. Food enthusiasts and convenience seekers alike now have the opportunity to buy Liz’s delicious creations at the market, to be enjoyed at home. Available will be a selection of prepared entrees, sides and desserts, in oven and microwave safe containers. Heating instructions and ingredients are on the label.

Besides bringing your favorite re-useable shopping bag, we encourage you to bring a small or rolling cooler so you can linger longer. The kids are back in school and the weather should be a little cooler this week as we say, “Goodbye” to August. This is a great opportunity to relax your pace and listen to the music, pet the live goat at White Hawk Farm’s booth, or simply catch up with your friends and neighbors at this family friendly event.

This week’s “Booth with a Cause” is represented by the Fernandina Beach High School Men’s Soccer Team who will be promoting their First Annual Pirate Soccer Golf Tournament. This all ages event is open to anyone who would like to compete at kicking a soccer ball into 21-inch diameter cups at the Fernandina Beach Golf Course.

One of Fernandina’s newest businesses, Crafty Kids Amelia Island, will be at the farmers’ market offering a free activity for our youngest patrons. This new, hands-on studio permits kids to express themselves through a variety of mediums. Projects are daily or weekly, and they have an outdoor movie and craft night, so be sure to stop by their booth to create a quick and crafty project.

Live musical entertainment this week is provided by Jennifer Burns, who incorporates elements of rock, blues and folk into her shows and is often compared to a young Bonnie Raitt.

Our growers, farmers and producers don’t carry a lot of cash to the market, so please remember to bring small bills with you while you shop over 35 booths of seasonal produce, freshly baked breads, and other delicious delicacies.

Located between Alachua and Centre Streets, on North Seventh, the Fernandina Beach Market Place is open every Saturday of the year, rain or shine, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. For more information, please visit fernandinabeachmarketplace.com.

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Last Night Your Shadow Fell Upon My Lonely Room

Webb Wilder: guitarist,singer,songwriter

Webb Wilder: guitarist, singer, songwriter

“Last night your shadow fell upon my lonely room
I touched your golden hair and tasted your perfume
Your eyes were filled with love the way they used to be…”

Oh where to start this story that takes me back to 1967, but isn’t really about me, or child hood memories. When someone sends me a press release to consider for Searchamelia, I usually go a bit further and research backgrounds of the story and a clearer all around picture about the message in the release.

So a couple of days ago I got a release in my inbox from island resident Michael Rothschild, mostly known locally because of his involvement with the Amelia Island Jazz Festival. Michael also has a record company he started in 1981 in Atlanta GA, Landslide Records, and since those early days he has made it his life’s work to scout and produce amazing and promising talent, mostly in his favorite arenas of blues, jazz and americana. He stood at the crib of quite a few genre greats such as Bruce Hampton, Tinsley Ellis, Sean Costello, Derek Trucks, Widespread Panic and others.

So when he sent me the following press release about Webb Wilder, I have to admit that I had no idea who he was talking about, but armed with this past experience I went on a hunt for more information. Needless to say the rest of my morning was gone. It was foremost revealing to find that Michael’s greatest music industry pet peeve is, that there’s no radio format here in the US that covers music which falls between the cracks.

My childhood friend Jack Bruning, who in the sixties was a hit DJ for Radio Luxembourg, often complained about the same, as we explored programming concepts such as the Dream Machine. It reminded me that success in popular arts; whether music, movies or painting and writing, was and has always been largely depended on exposure in the right places at the right times, preferably with a mass market appeal.

And honestly this is not a country specific phenomenon. In the Netherlands where I grew up, you had to be in Amsterdam or the Hague in the late 1960s to have any shot at stardom. The Beatles would have never found the spotlight if not for the affiliation with the Reeperbahn in Hamburg, followed by exposure in London’s Soho district. If you were Bob Dylan or Joni Mitchell you had to be in the New York Village in the early sixties, just as country stars even today head to Nashville and the love generation musicians found themselves in Haight Ashbury San Francisco.

My friend Joe Bonamassa moved from New York to LA more than 10 years ago and found the right audience to propel him from an amazing guitarist into a world-famous guitar player; Stevie Ray Vaughan, who sadly passed away exactly 25 years ago today (8/27) went to Europe to find recognition for the giant he was on guitar; the same goes for Jimi Hendrix, who made $100 a week as guitarist for the Isley Brothers in New York, but once discovered in London’s Hotspot Soho in 1966, he never looked back and became the highest paid performer at the Woodstock Festival.

My friend Chris Kellam, who fronts Jacksonville’s hard rock bank Blistur on lead guitar and vocals, deserves a global spotlight, but would only get the proper attention if he moved to LA. With wife, daughter, family and friends in Northeast Florida however that’s a hard choice to make, so consequently a lot of his talent unfortunately falls between the cracks of stardom.

Music that falls between the cracks.

Michael Rothschild promotes music and talent that has a propensity to fall between the cracks. I don’t think it was a conscious career choice, but it just turned out that way. A handful of years ago he let me in on a secret called Sean Costello . Since that introduction, I have collected every album Costello put out in his tragically short life. Simply amazing!

Experiencing a same vibe of recognition with this press release, I set out to find more information on Webb Wilder and it did not disappoint me. Rather Webb Wilder strikes me as another greatly underrated music performer who spent a lifetime in the trenches of music, never gaining a tracking momentum outside of the chitlin circuits, yet always hoping for the lucky break. Because that’s what it is, a lucky break, hardly ever related to talent, but almost always directly related to the right time and the right place.

While tackling Webb Wilder’s youTube presence I immediately recognized 2 songs that my band the Surgeons featured in our repertoire line up in 1967: ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’, a 19th century blues tune from the Mississippi delta, brought to Europe and the world by then 19 year old Van Morrison as frontman of the Irish blues-rock band Them, and a garage band front-runner of the psychedelic era titled ‘I had too much to dream last night’ by the Electric Prunes. And that’s when I lost a couple of hours reminiscing the sixties, when rock, blues-rock and beat were still new and later superstars were still learning to master their instruments.

Guitar God Jimmy Page, who later starred in Led Zeppelin, was reportedly the session guitarist on Them’s ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’ and “I had too much to dream” was recorded at Leon Russell’s house on a 4-track machine.
Kudos to Webb Wilder for bringing these cherished memories back to me and especially for the quality of his voice and guitar playing. I had fun spending a couple of hours back in 1967 and I will make an effort to attend his new album release party on September 25 in Nashville, TN when we’re visiting our old friends Ric and Kay Ronveaux who moved there 6 months ago from Amelia Island.

BABY PLEASE DON’T GO

Press Release

Webb Wilder IS Mississippi Moderne on New CD Coming September 25 from Landslide Records

NASHVILLE, TN – Landslide Records is proud to announce a September 25th release date for Mississippi Moderne, the all new album from veteran roots rocker, Webb Wilder. A 2011 inductee into the Mississippi Musicians Hall Of Fame, Wilder has crafted a lively recording that pays homage to his home state through a striking set of originals, coupled with distinctive cover renditions that stretch from tunes by the Kinks to Charlie Rich and Jimmy Reed. Given superb backing from his highly accomplished and longtime bandmates, the Beatnecks (Tom Comet, bass, Bob Williams, guitar, and Jimmy Lester, drums), Mississippi Moderne captures the full flavor of Wilder’s raucous style, based on his singular baritone vocal delivery, solid guitar, a tight, punchy rhythmic foundation and some surprising touches of the heart added in as well.

Tracked at Studio 19 (originally Scotty Moore’s Music City Recorders) in Nashville and produced by Wilder, Tom Comet, Bob Williams and Joe McMahan, Mississippi Moderne represents the first new Webb Wilder album since 2009, and it shows that the man has, without question, furthered his charismatic singing style while maintaining a strong group of musicians who are well-schooled in cranking out Wilder’s unique brand of energized rock and roll music. The package also showcases Wilder’s compelling ability to write catchy melodies and lyrics, either on his own or with notable co-writers Dan Penn, John Hadley and Patrick Sweany.

The Hattiesburg, Mississippi native first hit nationally in 1986 with the now iconic classic, ‘It Came from Nashville’, and ever since he has confounded a slew of fans and critics attempting to define and categorize his style. As 20th Century Guitar Magazine noted, Wilder is “a master at scrambling the sounds, songs and threads of country, blues, British rock, rockabilly, and the freedom and emotion of soul music.”

Wilder has always described his sound as simply “a roots band for rock fans and a rock band for roots fans. On Mississippi Moderne, we’ve kept some of our trademark craziness, but there’s also a lot of roots solidity and some balladry to boot.”
To celebrate Mississippi Moderne, Webb Wilder and the Beatnecks will appear in Nashville on September 25th for a CD release party at the Basement East. On September 30 in Franklin, Tennessee, Webb will perform as part of a Music City Roots Benefit Concert for Tommy Womack that also includes Jason & the Scorchers, Todd Snider and Will Kimbrough & Friends at the Factory (www.musiccityroots.com).

And on September 28 at 7:00 PM Central Time, Webb will be the featured interview guest on the Roots Radio Hour, streaming live on the Music City Roots app and WHPY 94.5 Hippie Radio (www.hippieradio945.com).
In addition, a full slate of bookings in the United States and overseas will follow that feature Webb Wilder in both a solo setting (including shows as special guest for Dave & Phil Alvin) as well as full-out band shows with the dynamic Beatnecks.

For more information, visit www.landsliderecords.com and www.webbwilder.com.

I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT

Theatre Director Visits Rotary Sunrise

Theatre Director Visits Rotary SunriseAmelia Island, FL – Executive Director Linda McClane, of the Amelia Community Theatre, spoke on the heels of opening night for ACT’s 35th season which opened August 13th with a production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.

This small-cast musical comedy is a celebration of the mating game, what it involves, and what it may lead to: dating, love, marriage, in-laws, and children. Presented in a revue style, it pays tribute to those who have found the courage to ask, “What are you doing on Saturday night?”

Ms. McClane spoke of the many programs offered by ACT including summer camp for kids, Studio 209 for smaller “edgier” productions, and the Peppermint Players, to name just a few. Volunteers for productions and other theatre tasks at hand are always needed!

Linda McClane referenced a quote by a long time stage director, and paraphrased with this comment, “Theatre enriches lives, changes lives and often, also saves lives.”

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets weekly at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club at 7:30am. For more information about the club or to attend a breakfast meeting, please contact President, Cindy Jackson, at bijouxamelia@comcast.net, or go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com.

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Amelia Island Book Festival Announces Steve Berry as 2016 Honorary Chairman

Amelia Island Book Festival Announces Steve Berry as 2016 Honorary ChairmanAmelia Island, FL – With a new format and new venues, there are exciting changes in store for attendees at the upcoming 15th Annual Amelia Island Book Festival, biggest of which is Steve Berry as honorary festival chairman. With more than 15 international best sellers, Berry’s books have been translated into 40 languages with 19 million copies in 51 countries. They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times, USA Today, and Indie bestseller lists.

“I’ve been coming to Amelia Island and its many book festivals for a long time. This year I’m honored to serve in an advisory role and work with the board to make this the best event in the history of the festival,” said Berry.

Berry is no stranger to Nassau County. In 2005, he was awarded the Stellar Award for his outstanding contributions to literacy by the Amelia Island Book Festival.

History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It’s his passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, which led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Berry will appear in Nassau County at several events throughout the three-day Festival slated for Thursday, February 18 through Saturday, February 20, 2016, along with several other New York Times best-selling headliners.

“His guidance in crafting our offerings and helping to entice other well-known authors to appear at our Festival has been invaluable,” said 2015-2016 Festival Chairperson Raffaela Marie Fenn. “He and Elizabeth have graciously offered to run their Master Writers Workshop to help us raise money for our literacy program, Authors in Schools. Replacing our usual Writers’ Workshop this year, the intense four-hour offering has been a huge boon to other communities. We are so very grateful for their generosity.”

With this year’s captivating theme, An Amelia Island Encounter—Action, Thrills and Mystery, the Festival takes on an exciting new format. Residents and visitors alike will have plenty of new attractions and new venues to revel in.

All proceeds from ticketed events go to support the Authors in Schools program, which for more than 11 years has been bringing an author to each school in the county, and buying those authors’ books for the students to create a memorable, engaging, full-circle experience highlighting the importance of the written word.

“We invite everyone to be a part of this endeavor, to support the Authors in Schools Program, as well as all the opportunities for the entire community and our visitors to celebrate life-long learning through books,” says 2015-2016 Festival Vice Chair Shiela Fountain.

Mark your calendars, check out the website www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org, and stay tuned for more exciting news and improvements.

The Amelia Island Book Festival is a not for profit 501(c)3 Corporation seeking to open up the world for people of all ages by promoting and celebrating literacy through books. With a mission to promote life-long learning though fostering an appreciation for books, we provide quality events featuring authors in engaging venues.

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New FBHS Golf Tournament Uses Soccer Balls

New FBHS Golf Tournament Uses Soccer BallsThe First Annual Pirate Soccer Golf Tournament benefitting the FBHS Men’s Soccer Team will be held on Sunday, September 20, 2015, at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club.

Check-in begins at 2:00 pm, with a literal kick-off at 3:00 pm. The cost is only $20 per player, or $10 for children 10 and under.

Here is a quick video explaining the game:

You can pick up registration forms at Fernandina Beach Middle School or Fernandina Beach High School and payment can be made at the high school’s front desk in cash or by check. Forms will also be available at Current Running, or online by download at: http://1drv.ms/1NdWLz6

For more information please contact Katie Combs at katiemcombs@yahoo.com or Shirley Collins at shirley0130@yahoo.com

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Arts and Farmers Market Open August 22nd in Downtown Fernandina

Arts and Farmers Market Open August 22nd in Downtown FernandinaThe Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market and the Fernandina Beach Arts Market will both be open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Bruce Beville and the Laid Back Band will be providing live background music while you peruse a plethora of exhibitors including painters, potters, popular produce and pasta makers.

Over 30 booths are scheduled to line North Seventh Street in historic Fernandina Beach and they will be full of fresh baked pastries and breads, seasonal produce, honey, salmon, shrimp, eggs, beef, cheese, dog treats, specialty foods, jams, jellies and more. Along with all of your favorite weekly vendors, returning to the farmers market this week are Veggie Confetti, Rose’s Vietnamese Eggrolls, Hope Floats, Blue Planet, and Me, Myself and Pies.

The Arts Market, located adjacent to the farmers market, will feature artisan vendors showcasing their hand made wood furniture, pottery, crafts, apparel, jewelry and more. Talk to the vendors and find out where they get their inspiration for your favorite pieces.

Located on North Seventh Street, between Alachua and Centre Streets, the farmers market is open rain or shine, year ’round. Both markets are open from 9:00 to 1:00 pm.

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Local Edward Jones Office Accepting Supplies for Nassau County Schools

Local Edward Jones Office Accepting Supplies for Nassau County SchoolsNassau County, FL – Brian Henning, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Fernandina Beach/Yulee, is supporting the teachers and students of Nassau County by using his office as a drop-off location for a school supplies drive.

Local residents and businesses may help by bringing in items to the Edward Jones branch office during regular business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“As our world becomes more global, competition within our younger generations continues to rise, emphasizing the importance of a quality education,” said Henning. “We’re proud to support the academic development of young minds in this community through this school supply donation program.

The items needed for the school supply drive include: copy paper, hand sanitizer, facial tissues, dry erase markers, index cards, band-aids, pencils, white board cleaner, letter size file folders, ziploc storage bags (quart and gallon size) and 3 prong pocket folders.

The branch address is 95766 Amelia Concourse, Fernandina Beach (before you reach North Hampton).

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 14,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 6 on FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2015, is headquartered in St. Louis.

FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse products or services of Edward Jones.

The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

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Fernandina Death and Burial Records Presentation

Fernandina Death and Burial Records PresentationAmelia Island Museum of History’s 3rd on 3rd Presentation, Fernandina Death & Burial Records, with Joshua Goodman, will be held on August 21, 2015, at 6:00 PM in the Peck Auditorium.

Join the museum as special guest Joshua Goodman, an Archives Historian at the State Archives of Florida, will discuss the value of Fernandina’s Death and Burial Records for studying genealogy, and the history of public health in Florida at the turn of the 20th century.

This program is free and open to the public.

The Peck Center’s Willie Mae Ashley Auditorium is located at 516 S 10th Street.

Seating is first-come/first-served. For more information contact Gray at 261-7378 ext 102, or gray@ameliamuseum.org.

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Gypsy Opens August 20th at Amelia Musical Playhouse

Gypsy Opens August 20th at Amelia Musical PlayhouseAmelia Musical Playhouse presents Gypsy, opening August 20 with additional performances on August 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 and September 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 pm. The matinee will be on August 30 at 2:30 pm.

Gypsy has been one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history since its introduction in 1959 featuring music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

Directed by Mary Williams, with choreography by Meredith Burkhart, Carey Dresser, and Rachel Tyler, this musical is loosely based on the life of famous vaudeville/burlesque star, Gypsy Rose Lee and her mother, Rose. Gypsy follows the hopes and dreams of Rose, the ultimate stage mother, as she raises her daughters to become vaudeville stars.

Cast members and musicians include many local favorites and some new faces:

Cast in order of appearance:
Uncle Jocko/Cigar – Joe Palmer
George/Phil/L.A. – Dillon Basse
Vaudeville Children & Teens – Emily Ford, Bella Gonzalez, Ryan Maurer, Olivia Phillips, Amanda Powell
Baby June – Brighton Burkhart
Baby Louise – Sarah Perkins
Ensemble – Kailin Friedrich, Juliet Hicks, Ismerie Maurer, Beth Perkins
Rose – Jill Dillingham
Pop – Dick Devoe
Weber/Stagehand – Tony McAdoo
Herbie – Jeff Packer
Angie/Pastey – Josh White
Yonkers – Berenger Burkhart
Tulsa – Jonathon Maurer
Teen Louise – Shay Porter
Teen June – Adeline Bishop
Kringelein – Gregg Dillingham
Goldstone – Carlos Chavez-Tafur
Miss Cratchitt – Kara Brooker
Agnes – Loran Tyler
Marjorie May – Zoe Thompson
Dolores – Ashley Hamilton
Adult Louise – Paige Miklas
Tessie Tura – Gracie Ross
Miss Mazzeppa – Jane Sandhaus-Packer
Electra – Rachel Tyler
Renee – Kate West

Band
Piano – Ronnia Luallen, Susan Raab
Bass – Scott Kessler
Clarinet – Samanatha Towers
Flute – Ann Merwin
Percussion – Rick Maurer
Saxophone – Richard Williams
Trumpet – Brian Deitsch, Chad Miller, Spence Turner, Mike Watkins

Production Team
Director: Mary Williams
Assistant Director: Music – Ronnie Luallen
Assistant Director: Burlesque – Rachel Tyler
Assistant Director/Choreographer: Children – Meridith Burkhart
Choreographer: Teens – Jennifer Schlecta
Set Designers – Carey Dresser, Gregg Dillingham

As always, complimentary refreshments will be served during intermission at all performances.

Showcasing the triumphs and hardships along the way to fame, the musical contains many songs that became popular favorites, including Together Wherever We Go, Small World Isn’t It, Everything’s Coming Up Roses, and Let me Entertain You.

Tickets are $20.00 general admission, $15 students. Tickets can be purchased at the box office Monday – Thursday, from 5:00 to 8:30pm, by phone (904) 277-3455, or online at http://www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com/tickets/.

Amelia Musical Playhouse is located at 1955 Island Walkway, right off Eighth Street, in Fernandina Beach.

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Florida Foster Care Discussed at Rotary Sunrise

Florida Foster Care Amelia Island, FL – Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise welcomes Mollie Garrett and Ashanta Albury to discuss Florida Support Services’ Foster Care Program.

Local attorney Mollie Garrett and Florida Support Services counselor of 18 years, Ashanta Albury, visited the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise to discuss the foster care system in Nassau County.

While reconnecting with birth parents is the ultimate goal, perhaps more important, and desperately needed here on Amelia Island is having families available to serve as “respite” or temporary homes for children in need. Ms. Garrett described her personal experiences with fostering children.

Said Mrs. Garrett about her many experiences with FSS, “My husband and I had a desire to have more children and realized the room in our home and our hearts could be used to serve those children with an immediate need. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience.”

Ms. Albury stressed the importance of further strengthening the bonds with the children and the child’s natural family once the foster care need has been fulfilled. This can be achieved by keeping that connection going by becoming an aunt or uncle, godparent, or mentor which benefits all concerned. Ideally this is the best case scenario, and one that FSS strongly encourages and attempts to facilitate.

Of the twenty-three children in the foster care system, only six are with families here in Fernandina. The reminder of the children must go to foster families in Jacksonville.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets weekly at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club at 7:30am. For more information about the club or to attend a breakfast meeting, please contact President, Cindy Jackson, at bijouxamelia@comcast.net, or go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Palace Saloon Makes the 16 Most Historic Southern Bars Worth Traveling For

Palace Saloon Makes the 16 Most Historic Southern Bars Worth Traveling ForOur own Palace Saloon in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach has make the list as seen on the site VacationsMadeEasy.com. Their writers searched the South virtually bellying up to significantly historic bars looking for the most unique and authentic experiences.

They searched Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisianna, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and of course Florida, where they stumbled into The Palace Saloon. While there was no mention of their popular specialty drink, The Pirates Punch, our fine local establishment is in the great company of other historic bars of the south.

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The Palace Saloon will be featuring a great performance on August 15th by the band, Blistur, a rockin’ trio from Jacksonville, Florida!

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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at ACT

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change at ACTSponsored by The Patio Place, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, is coming to the Amelia Community Theatre!

The book and lyrics are by Joe DiPietro, with music by Jimmy Roberts, and the play will be performed August 13-29, 2015. This production is directed by Toni D’Amico, with Musical Director Shelli D.Long.

This small-cast musical comedy is a celebration of the mating game, what it involves and what it may lead to: dating, love, marriage, in-laws, and children. Presented in a revue style, it pays tribute to those who have found the courage to ask, “What are you doing on Saturday night?” (Adult language and humor.)

Show times:
August 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 – 8:00 pm
August 23 – 2:00 pm

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Pictured – Back row: Walker Davis, Marcus Rau, Jonathan Leonard, Ben Davis
Seated in front: Carol Davis, Sara Austen Muir, Jennifer Paulk, Elizabeth Bricknell

In a series of vignettes, this modern musical comedy presents the American mating game, beginning with dating, and moving on to marriage, in-laws, and children.

Our talented cast of eight play over 40 characters, such as the couple on a blind date, the perennial bridesmaid, the obsessive new parents, and strangers who discover that funerals can be a good place to find love.

The cast includes three actors who have appeared on the ACT stage previously – Jonathan Leonard (Grease), Jennifer Paulk (Hair), and Marcus Rau (The 25th Annual Putnam Co. Spelling Bee). Elizabeth Bricknell, Sara Austen Muir, plus real-life married couple, Carol and Walker Davis, and their son, Ben Davis, are making their ACT debut.

An alternate title for this musical comedy is “Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives, and in-laws, but were afraid to admit.” The show does have adult content and humor.

When I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change premiered in 1995, a woman in the audience shouted out, “This is my life.” The cast knew then they were on to something special!

Tickets:
Adults – $20.00
Students – $10.00 (k-12)

Sponsored by The Patio Place, a new bistro coming to downtown Fernandina Beach in the fall. Owned by ACT actor and volunteer Amy Petroy, the restaurant will feature fresh and healthy cuisine, with locally sourced ingredients and an international flavor. Amy will be providing refreshments for the Opening Night Party of this play serving crepe chocolate rolls and hummus with crepe chips. She will also have a cooking station in the lobby demonstrating the techniques she learned in Brittany, France for preparing authentic crepes using a billig (crepe machine).

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