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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.

Read the entire article by clicking HERE.

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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3rd Annual Senior Expo and Health Fair

3rd Annual Senior Expo and Health FairFriday, August 14, 2015, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, the Nassau County Council on Aging and Baptist Health are pleased to present the 3rd Annual Senior Expo and Health Fair to benefit all of the seniors, and their families, in Nassau County, Florida.

Come for health screenings or to learn the most current information on topics like Social Security benefits, health education, Medicare and more.

Free Hearing Tests

The following organizations will he present:
Social Security Administration
Baptist Health Hill Breast Center
NCCOA Adult Day Healthcare
Medicare Service
Florida Department of Health
ElderSource
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Services
SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders)
Nassau TRANSIT
Quality Health
Diabetes Association
Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group
NCCOA Home Health Services
Nassau County Tax Collector
Baptist HeartWise Prevention Program
Parkinson’s Support Group
Infusion and Respiratory Therapy Center
Feeding Northeast Florida
ADT Health
Seniors vs Crime
Low Vision Support Group
Florida Psychological Associates
Speech and Hearing Clinic of Jacksonville
McArthur Family YMCA
Florida Dept. of Business and Professional Regulations
Advanced Muscle Therapy
Amelia Home Health
and many more…

FREE Health Screenings by Baptist Health include:
Blood Glucose
Cholesterol
Bone Density
Blood Pressure
Prostate Specific Antigen

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Make Plans Now for the Nassau County Council on Aging Gala

Make Plans Now for the Nassau County Council on Aging GalaFernandina Beach, FL – What 1964 Frank Sinatra song was “the first music ever heard on the Moon” when played on a portable cassette player by Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin after he stepped onto its surface in 1969? If you answered “Fly Me to the Moon,” then you won’t want to miss the Nassau County Council on Aging’s 2015 Gala on Friday, October 2, 2015.

The theme of this year’s event is, as you probably guessed, “Fly Me to the Moon” and the evening promises to enchant guests with celestial surroundings at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation beginning at 6 p.m.

Guests can immortalize their evening at the Paper Moon Photo Booth and then enjoy a superb full-course dinner with wine. Only the Moon and the stars, and those attending the Gala, will know which of the night’s stellar entertainments will be most popular: The incomparable singing of Rick Davis and his playlist of nostalgic songs or the live and silent auctions featuring everything from jewelry to fine art, premier golfing packages to unique gift baskets.

Corporate and individual sponsorships for the Gala are still available. Ranging from the Crescent Moon level at $500 up to the $10,000 Sapphire Moon sponsorship – contributing to the Gala not only affords sponsors numerous promotional opportunities, but assists the NCCOA in providing home-delivered meals, home healthcare, transportation, adult day healthcare and more to Nassau County seniors.

So, mark your calendars now and join us for a memorable night of Moon magic at the Nassau County Council on Aging’s 2015 Gala, Friday, October 2 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Call (904) 261-0701 or visit the Events page of their website at www.nassaucountycoa.org for more information or to make a reservation.

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Townies Pizzeria Amelia Island Recycles Bicycles and Creates Art

Townies Pizzeria Amelia Island Recycles Bicycles and Creates ArtFernandina Beach, FL – Townies Pizzeria announces a “Bike Wall” community outreach. Coordinated by popular local artist Lamar Miles, a bicycle wall has been created at the Amelia Island restaurant. Recycle your bicycle and eat dinner on the locally owned pizzeria.

(If you are not familiar with Lamar Mile’s artwork, visit Townies and check out the murals he has already painting at the Pizzeria.)

Townies is dedicated to providing great food and fresh food that is prepared to order. They make their own sauces and dough daily from fresh ingredients. Using fresh local produce, you will taste the difference!

Remove the chain and bring your bicycle to Townies, located at 819 TJ Courson Road (the old Kentucky Fried Chicken building).

Your bicycle will become part of a permanent art wall at the restaurant!

To thank those donating bicycles Townies will offer a free 18″ cheese with two toppings and a two liter soda. Bicycles need to be in good shaped to be used as art.

The locally owned pizzeria is about fun and good pizza and is committed to community projects.

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AI Jazz Festival Names Scholarship Winner

Les deMerle with talented Ryan Duncan

Les DeMerle with talented Ryan Duncan

18 year old Ryan Duncan, a gifted saxophonist from Jacksonville, will be honored with a college scholarship from the Amelia Island Jazz Festival, it was announced today by AIJF Artistic Director Les DeMerle. A four year member of the Florida All State Band while attending Douglas Anderson School Of The Arts, Duncan will accept the festival’s annual award during a special “All That Jazz” concert/show on September 20, 7:00 – 10:00 PM, at the Amelia Community Theatre at which he will also perform with the Dynamic Les DeMerle Band featuring vocalist Bonnie Eisele. For his university training, Duncan plans on joining the highly regarded music program at the University of North Texas.

“We could not be happier with this choice,” said DeMerle, “and we have no doubt that Ryan will make a strong name for himself in the jazz world ahead.” Although primarily an alto saxophonist, Duncan has proven to be equally proficient at tenor and baritone sax as well. He first began to play alto while at Fishweir Elementary School in Jacksonville and continued through Lavilla Middle School prior to entering Douglas Anderson. Given guidance from his older brother Howard, Duncan has been greatly influenced by such alto sax icons as Charlie Parker, Phil Woods, Sonny Stitt, and Cannonball Adderley. Notable trumpeters have also made their mark. “I’ve listened to and learned a lot from Clifford Brown and Nat Adderley records too,” he said. After undergraduate work at UNT, where he hopes to add Composition to his skills, Duncan plans to attend graduate school. “Currently, I am interested in playing professionally in a military band or teaching saxophone at the university level,” he added.

“All That Jazz” in September will offer a unique concert for area jazz enthusiasts. “For the first time, Bonnie and I will be presenting a show that is primarily derived from our cruise ship performances,” said DeMerle. Having recently returned home from several months of cruise contracts, most recently on the Oceana Riviera, where they visited European ports such as Monte Carlo and Portofino, DeMerle said that the band is in top shape musically and they look forward to a night of well-paced music, comedy, and ultimately lots of fun. “The ACT is a terrific facility and it will give us the opportunity to create a dazzling program similar to what you might see on Broadway or in Las Vegas,” he said. Along with Eisele the show will feature DeMerle on drums, Steve Strawley-trumpet, Don Zentz-sax and flute, Clarence Hines-trombone, Doug Matthews-piano, Ernie Ealum-bass, and Sammy Rodriguez-percussion.

2015 Performance Program

Now in its 12th year, the AIJF will take place at various locations in Fernandina Beach, FL from October 4-11, and will kick off with its annual free concert in Amelia Park on Sunday, October 4, with U.S. Navy Band Southeast TGIF. It will continue October 7 with Jump Jive & Wail, a tribute to classic dance oriented swing music featuring the Dynamic Les DeMerle Little Big Band and spirited vocalist Eisele, a Latin Jazz Night October 8 that will showcase the sizzling hot, award winning, and internationally famous Trio Caliente, both at Sandy Bottoms. 2015 headliners will be guitar legend Larry Coryell, October 9 and jazz vocalist extraordinaire Kevin Mahogany, October 10 at the Omni Resorts Amelia Island Plantation. Additionally, the always popular late night jazz jams with AIJF’s 2015 musicians will follow the headliner sets on October 9 and 10 in the Omni’s Verandah Restaurant at Racquet Park. The festival will end on a swinging note Sunday, October 11, with a Dixie to Swing Jazz Brunch, featuring former Ray Charles saxophonist, Al Waters with DeMerle’s Jazztet at David’s Restaurant.

In addition to online, tickets may be purchased at the UPS Store, 1417 Sadler Road, in the Island Shopping Center, or at the AIFBY Chamber Of Commerce, Gateway to Amelia, A1A and Amelia Parkway. A not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation, the Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival distributes proceeds toward its scholarship program to fund college educations for aspiring jazz musicians. For more information, schedules, and tickets, please visit the website: www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com or contact the Festival Hotline at (904) 504-4772. Email address: info@ameliaislandjazzfestival.com

Friends of the Library Receives Gift for Local History Section

Friends of the Library Receives Challenge Gift for Local History SectionFernandina Beach, FL – With Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library (FOL) approaching its fundraising goal for library improvements, an anonymous benefactor has donated $5,000 of the $35,000 needed to sponsor the local history section. This gift includes a challenge to other local history buffs to join him and cover the remaining $30,000 needed to purchase furniture and collection additions, says Dee Torre, Friends of the Library Campaign Chair.

According to Torre, most rooms and special sections in the ‘new’ library have already been sponsored or ‘named’ by donors or in memory of their loved ones. “Local history is important in our community and is one of only two areas left without a ‘name.’ We are excited that this individual has started this effort to sponsor ‘Friends of Local History’ section.”

Currently, the local history section features books, periodicals and other documents relevant to past and current people and events in Nassau County, nearby Georgia, and Florida as a whole. “In addition to physical publications, we need a designated computer and databases so people can access the many other resources that are available online. Tables, shelving and comfortable work and study areas are also greatly needed,” says Nassau County Assistant Library Director, Janet Loveless. “With additional funds we can add special collections and resources not already available in our community, thus giving patrons free access to local history six days a week.”

The first phase of furniture and equipment purchased with FOL funds is now on order and should arrive soon and we anticipate other orders this fall, Torre said. “We are thrilled to be so close to reaching our goal of a well-equipped library. Thanks to amazing generosity from the community, FOL has raised $1,020,000 of the $1.2 million it promised several years ago to match City and County contributions to this library improvement project.”

To donate to “Friends of Local History” or learn more about naming opportunities, call 904-321-6529 or visit fernandinafol.org, where you can make a donation online, join FOL, renew your membership, purchase event tickets and volunteer.

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2015 Amelia Island Museum’s Community Appreciation Day

2015 Amelia Island Museum's Community Appreciation DayFernandina Beach, FL – The Amelia Island Museum of History is proud to celebrate the launch of AIMH Education Director Gray Edenfield’s first book, Amelia Island: Birthplace of the Modern Shrimping Industry (Fonthill Media), Saturday, August 8th from 10 am to 2 pm. Books will go on sale for the first time during the Museum’s annual Community Appreciation Day, and the author will be available to sign copies.

Amelia Island: Birthplace of the Modern Shrimping Industry is a well-researched and well-illustrated historical work, which tells the story of how a small barrier island community in Northeast Florida left its mark on a worldwide industry. At the beginning of the twentieth century, an assortment of upstart dreamers and pioneers living on Amelia Island made a series of innovations that would revolutionize commercial shrimping. Master fishermen, net makers, and boat builders from different parts of the world gravitated to the area, and this infusion of people from diverse backgrounds and cultures created a truly unique community. Shrimping and its symbiotic industries brought economic stability to an area in desperate need of direction, and the colorful characters that came along with the tide have become part of the island’s identity: past, present, and future. History is alive, and so are the people who make it.

Community Appreciation Day (August 8, 2015) is an annual event in which the Amelia Island Museum of History gives back to Nassau County by offering free admission, along with an awesome array of family friendly activities, including face painting, games, hands on learning activities, and even a bounce house! Not to mention live music, raffles, and giveaways generously donated by local businesses. The Amelia Island Museum of History is located at 233 S. 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach, Florida, and is open Monday through Saturday 10 am – 4 pm, and Sunday from 1-4 pm. Guided docent tours at 11 am and 2 pm daily.

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Sister Hazel to Perform at Fernandina’s Tailgate Classic

Sister Hazel to Perform at Fernandina's Tailgate ClassicKick off football season beach-style with Fernandina Beach’s Great Southern Tailgate Classic on August 21-22. Packed with live music and celebrating the best of football season in the South, the fun starts on Friday night and continues through Saturday, leading up to a performance by alternative rock favorite Sister Hazel.

Host hotel Residence Inn Amelia Island is offering a special package including two night’s stay in a spacious suite, two weekend event tickets ($50 value), free parking, free island shuttle & complimentary hot breakfast buffet. (Plus, just in case you need more time to tailgate, their new outdoor kitchen features two large grills alongside a fire pit, hot tub spa, and pool.)

You won’t want to miss:
-Friday night’s pep rally event kickoff featuring local bands and Colorado’s The Motet, a world-class improvisational funk band
-Saturday’s tailgate cooking demonstrations on the hour from 11am – 3pm
-The chance to earn points for your school by showing off your skills in Knockerball, cornhole, giant pong, dizzy punt, and other games
-Kid’s Zone activities for the younger fans and a Cool Zone for everyone
-Dancing on Saturday afternoon to the high-energy sounds of festival favorites Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band and New Orleans’ Dumpstaphunk
-Enjoying singer-songwriter Marc Broussard, a second-generation Louisiana musician known for his “Bayou Soul” style
-The team Spirit Pep Rally leading up to Sister Hazel taking the stage at 7:30 on Saturday night
-Tickets are on sale now, priced at $25 and good for the entire weekend. For more information and the full event schedule, visit greatsoutherntailgateclassic.com and the Great Southern Tailgate Classic Facebook page.

Friday – August 21, 2015
5:00pm – Gates open
5:30pm – 6:30pm – S.P.O.R.E. performs
6:30pm – 7:00pm – Rock-paper-scissors championships
7:00pm – 9:00pm – The Motet performs
9:00pm – Event concludes

Saturday – August 22, 2015
10am – Gates open
10:30am – 11:30am – Drumline showdown opening round
11:30am – 12:30pm – Rusty Shine performs
12:30pm – 1:00pm – Dizzy punt challenge
1:00pm – 2:30pm – Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band performs
2:30pm – 3:00pm – Drumline showdown finals
3:00pm – 4:30pm – Dumpstaphunk performs
5:00pm – Cornhole championships
5:00pm – 6:30pm – Marc Broussard performs
6:30pm – 7:30pm – Team spirit pep rally
7:30pm – 9:00pm – Sister Hazel performs
9:00pm – Event concludes

(Other fan interaction events to be held throughout the day. Stay tuned for updates for updates.)

For more about places to stay and activities to enjoy on Amelia Island, visit ameliaisland.com.

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Rotary Sunrise Receives Significent Achievement Award

Rotary Sunrise Receives Significent Achievement AwardFernandina Beach, FL – Immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise, Mark Cutshaw, of Florida Public Utilities accepted the Significant Achievement Award from Fel Lee, District Governor, at the recent Installation of Officers event held at the Marlin and Barrel Distillery, the newest business in Downtown Fernandina Beach.

Approximately 150 awards of this nature were given out from Rotary International. The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise won for its signature fundraising event – the Annual International Food and Wine Tasting Event held the first weekend of March.

In 2012, the Sunrise Club applied for district matching grants which resulted in over $33,279.04 to Wolfson Children’s Hospital to purchase four pediatric neurosurgery beds. 84 percent of Nassau County children receive care at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

In 2013, Wolfson’s was able to purchase three defibrillators with the proceeds from the fundraiser. In 2014, the Sunrise Club partnered with Arts Alive Nassau to help fund their music education programs.

Upcoming meeting speakers:
Aug 07, 2015-Roger Morenc, Marlin & Barrell Distillery
Aug 14, 2015-Linda McClane, Amelia Community Theatre
Aug 21, 2015-Phyllis Davis, Amelia Island Museum of History
Aug 28, 2015-State Senator, Aaron Bean Legislative Update

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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Fernandina Firefighters Donate to Fernandina’s Library

Fernandina Firefighters Donate to Fernandina's LibraryFernandina Beach, FL – In support of improved library services in our community, members of the Organized Firefighters of Fernandina Beach (OFFB) presented a check for $500.00 to Friends of the Library (FOL) at the July 7, 2015, meeting of the Fernandina Beach City Commission.

The funds will help purchase furniture for the newly expanded facility.

The Firefighters also announced a smoked chicken dinner fundraiser for the fall that will also support the library improvements.

Pictured:
OFFB President Chett Lyncker
OFFB Vice President James Tucker
FOL President Bill Flynn

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Plantation Artists Presents Glass Artist Denise Murphy

Plantation Artists Presents Glass Artist Denise MurphyThe Plantation Artists’ Guild & Gallery presents Denise Murphy, a talented glass artist with a Guest artist show titled “Sand and Sea Are Calling Me.” The show will run from July 14 through August 8 with a demo/lecture on Wed. July 22 at 7 pm at the Gallery. All of her pieces of kiln formed glass are related to the ocean, dunes and marshes of beautiful Amelia Island.

Please visit her website at www.denisemurphyglass.com for more information or visit the Gallery website at: www.artamelia.com or call us at 904-432-1750 during regular hours.

The Gallery is located at the Omni Plantation Spa and Shops at 94 Amelia Village Circle.

Hours are: Tuesdays 10-1 pm, Wednesday-Friday 11-5pm, Saturdays 10-5pm.

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