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TV Company Hunting for Local Home Builders, Remodelers and Decorators

 TV Company Hunting for Local Home Builders, Remodelers and Decorators
Television company is hunting for Amelia Island, hands-on home builders, remodelers and decorators to be cast in a new TV show.

Do you have a passion for renovation? Do you love to remodel historic or old homes, furniture or fixtures? Are you enthusiastic about your neighborhood’s real estate market?

An award-winning production company is looking for passionate real estate fanatics based in charming and unique locations such as Fernandina Beach, Florida.

They are looking for energetic, vibrant duos or couples who build, renovate homes or design (or home furnishings). They want the hands-on folks, the people who are involved in the whole process and love to get their hands dirty. They are NOT looking for the “money-guys,” but people who are truly passionate about home design and renovation.

They want to celebrate charming, unique neighborhoods and places that have their own quirks and characteristics. Potential candidates can be seasoned builders, skilled DIY-ers, or just starting out in the industry, but all must be vivacious, relatable, and comfortable on-camera!

To be considered, please email RealEstateTVCasting@gmail.com answers to the following questions:

– Name;
– Location:
– Company Name (if applicable):
– Company Size:
– Contact info (email, phone numbers);
– What is your speciality?
– What kinds of projects do you work on?
– What makes your approach to the job unique? What do you do differently than your competition?
– What’s the biggest challenge of your job?
– What do you love the most about your area? What makes unique?
– What do you do for fun when you’re not working? Any hobbies, interests, talents or passions.
– Please send us some recent photos of yourself and your team.

The more insight you give, the better they will be able to get to know you!

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Memorial Day Weekend Farmers and Arts Markets on Amelia Island

Memorial Day Weekend Farmers and Arts Markets on Amelia IslandIt is the 2nd Saturday of the month and that means it is time for the Fernandina Beach Arts Market to join the farmers market on North Seventh Street in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. If you have company in town for the Memorial Day Weekend, the farmers market is a great way to show off the spirit of our vibrant community!

After a sell-out weekend for many of the artists who also had a booth at the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, vendors like Beauti Bows and More have been sewing like crazy to replenish their inventory and will return to the Arts Market this Saturday, from 9:00 to 1:00 PM.

Olive My Pickle has brought back their popular Black Bean Hummus and bring the kids along to sign up for a free pickle in the Kids Pickle Club.

White Hawk Farms will be back in the market this week with their fresh eggs, goat soaps and milk. Rose’s An Unbelievable Egg Rolls returns with her authentic Vietnamese egg rolls and her new Southwest variety, which is available only for a limited time.

Seven Trees will continue having an extra booth space for only two more weeks, and their booths will be full of healthy perennials, blooming annuals and hardy succulents.

Artists and volunteers from the Chamber Music Festival will be on hand to provide our entertainment, as well as answer any question you may have regarding this 14th season of this highly anticipated music festival.

peter-jubell-farmers-market-bikesThis Saturday, at the Fernandina Farmers Market, Peter Jubell will take a break from his regular barista role at Island Juice and Java and highlight his other business, Amelia Island Fun. On display will be several electric bicycles from Bat-Bike Electric Bicycles for commercial as well as consumer use and cruiser style pedal bikes for rental programs targeted at resorts, hotels, condo’s and event management programs. Stop by and take a look!

We invite you to join us at this open air market where neighbors, family and friends enjoy a delightful Saturday morning stroll through nearly 60 vendor booths of arts, crafts, specialty food products, seasonal produce and so much more.

To learn more visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com. Open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9:00 to 1:00 PM on North Seventh Street, between Alachua and Centre Streets.

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikeTickets are now on sale for Fernandina Little Theatre’s upcoming production of Christopher Durang’s hit Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which opens Saturday, May 23, 2015. A Chekhovian mash-up from a master of comedy, this delightfully off-kilter romp won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play.

FLT’s cast includes Buffy Wells, Frank O’Donnell, Stephen France, Janet Cote-Merow, Rebecca Brown and Karen Antworth; the production is directed by Amelia Hart. Performances are May 23, 26, 28, 29 & 30 at 7:30 pm, and May 24 at 4:30 pm.

Tickets for all performances are $17.00, and can be purchased in advance at the Amelia Island UPS Store.

For more info on FLT events, visit ameliaflt.org.

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2015 Wild Amelia Nature Festival

2015 Wild Amelia Nature FestivalEco-Tours: Friday May 15 through Sunday May 17, 2015.
Explore the Wild Side of Amelia by foot, kayak, segway, and sailboat. Some tours are just for kids. Some tours are free! Reservations required.

Eco-Expo: Saturday May 16 at the Atlantic Rec Center:
30 exhibitors – businesses and organizations offering information on living in harmony with nature; StarLab Planetarium with views of the stars over Amelia (and a look at Amelia from space); passport program for kids (with prizes); Kids Niche, hands-on nature activities, face painting, touch-tank, animal exhibit by Jacksonville Zoo; live music; Silent Auction; food… something for the whole family.

Come help celebrate the green anole, Wild Amelia’s critter of the year, and take home a tee shirt with a perky green anole.

For more information, please visit www.WildAmelia.com or visit us on facebook.

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Greek Heritage of Tarpon Springs Dinner and Program

tina-bucuvalasEnjoy traditional fare of the Greek islands and learn how 19th century sponge fishermen from the Greek Dodecanese Islands turned a coastal Florida village into what soon became known as “the sponge capital of the world.”

Dr. Tina Bucuvalas, Curator of Arts & Historical Resources for the City of Tarpon Springs and noted folklore expert, will describe this unique community at a dinner sponsored by the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library (FOL). This event will be held June 4th from 6 – 8 pm, at Café Karibo, 27 N 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach.

Dr. Bucuvalas received a Fulbright Scholar Award to research folklife in Greece while she was working for the Florida Folklife Program from 1996 to 2009. She is currently involved in sustaining Tarpon Springs’ community culture through public events, workshops, and historic preservation.

Café Karibo chef Essam Kabil is preparing a full dinner menu featuring the flavors of the Dodecanese Islands. Tickets for dinner and the program are $35 and may be purchased at the Library on 4th Street. All proceeds benefit the FOL campaign to furnish the new library.

The Friends of the Library is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization that promotes literacy and lifelong learning in our community and raises funds to strengthen the Fernandina Beach Library. For more information or to become a member, visit fernandinafol.org, call (904) 277-7365 or e-mail info@fernandinafol.org.

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Local Pirates Club to Co-host NAMI Awareness Walk Sunday

 Local Pirates Club to Co-host NAMI Awareness Walk SundayThe Fernandina Pirate Club will be co-hosting the Nassau NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Community Awareness Walk to celebrate Mental Health month on May 17, 2015 (Sunday).

The gathering place will be at Central Park from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Local mental and behavioral health providers will be on hand to answer questions about the variety of services offered in our community.

Refreshments will be provided and there will be a raffle with great prizes!

This stroll to the beach is designed to promote awareness about the need to reduce stigma surrounding mental illness.

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Organic Blueberries Return to Fernandina’s Farmers Market

Organic Blueberries Return to Fernandina's Farmers MarketThe Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market will be open on May 16th, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Located under the Spanish moss draped water oaks and cedar trees of North Seventh Street, this is the place to mingle on Saturday mornings on Amelia Island.

Come in for a fresh cup of coffee or a smoothie from Island Juice and Java, and grab a tasty pastry from Great Harvest Bread Company, Bakery Ribault or Maria’s Bakery.

Be sure to sample the delicious blueberries from Harrietts Bluff Organic Blueberry Farm. Located in Woodbine, Georgia, Dr. Krewer and his team will be at the Market Place each Saturday through June. Owned and operated by Gerard Krewer, a specialist known worldwide for his expertise in blueberries and other fruits, the farm is dedicated to growing blueberries organically. They grow several varieties to provide you with the best and tastiest blueberries.

As the blueberries come into season, the Vermont Syrup goes out of season. This will be Steephill’s last visit in the farmers’ market until fall. Be sure to stock up on their Grad A Fancy, Medium Amber, Dark Amber, Grade B Dark, and fresh maple creme syrups, and their traditional soft or hard maple syrup candies.

Musical entertainment is provided by the lovely and talented Jennifer Burns. The Market Place is open every Saturday of the year, rain or shine. Well behaved, leashed pets are always welcome. Visit www.FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com to learn more.

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Amelia Island Poet Launches New Book

Amelia Island Poet Launches New BookAmelia Island, Florida – Amelia Island poet, Nola Perez, will launch her latest book of poetry, Blinded By The Light, May 15, from 5- 7:00 PM at the Fernandina Little Theatre.

The poems were written while the poet was living in Paris from 1990-1994 and are accompanied by color photos from the poet’s own collection.

Perez most recently presented Fernandina and Other Images, a multi-media poetry play in March of 2013. She has participated in the Amelia Island Book Festival on an annual basis. In addition, she coordinates with Marilyn Wesley a Poetry Canteen at Fernandina Little Theatre on the second Tuesday of each month 6:30-7:30PM. The canteen encourages poets, and those interested in poetry to bring a poem to share, one that speaks to them or one they have written.

The book launch and signing will be held at the Fernandina Little Theatre, 1014 Beech Street, is free and open to the public. Readings from the book will be offered by the poet and Ron Kurtz.

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3rd on 3rd St with Dr. Keith Ashley

 3rd on 3rd St with Dr. Keith AshleyFriday, May 15th, at 6:00 pm, the Amelia Island Museum of History invites you to its next 3rd on 3rd Street Presentation, with Dr. Keith Ashley. He will be discussing the Excavations of Santa Cruz de Guadalquini Spanish and Mocama Missions.

Dr. Ashley is Coordinator of Archaeological Research and an adjunct in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of North Florida.

A mixture of various Native American groups, including Mocama speaking people – Colones, Yguajas and Asajo (Yamassee) – established the mission on the southern end of Black Hammock Island in 1684. Sometime between 1695 and 1697 the population of Santa Cruz joined the mission people at San Juan del Puerto on Fort George Island, Duval County, Florida. The people of Santa Cruz were under threat of attack from nearby enemy groups and vulnerable due to their close proximity to the mainland. UNF has been excavating the site since 2001.

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

For more information contact Gray at gray@ameliamuseum.org, or (904) 261-7378 ext 102.

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Parallel Lives Coming to Studio 209

Parallel Lives Coming to Studio 209

This event was cancelled

By Kathy Najmiy and Mo Gaffney
Directed by Toni D’Amico

Play Info
In the opening scene, two Supreme Beings plan the beginning of the world with the relish of two slightly sadistic suburban wives decorating a living room… With boundless humor, Parallel Lives re-examines the ongoing quest to find parity and love in a contest handicapped by capricious Gods, or in this case, Goddesses.

Performances will be on May 14, 15, 16, and 17th, in Studio 209.

The theatre is located at 207/209 Cedar Street, in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

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National Day of Prayer Observance is May 14, 2015

National Day of Prayer Observance is May 14, 2015Nassau County, FL

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

The Nassau County leadership team for the National Day of Prayer has announced that planning for the 2015 observance of the day in our community is well underway. The local event will be held Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. The Amelia Plantation Chapel (36 Bowman Road in the Omni Amelia Island Resort) has graciously agreed to be the venue for this interdenominational service.

Nineteen years ago a local NDP Leadership Board was formed from a group of men from various local churches, called The Watchmen, who have met faithfully each Wednesday morning to pray for our Nation, our community and our families. Again this year Nassau County will be part of the 64th annual nation-wide observance of the National Day of Prayer.

The 2015 theme for the National Day of Prayer is “Lord, Hear our Cry”. The keynote speaker for the Nassau observance will be Dr. Del Tackett, who is a nationally-known speaker and the architect and teacher of The Truth Project, a worldwide initiative designed to instill a Christian worldview within the body of Christ. Truth Project small groups are currently active in over 130 countries and estimates are that five to seven million people have attended the study. “We are very fortunate to have a person of Del Tackett’s background and talents to bring our keynote message this year,” said Norm Purdue, the local NDP Coordinator.

Pam Helton, Minister of Music at Amelia Baptist Church will be organizing a community choir comprising singers from several local churches to provide special music and lead the praise and worship time.

The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our national heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the people in the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual, national day of prayer. The 2015 NDP Observance is being led and endorsed by many notable Christian leaders including Franklin Graham, Luis Palau, and Darrell Waltrip.

For more information contact Norm Purdue at napurdue@bellsouth.net.

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Arts Market Open May 9th in Fernandina Beach

Arts Market Open May 9th in Fernandina BeachThe Fernandina Beach Arts Market returns on May 9, 2015. Located adjacent to the downtown farmers market, the Arts Market features local artists and craftsman display their incredible talents.

Just in time for Mother’s Day shopping, you will find incredible pet accessories from Pawsitively Purrfect Pets, paintings, pillows and pictures.

There are key chains, fine jewelry and whimsical pieces, too. Also coming to the market are booths of stained glass, three-way aprons, wood furniture, Riplaces and more.

Kangee Graham will have a table full of her oyster shell centerpieces and hand-crafted wooden bowls, and John Mateer will be showing off his latest designs in glass fusion.

There is so much to see you won’t have any trouble finding that perfect gift for Mom.

The Arts Market is open on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in downtown Fernandina Beach.

For more information, please visit www.FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com.

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2015 Miss Shrimp Festival Winners

2015 Miss Shrimp Festival Winners

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The 2015 Miss Shrimp Festival scholarship pageant, sponsored by The Hampton Inn and Suites Harbor Front, was held on Friday night, May 1, 2015.

Just over a dozen Nassau County junior and senior high school girls competed for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship.

Winning Miss Congeniality was Miss Baily Wall.

Kate Walker was the 2nd Runner-up

Megan Combs was the 1st Runner-up

… and Miss Zoe Stein in the new, 2015 Miss Shrimp Festival, replacing the 2014 winner Miss Graham Jewel.

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Farmers Market Returns After Shrimp Festival

Farmers Market Returns After Shrimp Festival On Saturday, May 9, 2015, we will see the return of the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market! The Market Place was closed this past Saturday to make room for the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

Not only are we celebrating the return of the fabulous vendors, we are celebrating Mother’s Day, which in May 10th.

Tressa’s Treasures will be returning with her delicious chocolate candies and spiced nuts. Boatright farms is harvesting early crops of yellow squash, green beans and yard eggs, and Joy of Garlic is offering a Super Salsa Sale for spring: $9.00 each or two for $17.00.

White Hawk Farms will be bringing goat soaps, eggs and more of their specialty items, and Liz and her popular Lizzie’s Cheese Straws will be back, too. Jack and Diane’s is bringing plenty of vegan and gluten free soups and salsa, while Something Good returns with gluten-free breads, desserts and other sweets.

Bring the kids to Olive My Pickle and join their free pickle club. Other vendors will be offering local shrimp, organic nuts, quinoa, fresh baked breads, seasonal produce, Angus beef, honey, goat cheese, dog treats, plants, meat pies, and more!

Members of the Fernandina Pirates Club will be on hand hosting a Blood Drive, and Jim Barcaro will be offering some fantastic live entertainment.

The farmers market is open every Saturday (almost) from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. Located on North Seventh Street in historic Fernandina Beach, well behaved husbands and leashed pets are welcome to attend, too.

For more information, please visit www.FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com.

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Best Decorated Shrimp Boat Winners 2015

Best Decorated Shrimp Boat Winners 2015The 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival was held under near perfect weather conditions, shattering past attendance records.

The Best Decorated Shrimp Boat Winner for 2015 are as follows:

First Place went to Captain and Owner Jeff “Trapper” Parrish and the 72-foot Jet Stream out of Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Captain Parrish’s First Place prizes included $1,350 cash, a $500 fuel allowance, a quality 11 inch knife provided by Rhineland Cutlery, and a commemorative plaque.

shrimp-boat-winner-12nd Place went to Judge. A 78-footer from Townsend, Georgia, run by Captain Randy Cuthrell and owned by Jack Gore.

3rd Place winner was the Miss Alena, from Brunswick, Georgia. This 90-foot beauty is captained by Michael Thompson, Speedy Tostensen owner.

4th Place went to Captain Marty Collins of the 91-foot Forgiven of South Port, Florida, owned by Gerald Miller.

5th Place was secured by Captain Tommy Williams and Capt Jack. A 78-foot shrimp boat from Brunswick, Georgia, also owned by Speedy Tostensen.

6th Place went to the 98-foot Miss Carolyn Louise of Jacksonville, Florida. The ship’s captain and owner is Lee Vogelsons.

Also participating in the Boat Parade was Captain Lindsey Parker and the GA Bulldog, a 72-foot research vessel owned and operated by the University of Georgia Marine Extension/Sea Grant Program.

Other prizes included:
2nd Place
$600 Cash
Try Net provided by Burbank Sprots Nets
Quality nine-inch knife by Rhineland Cutlery

3rd Place
$350 Cash
Try Net provided by Burbank Sprots Nets
Quality nine-inch knife by Rhineland Cutlery

4th Place
$250 Cash
Quality nine-inch knife by Rhineland Cutlery

5th Place
$150 Cash
Quality nine-inch knife by Rhineland Cutlery

Additional boats received a seven-inch knife from Rhineland Cutlery.

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