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Staging For Your Still Life Painting

Staging For Your Still Life PaintingA still-life is a painting that depicts carefully staged inactive objects; these objects may include those that are natural like wood or stones. Subjects may also include man-made objects such as glasses, pottery, or tables. To put it bluntly, still life paintings show objects that are lifeless.

At the start of the rise of popularity in the artist’s circles of still-life, artists and people appreciate it because it can be rife with symbolisms. Modern day still life, however, does not need a symbolism to be valued. The arrangement in itself or maybe the combinations of colors and textures is enough to create a delightful and even esteemed piece of still-life painting.

Cezanne started this paradigm shift, by painting apples in so many different perspectives. Before, a fruit had to have meaning in paintings – like a fruit in early bloom may symbolize birth. Now, however, still-life merely mirrors what is actually seen, and respects the beauty it holds simply because it is there.

If you feel that still-life is where you will make your mark as an artist, you can learn more about this style through Art Classes San Diego.

For a few tips on making your still-life more striking, one way is to know how you set up for painting a still-life. The first thing is to make sure that you will be as comfortable as possible while working. Set up your easel and the object of your painting in such a way that you do need to crane your net to look at them back and forth. Keep in mind that not only will you be straining your neck; you will also be straining your eyes if the distance you keep on shifting from is too far. Additionally, make sure that you do not place your objects where your painting arm will cover them as you paint. And finally, make sure that you set up where there is enough lighting.

Now, how do you set-up your objects? One trick is to have clear adhesives ready. You may need to go back to your painting the next day and it would be a pain if your pieces have been moved inadvertently. So, as you set up on your first day, put tapes underneath your objects and stick them to your stage (a table, a chair, etc…).

The whole point of a still life is seeing beauty in inanimate objects, so you’ll need to choose your subject carefully. If you are a newbie, it might be better to lessen clutter and focus on just one subject at a time. Also, you might find it more difficult to concentrate on the details of each object if you know that there are other objects that draw your attention.

If you are selling your still-life painting, a stage is again necessary. Of course, you want to present your works in the best light possible. So make sure that the general layout of your selling area would be in theme with your artworks. For example, if you have a still-life of a plate of cooked vegetables, set it up on a real table with cutlery and a clear glass of water.

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Runners shine, even in the rain

Runners shine, even in the rainDespite sporadic rain showers, runners from around Nassau – and neighboring counties – shined bright during the Micah’s Place “Taking Strides to End Abuse” 5K/Fun Run/Kids Zone.

The 2nd annual event, which kicked off at Central Park, was held on Saturday, April 25th, took runners on a trek down Atlantic Avenue, with a finish line near the Park.

While temperatures in the mid-70s and a steady rain overshadowed the race, they couldn’t outshine the blistering pace set by many runners on what many considered a “fast” course.

race-1The race’s overall winner was Laura DiBella, 36, of Fernandina Beach, who finished the race with a time of 19:18, and an impressive pace of 6:13. DiBella was one of eight runners who finished the race with a pace under seven minutes.

While not all participants ran at top speed, everyone shone brighter than the overcast skies, with many runners wearing purple in support of Victims of Domestic Violence.

“It was a fabulous day for runners, walkers and spectators. We are so thrilled to have so many committed community members show their support, despite the weather. As we know, Domestic Violence doesn’t stop for bad weather – so neither will we.” said Heather Jones, Chief Executive Officer for Micah’s Place.

Race 4-cropThis event was emceed by John Drew, with all proceeds going to Micah’s Place to assist victims of domestic violence in Nassau County.

Micah’s Place nonprofit is the only Certified Domestic Violence Center serving Nassau County, Florida. Its mission is to provide prevention and intervention services to victims of domestic violence and to provide education and awareness within the community to affect change in behavior and attitudes relating to domestic violence.

Micah’s Place offers safe, confidential shelter, advocacy, a 24-hour toll-free hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, and support groups to victims of domestic violence.

All services are free and confidential. For more information, please visit www.micahsplace.org or call our administration office at 904-491-6364 or our Hotline call (800) 500-1119.

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What to do at the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

What to do at the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp FestivalThe 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, presented by Publix, will be held in Fernandina Beach, Florida, May 1 – 3, 2015, with a Pirate Parade at 6:00 PM, on Thursday, April 30th.

There will be a fantastic sidewalk sale in downtown Fernandina Beach, beginning at 10:00 AM on Friday, May 1st, and hosted by the merchants of the Historic Fernandina Business Association. The Shrimp Festival officially opens at 5:30 PM with live musical entertainment by the band DRB.

From 6:00 to 10:00 PM, the expanded Kids Fun Zone will be open at its new location at Central Park, in the 1200 block of Atlantic Avenue. There will be several activities such as a rock climbing wall, Zippy Pets, a giant slide, and a power jump. There will be vendors, an art show, food booths, ponies, puppets and much, much more. Rick Hubbard’s Kazoobie Show and Ben Mathews JuggleSTUFF will be entertaining kids of all ages with shows held throughout the evening.

From 5:30 to 10:30 PM, the downtown waterfront offers live music, and colorful pirates. Tasty dishes like a low country boil, crab cakes, grilled shrimp, Cajun shrimp, fried shrimp, and other seafood dishes will be cooking in food booths operated by local non-profit charities to satisfy your cravings. Opening ceremonies will be held at 6:30 on the main stage, followed by the popular Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant and the Pirate Parade Awards. After the sun has set you can dance in the street while the band plays familiar songs, and peruse the booths located near the harbor like Action News, Coca Cola, the Shrimp Festival merchandise tent, or check out what the Pirates have displayed in their booth this year. You won’t want to miss taking a tour of the University of Georgia’s “Georgia Bulldog”, a fully operational shrimp boat. But be prepared for mayhem, because at 9:30 the Invasion of the Pirates takes place immediately before the spectacular fireworks show. The party continues until the festival closes at 10:30.

On Saturday morning at 9:00 AM, the Kids Fun Zone and the waterfront vendors are joined by over 350 booths full of fine arts and crafts, and antiques. These additional booths can be found lining all of Centre Street, and a block north and south on every cross road, from the waterfront’s railroad tracks to Eight Street.

At 9:30 the Fernandina Beach High School Jazz Ensemble will take the waterfront stage, and in the Kids Fun Zone, The Pirate in Training (ages 0 to 5) and the Little Pirate Contests (ages 6 and up) begin at 10:00. The dancers from Bean School of Dance with perform at 11:00.

Bring your bearded friends to the waterfront stage at 10:30 and encourage them to enter the 48th Annual Topsy Smith Memorial Beard Contest. At 11:00, Fresh From Florida and Georgia Grown will be offering a Cooking Demonstration by Celebrity Chefs Justin Timineri (Florida) and Holly Chute (Georgia). At noon, beware, for those Fernandina Pirates will invade Amelia Island and storm up Centre Street.

The afternoon brings a new and promising voice in country music to the waterfront’s main stage with Bryan Mayer performing at 1:00 PM. Dominic Gaudious, a passionate artist on both the twelve string guitar and the Australian Didgeridoo, will play a short set at 4:00, just before The Edgar Winter Band takes the stage at 4:30. Co-sponsored by the Amelia Island Blues Festival, the Shrimp Festival Committee, Northeast Florida Blues Society and RockTenn, you will likely recognize Edgar Winter’s hits Free Ride and Frankenstein. This rock and blues legend will play until the festivities end at 6:00 PM on Saturday.

Sunday begins with the Kids Fun Zone, the waterfront, and all of the arts, crafts and antique booths opening at 10:00 AM for your pleasure. In the Fun Zone Pak’s Karate will offer a demonstration at 11:00, or you can Learn to be a Pirate at 3:30 with the Fernandina Pirates Club. Performances continue throughout the weekend by Rick Hubbard’s Kazoobie Kazoo Show as well as JuggleSTUFF with Ben Mathews.

Sunday’s waterfront entertainment includes Back From the Brink, a bluegrass and country band at 11:00 AM, and local cover group, Decades Band, takes the stage at noon. River activities begin at 1:30 with the Blessing of the Fleet, the Laying of the Wreath and the Best Decorated Shrimp Boat Contest. The party band of the South, The Swingin’ Medallions perform from 2:30 to 3:30, but during their break at 3:30 the Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream Eating Contest takes place, where contestants race each other to finish a variety of ice cream flavors including shrimp ice cream. The Swingin’ Medallions hit the stage again at 4:00 for another exciting set and the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival official closes at 5:00 PM on Sunday.

Admission to the festival is FREE!

Parking is available on Friday at Fernandina Beach High School, 435 Citrona Drive, for only $10.00. This includes a free, air-conditioned shuttle ride to and from the festival from 6:00 to 11:00 PM.

Parking is available at both FBHS and Southside Elementary School, 1112 Jasmine Street, on Saturday and Sunday, for $10.00, shuttle fee included. Saturday shuttle hours are 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM, and Sunday from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Parking is also available at Buccaneer Field, South 11th Street and Beech Street, for $10.00; this is within walking distance of the festival and the Kids Fun Zone.

For more information please visit ShrimpFestival.com.

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2015 Shrimp Festival Street and Parking Lot Closures

2015 Shrimp Festival Street and Parking Lot ClosuresPublic Notice: FESTIVAL NOTICE OF STREET & PARKING LOT CLOSURES

EFFECTIVE FOR SHRIMP FESTIVAL: The following street and parking lot closures will be effective this week in order to set up for the Shrimp Festival: City Waterfront Parking Lot A and B will be closed from Midnight, Wednesday, April 29th until Midnight, Sunday, May 3rd. City Waterfront Parking Lots C, and D, the Library Parking Lot and the parking lot at 2nd and Alachua will be closed to unauthorized vehicles from Midnight, Thursday, April 30, 2015 until Midnight, Sunday, May 3rd.

Beginning at 5:00 PM Friday, May 1st, there will be NO PARKING on the streets and public parking lots of the downtown Centre Street Business District (bordered by Ash and Alachua Streets, from 8th Street to the waterfront). This area will remain closed to parking until Midnight, Sunday, May 3rd, in order to finish clean up and street sweeping. Signs will be posted throughout the downtown area and unauthorized cars will be towed.

Any vehicle issued a Festival Parking Permit must fill in the information requested and prominently display the hang tag on the rear view mirror. Vehicles which park improperly, but display a hang tag with no information, will be subject to towing, at owner’s expense. Thank you for your cooperation.

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May 2015 Events at Your AIFBY Chamber of Commerce

May 2015 Events at Your AIFBY Chamber of CommerceFernandina Beach, FL – Here are the great events brought to you in May by the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce:

Wednesday, May 6, 8:30 am • Island Council • The Mustard Seed Café • 833 TJ Courson Rd, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 • Free for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members

Wednesday, May 6, 5:00 pm • Ribbon Cutting for 15th year Anniversary • Redbones Dog Bakery and Boutique • 809 South 8th St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

*Tuesday, May 12, 8:30 am • Yulee Area Council • Eye Envy Optical and Sunglasses | Yulee • 463867 State Road 200, Suite 4, Yulee, FL • Free for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members*

Thursday, May 14, 5:00 pm • Ribbon Cutting • imortage • 960194 Gateway Blvd, Suite 203, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Tuesday, May 19, 8:30 am • Health Care Council • Amelia Island Health & Wellness • 5422 First Coast Hwy, Amelia Island, FL 32034 • Free for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members

Wednesday, May 20, 8:30 am • Government Affairs Council • Chamber of Commerce • 961687 Gateway Blvd, Suite 101G, Fernandina Beach, FL

Thursday, May 21, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm • Business After Hours • Littleberry Farm • 95546 Clements Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 • $5 for Chamber members; $25 for prospective members

Mission Statement
The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based association of Nassau County businesses, professional leaders and individuals working together to provide leadership which will aggressively promote and defend responsible economic growth, employment opportunities, government and excellence in education and quality of life.

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Announcing a new acting class at Amelia Community Theatre

Announcing a new acting class at Amelia Community TheatreAmelia Community Theatre is offering a four session beginning acting class, for ages 18 and up, taught by Sinda Nichols.

The cost is $40.00 and class will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 PM, in ACT’s Studio209 on Mondays, April 27, May 4, May 18, and Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

Thinking about being an actor?
This fun and inspiring class is specifically designed to take you from thinking about being an actor to being an actor. Learn how to audition, use your voice and body effectively, analyze a text and act truthfully. Through theatre games, exercises, monologues and short scenes, students will be confident and excited to take part in an upcoming Amelia Community Theatre production.

Sinda was recently seen on the ACT stage as Ann Landers in The Lady with All the Answers, and has studied acting at the University of Minnesota, Stella Adler Studio and Atlantic Theatre in NYC. She has worked with actors of all backgrounds and experience levels.

You may also register for this class by calling our box office at 904-261-6749 or register in person at 207 Cedar Street during box office hours, 11 am – 1 pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, or on show nights for Inherit the Wind.

For more information on the class, email nichols.sinda@gmail.com or call 261-6749.

How to Sign Up
You may register for this class by calling the Box Office at (904) 261-6749. Or, register in person at 207 Cedar Street during Box Office hours, 11am – 1pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, or on show nights during Inherit the Wind.

“I dwell in possibility” ~ Emily Dickinson

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Rosa Adams Grand Marshall of the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

Rosa Adams Grand Marshall of the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp FestivalAll images are courtesy of Ms Rosa Adams.

In November, 1963, a well-educated woman from Kentucky, Rosa Adams, the full-time supervisor of the Marina Welcome Center located in Fernandina Beach, was invited to attend a meeting where shrimp boat owners felt they could create something larger than a simple shrimp boat race. With her experience in public relations, that idea has grown into an annual festival with over 150,000 visitors expected in 2015. The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, always held the first weekend in May, celebrates its 52nd annual event May 1 – 3, 2015.

The original founders of the Shrimp Boat Festival were Chairman Melvin Dougherty, Co-chair Billy Burbank, Photographer Karl Holland, and Publicity Chairman Rosa B. Adams.

This year, the Shrimp Festival Committee, along with the community, will show Rosa Adams their heartfelt appreciation by recognizing her as the 2015 Grand Marshall. The festivities begin when she takes her place at 6:00 PM, riding in the Pirate Parade on Thursday, April 30th, the traditional kick-off to this amazing weekend in Northeast Florida.

Having served on and off of the Shrimp Festival Committee for over 20 years, listening to Miss Rosa reminisce of the earliest days of the Festival took me back in history. At the time of the inaugural Shrimp Festival you could purchase a man’s short sleeved dress shirt for only $2.99 at Partin’s on Atlantic Avenue, and a one pound can of Maxwell House coffee was just 48 cents at Food Fair.

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The teepee shaped Marina Welcome Station was a joint venture of the Florida Development Commission and the City of Fernandina Beach. The only state-staffed and maintained marina welcome station in the world, at the time, this was the first marina stop in the state if you were heading south. Employed by the Florida Development Commission, she welcomed the mariners with clean showers, tourism brochures, up-to-date maps of the waterways, and samples of Florida’s famous orange juice. This was a time when electronic communications consisted of the teletype machine, and NOAA weather reports came from the Jacksonville airport weather office at Imeson Field.

Hugh Stone of Standard Oil would tell people, “Stop at the welcome center in Fernandina Beach and ask for Rosa Adams and you’ll get the best information.”

1972-award-rosa-adamsBefore Adams involvement in what was locally known as the “Shrimp Boat Festival”, Fernandina Beach was virtually unknown, except for a few business leaders in Jacksonville. Ruth Brown, executive secretary of the Fernandina Beach Chamber of Commerce once wrote, “We feel most fortunate to have a lady of Mrs. Adams caliber to work with in our joint endeavors to promote tourism in the Fernandina Beach area and in the State of Florida as we feel that she is symbolic of public relations in its best form.”

Once she began promoting the area and it’s Championship Shrimp Boat Races on television, radio, and print media, both nationally and internationally, wealthy developers, and businessmen in Tallahassee, began to take notice of Fernandina Beach… “And the rest”, they say, “Is history.”

In 1972, Miss Rosa received a plaque, shaped like the state of Florida that read, “Presented with deep appreciation to Rosa B. Adams for untiring effort and outstanding contributions to Eight Flags Shrimp Boat Races by Fernandina Beach Chamber of Commerce.” Mrs. Adams’ professional and personal contributions have been recognized widely by a variety of civic organizations and clubs in Florida and the U. S.

Married to the late Don Adams, Miss Rosa’s most important duty was that of wife and mother. The couple raised three children working shoulder to shoulder with the most highly respected people, locally and around the world. Taught as children to treat all people in a fair and equal tone, the couple retired in 1995.

Of herself she wrote, “Ms. Rosa Adams, the writer, was born during the Great Depression in the foothills of Kentucky, crying, naked, wet and hungry.”

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2015 Nassau Humane Society Gala A Huge Success

2015 Nassau Humane Society Gala A Huge Success The inaugural Nassau Humane Society Gala, held April 18th, 2015 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island was a huge success. A semi-formal cocktail hour welcomed over 200 attendees on the Talbot ballroom terrace and lobby area. During this time, attendees were encouraged to bid on Silent Auction items ranging from custom artwork to luxury hotel stays at the Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta, Georgia.

Following the cocktail reception, guests were invited into the Talbot ballroom for dinner. The evening’s program featured Guest Speaker Nikos Westmoreland. He is a talented emcee as well as the chief marketing officer for PRI Productions, and a guest host who is often seen on television’s First Coast Living.

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Pictured above: Ron Heymann, Dr. and Mrs. Kevin Lin, Jenny Moore – Christenson and Tom Christenson, Nikos Westmoreland

Dinner included wine and a choice of boneless beef short rib, chicken piccatta, or a full vegetarian selection.

John-and-Penny-Landregan-Larry-Mindy-WilliamsPictured to the right: John and Penny Landregan, Larry and Mindy Williams

The local organization raised just over $35,000 in event donations and sponsorships, and additionally, received a $15,000 donation to begin a new animal care fund, WAGS (Wonderful Animals Getting Services).

After heart-felt messages by Westmoreland, NHS Executive Director Tom Christenson, and NHS Board President Beth Hughes, guests were invited to dance to vibrant big band and jazz music performed by Crescendo Amelia. The celebration ended around 10:30pm.

In total, the event raised $50,000 in funds to help the homeless animals of Nassau County.

The Nassau Humane Society is already planning to host the 2nd Annual Gala in spring of 2016.

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8 Flags Playscapes and the Palace Saloon Charity Golf Event

8 Flags Playscapes and the Palace Saloon Charity Golf EventSunday we have a very fun event in town that needs our help. The Palace Saloon (i.e. Amelia Island Hospitality Group) puts on a charity golf outing at Amelia River Golf Club for the last few years. It has gotten big! They use their influence with the beer and liquor distributors to put on one heck of an event.

Last year, this event raised over $10,000 for 8 Flags Playscapes. It was one of the largest donations to fund Pirate Playground. That single donation really helped put us over the top and allowed us to increase the size of the surfacing. We are very thankful for that donation and for AIHG to partner with us again this year to build Egans Creek Park’s universally accessible kayak launch and dock.

We need a good number of volunteers across two shifts on Sunday, April 26, 2015.

We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for Palace Saloon Golf Classic!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps
1. Copy and paste into your browser: http://vols.pt/76Q6QK
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

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Taking Strides to End Abuse 5K is April 25, 2015

Taking Strides to End Abuse 5K is April 25, 2015When it comes to the upcoming Micah’s Place, Taking Strides to End Abuse 5K/Fun Run & Kid Zone, it doesn’t matter whether you run, walk, roll, trot or prance! It just matters that you show your support for Victims of Domestic Violence in Nassau County.

Enjoy Food Trucks and vendors, FREE Kid’s Zone with no entry fee, Beer and Wine Tent, Hula Hooping, and lots of live music by local musicians, including Dan Voll & Michelle, Jim Barcaro, and Julia Savage. John Drew will emcee the event.

The 1Mile Fun Run begins at begins at 5:00 PM and is just $10. The first 50 kids can expect a free “Swag Bag” which includes a coupon good for a free slice of pizza & soft drink, courtesy of Townies – and 1 free round of golf courtesy of Putt-Putt at the Beach.

The 5K Run begins at 5:30 PM, is $30 in advance and $35 on race day. The first 200 5K runners will get a commemorative Race Day Shirt!

This great event takes place on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM, at Central Park in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Register online at http://www.1stplacesports.com/endabuse5k.html.

Packet pick up will take place on Friday, April 24th from 11 AM – 6 PM at Current Running in Fernandina Beach, and on race day at the event beginning at 3:00 PM.

All proceeds will go to Micah’s Place to assist victims of domestic violence in Nassau County.

Micah’s Place nonprofit is the only Certified Domestic Violence Center serving Nassau County, Florida. Its mission is to provide prevention and intervention services to victims of domestic violence and to provide education and awareness within the community to affect change in behavior and attitudes relating to domestic violence.

Micah’s Place offers safe, confidential shelter, advocacy, a 24-hour toll-free hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, and support groups to victims of domestic violence.

All services are free and confidential. For more information, please visit www.micahsplace.org or call our administration office at 904-491-6364 or our Hotline call (800) 500-1119.

Sponsors & Community Partners include:
DTW Research, Inc
Scott & Sons Jewelry
KK Marketing
Johnny’s Electric
Antisyn IT
Molina Healthcare
Nassau Health foods
Brett’s Waterway Café
CBC National Bank
Farmand, Farmand & Farmand P.A.
Call Construction
Brightway Insurance
Prime Lending
Donna Lynne Custom Homes
Gorham Custom Builders
Coastal Concierge Services
Merry Maids
California Pizza Kitchen
Care Spot
Compass Group
Flash Foods
Current Running
Azaleum Creative
Celebration Party Rental
Let’s Roll
Fast Signs
Putt-Putt

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FORK Dinner Sold Out in Less Than Four Hours

FORK Dinner Sold Out in Less Than Four HoursThe FORK Dinner being held on April 26, 2015, a fundraiser for the Barnabas Center, sold out in 3 hours and 42 minutes!!!

FORK stands for Fernandina Outdoor Restaurant Kitchen. This fabulous evening of dining was imagined by Tapha Sears and Melanie Grimley three years ago. The two wanted to see a multitude of chefs cooking together in an outdoor setting, taking away the comforts of their kitchen and giving them a chance to cook together.

The chefs involved this year are Chef Andrew Yeo of The Ritz, Chef Wesley Cox of Davids, Chef Adam Sears of The Maxwell Group, Chef Roberto Pestana of Espana and Chef Brian Grimley of LuLu’s.

This is a very unusual dining event and apparently it is not easy to get tickets!

The first year Chefs were Scotty Swartz of 29 South, Luca From Ciao and Brian, Roberto, and Adam.

The second year Chefs were Chef Ricky Pigg of Joes 2nd St Bistro, Chef Marshall from The Florida House, and Brian, Scotty, Adam, and Roberto.

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Imagine No Malaria

Imagine No MalariaThe United Methodist Church is calling its entire denomination to partner with our sisters and brothers in Africa to eradicate Malaria. Malaria is a 100% preventable disease transmitted through mosquito bites that steals a life every 60 seconds. Most victims are pregnant women and children in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The United Methodist Church in Florida committed to raising $2.5 million of the $75 million goal of the “Imagine No Malaria” initiative. Imagine No Malaria hopes to achieve victory over this deadly disease through prevention, education, communication and treatment.

Imagine No Malaria achieves prevention mainly by distributing bed nets and teaching families how to use them. For the cost of just $10, a bed net protects multiple members of a family for up to three years. In addition, the program teaches simple means of avoiding malaria, such as eliminating standing water where mosquitoes breed.

Through the education initiative, Imagine No Malaria trains a grassroots network of community health workers. These community members are best-equipped to earn trust in reaching the local people and to ensure the information continues to be shared well into the future.

For communication, Imagine No Malaria distributes radios to village chiefs. These radios receive broadcasts regarding prevention, outbreaks, and treatment of the disease.

Finally, Imagine No Malaria partners with hospitals and clinics to improve diagnosis, case management and access to medication for malaria victims.

In honor of World Malaria Day, Memorial United Methodist Church will host a booth at the Fernandina Beach Market Place (North 7th Street) on April 25, from 9:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. Visit the booth to learn what you can do to stop this disease. You may make donations at the booth, or deliver them to Memorial United Methodist Church at 601 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Please make checks payable to “MUMC” and designate “INM” on the memo line.

For additional information, contact Sarah Flint at (904)261-5769 or see imaginenomalaria.org.

During the time it took you to read this, another life was needlessly lost. Will you do something about that?

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Final Farmers Market in Fernandina Beach

Final Farmers Market in Fernandina BeachThis will be the final Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market before the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, and there will be NO market on May 2, 2015, so stock up this Saturday!

Late spring offers some delicious produce and Boatright Farms will be bringing the first crops of Vidalia onions. Early corn on the cob, vine ripened tomatoes, yellow squash and zucchinis are all ready for harvest.

Me, Myself and Pies is baking seafood quiche just in time to treat your Shrimp Festival guests, Rose’s An Unbelievable Egg Roll will be offering a Southwestern variety for a limited time only, and our local shrimp vendor is returning. To place your order for fresh shrimp ahead of time, please call Eddie or Debbie Chesser at (904) 509-3337 or (904) 485-6853.

Seven Trees Nursery is doubling their booth space through the end of May, so look for more house plants, vegetables, and succulents.

Restaurant Row within the farmers market has expanded. In addition to Great Harvest Bread Company, Lulu’s at the Thompson House, and Jack and Diane’s, Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen has joined the market with rubs, spices, hot and bar-b-q sauces, and a handful of their restaurant specialties.

In honor of World Malaria Day, Memorial United Methodist Church will host a booth at the Fernandina Beach Market Place. They are committed to the goal of the “Imagine No Malaria” initiative which hopes to achieve victory over this deadly disease through prevention, education, communication and treatment. Be sure to stop by and learn what you can do to help them stop this disease.

Live music will be provided by Larry Lemeir.

The Fernandina Beach Arts Market will also be open on April 25th with a handful of new vendors in addition to your favorite wood workers, jewelry designers, artists, potters and more.

The farmers market is open on North Seventh Street, between Alachua and Centre Streets in historic Fernandina Beach, from 9:00 to 1:00 PM on almost every Saturday of the year.

Both the Market Place and the Arts Market will return on May 9, 2015, after the Shrimp Festival. For more information, please visit www.FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com or FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com.

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Concert with a Cause Helps Return Mobility to People

Concert with a Cause Helps Return Mobility to PeopleConcert With a Cause benefits P.E.T. Nassau (Personal Energy Transport).

PET is a faith-based, volunteer-powered, humanitarian, and world-wide organization. The mission of this organization is to return mobility to children and adults who have lost the use of their legs to polio, accidents or other misfortunes.

The Nassau Community Band provides an annual concert to support Personal Energy Transportation. Funds raised are used for canes, foldable walkers, crutches, wheelchairs, and three-wheeled wheelchairs.

The concert will be at 7:00 PM on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at Maxwell Hall in Memorial United Methodist Church located at 6th and Center Streets in Fernandina Beach.

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Cheese Spread, Pepper Cookies and Hippie Soap

Cheese Spread, Pepper Cookies and Hippie SoapLocated on North Seventh Street is historic downtown Fernandina Beach, The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market will be open on April 18th, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, rain or shine. The Market Place provides your family with a convenient and fun way to shop for healthy foods straight from the farmers and producers that make them.

The Market also offers the delicious offerings of local restaurants including specialties like the ones created by Chef Brian Grimley of Lulu’s at the Thompson House. Chef Grimley is also a participant in the F.O.R.K. Dinner (Fernandina Outdoor Restaurant Kitchen) on April 26th, this Barnabas fundraiser sold out in just 3 hours and 42 minutes! Swing by Lulu’s booth and meet his lovely wife Melanie. While you are there you may want to consider tasting their spicy or plain pimento cheese spread. They also sell fabulous crab cakes at the farmers market!

This is the 2nd to the last visit of the season for Steephill Vermont Syrup. They are using a new maple syrup grading system and their syrups are now all Grade A… Grade A Amber Rich Taste, Grade A Amber Dark Robust Taste and Grade A Very Dark Amber with Strong Taste (formerly Grade B)!

Shepperds Farm, from Callahan, Florida, will be introducing a new thumbprint cookie with their hot pepper jellies pressed into the center. These little sugar cookies are an interesting mix of sweet and hot.

Harlow’s All Natural Products return this week with their popular soaps, natural deodorants and other natural bath and beauty products. Be sure to stop by Cross Creek Honey, they have a fresh supply of honey soaps including Lemon Honey, Bay Rum and the popular “Hippie Soap”, Patchouli.

The farmers market offers nearly 40 vendors each Saturday, and your well behaved, leashed pets are welcome. The only Saturday of the year we are not open is the Saturday during the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. This year the farmers market will be closed on May 2, 2015.

Our Booth with a Cause will be Community Hospice, and our musical entertainment this week is being provided by the popular, and talented, Jennifer Burns.

To learn more, or to become a vendor, please visit www.FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com.

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