Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Announces Baptist Medical Center-Nassau as Presenting Sponsor

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John Scherer, Sponsorship Director, 2017 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival
Ed Hubel, President-Baptist Medical Center-Nassau
Warren Harrison, Chairman, 2017 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

AMELIA ISLAND, FL – The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Committee is pleased to announce that Baptist Medical Center-Nassau is the “Presenting Sponsor” of the 54th annual festival being held May 5 -7, 2017, in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. Read more

Amazing Line Up Saturday at Farmers Market

January 28, 2017, brings an amazing line-up of vendors to the farmers market on North Seventh Street. Me, Myself and Pies is returning for the first time this year with a large selection of sweet and savory pies. Steephill Vermont Syrup is making their monthly appearance with a trunk full of syrups straight from their farm in Vermont, and Rose’s “An”Believable Egg Rolls has added pot stickers to her line up. Read more

Flowering Fernandina

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Flowering Fernandina is a grassroots volunteer project to plant and water beautiful flowers on Centre Street.

Donations Needed
Please make donations to:
Flowering Fernandina c/o HFBA
P.O. Box 473
Fernandina Beach, FL 32035

For more information, please email: floweringfernandina1@gmail.com
Working together to make historic Fernandina Beach more beautiful

NYT Best Selling Author Comes to Amelia Island’s Book Loft

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We are thrilled to share that New York Times bestselling author Karen White is coming to the Book Loft on Amelia Island to promote the beloved Tradd Street Series, THE GUESTS ON SOUTH BATTERY (Berkley Hardcover; January 10, 2017; 9780451475237). White is the author of twenty previous novels, including Flight Patterns and The Forgotten Room which was an instant New York Times bestseller.

White has always been charmed by the brick-walked streets of Charleston, its beautiful architecture and its rich history. So, when it came time for White to write a series about complicated characters with a side of spooky lore, she knew just where to set it. And so began the story of Melanie Middleton, a Charleston realtor with a special gift, in The House on Tradd Street. THE GUESTS ON SOUTH BATTERY picks up on the picturesque streets of Charleston after Melanie has given birth to twins, and is married to the love of her life, Jack Trenholm. Melanie’s maternity leave has reached its end and she is less than thrilled to return to work, especially when she’s awoken by a phone call with no voice on the other end, and the uneasy feeling that the ghostly apparitions that have stayed silent for over a year are about to invade her life once more. But, Melanie’s return to the realty office goes better than expected, with a new client eager to sell her recently inherited home on South Battery. Despite her stroke of luck, Melanie can’t deny that spirits have started to appear to her again. And while she knows nothing good can come from unearthing the past, some secrets refuse to stay buried. THE GUESTS ON SOUTH BATTERY is the perfect addition to the Tradd Street series, reuniting fans with their quirky doughnut-loving, schedule-obsessed heroine.

Certain to delight long-time fans of the series, and easy to jump into for newcomers, THE GUESTS ON SOUTH BATTERY is another winner from the “ultimate voice of women’s fiction” (Fresh Fiction).

Karen White will be speaking at The Book Loft located at 214 Centre Street from 12:30 until 2 p.m. on January 20, 2017. Dessert and tea will be served.

Charming and complex living characters, combined with unsettled ghosts that balance uncanny creepiness with very human motivations, keep this story warm, real, and exciting.” – Publishers Weekly

White’s latest will keep you in its grip from first page to last.” – RT Reviews

A book with the right combination of chills, thrills and romance.” – Huffington Postkaren-white-books

REMINDER: The Belle of Amherst at Amelia Musical Playhouse

Back by popular demand, and benefiting Friends of the Library’s Capital Campaign, don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Sinda Nichols in her “masterful performance” as Emily Dickinson in “The Belle of Amherst” on January 6 & 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Amelia Musical Playhouse and January 8 at 4:00 p.m.

Find out why Emily proclaimed, “Take all away from me, but leave me ecstasy!” Ms. Nichols first performed, “The Belle of Amherst” in December 2010, and has toured the show at multiple theaters in and around the First Coast, the United States and in Ireland. Frequently her performances have benefited local Friends of the Library in honor of Emily Dickinson’s extraordinary contribution to literature.

Wherever Ms. Nichols performs, audiences have one thing to say about her “energizing and uplifting” performance as Emily Dickinson, “Don’t miss it! Do whatever you have to do to see it!” Her “spellbinding performance” takes the audience on an unforgettable journey over 40 years. Bursting with humor, wisdom and enormous energy, “The Belle of Amherst” reveals the many secrets of our most enigmatic poet. Ms. Nichols brings not only Emily to life, but also over a dozen of the poet’s family, friends and loves. This “exquisitely intelligent” performance leaves the audience, “seduced, captivated and uplifted.”

William Luce’s extraordinary play weaving together letters and poems won Julie Harris a Tony Award in 1977. Unique and intimate, this play invites the audience into the home of Emily Dickinson’s parlor as she lifts the veil on the greatest joys and deepest sorrows of her life.

Tickets are available online at www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com or by phoning 904-277-3455.

Farmers and Art Markets in Fernandina Beach Open on Chrismas Eve

Farmers and Art Markets in Fernandina Beach Open on Chrismas EveThe farmers market in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach will be open on Christmas Eve from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Full of your last minute dinner supplies and stocking stuffers, there is something for everyone at this cozy, open-air market.

Enjoy body balms for Crows Warrior Salves, delicious handcrafted toffee from Tucker at Topsy Toffee, and soy candles from Tranquil Formations.

Bring your holiday guests for a stroll in our lovely Victorian village, and enjoy live music provided by Dan Voll and Shell, while tasting your way down North Seventh Street on Amelia Island.

You will find an amazing variety of unique gifts that are handmade by the artisans at The Fernandina Beach Arts Market, which will also be open on Christmas Eve.

Through December the Arts Market will be open every Saturday, but in January, it will return to the regular schedule of opening on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market is open every Saturday of the year, rain or shine, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Well behaved, leashed pets are welcome! For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com.

Dan Voll and Shell’s CD Fits Well in Your Christmas Stocking

Dan Voll and Shell's CD Fits Well in Your Christmas StockingLooking for last minute Christmas gifts? You should put the new CD, Kiss Me Salty, by local musicians Dan Voll and Michele Anders in EVERYBODY’s Christmas stocking!

Wisconsin native Dan Voll has been playing guitar since he was nine years old. He studied guitar in Los Angeles with esteemed recording artist Ted Greene and was honored with several top music awards and countless accolades while living in Rockford, Illinois.

Known for his dazzling instrumentals and soulful vocals, Dan’s versatility is second to none, easily blending and crossing genres including rock, pop, blues, jazz, country, Latin and world music.

After moving to Fernandina Beach, Florida, in 2010, Dan could be heard playing regularly on his own and along with several acts and became one of the most popular guitarists in Northeast Florida. It was a chance meeting that led to his partnership with Michele “Shell” Anders in the summer of 2011.

Hailing from Pennsylvania, Shell played bass and sang in cover bands in central Pennsylvania, and the Maryland and Delaware beaches, before moving to Florida in 1999. As her career took a turn towards radio broadcasting, Shell put her musical aspirations aside and enjoyed popularity on the air waves in Jacksonville, Florida, only picking up her guitar and singing for friends and family.

Soon after meeting, the two began playing music together and a wonderful friendship was born. Dan and Shell can be seen and heard all over Fernandina Beach performing an entertaining mix of covers and now their own original music!

With beachy undertones and catchy lyrics, their new CD, Kiss Me Salty makes a fabulous addition to the music collection of anyone on your list.

Dan and Shell will be performing Saturday morning at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market on Christmas Eve in historic Fernandina Beach, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., if you’d like to see these two perform, or perhaps pick up a CD or two.

Rotary Sunrise Continues an Active December

Rotary Sunrise Continues an Active December
Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise recently attended a festive program put on by Healthy Start for the families that are benefited by Healthy Start’s various voluntary educational and support programs.

They serve pregnant women and families with children under age three. There is also a teen program that offers classes for youth ages 12-18 to learn about reproductive health and related matters.

Pictured above are Rotarians Barbi Coyne, Pete and Carol Stevenson, Art and Theresa Shuster and Mark Cutshaw.

Rotarians Jim Weaver and Dan Westra
Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise recently assisted Barnabas financially and by providing 21 Rotarians to help at the Barnabas Empty Bowls fund raiser.

Barnabas helps citizens of Nassau County who are in need by providing crisis assistance, a food pantry and health services.

Pictured to the left, left to right, are Rotarians Jim Weaver and Dan Westra.

Nathan Walter, Director of Soccer/Player Development for Jacksonville’s professional soccer team, Armada, recently gave a presentation to the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise. Nathan is a former professional soccer player from England.

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Nathan Walter

Professional soccer in Jacksonville dates back to 1980 with the Jacksonville Tea Men franchise. After several years without a local team, the Armada was started here in 2015 as an expansion team.

Armada is active in promoting youth soccer with camps, clinics and school programs. They also support local soccer academies and clubs. There are over 11,000 members of soccer clubs in NE Florida.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets at 7:30 in the morning on Fridays at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club.

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