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Five Years of Short Films at Fernandina Little Theatre

Five Years of Short Films at Fernandina Little TheatreFernandina Little Theatre will celebrate five years of bringing great films to downtown Fernandina Beach as it presents its Fifth Annual Oscar-Nominated Short Films Festival February 13-15.

The festival will again feature all 15 films nominated for Academy Awards for Best Animated, Best Live Action and Best Documentary Short Films, shown in four alternating groups of films at the theatre, located at 1014 Beech St.

Since its founding more than 20 years ago, FLT’s goal has been to be a home for the performing arts on Amelia Island, said Managing Artistic Director Kate Hart. And five years ago, the theater decided the time was right to expand its wide range of programming by showing films, too.

“We already were offering theatrical productions, concerts, readings and improv. Showing films just seemed like the logical next step for us,” Hart said.

First, the theater at Beech and South Eleventh Street added a state-of-the art digital projection system so it could screen films in HD and surround sound. Then, the search was on for its first film event.

Deciding its focus should be on bringing acclaimed contemporary films that typically didn’t make it to the island’s commercial film theater, FLT leapt at the opportunity to partner with Magnolia Films to bring the Oscar-Nominated Short Films Festival to Fernandina.

“There aren’t many opportunities to see short films in a movie theater, and showcasing great films that you normally can’t see anyplace else was a perfect fit with our ‘theater outside the box’ mission,” Hart said.

Since the first Oscar-Nominated Shorts Film Festival at FLT in 2011, enthusiasm and ticket sales for the festival have grown every year.

“These filmmakers aren’t constrained by the demands of the box office. The short films are usually more compelling, more experimental in their storytelling and more heart-felt than a lot of feature films. People really respond to them, and once they come that first year, they come back the next,” Hart said.

Since launching the shorts festival, FLT has expanded its film offerings to regular Sunday afternoon screenings as well as its annual DOCtoberFest documentary film festival, which will mark its third anniversary this October.

“The films have really expanded our horizons at the theater and our audiences’,” Hart said.

At the screenings February 13-15, FLT will include an opportunity for film-goers to pick the films they think will win the Oscar in all three categories. Those who correctly pick the three short films which win Oscars on February 22 will be entered into a drawing to win two tickets to an upcoming stage production at the theater, now celebrating its 23nd season.

Best Animated Short Films

The five animated short films, plus four animated films of note, will screen at 8:15 pm February 13, 4:15 pm February 14, and 1:30 pm February 15. Ratings guidelines: PG. Kids over 8 should not have a problem with anything here, but likely won’t care for the darker films (“Bigger Picture” and
“Footprints”).

A Single Life | The Netherlands | 2 minutes
When playing a mysterious vinyl single, Pia is suddenly able to travel through her life.

Feast | USA | 6 minutes
From from first-time director Patrick Osborne and Walt Disney Animation Studios, The story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.

Me and My Moulton | Canada/Norway | 14 minutes
One summer in mid-’60s Norway, a seven-year-old girl asks her parents if she and her sisters can have a bicycle. “Me and My Moulton” provides a glimpse of its young protagonist’s thoughts as she struggles with her sense that her family is a little out of sync with what she perceives as “normal.”

The Bigger Picture | UK | 7 minues
“You want to put her in a home; you tell her; tell her now!” hisses one brother to the other. But Mother won’t go, and their own lives unravel as she clings on.
Innovative, life-size animated characters tell the stark and darkly humorous tale of caring for an elderly parent.

The Dam Keeper | USA | 18 minutes
“The Dam Keeper” tells the tale of a young pig encumbered with an important job, and the meeting of a new classmate who changes everything. The Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen of television’s “Forbrydelsen” (“The Killing”), and BBC’s “Sherlock,” narrates this timeless fable.

Plus Highly Commended animated short films
Sweet Cocoon” (6 minutes/France/Non-dialogue) A caterpillar about to undergo her metamorphosis finds her cocoon is much too small to squeeze into. Two helpful insects come to her aid.

Footprints” (4 minutes/USA/Non-dialogue) A gullible man goes on a quest to find a mysterious, destructive monster, only to arrive at a surprising revelation.

Duet” (4 minutes/USA/Non-dialogue) “Duet” tells the story of Mia and Tosh and how their individual paths in life weave together to create an inspired duet.

Bus Story” (11 minutes/Canada/English) Our protagonist dreams of becoming a bus driver in order to cruise down quiet country lanes and connect with nature, her young charges and their parents. But her idyllic view of her new job is sorely tested after she meets her surly boss, named Killer, and discovers that winding roads can prove treacherous in winter, especially with a faulty clutch.

Best Live Action Short Films

The five live-action shorts will screen at 12:15 and 8 pm February 14 and 5:15 pm February 15.

Aya | Israel-France | 39 minutes
Two strangers unexpectedly meet at an airport. He mistakenly assumes her to be his assigned driver. She, enchanged by the random encounter, does not hurry to prove him wrong.

Boogaloo and Graham | UK | 14 minutes
Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their soft-hearted dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for. Raising their tiny charges, declaring themselves vegetarian and dreaming of running a chicken farm, the two boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family.

Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak) | France-China | 15 minutes
A young itinerant photographer and his assistant offer to photograph some Tibetan nomads in front of variou backgrounds.

Parvaneh | Switzerland | 25 minutes
A young Afghan immigrant travels to Zurich where she encounters a punk named Emily.

The Phone Call | UK | 21 minutes
“The Phone Call” follows Heather (played by Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins) a shy lady who works at a helpline call center. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man (played by Oscar winner Jim Broadbent), she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever.

Best Documentary Short Films

The five documentary shorts will be shown in two sessions. Ratings guidelines: R. Adult themes including cancer, slaughterhouse workers and an infant with a rare respiratory disorder. There are scenes in the latter two films (“The Reaper” and “Our Curse”) that are difficult to watch.

Group One
Screening: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13; 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14; 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 15

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 | USA | 40 minutes
This timely documentary spotlights the traumas endured by America’s veterans, as seen through the work of the hotline’s trained responders, who provide immediate intervention and support in hopes of saving the lives of service members.

Joanna | Poland | 40 minutes
With great visual poetry, “Joanna” portrays the simple and meaningful moments in the life of her family. Diagnosed with an untreatable illness, Joanna promises her son that she will do her best to live for as long as possible. It is a story of close relationships, tenderness, love and thoughtfulness.

Group Two
Screening: 10:30 a.m. & 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14; 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15

Our Curse | Poland | 27 minutes
The film is a personal statement of the director and his wife, who have to deal with a very rare and incurable disease of their newborn child – the Ondine’s Curse
(also known as CCHS, congenital central hypoventilation syndrome). People affected with this disease stop breathing during sleep and require lifetime mechanical ventilation on a ventilator.

The Reaper (La Parka) | Mexico | 29 minutes
Efrain, known as the Reaper, has worked at a slaughterhouse for 25 years. We will discover his deep relationship with death and his struggle to live.

White Earth | USA | 20 minutes
Thousands of souls flock to America’s Northern Plains seeking work in the oil fields. “White Earth” is the tale of an oil boom seen through unexpected eyes. Three
children and an immigrant mother brave a cruel winter and explore themes of innocence, home and the American Dream.

Admission to each individual screening session is $10; an Early Bird screening pass (good for the first two screenings on both Saturday and Sunday — a total of four film sessions) is $30.

Tickets and passes are available at The UPS Store in the Fernandina Beach Publix shopping center on Sadler Road. The Fernandina Little Theatre is an intimate space, and patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to guarantee seating availability.

For more information about the festival, visit www.ameliaflt.org or www.facebook.com/fernandinalittletheatre.

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Fashion Show Luncheon to Benefit Micah’s Place

Fashion Show Luncheon to Benefit Micah's PlaceMicah’s Place is the only certified domestic violence center serving Nassau County, Florida. Micah’s Place offers safe, confidential shelter, counseling, legal advocacy, and more to victims of domestic violence – all for free! This delightful fund raiser permits you to enjoy a fabulous lunch while viewing the latest fashions for spring by Chico’s and the Monkey Barrel of Amelia Island.

This Style Show and Lunch will be held at Osprey Village on Friday, February 13, 2015, at 11:30 am. Hosted by Osprey Village, an independent living, retirement center on Amelia Island, their professional chef has prepared a menu of tomato bisque, caramelized pear, walnut and Gorgonzola salad with grilled chicken, and a brownie with red berry coulis.

There will be an amazing wine selection, and raffle tickets will be sold for terrific prizes such as a $100.00 gift certificate to David’s Restaurant and Lounge, two nights at The Hoyt House Bed and Breakfast, a large basket of imported chocolates, and more.

Tickets are only $30.00 each and are available at the Purple Dove Resale Center, 474311 E SR 200 in Fernandina Beach, or on Amelia Island at the concierge office of Osprey Village, or at the Monkey Barrel in the Plantation shops located at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation on A1A.

All proceeds from this event will help provide prevention and intervention services, and provide education within our community to effect change in behavior and attitudes relating to domestic violence.

For further information about the Style Show and Lunch, please call (904) 491-6364, ext. 100.

If you, or someone you know, are currently experiencing emotional, physical, psychological, economical, verbal, or any other kind of abuse, or are in a controlling relationship, Micah’s Place can help you. Call (800) 500-1119, (904) 225-9979, or visit MicahsPlace.org.

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The Donna – A Race for a Good Cause

The Donna - A Race for a Good CauseBy: Caroline Blochlinger

Great outside sporting events are springing up in our area in the next few weeks. It is not often that we are able to welcome a local TV celebrity to speak at the EABC meeting. Well, we did it this time and Donna Deegan, author, breast cancer awareness advocate and former weekday television anchor on the First Coast News agreed to enlighten us about her cause. Did you know that Donna is an avid marathon runner who started “26.2 with Donna” the National Marathon to fight Breast Cancer? Imagine over 7,000 runners showed up at the inaugural run in 2006. If you are a marathon runner you may want to know how you can join for the next race which is scheduled for February 13-15.

Other than that it will also be interesting to hear Donna speak about some of the many awards and recognitions she received during her career. She received awards such as the Jacksonville Business Journal Women of Influence Award in 2004 and the Enterprising Women’s Leadership Award in 2005, just to mention a few. She might be able to give you some very valid pointers on how she went about and got to where she is in her career today.

Come join us for this exciting EABC meeting Tuesday, February 10 at the Amelia River Golf Club (4477 Buccaneer Trail – Amelia Island, FL 32034) at 6 pm.

You cannot make it that day or time? Well, this is probably the only time we have the opportunity to meet Donna and speak with her up-close and personal. However, we understand if you cannot make it to the meeting this time.

The EABC usually meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Amelia River Golf Club. We have to charge $12 admission so we can pay the bills. But the food is included in the cost and is prepared by the club’s chef. There is an open bar serving some of the best wines and liquor and beers. Coffee, tea and soft drinks are also available.

Everyone is invited to our meetings so bring your friends and guest for this fun filled evening of excitement, fellowship and yes, even gain some valuable business connections at the same time.

EABC speakers and topics are announced each month via email. For more information visit the website www.eabcnetwork.com.

Hope to see you at one of our meetings.

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2015 Home and Patio Show Benefits Multiple Charities

2015 Home and Patio Show Benefits Multiple CharitiesThe 2015 Amelia Island Home and Patio Show benefits several local charities this year including Big Brother Big sister, Micah’s Place, and Habitat for Humanity.

On Saturday, March 21, 2015, the Amelia Island Nassau County Association of Realtors will feature over 35 premier exhibitors from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Tickets are only $3.00 and $1.00 for children.

Vendors will include specialists in decorating, kitchen cabinets, bathroom products, flooring, paving stones, appliances, indoor and outdoor furnishings, and so much more!

There will be a special Kids Zone, a bounce house, face painting and lots of door prizes.

The 2015 Home and Patio Show will be held at the Atlantic Recreation Center near Main Beach, on Amelia Island.

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Amernet String Quartet Performs as Part of Chamber Music Festival

Amernet String Quartet Performs as Part of Chamber Music FestivalThe winter season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival continues in mid-February with performances by two outstanding ensembles: the highly acclaimed Amernet String Quartet on February 10, (followed by a lunchtime concert on February 12 by the Christiania Trio.)

The Amernet String Quartet, lauded for their “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on February 10. Their show, A Grand Tour of Europe featuring works of Wolf, Goldmark and Chausson, will be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2600 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach. The tickets are $40 per person.

The group has garnered worldwide praise and recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets. Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami since 2004, the group was formed in 1991 while its founding members were students at the Juilliard School. The Amernet quickly rose to international attention after their first season, winning the gold medal at the Tokyo International Music Competition. The ensemble was subsequently named first prize winners of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition.

The Amernet’s busy performance schedule has taken the quartet around the globe. The group has collaborated with many of today’s most prominent artists and ensembles, including the Tokyo, St. Lawrence, and Ying quartets as well as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Robert deMaine, Andres Diaz, Roberto Diaz and Valentina Lisitsa. Among the Amernet’s notable engagements have been appearances at Ravinia, Lincoln Center and many festivals, including Mostly Mozart and Lucerne.

Tickets for these and other upcoming performances are available at www.aicmf.com or by calling 904-261-1779.

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DeMerle’s 17-Piece Orchestra Plays 2015 Big Band Bash

DeMerle's 17-Piece Orchestra Plays 2015 Big Band BashThe Amelia Island Jazz Festival is thrilled to present its fourth annual Big Band Bash Benefit Gala – Dinner/Dance, to be held on Valentine’s Day Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM, in the ballroom at the Omni Resorts Amelia Island Plantation, Florida.

The popular Benefit Gala Dinner/Dance will feature The Dynamic Les DeMerle 17-piece Orchestra, with vocalist Bonnie Eisele and special guests,

Enjoy a sumptuous gourmet dinner and dance with your sweetheart to Big Band classics featuring tunes by greats like Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Harry James, with whom Les DeMerle played drums for several years.

Don’t wait until the last minute to purchase your tickets as the Valentine’s day Big Band Bash promises to sell out fast!

Plan to come early to meet and greet the musicians from 6:30 PM to 7 PM. Also check out the auction items, among them Jazz Art by the prestigious Park West Gallery.

Tickets for the Big Band Bash are priced at $85.00 per person, and the proceeds will benefit the Amelia Island Jazz Festival Scholarship Program.

For further information contact the Festival Hotline at (904) 504-4772.

Tickets are available at:
The UPS Store – Island Walk Shopping Center (1417 Sadler Road)

AIFBY Chamber of Commerce – Gateway to Amelia (961687 Gateway Blvd. Suite 101G)

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Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival Presents Anne Akiko Meyers

Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival Presents Anne Akiko MeyersFernandina Beach, FL – One of today’s most sought-after violinists, Anne Akiko Meyers will perform works of Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Broadway and movie themes on winter season concert of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival performance.

This 7:30 performance, From Russia to Broadway and the Movies, will be held at Amelia Plantation Chapel, 36 Bowman Road, Amelia Island. Tickets for this and other upcoming concerts are available at www.aicmf.com or by calling 904-261-1779.

Ms Meyers is celebrated around the world for her brilliant artistry and ability to connect with audiences from the concert stage, online, and in television and radio broadcasts. Of a recent performance, The Los Angeles Times wrote that she displayed “vigorous mastery, unflinching technical skills and stylish elegance.” And the Denver Post hailed her as “the coolest thing to happen to the violin since Stradivari.” She performs on the ‘Ex-Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri del Gesu violin, dated 1741, which was awarded to Ms Meyers for her lifetime use. This instrument is considered by many to be the finest sounding violin in existence.

She regularly circles the globe, performing in recitals and as guest soloist with many of the world’s greatest orchestras in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Recent appearances have been with the Orchestre de Lyon under the baton of Leonard Slatkin, the MDR Leipzig Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Ms Meyers also is a best-selling recording artist, having released 30 albums. In recent seasons, she released the Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album, and Air, the Bach Album, on eOne Music. Both recordings debuted at #1 on the classical Billboard charts and received great critical acclaim. eOne Music recently released The American Masters, featuring the world premiere recordings of the ‘Mason Bates Violin Concerto’ and J’ohn Corigliano’s Lullaby for Natalie’, which was written for Ms. Meyers’s first born daughter. Also featured is the ‘Samuel Barber Violin Concerto’ with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin.

Performing with Ms Meyers will be acclaimed pianist Max Levinson and Christopher Rex, principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Festival’s general and artistic director.

Now in its fourteenth season, the winter series of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival will continue with the Amernet String Quartet on February 10, the Christiania Trio on February 12, countertenor Terry Barber on February 17 and the Kruger Brothers on February 24. Then, on March 1, the Festival will present violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, universally hailed as one of the greatest violinists on the world stage. The Festival’s spring season will commence on March 29 with a performance by internationally acclaimed pianist Anton Nel and conclude with eight concerts in May.

Complete information and tickets for these performances are available at www.aicmf.com.

About the AICMF
The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is nationally recognized as one of the foremost music events of its kind. The Festival is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Official Auction of the Amelia Concours Presents Exceptional Cars

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Blenheim, Ontario – Fresh on the heels of its record Arizona sale, RM Auctions, the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, announces an exceptional series of European Sports-Touring cars for its Amelia Island, Florida, sale, March 14, 2015, at the Ritz-Carlton. Headlined by one of the most valuable automobiles ever offered during the Amelia Island weekend, the sale will present a carefully curated selection of more than 90 blue-chip automobiles – a field that represents RM’s finest offering in the event’s 17-year history.

Top billing at this year’s sale goes to one of the greatest grand touring Ferraris of all time: a rare, matching-numbers 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet, chassis no. 1945 SA. Powered by a potent 4.0-liter V-12 engine producing 340 bhp and sporting stunning Pininfarina coachwork, the example on offer is the third of only seven short wheelbase Superamericas built. A left-hand-drive example and fitted with open headlights, it was finished in the unique color combination of Verde Bottiglia over a Rosso Connolly leather interior – an unusual color scheme the car still wears today. Over the years, 1945 SA has passed through a string of respected collectors, including noted sports car enthusiast, Oscar Davis. Its current owner commissioned a full, no-expense-spared restoration by marque experts, resulting in an exceptional, flawless presentation and rendering the car on-the-button mechanically. It has yet to be shown following the completion of its restoration, making 1945 SA an ideal entrant for the world’s most prestigious events. Significantly, proceeds from the car’s sale will support the owner’s foundation for the education of children (Est. $6,000,000 – $7,000,000).

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“It’s an absolute privilege to have been entrusted with the sale of 1945 SA at our upcoming Amelia Island sale. As our recent Arizona sale showed, there’s a continued strong appetite for great open-top Ferraris, and this 400 SA is certainly among the best of its breed,” says Gord Duff, Car Specialist, RM Auctions. “The true definition of sporting elegance, 1945 SA combines stunning design with high performance. Visually, it is beautiful in every respect. Its unusual and striking color combination helps distinguish it from its peers, enhancing its desirability, not to mention its various other unique details, from the chrome trim on the hood to its flush-mounted door handles. I’ve had the pleasure of driving the car and can attest it is a fantastic, turnkey driving example.”

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The Superamerica is joined by another superlative example of Italian design, a handsome 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Spider, chassis no. 10814313. With stunning coachwork by Zagato, this particular Alfa Romeo is a correct, fifth-series example with matching body stampings throughout. Like the Superamerica, it also benefits from a comprehensive restoration, completed in 2009 – an exercise that left the car exceptional in every respect. Imported to the United States for first time in 2011 and exhibited the following year at Pebble Beach, its offering presents a unique opportunity to purchase a superb example one of the most important sports touring cars from the early 1930s (Est. $2,300,000 – $2,600,000).

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A more recent offering slated for RM’s Amelia podium is a stunning 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II, chassis no DB6MK2/4214/LC. A Canadian example and one of 71 original Vantage-specification DB6s constructed, it was picked up by the original owner from the factory and was a treasured part of his collection in the Toronto area for some 45 years, during which time it was regularly exercised and carefully preserved. This highly original example, including its original interior and matching numbers drivetrain, features numerous optional accessories, including rare factory air-conditioning (Est. $650,000 – $850,000). The DB6 Mk II joins the previously announced 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Condo Find” Daytona, chassis no. 14385, also offered fresh to the market following single Canadian ownership from new (Est. $600,000 – $750,000).

“In today’s market, vehicles boasting single ownership from new are the epitome of automotive connoisseurship,” comments Duff. “These vehicles are often purchased new by individuals for whom it is love at first sight. It’s quite easy to understand why the Aston DB6 has been treasured by its current owner for more than four decades. Combining great looks with comfort and performance, it is the ultimate iteration of the DB6 platform, checking all the boxes.”

Veiw all of this year’s cars being auctioned at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island by visiting RMauctions.com.

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GratitudeAmerica Military Appreciation Oscar Night Gala

GratitudeAmerica Military Appreciation Oscar Night GalaGratitudeAmerica, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization who provides critical support for veterans who served post 9/11 in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as their families and families of the fallen, is rolling out the red carpet for an Oscar Night Gala at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Amelia Island Omni Plantation Resort to benefit U.S. veterans suffering the “invisible wounds of war.”

GratitudeAmerica offers retreat programs that use integrative approaches to assist participants affected by deployment exposure, such as Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury, and to connect warriors to resources through a network of community partners. These American heroes are owed a debt that can never fully be repaid, but GratitudeAmerica is passionate about making a difference in their lives.

Cost to enter is $150 per person and $200 per person after February 11; tables of eight or 12 are available by request. The black tie and blue jeans affair will feature red carpet arrival and video welcome, plated dinner, silent and live auctions, live entertainment, wide screen TVs for monitoring Hollywood events LIVE and friendly wagering via ballot for Academy Award winners.

All funds raised during the event will directly benefit GratitudeAmerica’s initiatives and programs.

To learn more or to make a reservation, call John November at (904) 525-3042 or email jnovember@gratitudeamerica.org.

GratitudeAmerica, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to champion an alliance of service and support organizations that partner to provide comprehensive community resources for veterans, their families, and the families of the fallen. While GratitudeAmerica’s main mission is to connect service and support organizations with our military heroes and their families, we also perform outreach activities such as the retreats and community forums located at the Town of Marineland in Northeast Florida.

Visit www.gratitudeamerica.org for more information.

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Great Super Bowl Dishes Found at Local Farmers Market

Great Super Bowl Dishes Found at Local Farmers MarketWe may not have busty blonde supermodels at the farmers market in historic Fernandina Beach, but we do have a vendor who sells fresh, au naturel beef like the Carl’s Jr Super Bowl commercial (shown at the end of this article) is promoting during Sunday’s game. So, if you love all natural like model Charlotte McKinney suggests, be sure to visit JD Beef’s booth. Real beef with no antibiotics, no added hormones, and no steroids.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place has other great foods you will want to have on hand for your Super Bowl party, too. How about making potato skins from fresh, red potatoes? Or you could offer your guests ready-to-go jerky from Wook’s Beef Jerky, who also has a delicious alternative to their beef, a mushroom jerky.

Olive my Pickle returns on January 31st with a wide variety of tasty pickles and olives, and their flavorful hummus is perfect when paired with bagel chips from Great Harvest Bread Company. Another great appetizer to offer comes from Lulu’s at the Thompson House. They have a pimento cheese spread that is available in both plain and spicy, great for serving at any party.

Jack and Diane’s salsa is a personal favorite of mine, but you won’t want to share it; that one is so good you will want to buy a jar to keep for yourself! You can still share a tasty salsa, simply toss together some fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, cilantro and chopped onions for a fresh twist on your own homemade salsa.

Stop by King’s Kountry Produce and pick up some delightful chow chows and relish to compliment a fresh relish tray of sliced tomatoes, onions, and lettuces by visiting our four, fresh produce vendors. Or a fresh assortment of fruits like strawberries, pineapple and melons?

You will also find breads, desserts, honey, plants, soaps, dog treats, salmon, scallops, coffee, smoothies, pasta and more on North Seventh Street, between Centre and Alachua Streets, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. We are open every Saturday.

This week we will have someone from the Nassau County Department of Emergency Management to help you plan for natural and man-made disasters and emergency situations.

We are family friendly, and this week’s live musical entertainment will be the incredible Hambone Stumps Band. Well behaved, leashed pets are welcome. For more information please visit www.FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com, or call (904) 557-8229.

The commercial will be shown regionally, so it may not air in Florida, but here is the video if you’d like to watch it:.

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Rendezvous at Sheffield’s for Movies on Thursday Nights

Rendezvous at Sheffield's for Movies on Thursday NightsRendezvous Festival has teamed up with Sheffield’s at the Palace creating a Movie House on Thursday evenings leading up to this movie, music and gaming festival coming to Northeast Florida in June. With the recent closing of the Carmike Cinema 7 on Amelia Island, this is a great way to satisfy your movie cravings!

The Movie House officially opens on January 29th featuring the film Dragon Day, where a family getaway to a mountain town turns deadly when China launches a massive cyberattack against the USA, forcing former NSA Engineer Duke Evans to fight to save his wife and daughter in the New World Order.

Upcoming movies include the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award Winner at the Williamsburg International Film Festival, The Heroes of Arvine Place, on February 5th; Academy Award Winner Luke Matheny’s newest film, The Birder’s Guide to Everything on February 12th and Hide Your Smiling Faces, a film that has earned a variety of awards and nominations, showing on February 19th.

A new movie will be featured at Sheffield’s every Thursday night until the Rendezvous Festival opens on June 5, 2015. The doors open at 6:30, and the movie screenings start at 7:00 PM. Tickets are only $10.00 and include a bag of popcorn. Hola! Cuban Café’s menu is available for order, and there is a cash bar.

Located in American Beach, Evans Rendezvous was a music club that once hosted famed musicians such as Louis Armstrong, James Brown, Billie Daniels, and Ray Charles in the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s. In 1964, the Rendezvous was hit hard by Hurricane Dora and everything was destroyed. The Rendezvous Festival is all about entertainment and brings artists and the community together for a nine day event.

For more information visit the website: www.rendezvousfestival.com.

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Les DeMerle and Bonnie Eisele’s 2015 Big Band Bash

Les DeMerle and Bonnie Eisele's 2015 Big Band BashAmelia Island Jazz Festival Artistic Director Les DeMerle and his wife, vocalist Bonnie Eisele, return to the Island this week from a three month sojourn cruising Australia and New Zealand. They’re more than warmed up after performing nightly on the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship and thus eager to swing at the 4th annual BIG BAND BASH Benefit Gala, which will take place Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14 at the Omni Resorts Amelia Island Plantation, in the Amelia Ballroom.

The popular Dinner/Dance will present The Dynamic Les DeMerle 17 piece Orchestra, featuring Eisele and special guests, in a salute to America’s legendary big bands.

DeMerle is quite enthusiastic about the Bash’s 2015 edition. “This band is the real deal, an incredibly well-oiled swing machine that includes some of the greatest musicians on the planet,” he said. “We’ll be playing classic big band jazz from the repertoires of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Harry James and more. And to celebrate Valentine’s Day we’ll be showcasing a few romantic tunes as we pay tribute to the greats,” he added. Featured soloists will include Lead Alto Sax – Bill Prince, formerly with Buddy Rich; Lead Tenor Sax – Al Waters, formerly with Ray Charles; Lead Trumpet – JB Scott, a one-time leader of the Dukes of Dixieland and currently head of UNF Jazz Dept; and Lead Trombone – David Steinmeyer, formerly with Tony Bennett and leader of the Airmen of Note, the official United States Air Force band.

Guests will include WJXT Sports Director and part time singer Sam Kouvaris, who will emcee and perform tunes with the band. Notable artist Tim Yanke, who is affiliated with the Park West Gallery, an AIJF Sponsor, will also be on hand to exhibit his music oriented artistry.

The BIG BAND BASH schedule will kick off with a meet and greet the musicians at 6:30 PM. Dinner and music will begin at 7:00 PM, and the orchestra will play until 10:00 PM. A Silent Auction will take place from entrance time until 9:30 PM. Requested dress is Semi-Formal/Casually Elegant.

For online ticket purchases and further information, please visit the festival website: www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com

Tickets are priced at $85 per person and the proceeds will benefit the not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation, the Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival’s ongoing Scholarship Program, which raises money to support high school seniors in their pursuit of jazz studies in college.

In addition to online, tickets may also 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.

For more information, please contact the Festival Hotline at (904) 504-4772.

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Amelia Concours Week Offers Seven Premiere Events

Amelia Concours Week Offers Seven Premiere Events Amelia Island, FL – Taking place March 12-15, 2015, the Amelia Concours Week includes seven top automotive events: Bonham’s Auction at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club (March 12), the Gooding & Company Auction (March 13) and Festivals of Speed (March 13-14) at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, duPont Registry Live Aeroport Reception (March 13) at Fernandina Beach Airport, the RM Auction at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island (March 14), Cars & Coffee at the Concours (March 14) and the 20th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on the greens of the Golf Club of Amelia Island (March 13-15).

Bonham’s Auction at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club on Thursday, March 12, is Bonham’s first-ever auction on Amelia Island and will feature a rare 1911 EMF Model “30” Factory Racer. Other notable cars for auction will include a 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Transformable Phaeton formerly owned by silver screen goddess Marlene Dietrich, and a rare 1932 Stutz DV-32 Super Bearcat. Viewings begin on March 10.

The Omni Amelia Island Plantation will host the Gooding & Company Auction. The Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction is a premiere destination for collectors and enthusiasts of fine automobiles. It will take place at Racquet Park at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 13 and will offer over 80 rare-to-market discoveries. The viewing will begin on March 12.

On March 13, guests can enjoy the duPont Registry Live Aeroport Reception at the Fernandina Beach Airport. An official Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance event, the reception takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. and offers an elite reception staged inside a unique, aircraft hangar setting. Guests will mingle among the world’s most exotic cars, aircraft and high performance boats, while feasting on exquisite foods and premium beverages.

festivals-of-speed-jan-2015-ameliaOn March 13 and 14, the Plantation will also be home to the Festivals of Speed. The event kicks off Friday night with a luxury lifestyle cocktail reception featuring an incredible display of the world’s most exotic cars, custom created motorcycles, and luxury lifestyle products. The reception will also include cocktails, mouthwatering food displays, live music, and a live and silent auction to benefit Communities In Schools of Nassau County. The Festivals of Speed will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 14. The event showcases an array of vintage and contemporary vehicles of all makes and models, and offers the opportunity to view some of the world’s most exotic supercars, custom motorcycles, watercraft, and other extraordinary vehicles. In 2014, Festivals of Speed brought $50,000 in much needed funding to Communities In Schools to provide additional services to more Nassau County children and teens.

The RM Auction, another official Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance event, will take place March 14 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Since the inaugural Amelia Island auction in 1999, RM has been the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Last year, the auction produced $35.9 million in sales and sold the most valuable car in Amelia Island auction week history, a 1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster for $6.6 million. The 2015 auction will be held on March 14 at 11 a.m. in The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom.

On Saturday, March 14, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will offer free admission to Cars and Coffee at the Concours, which offers the opportunity to view over 250 classic and exotic cars from local car clubs. The event is presented by Heacock Classic and features cars displayed on the 10th and 18th fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island.

The Amelia Concours Week concludes with a grand finale as the 20th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, March 15, opens the International Concours season on the fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island, adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The three-day event includes the Eight Flags Road Tour, seminars on Friday and Saturday, the Automotive Fine Arts Society’s annual show, an automotive photography exhibit, silent auction, Guardians of Porsche Wine Maker’s dinner, BMW dinner, Mercedes-Benz USA black tie gala and the new MotorXpo. The 2015 event will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Mercedes-Benz World Sports Car and Formula 1 Drivers Championships, Stutz, the BMW328, Chrysler’s legendary Town and Country and the Porsche 914. In celebration of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance’s 20th anniversary, Sir Stirling Moss, OBE, the first honoree from 1996, will return to Amelia for the event. More than 20 of Sir Stirling’s significant racing cars will be on the field on Sunday, March 15, among nearly 300 rare vehicles from collections around the world. Vehicles on display include rare classics and prototype cars as well as a selection of significant race cars. The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Foundation has donated more than $2.5 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, inc and other charities on Florida’s First Coast since its inception in 1996.

For more information about Amelia Concours Week, visit AmeliaConcoursWeek.com.

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Pierogi Hut Joins the Farmers Market in Fernandina Beach

Pierogi Hut Joins the Farmers Market in Fernandina BeachJanuary 24th will see new vendor, Cori Fulton of Pierogi Hut, joining the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market. Pierogies are a filled pasta, and Cori mixes up the flavors creating a great variety such as Potato & Cheese, Mushroom & Onion, Cabbage & Onion, Farmer Cheese, a Breakfast Pierogi, and Sauerkraut & Onion.

This week our semi-monthly vendors return like Rose from An Un-believable Eggroll. Andy will return with his eggs and goat milk from Yulee’s White Hawk Farms, and Denise of Jay’s Marketplace will be bringing her delicious olive salads to the Market Place this week.

Our sister market, the Fernandina Beach Arts Market, is also returning with 20 fabulous arts and craft vendors from Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia, including Red Wolf Custom Crafts, Giulia’s Treasures, Sonia C. Designs, and Pawsitively Purrfect Pets.

We are now accepting applications for new vendors at both markets, so stop by our management booth this, or any Saturday, and we’d be delighted to answer your questions. We are also booking dates now local musicians, Nassau County non-profit organizations and Fernandina Beach brick-and-mortars who are invited to join us for a FREE space at the Market Place!

The talented Dan Voll will be providing musical entertainment this week, and of course, your well-behaved leashed pets are always welcome!

The Fernandina Beach Market Place is located on North Seventh Street in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. We are open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, every Saturday, rain or shine. The Fernandina Beach Arts Market is open right next door, on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month.

For more information, please call (904) 557-8229.

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Beth Nielsen Chapman Performs at Burns Hall

Beth Nielsen Chapman Performs at Burns HallBeth Nielsen Chapman returns to Amelia Island for a performance on Saturday, January 24th, at 7:30 pm.

Celebrated singer/songwriter/recording artist Beth Nielsen Chapman has been nominated for a Grammy twice. She is breast cancer survivor, environmental activist, teacher of workshops and lecturer on the magic of creativity. She has penned numerous hits and written songs for many top artists including Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Bette Midler, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Michael McDonald, Amy Grant, Keb Mo’, Roberta Flack, Waylon Jennings, Faith Hill, Willie Nelson, Bette Lavette and many more.

Beth said, “I’ve always been drawn to songs that are three-minute peepholes into the depth of our being human, the attraction and the tragedies and the thirst for humor and how we grow and learn and recover from it all; to me, it all comes back to love.”

The show will be at Burns Hall, St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish, in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

A $20 donation (100% of which goes to the artist) is requested. There will be a full house for Beth’s performance, so reservations are essential.

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