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.

Nathan Walter

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.

Crescendo Amelia Big Band Holiday Show

Get ready for a two night Crescendo Amelia Big Band Holiday Show at the Amelia Community Theatre with a 21-piece band performing holiday tunes with six singers and a number of additional acts.

Performances will be held on Tuesday, December 20th and Wednesday, December 21st at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring over twenty-one musicians with a variety of professional singers, entertainers and other acts, this family friendly holiday show is sure to get everyone in the spirit. Ask anyone that attended the last two years, and they will tell you this show is a “must-see” event.

This full theatre production will include all your favorite holiday songs, local celebrity singers, dancing, acting and a few surprises we can’t even announce just yet. And if you’re nice, maybe St. Nick will pay us a visit too!

Two dates to choose from, one incredible show!

Singer line-up: Marah Lovequist, Reed Meyer, Tyra Dant, Kim Reteguiz, Jeff Groden-Thomas & Robbie Eccles.

Bonus: Free holiday photo booth, concessions and drinks will be available for purchase.

CLICK HERE to get tickets.

Arts Market Open December 17, 2016, in Fernandina Beach

Have you made your list and checked it twice, and still have gifts to buy? The Saturday morning Arts Market in historic Fernandina is a great place to finish your holiday shopping and support small business owners.

No matter who is on your list this year, with over 30 vendors, you’ll find a sack full of joys for everyone.

You’ll find handmade purses, pocket books, and satchels by talented seamstresses, as well as hand crocheted scarfs, and sets with matching earrings.

Displaying an amazing array of talent are the painters: framed and unframed art in pastels, oils and watercolors, and hand painted (dishwasher and microwave oven safe) glassware, and recently a hand-blown glass work vendor has joined the Arts Market.

Our jewelry vendors offer a wide variety with pieces to fit just about any budget. Shop among the copper rings and bracelets, children’s and whimsical jewelry. You’ll see gifts made of the finest silver, gold, and gemstones are on display as well.

Don’t miss the custom designed T-shirts, tie dyed apparel, wall hangings, hand sewn aprons, and other apparel, too.

There is furniture, wood working, pottery, bird houses, bird baths, and other items of yard art. You can even pick up something for the pets on your list from Taylor’s Treats or Lucy Lou’s like leashes, collars, pet dishes, and pet treats, too.

The Fernandina Beach Arts Market is open rain or shine, every Saturday in December from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and located adjacent to the farmers market on North Seventh Street in downtown, Fernandina Beach, Florida.

The Arts Market will be open on Christmas Eve. For more information, visit www.FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com.

Farmers Market Offers Creative Christmas Gifts

Open every Saturday, in historic Fernandina Beach, many vendors of the Market Place farmers market have paired up to offer you convenient and fabulous gift giving ideas.

Soy candles, honey candles, and goat milk candles are easy to find from a variety of vendors within the market, and when you pair those with the goat soap lotions from Soap-crafters, you create a gift of relaxing, soothing, “me-time” for the busiest of friends on your shopping list.

Congaree and Penn, a company from Jacksonville that grows rice and grits, also sell Mayhaw jelly, which is delicious when paired with gluten free biscuits from Something Good, or a slice of toasted cinnamon bread from Maria’s Bakery.

Chesser Seafood’s local, wild caught shrimp is always a sell-out, but when you pair it with lemon, habanera, or garlic pasta, or those fresh Jacksonville grits, you’ve created a culinary delicacy from ingredients sourced locally.

A farmers market special this week is a ready-to-give stockings with a large jar of Joy of Garlic’s flavorful marinara sauce, and your choice of three bags from Amelia Pasta for just $30.00. Visit the Amelia Pasta Booth for details.

Denise, with Jay’s Marketplace, is returning this week with her popular chopped olive salad. If you don’t know what to do with this amazing stocking stuffer simply blend 4 ounces of cream cheese with 2 – 3 tablespoons of chopped olive salad for a great spread on those delicious crustinis from Bottega by Liz Grenamyer, or use as a dip with fresh farmers market vegetables like carrots, sliced squash, cauliflower or broccoli.

December 17th will be your last chance to order a savory or sweet pie from Me, Myself and Pies for Christmas Eve delivery at the farmers market. Among their many specialty pies, their holiday selections include savory pies such as quiche Lorraine, vegetable quiche, spinach and bacon quiche, or pork sage sausage quiche. Sweet pies include pecan, coconut cream, chocolate French silk, sweet potato (in traditional or deep dish), mixed berry crumb, or pumpkin pie with a white chocolate option.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market is located on North Seventh Street, between Alachua and Centre, on Amelia Island. The hours are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., every Saturday, rain or shine. We will be OPEN on Christmas Eve.

Friends of the Library Offers FREE Presentation on Community Hospice

Friends of the Library is offering a FREE presentation led by Maureen Paschke, a specialist in social gerontology, who will inform participants about Community Hospice and its services for patient care and family needs.

Ms. Paschke is an expert in the non-medical aspects of aging and has led bereavement support groups for those who find themselves alone. Participants will also learn about palliative care and what that means for patients and their loved ones.

This FREE program is brought to the community by the Education Committee of the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library. It will be held in the Fernandina Beach Library’s Meeting Room at 24 North 4th Street, on Tuesday, January 17 at 10:30 a.m. You may register at the Library or call the Library at 904-277-7365.

For further information regarding this event, on joining Friends of the Library or to donate, please visit the Friends of the Library website at www.fernandinaFOL.org.

Busy Season at Rotary Amelia Island Sunrise

healthy-startValerie Eldridge, Program Manager for Healthy Start, recently gave a presentation to the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise. She explained that Healthy Start is a voluntary educational and support program serving pregnant women and families with children under age three.

Help includes parenting education, childbirth classes, breastfeeding support, smoking cessation, developmental screenings, case management, and discounted car seats.

Healthy Start also has a teen program that offers classes for youth ages 12-18 to learn about reproductive health, birth control options, prevention of HIV and STDs. The class also focuses on communication skills, problems solving and goal setting.

Valerie’s office number is 904-530-6753.

new rotary members

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise recently welcomed two new members. Pictured above from left to right are their sponsor, Bruce Heggenstaller, new Rotarians Pete and Carol Stevenson along with club president Stan Fishburn.

Pete is a retired senior engineer who was with IBM and Carol is a retired banker.

Rotary is an international service organization with over 34,000 clubs world-wide.

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

Amelia Island Prepping for Ninth Annual Restaurant Week

Amelia Island, FL – Northeast Florida’s Amelia Island will host its ninth annual Restaurant Week, Jan. 20-29. The 10-day culinary showcase will feature culinary events and fixed lunch and dinner menus at a wide selection of the island’s most popular and award-winning dining establishments. The lunch option is $12 per person and includes an entrée, side and a non-alcoholic beverage, while the dinner option (priced at either $21 or $31 per person) includes three courses and a beverage. Menus, restaurant listings, special event information and discounted hotel packages can be found online at www.ameliaisland.com/yummy.

“Restaurant Week has become one of our most anticipated annual events and is the perfect time for hungry visitors and locals try some of the island’s new culinary hotspots and enjoy their old favorites,” said Gil Langley, President and CEO of the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This Restaurant Week will include several new tours, cooking classes and other events we’ve added to the menu.”

Among the new 2017 Amelia Island Restaurant Week special events is the “Distillers Dinner” on Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, a playful reflection of clear, blonde and brown spirits to kick-off the week. Executive Chef Daven Wardynski and his culinary team will highlight the distillation process of each spirit and how it relates to flavors of our island in the winter. The four-course dinner will focus on Vodka, Gin, Whiskey and Rum, each course mindfully paired with a cocktail. Tickets for the dinner are $100 and available by calling 904-432-1467.

On Saturday, Jan. 28, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island will wrap up Restaurant Week with “A Bourbon Affair,” a craft cocktail event at the Lobby Bar, celebrating specialty spirits. Starting at 7:30 p.m., guests will sample small-batch and house-infused bourbons, whiskeys and craft cocktails while enjoying small plate selections of fresh sushi and sashimi. The evening includes select wines and hors d’ oeuvres, as well as presentations from visiting Mixologist Bob Peters and The Ritz-Carlton’s Head Mixologist Johnny Love. Additional tableside infusions and flights of select bourbons, scotches and sakes will be available. Tickets are available for $125 per person by calling 904-277-1087.

Available again this year is a Mixology Tour with Amelia Island Downtown Tasting Tours. With available dates throughout January, the tour includes stops at four local bars. At each stop, guests will learn about the bar’s history and enjoy a specially prepared cocktail. Tickets are available for $45 per person by calling 904-330-5746.

During Restaurant Week, aspiring chefs can attend cooking classes hosted by the Amelia Island Culinary Academy. Available themed classes include Parisian Café, Hands-On Pasta Making, a Farmer’s Market Tour & Class, as well as a Children’s Pasta Camp, ideal for a parents’ night out. For information, please call (904) 515-6863.

Nearly 30 of the island’s most popular restaurants are participating in the 2017 Amelia Island Restaurant Week, providing fixed menus for either lunch, dinner or both. The list of participating restaurants currently includes:

29 South Eats Gilberts Underground Kitchen Marina Seafood Restaurant
Bar Zin Hola Cuban Café Oceanside
Brett’s Waterway Café Horizons The Patio Place
Burlingame Restaurant Jack & Diane’s Café Pi Infinite Combinations
Cafe Karibo Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro The Salty Pelican
Ciao Bistro La Mancha Restaurant The Surf Restaurant & Bar
Coast at The Ritz-Carlton Le Clos of Amelia Island Verandah
Crab Trap Lechonera El Coqui Cucina South Italian Bistro
Lucas on Centre España Restaurant & Tapas Lulus

For a complete listing of menus, participating restaurants, special event information and discounted hotel packages, visit www.ameliaisland.com/yummy.

Quick and Easy Snacks and Meals Found at Fernandina’s Farmers Market

The farmers market in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach will be open December 10, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine.

As the holidays leave many of us running short on time, the farmers market is a great place for quick and healthy, meals or snacks. Whether you are looking for a quick pastry like you’ll find at Maria’s Bakery or Nana Teresa’s Bake Shop, or a prepared gourmet dish you’ll find at Bottega by Liz Grenamyer, you’ll find something convenient at the farmers market to set on your family’s table.

African Love Kitchen offers ready to eat Tanzanian dishes such as sambusa, curry chicken, and piri piri wraps, and Sunshine Grindz offers delicious tuna or Mayport shrimp poke, a healthy alternative to fast food. Or perhaps a tasty quiche from Me, Myself and Pies will get you and your family warmed up and out the door on a chilly December morning?

Kings Kountry Produce offers ready-to-eat nutritious snacks, too, like carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries, blackberries, apples and citrus.

Another convenient and healthy snack are the shelled pecans from returning vendor Sarah Cohen of Cohen Pecans, whose final visit for the season is December 17th. Another seasonal vendor attending this Saturday is the Steephill Vermont Syrup Company. They will be here Saturday and are accepting holiday orders for both hard and soft maple candy for delivery December 17 – 21st.

December 10th is also the Best Decorated Holiday Booth Contest at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market. Vendors will display their best holiday decorations in hopes of winning a free booth rental, and customers are the judges, so be sure to stop by the management booth to place your vote.

Music will be provided by the crowd pleasing Laid Back Band, and of course your well-behaved leashed pets are always welcome.

For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com.

2016 Yulee Holiday Festival

The Yulee Holiday Festival will kick off this year with the Yulee Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 10th.

This year’s parade theme is “Toy Trains and Candy Canes”; the Parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. Families come from all around to see the parade march through the little town of Yulee, Florida. The street is the stage and members of the Fernandina Pirates Club will make a BIG impression at this fun, annual event.

There will be vendor booths, puppet shows, arts, crafts, food, local entertainment, bounce houses, and more – the festival is open until 4:00 p.m.

Find us on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at the Yulee Sports Complex, 86142 Goodbread Road, Yulee, FL 32097.

2016 Dickens on Centre

Travel back in time December 8-11, 2016 during the second annual Dickens on Center festival in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida, on beautiful Amelia Island.

Free to the public, this Victorian inspired holiday festival is as fun as the dickens for entire family. Enjoy costumed characters, themed entertainment and performances, visits from Saint Nick, and a variety of vendors selling seasonal gifts and wares.

Inspired by Charles Dickens’ novella “A Christmas Carol,” Dickens on Centre transform downtown Fernandina into a classic English village, sure to enliven your Christmas spirit. Think chestnuts roasting, carolers strolling, and readings of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. This Christmas, come make memories.

Friday, December 9th – 5-9pm
5pm – Candlelight Victorian Evensong, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church – Service includes prayers and music from the Victorian era, as well as Advent and Christmas music.
5pm – Amelia Island String Ensemble, Stage
5pm – 9pm – Fezziwig’s Courtyard – Enjoy festive, Victorian beverages with the local craft distillery, Marlin & Barrel!
5pm – 6pm – Story Telling, Kids Zone
5:30pm – Royal Amelia Dance Academy, Stage
6pm – Opening Ceremony with arrival of Saint Nick, Stage – Celebrate a Victorian Christmas during the 2nd annual Dickens on Centre! Welcome St. Nick to Amelia Island and enjoy the evening reading of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas.
6:30pm – Charlie Walker Band, Stage
7pm – 9pm – Photos with St. Nick, Pocket Park – Boston Photography captures your holiday photo!
7pm – 8pm – Story Telling, Kids Zone
7:30pm – Dueling Pianos with Michael Murphy and Mike Vogelsong, Stage
8pm – Ebenezer: A Christmas Carol Musical, Amelia Community Theatre – A lighthearted musical interpretation of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol with music from all genres including gospel, country, rock and jazz. ameliacommunitytheatre.org

Also enjoy the sounds of Voices of St. Augustine Carolers, and Joey & Jeanie throughout the event.

Saturday, December 10th- 9am-8pm
9am – Yancy Clegg, Stage
10am – 3pm – Historic Walking Tours, Welcome Center – Celebrating Amelia Island’s storied past, join the Amelia Island Museum of History for complimetary tours of historic downtown Fernandina.
10am – Breakfast with St. Nick, Women’s Club – All aboard St. Nick’s Breakfast Express! Enjoy breakfast with St. Nick and see his magical Christmas village and train displays.
10:30am – Crescendo Amelia, Stage
11am – Parade of Paws, Welcome Center – Join the Nassau Humane Society for their annual Parade of Paws. 10am registration
11am – 1pm – Photos with St. Nick, Pocket Park – Boston Photography captures your holiday photo!
12pm – Ebenezer Performance by Amelia Community Theatre, Stage
12:30pm – 8pm – Fezziwig’s Courtyard, Enjoy festive, Victorian beverages with the local craft distillery, Marlin & Barrel!
1pm – Fernandina Beach High School Chorus, Stage
2pm – Fernandina Beach High School Band, Stage
2pm – 4pm – Story Telling, Kids Zone
3pm – 6pm – Photos with St. Nick, Pocket Park – Boston Photography captures your holiday photo!
3pm – Holiday bells by Pam Bell, Stage
4pm – Songspinners, Island Chamber Singers, Stage
4:30pm – James Kalal + Family, Stage
5pm – 8pm – Children’s Train Rides, Kids Zone
6pm – St. Nick Welcome & Reading of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, Stage
6:30pm – One Man Performance of A Christmas Carol by Jason Woods, Stage – Over 25 characters brought to life by one actor, and a story that faithfully endures and inspires.
8pm – Ebenezer: A Christmas Carol Musical, Amelia Community Theatre – A lighthearted musical interpretation of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol with music from all genres including gospel, country, rock and jazz. ameliacommunitytheatre.org

Sunday, December 11th – 11am-7pm
10am – 3pm – Historic Walking Tours, Welcome Center – Celebrating Amelia Island’s storied past, join the Amelia Island Museum of History for complimetary tours of historic downtown Fernandina.
11am – Yancy Clegg, Stage
11am – 1pm – Photos with St. Nick, Pocket Park – Boston Photography captures your holiday photo!
12pm – 4pm – Children’s Train Rides, Kids Zone
12pm – Dan Voll, Stage
12:30pm – 5pm – Fezziwig’s Courtyard, Enjoy festive, Victorian beverages with the local craft distillery, Marlin & Barrel!
1pm – 3pm – Story Telling, Kids Zone
1:30am – Crescendo Amelia, Stage
2pm – Ebenezer: A Christmas Carol Musical, Amelia Community Theatre – A lighthearted musical interpretation of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol with music from all genres including gospel, country, rock and jazz. ameliacommunitytheatre.org
3pm-6pm – Photos with St. Nick, Pocket Park – Boston Photography captures your holiday photo!
3pm – Nassau Community Band, Stage
4:30pm – Gabriel Arnold, Stage
5:30pm – King Guys Band, Stage
6pm – St. Nick Welcome & Reading of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, Stage

VENDORS:
Shop for holiday gifts at our vendors and artists along Centre Street and on Artist Alley on North 2nd Street – brought to your by the Island Art Association.

KIDS ZONE:
Hoop & Stick
Ornament Toss and Holiday Corn Hole
Letter Writing to St. Nick
Lifesized Chess, Checkers and Jenga
Ring Toss and Tic-Tac-Toe
Train Rides (Sat & Sun)

Katie Caples Silent Auction

There will be a Silent Auction benefiting the Katie Caples Foundation on Tuesday, December 6, from 6pm to 9pm at Sliders Seaside Grill.

The event is free! Everyone is welcome.

Cash bar and menu. Reservations for those dining are recommended. Call Slider’s at (904)277-6652. Slider’s is located at 1998 S. Fletcher Avenue, Fernandina Beach 32034.

Just in time for Holiday Shopping you’ll be able to bid on Vacation Getaways, Jewelry, Art, Wine, Dining Experiences, Cooking Classes, Spas and Massage Packages, Cycling Gear, Apparel, Golf, Computer and Automotive Services and much, much more!

For more info visit www.katiecaples.org

Dan Voll, New Vendors and More at Farmers Market Saturday

New products and vendors can be found at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market this first Saturday of December and with chilly temperatures in the forecast, the addition of hot coffee now available at the Lemon Sensations booth will be welcomed. Try their new, flavored coffees and sip your way through the farmers market with peppermint, hazelnut, and pumpkin spice.

A new vendor in the farmers market is Sunshine Grindz, owned by Chef Jonathan Haynes. Chef Haynes has international experience including work in high end kitchens in Japan and Spain. He recently opened Sunshine Grindz, specializing in Hawaiian and Asian Cuisine. At the Market Place his specialty is poke, a raw fish salad served as an appetizer in Hawaiian cuisine. Stop by for a sample on his homemade tortilla chips and you’ll see why this dish is so popular.

Have you had enough turkey in your diet lately? Well, JD Beef is returning this Saturday with fresh cuts from his all natural Angus herd, free of hormones, antibiotics, and steroids.

Does the holiday shopping have you tied up in knots? Come to the farmers market and get a message from the students enrolled in FSCJ’s Massage Therapy program. Approved by the Florida Department of Health, these students are developing skills and knowledge to pass the certification exam and apply for licensure in the state of Florida.

Musicians Dan Voll and Michele “Shell” Anders are returning to the farmers market on December 3rd with promises to play cuts of their newest CD, “Kiss Me Salty”.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and is located on North Seventh Street in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Ebenezer at Amelia Community Theatre

Directed by Kristin Sakamoto, Ebenezer is a lighthearted musical interpretation of A Christmas Carol. The musical features music from all genres, including gospel, country, rock and jazz songs and traditional Christmas carols.

An original production, Ebenezer will make it’s NE Florida Premiere on our ACT stage.

The eleven Main Stage Performances are:
December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 at 8:00pm
December 4 & 11 at 2:00pm

Adult tickets: $25

Student tickets through high school: $15

Group discount not available for musicals.

2nd Annual Children’s Holiday Extravaganza

The 2nd Annual Friends of the Library Children’s Holiday Extravaganza will be held Saturday, December 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fernandina Beach Library, 24 North 4th Street.

There will be readings of several popular holiday books and an arts and crafts station that coincides with the themes of the featured books.

There will be guest appearances from some local firemen who will let the children tour one of their firetrucks. Other surprises are also in store.

For more information, please call the library at (904) 277-7365.

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