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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.

Crawl For a Cure 2016 was a Huge Success

Crawl For a Cure 2016 was a Huge SuccessThe American Cancer Society is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization, and will hold its annual Relay For Life Fernandina Beach/Yulee event “Carnival For a Cure” in Fernandina next spring.

This past Saturday evening “Crawl For a Cure” was held in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach and raised just over $3,000.00. Amelia Island was transformed into Las Vegas while participants dressed for the occasion and crawled the streets visiting local establishments raising money to help win the war on cancer.

“Seven teams participated this year and we were thrilled to raise over $3,000.00 with about 100 ‘Crawlers’ and selling around 500 prize tickets.” Said Erica Watts who organized the event.

Relay For Life is an event that brings together teams from local businesses,
schools, churches and families for fun, food, music, entertainment and a night under the stars, while team members take turns walking or running on a track. Relay For Life begins with a Cancer Survivors Lap and a reception to celebrate life. The monies raised from this event will go toward the American Cancer Society’s research, education, advocacy and patient service programs.

Sponsors who helped with this great event included The Palace Saloon, Sheffield’s at the Palace, Amelia River Golf Club, Lili Thorns Hair Artistry, Monica Hayes Makeup, Stay Strong Fitness, the Red Otter, Quality Health, Carol Odell, Amelia Island Hospitality Group, Elements Salon, the Salty Pelican, Amelia Tavern, the Green Turtle, the Crab Trap, and Alley Cats.

For information about your local Relay For Life, call Dana at (904) 391-3627, or to learn more about cancer, call toll-free anytime 1-800-227-2345 or visit the American Cancer Society Web site at www.cancer.org.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

Shop Small, Shop Local, for Small Business Saturday

Shop Small, Shop Local, for Small Business SaturdayNovember 26, 2016, is Small Business Saturday and the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market is asking you to shop local. Traditionally one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, American Express launched this shop small movement in 2010. In 2011, the United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution of support for Small Business Saturday.

So, come on down to historic Fernandina Beach and see what great gift giving ideas the small business owners within the farmers market are putting on display for you.

Lizzie’s Cheese Straws are a savory baked crackers, shaped like a French fry. Their irresistible flavor has been featured in Delta Magazine and can be found in airport gift shops. While gaining in popularity across the region, the owners and bakers who made this little snack famous still attend the farmers market twice a month here on Amelia Island, and these cheese straws are a great stocking stuffer or addition to a gift basket.

Another great treat that won’t be “our little secret” much longer is Joy’s Gourmet Garlic who make all of their delicious products right here in Florida. Many of their products are gluten free, no sugar added, no trans fats, no preservatives, no hydrogenated oils, low in sodium, low in carbohydrates and low in cholesterol. Their 100% natural treats include salad dressings, pasta sauces, garlic spreads, and salsas. My personal favorite is the garlic artichoke salad, perfect for use in dips, spreads and scampi recipes.

B & D Hot Sauce specializes in Bahamian Bird Peppers, a seed brought to the United States that absolutely thrives on their farm here in NE Florida. For the holiday season they are offering gift boxed sets. The “whole deal” is a complete product line-up including three, full size three sauces, the mash, and their salt rub in a gift box for only $40.00. They will also be featuring three gift wrapped bottled sauces for $28.00, and for $21.00 you can pick up a gift basket with your choice of two sauces.

A great gift to bring to holiday parties, or perhaps to keep for yourself, would be a colorful, blooming Christmas cactus or a beautiful poinsettia. Both will be available from Seven Trees Nursery every Saturday throughout the holiday season.

This week’s featured Brick and Mortar Business Booth will be Bat-bikes. These are electric assisted, Cruiser, Fat Tire, and Cargo bicycles. They will also have prototypes of their 2017 models as well as used e-bikes, electric scooters, and hover boards.

Music will be provided by local musician Alain Lelait, and the Booth with a Cause is the Amelia Island Museum of History who will be on hand to answer all of your questions about the upcoming, 10th Annual Holiday Home Tour. This week’s market will be sponsored by Bath Fitter and All American Gutter.

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, between Alachua and Centre Streets in historic Fernandina.

For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com.

Submit Your Photos for the Library’s Rotating Art Show

You are invited to submit photographs for the Friends of the Library’s quarterly Rotating Art Shows. Art for both will be displayed January 2 through April 30, 2017 with the theme being “My Favorite Photo”.

Friends of the Library will be selecting art to be exhibited in the Library’s Community Room as well as the Children’s Room. Digital applications are due to mgorham@smacad.org by December 19. Artists will be notified by email of acceptance in the show. Artists will be required to bring their accepted artwork to the library on January 2, between 10 am and 12 pm. The library reserves the right to site all exhibitions.

To obtain more information and the Art Exhibit Application, please visit www.fernandinafol.org/events to download the application for artwork submission.

The Art Exhibition Application form and a digital sample (jpeg) of the artwork to be displayed should be emailed to mgorham@smacad.org by end of day December 19, 2016 to be considered for the exhibit.