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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REMINDER: The Belle of Amherst at Amelia Musical Playhouse

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

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

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

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

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

Farmers and Art Markets in Fernandina Beach Open on Chrismas Eve

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rotary Sunrise Continues an Active December

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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