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Arts Market Now Open Every Saturday

The Fernandina Beach Arts Market is home to local artists, potters, and crafters, and beginning this Saturday, they will be set up in downtown Fernandina Beach every Saturday through the end of December.

You will find hand crafted furniture, woodworking, both whimsical and fine jewelry, apparel, glass and stemware, holiday and home decor, pottery, paintings, sculptures and more.

This is the best opportunity to shop for unique and one of a kind pieces, where you can meet the artists, too. Learn what inspires them, tips of the trade, and get some fantastic decorating ideas. These small business owners LOVE to talk about their creations.

Located adjacent to the farmers market on North Seventh Street, the Arts Market is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine, and includes some amazingly talented craft persons.

Mike McBryan makes beautiful and practical cedar bird houses. Made from natural wood, the cedar maintains Mother Nature’s unique texture and no two houses are alike. He also makes cedar aromatic closet pieces.

Bill and Christina, of BC Gemstones, make unique sterling silver jewelry with rough rocks that have been turned into beautiful gemstones. They will have approximately 50-60 pieces of jewelry on display including necklaces, pendants, rings and bracelets. They often bring their jewelry making equipment with them, so stop by and see how they turn the stones into gems.

Sonia Cardoos brings lovely scarves that she crochets, as well as unique cork key chains and earrings. Gail Green paints wildlife onto glasses and stemware that are dishwasher and microwave safe, and Joel Venditti has Tie Dye Threads in sizes from infants to adults.

The Arts Market has much to offer, and currently there is a waiting list to become an exhibitor, so you can expect to find a wide variety of the finest art in the area. This weekly event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com, or call Joe at (904) 557-8229.

Belle of Amherst at Amelia Musical Playhouse

Back by popular demand, and benefitting 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.

VVA Chapter 1088 Annual Christmas Party

VVA Chapter 1088 Annual Christmas Party
“Open Party for Members, Family, Friends and Community”
(Celebrate the Greatest Season with all the Folks on Santa’s “Good List”!)

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
6:30-10 PM
North Hampton Golf Club
22680 N. Hampton Club Way, Fernandina Beach (In N. Hampton Subdivision)

Great Food-Sit Down Buffet Dinner, Appetizers, Deserts
Live Music (Dancing) by the “The Macy’s”
Cash Bar – Door Prizes – Special Guest**
(**Santa spends his summers at the beach in Fernandina…….he’ll be there for photos & fun!)
$30.00 per person

Call 904-330-4679 for Information/Tickets-Email:info@vva1088.org, or buy online at VVA 1088.ORG… they will mail or hand deliver your tickets to you.

Artists Needed for Leave No Trace Ordinance

AMELIA ISLAND, FL – The Nassau County Tourism Development Council (TDC) in Northeast Florida is seeking artists to submit proposals for a public art installation to complement the county’s “Leave No Trace” ordinance. Six large-scale outdoor sculptures will be created and placed at beach access points on Amelia Island, each incorporating manmade and naturally occurring debris washed ashore during Hurricane Matthew. The sculptures are intended to draw attention to the county’s Leave No Trace ordinance, which protects the safety and quality of the island’s beaches. The deadline to submit proposals is Jan. 9, 2017. Submission guidelines can be found at www.ameliaisland.com/sculptures.

“This is a creative way to emphasize the importance of preserving the natural beauty of our beaches for visitors and residents alike,” said Leigh Palmer, Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. “When completed, these sculptures will give beachgoers – and art lovers – a reason to stop and think about their individual responsibility to our local environment, while also encouraging them to read about the Leave No Trace ordinance.”

The TDC is encouraging proposals for the Seaside Sculptures project from all artists. Initial proposals are due Jan. 9, 2017, and should be for finished, large-scale outdoor sculptures with sustaining mediums incorporating a minimum of 25% repurposed beach debris. A jury of members from the Island Art Association will select up to six finalists on Jan. 20, 2017. Installations are scheduled for April 2017 and will take place at North Beach, Main Beach, Seaside Beach, Peter’s Point, Scott Road and Burney Park beach accesses.

For more information about the Seaside Sculptures project, including timeline, terms and conditions, eligibility, submission guidelines and more, visit www.ameliaisland.com/sculptures.  

Thanksgiving Shopping at Fernandina’s Farmers Market

Historic Fernandina Beach is home to the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market and you have just one more opportunity to shop at this delightful open air market prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday! It doesn’t matter whether you are planning to cook the dinner this year, visiting relatives, or phoning it in, the Market Place vendors can help make the holiday easier for you.

Check out Boatright Farms for garden-fresh green beans and squash for traditional casseroles. Do you have twice-baked sweet potatoes with browned butter and mini marshmallows on your menu? Or perhaps a sweet potato pie? Al and Anna will have plenty of sweet potatoes on hand for you, as well as succotash, peas, greens, onions and some late season corn.

You’ll find white potatoes for mashing, carrots for glazing, and plenty of Brussel sprouts and broccoli at Kings Kountry Produce’s extra large booth.

Come on down and pick up some dinner rolls from Maria’s Bakery, eggs from A Natural Springs Dairy, or some salmon and scallops from Upstream Seafood.

Chessers Seafood will sell out of their wild caught, local shrimp early, so if you want to sleep in on Saturday I’d suggest you pre-order by calling Debbie or Eddie Chesser at (904) 509-3337 or (904) 485-6853.

Me, Myself and Pies is once again offering their Pop-Up Pie Shop and Saturday will be your last day to pre-order your custom baked pecan, pumpkin, key lime, buttermilk, sweet potato, or apple pie. Their Pop-Up Pie Shop will be in town to deliver your pie, Monday – Wednesday of Thanksgiving week, for your convenience.

Perhaps you don’t feel like cooking this year and would rather have Thanksgiving catered? Bottega: Catering by Liz Grenemyer is happy to do the cooking. Their chive butter basted boneless turkey breast will serve 8 – 10 people, and you can add all of the sides like turkey gravy, cranberry relish, dressings, macaroni and cheese (made with three cheeses), pumpkin cheesecake, southern bourbon pecan pie and more. To pre-order, or if you have questions, simply call them at (904) 387-8483.

Monthly vendors Steephill Vermont Syrup and From Bluegrass to Sawgrass, with their delicious bourbon glazes pecans, are also returning this Saturday, and music this week will be the toe tapping, sing-a-long favorites performed by Bruce Beville and the Laid Back Band.

The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce will be at the market to promote their ‘Give the Gift of Local’ campaign and Small Business Saturday! Both campaigns encourage shopping in our own community, keeping dollars local. Come by their booth for a canvas shopping bag and a chance to win fabulous prizes!

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine. Located on North Seventh Street, between Alachua and Centre Streets in Fernandina, this is a great place to bring your entire family – including your well-behaved, leashed pets.

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

Dream Girls Continues at Amelia Musical Playhouse

Amelia Musical Playhouse is showing the production “Dream Girls”.

Dream Girls tells the story of the up and coming 1960’s girls group and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. This hit Broadway musical won six Tony Awards including Best Book of a Musical, Best Choreography, and Best Actress in a Musical.

Remaining show dates are: November 18th and 19th at 7:30 pm, and November 20th at 3:00 pm. Tickets are just $20 general admission and $15 for students.

For more information call (904) 277-3455 or check online: http://www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com/events/dreamgirls/

Alarming Addiction Rates Reported at Farmers Market

You awaken on a Saturday morning and glance at the nearest clock, 9:00 a.m. You feel a rush of adrenaline trigger your fight or flight instinct and jump to your feet. The morning routine is conquered in record time and you notice an elevated pulse rate when you realize your favorite parking space near North Seventh Street, in historic Fernandina Beach, is already taken. Uttering profanity you spy a young family loading their mini van and quickly slap on your turn signal claiming their spot. As you exit your vehicle you exhale an exaggerated sigh of relief. You are so close now you can taste victory, literally, and you lick your lips in anticipation.

The above scenerio is being reported to Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market Manager Judie Mackie, in record numbers. “Customers tell me they are developing addictions. We have one guy who claims to be addicted to the hydroponic lettuce from Bacon’s Select Produce. My husband is hooked on the semi-sweet chocolate toffee from Topsy Toffee, and I, too, have a standing order for three pounds of local, wild caught shrimp every single Saturday,” Mackie confessed.

Many visitors to the farmers market find themselves surrounded by fresh baked artisan breads and pastries, seasonal produce, and tasty, but possibly habit forming, hand-crafted delicacies. “These temptations are causing friction between couples, and often the entire family is involved.”

These vendors really know what they are doing,” said one man who asked to remain anonymous. “Some of these booths have food prepared by professional chefs, like Lulu’s at the Thompson House and Nana Teresa’s Bake Shop, and their presentation is often, well, irresistible. I just can’t say, ‘No!'”

“Some of our vendors do not come to the Market Place every Saturday and it breaks my heart to see a child cry when they learn we don’t have egg rolls, gluten-free sweet breads, or maple syrup in the market every week,” Mackie continued, “These are hard lessons to learn, even for many adults.”

With all of these temptations, we asked the question: What should a customer do to protect themself?

Mackie suggests coming to the farmers market early, when the selections are abundant. “This helps avoid unwanted withdrawal symptoms, especially if your favorite dealer is known to sell out early.”

“Instead of giving up a delicious dish from Me, Myself and Pie, for example, step down instead. Don’t quit cold turkey! Rather than purchasing the family sized pie, perhaps a mini-pie would satisfy your craving.”

“Trying new products is also a way to break free from your farmers market addiction, but be careful; our friend with the lettuce addiction confided to me that he is afraid the butterhead is just a gateway to carrots or Heaven forbid, beets.”

If you need to talk to someone about your farmers market addiction(s), find Judie at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market every Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Located on North Seventh Street in Fernandina Beach, the Market Place is open rain or shine.

November 12th will see the return of An Unbelievable Egg Roll, Amish Popcorn, and Cohen’s Pecans, a pecan farm vendor who will be joining the market again this year for just two visits in both November and December. This week’s music is provided by Spanish Guitarist Dennis Fermin, and to learn more about a non-profit organization with a mission to build a new skate park in our community, be sure to stop by our Booth with a Cause. The Fernandina Beach Arts Market. located adjacent to the farmers market will also be open and Celebration Church will be offering free face painting for the kids, and a fall scarecrow will be given away at the end of the market.

For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com.FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com

FSCJ Sponsors JaxbyJax Literary Arts Festival

Jacksonville, FL – JaxbyJax, Jacksonville Writers Writing Jacksonville, the annual literary arts festival sponsored by Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), will re-introduce the city of Jacksonville to its own literary voice when it returns on November 12, 2016. The event features 25 local writers in 12 venues across Riverside to showcase the city’s own thriving writing scene.

Guests are invited to choose their own adventure at their leisure as they wander from venue to venue enjoying the works of local playwrights, poets and novelists, which include faculty and staff of FSCJ.

Writers participating in JaxbyJax 2016 include:
Jim Alabiso
Tricia Booker
RaeJeana Brooks
Fred Dale
Frances Driscoll
Bill Ectric
Katherine Espano
Joe Flowers
Sohrab Fracis
Liz Gibson
Tim Gilmore
Nan Kavanaugh
Grant Kittrell
Matt Lany
Johnny Masiulewicz
Emily K. Michael
Marcus Pactor
Ebony Payne-English
Heather Peters
Andres Rojas
Caleb Sarvis
Sean T. Smith
Mark Stewart
Marisella Veiga
Jeff Whipple

For more information on JaxbyJax, visit jaxbyjax.com or contact Tim Gilmore, FSCJ professor of English, at (904) 616-3884.

WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, November 12, 2016, from 2 – 9 p.m.
Student Showcase: 2 p.m.

Readings of featured writers: 3 – 6 p.m.
Beer:30
Flaire Celebrations
Il Desco Italian Restaurant
Jacksonville Magazine
Riverside Liquors
Silver Cow Watering Hole
Sunday Tattoo Gallery
The Mazer
True-Blue Hair Studio
Whiteway Conference Room

After Party and Book Signing ($10): 6:30 p.m.

Dayspring Village Secret Santa Program

I’d like to share a letter we received from a wonderful organization on the west side of our county that is looking for a little help from Santa this year:

“Dear Secret Santa,

Thank you for participating in the Dayspring Village Secret Santa Program. As a past program participant we would like to say thanks for your help in bringing the gift of Christmas to the mentally ill residents who call our community home.

I would like to invite you to participate again this year as we work to fill the needs this Christmas. Your participation or that of your family/church would help bring the joy of Christmas to many who otherwise would not experience the gift of the Giver of Life.

The needs of our residents are often simple and inexpensive. They include radios, sodas, undergarments, caps, jackets and socks. We have a list of the Christmas wishes for the residents and are now ready for “adoption” by a Secret Santa.

We will need help with music, Bible study, baked goods and arts and crafts this holiday season. Your help in rounding up homemade baked goods or asking people who have musical talent to come and perform for the residents would be helpful and bring joy to the season. All these efforts have an impact and help create a sense of well being which promotes recovery.

Dayspring Village, Inc. is a licensed limited mental health assisted living facility that specializes in serving the needs of adults with schizophrenia and schizo-affective disorders. Our mission is simple, it’s all about REDIRECTION. This is achieved through the collective impact of a targeted array of community-based services aimed at reducing symptoms and improving quality of life.

Truly the gift of Christmas is the gift of the giver. We are blessed to have had a chance to have you participate in our program in the past and we hope you will consider becoming a “Secret Santa” again this year. Please call ASHLEY TURNER OR KYLA GRAYSON at 904-845-7501 (ashleyt@dayspringvillage.org or kyla@dayspringvillage.org) or doug@dayspringvillage.org

Again, thank you for your help, love and support of these people who suffer the burden of mental illness. Your gift truly reflects the meaning of Christmas in that it tells each of us there is greater joy in giving than receiving. If I can ever be of help to you or your family, please feel free to call on me at 904-583-0134 or doug@dayspringvillage.org.

Sincerely,
Douglas D. Adkins
Executive Director
Dayspring Village
www.dayspringvillage.org”

2nd Annual Hit the Pin for Literacy Golf Scramble

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Photo: CBC National Bank is the Platinum Sponsor of this year’s “Hit the Pin for Literacy” Amelia Island Book Festival’s Golf Scramble. All the CBC National Bank employees at the local branch are “chipping” in. Recently, they held their monthly “jeans” day and raised $700 for Authors in Schools.

CBC is Major Sponsor of “Hit the Pin for Literacy” Amelia Island Book Festival’s 2nd Annual Charity Golf Scramble to Buy Books for Authors in Schools Literacy Program

Fernandina Beach, FL – “Literacy is vital at all levels of society and is the bedrock upon which communities like ours is built,” said Charles Wagner, President of CBC National Bank. “Celebrating and cultivating literacy by reaching every student in the Nassau County Public School System through this sponsorship is both a duty and an honor for our bank. The Authors in Schools Literacy Program is so effective and meaningful because it not only provides a free book to every student in Nassau County, it makes a personal connection to literacy for them through the interactions with the noted authors who meet the kids while delivering their books.”

This is Amelia Island Book Festival’s (AIBF) 2nd Annual Hit the Pin for Literacy Charity Golf Scramble supporting the Authors in Schools Literacy Program.

The setting is the beautiful, award winning, Omni Oak Marsh Golf Course, Friday, November 11, 2016, Veteran’s Day. Check-in starts at 11 am. After a special salute to our veterans, tee-off for the Shotgun Scramble format will be at noon.

“We are grateful to CBC national Bank for their support. The Bank’s corporate citizenship and community involvement is phenomenal. They not only donate, but they pitch in in every way they can. We urge all golfers of every handicap and those who haven’t played in a while to join in honoring our veterans while supporting our students. Aside from playing golf on a fabulous course enhanced by food and great prizes, there is tremendous satisfaction in knowing you are supporting literacy in our Nassau County Public Schools. That’s truly the top prize,” says, Fran Shea, AIBF Treasurer.

Board director Mary Jane Johnson says, “Everything from playing in the event to sponsoring a hole or becoming a major sponsor benefits our County’s students. The event is among several each year the AIBF puts on including a Murder Mystery Dinner, a kick-off luncheon featuring David Baldacci, ‘Lessons from a bestseller’ Writers Workshop with Steve Berry, and our Author Face-off Gala with live auction featuring a panel of NYT bestselling authors: R.L. Stine, Steve Berry, Mary Kay Andrews, Joseph Finder and Lara Adrian and more) all to raise the funds to bring an author and buy a book for every student in our Nassau County Public School System. Golfers are playing for a good cause, and having a great time in the process.”

“Our literacy program has been touching each of the 11,000 plus students in the county’s public schools for more than a decade,” says Marie Fenn, AIBF president. Just recently, our media specialists selected some fabulous children and young adult authors from an extensive list of applicants who responded to the Festival’s call. These select and noted authors are coming to present, entertain, and excite the kids about learning through books on Festival Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at their schools.

“In addition to the wonderful cast of authors, the Festival has the privilege of having R. L. Stine, a world renowned icon in children and youth books. He will present to all the fourth grades in the county. This is super exciting for both the educators and the students,” she adds.

“Come spend a relaxing day out in the fresh air-in friendly competition, while affording a local student a unique life-long learning experience,” added Fran Shea.

The tournament format is a scramble with lots of interesting twists. There will be a putting contest, a ‘kick, throw and mulligan’ package, gifts, prizes, raffles and much more. Registration includes greens fees, carts, range balls, cart baggie, buffet & awards. Prizes will be awarded to the Top Three Teams. Buy tickets on line or by mail. Registration for a foursome is $500, which buys books for one classroom; an individual player’s cost is $150, which contributes to the purchase of books for approximately ten students. A portion of the registration fee is tax-deductible.

To buy tickets for the Hit the Pin for Literacy Golf Scramble, our other community events, and to learn more about all the benefits AIBF affords Nassau County 15 public schools, visit www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org

The 16th Annual Amelia Island Book Festival promises excitement and delight for book fans and readers of every age!

The Amelia Island Book Festival is a not for profit 501(c)3 Corporation seeking to open up the world for people of all ages by promoting and celebrating literacy through books. With a mission to promote life-long learning through fostering an appreciation for books, we provide quality events featuring authors in engaging venues.