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.

Arts Market Now Open Every Saturday

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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.

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