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White Oak Accepting Summer Camp Applications

This summer, students will embark on a global journey into conservation! Each day they will learn about threats to nature on a different continent, connecting to not only animals – but people and places as well. This STEM camp will put them up close to wildlife, science and leading experts in conservation! 

The adventure begins on Sundays when campers arrive for their week-long experience. During the week, campers will spend time in our conservation center, veterinary clinic, and our world-class conference center. In addition to learning about wildlife, they will engage in classic camp activities such as boating, hiking, swimming, bowling and so much more. Campers depart on Friday evening after our parent event that tops off their week. 

Your student will leave camp with critical thinking and leadership skills that will enhance their ability to make decisions that benefit people and wildlife worldwide. While at White Oak, they will gain independence and make friendships and memories that will last a lifetime! 

To learn more, visit our website at www.whiteoakwildlife.org/summer-camp/ to watch a camp video, read the camp FAQs and start your application today. 

Preference for camp spaces will be given to:
-Applications submitted by March 30
-Camp alumni and their siblings
-Families that were on the 2016 camp wait list
-Students attending White Oak Education Partner Schools

Residential Week-Long Camps: $1100
Sessions begin the week of May 28 and end the first week of August!

Two New Support Groups Offered FREE To Local Residents

Are you or someone you know in need of support to be successful in your recovery? Have you or someone you know recently lost a loved one and in need of comfort and support? Not sure where to turn or how to get help?

Beginning January 23, Nassau Alcohol Crime Drug Abatement Coalition (NACDAC) will be offering two new support groups for community members.

“Relapse Prevention” is a FREE support group being offered to individuals in recovery from any type of addiction. The group’s goal is to harbor a safe, confidential environment where one can gain support and skills to be successful in recovery and provide networking opportunities for continued future support.

“Living With Loss” is a FREE support group offered to anyone who has lost a loved one and needs a safe place for comfort and support. The group is designed to assist participants with healing methods, self-awareness exercises and give a sense of connectedness to others.

For more information, please contact Kerrie Albert, NACDAC Director of Prevention Services at (904) 277-3699 or email kerriealbert@nacdac.com.

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

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

Responsible Beverage Server Training For Bartenders, Servers and Cashiers

Are you or your employees in the hospitality business? Do you operate a liquor or package store? Then this is important training for you and/or your employees and it’s FREE!

This two-hour course helps to develop practical ways retail establishments can prevent sales to minors and intoxicated persons.

The training is sponsored by the Nassau Alcohol Crime Drug Abatement Coalition (NACDAC) and the Fernandina Beach Police Department. Classes will be held at the Fernandina Beach Police Department Community Room, 1525 Lime Street, Fernandina Beach.

Two different training times are available for owners, managers, and employees of bars and restaurants on January 24; choose from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

For owners, managers, and employees of package stores and/or gas stations, training is being offered on January 25; choose from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For more information, please call (904) 994-2502.

To register, contact Suzanne Bass, Fernandina Beach Police Department at (904) 277-7342 ext. 224 or email sbass@fbfl.org to ensure availability for the scheduled training dates.

Comedian Amy Beckham Takes on Christmas in this Brief Video

Comedian Amy Beckham gives a group of friends sitting around a camp fire her humorous take on Christmas – Christmas carols, christmas traffic and more.

Amy’s comedy is energetic and lighthearted with subject matters ranging from marriage to children to diets. As an optometrist, wife, and mother, Amy is provided with an endless supply of comic material.

Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Opens The Lobby Bar Christmas Eve

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island hopes you will experience The Lobby Bar inspired by bourbon legends, featuring small batch spirits and craft cocktails. Theater and cocktail craft meld together with personal tableside infusions and lite bites, including freshly prepared sushi, sashimi and specialty rolls.

The Lobby Bar is open daily at 12 p.m. – a cocktail experience like no other.

NEW TRADITIONS
Experience First Call when The Lobby Bar mixologist introduces the day’s small batch, house-infused spirit. The First Call infusion is available as craft cocktail until that day’s spirit is sold out.

Reserve the Legends Table, a private banquette with a personalized cocktail menu that includes a small batch tasting flight, signature cocktail, sushi presentation and rare spirits.

Request the Reserve Menu including the exclusive Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. Advance reservations are required through Leisure Reservations, 904-277-1087.

FRESH SUSHI, SASHIMI AND SPECIALTY ROLLS
Their sushi chefs prepare delectable sushi, sashimi and artful sushi rolls made with the freshest seafood available. House specialties include the Amelia roll with shrimp tempura and spicy tuna and lobster and scallop crudo.

NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE LOBBY BAR
Celebrate the New Year with a Gatsby themed party on New Year’s Eve in The Lobby Bar. Experience infused drinks, artful cocktails and the sushi bar. The night includes a DJ, complimentary champagne toast, party favors and fireworks. Dress in Gatsby-style clothing and enter the costume contest.

No cover charge, reservations not required.

RESTAURANT WEEK FINALE: A BOURBON AFFAIR
On January 28th, Amelia Island’s Restaurant Week concludes with A Bourbon Affair event at The Lobby Bar. Sample small batch and house-infused bourbons and craft-cocktails while enjoying small plates from our fresh sushi and sashimi menu. The evening includes select wines and hors d’oeuvres, plus presentations from visiting mixologists, cigar roller and a glassblower with live demonstrations.

For reservations call 904-277-1087.

AFTER DINNER DELIGHTS IN THE LOBBY BAR
End your evening at The Lobby Bar for after dinner specialty drinks, house-made desserts, fine ports and cigars.

FEATURED AFTER DINNER DRINKS
Salted Caramel Martini, a decadent martini with Absolut Vanilla, silky White Chocolate Godiva and salted caramel syrup. Espresso Martini, a combination of vanilla infused vodka, White Chocolate Godiva, espresso and Baileys Irish Cream blend together to create the perfect dessert martini.

CORDIALS AND PORTS
You will find a variety of cordials that include everything from Hennessy to Louis XIII de Remy Martin to Baileys and Grand Marnier. Enjoy an after dinner port from a selection including Graham’s 1980, Cockburn’s Reserve and Warre’s 1985.

CIGARS
The Lobby Bar offers a variety of fine cigars; their selection includes: The Classic Churchill, a medium bodied cigar with a light, creamy and nutty flavor. The Davidoff Millenium Blend Toro, a full flavored cigar with notes of chocolate, caramel and a little spice.

If you’ve worked up an appetite, The Lobby Bar offers sushi and sashimi until 10 p.m

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.

Santa Fe on Foot at The Book Loft

Santa Fe on Foot at The Book LoftPlanning a get away to New Mexico? Dreaming of Santa Fe? The Book Loft is excited to host author Elaine Pinkerton on Friday December 2, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Pinkerton will be reading from her book Santa Fe on Foot and answering questions.

The Book Loft is located in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, at 214 Centre Street.

For more information, please call them at (904) 261-8991.

Deep Frying a Turkey – Video Revisited

Deep Frying a Turkey - Video RevisitedThis was such a popular video when posted several years ago, and because I have had so many friends ask me, “How do you deep fry a turkey?” I thought this would be a great time to re-publish the original article.

Supplies:

    -Gas heat source.
    -An oversized pot large enough to hold a 10 to 16 pound turkey.
    -Turkey frying tools (see video)
    -3 to 4 Gallons of peanut oil
    -Meat thermometer Continue reading

First Aid for High Risk Writing

Excellent editing may do more than save your book from the dust bin. It carries the possibility of projecting your work to first-class acclaim. On November 17, at 6:00 p.m., all local writers are invited to join in as Writers by the Sea presents First Aid for High Risk Writing, by Heather Whitaker. Her approach to the editing process is not limited to improving your manuscript and increasing its chances of success, she also helps her clients become better writers along the way.

Beginning at 6:00 p.m., at the Amelia Island Museum of History, announcements and introductions will be facilitated by Donna Jennings, whose newly-released book will also be available to look at.

BIO: Heather Whitaker is a developmental editor and writing coach specializing in novels and memoirs, including children’s literature, adult literary, and adult genre fiction. She has worked with over 150 writers across the nation, from budding novelists to award-winning and NYT best-selling authors, Julianna Baggott (The PURE trilogy), J.C.Quinn (THE INFINITY OF YOU & ME), Jon Jefferson (CUT TO THE BONE, THE BREAKING POINT), and Laura Lascarso (COUNTING BACKWARDS, RACING HEARTS). In addition to manuscript editing, Heather leads ongoing writers groups and teaches writing classes for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at FSU.

Learn more about her at www.heatherwhitaker.com

Comedian Amy Beckham’s Take on Election 2016

Just in time for Election 2016, local Comedian Amy Beckham offered her poetic take on the presidential candidates.

Amy Beckham is the optometrist at the Yulee Mall, better known as the Super Walmart. Most of the people I know use her as their eye doctor, including my entire family, BUT – did you know she is also a stand-up comedian? I had the pleasure of catching her show at the Amelia Musical Playhouse theatre on Amelia Island Saturday evening, and she gave me permission to film and share a portion of that show… this 3 1/2 minute take on Election 2016 is sure to put a smile on your face!

To learn more about Amy, please visit: AmyBeckham.com

Vote for Eric Childers

Vote for Eric Childers

I have a very good reason to cast my vote for Eric Childers, and this may come as a complete surprise to many of you, but he is the best big brother a girl could have!!!

eric-and-judieThat’s right, Eric and I are brother and sister, so if you see me waving election signs that say Vote for Eric Childers, now you know just one of the many reasons I am voting for him.

As a big brother, Eric has been my confidante, my protector, and my most trusted friend for ALL of my life. Like most siblings, boy, do I have some great stories from our childhood, too. Oh, and just for the record… he IS older than me.

Eric is accessible, and he studies the issues – taking pride in hearing from YOU on the subjects that are most important to those he wants to represent. He is embedded in our community, a married man, and works a full time job, so his decision to run for public office and “serve” his neighbors was not made lightly. He understands the day to day concerns of working families. He sees the importance of welcoming our tourists, and he listens when you express concerns about growth, infrastructure, and the delicate balance of man v nature.

Having served in the Navy, and having grown up a Military Brat, Eric understands commitment, sacrifice, and pride of country… but most of all, he truly cares about the future of Fernandina Beach, her residents, her business owners, and her visitors.

If you want to see a fun, and very short video endorsement I made when I was in Las Vegas earlier this year… scroll down on my facebook page to October 25th and take a look. If you want to hear a really, really funny story from our childhood… come find me, I’ve got some great ones!

We thank you for your support.

This shameless plug is of my own personal opinion. He did not hold my arm behind my back, give me “noogies”, or make me say, “Uncle” to write this endorsement. We still retain our right to express, so I don’t reckon I need any disclosures typed up in this space.