Amelia Island, FL - Osprey Village Senior Living will host its Grand Opening for the
community’s new indoor pool on Friday, April 9th. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at
1:30pm followed by tours of the pool and community throughout the afternoon.
In addition to the community’s current wellness center and fitness studio, the pool will add
another avenue for residents to participate in low-impact cardiovascular-based workouts
year-round. “We are extremely excited for the pool opening, this is going to further enhance our Members health, well-being and ultimately increase the longevity of our Member's lives,” says Matthew Barger, executive director of Osprey Village. “It’s a great addition and we’ll be able to use the pool in conjunction with our 3 nationally recognized aquatics and wellness programs”.
The 640 square foot saltwater pool and building were designed by Triad Design Group.
Construction on this project began on July 24, 2020 and was completed on March 26, 2021 by
Elkins Construction, LLC (based out of Jacksonville, FL). This $1.4 million addition to Osprey
Village strengthens the community’s mission of helping seniors live longer, healthier, happier
About Osprey Village
Osprey Village is located at 48 Osprey Village Drive, Fernandina Beach, Florida. The
community offers Active Adult Living, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and
Senior Rehabilitation. To learn more about Osprey Village, call the community’s Lifestyle
Advisors at (904) 277-6546 or visit Osprey-Village.com
Wild Amelia Virtual Wild Nites Features Julie Albert, MRS Right Whale Program Coordinator - April 13
Contact: Jay Kayne
April 5, 2021
Wild Amelia is pleased to announce its next virtual Wild Nite lecture at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. To accommodate CDC and local health guidelines, the session will be held on-line via Zoom. The following meeting ID# and passcode will provide access to this free event.
Meeting ID: 892 7482 4385
The featured speaker will be Julie Albert, coordinator of the Marine Resource Council’s North Atlantic Right Whale Conservation Program. Her passion for marine mammals began in northwest Ohio where she enjoyed Sea World as a child. However, seeing whales in the wild for the first time on a family vacation to Hawaii in 1988 solidified this passion. She went on to earn her B.S. in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University at Galveston in 1995. She also volunteered for the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network, worked in cephalopod aquaculture, and raised king penguins before moving to Florida in 1999. Shortly thereafter, Julie became MRC’s Right Whale Program Coordinator and loves educating the public about how we can be better stewards of our ocean environment and its inhabitants.
Albert’s presentation will focus on reasons right whales are so endangered and struggle to make a comeback despite being a protected species for 85 years. Topics will include current threats, migration, feeding and breeding as well as public efforts to support the species recovery. She will also touch on statistics from the 2021 migration season including births and deaths.
Wild Amelia’s mission is to educate residents and visitors about the local bioregion and encourage stewardship of the area’s natural resources through events and programs that educate and entertain while promoting a conservation ethic. For updates on the status of program activities, please visit wildamelia.org and Wild Amelia on Facebook.
FERNANDINA BEACH, FL (April 2, 2021)
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation are excited to announce their first-ever Garden Party benefit event on Sunday, April 25, 2021. This outdoor, socially-distanced event will be live, in-person for those choosing to purchase a table, or online for those who wish to view the event from home and bid on auction items. The event will once again be hosted at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island – a trusted partner of the Boys & Girls Clubs for many years – this time on the Oceanfront Lawn rather than the ballroom.
The Garden Party proceeds support the work of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County in providing the youth of our community a safe space to work on academics, engage with positive role models, and develop into confident leaders. The event will feature live music, an auction, beer, wine, and specialty cocktails.
This year our auction includes fine jewelry from Robison Jewelry, fabulous excursions and experiences, memorabilia and other wonderful items. Those who are unable to attend in person can participate by bidding online. Table sponsorships start at $2,000. For more information, to buy tickets, or to participate in the auction, please visit https://bgcnassau.com/gardenparty/ or call 904-261-8666.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau depend on annual fundraising events to support afterschool and summer programs at our two clubs. At both the Roberts Learning and Achievement Center and the Miller Freedom Center local youth ages 6 to 18 are mentored by our professional staff and volunteers to develop skills in character, health, fitness, technology, the arts, and sports.
3/26/21 @ 3:30 p.m. - Please see the below notice from the Road Department regarding work which will require a small segment of the Amelia River-to-Sea Trail to be closed beginning Monday, March 29th through Friday, April 16th.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Nassau County Road Department
Nassau County, Florida - The Nassau County Road Department is issuing a Notice of Intent to begin construction March 29, 2021, on a retaining wall located on the south side of Simmons Road at the Amelia River-to-Sea Trail (Simmons Road Multi-Use Trail) across from Will Hardee Road. A small portion of the trail will be closed to pedestrians and bicycles for 175 feet West and East of Will Hardee Road between the hours of 8:00 am until 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday until April 16.
For additional information, please contact Nassau County Road & Bridge Department at 904 560-6715 or toll free at 1-877-588-6860.
March 25, 2021
Although the 64th annual Adrian Awards Gala had to be held virtually last night, the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) once again celebrated the tourism industry in style, honoring the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau (AICVB) with one Silver Award and two Bronze Awards. The focus of this year’s Adrian Awards was on best practices, innovation and community in categories related to work done in response to the coronavirus crisis. The three awards won by the AICVB were for marketing initiatives that reflect this challenging new tourism landscape, including an augmented reality portal, the “Tourism Gives” program, and the “Moments” campaign.
“To have our marketing team’s work again recognized as some of the best in the world is particularly meaningful this year,” said Gil Langley, President and CEO of the Amelia Island CVB. “Slashed budgets and unprecedented blows to global travel required us to dramatically alter our marketing strategy, with award-winning efforts to rally our community to help sustain our most vital industry and workforce, and appeal to an entirely new reality for travelers.”
During the 2020 Adrian Awards ceremony, the AICVB received a Silver Award in Digital Marketing for its Augmented Reality (AR) portal. The AR portal is an extension of the 2019 Augmented Reality mobile app program that enables visitors to experience a collection of custom-designed, three-dimensional animations they can bring to life at key locations around the island and through the Amelia Island Visitors Guide.
The AICVB also won a Bronze Award for the “Tourism Gives” campaign (crisis communications), and the “Moments” campaign (integrated marketing). Created in April 2020, Tourism Gives was designed to provide support for the destination’s vital hospitality industry which has been devastated by the pandemic. It grew from efforts to provide the most meaningful assistance possible to local employees and businesses directly impacted by the dramatic drop in travel. The Moments campaign utilized pre-existing assets from the award-winning “Come Make Memories” campaign, and focused on digital advertising.
All winning entries will be accessible in the Adrian Awards Winners Gallery online at www.AdrianAwards.com. Visit the site for more information on the event and competition.
About Amelia Island
Northeast Florida’s coastal treasure, Amelia Island is a barrier island rich in colorful history and breath-taking natural beauty. Amelia Island offers long, beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife, and pristine waters. Upscale resorts with world-class spas, championship golf and exclusive dining blend effortlessly with a captivating collection of bed and breakfast inns and historic districts. The island is home to Fernandina Beach, once a vibrant Victorian seaport village, and now a charming downtown district of eclectic shops, attractions, and eateries. Forget the everyday getaway; come make memories on Amelia Island. For visitor information and online planning, visit AmeliaIsland.com.
The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is committed to growing business for hotels and their partners and is the industry’s leading advocate for intelligent, sustainable hotel revenue growth. The association provides hotel professionals and their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue through programs such as the Marketing Strategy Conference, Adrian Awards, and HSMAI ROC. Founded in 1927, HSMAI is a membership organization comprising more than 5,000 members worldwide, with 40 chapters in the Americas Region. Connect with HSMAI at hsmai.org, HSMAI Facebook, HSMAI Twitter, and HSMAI YouTube.
Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare
Laureen Pagel, Ph.D., CEO
March 19, 2021
On March 9th, the Plantation Ladies Association of Amelia Island honored Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare as their designated March Charity with an award in the amount of $1,250. The beneficiary of this award is selected by the Plantation Ladies and identified as a well-deserving nonprofit organization that is making an impact in Nassau County, FL.
“We are humbled and honored by this award from the Plantation Ladies,” says Laureen Pagel, CEO at Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare. “As the guest speaker at the March 9th luncheon, I was able to meet the incredible group of women that make up this organization. They are dedicated community members making a big impact. It was a great pleasure to represent Starting Point and we are always thrilled to inspire new behavioral health advocates.”
“The Amelia Island Planation Ladies is a group that strives to learn more about and financially assist non-profits in Nassau County,” says Peg Dalton Kolasa, Out Reach Chair for the Amelia Island Plantation Ladies Association. “For our group, Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare stood out in their compassionate and comprehensive care for those with mental health and substance use disorders. Having Dr. Pagel speak so eloquently about her organization was both fascinating and eye-opening. We are very honored to aid in a small way to this most meaningful work.”
The award was presented at the Plantation Ladies Association of Amelia Island’s March Luncheon hosted at the Golf Club of Amelia Island. Local nonprofits are invited to submit a letter of intent by invitation only. The Plantation Ladies then review all applications and select the designated charity to honor at their quarterly luncheon.
About Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare
Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare provides mental health and substance abuse treatment services to children, teens and adults in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The non-profit agency serves more than 3,000 individuals each year and has been serving the region for more than 28 years. Starting Point is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information, please visit www.spbh.org.
Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival
March 18, 2021
Midori, world-renowned violinist, will perform on Amelia Island in April as part of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival’s 2021 concert series. Midori is not only a visionary artist, activist, and educator, but also a United Nations Messenger of Peace inspiring young people through music education. She made her debut with the New York Philharmonic at age 11 as a surprise guest soloist in 1982!
In May, she will be an honoree of the 43rd Kennedy Center Honors, along with country singer-songwriter Garth Brooks and actor Dick Van Dyke. The Honors recipients are recognized for their contributions to American culture through the performing arts.“ Hosting Midori reflects our growing status as one of the nation’s premier classical music festivals. The ability to grace our stage with an internationally renowned artist who is recognized with the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor is a testimony to the strength and support of our valued contributors, ticket-buyers, and volunteers,” said Christopher Rex, the Festival’s General and Artistic Director.
Midori will perform at the charming Amelia Plantation Chapel with Pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute on Friday, April 9, 2021. This is truly a rare opportunity to see a legendary artist perform in a beautifully intimate setting. Midori’s concert affirms the Festival’s commitment to bringing world-class musicians to our community.
The Festival celebrates its 20th season with a wide array of internationally recognized award-winning superstars from multiple genres. Respecting the safety of both musicians and the audience, the Festival has arranged for both live and virtual venues. Information about Midori and all concerts and tickets are available at www.AICMF.com.
About the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary season, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is one of the nation’s most renowned classical music festivals.
The Festival is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Jacksonville, FL – The Amelia’s Friday, May 21, 2021 CHEVY THUNDER Seminar (3:00 PM) just added some serious personality horsepower. Dale Earnhardt Jr. joins the prestigious panel of Chevy-powered insiders.
Earnhardt is a two-time Daytona 500 winner (2004 and 2014) scoring 26 Cup wins and won NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver Award fifteen consecutive times from 2003 to 2017.
Dale Jr will join Herb Fishel, Executive Director of General Motors Motorsports, Trans-Am and F5000 Champion David Hobbs, triple F5000 champion Brian Redman, USRRC, Can-Am and double Trans-Am Champ George Follmer and Dr. Eric Warren, Director of GM’s new NASCAR Programs facility.
Tickets for both 2021 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance’s Friday, May 21st Chevy Thunder Seminar and the Saturday, May 22nd The All-Conquering Porsche 935 seminar are available exclusively at www.ameliaconcours.org/shop/tickets. Tickets are $40.00 (US) general admission per person per seminar.
To provide the safest environment for guests and panelists both seminars will be held outside on the Concours show field near the awards area. Friday's seminar is scheduled from 3:00pm - 4:30pm. Saturday's seminar will also take place from 3:00pm - 4:30pm. Social distancing requirements will be in effect.
Learn more about what The Amelia is doing address the pandemic.
Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival
March 2, 2021
Plus violinist Chee Yun, cellist Andres Diaz and pianist Elizabeth Pridgen and the Amelia Tango Trio
The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is thrilled to present the third concert of their 20th season on Sunday, March 14 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Bringing back one of the ever popular “Beer & G-Strings” series, the concert entitled “The Four Seasons” features the Christiania Trio made up of Julie and David Coucheron, Christopher Rex and guest violinist Philip Pan and the Amelia Tango Trio formed especially for the occasion by violinist Chee-Yun Kim, cellist Andres Diaz, and pianist Elizabeth Pridgen. They will perform Astor Piazzolla’s Spring and Autumn Tangos and Antonio Vivaldi’s Summer and Winter Concertos. As a special treat, dancers from the Amelia Island Dance Festival, under the direction of Susan Dodge, will give a cameo performance of the Tango and the Milonga to the music of Piazzolla. Violinist Philip Pan will join the Christiania Trio to fill out the string parts of the Vivaldi Concerti.
The performance will be at The Sadler Ranch with a live, socially distanced audience. Seating for the two live performances is limited and tickets may be purchased at www.AICMF.com for $45 each. The concert will be video recorded and presented as a virtual online concert on Sunday, March 21 at 2 p.m.
Tickets for this virtual concert may be purchased at www.AICMF.com for $15 per household.
Julie Coucheron is an acclaimed pianist who tours internationally; Violinist David Coucheron is the Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO); and Christopher Rex, is the Festival’s artistic and general director, and the retired principal cellist of the ASO. Violinist Chee-Yun has received exceptional acclaim as a recording artist since the release of her debut album of virtuoso encore pieces in 1993. Her recent recording of the Penderecki Violin Concerto No. 2 on Naxos was acclaimed as “an engrossing, masterly performance” (The Strad) and “a performance of staggering virtuosity and musicality” (American Record Guide). Cellist Andrés Díaz has exhilarated both critics and audiences with his intense and charismatic performances. He has earned exceptional reviews for his “strongly personal interpretive vision” (The New York Times) and his “bold and imaginative” playing (The Boston Globe).
Pianist Elizabeth Pridgen is a distinguished soloist and chamber musician. Pridgen performs regularly at the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy, the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and the Aspen Music Festival. She has collaborated with Robert McDuffie, Yo-Yo Ma, Hilary Hahn, and Anne Akiko Meyers. The Festival celebrates its 20th season with an array of internationally recognized award-winning superstars from multiple genres including violin virtuoso Midori, Dover Quartet, legendary Bluegrass group Balsam Range, charismatic pianist Valentina Lisitsa, and the talented JB Scott’s Swingin’ Allstars featuring vocalist Lisa Kelly. Respecting the safety of both musicians and the audience, the Festival has arranged for both live and virtual venues. Information about all concerts and tickets are available at www.AICMF.com.
About the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival:
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary season, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is one of the nation’s most renowned classical music festivals. The Festival is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. # # # Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival1405 Park Avenue, Suite 101Fernandina Beach Florida 32034 www.AICMF.com.
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