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.
Amelia Community Theatre
Submitted by Linda McClane
March 1, 2021
Amelia Community Theatre presents a comedy production for the entire family on March 5 and 6 on the main stage at 207 Cedar Street. The Peppermint Players, adult actors who perform theatre for young audiences and the “young at heart,” will perform two 30-minutes shows that entertain and introduce children to live theatre.
The first play, “All at Sea,” takes place on the beach. A fisherwoman has reeled in a blob of pollution by the name of Polly who is made up of plastic bags, soda cans, and all sorts of trash. Polly tries to help a shrimp who is being chased by a grouper and encounters a trucker turtle and surfer pelican. They all ponder the solution to pollution, and how they can protect sea creatures. The cast includes Pat Henderson, Jayne Jeney, Kay Stephens, Peggy Strickland, Jennifer Webber, and Sue Weiner.
The second show is an old-fashioned melodrama called “The Marshmallow Mystery or Marvin, Grab that Music Box because the Villain Can’t Carry a Tune.” In typical melodrama fashion, there is a villain and a hero, and the audience participates with cheers and boos as encouraged by a cat named Mellow Drummer. The melodrama cast includes Ellen Blair, John Chastine, Pat Chiarelli, Diana Herman, Billy Powell, and Chris Twiggs.
Both shows are written by Mary Leonard Hurt, retired artistic director at ACT who founded the ACT Peppermint Players in 1981. For many of ACT’s 40 seasons, the Peppermint Players performed for thousands of children and adults at daycares, preschools, elementary school, and senior centers throughout Nassau County.
ACT is excited to bring the community the 2021 version of these Peppermint Players shows, with options for in-person attendance with socially distanced seating and masks required, and livestreamed performances. Shows are at 7 p.m. on March 5 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on March 6. In-person tickets are $5 for children/students and $10 for adults. Livestream tickets are $5 for an individual and $15 for a household.
ACT Box office hours are from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Call 904-261-6749 or visit the theatre website, AmeliaCommunityTheatre.org for tickets and information.
Fernandina Beach Main Street will hold a Social Media and Online Sales panel discussion on Tuesday, February 23rd, from 9 to 10:30AM. This event will have limited space for in-person attendance at Fernandina Beach City Hall.
Panelists will share their experiences and provide tips for business owners and managers to use in their marketing and sales operations. The panel includes Nathalie Wu from Wicked Bao, Theresa Duncan from Villa Villekulla Toy Store, Lori Osborne from BizBolster Web Solutions, and Jenny Schaffer from Summer House Realty. Each brings expertise and experience in different areas within the professional, retail, food service, and technical fields. Kristi Dosh, lawyer turned sportswriter, personal branding expert, and author, will lead the panel through a discussion on which social media channels you should use, how often and when you should schedule posts, using reels and live video, and what’s important in a website plus much more. There will be time for Q&A as well.
This free event is open to all local businesses with limited in-person seating and an online option. In order to adhere to all government and health department guidance, masks will be required while indoors and social distancing will be in effect.
The panel discussion is free however, pre-registration is required. You can register at www.fernandinamainstreet.com. Please contact Lisa Finkelstein at email@example.com with questions.
Fernandina Beach Main Street is part of the National Main Street Program that includes more than 1,200 communities – large and small, rural and urban – in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The goal of the main street program is strengthening communities through preservation-based economic vitality in older and historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. It is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Courtyard By Marriott Amelia Island and SpringHill Suites By Marriott Amelia Island will be hosting a job fair on Monday, February 22nd from 9am - 1pm at The Amelia Tavern, located at 318 Centre Street in Fernandina Beach.
For more information and to apply online, head over to the Facebook pages for the Courtyard Amelia Island and SpringHill Suites Amelia Island and click on 'jobs' or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Join the Inaugural Bow Wow Walk 2021 Fundraiser, a Benefit for Community Hospice & Palliative Care Pet Programs, Presented by Pet Paradise
February 16, 2021 (Jacksonville, Fla.) - Community Hospice & Palliative Care is hosting the inaugural Bow Wow Walk 2021, presented by Pet Paradise. This month-long walk, marathon challenge is a benefit for the Community Hospice & Palliative Care pet programs.
With the goal of helping patients with advanced illness keep their pets at home, the pet assistance program can help with nearly all the responsibilities of pet ownership. Specially trained volunteers visit patients at home to provide care for their pet, including feeding, dog walking, and litter box changing. Volunteers deliver complimentary pet food and supplies, arrange transportation for pets to and from veterinary and grooming appointments, and provide prescription medications and flea, tick and, heartworm treatments as the need is identified. Because of this program, elderly hospice patients can continue to enjoy the companionship of the animals they love, and who love them back, without worry.
“At Pet Paradise, we know how special pets are and they play an integral part of our families,” said Pet Paradise President and CEO Fernando Acosta-Rua. “We are honored to support this fundraiser that provides much-needed assistance to Community Hospice & Palliative Care patients and gives companion pets the care they need while allowing them to stay with their beloved owners.”
The Pet Therapy program is one more way Community Hospice & Palliative Care brings comfort and compassion to patients and families. Pet therapy teams visit patients at Community Hospice Centers for Caring – or wherever they call home. This program benefits to patients by reducing stress, increasing sensory stimulation and relief from pain. Studies have shown that pets can be physically and mentally beneficial for people of all ages.
Kickoff is “Love Your Pet Day” on Feb. 20, 2021, and ends on Mar. 20, 2021. Take part in supporting these unfunded programs while exercising and getting outdoors. How can you help? Paw-ticipate as an individual or team and share the news. Get your family, friends, and neighbors to pledge support for your walk and the programs. Throughout the month-long challenge, awards will be announced including “Participant that Walked the Most”, “Best Furry Companion Photo”, “Team that Raised the Most Money” and many more.
For more information or to get registered visit BowWow.CommunityHospice.com or call 904.886.3883.
The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce will host a virtual ‘Doing Business with Big Business’ event on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
‘Doing Business with Big Business’ is a program that provides small Nassau County businesses the unique opportunity to meet with some of the largest companies in our community. Attendees will gain an insight into the decision-making process at big companies and learn what these organizations are looking for from smaller suppliers.
This event is perfect for local, existing businesses, entrepreneurs and startups that want to learn more about how procurement works in large organizations and are looking to gain an understanding of the considerations of buyers during a negotiation.
This year’s ‘Doing Business with Big Business’ event will take place virtually via Zoom. Representatives from each business will be placed in a ‘Zoom Room’ and will speak one-on-one with attendees for 2 minutes each. Local businesses and organizations in attendance will include the City of Fernandina Beach, Nassau County Board of County Commissioners, Rayonier Advanced Materials, and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.
‘Doing Business with Big Business’ is free for Chamber of Commerce members and $50.00 for prospective members. Advanced registration and payment are required to attend. For more information and to register, click here or call (904) 261-3248.
Fernandina Beach Library Branch
Submitted by Janet Loveless
February 10, 2021
Dr. Johnetta Cole will be the guest speaker for the Nassau County Public Library System’s Black History Month’s virtual program on Thursday, February 18 from 6-8 pm. Dr. Cole is a distinguished educator and museum professional; noted author and speaker on issues of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion; and a committed advocate for social justice. She currently serves as the Chair and Seventh President of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), an advocacy organization with more that 2 million members, working in the interest of women’s rights and civil rights and as Special Council on Strategic Initiatives at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Dr. Cole rose to national prominence as the first African American woman President of Spelman College and, later, as President of Bennett College, making her the only person to serve as president of both historically Black colleges for women in the United States. Over the course of her career, she has held teaching and administrative positions in anthropology, women’s studies, and African American studies at several major colleges and universities.
After retiring from academia, Dr. Cole served as the Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art for eight years. Dr. Cole has a long history of community service and was the first African American to serve as the Chair of the Board of United Way of America.
This county wide program is sponsored by the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library, The Association for the Study and Preservation of African American History in Nassau County and the Nassau County Public Library System.
To join the Feb. 18th program visit the Library website at www.nassaureads.com and click on the link. For more information, please call the library at 530-6500 and select any library branch extension.
Opening February 12 at Amelia Community Theatre - “Those Who Fall in Love Like Anchors Dropped upon the Ocean Floor”
Amelia Community Theatre
Submitted by Linda McClane
February 8, 2021
“Someone in love, they can wait….forever.” This simple statement sets the stage for Amelia Community Theatre’s next production, “Those Who Fall in Love like Anchors Dropped upon the Ocean Floor.”
Award-winning Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer has written a “once upon a time” love story about love and time, reminding us that “love is elastic and can add years to your life.”
Four actors take the audience on a time-looping journey with stops and rewinds at a Parisian watch shop, an Appalachian snowfield, a Russian submarine, and an ordinary restaurant, the scene for an awkward first date.
The cast includes Wendy Gilvey, M.K. Larsen, Nicholas Marquardt, and Ron Price. They play characters getting to know each other while hunting rabbits in the snow, and characters who don’t quite connect on a blind date. One love story features two women on a Russian submarine in the Cold War, and one poignant tale involves a shopkeeper waiting for a woman to return for the watch she left with him to repair.
The show is co-directed by ACT’s Executive Director Tener Wade and Lisa Howard-Welch, who directed last season’s “Leading Ladies.”
Director Howard-Welch has enjoyed the collaborative directing approach and says, “The show’s themes are pretty clear – love is pretty obvious. All kinds. Young, second chance, unrequited, serendipitous, and even spontaneous love. But, also time. All of the events within this play are at the mercy of time and at certain points in the play could go either way… find love, or find a broken heart.”
Director Wade admires Kruckemeyer’s intriguing titles and intriguing dialogue in his plays. “I’m very excited for audiences to watch the characters in this play fall in love. This show is a wonderful reminder about how love can bend the laws of time. This is a fantastic modern show where everyone onstage is telling unique stories and encouraging the audience to come along for the ride.”
Performances, both in-person and livestreamed, are at 8 p.m. on February 12-13, 18-20, 25-27 and at 2 p.m. on February 14 and 21 at 207 Cedar Street. The show is rated PG-13 for adult language. In-person tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students through college. Masks are required for in-person attendance, with limited, socially-distanced assigned seating for each party. Livestream tickets are $15 for an individual, $30 for a household of 2-4 people, and $90 for a group of 5-10. Call the ACT Box Office at (904) 261-6749 or purchase online at AmeliaCommunityTheatre.org. Box office hours are 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
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