Writers by the Sea announces new meeting location

Submitted by Nadine D’Ardenne
Writers by the Sea, Chairperson

July 7, 2015 1:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Wilkes www.elizabethwilkesphotography.com
Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Wilkes

Writers by the Sea has a COOL NEW HOME for the MONTHS OF July, August & September!

Chill with us at at the NEW Library Meeting Room, less than a mile from the Museum at: 25 N 4th St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 (904) 277-7365

At this (July 2015) meeting, we are pleased to welcome fellow author and Regional Director for the Florida Writers’s Association (FWA), Vic DiGenti, aka Parker Francis. The title of his talk is: Great Beginnings: That All Important First Page.

With attention spans decreasing, if an author doesn’t catch and hold a reader’s attention with the first line, first paragraph and first page, that reader might look for another book. Join award-winning author, Vic DiGenti, at our July gathering, as he leads us through a fast-paced, upbeat session looking at the keys to Great Beginnings. Writers by the Sea meets each third Thursday. Arrive at 6:00pm for socializing. The intro. and presentation begin at 6:30. All writers are welcome free of charge.

About The Author:

Victor DiGenti (aka Parker Francis) transitioned from a career in broadcasting to his first love—writing. A producer/director of public affairs programs and award-winning documentaries; he produced Jacksonville’s Jazz Festival for eight years. Yet, left it all when he began writing. Initially, he found inspiration in his household of cats and wrote three award-winning adventure/fantasies. As Parker Francis, he writes hard-boiled mystery/suspense, including two award-winning novels in his Quint Mitchell Mystery series, Matanzas Bay and Bring Down the Furies. A third in the series, Hurricane Island, is now released. He’s published the novella, Blue Crabs at Midnight, the short story collection, Ghostly Whispers, Secret Voices; and “The Strange Case of Lord Byron’s Lover,” as part of The Prometheus Saga anthology. As Regional Director for NE FL Writers Association, Vic coordinates 8 writers’ groups. Read more at www.parkerfrancis.com

Writers by the Sea is part of the larger non-profit organization, FWA, and offersgreat regional and statewide workshops and opportunities, including writing contests
for those who choose to join. However, folks who are not yet ready to make a commitment or just want to get to know our local writers first, are always welcome, at no charge.

Thank you for your kind assistance in spreading the word and Happy Writing!

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Fernandina Beach High School Class of 1985 to celebrate 30 year reunion

Submitted by Arlene Rowland Scott
May 31, 2015 6:00 p.m.

fbhs 1FBHS 30 YEAR Class Reunion. What?! 30 YEARS?! Don’t miss it! You will wish you didn’t! Extra weekend events to be announced. Spread the word.

Main event location: Fernandina Beach Golf Club
2800 Bill Melton Rd.,
Fernandina Beach,. Fl. 32034

When: July 18,2015
Time: 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Cost: $65.00 per person
Contact: 904-753-8774
Make checks payable to: FBHS Class of ’85
Mail to: c/o. Arlene Rowland Scott
1548 Penbrook Dr.
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034


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Central Park

Submitted by Evelyn C. McDonald
Arts & Culture Reporter
July 6, 2015 2:00 p.m.

Evelyn McDonald Off to Central Park-1I know it’s neither art nor culture but Central Park holds a special place for me. Mostly that comes from my grandchildren, who were 4 and 1 respectively when I bought my house as a vacation home. It’s within walking distance of Central Park and on the first trip here with my daughter and family, we discovered the magic of the park for the grandchildren.

Two years after purchasing the place, I moved here full-time. This became my family’s getaway house. My grandchildren were adamant that a visit here had to include one thing, maybe two. There had to be a trip to Central Park to play on the swings and slides, and generally work off some energy there. The beach and the Atlantic Rec Center’s kiddie pool were okay but no trip was complete without a visit to the park.

Summers we had “Grandma Camp” where one child would have a solo visit for a few days. The rule was that you had to be at least 7 years old. Needless to say, my grandson objected to that rule, having a strongly developed bias toward “fair,” at least fair for him.

There were usually other children in the park as well. There would be games of tag or contests of balance. My granddaughter loved to help the smaller children and watch out to make sure they didn’t get hurt. I have photos of the two of them in swings, on slides, hanging upside down from bars, and generally enjoying themselves. The photos are a memory log of how they have grown up over the years. My favorite photo is of the two of them, hand in hand, in a moment of sibling détente en route to the park.

Grandma Camp and weekend visits have been the norm for the past 6 years but times and children change. Though they still visit, there’s not so much clamoring for a trip to the park. Still, when I drive by there, I seem to see them climbing, sliding, and laughing.

Evelyn McDonaldEvelyn McDonald moved to Fernandina Beach from the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. in 2006. She is a chair of Arts & Culture Nassau, a city commission charged with support of the arts in Nassau County. She serves on FSCJ’s Curriculum Committee for the Center for Lifelong Learning. She is also the chair of the Dean’s Council for the Carpenter Library at the UNF. Ms. McDonald has MS in Technology Management from the University of Maryland’s University College and a BA in Spanish from the University of Michigan.

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“Songs for a New World” – Amelia Musical Playhouse

Amelia Community Playhouse
Media Release

July 6, 2015  2:00 p.m.

Amelia Musical Playhouse Crop“Songs for a New World,” Jason Robert Brown’s first produced show, has received worldwide attention since its premiere in 1995. It is a song cycle, rather than a musical or a revue. the songs and characters are united by the common thread of how we react to unexpected changes in our life.

Featuring a 4 piece live band and 12 local singers, the content covers a variety of situations, from the deck of a 1492 sailing ship to the 57th story of a New York apartment building. The music is a mixture of pop, Broadway, and gospel. Performed by special arrangement with Music
Theatre International, NY, NY.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students.

Show dates are July 9,10,11,17 & 18, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at Amelia Musical playhouse, 1955 Island Walkway, 904-277-3455, or through our website www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com

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Amelia Island Museum presents “Florida in World War II”

Amelia Island Museum of HistoryMedia Release
Amelia Island Museum of History

July 6, 2015 11:00 a.m.

The Amelia Island Museum of History will be presenting, in partnership with RockTenn, a traveling exhibit called “Florida in World War II”. This exhibit, which will have its opening on July 10th. 2015 at 6pm and remain open through the September 20th, 2015. A traveling exhibition by the Museum of Florida History, Florida in World War II presents an overview of this seismic world event and its effect on the State of Florida. Topics include: life on the home front, military training, the German U-boat threat, and Floridians in military service. To complement the Florida Museum of History’s Florida in WWII Exhibit, the Amelia Island Museum of History will feature a companion exhibition drawn from the personal collections and war-time reminiscences of museum members and from our community.

We would like to thank RockTenn for sponsoring the Amelia Island Museum of History in the funding of “Florida in World War II”. This exhibit will educate visitors on the contributions and individuals who were involved in the war efforts and how the war impacted the state. Topics such as the training of servicemen, the German U-boat threat, occurrences on the home front, and Floridians who were active in the military will be discussed.

The opening on July 10th will begin at Amelia Community Theatre’s Studio 209, with a forum made up of contributors to AIMH’s companion exhibit and Fernandina residents who experienced the war firsthand.

Afterwards we will walk over to the museum for refreshments and unveil the new exhibit. There is a $10 suggested donation for non-museum members. The Amelia Island Museum of History (233 S. 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach, Fl – 32034) is open Mon-Sat 10 am to 4 pm, and on Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm. Admission is $7 for Adults, and $4 for Students/Active Military.

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How to create a charter county government

signpostSubmitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
July 6, 2015 1:00 a.m.


(Third in a series of articles on Nassau County government)

The process required to develop a county charter is laid out in Florida Statutes, Chapter 125, Part II, Sections 125.60-125.64:

  • Any county not having a chartered form of consolidated government may, pursuant to the provisions of ss. 60125.64, locally initiate and adopt by a majority vote of the qualified electors of the county a county home rule charter. The county commission may form a charter commission by resolution. Alternatively, if citizens submit a petition to the county commission signed by at least 15 percent of the county’s registered voters, a charter commission must be appointed. [Today Nassau County has more than 56,000 registered voters, meaning that any petition would need to bear around 8,500 signatures.] In either case, the charter commission must be formed within 30 days of the passage of the resolution or filing of said petition.
  • The charter commission is composed of an odd number of members, not less than 11 or more than 15. If the commission is established by resolution, members are appointed by the county commission. If the petition method is used, the legislative delegation may make the appointments. In any event, no member of the legislature or county commission may serve on the charter commission.
  • Within 30 days following appointments, the commission must hold an organizational meeting to elect a chair and vice chair and decide any procedural matters. All meetings are open to the public. Expenses of the commission must be paid from the general fund of the county, upon verification of a majority vote of the charter commission.
  • The charter commission shall conduct a comprehensive study of the operation of county government and of the ways in which the conduct of county government might be improved or reorganized. Within 18 months of its initial meeting, unless such time is extended by appropriate resolution of the board of county commissioners, the charter commission shall present to the board of county commissioners a proposed charter, upon which it shall have held three public hearings at intervals of not less than 10 nor more than 20 days. At the final hearing the charter commission shall incorporate any amendments it deems desirable, vote upon a proposed charter, and forward said charter to the board of county commissioners for the holding of a referendum election as provided in s. 64.

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Amelia Island revealed . . .

Submitted by Len Kreger
July 5, 2015 1:00 a.m.

“Ghost Crab” Photo courtesy of Len Kreger

Editor’s Note:  According to Len Kreger, ghost crabs sightings are a sign of a healthy beach.  Kreger spends many mornings patrolling the beach as a volunteer for the Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch.  We thank Len for his contribution to the Fernandina Observer.


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