Amelia Island Lighthouse Tours
Guided tours of the lighthouse are held the first and third Wednesdays of every month at 10 a.m. Cost is $5 for adults; $3 for children 12 and under. Tours are limited to 25. Participants should meet at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center, 2500 Atlantic Ave. Pre-registration is required 24 hours in advance. For more information, call the Fernandina Recreation Department at (904) 277-7350.
MAY 3, 4, 5
50th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival
This popular event celebrates "Year of the Golden Shrimp" with a nationally-recognized juried fine arts and crafts show, antiques, live entertainment, kids' activities, contests, pirates, free admission and food booths serving up shrimp by local non-profit organizations. Fore more information, call (866) 426-3542 or visit www.shrimpfestival.com.
MAY 4, 5
Living History at Fort Clinch State Park
Fort Clinch State Park holds a Living History event the first weekend of each month as volunteers in Civil War-era attire portray daily life at the fort as it was in 1864. Soldiers will answer questions about being stationed at Fort Clinch, while visitors tour the fort and grounds. For more information, call (904) 277-7274 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch.
MAY 4, 11, 18, 25
Amelia Farmers' Market
Mingle with local farmers and business owners to find farm-direct fruits and vegetables, organic products, specialty foods, gourmet baked goods, plants, and more. The market is now located at The Shops at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit ameliafarmersmarket.com.
MAY 9, 10, 11, 12
Love, Loss, and What I Wore
This Nora and Delia Ephron play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes, and memory is a compelling comedy. 8 p.m. on May 9, 10, and 11. Matinees at 2 p.m. on May 11 and 12. Tickets are $15. Purchase tickets at ameliacommunitytheatre.org, or call the box office at (904) 261-6749.
Women, Wealth & Wine
An informal group of women who meet to discuss financial and related issues affecting us all. Come and ask the questions you have always wanted to ask and get insight into the questions you haven't thought of yet. Financial answers and ideas over a glass of wine. Begins at 5:30 p.m. For more info, call (904) 305-2608.
MAY 11 – JUNE 2
Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival
World-class artists performing classical music in intimate and historic settings on Amelia Island. The 2013 festival features Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz, Linden String Quartet, Zuill Bailey, Robert McDuffie, and more. For tickets or more information call (904) 261-1779 or visit www.aicmf.com.
Second Saturday Artrageous Artwalk
A free event on the second Saturday each month in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thirteen participating galleries offer a diverse selection of art. For information, call (800) 226-3542, or visit ameliaisland.com.
Spring Gallery Reception
The Seventh Street Gallery presents the paintings of Susan Henderson, who works in watercolors, acrylics, and oil. The reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., at 14 South 7th Street in downtown Fernandina Beach. The show can also be viewed the following two Saturdays during the Farmers' Market hours 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. As this is a historic property, it is not handicap accessible. For more information, call (904) 432-8330.
Third on 3rd
The Amelia Island Museum of History offers a presentation on the third Friday of the month, based on a variety of different topics related to the history of the island. The event takes place in Baker Hall in the museum. Cost is $5 per person (free for members). For more information, call (904) 277-0717, or visit ameliamuseum.org.
MAY 17, 18, 19
Wild Amelia Nature Festival
Experience the wild side of Amelia Island. Enjoy numerous tours led by area naturalists and park rangers, nature photography workshops, green expo, Kids Niche, critters from the Jacksonville Zoo, and more. For tickets or additional information call (904) 251-0016, or visit www.wildamelia.com.
Small Business Expo
The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce invites aspriring and existing small business owners to connect with products and services they need to make their businesses successful. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Bean Center, at FSCJ Nassau/Yulee. For more information or to reserve an exhibitor space, call (904) 261-3248 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let Freedom Ring Concert
A Memorial Day weekend celebration concert performed by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, featuring patriotic and Americana suites and marches. Fabio Mechetti is Music Director and Principal Conductor. Held at First Baptist Church, 8th Street at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Discounts available for ARIAS members and membership applications are also available at the door. Tickets on sale at The Book Loft, Amelia Island Visitor Center, The Golf Club of Amelia, Fernandina Beach Golf Club and at the door.
Ed Gaw Amelia Island Open Water Challenge
The event, held at 8:30 a.m., consists of either a 1-mile or 5K swim. The swims run parallel to the beach at Main Beach Park, North Fletcher Avenue, and run simultaneously. There will be coast guard auxiliary boats, lifeguards, kayakers, and EMT's at the event, and breakfast after the swim. Money raised goes towards local youth swim scholarships. For more information, call (904) 277-7350.
World War II Program
Fort Clinch State Park will host a Memorial Day Weekend program on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 to honor the men and women who served in World War II. Visitors can explore military displays, view memorabilia and learn about the uniforms, weapons, vehicles and lifestyle of those who were part of the war during the 1940's. For more info, call (904) 277-7274 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch.
SunTrust Private Wealth Wine Social
An informal gathering of clients and friends is held the last Thursday of every month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the SunTrust Private Wealth Management offices located at 5211 S. Fletcher Ave. Steve Raszkin of "A Taste of Wine by Steve" will be showcasing wines from Argentina, with hors d'oeuvres prepared by Horizons. Stop in to enjoy a glass of wine (or two) and nosh on some good conversation. No RSVP required. For more information, call Karen Perdue at (904) 491-5969 or email@example.com.