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FOL Plans “Food for Thought” Gala to Celebrate New Library

Dec 30, 2015 02:00AM
Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library is ready to party! Plans are well underway for “Food for Thought,” a gala event to showcase the newly expanded, equipped and renovated Fernandina Beach Library. Set for Thursday evening, February 4, it will recognize the legions of people throughout the community who made the $2.4 million project possible.

“With creative dishes from twelve local chefs, costumed characters, celebratory beverages, art and music, ‘Food for Thought,’ is shaping up to be a feast for all the senses,” says Diane Kinney, FOL events chair. “Everything will have a literary hook. The chefs are cooking up foods found in literature, such as stuffed mushrooms reminiscent of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Costumed actors from the Amelia Musical Playhouse will portray related characters. It should be an unforgettable evening.”

Chefs from Bar Zin, Café Karibo, Ritz Carlton, Espana, Lulu’s, Salty Pelican, Horizon’s, Pecan Roll, Amelia Island Culinary, Nana Teresa’s, Patio Place, and Adam Sears (formerly of Merge) have already agreed to participate. Fernandina Beach’s favorite pianist, John Singer will ‘tickle the ivories.’ Local art will be displayed, gallery style, in the new community room and commemorative plaques inside and out will be unveiled to recognize donors.

Improvements to the library have been in the works for some time, says Dee Torre, FOL campaign chair. The City of Fernandina Beach and Nassau County each committed $600,000 to construction and renovation and FOL began its capital campaign three years ago to match these funds with $1.2 million in contributions. Once initial funding was in place and agreements completed, groundbreaking for the new wing was held in February, 2014. The new wing, which doubles the library’s size, opened in January, 2015. The original building was completely renovated and reopened in April, and new furniture and equipment has been coming in since then. “It’s been a long, but very rewarding campaign and we’re ready to celebrate our success. We have only $1.5 K to go to reach our $2.4 million goal which will add more furniture, equipment and finishing touches to complete the project so many people have worked so hard on,” Torre says. She expects the campaign to end in December, 2016.

Tickets to this celebration in what some are calling ‘the most inspiring, entertaining place in town’ are $100 each. To assure you don’t miss out, purchase them early on-line at, at the Fernandina Beach Library, 25 North 4th Street, or call (904) 321-6529.