Local Events

DECEMBER
Corner Show Small Paintings
Plantation Artists’ Guild & Gallery will feature artwork of exhibiting member’s that will make great small gifts for the holidays. Come see some lovely artwork by Noelle Almond and Susan Hitchcock to name a few. While there, be sure to check out the rest the gallery has to offer. Hours Mon 11 a.m.-5 p.m.,Tues 9 a.m.-1 p.m.,Wednesday -Saturday 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. 94 Amelia Village Circle in the Omni Amelia Island Resort shops. (904) 432-1750. Visit paggart.com.

DECEMBER 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21
Twelve Dances of Christmas
Ballroom On Amelia will be offering the 12 Dances of Christmas during the month of December for the Tuesday and Thursday night classes. Two dance styles will be offered and will rotate throughout the month. Class time 7:00-8:30 p.m. $15 per person. This is a perfect time to come and try out some dance styles that interest you.Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha, Salsa, Foxtrot and several others. Ballroom On Amelia is located at 1897 Island Walkway at RAD Studios. No partner or reservation is required. Contact us at (904) 624-0886, visit our website at ballroomonmelia.com or our Facebook page. Studio closed December 22-January 3, classes resume January 4.

DECEMBER 3
Amelia Chamber Music Festival
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis & guest vocalist Alita Moses. This year’s performance will fill you with the spirit of the holidays as they perform their own big band version of holiday classics. First Baptist Church 1600 S. 8th Street. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $80-$120 and available online at www.aicmf.org. Call (904) 261-1779 for more information.

DECEMBER 3
AICMF Young Patrons After-Party at Mocoma Beer Company
After you enjoy Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis & guest vocalist Alita Moses, you can join the after party at Mocoma Beer Company. If you are 21-50 years old, join the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festivals Young Patrons and get special tickets prices for Wynton Marsalis and join the free after party at Mocoma Beer Company 629 South 8th Street. For reservation and info, visit www.aicmf.org/youngpatrons or (904) 261-1779.

DECEMBER 3, 4, 11
First Annual Historic Tours and Craft Bazaar
Trinity United Methodist Church’s congregation invites you to the corner of 8th and Ash Streets to see our 1892 sanctuary, all decorated for Christmas. The sunlight coming through the stained glass windows is a sight to behold. We are preparing for the 200th anniversary of the formation of the church in 1822. The Craft Bazaar will have many gifts available including Christmas-themed crafts and decorations. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 715 Ash Street. (904) 310-9620

December 3-5, 9-12, 16-18
Miss Bennet, Christmas at Pemberley
Amelia Community Theatre, ACT, presents the family comedy “Miss Bennet, Christmas at Pemberley” by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon. Set two years after Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the focus is on romance for middle-sister Mary Bennet. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on December 5 and 12. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students in the Main Stage theatre at 207 Cedar Street. www.AmeliaCommunityTheatre.org or call (904) 261-6749 for tickets.

DECEMBER 4
1,000 Start-Ups Small Business Fair
Celebrate small business and learn from the business community. Great information, mentorship and networking opportunities are all found at the 1,000 Start-Ups Fair. Get your plans together and start the new year powering up your enterprise. $25 refundable fee to set up. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. To register email [email protected]. Visit the fair at Macedonia AME Church, 202 S. 9th Street.

DECEMBER 4
11th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade
All are invited! Come enjoy the magic of the holiday season, organized by America’s Youth. The parade will consist of bands, dancers, lighted floats, and more. Parade route starts at Central Park traveling along Ash street to Front street, turning east on Centre street ending at Central Park on Atlantic avenue. Parade begins at 6 p.m. For information on becoming a participant, contact John Gilbert at [email protected].

DECEMBER 4
The Jazz Spirit of Christmas Show
Featuring The Dynamic Les DeMerle with Bonnie Eisele vocals, Johnnie Robinson on saxophone, and Doug Matthews on keyboard. This seasoned band will be swinging hard on the Christmas tunes we all know and love. Two performances, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. $25. Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118

DECEMBER 5
Reindeer Run Half Marathon and 5k Race
This is a running/walking event through Fernandina Beach to help raise funds for our community. For registration information, please contact Susie DeMille at [email protected]. Race begins at Main Beach Park 7:00a.m.

DECEMBER 9
Island Rhythms, Dee Dee Bartels
Once the Captain of a shrimp boat, Fernandina’s beloved Dee Dee Bartels will entertain you with her stories, wow you with her art and raise your consciousness with her poetry. Her new book, Island Rhythms, reflects on her life in Carriacou. Also a playwright and activist she has plenty to share. 2 p.m. Free and seating is limited. Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118

DECEMBER 9, 10, 11, 12
Dickens on Centre
Dickens on Centre is a Victorian holiday festival that transforms downtown Fernandina Beach into the time of Charles Dickens, themed after his popular novel, A Christmas Carol. Join us Thursday, December 9, at 6:30 p.m. for the Dickens illuminated procession, a Victorian walking lantern parade followed by fireworks. Enjoy a weekend of holiday cheer with the Dickens on Centre festival starting Friday, December 10 at 5 p.m. through Sunday, December 12 at 7 p.m. Meet St. Nick in his workshop within Tiny Tim’s Kid Zone. Shop for unique holiday gifts while wandering through the Artist Alley or strolling Peddlers Village. Enjoy a bite to eat in the Festival Courtyard or a fizzy beverage at Fizziwig’s. Stay for the variety of period performances on multiple stages and in the streets throughout the festival. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/xzbzjf5s.

DECEMBER 11
EAA Young Eagles
Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport and Fernandina Beach Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association will be hosting its annual Young Eagles Day providing free flights to youth. Food truck vendors will provide food. Enjoy your lunch courtesy of the Airport Department on the second story observation deck overlooking the runways and airport grounds. Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport, 700 Airport Rd. 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information, please contact Nathan Coyle at [email protected] or (904) 310-3436.

DECEMBER 12
Fishin’ For Love
A staged reading with Linda Guecia. Local actors Doug McDowell and Martha McDowell perform dramatic readings of excerpts from Linda Guecias book Fishin’ For Love. Free and seating is limited. 12 p.m. Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, 1430 Park Avenue. Call (904) 601-2118 for more information.

DECEMBER 18
An Evening of Story & Song – The Don Juans
Two of Nashville’s best singer-songwriters! Grammy award winners Don Henry and Jon Vezner perform a holiday special as The Don Juans. 5 p.m. $25 tickets. Call (904) 601-2118 for reservations or more information. Story & Song Bookstore Bistro. 1430 Park Avenue.

DECEMBER 29
The Bootleggers Mistress
A streetwise African American teenager departs South Carolina during the depression. In her travels through the span of 80 years, she claims the identity of her alter ego while living the good life as a nationally respected media mogul. The Bootleggers’ Mistress embodies the essence of the Great Migration of the repressive South to the purportedly economic opportunity laden North during the 20th Century. Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, 1430 Park Avenue. [email protected]. (904) 601-2118

DECEMBER 31
A New Years Eve in Venice
Swing in the New Year with The Dynamic Les DeMerle and his band featuring Bonnie Eisele vocals, Johnnie Robinson on Saxophones, Doug Matthews on Keyboards. Ring in the New Year Italian style! Enjoy dinner and a champagne toast to the New Year! Two show times are scheduled, 5:00p.m. and 7:00p.m. Tickets $50 includes dinner. Story & Song Bookstore & Bistro 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118

DECEMBER 31
Ritz-Carlton New YearsEve Gala
Seventh Annual Gala with luxurious food buffets including a seafood and sushi station, salad station, antipasti and appetizers. Dance all night with live music and enjoy an open bar and fireworks with a champagne toast. Black & White attire is encouraged. Masks are provided or bring your own. Premium seating available pricing includes service charge. Doors open at 9 p.m. $295 per guest. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy.

DECEMBER 31
New Year’s Eve Shrimp Drop
Light Up Amelia and the City of Fernandina Beach will be hosting the annual New Year’s Shrimp Drop featuring music, food trucks, and commercial vendors. The shrimp will drop at 7 p.m. followed immediately by fireworks. 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Front Street in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach.