Holiday Fun: Home Tour, Caroling, Glow Night, Parades

Peek inside some of Fernandina’s lovely, historic private residences during Holiday Home Tour. Enjoy a bonfire while listening to carolers at Fort Clinch. Luminaries light “Christmas Glow” night, plus the Fernandina Lighted Christmas Parade and more…

FESTIVE FERNANDINA: Holiday Highlights, Amelia Island

This small barrier island with a big heart at its “Centre” — the historic corridor of downtown Fernandina Beach — combines special events with its endearing small-town ambiance, for a cozy coastal experience every Christmas season.

Florida Gardening: Grow Rutabaga in Winter

Rutabaga is a cool season vegetable, which means it grows best in the winter in Florida. Garden Talk Q & A, Nassau County Florida Extension.

Florida Gardening: Muscadine Grapes For Wine, Growing Citrus

Q & A about growing Muscadine grapes for wine making in northeast Florida and growing citrus.

Amelia Island Events November and December 2012

Besides 2012’s holiday season events, check out other Amelia Island events happening in November and December around the Fernandina Beach area. Saturdays, visit two Farmers’ markets (Amelia Farmers Market at Omni Amelia Island Plantation and Amelia Marketplace in downtown Fernandina).

Poinsettias Can Be Outdoor Landscape Plants in Florida

Learn more about poinsettia myths (they’re NOT poisonous to humans and/or pets). Gardening fact vs. fiction from horticultural expert at the Nassau County Extension.

Fernandina Beach, Microcosm of Nation’s Capital

Fernandina Beach is removed from the bustle of big towns, but offers a unique vantage point. You see, the tiny town has a front-row seat to the political zaniness in Washington, D.C. The same political dysfunction is occurring here — a microcosm of the nation’s capital. Read opinion column by Steve Nicklas.

WEEKEND: Small-town Holiday Traditions in Fernandina Beach

In life, family traditions endure through generations, from recipes cooked, special crafts made, the gathering of relatives, and other actions that become rituals over time. Just like families, communities also have their own. The first weekend in December each year is one filled with small-town holiday traditions, including Friday’s “Christmas Glow Night” when luminaries line 2-miles of Atlantic Avenue.