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Join us for an un-bee-lievable Thoughtful Tuesday June 18

published: June 10th, 2024 by

AIP’s 50th Anniversary Explore Amelia Nature Festival coincides with National Pollinator Week, an annual celebration to raise awareness of pollinators and the role they play in our ecosystems, economies, and agriculture. We’ve invited local beekeeper Pete Smith, also known as the Hive Pirate, to tell us all about bees during Thoughtful Tuesday at 5 pm June 18 in The Oaks, 203 Sea Marsh. Smith, a Florida Registered Beekeeper and a participant in the UF/IFAS Master Beekeeper Program, will also speak about his work producing honey on Amelia Island and Cumberland Island. Event check-in will begin at 4:30 pm with wine… Read More »

Nesting season is underway for Florida’s waterbirds

published: March 18th, 2024 by

With nesting season underway for shorebirds, seabirds and wading birds, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is sharing tips with beachgoers on how to help protect our waterbirds while enjoying the shore. During this time of year, many shorebird and seabird species nest directly on beaches across the state where their eggs and chicks are well camouflaged in the sand. Colonies of wading birds, such as herons, will typically nest on mangrove islands off the coast. Because our state’s beaches and shorelines are critical for waterbird nesting, people enjoying time near the shore can play a big part… Read More »

WTA excitement returns to Racquet Park on March 23

published: March 11th, 2024 by

As part of our AIP 50th anniversary celebrations, AIPCA will host “Game, Set, Match!” on Saturday, March 23, to mark the important role WTA tennis played in the history of AIP. Former AIP touring professional and resident Kathy Rinaldi will be joined by WTA standouts Ann Grossman and Brenda Schultz, who all competed at AIP, will return for a day of court-focused activities at Racquet Park. Rinaldi, who turned pro at age 14, was a WTA Top 10 professional tennis player in singles and doubles and reached the semifinals at all Grand Slam tournaments in singles/doubles or mixed. She is… Read More »

Historical photo of American Beach

American Beach the focus of our next Thoughtful Thursday

published: March 11th, 2024 by

At a time when African Americans were denied entry to most public beaches in Florida, A.L. Lewis, president of the pioneering black-owned business, the Afro-American Life Insurance Company, founded the American Beach community on Amelia Island in 1935 as a haven during the Jim Crow era for first his employees and later the wider black community. We are thrilled to have distinguished scholar and Lewis’s great-granddaughter, Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, as our presenter to discuss the history and ongoing legacy of American Beach at Thoughtful Thursday at 5 pm March 21 at The Oaks, 203 Sea Marsh. Cole will take… Read More »

Play Bingo! with Emily as Game Night returns March 11

published: March 11th, 2024 by

It will be another fun-filled night of chance when Bingo! with Emily returns to Game Night Monday, March 11, at The Oaks, 203 Sea Marsh. Please note the later start time. Doors to the Sunset Room will open at 5 pm for card sales. Cards cost just $1. Sales are cash only, and $1 and $5 bills are greatly appreciated. Buy as many or as few cards as you want — your purchase will contribute to the prize pot. Attendees are welcome to bring their own refreshments and snacks. The games will start at 5:30 pm. See you there!

Learn more about the global impact of AIP landscape architect Ian McHarg

published: February 19th, 2024 by

“Focus on 50” is a three-part presentation series examining various aspects of Amelia Island Plantation’s history. Our Thoughtful Thursday on February 22 will kick-off this in-depth look into our history with “Design with Nature,” an influential book by one of the world’s most influential landscape architects of the 20th century – Ian McHarg. McHarg’s “McHargian Analysis” process sought to balance the built environment with the natural environment. This process laid the foundations for modern design and planning techniques used by engineers, planners, designers, etc, and Amelia Island Plantation is part of that storied, influential history. Dr. Taylor Clem from UF/IFAS… Read More »

Full house for ‘Reverberations of the Revolution”

published: January 17th, 2024 by

In partnership with the U.S. Constitution Scholarship Foundation, AIPCA hosted a presentation from EverScholar, “Reverberations of the Revolution,” on Monday, January 15, at Walker’s Landing. Moderated by AIPCA Board Member Owen Williams, the evening featured reflections on the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the founding fathers from Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law in both Yale College and Yale Law School. AIPCA Board Member Helen Cook Eustace spoke on behalf of the AIPCA at the event and previewed upcoming celebrations of Amelia Island Plantation’s 50th anniversary… Read More »

Community members gather at The Oaks to play Bingo! with Emily.

Start the new year with Game Night at The Oaks

published: January 3rd, 2024 by

Come join us for a fun-filled night of Bingo! with Emily on Monday, January 8, at The Oaks, 203 Sea Marsh. Doors to the Sunset Room open at 4:30 pm for card sales – cards are $1. (Cash only; $5 and $1 bills are greatly appreciated.) Buy as many or as few as you want — your card purchases contribute to the prize pot. Refreshments and snacks are welcome — games start at 5 pm.

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