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Thank you, donors!

Curious George (aka Story & Song's Dylan Gelderman) met with fans young and old this week as we celebrated the 82nd anniversary of the first Curious George story.

Thanks to all of you who have donated to Story & Song's Foundation, StoryTime with Ms. Dearsha went on the road this week to area preschools.

When children learn to fall in love with reading, they have a much better chance of excelling in school ... and in life.

Highlight of the Week

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$25 tickets include a glass of wine & appetizers.

$55 tickets also include a signed cookbook.

"Madam Fromage's

Adventures in Cheese"

Cookbook Release Event

Friday, September 22, 3 pm

The world of cheese is fascinating and the enjoyment of cheese continues to grow. Join us to celebrate Tenaya Darlington's new book with beautiful cheese boards, delightful wine, and a conversation with our Chef Rachel Tyler and local Cheese Master Meredith Hultmann about choosing, tasting, pairing, sharing and even making your own cheese. Perfect inspiration for easy entertaining!

Also this week at Story & Song...

September 18 - 25

"Welcome Coffee"

with the Women of Nassau

Monday, September 18, 10 am

Women of Nassau welcome any ladies who are new to Fernandina Beach or who have lived here and are interested in meeting new people and getting involved in community. Everyone, including new and current members, are welcome to attend on the third Monday of every month.


no reservations required


no reservation required.

"Poetry Canteen"

Tuesday, 3:30 pm

On the 3rd Tuesday of the month, Amelia Island’s Poet Laureate Nola Perez and friends gather to share their love of poetry, reading their own works or favorites of others. There will be a five-minute “open mic” format to read your work.

"Cinema & Conversation"

Wednesday, 6 pm

This month, we're taking a break from our usual feature film fare for a special screening of Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America. Interweaving lecture, personal anecdotes, interviews, and shocking revelations, lawyer Jeffery Robinson draws a stark timeline of anti-Black racism in the United States, from slavery to the modern myth of a post-racial America. Join us to watch this compelling documentary, and stay for a facilitated discussion after.


no reservation required.


No RSVP Needed

Conserve Nassau Celebration

Thursday, 6 pm

Come celebrate Conserve Nassau’s first six months in action as a nonprofit and provide your input. You'll learn about several initiatives, including Nassau Conservation Network, working for economic, environmental and social sustainability and resiliency in our diverse county.

Contact information:

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It's Fall

by Renée Kurilla

Little Brown Books


with Ms. Dearsha

Saturday, 10:30 am

An homage to the joys of the season--from jumping into piles of leaves, to trick-or-treating, to baking tasty meals--written in sweet and simple verse. Colors bursting, shadows tall. There's lots to celebrate--it's fall!

Follow your feet to the StoryTime rug!

StoryTime - with craft or activity to follow - is free.

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no reservation required.

"Jawsome Sharks"

Book Release Party

with Joelle Crahay

Saturday, 2 pm

Find out fun facts and tips for shark teeth hunting on Amelia Island as we unveil a new book written by Joelle Crahay and published by Story & Song Press in partnership with Keep Nassau Beautiful. Come see some awesome shark teeth and snack on a shark cookie!

Save the date

for a very special event

Purchase $35 tickets here.

"Gypsy Jazz"

with Tim Kliphuis

& Jimmy Grant

Sunday, October 1, 2 pm

You'll be transported to a Parisian cafe in the 1940s when internationally-acclaimed violinist Tim Kliphuis, joined by guitarist Jimmy Grant, recreate the sounds of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.

This program made possible by our sponsor, Dr. Ron Norman

Other upcoming events of note

Amelia Island Opera and Story & Song Center for Arts & Culture are proud to be strengthening their relationship with the launch of a new annual concert series:

Amelia Island Opera Concert Series at Story & Song.

This series, generously sponsored by Paul Bosland, will feature versatile and intimate concerts in Story & Song's Art Gallery, showcasing a mix of opera, musical theatre, art song, chamber music, and more. Perfect for patrons who appreciate variety!

A limited number of VIP Concert Series Subscription Packages are available for $180. This package includes:

  1. Tickets to all four concerts (either Saturdays or Sundays), 
  2. Reserved seating at each concert
  3. Exclusive “Meet the Artists” reception after the final concert with heavy hors d'oeuvres prepared by our Bistro and flowing champagne

Click here to purchase a Subscription Package

Individual tickets for each concert ($35) are also available. Click here.

"The Girls Who Fought Crime"

with Major Gen. Mari K. Eder

Tuesday, September 26, 3 pm

Join us in a discussion with renowned author, speaker, and retired U.S. Army Major General Mari K. Eder, about the untold true story of the country’s first female investigator and her crime fighting squad. The Girls Who Fight Crime  is an inspiring feminist tale of a woman who dedicated her entire life to NYPD, upending the patriarchy and the status quo for women working in public service.

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no reservation required.


no reservation required.

"Ink & Valor:

Celebrating Military Voices"

Author Talk with Amelia Island Writers

Tuesday, September 26, 4 pm

All are welcome to listen to local veterans John Pulsinelli,

Luis Diaz, and Ralph DeFalco talk about what inspired them

to write their stories.

"The Artist's Studio"

with Alan Peralta

Thursday, Sept. 28, 4 pm

Join us for a new conversation series at Story & Song about the need to create. Local artist Alan Peralta will join Donna in conversation about his early inspiration from his neighbor "Charlie", his creative processes and how living and working on many continents gave him opportunities to sketch, paint, and grow.

While pianist Joyce Ellerson plays classical and light jazz, enjoy these appetizers from our Bistro:

Provencal Tomato Bruschetta

Roasted Beet Relish and Goat Cheese Bites

Tarragon and Shallot Grilled Chicken Skewers

Saucisses Feuilletées

Apricot Cake

$20 tickets include a glass of wine, appetizers, and the program.

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no reservation required.

"Age Is Just A Number"

Author Talk with Dr. Ankur Patel

Friday, September 29, 3 pm

Author and geriatrician Dr. Ankur Patel shares secrets for getting the most out of life. You’ll discover how to take charge of your own health by focusing on all that you can control.

Wine and cheese reception with the author to follow.

"Amelia Island

Dog Lovers Guide"

Book Launch with Wilma Allen

Saturday, September 30, 2 pm

They are everywhere… dogs of Amelia dancing and prancing smartly along on leashes. You'll see them peering intently from car windows, strollers, and shopping carts. In this new book, Wilma pays tribute to dogs and their humans with delightful stories and photos. All proceeds benefit local animal service organizations. Join us for a presentation, doggie-shaped cookies (for humans) and book signing.


no reservation required.

"Annual Book Group Dinner"

Tuesday, October 3, 6 pm

What will your book group read next? What new books will spark lively conversation? Join us as we welcome three of our favorite sales reps from Penguin Random House back to introduce this season's new books. Dinner will feature recipes from new cookbooks, including:

Sweet Potato Benne Seed Biscuits


(Stuffed & Fried Rice Balls)

Qorma e Nakhod

(Stewed Chickpeas with Spinach and Goat Cheese)

Reems Kafta bil Bandora

(Meatballs in a Middle Eastern Spiced Red Sauce)

World Central’s Tamales

Apple Cranberry Kale Salad


(Korean Chewy Noodle)

Diana's Chocolate Birthday Cake

Torta de Cambur

(Venezuelan Banana Bread)

B. Dylan Hollis’ Potato Chip Cookies

Forward this newsletter to members

of your book group!

Recipes taken from

The World Central Kitchen Cookbook by José Andrés,

Texture Over Taste by Joshua Weissman,

Baking Yesteryear by B. Dylan Hollis, and Natasha's Kitchen by Natasha Kravchuk.

$30 tickets include dinner, a glass of wine, and the program.

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Purchase $25 tickets here for Saturday or Sunday.

"Tru": A One-Man Show

with Sam Cobean

Saturday, October 14, 5 pm

& Sunday, October 15, 2 pm

This one-man show starring Sam Cobean, directed by Ron Kurtz, is adapted from the words and works of Truman Capote. Tru takes place in the writer's New York City apartment during the week before Christmas 1975. Capote's novel has just been published, and the author's friends, recognizing the characters as thinly veiled versions of themselves, have turned their back on the man they once considered a close confidant.

Click here to see all upcoming events

Weekly Seasonal Soup Subscriptions

Click here to order your Soup Subscriptions

How it works:

 ♦ Each week we'll feature a bowl of soup inspired by some of our favorite cookbooks.

 ♦ Select which weeks you'd like to participate and pre-pay (in-store or online) 

♦ $16 for 24 oz. of soup (enough to feed two)

 ♦ Pick-up any time after 11 am Monday (best enjoyed the same day)

September 18 - Tomato Soup with Cantaloupe

Refreshing and tart, this chilled tomato soup contains sweet melon balls for a tasty textural treat.

September 25 - Orange and Chipotle Butternut Squash Bisque

Smoky chipotle, sweet orange, and salty pepitas add layers of flavor to this creamy, cold bisque.

~ We Return to Hot Soups in October ~

October 2 - Story & Song Signature Chili

We are welcoming back our hot soup season with our house-made chili! Served with corn cake and garnished with sour cream and onions.

October 9 - Three Sisters Soup

In celebration of Indigenous People- the Cherokee call squash, corn, & beans "Three Sisters" because they nourish each other like family when planted together. Served with fry bread.

October 16 - Mushroom Barley Brie

Aromatic, hearty, and nourishing, this soup is served with sourdough and garnished with a red wine reduction.

October 23 - Italian-Herbed Minestrone

Italian vegetable soup with herbs and pasta. Served with baguette and garnished with basil.

October 30 - Creamy Coconut Thai Pumpkin Soup

Happy Halloween! Enjoy a lightly spiced take on a fall favorite. Served with Roti and garnished with coconut milk.

Remember that a soup subscription makes a caring gift.

Click here to order upcoming soups.

This Week's Bistro Specials

Weekly Soup Special

Chilled Tomato Soup with Cantaloupe

~Serving Brunch & Lunch until 2 pm daily~

~Coffee, Wines, Craft Beers & Fresh Baked Goods All Day~

Care Packages

We're here to help when you need a little something for someone home-bound.

Panini Special

Rosemary- Infused Apple Butter and Gouda on Sourdough

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Our partnership with enables you to purchase any of the books featured in this newsletter by clicking on the jacket image. Books will be shipped to you directly from our warehouse, or you may also pick up at the store by placing your order here.

THANK YOU for making the choice to support community-focused organizations like ours!

When you order for the first time, please use this link to support Story & Song:

New Releases in Hardcover

(on sale Tuesday)


by Nathan Hill

The NYT best-selling author of The Nix is back with a poignant and witty novel about marriage, the often baffling pursuit of health and happiness, and the stories that bind us together. When Jack and Elizabeth meet as college students in the '90s, the two quickly join forces and hold on tight, each eager to claim a place in Chicago's thriving underground art scene with an appreciative kindred spirit. Fast-forward twenty years to married life, and alongside the challenges of parenting, they encounter cults disguised as mindfulness support groups, polyamorous would-be suitors, Facebook wars, and something called Love Potion Number Nine. Jack and Elizabeth must undertake separate, personal excavations, or risk losing the best thing in their lives: each other.

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Reserve to pick-up in-store or to mail

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Random House

Reserve to pick-up in-store or to mail

North Woods

by Daniel Mason

When two young lovers abscond from a Puritan colony, little do they know that their humble cabin in the woods will become the home of an extraordinary succession of human and nonhuman characters alike. An English soldier, destined for glory, abandons the battlefields of the New World to devote himself to growing apples. A pair of spinster twins navigate war and famine, envy and desire. A crime reporter unearths an ancient mass grave--only to discover that the earth refuse to give up their secrets. A lovelorn painter, a sinister con man, a stalking panther, a lusty beetle: As the inhabitants confront the wonder and mystery around them, they begin to realize that the dark, raucous, beautiful past is very much alive. How do we live on, even after we're gone?

The Last Devil to Die

by Richard Osman

A new mystery is afoot in the fourth book in the Thursday Murder Club series from million-copy bestselling author Richard Osman. It's rarely a quiet day for the Thursday Murder Club. Shocking news reaches them- an old friend has been killed, and a dangerous package he was protecting has gone missing.The gang's search leads them into the antiques business, where the tricks of the trade are as old as the objects themselves. As they encounter drug dealers, art forgers, and online fraudsters- as well as heartache close to home- Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim have no idea whom to trust. With the body count rising, the clock ticking down, and trouble firmly on their tail, has their luck finally run out? And who will be the last devil to die?

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Pamela Doorman Books

Reserve to pick-up in-store or to mail

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Harper Collins

Reserve to pick-up in-store or to mail


by Anderson Cooper & Katherine Howe

Signed Copies Available

The number one New York Times bestselling authors of Vanderbilt return with another riveting history of a legendary American family, the Astors, and how they built and lavished their fortune. The family fortune, first made by a beaver trapping business that grew into an empire, was then amplified by holdings in Manhattan real estate. Over the ensuing generations, Astors ruled Gilded Age New York society and inserted themselves into political and cultural life, but also suffered the most famous loss on the Titanic, one of many shocking and unexpected twists in the family's story.

Zach's Sci-Fi / Fantasy Picks of the Week

(on sale Tuesday)

Starter Villain

by John Scalzi

Charlie's life is going nowhere fast. A divorced substitute teacher living with his cat in a house his siblings want to sell, all he wants is to open a pub downtown, if only the bank will approve his loan. Then his long-lost uncle Jake dies and leaves his supervillain business (complete with island volcano lair) to Charlie. But Jake had enemies, and now they're coming after Charlie. His uncle might have been a stand-up, old-fashioned kind of villain, but these are the real thing: rich, soulless predators backed by multinational corporations. It's up to Charlie to win the war his uncle started against a league of supervillains. But with unionized dolphins, hyper-intelligent talking spy cats, and a terrifying henchperson at his side, going bad is starting to look pretty good.

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Tor Books

Reserve to pick-up in-store or to mail

Just for Kids & "Kids at Heart"

(on sale Tuesday)

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Mr. and Mrs. Gargleson-Bittle are looking for a change. Their life has become too quiet, and little changes like eating waffles only help for a moment. They decide to get a pet--but what kind should they have? First they welcome a snail into their home, then an elephant named Louise, then an aardvark named Sam. One by one they come, and while the house is definitely no longer quiet, Mr. and Mrs. Gargleson-Bittle still have room and love for more.

Ages: 4 - 8

The Welcome Home

Amy June Bates

Simon & Schuster


Reserve for in-store pick-up or to mail

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From #1 NYT bestselling author Kathryn Purdie.

The Midnight Forest. The Fanged Creature. Two fortune-telling cards that spell an untimely death for 17-year-old Clara. Despite the ever-present warning from her fortune-teller grandmother, Clara embarks on a dangerous journey into the deadly Forest Grimm to procure a magical book--Sortes Fortunae, the Book of Fortunes--with the power to reverse the curse on her village and save her mother.

Ages: 13 - 18

The Forest Grimm

by Kathryn Purdie

Wednesday Books


Reserve for in-store pick-up or to mail

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The Vanderbeekers are looking forward to the wedding of two of their favorite people! But when one of the siblings receives a dire diagnosis, instead of preparing for a celebration, the family is suddenly spending their time at the hospital. And soon they are helping a newly-made and critically ill friend, even as they struggle with how their own lives have turned upside down.

Ages: 8 - 12

The Vanderbeekers:

Ever After

by Karina Yan Glaser

Clarion Books


Reserve for in-store pick-up or to mail

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