March 11th, 2016

Hemming Park is excited to be hosting GastroFest for its second year on March 19, 2016! GastroFest celebrates Jacksonville’s culinary scene featuring tastes, films, talk and workshops all throughout the day. Beginning at 11 am and going to 10 pm, GastroFest will be an awesome event full of great food and entertainment!


You can buy Taste Tickets or Star Passes to try the restaurants’ and food trucks’ food throughout the day. Taste Tickets are $1 each and most Taste are 3 Tickets or less. Four Star Passes will get you all the Tastes in the park, and Five Start Passes will get you all the Tastes, plus alcohol, a GastroFest Bag and a souvenir cup from Friends of Hemming. Aside from all the tastes your mouth can think of, there is also a Kids & Education Zone from 11 am to 4:30 pm and a loaded schedule with free expert speakers, workshops at Down the Rabbit Hole, a Homebrew Contest and so much more!


The organization behind GastroFest, GastroJax, is a 501c3 organization. GastroJax fosters and preserves local cuisine by educating the public about local food and beverage sources, local restaurants, and North Florida dishes. GastroJax’s mission statement is: to foster a thriving local food scene in Jacksonville and put the region on the map as a culinary destination.


Originally designated as a public square, Hemming Park is Jacksonville’s first and oldest park. It now comprises of a 1.5-acre parcel. In 1866, the hiers of Isaiah D. Hart—the founder of Jacksonville—sold the area to the city for $10. For ages, this park became the hub of commerce and the public meeting place for citizens everywhere. Known as the heart of downtown for over a century, it the cultural and social center of the city. In 1978, when the grass was removed, the park was redesigned into a plaza. The Friends of Hemming Park seek to breathe life back into the heart of our city once again in hopes of revitalization of Jacksonville.


Themission of Friends of Hemming Park is to transform Jacksonville’s oldest public park into a modern, urban space that engages diverse communities and restores vitality to our city’s public square.


For more information on GastroFest, email at, and for questions or comments about Hemming Park, please click here.

Music @ Main

March 4th, 2016

Come visit Music @ Main March 13th, 2016 to listen to the Douglas Anderson Piano Students. Music @ Main offers many programs, including the popular monthly Intermezzo Sunday Concerts and has been named the best-attended ongoing series of adult programs that are held at the Library. With the Douglas Anderson Piano Students freely donating their time and talents, this Music @ Main is sure to be great.


Featured at Music @ Main this time is the Douglas Anderson Piano Students. This is a free event open to the public located at Hicks Auditorium at the Main Library and no reservations are required. This is open to all age groups, from young to old. The Douglas Anderson Piano Students are slated to begin at 3:00 pm and run until 4:30 pm. The Douglas Anderson Piano Students call the Douglas Anderson School of Arts—where Arts and Academics meet in excellence—their home. The faculty director of the Douglas Anderson Piano Students is Vera Watson.


The Douglas Anderson School of Arts’ mission statement is: Douglas Anderson School of Arts will be the leading public arts high school in the nation. Their beliefs include believing that arts define them, the arts enriches all human endeavors by bringing differences among people and teaching creative and critical thinking skills, the integration of arts and academics offers students great opportunity to succeed in post-secondary education and more.


Music @ Main programs began in February 2006. They are among the best-attended ongoing series of adult programs held at the Library. For the opportunity to perform in these series, all the performers have freely donated their time and talents to showcase them to the community. Programs are also presented in partnership with area schools, colleges and universities along with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Friday Musicale.


For parking for the concert, it is advised for library customers to utilize the public garage at the corner of Duval Street and Main Street. You are also able to take your garage ticket to the ground floor Popular Service Desk to receive validation for free parking weekday evenings when entering after 5 pm and on weekends. In addition, free on-street parking is available on weekends and evenings after 6 pm.


For more information about past and upcoming Music @ Main programs, visit the website here

Saturday Night Fever

February 26th, 2016


Get ready to be Stayin’ Alive for the Thrasher-Horne Center’s presentation of Saturday Night Fever! Coming March 6th and 7th at 7:30 pm, be brought back into 1970s Brooklyn, New York with this disco themed musical. Lauded as one of the most beloved dance stories of all time, Saturday Night Fever the musical is sure to get you on your feet and dancing.


Originally based on Nik Cohn’s 1975 New York Magazine article “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night” and developed into a screenplay in 1977 by Norman Wexler, Saturday Night Fever is filled with great music and a great story line. Following the young Tony Manero, this musical buds as a charming coming of age tale set in 1970s Brooklyn. It follows Tony’s weekend that is spent at the local discotheque. It is there that he relishes in the admiration of those around him and forgets the realities of his sordid life.


With music inspired from the film, including “Stayin’ Alive,” “Jive Talking,” “How Deep is Your Love,” and “Night Fever,” with a few more new songs written especially for this musical. states, “This show’s unique blend of poignancy and perpetual optimism coupled with the brilliance of the Bee Gees score and breathtaking choreography—should provide dazzlingly delightful nights for years to come.”


Saturday Night Fever is presented by the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts. The Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts is dedicated to developing and nurturing the artistic potential and growth of the students, residents, and visitors of the community by offering the very best of professional theater, dance, and music performances and visual art exhibits.


Tickets for the show start at $59.00 and go up to $69.00 with group rates available. To purchase your tickets for the show, click here.


For more information, please contact 904.276.6815.

Amelia National Golf & Country Club Offers Beach Club Memberships at Premier Beachfront Resort

February 19th, 2016

Located off Exit #373 off Interstate I-95, Amelia National is six miles east on AIA. Amelia National is catered to those who are well acquainted with the world’s finest private golf clubs. Some amenities in the area include a five-minute drive to the legendary charms of Amelia Island. The glorious ocean beaches, world-renowned sport fishing, quaint boutiques, fine restaurants and art galleries of historic Centre Street in Fernandia Beach are just some of the amenities offered in the area.

The Amelia National Golf & Country Club has partnered with the Golf Club of Amelia Island beach club to offer Amelia National residents membership opportunities to the resort’s exclusive pool and beach amenities. Beach club members enjoy access to the resort’s facilities and amenities including indoor and outdoor pools, beach access and exclusive beach club services such as the private ocean beachfront cabanas. Club members also enjoy preferred rates on an array of goods and services offered to resort guests.



Country club living at its best is found at Amelia National Golf & Country Club. Home to an 18-hole championship golf course and a championship-quality tennis facility with a pro shop, Amelia National Golf & Country Club strives to offer its best to its members and guests. The Country Club extends its hand in accommodating customer interests.


ICI Homes has introduced several new customizable floor plans to its home design collection and released 43 picturesque estate home sites at Amelia National Golf & Country Club. These homes are known best for their ability to completely customize a floor plan to uniquely suite the homeowner while simultaneously delivering the highest quality craftsmanship.


If you are an interested homebuyer, please visit the sales center at Amelia National Golf & Country Club from 10am to 5pm Tuesdays through Sundays to tour ICI Homes’ award-winning model home. Also, feel free to come by just to see what all Amelia National has to offer.


For more information or to schedule a discovery tour or private appointment, visit ICI Homes.

Jax Beach Classic Car Cruise

February 12th, 2016


Whether you want to show off your classic car or you want to admire your neighbor’s car, bring your family out and enjoy the Jax Beach Classic Car Cruise. The Better Jacksonville Beach Classic Car Cruise is held on the third Tuesday of each month and begins at 5:00pm and runs until 8:30pm.


Thanks to the support of the City of Jacksonville Beach, the Sea Walk Pavilion and Latham Plaza (across from the Pavilion, between 1st and 2nd St. on the corner of 2nd Ave N) can now be used to showcase pre-registered cars. If you are interested in showcasing your car, email Jon at Classic vehicles not showcased I the plazas are welcome to park in the city parking lot next to Latham Plaza. Spaces in that lot are public parking and not reserved, so we ask that you start parking your classic cars in the northwest corner near Jax Beach City Hall as space becomes available to keep everyone together. Unless you are parking at the Sea Walk Pavilion or Latham plaza, no registration is needed.


At 8:30, vehicles in the plaza (and anyone else with a classic car) will file out o cruise 1st St. The route is 1st north to 6th Ave, left on 6th Ave one block to 2nd St, go one block on 2nd St to 5th Ave, take 5th Ave east back to 1st St, then turn right back onto 1st St toward Beach Blvd.


Even if you don’t own a classic car, come by and watch as the cruisers show of their cool rides! This event is free and open to the public.


Additionally, the Jacksonville Beach Police Department is working in cooperation with this event. As a reminder to all participants, all traffic and open container laws will be enforced throughout the cruise. This even tis about encouraging families to come to the JBD and we ask you to be respectful of that.


Better Jacksonville Beach is a non-profit formed by community leaders and the business owners in the Jacksonville Beach Downtown. Their purpose is to create a thriving downtown Jacksonville Beach that encourages the families, residents, and visitors of the beaches communities to consider the area their go to destination. By working with city, community, and business leaders, we will create a downtown Jacksonville Beach that you want ot visit again.


If you have any further questions or comments, please contact

Musician Mondays

February 5th, 2016


Every Monday is Musician Mondays, Open-Mic night at 1904 Music Hall in Jacksonville. Beginning at 9:00pm and ending at 11:00pm, this event is great to expand your musical prowess. Come visit to listen or sing in Musician Monday, February 22nd.


Musicians Monday’s 1904 Music Hall is the premier event space in Jacksonville and is able to cater to the needs of an event of almost any kind. With a killer sound system, intelligent lighting, a knowledgeable and welcoming staff and an ever-expanding beer and wine list, 1904 Music Hall is the place to see a concert in Jacksonville.


Founded in 2011, 1904 was thought up by partners Duane, Jason and Brian. Their goal is to bring music and art to downtown Jacksonville and to help bring this wonderful city back to her former glory. 1904 is known to feature both local and national acts. The acoustics in the building make it a great place to see live music.


1904 Music Hall gets its name from originally being built in 1904 as a bar. The Music Hall has features over 100 years of architecture, surrounded by brick with 15-foot columns and wood beamed ceilings. The renovations to the building were taken into deep consideration of the history of the building. With a 2000 square foot courtyard with a view of the city’s skyline, 1904 Music Hall is proud to be located in the heart of downtown Jacksonville.


In addition to great music, 1904 Music Hall pays homage to its original intent as a bar and offers an ever-expanding beer and wine selection. Stay for great music, great drinks, and great people. If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact Duane at If you want to book your own show at 1904 Music Hall, contact They will be certain to make your show great!


For any more information about 1904 Music Hall, visit their website here.

Deerwood Country Club

January 29th, 2016


Deerwood Country Club was the first gated country club community in Jacksonville, Florida. After being established in the 1960s, it was regarded as the most exclusive residential area on the Southside of Jacksonville—and still holds that title today. When it first started out, it was 900 acres of land turned into residential community with stately homes and luxurious amenities. It became a destination for golfers and tennis professionals all over the world. Deerwood Country Club is now home to a wide array of amenities and strives to be one of the best gated country clubs in the area.

Deerwood Country Club was put on the map when golf architect George Cobb designed a stunning course for the country club in 1960. The course would eventually draw the attention of professional golfers, including competitors who game to Deerwood for the Greater Jacksonville Open and The Players Championship. Deerwood Country Club’s entire golf facility underwent complete renovations in 2004. It was during this time that Brian Silva—an award-winning golf architect—developed a brand new, par-72 course with five sets of tees ranging from 5,228 yards for the reds to 7,261 yards for the championship tees. Guests can spend several hours enjoying the breathtaking 18-hole championship course.

In addition to the golf course, Deerwood Country Club has a fitness center, swimming pool and tennis facility among other amenities. Deerwood has thousands of mature trees that line its country style lanes, numerous lakes and ponds, and several parks—including a 3-acre playground and park open to all residents from dawn to dusk.


The community offers a country club lifestyle filled with plenty of fun in the sun and excellent quality of life. In the past, Deerwood homes for sale were all single-family homes, but in recent years, the community has added condos and courtyard homes. The area offers residents friendly, family oriented communities with a wide array of homes, school system, low crime rate and easy access to all the amenities of Jacksonville. The “First Coast” features miles of unspoiled beaches, excursions, historical sites, sporting, gaming and cultural activities, unique shopping and dining, and numerous festivals and events.

For more information or any questions, please contact 904.641.6100.

Eagle Harbor Country Club

January 22nd, 2016


Eagle Harbor Country Club is a master-planned, resort-style community located on Fleming Island. Doctor’s Lake and Black Creek border this community located in Clay County. 20 miles from downtown Jacksonville, Eagle Harbor Country Club is located on Florida’s First Coast. Among a setting of lush 60-foot pines, the Club is home to a Golf Course, three aquatic facilities, a soccer complex and more.   In 1989, the original plan for the community began, with construction officially beginning in 1991. Residents first moved in in the fall of 1993. Today, Eagle Harbor Country Club is home to approximately 6000 residents among 3400 homes. Homes range in prices from $150,000 up to $1.2 million. The community boasts of its amenities it has to offer.   The Eagle Harbor Golf Club consists of an 18-hole champion golf course, including a full service pro-shop and restaurant. Designed by award-winning course architect Clyde B. Johnston, the golf course features rolling Bermuda grass fairways, multi-tiered Bermuda greens, and both grass and fine, white sugar sand bunkers. The course accommodates golfers of ever skill level by having four sets of tees and is 6,840 yards from the longest tee. Eagle Harbor offers a challenging course with narrow tree-lined fairways and water hazards. For information on Membership Fees and Privileges, click here or contact Charles Petronella at 904.269.9300.   In addition to the golf course, Eagle Harbor Country Club offers three aquatic centers. The Swim Park is a 10,000 square foot pool that contains 350,000 gallons of water, a 110-foot waterslide, diving boards, a sand volleyball court and Snack Bar. The Waterfront Park is the main operational hub for all event, activity, program and class registrations. The Park has four pools within the facility including a year-round heated lap pool for adults and aquatic classes, a frog splash pool for young children, an aquatic play feature and a zero depth entry family pool for everyone to enjoy. The newest facility, The Creekside Park, offers a unique log cabin appeal by being nestled between a wildlife preserve and Black Creek—it’s great for every outdoors fan! With two pools within the facility—including a family pool and a toddler splash pool—Creekside Park is a prime location for parties!   You can have a poolside party at any one of the three amazing aquatic facilities. Poolside cabanas are available in three-hour increments during operating hours and can accommodate up to 40 people. It is asked that you make reservations at least two weeks in advanced to better accommodate you and your requests. Party bookings are unavailable on holidays or holiday weekends due to the high volume of pool traffic. To make reservations, you can call Waterfront Park at 904.621.8362.   Enjoy your stay at Eagle Harbor Country Club! For additional information, visit the website here.

David Bruce and Mozart with Peter Wright

January 15th, 2016


The Florida Chamber Music Project is offering the experience of live classical music in an intimate chamber music setting for residents of St. Johns County, Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Clay County and the surrounding areas of Northeast Florida. The program is held at the Ponte Vedra Music Hall in Jacksonville, Florida. Coming January 24th is David Bruce and Mozart with Peter Wright. David Bruce’s “Gumboots” and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet will be performed. Ticket prices are only $23 per ticket.


Peter Wright is a musician in the Jacksonville Symphony, playing the clarinet. He has been a member of the Jacksonville Symphony since 1974. He has been featured with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra and Weber’s Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra. He also performed concertos by Copland, Mozart and Finzi. Aside from the Jacksonville Symphony, Wright is a member of the JSO woodwind quintet. Peter is on the Faculty at FCCJ and UNF as the clarinet instructor.


The primary purpose of the Florida Chamber Music Project is to foster and encourage the presentation of classical chamber music, to present and sponsor presentation of classical chamber music by highly qualified professional musicians, to increase awareness of classical chamber music in the State of Florida in general and in North Florida in particular, and to provide educational institutions with opportunities to educate students of all kinds concerning the nature and value of classical chamber music and its performance.


The composer of the World Premier music for the Florida Chamber Music Project, Piotr Szewczyk is from Warsaw, Poland. He is a violin player for the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Szewczyk holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in violin and composition from the University of Cincinnati College—Conservatory of Music.


For more information on the Florida Chamber Music Project, contact


The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall (PVCH), a multipurpose performing arts facility located in the heart of Ponte Vedra Beach. Varying from a 450-person theatre style layout, or up to a 900-person standing room only concert hall, this modern performing arts facility offers flexibility to house multiple events. With your help, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall has the ability become the #1 intimate venue in the Southeastern United States. The facility offers a large performace stage, dressing rooms, a visual arts lobby, catering facilities and bar, and even more.


For more information on renting the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall for your private event, please contact Michael Livingston at or 904-209-3752.


Free Tuesdays at the Cummer Museum

January 8th, 2016


Free Tuesdays at the Cummer Museum and its historic Gardens includes free admission to the Museum and Gardens, thanks to the generous support of Florida Blue. This is offered from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The Cummer Café remains open each Tuesday evening for Tapas Tuesday—sponsored by VyStar Credit Union.


Located in the historic Riverside section of Jacksonville, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is just minutes away from Interstate 95. The Cummer Museum overlooks 2.5 acres of historic gardens and is situated on the banks of the St. Johns River. Providing the perfect blend of art, gardens, and education that inspires the imagination, the Cummer Museum is for all ages.


Feel free to take a guided tour of the Cummer Museum’s Permanent Collection, current exhibitions, and Gardens to become acquainted with the Museum. This feature is ideal for if you are visiting on your own, with your children, with friends, or just about anyone!


Enjoy the art of the Cummer Museum as it holds one of the finest art collections in the Southeast. With nearly 5,000 objects in its Permanent Collection, the Museum offers world-class art spanning from 2100 B.C. through the 21st century. Throughout the year there are special exhibits on display and the Museum is also home to the Wark Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain.


Don’t forget to enjoy a stroll through the Museum’s lush gardens. With 2.5 acres of historic gardens, there are unique examples of early 20th century garden design—featuring reflecting pools, fountains, arbors, antique ornaments, and sculptures. There are four beautiful gardens to explore, the English Garden, the Italian Garden, the Olmsted Garden, and the Sculpture Garden. Each garden provides a unique perspective.


The Museum prides itself as being an educational hub. With a hands-on interactive education center, The Museum enhances the cultural learning of visitors of all ages. There are exhibitions for children as young as 18 months to enjoy! Classes are offered to both children and adults to express their creativity through art.


The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens’ Mission Statement is to engage and inspire through the arts, gardens, and education. The vision they have created is to reach out to a diverse audience through outstanding artistic offerings, dynamic learning experiences, and opportunities to participate in the beauty of the natural world.


For more information or questions, contact 904.356.6857.