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    Firebirds Wood Fired Grill Opens At The Strand On November 1st




    Firebirds Wood Fired Grill will be having their Grand Opening on Wednesday, November 1st in the Strand shopping center at 4826 Town Center Parkway. The 6,355-square-foot site will have 242 seats, 148 inside and 30 patio seats.

    Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is known for its bold flavors, warm hospitality and inviting atmosphere. Specializing in classic American cuisine grilled over an authentic wood-fired grill, Firebirds heightens the guests’ experience with unexpected delights such as chilled salad plates, meticulous table manicuring and refreshed frozen martini glasses. Unique features, including stacked stone entryways, exclusive artwork and the award winning FIREBAR® provide a full spectrum dining experience.

    The FIREBAR® boasts a wide selection of artisan cocktails such as its signature Double Black Diamond Martini® and a robust wine list, including its own private label wines, served at proper cellar temperatures. Firebirds’ scratch kitchen features a variety of offerings infused with bold flavors, including items such as its Wood Grilled Salmon and Chile Rubbed Delmonico grilled over local hickory, oak or pecan wood.

    With its mission to “Serve, Enrich and Exceed,” Firebirds prides its...   [Read More]




    Jax Bar-B-Que Fest Happening November 3 – November 5, 2017




    Get ready for an amazing 3 day bar-b-que fest filled with award-winning bbq, vendors, and live entertainment on 2 music stages at The Jacksonville Landing! Bring your lawn chairs and sit back and listen to some great local music. The festival is FREE and open to the public but best enjoyed with a VIP ticket. The VIP lounge is ONLY open on Saturday, November 4. First 150 receive a free swag bag. Click here: www.bit.ly/jaxbarbque to get your VIP tickets (while supplies last). 

    This year's festival will feature:

    Award Winning BBQ  Eating Contest VIP Lounge Drink Specials Kids Fun Zone Yard Games + so much more!

    Weekend Music Schedule: 

    Friday, November 3 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The Crazy Daysies/Rebecca Day 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. The Firewater Tent Revival Saturday, November 4 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. WildFire Rising 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Jason Evans Band 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Snake Blood Remedy 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. The Blues Factor Band Sunday, November 5 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Snacks Blues Band 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Cain't Never Could

    ...   [Read More]




    The Cowford Chophouse Will Open Thursday, October 26th




    The Cowford Chophouse will open to the public tomorrow, October 26th to the delight of many in Jacksonville.

    The steakhouse is located at 101 E. Bay St. and has been under construction since May 2015. Jacques Klempf, co-founder and partner in Forking Amazing restaurants, has spent over $6.5 million into bringing the old Bostwick building back to life, a project that Jacksonville officials and residents alike have been eager to see come to reality.

    Many details of this Renaissance Revival landmark have been restored to their original glory with support from the Downtown Investment Authority and the City of Jacksonville’s Historic Preservation Trust Fund. Restored elements include the historic arched windows, exterior bricks, metal cornice, and 300-year-old heart of pine lumber that is seen throughout the building today.

    Their menu will feature prime steaks, fresh seafood and from-scratch sides along with mouth watering desserts and their hours of operations are as follows.

    Monday - Thursday: 11am-10pm

    Friday: 11am-11pm

    Saturday: 3pm-11pm

    Sunday: 3pm-9pm

    ...   [Read More]




    Avondale Second Thursday Art Walk may be best new thing to happen in Riverside




    Save the date and make plans to explore the Avondale Art Walk produced by 904 Happy Hour in historic Riverside. The monthly event takes place every second Thursday from 5pm - 9pm in the The Shoppes of Avondale shopping district. The art walk is family friendly and free for all to attend. The next event is coming up on Thursday, November 9th and will be feature a pet costume contest as well as local Pet vendors and organizations.

    Visitors and art lovers will be able to browse over 70+ local artists & makers every month plus locally owned shops, boutiques & retail establishments in the shopping district will have extended hours. Besides the art and entertainment, indulge at some of North Florida's most popular & top rated dining destinations, cafe's and dessert shops located within Jacksonville's oldest historic districts.

    For event info and updates, visit AvondaleArtWalk.com For artist, vendor and sponsorship inquiries, please email Events@904HappyHour.com

    ...   [Read More]




    SEC Nation coming to Jacksonville this Saturday, October 28 for Florida vs Georgia 2017




    The SEC Network’s traveling pregame show, SEC Nation Presented by AT&T, will head to Jacksonville this Saturday, October 28 for the annual showdown between the Florida Gators and the undefeated Georgia Bulldogs. Airing live from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET on the banks of the St. Johns River in Met Park 2, the show will delve into the storylines of Southeastern Conference football before the Gators and the Dawgs face off at EverBank Field at 3:30 p.m. ET.

    The show includes live reports, analysis and features surrounding the world of SEC football, as well as special appearances from hometown favorites throughout the season. Laura Rutledge hosts the traveling pregame show, navigating the Saturday morning conversations with analysts Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears and Paul Finebaum, along with reporter Lauren Sisler. This is SEC Nation’s second stint in Jacksonville for the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, and marks the Gators’ 12th and the Dawgs’ ninth appearance on the show, respectively. In addition to the live show Saturday, the Met Park 2 set at Fan Fest will play host Friday to The Paul Finebaum Show, which airs from 2-3 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and 3-7 p.m. ET on SEC Network. Fans are invited to catch all five hours of #Finebau...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Sports

    Russian Gold medalists get $120,000 cash plus a new Mercedes after Olympics




    If you were on the Russian Olympic team and you were a medalist at the Sochi Games, you're in the money. The medal winners are given cash and a new Mercedes.   All of the Gold medalists in the Sochi Olympics were given $120,000 plus a brand new Mercedes GL SUV. The Silver medalists got $76,000 and a Mercedes ML, and the bronze medalists got $52,000 and a Mercedes GLK.   A total of 45 cars were distributed to the Olympic medalists. Russia won a Sochi-leading total of 33 medals, including 13 golds. The Russian athletes who won medals in the 2012 London Games received Audis instead of Mercedes.   For comparison's sake, The United States Olympians who medaled received $25,000 for a gold, $15,000 for a silver and $10,000 for a bronze. The money won by the United States medalists is then taxed by the IRS. Go Figure! ...   [Read More]




    Great Urban Race Coming To Jacksonville On March 8th




    JACKSONVILLE FL – The national running series Great Urban Race offers a mentally and physically challenging Saturday afternoon that takes participants dashing through their cities to visit local organizations, with an added bonus: runners are competing for a cash prize and potentially their share of $10,000. The urban scavenger hunt has been in existence since 2007, but will hit Jacksonville for the first time on March 8th. In 2014, Great Urban Race will take participants to big adventures in 14 domestic and international locations.

    Team members will solve and complete 12 unique clues at local Jacksonville businesses and landmarks.  In previous races, challenges have included one teammate lying on a bed of nails, walking on glass, and taking a photo with a live tiger. First, second, and third place finishers will receive a cash prize. The top 25 teams to complete the race in each location will secure a spot in the National Championship race, held in Vancouver on August 9th. The top teams at the Championship will take home a total of $10,000 in grand prizes.

     “Great Urban Race offers participants the most exciting Saturday imaginable,” says Event Director Jordan Diehl.  “People really have to think to co...   [Read More]




    Rumors: USA to play final pre-World Cup friendly vs. Nigeria in Jacksonville




    Jacksonville Fl - Rumors and multiple sources have said The US Men's Soccer Team will play its final sendoff match before the World Cup against Nigeria on June 7 at EverBank Field. 

    Photo Credit Gary Bogdon

    The U.S. intends to play three friendlies on home soil in late May and early June to get ready for the tournament. The last time the U.S. played in Jacksonville was on May 26, 2012, when Landon Donovan scored a hat trick as the US beat Scotland, 5-1 in front of 44,438 fans Sources say that the game this year, falling in a World Cup year and being the last friendly before the U.S. leaves for Brazil, could make it a 76,000 capacity sellout this time around.

    Tickets and more info will be released when available. 

    ...   [Read More]




    Jacksonville Armada - New NASL Soccer Team




    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – February 18, 2014 –The Jacksonville Armada FC has arrived! First Coast sports fans have a new professional soccer team to support today, with the announcement that the city’s North American Soccer League expansion team will be named Jacksonville Armada FC, in a nod to the area’s rich Spanish heritage and strong military connection.

    The team name was selected following a fan competition and survey that invited soccer fans across the region to provide suggestions for the new team’s name. Of the more than 1,500 responses, Armada FC was one of the most popular, closely aligning with the new soccer club’s vision of building a passionate, determined and progressive organization.

    Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, City Council President Bill Gulliford, Jacksonville Chamber President Daniel Davis and NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson, along with team executives, unveiled the club’s new name and logo in a press conference in front of media and fans at the Jacksonville Landing.

    “We love sports in Jacksonville, and we are excited to welcome our newest professional sports team,” said Mayor Alvin Brown. “Soccer is a great family-friendly game and it has a growing ba...   [Read More]




    2014 ROAR Audition Information




    Jacksonville Fl - The Jacksonville Jaguars announce details for the 2014 ROAR Cheerleader Auditions presented by Venus. Preliminary and semifinal auditions will be held at EverBank Field on Saturday, March 22nd. Final auditions will be held on Saturday, March 29th.  Interested candidates must register to audition by Monday, March 10th and must attend an audition class.  Registration information, audition class details and requirements are available at http://www.jaguars.com/cheerleaders/auditions.html.

    “Auditions are always an exciting time of the year,” said Jaguars Senior Manager of Cheerleading, Promotions and Programs Christy Stechman Zynda. “We are looking for enthusiastic candidates who are talented entertainers and will be outstanding ambassadors for our team and city.”

    THE ROAR, the Jacksonville Jaguars Cheerleaders, are an integral part of the Jaguars entertainment package during all home games. Under the direction of Christy Stechman Zynda, these NFL cheerleaders captivate fans with their high-energy dance routines. When not on the playing field, they serve as goodwill ambassadors for the Jaguars and the NFL by participating in community, corporate and charitable events throughout Jacksonville...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Food

    TACO BELL IS ROLLING OUT BREAKFAST NATIONALLY ON MARCH 27




    IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 24, 2014 – The wait is almost over. Taco Bell® Breakfast, which will offer the highly anticipated and revolutionary Waffle Taco, the all-in-one A.M. Crunchwrap™, and the already loved Cinnabon® Delights™, will be available in restaurants nationwide starting March 27, 2014 from 7am to 11am, or earlier.

    After breaking through and successfully introducing a variety of platforms and products – including FourthMeal®, Doritos® Locos Tacos and Cantina Bell® – Taco Bell is launching the brand’s largest, most extensive menu since it first opened its doors more than 50 years ago. Taco Bell Breakfast comes as a change to the traditional quick service restaurant (QSR) breakfast routine, bringing the brand’s distinctive approach to a crowded breakfast sandwich market. Taco Bell will not just deliver but will bring a little más to morning time, offering consumers a break from the usual.

    “Fans already like to come to Taco Bell for lunch and dinner, and they share with us their love of late night. Now they’re not just asking, but telling us they want Taco Bell Breakfast,” said Taco Bell President, Brian Niccol. “To give customers the great-...   [Read More]




    New Brewery Coming To Jacksonville Beach




    Jacksonville Beach Fl - Rumors are correct, there is a new brewery coming to Jacksonville Beach.

    Zeta Restaurant and bar will start brewing this spring. The restaurant, known for their delicious food and affordable weekend brunch is taking it to a new level. Zeta recently hired Chris Prevatt, who will be the head brewer. The restaurant has invested in a seven-barrel system and has filed permitting. 

    Zeta is hoping to have beer brewing by the end or March or mid April. Prevatt has been planning the new breweries ales and is hoping to have a India pale ale, rye pale, chocolate coffee stout and honey brown at launch. Prevatt plans on having 6 main lagers and a few seasonal ones after things get kicked off.

    Prevatt is a experienced home brewer who attended Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago, the best-known brewing school in the country. 

     

    ...   [Read More]




    Flavor Run Coming To Jacksonville




    Jacksonville Fl - The Flavor Run is coming to Nocatee on April 5th 2014. The Flavor Run supports local charities and local businesses through creating a unique fun run engaging all of your senses; taste, smell, touch, hearing, and sight. During this family friendly 5k, there will be Flavor Stations that will cover you in fruit flavored (FDA Approved/All Natural Corn Starch) celebration color powder followed by a refreshing taste of delicious fruits.

    The Flavor Run is meant for all levels and ages of runners. This 5K promotes a fun, family, community event where participants are coated from head to toe in different colored, fruit flavored, celebration powder at each mile. These FDA approved, all natural flavors, including banana, orange, grape, strawberry, watermelon, and blueberry will be spread throughout the run at aptly named "flavor stations" where runners will be covered with the powder as they run by.

    YES. We said "fruit flavored" - Blueberry, strawberry, orange, banana, watermelon, and grape! Plus we have an awesome Post-Run Flavor Zone includes everything from fruit, vendors, live entertainment, and children's activities.

    Sign up today for this fun, unique 5k experience. Our Flavor Team's Mi...   [Read More]




    Healthy Soup Options During the Cold and Flu Season




    The variations of soups are endless given the number of different proteins, grains and vegetables one could choose. Soup is oh so nourishing and it provides hydration, electrolytes, and energy for your body. A warm cup of soup is often the go-to food of choice if you unfortunately fall ill during cold and flu season. But are all soups healthy?

    Though comforting, soup typically has a high sodium content. One Cup of canned soup often has anywhere from 480 to 890 milligrams of sodium; this can reach up to 38% of the recommended maximum daily allowance of 2300 milligrams.

    If cream is used as the foundation for soup, such as in a bisque or chowder, the fat content may rise above 10 grams per cup; that’s 90 calories from fat! So how does one justify enjoying this simple dish while still meeting healthy standards?

    One option is to cook from scratch; by doing this you can replace the salt with herbs and spices. The outcome can be successful if you are comfortable in the kitchen or following a great recipe. Unfortunately for me, I tried this myself and results were inconsistent; sometimes very flavorful and other times my soup was quite watery. Another alternative for healthy people without kidney issues is to use a potassium based salt su...   [Read More]




    Champagne on a Budget:




    A Guide to First Class Taste on a Young Professional Budget:

     

    Lux: Dom Perpignan Champagne $150

             Dom Perignon is a prestife cuvee owned by Moët & Chandon. DP is aged at least 7 years before release to ensure maximum deliciousness.

    Less: Roederer Estate Brut $20                           

              Roederer Estate Brut is a sub $20 sparkling wine from California, it is similar to Dom in the look in feel.

    Lux: Veuve Clicquot Champagne  $40

              Veuve Clicquot’s yellow label is perhaps the most well marketed Champagne on the face of the planet.

    Less: J. Laurens Brut Cremant de Limoux $14                     

                A great Cremant de Limoux or Cremant de Bourgogne will be equal to or even beat ‘Yellow Label’ for less that $20. We love Lu...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Entertainment

    Jim Lauderdale Coming To The PV Concert Hall on August 14, 2015




    Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (June 8, 2015) — The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and Flying Saucer Presents proudly welcome GRAMMY-award winning Americana musician Jim Lauderdale & His Band on Friday, August 14, 2015. Tickets for Jim Lauderdale & His Band will go on sale to the public this Friday, June 12 at 10 a.m.

    “Few current acts sing with the command and authority Lauderdale brings to his performances, and fewer still have a set of songs at their disposal as good...” - All Music Guide

    Jim Lauderdale is a multiple GRAMMY and Americana Music Association Award-winning musician and one of the most respected artists working the Americana, Bluegrass and Country music communities today. His record, Buddy and Jim, which he wrote and recorded with longtime friend and collaborator Buddy Miller, was nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Americana Album category and several Americana Music Awards, a show which he has hosted since 2002.

    Lauderdale has always stayed true to his North Carolina roots but is influenced from the experience of his travels. He first immersed himself in the early country music scenes of both New York City and Los Angeles before breaking through in Nashville as a songwriter. He has helped pave the w...   [Read More]




    Rock Band Modest Mouse To Perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre




    St. Augustine, Fla. (May 26, 2015) – The St. Augustine Amphitheatre, in partnership with Jax Live Presents, proudly announce the return of indie rock band Modest Mouse to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Friday, July 17, 2015. Tickets for this concert event will go on sale to the general public this Friday, May 29 at 10 a.m.

    Modest Mouse are one of the most surprising commercial success stories of the new millennium – while their music is by turns taut and elliptical, and the lyrics sometimes cryptic and introspective, the band broke through the mainstream audience with the platinum-selling Good News for People Who Love Bad News and they became genuine rock stars at a time when their musical peers remained cult figures.

    Modest Mouse was formed in 1993 in Issaquah, Washington by singer/guitarist Isaac Brock, drummer Jeremiah Green and bassist Eric Judy. In 1994, Modest Mouse recorded its first EP, Blue Cadet-3, Do You Connect and also recorded what would have been its first album, Sad Sappy Sucker, but constant delays caused the album to be shelved and ultimately released in 2001. In 1996, the group officially released its debut album, This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About, on the independent ...   [Read More]




    Brian Adams To Perform In St. Augustine




    St. Augustine, Fla. (May 11, 2015) – The St. Augustine Amphitheatre proudly announces that rock superstar Bryan Adams will be plugging in once again and hitting the road with a full band to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the multi-million selling album Reckless. The tour will make a stop at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Sunday, June 28, 2015. Tickets will go on sale to the general public this Friday, May 15 at 10 a.m.

    Adams will be performing a set that will honor not only the 30th Anniversary of Reckless – a deluxe version of which has been released via UMC/Polydor this past November, featuring exclusive expanded bonus material – but also his endless catalogue of anthemic hits.

    Since its release in 1984, Reckless has gone 5 times Platinum in the U.S. alone and has sold over 12 million worldwide. It spawned ground-breaking hits such as "Run to You", "Kids Wanna Rock", “Somebody", "Summer of '69", “One Night Love Affair" and "It's Only Love" a duet with the incomparable Tina Turner. Reckless also gave Bryan is first U.S. #1 on Billboard with "Heaven" as well as a Diamond Award for over a million sold in his home country of Canada. The a...   [Read More]




    Adrian Legg & David Lindley Coming To The PV Concert Hall




    Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (May 12, 2015) — The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly announces that renowned guitarist Adrian Legg and multi-instrumentalist David Lindley will perform on Thursday, November 12, 2015. Tickets for Adrian Legg and David Lindley will go on sale to the general public this Friday, May 15 at 10 a.m.

    Renowned and awarded for his unique amalgamation of acoustic and electric guitar and how he blends diverse musical styles and inspirations into a distinctive sound all his own, Adrian Legg has been hailed as “one of the wizards” of the guitar (Philadelphia Enquirer) and “a genius” (Los Angeles Reader). In addition to his distinguished career as a live performer, recording artist and composer, he is an innovator in guitar design and amplification technology, an instructor, photographer, writer and author, witty and engaging between song onstage raconteur, and an at large commentator for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” among other gifts, pursuits and interests. Hence it’s no wonder that What’s Up magazine hails London-born Legg as “the greatest British import since Newcastle Brown Ale.” Born in 1948 in the London neighborhood of Hackney, the best way...   [Read More]




    Classic Hard Rock Trio The Winery Dogs Coming To Ponte Vedra




    Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (May 11, 2015) — The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall welcomes classic hard rock trio The Winery Dogs on Wednesday, October 14, 2015. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, May 15 at 10 a.m.

    It would be easy to call The Winery Dogs a supergroup: Vocalist and guitarist Richie Kotzen made his mark with Poison and Mr. Big, bassist Billy Sheehan has been rocking for decades with Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big and others, and drummer Mike Portnoy was the co-founder of progressive metal superstars Dream Theater. But The Winery Dogs are so much more than a supergroup. Supergroups are usually short-lived entities composed of gifted players that jam out for little while and then quickly record with the hopes of catching lightning in a bottle. That's certainly not the case with The Winery Dogs, a cohesive, well-rounded classic-sounding trio with blazing songs that defy expectation. The group’s self-titled debut is filled with straightforward rock and roll inspired by some of their favorite bands, and their music transcends any of the styles they're best known for.

    “We all have our own distinct voicings and styles, but we also have a common ground of music we grew up listening to,&rdquo...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Community

    Top 20 Events This Weekend - December 12-14th 2014




    Looking for plans this weekend? Theres a lot happening from a luminaria to boat parade and even a Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl! Check out the complete list below. 

    Friday

    Friday, December 12: The 007 'License to Party' Event - Benefitting Bright Holidays. Celebrating Sterling Joyce's Birthday -  Doors open at 8pm

    Friday, December 12: "A December To Remember" @ The St Augustine Ampitheatre  presents Murray Middle School's production of “Yes, Virginia The Musical" – 7pm

    Friday, December 12: Historic Springfield Holiday Home Tour – 5pm-9pm

    Friday, December 12: Jaguars Kids Club: Holiday Party @ Everbank Field

    Saturday

    Saturday, December 13: The Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl @ The Jacksonville Beach Bars. Checkin is at the Ritz from 6-9pm; crawl is from 6pm-midnight. For more info, visit www.uglysweaterbarcrawl.com

    Saturday, December 13: Whitey's 2014 Lighted Boat Parade – Starts at 6:30 pm

    Saturday, December 13: Festival of Lights 5k and Family Fun Run in San Marco

    Saturday, December 13: Historic Springfield Holiday Home Tour – 5pm-9pm

    Saturday, December 13: Combat Night- Live MMA @ Mavericks at the La...   [Read More]




    New Aquarium Coming to St. Augustine




    The St. Augustine Aquarium and Botanical Gardens will be an exciting new community amenity and sustainable Northeast Florida aquarium attraction, scheduled to open in 2015.

    Shawn and Kathy Hiester announced Wednesday that they had purchased a 5-acre site for their new St. Augustine Aquarium, Snorkel Adventure and Zip Line project. The Aquarium will be located at 2045 State Road 16 in St. Augustine, just east of Interstate 95. 

    Guests will be able to observe Sand Tiger, Bonnethead and Blacknose sharks, as well as an array of mesmerizing fish, eels and rays. The project will be constructed in two phases, culminating in a 250,000 gallon, 43,000-square-foot facility.

    ...   [Read More]




    Top 20 Events This Weekend - December 5-7th 2014




    Looking for something to do December 5-7th around Jacksonville? There are plenty of fun options! Check out the complete list below.

    Photo feature by Michael Quiroga

    Friday, December 5

    Friday, December 5: The Big Ticket @ Metro Park in Downtown Jacksonville – All Day

    Friday, December 5: Hunter Hayes @ The Veterans Memorial Arena – 7pm

    Friday, December 5: Holiday at St. James – 4:30pm-7pm

    Friday, December 5: The BID- Benefiting Brides Against Breast Cancer @ Suite – Doors open at 8pm

    Friday, December 5: The Chinese Acrobats @ The Florida Times Union Center – 7pm

    Friday, December 5: Gingerbread House Extravaganza @ St Andrews Church – 10am-5pm

    Friday- Sunday: 2014 Arts and Antiques Show @ the Prime Osborne Center

    Saturday, December 6

    Saturday, December 6: Running of the Bulls 5K @ Hemming Plaza – 8:30am

    Saturday, December 6: Daryl Hall & John Oates are performing @ the St. Augustine Ampitheatre – 7pm

    Saturday, December 6: 1st Annual Gamble Rogers Fest @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – All Afternoon

    Saturday, December 6: St. Augustine Winter Spectacular @ Flagler College Auditorium &ndas...   [Read More]




    Nights of Lights in St Augustine Information




    St. Augustine’s popular holiday season city-wide event - the famed Nights of Lights celebration – will glow with more than three million brilliant white lights again this year attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to the oldest city in the Nation. Nights of Lights runs November 22, 2014, through January 31, 2015, in St. Augustine, Fla. 

    During Nights of Lights, St. Augustine glows with holiday magic - from the ground to the rooftops. Selected by National Geographic in 2011 & 2012 as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights feature millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation’s oldest city. Many historic landmarks and locations are beautifully illuminated during Nights of Lights. The waters of Matanzas bay glow from the nightly reflections of lights strewn along the bay walk and displayed on the Bridge of Lions.

    The Plaza de la Constitucion shines from the top of trees and throughout the famous center of St. Augustine’s historic district. The 125-year-old Hotel Ponce de Leon, now the campus of Flagler College, is outlined in lights. And the Lightner Museum, once a resort hotel also built by Flagler, is lit so...   [Read More]




    Thanksgiving Day Block Party @ Pete's Bar in Neptune Beach




     

    Neptune Beach Fla - What started as one lonesome bartender has evolved into a beaches tradition that many depend on as part of their holiday routine. Thirty years ago, one bartender was working on Thanksgiving Day and called his friends to keep him company. The friends showed up, along with the bartenders’ relatives and the rest is history.

    Year after year, speculation always surrounds Thanksgiving Day at Pete’s Bar – is it happening? Is security cracking down? Can you bring drinks into the area? The reason for speculation is a result of how big the celebration has become. According to Nancy Jensen, owner and granddaughter of original owner, Peter B. Jensen, Thanksgiving Day at Pete’s started getting big 5 years ago. “We advertised the first couple of years, but now its word of mouth. We’re also open Christmas Day since a lot of people want to congregate at the bar if their family is out of town and the help is always voluntary.”

    If you’re planning to attend this year’s Thanksgiving Day at Pete’s, leave your Bloody Mary at home and follow these simple steps: •    Pay attention to entry points – the area will be barricaded off ...   [Read More]



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