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Fionn MacCools Irish Pub & Restaurant Is Opening In Nocatee
Fionn MacCools Irish Pub & Restaurant, a locally owned authentic Irish pub located on the waterfront in downtown Jacksonville, is opening a second location in Nocatee in mid December.
Fionn MacCools first opened in Jacksonville Beach in 2005, before relocating to a 200-seat waterfront location at the Jacksonville Landing in 2011. The new 150-seat Nocatee location will be opening in December at the Shoppes of St Johns Oaks on 145 Hilden Rd.
Fionn mac Cumhaill or “Finn McCool” is known for being a great warrior in Irish myths. He was the greatest leader of the Fianna, an elite military clan responsible for the protection of the High King of Ireland. Fionn implemented a code of honor into the Fianna; which had a reputation for being somewhat unruly. Another legend includes Fionn as a giant, creating the Giant’s Causeway, a peculiar series of volcanic rock formations along the coast of Ireland. He did this to challenge a Scottish giant to a fight and allow passage from Scotland to Ireland.
Fionn MacCool's brings a bit of Ireland to the Jacksonville area. With their authentic Irish food, live entertainment, and friendly atmosphere, their Irish pub has the recipe you've been looking for.... [Read More]
More Than 40 Retailers Will Be Open On Thanksgiving Day
Big-box stores like Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Big Lots are opening their doors to the masses on Thanksgiving. More than 40 retailers will be open on Thanksgiving Day and remain open into the early hours of the morning. Other major retailers are opting to remain closed this year, including H&M, IKEA, Home Depot and TJ Maxx.
Some of the stores opened are listed here:Bass Pro Shops – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m Bealls Florida – 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Belk – Thanksgiving 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Black Friday Best Buy – Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Black Friday Big Lots -7 a.m. to midnight Cabela’s – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dick’s Sporting Goods – Thanksgiving 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Black Friday Dollar General – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. JCPenney – Thanksgiving 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Black Friday Kohl’s – Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 1 p.m. CT Black Friday Kmart – Opens 6 a.m.; Doorbusters Thanksgiving 6 p.m. to 2 p.m. Black Friday; Some stores to close at 12 a.m. or 2 a.m. and reopen at 6 a.m. Friday Macy’s – Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Black Friday or Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Black Friday before reopening at 6 a.m. Friday. Doorbusters until Friday at 1 p.m. Michaels – 6 p.m... [Read More]
31st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony On Friday, November 24 At The Jacksonville Landing
The Jacksonville Landing and Sleiman Enterprises present the 31st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Kickoff the holiday season at The Jacksonville Landing the day after Thanksgiving. Bring your family and friends as The Landing lights the 56-foot-tall energy-efficient Christmas tree featuring over 78,000 L.E.D. lights and more than 150 ornaments.
The show will take place in the Landing’s Courtyard beginning at 7:00 p.m. featuring live musical entertainment, the 31st annual lighting of The Jacksonville Landing’s Christmas Tree and a fireworks display on the St. Johns River as the grand finale. The Landing’s Christmas Tree will light up at 9 p.m. while fireworks light up the sky!
Featured artists include Brady Clampitt, Melissa Smith, Andrew Sapin, Mama Blue and more with special dance performances by Grace Conservatory and Schott Jones School of Dance. The host for the ceremony Rance Adams TV from River City Live and the DJ is Kevin Tos from Party Solution Entertainment. This year’s show will bring the Jacksonville community together while enjoying a night filled with holiday cheer, special guest appearances and lighting The Landing’s 56-foot-tall Christmas Tree.[Read More]
The River And Post Restaurant Opens Today
Jacksonville’s latest rooftop bar and restaurant is set to open today. The 450-seat River and Post restaurant is on the corner of Riverside Avenue and Post Street, overlooking the St. Johns River.
This upscale casual restaurant will bring a trendy environment, great food and breathtaking river city views to Riverside. It will be located in the newly renovated Summit building, located at 1000 Riverside, on the corner of Post Street.
The first floor of River & Post will have approximately 6,300 square-feet of dining area as well as a bar. With ample parking available, the downstairs dining room is designed for 233 seats and outdoor seating for 48. The first floor will also include private dining and event space. The ninth-floor rooftop bar totals 3,500 square feet, with seating for 122 stargazers and another 32 seats indoors.
The menu will be seafood- and steak-focused Southern American cuisine. The floor plan calls for pet-friendly patio dining space downstairs, as well as being a premier location for meetings and private events. River and Post will also feature ample parking, a rare commodity in Riverside... [Read More]
Miami Grill Will Celebrate Its Entrance Into Jacksonville With A Grand Opening Day On November 18
Miami Grill is opening its first North Florida location in Jacksonville at 9575 N. Regency Blvd. and is holding a Grand Opening for the public on Saturday.
On Nov. 17, a private ribbon cutting will be held for city officials and invited guests. On Nov. 18, guests can enjoy family activities, a live DJ, free face painting, menu sampling, door prizes and a chance to win a year of cheesesteaks.
This location offers guests a diverse menu featuring signature items such as Philly Cheesesteaks, Wings, and Gyros as well as antibiotic and hormone free Angus Steak Burgers, Grilled Fish, and delicious Salads. The restaurant will also offer a Latin menu and Beer and Wine. It’s all served up with excellent customer service, high-quality ingredients and a South Beach vibe. Miami Grill will have online ordering available as well as offer delivery with UberEATS. Guests will also be able to enjoy Chef Inspired Catering of their favorite menu items.
“We’re excited to expand the brand to the Jacksonville market,” says Robert Haar, Vice President of Franchise Development at Miami Grill. “The expansion of Miami Grill is crucial to our overall success and we look forward to dev... [Read More]
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Jaguars Vs Broncos Pre Game
Blaine Gabbert is officially done as a quarterback in Jacksonville, in my eyes at least. His play during the Rams game was atrocious and I’ve finally hit that point where I don’t think he’s going to get any better here. We’ve all got that breaking point, and I’ve finally reached mine. But you guys don’t want to hear me rant about the QB situation in Jacksonville. You want to know if the Jaguars have a chance at winning this next game. So let’s dive in.
The Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5) face off in Denver against the Broncos (5-0) tomorrow afternoon. This game’s importance is only relevant to the national media who want to see the most lopsided victory in NFL history and those who want to try and make some money in Vegas. The Broncos are a Super Bowl caliber team; the Jaguars aren’t. But even though these two teams are on opposite directions and statistics tell you that this shouldn’t be a competitive game, remember what happened on that day in January in 1997 (if you aren’t aware of the story, please catch yourself up on Jaguars history)
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has 20 TD passes to 1 interception and is on pace to break many NFL passing records. His weapons in Julius T... [Read More]
Jaguars Predictions - Will We Win
Jacksonville FL - Another week, another embarrassing loss for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Although the outcome against the Seattle Seahawks was expected, there were a few positive spots in the game. Rookie safety Jonathan Cyprien had a sack and forced fumble that was recovered and turned into points. The Jaguars managed to score two touchdowns this week doubling their total from the first two weeks. So the team is making progress, right? Right?
The Jaguars (0-3) host the Indianapolis Colts (2-1) at Everbank Field Sunday afternoon. This is the first home game after the long two-week West Coast road trip and this game also signifies the return of quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who missed the previous two games due to a hand injury. Also returning to the field is tight end Marcedes Lewis, who's presence will be felt on both the offensive line and in the passing game as another potential weapon for the offense. Colts QB Andrew Luck comes into the game after a decent performance against the San Francisco 49'ers (17-26, 159 yards, 1 rushing TD) looking to improve on a 1-1 record against the Jaguars.
Colts newly acquired RB Trent Richardson has been getting more accustomed to the play book and should see an expanded role in their of... [Read More]
Web.com Tour Championship Events List
Wednesday, September 25 (*Boselli Foundation) Boselli Foundation Am-Am (Stadium Course) Taste of Golf (TPC Sawgrass/Must purchase Ticket)
Thursday, September 26 (*Junior League) Tournament Round 1 7:00am Play Begins (1st & 10th Tees) 7:00pm Northeast Florida Beer Cup (Tailgate Pavilion/Must Purchase Ticket) 4:00pm-6:00pm Sea Best Happy Hour (#18 Green) 3-6pm Golf Channel
Friday, September 27 (*Military Appreciation Day) Tournament Round 2 7:00am Play Begins (1st & 10th Tees) Operation Shower (TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse) 12:00pm Web.com Small Business Forum presented by Sawgrass Marriott (TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse) 4:00pm-6:00pm Sea Best Happy Hour (#18 Green) Blues Traveler Presented by Legacy trust (Clubhouse Lawn) 3-6pm Golf Channel
Saturday, September 28 (*College Game Day with Girls on the Run) Tournament Round 3 7:30am Play Begins (1st Tee) College Tailgate Party (Tailgate Pavilion-Dye's Valley Course) 4:00pm-6:00pm Sea Best Happy Hour (#18 Green) Girls on the Run 5K (Front Nine- Dye’s Valley Course) 3-6pm Golf Channel
Sunday, September 29 (*Wolfson Children’s Hospital) Final Round 7:30am Play Begins (1st... [Read More]
Web.com Tour Championship Players - Did you know?
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - This week 125 players will tee it up at Dye's Valley at TPC Sawgrass for the final event of the Web.com Tour Finals.
The Web.com Tour Finals bring together the top 75 money earners on the Web.com Tour money list, players who finish 126-200 on the PGA TOUR's FedExCup points list and non-members who have earned enough FedExCup points based on their performance on the PGA TOUR to play them 126-200 on that list. Their statistics, rankings and finishes have been analyzed. In the chart below, we take a different look at the field and offer up a fun fact about each player that you probably haven't heard before.Get to know the field at the Web.com Tour Championship Steven Alker The New Zealander has worked as a petroleum engineer and a carpet cleaner. Mark Anderson The BMW Charity Pro-Am champ carries chicken tenders in his golf bag for a snack. Alex Aragon He graduated with an Industrial Engineering degree from Stanford University Ricky Barnes His father was a punter for the New England Patriots (1973-74). Cameron Beckma... [Read More]
Jaguars Pre Game Weigh In
Once again, the lackluster play of the Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks leaves fans with a gritty and disgusted taste in their mouth. Some feel the team would be better with a certain hometown hero who would love to see him don the black and teal. I disagree. Rusty Smith would probably not make this squad better at the moment. But I digress...
The Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) face off against the Seattle Seahawks (2-0) on the second West Coast game of the season. Jacksonville stayed out in California during the week to avoid making an extra trip and practiced at a local college. The offense as a whole struggled again last week, losing against the Oakland Raiders 19-9, but showed signs of life late in the game when quarterback Chad Henne threw a late touchdown to tight end Allen Reisner in the 4th quarter. Defensively, the Jaguars made enough plays to keep the team in the game, holding the Raiders to 4 field goals and rookie safety Jonathan Cyprien started to look a little more comfortable as he had 3 hard-hitting tackles and forced a 4th quarter fumble, which the Jaguars recovered and turned into points. Looking forward to Seattle, what can we expect from this game? Well, one can only hope that the Jaguars can find a way to play smart football... [Read More]
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Downtown Jacksonville Aquarium Renderings
Its been talked about for years now and finally, plans have been released on what an Aquarium could look like that would be situated in downtown Jacksonville. The aquarium would find its home in downtown Jacksonville in the vacant Shipyards property and could potentially be the lost key to kick starting the revival of downtown. The property has had many different proposed plans over the past year from a massive tower and ferris wheel to a central park but this may be one of the coolest and most promising concepts yet.
Still lacking the necessary funding, there may be potential investors on the horizon. An advocacy group called Aqua Jax, has stepped up to the plate to raise awareness and assist in the advancement of projects for the city of Jacksonville that will provide greater prosperity, growth, and revenues to benefit all citizens. The groups top priority project is to assist in the placement of a world-class aquarium on the riverfront in downtown Jacksonville.
With the help of the community and investors, all we can do is hope that this project will not be halted.... [Read More]
VIP Tour Of Kismet - Shad Khans 312' Yacht
Kismet is back in Jacksonville and parked in downtown in front of the Hyatt. The 312' Mega Yacht owned by Jaguars Owner Shad Khan is BIG, even bigger than our new video boards. With exclusive access, we acquired some behind the scenes photos of how the million dollar man lives wen on the open water.
If you have a big enough bank account, the boat is available for charters and can accommodate a crew of 28 and host 16 guests very comfortably. Capable of speeding up to 17 knots, it is a very desirable and capable yacht for its size.
Espen Oeino designed exterior spaces have been created to accommodate the demands of charter guests with a number of generous sunbathing and dining areas. The external deck facilities include an open fire place, external lounging and eating areas on three different decks including one with a fully equipped BBQ, an oval shaped swimming pool with integrated Jacuzzi on the sun deck and a very private observation deck overlooking it all.
Reymond Langton Design are responsible for Kismet’s beautiful interior and have used a variety of handmade textiles and artwork, exotic woods and rare marble to create an exceptionally high quality feel throughout. Meticulous detail has been displayed at e... [Read More]
Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl Coming to Jax Beach December 13th
Your favorite bar crawl in Jax Beach is back again this year on Saturday December 13th 2014! Start your search or begin building your ugly sweater for the largest and original Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl! This years crawl will be bigger and better than last years and will start at the Ritz Bar. The After Party and Costume Contest will be at Harmonious Monks!
Tickets for the crawl are $15 and include 3 free shots, discounted drinks throughout the night and a huge raffle at the last stop including many prizes and a $1,000 in cash and prizes Ugliest Sweater Competition!
For more info and tickets, visit: www.uglysweaterbarcrawl.com... [Read More]
Dech The Chairs In Jacksonville Beach Info
The public is invited to celebrate Deck The Chairs - Light the Beach on Sunday, November 30, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. as we "throw the switch" to light decorated lifeguard chairs and a 23-foot tall holiday tree on display in Latham Plaza and the Seawalk Pavilion.
The official lighting ceremony will feature live music provided by BRASS and special recognitions including "Deck The Chairs Spirit of the Corps Award" that honors a Corps member, past or present, for exemplifying the traditions, attitudes, and purpose of the Volunteer Lifesaving Corp.
Deck The Chairs is an annual lighted sculptural exhibit using the iconic red chairs of the Volunteer Lifesaving Corp. Free and open to the public, the light display aims to build community pride, foster private and public relationships, and provide a wholesome and festive downtown during the holidays.
For more photos, click here... [Read More]
Slide into Spring Music and Craft Beer Festival Coming Back To Fernandina On 28th & 29th, 2015
Goin’ Coastal Music Series is proud to announce the return of the Slide into Spring Music and Craft Beer presented by Sweetwater Brewing Company. Its coming back to Main Beach in Fernandina on March 28th and 29th of 2015 with headliner Matisyahu! After a successful inaugural event, one that featured folk legend Keller Williams and a handful of other national acts, over a dozen craft breweries and countless entertainment opportunities, Slide into Spring returns to help raise money for 8 Flags Playscapes, Inc. and the Nassau Humane Society. Last year the event raised over $15,000 for the 8 Flags Playscapes project, Pirate Playground. This year we hope to help both groups move closer to some other big projects they have on their plate.
This year we have taken the event to a whole other level. The event has been pushed to a 2-day event, has an over-the-top music lineup, increased entertainment zone, early morning yoga seminars, a beach clean-up, off-site primitive camping and much, much more.
Saturday, we stick to the roots of the first year with a funky music line-up, craft beer tasting in the early part of the day, interactive kids zone and area food trucks. Pensacola up and comers Post Pluto will kick things off. After that, Jackso... [Read More]
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Events This Weekend - August 22nd-24th
There's a lot of events happening around Jacksonville this weekend including a fishing tournament to Jaguars watch party, concerts and much more. Keep up with the best with our weekly interactive guide. This weeks featured photo of the week is by instagram user: @randall.kenneth
TOP EVENTS THIS WEEKEND:
FRIDAY, AUGUST 22: The Jaguars play the Lions. Game is at 7:30 pm and the Bold City Brigde is having a Preseason watch party @ The Mellow Mushroom Riverside location!
FRIDAY, AUGUST 22: HOF Fame Night - Meet the fighters, fame girls and drink free til 11pm at Voodoo Ultra Lounge this Friday night til 11pm! Doors open @ 9pm and Voodoo is located at the Jacksonville Landing!
FRIDAY, AUGUST 22: The Fresh Beat Band will be in St. Augustine, Florida this Friday! Bring the whole family for some Nickolodeon fun! Gates 5:00PM | Starts 6:30PM. For more info, visit: www.staugamphitheatre.com
FRIDAY, AUGUST 22: Adam Sanders with special guest: Jamie Davis & Blaire Hanks will be performing at Mavericks at the Landing. For more info, visit www.mavericksatthelanding.com
FRIDAY, AUGUST 22: The Bama Gamblers and Matteo Qumento are at Freebird live on Friday ... [Read More]
Events This Weekend - August 8th - 10th
Here are our top picks of events happening this weekend around the 904:Photo Credit: @novocainewayne
- Aug 8th Friday: Jacksonville Jaguars Preseason Game vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ EverBank Field 7:30pm
- Aug 8th Friday: Lego Movie @ St.Augustine Amphitheatre Gates open at 7pm Starts: 8pm Free
- Aug 8th Friday: Join us this Friday for a special edition of Jacksonville's #1 Friday night @ Voodoo at the Jacksonville Landing after the Jags game. LADIES DRINK FREE until 12! Wear your Favorite Sports Team or show us your Game Day Ticket Stub for FREE Entry all night!
- Aug 8th Friday: Project Strands - Five of Jacksonville's best salons will battle on the runway @ Suite at the Town Center for the title through Bridal elegance, Fall trends, Men style, and Fantasy hair. Doors open @ 9
- Aug 8th & 9th Friday- Saturday: The show RENT will be happening @ Players by the Sea Curtain at 2pm & 8pm
- Aug 9th Saturday: Envirofest will be happening @ The Cummer Museum from 10am-4pm
- Aug 9th Saturday: House of Fame MMA public press conference at ... [Read More]
Lost Skills Workshop Series Coming to North Florida
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Tuesday August 5, 2014) – The St. Augustine Amphitheatre, in partnership with Southern Roots Apothecary, Small Batch Farms, The Conservatorie, The Present Moment Café, Green Harmony Aromatherapy and Silverfox Leather Shop, proudly present the inaugural “Lost Skills Workshop Series”, commencing on September 23, 2014.
The Lost Skills Workshop Series is a diverse set of community-based workshops that aim to create a hands-on, skill-sharing experience that encourages creativity, community and the growth of local businesses in a unique new gathering space at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.
Ryan Murphy, General Manager of the Cultural Events Division, states “St. Augustine is increasingly becoming a quintessential place that is able to embrace the past, while putting a modern and unique take on it without sacrificing authenticity or quality. I see these workshops as a perfect extension of this philosophy and I am very excited that the staff has come together to create something truly unique and special to offer the immediate community in St. Augustine beyond the standard concerts, musical events and festivals that we work on each year.”
Classes range from $20 to $50 per class and will ... [Read More]
Explore The Cummer Museum in Jacksonville
From One Woman’s Vision, A Cultural Gift
The Cummer was established in 1958, when art collector, garden enthusiast and civic leader Ninah Cummer bequeathed the art collection and riverfront home, which she owned with her husband Arthur, to create an art museum. Mrs. Cummer made an official announcement of the gift a year before her death, imploring community leaders to help support the museum she intended to found: “Naturally no civic undertaking can function adequately without the interest and support of the community in which it is located. Therefore it is hoped that there may be additions to the Foundation from time to time so that this Museum may rank favorably with those established in other cities in the United States during the last few decades."On the evening of November 10, 1961, the city of Jacksonville received what would become one of its greatest gifts. That night, more than 1,000 residents and dignitaries welcomed the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens to Jacksonville’s cultural landscape.
Immediately following Mrs. Cummer’s death, the Board of Trustees set forth to build the Museum on the grounds of the Cummer home. In less than 10 years, the Trustees would dedicate the Museum, and grow the colle... [Read More]
Major Ft Caroline Discovery
For years the exact location of Ft. Caroline, the first French colony has been a mystery. Historians believe the fort was located here in Jacksonville along the St. Johns but to this day until July 29th 2014, there were no positive identifications of the exact location. Earlier this year, researchers asserted the colony was located, not on the St. Johns River, but on the Altamaha River in southeast Georgia.
State Rep. Lake Ray believes he and his son Lake Ray IV and Mark Lloyd may have made the discovery of a lifetime. Lake Ray announced his findings Tuesday morning at a news conference. He believes their findings confirm the landmark’s Northeast Florida location along the St. Johns River.
Ray, along with his son, Lake Ray IV and Mark Lloyd have been looking into this specific location now for a couple weeks. Using historical books and Google Maps, they believe they might have found a location that matched the dimensions and geographic area. Ray has asked the the area to not be reveled to prevent tampering and looting of the site. The site is being protected by the Coast Guard and National Park Service, and tampering with the site is a felony.
Ray... [Read More]
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