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    Whit’s Frozen Custard Is Opening The Fifth Jacksonville Location Friday, August 10th




     

    GRAND OPENING ANNOUNCEMENT:

    We are excited to announce the Grand Opening of Whit's South Jax on Friday, August 10th, 2018. Doors open at 11am. Stay tuned for special prizes to be announced in the coming week.

    In May 2014, Michael and Jessica McKinley opened Whit’s Frozen Custard in Atlantic Beach, Florida. With roots in Ohio that brought the McKinley’s back several times a year, Whit’s Frozen Custard was always at the top of the “must-have” list when visiting. Michael and Jessica were thrilled with the opportunity to bring their favorite frozen dessert home to Northeast Florida. Whit’s has expanded in the Jacksonville area to now include locations in Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, Mandarin,  Avondale and South Jacksonville. The stores are locally owned and operated.

    Frozen custard recipes date back to the early 1900's but it wasn't until the 1920's that commercial frozen custard machines were invented. It is said that the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago popularized frozen custard and by 1940 frozen custard stands were located all over the East and Midwest of the United States.

    Frozen custard is still created with the same pure...   [Read More]




    Oscar Mayer Weinermobile Is Coming To Jacksonville This Weekend




    One of six 27 foot long, 11 foot high, and 8 foot wide Weinermobiles that steam around the country on promotional tours annually will be in Jacksonville’s Southside and Arlington areas this Thursday through Sunday! The Weinermobile tradition was started by Carl Mayer in 1936 when he created the first sausage shaped vehicle.

    Here's the schedule:

    Thursday 1-4pm - Walmart at 8011 Merrill Rd

    Friday 1-7pm - Walmart at 8808 Beach Blvd

    Saturday 8:15am - 2:15pm - the annual “Touch a Truck” show at Regency Square Mall at 9501 Arlington Expressway 

    Sunday 11am- 5pm - Walmart at 9550 Baymeadows Rd

    In addition to getting your photo with the iconic vehicle,  staff will be giving out coupons and food samples as well.

    ...   [Read More]




    Rick Springfield with Loverboy, Greg Kihn and Tommy Tutone Live




    Over the past four decades, Rick Springfield has worn many hats as an entertainer and performer. The creator of some of the finest power-pop of the ‘80s, Springfield is a Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody” and “Human Touch.” Springfield has toured for over 40 years, hand-delivering the hits to millions of fans worldwide via his dynamic live shows. His concerts are legendary with their rock heavy, high energy full band sets.

    With their trademark red leather pants, bandannas, big rock sound and high-energy live shows, Loverboy has sold more than 10 million albums, earning four multi-platinum plaques, including the four-million-selling Get  Lucky, and a trio of double-platinum releases in their self-titled 1980  debut, 1983’s Keep It Up and 1985’s Lovin’ Every Minute of It. Their string of hits includes, in  addition to the anthem “Working for  the Weekend,” such arena rock staples as “Lovin’ Every ...   [Read More]




    First Wedensday Art Walk




    It's time for the 5th Annual Back to School SmARTs Art Walk featuring the USGBC Green Lion Festival! Enjoy live music, 20+ local artists, delicious food trucks and 35+ participating venues. Celebrate the end of summer in #DTJax!

    Visit Headquarters @ Hemming Park where you can enjoy live performances on the Main Stage, local artists and vendors, food trucks and an interactive kid zone with activities by My Gym and fun bounce houses by Backyard Carnivals, Inc.

    Browse artwork by ABDUL, Artzy Fartzy Petz, Pandora's Boxes, OffensiveMe, Class-Sick, Mochi Boutique, Fluid Validity, The Bead Bowl, MacMaddie's Repurposed Designs, The Mermaid Alchemist, Blue Tide Art, Fawn Andrea Photography, Greg Furie, Art Expressions by CindyK and One of a Find. And don’t miss these vendors and non-profit organizations: Prestige Workforce, Well Care Health Plans, Bethesda Outreach Ministries, NextGen America, VyStar, One Blood Donation, the Neighborhood Services Office, Humble Wood Fire Food Truck, Island Girl Seafood, Balu's Surf Shack and Cool Scoops. Plus, stop by the Friends of Hemming Park tent for refreshments and concessions, awesome swag and to learn more about upcoming events in Jacksonville's most historic public space.

    ...   [Read More]




    Red White & Brew Freedom Run 5K




    Get Ready, Florida’s LARGEST Freedom & Beer Run complete with bacon & beer stations on the race course is returning to Jacksonville on July 28th! Run or walk the riverwalk like the Redcoats were coming complete with a Halfway Bacon Station, Food Trucks, Live Entertainment and More. Registration includes race bib and timing chip, the official 2018 race t-shirt, custom medal with beer opener, two beers & bacon during the race + more. There will be awards for the top three overall M/F and age group awards too!  

    Besides the race, runners, spectators and beer lovers can enjoy food trucks, live entertainment, local artisans & farmers, and of course cold beer from 6pm-10pm. The race this year will be held in the evening at the Riverside Arts Market and the course will run through riverside, downtown and along the Riverwalk! Additionally, there will be a free concert and food truck rally following the race under the Fuller Warren Bridge at RAM.

    RACE: Registration opens at 5pm and the race starts at 7pm.

    FREE CONCERT LINEUP:

    6:00-7:00: TAD JENNINGS

    7:00-8:15: Honey Hounds

    8:15-8:40: Tad Jennings

    8:40-10:00: Who Rescued Who

    Nati...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Sports

    Jaguars Get High Marks on Draft Picks




    JACKSONVILLE – The grades are pretty much done.

    And for the most part, the Jaguars’ draft has received an overwhelmingly positive response from those who grade such things.

    Mel Kiper, Jr., of ESPN. Pete Prisco of CBS Sports

    Rob Rang of CBSSports.com and NFLDraftScout.com. Bryan Fischer of NFL.com.

    Evan Silva of Rotoworld. Sports Illustrated. Peter Schrager of Fox Sports.

    All weighed in on the 2014 NFL Draft in recent days, and as it turned out, the Jaguars’ draft carried quite a bit of weight with all of the aforementioned analysts, who one by one ranked the Jaguars’ effort over the three-day draft among the best in the league.

    Kiper, one of the most highly-recognized draft analysts, liked the Jaguars adding wide receiversMarqise Lee and Allen Robinson in Round 2, and gave the Jaguars an “A.” Chris Burke and Doug Farrar of SI.com called getting Lee and Robinson in Round 2 “remarkable,” and gave the Jaguars’ overall draft an “A-.”

    While some analysts were disagreed over the selection of quarterback Blake Bortles of Central Florida at No. 3 overall, Prisco loved the selection and...   [Read More]




    FSU QB Jameis Winston cited for shoplifting lobster and crawfish from Publix




    Heisman trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston was cited for shoplifting $32.72 worth of seafood at a Publix grocery store in Tallahassee, Fla., on Tuesday night, Leon County Director of Law Enforcement Michael Wood said in a news conference Wednesday.

    He left with crab legs and crawfish. Before leaving the Publix, he put back the butter he had in his cart but left with the other items. We aren't sure what he was thinking but he is back in the spotlight with now indisputable video evidence. 

    Wood said Winston left the supermarket at 800 Ocala Road without paying for crab legs and crawfish shortly before 9 p.m., and when police arrived at his residence after midnight Winston said he "forgot" to pay upon being interviewed.

    "He was very cooperative and he seemed fairly honest in that he did not pay for the item," Wood said.

    ...   [Read More]




    2016 Curling Championships Coming To Jacksonville




    Jacksonville has been selected as the site for the 2016 USA Curling National Championships.  This will be the first time that a curling national championship will take place in the Sunshine State. The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena will serve as the venue for the event, which will be staged Feb. 6-13, 2016. 

    “We extend a warm welcome to a cool sport,” said Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. “Jacksonville has become a premier venue and destination for a wide range of major sporting events, and we’re honored to have the 2016 Curling National Championships in our city. We look forward to hosting America’s top curling teams, as well as their fans from far and wide.” The weeklong national championships feature the top 20 men’s and women’s teams competing for the chance to represent the U.S. at the 2016 world championships. 

    “This decision was made based upon a very strong bid from the various partners in Jacksonville, as well as many, many meetings between USA Curling and Jacksonville that have convinced all of us that this is a good move for many reasons,” said Rick Patzke, USA Curling chief operating officer. “In the past year, curling has landed on island ...   [Read More]




    SHARKS CALM STORM ON FRIDAY NIGHT 60-41




    JACKSONVILLE  – Taking advantage of an opportunistic defense that forced five turnovers, the Jacksonville Sharks improved to 2-0 at home on Friday night, beating the Tampa Bay Storm by a 60-41 count on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Jacksonville (2-2) jumped out to an early 13-0 lead thanks to the first of those turnovers. After R.J. Archer opened the game with a one-yard touchdown run. Tampa Bay (3-2) quarterback Randy Hippeard lost control of the snap on the Storm’s ensuing drive. Jack linebacker Charlie Hunt pounced on the loose ball to set the Sharks up at the Storm 16. On the very next play, starting quarterback R.J. Archer took a hard hit and left the game for one play and Aaron Garcia stepped on to the field wearing a Jacksonville uniform for the first time since 2011. Garcia needed just one snap to make an impact, throwing Mardy Gilyard open for a diving 24-yard touchdown catch that gave the Sharks that two-score lead.

    Archer bounced back after missing that one snap, playing the rest of the game under center. Following the Storm’s first score of the game – a touchdown from Hippeard to Justin Hilton, Archer fired a five-yard scoring strike to London Crawford, giving the Sharks a 20-7 lead. But...   [Read More]




    Bragan Field Gets Prepared for Opening Night




    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Fans will notice some changes to Bragan Field when the Jacksonville Suns open the 2014 season against the Huntsville Stars on Thursday April 3 at Bragan Field.

    The Suns will open their season on Thursday, April 3rd at 7:05 and will be home for five games through April 7th against the Huntsville Stars. Don't miss Opening Night and a special ceremony for the unveiling of the Legends of Jacksonville Baseball at 6:00 P.M.

    Tickets for all Suns home games are currently on sale through the Suns Box Office at (904) 358-2846, or online at www.jaxsuns.com. Tickets are $7.50 for general admission, $10.50 for reserved seating and $13.50 for Homeplate Box seating. Limited sponsorships, season tickets and group packages are still available. 

    In this video from the Suns Baseball Network, changes to the nets and infield surface are examined, along with a behind-the-scenes look at the Suns clubhouse.

    The 2014 season is presented by Everbank, official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. The Suns are the Double-A Affiliate of the Miami Marlins and a member of the Southern League of Professional Baseball.

    ...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Food

    New Restaurant: Flying Iguana Coming To Neptune Beach




    Neptune Beach Fl- There is a new restaurant coming to Beaches Town Center in Neptune Beach. The Flying Iguana, a Taqueria and Tequila Bar will be opening its doors soon. It will be located in the old Sun Dog Cafe. The restaurant will feature live music, creative signature cocktails, local craft beers and an exciting fusion of Latin American cuisine including: eclectic tacos, creative entrees, and one of the best brunches in town in a modern atmosphere. The building has undergone extensive remodeling the past couple months and will be opening soon. Inspired by urban hotspots like Rocco's Tacos in South Florida, New York based Mercadito, Pardos Peruvian Cuisine in Miami and San Francisco staple, Limon Rotisserie, the Flying Iguana will be serving up South American fusion plates like Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken, Sweet Corn Tamales Cakes with Smoked Salmon, Habanero Mango Glazed Sword Fish, and Agave Brined Pork Chops, just to name a few. Not your average taqueria, the Flying Iguana will carry over 100 tequilas and mezcals as well as 24 draft beers, which will be served from a "very long bar with beautiful finishes," says Mansur. "It's going to be a restaurant that I will be so proud of when it's all done - we held nothing back on this build o...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Entertainment

    A Night Well Spent @ Painting with a Twist




    Finding something fun to do in Jacksonville isn’t a very hard task, and finding somewhere to have a good drink is an even easier one. After some exploring the area, I stumbled upon Painting with a Twist in San Marco, an eclectic little painting studio that offers painting lessons with the perks of enjoying an adult beverage at the same time. The studio has a welcoming family feel as it is owned and operated by brother-sister duo and Jacksonville natives, Geri and Josh Bernard. From birthday parties, Bachelorette celebrations, or simply because you have a night off they provide the paint and you have all the fun!

    Classes for every skill level are offered every week, and also open for private party bookings if you are looking to have a special gathering. Sizes of classes vary from a ten person private party to going on forty to make for a packed house. The best part about Painting with a Twist is that no experience is necessary, every painting is taught step-by-step by an instructor on stage going at your pace. The team motto is even “Fun art, not fine art” as they want you and your crew to have fun while creating a one-of-a-kind piece of art to take home at the end of the night.

    In my class, we were p...   [Read More]




    Jax July Bucket List




    Summer isn’t over, were just getting started! Time to grab your friends and family and check out all that Jacksonville has to offer, especially during the summer months. The month of July features all sorts of events, concerts, festivals, and of course plenty of sunshine in the 904 area. Check out 904 Happy Hour’s Bucket List of the top things to do and see before summer comes to a close! 

    1. Spend a Day on the Beach

    What better way to spend a day off then sitting in the sunshine and catching some rays? From reading a book to taking a swim, you can’t go wrong with a day at one of Jacksonville’s beaches. Check out Atlantic Beach or Neptune Beach right along the Atlantic Coast, each with plenty of public beach access points and white sands perfect for relaxing. Heading a little further south? Right down A1A you can find Mickler’s Beach in the beautiful Ponte Vedra Beach. 

    2. Learn to do Yoga

    Getting in shape for beach season is a must do! With studios new and old all over Jacksonville, yoga is a great workout for both the body and the mind. Places such as Big Fish Power Yoga and Yoga Mix offer classes for every skill level and specials for new customers as well! Namaste![Read More]




    Clash of the Country Music Festivals




    (June 21, 2015 Jacksonville, FL) Summers in Jacksonville have always had a lot of events happen from concerts, summer camps, beach festivals, Fourth of July celebrations and, of course, The Florida Country Superfest. Last year’s Country Superfest was our first annual festival that sold out due to the artists who performed last year. CMA Fest last year was a week before Florida Country Superfest which worked out well. It at least gave the fans a chance to go to CMA Fest before they went to Florida Country Superfest. This year’s festival, however, was in competition against Nashville’s own CMA Fest, which is a really bad idea. The consequences for this could be low ticket sales, a lineup that may be a hit or miss line up, and frustration with the promoters who scheduled the Superfest event. So, here is a comparison or “clash” of the country music festivals……It’s time for CMA Fest vs Florida Country Superfest.

    Let’s talk about crowds. Each festival brings in a lot of people; some of them come from all over the state, even some people from outside the country. CMA and Superfest brought in a lot of crowds last year by having the best choices for headliners. When performers were announced who would be clo...   [Read More]




    Top 20 Events This Weekend - June 18-21 2015




    Back by popular demand, the weekly top 20 events are back for the summer! There is a lot happening around town this weekend from a skate day in riverside to a family free movie in St. Augustine. Here is the list: 

    Thursday:

    1. DJ Unk Performs "Walk it Out" and other hits at Suite – Doors open at 9pm

    2. Maverick’s at the Landing hosts their weekly Ladies Night  - Ladies drink Free from 8-10pm– Doors open at 7pm

    3. Jaxsons Night Market @ Hemming Park from 5:30pm-9pm

    Friday:

    4. Party Down South's Daddy Ryan will be @ Mavericks at the Landing for a special meet and greet event from 8pm -midnight

    5.  Jenni Reid Album Release Show feat. Ashleigh Davis @ Jack Rabbits - Doors open at 8pm

    6. Archnemesis W/ Mzg, Damballa & Cat Party will be performing @ Freebird Live – Doors open at 8pm

    7. Chuggington - The Great Rescue – Musical Adventure will be at the Times-Union Center - Moran Theater – Show starts at 7pm

    Saturday:

    8. Clear Coast Festival - An International Surf Day Clean Up & Concert @ Lynch’s – All Afternoon

    9. Bourbon & Bow Ties,  a charity fundraiser for Best Buddies will be happening ...   [Read More]




    King Sunny Ade Coming To PV Concert Hall On Friday, July 31, 2015




    Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (June 8, 2015) — The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly welcomes the king of Nigerian juju music, King Sunny Ade & His African Beats, to the stage on Friday, July 31, 2015. Tickets for King Sunny Ade & His African Beats will go on sale to the public this Friday, June 12 at 10 a.m.

    Since the evolution of juju music in Nigeria in the 1930s, no artist has made a more lasting impact in the genre than King Sunny Ade. As a singer, composer and guitarist, he has succeeded over the years in taking this Nigerian social music type to international heights. Ade came on the scene in 1966, following his induction as a samba player in a small group led by showman and comedian Baba Sala, known in real life as Moses Olaiya. And with his own 10-piece band, the Green Spots, Ade made his first record in 1967, playing the guitar solos himself. He however, blazed into prominence a year after with a hit single in praise of Stationery Stores football club which earned him a Gold disc as a result of its massive sales. Since then Ade has been in the limelight.

    The late 60s found Ade searching for a credible sound identity that tended to fuse the influence of Tunde Nightingale with the techniques of his mentor, Moses Olaiya, in ...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Community

    List Of Downtown Jacksonville Tours You Must Checkout




    Sometimes the best way to discover Downtown Jacksonville is with a little help from organizations that know it through and through. With these guided tours of Downtown, you’ll be sure to find old historic haunts and unearth some Downtown gems you didn’t know were there.

     

    Top to Bottom Walking Tour (904-827-1845) Let Downtown expert Gary Sass be your guide, and hear the stories of the River City from the Great Fire to the First Hollywood. You’ll gaze across the city on a rooftop and explore the secret underground tunnels beneath Downtown. Cost is $20 per person, with seasonal discounts also available. Tours run every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Tour attendees meet at the Jacksonville Landing escalators.

    "River City Haunts" Walking Ghost Tour (904-827-1845)

    Guided by lantern light, let "local ghosts" take you on a tour through streets, alleyways and haunted buildings throughout Downtown. You'll get to explore the city, while also learning about the horrific histories that took place here. Cost is $20 per person, with seasonal discounts also available. Tours run every Friday from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tour attendees meet at the Jacksonville Landing escalators. 

    ...   [Read More]




    Workout In Downtown Jacksonville




    Need a change of scenery for your routine workout? Part three of our Downtown Itinerary series shows you how Downtown offers plenty of options indoors and outdoors to burn a few calories while enjoying Downtown’s scenery.

    Source: Bruce Lipsky/Florida Times-Union

    Run or walk along the Riverwalk

    There’s a built-in running track Downtown, and it’s called the Jacksonville Riverwalk. This scenic pedestrian pathway is a great place for short or long-distance running. Plus, chances are you’ll see other fitness friends along the way, especially in the busy late afternoon/early evening time-frame.

    Whether you’re looking for a shorter route or testing your endurance on a longer run, Downtown provides great paths to get in that exercise. Running the bridges is a popular Downtown exercise routine with its beautiful skyline views. With the new and improved Southbank Riverwalk, you’ll enjoy every scenic second of your workout. MapMyRun is also a great source for Downtown run routes – it offers a database of more than a dozen Downtown routes mapped by locals.

     

    Lifting weights, classes and more at Downtown gyms Need a place to pump iron or practice yoga in air...   [Read More]




    An Elite Force of Military Veterans From Jacksonville Planing To Take On ISIS




    An elite force of military Veterans comprised of ex marines, rangers, seals, and scout snipers are taking the fight against ISIS into their own hands. The group, Veterans against ISIS, led by Veteran Sean Rowe who lives in Jacksonville fl are asking for your help. As of now, Sean has comprised a team of military Veterans from Jacksonville and surrounding areas that will ship out to the Middle East to protect civilians abroad suffering at the hands of Islamic extremists.

    Determined to save lives abroad, Rowe told Fox News that there is no denying that innocent civilians in Iraq and Syria need help in the face of such pervasive extremism. "I'm a well-trained veteran with the best military in the world," he said, "and there's nothing more important than helping these innocent women and children being slaughtered over there."

    Rowe mentioned that the biggest challenge he and his team currently face is a lack of resources. "We have most of what we need right now," he said, "but we are seeking to raise support because we can't take a lot of stuff with us." Unless they can garner further financial support, the group will be relying on locals for food, weaponry, and medical suppl...   [Read More]




    Memorial Day Bash at the Towncenter




    Coming up on May 22nd from 9pm-2am at Blackfinn and in the surrounding parking lot at the St Johns Towncenter, there will be a huge Memorial Day Freedom Bash. Blackfinn Ameripub teamed up with Combat2College, Inc., Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, Veterans United Craft Brewery, 904 Happy Hour, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine and more to bring you this All American Event!

    Enjoy great food, drinks, friends and live music to help raise money for local veteran and military non profits! With a voluntary $5 donation you will receive a complimentary cocktail and raffle ticket. Part of the proceeds from their specialty Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine drink menu and Scout Dog 44 will also be donated to these great organizations.

    Combat 2 College is an organization who provides a bridge that connects veterans, service members, and their family members to resources in order to facilitate their success in post-secondary or higher education. Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation provides college scholarships and long term educational counseling to children of fallen patriots. This organization honors the lives of those who have sacrificed themselves for our country, ensuring the success of the ones they love.

    ...   [Read More]




    Sneak Peak Of Vision For Shipyards Development Presented By Shad Khan




    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 17, 2015 – The eagerly anticipated vision to transform the Shipyards riverfront downtown property into a vibrant entertainment and leisure district was presented today by Jaguars owner Shad Khan and team president Mark Lamping on behalf of Iguana Investments, a new development entity created by Khan specifically for the Shipyards project.

    The vision was presented at the Jaguars’ annual state of the franchise event, where updates involving the Jaguars were shared with City leaders and news media in attendance, and online with the public via live streaming.

    The property, which encompasses approximately 48 acres of City-owned property on the north bank of the St. Johns River, is central to Khan’s long-stated vision to bring new life and positive economic impact to Jacksonville’s urban core. By creating a year-round destination that bridges EverBank Field and the Sports Complex to Downtown Jacksonville, Khan said the Shipyards project – should it become reality – promises to serve the entire region for generations to come.

    “The Shipyards would give Downtown Jacksonville the kind of iconic identity that many downtown districts in the United States enjoy an...   [Read More]



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