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    St. Augustine Aquarium, Snorkel Adventure Now Open




    The St. Augustine Aquarium, Snorkel Adventure first phase opened to the public on Monday, December 19th, 2016. The Aquarium signature attraction features a interactive shark and stingray cove, hands-on habitats, and an 80,000-gallon tank for their Snorkel Adventure. Admission for adults is $8 and $5 for children and for $35, guests can purchase the Snorkel Adventure, which includes a snorkel, mask and wetsuit.

    Hours of operation are 10 am to 5 pm, seven days a week. The aquarium is located at 2045 State Road 16, St. Augustine, Florida 32084 and their phone number is 904-429-9777.

    The second phase of their construction will add more marine conservation habitats for sharks, stingrays, eels, barracuda, octopus, jellyfish and reef fish. Additionally, Guest can adopt an sea creatures, such as a seahorse, octopus, stingray, or sharks that will live in the aquariums tanks and habitats.

    The Aquarium will also be opening a zip line adventure in the spring. The Castaway Canopy Adventure by Zipstream will feature a guided tour with climbing walls, bridges and more, all contributing to a thrilling experience!

     

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    Jags Head Coach Released From Duty




     

    Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley is released after loss against the Texans today and the team released the following statement:

     

    I thanked Gus Bradley today for his commitment to the Jacksonville Jaguars over the past four seasons.  As anyone close to our team knows, Gus gave his staff and players literally everything he had.  Our players competed for Gus and I know they have great respect for him, as do I. 

    Gus also represented the Jaguars, the Jacksonville community and the NFL in nothing less than a first-class manner as our head coach.  That counts for a lot.  It is unfortunately evident that we must make a change.  I thought it would be best to do it immediately after today’s result so Gus can step away, relax and regroup with his family during the Christmas and holiday season. 

    Dave Caldwell agreed and will now be charged with exploring all options to hire the best head coach possible to lead what I feel is an extremely talented team and reward a very loyal and patient fan base in Jacksonville.

    - Jaguars Owner Shad Khan

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    ANASTASIA MUSIC FESTIVAL, A THREE-DAY CELEBRATION OF BLUEGRASS MUSIC FEATURING THE DEL MCCOURY BAND, DAVID GRISMAN’S BLUEGRASS EXPERIENCE, SAM BUSH AND MANY MORE, LIVE AT THE ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017 THROUGH SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017




    St. Augustine, Fla. (December 12, 2016) – Celebrating traditional and modern bluegrass music, the Anastasia Music Festival will debut at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Thursday, March 16, 2017 through Saturday, March 18, 2017. In an epic threeday bluegrass celebration, the Festival will host nearly 20 of the brightest bluegrass stars touring today including The Del McCoury Band, David Grisman’s Bluegrass Experience, Sam Bush, Elephant Revival, Fruition, Cabinet, Jeff Austin Band, The Travelin’ McCourys, Mandolin Orange, Joe Pug and many more! Three-day Early Bird tickets and Festival VIP tickets are on sale now.

    Kicking off Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 4pm, the Anastasia Music Festival is a family-friendly three-day celebration of bluegrass music featuring nearly 20 acts, camping, food trucks and more. The initial musical lineup includes The Del McCoury Band (two sets), David Grisman’s Bluegrass Experience, Sam Bush, Elephant Revival, Fruition (two sets), Cabinet (two sets), The Jeff Austin Band, The Travelin’ McCourys (two sets), Mandolin Orange (two sets), Sierra Hull, The Broomestix, Dustbowl Revival (two sets), Joe Pug, Jon Stickley Trio (two sets), Grits & Soul (two sets), Nikki Talley (two sets), Taylor Martin (two sets), Steve ...   [Read More]




    Jacksonville Landing's Irish Pub




    An authentic Irish pub to settle down and have a good time is at Fionn MacCools. Located at the Jacksonville Landing under the Main Street Bridge, Fionn MacCool’s offers a family friendly Irish pub experience for everyone. I sat down with Patty Trousdell and she let me explore the history of Fionn MacCools.

    Owned by Amy McNulty; Patty’s sister, she travelled to Ireland several times and got to work with Guinness concept pubs. Amy always dreamed about having an Irish pub and wanted it to become a reality. All the materials for the restaurant were shipped from Ireland, and the restaurant opened at the beaches in 2005. The restaurant later moved to the Jacksonville Landing, opening in March of 2011, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Its current location has a community feel, with business influences, and is surrounded by great hotels.

    The executive chef of Fionn MacCools, John Walker, is the man that makes it all happen. He is a fabulous chef and makes everything in the kitchen from scratch. John started as a line cook for 4 years and worked his way up to become a sous chef. He handles high volume well on days like the Florida/ Georgia game, Tax Slayer Bowl, New Year’s Eve celebrations, St. Patrick’s Day,...   [Read More]




    Riverside Avondale Lumineria - One of Jacksonville's Oldest Traditions




    Mark your calendars: Riverside Avondale’s beloved Luminaria celebration will be here soon! The traditional lighting of the lanterns at sundown will take place this year on Sunday, December 18th. The Luminaria is one of RAP's (Riverside Avondale Preservation) largest fundraisers and is a wonderful community-building event that celebrates the holiday season! The event is free to attend and stretches through miles of historic streets and neighborhoods in the Avondale / Riverside area. 

    The history of Riverside Avondale’s Luminaria all began with a devoted community member and RAP supporter, Jerry Spinks. Mr. Spinks was merely looking for a way to help fund raise for Riverside Avondale Preservation during this magical time of year. He thought that he would sell a bundle of luminaries to his neighbors. But to his surprise, he sold out quickly. In fact, he had to go around town gathering more supplies to keep up with the demand. Decades later, the community organically turned this event into a Winter Wonderland. The closing of the streets, light parades, block parties, bike rides, and church festivities have now become a part of this great neighborhood as its annual holiday tradition.

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    Styx, Foreigner, & Don Felder Coming to St. Augustine




    St. Augustine, FL (February 4, 2014) – Styx returns to perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Friday, May 23, 2014 with Foreigner and Don Felder. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, February 7 at 10am.

    Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips, have performed more live since ’99 than all of the previous years of its career combined.  Two Super-Bowl appearances, two more studio albums and no end in sight, STYX continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time.

    Spawned from a suburban Chicago basement in the early ‘70s, Styx would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late '70s and early '80s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads. Paradise Theater became Styx's biggest hit of their career (selling over three million copies in a three-year period), as they became one of the U.S. top rock acts due to such big hit singles as "Too Much Time on My Hands".  It also marked the first time in history that a band released four consecutive triple-platinum albums.

    With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock...   [Read More]




    Robert Cray Band To Perform At The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall




    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL--(Monday, February 3, 2014) — Blues guitarist and five-time GRAMMY award winning artist Robert Cray Band will perform at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Friday, April 4 at 8:00PM.

    The five-time Grammy Award winner summarized 35 years of mastery on the debut Nozzle release Live From Across the Pond (2006), an electrifying two-CD concert set drawn from a series of shows (opening for Eric Clapton) at London’s Royal Albert Hall. When the time came to follow up that widely praised collection with a studio recording, Cray viewed it as an opportunity to move his sound in other directions.

    He found exactly what he was looking for by turning to one of his oldest friends and colleagues: bassist Richard Cousins, whose tenure with the Robert Cray Band began with its barnstorming regional origins in Eugene, Oregon, in 1974 and extended through 1991, encompassing such early high-water marks as Strong Persuader (1986) and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1988), both winners of the best contemporary blues performance Grammy.

    I’ve known Richard for 40 years,” Cray says. “We go back to 1969, and we grew up in the same area together. We’ve always had a really good rapport together stage...   [Read More]




    Goo Goo Dolls to bring acoustic show to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall




    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL--(Monday, February 3, 2014) — The Goo Goo dolls will hit the road in April for a spring acoustic tour called The Otis Midnight Sessions. The group will perform at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Thursday, April 17 at 8:00PM.

    The shows will be performed in a “Story Tellers” format that enables the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band to dig deep into an extensive song catalog spanning their nearly 30-year history. It also offers a rare opportunity for fans to see them perform in more intimate settings than the Goos normally visit on their many live treks. 

    Tickets for this seated show will go on sale this Friday, February 7 at 10AM. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and St. Augustine Amphitheatre box offices, findmytix.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets.

     

    SHOW:   Goo Goo Dolls  – The Otis Midnight Sessions – An evening of Acoustic Music with special guests Run River North. 

    DATE:          Thursday, April 17, 2014 TIME:           Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm TICKET PRICE: 1st Ten Rows - $65.00; All remaining rows...   [Read More]




    Cher & Cyndi Lauper Planning To Visit Jacksonville On May 14th




    JACKSONVILLE, FL (JANUARY 30) – Cher has just announced Cyndi Lauper as support for her “Dressed To Kill Tour”.  Tickets for all dates are on sale now, and for complete “Dressed To Kill” tour details and ticket information, please visit www.cher.com.

    Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award winning artist and New York Times Best Selling author Cyndi Lauper has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every creative move.  A true renaissance woman with 30 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 50 million, Lauper continues to reach new heights as a career artist. 

    In 2013, Cyndi became the first solo woman to win the Tony Award for Best Original Score for Kinky Boots, itself a Tony Award Winner for Best New Musical.  In addition, Cyndi marked the 30th anniversary of her debut smash hit album, She's So Unusual, with a celebratory world tour, she also released her New York Times Best Selling autobiography – Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir – published by Simon & Schuster, and continued her philanthropic work through the True Colors Fund.

    For more information, please visit: http://...   [Read More]




    MÖTLEY CRÜE ANNOUNCES THE FINAL TOUR- IN jACKSONVILLE OCTOBER 19




    Los Angeles, CA (January 28, 2014) – After more than three decades together, iconic rock ‘n roll band MÖTLEY CRÜE announced today The Final Tour and the band’s ultimate retirement. The announcement was solidified when the band signed a formal Cessation Of Touring Agreement, effective at the end of 2015, in front of global media in Los Angeles today. Celebrating the announcement of The Final Tour, the band will perform on ABC’s "Jimmy Kimmel Live" TONIGHT and will appear on "CBS This Morning" TOMORROW MORNING.

     

    With over 80 million albums sold, MÖTLEY CRÜE has sold out countless tours across the globe and spawned more than 2,500 MÖTLEY CRÜE branded items sold in over 30 countries. MÖTLEY CRÜE has proven they know how to make a lasting impression and this tour will be no different.  Fans can expect to hear the catalogue of their chart- topping hits and look forward to mind-blowing, unparalleled live production. “When it comes to putting together a new show we always push the envelope and that’s part of Motley Crue’s legacy,” explains Nikki Sixx (bass). “As far as letting on to what we’...   [Read More]



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    New Tap House Opening Later This Month On The Southside




    Copper Tap House located on the corner of Beach Blvd and Hodges plans on having their grand opening on October 28th. The tap house will feature over 24 beers on tap as well as a craft food menu. Chef inspired favorites like the snapper sliders will be one of the tasty entree's you can get at the new spot. 

    The tap house will feature a custom bar built out of 48,000 pennies that took over 200+ man hours to complete. 

    There will be plenty of seating at peak house and the owners plan on having nightly entertainment. The tap house also boast a stage with high end lighting and sound. 

    If your are interested in applying, please visit https://www.facebook.com/copperjax

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    New Evidence Suggest That There Are Big Foots All Over The US




    Tennessee - Scientist from the The Erickson Project released today that they have tissue samples and have done a substantial amount of DNA research to find that there could be 1,000's of Big Foots all over North America and Canada.

    We think it could be a hoax but the photos are pretty convincing..... Chewbacca might be making a comeback!!! 

    Let us know if you've seen one, we want to know. Most realistic picture will win a giftcard to Whisky River. Send pictures to charles@904happyhour.com

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    October Art Walk




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    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]




    Costa Concordia Salvage is Complete




    Italy - The crippled Costa Concordia cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday during a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a "perfect" end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat.

    The vast hulk of the 114,500 ton cruise liner has lain on its side for more than 20 months, dominating the tiny port in the Tuscan holiday island of Giglio where it hit rocks on January 13, 2012, killing 32 people.

    Heres some photos from the operation: 

    All Photo's Courtesy: Tony Gentile

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