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    Dickens on Centre - A Fernandina Beach Tradition




    Travel back in time December 8-11, 2016 during the second annual Dickens on Center festival in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida, on beautiful Amelia Island. Free to the public, this Victorian inspired holiday festival is as fun as the dickens for entire family. Enjoy costumed characters, themed entertainment and performances, visits from Saint Nick, and a variety of vendors selling seasonal gifts and wares. Inspired by Charles Dickens’ novella “A Christmas Carol,” Dickens on Centre transform downtown Fernandina into a classic English village, sure to enliven your Christmas spirit. Think chestnuts roasting, carolers strolling, and readings of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. This Christmas, come make memories.

    Calendar of Events

    Thursday, December 8th

    6pm - America's Youth Lighted Christmas Parade - America's Youth lights up downtown Fernandina Beach with the annual Lighted Christmas Parade celebrating "A Musical Christmas".

    Friday, December 9th – 5-9pm

    5pm - Candlelight Victorian Evensong, St. Peter's Episcopal Church - Service includes prayers and music from the Victorian era, as well as Advent and Christmas music. 5pm - Amelia Island String E...   [Read More]




    Amelia Island’s Annual Restaurant Week Set To Take Place January 20-29, 2017




    Northeast Florida’s Amelia Island will host its eighth annual Restaurant Week January 20-29, 2017. The ten-day culinary showcase of the small barrier island’s top restaurants will offer visitors and residents the opportunity to try new spots and enjoy old favorites. Spend the week touring some of the top Amelia Island restaurants, from fine dining to the traditional, eclectic, and international. In 2017, many of the island’s popular dining establishments are participating in Restaurant Week with prix-fixe menus including a $12 lunch option and/or a three-course Dinner Menu including a non-alcoholic beverage, at either $21 or $31 per person.

    Participating Restaurants: 29 South Eats

    Located in the heart of the historic district, 29 South is a chic neighborhood bistro perfect for dates, a quick bite, or a casual dinner.

    Address: 29 South 3rd Street Phone Number: 904-277-7919 Website: 29southrestaurant.com Participating In: $31 dinner Lucas on Centre

    At Lucas on Centre in Fernandina Beach, FL, we are the casual yet elegant neighborhood restaurant where our guests can relax in a distinctive ambiance with gracious service an...   [Read More]




    DT Sen’Derrick Marks Named Jaguars 2016 Ed Block Courage Award Winner




    Jaguars eighth-year defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks has been named the team’s 2016 Ed Block Courage Award Winner, as voted on by his teammates. The Ed Block Courage Award is an annual award presented to players in the NFL, who are voted by their teammates as role models of inspiration, sportsmanship and courage.

    Over the past 24 months, Marks has seen the highs and lows of playing in the National Football League. Marks entered the final game of the 2014 season on Dec. 28 at Houston with a team- and career-high 8.5 sacks on the season. With 6:39 remaining in the game and on the season, Marks sustained a knee injury, which would eventually be diagnosed as a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

    Following the 2014 season, Marks was selected as an alternate to the Pro Bowl, but withdrew his name after undergoing knee surgery on January 14, 2015 by Jaguars Head Team Physician Kevin Kaplan.  Marks was also recognized by his peers in NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of the 2015,” coming in at No. 76, marking the first time the Jaguars had a defensive player appear on the list.

    “When I went down, I was just thinking about what this injury could be and what could this mean,” said Ma...   [Read More]




    First Italian Fast-Casual Restaurant Opens in St. Augustine




    Dina – The Real Italian Piadina, St. Augustine’s first-ever fast-casual Italian restaurant, proudly announces its grand opening on Saturday, December 10th. Open since mid-November, Dina’s main dish is a piadina or thin, handmade Italian flatbread filled with a variety of local and imported meats, cheeses, and fresh vegetables.

    “We take pride in the quality of our ingredients and source as much of our vegetables from sustainable growers in North Florida,” said Stefano Braganti, co-owner of Dina along with friends Andrea Maccario, Hezi Mena, and Luca Bonfante. “We import our cured meats and cheeses from the best Italian producers and hand-select our smoked fish from right here in St. Augustine.”

    Located in the heart of the Nation’s Oldest City, across from Columbia Restaurant, Dina offers signature piadinas such as Maialina (mozzarella, Mortadella, eggplant, and truffle oil) and Dina (Stracchino cheese, Prosciutto, fresh arugula, and balsamic glaze). The restaurant also features homemade desserts like Tiramisu and Coffee Semifreddo and a selection of Italian wine, beer, and sodas.

    “Our mission here at Dina is RO5, which stands for the ‘Rule of Five,&rsqu...   [Read More]




    Places To See Christmas Lights Around Jacksonville




    Looking to find a great place to take the family to see Christmas Lights around the First Coast? We have comprised a list of the best spots to check out. 

    1. Blackhawk Bluff Neighborhood off Girvin Road

    Dazzle your family and friends with a drive through this neighborhood located just West of Neptune Beach. The entire neighbor hood participates in a event that started over a decade ago. 

    2.  Jax Illuminations @ The Morocco Shrine Center​

    Jax Illuminations has created a wonderful opportunity for families to create a new holiday tradition. Enjoy the magic of driving through a mile of holiday lights that are perfectly synchronized to holiday music. Come see over one million brilliant LED lights that dance, twinkle, and sparkle to some of your favorite holiday songs. Before you enter the drive through display you will tune your car radio to our station then enter into a mile of synchronized lights, giant presents, candy canes, and much more.

    3. Deck The Chairs

    Deck The Chairs is an annual lighted sculptural exhibit at the Sea Walk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach using the iconic red chairs of the Volunteer Lifesaving Corp..  Free and open to the pu...   [Read More]



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    Rodney Atkins at Mavericks Recap




    Jacksonville FL - On January 25, 2014, Mavericks hosted Rodney Atkins who performed in front of lots of his fans. Braving the cold weather, many people came out to see this performer. Before the country singer went on to perform, two opening acts took the stage to get the crowd warmed up:  Rose Falcon and Frankie Ballad. 

           

    Each of them was great in their performances. Frankie Ballad got the crowd going with his hits, “Bunch of Girls” and his newest song “Helluva Ride”. Frankie also played a cover of John Mellencamp’s song “Ain’t That America”.  Personally, I liked his music; he had some great songs and was no stranger to Mavericks as he performed there last year. He also has a new album that will be released next month.  As for Rose Falcon, she is new to country music and is also Rodney Atkins’ wife.  An interesting fact is that if you were an Inspector Gadget movie fan back in 2003, she played a song for the second Inspector Gadget movie. That was the first time she was introduced as a pop singer. Now that she’s a country singer and starting over, it seems she’s ready for a country music career.

         ...   [Read More]




    Jack Johnson is coming to St. Augustine




    St. Augustine, FL (January 27, 2014) – Jack Johnson announced a summer headline tour in support of his sixth studio album, From Here To Now To You, which debuted #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, Johnson's fourth chart topping album to date. The tour will make its only Florida appearance at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 with special guest ALO.

     

    The public on-sale will be this Friday, January 31 at 10 AM. There are a maximum of 4 tickets per household on this event. No Ticket Transfers are available on this show. This show will be paperless entry for all Standing Pit, 100 and 200 sections and will require the credit card used to purchase the tickets for entry. This show will have a seated general admission 300 section.

      

    Jack Johnson's From Here To Now To You tour continues to pave the way in green touring practices and community engagement initiatives. Greening actions include fueling tour vehicles with sustainable biodiesel, offering eco-friendly tour merchandise, sourcing local food from local farms, and promoting ride share programs and mass transit in addition to engaging venues and fans to eliminate single-use plastics, recycle, use water refill stations and...   [Read More]




    Darius Rucker with Eli Young Band and Corey Smith Coming To St. Augustine




    St. Augustine, FL (January 20, 2014) –Darius Rucker returns to perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre with Eli Young Band and Corey Smith on Saturday, April 19, 2014. Darius Rucker previously performed at the Amphitheatre on October 29, 2010.

    Rucker, who first attained multi-platinum status as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Hootie & the Blowfish, wrote ten of the twelve tracks on True Believers - ranging from his current single, the feel-good, sing-along, "Radio" to the sophisticated narrative of "Shine." He expresses special pride in the raw and realistic sentiments of songs like "Miss You" and "I Will Love You Still," a duet with young powerhouse vocalist Mallary Hope.

    The two songs Rucker didn't have a hand in writing are both major events of their own. "Love Without You" features Sheryl Crow, with whom Rucker had wanted to record ever since they sang together at a VH1 function almost twenty years ago. For his version of the popular Old Crow Medicine Show song "Wagon Wheel," initially based on a sketch by Bob Dylan, Rucker, never expecting them to say yes, invited his tour partners and Capitol Records labelmates Lady Antebellum into the studio. When they came...   [Read More]




    New Lounge - The Volstead Opens Downtown




    The Volstead joins Downtown Jacksonville right in time for 2014. Indulge in decadent bourbon, whiskey, and scotch on the top shelf, and try their classic cocktails made with a unique twist. Great drinks start with great ingredients, and aren’t we glad that we aren’t faced with the challenges that Prohibition brought to this nation.

    “The Volstead” gets its name from The Volstead Act, which enacted Prohibition in the United States in late 1919. The act was later repealed in 1933, but the era would forever leave its mark on history. Some of histories most colorful personalities were players in bootlegging operations, and to this day bars still carry on the tradition.

    Jacksonville Florida pre-prohibition was a beautiful, bustling city where people came to achieve their dreams; designed to be the original site of Hollywood where the stars and starlets of the era came to spend their time.

    As the decade progressed the nation fell on hard times, Congressman Andrew Volstead chalked up the bill to eradicate the production and sale of liquor throughout the United States. As liquor became more scarece, people became craftier in finding ways to get hooch into the country. Due to the prime waterfront ...   [Read More]




    Dave Matthews Band Coming To Jacksonville




    Jacksonville Fl - The Dave Matthews Band will be preforming in Jacksonville on July 15th 2014. Presales go on sale February 7th. 

    In 2013, Rolling Stone put Dave Matthews Band on its list of the “50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now,” observing, “Two decades in, DMB still know how to surprise their fans.” The group’s 2014 North American summer tour may be its most surprising yet.

    “A Very Special Evening with Dave Matthews Band” will feature the group delivering two sets per evening, performing songs from throughout its career. Dave Matthews Band will wind through numerous configurations – from electric to acoustic, from full-throttle numbers featuring the entire band to more intimate moments featuring small groups of band members – including a stripped-down pairing of Matthews with guitarist Tim Reynolds, performing as an acoustic duo, as they occasionally do when the band is off the road. A variety of guests will join the band throughout the summer.

    "I was talking to Carter about how much I still like just sitting around playing music together. It's how we started – in the basements of Carter's and my mom'...   [Read More]



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    5 Common Obstacles & How You Can Overcome Them




    If you’re like most people, you have likely run into your fair share of obstacles due to work and other responsibilities that have prevented you from exercising as much as you would like to…Hey, it happens!

    Even on days that you have your workouts scheduled in your calendar it seems that unexpected obstacles and extra responsibilities just seem to pop up, right? So how do you make sure that you don’t get derailed by these obstacles? It’s important to find a healthy balance between your everyday responsibilities and the time you dedicate to your well-being and fitness goals.

    Here is a list of common obstacles and how to overcome them to accomplish your goals:

    The Time Crunch – If you’re like most people in the 21st century, time is difficult to come by. Unfortunately, magical pocket watches that can stop time are still not in production (thanks for teasing us, Hollywood).

    The first thing you should address is any extraneous or unhealthy habits you may have, like watching too much television or excessively surfing the internet. I know it’s difficult…but you know deep down it’s totally worth it. It’s just a matter of taking a stand and starting today.

    Don&rsq...   [Read More]




    Record Setting Gator Killed In Mississippi




    Vicksburg Ms - Dustin Brockman of Vicksburg, Miss., ventured with his brother and friend into the Mississippi River by motorboat early Saturday night and emerged with a 727-pound record breaker that was 13 feet, 4.5 inches long.Previous record setting weight was 697.5 pounds. The massive gator took over 2 hours to catch - "We chased him for about two hours", Brockman said. "Then we got a shot on him." They plan on eating the meat and using the skin for a new gun strap. They also plan on getting the massive head mounted. ...   [Read More]




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    Man Bitten By Alligator




    Lake City Fl - Yesterday while repairing his dock, James Tennant, 44, was bitten by a alligator. The Attack happened just after 3pm in about 4 ft of water. James was bitten on his calf and was taken to UF Shands where he under went surgery. Since the attack, FWC issued a permit to a trapper who has since trapped the gator. The alligator turned out to be a little over 8 ft long and weighed in at 150 lbs. It was caught Thursday night and euthanized.We wish James the best with his recovery. Just a reminder, please do not feed alligators or tantalize them. These un-natural human behaviors can turn normal alligators into nuisance alligators which are relocated and sometimes put down. ...   [Read More]




    10 Fun Beach Activities to Keep You Fit and Active This Summer!




    Jacksonville Fl - Summer is almost over and our fitness partner LA Fitness shared this awesome article with us about ways to have fun while still getting fit at the beach. It is time to make your beach outings more fun-and fit-this summer! Adding some activities to your beach days will have you soaking up rays from that beautiful summertime orb in the sky, all while burning some extra calories.

     

    In fact, some of the high-intensity activities are not only fun, they can provide an incredible workout, too!   So get off of your beach towel and grab your friends this summer because it is time to have FUN and stay FIT! To get you warmed up, we will start with some moderate-intensity activities that are perfect for fun in the sun and burning some extra calories. After that, we will give you some higher intensity options that will have you sweating and feeling invigorated at your favorite summertime beaches.   All of the calorie totals are for the following activities are based on 150 pound person doing the specified activity for 1 hour. They are only estimates and are provided to give you a general idea of the calories burned while performing the listed activity.   Sun Bathing - 68 calories/hour - This is only 7 more calories per ...   [Read More]



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