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    When Red, White & Brew Freedom Run organizers began planning for the launch of Florida’s largest freedom run earlier this year, they never dreamed how involved the community would become to assist local veteran’s charities. 

    Ultimate Racing, Inc., a race management company based in Saint Augustine, and 904 Happy Hour out of Jacksonville joined forces to bring a patriotic run to the area that would benefit area veteran’s charities. With the partnership of the Riverside Arts Market, many volunteers and a host of sponsors, the community came out in force to support K9’s for Warriors and Warfighters in Arms. 

     This year, organizers donated a total of $5,000 to the 2 charities, which will help them provide service to North Florida area veterans. Warfighters in Arms is a volunteer-led group that helps vets transition to civilian life by offering employment, support, guidance, and encouragement. K9’s for Warriors provides service canines to vets suffering from PTSD and more for service members after 9.11. 

    Sal Palmieri, US Army veteran and owner of Ultimate Racing said he was pleased they were able to offer a sizeable donation to deserving charities and offered thanks to participa...   [Read More]

    First Watch Will Open Its Newest Restaurant Monday In Bartram Park

    First Watch, the popular Florida-based breakfast, brunch and lunch concept, will open its newest restaurant on Monday, November 13, in Bartram Park. The 3,400-square-foot restaurant will open at 7 a.m. at 12540 Bartram Park Blvd., and it will employ about 25 people. The opening comes less than a month after First Watch opened on Riverside Avenue.

    Customers of First Watch in Bartram Park will be able to sample the eatery’s innovative menu, including popular dishes like Quinoa Power Bowls, Avocado Toast, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and options from the Fresh Juice Bar, which are juiced in-house daily using high quality fruits and vegetables. The restaurant will open with First Watch’s standard interior design, which combines farm fresh elements with a high-energy, urban vibe.

    First Watch’s curated menu takes an elevated approach to traditional and innovative offerings made to order using farm fresh ingredients. It includes crave-able items such as Avocado Toast, Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, Farm Stand Breakfast Tacos and Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. The new restaurant will offer healthy, flavorful favorites like house-made granola and pico de gallo, organic greens, house-roasted vegetables, cage-free eggs and 100% fresh-squeezed orange juic...   [Read More]

    The Jacksonville Icemen Earn Their First-Ever Franchise Victory

    Today, The Jacksonville Icemen (1-4-1-0) picked up their first-ever franchise win and shut out the Brampton Beast (2-7-1-1) 5-0.

    Just one day after being acquired by the Icemen, defenseman Jan Kostalek was quick to make a good first impression. At 14:54 in the first period, the 22-year-old scored his first-ever ECHL goal to give the Icemen a 1-0 lead. He was assisted by Alexandre Goulet and Emerson Clark, extending Goulet’s point streak to six games and Clark’s point streak to four games. Icemen goalie Jamie Phillips was strong in the first frame, denying all 14 shots from the Beast.

    Late in a very even second period, Icemen captain Garet Hunt received a great pass from Cameron Critchlow as he was exiting the box, leading to a 1-on-1 breakaway. Hunt capitalized on the play to give the Icemen a 2-0 lead with 2:40 remaining in the period. For the second time on the road trip, the Icemen would head into the room after the second period with a one-goal lead.

    This time, there would be no stopping the Icemen as the team continued to add to their lead. Just 2:08 into the third period, Bobby MacIntyre notched his fourth goal on the season to give the Icemen a three-goal lead. Over 11 minutes later, Alexandre Goulet stole the puck in...   [Read More]

    IKEA Jacksonville Grand Opening Is Today

    IKEA Jacksonville Grand Opening is today at 7801 Gate Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL 32256 at the Town Center. Stop by for product, food and gift card giveaways, plus fun activities for the whole family.

    IKEA Jacksonville store manager Leontyne Green Sykes said “We are excited to be opening our 46th store in the U.S. and our fifth in the state of Florida,” “We have received such a warm welcome from the Jacksonville community, and we want to return the favor by welcoming our shoppers with food, fun and iconic IKEA products.”

    Giveaways throughout the grand opening weekend include:


    ·       Rest Assured*- The first 46 adults (18 & older) in IKEA Jacksonville will receive a free EKTORP three-seat sofa, honoring our 46th U.S. store. 

    ·       Take a Seat (And We Mean Take It!)* –The next 100 adults (18 & older) will receive a free POÄNG armchair. 

    ·       For the (Truly) Young at Heart – The first 100 children (17 & younger) in IKEA Ja...   [Read More]

    Upcoming Christmas Lighting Ceremonies

    With the holidays just around the corner, North Florida is getting ready to light up night. Here are a list of lighting ceremonies that will take place throughout the month of November.

    St. Johns Holiday Spectacular 

    Celebrate the joy and magic of the holiday season at the 12th annual St. Johns Town Center Holiday Spectacular on Saturday, November 11. Holiday shoppers, families and visitors are invited to attend the action-packed day of free, family fun and musical performances!

    The annual holiday celebration, sponsored by Toyota, OneBlood, PRI Productions, and The Lion King - Musical, kicks off at 2 p.m. Throughout the day, guests will enjoy festivities including oversized games, an interactive hot chocolate station, jugglers, caricature artists, letters to Santa, ornament decorating, a festive photo booth and a silent DJ experience. That’s not all! The holiday fun will continue with great giveaways, costume characters, holiday entertainment and more.  Main stage entertainment begins at 2 p.m. with dynamic holiday performances and a show-stopping finale by headliner, Parmalee. The Main Stage is located in the Town Green in front of Maggiano’s Little Italy on Midtown Parkway.  For Holiday ...   [Read More]

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    Prelude to Florida Country Superfest

    The start of a music festival comes from the amount of artists that want to be part of it and the crowds that come and bring it to life. Florida Country Superfest is the first ever country festival to be held in downtown Jacksonville. How could something so awesome and so jam-packed with fans become such a success here in our city?  I went to the start of the biggest festival of country music, none other than CMA Fest 2014 to find out. 

    The Country Music Association festival itself contains many big acts and many local acts. I’ve seen a lot of songwriters perform at CMA Fest, and we are going to be having some local acts from Jacksonville perform at Florida Country Superfest. This festival has at least 5 stages for the artists, and for Superfest, we are going to start off with 2 stages; a stage for the big acts and a stage for the local acts. One common factor that CMA Fest has and Superfest will have is the amount of people that are willing to stay for the concerts rain or shine. During night 2 of CMA Fest, lightning was spotted during the middle of the second acts’ performance. Unfortunately for Day 3, the area was under a tornado watch and delayed the concert at LP field for an hour. This was not the ...   [Read More]

    2014 Florida Country Superfest

    Jacksonville, Fl  – Florida Country Superfest announced today that Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Big & Rich, Easton Corbin, Colt Ford and Joe Nichols will rock Jacksonville’s EverBank Field on June 14 and 15 in the inaugural edition of the mega-fest.  For two days and nights, Jacksonville will become the epicenter of country music as fans from around the nation converge on the city for performances by many of the most popular artists in American music.  EverBank Field will be redesigned to include an enormous rock-n-roll-styled stage at one end with thousands of seats positioned on the field creating a rare stadium festival experience.

    Festival-goers should plan to arrive early for the official Florida Country Superfest Fan Fest & Tailgate Party located directly outside EverBank Field, featuring a country music stage, artist meet and greets, festive food, and much more. Offering a tailgating environment akin to the atmosphere surrounding the annual Florida Georgia gridiron battle, the Country Superfest—with its spirit of celebration— promises to send everybody home a winner.

    Hard rockin’ country rules opening n...   [Read More]

    Old Crow Medicine Show at St. Augustine Amphitheater Recap

    On the eve of Memorial Day, 904 Happy Hour went down to St. Augustine and got to see Old Crow Medicine perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheater. Many people waited outside to get in the amphitheater, and they were excited to see this band. The opening act for the band was Dale Watson. I thought he was good for an opening act. His style is like old school country, with his band having just a thump bass, pedal steel, a small drum kit, and Dale playing guitar. Dale Watson was fine for an opening act, but the crowd was waiting for Old Crow Medicine show.

    Once Old Crow Medicine came on stage and I heard them, I thought they were really impressive. This band used all acoustic instruments and nothing else. When I heard their music,  I thought I was at a Lumineers show or a Mumford and Sons show. This kind of country music was more bluegrass and folk. This band has also earned a high honor as they were recently inducted into the Grand Ole Opry this year.  Old Crow Medicine Show had some amazing songs such as “Carry Me Back to Virginia”, “CC Rider”, “Tell It to Me”, and their mega hit “Wagon Wheel”. This band created the song “Wagon Wheel”, with a little help from legendary Bob Dyla...   [Read More]

    Brett Eldridge at the Jacksonville Landing Recap

    99.1’s 99 Days of Summer kicked off Thursday with a free concert by Brett Eldridge and 904 Happy Hour was there to see it. Many people packed the Jacksonville Landing Thursday night and couldn’t wait for the rising country artist to perform. Before Brett came on, Natalie Nicole Green and Clark Hill opened up for him. Natalie Nicole Green sang some great songs, and her performance was really great. Clark Hill also did some great songs including a couple of originals. In case you don’t know, Clark Hill performed at the landing at Mavericks where he opened up for Love and Theft. Both of these opening act performances were acoustic sets which I really liked. It’s actually cool to listen to acoustic sets once in a while. 

    After the opening acts, Brett Eldridge came out and the crowd went crazy. His stage presence was beyond what I imagined. Since it was an acoustic performance, he didn’t just sit down with his guitar and perform the whole time.  He reached out to the crowd. He enjoys being able to reach for his fans and having fun. Brett Eldridge is known for his two songs “Don’t Ya” and “Beat of the Music”. His two hit songs got the crowd excited and got them singing back to Brett. If yo...   [Read More]

    Frankie Ballard at Mavericks Recap

    Mavericks at the Landing has had great performers over the past years and this artist really knows how to get the crowd on their feet. On Thursday May 15, Frankie Ballard revisited and headlined this show at Mavericks. The last time Frankie Ballard came to Jacksonville was when he opened up for Rodney Atkins along with Rose Falcon. Frankie Ballard packed the venue and put on a great show for the crowd. This artist is famous for his hit songs “Helluva Life”, “Bunch Of Girls” and “Tell Me You Get Lonely”.

    Frankie put out an EP album in 2011 and has now released his full length album this year. He has a country rock sound and is very interactive with his fans. In the middle of his show, he brought a fan up on stage for her birthday and dedicated his song “Sober Me Up” to her. I believe she got her birthday wish that night! Frankie also played a cover of “Ain’t that America” from John Mellencamp. Frankie is an artist that just doesn’t go out there to please his fans, he also wants his fans to be his friends. When he performed his hit song “Helluva Life” his fans sang it back to him and he was blown away by how many people enjoyed his song. His show overall was full o...   [Read More]

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    First Wednesday Art Walk February 5th 2014


    Headquarters @ Hemming Plaza: Enjoy Valentine's Day activities for all, including Married by The Specktator, Single Mingle and Dump Your Baggage, plus kid-friendly crafts from First United Methodist and live music by Beau & The Burners. Visit the One Spark table to learn about the upcoming event. At the Artworks for Freedom Jax tables, meet director Kay Chernush, representatives from the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center and Sarah Symons, founder of Made by Survivors and author of No Ordinary Joy. Married by The Specktator – 6:30-9 p.m., Laura Street Couples with official documentation can be married at Art Walk or renew their vows by ordained minister Kerry Speckman (a.k.a. The Specktator) in the Chapel of Love. After the nuptials, indulge in professional photos, Sweet Pete’s chocolate covered strawberries and a free ring engraving at Hemming Plaza Jewelers.  Single Mingle – 7:30 p.m., outside Snyder Memorial Make new friends during a speed dating-like event hosted by The Lyricist Hour with Mal Jones. Participate or be a spectator as folks sit down with a stranger for a 60 second “date.”  Dump Your Baggage – 5-9 p.m., Laura Street Write down stories of jilted, hurtful or unrequi...   [Read More]

    El Galeon - A 16th century replica galleon is in St. Augustine

     The 495-ton 16th-century replica wooden ship El Galeón is dock at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina next to her a sister ship, the Nao Victoria.  It is the first time the two ships have ever docked in the same port in North America. While in port, the 170 foot, 495 ton authentic wooden replica of a galleon that was part of Spain’s West Indies fleet will be open for public visits.     The ship will be part of the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine in 2015. Both El Galeón and its sister ship Nao Victoria represent the city’s cultural heritage with Spain and is worth a visit. The Nao Victoria is a replica of the first ship to successfully circumnavigate the world. El Galeón is a replica of the vessels that traveled the coasts of Florida between the 16th and 18th centuries creating ties between America and Europe.   While in port, the ship will be open to public offering visitors the chance to learn about the maritime history that began centuries ago when galleons like the El Galeón reached Florida’s coast.   Ponce de León sailed from Puerto Rico on just such a vessel in 1513. The voyage brought him to the coast of Florida on April 3 which was the da...   [Read More]

    Jacksonville Beach Roller Coaster History

    In August, 1926, W. H. Adams, Sr. created the Ocean View amusement park on the site of his former hotel and encouraged the construction of a large roller coaster in 1928 in imitation of Coney Island coasters. John Miller of the Miller & Rose Amusement Company of Milwaukee built the ride. It was 93-feet high and its trains reached speeds of 50 miles per hour. Besides it being the first and only coaster Jacksonville Beach has ever had, it was also the tallest structure at the Beaches and it became an icon.

    It was 3,168 feet long; Its two trains with two cars with the riders arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 12 riders per train. Although it may have seemed longer for some passengers, it made the circuit in a minute and a half, reaching a speed of fifty miles per hour.

    The coaster was huge, dominating the skyline where it could be seen for miles. The main issue with the coaster is that it was vulnerable to storms and had to be repaired several times. In 1933, Miller sold it to W. H. Adams, Jr., who put Lake R. Peddy in charge.

    By 1949, the wooden coaster was increasingly unsafe and was dismantled in 1950 to be replaced by the metal, small “Wild Mouse.” Other rides and amusements were broug...   [Read More]

    Simple Tips To Help New Boaters

    Taking the helm of a boat is not so complicated. In fact, it might be too simple. It is not unusual to find someone sitting in the captain’s chair who doesn’t know the difference between port and starboard, bow and stern. But knowing a few common rules of the waterways not only helps a skipper feel more confident and competent at the helm, it is a matter of safety.

    Just as there are signs and markers along roadways for auto traffic, there are also signs along our waterways, such as buoys, markers and lights.

    For boaters, a few simple rules go a long way. When it comes to identifying the safest route, markers and buoys are used to identify the location of the channel. The buoys are distinguished by two features. The red buoys and markers are pointed at the top and only use even numbers. The green buoys and markers are square and only use odd numbers.

    Three ways to identify a marker or buoy: color, shape and number.

    Here is a good way to remember which side of a buoy or marker your boat should be on: When going from a larger body of water to a smaller one – typically “up river” and toward the source – a helpful reminder is: Red Right = Return.

    That m...   [Read More]

    Snow Shark Sighting - 3 Brothers Build Massive Snow Shark

    Three brothers, from left, Connor, Trevor and Austin Bartz built this 16 foot high snow shark in the front yard of their New Brighton, Minn. home, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. It took them around 95 hours of work and they gathered the snow from houses in their neighborhood.

    The New Brighton, Minn. teens are no strangers to large-scale snow sculptures — in fact, it's become an annual tradition. In 2011 they made a giant puffer fish, and in 2012 a snow walrus made its home on their front lawn. 

    ...   [Read More]

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