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    Freedom Boat Club honors long-time partner by naming new boat ‘904 Happy Hour’




    Jacksonville, Fla., Aug. 1, 2017 – What is the best way to show appreciation for a valued partner? Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville has come up with a unique tribute.

    “We wanted to honor a successful partnership we have had for many years now,” said Lisa Almeida, co-owner of Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville. “So, we are naming our newest boat ‘904 Happy Hour’.”Almeida explains the logic of naming a boat after another organization.

    “We describe our club as 'boating made simple' and 'your director of fun',” Almeida said. “And 904 Happy Hour is Jacksonville’s premier entertainment resource. And of course, every hour you are out on a Freedom Boat Club boat is a happy hour.”

    The latest addition to the local Freedom Boat Club fleet is a 21-foot, 2017 Key West 219, with a light blue hull and a hard top. It has a 200 horsepower Yamaha four-stroke engine, a Bluetooth stereo, livewell and rod holders. It was designed with comforts like full-width bench seating in the aft, seating in the bow with removable backrests, plenty of room under the console and more. It can accommodate up to eight people.

    "We are honored to be a partner with Freedom Boa...   [Read More]




    2017 Total Solar Eclipse On August 21st




    On Aug. 21, 2017, people across the United States will see the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight, causing the temperature drop rapidly and revealing massive streamers of light streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon. On that day, America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse .

    A total solar eclipse occurs when the disk of the moon appears to completely cover the disk of the sun in the sky. The fact that total solar eclipses occur at all is a quirk of cosmic geometry. The moon orbits an average of 239,000 miles (385,000 kilometers) from Earth — just the right distance to seem the same size in the sky as the much-larger sun. However, these heavenly bodies line up only about once every 18 months.

    The path of totality for the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse is about 70 miles wide and stretches from Oregon to South Carolina. It passes through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

    During totality, the area inside the moon's shadow is cloaked in twilight — a very strange feeling to experience in the middle of the day. Just before and just after totality, observers can see this cloak o...   [Read More]




    The Volstead, Downtown Jacksonville's Premier Prohibition Style Whiskey Lounge Is Closing




    The Volstead has announced that it will be closing its doors on August 21. The Volstead was a popular downtown Jacksonville speakeasy-style bar that has been open for about 3 1/2 years.

    The Downtown speakeasy-style bar  located at 115 W. Adams Street fronts as an old post office, but once inside, it is a bar specializing in cocktails from times past . It is an upscale bourbon bar serving premium bourbons, scotches and whiskeys in an upscale lounge, 1920s-themed setting.

    “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

    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 ...   [Read More]




    Indoor Skydiving Coming to Jacksonville's Town Center




    An indoor skydiving facility coming to St. Johns Town Center agreed to a land purchase in the shopping center, according to the Daily Record. A contract for 2.5 acres for the development of a $10 million to $12 million project was signed for an iFLY location, just south of Topgolf.

    Representatives of Sky Entertainment LLC told the Daily Record that they expect the land sale to be completed early in 2018. The project should be completed by September or October 2018, according to the report.

    Other iFLY centers in the state of Florida are open in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa. The iFLY Orlando site says that prices start at $69.95 for two flights. Each session is 60 seconds, although the entire iFLY first-time experience takes about 90 minutes from start to finish.

     

     

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    MODEST MOUSE RETURNS TO THE ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE




    The St. Augustine Amphitheatre, in partnership with Jax Live Presents and The Foundation, proudly announce the return of indie rock band Modest Mouse and special guest to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Thursday, September 7, 2017. Tickets for this concert event will go on sale to the general public this Friday, July 21 at 12 p.m.

    Modest Mouse formed in Issaquah, Washington and has become, over the past two decades, the indie rock golden standard: One of the few bands capable of achieving massive popularity without sacrificing their longtime fans. Modest Mouse’s latest album, Strangers to Ourselves (Epic), debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, and at #1 on the Rock, Alternative, Vinyl, and Internet charts the week it was released. Also, the band earned a career-high debut on the UK Official Albums chart.

    Strangers to Ourselves has earned accolades in Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, NME, USA Today, and more. Modest Mouse were also the first band to perform for the launch of The Late Late Show with James Corden, when they performed “Be Brave.” The band also performed the single “Lampshades on Fire” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, played two sold-out shows at Webster Hall, and performed other ...   [Read More]



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    Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss coming to St. Augustine Amphitheatre.




    St. Augustine, FL (February 21, 2014) – Music legends and Grammy Award winning artists Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss & Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas will be touring together throughout the spring and summer. The 35 city U.S. tour will make a stop at the Saint Augustine Amphitheatre in Saint Augustine, Florida on May 6, 2014. The Devil Makes Three will also be appearing.

    The tour will mark the first time that Willie Nelson and Family & Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas have shared the stage together. The two groups’ unique personalities combined with impeccable musicianship and decades of award-winning songs are sure to create a show full of unforgettable moments.

    With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, Willie Nelson is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of “Crazy”, “Red Headed Stranger” and “Stardust.” He has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist.  Heroes, his 2012 release and first album for Legacy Recordings, spent five weeks at #1 on the Americana Radio Chart. His book, Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die, landed in the Top 10 on The New York T...   [Read More]




    Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas Is Coming To Jacksonville




    Jacksonville Fl - Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas will be coming to Jacksonville for a Guest Appearance and Special DJ set on Monday, March 24 at Suite at the St. Johns Town Center. Admission starts off at just $10 and doors open at 9pm. 

    About Taboo: He's a multi platinum American hip hop artist & member of the Black Eyed Peas; singer, rapper, dancer, actor, DJ, author, designer as well as a devoted husband & loving father to 3 sons.

    Tickets are on sale now at http://bit.ly/Oe206z

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    The Head and the Heart Coming to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall




    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL--(Tuesday, February 18, 2014) —  Indie Folk artist The Head and The Heart will perform at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Thursday, May 8 at 8:00PM.

    Leaving a variety of day jobs and academic pursuits, The Head and the Heart came together in the summer of 2009, during frequent visits to the open mic night at Conor Byrne in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. California-transplant Josiah Johnson and Virginia-native Jonathan Russell formed the core songwriting partnership, quickly adding keyboardist Kenny Hensley to the mix. The luminous Charity Rose Thielen, violin and vocals, had just returned from a year of studying and playing music in Paris. Drummer Tyler Williams cold left a successful band in Virginia after Jon sent him the demo of “Down in the Valley,” relocating across states to be a part of this. Finally, Chris Zasche, was bartending at Conor Byrne and mentioned one day that he’d be happy to play bass for the nascent band. It all felt right: The Head and the Heart was born. The band entered Seattle’s Studio Litho in early 2010 to record these songs that had been kicking and twisting in the catalytic development of their live show. Recorded by Shawn Simmons at Studio Litho and Steven Agui...   [Read More]




    Weezer Coming to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre




    St. Augustine, FL (February 17, 2014) – Rock band Weezer is set to perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Friday, June 6, 2014. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, February 21 at 10am.

    Their debut album Weezer (aka “The Blue Album”), producer by Ric Ocasek, has been certified triple platinum in the United States, and remains the band’s all-time best seller. Upon completing the record, Weezer went on hiatus temporarily as Cuomo studied at Harvard. With help from the Spike Jonze-directed video, the single "Undone (The Sweater Song)" became a hit in the fall of 1994. But by the time the album's final single, "Say It Ain't So," was released in the summer of 1995, the group had gone on hiatus once again, with Cuomo returning to Harvard.

    1996 saw Weezer's much-awaited second LP, entitled Pinkerton, released. It was quite different from 'Weezer'; the guitars were more gruff, the lyrics were deeper and much more exposed, and the band's talent and style had matured considerably.  Weezer released three singles from Pinkerton: "El Scorcho", "The Good Life", and "Pink Triangle".  Pinkerton eventually went gold in record sales and has ...   [Read More]




    Sneak Preview Of Monster Jam Trucks On Thursday, February 20th And Friday, February 21st




    Jacksonville Fl - MONSTER JAM makes its return to Jacksonville when the annual motor sports spectacle drives into EverBank Stadium on Saturday, February 22nd. You can catch many of the trucks appearing in the event at many local businesses listed below. They will be displayed around North Florida on Thursday, February 20th and Friday, February 21st.  All displays are free and open to the public.     Truck Displays:           Thursday, February 20th   Dairy Queen 2784 Sadler Rd. Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 Thursday 2/20 3pm-7pm Grave Digger The Legend   Adventure Landing 1944 Beach Blvd (U.S. 90) Jacksonville, FL 32250 Thursday 2/20 5pm-9pm Monster Mutt Dalmatian   Bozard Ford 540 Prime Outlet Blvd. St. Augustine, FL 32084 Thursday 2/20 4pm-8pm Max D   AutoNation Ford 7700 Blanding Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32244 Thursday 2/20 3pm-7pm Stone Crusher   Walt Live Oak Ford 1109 Ohio Ave. N. Live Oak, FL 32064 Thursday 2/20 3pm-7pm Gunslinger   Friday, February 21st   Metro PCS 8102 Blanding Blvd STE 16 Jacksonville, FL 32244 Friday 2/21 ...   [Read More]



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    Wine Event Sunday Nov 10th




    Jacksonville Fl - Join us for the Grape Escape, the ultimate wine tasting experience presented by Premier Beverage Company. Proceeds benefit the CHILD Cancer Fund – a local non-profit organization that helps children and their families through the challenges of childhood cancer. The inaugural Honorary Chair is Susan B. Towler – Vice President, Florida Blue Foundation.

    The Grand Tasting will be hosted by Ovinte at the St. Johns Town Center and feature wine selections curated by world renowned Master Sommelier Andrew McNamera. View him on a WJCT Segment explaining the process of choosing the best wine.

    General Admission $60

    3pm to 6pm

    General Admission includes: Souvenir wine glass Access to wine courtyard for food and wine tastings

     

    VIP Admission $120

    2pm to 6pm

    VIP Admission includes: One hour early admission Souvenir wine glass Access to Ovinte for Food and Exclusive Luxury Wine Tastings Access to wine courtyard for additional food and wine tastings

     

     

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    10/24 - 10/27 - Events This Weekend - The Best of the Best




    There are lots of events happening around Jacksonville this weekend. Heres our top picks. 

    Thursday:

    Cocktails for a Cause Happy Hour

    Times: 6:30p – 8:30p

    Location: Sheraton Jacksonville

     

    Ladies Night @ Taste Food Studio

    Times: 10:00p – 2:00a      - Open Bar for ladies 10-12

    Location: Taste Food Studio in Tinseltown

     

    Friday:

    Gravediggers Ball

    Times: 10:00p – 2:00a

    Location: Whisky River

     

    70s/80s Halloween Bash benefiting Girl Scouts of Gateway Council

    Times: 7:00p – 11:00p

    Location: University Club Downtown Jacksonville

     

    2nd Annual Blue Ball

    Times: 10:00p – 2:00a

    Location Shim Sham Room

     

    Saturday:

    Walk of the Dead Bar Crawl

    Times 9:00p – 2:00a    - Registration: 8:00p – 11:00p

    Location: Towncenter

     

    Trike – A – Thon benefitting St. Jude

    Times: 2:00p – 5:00p

    Location: T’s Learning Center – 11761 Beach Blvd

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    Cocktails For A Cause on October 24th




    A Happy Hour event that promotes drinking for a good cause. There will be an adult pink lemonade stand selling $5 glasses of adult pink lemonade which will be donated directly to Making Strides against Breast Cancer. 

    Complimentary Hors d'œuvres donated by the Sheraton Hotel served from 6p-7p. There is an awesome raffle featuring gift cards From Whiskey River, Suite, Sheraton Hotel, ABC Liquor, Royal Glam, Total Wine, Salon 2021- Sheeka Renee.   Tickets are: $1 for 1 or $5 for 6 This is a great networking opportunity,so bring your business cards. Attire will be casual/business casual. Some people may come from directly from work. The Sheraton's full bar will be open for those who would like an alternative beverage. The event will be held at the Sheraton on Deerwood Park Blvd from 5:30 - 8:30 pm on Thursday October 24th 2013

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    New Weekly Boating Blog




    Welcome to the Lisa the Boatanista blog

    So many waterways, so little time.

    For most of my professional life, I struggled to find a workable balance between the demands of career and simply wanting to be out on my boat.

    What’s a girl to do?

    For years, as a sales executive for BellSouth, I would make business trips across Florida while hauling a boat and trailer. My job required me to spend many hours inside office buildings and conference rooms but my passion was to be outside those four walls, basking in the sun, out on the water.

    Balancing work and recreation was often an exercise in frustration. My life could certainly be summed up in the common lament of many career people: I was working to live and not living to work. But early retirement was no long-term solution. Owning a boat is not much fun if you cannot afford gas.

    Certainly, there had to be a way to make a living doing something I love, something involving water and boats and the great outdoors.

    Unfortunately for me, though I am the daughter of two professional skiers, I am beyond the age when Cypress Gardens might be calling for a new star performer.

    But I found another career opportunit...   [Read More]




    Events This Weekend - The Best of the Best




    Thursday:

    Ladies Night - Every Thursday @ Taste - Tinseltown Location: Tase Food Studio in Tinseltown Time 9-close Ladies Drink Free from 10-12

    Southern Womans Show - All Weekend Location: Prime Osborne Four days of shopping, fashion shows, celebrity appearances, food sampling, pampering and more

    North Beach Art Walk Location: North Beaches Town Center - Neptune Beach Time 5-9 Local art, food and entertainers will be at every block. come out and enjoy the great weather and awesome local art

     

    Friday: 

    Chive Party @ Whisky River Location: Whisky River Time 9-close Wear Chive gear for a free drink; there will be a raffle, live dj and much more

    Best Buddies Casino Night - Bet On Friendship Location: Sawgrass Marriott Time 9-close Hors D' Vors, Raffle, Silent Auction, Casion Games, Open Bar Benefitting Best Buddies

    The Lumineers With Dr. Dog & Nathaniel Rateliff Location: St Augustine Ampitheatre Time Gates: 5:45 Show Starts 6:45

    Monster Mash Dash 5k Location: Jax Fairgrounds Time 6mp

     

    Saturday: 

    Susan G Kohmen - Run For The Cure Location: Metro Park Time 6am-11am

    5th Annual Fish & Chips Billfish Tour...   [Read More]



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