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Devil's Den: A Natural Wonder
Explore one of North America's most prehistoric places, Devil's Den! Devil's Den, a underwater cave and spring in central Florida, was formed by a karst window in which the roof over a subterranean river collapsed, exposing the water to the open surface. Over the years, this natural wonder has been transformed from a simple scuba diving site to a world class tourist attraction.
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At the cave, remains of extinct animals from the Pleistocene Age (2 million - 10,000 years ago) have been discovered, including the bones of early man, dating back to 7,500 BC. On cold winter mornings, you can see steam-like smoke rising from the chimney opening. Thus, the early settlers graced the name Devil’s Den.
The spring features crystal clear water, year round 72 degree water temperatures, fossils beds dating back 33 million years plus more! Devil's Den offers scuba diving and snorkeling 7 days a week. They also offer equipment rentals, scuba instruction and night dives with special reservations. All divers must be Open Water certified, sign release, have proper training, and follow rules and regulations.
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Jacksonville Town Center PDQ To Open July 30th
Stop by on Sunday, July 30th to celebrate the Grand Opening of the fourth PDQ Jacksonville location at the Jacksonville Town Center.
PDQ will be kickin' the day off with their First 50 lineup (check out all of the details and rules below). The first 50 guests in line on opening day will receive a $50 PDQ Gift Card, lunch, and a PDQ swag bag. See below for the official rules and deets.
Their 58th restaurant will be the first location in Jacksonville to feature the delicious new chef-inspired menu, including seasonal bowls, premium sandwiches and unique sides. They will still feature all of their traditional fan favorites, including the hand-breaded chicken tenders, homemade sauces and dressings, hand-tossed salads, made-to-order sandwiches and hand-spun milkshakes.
You can check out their newest Jacksonville spot located at 4816 Gate Parkway in Jacksonville Town Center. Stop in and try their delicious new menu items 7 days a week from 10:30 am - 10 pm.
First 50 Deets As one of their “First 50” Guests in line on Grand Opening Day, Sunday, July 30th, each person will receive a special PDQ numbered lanyard denoting your place in line. The “First 50” Guests ... [Read More]
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]
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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]
Todd Snider To Preform At Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL--(Tuesday, February 11, 2014) — Todd Snider will be hitting the road again this spring, but this time with a multi-media show starring the wit, honesty and spontaneity he’s best known for. The tour will stop at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Wednesday, April 23.
Kicking the show off will be a 30-minute preview of East Nashville Tonight. Directed by the Barnes Brothers, the film was originally intended to be a documentary on Snider, but soon turned into what has been best described as a stoner musical.
Todd will read from his upcoming book, “I Never Met A Story I Didn’t Like (Mostly True Tall Tales) to be released April 29th via Da Capo Press. The book features insightful and often hilarious classic Todd storytelling with chapter titles such as “Talkin’ Margaritaville Blues,” “I’m Tight With Slash,” Jerry Jeff’s Balls” and “Drugs.” Following the reading, Todd will answer questions and take song requests.
Todd breaks it down like this… "Ok Buckaroos, so here’s the plan: First we show 30 minutes of our 70 minute stoner digest movie, East Nashville Tonight w... [Read More]
Conor Oberst set to perform with Dawes at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL--(Tuesday, February 11, 2014) — Indie Rock singer-songwriter Conor Oberst will perform at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall with Dawes on Tuesday, May 13 at 8:00PM.
With his trembling voice, acoustic guitar, and confessional approach to songwriting, Conor Oberst played an important role in shaping the lighter, intimate side of indie rock during the late-'90s and beyond. His main project was Bright Eyes, an eclectic group of rotating musicians that vacillated between pop, folk, electronica, and country-rock. Although Oberst remained at the center of that band, he also logged time in a number of other outfits, including Commander Venus, Monsters of Folk, the Magentas, Park Ave., Desaparecidos, and an early version of the Faint. Finally, he supported like-minded artists on an executive level, co-founding Saddle Creek Records in the '90s and launching his own label, Team Love, in 2003.
Recorded in a makeshift studio with a cast of musicians dubbed the Mystic Valley Band, the self-titled Conor Oberst arrived in 2008. While on the road in support of that album, the Mystic Valley Band found time to compose another album, this time highlighting the band's collaborative spirit. Released in 2009, Outer South feat... [Read More]
The Brumos Companies Presents The WJCT and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall 3X5 Classic Film Festival on March 28th- 30th
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Feb. 10, 2014) – See Orsen Wells, Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Capra, Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, Bogie and Bacall during three action packed days featuring the greatest films ever made. Coming on the heels of two years of WJCT’s film series at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, WJCT is proud to launch the 3 x 5 Classic Film Festival! In keeping with WJCT’s mission to encourage joyful learning, the film festival’s goal is to encourage appreciation and understanding of the art of cinema by presenting the most outstanding films produced from the 1930’s through the 1970’s. The 3 x 5 Classic Film Festival will kick off with an Opening Night Reception at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Friday, March 28th and run through Sunday, March 30th featuring piano jazz performer John Thomas. The reception will be followed by Orson Well’s most famous film Citizen Kane. Saturday will be a daylong event with a Tinsel Town trifecta starting with the musical fantasy adventure and family favorite, The Wizard of Oz. Fans of one of the best-known films in American popular culture are encouraged to come early and participate in a festive fan experience filled with food, entertainment an... [Read More]
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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
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
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
Susan G Kohmen - Run For The Cure Location: Metro Park Time 6am-11am
5th Annual Fish & Chips Billfish Tour... [Read More]
904 Happy Hour Website Gets Revamp
Jacksonvilles favorite entertainment website got a facelift on Thursday, October 17th. Over the past month, lead designer Shawn Jasmin worked late nights to complete the technical & time consuming project. Shawn has a extensive background in webdesign but this website tested his skills.
The new website still features all of your old favorites like the where to go section where you can browse bars and venues to see their specials. The website will be undergoing updates through the coming weeks to all venues to display the most accurate specials. The new website will focus more on localized articles, info and events to keep everyone in the North Florida region up to date.
The original website, founded in 2011 was created by founder Charles Wagoner. After much deliberation and technical consultation, Charles decided it was time to give 904 Happy Hour the "revamp" that would change everything. "The new website integrates everything we could think of that a user would want to know about a specific area or region. The new website also gives restaurants, concert halls and really any business looking to increase their market share and capital the availability to update their own profiles and share... [Read More]
Mama Mia Is Back In Jacksonville
MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.
Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at MAMMA MIA!.
Event Dates & Times:
Friday, October 18 – 8:00pm
Saturday, October 19 – 2:00pm & 8:00pm
For tickets and more information, visit artistseriesjax.org.... [Read More]
Jacksonville Beach Getting Massive Celtic Festival November 16th
Join us for upbeat music, lively dancing, rugged Highland games, and cuisine of the colorful Celtic culture. Vendors include a variety of traditional Celtic food, beer and memorabilia. Entertainment includes internationally known musical groups, local fife and drum corps, Irish and Scottish dancers and Kid's Zone.
The festival gates open on November 16th at 11 a.m. with the opening ceremony at 12 noon. Performer Lineup(Main Pavilion Stage): 12 p.m. Spade McQuade 1:15 p.m. Fear Buile 2:30 p.m. The Gothard Sisters 3:45 p.m. Colm Kirwan 5:00 p.m. The Willis Clan 6:15 p.m. Searson 7:30 p.m. Rathkeltair 8:45 p.m. Enter the Haggis The Pipers, Scottish and Irish Dancers will perform 15 minute sets between bands on the Pavilion Stage. The Highland Games and Rugby exhibition will take place on the beach between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
The Scottish Highland Games are Sponsored by the Northeast Florida Highland Games! Sign up and Registration will be on the beach (1p-4p). Caber Tossing, Stone Throwing, Weight for Distance, Hammer Throw and Tug of War. You can also pre-register on our web site: www.jaxcelticfest.com... [Read More]
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