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    St. Augustine Distillery’s Bourbon and Port Finished Bourbon Win Gold and Platinum at 2017 SIP Awards




    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (June 26, 2017) – St. Augustine Distillery is proud to announce two distinguished medal wins at the recent 2017 Spirits International Prestige (SIP) Awards including a gold medal for its Florida Double Cask Bourbon and “Best of Class” platinum medal for its Port Finished Bourbon. The distillery was also recently named “Florida Whisky of the Year” by Whisky Advocate and one of the “Best Whiskey Distilleries in America” by Esquire magazine.

    “We are honored to receive these two awards from the SIP competition and recognition from two legendary publications,” said St. Augustine Distillery CEO and co-founder Philip McDaniel. “When both industry experts and consumers recognize the unique finishes we are developing for our whiskies, it validates the approach we have taken to make our spirits. We are extremely proud of our team, and excited about the future of all our brands.”

    The SIP Awards is an international spirits competition, and the only blind tasting competition that enlists consumers as judges. This year, SIP Awards hosted its largest competition to date with 673 spirit brands and 118 consumer judges at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beac...   [Read More]




    Ninja Challenge 2 Day Event To Come To Rebounderz Jacksonville




    Jacksonville, FL (June 27, 2017) – Beginning Thursday July 27, 2017, Rebounderz Jacksonville will host their second annual Rebounderz Ninja Challenge Competition. The largest of its kind in the area, Rebounderz’s Ninja Warrior Course was designed so everyone could enjoy the attraction, including beginner and advanced level patrons. The Rebounderz Ninja Challenge is open to the public to attend, as well as participate; competing age groups include: 7 and under for the Ninja Fun Run, 8-15 years of age (under 60” tall), 8-15 years of age (60” tall and over), and 16 years of age and older.

    In the spirit of family fun and entertainment the Rebounderz Ninja Challenge will include elements of the hit NBC show, American Ninja Warrior. The Rebounderz Ninja Challenge will commence with a pre-event on Wednesday, July 26th where registered competitors pick up their competition packets and will have the opportunity to scope out the course. On Thursday, July 27th, the Ninja Challenge Event will kick off with the Kid’s Ninja Fun Run and Youth Ninja Competition Qualifiers starting in the afternoon and the Adult Ninja Competition starting in the evening. Throughout the two event days, real life American Ninja Warrior competitors will be onsite...   [Read More]




    4th of July Fireworks in Northeast Florida




     

    Fourth of July is on its way and its time to start planning with your family and friends on where you want to go watch the fireworks. Northeast Florida has a lot of good spots to enjoy a wonderful Independence Day. Here are some of the spots where you can watch an amazing fireworks display. 

    Fernandina Beach

    On July 4th, there is an annual fireworks display held in downtown Fernandina Beach around 9:30pm. You’ll also find vendors, live music, games and other entertainment in the area. Be sure to stop by the festivities in downtown Fernandina Beach which normally start around 6:00 PM on the fourth of July, depending on the weather and schedule. Call the city of Fernandina Parks and Recreation Office at (904)-310-3361 for more details as the event approaches. 

    You can’t go wrong with any of these events, but you’ll find plenty of other activities and exciting things to do while you’re on Amelia Island, so be sure to venture out on the 4th and enjoy the great Independence Day atmosphere! 

     

    Jax Beaches

    Do you enjoy walking on the beach and being by the ocean this year for the fourth? Well, you can head down to the beach with some...   [Read More]




    The Florida Gators Top TCU To Advance To The College World Series Finals




    The Florida Gators pitcher Alex Faedo pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings and struck out 11 as the Gators beat TCU, 3-0, Saturday night to advance to the College World Series Championship Series for the third time in program history.

    Florida (50-19) will face rival LSU for the title after the two schools shared the Southeastern Conference regular-season title this season. Faedo and the Gators shut out TCU (50-18) for the second time this week by matching 3-0 scores. LSU (52-18) earned the championship game by stunning No. 1-ranked Oregon State for the second day in a row, 6-1.

    The Gators face Southeastern Conference rival LSU on Monday night in Game 1 of the best-of-three championship series. The Gators won two of three against the Tigers during the regular season March 24-26 at McKethan Stadium. The Gators won the SEC East title, and LSU won the SEC West.

    Game 1 is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Game 2 at 8 p.m. Tuesday and a third game at 8 p.m. Wednesday, if necessary.

     

     

     

     

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    The Jacksonville Sharks Host The Monterrey Steel In The Playoffs Tonight




    The (11-1) Jacksonville Sharks are set to take on the (7-4) Monterrey Steel for the NAL Playoffs in Jacksonville on tonight at 7 p.m.

    The Sharks and Steel faced off last week, and the Sharks were given their first loss of the season as they fell to the Steel 44-37. Despite resting quarterback Damien Fleming for the majority of game the Sharks will ahead of the Steel at the half however, the Steel made a late drive before the half to score a field goal making the score 29-21 and the Steel received the ball following the half assisting the Steel come back to take the lead in the third quarter. Despite that, the game was a close battle between teams, the Sharks leading the entire first half before Monterrey made their comeback in the third quarter. The Sharks made multiple attempts to retake the lead closing in with a score of 44-37, but turnovers proved to be too costly as the Sharks rallied on their final drive, reaching the redzone but a fumble ended the drive and the Steel ran out the clock to give the Sharks their first loss of the season.

     

    This playoff game is going to be the ultimate test for this Sharks team. The winner of this game will head to the National Arena League Championship ...   [Read More]



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    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]




    Fall Out Boy Coming To St. Augustine




    St. Augustine, FL (January 9, 2014) – Supergroup Fall Out Boy announced today they will hit the road for the must-see concert event of summer. Aptly titled the MONUMENTOUR, the band will showcase their trademark brand of fiery, hard-charging rock music across the U.S. to 30 plus cities in the summer’s best venues. Fall Out Boy with New Politics will perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Sunday, July 27, 2014.

    SAVE ROCK AND ROLL is the gold certified fifth studio album from the GRAMMY-nominated band Fall Out Boy and features the multiplatinum hit “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” and the new hit “Alone Together.” SAVE ROCK AND ROLL debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 and #1 on iTunes in 27 countries when it was released in April.  This is the band’s second #1 debut; Platinum selling “Infinity On High” topped the chart in 2007 which followed multi-platinum breakthrough album “From Under The Cork Tree” released in 2005. Hailing from Chicago, Fall Out Boy—Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley —have appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone and other prestigious publications. They have performed on Saturday...   [Read More]




    Indoor Speedway Coming To Jacksonville This Spring




    Jacksonville Fl - Get ready to start your engines! Autobahn Indoor Speedway will open soon in Jacksonville, Florida, bringing the excitement and fun of real racing to everyone.  The new speedway, which is located just off Interstate-95 and Butler Blvd. plans to open on in April of 2014.

    According to Autobahn's Managing Partner, David Larson, "Indoor kart racing has been popular in Europe for many years and has recently found a strong following on the west coast of the United States.  Autobahn Indoor Speedway is extremely excited to be bringing the first European style indoor electric kart racing facility to the Jacksonville area.

    At Autobahn Indoor Speedway, everyone can be a race driver and feel the rush of being behind the wheel of Italian made adult racing karts that approach speeds of 50 MPH.  If you are new to racing, rest assured, because the experienced and friendly staff will teach you some basic racing techniques to help you to feel confident and to be competitive during your first race.   There are even Junior Karts (with a little slower speeds) suitable for the younger crowd if they are at least 48" tall.

    Since the speedway is indoors, the weather not a factor.  The indoor faci...   [Read More]



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    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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