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The Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl Is This Saturday In Jacksonville Beach
The nations oldest and original Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl will be taking place in Jacksonville Beach on Saturday, December 9th from 5pm-2am! The crawl, which includes 12 of the beaches favorite bars and restaurants, will include a night of fun, dancing, and philanthropy.
This years event will include complimentary shots and cocktail samples, drink specials all night, chance to win thousands in cash and prizes, a ugly sweater contest, plus much more! Dressing up isn't mandatory, but highly recommended. Check in will be held at the Ritz Bar and Brix Tap House starting at 5:00 PM.
Additionally, there will be a Canned Food Drive benefiting multiple local food banks. Please bring non perishable items to checkin to receive an additional raffle ticket (up to 5 depending the amount of food) for your support.
You can check in at 5pm at either The Ritz Bar or The Brix Taphouse. Check In will last from 5pm until 10pm.
Complimentary Shots and Cocktail Samples
Access to the Silent Disco
Wristband for Drink Specials
Chance to be entered into Costume Contest
Chance to win variety of Raffle Prizes and Giveaways
Canned Food Dr... [Read More]
Florida East Coast Railway Christmas Train Is Coming To Town Saturday
Santa is coming to visit good boys and girls this week when Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway’s eighth annual Christmas Train comes to town on Saturday, December 9th.
The FEC Christmas Train is run in coordination with the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation and travels from Jacksonville to Miami along FEC Railway’s 351-mile mainline track.
Along the way to Miami, Santa Claus will be spreading holiday cheer from the decorated, historic FEC passenger cars. US Marine Corps service members will be at each stop along the route to greet Santa and his FEC elves. Santa will de-board at each stop so children can tell him what they’d like for Christmas. It is a beloved tradition among FEC employees, their families, customers, suppliers and the communities in which they serve.
Jim Hertwig, FEC President and CEO. Stated “We are proud to be able to once again work alongside the Marine Corps and the Toys for Tots Foundation to contribute to those in need during the holiday season," "Since we started the program seven years ago, we have donated close to 300,000 toys for distribution throughout the community, and it only continues to grow.”
The FEC Christmas Train is a 501c3, s... [Read More]
Jags Make It Three In A Row At The Bank
The Jacksonville Jaguars dominated the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 30-10. Blake Bortles led the Jacksonville offense with over 300 passing yards and 2 TDs in the air. BB5 performance helped to overcome a sluggish Jaguars running game in which the Colts out-rushed the Jags 141-96 yards. However, like most of the Jags wins this season, the Defense put together an elite performance.
Calais Campbell's first quarter sack earned him the Jaguars franchise single season sack record. Jalen Ramsey's (the King of Duval) interception to close out the second half stifled a drive where the Colts could have scored some quick points. Tashuan Gipson earned a second half interception that also stifled another Colts drive in Jaguars' territory. The Defense had problems with the Colts running game and some middle of the field passes, showing that Telvin Smith's absence might be a problem if it is a long term deal.
Regardless, let's make this clear: Your Jacksonville Jaguars have won eight games this season. Yesterday's win guaranteed that the Jaguars will not have a losing season for the first time since 2010. Think about this: Did any of us truly believe this team would even win 6 games th... [Read More]
The Navy Football Team Will Be Wearing Blue Angels Inspired Uniforms In It's Game With Army
The Navy football team will be wearing Blue Angels-inspired uniforms for the 2017 Army-Navy game on Dec. 9 in Philadelphia. It will be the 118th Army-Navy Game!
The uniform includes hand-painted helmets depicting six F/A-18 Hornets in delta formation, as well as a chrome face mask to mimic the visors worn by Blue Angel pilots.
“Although the uniform departs from our customary characteristics, this tribute to the Blue Angels reflects the enthusiastic pride and appreciation we have for the Navy’s premier flying team and the motivation they convey to Navy football and the fleet at large,” Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk said in a Navy release. “The masterminds at Under Armour are always thinking of ways to inspire our troops while still reflecting a deep appreciation for a Naval history that is so ingrained in our game day traditions. Annually, a special Navy uniform has become a statement in this game and brings with it appreciated meaning and a clear message that we are all in.”
Under Armour became the school’s official uniform supplier four years ago and every year, Under Armour has made a specialized uniform for the Navy game against Army.
According to ... [Read More]
Christmas Lights Around Jacksonville
With Thanksgiving all wrapped up, it’s time to find the best spots to look at Christmas lights. Here is a list of places where you can check out the best spots around Jacksonville.
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. 370 Beauclerc Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257
One acre of lights, including house completely covered in lights. Circular drive that can be driven or walked. Please stay to the right if your driving.
3. Deck The Chairs
Deck The Chairs is an annual lighted sculptural exhibit using the iconic chairs of The American Red Cross Life Saving Corps. Forty chairs are sponsored by local business and decorated by regional artists. The exhibit is on display in downtown Jacksonville Beach for the month of December.
4. 402 Snapping Turtle Drive E., Atlantic Beach
Two homes are covered with over 40,000 lights, set in motion to holiday music that is playing outside. It is free... [Read More]
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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]
Styx, Foreigner, & Don Felder Coming to St. Augustine
St. Augustine, FL (February 4, 2014) – Styx returns to perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Friday, May 23, 2014 with Foreigner and Don Felder. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, February 7 at 10am.
Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips, have performed more live since ’99 than all of the previous years of its career combined. Two Super-Bowl appearances, two more studio albums and no end in sight, STYX continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time.
Spawned from a suburban Chicago basement in the early ‘70s, Styx would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late '70s and early '80s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads. Paradise Theater became Styx's biggest hit of their career (selling over three million copies in a three-year period), as they became one of the U.S. top rock acts due to such big hit singles as "Too Much Time on My Hands". It also marked the first time in history that a band released four consecutive triple-platinum albums.
With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock... [Read More]
Robert Cray Band To Perform At The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL--(Monday, February 3, 2014) — Blues guitarist and five-time GRAMMY award winning artist Robert Cray Band will perform at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Friday, April 4 at 8:00PM.
The five-time Grammy Award winner summarized 35 years of mastery on the debut Nozzle release Live From Across the Pond (2006), an electrifying two-CD concert set drawn from a series of shows (opening for Eric Clapton) at London’s Royal Albert Hall. When the time came to follow up that widely praised collection with a studio recording, Cray viewed it as an opportunity to move his sound in other directions.
He found exactly what he was looking for by turning to one of his oldest friends and colleagues: bassist Richard Cousins, whose tenure with the Robert Cray Band began with its barnstorming regional origins in Eugene, Oregon, in 1974 and extended through 1991, encompassing such early high-water marks as Strong Persuader (1986) and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1988), both winners of the best contemporary blues performance Grammy.
I’ve known Richard for 40 years,” Cray says. “We go back to 1969, and we grew up in the same area together. We’ve always had a really good rapport together stage... [Read More]
Goo Goo Dolls to bring acoustic show to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL--(Monday, February 3, 2014) — The Goo Goo dolls will hit the road in April for a spring acoustic tour called The Otis Midnight Sessions. The group will perform at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Thursday, April 17 at 8:00PM.
The shows will be performed in a “Story Tellers” format that enables the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band to dig deep into an extensive song catalog spanning their nearly 30-year history. It also offers a rare opportunity for fans to see them perform in more intimate settings than the Goos normally visit on their many live treks.
Tickets for this seated show will go on sale this Friday, February 7 at 10AM. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and St. Augustine Amphitheatre box offices, findmytix.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets.
SHOW: Goo Goo Dolls – The Otis Midnight Sessions – An evening of Acoustic Music with special guests Run River North.
DATE: Thursday, April 17, 2014 TIME: Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm TICKET PRICE: 1st Ten Rows - $65.00; All remaining rows... [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
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.
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
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
Walk of the Dead Bar Crawl
Times 9:00p – 2:00a - Registration: 8:00p – 11:00p
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... [Read More]
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]
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