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    Downtown Eats - Olio Celebrates Four Years




    Since 2011, Greg DeSanto and his team at Olio have dished out Downtown delicacies every weekday for lucky urban lunchgoers. What you might not know is this popular Downtown cafe is now open Thursday and Friday nights from 5 - 10 p.m. (And Art Walk nights, too!) We caught up with Greg to see what's new at Olio and to hear the story behind this urban-core favorite.

    Greg and his team. Photos by Tammy Czigan.

    Describe in your own words what customers will experience at Olio.

    I like to consider Olio as a place to experience exotic ingredients prepared in an approachable way. A blend of casual and upscale in both the food, and the ambiance.

    How did the idea for Olio come about?

    Olio came about more as necessity, as I became a single parent right after starting to design a business plan for the restaurant. This really dictated that my work hours coincide with my daughter’s school hours. What better place to serve lunch then an up-and-coming Downtown urban scene? Even though I live much further south, Downtown seemed like the best opportunity for any weekday lunchtime business and with the possibility to grow my hours in the future.

    Where are you from originally, and how did yo...   [Read More]




    Jaguars Vs Steelers Takeaways




    Jaguars Senior Correspondent Brian Sexton gives his five takeaways from Fridays win over the Steelers.

    Photo Courtesy Jaguars.com

    Blake Bortles is clearly a better quarterback in 2015. We’ve seen it from him since the OTA’s and in mini-camp but wondered how it would look against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Pre-season Opener. How’s 11-15 for 118 yards and a 96.0 passer rating sound? Bortles also showed his penchant for making plays on the run outside the pocket when he ducked under a defender and reached for the pylon while falling out of bounds to score the Jaguars 1st touchdown in the 2nd quarter. He sounded like a veteran as he passed the credit around in the locker room after the game.  "I think it was a tribute to the guys up front and to the guys running routes,” said Bortles. “We had a ton of guys get catches and guys worked their tail off to get open. I think we had great protection up front, so I think it was a good first quarter." Perhaps as impressive as his numbers was his poise in the pocket. The Steelers bring pressure, it’s what they do and he was patient with the receivers and the protections and only took a single sack. It’s been written in this space many times already...   [Read More]




    Fitness and Priorities




    I just do not have time to work out. That is the top excuse I hear from people. This frustrates me because I feel so many people have their priorities out of order.  In the years, I have heard many, many reasons to not work out including I am too overweight, I can’t afford to, I am too tired.  All of this comes down to what is your priority.

    I see both sides of the argument in that people are very busy with work, kids, school and life in general. However, some of these people wake up early, squeeze in a work out at lunch or get it in at 8pm at night. The question I have is, what are you doing with your time? How much time are you on the computer and watching TV? It does not take much time to get in some sort of exercise. You can do some basic body weight exercises WHILE watching TV. It also does not have to cost much. Just a decent pair of shoes and you can step out your front door for a run.  How much do you spend going out to eat or going to Starbucks?

    So the question is, what is the real reason for not exercising? For that answer, you have to dig deep and really look at what is stopping you. Usually people have deeper reasons and emotional reasons for holding them back. This is where you need to get your pri...   [Read More]




    EXPLORE 904: What to do on a Rainy Day




    We all know that Florida weather changes by the minute, it can be raining in the front yard and storms rolling in on the back porch. On days like these when you can’t hit the beach, Jacksonville has plenty of indoor options to offer for everyone! Check out this list of awesome places to check out, rain or shine!

    1. Rebounderz of Jacksonville

    What could be more fun than laser tag, archery, bowling, arcades, food, and lots and lots of jumping?! Rebounderz offers over 12,000 feet of trampoline space to play dodge ball, learn some stunts, and even land in a foam pit. If laser tag is your thing, check out the combat style laser tag course with realistic weapons and simulated experience. Prices vary by activity and time but the Extreme Fun Bundle offers hours of fun in every area for $25!  Visit www.rebounderzjacksonville.com for more info.

    2. The Cummer Museum and Gardens

    One of the more beautiful attractions in Jacksonville is the Cummer Museum and Gardens. Come in and explore the numerous exhibits and attractions then take a stroll through the gardens along the St. Johns River. Classes and events are also offered weekly at various prices and for various age groups. Visit www.cummermuseum.org for more info.

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    Hidden BBQ Gem In Clay County




    It’s the story of the American Dream. Meet Gary Park or call him “G”, the guy behind the smoker at G’s Slow Smoked BBQ. Gary started back in 2006 in Clay County off of CR 209 where he sold BBQ on Saturdays out of the back of his truck. His BBQ was a huge hit and would regularly sell out before he could even set up his tables on the corner of CR 209 and CR 220.

    (2 Meat Combo with Brisket, Pulled Pork, Homemade Baked Beans and Homemade Mac n Cheese)

    In 2009, Gary did his first competition at the VFW in Clay County and took home 2nd place in chicken. At this point in time, Gary still had a full time job and BBQ’ing was still a hobby. In January of 2011, Gary was laid off and had the dream of opening his very own BBQ restaurant. Gary consulted with best friend and neighbor, Andy and they decided to open up shop at 1901 Henley Rd off (CR209) in Middleburg, Fl. In May of 2012, they finally opened their doors.

    (Gary and his team)

    Since their grand opening, business has been great and the smoker has been smoking non-stop. Since the beginning, their mission has been focused on providing high-quality food, service and customer satisfaction through a unique & southern BBQ Experi...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Sports

    Jaguars Vs Steelers Takeaways




    Jaguars Senior Correspondent Brian Sexton gives his five takeaways from Fridays win over the Steelers.

    Photo Courtesy Jaguars.com

    Blake Bortles is clearly a better quarterback in 2015. We’ve seen it from him since the OTA’s and in mini-camp but wondered how it would look against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Pre-season Opener. How’s 11-15 for 118 yards and a 96.0 passer rating sound? Bortles also showed his penchant for making plays on the run outside the pocket when he ducked under a defender and reached for the pylon while falling out of bounds to score the Jaguars 1st touchdown in the 2nd quarter. He sounded like a veteran as he passed the credit around in the locker room after the game.  "I think it was a tribute to the guys up front and to the guys running routes,” said Bortles. “We had a ton of guys get catches and guys worked their tail off to get open. I think we had great protection up front, so I think it was a good first quarter." Perhaps as impressive as his numbers was his poise in the pocket. The Steelers bring pressure, it’s what they do and he was patient with the receivers and the protections and only took a single sack. It’s been written in this space many times already...   [Read More]




    Fitness and Priorities




    I just do not have time to work out. That is the top excuse I hear from people. This frustrates me because I feel so many people have their priorities out of order.  In the years, I have heard many, many reasons to not work out including I am too overweight, I can’t afford to, I am too tired.  All of this comes down to what is your priority.

    I see both sides of the argument in that people are very busy with work, kids, school and life in general. However, some of these people wake up early, squeeze in a work out at lunch or get it in at 8pm at night. The question I have is, what are you doing with your time? How much time are you on the computer and watching TV? It does not take much time to get in some sort of exercise. You can do some basic body weight exercises WHILE watching TV. It also does not have to cost much. Just a decent pair of shoes and you can step out your front door for a run.  How much do you spend going out to eat or going to Starbucks?

    So the question is, what is the real reason for not exercising? For that answer, you have to dig deep and really look at what is stopping you. Usually people have deeper reasons and emotional reasons for holding them back. This is where you need to get your pri...   [Read More]




    2015 Jaguars 5k Stadium Challenge Returning August 15th




    Jacksonville, FL- Brought back by popular demand, the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation is proud to announce the Jaguars 5K Stadium Challenge is returning August 15, in support of the Foundation’s youth sports and fitness programs in northeast Florida.

    Held under the lights on Saturday evening, the unique course is entirely within and around EverBank Field and the Florida Blue practice fields.  Typically, a 5K in Jacksonville is run on a fairly flat surface; however, in this 5K, runners will begin the race by weaving in and out of the practice fields, running up four different ramps to the top of the stadium, and back down and around EverBank Field.  Participants will get a chance to run under the stadium lights while taking a scenic route with views of the St Johns River and downtown Jacksonville, and close the race by making their way on and around the playing field while being shown on the world’s largest video boards on the way to the finish line. 

    “This is a course designed not only to challenge you but is especially fun and fit for all ages and level of runners,” said Doug Alred, owner of 1st Place Sports.  “It showcases the stadium in a way no other race can do. With the race in the...   [Read More]




    2015 Jacksonville Jaguars Schedule




     2015 Jacksonville Jaguars Schedule   PRESEASON 1 AUG 14 7:30PMEDT          STEELERS 2 AUG 22 7:30PMEDT   AT  GIANTS 3 AUG 28 8:00PMEDT          LIONS 4 SEP 3 7:30PMEDT       AT  REDSKINS REGULAR 1 SEP 13 1:00PMEDT           PANTHERS 2 SEP 20 4:05PMEDT           DOLPHINS 3 SEP 27 1:00PMEDT    AT  PATRIOTS 4 OCT 4 1:00PMEDT      AT  COLTS 5 OCT 11 1:00PMEDT   AT  BUCCANEERS 6 OCT 18 1:00PMEDT         TEXANS 7 OCT 25 09:30AMEDT      BILLS 9 NOV 8 1:00PMEST      AT  JETS 10 NOV 15 1:00PMES   AT  RAVENS 11 NOV 19 8:25PMEST       TITANS 12 NOV 29 1:00PMEST     &nbs...   [Read More]




    2015 Parties At The Players Championship




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    Live At The Lot    Wednesday, May 6th from 5:30-10pm @ The Lot

    Come join us this year at LIVE at The Lot, a benefit concert, OPEN to the PUBLIC, held Wednesday, May 6th held at THE PLAYERS Championship tournament, one of the largest and most recognizable professional golf tournaments in the world. This event takes place at the world-famous TPC Sawgrass, home to THE PLAYERS and the headquarters of THE PGA TOUR, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, just outside the tournament gates located in the LOT 11. Enjoy an unforgettable evening with great music, local restaurants, Wine Tasting, and LASER Game area.

    More Info: casy.msccn.org/liveatthelot/

            

     

    The After Par Tee    Thursday, May 7th from 5:30-10pm @ The Lot

    The After Partee will be Thursday, May 7, 2014 – the night of the first official day of tournament play at THE PLAYERS Championship – with great food from local restaurants, drinks and a live concert by The Yacht Rock Revue™ and Jacksonville’s own Pierre Kendrick. The best part is, all of the proceeds will be used to send children from underserved communiti...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Food

    Downtown Eats - Olio Celebrates Four Years




    Since 2011, Greg DeSanto and his team at Olio have dished out Downtown delicacies every weekday for lucky urban lunchgoers. What you might not know is this popular Downtown cafe is now open Thursday and Friday nights from 5 - 10 p.m. (And Art Walk nights, too!) We caught up with Greg to see what's new at Olio and to hear the story behind this urban-core favorite.

    Greg and his team. Photos by Tammy Czigan.

    Describe in your own words what customers will experience at Olio.

    I like to consider Olio as a place to experience exotic ingredients prepared in an approachable way. A blend of casual and upscale in both the food, and the ambiance.

    How did the idea for Olio come about?

    Olio came about more as necessity, as I became a single parent right after starting to design a business plan for the restaurant. This really dictated that my work hours coincide with my daughter’s school hours. What better place to serve lunch then an up-and-coming Downtown urban scene? Even though I live much further south, Downtown seemed like the best opportunity for any weekday lunchtime business and with the possibility to grow my hours in the future.

    Where are you from originally, and how did yo...   [Read More]




    Hidden BBQ Gem In Clay County




    It’s the story of the American Dream. Meet Gary Park or call him “G”, the guy behind the smoker at G’s Slow Smoked BBQ. Gary started back in 2006 in Clay County off of CR 209 where he sold BBQ on Saturdays out of the back of his truck. His BBQ was a huge hit and would regularly sell out before he could even set up his tables on the corner of CR 209 and CR 220.

    (2 Meat Combo with Brisket, Pulled Pork, Homemade Baked Beans and Homemade Mac n Cheese)

    In 2009, Gary did his first competition at the VFW in Clay County and took home 2nd place in chicken. At this point in time, Gary still had a full time job and BBQ’ing was still a hobby. In January of 2011, Gary was laid off and had the dream of opening his very own BBQ restaurant. Gary consulted with best friend and neighbor, Andy and they decided to open up shop at 1901 Henley Rd off (CR209) in Middleburg, Fl. In May of 2012, they finally opened their doors.

    (Gary and his team)

    Since their grand opening, business has been great and the smoker has been smoking non-stop. Since the beginning, their mission has been focused on providing high-quality food, service and customer satisfaction through a unique & southern BBQ Experi...   [Read More]




    FREE Gelato on Wednesdays in July @ Peterbrooke




    Jacksonville, Florida ( June 17th, 2015) Peterbrooke Chocolatier is proud to announce their new homemade gelato coming to stores in July 2015! Peterbrooke chocolatier has hired a Gelatiere, Rick Consolo, who makes the gelato homemade in Jacksonville, Florida. To celebrate, Peterbrooke Chocolatier has introduced “Gelato July”, where every Wednesday in July guests can get a free scoop of Gelato!

    “The key to authentic gelato is freshness, along with the absence of anything chemical or artificial.  The fact that I have the ability to make fresh gelato every day gives our stores the unique opportunity to serve their customers an authentic product that has the look, texture, and taste of gelato you would find in any town in Italy.” –Rick Consolo - Gelatiere Artisian.

    Peterbrooke Chocolatier will have an in-store flavor contest and social media contest using the hashtag #gelatojuly during the month of July! Anyone can create their own unique gelato flavor and the winner will get to name the flavor that will be in all of the Peterbrooke shops for a year! Also, guests can post a photo eating our gelato on social media with the #gelatojuly and could win free gelato for a year!* (4 FREE pints per month for 1 year).

    ...   [Read More]




    Free Monthly Wine Tasting At Town Center




    About The Event

    Every last Wednesday of the month, join us at Blackfinn Ameripub from 5:30-7:30 pm for their FREE wine tasting event on the patio! This months event will be held on Wednesday, June 24  from  5:30pm - 7:30pm​ Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting with 6 different wines each month, shopping vendors, live music, half price glasses and bottles of wine and happy hour food features! It's a great way to end your work day! Blackfinn is located at: 4840 Big Island Dr, Jacksonville, Florida 32246​

    Map

    ...   [Read More]




    Massive Food Truck Rally on June 13th In Jacksonville




    When:Saturday, June 13th, 4pm-8pm

    Where: bestbet Jacksonville Poker Room; 201 Monument Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225

    There will be 7 food trucks, 2 dessert trucks, a fashion truck, over 10 small business vendors, music being played by a DJ, and Greyhounds will be up for adoption by the Greyhounds as Pets Non-Profit Organization. The trucks will be giving a percentage of their proceeds as a donation to the GAP organization. There will be multiple drawings to win lots of prizes, including a package from bestbet worth over $200! The raffle tickets cost $2 and you can purchase up to 10 tickets to increase your chances. There will also be a tented area for people to sit down and eat. 

    [Read More]



  • Articles - Entertainment

    A Night Well Spent @ Painting with a Twist




    Finding something fun to do in Jacksonville isn’t a very hard task, and finding somewhere to have a good drink is an even easier one. After some exploring the area, I stumbled upon Painting with a Twist in San Marco, an eclectic little painting studio that offers painting lessons with the perks of enjoying an adult beverage at the same time. The studio has a welcoming family feel as it is owned and operated by brother-sister duo and Jacksonville natives, Geri and Josh Bernard. From birthday parties, Bachelorette celebrations, or simply because you have a night off they provide the paint and you have all the fun!

    Classes for every skill level are offered every week, and also open for private party bookings if you are looking to have a special gathering. Sizes of classes vary from a ten person private party to going on forty to make for a packed house. The best part about Painting with a Twist is that no experience is necessary, every painting is taught step-by-step by an instructor on stage going at your pace. The team motto is even “Fun art, not fine art” as they want you and your crew to have fun while creating a one-of-a-kind piece of art to take home at the end of the night.

    In my class, we were p...   [Read More]




    Jax July Bucket List




    Summer isn’t over, were just getting started! Time to grab your friends and family and check out all that Jacksonville has to offer, especially during the summer months. The month of July features all sorts of events, concerts, festivals, and of course plenty of sunshine in the 904 area. Check out 904 Happy Hour’s Bucket List of the top things to do and see before summer comes to a close! 

    1. Spend a Day on the Beach

    What better way to spend a day off then sitting in the sunshine and catching some rays? From reading a book to taking a swim, you can’t go wrong with a day at one of Jacksonville’s beaches. Check out Atlantic Beach or Neptune Beach right along the Atlantic Coast, each with plenty of public beach access points and white sands perfect for relaxing. Heading a little further south? Right down A1A you can find Mickler’s Beach in the beautiful Ponte Vedra Beach. 

    2. Learn to do Yoga

    Getting in shape for beach season is a must do! With studios new and old all over Jacksonville, yoga is a great workout for both the body and the mind. Places such as Big Fish Power Yoga and Yoga Mix offer classes for every skill level and specials for new customers as well! Namaste![Read More]




    Clash of the Country Music Festivals




    (June 21, 2015 Jacksonville, FL) Summers in Jacksonville have always had a lot of events happen from concerts, summer camps, beach festivals, Fourth of July celebrations and, of course, The Florida Country Superfest. Last year’s Country Superfest was our first annual festival that sold out due to the artists who performed last year. CMA Fest last year was a week before Florida Country Superfest which worked out well. It at least gave the fans a chance to go to CMA Fest before they went to Florida Country Superfest. This year’s festival, however, was in competition against Nashville’s own CMA Fest, which is a really bad idea. The consequences for this could be low ticket sales, a lineup that may be a hit or miss line up, and frustration with the promoters who scheduled the Superfest event. So, here is a comparison or “clash” of the country music festivals……It’s time for CMA Fest vs Florida Country Superfest.

    Let’s talk about crowds. Each festival brings in a lot of people; some of them come from all over the state, even some people from outside the country. CMA and Superfest brought in a lot of crowds last year by having the best choices for headliners. When performers were announced who would be clo...   [Read More]




    Top 20 Events This Weekend - June 18-21 2015




    Back by popular demand, the weekly top 20 events are back for the summer! There is a lot happening around town this weekend from a skate day in riverside to a family free movie in St. Augustine. Here is the list: 

    Thursday:

    1. DJ Unk Performs "Walk it Out" and other hits at Suite – Doors open at 9pm

    2. Maverick’s at the Landing hosts their weekly Ladies Night  - Ladies drink Free from 8-10pm– Doors open at 7pm

    3. Jaxsons Night Market @ Hemming Park from 5:30pm-9pm

    Friday:

    4. Party Down South's Daddy Ryan will be @ Mavericks at the Landing for a special meet and greet event from 8pm -midnight

    5.  Jenni Reid Album Release Show feat. Ashleigh Davis @ Jack Rabbits - Doors open at 8pm

    6. Archnemesis W/ Mzg, Damballa & Cat Party will be performing @ Freebird Live – Doors open at 8pm

    7. Chuggington - The Great Rescue – Musical Adventure will be at the Times-Union Center - Moran Theater – Show starts at 7pm

    Saturday:

    8. Clear Coast Festival - An International Surf Day Clean Up & Concert @ Lynch’s – All Afternoon

    9. Bourbon & Bow Ties,  a charity fundraiser for Best Buddies will be happening ...   [Read More]




    King Sunny Ade Coming To PV Concert Hall On Friday, July 31, 2015




    Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (June 8, 2015) — The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly welcomes the king of Nigerian juju music, King Sunny Ade & His African Beats, to the stage on Friday, July 31, 2015. Tickets for King Sunny Ade & His African Beats will go on sale to the public this Friday, June 12 at 10 a.m.

    Since the evolution of juju music in Nigeria in the 1930s, no artist has made a more lasting impact in the genre than King Sunny Ade. As a singer, composer and guitarist, he has succeeded over the years in taking this Nigerian social music type to international heights. Ade came on the scene in 1966, following his induction as a samba player in a small group led by showman and comedian Baba Sala, known in real life as Moses Olaiya. And with his own 10-piece band, the Green Spots, Ade made his first record in 1967, playing the guitar solos himself. He however, blazed into prominence a year after with a hit single in praise of Stationery Stores football club which earned him a Gold disc as a result of its massive sales. Since then Ade has been in the limelight.

    The late 60s found Ade searching for a credible sound identity that tended to fuse the influence of Tunde Nightingale with the techniques of his mentor, Moses Olaiya, in ...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Community

    EXPLORE 904: What to do on a Rainy Day




    We all know that Florida weather changes by the minute, it can be raining in the front yard and storms rolling in on the back porch. On days like these when you can’t hit the beach, Jacksonville has plenty of indoor options to offer for everyone! Check out this list of awesome places to check out, rain or shine!

    1. Rebounderz of Jacksonville

    What could be more fun than laser tag, archery, bowling, arcades, food, and lots and lots of jumping?! Rebounderz offers over 12,000 feet of trampoline space to play dodge ball, learn some stunts, and even land in a foam pit. If laser tag is your thing, check out the combat style laser tag course with realistic weapons and simulated experience. Prices vary by activity and time but the Extreme Fun Bundle offers hours of fun in every area for $25!  Visit www.rebounderzjacksonville.com for more info.

    2. The Cummer Museum and Gardens

    One of the more beautiful attractions in Jacksonville is the Cummer Museum and Gardens. Come in and explore the numerous exhibits and attractions then take a stroll through the gardens along the St. Johns River. Classes and events are also offered weekly at various prices and for various age groups. Visit www.cummermuseum.org for more info.

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    Historic Tours of Flagler College




    Historic Tours of Flagler College highlight the architectural heritage of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, listed as a National Historic Landmark. Built by railroad magnate, Henry M. Flagler in 1888, the Ponce is considered one of the finest examples of Spanish Renaissance architecture and was one of the most exclusive resorts of its day.

    You will begin your tour by exploring the courtyard while learning of the hotel's Spanish Renaissance architecture and of the techniques and innovations used to construct Henry Flagler's vision. Next is the grand lobby where they will stare up into an 68-foot domed ceiling supported by eight ornate oak caryatids hand carved with robed women, each slightly different from the next. The guest will move on to the dining room where 79 Louis Comfort Tiffany Stained Glass windows stream light onto the beautifully hand painted murals on the walls and ceiling.

    Finally, they will visit the Flagler Room, formerly the Women's Grand Parlor, where they will gaze upon hand crafted Austrian crystal chandeliers, a clock containing the largest piece of intact white onyx in the western hemisphere, original hotel furniture and art, as well as personal photos and mementos from Henry Fl...   [Read More]




    Explore 904: The Jacksonville Ale Trail




    We all love a nice cold beer on a hot summer day, how about keeping it local and spending your weekend supporting a local brewery or two! The Jacksonville Ale Trail not only gives you an opportunity for a great time with family and friends, but also to discover your new favorite spot. The trail consists of eight different breweries with something to satisfy everyone’s tastes. Here are the eight different breweries and their locations, all just waiting for you to stop by!

    1. Bold City Brewery, 2670 Gilmore Street #7 in Jacksonville

    Bold City not only gives you great options for a local brew, but also a cool atmosphere to sip in. Is it your first time? You get the chance to grab a flights of beers to pick your favorite!

    photo courtesy: @boldcitybrewery

    2. Aardwolf Brewing Company, 1461 Hendricks Avenue in Jacksonville

    We all know how cool of an area San Marco is, making it an even better place is Aardwolf Brewing. Wednesdays are the best place to stop by as they bring out a batch of something new for you to give it a go. Aardwolf also offers table rentals and room rentals if you are looking to host a special event. Saturdays also include Brewery Yoga!

    3. Intuition Ale Works, 720 King Street in ...   [Read More]




    Floride Springs You've Gotta See!




    Florida is known for its beaches, but are you looking for a new place to explore? The perfect way to spend a day is visiting one of the many beautiful springs all over the sunshine state! Grab some friends, get some floats, and prepare for a relaxing day at one of these Top Springs in Florida!

    1. Itchetucknee Springs State Park  Fort White, FL

    photo courtesy: @andiegraney

    This six-mile long crystal clear river flows gently through wetlands and under sunshine for a great day with family and friends. The best way to enjoy the river is by floating, bring your own or rent one on sight! The park isn’t just for tubers as there is plenty of hiking, wildlife viewing, and picnic areas for all to enjoy. Love to paddle board or kayak? Bring it on! Perks of this park: Floats rentals and great for families

    2. Juniper Springs Silver Springs, FL

    photo courtesy: @whenthesunrises_

    Ocala National Park has so much to explore! One of the best places being the Juniper Springs Recreation Area that includes plenty of swimming under a rooftop of palm trees and hundred year old live oaks. Bring a picnic along to enjoy in one of the picnic areas before taking a hike on one of the wildlife trails! Perks of this...   [Read More]




    4th of July Fireworks around North Florida




    Downtown Jacksonville

    Join the City of Jacksonville and PRI Productions in celebrating our nation’s independence with the annual 4th of July Celebration. The event will feature a free concert at the Shipyards with performances by Jacksonville’s own Be Easy opening for pop/rock band Orleans. Orleans is best known for iconic hits “Still the One,” “Dance with Me,” and “Love Takes Time.” Activities kick off at 5 p.m. with family fun games and entertainment on the Northbank at the Shipyards and on the Southbank at Friendship Fountain.

    Capping off the day’s events will be a spectacular fireworks display, choreographed to music, over the Downtown riverfront. The show will begin at 9:45 p.m.

    The fireworks can be viewed from the Northbank and Southbank of the St. Johns River. Fireworks will be launched near The Jacksonville Landing and the Shipyards.

    Several Downtown city parking garages and lots will be open for paid parking. Boaters can dock on the Northbank, Southbank and the Metropolitan Park Marina in areas not marked as closed for a maximum of 72 hours, to view the fireworks. Docking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The Jax River Taxi will also provide transportation serv...   [Read More]



  • Articles - Local News

    Jacksonville Armada Kick Off Party




    Kick off the start of Jacksonville's new professional soccer team! Come join us for an evening of fun and celebration. The party will be held at the Jacksonville Landing, Thursday February 20, from 5:00-8:00pm. 

    - Great selection of food and beverage - Soccer style games and experience - Merchandise Tents - Live Music - Q&A session with Club Executives - Special Fan Entertainment And more!

    ...   [Read More]




    Alligator Tries To Enter Walmart In Florida Monday Night




    Apopka, Fl - A 6 ft alligator hung out at the entrance of a Florida Wal-Mart Superstore Monday Night. The gator (pictured below) wasn't afraid of shoppers and hung out in front of the moving doors for about a hour. The doors even opened multiple times for the creature but the gator remained outside. 

    Image Courtesy: daytondailynews.com Image Courtesy: daytondailynews.com Image Courtesy: daytondailynews.com

    Police were dispatched to the scene and barricaded the area. Shortly after, the gator quietly crawled off into the brush nearby. Shoppers claim they have seen the 6ft gator in the retention pond next to the store before. 

      Image Courtesy: daytondailynews.com   Image Courtesy: daytondailynews.com   ...   [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]




    Huge Country Superfest Set To Come To Jacksonville




    October 10, 2013 (Jacksonville, Fla.) – The first-ever Florida Country Superfest, featuring the biggest stars in country music, is set for June 14 and 15, 2014 in Jacksonville, Fla., officials announced today. Jacksonville’s EverBank Field will play host to two jam-packed days and nights of country music and tailgating fun.

    The complete talent lineup along with ticket information and other details surrounding this mega-event will be released at a press conference scheduled for Nov. 14 in Jacksonville. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Thursday, Nov. 21.   Country music fans interested in signing up for the mailing list and securing tickets before they are available to the general public through a special pre-sale opportunity can register at www.FloridaCountrySuperfest.com.   “The Florida Country Superfest will generate a lot of excitement and showcase Jacksonville as a destination for entertainment,” said Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. “Events like this have a great impact on tourism and the local economy. I am thrilled that the community leaders and event producers worked together to make Jacksonville the host for this festival.”

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