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    March 9th Is Deadline For Jaguar Season Ticket Renewal




    March 9th is the deadline for Jaguar season ticket renewals. The Jaguars tweeted that this upcoming deadline was due to the high demand for season tickets.

    This will be the first season since 2005 that fans will not see any tarps covering seats. The stadium removed the tarps for the Jaguars first home playoff game in 18 years in January, when the team sold out the stadium with an announced attendance of 69,442. Those tarps had been in place for over 10 years.

    EverBank Field will also be known as TIAA Bank Field later this year. TIAA Bank Field will be the official name of its home stadium, replacing EverBank Field.The name change comes after the sale of EverBank to TIAA in June and the new parent company will be renaming all EverBank locations as TIAA Bank.

    The name change must be officially approved by the city of Jacksonville and the Jaguars before they can tear down the signage on the front of the building and replace it with the new name.

    Jacksonville-based EverBank acquired the naming rights to the stadium in 2010, four years after the naming rights deal with Alltel lapsed. (The stadium was known as Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in the interim.) In 2014, the company extended its naming rights deal through 20...   [Read More]




    Seafood Island Bar & Grille Is Now Open In San Marco




    The former Pizza Palace, a culinary staple on the Square for 27 years, is now Seafood Island Bar & Grille. This third outlet of owner Charley Akel’s Seafood Express & More brand, which has locations on the Southside and Northside, opened Dec. 15 with a decidedly more island flavor and paint job. The red-and-yellow façade and thatched-umbrella patio tables stand out among its San Marco Boulevard neighbors.

    The expansive menu, available daily for lunch and dinner, offers no shortage of exotic appetizers, including frog legs and gator tail nuggets. You’ll also find a variety of fish and shellfish brought in every three days — most available fried, grilled, blackened or broiled — along with combination platters, soups, sandwiches, pastas and steak and chicken plates. Entrees come in lunch, dinner and “lite” portions, the last resembling a lunch-sized dinner, as well as daily lunch specials. Gluten-free patrons can ask for their fish to be grilled on a separate cooking surface.

    Currently Seafood Island is a beer-and-wine establishment in the process of obtaining a full liquor license. Happy hour, 4-7 p.m. daily, features dollar-off deals on beer (five on draft and 10 bottles) and house wi...   [Read More]




    BRAD PAISLEY AND HIS “2018 WEEKEND WARRIOR WORLD TOUR” IS AT THE ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE SATURDAY




    The St. Augustine Amphitheatre welcomes country music superstar Brad Paisley and his “2018 Weekend Warrior World Tour” featuring special guest Chase Bryant on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Tickets for Brad Paisley featuring special guest Chase Bryant will go on sale Friday, December 8 at 10 a.m.

    Country music superstar Brad Paisley has announced the continuation of his highly successful “Weekend Warrior World Tour” with dates added in 2018. The 27-date tour will kick off on January 25 in Los Angeles at the Staples Center and includes a stop at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Saturday, March 10. Special guest will be RED BOW Records hit-maker Chase Bryant.

    Brad Paisley is a consummate singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. He has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001. Paisley has written 21 of his 24 #1 hits including his most recent smash, “Today.” The song resonated with fans around the globe with the music video garnering over 43 million views, so far. “Heav...   [Read More]




    The Stuffed Beaver Is Now Open Near Five Points




    The Stuffed Beaver is located in the 1,364-square-foot Delgato building with 15 tables at 2544 Oak Street. They will serve traditional crepes as well as other Canadian treats and will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    The Stuffed Beaver location is close to St Vincents Hospital and walking distance to the popular Five Points and King Street commercial districts.

    The new restaurant will also serve a variety of Parisian-style salads and sandwiches as well as several varieties of  French Canadian poutine dishes- gravy and authentic Quebec cheese curd-topped french fries. They will also offer a Canadian delicacy called 'beaver tails' that uses fried dough shaped like beaver tails that are doused with a variety of toppings like powdered sugar, cinnamon and nutella.

    The Delgado Building, a structure built in 1919, was previously home to longtime neighborhood staple, Judson's Restaurant. 

    ...   [Read More]




    The 2018 Gate River Run Is Saturday, March 10th




    The Gate River Run is the largest 15K race in the United States and will once again serve as the USA 15K Championship with America's top Olympic athletes competing for over $56,000 in prize money. Last year over 24,000 runners and walkers participated in one of our featured events including the 15K, The Florida Times-Union 5K for Charity, the Junior River Run, and the Brooks Rehabilitation Challenge Mile.

    The 2018 Gate River Run, will start 30 minutes earlier than in past years, with the first wave set to begin at 8 a.m. The races, including a 5K, challenge mile and Junior River Run will be held on Saturday, March 10, and is expected to feature more than 20,000 runners and walkers in the events, all held in the sports complex area around EverBank Field.

    The Schedule of Events

    Gate River Run 15K – Starts on Gator Bowl Boulevard

    •    Elite Women – 7:54 a.m.

    •    Wave One – 8:00 a.m.

    •    Wave Two – 8:06 a.m.

    •    Wave Three – 8:12 a.m.

    •    Wave Four – 8:18 a.m.

    You can register online at www.GateRiverRun15K.com until Tuesday, March 6, 2018...   [Read More]



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    Florida Country Superfest Recap 6.14.14 - 6.15.14




    For the first time ever, Jacksonville had a country music festival that took place at Everbank Field. This is the first time ever that a concert was held at the stadium, and it was just pretty cool to see the stadium fill up with masses of country music fans. It was like watching the stands fill up much like what is seen at a Jaguars game only this was way more people and it was a music performance. The people tailgating were having tons of fun and were excitedly waiting for the shows. While waiting for the concerts to start, there was a Fan Fair fest going on outside of Everbank field where there were bands such as Clark Hill, Grayson Rogers Band, Matt Bailie and many others; they were like the “opening acts” for the headliners to come. Florida Country Superfest was a great event for Jacksonville. It did have a lot of good moments, but there were some flaws with the festival that occurred on the first day. Here are my observations of the good moments.

    Let’s start with the lineup on the first day. The lineup for Saturday had good acts performing  such as Colt Ford, Little Big Town, Eric Church and Jason Aldean. Colt Ford was first, and he started the festival with songs like “Chicken & Biscuits” and &ldqu...   [Read More]




    JOHN LEGEND TO PERFORM ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014




    St. Augustine, FL (May 29, 2014) – Nine-time Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum selling artist John Legend will continue his highly acclaimed 2014 North American tour with new summer dates including a stop at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Friday, July 25. The highly anticipated tour comes on the heels of Legend’s #1 smash single “All of Me,” from his critically acclaimed fourth studio album LOVE IN THE FUTURE, which recently claimed the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Chart. The single marks Legend’s highest selling and charting single of his career to date, with sales over 3 million in the US. John Legend will perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Friday, July 25 and tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, June 6 at 10AM.

     

    Photo Credit: therightlens.com

    Legend’s current tour, “An Evening with John Legend: The All of Me Tour,” features John in an intimate and acoustic setting, highlighted by guitar/vocal accompaniment as well as a string quartet. In a recent review, Billboard hailed the show as “one of the best concerts ever.”

    Photo Credit: Tony Brown

    Ohio-born John Legend is a critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, platinu...   [Read More]




    Prelude to Florida Country Superfest




    The start of a music festival comes from the amount of artists that want to be part of it and the crowds that come and bring it to life. Florida Country Superfest is the first ever country festival to be held in downtown Jacksonville. How could something so awesome and so jam-packed with fans become such a success here in our city?  I went to the start of the biggest festival of country music, none other than CMA Fest 2014 to find out. 

    The Country Music Association festival itself contains many big acts and many local acts. I’ve seen a lot of songwriters perform at CMA Fest, and we are going to be having some local acts from Jacksonville perform at Florida Country Superfest. This festival has at least 5 stages for the artists, and for Superfest, we are going to start off with 2 stages; a stage for the big acts and a stage for the local acts. One common factor that CMA Fest has and Superfest will have is the amount of people that are willing to stay for the concerts rain or shine. During night 2 of CMA Fest, lightning was spotted during the middle of the second acts’ performance. Unfortunately for Day 3, the area was under a tornado watch and delayed the concert at LP field for an hour. This was not the ...   [Read More]




    2014 Florida Country Superfest




    Jacksonville, Fl  – Florida Country Superfest announced today that Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Big & Rich, Easton Corbin, Colt Ford and Joe Nichols will rock Jacksonville’s EverBank Field on June 14 and 15 in the inaugural edition of the mega-fest.  For two days and nights, Jacksonville will become the epicenter of country music as fans from around the nation converge on the city for performances by many of the most popular artists in American music.  EverBank Field will be redesigned to include an enormous rock-n-roll-styled stage at one end with thousands of seats positioned on the field creating a rare stadium festival experience.

    Festival-goers should plan to arrive early for the official Florida Country Superfest Fan Fest & Tailgate Party located directly outside EverBank Field, featuring a country music stage, artist meet and greets, festive food, and much more. Offering a tailgating environment akin to the atmosphere surrounding the annual Florida Georgia gridiron battle, the Country Superfest—with its spirit of celebration— promises to send everybody home a winner.

    Hard rockin’ country rules opening n...   [Read More]




    Old Crow Medicine Show at St. Augustine Amphitheater Recap




    On the eve of Memorial Day, 904 Happy Hour went down to St. Augustine and got to see Old Crow Medicine perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheater. Many people waited outside to get in the amphitheater, and they were excited to see this band. The opening act for the band was Dale Watson. I thought he was good for an opening act. His style is like old school country, with his band having just a thump bass, pedal steel, a small drum kit, and Dale playing guitar. Dale Watson was fine for an opening act, but the crowd was waiting for Old Crow Medicine show.

    Once Old Crow Medicine came on stage and I heard them, I thought they were really impressive. This band used all acoustic instruments and nothing else. When I heard their music,  I thought I was at a Lumineers show or a Mumford and Sons show. This kind of country music was more bluegrass and folk. This band has also earned a high honor as they were recently inducted into the Grand Ole Opry this year.  Old Crow Medicine Show had some amazing songs such as “Carry Me Back to Virginia”, “CC Rider”, “Tell It to Me”, and their mega hit “Wagon Wheel”. This band created the song “Wagon Wheel”, with a little help from legendary Bob Dyla...   [Read More]



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    First Wednesday Art Walk February 5th 2014




    HIGHLIGHTS:

    Headquarters @ Hemming Plaza: Enjoy Valentine's Day activities for all, including Married by The Specktator, Single Mingle and Dump Your Baggage, plus kid-friendly crafts from First United Methodist and live music by Beau & The Burners. Visit the One Spark table to learn about the upcoming event. At the Artworks for Freedom Jax tables, meet director Kay Chernush, representatives from the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center and Sarah Symons, founder of Made by Survivors and author of No Ordinary Joy. Married by The Specktator – 6:30-9 p.m., Laura Street Couples with official documentation can be married at Art Walk or renew their vows by ordained minister Kerry Speckman (a.k.a. The Specktator) in the Chapel of Love. After the nuptials, indulge in professional photos, Sweet Pete’s chocolate covered strawberries and a free ring engraving at Hemming Plaza Jewelers.  Single Mingle – 7:30 p.m., outside Snyder Memorial Make new friends during a speed dating-like event hosted by The Lyricist Hour with Mal Jones. Participate or be a spectator as folks sit down with a stranger for a 60 second “date.”  Dump Your Baggage – 5-9 p.m., Laura Street Write down stories of jilted, hurtful or unrequi...   [Read More]




    El Galeon - A 16th century replica galleon is in St. Augustine




     The 495-ton 16th-century replica wooden ship El Galeón is dock at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina next to her a sister ship, the Nao Victoria.  It is the first time the two ships have ever docked in the same port in North America. While in port, the 170 foot, 495 ton authentic wooden replica of a galleon that was part of Spain’s West Indies fleet will be open for public visits.     The ship will be part of the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine in 2015. Both El Galeón and its sister ship Nao Victoria represent the city’s cultural heritage with Spain and is worth a visit. The Nao Victoria is a replica of the first ship to successfully circumnavigate the world. El Galeón is a replica of the vessels that traveled the coasts of Florida between the 16th and 18th centuries creating ties between America and Europe.   While in port, the ship will be open to public offering visitors the chance to learn about the maritime history that began centuries ago when galleons like the El Galeón reached Florida’s coast.   Ponce de León sailed from Puerto Rico on just such a vessel in 1513. The voyage brought him to the coast of Florida on April 3 which was the da...   [Read More]




    Jacksonville Beach Roller Coaster History




    In August, 1926, W. H. Adams, Sr. created the Ocean View amusement park on the site of his former hotel and encouraged the construction of a large roller coaster in 1928 in imitation of Coney Island coasters. John Miller of the Miller & Rose Amusement Company of Milwaukee built the ride. It was 93-feet high and its trains reached speeds of 50 miles per hour. Besides it being the first and only coaster Jacksonville Beach has ever had, it was also the tallest structure at the Beaches and it became an icon.

    It was 3,168 feet long; Its two trains with two cars with the riders arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 12 riders per train. Although it may have seemed longer for some passengers, it made the circuit in a minute and a half, reaching a speed of fifty miles per hour.

    The coaster was huge, dominating the skyline where it could be seen for miles. The main issue with the coaster is that it was vulnerable to storms and had to be repaired several times. In 1933, Miller sold it to W. H. Adams, Jr., who put Lake R. Peddy in charge.

    By 1949, the wooden coaster was increasingly unsafe and was dismantled in 1950 to be replaced by the metal, small “Wild Mouse.” Other rides and amusements were broug...   [Read More]




    Simple Tips To Help New Boaters




    Taking the helm of a boat is not so complicated. In fact, it might be too simple. It is not unusual to find someone sitting in the captain’s chair who doesn’t know the difference between port and starboard, bow and stern. But knowing a few common rules of the waterways not only helps a skipper feel more confident and competent at the helm, it is a matter of safety.

    Just as there are signs and markers along roadways for auto traffic, there are also signs along our waterways, such as buoys, markers and lights.

    For boaters, a few simple rules go a long way. When it comes to identifying the safest route, markers and buoys are used to identify the location of the channel. The buoys are distinguished by two features. The red buoys and markers are pointed at the top and only use even numbers. The green buoys and markers are square and only use odd numbers.

    Three ways to identify a marker or buoy: color, shape and number.

    Here is a good way to remember which side of a buoy or marker your boat should be on: When going from a larger body of water to a smaller one – typically “up river” and toward the source – a helpful reminder is: Red Right = Return.

    That m...   [Read More]




    Snow Shark Sighting - 3 Brothers Build Massive Snow Shark




    Three brothers, from left, Connor, Trevor and Austin Bartz built this 16 foot high snow shark in the front yard of their New Brighton, Minn. home, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. It took them around 95 hours of work and they gathered the snow from houses in their neighborhood.

    The New Brighton, Minn. teens are no strangers to large-scale snow sculptures — in fact, it's become an annual tradition. In 2011 they made a giant puffer fish, and in 2012 a snow walrus made its home on their front lawn. 

    ...   [Read More]



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