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    St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum Welcomes Back Captain Carl Fismer




    The St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum is pleased to welcome back Captain Carl “Fizz” Fismer – world renown maritime historian and treasure hunter for a special presentation in the museum Courtyard. Fizz will be making a special appearance at the Pirate Museum from 12 Noon –until 3 PM on Saturday March 31st.  A longtime friend of the museum, Carl Fismer holds a wealth of knowledge regarding the treasure hunting trade – and tales of his exploits in the industry.

    The St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum, located at 12 S. Castillo Drive in the heart of the Nation’s Oldest City – has been privileged to have some of the finest artisans and characters illuminate our courtyard; and we are pleased that our first event of the Spring season features one of the great sea voyagers of our time.

      Fismer indeed has a lifelong history of adventure, portions of which have been told in his books Man Overboard: Captain Fizz and the Treasure Bizz, and Uncharted Waters: The Life and Times of Captain Fizz - both of which will be available for signing at the presentation.  Fizz will speak about the Taj Mahal treasure as well as his dive tour experience with the Scubawize Company. The event will include...   [Read More]




    THE PLAYERS Announces Luke Combs For Military Appreciation Day Concert




    Continuing a PGA TOUR tradition of honoring men and women in uniform, THE PLAYERS Championship today unveiled a full slate of military appreciation activities and programs for the 2018 event, including a special performance by 2017 breakout artist Luke Combs on Tuesday, May 8, during Military Appreciation Day. New this year, the Military Appreciation Day Ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the Concert will kick-off at 6 p.m. on the 17th hole when the tournament returns to THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, May 8-13.

    Combs joins an impressive list of country music stars who have performed on Military Appreciation Day including Tim McGraw (2010), Darius Rucker (2011), Luke Bryan (2012), Dierks Bentley (2013), Jake Owen (2014), Big & Rich (2015), Toby Keith (2016) and Sam Hunt (2017).

    The Military Appreciation Day Ceremony and Concert is free to any Tuesday ticket holder; a Tuesday Stadium Pass starts at just $25. Parking is also free on Tuesday and Wednesday of tournament week.

    “Performing at THE PLAYERS, on the 17th hole, is one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences,” said Combs.  “The fact that my performance is part of a ceremony that honors our men and women in the armed forces make...   [Read More]




    HOTEL CALIFORNIA "A Salute To The Eagles” Is At The Thrasher-Horne Center Friday




    For more than two decades, HOTEL CALIFORNIA has touched the hearts of fans all over the world, by faithfully and accurately reproducing the Grammy award winning sounds of the Eagles. See how a spirited blend of originality and the pursuit of excellence have taken HOTEL CALIFORNIA to a level of international recognition normally reserved only for gold and platinum recording artists.

    This dynamic, highly acclaimed show incorporates their very own world renowned vocal harmony, and authentic instrumentation, including all specialty instruments in a stage spectacle that is both modern and exciting. Each concert presents an exciting, showcase of The Eagles megahits such as “Take it Easy” “Heartache Tonight” and of course “Hotel California” as well as selected titles from the solo works of Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh.

    HOTEL CALIFORNIA "A Salute to the Eagles" was founded with the intent of filling the void left by the demise of The Eagles in 1982. By blending their extraordinary vocal and musical talents, HOTEL CALIFORNIA faithfully and accurately reproduces the sound of the Eagles studio recordings while recreating a classic sound which undeniably transcends the boundaries of Rock, R&B, and Cou...   [Read More]




    2018 March Madness Is Here




    The Selection Committee has spoken and for the eighth consecutive year there are 68 teams that put together the field for March Madness.

    The single-elimination tournament features 68 teams fighting for the chance to be crowned national champions. Since the tournament began in 1939, UCLA has the most titles with 11. Kentucky follows with eight national titles while North Carolina has six.

    After going 31-2 and winning the ACC regular-season and tournament championships, Virginia enters this year's tournament as No. 1 overall seed.

    The 2018 Final Four is set for San Antonio. Here's the complete schedule for the tournament:

     

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    Disney Cruise Lines Will Add Three New Ships To Their Current Fleet




    At the Walt Disney Company’s annual shareholders meeting, it was disclosed that their Disney Cruise Lines will add three new ships to their current fleet.

    The three newest vessels will set sail in 2021, 2022 and 2023 and will be approximately 140,000 gross tons – slightly larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. The new vessels will have approximately 1,250 guest staterooms.

    In keeping with the distinct Disney Cruise Line style, the new ships will embody the elegance and romance of the golden age of ocean cruising with unique touches all their own. The three new vessels will offer more innovation, new technologies, spectacular entertainment and more Disney stories and characters than ever before. Ingenuity and innovation from stem to stern will amaze and delight Disney Cruise Line guests of all ages.

    The new vessels will bring Disney’s iconic stories and franchises to life in thrilling and surprising ways, building on the creativity they have introduced across their existing fleet.  Over the past years , they have added innovations such as Marvel and Star Wars themed spaces to their kids’ clubs.  They have also added new dining experiences combining live entertainment, storytellin...   [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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    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. 

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    Yachty Gras Boat Parade Scheduled For January 31st




    The St Johns River is normally quiet this time of year, however, 2014 will be different with a brand new event, called Yachty Gras. Downtown will have decorated boats for the first time ever, with The Yachty Gras Boat parade and celebration starting at 7 p.m. Friday, January 31st. Come Join the Jacksonville Sail and Power Squadron for a lighted boat parade on the St. Johns River where captains and crews will showcase their vessels decorated with lights and beads in true Mardi Gras fashion.

    The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display over our majestic river! Lisa Almeida, The owner of The Freedom Boat Club says, “The boaters love to do these kinds of events because it is a great for families, and the community. It can bring people of all ages together downtown, and it showcases our beautiful river and gives us a chance to celebrate The St. Johns. The Mardi Gras-themed parade sets sail from Metropolitan Park, and it will travel in front of the Hyatt, and pass along the Jacksonville Landing.

    The participating vessels will make two laps of the route. The Yachty Gras parade will begin at Metropolitan Park, travel along the Northbank past The Jacksonville Landing, to the Acosta Bridge, and will circle to the Southbank...   [Read More]



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