The St. Augustine Music Festival is getting ready to kick off in the Oldest City! The annual celebration spans two weekends and features a series of classical music concerts to celebrate the cultural artistry of the First Coast.

Concerts are free and no tickets are required, however, seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis. All performances will be at the historic Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, making for the perfect backdrop and offering impeccable acoustics.

The St. Augustine Music Festival was founded in 2007 by violist Jorge Peña and cellist Jin Kim-Peña, both Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra members.

Here is a list of festival performances:

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It’s officially wedding season and nuptial planning is in full swing. To help make planning easier, the World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort will host the annual Bride to Be & Wedding Expo on Sunday, June 9.

The event will last from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and feature more than 40 exhibitors displaying products and services including bridal attire and fashion, custom gifts, jewelry, photography, catering, gift registries, DJs & entertainment, fitness and wedding planning.

Just some of the vendors include Arbonne Beauty, Mary Kay, 2 Sweet 4 Words, LuLaRoe, Olivia Ellen’s Boutique, Pampered Chef, Saries Fabulous Scents, Club Pilates St. Augustine, Cruise Planners, Sabika Jewelry, Crystal Clear Sounds, Crystal Ballroom St. Augustine, Postscript Weddings and Events, and many more.

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Each Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day, St. Augustine turns from the Oldest City into Music City USA! That’s thanks to Concerts in the Plaza, which is kicking off its 29thseason tonight.

Each Thursday evening, a different local and regional musical act performs in the gazebo of the Plaza de la Constitución in historic St. Augustine. The free concerts last from 7 to 9 p.m. Spectators are welcome to bring chairs, blankets and coolers (no alcohol please) to set up on the lawn and enjoy the show.

Here is this season’s lineup and the style of music for each:

May 30 – The Driftwoods (bluegrass)
June 6 – The Raisin Cake Orchestra (New Orleans jazz)
June 13 – The Grapes of Roth (classic rock)
June 20 – The Mike Hart Band (blues/rock/jazz)
June 27 – Timberwood (acoustic folk/rock)

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The First Coast is warming up for the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, which kicks off this Thursday, May 23, and wraps up on Sunday, May 26.

The all-star lineup of musicians includes Gladys Knight, Brian Culbertson, Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet, Monty Alexander, Ledisi and many, many others! A complete schedule of performances can be found at https://jacksonvillejazzfest.com/schedule/.

In addition to traditional stage performances, the event will feature several special events:

Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition –Five finalists representing the world’s best jazz pianists are chosen by a blind panel of judges to compete for a cash prize and a chance to perform on the festival’s Main Stage. The competition is held on Thursday, May 23, at 7 p.m. at the Florida Theatre. Tickets are included with the festival VIP package. For tickets, click here.

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Did you know that St. Johns County farmers are Florida’s most productive potato growers? In fact, St. Johns County is the #7 producer of potatoes in the nation. St. Johns County potatoes have anchored products by Frito-Lay, Cape Cod, Kettle, Snyder’s and others. Do you know how potatoes took root in the County?

Henry Morrison Flagler, with an eight grade public school education, founded Standard Oil. Along with his business partner, John D. Rockefeller, he built the company into the richest, biggest business in the world. At its height, the company controlled 90% of the world’s oil refining. The New York World paper reported that Standard Oil was “the most cruel, impudent, pitiless and grasping monopoly that ever fastened upon a country.” By 1911, the Supreme Court of the United States had successfully broken Standard Oil’s monopoly into 34 new companies.

At the peak of his business, Flagler brought his wife, Mary Harkness, to Jacksonville for convalescence. She died shortly afterwards in 1881 and Flagler married her caregiver, Ida Alice Shourds two years later (incidentally, Ida Alice was later declared insane in 1896, enabling Flagler to marry once again to Mary Lily Kenan). The newlyweds honeymooned in St. Augustine, sparking an entirely new business tack – one that made the name “Flagler” synonymous with old Florida.

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Amid our ever-expanding world of online networks and social media groups, it can seem more and more difficult to connect with the actual people in our community. Nextdoor has created a great way to use social media to shrinkour network to only include our neighbors!

The website and app, which launched back in 2011, are available for free and only require your email to sign up. They also need your street address so you can be placed in the correct neighborhood group.

Once you join, you’ll find real messages from your neighbors—unlike other platforms that offer ads and reposts by people you barely know about their co-worker’s cousins’ 50thbirthday party.

Plus, there is no need to send requests to connect! You will immediately be connected with all of your neighbors who are members. Since it’s an established platform, you’ll be surprised how many people you know are already members!

So, what will you find on Nextdoor?

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This Mother’s Day weekend treat the entire family to a celebration of music, food and sunny fun at Vilano Beach’s Music Fest 2019!

On Saturday, May 11 from 3 to 7 p.m., Vilano Beach’s Oceanfront Park will be set up with a stage featuring nostalgic music by Peach Life (a tribute to The Allman Brothers Band) and Not Quite Dead (a Grateful Dead tribute band). Both are local favorites!

The oceanfront venue will also have arts and crafts vendors, an array of food trucks and plenty of beer and soda for purchase. Stay to watch a culinary student competition! Raffles will also continue throughout the afternoon.

Just some of the food trucks include Fried Chicken Kitchen, St. Augies Doggies, Kona Ice and more!

Tickets are only $5 and parking is free (but arrive early because Vilano parking can be tricky).

You can also plan to make a full Mother’s Day weekend of it—special weekend packages are available! Learn more by contacting Sallie O’Hara at sallie_ohara@vilanobeachfl.comor 904-540-0402.

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This coming Sunday, May 5, World Golf Village will be teaming with vendors from throughout Northeast Florida to offer their wide-ranging wares and fares for Taste of Jacksonville.

Each year, Taste of Jacksonville invites local small businesses of all kinds to sell their products, services and food at the large outdoor event. This year includes at least 15 food vendors and nearly 50 business vendors. Just some food vendors include:

  • TBoyz Tacoz & Wrapz
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Frozen Sweets Truck
  • SautéKingz by Chef Count
  • Aahar Authentic Indian Restaurant
  • Catie Rosie’s Comfort Cuisine
  • Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen

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The 19th Annual Murray Bros. Caddyshack Charity Golf Tournament is coming to World Golf Village this Thursday and Friday, April 25 and 26. Although the player spots are sold out, you can still stop by to enjoy parties, dinner, auctions and music concerts, all to help raise funds for local charities.

Over the past 19 years, the tournament has become renowned, raising more than $4 million–a true Cinderella story!

While golfers take to the course throughout the days, plenty of action will be happening at Murray Bros. Caddyshack Restaurant. Dinner and cocktails will be provided by the restaurant in addition to special events:

  • On Thursday, enjoy a Pairings Party from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., which includes Dinner & Cocktails, live and silent auctions and live music throughout the evening.
  • On Friday night, come for a Celebrity Concert Jam & Dancing from 7 p.m. to midnight.

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Apr
 
24

PROMISE IS IN THE AIR

Posted by: Rick Pariani in Community Involvement, News
 

Thanks to Mr. Ogden Nash: “Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I wonder where the boidie is”. You can add, come out yourself, and see how ‘tiz.

No doubt, our region is on the move. We continue to experience and learn about “coming attractions”, regards expansion and development. New businesses, superb services, innovative dining, superlative schools, and imaginative entertainment venues continue to blossom. Unique communities and neighborhoods are underway, offering an array of housing options coupled with life style choices to suit a wide variety of residents.

There is also a federal, state and municipal fortune being invested in our mobility system to interconnect with the billion-dollar, private infrastructure investments being made by the region’s real-estate development sector. Major roadway projects are underway which will provide multiple, safer, easier and quicker connections.

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