If you are looking for an activity this weekend that is free, fun and indoors, you are in luck! Jacksonville Business Connections Networking is hosting the 5th Annual Summer Craft & Vendor Event on Saturday, July 21, from 10 am to 4 pm at Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village.

 

Get there early! In addition to being free to attend, the first 50 guests receive free swag bags!

Kids will enjoy Tinkerbell, Minion and Star Wars character meet & greets throughout the day. The event will also have a raffle to benefit local organization Project Balance.

Aside from the many vendors, attendees can sign up for 45-minute workshops including make-and-take products. Here are the day’s workshops:

10 am: Mala Bracelet DIY Workshop(ages 13+)
Learn the history and purpose of Mala as well as the traditional art of Mala making. You will make your own Mala bracelet to take with you, along with new knowledge about the art’s significance.

11 am: Ring Dish Decorating Workshop(any ages)
Participants will learn how to customize ring dishes using alcohol inks. These are perfect as quick and easy gifts for showers, holidays and birthdays. You will make two customized ring dishes.

12 pm: Card & Gift Box Workshop(ages 13+)
Each participant will make and take four greeting cards and receive an acetate box (suitable for gift giving). All supplies will be provided.

1 pm: Leather and Bead Necklace Workshop(ages 13+)
Create a one-of-a-kind necklace with your own personal touch! Attendees will make a beaded, leather necklace with an optional leather tassel, and customized necklace length, color and style.

2 pm: Jellyfish Air Plant Workshop(ages 10+)
Make two air plant terrariums. The first is a floating jellyfish suspended from a giant starfish and the other is in a conch shell. Materials provided including baby starfish, moss coral, sea glass and shells.

3 pm: Soap Making Workshop(ages 16+)
Learn about cold process soap making and take home a pound of your own handcrafted soap! For safety, please bring an old long-sleeved shirt, and wear long pants and closed-toed shoes.

Learn more by visiting the event Facebook page: 5th Annual Summer Craft & Vendor Event – Free to the Public.

 
 
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The Florida Department of Education recently announced that St. Johns County has once again come out on top in Florida State Assessment (FSA) scores!

Among all 67 Florida counties, St. Johns had the highest percentage of students scoring Level 3 or better in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics (scale is 1 to 5, 5 being the highest possible score).

In fact, our average was 74% in ELA, while the state average was 54%. Math scores were equally as stellar, with St. Johns schools averaging 80% (state average was 60%).

Beverly Slough, district one representative on the St. Johns County School Board, said she is very pleased with the newly announced scores and the county’s placement.

 

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Thanks to the Renaissance Resort’s Friday Night Live, you don’t need to travel far to enjoy great entertainment and fun! The weekly event features live performers from 6 to 8 p.m.

Festivities kick off at 5:30 with a complimentary, chef inspired hors d’oeuvre. Patrons can also enjoy a complimentary mixologist’s choice cocktail served until 6 p.m. when musicians take the stage.

Here are the upcoming performers at Friday Night Live:

Clay Benjamin:Clay is a guitar master specializing in soul, R&B, funk and smooth jazz music. In fact, he played as Al Green’s lead guitarist for two years! His album “Daddy’s Home” was released in 2017.

Clay’s Friday Night Live dates:July 6, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 24

Pierre Kendrick: A tour de force on the saxophone, Pierre is known for infusing his music with heart and soul. He has traveled around the world playing with blues and jazz musicians like Jackiem Joyner, Matt Marshak and others. Pierre released his first solo album “My Only Love” in 2016.

Pierre’s Friday Night Live dates:July 13, August 17, August 31

The Captains:Local favorite The Captains are returning once again to The Renaissance to perform. Get your dancing shoes ready!

The Captains Friday Night Live date:August 10

 
 
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Look no further for your 4th of July fireworks plans! Head over to the Old City to take in the impressive bayfront light show known as Fireworks over the Matanzas.

Plan to arrive early to stroll down St. George Street, browse shops, enjoy a cold treat and take in the live music at the Plaza de la Constitución, which will play from 6 to 8 p.m.

Then, make your way over to the waterfront between Castillo de San Marcos and the Bridge of Lions to get a good spot for the show! Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. The spectacular 20-minute display is choreographed to patriotic and pop music.

 

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Despite the introduction of new communities all over the First Coast, World Golf Village remains one of the area’s best places to find low-maintenance, high-quality living options. With the addition of The Cottages, those options continue to expand.

Situated just off Royal Pines Parkway within walking distance of World Golf Village’s hub, The Cottages offers an optimal location for buyers seeking a serene atmosphere while remaining close to amenities.

The community’s featured builder DreamFinders plans to build 56 homes, most of which back up to wooded preserves or the community’s pristine lake. Buyers may select between seven floor plans that vary from 1,600 to 2,700 sq. ft.

 

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Jun
 
15

DESIGN ADVICE – FOLLOW & BENEFIT

Posted by: Rick Pariani in News, Tips
 

Falling Water at Bear Run is the internationally-acclaimed, magnum opus of America’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW). The house he designed in 1936 for Pittsburgh’s department-store magnates, Edgar J. and Liliane Kaufmann, was truly a labor-of-love on the part of both the architect and the clients.

It is said that FLW worked out the entire concept in his head – and upon being pressured by the Kaufmann’s to put up or shut up – he drew the elevations and floorplans in one afternoon, to finally be ready for his client presentation that had taken numerous months to schedule. FLW’s first completed and colored perspective rendering, that afternoon, captured the aura, character and allure of the house and the waterfall – almost precisely as the home would eventually be built.

The Kaufmann’s were quintessential patrons – in love with their property, their site and FLW’s unique and unprecedented (and quite expensive) concept. They were unbelievably accommodating – making every allowance for FLW’s prevarications. The back-and-forth challenges were wearisome – and the Kaufmann’s endured endless grandstanding from their architect, as in the following examples from FLW’s letters to Mr. Kaufmann:

“Kindly refrain all interference with me in my work at this time. Send me what I ask for. Easy to spoil the entire work by lack of confidence in my ability to handle my own work. Kindly stand by. Read my letter mailed yesterday. In circumstances like these there is only one doctor. Be thankful you didn’t lose him. Now be good enough to realize the truth of what I say.” – and this gem:

“It never occurred to me that you had not enough common sense, when we set this up, to stick to itthrough thick and thin. I must ask for this reassurance from you – in writing this time – as necessary to your own interest as well as mine if this building is to be creditably finished.”

We live in different times – an understatement, for sure. But, should you have the opportunity to work with experienced, capable and enlightened design professionals in the creation of your dream home and property – you will be well-served to challenge, yet follow, their advice. Collaboration is fun, but better, more finely crafted results are often created when there is a clear voice of design leadership. And remember, when it comes to intrinsic home values for generational use or re-sale, home and gardens conceived by design professionals maintain the highest returns.

At one particularly difficult summit, FLW submitted a form for his client, Mr. Kaufmann, to sign : “I hereby agree to do all in my power to see that the architect’s instructions to the builder – are faithfully executed and that no exterior advice or criticism be allowed to interfere with the architect’s authority over matters concerning the character and integrity of the building I have engaged him to build for me. And this is to continue until the building is completed to our mutual satisfaction.”

Yes – we do live in different times!

If you are looking for some great advice, contact one of our a trusted Real Estate professionals who can guide (not coerce) you on a clear path to your goals.

 
 
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If thinking about Father’s Day leaves you without ideas, plan to visit the World Golf Hall of Fame on Sunday, June 17! The museum will be offering FREE admission for dads and their immediate families. In addition, Dads are invited to take a swing on the Challenge Hole, a replica of TPC Sawgrass’s 17th island green, for just $5.

The Hall of Fame will also launch its newest exhibit, Tales from the Collection, on Father’s Day.

This is huge savings as regular admission is $20.95 for adults ($19.95 for seniors, Florida residents and military), $10 for students, and $5 for kids 5-12 (4 and under are free).

The museum will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Father’s Day. Escape the heat and make Dad smile by visiting the World Golf Hall of Fame on his big day!

 
 
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World Golf Village’s Red, White & Boom celebration gives a new meaning to the term “dinner and a show!” In fact, the annual event offers one of the best fireworks displays in Northeast Florida. This year’s event will be held on Monday, July 3 with plenty of dining options before the big show.

Dinner: The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine has two options for dining specials before the fireworks show:

  • Villagio Dinner Buffet(6 – 9 p.m.) is $45 per person ($20 for kids 6-12 years old, 5 and under are free). Guests will enjoy traditional summertime fare like barbeque pork ribs and watermelon.
  • La Terrazza Patio Party(7 – 10 p.m.) is $95 per person ($35 for kids 6-12 years old, 5 and under are free). This package includes a special dinner buffet, open bar, parking pass, live entertainment and primo seating for the fireworks display! The buffet will feature a wide array of fresh summer veggies, seafood, barbeque and fun desserts.

For reservations at either of the Renaissance restaurants, call (904) 940-8696.

The café at World Golf Hall of Fame will also be open until 9 p.m. and additional food and beverages will be on sale throughout the grounds.

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May
 
16

APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS

Posted by: Rick Pariani in News
 

In March, 2003* the Wall Street Journal Magazine of Personal Business, Smart Money, featured a special report on how one’s home values are boosted by good landscape.

At the time, the then president-elect of the National Association of Realtors, Walt McDonald, had advised; “when people ask me how they can get strong interest in their property, I always tell them to fix up their landscaping”. Studies showed that a design-wise, landscape investment of about 5% of a home’s value would result in as much as a 150% return. In most any market or region, a home on the market at $500,000 with an extra $25,000 invested in new landscape could result in an easy 7.5% / $12,500 of additional profit.

The Smart Money article suggested four distinct ways to invest in, and enhance, your home and property values – both for your own living as well as for future sale.

First – concentrate on Curb-Appeal – everything that can be seen from the street or during the approach to your home. Curb-Appeal is enhanced through landscape beds, staggered and layered height plantings (ground covers to taller shrubs), shade and special interest trees, walkways, pedestrian and vehicular arrivals and an attention to spacing, massing, scale, framing and accenting.

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With THE PLAYERS Championship well under way at TPC at Sawgrass, now is the perfect time to get in the golfing spirit at the World Golf Hall of Fame!

This week, guests can peruse tournament history and artifacts in the new exhibit “THE PLAYERS Experience.” Inside the 1,800 sq. ft. exhibit, guests will find stories, mementos and images from the tournament, which is celebrating its 44th year of play. The list of past winners includes 11 Hall of Fame members.

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