Fran Ruchalski

I like to make lots of images that people really want to see. From news to concerts to sports to performances to events to portraits, I love it all.
Fran Ruchalski Photographer, Jacksonville Jaguars, 2017 Training Camp Practice, Florida Blue Health & Wellness Field

Jacksonville Jaguars’ First Week of 2017 Training Camp Practice

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars announced their 2017 training camp schedule, which featured 10 practices open to fans, including the two joint practices with the on Monday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 15. The begin training camp practice with three open sessions on Thursday, July 27, Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29. Saturday’s practice on July 29, which will be the first in full pads, is open exclusively to Season Ticket Members. All public dates will take place at the practice fields adjacent to . To attend Jaguars training camp open sessions, fans should register in advance online …

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Jaguars Mini Camp

Despite sweltering temps the 2016 Jaguars squad got to work this week. Jaguars’ head coach changed the schedule on the third and final day of 2016 minicamp, opting for players to spend the time meeting among themselves rather than practicing. The message was clear: Thirty-nine days remain until 2016 Training Camp, and that time is critical. “We really just took the opportunity to talk about things that we’ve accomplished [in the offseason] and where we’re heading,” Bradley said as he wrapped up the ’16 offseason. Bradley said the message extended a theme that had been emphasized throughout this week’s three-day …

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Suns top Double-A in Opening Weekend attendance

Jacksonville welcomed its largest home-opening crowd since 2007; first series attendance up 34 percent The fans of Northeast Florida made a FUNdamentally Different mark on Opening Weekend of a new era of affordable family fun at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The 24,508 fans who watched the Jacksonville Suns under new ownership last Thursday through Sunday were the most at any Double-A ballpark during the first four days of the 2016 Minor League Baseball season. An Opening Night crowd of 8,367 was the largest at any home game for the team since July 4, 2014, and the largest for a …

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The hosted Graham Nash, the legendary singer-songwriter and founding member of Crosby, Stills and Nash and the Hollies, will kick off his “This Path Tonight” U.S. tour with a performance at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. Legendary singer-songwriter is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee with Crosby, Stills and Nash and with the Hollies. He was also inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame twice, as a solo artist and with CSN, is a GRAMMY Award winner, a New York Times best-selling author, and Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) …

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UNF wins the Atlantic Sun title – on to the NCAA tournament.

The defeated USC Upstate 63-57 to win the Atlantic Sun title and receive a bid to the NCAA tournament.   The Ospreys are heading to the Big Dance after the best season in  history! UNF took the regular season Atlantic Sun Conference crown  defending home court throughout the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship. North Florida vanquished Stetson, Lipscomb and USC Upstate on their way to claiming the Atlantic Sun Championship, and they’re ready to compete in the first round of the . The road to March Madness started earlier this season after UNF beat Purdue and showed they can compete with …

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Merle Haggard, Florida Theatre, Jacksonville 9/25/15

Photo Gallery: Merle Haggard at the Florida Theatre

Country legends don’t come much bigger than , the man who practically invented the Bakersfield sound on classic hits like “I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am,” “Mama Tried,” and “Workin’ Man Blues.” His rusty voice and incredible songwriting abilities came to  at the  on Sunday Jan. 25. EU’s photographer Fran Rulchalski was there to capture the event.  www.franruchalskiphotographer.com    

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23rd Annual Community Nutcracker, by Fran Ruchalski

23rd Annual Community Nutcracker

  Every year the Community Nutcracker delights audiences of all ages with this holiday classic. More than 200 children from Northeast Florida audition and perform in the production.  Additionally, The  issues 2,000 free tickets to various Jacksonville agencies and organizations to attend a Community Service Night performance. Residents and clients from area nursing homes and nonprofit agencies are also able to attend the ballet. Friday, Dec 12 8pm;  tickets are $30/$25.50/$19.50 Saturday, Dec. 13 2pm; tickets are $33/$28.50/$22.50 Saturday, Dec. 13 8pm; tickets are $33/$28.50/$22.50 photos by Fran Ruchalski  

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Photo Gallery: #IStandWithMOCA Rally

#IStandWithMOCA Citizens rally behind the  at the December after Council President  threatened to pull funding over the display of a reclining nude. Turnout still filled the steps of City Hall, despite the fact that day was already won. The day before Art Walk, the Mayor’s office indicated that it is a violation of the 1st Amendment for our city government to determine the kind of art displayed, or to pull funding in order to control the art displayed.  Photos by Fran Ruchalski  

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Photo Gallery: Jacksonville Beach Deck the Chairs

   is an annual, lighted, sculptural exhibit at  in , using the iconic red chairs of the . More than 36 decorated lifeguard chairs including six large metal light sculptures are on display. The creatively adorned chairs are sponsored through public and private efforts. New this year is a whimsical 24-foot tall Tree adorned with 80 custom ornaments. The Tree sits atop a fabricated beach shorebreak with four large sand buckets that will serve as food collection points for . Free and open to the public, the light display aims to build community pride, foster private and public relationships, and …

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