Jennifer Melville

Jennifer Melville is a contributing writer for EU Jacksonville, South Magazine, Folio Magazine, Green Prints, Focus on the Family, and various other print and online publications. She’s a military wife, mother of four, and a leader in the NE Florida homeschooling community. You can check out more of her work on her website, Azalea Publications or follow her on Twitter.
Fishing the First Coast: Jacksonville and Northeast Florida are a Fisherman’s Paradise, Photos by James Brown

Fishing in Northeast Florida: Jacksonville is a Fisherman’s Paradise

Numerous fish species, unbeatable weather, and a healthy fishing infrastructure make the First Coast a fisherman’s paradise. Our state offers 2,276 miles of tidal shoreline, 10,550 miles of rivers, 7,700 lakes, and countless ponds. The First Coast offers a multitude of options. From offshore saltwater fishing, surf fishing, bridge fishing, river fishing and plenty of freshwater ponds or lakes around, there are options far and wide. Inspiration That Lasts a Lifetime Former Jacksonville Beach Councilman and Mayor Rick Hale has been a fisherman in Florida’s waters for close to 70 years. The native’s passion for fishing was largely influenced by …

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A Fairy-Tale Delight: Into the Woods at The Island Theater 

A Fairy-Tale Delight: Into the Woods at The Island Theater 

Fairy-tale lovers, delight! Into the Woods at The Island Theater in Fleming Island is the perfect family-friendly live theater experience to share with your children this Fall. Quirky, delightful, and entertaining from beginning to end, you’ll enjoy the show just as much as the kids as you revisit fairytale favorites with a fresh twist.   The woods are a pretty crowded place these days and everyone has their own competing interests and desires, each intertwined in a complicated plot line complete with fabulous musical numbers and choreography. Meet Cinderella, who desires a reprieve from domestic drudgery to attend the King’s Festival. …

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Laughter Through Tears: Steel Magnolias at the Island Theater

Laughter Through Tears: Steel Magnolias at the Island Theater

The Extraordinary Power of Friendship: Steel Magnolias at the Island Theater They’re as beautiful and delicate as magnolia flowers, but also as tough as steel.  A favorite Southern classic comes to life on stage at Fleming Island’s , and it’ll tickle you pink. Robert Harling’s 1987 play—most famous perhaps as a 1989 film starring Julia Roberts, Sally Field, and Dolly Parton—invites us into the close-knit world of small-town Louisiana women as they share life’s ups and downs and support each other during the heart retching death of one of their own. Based on Harling’s experience with the death of his …

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Phantom Tollbooth at The Island Theatre, Photo by Jennifer Melville, Fleming Island

Take a Journey of the Mind This Summer with The Phantom Tollbooth at The Island Theater

Fantasy and allegory unite in this classic children’s tale brimming with mysterious characters, smart puns, and delightful adventures.  The Phantom Tollbooth—a play by Susan Nanus based on the classic 1961 novel by Norton Juster—has long served as many young reader’s first foray into the world of science fiction and fantasy adventure. in enlivens the quirky tale for a new generation. Whether you’re a reminiscing reader sharing the story with your kids or grandkids or you’re entirely unfamiliar with the storyline but are looking for a family-friendly summer excursion, you’ll find a whole lot to love.   The story begins in the …

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Under the Sea and Out of This World – Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the Alhambra Delights Audiences of All Ages

Her father rules an enchanting undersea kingdom. Her beautiful singing voice is the finest around.  Everything she could possibly require exists under the sea, yet Ariel knows deep in her soul that something’s missing. The teen wants what is impossible, and following her heart will upend her entire world. Fans of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, rejoice! brings this classic tale to life like you’ve never seen it before. With Broadway-worthy vocals, stunning costumes, and fabulous choreography, this show is perfect for the whole family. Or leave the kids or grandkids at home and reminisce your own childhood. Ariel and her …

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Musicians at the Florida Folk Festival

So Much More Than Folk Music—The Florida Folk Festival Offers a True Floridian Experience Over Memorial Day Weekend

Hang out beneath the pine trees, majestic Live Oak, and flowering Magnolias along the banks of the meandering Suwanee River while you take in all Florida has to offer. The largest art, music, and culture festival in the state is just around the corner and you’re invited. The 67th Annual , a three-day celebration spanning Memorial Day weekend, highlights the best of the state’s music, dance, stories, crafts, and food. With more than 300 scheduled performances and over 50 acres of festivities, this family-friendly event offers plenty of adventure. Come out for the music and stay for cultural experiences, great …

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Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Treasured Classic Comes Alive at The Island Theater  

Prepare to be charmed and delighted as you experience a timeless coming-of-age story that will delight audiences young and not-so-young alike.  Fleming Island’s brings Little Women- A Broadway Musical to life in a sweet and homey way. Feel like a child again as you relive this classic tale, or discover it for the first time. You’ll instantly fall in love with sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March as they explore themes such as family, friendship, purpose, and fulfillment during the Civil War years. Written by Louisa May Alcott in 1868, the show debuted on Broadway in 2005 with a …

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Rock Will Set You Free – ‘School of Rock: The Musical’ is Quirky, Fun, and Entertaining

Quirky, fun, and entertaining, School of Rock: The Musical serves up a strong dose of humor paired with a lesson in self-acceptance and the life changing power of music. Dewey (Merritt David Janes) is a guitarist and rock-star wannabe who’s down on his luck. Kicked out of his band in favor of a cooler guitarist, he finds himself crashing with friends, Ned (Layne Roate) and Patty (Madison Micucci), who quickly tire of his freeloading ways and demand he pay rent. A phone call for substitute teacher Ned provides an unexpected opportunity. A prestigious private school needs a substitute teacher for …

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WJCT Launches New “What It’s Like” in Jacksonville Podcast—and It’s Amazing

To Listen Is to Understand Imagine how different a place the world might be if we took the time to listen with empathy and authenticity. Stories build understanding and reveal commonalities in an age of division. Since 2003, the independently funded organization StoryCorps has collected and archived 75,000 facilitated interviews with over 150,000 participants across the country (not including 150,000 additional interviews recorded and shared via the StoryCorps App). Archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, they compose the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered. StoryCorps aims to eventually impact every American life.    …

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Rheaume Crenshaw, Christine Dwyer and Steven Good in the National Tour of Waitress Credit Philicia Endelman

Sweet as Pie – ‘Waitress’ Makes a Spunky Girls Night Out

Sweet and sassy with a side of spunk, Waitress is the perfect girls night out. This celebration of love, friendship, and second chances will delight and amuse you from beginning to end. Based on the 2007 movie written by Adrienne Shelley, Waitress is the story of talented baker Jenna, who mentally escapes from her abusive marriage to low-life Earl and her small town existence by baking delicious pies at Joe’s Pie Diner. She finds meaning in her work and in her friendships with fellow waitresses Becky and Dawn. The women all dream of a better life and meaningful relationships. When …

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