Teresa Spencer

Tale of the New Year’s Toast

Words by Teresa Spencer The New Year’s toast is a custom that celebrates of the advent of a new year.  Made at the stroke of midnight usually while standing up is unlike most other toasting traditions which are usually made just before consuming a meal. Well, at least that’s how the ancient Romans did it. In the late 17th century, it was common practice to add scorched bread or a stale crouton to a glass of wine as it was known to improve the quality of poor wine. No one is certain when the first “toast” was actually made, but …

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Bouquets and Brickbats

Bouq:  To the Sons of the American Legion Post 129 and the Volunteer Life Saving Corps (VLSC) of Jacksonville Beach for their Sons & Salts Oyster Roast. The inaugural event raised $5,000 for the VLSC, which has stood watch over our beaches protecting the lives of residents and visitors since 1912. For information on how to be involved helping VLSC, contact cbond@jaxbeachlifeguard.org. Brick:  Eviction-happy landlords. Last year, more than 14,000 eviction cases were filed in Duval County, and 2023 is outpacing 2022 thus far. Obviously, tenants deserve to be evicted if they don’t pay rent, but greed and inflation have …

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Nude News: Naked cruises coming to a port near you

Words by Teresa Spencer   Once upon a time, most cruise ships had clothing optional or topless decks for adults only.  This wasn’t always fun for some. I, for one, wasn’t a fan in the early ‘90s when my new husband was refusing to come off the top deck as he obviously was enamored with the sight of female bare breasts basking in the sun on the open ocean.  However, as I have matured, becoming a little less modest and being divorced from that disrespectful peeper for a few decades now, I am actually OK with a topless deck. Who …

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Tuff Turf

Words by Teresa Spencer Punk sonic band Tuff Turf formed by Jacksonville Beach resident Jeff Richie just released three new tracks that kick ASS! If you’re into punk sonic music, that is. The entire album, “Dead Heat,” will be released digitally on Feb. 3 with tracks including “Fuel Injected/Fired Up,” “Rebel Heart” and “Dead ’23.” All songs were written, recorded, performed, mixed and mastered by Richie.  Considered a unique voice in the burgeoning synthwave scene, the band, according to their website, “[removes]  much of the neon-video-game-nostalgia in favor of a more masculine, brooding and punk sonic and visual landscape” with …

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Jacksonville’s Indian Culture Via Manan Patel

Words by Teresa Spencer The first Thanksgiving is portrayed and remembered as a friendly harvest festival where the Pilgrims (or immigrants I should say), came together to eat and give thanks. But, in reality, the assembly of the Indigenous Natives and the English settlers was more about political alliances, the pursuit of peace, and diplomacy, according to some historical tales.   Since 1970 there has been a gathering at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts on Thanksgiving Day. While most Americans take this day to give thanks and celebrate family, those of Native American descent see Thanksgiving as the National Day of Mourning. …

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One of the greatest nerd adventures ever invented? Or fun for the whole family?

Kids aren’t the only ones who think video games (aka electronic games) are one of the greatest inventions of all time. College students, teens, adults, even grandparents enjoy Candy Crushing and Wordle battles with friends. In fact, the NDP Group reports 76% of Americans have played video games this year alone proving they aren’t “just for nerds” anymore. In 2022 the average American spends an average of 16.5 hours a week gaming according to marketingcharts.com. Of course, it’s no surprise that Generations Y and Z and millennials enjoy video games on the regular. But it may surprise you to know …

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Street Wieners

The almighty Hot Dog, Frankfurter, Banger, Glizzy, Tube Steak, Coney, Weenie, Frank or what we like to call locally “Wiener” is one of America’s most cherished foods.  Consisting of grilled, steamed or baked sausage usually, it’s served in the slit of a sliced bun and topped with condiments that make it ever so tasty.  Technically known as a sandwich of sorts, although the National Hot Dog Council has declared that a dog is not a sandwich, Merriam Webster on the other hand states it is indeed a sandwich.  All we know is that they are delicious no matter what they …

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Kids Free November

Bring the Whole Family for Kids Free November in Jacksonville Enjoy free entry all month long at Jacksonville’s top attractions! Throughout the month of November, discover all the family fun that Jacksonville has to offer at our city’s top attractions! The best part? Kids under 12 get in FREE all month long! Now tell us that isn’t something to get excited about, much less plan a trip for. Kids Free November Details Offer valid from November 1st – November 30th, 2020 Up to 5 children ages 12 and under get FREE admission* with a paying adult Let your kids explore, …

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30 Years of Springing the Blues

This weekend, April 3-5, 2020, would have been the 30th anniversary of Springing the Blues at Jacksonville Beach. Just like all events for the past month, it was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic attacking the world. The festival will not be rescheduled for this year but will return April 9-11, 2021. The following article is a great recount of some of the highlights from the festival’s past. EU writer, Liza Mitchell, talked to event organizer Sam Veal and some of the performers from over the past 30 years. Enjoy the article and look forward to celebrating the 30th festival …

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Relief for the Arts compiled by The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

Dear friends and colleagues, As the country and world respond to coronavirus and the COVID-19 situation, our team at the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville would like to share the following information. First and foremost, the Cultural Council is invested in the health and well-being of the artists, arts organizations, and communities whom we serve. Please follow all directions and recommendations from your local and state authorities as well as entities such as the CDC and WHO. We also want to make you aware of campaigns to include artists and the nonprofit arts community in any federal relief funds that are made available. Please ask your elected …

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