Family

Hop Aboard the St. Mary’s Halloween Express for a Fun Family Adventure

If you’re looking for a unique and kid-friendly Halloween excursion just an hour or so from Jacksonville, venture north to coastal Georgia for a memorable adventure on the St. Mary’s Railroad. There’s just one more weekend of Halloween Express excursions left, so don’t wait too long to book your seats. Guests load into three open-air cars for a journey through woodlands and over marshlands. Midway through the ride, the train stops so guests can vote for their favorite Halloween monster. Who will be the king or queen of the Monster Ball: Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, or the Wicked Witch of …

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World War II Jets Send a Sky-High Message: GEICO Skytypers to Debut New Flight Demonstration at 2018 NAS Jacksonville Air Show

World War II Jets Send Sky-High Message: GEICO Skytypers to Debut at NAS Jacksonville Air Show

The World-Famous GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team will roar into Jacksonville later this month to wow crowds with an entirely new flight demonstration at the 2018 Air Show (October 27-28). The squadron of aircraft will participate in a full weekend of jaw-dropping exhibitions showcasing both civilian and military aviators. The ’s famous provide the grand finale, but the entire weekend is jam-packed with talented teams and champion pilots from across the country.     For Flight Lead Larry Arken, skytyping is the family business and something he’s been doing his entire life. His father, retired Naval Aviator Mort Arken, established …

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Jammas Jax, Moon Over the Market, GastroJax

Moon Over the Market: Three Jacksonville Food Trucks Going Places

Food trucks have changed the landscape of culinary culture here in Jacksonville in the past decade or so, and today we have a wide selection of tastes. We’ve chosen three food trucks for you to follow on social media (the best way to know where a truck will be). These three will also be at GastroJax’s annual Fall event, , on October 11th at the Jacksonville Farmers Market, and tastes will be included in the ticket price. Tickets are only $40 at this tasting event on 904tix.com. The new truck Jammas Jax brings Asian street food flavor wherever they might …

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Pumpkin Time, EU Jacksonville, Fall Family Fun in Northeast Florida, Pumpkins, Spooks, & Fall Festivals: Halloween Family Fun in Northeast Florida

Pumpkins, Spooks, & Fall Festivals: Halloween Family Fun in Northeast Florida

Top 5 Destinations for Pumpkins and Fall Family Fun in Northeast Florida BY JENNIFER MELVILLE Homes all around Jacksonville are decked out with fall décor both traditional and terrifying. Weekends are jam-packed with festivals. Pumpkin spice permeates the air. It’s October! Our leaves may still be green and our temperatures tropical, but we know how to celebrate. For many, it’s time to reminisce times gone by and create meaningful memories with the special young people in one’s life. It’s the season for finding the perfect pumpkin, getting lost in a corn maze, and enjoying some good, old-fashioned fun. No matter …

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Cathedral Arts Project, Healing Arts: Arts Influence on Mental Health

Healing Arts: How Cathedral Arts Project Uses Arts to Influence Mental Health

Co-written by Veronica Nabizadeh and Kimberly Hyatt I thought it pertinent to write about art as it relates to health as this month’s entire edition is devoted to highlighting the veritable performing arts schedule this season. I’m going to step out on a limb and proclaim that every health organization, school institution and any corporation for that matter should incorporate the healing arts into their offerings or benefits package. The evidence is conclusive: healing arts works. The mission is to enrich the quality of life in Northeast Florida through unleashing the creative spirit of young people. By providing access to instruction …

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Fishing the First Coast: Jacksonville and Northeast Florida are a Fisherman’s Paradise

10 Facts About Fishing in Florida

Florida is a killer place to cast a line. In addition to 4 million resident anglers, approximately 2 million people visit Florida to fish annually. Fishing is a multi-billion dollar industry. From major tournaments to laid-back fishing along the , there’s a bit of something for every taste and talent. Here are 10 facts you should know before you catch fish in Florida. If you’re 16-65, you need a freshwater fishing license. For those under 16 or developmentally disabled, a license is not required. Florida residents 65+ qualify for a free Senior Citizen Hunting and Fishing Certificate. For those ages …

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USS Klakring family_US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marcus L. Stanley

Finding Home: Military Relocation and Retirement on the First Coast

It’s moving season. Each summer, approximately 200,000 military families relocate from their current duty station to their next set of orders. May 15-August 31 is peak PCS (Permanent Change of Station) season, with 65% of military moves occurring during this timeframe. The local impact is huge. Northeast Florida’s military presence is the third largest in the country, with area military installations like Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Naval Aviation Depot Jacksonville, Marine Corps Support Facility Blount Island, and Camp Blanding Joint Training Center. Each year, thousands of military families relocate to our area. …

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St. Johns County’s Beachwalk, Photo by James Brown Jr.

St. Johns County’s Beachwalk Lagoon Filled, Chic Homes and Shopping Opportunities Coming Soon

  If you’ve ever dreamed of beachfront living with a swim-up bar, 40-foot waterslides, and unique restaurants and entertainment all in your backyard, you just might be in luck. Crews completed the process of filling in the crystal-clear in northern St. Johns County on Monday, July 23, 2018. The 14-acre lagoon contains 37 million gallons of water and will serve as the anchor for the Beachwalk development off CR-210. Developer John Kinsey tossed a ceremonial final bucket of water into the lagoon where residents will soon enjoy swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding or relaxing along the 100-foot wide white quartz beach. Kinsey …

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Military Museum of North Florida in Green Cove Springs, Photo by Jennifer Melville

Military Museum of North Florida: Local Battle of Britain Survivor Weaves a Tale of Terror, Trials, and Triumph

Had he been on that bus, he may have died. Chris Mayer, Executive Director of the Military Museum of North Florida, points to a powerful picture of a double-decker bus peering from the rubble of Balham High Street in London following a German air raid. “My aunt says she wanted to go to the zoo. And I said, “Yeah, I’d LOVE to go to the zoo,”’ Mayer reminisces in a thick Cockney accent. Despite the bombing, life continued in London during the Battle of Britain. “We got to the bus depot and there are these 8 buses out in front. …

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BaseFEST to Delight First Coast Military Families

 JUNE 2 AT NAVAL STATION MAYPORT Heads up, military families! Good food, great fun, and live entertainment are coming to town this weekend. BaseFEST will visit on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 1-10 PM. Entry is free for troops and family members, though tickets are required and easily accessible through the BaseFEST website. Founded by Army Veteran Sean Gilfillan, BaseFEST is a traveling concert series meant to bring comradery to the military community. It’s more than just a concert. BaseFEST offers gaming and technology, sports and fitness, kid’s zones, and food and beverages alongside world-class performers to create an unforgettable …

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