Holidays

New Year’s Eve Gala was a Roar at Alhambra Theatre & Dining

New Year's Eve Gala was a Roar at Alhambra Theatre & Dining

Jacksonville’s fabulous closed out 2019, a year filled with many outstanding sold-out productions, which included their traditional New Year’s Eve Gala. Suggested attire included formal wear and 1920’s flapper era garb, and we saw many many ladies in beautiful dresses this year. The party began around 6:00 pm in the lobby and library with wait staff offering champagne flutes and fine appetizers (best-ever appetizer: Classic Oysters Rockefeller). Seating followed at 6:30. Dinner included Lobster Bisque or Caesar Salad and four entrée choices: the most popular was Filet & Maine Lobster with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Other choices included deviled crab, …

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Major Awards for A Christmas Story at The Island Theater

Major Awards for A Christmas Story at The Island Theater

It’s the holiday season and options are abundant in the Jacksonville community but one familiar classic has landed in Fleming Island and shouldn’t be missed. A Christmas Story at The Island Theater is a beautiful presentation of the beloved movie live on stage. Directed by Shelley Finn, the production is the play version of the hit movie and brings to life all the iconic scenes in an immersive atmosphere that guarantees you’ll feel like you are sitting right in the Parker’s living room. Audience members can sit near the infamous flagpole or sit at the front of the class with …

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Jacksonville Historical Society’s Gingerbread Extravaganza Returns to Old St. Andrews

Jacksonville Historical Society's Gingerbread Extravaganza Returns to Old St. Andrews

Bakers throughout the community will come together this month to celebrate a Jacksonville holiday tradition. The 17th Annual will showcase edible holiday creations in support of the educational programs and archives of the . Visitors will enjoy nearly 50 handmade gingerbread creations beginning December 4th at the Old St. Andrews event venue in the .  The Gingerbread Extravaganza is funded in part by a grant from the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund. The Gingerbread Extravaganza was founded and hosted by the South Jacksonville Rotary from 2003 to 2010. The Jacksonville Historical Society became the host of the event in …

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Song, Dance, Comedy, and a Holiday Feast: “Elf – The Musical” at the Alhambra

Song, Dance, Comedy, and a Holiday Feast: "Elf - The Musical" at the Alhambra

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: Elf – The Musical The  opened its annual Christmas holiday show with the return of “Elf – The Musical” on November 29, which remains on stage through December 24, 2019. Last year’s production of this holiday classic filled with Christmas cheer was sold out in August, and played to full houses throughout the run.  Managing Partner, , decided to reschedule the play this year so theatergoers who were disappointed that they couldn’t get tickets last year could see it. The current production also sold out in August, and Craig says it’s their “fastest-selling show ever.” So …

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A Magical Cirque Christmas Brings Gravity-Defying and Dazzling Holiday Classics

A Magical Cirque Christmas Brings Gravity-Defying and Dazzling Holiday Classics, Interview with A Magical Cirque Christmas vocalist Therese Curatolo

Interview with A Magical Cirque Christmas vocalist Therese Curatolo There’s nothing magical about traveling during the holidays, especially when the caravan includes two tour buses for cast and crew and two semi-trucks full of lights, rigs and various other pieces of stage equipment. The cast of A Magical Cirque Christmas endures the hectic schedule to share the delightful family show with audiences across the country. “With this show, it’s very gratifying,” says vocalist Therese Curatolo. “It makes it all worthwhile.” Presented by the producers of Broadway’s smash hit “The Illusionists,” A Magical Cirque Christmas brings together the world’s greatest entertainers for …

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Visit the Cultural Council’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop: ARTSee & Shop at the Town Center

Visit the Cultural Council’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop: ARTSee & Shop at the Town Center

Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville comes to the St. Johns Town Center Looking for gorgeous, original, and one-of-a-kind creations for your home, office, or to add to your collection? Then, you’re in luck – find them now at the unique pop-up shop spanning two large storefronts at in the Town Center. The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s ARTSee & Shop is between Kirkland’s & Versona. Take time and bring a gang to shop. Stay for a performance or artist demonstration. “In my new role as Coordinator of Programming and Public Engagement, I am thrilled to be part of ARTSee & …

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Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some) at the Limelight Theatre in St. Augustine

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some) at the Limelight Theatre in St. Augustine

A Dual Critics Review St. Augustine’s Limelight Theatre is staging the wildly entertaining “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some)” during November 22 – December 22, 2019 in the Koger-Gamache Black Box Theatre. The play, written by Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald and John K. Alvarez, was initially staged in New Jersey in 2003 and has become a popular holiday choice for venues throughout the country.  Limelight’s version is directed by , and features , Cameron Hodges, and , who portray three actors planning a Christmas show. Craig is well known at Limelight for past roles which have included “Heathers: …

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The Toxic Avenger: St. Johns Riverkeeper and Players by the Sea Theatre Team Up for a Musical

The Toxic Avenger: St. Johns Riverkeeper and Players by the Sea Theatre Team Up for a Musical

The Toxic Avenger opens Friday October 25 on the Studio Stage at and runs through November 10. In partnership with the , the story follows an unlikely superhero who sets off on a mission to save New Jersey, end global warming and charm the town’s blind librarian.  If it sounds like an unconventional musical, it is. But the show’s message, clever one-liners and interesting character choices all point to the effects of pollution on the environment. It’s also the perfect show for Halloween. Melvin Ferd The Third is an Earth Science enthusiast, setting out to rescue New Jersey from the …

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Let’s Get Spooky! Halloween Events for Kids & Adults around Jacksonville

Let’s Get Spooky! Halloween Events In & Around Jacksonville, Spooktacular

Fun and frights on the First Coast The weather is cooling, store shelves are filled with candy and plastic skeletons, and horror movies make up about half of what’s on TV at any given moment. Yes, my fellow Jacksonvillians, Halloween is officially upon us! Next to Christmas, this is the biggest holiday of the year, and Jacksonville knows how to celebrate it. If you find yourself bored at any point this month, well, that’s on you, because in addition to the hundreds of events and happenings that usually take place in our fair city, this month is loaded with fall …

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Terror awaits you at Halloween Horror Nights 29

Terror awaits you at Halloween Horror Nights 29, HHN29

Now in its 29th year, ’s has long been chock-full of terrors that will have the most hardened soul quaking in their combat boots. This year is no exception. With a whopping 10 terrifying haunted houses, HHN29 is a horror-lover’s nightmare come true.  The 80s have made a massive comeback over the last couple years and they’re alive and well at Halloween Horror Nights. Most of the houses fit solidly into the theme while a few require you to sort of squint to see the connection. In any case, it’s always a blast to step into the “decade that just …

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