Holidays

Vol. 36, Issue 14

In 1987, Folio Weekly made its debut—and Northeast Florida hasn’t been the same since. The “alternative newsweekly” brought a fresh, no holds barred approach to local journalism and served it up with a generous side of sarcasm and sass. No subject was off limits, and the staff were eager to explore them all, the good, the bad and the WTF. Fast forward to 2020 (speaking of WTF!), and Folio Weekly became its own story. More than 30 years after the paper’s publisher Sam Taylor announced Folio was ceasing publication due to economic issues related to the pandemic. But that wasn’t …

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Love and Knowledge

It’s February, the month of romance. When chocolate hearts and teddy bears take over as the representation of love. Flowers are bought, and dinner plans are reserved. But for some, it’s the time to take that next step in the relationship. To ask that question for forever. But what comes after the “Yes!”?  The planning. This includes the dress, venue, color scheme, everything that creates someone’s dream wedding. But how long does a couple have? For some, a wedding can be created in a month, that’s if you want a casual wedding or an elopement. But for those that have …

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November Entertainment Go-To Guide 2021

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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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