Holidays

The Alhambra Theatre & Dining New Year’s Gala

TRADITON! The Alhambra is celebrating fifty years of being the place for North Florida residents and visitors to celebrate life’s special occasions or alternately, to just spend a few hours enjoying excellent professional theatre. The Alhambra recently launched another tradition: a New Year’s Eve Gala featuring fine food, music, and dancing in the big band style we would find in cities like Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. Previously, the Alhambra’s New Year’s Eve show featured the stage play or musical scheduled for after the holidays. When Craig Smith and his partners bought the theatre several years ago, they experimented with …

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Have The Time Of Your Life New Year’s Eve With Heavy Pets At Jack Rabbits

Heavy Pets

Playing to a full room on New Year’s Eve is an awesome responsibility that doesn’t take lightly. He’s committed to giving his all to those choosing to ring in 2017 with his band, , during a special show at Jack Rabbits that was moved from . “When people decide to spend their with you, it’s always a special night. Emotions are running high and people want to have the time of their life,” he says. “People really want 2016 to be over with and get on with the New Year so we take it seriously. We want to give people …

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Reindeer Games

The start and finish line for this year’s race is at The Aloft Hotel on Southside Boulevard. Ultimate Racing has designed the race route and will provide official timing services for the 5K. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will be on duty throughout the course to ensure the safety of all runners. Veterans United Brewery will be serving up ice cold craft beer at the finish line to all participants who are 21 or older. The 325 runners received a Finisher’s Medal.  This custom medal also doubles as a holiday ornament complete with a flashing red nose! Official “Reindeer Games” will take …

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Native Sun & Montessori Tides School Bring Food to USO Families

“Community service is one of our most enjoyable activities, and we were able to give back to our community because of support from our Montessori Tides School families and Native Sun.” Local grocer hosted Montessori Tides School’s elementary students on December 13th, 2016 for their 15th annual shopping event benefitting the USO. Twenty 3rd through 6th grade students planned and shopped the aisles for meals to feed over 140 families at our local USO Mayport Center. As the students arrived at the Native Sun Baymeadows Road location, they had shopping lists in hand. Having raised a sum of almost $1,300 …

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Wearing Music Like a Charm: Jordyn Jackson’s Handplayed Handmade Guitar String Jewelry

Life on the road as a traveling musician is good for the soul. It can open windows to new experiences, create lasting connections and inspire discovery right at the fingertips. As one half of the acoustic folk duo , is fortunate to share it all with her partner in marriage and music, . Together, the pair travel the country, playing intimate venues and house concerts, leaving a piece of their hearts in every city.   Handplayed Handmade is the jewelry collection crafted by Jackson using upcycled guitar strings with beads and semi-precious stones gathered along the journey. It allows her …

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All Decked Out! Celebrate the Season at the Shore with Deck the Chairs in Jacksonville Beach

Kurtis Loftus never imagined that the event would evolve into a signature holiday event for . He wasn’t even thinking about Christmas when he developed the concept. It was July, 2013, and the holidays were far from his mind. Initially, it was a unique way to raise money for the Volunteer Life Saving Corps. With a background in art and marketing, it just made sense for Loftus to marry the concept of a benefit with a sculptural art exhibit incorporating the iconic lifeguard chairs. The idea of framing the art pieces around the lifeguard chairs started to take shape as …

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MRS. BOB CRATCHIT’S WILD CHRISTMAS BINGE

A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM PLAYERS BY THE SEA THEATRE REVIEW Jacksonville Beach’s Players by the Sea wants you to have not just a merry Christmas, but a merry wacky Christmas. So this theatre group, known for its diverse programming, is presenting a holiday farce with music, by . A number of his plays have been done in this area over the years, including “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You,” “The Marriage of Bette and Boo,” and “Betty’s Summer Vacation.” Last year, “Beyond Therapy” was staged at Limelight, and “Vanya and Sonia and …

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Holiday Ghost Tales: ABET’s “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”

ATLANTIC BEACH EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM ABET opened the theatre’s final show of 2016 with a unique version of Charles Dickens’ “,” which will be on stage In Atlantic Beach until December 20, 2016. Call 249-7177 for reservations or visit abettheatre.com. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children under 18. Of note, the play is a one-act and doesn’t have scary moments, so you can bring children of any age; the continuous action will hold their attention. Dickens’ famous story, well-known to most adults and many children, is frequently performed …

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A CHRISTMAS STORY at the Alhambra

ALHAMBRA THEATRE AND DINING REVIEW A DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM Jacksonville’s opened its annual Christmas show on November 23, 2016 with the area premier of “.” The production will remain on stage through December 24. If you want to see it, call the Alhambra and get on a waiting list; while it’s currently sold out, cancellations do occur from time to time. The initial inspiration for this nostalgic look at the past came from a book by author and radio entertainer . “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash,” first published in 1966, is …

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Ho! No! No! “BAD SANTA 2”

I traveled all the way across the country to rob a charity? After their 2003 seasonal hijinks lands Marcus in jail, he is released due to over-crowding and makes Willie a proposition that he can’t refuse. Willie, who we know needs a reason to live, has just tried to off himself again when Thurman comes back into his life. After an attempt to hire Opal to make Thurman a man, he joins Marcus on a cross country mission to steal 2 million dollars. Much to Willie’s surprise, the target is a charity that helps children called The Giving City. Undaunted …

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