GastroFest + MOSH: It’s All About the Food

GastroFest 2019, Jacksonville, Florida, Friendship Fountain, MOSH, Museum of Science and History

GastroFest, which takes place on Saturday, March 23 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Friendship Fountain and The Museum of Science and History (MOSH), remains committed to their goal of giving the First Coast a food-oriented festival. “People come to GastroFest because they love food,” says GastroJax Executive Director Erin Thursby. She helped found the organization which runs Jacksonville’s annual premier food festival— GastroFest—in 2014. “We’re very selective about our restaurants, food trucks, and marketplace vendors. Even if they’re selling t-shirts or candles, they need to be food or beverage oriented.” She points to Hopcloth who is back at …

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Learning Florida: Our Orange Legacy at MOSH

Florida's Exotic Fruit: Our Orange Legacy

Florida’s identity is wrapped up in one fruit: the orange. It’s an industry that’s changed with the times, that’s changed with scientific and agricultural advancement, and that will keep changing. For the last year, I’ve been writing Florida’s Oranges: A Colorful History. In it, I’ve given the reader snapshots of this 500 year history and the various places around the state where oranges have been cultivated. What I’ve found is that orange history is messy, interesting, and bound around unexpected things, things such as gay rights, privacy law, immigration, even voting rights and past KKK activity in the state. On …

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Tropical Depression: Composer Cory Driscoll Collaborates with Long Road Projects & Avant

Tropical Depression by Cory Driscoll

Friday, September 14 at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Composer Cory Driscoll, impacted by Hurricane Matthew in 2017, began writing an album that focused on the experiences of his youth into adulthood living in Florida, a tropical place known for its beaches, sun, and storms. As Hurricane Irma crashed onto the Florida coastline, he found himself without power and finishing the album. Tropical Depression, bookended by Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, reflects Driscoll’s relationship with the beauty, power, and, at times, depression of living in Florida. Meteorologist Mike Buresh will give a short talk about the intersection between storms, weather, and …

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Celebrating 16 years of the Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival!

On Saturday, April 29th from 10am to 4pm, will hold , and everyone is invited! Here are some of the details you need to know about the event: Why should I attend? This isn’t an easy one to answer, since there are so many great reasons to come to the Festival! Each year, Tree Hill welcomes local vendors who are selling lots of goodies, ranging from local honey and goat milk soap to jewelry and fairy wands! Local groups come out to spread the word on their work, ranging from solar energy and backyard chicken keeping to outdoor adventurers. Every …

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Save 50% – Mark Amerika

World-renowned visual artist will present a lecture this weekend in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium at the  as part of the VyStar International Artist Lecture Series. The event had to be re-scheduled due to hurricane Matthew.   Seating is limited. Tickets are available that include a pre-reception artist meet or general admission to lecture only: https://markamerika.eventbrite.com/. SAVE 50% – click on link and enter code: eujax As an artist, theorist, novelist, and Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado, Mark Amerika has exhibited his art in many venues including the Whitney Biennial, the Walker Art Center, the Denver Art Museum, the Institute …

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Importing Artists: Long Road Projects Residency

Gamaliel Rodriguez, Long Road Projects, Aaron Levi Garvey

When it comes to enriching the arts scene here in Jacksonville, sometimes it’s a little hard to be in the know when it comes to projects outside of the more storied institutions such as or the . One such series of projects that should be on your radar is . Simply, it’s “an artist residency, exhibition, and edition program dedicated to providing a platform for contemporary artists from diverse backgrounds, for mounting exhibitions and engaging with a community outside of their own.” Co-Founders and founded LRP in 2015. Like many in our community, they recognize that Jacksonville can be a …

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Tim Gilmore’s Newest Book “The Devil in the Baptist Church”

Folklore is a time-honored tradition filtered through generations as a way to preserve the mythology of a region from one generation to the next. It also helps keep the fires of local scandals and speculation flickering at a slow burn. Rumors of the atrocities committed by Reverend Robert Gray against dozens of children lingered in Jacksonville like the shadows cast by Gray in the fundamentalist Baptist community.

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Teaching Nature – Tree Hill hosts over 10,000 students annually

Tree Hill Nature Center, Old Arlington, Jacksonville, FL, photo by Fran Ruchalski

Nearly every weekday during the school year brings a field trip to . As a Duval County School District partner, Tree Hill’s educators provide 3rd grade students with an unforgettable experience. Students arrive in the morning, many with no idea that Tree Hill existed or what is in store for them during their trip. They settle into the amphitheater where they are treated to the Animal Encounter program. Preserving native species and their habits is an essential part of the work done at Tree Hill, and the Animal Encounter is no exception. Most mornings, students are introduced to three native …

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GastroFest 2016 – Celebrating Local Food, March 19 in Hemming Park

GastroFest 2015 in Hemming Park

Mark your calendars for March 19, 2016, because GastroFest is back and better than ever! Taking place in at from 11am to 7pm, with GastroFest After Dark happening from 7-10:30pm on Laura St.  This year GastroFest will be a cash based festival – so please make sure to bring CASH! Each vendor is required to have sample sizes available for $1- $3 throughout the festival. We have encouraged Taste Vendors to have options for carnivores and vegans alike! GastroFest 2016 Program Click through the interactive GastroFest 2016 Program above for full map of vendors and events, complete with links and schedules.     …

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Get Outside – February

Anastasia State Park Campground, maritime hammock, An Insider's Guide to St. Augustine

  The First Coast has one of the most robust park systems you’ll find in the country. Because our weather is excellent year round, there’s always an outdoor activity within a drive of an hour or less. This month, we encourage you to Get Outside at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas Natural Estuarine Research Reserve. The GTM Research Reserve encompasses two aquatic preserves, a national park, two county parks, two state parks, two state forests, three conservation areas and a wildlife management area, on 73,000 acres from Ponte Vedra to Palm Coast. Habitats include coastal scrub, beaches, mangrove estuary, freshwater marsh, …

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