On the River

Get your Feet Wet: Educational Boat Trips

  BY SHANNON BLANKINSHIP, Outreach Director for St. Johns Riverkeeper   Event: St. Johns Riverkeeper 2-Hour Holiday Boat Cruise Date/Time: December 5, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – Noon Location: Friendship Fountain, 1015 Museum Cir., 32207 Join us as we venture into the Ortega River and learn about the issues and ecology affecting our waterways. Wear your favorite holiday sweater. Holiday snacks will be served. Contact: www.stjohnsriverkeeper.org/events   Something changes when you’re on the water. Unfortunately, many people don’t have the opportunity to experience our waterways up close and personal. This school year, , through a partnership with the Duval County School …

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Swash Me Buckle – Propeller Club Pirate Party

  Event: Propeller Club Pirate Party Venue: CoRK Arts District Date/Time: Nov 7, 7pm-midnight Tickets: $45 single, or $40/each multiple Contact: www.propclubjax.com The Propeller Club gives fundraising a new spin with the 5th annual Pirate Party to benefit the . The event will be held from 7pm-midnight Nov 7 at and features dinner, live entertainment with Mr. Natural, raffles, a silent auction, door prizes, a costume contest, and tarot card reader. The pirate-themed event is the largest fundraising effort organized by the . In 2014, the club raised nearly $14,000 for , doubling the amount raised in the previous year. …

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Eat and Party for the River

River Ruckus,RAM visitors enjoy free boat rides in the St. Johns courtesy of Freedom Boat Club

Supporting the river isn’t always about labor intensive things such as  attending trash pick-ups with the Riverkeeper or conscious decisions such as opting not use fertilizer and xeriscaping your yard. All those things help, but sometimes, supporting the river means having a very good time. If you love the St. Johns River and the surrounding wetlands, here are a few events you’ll want to watch for on an annual basis. Mark your calendars next month for the annual Riverkeepers Oyster Roast on November 13th. It’s become known as one of the best celebrations of the year. If you want to …

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Year of the River: Reflections from St. Johns Riverkeeper

Failure to Act Now Is Not an Option BY SHANNON BLANKINSHIP, St. Johns Riverkeeper, Outreach Director It is easy to become single-focused when it comes to the issue that matters most to you. Depending on your background, you probably approach that “issue” differently than others. This is why having 50 different cultural institutions in northeast Florida all work towards the 2015 theme of has been eye opening and inspirational in ways that couldn’t have been predicted. Theatre, music, art exhibits, children’s curriculum, forums, boat tours and festivals have allowed this initiative to reach into every corner of the region, affecting …

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Year of the River – Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

By: Amber Sesnick Year of the River has provided a platform for artists, environmentalists, and historians to engage visitors in a dynamic discussion of the , which has been called the cultural current of our city. The river has been an important factor in economic growth, recreation, and creating better quality of life for Jacksonville residents.  Through art and cultural experiences, it has been possible to increase awareness around its importance and well-being. More than 90,000 people from the Jacksonville community were able to view Reflections: Artful Perspectives on the St. Johns River and engage in its related programming. From interpretive dance …

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MOSH in the Year of the River

BY MELISSA BEAUDRY, Museum of Science & History Much of Jacksonville’s history revolves around the river, and for , the river acts a major teaching tool for natural science education. As the cultural current of our community, it is a major component to our identity and an aspect of our quality of life. With focusing on the for 2015, it created the avenue for cultural institutions across disciplines to come together in the spirit of collaboration to create innovative programming highlighting the critical health of our river, as well as its tributaries and springs. MOSH hosted exhibitions connected to the …

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A River Runs Through MOCA

Contemporary art takes on different meanings depending on the artists defining it, but nothing could feel more current than the innovative works in . Included are several pieces by Brooklyn-based artist , who seeks to capture a part of nature that is untouched by humans. In the series Traveling Landscapes, her fastidious sculptures playfully combine suitcases with miniaturized living landscapes of grandiose scale. Streams and rivers course through and activate the seemingly familiar terrains of rolling hills and densely treed grasslands. As a special part of this exhibition, the invited Vance to evolve her series Rogue Stream by creating a …

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It Fits to a (Mana)tee:

Cultural Fusion, Year of the River, and the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens BY LYNDSAY PLEMMONS, Assistant Manager of Marketing at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens what: Jacksonville Manatee Festival when: November 14, 2015, 10am–4pm where: Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens info: www.jacksonvillezoo.org The word “inspiration” is mentioned frequently, especially when talking about important causes like animal conservation. Cultural Fusion and Year of the River have opened our eyes to the idea that everyone becomes inspired in different ways. In many cities, zoos, museums, and cultural groups end up competing over the same customer. Through , we are working to benefit each other …

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Massacre at Mayport

On the heels of St. Augustine’s 450th anniversary, Jacksonville historians and civic leaders will recognize an even earlier European presence in the “New World” by the French Huguenots during the 4th annual . A marker dedication ceremony will take place at noon on October 10th to commemorate the massacres which occurred between May 1562 and September 1565 near Mayport Village and the Matanzas Inlet. The Huguenots set sail to this uncolonized portion of the New World in 1562 to escape religious persecution in Western Europe and established La Caroline in June of 1564. The Huguenots shaped early American history with …

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Growing On The River

  Ten blocks away from the is the mini-farm of three folks who produce both high quality protein and a variety of veggies. , son Eli, and have turned every square inch of their Forbes Street property into a petite food production paradise.  There is even a roof garden at the entrance to their bungalow. “I see no point in grass,” confesses Crain-Orth, who is the flame-haired force behind , the organization that pushed for –and got—a permanent backyard hen ordinance in Duval County. She is quick to make the distinction between backyard hens and commercial chicken houses. “We have …

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