Photo Gallery: Merle Haggard at the Florida Theatre

Merle Haggard, Florida Theatre, Jacksonville 9/25/15

Country legends don’t come much bigger than , the man who practically invented the Bakersfield sound on classic hits like “I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am,” “Mama Tried,” and “Workin’ Man Blues.” His rusty voice and incredible songwriting abilities came to  at the  on Sunday Jan. 25. EU’s photographer Fran Rulchalski was there to capture the event.    

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SERVING FOR U: “Why Being There Matters”

Lt. Jeff Rigby (Right), a Jacksonville, Fla., native and the supply officer and Seaman Carli Krueger (Left), an Ogden, Utah, native, both stationed aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), stand by in preparation for an underway replenishment-at-sea with USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) Jan. 21, 2015. New York is a part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and, with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. “Why Being There Matters” On our planet, …

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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Wedding Ringer”

101 mins Rating: R Grade A+ Can you say Deja Vu? This movie reminds me of “I Love You Man” starring and . But even though the message is the same “” is still one of the funniest movies that I have seen in a while. Doug Harris (, Frozen) has the life every guy wants. He has a great job, nice car and he is marrying Gretchen Palmer (, Big Bang Theory) the girl of his dreams. What else does he need? A best man and seven groomsmen in seven days! Doug has no one to turn to until he meets …

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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Imitation Game”

Running Time: 1 hour and 54 minutes Rated PG-13 Grade A+ We are going to break an unbreakable Nazi code and win the war. During World War II, British Commander Denniston interviews Alan Turing for a position at the top secret  in Bletchley Park. At first, Denniston finds that Turing is unsuitable for the job, but Turing’s confidence wins him the job. This confidence which borders on arrogance is frustrating for his team members in Hut 8 until fellow code breaker, Joan Clarke, teaches him that he will get farther if his team members ‘like’ him. With their help, Alan …

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MUSIC REVIEW: After Midnight…we’re gonna let it all hang out

After Midnight (A Clapton Experience) offers fans of music an opportunity that is not to be missed. Featuring a set list of classic Clapton hits that span his entire 52-year career,  skillfully delivers a variety of indelible blues, psychedelic and hard rock tempered with stirring acoustic ballads, sure to please lifelong fans and the uninitiated alike. The latest incarnation of brothers Keith and , After Midnight seeks to provide concert-goers with the thrill of a live Clapton show, minus the impersonal arena crowds and high costs of attendance, and their aim is true. Earlier this month I had the pleasure …

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En Garde – River City Duel Til You Drop

The Jacksonville Fencing Club hosted the 13th Annual on Saturday, January 10. The event was held at the located at 510 Fairgrounds Place. Fencing is the art of swordsmanship and has been practiced for centuries. It was originally used as training for the deadly combat of the duel. Fencing is one of only four sports to be included in every modern since the first in 1896. It is a very popular sport because it offers a high degree of exercise, both physical and mental. Fencing develops coordination, speed and agility, as well as the additional benefits of poise and self-assurance. …

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Gainesville Goes Medieval: Hoggetowne Faire

For two weekends each year, the clear blast of trumpets mingles with the laughter of children as the kingdom of opens its gates. Performers in period garb sing and dance in the streets, while knights joust on horseback and magicians captivate the crowds. Tucked away in the enchanted forest of the in Gainesville, FL, this medieval marketplace will come to life Jan 24-25 and Jan 30-Feb 1. Hoggetowne is home to more than 160 talented artisans from across the country who journey to the Faire to sell and demonstrate their wares, offering medieval crafts such as weaving, blacksmithing, leatherworking, wood …

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GROW YOUR OWN: Saturday Garden Walk at Zoo

Recently I joined a Saturday Garden Walk at the . These walks are monthly tours of the gardens led by members of the horticulture staff who point out the plants that fit the theme of that tour. The walks usually attract 15-20 participants who learn where to plant each featured specimen, how to care for it, and what to expect from it during the growing year. The theme for the December tour was “Ornamental Grasses and their Cousins.” The guides explained that grasses are Monocots, one of the two types of flowering plants. The other type is a Dicot, and …

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The 14 Best Things that Happened in Jacksonville in 2014

14 Best Things of 2014

Now that it is possible to fully reflect on the year that was 2014 it is safe to say it was the most energized and productive 12 months seen in Jacksonville in decades! EU Jacksonville invites you to be inspired by our listing of the 14 Best Things of 2014. And by all means share your own opinion: if you think there is something monumental we overlooked, if you truly disagree that our choices are worthy or if you want to compliment us on our taste, please do so at our Facebook page. 14. Street Food Makes a Home in …

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