The Beaches

Ghosts? Sir NoFace Lives, Supernatural Sleuth Chad Calek Comes To Jacksonville

Event: Sir NoFace Lives Venue: Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Date/Time: August 11 8pm (VIP access starts at 4pm) Tickets: $28+ Contact: https://www.pvconcerthall.com/ As a renowned paranormal investigator, has seen it all. Ghosts, spirits, apparitions—regardless of what you call them, the seasoned supernatural sleuth has encountered it. But nothing prepared him for the one called Sir, the subject of his new documentary and tour Sir NoFace Lives. Calek spoke to EU Jacksonville about his early experiences and the events which led to the Sir Noface Lives Tour coming August 11 to the . The tour includes a screening the documentary, which …

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Rock On! “AMERICAN IDIOT” at PBTS

PLAYERS BY THE SEA THEATRE REVIEW Jacksonville Beach’s Players by the Sea and The Lazzarra Family Foundation presented the final show of the 2016 – 2017 season with the punk rock musical “American Idiot.” The production will remain on stage through August 12, 2017. Call 249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.org for additional information and reservations. Players is celebrating its 50th year anniversary. The theatre has staged many cutting-edge musicals during past seasons, and done them well. Many readers will remember “Pippin,” “Sweeny Todd,” “Memphis,” “La Cage Aux Folles,” and “Chicago.” With “American Idiot” this community theatre continues to live up to …

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Green Day’s Rock Opera “AMERICAN IDIOT” at Players By The Sea

Photo by Cathy Jones, American Idiot, Players By The Sea, Jacksonville Beach, Florida

The tragedies that occurred on 9/11 shook the world to its core and the fallout inspired the need for change on a global scale. Punk rock pioneers Green Day channeled the uncertainties of the post-9/11 era into the bold, daring rock opera American Idiot that proved there is still nothing more rock ‘n roll than rebellion. Released in 2004, American Idiot fused the rock concept arrangement of The Who’s Tommy with the musical theater format of Jesus Christ, Superstar. This cultural cross pollination birthed the hit Broadway musical of the same name that bridged the gap between politics and youthful …

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Honor & Duty: A Look at the History of the Military in Jacksonville, Florida

U.S. NAVY Sailors depart on USS Simpson decommissioning, US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Timothy Schumaker

Heading south in a 1972 Monte Carlo bought with his last $500, Bill Spann caught a glimpse of the Jacksonville skyline as he made his way down I-95 to his new home at Naval Station Mayport. “I thought, ‘How did I never know about this before?’ I fell in love with the city that day,” says Spann. When Spann received his duty orders, people asked if he had an admiral in his family or someone to pull the strings for such a desirable station. “I just got lucky. Jacksonville has long been the most requested duty station in the Navy,” …

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Jax Beach to Fernandina: The A1A Ocean Islands Trail

A1A Ocean Islands Trail, Florida Scenic Highway, Amelia Island Plantation, Photo courtesy of Amelia Island Conventions and Visitors Bureau

Along the A1A Ocean Islands Trail Jacksonville’s Beaches | Mayport | Broward House | Kingsley Plantation | Big Talbot | Downtown Fernandina Marlin & Barrel Distillery in Fernandina | The Pétanque Courts of Fernandina | American Beach: Under the Blue Bottle Tree with Marsha Dean Phelts | Amelia Island Culinary Academy | Amelia Island Downtown Tasting Tour | The First Coast’s Only AAA Five Diamond Restaurant: Salt at Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island   Every place has a story, stitched together with humble beginnings and historic figures to create a living narrative. In very few places can you travel along a timeline of a region’s history as it unfolds before you. The …

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The Timucuan Trails: Dutton Island Park and Preserve

Dutton Island Preserve_Photo Will Dickey

By Hallie Stevens, Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation, Inc. Dutton Island is really two Timucuan Trail parks: Dutton Island I (Dutton Island Preserve), managed by the and Dutton Island II (Dutton Island Park and Preserve expansion), managed by the . Both preserves consist of unspoiled salt marsh, pine flat woods, scrub, and live oak hammocks. The western edge of Dutton Island I is bordered by the . Eagles are commonly seen while fishing on the pier at the north end of the island. A curiosity at Dutton Island II are the random birdhouses along the hiking trails, high up in the trees. Dutton …

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“SENTENCES” with characters who attack, spar, confess, regret, and reflect. Don’t miss it.

Players by the Sea in presented the world premier of Drew L Brown’s “Sentences” on June 9, 2017. The play was commissioned by Players under the theatre’s recently initiated program. Drew Brow graduated from in 2014. Of note, he is a Student Academy Award winning writer/director. An early theatrical experience in North Florida was as the co-star in ABET’s outstanding production of “Red” in 2014. He has also appeared locally in “La Cage Aux Folles” at Players and in “Never the Sinner” and “Let’s Kill Greg,” two dramatic productions by the . In addition to writing “,” he co-directed it with . …

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Smokin’! Tobacco Road at the 28th annual Great Atlantic Country Festival

For reasons that defy geography, there are two distinct camps when it comes to describing Florida culture: those who consider it the south and those who don’t.  “It’s definitely southern. Where I live, especially. If you go 20 minutes in any direction, you’re in the boonies,” says Tallahassee-bred singer and songwriter Eric Durrance. “The Panhandle in general, you can’t get more southern than that. Hunting, fishing, and cows and horses and tractors, everything. You go north, south, east, or west here and you’re in the country.” Durrance and his band Tobacco Road will perform at the 28th annual June 17 at …

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Dog Wash At Native Sun Benefits First Coast No More Homeless Pets

The local retailer will host its Fifth Annual Charity Dog Wash to benefit First Coast No More Homeless Pets. The dog wash will be held at all three Native Sun locations from noon-2 p.m. June 17. Jacksonville dog owners are invited to bring their dogs for a bath, with all proceeds going directly to . Native Sun team members and volunteers from First Coast No More Homeless Pets will be soaping up the dogs with all natural shampoo courtesy of Ark Naturals. Local pet vendors, including Jacksonville’s own Pawfection, will offer samples at the event, and Native Sun will give …

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New Voices launches with “Madame Bonaparte”

PLAYERS BY THE SEA THEATRE REVIEW A Dual Critics Review by Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom Jacksonville Beach’s opened the world premiere of the captivating “” on May 26, which will run through June 3, 2017.  Call 249-0289 or visit playersbythesea.org for additional information and reservations. This work launches Player’s “New Voices,” a landmark addition to Jacksonville’s theatre scene which is designed to support the development of new plays, and will be continued next season. While Players has earned a reputation for encouraging and supporting new playwrights in the past, New Voices provides writers with guidance, advice, compensation for their …

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