The Beaches

Metro PCS Great Atlantic Seafood Fest

This years 2014  at the  is the perfect way to start off the St Patrick’s weekend. It is a wondrous occasion for everyone to get together and just enjoy themselves on a Saturday. The company of family and friends is always a blessing. There were tons of fun activities for everyone to enjoy. Plenty of variety food at vendors, enjoyable music, kid zone where the kids can play and have the time of their lives. And it’s a beautiful and glorious day. The weather was cool and sunny, roughly 75 degrees. Lots of friendly people had good things to say …

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ABET’s Songs for a New World

ABET opened its last show of 2013, with Jason Robert Brown’s creation entitled “Songs for a New World.” Mr. Brown put this collection of his songs together several years ago, prior to his achieving fame by winning a Tony for his musical “Parade” (which was staged at Players by the Sea, a few seasons ago). This is a musical but one unlike the traditional musicals we experience, most of which have linear storylines and unambiguous conclusions. The seventeen songs in this two-act production stand alone, and each song has its own plot that unfolds as it is being sung. If …

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BayStreet’s 16th Annual Pier Dance

BayStreet, Jacksonville Band, Annual Pier Dance

What began as a simple tribute to a sliver of Beaches history has evolved into a holiday tradition all its own. For 16 years, the members of the BayStreet band have come together to host the annual Pier Dance to benefit families in the Beaches communities. The 16th annual Pier Dance, sponsored by Rock Solid Business Law, PLLC, will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 at the historic Casa Marina Hotel. Admission is the donation of at least one new, unwrapped toy and a minimum of one non-perishable food item to benefit the Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry. The …

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Beaches Museum: A Beachy Keen Book Gift

If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for the book lover or history buff in your family, look no further than the Beaches Museum in Jacksonville Beach. There you’ll find publications covering a variety of subjects, from the Native Americans who inhabited northeast Florida 12,000 years ago, to modern Jacksonville and Beaches history. Lost Restaurants of Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach are two recent additions that will bring back memories to longtime residents of the area. If you’d prefer art work, you can select from over 20,000 images in the museum archives and available for reproduction. For an even longer lasting …

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SONNY LANDRETH Jan. 17 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Sonny Landreth

Landreth performs on Thursday, January 17th at the  in support of his new album newest “ELEMENTAL JOURNEY”  is an American blues musician from southwest Louisiana who is especially known as a slide guitar player. When he is not touring and performing, he resides in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Landreth is best known for his slide playing, having developed a technique where he also frets notes and plays chords and chord fragments behind the slide while he plays. Landreth plays with the slide on his little finger, so that his other fingers have more room to fret behind the slide. He’s also …

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Matisyahu at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

On August 24th  played at the  with opening act . It was a reggae-fueled concert for all walks of life. The show was the definition of the term “all ages,” with a range from little kids to cute couples older than my grandparents. The majority of the crowd was laid back, white beach people. I saw a couple of kids rocking their yarmulkes. I imagine that after years of being forced to wear them, this was the one time that they were probably excited to don their kippahs in public. Trevor Hall is a kid from Hilton Head, North Carolina …

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New Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

First Coast music lovers will have a new place to hear live music this month. The  will officially open its doors to the public on Sunday, February 13th for their inaugural event, an evening with Canadian folk-rock act . After that, an impressive lineup of musicians will be making their way to the brand new stage, including the ,  and . But the new facility promises to bring more than just good tunes to the community. Managed by the St. Johns County Cultural Events Division, the  had very different origins than your typical venue- up until 2005 it was New …

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Urban Flats

If there’s one constant factor about  newly arrived , it’s the buzz. They’re constantly busy, even throughout the rainy Saturday lunch hours during which we paid our first visit. Photos of Jacksonville from eras long gone adorn the walls, accenting the clean, low-key atmosphere with a touch of nostalgic and reverence. But, as nice as the ambiance is, this place doesn’t get by on its decor alone. Urban Flats, as the name suggests, specializes in gourmet flatbreads. Made from whole-wheat flour and baked in a stone-hearth, they take their flatbreads very seriously and it is highly recommended to at least …

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JJ’s Liberty Bistro in Ponte Vedra

In hopes of an authentic French experience (as in owned and operated by a French expatriate) our quest lead us to  in . Although we’d passed  on Gate Parkway many times and had wanted to try it for a while, we thought it best to visit the Ponte Vedra restaurant first because it is the original and is where owner-operator JJ himself works. Most items on their lunch menu are under $10. JJ’s Bistro, which is far cuter on the inside than its strip mall location implies, goes beyond the scope of a regular restaurant. It doubles as a wine, …

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