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8 Waterparks Around Jacksonville To Checkout This Summer

Adventure Landing, Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Waterparks, EU Jacksonville

BEAT THE HEAT WITH WATERPARKS Ahhh, summer! The days are longer, the temperatures are soaring, and people start getting desperate for any opportunity to cool off. For some, that means cranking the A/C and trying not to think of the sky-high electric bill coming their way. For others, especially the young and the young at heart, getting out and getting wet is the way to go. If you fall into the latter category, Florida has plenty of opportunities for a splashing good time. Experience some thrills while you chill at these waterparks in and around the Jax area. Shipwreck Island …

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Jacksonville Public Library Has Huge Win with Augusta Savage Sculpture Discovery

Augusta Savage Unveiling: The sculpture will be on permanent display on the 4th floor at Jacksonville Public Library // Photo by Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

HISTORICAL NEW WORKS FOR THE SPECIAL COLLECTIONS DEPARTMENT OF THE MAIN LIBRARY The Jacksonville Public Library recently learned that a sculpture it has owned for some years is the work of well-known African-American artist Augusta Savage. Earlier this year with the help of the , the library had the opportunity to have the small-scale, painted terra cotta female bust appraised and authenticated. As a result, the sculpture of unknown title, which is signed by the artist, is confirmed to have been created by Augusta Savage. The library is very pleased to place this work of art on permanent display in …

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Amelia Island Downtown Tasting Tour: Four cocktails, 13 strangers, and One Blast of a Bar Crawl

Amelia Island Downtown Tasting Tours holds mixology tours every Friday and Saturday from 5:30pm–7:30pm. Priced at $45, each tour includes four local bars (different every outing), where attendees (no more than 14 per group) sample one cocktail per venue. For more information and to book, visit ameliaislanddowntowntastingtours.com. You know that mixing vodka, gin, and rum may not be a smart idea. But you do not let that thought linger; you are about to have a good time. You stroll into the homey (www.holacubancafe.com) in downtown . The owner, Marisol—last names are a needless formality in this tight community—beams from behind …

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Getting to Know Fernandina Flavor: Amelia Island Culinary Academy

Amelia Island Culinary Tour

Getting to know an area is as much about the local food as it is about the history and landmarks. That’s a concept that the Amelia Island Culinary Academy thoroughly embraces. Before his market tour class arrives,  has already been to the Farmers Market on Center Street in Fernandina Island. It’s just five blocks from the , which is tucked down the same side street as 29 South and the Mermaid Bar/Florida House Inn. He’s cutting Florida-grown strawberries from the market, doing the last of the prep work before the class arrives, when I find him. “Of course I go …

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The Pétanque Courts of Fernandina

Petanque, Amelia Island, Downtown Fernandina Beach

Feeling a little French? Amelia Island is the home of largest pétanque club in the nation. Have some pastis then head to the pétanque courts in Downtown Fernandina Beach. Amelia Island Boules Club holds pétanque pickup games Saturdays at 9:30am and Wednesdays at 3:30pm at the Fernandina Beach pétanque courts at the south end of the downtown marina on Front Street and at Central Park on Atlantic Avenue between 11th Street and 14th Street. The French Provençal game of was virtually unknown in northeast Florida before Philippe Boets introduced the game to . Boets relocated his company Pétanque America from …

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Drink It Local: Marlin & Barrel Distillery in Fernandina

  This month I sat down with the head distiller at Fernandina distillery Marlin and Barrel, Wyatt Griesemer, to talk about the history of the distillery and where it’s headed in the future. Previously a bartender with Restaurant Orsay, Griesemer has been working at Marlin and Barrel for over a year now. The distillery itself is fairly new, having only celebrated their two-year anniversary in March. He says that there are currently four full-time employees and that the basic practice is, “making booze in back, selling it in front.” It is a philosophy that seems to work out pretty well …

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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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Disney Reveals New Details of Star Wars Land

Disney Star Wars Land

From the Disney Parks Blog… At a panel discussion today at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando entitled Star Wars and Disney Parks: A Galaxy in the Making, creative minds from Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Imagineering discussed their unique partnership and shared additional details about the new galactic lands being created at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Everyone in the room got to experience the excitement and commitment this team is bringing to this project. Here’s an exclusive look at a video shared at today’s event which gives some insight into this incredible collaboration. The team shared exciting new details …

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