Travel & Tourism

Peach State Summer Theatre is Back! Since 1990 Theatre Professionals Head to Valdosta for a 10-Week Summer Season

Peach State Summer Theatre, Mamma Mia, Behind the Scenes, Valdosta State University

A few hours down the road you’ll find , Valdosta, Georgia’s premiere professional summer stock theatre. Each summer, a company of some 60 actor-singers, dancers, technicians, managers, and creators will reside in Valdosta for a ten-week season. During that time, they will rehearse, build and present three musicals in rotating repertory. has produced professional summer musical theatre since 1990. MAMMA MIA! (June 7 – Jul 20) Music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island …

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So Much More Than Folk Music—The Florida Folk Festival Offers a True Floridian Experience Over Memorial Day Weekend

Musicians at the Florida Folk Festival

Hang out beneath the pine trees, majestic Live Oak, and flowering Magnolias along the banks of the meandering Suwanee River while you take in all Florida has to offer. The largest art, music, and culture festival in the state is just around the corner and you’re invited. The 67th Annual , a three-day celebration spanning Memorial Day weekend, highlights the best of the state’s music, dance, stories, crafts, and food. With more than 300 scheduled performances and over 50 acres of festivities, this family-friendly event offers plenty of adventure. Come out for the music and stay for cultural experiences, great …

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MOSH 2.0 – Museum of Science & History to Transform Southbank Riverfront Through Renovation and Expansion

MOSH, Museum of Science & History, Site wide from above, Downtown Jacksonville, Florida, Southbank, Riverwalk

Strategic upgrades and enhancements will significantly increase Museum’s capacity to serve Northeast Florida residents and visitors Leaders from the today announced plans to renovate and expand the Museum’s campus and capacity. The proposed changes are projected to more than double the number of people the Museum can serve annually, from 229,239 in 2017 to an estimated 468,000 by 2023, while positioning the institution as a public gathering space for lifelong learning and experiential education. Plans include an expansion of the Museum’s total square footage from 77,000 square feet to 120,000 square feet; reorienting the Museum’s entryway toward the St. Johns …

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III Points Solidifies Itself As One of America’s Greatest Niche Festivals

III Points, Miami, Florida, Nonotak Entrance

This past weekend marked the sixth and most successful installment of Miami’s . Somewhat of a hike for Jacksonville natives, but nonetheless a road trip that was well worth the drive. The massive lineup featuring names like James Blake, Erykah Badu, Blood Orange, SZA, Beach House and Herbie Hancock, connected all genres, fusing R&B, hip hop, jazz, neo-soul, funk and rock. Many performances blended all of these genres with electronic artists using these influences in their own performances and sets to create dance parties lasting all night long. Over the past 15 years I have attended Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, the …

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MOSH’s New Backyard Adventures Inspires and Delights Young Scientists through May 12th

MOSH, Backyard Adventures, food pond

What’s in Your Backyard? When it comes to helping your child develop a passion for science, there’s no need to look farther than your own backyard. Though, perhaps it’s a bit more interesting to get started in a veritable garden of hands-on scientific experimentation and discovery at MOSH. Created by Australia’s Scitech and produced by Imagine Exhibitions, Backyard Adventures opened January 19th and welcomes young scientists to learn about the exciting world of wonders awaiting discovery outside. The exhibit runs through May 12, 2019. “MOSH is very deliberate about the traveling exhibitions we choose to bring to Jacksonville, and in …

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Must-See Florida Locals at Miami’s III Points Festival

III Points 2019 will begin in Miami this weekend running from Friday, February 15th to Sunday, February 17th. The sixth edition of the ever growing south Florida music festival features big names like Beach House, James Blake, Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, SZA and Tyler, the Creator. But since the beginning, the festival has always strived to have an almost 50/50 mix of local artists and national/international artists on its bill.  Here are a few must-see Florida locals that will be performing this weekend at Mana Wynwood during the III Points 2019. Rachel Tumada, aka Ms. Mada, is a linchpin in …

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Road-Trip Worthy: A Preview to Miami’s 2019 III Points Festival

III Points 2019, Miami, Florida

In less than three weeks, III Points will descend upon Mana Wynwood in Miami for one of this year’s do not miss music festivals held on February 15th, 16th and 17th. Years of continued success has turned into one of Florida’s greatest and most diverse music festivals. III Points has consistently provided a wide and eclectic mix of musicians and artists from Florida and around the world. This year’s festival is less than three weeks away so let’s dive in on all things III Points. Founded by a group of friends in 2013, the festival has grown exponentially each year …

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Lost in Paradise at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens: Meet Artist Carlos Rolón

Lost in Paradise at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens: Meet Artist Carlos Rolón

Drive along Downtown Jacksonville’s Riverside Avenue and it’s nearly impossible to miss the seven-foot-tall mosaic sculptures standing sentry in front of the . Chicago-based multi-disciplinary artist Carlos Rolón’s sculpture collection Lost in Paradise hints at home yet draws inspiration from the natural landscapes, architecture, and the parallel histories of Puerto Rico and the American South. They beckon one to stop and stay a while, promising stories deeply riveting. “Lost in Paradise deals with Diaspora and cultural identity and I’m really interested in how that works within the institution,” Rolón says, “For this body of work, one that began with my …

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The Little Circus That Could: The Venardos Circus Kicks Off in St. Augustine Dec 19-Jan 27

The Venardos Circus arrives at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre this holiday season to debut a brand-new show and kick off the 2019 season. But Kevin Venardos of never dreamed of running away to join the circus; he envisioned himself performing on Broadway. A New Jersey kid who loved to sing and dance, Venardos studied musical theater at school. “At 22 years old, I was in New York auditioning for everything people would pay me money to do,” he explains, “I happened upon this really incredible adventure just by chance or by fate. I got a job as a ringmaster when …

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Nomads Almanac: Lady Daisey & Batsauce Create Out-of-the-Box Art Around the World

Not everyone is wired for the nomadic lifestyle. It takes an adventurous nature, a gypsy soul, and, if you’re lucky, a travel companion who operates on the same global frequency. Britt and Daisey Traynham are kindred spirits fueled by a shared love of music and a desire to travel the world in search of beauty, culture, and good food. The pair, who record music as and , chronicled their 15-month journey through Southeast Asia in a kaleidoscopic series of photographs packaged as a complete sensory experience. Part yearbook, part love-note, part time capsule, Nomads Almanac Vol. 1 offers a stunning …

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