Tag Archives: One Spark

GastroFest 2015

Jacksonville’s newest nonprofit-in-the-making, GastroJax, Inc., recently announced that their signature event, , a comprehensive, totally local festival celebrating the food culture of Northeast Florida and those involved in it, will take place in , formerly Hemming Plaza, during the weekend of March 21, 2015. It’s been a long summer, so here’s the scoop in case you missed it. The concept was born in the fall of 2013, when its creator, , suddenly realized that Jacksonville doen’t have a food festival that brought together all of the gastronomic traditions and experiences available in the area. “We’ve got some great festivals in …

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Jacksonville Jazz Festival – Sweet Sounds & Smooth Moves

John Coltrane once said that you’ve got to look back at the old things and see them in a new light. The  has a long and storied past from its humble beginnings in the  fishing village to a sprawling, three-day celebration of the many genres of jazz that are important elements to our nation’s musical history. After more 30 years, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival is hitting all the right notes. From May 22nd-25th, the heart of downtown Jacksonville will be transformed into a vibrant festival setting as local, regional, and national jazz artists gather on multiple stages to showcase their …

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Downtown On The Rise

If our homes and workplaces are our first two social environments, a third place is anywhere else we go to socialize. Coined by urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg, third places are everyday gathering places that are the anchors of community life. They are easily accessible – often walkable, are welcoming and comfortable with a set of “regulars,” and usually include food or drinks as a key part of the experience. These are the places where we go to make our own entertainment. Great Downtowns have great third places. Urban living means trading in backyards for a variety of walkable hangouts. From …

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The Elbow Presents: Amplified Volume

A Showcase of Jacksonville Hottest Musicians – The Elbow Presents: Amplified Volume In a breaking One Spark development, The Elbow media manager Grant Neilson revealed to EU the first public announcement of “The Elbow Presents: Amplified Volume 1,” Jacksonville’s first local music compilation in over ten years. The submission process just recently came to an end. Over 50 groups submitted songs that showcase some of the best up-and-comers in Duval’s burgeoning music scene. Congratulations to Antique Animals, Dr. Sirbrother, On Guard, Sidereal, Universal Green, Joshua Worden, Mortal Mirror, Whetherman, JacksonVegas, ND 20/20, Navigateur, The Embraced, Scott T, Herd Of Watts, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Canary in the Coalmine, Pilotwave, Inspection 12 (official), Marion Crane and DarkHorse Saloon for …

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WHAT’S BREWING

Feel that? It’s the feeling of spring. Forget the fact we had some bone-chilling weather in late March–it’s time to look forward to springtime beers! This is an exciting season for craft beer lovers. It’s much like legendary Hall of Fame baseball player, Rogers Hornsby, said, “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring”. Saisons, sours and lambics are traditionally featured during the spring and are the source for a lot of excitement. The anticipation of warmer months and these styles …

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Crafting Our Legacy: Florida’s Land & Water

Each time we take to the polls on election day, we have a chance to shape the outcome of our future and the legacy we leave to future generations. , Amendment 1 on November’s ballot, is a total game-changer. Over the last few years, our state legislators have significantly defunded programs for the purchase and maintenance of conservation lands that help to ensure healthy rivers and clean drinking water, protect sacred wetlands and habitat for wildlife, and provide opportunities for recreation and tourism. Each year, the interests of “future generations” are forced to compete for funding with the short-term needs …

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ONE SPARK CREATOR-AquaJax Aquarium

How does a giant, 150,000-square-foot, world-class aquarium on the Northbank waterfront, formerly known as The Shipyards, in Downtown sound?  has partnered with the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and they want you to come by and visit them at -–don’t miss this One Spark Creator project-–it could change Jacksonville for good! First, go to www.aquajax.net and dream along with these visionaries. AquaJax is an advocacy group with ideas to enhance the prosperity, growth, and revenues of Jacksonvillians. This is their first project, and they are dogged to make it happen. They envision docking space for a river taxi, air boats, replicas …

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Hogan Street Mural Project

A new display is coming to downtown’s  for  on April 9th. The gallery on Hogan St. is the product of collaborative works of many local artists. Two murals to be unveiled for the festival include ‘Face to Face’ by  which will feature portraits of the gallery’s collaborative members and ‘Clean Water’ by , which promotes natural preservation in Jacksonville. The Southlight Gallery, since its inception in 2009, has sought to create a stage for local artists and foster cultural enrichment in Jacksonville. Rich in community-focus, the gallery currently offers complimentary tours. Their monthly ‘First Wednesday’ celebration offers art demos, performance …

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Snyder Memorial

One Spark Creator-Snyder Memorial

Within a block of you can find books at the and , and an enormous variety of artworks at the ,  and. What’s missing? One Spark creator Amplify, Inc., seeks to transform the long-unoccupied Snyder Memorial Church at the corner of Laura and Monroe Streets into a temple of music. Their vision calls for practice and training spaces, a recording studio and the main performance space. If Amplify meets their $25,000 goal they intend to earmark those funds into designing a full-on capital campaign to raise enough to renovate and preserve this downtown landmark.

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One Spark Creator – GASTROFEST 2015

Have you heard about  2015? It’s a  project with the hefty aspiration of creating a food and beer festival that will bring national attention and (over)due respect to our evolving food and craft beer scene.  (EU Jacksonville’s Food Editor) is the creative mastermind behind this project. While still early in its genesis, the mission is to create a very inclusive festival that celebrates our local talent, from fine dining to farmers, and everything in between. For the inaugural year, the festival will be a single day event, but will eventually grow into a multi-day experience. The core of the festival …

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