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ONE SPARK Ignites downtown Jacksonville


ONE OF US Shannon O’Neil talks about St. Augustine Lighthouse

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NIGHT AT ROY’S A star-studded night for Monique Burr Foundation


MANDARIN ART FEST Spring tradition continues



RAP HOME TOUR Showcasing Jacksonville’s best



SHRIMP FESTIVAL Fernandina returns to roots with annual fest


FARM TO FAMILY ”A win-win-win”

A day trip for adventurers CHOICE  On display now at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens


MOCA’S BIG DAY Museum celebrates 90th birthday



FISH TO FORK Chefs go head to head at Amelia Island



SAVE THE TURTLES Inside the Georgia Sea Turtle Center



OYSTER JAM & BOAT SHOW Fun on the water MAKE A SPLASH Register’s summer essentials

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One Spark ignites downtown Jacksonville for the second year in a row by CARRIE RESCH AND HUGH OSTEEN

“From a little spark my burst a flame,” Dante Alighieri.

The One Spark festival came and went in Jacksonville, but not before breaking all of the expectations that were set for it. The second annual One Spark, a crowdfunding festival where creators showcase their ideas or inventions in the hopes of getting a piece of the crowdfund, was held April 9-13. It was estimated that over 260,000 people came out to support the world’s largest crowd- funding festival that spanned 20 blocks in downtown Jacksonville. The attendance more than doubled last year’s turnout. “Honestly, we’ve been completely blown away and really humbled by the tremendous outpouring of support and attendance,” One Spark executive director Joe Sampson said on the second day of One Spark 2014. “Jacksonville has really shown up this weekend. We’ve got a lot of great people from out of town here visiting and a lot of really important people from out of town here visiting and showcasing very well. We couldn’t be more pleased.” More than 600 creator projects competed in five categories: science, technology, music, art and innovation. Innovation was the largest category with over 300 participants. For One Spark 2015, they will be adding an additional category for creators – nonprofit. Creators were matched with over 70 official One Spark venues including The Jacksonville

Landing, The Sun Trust building, Hemming Plaza and MOCA. Top voted winners in each of the five categories received an additional $10,000 award on top of their share of the crowd fund. The total amount of crowdfunding and cash awards presented totaled $363,739 with $3.25 million in capital investments. One Spark 2013 yielded $1 million in capital investments. In addition to the One Spark creator zone, there was an entertainment district. There were music stages, a beer garden and food truck village and nightly One Spark After Dark parties. The old Barnett National Bank Building located on Laura Street in downtown Jacksonville was open during One Spark 2014 for visitors to take a sneak peak at what is in store for the 18-floor, 88-year-old building that has sat vacant for years. One Spark world headquarters will be housed in the building along with apartments. The restoration of the building is expected to be completed in the Summer of 2015. Why world headquarters? In case you haven’t heard, One Spark announced they will host a crowdfunding festival in Berlin on Sept. 12-14. The festival will reportedly be on a much smaller scale than the Jacksonville One Spark. One Spark creators plan to keep having the Jacksonville festival annually. For more information about One Spark, visit For more information about One Spark Berlin, visit

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One Spark Staff: co-founder and Board of Directors President, Elton Rivas, Executive Director, Joe Sampson, Public Relations and Volunteer Services Manager, Meredith O’Malley Johnson, and Director of Operations and Finance, Vince Cavin. Boneshakered Bigwheel won second place in the art category with 1,120 votes.

Down to Earth Farm won second place in the science category with 709 votes.

Grandpa’s Cough Medicine won first place in the music category with 792 votes. In addition to the One Spark creator zone, there was an entertainment district. There were music stages, a beer garden and food truck village and nightly One Spark After Dark parties.

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One of Us!


The St. Augustine Lighthouse is the site of the oldest aid to navigation in North America. Constructed of Alabama brick and Philadelphia iron, the lighthouse is St. Augustine’s oldest surviving brick structure, rising 165 feet above sea level and containing 219 steps within. The lighthouse is now the site of a museum and a staff that works tirelessly to preserve the history of the nation’s oldest port. Shannon O’Neil is a St. Augustine native and serves as the Public Relations and Graphics Coordinator for the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum. She sat down with the First Coast Register to talk about her life in St. Augustine and why it’s important for the First Coast to consider preserving its history. Tell me about your role at the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum. I handle all of the media relations and do all of the ad purchases to promote the museum. I also design all of our graphics and ads, and we publish a membership magazine twice a year. My role is handling all of the communications that come from the lighthouse. Do you have a background in communications? Yes, I have a bachelor’s in communication from Florida State University and did graphic design work while I was in school as my side job. I’ve done both for a while. I used to work at the Athletics Department at FSU and that’s how I got my start. Did you know growing up that you wanted to come back to St. Augustine? I definitely did not think so growing up. When I left to go to Tallahassee for school, I did not anticipate coming back. But you know, I think growing up here, I really did not appreciate the uniqueness of St. Augustine. I went away and realized that not everybody gets to live in a cool town like this. It’s got so many good qualities that you don’t always find. I just had assumed everyone’s town was like that. So it wasn’t necessarily my plan to come back but it worked out and I’m very happy to be back. What do you enjoy about St. Augustine? Of course the beach is great. The culture and the history we have here is just so cool and unique. At first Friday Art Walk, you can see so many great local artists, and there’s so much history from the Castillo to the light house. So much of it is not just our history, but history that has an impact on America as a whole. I grew up off of Wildwood Drive south of town and less from my house there was a dirt road with a marker of where Osceola was captured. Almost in my back yard. That’s just so cool. Photos courtesy of St.

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Growing up and seeing the lighthouse, did you ever think you’d be a part of that? No, I never dreamed of being a part of it. I remember coming on field trips as a kid to visit and of course you see it all the time. When the job came up, I remember telling our Executive Director Kathy Fleming, I think people think of the lighthouse as looking out to sea. But I look at it as watching over us, watching me grow up, watching the town grow and change. It’s such a big part of who we are. Did anything surprise you about the job? I think it’s a much bigger operation than people realize sometimes. There’s a whole lot going on. People see it and think it’s just the lighthouse, but in addition we have a research program. Our research is bringing up a part of history that nobody else talks about like the shipwrecks. We also have a great summer camp program. We do lots of community outreach. This year we have 89 scholarships for at-risk kids to come and join us for summer camp. I just had no idea how many programs were going on at the museum.

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What would you say to people who live on the First Coast? We shouldn’t take for granted the history that we have all around us, not just in St. Augustine but also in Fernandina and Jacksonville. It’s one thing to see it every day, but what you don’t realize is that if we don’t take steps to work on it, we won’t preserve it for future generations. That’s one thing that drive us: preservation so that everyone will get to enjoy the history for years to come. Shannon O’Neil is also the author of two novels and a supporter of the Jimbo & Candi Fisher Kidz 1st Fund, an organization raising awareness for Fanconi Anemia. Learn more about O’Neil and her works at The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum is located at 81 Lighthouse Ave. in St. Augustine. The Lighthouse and Museum are open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. with extended hours for the summer, as well as special themed and private tours by appointment. Visit or call (904) 829-0745 for more information.

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There is no shortage of things to do in and around the city of Gainesville, making it so much more than just a college town. The area is chock full of educational destinations such as the Natural History Museum with a 6,400-square-foot butterfly rainforest and Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, and natural settings such as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Florida springs and much more. Gainesville might be known for the University of Florida Gators, but you’ll find plenty of the non-mascot variety throughout the pristine natural settings of the “real” Florida. 12 June - July 2014 | First Coast Register

June is “Great Outdoors Month” as proclaimed by Gov. Rick Scott in partnership with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service. So, now is the perfect time to get outside and explore Florida’s natural beauty. Gainesville is just a short drive away from Jacksonville — about an hour and half — but it’s far enough away to feel like a true getaway destination for a day trip or staycation. Here are a few destination highlights from Gainesville and the surrounding area.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park Step back in time to 1930s Florida and see the historic home where author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings penned her novels including “The Yearling,” Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction in 1939, and “Cross Creek.” Rawlings’ homestead and farm yard have been restored and preserved to look just as they did when she made her home there in the 1930s. Visitors can take a tour from a guide dressed in period clothing from October-July. “The Year of the Yearling,” was celebrated in 2014 in honor of the 75th anniversary of the publishing of “The Yearling.” The book has been translated into 30 different languages. Rawlings was also a gourmet cook and published a cookbook “Cross Creek Cookery” in 1942. Her kitchen is set up just as it was when she resided there cooking meals for her house guests such as Zora Neale Hurston and Gregory Peck on her wood burning stove. Peck starred in the 1946 movie adaptation of “The Yearling.” Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park is located at 18700 S. CR 325 in Cross Creek (about 14 miles south of Gainesville). The park entrance fee is $3 per vehicle. The cost for tours is $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 6-12. Children under the age of 5 are free. For more information, call (352) 466-3672 or visit www. If you’d like to get a taste of some of that old Florida cooking, stop into The Yearling Restaurant located just down the road from the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings homestead. The restaurant is located at 14531 CR 325, Hawthorne. For more information, call (352) 466-3999 or visit www.

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Rawlings’ homestead and farm yard have been restored and preserved to look just as they did when she made her home there in the 1930s. Visitors can take a guided tour from a tour guide dressed in period clothing from October through July. Photo by Carrie Resch Rawlings penned her most famous books including the Pulitzer Prize winning novel,“The Yearling” at her home in Cross Creek. The house is set up just as it would have been when Rawlings lived there including this area where spent her days writing.

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There’s a reason this history museum is named after the state and not just the city — this museum is huge! It’s a definite not-to-miss destination when visiting Gainesville. The Florida Natural History Museum boasts one of the most comprehensive and widely utilized collections in the world comprised of archeology, ethnography, natural sciences, paleontology and genetics. There are permanent exhibits such as Florida Fossils and a hands-on Discovery Room, as well as traveling exhibits and a 6,400-square-foot Butterfly Rainforest. The museum grounds include a natural area teaching lab walking trail located behind the museum and a fossil plant garden and wildflower and butterfly garden. The Butterfly Rainforest is a screened-in outdoor exhibit featuring hundreds of butterflies and birds from around the world. The exhibit has a waterfall feature and flowering plants. Visitors can expect to see between 60 and 80 species of butterflies at any given time. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. General admission is free, but donations are appreciated. There is a cover charge for special exhibits and the Butterfly Rainforest. The Florida Natural History Museum is located at 3215 Hull Road in Gainesville. For more information, call (352) 846-2000 or visit

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A prairie in Florida? You bet! What’s more, bison and wild horses in Florida! Paynes Prairie became Florida’s first state preserve in 1971 and is now known as a national landmark. The preserve spans 22,000 acres. Spend the day or camp overnight at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park located in Micanopy — about 10 miles south of Gainesville. The park’s amenities include a visitor center, observation tower, miles of hiking and biking trails, campsites, equestrian trail, boat ramp, pavilions and a playground. The 50-foot observation tour offers a different vantage point overlooking the prairie basin where, if you are one of the lucky ones, you could spot the prairie wildlife which includes hogs, wild horses, bison, deer, turkey, bobcats, bald eagles, otters and a variety of bird species. The visitor center keeps a running list of wildlife spotted on particular days. Bison were introduced to the park in 1975 when the Florida Park Service transferred a herd of 10 from the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma to the prairie. According to the Paynes Prairie website, historical records indicated that bison once lived in North Central Florida. Just down the road from the park is the Ecopassage Observation Boardwalk located off Highway 441, where a boardwalk allows observation of the preserve at ground level. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is located at 100 Savannah Blvd. in Micanopy and is open daily from 8 a.m.-sundown. The cost to visit the park is $6 per vehicle. The visitor center will be closed for repairs starting June 9. Estimated time for completion is two weeks. As of Jan. 28, the 50 foot observation tower closed for repairs, but the observation deck located behind the visitor’s center is currently open. For more information, call (352) 4663397 or visit

Paynes Prarie Preserve State Park

The Ecopassage Observation Boardwalk located off Highway 441 allows observation of the preserve at ground level.

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Paynes Prairie Preserve spans 22,000 acres in Micanopy – about 10 miles south of Gainesville.

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Above: Wildlife abounds at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. Wildlife that has been spotted at the park includes hogs, wild horses, bison, deer, turkeys, bobcats, bald eagles, otters and a variety of bird species. The visitor center keeps a running list of wildlife spotted on particular days. Right: Pig on the prairie – a wild hog grazes the prairie at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. Photos by Carrie Resch

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Collectors’ Choice on display at Cummer Museum by HUGH OSTEEN

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The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens opened their Collectors’ Choice: Inside the Hearts and Minds of Regional Collectors exhibit for a private viewing on Wednesday, May 14. The exhibit is open to the public from May 16Sept. 14. The wide variety of works include painting, sculptures, pottery, glass, photographs, watercolors and ethnographic objects. Most of the items are dated between the 17 and 21 centuries, and range in country of origin, including North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. The exhibit features over 30 local collectors who have given up their pieces for viewing in the Cummer for the next several months. The collectors were asked to select the pieces that illustrate their passion for collecting. Live music, food and drinks were all provided, allowing people to enjoy the art and enjoy the evening. The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is located at 829 Riverside Ave. in Jacksonville. The museum is open Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays noon to 4 p.m. Admission on Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. is free, as is admission the first Saturday of each month. For more information, visit www. or call (904) 3566857. Left: Lacey and Laury Keen Right: Tom and Stephanie Welchans Bottom: David Altman, Matt Rickoff, Nikki Bowey and Chad Johnson, from the front office of the Jacksonville Jaguars were on hand, as the Jaguars are supporters and sponsors of the exhibit.

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One BIG Birthday MOCA celebrated its 90th birthday alongside the community. by ELIZABETH MIDDLEBROOKS

No birthday is complete without treats, and MOCA made sure to have plenty when the community headed downtown to celebrate the museum’s 90th year. On May 3, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville offered free admission so everyone could visit the current exhibits, as well as make birthday hats, contribute to a fabric sculpture, fill out a MOCA passport for a special prize, learn about Yarn Bomb Jax and take part in lots of small celebrations around the museum. “There’s usually a family day every year (with free admission), but we did a special one because of the birthday,” said Denise Reagan, director of communications for MOCA. “We wanted to let people know MOCA is great for families year-round and to make the art accessible to everyone. No matter what you bring to it, you can get something out of it.” MOCA Jacksonville was founded in 1924 as the Jacksonville Fine Arts Society and moved to its iconic downtown location in 2000. In 2009 the museum became a cultural resource of the University of North Florida to host special lectures, college-level art courses and special exhibitions, according to MOCA’s website. During the celebration, families worked their way through each floor, from decorating birthday hats on the fifth to creating a collaborative installation on the first. On the fifth floor, Ponte Vedra residents Stephen and Nicholas Schnappauf carefully added fabric scraps and yarn to the fabric sculpture. The boys came to the museum with their grandmother Marie Frankiewicz, who learned about the event through Blue Star Families, which provides support to military families. Stephen and Nicholas’s father is currently in the Persian Gulf, Frankiewicz said, and events like this are great for her grandsons. “I thought it would be a great activity,” she said. “It’s great to get the kids involved in what’s downtown.” Families and children can get more involved with MOCA through the museum’s summer art camps for ages 4-14. “It’s Art Fusion on steroids,” Reagan said of the camps, referencing the museum’s Sunday afternoon family program that provides hands-on projects related to current exhibitions and the permanent collection. When attendees reached the first floor, they completed their Passports by contributing to a community art installation inspired by the work of future Project Atrium artist Caroline Lathan-Stiefel. Then for the good stuff: a special birthday cookie for each guest. Earth Works carries a huge For more information selection of mini garden about the museum, summer camps or other programs, accessories. New productsvisit are frequently added.

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Chefs go head to head

in Fish to Fork by HUGH OSTEEN

I don’t know much about the culinary arts. My greatest culinary task was “mastering” how to cook an omelet. I have also mastered the ability to set the microwave to 3 minutes and anxiously wait for my food to cook. If you cover it with enough hot sauce, anything will taste OK. For that reason, I was ecstatic about the opportunity to go to Amelia Island on May 15 to cover the first ever “Fish to Fork” competition. The event was hosted by the Omni Amelia Island Plantation and benefitted the James Beard Foundation scholarship program. Official sponsors of the event included Jackson Family Fine Wines out of Santa Rosa, Calif., Bacardi USA and Amelia Angler Outfitters. Six renowned chefs were ushered in from all across the country to compete. They included Daven Wardynski, resident chef at the Omni Amelia Island; Eric Frischkom, chef at Jackson Family Fine Wines in Santa Rosa, Calif.; Zeke Mears, local chef at Bistro Aix in Jacksonville; Bruce Moffett of the Moffett Restaurant Group in Charlotte,

Chefs Zeke Mears, Richard Jones, Tom Catherall, Daven Wardynski, Eric Frischkom and Bruce Moffett came to the Omni Plantation at Amelia Island to compete in the first ever Fish to Fork competition on May 15. 26 June - July 2014 | First Coast Register

N.C.; Richard Jones of Green Door Gourmet in Nashville, Tenn.; and Certified Master Chef Tom Catherall, founder and president of Here to Serve Restaurants in Atlanta, Ga. The competition included a fishing component where the chefs went out and fished for their protein on Friday. On Saturday, the chefs prepared their dishes with the fish they caught. At the main event Saturday night, guests were able to taste and vote on their favorite dish. The voting consisted of a donation box at each chef ’s station, with the proceeds going to the James Beard Foundation scholarship program. I had the unique opportunity to follow Catherall around for the weekend, observing the work of one of the most decorated chefs in the United States. His sous chef, son Ryan Catherall, was also on hand to help out in the kitchen. Catherall came to America at the age of 15 with nothing. He worked his way up the culinary ladder, ultimately gaining the title of Certified Master Chef, one of only about 60 in the world. He has since started his own restaurant group, which now consists of 13 restaurants in and around Atlanta including Prime, Twist and Noche. After arrival, the chefs and VIP guests were treated to a dinner at The Omni, and each chef was introduced. The chefs also chose where they would be fishing the next day. The options were backwater, jetty and deep sea. Each chef wanted to draw deep sea because it had the most opportunity for a favorable catch. Upon their return, the chefs were able to get a

Master Chef Tom Catherall preps his dish.

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little rest before the Friday night tasting menu dinner. With so little experience in this field, the tasting menu concept was completely new to me. Some of the dishes included a white asparagus soup with honeydew melon and chili, served in a sea urchin — or uni — shell; and Wagyu beef with corn, potato, leek and foie gras. Very adventurous for me, but very delicious. The next day the chefs were in the kitchen to prep their dishes. This all-day process tested the skill of the chefs, as they had to prepare dishes for 300 people. Catherall went back to his English roots and prepared a play on fish and chips. He made a grouper potato cake with a remoulade, along with hand-cut gaufrette chips and squid ink-dyed couscous to mimic caviar on top. Mears, out of Jacksonville, prepared a ricotta and marscapone dumpling with seared mahi-mahi and a bacon onion jam. While preparing their dishes during the competition Saturday night, the chefs were taken from their stations and split into teams to prepare another dish using a secret ingredient, blueberries. The green team (Catherall, Mears and Frischkom) prepared seared salmon with white lentils and a sweet-chili spinach and blueberry gastrique. The orange team (Wardynski, Moffett and Jones) prepared surf and turf with rice pilaf, Swiss chard and pickled blueberry. Again, way over my head, but very delicious. The winner was decided by how many wooden tokens were put in their respective box. In the end, the orange team came away with the victory. In the individual competition, Wardynski of the Omni Amelia Island Plantation was able to sneak away with the victory, with a dish I called a “fancy fish taco,” but of course was much more elegant than that. A close second place belonged to Chef Mears of Jacksonville. The best part was... I didn’t even have to use any hot sauce.

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Saving Sea Turtles

Georgia Sea Turtle Center aims to rescue and rehabilitate turtles and educate the public about conservation. by CARRIE RESCH; photos by KELLY H. MCDERMOTT 30 June - July 2014 | First Coast Register

If you’ve ever attended one of the local Georgia Sea Turtle Center sea turtle releases for rescued and rehabilitated sea turtles, wondered about the facility and the work they do, wondered if maybe you should visit the center to see it firsthand... GO! It’s completely worth the drive, and it’s one of only four sea turtle facilities of its kind in the United States. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is located on Jekyll Island, about an hour’s drive from Jacksonville. The center is open year round and people of all ages can tour the facility and learn more about the species and the work the role the center is playing in conservation efforts. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center opened in 2007 and is housed in Jekyll Island’s historic power plant building. In the seven years that the center has been open, they have rescued and rehabilitated over 250 sea turtles. All visitors to the center are given a free “My Sea Turtle Journey”

bookmark to take a self-guided tour and collect embossed stamps. The stamps correspond to facts listed at each of the five learning stations that take you through “your” life as a sea turtle: where your nest was laid, your gender, where you migrated to, what animals might live on your shell and how long you lived. Visitors can view the different exhibits housed in the center and even view the vet staff working on patients through a glass window in the exhibit area. Visitors can also tour the Sea Turtle Hospital where rescued sea turtles are housed. It’s all included in the general admission cost. A behind-the-scenes tour is available as well. The hospital includes patient profiles that visitors can flip through to see where and when the turtle was found and what the diagnosis and treatment is. “We’re hoping that people come here, get a good experience, and see something really cool — see a turtle but also feel like they can do something that can make a difference. Do something like use a

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Glory, a straggler loggerhead sea turtle from the 2013 nesting season, is in a tank in the exhibit area. Volunteers check sea turtle nests for stragglers such as Glory. Glory will be released into the wild after she gets a little bigger. Only about one in 4,000 sea turtles survive into adulthood. Sea turtles are considered adults when they reach the age of 30-35 years old.

A 15 foot cast of Archelon ischyros, a giant sea turtle fossil, hangs on the ceiling in the Georgia sea Turtle Center gift shop. The original fossil is on display at a museum in Vienna. It’s the most complete skeleton ever found, and it was discovered in South Dakota. 32 June - July 2014 | First Coast Register

In the seven years that the center has been open, they have rescued and rehabilitated over 250 sea turtles. Here, a patient is seen in its holding tank.

canvas bag as opposed to a plastic bag,” said Kristin Lee, Georgia Sea Turtle Center education specialist. “If they’re a boater, maybe they will think twice about speeding. If they are fisherman, maybe they’ve learned a different type of fishing technique — they learned that they can recycle their fishing line. Things like that.” Lee said the hope is that people will learn that they can make a difference — not just to sea turtles specifically, but to the entire marine ecosystem. By getting people to care about sea turtles, we can help the whole ocean, she said. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is located at 214 Stable Road in Jekyll Island. General admission is $7 for ages 13 and up, $6 for seniors ages 65 and up and active duty military personnel, college students and teachers (ID required), $5 for children ages 4-12 and free for children under 3. There is a daily parking fee of $6 per vehicle for Jekyll Island. The center offers programs such as a guided turtle walk (June 1-July 31), an alligator program Wednesdays and Fridays (April 2-Oct. 1) and many more. Details about the programs are available on the website. For more information, call (912) 635-4444 or visit

Visitors can tour the Sea Turtle Hospital where rescued sea turtles are housed. Georgia Sea Turtle staff tries to do programs every hour on the hour during museum hours.

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Star-studded night for Monique Burr Foundation photos by CLOCKWORK MARKETING Hawaiian fusion cuisine by celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi, tropical drinks and live entertainment from Colleen Orender set the scene at the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc.’s annual “A Night at Roy’s” event in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month. The celebration, which has become one of Northeast Florida’s most widely attended charity events, raised $47,000 including a $20,000 donation from the Tabitha and Jim Furyk Foundation. Along with a presentation from the Tabitha and Jim Furyk Foundation, Joni Shook, elementary school specialist, Duval County Public Schools, and Diena Thompson, program director for the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, shared their personal experiences with MBF Child Safety Matters, a research–based, primary bullying and child abuse prevention education program. The funds raised support the foundation’s program, MBF Child Safety Matters. Denny Doyle, Jayne McElhaney, Robin Doyle

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“We are overwhelmed by the turnout from this year’s event,” Lynn Layton, executive director of the Monique Burr Foundation, said in a news release. “Education is key and we feel so blessed to have the community support us in our initiatives to bring awareness about bullying and abuse to parents, children and school personnel.” Sponsors included 2nd Floor Marketing, Clockwork Marketing, Florida Lottery, Glenn Layton Homes, GreenPointe Holdings, Hampton Golf, Lee Printing, Pepsi, PRI Productions, Roy’s Restaurant, Southern Wine & Spirits, Sunbelt Rentals and Waste Management. To learn more about bringing this program to your city or school, contact Lynn Layton at (904) 642-0210. More information about child abuse statistics and prevention education can be found at www.

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Spring tradition continues at

Mandarin Art Festival by CARRIE RESCH

Enrique Gonzales from Lexington, Kentucky works on an acrylic painting of St. Augustine’s Bridge of Lions.

The 64th annual Mandarin Art Festival was held April 19-20. The event is organized and hosted by the Mandarin Community Club and held every Easter weekend since 1968. Approximately 100 local and national artists participate in the festival — displaying and selling their work. A children’s art show for elementary and middle school students, a green market and a bake sale are also part of the festivities. The children’s art show awarded first, second and third place for three different grade divisions and for best in show school and best in show student. The children’s art show was sponsored by Young Rembrandts. The festival is the longest running event of its kind in Northeast Florida. For more information, visit

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Some gnomes on display from Gnome and Garden.





In late April, residents of the First Coast were invited to explore some of Jacksonville’s most beautiful homes as part of the 40th annual Riverside Avondale Preservation Home Tour. The two-day, self-guided tour featured 11 homes, a historic church and a high school showcasing a compelling range of architectural styles. New this year was the RAP Ethan Allen Dreamhouse, located in the Historic Witschen Home at 1822 Edgewood Avenue. RAP hosted a preview party for the new home on the tour featuring interior designers who participated in decorating the home. Other featured homes included an Art House curated by the Jacksonville Artist Guild as well as a Craftsman Showcase House where guests were treated to complimentary Bold Bean coffee and snacks from local retailers, Edgewood Bakery, Edible Arrangements and Sweet Theory. All proceeds go to Riverside Avondale Preservation, a nonprofit membership group. Riverside Avondale was named one of America’s 10 Great Neighborhoods by the American Planning Association in 2010. For more information about the group, visit

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Shrimp Festival by KELLY H. MCDERMOTT photos by SUSAN GRIFFIN

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There’s nothing fishy about the huge economic impact of the annual Eight Flags Shrimp Festival at Fernandina Beach. The 51st annual event was held this year in early May, and the event was deemed a huge success despite some rain. Festival management announced on their Facebook page that the event saw an estimated 90,000 people in attendance, with a total economic impact of over $9.5 million. The festival started as annual spring shrimp boat race and has grown to a regional event to include food, a parade, a pirate invasion, entertainment, arts and crafts and, of course, shrimp boats. This year’s event included more than 400 arts, crafts and antiques vendors and almost 20 nonprofit food booths run by Nassau County organizers. Also in attendance this year was Edgar Hansen of the Discovery Channel reality TV show, “Deadliest Catch.” Events this year included the crowning of “Miss Shrimp Festival 2014,” a parade of boats, a pirate parade, Best Beard Contest, Best Pirate Contest, ice cream eating contest and the Shrimp Festival 5K Run/Walk. Graham Jewell was crowned as this year’s festival pageant winner. Many food vendors served wild-caught local shrimp in a variety of dishes, such as shrimp pie, shrimp quesadillas, shrimp pizza and many more. The next Shrimp Fest is slated for May 1-3. For more, visit

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Farm to Family addresses food insecurity, creates jobs and helps family farms stay afloat. by ELIZABETH MIDDLEBROOKS Some of the remarkable things that come out of Hastings seem to have two things in common: a big idea and some pie. Farm to Family, an outreach program of Pie in the Sky, began as a big idea and is now reality, bringing fresh produce to all parts of St. Johns County through a mobile farmers market. Staffed by market ambassadors and former farmworkers, George Hall and Alonzo Gallop, and mobile market driver, George Richardi, the truck takes a weekly journey through Ponte Vedra, St. Augustine and St. Johns, covering a wide swath of the county and selling fresh produce from local family farms. Farm to Family began through a desire to address food insecurity and so-called food deserts in St. Johns County, but once Pie in the Sky got involved, it became a lot more than that. “The food pantry was always going to be about giving out food, but there wasn’t really room for it to grow,” said Pie in the Sky founder Malea Guiriba. “Farm to Family could provide jobs and health and nutrition education; it wouldn’t just be a mobile market. It could grow.”

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‘It’s all because of access’ Guiriba originally approached UF/IFAS Extension Agent David Dinkins after Pie in the Sky’s food pantry was shut down by Second Harvest. She wanted ask for help with providing produce to homebound, elderly members of the Hastings community, but he pitched the idea of a mobile farmers market. Once Guiriba learned more about the food deserts in St. Johns County, she said, she knew this was something to address. “Food desert” has become a buzzword in the news over the last couple of years, but many people still aren’t aware of the problem or exactly what it means, Dinkins said. A food desert is defined as “urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy and affordable food,” according to the USDA website, and a “tremendous number” of them exist in Northeast Florida, Dinkins said. People in food deserts do have access to some food, he said, but it’s generally fast food or items from a convenience store. Many people in these areas also receive SNAP benefits, or food stamps, and their options are severely limited because food cost at convenience stores

is substantially higher than traditional grocery stores. When SNAP benefits or limited incomes must be stretched to buy groceries, Guiriba said, people tend to choose shelf-stable items, such as beans, hash, tuna or Spam, all of which have added sodium and preservatives, which can contribute to a variety of health problems, she said. By bringing fresh, affordable produce directly to people in these food deserts, Farm to Family can help build healthier communities and teach people more about health and wellness with the hope that it will create a cycle that allows the elderly to age in place, rather than in nursing homes or assisted living facilities, Guiriba said. “We’re going into poor neighborhoods, and poor people have poor health because they have poor access. We see unhealthy children who grow into unhealthy adults who grow into unhealthy senior citizens,” she said. “So if we get this food into a food desert and start with that child and help them eat healthier, they’re more likely to grow into an adult who eats healthier. Then that adult grows into an elderly person who has the opportunity to age in place because their health has been better their whole life. “When you look out that far and you think that’s how far-reaching this can be, that’s pretty inspiring — and it’s all because of access.”

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The ‘fresh factor’ A crucial element of Farm to Family’s mission is bringing fresh produce to people who need it, and the current model allows for that. By working with local farms, produce can be harvested, stocked on the truck and on customers’ tables within a day or two, Guiriba said. She pointed out that most grocery store produce is about two weeks old by the time customers buy it, which results in lost nutrients and a short window of time in which that produce can be used. She used a head of cabbage as an example. “That cabbage George and Alonzo were cutting in the field (prior to their employment with Farm to Family) takes two weeks to get to the grocery store. That’s two weeks of nutrients lost, freshness lost, so when you get it you’ve got to use it,” she said. “The key to this program is that it’s fresh … so not only does it provide more nutrients but also it extends the life of that head of cabbage.” Of course, this applies to all the produce, Hall said, describing the process of planting the cabbage, tending it, harvesting it and packing it. Then it goes on a refrigerated truck for a journey to a different part of the country, he said. ‘A people business’ Besides making sure people around St. Johns County are eating more healthfully, Farm to Family is helping a lot of individuals. In addition to creating the jobs for former farmworkers Hall and Gallop, the organization creates opportunities for local family farms and their employees. George Hall, 41, and Alonzo Gallop, 53, are familiar faces at Pie in the Sky events. The men became friends as they spent the last several years together as migrant farmworkers and were natural choices to be part of Farm to Family, Guiriba said. “There’s just something about them,” she said. “It’s their humanity, they look out for each other,” and they were always friendly and helpful at the food pantry. She approached them several months ago to ask if they would be interested in working for the organization, and they agreed enthusiastically, even though no real plan was in place. “‘We’re with you, Miss Pie,’ they’d tell me,” Guiriba said. “It was never a question.” Soon, the men moved from the farm camps to an apartment in St. Augustine. They have all the trappings of a “normal” life now, from air conditioning and nice furniture to bills and work, but this was the goal, Hall said. “I got tired of camp life,” he said. “This is a big step for me and a big First Coast Register | June - July 2014 41

opportunity. I’m learning a lot, financial and money skills, but I’m moving onto bigger and better things.” Hall also said he’s learning things the same way some of the customers are. “This has been a really good learning experience: learning about the business, basically just moving forward and focusing everything I have to give,” he said, adding that he and Gallop are both also eating more healthfully and trying different recipes from a cookbook. Guiriba said Hall’s and Gallop’s experience as farmworkers is invaluable and she considers them experts “because what better experience can you have than to be out there planting those cabbage sprouts, weeding it, cutting it?” Even with machines, “farming is a people business,” she said. Some current farmworkers are staying in business, too. Ben Wells and Chris Barnes are the two main suppliers of the Farm to Family truck, and both men operate their multi-generational family farms in St. Johns County. “These are family farmers who are trying to do things the right way,” Guiriba said. “They’re trying to extend their growing season and find a way to keep their people employed year-round.” Thanks to Farm to Family, that’s happening. Barnes said at the official launch May 17 that he’ll be able to keep a family that works for him employed all year now. “It really is a good thing,” he said. “It brings work and creates jobs.” Wells and Barnes will source produce from other farmers, according to Dinkins with UF/IFAS, with the “hope that eventually dozens of farmers will be involved and we’re reaching thousands of people with fresh produce,” he said. “We want to match up the consumer who’s not getting the freshest fruits and vegetables with the producer — the farmer — who’s not getting a good enough price to stay in business,” Dinkins said, “and hopefully that will be a good marriage.” ‘It fell into place’ As Farm to Family gets up and running, Guiriba has marveled at how relatively easy it was to make this a reality. “It really just all kind of fell into place,” she said. “I always tell my kids, if you have to try so hard to make something work you probably shouldn’t do it, and this was never like that.” A big piece of the pie, Guiriba said, was securing a truck, which was provided by Bozard Ford Lincoln in St. Augustine. “When Lettie Bozard agreed to help, that really validated our approach,” she said. Bozard said when she heard the pitch, “it was completely together.” A big part of the dealership’s brand awareness comes through community partnerships and visibility through supporting nonprofits, which goes a lot further than just writing a check for an ad, Bozard said. “This is absolutely something I believe in, and I think this is amazing,” she said. “In the last handful of years this is the best collaboration Bozard Ford has been part of.” ‘Multitude of opportunity’ Growth is a big theme for Farm to Family: growth of the produce, growth of the economy, growth of the people, growth of the business itself. Thanks to a memorandum of understanding with the county, which Pie in the Sky Board President Ellen Walden orchestrated, Farm to Family can set up shop on county property, which hopefully will make it easier to bring representatives from WIC and SNAP to the market to sign up people who need it. The organization will also work with a nutritionist to develop recipes and educate customers on different ways to prepare what might be unusual produce to them. All income over expenses will go back to Pie in the Sky, Guiriba said, which will continue providing assistance to those who need it. “When someone buys a tomato for $1 at the truck, that dollar doesn’t stop there,” she said. “Maybe 60 cents goes to pay for running the truck and to pay George and Alonzo, but the other 40 cents goes back into Pie in the Sky programs. That dollar is going a long way.” Guiriba likes to think about the possibilities for Farm to Family, including more trucks, daily routes and new partnerships, including organic farms and meat, poultry and dairy producers. “It’s just a multitude of opportunities for people,” she said. “Five years ago (when Pie in the Sky was founded) I never dreamed this is where we’d be,” Guiriba said. “It’s about (the people). It’s about all of us.” Hall nodded vigorously in agreement. “It’s called a blessing,” he said. 42 June - July 2014 | First Coast Register


SHOULD KNOW... The Farm to Family truck makes stops Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday throughout St. Johns County. Tuesday Christ Episcopal Church, Ponte Vedra 400 San Juan Drive, 32082 10 a.m.-noon Serenata Beach Club 3175 S. Ponte Vedra Blvd., 32082 1-3 p.m. Thursday Council on Aging 180 Marine St.,32084 9-10:30 a.m. St. Johns County Health & Human Services 1955 US 1 S.32086 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. County Admin Building 500 San Sebastian View, 32084 2–3 p.m. San Juan del Rio 1714 State Road 13, 32259 4–5:30 p.m. Saturday Southeast Library 6670 US 1 S., 32086 10–11:30 a.m. Solomon Calhoun Center 1300 Duval St., 32084 12:30–2 p.m. More information, including schedule updates, available produce, recipes and volunteer opportunities, is available at

Boat Show and Oyster Jam:

Fun on the Water by HUGH OSTEEN

This spring, Metro Park was packed with water-focused entertainment at the Southeast US Boat Show, which took place adjacent to the Oyster Jam Music Fest. The 18th Annual US Boat Show took place April 11-13 at Metropolitan Park and Marina. This three day event was packed with live seminars, music and boaters clamoring for fun on the water. There were hundreds of boats for sale, as well as quality brokerage boats, displayed and available for purchase. The boats included powerboats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and boating accessories. There was also a food court, beer tents and a tiki bar. Events included a bikini contest, a stand up paddle board race, a corn hole tournament and Wake Slider Jam wakeboard contest. During the same weekend, the Oyster Jam Music Fest also took place at Metropolitan Park and Marina. The Oyster Jam is described as a “huge down-home oyster roast and music festival with over 15 bands rocking on the river.� A wide selection of micro-brews were available to thirsty patrons, including beers from Bold City (Jacksonville), Kona Brewing Company (Hawaii) and Goose Island (Chicago). The beer was perfect to wash down the food, including raw and specialty oysters. A shucking contest took place during the event, with competitors trying to shuck 12 of the cleanest and most appetizing oysters in the fastest time. A cash prize went to the winner. There was an oyster cookoff, offering locals and area restaurants to impress the crowd with their best Oyster Rockefeller and specialty oyster dishes. First Coast Register | June - July 2014 43

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