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FROM THE EDITOR ONE OF US - BOBBY WALLO
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BRIDGING THE GAP ‘iheal’ will give students with autism better ability to communicate
AMELIA ISLAND: SATURDAY PARADISE
SPIRITS UNITE Discover Jacksonville’s Haunted History with River City Haunts ghost tour
CELEBRATING THREE DECADES Caring Chefs
TEEING OFF For a good cause at TPC Sawgrass
LOCALS ENJOY DELICIOUS DESTINATIONS at PV Inn and Club
DONNA FOUNDATION SATISFIES a sweet tooth with a Night in Candyland
A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING and everything in its place
DESIGNING FOR A NEW aging in place generation
COASTAL OAKS AT NOCATEE by Toll Brothers offers family living at its finest
BIG THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN NOCATEE
37TH ANNUAL ART & ANTIQUES SHOW promises impressions of India
COMMUNITY COMES ALIVE through Cummer Enhancements
RUNNING WILD: WHITE OAK 42 promotes animal conservation through education IN THE ARTS
FANTASY, IMAGINATION AND ROLE PLAYING 50 come to Jacksonville with the first ever RAMIcon LESLIE WAYNE OPENS AT J. Johnson Gallery
about this magazine
This month’s cover features a private home in Ponte Vedra Beach, built by Aurora Custom Homes and Remodeling. The photo, courtesy of Michael K. Lenahen, President of Aurora, was taken by Neil Rashba Photography. Visit aurorabuilders.com for more photos and information. 4 OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2013 | FIRST COAST REGISTER
The First Coast Register is a bi-monthly general interest magazine published by The Ponte Vedra Recorder and OPC News, LLC. The magazine can be found throughout the upscale areas of greater Jacksonville. For advertising inquiries call 904.285.8831. Susan Griffin, Publisher Kelly Hould, Editor Rob Conwell, Circulation Manager Elizabeth M. Steif, Staff Writer Carrie Resch, Staff Writer/Sales Coordinator Ed Johnson, Senior Account Executive Kristin Flanagan, Account Executive Cary Johnson, Manon Zamora-Barwick, Publication Design April Snyder, Sales Assistant
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here’s no place like home—but sometimes you have to leave home for a little while to remember that. When it came to buying my first house, I knew I wanted to choose an area on the First Coast because there’s no place on earth I’d rather work and play. I bought my first home in March in the Riverside community. However, with the rush of work, moving and the summer, I’m not sure I ever appreciated the home that I moved into. In September, I took my first week-long vacation from work… ever! I left the country for eight days, leaving the Ponte Vedra Recorder and First Coast Register in the competent hands of my editorial team (Elizabeth Steif, Carrie Resch and Cary Johnson) while leaving my new home in the competent hands of my fiancé. It was a long road getting home, including four days in airports. When I arrived back, it was almost midnight and I was jet lagged beyond belief. I wheeled my luggage into our little house and almost couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Maybe it was the lack of sleep or maybe it was the change in perspective of spending a week away, but my house took my breath away. I felt such a pure joy not only to be home, but also to have a home with such character in a corner of the world that is so charming. It is my hope that this issue of the First Coast Register, our Fall “At Home” issue, will give you that same sort of fresh perspective on Jacksonville, Amelia Island, St. Augustine and the Beaches. If you’re a visitor to the area who wants to see destinations off the beaten path, we offer stories about the new community of Nocatee on page 34, the bountiful Amelia Island farmers markets on page 14 and the unforgettable Riverside Arts Market on page 50. If you’re a long-time resident, I hope you’ll enjoy learning more about the area you already love with our story about the White Oak Conservation Center on page 42, a spooky historical tour on page 16 and a family-friendly arts calendar on page 48. There’s no place like the First Coast!
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One of Us! BOBBY WALLO photos and story by CARRIE RESCH
Bobby Wallo is part owner of JRoberts Fine Jewelry in San Marco. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Jacksonville in 2002 for new business opportunities. He and his business partner of 30 years, Rick Gammiere have owned a number of other businesses together including RickJohn, Inc., a roofing company based in Pittsburgh. The pair decided to establish a fine jewelry business in 2008. JRoberts specializes in bridal jewelry and high end watches. They also carry pearls and anything diamond related such as diamond earrings, diamond studs, diamond bands, yellow diamonds, blue diamonds and necklaces. How did J. Roberts get started? We decided to open a jewelry store in Fleming Island in 2008. When our lease was up, we decided to move the store to San Marco. September 9, 2013 was our first day. We are branding a new name, JRoberts Fine Jewelry and our specialty is bridal diamonds. We have a fulltime jeweler on staff who is a partner in the business. His name is Joe Espinoza, and he’s the “J” in JRoberts. We are extremely excited to be a part of the revitalization in San Marco and very pleased with our location. You said you specialize in bridal, what lines do you carry? We are very proud to have a couple of exclusive bridal lines. We have A. Jaffe. They have been in the bridal business since 1892. We have another exclusive line called Jolie Designs out of Los Angeles, CA. Last but not least, we have a line that we are really, really excited to introduce. It’s called Sylvie. It’s designed by a woman for a woman, and we’re excited to have them on board. You also carry watches? Our watch line consists of we carry the Citizen Signature Collection. We also carry 88 Rue du Rhone which is a watch line started by Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil’s grandsons. They are all Swiss made, and they are absolutely beautiful. We also carry a line of used Rolex and Cartier, so we carry a high end watch line and have a used high end watch line division as well. What else does the jewelry store offer? We also offer what is called CounterSketch. CounterSketch is a new program that it allows the consumer to design their own ring with over 40,000 selections of rings from 14 karat to platinum.You pick your metal, pick your color of metal, pick your stone size.You pick everything you want, and we design it right in front of you. It allows you to get exactly what you want. We are one of 900 jewelers chosen to do that in the United States, so I’m pretty proud of that. Any future plans for JRoberts? We have a grand opening sale that is running through Christmas, and we are planning an official grand opening party that will be open to the public. No date has been set yet for the grand opening party. Stay tuned. JRoberts Fine Jewelry is located at 3200 Hendricks Road in San Marco. For more information, call (904) 396-7100. 10 OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2013 | FIRST COAST REGISTER
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bridging the gap
‘IHEAL’ WILL GIVE STUDENTS WITH AUTISM BETTER ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE by ELIZABETH M. STEIF
L HEAL President Alan Pickert and HEAL Treasurer Vic Johnson
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eslie Weed wants to give kids with autism the power of communication by putting iPads in ESE classrooms around Northeast Florida. Weed, who founded HEAL (Healing Every Autistic Life) in 2004, saw the benefit of the technology when she bought an iPad for her daughter Lanier, who is nonverbal and profoundly affected by autism. With the iPad, Lanier could communicate with her parents, siblings and teachers. “She could speak to us through this,”Weed said.“When you’re teaching a child with autism, there’s a disconnect in communication, and the iPad eliminates that.” Because of autism’s effect on her fine motor skills, Lanier can’t use sign language or hold a pen or pencil, but because of her iPad,“her teachers were astonished at how much she knew,”Weed said. The Weeds downloaded hundreds of pictures, everything from images of the beach to basic needs like a toothbrush to everyday images like “Mom’s car,” and Lanier could use those images to “speak” to her family and teachers. Weed donated an iPad to Lanier’s classroom at the time at Ocean Palms Elementary, and it’s become a center for the students, she said. Now she hopes to raise enough money through HEAL to eventually put an iPad in every special needs classroom in St. Johns, Baker, Clay, Duval and Nassau counties, as well as Camden County in Georgia. “The need is unbelievable,”Weed said, pointing out that there are nearly 50 classrooms in St. Johns County alone that would benefit from having an iPad. The project, iPads Helping Enrich Autistic Lives, doesn’t have an exact price tag yet, but efforts are already under way to raise money for the initiative. In September, HEAL held the Bobby Weed-Jack Ingram Charity Golf Classic at TPC Sawgrass, with more than 300 people in attendance at a special concert by Ingram. The Players Championship and the Nimnicht Family of Dealerships sponsored the event. “The Players is a proud supporter of HEAL and is honored to present this year’s event at TPC Sawgrass,” Matt Rapp, executive director of The Players, said in a news release.“… Together, we can help bring new learning opportunities to those with developmental disabilities through the touch of an iPad.” At a cost of nearly $500 each, though, getting iPads for every classroom in every county is a long-term goal. More immediately, Weed said, HEAL will work with school districts to identify the classrooms in schools with highest need and start there. “If I could get an iPad to all of these teachers, I would be so happy,”Weed said. She hopes to present the first donations in December or January. As a parent, Weed said, it’s “unbelievable” to watch the students work and to see how quickly they pick up the technology. When a teacher is giving a verbal command to a student who might not be able to process the words, the frustration “is over the top” for both the teacher and the student, Weed said. But the iPads don’t create the same demand — if a student gets something wrong, he or she can simply start over and try again. With the iPads,“kids have control. They’re in control of this life they don’t usually have control of,” she said.“They’re heroic to get through every day in a classroom when there is so much going on.”
HEAL President Alan Pickert and Linda Pickert and HEAL Treasurer Vic Johnson and Lisa Johnson
John McMahan, Lisa McMahan, Darla Neal, and Greg Neal
Chuck Hyman and Jan Healy
HEAL founders Leslie and Bobby Weed
Country singer Jack Ingram
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a Saturday paradise
by KELLY HOULD photos by Susan Griffin
lthough the First Coast has no shortage of bountiful farmers markets, those who frequent markets might enjoy going a bit off the beaten path to make a day trip while exploring the Fernandina Beach Market Place and the Amelia Farmers Market. The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market features arts, crafts, food and music every Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., rain or shine, at Lime and North 14th streets, near the movie theater, in historic downtown Fernandina. Free parking is available and well-behaved pets are welcome. At the Fernandina Beach Market, you’ll find vendors such as Alex’s Russian Bakery, Amelia Pasta, Boatright Family Farm, Karen’s Pies, Olive Affairs and Seven Trees Nursery. For more information, visit ameliaislandmarketplace. com. Right around the corner, you’ll find the Amelia Farmers Market at the Shops of Omni Amelia Island
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Plantation, 6800 First Coast Highway. The Amelia Farmers Market is open every Saturday, year-round from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and features vendors with freshly prepared products, local produce and artisan foodstuffs. For more information, visit ameliafarmersmarket.com. While youâ€™re at the island, why not take a walking tour and absorb the rich history of the area? The Amelia Island Museum of History offers walking tours up Historic Centre Street and into
the Silk Stocking District, introducing groups to the many great historical figures who influenced the architecture and business on the island. If you donâ€™t have time to catch the guided walking tour, you can conduct your own tour with a PDF provided by ameliaisland.com at www.ameliaisland.com/uploadedFiles/ WalkingTour2011.pdf. For information about the guided tour, call (904) 261-7378.
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Spirits Unite by CARRIE RESCH
DISCOVER JACKSONVILLE’S HAUNTED HISTORY WITH THE RIVER CITY HAUNTS GHOST TOUR
ave you ever been led through the streets of downtown by a ghost with a lantern? Now’s your chance. Just in time for Halloween, AdLib Luxury Tours & Transportation Inc., the folks that have the acclaimed Jacksonville “Top to Bottom” walking tour, have launched another kind of hauntingly delightful tour to their agenda — the “River City Haunts” tour. The inaugural tour took place Saturday, Sept. 28 with a gathering of 25 people who were guided by Ad Lib Tours creator, Gary Sass dressed as Lewis Zachariah Hogans. Hogans was the first settler of downtown Jacksonville. He and the “ghosts” you meet along the way are based on real-life historical figures who once lived in Jacksonville, but due to circumstances, remain to haunt city residents until they can be vindicated. Sass said he designed the tour to “show you the darker side of
The “ghosts” of the River City Haunts tour. Left to right: Lauren Mosley, Michael Smiley, Kira Sass, Gary Sass, and Susan Sass
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Jacksonville.” The tour combines a narration of history blended with a few surprises along the way. Jacksonville resident Mattie Davis took the inaugural tour. “I enjoyed the tour,” she said.“I’ve taken the Top to Bottom tour, so I was really looking forward to this tour. We need to learn about our history, and it’s nice to have a tour like this available.” The River City Haunts tour costs $20 per person. Groups of 25 or more can call and schedule a private tour. The tour is offered every Friday night at 8 p.m. and lasts about an hour and a half. Reservations are required. The walking tour is about one mile in length and meanders through 12 city blocks including the Northbank Riverwalk, Market Street, Forsyth Street and Hogan Street. For more information or to make a reservation call AdLib Luxury Tours & Transportation, Inc. at (904) 827-1845, email gary@ adlibtours.com, or visit www.adlibtours.com.
Gary Sass, in the character of Lewis Zachariah Hogans heads up the River City Haunts tour leading tour participants through the streets of downtown Jacksonville via lantern.
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CELEBRATING THREE DECADES OF
CHEFS by KELLY HOULD photos by Susan Griffin
ickets for the 30th annual Caring Chefs fundraiser benefiting the Children’s Home Society of Florida are now on sale. Caring Chefs is the First Coast’s first and biggest food and wine-tasting event. Each year sellout crowds of more than 2,000 fill The Avenues Mall to enjoy live music while sampling the finest local cuisine and beverages. Proceeds from the event assist CHS in providing services and programs to help children and families break the generational cycle of abuse and neglect. Whether providing a safe harbor for an abused toddler, finding parents for an abandoned child, redirecting a troubled teen or transforming an addicted mother to an productive parent, CHS is there to help children and families in crisis. Last year’s event officially became the most successful fundraising event ever for Children’s Home Society of Florida, smashing the previous record with $31,000 more in sponsorships and achieving another sellout crowd. The First Coast’s original food tasting event generated $147,500 in sponsorships with an additional $60,000 anticipated from ticket sales, taking the event over the $200,000 mark and generating more support to help children who have been abused and neglected. Tickets can be purchased and more information found at www.chscaring.chefs.org or at (904) 493-7738.
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Liz Stewart , Tiffany Marus & Christine Hoffman
teeing off FOR A GOOD CAUSE
AT TPC SAWGRASS by KELLY HOULD photos by Susan Griffin
he First Tee of North Florida held the eighth annual Taste of Golf Event on Sept. 25, honoring Scott Langley with special guests Jim and Tabitha Furyk. Hosted by the PGA Tour, the signature event was the official charitable event of the Web.com Tour Championship and included art, fine dining, live music and a live and silent auction. For more information visit tasteofgolf.com.
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Milan Moore , Amanda Balionis & Cole Pepper
Steve Wheatcroft & Sarah Skevington
Lindsey Godfrey & Kimm Davis
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Destinations AT PV INN & CLUB O
by KELLY HOULD photos by Susan Griffin
n Sunday, Sept. 7, St.Vincent’s Healthcare Foundation hosted the 12th Annual Delicious Destinations food and wine event at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. The proceeds from Delicious Destinations benefit St.Vincent’s Community Health Outreach Programs. These outreach programs enable St.Vincent’s to continue providing medical care to the underserved in Northeast Florida. Delicious Destinations is a significant part of the Foundation’s annual efforts to help fund St.Vincent’s Mobile Health Outreach Ministry, Seton Center for Women & Infants Health, Mobile Mammography, the School Nurse Program, Kids Together Against Cancer and others. The event featured celebrity chef Norman Van Aken of Norman’s at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, Orlando, Fla., as well as Luis Torres of Americas Constellation Academy of Wine. The event also featured a live and silent auction.
Louis Vuitton Silent Auction Item
Charlene Shirk Auctioneer
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Hermann Muller Executive Chef PV Inn & Club
Jennifer Trent & Sarah Bicker
SD26 NY,NY Matteo Bergamini
Jessica Reed & Margaret Hatina
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DONNA FOUNDATION SATISFIES A SWEET TOOTH WITH A
photos and story by CARRIE RESCH
he Donna Foundation, named for and founded by breast cancer survivor Donna Deegan, celebrated its 10th anniversary with “A Decade with Donna” at Alhambra Theatre & Dining on Thursday, Aug. 29. The celebration included a pre-celebration and a pink champagne toast before a viewing of “Dixie Swim Club.” “Dixie Swim Club” is about women who were childhood friends who gather once a year to reconnect. The play parallels the lives of the four childhood friends who co-founded The Donna Foundation, Susie Slappey, Celeste Beale, Donna Deegan and Julie D. Terrazzano. “A Decade with Donna”was a partnership between the Alhambra and The Donna Foundation to help raise funds for the breast cancer awareness organization. The first Night in Candyland to benefit The Donna Foundation took place Sept. 26 at the Everbank Center. The candy-themed party included a pie throwing contest, food (and candy) from local vendors including River Front Cafe and Caterer’s, Olive Garden, Sweet Pete’s, Kilwins, Biscotti’s and Choux Cake Studio, a silent auction, a magician and a host of attendees dedicated in their fight against breast cancer. The Jacksonville law firm Kenny Leigh & Associates, a partner with The Donna Foundation, approached the foundation about doing the Candyland fundraiser. Stefani Nolan of Kenny Leigh & Associates is part of the Raising the Bar community outreach group of the law firm.The outreach group is responsible for putting the event together. “They worked very hard on this,” Kenny Leigh said of the Raising the Bar outreach group. “It’s a passion for Kenny and it’s a passion for me why we’re involved,” Nolan said. Leigh added the Donna Foundation is an organization he cherishes because the foundation helps people in need right now with challenges breast cancer patients face. Decorations for the event were provided by Glenn Certain Studios and Balloon Event Construction Company.
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THE ORGANIZATION CELEBRATES A DECADE WITH EVENTS TO RAISE MONEY FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH AND CELEBRATE SURVIVORS.
The Lawyers of Combs Greene McLester stepped out for A Night in Candyland to support the Donna Foundation and took a turn posing in the Instnat Photocube. Left to right: Steve Combs, Deborah Greene, Robert Jeffrey, Courtney Hill, Shane Herbert and Jin Chang.
Donna Deegan and Donna Foundation Director Julie D. Terrazzano at the Donna Foundations 10th Anniversary Party
Pam Paul and Donna Deegan at the Donna Foundations 10th Anniversary Party
The founders of the Donna Foundation: Susie Slappey, Celeste Beale, Donna Deegan, and Julie D. Terrazzano at the Donna Foundationâ€™s 10th Anniversary Party.
Heather and Ellie Leigh at A Night in Candyland
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A PLACE FOR W EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE: GETTING ORGANIZED WITH CUSTOMIZED STORAGE SOLUTIONS FROM TAILORED LIVING by CARRIE RESCH
hen it comes to homes, what comes standard in the home such as the garage, the pantry or the closets come in the garden variety one size fits all. The problem with that is that people have needs as individual as they are, and to compound the matter, many of the standard-issue home storage areas do not maximize space. Enter the world of customized storage solutions and their role in simplifying one’s life by making sure everything has its place. Tim Blin is the owner of Tailored Living, a customized storage solution business that focuses on areas of the home such as the garage, closets, pantry and even laundry rooms. Blin opened a Jacksonville Tailored Living location in 2005 and has serviced over 2,500 homes in Northeast Florida. “There’s a trend right now that people are trying to do more with less,” Blin said.“People want that minimal clutter-free look, and there’s been studies done that show that clutter can help create stress in one’s life.” Tailored Living features Premier Garage, a custom storage solution for all of the common garage items such as tools, sports equipment, holiday decorations and home supplies. For some homeowners, improving the look of the garage might not be a priority when it comes to enhancing their home, but as Blin pointed out, for many, the garage door is used as an entryway to their home, so there are benefits to having the area clean and organized. One of the services offered by his company is helping customers sort through their clutter and purge what they don’t need.“It’s just like the TV show,” Blin said.“You have a pile that you are going to throw away, you are going to keep, or you are going to donate.” Another candidate for custom built-ins in the home is the closet. “The key to any closet is it has to be well designed for your needs,” Blin said.“Most wire shelving that is standard in closets is very inefficient.” Based on the client’s individual needs, Blin said he tries to make as much of the space useful as possible by utilizing every inch of the closet including building up in height. Custom built-ins have adjustable accessories for clothing accessories such as ties and belts, and by designing the space to fit your needs, you can even have a place for clothes hampers or valet rods — whatever would simplify your everyday life. “In Florida, we don’t have basements, and attics are very rare, so we really have to use the space we have,” Blin said. So, what is the number one positive impact of organizing your home according to Blin? “It just makes the home run more efficiently,” he said. For more information about Tailored Living, call (904) 645-0885 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIVE BENEFITS TO CUSTOM BUILT-INS • Maximizes storage space • Increases home value by creating abundant storage and differentiating your home from other homes • Customized to your individual needs • Reduces clutter, which in turn reduces stress • Aesthetically appealing Tim Blin of Tailored Living 26 OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2013 Jacksonville
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ICI Homes Allegheny model at Greenleaf Preserve at Nocatee
DESIGNING FOR A NEW
aging in place GENERATION
ith its sunny skies, miles of white sandy beaches and championship golf courses, Northeast Florida is one of the most popular retirement destinations — particularly among the millions of Baby Boomers who are entering or approaching retirement age. The Baby Boomer generation is redefining the definition of the retirement
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years as they mature and changing the concept of senior living. Many are interested in remaining in their homes. Others may relocate to be closer to children and other family members. Some will move into a home at a senior community. “Today’s homebuyers are changing industry dynamics as well as how we want to live in our homes,” said Judith Sisler Johnston, president of Sisler Johnston Interior Design.“Mature homebuyers want to live in an upscale setting with amenities and a lifestyle that meets their needs and aspirations.”
AGING IN PLACE
When it comes to where they live, many seniors have a simple desire. They want to remain living independently in their own home for as long as possible. In many cases, these homes will require design modifications to increase the home’s accessibility and occupants’ safety. Universal design, a design that allows function and aesthetics to coexist, helps to make that possible. “It is important to find a balance of style and safety,” Sisler Johnston said.
Leeward Manor at Fleet Landing in Atlantic BeachPreserve at Nocatee Universal design enhancements can range from simple improvements to extensive renovations. Improved lighting and stylized safety features, such as hand rails installed by stairways or in the bathroom near the tub or sink, are popular modifications. Some homeowners add walk-in showers, higher toilets and spa tubs to their homes. Others have installed elevators as an alternative to stairs, discovering in some cases that it is less expensive to add an elevator than sell their current home and purchase a single-level home.
ACTIVE ADULT AND SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITIES
Some seniors who want to maintain their lifestyles in an agingfriendly environment are choosing active adult or senior living communities. Many offer low maintenance independent living along with gourmet meals, recreational amenities and numerous activities and programs. Some communities also offer assisted living and advanced care, providing more services and support for those who need it. Designing for active adult and continuing care communities represents nearly two-thirds of Sisler Johnston Interior Design’s business. Sisler Johnston’s design expertise is showcased in several Northeast Florida communities, including two Del Webb active adult communities, Sweetwater and Riverwood at Nocatee, and Fleet Landing in Atlantic Beach. At Sweetwater, beautiful Spanish Mediterranean-inspired architecture highlights Summerland Hall, the 22,000-square-foot amenities center at Sweetwater. In the grand hall, where the ceiling soars to a three-story height, Sisler Johnston selected oversized Italian chiseled-edge walnut limestone flooring and an enormous chandelier. The impressive grand hall walls have a hand-applied Venetian plaster in shades of ochre covered with a topaz glaze. The 37,000-square-foot Anastasia Club at Riverwood at Nocatee highlights Coastal Mediterranean style and a rich color palette of burgundy, gold, green and blue. Axminster carpeting, faux-painted ceilings and dramatic window treatments in the ballroom are among the features showcased the Anastasia Club’s design. At Fleet Landing, Sisler Johnston has completed several design projects including the redesign of Leeward Manor, the community’s assisted living center. Leeward Manor showcases a rich Mediterranean color palette of citrine, honey and ryegrass green. Custom commercial fabrics and furnishings were used to emulate materials and finishes chosen in upscale homes, fine hotels and home fashion magazines. Sisler Johnston has completed several renovations at Fleet FIRST COAST REGISTER | OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2013 31
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Summerland Hall at Sweetwater
Landing’s Coleman Center, a community amenity center that houses a three-story atrium lounge, dining room, community library, administrative offices and more. Sisler Johnston has designed several of the models that showcase Fleet Landing’s patio homes and apartments. Interior design is an important component of any home or community. It blends function and aesthetics to create an ambiance that makes residents and guests feel comfortable and at home.
years and received more than 200 industry awards. For more information about Sisler Johnston Interior Design, call (904) 288-0908 or visit www.sislerjohnston.com.
ABOUT SISLER JOHNSTON INTERIOR DESIGN
Sisler Johnston Interior Design offers comprehensive interior design services for commercial and residential clients. The company specializes in marketable designs for active adult and continuing care senior lifestyle communities. Sisler Johnston Interior Design also designs community centers, builder model homes, private residences, hotel guest accommodations and office suites. Judith Sisler Johnston, president of Sisler Johnston Interior Design, is a licensed Interior Designer (FL ID 217) and an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers, the International Interior Design Association, the Certified Green Professional Council and is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist. She is Florida’s leading authority on designing spectacular environments that are inspiring, functional and contribute to the wellness and self-esteem of their occupants. Sisler Johnston and the company’s team of licensed, talented designers work with clients to enhance their surroundings with designs that range from traditional elegance to contemporary classic. Sisler Johnston’s design work has been featured in numerous books, newspapers, magazines and television programs. The company has worked with clients throughout Florida for over 25
Anastasia Club at Riverwood at Nocatee
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Coastal Oaks at Nocatee BY TOLL BROTHERS OFFERS FAMILY LIVING AT ITS FINEST
oastal Oaks at Nocatee by Toll Brothers, the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes, is the only amenityrich, gated community focused on family and luxury living in Nocatee. Located close to some of the top public schools in Florida, residents enjoy exquisite homes surrounded by resort-style amenities and numerous activities. “Our buyers are drawn to Toll Brothers’ award-winning home designs and outstanding amenities as well as Nocatee’s beautiful natural environment and location,” said Toll Brothers North Florida Division President Greg Netro.“Coastal Oaks at Nocatee residents live in one of the most desirable communities in northeast Florida where they enjoy a beautiful setting and a terrific quality of life.” Priced from the $300,000s to more than $800,000, Coastal
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Oaks at Nocatee by Toll Brothers offers several different collections of single-family home designs, ranging from approximately 2,000 square feet to more than 5,000 square feet, to suit a wide range of home buyers. The community’s homes are constructed with numerous energy-efficient features included at no additional cost. Additionally, Toll Brothers homes may be personalized to suit each home buyer’s unique taste and lifestyle. Coastal Oaks at Nocatee by Toll Brothers is one of the top communities in northeast Florida for family living. The community has a friendly atmosphere and offers numerous social events and recreational activities that make it easy for residents to get to know their neighbors and develop long-lasting friendships. “Home buyers interested in luxurious, resort-style living are
invited to visit Costal Oaks today to get a first-hand look at this one-of-a-kind community and select their ideal home site,” added Netro. Located in one of the most popular master-planned communities in the nation, the lifestyle at Coastal Oaks at Nocatee by Toll Brothers revolves around world-class amenities, including a Residents’ Club designed with resort-style swimming pools and a 6,500-square-foot clubhouse with a catering kitchen, meeting room and fully equipped fitness center. The community features parks and trails, tennis courts, a basketball and volleyball court, a nature boardwalk, a children’s playground and a softball and soccer field. Coastal Oaks at Nocatee is located within the St. Johns County School District, offering excellent A-rated schools that
are ranked among the top in the state of Florida. Nocatee is one of the most popular master-planned communities in the nation and Coastal Oaks residents also enjoy Nocatee’s numerous programs and amenities including family activities, live music concerts, a farmer’s market, waterpark, greenway trails and other special events. The community is a short drive from the beaches, shopping, historic St. Augustine and downtown Jacksonville. To learn more, visit the community’s sales center and designer-decorated models. Coastal Oaks at Nocatee is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (904) 285-5550 or visit CoastalOaksAtNocatee.com
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BIG THINGS ARE HAPPENING
by ELIZABETH M. STEIF
ales for the first half of 2013 were up 72 percent over 2012, making Nocatee the sixth best-selling master-planned community in the nation. The PARC Group, Nocatee’s master developer, is building on this momentum by expanding amenities available to residents of the community. In addition to an expansion of Splash Water Park, the community will add a junior Olympic-size competition pool, basketball courts, a community garden and a kayak launch on the Intracoastal Waterway. These amenities are expected to be open to residents in late summer 2014. “Community amenities are a major part of the Nocatee lifestyle and an important component of our overall master plan,” PARC Group President and CEO Rick Ray said in a news release. “Our growth has been spectacular, and we are excited to provide more recreational opportunities for our residents.” Nocatee’s growth outpaced all other Florida communities and all but one other community nationwide, according to a report by real estate advisory firm RCLCO. In the report, developers nationwide cited a strengthening economy, low interest rates, attractive prices, improved consumer confidence and innovation as factors driving the growth.
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“The lifestyle makes Nocatee the clear choice for new home buyers in Northeast Florida,” Ray said.“We are continuing to invest in amenities and recreation, but the resident activities, ideal location and sense of community makes Nocatee a special place.” The Splash Water Park expansion will include a new family pool, a children’s playground and additional deck space, shade and covered seating. The new junior Olympic-size, eight-lane competition pool, including shaded bleachers, restrooms, a scoreboard and an event lawn. In addition to the four half-court basketball courts and kayak launch, the community garden will allow residents to grow their own food in a communal space with individual plots. Construction will last through winter and spring, with no interruption to current amenities. The new amenities will go hand-in-hand with Nocatee’s growth: PARC Group says growth is on pace for more than 800 new homes to be built this year. Five communities have added additional phases, and a new community, Brookwood, recently opened. Seven new neighborhoods will open next year.
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37TH ANNUAL ART ANTIQUES PROMISES IMPRESSIONS
OF INDIA T
he Art & Antiques Show held at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center in Jacksonville is produced annually by The Women’s Board to benefit Wolfson Children’s Hospital. The 2013 show will run Friday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 8. The 37th Annual Art & Antiques Show’s theme is Impressions of India, a motif inspired by the country’s use of rich colors and lavish textiles. The show will open Friday, Dec. 6, and feature a lecture from celebrated designer Miles Redd. That evening the Opening Night Party will be held for the first time ever on a Friday night. The show will continue through Sunday, Dec. 8, and feature additional lectures and workshops by Danielle Rollins, Bunny Williams and John Rosselli, James Farmer and Juli Catlin and William Nash. Proceeds from the show will support the creation of Pediatric Surgery Center of Distinction at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Presented by BB&T, the 37th Annual Art & Antiques Show Opening Night Party will be held on Friday, Dec. 6. The theme is “Impressions of India” and the evening will be filled with bright colors, lively entertainment, delicious food and art and antiques of the highest quality. Historically held on the Thursday night prior to the Art & Antiques Show, the Opening Night Party has been moved to Friday night due to a Jacksonville Jaguars scheduling conflict. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www. womensboardwch.com
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he Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens recently opened a new sculpture garden, marking the completion of a major landscape project at its Riverside Avenue location. The J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Community Sculpture Garden and Plaza opened to the public in September with a community celebration that also highlighted the renovation of the entire Riverside Avenue portion of the Cummer campus. “By providing a unique landscape that integrates gardens, art objects and the energy of people, the Cummer campus will become an important bridge between Riverside and downtown and more relevant for the entire community,” museum director Hope McMath said in a news release. The sculpture garden’s inaugural exhibit, “The Human Figure: Sculptures by Enzo Torcoletti,” features work on loan by the St. Augustine-based sculptor. Torcoletti demonstrated his working methods at the community celebration of the garden opening. The garden also features four permanent installations from the Cummer’s collection: William Zorach’s “Spirit of the Dance,” Sir Jacob Epstein’s “Seventh Portrait of Kathleen,” Archie Held’s “Lovers” and Takashi Soga’s “Sea of the Ear Rings.” “The Cummer is thrilled to announce the completion of this important campus expansion,” chief curator Holly Keris said in a news release.“For nearly the last 10 years, the museum has been dedicated to improving visitor experience across the campus, inside and out, from Riverside Avenue to the river itself. From gallery additions and renovations, to new spaces like Art Connections and the Olmstead Garden, the Cummer has been committed to sharing the beauty of art and the natural world in new ways with the entire community. These initiatives merge beautifully in the final phase of the Landscape Enhancement Project, where beauty, nature and community come alive on our front lawn.”
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by ELIZABETH M. STEIF
Seventh Portrait of Kathleen by Sir Jacob Epstein
Spirit of the Dance by William Zorach
Enzo Torcoletti demonstrates his methods
The sculpture garden features a new exhibit and pieces from the permanent collection.
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WHITE OA PROMOTES A CONSERVAT THROUG EDUCATIO
by ELIZABETH M photos by Carrie
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E OAK S ANIMAL VATION OUGH ATION.
TH M. STEIF Carrie Resch
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nce known for its rice paddies, White Oak Plantation is now known instead for the wildlife that live on its 7,400 acres. The property sits along the St. Marys River, with the majority of the land on the Florida side. About 1,000 acres are across the river on the Georgia side, mostly as a protective measure to prevent development, according to Brandon Speeg, conservation coordinator for White Oak. The Gilman family acquired the property in the 1930s, and in 1982 Howard Gilman initiated a conservation program for threatened and endangered species on the property. This year, Mark and Kimbra Howard, a Chicago-based family, purchased the property and established White Oak Conservation Holdings to operate and manage the facilities. A key component of White Oak’s mission, under both old and new ownership, has been education and awareness, Speeg said. To achieve this, White Oak holds events to give the public a better chance not only to understand the conservation efforts but also to interact with and see many animals they might not otherwise encounter. One event,“Breakfast with the Beasts,” allows attendees to watch several of White Oak’s cheetahs run on the facility’s lure course. After the runs, handlers bring the cats by the crowd and answer questions. White Oak has one of the largest cheetah running areas in the 44 OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2013 | FIRST COAST REGISTER
country, Speeg said, in which the cheetahs can reach speeds of over 50 mph. Besides being educational for guests, the runs provide good enrichment and exercise for the cats, Speeg said. They run several times a week, but the event is only open to the public monthly. White Oak is currently home to 30 cheetahs, and more than 150 cubs have been born there. The animal breeding programs at White Oak are crucial for both research and sustainability. By controlling breeding, the animals can sustain a more genetically diverse population, Speeg said, because the animals can be transferred between other accredited programs. The animals in captivity can also serve as a “fallback population” should populations in the wild become further endangered, Speeg said. In addition to cheetahs, White Oak is home to many other endangered or vulnerable animal populations, including the white rhino, okapi, Grevy’s zebra and giraffe, as well as several species of birds. Besides “Breakfast with the Beasts,”White Oak offers several other public programs, such as “An Evening at White Oak,” which includes an overnight stay, and twice-weekly tours. For more information about White Oak, conservation and programs, visit www.whiteoakwildlife.org.
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arts MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART JACKSONVILLE:
MOCA’s new exhibit, Abstraction over Time: The Paintings of Michael Goldberg opened Sept. 21 and runs through Jan. 5. This exhibit is the first to encompass the entire span of Goldberg’s work and shows the history and transformation of abstraction in America. MOCA is located at 333 North Laura Street in Downtown Jacksonville. For more information, call (904) 366-6911 or visit www.mocajacksonville. org/exhibitions.
ALHAMBRA THEATRE & DINING:
Starting Sept. 18 and running through Oct. 20 is “Weekend Comedy” staring Cindy Williams who played Shirley from the television show Laverne & Shirley. The show is about two couples who accidently rent the same cottage for the weekend. The couples, one a young couple and the other an older couple, decide to share the cottage resulting in a comedic clash of generations. Alhambra Theatre & Dining is located at 12000 Beach Blvd. in Jacksonville. For more information, call (904) 641-1212 or visit http://alhambrajax.com.
A CLASSIC THEATRE:
A Classic Theatre presents “Crossroads: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings & Norton S. Baskin in Unguarded Moments” Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2:30 p.m. at Lohman Auditorium, 9505 N. Ocean Blvd. Marineland, FL. Tickets are $20 per person. For reservations, call (904) 829-5807 or visit www.aclassicthe48 OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2013 | FIRST COAST REGISTER
The Bad Seed by Maxwell Anderson will be performed Nov. 1-Nov. 24, 2013. A preview is Oct. 31. The theatre is located at 11 Old Mission Ave. in St. Augustine. For more information or tickets, call the box office at (904) 825-1164 or visit www. limelight-theatre.org.
PLAYERS BY THE SEA:
The dark comedy by Doug Wright, Quills, will be performed Oct. 18-Nov. 2. The Whipping Man, a drama by Matthew Lopez that is set after The Civil War will be performed Nov. 8-Nov. 23. General admission is $28. Student, seniors, and military tickets are $20. Player’s by the Sea is located at 106 6th St. N. in Jacksonville Beach. For more information, call (904) 249-0289 or visit www.playersbythesea.org.
THE CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART & GARDENS:
“Cover the Town with Sound,” a free community concert series featuring a group of Jacksonville Symphony musicians will play in the Semmes Gallery Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required, and it’s first come, first seated. The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is located at 829 Riverside Ave. in Jacksonville. For more information, call (904) 356-6857 or visit www.cummer.org. For a list of additional “Cover the Town with Sound” concerts, visit www.jaxsymphony.org.
YOUR GUIDE TO THE FIRST COAST ARTS SCENE THIS FALL by CARRIE RESCH
MOCA THE CUMMER MUSEUM OF ART
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FANTASY, IMAGINATION AND ROLE PLAYING COME TO JACKSONVILLE WITH THE
RAMI-CON by CARRIE RESCH
Sharon McElwee and her dog Buffy dressed as Zorro.
Chloe and Kyle Dennis. Chloe was dressed as Merida from the movie Brave and Kyle came dressed as Spiderman.
Paige Coleman came dressed as Cheer Bear, one of the Care Bears, Stella Coleman was dressed as an Ewok from Star Wars, and Talon Miller came dressed to impress. Stella won first place for the Sci-Fi category and first place overall for the first annual RAMi-Con costume contest.
Katie Bradlee as Hello Kitty. Sonia Springer as Grell from the manga and anime series, Black Butler.
Jeff and Tammy Terry and their dog, Chase dress as Fry, Leela, and Nibbler from the Television show Futurama.
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The spaceship known as TARDIS shaped like a sixties-style police box that BBCâ€™s Doctor Who uses to time travel was also at RAMi-Con.
alloween is creeping up, but a few Jacksonville residents didnâ€™t wait for the costume-sporting holiday to dress up. The Riverside Arts Market held their version of a conmicon gs that are , convention the cosplay fan gatherin i-Con, RAM held nationwide. The first annual Arts City r Rive the took place Sat., Aug. 24 at a cosd ude incl day The . Market in Jacksonville . ants test tume contest that had around 40 con ly bare the The contestants were all ages, from to teenagwalking, to the four-pawed variety, ndees atte RAM of s dred ers and adults. Hun favorite r thei on vote and ch wat to turned out e thre had contestants. The costume contest k Boo ic Com and categories: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, for best Characters. There was also a contest category. h eac of ners win the een overall betw the day s, dor Along with the usual RAM ven ent rnam Tou d also included a Magilus Wan playrole on acti live , gick hosted by AcmeMa and ks, Wor Ale ition Intu from r bee ing games, of , DIS TAR even a life-sized TARDIS replica. a sixtiescourse, is the spaceship shaped like o uses to Wh tor Doc â€™s BBC style police box that time travel. Season The Riverside Arts Market is in its 5th er Full the er und this year. The market is held . p.m .-4 a.m 10 from s rday Warren Bridge Satu tion rma info g udin incl , tion rma For more info ersideabout upcoming events, visit www.riv 1. -043 389 ) artsmarket.com or call (904
Roxanne Henkle dons her Steampunk Neverland inspired costume.
RJ Olaes as DJ Deadmau5.
The day also included a Magilus Wand Tournament hosted by AcmeMagick.
Hundreds of people turned out to the first ever RAMi-Con event at the Riverside Arts Market Sat., Aug. 24. Here, the crowd watches the costume contest and helps judge the winners by cheering for their favorites. FIRST COAST REGISTER | OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2013 51
J. JOHNSON GALLERY photos by Susan Griffin
he J. Johnson Gallery in Jacksonville Beach hosted an opening reception for Leslie Wayne, Selected Works, on Sept. 27. Wayne works in bold colors and non-traditional canvas shapes to create abstract works. The artist was born in Germany, studied art at Parsons School of Design and the University of California, and currently resides and works in New York. J. Johnson Gallery is located at 177 4th Ave. N. in Jacksonville Beach and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call (904) 435-3200.
Christine Hoffman & Wesley Grissom
Collette Sellers , Charlie Sellers & Geri Price
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Chandel & Blake Kozol
Debbie Gabrielle & Peggy Cornelius & Julie White Gabriele Dempsey Ric & Kathy Clarson
Lyndsay Rossman & Matilda Anderson Angela & Ollie Price
Nicole Story , MaryJo Middleton & Geri Price
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Andre Agassi GALA SPECIAL GUEST
he 17th Annual Merrill Lynch/Bank of America Gala to benefit the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation is all about being “Champions for Children.”This year, the foundation has announced that Grand Slam Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Agassi will be the featured guest speaker during the Gala Dinner. For 17 years, the MaliVai Washington Kids foundation has provided hope and opportunities to local, under-served youth and families in the Jacksonville, Florida area. Guests at the 17th Annual Merrill Lynch/Bank of America Gala will witness firsthand some of the amazing accomplishments of the foundation’s brightest student athletes. The foundation will celebrate students’ successes and commemorate the extraordinary champions who have gone above and beyond for the foundation and its students. For more information on the Gala, sponsorship packages or gala raffles, call (904) 359-KIDS (5437) or email email@example.com.
GALA DINNER & AUCTION Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa 5:45 p.m. 7 p.m.
Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction Dinner, Scholarship Awards Ceremony, and Live Auction
TENNIS PRO-AM Friday, Oct. 18 San Jose Country Club 9 a.m.-noon 1 p.m.
Tennis Pro-Am Lunch and Brief Awards Ceremony
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Published on Jan 8, 2014