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COMMUNITY Apr. 6-7

Community Picks Apr. 14

JACKSONVILLE BACKYARD BARBECUE COMPETITION

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ONE SPARK

Everbank Field OneSpark.com

One Spark 2018 will usher in a new era of innovation, energy and excitement. Held in the U.S Assure Club East of Everbank Field, the two-day festival will feature the brightest new ideas in technology, health, education, social good and much more. Beginning at 6 p.m. the festival transforms into the One Spark After Dark that attendees have come to love and expect since the festival’s inception.

Sample BBQ from up to 60 teams and cast your vote for the best BBQ in Jacksonville at the 8th annual Jacksonville Backyard BBQ Championships. Enjoy music, games for the kids, and great BBQ for a great cause. This event is a fundraiser for the Glyn Cook Memorial Scholarship for Daniel kids. The scholarship is awarded to formerly homeless Daniel kids who are in college. Celebrity and certified BBQ judges will rate the entries and crown the Amateur BBQ King of Jacksonville. Pro teams compete for a share of a prize pool.

Apr. 13

PARTY OF THE DECADES

Anheuser Busch Brewery PartyOfTheDecades.com

Everyone will start in the Rockin’ 50s with a Level 1 access ticket, where swingin’ 50s artist Billy Buchanan and His Rock n’ Soul Revue will be performing. But if you don’t want to get stuck there, make sure you upgrade to the Funky 70s Level 2 access ticket for added admission into the 70s, where the Boogie Freaks will be getting groovy. The fun doesn’t stop there though. Get a Rockin’ 90s All Access Pass to be able to flow from room to room as the night progresses, where DJ EL will be slammin’ the party for the night.

Apr. 21 EARTH DAY AT THE LANDING

Jacksonville Landing JacksonvilleLanding.com

The Jacksonville Landing welcomes you, your friends, your family, your pets and all others to celebrate Earth Day on April 21 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at The Jacksonville Landing. This FREE celebration will include earth-friendly vendors, artisans market, kids play zone, kid’s entertainment, riverfront dining and more!

FIRST COAST CONNECT with MELISSA ROSS Norman spoke in Jacksonville on March 29th at FSCJ South’s Wilson Center as part of the VyStar International Artist Lecture Series. Despite his iconic status as a trailblazing animator, Norman says that was never on his mind when he started his career.

“I had no social agenda when I came to Disney in my youth,” he said. “We were just a bunch of kids looking for a job. It was an incredible time to be at the studio.” Norman was named a Disney Legend in 2007. In 2008, he appeared as Guest of Honor at Comic-Con International, where he was given an Inkpot Award.

THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON I’VE INTERVIEWED THIS MONTH If you’ve seen classic films like “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Jungle Book” or the “Toy Story” movies, you’ve seen the work of legendary animator Floyd Norman. The 81-year-old Norman became the first African-American animator for the Walt Disney Studios back in 1959. In the decades since, he has helped many bring Disney and Pixar classics to life. Norman’s talents have touched The Jungle Book, Robin Hood, Mulan, the Toy Story movies, Monsters, Inc., just to name a few. He’s also worked on animated television productions like “Fat Albert,” “Cosby Kids,” and “The Smurfs.” 4

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He’s also an author and the subject of a documentary film, Floyd Norman: An Animated Life. Norman is a man of unique talents who’s succeeded in a difficult industry and achieved iconic status, yet remains humble.

“I used to be mentored by ‘the old man’ (Walt Disney) when I was a young guy, and now, I realize I’m the old fogey and am in a position to mentor all the great young talent that’s coming up. That’s a nice position to be in!” Be sure to tune into First Coast Connect on WJCT 89.9 FM each weekday morning at 9am to hear from the most compelling newsmakers of the First Coast!


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CONQUER EVERYWHERE Dave & Steve of iROCKER Paddle Boards

From working in transportation logistics to running a world-wide inflatable standup paddle board company, iROCKER owners Stephen Elder and Dave Erwin have skyrocketed their company into an iSUP sensation. How did iROCKER begin?

Growing up on the water, Dave and Steve have had a passion for water sports longer than they can remember. However, they kept running into the same problem—wanting to bring their favorite boards on their adventures but not always able to do so. Inspired to create a portable, better quality and more affordable paddle board, Dave and Steve decided to combine what they liked about both inflatable and hard boards, leave out what they didn’t like, and formulate their own design that was perfectly suitable for them. They wanted to create a unique, inflatable paddle board brand that was affordable, innovative and one of the best iSUP options on the market.

A few years later, Dave and Steve are now selling iROCKER iSUP in the US, Australia, Canada and Europe. They have continued to innovate their boards and just launched their newest line of 2018 iROCKER boards, in addition to a new high-end line of boards called BLACKFIN.

What makes iROCKER Paddle Boards different?

Beside the fact that iROCKER boards are easily portable, iROCKER uses only the highest quality Quad Layer military grade PVC in their inflatable paddle boards, which provides more protection than other boards on the market. They are designed specifically to withstand the inevitable harsh terrain you may encounter along your journey. iROCKER is at the very top in quality boards in the industry. You can buy a cheaper paddle board, but not a better one than iROCKER.

Favorite place to paddle? “Marsh lands off the intracoastal waterway.” - Dave What’s your idea of a perfect day? “Sunny, 78 degrees, slight breeze, in a jeep, on the beach, with my family and friends.” - Steve What’s been your greatest accomplishment since starting iROCKER? “Launching iROCKER in foreign countries. 1st Canada, 2nd Europe, and 3rd Australia.” - Dave What do you love most about your job? “Talking to our customers, finding out what they like and don’t like, and listening about their paddle adventures and all the places that they’ve been able to take iROCKER.” - Dave

Photo: Steve (left) Dave (right)

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“The customers – I like the personal connection we get when our customers call us and ask questions about which board they need or should buy, and then when they leave us reviews or call us back to tell us how much they love their board. That makes the job we do a great one and worthwhile!” - Steve


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TOP 5 PLACES TO PADDLE BOARD IN JACKSONVILLE

TROUT CREEK PARK

Trout Creek Park is a 16.5 acre passive park open free of charge to all visitors. The site features a double boat ramp with handy access to Trout Creek and the St. Johns River and an accessible boardwalk borders the canal and ramps. A half-mile nature trail meanders along the inside perimeter of the park. This park is great for the paddle boarder that wants to see the sights by foot and on the water.

REDDIE POINT PRESERVE

Reddie Point Preserve is located at the bend of the St. Johns River and provides spectacular views of the St. Johns River and downtown Jacksonville. This park also offers a large fishing pier and docking station for boats, this park is great for the

paddle boarder that wants to see the sights by foot and on the water.

BLUE CYPRESS PARK

Located in the Arlington area, Blue Cypress Center is a great place to come and play. When not paddle boarding on the water, visitors may enjoy a hike along the park’s paved nature trail, a dip in the swimming pool, some fishing in the lake, a game of golf on the facility’s 9-hole golf course or a kayak excursion along the St. John’s River from the park’s shoreline launch site.

JULINGTON DURBIN PRESERVE

Uniquely located on a peninsula formed at the confluence of Julington and Durbin Creek, the Julington Durbin Preserve provides visitors with several natural communities ranging from sandhill in higher middle regions to the lower flatwood communities, to even lush floodplain swamps and marshes. You’ll be sure to find a paddle boarding adventure at this preserve.

GUANA RIVER STATE PARK

Guana State Park has one of the most unique environments in North Florida. The park boasts as many as 44 species of mammals, along with several species of reptile and bird life. Besides the miles of hiking trails and four legged mammals, Guana State Park has some of the most beautiful North Florida paddling the area has to offer.

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TOP 5 PLACES TO PADDLE BOARD ON VACATION

HUVADHOO ATOLL, MALDIVES

Guests at The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort in the Huvadhoo Atoll have the chance to paddle on top a pristine barrier reef. On a clear day, you can see up to 30 feet below. Bring a snorkel along on your board so you can listen closely for parrot fish nibbling on the coral. It’s also common to find dolphins, surgeon fish and turtles.

MERRITT ISLAND, FLORDIA

Add this bioluminescent tour to your bucket list. Guests get to paddle board along the scenic Banana River after dark. As the dinoflagellates (single-celled micro organisms) get stirred up, they begin to glow, creating a glow-in-the-dark spectacle. Who wouldn’t want to paddle board with that?

LAKE POWELL, ARIZONA

With 96 dramatic red-rock canyons as your backdrop, plenty of caves and inlets and surreal blue water, Lake Powell is a popular spot for boating, kayaking and especially paddle boarding. However, it doesn’t ever feel crowded because of its scope. As the second largest man-made lake in the U.S., it has more shoreline than the entire West Coast. Bring a sandwich and picnic along the beach. And don’t forget the camera. You’ll want to document the otherworldliness.

KAUAI, HAWAII

Paddle along the Wailua River with Sleeping Giant, a well-known mountain ridge, in the background. Both Kayak Kauai and Outfitters Kauai have tours that will take you down the watery expanse, which happens to be one of the only navigable rivers in the state.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Get to know the locals (sea lions, penguins and reef sharks) as you explore designated areas of Galapagos National Park with Ecoventura, a luxe expedition yacht that operates seven-night cruises. Keep a lookout for rays and sea turtles swimming along, marine iguanas lounging on the rocks and blue-footed boobies flying overhead. Bring the paddle boards along for an even more amazing adventure. UPLOAD YOUR EVENT TO iwantaBUZZ.com’s ONLINE CALENDAR.

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE Nonprofit leaders in our community

INSIDE LOOK

We know that everybody, regardless of income status, needs to understand

the basics of financial literacy. Everyone needs to build wealth and understand how to accumulate assets.”

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ASMYN supports and empowers LGBTQ young people by creating a safe space, providing health and wholeness services, and offering youth development opportunities, while bringing people and resources together to promote equality and human rights.

LGBTQ young people are affirmed in their identities, confident in their futures, and are a valued asset in the Northeast Florida community. While programs and services are designed for those who identify as LGBT or Questioning, all youth are welcome at JASMYN! Affiliates of Wealth Watchers, Inc. have worked tirelessly for years to promote financial literacy and growth throughout Jacksonville. The organization was founded back in December 2001 by a group of bankers. Carrie Davis serves as president and CEO. She has obtained a degree in business management and has over 20 years of experience in community development, including construction. Davis believes it is pertinent for everyone to have basic knowledge of wealth and finance. She sees financial literacy as a path to leading fulfilling lives. “We know that everybody, regardless of income status, needs to understand the basics of financial literacy. Everyone needs to build wealth and understand how to accumulate assets,” Davis said. Wealth Watchers offers financial boot camp and other programs surrounding topics of budgeting, saving and investing; all while building properties for low to moderate income families to rent. Funding is also available to those who would like to purchase their own homes. Davis sees homeownership as a huge step in the right direction. “We know at Wealth Watchers, especially in low to moderate income communities, the way to build assets is through homeownership. We want to make sure that homeownership is done right,” Davis said. One of the things we talk about in terms of building health and finance is saving. Davis feels it is rewarding to be in a position where she can do her part to help the city flourish with the assistance of Wealth Watchers. She believes the organization has been a pillar in surrounding communities; on a mission to gentrify and enhance. “During the foreclosure crisis, Jacksonville was impacted significantly. There were a lot of vacant homes and vacant lots that were not being kept up,” Davis said. “Not only did we clean them up, we put back quality, affordable rentals.” Wealth Watchers continue to build and support with plans to have its services offered be ever-growing. “I want to ensure we have a strategic direction as an organization. I`m accountable to the community,” Davis said. Those who would like more information on programs offered, donating or volunteering can call 904-265-4736 or visit WealthWatchersFl.com. 8

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Come out to the Strides for Pride 5k on April 28, 2018 to support JASMYN and the LGBTQ community. For more information visit JASMYN.org

COMMUNITY FOCUS A closer look at our local nonprofit community

There’s No Place Like Home 2018 GalFirstCoast.org

The Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Florida’s First Coast, Inc. is returning with its famed Oz-themed fundraising event, There’s No Place Like Home, presented by Coker Law. The event will be held in a place as unique as Oz itself – the spectacular Duval County courthouse – on April 13, 2018, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go to support advocacy for abused and neglected children in the dependency court system of the 4th Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program, which serves Clay, Nassau and Duval counties. The Duval County courthouse does not typically open its doors to a charity for an evening fundraising event. However, because the impact of the voice that the volunteer Guardians ad Litem give to the children in the dependency court system and subsequent support the courthouse judges and administration give to Guardian ad Litem, the courthouse is home once again to this signature event. Julia Taylor will be the Honorary Chair for There’s No Place Like Home 2018. The Duval County Courthouse’s third floor atrium will be transformed into an Emerald City, highlighted by behind-the-scenes guided tours led by circuit court judges. Courthouse tours begin at 6:15 p.m. Due to security restrictions, courthouse entry will end at 7:30 p.m. The event will also include hors d’oeuvres, a live and silent auction, a champagne drawing and the swinging sounds of The Chris Thomas Band. Tickets for There’s No Place Like Home 2018 are $100 per person, or $75 for young professionals under the age of 35. Tickets and sponsorships are currently available at GalFirstCoast.org/theres-no-place-like-home/. Red shoes and ties are encouraged.


THE ARTS

FEATURED ARTS Apr. 7

JACKSONVILLE MINI MAKER FAIRE

Museum of Science & History TheMosh.org

Jacksonville Mini Maker Faire is a celebration of both the innovative spirit of the region’s burgeoning Maker Movement and the collaborative nature of North East Florida. It seeks to bring learning to life by sparking creativity in every citizen. The 2018 Jacksonville Mini Maker Faire is produced by the Museum of Science & History (MOSH) with the support of a large community of makers, sponsors and organizations.

Apr. 7

JACKSONVILLE LANTERN PARADE

Downtown Jacksonville JacksonvilleLanternParade.com

Mark your calendars for the inaugural Jacksonville Lantern Parade, an illuminated celebration of creativity, art, children, and the St. Johns River. The event will take place the evening of April 7, 2018. The planned parade route will stretch along the Northbank Riverwalk, extending from the Fuller-Warren Bridge to the Main Street Bridge. The glowing display of color will literally shine a light on the heart of Jacksonville and everyone is invited!

Apr. 12

ART OF COOKING SERIES: HOMEGROWN

The Cummer Museum CummerMuseum.org

Ever wondered how to take freshly harvested garden fare from nature to your dinner table? Saturiwa Trading Company and Chef Jamey Evoniuk with The Cummer Café, The Chef’s Garden, and The Candy Apple team up to share small bites and preparation techniques that showcase the freshness of locally-sourced produce. This will be paired with a cocktail tasting that features botanical gin and an explanation into the methods of its production by Jacksonville-based Manifest Distillery founder, David Cohen.

Apr. 17

ABBA THE CONCERT

The Florida Theatre FloridaTheatre.com

ABBA The Concert continues to be the top ABBA tribute group in the world, dazzling audiences with their fantastic performance while playing the most iconic hits from ABBA, including “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes All,” “Waterloo,” “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme,” and “Dancing Queen.”

CENTER STAGE JERSEY BOYS APRIL 15

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You won’t want to miss this! Limited seats are on sale now for the Jersey Boys, April 15th at the Thrasher-Horne Center in Orange Park! “JERSEY BOYS” brings you the true story of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. “JERSEY BOYS” has won over 42 major awards worldwide including the 2006 Tony Award® for Best Musical, the 2006 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30! JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night”and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” UPLOAD YOUR EVENT TO iwantaBUZZ.com’s ONLINE CALENDAR.

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ARTS UNLEASHED

Jacquelyn Pfaff-Pratt Jacquelyn Pfaff-Pratt has had a life long interest in the arts. As early as the sixth grade she made up her mind to grow up and be an artist. That is what she did. Jackie recently made Florida her new home, coming originally from New York then Easton, Md. She is very excited about being here in the land of almost never-ending summer. This one person show that will be at the Art Center at the Landing is about another interest of hers: gardening and flowers. She often asks herself if she was an artist first and a gardener second or vice-versa. However, she believes it was an artist. This is a subject that she often turns to for inspiration. The show will have colored pencil drawings, pastels and oil paint as these are the media of choice for her. Please stop by the Art Center at the Landing to view her artwork.

Cookie Davis Cookie Davis is a native of Jacksonville and has been involved in the art community since the early 1970s as both an exhibiting artist and a volunteer chairperson, board member and founder of a number of cultural organizations and events. Ms. Davis was recognized for her work in 2014 by the Jacksonville Cultural Council as Arts Advocate, receiving the first “Robert Arleigh White Award for Art Advocacy.” Cookie Davis’ work is in private and corporate collections, both nationally and internationally.

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KIDS

KIDS PICKS Apr. 10 & 20

THE RELUCTANT DRAGON

Alhambra Theatre and Dining AlhambraJax.com

A tale that teaches us not to judge a book by its cover and to give others a chance. A young boy befriends a misunderstood dragon that everyone he knows is afraid of. Find out how one boy will convince an entire village to change the way they see things, to accept others despite their differences and to see what can happen when we work together to make a difference. Perfect for field trips or family outings, this will be a happy experience children will carry with them for years. This show is recommended for children ages Pre-K – 5th Grade.

Apr. 7 Florida Theatre FloridaTheatre.com

DISNEY JUNIOR DANCE PARTY ON TOUR

Apr. 12

Are you ready to DANCE? Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour is an ALL NEW interactive live concert experience. Sing along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with your favorite characters: Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia The First, Puppy Dog Pals, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, The Lion Guard and more! Preschoolers and their families are invited to get up and dance, play games and join the biggest dance party around!

This musical introduces the audience to Mark Twain’s two most beloved books through highlighted scenes to encourage further reading of these American literary classics. Tom Sawyer uses psychology to get others to paint his fence, shows off in Sunday school to get “engaged” to Becky, and meets his best friend Huck in the graveyard to cure warts. Huckleberry Finn finds freedom on the mighty Mississippi with the runaway slave Jim, decides it is more important to follow his conscience than the law and enlists Tom to help Jim escape. Join Huckleberry, Tom, Jim, Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly, and all the residents and rapscallions of Hannibal, MO as they explore the majestic river that defined their lives, tested their souls, and carried their spirit into the heart of America.

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CUPCAKE RUN & CAKE WALK BENEFITING GIRLS ON THE RUN

St. John’s Town Center GotRNEFL.org

Sweet by Holly presents The Cupcake 5K and 1 mile Cake Walk fun run benefiting Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida, a non-profit that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. All Cupcake Run and Cake Walk participants will receive a cupcake from Sweet by Holly at the finish and vouchers for two more free cupcakes!

Apr. 12-20 DOUGLAS ANDERSON SCHOOL PRESENTS PICNIC

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CUISINE

Two Thumbs Up How Good Food Should Taste River & Post

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Filet Oscar Style with Grilled Green Vegetables

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bread, for dipping, I voted this my new favorite dish. Moving to the entrée portion my companion ordered the Buttermilk Fried Chicken served with Yukon Gold mashed, alongside sizeable grilled Okra pods and Baby Carrots. The chicken was steaming, with a crispy outer layer and when cut open the aroma of the chicken meat triggered the Pavlov response in my mouth. The potatoes, creamy and buttery, were faultless, and the grilled vegetables picture perfect on every level. My choice was the nightly meat special, a filet served Oscar Style, accompanied by grilled halved asparagus spears and zucchini slices. Now if you’re big into presentation this would have been the dish to order, stunning, almost too perfect to eat, I just wanted to take the pictures. The filet cooked medium rare as requested then topped with a substantial portion of lightly browned Blue Crab Cake. Once I began eating, the experience was heavenly, meat flavorful and cooked per my request. The Crab Cake so tasty and sweet, could have been an entrée, the grilled veggies cooked a perfect al’ dente. There was no room for any sweets, but to me, that is cause for a return visit. I can only say make this a not to be missed experience. Lunch or dinner will be If you are looking to impress and combine it with a meal fit for royalty, I’d rewarding and don’t forget a trip up to the rooftop lounge. Bring your camera. like to introduce you to River & Post, strategically located on the corner of Take note I do recommend reservations for dinner. Riverside Ave and Post Street. From the beautifully appointed dining room to the rooftop bar that hands down offers the best views of Jacksonville, this is the place to be. We met up on Wednesday night for dinner around 5 pm; people were already drifting in for early cocktails or dinner, and within the hour the dining room was full; that is how popular River and Post has become in just a few short months. After much “oohing” and “ahhing” over the menu we made what turned out to be one spectacular dinner. Starting with two of what we felt were the best offerings for us were the Steak Tartare and a dish that is on the lunch menu, the Sherry-Glazed Chorizo with sweet Cipollini Onions alongside sliced and grilled crusty bread. It is nice to see Steak Tartare fit into current restaurant trends, I love the saltiness of the raw meat. This particular dish provided me with all the elements I look for: cold, salty, fatty and rawness that a true carnivore loves. The presentation was top notch as well. Now, the Glazed Chorizo, well that was something else. Not usually a fan of Chorizo, but this particular dish was so unlike any Chorizo I have ever sampled. The textures and flavors coming from the meat and that sweet Cipollini caused me to sit and think about it. With the addition of large slabs of well-grilled

Fried Chicken with Yukon Gold

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GOOD EATZ

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NEW RESTAURANTS

By Keith Rydh of FoodiesUSA

STUFFED BEAVER

Facebook.com/TheStuffedBeaver Our friends from the north are following the geese down south and delivering some pretty good bites! At the Stuffed Beaver, on the corner of Oak and Barrs Street, you will find 15 seats with some Canadian decor specializing in French Canadian comfort food. One must try the many variations of poutine along with a Castor “Beaver” tail. At the Stuffed Beaver, Canadian hospitality is everywhere eh! Broiled Gulf Coast Oysters

Gilbert’s Hot Chicken + Shrimp + Fish Well, I made it back to the beach to get the full effect of the new Gilbert’s Hot Chicken + Shrimp + Fish, and I as expected, came away a happier person. I don’t know if it was the food, the drink, the atmosphere or a combination of all elements but I will undoubtedly be spending more time at the beach this year. Let’s talk about the food. Depending on which dining room you choose, the first floor is a smaller more casual room and the top floor is still casual but with marvelous views of the ocean and a more extensive seating area: the menus are interchangeable. I opted for the upper level, merely to enjoy the beauty of the day. For this outing I chose items from the casual menu, starting with the KG’S BLT. Stacked full with Smoked and Fried Chicken Boneless Chicken Thigh, Jalapeno Cheddar Drop Biscuits, Picked Green Tomato, Remoulade, Pork Belly and Butter Lettuce. Two nicely sized offerings, perfect for sharing or as a meal for one. I found the chicken moist and smoky which is a preference for me. The biscuits were generously stuffed Jalapeno pieces, adding a nice bit of heat, and if you know about or have eaten at any of the other “Gilbert’s,” then you are already aware of how spectacular the Pork Belly is and this visit was not any different.

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BarriqueKitchenAndWineBar.com

Doro offers unique and delicious cuisine using diverse cooking techniques combined with North American bounty and seasonality. Chef and owner Christopher Polidoro has partnered with local sustainable farmers in an intimate family restaurant that offers first class attention to detail coupled with a world class dining experience. Expect local beers and fine wines that pair well for a complete dining experience.

Located in historical Avondale, Barrique is all about enjoying life with good wine & great friends. Reminiscent of a century old wine cellar, they offer a globally inspired menu along with an outstanding wine list, craft beers & cocktails, in a lively & welcoming atmosphere. With a tempting and upbeat atmosphere, they feature a small plate approach to emphasize sharing that is ideal for any size group. Barrique offers fabulous rustic food, artisanal cheeses, cured meats, thin crust pizza, pan pressed sandwiches, mini desserts & much more, along with over 200 carefully selected wines.

G’S SLOW SMOKE BBQ

FIONN MACOOL’S

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Your host for this barbecue adventure is Gary Park… better known as G. Award winning slow smoked meats are served at their new location in Orange Park. Enjoy the quaint, small town rustic feel while getting your favorite que with traditional southern sides. G’s may be country rustic, but if you’re seeking the best BBQ in town and friendly folk to dine with, then look no further.

They say that there’s nothing like a genuine Irish pub experience… and the new Fionn MacCool’s in Ponte Vedra certainly delivers on that! Serving a bevy of traditional Irish dishes along with an ample choice of beers, whiskeys and Scotch. Fionn MacCool’s has the tastes and decor to welcome all visitors. Pull up a seat at the bar or grab a table and enjoy their new menu items, happy hour, dinner specials and daily entertainment

KG’s BLT

Southern Curry

I spotted the word Foie Gras on the menu and immediately ordered the Broiled Gulf Coast Oysters, slathered with generous amounts of the Foie Gras Butter, Pomegranate Molasses, Andouille Sausage, Gilbert’s Greens, finished off with Corn Bread Gratin. Warm and salty oysters are a perfect bite, a dish I would order again. I wasn’t going to, but my server was very persuasive in steering me to the Southern Curry. Usually, I would not touch Collards, but when Chef Gilbert turns them into a velvety well-spiced broth who am I to resist. I opted for the chicken with this dish and it was the right choice. The texture and sweetness of the coconut rice tempered the heat from the curry and the chilies. This dish with its simple ingredients provided me with many textures and flavors to ponder. Again, this is a dish I would like to remain on the menu. Overall my visit was well worth the travel time, and I do see myself spending more time at the beach this year to satisfy my food needs.

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JEWELRY

UNDERWOOD’S UnderwoodJewelers.com Let Underwood’s take you through the journey of that next special piece in your life. Stop at Underwood’s if you’re about to pop the question or looking for a treasure to celebrate your next milestone.

LUNCH

CLARA’S TIDBITS TidbitsFood.com When Tidbits first started in 1985, the restaurant was a quarter of the size it is today. Most likely Clara would have taken your order, made your lunch and served it to you! Soon after, Greg joined Clara and things haven’t stopped since, with three major renovations and expansions to serve many more customers. Early on Clara and Greg realized consistency, freshness and quality were extremely important, but that friendly, personal customer service would always set them apart.

THE MOVIES

SAN MARCO THEATER

DINNER

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Dinner and a movie at the San Marco Theater. This is one of the only places in town where you can enjoy dinner, drinks and a movie. Built in 1938, the San Marco Theater has been restored to reflect its golden years and it is now a popular destination for families and couples looking for a different night out. The menu includes freshly made pizzas, paninis, quesadillas and a great beer and wine selection.

TAVERNA Taverna.restaurant Located in historic San Marco Square, Taverna specializes in seasonal European cuisine heavily influenced by Italy and Spain using the freshest local ingredients. The wine selection mirrors this philosophy with a focus of terroir-driven, quality wines from Spain and Italy. The menu offers a variety of tapas, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pasta, pizza and entrees.

CRAFT BEER

AARDWOLF BREWING COMPANY AardwolfBrewing.com Aardwolf Brewing Company offers a taproom and brewery just minutes from the heart of Downtown. Take a step back in time as you step into Aardwolf’s Taproom, a renovated ice house from the early to mid-1930s located in the historic San Marco area.

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Sports & Health Picks

SPORTS & HEALTH Apr. 11-15

JACKSONVILLE SHRIMP VS. MOBILE BAYBEARS

Baseball Ground of Jacksonville JaxShrimp.com

Enjoy a Minor League Baseball game with our Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville downtown! Family-friendly event, wear your red and pink to support your team!

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Apr. 14

SAN MARCO WINE AND CHOCOLATE RUN

DAILY’S FIT-4-LIFE KIDS DUATHLON

San Marco Square 1stPlaceSports.com

Wine and chocolate. Need another reason to run? Join us at the Wine and Chocolate 5K, benefitting the ongoing beautification of San Marco! The course runs in and around the beautiful San Marco neighborhood, and finishes with an awesome wine and chocolate after party in the Square! All participants will receive a custom designed wine glass and be entered to win prizes from the San Marco merchants! You won’t want to miss this event!

Apr. 19 MONTOYA & ASSOCIATES CORPORATE RUN

Riverside Presbyterian Day School 1stPlaceSports.com

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The 3rd Annual Daily’s Fit-4-Life Kids Duathlon is an exciting event hosted by Riverside Presbyterian Day School (RPDS) and will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Teaching children to live a healthy lifestyle so that they are Fit-4-Life has long been a part of the curriculum at RPDS. Established in 2011 by the Physical Education faculty, the RPDS Fit-4Life program encourages health and fitness for students and their families.

Benefitting Duval County High School Cross Country and Track Programs, the Corporate Run 5K attracts over 4,000 participants. This is a 5K run/walk open to employees of corporations, government agencies, financial institutions, and individuals. All levels of runners and walkers are encouraged to participate. Participants receive a t-shirt and a post-race party billed as Jacksonville’s largest office party. Companies are encouraged to rent a team tent as a gathering spot on race day!

Apr. 21

GUNS N HOSES

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena GunsNHoses.com

Join Jacksonville’s first responders for the 20th Annual Guns N’ Hoses Charity Boxing match on April 21 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Jacksonville’s Guns N’ Hoses event is put on by the Fraternal Order of Police Foundation and is our largest fundraiser of the year. Watch amateur boxers – both men and women – go head-to-head in the ring for the chance at bragging rights. You also get to help raise money for some great local charities! Join our police and firefighters as they “Fight for a Better Community.”

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BRENT MARTINEAU

Sports Director for Action Sports Jax

ANDREW NORWELL

DONTE MONCRIEF

The Jags made a splash in free agency by getting the best guard available in Andrew Norwell. The former Ohio State Buckeyes standout was an undrafted free agent out of college and signed with the Carolina Panthers. He played in a Super Bowl with the Panthers and in 2017 was an All-Pro. He signed a monster deal with the Jags including $30 million guaranteed.

The Jaguars see some upside in the former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver and the payoff for the Jags offense would be huge if they are right. Donte Moncrief has 18 touchdown catches in his career but seemed to struggle with the absence of Andrew Luck in Indy. Moncrief gets a fresh start and will take over for Allen Robinson as the Jags physical presence at the receiver position.

MARQISE LEE

AUSTIN SEFERIAN-JENKINS

Marqise Lee didn’t think he would return to Jacksonville at the end of January, but the Jags had him in their plans all along. Lee signing a four year deal with the team that drafted him. Lee assumes the number one wide receiver spot for the Jags as of now because Allen Robinson left for Chicago.

This is a move that excites Jags fans. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is only 25 years old and caught 50 passes last season with the Jets. Sefe​rian-Jenkins has overcome admitted alcohol issues in the last few years. He’s been sober for more than a year and could just be finding his stride as an NFL player.

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MUSIC

MUSIC LOCALE Apr. 14 THE WAILERS

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall PVConcertHall.com

The legendary Wailers band returns to bring its revolutionary sound to fans around the world. Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and joined in solidarity with original Wailers’ guitarists Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, The Wailers continue to make musical history.

Apr. 10 ALL TIME LOW

Mavericks MavericksAtTheLanding.com

Since forming in the Baltimore suburbs in 2003, All Time Low has become one of the biggest pop-punk bands to emerge on the scene, building a grassroots following of die-hard fans with very little radio airplay and a touring ethic that would rival vets like Green Day. Joining them will be GNASH and Dreamers!

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BRIAN CULBERTSON

Florida Theatre FloridaTheatre.com

Brian Culbertson is an awardwinning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer known for his distinct brand of genre-crossing contemporary jazz, R&B and funk. He has had 30 #1 Billboard singles including “Been Around The World,” “Hey Girl,” “That’s Life,” and “Always Remember.” Culbertson’s newest album Colors of Love released on Valentine’s Day 2018.

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Apr. 20 THOMAS RHETT

Daily’s Place DailysPlace.com

Multi-platinum country music recording artist THOMAS RHETT will make a stop at Daily’s Place this spring on his “Life Changes” tour. Joined by special guests Brett Young and Carly Pearce. In 2017, Rhett was named Male Vocalist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards. His latest album, “Life Changes,” was released this past September and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. He is nominated for multiple CMA Awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year.

Apr. 27

MODEST MOUSE

ROSCOLUSA SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL

St. Augustine Amphitheatre StAugAmphitheatre.com

Ponte Vedra Roscolusa.com

The show is presented in partnership with X106.5 Jacksonville’s Alternative, JaxLive and Foundation Presents. Modest Mouse’s latest album, Strangers to Ourselves (Epic), debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, and at #1 on the Rock, Alternative, Vinyl, and Internet charts the week it was released. Also, the band earned a career-high debut on the UK Official Albums chart.

Join Nashville’s finest songwriters for an intimate night of popular music performed by the original songwriters themselves and to shine a light on the creative world of songwriting. At Roscolusa Song Festival, you not only get to hear hit songs, but you also get to hear the stories behind them. Also see some of Jacksonville’s finest food trucks, a play area for kids, and a teen zone! A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund.

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STRIKE UP A CHORD

FEEL THE BEAT

N. W. IZZARD

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N. W. Izzard has come to represent the resurgence of the blues. Turning heads and ears, and melting hearts, their music pierces into your soul and their groove flows through your veins. As N.W. Izzard rises locally and nationally, the boys engage their audience with an experience that will take you back to the early to mid 1960s. They bring an old school vibe to the new school era by re-energizing western music, and embodying the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle while allowing the roots of soul and funk embrace them. Unique in their ways of balancing between the righteousness and the mysticism that surrounds the voodoo culture, it’s no wonder you can’t help but to get lost in the music whenever they take over the stage. Be sure to check out N. W. Izzard every Tuesday at Lynch’s Irish Pub. Check out their website and follow them on social for updates, shows, new releases, and more!

The Revivalists April 14 The Florida Theatre • FloridaTheatre.com

Chart-topping New Orleans seven-piece jam band, The Revivalists, are praised for their eclectic Southern mix of jazz-funk grooves, blues-rock grit and warm melodies. Their latest album, Men Amongst Mountains, features the chart-topping hit single “Wish I Knew You,” which skyrocketed to #1 on the Adult Alternative charts and Alternative Radio. A fan favorite at outdoor music festivals, The Revivalists have amassed more than 100 million streaming fans, and drawn acclaim from NPR, Buzzfeed and YouTube’s Artist on the Rise.

TREV BARNES

SoundCloud.com/TrevBarnesMusic

Trev Barnes is a local Jacksonville musician with a very unique sound. His first interaction with music was when he was only seven years old when his father gifted him a guitar for his birthday and he was hooked. Influenced by several types of genres from New Orleans Jazz to Modern Country to California Surf Rock, he encompasses the different sounds in a new, unique way. His first EP “My Troubled Mind” was released in 2017. A very chill, laid back EP, a similar Jack Johnson vibe, something you may roll your windows down and cruise along A1A or PCH! Trev’s voice is very soothing and will take you to a paradise in your mind. His next EP, release date to be announced, will share the same beach vibe, but will add a higher energy comparable to the Dirty Heads’ latest album. Be on the lookout for Trev Barnes at various locations throughout Jax Beach, St. Augustine, and Downtown Jacksonville!

Black Angels April 14 St. Augustine Amphitheatre • STAugAmphitheatre.com

The sultry neo-psychedelic sound of the Black Angels came together in spring 2004, taking their name from a Velvet Underground classic, “The Black Angel’s Death Song.” Hailing from Austin, Texas, the band is comprised of Alex Maas, Christian Bland, Kyle Hunt, Stephanie Bailey and Jake Garcia. The band’s self-titled debut EP was released in late 2005, finding an international audience through Myspace and music forums, and quickly becoming an underground sensation. The band released their first LP, 2006’s Passover on Light In The Attic, to great acclaim and began to tour the world. UPLOAD YOUR EVENT TO iwantaBUZZ.com’s ONLINE CALENDAR.

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THE DESCENDENTS STORY BEHIND THE MUSIC:

The DESCENDENTS invented pop punk. Overstatement? Perhaps, but spend ten minutes scanning FM or the idiot box and you’re bound to witness a ditty or video that tips its hat to a musical genre that was refined to a high art — if not created outright — by the ‘Dents. Formed in 1978 against the fertile musical backdrop of Los Angeles’ South Bay scene (see: Black Flag, Minutemen, SST Records, etc.), the caffeine-addled crew released their first 7″ single “Ride The Wild” as a trio in 1979. Not long after, the boys recruited one Milo Aukerman (microbiology Ph.D. in waiting and poster boy for adolescent ne’er-do-well alienation) for vocal duties. With the introduction of new members Karl Alvarez and Stephen Egerton on bass and guitar respectively, the release of 1987’s “ALL” full-length saw a band that had truly come into its own. While the tongue in cheek delivery remained intact, the music had become at once visceral and from the gut, a complex balance of straightforward delivery (“Clean Sheets”, “Coolidge”) and fringe-y, free jam inflections (“Schizophrenia”, “Uranus”). The band toured incessantly throughout the mid and late ’80s; all that time on the road paid off in spades in the form of two live albums, “Liveage!” and “Hallraker.” And then Milo went back to college. The extant members went on to form the band ALL with ex-Dag Nasty vocalist Dave Smalley, continuing their prodigious musical output while maintaining a hectic tour schedule. It was not until 1996 that we’d see another DESCENDENTS release with “Everything Sucks,” a perfect return to the pop punk form that the band had become known for. Fast forward to 2003, and lo and behold, the DESCENDENTS are back in the saddle with two new efforts slated for the release in 2004: a four song EP entitled “‘Merican,” and a bona fide full-length LP’s worth of new material that goes by the name “Cool To Be You.” Seeing as how punk is now a household name, and the ubiquitous “girl song” milieu infests the airwaves, will the DESCENDENTS reclaim their title as Kings of the Lovelorn Anthem? Only time will tell, but this much is certain: If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the DESCENDENTS must go to sleep with flushed cheeks every night of the week.

CATCH THEM LIVE: April 15 at Mavericks Live

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YANNI

“25TH ANNIVERSARY OF LIVE AT THE ACROPOLIS” STORY BEHIND THE MUSIC:

Legendary Performer and Composer Yanni will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Live at the Acropolis at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Friday, April 27! Legendary performer and composer Yanni has announced he will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Live at the Acropolis with a world tour that will launch this spring in the United States. The maestro will kick off the “Yanni 25 – Live at the Acropolis Anniversary Concert Tour” on April 23, 2018 in Melbourne, FL and then head north for his Friday, April 27 date at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The tour will keep him on the road through the summer, hitting multiple cities across North America including Atlanta, Charlotte, New York, Chicago, Montreal, Toronto, Los Angeles and more. Additionally, a deluxe package of completely remastered 5.1 sound and high definition video of Live at the Acropolis will be released this year to commemorate this anniversary. “Live at the Acropolis” was released in 1994 and is the first ever live album and concert video from the maestro. Recorded at the Herodes Atticus Theatre in Athens with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra from London, the concert took a year and a half to complete. The album was mixed and produced by Yanni in his home studio and was made into a TV special that aired in the States on PBS. “Live at the Acropolis” became an incredible success and is the second best-selling music video of all time. Yanni’s iconic performances at the Acropolis in Greece, the Taj Mahal in India, the Forbidden City in China, the Royal Albert Hall in England, the Pyramids in Egypt and El Morro in Puerto Rico have crossed countless borders and have resonated with billions of people across the globe. Yanni has been awarded more than 40 platinum and gold albums worldwide and has sold more than 25 million albums around the world. His most recent albums have seen chart-topping success.

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Apr. 27 at St. Augustine Amphitheatre

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NIGHTLIFE Apr. 14

NIGHTLIFE PICK S Apr. 20 & 21 CRISTELA ALONZO

SPRING WINE FESTIVAL

The Comedy Zone ComedyZone.com

Amelia Island Wine Company AmeliaIslandWineCompany.com

Try over 60 different wines from around the world. Tickets are $35 per person, but tickets purchased the day prior of the event are only $30 per person. A complimentary wine glass and hors d’oeuvres will be offered.

Apr. 15 YAPPY HOUR AT THE LANDING

Jacksonville Landing JacksonvilleLanding.com

Yappy Hour is a free event for dogs, their parents and dogs lovers. It takes place six times a year: three times in the Spring and three in the Fall. Each month is a different theme and consists of contests, giveaways, a Pet Expo, live music, food and drink specials and more.

Cristela made TV history by being the first Latina to create, produce and star in a network TV sitcom, “Cristela.” She starred in Disney Pixar’s hit movie “Cars 3,” and her stand-up special, “Lower Classy,” is currently streaming on Netflix. Her podcast, “To be Continued with Cristela Alonzo,” is a mix of sketch and social commentary. Cristela is based in LA and is currently writing her first book to be released in 2018 by Simon & Schuster.

Apr. 23 GIRL’S NIGHT OUT NETWORKING + SOCIAL 1 YEAR BASH Roy’s Restaurant HouseWifesInTheCity.com

Grab a girlfriend + join for a fun night out of networking, shopping and mingling at Roy’s at Jacksonville Beach! All women are welcome to attend the FREE Networking Socials! Vendors will be doing giveaways and raffles all night!

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ON TAP: SPRINGING AHEAD INTO JAX CRAFT BEER

By Linda Johnson, Certified Cicerone®

Dennis Espinosa, Main & Six Brewing, and Preben Olsen, Aardwolf Brewing, at Best Florida Beer with medals

Legacy Ale Works crew at the Riverside Craft Beer Fest

Lots of news around the Jax craft beer community, and this month we’re taking a look at what’s happened and what’s ahead. Days are longer now, and there’s more time to sip some suds after work and on the weekends! One way to take advantage of that is to visit the renovated beer garden at Wicked Barley Brewing on Baymeadows Road at Goodby’s Creek! Smoothed out and with an all-new synthetic grass surface installed by Southwest Greens, the beer garden is now easier than ever to move around and take in the sunshine or a sunset at the picnic tables under the umbrellas. And, don’t forget that walk to the dock along the creek! Brewery-in-planning Legacy Ale Works has announced its location, after months of searching for the perfect site. Owners Matt and Liz Jacobs have signed a lease on 3300 sf of space in the city’s Bartram Park neighborhood, at 14965 Old St. Augustine Rd., at the intersection of US 1 in the Shoppes of Durbin Creek plaza. Plans for the neighborhood brewery and tap room include a 1000sf brewery operating from a 3.5 barrel brewhouse, and a 2300sf tap room. Matt has

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conducted several tastings around the area and has appeared at several beerfests to introduce the public to Legacy Ale Works. A Q&A interview with Matt and Liz appears on this site. The brewery now begins the permitting stage. Congratulations to local Jacksonville area breweries for taking home medals in the annual Best Florida Beer Championships in Tampa in March! With around 815 entries in 38 medal categories, the judges narrowed it down to the top three in each category and also awarded Best of Show winners. It was a happy afternoon for several local breweries which brought the hardware back to the Jax area: • Main & Six Brewing, Gold: Handsworth Brown Ale • Wicked Barley Brewing, Gold: The Passionate Mango (Small Batch) and Best of Show Runner-up Small Batch; Silver: Brazilian Mead • Amelia Island Brewing Company/Amelia Tavern: Gold: Sm’kn M’rtha • Veterans United Craft Brewery: Gold, Scout Dog 44; Silver: Raging Blonde; Silver: Farmers Little Helper

• Ancient City Brewing: Silver, Drink it Down Brown Pecan Nut Brown Ale; Silver, Castillo Coconut Porter • Aardwolf Brewing: Bronze, Animals and Passions • Southern Swells Brewing: Bronze, Imperial Karate in the Garage A full recap of Best Florida Beer, along with more photos taken at the awards ceremony and beerfest, appears on the brewnymph.com site. Another new brewery in the works is Strings Sports Brewery, coming to Main Street in the Springfield area. The brewery announced on March 14 that its loan has been approved, and construction will be underway soon. Strings Sports Brewery introduced several of its beers at the PorchFest event last fall. What we’re watching: More new breweries continue to enter the Jax metro area, with three expected to open soon. We’re watching Reve Brewing, in the Mayport area, the second brewery for Green Room Brewing owner Eric Luman (see prior article on this site); Ruby Beach Brewing, the rebranded brewery of the former Zeta in Jax Beach; and Blind Rabbit Brewing, an addition to the Blind Rabbit Burger & Whiskey Bar in Jax Beach. Stay tuned!

by Kyle, Astrologer Extraordinaire

ARIES (MARCH 21- APRIL 19) Your birthday is very near. Thus, expect a more dynamic social life now. It’s a new game for relationships, so freshen up your appearance. If you can’t freshen up yours, take your less attractive friends out with you. That should help some.

LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 23 – OCTOBER 22) Just as the Sun is spending its first full day in your relationship sector, Venus, planet of love, returns and is bringing reality checks. Reality is so not fun. Let’s go back to that relationship sector. That sounded like a good time. Go there.

TAURUS (APRIL 20 – MAY 20) Something is going on with someone close to you this month. You will find yourself bonding with a friend that is more than just casual. A friendship may be burnt if you find yourself the only one falling in love, but I am sure you have plenty of friends to take a test run this month.

SCORPIO (OCTOBER 23 – NOVEMBER 21) Scorpio, love is heating up rather quickly on you. So fast, you may not know what’s going on, or where your next move is going. It won’t last long, so enjoy the fling for that is what it is.

GEMINI (MAY 21 – JUNE 21) Romance is strong for you right now. Even if the object of your affection isn’t available, you can’t past this up. Find someone else for the time being and try explaining it later. Carpe diem!

SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 22 – DECEMBER 21) Seems to be the person you’re with or working on currently isn’t quite getting the picture. Maybe they’re just plain dumb. Quit any games and tell them straight out how you feel, because if you don’t, they are never going to get the picture.

CANCER (JUNE 22 – JULY 22) Try getting your surroundings in order, and surprisingly, this will lead to an upgrade in your personal life. And upgrades are always good. Speaking of, let’s try letting go of that lazy anchor called your mate, who’s been holding you back. Toss him/her overboard already.

CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 22 – JANUARY 19) Looks like you are up to no good this month. Playful is always a fun time. Go crazy and see what romance you can strike up. But don’t wait around; next month isn’t looking to be as good as this one. Mischievous and on the prowl; get to it.

LEO (JULY 23 – AUGUST 22) This month, the stars chip away at ingrained defenses that stand between you and your desire for true relationship. What I am saying, let your guard down, relax a bit and go with the flow this month. That flow may lead you to some fun experiences… or down a waterfall.

AQUARIUS (JANUARY 20 – FEBRUARY 18) This is where I say a bunch of crap about you taking the first step in a relationship this month instead of trying to play it cool. You are second to last horoscope for this time period and my brain hurts too much for me to be that nice.

VIRGO (AUGUST 23 – SEPTEMBER 22) I notice you are still looking for that perfect situation before you will jump into it. Well, if you have not caught on, they don’t exist and you won’t be jumping anytime soon. Go ahead; keep waiting while life passes you by. Great plan.

PISCES (FEBRUARY 19 – MARCH 20) The Moon wraps up his monthly visit to your romantic sector, his job of convincing you of what’s possible. Your job now is to believe what your heart is telling you. Which we both know isn’t much and the Moon is just wasting his time. UPLOAD YOUR EVENT TO iwantaBUZZ.com’s ONLINE CALENDAR.

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CATCHIN' A BUZZ Interview by Anna Eatz Jax

KENNY GILBERT Owner & Chef

Gilbert’s Southern Kitchen + Bar on moonshine, whiskey, and bourbon-based concoctions. We also have moonshine and whiskey cocktails on tap which is something you can’t find many places.

What do you love most about Jacksonville’s Beach nightlife? I love that all ages that come out. Beginner drinkers to more experienced cocktail aficionados.

Do you serve any local liquors or brews? Yes. Atlantic Beach Brewing Company, Intuition, and Bold City

Do you all have music or any events? Friday and Saturday nights, 6 pm to 9 pm we have acoustic sounds, Blues, and Bluegrass vibes. 9 pm to Midnight plus we have different bands that rotate playing Blues, Southern Rock, Motown, and Bluegrass.

What is unique about your bar area? We feature Moonshine & Bourbon/Whiskey Cocktails in Gilbert’s Southern Kitchen and Bar, Gilbert’s Hot Chicken, Fish and Shrimp, Seachaser’s Lounge and, the soon to be open, Gilbert’s Beach BBQ. There are four unique bar/ restaurant spaces within the building. You can spend an evening with us and experience it all.

What compliments do you hear most often from your customers?

When is Happy Hour?

Eating and Drinking while reminiscing.

Tuesday – Sunday 4 pm to 7 pm, which includes half off all of our specialty cocktails, draft beers, and house wines.

What kind of weekly drink specials do you offer? Sunday’s we feature Hand Crafted White and Red Sangrias that are bottomless for $10 as well as Gilbert’s Bloody Mary with uses Sugarlands Rye Moonshine.

Do you serve any craft cocktails?

How delicious and balanced the cocktails are.

When customers are having a great time at your business what are they doing? What does your staff enjoy the most about working here? That there is a new culture, and the new standard is being created within the building. Elevating food and drinks for the beaches community.

What do you want more people to know about your business? I am passionate about bringing authentic Regional Southern Cuisine and Libations to Jacksonville Beach. My family is from St Augustine, and I am very proud that I can bring some of my Heritage to the area.

Yes, we have several. We serve a variety of craft cocktails with our focus

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The Ultimate Beast

White Wine Glass

2oz Ole Smoky Mango Habanero Whiskey

16 oz. Mason Jar

2 oz. Stillhouse Peach Tea Moonshine

2oz Orange Juice

2 oz. Knob Creek Rye Bourbon

1 oz. Peach Nectar

1oz Simple Syrup

1-1/2 oz. Concord Grape Juice

1 oz. Lime Juice

1/2 oz. Rosemary Sage Bitters

1/2 oz. Jalapeno Simple Syrup

1/2 oz. Juniper Simple Syrup

1 shaker with a cup of ice

All ingredients are shaken and strained over ice in a mason jar, topped with club soda and an orange wedge garnish.

1 oz. Lemon Juice

1 shaker with cup of ice

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funky 70s

rockin’ 50s

slammin’ 90s

APRIL 13, 2018

PARTY THROUGH THE PAST

Held At Anheuser-Busch Brewery | From 6:30-10:30PM COSTUME CONTESTS & LIVE MUSIC IN EACH DECADE

rockin’ 50s

funky 70s

Billy Buchanan

& HIS ROCK ‘N SOUL REVUE

Boogie Freaks

Kicks off at 6:30pm

Kicks off at 7:30pm

slammin’ 90s

OPEN

BEER BAR + SMALL BITES

DJ EL

in each decade

Kicks off at 8:30pm

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