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14 -15 Downtown Finally

17- Theatre In The Know

12, 17, 20-21, 25, 35, 37 -The Top Events of 2014

17- Players By The Sea

16- Shatner’s World 24- Getting-2-Know: Alexander Lacey, Ringling Bros 48-Love is in the Air and in the Stars at MOSH 48-Getting-2-Know: Jeff Dunham

ENTERTAINMENT 6- BUZZ Picks 8, 10- What’s Happening 9- BUZZ List

44- The Landing

31- Musicology

19- Theater in the River City

32, 33, 35- Local Music Scene


32- Feel The Beat

45- Inside Look 46, 47- On Tap 47- Brew Time 50- Catchin’ a BUZZ

34, 36- Turn It Up


22- Explore...Fernandina & Ameila Island


52- Word Search

22- Focus on Fernandina

37- Alan Verlander Sports Picks


38- Sports BUZZ (Featured Sports Blogger)

52- Sudoku

38- Sports Events

24- What’s Happening at MOSH 24- Kids Eat Free

11- Community Focus

25- WJCT


25- Did You Know?

16- Promoting The Arts

44- Ask The Attorney

18, 19- Theatre Live!

11- Making a Difference

13- Authors Note

43- World Golf Village


23- Kids Picks

13- Art Locale


27- Grab A Bite 28- 2 for $20 29- Personal Chef & Recipe

17- Alhambra Theatre & Dining

10- First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

12- Arts Unleashed

Photo by Monica Lea Imagery

Photo by Craig O’Neal


53- Crossword

39- Play By Play with Cole Pepper


25- Kids Top Five



26- Two Thumbs Up

42- Around Town

26- Cooking with Craft

43- Comedy Zone

52- Professor Dubious 52- Etiquette Essentials

39- Brent Martineau’s Game Face

41- Open Dialogue 41- Ask the Doc

52- Boggle

53- Horoscope 53- The BUZZed Maze DOWNTOWN FINALLY!!! ALEX SIFAKIS: President, JWB Real Estate Capital AUNDRA C. WALLACE: Chief Executive Officer, City of Jacksonville, Downtown Investment Authority NUMA SAISSELIN: President, Florida Theatre PAUL ASTLEFORD: President & CEO, Visit Jacksonville Photo by Craig O’Neal

16- Art Addict

BUZZ Exposed



" You’re not going to pin this one on me. "




Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey present Legends tickets at the Veterans Memorial Arena, Jan. 16-19!

LAST MONTH’S RUNNERS UP Barb Turner “This plus-size-pin-up can really strike a pose.” 1. Enter your caption at’s contest page 2. Celebrate Your win 3. See Your Caption in Next Month's issue.

Mystery Prize! Image provided by Craig O'Neal:


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Winner and prize will be announced on Facebook, so keep your eyes peeled for your name!


The event I am most looking forward to in 2014 is .







Randy Goodwin’s Christmas party. Please invite me, Randy.

I hear the Craft & Import Beer Festival is happening again in May. Can’t wait for it.

I am looking forward to seeing Natalie Merchant January 11th. I love all kinds of music so I can’t wait to see tons of live shows in 2014!!!

I am looking forward to climbing huge mountains this year! Literally!

Jacksonville Beerfest, Jaxtoberfest and Brew at the Zoo!

The open house at the new Client Focused Media/ WhitePepper world headquarters.




Blues Fest!

The Wolfson Children’s Challenge Event, February 1st at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville







MOCA Contemporaries New Years Eve bash!

Country Superfest

I’m looking forward to the Olympics! I love watching the winter events!

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Country Superfest

The Jacksonville Suns opener.

Mardi Gras!

Putt N’ Crawl 2014

I am looking forward to getting a sitter and going to an afterhours event at M.O.S.H!

I am excited to continue to follow all of the innovators participating in the One Spark crowdfunding event in 2014!




Go online to view this month's issue as well as past issues.




11th at the Veterans Memorial Arena!

at Florida Theatre!


Awareness With Art is a fun public art and nonprofit initiative produced by HandsOn Jacksonville, The Art Center Cooperative, Coordinated Benefits and The BUZZ Magazine. For more info on how to get involved please contact Ed Malesky at of The Art Center Cooperative, INC.


at the Florida Theatre!

Jan. 22nd at the Veterans Memorial Arena!


Jan. 30th at the Veterans Memorial Arena!


the Veterans Memorial Arena!



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Feb. 1st at the Florida Theatre!




BUZZ Picks


Jacksonville Beach or

Join us for the 4th annual celebration of Mardi Gras at Jacksonville Beach. This Mardi Gras-themed pub-crawl attracts over 2,000 visitors each year and includes an incredible after party, where you could win prizes for best costume and more!

Summer 2014 TOP 30 UNDER 30

Location TBA


Veterans Memorial Arena or

Each summer, BUZZ Magazine asks our readers to help us identify the Top 30 individuals in Jacksonville under 30 years old. These are people who have gone above and beyond in the categories of leadership, business, community service and more. The finalists receive recognition in the publication, as well as admission to an exclusive party where we celebrate all that they have done for our community with family and friends.

October 10-11

The Craft & Import Beer Festival is Jacksonville’s largest beer festival. Located at the Veterans Memorial Arena, this event offers plenty of space to enjoy over 350 different beers and counting. And the best part? A portion of the proceeds helps support various local charities.


Jacksonville Shipyards, Downtown or

Jaxtoberfest, presented by PRI Productions and BUZZ Magazine, brings together the best of Bavaria – from beer and brats to chicken dances and polkas. This brewcentric fall celebration promises plenty of beer, hearty German cuisine, a variety of entertainment on multiple stages, and family-friendly fun for all ages.


Jacksonville Beach or

Putt N’ Crawl is Jacksonville’s favorite pub-crawl, and this year it’s turning 10! Get out the ol’ argyle socks and sweater vest and prepare for a mini golf-themed pub-crawl like no other. With over 3,000 patrons at last year’s event, so be sure to buy your ticket early.


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Have you noticed the new public art doubling as BUZZ Distribution boxes around town? This is a conscious effort of BUZZ Magazine, HandsOn Jacksonville and The Art Center to promote local artists, non-profits and businesses. Online voting will be available on and will run from January 16th until July 31st, allowing the public to vote on their favorite boxes. At the end of the contest, we will host an Awareness with Art Auction at Jaxtoberfest.

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E What’s Happening

Make sure to go to our calendar on for more information about local community events.

Motorcycle Globe at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents LEGENDS Jan. 16 & 17, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 18, 11:30 a.m, 3:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Jan. 19, 1 & 5 p.m. | Veteran Memorial Arena

COMEDY Karen Mills: Jan. 2-3, 8 p.m., Jan. 4, 8 & 10 p.m., Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Rd., 292-HAHA,

Holiday Hangover: Jan. 2, 8:04 p.m.,

Jan. 3, 7 p.m., Jan. 4, 8:04 & 10:10 p.m., Comedy Club of Jacksonville, 11000 Beach Blvd., 646-4277,

Improv Effect & PJ Walsh:

Jan. 3, 8:34 p.m., Comedy Club of Jacksonville, 11000 Beach Blvd., 646-4277,

Comedy Zone Showcase: Jan 7 & 8,

Comedy Zone Showcase: Jan 28 & 29, 8 p.m., Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Rd., 292-HAHA,

Check Out Sports Events in the Sports Section on page 38

COMMUNITY EVENTS ***=Regularly Occurring Events

Jeff Caldwell: Jan. 9, 8:04 p.m., Jan.

***Wednesday Market at the Pier: Every Wed. in Jan., 8 a.m.-

Jim Belushi and The Chicago Board of Comedy: Jan. 10, 8 p.m.,

Times Union Center, 300 W. Water St., 633-6110,

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus: Jan. 14-16. 7:30 p.m., Jan.

17, 8 p.m., Times Union Center, 300 W. Water St., 633-6110,

Comedy Zone Showcase: Jan 14 &

15, 8 p.m., Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Rd., 292-HAHA,

Richie Holliday: Jan. 16 & 18,

8:04 p.m., Jan. 17, 8:34 p.m., Comedy Club of Jacksonville, 11000 Beach Blvd., 6464277,

12 p.m., Admission FREE, St. Augustine Pier, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine, Wednesday_Market

First Day Hike: Jan. 1, 9-11 a.m., Admission $2-8, Anastasia State Park, 300 Anastasia Park Rd., St. Augustine, 461-2035, Gator Bowl Viewing Party and After Game Party: Jan. 1,

11 a.m.-2 p.m., Maverick’s Rock N’ Honky Tonk, 2 Independent Dr., 356-1110,

Gator Bowl on The Landing Jumbotron: Jan. 1, 12-5 p.m., Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., 353-1188,

Sommore’s Standing Ovation Tour: Jan. 17, 7 p.m., Times Union Center,

***Night of Lights: Every day in Jan., 5:30 p.m.-5 a.m., Admission FREE, Plaza de Constitucion, Cathedral Pl. & King St.,

Comedy Zone Showcase: Jan 21 &

Synchronized Nightly Tree Light Show: Jan. 1, 6-9 p.m., Jacksonville

300 W. Water St., 633-6110

22, 8 p.m., Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Rd., 292-HAHA,

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Memorial Arena, 300 A. Phillip Randolph Blvd., 630-3900,

8 p.m., Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Rd., 292-HAHA,

10, 8:34 p.m., Jan. 11, 8:04 & 10:10 p.m., Comedy Club of Jacksonville, 11000 Beach Blvd., 646-4277,


Jeff Dunham: Jan. 24, 8 p.m., Veterans

Landing, 2 Independent Dr., 353-1188,

***Night of Lights Special Holiday Wine & Carriage Tour: Every day in Jan., 6-8 p.m., Admission $49, The Tasting Tours, 100 St. George St., Ste. E, St. Augustine, 325-3911,

MOSH Discovery Camps: Jan. 2 & 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Admission $55 per day, MOSH, 1025 Museum Cir., 396-MOSH,

Daytime Tour: Jan. 2, 1-4 p.m.,

Admission $10, Children $5, Children Under 2 FREE, Catty Shack Ranch, 1860 Starratt Rd., 757-3603,

Tour of Villa Zorayda: Jan. 2,

6-8 p.m., Admission $17, Children $8, Children Under 6 FREE, Villa Zorayda, 83 King St., St. Augustine, 829-9887,

Spoken Word: Jan. 2, 7-9 p.m., Ritz

Theatre and LaVilla Museum, 829 N. Davis St., 632-5555

Alexander Wild’s Portfolio: Jan. 3,

5-9 p.m., Admission FREE, Amiro Art & Found, 9c Avile St., St. Augustine, 824-8460,

“Florida As I See It”: Jan. 3, 5:30-

Guided Cultural Hike: Jan. 4, 8:3010:30 a.m., Admission $3, GTM Research Reserve, 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 823-4500, Annual LEGO Competition: Jan. 4, MOSH, 1025 Museum Cir., 396-MOSH, ***St. Johns River Farmer’s Market: Every Sat. in Jan., 10 a.m.2 p.m., Alpine Groves Park, 2050 S.R. 13, Switzerland, St.JohnsRiverFarmersMarket

Night Feeding: Jan . 4, 6-8:30 p.m., Admission $15, Children $10, Children Under 2 FREE, Catty Shack Ranch, 1860 Starratt Rd., 757-3603, Philadanco Dance Company: Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m., Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine,

Daytime Tour: Jan. 5, 1-4 p.m.,

Admission $10, Children $5, Children Under 2 FREE, Catty Shack Ranch, 1860 Starratt Rd., 757-3603,

Meet the Artists “Revitalization and Rejuvination Through Oil Painting”: Jan. 6, 5-6 p.m., Ponte Vedra

8:30 p.m., Admission FREE, Ocean Books and Art, 200 S. Oceanshore Blvd., Flagler Beach,

Branch Library, Library Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-3233,

Night Feeding: Jan. 3, 6-8:30 p.m., Admission $15, Children $10, Children Under 2 FREE, Catty Shack Ranch, 1860 Starratt Rd., 757-3603,

***Salt Air Farmer’s Market: Every Tues. in Jan., 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Admission FREE, Marineland Marina, 101 Tolstoy Ln., St. Augustine,

Family Magic show w/ Mayhem the Magnifico: Jan. 3, 7:30 p.m.,

Little Learners “Tiny Turtles”:

Admission $10, Children Under 5 FREE, Colonial Quarter, 33 St. George St., St. Augustine, 377-8331, MayhemMagnifico

***Old City Farmers Market: Every

Sat. in Jan., 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Admission FREE, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S., St. Augustine, StAugAmp.

Jan. 8, 9-11 a.m., MOSH, 1025 Museum Cir., 396-MOSH, The

Seniors on the Go: Jan. 8, 9:45 a.m.12 p.m., MOSH, 1025 Museum Cir., 396-MOSH,

Discover First America! Program Adventure: Jan. 8, 6 p.m., Admission FREE, Flagler College Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada, St. Augustine,



the people, places and things going on this month


Natalie Merchant w/ the Symphony Orchestra

Jan. 11, 8 p.m. Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St. Over the course of her 30-year career, Natalie Merchant has earned a distinguished place among America’s most respected recording artists. See Natalie Merchant at the Florida Theatre accompanied by a full, symphonic orchestra on January 11. Tickets range from $43 to $78.50. Call (904) 355-ARTS, or visit


Budweiser Tailgate Party Jan. 1, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. EverBank Field, 1 EverBank Field Dr.


“Shatner’s World” Jan. 18, 8 p.m.

Game day begins at the Budweiser Tailgate party complete Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St. with interactive games, a variety of food vendors, live entertainment including bands and cheerleaders from both universities all contribute to the excitement of It’s William Shatner’s world and we kickoff brewing. just live in it. No, seriously. That’s the name of his one-man Broadway show which comes to the Florida Theatre on Saturday, January 18th. Tickets ($65 to $80 and $178.50 for VIP) are on sale now at (904) 355ARTS or


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents “Legends” Jan. 16-19


Billy Joel

Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Phillip Randolph Blvd.

Jan. 22, 8 p.m. Veterans Memorial Arena 300 A. Phillip Randolph Blvd.

Ringling Bros. Presents LEGENDS. Experience unimaginable family fun, as amazing performers perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious: a Unicorn, a Pegasus and a Woolly Mammoth!

Billy Joel is one of the highest grossing touring artists in the world. Having sold over 150 million albums globally, Joel’s music has remained among the most popular in the world. The singer/songwriter/composer is the sixth bestselling recording artist of all time and the third best-selling solo artist.


Merle Haggard

Feb. 1, 8 p.m. Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St. Merle Haggard has 40 #1 hit songs, every music award imaginable – both as a performer and as a songwriter – and in 1994 was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Join us Sunday, February 1 for a concert experience featuring Merle Haggard. Tickets at (904) 355ARTS or January 2014 •



What’s Happening


First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

She’s a friendly face at the Jacksonville Farmer’s Market, taking an Earth-friendly approach to sustainability by showing people how to care for their plants- and introducing them to new and emerging garden technologies.

Carmel Mayo, owner of the Green Spot, takes the fear out of managing a yearround backyard garden with a program designed to educate people on the logistics of growing fresh produce. “I show alternative methods of growing,” says Carmel Mayo. “I teach folks what not to do; how to conserve water and the environment.” Mayo runs a 2,800-square-foot area in the Jacksonville Farmers Market focused on food plants. The venue has two live garden beds where visitors can learn how to grow produce all year long, even during the winter months.

Blue Man Group | Jan. 21-26 | Times Union Center-Moran Theatre

“A lot of people want to know how to grow their own food, but don’t realize we can grow all year,” Mayo said, adding that a lot of potential growers are unfamiliar with Jacksonville’s weather and its notoriously sandy soil.

DIA Redevelopment Committee Meeting Workshop: Jan. 8, 3-4 p.m., City Hall at St. James,

117 W. Duval St., 630-CITY,

“Godspell”: Jan. 17, 7:40 p.m., Admission $21 and Up, Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, 283 College Dr., Orange Park, 276-6750,

Marineland Beach Walk: Jan. 9, 9-10:30 a.m., GTM Research Reserve Marineland Field Office, 9741 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine, 823-4500

One by One Convention: Jan. 18, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., 630-4000,

Second Saturday Trail Hike:

Feathered Horse Classic: Jan. 18, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.,

Mayo said one of the big issues with gardening is the use of peat moss for fluff, which allows roots to grow easier through the soil. Instead, Mayo uses Coco Coir, a product common in Israel. Coco Coir is ground, compressed coconut which expands when watered.

Guided Beach Exploration: Jan. 18, 8:30-

Stop by the Jax Farmer’s Market and check out The Green Spot! And tune into First Coast Connect every weekday morning at 9 a.m. on WJCT 89.9FM to hear from the most compelling newsmakers of the First Coast!

Jan. 11, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Admission $3, GTM Research Reserve’s Trailhead Pavilion, West of the Guana Dam, Ponte Vedra Beach, 823-4500

2014 School Choice Expo: Jan. 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Admission FREE, Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., 630-4000, Changing of the Guard: Jan. 11, 6 p.m., Government House, St. George St., St. Augustine, 501-0391

Check Out Music Events in the Music Section on page 32 Snooze at the Zoo: Jan. 11, 6 p.m., Members Only

Jan. 19, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Admission FREE for spectators, Jacksonville Equestrian Center, 13611 Normandy Blvd., 573-4895,

10 a.m., GTM Reserve South Beach Access Lot, 1798 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 823-4500,

Marcia Ball: Jan. 18, 7-10 p.m., Admission $40-50, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach,

Shatner’s World: Jan. 18, 8-10 p.m., Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth, 355-2787,

Event, Jacksonville Zoo, 370 Zoo Pkwy., 757-4463,

Swamp Radio Winter Show: Jan. 19, 3-5 p.m., Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., 355-2787,

The Rudolf Nureyev State Ballet Theatre’s Sleeping Beauty: Jan. 11, 8 p.m., Times Union Center,

GTM Research Reserve Marineland Lecture:

Artrageous Artwalk: Jan 12, 5:30-8:30 p.m.,

Blue Man Group: Jan. 21-26, See Website for Times, Times Union Center-Moran Theatre, 300 W. Water St., 633-6110,

Jax Beach Art Walk: Jan. 14, 5-9 p.m., Downtown

JAX Chamber 129th Annual Meeting: Jan. 23, 5:30-8 p.m., Jax Chamber, 3 Independent Dr., 366-6600,

300 W. Water St., 633-6110,

Admission FREE, Downtown Fernandina Beach,

Jacksonville Beach,

Rising Tide General Meeting: Jan. 14, High Tide Burrito, 1538 Hendricks Ave., Sunset/Moorise St. Augustine Lighthouse:

Jan. 21, 10-11 a.m., GTM Research Reserve Marineland Field Office, 9741 N. Oceanshore Blvd., 823-4500

Check Out Theatre Events in the Theatre Section on page 18

Jan. 15, 5:15 p.m., Admission $25 Nonmember, Member $20, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine, 829-0745,

MOSH After Dark “Bacardi Workshop”:

Downtown Catalyst Club: Jan. 16, 5:307:30 p.m., Dos Gatos, 123 E. Forsyth St., 354-0666,

Running of the Seahorses: Jan. 25, 9 a.m.,

Jeb Bush’s Florida Forum: Jan. 16, 7 p.m.,

Times Union Center, 300 W. Water St., 633-6110,

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents LEGENDS: Jan. 16 & 17, 7:30 p.m., Jan.

Jan. 23, 6-9 p.m., MOSH, 1025 Museum Cir., 396-MOSH,

Seawalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach, 731-3676,

Southbank Community Forum: Jan. 27,



An interview with a leader in the Jacksonville Community


Expression for Life on a Plate! Chef & Owner of Ocean 60 Restaurant and Martini Bar BUZZ: Why did you become a Chef and how did the inspiration for Ocean 60 come about? Chef Danny: I come from a strong culinary and artistic influence. My mother was an artist and a visionary in every aspect of her life. We didn’t grow up with the average family meal by any means. Every night we sat down to a three course meal! My mother took every opportunity given to express her spirit and her passion for life and that zeal for life became embedded in all of her children. Even when it came down to doing dinner for her family it was an opportunity to create beauty. Preparing a meal was not an inconvenience to her - it was a form of art. It was honor to be her son…. I was actually in Medical school training to become a doctor, but for some reason I didn’t feel fulfilled in my spirit. Sometimes you don’t know why you are headed in a certain direction, but as I got older the fruit of my mother’s labor and passion began manifesting itself in me. I had to really ask myself, “What do I want to do? What do I love to do?” The answer was - I wanted to throw a party everyday with food and wine! I wanted to make people happy and the instant gratification you get from cooking something for someone gives me such satisfaction.

6-7:30 p.m., Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk, 1515 W. Prudential Dr., 396-5100,

BUZZ: The Legacy of Leaders dinner and the Portrait of Leadership Gallery all started at Ocean 60. How did it feel to be one of the leaders recognized? What does being a “leader” mean to you?

Northbank Community Forum: Jan. 28,

Chef Danny: Being recognized as a leader is very humbling…..I look back at where I came from and where I want to go and I feel so blessed in my life!

18, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Jan. 19, 1 & 5 p.m., Veteran Memorial Arena, 300 A Phillip Randolph Blvd., 633-6110,

6-7:30 p.m., Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., 353-1188, Jacksonville

Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast: Jan. 17,

Universoul Circus: Jan. 28 & 29, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 30

Being a leader is someone who “gives back” and serves others…this is what truly makes you a better person and a “leader” in my opinion.

Wolfson Children’s Challenge: Feb. 1,

BUZZ: What advice would you leave future leaders?

8 a.m., Admission $30, Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., 630-4000,

The Spencers-Theatre of Illusion: Jan. 17, 7:309:30 p.m., Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., 355-2787,

& 31, 10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m., Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., 630-4000,

5 a.m., Admission $100, Downtown Jacksonville,

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Chef Danny: Be excited in whatever you do, look outside the box and be creative. Don’t let the roadblocks in life get you down….they will make you grow and become a better person. Never Quit – No matter what! Aspire to change the world around you and make it a better place....

E Making a Difference non-profit & charity leaders in our community

Working for MWYF for nearly two decades has been an amazing experience. We have been fortunate to have great staff, donors and volunteers who continue to work with and support our young people so that they can grow up to be responsible community members. Despite the challenges many of our young people face, they are able to develop their unique talents and steer away from many of the negative influences that they face. I’m blessed to be in this position.”

Our veterans made admirable sacrifices while serving our country, and they deserve the opportunity to gain the skills needed to capture their dreams alongside the millions of Americans they once protected.”



Arthur Bendolph Jr. is dedicated to making veterans better prepared to enter the civilian workforce successfully. For 22 years, Arthur Bendolph Jr., fought for his country as a member of the United States Air Force. As a veteran, his fight continued as he faced a new mission; reintegrating into the civilian workforce. Mr. Bendolph is now the Director of Human Resources, the Veteran Coordinator and an Assistant Professor of Business at Edward Waters College. ACCCOLPH, bridges the gap with their New Veteran Business Development Academy.

Terri Florio has served as the Executive Director of the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation since the Foundation began programs in 1997. She has 25+ years of management experience. Before MWYF, she had her own consulting company in Atlanta and also worked for ProServ and on the 1996


Executive Director, MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation


Atlanta Olympics. Terri has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Rutgers University and lives in Jacksonville Beach. She serves on the Board of USTA Florida and the NJTL National Committee. She is a member of the Rotary Club of San Marco, as well as an active volunteer with Leadership Jacksonville. Meet our Community Focus Guest Editor,


President & CEO of HandsOn Jacksonville.

PMG Awareness Organization PMG Awareness Organization is international non-profit organization of families, caregivers, and medical professionals who care about those with Polymicrogyria. Our mission is to promote awareness, diagnosis, and the treatment of Polymicrogyria through education, research, advocacy, and support for individuals with Polymicrogyria, their families, and other concerned parties.

We will hold our First Annual Polymicrogyria Awareness Week, March 3-9, 2014 and the first full week of March each year thereafter. We are also in the process of planning our first annual “Race for a Voice” in April 2014. As over

90% of our children will never have intelligible speech, it is vitally important that we give them a voice, both literally and figuratively.

Second Harvest North Florida The mission of Second Harvest North Florida is to distribute food and grocery products to hungry people and to educate the public about the causes and possible solutions to problems of domestic hunger. For every $1 donated to Second Harvest, we can distribute food for seven meals. Second Harvest North Florida provides important resources to more than 450 member agencies in a 17-county area in north Florida

City Rescue Mission The City Rescue Mission is a privately funded, not-for-profit Christian organization that has continuously provided help to the homeless and needy in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida since 1946. CRM serves the homeless and needy through the love and compassion of Jesus Christ. CRM provides emergency services to the homeless and needy, as well as the LifeBuilders residential addiction recovery program and New Day Workforce Development. CRM receives no Federal, State or local government funding.

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TOP Events OF 2014

Arts Unleashed





Be On The Look Out For Lynn Norris

Director of Education The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens VSA (Very Special Arts) Festival May 6-9 where the entire community comes together to provide an arts festival for our regional special education students. It’s fun and rewarding!

Tiffany Manning “Feminine Soul Project”

While riding the subway in D.C. many years ago, I encountered a girl with pink hair who was sitting between two business men. This juxtaposition got me thinking...It was highly probable that neither of those two men would strike up a conversation with this girl. But, if the did, what would they discover about her that makes her uniquely herself? She was probably quite fascinating and I pondered about the stories she would tell. I walked off of the subway that day inspired. Filled with wonder, I began planning how I could tell the stories that you don’t usually hear from the women you meet.” See more of Tiffany’s work at

Jason Kirk

Director of Development Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCA) The event in 2014 that I am most excited about is the MOCA Classic, our annual fundraising event to be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014! This year, it is all about the art!

Be On The Look Out For

Silvia DeAraujo J. Stephen Jenkins Development Director The Florida Ballet

The Florida Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” is a family oriented combination of music and dance that has become a North Florida tradition. It is a must see for everyone.

I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. My environmental influence was the multi– cultural, multi-racial, cosmopolitan metropolis of Sao Paulo. I have always appreciated the freedom of ideas and expression available via the creation of art. I draw inspiration from images presented in the environment. I see art everywhere in nature, in objects and in human beings. The human figure is especially fascinating to me. I’m inspired by the moods that the figure can create through different movements and positions.” Read more about Silvia’s work at

Samantha Collins Vincent Iaropoli

Director of Marketing Florida Theatre I’m looking forward to Lily Tomlin the most because the comic legend has starred in some of my very favorite movies including “Big Business,” “9 to 5,” and “The Incredible Shrinking Woman.”


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Marketing and Public Relations Manager The Jacksonville Landing There are so many events to choose from at The Landing, but my favorites are Yappy Hour, Earth Day and Gumbo Festival (YUM)!! #JaxLanding

A Art Locale

FEATURED EVENTS “TWO GATHER,” WORK BY BRIAN FRUS AND LILY KUONEN Jan. 16 – Feb. 12 Reception Jan. 16, 5-7 p.m. Alexander Brest Gallery

“WUNDERGROUND: A CREATIVE COLLECTIVE” Jan. 11, 7 p.m. 1904 Music Hall

This two-person exhibition will feature works exploring the physicality of layering form, material, and content. Frus, Assistant Professor of Glass at JU, explores the symbiosis of natural artifacts preserved and protected by glass forms. Kuonen, Assistant Professor of Foundations, investigates the synthesis of painting with additional forms and actions, producing works she has coined as PLAYNTINGS. The exhibit can be described as investigative, thought provoking, and a challenge to the tactile nature of materials.

For their third show, Mandie Dean, Rosaly Natera, and Richard P. Smith are bringing “Wunderground: A Creative Collective” to 1904 Music Hall in Downtown, Jacksonville. Showcasing a multitude of local talent, Wunderground aims to curate a unique mixed-genre experience. Musicians, poets, and performers will be gracing both the indoor and outdoor stages with everything from hip-hop, metal core, folk music, comedy and spoken word poetry. Ten eclectic artists will have their art and wares for sale in an open-air marketplace atmosphere.

CONVERSATION & COCKTAILS WITH VARDI KAHANA Jan. 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Join the Cummer as they welcome Israeli artist, Vardi Kahana, for conversation, wine cheese and music. “This is the story of one family. It is the entire Jewish-Israeli narrative embodied in a single family. This is my family. To the big question of Jewish-Israeli identity, the photographs of my family provide a kaleidoscope of answers.”-Kahana

BLUE MAN GROUP Jan. 21-26, See Website for Times Times Union Center-Moran Theater Blue Man Group will thrill Jacksonville with its high-octane theatrical experience. Escape the ordinary and surround yourself in an explosion of comedy, music, and technology. If you’ve never seen Blue Man Group, it’s a must-see. If you’re already a fan, don’t miss it.

Elizabeth Wilkes Photography is located on Amelia Island, Florida and is owned and operated by Elizabeth and Clyde Wilkes. Elizabeth has shot general commercial and fine art photography for many years. Additionally she has produced a number of photo journal publications related to travel to Cumberland Island, Jekyll Island, Key West, Florida and the Minnesota North Shore on Lake Superior. More recently, she has completed a destination travel publication about Amelia Island, Florida. “Amelia Island-A Visual Ecstasy” is a photographic tour with both ground and aerial images of the most North East Barrier island in Florida. It also shows the history, diversity and beauty of this great vacation/recreational island and wonderful place to call home.

Author’s Note Elizabeth Wilkes

You can purchase a copy of “Amelia Island- A Visual Ecstasy” at Book Loft (214 Centre St., Fernandina Beach) and Book Plus (107 Centre St., Fernandina Beach). January 2014 •






Jennifer Yoder, CPSM Director of Business Development England-Thims & Miller, Inc.

Wallace J. Conway

“Rise from the Ashes”

President & Certified Master Inspector HomePro Inspections Host “The Home and Garden Show,” WOKV 104.5 FM

Bill Kilgannon

Really looking forward to Jaxtoberfest 2014 at the Shipyards, a keg full of family fun!

Theresa Rooney Librarian Jacksonville Public Library New Year’s Eve

Jennifer Yoder, CPSM Director of Business Development England- Thims & Miller, Inc.

One Spark, Florida / Georgia & Annual Boat Parade.

Grant Nielson Media Manager The Elbow

President ShayCore Enterprises One Spark

Carmen Godwin

Kathleen Brunner

2nd annual Halloween at the Casket Factory

All Art Walks

Executive Director Riverside Avondale Preservation

Branch Manager Willowbranch Public Library

“My favorite art in public places is the Milagros mural on the Yates Parking Garage- so colorful and inspired. I would love to see Milagros do more art on blank or underutilized areas!”

Kathleen Brunner Branch Manager Willowbranch Public Library

“At the Main Library, the big compilation of small squares near Main St. entrance.”

Director Jacksonville Public Library

One Spark, April 9-13, 2014. We’re excited to once again host creators at the Main Library.

Broker Associate Warren & Company Commercial Properties

Communications Coordinator JCCI- Jacksonville Community Council Inc.

Barbara Gubbin

Jazz Fest After Dark

Dorothy Merrick

Daniel N. Austin

Daniel N. Austin

Ben Warner

President & CEO JCCI-Jacksonville Community Council Inc.

The easy answer is One Spark – but I’m also really excited to see the closing, construction, and My favorite Downtown event is renovation begin on buildings that have been vacant always the annual Boat Parade-usually held around Thanksgiving and for too long. I think I’m really excited to see hardhats a true reminder to me of how “unique” around a number of buildings as a clear sign of downtown growth. our city is to have such an event!

Margie Seaman

National Director Commercial Real Estate Services Sellers Realty Group

Communications Coordinator JCCI- Jacksonville Community Council Inc.

The Downtown Event I’m most looking forward to in 2014 is the Cultural Council’s Art Awards, being re-dubbed this year as the “Spark Awards” to celebrate the birth of the Spark District. Artivores will be creating atmosphere & entertainment and it’s sure to be one of the biggest celebrations of the year!

Michael Cavendish

Katherine Hardwick Director of Marketing Downtown Vision, Inc.

This is like asking what’s your favorite dessert. How do you pick just one? On any given week there are 40-50 events going on Downtown. Whether it’s a rockabilly band at Dos Gatos, a comedian at the Florida Theatre, the First Wednesday Art Walk or Riverside Arts Market, the Craft and Import Beer Festival, One Spark or the Fourth of July fireworks, these are the events that make me feel excited to live in Jacksonville and they’re all Downtown.

Partner Gunster Law Firm

“The gummi-colored Oscar men outside the Arena.”

ON BUZZTHE STREETS What is your favorite Downtown restaurant?

Holly E. Hammond

Dorothy Merrick

I’m most looking forward to the Florida Theatre Gala in 2014.

“Our (my husband and myself) favorite place to eat downtown is Café Nola at MOCA.”

Broker Associate Warren & Company Commercial Properties

Director of Development Florida Theatre

1. The DIA approving the Retail Enhancement Plan, a plan to assist building owners in renovations for retail tenants in our downtown. 2. Implementation in 2014 (along the lines of Jeff Speck’s Walkable City)-- Janet Herrick as promised by Dan Davis and Aundra CEO/President Wallace-- of trees and two way streets downtown to replace our one- Onsite Environmental Consulting, LLC. way ‘speedways’ to create a feeling of One Spark, April 9 - 13, 2014!! a village and a community.

Pamela Smith Owner’s Representative El Ad Florida LLC EverBank Center

Beau Baker Attorney Holland & Knight

Florida/Georgia, Sifakis’ tailgate party.

Jazz Festival


Phillip L. Green Chief Development Officer Community Connections of Jacksonville “Bay Street Café”

Brownen Chandler Recording Secretary The Art Center “Burrito Gallery”

Carmen Godwin

Executive Director Riverside Avondale Preservation “We have such a rich history and beautiful historic structures downtown that have such great potential for revitalization.”


Ben Warner

President & CEO JCCI-Jacksonville Community Council Inc. “I love downtown Jacksonville because it’s our urban heart. Our shared space to connect no matter where in the region we live.”

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Holly E. Hammond

Director of Development Florida Theatre “It’s really happening down here. Had I not been involved in community work, I would have never realized how bustling, interesting, and artsinfused our downtown really is. Also, it’s a heck of a lot easier to work near the folks that you need to connect with every day!”

Katherine Hardwick

Director of Marketing Downtown Vision, Inc. “I’ve worked in Downtown Jacksonville for almost my entire career and for the past five years, I’ve worked for Downtown Vision, Inc. on revitalization efforts. Downtown is in my blood. But beyond that, I love Downtown because it has a history and it’s a neighborhood that belongs to all of us.”

Beau Baker

Attorney Holland & Knight “I love downtown Jacksonville because it’s our home and the epicenter of our community.”

Holly Keris Chief Curator The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens “Olio Market”


SPOTLIGHT Photo by Nia Alailima

PAUL ASTLEFORD President & CEO Visit Jacksonville



President Florida Theatre

Chief Executive Officer City of Jacksonville, Downtown Investment Authority


President JWB Real Estate Capital

sound OFF

The revitalization of downtown has truly been a community effort. This month, we wanted to recognize some of the important players who are working to bring this vision to fruition. Although a very handsome bunch, our cover models do more than sit pretty. They are major players in the endeavor to revitalize downtown Jacksonville, strengthening community ties and opening new doors as they pave the way towards a downtown that is inviting, thriving and well utilized by the Jacksonville community. BUZZ: WHAT DO YOU BRING TO DOWNTOWN? Alex Sifakis: Energy and a desire to bring people together! Having been on chamber

leadership trips to Cincinnati and Charlotte, I can see that there are plans that have worked to revitalize other downtowns – and that our Downtown Investment Authority (DIA) is adopting a plan that uses all those “best practices.” Now all we need is for EVERYONE to emphatically support the plan. That’s the “energy” part. There are a lot of groups that are working very hard on downtown, and have been for a long time. We need to get them all talking to each other, combining efforts, and helping each other! I created a group, World Class Jax, that focuses on that (as well as project-based work that can make an immediate impact downtown).

before put them together, but they are there. And we JUST got the government structure to make it happen. All we need now is the input, support, and energy of all of you!

Aundra Wallace: It’s a safe neighborhood; has a beautiful river and

waterfront; and the Florida Theater and the Times Union Performing Arts Center are great venues for shows and concerts.

Numa Saisselin: There is a ton of parking. Between downtown and the adjacent

neighborhoods there are many terrific places to eat. The Florida Theatre ticket office can answer any questions you may have about attending an event.

Paul Astleford: Downtown is the hub of our N.E. Florida image; downtown Aundra Wallace: With more than 20 years of experience in real estate development is the center of events, sports and entertainment; and Downtown has a different,

DOWNTOWN Investment Authority Great cities have great downtowns. The Downtown Investment Authority was created to revitalize Jacksonville’s urban core by utilizing Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) resources to spur economic development. The DIA has budgeted $4.1 million dollars for improvements to the Northbank and $1.5 million for projects on the Southbank. With these funds, CEO Aundra Wallace and DIA board members intend cultivate a unique and flourishing Downtown. Photo by Nia Alailima

in diverse urban markets, I bring a practical “can do” attitude to downtown Jacksonville. I am unique excitement and energy about it that you have to experience to really appreciate. not big on talking about issues for a long time, but more so on resolving issues expeditiously and getting things done. I’m a results oriented person, and working to transform a downtown neighborhood requires vision, leadership, tenacity and the fortitude BUZZ: FINISH THE SENTENCE. “IN 5 YEARS, DOWNTOWN WILL BE ____.” to implement change. I am bullish and not afraid to take calculated risk.

Numa Saisselin: Over 25 years of working in performing arts centers and historic Alex Sifakis: Thought of very differently! People today want to live in a thriving,

theatres, many of them located in old downtowns. It’s an urban myth that people don’t walkable, urban environment – and while Jacksonville is not that right now, we have ALL the pieces to change that very quickly. I think over the next 5 years we will see an want to, or won’t go downtown. You just need to give them a reason. amazing transformation downtown. It is already starting to happen – there are brand Paul Astleford: A different perspective on how wonderful our city is and the desire new apartments, condos, and a Freshmarket being built downtown right now! to get the conversation started on what we want for our future. The desire for Jacksonville to be successful is shown in the passion of all of us who live here. For that passion The DIA will give downtown the thing that it has been most lacking - consistency, to be targeted and successful, we have to have a collaborative and united idea direction, and accountability from the government. The DIA’s well-designed incentive of what we want to be in the future. Getting the right people around the table so the programs will encourage development downtown, and new housing options and amenities will spring up. If city council would support downtown by fully funding the DIA’s plan, this community can create the vision of Jacksonville that we can all share with the world. downtown vision could happen in 2 years instead of in 5. BUZZ: WHAT 3 THINGS DO YOU FEEL EVERYONE SHOULD Audra Wallace: On its way towards undergoing a great transformation of KNOW ABOUT DOWNTOWN? establishing itself as a live, work and play neighborhood. You can feel the energy from Alex Sifakis: The DIA changes everything. It isn’t “just another entity” overseeing all groups seeking a thriving downtown. Together, we can make it happen! downtown – it will have the ability to make decisions and take actions that are in the best interest of downtown, without going through city council. Jacksonville has never had this, Numa Saisselin: ON FIRE (metaphorically, not literally). and having an entity with that type of ability has led to rapid downtown revitalization in other cities. Cities are defined by their downtown. If we want to change the perception Paul Astleford: A very fun destination, home to more young urban residents, of Jacksonville – both internally and externally – we need to change our downtown. with a wider diversity of attractions and entertainment, dining and unique retail Jacksonville has ALL the pieces to have a world class downtown. We have never options and have a new and vibrant cache.



Margie Seaman

National Director Commercial Real Estate Services Sellers Realty Group

These days everyone is heading downtown. Whether it’s to enjoy the scenic Riverwalk, to partake in some of the cultural activities available or to grab a bite to eat at one of Downtown’s innovative eateries. Here we elaborate on some of Downtown’s lesser-known secrets.

“Mid-week reduced hotel rates are ideal for local Jax residents to take ‘stay-cations!’ Also, The Treaty Oak by day, and The Friendship Fountain by night.”

Barbara A. B. Gubbin

Director Jacksonville Public Library

“Not quite a secret with 3/4 million visitors a year but did you know this about the Main Library? It’s the largest public library building in the state, with a collection valued at $19 million, including research and popular items not available anywhere else.”

Ted Pappas, FAIA President PBV Architecture

“There’s a lot of potential for the development of civic spaces along the river.”

Melody S. Bishop, AIA Architect Akel Logan Shafer

“The Skyway! More best kept secrets: Northbank West- sidewalk east side of Hogan Street; Northbank East- Jacksonville Historical Society facilities; Southbank- Treaty Oak.”

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“Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It” will play for one night only at the historic Florida Theatre in Jacksonville on Saturday January 18, 2014 at 8 p.m. Tickets ($65 to $80 and $178.50 for VIP) are on sale now at the Florida Theatre box office, by calling (904) 355-ARTS, or online at

By Jan Leggio Hodges Check out her blog on

A Great Day in LaVilla Not too long ago, an intelligent lady by the name of Cyntoria Thomas gazed upon a photo named “A Great Day in Harlem,” and she had an epiphany. She called upon her good friend Ahynte and together they reached out to Jacksonville artists of every kind to create their own picture, aptly named “A Great Day in LaVilla.” That portrait is now proudly displayed in the museum at the Ritz Theatre downtown. Today, Cyntoria and Ahynte have taken the concept, A Great Day in LaVilla, to the next level. They are organizing a non-profit group by that name which strives to make Jacksonville a thriving home to creative artists and to invigorate the population with culture and rich entertainment venues and choices.

Cyntoria and Ahynte have taken the concept, A Great Day in LaVilla, to the next level.

Once aware of their organization, you might see their signature throughout the community. Recently, Cyntoria and Ahynte appeared on the morning news showcasing an upcoming performance. Politically active, Ahynte appears on the evening news in interviews and at rallies. They both have an overflowing calendar and can be found at events throughout the community. A spoken word poet, Ahynte appears most Monday nights at the Three Layers Cafe in historic Springfield. Through their works, A spoken word poet, they are creating a platform and a network to Ahynte appears most encourage and nourish area artists. Whether you Monday nights at the want to improve a building downtown, let the world know about your recent work, or promote Three Layers Cafe in an upcoming event, A Great Day in LaVilla is the group to know because when it’s A Great Day in historic Springfield. LaVilla, it’s a great day for all of us!

The two-hour show will take audiences on a voyage through Shatner’s life and career, from Shakespearean stage actor to internationally known icon and raconteur. The star, known as much for his unique persona as for his expansive body of work on film and television, is an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, recording artist, philanthropist, and horseman.

“Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It” Oh, the stories he can tell about Captain Kirk and “Star Trek,” Denny Crane on “Boston Legal,” CBS’ shortlived “#$%! My Dad Says,” “T.J. Hooker”– and the everpopular Priceline Negotiator character. Shatner, who turned 82 this year, has been in show business for more than 50 years.

In 1966, he originated the role of Captain James T. Kirk in the TV series “Star Trek,” which spawned a film franchise where he returned as Kirk in seven of the movies, one of which he directed. He played the title role in the hit series “T.J. Hooker” before hosting TV’s first reality-based series, “Rescue 911.” He won Emmys and his first Golden Globe for his portrayal of Denny Crane on “The Practice” and “Boston Legal,” and received four more Emmy nominations as well as Golden Globe and SAG Award nods. His interview series, “Shatner’s Raw Nerve,” aired on Bio, and he recorded the critically-acclaimed albums “Has Been” and “Seeking Major Tom.” Shatner has authored nearly 30 best-sellers. He appeared on Broadway in “A Shot in the Dark,” “The World of Suzie Wong,” and “Tamburlaine the Great.” Apparently, there is nothing this man cannot do.

ART ADDICT: BALLET EAST COAST BALLET East Coast Ballet is committed to enriching the lives of individuals through the art of dance. The foundation fosters an appreciation and aesthetic awareness for the arts by providing a high standard of artistic instruction and performance opportunities for artists and students.

BETH MARKS BALLET ARTS CENTRE The Ballet Arts Centre in Jacksonville was founded over 50 years ago by Betty Balfour Marks. Today, her daughter, Beth Marks, brings more than 30 years of professional experience in classical ballet, contemporary and jazz techniques. The center offers comprehensive dance training.

THE FLORIDA BALLET The Florida Ballet is Jacksonville’s first and only professional dance company. Founded by Laurie Picinich-Byrd and Michael Byrd, the company made its debut in 1979. Since then, the company has continued to present unique and innovative pieces from its repertory as well as new pieces created by established and emerging choreographers.


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ACADEMY OF DANCE The Academy offers classes for two year olds to adults and pride itself on creating an exciting and fun environment for students and their family while teaching the technique and fundamentals required to excel in all varieties of dance.

MARK SPIVAK’S INSTITUTE AND DANCE EXTENSION Mark Spivak’s Institute and its staff are dedicated to reach out to every student and help them discover the wonderful magic within themselves through the beauty of dance. Their programs include Ballet, Pointe, Character, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Modern, Cheerdance, Acrobatics, Tumbling, Pre-School Creative Dance, and a Summer Program.




Players By The Sea

GUEST EDITOR: THEATRE IN THE KNOW BETH HARVEY Director, Wilson Center at Florida State College at Jacksonville

Kate Hart


Pump Boys & Dinettes Presented By WQIK To Open Alhambra 2014 Season

BUZZ: When did your interest in theatre begin?

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KH: My interest in theater began as a child; we lived in the Washington, D.C. area for many years and my parents often took us to the theater. They both took great interest in the Fernandina Little Theatre, and were major supporters. All of the actors recognized them after a while, as they were always seated in the front row so my dad could hear.

Featuring Ashley Roberson, fresh off of her critically acclaimed and popular performance in “South Pacific,” “Pump Boys and Dinettes” presented by WQIK will be backed by a live band and promises to be a fun show.

BUZZ: Who is your biggest influence? KH: I worked with some amazing directors over the years including Ron Sossi of L.A.’s Odyssey Theater, Tony-nominated Paul Giovanni, and Barry Kyle of England’s Royal Shakespeare Company. I learned a great deal about working with actors and putting together productions, making the transition from audience to director a little easier. BUZZ: Can you give us a brief history of the Fernandina Little Theatre? KH: Fernandina Little Theatre was founded in 1993. Performances were presented in a variety of venues in Fernandina Beach [Board of Realtors building, historic courtroom in downtown Post Office building, B&B courtyards, restaurants, etc.] until the company rented its current Beech St. property in 1997, which we able to finally purchase in 2012. FLT is currently celebrating our 22nd season and over the years, has offered a variety of productions. Productions have included Shakespeare, classics, dramas, hilarious comedies, new and contemporary cutting-edge pieces.


BUZZ: What challenges did you initially have when developing the Fernandina Little Theatre? KH: Although I was an Actors Equity Stage Manager for many years, all of my formal education [Cornell University, Ball State University, UCLA] was in Early Childhood Education, so starting up and running a community theater was not in my life plans. But I have a very supportive community and board that helps keep the theatre going. I have a full time job in addition to the work at FLT, so it can be challenging at times. BUZZ: What are your 2 favorite shows? KH: I don’t really have any favorite shows; I enjoy reading plays and my favorite plays are those which are well-written, honest, and touch in some way on the human condition, either engendering laughter or tears. BUZZ: Is there anything else you want to tell us about the Fernandina Little Theatre? KH: I look forward to FLT, one of Fernandina’s hidden gems, becoming well-known to theater-going Jacksonville audiences as well!

“Kicking off the season with a big country party will really set the tone for a great season. Plus, having Ashley back for this show will be a wonderful reprise for her and a treat for those who enjoyed her talents in ‘South Pacific.’” The musical tells the story of four men who work at a gas station and two waitresses at the “Double Cupp Diner,” a dinette, located somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, North Carolina. The music is mostly from the country rock/pop music genres. They perform on guitars, piano, bass and kitchen utensils. “Pump Boys and Dinettes” presented by WQIK will run through February 2nd. Show time is 8 p.m. for evening shows Tuesday through Sunday. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and dinner will be served until 7:30 p.m. Matinees on Saturday are at 1:15 p.m. Doors open at 11 a.m. and brunch starts at 11:15 a.m. Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m. Doors open at noon and the meal starts at 12:15 p.m. Group sales are available. Preview night pricing for the first two nights is available for $38. Regular pricing for tickets starts at $47 for adults and $35 for children. Call the box office at (904) 641-1212 or

It’s a “Beehive” of activity at Players by the Sea with 3 dynamic shows in production With a relentless schedule of more than 10 productions a year on its Main Stage and Studio Stage, Players by the Sea is a bit like an iceberg.

With its two performance spaces, Players produces more shows than any other local community theatre. That requires a hard-working pace made possible by the tireless guidance of Executive Director Joe Schwarz, dedicated work from Players’ small staff, and the talents of many dedicated volunteers. While the delightful, high-energy musical “Beehive” celebrates the great female recording stars of the 1960’s on the Main Stage through February 8, two directors and casts have been working since December to ready the landmark drama “Angels in America” and the deliciously dark comedy “The Lyons” for their moments in the spotlight. Director Sam Fisher held auditions in midDecember to find eight actors for “Angels in America,” Tony Kushner’s powerful and deeply moving exploration of American identity. “Angels in America” has been named one of the ten most important American plays in history and honored with every possible award, including the Pulitzer and a Tony for Best Play. The show runs March 14-29 on the Main Stage. Meanwhile Director Bradley Akers has been working with his 6-person cast since early December to ready Nicky Silver’s dysfuntional family comedy “The Lyons” for its Studio Stage run April 11-26. It’s the local premiere of this hilarious Broadway hit. For more information and ticket purchases, as well as notices of upcoming auditions, log onto or call (904) 249-0289.

Events OF 2014

Sarah Roy Publicist Artist Series

I can’t wait for the Jacksonville premiere of the Broadway show “War Horse” on February 18th! The show won the 2011 Tony for Best Play and features life-sized horse puppets!

Joe Schwarz

Executive Director Players by the Sea My TOP event for 2014 is our production of “Angels In America” by Tony Kushner March 14-29th. I am thrilled that Players by the Sea is premiering “Angels in America” in March. It’s one of the most important American plays ever – Pulitzer Prize, Tony, Emmy, the works. Playwright Tony Kushner foresaw, 20 years ago, the right-wing take-over of America and the ascent of greed and intolerance.

Celia Frank

Managing Artistic Director, ABET (Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre) “Dirty Blonde,” Jan. 31-Feb. 15. This new play explores the phenomenon of the legendary Mae West. It won the 2000 Theatre World Award and The New York Times called it “Hands down the best new American play of the season.” Audiences will love it! January 2014 •



Make sure to go to our calendar on for more information about local theatre performances.



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Dec. 28- Feb. 2

Jan. 18

“Pump Boys and Dinettes” plus a New Years Eve Party

Creative Kids Festival “All in the Timing” Feb. 1-8

4th Annual Oscar Nominated Short Films Fest Feb. 14-16


(904) 261-6749

Actors Night Out Jan.10, 7 p.m.

“Noise Off” Feb. 6-22


(904) 249-7177

“Dirty Blonde” Jan. 31-Feb. 15


(904) 241-1266


(904) 825-1164

“The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays” Dec. 12-Jan. 5

“Butterflies Are Free”

Jan. 24-Feb. 16


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“Angels Fall” Feb. 7-23


(904) 249-0289


Jan. 10-Feb. 8

“Walking in Their Footprints” Jan. 30-31


(904) 442-2929

“Sleeping Beauty”

Jan. 11, 8 p.m. Times-Union Center • Moran Theater

“Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” Jan. 14-17 Times-Union Center • Terry Theater

“Blue Man Group”

Jan. 21-26 Times-Union Center • Moran Theater

“Broadway Rox”

Feb. 1, 8 p.m. Times-Union Center • Moran Theater

“The Glenn Miller Orchestra”

Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m. Wilson Center for the Arts, FSCJ South Campus


(904) 396-4425

“Guerilla Show Series...Theatre with a Bite!” Jan. 17-26

Theater in the River City

By Tamara McClaran, Northeast Florida Theater Enthusiast

“Butterflies are Free” at the Limelight Theatre St. Augustine Director Jean Rahner is drawn to period plays with strong content, making her the perfect person to direct Leonard Gershe’s “Butterflies are Free.” The play opens Jan. 24, at the Limelight Theatre in St. Augustine. The 1969 four-person play revolves around a young man, blind since birth, who moves seeking independence from his over-protective mother. The story follows the relationship he has with his zany neighbor, Jill. Rahner describes “Butterflies are Free” as “a play with humor.” “I would not call it a comedy,” said Rahner, who is co-founder and retired artistic director for the Limelight Theatre. She has performed and directed locally for more than 40 years and currently is president of A Classic Theatre Inc. in St. Augustine. “There is humor in life and there is humor in this play,” Rahner said. “Yet there is sympathy, understanding and struggle.” While the play is set more than 40 years ago, the script remains relevant because of its insight into relationships. As a director, Rahner enjoys recreating a bygone era. She has been searching St. Augustine’s antique stores for authentic furniture and props from the 1960s for “Butterflies are Free.” The play was turned into a popular 1972 film that helped launch Goldie Hawn’s career. Rahner doesn’t remember the movie and said she and her cast will not watch it while she is directing the show. “Butterflies are Free” will run Jan. 24 through Feb. 16. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For reservations, call (904) 825-1164 or visit January 2014 •



TOP Events OF 2014

Numa Saisselin President Florida Theatre

I’m looking forward to “Shatner’s World” starring William Shatner at the Florida Theatre January 18. He’s a cultural icon in strange and wonderful ways. Can’t wait to see which way this goes!

Katherine Wiles Luebker Partner Right Coast Strategies

I am so excited about The Fancy Pants Party at TPC benefitting Blessings in a Backpack on May 10th. Last year was a BLAST and this year will be even better!

Tracy “Dot Com” Collins

Vice President of Public Affairs Goodwill of North Florida Striving to Succeed Luncheon and Celebrity Fashion Show Goodwill hosts more than 600 guests annually to an afternoon of food, fun and inspiration. Local media personalities strut the runway in Goodwill clothes, shoes and accessories. Then three Achievers of the Year are honored for their ability to overcome challenges. The date is to be determined but the event it is free. Anyone wanting to be added to the guest list can email me at

Howard Wolpoff

Director of Sales and Marketing 1010XL Sports Radio

Rebecca Hare

Community Health Program Coordinator at THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children’s Hospital I’m looking forward to attending the Brew at the Zoo in 2014! It’s an event you do not want to miss with live music, a large variety of local foods and breweries from all around Jacksonville.

Courtney Nichols Kids’ Content Writer BUZZ Magazine

I am looking forward to the 2nd Annual Jaxtoberfest. Our family had such a great time at the inaugural event. The weather, games, beer, music...all perfect.

I’m looking forward to the opening days for both the Jacksonville Suns and Jaguars. I love when both teams line up on the baselines. And the Jaguars should have a very exciting season next year.

Alexander Sifakis

President JWB Real Estate Capital The event I am most looking forward to is The DIA getting their new CRA plan approved by city council – this will give the DIA the powers it needs to quickly make any decisions that are in the best interest of downtown and to quickly negotiate deals with developers – without having to go through city council. That is a game-changer!

Virginia Chamlee

Managing Editor, Jacksonville Magazine President, MOCA Contemporaries I look forward to the annual New Year’s Eve bash at MOCA all year long. The theme changes each year (in the past, it’s been “Welcome to the Future,” “Pop Art,” and even a masked ball) so you can always expect to see extravagant ensembles and the cocktails and food by Cafe Nola are always top-notch.


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Maria Hane

Executive Director MOSH In May 2014 MOSH will celebrate the 450th anniversary of Fort Caroline with the “French in Florida” exhibit. This unique display will include 42 engravings by Theodore de Bry that illustrate French explorers’ first impressions of the Timucua Indians as they established a settlement at Fort Caroline in the 16th century.

Keri Lewis

Fancy Schmancy #62 Jacksonville RollerGirls I am looking forward to a new and revamped season with the Jacksonville RollerGirls. Not only is their all-star team 24th in the world, but with their recent draft, they placed all league skaters on a set home team. There will be a home team championship tournament in November!

Dr. Judith A.M. Smith Stan Cleiland

Vice President of Community Relations & Strategic Communications WJCT

President and CEO HandsOn Jacksonville

Jamie Pearce

Celebrate!GOOD, April 10, 2014 – a fun and inspiring evening of lifting up the GOOD deeds of volunteers who are making a difference in our community.

Founder Historic Haunts Investigations I am looking forward to the release of my 3rd book “Historic Haunts of the South 2” and Halloween. Will it be featuring stories from the Jacksonville area? Well, I don’t want to give away the details but it has a pretty good chance. Plus Halloween is an awesome time to be in Jacksonville exploring some of the areas spookiest haunted hot spots! Visit for more info.

At WJCT, we are eagerly anticipating the exciting programs and events coming to the First Coast in 2014. On January 5th the long-awaited Season 4 of “Downton Abbey” returns to WJCT-TV! Speaking of Women’s Health returns for its 14th anniversary on Saturday, August 23rd and our third annual TEACH Conference takes place on Saturday, October 4th. Join us for these and other events in 2014 and best wishes to you for a Happy New Year!

Sarah Small

Regional Membership Director The River Club and Epping Forest Yacht Club

Kate Mesic, Esquire

President Law offices of Kate Mesic, PA

I am excited to celebrate our 60th Diamond Anniversary at the River Club on Saturday, June 7th. Photo by Agnes Lopez

Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association Annual Judicial Reception will be held in June 2014. This great event is held in honor of the Judiciary of the 4th judicial circuit and federal judges, recognizing them for their contribution to the Jacksonville legal community.

Damon B. Olinto

President and CEO Synovus Bank - Jacksonville The event that I am looking forward to the most in 2014 is The Players. This event has become the hottest ticket in Northeast Florida with spectators traveling internationally to the First Coast. With over 2,000 volunteers and over $7 Million given back to local charities, this event has more impact on our community than any other.

Constance Ryan Marsden Insurance Specialist Regency Centers

What I am looking forward to the most is the new year. I also look forward to seeing growth in the downtown area and a better Jaguar season.

Susie Leary

Project Engineer EverBank Field Improvements Hunt+Elkins, A Joint Venture The top event in 2014 I am most looking forward to is the Jacksonville Jaguars season opener in August because the $63 million dollar EverBank Field Improvements will be complete and the Jaguars will have the largest HD video and score board IN THE WORLD as well as some North End Zone improvements including a spa water feature! It’s an exciting time to be a Jags fan (no matter what the record says).

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Treat Yourself…… After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, you probably need to recharge. What better way to restock your energy stores that by treating yourself well. Fernandina offers some great ways to indulge. If you are running low on ideas, here are a few.



4919 First Coast Hwy. | 277-4503 Some hardy red meat will pick you right up. Baxter’s proudly offers Certified Angus Beef ® with your pick of fillet, ribeye, sirloin, and more. For diners with a preference for fresh seafood there’s plenty to choose from like lobster, crab, and shrimp. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ambience and conversation as you delight in your savory meal.


218 Centre St. | 277-4801

Nothing satisfies like a sweet treat, and there is no place better to indulge than Fantastic Fudge. Located in Fernandina’s historic downtown, this shop has been making its own confections since 1988. The fudge is created with a secret recipe, and visitors can watch the fudge take shape on a large centrally located marble table. Scrumptious ice cream with freshly made waffle cones is also a favorite.



1897 Island Wlkwy. | 290-3824

There is no substitute for movement when you want to get your juices flowing. But why settle for the mundane torturous time on an exercise machine when you can have fun? Let the music take you away as you dance your way to fitness. Come early and secure your spot on the dance floor. New to Dance Trance? Your first class is on the house! So come on, try it! You’ve got nothing to lose, but those extra holiday pounds!


MAGNA’S FULL BODY SALON 103 Centre St. | 321-0404


5024 First Coast Hwy. | 277-3663

With the external stresses of life, like unending to-do lists and being constantly plugged in with technology, it’s important to schedule some time to relax and be calm and at peace with the inner you. Owners Cindy and Don Murphy have years of experience and have devoted their lives to the healing of others. Therapeutic massage, foot reflexology, Upledger Cranio Sacral therapy, and lymphatic drainage are all available as well as yoga, facials, and hemi-sync meditation. If it all the technical names are overwhelming, all you need to remember is come here to feel good.

Get preened and pampered at Magna’s Full Body Salon and you will feel simply delicious by the time you exit their doors. The fact that they are an Aveda concept salon means that not only can you count on superior products but also exquisite service. Offering attention from head to toe with services like haircuts, coloring and styling; manicures and pedicures; custom facials and peels; waxing; and massages and body treatments, you will leave not only with a great look and feel, but also with a rejuvenating experience.


By Jan Leggio Hodges

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Alexandra Carrol, owner of Kinderstudios, saw a need, and felt the calling to fill it. She brings culture and love of the arts to the children and families of Fernandina. Her studio offers a generous variety of all types of classes, which focus on dance, theater, and music. In the past, aspiring young artists might have to seek higher-level education elsewhere, but now, thanks to Ms. Carrol, there is quality instruction right in their own backyard. She encourages teachers and students to participate in real world applications of their chosen art form. For example, for actors, this approach might mean taking part in a local community theatre production. Ms. Carrol puts the best interest of each student first, and encourages a path that is best for him/her and his/her abilities. Of course, not everyone plans to be a star, but for those equally treasured children, Ms. Carrol has special plan, as well. It’s never too early to enjoy the arts, and babies as young as three months attend Kindermusik with their mommies. Stimulating music is enjoyed by mother and child, which further enhances their bond and creates the groundwork for music and movement.

It is her wish to instill a love and appreciation of the arts in every child. This gift can be nurtured and, in turn, shared with their children.

But if your child doesn’t take classes as a baby, don’t worry; it’s not too late. There is no right or wrong age to enjoy all that the arts have to offer. Whether a child wants to dance, sing, play an instrument, or act on stage, Kinderstudios has a class for everybody and Ms. Carrol has a spot in her heart and a special gift to share with each and every one.


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KIDS Picks Jan. 16-19

Jan. 16 & 17, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.



Veteran’s Memorial Arena |

Come see the amazing Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Legends performing pachyderms. Join Kelly Ann (standing), Sara (peering over Kelly Ann) and the rest of the lovely legendary ladies of the world famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Elephants! Witness the spectacle and style of these magnificent animals only at The Greatest Show On Earth! Playing Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena January 16-19! Get your tickets today! Go to and use offer code BUZZ for $5 off purchase price.

Jan 4

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

BACK TO SCHOOL BASH 2014 Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex |

What better way to welcome students back from winter break than with some time on the ice? Take advantage of free hockey and skating clinics. Door prizes, music, and more! Go to the website or call (904) 399-3223 for more information.

Jan 11

8 p.m.


PRESENTS “SLEEPING BEAUTY” Times Union Center – Moran Theatre |

Bring your well behaved ballet enthusiasts to a night of spectacular imagery. The unmistakable sounds of Tchaikovsky play brilliantly as the ballerinas interpret this classic story. Tickets are a bit extravagant, starting at $42, but if you love the ballet, you know it is worth it.

Jan 11

9 a.m.

Jan 26

3 p.m.


The Jacksonville Landing

“Get off the couch and MOVE,” is the slogan for this family friendly active charity event. There will be activities for children as well as healthcare professionals on hand to answer questions and help promote a healthy family lifestyle. The 1 mile fun run begins at 10 a.m. and is only $12 to participate!

Calling all citizens of Seussville! Come and learn the lesson of acceptance from the Sneetches. Listen to the story as you witness this brilliant Dr. Seuss tale come to life with a full orchestra and visual aids. Sponsored by Scott-McRae Group; general admission tickets start at just $6.

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Happening at MOSH K What’s By Kristi Taylor

Join the Green Revolution at MOSH! “Green Revolution:

Renewed” is a new eco-exhibit opening at MOSH January 11, 2014.

“Green Revolution,” is an innovative museum exhibit with virtually no carbon footprint. MOSH received all of the necessary design files and instructions digitally, and constructed the exhibit from recycled and repurposed materials found within the community.

Local environmental artist Sarah Crooks Flaire will partner with MOSH for the display of several of her creations in the lobby and within the exhibit. Flaire uses repurposed materials to create unique works like three dimensional butterfly collages created from tin cans and large murals made from recycled decorative fabric. “Beasts of Burden,” a 16-foot hand-sewn fabric tapestry, for example, reflects on the importance of water and ways our culture has tried to twist the natural flow. On opening day, visitors, guided by the artist, will be invited to create their own butterflies, adding them to a special installation in the Museum’s lobby titled “Transmigration II.” Other opening day activities will include seed planting and the opportunity to take a spin on a bicycle to generate electricity.

“Green Revolution: Renewed,” an eco-friendly, minimal carbon footprint exhibit created by the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and distributed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), will be on display through May 4, 2014. Learn more about “Green Revolution” – and other events happening at MOSH – at Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for students, active and retired military and seniors; and $6 for children ages 3 through 12. There is no admission fee for children 2 and under or museum members. Admission is $5 on Fridays.

KIDS EAT FREE Libretto’s Pizzeria

Make Sunday nights your family pizza night at Libretto’s Pizzeria in the St. John’s Town Center. Kids 12 and under eat free with the purchase of one adult entrée. Try the Sicilian Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken and make it a meal!

Chelo’s Smokehouse

Monday nights are made for families at Chelo’s Smokehouse on New Berlin Road. Children 2-10 years old eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée. Try a Mojito Meal with grilled fish for lighter fare.

Bob Evans

Both Bob Evans locations offer kids 12 and under a free meal with the purchase of an adult entrée on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. until close. Getting with the program of healthy living, Bob Evans offers several “Fit from the Farm” items.


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Big Cats Trainer and Presenter Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey BUZZ: How did you get involved in tiger training? How long have you been pursuing this career? Alexander Lacey: My parents used to own two zoos when I was a kid and I grew up with all the cubs that were born there: lion cubs, bear cubs, tiger cubs, and even chimpanzees. They started working with the circus in Europe and I spent holidays home from boarding school helping take care of the animals. When I was 12 years old, I knew that working with big cats was what I wanted to do. I continued to work with them for 5 years until I was able to debut my first performance in front of the public at 17 years old. I have been performing for the last 20 years now. BUZZ: How long have your been working in the circus? What inspires your passion for your work? Alexander Lacey: I actually began working in the circus business when I was 12 years old. My animals inspire the passion for my work. It’s very satisfying to wake up and go to work and care for the big cats. They do appreciate it and of course when we start training the animals, it is very satisfying to start with a cat that doesn’t understand a thing that you want it to do and then finish where they’ve learned a very complex routine where they’re communicating with you. I can also read my animals very well. I know if they’re hungry or thirsty or if they’re in a good mood or bad mood. At Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey I’m given everything I need, from the best veterinary care to support for training my cats, to give them the best lives and also give so many people a chance to see big cats up close. BUZZ: What kind of relationship do you have with the tigers? Do you ever get to pet them? Alexander Lacey: Of course! Some of them I actually get to pet a lot. Many I get to kiss, cuddle, and tickle their bellies. Some I can get very close to. I spend time before every performance brushing my male African lion, Masai’s, mane. Tigers and lions are like people in that they have their own personalities. Some I can be very affectionate with like Masai, and some like their space. As I learn about each animal’s personality, I’m able to incorporate their natural reactions into training and the performance. So when you see a lion swipe at me, that’s actually a trained behavior that we’ve incorporated into the act.


Get on Board the Dinosaur Train

By Robin Warren, WJCT Education Outreach Coordinator

All Aboard! January is the time when students head back to school and parents get back to business as usual. But, for your family, it can be the beginning of some great family fun and adventure! Join WJCT to ring in the New Year with “Dinosaur Train” and find exciting opportunities to check spending more family time off your resolution list. Begin with “Dinosaur Train: Nature Trackers Adventure Camp,” a special one-hour episode of “Dinosaur Train” that takes curious T-Rex Buddy and his friends on a slew of adventures, from rafting, to mountain climbing, zip lining and canyon hiking. “Dinosaur Train” is a whimsical PBS KIDS series that celebrates preschoolers’ fascination with both dinosaurs and trains, while encouraging basic scientific thinking skills and teaching basic concepts in life science, natural history and paleontology. After watching this special episode, chug on over to the “Dinosaur Train” website, DinosaurTrain, an interactive website chock full of exciting adventures for young scientists.

Watch curious T-Rex Buddy in the PBS KIDS series “Dinosaur Train” Sunday-Friday at 9:30 a.m. on WJCT-TV. Then, extend the learning by going online to participate in the Nature Trackers Adventure Club and its outdoor challenges. “Dinosaur Train’s” Nature Trackers Club is a community of young children, their families and educators committed to learning about nature and doing good things for their environment. New Nature Tracker’s Challenges are posted monthly and also available by email.

kids to DID YOU for eat, play, KNOW? grow & learn. By Courtney Nichols

…that the Southeast library hosts “Movie Time for Teens” every Friday from 3 – 5 p.m.? The movies are always

on the scary side so be prepared! From anime to cooking, our libraries have something for every teen or tween! Go to to find all the teen programs offered.

…that the Jacksonville Zoo offers discounted admission during their “January Jackpot” event?

Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday discounts all require pre-printed coupons so go to to prepare for your visit. Be sure to check out the newborn, critically endangered Amur Leopard twins!

… that the Feathered Horse Classic will be held on January 17-19? Celebrate these majestic

creatures as they show off their skills at the Jax Equestrian Center off Normandy. This is a free public event! Go to to learn more and see pictures of past winners.

activities TOP 5 Fun Downtown Museum of Science and History

The Nature Trackers Adventure Campers visit the dense rainforest and explore different levels of the ecosystem, including the forest floor and the canopy of leaves at the top of the forest. Watch January 20 at 9 a.m. on WJCT-TV. | 396-MOSH This downtown kid centric learning center introduces visitors to the history of the First Coast; shares the underwater world of marine mammals; presents the not so cuddly wild life native to Florida and so much more! Be sure to check out the state-of-theart Planetarium as well!

Jacksonville Fire Museum | 630-0618 This building rests on the beautiful banks of the St. John’s River and invites guests to look at historic fire trucks and other artifacts. Learn about the amazing people who literally walked through flames to protect our citizens. Call curator, Wyatt Taylor, to verify the museum hours of operation.

Ritz Theatre and Museum | 632-5555 Celebrate the lives of Jacksonville’s African-American citizens and their history on the First Coast. Through pictures, music, and artifacts you can witness life in the community of La Villa during the 1940’s and 1950’s. Also, teach lessons of love while studying the periods before, during, and after the Civil Rights Movement.

Friday Musicale

Buddy and the gang go river rafting for the first time at Nature Trackers Adventure Camp, a one-hour “Dinosaur Train” special airing January 20 at 9 a.m. on WJCT-TV. | 355-7584 Offering free public concerts from local young performers to internationally acclaimed pianists and more, Friday Musicale has celebrated over 100 years of musical appreciation and education. The historic organization is the oldest of its kind in our state. Go to the events and consider becoming a member to help continue this amazing tradition.

Museum of Contemporary Art To join “Dinosaur Train’s” Nature Tracker’s Club, just print out the Nature Trackers Guide Book at You can also get your official Nature Trackers token, complete all four challenges and mail in the membership form. Happy New Year from WJCT! | 366-6911 Take a walk on the artistic wild side with a view of this modern collection of artwork beginning with the 1960’s era and beyond. The interactive ArtExplorium Loft will have your kids showing their creative styles with different types of projects. Sunday afternoons MOCA hosts ArtFusion, a hands on family project.

January 2014 •



Two Thumbs Up How Good Food Should Taste


Article by Monica Stouder & Photos by Monica Lea Imagery

Well the Food Gods have blessed Orange Park with an awesome soul food eatery that is most definitely worthy of a gilded, fork-adorned halo. And while this spoonable spot should have some intrinsically adjective-filled name like, “Dizzingly Delicious Dining,” or “Superior Savory Soul Food,” this spot for incredible eats is simply named “Sunday’s.” Now I know what I like when it comes to restaurant attributes - some of these qualities to include; locallyowned businesses, locally-sourced menu elements, creative dishes, knowledgeable, friendly staff and mouth-encompassing flavor explosions that make my eyes roll back into my head are a bonus as well. And guess what? Sunday’s covers each of these qualities beautifully. Co-owner’s Dameike McSwain-DeSue and Johnnie Jiles cover the front and back of the house. And what better way to infuse passion and enthusiasm for the food then to have the owners present within a business. Dameike explained each of food-phenom Johnnie Jiles menu items to me upon my arrival and I couldn’t help but to be infused with her unbridled excitement about the food! Each dish – down to the eclectic sauces and gravy’s – are house-made by Johnnie. So even though

The FacTS What: Sunday’s

When: Wednesday evening Where: 6251 Argyle Forest Blvd. Price: $3-$16 Contact: 337-1054 |


• 1 whole (2 halves) turkey breast, boned & butterflied (5 lbs.) • 1/4 lb. bacon • 1 tbsp. grapeseed Oil • 1 tbsp. butter • 1 1/2 cups finely diced sweet onion • 3 tbsp. minced garlic

Other menu items have an equally delightful spin on Soul Food standards such as Shrimp & Grits, Low Country Boil, Pork Chops and Chitlins. The atmosphere here is casual and warm, with brightly colored walls, where you will find old school R&B playing in the background and an order n’ pay up front counter. And while this set-up is primed for that quick “in-and-out” experience I truly encourage hungry diners to take your time at Sunday’s. Try a multitude of culinary-creationist, Johnnie Jiles’s incredible edibles and get that deliriously-divine eating experience - not only paying homage to the Food Gods, but to your taste buds as well!


If you are feeling adventurous remember when ordering to ask what is on the “not menued” menu as specials may not necessarily be announced (cause Chef Jiles may have literally just created something delicious in the kitchen and wants to share with his patrons). Additionally Sunday’s also does catering. And from the sound of it Johnnie Jiles will get as creative as you could possibly want with your menu. Also note that Sunday’s opens at 3:00pm Tues – Sunday and is closed on Monday’s.

• 2 tsp. kosher salt • 4 bunches fresh spinach, stems trimmed • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper • 3 tsp. dried Italian seasoning • 3 tsp. granulated garlic • 3 cups herb-seasoned stuffing mix • 1 1/4 cups dried pomegranate (or cranberries)

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Soul Roll Appetizer: Cool Runnings – large,

crispy egg roll stuffed with curry chicken, black beans, cabbage and rice served with a coconut curry sauce for only $4.

Entrée: The Dirty Bird – chicken n’ waffles

dirty south style; chicken breast stuffed with rice, greens, black eye peas and bacon served on a cornbread waffle with housemade gravy for $13.

Buzzworthy Note:

Believe it or not, you can actually come up with some pretty tasty recipes that won’t pack on the pounds, but they will give you plenty of taste. One such creation is the Lagunitas Brown Shugga’ Turkey Roulade.

Lay the butterflied turkey breast skin side down on a cutting board. Sprinkle the meat with 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Spread the stuffing in a 1/2-inch-thick layer evenly over the meat, leaving a half-inch border on all sides. Place any

crispy egg roll stuffed with fresh Mayport Shrimp, crab, andouille sausage, roasted corn shucked off the cob and rice, served with a white wine garlic scampi sauce for $5.

Plain and simple - Johnnie Jiles knows food, and while he won’t allow me to call him a chef by typical definition, I consider his culinary creativity and flavor profiling definitely chef-worthy.

Packed on a few pounds during the Holidaze, eh? I know I did my fare share debauching pound packing! So, we’ve all decided we’re going to exercise every day, eat right, drink less. Torture is what I call it!

In a large skillet, cook bacon until crispy over mediumhigh heat. Remove bacon and chop. Add onions and garlic to pan and sauté until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring, until caramelized around the edges, about 3 to 4 minutes more minutes. Add the spinach, grapeseed oil, butter, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, granulated garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until spinach is wilted and any juices have evaporated from the pan. Transfer to a colander to drain and set aside, until cool enough to handle. Once cooled, squeeze lightly to release any excess liquid, then transfer to a large bowl. Add the chopped bacon, stuffing mix, pomegranate, Lagunitas Brown Shugga’, brandy, pine nuts, chicken stock, egg and remaining teaspoon of salt. Mix well (I use my hands!).

Soul Roll Appetizer: The Mayport – large,

I was tempted to try every single dish I reluctantly narrowed my selections down to merely a few.

Lagunitas Brown Shugga’ Turkey Roulade


Menu SaMple

• 1/2 cup Lagunitas Brown Shugga’ • 2 tbsp. brandy • 3 tbsp. pine nuts, toasted • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock • 1 extra-large egg, beaten • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted • Kosher salt and freshly ground

leftover stuffing in a buttered baking dish and bake for the last 45 minutes of roasting alongside the turkey. Starting at 1 end, roll the turkey like a jelly roll and tuck in any stuffing that comes out the sides. Tie the roast firmly with kitchen twine every 2 inches to make a compact cylinder. Place the stuffed turkey breast seam side down on the rack on the sheet pan. Brush with the melted butter, sprinkle generously with salt and pepper, and roast at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 3/4 to 2 hours (150 degrees Fahrenheit in the center). Cover the turkey with aluminum foil and allow it to rest at room temperature for 15 minutes. Carve 1/2-inch-thick slices and serve warm with the extra stuffing. GRAVY Sauté 2 tablespoons of minced shallots and 1/4 cup dried pomegranate in 1 tablespoon of butter until shallots are translucent. Add 1 cup of Lagunitas Brown Shugga’ and allow to reduce until about half. Add 1 1/2 cups chicken broth. Combine 2 tablespoons softened butter and 2 tablespoons flour; mix until smooth. Add to broth mixture. Whisk until slightly thickened and smooth. Serve over roulade.

Dessert: Red Velvet Waffles – light and fluffy waffles topped with candied pecans and drizzled with vanilla cream cheese anglaise only $5


113 E. Bay St. | 310-4344 Dig Foods’ is an organic vegan café whose approach and philosophy are based in an agrarian mindset, believing that health and happiness are greatly connected to what you eat. At Dig Foods they showcase the gifts of the dirt and prepare vegetables in a manner both pleasing to the palate, and also nourishing and inspiring.



1520 Hendricks Ave. | 398-9156

224 W. King St., St. Augustine | 827-4499

Green Erth serves fresh, all natural and organic foods. Our menu includes salads, sandwiches, flat bread pizza, chili, and chicken and beef kabobs. We also offer freshly baked desserts. Vegan and vegetarian options available. Very reasonably priced!

At The Present Moment, we put our philosophy of existence into action by providing only the highest quality gourmet raw, organic food in an environmentally aligned, calming, down-to-earthat-home atmosphere.


1243 King St. | 387-1001 Sweet Theory is Riverside’s allergy friendly bakery. They use all natural and organic ingredients including cold-pressed coconut oil, agave nectar and organic whole can sugar to create some truly delectable treats. All products are free of eggs, dairy, soy and peanuts. Gluten free options are available daily!

{ MUST TRY LOCAL EATS } THE BOARD WALK This restaurant offers an amazing beach front location, and a fun, friendly atmosphere. Enjoy great drink specials, signatures dishes, and shucked to order Oysters, raw or steamed. Come on out for their live entertainment Friday and Saturday Nights. 222 1st St. Ocean Front N., Jacksonville Beach, (904) 595-5615

CASA MARINA Join us for a casual dining experience with an Ocean front view. Casa Marina serves lunch from 11-3 Tues-Sat and Tapas from 5-10 daily in our Penthouse. Our menu features weekly specials in our delicious “New Beach Cuisine”. Don’t miss our award winning Sunday Brunch at 10:30 a.m. 691 N. 1st St. 904-270-0025.

MVP’S SPORTS GRILLE Serving Jacksonville for over 20 years MVP’s Sports Grille is a local sports bar and grill with amazing nightly food and drink specials. They are open 7 days a week. Stop by on Mondays for free Pool night and Tuesdays for the best wing deal in town. 12777 Atlantic Blvd., (904) 221-1090

NORTH BEACH BISTRO Enjoy fabulous dining with exceptional food in a casual environment. “Best Kept Secret at the Beach.” Featuring 2-4-1 Happy Hour and Tapas menu. 725 Atlantic Blvd. Ste 6. 904-372-4105.



The Sandollar Restaurant is a local favorite because of its ocean view, excellent food and casual atmosphere. The Sandollar and Marina offers fresh seafood that comes from a boat, not a truck. 9716 Heckscher Dr., (904) 251-2449

DICKS WINGS Get your sports bar and grill favorites including over 365 varieties of delicious wings. Enjoy daily and nightly specials and experience the many flavors of Dicks Wings. Visit for locations. January 2014 •


Food, Fun and 2 for $20 Entertainment C


Article by Monica Stouder & Photos by Monica Lea Imagery:

The FAcTs What: Sandollar When: Tuesday Afternoon Where: 9716 Heckscher Dr. Contact: 251-2449 | If discount, all-you-can-eat dining is your thing, then treat your taste buds (and your budget) to the buffet with a lot of bang for your hard earned bucks at Sandollar. But don’t forget to bring a buddy for this beachy bounty, because two people can eat for around $20 at this awesome eatery!

The ATmosphere While the Sandollar is known primarily for its seafood entrée’s and incredible panoramic views of the St. Johns river, famished folks may not be aware that the SD also has a buffet, Mon.-Fri. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a price point of only $9.95!

While the menu items that my fellow lunch-going foodie friend and I experienced may be different than the offerings of that of another day, Manager Travis explained that the buffet will always have 1 fried dish, (ours was a combination of fried fish nuggets and also a beautifully-battered-freshfrom-the-boat Mayport shrimp), 1 kind of baked whitefish (ours was cooked to light and flakey perfection), 3 different proteins (we enjoyed a homemade lasagna, tender pork chops and thinly sliced beef with a well seasoned gravy), housemade mac n’ cheese (this was a creamy dreamy delight!) salad bar with accoutrements and at least 3 different kinds of desserts. On the day we indulged in the buffet the desserts included freshly baked brownies, pastry and pudding.

However, if the AUCE food fest doesn’t float your boat, you can always hook into a bowl of SD’s incredibly, delicious house-made soups while still maintaining a price-point for 2 people welllllllllll under $20! A well-spiced Seafood Gumbo served over rice, creamy Crab Bisque and hearty New England Clam Chowder all at a $7.00 price tag eradicates growling tummies at lunchtime while keeping the budget intact.

TUESDAY – Prime Rib $12.95; Tropical Drink Tuesday $4.00 (4 p.m.-9 p.m.) WEDNESDAY- AUCE Seafood Buffet $19.95 (add crab legs for an additional $3.00); Wine Down Wednesday $4.00 (4 p.m.-9 p.m.) THURSDAY – AUCE crab legs $22.95 (5 p.m. – 8 p.m.); Margarita Thursday $4.00 (4 p.m.-9 p.m.) FRIDAY- Flavored Mojito Friday $4.00 (4 p.m.- 10 p.m.)

SATURDAY- Sangria Saturday $4.00 (ALL DAY!) And let’s not forget getting a little zen during the SUNDAY – Brunch Buffet $19.95 (10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.); lunch break watching dolphins dive and perky Bloody Mary/Mimosa Sunday $3.00 (ALL DAY!) pelicans fly is just as fulfilling as a meal (not to mention the perfect cure for disgruntled bosses – so make sure you bring him/her with you!)


The DAmAge $19.90

2 buffets to include; Tea, fried fresh Mayport Shrimp, baked fish, pork chops, house-made lasagna, homemade mac n’ cheese, thinly slice While the buffet could be considered small by WEEKLY SPECIALS: roast with gravy, potato wedges, vegetable some standards, the high quality, homemade menu items validate the price point which does MONDAY – Fried Mayport shrimp $11.95 (4 p.m.-9 p.m.); medley, salad bar options and choice of 3 desserts Martini Monday $4.00 only $9.95 ea! additionally include a tea or coffee as well.


No other buffet can satisfy your every desire as The Sandollar! check out our new winter menu coming soon to our website









TUESDAYS Trivia & Split Tone


Seafood Buffet 5pm-8pm $19.95 + $3 Add Snow Crab


AYCE Crab Legs $22.95, 5-8pm Entertainment will begin again next Spring!



Brunch Buffet $19.95 10:30am-2pm Sunday Brunch Starts at 10:30am

THURSDAYS Ryan Campbell

SUNDAYS Dirty Pete


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WEDNESDAYS Uncommon Legends

The ONLY Irish Pub in Jax Beach 514 1st Steet N., Jax Beach • 249.5181 28

M- F 11am-2pm $9.95 Regular Menu also Available

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Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm Friday & Saturday 11am-10pm Sunday 10am-9pm

enjoy the view of the st. johns river!

904-251-2449 • 9716 Heckscher Dr. Jax, FL 32226 •

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Chef Charlotte Burch Cupcake 50 Etc By Monica Stouder Queen of the cupcakes, Chef Charlotte Burch, was appropriately crowned “Best Dessert” winner at this year’s Black Expo! We spoke to Chef Burch to get some of the sweet details of her delicious career and brand new cupcake storefront. How did you receive your training to become a chef? I have not had any formal kind of training. So, I guess you could say with the help of God, I am a self-made chef. I believe my passion to make food taste good, feed and see people enjoy good food, is the drive that has [brought] me where I am today. What influenced your style of cooking?


My Husband! Believe it or not, I could not boil water when I first got married. My husband of 34 years was in the

Navy and traveled all over the world so he enjoyed a lot of international foods. So I got some cook books and tried to cook the different foods that I thought he would like to eat. He would always try everything I fixed and to keep from hurting my feelings he would say “Baby that was good, but you don’t have to cook that anymore.” Lol!

What food is your greatest indulgence? A well seasoned tray of garlic crabs Favorite celebrity chef(s) Rachael Ray, Chef Gerry Garvin

What sets your restaurant apart from others within your food style, and in the local area? We have 50 plus flavors of cupcakes – thus the name Cupcake 50 etc. We give free samples and specialize in beautiful cupcake towers, displays for wedding’s, catering for birthday parties, baby showers, corporate events and more. Favorite kitchen tool? My KitchenAid mixer

Cupcake 50 Etc

What are your favorite ingredients to use? Fresh garlic, parsley, thyme

5150 Timuquana Rd., Ste. 9 (904) 403-4958

Chocolate Fudge Cake INGREDIENTS 12 eggs 1/2 cup oil 1 cup buttermilk 1 cup brewed coffee 3/4 cup coco

2 cups sugar 13/4 cup all purpose flour 1tsp salt 1tsp baking powder 2tsp baking soda 1tsp vanilla flavor

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray two, 10 inch cake pans. In mixer bowl combine 1st four ingredients, and mix well. Add coco mix, then add remaining dry ingredients. Do not over beat. Divide evenly into the two prepared pans. Bake on 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 35 min.

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January 2014 •



BILLY JOEL January 22nd

at the Veterans Memorial Arena


William Martin Joel was born in the Bronx, in New York, on May 9th 1949. His family moved to Levittown on Long Island shortly after, where Billy spent his childhood and teenage years. At the age of 4, Joel began studying the piano and he joined his first band, The Echoes, by age 14. By 1967, Joel was engaged in a musical group called The Hassles, who went on to record two albums with United Artists. Later, in 1970 Joel tried his hand in a heavy metal duo called Atilla with The Hassle’s drummer, Jon Small.

After the end of this experiment, Joel decided to branch out on his own and signed his first solo recording contract in 1971 to create the album “Cold Spring Harbor.” At it’s release, a Philadelphia radio station started playing his single, “Captain Jack,” which prompted Columbia Records to track him down with to offer of a new recording contract. In 1973, Joel signed with Columbia and released one of his most well known singles of all time, “Piano Man.” Billy Joel has received numerous accolades for his songwriting and musical prowess. These awards include 6 Grammy Awards, an honorary Doctor of Music from Berklee College of Music (along with honorary doctorates from several other institutions). Joel was inducted’ to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. Joel was also named MusiCares Person of the Year in 2002.

Test Your Music Knowledge 1. Billy Joel has sold over ____ records worldwide. A. 300 million B. 100 million C. 50 million D. 25 million

4. Billy Joel was the first non-classical musician to have a portrait in Steinway Hall. A. True B. False

2. What was the name of Billy Joel’s first band? A. The Hassles B. Atilla C. The Echoes D. None of the Above

5. Billy Joel was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, by what musical legend? A. B.B. King B. Ray Charles C. Eric Clapton D. Bonnie Raitt

3. What is the name of Joel’s first gold album? A. “Cold Spring Harbor” B. “Piano Man” C. “52nd St.” D. None of the Above

ANSWER KEY 1.B, 2.C, 3.B, 4.A, 5.B

Billy Joel has received numerous accolades for his songwriting and musical prowess. These awards include 6 Grammy Awards, an honorary Doctor of Music from Berklee College of Music. (along with honorary doctorates from several other institutions). Joel was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.

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M Local Music Scene

Make sure to go to our calendar on for more information about local music events.



FLORIDA THEATRE 128 E. Forsyth St. 355-5661

The Florida Theatre is a historic landmark in downtown Jacksonville. It has hosted many musicians internationally recognized as masters of their craft including Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, and B.B. King.

ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE 1340 A1A S., St. Augustine 209-0367

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is a unique outdoor venue that attracts many large alternative acts like The Alabama Shakes, Rebelution, Slightly Stoopid and more!

VETERANS MEMORIAL ARENA 300 A. Phillip Randolph Blvd. 630-3900

The Veterans Memorial Arena regularly hosts some of the largest musical acts to come to Jacksonville, including John Mayer, Billy Joel, the Eagles, Justin Bieber and more!


January 2014 •

The Rubies | Jan. 17 | Table 1

Jan. 1st-5th

Gary sTerliNG Jazz BaNd: Jan. 2, Table 1,

cover The TowN wiTh souNd: Jan. 5, 3 p.m.,

The New M asTersouNds: Jan. 2, 7 p.m., Admission $18-20, Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., 353-6067,

Brady: Jan. 3, Table 1, 330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-5515,

cluTch: Jan. 5, 7 p.m., Admission $25 in

rockJax P reseNTs: Jan. 3, 7 p.m., Admission

Musical sToryBooks: Jan. 4, 11 a.m., Admission FREE, Jacksonville Public Library Main Branch, 303 N. Laura St.,

The screaMiN’ J’s: Jan. 5, 8 p.m., Admission $8 in

Mike dilloN BaNd: Jan. 3, 8 p.m., Admission

New year ThrowdowN: Jan. 4, 2 p.m., Admission $10, Brewster’s, 845 University Blvd., 223-9850,

Jan. 6th-9th

Mud Tea: Jan. 3, 8 p.m., Admission $5,

JohNNy k iNG Jr.: Jan. 4, 8 p.m., Admission $8 in

$10, Brewster’s, 845 University Blvd., 223-9850,

$8, 1904 Music Hall, 19 N. Ocean St.,

Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., 353-6067,

M asTer r adical: Jan. 3, 8 p.m., Admission $8 in

Advance, Jack Rabbit’s Live, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496,

330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-5515,

Advance, Freebird Live, 200 N. 1st St., 246-2473,

ParkridGe: Jan. 4, 8 p.m., Admission $8 in

Advance, Jack Rabbit’s Live, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496,

droPshoT: Jan. 3, 8 p.m., Admission $8 in

r ich hoMie QuaN: Jan. 4, 9 p.m., Admission $50-350, Skyline Lounge, 845 University Blvd., 223-9850,

chaMBer coNcerT: Jan. 3, 8 p.m., Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., 356-6857,

willowwacks: Jan. 4, Table 1, 330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-5515,

Advance, Freebird Live, 200 N. 1st St., 246-2473,

Bartram Lakes- Brooks Assisted Living, 6209 Brooks Bartram Dr., 306-3387,

Advance, Freebird Live, 200 N. 1st St., 246-2473, Advance, Jack Rabbit’s Live, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496,

B.B. k iNG: Jan. 7, 8 p.m., Times Union Center, 300 W. Water St., 633-6110, deroN Baker: Jan. 8, Table 1, 330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-5515,

BrahMs syMPhoNy No. 2: Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m., Jan.

10 & 11, 8 p.m., Times Union Center, 300 W. Water St., 354-5547,

M asTerworks: Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 10, 8 p.m., Times Union Center, 300 W. Water St., 633-6110, sPeedy orTiz: Jan. 9, 8 p.m., Admission $8 in Advance, Jack Rabbit’s Live, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496,

Barry Manilow | Jan. 23 | Veterans Memorial Arena Gary sTerliNG Jazz BaNd: Jan. 9, Table 1, 330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-5515,

Jan. 10th-12th r iTz chaMBer P layers: Jan. 10, 11 a.m. &

7:30 p.m., Admission FREE, Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., 355-7584,

wiNTer JaM: Jan. 10, 7 p.m., Admission $10 at

Door, Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Phillip Randolph Blvd., 630-3900,

iNNueNdo: Jan. 10, 8 p.m., Admission $8 in

Advance, Freebird Live, 200 N. 1st St., 246-2473,

helios h aNd: Jan. 10, 8 p.m., Admission $8, Jack Rabbit’s Live, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496, The r ePuBlik: Jan. 10, 9 p.m., Underbelly,

113 E. Bay St., 353-6067,

QuiMBy duo: Jan. 10, Table 1, 330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-5515,

QueeNryche: Jan. 11, 7 p.m., Admission $18,

sea wolF: Jan. 16, 8 p.m., Admission $15, Jack Rabbit’s Live, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496,

NaTalie MerchaNT wiTh syMPhoNy orchesTra: Jan. 11, 8 p.m., Admission $43-78.50,

TaB BeNoiT: Jan. 16, 8 p.m., Admission $20-25,

Brewster’s, 845 University Blvd., 223-9850,

Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., 355-5661,

BreakiNG ThrouGh: Jan. 11, 8 p.m., Admission

$12, Jack Rabbit’s Live, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496,

yo MoMMa’s BiG FaT BooTy BaNd: Jan. 11,

9 p.m., Admission $10, Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., 353-6067,

willowwacks: Jan. 11, Table 1, 330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-5515, cover The TowN wiTh souNd: Jan. 12,

6:30 p.m., Admission FREE, San Juan Del Rio Catholic Church, 1714 S.R. 13, St. Johns, 2878081,

wuNderGrouNd: Jan. 11, 7 p.m., 1904 Music Hall, 19 N. Ocean St.,

Gary sTerliNG Jazz BaNd: Jan. 16, Table 1, 330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-5515,

Jan. 17th-19th sTars oF The syMPhoNy: Jan. 17, 11 a.m., Jan. 19, 3 p.m., Times Union Center, 300 W. Water St., 633-6110, JaMes durBiN: Jan. 17, 8 p.m., Admission $1025, Brewster’s, 845 University Blvd., 223-9850, eMPire Theory: Jan. 17, 8 p.m., Admission $8,

Jack Rabbit’s Live, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496,

The ruBies: Jan. 17, Table 1, 330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-5515,

evovle: Jan. 11, 7 p.m., Admission $15-40, The Edge Concert Hall, 845 University Blvd., 2239850,

sMells like GruNGe: Jan. 18, 8 p.m., Admission

BiG daddy’s love: Jan. 12, 8 p.m., Admission

M arcia Ball: Jan. 18, 8 p.m., Admission $40-50, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Veda, 209-0399,

$5, Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., 353-6067,

Jan. 13th-16th The wailers: Jan. 14, 8 p.m., Admission $20 in Advance, Freebird Live, 200 N. 1st St., 246-2473, MilesToNes: Jan. 15, 6 p.m., Admission $1020, Brewster’s, 845 University Blvd., 223-9850, Brady: Jan. 15, Table 1, 330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-5515, aBBa The coNcerT: Jan. 16, 8 p.m., Admission

Stars of the Symphony Jan. 17 & 19 | Times Union Center

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Veda, 209-0399,

$5, Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., 353-6067,

JohN carver BaNd: Jan. 18, 8 p.m., Admission $8, Jack Rabbit’s Live, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496, willowwacks: Jan. 18, Table 1, 330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-5515, swaMP r adio: Jan. 19, 3 p.m., Admission $22.50, Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., 355-5661,

sTraiGhT l iNe sTiTch: Jan. 19, 7 p.m., Admission $10-20, Brewster’s, 845 University Blvd., 223-9850,

$22.50-41.50, Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., 355-5661,

Jan. 20th-23rd

GalacTic: Jan. 16, 8 p.m., Admission $20 in Advance, Freebird Live, 200 N. 1st St., 246-2473,

r eGGie aNd The F ull eFFecT: Jan. 21, 6:30 p.m., Admission $13, Brewster’s, 845 University Blvd., 223-9850, January 2014 •


M Turn it UP Bands to be on the lookout for



Over Natalie Merchant’s 30-year career, she has earned a distinguished place among America’s most respected recording artists with a reputation for being a prolific songwriter with a compelling artistic vision and a uniquely captivating performance style. With her latest and highly acclaimed Nonesuch recording entitled, “Leave Your Sleep” which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at No. 17, Natalie Merchant embarks on a new artistic path, creating songs from literary inspiration which are composed for expanded musical ensembles and orchestra.

In conjunction with her next orchestral recording, Natalie Merchant will perform at the Florida Theatre accompanied by a full, symphonic orchestra.

group between 1981 and 1993 (“The Wishing Chair,” “In My Tribe,” “Blind Man’s Zoo,” “Hope Chest,” “Our Time in Eden,” and “MTV Unplugged”). Together with artists like R.E.M., they defined college rock and created the first wave of alternative rock bands and what became known as the alternative rock format on FM radio. Live performances of her new music have been enthusiastically received by her long-time fans and new audiences. Following her recent symphonic debut with the Boston Pops Orchestra, a Boston Globe critic observed,

“Merchant has found her medium…but Merchant’s woody quaver has never sounded quite so right as it did framed by flutes, a weaving clarinet, and a gentle harp.”

Tickets for the special event, on sale now, range from $43 to $78.50, and may be purchased in person at the Florida Theatre box office, by calling (904) 355-ARTS, or at


Natalie Merchant began her musical career as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the pop music band, 10,000 Maniacs, and released two platinum and four gold records with the


Jan. 11 at the Florida Theatre


Grandpa’s Cough Medicine does not play your grandpa’s bluegrass. They fall squarely into what is being called “outlaw bluegrass” by many folks. With songs about corrupt politicians, executing would-be thieves, heavy metal induced killing sprees, the joys of pickin’ and many a drinkin’ song, GCM veers away from many of the traditional subjects so often heard in bluegrass music. You won’t hear a gospel song, nor a cabin song. You’re much more likely to hear about a jealous lovers misadventures with a chainsaw, or the exploits of a crooked lawman. The sound of flat picked guitar, Scruggs style banjo and thumping upright bass bring an organic yet aggressive backdrop to their two part harmony vocals. Live shows are full throttle affairs, filled with blazing instrumentals and original tunes. Their first CD “Jailbird Blues” was lauded in their hometown of Jacksonville, FL as one of the “Top Ten Local Albums of 2011”, and their second album “The Murder Chord” was released in August of 2012 to high acclaim.

CATCH THEM LIVE AT: January 25th at Underbelly.



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M Local Music Scene

Brady: Jan. 24, Table 1, 330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-5515,

a FroMaN: Jan. 25, 7 p.m., Admission $10-50, Brewster’s, 845 University Blvd., 223-9850, TraveliNG r iverside BaNd: Jan. 25, 8 p.m., Admission $8 in

Advance, Freebird Live, 200 N. 1st St., 246-2473,

syBariTe 5: Jan. 25, 8 p.m., Admission $20, Craig Hall, 1100 Stockton St.,

roByN hiTchcock: Jan. 25, 8 p.m., Admission $30-40, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Veda, 209-0399, The corBiTT BroThers & GraNdPa’s couGh MediciNe: Jan. 25, 9 p.m., Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., 353-6067,

darreN corlew & GuesT: Jan. 25, Table 1,

330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-5515,

dr. seuss’ The sNeeTches: Jan. 26, 3 p.m., Times Union Center, 300 W. Water St., 633-6110, slawoMir doBrzaNski: Jan. 26, 3 p.m., Admission FREE, Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., 355-7584,

Englebert Humperdinck Jan. 21 | Florida Theatre

Jan. 27th-30th darreN corlew & GuesT: Jan. 29, Table 1, 330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-5515,

eNGleBerT huMPerdiNck: Jan. 21, 8 p.m., Admission $40-65,

P eoPle’s Blues oF r ichMoNd: Jan. 23, 8 p.m., Admission $8, Jack Rabbit’s Live, 1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496,

yoNder MouNTaiN sTriNG BaNd: Jan. 30, 7 p.m., Admission $25 in

JacksoNville syMPhoNy youTh orchesTra chaMBer Music r eciTal: Jan. 22, 7 p.m., Admission FREE, UNF Recital Hall, 1

Gary sTerliNG Jazz BaNd: Jan. 23, Table 1,

Jake shiMaBukuro: Jan. 30, 8 p.m., Admission $26.50-36.50, Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., 355-5661,

Jan. 24th-26th

NiPsey hussle: Jan. 30, 9 p.m., Admission $20-80, Brewster’s,

ouTsTaNdiNG youNG P iaNisTs iN coNcerT: Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m.,

Gary sTerliNG Jazz BaNd: Jan. 30, Table 1, 330 A1A N., Ponte

Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., 355-5661,

UNF Dr.,

aGaiNsT Me!: Jan. 22, 7 p.m., Admission $20, Freebird Live, 200 N.

1st St., 246-2473,

330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-5515,

845 University Blvd., 223-9850,

Billy Joel: Jan. 22, 8 p.m., Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A.

Admission FREE, Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., 355-7584,

BiG soMeThiNG: Jan. 22, 8 p.m., Admission $8, Jack Rabbit’s Live,

rodNey aTkiNs: Jan. 24, 8 p.m., Admission $24-34, Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., 355-5661,

Phillip Randolph Blvd., (800) 745-3000,

1528 Hendricks Ave., 398-7496,

deroN Baker: Jan. 22, Table 1, 330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-5515,

GreeN suNshiNe: Jan. 24, 8 p.m., Admission $5, Underbelly, 113 E.

Bay St., 353-6067,

Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Veda, 209-0399,

M arTyParTy: Jan. 23, 8 p.m., Admission $15, Freebird Live, 200 N.

wiNTer daNce ParTy: Jan. 24 & 25, 8 p.m., Times Union Center, 300 W. Water St., 630-6110,

1st St., 246-2473,

Vedra Beach, 280-5515,

Jan. 31st-Feb.1st david wilcox: Jan. 31, 8 p.m., Admission $22, Café Eleven, 501 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine, 460-9311,

The M aNTras: Jan. 31, 8 p.m., Admission $8, 1904 Music Hall,

shawN colviN: Jan. 24, 8 p.m., Admission $42-52, Ponte

Barry M aNilow: Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Phillip Randolph Blvd., 630-3900,

Advance, Freebird Live, 200 N. 1st St., 246-2473,

19 N. Ocean St.,

Brady: Jan. 31, Table 1, 330 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach, 280-5515, Merle h aGGard: Feb. 1, 8 p.m., Admission $40-60, Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., 355-5661,

Kathy Wallis


TOP Events

Executive Director Beaches Fine Arts Series Beaches Fine Arts partners with the UNF Jazz Ensemble I and JB Scott to bring worldrenowned jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli to UNF’s Robinson Theater, March 7, 2014 at 7:30 PM in a free concert.

OF 2014

Craig O’Neal

Photographer Craig O’Neal Photography I’m looking forward to photographing Jacksonville’s concert events in 2014. From mega shows at the arena like the Eagles, to more intimate venues like the Florida Theater with Kenny Loggins. Jacksonville has music covered.

Paul Witkowski

Philip Pan

Concertmaster Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra “Stars of the Symphony” – Community Concert Tour: As principal players, we frequently have the opportunity to present short solos as part of the orchestral repertoire. These concerts give us the special privilege of performing full-length solo works in collaboration with our renowned Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Butterman.

Kyle Enriquez

Project Listen Outreach Coordinator Riverside Fine Arts Association In 2014, I am looking forward to Becca Stevens Band’s Jacksonville debut at Underbelly. Sunday April 27, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. This eclectic jazz combo will close out RFAA’s 20th Anniversary Season!

Director of Communications Jacksonville Symphony Association Growing up in Detroit, I went to school with Gladys Knight’s kids during the ‘70’s when they lived in my neighborhood. It was pretty cool having a superstar celebrity and a devoted mom of amazingly talented kids in our community. In 2014 I’m looking forward to seeing Gladys Knight perform at the Times Union Center, May 16th. You can get your tickets by calling 354-5547 or visiting

Stacy Aubrey

Executive Director Riverside Fine Arts Association Riverside Fine Arts is excited to bring back GRAMMY winning Jazz Artists Earl Klugh and Nnenna Freelon for our 20th anniversary season on Thursday, March 6, 2014. January 2014 •



FFJB Music Team




Wunderground: “A Creative Collective” will be gracing the two stages of 1904 Music Hall on January 11th with a wide assortment of talent in an array of mixed genres. Local hip-hop artist Stinkarelli will be kicking off the show, bringing his unique brand of entertainment to the stage as host to the evening’s events. Fully equipped with costume changes and props, Stinkarelli is a master at engaging an audience with his clever and humorous beats. Joining in on the fun will be relative newcomers The Rhythm Riots. Consisting of Frank Sabbio on bass, Geno Sabbio on drums, and Aziz Benraadiya and Ricky Provost - both on guitar, The Rhythm Riots are an instrumental experimental band that blends funk, ska, and metal into a unified sound. Blocking off a chunk of Wunderground’s show is Jacksonville’s FFJB Music Team. FFJB is a collection of seasoned hip-hop artists from the Duval area that unite their creative forces to both enlighten and entertain. Some of the solo artists under the FFJB music team umbrella include, Tough Junkie, Duval Spit, Larry Otis, Arson Fist, Picasso, and Mr. Mic. For a twist to the night’s flow, songwriter/vocalist Shoni Wunderground: “A will be presenting the audience with what she describes as hip-hop”, a lovely combination of soft ethereal Creative Collective” “ethereal tracks laced with poetic and rhythmic lyrics. Collaborating will be gracing with musician Slomile Swift, Shoni is currently releasing her video for their latest track entitled “Space Bars”. With too the two stages of many bands to name, “Wunderground presents: LOOK. 1904 Music Hall on LISTEN.BUY!” is a must-attend event.

January 11th with a wide assortment of CATCH THEM LIVE AT: talent in an array of Saturday, January 11 at 1904 Music Hall mixed genres. WEBSITE: 36

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SPORTS PICKS Jan 1 12 p.m.



Chief Operating Officer of Gator Bowl Sports


Veterans Memorial Arena

Watch this exciting and high-energy game in the comfort of the Veterans Memorial Arena. Coach Cliff Warren and assistant coaches Jones, Neal and Quinn of the Dolphins are looking for another victory.

EverBank Field

The Gator Bowl Association has showcased many of college football’s biggest names including Heisman Trophy winners George Rogers and Earl Campbell. Come on out to see the SEC take on the Big Ten in the 2014 Gator Bowl.

Jan 11 7 p.m.


Veterans Memorial Arena

The Jacksonville Giants are back to back league champions. Help Mr. Biggs, their fun, furry mascot, cheer this powerhouse team to another victory at the Veterans Memorial Arena.


11 8:30 a.m.

Jan 11 1 p.m.


Orange Park Kennel Club



Kona Skate Park Once again hundreds of longboards and street skaters alike will make the pilgrimage to the Mecca of skateboard parks; Kona Skate Park. We’re expecting over 200 skaters to take over the park for 72 non-stop hours of skating.


The Florida Striders are dedicated to presenting high quality road races, conducting training and fun runs and encouraging community involvement. Come on out for their first event of the new year.

Jacksonville Beach Seawalk Pavilion

One of the advantages to living in Florida is our reasonable winter weather. Celebrate by registering today for the Winter Beach Run, which will begin at the Jacksonville Beach Seawalk Pavilion.

Patty Jimenez


Leisure Communications Specialist Visit Jacksonville and The Beaches

TOP Events

I am looking forward to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens turning 100 years young in 2014. Plus, I can’t wait for the opening of the new Asian Tigers exhibit in March. It will have trails that go over the visitors where the tigers will be able to roam, it will feature new gardens, cool pigs, it is simply going to be amazing!

OF 2014

Mike Field

Co-Founder and Event Organizer Jax Truckies

Steve DeSorbo

President Coordinated Benefits Group

Mary Brown President

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Gamma Rho Omega Chapter, Inc. “The Soulful Nutcracker,” an urban spin on the holiday classic; a mix of African dance, ballet, hip- hop, and jazz tell the story of a young girl traveling around the world.

Jaxtoberfest: I am glad to see Mike White start a celebration like this in Jacksonville. Knowing that it benefits local businesses by spotlighting them, and supporting local charities makes it all that much better. Can’t wait till the next one. Awareness With Art: Wow Buzz did it again. Partnering with HandsOn Jacksonville to raise funds for many non-profits in our area. While at the same time giving exposure to local businesses. I am proud for my company to be the title sponsor of this event.

Mark D. Berman

Managing Partner MediaShare Consulting Group I’m really looking forward to the Florida Country Superfest show in June. Not because I’m a huge country fan, but because it’s such a big show for Jacksonville. It puts us on the map with other performers.

Jaxsons Night Market. Night markets are a hybrid farmers market, artisan market and street food festival. We are starting this monthly event in March 20th and every third Thursday to be held in Burrito Gallery’s parking lot. We will have local farmers, artisan food and makers vendors, cooking demonstrations from local chefs, local musicians, a local craft beer garden and the best street food vendors.

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FEATURED SPORTS BLOGGER Melissa Kingston Owner of Definition Fitness of San Marco


Make sure to go to our calendar on for more information about local sporting events.

Key: (M)=Men’s | (W)=Women’s


JU vs. Kennesaw State (M): Jan. 1, 7 p.m., Swisher Gymnasium, 2800 University Blvd.,

FSCJ vs. TAAG (M): Jan. 3, 7:30 p.m., FSCJ-

South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., (904) 646-2111,

FSCJ vs. Webber Int’l (W): Jan. 8, 5:30 p.m., FSCJ-South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., (904) 6462111, FSCJ vs. Webber Int’l (M): Jan. 8, 7:30 p.m., FSCJ-South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., (904) 6462111, UNF vs. Florida Gulf Coast (M): Jan 9,

7 p.m., UNF Arena, 1 UNF Dr., (904) 620-1000,

JU vs. Stetson (M): Jan 9, 7 p.m., Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Phillip Randolph Blvd.,

Congratulations! You’ve made a commitment to change your life! You’ve set a New Year’s resolution and for a moment you are excited, declaring your intentions emphatically, at least internally, to yourself that this will be the year! Fitness and health improvement resolutions always top peoples’ list at the start of the new year and so to follow the pack and set this kind of goal may seem redundant and cliché. But as adults, we need these new beginnings with a specific deadline to force us into action. It is never out of style to strive to improve your health and fitness. However, most of our efforts fall flat, making our resolutions sound like little lies we’ve told ourselves. Why do our good intentions fail? Most of us don’t form a plan of action for achieving our goal.

Whether setting a tame goal (like losing a couple of pounds) or an extreme goal (competing in a long endurance event), you need to make sure they are SMART:

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UNF vs. Lipscomb (W): Jan. 18, 4:30 p.m., UNF


JU vs. Florida Gulf Coast (M): Jan. 11, 1 p.m., Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Phillip Randolph Blvd.,

FSCJ vs. Santa Fe College (W): Jan 22, 6 p.m., FSCJ-South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., (904) 6462111,

JU vs. Syracuse (W): Jan. 21, 5:30 p.m., Jacksonville

FSCJ vs. Hillsborough Community College (M): Jan. 11, 4 p.m., FSCJ-South Campus, 11901

FSCJ vs. Santa Fe College (M): Jan. 22, 8 p.m.,

Beach Blvd., (904) 646-2111,

FSCJ-South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., (904) 6462111,

FSCJ vs. College of Central Florida (W):

FSCJ vs. Daytona State College (M): Jan 25,

JU vs. UNF (W): Jan. 11, 1 p.m., Swisher Gymnasium, 2800 University Blvd.,

How to Make A New Year’s Resolution That Works

Matanzas 5000 | Jan 25 | 5K at 9 a.m.| Fun Run at 10:15 a.m. Arena, 1 UNF Dr., (904) 620-1000,

University, 2800 University Blvd.,

RACES Florida Striders’ Resolution Run: Jan. 11, 10K

& 5K at 8:30 a.m., 1 Mi. Fun Run at 10:30 a.m., Orange Park Kennel Club, 455 Park Ave., events/resolutionrun.html

Jan 11, 5:30 p.m., FSCJ-South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., (904) 646-2111,

4 p.m., FSCJ-South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., (904) 646-2111,

Jacksonville Giants vs. Jackson Showboats:

JU vs. East Tennessee State (W): Jan. 30,

Jan. 11, 7 p.m., Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Phillip Randolph Blvd.,

5 p.m., Swisher Gymnasium, 2800 University Blvd.,

Jan. 11, 5K at 9 a.m., 1 Mi. at 10 a.m., Admission $12-30, Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr.,

UNF vs. Stetson (M): Jan. 11, 7 p.m., UNF Arena, 1 UNF Dr., (904) 620-1000,

UNF vs. USC Upstate (W): Jan 30, 5:30 p.m., UNF Arena, 1 UNF Dr., (904) 620-1000,

ZOOMA Florida Half Marathon & 5K: Jan. 18,

UNF vs. Northern Kentucky (W): Jan. 16,

UNF vs. Northern Kentucky (M): Jan. 30,

7 p.m., UNF Arena, 1 UNF Dr., (904) 620-1000,

7:30 p.m., UNF Arena, 1 UNF Dr., (904) 620-1000,

JU vs. Lipscomb (W): Jan. 16, 7 p.m., Swisher Gymnasium, 2800 University Blvd.,

JU vs. Lipscomb (M): Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., Veterans

UNF vs. JU (M): Jan. 17, 7 p.m., UNF Arena,

1 UNF Dr., (904) 620-1000,

JU vs. Northern Kentucky (W): Jan. 18,

1 p.m., Swisher Gymnasium, 2800 University Blvd.,

FSCJ vs. Hillsborough Community College (W): Jan 18, 2 p.m., FSCJ-South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., (904) 646-2111,

5k Healthy Fit and Smart Family Run:

8 a.m., The Ritz Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy., Amelia Island,

John TenBroek Memorial Winter Beach Run:

Jan. 18, 2:30 p.m., Jacksonville Beach Seawalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach,

Memorial Arena, 300 A. Phillip Randolph Blvd., (904) 630-3900,

Matanzas 5000: Jan 25, 5K at 9 a.m., Fun Run


Run for Shelter 5K: Jan. 25, 9 a.m., Admission $2035, 800 Hammond Blvd., Gator Bowl: Jan. 1, 12 p.m., EverBank Field, 1 EverBank Field Dr.,

Cool Shark 5K & Dorsal Fun Dash: Jan. 25, Cool Shark 5K at 9:30 a.m., Dorsal Fun Dash at 8:45 a.m., C.B. Greer Elementary, 695 Harry Driggers Blvd., Brunswick, GA, Flashmedia.Glynn.K12.GA.US/Greer. cfm?subpage=20963

Add your event at

at 10:15 a.m., Ketterlinus Gym, 60 Orange St.,

First Coast Parkinson’s 5K: Jan 26, 5K at 9 a.m., 1 Mi. Fun Run at 10 a.m., Riverside Arts Market, 715 Riverside Ave.,

SPECIFIC- Your goals should be clearly defined.


MEASURABLE- Concrete criteria must be met to determine your success.

Professional Roughstock Series Rodeo:

ATTAINABLE- While challenging, your goal should still be reachable.

Jan. 23-26, 8-9 a.m., Admission is FREE, Jacksonville Equestrian Center, 13611 Normandy Blvd., 573-4895,

Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m., Jacksonville Equestrian Center, 13611 Normandy Blvd., 573-4895,

National Team Roping League Finals:

RELEVANT- It should matter to you and be worthwhile.

SKATING King of Kona: Jan. 10-12, Kona Skate Park, 8739

TIME-BOUND-This is needed to establish a sense of urgency.

Kona Ave.,


The key to successfully achieving a health and fitness goal is to pay special attention to the “Attainable” component of SMART. Focus on what you can do now, and NOT how far you have to go. Get a workout partner or hire a trainer to help you stay accountable to those declarations you’ve made. Start now, start small, and don’t quit until you get there!

UNF vs. Catawba: Jan. 7, 4:30 p.m., UNF Aquatic Center, 1 UNF Dr., (904) 620-1000, UNF vs. UNC Wilmington: Jan 7, 4:30 p.m., UNF Aquatic Center, 1 UNF Dr., (904) 620-1000, UNF vs. Campbell: Jan 11, 11 a.m., UNF Aquatic

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Center, 1 UNF Dr., (904) 620-1000,

UNF vs. West Florida: Jan 11, 11 a.m., UNF

Jacksonville Giants | Jan 11 | 7 p.m.

Aquatic Center, 1 UNF Dr., (904) 620-1000, UN



Local Athletes of Jacksonville Ace Sanders

Sports Director at

Jaguars<Wide Reciever

The rookie Jaguars wide receiver was electric in the second half of the season for the team. Sanders was a jack of all trades for the Jags in 2013. He returned punts, played wide receiver, ran the football and even threw a touchdown pass. The former South Carolina Gamecocks star is a big part of the building blocks going forward for the Jags. He was a fourth round draft pick in 2013.

Josh Scobee


The long time Jaguars kicker enjoyed another good season. Scobee has played a decade with the Jags and over that time has become a fan favorite. Scobee is an avid golfer and also spends a lot of time in the community here in Jacksonville. Scobee is a Texas native, but went to school at Louisiana Tech. The highlight of his Jags career to this point was a 59 yard game winning field goal to beat the Colts in 2010.

Mardy Gilyard

Sharks<Wide Reciever

The Jacksonville Sharks signed Mardy Gilyard in late October to play for the Arena Football team. Gilyard was a fourth round pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2010. Gilyard had trouble sticking in the NFL after stints with four different teams. The wide receiver is from Bunnell, Florida and attended Flagler Palm Coast. He played his college football at Cincinnati.

Patric Young

UF Gator<Center

The Florida Gators senior big man returned for one final run in Gainesville at a NCAA Basketball National Championship. Young played his high school ball at Providence here in Jacksonville. Patric has a big frame at 6 foot 9 inches tall and 250 pounds. He’s been projected for years to be an NBA Draft pick. Young also excels in the classroom in Gainesville.




Chief Operating Officer of Gator Bowl Sports In December, Alan Verlander left the city of Jacksonville’s Sports and Entertainment office to join the newly expanded Gator Bowl Sports. Part of his responsibilities will be the same as they were with the city, to bring new and substantial sporting events to town. That could include college football’s National Championship game and other major college football games.

CP: What will you do in your new position and why is it good for the city? AV: One of the top priorities for the mayor is sports. If you look at other cities who do sports well, this is the way they do it. It’s a very similar model. We looked at cities like Nashville and New Orleans and New York and Los Angeles. We looked at cities that have hosted the Final Four. Even cities like Omaha (who hosts the Olympic Swimming Trials). They have it under a private Omaha Sports Commission. This is the best way to do it. CP: Why? What’s the difference? AV: The challenge that we had within the city, is that when we were dealing with people with events, we had to disclose to them that our communications came under the Sunshine Laws. So if they sent me an email, certain documents, they were public knowledge. Now, working in a private nature, people will be more apt to deal with you. You can move faster, you can move smarter. I think

it will give us the opportunity to be at the forefront of a lot of different things. CP: So, do you think that this will allow Jacksonville to host better events more frequently? AV: I do. And we can have exploratory conversations that can lead to big things. In sports, in business in general, but especially in sports, it’s all about relationships. Now, we can really tap into our relationships. CP: You are looking at bringing the college football national championship game to Jacksonville. What kind of an event will that be for Jacksonville? AV: The best picture we can give is the Super Bowl. What it meant for the value brand for the city. It will be a major focus of college football and the host city will get all of that focus. We put together a great bid. It comes down to relationships and selling Jacksonville as a player and we think we are. January 2014 •



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Provided by JEFF CONGO our Health & Wellness Blogger

Open Dialogue Tips for a Healthy New Year! FLU TREATMENT


Dr. Robert Weaver

Dr. Bernard Canlas

PA-C, CareSpot

Weaver & Stratton Pediatric Dentistry

Florida Institute of Pain Management

BUZZ: At what age do you recommend parents bring their child in for their first dentist appointment?

BUZZ: What are some common treatment options for back injuries not affiliated with infection or malignancy?

Dr. PW: Well, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, it is recommended that a child should establish a dental home within 6 months of the eruption of their first tooth, or by age 1, whichever is sooner. As a practice, we are focused on prevention and education, and both are best applied at a young age.

Dr. BC: The first and common option is finding pharmacologic solutions, to include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxers, and depending on the severity, a stronger pain medication may be prescribed for a limited period of time. The other component is a well-defined physical rehabilitation program. Some would suggest manipulation, but you have to be sure you have adequate imaging studies to be sure there are no nerve impingements or compressions. In that situation, manipulations in your back may not be a good idea. Some interventional procedures, such as epidural steroid injections, would help, especially with radicular pain, or pain that shoots down your leg. In certain situations where there is significant, positive, physical and radiolographic findings, surgical intervention may be required.

BUZZ: What is a common treatment for the flu? JE: Typically we prescribe Tamiflu, but medications like Tamiflu don’t kill the flu bug, they just stop the replication of the flu bug. While that is not a “cure” for the flu, we treat the symptoms, and advise rest, hydration and control of the fever if there is one present.

PEDIATRIC CARE Dr. Anthony Hamaty Family Medical Center: San Pablo

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Dr. Patrick Weaver Weaver & Stratton Pediatric Dentistry

BUZZ: What tips should parents be teaching our children to help reduce exposure to germs? Dr. AH: You have heard it before, hand washing. It works! Lather up and have them recite at least one round of the “A,B,C’s.” Secondly, teach your child to cough in his or her elbow. It is also a smart habit to wipe down any school gear with antibacterial/ antiviral products like Lysol. Lastly, try to teach your child to strategically position him or herself away from a child who may be coughing or who appears ill.

Your Medical Corner.


ASK THE DOCTOR Your source for medical advice.

BUZZ: What do you enjoy most about working in pediatric dentistry? Dr. RW: Educating both parents and children on how to properly brush their teeth and diet habits. Our priority is to make the child comfortable and build trust with them, and one way we do that is by starting to see them from a young age.

STAY WELL! Sponsored by

Staying Healthy & Fit in 2014 Jim Mackie, M.Ed., ATC, LAT

We continue to be an active society but an unhealthy one too. As we move into 2014 let’s look forward towards a healthy New Year. What are some suggestions to get on a healthy lifestyle program and stick to it?

See your MD first before beginning any fitness program. • Set realistic goals and expectations. • Just move it – walk, get up off the couch or away from the technical device screen– do something – change it up. • Eat smaller portions and eat what’s good for you and hydrate. • Think positive and develop a healthy lifestyle. • Engage others in your quest and share your goals with friends. • Rejoice in the victories and move on following the downsides. • Get professional help if necessary.

What’s on the horizon for 2014 in terms of our health and well-being?

More research regarding head injuries, their cause, prevention, rule changes or modification, equipment design, better education of coaches, athletes & parents. Perhaps we’ll even see impact management devices that can track impact thresholds by physicians, athletic trainers and even parents from a mobile device. Sadly, more athletes being discovered to have CTE as a result of traumatic brain injuries and the repetitive nature of collision sports.

What would you like to see moving forward in 2014.

Professionally, I’d like to see a Certified Athletic Trainer in every public high school and middle school that has contact sports. Athletic Trainers (ATs) are licensed health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by Athletic Trainers comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. They provide for safe sports and front line preventative measures along with injury care and rehabilitation exercises for our youth.

Yours in Good Health! The information presented herein reflects only the opinion of the author and not iwantaBUZZ Entertainment Magazine, it’s owner, or publisher. All information in iwantaBUZZ Entertainment Magazine is for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for any advice given to you by your physician. Consult your physician before you begin any nutrition, exercise, or dietary supplement program. January 2014 •



Around Town In MAYPORT

Joe Talentino is the host of the TV show “i Know Jax”. You can catch him at 9:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays on CW17.

This month I’m exploring one of my favorite areas of Jacksonville - Mayport Village. Many people are familiar with this area because of the fishing. It’s one of those places where you can just pull off to the side of the road and fish. It doesn’t matter what time of day you drive out to Mayport Village, there’s always somebody out here fishing. I’m not much of a fisherman myself, even though I love to eat seafood, but I often pull over and walk down to the water to see the boats come by. The first thing you’ll notice when you drive is a sign that let’s you know that historic Mayport Village was established in 1562. Here are my two favorite places to visit.



4378 Ocean St., Mayport | 246-4911 | Tu. – Th.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Fri. – Sat.: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

4728 Ocean St., Atlantic Beach | 246-4442 | Mon. – Th.: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri. & Sat.: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun.: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

My favorite fish market is located here - Safe Harbor. Safe Harbor actually supplies fresh seafood to many of our restaurants in Jacksonville. You’ll see their white trucks all over town.

Drive past Safe Harbor towards the ferry boat ramp, and you’ll get to Singleton’s. There is no doubt that Guy Fieri from Food Network made this place famous in his show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. This is not your white table cloth restaurant far from it, everything is served on styrofoam, but the seafood is fresh and the waitresses are friendly. If you are a newbie to seafood like me, you’ll be fascinated by the life-size fish hanging on the walls. There’s a big blue one that I had to ask my waitress about. She called it an Ocean Sun Fish. unload right behind the restaurant. Now that’s fresh seafood!

I often ask for advice on how to prepare my seafood, because I’m still learning and I have to say that everyone who works here has always been really helpful to me. Beside the fresh fish market, there is also a restaurant at Safe Harbor. When the weather is nice, I like to come out for lunch and sit outside on the deck watching the shrimp boats unload right behind the restaurant. Now that’s fresh seafood!

INTERNATIONAL CUISINE As you know, the base is located in this area of town, and that means lots of good international food on Mayport Road. One of my favorite places to visit on Mayport Road is Simply Tasty Thai. This used to be a very small Thai restaurant, and it has recently expanded and renovated, but the food is still awesome. A little bit further down the road, you’ll find Nick the Greek. This place also expanded fairly recently. Nick makes the best baklava in town, and I also like the spanakopitas.

Simply Tasty Thai 2292 Mayport Rd. #8, Atlantic Beach 372-2600 Mon. – Sat.: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

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Nick the Greek 10 Donner Rd., Atlantic Beach 241-0070 Open daily: 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

O In the Zone By Elizabeth Hecht Comedic Spitfire Returns to Jacksonville Veteran comedian Ralphie May has proven to be a truly iconic entertainer of the twenty-first century. He has a stage presence uniquely his own and can entertain an audience full of a diverse crowd. A well-crafted talent can transcend the most sensitive social boundaries and May is a part of this rare breed. In 2003, May was invited to join the first season of the NBC reality television show “Last Comic Standing.” His popularity erupted after placing second overall and he steamrolled through appearances on multiple comedy and late-night primetime shows. He was voted one of Variety’s “Ten Comics to Watch” in 2010 and has proven himself worthy of such a title as his career continues to grow. Ralphie May is a comedic genius with exceptional timing and a brand of humor that allows him to cross social, cultural

World Golf Village The World Golf Hall of Fame is kicking off 2014 with an exciting new challenge for guests. The Hall of Fame Challenge is a monthly closest-tothe-pin contest conducted at the Hall of Fame’s outdoor Challenge Hole, where guests can compete to win prizes.

and ethnic barriers. His witty word play and spot-on delivery make his act charmingly hilarious and a must see. May is not only a comedian, but also a writer, producer, actor and, now, entrepreneur. He will be releasing his own line of barbeque sauce aptly named “Fat Baby Jesus” in time for Valentine’s Day. MAY WILL BE PERFORMING AT THE COMEDY ZONE JANUARY 9-12. FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO COMEDYZONE.COM.



military receive free admission to the Museum and St. Johns County residents will receive 30% off admission for this weekend.

The winter events continue at the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater with “The Hobbit: Desolation Guests can take their of Smaug An IMAX 3D Experience” playing until swings at the Challenge Jan. 16. Hole – a 132-yard island green reminiscent of In February, guests can the 17th hole at TPC celebrate Presidents Day Sawgrass — and have Weekend at the Hall of Fame their shots measured from Feb. 14-17. Visitors by laser technology. will learn about Hall of Fame Presidents George Those distances are then H.W. Bush and Dwight entered into an online Eisenhower while taking a leaderboard updated special scavenger hunt that daily, and the winning enters them in for a chance distance each month will to win a Hall of Fame prize receive a Hall of Fame pack. This weekend children package worth $500! For are free and active and former military will receive more information and to $10 admission. view the leaderboard, go to Another way to celebrate Presidents Day Weekend The Hall of Fame is hosting several is to view the powerful events this winter, starting off with the Humana historical documentary, “We the People An Challenge Weekend from Jan. 16-19. Guests of IMAX 3D Experience” (opens Jan.6) at the the Museum can visit the “Bob Hope: Shanks World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater. for the Memory” exhibit and participate in a Narrated by the iconic voices of Morgan special scavenger hunt that honors Hall of Fame Freeman and Kenny Rogers, “We the People” is member Bob Hope. One winner will receive a meant to engage and inspire its audience to learn Hall of Fame prize pack. Active and retired more about and participate in our democracy. For more information on these events, please visit January 2014 •




The Jacksonville Landing

It’s a new year in the River City and The Jacksonville Landing’s resolution is to continue to be your FOOD & FUN headquarters. There is always something happening at The Landing – satisfy your dining, shopping and entertainment needs with a variety of restaurants to choose from, locally-owned shops and free events all month long. EVENTS THIS MONTH INCLUDE: • The Jacksonville Landing Market EVERY Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. • Live Music on the Coca-Cola Riverfront Courtyard Stage Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. • Happy Hour at Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub and Restaurant weekdays 4 – 7 p.m. • Ladies Night Thursdays, Redneck Paradise Fridays and Boots N Dukes Saturdays at Mavericks 8 p.m. For more information and more events in January, visit, Facebook. com/JacksonvilleLanding or call (904) 353-1188. The Jacksonville Landing is conveniently located downtown on the St. Johns River at 2 W. Independent Dr.

Kate Mesic, Esquire Law Offices of Kate Mesic, P.A. *President of the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association *2013 Up & Coming Entrepreneur of the Year *Avvo Superb rated Attorney Criminal Defense • DUI • Traffic Tickets • Expungements Small Business Law • Contract Development/Review • Collections Litigation • Landlord / Tenant Issues • Condo Associations 1912 Hamilton Street, Suite 204 • Jacksonville, FL 32210 Office: (904) 619-2510 • Fax. (904)328-2081 •

What are the penalties for Possession of Marijuana in Florida? This crime is considered to be a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to $1000.00 fine and up to 1 year in jail. Usually it is coupled with the Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, which carries the same penalties. The biggest concern in drug cases of this type is the loss of the driver’s license for two years, if the person is convicted.

What is the difference between actual possession and constructive possession? Actual possession is usually when the person has physical possession of the controlled substance and has knowledge of the physical possession. For example, if it is in the person’s pocket and he put it there. Constructive possession comes into play when the drugs are in close proximity to the person and are under the person’s authority or control. This comes up a lot in cases where the marijuana is found in a car. The information presented herein reflects only the opinion of the author and not iwantaBUZZ Entertainment Magazine, it’s owner, or publisher. All information in iwantaBUZZ Entertainment Magazine is for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for any advice given to you by your lawyer.


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The restaurants at The Landing provide a great view of the gorgeous St. Johns River. Visiting each restaurant is like experiencing a different cuisine and a different atmosphere each time you make your way to Downtown Jacksonville. We promise you will find something for every palate at any of our nine full-service riverfront restaurants.

O INSIDE LOOK BUZZ: What kind of business is GyoGreens? HTF: Gyogreens is dedicated to growing organic produce using aquaponics: the cycle of fish and plants working together in a natural, symbiotic and sustainable food production system. Gyogreens produces high quality artisanal greens, delicious fresh veggies, flowers and foliage that the public can pick and peruse from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily. BUZZ: What makes GyoGreens so unique?

Helga Tan Fellows

Owner of GyoGreens

Info GyoGreens 147 Canal Blvd., Ponte Vedra (203) 219-5887


ish – Farm – Fork, is the mantra of Helga Tan Fellows, owner of Gyogreens. We spoke to Helga regarding her amazing new sustainable farm that brings aquaculture and hydroponics together not only for awesome, organic eats - but also for education! Article by Monica Stouder

HTF: GyoGreens uses a sustainable farming method which combines traditional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals - in our case, koi fish - in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. All produce is grown naturally in water not soil and without the use of pesticides. This method uses 80% less water than traditional farming. Some plants are also known to grow twice as fast under this environment and system. BUZZ: Do you all do any kind of education regarding this kind of farming? HTF: Gyogreens is hoping to partner with local schools to participate in our farm

education program. For Earth week in April 2014, we hope to host the first students on field trips. We also welcome local community members to tour the facility and learn about our system.

BUZZ: What was the inspiration behind wanting to start this kind of business? HTF: My passions have been travel, education and gardening. I am also an advocate for sustainable energy and practices. I spent seven years outside the U.S. in Hong Kong, Tokyo and London experiencing the rich cultural diversity of Asia and Europe. In London I was a volunteer at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, which further piqued my interest in gardening. Since returning to the U.S., I’ve been searching for means to enjoy gardening and promoting environmental sustainable practices while at the same time providing a vehicle for education. I found that in aquaponics and the building of GyoGreens is the rewarding result.

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Guide to Jacksonville Bar & Restaurant Specials

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330 A1A N. • 280-5515 Ponte Vedra

330 A1A N. • 280-5515 Ponte Vedra

12777 Atlantic Blvd. • (904) 221-1090 Regency


HH 4-7pm & 9-11pm 2-4-1 Well Drinks, Dom. Drafts, Glasses of House Wines; Bar Bites startinG at just $5




HH 4-7pm / 11pm-close; $1 off all Wells / Dom. Drafts / Wine; pool tournament WitH GiveaWays & surprises


HH 4-7pm & 9-11pm 2-4-1 Well Drinks, Dom. Drafts, Glasses of House Wines, Bar Bites startinG at just $5




HH 4-7pm / 11pm-close ; $1 off all Wells / Dom. Drafts / Wine



Wine DoWn WeDnesDay $15 Wine samplinG & price apps 5:30-8 pm; live music 6pm; HH 4-7pm: 2 for 1 Well Drinks, Domestic Draft Beers & select Wines; open til 11pm


HH 4-7pm / 11pm-close; $1 off all Wells / Dom. Drafts / Wine; $4 on all smirnoff & smirnoff flavoreD Drinks



TH HH 4-7pm & 9-11pm 2-4-1 Well Drinks, Dom. Drafts, Glasses of House Wines, Bar Bites startinG at just $5


HH 4-7pm & 9-11pm 2-4-1 Well Drinks, Dom. Drafts, Glasses of House Wines, Bar Bites startinG at just $5, live music7:30 pm


HH 4-7pm & 9-11pm 2-4-1 Well Drinks, Dom. Drafts, Glasses of House Wines, Bar Bites startinG at just $5, live music 7:30 pm

SU HH 4-7pm & 9-11 pm 2-4-1 Well Drinks, Dom. Drafts, Glasses of House Wines, Bar Bites startinG at just $5, live music 7:30 pm



all montH lonG all Day every Day $3.50 BacarDi oakHeart & $3.50 fire eater sHots; Dj marco spinninG tHe Hits 9pm - close

SU $4 sailor jerry’s spiceD navy rum cocktails

25 t.v’s plus 2 BiG screens sHoWinG all colleGe & pro Games Weekly WitH posteD Drink specials


300 2nd St. N. • 241-4668 Jax Beach

691 N 1st S. • 270-0025 Jax Beach

surf & turf Dinner special startinG at 5pm


Half off oysters startinG at 5 pm

live music 8pm-11pm live music, laDies Drink free 9-11pm at tHe Bar (select Drinks only) all saturDay $3 smirnoff voDkas

SU BruncH 11am-2pm, mimosa, BlooDy mary,


all Day HH


service inDustry niGHt


everyDay HH until 8pm; $ 2 stella & yuenGlinG, late niGHt HH after miDniGHt


1/2 price Bottle of Wine after 4pm


everyDay HH until 8pm; $1 yuenGlinG after 10pm, $3 tHree olives after 8pm


live music & $5 martinis after 4pm

TH laDies niGHt: 1/2 price Drinks 9pm-close

TH everyDay HH until 8pm; $2 GatoraDes


everyDay HH until 8pm; $3 BacarDi 8-10pm


everyDay HH until 8pm; $3 BacarDi 8-10pm

SU everyDay HH until 8pm; $2 tHree olives for laDies, $1 off Beer, $3 House Wine after 8 pm

marina cay cHampaGne, anD BomBa’s puncH all $3


after 10pm- $3 tHree olives, $3 fireBall & $3 croWn alonG WitH Dj 10pm-close


after 10pm- $3 tHree olives, $3 fireBall & $3 croWn alonG WitH Dj 10pm-close

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725 Atlantic Blvd Ste 6 • 372-4105 Atlantic Beach

1018 3rd St. N. • 241-5600 Jax Beach

3033 Monument Rd. • 645-5162 Arlington

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O Brew Time By Marc Wisdom A new year means plenty of opportunities to find and enjoy new craft beer. To help you try new beer experiences all year long I have put together this handy calendar. It is chock full of ideas and fun things you can do to keep your year full of new beer. JANUARY – Start or join a beer appreciation group. There are several groups in the area already that meet up on Saturdays at Green Room and on Sundays at Brewer’s Pizza, both groups meet at 2 p.m. Or, join the official Jacksonville Grapes & Hops group sponsored by BUZZ Magazine. FEBRUARY – Love is in the air this month. Instead of the cliché of sending your lady chocolates, try sending her some chocolate beer. Rogue Double Chocolate Stout is an excellent choice. MARCH – Green beer for St. Patrick’s Day? Not for any self-respecting beer lover. Instead try some of the wonderful offerings the Emerald Isle has to offer like Murphy’s Irish Stout. Or, if you want to go lighter, try Harp Lager. APRIL – Ah, spring! The flowers, the warm weather, the great beers! The traditional German style of this time of year is the dopplebock. Look for Ayinger’s Celebrator for a superb example of this style that is the drink of monks during lent. MAY – This month brings the, “Mother of all beer weeks,” also known as American Craft Beer Week (May 12-18). Watch for special tastings, dinners, and all manner of beer-related events during this annual celebration. JUNE – When it starts getting hot outside it is the perfect time to reach for a cold, refreshing summer brew. Thirst-quenching is the goal here so look for a crisp pilsner like Pilsner Urquell or Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils.

JULY – July is the mid-point of baseball season and the ball park is a great place to spend a balmy summer evening. Watch for European Street’s Beer & Baseball nights where you can get all-you-can-eat sandwiches, a ticket to the game and all-you-can-drink beer all for one low price! AUGUST – Stake out a spot at one of our local tap rooms to keep cool and hydrated when the heat index tops 100 degrees. This may be a good time to check out Engine 15’s new brewery, tap room and Beer Garden on Myrtle near downtown. SEPTEMBER – Pumpkin beers are the rage in early autumn. Each year a new batch arrives on store shelves to tempt your taste buds. A favorite around our house is Shipyard’s Smashed Pumpkin. OCTOBER – Jaxtoberfest! Last year over 25,000 attended the inaugural event. Join the fun this year! NOVEMBER – Give thanks by showing your appreciation of our local beer scene. Support your local beer emporium like Beer:30 or Grassroots. DECEMBER – Host a holiday beer tasting at your Christmas gathering. Ask attendees to pick up a six-pack or bomber of a holiday-themed beer and share with other guests.

Marc Wisdom wishes all his readers a Happy New Beer! Follow his exploits at




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LOVE IS IN THE AIR… AND THE STARS AT MOSH! Does the thought of spending another Valentine’s weekend at a crowded restaurant make you cringe? Surprise your sweetheart with an evening filled with decadent desserts, hors d’oeuvres, rooftop stargazing and more! On Saturday, February 8th, from 7 to 11 p.m., the Museum of Science & History will present Bella Luna: A Magical Night Under the Stars.

Enjoy live music under the starts of the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, interact with a magician, experience full-immersion entertainment in as laser lights and music collide to create a Cosmic Concert, and enjoy a MOSH favorite – liquid nitrogen ice cream! A photo booth will be on site to capture a memory of your evening with your sweetheart. The rooftop will also be open for romantic stargazing. Enjoy the view of the downtown skyline from MOSH’s prime location on the Southbank of the St. Johns River. Then, view planets and stars through telescopes provided by Northeast Florida Astronomical Society. Tickets to Bella Luna are $70 per couple ($55 for MOSH Members). Reservations are required and will open January 10 at

To set the romantic mood, guests will be greeted to Bella Luna with a complimentary glass of champagne. One additional beverage per person is also included with the admission rate. But, don’t worry – there will be additional beer and wine for sale! Bold City Brewery and Engine 15 are the beverage sponsors. Coffee, soda and water will also be available to accompany delicious delicacies provided by some of the First Coast’s finest bakeries, caterers and restaurants like Biscottis.

Don’t wait –or you might just find yourself waiting 2 hours at a restaurant Saturday night!


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Jeff Dunham is known for his unique brand of comedy, incorporating multiple characters into his act through the use of ventriloquism. Jeff will perform live at Veterans Memorial Arena, January 24th at 8 p.m. BUZZ: What’s it like pairing two difficult skills into one act (ventriloquism and comedy)? JD: I realized early on that the ventriloquism needed to be just a vehicle for the comedy. It couldn’t be the focus of the act. In other words, I needed to focus on the material and the jokes and keep people laughing. The ventriloquism just happened to be my instrument. BUZZ: What can people expect in this show? JD: Like I always say, my show has no socially redeeming value whatsoever -- you’re not going to learn anything. All you’re going to do is have a big goofy time and escape your problems for a while. BUZZ: Explain the process involved in creating a new concept for a puppet. JD: I do everything from materials used to complication of movements, to what type of paint and how it’s applied. I construct the characters myself, and much blood, sweat, and angst is put into every one of them. Then, and the more difficult part, is creating material and writing the funny stuff!







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What is unique about FI’s bar area?

Do you all have music or any kind of events?

Definitely the décor. Our tequila displays are one of a kind.

We have live music in the evening Thursday through Sunday.

When is Happy Hour?

What compliments do you hear most often from your bar patrons customers?

Sunday through Wednesday from 9 p.m.-close. What kind of weekly drink specials do you all offer? Sunday to Wednesday from 9 p.m. to close, we offer $2 Bud Light and Yuengling drafts, $4 Fireball and Cuervo Cinge shots, and $5 Swap Shop Margaritas. Tell us about your best selling drink. It’s our namesake, The Flying Iguana. We use Don Julio Reposado tequila, an agave based orange liqueur called Agavero Orange, and Cointreau in combination with fresh squeezed lemon and lime and a little agave nectar. What do you love most about Jacksonville’s nightlife? Personally I enjoy having the ability to choose from a variety of types of bars depending on what I’m in the mood for – but I have a particular affinity for the unique drinks and premium Tequila selection at the Flying Iguana (not that I’m biased or anything)! Do you serve any local liquors or brews? We have local beers from Green Room, Intuition, and Bold City. We also infuse tequila with different flavors for some of our cocktails.

They say they can taste the quality and freshness of the drinks. I also get a lot of compliments on my staff; I have a great group of bartenders working for and with me! Any local Jax celebs stopped by for a drink? We’ve had quite a few stop by but, for the sake of their privacy, they’ll remain nameless. However, I will say that we’ve had a guy with a really cool mustache stop by! What do you want more people to know about your business? We have over 100 tequilas, live music from Thursday to Sunday night, and specialty margaritas and cocktails. We’re a destination for a great night of food, drinks, and entertainment.


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Who was the most famous circus performer of all time?














Professor Dubious Says: That honor would have to go to Dario, The Most Annoying Man in the World, a performer with the Sibling Brothers Circus in the 1920s.


Crowds would come from all over the United States to see Dario talk endlessly about himself, clip his toenails in front of company, hit on any woman that looked at him, cite his favorite quotes from Caddyshack, complain about his boss, and smack his lips and say “ahhh” after each sip of anything he drank.




















































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- R. Garvey, New York, NY

Will human life span keep increasing? - S. Scott, San Diego, CA

Professor Dubious Says: While the average life span for a human being has continually increased over the centuries, scientists believe an ultimate limit will be reached. While genetic manipulation, isotope therapy, and parenteral manangiohesis techniques can delay cell degradation perhaps indefinitely, the stumbling block to longevity that may never be overcome is boredom. Ultimately, the longer we live the more bored we get. Eventually, the body starts to degrade just to have something new to do.

How does your mouth detect different flavors?

- E. Ponee, Seapants, IN

Professor Dubious Says: Your tongue has 10 different types of specialized

taste buds that respond to different flavors. The types are: sweet, sour, bitter, icky, yummy, fishy, spoiled, fancy, overpriced and lasagna. All other flavors are a combination of these basic tastes. For instance, salty is a mixture of bitter and sour, and the taste of caviar is equal parts fancy, fishy and overpriced.

“You know,” I said, “you shouldn’t complain to the guy cooking. If you get on his nerves too much, he might spit in your food.”

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Etiquette Essentials By Eric Engel Breaking Etiquette

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Last month, I went to a restaurant with a friend. Although he ordered an open face roast beef—the waitress brought him some sort of chicken dinner. I was motioning for her to come back (so she could correct the problem) when my friend grabbed my hand and begged me not to say anything. His motto was to never complain at a restaurant, because someone might spit in his food. It got me thinking. That night, when I served supper to my wonderful children, I got the usual barrage of complaints: My green beans are touching my potatoes. This is too hot. This is too cold. “You know,” I said, “you shouldn’t complain to the guy cooking. If you get on his nerves too much, he might spit in your food.”

There was some uneasy laughter, but they did knock it off with the complaints. Wondering how far I could stretch this, I began to use it in entirely unrelated state of affairs: Clean your room or I’ll spit in your food. Stop fighting or I’ll spit in your food. But like all good things, I eventually took it too far. My wife woke up and poured herself a cup of coffee—coffee I had made. Then she told me that it tasted a little strong. I told her, “Don’t complain or I’ll spit in your food.” I got home late that night. It was my wife’s turn to cook, and I walked in the door hungry as a bear. I got myself a big glass of milk and sat down at the table (the kids had already eaten and left). She set a plate in front of me, which was completely empty, except for a single glob of glistening saliva in the very center. “What’s this?” I asked. “Don’t complain,” she said, “or I’ll spit in your milk too.”


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26: Downhiller’s run 29: Used extreme subtlety 33: Potato chip maker 34: Type types 35: Soup veggie 36: Mischief-makers 37: Makes level 38: 1040EZ, e.g. 39: Capital of Phoenix? 40: Little songbirds 41: Filet mignon source 42: Disgruntled person 44: Tiffin treats 46: Tiddlywink, e.g. 47: Loafer, for instance 48: Be sparing 51: Pair

52: Winner at Caesar’s palace? 55: Talk up 56: Mental lapse 59: Annul 60: ‘To your health!’ 61: Sty cry 62: Batik worker 63: Barbershop sounds 64: Debutante, typically DOWN 1: You can beat it 2: Ancient character 3: High spd. phone line 4: Apiary occupant 5: Redeems

the BUZZed MAZE 6: Following 7: Wander about 8: Kook 9: Gold and silver, e.g. 10: Brothers’ keepers? 11: Make less dependent 12: Take on cargo 13: Went to court 18: St. and ave. 23: Is short and shy 24: Smooch 25: 1998 has two 26: Errors 27: Minor role 28: Overexcited 29: Discovered 30: ‘___ River Anthology’ 31: Spine-tingling 32: Denounces strongly 34: One-in-a-million 37: Step over the line, perhaps 38: Slippery sheet 40: Passing fancy 43: Time keeper? 44: Fragments 45: Pas de deux conclusion 47: IHOP freebie 48: Many a retired thoroughbred 49: Rabbit fur 50: Obnoxious 51: Home of heroes? 52: Last of Great Britain’s King Henrys 53: Charged particles 54: Printing liquids 57: Prohibition 58: Quarterback Brady of the Patriots

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January Horoscope

Written by Kyle, Astrologer Extraordinaire

Aries (March 21- April 19) Ever believe in love at first site? You shouldn’t because it doesn’t bode very well with you Aries. And I would definitely not start now unless your New Years’ resolution was to change the way you look.

Libra (September 23 – October 22) The New Year is bringing in new BIG changes for you Libra. Perhaps a wedding, babies, or maybe someone is moving in. There are always two sides to this. Excitement or total shear panic and dread. Hopefully it’s excitement.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20) The Holidays brought you all kinds of new possessions. All those shiny objects over the last month have you tired and distracted poor Taurus. You need to wake-up and realize… ooh look, a nickel.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) It’s now 2014, thus time to do a facelift on that online profile. I don’t care if it’s Facebook, Jdate, or, it’s time to add a more current picture and maybe some accurate facts. You’ve aged this past year. Come on now, you know you have.

Gemini (May 21 – June 21) Intense is the word of the month. Intense feelings towards someone. Is there someone out there you haven’t told how you feel? Well, this is the month to do it. If there isn’t someone, then you will be intensely alone. Cancer (June 22 – July 22) With Jupiter in Cancer, your first house of self, looks like that’s exactly who you’ll be dating Cancer. Your affection of your own self will dominate this month, to the point of no one wanting to be with you. Leo (July 23 – August 22) Your lusty 5th house of romance is about to be tipped over and poured out all over some new person. Just because it’s the New Year doesn’t mean everything has to be new. Before you go all crazy for this new lust, you may want to actually get to know this new perfect person first. Virgo (August 23 – September 22) Your romantic mojo is at an all time high this month. But as we all know, what goes up must come down. Not to be pessimistic on your good news, but it will be a pretty hard crash when you come back down to earth. Just saying.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) Well after decking the halls, you will have to relax this month. Also, learn the word moderation. You overdid yourself last month. Don’t believe me? Look at those pics online. Cooling down should be your resolution this year. Capricorn (December 22 – January 19) First off, you are not all that dreamy. Sure, you can have fun at others’ expense, but forgive those close to you for their miscues, because we all know what goes around, yeah, comes back around. And you have buckets full of miscues too. Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) Competitor horoscope stated, “Your social energy is keyed to your mental sphere.” Now I am not sure what that means, but I would guess it’s saying your hormones stimulated by your brain. Well, no crap. Pisces (February 19 – March 20) This year is going to start out with some extra luck. Use it wisely. Your friends will try and help hook you up with a mate. As you know, trusting their judgment for your love life is never wise. But hey, you’re feeling lucky; you’ll be fine, right?

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