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in this issue 52 12

contents

VOLUME 6, ISSUE 6

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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ONE OF US Numa Saisselin

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ALL THAT GLIMMERS this holidy season

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CHIC KIDS for a cause

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SHEN YUN 2013 - ETHEREAL Chinese legends visits First Coast

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A SWEET Holiday tradition

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SHAKEN NOT STIRRED

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FIRST COAST GIFT GUIDE

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WINN-DIXIE JACKSONVILLE Open Pro-Am Dinner

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FEEDING THE COMMUNITY

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29TH ANNUAL CARING CHEFS Sells out, breaks all records

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GOODWILL INDUSTRIES Striving to succeed

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CUMMER MUSEUM CELEBRATES Books, Arts

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INDUSTRY LEADERS SPEAK about cancer awareness

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OLD CITY MUSIC FEST benefits Wounded Warriors

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about this magazine

The First Coast Register is a bi-monthly general interest magazine published by The Ponte Vedra Recorder and OPC News, LLC. The magazine can be found throughout the upscale areas of greater Jacksonville. For advertising inquiries call 904.285.8831. Susan Griffin, Publisher Kelly Hould, Editor Rob Conwell, Circulation Manager Elizabeth M. Steif, Staff Writer Carrie Resch, Staff Writer/Sales Coordinator Ed Johnson, Senior Account Executive Kristin Flanagan, Account Executive Cary Johnson, Manon Zamora-Barwick, Publication Design April Snyder, Sales Assistant

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Cover and p. 33 photo by Jennifer Fergus Creative www.jenniferferguscreative.com


Sawgrass Village offers a unique selection of stores, services and eateries to make your holidays so merry! One-of-a-kind shops featuring apparel, gifts, home décor, jewelry and more are perfect for all your holiday giving. Quality services provide just the special care needed for a relaxing holiday season. The area’s most popular restaurants await. Celebrate breakfast, lunch or dinner with a gathering of family and friends! Just what you need to make your holidays

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Uncovering the hidden riches

of Northeast Florida

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ecember and January mark an important season each year when we drop out of the frantic daily rhythm of life to pause and reflect. As I look back over the past year—my first year as editor of the First Coast Register—I feel a deep satisfaction. My work for the Register has been an auspicious opportunity with ramifications in my life that I never could have predicted. I was born in Neptune Beach, Fla. and have lived on the First Coast for nearly all of my life. By simple geography I have always been a part of this community. However, when I began my position late in 2011, I did not understand how I would see my relationship to the community and the area change in just one year. In one year, I have seen more of Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, Orange Park, St. Augustine and Amelia Island than I ever knew existed. I have been to the underground vaults of downtown Jacksonville’s old banking district. Gotten stuck in the current while kayaking Nassau Sound. Watched the wild horses of Cumberland Island. Sipped secret new formulas at the Budweiser factory. Been dyed neon colors from head to toe. Come face to face with everything from lions and tigers to kittens and butterflies. The best part about all of this is the fact that there is nothing special about me that allowed me to do these things. All of these experiences are open to everyone in our community, and none of them costs more than a night of eating out for two. As a reader of the Register, this may be your first issue or this may be your fiftieth. If you’re a long-time reader, I hope you have enjoyed watching my journey to some of the secret parts of the First Coast. If this publication is new to you and you’re curious about where I’ve been, I hope you will stop by our office and pick up some of our back issues. And for all readers, new and old, I hope that I have inspired you to seek out your own secret piece of the First Coast.

EDITOR

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PACE Center for Girls, Jacksonville believes in girls by creating an environment where they can be safe, learn, thrive, overcome past obstacles, and work towards a successful future. Many girls come to PACE with histories of trauma and abuse. PACE recognizes that their behaviors are actually strategies for coping with the intense pain, fear, powerlessness and despair they have experienced – often without anyone to support or believe in them. Emily, for example, grew up with an alcoholic father before entering the foster care system. While there she moved through five different schools, five different homes, and two group homes. She soon resorted to the same alcoholism of her father before

moving in with her aunt and hearing about PACE Center for Girls, Jacksonville. After 30 days of rehabilitation and seven months at PACE, she remains sober and her grades have improved. She joined the chorus and regularly participates in job shadowing programs. PACE believed in her. Individuals like you believed in her. Now, she believes in herself, and she will find the success in life she deserves. For more information on our program, please contact Marcus Haile, Development Director, at marcus.haile@pacecenter.org or Lynn Bertram, LCSW, Executive Director, at lynn.bertram@pacecenter.org or on 904-448-8002.

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One of US

NUMA SAISSELIN

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uma Saisselin never thought he would live in Florida. The native New Yorker, who has worked in the music and theater industry for over 25 years, said when the opportunity to be president of the Florida Theatre was presented, he just couldn’t pass it up. Saisselin has a music education degree from the Fredonia School of Music in New York and a Master’s degree in business administration from Adelphi University. In 1986, he served as a business manager and grants writer at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill, NY, and later as the executive director from 1992-1997. He then worked as the managing and artistic director of the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island Performing Arts Center. His previous job before relocating to Jacksonville to take over as president of the Florida Theatre was CEO of Count Bassie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J. where he worked from 2002-2012. He then made the transition from the Garden State to the Sunshine State, and is loving living in Avondale where he and his wife, Laurie are renting a home that they share with their two Great Danes and their cat. How do you like living in Jacksonville so far? It’s great. It’s all the amenities of a big city packed into a small town. We’re renting a house in Avondale. It takes me twelve minutes to get to work. We went to the symphony last week. We left the house at 7:15 p.m. We were in our seats in the Times Union Center by a quarter of. We drove down, found parking on the street, bought tickets, got a drink, and went to our seats — all of that in 30 minutes. In the northeast, you wouldn’t even be out of your neighborhood yet. What’s not to love about that? What are your thoughts on Downtown Jacksonville? I understand that some people who might live in the outer suburbs don’t necessarily come into Downtown all the time, to which I say, it couldn’t be easier. There’s parking everywhere, plenty of good places to eat, and lots of entertainment. The symphony, MOSH, MOCA, in addition to the Florida Theatre of course, so there’s a lot to do and what’s not to love about living here?

BY CARRIE RESCH What do you think is special about the Florida Theatre? Well, number one the thing that makes it special is it’s been here so long. It’s a cliché, but it’s a cliché because it’s true; they do not make them like this anymore. So, in addition to it being ornate, the site lines are terrific, the acoustics are terrific and it’s got a good feel. It’s got a homey feel. It’s been here 80 plus years, so many, many people in Jacksonville have a decades-long relationship with the building. Literally, millions of people have seen shows here — many of them over and over and over again. So, they have a lot of great memories. What does the future of the Florida Theatre hold under your new direction? One thing I want everybody to know is that I’m replacing Erik Hart, who was the president for 25 years which is quite an achievement in my business. Erik is actually still here booking shows as our program director so we have a nice transition. He’ll be here at least another year. So, we have a fairly well

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thought out transition which will be good for the community and good for the Florida Theatre. To my mind, the theatre could be busier, so one of the things Erik and I have talked about a lot is how we increase the level of activity because that’s the thing that everything stems from. It’s a beautiful building, but people are not coming to see the building if there’s nothing on stage. So we’ve talked a lot about how to increase the level of activity and the number of shows on stage every year. There are plenty of opportunities for us to find genres of performance art that aren’t being filled right now, and we can step in there and fill the role. I don’t want to disclose anything yet, but those are the kinds of things we are talking about. What are some of the challenge you think you will face? I think our biggest challenge is people’s time and getting them to try something new for the first time. We live a very fast-paced existence. I think people get in a rut and they have their circle that they’re used to every week. For an organization like us to convince someone, listen, next Friday night, break your routine and try something new is awful difficult. That’s kind of what we’re all about now — trying to get people to try something new, break their routine, come on down, and try a show.You might not like it; it might not be to your taste, but if it’s here, it will be good. The Florida Theatre is located at 128 East Forsyth Street, Suite 300 in Downtown Jacksonville. For more information, visit www.floridatheatre.com or call (904) 355-5661.

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All thatglimmers this

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Your guide to familyfriendly offerings on the First Coast and beyond BY CARRIE RESCH

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othing says the holidays like family. This time of year is the perfect opportunity for the entire family to make lasting memories and new traditions together with a little help from some very special holiday happenings in the area. Whether you pack up the family and take a day trip or sneak away for a weekend getaway, there are plenty of events that offer family fun for all ages. Some activities include unique ways to view Christmas light displays, viewing enormous ice creations at a winter escape in Orlando, and experiencing snow — yes “snow” — in Florida. If you’ve never experienced some of these holiday goings-on, make sure to take some time off from Christmas shopping to experience the holidays in a new, magical and memorable way.

SUWANNEE RIVER MUSIC PARK’S SUWANNEE LIGHTS – DEC. 1-24

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STEPHEN FOSTER FOLK CULTURE CENTER STATE PARK’S FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS NOV. 30 - DEC. 30

The annual Festival of Lights display at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs, Fla. features over four million lights on display throughout the park. The park also has a gingerbread village, candy cane forest, Santa’s runway, an antebellum museum decorated for the holidays and more. The 200 foot tall Carillon Tower located in the park plays holiday music via bells from the bell tower. Guests can visit the Craft Square for complimentary hot 14 DECEMBER 2012 - JANUARY 2013 | FIRST COAST REGISTER

chocolate and popcorn while they sit around the bonfire and roast marshmallows. The Craft Square will also be holding craft demos and playing holiday music. Winter Wonderland in the park has nightly snow fallings on the hour from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and a chance to meet the big guy himself — Santa Claus. The Festival of Lights is open nightly until 9 p.m. except for Christmas night. Make it a day trip or stay overnight in a campsite or cabin. Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is located at 11016 Lillian Saunders Dr. in White Springs, Fla.. For more information, call (386) 397-4478 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/stephenfoster/events.

ICE! AT GAYLORD PALMS NOV. 10 - JAN. 1

Ice! At Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando features over 20,000 square feet of giant hand-carved ice sculptures created by a team of 40 artisans from Harbin, China, who spend over a month creating the sculptures featured in the chilly attraction. How chilly? The temperature is a nippy nine degrees Fahrenheit, but don’t worry: calf-length coats to stave off the chill are provided for the tour.


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THE ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE’S WINTER WONDERLAND – NOV. 23-JAN. 6

The 6th Annual Winter Wonderland at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre features new and

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ach year The Women’s Board hosts the Children’s Fashion Show, featuring current and former patients of Wolfson Children’s Hospital. This light-hearted show funds cutting-edge programs and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for the only inpatient healthcare facility areawide that is dedicated solely to children. Historically presented during the three-day Art & Antiques Show, the Children’s Fashion Show was presented this year at the University of North Florida’s Lazzara Performance Hall on Nov. 3 in an exciting expanded format. Guests to the Children’s Fashion Show delighted in the opportunity to take in the latest in children’s fashion, meet patients, hear their stories and learn about how Wolfson Children’s Hospital has assisted in their treatment and care. This year’s show featured live performances, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ NFL mascot Jaxson D’Ville, a magician, music and dancing with DJ James, a photo booth and food and libations from Liz Grenamyer, Salt Life, Mellow Mushroom, Champion Brands and Wine 90+. Part of the Art & Antiques Show, the 2012 Children’s Fashion Show contributes vital funds for program and clinical equipment needs in addition to a 5-year, $4 million pledge towards the Larry J. Freeman Behavioral Health Center. The Center provides counseling and support for children facing surgery and illness, in some cases terminal, and addresses and treats the full spectrum of psychiatric illness, as well as childhood obesity,

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eating disorders and depression, among others. The Art & Antiques Show then kicked off this winter’s three-day showcase of collections from nationally and internationally distinguished antiques dealers with a Scottish-themed Opening Night Party. Satisfying a remarkable range of aesthetics and budgets, the 2012 Art & Antiques Show featured lectures and workshops by iconic designers and event planners, and offered hard-tofind art, books, furniture, jewelry, home accessories, sterling silver and period pieces from across the country and throughout Europe. Established in 1973 by Ellen Cavert in Jacksonville, the ongoing mission of the entirely-volunteer Women’s Board is to raise community awareness and to fund state-of-the-art infrastructure, programming, services and resources for Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Since it’s inception, The Women’s Board has raised more than $23 million in support of Wolfson Children’s Hospital to ensure the advancement of first-rate continuing medical care for all children. The all-volunteer Women’s Board produces two major benefits each year — the Art & Antiques Show and the Florida Forum speaker series — which together now bring an annual profit of more than $1 million to advance services and facilities at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. To learn more, visit www.womensboardwch. com.

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hat do the female warrior Mulan, the eccentric monk Jigong, and the mischievous Monkey King have in common? They are some of the best-known characters of Chinese legends, bringing joy and inspiration to generations of children and adults alike. Since 2006, these and other characters from Chinese history, literature, myths and legends have been brought to life through dance by Shen Yun Performing Arts, the world’s premier Chinese music and dance company. In last year’s performance of the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, the Monkey King was one of four magical creatures that escorted a Buddhist monk on a sacred pilgrimage to what is today called India. Along the way, the ragtag travelers had to summon everything in their power to fend off attacks, traps and temptations to complete their historic mission. Over the past six seasons, Shen Yun Performing Arts has brought several of the Monkey King’s adventures to the stage. However, Journey to the West is just one of the literary and cultural pearls that Shen Yun draws upon in its production. The show draws its material from 5,000

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years of Chinese civilization, and presents audiences around the world with the highlights. Legendary Chinese heroes will visit the First Coast in 2013 at the Times-Union Center for Performing Arts, in a show that cannot even be seen in China. Shen Yun Performing Arts will be in Jacksonville in January 2013 for a celebration of traditional Chinese culture as it was meant to be. Maybe the Monkey King will return this year in a new adventure. With meticulously crafted choreography, music and animated backdrops, Shen Yun takes the audience on a journey through time to ancient lands, mountain peaks and heavenly paradises. Age-old stories come to life to celebrate compassionate and courageous characters. In a program of some 20 dances and songs, the show moves quickly from one story, region and dynasty to the next. It is a glimpse into a long-lost world that exists nowhere else — a world of grace, wisdom and virtues distilled from millennia of civilization and reverence for the divine. Shen Yun is different from traditional traveling performances in another way, as well. Each year Shen Yun pro-

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duces an entirely new set of programs, and the company sells no DVDs. Once each tour concludes, audiences will not have a chance to see these dances and hear these compositions again. Based in New York, Shen Yun presents the true Chinese cultural heritage that thrived before decades of destruction under communism in China. Shen Yun communicates this heritage through the rich tradition of Chinese dance, including classical, ethnic and folk dance styles. Dancers fly across the stage in an array of flips, spins, jumps, and aerials. An orchestra, uniquely combining Western and Chinese instruments, accompanies their every move with stirring scores. The energy of classical Chinese dance is contagious. And, like the Monkey King, the entire performance is magical. Shen Yun will visit the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts for two performances, Jan. 29–30, 2013. Performances on Tuesday and Wednesday begin at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, visit www.ShenYun.com, or call the hotline at: 888-884-6707.


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anta isn’t the only one who should be getting cookies at this time of year. Holiday cookie exchanges have become one of my favorite traditions. A group of friends gets together and everyone brings a few dozen cookies to swap with each other. I got lucky enough to become part of an annual cookie swap with my friends and former co-workers, and even though most of us have moved on from that job, the cookie party ensures we’ll all still see each other! About a dozen of us get together each time, and everyone looks forward to what everyone else is bringing. There are always a few standbys — my friend that hosts can be counted on for amazing sugar cookies and church window cookies — but every year we all try to bring something different.

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Not all of the cookies are “Christmas cookies,” and sometimes someone will break the rules and bring chocolate bark or another kind of candy — of course there are no complaints. Besides spending time with friends, the best part of cookie exchanges is what you get for your effort.You just make one or two batches of whatever you like, and you end up leaving the party with dozens of different treats. I personally believe this is how all parts of life should work, but I think it will be a while before we get there. A cookie swap is an easy tradition to get started for your friends, family or coworkers and a fun way to celebrate this time of year. I’ve included a few of my tried-and-true cookie swap recipes, as well as my friend’s church windows. This is a tradition that can’t go wrong.


soft molasses cookies (makes 3-4 dozen) 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 cup sugar, plus more for dusting 1/2 cup molasses or sorghum 2 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger 2 large eggs 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add molasses while mixing at low speed, then add baking soda, salt and spices. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in flour. Cover and refrigerate dough for about 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Shape or scoop dough into 1.5 inch balls. Roll in extra sugar and place on baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool on pan for 10 minutes before transferring to cooling rack. Notes: In lieu of cloves, substitute 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg.

sugar cookies (Makes about 1 dozen) 2/3 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 egg 1 tablespoon milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl beat butter on medium-high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder and salt. Beat until combined. Beat in egg, milk and vanilla. Beat in flour, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill for 30 minutes if necessary. On a lightly floured surface, roll half the dough at a time until 1/8-inch thick and cut dough into shapes with cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on a baking sheet. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are barely light brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Decorate with royal icing or buttercream if desired.

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goldies with ganache For the cookies: (Makes about 6 dozen) 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour • 4 1/4 tablespoons cornstarch 3 large eggs • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar 3/4 teaspoon salt •1 tablespoon vanilla 12 tablespoons (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and still warm

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Combine the flour and cornstarch in a medium bowl and whisk together thoroughly and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixed until mixture is thick and pale, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in the melted butter. Fold in half the flour mixture until well combined. Fold in the remaining flour mixture. Drop rounded teaspoons of batter 2 inches apart on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake until the cookies are deep golden brown around the edges, 16-20 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through the bake time from top to bottom and front to back to ensure even baking. Set the pans or liners on wire racks to cool for 15 minutes before using a spatula to transfer cookies to cooling racks. When the cookies are completely cooled, match similar-size cookies and spread with ganache to make sandwich cookies. Notes: Cool the cookies completely before stacking or storing. Undecorated cookies can be kept in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. For the ganache: 1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips Mint extract (optional) Melt chocolate over medium-low heat in a double boiler, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Add mint extract in very small amounts to taste. (See package for recommendations.) When fully melted, allow to cool before spreading on cookies.

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church windows (Makes 2-3 dozen) ½ cup unsalted butter 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 cup chopped pecans 1 bag colored mini marshmallows 1 bag shredded coconut

Melt butter and chocolate in a double boiler over mediumlow heat, stirring constantly, or microwave for 20 seconds at a time, stirring regularly until melted and combined. Let cool, then combine nuts, marshmallows and chocolate. Coat two pieces of wax paper with shredded coconut. Divide the chocolate mixture and spoon onto coconut in a log shape. Sprinkle tops of the mixture with more coconut. Roll in wax paper and refrigerate several hours until mixture hardens. Slice into 2 inch pieces.

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Devoted James Bond movie fans flocked to the Casablanca Inn in St. Augustine in late August to celebrate “Shaken, Not Stirred,” the 50th anniversary of James Bond. Casablanca Inn’s Tini Martini Bar was the backdrop for the event, where guests were invited to walk the red carpet and watch

three legendary Bond films. Guests mingled on the verandah, sipped signature Bond martinis, dined on complimentary hors d’oeuvres and participated in a Bond Costume Contest. Casablanca Inn of St. Augustine is a restored 1914 Mediterranean revival bed and breakfast offering twenty-three suits and rooms in a

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premium bayfront location in historic St. Augustine. The Tini Martini Bar includes outdoor seating, a huge selection of martinis, 32 wines by the glass and a choice of 28 beers. The bar offers live jazz and blues on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. For more information, visit casablancainn.com.


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BLUETIQUE – You can “do good” with your holiday dollars this year by shopping at the Bluetique, operated by Goodwill. Bluetique features new and preowned luxury brands, and you’ll never see the same selection twice. Bluetique sees everything from off-the-rack fashion clothing to designer brands like Prada purses and wallets. 832-2 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach • (904) 473-BLUE (2583).

J. ASHLEY BOUTIQUE – The “bubble” necklace has been

making the rounds of fashion blogs across the county and makes the perfect gift for any fashionable lady on your shopping list. Find it in a variety of colors at J. Ashley Boutique, along with a great selection of clothes and accessories for women. 3590 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville • (904) 388-2118

ESPLING JEWELERS

– For the young man on your list, pick up a colorful and sturdy G-Shock watch from Espling Jewelers. For 25 years Casio G-Shock digital watches have been the ultimate tough watch. These durable, waterproof men’s watches stand up to all sorts of abuse. In addition to G-Shock, you’ll find fine jewelry and watches at Espling. 3 Locations at the Beach • (904) 280-7700

ELLIE BING – With vintage jewelry, new fashion jewelry, tree

ornaments, home accessories and candles, Ellie Bing is a good one-stop shop for gifts — whether you need a Chanukah gift for your fashionable niece or a hostess present for your traditional neighbors. Ornate Parisian earrings are a best seller this year. 21 12st Street South, Jacksonville Beach & 3639 St. John’s Avenue in Jacksonville • (904) 249-6444 & (904) 232-8866

SIDNEY CARDEL’S

– Stop by this funky Beaches staple to find a huge and eclectic selection of homewares, accessories, clothing — and even cowboy boots. Sydney Cardel’s staff loves Trollbeads this season. There are over 500 interchangeable Trollbeads to choose from. Every bead is individually handmade making each piece of jewelry one of a kind. The new unique starter bracelet consists of a plain lock,“Lucky Knot” bead and one NEW special glass bead,“Colorful Joy”, available in 6 colors. Regular price is $159, but for the holidays it’s just $99. 412 2nd Street South, Jacksonville Beach • (904) 372-4000

WILLIE’S FOR KIDS

– Don’t forget the little ones on your list! Willie’s for Kids offers children’s apparel for infants, toddlers, girls and boys including accessories, gifts and dancewear.Visit Willie’s this season to see their exclusive confirmation dress trunk show in early January 2013. Appointments available. Shoppes of Avondale at 3567 St. Johns Avenue in Jacksonville • (904) 384-3664

PUT IT ON CANVAS – Canvas pictures can make the per-

fect gifts for family. Put It On Canvas is offering a Christmas special: two 11 by 14 pictures on canvas for $99 — ready to hang. Every photo is printed on archival quality Giclee canvas, specially made for high-quality digital printing. The canvas provides accurate color reproduction without yellowing or dullness. 301-B 10th Avenue North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 • (904) 252-3225


GREGORY’S JEWELERS – Offering exclusive gifts for

the holidays, Gregory’s Jewelers is a great choice for handcrafted fine jewelry at the beaches. Gregory’s specializes in certified quality diamonds and platinum — and diamonds are never a bad choice when it comes to gift-giving. If you are looking for a gift for that special someone, choose from a wide variety of earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets, pendants, and loose diamonds exquisitely cut into any shape and ready for your customdesigned piece. 940 Third Street North in Jacksonville Beach • (904) 249-4434

VILLAGE ARTS FRAMING GALLERY – Find some-

thing unique for the art lover on your list at Village Arts. In addition to providing custom framing, this gallery features local artists who work in mediums like oil, acrylic, watercolor and encaustic wax. If you can’t find something in their selection of more than 150 paintings, they also have an eclectic selection of prints, Pysanky eggs and painted furniture. 1520 Sawgrass Village Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach • (904) 273-4325

EMMA ROSE – Please someone’s senses with a fragrant

Emma Rose also specializes in trendy, unique and high quality women’s clothing, accessories and jewelry. 950 Marsh Landing Parkway, Ste. 270, Ponte Vedra Beach • (904) 273-5583

VILLAGE JEWELER – On the first day of Christmas, what

will you give to your true love? Village Jeweler is offering whimsical 12 days of Christmas charms from Rembrandt Charms. The stunning collection of 12 miniature works of art depicts verses from the popular Christmas carol. Available in sterling or karat gold. Sold as a set or as individual charms. In addition to custom design, and a wide variety of ready-to-wear jewelry in gold, platinum and silver,Village Jeweler offers top quality jewelry repair and re-design. Located in Sawgrass Village in Ponte Vedra Beach • (904) 285-4812

33 STAR

- For the wild child rocker or rocker-at-heart on your list, visit 33 Star, Jacksonville’s very own specialty boutique with fashion-forward clothing.You’ll find everything from glam rock prom dresses to tattoo-inspired tees for men at this unique retailer. Plus, for the music lover, 33 Star has a “backstage” room with hundreds of different concert tees. 303 Third Street, S., Jacksonville Beach • (904) 853-6385

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gift from Emma Rose Boutique. Emma Rose offers a variety of gifts from Nest Fragrances, a leading provider of luxury home fragrances and beauty products. With a wide selection of scents from fresh to sweet, you can indulge in the scents you love.

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a workaholic on your list? What about a beach bunny? What could be a better gift than private beach club access? Give the gift of luxurious Ponte Vedra Beach life to your loved ones with Cabana Beach Club’s Preview Membership, available now through February 2013 with no initiation fees — just dues. Call Sarah Davis at (904) 280-3403 for details on this limited-time deal. 619 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach • (904) 285-0202

SPA AT SAWGRASS – Everyone knows someone

who just needs a day to get away.You can give the gift of relaxation with a Sawgrass Spa gift card. From massages to personalized fitness classes, a Sawgrass Spa gift card shows you care. And who knows — maybe you still need to get a present for yourself this year… 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach • (904) 674-4772

L.A. QUINN M.D.

– If you have a loved one who has been considering laser treatment for spider veins, you can give him or her the gift of confidence this year with treatment from L.A. Quinn M.D. Their professionals will eliminate spider veins so that your loved one can show off beautiful skin on their hands, face and legs. The office offers new outpatient therapies that can make a dramatic different in the appearance of skin. 484 Jacksonville Dr., Jacksonville Beach . (904) 595-5980 FIRST COAST REGISTER | DECEMBER 2012 - JANUARY 2013 35


DR. LOREN CLAYMAN’S MIRACLE SPA – We

wouldn’t suggest this one unless you know she’s already looking into it — but you can give the gift of youth with a package from Dr. Loren Clayman’s Miracle Spa. The spa offers three holiday packages this season. The Botox package ($300) includes Botox on any two areas (or both crows feet) and a 99 percent gycolic facial peel. Or choose Juvederm, one syringe for $500. All injectibles are administered by Dr. Clayman. For those not ready to go under the needle, consider a Latisse package. This prescription treatment grows eyelashes longer, thicker and darker ($85 for 3 mL or $150 for 5 mL). DePaul Professional Building,1 block from Riverside Ave. at Barrs St. • (904) 208-2727

C9 BY CHAMPION

– Whether you have a racer, cycler or lifter on your list, C9 activewear makes a great gift for any athlete or weekend warrior looking to stand out this season. C9 by Champion is Target’s exclusive athletic apparel collection and includes gear for men, women and kids in fun colors and great fabrics. The C9 by Champion line has all the bells and whistles you’ve come to expect from an expensive line (moisture-wicking, antimicrobial, premium fabrics, compression, fashionable and functional zippers, pockets and straps, etc) without the sticker shock. Almost every piece in the line is under $50, with most pieces coming in well under 30 bucks! At Target stores and at Target.com

SALT SPA

– With your holiday gifts this year, you can help your loved ones detox and de-stress. Jacksonville Salt Spa offers products and spa services featuring pure Himalayan salt, known for its healing and restorative properties. Whether you schedule a friend for a salt massage or pick up a salt lamp for a coworker’s desk, you’ll find a great gift for anyone on your list.

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Spa: 465 3rd Street in Jax Beach, Retail store: St. Johns Town Center, 10281 Midtown Pkwy., Jacksonville • (904) 853-6670

KUSMI TEAS – Kusmi Tea of Paris, known for its traditional Russian style teas for the last 140 years, recently opened their first store in America. Unfortunately for us, the store is located in New York City — but you can browse their line of holiday and wellness teas online at us.kusmitea.com. For centuries, tea has been recognized as an important part of a healthy diet — particularly green tea which contains important antioxidants. Kusmi has recently unveiled a wellness tea sampler that contains an assortment of 24 tea bags of various blends from the wellness line, designed to detox and boost health and happiness. Online at us.kusmitea.com

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TIM’S WINE

– Make a toast to the 21-andup crowd with the gift of fine wine from Tim’s Wine in Ponte Vedra. This locally-owned store features unique accessories and hard to find wines. Their selection includes more than 500 wines, with more than 150 wines priced at $15 and under. Don’t know anything about wine? No problem. Their friendly staff will help you find the right bottle. 278 Solana Road in Ponte Vedra Beach • (904) 686-1741

ALBION GOLF CARS – If you want

to live like a real local at the beach, consider giving the gift of an Albion Golf Car. Albion has been serving the First Coast area since 2005 and the golf car trend continues to grow. Located just minutes away from the gates of TPC Sawgrass, Albion offers sales, rental and service solutions with Club Car, E-Z-GO golf cars as well the new Tomberlin E-Merge Street Legal line of NEVs (Neighborhood Electric Vehicles) and the energy saving Solar Cruise Car line. 151 Sawgrass Corners Drive, Suite 115, Ponte Vedra Beach • (904) 280-2972

SAIRA DINING

– Eat right and do it locally all season long with a gift card from SAiRA. SAiRA is a collection of the finest independently owned and operated restaurants in St. Augustine. Go for a romantic night out where you experience and celebrate the culinary and cultural diversity unique to our area by dining at any participating venue. SAiRA features restaurants in Vilano Beach, uptown, midtown, downtown, Anastasia Island and Beaches South — so there’s a taste for everyone on your list. Gift Certificate can be purchased at www.staugustinerestaurants.com

CUMMER MUSEUM STORE

– Support the arts with a gift from the Cummer Museum Store, a treasure trove of unique items that are educational, inspirational and fun. The store features artwork for sale by area artists. In addition, the store has a great selection of wearable art, garden and home décor items, children’s toys, books, cards and art prints. Visiting the store is always free of charge and the store’s hours are the same as the Museum.

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STEP INSIDE AND STEP BACK IN TIME This is it—the place where Florida tourism began, and Flagler College’s most beloved campus landmark. Experience the magic of the Gilded Age inside St. Augustine’s Hotel Ponce de Leon, built in 1888 by railroad magnate Henry Flagler and today the home of Flagler College.

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Consider picking up a copy of the museum’s inaugural garden publication by historian Judith B. Tankard for the history buff on your list. 829 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville • (904) 356-6857

today the theater is widely respected as one of North Florida’s top cultural organizations. 11 Old Mission Avenue, St. Augustine • (904) 825-1164

TPC SAWGRASS – Sink a hole in one with the golf lov-

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ers on your list: choose a gift membership from TPC Sawgrass this season. Social club membership is $500 and includes a $300 dining credit. The Dye’s Valley Annual Pass is $2500 and includes access to Dye’s Valley Course at the price of cart fees and reduced rates on The Player’s Stadium Course. Or choose a TPC Gift card, and for every $100 gift card purchase made you’ll receive a complimentary $20 bonus card. 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach • (904) 280-2412

ISLAND LIFE OF ST. AUGUSTINE – Help some-

one on your list go green this holiday season with an electric bike from Island Life. Island Life recently celebrated its grand opening in Downtown St. Augustine with Pedego electric bikes. These bikes reach speeds up to 20 mph with an electric motor and rechargeable battery, but pedal just like a regular bike. Island Life also offers a range of 3G bicycles, surfboards, paddle boards, kayaks and skateboards. 2085 A1A S. Suite 201 St. Augustine • (904) 325.5878

LIMELIGHT THEATRE - Share the Limelight all year with

the gift of a season subscription! Limelight Theatre’s flexible season subscriptions make the perfect gift for the theater-lover on your list. There are three options this year: Pick-4 Subscription for $75, Pick-7 Subscription for $125 and the Pick-14 Subscription for $225. Proudly celebrating its 20th season, the Limelight Theatre has produced well over one hundred different shows in its history, from classics to new works, tragedies to musical comedies. Attendance has continued to grow, and

something they’ve never seen before (and will never see again!) with tickets to Shen Yun. Based in New York, Shen Yun Performing Arts, the world’s premier Chinese music and dance company, presents the true Chinese cultural heritage that thrived before decades of destruction under communism in China. Shen Yun presents a rich tradition of Chinese dance, including classical, ethnic and folk dance styles. An orchestra, uniquely combining Western and Chinese instruments, accompanies their every move with stirring scores. Shen Yun will visit the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts for two performances, Jan. 29–30, 2013. For tickets, visit www.ShenYun.com, or call the hotline at: 888-884-6707.

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– Try a season ticket and someone on your list will learn that the Alhambra experience is better than ever. With the Renaissance Package ($371), you can give 8 admissions to the 2013 season shows, including the Christmas production, on any day of the week. This package also includes a complimentary glass of champagne at each performance and a variety of perks throughout the season. For the Gold Package ($273), you will receive 6 admissions on any day of the week (galas and the holiday show not included). Or the economical Silver Partnership ($253) includes 6 admissions for performances Sunday through Thursday evenings or matinees on Saturday or Sunday (Reservations must be made for the first three weeks of the performances. Galas and holiday shows not included). 12000 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville • (904) 641-1212

☐ ✓ Social Club Membership – only $500 and includes a $300 dining credit ☐ ✓ Dye’s Valley Annual Pass – just $2500 and includes cart fee-only access to Dye’s Valley Course and reduced rates on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course ☐ ✓ TPC Gift Card – for every $100 gift card purchase made, you’ll receive a complimentary $20 Bonus Card ☐ ✓ Receive a $500 Gift Card when you join Dye’s Valley Annual Pass by 12/31/12

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WINN-DIXIE JACKSONVILLE OPE Keynote Speaker Johnny Miller, Lead Golf Analyst NBC Sports

Randall Onstead

Billie Nimnicht & Bobby Lynch

The holidays, a trip to the nights of lights, a visit to the oldest city‌

make the experience complete, go local, go unique, go SAIRA ! Gift certificates available at www.staugustinerestaurants.com

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EN PRO-AM DINNER Mark Berman & Kristin McLauchlan

Jeff Sanders

Tim Finchem & Jim Burt

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ohnny Miller shared stories and insights with 600 guests at October’s Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open Pro-Am Dinner, hosted at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach. Miller has won 25 PGA Tour events and has served as the lead golf analyst for NBC Sports since 1990. Randall Onstead, CEO of Bi-Lo/Winn-Dixie, also spoke at the event, which opened ceremonies for the second-to-last tournament on the Web.com Tour. The tournament was hosted on the TPC Sawgrass Dye’s Valley Course from Oct.15–21.Young UGA grad Russell Henley shot par on the first playoff hole on the 21st to win his second victory of the year. With the help of the PepsiCo Tickets “Fore” Charity program, the 2012 Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open raised a record $1.85 million for charity this year. Photos by Susan Griffin

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FEEDING THE COMMUNITY After major renovations, the Sulzbacher Center’s new kitchen is ready to provide meals for Jacksonville’s neediest citizens. By Elizabeth M. Steif

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he Sulzbacher Center can now provide even more meals to hungry members of the community, thanks to a renovated and expanded kitchen. A grand re-opening in November showcased the updates, which included energy-efficient lighting and appliances, increased storage space, new flooring and more. “It’s a new space that we can use to do good for people,” said Kevin Nacke, Sulzbacher’s director of food services. Sulzbacher serves over 1,200 meals daily, said Executive Director Cindy Funkhouser — and that’s just lunch and dinner. The organization has a partnership with Clara White Mission, which serves breakfast to Jacksonville’s homeless population. More than just making it possible to serve more meals, the

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renovations carry multiple benefits for Sulzbacher. Increased pantry storage space means the center can accept more food donations rather than turning them away, which has occasionally been the case in the past. The facility also now has larger refrigerator and freezer space for perishable items like meat, dairy and produce. The updates included improved appliances like a dishwasher so the center can soon begin using reusable plates, cups and flatware, instead of plastic and Styrofoam, which will improve energy savings as well as the financial bottom line. Construction on the kitchen lasted about two months, but that didn’t prevent them from making sure the community stayed fed. Florida Blue and Sodexo in Jacksonville prepared meals


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for the center, and Sulzbacher workers ferried the food from Southside to downtown. The renovation was made possible through a Community Development Block Grant from the City of Jacksonville. Other organizations helped, too, including Fidelity National, which sponsored a study to determine what the kitchen needed, and Clarion, which designed the plan to develop the new kitchen. The Sulzbacher Center is located in downtown Jacksonville and serves the area’s homeless population through meals, shelter and other programs. For more information, to make a donation or to learn about volunteer opportunities, visit www.sulzbachercenter. org.

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29th annual T

CARING CHEFS SELLS OUT, BREAKS ALL RECORDS

he 29th Annual Caring Chefs, Sunday, Oct. 14, officially became the most successful fundraising event ever for Children’s Home Society of Florida (Buckner Division) smashing the previous record with $31,000 more in sponsorships and achieving another sell-out. The First Coast’s original food tasting event generated $147,500 in sponsorships with an additional $60,000 anticipated from ticket sales, taking the event over the $200,000 mark and generating more support to help children who have been abused and neglected. More than 60 restaurants, caterers and wine vendors showed off their culinary skills and fine wine selections for 2,300 guests at the Avenues Mall. “We are so thankful for our fantastic sponsors,” said Russ Jones, with the Prattos Jones Group of Morgan Stanley and Volunteer Event Chair, in a news release.“While we had terrific success last night, it’s really about finding more

Greg & Tamara Smith

ways to help the children succeed after years of abuse and neglect.” The Best Booth and Fan Favorite contest winners were also announced last week. TacoLu, a fourth-year Caring Chefs restaurant based in Jacksonville Beach, and Seasons 52, a first-time participant, were named the Best Booth by a panel of judges comprised of CHS volunteers and food bloggers. Patrons of the event dubbed The Capital Grille (fourth year), Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (fifth year) and Cafe Nola @ MOCA (fifth year) their Fan Favorite booths. “We were so thrilled with the effort by the restaurants, caterers and wine vendors once again,” said Jones.“Their participation in the event year after year is a great testament to their commitment to helping abused children.” Photos by Susan Griffin

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Striving to succeed

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES: In October, the First Coast enjoyed the 12th annual Goodwill Industries of North Florida Striving to Succeed Luncheon and celebrity Fashion Show. More than 500 guests got the inside scoop on fashions for less as local media celebrities modeled fall and holiday-themed outfits found exclusively at area Goodwill stores. The event featured a buffet luncheon followed by remarks from Eric Eastland, Chairman of the Board of Goodwill Industries of North Florida, followed by a celebrity fashion show. The Paul Mitchell School provided hair and makeup and Megan walker was the event’s stylist. Goodwill’s mission is to help people find jobs and become productive, self-sufficient members of our community. Goodwill operates 19 thrift stores, one pound store and 21 donation centers throughout Northeast Florida. Goodwill is self-funded and the stores are the economic engine that supports their mission. For more information, visit goodwilljax. org

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Debbie & Steve Landoll


Todd Roobin, Jacksonville Film Commissioner, & Karen Brune Mathis, Financial News & Daily Record

Bob Thayer, President & CEO, and Karen Phillips, Chief Administrative Officer

Holiday Worship JOIN US FOR

Christmas Eve 2 Services 4:00pm and 5:30pm • Live Nativity with Animals • Refreshments • Crosswater Christmas Program

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CUMMER MUSEUM

CELEBRATES BOOKS, ARTS

WORDS OF ART BRINGS TOGETHER FAMILIES AND LOCAL AUTHORS AND ARTISTS FOR A DAY OF ACTIVITIES BY ELIZABETH M. STEIF

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The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville recently held Words of Art: A Children’s Book Fair and Literacy Family Day. Local authors and illustrators participated in the event, which featured a scavenger hunt, studio art projects, gallery tours and celebrity readings by Brandy Hilboldt Allport of The Florida TimesUnion and Hope McMath, director of the Cummer. Ajamu Mutima provided musical entertainment while families milled through the book fair. Many of the authors and illustrators offered some kind of activity for children at their booths, from coloring pictures of a character featured in a book to decorating holiday ornaments. Some of the authors and illustrators featured at Words of Art included Laurie Allen Klein, M.C. Finotti, Jane R. Wood and regular Ponte Vedra Recorder columnist Mims Cushing, among others. Visitors could also support Books-AGogo, a program that provides free books to low-income children. For more information about the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens and upcoming events, call (904) 356-6857 or visit www.cummer.org.


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INDUSTRY LEADERS SPEAK

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r. Ali Kasraeian and Dr. Shahla Masood spoke to crowds at a breast and prostate cancer awareness event Oct. 12. The free, public talk and reception was hosted by Scan Design, the Ponte Vedra Recorder, 26.2 with Donna and National Medical Dental. Local medical industry-leaders Masood and Kasraenian presented useful information about detecting breast and prostate cancers. Dr. Masood is the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Professor and Chair at the University of Florida College of Medicine Jacksonville. Masood is also the Medical Director of the Shands Jacksonville Breast Health Center. Masood’s presentation on breast cancer was followed by a presentation by Dr. Kasraeian about prostate cancer awareness. Kasraeian is the FACS Diplomat of the American Board of Urology and is fellowship-trained in advanced laparoscopy and robotic urologic surgery. The presentations were followed by a question and answer session and wrap up. The event was hosted at Scan Design, located at 8206 Philips Highway, Suite 17, Jacksonville. For more information about this and upcoming events, call (904) 244-4387.

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Above: Jane Larsen, Allen Ruby, Patricia Broughton, Gregg Stanton & Suzanne Rekers Right: Dr. Ali Kasraeian & Dr. Shahla Masood


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Old City Music Fest

benefits Wounded Warriors

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n Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2012, the First Coast community gathered at the St. Augustine Marketplace for some fun, relaxation and great Southern Music to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Audiences were treated to headliners including Craig Morgan (“Redneck Yacht Club”), Gloriana (“Kissed You Good Night”), The Charlie Daniels Band (“The Devil Went Down to Georgia”) and local favorites, 38 Special (“Hold on Loosely”). The event’s marketplace featured over 300 vendors in 100,000+ square feet of covered shopping space. The Festival houses a huge covered stage with state of the art lighting and sound. “The Old City Music Festival is a celebration of the Ancient City and the brave service members that make our country great,” said John Alexon, owner of the festival property, in a news release.“It is destined to become a premiere event in North Florida and the entire Southeast region.” The Marketplace is located at 2495 State Road 207 in St. Augustine, Florida. St. Johns RV Park is adjacent to the Festival for camping or RV needs. More information can be found on the Festival website, oldcitymusicfest.com, and on the Marketplace/ RV Park website, staugustinefleamarket. com

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