May 152015

art2The First Coast area is home to an abundance of artists and craftspeople, as well as a burgeoning food truck and bistro scene.  Happily, each town and neighborhood in this sprawling region offers a unique mix of homegrown flavors and talents.  The best way to sample the variety of sights, sounds and tastes is to cruise one of the many art walks.  These free monthly street fairs range from full-on productions with themes, street performers and merchant participation to quirky block parties featuring neighborhood musicians and crafters.  Jacksonville’s Downtown Art Walk is the biggest, but the surrounding events have their charms. Check out the links below for more information about locations and logistics.

  • Amelia Island Artrageous Art Walk, second Saturday of the month, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., downtown Fernandina Beach.
  • Jacksonville Downtown Art Walk, first Wednesday of the month, 5 to 9 p.m., 15 blocks of downtown Jacksonville, centered at Hemming Park, Laura and Monroe Streets.
  • Jacksonville Beach Art Walk, second Tuesday of the month, 5 to 9 p.m., 1st Street North from Beach Boulevard to 5th Avenue North.
  • North Beaches Art Walk, third Thursday of the month, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Beaches Town Center at Atlantic Boulevard and the Ocean.
  • St. Augustine Art Walk, first Friday of the month, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., throughout the Olde City with free shuttles and trains beginning at 6 p.m.
  • Amelia Island Artrageous Art Walk, second Saturday of the month, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., downtown Fernandina Beach.
Feb 092015

Bang Bang Shrimp -Hi-ResAll day Monday, February 9, Bonefish Grill restaurants are celebrating The Grammys.  In honor of last night’s nomination of the song “Bang Bang” by Ariana Grande, Jesse J and Nicki Minaj, the restaurant chain will be offering its signature appetizer, Bang Bang Shrimp, for $5.  The offer is good anytime Monday.

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Feb 072015

sweet frogSweet Frog yogurt shops in Jacksonville Beach and Baymeadows Road are offering a free cup of yogurt with the purchase of a cup of equal or greater value. Just click this link and sign up. A coupon will show up in your email.  You can also sample Sweet Frog’s soft-serve gelato.

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Feb 052015

mike shackelfordThe latest edition of the Atlantic Beach Songwriters’ Concert series is Sunday, February 8 at Adele Grage Center from 6 to 8 p.m.  Doors open at 5:45 p.m. You can bring one or two original songs and perform in an intimate theater setting, or you can grab one of the seats and listen to local talents.   Local musical icon Mike Shackelford hosts. (Contact him at if you plan to perform.)

Jan 272015

good food co.The Good Food Company –a chef-driven eatery in east Arlington — is holding burger-and-beer night on Tuesdays, with off-the-menu burger specialties and small-batch brews for $8. That’s $8 for a dressed out burger and a beverage.  The unassuming venue, located in Harbour Village shopping center on Atlantic Boulevard, also offers a killer cured meats and exotic cheeses platter, as well as a to-die-for fried oyster salad.


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Jan 052015

art abstractStroll into the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens for free on Tuesdays from 4 to 9 p.m.  The discount is $10 off regular admission.  In addition to the regular collection, the Cummer is showing 450 Years of French History in Florida, sh0wcasing the work of Jacques le Moynes de Morgues.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, (904) 356-6857.

Dec 182014

RAMRiverside Arts Market will be in full swing Saturday, with plenty of opportunity to soak up fresh air, shop for crafts and artworks, and listen to a mix of classic Americana, traditional rock, blues and folk music. Check out Ruby Beach, favorite local musicians, playing from the traditional rock songbook.  They will be on the River Stage from 11:45 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The market is bustling every Saturday morning beginning at 10 a.m.  Visitors come to the plaza under the Fuller Warren Bridge for live entertainment, crafts, artists, gourmet packaged foods and onsite refreshments. A stop at the RAM food court is highly recommended. The free fun goes on until 4 p.m.