Each year, the first weekend in May brings the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival to Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, birthplace of the modern shrimping industry. Did you know that more than 80% of the Florida Atlantic shrimp is still harvested in the water here?
Enjoy arts and crafts, food, entertainment, and of course, plenty of shrimp. The activity is downtown along historic Center Street, and admission is free.
There are many exciting activities going on in the First Coast area this weekend. Here are two of my favorites:
Mandarin Art Festival, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 – 5:00 on the Mandarin Community Club grounds at 12447 Mandarin Road
This year marks the 46th Mandarin Art festival, and I think I have attended almost all of them. Classical guitarist Don Thomas will be back this year playing acoustic tunes under the oak trees. Enjoy food, vendors from all over the country, family activities and great camaraderie!
There will also be Mandarin themed items available for purchase. Here is a picture of the t-shirt design by artist Julie Fetzer:
Manatees Rule by Julie Fetzer
St. Augustine Easter Parade, Sunday 3:00-4:00 downtown St. Augustine
What’s not to love about a parade in our nation’s oldest city! See bands, clowns, horses and, of course, the Easter Bunny. The parade begins at Mission Nombre de Dios and proceeds down San Marco Street and Cathedral Place.
Two events in March honor two very special women who contributed to our communities. Come enjoy the festivities and (hopefully) our much-awaited spring weather while learning more about our area history.
Saturday, March 15th – Carrie Clark Day
Our neighbors across the river in Clay County have invited us to join them in the Carrie Clark Day festivities this year. The Clarks were one of the early families in Clay County and were very active in the community. Their home and surrounding land was later purchased by the town of Orange Park and now serves as a community park. Come enjoy music, games, crafts, food, and a tour of the Clark house.
Sunday, March 16th – Miss Aggie Day
Stop by the Old Mandarin Store and Post Office (corner of Mandarin Rd and Brady Rd) between 12:00 and 4:00 pm for a Moon Pie and RC Cola. Miss Agnes Jones served as Postmistress and owner of this historical building from 1911 to 1964. Each year, there is an award given to a contemporary woman honoring her contribution to our community. This year’s Miss Aggie Award will be presented to Linda Levin, Executive Director of ElderSource. The Ancient Oaks Arts and Farmers Market will also be open.
November is such a beautiful month to enjoy a fall festival in Jacksonville, Mandarin and St Johns! While other places further North are having their first snow storms and leaves have long since fallen, we are just beginning to enjoy our fall weather.
These pictures were taken yesterday at San Juan del Rio Church in St. Johns. To find a festival near you, just look around; there are signs everywhere at churches, schools and community clubs.
More upcoming events:
- Fall Festival and Chili Cook-off November 23, 11:00am-3:00pm, at the Riverplace Shopping Center in Mandarin
- Mandarin Community Club Open House November 17, 12:00-4:00pm
- San Marco Art Festival, November 16-17, 10:00am-5:00pm, on San Marco Boulevard
- And, of course, the Greater Jacksonville Fair at the downtown Fairgrounds, November 6-17
A big yellow duck has come to Hemming Park for One Spark Jacksonville!
Sculpture on display in Hemming Park at One Spark Jacksonville
For 5 days, April 17-21, One Spark lights up downtown Jacksonville. One Spark gives creators, artists , entrepreneurs and innovators a venue to showcase their work. And there’s $250,000 to be distributed based on public vote.
You’ll enjoy speakers, food, music and entertainment. So come downtown and join the festivities!
The RE/MAX hot air balloon taking off at a Children’s Miracle Network fundraising event in Jacksonville, Florida.
Two special events in Mandarin this Saturday, December 1st, are guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit!
Walter Jones Historic Park
The 13th Annual Winter Celebration will take place from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Walter Jones Historic Park on Mandarin Road. Come enjoy hayrides, music, historic re-enactments, train rides, food, tours of the William Webb Farmhouse, children’s activities and more!
Sailboats on Julington Creek
There’s nothing more festive than a parade – unless it’s the Julington Creek Boat Parade. At 6:30 pm an estimated 40 decorated boats will gather on the West side of the Julington Creek Bridge connecting Mandarin and Saint Johns. There will be prizes for the best decorated boats.
Both events are free, and fun for all. So, come out and enjoy the day with friends, family and neighbors! And if you don’t already live in the area, perhaps you’d like to check out some of our great homes for sale. Follow the links to search homes by price in Mandarin and Saint Johns.
Look for pictures on next week’s Foto Friday.
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The nineteenth annual St Augustine Night of Lights Festival opened November 17th and will run through January 31st, 2013. Each night millions of tiny white lights transform downtown into a Winter Wonderland.
There’s even Santa’s Big Red Christmas Train to carry you around. The train starts at Ripley’s Museum and fare is $7 for adults and $4 for children.
It’s a beautiful weekend to be out and about in our River City. Looking for something to do? Here are a few suggestions:
Jacksonville Agricultural Fair: The Fair is here again with exhibits, rides, music, food, and fun for the entire family. Come celebrate our heritage, culture and community. October 31-November 11 downtown at the Fairgrounds. www.JacksonvilleFair.com
Northeast Florida Veg Fest: Saturday, November 3, 10:00am – 5:00 pm, at Riverside Park. Cooking demonstrations, speakers, live music, animal rescue groups, games and more. www.neVegFest.org
Jacksonville Symphony: Music of John Denver, Saturday, November 3rd, 8:00 pm at Jacoby Hall. www.JaxSymphony.org
Fall is such a beautiful time of year in Jacksonville. It’s also a great time to enjoy a state park, one of our national historic sites, a walk along our Riverwalk, or a stroll on the beach (the tourists are gone now).
Have a wonderful weekend!