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Foto Friday

Did you know that Jacksonville once had a system of underground tunnels connecting the downtown Banks?

This immense vault is located under the Atlantic National Bank Building.

Vault

Jacksonville Fair

There’s something for everyone at the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair and Expo.  Livestock shows, exhibits, concerts, food and midway rides all offer family friendly entertainment.

Midway at the Jacksonville Fair

Midway at the Jacksonville Fair

Midway rides offer thrills and chills

Midway rides offer thrills and chills

The Fair runs through November 15th and is located in the sports complex downtown at the fairgrounds adjacent to Everbank football stadium.

Historic Springfield Tour Of Homes

154 East 4th Street in Historic Springfield

154 East 4th Street in Historic Springfield

The Springfield Historic District, located just North of downtown Jacksonville, was the living area for the wealthy and famous at the turn of the century.  But later, the area fell into disrepair and neglect, as families moved further away from town.

Thanks to an active group of urban pioneers, the community survived, and that sense of pride is strong as homeowners are restoring the historic homes and returning to live in the city.

154 West 5th Street

154 West 5th Street

Springfield is blessed with unique homes and architecture, plentiful parks, tree-lined streets and sidewalks, and proximity to Downtown amenities.  Each year, select homeowners open their homes for the tour.  This year marked the 37th year of the Historic Tour of Homes, and eight properties were featured.

Foto Friday – Wisdom

Wisdom” , a 25 ft bronze owl sculpture overlooks Hemming Plaza from its perch on the corner of the Jacksonville Downtown Library.  Created by Washington-based artist Larry Kirkland and installed in March 2005, the sculpture is part of Jacksonville’s Art in Public Places.

Library mascot

Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens

The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens is a beautiful place to take a short hike or spend a couple hours enjoying nature.

Here is a link to a short tour:

 

Foto Friday – Dinosaur on Beach Boulevard

Remember when this dinosaur used to be part of a Putt-Putt golf course?  Over the years,  Beach Boulevard grew and shopping took over.  This iconic landmark is the only survivor.  He now makes his home in front of a strip mall in the 10000 block of Beach Boulevard.

Beach Rd Dinosuer

Dinosaur on Beach Blvd. in Jacksonville FL

Foto Friday – Snyder Memorial Building

Snyder Memorial ChurchThe One Spark Event last week provided a rare opportunity to see the inside of the former Snyder Memorial Church, located in  downtown Jacksonville just across from Hemming Park.

Snyder Memorial Building Renovation is seeking funds to “Renovate, Re-purpose, and Renew” this beautiful, historic building.

 

As you can see, the interior is gorgeous with its hardwood floors and stained glass windows.  I hope there will be a way to bring this historic building and others downtown back to life!

Snyder Church interior

See “Land of the Tiger” at the Zoo

Land of the Tiger at the Jacksonville ZooThe Jacksonville Zoo, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, recently opened its much-anticipated “Land of the Tiger” exhibit.  Five tigers – two Sumatran and three Malayan – are the main attraction.  Other Asian animals sharing the 2.5 acres include pigs, otters, and hornbills.  Asian plants complete the immersion experience.

One of the most notableTiger walkway aspects of the exhibit is a fenced-in walkway, made to look like a strangler fig, which gives the tigers an opportunity to pass over the pedestrian courtyard to move to a different environment.  (Yes, this walkway is for tigers – not people!)

Malayan tiger at the Jacksonville ZooAt the time of my visit,  three Malayan tigers were out – one walking along the back fence, the others sunning by the pond.  I  read  not to expect to see both species roaming around at the same time.  The explanation – “they just don’t play well together”.

“Land of the Tiger” is the most significant addition to the zoo since Range of the Jaguar opened in 2004 and is an experience not to be missed!  For more information, visit the Jacksonville Zoo website.

 

 

Foto Friday – Company Cat

Shhhh…..Kitty’s asleep

Cat

Photo taken at Hagan Ace Hardware on San Jose Boulevard.  Both Hagan Ace Hardware & Halls on San Jose Boulevard have allowed a few of our community cats to call their gardens “home”.  THANK YOU!

In addition to sleeping kitties, you will find lots of beautiful plants for your spring garden and knowledgeable answers to your lawn and garden questions at your Mandarin Ace Store..

War Horse is Here

War HorseThe most highly-anticipated show in the Jacksonville Artists Series is here at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts through Sunday,  and you don’t want to miss it!

The stars of the show are puppets, made of leather, cane and aluminum struts.  It is the puppeteers who bring Joey, the War Horse, and the other assorted horses, birds and farm animals to life.  A head puppeteer stands outside each horse and two other puppeteers inside the body.  The movements are incredibly life-like, and it takes no time at all for one to become emotionally attached to the horses.

How was Jacksonville fortunate enough to be chosen for this show?  Well, it seems that Michael Morpurgo, author of the novel “War Horse” requested the show come to Jacksonville so his 90 year-old cousin, Betty Bergmark, could see the production.  “War Horse” is also being performed in London and Berlin, the capitals of the countries who fought each other in World War I.

The journeys  of Joey, the horse, and Albert, his young owner who joins the army to search for him, are not always easy to watch.  But ultimately, the ending is happy and the show is breath-taking.  I loved this show!

Information and tickets are available by phone (904) 442-2929 or online at the Artist Series website.