Arts & Culture

High Honors for Ad Agency

At the American Advertising Federation’s National ADDY competition, one small multicultural agency truly shined. Playing in the big leagues, Brunet-García Advertising won three gold and one silver national awards – the most of any agency in Florida and the Caribbean. Only one other multicultural/Hispanic agency received an award at the national level. The winners were selected from 1,382 entries from a full range of advertising agencies around the country.

BG received Gold ADDY awards for the Block x Block Illustrations, the Players by the Sea “The Full Monty” poster and the Players by the Sea poster series. A Silver ADDY was also awarded for the Players by the Sea building design.

As Airline Baggage Policies Change After Troop Luggage Controversy, One Vietnam Vet Reflects

As Airline Baggage Policies Change After Troop Luggage Controversy, One Vietnam Vet Reflects

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Several airlines have now changed their active duty luggage policy after a YouTube video of two disgruntled soldiers went viral.

The video shows the duo visibly upset with Delta for charging them $200 for an extra bag.

The clip has one local Vietnam Veteran reflecting on his long trip home in 1966.

"I was proud, I was a second leuitenant," said Reid Oxley. 

He was just 22 years old when he was shipped out to Vietnam in 1965. After a 13 month deployment, he says they were on their own to get home.

"We bought out own ticket, with our own money and we were put on stand by. So we just had to sleep there until a flight became available," he said.  

 When he finally landed on US soil, Oxley says he had to change out of uniform because the anti-war sentiment was so strong.

"As veterans coming home we were held accountable for even serving over there," he said.

NF Opens Summer Archaeological Field School to Public

NF Opens Summer Archaeological Field School to Public

Uncover the ancient past on a real archaeological excavation as part of the University of North Florida’s Summer Archaeological Field School, which is available to the public for the first time in the program’s history.

 “We’re inviting others to get down in the dirt and touch history,” said Dr. Keith Ashley, research coordinator for UNF’s Archaeology Lab and Field School instructor. “We want the public to help contribute and be part of the research right here in our backyard.”

Seasons and Conservation in our Coastal Region Exhibit

Beaches Museum & History Center will display a series of artistic representations of Florida environments from regional artists, painters and photographers.

“Home” Acrylics and Old Photos Exhibit By Diana Patterson

Born in St. Augustine, FL, Diana Patterson is the first of four daughters born to Robert "Jack" Mier and Pearl Pringle Mier. Earlier Mier families were Catholic and through the records of the church, the family's ancestry was traced to the 1400's to the southern tip of Spain. Moving from St. Augustine in the early 1800's, Diana's great grandparents came to Palm Valley, then a small settlement nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intra-Coastal Waterway north of St. Augustine.

Jacksonville Summer Jazz Series Announces Line-up

Jacksonville Summer Jazz Series Announces Line-up

If you reveled over the feast of great jazz at last month’s Jacksonville Jazz Festival, you can polish it off with some savory dessert this Sunday at the first concert of the Jacksonville Beach Summer Jazz Series. The series’ monthly concerts are a summer pilgrimage to the Jacksonville Beach Sea Walk Pavilion to celebrate the sounds of jazz.

Jacksonville Beach Summer Jazz Concert Series-Cool Sounds on Hot Summer Nights

Jacksonville Beach Summer Jazz Concert Series-Cool Sounds on Hot Summer Nights

The Summer is FINALLY here!! Looking for a way to beat the heat? Then come cool yourslef down at the beach and enjoy the smooth sounds of  national recording artists and regional performers one Sunday each month. Each of the concerts will be held on the following dates:

  • June 12th
  • July 10th
  • August 14th

The concerts will be held at the Seawalk Pavilion on Sunday evenings from 5pm - 9pm. For more information visit www.jaxbeachjazz.com