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Thousands attend Thanksgiving tradition in Neptune Beach

NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. -- It's like nothing else in America say the hosts of a Thanksgiving Day street party in Neptune Beach.

Thousands packed First Street in Neptune Beach in front of Pete's Bar by 9:30 in the morning.

It has grown into a huge tradition, starting with just a few friends more than 30 years ago.

"Many many years ago my grandfather and great granddad were running the bar, their friends just came out on Thanksgiving, and it grew and grew into the celebration it is today," said Nancy Campbell, whose mother and two brothers run Pete's Bar.

"For lack of a better term it's organic, patron's of Pete's, the community of Neptune Beach, its really their party, and we just stay open to serve them, but we really really have enjoyed it, it is a family tradition now."

It is tradition to dress in Thanksgiving day themed outfits and hats and no telling what you might see.

Jacksonville Beach to light up city

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Rob Nicholson and Kurtis Loftus are two men helping to light up Jacksonville Beach this winter.

"It was so dark last year," Nicholson remembered. "We didn't have any Christmas lights last year."

Nicholson is working to light up light poles for four blocks in Jacksonville Beach.  Lights will be up on 3rd and 1st Streets, he said.  City hall will be the centerpiece, and Loftus is creating something called "Deck the Chairs".

"The idea is to take these red lifeguard chairs that are 9-feet-tall," Loftus explained, "bring them into the plaza and let people decorate them," with lights and structures to make them look like boats, sea creatures, sandcastles, etc.

The goal is to decorate and light up Jacksonville Beach for the first ever Beaches Winter Lights Festival, and organizers are taking a cue from St. Augustine's successful Nights of Lights.

Jax Beach to become City of Lights for Christmas

JACKSONVILLE, BEACH, Fla. -- Jacksonville Beach will twinkle this Christmas.

The city is putting lights on City Hall, along the street and one man is recruiting people to decorate 20 lifeguard chairs that will be on display in Latham Plaza.

Jax Beach is doing something similar to what St. Augustine has done with its Nights of Lights.

Originally, Nights of Lights started 20 years ago to boost business during a slow season.

People in Jax Beach hopes the same thing will happen in their city.

"Those are good reasons to come down and have a glass of hot chocolate maybe spend time in one of our restaurants and shops. We feel if we do something to invite people down, they will come," Jax Beach resident Rob Nicholson said. 

The lights go up in St. Augustine the weekend before Thanksgiving and in the Winter Lights Festival in Jax Beach starts the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Pink POLISH named a Jacksonville Magazine "Trendsetter"

We are so excited to have been named one of the First Coast "Trendsetters" in the July issue of Jacksonville Magazine! We're listed among a fantastic group of other bloggers talking food, football and more! Click here to view the digital version of the magazine and flip to page 31 to read the feature!

New retailers coming to St. Johns Town Center this fall

 

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Jacksonville Magazine March 2012 Column

The March column features some fabulous jade clover earrings from Therapie - just in time for St. Patrick's Day! You can also check out a new, local brand "Flomotion," trying to make the orange the new big apple. And as you get ready for bikini season, a new coverup top for the active ladies.

Speaking of bathing beauties, I'm talking about the popular bathing suit trends this summer and how to fit to your body type coming up in the April issue!