Arts & Culture

Beaches Museum hosts "Mermaids of the First Coast" opening beach party


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- The Beaches Museum & History Park will be hosting a kickoff beach party for the opening of this summer's hottest exhibit, "Mermaids of The First Coast," on Saturday, June 16, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 11 p.m. The guest curator, local surfing legend Mitch Kaufmann, will spotlight fifty years of women surfers of the First Coast. The exhibit will feature photographs, posters, video clips, trophies, and other surfing paraphernalia associated with women surfers.

Disney On Ice • Pixar's Toy Story 3

Disney On Ice • Pixar's Toy Story 3

I recenlty went to Disney On Ice Toy Story 3 and it was incredible!  The lights were bright, the characters were spot on, and the skaters were amazing and had me feeling like I could get out there on the ice with ease.  My friend and I brought some of our daughters and we were all glued to our seat the whole show through.  The show lasts about 2 hours and 15 minutes, with an intermission in between.  Be sure to get your face painted, get your cotton candy with either a Buzz hat or alien hat attached to the bag, and buy your Toy Story 3 gear.  

If you missed this show, be sure to go over to Disney On Ice online to find out when the next show is coming our way.  You can see more pictures from the show at my family blog,


UNF English Department Presents Third Shakespeare-in-the-Park Season


The University of North Florida’s Department of English, in conjunction with the City of Atlantic Beach, will present its third season of Shakespeare in the Park. This year’s production of “Much Ado About Nothing” will open at UNF Friday, April 6, and will move to the Church of the Good Shepherd for a downtown performance, and close at Russell Park in Atlantic Beach.

The Polls Are Open for Alhambra's Summer Show


While it’s typically always a family-friendly environment at the Alhambra Theatre & Dining, the summer show annually provides slightly lighter fare for those on Summer break.  Shows like Cinderella and Willy Wonka have been embraced by the young and the young at heart, driving a little extra youthful energy into the nation’s longest running professional dinner theater.  This season – the Alhambra’s 45th! – it is the patrons who will pick the summer show and polls are now open (and it’s only a small coincidence that 2012 happens to be an election year). 

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline Starts Feb 8th

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline Starts Feb 8th


Seven times Gail Bliss and her show about Patsy Cline’s story, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, has sold out the Alhambra.  Starting February 8, as a command performance, the show will return for the eighth and the final time for Gail Bliss. Chosen from over 600 hopefuls in 1994 to originate the role of Patsy in the initial touring production of “A Closer Walk,” singer-songwriter Gail Bliss has made a name for herself all over North America for her work in this role.  “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline” is estate approved - one of only two select productions to be sanctioned by the Patsy Cline Estate managed by Charlie Dick, Patsy Cline's husband.  Dick said of Patsy, “she’s the best I’ve ever seen.”

Governor Rick Scott’s Black History Month Essay Contest is Open


Florida Black History Month 2012

"African-American Pioneers Who Advanced Science and Technology"

Essay Contest Official Rules and Guidelines