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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.

The beach party on June 16 will host a fashion show of current surf wear; it will also be an opportunity to meet many of the surfers featured in the exhibit. Most importantly, the Beaches Museum will show the premier of Kaufmann's documentary "Mermaids of the First Coast: A 50 Year History of the Women Surfers of North Florida Who Have Inspired, Influenced and Excelled In Their Sport." In addition, there will be music, food, cash bar, and lots of fun.

Kaufmann said, "This exhibit will bring to light the vast amount of talent among local female surfers who have brought championship surfing titles back to the First Coast. We have more female surfing champions from this city alone than any other city in the United States. It's only natural that they be honored with an exhibit right here in Jacksonville Beach." Kaufmann also curated the exhibits "Surf Legends of North Florida" and "Dropping In, The Rich Skateboarding Heritage of North Florida" at the Beaches Museum.

Maarten van de Guchte, executive director of the museum, said "We are very excited to have this exhibit. Women surfers of Northeast Florida are much to be admired for their contributions to the sport and are an important part of the area's history." Taryn Rodriguez-Boette, archivist for the museum, said "Mitch is a legend in the surfing community. It's been great working with him on this exhibit. His knowledge and creativity are exemplary."

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. Advance tickets can be purchased at the museum, located at 381 Beach Blvd., or through the museum's website at with a $1.50 handling fee. The event is free to current museum members. More information about the event is available on the museum's website, or calling the museum at 904-241-5657.

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