Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Jacksonville Experience

When I mentioned to someone that I was staying in Jacksonville, FL for awhile, they simply replied "isn't that place country?" Country, meaning simplied or stupid,. Now as a Native Kentuckian who loves put the world "Y'ALL" in my everyday vernacular, there's a sense of simplicity that resonates in me. Yet, I love my "country" people and places. At the end of the day if those people and places show you love, then you give that love right back. Jacksonville has culture, diversity and rich history. There is truly something to do whether you're in Duval County, St. Augustine or Orange Park. My goal in writing this piece is to let you see what you can experience if you ever are around Jacksonville's parts.

Family Activities:
Jacksonville has a pretty decent size beach area and even great fishing opportunities that even your most beginning fisher can enjoy. There's the Jacksonville Jaguars,  for the raving football fans and the Jacksonville Giants (ABA Division) for the basketball fans.

The Landing has great food, entertainment (Rush Street, Concerts), galleries (go see Adrian Pickett's work!) and more.
  • Arts, Music, Food
Artwalk (happens every 1st Wednesday of the month) brings out the creative flavor in Jacksonville and for a split second I thought I was in a mini version of Times Square with the painters on the sidewalk and the cypher being conducted outside. Martini Mondays and Cometry liven the night at the Square One establishment. Endo Exo and Jack Rabbits, Zodiac can cater to your grown and musical interests of any kind The Ritz Theater and Museum have their Amateur Night every 1st Friday (except in July and August) along with other musical events and dance ensembles. The Real Ting Cafe every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursday is where you must respect the mic as poetry and music permeates the air.
The restaurants here have food that make you want to renig on any new year's resolution and diet plan. I remember the first time I stood in line at Potter's House and this attractive young lady that resembled Barbie informed me that the place was her addiction and that I must try the smothered pork chops. I did and I understand her addiction. Three Layers Cafe has amazing wine tastings every 1st Tuesday of the month. They also have this wonderful make-your-own salad special for lunch and their 4 Berry smoothie leaves me wanting every drop. And I'd be amiss if I didn't mention the great southern cooking of Celebs Corner Kitchen, their fresh fruit and fresh seafood will entice all of your tastebuds!

Special Events to look out for:

-One Spark. One Spark is a five-day event for creators, innovators, movers and shakers. From April 17- 21, 2013, artists, entrepreneurs, and innovators will display projects in a 1.5 mile radius, multi-venue gallery in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Imagine contributing to next big thing while creating love and appreciation for one's community as well.

-Jacksonville Jazz Festival  5/23 - 5/26

And if your in JAX and you need photographers (Blue Franswa and his team,Digital Miss Designs), music recording studios (Vision Sound Recording, Winlab Squad and Cypress Records) for their professionalism!