Category Archives: Events

Unity Plaza

Unity Plaza Sign
If you have not seen Unity Plaza and the revitalization of this area of town it is worth checking out. Be a part of your community. http://events.unityplaza.org/

Did you miss the quiet opening of Unity Plaza or even been on that side of the river to see the new vibrant area?

Love the Concept of Unity Plaza

The mission statement is to have free community activities 365 days a year.  I heard that the Jacksonville Symphony was going to play and took my youngest son, I have never been able to get that close to an orchestra other than being in one but that is another story.

Jax Symphony at Unity Plaza
Jax Symphony at Unity Plaza

My son and I were laying on the fake grass and enjoying the sounds.  The Amphitheater design was perfect for this event.

IMG_0201So I have not looked into the prices of the apartments there but I did see folks enjoying the performance from their balconies. The Brooklyn Area Development is one of many shining examples of Jacksonville progressing to a forward thinking city and it brings more residential downtown.

Unity Plaza from across pond
If you have not seen Unity Plaza and the revitalization of this area of town it is worth checking out. Be a part of your community. http://events.unityplaza.org/

There are 2 Restaurants slated to be open soon.  There are daily yoga classes to partake in.

Daily Yoga at Unity Plaza

They have also had all kinds of classes from Coding for kids to Rhythm meditation. you can check out the upcoming events here

Chinese Navy enter the St Johns River

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Mayport Hugeonot Park www.jaxriverlife.com
Mayport Hugeonot Park
www.jaxriverlife.com

Chinese Navy have arrived!

Chinese 152 on historic Naval goodwill tour enters Jacksonville's Mayport Naval Station
Chinese 152 on historic Naval goodwill tour enters Jacksonville’s Mayport Naval Station
Dolphin around to greet Chinese Navy, Mayport, FL
Dolphin around to greet Chinese Navy, Mayport, FL
China Military entering US port
China Military entering US port
Historic Chinese Naval goodwill tour enters Jacksonville's Mayport Naval Station
Historic Chinese Naval goodwill tour enters Jacksonville’s Mayport Naval Station
China & US flags fly together
China & US flags fly together today as the Chinese Navy enters Mayport Naval Station, Florida
Seagulls flying with Chinese ship 152 sailing into Mayport
Seagulls flying with Chinese ship 152 sailing into Mayport

 

 

 

Chinese Ship Docked in Mayport
Chinese Ship Docked in Mayport, Jacksonville, FL

Jaguars Draft Party

Jaguars and Busch know how to throw a Party.
Jaguars and Busch know how to throw a Party.

I have to hand it to the Jaguars they can through a party.  Now its not every day you get to walk on a NFL field let alone Party on it, and for Free, Get out.

Walking Through the Tunnel at Everbank Field That's my best friend and Fiance, or at least their backsides
Walking Through the Tunnel at Everbank Field
That’s my best friend and Fiance, or at least their backsides
I love the Pants on the baby, I love that the Jags always try to keep the kids engaged, maybe not that age but, still great
I love the Pants on the baby, I love that the Jags always try to keep the kids engaged, maybe not that age but, still great
Rock wall for Kids at The Jaguars Draft Party 2015
Rock wall for Kids at The Jaguars Draft Party 2015

I love that the Jaguars always try and keep the Kids engaged, I considered trying to get my oldest for the night and bringing him.  I have over the years taken them to pregame parties, maybe this year we will do a game together.

Bento came second in my favorite of the food I tasted, great deal, and love Bento.
Bento came second in my favorite of the food I tasted, great deal, and love Bento.

So the drinks were overpriced as usual inside the stadium but the food deal was awesome.  We were given the choice of a $15 wristband that allowed you to visit 5 tents or $20 and you could visit 10 tents.  Wish I had not eaten all day the food was outstanding, and I still had the ability to go to another tent, but my stomach did not have the ability to hold more and make the walk back to the car.   My favorite was Black Sheep http://blacksheep5points.com  Braised beef with parm risotto and baby Brussels.  Desserts galore as well have to give winning nod to Kilwins   https://www.kilwins.com/Jacksonville hard to beat ice cream.  well worth the $20.

I am so looking forward to this years Jaguars, it is so nice to look at the moves and say yeah I like that.
I am so looking forward to this years Jaguars, it is so nice to look at the moves and say yeah I like that.

And here it is the big selection

Going to One Spark?

One Spark Main Street Bridge
One Spark Main Street Bridge

If your heading out to One Spark this weekend things you will need to think about.

First of all plan on spending some time out there.   With so much to see and do I would recommend planning on spending 4-6 hours to really enjoy it all.

Man in Motion1

That is just a snippet of the kind of street performing that is going on and there are stages a plenty, so be sure you pick up a schedule and plan accordingly.  Seems there is more in the evening Thursday and Friday.  Mosey and enjoy, not only are some of the ideas and concepts intriguing but there is a street party atmosphere about it all.

Bring Cash!  There are more places for refreshments this year but I did notice that some where not taking credit.  Seems that the amount of food trucks is up, and to think I was almost one of them.

Go Hungry!  Bring an appetite, and eat before you leave.  There are some top end and low end spectrum food selections.  If you can’t find places you want to try your not a foodie.  Look for lines, it is usually a sign that its worth the wait.

If your a drinker be sure to bring cash it was 50/50 on the out door bar scene at 1 Spark.  Grab drinks when lines are small, not sure I will go over the weekend, but when your at a quarter beverage its time to get in line.  If your a liquor drinker find a bar you like tip well and you should get taken care of.  Please be careful and have a designated driver.

Plan your parking.  It will take time getting to the event unless you want to pay for parking.  The streets are all blocked off for One Spark  which creates bottlenecks on other parts of downtown.  Not to mention the extra amount of pedestrian traffic heading in to the Event.  I recommend parking at the School board building and riding the Sky Way there its a short little walk.  Then on the way back walk over the Main Street Bridge and down the refurbished River Walk and enjoy our River City.

Have fun!

Calley Sprague