Main Street Bridge

One Spark JACKSONVILLE

This years One Spark will be the biggest ever, it is good to see this event continue to grow.  As the city of Jacksonville seems to.  The creativity of this town continues to impress me.  The one thing I do love about Jacksonville is that they are continuously improving their roads.  After living in Orlando/Kissimmee area and dealing with that traffic I laugh at the folks that complain around here.  Going to Try and get pictures a couple of days of One Spark and will highlight Projects of interest.

Today I did a quick walk through, bit under the weather so was not feeling real social.  I parked at the School Board Building, was going to take the Sky Way over the River, but walked out to the river walk and enjoyed the stroll.  If you have not been on the river walk since it was rehabbed it is such a nice stroll now.

Rebuilt River Walk, offers a nice way to enjoy the St. Johns River
Rebuilt River Walk, offers a nice way to enjoy the St. Johns River
River Walk, Chart House, St Johns River Jacksonville, FL
River Walk, Chart House, St Johns River Jacksonville, FL
Taking a mid run break on the River Walk. Jacksonville, FL
Taking a mid run break on the River Walk. Jacksonville, FL
A salute to the long Navy tradition here in Jax
A salute to the long Navy tradition here in Jax
One Spark Main Street Bridge
One Spark Main Street Bridge

The newness of it was nice, hopefully it lasts.  I remember as a high school kid walking the river walk with dates.  If you are unsure of where to park would recommend parking at the school board building and taking the Sky Way over, then walk back at night and enjoy the walk.

And sober up, I went to this One Spark event and a Party broke out.  I did not attend last year but wow the amount of food and drink vendors has to out number the amount of exhibits for funding this year.  Instead of there being one main food and drink area they seem to be every where.

Catering by Liz Grenamyer at One Spark, suggest you bring a healthy appetite when you go
Catering by Liz Grenamyer at One Spark, suggest you bring a healthy appetite when you go
And in the building right in front of this booth is the good bar.. (o8
And in the building right in front of this booth is the good bar.. (o8
Drink choices abound at 1 Spark this year as well as plentiful food choices
Drink choices abound at 1 Spark this year as well as plentiful food choices
If you go in this older building you'll be greeted by nice beverage selections. At One Spark
If you go in this older building you’ll be greeted by nice beverage selections. At One Spark
Muzzi's Madhouse at 2015 One spark, I had a Grandma I called Muzzi.. (o8 Jacksonville, FL
Muzzi’s Madhouse at 2015 One spark, I had a Grandma I called Muzzi.. (o8 Jacksonville, FL
Funkadelic Food Truck
Funkadelic Food Truck
Bistro Aix is at 1 Spark, good to see the local restaurants showing up in mass this year.
Bistro Aix is at 1 Spark, good to see the local restaurants showing up in mass this year.
Coner Taco, Love the Classic Airstream conversion.
Coner Taco, Love the Classic Airstream conversion.
Nomi's Cheese Bar, Fried ried and how about some more fried.
Nomi’s Cheese Bar, Fried ried and how about some more fried.
Up In Smoke BBQ, this was probably the prettiest rig at One Spark this year.
Up In Smoke BBQ, this was probably the prettiest rig at One Spark this year.

Hope this gives you some of the flavors that you can enjoy at One Spark.  If your looking for some of the music scene this is some of what I got.

She was happy to pose and really sounded good right at the corner of Hemming Plaza. Brittney Laurence at One Spark
She was happy to pose and really sounded good right at the corner of Hemming Plaza. Brittney Laurence at One Spark
Dj Mixing it up in the street at 1 Spark
Dj Mixing it up in the street at 1 Spark

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If you get to hot search for the old Church off of Hemming Plaza, they keep it nice and cold in there.

Thank goodness for Air Conditioning, if you need to cool off the old church off of Hemming Plaza is the place.
Thank goodness for Air Conditioning, if you need to cool off the old church off of Hemming Plaza is the place.

Alright I was really not paying to much attention to the exhibitors on this day, going to spend Friday with my fiance down there so sure more to come but these got my attention.

One Spark the Chum Drum. Yes if you chum for fish more will come but you spend more on bait.
One Spark the Chum Drum. Yes if you chum for fish more will come but you spend more on bait.
The Chum Drum at One Spark. Yes if you chum for fish then more will show up.
The Chum Drum at One Spark. Yes if you chum for fish then more will show up.
This guy was a real beach bum, was talking about the creek and river, he was clueless. Nice boards though.
This guy was a real beach bum, was talking about the creek and river, he was clueless. Nice boards though.

Our Sky Way system now being free gets the use it should during events like this in our city.

Sky way is always a nice ride around downtown.
Sky way is always a nice ride around downtown.

One Spark Jacksonville in 2018

My how things have changed with One Spark in Jacksonville 2018, the “crowd source” funding entrepreneur/innovator festival/event felt like a bleaching of the event, that in past years was held in the Jacksonville Downtown Core and had more of a street festival that included several city blocks and venues.

Bright lights and the big screen... I only wish that OneSpark 2018 had been worth the price of admission.
Bright lights and the big screen… I only wish that OneSpark 2018 had been worth the price of admission.
It Felt Like the Jaguars took the ball that was dropped, being One Spark, and were going to keep it all to their selv
It Felt Like the Jaguars took the ball that was dropped, being One Spark, and were going to keep it all to themselves.

The last One Spark I attended, I actually went 2 days and spent several hours enjoying differing art and street acts and performers.

This year after 2 hours I was ready to leave and go get some good food and drink that was not overpriced stadium food and drink.

OneSpark 2018 Tesla on site

OneSpark 2018 Tesla on site so you can sit in a car that costs more than most peoples homes

One Spark 2018 Exciting Tesla
Exciting to sit in a Tesla apparently. One Spark 2018

These are some of the creators we spoke with, all with great ideas.

OneSpark 2018 Jems Body Art
Jems Body Art Cool concept they have been working it for almost a year now and were trying to get money for a laser wood cutting machine. OneSpark 2018
OneSpark 2018 Body Art by Jem
The process of getting a cool temporary body sparkle was easy and looked good for a couple of days you can find them at www.jemsbodyart.com
I enjoyed talking to these folks from Keanu their personal cooling device was nice
I enjoyed talking to these folks from Keanu their personal cooling device was nice, it created a cool breeze that you could blow over your skin.
OneSpark 2018 Keanu's personal cooling device
Keanu’s personal cooling device is nice, it creates a cool breeze that you could blow over your skin.
OneSpark Wave 2018
#OneSparkWave I really thought they were missing the surf board, would have sealed the affect.
OneSpark 2018 Career IKIGAI
OneSpark 2018 Career IKIGAI

I encourage you to take a look at this Jacksonville startup/app Worthy invest simply and easily.  They have been up and running for a while now.

OneSpark 2018 Join Worthy
A great start up founded here in Jacksonville and a great way to start investing a little and watch it grow check them out at www.joinworthy.com
One Spark 2018 Teach Kids to Code
One Spark 2018 Teach Kids to Code
One Spark 2018 Census
One Spark 2018 Census
OneSpark 2018 OneSpark 2018 Census Maps
OneSpark 2018 OneSpark 2018 Census Maps
OneSpark 2018 Census Question about Springfield
One Spark 2018 Census Question about Springfield now that I work in that area it interested me.
Disappointing One Spark Jacksonville 2018
Instead of having a plethora of musicians on different corners poets and DJ’s being able to perform, we get one stage with a couple of acts a night with Jaguar game day pricing for drinks, Disappointing One Spark Jacksonville 2018

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