Monday, March 30, 2020

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens postpone reopening

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has decided to postpone its reopening, which was previously planned for April 4, 2020.

Out of an abundance of caution and in the best interest of its members, visitors, volunteers and team, the Museum will stay closed to the public until further notice.  The Museum will continue to monitor the situation.  Plans for the Museum’s reopening will be shared once government and health officials deem it is safe and appropriate.

During this period of closure, members of the community are invited to explore the many digital resources the Cummer has to offer, including: a resource guide, a guide to art making at home, downloadable coloring sheets, and an online gallery of works from the Museum’s permanent collection.  The Chef’s Garden Catering and Events, the business that operates the Cummer Café, is offering meal delivery services and virtual cooking classes.

Please visit the Museum’s website and social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for the latest updates.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
   829 Riverside Avenue
   Jacksonville, Florida 32204

Friday, March 27, 2020

“Alhambra Takeout”: Food without the Drama


Well, last week was such a success for everyone that the Alhambra Theater & Dining is helping themselves through this pandemic crisis, by helping you to some delicious meals this weekend and next week.  Below is a personal invite to partake in their curbside dinner service and a personal note from the Managing Partner – Mr. Craig Smith.  Feel free to ORDER HERE from March 28 — April 2, 2020; and place your order the day before desired pick up.  Bon Appétit!

“Dear Alhambra Family,

I trust this email finds everyone happy, healthy, and settling in to a new routine this week. I never learned to cook, so you can imagine the last week has been interesting for me without Chef.  We have taken this time to work with our landscaper to freshen up the Harry Frisch Garden in front of the theater.  Take a peek when you are picking up your delicious take-home meals.

For 11 years, we have worked to make the Alhambra a place we all love to visit and where we can create memories that will last a lifetime.  Many of us have spent 20, 30, 40, even 50 years coming here.  One of the most important parts of the Alhambra is the 80+ people who greet you every time you visit, and these people are my responsibility.  This staff is made up of young people just starting out, single moms, and servers that have made a 40-year career here.  They are men and women from all walks of life.  As a business and as a family, we have to look out for them.

In an effort to protect and look out for our guests and our Alhambra family, we came up with the idea of serving our wonderful Alhambra food curbside at the theater.  With this in mind, our staff can continue to serve you the top-quality meals you have come to love, while still having the ability to support themselves and their families.  I am proud to tell you we sold almost 400 take-home meals last weekend and, more importantly, had 17 people back at work.  All the feedback from the meals were excellent.  With that success, we have decided to expand our program and add a few extra days.  I know we are all getting a little stir crazy, so now you have a reason to hop in the car and take a nice trip to the theater.  You have a great meal from Chef and his team to look forward to and you will get to see the smiling faces of the folks you have come to know as friends!  We will even have a nice surprise for you when you get here.  Rest assured, we are continuing to follow every precaution possible in terms of cleanliness and protecting everyone's health.

Thanks for reading on...

With prayers and best wishes for everyone's health and safety,

Craig”


Click HERE to order online.

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
       12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
       (904) 641-1212


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

‘Romanza Festivale 2020’ cancelled


The following information comes from St. Augustine, Florida:

Due to the COVID-19 emergency the 2020 St. Augustine’s Romanza Festivale of Music & The Arts is cancelled.  The Festivale has been scheduled 17 days from May 1 to May 17, 2020 with daily events all around St. Augustine, including 80+ concerts, shows, exhibits, and more.

Romanza regrets disappointing our many friends, fans and neighbors who delight in this annual showcase of St. Augustine’s abundant and diverse cultural scene.  Most Festivale Partner organizations have notified us that they as well are forced to cancel their own productions within the Festivale.  Not only are the crowd restrictions prohibitive, but several key performers may not be able to even get here from places like Australia, the UK, California, etc...

This complex festival, with so many Partners and productions, is difficult to schedule in the first place, so we do not expect to reschedule it in 2020.  Romanza believes in supporting the arts and our local artists. Romanza Festivale has been able to operate at a level of increasing support to our community artists and musicians through paid performances, stipends, sponsorships, Awards, scholarships, and significant promotion.

Now
Romanza has suffered a severe financial blow with the late cancellation of the Celtic Festival by our City.  Francis Field was completely set up by the time we were given the order to cancel. Romanza incurred huge expenses for rented equipment already delivered, contracted personnel already on duty, and supplies already purchased, etc.  Funds from Romanza’s savings account that were supposed to fund Festivale are suddenly not available.

Romanza Festivale and the Celtic Festival, as well as the St. Patrick Parade are produced by Romanza-St. Augustine, Inc. a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.


Keeping ‘COVID - 19’ at bay

April 5, 2020 will be Palm Sunday.  Even churches of 20 or less should make use technology with the use of online congregating, corporate worship, and hearing God’s Word through the internet.  We need to safeguard ourselves, families, and others by following the suggestions of the CDC (a US government federal agency) and using common sense.  Even Jesus was subject to the government with taxation, nevertheless, Jesus was (and still is) part of the government (Isiah 9:6-7).

One of our churches Small Group Leaders has a relative (a beautiful young woman) who was recently removed from a respirator, due to the Corona virus.  It was through medicine and the prayers of the righteous that she is recovering.  This pandemic is REAL!  It is a fallacy to think that one race or another cannot be subject to the coronavirus, if we’re not careful.  Yes, anyone can get it, or be a carrier.  Take a look at Idris Elba & Tom Hanks.  This calamity is REALLY REAL!

No one suggests that you cannot go outside and get some direct sunlight (natural form of Vitamin D).  Take a walk & relieve your mind.  Be aware of the places where “Germs” can hide.  Safeguard yourself and those around you.  Wash you hands when touching other surfaces; disinfect those areas before you use them.  Keep your hands away from your face until you do sanitize.  Avoid large crowds and maintain a 6 - 10 ft. radius from other people.

Don’t ostracize people unless they’ve been tested positive for COVID-19, nonetheless, there are ways to still be in communications with them (video chat, telephone, text, email, and social media.  Just stay in touch without really touching.  For all the huggers out there - there’s an emoji for that too.

I recently celebrated a Birthday, and in my 70 years of experience, I thank God that He brought me through Hurricanes in Florida, Tornadoes in New Mexico, diseases in Philadelphia along with illnesses and other diseases overseas and in various parts of our United States.  God has brought me this far in life and He’s taught me that I must be wise and take care of myself so that I would be able to assist others when the need arose.

Unless there is a miracle or Jesus returns, there is no need to get new Easter outfits (save your money and cut down on online spending.  Churches should continue to keep their flocks safe.  Listen to the CDC and always use wisdom — not FEAR!  Let us not lay out a fleece for God (Judges 6: 36-40), this is not the time to test Him.

Those persons who still need to work outside of their homes, please be smart & use precautions.  We should keep our homes cleaner than ever before.
#CautiousButNotCrazy
#FaithOverFear
#WiseYetHarmless
#FactsAndFaith
#FactsNotFear
#PrayedUp
#TBR (Trust God, Believe in His Word & Receive every promise that He has given).

Ms. "V"s Website

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens board names Kerrie Slattery as Interim Director

WHAT: The Board of Trustees of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Board has appointed Kerrie Slattery, the Museum’s Chief Advancement Officer, as interim director.

WHEN: Effective April 2020

WHO: Slattery began her career at the Museum in January 2019 as Chief Advancement Officer. Previously, she held several leadership positions in the nonprofit, business and banking industries; most recently, she served as Chief Development Officer for Baptist Health Foundation.

WHY: The Museum announced on January 30, 2020, that Adam M. Levine, Ph.D., the Museum’s George and Kathleen Gibbs Director and Chief Executive Officer, would be departing the institution to return to the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA).

The Board of Trustees has formed an eight-member committee, led by vice chair Susan Towler, and engaged the executive search firm Phillips Oppenheim to complete a nationwide search.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
   829 Riverside Avenue
   Jacksonville, Florida 32204
   (904) 356-6857
   

Alhambra will have dinning on the go


Just in, now you can have an iconic dinner for you to take home and celebrate with some vino and a couple candles, in front of your TV while watching your favorite show or movie.  Take a look below, grab your credit card and give them a call:

“Dear Alhambra Family,

As you know, we have made the decision to cancel all shows through April 26, 2020.

For 11 years, we have worked to make the Alhambra a place we all love to visit and where we can create memories to last a lifetime.  Many of us have spent 20, 30, 40, even 50 years coming here.  One of the most important parts of the Alhambra is the 80+ people who greet you every time you visit, and these people are my responsibility.  This staff is made up of young people just starting out, single moms, and servers that have made a 40-year career here.  They are men and women from all walks of life. As a business and as a family, we have to look out for them.

In an effort to protect and look out for our guests and our Alhambra family, we came up with the idea of serving our wonderful Alhambra food curbside at the theater.  With this in mind, our staff can continue to serve you the top-quality meals you have come to love, while still having the ability to support themselves and their families.  I can imagine we are all going to get a touch bored and stir crazy in the coming weeks.  I want you to know that, with this program, you can still count on a great meal from Chef and his team, and you will get to see the smiling faces of the folks you have come to know as friends who will brighten your day!  We might even have a nice surprise for you when you get here.  Rest assured, we are following every precaution possible in terms of cleanliness and protecting everyone's health.

With prayers and best wishes for everyone's health and safety,

Managing Partner Craig Smith



Culinary Corner - Alhambra Dinner Pickup
How it Works: Starting Thursday, March 19, we invite you to call-in or place an order online (using the links below) to order the featured entree and dessert for pickup this Friday and/or Saturday.  Orders may be placed any time prior to 5 p.m. on the day before pickup.

We will serve food on Friday & Saturday of this week, but hope to be able to add more days in the coming weeks.  Curbside service will begin at 3 p.m. and conclude at 7 p.m.  When you arrive to pick up your order using the drive-through drop off area in front of the theater, a service member will deliver your food straight to your car - fresh, hot and ready to go!

Menus: Each week (when we are able to offer this service), we will email you a menu with the option to place an order. Simply click the link below your desired day(s) to place your order online or call the box office and we'll take care of the rest. Each meal is priced at $20 (including tax).

The Alhambra’s service staff appreciates any gratuity offered.

This week’s Menu:

Fri., Mar. 20: Old-Fashioned Chicken & Dumplings with carrots, celery, and onions & Chocolate Cake with mixed berry sauce.  $20
OR
Sat., Mar. 21: Pork Ribeye with mashed potatoes, gravy, zucchini and squash medley & Traditional Chocolate Mousse.  $20.

Click
HERE or call the Box Office at (904) 641–1212.

Separate orders required for each day. Menu subject to change, based on availability.  Photos are not exact representation of meal. Question?  Please give us a call!  We are here to help.

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
       12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
       (904) 641-1212


Monday, March 16, 2020

The Alhambra Theatre and Dining safeguarding the community

(Updated: March 17, 2020)

Consistent with the most recent recommendations by the CDC and Governor Ron Desantis, The Alhambra Theatre & Dining is cancelling its performances through April 26, including the remaining week of its current show, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” and its upcoming performances of “Singin’ in the Rain.”  For those who purchased tickets to these shows, The Alhambra will offer a house credit toward a future show.

Said Alhambra Managing Partner Craig Smith, “As we approach the rest of our lineup, we will make our decision of when to re-open based, again, on the suggestions of our health and governmental leadership.  In the meantime, we are also trying to protect the financial health of our staff, most of whom rely on hourly wages and tips as their income.  We recognize that live theater plays a role in the community as a means to escape and relax, so if we can be open, we want to provide that respite for our customers.  In no way will we consider re-opening if it is recommended not to do so.”  The Alhambra will continue to post updates on social media and to its audience as things change.

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
       12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
       (904) 641-1212

‘PBTS’ is postponing events for patrons' safety

“PLAYERS BY THE SEA” is announcing the recent closures for shows and events from their establishment.  Their updates are as follows:

After careful thought and deliberation of our duties in the face of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, and in what we believe is in the best interest of our patrons, employees and community, “Players By The Sea” will suspend operations starting the morning of Monday, March 16, 2020.  All rehearsals, performances, classes, and events will be postponed until further notice.  The building will be closed and only accessible to key holders at this time.

We will work directly with our patrons on rescheduling their tickets.  We anticipate heavy call volume over the next several days and appreciate your patience as we work hard to respond to all inquiries.  Please call the Box office with any questions or concerns. (904 )249–0289.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and determine the best time to reschedule all of our events.  It is our hope that with quick community action, we can do our part toward the prevention of this global problem.  It is important that we all take this matter seriously and do our best to respect the guidelines in place limiting social gatherings in order to combat the spread of this virus.  Players by the Sea will adhere to the social distancing measures as recommended by the CDC and will continue to remain vigilant about following all recommendations carefully.

Please keep our theater community at heart as we support each other with kindness and implement responsible preparation through this difficult and uncertain time. We will continue to provide updates as we can, for more information, please visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov

LOCATION: Players By The Sea Theatre
      106 6th Street North
      Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
      (904) 249-0289


Friday, March 13, 2020

Thrasher-Horne Center protection from Coronavirus


The Thrasher-Horne Center, located in Orange Park Florida is announcing the recent closures/reschedules for shows and events from their establishment.  Their updates are as follows:

In response to the coronavirus, St. Johns River State College has postponed all public events for the next two weeks.  During this time, we are making every effort to accommodate all of our clients and guests.  The following is a list of events and their current status.  If you have tickets for an upcoming event, the Ticket Office will be contacting you directly with information.

March 17: The Color Purple – Cancelled
March 20: The Young Irelanders – Rescheduled to August 15, 2020
March 26: EDC Luncheon – Cancelled
March 27: FCWS Denim ‘n Diamonds Fundraiser – Cancelled

St. Johns River State College and Thrasher-Horne Center continue to assess the situation and will provide updates as they come available.  If you have any questions, please contact our Ticket Office at (904) 276-6815 ext. 1 or email boxoffice@sjrstate.edu.

‘Hamilton’ postponement in Jacksonville

Below is a notification of the cancellation of the show “Hamilton”:

At the direction of Mayor Lenny Curry, “Hamilton”, scheduled for March 17-29, 2020, will be postponed out of an abundance of caution, due to the growing concern over COVID-19.  IF YOU ARE A TICKET HOLDER, PLEASE HOLD ONTO YOUR TICKETS AS WE WORK TO BRING HAMILTON BACK TO JACKSONVILLE.  We will be in touch as soon as possible with more information on the status of this event.  We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves to ensure the health and well-being of our audience, staff, cast and crew before anything else.  All performances for the remaining shows in the FSCJ Artist Series Broadway in Jacksonville season are expected to go on as scheduled.  Should anything change, we will send an update to all impacted ticket holders.  We look forward to welcoming you back into a clean and safe gathering space for our community to enjoy the shared experience of seeing stories unfold live on stage.  Thank you for your patience and your continued support.


“Cummer Museum” Closes to protect citizens


The following updates are posted to assist you with your Visit to the Cummer Museum and Gardens during this period of time:

Dear Cummer Museum members and friends,

Your health and safety are our top priorities.  The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has decided to close to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (the coronavirus), effective March 14, 2020.  Out of an abundance of caution and in the best interest of its members, visitors, volunteers and team, the Museum will temporarily close to the public beginning at the close of business today, Friday, March 13, 9 p.m., through Friday, April 3 (subject to change).

All events and programs scheduled for March 14 or later are postponed until further notice.  The Museum will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice and guidance of government and health officials.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are adjusting our upcoming events schedule:

Saturday, March 14 - Spring Garden Concert
Postponed - New date and information to be shared soon.
Tuesday, March 17 - Iconoclasm Lecture Series: Reformation Iconoclasm
Cancelled - We hope to be able to provide online access at a later date.
Friday/Sunday, March 20 & 22 - Striking Up with Phase Eight Theater Company
Postponed - New date and information to be shared soon.
Tuesday, March 24 - Iconoclasm Lecture Series, Secular Iconoclasm
Cancelled - We hope to be able to provide online access at a later date.
Tuesday, April 7 - Iconoclasm Lecture Series, Charrette
Cancelled

Please visit the Museum’s website (cummermuseum.org) and social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for the latest updates.

Sincerely,

The Team at the Cummer Museum

Thursday, March 12, 2020

‘Iceman’ hockey games cancelled

As the on-going developments regarding COVID-19 in North America continue and precautionary measures ensue to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the ECHL has suspended the 2019-20 Season for the safety of our Fans, Players, and Employees until further notice.

The ECHL and its Member Teams continue to work with national and local health officials and local governance to monitor the situation.  In the interim, we encourage those in the ECHL community to take precautions and stay safe during this time.

This afternoon’s announcement includes the suspension of the Icemen’s home games scheduled for Friday, March 13, 2020 and Saturday, March 14, and the team’s road game at South Carolina on Sunday, March 15.


We won’t be able to ‘Feel The Freeze’ for a while.  Iceman Hockey games are on hold.  Continue to follow “Around Town With Ms. “V” and receive notifications on other venues.


The Celtic Festival and The St. Patrick Parade are Cancelled


The following information has been received on March 12, 2020 from the City of St. Augustine:

The City of St. Augustine has cancelled the permit for this weekend’s Celtic Festival and the St. Patrick Parade. Romanza, the nonprofit producer of the Parade and Celtic Festival, deeply regret disappointing fans and followers.

Romanza is also severely impacted by the last-minute cancellation of the annual fundraiser, and the further losses due to the Festivals costs which have already been spent.  This double financial blow threatens their ability to bring the Celtic Festival back.

If you would like to contribute to help defray those costs, they will be setting up a donation page shortly.  For those of you who purchased advance tickets, it is asked that you consider your payment to be a donation, which is tax-deductible since Romanza is a nonprofit 501(c)(3).

Please be safe and take the recommended precautions to avoid infection.

For more information about Romanza visit
HERE!


An Evening with ‘Bublé’ tour dates postponed


Michael Bublé, who was scheduled to continue a new run of dates on his current tour beginning March 17th through April 5, 2020 have been postponed with new dates in the same markets to be announced shortly. All tickets will be honored for the rescheduled dates.

The tour dates for Michael Bublé’s show dates beginning May 2nd in Anaheim, California will continue as scheduled.

“I was looking forward to getting back on the road but the safety of my fans and my touring family of course take priority under the current circumstances.  We will be coming back soon with new dates and everyone will be safe to enjoy a great night out.  Stay well everyone,” commented Buble’.

“Hold on to your tickets and they will be honored for the rescheduled dates that we will be revealing very soon,” said Don Fox, the tour’s national promoter.

The tour dates that will be rescheduled include:
March 17, 2020 – Jacksonville, FL – VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.
March 18, 2020 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center.
March 20, 2020 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena.
March 21, 2020 – Atlantic City, NJ – Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall.
March 22, 2020 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center.
March 24, 2020 – Uniondale, NY – NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum.
March 25, 2020 – Boston, MA – TD Garden.
March 27, 2020 – Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.
March 28, 2020 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center.
March 29, 2020 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum.
March 31, 2020 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena.
April 1, 2020 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
April 3, 2020 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena.
April 4, 2020 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena.
April 5, 2020 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center.

Michael Bublé cancels some tours.  Continue to follow “Around Town With Ms. “V” and receive notifications.


‘AMERICA’ postpones all shows

The following is a notice from the Florida Theatre in downtown Jacksonville, FL:

“AMERICA” has postponed all of their shows in the coming weeks, including the Florida Theatre show on March 25, 2020 at 8 p.m.  We are working closely with AMERICA to secure a new date.  We will notify you immediately once a new date is confirmed.  Tickets to the March 25th date will be honored.

Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell of AMERICA released the following statement:
"In an effort to do our part to help slow the spread of the coronavirus among our fans and the country at large, the band America has made the decision to postpone shows booked for the coming weeks.  We will do everything possible to reschedule when feasible.  We encourage everyone to stay informed and follow the advice of the medical community to keep themselves healthy at this time."

If you have questions regarding your ticket purchase please contact the box office directly at 904.355.2787 or at mailto:boxoffice@floridatheatre.com.

The historic nonprofit Florida Theatre is sponsored by Community First Credit Union. For a complete list of upcoming events or to buy tickets visit the Theatre’s official web site
floridatheatre.com

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Cummer Museum of Arts and Garden open and ready

One of the safest venues to visit in Jacksonville, Florida (because visitors are not permitted to touch any of the displays, and there is usually more than 6 feet distance between persons) is the Cummer Museum of Arts & Garden.  My readers and I do appreciate your concern over your patrons and employees and for that we say, “Thank You”.  We can feel safe when we come to the Cummer.

Below is a letter that was sent to members of the museum.

Dear Cummer Museum members,

The Museum has been closely monitoring COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) both globally and locally, and we are following the recommendations by government and public health agencies.

To protect our visitors and team members, the Museum has implemented extra precautions regarding sanitizing our campus including, but not limited to, bathrooms, door handles, flat surfaces and other high-traffic public areas, as well as additional training for the team on how best to prevent the spread of illness.

As always, staff, members, docents, volunteers and visitors are encouraged to be diligent about preventive hygiene.  According to public health authorities, you can help prevent the spread of illness by frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom and before eating. Parents can supervise their children to ensure they wash their hands thoroughly.  Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing is recommended. If you are sick, please stay home.

We will continue to monitor the situation and follow all safety guidelines outlined by the City and State, as well as advice from the American Alliance of Museums. Thank you for your patience and support.

Sincerely,
The Team at the Cummer Museum

Our Mission: Engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens, and education.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
   
829 Riverside Avenue
   Jacksonville, Florida 32204
   (904) 356-6857

   
Hours of Operation & Admission


   

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Put this one on your list - ‘The Color Purple’ in JAX


Multi-Award-winning Musical “The Color Purple” comes to the Broadway Orange Park this season.  Based on the Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the Warner Bros. / Amblin Entertainment motion picture, The Color Purple is adapted for the stage by Tony- and Pulitzer-winner Marsha Norman with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray.

The revival of The Color Purple opened to great acclaim in summer 2013 at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, followed by a Broadway stint on November 10, 2015 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.  The Color Purple went on to win two 2016 Tony Awards including: Best Revival of a Musical, two Drama Desk Awards; Outstanding Revival of a Musical; the 2017 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Theater Album and a Daytime Emmy®.  The Color Purple played 483 performances on Broadway, closing on January 8, 2017.  For more information, please visit the Color Purple websiteThis performance will be Sign Interpreted! Contact the Ticket Office for the best seats to view the interpreter.

The Color Purple
DATE: Tues. March 17, 2020
TIME: 7:30 p.m.

TICKETS: Prices range from $49-$79 with all fees included.  They may be purchased in person, online at THcenter, or by calling (904) 276-6815 between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Friday.  The Thrasher-Horne Center is a performing arts venue and conference center owned and operated by St. Johns River State College.

LOCATION: The Thasher-Horne Ctr.
      St. Johns River State College
      283 College Drive
      Orange Park, FL 32065

The Thrasher-Horne Center is a performing arts venue and conference center owned and operated by St. Johns River State College.  It is located on the Orange Park campus at 283 College Drive in Orange Park, Florida.

Philadelphia Band Jamison and the Dublin City Ramblers comes to St Augustine

“Jamison”, from the Irish American streets of Philadelphia, will make their first appearance on the main stage of the 10th Annual St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival.  The multi-award-winning Celtic Festival takes place March 14 & 15 at Francis Field in downtown St. Augustine, and the band will perform on Saturday only.  Since they formed in 2003, Jamison has grown to offer one of the most high-energy shows on the East Coast, with dynamic Irish reels mixed into rock, reggae, modern pop, hip hop and dance covers.

The band features: Frank Daly, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Tin Whistle, Mandolin; John O’Callaghan, Vocals, Electric Guitar, Tin Whistle, Mandolin; Sean Hick, Electric Guitar, Vocals; Alice Marie, Fiddle, Viola, Vocals; Dave Lynd, Bass, Moog Pedals, Vocals; and Kyle Walter, Drummer.

Also, the “Dublin City Ramblers”, will be celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2020, and have been headliners at the St. Augustine Celtic Festival every year since 2011.  The multi-award-winning Celtic Festival takes place March 14 & 15 at Francis Field in downtown St. Augustine, and the band will perform both Saturday and Sunday.

The Dublin City Ramblers have thrilled audiences worldwide with their unique blend of Ballads, Folk, Humor, Wit and foot-tapping music.  Their impressive career has spanned 50 years, with over 30 albums, top ten hits, several awards for best Ballad /Folk Group and Gold Albums.  And it was just announced that they are 2019 "Entertainers of The Year" in the Ballad/Folk section from Ireland's Keltic TV and Midlands Radio.  It is certainly no wonder that they are classed as Ireland's Number One Group!

Celtic Entertainment: This award-winning Festival takes place on Francis Field. Musicians returning to the main stage in 2020 include fan favorites Dublin City Ramblers, Albannach, Seven Nations, Emmet Cahill, and Steel City Rovers. Chad Light, talented actor/director/painter/sculptor, will be Emcee for the Festival Main Stage.  This St. Augustine Festival is acclaimed as "the finest Celtic Music Festival in the United States”.  In addition, there are second stage performances of magic, comedy, lectures on history and culture, and music workshops.

Find the CELT in YOU in America’s Oldest Celtic City

The event begins on Friday, March 13 with a pre-festival Whiskey Tasting, and kicks off Saturday at 10  a.m. with The World’s Original St. Patrick Parade, which began in 1601 in St. Augustine!  The festival continues throughout Saturday and Sunday with live performances on two stages.  It also features Celtic NOIR!: Mystery & Crime Writers, The St. Augustine Highland games, Celtic artisans and food, and kids’ games.  For tickets and further information click
HERE!  Festival tickets may also be purchased at Ann O’Malley’s Irish Pub located at 23 Orange Street, downtown St. Augustine.

The St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival is produced by Romanza – St. Augustine, Inc. and is funded in part by the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural, Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and by Visit Florida.

Have an evening out with Michael Bublé in JAX



Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with singer Michael Bublé who will kick off his 2020 U.S. tour when he performs at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on March 17th for the first time in seven years! There are limited seats still available – you don’t want to miss this event!

“We are thrilled at the opportunity to kick-off Michael Bublé’s 2020 US Tour at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena here in Jacksonville.  We look forward to hosting a wonderful night of music with this talented artist and performer” says Bill McConnell, General Manager of ASM-Jacksonville.

Michael’s 2020 U.S. Tour will include stops at TD Garden in Boston on March 25 and he was ay the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 9th.  This past February Bublé returned to the U.S. after a lengthy absence for a sold out 37 show tour where he performed for over 500,000 fans.  His 2019 world tour included 82 shows in front of over 1.2 million people.  He has already completed five sold out world tours, won four Grammy Awards, and sold over 60 million records over the course of his extraordinary career.

“More emotional and more musical — and better than ever” – STAR TRIBUNE
“Michael Bublé showed to thousands why his popularity endures” – TULSA WORLD

Michael Bublé in concert

DATE:
Tuesday March 17, 2020
TIME: 8 p.m.


TICKETS: vary from $65 — $142

LOCATION: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
      
300 A Philip Randolph Blvd., Downtown
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
      (904) 630-3900

St. Patrick Parade and Grand Marshal in St. Augustine


The Grand Marshal of the 2020 St. Augustine St. Patrick Parade, March 14, will be Sr. Bernard Joseph, curator of the Sisters of St. Joseph O’Reilly House Museum.  The Sisters of St. Joseph will also be represented in the Parade by Sister Kathleen Carr, General Superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph Congregation, Sister Catherine Bitzer, archivist, and Sister Carol Stovall, a member of the Congregation’s leadership team.

Father Miguel O’ Reilly House Museum: The O’Reilly House is the oldest house on the oldest street in the oldest part of the oldest city in the United States. Irish Priest Miguel (Michael) O'Reilly supervised the construction of St. Augustine’s beautiful Cathedral from 1793 to its completion and consecration in 1797.  He and fellow Irishmen were the Spanish colony’s principal vicars in the Second Spanish Period.  O’Reilly was born in Ireland where the English were suppressing the Catholic faith.  He was trained for the priesthood in Spain and sent to St. Augustine in 1777 to minister to the Menorcans.  He became the chaplain of the Hibernian Regiment and “vicario” of the entire Colony.  Here he was the teacher of Felix Varela, the Cuban writer and hero who is now up for Sainthood.

The house was built around 1691 and was given to the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1866. Father Miguel O’Reilly wanted his house used for education.  The Sisters of St. Joseph of Le Puy, France arrived in St. Augustine at the request of Bishop Verot to bring education to newly emancipated slaves.  November 1866 witnessed the opening of the O’Reilly House as the first school for African American boys in St. Augustine.

The O’Reilly House has been under the care and ownership of the Sisters of St. Joseph since 1866.  The unique history of the house and its usage is such an important part of the history of St. Augustine that the Sisters opened it for a museum in 2002.  The house is operated and maintained by the Sisters.  They have a wonderful group of volunteers that assist the Sisters in sharing the faith and the good works of the Congregation.

The St. Patrick Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday March 14 in downtown St. Augustine, the site of the world’s original St. Patrick parade, begun in 1601!  The Parade follows a 3-mile route throughout downtown from Francis Field to Orange Street to Castillo Drive, Avenida Menendez to Cathedral, Cordova Street to Orange Street, and returns as the Celtic Music & Heritage Festival is beginning on Francis Field.  This is one of the three largest Parades in St. Augustine, with over 1,000 participants including numerous bands, floats, marching units, dancers, horses, cars, carriages, tour trains and more that fill the route from end to end.

The Parade Reviewing Stand is hosted by Ann O’Malley’s Irish Pub at 23 Orange Street.  This year’s Parade Judges will be Jessica Clark, First Coast News; Sheldon Gardner, St. Augustine Record reporter; Amy Hendrickson, local musician; Shelton Hull, Folio Weekly columnist; and Jeff Valin, First Coast News.  The Parade announcer will again be Mike Sullivan, a winter resident of St. Augustine, who is a retired police officer from Michigan, and a pub singer in Port Huron in his spare time.  The Parade will also feature Coastal Florida Police & Fire Pipes and Drums, Jacksonville Pipes & Drums, and Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Dept. Pipes and Drums.

For more information about the Parade or to register to be in the Parade, please visit HERE.

St. Augustine’s St. Patrick Parade is produced by non-profit Romanza – St. Augustine, Inc. and is funded in part by the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, and by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural, Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Germs and Coronavirus

Photo courtesy of Google Images
The first four paragraphs of this post were from my very first article that was submitted online back in July 31, 2008.  It was relevant then and even more pertinent today.  If you’re a Germaphobe (a person with an extreme fear of germs and an obsession with cleanliness) then you may not want to read any further; but if you want help concerning this recent scare with Coronavirus, then let’s proceed.


Things and places where germs grow
:

Restaurant salt & pepper shakers (All Condiments)
Toilet seats & faucets
Holding onto Handrails (Stairs & Escalators)
Door handles
DVD rentals
Cosmetic tester units (except perfumes)
Remote control units
Flipping through Magazines in offices
Hotel linens (pillows)
Handles of your Purse
Elevator Buttons
Touch Screens (bank ATM’s, Job applying Computer sites etc.)
Buffet Food Utensils
Headrests (Theaters/Airplanes etc.)
Money / Credit cards
Shopping Cart handles
Some other things were suggested by my readers:
Bowling Ball Holes & Shoes
Arcade Games
Any place Children Touch
Computer Keyboards
Phones
Playground Equipment; and the list could go on and on.
ICKY!!! Icky!!! Icky!!!

All of the above-mentioned items are sources of Germ Warfare through ‘touch’.  Yuck!!!  But we come in contact with most of these items, on a daily basis.  What are we to do?  Do we have enough money to spend on a personal “port-a-potty”?  Do we carry our own condiments (those purses are heavy enough already)?  Do we pull out our swab or handy hand sanitizer (nothing wrong with carrying a little sanitation)?  Or do we stay in our ‘Clear Plastic Bubble’ (now they say that plastic is harmful too)?  What a waste of money!

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  II Tim. 1:7

Sure, we need to keep down the transference of germs the best way we can, and that’s by washing our hands frequently and keeping soiled hands away from our mouths, eyes, nose or open cuts; nevertheless we don’t want to Fear all the germs that frequently cross our path.  We need to continue to Wash Our Hands and/or use Hand Sanitizer.  We need to be cautious, but not crazy.

I’ve also survived the Philadelphia Legionnaires Disease years ago. 
Psalm 91: 7 "A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you."  #TBR

I’ve wiped down my seat and tray on airplanes before the coronavirus broke out.  I wipe off equipment (hand-weight contact areas) when I’m at the gym (I’ve noticed how people quickly leave the restroom and couldn’t possibly have washed their hands - men come out too quick).  My nail tech wears a mask all the time and he always has (for nail dust), but not with pedicures.  When I go to the hospital and someone is coughing and looks like poop, I will put on a mask to protect myself or others if I am experiences symptoms.  I’m still on the fence about all the handshaking in church.  Not a lack of faith, but wisdom.  I love you, and love myself too.  #CautiousButNotCrazy   #FactsNotFear

Mysophobia is a term used to describe a pathological fear of contact with dirt, to avoid contamination and germs.  Someone who has such a fear is often referred to as a "mysophobe".  The term was introduced by William A. Hammond in 1879 when describing a case of obsessive-compulsive disorder exhibited in repeated washing one's hands.  This phobia is sometimes referred to as germophobia (or germaphobia), a combination of germ and phobia to mean fear of germs, as well as bacillophobia and bacterophobia.  Mysophobia has long been related to OCD or washing one's hands, however Harry Stack Sullivan, an American psychologist and psychoanalyst, notes that while fear of dirt underlies the compulsion of a person with this kind of OCD, their mental state is not about germs, it is about the hands must be washed.  Several well-known individuals have suffered from this disorder including: Howie Mandel, Howard Hughes and Nikola Tesla.

Some people do need professional help for this ailment, but if you believe in the things that God can and will do for you, then you can live a life without Fear.  Building up your Faith can make you Fearless!  If you are running a fever, coughing (other than allergies) or have other symptoms of coronavirus, flu or another contagious disease take care and don’t hide your symptoms due to a fear of being shunned like when AIDS was first discovered.  Don’t panic - be wise and don’t let this be like the movie “Outbreak”.  Let’s hear what you have to say.
Ms. “V” www.victoriapoller.com

Monday, March 9, 2020

Hamilton Lottery Tickets available for JAX shows


Producer Jeffrey Seller and the FSCJ Artist Series announce a digital lottery for HAMILTONtickets will begin in conjunction with the show’s first performance (March 17) in Jacksonville at the Times-Union Center. (40) tickets will be sold for every performance for $10 each.  The digital lottery will open at 11 AM on March 15 for tickets to the Tuesday, March 17 performance.  Subsequent digital lotteries will begin two days prior to each performance.

Tickets for HAMILTON are currently on sale.  Patrons are advised to check the official HAMILTON channels and fscjartistseries.org for late release seats which may become available at short notice.

How To Enter:
• Use the official app for HAMILTON, now available for all iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store (http://hamiltonmusical.com/app).
• You can also visit: http://hamiltonmusical.com/lottery to register.
• The lottery will open at 11 AM two days prior to the performance date and will close for entry at 9 AM the day prior to the performance.

• Winner and non-winner notifications will be sent between 12 PM and 4 PM the day prior to the performance via email and SMS (if mobile number is provided).
• No purchase or payment necessary to enter or participate.
• Each winning entrant may purchase up to two (2) tickets.
• Only one entry per person.  Repeat entries and disposable email addresses will be discarded.
• Tickets must be purchased online with a credit card by 4 PM the day prior to the performance using the purchase link and code in a customized notification email.  Tickets not claimed by 4 PM the day prior to the performance are forfeited.
• Lottery tickets may be picked up at will call beginning 90 minutes prior to the performance with a valid photo ID.  Lottery tickets void if resold.
• All times listed are in eastern time zone.

Additional Rules: Patrons must be 18 years or older and have a valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter.  Tickets are non-transferable.  Ticket limits and prices displayed are at the sole discretion of the show and are subject to change without notice.

 Lottery prices are not valid on prior purchases. Lottery ticket offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions.  All sales final - no refunds or exchanges.  Lottery may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. No purchase necessary to enter or win.  A purchase will not improve the chances of winning.

TICKETS: for “HAMILTON” are as follows: There is a maximum purchase limit of four (4) tickets per household/account for the engagement.  When tickets go on sale, prices will range from $59 to $179 with a select number of $349 premium seats available for all performances.  Ticket prices do not include applicable facility fee and service charges.  There will be a lottery for forty (40) $10 seats for all performances.  Details will be announced closer to the engagement.  Tickets can be purchased at the box office from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling (904) 632-5000, or online 24/7 at fscjartistseries.org.

LOCATION:Times Union Center Performing Arts
      
Moran Theater
      300 West Water St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202


Thursday, March 5, 2020

‘Josh Groban’ announces special Florida shows for March 2020


Global superstar Josh Groban announces a handful of special shows in Florida early 2020 kicking off on March 8th in Fort Meyers at the Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, including a stop at the Times-Union Center For The Performing Arts on March 13, before wrapping up on March 16th at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.  Groban was unable to schedule stops in Florida on his last sold-out Bridges tour, so he wanted to make it up to his fans by booking several intimate shows in early 2020.

Groban has once again partnered with CID Entertainment to offer VIP ticket packages for select shows, which bundle a premium concert ticket with exclusive merchandise and pre-show access to a lounge for food and drink amongst fellow fans.  A limited number of packages also include a Meet & Greet with Josh.  For details, visit his website.

Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) announced Groban’s one-of-a-kind residency at New York’s iconic Radio City Music Hall that began in 2020.  The series will kicked off on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2020, continue on April 18, 2020 with a third date added for June 20, 2020, due to overwhelming demand.

About Josh Groban: Possessing one of the most outstanding and instantly recognizable voices in music, GRAMMY Award-nominated singer, songwriter, and actor Josh Groban has entertained fans across the globe with his multi-platinum albums and DVDs (over 35 million sold worldwide), electrifying live performances, and comedic film and television appearances. The 37-year-old Los Angeles native stands out as “the only artist who has had two albums appear on the Top 20 Best-Selling Albums list of the past decade,” according to Billboard.  He has appeared feature films such as Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Hollars, Coffee Town, and Muppets Most Wanted, as well as on NBC’s The Office, FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and CBS’ The Crazy Ones.  His discography encompasses eight studio albums, including his 2001 self-titled 5x-platinum debut, 2003’s 6x-platinum Closer, 2006’s double-platinum Awake, 2007’s 6x platinum Grammy-nominated Noel, 2010’s gold-certified Illuminations, 2013’s gold-certified All That Echoes, 2015’s worldwide million selling Stages, and most recently 2018’s Bridges.  In 2017, he concluded his Broadway run in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, which Time Out New York called, “one of the best musicals of the decade”.  He also released his first coffee table book, Stage to Stage: My Journey to Broadway, chronicling the past two years of his life on Broadway.

2018 marked yet another watershed year for Groban extending his influence across music, film, television, and Broadway yet again.  He co-hosted the Tony Awards to widespread enthusiasm worldwide after garnering his first nomination in 2017.  He starred in the NETFLIX series, The Good Cop, that made its debut on the streaming platform September 21.  On the same day, he unveiled his eighth full-length studio offering, Bridges [Reprise Records].  In addition to duets with Andrea Bocelli, Sarah McLachlan, and Jennifer Nettles, it boasts nine tracks co-written by the superstar.  He launched his North American Bridges headline tour in support of the album during the fall of 2018 and continued into the summer of 2019.  He maintains his position as the consummate American showman in 2019 and beyond.  Groban remains an active arts education philanthropist and advocate as a member of Americans for the Arts Artists Committee and Groban’s Find Your Light Foundation helps enrich the lives of young people through arts, education, and cultural awareness.
JoshGroban.com | Facebook.com/JoshGroban | Twitter:@JoshGroban | Instagram:@JoshGroban

Josh Groban
ºBridges Tour

DATE
: Friday, March 13, 2020

TIME: 7 p.m.

TICKETS:
Buy tickets from the Times Union box office, or Ticketmaster online.  Prices range from $126 – $247.

LOCATION:Times Union Center Performing Arts
      Moran Theater
      300 West Water St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena may win prestigeous award

The Academy of Country Music has announced the nominations for the 55th Academy Of Country Music Awards™.  Among the nominees is Jacksonville’s VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, nominated for Arena of the Year.  Other nominees in this category include: Madison Square Garden in New York City, The Staples Center in Los Angeles, Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, GA and Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI.

ASM Global manages The VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena along with six other entertainment and sporting venues in Jacksonville.  “The City of Jacksonville is honored to be in partnership with ASM Global and to continue to bring elite events and outstanding entertainment to our city,” said Lenny Curry, Mayor of Jacksonville.

“We are proud to manage so many fine venues, including the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, on behalf of the City of Jacksonville.  I am proud of the work by our ASM Global booking team, led locally by Zane Collings.  Huge thank you to Live Nation, AEG Presents, Messina Touring Group, Outback Presents and all the country artists and agents who make Jacksonville a must-play city,” says Bill McConnell, General Manager of ASM Global – Jacksonville.

The 55th Annual ACM Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 5, 2020 on CBS.  For more information about upcoming events, visit www.jaxevents.com.



For more information on VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, follow them on social media at: Facebook: @VyStarVeteransArena and @jaxevents; Instagram: @jaxevents & Twitter: @jaxevents

About ASM Global: ASM Global-Jacksonville manages seven sports, entertainment, and convention venues on behalf of the City of Jacksonville. Our beautiful venues include:
TIAA Bank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Florida-Georgia, the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and Monster Jam.
Daily’s Place, a 5,500-seat amphitheater with concert programming year-round and an indoor practice facility for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, showplace of such entertainment greats as Kenny Chesney and Jimmy Buffett and home to the Arena Bowl Champions Jacksonville Sharks, the ABA Jacksonville Giants and the Jacksonville IceMen.
121 Financial Ballpark, home of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp and Florida vs FSU Baseball
The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, stage to Broadway and music elite like Wicked, James Taylor and Diana Ross; and home of the FSCJ Artist Series and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
The Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, a historic renovated train station providing a unique venue for meetings, social events and conventions.
The Ritz Theatre and Museum, located in Jacksonville’s historic African American community of LaVilla, celebrating the artistic culture of African American life in Northeast Florida and the African Diaspora with museum exhibits, concerts, films, lectures, dance and dramatic arts.
Committed to the Jacksonville community, the guests that enjoy our venues and the clients that utilize them, ASM Global-Jacksonville provides the ultimate event experience in Northeast Florida.

ASM Global was formed in October 2019 from the merger of AEG Facilities, the global innovator in live entertainment venues, and SMG, the gold standard in event management.  ASM Global is a venue management powerhouse that spans five continents, 14 countries and more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibit centers, and performing arts venues.  As the world’s most trusted venue manager, ASM Global provides venue strategy and management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services. Among the venues in our portfolio are landmark facilities such as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, the Los Angeles Convention Center, Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans and the Shenzhen World Exhibition and Conference Centre in Shenzhen, China. ASM Global also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering companies.

‘Two Trains Running’ coming to the beaches at PBTS


Douglas Anderson junior, Marlee Feacher, will take the stage for her first non-school production at Players by the Sea for “Two Trains Running”.  She is joining an experienced cast of all men for a play that contributes to August Wilson’s groundbreaking American century cycle.  The character, Risa, almost never exits the stage.  Feacher says this has been a challenge. “She is constantly working while customers in the shop carry on with their lives.  It has been easy for me to zone out or lose track of time, but I have learned to work past this by watching my cast mates react and stay present and continuously reminding myself to do the same.”

Feacher plays Risa, a waitress at the local diner, who has been abused by many men and has chosen to regain control of her body by scaring her own legs to keep them away.  Even though she’s been mistreated time and time again, she has no problem voicing her opinions and being the only woman in the room.  Feacher says, “I’d like to believe I’m the same way, that I have a presence around me that speaks to my strength, that I can fit into any room regardless of my gender.”

The theatre saw strong local talent during auditions earlier this month and has officially cast the production. This cast introduces new actors to the Jacksonville scene as well as youth. But it also invites several veterans back to the PBTS stage.  The cast is as follows: Eugene Lindsey, Jr. - Memphis; Cedarian Crawford - Wolf; Marlee Feacher - Risa; James Webb - Holloway; William Sivad - Sterling; Clayton Riddley - Hambone & Gregory P. Hughes - West.

In Two Trains Running, history unfolds around everyday lives against the backdrop of the civil rights movement.  Long-time regulars gather at the local diner in Pittsburgh’s Hill District to gossip, flirt and play the numbers.  Now the owner must decide whether to let the city take over his building or sell it to a shrewd, local businessman.  Two Trains paints a compassionate and unforgettable portrait of ordinary people in the midst of transformation.

The play offers a dialogue that is relevant even today.  One about justice and freedom. “Every character is fighting for their own form of justice, and many of them have different ideas of what it actually means,” Feacher comments.  She says that August Wilson has created a safe place in Two Trains Running, for people to come, talk about their experiences and learn from one another.  Patrons will love Two Trains Running.  Feacher says, “Audience members will leave with information to be digested and analyzed as they can see the art mirrored in their everyday life. It is a tremendous education delivered in an entertaining, amusing, comedic way.”

Director Brian Niece, is excited to start the production process. “I have a rare opportunity to help tell this powerful story; a truthful black story; an American story that looks for beauty in brokenness. It is humbling to be able to serve August Wilson’s vision as a storyteller.”

Two Trains Running

DATES:     TIMES
Fri. Mar. 13, 2020  8 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 14      8 p.m.
Thurs., Mar. 19   8 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 20    8 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 21    8 p.m.

Sun., Mar. 22    2 p.m.
Thurs., Mar. 26   8 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 27    8 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 28    8 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 29    2 p.m.

TICKETS: Two Trains Running will be shown in the Studio Theatre (more intimate “black-box” style space.  The Studio Theatre seats 80 and offers a more immersive experience for audience members).  Tickets are available online at or by calling (904)-249-0289.

LOCATION: Players By The Sea Theatre
      106 6th Street North
      Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

      (904) 249-0289