Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Cummer Museum is a great place for everyone

Dad and Daughter on a day off from school.
Ms. "V" and J Dianne of "At The Table"

"Garmin" sculpted by Augusta Savage

Sculpture of Mary McLeod Bethune by Augusta

Photos of Augusta Savage and her famous recreated sculpture of
"The Harp"
It’s a beautiful weekend to visit the “Augusta Savage” exhibit at the Cummer Museum.  What a wonderful time to teach our children a little history.  I don’t know why it has taken me so long to visit this wonderful establishment. I’ve attended other venues downtown, and the Cummer is ranked +5.  It was also much appreciated to be able to take quality pictures without a flash.  The staff is very knowledgeable (especially the security guards) and you will discover more about the exhibits by being friendly and striking up a conversation.  I have so much more to see there. We stayed 3 hours and only touched the surface of what’s available for the eye to see.

The Cummer Gardens are coming along nicely, nonetheless, your restorative contributions are always welcome.  The Cummer Museum of Art and it’s reconstructed gardens will continue to be featured in “Around Town With Ms. “V”.  It can be a great learning experience for the entire family.  Stay tuned!  And don’t forget to consider the Cummer for Holiday Gifts, FREE Children’s admission for November 2018, and the great events that are sponsored for this month.  There is ample FREE parking across from the museum.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

   829 Riverside Avenue
   Jacksonville, Florida 32204
   (904) 356-6857

   Hours of Operation & Admission

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

2019 St Augustine Celtic Festival ticket sale

International band, the Dublin City Ramblers, will return to St. Augustine in March 2019 during the 9th Annual St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival.  The annual event is set for March 8-10, 2019 at Francis Field in downtown St. Augustine.

Black Friday Super Discount Ticket Sale will be from Thanksgiving Day, Nov 22, 2018 through Monday, November 26 ONLY!  During the event, 8 of the top Celtic Bands in the world will perform in America's oldest Celtic city, along with the St. Augustine Highland Games, Celtic artisans and food, and so much more.

In addition, the St. Augustine St. Patrick's Day Parade is set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 9.  The world's ORIGINAL St. Patrick's Day Parade was held in 1601 in St. Augustine, Florida!

Dublin City Ramblers: The Dublin City Ramblers were named Ireland’s No.1 Ballad & Folk Group of The Year by The Irish Country Music Association.  The group has performed at major festivals worldwide, including headlining: The Milwaukee Irish Festival, The Cleveland Irish Festival, Hollywood Irish Fest, Miami Irish Fest, and other festivals around the globe.  In addition, the group has performed at every major venue in Ireland and abroad, including Dublin’s National Stadium, National Concert Hall, Cork’s Opera House, England’s Royal Albert Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall and many others.

Make plans to find the CELT in YOU in America’s Oldest Celtic City
The three-day St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival is the finest Celtic event in the United States, according to the international bands who perform here.  The festival is set for March 8-10, 2019 in downtown St. Augustine, featuring internationally acclaimed Celtic bands, a pre-festival Whiskey Tasting, Highland games, Celtic artisans and food, live music, and two stages with a variety of entertainment.  The ONLY St. Patrick’s Day parade in Northeast Florida begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9.

Tickets are available at  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, Visit Florida, and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.

Teens present large sum to Homeless Students

“I’m A Star Foundation” teen servant leaders presented a check for $30,000 to the Duval County Families in Transition Department, at the November 7th school board meeting.  “I’m A Star” teens raised the money through donations and their annual Jacksonville HELPS (Homeless students Empowered through Leadership, Partnerships and Service) Celebrity Basketball Game held in September.  See excerpt of game video HERE.

Since 2012, the Foundation has raised a total of $126,500 via live telethons, a 5K and four celebrity basketball games— donating all funds to the Duval County Families in Transition Department for homeless students. Out of the total amount raised, I’m A Star Foundation has awarded 20+ scholarships to homeless students entering college.

I’m A Star Foundation is a volunteer program that transforms middle and high school students into the next generation of servant leaders.  An acronym for “Smart, Talented And Resilient” students, the Foundation draws kids ages 13-18 from schools across Duval County.  Students meet on weekends to creatively co-work on solutions to problems affecting their peers.  Since its establishment in 2010, the organization has maintained a 100% graduation rate.  Founder and Executive Director Betty Seabrook Burney is a former Duval Co. School Board Chairwoman.  I’m A Star Foundation students have been featured in various press outlets, including: Florida Times-Union,
Around Town With Ms. “V”, ABC7Chicago and The Huffington Post. For more information, please visit “I’m A Star Foundation

Salute to Veterans on a special day

Clara White Mission invites you to participate a special ceremony on Veteran’s Day.  What a grand way to honor our fallen heroes as we take our children along and we have the opportunity to explain why this day is so important to us.

Clara White Mission will participate in the city of Jacksonville’s Celebration of Valor.  Staff and volunteers will reactivate the Flag and Wreath Memorial in honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.  During her lifetime, Dr. Eartha M. M. White placed flags and wreaths at the Old City Cemetery (820 Iona St.) on this special day to honor our vets.

There will be flags available for you to distribute and all it will cost is a little of your time.  The Clara White Mission is bringing back this tradition to honor Dr. White’s legacy and her birthday which was on Nov. 8.

Veteran’s Salute With Flags & Wreaths
Date: Sun., Nov. 11, 2018
Time: 2 p.m.

Location: 820 Iona St.
    Jacksonville, FL. 32206

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

17th annual ‘Family Night’ on Broadway for ‘The KING and I’

Once again it’s 'Family Night' at the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts and “The King & I” is the big-ticket show.  The FSCJ Artist Series is partnering with: Jax4Kids, PRI Productions, Savor…Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Public Library, Painting With A Twist, MOSH, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and many more to create special pre-show activities from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  All Family Night activities, including children’s games, face painting, photo ops, coloring stations, crafts, experiments and more are free with paid show admission tickets.  Kid-friendly foods will be available for purchase from Savor…Jacksonville, the Times-Union Center’s official caterer.  The King And Iis recommended for children aged 8 and up.

 “The King & I
by Rodgers & Hammerstein
    Tues., Nov. 13, 2018 7:30 p.m.

(Family Night On Broadway!  6:30 until 7:30 p.m.)
Wed., Nov. 14     7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 15    7:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 16      8 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 17    2 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 17     8 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 18    1:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 18    7 p.m.

TICKETS:start at $42 plus applicable fees, and may be purchased online at FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by VyStar Credit Union (the official presenter of the Jacksonville show), or by calling (904) 632-5000 between 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Discounts for groups of 10+ may be available by calling (904) 632-5050.  Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.
Save on Family Night tickets purchased through the FSCJ Artist Series. Buy an adult ticket and receive a child’s (12 and under) ticket free with promo code ROYAL at Restrictions apply!*

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

Cummer Museum offers Holiday shopping experiences

There are so many opportunities to shop, save, and support the Cummer Museum this holiday season. Shop the Season at the Cummer Shop is a selection of three distinct holiday shopping opportunities, all supporting the programs and mission of the Museum.  Follow #ShopTheSeason on Facebook and Instagram for previews of exciting merchandise and details!

The first event of the season is Holiday Shoppes in partnership with the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach.  This event will take place at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and will host a variety of vendors.  The event will take place on Friday November 9, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Admission is $5.  Proceeds from the event will support the Cultural Center and the Cummer Museum.

Museum Store Sunday, in partnership with the Museum Store Association, will take place on Sunday, November 25, 2018 from noon to 4 p.m.  This event is free to the public and all shoppers will receive a 25% discount on their purchases.  Join the Museum the Sunday after Thanksgiving for this worldwide museum shopping day that puts the spotlight on the mission-related products found at museum stores.  Celebrate with 25% off on the 25th, trunk shows by local artisans, free Museum Store Sunday tote bag with first 25 purchases over $50, free entry to win one of two Family Memberships on all purchases over $50.  #BeAPatron

The final event in the series is the Cummer Shop’s annual Champagne & Shopping.  This fantastic event takes place on Thursday and Friday, December 6-7, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Enjoy complimentary champagne and appetizers while shopping special artisan merchandise brought in just for this two-day event.  Trunk show offerings will include: Alynn – Conversational neckties and accessories; Betsey Drake Interiors – Outdoor home accessories; Italianissimo – Very Italian modern jewelry design; KJK Jewelry – Distinctive museum-inspired jewelry; Melissa & Doug – Toys to ignite the imagination; Museum Gifts Company – Music gifts for all ages; Uncommon Artwear, and much, much more!

For more information on any of these events, please contact the Cummer Shop at 904.899.6035 or email.  The Cummer Shop is filled with items that are educational, inspirational, and fun.  The selections reflect the quality of the Cummer Museum’s permanent collection, gardens, and exhibitions.  The Shop features artwork for sale by local and regional artists, a dynamic selection of wearable art, garden and home d├ęcor, children’s toys, books, cards, and art prints.  Proceeds from the Cummer Shop support the many programs at the Museum.

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

   Hours of Operation & Admission