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Papa's Radio

Papa's Radio

Some of my earliest memories I have of my Grandfather are of him in his wood shop in the garage of my grandparents house.  Papa was always making something and I just loved being down there, hanging out with him.  I remember the smells of sawdust and wood glue.  I remember he was always in his overalls and had at least two thick charcoal pencils in his chest pocket at all times.  There was always a saw of some sort going and loudly playing over the sound of the saw was the melodious tunes coming from his old radio.  

STRIKE A CHORD contest to fight homelessness

A great idea, and a chance to get your band out there more.

‘STRIKE A CHORD’ contest offers bands and musicians an opportunity to compete for cash, prizes and recognition by coming up with the accompanying music to the provided lyrics. Musicians are being encouraged to get involved and help fight homelessness.

Choose your favorite song lyrics, and create the accompanying music with your musical talent.READ MORE @ http://musiciansagainsthomelessness.com/

Painter Finishes a Piece Each Day for Entire Year

Painter Finishes a Piece Each Day for Entire Year

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- You may have heard the old cliche: "Idle hands are the devil's playground." If that's true, then Jacksonville artist Kelly Hennessey had nothing to worry about during the last year.

"I remember in the beginning thinking 'Why am I doing this'," she said, laughing.

She has been toiling in her dining room/studio since August 2010, when she got a sudden urge. "I wanted to do something that I wasn't comfortable with," she said, looking for a challenge.

So she decided she would finish one painting every day for a year; each painting done on a small tile. "It takes hours, some of these."

You can click here to see a full range of all her tiles on her blog.

Historic John Gorrie Goes from Old School to New School

Historic John Gorrie Goes from Old School to New School

Transformed historic Riverside-Avondale landmark becomes The John Gorrie condominiums and are available for sale.

Purchased in February 2009 by J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, the residences are the result of the restoration and renovation of the former John Gorrie Junior High School into condominium homes under the watchful eye and direction of Delores Barr Weaver, a tireless community advocate. Located at the corner of Stockton and College streets in the highly sought-after Riverside-Avondale neighborhood, homes at The John Gorrie a condominium, are priced from the low $100,000s for studios.

The U.S. Army's SPIRIT OF AMERICA Concert COMING TO JACKSONVILLE THIS YEAR!!!!!

The U.S. Army's  SPIRIT OF AMERICA  Concert  COMING TO JACKSONVILLE THIS YEAR!!!!!

The 2011 Spirit of America tour is making it's way to Jacksonville this year.  For more than 30 years, Spirit of America has been a truly unforgettable experience.  A historical drama produced from soldiers'  real accounts, letters, and diaries, bringing to life the history of generations of American soldiers. As you witness breathtaking music, amazing ceremonial drills, dramatic renactments of real life stories Spirit of America is going to show Jacksonville how the army's history is also our nation's history.

JULY IS NATIONAL HOT DOG MONTH !!! Some Interesting Facts...

JULY IS NATIONAL HOT DOG MONTH !!!  Some Interesting Facts...

All kinds of crazy things happen in July and one of them is it's NATIONAL HOT DOG MONTH ! The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council estimates that Americans consume over 7 billion hot dogs a year.  Yes, I said 7 billion!!!!!  A typical American on average eats 60 hot dogs annually.  It's commonly overlooked as one of the top comfort foods. 

SHOW SOME heART A Charitable Event in Downtown Jax

SHOW SOME heART  A Charitable Event in Downtown Jax

Show some heART will be held at LIT, a premiere nightclub in Downtown Jacksonville, on July 30, 2011 from 7pm until 10pm.  There is an admission fee of $10.00 a person at the door.  Noone under 21 years of age will be allowed.  This is a gathering for dog lovers to come, enjoy cocktails, view amazing canine artwork from local artists.   Artwork will be available for sale.  There will also be a silent auction.  Proceeds benefit G.R.E.A.T. , Golden Retriever Rescue, which is a 501 (C) (3) non profit organization.  Goodies for the dogs, gift certificates, cocktails, and much more will be given out.  So all of you fellow dog lovers make plans for this wonderful event.  For more information visit www.greatrescue.org .