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Want to See Wicked?  Try the Lottery!
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Want to See Wicked? Try the Lottery!

     The  Broadway smash hit Wicked ‘s  national tour opened in Jacksonville January 4 at the Times-Union Center Moran Theatre.  A tremendously popular show with an intensely loyal fan base, Wicked is generally sold out. It runs through January 22, and you can order your tickets through The Artist Series by clicking here … and / […]

WICKED: Behind the Scenes of the Jacksonville Tour Stop
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WICKED: Behind the Scenes of the Jacksonville Tour Stop

The Beaches Online got the rare opportunity to go behind the scenes at a touring Broadway show. WICKED, often considered one of Broadway’s “biggest blockbusters” is returning to the area for a 3 week limited engagement. So how does it all work? Find out in our report.  

If New Year's Was Today...
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If New Year’s Was Today…

… would so many have come to frolic and play? It is winter, after all, but it was easy to forget, just a few days ago, when the WaveMasters held their 17th annual New Year’s Day Polar Plunge.  The tradition began with a group of surfer friends who got together on New Year’s morning and celebrated […]

M Shack: Deliciously Delightful
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M Shack: Deliciously Delightful

To say that the dining experience at M Shack is anything but deliciously delightful would be a falsity. From the simple, but modern decor, to the perfectly prepared burgers, friers, tots, and shakes, this is a true “full package” fast casual dining experience. If you’re looking for a bite to eat at lunchtime; perhaps the […]

Annual Tradition on New Year's Day
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Annual Tradition on New Year’s Day

Hundreds flocked to the Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach on the first morning of 2012 to ring in the new year with a plunge right into the Atlantic Ocean. The skies were blue and the temperature was mild; while years past had seen downright chilly air temperatures to greet the ‘plungers,’ this year’s Polar Plunge […]

Must See at the BTC
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Must See at the BTC

    If you haven’t been to the corner – where Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach join to form The Beaches Town Center – during this holiday season, then do get down there to see this excellent display of Christmas lights with beachy accoutrement.  Our little coastal communities exude small town holiday charm, and have […]

Ring in the New Year with a Taste of Ireland
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Ring in the New Year with a Taste of Ireland

Looking for a great place to party on New Year’s Eve? We have a great little Irish pub here in Atlantic Beach, owned by four sisters from Limerick, Ireland. Founded in 2005, Culhane’s has set the local standard for traditional Irish meals, mixed with the local cuisine you’d typically find in our coastal environment. Always […]

Here's a Great Gift Idea for Last Minute Holiday Shoppers...
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Here’s a Great Gift Idea for Last Minute Holiday Shoppers…

    …(or even for yourself. We won’t tell.) We truly love the local shopping scene here at the beach  and are fortunate that we really don’t have to leave the island to get nearly all of our needs met. This makes Christmas shopping so much easier.  We’ve got the perfect gift package for those in […]

'Wicked' Flies Back to Jacksonville for a Limited Engagement
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‘Wicked’ Flies Back to Jacksonville for a Limited Engagement

Broadway’s “biggest blockbuster” musical WICKED is returning to Jacksonville for a limited engagement next month at the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts. WICKED tells the “untold story of the witches” of OZ, and offers a sort of prequel, and then alternative view to The Wizard of Oz. America’s fascination with the land of […]

Local Girls Raise Money for Charity
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Local Girls Raise Money for Charity

Many residents of the beaches – the Atlantic Beach area in particular – have been aware of and supporting the neighborhood bake sales put on by young baker Lily Greenwald and her sister and assistant Maggie. Lily came up with the idea of raising money for the Jacksonville Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic in Wolfson Children’s […]

The Twelve Nights of Christmas Lights: Hello, Seagate Avenue!
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The Twelve Nights of Christmas Lights: Hello, Seagate Avenue!

The third night of Christmas lights we’re taking you for a ride down Seagate Avenue for a short look at this Jacksonville Beach block that was simply ablaze.   The display is quite spectacular. If you’re driving on Penman Road at night, it will catch your eye as it did ours; we gasped as we […]

How to Buy a Christmas Tree: Chatting with Big D & Bubba in Jax Beach
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How to Buy a Christmas Tree: Chatting with Big D & Bubba in Jax Beach

Our next visit to a beaches Christmas tree lot was Big D and Buddy’s in Jacksonville Beach.  For the fifth consecutive year, Big D (David, really!) and Buddy have sold Fraser Furs and firewood in the lot next to Terry’s Country Store on the west side of  Penman Road, between Beach Blvd. and Atlantic Blvd. […]

How to Buy a Christmas Tree: R and R Christmas Trees in Neptune Beach
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How to Buy a Christmas Tree: R and R Christmas Trees in Neptune Beach

Over in Neptune Beach, we met Rick Sauls, who runs R and R Christmas Trees on the corner of Atlantic Boulevard and Penman Road, at the edge of the Winn-Dixie parking lot.  Rick and his partner from Michigan have been selling Christmas trees, from Michigan, for twenty years here.  They’ve employed lots of beaches youth […]

Twelve Nights of Christmas: Where We Drive Around, So You Don't Have To
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Twelve Nights of Christmas: Where We Drive Around, So You Don’t Have To

On the second night of Christmas lights, we found another Ponte Vedra Beach home with a similarly decorated scene.  Lights galore, and many vignettes arranged across the lawn.  Again, we got out of the car and wandered slowly back and forth in front of the house, snapping photos. The family, understandably curious about the attention […]

Twelve Nights of Christmas Lights: Where We Drive Around, So You Don't Have To
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Twelve Nights of Christmas Lights: Where We Drive Around, So You Don’t Have To

The first night of Christmas lights features a traditional home in a Ponte Vedra Beach neighborhood. This house was decked out with so many lights, and different vignettes that we knew it just wouldn’t convey on camera as it does in person. To really appreciate this display, we exited our car and walked around the […]

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