Category: Our Beach Towns

It's the Perfect Time for Winterfest...
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It’s the Perfect Time for Winterfest…

…at Adventure Landing, now through January 2. School is out and the kids are  looking for something to do.   Why not take them over to Adventure Landing’s first Winterfest and let them experience some northern winter fun right here at the beaches?  Check out all the details about Adventure Landing’s Winterfest here. Have you been […]

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 […]

Want to See a Live Nativity?  There's Still Time...
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Want to See a Live Nativity? There’s Still Time…

…as Christ United Methodist Church on Penman Road in Neptune Beach stages a live nativity scene on its front lawn on December 18 from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. If you missed the live nativity, A Bethlehem Visit, the annual big event hosted by Ponte Vedra Presbyterian Church, head on over to the Christ United Methodist on […]

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 […]

TBO Video Series:  How to Buy Your Christmas Tree at the Beach!
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TBO Video Series: How to Buy Your Christmas Tree at the Beach!

We thought it would be fun to tour some of the many Christmas tree lots at the beach and talk with the tree sellers about the variety of trees they carry, check out the service, and learn to haggle for a good price! The Beaches Online is visiting at least one tree lot for each […]

Fletcher High's Senators Leave School for State Semi-finals in Tampa...
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Fletcher High’s Senators Leave School for State Semi-finals in Tampa…

…and cheering groups of friends, parents, and people who love Fletcher football  lined 3rd St. with handmade signs, to cheer them on as the bus carrying the team to tonight’s big game finally passed by. For the first time, the Fletcher High School Senators Football team was advancing to the state quarter finals, held in […]

The Rockettes at The Beaches
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The Rockettes at The Beaches

Nancy Dance Studio’s oldest dance crew perform for the crowd where Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach meet the ocean.

Young Dancers Need Your Help for London Adventure
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Young Dancers Need Your Help for London Adventure

The Studio 1014 ‘Dance Elite’ team is set to take the stage at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, to show off their talented moves. But first, the Neptune Beach based studio must raise the money necessary to get across the Atlantic! That’s why they’re holding an auction this weekend at Freebird, in Jacksonville Beach, […]

Christmas Season Begins at The Beaches
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Christmas Season Begins at The Beaches

The Christmas season at The Beaches kicks off this week first in Neptune Beach, then in Atlantic Beach. The cities were busy preparing for the festivities on Tuesday, stringing lights and hoisting the city Christmas trees into position. The City of Neptune Beach’s Community Development Director Amanda Askew, as well as Danny Johnson and Bobby Williams […]

Beaches Town Center Comings and Goings
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Beaches Town Center Comings and Goings

If you haven’t been to the Beaches Town Center since the Thanksgiving holiday, boy, have you missed a lot. The group of shops that straddles the border between Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach welcomed a new eatery, and waved goodbye to another. M Shack, which we posted about before its official opening, is now open […]

Fletcher High Students and Neptune Beach to "Light the Night" for Holidays...and Education
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Fletcher High Students and Neptune Beach to “Light the Night” for Holidays…and Education

When the City of Neptune Beach lights its Christmas tree on Friday December 2, they will also be working with some students from  Fletcher High School’s AICE Program (Advanced International Certificate of Education) to light Penman Road and the neighboring area of Jarboe Park with holiday luminaries. Luminaria are a beautiful holiday decoration, lighting the night […]

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