Publisher’s Note

Cinda Sherman

“It’s utterly impossible for me to build my life on a foundation of chaos, suffering and death. I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness; I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too. I feel the suffering of millions.”
– Anne Frank, July 15, 1944

 

Those profound words, written by a terrified young girl nearly seventy-three years ago, still strike a deep paralyzing cord within us today. The striking similarities of current events occurring in other parts of the world make this all that much more chilling.

In its enduring quest to connect Jacksonville area residents to compelling stories and lessons that the sciences and humanities have to offer, the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) is hosting the traveling exhibition Anne Frank: A History for Today, from January 13 through February 12. Don’t miss this extremely powerful exhibition that commands our attention.

We start the year with our continued tradition of highlighting excellence among locally-owned Gold Star Restaurants,  but with a twist: This year the chefs got directly involved in the conversation, featuring their signature dishes deconstructed.

You will notice there are no large corporate restaurants included. Why? Because as a locally-owned publication, we feel it is important to champion other local businesses that create Jacksonville’s identity. There are many more yummy places to eat that one might refer to as “Mom and Pop” restaurants, which are not featured here. We are aware of those many casual eateries and have plans to featured a variety of them in an upcoming issue. So don’t despair if you don’t see one of your go-to-tried-and-true places listed here. Stay tuned, and in the meantime check out page 38.

Taking place currently across the cultural centers of Gainesville is Bulla Cubana. Bulla Cubana is a celebration of arts and culture created to promote the exchange of ideas and inspiration between Cuba and the North Florida area. You’ll discover an extraordinary mix of artistic talent – including fine artists, muralists, dancers, musicians, mixologists, photographers and filmmakers – participating in this city-wide celebration, January – March.

Cinda Sherman, Publisher
Enjoy putting a little culture in your life!