The Life Scrolls
Mar07

The Life Scrolls

Some would say the story began in 1918 when, just after the announcement that the Huns had surrendered their fight in the Great War, a group of businessmen in Jacksonville … well, more on that later.

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Leading Ladies  
Mar07

Leading Ladies  

Christine Hoffman; Atlantic Beach reelected Mayor Ellen Glasser; and Neptune Beach’s Mayor Elaine Brown was currently in office. This meant that history had been made—for the first time all three Beaches communities had female mayors. This lady triumvirate has become a synergistic team, leading their respective cities as well as bolstering each other and cementing close professional and personal relationships. These three women have different backgrounds and priorities, but as you’ll see from the interview below, there is also a lot of common ground. Perhaps their biggest strength and commonality is that they are contented Beaches residents themselves. In addition, they share an ability to read the needs of their fellow Beaches citizens, aligning their priorities. 

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Gold Star Restaurants 2021
Jan10

Gold Star Restaurants 2021

In many ways, the restaurant industry has come back to life, but it’s a new life. Many restaurants have been able to reinvent how they interact with and accommodate their customers, creating innovative ways to enjoy good food. The COVID-19 pandemic brought about some changes that will stay. In addition to rearranging indoor seating to allow for better spacing, we are seeing a marked shift toward increased outdoor dining options. We are very fortunate to live in an area that allows for this virtually year-round. In addition, many restaurants have kept their expanded takeout options in place, with an increased use of third-party food delivery services and curbside pickup. 

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Reimagining the Arts
Jan10

Reimagining the Arts

Last year was, of course, marked by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, which tasked schools with creating not only new campus-wide health and safety protocols, but entirely new guidelines for performing and visual arts programs. We profiled the creative and adaptive ways in which many area schools rose to this challenge, keeping art students inspired, creating, and even safely performing and exhibiting. 

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Stanton College Preparatory School Produces Award-winning Authors
Jan10

Stanton College Preparatory School Produces Award-winning Authors

It may be coincidence that two Black female writers who are receiving recent national recognition for their books graduated from the same high school. However, it may be part of the school’s legacy, and it’s interesting to draw lines between the two writers.

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Q&A with Theatre Jacksonville Executive Director Sarah Boone
Jan10

Q&A with Theatre Jacksonville Executive Director Sarah Boone

It’s always a treat when an original show comes to town. This February, Theatre Jacksonville patrons will be only the second audience (the other being in New York in January) to see the debut of Mom Before Dad: A Young Woman of the Greatest Generation, a production written and performed by Theatre Jacksonville’s own Executive Director Sarah Boone. Inspired by a diary and letters found after her mother’s death, Mom Before Dad has been a highly personal and rewarding undertaking for Boone as she has developed a living story about the hopes, dreams, challenges, and heartbreaks of a young girl during WWII. We sat down with Boone to hear about the show and discuss her remarkable creative journey. 

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