Sing Out Loud festival begins
Florida’s largest free music festival and benefit concert, the fourth annual Sing Out Loud Festival, kicks off its month-long celebration this weekend in St. Augustine. Beginning Friday, Sept. 6, the event features more than 80 performances by local, regional and national acts, including Kurt Vile and The Violators, Jenny Lewis, The Watson Twins, Dave Hause, Raye Zaragoza and more at multiple St. Augustine venues.
With a total of 334 performers scheduled, the 2019 festival has set a record for the most acts to play during a free festival. This year also marks the festival’s first-ever collaboration with international music industry innovators Sound Diplomacy and Communion Presents. Sound Diplomacy, the leading global advisor on music cities strategies and market development, helped develop this year’s Artist Workshops, held on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Sarbez. The workshops feature a morning panel addressing artist development and an afternoon panel discussion on booking and touring. The workshops are free and open to the public, as are all performances.
In addition, the festival partnered with Communion Presents to curate the event. An artist-led organization, Communion Presents combines elements of live promotion, publishing and recording to create a hub for artists to develop and flourish.
Complete festival details including lineup, set times, venue locations and more are available online at SingOutLoudFestival.com or via the free Sing Out Loud Festival app.
SEN stories at The BookMark
The BookMark will host a very special storytime for kids on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 9 a.m. Guest author, Tracy Alloway, PhD, will present her two new children's books that are part of the SEN Superpowers series. The SEN Superpowers series celebrates the positive traits associated with common Special Education Needs (SEN).
Each of the books — "The Classroom Mystery: A Book About ADHD," and "The Map Challenge: A Book About Dyslexia" — presents a fun story appropriate for ages 4-7, with discussion points about the story and a page of tips for how to boost abilities, as well as notes for parents and teachers.
Alloway is an award-winning psychologist, University of North Florida professor, author and TEDx speaker. She has published 13 books and more than 100 scientific articles on the brain and memory. Her research has been featured on the BBC, “Good Morning America” and “Today,” as well as in Forbes, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, Newsweek and many others. Alloway also blogs for Psychology Today and Huffington Post.
The BookMark is located at 220 First St. in Neptune Beach. For more information, visit BookmarkBeach.com or call (904) 241-9026.
Celebration of trains Saturday
Get your choo-choo fix on Saturday, Sept. 7, when “Riding the Rails: Pablo Beach Train Day” celebrates all things trains at Beaches Museum & History Park.
The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with activities that include three operating model train layouts, a static display of historic model trains, antique cars from the early 1900s, a scavenger hunt and demonstrations of antique toys. Tours of the Museum’s 1911 steam locomotive, the 1900 Florida East Coast Foreman’s House and the Mayport Depot will also be available.
In addition, Operation Lifesaver will demonstrate train safety and offer goodies for the kids, while Boy Scout Troop 37 will sell beverages and lunch items, including hamburgers and hot dogs.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (904) 241-5657 or visit BeachesMuseum.org.
Jazz at Johansen
Enjoy cool breezes and hot jazz during the second annual Atlantic Beach Jazz Festival on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Johansen Park. Emceed by Vic Micolucci of WJXT News4Jax, the event features music by Jacksonville's Catch the Groove, Ya' Gozo' Latin Jazz Band, The Groov and Noel Friedline.
Food trucks and other vendors will be on hand, with wine and beer available for purchase from Culhane's Irish Pub (ID required). Johansen Park is located at 1535 Park Terrace E., off Seminole Road near Selva Marina. Learn more at COAB.us.
Star gazing party
Enjoy an evening under the stars with the Ancient City Astronomy Club of St. Augustine at TrailMark’s Star Gazing Party on Saturday, Sept. 7. Free and fun for everyone, the event takes place from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the nature-first community of TrailMark in St. Johns County, located just 20 minutes south of Jacksonville.
The Ancient City Astronomy Club is a community of amateur astronomy enthusiasts promoting interest in the heavens and beyond. Club members will have telescopes available for a close-up view of the moon, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and many other celestial objects.
Attendees may also bring their own telescopes. TrailMark is located at 805 TrailMark Drive, and guests are asked to register at http://bit.ly/2KWQXNQ.
The City of Atlantic Beach hosts its monthly Songwriters Night on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Adele Grage Cultural Center, 716 Ocean Blvd.
This free family event is hosted by local singer-songwriter Mike Shackelford. Come perform your own original material (no covers) or just enjoy the live music. For further information, email email@example.com.
‘Violet’ opening at ABET
Let your heart soar with the soulful music of “Violet,” which opens on Friday, Sept. 13 at All Beaches Experimental Theatre. Directed by Michael Lipp and with musical direction by Anthony Felton, the Tony-nominated musical is the winner of the Drama Critics’ Circle Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical.
Based on “The Ugliest Pilgrim,” by Doris Betts, the show offers up a blend of bluegrass, gospel, blues and country as it tells the story of a young woman traveling across the Civil Rights-era South in search of a miracle.
“Violet” runs through Sept. 29. Tickets are $24 online or $25 at the door for adults, while students 18 and under are $14 online or $15 at the door. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.
The theater is located at 544 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. For tickets or more details, call (904) 249-7177 or visit ABETtheatre.com.
Award-winning author Vic DiGenti reveals “Seven Secrets to Writing the Thriller” at the meeting of the FWA Ponte Vedra Writers on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ponte Vedra Beach Library, 101 Library Blvd.
After a career in broadcasting and special events as the producer of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, DiGenti turned to his first love — writing. He followed his three Windrusher adventure/fantasy novels with the Quint Mitchell Mystery series, using the pen name Parker Francis. The series includes the thriller, “Hurricane Island.”
He’s also penned biographies for two WWII veterans, and written four other personal biographies. As a working author and publisher (Windrusher Hall Press), DiGenti has taught writing classes at the University of North Florida and workshops at numerous writers’ conferences throughout Florida and other states.
The Ponte Vedra Writers group is part of the Florida Writers Association, a statewide, nonprofit organization with nearly 1,500 members dedicated to the support of both aspiring and published writers in any genre. The free meeting is open to FWA members and nonmembers alike. For more details, visit FloridaWriters.net.
Newcomers Club of the First Coast will host its monthly luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 11:30 a.m. at the Ponte Vedra Lodge and Club in Ponte Vedra Beach. This event will celebrate the club’s 20th anniversary.
Monthly luncheon meetings feature programs and guest speakers from September through May, with many interest groups that continue all year. With more than 200 members, the club welcomes all new members from the First Coast, both long-time residents and those new to the area.
To RSVP for the luncheon, or for more information on how to join, visit NewcomersFirstCoast.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘The Wiz’ coming to PBTS
Ease on down the road to Players by the Sea with the opening of the super-soul musical, “The Wiz,” on Friday, Sept. 20.
An urban retelling of the classic children’s novel, ”The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” the show features a funk, gospel and sensationally soulful score. After a cyclone hits her house, Dorothy is transported to the magical land of Oz where she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Lion who help her on her journey to defeat the wicked Evillene, and find her way home.
A special VIP Experience for each Friday and Saturday night performance is available for $50. Price includes a reserved seat for the show, as well as preshow access to a private bar with appetizers and tastings from 7 p.m. until showtime. A post-show meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with performers in the Mainstage Theatre is also included.
General admission is $28, while seniors, students and military tickets are $25. The show runs every following Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For tickets, call the box office at (904) 249-0289 or visit PlayersbytheSea.org.
Ancient dugouts discussion
The Archaeological Institute of America — Jacksonville Society will meet at noon on Saturday, Sept. 21, in Building 51 at the University of North Florida. Guest speaker is Donna Ruhl, Collections Manager at the Florida Museum of Natural History, who will present a lecture titled “Florida’s Ancient Dugout Canoes: More Canoes and Continuing Research Offer New Insights and Initiatives.”
During a drought nearly 20 years ago, 101 precontact period dugout canoes were recorded along the shoreline of Newnans Lake, near Gainesville. Now called Newnans Lake Canoe Site, it is the most unique site of its kind in North America. Research on the canoes has led to better interpretation of the ancient peoples of Florida, migration, mobility, trade, travel, paleoclimate and more. Modern technology has allowed researchers to source the types of wood used in the manufacture of the canoes and to better understand the role and significance of canoes in reconstructing the paleoenvironment, past peoples’ lifeways and their ties to ancient water worlds.
The lecture is free and open to the public, and complimentary refreshments will be served afterwards in the Archaeology Lab. On Saturdays, parking is free, and the faculty/staff/vendor spaces are open to everyone.
For more information, contact Melva Price at (904) 241-9411 or email@example.com.
The EMMA Concert Association kicks off its 41st season with “Neil Berg’s Fifty Years of Rock and Roll” on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Flagler College. With a cast consisting of stars from Broadway's greatest rock musicals, as well as incredible rock and roll singers, Neil Berg shares the often unknown stories from the 50-year history of the music that changed the world forever.
“Neil Berg’s Fifty Years of Rock and Roll” delivers fascinating stories and groundbreaking music with tributes to iconic rock stars, including Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Frankie Valli, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, The Who, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac and more.
Performances are held in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. Tickets are $40 per person. Price for children and students with school ID is $5 per concert. Tickets can be purchased at EMMAConcerts.com, by calling (904) 797-2800 or by emailing EMMAinfo@bellsouth.net.
Chapel Concert series
The Beaches Museum Fall 2019 Chapel Concert Series continues on Wednesday, Sept. 25 with chart-topping blues artist Sugaray Rayford will perform, with vocals reminiscent of Muddy Waters and Otis Redding, as well as dance moves compared to James Brown.
Individual concert tickets are available for $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the show. All shows begin at 7 p.m. For tickets or for more information, call (904) 241-5657 or visit BeachesMuseum.org.
Free twilight movies
Enjoy a family-friendly movie under the stars with the Twilight Movies in the Parks series, hosted by the City of Atlantic Beach. On Friday, Sept. 27, “Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse” will be screened at Donner Park, beginning at 7:45 p.m.
Guests may bring picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets; free popcorn will also be provided before the show. The park is located at 2072 George St., off Mayport Road. For more, go to COAB.us.
Morning Star benefit
The Diocese of St. Augustine’s Morning Star School will host “Havana Nights,” its eighth annual gala and auction on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m., at The Haskell Building, 111 Riverside Ave. in Jacksonville. Guests can enjoy Cuban-inspired tapas, mojitos, specialty cocktails, cigars and bid on a number of fun auction items.
All proceeds from the event will be used to fund specialized education programs for children with learning differences and intellectual disabilities.
Tickets are $75 per person and sponsorships are still available. To purchase tickets or for more details, go to http://bit.ly/2LghlSR, call Maria Johnson at (904) 721-2144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Realtors raffle for charity
Davidson Realty has kicked off its annual raffle contest to benefit St. Augustine Youth Services, Investing in Kids and Builders Care. Raffle packages include The Players #17 Chalet, Cooler & Cocktails and a Beretta A400 Xcel 12-gauge competition shotgun.
Suggested minimum donations for the first two raffles are one ticket for $10 or 15 tickets for $100. For the shotgun raffle, suggested donations are one ticket for $20 and six tickets for $100.
Raffle winners will be announced at the 4th annual Clay Day event at Jacksonville Clay Target Sports on Oct. 24, and winners need not be present to win. Event sponsorships are also available. To purchase raffle tickets or for more information, visit DavidsonCares.com or call Davidson Realty at (904) 940-5000.
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