Who doesn’t love a good ghost story? Here is our list of ghost tours on the First Coast. Take some time out this October to learn more about our spooktacular... | read more |
For all dogs labeled “pit bulls,” there is a newfound hope. Pit Sisters is starting a mobile training program to train pets and people in areas with high animal... | read more |
When Jen Deane walks her dog Nala down the street, many people cross to the other side.
But when Nala wears a pretty ballerina tutu, most approach and want to pet... | read more |
Although the Alhambra theatre recently underwent a stunning renovation, patrons can still feel the rich history of the building on its stage and down its hallways. Some... | read more |
About 10 miles east of the Jacksonville Beach Pier, 60 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, the wreckage of a World War II oil tanker lies deteriorating and... | read more |
The Profound Serenity of Evergreen
To wander around Evergreen Cemetery is like an Elysian dream. Vast, ancient trees lord over its 70,000 graves and more than 167... | read more |
Standing in the middle of a totally dark playground next to the St. Augustine Lighthouse, I can barely see our “ghost host” Julie, or anyone else on the Old Town... | read more |
The elderly disabled woman only knew three words: yes, no, and soda. At least they were the only words that DuVal Malone had ever heard her speak during their 10 years... | read more |
Even as a little kid, Frank Frangie knew that when he grew up he wanted a career in sports.
And he achieved his dream.
After graduating from the University of... | read more |
The Guinness Book of World Records lists Arlington as home to the world’s oldest skate park. Kona Skate Park was built in 1977 and went bankrupt twice before Martin... | read more |
Legendary for its mysterious hauntings, the King House in Mayport has been attracting visitors for many decades. In the early days, they would come to listen to John... | read more |
“Why not have a mirror on the porch to pop light around,” says interior designer Robyn Branch, who helped homeowners Mary and Terry Powell invoke the sparkle of the... | read more |
What was once relegated to hunting and science museums, taxidermy has become one of the season’s hottest design trends in home décor. Truly an art form, skilled... | read more |
If only these walls could talk…
Guests are generally attracted to historic hotels for their ambiance, unique architecture, quaintness and charm. Not their ghosts.... | read more |
Rhoda L. Martin may not have commanded your presence when she walked into the room, but she would definitely leave a lasting impact in your life.
Mother Martin, as... | read more |
It has been decades since the sounds of reading lessons and laughter echoed off the walls of an historic schoolhouse where African-American children were taught during... | read more |
Bocce ball can trace its lineage as far back as the ancient Egyptians in 5000 B.C. While the rules may have changed quite a bit over the past seven millennia, the same... | read more |
The grill is sizzling, the wine is chilled and the competition is intense. It’s your backyard party—and the entertainment is the sport of bocce ball.
Bocce ball... | read more |
Next time you are at your local library, take your nose out of your book and take a look around. From Jacksonville Beach, to Downtown, to historic Willow Branch, our... | read more |
Two of Jacksonville’s oldest schoolhouses, the Southside Grammar School in San Marco and John Gorrie Junior High in Riverside Avondale, have two tales to tell. It’s... | read more |
Heart & Soul
Grab your trowels, brushes and handkerchiefs and encounter the rich archaeological remains from the Timucua Indians and the French and Spanish settlers here on the First... | read more |
A sign at the entrance to Fort Clinch asks you to imagine stepping back into the year 1864, when the Civil War is raging, and encountering Union soldiers on duty there.... | read more |
Fall is the season for long walks, and trick or treating. We popped into The Plantation Shop on Amelia Island to see what types of antiques they had on hand for storing... | read more |
A pirate flag once flew over Amelia Island, the “Green Cross of Florida,” hoisted by Scottish bandit Gregor McGregor in 1817. And pirate lore and legend – embodied... | read more |
The dig would prove to be an important one.
It was set to take place on a sweltering day in early September at the St. Augustine Art Association, a site Carl Halbirt,... | read more |
We’d just passed some mating manatees in the St. Augustine harbor, which blissfully ignored us as we quietly drifted by at a respectful distance.
Then after... | read more |
You may not be starting school this fall, but who says your desk spread doesn’t deserve an upgrade? We went to The Write Touch in San Marco and picked up some fabulous... | read more |
St. Johns County is touted as “First in State” in FCAT scores. It is one of only five districts in the state to receive an “A” rating for 10 consecutive years... | read more |
The iconic golfer Arnold Palmer once said, “Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.” For today’s youth, golf is... | read more |
The Armory in Jacksonville was once a vibrant and bustling place – where people came to meet, dance, watch performances, listen to notable speakers and even swim.... | read more |
It is no wonder that the nation’s oldest city is home to drinking establishments haunted by patrons from centuries past. St. Augustine boasts many haunted pub crawls.... | read more |
Halloween is a chance to indulge the imagination and become anything or anyone you want to be. We all wear masks in day-to-day life, but there are few occasions where we... | read more |
Step one: Bring 5 Points candle to nose, inhale. Step two: Swoon.
The heat hasn’t kicked in yet on a sunny Riverside Arts Market Saturday, but Joy Crawford... | read more |
Among the nine red dressing room doors at 33 Star, a glam-rock clothing store in Jacksonville Beach, one boasts an unusual warning to customers. A paper sign bearing a... | read more |
Up your fashion game before ever getting dressed by garnering tips from gurus like Tim Gunn, setting the stage with smart closet basics and preparing for head-to-toe... | read more |
Wind of Change is not only a company name, but a Russian saying meaning education, or music, bring good change. Yana Weaver, the owner of Wind of Change, said that this... | read more |
When I was in high school I wanted to learn to play the guitar.
Until I discovered that pressing on the strings hurt my fingers.
Now I know that happens to... | read more |
Women have adorned themselves with jewelry for millennia. But nothing has fueled jewelry’s popularity as much as the do-it-yourself trend. It’s easier and more... | read more |
Whether they have five dresses hanging from a wall hook, or enough designer duds to fill a bedroom lined with rolling racks, generations of women have opened the doors... | read more |
Fresh Local Flavor
Bloody Punch is a popular Halloween special at the Palace Saloon in Fernandina Beach – Florida’s oldest saloon. Made from a 95-year old highly guarded secret recipe,... | read more |
When I first got Amanda Conner on the phone, she said, “Hold on a minute, please, we’re out painting the cows.”
My first thought: “How do you get them to hold... | read more |
People gather on the corner to watch fudge maker Steve Colwell wave his magic paddle through a batch of sweet, hot fudge. Aromas of chocolate and ice cream fill the hot... | read more |
William “Bill” McCoy
William “Bill” McCoy and his brother Ben started a motor boat service and boatyard based in Jacksonville and Holly Hill, Fla. in... | read more |
The word spirit originated from the Latin spiritus. Meaning breath of life, it evolved through the centuries, winding its way into the vocabulary of alchemy in the late... | read more |
The St. Augustine Distillery prides itself on using the best of Northeast Florida’s agriculture in its production of spirits. The vodka used in the Lolita is produced... | read more |
In the spring of 2013, a parent volunteer at West Riverside Elementary dropped a note in Connie Jo Gandy’s mailbox. Gandy lives just a block from the school, and the... | read more |
Before I visited The Ancient Olive, I thought all olive oils and balsamic vinegars were pretty much the same.
Oh, I knew that extra virgin olive oil was the highest... | read more |
Chefs across the nation covet an invitation to cook a James Beard House dinner. Few are chosen.
Jean-Stephane Poinard, French chef and owner of Bistro de Leon in St.... | read more |
Travel + Leisure magazine lists Portland, Maine and Scottsdale, Arizona as some of “America’s Best Cities for Foodies” – a shift from a decade ago when big... | read more |