Most trained hunting dogs stay in kennels when they’re not in the field. But the five Brittanys that live at SSJ Farm Quail Hunting Preserve are house pets.
A... | read more |
What do you get when you cross 1940’s sensibility and esprit with thoroughly modern musicianship, education and performance style? Need a hint? Well, it has at least... | read more |
Fernandina Beach Fire & Rescue Station No. 1
In 2013, Ocean Rescue Guard Paul Martinez designed the emblem of the fire engine at Station No. 1. The emblem... | read more |
While setting up this feature there was one stipulation across the board from each fire department: if the bell rings they go. On our first shoot in Fernandina Beach,... | read more |
Claudio and Linda Lopez were concerned about their Golden Retriever Nettington. They were getting ready to go to work one morning in December 2012 and noticed he was... | read more |
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a holiday classic filled with a cast of colorful characters. There’s main character Ebenezer Scrooge, a greedy and cruel... | read more |
Almost every Wednesday night at about 10 p.m., they take over the ice at Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex.
They do not belong to a league per se, but they meet... | read more |
Hope Chapel Ministries
Dressed in long black robes, a group of approximately 40 people hold hands in a circle at the base of the pulpit inside the sweeping sanctuary... | read more |
St. Nicholas: Eastern Europe, Western Asia
Saint Nicholas was born in the villiage of Patara, in what is now modern-day Turkey, during the Roman Empire’s rule of... | read more |
It all began in a town called Patara, in what is now modern-day Turkey. That’s where a man named Nicholas was born in 280 AD. According to “Santa Dan,” a First... | read more |
Like the fabled phoenix in Egyptian mythology that was consumed by fire, only later to rise renewed from its ashes, Fire Station No.3 has been reborn – and more than... | read more |
A growing number of First Coast families are embracing home gardening as a way to improve their access to fresh produce and to build a foundation of healthier... | read more |
Mural artists have been commissioned across the region to create artworks that brighten our everyday lives. Most of us stumble across murals as we are walking down the... | read more |
Thinking about going solar at home or at work, but want to know what is in it for you? Here is a breakdown:
JEA’s residential customers who install solar hot water... | read more |
The housing market on the First Coast is once again on an upswing, and Springfield in particular is back on track. Along every street, homeowners are busy renovating... | read more |
Philip Bernstein remembers times when, as a child, he would leave synagogue
sunburnt; he quickly learned to sit away from southern facing windows.
He attended one of... | read more |
There is no better way to greet guests for a holiday party than with a beautiful wreath on your front door. Floral designer Shea Hopely, of Shea Hopely Flowers, gave... | read more |
Door knockers have graced entry ways since the times of ancient Greece. They became more ornate in the Middle Ages, often acting as a symbol of warning or power. Here is... | read more |
It’s time to drag your holiday boxes out of the attic and deck your halls. For many, opening those boxes conjures memories of Christmas pasts and stories of family and... | read more |
Heart & Soul
Without Fort Caroline, there would be no St. Augustine. Fort Caroline was the first French colony in the New World and was established in 1564, but with some difficulty.... | read more |
Where was the real Fort Caroline?
What exactly did it look like?
Historians don’t know.
It was the first French settlement in North America, home to several... | read more |
In downtown St. Augustine, S.O.S. Antiques offers nautical antiques, treasure coins, shipwreck antiques, jewelry and antiques from St. Croix, St. Thomas, and the Florida... | read more |
“My job is wonderful,” says Martin Senterfitt, Director/Fire Chief of the City of Jacksonville. “I help people for a living. Whether it’s a heart attack or a... | read more |
When Spanish explorer Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles arrived in the New World on September 8, 1565, he was accompanied by 800 colonists who were eager to start a new life,... | read more |
So quiet and serene were my surroundings that I could almost hear the flutter of a butterfly’s wings as it flitted around me looking for a pretty flower to land on... | read more |
Tins of cookies. Breakfast breads. Fruitcakes. Food makes a fabulous gift for the holidays, but sometimes the pressure is on to enjoy perishables before they stale.... | read more |
Songer trims his trees a couple of times a year, but doesn’t cut the ugly ones down. He has learned over the years that beauty is in the eye of the Christmas tree... | read more |
Across the First Coast there are local bookstores that carry books by authors living in our region. San Marco Bookstore, The BookMark in Jacksonville Beach, and the Book... | read more |
The First Coast is home to many creative people, including authors. Some write fiction, some nonfiction. Some write novels that make New York Times Best Seller lists,... | read more |
Jacksonville native Angie Sparks fills her Rosie True boutiques with things she would wear. For Angie, the perfect outfit is jeans, an oversized t-shirt, and... | read more |
From smart phones to high-end digital cameras, these days it seems that photography has turned into a click-n-go process.
But a great photograph, whether snapped on a... | read more |
Turning wood or metal on a lathe to create furniture or works of art is nothing new. It’s a practice that stretches back to ancient Egypt around 1300 BCE or so. A... | read more |
On a blustery afternoon in Jacksonville, three members of the Over Under Clothing staff run around the office, their thick blonde and brown fur flying as they joyfully... | read more |
Kimberly Gutierrez, owner of Dancing Elephant is a woman who understands style. Kim has more than 20 years of horticulture and landscape experience. She left landscaping... | read more |
Judi Carney has been doing scrapbooking for 18 years. She started when she and her husband adopted two baby boys from Russia. When she moved to Ponte Vedra Beach two... | read more |
Merle Saur exudes joy as she knits, smiling as her fingers dance across her latest colorful creation. Swept up with her passion for yarn, she inspires you to take up... | read more |
On a recent fall afternoon, sunrays pour through the windows of a small sleek lounge just off of Rosenblums store in Jacksonville Beach. Local custom clothier Fitz Opie... | read more |
Fresh Local Flavor
Looking for a fabulous foodie staycation? Amelia Island Restaurant week is the perfect opportunity to explore one of the most charming towns in our region, and dive into... | read more |
We asked Co-founder of Firehouse Subs to share with us their thoughts on their new low calorie menu. Everyone loves a great sandwich, and being able to dive into a sub... | read more |
Cap’s on the Water in St. Augustine is known for its panoramic view of the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s a great place to celebrate a sunset with a colorful drink,... | read more |
Scott Meyer operates the nation’s smallest rice farm.
It’s the only one in Jacksonville.
And he’s fairly certain it’s the only one in Florida.
Rice... | read more |
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
16 ounces refried beans
1/4 cup Captain Sorensen’s Datil Pepper Hot Sauce*
10 oz Firehouse Chili* (any variety of... | read more |
When you’re hungry, you want something delicious and full of flavor – and you want a lot of it.
This is the philosophy that Firehouse Subs’ co-founders Chris... | read more |
As the winter sun sets over the outriggers on sportfishing boats bobbing in the water at the Fernandina Harbor marina, a wind whips inland and twinkling white lights... | read more |
If you are running out of ideas for gifts this Christmas and you have a foodie in your family, we have put together some gourmet food gifts to give you some... | read more |
Crafted for the holidays by bar manager Johnny Schaefer, the Winter’s Eve features a plum and sage “syrup shrub,” an acidulated beverage made of fruit juice, sugar... | read more |
Citrus was introduced to the New World by the famous adventurer Christopher Columbus in 1493, but it was not until the mid-1500s that the first orange tree was planted... | read more |