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By Tenley Ross, DVI Intern

(From left) Lisa Marcus, Sherry JHill and Bill Guerrant sit in a street-legal golf cart on the corner of Laura St. and Monroe St. on May 22, 2015. They use the golf cart to run Downtown tours every Friday from noon to dusk.

(From left) Lisa Marcus, Sherry JHill and Bill Guerrant sit in a street-legal golf cart on the corner of Laura Street and Monroe Street on May 22. They use the golf cart to run Downtown tours every Friday from noon to dusk.

The Jacksonville Museum and Cultural Center hasn’t opened yet, but a piece of it is already rolling around on four wheels. Through Downtown tours using street-legal golf carts, the center will raise money to build historical exhibits and open soon Downtown.

On these “I love Jacksonville” Zip Tours, which run every Friday from noon to dusk, you will zip past iconic Downtown landmarks to learn about Jacksonville’s roots.

Meanwhile, with revenue generated from the tours, the center is building 12 template tradeshow-like exhibits that will spotlight Jacksonville’s different eras of culture and history.

Founder Sherry JHill is a fifth-generation Jacksonville resident, and she said she wants the community to come together and share in the city’s identity through this center.

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Credit: visitjacksonville.com

On the northern boundary of Downtown sits a cultural venue that houses perhaps one of Downtown’s best-kept secrets. On the walls, inside the rooms and – most importantly – within the hearts of the people who work there are stories that capture the essence of one of Downtown’s most historic bygone eras.

From the 1920s through the ’60s, LaVilla – Jacksonville’s historic African-American neighborhood – was know as the “Harlem of the South,” packed with theaters and nightclubs. Since 1999, the Ritz Theatre and Museum, located on the site of the 1929 historic Ritz Theatre movie house, has shared through art, photography, artifacts and info-graphics the stories of the lives that made the community special.

People of all ages – from children on field trips to individuals who remember the “Harlem of the South” firsthand – visit the museum for an important and fascinating glimpse of Jacksonville’s past.

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Things To Do Downtown

 

Family Fun
May 29-31: Greater Jacksonville Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham
May 30: Pedals in the Park + 80′s Bike Prom
May 30-31: The Urban Slide
May 31: The Spamerican Tour

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By Kristina Aviles, DVI Intern

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It all began Saturday, Oct. 24, 1981. At the time, Mayor Jake Godbold was looking to bring the Jacksonville community together through music, specifically a genre with a strong, established culture. With organizers only expecting a few hundred people to attend, nearly 25,000 people showed up to see what the inaugural Jacksonville Jazz Festival had in store. Now, in its 35th year, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival is one of the largest, free jazz festivals in the nation.

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By Terri Mashour, Fun4FirstCoastKids

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You never know what will happen at the Fun4FirstCoastKids “Picnic in Hemming Park!”

Once, a city council candidate bought ice pops for everyone while kids climbed and jumped their way through the Jumping Jax Gym obstacle course.

One picnic hosted the grand opening of Imagination Playground at the park. The next month, Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve had sea-turtle storytime, science experiments and estuary artifacts. And it’s all for kids in Downtown’s center: Hemming Park!

Picnic in Hemming Park is a free event 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. every third Wednesday. Fun4FirstCoastKids provides an activity for children age 5 and under and, afterward, families enjoy lunch in the park.

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By Tenley Ross, DVI Intern

Skylines, sunsets and scenery always capture our attention, especially when sharing you the beauty of Downtown. May is National Photo Month, and we’re bringing you some of our Instagram favorites from the past year. Through the creative Instagram eyes of both our @DTJax team and #DTJax fans, we selected a few shots that really shine. We hope each moment caught on camera inspires you to take a look around Downtown and share what artistry and beauty you can find, too!

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Thanks to @datoz for this breathtaking photo. We love the lighting!