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By Ania Cajuste, DVI Intern

Happy Friday the Thirteenth! What better way to celebrate this spooky day than to update #DTJax on what’s going on for the rest of the scariest month of the year. Here is your guide to all things Halloween. For a full list of all events, please visit our events calendar. 

 

Evil Dead: The Musical

The 5 and Dime Theatre

October 13th, 14th, 16th, 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th

Presented by The 5 & Dime, Vanity Furs and Jacksonville Chiropractic & Acupuncture, Evil Dead: The Musical promises to be a gory, good time. This hilarious live stage show takes all of the elements of the cult classic films, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness and combines them. Add amazing music and great choreography, and you’ve got a fun night in #DTJax!

Tickets and information: https://goo.gl/cqKgU3

Photo by: evildeadthemusical.com

Photo by: evildeadthemusical.com

 

1904′s Oktoberfest

1904 Music Hall

October 14th

The iconic #DTJax music venue is bringing in, not one, but two of south Florida’s premier jam bands! The Groove Orient and Come Back Alice are coming to Jacksonville to bring us one monster of a Saturday night.

Tickets and information: https://goo.gl/LqdPU

Photo by: 1904 Music Hall

Photo by: 1904 Music Hall

 

Harry Potter Symphony

Time’s Union Center for Performing Arts 

October 14th 

Watch the wand choose the wizard, the proper way to swish-and-flick and the giant, three-headed dog as the Jacksonville Symphony performs John Williams’ famous score live. Songs include Hedwig’s Theme, The Great Hall Fanfare, Harry’s Wondrous World, Nimbus 2000 and much more.

More information: https://goo.gl/8MNfYr

Photo by: Warner Bros. Entertainment

Photo by: Warner Bros. Entertainment

 

Wizarding Masquerade Ball

Hourglass Pub

October 14th

Dust off your wands and broomsticks! The Hourglass Pub presents A Night at the Leaky Cauldron- A Wizarding Masquerade Ball. For the fourth year in a row, Hourglass promises a night full of good drinks and good, Harry Potter themed fun. With a cash prize for the best costume, butter beer, a wand making station and vendors selling magical trinkets, this will be an event that even You-Know-Who would enjoy!

More information: https://goo.gl/f9WfiP

Photo by: Hourglass Pub

Photo by: Hourglass Pub

 

Monsters in Space

Museum of Science and History 

October 20th

Should we be afraid of what’s lurking in space? The Museum of Science and History has an entire evening dedicated to answering that very question! Enjoy the hour-long, live demonstration as they discuss the unknown depths of space and the creatures within it.

Tickets and information: https://goo.gl/bDvsor

Photo by: MOSH

Photo by: MOSH

 

Supernatural Sleepover

Museum of Science and History 

October 20th

Enjoy an overnight excursion into the unknown at the Museum of Science and History. The evening will begin with a variety of creepy cocktails, followed by a buffet provided by Taco Lu. The rest of the evening is filled with bone chilling activities, including a spooky scavenger hunt and a tour that tells the haunting history of Jacksonville.

Tickets and information: https://goo.gl/rPW41F

Photo by: MOSH

Photo by: MOSH

 

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Hourglass Pub October 21st, Florida Theatre October 28th and 1904 Music Hall October 31st

Get ready to enjoy all of the comedy, burlesque and drag in the tribute to Richard O’Brien’s masterpiece, The Rocky Horror Show! Bring your red lipstick and watch this live performance that celebrates all things that go bump in the night. With three different venues putting on performances on three different nights, there is no reason not to do the Time Warp dance this year!

Tickets and information for Hourglass Pub: https://goo.gl/Zjby44

Tickets and information for Florida Theatre: https://goo.gl/y7M8nB

Tickets and information for 1904 Music Hall: https://goo.gl/TDoa4Y

Photo by: 1904 Music Hall

Photo by: 1904 Music Hall

 

Dogtastic HOWL-o-Ween Bash

The Jacksonville Landing

October 22nd 

The HOWL-o-Ween Bash presented by Yappy Hour, will feature a pet expo, giveaways, live music, and a Halloween costume contest! Categories include most original costume, scariest costume, best owner and dog duo, cutest costume and best costume overall. This is a free event, open to all dog lovers.

More information: https://goo.gl/pTfGfZ

Photo by: Yappy Hour

Photo by: Yappy Hour

 

Trick or Treat on the Street

Downtown Vision, Inc.

October 31st  

The spooky season is upon us and we want to celebrate with #DTJax employees and families for Halloween. Wear your best costumes and get your fill of candy, coupons, and other promotional goodies from participating businesses. Dust off your capes and fangs, bring a friend, the family, or the whole office. This is one sweet treat you won’t want to miss!

More information: https://goo.gl/LrKppJ

Photo by: DVI

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TEDxJacksonville: “We the People”

Saturday, October 14, 2017
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The Florida Theatre
128 E. Forsyth

 
 
 
 
 
 

 “Because you belong, and we have work to do”

The highly anticipated TEDxJacksonville returns to #DTJax this Saturday at the Florida Theatre. This year’s conference brings along a new theme: “We, The People.” with the rallying cry, “We, The People, control our destiny — and we have work to do.”


The TEDxJacksonville website dives deeper into this year’s theme, saying, “ We, The People, are the thinkers, makers, doers and dreamers. We are the pacifists and the renegades, the mob and the masses. We are the inheritors of the past and the hope for the future. Ours is the sweat that builds great cities, the blood that secures freedom, and the strength of spirit that seeks life, liberty and justice for all. We refuse to be defined—we define ourselves. Whether born here, brought here, or drawn here by America’s bright promise, we come to the table of democracy as equals. We possess the same unalienable rights. We are a multitude of voices bearing witness to experiences that are different and unique, finding power in our diversity and common purpose in the struggle to build a more perfect union. We, The People, control our destiny.”

 

For the fourth consecutive year, the conference will be hosted by Hope McMath. This year, TEDxJacksonville brings 13 diverse speakers and 3 musical performances. Speakers include:

  • Cynthia Barnett, environmental journalist and author, speaking about rain and the climate
  • Brenda Bradley, certified health coach, speaking about the prevention of weight gain and illness
  • Amy Donofrio, Jacksonville educator, speaking about the misnomer “at-risk-youth”
  • Shari Duval, local founder of K9s for Warriors, speaking about her program to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury
  • Manal Fakhoury, pharmacist and mentor for prisoners, speaking about new ways of addressing opioid addictions
  • Melanie Flores, MIT graduate and educator, speaking about her adapted, child-friendly version of an MIT class
  • Ellen Freidin, attorney and redistricting reform expert, speaking about gerrymandering
  • Jeff Galloway, U.S. Olympian, speaking about new ways for runners to reduce pain and injury
  • Chris Hand, attorney, former speechwriter for Sen. Bob Graham and chief of staff for former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, speaking about how to beat City Hall
  • Chad Houser, restaurant founder and culinary trainer, speaking about his internship program for juvenile delinquents
  • Marc Hudson, land protection director at North Florida Land Trust, speaking about eco-utilities that can preserve the environment while creating jobs
  • Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, chair of Mayo Clinic Florida’s Department of Neurological Surgery, speaking of his journey from migrant worker to neurosurgeon
  • Jaimison Sloboden, Jacksonville traffic engineer with almost a quarter century of experience, speaking noways to reduce pedestrian and bicycle fatalities in Jacksonville

 
Musicians include:

 

New this year, TEDxJacksonville has partnered with #DTJax restaurants to provide lunch. Lunch is included with the event ticket and is available at these Downtown restaurants:

 

Tickets 

To no surprise, general admission tickets have sold out. You can, however, get on the waiting list for afternoon session tickets here. If you weren’t able to get your hands on a ticket this year, follow their Facebook page and website for updates on 2018. 
 
 
Lend a hand

If you’re interested in volunteering with awesome people to help put on an inspiring event, you can submit your info here

With major development projects on the horizon and more people coming to live and work in Downtown Jacksonville, it has become a great place for entrepreneurs and small businesses to put down roots. There are so many businesses that are unique to DTJax, some that you may have heard of as well as a few hidden gems. “Found in DTJax” is your guide the shops, restaurants and venues that you can find ONLY in Downtown Jacksonville.

 

September Edition: Intuition Ale Works

Exterior 2Intuition Ale Works was founded by owner and brewer Ben Davis in Jacksonville in 2010. Specializing in small-batch handcrafted ales, Intuition’s mission is to create quality, flavorful and creative beers in a wide range of styles. If you’ve ever tried an Intuition beer, you know that this mission is represented well in the taste and quality of their beers. In February 2012, Intuition Ale Works started a massive trend and became the first craft brewery in the state of Florida to can its beers. In September 2016, Intuition completed a large expansion project and now features a rooftop bar, event space and an in-house restaurant – BLKSHP, brought to you by Riverside’s Black Sheep.

A few noteworthy things to check out/try at Intuition:

 

The beer (duh)

The best way to find out what Intuition is all about is to try all of their most popular beers! These beers are the cornerstone of their business and are distributed all over the southeast. Head to the brewery for $2-3 5oz drafts, perfect for sampling. Check out a current list of everything they have on draft here.

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  • Jon Boat Coast Ale: This is a hot Florida day favorite! It is an English golden ale cool-fermented to enhance its crisp and refreshing lager-like characteristics.
  • I-10 IPA: Looking to step up the hops and alcohol percentage? The West Coast comes to Jax with this extremely hoppy, true India Pale Ale.
  • King Street Stout: Imperial stout brewed with two-row malted barley and a variety of roasted and caramel malts.
  • Easy on the Eyes: All of the hops and added alcohol content with a hint of citrus. Easy-drinking, session IPA with a bright citrus aroma from the Centennial and Citra dry-hopping.

 

 

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To-go beers

Yeah you read that right – to-go beers. On weekends you can grab a brew (or a few) and head to a concert at the arena, your tailgate or grab one on your way to the stadium. Just stop by the handy little to-go window and get what you need! The best part? They’re only $3! Add a koozie for just $1 and you’re set.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There are only a few rooftop bars in Jacksonville so it was super exciting when Intuition decided to add one to the brewery! The rooftop bar is big enough for after-football-game crowds and is equipped with a large three-sided bar and plenty of TVs. Intuition hosts a lot of different events on the rooftop including watch games, yoga sessions and more! Stay up to date on all rooftop happenings, follow them on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

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BLKSHP by Black Sheep

If you’ve ever been to Black Sheep in Riverside, you know why this is exciting. The food is phenomenal and at Intuition, you get a taste of Black Sheep, but on a casual, more affordable level. You can order food and eat it anywhere in the brewery with your favorite beer. Burgers, hot dogs, mac ‘n’ cheese and brisket are just a few of the delicious things they offer. Check out the full menu here.

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Jacksonville Public Library was named ’2017 Library of the Year’ by the Florida Library Association, and for good reason. The library itself is stunning with four floors with high ceilings and natural light, all set apart by different themes. One floor has an enormous reading room, covered in murals. Another floor is home to the Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection where you can read and study in a room covered in the maps of the collection (it’s amazing, take a virtual tour here). The other floors offer a variety of things like a Small Business Center, Adult Learning Center, every book you could imagine and so much more. One of the most defining features of our library is something that you can’t find at your average library – Jax Makerspace.

Jax Makerspace is a collaborative and creative space for artists, musicians, hobbyists, techies, writers and creatives alike. The goal is to welcome these creators in and allow them to explore, meet new people, create and to give them resources that they might not be able to find elsewhere. Equipped with things like a 3D printer, gallery space, crafting materials and more, it is a great place for inspiration and creation.

Here are just a few things currently available and on display at the Jax Makerspace.

Gallery Space

Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 12.51.27 PMThe Gallery Space is Jax Makerspace’s “claim to fame”. It is something you would expect to find next-door at MOCA. It’s a large, open space with professional lighting and over a dozen creations on display at any time. The gallery has rotating exhibits, opening a new one every few months. The exhibits that have been displayed have been about so much more than just visual art, they are meant to be conversation starters on bigger issues. For example, “KESHA: A Black Female Experience of Identity and Race” was the first collection on display, exploring black femininity, ethnicity, identity, and stereotypes. “Survive To Thrive: Life Beyond Sexual Violence” is currently on display and will be until October 22. The library hosts several events centered around each exhibit, like panel discussions with the artists, workshops and performances. The Gallery Space has its own events calendar, you can check it out here.

 

3D Printer

Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 12.46.49 PMThe library recently added a 3D printer to the Makerspace that is available to “rent out”. You can submit projects to be 3D printed and most of them only cost $1 – $3. Find out how to submit a project to be printed here. Don’t know how to create a 3D printing project? The library has a class for that!

 

 

 

Green Screen 

Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 2.13.29 PMEver wanted to play news anchor, take a selfie “in space” or put yourself in the scene of your favorite movie? That requires a green screen, which most people don’t have regular access to. We’re lucky enough to have a full sized one in the Makerspace! Open to anyone and everyone, all you need is a smart phone. Just follow the directions that they have posted on the wall to create your masterpiece.

 

 

 

 

Poetry Board 

Screen Shot 2017-08-08 at 10.19.36 AMJust to the left of the green screen is a large magnetic black board covered in words and letters to be arranged into poems. It’s a great way to teach the kiddos how to rhyme, an entertaining study or reading break, and a simple way to get creative juices flowing!

Summer camps are a dime a dozen but there are none quite like the 5 & Dime Theatre Summer Camp in #DTJax. Hosted by the theatre company that recently put down roots in Downtown, it is a true hands on and well-rounded learning experience in all things theatre. The camp spans from age 5 all the way through tenth grade, each week dedicated to a specific age group so that content can be altered appropriately. Youngsters play theatre-related games and learn the basics while the older crowd works on honing their craft and building on what they already know. The third round (July 24 – July 28) is designated specifically to musical theatre, giving campers the opportunity to expand their love for musical theatre through musical song and dance numbers and solo work. Every age group puts on a performance on their final day to show off what they’ve learned.

Screen Shot 2017-07-14 at 10.03.34 AMI had the opportunity to pay the 5-10 year old group a visit this week and while the games were wildly fun and thoroughly educational, the most impressive thing that I encountered were the instructors. There were 5 instructors for the class of 16 children which is a pretty incredible and rare ratio when it comes to summer camps. This made for a much more organized environment conducive to learning; the campers all receiving individual attention and instruction. And though the instructors have the patience of experienced elementary school teachers, they are all theatre students at well-respected universities – they’re the real deal.

 

 

Screen Shot 2017-07-14 at 9.53.39 AMThough I was only there for a short time, the thing that I liked most about what I observed was that the instructors encouraged the campers to be brave and “perform” alone in front of the crowd, to cheer each other on, to respect each other and to be polite while others are on stage. The instructors also stressed theatre etiquette. Multiple times, they asked the campers, “What do we do when someone comes off stage, regardless of their performance?” and everyone yelled, “We clap!” and started clapping.

 

I got to ask the campers and instructors a few questions, here’s what they had to say:

 

Campers:

Q: What has been your favorite part of summer camp so far?

A: Playing games

A: Making sock puppets and masks

A: Arts and crafts

 

Q: What is the coolest thing you’ve learned so far at summer camp?

A: Learning about theatre

A: Theatre etiquitte

A: The history of theatre

 

Q: Do you guys want to do summer camp again next year?

A: A loud, roaring “YES!”

 

Instructors:

Q: How long have you guys been acting?

MacKenzy: I have been acting since 4th grade, Alec has been acting since 6th grade and Avery and Nathaniel started in high school.

Emily: I’ve been acting since about 5th grade.

 

Q: What made you guys want to teach summer camp here at 5 & Dime rather than somewhere else?

MacKenzy: I think because we have learned so much from the Jacksonville community and this is our time to give back.

 

Q: What do you enjoy most about teaching summer camp?

MacKenzy: I just love seeing how excited they get to come back. When they leave with their parents, they’re like, “No we don’t wanna leave!” and that right there just makes everything doable and worth it.

Emily: Yeah, seeing how excited they get is definitely the best part.

 

Q: Name one thing that you like about Downtown:

MacKenzy: Everything is local and the arts and theatre seem to be appreciated here. That’s one of the best parts about being at the 5 & Dime is that it’s Downtown.

Emily: You don’t find a lot of chains here. Everything here is very much like locals just found a nook and started a business and you find that on every corner.

 

Q: If you could change anything about Downtown, what would it be?

MacKenzy: I wish it was a little cleaner.

Emily: Get rid of the one-way streets.

 

Find out more and sign up here!

Warm weather, longer days, frequent ice-cream trips and tons of fun in the sun must mean one thing, Summer is here! Downtown Jacksonville is definitely a place you should add to your “to visit” list this summer because there’s a lot of fun and interesting activities and events taking place. Don’t believe me? Just take a look.

 

Museum of Science and History $5 Fridays

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When: June 2 – ongoing

Where: The Museum of Science and History

The MOSH Museum offers $5 deals each and every Friday. From 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. families will have the opportunity to explore exhibits, learn about the artist behind the exhibits, and mingle with other children

 

Hand-Pulled Lollipop Class 

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When: June 5 –  June 30 (no class offered June 23, 2017)

Where: 400 N. Hogan St.

Cost: $15.00

Ever wanted to learn how to make the sweets that you love? Sweet Pete’s allows your little ones to be hands on by turning boiled sugar into hand pulled lollipops. The class is one hour long and the cost is $18.00. It also includes a scoop of ice cream!



 

Free Sing & Play Discovery Day Class with Jacksonville Children’s Chorus

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Where: 225 E. Duval Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202

Ages:  18 months – 4 years old

Experience a fun day of music with Jacksonville’s Children Chorus. Learn how to play simple instruments, finger plays and much more! Parents have the option to choose from one of the classes and times listed below:

 

June 5-8
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. (2 ½ – 4 years old)
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. (18 mos – 4 years old)
June 10, 2017
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. ( 2 ½ – 4 years old)
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. ( 18 mos- 2 ½ years old)
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. ( 2 ½ – 4 years old)
 

 

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Games

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When: All summer long! Check out the schedule here.

Where: 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.

Pack the kiddo’s up and enjoy a family day of baseball. Go Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp!

 

 

 

Sweet Pete’s Candy Toddler Time

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Where: 400 N. Hogan St.

Cost: $7.50

Ages: 2 -4 years old

Enjoy an exciting story accompanied by a sweet treat based on the story read by Sweet Pete’s. It can’t get any sweeter than that!

 

First Wednesday Art Walk

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When: June 7, 2017  5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Where: Downtown Jacksonville

Cost: FREE

Take a family trip to Downtown Jacksonville this Wednesday to admire more than 60 participating Downtown businesses, eat delicious food from the food trucks, drink beer and wine, enjoy new artists, and socialize.

 

Jacksonville Zoo: Zoofari Outreach

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When: June 15, 2017   11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Where: 202 North Laura Street

Cost: FREE

Ages: 5 -12

The zoo comes to the library! Do you and your family want the opportunity to see and interact with animals but you don’t want to undergo the process of commuting to the zoo? This opportunity is perfect for you and your family! Not only will you be able to examine the animals face-to-face, you will also be able to learn about their biology and habitats.

 

Free Show with Theatreworks Jax- Doug Berky “Gems: The World’s Wisdom Stories”

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When: June 15, 2017   11:00 a.m.

Where: The Florida Theatre, 128 East Forsyth Street

Cost: FREE

Ages: All ages are welcomed

Doug Berky’s approach to telling stories is like no other, he implements improvisation, mime, mask, voice, puppetry and much more to make your experience a good one. Pack up the kiddos and bring them to this exciting show.

 

Books & Bricks

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When: August 1, 2017  2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Where: 303 N. Laura Street

Cost: FREE

Children have the opportunity to read an interesting book and build a cool lego bricks masterpiece. Bring your listening ears and creativity. The library has a lot of ongoing events for children of all ages, check out their full calendar here.

 

 

MOSH Science and History Boat Tours with St. Johns River Taxi

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When: Every Saturday!

Where: 1025 Museum Circle

Cost: $15.00 for adults, $12.00 for children under 12

Grab your hats, sunscreen, and sunglasses to enjoy a day of science and history while relaxing on the St. Johns River Taxi. Get your tickets here.

 

Jacksonville Sharks Games

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When: All summer long! Check the schedule here.

Where: 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.

Cost: Price varies based upon seating location, refer to website for more information

Enjoy a cool family day of inside football with the Jacksonville Sharks. Expect to see the Attack Dancers and Mascot Chum!

 

 

Museum of Science and History Little Learners

Screen Shot 2017-06-05 at 4.38.54 PMWhen: Second Wednesday of every month

Where: 1025 Museum Circle

Cost: $5 per person (FREE for ages 2 & under)

Is your child obsessed with pirates or find them to be very interesting? MOSH invites your family to hunt for hidden treasure while learning about everything pirate!

 

Rock The Block Gummy Fest at Sweet Pete’s Candy

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When: June 23, 2017   4:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

Where: Sweet Pete’s and Candy Apple Cafe

Cost: $5

Join us for a night of gummy tasting, food, libations, music, games and prizes as we rock the block at our downtown Hogan Street location. That’s right! Sweet Pete’s Candy and The Candy Apple Cafe and Cocktails is throwing the sweetest block party Jacksonville has ever seen. Enjoy over 10 samples of exclusive Sweet Pete’s gummies, as we party down and celebrate the chewiest of treats!

 

The 5 & Dime Theatre Summer Camp

16174544_1411176375567621_2405253764115015769_nWhen: All throughout July. Schedule varies by age group. See the schedule here.

Where: The 5 & Dime, a Theatre Company

Cost: Varies by age group, find info here.

The 5 & Dime, a Theatre Company is hosting a new summer camp program in partnership with Shortstack Theatre Company. Shortstack is the passion project of recent graduates from Jacksonville’s Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. These students, who are currently pursuing fine arts degrees at colleges around the country, have returned home for the summer to share their love of theatre with the next generation of rising stars. The summer camp will consist of three one-week programs in July: the Flapjacks Acting Camp for five to 10 year-olds and the Hotcakes Acting Camp and Silver Dollar Musical Theatre Camp for rising sixth through tenth graders.


Jacksonville Public Parks

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Cost: FREE!

Nothing says summertime like a family day at the park. In Downtown, we are lucky to have all sorts of parks – playgrounds, waterfront parks, walking trails and more!

 

By Heather West, DVI Intern

In honor of “Do your pART” eco-friendly Art Walk coming up on April 5, we talked with Nick Zimmer, a vendor at First Wednesday Art Walk and owner of Bluebird Growers, about why he loves Art Walk and providing fresh, locally-grown produce for Jacksonville.

Q: What do you enjoy most about running your own business?
A: They all sound pretty cliche but… I enjoy the freedom of planning a system and seeing it through. It can be overwhelming to deal with all the aspects of running a small business, but it forces you out of your comfort zone and makes you a stronger leader. Owning a business also leads to more confidence and purpose in your personal life.bluebird3

Q: Why do you enjoy coming to Art Walk?
A: Art Walk provides a unique opportunity each month to showcase our artistic side. Our main mission at Bluebird is teaching people how to live sustainability and grow their own food. Getting people excited about plants through our living art pieces and unique natives, like our carnivorous plants, is a logical fit for Art Walk.

Q: I know your grandmother inspired the name Bluebird Growers; what have been some other influences on your business?
A: My grandfather owned a grocery store growing up. He would bring in thousands of small vegetable plants and flowers each spring. Consequently, we always had a huge veggie garden. That basically started me down this path from an early age.

bluebird2Q: Are you involved with any partnerships with local businesses?
A: We have a very close relationship with Dave the Plant Man, local garden consultant/coach. We share similar missions and work together on a regular basis to grow our annual crop.

Q: What are some unique methods you’ve created to grow produce?
A: Funnily enough we are unique because we use straight forward traditional methods for growing. We are firm believers in using a plants own physiology and defense systems to produce happy healthy plants sustainably.

Q: What are some sustainable practices you’ve utilized?
A: We use a “lean and mean” growing system. Essentially we give the plants just enough food and just enough water to be healthy. We do this by utilizing slow release organic fertilizer and precise methods of irrigation. This system reduces water usage and runoff while producing healthy, strong plants. Another unique aspect of this system is that all our plants are produced outdoors. This means they are exposed to the same conditions as they will face in our customers’ gardens. It also exposes plants to natural predators which control insects without using pesticides. These are just some of the ways we produce plants in line with our mission.

Make sure to “do your pART” and bike to the First Wednesday Art Walk and check out Bluebird Growers’ demonstration of carnivorous plants; the Green Lion Festival on Laura St, and take advantage of the free bike valet in Hemming Park.