At Hemming Park, JFK plaque sparked awareness of how times change

I’d never noticed it somehow—the plaque dedicated to the late John F. Kennedy at Hemming Park in Jacksonville, FL. Wandering around, taking in sights and sounds around me, I stopped to snap a photo and contemplate what the plaque meant. I had no idea JFK had delivered a speech at Hemming Park on October 18, 1960. Continue reading “At Hemming Park, JFK plaque sparked awareness of how times change”

Changes ahead for the Daysies in 2020

firepitFinally Rebecca, Jennifer, and I had a chance to get together and talk about what’s ahead for The Crazy Daysies in 2020. Some things will change, but the most important thing will stay the same.

The band will be doing more shows out of the area. As the Daysies’ Web presence has grown, their supporter base has broadened. In addition to Florida cities, we’ve got Georgia, South Carolina, and maybe North Carolina in our sights for right now. Of course they’ll be doing shows here at home as well, just not as many as before. Continue reading “Changes ahead for the Daysies in 2020”

Hemming Park gets ready for second Hispanic heritage celebration

Hemming Park; image Indie Art SouthIt’s no secret Hemming Park is one of my favorite places in Jacksonville. You see so many different kinds of people, and it’s wonderful to talk to many of them. I can’t think of another location in North Florida that features events celebrating all the different mixes of cultures our city is blessed with. On September 21, the Park will host the second Hispanic heritage Celebration, and I can guarantee you it will be a lot of fun. Continue reading “Hemming Park gets ready for second Hispanic heritage celebration”

Key personal moment marks my visit to Hemming Park

Yesterday Rebecca did a solo show at Hemming Park in downtown Jacksonville. The day was hot, but shade from the trees and a gentle breeze made it comfortable. I met so many people as I did roadie duties, and every exchange was pleasant. I took note of all the different types of people there. The park is, like our country, a melting pot. After the performance ended, I witnessed something that touched me deeply. Continue reading “Key personal moment marks my visit to Hemming Park”

St. Patrick’s Day breaking news: It’s worth $6 billion

Many of us can claim Irish ancestry to some degree, and our official holiday is St. Patrick’s Day. Lots of people, regardless of ethnicity, culturally appropriate this holiday to join in the fun.

It seems the celebration of this saint’s day grows more popular each year, and information from the National Retail Federation appears to confirm that.  Continue reading “St. Patrick’s Day breaking news: It’s worth $6 billion”