As if a walking tour of a one the finest examples of arts-and-crafts architecture in Greater Jacksonville isn’t enough to titillate your interest, a GreaterJax™ legend receives her honorary doctorate on Thursday.
The Historic Springfield neighborhood in Central Jacksonville hosts its 35th annual tour homes highlighting turn of the 20th century design and much more.
It’s the perfect excuse to hit Sweet Pete’s, too.
May 30 marks a milestone for dolphin-kind when Miss Nellie celebrates her 60th birthday, Marineland’s® 75th anniversary and receives her PhD from Jacksonville University in thanks for her service as school mascot.
And if you need still more entertainment, hit the Wild West Show in Palatka on Saturday.
It’s all part of fun now that festival season is over and GreaterJax™ heats up for the summer.
– GJE –
- 35th Annual Springfield Home & Garden Tour – Sat., June 1 & Sun., June 2, 1-5 p.m. Check in at the City Kidz Cafe Event Room, 1303 N. Main St., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: $15. Presented by the Springfield Preservation & Revitalization and featuring turn-of-the-century single-family homes, a picturesque chapel, labyrinth and historic home restored into a successful business and bountiful gardens. Surprises, musical performances, local history, classic cars and more. Call 904–353-2272 for more information. www.sparcouncil.org/spring_home_garden_tour_2013
A Celebration of Nellie – Thurs., May 30, 10:30 a.m. Marineland® Dolphin Adventure Pavilion, 9600 Oceanshore Blvd., St. Augustine, Fla. Celebrate Nellie’s 60th year and the 75th anniversary of Marineland®. Nellie will receive her honorary doctorate from Jacksonville University where she has served as mascot since 1970. Includes a birthday card to sign, a video tribute and family fun activities. For more information, call 904-471-1111 or visit marineland.net.
Feel the Wheels – Sat., June 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Augustine Outlets, East Side I-95, 500 Outlet Mall Blvd., St. Augustine, Fla. Admission: $5 for Kids ages 2 & up, accompanying adults FREE. The Junior Service League presents this benefit for the Children’s Museum of St. Johns County, a unique interactive event that allows children to see, touch and explore big trucks and vehicles on display. Come and explore military vehicles, semi trucks, service vehicles and much more. 904-540-4001 or www.facebook.com/FeelTheWheels.
Horse Tales Literacy Project – Thurs., 10:30-11:30 a.m. Equestrian Center of Jacksonville, 13611C Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: $5. Includes a live equine performance with rides and horses from the Arabian Nights dinner theatre in Kissimmee. 904-573-3163 or horsetalesliteracy.org.
The Knights of Mayhem Ultimate Joust – Thurs., May 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thurs., Knights Feast, 6-9 p.m., Thurs., 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun., Patriot’s Ranch, 375 Tinsley Rd., Florahome, Fla. Features the band Jamocracy Fri., 6-9 p.m. and The Ride Sat., 6-9 p.m. Includes a Knights Auction (dinner with a knight) Sun., 5-6 p.m. Admission: $25 Adults, $15 Kids 10-17 each day. Knights Feast $30. 4-day pass Adults $80, Kids 4-day pass $40. For more information, call 352-231-9880 or visit knightsofmayhemultimatejoust.com.
National Trails Day – Sat., June 1, 10 a.m. Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast, Fla. Admission: $5 per vehicle up to 8 passengers. Join a Park Ranger on a guided hike through the maritime hammock and estuary of Washington Oaks, while stopping along the way to discuss flora and fauna native to Florida. Call 386-446-6783 for more information or visit www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks.
Ride & Roll Dice Roll – Sat., June 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Adamec Harley-Davidson of Jacksonville, 8909 Baymeadows Rd., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: $15 rider, $5 passenger. To benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. 904-378-7146 or jdrf.org/rideandroll
Union Garrison –June 1 & 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (9 a.m.-Noon Sun.) Fort Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, Fla. Admission: $6 per vehicle up to 8 people, $6 per 1-person vehicle, $2 bicyclists & pedestrians. Fort admission $2. Live demonstrations, living history interpreters and soldier drills. 904-277-7274 or floridastateparks.org/fort-clinch .
Wild West Show – Sat., June 1, 6:30 p.m. Palatka Horseman’s Club Arena, 181 Horseman’s Club Rd., Palatka, Fla. Admission: $10. Includes a shooting competition, Custer’s Last Stand re-enactment, Ghost Dance, a western costume contest, Crossfire Cowgirls drill team and Willard Powell the Lone Indian Chief Liberty Horses. 386-326-7253.
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