Museum Days

If you ever find yourself bored or stuck inside on a rainy day & are over binge watching Netflix, these museum tips are for you!

Some of the best museums in our area have FREE days or at least very inexpensive admission days for you & your family to enjoy!

We have compiled a list of the museums in our community & hope you enjoy visiting them! If you’re aware of any museums we missed, please let us know!


Cummer Museum & Gardens

Individuals, couples & families can enjoy FREE admission to The Cummer every Tuesday from 4 PM to 9 pm, courtesy of Florida Blue.

Visitors can enjoy activities inspired by the permanent collection and/or special exhibitions, participate in activities that may include poetry writing & reading, lectures or symposia, scavenger hunts, storytelling, participate in hands-on art making activities in Art Connections, or take a stroll in the historic Cummer gardens.

The savings: Adult admission costs $10, students & military with I.D. $6, Seniors $6 & kids under 5 are FREE.

For more information, please visit http://www.cummermuseum.org.


 Museum of Science & History

On $5 Fridays, admission for all ages is just — well, you know — and the museum stays open late until 8 p.m.
The savings: Regular admission is $10 for adults & $6 for kids ages 3 to 12.

For more information visit http://www.themosh.org.


Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

On the first Wednesday of every month, Artwalk brings FREE museum admission for all from 5 PM to 9 PM. Also, Bank of America cardholders get FREE entry on the first Saturday and Sunday of every month.
The savings: Regular admission prices are $8 for adults & $5 for kids ages 2 to 12.

For more information on visiting MOCA go to http://www.mocajacksonville.unf.edu.

RE/MAX Unlimited Holiday Party

We had a wonderful time celebrating the Holidays with our RE/MAX Unlimited family. Our incredible Broker/Owners, Brenda & Ron Horst hosted our office party at TPC Sawgrass in the Sunset Room. The TPC Clubhouse looks stunning and is very ready for Christmas! We wish you all Happy Holidays & a very Merry Christmas!!

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Holiday Events

HOLIDAY EVENTS AROUND TOWN:

We don’t know about you, but it’s our favorite time of the year!

We love the weather, magical feeling & all of the fun Holiday events taking place in our area during the month of December, so here’s a list of some events you may want to attend.


2016 San Marco Luminaria & Live Nativity

Date & Time: Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Where: San Marco Square on San Marco Blvd.

It’s time to light the neighborhood streets for the annual San Marco Luminaria & live Nativity!

The live Nativity, another long standing San Marco Christmas tradition, will take place at the corner of Hendricks Avenue and Arbor Lane from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Live Nativity: 1090 Arbor Lane, Jacksonville, FL 32207

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2016 Riverside/Avondale Luminaria

Date & Time: Sunday, December 18, 2016 @ Sundown

Where: St Johns Avenue in Avondale (where all the restaurants & shops are)

Come see the Riverside/Avondale community turn into a Winter Wonderland! The closing of the streets, light parades, block parties & church festivities have now become a part of this great neighborhood as its annual holiday tradition. You & the family are sure to have a wonderful time! Don’t forget to take time to stop and enjoy  yummy food at one of the great restaurants in the area!

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Jacksonville’s Holiday Lights Boat Parade

Date & Time: Friday, December 30, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Where: North & Southbank Riverwalk

This year’s light parade will be part of the lead-up to the 72nd annual TaxSlayer Bowl game at EverBank Field, set for Saturday, December 31, 2016.

The Community First Jacksonville Light Boat Parade is a tradition for thousands of families & out-of-town guests who eagerly await the transformation of the St. Johns River. Whether a seafarer or landlubber, locals are sure to be dazzled by the annual Jacksonville Light Parade which features boats of every shape & size adorned with decorations that captivate senses & stimulate imaginations. This enchanted night is topped off by a signature fireworks display like no other, featuring the signature Main Street Bridge waterfalls.

Boaters interested in participating in the parade need to pre-register at http://www.jacksonvillesportscouncil.com/light-boat-parade

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St. Augustine’s ‘Nights of Lights’

Dates: November 19, 2016 through January 31, 2017

Where: Historic Downtown St. Augustine

Our nation’s Oldest City dazzles amongst three million lights. Nights of Lights was named by National Geographic as one of the TOP places in the WORLD to see beautiful Holiday lights. Visiting St. Augustine during November 19 – January 31 is one ‘event’ you won’t want to miss!

  • Stroll around St. Augustine by foot, take the Holiday Lights Trolley with 3D viewing glasses or take a fun carriage ride through the city and see beautiful St. Augustine aglow.
  • Stroll down St. George Street and visit all of the local shops & restaurants.
  • Visit Aviles Street, the OLDEST street in America with wonderful shops, restaurants, historic homes & more.
  • There are so many amazing restaurants in St. Augustine, so you may want to check out Yelp to help you decide on the one that will satisfy your budget & craving.
  • Don’t forget to have a martini at the infamous Tini Martini on the bay located at 24 Avenida Menendez!
  • HAVE FUN & TAKE PHOTOS!

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Know of any other exciting holiday events we missed? Please contact us and let us know. Thanks!

Rockaway, Inc.’s Sip & Shop

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We have LOVED Rockaway, Inc. for years now for gardening, but did you know they host fabulous events year round?

We never would have known if it weren’t for the amazing time we had at the American Cancer Society’s Cowford Ball ‘Pioneers Kickoff’ event. We had a blast working on the committee for the Cowford Ball Pioneers Kickoff & were so impressed with the Rockaway, Inc. crew & how helpful they were.

We are SO excited for their Sip & Shop and you shouldn’t miss it!

See You There! ♥


SAVE THE DATE!

Please join us for our first ever Sip & Shop under the lights at Rockaway, Inc.

Wine Decadence will provide complimentary wine (Picci Pinot Grigio, Discoveries Chardonnay, and Discoveries Cabernet Sauvignon) & beer (Intuition & Veterans United).

We will also feature light hor d’ oeuvres while you shop for all of your last minute Christmas trees, gifts, wreaths, signature centerpieces and all other holiday decor.

All pottery will be 25% off the night of the event only.

Check out the link below for more coupons!
www.rgcjax.com/coupons.html

Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016

Time: 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Location: 510 Shetter Ave, Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250

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Wine on the River – Today’s the Day!

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We are SO excited for the Wine on the River event today at Friendship Fountain & the South Bank Riverwalk downtown. It’s the inaugural year for Wine on the River in our community, so what can you expect?

Date & Time: Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM

Place: Friendship Fountain & South Bank Riverwalk

Tickets: http://www.wineontheriverjax.com/Tickets

Your ticket includes admission, a souvenir wine glass for ALL of the yummy wines you’re going to try (included in the price) and live entertainment by Fonix… the dancing is up to you!

“Around the World” is the theme for Wine on the River & you will be able to sample wine from national & international vineyards. What’s that you say? The event has more than just wine? YES! There will be hundreds of wine, beer & spirits from each selected region from around the world. AWESOME! We hope all of the samples you are able to try will encourage you to get your groove on to Fonix. They will be performing throughout the event.

Jacksonville, FL locals Fonix is an eclectic and soulful collaborative project of two local bands Jive Katz & few members from Soul Sessions that combined their acts to deliver a sound influenced by various musical backgrounds like jazz, classical, gospel, r&b and rock to create a cohesive set of powerful and intriguing music. There is much passion and positive energy that can be felt when these “old souls” take the stage. There sound, energy, and passion is so infectious that you are guaranteed to be hooked on Fonix. They not only look to provide healing through the gift of music but through helping hands as well. It’s not just music, it’s a movement!

You will also be able to purchase tasty food & treats from these LOCAL restaurants & vendors:

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And here’s ALL of the wines you will have the opportunity to taste:

120 Sauvignon Blanc
120 Rose
Secret Red Blend
Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Reserve Chardonnay

Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon
Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere
Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay
Marques de Casa Concha Merlot

Le Pettegola Vermentino
San Angelo pinot Grigio
Fernet Florio
Rosa Regale

Principessa Gavi
Maschio Prosecco
Aska Bolgheri Rosso
Bolla Tor’Alta

Biagio Chianti DOCG
Biagio Moscato D’Asti
Biagio Pinot Grigio
Biagio Prosecco

Fernet Branca
Fernet Branca Menta
Borghetti Caffe Espresso
Carpano Antica Formula

Gancia Americano Aperitivo
Gancia Asti Spumante
Gancia Prosecco

King Estate Signature Pinot Gris
King Estate Signature Pinot Noir
North by Northwest Rose
North by Northwest Red Blend
North by Northwest Chardonnay

RumChata Cream Liqueur
Tippy Cow Chocolate
Tippy Cow Orange
Tippy Cow Shamrock
Tippy Cow Vanilla

Soleil Classic Mimosa
Soleil Mango Mimosa
Soleil Pineapple Mimosa
Soleil Pomegranate Mimosa

Codorniu Anna Brut
Codorniu Dulce
Codorniu Rose

Russian Standard
Original Vodka
Platinum Vodka
ZU Bison Grass Vodka

Unibroue Beer
Blanche de Chambly
La Fin Du Monde
A Tout Le Monde
Trois Pistoles

McKenzies Cider
Black Cherry
Original
Green Apple
Seasonal
Lazy Lemon

Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon
Treana Red
Treana Blanc
Treana Chardonnay
Troublemaker Red

10 Span Cabernet Sauvignon
10 Span Chardonnay
10 Span Pinot Noir
10 Span Pinot Gris

St. George Spirits
Spiced Pear Liqueur
Citrus Vodka
Terrior Gin
Bruto Americano Aperitivo

Steele Shooting Star
Aligote
Blue Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chardonnay

Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc
Falcons Perch Pinot Noir
Arroyo  Vista Chardonnay
Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon
Fogs Reach Pinot Noir

Hahn Pinot Gris
GSM
SLH Chardonnay

SLH Pinot Noir
Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon
Boneshaker Zinfandel

Ironstone Cabernet Sauvignon
Ironstone Chardonnay
Obsession Red Blend
Obsession White Blend
Old Vines Zinfandel

Starmont Chardonnay
Starmont Pinot Noir
Starmont Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
Carneros Chardonnay

Wicked Dolphin
Coconut Rum
Black Rum
Crystal Light Rum
Spiced Reserve Rum
Gold Reserve Rum

Manifest Distillery Vodka
Manifest Distillery Gin

Palm Ridge Reserve Whiskey
Palm Ridge Rye Whiskey
Palm Ridge Virgin Whiskey

San Sebastian Lighthouse Red
San Sebastian Cabernet Sauvignon
San Sebastian Chardonnay

San Sebastian Port
San Sebastian Vintage White
San Sebastian Vintage Red

Bearing Light Rum
Bearing Amber Rum
Bearing 153 Proof Rum
Venture Craft Vodka
Venture Standard Vodka

Timber Creek Apple Pie Rum
Timber Creek Coffee Rum
Timber Creek Dark Rum
Timber Creek Bourbon Whiskey

Timber Creek Reserve Whiskey
Timber Creek Rye Whiskey
Timber Creek Light Rum
Timber Creek Vodka
Timber Creek Gold Reserve Rum

Wild Buck Rye Whiskey
Wild Buck Mermaid Rum

High Heel Brewing Company
Slingback Perry Ale
Too Hopped to Handle I.P.A.

Cloud Chaser Rose
Luc Belaire Rare Brut
Luc Belaire Rare Rose
Skeleton Gruner Veltliner
Skeleton Malbec

Jadot Beaujolais Villages
Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin a Vent
Jadot Chateau des Jacques Morgon
Jadot Chablis
Jadot Pinot Noir

Bouvet Brut
Bouvet Rose

WINE ON THE RIVER TO BENEFIT HANDS ON JACKSONVILLE

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Thank you to Republic National Distributing Company for all of the wine!

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We don’t know about you, but we are ALWAYS happy when wine is involved. ♥

See you there!

P.S. With all of the samples you will be able to experience, don’t forget about taking Uber, Lyft or a cab home if needed. We want everyone to be safe!


A big thank you to the inaugural Wine on the River Sponsors:

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Cummer Museum Sip & Shop

CUMMER SHOP
CHAMPAGNE & SHOPPING
Thursday, December 8 and Friday, December 9
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Receive an additional 20% discount on your entire purchase

You are invited to the Museum’s annual Champagne & Shopping event! Enjoy complimentary champagne and appetizers while shopping special artisans’ merchandise brought in just for this two-day event. Free admission.

View Trunk Showings:

Beer Cap Trap: Coolest way to display your love of beer

Dana Giardina Designs: Statement necklaces, current but classic

Garden Works: Perennial products to keep you growing

Handprint: Handcrafted textiles for her

Italianissimo: Very Italian modern design jewelry

Louis Sherry Chocolates: When it’s a matter of good taste

Stewart/Stand Stainless Steel Wallet: Innovative accessories for men

Swara Jewelry: Handmade jewelry with natural gemstones

Wee Gallery: Smart art for little minds

Wendy Stevens: Hand-fabricated metal handbags

Wild Hare Designs: Linens with an attitude

Broker’s Open House – Brunch & Bubbles!

Local Brokers & Agents, join us for Brunch & Bubbles

at our

Broker’s Open House in St. Augustine Shores!

Thursday, December 15th from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Enjoy a hot & tasty breakfast catered by Cracker Barrel & MIMOSAS!

We look forward to seeing you there!

CHEERS!

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Ponte Vedra Luxury Updates

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We are currently undergoing some wonderful updates! As soon as everything is up & running, we will be back and posting regularly! We can’t wait for you to see everything!

4 Reasons to Buy Your Dream Home This Winter

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As the temperature in many areas of the country starts to cool down, you might think that the housing market will do the same. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Here are 4 reasons you should consider buying your dream home this winter instead of waiting for spring!

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices have appreciated by 6.3% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 5.2% over the next year.

The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates are Projected to Increase

Your monthly housing cost is as much related to the price you pay for your home as it is to the mortgage interest rate you secure.

Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage are currently at 4.08%. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac & the National Association of Realtors are in unison, projecting that rates will increase by this time next year.

An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. A year from now, your housing expense will increase if a mortgage is necessary to buy your next home.

3. Either Way You’re Paying a Mortgage

There are some renters who have not yet purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s.

As an owner, your mortgage payment is a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to have equity in your home that you can tap into later in life. As a renter, you guarantee your landlord is the person with that equity.

Are you ready to put your housing cost to work for you?

4. It’s Time to Move on with Your Life

The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise.

But what if they weren’t? Would you wait?

Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide whether it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your family to be safer or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe now is the time to buy.

If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.


Source: Keeping Current Matters

Hurricane Matthew & the First Coast

We are very thankful here on the First Coast after Hurricane Matthew came rolling through. Despite the devastating damage, no lives were lost as a direct result of the storm.

On the way to our office in Vilano Beach yesterday, we stopped to stroll one of our favorite stretches of A1A and the beaches to see the damage left behind by Hurricane Matthew and it broke our hearts. More than 70% of the oceanfront homes from South Ponte Vedra Beach to Vilano Beach are condemned.

We also visited our beloved Ponte Vedra Inn & Club to see the damage. A majority of the beautiful dunes are gone and there’s a lot of debris to be cleaned up, but we know Ponte Vedra will come back strong, just like the other effected areas!

We know many areas in our community suffered a lot of damage, including Fernandina Beach, Downtown St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach & Jacksonville Beach and cannot wait to see these areas come back to life.

Our hearts go out to all who have lost their lives, homes and more as a result of this storm.

Please feel free to share your Hurricane Matthew stories & photos with us.

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