Poets and whiskey and late-night bonfires. Driftwood sculpture and taxidermy suspended in trees. A poetry lounge in an old bus. And Junah and Elby and Oliver. And Keri and Stephanie and Lindsey and Alex. And beggar’s tick weed taking over sculptures. A seasonal gathering. An art farm.
Jax by Jax is a literary festival at Park & King in the middle of Riverside in Jacksonville, Florida. Jax by Jax includes nine venues, 15 featured writers, almost 30 writers total, and three literary journals.
Eartha White lived in the Mission she founded on LaVilla’s West Ashley Street. She lived with the poor she helped, ate from the food she shared, and clothed herself from the donations she offered. Though she met with business leaders, mayors, governors, and presidents, she never separated herself from the poor it was her life’s purpose to help.
The Ocean Highway at Night is the story of Old A1A, a lost branch of a bypassed Florida highway, its communities of Summer Haven and Marineland, the world’s “first oceanarium,” the rock shelves of limestone coquina on the beaches, and the mysterious mayors of these coastal podunks.
It’s built to last 1,000 years–at least. Never mind Hurricane Dora in 1964. Never mind the kids who swung from chandeliers in the “Abandoned Castle” in 1967. Leon Cheek never got to give his mansion the life he envisioned for it, but Jerry Ferguson has.
Supposedly Ginger’s Place is haunted by the former burlesque dancer who once ran the bar, not by the building’s history of bikers, storm floods, or the former owner who stayed upstairs in her wheelchair after her husband died at the jukebox.
Ernest Hemingway supposedly visited just about every bar that’s been around long enough. Pete’s Bar has the proof in the pictures on the walls. But how many bars can claim the ultra-reclusive J.D. Salinger came by for a drink?