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Fun To Do This Weekend: One Spark

One Spark 2014

Looking for something fun (and FREE!) to do with your sweetie this weekend? Head to downtown Jacksonville for One Spark!

One Spark is the World’s Crowdfunding Festival, and it takes place right here in Jacksonville. Over 600 creators are on hand to showcase their ideas in the fields of art, innovation, science, technology and music. Held over 20 square blocks, you can also enjoy the food village and beer village, plus tons of live bands. And where else can you see a giant Goldfish (known as “Colonel Crackers”) floating in the Hemming Plaza fountain?!

The 5-day festival started on Wednesday with an estimate 40,000 people attending the first day. Free parking is available at the convention center parking lot, and then you can take the free Skyway (did you know Jacksonville has a Skyway? A lot of people don’t!). Or, you can park at EverBank Field and take the free shuttle bus.

You’re probably asking, what exactly is crowdfunding? Well, the concept is that great ideas can be found everywhere. But not everyone has the resources to find large-scale investments. So crowdfunding take little donations or investments ($5/$10/$50 etc.) and pools them together to make big things happen.

When you visit One Spark, you can vote for your favorite projects (known as “creators”), and the creators that get the most votes win a share of over $300,000 in prize money. Or, if you see a project you are passionate about, you can even contribute right on the spot.

One Spark is FREE to attend, so why not check it out? Plus, it’s a good chance to see how awesome Jacksonville is, in case you might forget. Visit for everything you need know!

Don’t Forget To Relax!

Jacksonville date ideas - Friendship Fountain

We see so many couples get completely wrapped up in their wedding plans. And yes, it is an important day. Some say, THE most important day. But it is just ONE day, after all! Now is the time that you should also be focusing on building your relationship. Take some time off from work, school, and yes, wedding planning to spend some time together. Here are a few cheap (or even free!) activities to do around Jacksonville as a couple:

  • Art Walk: Downtown Jacksonville’s Art Walk is held from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm on the first Wednesday of each month. 30-40 galleries, museums, restaurants, bars and other businesses showcase visual and live art. Art Walks are also held at the beaches and in St. Augustine.
  • Riverside Arts Market: Every Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Riverside comes alive with the Riverside Arts Market. RAM features the work of up to 160 artists, musical entertainment, street performers, food vendors, and a fresh produce market! Admission and parking are free.
  • Apron’s Cooking School: The Publix location on San Jose Blvd. at I-295 has a hidden secret – it’s home to one of only seven Apron’s Cooking Schools in the country! Check out their Couples Cooking series, including topics like Great Grilling and Mexico. While prices range from $40-60 per person, you get a great meal, often paired with beer or wine.
  • Cummer Museum: From 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Tuesday evenings, admission to the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens is free! Grab a bite to eat at the Tree Cup Cafe and enjoy dinner in the beautiful gardens.
  • Candlelight Tours of Ft. Clinch State Park: Guided tours of Fort Clinch take place Friday and Saturday evenings after sundown during the summer.  Reservations are required for Candlelight Tours. While you are in Fernandina Beach, have dinner in the historic district!
  • Friendship Fountain: Long known as an icon of downtown Jacksonville, the Friendship Fountain underwent a massive renovation last year. There are now nightly light shows set to music from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Stop by Bistro AIX to pick up a delicious dessert as you enjoy the show! (Shown in the photo above, via

Mobile Apps: What Do You Want?

Today, I finally joined the Android revolution.

I’ve been wanting an Android phone for quite a while now, but wanted to wait for contract renewal time to get a better price.  So I waited and studied and researched, and then waited some more, because the MyTouch 3G Slide from T-Mobile was coming out.  Today.  And now I am the proud owner of one, in white of course!

I noticed that a lot of wedding photographers have Android apps, and being a computer geek I want one too.  So the question is, what would you, as a bride or wedding professional, want to see in a First Coast Weddings app?

Many such apps combine blog syndication and Twitter feeds, but is that really something a bride would use every day?  I don’t think I’m all that interesting.

So let me know what is missing in your Android life – and I’ll try to make it happen!

I Now Pronounce You…

This video is good for a chuckle!

Meredith & Derek (05.07.09-maybe?!)

So I am a huge Gray’s Anatomy fan.  Seriously.  “Addicted” is probably a good word for it.  So with tonight’s 100th episode and the pending nuptials of Drs. Gray and Shepherd, I’m counting down the hours to 9:00 pm Eastern.

For those of you that care, and haven’t checked it out already, “Izzy” has created a wedding website via The Knot.  Just like the wedding websites of non-fictional characters, the site include wedding details, the story of the proposal, and a guest book.

grays anatomy website

But the question remains…will tonight really be “I do” for Meredith and Derek?  Or maybe for Izzy and Alex?  Holding my breath already with my box of tissues close at hand!