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From my friend Brenda
"The purpose of the event is to bring the community together for a
slow and scenic fall bicycle ride through the historic neighborhoods
of Riverside, Avondale and Ortega while directly benefitting the
students of Lee High School and to create awareness of any needs the school has and help meet them in order to improve the student
experience and student performance, improve the overall reputation of the school and subsequently make the surrounding neighborhoods more well-rounded."
Toe-nay and Bran-day --
Just in case you want to add it to your Constant Contact weekly newsletter, we've got some cool entertainment this week
The Human Volcano is back! Dallas The Fire Guy will explode his giant fireball every hour on the hour. This week will be invaded by aborigines. Just returned from Australia, Eric Wendoff is making a special appearance in native aborigine costume and will play his amazing array of didgeridoos. We also have another command performance Joe Watts, nationally regarded jazz vocalist, who among other credits was music director for former Supreme Mary Wilson on her European tour.
Plus magic, juggling, balloons, clowns, and over a dozen different musicians. Is RAM a great place or what!?
Our headliner on the River Stage is Martha's Trouble, a high energy pop/folk rock/alternative band that is coming to RAM as part of its national concert tour. The band won BillBoard Critics Top 10's for 2008 and was named USA Today Online's Top Holiday Album.
The Riverside Arts Market Combines a Salute to Our Local Heroes with an Acrobatic Circus on November 7th.
The Riverside Arts Market (RAM) will pay a special "Salute to Our Local Heroes" on November 7th, as part of the City of Jacksonville's celebration of "A Week of Valor." With the City's events focusing mainly on honoring our brave military, RAM will join the celebration with a tribute to the valor of our local firemen and policemen who serve our community.
One of the stars of the show will be a 1926 antique LaFrance Hook and Ladder antique fire engine on display. It will be joined by the city's largest modern fire truck, a big red battle station in which kids will enjoy getting to sit in the rear cab. At the nearby riverfront, the Jacksonville Fire Department's impressive fire boat, "Marine One," will be on display for viewers and will perform demonstrations of its high firing water cannons.
Veteran firemen will be on the scene to discuss the history of firefighting in Jacksonville, and there will be a book signing for the Jacksonville Historical Society's award-winning book, The Great Fire of 1901. There will also be displays of historic fire-related memorabilia from the Jacksonville Fire Museum and an extensive showcase of antique uniforms, equipment, badges and historical pieces from our local police.
In addition to the colorful fire equipment, the Riverside Arts Market will also take on a circus-like atmosphere on November 7th with special free performances by several renowned touring acts.
Rocco the Acrobat has been applauded around the United States as one of this country's top street performers. His high energy act includes acrobatics, hand balance, unicycling, juggling, and comedy. His feats of strength and agility are highlighted by his gravity-defying stunts of Chinese pole balancing.
Another nationally popular act that will appear at RAM is "The Rick, Rocket and Daisy Show". This fast-paced comedy, juggling, trained dog, unicycle and music show stars "Rocket" and "Daisy," two remarkable circus dogs that put the WOW into "bowwow." Their owner Rick Stratton is a master showman and does most of the juggling in the show. This is one of the all-time favorite acts at Key West's Sunset Festival.
Fresh from a critically acclaimed European tour are Aimee German & Jenny Sargent, a.k.a. The Leroy Sisters, performing excerpts from their comedy act, Canarsie Suite. They were called "Mutant Clown Geniuses" by a reviewer in Prague and "Physically the funniest act I have seen for a long time - I have not laughed so much for weeks!" in England. This amazing proto-vaudevillian duo will dance and sing and clown their way into your heart. Not to mention the acrobatic gorilla!
And there is more! David Ferman, the 16-year-old national champion juggler will juggle fire, knives, and just about anything else he can get his hands on. The Fabulous Clown Family (Pop-Pop, Floopie, Dottie, and Lemon Verbena) will be back at RAM with their usual clown tricks. In addition, there will be balloon artists, belly dancers, and eight different musical groups performing in the market. This week's headline musical act on RAM's River Stage will be acclaimed songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist Kristi Stice.
Over 16 years in the planning, the Riverside Arts Market is a weekly extravaganza that draws 10,000 to 20,000 people every Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The focus of the Riverside Arts Market is artistic expression, and the 160 artists who display their works present a wide array of artwork from oil paintings and sculpture to hand-made gifts. With over one football field's area of covered space beneath the bridge, the artists can exhibit without having to worry about rain or the hot sun, since it is an all-weather market. The Riverside Arts Market is free and has over 1,000 free parking spaces next to it.
RAM also has a huge fresh produce section in its Farmer's Market, and many visitors come every week to select their locally grown fruit and vegetables. Fresh tomatoes, pumpkins, citrus, corn, squash and goat cheese have been among the biggest hits in recent weeks. There are also food vendors who sell ready-to-eat meals ranging from shrimp creole to barbeque to beignets, which can be eaten in the riverfront dining area while listening to free music.
With it wide array of artwork and dozens of talented street performers and musicians, this spectacular riverfront artists' market has attracted over 300,000 people since its Grand Opening on Saturday, April 4, 2009. It has quickly become one of Jacksonville's most popular free weekend family outings.