Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving! Don't get too pasted!

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From my friend Brenda

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Loft Living is Quality Living.



I was talking to a friend of mine who is looking for a new pad. After hearing what he wanted to be around and what type of space I sent him to the WA Knight lofts right on Adams Street downtown. Downtown is more fun that it has ever been and I have always been able to find cool people and tons to do. Now it seems like there is way more than there ever was. These are excellent lofts in the heart of Downtown. You have Chew beneath you for one thing, and the mighty mighty St. Johns is a one minute walk downhill. I know, I used to live there. Go check them out if you are in the market. They usually don't have many, if any, vacancies and it looks like they have five open now. The neighbors are cool. Some great folks live there. I just heared from my buddy that they have specials right now so call and ask!

Speaking of Market. There are also a couple of lofts available for rent in Historic Springfield. The 1926 built collegiate gothic Public school 24 has a couple lofts available. Reasonable rents ($800) gets you great space, lots of light through huge windows, vaulted ceilings, exposed brick everywhere, lots of cool stuff with onsite gated parking.

There are too many advantages to living in the urban core to mention, check any page of this blog for proof. I will say both my Mom and my wife and I have lived in both of these buildings and we love them both. You can be inspired by living in historic loft conversion. Just saying.

Friday, November 20, 2009

FREE MARTINIS! FREE MARTINIS! FREE MARTINIS!



image from loleg (more girls in glasses)

This is one of those rare but great times where reading my blog really pays off. Finally you say.

This time it pays off in FREE MARTINIS. I kid you not. Tonight as part of the most amazing concert festicrawl Conmoto (what is that?), Three Olives Vodka is featuring FREE MARTINIS upstairs of the Burrito Gallery from 11pm to 1am. No entry upstairs until after 11. This will be a lot of fun. The room will feature local art and some of the coolest people in Jax, along with the great clean taste of Three Olives vodka.

Voted #1 Tasting Vodka in Russian Life Magazine.

Also, if you would like to meet the bands, they will be eating at the BG today from 5 to 7pm. There are a TON of really great signed and unsigned bands and artists in this city right now. Go down and get to know them if you want. That way when they blow up they will talk about you before their encore and stuff. Also if you are in one of those bands you get 20% off of food at BG tonight during that 5pm to 7pm slot.

FULL FESTICRAWL LINE UP HERE!

Don't say I never did anything for you.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Bikevember Fest! This Saturday at the Riverside Arts Market! BIKE ON DOWN!

Riverside Arts Market from Michael Walter on Vimeo.



BIKEVEMBER FEST!

Who: Biking Community and anyone with a bike or need for one!


What: A bike centric Riverside Arts Market!

When: November 21st from 10 am to 4 pm

Where: Under the Fuller Warren Bridge

Between Fidelity and Red Cross on Riverside Avenue

At the South End of the Riverwalk

About:

Bikevember Fest is an effort to advocate and encourage bike riding to the Riverside Arts Market.

The Riverside Arts Market is dedicate to reducing its impact on the environment and Bikevember Fest is a special celebration; reducing our carbon foot print and enjoying our great neighborhoods and river by bike.

To celebrate Bikevember Fest we will have special bike vendors and workshops.

Come by bike or buy or test one on site. Learn about our extensive biking community and get some fresh air on two wheels! Find out about upcoming events and rides and groups with bikes at heart. You can get a tune up or just ask an expert about all your burning bike questions.

If you are up for it, you can join the Tour de St. Johns (
http://tourdestjohns.com/ )
"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."


Bikevember Fest is also a way for Riverside Arts Market to thank and promote Bike Jax's Free Bike Valet. For our entire market season Bike Jax ( http://bikejax.org ) has volunteered their time, equipment, and know how to provide Absolutely Free Bicycle Valet for the arts market customers. Making biking to the arts market easy for thousands of biking participants Bike Valet has a friendly easy to use service and provides on site parking! Riverside Arts Market is one, if not the only, weekly arts markets in the country that features free bike valet (or any bike valet). There are a few farmers markets who have them and a couple yearly arts festivals. Bike Valet is a great project and is admired by markets near and far. Support your bike valet, get in a good ride, and support an amazing market.

Our consistent valet promotes riding because:
1. It is easier than locking, just roll it up.
2. Cuts out accessory theft and theft in general
3. Increases bike parking at the market 500%

Bike on down but bring your backpack or basket because we have some amazing art, food, and local produce! Local art is THE BEST GIFT YOU CAN GIVE!

Speaking of produce, here are some cheesy highlights this Saturday!

Sweet Grass Dairy:
Greenhill: Double cream cows milk cheese pasteurized and made in the style of a brie with a creamy buttery flavor. A holiday baked Brie with the addition of a fruit conserve is truly a simple pleasure.

Fresh Chevre HDP: A smooth creamy goats milk cheese on the style of a cream or ricotta cheese blended with Herbs De Provence a true creamy delight. An excellent accompaniment for holiday dishes.

Georgia Gouda: This raw cows milk cheese is full of subtle Gouda richness made and aged in the traditional way. This cheese will make a macaroni and cheese you will never forget.

Eden: A raw goats milk cheese with a rind that is hand rubbed in rosemary, basil and grape seed oil resulting in an intoxicating flavor. The herbal aroma is reminiscent of of the woods in which our goats graze. Try this with some berried cranberry sauce, yummy.

Cyprus: A raw cows milk cheese with a blend of sundried tomatoes, olives, basil, garlic and sea salt. A full flavored cheese that is a pasta salad delight.

Dante: Made in the style of a ricotta salada this pasteurized goats milk cheese has the full flavor of a feta style cheese. A spinach salad with a light vinaigrette, walnuts, bacon and Dante is a special treat.

Asher Blue: Along with all of our award winning cheeses, Asher Blue just won a Bronze metal at the World Cheese Awards held in the Canary Islands. This blue has an excellent flavor and finish. The delicate blue veining is full of flavor and the creamy texture crumbles easily for salads or as a topper for steaks and burgers.

Myrtlewood: A raw cow's milk cheese aged over three months. The natural rind is washed in a mixture of wax myrtle leaves, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and sea salt. The firm texture and unique washed rind lend dry and complex flavors, making this cheese perfect for a soufflé or beer and cheese soup.

Be sure to stop by out tent and sample all of our all natural, no additive, no preservative cheeses and pick up a few recipes while you are there!


Twinn Bridges: This week we have lettuce, arugula, kale, asian greens, watermelon radishes, chinese broccoli, mustards, hot peppers, brazing greens, napa cabbage, European Cucumbers, and pea shoots!

Magnolia Farms: you can always count on magnolia farms csa farm for certified naturally grown local produce picked fresh from our field...this week we have red russian kale , blk tuscan kale(bring it on chefs!) ed japanese long RADISH, ARUGULA AND BABY BEET SALAD MIX...COLLARDS, BROCOLI RAAB, DAIKON RADISH READY FOR MISO SOUP!

Down to Earth Farms: Down to Earth will have delicious salad mix, Red russian and dino kale, turnips, pac choi, arugula, cilantro, dill and some vegetable plants for your garden such as broccoli and cilantro.

Reeds Groves: Reed's Groves and Produce will have OUR OWN CITRUS, coming from OUR OWN groves and being washed and waxed according to state law in OUR OWN packing house. This fruit will include: Sugar Navels, Red Navels (blood oranges), the unique REED tangerine, ambersweet tangeloes, Flame Red grapefruit, and of course the Pink Pummello. Along with that we will have Central Florida Tomatoes, kirby cucumbers, bell pepper, eggplant and several other vegetables coming form OUR cousins farm in Webster Florida

SAVE THE DATES:

November 28 BLACK SATURDAY!
December 19 LAST RAM OF THE SEASON AND PARTY ON THE RIVER (6:30pm to 10pm) - More info to follow
January 9th through February 27th- FRAM (Farmers at RAM)- farm only market. Park on the lot and pick up your produce!


HouseKeeping for Artists!

We are all having such a blast that I think it is important to review your traffic maps and rules.

RAM has ONE WAY traffic. Enter on Riverside Avenue, exit through Red Cross. No cars allowed on site after 9:30am. PACK UP AT 4 pm!

Don't go get your car until you are packed up. Don't get on site then park and pack. Its rude and clogs up the whole works. No cars are allowed on the lot until 4:15pm. Pack up first, then go get your car. We cannot continue to block Riverside Avenue and you are not allowed to enter through Red Cross. No exceptions!

At email time we do have Red Cross parking for food vendors and handicapped tags. Things may change. Remain flexible.

Do not bring more than one car on the lot at a time. I realize that shared booths have multiple cars. Stagger your arrival time.

PER OUR GUIDELINES: VENDORS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BRING DOGS OR PETS.

NO HAWKING: Make the design of your booth and your goods/art be the enticement. DO NOT CALL PEOPLE OVER TO YOUR BOOTH. They will see you and they will come. Especially if your booth looks inviting and or appetizing.

No plastic bags unless they are biodegradable. Kings Kountry Farms has some available if you need some. Our final market months are important. We run a tight ship and we expect you to too.

Keep your tents within your area. Your area is defined by the little silver discs. I have been letting folks slide when it is close but am going to be more rigid on this rule. If you are next to a berm that already sticks out into the flow of traffic you may come out some. But chairs and other things into the path will not work. You will be asked to move it. Again, the better the display the less likely you will need to be all out in peoples way. People will come into your lovely booth. You just have to make it lovely.

Bring enough change to last the day. Change is not provided at water tables, the information booth, or from electrical fees! Bring 1s and 5s because people will always pay with 20s!

It is your market, so help us get the word out. I will have extra rack cards for you to distribute if you need any but remember to remind friends and co-workers that you are at RAM this weekend. If everyone gets 10 new people a week that is more than 1500 new folks. As your market, start looking for ways to improve your sales. This is not our job, we provide a well run award winning market for peanuts (most people pay $36 or less).

Also, we are COMPLETELY BOOKED most of the market days left. If you are an approved artist and would like Brandy to know that you would like to be on the list in case of cancellations, send her an email with the date you would like to participate. Only applicable to completely sold out markets. There is no guarantee of any cancellations.

Think of this as your investment in the community not the other way around.

We love our artists, farmers, kitchens, volunteers, and customers! Thank you all for making our work so much fun!

Tony & Brandy & Shannon & the Crew

PS- We always need new volunteers! New and existing volunteers will get free passes to MOCA while supplies last! Shannon's email is volunteer.ram@gmail.com. Let her know when you want to join the best volunteer group in the nation! Our vols get the only currently available RAM tshirts and invites to exclusive special events. Not to mention the awesome feeling one gets helping us pull off the best thing to happen since the river.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Only 6 RAM's LEFT THIS SEASON!! YOU MUST ATTEND THEM ALL!



This is our headliner Saturday on the River stage at the transportation museum in Pensacola. Where I growed up.

OK MUST may be a little strong.

You don't want to miss the remaining Riverside Arts Market this Saturday and the next 5 Saturdays after that. That is all I am trying to say.

Why? Because these remaining markets are packed with great art, craft, food, and farm opportunities. And Saturday is going to be AMAZING.

If you think we were a little edgy and weird before, you are going to flip out when you see us now.

I'll just go ahead and give you another few words from our RAMFather, emphasis mine:

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

Street Performers:
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.

Love,
Uncle Woody


Uncle Woody spends a lot of time reaching out to the 5 corners of the globe to bring you diverse entertainment all fun, all family friendly, and all FREE. Thanks UNKY WOOD!

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.

Visit http://www.riversideartsmarket.com.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

DO THIS NOW!!!!!!!



Seriously. This can only happen with your help and will happen IF YOU HELP! JUST LIKE OBAMA!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

17 Ring Circus is an understatement for this Saturday's RAM!



I insist you click the line up link.

I'll just go ahead and give you another few words from our RAMFather:

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.

Visit http://www.riversideartsmarket.com.


Love our Farmer's Row? We do too! Here is just a sample of some things you will find fresh off our local and regional farms:

104: Happy Plants: Jade, Spider, Aloe, and other succulents.

204-205: Twinn Bridges: heirloom lettuces, hot peppers, sweet peppers, fresh cut herbs, fresh cut flowers, eggplants, arugula, red Russian kale, scotch kale, brazing mix, pea shoots, micro greens, asian greens, watermelon radishes, "seedless" cucumbers: all farmed with no pesticides!

Angeles Farms:101: An okra, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, eggplant

206: Marilyn Dye: medium and large red furry mandevillas

The Jaguars will be back in booth 004! Win or lose we LOVE OUR JAGS! We have been selling Jags tickets at a good clip. Make RAM your go to spot for tickets and show your love for the home town products!

HouseKeeping for Artists!

We are all having such a blast that I think it is important to review your traffic maps and rules.

RAM has ONE WAY traffic. Enter on Riverside Avenue, exit through Red Cross. No cars allowed on site after 9:30am. PACK UP AT 4 pm!

Don't go get your car until you are packed up. Don't get on site then park and pack. Its rude and clogs up the whole works. No cars are allowed on the lot until 4:15pm. Pack up first, then go get your car. We cannot continue to block Riverside Avenue and you are not allowed to enter through Red Cross. No exceptions!

At email time we do have Red Cross parking for food vendors and handicapped tags. Things may change. Remain flexible.

Do not bring more than one car on the lot at a time. I realize that shared booths have multiple cars. Stagger your arrival time.

PER OUR GUIDELINES: VENDORS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BRING DOGS OR PETS.

NO HAWKING: Make the design of your booth and your goods/art be the enticement. DO NOT CALL PEOPLE OVER TO YOUR BOOTH. They will see you and they will come. Especially if your booth looks inviting and or appetizing.

No plastic bags unless they are biodegradable. Kings Kountry Farms has some available if you need some. Our final market months are important. We run a tight ship and we expect you to too.

Keep your tents within your area. Your area is defined by the little silver discs. I have been letting folks slide when it is close but am going to be more rigid on this rule. If you are next to a berm that already sticks out into the flow of traffic you may come out some. But chairs and other things into the path will not work. You will be asked to move it. Again, the better the display the less likely you will need to be all out in peoples way. People will come into your lovely booth. You just have to make it lovely.

Bring enough change to last the day. Change is not provided at water tables, the information booth, or from electrical fees! Bring 1s and 5s because people will always pay with 20s!

It is your market, so help us get the word out. I will have extra rack cards for you to distribute if you need any but remember to remind friends and co-workers that you are at RAM this weekend. If everyone gets 10 new people a week that is more than 1500 new folks. As your market, start looking for ways to improve your sales. This is not our job, we provide a well run award winning market for peanuts (most people pay $36 or less).

Also, we are COMPLETELY BOOKED most of the market days left. If you are an approved artist and would like Brandy to know that you would like to be on the list in case of cancellations, send her an email with the date you would like to participate. Only applicable to completely sold out markets. There is no guarantee of any cancellations.

Think of this as your investment in the community not the other way around.

We love our artists, farmers, kitchens, volunteers, and customers! Thank you all for making our work so much fun!

Tony & Brandy & Shannon & the Crew

PS- We always need new volunteers! New and existing volunteers will get free passes to MOCA while supplies last! Shannon's email is volunteer.ram@gmail.com. Let her know when you want to join the best volunteer group in the nation! Our vols get the only currently available RAM tshirts and invites to exclusive special events. Not to mention the awesome feeling one gets helping us pull off the best thing to happen since the river.

You too could get this email weekly!

(opt out is easy)

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

ART WALK IS TONIGHT! ACT BUSY!



phlyer: jaxscene

So the new under(actually above)ground show will be at 229 Hogan. Some of the city's best and brightest artists will be showing and use this space as studio/gallery space. I see this quickly becoming the indoor version of the Haydon Burns alley which is actually going to have a great show again tonight.

If you don't go out to this art walk NEVER TALK TO ME ABOUT THE CULTURE PROBLEMS OF THIS CITY AGAIN. Seriously. It won't end well.

Click here for DVI official map. Make this happen.