Mandarin Art Festival celebrates 51 years

Mandarin Art Festival celebrates 51 years

Easter weekend is April 20 – 21 and for the 51st year, the Mandarin Art Festival will be held on the holiday weekend. More »

Therapy Animal Coalition matches up volunteer teams with organizations

Therapy Animal Coalition matches up volunteer teams with organizations

Pet therapy animals are different from service animals and emotional support animals. More »

New tiger cubs at St. Augustine Wild Reserve

New tiger cubs at St. Augustine Wild Reserve

Recently, the St. Augustine Wild Reserve received two new tiger cubs, Rupa and Shiva, from an animal compound out of state. More »

Back in Time with Brett  |  Steamship Maple Leaf – Part 1

Back in Time with Brett | Steamship Maple Leaf – Part 1

Life froze at Mandarin Point on April 1, 1864, and now, wrenched in the depths of the murky St. Johns River, rests the world’s largest known repository of Civil War artifacts known. More »

 

Mandarin NewsLine

Mandarin Art Festival celebrates 51 years

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

Easter weekend is April 20 – 21 and for the 51st year, the Mandarin Art Festival will be held on the holiday weekend. The festivities will take place on the grounds of the Mandarin Community Club, 12447 Mandarin Road, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Easter Sunday.

Get to Know … Stacey Goldring

By Martie Thompson
editor@floridanewsline.com

During Stacey Goldring’s first visit to Mandarin about 30 years ago, she met her future husband. On her second visit, she found her new hometown. Goldring earned a journalism degree from Ohio State University and it was while on Spring Break that she visited her cousins in Mandarin and met Bruce, who attended the University of Florida and was her cousin’s roommate in Gainesville. After getting married, the couple spent time in South Florida, where Stacey wrote for several newspapers and Bruce, an airline pilot, had easy access to three airports.

Back in Time with Brett | Steamship Maple Leaf – Part 1

By Brett Nolan
mail@floridanewsline.com

Life froze at Mandarin Point on April 1, 1864, and now, wrenched in the depths of the murky St. Johns River, rests the world’s largest known repository of Civil War artifacts known. This month we dive into the history behind the Maple Leaf before she reached her watery grave. Part 2 will follow in May.

Captain David’s Fishing Report

By Captain David Lifka
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If you have never given surf fishing a try at any of our area beaches, right now is the perfect time of year to do so. Mild temperatures and calming spring winds make for easy and comfortable fishing conditions. As spring continues to progress, the whiting bite is going strong and the pompano bite is steadily on the increase.

Gardening | Spring promise

By Master Gardener Lesley Arrandale
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As of early March, it has rained fairly frequently, temperatures have been variable but generally milder than usual, and the azaleas are blooming beautifully. The ground is warming up and daylight hours are slowly lengthening. I was delighted to see my first hummingbird, probably a resident, during the third week in February, and by the end of February there were gulf fritillary butterflies looking for passion vine (Passiflora incarnata) on which to lay eggs. In my vegetable bed, I found a beautiful spider, Argiope aurantia, or yellow garden spider, sitting in its web with two neatly wrapped but unidentifiable food packets. Its web is very distinctive, with a dense zig-zag, ladder-like vertical structure across the center. (My dilemma is how to relocate it — this species can bite — since I need to clear the bed for summer vegetables.) And then along came an iridescent green and rusty brown dung beetle, Phanaeus vindex, probably drawn to the area because of local cats…!