Summer tradition benefits First Coast No More Homeless Pets

Summer tradition benefits First Coast No More Homeless Pets

This year’s pet supply drive netted approximately 400 pounds of dry dog food, 285 pounds of dry cat food, and nearly 200 pounds of kitty litter for First Coast No More Homeless Pets. More »

Beach renourishment takes step forward

Beach renourishment takes step forward

“We are thrilled that the county will be hiring a coastal engineer to restore the beach and that they are putting in some initial funding for it,” Save Ponte Vedra Beach co-founder Lori Moffett said. More »

Back in Time with Brett: The Bowden House

Back in Time with Brett: The Bowden House

On Loretto Road sits a house that exemplifies the rural charm of Mandarin ... a simple home with “strong vertical character” that dates back to the turn of the century. More »

Brush up your Shakespeare at Alhambra’s “Kiss Me Kate”

Brush up your Shakespeare at Alhambra’s “Kiss Me Kate”

Audiences at Alhambra Theatre and Dining are in for a double treat with this rollicking battle of the sexes. More »

 

Mandarin NewsLine

Brush up your Shakespeare at Alhambra’s “Kiss Me Kate”

By Martie Thompson
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“Kiss Me Kate” is basically Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” adapted for the stage by Jeremy Sams and featuring music and lyrics by Cole Porter … and audiences at Alhambra Theatre and Dining are in for a double treat with this rollicking battle of the sexes. The music and lyrics are integrated into the script (Porter’s response to Rodgers & Hammerstein’s shows) and the play became Porter’s biggest hit with more than 1,000 performances on Broadway. It won the first-ever Tony Award presented for Best Musical in 1949.

Back in Time with Brett: The Bowden house

By Brett Nolan
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On Loretto Road sits a house that exemplifies the rural charm of Mandarin. It is a simple home with “strong vertical character” that dates back to the turn of the century – built in 1907 (Wayne Wood, “Jacksonville’s Architectural Heritage,” 1989). Originally, it featured “a two-tier veranda, which wrapped around to the right side of the house” (Wood, 1989). While most historic homes in the area have been constructed during the 19th Century, this building denotes “an important link to Mandarin’s architecture” (Wood, 1989).

Gardening | Summertime … Says it All

By Master Gardener Lesley Arrandale
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Boy, has it been hot! Across the country high temperatures are breaking records. On a positive note, there is the potential for an El Nino weather pattern to build, so the hurricane season in the Atlantic could be less active than usual (https://tinyurl.com/yaxsllv4).

Travel | The Terracotta Warriors Unearthed

By Debi Lander
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In 1974, two peasant farmers digging a well in their field discovered one of the top ten archeological sites of all time. The remarkable story has fascinated me for over 40 years, and I recently went to Xi’an, China to see the Army of Terracotta Warriors for myself.

Captain David’s Fishing Report

By Captain David Lifka
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Every year at this time, white and brown shrimp larvae that have been inhabiting creeks and estuaries of the St. Johns River begin their annual journey in search of ocean waters. Now as juvenile shrimp, they leave the fresh and brackish water nursery grounds of the river behind them as they seek warm ocean waters to spawn as adults. In a matter of weeks during their journey the size of these young shrimp will increase immensely. Once the ocean spawn has taken place, a new round of shrimp larvae will find their way to the very same fresh and brackish waters for yet another new life cycle of brown and white shrimp.