The mission of the Mandarin Community Club is to promote and insure the preservation, beautification, and environmental well-being of Mandarin; to provide educational programs and meetings for the club's membership and the community; to enhance the cultural and recreational life of the citizens of Mandarin; and to maintain the historic structures and property owned by the club.
What We Do
The Mandarin Community Club dedicates much of its activities to preservation and beautification projects. Projects have included the Mandarin Parkway, 19 landscaped medians south of I-295, and the Parkway 2000 projects. The Parkway 2000 project was designed to provide tree-lined medians and tree-lined sidewalks along San Jose Boulevard from Kori Road to Interstate 295.
The Community Club owns and maintains three historic properties. Included are the Mandarin Community Club (1872 Mandarin School), the 1911 Mandarin Post Office and General Store, and the Billard Commemorative Park. The Mandarin Post Office and General Store is leased to the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society for historical tours and education.
Throughout its history the Mandarin Community Club has been repeatedly recognized for its efforts on behalf of the history and preservation of Mandarin. The City of Jacksonville honored the club in 1999 for outstanding contributions to historic preservation.
In 2006 the Mandarin Community Club received the Mayor's Neighborhood Organization Award. In 2008, the club received the Jacksonville Pride Neighborhood Award of Excellence for the planning and development of the Billard Commemorative Park.
2013 Miss Aggie Award Congratulations to Emily Lisska, winner of the 2013 Miss Aggie Award. Presented annually by the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society, this award is given to women for their contributions to the Mandarin Community. The award was presented on March 10, 2013 during the Miss Aggie Day Celebration held at the at the Old Mandarin Post Office and General Store. Emily is currently the President of the Mandarin Community Club as well as Executive Director of the Jacksonville Historical Society.
Our first of a new venture, a Potluck Dinner, was held at the Club on Tuesday evening, May 14, 2013. Our thanks to all who attended and made the evening a success. We were pleased to welcome many of our current members as well as prospective ones and members of our Mandarin community.
Special thanks to our organizing committee headed by Karen Rowe and to Emily Lisska, MCC President, for her presentation on the Mandarin Community Club and why it is so special to us all.
Look for future similar events in the months ahead including our 90th anniversary celebration this summer.
For a complete overview of scheduled club events and reserved dates for rentals, please check our Club Calendar.
Lecture Series The 3rd Thursday Lecture Series, a joint offering of the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society and the Mandarin Community Club, are conducted on a quarterly basis. Programs are held at the Mandarin Community Club building, 12447 Mandarin Road, starting with refreshments at 6:30 PM and the lecture at 7 PM. All programs remain open to the public and are free of charge. Read more about Lecture Series...
Upcoming Dates November 21, 2013 Guest Speaker: TBA Topic: TBA
Ancient Oaks Arts and Farmers Market The Ancient Oaks Arts and Farmers Market is held on the grounds of the Mandarin Community Club every other Sunday from Noon to 4 PM. Vendors offering fresh produce, cheeses, honey, and arts and crafts are examples of the various offerings visitors can expect.
Upcoming Dates June 2 & 30 (June 16th has been cancelled) July 14 & 28 September 1, 15, & 29 October 13 & 27 November 10 & 24 December 8 & 22
For additional information, please contact Todd directly at (904) 607-9935.
The Mandarin Free Book Exchange takes place on site the dates and hours the Ancient Oaks Arts and Farmers Market is open. Sponsored by the DCPS and the Read it Forward Jax! reading campaign. The Book exchange is also a place to get a free copy of "A Lesson Before Dying" to participate in the WJCT-TV sponsored essay scholarship and author events.
Produce at the Ancient Oaks Arts & Green Market (Photo courtesy of Outside the Den)
45th Mandarin Art Festival (Photo Courtesy of Doris Hastings - MCC member)
45th Mandarin Art Festival The Mandarin Community Club was proud to present the 45th annual Mandarin Art
Festival on Easter weekend, March 30 and 31, 2013 Mother Nature favored us with
clear, sunny weather and overall conditions that were reflected in our
outstanding attendance and festive atmosphere. Many thanks to Susie Scott, 2013
Chairwoman, and our expanded team of volunteers. The Club is also appreciative
of the support and participation of our exhibiting artists, our Club members,
the local community and all of our generous sponsors.
It was also our
pleasure to host the Children's Art Show (CAS) over the course of the two days. Our
thanks to CAS Chairwoman Chris Buckley and the students and teachers of our 18