In honor of Black History Month, our February program will feature a lecture by Rita Reagan, Executive Director of Norman Studios. Rita will inform of us about the history of this wonderful treasure and share some short film clips from their archives. We are so pleased to welcome this historic place as Northeast Florida's second National Historic Landmark site. The first is none other than our own Maple Leaf shipwreck site at Mandarin Point.
"Founded in 1916 Jacksonville, FL as Eagle Film City and purchased by Richard E. Norman in 1921, the Norman Studios was among the nation's first to produce "race films" starring African American characters in positive, non-stereotypical roles.
"On the Norman Studios site, some of the first films featuring all African-American casts were produced more than a century ago. This five-building complex is the sole studio remnant of Jacksonville's heyday as the Winter Film Capital of the World..." (www.normanstudios.org)
Third Thursday Lecture
February 15, 2018 at 7 p.m. (Doors open 6:30 p.m.)
Mandarin Community Club building
(12447 Mandarin Road, 32223)
The Third Thursday Lecture Series, a joint offering of the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society and the Mandarin Community Club, are conducted on a quarterly basis. Programs are held at the Mandarin Community Club. All programs remain open to the public and are free of charge; donations are welcome.
The Mandarin Community Club held its annual Wreath Laying Ceremony in honor of Veterans Day on Sunday, November 12.
The ceremony took place within the Billard Commemorative Park on Brady Road, adjacent to the MCC Building. The American Heritage Girls, FL troop 1512, led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance and Nicolas Elliot performed taps. Club members/Veterans Bill Walker (COL, U.S. Army, Retired) and Bob Waterston (LTC, U.S. Army, Retired) assisted Club President, Susie Scott, in the placement of the wreath.
The Mandarin Community Club will hold its annual Wreath Laying Ceremony in honor of Veterans Day on Sunday, November 12.
Starting at 1 PM, the ceremony will take place within the Billard Commemorative Park located at 11642 Brady Road, adjacent to the MCC Building.
Immediately following the Wreath Ceremony, the Club will celebrate the 10th anniversary of he Billard commemorative Park. One of the Club's three historic properties, the Park was developed and dedicated on the site of the Frederick Billard House in November of 2007. It is home to the lovely white gazebo visible from Brady Road as well as a butterfly garden and natural green space.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend both of these events. There is no fee to attend either and ample, free parking is available at he MCC Building, 12447 Mandarin Road.
NEXT THIRD THURSDAY LECTURE:
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16th
One hundred years ago, in June, 1917, Marion Joseph Losco presented himself to Postmaster Walter Jones, at the Mandarin Store and Post Office, to register for the draft of World War I. He continued to work on his father's farm, having no idea how the war in Europe would impact him and his family. He could not know that in a little over a year later he would be killed in action in France and buried there for all time.
Marion's mother, Dometilla, kept all of his letters and postcards as well as the notices and personal items she received from the Army after his death. They were placed in a trunk. Over 95 years later these objects were donated to the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society by David Losco.
Marion's grandnephew, Paul Ghiotto, transcribed Marion's letters which are the feature story of this lecture and the book Paul wrote based on the letters and his extensive research. He will give a Powerpoint presentation and his book will be available.
Please plan to join us to hear this amazing story of the only local resident that we know died in WWI. This lecture is being held a few days after Veteran's Day, in honor of Pvt. Marion Losco and all who have served in the Armed Forces.
Third Thursday Lectures are held at the Mandarin Community Club, which co-sponsors the lectures. Refreshments begin at 6:30, with the lecture at 7.
The Broadway Kid Starz are back this summer with a family-friendly performance of Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr. There will be two performances on June 24th at 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Mandarin Community Club. Tickets are available to purchase for $12 each (general seating) starting Friday, June 16th at Noon ET through ShowTix4U.com.
For more information, check out Broadway Kid Starz. See you there!
The 2017 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday maybe helpful as you prepare or create a kit for hurricane season. This sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, 2017. During this sales tax holiday, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax. Refer to the poster for some qualified items.
On the Department of Revenue’s website is posted more information about the 2017 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday including a list of qualifying items, promotional materials and FAQs.
The rezoning of County Dock Road continues to be on the upcoming public hearings at City Hall St. James building. The Club Board encourages all concerned residents to attend any or all of the public hearings, or write to CM Schellenberg and other Council members. All of the hearings start at 1 p.m. and located at City Hall St. James building, 117 W. Duval Street.
Below is the list of upcoming hearings in June and a link to the 2017 calendar as well.
Land Use & Zoning (LUZ)
City Council Public Hearing
All hearings start at 1 p.m. and at City Hall, 117 W. Duval Street
Click link for COJ's 2017 Rezoning Public Hearing Dates
4/24/17: Updated information from Club President Susie Scott
County Dock Rezoning Community Meeting Scheduled
Mandarin Community Club
12447 Mandarin Road
Date: Monday, May 1st
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
A resolution was adopted unanimously earlier this year by the Board of Directors of the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society opposing Ordinance 2016-805, which would rezone almost 10 acres adjacent to County Dock Road. This rezoning, with access to County Dock Road, would forever destroy the scenic character of that road, one of only three roads in the City designated as scenic and historic corridors. County Dock Road is only 17 feet wide and has an extensive tree canopy, with many trees located within feet of the pavement.
Similar positions have been taken by the Mandarin Community Club, Scenic Jacksonville and City Beautiful Jax.
Here is a photograph showing the scenic beauty and narrow width of County Dock Road - between Mandarin Rd. and Loretto Rd.
If you are interested in learning more about this issue, please plan to attend this important community meeting.
Source: Mandarin Museum & Historical Society
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