The upcoming Third Thursday Lecture will be with local author and artist, Kathy Stark. Ms. Stark offers a unique and family-friendly exploration of the extensive system of natural parks in North Florida. Her book The Wilderness of North Florida’s Parks combines Stark’s lush and expansive watercolor paintings with sketches, notes, historical facts and maps to create a work that is a both a guide and handbook, as well as a tribute, to the great unspoiled stretches of the region. The Wilderness of North Florida’s Parks was published in partnership with the Timucuan Parks Foundation, with a portion of the proceeds supporting that nonprofit, which advocates for North Florida’s parks.
The Third Thursday Lecture Series, a joint offering of the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society and the Mandarin Community Club, is 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.
Vintage for the Arts - Benefiting the 50th Anniversary Mandarin Art Festival • Sat, March 3rd • 6-9 p.m.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for a special 50th anniversary in-store celebratory event and fundraiser, hosted in partnership with Vintage Arts, Inc. (10041 San Jose Boulevard) from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, March 3rd. Tickets are available for $25 (link below), and will include hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and the opportunity to honor some of the individuals whose vision brought us the original 1968 Mandarin Art Festival.
$25 TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT:
Unable to attend the evening event?
Stop by Vintage Arts, Inc. any time on Saturday, March 3rd, during which time a percentage of all sales will support the 50th Anniversary Mandarin Art Festival!
**Correction/update to the guest speaker for the Third Thursday Lecture**
In honor of Black History Month, the February program will feature a lecture by Devan Lesley, Norman Studios Co-Chair. Devan Lesley will show a documentary and discuss Jacksonville’s silent film history and its unique contribution to African-American cinema. Hollywood East: Florida’s Silent Film Legacy explores how the top motion picture producers of the day came to reside in Northeast Florida and why they left for the West Coast.
"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!
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