Arts & Culture

As Airline Baggage Policies Change After Troop Luggage Controversy, One Vietnam Vet Reflects

As Airline Baggage Policies Change After Troop Luggage Controversy, One Vietnam Vet Reflects

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Several airlines have now changed their active duty luggage policy after a YouTube video of two disgruntled soldiers went viral.

The video shows the duo visibly upset with Delta for charging them $200 for an extra bag.

The clip has one local Vietnam Veteran reflecting on his long trip home in 1966.

"I was proud, I was a second leuitenant," said Reid Oxley. 

He was just 22 years old when he was shipped out to Vietnam in 1965. After a 13 month deployment, he says they were on their own to get home.

"We bought out own ticket, with our own money and we were put on stand by. So we just had to sleep there until a flight became available," he said.  

 When he finally landed on US soil, Oxley says he had to change out of uniform because the anti-war sentiment was so strong.

"As veterans coming home we were held accountable for even serving over there," he said.

Little Shop of Horrors at Creekside High School

Little Shop of Horrors at Creekside High School runs April 27, 28, and 29 at 7:00.   Music by Alan Menken and Lyrics by Howard Ashman. The show is open to the public all three nights (April 27, 28, 29) at 7:00, doors open at 6:30. Tickets are available at the door for $10.

Doctors Village Farmers Market March 5th

Doctors Village Farmers Market March 5th

Please join us at the Doctors Village Farmers Market the 1st Saturday of each month.

With vendors offering everything from fresh fruits & vegetables to home-made edibles prepared on-site, and hand crafted arts & crafts, the Doctors Village Farmers Market in Julington Creek is back and has quickly become one of the most successful in the region.

As a special feature this month’s there will be St. Johns County EMS vehicles on site!

St. Augustine Community Ballet Presents Peter and the Wolf at Kirk Memorial Auditorium

St. Augustine Community Ballet Presents Peter and the Wolf at Kirk Memorial Auditorium

The St. Augustine Community Ballet (SACB) presents a special Mother’s Day dance event as over thirty-five of the area’s most talented dancers present Peter and the Wolf and Paquita Suite at 2:00p.m. on Sunday, May 8, 2011. The performance will take place in Kirk Memorial Auditorium located on the beautiful campus of The Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, 207 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine. Tickets for the performance are $20. A Mother’s Day special price of $15 is available to all mothers who attend with a regular priced ticket holder. Tickets for children 15 and under are $15. For ticket reservations please call 904-810-5670.

Eco-Safari Themed Charity Event to Benefit North Florida Land Trust

Eco-Safari Themed Charity Event to Benefit North Florida Land Trust

The North Florida Land Trust, dedicated to preserving land for conservation in seven counties, will hold a memorable charity event on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the J.Johnson Gallery, 177 4th Ave. in Jacksonville Beach Fla.

The Eco-Safari themed evening will feature a live auction for an African Safari for two and other great prizes. Catering by Liz Grenamyer, a full bar, silent auction, live music and lots of fun and surprises all for a great cause.

Saint Johns Cultural Council Offers Tasca’s Drawing & Painting Classes

St. Johns Cultural Council announces Spring Drawing and Painting classes taught by Joan Tasca, painter and art instructor.  Joan has taught K-12, college level, adult education, and holds a B.F.A. in Painting from the University of Delaware, received certification in Art Education from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and attended Tyler School of Art.  Her drawings and paintings are natural realism, and reflect interest in a variety of topics using elements that are, at times, symbolic.  Joan’s work has won awards and is in private collections.  The SJCC is  proud to present the professional level of instruction that Joan provides. 

Fresh Market's Tips to Creating a Romantic Valentine's Day at Home

Fresh Market's Tips to Creating a Romantic Valentine's Day at Home

This time of year, fine dining experiences are among the favorite ways to “show the love,” and The Fresh Market offers unique options to help create those romantic experiences at home. Nearly 2,000 of the specialty grocery retailer’s customers recently completed an online survey* covering everything from their go-to romantic foods and preferred gifts to experiential questions detailing how they like to enjoy Valentine’s meals.