The First Coaster

Curated Images & Short Stories

June 6, 2023 5:47 am

First Coast Life is a photographic magazine chronicling the people and places that make Jacksonville so unique.
“The Story Behind The Story”

Stories & Articles

Running Wild
Helen LaReau
Good Morning
Rhonda Lovett
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Featured Spotlights

First Coast Pets – Meet Busy The Pug
A Conversation with Blistur Singer/Guitarist Chris Kellam
Meet Painter Valarie Pothier-Forrester
Wild and Crazy Tiger Lily Living Her Best Life
Meet First Coast Musician Elizabeth Rogers
Steve Brooks
Bridge of Lions St. Augustine
Gail Vitikacs
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Local Photographers


Photographer: Saul Freiden
Location: Tideviews

Cumberland Island

Photographer: Vimaris Concepcion
Location: Georgia


Photographer: Mindy Hobson

Spring is in the Air

Photographer: Mike Monlezun
Location: Hanna Park

The Road Less Traveled

Photographer: Saul Freiden

Seagull Landing

Photographer: Vimaris Concepcion
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Magic Beach Motel
Gail Vitikacs
Layla Neal
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"Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it and you’ll start believing in it."

*First Wednesday Art Walk

First Wednesday Art Walk
The First Wednesday of Each Month from 5-9 p.m. in Downtown Jacksonville
Downtown Vision has proudly hosted the First Wednesday Art Walk since 2003 to welcome people to DTJax and celebrate the community’s deep pool of creative talent.

Art Walk has returned after a break due to the pandemic and now takes place monthly! We invite you to bring your family, friends and coworkers for a self-guided tour of Downtown’s northbank core on the first Wednesday of every month. Explore three major hubs: James Weldon Johnson Park, The Jessie (duPont Center) and Vagabond Flea at The Breezeway at Vystar Tower, and all the businesses and public art between. Art Walk runs 5-9 p.m., rain or shine. Masks encouraged.

June 7, 2023
Arts & Culture
Pippin the Musical Opens at Theatre Jacksonville on June 9

Royalty, magic, political intrigue, romance, passion, and adventure…you can find all these elements of great fantasy musicals, and more, at Theatre Jacksonville beginning on June 9th as the historic theater wraps up its 103rd season with the highly entertaining Pippin. From its first productions in 1972 (when it was directed and choreographed by the legendary Bob Fosse) until now, Pippin has stayed an audience favorite with its infectious score, splashy themes and universal messages of hope and love. It won four Tony Awards in 2013, including for Best Musical Revival.

“We often close out our seasons with musicals because they are so much fun, and Pippin is no exception,” said Theatre Jacksonville Executive Director Sarah Boone. “Our director and cast are truly amazing, and everyone will delight in this warm-hearted musical journey about the power of ordinary moments.”

Directed by Daniel Austin, Pippin will run from Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 25. Evening shows begin at 7:30, with two Sunday matinees offered on June 17 and 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets are included with All-Access season memberships. Non-member tickets are $28.

Now is also the perfect time to purchase a membership or subscription for the upcoming 104th season, which begins on Sept. 21 with the Classic in San Marco The Diary of Anne Frank and finishes with SHOUT! The Mod Musical in June 2024, with three delicious comedies and a thought-provoking drama about book banning and race relations in between.

Visit for information about Pippin tickets, season memberships and upcoming productions.

June 9, 2023
Arts & Culture
*Second Saturday Arts & Farmers Market

Variety of vendors. Crafts, plants, teas, honey, household items, bath products, food, clothing, soap, jewelry, bird houses, jams and jellies, breads, cookies, and so much more!

Family and pet friendly!!!!

Our vendors donate a portion of their sales to the church rather than the church charge a specific amount for their vendor spot. Those donations go towards the outreach programs of the church. Three of the local outreach programs include the Mandarin Food Bank, our own preschool, and Florida Christian Center on Edgewood. So, when you shop at our market you not only help the small business owners but the community as well!!!! Bonus!!!!

We will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Mandarin Food Bank if you would like to donate. A collection bin will be by the front door of the church.

There are currently no openings for new vendors. Anyone offering a spot to someone does not have the authority and is attempting to scam people. Our vendors know the process and will reach out to the correct people for questions.

June 10, 2023
Arts & Culture
Jacksonville Record & CD Festival

The Jacksonville Record & CD Festival, North Florida’s premier music collectors show, comes back to the campus of the University of North Florida on June 10th, 2023!! Along with vinyl records, CDs, & tapes, you might find turntables and stereo gear, instruments, storage supplies, posters, storage gear, concert & band memorabilia- almost anything related to the music you love!

With 20+ vendors packing the 65 tables with boxes and boxes of vinyl records and CDs to dig through, this show will be loaded with musical treasures! Find rare and out-of-print records and CDs, box sets, and autographs, as well as the most beloved albums of all time, from rock n roll, punk, R&B, heavy metal, indie, country, folk, hip hop, jazz, comedy, soul, big band, almost any genre you can think of! Don’t miss the FREE VINYL GIVEAWAYS and trivia questions!!

Free admission, free parking at the massive Adam Herbert Center at UNF, 12000 Alumni Drive in Jacksonville. Doors open at 9 am, show closes at 5 pm.


June 10, 2023
Arts & Culture
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