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The First Coaster

NE Florida’s Amazing Photos and Feel Good Stories

December 1, 2022 9:24 pm

NE Florida’s Amazing Photos and Feel Good Stories

A locals-fueled digital magazine connecting area “First Coasters” to amazing artists, photographers, writers, musicians, businesses, and most of all – each other!

Highlighting Everything Good About First Coast Life

A curated collection of jaw-dropping photography and uplifting stories illuminating the people, places, and arts that make our community so special.

Learn more about NE Florida’s Amazing People & Their Authentic Stories

Want to know the people and places that make Jacksonville so interesting?
OK so, we are not a news organization. We are photographers, writers and promoters of everything good living the First Coast Life. Our website is not run by media hungry suits. We are you. These are the stories submitted by you, lightly edited, and sprinkled with some of the best images by local photographers in the area. It’s a Local “Life Magazine” with a little “Readers Digest,” and a Directory showcasing business sponsors that would appreciate our support. Enjoy – and tell us how we can do better!

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Photos Telling The Stories Of First Coast Life

Community Highlights

Locally sourced short stories, articles, spotlights, & more

Latest Stories

Meet Photographer Joe Campanellie
Poem Review – “Where I Work” by Shutta Crum
I Wanna Be A Kid Again
Meet Guitar Maker Joseph Speckman

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Featured Image of the Week

Cuba Through the Lens of Photographer Craig Oneal

Central Havana

If there were ever a place where time stood still, Cuba would be near the top of anyone’s list. While the distance between Jacksonville and Havana is only 500 miles, the stark reality is that we are separated by many decades.

A few years back, I had the opportunity to spend several weeks discovering Cuba, its people and its heritage with a local street photographer and his guide. We explored places, talked, and lived with locals discovering their mixture of European, Spanish and African cultures.

Photographers And Their Images

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"Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it and you’ll start believing in it."

Jesse Owens

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*Art Galleries of St Augustine – First Friday Artwalk

The Art Galleries of St. Augustine (AGOSA) makes up the diverse art galleries and museums located in St. Augustine, Florida. Each one showcases outstanding collections of local, regional, national & international artists.

Every First Friday of the Month | 5:00pm – 9:00pm

As of January 1, 2022, AGOSA is now part of the St. Augustine Art Association a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1924. The mission of the Art Association is to promote and enhance the arts in the area through exhibits, involvement in community projects, publicity, networking and other opportunities for artists.

Our events have cultivated a reputation for St. Augustine as an “Art Destination” among both locals and visitors.

A: You can start the free, self-guided Artwalk tour at any AGOSA Member Gallery, and see as few or as many as you’d like between 5-9PM on First Fridays. Most galleries feature changing monthly exhibits, refreshments and live music. Or tour our fine galleries throughout the month using our brochure and Artwalk map!

December 2, 2022
Arts & Culture
Holiday Makers Market

Join us for Lush Leaves 2nd annual Holiday Makers Market in San Marco Square!!

The Christmas lights will be twinkling, carols will be drifting over the airwaves and holiday shopping will be in full swing!! Join us on the square, dine at one of the amazing restaurants, enjoy a beverage and find that perfect something for your special someone

December 3, 2022
Farmers Market
Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting

This free holiday event will be held where Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach meet the beach. Jump on the hayride and join in the activities set up throughout Beaches Town Center!

Activities begin at 4:00 pm:
• Make your own & take it home craft tables for all ages
• First Coast Center for Performing Arts & Nancy Dance Studio performs
At 5:30 pm:
• Mayoral Address & Tree Lighting
• Fletcher Middle School Band
• Santa meets with the children

The City of Atlantic Beach, The City of Neptune Beach, Beaches Town Center Agency, and The Beaches Town Center Merchants Association sponsor this annual event.

December 3, 2022
Free Events
*Songwriters Concert

Enjoy the original sounds by local talent in Gulliford Hall at the Adele Grage Cultural Center.

Whether you write, sing, play or simply enjoy listening to good music, plan on being with us. Hosted by Roy Peak, local performers transform Gulliford Hall from 6-8 pm with original music creations. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

Seating is first come first served for this admission-free, alcohol-free event. Performers should contact host Roy Peak at atlanticbeachmusic@gmail.com for more information.

December 4, 2022
Arts & Culture
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Thanks for putting a Home Town weekly scoop out! I’m a part of a multi-generation family of locals and FirstCoast.Life feels just like that. Good quality, educational and entertaining tidbits & advice. Great job empowering folks that have steeped in our beaches! Worked, lived, and loved all that Jacksonville has to offer. See you all out and about!!
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