MEMORIAL CONCERT HONORING OUR FALLEN HEROES In collaboration with the City of Jacksonville, the Memorial Park Association presents, a Memorial Concert and Picnic featuring the U.S. Navy Band Southeast. On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019 the Memorial Park Association will host a FREE concert, honoring all Americans who died while in military service. The FREE Concert is Featuring: The U. S. Navy Ceremonial Band (Navy Band Southeast) In Memorial Park 1620 Riverside Ave. Starts at 6:30PM Attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets or folding chairs and can bring their own picnic to enjoy during or after the concert. Everyone is also encouraged to wear RED, White & BLUE! Come early and bring your own picnic. Tell your friends! Event Updates can also be found on our Facebook Page
Come learn the history of Memorial Park, Florida's World War I Memorial!
Doug Russell will pay tribute to all Veterans by playing the pipes at 11:11 A.M. on November 11, 2019 in Memorial Park. Please arrive no later than 11 A.M.. Come early for the Memorial Park walking tour which starts at 10 A.M.!
Help light up Memorial Park for RAP's annual Luminaria event! Activities begin at 1pm with setting up the luminaries. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by, West Riverside Elementary Chorus will be performing, train rides, and more! Schedule of Events: 1 PM - 3 PM: Luminaria Set Up (volunteers needed, kids welcome to help, too) 3 PM - 5 PM: JFRD Fire Engine Holiday Music (featuring West Riverside Elementary School Chorus and violin ensemble) 4 PM - 6 PM: Santa and Mrs. Claus (photo opportunities will be available) Train Rides (ride the trackless train around Memorial Park) After the activities, walk around the historic district and enjoy Riverside Avondale Preservation’s 35th Annual Luminaria.
Cool Moose Café's annual Lobster Bake, “Claws for a Cause,” will be held Saturday, March 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the restaurant at 2708 Park Street in the historic Park & King section of Riverside. The event includes a cocktail hour, silent auction and choice of entrée (Maine Lobster, Marinated Steak Tips or Eggplant Parmesan) as well as clam chowder, steamers, mussels, corn, potatoes and a “made-from-scratch” dessert. Seating is limited to 75 guests but the Cool Moose is also offering a $65 to-go option with order pick-up from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. that evening. Seating tickets are $80 per person and can be purchased on Eventbrite, or by calling the café at (904) 504-5539. The silent auction will include a variety of interesting items, including baskets themed for spa, sports, dog lovers, wine, and many others. Sponsorships are available at three levels and include tickets to the events. Contact Laurie Jarvis, CoolMooseCafe@gmail.com, for sponsorship details.
Historian and Author Wayne W. Wood will sign copies of his latest masterpiece, “LIFE: The Untold Story of Charles Adrian Pillars,” at Memorial Park, Saturday, Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m. to noon. The book, published by the Jacksonville Historical Society, sells for $49.95 plus tax; credit cards only, please. The intriguing story behind the relatively unknown artist and sculptor of Memorial Park’s Life sculpture is captured in Wood’s newly-released hardcover book, “LIFE: The Untold Story of Charles Adrian Pillars,” published by the Jacksonville Historical Society. An undertaking that was more than 10 years in the making, Wood’s 400-plus page book contains more than 200 photos, and spans historic events from the Chicago Fire of 1871, the Great Fire of 1901 in Jacksonville, the Spanish American War, World War I and the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918 to the post-war creation of Memorial Park and its iconic sculpture, “Life.”
This unique event provides an opportunity to personally experience one of St. Augustine’s architectural treasures. In a city filled with conspicuous landmark buildings, the “Pink Castle” is one of the most distinctive and eccentric. It was built in 1922, designed by sculptor Charles Adrian Pillars as his own home and studio. Pillars was acknowledged as Florida’s greatest sculptor and is most renowned for his spectacular bronze winged youth rising above a globe in Jacksonville’s Memorial Park. That sculpture is entitled LIFE, which is also the name of a fascinating new biography by Dr. Wayne Wood. The program will be highlighted by a slide-illustrated lecture on Pillars and the Pink Castle by Dr. Wood, the Jacksonville Historical Society’s Historian-at Large, and includes a balcony concert by renowned violist Marcy Jean Brenner, the current owner of the house. Seats are limited to 35; masks required. Click here to register.
Purchase your tickets at Riverside Avondale Preservation, 2623 Herschel Street, on the day of the tour.
SAVE THE DATE: May 15 from 9 a.m. to noon Pieces of Memorial Park’s 600-foot-long balustrade salvaged after Hurricane Irma are still available. We are hosting a FINAL showing of available pieces -- large, small and in-between (location to be disclosed closer to the date). Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Memorial Park Association and will be used for park maintenance.