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The FAXs on JAX - Join us at the Mid-Year!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019   (0 Comments)
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ACLEA's 56th Mid-Year Meeting
Building Bridges & Creating Connections

January 24 – 26, 2020 | Jacksonville, FL, U.S.A.

There’s something for everyone in Jacksonville — these are just a
few highlights!


Visit the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. Overlooking the St. John’s river, the museum has over 6,000 pieces of art and two-and-a-half acres of gardens, some of which have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Explore the hip place where all the cool kids live: the Historic Riverside Avondale Neighborhood. Interesting architecture and shopping can be found in this eclectic and elegant neighborhood.  It’s close to the Cummer Museum. 

Soak up the beautiful views, shop, and find that special café at Southbank Riverwalk , a boardwalk along the St. John’s river.   
Arrive early on Saturday, and go to the Riverside Arts Market. Under the Fuller Warren Bridge, you’ll find farmers, artists, and much more.  Saturday hours are 10 am to 3 pm, rain or shine. 

Check out one of the oldest continually-running community theatres in the United States, the Jacksonville Theatre. The theatre building is on the US National Registry of Historic Places. 

Shop until you drop at the open-air St. Johns Town Center.

Get your nerd on by visiting Karpeles Manuscript Museum.   Housed in the former First Church of Christ, the museum is free and features selections from the world’s largest private collection of manuscripts, documents. and antique books.

SMH. Did you know that Jacksonville used to be home to over 30 silent film studios? Creature from the Black Lagoon was filmed in Jacksonville, The Winter Film Capital of the World. One converted historic movie studio from the era, Norman Studios, is now the Jacksonville Silent Film Museum.   

If you’re wanting something out-of-the ordinary, Jacksonville doesn’t disappoint. 

Visit the 250-year-old octopus-like tree, Treaty Oak. There’s a “shady” story that goes along with this tree.

Be brave and visit the abandoned and reportedly haunted Annie Lytle Elementary School. You might see a psychotic janitor or a ghost of a child killed in a boiler room explosion. Oh yeah, ignore the “No Trespassing” sign.   

Need an awe moment? B.E.A.K.S. is the answer. A wildlife rehabilitation sanctuary that specializes on the care of injured wild birds, the sanctuary is on Big Talbot Island. 

Of course while you are in Jacksonville, seafood is a must and The North Beach Fish Camp is a Jacksonville favorite. You can enjoy blue crab cakes with caper aioli and a view of Neptune beach. Try the locally-owned, thoughtfully-sourced, and seriously-delicious Moxie's or Town Hall. Both are owned by Chef Tom Gray, who has been nominated twice for the James Beard South Award. Here’s Zagat's list of eight must try restaurants in Jacksonville.    

For those of you that like to try the local beer—it’s simple. Check out some (or all!) of the 19 breweries on the Jax Ale Trail. You can even get a Jax Ale Trail passport and win prizes based on the number of stamps on your passport. Who’s competitive? 

I know no one will miss any ACLEA sessions, but in your free time enjoy the beautiful city of Jacksonville!

» Register for the Mid-Year Meeting Today!

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