Roll Call: Summer Bucket List Edition
Summer is here, y’all.
(Ok, technically summer doesn’t start until June 20 — but with temperatures hovering in the 90s, school break in full swing, and humidity engulfing us from sunrise to sunset, we’re declaring it close enough.)
To kick-start the new season, we’re introducing the first installment of a new blog series: Roll Call. In these articles, we’ll showcase some of our past and present clients (presented in bold throughout the post). We already know they’re awesome, and we want to use this space to share their greatness with the rest of the world (or at least the greater Jacksonville area).
Without further ado, we present Roll Call: Summer Bucket List Edition:
1. Spend the day at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.
Something new and exciting is always happening at the Cummer Museum. Stop by June 14 for free admission (4-9 p.m.), tapas at the Café, and the unveiling of “LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience.” Later this month, enjoy live music under the stars at the Americana garden concert (June 25). And, if you have a budding young artist at home, consider enrolling him or her in Camp Cummer to combine learning with fun.
2. Cool off with a tasty pop.
Artisanal ice pops from The Hyppo are finally available in Jacksonville. Stop by the shop at Brooklyn Station on Riverside to beat the heat with fun flavors like avocado coconut and blueberry lavender lemonade.
3. Attend a free event at Unity Plaza and nosh on tasty fare from its restaurants.
From free daily yoga to educational events, there’s lots of activity at this mixed-use development in Brooklyn. Insider tip: reserve an outdoor table at HOBNOB, Brixx or Sbraga & Company on June 24, and dine al fresco as The Chris Thomas Band provides live music.
4. Pack a picnic for Memorial Park.
With its open lawn, paved walking path, shaded pockets, and views of the St. Johns River, Memorial Park is the ultimate place for a summer picnic.
5. Visit the Superyard at GO Pull-It…
You could take your ride to a mechanic to fix that questionable leak. Or, you could roll up your sleeves, put in a little elbow grease, and save some cash by heading down to the GO Pull-It Superyard to pull whatever parts you need to do the job yourself. Visit on Tuesdays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and make it a working lunch with free hotdogs and 20% off your purchase.
6. … then toast your hard work on a rooftop at sunset.
After saving yourself so much money and working up a sweat, you’ll be due for an ice-cold beverage or two. Freshen up and toast your resourcefulness with a Dusty Boot on the Black Sheep rooftop, or indulge in a house margarita and skyline views at Burrito Gallery Brooklyn.
7. Drink a Jon Boat on a jon boat.
Our favorite Intuition Ale Works brew happens to share the name with our favorite mode of summer transportation. What could be better than an afternoon spent fishing on the open water with a delicious craft brew in hand?
8. Sing your heart out.
Are you planning to lead a heartfelt rendition of the national anthem at your annual Independence Day bash? Do you daydream of wooing your soulmate through an impassioned delivery of “Endless Love”? Are you destined for karaoke greatness? If you answered yes to any of these questions (or if you just like singing and want to improve your skills), then you should definitely sign up for lessons at The Lisa Kelly Voice Academy in Ponte Vedra Beach, a vocal academy led by former Celtic Woman member Lisa Kelly. Summer/fall semester classes begin August 8.
9. Share the happiest of hours with friends.
Our friends at the Forking Amazing Restaurants (FAR) group have you covered on this front. With new happy hour specials now available at Bistro Aix in San Marco, Ovinté at the St. Johns Town Center, and Il Desco in Riverside, you’re never too FAR (see what we did there?) from a fantastic happy hour destination.
10. Ride the Riverside Avondale night trolley.
The Riverside Avondale Night Trolley offers a safe, convenient, and flat-out fun way to work your way through the best bars and restaurants in the area. Hop on every Friday and Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.