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Nothing depressing about upcoming antique glass show in Jacksonville - Monday, October

People often make emotional connections to collectibles for one simple reason: The items take them back to their childhood.

It can be as basic as dinner plates, drinking glasses or a pitcher or punch bowl.

Suddenly, they’re back at their grandmother’s house.

Lee LaComb has seen it happen many times. She’s a past president of Collectors of Depression Glass, a nonprofit that evolved from the original Depression Glass Club of Northeast Florida, and has been an active member for 25 years.

The group’s 44th annual Antique Glass & Depression Glass Show & Sale is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in Jacksonville.

“Many people come to our show with pieces they’ve inherited,” LaComb said, “and they want to acquire more. So many people connect with what they have experienced.”

Barbara Bartlett, who will be conducting two free seminars at the show, has a concise explanation for her interest in collectible glassware. “It’s my mother’s fault,” said the Ponte Vedra Beach resident.

Her expertise is very specific: the A.H. Heisey Company, which made glassware from 1895 to 1957 in Newark, Ohio — where Bartlett grew up. As the city’s largest employer, Heisey’s presence in the community was considerable.

Her mother loved Heisey glassware and though it was in their home, it was usually out of the reach of her children, Bartlett said, to keep it from getting damaged.

In the early 1960s, her mother started an antiques business and began selling Heisey glass as collectibles.

Bartlett helped her mother for a number of years, accompanying her on buying trips and helping set up shows. Still, “It never occurred to me to become a dealer,” she said.

But when her mother passed away in the early ’90s, Bartlett discovered her own interest in Heisey was genuine.

“Things just started happening and all of a sudden we had lots of glass,” she said. Twenty-five years later, she’s still collecting and selling Heisey glass.

Each year, the show and sale has an educational component. At this year’s event, Bartlett will talk about “The Colors of Heisey” at her two seminars.

By definition, Heisey isn’t Depression glass — clear or colored translucent glassware manufactured during the Depression era at a very low cost and sometimes distributed for free. Depression glass was designed to be cheerful and affordable, and, ultimately, replaceable, as times got better.

The quality of Heisey was always significantly higher and it wasn’t mass produced, Bartlett said. It was sold at fine department stores; Depression glass was more likely to be found at dime stores.

Heisey produced colored glassware from its early years to its closing. But the period from the late 1920s to the late 1930s was the most prolific for its colored glassware and some of its most collectible colors were made during that time.

If you didn’t identify the products by the “H” inscribed in a diamond shape — which the company trademarked in 1901 — you could easily identify Heisey products from that period by their distinct colors.

Among them were Flamingo, Marigold, Tangerine, Emerald, a lighter version of Emerald called Moongleam and a pastel yellow called Sahara, Bartlett said.

Collectors of Heisey glass will pursue everything from shot glasses and cordial glasses, to punch bowls and pitchers, to oil lamps and candelabra.

Bartlett will be selling a variety of Heisey glassware at the show and sale, which will be held inside the Fraternal Order of Police Building at 5530 Beach Blvd. She’ll be among more than a dozen other dealers from around the country, and the offerings will include Depression and Elegant glass, along with glassware from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, as well as other functional and collectible glass, china and pottery.

LaComb said the purpose of Collectors of Depression Glass is to educate people on the subject and generate interest in the preservation of glassware from the era.

“It’s about recognizing and appreciating it as a true art form,” she said, “and a dying art form, since many of the companies are no longer in business.”

The organization meets monthly, but the annual show and sale is its big push to increase awareness and reach a larger audience in the community, LaComb said.

It successfully reached her about 25 years ago, somewhat to her surprise. LaComb’s husband, a coin collector, was curious about the glass club from a collector’s perspective and insisted they go.

“And it took,” she said. Both of them became club members.

“A lot of people say, ‘I don’t think my husband would be interested.’ I say, ‘Oh, but he would.’”

David Crumpler: (904) 359-4164

JU’s Terry Concert Hall gets its centerpiece - Monday, October

Last year, Jacksonville University’s Terry Concert Hall underwent what Henry Q. Rinne, dean of JU’s College of Fine Arts, called “a complete renovation of the performance space.”

A wall was removed, making the stage 12 feet deeper. New paint was applied, new carpet was laid. Most importantly, a new shell “completely changed the acoustics,” Rinne said.

With the performance space renovated, Mary Virginia Terry, who with her late husband, Herman Terry, gave $1 million to fund the construction of the concert hall, decided to make a grant to renovate the concert hall’s lobby.

“The space screamed out for some sort of sculptural form,” Rinne said.

Brain Frus, JU’s professor of glass, rose to the challenge. Last week he was putting the final touches on “Creative Current,” a sculpture made primarily of 2,546 pieces of glass attached to six aluminum rods that form the sculpture’s spine. There are 24 different colors of glass.

The sculpture is 56 feet long and weighs 2,500 pounds. It is suspended from the ceiling of the concert hall’s lobby with 16 cables.

Frus, a JU graduate who was a JU visiting professor in 2007-08 and became a full-time member of the JU faculty in 2011, said he began planning the sculpture in April. He started work on it in early May. He and other would stand on a scissor lift to attach the pieces.

The individual glass pieces, which those working on the sculpture variously called “tentacles,” “branches,” “reeds” and “twisters,” were fitted into aluminum collars filled with epoxy. They were then attached to the sculpture’s spine using cotter pins.

It was a time-consuming process to first create the glass branches and then attach them to the spine. About 45 people helped create the sculpture mincluding Frus’s father, John Frus, who described his role as “artistic consultant and day laborer,” and Mary Virginia Terry, who went into the glass blowing lab to create what Frus called “the alpha piece” that will be at the tip of the sculpture.

The students who participated “can put on their resumes that they were part of the creation of a massive installation,” Frus said.

The community members “got to be involved in something larger than themselves,” he said.

“Brian involves everybody,” his father said.

Frus said the sculpture’s name, “Creative Current,” is meant to invoke a sense of the “flow of a waterway.”

“Creative Current” will be officially unveiled Tuesday. There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m., a dedication ceremony at 7 p.m. and a concert by the Jacksonville University Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. There will be a student art sale during the reception.

Charlie Patton: (904) 359-4413

Golden anniversaries: Washington, Corey, Maltby, Blackshear, Jefferson - Sunday, October

THE WASHINGTONS

Ira and Nathaniel Washington of Jacksonville celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary and Ira’s 90th birthday with a two-week vacation to Las Vegas and Houston. They were married Oct. 15, 1949, in Thomasville, Ga. She is the former Ira Black. Their children are Patti Washington Bennefield and the late Nathaniel Washington Jr. The Washingtons have seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

THE COREYS

Lorraine and Tom Corey Jr. of Jacksonville celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at Capital Grille. They were married Oct. 12, 1952, in St. Johns Cathedral in downtown Jacksonville. She is the former Lorraine Lewis. Their children are Susan Corey, Angela Corey, Thomas S. Corey III, Cathy Corey and Marlo Hunt, all of Jacksonville. The Coreys have three grandchildren.

THE MALTBYS

Doris and Clark Maltby of Jacksonville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with dinner with family and friends at Primi Piatti. They were married Sept. 23, 1967, at Avondale Baptist Church in Jacksonville. She is the former Doris Shea. Their children are Michael Maltby of Washington, D.C., and Sandra Ralston of Jacksonville.

THE BLACKSHEARS

Leila and Clarence (Pete) Blackshear of Jacksonville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner with family and friends at Double Tree at Jacksonville International Airport. They were married Oct, 10, 1967. She is the former Leila Ketter.

THE JEFFERSONS

Rose and Geary Jefferson Sr. of Jacksonville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner. They were married Oct. 14, 1967, at the First Baptist Church of Oakland. She is the former Rose Williams. Their children are Geary Jefferson Jr. and Angelette Clark, both of Atlanta. The Jeffersons have four grandchildren.

Book review: ‘Mother Land’ takes dysfunctional to a whole new level - Sunday, October

MOTHER LAND

Author: Paul Theroux

Data: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 510 pages, $28

By Mims Cushing

For the Times-Union

The mother in Mother Land is “Queen Lear,” one of the brothers in Mother Land decides. She is tyrannical right up through her old age, cold, stubborn, dictatorial. “A mad old queen, she lost her animal affection for me,” Jay Justus, the protagonist/narrator says, adding that she resented her children’s happiness. But do not think this will be a grim read. Theroux says, “It’s funny, oblique, and full of irony too. There were issues in my family that I was trying to understand.”

Theroux says this book is 60 percent autobiographical and 40 percent fiction. What part is autobiographical, and what part fiction, we do not know, but we can guess. Whatever, it’s sheer joy and fascinating.

Protagonist Jay has two sisters and four brothers. Theroux also has six siblings. At one time or another, Mother has nasty things to say about all of them. The perfect child, according to Mother, the one she loves the most, Angela, is the one who died as an infant. That should tell you a lot about her. Think of the phrase from the Smothers Brothers, “My mother always liked you best.” This one would be, “Our mother always liked our dead sister best.” At her 90th birthday party, she insists a place be set for Angela.

As in many families, children negotiate and test their alliances. “In every encounter there is a desperate yearning: please be my friend. Stand with me against the others.” While there is much that will (let’s hope) not remind you of your own family, some of the characters will ring a bell. “No one is more maddening than the person who remains silent.” There’s often a family member who stands mute and won’t communicate.

People who grew up in large families will gravitate to this book, but that’s not a requirement to enjoy “Mother Land.”

For 40 years Jay traveled, being away from his mother and family while he created a life as a writer and a householder. His mother disapproves of his and his brothers’ absences, but physically separating from her was the only way they could escape from her most overriding demand: obedience. For Jay/Theroux, being away offered stable and happy years.

Returning, chaos continues to reign with Mother’s constant bickering as she micromanages family life in a pretense of civility. “Gossip is her oxygen,” Jay says. The gossip is world class, varsity level.

Many people in Theroux’s fiction — he has written 31 fiction books and 21 non-fiction books — are not comfortable in their environment and don’t seem to fit in.

“Writing is like whittling a stick, a physical pleasure,” the author says in an interview. He feels he is wasting time if he’s not writing. He sometimes recopies his typed writing in longhand, in his spare time. Theroux says his own mother is a good person, not like the person in the book, “who should be locked up.” The character developm ent of all the characters is absorbing and multi-leveled. The impassioned complications show a dysfunctional family at its worst. And let’s not forget the father who dies early in this saga; he is a fascinating character, too.

Theroux, who divides his time between Hawaii and Cape Cod, says he hopes “Mother Land” will be picked up as a movie. Is there an actress good enough to portray the mother in this story? If so, it will be the role of a lifetime.

Mims Cushing lives in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Book review: ‘OCDaniel’ tells touching story of obsession - Sunday, October

OCDANIEL

Author: Wesley King

Data: Simon & Schuster, 304 pages, $8.99 paperback; ages 11 and older.

By June Weltman

For the Times-Union

When the Erie Hills Elephants team punter is injured, Daniel Leigh, the backup kicker, knows he’s in trouble. The eighth grader doesn’t even like football. He spends practices hoping he won’t be called and focuses on arranging water cups.

Daniel’s a good student and tries to hide his Zaps – moments when he must avoid specific numbers or actions to prevent a terrible feeling of sadness that he might die or “never be happy again.”

At home, his mom shoots worried glances, but really no one notices him, not his dad or his 16-year-old brother, both who love football. His 9-year-old sister, who’s “supershy,” likes him to read to her.

Every night before going to bed, Daniel spends hours completing a complex series of actions, including flipping light switches and taking steps and other movements to block Zaps. He has to do them over until they’re perfect. By then, he may be stifling his crying. He’s thinks he’s crazy.

Writing his novel, “The Last Kid on Earth,” brings relief.

Everyone notices “Psycho” Sara, a classmate who doesn’t talk and is accompanied by an aide. But Sara speaks to Daniel. She believes someone killed her father and asks him to help her investigate.

Football season moves into gear. Max, a star player and Daniel’s best friend, encourages him. Raya, who Daniel likes, smiles at him.

The suspense builds as Daniel tries to cope with his own fears and anxieties and help Sara solve her mystery.

Told from Daniel’s point of view, the suffering he endures from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) will touch the hearts of kids and adults. Daniel’s sense of humor – usually self-directed – brightens the whole story.

Author Wesley King didn’t know he had OCD until he was almost 16. He includes helpful information and resources. “OCDaniel” won the 2017 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery.

Jacksonville author June Weltman is author of “Mystery of the Missing Candlestick.”

Book review: Author explores St. Augustine’s time in the silent-film spotlight - Sunday, October

SILENT FILMS IN ST. AUGUSTINE

Author: Thomas Graham

Data: University Press of Florida, 207 pages, $24.95

By C. F. Foster

For the Times-Union

In the early days of the U.S. film industry, Jacksonville, because of its warm climate and easy access from New York, became known as the “Winter Film Capital” with more than 30 studios. It didn’t take these filmmakers long to discover the “exotic atmosphere” of nearby St. Augustine with its Spanish architecture, both in its old stone buildings and in Henry Flagler’s new hotels.

In his new book “Silent Films of St. Augustine,” historian and author Thomas Graham (“Mr. Flagler’s St. Augustine”) explains how they used the Ancient City as a backdrop in more than 120 films.

With rich detail, Graham explores the films that mark the city’s place in early film making history, while following some of the biggest directors and stars of the silent film era. The many stills show Theda Bara, Oliver Hardy, Ethel Barrymore, Tom Mix, Billie Burke and Rudolph Valentino practicing their craft.

Every movie needed loads of extras and the people of St. Augustine were eager to help out. Graham quotes an early newspaper article:

“The small boy is having the time of his life frisking about in desert costume and old men with long beards are moving about with the steps of advanced age, dignity and wisdom. There are girls also, veiled ladies, stalwart Arabs, Nubians and soldiers. The characters of nuns are impersonated by Mrs. Alec Canova and Mrs. Alec Solano… .”

Graham includes appendices listing the movies made there from 1906 to the middle 1920s as well as their actors, establishing the city’s place in movie-making lore, thus making this well-researched and entertaining history a necessary addition to any film buff’s library.

C. F. Foster lives in Riverside.

Bookmarks: Releases, signings, storytimes - Sunday, October

MYSTERIOUS 1

Neptune Beach author Ruth Coe Chambers introduces her new novel, “House on the Forgotten Coast,” a murder mystery set in Apalachicola, at 7 p.m. Thursday at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach.

MYSTERIOUS 2

Jacksonville Beach author D.A. Field (“Blood Memory Society”) headlines the Amelia Island Book Festival’s 3rd Annual Murder Mystery Charity Dinner Friday at The Golf Club of Amelia Island. See ameliaislandbookfestival.org for times, tickets and info.

FLORIDA WRITERS

Best-selling authors Steve Berry and David Morrell headline the 16th Annual Florida Writers Conference this weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs with more than 70 workshops and panels with five literary agents and acquisition editors from St. Martin’s Press, Harlequin Books, Tor Books and others. See floridawriters.net for info.

AUTHOR CHAT

The Jacksonville Library has kicked off a new series featuring local authors. Madeline Martin discusses her historic “Highlander” series from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Willowbranch Library, 2875 Park St. G.W. Reynolds discusses his “Jetty Man” series about Mayport, 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Pablo Creek Regional Library, 13295 Beach Blvd. and J.R. Sharp discusses his World War II epic, “Feeding the Enemy,” 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd.

3RD ON 3RD

Florida author and poet Ann Browning Masters presents a program based on her book “Floridanos, Menorcans, Cattle-Whip Crackers: Poetry of St. Augustine” at the Amelia Island Museum of History’s next “3rd on 3rd Street” presentation at 6 p.m. Friday. Free for members, with a suggested donation of $5 for others. The museum is located at 233 S. 3rd St., Fernandina Beach.

BOOK SALE

The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island Fall Book Sale kicks off Thursday with a members-only from 3-6 p.m. at the Casino, 550 Beachview Drive, St. Simons. Join at door for $10. Doors are open to all on Friday from 8:30 to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

BOOK ISLAND

The Amelia Island Book Festival will present its 2018 Book Island Literary Award to two authors (one fiction, one non-fiction) at its Author Expo, Saturday, Feb. 17. See ameliaislandbookfestival.org to enter. Deadline is Oct. 31.

TIM TIME

To promote his book “Shaken: The Young Reader’s Edition – Fighting to Stand Strong No Matter What Comes Your Way,” Tim Tebow has launched a book report contest for readers ages 10-15 who were inspired or challenged by the book. To enter see www. wmbooks.com/shakenrules. Deadline is Jan. 8. Prizes include a Skype with the author.

STORYTIMES

• “Stellaluna,” 11 a.m. Tuesday, Barnes & Noble St. Johns Town Center.

• “Creepy Carrots” and “Creepy Pair of Underwear,”10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Barnes & Noble San Jose, 11112 San Jose Blvd.

• 11 a.m. Friday, Barnes & Noble St. Johns Town Center.

• “Good Day, Good Night” by Margaret Wise Brown, 11 a.m. Saturday, Barnes & Noble St. Johns Town Center, Barnes & Noble San Jose, 11112 San Jose Blvd., Barnes & Noble St. Augustine, 1930 U.S. 1 South.

SIGNINGS

• Thomas Hughes, “God’s Love is Like Making Pancakes,” 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, The Book Loft, 214 Centre St., Fernandina Beach.

• Eileen Erikson, “Connor’s First Safari,” “Kamille’s Birthday Circus,” “Up in Nathanael’s Room” and “When Collin Says ‘Go,’” 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, San Marco Books and More, 1971 San Marco Blvd.

NOW OUT

• “Call Center: A Focus on Customer Service,” a practical business “How-To” by Jacksonville author Gwen Foster Oglesby.

• “I Witness: Living Inside the Stories of Advent & Christmas,” daily devotionals by Kate Moorehead, the dean of St John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jacksonville.

Send Bookmarks information to brandy.allport@jacksonville.com. Announcements must arrive seven days before the Sunday of publication. Events open to all unless stated and always subject to change.

New Cummer exhibit examines how French history was reflected in its jewelry - Sunday, October

As becomes clear while touring “Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, Paris,” a new exhibit at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, French history has often impacted French taste in jewelry.

The exhibit, which continues through Jan. 7, features more than 100 works of jewelry, drawings, fashion prints, paintings and photographs that help illuminate the intersection of French history, art and fashion.

“Jewelry — from design to execution — is a creative art form with a unique history,” said Holly Keris, chief operating officer and chief curator of the Cummer. “The exhibition traces this rich history through fine works of art, including design drawings and stellar pieces of jewelry, from before the time of Louis XIV (reigned 1643-1715) through World War II. It’s going to be a showstopper.”

The jewelry and other items come from the Petit Palais in Paris, which was built for the 1900 Exposition Universelle and now houses the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des beaux-arts de la ville de Paris).

The exhibit is organized chronologically, with the oldest item on display an oval pocket watch that dates to about 16oo.

“Throughout history jewelry has served both functional and decorative purposes, reflecting its patron’s status and taste, as well as the social, political, and economic circumstances of its creation,” a text panel drawn from the exhibit catalog explains.

During the 17th century, when French King Louis XIV was acquiring large, extravagant gems, French jewelers gained access to stones from Persia and India. In reaction to the prevailing Baroque style, the jewelers began developing the more jocular, graceful Rococo style, according to a text panel. Among Europeans, French designs were considered the epitome of style and elegance.

The French Revolution that began in 1789 changed that.

“Prudent aristocrats hid their jewelry which was seen as a reflection of privilege and excess,” a text panel says.

But then Napoleon Bonaparte emerged from the power struggle following the revolution and eventually crowned himself emperor in 1804.

“He loved luscious things,” said Nelda Damiano, the Cummer’s associate curator.

Napoleon looked to the Roman Empire as a model for what he hoped to achieve and made Neoclassicism a prevailing artistic style. Following his defeat in 1814 and 1815, open display of jewelry again went into decline.

Following a revolution in 1848, Louis-Napoleon, nephew of Napoleon I, seized power and became Emperor Napoleon III, a text panel says. He and his wife Eugenie reinstated sumptuous court life. Like his uncle, Napoleon III embraced Neoclassicism. The Paris Exposition Universelle of 1855 became a symbol of the country’s new prosperity and presented the diamonds of the crown as the centerpiece of the event.

But things went very wrong in 1870 when Prussia provoked France into going to war and crushed the French. Napoleon III was deposed, his empire collapsed and there was another bloody rebellion in Paris. The French economy was severely damaged. As the economy slowly recovered, conservative elites created a revival of Renaissance and Gothic styles in art and jewelry.

Late in the 19th century, the Central Union of the Decorative Arts encouraged innovation, a text panel explains. Art Nouveau, which looked to nature for inspiration, caught on in jewelry, furniture and other applied arts.

The prosperous Belle Epoque (Beautiful Age) from 1905-1915 encouraged a range of jewelry styles. Some conservative women found Art Nouveau too decadent, according to a text panel. Cartier’s designer Charles Jacqueau looked to the 18th century and incorporated Rococo elements such as bows, ribbons and garlands of leaves. Russian Carl Faberge adapted the Rococo style as well and earned medals and great commercial success at the 1900 Exposition Universelle. Faberge then set up shop in London.

World War I ended the Beautiful Age. Responding to the dramatic changes caused by the war and the rise of the “New Woman,” French jewelers adapted the sleek Art Deco style in the 1920s, exploring geometric forms and emphasizing sharp and dramatic contrasts, a text panel explains. Pale platinum because the metal of choice.

Today many of the great jewelry houses like Boucheron, Cartier, Chaumet, Lalique and Van Cleef & Arpels remain headquartered in Paris.

Charlie Patton: (904) 359-4413

Arts Notes: Cummer’s ‘LIFT’ exhibit honored by the Southeastern Museum Exhibition Competition - Sunday, October

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens won the Gold award from the 2017 Southeastern Museum Exhibition Competition for “LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience.” The competition focuses on exhibitions that are well designed, have educational value and treat objects with care and respect. The award was presented to the museum in the under-$25,000 budget category.

“LIFT” included work by 10 local artists who created art that responded to the original lyrics of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” written by Jacksonville natives James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson in 1900 for the celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. “LIFT” was on display from June 14, 2016 through Feb. 12, 2017.

WINNER TO GIVE A DEMONSTRATION ON AMELIA ISLAND

There will be a painting demonstration by Amelia Island artist Carol Winner at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Plantation Artists’ Guild & Gallery, 94 Amelia Village Circle, Fernandina Beach. Winner’s work will be on exhibit at the gallery through the end of October.

‘LONELY PLANET’ AT DA

“Lonely Planet,” a play about the beginning of the AIDS crisis in the early 1980s, will be performed seven times by students in the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Theatre Department beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the school’s Black Box theater, 2445 San Diego Road. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-27. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday. Tickets, which are $20 for adults, $15 for students who purchase at the door and $10 for students who purchase in advance, can be purchased at www.datheatreboosters.org/ or at the box office one hour the show begins.

CIVIC ORCHESTRA HOLDS FUNDRAISER

There will be a gala fundraiser from 6-8 p.m. Thursday for the Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville at Riverside Liquors, 1251 King St. There will be music by orchestra members and wine paired with seasonal dishes. Tickets, which are $75, can be purchased at bit.ly/2xLcfd3.

CZECH COMPOSERS FEATURED BY SYMPHONY

The Jacksonville Symphony will perform the season’s first Symphony in 60 concert, “Czechmate,” featuring works by Czech composers Mahler, Dvorak and Janacek, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, following a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water St. The concert will be followed at 7:30 p.m. by complimentary drinks with symphony musicians on the stage.

Mahler, Dvorak and Janacek will also be featured in a Coffee Series concert at 11 a.m. Friday and during Masterworks concerts at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston will perform Mahler’s “Ruckert Lieder” during the Masterworks concerts. Violinist Julia Noone will be the second concertmaster candidate to perform with the Symphony.

All performances will be in the Jacoby Symphony Hall. Tickets to Symphony in 60 are $35. Tickets to the Coffee Series concert are $19 to $44. Tickets to the Masterworks concerts are $19 to $74. Go to JaxSymphony.org or call (904)354-5547 to purchase tickets.

BRAZILIAN GUITARISTS AT GOOD SHEPHERD

The Brazil Guitar Duo, Joao Luiz and Douglas Lora, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1100 Stockton St. For those arriving at 7:20 p.m. there will be complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres and a talk by guest artist Jack Matthews. Tickets to the concert, which is part of the Riverside Fine Arts Series, are $25. They can be purchased at bit.ly/2yFOzaB.

MASTERWORKS CHORALE PERFORMS

The Jacksonville Masterworks Chorale will present a program of music by Dvorak at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the United Methodist Church, 225 E. Duval St., and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, 4001 Hendricks Ave. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

MINERAL CITY FEATURED IN BEACHES MUSEUM EXHIBIT

The Beaches Museum & History Park, 381 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, will hold an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday for the exhibit “Shifting Sands: The Story of Mineral City.” What is now the thriving resort of Ponte Vedra Beach was a largely uninhabited swamp-filled area at the beginning of the 20th century. But valuable minerals were discovered in its sands in the mid-1910s. The area became home to a mineral mining operation led by George A. Pritchard and Henry H. Buckman. The exhibit looks at life in Mineral City.

‘SUPERNATIONAL SLEEPOVER’ AT MOSH

What the Museum of Science & History is billing as a “Supernatural Sleepover with the Elements of MOSH” will take place from 8 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Saturday at the museum, 1025 Museum Circle. There will be a special presentation of “Monsters in Space” in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, a guided tour of the “Currents of Time” exhibit and a guest talk by Jennifer Dierksen, Jacksonville’s associate medical examiner. Tickets are $60 for an adult member, $112 for an adult couple who are members, $75 for a non-member, and $140 for a non-member couple.

CULTURAL CENTER’S FUNDRAISER HAS A CUBAN THEME

“Havana Nights,” the major fall fundraiser for the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, will take place from 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Fantasy Farms Animal Preserve in Ponte Vedra Beach. The event will have a Cuban theme with Cuban cuisine, Cuban entertainment and Cuban landscapes painted by artist Paul Ladnier, who visited Cuba last year. Tickets, which are $75 for members and $100 for non-members, can be purchased at www.ccpvb.org or by calling (904) 280-0614, ext. 205.

AUDITIONS SET TO PERFORM WITH MOSCOW BALLET

Jacksonville area ballet students ages 6-18 can audition at 12:30 p.m. Saturday for roles in the Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker,” which comes to the Florida Theatre for two performances Dec. 27. The auditions, which will be held at Alius Dance Studio, 14181 Beach Blvd., Suite 1, will be supervised by Olena Pedan, a Moscow Ballet soloist. Auditions are free but there may be a casting fee. Sign up to audition at www.nutcracker.com/auditions.

CHILDREN’S CHORUS GOES BAROQUE

The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, featuring guest artists Echoing Air, a music ensemble with Baroque instruments, will perform “If It Ain’t Baroque: Renaissance and Baroque Music” at 3 p.m. Saturday at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, 4001 Hendricks Ave. Tickets, which are $20, can be purchased at bit.ly/2zgv70Y.

MIXED MEDIA ARTISTS TO MEET SATURDAY

The Society of Mixed Media Artists will meet at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, 50 Executive Way. Abstract artist Princess Rashid will demonstrate her techniques for both mono-printing and collagraph, a kind of collage printing. The meeting is open.

ARCHAEOLOGY DAY AT BEACHES MUSEUM

The Archaeological Institute of America Jacksonville Chapter will present International Archaeology Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Beaches Museum & History Park, 381 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach. Children and adults can participate in mock digs and pottery making. Keith Ashley, an archaeology professor at the University of North Florida, will identify local artifacts. Vicki Roland, UNF’s archaeology lab administrator and adjunct professor, will present her “What’s Cooking?” lecture at noon in the Beaches Museum Chapel. The event is free.

LOVE SONGS ON ANASTASIA ISLAND

Suzanne Nance and Desmond Earley will present “Classical Songs of Love, Gershwin to Ireland” at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. Anastasia Catholic Church, 5202 A1A S., St. Augustine. A free-will collection will take place for those who wish to contribute to the concert expenses.

FLORIDA CHAMBER MUSIC PROJECT OPENS ITS SEASON

The Florida Chamber Music Project, whose season opening concert was delayed by Hurricane Irma, will give their opening performance, featuring Clarinet Quintets by Weber and Brahms, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, in the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. Clarinetist Peter Wright will join the ensemble. His appearance is sponsored by Buffet Crampton, the French clarinet and woodwinds musical instruments manufacturer whose U.S. headquarters are in Jacksonville.

Tickets, which are $25, can be purchased by going to www.pvconcerthall.com or calling (904) 209-0399. The “Death and the Maiden” concert, originally set to open the season on Sept. 10, has been rescheduled for March 4. Tickets for that concert can be turned in for a refund or used to attend the March 4 concert.

FISK SINGERS IN JACKSONVILLE BEACH

The Fisk Jubilee Singers will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, in St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 150 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville Beach. The concert, which is part of the Beaches Fine Arts Series, is free. Doors will open at 3:15 p.m. Following the concert there will be a reception across the street in Stormes Hall for an exhibit of mixed media art by Marsha Hatcher.

CHOIRS COMBINE TO CELEBRATE THE REFORMATION

The combined choirs of the Diocese of Florida will perform “Now Thank We All Our God: A Hymn Festival Celebrating 500 years of Continuing Reformation” at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at the St. Johns Cathedral, 256 E. Church St. The program is free.

AUDITIONS AT ABET

Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, will hold auditions from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, for “The Clean House,” a comic drama that mixes fantasy and reality to tell the story of five disparate characters. Actors should be prepared to cold read from the script and to tell a joke. Those wishing to see a script can email director Rhodie Jackson at ximines14@yahoo.com. Performance dates are Jan. 19 through Feb. 4.

ARTISTS GUILD RECEPTION AT ANTHEM LAKES

There will be an artists’ reception from 2 to 4 p.m. for an exhibit of art by members of the Jacksonville Artists Guild at Anthem Lakes, a senior living facility at 905 Assisi Lane. The reception is open to the public.

Send items for Arts Notes to charlie.patton@jacksonville.com.

I Do, I Do: Childhood sweethearts tie the knot - Sunday, October

We have all heard of high school sweethearts, but Chrissy Tofferi and Colby Childers can truly claim they were elementary school sweethearts. They met in Vail, Colo., when both were in second grade. Colby’s dad worked for Chrissy’s parents. Colby said he literally fell in love when they were little kids. “I wouldn’t admit it, but I was head over heels from day one.” Chrissy has a twin brother, so the three of them were inseparable. That is, until Chrissy’s family moved to Jacksonville about two years later.

They managed to stay in touch and would see each other when Chrissy’s family went on vacations to Colorado. Colby would occasionally visit her, as well. Through their high school years, they stayed connected and maintained their “crushes” on each other. Chrissy considered Colby her “Colorado boyfriend.” She felt so close to Colby that she would actually call him for advice when dating other guys. “He was my best friend and always has been. I looked up to him. I always trusted his judgment.” It got to the point where Colby knew he didn’t want to give advice that would be helpful to “other” guys. He knew he wanted to be the one for Chrissy. When she was about to graduate from the University of Alabama, they discussed trying to live in the same town. Colby decided Jacksonville was just too hot for him, so Chrissy agreed to move to Colorado.

On Dec. 19, 2015, Colby had an elaborate proposal plan. He wanted to pick the most breathtaking spot at the top of a mountain, even though it was difficult to get there. They planned to go snowmobiling with Colby’s family. The winds were howling and it was bitter cold, yet Colby insisted on a family photo. Just then, Colby got on one knee, got the ring out of his pocket and started a speech. He recalls Chrissy crying and of course, she said yes.

Colby and Chrissy were married on July 15 at the Westin Hotel in Avon, Colo., before 150 guests. They did a “first look” prior to the ceremony on Beaver Creek Mountain. It was on that same mountain where they met nearly 20 years prior. Returning to that spot was Chrissy’s favorite moment of the day. For Colby, seeing his bride on that mountain on their wedding day made him as happy as he could be. They both called it the perfect ceremony and reception with no drama.

However, they did have some honeymoon drama just trying to get to Nassau. As they headed to the airport, there was an accident ahead of them that caused a three-hour backup, so they missed their flight. They ended up getting to Atlanta, but had to stay at an airport hotel with only two twin beds. They finally got to the Bahamas, and although their honeymoon was cut short by almost two days, they loved every minute of it.

It is fitting that Colby uses an old nursery rhyme to describe his wife. It’s probably one that they both first heard around the time they met. “She is sugar and spice and everything nice.”

Chrissy is still amazed thinking about the odds of her marrying the cute boy she knew in elementary school. But, she knows it makes perfect sense. “He is honestly the best husband a girl could have. He is the most amazing protector. He has always loved me and has always been there for me.”

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