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Community Garden Project

December 20, 2007


A message from your local Community Garden Project…

“Dear friends,

We are working steadily on the Junkyard Community Garden in Springfield, on Main Street between 1st and 2nd Streets. You can see a few photographs on . Just a few weeks ago we harvested a few delicious pounds of redleaf lettuce from the first constructed beds. We work together on site each Saturday at noon, and welcome you to join us.

Although we are seeking to use primarily salvaged materials for the garden, there are some things we simply have to purchase brand new, such as (at the moment) nails, rebar, concrete and mortar. We’re in a rather urgent need for these particular things right now, as earlier this week a section of the front retaining wall fell apart, and we’re faced with the need to repair this section of the garden rather quickly so as to avoid injury or further damage.

We are writing to ask you for funds to help cover the cost of these materials. Our budget is quite small, so even the smallest donations help a great deal. Donating between $5 and $50 right now would make a huge difference.

We have added a paypal donation button to our website,, for your convenience. It’s just like buying something on Ebay, with a fraction of the anxiety (and no shipping charges!). It’s instant grassroots gratification.

Alternatively, if you know of a source for donations of or good prices on the materials themselves, please get in touch. We can give you the specifics.

The garden is coming along beautifully, but we could really use a little bit of help.

Thank you very much for your support.

Happy Holidays!

-Jennifer McCharen”


Dear Jacksonville, Get Thrashin!

August 1, 2007

Blog wizard Joey Marchy of throws down a great interview here with the person behind the Dear Jacksonville zine project. Click the link to figure out how to make your anonymous submission.

San Marco gets THRASHIN’ this weekend for the midnight movie…


“As a story, Thrashin’ is basically a remake of West Side Story, with much of the plot and character interaction modeled after this contemporary American musical version of  Romeo and Juliet. This is not surprising when you discover that the director, David Winters, played one of the Jets in the Broadway and film versions of West Side Story. But let’s face it, the storyline and even the dialogue isn’t the reason you watch a film like this. It’s for the photography and skateboard action scenes, not the plot. Josh Brolin has the look of a skateboard champion, and there is an on-screen chemistry between Brolin and Pamela Gidley that transcends their dialogue. Although is some attempt to introduce other characters in Corey’s circle and among the Daggers, and a few humorous bits, the film soon focuses on the triangle between Corey, Hook, and Chrissy. There is a good selection of skater music, and an early video appearance of the Red Hot Chili Peppers that give the film authenticity. But this film is really a symphony of skater moves and multiple chucks shots, a real period piece of the L.A. skater scene in the mid eighties. That is the basis for someone to enjoy Thrashin’.”

Thrashin plays August 3rd and 4th at midnight at the San Marco Theatre. Bring in your Kona Skatepark receipt and get a buck off admission.


The Weekend Starts Early

May 9, 2007

The weekend starts early for me. I’ll be on a short tour with the band Environmental Youth Crunch that I play drums for (tour dates on posted on the Deadtank site). So don’t expect any posts for a few days.  I saw these two show’s flyers and felt like I had to post about them.

Our second show is in Miami at The Fire Fly. I’ve been amped to check this place out for quite some time. A few friends of mine started it up but I haven’t been able to go. They have a lending library and scads of other rad things going on. Check out the website. I’ll be interviewing them for this blog at some point.  Scope this out though – A costume contest! you have to dress like a “water dweller.”

The Firefly

Our third show, third of four (FOUR DAY WEEKEND!) – is in Deland. This show features, among the obvious bands, a “Chug-of-War.” I have no idea what that is, but I’m thoroughly planning on trying my best to win – followed by an interesting set with EYC I’m sure. Also note “Mustache Required” and “Please, No Computers”.



Also, a while back I posted about the corn field on the corner of Park and Forest. Well I met the farmer, Brett, and his son, Chris, yesterday. He uses the nearby building as a art studio. And that old florist shop? His wife is planning on opening a mexican restauraunt in that space.  He talked about bands playing, and movie projections on the side of his studio.  When I get back into town, I’ll be talking with him alot more and letting you know all about it.  


Biodome show! Brooklyn Development

April 30, 2007

Bio dome Foamdome!
Saturday’s show in St. Augustine at The Biodome was amazingly rad.  I haven’t played 500 in forever (you know, that game with the football) and I still can’t catch well. 

The first band, Secretary of the Future, was really good. It was the Secretary’s first show. Then Alligator played (they played here at Shanty Town once I know – with Tigershark).  Followed by Lily, aka Inertia, and Environmental Youth Crunch.  It was a benefit show for St. Augustine’s Collective Press, a great non-profit publication. The show raised over $100. Oh, and it was at a house and a total blast.  Look at our flickr page for some more pictures.

Totally unrelated (or not?) … I saw this biking home from work yesterday.  Corn!Corn!

I seen lots of drawings and proposals about development in the Brooklyn area (that’s the area of town by The Pit), but I didn’t know how promising it would be until now. 

Corn Corn!