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October

Bestbet poker tournaments - Various dates and times

Thrasher-Horne Galleries - Gallery hours are 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. weekdays

7 – 12 – CalaVida Arts and Music Festival – CalaVida Music and Arts Festival is a week-long celebration of local musicians and artists of all specialties with performances throughout the week. The week ends with a day-long music festival at Spring Park on Saturday. For more information and to view the festival schedule, visit https://calavida.com/

11 – 12 – Amazing Grace Farms Fall Festival - Bring the whole family to Amazing Grace Family Farms Fall Festival! Journey through our Crop Maze and pick the perfect Pumpkin while you enjoy our farm attractions! All your fall fun this season can be found here! Friday hours are from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Saturday hours are from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. For more information and tickets, visit www.agcropmaze.com

11 – 13 – Open Track Weekend – The FIRM, 7266 Airport Road, Starke – Open Track Days at The FIRM is a low-cost way to test the setup of your car and improve your driving skills. 

12 – Kiwita Nature Center Open House - Camp Chowenwaw, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm – Explore nature exhibits and speak with park naturalists. Check our website for special guest speakers, presentations, and monthly programs at campchowenwaw.claycountygov.com

12 – Mike Roees Gold Head Branch State Park 80th Birthday – Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park, 6239 S.R. 21, Keystone Heights, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – One of the Florida’s first state parks, Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park celebrates its 80th birthday with historic demonstrations, food trucks, a tractor show, and live entertainment while you learn about local and state history. For more information, visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/events?keywords=gold+head

11 – 12 – Antique Tractor Show – Mike Roees Gold Head Branch State Park – 6239 S.R. 21, Keystone Heights – more information to come. Visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/events?keywords=gold+head/

18 – 19 – Amazing Grace Farms Fall Festival - Bring the whole family to Amazing Grace Family Farms Fall Festival! Journey through our Crop Maze pick the perfect Pumpkin and enjoy our farm attractions! All your fall fun this season can be found here! Friday hours are from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Saturday hours are from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. For more information and tickets, visit www.agcropmaze.com/

17 - 20 - Ham Jam Music Festival & BBQ Cook Off – Clay County Fairgrounds, various times - The First Coast Ham Jam is a 4 day event featuring Florida’s Official Barbeque Cooking contest.  With food, music, rides and entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and did we mention Barbeque — there is truly something for the whole family.  Mark Chesnutt headlines Friday’s entertainment and Colt Ford is featured as Saturday’s entertainment. Ticket information coming soon. For more information, visit https://firstcoasthamjam.com/

18 – 20 – Open Track Weekend – The FIRM, 7266 Airport Road, Starke – Open Track Days at The FIRM is a low-cost way to test the setup of your car and improve your driving skills. 

19Historic Girl Scout Museum – Camp Chowenwaw, 9:00 am to 11:00 am – The museum includes a synopsis of the founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Low, the history of Girl Scouting in Northeast Florida and the history of the park when it was a Girl Scout Camp from 1933 to 2005. Special tours are available other dates and times by appointment. For more information about Camp Chowenwaw, visit campchowenwaw.claycountygov.com

19 – Third Saturday Market in the Park – Spring Park, Green Cove Springs – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm – Green Cove Springs Business League organizes a monthly local grocery and craft market on the corner of Walnut Street and Magnolia Avenue.

19 – 20 – 37th Annual Orange Park Fall Festival – Orange Park Town Hall Park, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm – The Fall Festival started with 12 vendors and a few guitar players. 37 years later, our festival has over 200 vendors and two stages packed with entertainment. Attendees will enjoy a wide variety of food from barbeque and local seafood to fresh baked goods and locally harvested honey. Kids can bounce on inflatables and get their faces painted. And, of course, the shopping is second to none with unique gifts, handmade quilts, pottery and even treats for your furry friends. Admission and parking are free! This event was ranked as a Top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society. For more information visit www.OPFallFestival.com

20 – Clay County Historic Museum – 915 Walnut Street Green Cove Springs, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – The Clay County Historic Museum is open for tours the first and third Sunday of each month from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm or by appointment. The museum’s newest exhibit celebrates the life and talent of long-time Clay County resident Slim Whitman, an international music sensation. Other exhibits include railroad memorabilia, a country kitchen, and country store display. Collections include hundreds of items, including early phonographs, medical equipment, cameras, typewriters, toasters, sewing machines, dolls, an elaborate dollhouse, vintage clothing, and many other items of everyday working and living. For more information, visit www.claycountyhistoricalsociety.com

25– Clint Black: Still… Killin’ Time 30th Anniversary Tour – Thrasher Horne Center, 283 College Drive, Orange Park, 8:00 pm – After 30 years of ‘killin’ time,’ Clint Black is ready to celebrate. The country icon is embarking on a tour commemorating the 30th anniversary of his groundbreaking debut album Killin’ Time, which all but altered the landscape of country music. Get ready for a night of country classics, including “A Better Man,” “Where Are You Now,” “When My Ship Comes In,” “A Good Run of Bad Luck,” “Summer’s Comin’,” “Like the Rain” and “Nothin’ But the Taillights”. for visitor information, visit www.thcenter.org

25 – 27 – Into the Woods – The Island Theater, 1859 Town Hall Circle Suite 54, Fleming Island – Show times vary – When the Baker and his wife are visited by the neighborhood witch, who reveals to them that she placed a curse on their family. The family sets off on a journey into the woods to reverse the curse, where we meet Little Red, who is trying to visit her grandmother, the Wolf who loves tasty little girls, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel, and the Princes chasing after their loves. When wishes are not exactly what one expected, everyone will see how the consequences of their actions can haunt them in disastrous ways and will have to work together to save the kingdom. Into the Woods brings a whole new meaning to “Be careful what you wish for”. For more information, go to www.theislandtheater.com or call (904) 254-1455 to reserve tickets. Reserved seating is available for groups of more than ten.

25 – 26 – Amazing Grace Farms Fall Festival - Bring the whole family to Amazing Grace Family Farms Fall Festival! Journey through our Crop Maze pick the perfect Pumpkin and enjoy our farm attractions! All your fall fun this season can be found here! Friday hours are from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Saturday hours are from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. For more information and tickets, visit https://www.agcropmaze.com/fall-festival

25 – 27 – Open Track Weekend – The FIRM, 7266 Airport Road, Starke – Open Track Days at The FIRM is a low-cost way to test the setup of your car and improve your driving skills. 

26 – 27 – Gun Show – Clay County Fairgrounds, Sat. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sun. 9:00 am – 3:00 pm - If you're a seasoned gun show attendee or it's your first show, there is something for everyone.  We have a great mix of vendors for all to enjoy! https://www.thecloegroupllc.com/

26 – Haunted Hike at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park – Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park, 6239 S.R. 21, Keystone Heights, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Join us for a bone-chilling 1-mile hike through the haunted woods of Gold Head This will be a scary event so use discretion with small children. Terrain will be uneven and closed-toe shoes are recommended. Pets and strollers are prohibited to ensure the safety of all. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Tickets are $5 per person, cash only. For more information visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/mike-roess-gold-head-branch-state-park

29 – Tales from the Clink: A Candlelit Tour Through Clay County’s History – The Green Cove Springs Historic Triangle, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm – Enjoy a candlelit through the Old County Jail and the 1890 Courthouse as you learn of the history of Clay County. Character-based tours will give guests a glimpse into true and frightening tales of local lore. What a viewing of “Ghost Hunters” Featuring the Clay County Jail and enjoy old fashioned treats for sale. Are true stories the scariest stores of all? We dare you to find out! $3 donation for adults, students $1 (18 and younger); cash only. For more information, call (904) 371-0027.

29 – Miss Nelson Has A Field Day – Thrasher-Horne Center, 10:30 am - Return to Horace B. Smedley School where the Smedley Tornadoes have never won a football game. In fact, they have never even scored a single point! With such a poor record and a team that is out of control, kind-hearted Miss Nelson comes to the rescue when she enlists the help of her alter ego, the ill-tempered Miss Viola Swamp, to coach the team and whip them into shape. Recommended for Grades K-5th, this is a fun-filled musical from the award-winning playwright/composer who brought you DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER & A FLY. For more information, visit www.thcenter.org  

October 31 – Halloween Downtown Trick or Treat – Downtown Keystone Heights, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm – more information to come.

November

Bestbet Poker Tournaments – Various dates and times

Thrasher-Horne Galleries – Gallery hours are 11:00 am to 3:00 pm weekdays

1 – 3 – Into the Woods - The Island Theater, 1859 Town Hall Circle Suite 54, Fleming Island-  Show times vary –  When the Baker and his wife are visited by the neighborhood witch, who reveals to them that she placed a curse on their family. The family sets off on a journey into the woods to reverse the curse, where we meet Little Red, who is trying to visit her grandmother, the Wolf who loves tasty little girls, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel, and the Princes chasing after their loves. When wishes are not exactly what one expected, everyone will see how the consequences of their actions can haunt them in disastrous ways and will have to work together to save the kingdom. Into the Woods brings a whole new meaning to “Be careful what you wish for”. For more information, go to www.theislandtheater.com or call (904) 254-1455 to reserve tickets. Reserved seating is available for groups of more than ten.

1 – 2 – Penney Retirement Community 70th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair – Penney Retirement Community, Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm - Penney Retirement Community will host its 71st Annual Arts & Crafts Fair "From the Heart" as both our traditional Fair and Sale and the new Community Open House.  We invite you to visit from Friday Nov. 1st, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. or Saturday Nov. 2nd, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, 2019.   Shop for handcrafted items for those special people on your Christmas List at the Marketplace, Commons Gallery and Arts Studio; visit the "Kid's Korner" and Railroad Station to see the expanded and elaborate miniature railroad in action;  take a "highlights" tour of PRC; enjoy demonstrations by the Quilters, Handweavers and Woodcarvers; don't miss out on Dan the Produce man; and enjoy free parking, shuttle rides,  coffee & cinnamon rolls at the Coffee Shop.  Featured Artist will be James Burns, the senior man on campus at age 98, and our renowned Penney Fabric Arts & Quilters. For more information see www.visitprc.org and click the Penney Arts & Crafts Fair link.

1 – 3 – Open Track Weekend – The FIRM, 7266 Airport Road, Starke – Open Track Days at The FIRM is a low-cost way to test the setup of your car and improve your driving skills. 

2 – Fleming Island Saturday Market – Village Square Shopping Center, 2245 Plantation Center Drive, Fleming Island, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm - Our market consists of many different vendor types:  arts, crafts, fresh produce, honey, sweets, jewelry, cosmetics, clothing, accessories and much more!

2 – Historic Fall Festival – Middleburg Civic Center, 2102 Palmetto Street, Middleburg, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Join us in celebrating the history of Middleburg! Fun for all ages, including hay rides, a char show, and historical tours of Main Street! See the Historic Belles walk the Festival while you listen to music, stories and watch local talent perform in dance and song. You might even hear some poetry.  Drop by the “Kids Corner” and check out all the fun and games. Our Historic Fall Festival is like old fashion day in Middleburg.

2 – Antique Car and Bike Show at the Military Museum of North Florida – The Military Museum of North Florida, Green Cove Springs FL – Proceeds to benefit the Military Museum of North Florida and the First Coast Highlanders Pipes and Drums. Get ready for a day of fast cars and classic favorites. With a wide range of years, makes, and models both foreign and domestic, there’s something new to see for everyone. Check out muscle cars, street rods, customs, Jeeps, trucks, and motorcycles. There will also be food, a 50/50 raffle, and Best-In-Show trophies. This event is free to the public. For more information, visit www.themilitarymuseumofnorthflorida.com

3 – Clay County Historic Museum – 915 Walnut Street Green Cove Springs, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm - The Clay County Historic Museum is open for tours the first and third Sunday of each month from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm or by appointment. The museum’s newest exhibit celebrates the life and talent of long-time Clay County resident Slim Whitman, an international music sensation. Other exhibits include railroad memorabilia, a country kitchen, and country store display. Collections include hundreds of items, including early phonographs, medical equipment, cameras, typewriters, toasters, sewing machines, dolls, an elaborate dollhouse, vintage clothing, and many other items of everyday working and living. For more information, visit www.claycountyhistoricalsociety.com

3 - Orange Park Farmer's and Arts Market – Orange Park Town Hall, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm – Voted Best Farmer’s Market in Northeast Florida! With over 100 vendors selling fresh, local produce and homemade crafts, live music and great food, it’s sure to be fun for the entire family. Join us on the first and third Sunday of each month. For more information, visit www.OrangeParkMarket.com

8 – 10 – Into the Woods - The Island Theater, 1859 Town Hall Circle Suite 54, Fleming Island- Show times vary –  When the Baker and his wife are visited by the neighborhood witch, who reveals to them that she placed a curse on their family. The family sets off on a journey into the woods to reverse the curse, where we meet Little Red, who is trying to visit her grandmother, the Wolf who loves tasty little girls, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel, and the Princes chasing after their loves. When wishes are not exactly what one expected, everyone will see how the consequences of their actions can haunt them in disastrous ways and will have to work together to save the kingdom. Into the Woods brings a whole new meaning to “Be careful what you wish for”. For more information, go to www.theislandtheater.com or call (904) 254-1455 to reserve tickets. Reserved seating is available for groups of more than ten.

8 – 10 – Open Track Weekend – The FIRM, 7266 Airport Road, Starke – Open Track Days at The FIRM is a low-cost way to test the setup of your car and improve your driving skills. 

8 – Food Truck Friday – Spring Park, Green Cove Springs – 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm – Join Green Cove Springs for an evening of local food and live local music. Beer and wine are permitted in coolers, with each cooler checked by a Green Cove Springs Police officer and alcohol consumed in a designated area on event grounds. For more information, visit https://www.greencovesprings.com/events/35209/

8 – 10 – Krawl’n For the Fallen – The FIRM, 7266 Airport Road, Starke, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm - 5th Annual Krawl'n for the Fallen, is an off-road event for all off-road enthusiasts to raise awareness, show support and to honor, remember, and pay our respects for those who are no longer with us. On average, 140-160 officers lose their lives in the line of duty each year. Come out to enjoy a day or the weekend of fellowship, food, vendors, trail riding, camping, entertainment, kid's zone, demonstrations, raffles, prizes, as well as some specialty classes. For more information, visit http://www.krawlnforthefallen.com

9 – Moosehaven Chili Cook-Off – Moosehaven, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – As the temperatures cool off, the chili heats up each November at the annual Chili Cook-off event. Part of the Heart of the Community program, Moosehaven hosts cook teams from around the nation to compete in this International Chili Society (ICS) sanctioned event. Teams compete with their favorite recipes to win People’s Choice and ICS awards, while enjoying a classic car show by Clay County Cruzers. With local craft vendors and a Kid Zone there is something for everyone! There is a Community Breakfast at 7:30 am for $8 per person to kick off the day.  Make sure to bring the whole family for the free, live entertainment featuring Nashville recording artists! Hope to see you there! For additional information, visit https://www.moosehaven.org/chili-cook-off/

9 – .38 Special with Special Guests the Curt Towne Band, Brett Myers, and Pinto Graham – Thrasher-Horne Center, 6:00 pm – A Southern Rock trio unit for a cause. After more than three decades together, .38 SPECIAL continue to bring their signature blast of Southern Rock. Get ready for a night of timeless hits that remain a staple at radio, immediately recognizable from the first opening chord, and paving the way to their present-day touring regimen. Special guests include Brett Myers, The Curt Towne Band, and Pinto Graham. Proceeds from this event will benefit St. Michael’s Soldiers, The Homegrown Kindness Project, and Hoods for Heroes. For more information and tickets visit www.thcenter.org

9 – 10 – The Great Gold Head Expedition – Mike Roess Gold Head State Park Ranger Station Parking Area, 6239 SR 21 Keystone Heights FL 32656, 2:30 pm to 8:30 am - Discover Gold Head State Park in a brand-new light in which it’s never been seen. Join a ranger led hike through 4 different ecosystems, learning more about how all these natural processes come into play. This hike will put minimal backpackers to the test whether they are just getting started and squaring away their gear, or they are experts just looking for a new trail. Hikers will travel along the Florida Trail around the park stumbling upon sinkhole lakes, flora and fauna along the way. Camp out under the stars, and weather permitting learn about a few of the celestial bodies in the night sky. Then set out on a morning hike off trail with a ranger. Call the ranger station for more questions about the hike and to register. 352-473-4701. $10 cash per hiker for a donation to the CSO. For more information, visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/index.php/events/great-gold-head-expedition-1

11 – Veterans Day Wreath Laying Ceremony – Historic Magnolia Cemetery, 1040 Kingsley Ave. Orange Park, 11:00 am – Join us for the annual Veterans Day Wreath Laying Ceremony presented by the Historical Society of Orange Park and the Town of Orange Park. We will honor our country’s veterans by acknowledging their sacrifices and those of their families while Clay County students read their award-winning Veterans Day essays. For more information, visit http://www.ophistory.org/events.html

11 – Veterans Day Ceremony – Veterans Memorial Pathway, Keystone Heights Memorial Garden Cemetery, 7304 S.R. 100, Keystone Heights, 11:00 am – Join us at the Keystone Heights Memorial Garden Cemetery in honor of all those who have served this country. More information to come.

11 – TAPS Memorial – Green Cove Springs Historic Triangle – more information to come.

15 – 17 – Open Track Weekend – The FIRM, 7266 Airport Road, Starke – Open Track Days at The FIRM is a low-cost way to test the setup of your car and improve your driving skills. 

15 – 17 – Primitive Arts Learning Course - Mike Roess Gold Head State Park, 6239 S.R. 21, Keystone Heights - Join Master flint-knapper Claude Van Order for a 3-day course and learn all about Florida primitive arts. Learn how to heat-treat, flintknapp and make arrows, including the straightening and fletching of ancient projectiles and tools. Materials will be provided, and students will each leave with their own self-made creation. Call or email to register. Consider camping with us! Course tuition is $75 per person for the 3-day course. Park entry fees are waived for those who enter the program. For more information, visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/mike-roess-gold-head-branch-state-park

16 – Third Saturday Market in the Park – Spring Park, Green Cove Springs – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm – Green Cove Springs Business League organizes a monthly local grocery and craft market on the corner of Walnut Street and Magnolia Avenue.

16 – Historic Girl Scout Museum – Camp Chowenwaw, 9:00 am to 11:00 am – The museum includes a synopsis of the founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Low, the history of Girl Scouting in Northeast Florida and the history of the park when it was a Girl Scout Camp from 1933 to 2005. Special tours are available other dates and times by appointment. For more information about Camp Chowenwaw, visit campchowenwaw.claycountygov.com

17 – Orange Park Farmer's and Arts Market– Orange Park Town Hall, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm – Voted Best Farmer’s Market in Northeast Florida! With over 100 vendors selling fresh, local produce and homemade crafts, live music and great food, it’s sure to be fun for the entire family. Join us on the first and third Sunday of each month. For more information, visit www.OrangeParkMarket.com.

17 – Clay County Historic Museum – 915 Walnut Street Green Cove Springs, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – The Clay County Historic Museum is open for tours the first and third Sunday of each month from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm or by appointment. The museum’s newest exhibit celebrates the life and talent of long-time Clay County resident Slim Whitman, an international music sensation. Other exhibits include railroad memorabilia, a country kitchen, and country store display. Collections include hundreds of items, including early phonographs, medical equipment, cameras, typewriters, toasters, sewing machines, dolls, an elaborate dollhouse, vintage clothing, and many other items of everyday working and living. For more information, visit www.claycountyhistoricalsociety.com

22 – 24 – Open Track Weekend – The FIRM, 7266 Airport Road, Starke – Open Track Days at The FIRM is a low-cost way to test the setup of your car and improve your driving skills. 

22 – 24 – Next Generation Actors Present: Disney's Aladdin Jr. – The Island Theater, 1859 Town Hall Circle Suite 54, Fleming Island – Fleming Island’s own Community Theater, Thursday through Sunday – times will vary. Our next generation actors produce, direct and perform Disney’s Aladdin Jr.  Prepare to be delighted and amazed by their talent.  All Tickets $7.  Tickets can be purchased at www.theislandtheater.com  or call (904) 254-1455 to reserve tickets. Reserved seating is available for groups of more than ten.

24 – The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical – Thrasher-Horne Center, 6:00 pm – The beloved tradition that continues to capture the hearts of children and their families everywhere comes to the live stage for the first time ever in this all new musical and premiere stage production. When the top Scout Elf of his graduating class is sent to a disconnected, multi-generational family struggling to rediscover Christmas spirit, he’s got to find a way off the shelf and into their hearts. VIP access ticket holders can complete their The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical experience with the exclusive pre-show photo opportunity with a Scout Elf! Photos will take place in front of a magical North Pole backdrop, featuring a Christmas tree decorated by Santa’s Scout Elves, where children can leave a personalized message for Santa (printable ornaments will be available for download at https://elfontheshelfmusical.com/). As a commemorative takeaway for the children in your party, the VIP access badge becomes a keepsake that can be hung on your own Christmas tree at home for years to come. For visitor information and Tickets, visit www.thcenter.org

26 – Black Creek Bowl 5k and Kid's Fun Run – Middleburg Elementary School, 3958 Main Street, Middleburg FL 32068, 7:30 am – Enjoy a 5k through historic downtown Middleburg. Proceeds of this event are used provide supplemental college scholarships to deserving Middleburg High School college bound seniors. For more information, visit www.blackcreekbowl.com

28 – 30 – All Creations Intertribal POW WOW – Clay County Fairgrounds, Green Cove Springs, times may vary – Join for dancing, demonstrations, children’s activities, storytellers, fluteplayers, food vendors, and traders with arts, crafts, and supplies. Thursday Gates open at 2:00 pm, admission is $8 for adults, kids are free! Friday and Saturday gates open at 9:00 am, admission is $8 for adults, kids $4, children under 5 are free. Activities each day will end at 10:00 pm or last drumbeat.

29 – 1 – Open Track Weekend – The FIRM, 7266 Airport Road, Starke – Open Track Days at The FIRM is a low-cost way to test the setup of your car and improve your driving skills. 

December

Bestbet Poker Tournaments – Various dates and times

Thrasher-Horne Galleries – Gallery hours are 11:00 am to 3:00 pm weekdays

TBD – Santa’s Arrival – Orange Park Mall – Join us for the arrival of Santa at the Orange Park Mall. More information to come.

TBD – Santa's Firetruck Parade – Orange Park, time to be determined – A town tradition and resident favorite every year, the Orange Park Fire De­partment brings Santa Claus all throughout neighborhoods within the town to ring in the Holiday Season and brighten everyone’s spirits. For more information, visit  https://www.facebook.com/opfd19/

December 1 – 31 – Parade of Trees – Every December historic Spring Park is taken over by an arrangement of 150 decorated Christmas trees. The trees are first lit during Christmas on Walnut Street and are open to the public until Dec. 31. For more information, visit https://www.greencovesprings.com/departments/SpecialEvents

December 1 – Clay County Historic Museum – 915 Walnut Street Green Cove Springs, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm – The Clay County Historic Museum is open for tours the first and third Sunday of each month from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm or by appointment. The museum’s newest exhibit celebrates the life and talent of long-time Clay County resident Slim Whitman, an international music sensation. Other exhibits include railroad memorabilia, a country kitchen, and country store display. Collections include hundreds of items, including early phonographs, medical equipment, cameras, typewriters, toasters, sewing machines, dolls, an elaborate dollhouse, vintage clothing, and many other items of everyday working and living. For more information, visit www.claycountyhistoricalsociety.com

December 1 – Orange Park Farmer's and Arts Market– Orange Park Town Hall, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm – Voted Best Farmer’s Market in Northeast Florida! With over 100 vendors selling fresh, local produce and homemade crafts, live music and great food, it’s sure to be fun for the entire family. Join us on the first and third Sunday of each month. For more information, visit www.OrangeParkMarket.com.

December 16 – Pet Photos with Santa – Orange Park Mall – more information to come.

December 3 – Light the Park – Orange Park Town Hall, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm - Join Town Council and Staff as we light the town for the holidays. Attendees will enjoy live and interactive music, cookies and hot chocolate, and a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Afterwards, helps us flip the switch and turn on all the lights. (Santa does not attend this event.) For more information, visit www.TownofOrangePark.com

December 5 – The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation – Thrasher-Horne Center 10:30 am – The two-time Emmy® Award winning Saturday morning show comes to life. The Henry Ford’s INNOVATION NATION – LIVE! inspires with entertaining and educational stories about yesterday and today’s visionaries and innovators – highlighting major turning points in the past and present that influenced the fields of science, technology, engineering, math, the environment and social justice. World-changing innovations featured in the television show and preserved in The Henry Ford museum’s archives come to life in this intriguing performance. For more information, visit www.thcenter.org

December 6 – 8 – Open Track Weekend – The FIRM, 7266 Airport Road, Starke – Open Track Days at The FIRM is a low-cost way to test the setup of your car and improve your driving skills. 

December 6 – 8 – Vintage Market Days – Clay County Fairgrounds, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Sunday - Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage-inspired market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more. The Market is a three-day event held several times a year in various communities. Each Vintage Market Days event is a unique opportunity for vendors to display their talents and passions in different venues throughout the country. The Market will also provide the customer with a very special shopping experience.  We absolutely love the thought of bringing the Vintage experience to both vendors and customers throughout the country! For more information, visit http://vintagemarketdays.com/market/jacksonville/

December 7 – Christmas on Walnut Street - This day-long event rings in the holiday season starting with Green Cove Springs' annual Christmas Parade. See Walnut Street, City Hall and Spring Park decorated for Christmas, and enjoy food, craft, local business and civic organization booths as well as live entertainment and a visit from Santa at Spring Park.  For more information, visit www.greencovesprings.com/christmas-on-walnut-street

December 7 – Fleming Island Saturday Market – Village Square Shopping Center, 2245 Plantation Center Drive, Fleming Island, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm - Our market consists of many different vendor types:  arts, crafts, fresh produce, honey, sweets, jewelry, cosmetics, clothing, accessories and much more!

December 7 – Winter Festival – Middleburg Civic Center, 2102 Palmetto Street, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm- more information to come.

December 7 – Christmas Parade of Lights – Keystone Heights, 6:00 pm – more information to come.

December 7 – Military Collectors Show and Event – The Military Museum of North Florida, Green Cove Springs – Military collectors show, military vehicle shows, and Happy Trails 4x4 expo. Come see Parachutists, a military flyover, and more! For more information, visit www.themilitarymuseumofnorthflorida.com

December 7 – 8 – Hometown Holiday in the Park- Clarke House Park, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm- The Town of Or­ange Park and The Historical Society of Orange Park team up to bring you an old fashioned holiday cel­ebration! This event features a shopping vil­lage, hay rides through our decorated trail of lights, live entertainment, Clarke House tours, photos with Santa and more! It may even snow! Admission and many activities are free! For more information, visit www.TownofOrangePark.com

December 7 – 8 – The Great Gold Head Expedition – Mike Roess Gold Head State Park Ranger Station Parking Area, 6239 SR 21 Keystone Heights FL 32656, 2:30 pm to 8:30 am - Discover Gold Head State Park in a brand-new light in which it’s never been seen. Join a ranger led hike through 4 different ecosystems, learning more about how all of these natural processes come into play. This hike will put minimal backpackers to the test whether they are just getting started and squaring away their gear, or they are experts just looking for a new trail. Hikers will travel along the Florida Trail around the park stumbling upon sinkhole lakes, flora and fauna along the way. Camp out under the stars, and weather permitting learn about a few of the celestial bodies in the night sky. Then set out on a morning hike off trail with a ranger. Call the ranger station for more questions about the hike and to register. 352-473-4701. $10 cash per hiker for a donation to the CSO. For more information, visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/index.php/events/great-gold-head-expedition-1

December 8 – Sensitive Santa – Orange Park Mall, 9:00 am to 11:00 am – Get your picture with Santa for children and adults with sensitivity concerns. More information to come.

December 8 – Sunburst Beauty Pageant – Orange Park Mall, 1:00 pm – Sunburst Beauty Pageant arrives at the Orange Park Mall with a wide range of competitions, including babies 3 years and under to adults 27 years and younger. Winners of each age category will be entered the State Competition. For more information or to enter, visit www.sunburstbeauty.com

December 13 – 15 – A Christmas Story - The Island Theater, 1859 Town Hall Circle Suite 54, Fleming Island- Show times vary – Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants one thing for Christmas, and one thing only: An Official Red Ryder Range Model Carbine Action BB Gun. There’s only one problem: everyone else is convinced he’ll shoot his eye out! Undeterred, he begins his saga of convincing all the necessary players, from his sweet but protective Mother, to his straight-laced teacher, Miss Shields, all the way to Santa Claus himself, that he needs that gun for the protection of his loved ones, and maybe even a little cowboy glory to call his own. Filled with quirky and lovable characters, this zany, heartfelt, and nostalgic musical is as delightful as the biggest, shiniest present under the tree on Christmas morning. For more information, go to www.theislandtheater.com or call (904) 254-1455 to reserve tickets. Reserved seating is available for groups of more than ten.

December 13 – 15 – Open Track Weekend – The FIRM, 7266 Airport Road, Starke – Open Track Days at The FIRM is a low-cost way to test the setup of your car and improve your driving skills. 

December 14 – Wreaths Across America at Keystone Heights Memorial Gardens – Keystone Memorial Gardens, 12:00 pm – Wreaths Across America will be at the Keystone Heights Memorial Gardens to remember and honor our veterans through the layer of remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud. For more information, visit https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/15639/overview/?relatedIds=0

December 15 – Clay County Historic Museum – 915 Walnut Street Green Cove Springs, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm - The Clay County Historic Museum is open for tours the first and third Sunday of each month from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm or by appointment. The museum’s newest exhibit celebrates the life and talent of long-time Clay County resident Slim Whitman, an international music sensation. Other exhibits include railroad memorabilia, a country kitchen, and country store display. Collections include hundreds of items, including early phonographs, medical equipment, cameras, typewriters, toasters, sewing machines, dolls, an elaborate dollhouse, vintage clothing, and many other items of everyday working and living. For more information, visit www.claycountyhistoricalsociety.com

December 15 – Orange Park Farmer's and Arts Market– Orange Park Town Hall, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm – Voted Best Farmer’s Market in Northeast Florida! With over 100 vendors selling fresh, local produce and homemade crafts, live music and great food, it’s sure to be fun for the entire family. Join us on the first and third Sunday of each month. For more information, visit www.OrangeParkMarket.com

December 16 – Third Saturday Market in the Park – Spring Park, Green Cove Springs – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm – Green Cove Springs Business League organizes a monthly local grocery and craft market on the corner of Walnut Street and Magnolia Avenue.

December 16 – Pet Photos with Santa – Orange Park Mall – more information to come.

December 20 – 22 – A Christmas Story - The Island Theater, 1859 Town Hall Circle Suite 54, Fleming Island – Show times vary – Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants one thing for Christmas, and one thing only: An Official Red Ryder Range Model Carbine Action BB Gun. There’s only one problem: everyone else is convinced he’ll shoot his eye out! Undeterred, he begins his saga of convincing all the necessary players, from his sweet but protective Mother, to his straight-laced teacher, Miss Shields, all the way to Santa Claus himself, that he needs that gun for the protection of his loved ones, and maybe even a little cowboy glory to call his own. Filled with quirky and lovable characters, this zany, heartfelt, and nostalgic musical is as delightful as the biggest, shiniest present under the tree on Christmas morning. For more information, go to www.theislandtheater.com or call (904) 254-1455 to reserve tickets. Reserved seating is available for groups of more than ten.

December 20 – 22 – Open Track Weekend – The FIRM, 7266 Airport Road, Starke – Open Track Days at The FIRM is a low-cost way to test the setup of your car and improve your driving skills. 

December 21 – Historic Girl Scout Museum – Camp Chowenwaw, 9:00 am to 11:00 am – The museum includes a synopsis of the founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Low, the history of Girl Scouting in Northeast Florida and the history of the park when it was a Girl Scout Camp from 1933 to 2005. Special tours are available other dates and times by appointment. For more information about Camp Chowenwaw, visit www.claycountygov.com/departments/parks-and-recreation/camp-chowenwaw-park/activities

December 27 – 29 – Open Track Weekend – The FIRM, 7266 Airport Road, Starke – Open Track Days at The FIRM is a low-cost way to test the setup of your car and improve your driving skills.