The Magic Beach Motel was originally built in 1951 and was one of several little motels in the area. Over the decades, it remained a small operation and changed owners a few times. The small motel began to draw big excitement in Vilano Beach in the late ’90s as film crews started coming to town. Trucks and mobile homes started taking up residence in the vacant land across from the Vilano Beach Motel, and “a strange patrol car was parked in the motel parking lot for weeks.”
Eventually, residents learned that the strange patrol car was part of the set for the filming of “Safe Harbor” starring Rue McClanahan and Gregory Harrison. The series was about a sheriff and father of three boys living in Magic Beach, Florida, a fictional town. His mother, played by McClanahan, owned the Magic Beach Motel, and all of them lived there together. The sign, which features rabbits, a hat, and neon lighting, came because the fictional owner’s husband had been a magician.
The Magic Beach Motel became a bit run down over the years and, in 2010, was damaged in a fire. Two years later following a major renovation, the hotel is restored and modernized without losing its original charm. The art deco motel had its official re-opening on June 20, 2012, complete with a ribbon-cutting and a few speeches. The motel features pink flamingos, bright colors, neon lights, a clock, and, of course, the Magic Beach Motel sign.
Most room murals have survived several owners and have been restored. Among
Relics of America's Gilded Age are elegantly exhibited on the museum's three floors. Costumes, furnishings, mechanical musical instruments and other artifacts give you a glimpse into 19th century daily life. The Lightner collection includes beautiful examples of cut glass, Victorian art glass and the stained glass work of Louis Comfort Tiffany.
The Historic Florida Militia (HFM) is a non-profit umbrella organization supporting re-created historic interpretive units and representing a number of cultures and time periods. "We are not street performers, we are educators. We are not parades, we are historic programs. This is not an exercise in free speech, this is an opportunity to educate. We are not promoting a political agenda, we are promoting the city's history through a practical and factual teaching method".
CCPVB is a non-profit 501(c) (3) arts organization located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida dedicated to providing a place for everyone in the Jacksonville region to create, understand and experience the arts. We bring the arts to our community through art exhibitions featuring local, regional and nationally known artist; art classes and workshops for children and adults; children's summer camps; and creative events that support educational programming. Our outreach programs serve children with disabilities, special education needs, and low income families.
Built in honor of Dr. JoAnn Crisp-Ellert and her husband, Dr. Robert Ellert, the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum offers Flagler College students and the Northeast Florida community a venue for fostering knowledge and a deep appreciation of contemporary art. As an educational resource for the College, the Museum exhibits regional, national and international artists, and provides opportunities for critical engagement and exposure to a variety of exhibitions and personal interactions with visiting artists. The Museum challenges students, the Flagler community and the public to cultivate individual creativity, critical reflection, historical consciousness and respect for the free exchange of ideas. In this spirit, the Museum also hosts public programs, including artist talks, readings, panel discussions and film series that provide a platform for vital interdisciplinary dialogue.
The general purpose of this corporation [EMMA] is to stimulate interest in classical music throughout St. Johns County, FL and to encourage interest in and to provide opportunities in classical music for the youth of the county.
The mission of this corporation is to produce a number of quality music and dance performances every year and to offer them at modest ticket prices to the residents of St. Johns County and tourists visiting or planning to visit St. Johns County.