As a nonprofit organization that organizes philanthropic events for other nonprofit organizations, the Pledge 5 Foundation conducts food, clothing, and public-service pledge drives for its numerous charity partners. In conjunction with each of these charity drives, it hosts community-centered promotional events—pub crawls, pet adoptions, and tailgating parties—that aim to inspire people to give back to their community. Pledge 5's staff, interns, student association, and service chamber all work to create positive change throughout the Gainesville community by stimulating local commerce and planting popsicle gardens.
Ryan Foote, Sky Chiefs Aviation’s chief flight instructor, has been teaching aspiring pilots how to take to the skies since 2004. His expertise lends itself not only to traditional flight lessons in Cessna aircraft but also to discovery flights, wherein passengers fly the plane while it's airborne and the instructor handles taking off, landing, and the bribing of geese to enter restricted airspace.
Multi-instrumentalist Edgar Winter and his signature electric blonde locks saw widespread success in the ‘70s as part of the Edgar Winter Group, releasing infectious hits such as “Frankenstein” and “Free Ride,” which dared to blur the boundaries of rock, blue-eyed soul, jazz, and blues. The prolific songwriter continues to build upon his musical legacy as the frontman of the Edgar Winter Band, performing four decades’ worth of beloved classics and recent songs spanning 19 live and studio albums. With a keyboard lofted by a star-studded strap around his shoulders, the talent musician’s key-tapping explores a wide spectrum of tones before he picks up his saxophone for breakdown solos. Also an exceptional singer, Winter stretches his formidable pipes during the bluesy “Tobacco Road,” holding his mournful notes for seemingly impossible lengths thanks to his vestigial third lung. Openers Flat Black pave the way for Winter’s sonic explorations with their own brand of rock ‘n’ roll, staking their claim on the intimate stage of Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, which was recently constructed out of a former church.
They tell a tale to quake your bones at Warehouse 31—on October 13, 1875, a woodcutter by the name of Billy Turner killed his nine-year-old daughter in a horrific accident. Unable to cope with his grief, Turner killed himself. But the pain was too great for death to assuage. Soon Pelham was under siege from a series of mysterious events. A young girl found roaming unattended along a railway. The sound of a chainsaw echoing from the forest. Glass doors sliding open as soon as somebody stepped in front of them. Today, Warehouse 31 stands on the site of that ill-fated lumberyard, and guests can experience some scares of their own, thanks to a cast of monsters, high-tech animatronics, and gravely unhinged clowns.
Captain Pat Needham of Buck N Bass Sports Center & Outfitters equips adventurers on fishing, hunting, and other outdoor activities in the nearly 400,000-acre Ocala National Forest. Beneath the mounted bass and 7-foot standing black bear in the shop's interior, an array of gear inspires a multitude of outdoor adventures, from snaring largemouth bass and catfish to sneaking up on squirrels and demanding your Nutter Butters back. Soft baits, such as Reaction Strike, Warrior, and Yum ($3.75–$8.45), undulate beguilingly at the end of ineluctable hooks and tackle ($1.10–$9.99). Jig heads and bodies, such as Fire-Fly, Road Runner, and Jiffy Jigs ($0.60–$4), dance open water at the end of strong spider-silk fishing line, including Vicious, Berkley Big Game, and Sufix ($1.80–$24.10). Dedicate today's Groupon toward storybook-worthy exploits with rugged rods and reels ($10.75–$174.95), camping and hiking gear ($1.90–$200), or hunting ammo and clothing ($2.50–$300) to spur a quest for the buck that grazed insults into your lawn.
Making pizza requires a pretty standard order: dough, sauce, cheese, toppings, bake. But for The Infielder, the signature 16-inch pizza at The Infield Pizzeria & Sports Bar, cooks scramble up the process. After shaping a hunk of hand-tossed dough into a square, they add toppings and mozzarella cheese before baking the pie. Once the pizza is out of the oven, the culinary team adds sauce and sprinkles of pecorino romano cheese.
The rest of the menu fulfills more traditional pizzeria expectations, from honey barbecue chicken pies to meatball parmesan subs with half a pound of meat. An extensive beer and wine selection can compelment each feast, as do five 50-inch televisions broadcasting the latest games. For kids, pre- and post-meal entertainment includes an in-house arcade, made-to-order cotton candy, and a bounce house every Wednesday.
Shaughnessy's Sports Grill sates fans of sports and traditional pub fare with meaty burgers, sandwiches, and ribs to pair with frothy imported and domestic brews. Televisions broadcast local and national sporting events into the bar, where cheers spontaneously erupt after scores and successful fry-stealing missions. When the TVs turn off, neon signs behind the bar light up the action for weekly events that include Texas hold'em tournaments, mind-bending trivia contests, and live music on Friday nights. Light wood paneling accents the restaurant’s forest-green walls, which hold up dartboards and a kaleidoscopic array of sports jerseys donated by jaded fans and exiled mascots.