A State Amateur Champion a former Nike/Nationwide Tour Member, Nicky Martin has more than 30 years of experience playing and instructing golf an a competitive level. With the belief that no two students are the same, he customizes instruction for each individual’s swing with the goal of creating solid, repeating shots. As a teacher, some of his students have gone on to acclaim such as winning the Florida State Amateur Championship and walking on to the University of Florida golf team.
Learn how to mix, stir, and shake under the tutelage of experienced instructors. During the four-hour mixology course, you'll learn the basics of alcoholic alchemy, blending liquors and mixers into sippable sensations. Or, over the course of 40 knowledge-soaked hours (spread over a one-, two-, or three-week schedule), bartenders-to-be will receive extensive instruction and hands-on practice. All ABC grads enjoy a lifetime of free refresher courses, job-placement assistance, and access to a Cheers dimension that currently, due to spatial fluctuations, contains only Cliff Clavins.
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.
Members of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the Jacksonville RollerGirls athletically encircle indoor tracks during a series of jams. A double-header pits Jacksonville's junior-league team, the Duval Roller Dolls, against one another during a debut scrimmage, and the junior-varsity River City Rat Pack lobs an arsenal of Frank Sinatra CDs at Atlanta rivals The Apocalypstix. During each bout, one player strives to lap the opposing team as her fellow four skaters spread out like a kneepad-wearing daisy chain to block the competition from rounding their squad. Skate-shredding divas jostle for position on the court, crashing into opponents and setting up their own players for success. Besides spending time speeding around the track, the Jacksonville RollerGirls also contribute to the community through various philanthropic efforts, including holding drives for First Coast Crime Stoppers and Toys for Tots.
On father-son fishing trips, Bart Swab’s dad taught him not only how to cast his line but also how to treat the aquatic ecosystem surrounding him with respect. Now a licensed and insured guide, Swab helps other fisherman appreciate the open water’s beauty, helming kayak trips through Florida’s pristine saltwater marshes. After arming prospective kayakers with safety tips and familiarizing them with their fishing equipment, Swab guides lead paddlers into the water. They maintain a 3-inch draft that allows students in kayaks to sneak up on fish without having to glue sequins to their skin to look like scales. Kayakers can also gaze through binoculars at the diverse fauna roaming the area’s shores. Trips range from a half day to a full day, and for a more structured route, participants can opt for destination trips to seasonal hot spots, where they can search out fish such as black drum, sheepshead, and tarpon.
Founded in 1976 and managed by the same owner ever since, Lauden Golf instills that prolific experience into every transaction, from its custom-built equipment to lessons taught by seasoned golf pros, including 10 members of the PGA tour. Private lessons help players refine a number of shots, from tee shots with drivers, to iron-approach shots, and transcendent putts requiring no club at all. Lauden Golf also fills bags with custom clubs such as exclusive Logo wedges, hybrids, and putters, personalized with etchings ranging from names and business logos to a caddy's invaluable advice: "Hit the ball kind of far."
Dick’s quickly silences grumbling bellies with a menu of tasty grilled edibles and a tongue-tingling variety of spicy twists. Fried pickles ($4.29), buffalo shrimp ($7.49), or wings in 365 available flavors ($8.99/10) engage mouths as guests wait for the main attraction—half-pound burgers, whose meatslabs are hand-pressed and grilled to order over the heat of omnipresent flame decals. Bacon, swiss, and lettuce enrobe the Squealin' Cheeser burger ($7.59), whereas sautéed mushrooms sit proudly atop the Shroomer burger ($7.59) and a trio of cheddar, american, and jack adorn the Three Cheeser ($7.59). All burgers come with a choice of steak fries or waffle fries and can be sharpened with any of Dick’s 365 sauce blends ($0.59 additional). Before strolling over to the nearby beach to squash sandcastles, diners can clog their molars with chunks of deep-fried Oreos ($3.99), a chocolate tribute to the hamburger and a smooth ending to a spicy ride.