Dark Energy & Dark Matter invades the Thrasher-Horne Center Galleries in April

The Thrasher-Horne Center Galleries will be exhibiting the work of Ormond Beach artist, Margaret Schnebly Hodge, April 25, 2017 – June 20, 2017. Ms. Hodge will be featured alongside the Thrasher-Horne’s permanent collection of photographs from Jack Mitchell in his namesake gallery.

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Margaret Schnebly Hodge’s exhibit: Breaking Free: Dark Energy, Dark Matter is a selection of abstract figurative and landscape paintings which use a dark and rich palette to portray a philosophical preoccupation with concepts of physical and emotional restraint, confinement, and a striving for a sense of freedom. Ms. Hodge has traveled a long and very interesting path of achievement in her career to date which can be viewed in the variety of the artwork presented in this exhibition. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida, School of Fine Arts in 1976, and trained extensively in classical studio traditions.

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Ms. Hodge has received a 2005 Florida Arts Council Enhancement Grant as well as a number of additional awards and commendations. She has exhibited her work selectively throughout her career, with most recent solo exhibitions at five Florida colleges including the Rao Musunuru M.D. Art Gallery, Pasco-Hernando State College. Her work can be found in public, institutional, and private collections. Breaking Free: Dark Energy, Dark Matter will be presented in the Lee Adams Florida Artists’ Gallery.

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Thrasher-Horne Center Galleries are supported by the Mary Ward Huntley Florida Artist Fund.  The galleries are free and open to the public during regular box office hours, all Thrasher-Horne Center events and by appointment.  Additional gallery information is available at (904) 276-6815 and online at THcenter.org.  The Thrasher-Horne Center is located at the St. Johns River State College Orange Park campus at 283 College Drive in Orange Park, Florida.

 

The Road To Wedded Bliss – Part Three

Here at the Thrasher-Horne Center, weddings are second nature. Our massively accommodating Events Center has played host to hundreds of perfect weddings for couples all over the region. As a result, we’ve encountered numerous bridal checklists – all of which provided varying degrees of personal success for the new bride. After witnessing the best and the worst, we’ve assembled the following as your ultimate go-to list, which we’ll be doling out in monthly installments to keep you on schedule until your big day.

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Time is ticking along, Winter has segued to Spring, and you are now finding yourself two months into your brand new engagement. You’ve checked off all the boxes on the first month’s planning checklist, as well as the second month, and now you’re ready for your next round of tasks. Luckily, the Thrasher-Horne Center is here to provide you with Part Three of our yearlong wedding planning guide. Below, you’ll find your next steps on the path to a perfectly smooth blissful wedding.

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Staying organized will keep you on track while you try to make your wedding memorable, awesome and creative. The items on our monthly checklists are your perfectly portioned must-do’s to make this spectacular event come together in a way that only we know how.

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ABOUT 8 TO 9 MONTHS BEFORE

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While you’re still making and changing plans, there are some things that need your attention if you want your guests to be happy, too.

  • Find three hotels at different price points for your out of town guests and book a block of rooms at a discounted rate. Not everyone will choose to stay in a high-end hotel, so make sure you choose hotels for everyone’s budget.
  • Create gift registries. Look for gifts with pricing that everyone attending will be able to afford.
  • Begin planning your honeymoon. Have you been to Aruba yet? Looking for an adventurous honeymoon? Look forward to this opportunity to kick back and relax after all the planning you and your fiancée (now new spouse) have done!
  • Browse wedding invitation designs and all the accompanying stationary. The options are endless and you want to make sure they reflect the theme you have chosen.
  • Refine the guest list and mail your “Save the Date” cards. Include the link to your website. The guests will be able to post their congratulations and thoughts on your site. Keep everyone up to date via social media.

 

white-table-setupThe Ideal Setting for your Wedding Day… The Thrasher-Horne Center, one venue which has it all!

Many stunning weddings have already been held at the Thrasher-Horne Conference Center! Nestled on the scenic St. Johns River State College campus in Orange Park, this venue provides the perfect atmosphere for your wedding and/or reception, with ample free guest parking, flexible catering choices with a full staging kitchen, and an accessible location right in the heart of Clay County. Comprised of six suites that can provide space in whatever design you envision, such as the Grand Banquet Room with comfortable space for up to 240 guests including enough room for dancing. Additionally, our other banquet or theatre spaces are the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony, combining both of your venue needs into one!

Call 904-276-6815 or visit  http://weddingsjacksonvillefl.com to schedule an appointment with a Thrasher-Horne Center Wedding Specialist today!

 

How do you know Todrick Hall?

Chances are you’ve seen Todrick Hall sometime in the past eight years and may not have even realized it. From season nine of American Idol, to the Virgin America pre-flight video, to over 403.5 million views of videos on his YouTube channel, you’ve probably seen Todrick around.

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At the Thrasher-Horne, we’ve known about Todrick for a while. Executive Director Denton Yockey remembers hiring him for one of his first stage gigs, long before his meteoric rise to fame had begun. When he was still a relative newcomer to show business, Denton cast a young Toddy as the Doormat in a Ft. Worth, Texas production of Beauty & the Beast. Now a full-fledged star, he owes much of his fame to people like Denton who took a chance on him early in life. As a result, Denton was able to reach out to Todrick’s people and arrange a performance of his brand new, fully updated version of Straight Outta Oz especially for all the Toddlerz in Northeast Florida.

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Todrick has an infectious sort of personality that seeps out into everything he involves himself with, whether it be music, movies, television, or stage. This personal brand is all over Straight Outta Oz. His YouTube signature style involves re-imagining fairy tales into modern mini-Broadway extravaganzas, replacing their tried and true musical standards with arrangements that speak more directly to today’s pop charts. So it’s no surprise that his first large scale musical outing takes the classic story of The Wizard Of Oz – one of the most well known and revered Broadway creations of all time – and spins it into a tale of Todrick’s journey from Plainview, Texas to the bright lights of Los Angeles, California (cast in Straight Outta Oz as Oz Angeles).

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Todrick Hall is one of those names that isn’t going away any time soon. Since landing in Los Angeles, he’s found representation with Scooter Braun at UTA (aka Justin Bieber’s agent), co-starred in videos with Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande, and can count folks like Beyonce among his growing roster of Hollywood friends and collaborators (the Queen Bey herself recorded a video segment featured in Straight Outta Oz).

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This tour represents a turning point for Todrick. His star is headed to the stratosphere, catapulting him to fame at a level equal to the very musicians and stars he’s spent the first part of his career both parodying and idolizing. And with his recent stint as the lead in Kinky Boots on Broadway, this should be the last time Northeast Florida is asking itself, “How do I know Todrick Hall?”

Tickets for Todrick Hall presents: Straight Outta Oz are available to the general public TODAY. Prices range from $29 to $39 with all fees included. Tickets and more information are available at (904) 276-6815 or online at THcenter.org.

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The Thrasher-Horne Center is a not-for profit performing arts venue and conference center owned and operated by St. Johns River State College.  It is located on the Orange Park campus at 283 College Drive in Orange Park, Florida.

 

Ten Outrageous Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Trace Adkins

Trace Adkins has led quite the interesting life. He’s been present on country music charts since 1996, following the release of his debut album ‘Dreamin’ Out Loud’. But surrounding his musical fame is a life full of extreme variety that has found the roughneck crooner in some of the most unexpected places. Check out the facts we’ve complied below for an alternative view into the life of one of country’s most exciting names.

 

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10.  He’s A Damn Good Author. Trace wrote a book in 2007 called A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck. Besides the long title, it has received great reviews and is rated 5 out of 5 stars at amazon.com.

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9. Trace Adkins is 6’6″.
Ever wondered how tall Trace actually is?  With some research we can confirm that yeah… he’s a big dude.
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8. His ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ charities were very personal.
During his first appearance on ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ Adkins played for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network because his daughter Brianna suffers from severe allergic reactions to peanuts, milk and eggs. His second time around, he played for the American Red Cross, an organization that came to his family’s rescue after their 2011 house fire.
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7. He’s a big fan of ’80s rock and roll.
Adkins idolizes country stars like Merle Haggard and Ronnie Milsap, but also rock bands like the Eagles, Journey and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He believes that “the best rock ‘n roll was made between ’75 and ’85.” He also prefers the Rolling Stones over the Beatles. Adkins once said that he “was never a Beatles fan.”
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6. He’s scarred — literally.
He was shot by his second wife through the heart. During a domestic dispute in 1994, his second wife Julie shot him.  The bullet passed through both chambers of his heart and through both lungs.  He crawled into the bathtub while waiting for help so he wouldn’t bleed all over the new carpet (in Trace’s own words).  He believes the reason he survived is because he lived near a Trauma Center.  He never pressed charges against Julie, but the pair divorced shortly after. He has a number of scars on his chest from this and other incidents.
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5. No, seriously … he’s really scarred.
Trace lost his pinky finger on his left hand. After he graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a degree in petroleum technology, Adkins’ left pinky was cut off while he was working on an oil rig cutting open a bucket with a knife. Doctors were able to reattach the finger, but it is permanently bent at an angle so he could still play the guitar. This makes it difficult for the singer to play many guitar chords.
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4. He’s animated.
He voiced the recurring handlebar-mustached character Elvin Mackleston on the animated series ‘King of the Hill.’ He also voiced Big John in the episode ‘Livin’ on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane.’ In addition, Trace has starred in his own comic book series playing superhero Luke McBain.
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3. Tractors are his guilty pleasure.
Adkins says that the best piece of advice he’s been given that he actually follows is “don’t spend your own money” — except if it’s on tractors. He loves tractors, and he cites them as his guilty pleasure. “I’ve got three [tractors], and I can’t justify having three. I guess that’s a guilty pleasure,” he dishes.
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2. As far as his hair, it’s all or nothing.
If Adkins ever cut his hair, he says he’d choose a buzz cut because it’s a similarly low-maintenance ‘do. He’s been growing his mane since 1991.
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1. Worst. Gig. Ever!
The worst gig Trace Adkins ever played was at a wedding reception. “We played the song for the bride and groom to dance to, and the next song was going to be grandparents and the parents and all that. So, we started the second song and about halfway through, Grandma fell dead on the floor,” Adkins spills. “And we were still playing, and finally, the father turned around and yelled, “Stop! For God’s sake, stop playing. My mother’s dead.”

 

Special thanks to B105 and Taste of Country for providing these outrageous Trace Adkins facts!

SEEN AT THE SCENE – SJRState Health Career Day

At the Thrasher-Horne Center, we host much more than entertainment. Our full Conference Center serves as a wonderful home base for the individuals and families that make up our incredible community. We host a multitude of weddings, parties, graduations, and business events like the recent SJRState Health Career Day, held annually at our center to help introduce the city’s collegiate and post-collegiate talent to our area’s top medical employers. Events like this are a mainstay for our facility and are oftentimes open to the general public. Check out our online calendar and join us for an upcoming event and who knows… you may be the next beautiful face to grace our blog!

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SEEN AT THE SCENE – Rhythm in the Night: The Irish Dance Spectacular

At the Thrasher-Horne Center, the only thing more beautiful than our shows is our audiences. Just witness our crowd last Saturday night as we welcomed the dancers and musicians from Rhythm in the Night to our Mainstage for a proper Saint Patrick’s Day celebration! Pick up your tickets today for our upcoming shows at THcenter.org and who knows… you may be the next beautiful person to grace our blog!

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Trace Adkins Drops His New Album And Prepares For His Thrasher-Horne Main Stage Debut

With over 11 million in album sales, three Grammy nominations, and dozens of major motion pictures and television credits to his name, Trace Adkins always has something going on. It is that constant motion and creative diversity that has fueled his latest music, the much-anticipated forthcoming and aptly titled Something’s Going On – his 12th studio album – scheduled for release on March 31. Something’s Going On marks Adkins’ first album release on his new label, BBR Music Group / Wheelhouse Records. The first single off Something’s Going On, “Watered Down,” appeared on Country radio the 13th of this month. It’s been four years since Adkins’ last studio album Love Will… released in 2013, which debuted in the top ten on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, and fans have eagerly awaited this follow up ever since.

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“When I first heard ‘Watered Down’ I felt an immediate connection with what I wanted to say. A man comes to a point in his life where he begins to reflect on his past and what he’s learned and that’s what fueled this song,” shares Adkins. “If you’ve led the kind of life I’ve led, at some point you have to temper your vices.”

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With new music already being rehearsed, Adkins’ 2017 Tour will launch on February 4, and will hit our Northeast Florida stage April 27th.  As a gift to his fans, Adkins is offering a physical copy of Something’s Going On with each ticket order to his concert in Orange Park.

Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts. The three-time GRAMMY-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is a TV personality, actor, author, and spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project and the American Red Cross, for whom he raised over $1.5 million dollars as winner of NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.

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In recent years, Adkins has performed for our service men and women across 11 USO Tours, with his 12th scheduled later this Spring. In his 2007 autobiography, A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck, he recounted his rise to fame, brushes with death, and battles with personal demons. Trace has played a tough as nails biker in The Lincoln Lawyer (starring Matthew McConaughey), a desperate father in Deepwater Horizon (starring Mark Wahlberg) and a wise oracle of a tattoo artist in the family-friendly film Moms’ Night Out (starring Patricia Heaton, Sean Astin, Sarah Drew).

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Trace Adkins tickets are now on sale to the public at the Thrasher-Horne Center.  Tickets range from $29 to $69.  A few  VIP packages are still available.  Purchase at the Thrasher-Horne Center Box Office, by phone at (904) 276-6815 or online at THcenter.org.

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The Thrasher-Horne Center is a performing arts venue and conference center owned and operated by St. Johns River State College.  It is located on the Orange Park campus at 283 College Drive in Orange Park, Florida.