The Road To Wedded Bliss – Part Seven

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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We hope you’ve orchestrated your wedding planning to sync with Florida’s summer mood swings, which have alternated drastically between monsoon and heatwave. It’s now mid-August, and we suppose you’ve successfully checked off all the boxes on the first, second, thirdfourthfifth, and sixth month’s lists. Your finish line is now clearly visible just on the other side of the already waning summer season. And here we are, like clockwork, to provide you with Part Six 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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2 MONTHS BEFORE

It’s crunch time

You’re down to the wire and everything is going smoothly. Just a couple of months to go.

  • Mail the wedding invitations. Set the RSVP cutoff date at three weeks before your big day.
  • Check in with all the vendors. This is to ensure that nothing is amiss.
  • Meet with the photographer. You’ll want to discuss specific shots and locations at the venues.
  • Decide “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.” Come on, it brings good luck.
  • Book a spa and beauty appointments for you and the bridal party.
  • Purchase gifts for bridal party. If these can mirror your theme, great. If not, choose something you know the members of the party will love.

 

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!

Thrasher-Horne Food Finds – The Crafty Crab

Hungry for some local food on your way to a show? Want a cool “locals only” spot to visit after the finale for dessert and conversation? Check out these local hot spots recommended by Thrasher-Horne Center staff members, and let us introduce you to the best our area has to offer! With Thrasher-Horne Center Food Finds, we plan to bring you a monthly spotlight that will turn your simple night at the theatre into a full-fledged event that you and your guests will remember for years to come!

Just down the street from our front door is one of the coolest new restaurants in the Orange Park area – The Crafty Crab. Hailing from Melbourne, Florida, this New Orleans style seafood restaurant is known statewide for their low country boils, gumbos, and raw & steamed oysters. This is the second location for this family-friendly chain, and they’ve decided to drop it right here in our backyard.

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The Crafty Crab offers the freshest seafood and most authentic recipes in the area. When you walk into their restaurant, you’ll immediately experience Southern charm and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere to make you feel right at home. Whether you’re stopping in for a business lunch, family dinner, date night, or a night out with friends, Crafty Crab is the perfect spot (and their close proximity to our theatre make them a wonderful solution for pre-show dinner and drinks). Their ocean-loving chefs serve up delicious home-style seafood with generous portions in every meal. They’re cooking up crab, crawfish, calamari, and lobster in the kitchen… all made fresh daily. Not into shellfish? Try their Cajun rice, chicken tenders, and other flavorful menu options.

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At Crafty Crab, they know food tastes better with your hands, so don’t be shy—dig in! Their signature New Orleans Style low country boil is a feast for seafood lovers and perfect for a casual dinner. They even create their own unique seasoning mix for the ideal arrangement of flavors. For an experience that satisfies your appetite while ensuring a fun time, make sure to visit Crafty Crab before your next evening of entertainment at Thrasher-Horne Center!

As a special bonus, the owners of Crafty Crab have offered us a 10% discount on your total bill when dining with them before or after a Thrasher-Horne show! Just show your show ticket or program to a manager to receive your discount! For a full menu and other information, check out the website link below!

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The Deets:

Phone

(904) 579-3913

Location

950 Blanding Blvd #1,
Orange Park, FL 32065

Hours

Sun-Sat              12:00p – 10:00p

Introducing the NEW THRASHER-HORNE CENTER!

The Thrasher-Horne Center has officially revealed its new branding along with a complete redesign of its mission and vision.  “Our new tagline, ‘We’re all about you,’ emphasizes our primary operating principle, which is to focus on our guests first and foremost,” said Executive Director Denton Yockey.  “Our goal has always been to provide a great experience for the community, whether in one of our two theatres or our expansive conference center.” The new circular logo symbolizes the joining of these two different functions together as a whole.

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Opening its doors in 2004, Thrasher-Horne Center has been serving the Northeast Florida community for almost 13 years as Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts and Conference Center.  Three years ago, the venue began to downplay the latter portion of the name to become one entity as Thrasher-Horne Center.  This move happened in conjunction with various other updates to the venue that included more contemporary programming, redesigned loyalty programs, and an exterior facelift to the 84,000 sq. ft. facility.

Over the past year, the Thrasher-Horne Center began an ongoing collaboration with the nationally esteemed Dalton Agency to create a new logo, color scheme, tagline and website to accentuate their updated mission as a hub of the arts, commerce, and community of Northeast Florida.  Elements of these new concepts will be revealed over the next few months as part of an ongoing brand launch.

Thrasher-Horne Center has also revised its mission and vision statements to more accurately reflect the changes to the venue.

The vision promises that “at Thrasher-Horne Center, we aspire to become the premiere gathering place; the intersection of arts and commerce; the hub of community, education, and culture in Northeast Florida.”

The mission further expands on that promise by building a strong foundation upon the following points:

  • We pledge to present the very best of the arts through professional music, theatre, and dance.
  • We guarantee to provide theatres, galleries, and meeting rooms for civic, cultural, and commercial events relevant to our community.
  • We will serve diverse audiences of all ages comprised of residents and visitors of the Northeast Florida community.
  • We vow to exceed our customers’ expectations by treating them with care, consideration, and compassion in a first-class, state of the art facility that is accessible, comfortable, and convenient.
  • We strive for excellence in all we do.
  • We will be the cultural bridge between St. Johns River State College and our Northeast Florida community.

The Thrasher-Horne Center has spent the past two seasons introducing the budding community of Clay County and the larger emerging region of Northeast Florida to entertainment options that thrill and excite, from incredible Broadway tours to nationally renowned musicians, comedians, dancers – many of the best that the entertainment world has to offer. They have continued this forward momentum into 2017-2018 by introducing a stirring new Broadway Orange Park season, as well as a bevy of additional shows that speak to every aspect of Northeast Florida’s varied population.

Tickets for individual shows will be available in the fall. Subscriptions 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.

It’s Christmas in July and here’s our gift to you!!

The time has come for our annual
Holiday Show Announcement!
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3 REDNECK TENORS:

Christmas SPEC-TAC-YULE-AR

Sunday, December 10 at 3 PM 
Member Pre-sale starts now!
Public On Sale starts Monday, August 21 at 10 AM
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‘ Twas the night before Christmas and all through the trailer…
Grab the family, saddle up the ‘ol sleigh, and come on down for an unforgettable night of music and laughs. What better way to bring families together than to enjoy a special Christmas with the boys? Take a magical, musical Christmas journey with the 3 Redneck Tenors to liven up your holidays this year.
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These real-life Broadway and Opera stars are ready to rock your holidays with a deep-fried feast of musical delights. There’s nothing old-fashioned about this music arranged by award-winning composer Craig Bohmler – it’s infused with vitality, energy and passion. The familiar Christmas tunes in the show include classics like:
· “Sleigh Ride”
· “White Christmas”
· “I’ll be Home for Christmas”
· “Santa Baby”
· “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”
· “Blue Christmas”
· “O! Holy Night”
· “Winter Wonderland”
· “Jingle Bells”
· “Silent Night”

You’ll also enjoy Christmas spoofs like:

· “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”
· “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”

and a few other great surprises, too!

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The 3 Redneck Tenors join our already announced A Garfield Christmas to provide holiday fun for Thrasher-Horne fans of all ages! Pick up your tickets to A Garfield Christmas today by visiting THcenter.org, or become a member for as little as $75 a year and get access to tickets for both shows immediately! Give your family and friends a gift they’ll never forget… two wonderful nights of entertainment at the Thrasher-Horne Center!
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Announcing Our 2017-2018 School Time Series!

With a new year at the Thrasher-Horne comes the announcement of a new 2017-2018 School Time Series! We have put together a lineup of elementary age productions perfect for all your field trip needs. From science to music, technology to yuletide cheer, we have a topic and theme that will fit almost any curriculum. Check out our great show lineup below!

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CLICK CLACK MOO

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing!
When his granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declares the farm a “tech-free zone.” He puts her laptop in the cold barn along with the shivering cows who use her computer to type messages requesting blankets.
“No way,” replies Farmer Brown. “No blankets!”
So the cows go on strike and the chickens join the cows in solidarity. No blankets: no milk, no eggs! Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals’ demands? Will Jenny get her computer back? Find out in a hilariously “mooooo-ving” new musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.

 

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MR. MOLECULE

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

See Science COME ALIVE!
When Mr. Molecule unleashes the power and excitement of science – Bing! Bang! Boom! – he creates an explosion of learning that K-8 kids can’t resist! All based on core science principals and created by Mr. Molecule right before their eyes! WOW! hmm…aha! Students are astonished to see the fantastic 12-foot tall Foam Monster, the impossible Balloons in Orbit and the hysterically funny Bernoulli TP Challenge, Mr. Molecule’s Bing, Bang, Boom Science Show is a whole new way for kids to discover science and excite their curiosity about the wonder-filled world we live in.

 

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A GARFIELD CHRISTMAS

Friday, December 8th, 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – especially if you’re the world’s best-loved and fat cat movie star, Garfield.

Coming to you with arms wide open in anticipation of all the Christmas presents he’s expecting, Garfield will light up your holiday this year with his wit, wise cracks and wisdom. Everyone’s favorite feline is a few gifts short of true Christmas spirit. But with the help of Jon, Odie, the Audience, and his new holiday friends, Garfield gets an “enlightening” lesson.  This lively holiday musical features timeless Christmas favorites such as “Jingle Bells”, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”, “Deck the Halls”, and many more.  Sing along as Garfield’s new friends including Nutcracker, Rag Doll, Teddy Bear, and even Angel from the top of the Christmas tree all work together to bring light to Garfield’s Christmas. Join the fun as the coffee-guzzling, nap-taking, lasagna-loving fat cat Garfield decks the halls with boughs of folly!

 

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PIANO WITH JASON FARNHAM

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Take Jerry Lee Lewis, add some Victor Borge, Beethoven on steroids, garnish with Schroeder from Peanuts, throw it all in a blender, and what comes out is an unmistakable Jason Farnham show. 

 An Evening of Piano with Jason Farnham delights audiences around the U.S., again and again.  Fans have affectionately dubbed him “Schroeder” from Peanuts because of his toy piano, his witty Victor Borge-style piano comedy antics and the clever way he interacts with the audience. The variety includes contemporary romantic piano, jazz, bossa nova, blues, stride piano, and classical with a modern twist! Jason is always looking for an interesting spin on the status quo, a way to take a classic and turn it on its ear, soooo… the newest addition to his piano show is Fur Elise with a techno-rock-dance beat: “Fur Crying Out Loud Elise, Let’s Dance!” And Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca has now become “Rondo Alla Techno”. He’s also re-envisioned Autumn Leaves into a fusion of bossa nova and samba styles. Playing the piano while lying upside down Amadeus-style? Check. And always included in the lineup are a handful of Jason’s signature original piano pieces that his fans adore, like his 2008 original instrumental hit, Lisa’s Song (When).

 

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LET’S GO SCIENCE

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

The wacky and talented Professor Smart and Dr. Knowitall join forces for an educational, entertaining, exciting and experiential extravaganza.

Professor Smart shrinks his head, has toilet paper flying, juggles and has peoples’ hair standing on end all while demonstrating principals of physics. Researcher and comedic sidekick Dr. Knowitall keeps the facts straight. During the Let’s Go Science Show, you and your kids will learn science concepts through impressive and memorable demonstrations. They will learn about air pressure, figure out flight, see awesome optical illusions, be shocked by static electricity, see experiments with falling masses, grasp gyroscopic properties and get a handle on the scientific method.

 

The Road To Wedded Bliss – Part Six

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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The heat is on… literally and figuratively. It’s now mid-July, and you’ve diligently checked off all the boxes on the first, second, thirdfourth, and fifth month’s lists. You are past the halfway mark in planning your dream wedding, and you can almost see the finish line coming up on the horizon. And here we are, like clockwork, to provide you with Part Six 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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3 MONTHS BEFORE

Don’t get nervous…

The items on the checklist during this period are decisions you definitely want to make together with your fiancée.

  • Plan the ceremony and reception seating. Don’t forget about your single friends and where they will be seated. You want all of your guests to enjoy the evening.
  • Purchase wedding favors. Keep them themed if you have one.
  • Make a list of the people giving toasts.
  • Finalize readers and readings.
  • Decide if you are going to write your own vows.

 

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!

It Pays To Be A Thrasher-Horne Center Member!

VIP status is right at your fingertips with a Thrasher-Horne Center membership! We offer multiple levels of benefits to fit your needs perfectly, and create an entertainment experience that is fully customized from beginning to end. Why merely see a show, when an annual membership provides you with a complete show experience?

Membership benefits begin with priority ticket availability, meaning you receive first dibs at snagging that perfect seat for yourself or a loved one (and certain levels also include discounts on those must-see shows). But that’s only the tip of the iceberg! There are so many more great perks available, from VIP parking to free drinks to a private club to call your own. Check out all the bonuses below!

Friend ($75)

  • Member Ticket Pre-Sale
  • Membership recognition

Donor ($150)

  • Member Ticket Pre-Sale
  • Membership recognition
  • Free Ticket Exchange Privileges

Contributor ($300)

  • Member Ticket Pre-Sale
  • Membership recognition
  • Free Ticket Exchange Privileges
  • One VIP Parking Pass
  • 15% discount on ticket purchases

Silver Circle ($500)

  • Member Ticket Pre-Sale
  • Membership recognition
  • Free Ticket Exchange Privileges
  • One VIP Parking Pass
  • 15% discount on ticket purchases
  • Circle Club access for four guests
  • 10 complimentary drink coupons

Gold Circle ($1,000)

  • Member Ticket Pre-Sale
  • Membership recognition
  • Free Ticket Exchange Privileges
  • One VIP Parking Pass
  • 15% discount on ticket
  • 10% discount on rentals of conference center and theatres at Thrasher-Horne Center
  • Circle Club access for six guests
  • 20 complimentary drink coupons
  • Your reserved seats available during most Member Pre-Sales

Platinum Circle ($1,500)

  • Member Ticket Pre-Sale
  • Membership recognition
  • Free Ticket Exchange Privileges
  • 15% discount on ticket purchases
  • 10% discount on rentals of conference center and theatres at Thrasher-Horne Center
  • Circle Club access for up to eight guests
  • 30 complimentary drink coupons
  • Your reserved seats available during most Member Pre-Sales
  • One VIP parking sign reserved with your name

Diamond Circle ($2,500)

  • Member Ticket Pre-Sale
  • Membership recognition
  • Free Ticket Exchange Privileges
  • 15% discount on ticket purchases
  • 10% discount on rentals of conference center and theatres at Thrasher-Horne Center
  • Circle Club access for up to 14 guests
  • 50 complimentary drink coupons
  • Your reserved seats available during most Member Pre-Sales
  • One VIP parking sign reserved with your name
  • A portion of your membership donation will go towards the Arrowsmith Education Fund. This fund helps underwrite tickets for children and families that are not otherwise able to attend a performance.

Pick your level to get the experience that’s right for you and begin your annual membership today! Best of all, a portion of each membership dollar contributes to the future of the Thrasher-Horne Center. Membership donations work to bring you MORE by supporting programming, outreach, events, capital improvements and venue operations.

So pick up those discounted front row seats before everyone else, park in your designated space and enter through your own private member’s entrance, and relax in our lounge-like atmosphere featuring complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and a cash bar before settling into your private reserved seat for the show! Art and entertainment have never been easier or more accessible than with a Thrasher-Horne Center membership!

All Membership Benefits are good for regular Thrasher-Horne Center presentations for one year from the date of purchase. For some performances, member benefits may be subject to artist contract approval. Contact the Box Office for further details at (904) 276-6815.