The Road To Wedded Bliss – Part Eight

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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Mother Nature found it necessary to deliver Florida some nasty storms right in the middle of your Month Seven checklist, but hopefully your home and venue weathered the hurricane and you’ve kept up to date on your plans. If for any reason you need to revisit our prior checklists, we have them available via these handy links (one, two, three, four, five, six, & seven). If not, we shall continue forward with Part Eight 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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ONE MONTH BEFORE

Is there something you’re forgetting?

Everything is going great and most of these items are just to ensure that everyone else is on the same page as you.

  • Call vendors to confirm. This is just another check-up.
  • Begin to pack for the honeymoon. Or at least decide what you’ll need for your adventure.
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations and agenda.
  • Print menu cards and programs.
  • Final dress fitting if necessary.
  • Practice walking in your shoes. Especially if they are not the type you would normally wear. Purchase a pair of comfortable shoes for the reception. You won’t regret it.
  • Check in with the venue coordinator. They may want to know they have everything exactly as you wish.
  • Schedule a practice hair styling session for the big event. You want to be extra gorgeous on your special day.
  • Mail the rehearsal dinner invitations. Your wedding party will be looking forward to it.

 

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!

We Love Our Volunteers!

Tuesday evening was a proud night for the Thrasher-Horne. It was the night of our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, when we pay tribute to the men and women who make sure our experience at the theatre is always top-notch. Past events have been epic affairs with themes like Casino Night and Speakeasy, and this year was no exception, as we booked our second annual evening at the Hilltop Club and Restaurant for a three-course dinner and awards ceremony.

Check out our pictures from the evening below, and contact our House Manager Sarah Blanc at (904) 276-6770 if you might be interested in volunteering with the Thrasher-Horne Center and attending one of our upcoming volunteer parties!

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The room was set early awaiting the volunteers…

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…who began trickling into the ballroom and found seats at the large tables

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Executive Director Denton Yockey welcomed the crowd and gave a speech summarizing the past season at the Thrasher-Horne Center

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Interim House Manager Stephanie Kloeckner (right) introduced Sarah Blanc, our newest House Manager who will lead us into our 2017-2018 Season

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Libby McInnis won our Volunteer of the Year award for most hours of service during the 2016-2017 Season 

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Verna Riley is another of our Most Valuable Volunteers, ranking second in total hours worked last season

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Sue Stobe, Barbara Elliott, and Maria Macleod are all members of our prestigious 100+ Club

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Lucy Pitts was this year’s recipient of the Ambassador Award, a new prize meant to honor the volunteer who serves as the best representative of our organization throughout the community

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Jennie White, 100+ Club Volunteer

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Sue Stobe, 100+ Club Volunteer

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Barbara Elliott, 100+ Club Volunteer

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Dave Giacomarra, 100+ Club Volunteer

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Maria Macleod, 100+ Club Volunteer

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Verna Riley, 100+ Club Volunteer

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Libby McInnis, 100+ Club Volunteer and Volunteer of the Year

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Customized Thrasher-Horne Center umbrellas were provided to all our volunteers as a gift for their continued service

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Veda Deen Takes NYC!

Last season at the Thrasher-Horne we hosted our sophomore Broadway Series, building on the success of our inaugural season the year before and debuting a collection of four professional musical tours on our stage including the national and regional premiere of Into The Woods, hilarious performances from Avenue Q and Xanadu, and crowd-favorite Mamma Mia!. For only the second time in Northeast Florida history residents were offered an alternative venue outside of downtown to experience a season of blockbuster musicals fresh from the Great White Way.

We once again offered Broadway Series Subscription Packages to provide easy access and a great discount to you, ensuring your favorite seats to each one of our hit musicals without the hassle of individual ticket purchases. And we couldn’t offer all this without debuting another contest with an all-expense paid trip to New York City as the grand prize. An entry into the contest was included with the purchase of a Broadway Subscription, and our winner was announced last November before the beginning of our Broadway Season. And as you may remember, our lucky winner was none other than Veda Deen!

Like our inaugural winners The Calloways, Veda Deen was a perfect recipient of the grand prize. Since 2014, Mrs. Deen has attended every Broadway and Dance production on our Main Stage. In fact, she was completely surprised when we called to award her the prize, as she renewed her Broadway Subscription with no idea there was a contest involved. We love that kind of loyalty from our supporters, and we were thrilled to reward her with a long weekend in the Big Apple in the week leading up to the 2017 Tony Awards, complete with airfare on American Airlines, hotel accommodations at the Distrikt Hotel in the Garment District, and tickets to Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theatre and Miss Saigon at the Broadway Theatre.

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Veda Deen was completely thrilled with her New York experience. She hadn’t been to the city in over 30 years, so it was eye opening for her to see all the changes that Times Square has gone through. The weekend was spent sightseeing through Midtown Manhattan (including Trump Tower) and enjoying some authentic NY Pizza and a NY Danish. Overall, New Yorkers still moved around as quickly as Veda remembered, but everyone went out of their way to be helpful and friendly to her during her stay.

Check out some snaps of our winner’s trip below, and make sure to reserve your subscription (and secure your contest entry) for our 2017-2018 Broadway Season, including A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Cabaret, The Wizard of Oz, and Jersey Boys!

Who will win next year’s trip? It could be YOU!

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

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.