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!

 

One Night In Memphis

“One Night in Memphis” is a rocking concert tribute to legendary Sun Records recording artists Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. The show spans 90 minutes of rockabilly, country, gospel and pure 1950’s rock and roll music backed by an authentic and energetic rockabilly backup band that will transport you back in time to a rock and roll royalty jam session. Along the way, you’ll get a behind the scenes look at this epic recording session while experiencing true American music featuring the hits “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Whole Lotta Shaking Going On,” “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog,” and many, many more, all performed live without tracks and guaranteed to get Thrasher-Horne Center rocking and rolling!

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On December 4th, 1956, music history was made. This date found Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley together at Sun Record’s studio in Memphis, TN. A jam session ensued which seems to have happened by pure chance. Perkins, who by this time had already met success with “Blue Suede Shoes“, had come into the studio that day, accompanied by his brothers Clayton and Jay and by drummer W.S. Holland, to cut some new material, including a revamped version of an old blues song, “Matchbox“. Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records, brought in his latest acquisition, singer and piano man extraordinaire Jerry Lee Lewis, to play piano on the Perkins session and fatten the sparse rockabilly instrumentation.
Sometime in the early afternoon, Elvis Presley, a former Sun artist himself but now at RCA, dropped in to pay a casual visit. At the time, he was the biggest name in show business, having hit the top of the singles charts five times and topping the album charts twice in the preceding 12-month period. Less than four months earlier, he had appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, pulling an unheard of 55 million viewers and 83% of the television audience, the largest in history up to that time.
After chatting with Philips in the control room, Presley listened to the playback of Perkins’ session, which he pronounced to be good. Then he went out into the studio and some time later the jam session began. At some point during the session, Sun artist Johnny Cash, who had recently enjoyed a few hits on the country charts, popped in. Cowboy Jack Clement was engineering that day and remembers saying to himself “I think I’d be remiss not to record this.” He did, and the night became rock and roll music history.

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“One Night in Memphis,” will be appearing live at the Thrasher-Horne on October 22nd, 2016. Tickets will be available at THcenter.org or by phone at (904)276-6815.

For more show information and show highlights please visit: www.PresleyPerkinsLewisCash.net

Merry Christmas In July! – Lightwire Brings Good Tidings to the Thrasher-Horne Center

Brighten your holidays with Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas! Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey, and Tchaikovsky, appearing at the Thrasher-Horne for ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY, December 11th, 2016!

In this wonderful story, Santa’s helpers are putting the final touches on presents as a young bird named Max and his family head south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course during a snowstorm, he ends up alone and lost at the North Pole. As he tries to make his way home, his adventure begins when he encounters friendly caroling worms, dancing poinsettias, Nutcracker soldiers, mischievous mice and an evil Rat King. This delightful holiday production will make children wide-eyed with delight and warm even the smallest of hearts.

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The process of building Lightwire Theater’s electroluminescent characters starts with the creators and the cast. They build everything themselves from the ground up, with each sculpture taking nearly 200 hours of intensive labor. The foundation begins with a base that includes triggers and armatures. They utilize recyclable materials including aluminum rods, election signs, skate board wheels, dryer ducting, plumbing supplies, PVC pipes, fishing poles, duct tape, zip ties and back packs to help define peaks and angles. These common household items help create durable and pliable sculptures that can withstand the movement of the dancers and multiple performances. Black fabric is added to the sculpture for dimension and then lined with electroluminescent wire known as “el wire” which is soldered everywhere the wire is connected. Unlike black lights, “el wire” can be powered by batteries, requires no theatrical lighting and gives a 360-degree of glowing light. Once the character is “turned on” it can use up to 16 AA or rechargeable batteries per performance. The result…anything your inner-child can dream of including 16-ft. tall birds, dinosaurs, ducks, soldiers, swords and more!

In 2012, Lightwire Theater was featured in America’s Got Talent (season 7) which launched them into the national spotlight. Since then, Lightwire Theater has been fortunate to travel internationally, sharing their unique brand of storytelling with audiences of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. During the fall of 2014, Lightwire Theater had the opportunity to compete in truTV’s newest competition series, Fake Off. In addition, their holiday production, A Very Electric Christmas debuted on public television stations in select markets, which included behind the scenes footage and interviews with Ian and Eleanor Carney.

Now, you and your family will be able to experience the magic of Lightwire Theater and A Very Electric Christmas, Sunday, December 11th at 3:00PM! Tickets are available today to Thrasher-Horne Members, and beginning August 15th for the general public. Don’t wait! Make this holiday season one your family will remember for years to come with Lightwire and the Thrasher-Horne!

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Tracy Morgan is back, EMMY NOMINATED, and on his way to Orange Park!

“People are wondering, can he speak? Does he have 100% mental capacity? But the truth is, I never did! I might actually be a few points higher now!”

This quote, from the opening monologue of the October 17, 2015 episode of Saturday Night Live, signaled Tracy Morgan’s return to comedy and the television show that introduced him to stardom. His appearance came almost a year and a half after a devastating automobile accident that claimed the life of one of his friends and mentors, and almost took Tracy’s life as well. Throughout the episode, he reunited with his SNL and 30 Rock family (including guest appearances by Larry DavidAlec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Jane Krakowski, and Jack McBrayer) and addressed his life changing accident head-on, with sometimes startling candor.

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Fast forward nine months, and we are happy to announce that Tracy Morgan has made a complete recovery. He was nominated for an Emmy for his return to SNL, has a movie project (playing Redd Foxx in a Richard Pryor biopic) and a television series in the works, and has mounted a comeback tour called “Picking Up The Pieces” that will be making a stop at the Thrasher-Horne on November 12th!

Check out his triumphant return to Saturday Night Live below, and pick up your tickets to his upcoming tour, Picking Up The Pieces, by visiting THcenter.org today!

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The Calloways Take NYC!

Last season at the Thrasher-Horne we debuted our inaugural Broadway Series, bringing a collection of five professional musical tours to Orange Park including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Ragtime, Annie, Saturday Night Fever, and Once. This was the first time in Northeast Florida history that residents had been offered an alternative venue outside of downtown to experience a season of blockbuster musicals fresh from the Great White Way.

As part of this big announcement, we also created Broadway Series Subscription Packages to provide easy access and a great discount to you. This program ensured your favorite seats to each one of our hit musicals without the worry and price of individual ticket purchases. As an added incentive, we put together a 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 the winner was announced from our mainstage prior to our October 2nd performance by Bill Engvall. Subscriptions began rolling in as the date of the winning announcement loomed closer and closer. October finally arrived, and from our stack of entries, a winner emerged: Pam & Chuck Calloway!

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These longtime friends of Thrasher-Horne Center were the perfect recipients of the grand prize. They have attended over 50 shows at the theatre in the past decade, and are always first in line for Broadway, dance, comedy, and musical revues. In front of a sold out audience of Bill Engvall fans, we surprised them with a long weekend in the Big Apple, complete with airfare on Delta Airlines, hotel accommodations at the Westin New York at Times Square, and tickets to An American In Paris at the Palace Theatre, Beautiful – The Carol King Musical at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, and Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre.

Check out some snaps of our winner’s trip below, and stay tuned to our blog for our 2016-2017 Broadway Season announcement, COMING SOON!

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

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Our favorite show was Beautiful.  It stirred up my youth and helped connect us to each other.  We’ve been together for 32 years but this helped us connect.  We both teared up at the end-  it was an exceptionally joyful emotion.” – Pam Calloway

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An American In Paris

An American in Paris, that show exceeded our expectations.  The couple who danced were phenomenal.  He could be the next Gene Kelly.” – Pam Calloway

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Chicago

This trip was fantastic.  Everything was so convenient and all the shows were wonderful.  Send next year’s winner to us and we’ll tell them how great what they’ve won is!” – Chuck Calloway

Welcome to the Tip of the Iceberg

New-Paint---Old-NewAt the Thrasher-Horne Center, the word of the day is NEW.

NEW Executive Director, Denton Yockey.

NEW, innovative programming.

NEW faces at every event in our 2015-2016 season.

Even a NEW coat of paint on our state of the art, 84000 square foot theatre and conference center.

And now, we humbly present to you our newest addition… this blog. You may have already noticed a little dust as we began the renovations to our College Drive digs, but our building isn’t the only thing getting a facelift around here. From the vantage point of our new blog, you can keep up to date on our constantly evolving 2016-2017 Season, get a behind the scenes look at your favorite performance venue in its day to day operations, get a close up, intimate view of the world of entertainment’s greatest stars, and most importantly, make sure you don’t miss out on any of our groundbreaking performances the minute we announce them to the world.

At the new Thrasher-Horne Center, the only constant is change.

Subscribe to our blog, like and join us on all our social media networks, and put yourself on the front row as we revolutionize entertainment in Clay County and beyond.