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!

The Road To Wedded Bliss – Part Five

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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Wow, the clock just doesn’t stop. Just yesterday it was Valentine’s Day, and your engagement was brand new. Now we’re deep in the middle of June, and you’ve diligently checked off all the boxes on the first, second, third, and fourth month’s lists. Now you have a strong foundation on which to stand and are ready for your next round of tasks. Luckily, the Thrasher-Horne Center is here to provide you with Part Five 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 4 TO 5 MONTHS BEFORE

It’s just around the corner

Even though you’ve been diligently keeping everything in order, keep at it!  Time will start to go quickly and your wedding day will be here before you know it!

  • Order the cake. Consider additional options like candy dessert bars! And don’t forget the groom’s cake!
  • Assemble the guest list for the rehearsal dinner. Traditionally this will be your wedding party along with family members and close friends.
  • Book the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner venue. If your wedding has a theme, then check out places that might complement that theme. Check with your venue to see if they can accommodate your rehearsal dinner.
  • Prepare playlists for the band or DJ. Make sure you choose music for your guests of all ages.
  • Finalize the guest list.
  • Book the honeymoon flights and hotels. Ensure that all necessary paperwork is in order. If you are traveling out of country, make sure your passports are current.
  • Schedule hair and make-up artists. Try a few local places, take photographs and compare results. If some of your bridal party is local, then include them in the fun.
  • Schedule dress fittings. You want to make sure you are relaxed and comfortable the entire time. Don’t forget to wear the same undergarments you plan to have on the day of your wedding!
  • Select linens and flowers for the tables.

 

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!

The Road To Wedded Bliss – Part Four

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, We are now headlong into a Spring that’s feeling more and more like Summer everyday, and you are now finding yourself three 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 the third), and now you’re ready for your next round of tasks. Luckily, the Thrasher-Horne Center is here to provide you with Part Four 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 6 TO 7 MONTHS BEFORE

You’re rocking it

You are on your way and you can’t believe how much more there is to do! Good thing you have this checklist.

  • Book your florist. Try to find one who specializes in weddings and can give you unique ideas to go with your theme.
  • Book the hotel room for your wedding night. Make sure it’s romantic and management knows it’s your wedding night. Oftentimes there are suites available for this special occasion.
  • Meet with the officiant to discuss the ceremony and confirm you have all the official documents. You also need to make sure you have applied for that marriage license.
  • Choose cake styles and schedule tastings. Yummy!
  • Arrange transportation for the bridal party. Consider what you are wearing during this step. Remember, entries and exits from certain modes of transportation can be a bit tricky in a fancy dress.
  • Purchase wedding invitations. Addressing them yourself can be a time-consuming process, so take that into consideration when making your time and money budgets.
  • Decide on groomsmen attire. Don’t forget to include your fiancée on this decision!
  • Purchase wedding bands.

 

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!

 

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

Great job so far

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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