Art Walk downtown is very popular. So much so that other communities have begun their own. Atlantic and Neptune Beaches have gotten together and invite local artists and crafts people to display their wares in Town Center on the third Thursday of every month. We went over to Town Center before coming home to watch the Jaguars game … more on that in a little bit.
There was a good crowd downtown, though some of the local merchants were mentioning that it was smaller than most Art Walk Thursdays. Some thought it was the weather, which was actually pretty nice. Mid 60’s and no rain. Not bad for the week before Christmas Eve. Pete’s Bar is all decked out for the Holidays, with festive lights around the windows and red and green floods outside. The little plaza where Shelby’s is located had a band in the courtyard, in fact a lot of places all along Atlantic Boulevard and 1st Street had live music. Stores were open, people were in the streets, and it wasn’t a huge drunken scene like Thanksgiving morning out in front of Pete’s Bar.
But that, too, is another post.
Having walked up and down 1st Street and Atlantic Boulevard, we stopped into Turtle Market, where the canned goods on the shelves caught my eye. Went home, fixed dinner, and settled in for the the Jaguars/Colts game, the Jaguar’s last home game of the season.
They had a chance to win. Really. The Jaguars and Colts traded touchdowns pretty much all night. If the Jaguars hadn’t given up a kickoff return for a t ouchdown, or if David Garrard hadn’t thrown an interception on the final drive of the game, if, if, if, if … now it’s unlikely there is a playoff berth for Jacksonville this year.
They played very well, but for a couple of mistakes. Against almost any other team, the Jaguars win that game, given the level of play. But not against the Colts.
The future of the franchise in Jacksonville may be at its most precarious in it’s history. I hope not, but the rumblings are louder than ever. I hope Wayne Weaver is sincere in his ongoing instance that he’s committed to Jacksonville. I guess we’ll see.
So this weekend, we’ll finish up the Christmas shopping and get ready for the holiday. Here’s hoping for great things as the first decade of the 21st century draws to a close, and we embark on the 2nd.