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Community Briefs 4/12/18

Clay Today
Posted 4/11/18

Theatre company goes on the roadORANGE PARK – While it’s searching for a permanent home, Clamour Theatre Company is taking its shows on the road, so to speak.On April 27, Clamour brings …

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Community Briefs 4/12/18


Theatre company goes on the road
ORANGE PARK – While it’s searching for a permanent home, Clamour Theatre Company is taking its shows on the road, so to speak.
On April 27, Clamour brings together a group of actors who will read five fun and thought-provoking short plays by writers from around the country that will take you through all of life's stages as you listen and watch.
The program, aptly dubbed “Ages and Stages,” begins at 6 pm at the Courtyard by Marriott at 610 Wells Rd. in Orange Park. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Reservation can be made on
The featured playwrights are Rachel Bublitz, Daniel Guyton, Marj O'Neill Butler, Rich Orloff, and Cary Pepper and the actors are Milan Alley, David Girard, Rhodie Jackson, Anne Kraft, Blythe Scott and Eric Yarham.
Earlier this year, Clamour was the proud recipient of the seats in the old Clay Theatre in Green Cove Springs. Artistic Director Elaine Smith had been hoping to buy the theatre building to set up shop there, but it was purchased by another owner who has big plans for the space.
The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida gave Clamour a grant from its Arts Ventures Endowment Fund to allow conduct an organization assessment. And the Paul E. and Klare N. Reinhold Foundation funded the tuition for Smith and several board members to attend leadership training programs offered by the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College.
Clamour’s historical play, Passing the Baton, which was originally thought would be a one-off, has proven to be unexpectedly popular. Dr. Applegate, played by Michael Zelenka, has told his life story twice this year – for the Historical Society of Penney Farms and at the Village Improvement Association's 135th Anniversary Celebration.
A third presentation scheduled for April 19 for the women’s group of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at the River Park Inn.

Raftery returns at Penney Memorial
PENNEY FARMS – A longtime favorite for Penney Retirement Community members returns for another performance at Penney Memorial Church this month.
Mitch Raftery performs April 15 at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary at 4465 Poling Blvd.
Last year, Raftery performed his one-man show to a full house. While performing, he sits on the piano bench almost sideways so he can communicate with the audience as he sings, plays and talks. His performance includes sacred and secular music and a bit of cabaret.
Raftery was born and educated in Nebraska and moved to New York City as a young university graduate to “make it in the Big Apple.” And that’s just what he did.
Raftery is a performer, director, music director and educator. He is the resident music director for White Apron Productions and the Children's Acting Academy, both based in Manhattan. His first one-man cabaret production, “Mitch Raftery the Musical,” performed to a sold out audience at the Duplex piano bar in Greenwich Village. He also performs, directs and accompanies many musicals, cabaret productions and readings throughout the city.

Soul Food Festival planning in the works for fall

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – To all planners, participants, vendors and attendees of the Soul Food Festival, read further.
Due to the FAMU, BCU and EWC Homecomings on the first weekend in October, the Soul Food Festival Committee has decided to move the festival to the following weekend, Saturday, October 13, 2018. The committee promises it has planned another amazing event for everyone. Please make this change on your calendars. Vendor and Parade applications will be online at the first week of June. If you have any questions, please contact Felecia Hampshire, event coordinator at (904) 622-7903.

Coastal Spine and Pain Center welcomes new surgeon
JACKSONVILLE – Coastal Spine and Pain Center recently hired orthopaedic specialist William E. Neway III to serve its Orange Park and Riverside locations.
Prior to joining Coastal Spine and Pain Center, Neway was a staff chemist in the medicinal chemistry of Merck Research labs. Recently he has served as assistant professor in the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Alabama at the Birmingham School of Medicine in Birmingham, Ala.
Neway earned his doctorate degree in medicine from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed a traditional rotating internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Stratford, New Jersey. His orthopaedic residency was at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey he was also with the Jack Hughston Memorial Orthopaedic Residency in Orange Park Medical Center. Neway completed a combined Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn.
“Dr. William Neway’s complex understanding and extensive experience in orthopaedic surgery and care will provide in-depth understanding and skilled care to patients who are experiencing pain issues,” said Kenny Powell, Coastal Spine and Pain physician.

Florida State Parks has new deluxe passport
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Park Service has launched the new Deluxe Real Florida Passport, a way for visitors to document their Florida State Park experiences.
The Deluxe Real Florida Passport is a travel-sized journal that visitors use to collect stamps and document their memories at the individual parks. Visitors who collect stamps for all 175 state parks will be eligible for a free Family Annual Entrance Pass.
The spiral-bound booklet includes a fold-out map, the latest information about each state park, and plenty of space for notes and additional stamps.
The Deluxe Real Florida Passport can be purchased online or at selected parks. Additionally, the first 250 entrants in an online survey can win a special edition Passport.
Visitors can hike a trail, swim in a spring, sunbathe on a beach, camp near a river, learn about ancient culture or tour historic buildings at a Florida State Park. Visitors are encouraged to share their parks story on social media with the hashtag #EveryStampIsAStory.

Sign up for the Hula Hustle
ORANGE PARK – ALOHA! It’s time to pull out the grass skirts, leis and coconut bras! Clay County Young Life is hosting its annual Hula Hustle 5K and 1-mile fun run on Saturday, May 5th at BestBet Orange Park at 455 Park Ave. to assist the nonprofit’s goal of mentoring teenagers.
Start out your day with the whole family and enjoy a morning run/walk through the beautiful, shaded neighborhoods in historic Orange Park. Following the 1-Mile Fun Run there will be an awards ceremony, prizes for the best-dressed hula costume and a post race celebration "luau" style. All runners will receive a finisher's medal and a 5K t-shirt. Registration through April 28th is $20, April 29th-May 4th is $25, and on race day is $30. The 1-mile fun run is $10.
All proceeds from this event will benefit Clay County Young Life with their weekly gatherings, WyldLife (junior high program), community outreach, opportunities to send kids to summer camp and to support our new Young Life ministry at Orange Park High School and YoungLives ministry (for teen moms) in the Clay County area. Register today for the Hula Hustle at:
For more information on Clay County Young Life call Area Director Zac West at (904) 303-0188.