Community Briefs 1/16/20


Clay’s Ministerial Alliance, St. James AME Church

to celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday

FLEMING ISLAND – Orange Park Mayor Connie Thomas will join Rev. Alvin Britt and Pastor Cody Thompson at the Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast celebration on Monday, Jan. 20, at the Sullivan Hall, 7190 U.S. Highway 17. The breakfast starts at 8 a.m.

Tickets are $15 a person or $100 for a table of eight. Seats are limited. Cash or checks are accepted at the door.

For more information, contact Dr. Bost at (904) 316-2212 or at

The breakfast is sponsored by the Clay County Ministerial Alliance and St. James AME Church.

Second wave of playwrights arrive in Clay County

For Clamour Theatre Co.’s annual retreat

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clamour Clamour Theatre Company second annual playwrights' retreat, Clay and Water 2020, begins January 26th and runs through January 30th. Playwrights from all around the country will spend a week in Green Cove Springs, working on new plays, meeting students and interested community members, and participating in free public readings of their works-in-progress every evening.

Five playwrights were selected through a nationwide application process by Clamour, northeast Florida's first small professional resident theatre company. The Retreat is Clamour's way of participating in the development of new work for the stage and bringing national attention to Clay County while they continue to seek a permanent artistic home.

"We were delighted with the success of our first Retreat. They were excellent writers, lovely people, and several of those plays have gone on to further development opportunities. Ivan Faute's LOST SOCK LAUNDROMAT, read here last January, is getting a New York production in 2020. And, one of the plays from our very first event at Spring Park Coffee in 2017, Danielle Wirsansky's LAW MAKERS, is being produced in March in London. So, we are now able to say that we are having an international impact. Not bad for a little company without a roof over its head!" says Artistic Director Elaine Smith.

This year, Clamour has once again invited a group of writers with varying backgrounds and of a diverse age range to give audiences a broad sampling of the kinds of things that can be available to them.

The plays to be read are still in progress, but the subject matter covers an array of themes and genres: ethics, race relations, and learning to stand up for what's right; an historical play about a Southern belle who got involved in a notorious murder case in Victorian England; a comedy about a group of college friends gathering for the unexpected and not entirely approved of wedding of one of their number, and more.

Writers Maximillian Gill, Dana Leslie Goldstein, Franky D. Gonzalez, Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos, and Molly Wagner will be available for two meet-and-greet question and answer sessions currently being arranged with selected Clay County schools to talk with students about the craft and business of playwriting.

The works-in-progress will be read each evening by local actors from Jan. 26 through Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Village Improvement Association Women’s Club at 17 Palmetto Ave. Audience feedback sessions will follow. These readings are free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended but not required. To reserve a seat, call (917) 902-7210 or email

For more details, visit Clamour's website.

Clay and Water is supported by grants from the Presidential Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, the Capital City Bank Group Foundation, and the Rotary Club of Green Cove Springs.

In addition, numerous individuals and area businesses have contributed to Clamour's "No Starving Artists" Fund which provides a small meal allowance to the writers during their stay. Clamour is grateful to Janet Peterson--doTERRA Essential Oils, Jason Scoggins--Orkin Commercial, Something Special, Two Chic's Eclectic Mix, The Guitar Station, La Casita Restaurant and Exit Magnolia Point Realty for supporting the arts in Clay County.

Sponsorship opportunities still available at

Broadway Musical ‘Waitress’ takes stage

on Feb. 10 at Thrasher-Horne Center

ORANGE PARK – Broadway “Waitress” opens the Broadway Orange Park season on Feb. 10 at the Thrasher-Horne Center on the St. Johns River State College campus, 283 College Dr. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m.

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this hilarious hit Broadway musical features original music and lyrics by seven-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles ("Brave" and "Love Song"), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), original choreography by Lorin Latarro (Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Waiting For Godot), recreated by tour choreographer Abbey O’Brien and original direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Hair, Pippin), recreated by tour director Susanna Wolk.

Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as “The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed By My Eggs Pie.” When a baking contest in a nearby county — and a satisfying encounter with someone new – show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness.

Tickets for “Waitress” are currently on sale at Thrasher-Horne Center. Prices range from $49-$109 with all fees included. Tickets and more information are available at (904) 276-6815 or online at

Three local scholarships available at Community Foundation

JACKSONVILLE – The Community Foundation has three scholarships that can be earned by Clay County students.

The Byon M. Morris Scholarship will provide $5,000 ($1,250 a year for four years) to support tuition, books, fees, room and board and degree-related expenses for two graduating seniors who have attained Scouting’s highest ranks.

One Eagle Scout from Boy Scouts and Gold Award winner from Girl Scouts, each of whom must demonstrate an aptitude and desire to succeed, will receive the scholarship. In selecting the successful candidate, the review committee will consider academic achievements, leadership experience, desire for personal growth and financial need. All applicants must have at least a cumulative 3.0 grade point average (weighted) and plan to attend an accredited post-secondary institution on a full-time basis. Housed at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, the Byon M. Morris Scholarship application and supporting documentation requirements are available at and due by March 16.

The Sam and Lydia Payne Scholarship will provide financial assistance to a student graduating from a North Florida public or private school who demonstrates an aptitude and desire to succeed. The scholarship will support tuition and books, up to $18,000 ($4,500 a year for four years) provided the recipient continues to meet the eligibility requirements. All applicants must have a cumulative 2.2-3.5 (weighted) grade point average and plan to take a full-time course load in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.

In selecting the successful candidate, the review committee will consider a desire for personal growth and financial need. Housed at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, the Sam and Lydia Payne Scholarship application and supporting documentation requirements are available at: and due by March 16, 2020.

Supplemental materials may be mailed to: Carol Nieves, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, 245 Riverside Ave., Suite 310, Jacksonville, Fla., 32202.

For more information, call (904) 224-7204 or contact


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