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19th Annual Mandarin Winter Celebration

December 1, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Mandarin Museum & Historical Society (MMHS) invites all to the 19th Annual Winter Celebration from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Saturday, December 1. This event is held at the Walter Jones Historical Park, located at 11964 Mandarin Rd.

Admission to Winter Celebration is free, but the hayride and s’mores do have a small donation request to cover the expenses.

Parking is available at the Mandarin Presbyterian Church across the street.

For more information please call 268-0784 or mandarinmuseum@bellsouth.net.



🍊 Mandarin youth musician Miquel Huertes, violin, strolling the park

🍊 11:30 – 12:00: Camille and Camiya Ferron, MMHS volunteers and vocalists, on the front porch of Mandarin Museum

🍊 12:00 – 1:00: Mrs. Kate Carpenter, original and interactive children’s songs, in the Schoolhouse

🍊 1:00 – 2:00: Al Poindexter, North Florida Folk Network member with Florida stories through original songs, on the front porch of the Mandarin Museum

🍊 2:00 – 3:30: “Under the Oaks” acoustic music jam in the front yard of Museum


🍊 The Webb/Jones Farmhouse, the 1898 St. Joseph’s Mission Schoolhouse for African-American Children, the 1876 barn and Losco Winery will all be open for tours.

🍊 “A Soldier’s Story” exhibit on display in the museum. This special exhibition about Pvt. Marion Losco, a Loretto/Mandarin resident that served in World War I and died in France in 1918, features objects and letters that belonged to Pvt. Losco as well as a full WWI uniform.

🍊 Meet and talk with Dr. Keith Holland and other Maple Leaf divers who recovered precious Civil War artifacts from the National Historic Landmark shipwreck in the St. Johns River. The book about Maple Leaf will be available and the divers are happy to sign copies.

🍊 Two children’s book authors from Mandarin will be present. Jane Wood will be in the museum from 11 am – 1 pm to sell and autograph her book Trouble on the St. Johns River; and June Weltman will be present from 1 – 3 pm to sell and autograph her book Mystery of the Missing Candlestick.

🍊 Santa and Mrs. Claus from 11 am – 3 pm

🍊 horse-drawn hayrides by Jacksonville Carriage

🍊 face painting by the Gator Clowns

🍊 Historic reenactors: Spanish period; Fort Mose (first free black settlement in US); Union and Confederate soldiers; Union Navy; Golden Teacup Society (Civil War-era civilian women)

🍊 demonstrations of bridge playing, weaving, and quilting

🍊 nature crafts and rock painting for kids

🍊 old fashioned games

🍊 s’mores

🍊 antique cars

🍊 First Coast Plein Aire Painters will be painting Walter Jones Historic Park scenes all day long

🍊 Mike Barwald from Flying Dragon Citrus Nursery, answering all your citrus question

🍊 Eugene Francis from Friends of Augusta Savage (renowned African-American artist from Green Cove Springs)

🍊 Non-profits sharing information and opportunities: Mandarin Garden Club, UF Extension Office, Mandarin Community Club, Orange Park Historical Society, Stetson Kennedy Foundation and Greenscape of Jacksonville

🍊 Food vendors: Chunky Tomato, What’s Smokin’ BBQ, The Poppin Box

The museum gift shop is stocked with lots of holiday gift ideas. We have a selection of books by local authors and art prints by local artists, many with Mandarin subjects. Our Mandarin History Throw is also on sale, with a beautiful design featuring historic buildings.

Our 2018 holiday ornament will also be available for $5. This year’s ornament depicts Steve’s Grocery-Cafe-Garage and Cabins in Bayard, which was owned and operated by the Targonski family for many years and was a popular place for tourists to stop on their way south on US 1.

And the Mandarin Museum is the ONLY place you can buy a special “Mandarin Frog.” The “Frog Man” has been busy creating a whole new batch of beautiful frogs, sea turtles, and squirrels in every color you can imagine. They make wonderful presents. ALL proceeds go directly to the museum for the Museum Expansion Fund and to support the ongoing work and mission of the organization.


December 1, 2018
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mandarin Museum & Historical Society
11964 Mandarin Rd
Jacksonville,, FL United States
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