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Major Sporting Events of 2015 (Schedule) – Are You Going?


Which sporting events are the biggest of the year?

According to a recent study, this is how a sampling of respondents ranked them?

  • 81.0%    Super Bowl
  • 66.3%    The World Series
  • 43.9%    NBA Finals
  • 39.7%    The NCAA Final Four
  • 36.9%    Rose Bowl
  • 34.9%    The Kentucky Derby
  • 30.4%    The Indianapolis 500
  • 30.2%    The Daytona 500
  • 29.2%    The Stanley Cup
  • 25.7%    The Masters
  • 18.2%    The US Open (Tennis)

Are you planning on attending any this year?

We know that time can get away from us all and before we know it another year is in the books. So we put together this handy list of the major sporting events and their dates, as a reminder.

We’ve also added a couple of 2016 dates for a few that have already slipped  by this year — The Super Bowl and The Daytona 500. And there’s a couple just for us, Jacksonville residents — the Player’s Championship at TPC Sawgrass and the Gator (TaxSlayer) Bowl.Major-Events-Final-page-0

Click here to download in pdf format.

We hope to see you at a few.
Neil and Kathie McGuinness

Save The Oldest Cracker House

Save The Old Cracker House Campaign


What is The Oldest Cracker House?


The Old Cracker House

Built in 1873, the Oesterreicher-McCormick Homestead is a rare example of Florida’s cracker architecture. This homestead, located near Twenty Mile Road on the McCormick Ranch west of Palm Valley, is a symbol of the strength, cooperation, and self-sufficiency of North Florida’s nineteenth- and twentieth-century pioneers.

This is the second-oldest home in the area, the oldest being the main house on Fort George Island’s Kingsley Plantation. This Florida cracker-style home reflects a full understanding of the area’s climate and the ability to maximize the natural materials and conditions of that period.

Save the Oldest Cracker House Campaign

What is historic and worth saving? Simply put, “historic” means “old and worth the effort.” It applies to a building that is part of our recorded past and is now available for preservation. In that regard, an opportunity has arisen for us to relocate the Oesterreicher-McCormick Homestead to the Beaches Museum & History Park.

Here are a few important reasons to move the Oesterreicher-McCormick Homestead:

• Historic Preservation — the oldest remaining house in the Beaches area
• Attraction — old buildings attract, educate and enlighten visitors
• Symbol — serves as a witness to the aesthetic and cultural history of our area

The preservation of this historic building is a one-time opportunity. It is important for us to save this house now – because once a piece of history is destroyed, it is lost forever.

The oldest cracker house has been donated by the J.T. and Jean McCormick family.

Preserved History

The Oesterreicher-McCormick Homestead will be placed near the Beaches Museum Chapel – the historic St. Paul’s- by-the-Sea Church – and used as an annex to the Chapel. This historic building will serve as a ready-room for brides and as a green room for Chapel-concert performers.

The placement of this characteristic nineteenth-century building will enrich the beauty of our park, located in the heart of Jacksonville Beach. It will also enhance the streetscape along the significant artery of Beach Boulevard that displays our other historic and period-style structures.

The addition of the Oesterreicher-McCormick Homestead – the Oldest Cracker House – will make Beaches Museum & History Park an even more popular destination for visitors from both near and far.

How Can I Help?

You can help us save this house by making a gift to the Beaches Museum & History Park’s Save the Oldest Cracker House Campaign. If you have special memories of Old Florida, and if you believe that the Oesterreicher- McCormick Homestead should be preserved for future Beaches residents, please consider making a financial gift to the campaign. By doing so, you will help keep this shining symbol of Florida’s architectural heritage alive and our collective memory of earlier times intact.


Save the Oldest Cracker House Campaign
c/o Beaches Museum & History Park
381 Beach Boulevard Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 Telephone 904-241-5657

Donate online

A Special Thanks From:

The Save the Oldest Cracker House Campaign Steering Committee
Darby Brower
Helen Coppedge
Walter Dickinson
Greg Nettuno
Michel Oesterreicher
Jack Schmidt
Suzanne McCormick Taylor
Carol Travis
David Wainer

Beaches Museum & History Park Board of Trustees
Darby Brower
Peggy Cornelius
Maxwell Dickinson
Richard Hana
Sterling Joyce
Brigetta Dawes Lamsback
Linda Lanier
Neil McGuinness
Jackie Rooney
Jack Schmidt
Howard Taylor
Michael Wainer
Chris Hoffman, Executive Director