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Hometown is a series locally produced by WJCT that tells the stories of the people, places and events that make the First Coast a unique place to live. To suggest a local story for consideration, use hashtag #HTWJCT on social media or contact sspearman@wjct.org.

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Lucas Stanley

Lucas is a UNF student majoring in photography. He explores the beauty of ancient art through his his work which…

Ursula Joseph

Growing up, Ursula Joseph didn’t play with dolls. Instead she played with her older brother’s toys. She soon found an…

Kathy’s Table

After a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, Kathy Godwin turned to clean eating to help alleviate symptoms of the disease. By…

Skydive Palatka

WJCT producer Carlos Bouvier ventures along with veteran skydiver Art Sheaffer to experience a thrilling tandem jump at Skydive Palatka.…

Hometown 601

On this episode of Hometown, Veteran skydiver Art Sheaffer takes us on thrilling adventure at Skydive Palatka. Kathy Godwin serves…

Con México en la Piel

“Con México en la Piel” performs the “Dance of Fire” – a 2000 years old Aztec ceremonial dance.

Suzi West

Local artist Suzi West talks about her journey as a model and photographer.

Jacksonville Armada

Coach Mark Lowry talks about how he prepares and leads the Jacksonville Armada soccer team.

Creme de la Cocoa

Nils and Bailey Rowland are the couple creating sweet treats at St. Augustine’s Creme de la Cocoa.

Hometown 506

On this episode of Hometown, Coach Mark Lowry talks about how he prepares and leads the Jacksonville Armada soccer team.…

Monique Mancera

Local musician Monique Mancera performs her song, “Know Where to Go”.

TAILS Program

The TAILS program matches together local shelter dogs and inmates for training and rehabilitation.

Hometown 505

On this episode of Hometown, the TAILS program matches local shelter dogs and inmates for training and rehabilitation. Family Foundation’s…

Christa Fatoumata Sylla

Christa Fatoumata (fah-two-mah-tah) Sylla (see-lah) is a Pan African Dance Instructor who empowers women through music, dance and spirituality.

Gwynne Mims

Local entrepreneur Gwynne Mims Minter shares the journey of her namesake salon, Gwynne Mims.

Sally Ann

Jacksonville based designer Sally Keiser shares the story of her mobile fashion truck turned brand, Sally Ann.

Mermaid Coral Beth

Beth Sullivan represents Florida and Mexico as Mermaid Coral Beth, a professional mermaid teaching kids to use their talents to…

Hometown 504

On this episode of Hometown, Professional mermaid Beth Sullivan teaches kids to use their talents to impact the lives of…

Congaree & Penn

Local farmer Scott Meyer works the land to grow rice, mayhaws, muscadines, and more.

Hiromi Moneyhun

Local artist Hiromi Moneyhun talks about her journey as a papercut artist.

Hometown 503

On this episode of Hometown, local students create video games in the Video Game Design program at Kirby Smith Middle…

Watts Juicery

Jacksonville Beach native Annie Tuttle, shares the inspiration for her cold pressed juice shop, Watts Juicery.

Berry Good Farms

Berry Good Farms teaches and employs individuals with intellectual disabilities while providing value to the community through the foods they…

Sbraga & Co.

Sbraga & Company Pastry Chef Erika Weisflog discusses her journey into the world of sustainable baking.

Jacksonville in a Box

Jacksonville in a Box – Local entrepreneur Jonny Videl partners with the The Arc Jacksonville to send boxes of iconic…

Hometown 502

On this episode of Hometown, local entrepreneur Jonny Videl partners with the The Arc Jacksonville to send boxes of iconic…

Yield

Andrew Deming and Rachel Gant talk about their unique designs and moving their design studio from San Francisco to St.…

The Willow Wacks

St. Augustine folk band The Willow Wacks recount their start as a band, and perform.

Thomas Long Blown Glass

Local glass artist Thomas Long talks about local art and the work he produces at his St. Augustine studio.

Jenna Alexander Art

St. Augustine based artist Jenna Alexander, shares the story of how she got into the many mediums of art she…

Hometown 501

St. Augustine based artist Jenna Alexander shares the story of how she got into the many mediums of art she…

Congaree & Penn

Local farmer Scott Meyer works the land to grow rice, mayhaws, muscadines, and more.

Southern Roots

Husband and wife team JP and Mariah Salvat serve locals vegan and vegetarian options.

13 Gypsies

Chef Howard and his nephew and Sous Chef Brian, bring their family heritage to the plate.

Hometown 407

On this episode of Hometown, 13 Gypsies, Southern Roots, Congaree & Penn, and Maple Street Biscuit Company.

Jeff Luque

Local artist Jeff Luque talks about his life as an artist and his latest series, “Girl with Flowers.”

Jean Lijoi

Jacksonville beach artist Jean Lijoi gives us a tour of her home studio where she creates works inspired by her…

The Grey Area

Jacksonville film directors, Keagan Anfuso and Drew Brown, share their journey in the making of the independent film, The Grey…

Christina Karst

Local photographer, Christina Karst, hopes to help people through her raw photography.

Hometown 406

On this episode of Hometown, Local photographer, Christina Karst, hopes to help people through her raw photography. Jacksonville film directors,…

The Candy Apple Cafe

A mother-daughter team helped turn a historic downtown building into a wild and playful restaurant for everyone to enjoy.

Jaxsons Night Market

On the third Thursday of every month, Jaxon’s Night Market takes over a downtown park, and turns it into a…

Volunteers in Medicine

Volunteers in Medicine provides free healthcare to low-income, working adults and their family members who lack health insurance.

First Presbyterian Church

Chartered before Florida became a state, the First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville celebrates its 175th anniversary.

The Jessie Ball duPont Center

The Jessie Ball duPont Center brings the community and nonprofits together in a historic downtown building.

Hometown 405

On this episode of Hometown, The Jessie Ball duPont Center, First Presbyterian Church, Volunteers in Medicine, Jaxson’s Night Market, and…

Wise River “Sionna”

Wise River “Sionna” – Local band Wise River performs their song, “Sionna”.

Calli Marie Bakes

Jacksonville baker Calli Marie, shares her story of how she became the food manager at popular coffee shop, BREW 5…

With Love Charity

Childhood cancer survivor Taylor Scheibe details the story of her charity, WithLove.

Hiromi Moneyhun

Local artist Hiromi Moneyhun talks about her journey as a papercut artist.

Hometown 404

Artist Hiromi Moneyhum, Childhood cancer survivor Taylor Scheibe, The Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, Jacksonville baker Calli Marie of BREW 5…

Berry Good Farms

Berry Good Farms teaches and employs individuals with intellectual disabilities while providing value to the community through the foods they…

Dinosaurs Unearthed

Dinosaurs Unearthed aims to educate young and old alike through this story-driven and interactive exhibit at the Museum of Science…

By Your Side Books

Florida based publishing company, By Your Side Books, hopes to make reading more special through their line of children’s books.…

M.C. Pressure

St. Augustine based Director of Imagination, Ryan Tempro, shares his perspective on art and Florida through his letterpress company, M.C.…

Hometown 403

On this episode of Hometown: M.C. Pressure, By Your Side Books, Dinosaurs Unearthed and Berry Good Farms

UNF Interfaith Center

University of North Florida’s Interfaith Center aims to help students in voicing their values, engaging with others, and acting together.

Kate Garcia Rouh

Local artist Kate Rouh talks about her mosaic art and her newest project on the Southbank Riverwalk.

Cathedral Arts Project

The Cathedral Arts Project provides art instruction to more than 2000 local school children during the school year and in…

Holdfast Flowers

Jacksonville Beach native Kait Smith hopes to generate a different way of thinking through her natural and vibrant floral company,…

Hometown 402

On this episode of Hometown: Kate Rouh, Cathedral Arts Project, Holdfast Flowers and UNF Interfaith Center

Community Sunrise

A group of creative’s in North Florida meet every Sunday morning to celebrate their community and cultivate their craft.

Johnny Dale

Local artist Jonny Dale uses art to communicate his thoughts and feelings.

Bold City Pops

Long time Florida residents Suzanah and Rhonda left their jobs to start a small batch mobile popsicle business.

Hometown 401

On this episode of Hometown: Bold City Pops, Community Sunrise, Jonny Dale and Urban Reefs

Geocaching

A group of local Cub Scouts are led on a real world treasure hunt, known as geocaching, at Hanna Park.

Gathering Strings

A group of UNF students are propelled on a worldwide adventure after winning ‘Best Picture’ at the CampusMovieFest.

Liz Gibson

“Deformance Artist” Liz Gibson walks us through her shared studio space, “MetaCusp” and introduces us to some of her characters.

Jason Campioni

“Show and Tell” host Jason Campioni discusses his personal work and sculpting with found materials.

St. Augustine Distillery

Historic preservation and supporting local farms are just two of the many goals business owners Philip McDaniel and Mike Diaz…

Jeff Whipple

Jeff Whipple is a painter and playwright who shares the “MetaCusp” studio/gallery with his partner, “Deformance Artist” Liz Gibson in…

White Oak / Discovery

The youth philanthropy program at Discovery Montessori School teams up with White Oak once a year to raise money and…

Rethreaded

Local business Rethreaded is helping to change the lives of those affected by the sex trade.

KYN & Menuat

KYN is an accelerator program that works side by side with startups like Menuat to help them achieve sustainability.

Matt Pye

Award-winning filmmaker Matt Pye discusses his appreciation for human-centered stories and his team of collaborators, Impossible Astronaut.

Springing the Blues

Springing the Blues is a free outdoor blues music festival designed to celebrate America’s indigenous musical form and promote support…

Forge 3D Studio

Forge 3D is a Jacksonville business offering 3D scanning and printing.

Hometown 301

On this episode of Hometown: Kyn & Menuat, Forge 3D Printing, Filmmaker Matt Pye, Journey: 450 Years of the African…

Silver Needle & Thread

Silver Needle & Thread is a custom sewing company utilizing natural and organic textiles to empower women to not just…

Hometown 206

On this episode of Hometown: Community Loaves, Silver Needle & Thread, Christmas on Crystal Springs, Mark George, and Sweet Pete’s

Community Loaves

Community Loaves is a local bakery that specializes in creating organic sourdough breads.

Hometown 205

In this episode of Hometown, Fred Morrow Reef, Jerrod Brown, Police Service Dogs, Night Terrors.

Hometown 203

Tension, Noise, UNF Gopher Tortoise Research Robot, Corner Taco.

Sweet Pete’s

Peter Behringer took his love of creating natural confections and opened Sweet Pete’s, a unique candy shop in the heart…

TEAM UP After School Program

The TEAM UP program is a local after-school program that provides educational enrichment to at-risk students – and Eric Daniel…

SLOW Exhibition

The SLOW exhibition at MOCA Jacksonville focuses on artists, whose work in photography, film and video, explore questions of time…

Surviving Mommie Dearest

Jacksonville business owner Jerry Rosenberg has teamed up with Christina Crawford, author of the controversial best-seller “Mommie Dearest,” to produce…