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What Will Be Your Legacy?

What will be your legacy?

What will be your legacy?

For Lewis Ansbacher, it was maps– rare, collectible, and antique ones. It started in the 1980s with an antique map gifted by his son. From there the fascination continued, resulting in a collection of more than 240 maps from around the world.

National Spider-Man Day!

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There were plenty of great movies released in 2018, but Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was perhaps the most surprising; it had amazing animation, strong voice acting and complex characters. And Spider-people. So many Spider-people. While the critically and commercially acclaimed film was many people’s first introduction to the multi-dimensional cast of web-head heroes to bear the Spider-moniker, the Spider-Verse concept has been a pivotal part of Spider-Man’s mythology since 2014. In Spider-Verse, Marvel introduced hundreds of alternative versions of Spider-Man banding together to protect the mystical Web of Life and Destiny from the Inheritors, a family of vampiric creatures who feast on heroes connected to the web. This seminal comics event not only united Spider-Man across the multiverse, it also united all Spider-Man across all media. Every iteration of the wall-crawler, from Spider-Gwen to Spider-Ham, is now canon. 

An Inside Look at Congaree and Penn

Scott Meyer with a plant in a field

Most Jacksonville natives have at least heard of Congaree and Penn, whether you’ve seen their products in local grocery stores or on menus in independent restaurants. Aside from having fantastic produce and products, their farm is seriously swanky and their branding is gorgeous, which has helped them to expand their business exponentially over the years. We recently sat down with the owner of the farm, Scott Meyer, on the latest podcast episode of Completely Booked.

Congaree and Penn - Scott Meyer

Scott Meyer holding a plant in a field

On this episode of Completely Booked, we chat with Scott Meyer from Congaree and Penn. Scott started Congaree and Penn as a tiny rice farm in 2014 and with the help of his wife, Lindsay, it’s now a thriving farm that’s spearheaded a new wave of agrotourism in Jacksonville. Congaree and Penn is not your average farm, and Scott gives us his insight on what it has been like to grow the business over the years.

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Sweet Reads!

July is National Ice Cream Month! Sometimes these "national holidays" can seem silly, but President Ronald Reagan actually designated July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984. He recognized ice cream as a fun food that is enjoyed by over 90 percent of the nation's population, which makes it a little more legitimate– right? Here are some sweet reads to help you celebrate!

Stranger Things Book List

Stranger Things Season 3 drops tomorrow on Netflix and although the show flows so much like a horror novel, the show is not based on a book.  That isn’t stopping us from recommending some great similarly-themed reads!  As fans get ready to travel back in time to Hawkins, Indiana for Stranger Things Season 3, which drops on Netflix tomorrow, here are twelve books to get back into the ‘80’s monster movie groove.


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