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Alan Thicke Giftwraps Kenny Rogers’ Toy Shoppe Musical at Flagler Auditorium Sunday

| November 26, 2015

Thicke, the Canadian-born actor, TV theme song composer and talk show host known for his role as the dad on the sitcom “Growing Pains,” is starring in the touring musical about a toy shop threatened with closure.

Tree Lighting in Palm Coast’s Town Center Ignites Series of Holiday Events

| November 24, 2015

The tree lighting on Monday also starts the annual Fantasy Lights display in Town Center. The boat parade is on Dec. 5, the Starlight Parade on Dec. 12.

Traffic Tickets as a Sleigh to Christmas Come True: Yes Virginia, There’s Santa Cop

| November 20, 2015

The Flagler Beach Police Department is issuing “toy waivers“ with warning citations for certain offenses to help Christmas Come True, Nadine King’s annual fund-raiser for poorer children that’s considerably short of its $40,000 goal this year.

The Live Profile
Jim Guines, Smokin’ Shock to the System and Now 83, Will Be Celebrated Sunday

| November 20, 2015

Jim Guines, the forceful and unpredictable member of the Flagler County School Board for 11 years until 2007, will be at the center of a community tribute Sunday at Flagler Palm Coast High School, at 3 p.m.

No Longer State of the Art, Flagler Auditorium Seeks School Board Support for Improvements

| November 18, 2015

A joint meeting between the school board and the auditorium board revealed a wish-list of costly needs that would require the district to shift dollars and priorities toward the auditorium. First, school board members want more clarity on those needs.

“Greetings” at Flagler Playhouse: A Miracle of Fortune Cookie Wisdom

| November 14, 2015

“Greetings,” the Christmas-themed 1990 comedy by Tom Dudzick staged by the Flagler Playhouse through Nov. 22, doesn’t quite rise to the charms or “It’s a Wonderful Life” but only a Grinch would say it’s not a pleasant Yuletide diversion.

On Marineland’s 75th Anniversary, Celebration of More Than Dolphins or a Storied Past

| November 12, 2015

Marineland’s 75th anniversary celebrates past, present and future, highlighting the town’s continued ecological and cultural importance beyond dolphin adventures, which nevertheless play a large role in the town’s identity.

At Sevyn, Bunnell’s Newest Night Club, A Playlist of Art, Music, Billiards and BBQ

| November 10, 2015

At Sevyn, the new nightclub at the Palm Coast-Bunnell line on State Road 100, live jazz, live blues, open mic nights, Latin music dancing and R&B all mix night after night with art, pool tables and chef Dan Testa’s delights.

To Raise the Roof for Palm Coast Arts Foundation, A Bimbo Is “Born Yesterday”

| November 5, 2015

Annie Gaybis as the sweet but ditzy Billie Dawn is at the heart of Garson Kanin’s 1946 Broadway play, “Born Yesterday,” staged for one night only as a fund-raiser for the Palm Coast Arts Foundation’s Raise the Roof Campaign, on Nov. 13 in Marineland.

When Slick Adults Become Brawling Children: Reza’s “God of Carnage” Whacks City Rep

| October 29, 2015

Two sophisticated couples become more like savage when they try to sort out their children’s fight in Yasmine Reza’s play, at Palm Coast’s City Repertory Theatre starting Friday and through Nov. 8.

Flagler Auditorium Launching 24th Season With Disco-Fever Gala at Halifax Plantation Nov. 7

| October 26, 2015

The disco-themed Nov. 7 gala fund-raiser takes place on the heels of a successful 2015 season that saw revenue top $600,000 and operating profit neat $100,000.

Spartan Extreme Race Re-Sets for Flagler: New Location, Same Lack of Transparency

| October 22, 2015

While the Spartan race appears set at a private ranch in Flagler next March, again, serious questions of transparency and patronage are undermining tiourism chief Matt Dunn’s latest approach.

Conflict Concerns Raised Over Tourism’s Matt Dunn Moonlighting at His Own Agency

| October 19, 2015

Flagler government tourism chief Matt Dunn, an $82,000-a-year employee, owns a company that offers services similar to those he provides the county, raising questions of conflicts of interest.

Jesus as Clown, Disciples as Dirty Stinking Hippies: City Rep Returns With “Godpsell”

| October 10, 2015

City Repertory Theatre, Palm Coast’s only daring troupe, opens its 5th season with the rather surpriring and popular “Godspell,” with laughs and sentiment to boot.

Evocations of Aliens, Yeats and Yin at Flagler Art League’s Saturday Evening With Artists

| October 9, 2015

The wealth of work at Flagler County Art League’s signature annual judged show, opening Saturday evening with a free reception, makes it difficult for artist-sculptor Harry Messersmith to choose winners.

Palm Coast International Festival Saturday at Town Center

| October 1, 2015

The Palm Coast International Festival is rich in food, wine, beers, various cultures, entertainment, games, and a parade of nations, at Town Center Saturday from noon to 9 p.m.

At Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Fundraiser, It Felt Like the 1980s Again. That’s The Problem.

| September 21, 2015

Even though a sizable crowd turned up for the fundraiser Sunday, the effort still falls significantly short of keeping the club going or convincing the school board that the group leading the effort can lease the property and make it work as a club again.

Party On: Flagler Beach Commission Approves Policy For Private Events on Pier, 4-0

| September 11, 2015

The Flgler Beach City Commission Thursday voted 4-0 to approve a new policy regulating how the Flagler Beach pier may be rented out for private parties–and closed to the general public–up to six times a year.

Privatize the Flagler Beach Pier? Commission Says Yes to 6 Events Per Year, to Make Money

| September 1, 2015

The Flagler Beach pier already generates well over $300,000 a year for the city, and rising, but commissioners want more: they’d close off the pier to private parties six times a year, for $155 an hour plus additional fees.

Princess Place Saved Again: Flagler Pulls Extreme Race Out of Preserve and Looks Elsewhere

| August 23, 2015

County Administrator Craig Coffey, conceding to the outpouring of opposition to holding such a race at the preserve—and to a majority of county commissioners’ categorical opposition to the event there—informed commissioners Sunday that the race would be pulled.

How County Government Is Pimping Princess Place While Spinning Fairy Tales

| August 22, 2015

Flagler County’s justifications for holding a Spartan extreme-sport race at Princess Place Preserve fails the smell test on all counts and raise questions about how tourism chief Matt Dunn and County Administrator Craig Coffey got the deal so far to start with.

Bill Would Ban All Confederate Flags on Public Grounds as Question of “Security” Is Raised Over Ag Museum Civil War Reenactment

| August 21, 2015

Bill McGuire, a tourist council and Palm Coast City Council member, is concerned about the Confederate flag display at an upcoming Civil War reenactment at the Agricultural Museum. He spoke as a bill was introduced in Tallahassee to ban all such displays on public grounds.

Entrapments of Color Blindness: Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” Chapter 10

| August 19, 2015

There’s a bit of vomit to start off Chapter 10 of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” much of it from our contributing writers, who have a hard time understanding how it takes Scout 25 years to discover what her father is about.

Scout’s Dishonors: Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” Chapter 9

| August 9, 2015

In Chapter 9 of “Go Set a Watchman,” Harper Lee gives us a short biography of Scout’s past between various deaths and blood flows, without as yet revisiting her recent discovery about a bigoted father.

Atticus Finch, Grand Wizard of the KKK: Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” Chapter 8

| August 4, 2015

In Chapter 8 of “Go Set a Watchman,” Scout discovers that her father Atticus is the leader of a KKK-like organization, and her boyfriend is just as much as a white supremacist.

Flagler Live-Blogs Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” Chapter 7: Doxology Sings Dixie

| July 31, 2015

In Chapter 7 of “Go Set a Watchman,” a church service turns into an example of Northern aggression against Southern hymnals and Doxology.

What Flagler Beach Got Wrong About “Crowd Managers,” and What the Auditorium Got Right

| July 30, 2015

Flagler Beach City Commissioner Kim Carney misinterpreted and exaggerated a fire code about “crowd managers” to her colleagues. The code does not require such managers at First Friday events, as she suggested.

Flagler Live-Blogs Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” Chapter 6: Skinny Dipping Sins

| July 27, 2015

In Chapter 6 of “Go Set a Watchman,” Scout and Henry take a dip in the waters off Finch Landing, fully clothed, but no one believes they stayed modest.

Flagler Live-Blogs Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” Chapter 5: Days Of Her Lives

| July 24, 2015

In Chapter 5 of “Go Set a Watchman,” Scout flashes back to childhood as she skates on a date with Henry.

Flagler Live-Blogs Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” Chapter 4: Maycomb Delta

| July 23, 2015

In Chapter 4 of “Go Set a Watchman,” Scout and Henry have a date after Lee gives us a brief history of Maycomb, in words almost identical to those used in Mockingbird.



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