Local Love – One Spark

One Spark is the World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, designed to connect Creators with the resources they need to bring their ideas to life. Artists, entrepreneurs and innovators display projects in a 20-square-block, multi-venue gallery in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. One Spark is about connecting people with great ideas to the resources they need to make them a reality. It’s the opportunity to get involved, be inspired, connect, and collaborate. (Taken from the One Spark website. I figured they explain it better than me!)

Did you locals enjoy One Spark last week? We love the festival! There’s so much to see and EAT! It’s my favorite time of year to be in downtown Jacksonville. The city has a buzz, and the excitement is contagious! Last year I didn’t do a very good job getting pictures of the different vendors, so I wanted to get more this time. But as we walked around, I realized it was really hard to capture them! Mainly because of the crowds and the 4-year-old I was holding hands with the whole time!

A few of our favorite parts this year: 1.) The chicken in a waffle cone from Steamin’ Jax. Buttermilk friend chicken with coleslaw and spicy sauce in a waffle cone. I mean. If I’m going to eat meat, this is how I’m doing it! 2.) Yarn Bomb Jax was one of my favorite creators. They turned Hemming Park into a bright, happy place. (You’ll see some pictures below). And they won 2nd place in votes for art! 3.) Of course, we loved cooling off inside MOCA and enjoying the photo-booth and the interactive kids’ area. 4.) We heard some really good music! There were bands playing everywhere. But Anderson and I both agreed that our favorite part of One Spark is just the energy we feel being out in our city and running into friends. While we were sitting in an abandoned parking lot turned eating area, listening to the sounds of the huge crowd around us, I told Anderson, “I want to live somewhere that feels like this everyday!” We both do. Maybe one day. But for now, we’re so happy to be in a city that is constantly evolving. Maybe Jacksonville will be that place one day!