Winter Celebration

The Mandarin Museum & Historical Society (MMHS) invites all to the 18th Annual Winter Celebration from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Saturday, December 2. This event is held at the Walter Jones Historical Park, located at 11964 Mandarin Rd.
Activities are planned for the community that will educate, entertain and delight all ages, including:
Live music:
  • 11:00 – noon – African drumming  by drummer Ryan Sinclair at the schoolhouse;
  • noon-12:30 – Miquel Huertes, violin, front porch of Mandarin Museum;
  • 12:30 – 1:00 Camille and Camiya Ferron, singers, front porch of Mandarin Museum;
  • 1:00 – 3:00 “Under the Oaks” acoustic music jam from – front yard of Mandarin Museum
  •  The Webb/Jones Farmhouse, the 1898 St. Joseph’s Mission Schoolhouse for African-American Children, the 1876 barn and Losco Winery will all be open for tours and there will be demonstrations of old-time quilting, bridge playing and weaving.
  • Wheeler Sawmill and sugar cane grinder
  • A Soldier’s Story” exhibit about Pvt. Marion Losco, a Loretto/Mandarin resident that served in World War I and died in France in 1918. Objects and letters that belonged to Pvt. Losco are on display as well as a full WWI uniform.
  •   Meet and talk with Dr. Keith Holland and other Maple Leaf divers who recovered precious Civil War artifacts from the National Historic Landmark shipwreck in the St. Johns River. The book about Maple Leaf will be available and Dr. Holland and the divers are happy to sign them.
  • horse-drawn hayrides by Jacksonville Carriage
  • antique cars
  • Friends of Augusta Savage (1892-1962 African-American Sculptress from Green Cove Springs) – Eugene Francis
  • Civil War re-enactors – Union, Confederate, Union Navy, and the Golden Teacups
  • Spanish period re-enactor
  • Santa and Mrs. Claus from 11-3
  •  nature crafts
  • Mike Barwald – answering all your citrus questions
  • Gator Clowns –  face-painting
  • Florida Archaeology Network with their “Maple Leaf” game
  • S’mores and popcorn
  • old fashioned games
  •  First Coast Plein Aire Painters will be in the park painting Walter Jones Historic Park scenes all day long.
  • Local author, June Weltman, will be present from 1:30 to 3 to sell and autographed copies of her children’s  book “Mystery of the Missing Candlestick.” Proceeds are donated to Mandarin Museum.
  • Non-profits will be represented, sharing information about information and opportunities with their groups: Mandarin Garden Club, UF Extension Office,  All-Star Quilters, and Greenscape of Jacksonville and the Sierra Club.
  • The museum gift shop is stocked with many holiday gift ideas. The featured art this year are prints of a beautiful painting of the schoolhouse, done by artist Dorothy Green, grandmother of Amy Ver Beek Brown. All proceeds from sales of this print are designated for upkeep of this historic structure.
  • Books and art prints are on-sale by local authors and local artists – Mandarin scenes and topics.
  • 2017 Mandarin History Throw on sale – features historic buildings
  • 2017 Mandarin Ornament – Mandarin Pharmacy (was at corner of Loretto and San Jose.
  • Firehouse Subs will be on-site as the food vendor this year.
 MMHS has recently launched a fundraising campaign to expand the museum with the addition of another gallery and increased archival space. This expansion will allow us to have a special designated Maple Leaf gallery as well as an art gallery and addition of other interesting stories and objects from the museum’s collection.
Mandarin Museum is the ONLY place you can buy a special “Mandarin Frog.” The “Frog Man” has been busy creating a whole new batch of beautiful frogs in every color you can imagine. They make wonderful presents. ALL proceeds go directly to the museum for the Museum Expansion Fund and to support the ongoing work and mission of the organization.
Admission to Winter Celebration  is free, but the hayride, S’mores and popcorn do have a small donation request to cover the expenses.
Parking is available at the Mandarin Presbyterian Church across the street. Be careful crossing Mandarin Road and please cross at the bridge.

Visitors are encouraged to bring some canned food items to leave for the Mandarin Presbyterian Church community food pantry.  A large trailer will be in the parking lot near the bridge. Just leave your items there and know they will be distributed to those in need.


For more information please call 268-0784, email


Highlights from the 17th Annual Mandarin Winter Celebration

December 3, 2016

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