Riverside Avenue looked a little brighter in rainy weather thanks to the Garden Club of Jacksonville during Riverside Avondale Preservation Luminaria 2023. The Garden Club hosted its fifth Luminaria Night event, Luminaria Festival: Homegrown and Handmade, on December 10 with holiday lights, beverages, small bites, handmade crafts, free seeds, music, and the best tour in town from Go Tuk’n.
Guests reserved tours from Go Tuk’n and enjoyed open-air rides through the lights of Riverside and Avondale on authentic European tuk tuks with heated seats and blankets. Garden Club members were given a special discount on their tickets.
The Garden Club invited local vendors with homegrown or handmade products to participate. From locally grown produce, homemade hot sauces, local honey, and handcrafted gifts, visitors could shop small businesses for last minute gifts.
While the unlucky weather prevented the Garden Club from lighting up the Riverside sidewalk with Luminaria kits, Executive Director Denise Reagan and Operations Manager Stu Velky made sure our front porch was welcoming and bright. Our new Events Manager, Sandy Keller, sold our delicious pecans inside with Marketing and Membership Manager Corinne Lightfoot welcoming people to join the Garden Club as a member.
Board of Trustees volunteers Martha Collins Davis and Julie Howard designed the Garden Club’s front entryway greenery arrangements and dazzling light display, which shone even brighter during the inclement weather.