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6/6/2018: Suicide Prevention; The Florida Chamber Music Project; Summer of '64; Players By The Sea

Bebeto Matthews
Fashion designer Kate Spade appearently committed suicide on Tuesday.

In the wake of the apparent suicide Tuesday of fashion designer Kate Spadewe spoke with Mental Health America of Northeast Florida CEO Wendy Hughes on First Coast Connect about the rise of suicides in the country, particularly a sharp increase by white, middle-aged women (01:06).

Ahead of The Florida Chamber Music Project’s Masquerade Tango Gala Saturday night at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall we spoke with Artistic Director Susan Pardue and heard an in-studio performance (22:03).

Local historian Scott A. Grant told us about his recent campaign to help educate residents about the impact Jacksonville and St. Augustine had in the civil rights movement in his presentation, Summer of ‘64 (28:42).

We met the new Executive Director of Players by the Sea Suzanne Hudson-Smith who told us about some of the plans she has for the venue and some of the upcoming shows (46:00).      

Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax.

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.