Blue Jay Listening Room held a soft opening event Aug. 12 in Jacksonville Beach with a night of drinks, stories and live music by country artist Kyle Jennings. The evening began with an emotional speech delivered by owner Cara Burky, who thanked friends, family members, donors and contributors who helped prepare the venue for its soft opening. She also said the listening room got its name from her late grandmother. “In 1999, my grandmother suddenly passed away,” Burky said. “She was the rock, the matriarch, the foundation. She was the most beautiful, well-spoken, well-dressed woman I’ve ever seen. When she passed away, we had her funeral service in Leesburg, Florida.” At the service, Burky said, a blue jay flew out of an oak tree and “danced and danced” around on two separate occasions before flying back into the tree above her grandmother’s casket. Since that day, Burky always thought of her grandmother as a blue jay
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