Operation New Hope and the Mandelas Come to St Augustine

St. Augustine branch of Operation New Hope, which officials said will help former prisoners find living-wage employment.
Dr. Makaziwe Mandela, a daughter of late South African leader Nelson Mandela, spoke on Friday next to the future office at the St. Paul Development Center at 83 Washington St., attended by a crowd of visitors and officials who have worked for a couple of years to make the project happen, this event was followed by a reception at the Lightner Museum.
“Without unity — unity as a community, unity as a neighborhood, unity as a society, you can never actually enjoy or experience social justice in this country or anywhere in the world,” she said.
Dr. Mandela and her daughter, Tukwini, were in Northeast Florida as part of Nelson Mandela International Day Jax events. His birthday is celebrated worldwide on July 18.
Based in Jacksonville, Operation New Hope wants to open a St. Augustine branch for its Ready4Work program before the end of the year, said Curtis Hazel, the nonprofit’s community engagement director.
The organization is focused on fighting recidivism by helping people gain the skills they need to get and maintain jobs that will provide good quality of life.

United Way at Art ‘n Motion

United Way had its annual meeting at Art ‘n Motion on July 18th.  The value of the work done by United Way of St. Johns County is greater than you may imagine.  This event was to highlight their driving impact, bridging boundaries, and accelerating advocacy in extraordinary ways. The event was attended by donors, workers and supporters.

Dancing Stars Of St Johns County

The St. Augustine Community School of Performing Arts presented “Dancing Stars of St. Johns County,” a lively competition along the lines of  the popular TV show, “Dancing with the Stars,” and featuring entrants from St. Johns County. The event took place on the stage of the Lewis Auditorium on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.

Local celebrities teamed up with professional dance instructors and competed in front of a panel of judges for two awards: People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice.

The fundraiser benefits the community programs of the St. Augustine Community School of Performing Arts, whose mission is to give the community the gift of music through private vocal and instrumental lessons, ensembles, summer outreach camps, private scholarships, and more. Sponsors of the event include Arthur Murray Dance Centers and Murray Automotive Group.

July 4th Fireworks in St Augustine

If the crowds, heat or traffic stopped you from coming down to see the July 4th fireworks in St Augustine, do not worry here it is for you to watch from the comfort of home.

St Augustine Music Festival 2019 Final Night

The St. Augustine Music Festival is the largest free classical music festival in the U.S. With two full weekends of concerts featuring musicians from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra joined by internationally renowned artists presenting a variety of classical compositions, the festival offers a unique opportunity for visitors and locals to appreciate classical music in the impressive setting of St. Augustine’s historic Cathedral Basilica. Enjoy the highlights of the final night of June 29th.

St Augustine Music Festival Day 2

The 13th Annual St. Augustine Music Festival will take place over the last two weekends (Thursday to Saturday) in June 2019: June 20 to 22 and 27 to 29, at the Cathedral Basilica. There will be six concerts in all, beginning at 7:30 p.m. each night. The concerts are free and will feature selections from a wide variety of composers, from Mozart to Mahler and Schubert to Shostakovich.

The St. Augustine Music Festival is the largest free classical music festival in the U.S. With two full weekends of concerts featuring musicians from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra joined by internationally renowned artists presenting a variety of classical compositions, the festival offers a unique opportunity for visitors and locals to appreciate classical music in the impressive setting of St. Augustine’s historic Cathedral Basilica.

On day 2 (June 21) was a night of percussion by musicians Joseph Becker and Kevin Ritenauer.

Auggie’s Fresh or Frightening 1st Anniversary

A wonderful event to benefit two charities and celebrate food and Auggie’s Fresh or Frightening Food first anniversary at Guy Harvey’s and Santiago’s Kitchen in St Augustine. From exotic desserts to roasted pig outdoors, a true food extravaganza with some of St Augustine’s best chefs showing their amazing skills..

16 Rabbis Honored with a Commemorative Plaque

The St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society held a reception to honor the 16 Rabbis arrested in St. Augustine on June 18, 1964. Both the plaque dedication and the reception were held on the site of the arrest, at the Hilton Garden Inn Bayfront, 32 Avenida Menendez in St. Augustine, which was the Monson Hotel in 1964. The event began at 10:30 a.m. on the steps where Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested in June 1964 at the then Monson Hotel. A reception followed the dedication of a plaque to commemorate the largest mass arrest of Rabbis in United States history. Stacey Heath brought and read a statement from Rabbi Sills who was one of the 16 Rabbis and is still alive but in fragile health, living in Eugene Oregon.

The Battle of Bloody Mose

Fort Mose in St. Augustine is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African American settlement. While the fort itself no longer stands, the site it stood on still feels full of the groundbreaking history that was made there. In 1738, the Spanish governor of Florida chartered the settlement of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mosa, or Fort Mose. This was the very first of its kind, because it was built specifically for those people fleeing slavery from the English colonies in the Carolinas. The 1740 Spanish victory at the Battle of Bloody Mose is reenacted annually in St. Augustine. This was the 277th anniversary of the battle, and the event was presented by Florida Living History, Inc., and the Fort Mose Historical Society from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Fort Mose, just north of historic St. Augustine. Visitors could participate in the commemoration of the battle and enjoy reenactments of the 1740 battle that forced the British to retreat from Spanish Florida. Reenactments of the battle itself took place at 12:00 noon and at 2:00 p.m. Other activities occurred throughout the day, with musket demonstrations and colonial Florida craft-making stations, including blacksmithing, 18th-century foods, finger weaving, and pine needle basket weaving. There were also a variety of free children’s activities, plus food and craft vendors. Before and after the battle, visitors could enjoy interacting with volunteers in period dress while they step back in time and experience what it was like on the fateful day before the big battle between the British, who were occupying Fort Mose, and the Spanish from the Castillo. Scenes include Yamassee natives preparing for battle, British soldiers planning the surprise attack of the Castillo de San Marcos, and British General Oglethorpe and his forces encamped at Fort Mose.

St Augustine Tonight Season 3 Show #13

ur last show this last Thursday May 30th at Garrett Bros. Home Decor was a real shinny gem. Our guests were from the West African Drum Circles Michael Thomas, activist and author Sandra Parks, from the Jacksonville Symphony Jorge A. Peña, and musical guests Flo.Wav. The show was catered by Natasha Olivera of City Bistro and drinks provided by IWS (International Wine & Spirits).