Vilano’s Sea Turtle Soiree 2018

There was plenty more to see and do at the Sea Turtle Soiree, Friday night, April 20th from 6 pm til 10 pm. Amy Hendrickson and Ramona’s eight piece band were swinging at the 1920’s themed party on the pier. The food was out of this world and the dress of the guests gave glamour beyond to the event.

Arbor Day 2018 at St Augustine Beach

Arbor Day was celebrated at the St. Augustine Beach City Hall on Friday, April 20, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The annual event featured live music, free food, nature exhibits, educational activities for kids and adults, and lots of fun. Smokey the Bear was on site to greet children and help share information on the importance of trees and preventing the destruction of forests. Guests had their photos taken with Smokey, and could also pet a live alligator at the event. Also on hand were Florida Fish and Wildlife, the Matanzas River Keeper, Audubon Birds, and the Sea Turtle Patrol. Special exhibits included a live bee hive exhibit, a touch tank with live sea creatures, butterflies, baby birds, wildlife exhibits, and much more. The Arbor Day event is held annually to recognize the importance of trees to the ecosystem and to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees in their own lives and backyards. There were free trees for those who wanted to take one to plant at home or place of work.

St Augustine Environmental Challenge 2018

On Friday April 13th “Intergenerational Session 3.0 – Environmental Challenges.” Environmental Lawyer Jane West, Matanzas Riverkeeper Jen Lomberk, Bill Hamilton of the Environmental Youth Council, Lisa Blizzard of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and Janet Stanko of the Sierra Club, partnered with Nease High School Environmental Club members to discuss Current Environmental Legislation, Non-Legislative Activism, Offshore Drilling, Ocean Debris with Focus on Plastics, and Climate Change in the Modern World. Audience participation was encouraged.

On Saturday, April 14, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – On the green grounds of the Galimore Center there was music, family-friendly entertainment, hands-on environmental educational activities including the Dolphin Rescue Truck from Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station, product and informational vendors, and activities for kids. Hyundai of St. Augustine had their latest hybrid car for inspection. Food and drinks were available for purchase. Live music was provided by Emmett Carlisle, Uncle Eddie and Robin, John Dickie, Eli and Bill Perras, and Madison Carr.

If you want to see the full event with panelists go to First Coast.TV Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Tap8O_HPc0&t=4s

Environmental Challenge Weekend 2018

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM Reception, food and drinks provided by Rype & Readi, musical entertainment by Uncle Eddie and Robin. St. Johns County Audubon will present their Shorebird Stewardship Program. Followed by “Intergenerational Session 3.0 – Environmental Challenges.” Environmental Lawyer Jane West, Matanzas Riverkeeper Jen Lomberk, Bill Hamilton of the Environmental Youth Council, Lisa Blizzard of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and Janet Stanko of the Sierra Club, will partner with Nease High School Environmental Club to discuss Current Environmental Legislation, Non-Legislative Activism, Offshore Drilling, Ocean Debris with Focus on Plastics, and Climate Change in the Modern World. Audience participation will be encouraged.

SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM On the green grounds of the Galimore Center there will be music, family-friendly entertainment, hands-on environmental educational activities including the Dolphin Rescue Truck from Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station, product and informational vendors, and activities for kids. Hyundai of St. Augustine will have their latest hybrid car for inspection. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Live music provided by Hyundai of St. Augustine, Uncle Eddie and Robin, John Dickie, Eli and Bill Perras, and Madison Carr.

This event sponsored by the St. Johns Democratic Party, Jane West Law, Solar-Fit, Herbie Wiles Insurance, Fishbites, Hyundai of St. Augustine, Southern Horticulture, Rype & Readi Downtown Farm Market, Indivisible St. Johns.

4th Annual Old City Steam Art Show 2018

Presented by Bleeding Tree Entertainment and Raven Promotions & Social Media, the Fourth Annual Old City Steam Art Show was held at the Anastasia Ballroom at the DoubleTree by Hilton. It took place on Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Guests were encouraged to dress in steampunk attire. This event appeals to avid steampunkers as well as to people who are interested in learning more about the style. The work of a number of local artists was showcased at the event.

“Let Freedom Ring” Chimes Project Dedication

On April 4th, 2018 at 11:00am the community was invited to the Dedication Ceremony for St. Augustine’s “Let Freedom Ring” Chimes Project at Robert B. Hayling Freedom Park. The interactive public art installation includes: a semi-circle of 14 graduated contrabass pentatonic aluminum chimes; “Toward,” a white marble semi-circular reflection bench topped with granite tiles designed by children from the Boys & Girls Club, The Webster School, and incarcerated youth at St Johns Youth Academy; and Compassionate St. Augustine’s Obelisk Art 450 Emancipation Proclamation obelisk that commemorated the local reading of that meaning-filled declaration.

St Augustine Easter Parade 2018

St. Augustine’s Easter Parade 2018, now in its 59th year, is the nation’s second oldest Easter Parade. The Parada de los Caballos y Coches (Parade of Horses and Carriages) has celebrated Easter annually since 1956.  This is a real hometown parade that welcomes visitors to join in the community’s celebration of the history and culture of the nation’s oldest city. The Grand Marshal in 2018 was Miss Florida, Sara Veng.

Spectators lined the streets to watch the marching bands, floats, drill teams, the Easter Bunny, clowns, the Royal Family, Imperial Storm Troopers, and the city’s carriage horses wearing their Easter hats. Trophies were presented to winners in four categories.

The parade began at 3:00 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, stepping off just north of the Mission of Nombre de Dios, heading south on San Marco Ave., continued south along the bayfront on Avenida Menendez, and winds through downtown to finish at the Plaza de la Constitución.

The St. Augustine Royal Family lead the parade followed by their entourage, bands, locally-made parade floats, pirates, festival representatives along with the Easter Bunny to round out the parade.

Anne Feeney’s Benefit Concert in St Augustine

On March 28th 2018, Anne Feeney performed in St Augustine (Lincolnville Museum & Cultural Center) as part of a benefit concert for the “Let Freedom Ring” Chimes Project. The venue was packed and at times the audience sang along. First Coast.TV got a chance to speak to her briefly about her music.

Festival of Chariots in St Augustine 2018

Festival of Chariots, or Rathayatra, is an annual event celebrating Indian and Hindu culture. The festival was celebrated in St. Augustine on Saturday, March 24, 2018, beginning at 10:00 a.m. It featured two colorful parades, live entertainment, vegetarian food, dancing, art vendors, and more. The Rathayatra festival originated in the ancient city of Jagannatha Puri in India to celebrate the Hindu Lord of the Universe.

Visitors viewed the vibrant Festival of Chariots parade in the downtown area from 10:00 a.m. to noon along King Street, beginning and ending at the Plaza de la Constitución. At 1:00 p.m., a walking procession called Harinam began along St. George Street, with colorfully-garbed participants singing and dancing as they proceeded down to Cathedral Place and the Plaza, where a cultural program took place after the procession.

In addition to the parades and other festivities, the festival featured a vegetarian feast highlighting Indian cuisine, music, a dramatic presentation, art vendors, a magic show, face painting, henna tattoos, and much more.

Masses March in St Augustine For Gun Reform

Marchers gathered at Davis Park on the east side of the Bridge of Lions approximately at 4 pm on March 24th. As more and more gathered, hundreds became thousands and so the march was on.
Marchers went on to cross the Bridge of Lions at 5pm.. After crossing, they turned right onto the bayfront heading to the Castillo de San Marcos for a rally.
PVUP supported the student-led March for Our Lives in St. Augustine along with other local progressive organizations. The student organizers welcomed the participation of students from all schools in St. John’s County and elsewhere, as well as all parents, grandparents, other adults, and children. This march was only one in about six thousand cities nation wide, with Washington D.C. being the biggest.