Sing Out Loud Fest 2019 – Sept 8 – Highlights

Sunday was another beautiful day of sunshine and music. First Coast TV did the rounds of the Sing Out Loud Festival 2019, and here are the highlights.

Sing Out Loud Fest – Sept 7 – Highlights

Once again First Coast TV hopped around the venues of the Sing Out Loud Festival and here are some highlights.

Sing Out Loud Opens with a Bang! Sept 6 Highlights

First Coast TV cruised around town on Friday Sept 6 to get the pulse of the Sing Out Loud Festival. Here are some highlights. Enjoy.

St Augustine; Are You OK?

First Coast.TV on Wednesday at 11am, wandered into the streets of St Augustine, FL to see the effects of hurricane Dorian, who was still affecting the city with winds and rain. At the posting of this story the rain and winds had started up again.

St Augustine a Ghost Town as Dorian Approaches

On Tuesday afternoon First Coast TV biked through St Augustine and took a look at a city that has become a ghost town as it waits for hurricane Dorian. Stay safe.

Exotic Bird Show

St Augustine Exotic Bird Expo is an Exotic Bird event bringing a unique variety of vendors and bird breeders. Great place to get a new feathered friend, cages, toys, supplies and food all in one place for sale to the public. Here are some highlights of the expo held at the Mark Lance National Guard Armory on San Marco Ave in St Augustine, FL.

Honoring the Fallen of the 2nd Seminole War

The 12th Annual Commemoration of the end of the 2nd Seminole War was held in St. Augustine on Saturday, August 17, 2019. The event featured a parade and a ceremony at the pyramids at the National Cemetery to honor all those who perished in that conflict. The parade began at 10:45 a.m. at St. Francis Barracks, and then proceeded to the National Cemetery. Historical re-enactors in period costume participated in the parade, and members of the public were welcome to join them. In 1842, officers, soldiers, and musicians paraded through the streets of St. Augustine to inter the casualties of the war in the gardens of the St. Francis Barracks. Three coquina pyramids were erected in the cemetery at that time to mark the burial place of more than 1,400 soldiers who died during those wars. The pyramids are known as the Dade Monument after Major Francis L. Dade, who was a leader in the Seminole Wars. This annual heritage event was organized by the West Point Society of North Florida and The Seminole Wars Foundation.

Milonga at Odd Birds Loft

Thanks to all those who contributed photos and video on the lovely Milonga (gathering of tango dancers) at Odd Birds in St Augustine, FL, held this July 31st. A wonderful showing of dancers of Tango and Salsa, also thank you to Cesar Diaz of Odd Birds for his kindness and making Odd Birds available for this event. It went so well we are planning another on August 28th.

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.