Beautiful, Beautiful Pirates!

Here is First Coast.TV’s photo collage of pirates from the 8th Annual St. Augustine Pirate Gathering held last weekend (Nov. 6-8), it invited everyone to participate in a weekend of pure piracy, with re-enactors, living historians, and casual pirates from all over the seven seas joining the Ancient City Privateers to celebrate the Golden Age of Piracy in the nation’s oldest city.

The Pirate Gathering featured a variety of events catered to adults and children. Live performances were offered by pirate troupes. Guests were able to witness a pirate mutiny, weapons demonstrations, a sailors encampment, and Thieves Market. There were stories of the high seas, and shanties to sing along with. Pirate magicians performed tricks, and mermaids lounged amongst landlubbers. Wonderful time of fun with wonderful Florida weather.

 

Mende Film & Cultural Arts Festival 2015

As the City of St. Augustine celebrates it’s 450th Anniversary the Gullah Geechee Group hosted the 1st Mende Culture and Film Festival. This festival is to honor those unique Africans known as Gullah Geechee who settled on the shores of St Augustine in 1565 and to highlight those Gullah Geechee many of whom self emancipated to St. Augustine 150 years before the Civil War settled communities such as Fort Mose (1738) and Lincolnville and Armstrong (1866), after the Civil War. These 3 communities are in St. Johns County, Florida. The festival is being held in October to coincide with Governor Scott’s Gubernatorial Gullah Geechee Proclamation, which the Governor issues every October and has for the last 4 years highlighting the rich history and culture of these unique Africans known as Gullah Geechee who settled many Maroons communities and established some of the first militias protecting La Florida.
The festival had the Gechee Gullah Ring Shouters perform, basket weaving and other arts. Many films related to the Mende topic were showed to a packed audience. The festival continues in Miami & Ft Lauderdale. FL in January 2016.

For more info go to www.mendefilmfest.org

1st Oktoberfest in St Augustine

On Sunday October 18th from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. the St. Augustine Sertoma Club brought a whole day of German fun to Francis Field. Traditional food including bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels, as well as German and domestic beers and deserts were available. Bands played throughout the day in the biergarten tent. There was plenty of arts and crafts by locals and children activities. Admission was only $5 (children under 2 free). It all happened at Francis Field at 29 W. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. This was our first Oktoberfest in St Augustine, FL.

Bishop Estévez Dedicates Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche

The commemoration of the 450th anniversary of St. Augustine and the founding of America’s first parish continued on Sunday, Oct. 11, at Mission Nombre de Dios. Bishop Felipe Estévez of the Diocese of St. Augustine dedicated the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at a 2 p.m. The Mass was opened to the public.

An additional 2,500 square feet has been added to the Prince of Peace Votive Church which now serves as the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche. A chapel has been added to the shrine dedicated to Prince of Peace and the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima.

The Diocese of St. Augustine contracted with Kasper Architecture, Baker Liturgical Art, LLC, and J.C. Harward & Associates for the renovations.

Since the 17th century, the devotion to Our Lady of La Leche has been kept alive by countless people of faith who travel from all over the world to the shrine seeking our Blessed Mother’s intercession for a safe pregnancy and delivery of their child, for families, for strengthening their faith, and for healing from breast cancer and other illnesses.

In 2012, the Vatican approved bishop’s request to celebrate Oct. 11 as an annual diocesan feast-day to honor Our Lady of La Leche, further elevating the shrine’s status.

9th Annual Sea Turtle Festival

Keepers of the Coast hosted the 9th Annual Sea Turtle Festival. This year’s event took place at:  134 Riberia Street St. Augustine, FL from noon to 5 p.m at the Riberia Street Marina.  The family-oriented festival featured live music, conservation and wildlife education tables, arts and crafts vendors, a silent auction, an assortment of food truck options, locally made brews, and “Keeper’s Cove, ” an interactive children’s program.

Live music included:

Herd Of Watts, Willow Wacks and the Naysayers

Oktoberfest is Coming Our Way

First Coast.TV gets to speak with Malea Guiriba and John Miglis about the upcoming Oktoberfest.

St. Augustine, FL-The Sertoma Club of St. Augustine is pleased to announce the First Annual Oktoberfest set for Sunday October 18. The event, to be held at Francis Field, will kick off at 11AM and conclude at 8PM.

Oktoberfest will feature traditional food including bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels, as well as German and domestic beers and even desserts.

Oktoberfest will also include a stage within a biergarten tent where bands will entertain throughout the day. A wide range of arts and crafts with local and regional significance will be offered, as well as child-related activities to include a bounce house, face painting and other activities for families.

Peace on a Beautiful Day

Sunday, Sept. 20th was a beautiful perfect day, and a lovely day to celebrate diversity, unity and peace.

King and Queen Visit St Augustine

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia stopped in St Augustine as part of their trip to the USA. Ten days after St Augustine’s birthday, they honor the city with their visit. The city buzzes with excitement as the royals move about the city.

A Day Of Peace in St Augustine

Unity & Peace members Shanti and Terry are part of the group organizing an event at Flagler College west lawn in St Augustine. Its goal is to bring awareness to the plight of our planet with the question of peace, and by bringing the community together, is a good start. They explain everything we need to know about this event and hope you attend.

http://unity-and-peace.org/

Wine Makes People Soooooo ……Happy!

St Augustine Spanish Wine Festival 2015 (Sept.12)

The Grand Tasting had something for everyone! This event took place under the Big Air Conditioned Top on the Grounds of Mission Nombre de Dios in Historic St. Augustine. It provided the opportunity to sample more than 125 different Spanish wines, which is the largest collection of Spanish wines on display in America. The event also featured samplings of Spanish-inspired hors d’ oeuvres. Each guest received a laser etched commemorative glass.

The attendance was strong, and by the video and photos of First Coast.TV, one can see they all had a wonderful time.                   www.spanishwinefestival.com/