Romanza Festivale is Coming! Are You Ready?

First Coast.TV sat with Kathy Vandeberg to get the latest scoop on the on coming St Augustine Romanza Festivale of the Arts.
So please join us in Saint Augustine, FL from May 8th through the 17th for a celebration of art and music in the Nation’s oldest city featuring more than 60 events and exhibits by dozens of organizations to kick off St. Augustine’s “anniversary year.” Daily events include music and dance performances, concerts, art shows, fashion show, dramatic productions and much more at locations throughout the city. Many events are free and admission is required for the others.

www.romanzafestivale.com

Climate is Our Challenge for the Present and Future

Environmental and Climate Challenge Day was at the Willie Galimore Center in St Augustine yesterday. Many speakers on a number of environmentally sensitive issues and vendors representing Marineland, Whitney Labs, Anastasia Mosquito Control District, and a number of environmental organizations were all there.

Many things I knew and many I did not, so it was truly an educational event for First Coast.TV. It is knowledge that gives power to communities all over the world, and that knowledge always saves lives.

One Spark and Under the Rainbow Ranch

First Coast.TV got to speak to Laura Javens-McConnell of Under the Rainbow Ranch. She articulated her reason for being at One Spark Festival.
Her project targets abused children and veterans.
They provide a positive environment to children of broken and abusive homes by using horses as a source of therapy. Also will integrate the veterans with the children pairing them up to provide a natural bond among the individuals as they work side by side all the while helping each other overcome traumatic events.

www.undertherainbowranch.org

One Spark Festival Jacksonville, FL 2015

St Augustine has a film project at the One Spark Festival that it is trying to fund, among the many projects, in Art, Technology, Music and a lot more. First Cost.TV was there to take the pulse of this major event that started today April 7th. The St Augustine Fort Mose project is #22268.

The One Spark festival is a 5 day event plus a 1 day Speaker Summit in downtown Jacksonville, FL. The festival takes place throughout 20 blocks in downtown Jacksonville, FL this year from April 7 – 12 and is free and open to attend. Creators from six categories ( Art , Education , Health & Science , Music , Social Good and Technology ) showcase their Projects to a crowd of over 250,000 people and experience crowdfunding in-person. Attendees contribute to Creator crowdfunding campaigns and vote to distribute $150,000 of a guaranteed $350,000 in awards at One Spark. Plus, they can enjoy free live entertainment, a food village featuring some of the best chefs and food trucks in the region, Creator music stages and an incredible, jam-packed festival atmosphere.

https://www.onespark.com/festival/2015

Armstrong and Rails to Trails Festival

Armstrong, Florida is located off route 207 in St. John’s County, Florida. It too is home to the West African population named Gullah Geechee.

It was the West African descendants who settled this community in 1886 after the Civil War and is part of General Sherman’s Special Field Order number 15, which confiscated 400,000 acres for the newly freed slaves and gave them 40 acres.

Today, Armstrong is part of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor and includes 3 cycling trails to include Rails to Trails, Sea Island Loop and East Coast Greenways (ECG).

The ECG runs from Key West, Florida to Calasis, MA approximately 3,000 miles and overlaps the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, which extends from St. Johns County to Pender County, North Carolina.

This year the Spuds, Elkton and Armstrong (SEA) Community will celebrate its 4th Annual Rails to Trails Festival to highlight this rural, agricultural and cycling community.

Tropical Tennis Tournament

Rotary Club of Coastal St Johns is proud to announce they are hosting the 3rd Annual Tropical Tennis Tournament at Harbour Island Tennis Centre on March 27, 28 & 29. All proceeds benefit The Rotary Club of Coastal St. Johns its local and international charities.

This newly revived annual event is actually a continuation of a tournament that took place in the late 1800’s and then ceased for generations. It was known in the tennis community as the first annual outdoor tournament of the year and took place on the wooden tennis courts (now a parking lot) behind The Alcazar Hotel & Casino. The warm weather and fancy hotel attracted players from the north and overseas, during a time when the rest of the country was still huddled indoors to escape the cold.

The original tournament concluded with dancing and festivities on the wooden tennis courts at the Alcazar. In following years, Henry Flagler evolved the celebration to include a 25-piece orchestra and Gala ball that was held at the Ponce de Leon Hotel. While a grand gala ball is scheduled to celebrate the 450th, the highlight of this year’s event will be an award presentation, dinner and silent auction that will be at the St. Augustine Yacht Club the evening of March 15th.

for more info go to: http://www.harbourislandtennis.com/index.html

Menendez Gala Night at the Lightner Museum

The City of Augustine celebrated Pedro Menendez’s birthday with a Gala Night that had the feel of a carnival in Venice. Artists, performers and guests mingled and enjoy an evening of food, drink and music. This event was special for the reason that we had a group of officials from Aviles, Spain, the birth place of Pedro Menendez the founder of St Augustine.

Visit www.staugustine-450.com for more information.

Student Films St Augustine Film Festival 2015

The young film makers at Flagler College were able to be part of the St Augustine’s Film Festival 2015 this last weekend. They showed short films that were creative, and some were avant-garde in their core.
By the applause of the audience they loved the films and their subjects, and believe it or not, they were ready for more.
Hopefully these young people will probably be some of America’s future film makers, always remember a film can save a life or the world.

St Augustine Film Festival Ends

Sunday January 25th was the last day of the St Augustine Film Festival. the last day featured the film by Daniel Baldwin “The Wisdom to Know the Difference”. Baldwin wrote, produced, directed and co-stared in the film, he said that it was a difficult task, but a movie close to his heart.
The audience was touched and moved by the characters in the film, and the journey of the story it told.
The film festival was a success and a wonderful event to be part of as an organizer/volunteer or as a film goer. Hopefully this event will be a permanent part of our city.

St Augustine’s Film Festival

The fifth annual Saint Augustine Film Festival is bringing along some big names in the independent film industry. This three-day event started this Friday at the Lewis Auditorium with more films also at the Corazon Cinema and the Fountain of Youth. The festival goes Friday (1/23/15) through Sunday (1/25/15).

Playing 26 films from 11 countries. The festival’s opener, was a French comedy titled “The Volcano”. The film was shown Friday night at 7:15 p.m. at Lewis Auditorium.

“The Wisdom to Know the Difference,” is a movie written, directed and starring Daniel Baldwin, will play on Sunday night at 5 p.m. at Lewis Auditorium. Baldwin will be on-hand to introduce the film and for a question-and-answer session after the film.

So get your tickets, and for more information go to www.staugfilmfest.com/#!