An Amazing Cat Show in St Augustine

On Saturday and Sunday, February 27 and 28, 2016, the Ancient City Cat Club presented its inaugural cat show.

Over 125 pedigreed and household pets were judged in each of six rings each day. The theme of this year’s show is “Pirates of St. Augustine,” and a pirate re-enactor was onsite both days. Spectators were welcomed to walk through the benching area and talk to the owners of the cats.

St. Augustine resident Carol Rothfeld, president of the Ancient City Cat Club and show manager, said the goal was to show the best cats St. Augustine residents and visitors have to offer. Michael Rothfeld, Carol’s husband and secretary of the cat club, said everything went smoothly in getting the cat show off the ground, from securing the Solomon Calhoun Center as a venue to finding sponsors and vendors.

This was not Carol’s first rodeo. When the Rothfelds lived in Staten Island, New York, Carol organized shows in the New York area for about 15 years. She is also a past president of the Cat Fanciers Association, the oldest cat club in the world.

Dr. Robert B. Hayling, DDS Memorial Service

Memorial Service for Dr. Robert B. Hayling

A memorial service honoring the life and work of Dr. Robert B. Hayling was held at historic St. Paul A.M.E. Church on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 10:00 AM. The church, pastored by Rev. Ron Rawls, is where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jackie Robinson and others spoke at civil rights rallies in 1964.

Dr. Hayling, a dentist who led the civil rights movement in St. Augustine in the 1960s, passed away at his Fort Lauderdale home in December at the age of 86. A family funeral was held in Fort Pierce, Florida on January 18–the day of the national King Holiday.

This was a chance for the Ancient City to say farewell to the man who was beaten by the Ku Klux Klan in 1963, had his home shot up in 1964, and had his dental practice destroyed in 1965–yet lived to become one of the most honored figures in St. Augustine’s history. In 2003, the street where he had lived was renamed in his honor. He received the city’s two highest honors: the de Aviles Award and the Order of La Florida, and the city commission voted unanimously on February 8 to dedicate the land at the south end of Lincolnville as “Dr. Robert B. Hayling Freedom Park.”

Former Senator Tony Hill presided at the Saturday memorial service, which featured several of Dr. Hayling’s co-workers in the St. Augustine movement. Out-of-town speakers included Rev. Andrew Young, former ambassador to the United Nations, and Dr. Frederick Humphries, retired president of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

The memorial was organized by the Hayling family and ACCORD, and the public was invited to attend.

The 2015 Narrow Magazine Music Awards

Celebrating and recognizing the best of St. Augustine’s music in 2015! So Narrow Magazine will hold an event at Planet Sarbez on February 28 at 7pm to honor local musicians and music.
Awards being presented for Best Song, Best Album, Best Video, Best Blockquote, and Best Cover.

Performances by a who’s who of local music royalty!

Amy Hendrickson
Bob Patterson
Katherine Archer
Kensley Stewart
Kimberly Brown
Lucio Rubino
Mental Patients
Michael Jordan
Robbie Dammit & Speakeasy
Sam Pacetti
Shea Birney
The Skinny
The Willowwacks

“Red Carpet” @ 7pm, event starts @ 8pm.

Ancient City Cat Club Inaugural Cat Show

First Coast.TV got a chance to talk to Granada Willis Gelin and Carol Rothfeld about the Ancient City Cat Club presenting its inaugural cat show, Saturday and Sunday, February 27 and 28, 2016, from 10am – 4pm. Location for the event is the Salomon Calhoun Community Center on 1300 Duval Street off SR 207. Over 125 pedigreed and household pets are expected, and will be judged in each of six rings each day. Spectators are welcome to walk through the benching area and talk to the owners of the cats. Photography of the cats in the rings is encouraged, and photography of the cats in the benching area is at the discretion of each respective owner. In addition to vendors selling cat related items, there will be a fundraising raffle. A local food truck will also be available for lunch.

Compassion Through the Eyes of Children / Phase II

Children gathered at the St Augustine Amphitheater to create art on the panels of a 15 foot Obelisk, these children came from different organizations, such as, Betty Griffin Center, The Players Championship Boys and Girls Club, Kids Safe Zone, St. Augustine Youth Services, St. Paul School of Excellence, The Arc of St. Johns, the Academy of Business and Leadership Education and St. Augustine Public Montessori School.

Last year’s project was a mix of work from local students (28 obelisks) and another 25 obelisks — at 8.5 feet tall — designed by area artists and later showcased at Flagler College’s Crisp-Ellert Art Museum. One of the student pieces was even chosen as the official gift of the City of St. Augustine to King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain during their September visit.

The goal of this year’s project, according to Compassionate St. Augustine, is to “engage children from diverse backgrounds and with wide-ranging aptitudes and exceptionalities in discussions about the intrinsic values of the 1812 Spanish Constitution Obelisk on St. Augustine’s public square.”

Caren Goldman, executive director of Compassionate St. Augustine, said the collaboration of children with such different backgrounds made for an impressive piece of art.

In addition to adding to the inclusiveness of the work, the other main goal for phase two was to make it a model for other cities to copy. It wouldn’t necessarily be an obelisk art project but a similar art project that fits with the history and character of that community.

St Augustine Film Festival Comes to an End

St Augustine Film Festival came to an end on Sunday, January 31st. The last film to hit the screen was Tokyo Fiancee, and later the crowd headed to the Solarium room at Flagler College.

First Coast.TV went on to talk to some people at the Solarium, and get their thoughts on the St Augustine Film Festival.

St Augustine’s 6th Annual Film Festival 2016 Begins

The St Augustine Film Festival will feature many films to be screened in five venues: the Lewis Auditorium, the Gamache Theatre, and three screens at the Corazon Theatre. Some of the most popular films will be repeated throughout the weekend.

On Friday, January 29, 2016, the Friday Night Opening Gala (for All Access Pass holders) was hosted by the Lightner Museum, with cocktails from 6 to 7 p.m. and the Gala Dinner and Dance from 9 to 11 p.m., following the showing of the opening film”Le Pere Noel” (France). Over 30 films will be screened during this international festival, including “3 Days in Havana” (Cuba), “Apples from the Desert” (Israel), “Haemoo” (Korea), “Le Pere Noel” (France), “Tokyo Fiancee” (Japan), “A Tree Without Roots” (Vietnam and India), and “A Ballerina’s Tale” (USA), just to name a few.

St Augustine Film Festival Almost Upon Us

The St Augustine Film Festival will feature over 30 films to be screened in five venues: the Lewis Auditorium, the Gamache Theatre, and three screens at the Corazon Theatre. Some of the most popular films will be repeated throughout the weekend. First Coast.Tv got a chance to speak with Gregory Von Hausch at the Lewis Auditorium, he spoke to us about what to expect from the film festival, and the best ways to experienced it. So keep your calendar open Jan. 29-31.

The Art & Craft Festival

More than 150 artists from around the USA were juried into this Thanksgiving Weekend art festival that took place at Francis Field behind the St. Augustine Downtown Historic Parking Facility located at 10 West Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. This premier outdoor art fair is a Thanksgiving tradition that attracted thousands of visitors, discerning art collectors and savvy holiday shoppers. The event helps support the Art Association programs, while animating the local arts scene and boosting the economy of the nation’s oldest city. The festival was sponsored by the St. Augustine Art Association and took place Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“Isaco” Timicuan Word for Joy

Isaco: First Annual Southeast Native American Gathering

The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park proudly presented The First Annual Southeast Native American Gathering at the park’s recreated Village of Seloy on Saturday and Sunday, November 21 and 22, 2015. The gathering is called “Isaco,” which is the word for “joy” in Timucuan.

The event honored the Timucua and all Native Americans by sharing the culture and history of the Southeastern people. There were demonstrations of men and women’s traditional Pow Wow dancing, storytelling by contemporary native interpreters, and handmade arts and crafts on sale for every budget. At dusk, there was a Traditional Southeastern Social Stomp Dance exhibition.

Let us not forget that the Timucua tribe were the original residents in the St. Augustine area for centuries before the arrival of the Europeans.