Jorge Peña and the St Augustine Musical Festival

First Coast.TV sat down with Jorge Peña and talked about the St Augustine Musical Festival coming up later this month.

The St. Augustine Music festival features musicians from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra joined by internationally renowned artists presenting a variety of classical compositions. Be sure to join us for the 2015 Ninth Annual St. Augustine Music Festival, scheduled again by popular request over two consecutive weekends, June 18-20 and June 25-27. It will be celebrating the 450th birthday of the City of St. Augustine with special concert programs, including the world-premiere of a composition commissioned in honor of this notable anniversary.

St Augustine Police Chief Talks 450th

Catherine Payne of First Coast.TV talked to St Augustine Police Chief Loran Lueders about the preparations for the 450th anniversary celebrations in the city of St Augustine.

The event will be five days long from Sept. 4th to Sept. 8th, so Catherine inquired about traffic, safety, access into the city, and other related issues.

http://staugustine-450.com/celebrate450/

Kenny MacKenzie Trio in St Augustine

The Kenny MacKenzie Trio played at the Romanza Festivale in St Augustine this week. The trio began in NYC in the year 2000 and has played in many venues in the Northeast. Recently, Kenny moved to Palm Coast. He can now be heard hosting a program on WFCF St. Augustine featuring “Jazz Greats” every Tuesday from 3-7 pm. His trio has recently appeared in the New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival and the NEFJA Jazz Festival. Don Lerman in Cadence Magazine is quoted saying: “MacKenzie presents a varied program of inventive original music that brings to mind the angular style of Keith Jarrett and the groovy appeal of Ramsey Lewis”.

www.kmtrio.com

Island Duet at the Romanza Festivale

Monday, May 11, 2015

The audience relaxed to the sounds of the Umbargers playing and singing originals from their new CD, New World Arising (A Tribute to St. Augustine at 450) at the Colonial Quarter on St George Street. The strains of the guitar and violin blended perfectly in the hands of this talented duo. Paul and Caren are gifted musicians, teachers, artists and writers in St. Augustine. Along with an active performing schedule, they teach violin, viola, guitar, piano, trumpet and bass in their music studio.

First Coast.TV got to have some words with them.

http://www.umbart.com

St Augustine Cruisers 13th Annual Show

St Augustine Cruisers had their 13th Annual Car & Truck Show on May 2nd, at Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind on San Marco Ave, in St Augustine, FL.
The St. Augustine Cruisers Car Club is a family-oriented car club that began in the mid-90’s when four old-car enthusiasts got together. The small group grew quickly and they decided to officially become a car club. In 2001, the St. Augustine Cruisers were organized to promote interest in various types of special auto activities, create good fellowship and sportsmanship among the members, and to support charities. The St. Augustine Cruisers is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization.

http://www.staugustinecruisers.com/welcome.html

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.