57th Annual Easter Sunday Promenade

The 57th Annual Easter Sunday Promenade celebrated the Easter holiday, St. Augustine, FL history, and the local community. This event was sponsored by the Easter Festival Committee and featured tons of family fun.

The Easter Festival Committee ensured that every child received a small gift. There were also contests for the family, including Most Creative Hat, Best Dressed Pet, Prettiest Hat, Best Dressed Couple, Best Dressed Man and Woman, Best Dressed Boy and Girl, Largest Family, and Family from Farthest Away. Prizes were handed out at the end of the judging. Anyone was welcome to participate in the contests.

The event and registration for the contests began at noon. The promenade ended before the annual Easter Parade at 3 p.m.

The Blessing of the Fleet

In an annual event dating back to St. Augustine’s earliest history, watercraft from trawlers and yachts to sailboats and motor craft – all decorated with flags and bunting –received this special blessing from the Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine. The ceremony began around noon with a procession from the Cathedral Basilica along the Plaza de la Constitucion to the St. Augustine Municipal Marina.

St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival 2016

Visitors were invited to come to the 2016 Celtic Music and Heritage Festival that was held at Francis Field in St. Augustine, Florida. This heritage three-day festival celebrates St. Patrick’s Day and the sights, sounds and tastes of the ancient Celtic peoples of Scotland and Ireland. Celtic clans from around the world show their ancestral pride, Highland Games athletes demonstrate their mind-boggling strength, Celtic music rung through the field, vendors as well as local downtown restaurants offered up Celtic cuisine and hand-made crafts, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade marched through the streets of the Oldest City’s Historic District.

The 2016 ROWITA Awards

The St. Johns Cultural Council held the eighth annual ROWITA Celebration Ceremony on March 13 at 5:00p.m. at the Limelight Theatre located at 11 Old Mission Avenue.

The free event was an evening of celebration and recognition of the seven women chosen to receive the 2016 Dr. Gail Pflaster ROWITA Award for their achievements and contributions to the arts in St. Johns County. The winners of the Jr. ROWITA Fellowships were also recognized (Cassia Wang). A short reception followed the program.

The 2016 honorees are Elyse Brady, Manila Clough, Caren Goldman, Jan Tomlinson Master, JoAnn Nance, Rosamond Parrish and Shirley Williams-Collins.

Lions Seafood Festival 2016 is Totally Delicious!

The 35th Annual St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival features delicious seafood, arts and crafts, live music, family activities, and much more. The festival is taking place at Francis Field from Friday to Sunday, March 4 to 6, 2016. An amazing array of fresh food is on offer at this popular annual event, including crab, shrimp, crab legs, gyros, pizza, and Asian cuisine. There are rides that the whole family will enjoy, and live music every day of the festival, with each day featuring a different musical style. Additionally, guests can browse through the amazing selection of handcrafted items such as housewares, pottery, artwork, and jewelry, at the Arts and Crafts Village. Over 100 artists participate by showcasing some of their latest work at the festival.

Music Awards, Narrow Magazine & Planet Sarbez

Narrow Magazine and Planet Sarbez got to celebrate and recognize the best of St. Augustine’s music in 2015! Planet Sarbez was packed and a great buzz was in the air, as musicians performed and awards were given.
Awards were presented for Best Song, Best Album, Best Video, Best Blockquote, and Best Cover. A wonderful success.


The Oscars at the Corazon Cinema & Cafe

St. Augustine Corazon Cinema & Café hosted a party for the 88th Academy Awards. The fun began with a red carpet greeting and champagne and photographs with Beyonce and Elvis at the door.  Singer and performer “Diane Scherff” sung some favorite tunes. More food and fun awaited as guests chose to take the Oscars Challenge with a chance to score awesome prizes. The Oscar Ceremonies began at 7 p.m. People were all dressed up and filled with lots of enthusiasm.

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.