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.Â 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
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.
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.
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.
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/#!
Pirates gathering event in St Augustine at the St Francis Field, 70 W Castillo Dr. was a hit as usual. The event went from Friday Nov. 7th to Sunday Nov.9th. Pirates, wenches, witches, magicians, belly dancers, sword battles, a whole pirate world at your grasp. It was a lot of history and a whole lot of fun.
You could have also camped on the field and on Friday there was a Buccaneer Bash at Fort Menendez on 259 San Marco Avenue. So till next year…Arrhg!