St Augustine Romanza Festivale Highlights /Part 1

The Romanza Festivale of Music and the Arts is ten days of historical, cultural, and creative events that celebrate all things St. Augustine. From May 4 to 13, 2018, the nation’s oldest city is jam-packed with music and dance concerts, living history events and historical tours, live theater, and much more.Here are some of the highlights of the Romanza Festivale of the Arts in St Augustine, enjoy.

Romanza Festivale – Day One

First Coast.TV’s Highlights of Day One

The Romanza Festivale of Music and the Arts is ten days of historical, cultural, and creative events that celebrate all things St. Augustine. From May 4 to 13, 2018, the nation’s oldest city will be jam-packed with music and dance concerts, living history events and historical tours, live theater, and much more.

The Romanza Festivale includes more than 60 events and exhibits (many of them free) that showcase St. Augustine’s historical and cultural heritage. Performances, tours, and a variety of activities happen daily in many locations throughout the city. Romanza means romance, and this is the seventh year the Romanza Festivale will bring the talents of the arts community to the forefront to express their love affair with St. Augustine.

This year’s Romanza Festivale showcases the full sweep of local artistic endeavors, from opening night on Friday, May 4, to the closing concert by the St. Augustine Community Chorus on Sunday, May 14.

“Dancing Stars of St Johns County” is Coming Your Way

“Dancing Stars of St. Johns County” had there meet and greet at Arthur Murray Dance Center in St Augustine on April 19th where all the dancers, sponsors and instructors all met. The “Dancing Stars of St Johns County” event is coming July 7th 2018 at the Flagler’s Lewis Auditorium 7pm. Do not miss it! Get your tickets at www.Dancingstarsofsjc.com

Dancing Stars of St. Johns County is an annual fundraiser benefiting the nonprofit organization, St. Augustine Community School of Performing Arts, Inc. (SACSPA). Proceeds from this event will assist the organization with programs that enrich the lives of families and children within the community. The event includes a competition among the Dancing Stars of St. Johns County. Similar to the popular television show, local celebrities will pair up with professional dance instructors from Arthur Murray Dance Centers and perform in front of a panel of judges. Dancers will compete for two awards: People’s Choice Award, based on sponsorships, donations, ticket sales, and votes by the community, and Judge’s Choice Award, based on the celebrity dance performances the night of the event. Following the competition attendees will enjoy a Pro Show with championship dancers from Arthur Murray Dance Centers.

GATSBY’S LOST GENERATION 2018

GATSBY’S LOST GENERATION St Augustine 2018 The Greatest Event in St Augustine!! Gatsby was BACK! Saturday, April 28th, 2018 at the Lightner Museum from 7pm to 11:00pm! ​VW of St. Augustine was at it again, and if you’ve been to one of their parties, then you know it’s unbelievable. Lightner Museum, was rocked by the Mother of all parties! And Wait…There was an after Party again this year! The fun kept going at the Corazon Cinema from 11pm to 1:00am. Karla and the gang know how to keep the party going too!! The Gatsby Party kept the champagne flowing and the awesome music made the masses dance the night away!

“Everyone Behaves Badly, Given the Chance“ – Hemingway

1927 – was brought back to life!!

Vilano’s Sea Turtle Soiree 2018

There was plenty more to see and do at the Sea Turtle Soiree, Friday night, April 20th from 6 pm til 10 pm. Amy Hendrickson and Ramona’s eight piece band were swinging at the 1920’s themed party on the pier. The food was out of this world and the dress of the guests gave glamour beyond to the event.

Arbor Day 2018 at St Augustine Beach

Arbor Day was celebrated at the St. Augustine Beach City Hall on Friday, April 20, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The annual event featured live music, free food, nature exhibits, educational activities for kids and adults, and lots of fun. Smokey the Bear was on site to greet children and help share information on the importance of trees and preventing the destruction of forests. Guests had their photos taken with Smokey, and could also pet a live alligator at the event. Also on hand were Florida Fish and Wildlife, the Matanzas River Keeper, Audubon Birds, and the Sea Turtle Patrol. Special exhibits included a live bee hive exhibit, a touch tank with live sea creatures, butterflies, baby birds, wildlife exhibits, and much more. The Arbor Day event is held annually to recognize the importance of trees to the ecosystem and to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees in their own lives and backyards. There were free trees for those who wanted to take one to plant at home or place of work.

St Augustine Environmental Challenge 2018

On Friday April 13th “Intergenerational Session 3.0 – Environmental Challenges.” Environmental Lawyer Jane West, Matanzas Riverkeeper Jen Lomberk, Bill Hamilton of the Environmental Youth Council, Lisa Blizzard of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and Janet Stanko of the Sierra Club, partnered with Nease High School Environmental Club members to discuss Current Environmental Legislation, Non-Legislative Activism, Offshore Drilling, Ocean Debris with Focus on Plastics, and Climate Change in the Modern World. Audience participation was encouraged.

On Saturday, April 14, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – On the green grounds of the Galimore Center there was music, family-friendly entertainment, hands-on environmental educational activities including the Dolphin Rescue Truck from Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station, product and informational vendors, and activities for kids. Hyundai of St. Augustine had their latest hybrid car for inspection. Food and drinks were available for purchase. Live music was provided by Emmett Carlisle, Uncle Eddie and Robin, John Dickie, Eli and Bill Perras, and Madison Carr.

If you want to see the full event with panelists go to First Coast.TV Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Tap8O_HPc0&t=4s

Environmental Challenge Weekend 2018

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM Reception, food and drinks provided by Rype & Readi, musical entertainment by Uncle Eddie and Robin. St. Johns County Audubon will present their Shorebird Stewardship Program. Followed by “Intergenerational Session 3.0 – Environmental Challenges.” Environmental Lawyer Jane West, Matanzas Riverkeeper Jen Lomberk, Bill Hamilton of the Environmental Youth Council, Lisa Blizzard of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and Janet Stanko of the Sierra Club, will partner with Nease High School Environmental Club to discuss Current Environmental Legislation, Non-Legislative Activism, Offshore Drilling, Ocean Debris with Focus on Plastics, and Climate Change in the Modern World. Audience participation will be encouraged.

SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM On the green grounds of the Galimore Center there will be music, family-friendly entertainment, hands-on environmental educational activities including the Dolphin Rescue Truck from Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station, product and informational vendors, and activities for kids. Hyundai of St. Augustine will have their latest hybrid car for inspection. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Live music provided by Hyundai of St. Augustine, Uncle Eddie and Robin, John Dickie, Eli and Bill Perras, and Madison Carr.

This event sponsored by the St. Johns Democratic Party, Jane West Law, Solar-Fit, Herbie Wiles Insurance, Fishbites, Hyundai of St. Augustine, Southern Horticulture, Rype & Readi Downtown Farm Market, Indivisible St. Johns.

4th Annual Old City Steam Art Show 2018

Presented by Bleeding Tree Entertainment and Raven Promotions & Social Media, the Fourth Annual Old City Steam Art Show was held at the Anastasia Ballroom at the DoubleTree by Hilton. It took place on Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Guests were encouraged to dress in steampunk attire. This event appeals to avid steampunkers as well as to people who are interested in learning more about the style. The work of a number of local artists was showcased at the event.

“Let Freedom Ring” Chimes Project Dedication

On April 4th, 2018 at 11:00am the community was invited to the Dedication Ceremony for St. Augustine’s “Let Freedom Ring” Chimes Project at Robert B. Hayling Freedom Park. The interactive public art installation includes: a semi-circle of 14 graduated contrabass pentatonic aluminum chimes; “Toward,” a white marble semi-circular reflection bench topped with granite tiles designed by children from the Boys & Girls Club, The Webster School, and incarcerated youth at St Johns Youth Academy; and Compassionate St. Augustine’s Obelisk Art 450 Emancipation Proclamation obelisk that commemorated the local reading of that meaning-filled declaration.