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.

St Augustine Easter Parade 2018

St. Augustine’s Easter Parade 2018, now in its 59th year, is the nation’s second oldest Easter Parade. The Parada de los Caballos y Coches (Parade of Horses and Carriages) has celebrated Easter annually since 1956.  This is a real hometown parade that welcomes visitors to join in the community’s celebration of the history and culture of the nation’s oldest city. The Grand Marshal in 2018 was Miss Florida, Sara Veng.

Spectators lined the streets to watch the marching bands, floats, drill teams, the Easter Bunny, clowns, the Royal Family, Imperial Storm Troopers, and the city’s carriage horses wearing their Easter hats. Trophies were presented to winners in four categories.

The parade began at 3:00 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, stepping off just north of the Mission of Nombre de Dios, heading south on San Marco Ave., continued south along the bayfront on Avenida Menendez, and winds through downtown to finish at the Plaza de la Constitución.

The St. Augustine Royal Family lead the parade followed by their entourage, bands, locally-made parade floats, pirates, festival representatives along with the Easter Bunny to round out the parade.

Anne Feeney’s Benefit Concert in St Augustine

On March 28th 2018, Anne Feeney performed in St Augustine (Lincolnville Museum & Cultural Center) as part of a benefit concert for the “Let Freedom Ring” Chimes Project. The venue was packed and at times the audience sang along. First Coast.TV got a chance to speak to her briefly about her music.

Festival of Chariots in St Augustine 2018

Festival of Chariots, or Rathayatra, is an annual event celebrating Indian and Hindu culture. The festival was celebrated in St. Augustine on Saturday, March 24, 2018, beginning at 10:00 a.m. It featured two colorful parades, live entertainment, vegetarian food, dancing, art vendors, and more. The Rathayatra festival originated in the ancient city of Jagannatha Puri in India to celebrate the Hindu Lord of the Universe.

Visitors viewed the vibrant Festival of Chariots parade in the downtown area from 10:00 a.m. to noon along King Street, beginning and ending at the Plaza de la Constitución. At 1:00 p.m., a walking procession called Harinam began along St. George Street, with colorfully-garbed participants singing and dancing as they proceeded down to Cathedral Place and the Plaza, where a cultural program took place after the procession.

In addition to the parades and other festivities, the festival featured a vegetarian feast highlighting Indian cuisine, music, a dramatic presentation, art vendors, a magic show, face painting, henna tattoos, and much more.

Masses March in St Augustine For Gun Reform

Marchers gathered at Davis Park on the east side of the Bridge of Lions approximately at 4 pm on March 24th. As more and more gathered, hundreds became thousands and so the march was on.
Marchers went on to cross the Bridge of Lions at 5pm.. After crossing, they turned right onto the bayfront heading to the Castillo de San Marcos for a rally.
PVUP supported the student-led March for Our Lives in St. Augustine along with other local progressive organizations. The student organizers welcomed the participation of students from all schools in St. John’s County and elsewhere, as well as all parents, grandparents, other adults, and children. This march was only one in about six thousand cities nation wide, with Washington D.C. being the biggest.

 

A Conversation About “Chimes Project”

The “Chimes Project,” is a major interactive and multi-media art initiative to be located in Robert Hayling Freedom Park, is being undertaken by Compassionate St. Augustine; the grassroots organization Keep Riberia Pointe Green, and the City of St. Augustine.  As the Ancient City’s officially approved permanent public art installation, it will interpretively pay tribute to our city’s African–American & Civil Rights storylines as well as the roles freedom, human rights, democracy, tolerance, civility, and compassion have played and continue to play in creating the narrative.

First Coast.TV got a chance to speak with Caren Goldman in order to get more details on this project to be dedicated on April 4th, at 11am at Robert Hayling Freedom Park.

St Augustine Fashion Week 2018 – Day Three

Day Three


From March 3 to 10, 2018, St. Augustine Fashion Week events have taken place in the nation’s oldest city. St. Augustine Fashion Week brought together creatives in the fashion, design, art, and nonprofit fields in support of a number of causes.

This stylish event featured runway shows by local small brand designers, who showcased their latest collections. The spotlight event were the three nights St. Augustine Fashion Show was being held at the St. Augustine Record building Thursday through Saturday, March 8–10, 2018. This Fashion Week event featured 16 designers who were featured in nightly shows over the course of this 3-day event.

In addition to the runway shows, food and drinks were provided for fashion-week goers by local vendors, including wine provided by the San Sebastian Winery and craft beers provided by Ancient City Brewing. A cocktail hour with food and drinks were included with all ticket purchases.

Local charitable organizations associated with past St. Augustine Fashion Week events included the Alpha-Omega Miracle Home, SAYS St. Augustine Youth Services, INK Invest in Kids, Daniel Kids, and the Betty Griffin House St. Johns County Shelter for Abuse and Violence. The fashion week events also benefited arts organizations in St. Augustine, including the Lightner Museum and St. Augustine Art Association.

St. Augustine Fashion Week – Day Two

From March 3 to 10, 2018, St. Augustine Fashion Week events have taken place in the nation’s oldest city. St. Augustine Fashion Week brought together creatives in the fashion, design, art, and nonprofit fields in support of a number of causes.

This stylish event featured runway shows by local small brand designers, who showcased their latest collections. The spotlight event were the three nights St. Augustine Fashion Show was being held at the St. Augustine Record building Thursday through Saturday, March 8–10, 2018. This Fashion Week event featured 16 designers who were featured in nightly shows over the course of this 3-day event.

In addition to the runway shows, food and drinks were provided for fashion-week goers by local vendors, including wine provided by the San Sebastian Winery and craft beers provided by Ancient City Brewing. A cocktail hour with food and drinks were included with all ticket purchases.

Local charitable organizations associated with past St. Augustine Fashion Week events included the Alpha-Omega Miracle Home, SAYS St. Augustine Youth Services, INK Invest in Kids, Daniel Kids, and the Betty Griffin House St. Johns County Shelter for Abuse and Violence. The fashion week events also benefited arts organizations in St. Augustine, including the Lightner Museum and St. Augustine Art Association.

It’s St Patrick’s Day in St Augustine

The 8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade stepped off at 10 a.m. this Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Francis Field in St. Augustine. The parade route followed the bayfront to the Bridge of Lions, took a right down Cathedral Place, and returned to its origin via Cordova Street. The parade was a spectacle of floats, marching bands, pipes and drums, horse-drawn carriages, military units, local community groups, and more.

This is the only St. Patrick’s Day parade in Northeast Florida. The Grand Marshal for the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade was City of St. Augustine Archaeologist Carl Hilbert.

This event was part of the St. Augustine Celtic Music and Heritage Festival.