Many found the CELT in themselves as they took in the sights, sounds and tastes of centuries of European history in the “Nation’s Oldest City” – founded in 1565 by SPANISH CELTS. Celtic Clans showed their ancestral pride, Highland Games athletes demonstrated their mind-boggling strength, vendors offered up Celtic cuisine and hand-made crafts, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade marched through the streets of the Ancient City’s Historic District.
The Festival has been praised as “Arguably the finest collaboration of Celtic artists assembled in the United States!” Bands from Scotland, Ireland, Canada and around the U.S. played both traditional tunes and Celtic rock throughout the two-day festival. We’re talking Scots-born Albannach and Ireland’s Dublin City Ramblers just to name a few, attracting fans from throughout Florida and Georgia, all over the US, and from Canada to Scotland.
By popular demand First Coast.TV will run the St Augustine Tonight Shows of Season 3 on the First Coast.TV website. The first show taped March 7th, 2019 at 7pm at Garrett Eclectic Home Decor was a smashing success, with a packed house, laughter and thunderous applause. Guests were abstract painter Anna Miller, Gatsby organizer and founder of STArtNow Sway Di Feo, and musical guest The Metro Band led by Ron Marshall.
The Corazon Cinema and Cafe had its sold out Oscars celebration party at the Corazon. This event is truly a spectacular one, filled with fun, trivia, wonderful food, and lets the champagne just flow freely.
The Ancient City Cat Club is back with their 4th annual Cat Show (Feb. 23 & 24, 2019). Over 125 pedigreed and household pets alike were judged in each of six rings each day. Spectators were welcome to walk through the benching area, admire the felines, and chat with owners about their cats. Vendors were selling cat-related items throughout, and there was a fundraising raffle as well as lunch and breakfast each day. Local rescue Wags & Whiskers were on site with cats and kittens up for adoption.
Lincolnvile Museum and Cultural Center is showcasing jazz through the ages from its African roots to the fusion sounds of the millennia in historic St. Augustine.
This last Friday the guest was Akia Uwanda, a Jacksonville native, grew up appreciating different genres of music, art and culture. She is a classically trained sultry jazz and soul vocalist. Uwanda has opened for Earth, Wind & Fire and Avery Sunshine, and she has shared the stage with jazz greats such as Gregory Porter and Kamasi Washington. Uwanda has performed all over the world at various festivals, venues and events, including at Carnegie Hall and Super Bowl Live for Super Bowl LI.
The Ancient City Cat Club is back with their 4th annual Cat Show! Over 125 pedigreed and household pets alike will be judged in each of six rings each day. Spectators are welcome to walk through the benching area, admire the felines, and chat with owners about their cats. Vendors will be selling cat-related items throughout, and there will be a fundraising raffle as well as lunch and breakfast each day. Local rescue Wags & Whiskers will be on site with cats and kittens up for adoption. The event will take place at the Solomon Calhoun Center in St Augustine. Tickets $5 Adults, Seniors & Children 6-12 $3, Children 0-6 free.
The St Augustine Tonight Show prepares for its 3rd season. The season starts on March 7th thru May 30th /2019, every Thursday night at 7pm. The venue for the show is Garrett Bros. Eclectic Home Decor off SR 312 (1764 Tree Blvd #4, St. Augustine). The show is taped in front of a live audience, there is no admission charge to be part of the audience. Here are some of the highlights of the last two seasons.
Last month, when we announced Folio Weekly’s Best of Saint Augustine, our expectations were modest. After all, although we’re old hands at Best of Jax (with 17 annual readers’ polls under our belts), this was our very first St. Augustine-centric poll. But you, readers of influence, made it an affair to remember. A whopping 73,688 votes were cast across 250 categories, from Best Auto Body Shop to Best Urgent Care Clinic, from Best Art Gallery to Best Wine Bar. That, folks, is the same can-do spirit that forged the Ancient City four-and-a-half centuries ago—and rebuilt it time and again after each dastardly pirate raid. The results are in and, without further ado, this is the Best of Saint Augustine 2019. First Coast.TV got a chance to check out the party.
First Coast.TV got a chance to speak to Maria Alvarez.
Celebrating the 500th birthday of Pedro Menendez de Aviles, founder of Saint Augustine, The Historic Florida Militia hosts a weeklong celebration with reenactments, a documentary film, and a lively and colorful Paseo parade featuring large papier-mâché heads and historically clad participants. On February 9th, watch and participate in demonstrations and instruction from the Spanish colonial period of the 16th century including weapons demonstrations, artillery, armor, clothing, crafts, culinary arts, and religious practices from St. Augustine’s early history. For more information, visit www.historiccoastculture.com/event/festival-de-san-agustin/
The St. Augustine Film Festival ended its four days of films from multiple countries shown at several theaters within walking distance of one another in St. Augustine’s historic district. The 2019 St Augustine Film Festival was a great success, taking place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 18, 19, and 20, with a Preview Day on Thursday, January 17. Films were shown in Lewis Auditorium, the Gamache-Koger Theater at Flagler College, the St. Augustine Distillery, and at all three viewing rooms of the Corazon Cinema and Cafe. Films The St. Augustine Film Festival, is now in its ninth year. Films included comedies from all over the world as well as fine films from independent U.S. filmmakers. This year’s Festival also included several documentaries, some of the notables were Hurley, The Art & Times of Frosty Meyers, Cracking Aces, Fidlin and Sharkwater Extinction, including four documentaries that involved St. Augustine residents. We were also honored to have many extraordinary people from the film world, like Karen Allen, Talia Shire, Ray Abruzzo and Vincent De Paul to name just a few. We had three great parties around this festival that were just marvelous. Thank you to all that made this festival just outstanding in every way.