Beyond Parkland

A inter-generational meeting took place at the Galimore Center in St Augustine. The topic was about guns, violence, mental health and schools. Also what measures has St Johns County Schools taken since the incident in Parkland a year ago. See highlights,

Jazz at the Excelsior – Akia Uwanda & Friends

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.

Cat Show 2019

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.

St Augustine Tonight Show Prepares 3rd Season

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.

Folio’s Best of St Augustine

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.

Mike Hill and Veterans H.B. 97

On location at the Fort Mose State Park and Museum, Derek Boyd Hankerson, a Floridian filmmaker and historian of Gullah Geechee heritage, had the opportunity to sit down with Florida State Representative Mike Hill to discuss Rep Hill’s proposed Veterans Bill H. B. 97, the Monuments and Memorials; Designates act “Soldiers’ and Heroes’ Monuments and Memorials Protection Act”.  

The National Historic Landmark of Fort Mose, established in 1738, served as a fitting location for the conversation as the bill “…defines ‘remembrance’; prohibits damage to or removal of certain remembrances; prohibits removal or other specified activities concerning remembrances on public property; grants certain persons standing for enforcement.” 

As a Military Academy graduate and direct descendant of Harlem Hellcats, Veteran Rep Mike Hill understands that freedom is not free.  He understands that veterans are from all walks of life, backgrounds, families, ethnicities and religions that have contributed to the great state of Florida and to America by putting themselves on the line and serving in the military. 

Located two miles north of the city of St. Augustine, Fort Mose is one of the earliest battle sites, pre-Revolutionary War, where the first Black Americans along with Hispanics, and Native Americans fought against the British for freedom and independence.  It is also the first free black settlement in North America that was settled by west and Central Africans from various tribes.

Fort Mose would fall under the protection of Rep Hill’s legislation as one of Florida’s 167 State Parks,

Festival de San Agustin

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/

Anna Meets the Poets

Anna Miller came to the Ancient City Poets reading on Sunday January 27th at the Corazon Cinema & Cafe in St Augustine. She met some of the poets for the first time. She thanked them for being part of her “Refractions” exhibition at the rotunda of the St Johns County Administration Building. The poets likewise thanked her for incorporating another form of art as poetry in her exhibition and allowing them to express themselves through her art. The poets read all the poems that are sharing a spot with her work at the rotunda to a packed house at the Corazon. It was truly a lovely afternoon. “Refractions” will be displaying till March 15th 2019.

Vilano and Two Hotels

Vilano has a lot things there and a lot of things coming its way, among the things coming its way are two hotels. A Hyatt and a Holiday Express.

Both buildings will be along Vilano Road, right across the street from one another. Facing the north will stand a three-story Florida vernacular-style Holiday Inn Express with 50 rooms. Facing south will be an art deco-style Hyatt Place hotel with 121 rooms, underground parking and a rooftop bar.

The developer, Farid Ashdji, calls the area one of the “best kept secrets in Florida.” He originally bought one of the properties in 1990 for the location and laid-back beach environment. Watch the video as the town breaks ground, celebrates and gets ready.

St Augustine Film Festival Final Day 4

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.