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.

SJCC Basic Grant Writing Workshop

St Johns Cultural Council is offering a free grant writing workshop on Saturday, April 21st at 10:30am. The workshop will be presented by Andy Witt Executive Director of the St Johns Cultural Council. Workshop will be held at the Ponte Vedra Cultural Center, 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

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

EMMA: Broadway Comes to St Augustine

EMMA brought Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway on Saturday, April 7th to the Lewis Auditorium in St Augustine. Neil Berg played a lovely piano as the other musicians and  cast sang broadway songs known to most of us, from such musicals as Camelot,Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Jersey Boys, Jesus Christ Super Star and so many more. The auditorium was packed as the songs kept coming and thunderous applause followed each one.

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.

SJCC State of the Arts (SOTA) Grant Workshop

ST. JOHNS CULTURAL COUNCIL STATE OF THE ARTS GRANT WORKSHOP

This free workshop will be provided on Saturday April 7th, 2018, from 1030am to 1230pm at the St Johns Cultural Council on 15 Old Mission Ave, St Augustine, FL. Do not miss it. The St Johns Cultural Council (SJCC) provides mini grants of up to $500 for arts and cultural activities within St. Johns County, FL. Funding is made possible through revenue from the sale of State of the Arts (SOTA) license plates in St. Johns County.  Priority will be given to proposals for activities that reach underserved audiences, arts education, and art in public places. Organizations, artists and schools may apply for new or expanded programs in the following disciplines: arts in education, music, dance, folk arts, humanities, literature, film/video/media, theatre and musical theatre, visual arts, or the collection or exhibition of cultural or artistic works. Proposals are evaluated on uniqueness, quality and impact. This workshop will help you understand the process, how to qualify, and how to apply by filling the grant.

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.