Tolomato Cemetery 2018

Tolomato Cemetery is located in St Augustine, Florida, the oldest European-founded city in the United States, and was in use as a cemetery from the 18th century until 1884. This beautiful space is the last resting place of some 1,000 St. Augustinians, including many people important to the history of Florida and the United States.  It is a distillation of St Augustine history in less than one acre, starting with the First Spanish Period, when Tolomato was a Franciscan mission, and going through its use as a cemetery during the British Period and the Second Spanish Period and then on through Florida’s Territorial and early Statehood periods.

It is an evocative place about which there are many legends and tales, but which also reveals  the real stories of the real people.  It reminds us of the connections of this tiny place, on what was once a strategic point but is now a vacation coast,  with people throughout the world. Burials include those of people from Spain, Cuba, Ireland, Minorca, Italy, Greece, Africa, Haiti, France and the American South and Northeast – as well as the graves of soldiers from both sides of the Civil War, and even the burial place of a man important in the history of Cuba, who may one day be declared a saint, Fr. Felix Varela.  There is no place in St Augustine that is a richer distillation of our history, which is the story of lives lived in rural poverty or in town comfort, soldiers and militia and battles fought or not fought, political and personal conflicts, faith and – even holiness – all on this tiny peninsula.

The cemetery is open to the public once a month. Visit it, learn about it and feel yourself surrounded by the past of this historic city.

Gary Monroe Talks “Highwaymen” at Crisp-Ellert Museum

A lecture by writer Gary Monroe, “Painting in Paradise: The Art of the Highwaymen” was presented on  Friday, June 1 , hosted by the Crisp-Ellert Museum, part of the Flagler College complex. This event was a part of St. Augustine’s First Friday Art Walk, and was free and open to the public. Focusing on self-taught and vernacular art, Gary Monroe began his literary pursuits with “The Highwaymen: Florida’s African-American Landscape Painters” (University Press of Florida, 2001), in which he told the story of the Highwaymen painters and offered a fresh interpretation of their art. Consequently, public interest in these compelling but forgotten artists was revived. The New York Times wrote a Lively Arts front-page article about the book, saying that “These colorful landscapes… shaped the state’s popular image as much as oranges and alligators.” In subsequent books, including “Harold Newton: The Original Highwayman” (2007), “The Highwaymen Murals: Al Black’s Concrete Dreams” (2009), and “Mary Ann Carroll: First Lady of the Highwaymen” (2014), Monroe continued to tell these artist’s inspiring stories. Based on his nomination, these painters were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2004. Monroe’s other books about Florida art include “Extraordinary Interpretations: Self-taught Florida Artists” (2003), “Silver Springs: The Underwater Photographs of Bruce Mozert” (2008), “Florida’s American Heritage River: Images from the St. Johns Region” (2009), and “E. G. Barnhill: Florida Photographer, Adventurer, Entrepreneur” (2016). Monroe’s work has been recognized by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Florida Department of State’s Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Humanities Council, and the Fulbright Foundation. He recently retired after 30 years as a professor at Daytona State College.

Elite Airways Comes to St Augustine NFRA

In a news conference Thursday at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport (NFRA), Elite Airways representative Mike McBride announced that it will start round-trip service directly between St. Augustine and Rochester, Minnesota, starting July 20, 2018 .It marks the first major commercial service announcement since Frontier Airlines pulled out of St. Augustine last year. ViaAir continues to offer service to Charlotte, North Carolina, with continuing service to two stops in West Virginia. The new route for Elite will operate Monday morning and Friday afternoon each week. It is planned as a year-round offering. Elite will fly a CRJ-700 jet with seats for 70 passengers. Although there is no other current agreement with Elite and the local airport, both sides said they were eager to put together more deals in the near future.

Meet Sebastian Sikora and his Dessert First Bistro

First Coast.TV got a chance to meet Sebastian Sikora the man behind Dessert First Bistro. Its not only succulent out of this world desserts, but much more, much more.

Memorial Day in St Augustine 2018

The city’s Memorial Day observance (May 28th, 2018) began at 10 a.m. at the St. Augustine National Cemetery located at 104 Marine Street. Despite the probable chance of rain, the weather was kind and all went as plan. First Coast.TV was there to cover the event.

Vigil for Santa Fe High School Victims in St Augustine

A vigil was held in St Augustine, FL Wednesday, at La Plaza de la Constitucion to remember the victims of Friday’s high school shooting in Santa Fe,Texas. First Coast.TV was there to cover it.

Art of Business / Business of Art – SJCC Workshop

The Business of Art/The Art of Business

Lecture by Gloria Danvers

This workshop is mainly geared toward artists and people wanting to sell their product. Gallery owners and associates, however, in addition to small business owners and people in other areas of sales and marketing would benefit from this fascinating lecture by Gloria Danvers as well. Get ready to become extremely motivated through self-awareness and understanding of the market.

Gloria is a hypnotherapist, motivational speaker, business owner, and artist. She has “been there done that” and is driven to pass her extensive knowledge and experience along to others. In her life, she has owned and managed several businesses and sold her art in galleries, museums, and on major art markets along the east coast of the US. As a compassionate hypnotherapist, Gloria makes it her mission to help people free themselves from self-limiting beliefs and empowers them to make fundamental changes to be able to move into a positive, enriching, and successful direction in life.

Gloria has taught this workshop for quite a few years and loves seeing the aha-moment in faces of attendees. Each seminar is slightly different than the previous one, as she adds and revises things according to current trends. Through guidance toward a greater understanding of the Self, she brings advice on how to sell art, which sales venues and markets to approach, how to price work, and how to find the perfect client. She will also impart valuable expertise on how to shape your own image and teach skills in marketing yourself.

Apart from showing how to reach a greater self-awareness, her most important message is that selling art comes down to the “intimate relationship between the artist and the buyer” … and common sense “business stuff.” Plenty of quality work, market research, and old-fashioned leg-work will eventually create a tipping point and your art business will take off. We highly encourage all to attend this exceptionally inspirational and life-changing workshop! Get ready to create your own world and start writing your own script.

Free Workshop- Sponsored by the St. Johns Cultural Council
Date: Saturday, May 26th, 2018
TIME: 10:30am-12:30
Location: The Gallery Group
Address: 303C Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, FL, 32080

NOW! on Earth Fest 2018

NOW! on Earth Fest 2018

On May 19th, NFCC hosted the 2nd Annual NOW! on Earth Fest, a FREE environmentally-conscious, live music event including great food, activities, raffles, and other local organizations with an interest in protecting North Florida waters. This year’s event took place at the scenic Genung’s Fish Camp. The purpose of Now! is to bring together the like-minded organizations and businesses of the community to create awareness of the dangers plastic waste has on our environment.

St Augustine Ballet presents “Alice in Wonderland”

The St. Augustine Ballet presented the final year’s run of Alice in Wonderland on May 12-13, 2018. The Saturday performance began at 7 p.m. at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium. Starting time for the Sunday performance was 2 p.m. According to the Ballet’s assistant director, Emily Masson, this year’s cast was nearly a third larger than last year’s cast. She said an increased number of younger kids auditioned this year, possibly after having their interest piqued after attending last year’s performances.

Eléa Woodward was cast as Alice. Woodward was supported by a superb ensemble of both new and familiar faces.

Romanza Festivale 2018 Comes to an End

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 – 13, 2017, 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. On Sunday, May 13th the Romanza Festivale of the Arts closed with the St Augustine Community Chorus at the Ancient City Baptist Church. Here are some highlights that bring us to the final concert with the SACC.