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.

St Augustine Film Festival Day 3 Pt 2

Another great day of films, attendee reactions, interviews and parties. The St. Augustine Film Festival will feature one more day 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 last day Sunday, January 20. Films are 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. The St. Augustine Film Festival is now in its ninth year. Films include comedies from all over the world as well as fine films from independent U.S. filmmakers. This year’s Festival also includes several documentaries, including four that involved St. Augustine residents.

Hurleymania Comes to SAFF Day 3

SAFF day three (Saturday) has Hurley as the big event of the day. Started in the morning with Hurley Haywood, exotic Porsches and admirers at the Flagler Lewis Auditorium, followed by his film at 2:15 pm.

St Augustine Festival 2019 Day 2

On day two of the SAFF we got a chance to speak to Tracy Halcomb the producer of “Cracking Aces” and to actress and director Karen Allen. We also were able to attend the opening reception party of the film festival, a real hoot of a time.

The St. Augustine Film Festival features three more 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 is taking place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 18, 19, and 20. Films are 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. The St. Augustine Film Festival is now in its ninth year. Films include comedies from all over the world as well as fine films from independent U.S. filmmakers. This year’s Festival also includes several documentaries, including four that involved St. Augustine residents.

St Augustine Film Festival 2019 Day 1

The St. Augustine Film Festival features 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 will take place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 18, 19, and 20, with a Preview Day on Thursday, January 17. Films are 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, now in its ninth year. Films will include comedies from all over the world as well as fine films from independent U.S. filmmakers. This year’s Festival also includes several documentaries, including four that involved St. Augustine residents.

Lincolnville Jazz at the Excelsior 2019

Lincolnville Jazz at the Excelsior started this December 2018 and goes through April 2019. The jazz series, which showcases jazz through the ages from its African roots to the fusion sounds of the millennia in historic St. Augustine, will feature nine performances throughout five months. The featured performances that are still to come include: January 18, 2019 Eric Carter & Company: Live Jazz Fusion February 8, 2019 Desmon Duncan-Walker: Classical Jazz Vocals from Greats like Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald March 15, 2019 Ron McCurdy: The Langston Hughes Project March 16, 2019 Catch The Groove: Jazz Vocals March 29, 2019 Victoria Horne: Music from The American Songbook April 19, 2019 Clarence Herrington: Musical Interpretation and Songs through the Ages Visit the Lincolnville Jazz at the Excelsior page to learn more, including performance times, locations and ticket-purchasing options.