Harry McCormick Art Exhibition Opens in St Augustine

World-renowned artist Harry McCormick is displaying his artwork all summer at the St. Johns County Administrative Building’s Rotunda. There will be a grand opening on July 17 from 8:15-9 a.m. The New Jersey native is noted for his realistic paintings with a focus on light and shadow, and he has been called a painter of “interiors” and “genre”‘ – such as ordinary people doing ordinary things like a series of people looking at paintings in museums and galleries. There is no admission charge, and the public is welcome during normal business hours on Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.. Though the official grand opening is July 17th, his work can be seen as of July 3rd at the rotunda.

St Augustine’s July 4th Fireworks 2018

St. Augustine’s Fourth of July celebration at the Castillo de San Marcos included a live music concert and a spectacular fireworks display over the historic bayfront. “Fireworks Over the Matanzas” is one of the biggest and best fireworks displays on the East Coast, featuring 5,000 individual shells exploding as high as 2,000 feet and as low as 100 feet. Fireworks started at 9:30pm.

St Augustine 12th Annual Music Festival /Final Concert 6

The 12th Annual St. Augustine Music Festival had its final concert of the festival on Saturday, June 30th, 2018, at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Augustine. Celebrating the music Hadyn, Warlock and Janacek. Concert began at 7:30 p.m… The concert was free.  Here are some of the highlights of the final concert of June 30th brought to you by First Coast.TV.

Now in its 12th year, the St. Augustine Music Festival is the largest free classical music festival in the U.S. With two full weekends of concerts featuring musicians from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra joined by internationally renowned artists presenting a variety of classical compositions, the festival offers a unique opportunity for visitors and locals to appreciate classical music in the impressive setting of St. Augustine’s historic Cathedral Basilica.

National Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2018

This year’s campaign focuses on increasing community participation in the elimination of breeding sites for Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that transmits dengue, chikungunya, Zika and urban yellow fever. Aedes mosquitoes are well adapted to human settlements and tend to breed in water held in manmade containers, such as tires, buckets, barrels, planters, and trash containers. This is why it is so important to get citizens actively involved in mosquito control. Households in areas where these mosquitos circulate need to ensure that any items that can accumulate water are either discarded or emptied, scrubbed and turned over at least once a week; tightly covered to prevent mosquitos from getting inside; or thoroughly cleaned to destroy any mosquito eggs that may be attached to their surfaces. How much do you really know about mosquitoes? You know they can be relentless once they decide to target a human as a source of a blood meal. You also know that a bite from them will leave a red, itchy welt on your skin that can be quite uncomfortable. But there’s a lot more you should understand about these tiny insects, including the fact they can pose a significant health hazard to you, your family and even your pets. With National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, now is the perfect time to learn some basic, must-know facts about mosquitoes. First Coast.TV went to Anastasia Mosquito Control in St Johns County, FL to get some facts.

The Art of Harry McCormick Comes to St Augustine

World renowned painter Harry McCormick will display his artwork this summer (July 3rd – Sept 20th) in the St Johns Administrative Building’s Rotunda, at 500 San Sebastian View, St Augustine, FL. This exclusive event is sponsored by the St Johns County Cultural Council and supported by a grant from the Crisp-Ellert Fund of NE Florida. McCormicks works can be seen Monday thru Friday 8am – 5pm, starting July 3rd.
The opening reception will be Tuesday, July 17th at the Rotunda of the St Johns Administrative Building at 8:15 a.m.
McCormick is noted for his realistic paintings with focus on light and shadow. There will be about 40 of his masterpiece works on display and among them the series related to pubs and bars from London to New York to Chicago to other parts of the world. St Augustine with its last exhibition of German painter Susanne Schuenke, and now Harry McCormick, is becoming a place to see world art at its finest.

To learn about Harry McCormick go to:    www.mccormickstudios.com

St Augustine 12th Annual Music Festival /Concert 3

The 12th Annual St. Augustine Music Festival is still taking place over the next weekend (Thursday – Saturday) from June 28 to 30, 2018, at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Augustine. There will be three more concerts, beginning at 7:30 p.m. each night. The concerts are free and will feature selections from a range of composers, including Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Schubert, Gershwin, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff and others. Here are the highlights of the third concert of June 23rd brought to you by First Coast.TV.

Now in its 12th year, the St. Augustine Music Festival is the largest free classical music festival in the U.S. With two full weekends of concerts featuring musicians from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra joined by internationally renowned artists presenting a variety of classical compositions, the festival offers a unique opportunity for visitors and locals to appreciate classical music in the impressive setting of St. Augustine’s historic Cathedral Basilica.

“Why We Went” Rabbis Letter Read in St Augustine

On June 20th 2018 the public joined the Jewish Historical Society in the Ponce de Leon Ballroom at Flagler College, where Lee Weaver (playwright & actor) read the letter written by the Rabbis caught up in the largest mass arrest of Rabbis in US history on June 18, 1964 in St Augustine, Florida. The Rabbi’s were in St Augustine to support Martin Luther King in the struggle for civil rights. The letter details on why they came to St Augustine.

St Augustine 12th Annual Music Festival /Concert 1

The 12th Annual St. Augustine Music Festival will take place over two weekends (Thursday – Saturday) from June 21 to 23 and June 28 to 30, 2018, at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Augustine. There will be six concerts in all, beginning at 7:30 p.m. each night. The concerts are free and will feature selections from a range of composers, including Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Schubert, Gershwin, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninoff.

Now in its 12th year, the St. Augustine Music Festival is the largest free classical music festival in the U.S. With two full weekends of concerts featuring musicians from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra joined by internationally renowned artists presenting a variety of classical compositions, the festival offers a unique opportunity for visitors and locals to appreciate classical music in the impressive setting of St. Augustine’s historic Cathedral Basilica.

SJCC Workshop on “How to Get Your Art in a Gallery”

Learn the best practices of how to get your work into an Art Gallery. There will be three local gallery owners to share this information. Ms. Jan Miller – Butterfield Garage Gallery Ms. Sylvia Gortz – The Gallery Group and Ms. Karen Sheridan – Plum Gallery What is the best way to contact/approach a Gallery? Who is the Key contact person? Do your research to see if the gallery is a good match for your work and level of experience. Does the artist need to develop a relationship with the gallery. What are the galleries submission policies? How do you find it? Bring your questions or come to network. As always, there is no charge for this workshop brought to you by the St. Johns Cultural Council.

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.