St Augustine, as one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in the United States, is home to a rich history, diverse culture and cosmopolitan values. It is a befitting place for the Festival of Chariots which was held, as one of the oldest continuously held multicultural festivals in the world. In these times of uncertainty between nations, races, classes and cultures, a common platform for equality is needed, to inspire humanity towards peace, freedom and friendship.
The Festival of Chariots (Rathayatra) is the celebration of inviting into people’s hearts the Lord of the Universe (Sri Krishna – the All-Attractive One / Sri Jagannatha – the Master of the Universe) of Whom we are all a part. By offering a little service to the Lord, we can awaken our dormant love for Him within us. By watering the root of the tree all the branches are nourished. Similarly when service is given to the Lord of the Universe, all living beings become satisfied. This is known as Bhakti-Yoga, connection to the Lord through devotional service. By singing, dancing, cooking, feasting, decorating and having meaningful discussions about the glories and beauty of the Lord and His presence in our lives, we find a common platform for achieving peace, friendship and lasting happiness.
Chariots comes from the cultural heart of India, this ancient Ratha Yatra festival is an offering they bring to beautiful beaches, campuses and parades across Northern Florida.
Another great show with our guests. Harold George from the “Pecha Kucha” events, James Bullock historian and re-enactor and musical guest, singer and song writer Dara Sweatt. The evening was made very special by the wines of the San Sebastian Winery, the ales of Old Coast Ales and the subs of Jersey Mike’s Subs.
Lincoln Portrait (also known as A Lincoln Portrait) is a classical orchestral work written by the American composer Aaron Copland. The work involves a full orchestra, with particular emphasis on the brass section at climactic moments. The work is narrated with the reading of excerpts of Abraham Lincoln’s great documents, including the Gettysburg Address. An orchestra usually invites a prominent person to be the narrator.
Performed by the St Augustine Orchestra, directed by Scott Gregg and narrated by Lee Weaver, it comes across as beautiful and powerful piece of work.
“I Hear America Singing” was a tribute to Americana and focused on folk songs, patriotic pieces and iconic works by the likes of Bernstein, Gershwin, Copland and others. For the first time the St. Augustine Community Chorus (Michael Sanflippo, Director) with the St. Augustine Orchestra (Scott Gregg, Artistic Director) came together to celebrate the milestone 70th Anniversary of the St Augustine Chorus as a perennial favorite in this city. There were more than 100 musicians on stage.
Mary Hubley is an internationally recognized award-winning coastal artist. Her beach and marsh landscapes are dramatic yet soft, with rich colors and soft edges.
She lives on a Florida island where there is a never-ending source of salt water inspiration for paintings. Her travels have taken her throughout North America, Asia, and Europe, where she is incessantly drawn to painting other coastal locales.
Hubley spent many years doing corporate art and book illustration. She has won awards in international art competitions, most notably first place in the Smithsonian Institution’s WaterWays exhibit, an award of excellence in a 2018 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) exhibit, and an honor award in the 2018 Richeson75 Landscape show. Her work has appeared in two Richeson75 books, two “Best of America Artists” books, and “American Art Collector” magazine. She gives regular painting workshops and sells her work through prominent U.S. art galleries. Her art is now at the Rotunda at the St Johns Administration Bldg. at 500 San Sebastian View, St Augustine, FL.
Ron McCurdy performed “The Langston Hughes Project”, a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’ kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite titled “Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz.” Hughes created the jazz poem, a creative masterwork left unperformed at his death, as homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s.
Also a group of young musicians from R. J. Murray Middle School performed as a group ( directed by Josh Bond) some of their numbers and did a number with Ron McCurdy. The concert was performed at the Lewis Auditorium on March 1, 7pm.
Our guests: Denise Baudinet, Ashlee Lockard, comedian Lauren Bressette and musical guest, singer song-writer Peyton Lescher. Our show is taped in front of a live audience every Thursday at 7pm till May 30th/2019. Venue at Garrett Bros Eclectic Home Decor, St Augustine, FL..
Fashion Week’s spotlight event is the two nights of Runway Presentations, featuring local small brand designers showcasing their latest collections, on Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9, at The Assembly Room at Art ‘n Motion in the Uptown San Marco area. The Runway Presentations included music, cocktails, designer meet and greets, a designer showroom, and, of course, runway shows, from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. each night. Here are highlights of Saturday, March 9th.
I Hear America Singing is a tribute to Americana and focuses on folk songs, patriotic pieces and iconic works by the likes of Bernstein, Gershwin, Copland and others. For the first time, come hear the St. Augustine Community Chorus with the St. Augustine Orchestra to celebrate the milestone 70th Anniversary of the Chorus as a perennial favorite in this city. There will be more than 100 musicians on stage. March 16 &17 at Lewis Auditorium, St Augustine.
Many found the CELT in themselves as they took in the sights, sounds and tastes of centuries of European history in the “Nation’s Oldest City” – founded in 1565 by SPANISH CELTS. Celtic Clans showed their ancestral pride, Highland Games athletes demonstrated their mind-boggling strength, vendors offered up Celtic cuisine and hand-made crafts, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade marched through the streets of the Ancient City’s Historic District.
The Festival has been praised as “Arguably the finest collaboration of Celtic artists assembled in the United States!” Bands from Scotland, Ireland, Canada and around the U.S. played both traditional tunes and Celtic rock throughout the two-day festival. We’re talking Scots-born Albannach and Ireland’s Dublin City Ramblers just to name a few, attracting fans from throughout Florida and Georgia, all over the US, and from Canada to Scotland.