Farm Share Helps St Augustine Families

Farm Share’s mission is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition by recovering and distributing fresh and nutritious food to those who need it most.

Farm Share, using inmate labor and volunteers, re-sorts and packages an abundance of surplus food and distributes it to individuals, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, churches, and other organizations feeding the hungry in Florida — free of charge. This important distinction makes Farm Share critical to small community groups, located in poor neighborhoods and rural areas, which cannot afford to pay for food. By tapping into a vast supply of donated produce, we keep our costs low, while providing fresh fruits and vegetables and other nutritious food to the hungry and food insecure. However, the fact that we do not require our community partners to share the burden of our expenses makes Farm Share more reliant on donations from the public. If you do not help, we cannot help. Millions of Americans suffer from hunger and malnutrition. As family income levels decrease, funds available for food diminish, resulting in nutrient-deficient diets. America’s children and elderly are most severely affected by hunger and malnutrition.

Argentine Tango Comes to St. Augustine

On Saturday May 23rd, Dos Coffee & Wine at 300 San Marco Ave, St Augustine, FL is hosting a Milonga (a gathering of Argentine Tango dancers) where local dancers will come to dance this sensual and hypnotic dance, starting at 7;30 pm. All are welcome, you can dance, watch the dancers, listen to the music or snap some shoots with your camera. No cover charge.

For more info call Dos at 904.342.2421


Minorcan Monument Dedication

On Saturday, April 25, Derek Hankerson with First Coast.TV covered the Minorcan Confederate Monument Dedication at the San Lorenzo Cemetery in St Augustine, FL.

The dedication and unveiling was to honor the Minorcan soldiers who fought and died for the Confederacy at the end of the American Civil War and whose graves are unmarked. Let First Coast.TV’s video and photos reflect the solemness of this event to the attendees and to our history as a nation.

Speakers included:                                                                                                                   Carol Lopez Bradshaw – President of the Minorcan Society                                          Jessica Sizemore – President of Children of the Confederacy                                           Jim Davis – Commander FL Division Sons of Confederate Veterans.

The event was hosted by The Ancient City Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the William Wing Loring Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans and    Lee”s Legacy Children of the Confederacy.

A Conversation with Lee Weaver

Lee Weaver the playwright, sat down with First Coast.TV and talked about his plays and theater in general in our community of St Augustine. We found him to be engaging and his passion for theater contagious.

Dr. Chester DePratter and Dr. Denise Bossy and the Yamassee Conference

Derek Hankerson had an opportunity to sit down with Dr. Chester DePratter, University of South Carolina and Dr. Denise Bossy, University of North Florida and discusss The Yamasee Indians from Florida to South Carolina Conference, which was held at Flagler College on April 17-18.

Dr. Bossy and Dr. DePratter were the organizers of the conference held in St. Augustune. Additionally, they were both very enthusiastic about the conference and had much to share.

They mentioned this was the first conference of its kind and they are working on a book to tie the history together and they both have the conference very high ratings.

450 Years of St Augustine in Posters Part 2

First Coast.TV sat down again with Warren Clark to talk about the Posters that are everywhere in the city of St Augustine as it continues its 450th celebrations. He continued to talk about the history and stories behind these illustrations.

The posters are beautiful and the history on them pops out with its colors and drawings. In this part 2, we end with a slide show of some of these posters.

Norma Sherry Returns to St Augustine

Norma Sherry & Co. and her staff of professionals were on hand during the grand opening to greet and explain the offerings of the spa. Food was provided by some of St. Augustine’s most exquisite eateries: Old City House Restaurant, La Pentola, Conrads, The Reef, Cafe Benedetto, The Raintree, Cafe Alcazar, Aviles and La Cocina.

The opening had music provided by pianist and artist, Lucinda Anne Butler, versatile guitarist Elizabeth Roth, and vocalist and songwriter, Addi McDaniel.

Norma Sherry sat down with First Coast.TV and told us all about it.

Yamasee Clan from S.C. to FL Visit St Augustine

On April 18, 2015 Derek Hankerson sat down with his “cousin” Chief B (Hidden Eagle) of The Yamasee Nation during The Yamasee Indians from Florida to South Carolina Conference, which was held at Flagler College in April 17-18.

The conference consisted of academic, research, scholars and archeologist who have studied the Yamasee and Africans people to include: the archeology of Yamasee in Northeast, Florida, settlements in South Carolina, Yamasee conflicts, Yamasee relations with Africans in Carolina and Florida, Yamasee mission sites in St. Augustine and Native America Confederacy.

The conference was attended by local and out of town guest who have an interest in Native American History.

Patterns of Resisting Anti-Semitism………

Professor Keith Schlegel spoke on Patterns of Resisting Anti-Semitism, the Inquisition to the Shoah: an Historical Overview at St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society Meeting, on April 16th.

“Dr. Keith Schlegel, Professor Emeritus of English (Frostburg State University), discussed Patterns of Resisting Anti-Semitism, the Inquisition to the Shoah: an Historical Overview as the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society marked Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, April 16th at 7 p.m. The gathering took place in the Flagler Room on the first floor of the old Ponce de Leon Hotel, 74 King Street, St. Augustine, on the Flagler College Campus, from 7 until 8:30 p.m. This event was opened to the public. All were welcomed. There was no charge.

After the lecture First Coast.TV got to talk to Dr. Keith Schlegel.

Romanza Festivale is Coming! Are You Ready?

First Coast.TV sat with Kathy Vandeberg to get the latest scoop on the on coming St Augustine Romanza Festivale of the Arts.
So please join us in Saint Augustine, FL from May 8th through the 17th for a celebration of art and music in the Nation’s oldest city featuring more than 60 events and exhibits by dozens of organizations to kick off St. Augustine’s “anniversary year.” Daily events include music and dance performances, concerts, art shows, fashion show, dramatic productions and much more at locations throughout the city. Many events are free and admission is required for the others.