The Battle of Bloody Mose

Fort Mose in St. Augustine is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African American settlement. While the fort itself no longer stands, the site it stood on still feels full of the groundbreaking history that was made there. In 1738, the Spanish governor of Florida chartered the settlement of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mosa, or Fort Mose. This was the very first of its kind, because it was built specifically for those people fleeing slavery from the English colonies in the Carolinas. The 1740 Spanish victory at the Battle of Bloody Mose is reenacted annually in St. Augustine. This was the 277th anniversary of the battle, and the event was presented by Florida Living History, Inc., and the Fort Mose Historical Society from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Fort Mose, just north of historic St. Augustine. Visitors could participate in the commemoration of the battle and enjoy reenactments of the 1740 battle that forced the British to retreat from Spanish Florida. Reenactments of the battle itself took place at 12:00 noon and at 2:00 p.m. Other activities occurred throughout the day, with musket demonstrations and colonial Florida craft-making stations, including blacksmithing, 18th-century foods, finger weaving, and pine needle basket weaving. There were also a variety of free children’s activities, plus food and craft vendors. Before and after the battle, visitors could enjoy interacting with volunteers in period dress while they step back in time and experience what it was like on the fateful day before the big battle between the British, who were occupying Fort Mose, and the Spanish from the Castillo. Scenes include Yamassee natives preparing for battle, British soldiers planning the surprise attack of the Castillo de San Marcos, and British General Oglethorpe and his forces encamped at Fort Mose.

Salsa at the Galimore Center

Luis and Marta Caballero are bringing salsa to St Augustine. It is very affordable and their teaching technique is easy and stressful free. Marta also brings a display of lovely shoes for those salsa dancers that feel they need the best tools for the art of salsa. They are presently conducting beginners classes and hoping to start an intermediate class soon.

Gigs for Musicians

St Johns Cultural Council (SJCC) is putting up a workshop/presentation for musicians. Its goal is to get musicians to have some better understanding on gigs, pay, tours and so much more. It’s a must for musicians starting up and the people who promote them. It will be held Thursday, June 20th at Sarbez, at 530-630pm. All are invited and its FREE. Please share this video segment with fellow musicians.

Mariachis and Salseros at Romanza Festivale

On Sunday (May 5) at the Gazebo in the Plaza de la Constitucion in St Augustine, FL sounds of Mexican Mariachis (Mariachi Garibaldi) and Caribbean salsa (Caribeño Tropical) filled the air, where the audience danced, sung along and cheered.

Unidos en la Musica at Romanza Festivale

Unidos en la Música celebrated the art, music, dance, games, and, of course, delicious food of Latin America. The all-day festival was held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Francis Field, and served as one of the kick-off events for St. Augustine’s Romanza Festivale of Music and the Arts.

Geek Out Art Show at Romanza

Sarbez! was the host of the Geek Out Art Show Vol. 3 on Saturday, May 4, 2019, as part of the Romanza Festivale of the Arts. A combination of an art show and a mini comicon, the event featured artists and comic book lovers from all over Florida gathering to showcase their talents.

In addition to the art on display, there was live music and booths set up by sponsors offering collectibles and accessories for sale.

Guests were invited to come in costume, and to bring their little Tanks Girls, Flashes, Wonder Women, Dr. Who’s, and Supermen along.

Romanza Opens With Zayas

Romanza Festivale of Music and the Arts presented Cuban pianist Juana Zayas in the Festival’s opening headliner concert on Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Cathedral Basilica.

Havana-born pianist Juana Zayas has been winning awards for her artistry on the piano since she was a little girl. She gave her first recital at age 7, graduated with a Gold Medal from the Peyrellade Conservatory at age 11, and went on to study at the Conservatoire National Superior de Musique de Paris.

Ms. Zayas is known for her sensitive rendering of the music of Chopin. She has toured throughout Europe, South America, and the United States as a Steinway artist, and has had several performances broadcast by National Public Radio and New York’s WQXR.

St Augustine Tonight Season 3 Show #9

A beautiful St Augustine Tonight Show was taped at Garrett Bros Home Decor this last Thursday May 2nd. Our guests were artist and activist Wendy Tatter, general manager of the St Augustine Record, Mark Cox and musical guest Jory Lyle (with cellist Sam Shin). We also thank ABC Fine Wine & Spirits and Amici Fine Italian Cuisine.

Degas at Lightner Museum

This special exhibition provides a rare look at over 100 original works on paper by the pioneering artist and his circle of friends. From the private collection of curator Robert Flynn Johnson and organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA in association with Denenberg Fine Arts, West Hollywood, CA., Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist offers unique insights into Degas’ inner world. Johnson’s collection includes more than 50 works by Degas himself along with a collection of drawings, prints, photographs, and monotypes created by Degas’s inner circle of artists. Pieces offering a fascinating look at the artist’s life and time include works by Mary Cassatt, Édouard Manet, Jean Leon Gerome, Alfred Stevens, Camille Pissarro, and Paul Cézanne to name a few.

Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist is on view at the Lightner from April 12, 2019 – June 16, 2019. 

Monthly Asado at Urban Asado

An Alice in Wonderland experience in the culinary is the only way to describe the event at Urban Asado this last Sunday afternoon. It was a sold out event, and when you are there you’ll know why. Local chefs come to cook and create on the Argentinian grills created by Nick Carrera. The things that come off those grills defy the imagination of taste and culinary visuals, a true experience not be missed next time it happens…