Honoring Our Veterans and Mr. Rothfeld

Michael Rothfeld sat down with First Coast.TV and spoke about the upcoming event honoring our veterans on Nov. 8th at Anastasia Baptist Church.
Highlights of this special event to honor veterans include: performance by St. Augustine High School Chorus, display of Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial. As broadcast on PBS, see the “K9 for Warriors” story, how rescued K9s are trained to help warriors with PTSD adjust to life at home. During this event, local veterans organizations will be in atrium from 1-2:30 p.m. displaying their activities. This event is hosted by the Veterans Council, Inc. of St. Johns County and Anastasia Baptist Church. Free and open to the public.

Mende Film & Cultural Arts Festival 2015

As the City of St. Augustine celebrates it’s 450th Anniversary the Gullah Geechee Group hosted the 1st Mende Culture and Film Festival. This festival is to honor those unique Africans known as Gullah Geechee who settled on the shores of St Augustine in 1565 and to highlight those Gullah Geechee many of whom self emancipated to St. Augustine 150 years before the Civil War settled communities such as Fort Mose (1738) and Lincolnville and Armstrong (1866), after the Civil War. These 3 communities are in St. Johns County, Florida. The festival is being held in October to coincide with Governor Scott’s Gubernatorial Gullah Geechee Proclamation, which the Governor issues every October and has for the last 4 years highlighting the rich history and culture of these unique Africans known as Gullah Geechee who settled many Maroons communities and established some of the first militias protecting La Florida.
The festival had the Gechee Gullah Ring Shouters perform, basket weaving and other arts. Many films related to the Mende topic were showed to a packed audience. The festival continues in Miami & Ft Lauderdale. FL in January 2016.

For more info go to www.mendefilmfest.org