St. Augustine Commemorates Transfer From Spain to U.S.

This year marked the 200th anniversary of Florida becoming a U.S. territory and the official formation of St. Johns County, and celebrations were on Saturday, July 10, 2021. East and West Florida were transferred to the United States from Spanish control two hundred years ago in 1821. Saturday’s events started at 11 a.m. at the Governor’s House Cultural Center and Museum at 48 King St. in downtown St. Augustine. “Living history interpreters were dressed as Spanish and United States Troops, dignitaries and townspeople, as they would have appeared in 1821,”. “Declarations were made from the balcony of Governor’s House, documents were signed, in the courtyard.” At 11:20 a.m., re-enactors and others walked from the Governor’s House to the St. Francis Barracks at the National Guard headquarters at 82 Marine St. The public was invited to join the procession. At 11:45 a.m., the changing of flags ceremony took place at the barracks parade field. The Spanish flag was lowered, and the U.S. flag raised. Muskets and cannons were fired. Among the officials attending were Florida’s Secretary of State Laurel Lee, Spanish Ambassador Santiago Cabanas Ansorena and Consul General of Spain Jaime Lacadena. For longer version go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiL0hk3LjwQ&t=8s

Harold George Speaks Symposium

The event Symposium on Saturday July 17 is all about St Johns County’s history and diverse culture since 1821.

SAMF Brings Juneteenth Concerts to the AMP

The St Augustine Music Festival brought two concerts to the AMP to celebrate June 19th, here are the highlights of those concerts brought to you by First Coast TV.

Remembering Anne Kraft

On May 20th Anne Kraft passed away, an artist that transformed St Augustine through theatre and much more. First Coast TV but a short video together to remember and celebrate her. She will be terribly missed.

Wendy Tatter Gallery Brings a Bit of Cuba

Wendy Tatter Gallery & Studio usually brings an event or show at the end of the month, this June she will bring a short exhibit called Cuba, Cuba, Cuba, featuring author and artist Marisella Veiga. It will be lots of fun.

Women Who Made A Difference

A new exhibit at the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center features five Black women who worked to make a difference during the civil rights movement and beyond. These women are icons and role models for the future generations of strong women.

Nao Santa Maria Arrives in St Augustine

The tall ship Nao Santa María, a replica of one of the most famous ships in all of human exploration, sailed into St. Augustine Thursday, May 27, 2021 The historic ship will remain here until June 1, 2021. The Nao Santa Maria will be open for tours beginning on Thursday, May 27, 2021 and through Monday, May 31, 2021. The Santa María was one of the three Spanish vessels that made the journey of discovery, captained by Christopher Columbus, in 1492. Guests will be able to roam through all five of the ship’s decks and browse the informative panels on the history of the Santa María and imagine what it was like to be a Spanish sailor 500 years ago.

Romanza Festivale Ends – Days 14 & 15

The Romanza Festivale of Music and the Arts has come to an end and here are some highlights.

Romanza Festivale – Days 9, 10 and 11

Romanza Festivale of Music & the Arts is still cooking with oil in St Augustine, 4 more days left to enjoy all these great performances. Go to their web page and check out the events and places. Days 9, 10 and 11 were full of soul, dance and chorus.

Romanza Festivale – Days 7 and 8

Two more days of exceptional performances and 7 more to go. Check it out and enjoy.