Ancient City Cat Club Inaugural Cat Show

First Coast.TV got a chance to talk to Granada Willis Gelin and Carol Rothfeld about the Ancient City Cat Club presenting its inaugural cat show, Saturday and Sunday, February 27 and 28, 2016, from 10am – 4pm. Location for the event is the Salomon Calhoun Community Center on 1300 Duval Street off SR 207. Over 125 pedigreed and household pets are expected, and will be judged in each of six rings each day. Spectators are welcome to walk through the benching area and talk to the owners of the cats. Photography of the cats in the rings is encouraged, and photography of the cats in the benching area is at the discretion of each respective owner. In addition to vendors selling cat related items, there will be a fundraising raffle. A local food truck will also be available for lunch.

Compassion Through the Eyes of Children / Phase II

Children gathered at the St Augustine Amphitheater to create art on the panels of a 15 foot Obelisk, these children came from different organizations, such as, Betty Griffin Center, The Players Championship Boys and Girls Club, Kids Safe Zone, St. Augustine Youth Services, St. Paul School of Excellence, The Arc of St. Johns, the Academy of Business and Leadership Education and St. Augustine Public Montessori School.

Last year’s project was a mix of work from local students (28 obelisks) and another 25 obelisks — at 8.5 feet tall — designed by area artists and later showcased at Flagler College’s Crisp-Ellert Art Museum. One of the student pieces was even chosen as the official gift of the City of St. Augustine to King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain during their September visit.

The goal of this year’s project, according to Compassionate St. Augustine, is to “engage children from diverse backgrounds and with wide-ranging aptitudes and exceptionalities in discussions about the intrinsic values of the 1812 Spanish Constitution Obelisk on St. Augustine’s public square.”

Caren Goldman, executive director of Compassionate St. Augustine, said the collaboration of children with such different backgrounds made for an impressive piece of art.

In addition to adding to the inclusiveness of the work, the other main goal for phase two was to make it a model for other cities to copy. It wouldn’t necessarily be an obelisk art project but a similar art project that fits with the history and character of that community.

St Augustine Film Festival Comes to an End

St Augustine Film Festival came to an end on Sunday, January 31st. The last film to hit the screen was Tokyo Fiancee, and later the crowd headed to the Solarium room at Flagler College.

First Coast.TV went on to talk to some people at the Solarium, and get their thoughts on the St Augustine Film Festival.

St Augustine’s 6th Annual Film Festival 2016 Begins

The St Augustine Film Festival will feature many films to be screened in five venues: the Lewis Auditorium, the Gamache Theatre, and three screens at the Corazon Theatre. Some of the most popular films will be repeated throughout the weekend.

On Friday, January 29, 2016, the Friday Night Opening Gala (for All Access Pass holders) was hosted by the Lightner Museum, with cocktails from 6 to 7 p.m. and the Gala Dinner and Dance from 9 to 11 p.m., following the showing of the opening film”Le Pere Noel” (France). Over 30 films will be screened during this international festival, including “3 Days in Havana” (Cuba), “Apples from the Desert” (Israel), “Haemoo” (Korea), “Le Pere Noel” (France), “Tokyo Fiancee” (Japan), “A Tree Without Roots” (Vietnam and India), and “A Ballerina’s Tale” (USA), just to name a few.

St Augustine Film Festival Almost Upon Us

The St Augustine Film Festival will feature over 30 films to be screened in five venues: the Lewis Auditorium, the Gamache Theatre, and three screens at the Corazon Theatre. Some of the most popular films will be repeated throughout the weekend. First Coast.Tv got a chance to speak with Gregory Von Hausch at the Lewis Auditorium, he spoke to us about what to expect from the film festival, and the best ways to experienced it. So keep your calendar open Jan. 29-31.

The Art & Craft Festival

More than 150 artists from around the USA were juried into this Thanksgiving Weekend art festival that took place at Francis Field behind the St. Augustine Downtown Historic Parking Facility located at 10 West Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. This premier outdoor art fair is a Thanksgiving tradition that attracted thousands of visitors, discerning art collectors and savvy holiday shoppers. The event helps support the Art Association programs, while animating the local arts scene and boosting the economy of the nation’s oldest city. The festival was sponsored by the St. Augustine Art Association and took place Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“Isaco” Timicuan Word for Joy

Isaco: First Annual Southeast Native American Gathering

The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park proudly presented The First Annual Southeast Native American Gathering at the park’s recreated Village of Seloy on Saturday and Sunday, November 21 and 22, 2015. The gathering is called “Isaco,” which is the word for “joy” in Timucuan.

The event honored the Timucua and all Native Americans by sharing the culture and history of the Southeastern people. There were demonstrations of men and women’s traditional Pow Wow dancing, storytelling by contemporary native interpreters, and handmade arts and crafts on sale for every budget. At dusk, there was a Traditional Southeastern Social Stomp Dance exhibition.

Let us not forget that the Timucua tribe were the original residents in the St. Augustine area for centuries before the arrival of the Europeans.


Night of Lights 2015

The Nights of Lights, St. Augustine 2015 glowed with holiday magic – from the ground to the rooftops. The afternoon stormy skies did not keep swarms of people from attending the city’s annual Light-Up! With an afternoon of live music, it went to the flip of a switch, at around 6:30pm the city was suddenly transformed into a luminous holiday destination.

Thanks to an estimated 3 million tiny white lights and the many hands it takes to put them up.


First Coast.TV takes you on a video journey of the 2015 Maritime Fun Fest event!

This year’s festival showcased the St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation’s boatyard, complete with hands-on maritime activities and our newly christened, 16th century, utility workboat called the San Agustín. Community members competed in the Quick N’ Dirty boat building competition and race, complete with sails and rigging this year.

The Bartender’s Chalupa Rum Challenge, Kidz Maritime Art Competition, and classic field games. For dog lovers, the ever popular, fun-filled amateur dog agility competition called Astillero de Perro. This four legged paw event’s proceeds will be donated to K9s For Warriors. Additionally the SAMHF’s children’s maritime education corner, hands-on activities along with other non-profit community organizations displays, food and beverages, music, and Saturday Evening at the Fountain Local Food Faire Party.

The 36th Annual Lincolnville Festival

The 36th Annual Lincolnville Festival returned for a weekend of music, dancing, great food and drink, and fun activities for the whole family. The free festival was held at Eddie Vickers Park on Saturday and Sunday, November 14 and 15, 2015. Local musicians performed all weekend, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Some of the Bands playing at the festival: The Housecats – Laural Lee and the Escapees – Katherine Archer – Mama Blue – Doug Carn – Amy Hendrickson  – Parker Urban Band  – The 418 Band