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.

3RD ANNUAL MARITIME FUN FEST NOV 14TH & 15TH

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

 

Beautiful, Beautiful Pirates!

Here is First Coast.TV’s photo collage of pirates from the 8th Annual St. Augustine Pirate Gathering held last weekend (Nov. 6-8), it invited everyone to participate in a weekend of pure piracy, with re-enactors, living historians, and casual pirates from all over the seven seas joining the Ancient City Privateers to celebrate the Golden Age of Piracy in the nation’s oldest city.

The Pirate Gathering featured a variety of events catered to adults and children. Live performances were offered by pirate troupes. Guests were able to witness a pirate mutiny, weapons demonstrations, a sailors encampment, and Thieves Market. There were stories of the high seas, and shanties to sing along with. Pirate magicians performed tricks, and mermaids lounged amongst landlubbers. Wonderful time of fun with wonderful Florida weather.

 

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

1st Oktoberfest in St Augustine

On Sunday October 18th from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. the St. Augustine Sertoma Club brought a whole day of German fun to Francis Field. Traditional food including bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels, as well as German and domestic beers and deserts were available. Bands played throughout the day in the biergarten tent. There was plenty of arts and crafts by locals and children activities. Admission was only $5 (children under 2 free). It all happened at Francis Field at 29 W. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. This was our first Oktoberfest in St Augustine, FL.

Bishop Estévez Dedicates Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche

The commemoration of the 450th anniversary of St. Augustine and the founding of America’s first parish continued on Sunday, Oct. 11, at Mission Nombre de Dios. Bishop Felipe Estévez of the Diocese of St. Augustine dedicated the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at a 2 p.m. The Mass was opened to the public.

An additional 2,500 square feet has been added to the Prince of Peace Votive Church which now serves as the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche. A chapel has been added to the shrine dedicated to Prince of Peace and the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima.

The Diocese of St. Augustine contracted with Kasper Architecture, Baker Liturgical Art, LLC, and J.C. Harward & Associates for the renovations.

Since the 17th century, the devotion to Our Lady of La Leche has been kept alive by countless people of faith who travel from all over the world to the shrine seeking our Blessed Mother’s intercession for a safe pregnancy and delivery of their child, for families, for strengthening their faith, and for healing from breast cancer and other illnesses.

In 2012, the Vatican approved bishop’s request to celebrate Oct. 11 as an annual diocesan feast-day to honor Our Lady of La Leche, further elevating the shrine’s status.

9th Annual Sea Turtle Festival

Keepers of the Coast hosted the 9th Annual Sea Turtle Festival. This year’s event took place at:  134 Riberia Street St. Augustine, FL from noon to 5 p.m at the Riberia Street Marina.  The family-oriented festival featured live music, conservation and wildlife education tables, arts and crafts vendors, a silent auction, an assortment of food truck options, locally made brews, and “Keeper’s Cove, ” an interactive children’s program.

Live music included:

Herd Of Watts, Willow Wacks and the Naysayers