Obelisks and the Artists Behind Them / Part I

First Coast.TV went to see some of the obelisks in the Compassionate St Augustine Project. These obelisks (25) will eventually be put all around the City of St Augustine as part of the 450th celebration. The obelisks are still being worked on by the individual artists responsible for each of them. Each one of them are really wonders of art. In part I we talk to three of these artists.

4th of July St Augustine Style

St Augustine has its celebration of the 4th of July in its unique style. Thousands of people flooded the city, to enjoy the good weather, the food, the concerts and the grand finale the FIREWORKS over the Matanzas river. A true 4th of July for the oldest city in the USA.

“St Augustine Suite” by Piotr Szewczyk Astonishes In Its Beauty

The “St Augustine Suite” by Piotr Szewczyk was performed for the first time on June 27th, 2015, at the Cathedral Basilica in the City of St Augustine. The suite was commissioned by the festival to commemorate the 450th anniversary of St Augustine.

The large cathedral was packed to the point that many were turned away. It started with Mozart’s symphony no.41 and piano concerto no.22. Then came the gem of the evening, the St Augustine Suite by Piotr Szewczky. At the end of the suite the thunderous applause and roar of the crowd proved that a master piece had been performed. First Coast.TV was able to have a brief word with the festival’s musical director Jorge Peña about the suite.

St Augustine Music Festival Part 1

The Cathedral Basilica in St Augustine, FL, was packed for the Ninth Annual St Augustine Music Festival. The Music Festival and its musicians brought back to life the music of world famous master composers on a stage of almost perfect acoustics.

The Music Festival will continue this coming weekend of June25 – June 27 at 7:30pm with an all different program, ending with the world premier of Piotr Szewczyk’s St Augustine Suite, which was commissioned by the festival to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the City of St Augustine. This is a must not to be missed!


Sir Francis Drake’s Raid on St Augustine

On June 6, 2015 the City of St Augustine goes through a re-enactment of he raid of 1586. Here are some highlights, as the battle rages through the heart of the old city, ending at the Cathedral Basilica..

Jorge Peña and the St Augustine Musical Festival

First Coast.TV sat down with Jorge Peña and talked about the St Augustine Musical Festival coming up later this month.

The St. Augustine Music festival features musicians from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra joined by internationally renowned artists presenting a variety of classical compositions. Be sure to join us for the 2015 Ninth Annual St. Augustine Music Festival, scheduled again by popular request over two consecutive weekends, June 18-20 and June 25-27. It will be celebrating the 450th birthday of the City of St. Augustine with special concert programs, including the world-premiere of a composition commissioned in honor of this notable anniversary.

St Augustine Police Chief Talks 450th

Catherine Payne of First Coast.TV talked to St Augustine Police Chief Loran Lueders about the preparations for the 450th anniversary celebrations in the city of St Augustine.

The event will be five days long from Sept. 4th to Sept. 8th, so Catherine inquired about traffic, safety, access into the city, and other related issues.


Kenny MacKenzie Trio in St Augustine

The Kenny MacKenzie Trio played at the Romanza Festivale in St Augustine this week. The trio began in NYC in the year 2000 and has played in many venues in the Northeast. Recently, Kenny moved to Palm Coast. He can now be heard hosting a program on WFCF St. Augustine featuring “Jazz Greats” every Tuesday from 3-7 pm. His trio has recently appeared in the New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival and the NEFJA Jazz Festival. Don Lerman in Cadence Magazine is quoted saying: “MacKenzie presents a varied program of inventive original music that brings to mind the angular style of Keith Jarrett and the groovy appeal of Ramsey Lewis”.


Island Duet at the Romanza Festivale

Monday, May 11, 2015

The audience relaxed to the sounds of the Umbargers playing and singing originals from their new CD, New World Arising (A Tribute to St. Augustine at 450) at the Colonial Quarter on St George Street. The strains of the guitar and violin blended perfectly in the hands of this talented duo. Paul and Caren are gifted musicians, teachers, artists and writers in St. Augustine. Along with an active performing schedule, they teach violin, viola, guitar, piano, trumpet and bass in their music studio.

First Coast.TV got to have some words with them.


St Augustine Cruisers 13th Annual Show

St Augustine Cruisers had their 13th Annual Car & Truck Show on May 2nd, at Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind on San Marco Ave, in St Augustine, FL.
The St. Augustine Cruisers Car Club is a family-oriented car club that began in the mid-90’s when four old-car enthusiasts got together. The small group grew quickly and they decided to officially become a car club. In 2001, the St. Augustine Cruisers were organized to promote interest in various types of special auto activities, create good fellowship and sportsmanship among the members, and to support charities. The St. Augustine Cruisers is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization.