It was the parade before Christmas…..
Category: Events & Festivals
By popular demand, the St Augustine Orchestra gave two holiday concerts this year at the Lightner Museum Dec. 4 & 5, setting the mood for the happiest of holidays. The St. Augustine Orchestra featured a selection of beloved music and included a sing-along piece. The audience felt the warmth of a fireplace, the magic of snow, the glow of being with good friends and family and the wonder of this time of year as the St Augustine Orchestra performed timeless holiday favorites. Later to be joined by the St Johns County Center for the Arts Chamber Singers, making it a perfect night.
The San Marco Fine Art Festival took place Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, under a beautiful warm sunny day. Many people enjoyed the art and artists at San Marco Square. First Coast TV got a chance to interact with the artists and the energy they brought to San Marco Square.
The 26th Annual Nights of Lights dazzles the city as some three million lights adorn every corner of the historic district for two months. Watch how the city of St Augustine flips the switch two times, first to light the enormous Christmas tree and then a second time to light the City of St Augustine. This award-winning holiday lights display runs from November 23, 2019, to February 2, 2020, in historic St. Augustine. During the seasonal display, businesses downtown stay open later, letting you dine in view of the lights and browse the shops of the decorated buildings.
On Nov. 22 in the middle of the night the NAO Santa Maria , an exact replica of Christopher Columbus ship, made a stop in St Augustine to refuel and full the food pantry. It will stay here until Monday Nov 25 and then head out to the Caribbean. First Coast.TV got a chance to speak with Angel Peinado (Project Manager).
Leading up to Veterans Day, the 46-foot long Traveling Vietnam Wall made its way from St. Cloud with an escort of motorcycle riding veterans. It arrive at the Elks Lodge 829 on Nov. 10 and was erected at the Anastasia Baptist Church atrium on Monday. Doors to the church opened at 9 a.m. where the Traveling Vietnam Wall and the 24-foot long War on Terrorism Wall were on view along with dozens of displays presented by regional veterans groups. At 11 a.m., the program in the church started with the posting of the flag by St. Augustine Sea Cadets Color Guard, and followed with music by the St. Augustine High School Arts Ensemble Singers and St. Johns County Center for the Arts Chamber Singers, led by Jeff Dodd and the the Liberty Express Quartet.The keynote speaker was Judge Howard McGillin, COL USA (Retired).
Arlene Ortiz brought an exhibition of artifacts from Puerto Rico that included everything from antique irons to old French Contracts related to the railroad locomotives in the island. The exhibition is a true time capsule display of the social, economic, cultural, and political history of the island of enchantment. also Elia Vivoni spoke with First Coast TV on the French Connection with the island.This exhibition was on Nov 16 at Havana Jax in Jacksonville.
The American Legion 5th District of Florida, was one of hundreds in St. Augustine on Sunday afternoon waiting to see the caravan of trailers, motorcyclists and police escorts as it pulled into Elks Lodge 829 on State Road A1A.
The fanfare marked the arrival of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall which traveled from St. Cloud to Daytona Beach and then St. Augustine over the last few days. The Vietnam Memorial Wall — along with another one dedicated to the fallen soldiers in the War on Terrorism — will be on display for the Veterans Day celebration at Anastasia Baptist Church on Monday.
The traveling memorial, etched with the names of those Americans who sacrificed their lives in combat, is one of several replicas that tour cities like St. Augustine all across the U.S. each year.
Anastasia Baptist Church will open at 9 a.m. Monday to allow visitors to tour both traveling walls in the atrium before the official Veterans Day ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Anastasia Baptist Church is at 1650 State Road A1A in St. Augustine. Admission and parking are free.
Sponsors for the St Augustine Tonight Show should call now and find their place on a show that will be magnificent, filmed live at the Corazon Cinema & Cafe. Season 4 starts January 7 thru March 31, 13 weeks, 40+ guests and a whole lot of fun.
Florida Travel Expo 2019 & Fashion Come to World Golf Village.
Over the past 10 years, the Northeast Florida area has experienced great developments in business, population, and sophistication. Many industries have kept pace with this growth, holding large-scale events and moving business operations to the area. However, the travel industry in the region seemed to be missing the evolution. The Florida Travel Expo was created to fill that void. First Coast TV had a chance to sit and talk to the mind behind this Expo, Dorothy Flannery.