It was the parade before Christmas…..
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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 Purple Lotus manager Parker Nayman and owner DeAngel Carrion tell and show what this shop is all about. The color and energy at this shop is felt as soon as you come through the doors. New Age or Metaphysical its all here. and at two locations.
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.
A new gallery opened on 137 King Street, St Augustine, FL. Friday’s opening night was a who’s who in the local art scene, great energy and fun in a gallery that will make a difference in a community rooted in art. Welcome Art Box.
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 Friday, though, there was a celebration for the groundbreaking of the St. Augustine (VA) Community Based Outpatient Clinic at 100 Deerfield Preserve Blvd. (just off State Road 207). It will open in about a year and should then be named the Leo C. Chase Jr. Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic in honor of the county’s first solider to die in the Vietnam War. The ceremony Friday attracted Gov. Ron DeSantis, who attended the opening of the temporary facility as a member of Congress in 2015, Rep. John Rutherford (R-Jacksonville), county commissioners, St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach commissioners, members of the Chase family and various others associated with the project.
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.