Mr. Ste. Claire and Our Wonderful Tapestry

Dana Ste. Claire spares a bit of his time to explain to First Coast.TV what the Tapestry is all about. We find an incredible variety of rich history, and find out how unique and important is St Augustine’s place in world history.

An Interview with Vanessa Hurst

Author and Compassionate Louisville community builder Vanessa F. Hurst discussed how to live a more aware, compassion-centric life yesterday Wednesday at 7 pm. The event was sponsored by Compassionate St. Augustine and there was no charge to attend. It was held at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church on the corner of M L King Ave and Lovett St., St. Augustine.
Ms. Hurst, the author of “Engaging Compassion Through Intent and Action and the coordinator of Compassionate Louisville’s awareness campaign, holds a graduate degree in natural healing. She uses the metaphor of a bridge while teaching simple techniques for integrating compassion into daily actions.
She believes, “Compassion is a hot commodity. We don’t want to keep it. We want to give it away. But, we get busy. We miss opportunities to share compassion. The connection between our compassionate intent and action is lost. How do we reconnect our intent to our action? By building, sustaining, and walking across our bridge of intent and action.”

She was kind enough to give First Coast.TV an interview after her lecture.

One Spark Festival Jacksonville, FL 2015

St Augustine has a film project at the One Spark Festival that it is trying to fund, among the many projects, in Art, Technology, Music and a lot more. First Cost.TV was there to take the pulse of this major event that started today April 7th. The St Augustine Fort Mose project is #22268.

The One Spark festival is a 5 day event plus a 1 day Speaker Summit in downtown Jacksonville, FL. The festival takes place throughout 20 blocks in downtown Jacksonville, FL this year from April 7 – 12 and is free and open to attend. Creators from six categories ( Art , Education , Health & Science , Music , Social Good and Technology ) showcase their Projects to a crowd of over 250,000 people and experience crowdfunding in-person. Attendees contribute to Creator crowdfunding campaigns and vote to distribute $150,000 of a guaranteed $350,000 in awards at One Spark. Plus, they can enjoy free live entertainment, a food village featuring some of the best chefs and food trucks in the region, Creator music stages and an incredible, jam-packed festival atmosphere.

St Augustine Easter Parade 2015

The 2015 St Augustine Easter Parade is a decades old parade of horse carriages and hats on Easter Sunday. Included this year was the Adjutant General of the Florida National Guard riding in a Humvee. Featured were floats, drill teams, pirates, clowns, the Easter Bunny, and the Royal Family. The parade began at 3 p.m. at the Old Jail to the Castillo de San Marcos and went on through downtown streets of St. Augustine. The parade lasted about an hour and a half. Even though rain threaten and skies were overcast, the crowds came out in force.

Easter Sunday Promenade, St Augustine

This Sunday, April 5th, 2015 was the 57th Annual Easter Sunday Promenade in St Augustine, and it was a hoot. Though the skies threaten with rain it did not stop the crowds from coming to this wonderful event. The children just loved all the fun this event brings to the Plaza de la Constitucion, and the adults wore their Easter hats with pride, as prizes were given on all sorts of categories.

And the rain never came.

Green Cove Springs and the Council on Aging of Clay County

Derek Hankerson had an opportunity to sit down with Andrew (Drew) DeCandis, Executive Director and Shereen Snare, Marketing and Community Manager of Council on Aging of Clay County regarding the services provided to seniors in various locations in Clay County.

To include potential course offering and transportation services for Clay County residents through Clay Transit.

In Search of the Chalupa

The Chalupa was moved from the Fountain of Youth to the St Augustine Municipal Marina on March 28th. The crew rowed the boat and did it with style and class, Pedro Menendez of Aviles would have been proud.

Armstrong and Rails to Trails Festival

Armstrong, Florida is located off route 207 in St. John’s County, Florida. It too is home to the West African population named Gullah Geechee.

It was the West African descendants who settled this community in 1886 after the Civil War and is part of General Sherman’s Special Field Order number 15, which confiscated 400,000 acres for the newly freed slaves and gave them 40 acres.

Today, Armstrong is part of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor and includes 3 cycling trails to include Rails to Trails, Sea Island Loop and East Coast Greenways (ECG).

The ECG runs from Key West, Florida to Calasis, MA approximately 3,000 miles and overlaps the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, which extends from St. Johns County to Pender County, North Carolina.

This year the Spuds, Elkton and Armstrong (SEA) Community will celebrate its 4th Annual Rails to Trails Festival to highlight this rural, agricultural and cycling community.

Tropical Tennis Tournament

Rotary Club of Coastal St Johns is proud to announce they are hosting the 3rd Annual Tropical Tennis Tournament at Harbour Island Tennis Centre on March 27, 28 & 29. All proceeds benefit The Rotary Club of Coastal St. Johns its local and international charities.

This newly revived annual event is actually a continuation of a tournament that took place in the late 1800’s and then ceased for generations. It was known in the tennis community as the first annual outdoor tournament of the year and took place on the wooden tennis courts (now a parking lot) behind The Alcazar Hotel & Casino. The warm weather and fancy hotel attracted players from the north and overseas, during a time when the rest of the country was still huddled indoors to escape the cold.

The original tournament concluded with dancing and festivities on the wooden tennis courts at the Alcazar. In following years, Henry Flagler evolved the celebration to include a 25-piece orchestra and Gala ball that was held at the Ponce de Leon Hotel. While a grand gala ball is scheduled to celebrate the 450th, the highlight of this year’s event will be an award presentation, dinner and silent auction that will be at the St. Augustine Yacht Club the evening of March 15th.

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The Cathedral Basilica is a Renovated Masterpiece

The Cathedral Basilica in St Augustine, FL will open to the public on Saturday the 28th of March at 2pm, so that public can see the renovations that took 8 months to accomplish. The Cathedral Basilica has a fresh and beautiful new look, First Coast.TV was able to talk to Father Willis and Mr Baker, the man in charge of coordinating the task of renovating the Cathedral Basilica. First Coast.TV was able to take a peek to the lovely work done here.