Compassionate St Augustine

The Corazon Cinema and Cafe in St Augustine, FL was the place of an event related to the Compassionate St Augustine project.

Caren Goldman the Executive Director of Compassionate St Augustine introduced author and speaker Stephanie Cassatly. Stephanie Cassatly went on to share her story of forgiveness with the audience and First Coast.TV was there.

Later she took Q & A from the audience and shared some thoughts on Desmond Tutu remarks on revenge and forgiveness.

Fishermen vs Marine Sanctuary

Local fishermen and others, related to the fish industry in St Johns County, came to a room near the St Augustine lighthouse to ask questions, related to the possible nomination of a marine sanctuary that would extend from Jacksonville to Cape Canaveral.Conservationists and environmentalists tried to answer the question of fisherman who wanted to know more on how this would affect their lively-hood, and if this meant more regulations on them.The meeting was passionate, as both sides expressed their pros and cons on the issue. It seemed that both sides agreed on not wanting oil exploration or drilling in our area, but the conversation will continue in order to try to find a middle ground on all the issues related to this possible marine sanctuary.

Tribute at Castillo de San Marcos

February 16, 2015, St Augustine, FL

A tribute to does who paved the way for this generation of African-Americans was held at Castillo de San Marcos this morning and into the afternoon.

Also a recitation of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address by a young lady, was a great hit with the attendees.

Comisión Gullah Geechee se reúne en San Agustín, Florida

Comisión Gullah Geechee se reúne en San Agustín, Florida.
13 de Febrero del 2015.

El objetivo principal de la comision es mantener viva la cultura y reconocer la importancia de las contribuciones hechas por estos africanos americanos. Éstos se establecieron a lo largo de la costa de Carolina del Norte, Carolina del Sur, Georgia y el norte de la Florida.

La Comisión es asistir a los estados, gobiernos locales, el público y entidades privadas en estos estados a interpretar la historia de los Gullah Geechee y preservar su folklore, sus artes, su música y sus artesanías.
También la Comisión asistirá en identificar y preservar sitios históricos, artefactos y otros objetos asociados con los Gullah Gechee para el beneficio y educación del público.

Colonial Grand Muster Torchlight Parade

Colonial Grand Muster Torchlight Parade on Saturday night.

The parade began at 7 p.m. at the Castillo de San Marcos and headed to the City Gate across Avenida Menendez at Orange Street.

The parade route from there was south on St. George Street to the Government House and the Plaza de la Constitucion.

The event was a re-enactment of a Spanish military parade of the 1740s.

Robert Burns and his Hammered Dulcimer

Robert Burns performed instrumental music on an ancient instrument, the Hammered Dulcimer, in the historic swimming pool area of the Lightner Museum. This free performance was opened to the public and was from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Robert’s unique melodic, rhythmic sound and style captivated, educated, and entertained. “I’ve had a lifelong passion and love for music. Listening to the sound of this ancient instrument in this historic pool setting at the Lightner Museum was truly inspirational,” said Robert Burns, who enjoys an international following and is a full time musician, composer and music educator in St. Augustine.

Bill Belleville visits St Augustine

Bill Belleville is an environmental writer, documentary filmmaker and lecturer. He came to St Augustine Amphitheater conference room to give a lecture that revolved around his new book “The Peace of Blue”.

The room was packed and the audience was extremely receptive to his message.
The lecture was made possible by the Matanzas Riverkeeper.
FirstCoast.TV was able to sit down with Bill Belleville, and have a chat with him after the lecture.

Some of his books are:
“Salvaging the Real Florida: Lost & Found in the State of Dreams”
“Deep Cuba: The Inside Story of an American Oceanographic Expedition”
“Sunken Cities, Sacred Cenotes and Golden Sharks: Travels of a Water-Bound Adventurer”
“Losing it All to Sprawl: How Progress Ate my Cracker Landscape”
“River of Lakes: A Journey on Florida’s St. Johns River”

His work on documentaries includes:
“In Marjorie’s Wake: Rediscovering Rawlings
“Searching for Xanadu”
“Conch Cowboys”
“Wekiva: Legacy or Loss?”

He received the Order of the South award.

For more info go to:

Student Films St Augustine Film Festival 2015

The young film makers at Flagler College were able to be part of the St Augustine’s Film Festival 2015 this last weekend. They showed short films that were creative, and some were avant-garde in their core.
By the applause of the audience they loved the films and their subjects, and believe it or not, they were ready for more.
Hopefully these young people will probably be some of America’s future film makers, always remember a film can save a life or the world.

St Augustine Film Festival Ends

Sunday January 25th was the last day of the St Augustine Film Festival. the last day featured the film by Daniel Baldwin “The Wisdom to Know the Difference”. Baldwin wrote, produced, directed and co-stared in the film, he said that it was a difficult task, but a movie close to his heart.
The audience was touched and moved by the characters in the film, and the journey of the story it told.
The film festival was a success and a wonderful event to be part of as an organizer/volunteer or as a film goer. Hopefully this event will be a permanent part of our city.

St Augustine’s Film Festival

The fifth annual Saint Augustine Film Festival is bringing along some big names in the independent film industry. This three-day event started this Friday at the Lewis Auditorium with more films also at the Corazon Cinema and the Fountain of Youth. The festival goes Friday (1/23/15) through Sunday (1/25/15).

Playing 26 films from 11 countries. The festival’s opener, was a French comedy titled “The Volcano”. The film was shown Friday night at 7:15 p.m. at Lewis Auditorium.

“The Wisdom to Know the Difference,” is a movie written, directed and starring Daniel Baldwin, will play on Sunday night at 5 p.m. at Lewis Auditorium. Baldwin will be on-hand to introduce the film and for a question-and-answer session after the film.

So get your tickets, and for more information go to!