Sing Out Loud / Highlights 2nd Weekend

After hurricane Irma cancels the first of three weekends of Sing Out Loud Festival. Here are the highlights of that 2nd weekend which was so needed after the devastation of hurricane Irma. The city of St Augustine came back to life with music sweet music..

Irma Cancels First Show of St Augustine Tonight Show

The second season of the St Augustine Tonight Show was to start Sept. 20th at the Lightner Museum when hurricane Irma struck Florida. The impact to St Augustine was substantial and for that reason the season will start Sept 27th at the Lightner Museum.

Post Hurricane Irma

The city of St Augustine is in clean up mode after hurricane Irma. First Coast.TV went to see the damage and the efforts to recover.

St Augustine Speaks About Confederate Monuments

St Augustine citizens came to St Paul AME Church to have an orderly forum concerning the fate of some confederate monuments in public spaces. The event was hosted by Rev. Ron Rawls and people spoke against and for the these symbols of the confederacy.

To see the entire forum of 1 hour and 13minutes go to :

A Tribute to Billie Holiday

On Saturday August 12th the Lincolnville Museum & Cultural Center had a tribute to American jazz musician and singer-songwriter Billie Holiday, the house was packed to a sold out crowd. Carole Freeman shared her stories and sung interpretations of Billie Holiday, filling the room with the artistic spirit of one of America’s greats.

Second Seminole War Fallen Honored

Convocation of Seminole War Historians in St. Augustine

was organized by the Seminole Wars Foundation, this event was a gathering of organizations and individuals throughout Florida interested in the Seminole War era. On Friday at 5 p.m., there was a social at the St. Augustine Officers Club at the St. Francis Barracks, 82 Marine St. On Saturday and Sunday there were workshops and lectures presented each day by some of the foremost experts on the Seminole Wars in Florida at the St. Augustine Officers Club, Trinity Hall at the Trinity Episcopal Parish, 215 St. George St., Ringhaver Student Union Theater at Flagler College, 50 Seville St., and Mark Lance National Guard Armory, 190 San Marco Ave. Also on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., there was a parade featuring more than 40 re-enactors followed by a commemoration ceremony of the 1842 funeral of Major Francis Dade at the St. Augustine National Cemetery, 104 Marine St. Public was welcomed.

St. Johns County Residents form Solar Cooperative

St. Johns County residents have banded together to form a solar co-op to make it cheaper and easier for homeowners and organizations to install solar panels, which can produce major savings on power bills. St. Johns Solar Co-op just went online five days ago. There are now more than 30 members, enough to begin the process to select a solar installation company for the co-op.

St. John’s Solar Cooperative is sponsored by Compassionate St. Augustine’s Environmental Rights initiative in partnership with FL Sun and the Florida League of Women Voters.

FL SUN expands access to solar by educating Florida residents about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening Florida’s solar policies and its community of solar supporters. The latest move to expand the use of solar power in the Sunshine State builds on one year of the program with ten co-ops launched already across the state.

The group will host multiple information sessions to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.

The first session is scheduled for:

August 15, 2017, 7:30-8:30p.m.

Willie Galimore Community Center

399 Riberia Street,
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Total Solar Eclipse Coming Your Way

On Aug. 21, 2017, people across the United States will see the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight, causing the temperature to drop rapidly and revealing massive streamers of light streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon. On that Monday, America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse.  

The Great American Total Solar Eclipse will darken skies all the way from Oregon to South Carolina, along a path of about 70 miles (113 kilometers) wide. People who come into this “path of totality” for this big event are in for an unforgettable experience. So First Coast.TV sat down with members of the Ancient City Astronomy Club to talk about this big event, and what to expect.

Lightner Museum / Summer Mixology – Gin

Lightner Museum had its second Summer Mixology event featuring Manifest Distilling gin.
This program seeks to highlight the social trends of the Gilded Era, one of the more popular and iconic changes being the development of the cocktail, in this case related to gin, its history and evolution.  Guests were able to sample specially-crafted gin cocktails, enjoyed food-pairings as well as learned a little about the dynamic changes that occurred during the first part of the twentieth century.  Guests left encouraged to entertain in style in their own homes!

Lightner’s Museum Writing on the Wall

When Rick Hernandez was hired to restore the plaster work on the walls of the fourth floor Alcazar Hotel staff bedrooms, he did not expect it to reveal secrets of an age past.  To prepare for the Upstairs/Downstairs Tours, debuting in October with the arrival of the Dressing Downton™ exhibition, staff worked to clean and restore the upstairs bedrooms, and they found something unexpected: pencil writing on the walls.

“The hotel staff wrote notes to themselves on the walls of the rooms marking restaurant hours and prices and even complaining about annoying customers,” Curator Barry Myers said about the staff of the former Alcazar Hotel.  “They were more polite than we are today, so the rudest comments described customers as ‘a pain in the neck’ or ‘a pain in the back.’”

The pencil writings included the date 1917, exactly 100 years ago.  Staff is currently working to translate them from Italian. During the Lightner’s time as the Alcazar Hotel, from 1888 to 1932, the rooms served as part of the staff quarters.  Today they provide storage space for the many items in the collection that Myers cannot squeeze into the displays on the floors below. First Coast.TV got a chance to speak with some of the people involved with this project.