Puerto Rican Expo

The Puerto Rican History, Art, and Culture Exposition was a one day event on October 9, 2021 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL. 

The exposition opened a window into the past of the island of Puerto Rico through photos, news clippings and artifacts used in everyday living, and of course art. Arlene Ortiz has been the visionary and organizer behind this wonderful event and it will return next year.

Tracy Sefcik Rides Again

In 2018 Tracy rode into St Augustine on a bike to raise money for the Gary Sinise Foundation, she departed the west coast and rode 3000+ miles to St Augustine. Now after several challenges she is ready to ride again. To visit her ride of 2018 go here: https://www.firstcoast.tv/tracy-sefciks-3000-miles-journey-across-the-usa/

“Heads Up” St Augustine Distillery Fights Pandemic

Tomorrow Friday the St Augustine Distillery starts to distribute a hand sanitizer in the community, made right here at the distillery. First Coast.TV went to the St Augustine Distillery to talk to General Manager Matt Stephens in order to get more details and sample the product.

St Augustine Tonight Season 4 Show #9

A packed house got to meet our guests, three times Emmy winner Bernadette Rivell, photographer extraordinaire Razvan Balotescu, radio host and producer Jessica Carlo, SJCC executive director Christina Parrish, musical guest Heather Craig and comic relief by Lauren Bressette. Wow!

“Man Up” March in St Augustine

The Sons of Allen is a ministry created for men, both clergy and lay, which will seek to address the needs for distinctive ministries to men, who are faced with spiritual, social, political, and psychological challenges, to equip men to follow the example of Andrew (John 1:41-42) who brought Peter to Jesus; to encourage men to emulate the resolute and redemptive spirit of Richard Allen, our revered, ancestral patriarch who in negotiating for his freedom with slave master Stokely Sturgis, negotiated freedom for his unnamed brother as well; to encourage men to implement ministries modeled by our founder, Richard Allen as he sought to meet needs in his community.

A “Man Up”march by the 11th Episcopal District was held in St Augustine on Saturday May 20th, the starting point for the march was at the St Paul AME Church, the goal of the march was to support peace and also male accountability in family, community, and health.

St Augustine Romanza Festivale Days 11, 12, 13 & 14

The Romanza Festivale of the Arts is ten days of historical, cultural, and creative events that celebrate all things St. Augustine. From May 5 to 14, 2017, the nation’s oldest city is jam-packed with music and dance concerts, living history events and historical tours, live theater, and much more. The Romanza Festivale includes more than 60 events and exhibits (many of them free) that showcase St. Augustine’s historical and cultural heritage. First Coast.TV went out into the city to film some of the highlights of May 11, 12,13 & 14.

St Augustine’s Romanza Festivale Days 5, 6 & 7

The Romanza Festivale of the Arts is ten days of historical, cultural, and creative events that celebrate all things St. Augustine. From May 5 to 14, 2017, the nation’s oldest city is jam-packed with music and dance concerts, living history events and historical tours, live theater, and much more. The Romanza Festivale includes more than 60 events and exhibits (many of them free) that showcase St. Augustine’s historical and cultural heritage.    First Coast.TV went out into the city to film the highlights of May 5, 6 & 7.

Davis Park Obelisk Dedication

On a beautiful sunny but windy day, an obelisk created by Warren Clark and inspired by the Spanish constitution of 1812 was dedicated at Davis Park to the residents of Anastasia Island. The obelisk will be adjacent to the two large lions given as a gift to the city by Miki & Wolfgang. Warren Clark’s obelisk was originally created for Compassionate St. Augustine’s OA 450th public art project.

The dedication took place on Sunday, April 30th at 3 PMMusic was provided by local musician, Christian Powers.

A Gatsby Carnival 2017 Rocks the House

Volkswagen of St. Augustine hosted its fourth annual,“A Gatsby Carnival,” at the Lightner Museum on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 from 7 – 11 p.m. Guests were encouraged to get dressed in their finest 1920s attire. Two authentic, 1920s classic cars were onsite as part of the marked circus entrance. There was live music by Amy Hendrickson and the VooDoo Review, as well as local favorites Chelsea Saddler and Chris Kearns. This year’s event was held at the Lightner Museum, where a portion of the museum was open with local thespians performing around you while you strolled through the various exhibits. To boot, a moonshine bar and craft cocktails were present to accentuate the theme. There was also a spread of heavy hors d’oeuvres and a welcome cocktail that was included with entry. It was all about the show this year at Gatsby, and it was bigger and better than ever! 
Over the last three years, the event has raised over $25,000 to benefit local charities. This year, all proceeds will go to support local non-profit, SJCC (St. Johns Cultural Council). SJCC is active throughout St. Johns County furthering visual, literary and performing arts for students, the elderly, and aspiring artists who may not otherwise have had the ability to expand their creative outlets.

Notes and Images of Earth Day 2017

Earth Day was first proposed by Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin, who saw a need for a nationwide consciousness about the environment. Nelson wanted to organize a national demonstration that was so powerful and large that environmentalism would be forced into the national agenda. So on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate on behalf of a sustainable environment. Since 1990 Earth Day has been celebrated and recognized around the world to keep environmental issues on the forefront of international issues. Earth Day events bring together like-minded people to inspire changes that can bring about ongoing benefits to the community, large and small.

It is to no amazement then, that St Augustine has its own activities, marches, and panel discussions on that day. So many come to enjoy that day, and keep awareness on the importance to keep this little blue planet clean and habitable for all living creatures and organisms.