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DEPARTMENTS 19 OLD CITY ALL FUR 27

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BUILDING GOODWILL 33 HISTORICALLY SPEAKING 35

57 LIFE IT’S ONLY NATURAL 59

FEATURES 21 GARAGE ART 41 MAKING THE GRADE 78 VACATION OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS

A MATTER OF SURVIVAL 63 ON THE TOWN 67 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 72

87 LOCAL FLAVOR BEE-GOOD 89 BIG WHEELS. GREAT MEALS 93 CUP O’ JOE 100

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O L D C ITY: F R OM O U R M AYO R

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h, to be a child again.

head off. It was a carefree adventure that

But, I’m not too sure I’d

I’m not sure can happen today.

like it. Today’s kids often

On the other hand when I watch my

look to me like they’ve

grandchildren, they seem to be pretty

started a working life already. Between

darn happy and enjoying childhood.

violin lessons, or soccer, or baseball, or

Their world is a lot bigger. They have

volunteering, not to mention all that

friends from many countries, eat food

screen time, I’m wondering when they

that I never knew existed — quinoa? And

have time to be kids. Although it might be

their superheroes are a lot trickier than

that summer time is that time.

mine ever were.

My summers were spent at the beach,

My grandson is now a junior lifeguard,

with hours of aimless collecting shells,

not as relaxing as my beach time, but

swimming, building sand castles, and just

he’s at the water every day. And fishing

generally losing track of time. Or at dusk

with his dad. My granddaughter is an

chasing fireflies and putting them in a jar,

actress in training, swooping about with

punching holes in the lid, and throwing

costumes of all sorts, and performing any

in some grass. Roaming the woods with

chance she gets. For the longest time she

my two younger brothers was another

wouldn’t ride a bike, preferring a scooter,

pastime. My job was to make sandwiches,

but now she’s biking (of course, with the

fill a thermos with something to drink and

helmet that never existed for me).

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hen Max and Jan

King Street art scene. “My experience

wood furniture, and mixed media.

Miller purchased the

in Chicago as director of a cooperative

Prices throughout the gallery are

historic Butterfield

gallery (ARC) led me to open a

determined by each individual artist,

Garage at 137 West

cooperative here,” she said. “There

but are reasonable because the gallery

King Street, they found the original

were so many wonderful, creative

takes a very small percentage, thus

neon sign for the building, circa 1929,

artists in St. Augustine. Following the

keeping prices low.

in the upper level of the building. The

same format as the Chicago gallery, I

couple cleaned up the sign, plugged

invited 14 of the best artists around to

Butterfield Garage and serves on the

it in and…it worked! It was a sign…

join us and fortunately they all agreed

board for the gallery. “There’s a high

literally. They decided the name of

to become members.”

level of quality work by local and

their new gallery would have to be

Ron Vellucci is an artist at

Today, there are 32 artists in the

regional artists,” he says. “Most of

co-op who work with a wide variety of

them are very well respected in the

media and styles including painting,

arts community in St. Augustine and

opened the doors to the business as a

drawing, printmaking, batik, sculpture,

across Northeast Florida. it’s just a

cooperative gallery in 1999, Butterfield

photography, textile art, jewelry,

good place to show their work, and

Garage has served as an anchor of the

basketry, ceramics, handmade pens,

they all benefit from the exposure.”

Butterfield Garage. Since that time, when Miller

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Vellucci and Miller both agree that each August is the biggest month at Butterfield Garage. That’s when the gallery holds its annual “Garage Sale.” Gallery artists fill their spaces with older work, experimental work, slightly damaged frames and preparatory drawings, according to Miller. “Everyone likes a good deal and artists get to clean out their studios,” Miller said. This year’s event begins August 3rd, and continues through August 31st. In addition to the Garage Sale, the gallery is always a popular stop during the monthly Art Walk, held the first Friday of every month. The Art Walk in St. Augustine began 24 years ago and Miller was one of the original members. “I was one of about 15 local artists who formed the Art Galleries of St. Augustine (AGOSA) and gathered together to begin opening in the evening, on the First Friday of every month, inviting locals and visitors alike to visit our many galleries,” she said. “Galleries began offering refreshments, some music, and a lively atmosphere. Artists got to bring out some new work and to visit with their fellow artists and art lovers. (It’s) become a lively and anticipated event by everyone and it definitely is now an integral component of the art scene.” For more information on Butterfield Garage, visit www.butterfieldgarage.com, call 22

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the comfort and happiness of their patients. And while many veterinary

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hospitals claim to take the same focus,

do you want a location

for animals that goes far beyond

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opened Del Mar Veterinary Hospital

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BUILDING GOOD WILL

2018 GUS CRAIG AWARD WINNER MIKE DAVIS

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sk people to describe past recipients of the Salvation Army’s Gus Craig award, and

you’ll hear the same words repeated about each of the twenty deserving members of the community who have been awarded the honor since its inception in 1998. “Selfless.” “Dedicated.” “Caring.” “Committed to the community.” “Philanthropic.” “Giving.” Over and over again, you’ll hear those words applied to the Gus Craig Award recipients in respect to the things they do for the people in our city, how tirelessly they work for our community, and how quietly they go about doing this work. All of those adjectives apply in abundance to Mike Davis, President of the homeless services organization, Home Again St. Johns (HASJ), and this year’s Salvation Army, Gus Craig Award honoree. Davis’ family roots run deep in the St. Augustine soil. His grandfather, A.D. Davis, started A.D. Davis Construction back in 1954, and over the years, they

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Davis himself has a deep and profound

way possible, and shows no signs of

OCL: Is there anyone in the

love for this community, which he

slowing down as HASJ prepares for

community who also supports and has

has called home for most of his life,

construction on the United Services

helped HASJ achieve its mission that

and this love has been demonstrated

Center. The expansion, which will

you’d like to thank?

time and time again. He has dedicated

include supportive housing for the

countless hours and financial resources

homeless, is a dream come true thanks

Mike Davis: David Hoak, our first

in efforts to establish a united uervices

to hurricane disaster funds coming to

Executive Director, and Ellen Walden,

center and supportive housing for the

the county from HUD. Davis and his

our current Director, have been

vulnerable homeless population as well

team couldn’t be more thrilled to see

amazing. Al and Olivia Dinehart have

as those who are at-risk of becoming

this project come to fruition.

done an amazing job organizing and

homeless. Home Again St. Johns, (HASJ) a nonprofit organization, is just the tip of

We asked the 2018 Gus Craig Award

coordinating the Dining with Dignity

winner to sit down and reflect upon his

program. They’ve done so much with

charitable work over the years.

so little. Paul, our full-time employee

the iceberg of Davis’ 30-year volunteer

who was once homeless, is one of our

involvement in the community. He has

OCL: Tell us about the beginning of

been a youth sports basketball and

Home Again St. Johns (HASJ). Why

baseball coach since the early 1990s,

was it founded?

and has served on several boards and

OCL: What does it mean to you to see the progress that HASJ has made since

committees, including ARC of the

Mike Davis: Home Again was founded

St. Johns, Flagler Hospital, St. Johns

in 2010 as a volunteer group that

County Little League, the downtown

became a nonprofit organization to help

Mike Davis: It speaks to all of the

Rotary Club (of which he has been a

bring together the numerous agencies

generous people within our community

longtime member), and the Affordable

working to serve the needs of the

that are willing to give of their time

Housing Committee, just to name a

homeless community. It connects them

and resources to help those less

few. Plus, he helped design and build

to services and opportunities to get

fortunate than themselves.

one of the most frequented and beloved

back to a job and a home.

playgrounds in St. Augustine — Project Swing. Ellen Walden, Executive Director of

its inception?

OCL: Any memories of Gus Craig that OCL: What are your goals in regards to

you’d like to share?

HASJ? What is the ultimate objective?

HASJ believes that Davis embodies

Mike Davis: I had the honor to know

the Rotary mantra, “Service Above

Mike Davis: I would like to see the

Mr. Craig when I was a young man.

Self.” According to Walden, “The part

United Service Center built so that

He was one of the people that made

that has amazed and inspired me over

all of the homeless service providers

St. Augustine a great place to grow up

the years is the heart and soul Mike

have a designated location to provide

and live in. I was an altar boy at the

puts into his efforts to help those

services to those most in need.

Cathedral and Mr. Craig always took

organizations and individuals. Whether

the time to talk to us.

it’s spearheading efforts to raise money

OCL: What have been some of the

to build a much needed facility for

triumphs? Some of the struggles? Most

OCL: There have been so many

disabled children, or putting together a

memorable moments?

wonderful people upon whom this

fundraiser to help build a long overdue

honor has been bestowed. Can

facility to house our at-risk homeless,

Mike Davis: Money to fund the

you comment on some of the past

Mike’s generosity of spirit shines

organization has always been a

recipients?

through!”

struggle. We are lucky to have received

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real success stories.

a tremendous amount of help from so

Mike Davis: They are some of the best

isn’t just a word to Davis; he embodies

many in the community. The multitude

role models in our community. I am

the very spirt of it. Never one to

of stories of how Home Again has

humbled to be included in the group.

take things for granted, he leads

helped provide needed services or find

by example, continuing to support

someone a job and a home have been

and elevate St. Johns County in any

the most memorable.

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O L D C I T Y: HI S T ORY

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ver the past decade or so, there has been a distinct increase in interest about our history both on and

off shore. Spurred on by the recent discovery of the Spring Break Wreck, interest has never been higher than it is today, with area residents clamoring to find out more about our seafaring heritage and how that connects to us in the modern-day era. Every year since 2006, the Lighthouse Archeology Maritime Program (LAMP) has hosted a field school, consisting of a series of nightly lectures, which brings in students from around the country, and occasionally from around the world, and introduces them to underwater archaeology, as well as other facets of the overall field of archaeology and history.

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According to LAMP archeologist Alyson Ropp, the speakers that the program regularly brought to the students were of such high quality that the LAMP crew decided to offer the series to the public as well. So, with a bit of funding help via a grant from The Florida Humanities Council (through the National Endowment for the Humanities), LAMP was able to put together the “500 Years of Maritime Florida Free Speaker Series:” a line-up of lectures covering a variety of topics concerning Florida’s storied past, both on land and water. The series features some of the most respected professionals in the fields of history and archeology, including, of course, maritime archeology. It promises to be

informative and fun, with updates on what is currently going on with LAMP as a part of the program. According to Ropp, “The program was really born out of a lecture series we do during our field school every year and a desire to expand it to others in the area throughout the remainder of the year. We


have historians and archaeologists

things he and his team have been

coming from all over the state to

involved with in 2018 (possibly

engage with our local community

including more information about

and share that history. Their

that famous ship which washed up

distinct research of Florida history

on the shores of South Ponte Vedra

will bring something different to

Beach this spring).

the St. Augustine community.” The series, which began in June,

Ropp is looking forward to digging into the heart of the

continues through spring of next

series. “We are definitely looking

year and brings noted historians

forward to hosting this speaker

such as Dr. Michael Francis of the

series here at the Lighthouse. Not

University of South Florida St.

only is it bringing in a series of

Petersburg, widely considered the

speakers to the local community, it

pre-imminent historian of early

is also connecting the Lighthouse

Spanish History in Florida. Also

to the community, providing a

scheduled is noted shipwreck

space to come together and learn

archeologist Dr. Gregory Cook

the preserved and protected

(University of West Florida), along

history of Florida in the nation’s

with LAMP’s own Brendan Burke,

oldest port, and the guardian of St.

who wrote the widely acclaimed

Augustine, the Lighthouse.”

history of St. Augustine’s

For more information about

Shrimping Industry, and the

the St. Augustine Lighthouse

Director of LAMP, Dr. Chuck Miede

Speaker Series, please visit www.

who will talk about all the exciting

StAugustineLighthouse.org.

September 13th, 2018: Dr. Steve Noll — Ditch of Dreams: The Cross Florida Barge Canal and The Struggle for Florida’s Futures October 11th, 2018: Chuck Meide — LAMP 2018 Field Work Update November 16th, 2018: Dr. Michael Francis — Before Jamestown: Europeans, Africans and Indians in La Florida, 15131607 **This program begins at 6 p.m. December 6th, 2018: Brendan Burke — Shrimping in St. Augustine February 2019: Dr. Gregory Cook — Pensacola’s Maritime History March 14th, 2019: Dr. Gary Mormino — Florida and World War II


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out their fellow residents.

the explosion in technology

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Every day, the 18-and-under set is

resources provides ample

the youth of St. Johns County. We

getting out there, rolling up their

opportunity to make themselves the

looked around and realized that

sleeves and making a difference in

best version of themselves they can

some of the best kids in the world

the lives of the people around them.

be, and they are taking advantage

call Northeast Florida home, and

It’s genuinely heartwarming to see.

of it.

we are so proud that they do. They

St. Johns County has built itself

OCL is honored to dedicate a

certainly don’t fit the selfish, self-

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good part of this issue highlighting

absorbed, mobile-device obsessed,

in the State of Florida, occupying

some of the outstanding boys and

disassociated stereotype which has

the top spot for the past three years,

girls living here in St. Johns County.

been thrust upon their generation.

and that dedication to excellence has

From sports to community to

Here on the First Coast, children

been reflected in the kids graduating

business to arts and entertainment,

from elementary to high school age

from area high schools each year.

these up-and-coming young people

participate in community clean-up

They’re smart, ambitious, talented,

embody all the wonderful things

events on the beach and around our

caring, and engaged. They are

this generation has to offer not just

neighborhoods. Our older “kids”

demanding more of themselves than

to our town, but to the world too.

are plugged into what’s happening

ever before. They realize that this

Looking at them, the future seems to

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he carries a 3.6 GPA, was president of

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his junior class last year, as well as the

come up with a price that is reasonable

captain of the track and cross country

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he posts the item on popular resale

and Field Championships twice, and

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would like to continue running at the

fields the offers, communicates those

collegiate level. He plans on continuing

to the seller, and then sets up a time

Profit Jack after high school, too.

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“It’s crazy to most people when I say

Profit Jack handles all the details of the

this, but I would like to be able to have

transaction, keeping 20 to 25% for the

this after college as well…it’s been a

business as commission.

fun ride. I’ve met some cool people and

Profit Jack’s slogan, “Let ME Make

have been to able to do some pretty

YOU Money,” says it all. “The items

cool things. This business has taught

that sit around taking up space could

me a lot, not only to be persistent

be a car payment, electrical bill,

and to go after what I want, but to

or even just a little extra spending

also be patient and keep the goal in

money,” according to Hayes. He makes

mind. It’s taught me how a business

it easy to turn those items that sit

works: the ups, the downs, and how

around collecting dust into cold hard

to deal with the customers and people

cash.

involved. I’ve always had plans of

And he isn’t done yet. “I plan on expanding Profit Jack into a full-on services company. I recently launched

one day being my own boss, and this provides that opportunity.” Not only does Hayes show maturity

a landscaping company with a good

beyond his 17 years, he demonstrates

friend of mine, Blake McCutcheon (who

a wisdom beyond them, too. “If there’s

is 18). It’s called Lawn Inc. Anything

any advice I can give to any aspiring

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had you not gone after that ‘crazy’

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determination and drive. According to mom Jennifer, he “puts 110% into everything he does. He’s always been extremely competitive. It doesn’t matter if it’s the biggest game on the line or a family game of dodge ball in the back yard, he’s always wanted to win and be the very best he can be.” This means that Reed has spent countless hours devoting himself to the game, 45

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learning everything he could, working

being the second team QB. He went on

rooting for us, it’s a feeling you never

out, and honing his skills. “Once he

to take over as the Eagles starting QB

get at any other level of football.

settled into the QB position,” Jen says,

in eighth grade; breaking every team

Friday nights at Brumley Stadium is

“he worked outside of school-held

passing record while leading them to

as good as it gets and nothing feels

practices and games to perfect his

one loss season (shades of greatness to

better than playing in front of your

craft. Watching him put forth the extra

come) while still being the captain of

hometown. I will always have that for

effort to work hard and get better has

both the offense and the defense.

the rest of my life!”

always been inspiring.”

Reed’s storied season earned him

that shaped his future. As Reed puts

a full scholarship to Southern Illinois

“When he was in second grade, he

it, “I always had such a strong arm.

University in Carbondale, Illinois, but

begged us to let him start playing

Throwing a football was always easy

as a freshman, he’s back to riding the

tackle football for the St. Augustine

for me. So, when it came to high

bench; something his mother says he’s

Saints. He had played flag football

school, it was easy for me to focus on

been prepared for. “The patience that

since he could walk, but I was hesitant

that and just play quarterback.”

he learned during the years he was

to let him play tackle ball. After a little

The competition for starting Junior

varsity backup at St. Augustine High is

convincing from him (and his dad), I

Varsity quarterback was tough, but

helping him now. He knows you have

agreed. Ever since that day, football in

Reed won out in 2014, proving he

to pay your dues, and eventually, with

the Reed family has been our life.”

could once again marshal success as

hard work, it’ll pay off and you’ll get

the JV Jackets went 8-0 with him

your chance.”

Reed doesn’t remember a time when football wasn’t a part of his family’s

under center, and in his sophomore

life. “My mom loved football, my dad

year he was bumped up to the varsity

is that not only has Reed grown up

loved football,” he says. “It was like,

team. His varsity start wouldn’t come

to be a leader on the field; he also

growing up I always had football in my

until his senior year however, but boy

leads by example off of it. As she puts

family.”

What’s more important to Jennifer

did he make the most of it. His record-

it, “He’s a loyal and compassionate

“You look for your kid to grow in

breaking season started with three

young man that enjoys doing things

the sport and see if all the long hours

consecutive games where he passed

for others who may not have had the

and hard work are something they

for over 300 yards — one for 373

opportunities he had or grown up as

really like and want to do,” Reed’s

yards and three TDs against Bartram

fortunate as he did.” Not one to rest

father, Tom Reed, says. “With Austin,

Trail (in a year Bartram believed they

on his laurels, Jen adds that “He loves

they were.” So the Reeds made the

had the team to break a 19-losing

to volunteer for various organizations

commitment to help their son follow

streak to

such as Habitat for Humanity and

his dream, wherever it took him.

St. Augustine).

various opportunities with our church.

According to Reed, “Being a Yellow

What was Reed’s secret to his senior

His passion is coaching young kids via

Jacket is something that every kid

start success? One thing that people

the Police Athletic League and summer

growing up in St. Augustine dreams of.

noted was his poise and composure

camps.”

Going to games on Friday nights as a

under pressure: something for which

kid, we all looked up to the players and

he credits his younger sister, Brook,

to the pro-level, the 18-year-old youth

always wanted to be in their shoes.”

also a star basketball and lacrosse

has etched his name among some of

athlete. He acknowledges that

the finest young men who have called

successful quarterbacks St. Augustine

watching “keep her cool” when things

St. Augustine home. No matter where

High has ever seen didn’t happen

don’t go her way as his inspiration to

his path takes him, it is certain that it

overnight. Reed played both offense

let things roll off his back during tough

will lead him to success.

and defense in Pop Warner and came

times on the field.

But becoming one of the most

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That’s when he made the decision

Looking back, she remembers,

When the season was over, Reed

Whether or not Austin Reed makes it

With Austin’s competitiveness, laser-like focus, insane work ethic and

the hard-hitting, aggressive style of

was able to look back at his experience

stalwart belief in his abilities, nothing

defense over playing QB, earning a

with pride. “To be on a team like we

is beyond his reach. Jaguars…are you

starting position as linebacker as well

had last year was a brotherhood, and

taking notice?

as Captain of the defense, also while

with the whole town behind us and

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hat defines a role

girls who fit the above description.

“Once I started dancing, it became my

model? Many kids

“It all started when I developed an

life,” says Sienna. “In my early years,

aspire to follow the

interest in dance later in life,” says

I spent every day after school, on the

well-trodden path of

Athena. “Because of this, Sienna

weekends, my entire summers, and

fame and fortune. But what about the

started dancing right here in St.

just about every holiday dancing,” she

homegrown role models who develop

Augustine at four years old.” Sienna

elaborates.

a passion early in life and decide to

Calvin, the oldest of three at 20,

follow it out of pure love, regardless of

is a prime example of the rewards

younger sister Clea’s following along

whether it brings them a life of riches?

that can be reaped from hard work,

the same path. The 18-year-old’s

Athena and Scott Calvin have first-

determination, and a willingness to

ballet biography started when she

go wherever your passion takes you.

was just two-and-a-half years old.

hand experience with raising three

Sienna played a big part in her

“I remember wearing a pink tutu

CLEA AND ISLA CALVIN

EN POINTE

when my mom took me to my sister’s dance recital,” Clea recalls. “When Sienna’s group was led onto the stage, I was mistaken for a classmate by the teacher and

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dragged onstage with them. That

parents and grandparents were on

is when I knew I wanted to be a

the fence about my going to Russia

dancer.” Though her journey has

for a year, but Sienna helped me to

taken her on a clearly different

convince them that it was something

path than Sienna’s, she has come

I had to do.”

just as far career-wise, and even

“It was amazing to see Clea being

farther geographically. While many

presented with this once in a lifetime

kids her age were going to summer

opportunity,” says Sienna. “I knew

camp down the street, Clea was

she had to do it.”

getting on a plane to Connecticut to

Once she was in Moscow, Clea

dance in the Bolshoi Ballet Summer

was living in an at-capacity boarding

Intensives. It was an invitation that

school. “The dorms were very small

would prove to be the jumpstart to

and living with so many other people

her career. ““I went away for the

was a rude awakening. None of my

first time at 10 years old,” says Clea.

teachers or classmates spoke English.

“It was an amazing opportunity

I didn’t have any time to myself,”

to be exposed to Russian ballet.

she says. “But the dance experience

It’s something that every serious

outweighed the homesickness. I

ballerina dreams about,” she adds.

had never been so happy dancing

Just two years later, at the tender

anywhere. While it was scary and

age of 12, Clea was invited to

there were times when I wanted

Moscow to enroll in Bolshoi Ballet’s

to come home, my parents made

year-round dance program. “My

me see it through to the end. One

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of the best experiences of my life

watching my sisters and starting

was performing in Bolshoi Ballet’s

down the same path as they did,

production of Sleeping Beauty. I also

even training overseas for a short

learned to speak Russian fluently

time. The path I’ve chosen puts

during that year.”

me in front of working industry

At thirteen years old, after her

choreographers and has me

full year in Moscow, Clea went

competing against the top talent

straight to Manhattann to study

in each genre. It requires me to be

at Ellison Ballet School. “When I

constantly improving my skills,”

was in New York, I was living in

says Isla. “In recent years, and

my own apartment. I learned how

after moving to a highly-focused

to manage money, cook, clean, and

competition studio, Isla has earned

live on my own, all while getting

first place titles, specialty awards,

top-notch ballet training,” says

and technical awards for her

Clea. While attending Ellison, she

execution,” says mom, Athena. “She

was chosen from among a group of

attributes most of her awards to her

eight New York ballet students to

ten years of classical ballet training.

perform in a major production of the

Isla is still receiving a high school

Mikhailovsky Ballet at the Met.

education while she trains, and just

Two years in New York led Clea

finished the school year at Pedro

to both Paris and Monaco for ballet

Menendez High School with a 4.0

intensives. “I got to see the world.

GPA.

It was surreal,” she says. Finally, at

Through it all, St. Augustine has

16, she ended up in St. Petersburg,

played a big part in their success.

Russia where she joined the St.

As Sienna says, “Knowing that I

Petersburg Conservatory Ballet - on

had St. Augustine to come home to

her very first contract! “So much

made all of my time away pursuing

happened for me there,” she says.

my dreams so much easier to

“I received soloist opportunities. I

endure.” Her mom agrees.

even missed Christmas at home one

“The girls wouldn’t be where

year to dance the Arabian part in

they are without our supportive

the Nutcracker in St. Petersburg.”

community,” Athena adds.

Back home in St. Augustine since

The Calvin girls would like all

December, Clea will return to Russia

kids who are pursuing their dreams

before the end of the summer to

to remember:

pick up where she left off. The Calvin sisters’ passion for dance does not stop with Sienna and Clea. The youngest of the three,

“You will only get out what you put into your passion.” — Sienna Calvin.

Isla, has also pursued a decorated dance career. However, instead of

“Nobody can hold you back if

training internationally in classical

you’re willing to take the leaps that

ballet, Isla, who is 16, has stayed

nobody else is willing to take.”

closer to home, dancing in Palm

— Clea Calvin

Coast at one of the country’s premiere studios for competition

“Know yourself, know what

and commercial dance. “I got a

makes you glow, and go in that

good understanding of what I did

direction.”

and didn’t want out of dance from

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It takes a tremendous amount of time

see a way to address that

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beyond the Girl Scout organization

She’s hoping that other charities see

and provides a sustainable, lasting

the value of the app and can benefit

benefit to the girl’s larger community.

from it.

Carachute checks that box off. Dykstra explains, “I came up with

This fall she plans on majoring in

the idea for Carachute with one of my

Computer Science at none other than

team members, Dina Zakaria, when

Princeton University and continuing

I saw a need in the community and

her education in the tech world.

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Naturally, her parents are pleased

it with technology. My interest in

at seeing their daughter’s efforts

technology has developed over the

produce such remarkable results.

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Becky says, “As a parent it was very

some programming competitions in

rewarding to watch Katie grow and

high school and I thought creating an

mature as she navigated all the

app would be a fun challenge.”

moving pieces of making not only the

She was right about the challenging

app a reality, but also bringing it to a

part. She admits that “It was really

community partner. Her tenacity and

challenging to create, taking months

focus really made her dad and me

of work.”

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Check off the “At least 80 hours” box. “Dedication” too. Even the best of intentions can be interrupted by moments of

is such a special honor and we are so proud of the dedication and efforts Katie demonstrated to achieve this.” After all is said and done,

doubt when a little outside help

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is needed to keep the momentum

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says that came from the Girl Scouts

rewarding parts of this journey. “I

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Gold Award journey was her troop

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project even though at times it felt

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leadership and guidance, Katie stayed

I felt so proud in that moment, that I

the course and really pushed herself

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and was able to encourage her to

Gold Award.”

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hen you’re in 8th grade and someone tells you that your artwork will be hanging in the Salvador Dali Museum in St.

Petersburg, Florida, “surreal” is a probably a good way to describe that feeling. 15-year-old Soleil Von Hausch certainly can attest to that. Last April, Sebastian Middle School’s art teacher, Mikel Colakaglu, included Von Hausch’s “Walk Through the Stars” with works from five other Sebastian artists for consideration in an annual competition hosted by the Dali Museum. Each year, students from all over the state compete for a spot in the Salvador Dali Museum Student Surrealist Exhibit, on display until August 26th of this year. The jurored show narrows hundreds of works down to just 100 and it’s an honor to be included in the finalized exhibit. Dad Gregory Von Hausch, who has been at the helm of the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival for the past 27 years, was understandably excited. “To have Soleil be one of the six nominees at Sebastian was an honor. About a month passed after the nomination before we were notified by the Dali that she was one of the 100 to be selected. We were over the moon. It was such an amazing distinction.” Their daughter’s work would be hanging in one of the most prestigious modern art museums in the nation. According to the Dali website, the competition and exhibition, which dates back to 1985, seeks to “inspire middle and high school students to explore ideas and visions similar to those explored by Dali and the surrealists.” The Surrealism movement and the artists like Dali who were considered the pioneers of this new form, explored “a new standard of beauty,

REAL TALENT SOLEIL VON HAUSCH

and they did this by exploring the images of their dreams and unconscious minds — the part of ourselves we cannot control or censor.” Von Hausch’s work — a digital work of a girl walking through a field of stars — certainly fits that description. The girl herself is a vivid blue matching some of the atmosphere in which she’s walking, almost floating, through…suggesting maybe she is not separate from her surroundings, but part of them. She’s not walking though the sky and the stars; she is the sky and the stars.”

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a laboratory of art and various projects than a

to me because there are endless

stepping over, around, on

possibilities of what you can do with it.

top of things or doing a

But acting is my passion. I don’t know

Cecil B. DeMille effect on

if I thought I’d become an actress when

the dining room table so

I started at age 5, but now I know it’s

we could eat dinner.”

where my heart lies. This summer I’m

achieved that effect. Looking at the piece, it’s easy to understand why hers was among the 100 selected. It’s dream-like, ethereal, as though you’re tapping into the subconscious of a person experiencing the deepest stages of the sleep cycle…maybe even leaving the body and floating into the sky. Talk about surreal. It’s not a stretch to say that Von Hausch’s early exposure to the film world has shaped her artistic talents. The Fort Lauderdale native attended her first film festival, the one run by her father of course, three weeks after she was born and has regularly attended festivals in Cannes, Tribecca, Montreal and Berlin. She “began attending foreign films before she could read,” her father says. “She has always been fascinated with the world,” he says. “Summer days on the beach building sand castles and collecting sea shells, Soleil could spend an hour visually exploring a 5’ x 5’ square of sand, examining the 56

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going to Los Angeles where I hope to

she gets the visual arts

get some work as an extra and pick

gene from her mom,

up whatever I can to help achieve my

Bonnie. “Bonnie also

goal.”

loves dabbling with

image “immersed.” She certainly

As she puts it, “Art is enjoyable

studio. We were always

He also believes that

Von Hausch said she wanted the

chorus.

For now, Von Hausch can take pride

projects, including a

in her inclusion in the Dali Student

birthday cake that came

Surrealist show. The exhibit opened

out of the sea; six-foot

on June 23rd, with a reception at the

paper dolls attached to

museum. Dad Gregory remembers, “We

branches in the forest; parade batons of

felt such pride, and I could tell Soleil

multi-colors with twenty foot trains of fabric that blew in the breeze; and clever videos. Soleil was influenced by all that. On a spring cruise, one of the housekeepers taught her a little bit about origami. She came home and began experimenting and creating a menagerie of animals and flowers.” With so much stimuli and encouragement to explore, visual arts aren’t Von Hausch’s only pursuit. She’s built up an impressive dramatic resume as well. She’s been a part of the Summer Musical Theatre Camp since the age of five, appearing as a Gingerbread Cookie

did as well. We viewed the amazing

in Hansel and Gretel, and has since

works of students from around the

been in Pochahontas (Mercy Rogers);

State, the Dali had framed each piece

Phantom of the Opera (Carmela); Snow

and hung with a listing next to the

White (The Mirror); Princess What’s

work.” The highlight of the event was

Her Name (a Hippie and a King);

when attendees were directed to the

Cinderella (one of the evil stepsisters);

auditorium and treated to the curator

and various ensemble parts in Big Fish,

introducing each student’s work via

Bye Bye Biride, and, just a month ago,

enlarged Powerpoint duplications on

in the outstanding production of Les

a screen at the front. “The Dali did a

Miserables. As an entering freshman

magnificent job and Soleil was proud to

at St. Augustine High School, she

be part of it,” her father says.

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flavor, color, or additives… You see these words everywhere today. It seems like everyone is going out of their way to make sure that the food they eat, the products they use to clean their homes, the things they put on their skin and hair, anything that comes in contact with us at all, is free of additives and chemicals, has undergone minimal-to-no processing and is friendly to the environment. They carefully scan the aisles of grocery stores looking for “allnatural” and “organic” products, but when they get to the pet products section, they reach for the first thing their hand lands on, or whatever might be cheapest, with little thought as to what’s in there. But pets are living beings too, and although they are treated like family by most people, they have no say as to what they eat or what they’re bathed in or 59

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treat them that way? Why not go out of the way to give them the same safe, healthy, high-quality products that a human family would use? Jennifer Stevenson of Diane’s Natural Foods says that she’s definitely seen a shift in the way people think about what they buy for their pets. “Pets are an important part of our customer’s lives and as many of our customers have become educated on the importance of sustainability, organic, non-GMO, and natural items, this naturally carries over into the care of their pets. Research shows that using natural products for your furry family member can help them live a healthier life, with less allergies and allergic reactions, fewer digestive disorders, faster healing in times of illness and most importantly, help prevent dangerous toxins and ingredients from being brought into the home and potentially harming the human members of the family.” Debbie Kleckner, owner of Paradise Poochie says, “If you want to keep your pet living with you longer, and have a healthy life while living it, you need to pay attention to what you’re buying for them.” Pawesmetrics, a pet-grooming product company based in Ponte Vedra, has the same philosophy. “Dogs are members of our families and deserve to be treated with the same love, care, and respect that we treat anyone else.” A company “with a conscience and driven by compassion,” they manufacture human-grade, salonquality shampoos and grooming essentials from natural ingredients which are effective yet gentle, because what their skin comes in contact with is as important as what they’re eating. According to Kleckner, the big pet companies don’t have your pet’s best interest at heart. Past reports of thousands of dogs dying due to Purina’s use of propylene glycol — a component of auto antifreeze, which Purina defended by saying that it was an FDA-approved additive which was also used in people food — and China’s ongoing use of formaldehyde in pet food prove that, as Kleckner puts it “Big dog food companies don’t care. The people at the head of those corporations are all bean counters who source from the least expensive and most convenient suppliers.” Mass producers use euthanized animal parts in what she calls “low grade food” and the so-called “natural” market has very 60

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Answer: Go ask the experts. Specialty pet product stores are a great resource. Places like Paradise Poochie, next to Hobby Lobby on State Road 312, fully research their suppliers so that their customers don’t have to. Kleckner asserts, “We always try to find family run companies or small corporations who we know use the best ingredients available and we pay close attention to what’s on the labels.” If there isn’t a specialty pet store nearby, your local health food store is another option you can trust for all natural quality products. Jan Stevenson of Diane’s Natural Market asserts that the health food store is proud to offer their customers a number of alternatives to conventional pet products found at the big box stores or grocery chains. “We carry a variety of natural, organic and homeopathic products for pets: dog and cat food; flea and tick remedies; natural shampoos; preventative care for ailments such as arthritis and anxiety. The natural pet market continues to grow and we continue to grow with it.” However you go about finding pet supplies which you can trust are genuinely pure and natural, your pet deserves the best you can provide. It might take a little more effort, but in the end, your faithful companion will lead 61

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o you have a pool? Do your neighbors or family have pools? Do you live by a body of water?

Do you have a child under the age of four? If you’re near a pool or body of water while

you’re reading this, where is that child right now? Chances are, you immediately knew the answer to that last question, or you think you did (or maybe your heart skipped a beat). Just last month, Olympic skier Bode Miller’s wife thought she knew, shortly before realizing that her 19-month old daughter Emeline wasn’t next to her at a neighbor’s house. Reports indicate that the little girl was missing for only a very short period of time before her absence was noticed. When it was apparent, her mother went straight for the pool, but it was too late. Emeline was found floating in the water, unresponsive. Even though CPR was started immediately, it was unsuccessful. A very short period of time. We live in Florida, surrounded by water on three sides, land of a thousand lakes, rivers, springs,

A MATTER OF SURVIVAL

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and swimming pools. Water safety isn’t an

and there’s no one around to immediately pull

option; it’s a matter of survival, especially for

them out.

the youngest of residents — our children. The sad fact is that drowning is the leading cause of

in. Simply put, ISR is a program consisting of

ABOVE:

accidental death for children under the age of

survival swimming lessons for infants and young

GETTING USED TO

four, and ultimately, every one is preventable if

children. The program was developed in 1966

the right precautions are taken. Sure, standard

by Dr. Harvery Barnett and today has over 450

prevention comes in the form of adults who

instructors who teach ISR Self-Rescue throughout

EACH CHILD’S

closely monitor and supervise children when

the country. “Not One More Child Drowns” is the

PROGRESS IS CLOSELY

near water: fences around pools; alarms on

mission of each and every person dedicated to

MONITORED

gates and pools, and no child left around water

teacheing this groundbreaking method.

THE WATER’S FEEL ACROSS:

unsupervised. PREVIOUS: ISR INSTRUCTORS LAURA TILLIS (LEFT) AND SUSAN MALOTA

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That’s where Infant Swim Resource (ISR) comes

If all of those measures were failsafe, these

Considering that 4,000 children die each year from accidental drowning, ISR is obviously

heartbreaking reports of drowning deaths like

needed. For those in the area, seeking to add ISR

Emeline Miller’s wouldn’t be regularly broadcast

to their prevention stagey, we contacted Laura

over the news and social media. Her death

Tillis, a local ISR instructor, to find out more

proves that it can happen to anyone, anywhere,

about ISR in our area, and to dispel some myths

at any time. Toddlers are fast: escape artists to

surrounding the method.

the nth degree. Turn your back, and in the blink

“First I’d like to start by clearing up the myth

of an eye, they’re gone. If there’s water nearby,

that we just throw the babies into the pool. ISR

the results can be tragic, unless the toddler has

has never done that, and I am unsure where that

been trained to survive if they fall into the water

first originated from, but this is just not true.”

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ISR instructional videos support this statement (available for viewing on YouTube and on the IRS website at www.infantswim.com). More importantly, they demonstrate the incredible results produced by the ISR program. It’s astounding when you see a 7-month old child completely submerged in water, rise to the top and calmly flip theirselves over on to their backs and float on the surface while keeping their mouth above water

FI R S T I ’ D L I K E TO S TA RT BY C L E A R I N G U P TH E M Y TH TH AT WE TH R O W TH E B A B I E S I N TO TH E PO O L . I S R H A S N EV ER D O N E TH AT A N D A M U N SURE W H E R E TH AT FI R S T O R I G I N ATED F R O M , B U T TH I S I S J U S T NOT TR U E.

so that they can breathe safely. That doesn’t happen by introducing an infant

the top when you start to listen to the

swim to the top and flip over to their

to the water by blithely tossing them

parents whose children have received

back.

in. These skills are developed through

the ISR instruction. Many of them

a very deliberate process which is

say it’s more stressful to the parents

of two, whose 10-month-old baby I

designed to produce as little stress as

than the children…then they see the

taught to flip over and float,” Tillis

possible for the baby.

“I received an email from a mother

results. In one story broadcast on the

recalls. “One night, her husband

“Our first and most important step

Today Show, the father of a 7-month

insisted she go out with some

to having a child in the water is breath

old boy who had just performed the

girlfriends while he watched the kids.

control, making sure the child is

swim-flip for the first time in front of

The older child was in the bathtub,

inhaling before we take them under and

him said, “Your first instinct is to go

and while the father quickly ran to

help but then they just roll over and it

the bathroom to turn off the water

just blows your mind.”

in the tub, the sliding glass door was

that they are not aspirating water. Until we have this, we do not proceed. Then we show the child how to grab onto and hold themselves at the wall.” From this point on, Tillis says, each instructor may do things a little differently, but in the end, they all get the same result: a swim-flip over on back to float, catch breath, then flip back over to swim. Children that have gone through ISR will repeat this sequence until they can get to the steps, wall or shoreline.  “It’s a little different for babies from 6 months to a year,” Tillis adds. “Those children we teach to just flip over and float until someone can get them out of the water.” Each lesson lasts only ten minutes, five days a week for six weeks: a time limit set to avoid stress, fear and

And it works. Tillis says that she

left open, and the baby crawled out

chills. Children do cry at times, but

regularly has parents, whose children

and went right into the pool. When

if you think about it, babies cry over

she’s taught, contact her with stories

Dad came back out, his baby boy

so many different things for so many

of their children falling into a pool

was floating on his back in the pool.

different reasons. The thought that

and avoiding drowning because they

Without ISR, this most certainly would

this scars them for life is a bit over

did what they where taught to do:

have been a much worse outcome.”

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There are more testimonials like this on the ISR website. More tragedies that were averted because parents took the extra precaution of making sure that, if the unthinkable happened, it wouldn’t mean certain death for their beloved child. The fact of the matter is that Florida residents live in a world where there’s water at every turn. As much as we enjoy being on it and in it, the dangers to our little ones are very real.

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early 100 people gathered for the groundbreaking of the Flagler Health Village at Murabella. The health village, which will include 20,000 square feet dedicated to urgent care, advanced imaging, laboratory services, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, primary care and specialty care is anticipated to open in Summer of 2019. Additionally, plans for the site include a 25,000 square foot healthy lifestyle center with fitness, prevention and education program offerings for all ages.

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Photos Left to Right: Erin Johnson, Davey Hartlel, Carol Saviak • Todd Neville, Ray Matuza • Nancy Jamell, Kalilah Jamell (Rep for Bill Nelson) • Mark Rountree, Heather Allen • Linda Gay, Dianna Garber • Katherine Battenhorst, Michelle Andrade, Nangila Pulsfus, Jane Boles, Angela Christenson, Patrick W Arrington • Gina Mangus, Sarah Legrand, Brittany Coronado • Jason Barrett, Matt Baker, Sen.Travis Hutson • John Bowles, Kate Keiper

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worship Abbey of Castle Otttis (Ah-tis) (Interdenominational) Prayer on Sunday Mornings Adults and Mature Children only Vilano Beach | 824.3274

Cathedral-Basilica Parish (Catholic) Saturday Vigil Mass 5pm Sunday Masses 7am, 9am &11am, 5pm Daily Mass 7am Monday - Saturday 38 Cathedral PL | Historic Distict | 824.2806

Anastasia Baptist Church Sunday 9:30am Contemporary 11am Traditional 1650 A1A South | Anastasia Island | 471.2166

Celebration Church-St Augustine 10:30am Sundays St. Augustine High School Auditorium Childcare and Youth Services are provided 3205 Varella Ave | 737.1121 | celebration.org

All Saint’s Anglican Church Sunday Holy Communion 11:00 AM Wednesday Holy Communion, meal and Bible 1250 State Road 19 South Palatka, FL 32177 Fr. Frank Bartlett (352)304-6792 Anchor Faith Church (Word of Faith) Sunday 8:30 & 11AM, Wednesday 7:30 PM 2121 U.S. Hwy 1 South Suite #28 St Augustine 797-6363 Ancient City Baptist Church Sunday School 9:30am Sunday 10:45am, 6pm Wed 6:30pm Bible Study and Prayer 27 Sevilla Street | Downtown | 829.3476

Center for Spiritual Living Call for Services 1795 Old Moultrie Road | 825.3600 Chapel of Our Lady of La Leche (Catholic) 8:30am, 5pm, Holidays 8:30am, 3pm 27 Ocean Avenue | 824.2809 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Call for Services 500 Deltona Blvd | Shores | 797.4412 Christ Our Savior EV Lutheran Church Christian Formation 9am Divine Service 10:30am (deaf interpreted) 21 Milton Street | Uptown | 829.6823

Awaken City Church 10am Sundays 112 Theatre Dr info@awakencity.church 904) 417-8866

Christ The King Anglican Church Sunday Holy Communion 10:00 am 6900 US Highway 1 South St. Augustine, FL Wednesday Praise Prayer & Healing - 7:00 pm 904-460-2318 www.ctksa.org

Berea Seventh Day Adventist Church Sabbath School 9:15am, Worship 11am Prayer Meeting 7:30pm 151 M L King Ave | Downtown | 824.9145

Church Of Christ Sunday Bible Class 9am Sunday Worship 10am, 6pm, Wed 7pm 2900 Lewis Speedway | 824.1800

Bethany Baptist Church Call for Services 5465 CR 208 | Bakersville | 824.5169

Church at Vilano (Baptist) Bible School 9:30am, Sunday 10:30am Wednesday Prayer and Bible Services 7pm 121 Meadow Ave | Vilano Beach | 827.0477

Bethel Baptist Church Call for services 222 Riberia St | Downtown | 824.5304 Bible Baptist Church Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am & 5pm 2485 Old Moultrie Rd | 797.3999 Bridge of Life Christian Center (Full Gospel Assembly of God) Sunday Worship 10:30am Wed 6:30pm Bible Study Lewis Point Plaza | 797.0669

Craig Funeral Home • Crematory • memorial Park

Community Bible Church Equipping Hour (classes for all ages) 9:30am Fellowship Worship Service10:30am Wed (school schedule) Word of Life Clubs, ages 4 thru High School, Bible Study 6:30pm 3150 US 1 South | St Augustine | 797.3875 Corpus Christi Catholic Church Daily Mass Mon-Sat 9am • Sat Vigil Mass 4pm Sunday Mass 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00am 6175 Datil Pepper Rd | Shores Area | 797.4842 Congregation Sons of Israel (Jewish, Conservative) Services Friday 7:30pm & Saturday 10am 161 Cordova St | Historic District | 829.9532

Crescent Beach Baptist Church Sunday School Bible Fellowship 9:30am Worship 11am, Sunday Worship 6pm 885 SR 206 E | St Augustine | 794.7777 Dawson Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Sunday School 9:30am, Sunday Worship 110am, Bible Study Wednesday 7pm 225 N Orange St | St. Augustine | 824.8049 Sunday 10am, Thursday 7pm 2040 SR 207 | 819.9970 Destiny Church International Sunday 1030am Wed 7pm 1485 US1 South St. Augustine, FL 32086 904824-6176 First Church of Christ Scientist (Christian Science and Reading Room) Sunday School and Service 10am Wednesday Service 5:30pm 2555 Old Moultrie Rd | 797.8882 First Baptist Church Sunday School 9:30am, Worship 10:45am Monday Word and Action Bible Study 6:45pm Wednesday Prayer Service 12 noon 89 St Francis Street | Downtown | 824.6590 First United Methodist Church Sunday 8:15am & 11am - Traditional Worship Sunday 9:30am - Contemporary 118 King Street | Downtown | 829.3459 Grace United Methodist Church Sun School 9:15 am Worship 7:45, 8:00 & 11:00 am Junior Church during 11am Carrera St at Cordova St | Downtown | 829.8272 Good News PCA (Christian) Sunday Worship 9am & 10:30am Nursery provided for all services 1357 Wildwood Drive | 819.0064 Heritage Baptist Church Bible Fellowship 9:30am Sunday School 9:30am Sunday Worship 10:30am & 5:30pm Wed 7pm prayer meeting 1480 Wildwood Dr | 824.8888 Hineni Messianic Fellowship (Messianic - Jewish & Non Jewish Believers) Friday Shabbat 7:30pm Tuesday Bible Study 7:30pm 1797 Old Moultrie Road | 827.9731 Holy Cross Charismatic Orthodox Sunday 10am 110 Masters Drive | 810.0535

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Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of St Augustine 2940 CR 214 | 829.0504

New Saint James Missionary Baptist Church Sunday School 9:30am, Worship 10:30am 135 Rodriquez Street | 824.6500

St. James Catholic Church Sunday Vigil Mass - 10:30 a.m. 86 ML King Ave. I 460.0535

Homeport Christian Church Sundays 9am Traditional 10:45am Contemporary Wednesday 6:30pm 5605 US 1 S | St Augustine South | 797.8921

Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church Saturday Vigil 4:00pm Sunday masses 8am, 10am, 12 noon Daily mass Tue 8:15am, Thurs 8:15am 5950 SR 16 | 824.8688 Pentecostal Fellowship Center Church Sunday Schoool 10:00am Worship 11am, 6pm | Youth Thursday 5:30pm 1065 Kings Estate Rd | Kings Estates | 797.6040

Saint Luke AME Church African Methodist Sunday School 9:30am Sunday Worship 11am 694 W Pearl St | Downtown | 824.6120

Hurst Chapel AME Church (Methodist) Call for Services 28-1/2 Bernard St | Downtown | 824.0500 Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall South Cong.- Sunday 4pm & Thur 7:30pm North Cong. - Sunday 1pm & Wed 7:30pm East Cong. - Sunday 1pm & Thursday 7:30pm 735 Kings Estate Rd | 797.7599 Lighthouse Church of God Sunday School 9:30am, Worship 10:30am Sunday Evening 6pm, Wed Evening 7pm 1230 Kings Estate Road | 797.6996 Mc Dowell Baptist Church 16 Bayview Drive | St Augustine Call for Services 829-8388

Pilgrim Church (United Church of Christ) Service Sunday 10am 5880 US 1 South | St Augustine | 797.5187 Rebirth Church Sunday Worship 10:30am Wednesday Bible Studies 7pm St. Augustine High School, 3205 Varella Ave. 904.325.9647 Saint Anastasia Catholic Church Saturday 4pm, Sunday 8am & 10:30am Daily Mass 9am Monday-Friday 5205 A1A South | Anastasia Island | 471.5364

Memorial Lutheran Church of the Martyrs Sunday School Sundays Traditional 8am Contemporary 10:30am 3375 US 1 South | 797.4377

Saint Photios National Shrine (Greek Orthodox) Monday - Saturday, Sunday Service Friday 11am 41 St George St | St Augustine | 829.8205

Memorial Presbyterian Church Sunday 8:30am Informal, 9:30am Church School 10:50am Pipe Organ Prelude, 11am Worship 36 Sevilla St | Historic District | 829.6451

San Sebastian Catholic Church Saturday Vigil Mass 4pm Sunday Masses 8am,10am, 12 noon Spanish Daily Mass 8am Tues - Friday 1112 SR 16 | 824.6625

Mill Creek Baptist Church Sunday Bible Service 10am, Sunday Worship 11am, 6:30pm, Wed 7pm 6019-A State Rd. 16 | Mill Creek | 940.3130

Seventh - Day Adventist Church Sabbath School 9:30am, Worship 11am 485 Shores Boulevard | St Augustine | 824.5855

Saint Mary’s Baptist Church Call for Services 69 Washington St | Downtown | 824.1314 Saint Paul AME Church Sunday School 9:30am, Worship Services 10:45am Bible Study Wednesday 6pm 85 ML King Avenue | 829.3918 Tabernacle Baptist Church Call for Services 280 Duval St | Downtown | 829.2041 Temple Bet Yam (Jewish Reform) Services First and Third Friday 7:30pm 2055 Wildwood Rd | St Augustine | 819.1875 The Village Church (Interdenominational) Bible School 9:00am Services 9am & 11am, Children’s 11am Adult Bible Study 10am, Youth 5pm 4225 Pacetti Rd | World Golf Village | 940.6768 Trinity Episcopal Parish Holy Eurcharist 7:30, 9am Family Service & 11:15am Wednesday 10am Holy Eurcharist and Healing Service followed by Bible Study 215 St. George St | Historic District | 824.2876 Turning Point at Calvary Baptist Church Sunday School 9:40am Worship 9:40am, 11am, 6pm 3500 SR 16 • 829.9795

Miracle Center Ministries (Non-Denominational) Sunday 10:30am 1797 Old Moultrie Road | 824.9673

Saint Augustine Shores United Methodist Church Sunday School 10am, Traditional 9am Contemporary 11am 724 Shores Blvd | St Augustine Shores | 797.4416

Unitarian-Universalists Fellowship of St. Augustine Sunday 10:30am 2487 A1A South | St Augustine | 471.2047

Moultrie Baptist Church Sunday School 9:45am Service 11am, 6pm, Wed 6:30pm 3699 US 1 S | Moultrie Creek | 797.9005

Saint Cyprian’s Episcopal Church Sunday Holy Eucharist 10am Third Sunday 5:30pm 37 Lovett Street | 829.8828

Zion Baptist Church Call for Services 94 Evergreen Ave | St Augustine | 826.1424

New Life Baptist Church Call for Service Times 346 Varella Avenue • Near SR 16 | 823.9537

Saint Francis In-the-Field Episcopal Church 9am, Sunday 10am 895 Palm Valley Rd | Ponte Vedra | 543.0112

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Keeping up with Summer has been a season of record change and expansion for the Beaver organization. In June, Beaver Toyota announced their pending acquisition of Riverside Chevrolet, a dealership that was embroiled in controversy and scandal over the last year.

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took place at Riverside Chevrolet. We are currently operating according to a plan to transform Riverside Chevrolet into the best dealership in Jacksonville. We envision it to be a store that gives back to the community and

You may have seen the coverage puts customers first. A Beaver team has already assumed control of in the news and maybe you or someone you know was personally affected by the unfair business practices that were in place under the prior management. All of that is changing. When we heard about these stories, we at the Beaver organization recognized an opportunity to step up for our community and make our best effort to right the wrongs that OLD CITY LIFE / VOLUM E 1 2 IS S UE 7


the Beaver’s operations of the facility and we are fully operational, ready to service and sell vehicles. Whether you are a loyal Beaver Toyota customer or an avid Chevy enthusiast intrigued by the Beaver takeover, we hope to serve and "wow" you soon at either dealership.

The Chevy store has a convenient centralized location, about 15 minutes from anywhere you might be in Jacksonville. And the Toyota store continues to serve all of Northeast Florida, even stretching to Flagler County and beyond. Plus, we service all makes and models at our dealerships. Another exciting transition around the corner is our students’ return to school. Once again, Beaver Toyota renewed its longstanding commitment to teachers and

students in St. John’s County. You’ll see the same level of support, from teacher grants to after school funding, you’ve come to expect from the Beaver organization. We’ve also forged a new and exciting relationship with Flagler County Schools and are working diligently to make a similar impact. This year, the Beaver organization will alson seek a partnership with Duval County Schools, giving back to the community we know will rally around us as endeavor to transform another local business into a force for good.

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E N J OY I N G L I F E I N T H E N AT I O N ’ S O L D E S T C I T Y

JULY JULY 20 HEATHERS THE MUSICAL AT THE LIMELIGHT THEATRE Heathers the Musical at the Limelight Theatre is a heartfelt comedy. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. on

WHAT’S GOIN’ DOWN IN THE TOWN....

Sunday. Tickets are $26 general

presents folk singer and American

admission; $24 seniors; $20 students

troubadour Don McLean live in concert.

and military. 11 Old Mission Avenue,

McLean will perform songs from his

904-825-1164,

decades-long musical career including

www.limelight-theatre.org

American Pie, Castles in the Air, Vincent and more. Doors open at 7

JULY 27 DON MCLEAN AT THE PONTE VEDRA CONCERT HALL

p.m., and the performance is at 8 p.m.

The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly

A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach, 904-

Admission ranges from $89-69. 1050 209-3746, www.pvconcerthall.com

AUGUST

AUGUST 1

AUG 2 FARM SWAP AND MUSIC JAM

NANA’S

Enjoy music from local musicians while shopping for farm-fresh produce

NAUGHTY NICKERS

at the Florida Agricultural Museum.

River City Players presents their summer production of Nana’s Naughty

of folk, bluegrass, old time, fiddle,

Knickers August 1-12th at the Scarlett-Hill Theater inside of the Larimer

country and blues will be performing

Arts Center at 216 Reid Street in Downtown Palatka. The comedy will run

while vendors offer fruits, veggies,

nine performances beginning with a Champagne Opening Night on the first

honeys, jellies, nuts, arts and crafts,

of August. Tickets are available online.

and so much more. 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

5044, rivercityplayerspalatka.org

216 Reid Street, Palatka, 904-377-

Musicians, singers and songwriters

7900 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast, 386-446-7630, www.floridaagmuseum.org

AUG 4 DRUM RUNNER SERIES BARREL RACING AT ST. JOHNS COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS Saddle up and head over to the St. Johns County Fairgrounds for monthly barrel, pole and other timed speed 72

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REGULAR ROTATION TUESDAYS

SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS

Trivia!!! Night at Ancient City Brewing

St. Augustine Farmer’s Market at the

Company, 3420 Agricultural Center Dr.

Amphitheater (Saturday) 9 a.m -12 p.m.

7:30-10:30 PM ancientcitybrewing.com

St. Augustine Flea Market 9-4 p.m.

THURSDAYS

SUNDAYS

Open Mic Night

Salt Air Farmer’s Market 10-2 p.m.

Tradewinds Lounge 5-9 p.m.

101 Tolstoy Ln., Marineland

horse events. The event is open to

work and the work of his friend,

public and free for spectators. The

American music legend Woody

races begin at 2 p.m. January through

Guthrie. The music starts at 2 p.m.

March and 5 p.m. April through

at the Hart House with tours of

November at the St. Johns County

Stetson’s Cottage available at 1 p.m.

Fairgrounds.

and following the concert at 4 p.m.

5840 SR 207, Elkton,

A donation of $10 per attendee is

www.sjchc.org

suggested. Reservations are required

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S A I N T A U G U S T I N E ’ S P R E M I E R C U LT U R E A N D L I F E S T Y L E M A G A Z I N E

by phone or email. 1523 SR 13 N,

AUG 8 OPEN ART STUDIO

Fruit Cove, 904-206-8304,

Vilano Beach Art Programs offers an

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DIVE IN! BELOW THE SURFACE OF NORTH FLORIDA’S NATURAL SPRINGS

instructional art session at the North Shore Improvement Association

LIVING SALTY

each Wednesday. From noon-3 p.m.,

AUG 15 THE ALARM AT THE PONTE VEDRA CONCERT HALL

local artist Barb Valentine leads an

The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly

open session where artists can come

welcomes the groundbreaking early

to share ideas and techniques and

‘80s rock band The Alarm. The Alarm

meet other artists.

was made in Wales, UK and by the

120 Meadow Avenue,

time of 1981’s debut single Unsafe

847-899-0808

Building, they featured a daring

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mix of amped-up acoustic guitars,

Community Center on Vilano Beach

harmonica and passionate vocals

AUG 12 SECOND SUNDAY - STETSON’S CONCERT SERIES

that invited the enduring description

This event is located at

Admission is $36.

Beluthahatchee Park, the home

Ponte Vedra Beach, 904-209-3746,

grounds of the late Stetson Kennedy,

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whose home is a twice-dedicated literary landmark honoring Kennedy’s

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A TALE OF TURTLES

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HOW IT SHOULD’VE BEEN DONE LAST TIME OFFSHORE FISHING

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“Bob Dylan meets The Clash.” 8 p.m. 1050 A1A North,

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AUG 15 WEDNESDAY MARKET AT THE PIER

AUG 15 MUSIC BY THE SEA FREE CONCERT

AUG 16 CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA

Rain or shine, come to the Wednesday

Music by the Sea Free Concert Series,

Grab your lawn chairs or bring a

Market at the Pier for fresh produce, baked

in its’ 16th season, is a popular, free

blanket and come listen to some great

goods, jewelry, and other quality hand-

weekly concert for everyone. The concert

music in a great place. Concerts in

made gift and home decorating products.

series, which runs through September

The Plaza, this year celebrating their

Local vendors & artists provide a wide

12, features a different band each

28th season, is a summer long music

variety of goods with a heavy emphasis

Wednesday playing a variety of music

series that features different musical

on home grown, hand picked, and hand

that ranges from jazz, blues, classic rock,

entertainment each week. The free

crafted items. St. Johns County Pier,

and country. St. Johns County Pier, St.

concerts are every Thursday evening

www.sabca.org

Augustine Beach, www.sabca.org

between Memorial Day and Labor Day in the Gazebo in the Plaza. Plaza de la Constitucion, www.citystaug.com/concer

AUGUST 24 FLORIDA

African Drum Circles of St Augustine is a Free Family-Friendly community

SKIMBOARDING PRO/AM TOURNAMENT

The Florida Skimboarding Pro/Am Tournament is taking place in Vilano Beach where competing athletes are from more than 75 different beaches throughout Florida, the United States and the world. This event takes place at the Vilano Beach ramp. Check the website for the start times, which are dependent on the weather and conditions.

AUG 16 WEST AFRICAN DRUM CIRCLE West

2725 Anahma Drive, St. Augustine, 904-540-1189,

www.rundropslide.com/flproam

event used as a tool for Unity. Held at the St. Johns County Pier on the 3rd Thursday of the month, March through October. People of ALL levels of musical expertise come together and share their rhythmical spirit with whatever drums or percussion they choose. Please bring a chair. St. Johns County Pier 904-392-4707

AUG 16 HEATHERS THE MUSICAL Nominee of a 2014 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical, Heathers The Musical is a hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal new comedy that will be performed at the Limelight Theatre on the Matuza Main Stage through August 19th. 11 Old Mission Avenue 904-825-1164 www.limelight-theatre.org

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Bucks partnership with FOG, the

AUG 25 RICK SPRINGFIELD PRESENTS BEST IN SHOW AT ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE

Farmers Market will match up to

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre

$40.00 in SNAP/EBT funds, providing

welcomes ‘80s power pop icon Rick

a total of $80.00 in market purchasing

Springfield and his Best In Show Tour

power for SNAP/EBT cardholders each

featuring special guests Loverboy,

week. 1340C A1A South,

Greg Kihn and Tommy Tutone to

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the stage. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.,

www.staugampitheatre.com

and the performance is at 7 p.m.

live music from the Front Porch. recipients Through the Fresh Access

Admission ranges from $154-$44.

AUG 18 CRUISE-IN

1340 A1A South

The St. Augustine Cruisers Car Club, a

904-209-0367

family-oriented organization over 100

www.staugamphitheatre.com

members strong, hosts a Cruise-In the parking lot of the Riverside Center

AUG 25 LAST SATURDAY - UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT

(Intersection of US 1 and SR 312

Uptown Saturday Night is the perfect

behind LongHorn Steakhouse). The

event for fashionistas, art lovers and

Cruise-In includes music, door prizes

antique shoppers from 5-8 p.m. on

and a 50/50 drawing as well as Classic

the last Saturday of each month.

Cars. Stop by and check us out! Free.

Uptown Saturday Night takes place

Riverside Center at US 1 and SR 312,

year-round with special deals in the

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unique shops on St. Augustine’s San

on the third Saturday of the month in

Marco Avenue. The Mission Nombre

AUG 18 UMPHREE MCGEE AT ST. AUGUSTINE AMPITHEATRE

de Dios provides free parking most

Progressive jam band Umphrey’s

San Marco Avenue

McGee returns to the St. Augustine

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Amphitheatre with special guest

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Spafford. Tickets are $35.00.

UptownStAugustine

months.

1340C A1A South, 904-209-0367, www.staugampitheatre.com

AUG 26 SUNSET/MOONRISE AT ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE

JULY 20 - AUG. 19

HEATHERS THE MUSICAL

Nominee of a 2014 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical, Heathers The Musical is a hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal new comedy!

RESERVATIONS limelight-theatre.org 904.825.1164

Enjoy the sunset and moonrise from

AUG 25 GAMBLE JAM SESSION

the top of the Lighthouse. The $30

Musicians of all skill levels are

admission includes a champagne

welcome to bring their instruments

toast, provided by San Sebastian

and “Jam Out” on the second and

Winery, hors d’oeuvres from The Reef

fourth Saturdays of the month.This

and an informative overview of the

event is free with park entrance.

history of the St. Augustine Light

3100 S Oceanshore Blvd., Flagler Bch

Station.

386-517-2086

81 Lighthouse Ave

www.floridastateparks.org/hours-and-

904-829-0745

fees/Gamble-Rogers

www.staugustinelighthouse.org/

SHOWTIMES 7:30pm Thurs - Sat 2pm Sunday 11 Old Mission Avenue Uptown St. Augustine FREE PARKING!

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AUGUST 16

TODD RUNDGREN AT PONTE VEDRA

AUG 30 LIGHTNER AFTER HOURS Join the Lightner Museum at Lightner After Hours for an evening of enlightening conversation, exceptional music and exquisite cuisine from 6-8

CONCERT HALL

p.m. in the museum. This event is free and open to the public. Donations are Visionary rock artist Todd Rundgren

requested for beverages.

returns to perform at the Ponte Vedra

25 Granada St.

Concert Hall on August 16, 2018

904-824-2874

with “An Unpredictable Evening with

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Todd Rundgren”. Rundgren began playing guitar as a teenager, going

SEP 2-23 SING OUT LOUD FESTIVAL

on to found and front The Nazz, the

St. Augustine’s Sing Out Loud Music

quintessential `60’s cult group. In

Festival, the largest free music festival

1969, he left the band to pursue

in St. Johns County, returns for three

a solo career, recording his debut

weekends in September 2018. This

offering, the legendary “Runt”. But

years lineup features Jason Isbell

it was 1972’s seminal “Something/

and The 400 Unit, The Decemberists

Anything?” on which he played

and Lucero, The Mountain Goats,

all the instruments, sang all the

Leftover Salmaon and countless local

vocal parts, and acted as his own

artists featured on multiple stages

producer, that catapulted Todd into

throughout the city. All the concerts

the superstar limelight, prompting the press to unanimously dub him ‘Rock’s

are free of charge. is a benefit concert

New Wunderkind’. In 1974, Todd formed Utopia, an entirely new approach

for the Betty Griffin Center of St. Johns

to the concept of interactive musicianship, and embarked on an extensive

County with all proceeds going to aid

round of touring and recording. Standout Utopia offerings included “Oops!

the Center’s mission of working to end

Wrong Planet”, “Adventures in Utopia”, and “Oblivion”. Along the way, Utopia

domestic violence and sexual abuse.

combined technical virtuosity and creative passion to create music that, for

For full details see

millions, defined the term “progressive rock”.

www.singoutloudfestival.com

1050 A1A North, Ponte

Vedra Beach, 904-209-0399, www.pvconcerthall.com

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Who’s got the best chicken wing

On the last Sunday of the month at the

AUG 28 FOURTH TUESDAY - NIGHT MARKET AT THE ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE

recipe in town? Who performs the best

Limelight Theatre, enjoy live acoustic

The Night Market, takes place the

karaoke in town? Join us at the beach

music by some of the area’s best

fourth Tuesday of each month at the St.

and strut your stuff. Bring your family

up-and-coming bands and musicians

Augustine Amphitheatre from 6-9 p.m.,

and friends to enjoy a brand-new, fun-

from 6-8 p.m. on stage in the Koger-

hosts up to 90 vendors, will also feature

filled event. The event takes place at

Gamache Studio Theatre.

live entertainment and activities, and is

the St. Johns County Pier Park from

Admission is $5.

free to enter and open to all ages.

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

11 Old Mission Ave.

1340 A1A South

350 A1A Beach Blvd

904-825-1164

904-315-9252

904-813-5809

www.limelight-theatre.org

www.staugamphitheatre.com

www.facebook.com/TheGreatSt. AugustineWingOffandSingOff

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VACATION OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS? YOU CAN A F F O R D I T ( R E A L LY.. . ) OLD CITY LIFE / VOLUM E 1 2 IS S UE 7


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hink about the last

amount, your room was most likely

Your room was only a place to

family vacation you

a single room with a couple of

“crash” and change clothes —

took…did you stay in

beds (hopefully queen if sleeping

certainly not a place you’d want to

a hotel or resort? If so,

arrangements require you to bunk

spend a decent amount of leisure

what were the amenities like? Did

with one of your offspring, as

time in. And of course, there’s the

you really feel comfortable? Was

often happens with your average

proximity to your “neighbors,”

it that “home away from home”

family of four), a small attached

which depending on the amount of

feeling so many people look for

bathroom, possibly a mini-fridge

soundproofing that’s gone into a

when they travel? And, whether it

to store some emergency water

place, you might hear through the

was or wasn’t, just how much did

(or wine/beer) and snacks. An

walls.

you pay?

actual balcony was probably non-

Chances are, it was anywhere

What if I were to tell you that, if

existent, considering that so many

you had a good group of friends or

between $150 to $250 per night

resorts now don’t have them for

family whom you could stand to be

(before taxes and resort fees).

fear of liability. Meals, activities,

around for an extended period of

Exactly what did you get for

and amusements required leaving

time (say three to five days or so),

your money? Even if the place

the room for another location,

you could spend around that same

was considered upscale, for that

either at the resort or elsewhere.

amount of money per night…AND

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enjoy a lushly appointed, 10-bedroom, 13-bathroom multi-million dollar mansion…yes, MANSION... with all the luxuries you could possibly think of (and more)? Accommodations which are spacious and airy, giving you freedom to move about without tripping over your significant other and children? Large, open bedrooms separate from those same children? Fullyequipped chef’s kitchens which afford not only a fullsize refrigerator/freezer to keep your beer cold, but everything you need to prepare a gourmet dinner, and

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plate it up beautifully? Where a morning spent at the pool doesn’t involve getting up at 8 a.m. (to beat the crowds to get chairs), changing into your swimsuit, donning a cover up, flip flops, grabbing your beach

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bag (with everything you can thing

Land of the World”) — only six miles

trend ever since the property came

imaginable in it, so you don’t have to

from Walt Disney World…and a world

under Sheila Johnson’s Salamander

scramble back to the room for forgotten

away from your “average” Orlando

umbrella. The company understood

goggles or water toy), and riding down

vacation.

the benefits in helping home owners

multiple floors on the elevator. Where

These days, with the ever-evolving

in this private community rent their

all you have to do is grab a beach towel

travel landscape becoming more

properties to large parties looking for

and walk out the door onto the deck

and more diverse, options for over-

more privacy and adaptability in their

of a gorgeous pool with a waterfall,

night lodging is no longer limited to

leisure accommodations. What they

heated spa AND lazy river…and relax.

hotels. Vacation rentals, apartments,

developed was the official Reunion

Would that get your attention? It

condominiums, even entire houses

Resort Vacation Rental Program which

certainly got mine when I heard about

are becoming ever-more popular as

offers a multitude of options to meet a

it.

that sector of the lodging industry

variety of budgets and parties as large

continues to expand. Reunion Resort

as 32…equal to 8 families of 4.

Welcome to Reunion Resort, in the heart of Central Florida (aka “Vacation

has been at the forefront of that

Reunion Resort is famous for its

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many different styles of accommodations, but what really sets it apart is the fact that it puts true luxury within the reach of those who maybe don’t live in the lap of it. Think of it: when was the last time you spent time in an $8 million dollar home? For most people, that answer would be “Never,” but with the Vacation Rental Program, and their selection, that is completely attainable. In other words, instead of spending upwards of $1500 to $2000 for a week to be jammed into a “people-houser” while you’re exploring Central Florida’s attractions, you can grab some friends, pool your financial resources, and make your vacation truly one to remember, by staying in an honest-to-goodness, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” type villa. Nightly rentals of homes like the 10-room, 12 bathroom mansion in Eagle Bay which we were able to experience range between $2050 - $3050 per night (plus taxes and fees), depending on the time of year. At first it sounds pricely, but for a place that sleeps 26 people — split that up between a large group of your closest friends and family, and you’re talking lavish, palacial accomodations for what you would pay for a 20 x 20 room at your average Hilton. And remember it you will. The “WOW” factor when walking into one of the Reunion showpiece rental properties is difficult to describe — they are mansions in every sense of the word. Grand entrances lead to stunning living areas filled with opulent furnishings (the Eagle Bay mansion boasted $2.2 MILLION dollars in furnishings alone, including a $40,000 Italian red leather sofa in the upstairs game room); floor-to-ceiling window walls looking out over beautiful vistas, 83

many of them on one of the three championship golf courses within the 2,200 acre resort; the kitchens are heaven on earth to anyone who loves

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breakfast each morning without having

and family rooms abound. Many homes

to worry about being “presentable”?

have jaw-dropping game rooms with

Many of the lush bedrooms come

regulation size pool tables, dartboards,

with ensuite bathrooms that can only

indoor shuffleboards, leather card

be described as sanctuaries — garden

tables, gaming systems — there’s

tubs perfect for relaxing sore legs

even one home with a bowling alley

after a long day at the theme parks,

AND full-screen virtual golf game.

large marble-tiled showers, double

Large, flatscreen TVs are everywhere...

vanities, and closets that would make

and then there are the indoor theatre

Carrie Bradshaw happy. The kids aren’t

rooms which you have to experience

forgotten either. Themed bedrooms —

to fully understand the concept of

Star Wars, Disney, Princess, Nautical,

“immersive.” Get into your pjs, pop

even Harry Potter — many with

the popcorn, put the latest Avengers

multiple bunk beds (the Eagle Bay

movie into the Blue Ray player and be

home has a nautical-themed one that

transported to another dimension for

sleeps 10), will make them feel like

a couple of hours with the rest of your

they’re at camp, or one big, days-long,

crew.

slumber party…but even better. What more can a family, or families, ask for? The common areas are designed

“But what’s the pool like?” An important question on the lips of every vacationer, for certain. There has been

expressly for chilling, hanging out,

no expense spared for outdoor living

and enjoying your traveling mates’

here as well and that is reflected in the

company. Plush, comfortable living

outdoor pools — waterfalls; lazy river;

Exceptional Davis Shores Waterfront Home An incredible opportunity to buy this unique waterfront Craftsman style home on Quarry Creek. Originally build in 1954, this home was purchased by John Valdes and underwent a full renovation and restoration in 2006 for his personal enjoyment. In keeping with Valdes’ philosophy in construction, no detail was spared in the quality of design, functionality, efficiency and sustainability. With the hint of Asian influence and exquisite detail to the finishes, one cannot help but appreciate the pride in workmanship this home exudes, reminiscent the works of Frank Lloyd Wright. A Sophisticated and Luxurious Retreat on Ponte Vedra of Blvd need to join homes amenities willRiver make you and feel as if you are living in your very own Augustine, private retreat. Locatedthis home has the ultimate backdrop for relaxing or With stunning No views ofa club, thethisMatanzas Downtown St. one of the highestwith natural sand dunes, with over 220ft of Oceanfront this stunning a luxurious oasis entertaining. Fully atop equipped a salt-chlorinated pool and property dockofferswith a davit for a jon boat or canoe, one can quickly escape the on Ponte Vedra Blvd. The 8,654 square foot home features 4 bedrooms with 5 full and 3 half baths along with his and hers digitaloffices world into waterways and wildlife Don’t miss this amazing opportunity. Your future self will thank you! and a personal gym. The impeccable interior is mirrored by the exquisite backyard which features a summer kitchen, stone fireplace, tennis court, infinity pool with spa.+Enjoy resort style| living comfort and convenience 2956sqft | 3andbedrooms office 4 from fullthebathrooms | of2home. car

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splash pads; spas; terraces that that will make you feel like you’re at a Mediterranean resort in Naples…and because it’s Florida, a lot of attention has been paid to the outdoor kitchens at Reunion’s luxury rental homes. They beg you to take advantage of Florida living by grilling out at least one night during your stay. But, as they say on TV, that’s not all. Because you’re a part of the official Reunion Rental program, every guest gets full and unlimited use of all Reunion’s firstclass amenities: the five acre water park with its own lazy river, kids water playground and waterslide, ten neighborhood swimming pools, not to mention access to the property’s three signature golf courses (designed by Palmer, Nicklaus and Watson), tennis center and full service spa (regular fees apply for golf, tennis and spa). And if you decide to take off a night from cooking, you can choose to dine at one of the resort’s excellent restaurants, including the stunning Eleven, overlooking all of Central Florida from the main building’s 11th floor (catching the theme parks’ fireworks is a nightly event here). Or, if you want, hire one of Reunion’s private chefs to come and prepare a fresh, custom-prepared dinner at your abode as a special treat. This type of experience isn’t limited to only to friends and family get togethers. These gorgeous homes are perfect for corporate outings, team-building events, seminars, wedding parties…anything where gathering together is important, but having your own sense of space is also key. The lure of Orlando is obvious — a playground for both children and adults — and so many places throughout Central Florida claim to have that “one of a kind” experience. Sadly, many miss the mark because, essentially they are merely another resort among many. That’s not the case at Renunion. Their rental program makes good on that promise of being truly unique, and for a price that won’t drain your bank account. For your next big vacation, treat yourself to a luxurious Reunion…and bring your friends along. For more information on this unique vacation experience, only a short drive from St. Augustine, call (407) 326-0366, or visit their website: www. reunionvacationhomes.com

LAID BACK LUXE

Nautilus AT THE BEACH

CELEBRATING 43 YEARS! Bikinis • Tankinis • Mix & Match Resort Wear • Ladies Plus Size Clothing Men’s Clothing

OPEN EVERY DAY! 904.471.6280

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On A1A between St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach on the Intracoastal 2 blocks south of the castle in North Beach

Causal Atmo sphere Fresh Local Seafood

ood Spectacular F le! and Fun Peop

Come By Car or Boat! (904) 829-1105 We offer outstanding family dining, whether you’re looking for steamed oysters, peel ‘n eat shrimp, fresh salad, great soups, a terrific steak or blackened chicken, we have something for everyone and every appetite!

Lunch & Dinner • 7 Days a Week Full bar • Live Music • Beautiful Sunsets Happy Hour 3-7 pm in the bar Ask Us About Private Parties In Our Covered Party Pavilion On The Water!

www.aunt-kates.com • 612 Euclid Avenue

THE VERY BEST OF TWO VIEWS

Spectacular Oceanfront Dining Best Brunch • Best Seafood • Best View

904-824-8008

4100 Coastal Highway on A1A

Just 3 miles north of the Usina Bridge • South of the Castle

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Looking back — 5 years ago this September, St. Augustine celebrated a pretty big birthday… and they had a cake to match. PHOTO BY TUCKER JOENZ

LOCAL FLAVOR IN T H IS : H O NE Y W IT H S TI NG E AT S O N T HE GO

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BEACHCOMBER Smell the salt air as you sit inside or outside at St. Augustine’s favorite beach side restaurant and bar located Where ‘A’ Street meets the Ocean. Guests can sit and enjoy the beach atmosphere for lunch or dinner daily daily.  A local favorite, the Beachcomber offers a full menu including tacos, burgers, wings, chowders, salads, fish, and seafood with chef inspired daily lunch and dinner specials. We’ve recently added some fresh new menu items to complement the classic Beachcomber favorites Enjoy Happy Hour from 3-6 pm with a large selection of draft and bottled beers including an ever evolving craft beer selection. Truly one of St. Augustine Beaches’ favorite landmarks for great food created from all fresh ingredients.  The Beachcomber is located on A Street, directly on the beach. Bring your entire family and pets…they are always welcome here! Come check out the changes…”Have you been to the Beachcomber lately?”

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SUNSET GRILLE Sunset Grille opened for business in 1990 on the “original A1A strip” and became a place for both St. Augustine locals and tourists alike to kick back and enjoy a Key West style atmosphere, a warm sea breeze and a wide selection of delicious food with a unique twist. Proud of our numerous culinary awards received over the past two decades of operation, the Sunset Grille is the most award winning restaurant in St. Augustine. Guests can choose from three different seating areas including our inside dining area and a second floor outdoor deck. Feel the ocean breeze from the upper deck while indulging in one of the many incredible seafood dishes including shrimp, crab, scallops and fresh locally sourced fish or one of our hand cut steaks, tasty pasta dishes, sandwiches and crisp salads. Start your meal by choosing from a wide selection of appetizers and finish with a decadent homemade dessert like Peanut Butter Pie, Key Lime Pie or the Ultimate S’mores Brownie. Sunset Grille offers full bar service, an enjoyable wine list and a creative list of original cocktails. Open for lunch, dinner or a late night bite seven days a week from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm so come in and see why Trip Advisor users have ranked Sunset Grille with the most 5 star ratings in Northeast Florida!

904.471.5555 421 A 1 A Beach Blvd St. Augustine Beach, Fl www.sunsetgrilleA1A.com


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BEE-GOOD

HONEY GETS A SHOT

H

BY KARA POUND

oney. The word itself is almost as sweet as the liquid gold it represents. These days, the earthy tones which this

heavenly substance imparts makes it one of the go-to ingredients in today’s craft cocktail craze. It’s only natural then that that led to what some would call “the perfect marriage” - Bourbon-infused honey.

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eally…bourbon. And

provocative pairing — use it to sweeten your

honey. Together.

tea or coffee; add it to your favorite recipes;

A North Florida gourmet honey

top fresh-from-the-oven baked goods for a mouthwatering treat; mix it with butter for a

company, Stubbees, decided to

yummy spread; or put it alongside your favorite

expand from its original product

charcuterie and smoked meats. Better yet, add

base of whipped honey mixed with

it to a favorite craft cocktail, like this Honey-

organic fruits, to experiment with

Bourbon-Thyme Punch, and let the flavor come

a new blend using small batch

alive.

bourbon. As owner and founder Justin Stubblefield says, “We’ve become known for our raw whipped honey products that come in a range of flavors like peach, orange zest, mango, and vanilla bean. We wanted to branch out

H O NEY-BO URBO N-T H YME PUNCH COCKTAIL INGREDIENTS: 4 TEASPOONS THYME SIMPLE SYRUP (RECIPE BELOW) 3 DASHES ANGOSTURA AROMATIC BITTERS 1 ½ OUNCES BOURBON WHISKEY 1 LEMON PEEL (FOR GARNISH) THYME SIMPLE SYRUP: 1/2 CUP STUBBEES BOURBON INFUSED HONEY 1/2 CUP WATER 4 SPRIGS THYME

and create a product that blends small batch bourbon

and thyme sprigs over medium heat. Bring to

and floral

a simmer, stirring frequently until honey has

honey. Our

dissolved into water. Remove from heat and allow

new Bourbon

to cool completely. Once cool, remove thyme

Infused Honey

sprigs and transfer to an airtight container.

is more than

Thyme Simple Syrup and the 3 dashes of bitters

ever hoped for.

to an Old Fashioned glass. Swirl syrup and bitters

It’s delicious.”

around in glass. Add bourbon, ice, lemon peel,

end to the things that can be enhanced by this

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To make cocktail, add 4 teaspoons of the

I could have

There’s no

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Begin by making the Thyme Simple Syrup. In a small saucepan, combine honey, water,

and stir.


DA R K C H O C O L AT E B OUR B O N P ECA N SQUAR ES INGREDIENTS: 1/4 CUP ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR 1/3 CUP DARK OR DUTCH-PROCESSED COCOA POWDER, SIFTED 1/4 TEASPOON BAKING POWDER 1/8 TEASPOON BAKING SODA 1/4 TEASPOON INSTANT ESPRESSO POWDER 1/4 TEASPOON FINE SEA SALT 6 TABLESPOONS UNSALTED BUTTER, CUT INTO CUBES

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Farenheight. Grease an 8 x 8 inch baking pan and set aside. Whisk flour, sifted cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, espresso powder, and salt. Set aside. Combine butter and chopped chocolate in a saucepan. Stir over low heat until chocolate is almost melted. Remove from heat and continue to gently stir until smooth; the residual heat from the pan should be enough to melt the last few bits of chocolate. Whisk in brown sugar and honey until incorporated. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, whisking completely after each one, until batter is smooth and shiny. Sprinkle dry ingredients over the top of melted chocolate mixture and whisk or stir until just incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of pecans. Spread into prepared pan. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup pecans, chocolate chips, and flake sea salt, as desired. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until top is shiny and crackly and a toothpick inserted near the center

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comes out mostly clean. Cool on a wire rack until completely cooled before slicing into squares.

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CONRADS STEAKHOUSE

HARRY’S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILLE Located in the heart of historic downtown St. Augustine with beautiful courtyard dining on the Bay front, Harry’s

Conrad’s Steak House is known for outstanding service and generous portions, along with keeping a Spanish flair in Conrad’s cooking. Offering chicken, seafood, pastas and salads this “gem” of a restaurant is a “FEAST OF QUALITY & TASTE”.The best Paella on the East Coast! Order one day in advance for Conrad’s famous Paella. . Lunch Tues-Fri. 11:30-2pm. Dinner 5-9pm Closed Mondays.. GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE 904-794-9440 4010 US1 South conradssteakhouse.com

offers traditional Louisiana favorites like Jambalaya, Etoufée, Gumbo, Shrimp Creole and Red Beans & Rice. We’ve taken the best of Cajun, Creole and Southern flavors infused with a current day twist to create some of our most popular dishes like Shrimp and Scallop Orleans, Salmon Rockefeller, and French Quarter Pork Tenderloin to name a few. With a great selection of seafood, chicken, beef, pork along with burgers, po’boys, salads and much more; Harry’s menu is sure to have something for everyone. Dine in our courtyard and enjoy live music and the best atmosphere St. Augustine has to offer. Open Sun-Thurs 11-10 and Fri-Sat 11-11

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THE SOUTH BEACH GRILL Relax and enjoy the spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean from both the upstairs dining room or the expansive covered deck directly on the ocean in Crescent Beach. Widely known as THE place to go for locally sourced fresh fish, seafood and produce with all sauces and dressings made from scratch. Open 7 days a week at 11 am. Full bar, air conditioned and kid friendly.

904.471.8700 45 Cubbedge Rd Saint Augustine, Florida www.southbeachgrill.net


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big Wheels. Great Meals. Taste is in the Truck

r

T

he food truck craze continues to “roll” on, so to speak. One of the main reasons is perfectly obvious — people have been growing weary of the big chain restaurants

and are demanding better quality and more variety, yet they still want food that’s fast, easy to get, and easy on their wallet. That’s just what food trucks provide — delicious, creative, affordable dining, without all the fuss. It’s casual gourmet “street food” in essence. Food trucks continue to win converts almost daily and show no sign of “slowing down” (pun intended) in the near future. In fact, St. Augustine will soon be home to the Village Garden Food Truck Park, a collection of trucks which will be located at 1480 S Old A1A Boulevard after it opens around the third week of July.

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Classic Southern BBQ; fresh California cuisine; Louisiana style Creole and Cajun dishes; comfort food with that extra something; islandstyle bowls; tasty tacos; finger licking good wings; even the exotic flavors of Africa…almost anything you have your mouth set to, you can find a truck to match it here in the Oldest City. Food trucks also solve a problem for non-restaurant brick and mortar establishments that would benefit from having something available for their patrons to nosh on but don’t have the capacity, either space or equipmentwise. Why spend the time and money squeezing a full kitchen into your craft brewery, when you can have a food truck park right outside of the building? Places like Dog Rose Brewery, Bog Brewery, and Ancient City Brewery

benefits are obvious — mobility to

to maintain. Plus, the start-up costs

have embraced this concept, often

go to high density spots at opportune

are low, meaning enterprising cooks

having trucks pulled up beside them

times; staffing needs are significantly

don’t have to risk their life savings on

during lunch and dinner hours. It’s a

less than a fixed establishment:

their dream. New food trucks start at

way to meet customers’ needs without

the overhead is significantly lower;

$50,000, but if you look around, there

having to commit to staff, products,

permitting is easier and less costly; the

are used ones for half the cost.

and facilities: a win-win situation, for

menu can be changed and customized

sure.

as the chef sees fit, plus trucks are

consumer, reap the benefits that food

not nearly as expensive, and are easier

trucks provide. We get to pick and

For the food truck owner, the

All this means is that we, the

choose the ones that appeal to us and to our tastes. What’s more, we get to experiment with new styles and flavors that we may not have tried before. Food truck chefs tend to be very creative; always trying new and interesting food combinations and trends. Plus, because storage is tight, inventory is kept to the bare minmum, meaning that you’re assured of some of the freshest eats to be found anywhere. So, the next time you feel like partaking of some of the yummiest, most innovative fare St. Augustine has to offer, there’s no need to get all dolled up and drop wads of cash on a fancy

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*All following food truck locations are in St. Augustine, unless otherwise noted.

Sciences, 1 University Blvd Saturday 8 A.M. — 1 P.M. at the St Augustine Farmers Market.

AFRICAN LOVE KITCHEN

Big Island Bowls is a food truck with

www.africanlovekitchen.com

character, inspired by the founding couple’s time in Hawaii. They offer

Wednesday 8 A.M — 12:30 P.M. at St.

diverse and healthy options. They are

Augustine Pier Market 350 A1A Beach Blvd.

known for their poke bowls, buddha

Thursday — Friday 11A.M. — 2 P.M. at

bowls, smoothies and even bar tending

University of St. Augustine for Health

services. If you are looking for a

CRAVE FOOD TRUCK

Sciences, 1 University Blvd.

healthy and new change, this food

www.cravestaug.com

Saturday 8 A.M. — 12:30 P.M. at

truck is definitely the place to go.

The St. Augustine Amphitheater,

Permanent Location: Located on the

1340C A1A South.

COUNTY ROAD PROVISIONS

African Love Kitchen features authentic

Wednesday 11 A.M.— 5 P.M. at

East African cuisine, all homemade by

Triangle Marine Service 755 SR 207

Monday — Saturday 11A.M. —

Tanzanian chef Ibrahim Mahem. They

Wednesday 6 P.M.— close at Dog Rose

3:30P.M.

capture the culture of Africa in their

Brewing Co. 77 Bridge St.

food and leave everyone wanting

Saturdays 8 A.M. — 12:30 P.M. at

Crave is a fun loving energetic lunch

more. The truck also has created vegan

St. Augustine Amphitheater Farmer’s

spot serving up the freshest and

and vegetarian dishes with the same

Market, 1340C A1A South

healthiest foods they can get their

water in the San Sebastián Marina, 134 Riberia St.

authenticity so everyone can enjoy!

hands on. This food truck embodies If you love BBQ, then this food truck

the goodness and energy that comes

will be heaven. Their BBQ is seasoned

with a full, healthy lunch featuring

BIG ISLAND BOWLS

perfectly and cooked to perfection,

everything from salads, wraps,

www.bigislandbowls.com

leaving the tastebuds craving more.

smoothies, bowls, and even a Build

Visit website for specific locations and times.

County Road Provisions brings a taste

Your Own menu. Along with the great

of real southern BBQ to St Augustine

food, the waterfront view makes for a

and is worth the trip.

great lunch.

Monday 10:30 A.M. — 2 P.M. at University of St Augustine for Health

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DATIL ROOSTER

LITTLE LUNCHBOX

www.datilrooster.com Permanent Location: Beaver Toyota Permanent Location: 3912 N. Ponce de

2995 US Highway 1 South.

Leon Blvd. Monday — Friday 10:30 A.M. — 3 P.M. Tuesday — Friday 11 A.M. — 4 P.M. Friday 6:00 P.M. — 1 A.M.

The Little Lunchbox is cute and quaint just

Saturday 6:00 P.M. — 1A.M.

like its name implies. they are responsive to their customers cravings, which is why

The Datil Rooster Food Truck is

they change the menu with the seasons.

where Southern Food meets Minorcan

Currently they are “pressing the best

authenticity. This unique food truck

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prides itself on its local roots and

and featuring light summer salads o bring

its food reflects the rural and ocean

you the exact taste experience you are

Located at one of the following local

lifestyle it finds itself caught between.

looking for.

breweries most days. Check out their

LUVIN’ O-VAN

Facebook page for daily locations and specific times. Dog Rose Brewery — 77 Bridge St. Bog Brewery — 218 W King St. Ancient City Brewery — 3420 Agriculture Drive, Suite 8 The Luvin’ O-Van is known for its unique and tasty crepes that pair wonderfully with a brew from one of your local breweries. They are locally owned in St Augustine and operated by the same crew as Hot Shots Bakery. By following their Facebook page you can catch them wherever the food truck adventure leads them next!

THE MARINA CANTINA Permanent location 170 Nix Boat Yard Rd. Monday — Saturday 11:30 A.M — 3 P.M. The Marina Cantina is a multi-cuisine food truck that offers coffee, breakfast, and lunch right there on the water. You can arrive by boat or car and eat 96

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NALU’S TROPICAL TAKEOUT

comfort foods, Sporks fancies up the

www.nalusstaugustine.com

ordinary and creates a tasty menu appealing to all. Everything from tacos

Permanent Location: The Surf Station,

to sandwiches satisfies the pallet and

1020 Anastasia Blvd.

they keep the menu new and fresh by

Serving Lunch and Dinner every day

updating it daily.

except Tuesday (closed)

TROPI-CALI FOOD TRUCK The one that started it all… Inspired by owner Jerry Morgan’s time on the

Permanent Location — 189 San Marco

north shore of Kaua’i, Hawaii, Nalu’s

Ave.

brings Hawaiian fusion to the First Coast. Providing a healthier alternative

Tuesday — Friday 11 A.M. — 3 P.M.

to all your Mexican food cravings, served in a casual setting frequented

Tropi-Cali Food Truck offers Southern

by locals, close to our beautiful white

California foods with tropically infused

sandy beaches. Don’t miss the fish

flavors. Eating here will make you want

tacos and ahi burger!

to pull up a chair on the beach, as their meals are heathy, tasty, and inspired by beach culture.

SPORKS FOOD TRUCK www.sporksfoodtruck.com

UPTOWN SCRATCH KITCHEN

1943 A1A South

Permanent Locatioh: 300 San Marco

Tuesday — Saturday 10 A.M.— 5 P.M. With a twist on your favorite classic

Thursday — Monday 12 P.M. — 7 P.M.

Uptown Scratch Kitchen is a quirky and fun hybrid restaurant specializing in cut-to-order southern creole dishes from the freshest ingredients. They offer great contemporary American cuisine and are parked close to DOS coffee so you can enjoy their food with a cup of coffee too!

WINGIN’ IT 90 South Dixie Highway, St. Augustine Tuesday — Wednesday 11:30 A.M.— 2P.M. Thursday 11:30A.M. — 5 P.M. Friday- Saturday 11:30A.M.- 10P.M. If you are looking for good wings in the St Augustine area Wingin’ It is the place for you. They have the art of wings down to perfection, offering 20 different flavors of jumbo wings with one-of-a-kind rubs and sauces. Along with the wings, and for those who prefer the classics, they also offer sandwiches and seasoned fries.

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FOOD TRUCKS

1. African Love Kitchen 2. Tropi-cali Food Truck 3. Datil Rooster 4. Little Lunchbox 5. Luvin’ O-Van 6. Wingin’ It 7. Crave Food Truck 8. Big Island Bowls 9. Sporks Food Truck 10. The Marina Cantina 11. County Road Provisions LLC 12. Uptown Scratch Kitchen

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Smoked Provisions Served 2 Days a Week County Road Provisions, LLC

“WE GOT STOCK OPTIONS” WEDNESDAY’S 755 SR 207 >< 11am-5pm (Triangle Marine Service)

305-297-1885

134 Riberia Street • On the Waterfront Next door to the St. Augustine Distillery

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SOUTHERN & MINORCAN COOKING

& 77 Bridge st. >< 6pm-close

904-540-3945 - Check us out on

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Facebook for our current location!

(St. Augustine Amphitheater Farmer’s Market)

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Available for catering and truck bookings Find us at your favorite local brewery See our Facebook page for our current schedule and menu!

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HEALTHY HAWAIIAN

www.bigislandbowls.com

904-377-4763

Catering and Food Fruck 904-347-7010

551 Anastasia Blvd • 9am-6pm

Check our social media pages for daily locations and times

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(Dog Rose Brewing Co.)

Where Not All of Our Food is Spicy But All Our Food is Local & Real Good!

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Serving Breakfast & Lunch Daily (904) 806-3293 SPORKSFOODTRUCK@GMAIL.COM Open Tues-Sat ∙ 10am-5pm 1943 A1A South Lunch ∙ 11am-2pm at the University of Health Sciences Parking Lot 1 ∙ University Blvd

• Tacos and Quesadillas • Burgers and Sliders • Local Seafood • Daily Specials • Wraps and Salads Call Ahead! 904-770-1825 164 Nix Boat Yard

(Next to Creekside Dinery & Fishbites Fishing Lures)

904-377-6050

300 San Marco Ave • St. Augustine, FL

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L AST W ORD : C U P O’ J O E

SUPER KIDS… ..1960’S STYLE.

I

doctor said later, but I was the “Super Kid” that day!)

n 1960, I turned eight years old. Phone numbers were three digits, and cherry coke was a nickel at the drugstore counter. No video games, just two hours of cartoons on Saturday morning.

No computers, no internet, and no Facebook. There was no YouTube, where now even the nerdiest

We played little league baseball every summer in the red dirt lot next to the Junior High School, (not a blade of grass anywhere and dusty as the Sahara Desert!). But we loved it and

afternoon as we all sat watching the railroad tracks behind my house. “What are you boys doing?” she

underachiever can achieve mythic

asked. “We’re waiting to see the train

status just by falling off the roof, so

wreck,” we replied matter-of-factly.

long as something breaks and the

She screamed and ran down the hill

bloody bone pokes out. Back then, all

to drag away the large television

we had was the great outdoors — with

antennae and an old plow that we had

its sticks, rocks, trees and creeks —

found and placed on the tracks, like

and our trusty bikes to ride into the

we saw in some cowboy movie (got a

wilderness (as long as we were back for

whippin” for that one!).

lunch!). I know, I know...I sound like every

One day, the Rierson Brothers offered us a ride home from school.

other old geezer talking about the

“Jump on in the back of the pickup

“good old days.” But that’s not

truck and we’ll take you home!” As

my point. My point is, that to be

they sped up and drove past our house,

considered a “Super Kid” by anyone

without stopping, I yelled, “Jump,

other that your Mom or Grandpa, you

fellas! They’re going to drop us off in

had a tall hill to climb! That didn’t

the woods somewhere and we’ll have

stop us from thinking we were “Super

to walk all the way back!”

Kids” and that’s just what my little

I leaped out and hit

brother Booger and I (and all our little

the pavement hard...

playmates) set out to prove every

with my head. I was

Saturday morning.

knocked out, but

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team; Rotary, Lions Club, the bank. I was on the Civitan’s team and my brother had American Legion on the back of his uniform. We wore our colors proudly. Our uniforms could only be worn for one game and then they had to be washed or you couldn’t tell the teams apart. Everybody looked like the “Red Sox” within a couple of innings because of that nasty red dirt. Since I was a little overweight as a kid, I always batted fourth or cleanup. I hit many a home run and our team always seemed to make it to the playoffs (we were all “Super Kids” that summer!) But, it was our pitcher, Curtis Samuels, who took us to the final regional game. He had so many no-hitters, we stopped counting. But on the day of the big game, his arm just went cold. It was limp and he said it had been hurting for a couple of weeks. He

the others were

beholder, and we kids were doing

really impressed at

the “beholding.” We worked hard to

my daredevil move!

impress each other and would never

I staggered home in

have thought to garner favor from

a daze, went in and

our parents. They would have tried to

immediately fell asleep

stop us, just like my mother did one

(“Concussion,” the

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couldn’t pitch and we lost that game. Later

CUP O’

JOE

it was determined that his injury, left untreated for weeks, meant he could never pitch again. Our coach had been blinded by


winning and was not looking after his

to “get into” that would be viewed as

players. We all learned that lesson at an

dangerous today. We live in a world

early age and it’s stuck with me ever

where you can’t let your children walk

since.

down the block alone. So achievement

When my brother and I moved from North Carolina to Vero Beach, there

means something different now. My point is, that there is an awful lot

were three coral reefs right offshore.

of attention given, rightfully so, to the

We learned to surf and became quite

real “Super Kids” these days, and this

good. Our Dad had what he called a

edition is dedicated to their remarkable

“reef board” made for us, to paddle

stories. But what about all us ordinary

out and fish. We would tie a bucket of

people who must settle for being second,

live shrimp onto the board and paddle

third — or fortieth — best? Standards

it out to the reef. We caught all kinds

are high these days because of all the

of fish and strung them onto a “fish

notoriety that comes with simply getting

stringer” that drifted behind the board.

your face ‘out there’ on social media:

So many times, I would feel a jolt and

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. I don’t

look back to see some shark bite off our

want my face out there (I am always

string of fish! It made us really mad!

shocked at how fat I look in pictures), I

So one time my Dad got a jar of blood,

don’t really like my voice when I hear it

from the butcher, and we went out on

(I sound like the country hick boy from

the reef, poured out the blood and threw

North Carolina that I truly am!). I am not

out a big baited hook. We got a shark,

alone, and kids these days are under tons

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of pressure to look, sound and “be” cool

the beach till we cut the line and let him

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we didn’t think much about the danger

Despite all of my “insecurities” I

(no different from teasing the big bull in

still advertise my law practice in the

the pasture and running off!), but it sure

newspaper with a picture of me in it.

impressed the teenage girls on the beach!

I still do a radio show on WFOY 102.1

“Super Kid” surfers from North Carolina!

FM for the COA where my voice is heard

Shark daredevils! It was a great summer.

every Thursday morning at 8 A.M. So

When we were teenagers, we would

how can I do that if I am so ashamed of

walk out onto the St. Augustine Beach

how I look and sound? Because I have a

pier with our surfboards. There was no

wife, kids, a mom and friends that love

charge to get on, and there was a snack

me. And all you need to make it in life is

bar! The pier was made of wood. When

at least one person who loves you. They

the waves were big, it was easier to

don’t love you for being first, or for being

just walk to the end of the pier, throw

great at anything in particular, or even

your surfboard in and jump off after it!

for being able to walk and talk. They just

Some people were too scared, but some

love you for being you, unconditionally.

of us weren’t and we got kudos for it. I

Like the mom who visits her son in

remember being dared to jump off the

prison or calls her grandchildren every

Bridge of Lions and it was really no big

week with no call back. Remember, we

deal. You jump in and swim to the city

might not be first or second or even

yacht pier, which is what we called it

fortieth, but to those who love us it just

back then. Dangerous? Not really. It just

doesn’t matter. So go out there and tell

looked dangerous, and if you jumped

somebody you love them. It will be super

with the incoming tide it was an easy

for you, and even if you can’t tell, super

swim. There were lots of things for kids

for them too!

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Old City Life Magazine - August 2018 issue  

Super Kids/Making the Grade.

Old City Life Magazine - August 2018 issue  

Super Kids/Making the Grade.