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Celebrate Life with a multigenerational family business!




Welcome Fall

Publisher & Creative Director Debbie Gaylord


Mindy Kerr Nature's Child Photography

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It's finally Fall! Festivals, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, Halloween & the highly anticipated Fall breeze. In the sixth annual Art Issue, we meet 4 unique local artists. From dream-like photographs of our beloved St. Augustine; to artistic jewelry and sculptures by a retired Doctor; to a young photographer who examines our “online selves”, this issue is sure to open your eyes and inspire your imagination. This month’s featured business is Craig Funeral Home. We meet Justin Craig, a fourth-generation Funeral Director whose family business is part of the history of St. Johns. Learn their story, which dates back to 1915, and reflects dedication to the community and the people they have served. We hope you enjoy this issue! please let our sponsors know you saw them in St. Johns Magazine. Happy Halloween!


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Contact our orthodontic offices in St. Johns or St. Augustine to schedule a FREE initial exam today! Dr, Glenos and his experienced team have been creating beautiful smiles efficiently and affordably for over thirty years, using the most modern and effective techniques and appliances, individually customized according to the needs of each patient, young or adult. For over 30 years, Dr. Glenos has continued to contributed back to the community through partnerships with the schools and support of many sport teams, scouting, dancing companies, children’s theatre, beauty pageants, the local children museum TAG, and the Smiles Change Lives program. Dr. Glenos and Dr. Hadgis are both board certified orthodontists. Dr. Glenos is a past president of the Florida Association of Orthodontists and the St. Augustine Dental Society.

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Now in their fourth generation of St. Augustine family ownership, Craig Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial Park has been in business for more than a hundred years


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raig Funeral Home, Crematory and Memorial Park is part of the history of St. Johns. Begun in 1915 by Augustus Hedrick Craig, today the funeral home is run by his grandson Gus Craig III and his greatgrandson Justin Craig. With over a century of service to the community, they are experts in the celebration of life that has come to characterize their approach and set them apart. We were able to sit down with Justin to learn more about the family’s rich history and their philosophy of helping people. Justin Craig is the fourth generation to guide families through the sensitive and challenging experience of saying good-bye to a loved one. “We believe that every life has a story to tell and prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. We carefully guide families through every aspect of the arrangement process and can offer families everything


they need under one roof. We strive to make the whole process as easy as possible during this challenging time. While always operating with integrity and providing the highest level of service in the area.” Thank you notes from grateful clients and their families cover numerous bulletin boards at the funeral home, a testament to the compassion and integrity that has sustained this family-owned business for four generations of the Craig Family. Justin says that placing the desires and needs of clients first and giving them a positive experience is a priority. “We are not stuck in doing things the traditional way. If a family comes with an idea that isn’t traditional we are open to doing it, whether that is using special music or mementos, or something else. We want to give people the best possible celebration of life.”

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It has been Craig’s practice to help every family we serve to find a way to honor their loved one. Every family is treated with empathy, dignity, and respect. Justin’s Mom Sheryl recalls seeing records from back in the day when people paid with chickens or gallons of milk. “It's about seeing the human side of death and using compassion,” says Justin. The overall experience is enhanced for families by the ease of having access to the funeral home, crematory and memorial park. The beautiful natural setting among old live oaks with dappled sunlight lends peaceful energy for both mourning and reflection on life. Craig's has the longes-running funeral home and crematory in the county. We are constantly looking for new ways to better serve our families and offer the latest technology available. With over 100 years of experience, families can rest assured that Craig Funeral Home is the leader in the industry. Justin has learned from the examples set by his great grandfather, grandfather and father who built the business from its roots in the early twentieth century. It is a rich history dedicated to preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life and have become the backbone of Craig Funeral Home’s reputation as they take it into the next generation.

A Rich History


ustin’s Great Grandfather, Augustus Hedrick Craig began his career as a Deputy with the St. Augustine Police Department and soon after started working at the existing L.F. Sanchez Funeral Home on 30 St. George Street. He eventually

became a partner in 1915 and in 1934 became the sole proprietor of Craig Funeral Home Inc., which was moved to 20 Granada Street. Craig Funeral Home even operated a private ambulance service from 1918 until the mid-1970’s. As the community grew the funeral home was relocated to its current location at 1475 Old Dixie Highway in 1984. “I'm lucky to be work with my Dad on a daily basis,” Justin says. They share a special relationship outside of running the family business, enjoying golf, fishing and family time together. Nowadays, Justin’s six-year-old twin sons, Bryson and Chandler, and fiveyear-old daughter Lilah are part of the fun. Maybe one day one or all the children will follow in the family tradition? The day we met Justin happened to be the twenty-second annual Gus Craig Salvation Army Award dinner to benefit Feed the Hungry. Each year since the early 1990s, the award has recognized longtime community residents who give selflessly to others. Justin’s Grandfather “Gus” as he was affectionately known in the community, supported many local causes and organizations. There is a certain pressure in living up to the esteemed reputation which precedes him but Justin says it is an honor to serve the community. He recalls the funeral procession for former St. Augustine Sheriff Neil J. Perry. As the procession passed through the community crowds lined the streets celebrating his life of service. He says it is moments like this that reflect Craig Funeral Home’s humble devotion to helping people mourn and celebrate a life. Although many things have changed since 1915, one thing remains the same. The Craig family’s commitment to serving your family in a time of need.

A.H.“Gus” Craig in front of funeral Home on St. George Street, 1929

Gus Craig II (left) at the Funeral Home on Granada Street, circa 1950s.

The Craig Ambulance Service assisted the volunteer Life Guard Corps in St. Agustustine

The Craig Hearse in front of the Castillo in St. Augustine, circa 1950s.

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when the three-course meal was served with unlimited wine – which is always a plus in my book. The tour of Monet’s garden was absolutely stunning and I could have stayed there for days taking it all in. From now on, I will always recommend this to my clients and friends visiting Paris.

We have traveled to Paris in the past and had an amazing time but we didn’t have a desire to return because we felt we had already done all of the touristy things. I quickly changed my mind after seeing my next-door neighbor's vacation photos of Monet’s Gardens and start thinking about how I couldn’t wait to return one day soon!

If you are interested in history and opulent palaces, you might want to add a trip to the Palace of Versailles to your trip since it’s close to Monet’s Gardens. I suggest going early in the day because it gets hot and crowded during the summer months.

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Since I was a kid I liked experimenting with ingredients in the kitchen. It started with baking soda and honey. I would create a paste and slather it on my skin, hoping its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties would instantly diminish my resilient acne-prone skin once and for all. Unfortunately, my hormones got the best of my body and in the meantime, I learned to accept it for what it was. Eventually, I enrolled in beauty school and learned skincare in-depth, like how to treat skin-types and skin-conditions.

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While I enjoy and have practiced countless forms of arts and crafts, from paper cutting and pottery to oil paint and sewing. My most satisfying form of art came as a surprise even to me, Digital Illustration. It's given me a sense of freedom I never knew was a possibility in the world of art and design. And while I cannot say I ever had that "ah-ha" moment of this is why I want to be an artist, I knew from the very beginning that this is where I wanted to end up. My first memories are of paint and pencils, my education was filled with creative courses that allowed that side of myself to flourish. Any other profession would have been an injustice to my true self.

What is your background?

My background is mostly art history and pottery focused, surprisingly enough. I love the ability to use art as a placeholder for history and as a tool to measure progress. Whether it's societal, economic, or the personal progression of an artist themselves.

How has your practice changed over time? Over time, I have moved from figure pottery to oil paint portraits, and now I've landed at Digital Illustration. Only recently have I realized that all my studying and practice lead me to this point with a greater understanding of composition, lighting, emotion, and anatomy. Allowing me to confidently share my art with others.

What aspect of your work do you enjoy most?

The most enjoyable aspect would definitely be presenting the final product to my client. Hands down, the best feeling in the world.

Did you have a mentor? How did they shape your current work or your path?

I did not have a mentor unfortunately, however, I do actively follow many Animation and Digital Design professionals and consistently work to achieve their level of skill, professionalism, and creative influence. With the advancements made in Social Media, many Artists have become mentors to the next generation of artists through their use of YouTube, MasterClass, SkillShare, and social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook.


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By, Judith Fox-Goldstein, “Word by Word” With a medical career spanning over three decades, Dr. Donn Kirschenbaum doesn’t have the typical background one might expect. He’s more like a “Renaissance Man” with diverse interests in photography, woodworking, art glass and his new-found love of designing jewelry. A highly skilled diagnostic radiologist for over 37 years, Donn has now turned in his white coat for a different cloche, operating mask and the tools of his new trade of custom jewelry design.

require extraordinary attention to detail, exquisite hand dexterity and a keen ability to see far beyond the normal perspective. The disciplines blend like Simon and Garfunkel.” Q. Did you always know you were going to be a doctor? A. “Actually, as an undergraduate I had visions of becoming a Veterinarian but the Dean of the VET school bluntly told me, “I don’t think you’re smart enough to become a Veterinarian!”

Q. Now that you’re retired, has the transition from medicine been difficult? A. “I don’t miss medicine now because I had reached a time in my career where I was ready for a change. In 2016, my wife and I said goodbye to Ohio and relocated to St. Johns to join our quintessential “Brady Bunch” – a blending of 6 children and 8 grandchildren. We were ready for the next chapter!” Q. Transitioning from radiology to designing jewelry is not the most obvious move – What’s the connection between art and medicine for you? A. “Although Medicine is often referred to as an art - it is definitely considered a leftbrained skill. Artists are more likely to be right brained. The connection between the two disciplines is undeniable. Both


you to pursue art at this time? A. “I’ve been a collector of art all of my life. Primarily my interest was in the collection of pottery and art glass. There was no time available to pursue any artistic passion. Retirement changed all of this and I can now actually call myself an Artist and a Jewelry Designer.” Q. What’s the design process? A. “It’s all about blending of form, color and materials. The medium is epoxy and I work with molds and free forms that I create out of wood, silicone or sheets of plastic film. I must wear a respirator mask and goggles when I’m grinding and polishing the piece and I can only work for short periods of time, but I rarely miss a day.” Q. How many pieces have you designed?

Q. How did you react to this rejection? “I was literally shocked by his statement. My adrenaline flew into gear and the “Revenge of the Nerds” took over. I was determined to become a medical doctor and focused my studies on diagnostic radiology.” Q. You’ve had a long and successful career as a Radiologist, what moved

A. “I’ve designed approximately 150 pieces and about 1/3rd I’ve discarded because they didn’t meet my creative vision. I have an exhibit of my work now at CC Framing & Gallery and I’m thrilled to see my pieces displayed.” Q. What does your wife, Laurie think about your art journey? A. “Well, she wears many of my jewelry pieces so that’s a pretty good indication of her approval!”


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Untitled #1 from Lilith Unbound. Natasha Gumbs Barlow, 2019


ine art photographer Natasha Gumbs Barlow will

lotte Observer, among other outlets. She loves to create

release her photo series Lilith Unbound as a fine

images by developing an artistic concept, designing the

art book in early October 2019. A solo gallery

look, creating the physical manifestation of her idea, and

show later in the month will invite audiences to interact

then implementing her work in a moment frozen in time.

directly with the photos, as well as with the set piece that inspired them.

Lilith was shot over three sessions in Florida and Tennessee in 2018 and 2019 with model Astrik Kallsen. The

Though Lilith might sound inspired by the '90s feminist

darkling-wing harness that Kallsen wears was created by

fest, Gumbs Barlow’s photo series engages with 2019

Gumbs Barlow, who hot-glued each of the one thousand

concerns, such as the roles we play, the ones we bind

feathers on herself.

ourselves to, on social media. Like anyone who's ever contemplated the risk/reward of getting off Instagram

The solo gallery show will take place at CC Framing in

versus the positive feedback loop of all those "likes," Lilith

Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from

hopes to sever her flightless wings, which she feels are

6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Prints and signed copies of the fine-

holding her back.

art book will be available for purchase. Preorders and information about the event are currently available at

Natasha Gumbs Barlow’s photography has appeared in

Harper’s Bazaar (UK), Frequency Magazine, and the Char*photo of the artist y Amber Robinson, 25


(left) Hidden Within by Robert Dunn

Robert Dunn I have always been fascinated with the sights and sound of my surroundings. My goal as a photographer is to capture the feeling and mood of a moment in time through my images. I find beauty in light fighting darkness and seek the balance of the two. I hope my images inspire others to pause and connect with the sights and sounds around them.

Secret Garden by Robert Dunn

What type of art do you do and why did you become an artist?

How has your practice or process changed over time?

I am a photographer who tries to create artistic imagery within my photographs. I have always been inspired by art. I have an undergraduate degree in art history from the University of North Florida. Photography is a medium that captures a moment in time that can be kept forever as close to magic as you can get.

Once a conventional DSLR camera user I have made the switch to using an I Phone camera. The ease of use has allowed me to capture images I would not ordinarily be prepared to capture with a traditional camera.

A Walk Through Time by Robert Dunn

What aspect of your work do you enjoy the most? Capturing the image. It’s about getting on my motorcycle, hearing the sights and sounds that surround me and capturing a moment in time.

Do you have a mentor? Dennis Gannon is my mentor, a landscape painter who has inspired me through his work to expand my subject matter from abstracts in nature to more realistic imagery.

What has been your most memorable response to your work? I took a random picture of a women who walks on north beach every day. I did not know her but her daily walks struck me. After capturing a rather impressionistic photo I was compelled to give the image to her which was out of character for me. She wrote me a letter that impacted me and inspired my work moving forward.

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Sykes Family Farms Opening Day

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San Juan del Rio Catholic Church Fall Festival

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Bartram Park Community Wide Garage Sale Bartram Park Neighborhood in Jacksonville, FL, 13241 Bartram Park Blvd, Jacksonville, Florida 32258 Hundreds of families and over a dozen neighborhoods will be participating in Jacksonville’s largest garage sale. This

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CROCtoberfest Brew at the Zoo

6-9pm. St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, 999 Anastasia Blvd, Saint Augustine. Celebrating conservation with local breweries and restaurants. This is a one night event and it will include beer sampling and food tastings from local St. Augustine and Florida breweries and restaurants. *Admission tickets are required for entry and will give you access to the park, one sampling pint glass, pours from your favorite breweries, animal encounters and live music!

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Happy Halloween OCT 17

Southern Women’s Show Jax

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OCTOBER 18 -26

Toothless: a vampire comedy.

The play pays homage to the classic comedies of the 1980s while exploring timely issues about identity and isolation in the adolescent world. It features a cast of eleven young artists from the senior acting company at Apex Theatre Studio Tickets are on sale now at


The Seafood Soul Festival

12-5pm The Seafood Soul Festival combines the love of seafood and soul food with live entertainment. The event also features general vendors displaying art, clothing, jewelry, house-hold products and much more. This is a family-friendly event. This event will benefit the Edith Marie Foundation, a 501c3 organization founded to impact and empower the lives of those battling Breast Cancer in Jacksonville, Florida and surrounding areas. Morocco Shrine, 3800 Saint Johns Bluff Rd S, Jacksonville, Florida 32224.


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Creatures of the Night

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NOCtoberfest 2019

12-10 on Saturday and 12-8 on Sunday. NOCtoberfest is an Oktoberfest style event being held in Nocatee (Ponte Vedra) Florida. Live music, with headliner Sister Hazel, will take place during the entire festival. The festival will have several German cities with different selections of German beer. There will be over 10 food trucks, 40 vendors, a kids’ zone with inflatables, bounce houses, rock climbing walls and a 110 foot ferris wheel. With the purchase of a ticket, you will have access to the festival for the entire weekend and you will receive a German Stein and a passport, allowing you to get a free t-shirt upon drinking a beer at each German City and having your passport stamped.

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Sea and Sky Air Show

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k so I know you must have gone by this place a million times and had various thoughts of stopping by to give it a try and then thought otherwise. I know I did and I’ve been here a long time! The place I’m talking about is the building with the big red letters HONG KONG heading towards St Augustine airport if you are going north on US1 and just past the airport if you are going south. The building doesn’t appear to be much so you think I’ll just head up US1 a little further…well you just need to put on those brakes and pull on in! If this place doesn’t say China Town, I don’t know what does! When you open the door you are immediately transported to those hidden gem, really good basement restaurants in China Town, NYC. So I thought that this would be a great place to bring our 210 tasting group. As I loaded up the van I told them that we are going to try a unique place tonight so get ready to enjoy the experience! Our group is the sharing kind so we started off with some apps or often referred in Chinese restaurants as Dim Sum….crispy Vegetable spring rolls, shrimp dumplings, crispy roasted duck dumplings, spicy steamed pork buns and skewers. Everything was a new adventure in taste and freshness. The rolls were crisp, light and filled with

Wonton soup next. The bowls were HUGE! The miso soup came highly recommended and we all could see why. It was packed full of mushrooms, seasoned tofu and herbs all in this light delicate broth. So good! And the wonton soup was stuffed full with pork wontons and scallions that brought tons of flavors to every bite. By this time you would have thought that we would have been full but luckily we share everything so there is always plenty of room for the more. Main dishes consisted of chicken fried rice and vegetable fried rice to start. These were not your typical fried rice dishes they both were loaded with bean sprouts, shredded cabbage, carrots, green onions and even chopped peanuts in the chicken one. This gave the rice so much more depth and richness that you could easily have just eaten this and been very satisfied. Green bean and chicken dish was next and this dish had rich dark sauce flavored with ginger, hoisin garlic with crisp snappy green beans. It was very popular but probably our favorite dish of the evening was the most unusual one, it was the pumpkin chicken. That’s right pumpkin! When combined with chicken, carrots and a light sauce it takes on the likeness of maybe a turnip but has more mild sweeter taste. I think that we all need to add pumpkin to our stir fries this fall! Who

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pex Theatre Studio will kick off its fall season with Toothless: an original horror comedy by Ian Mairs which pays homage to the classic comedies of the 1980s while exploring timely issues about identity and isolation in the adolescent world. It features a cast of eleven young artists from the senior acting company at Apex Theatre Studio under the direction of Raines Carr, Associate Director of the studio. After a bullying incident at school, quirky Penn (non-binary) retreats to a lonely but safer existence as a home school student. On a family day trip to some cave dwellings, Penn stumbles upon an injured bat (Z) that ends up in Penn’s backpack for safekeeping. Penn’s effort to rescue this distressed creature backfires as Z turns out to be an anxious, shape- shifting vampire bat with a weak stomach and a dislike for the taste of blood. Throw in a pack of rowdy vampires on the hunt for their lost sibling, Penn’s high strung sister in a ruthless battle to win the regional science fair, and an inordinate amount of junk food and you’ll find this crunchy Halloween treat has a warm gooey inside. “We wanted to develop a work specifically for the comedic gifts of the young artists currently in our studio,” commented playwright Mairs. “This particular group of performers have a knack for the deadpan banter memorable in the films of John Hughes,” added director, Raines Carr. “We also wanted to create a show for this spooky time of year designed specifically for teenagers,” added Carr. Performances are scheduled for October 18th (7:30 p.m.), October 19th (2:00 p.m.) October 25th (7:30 p.m.) and October 26th (2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) at the newly expanded Black Box Theatre at Apex Theatre Studio located at 5150 Palm Valley Road in Ponte Vedra, Florida. The show is recommended for ages 11 and up. The running time is eighty minutes. Tickets are $15.00 and can be reserved at events


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brought to the US have perpetuated the spread of the H3N2. No human infections have ever been reported, but the H3N2 has been reported in cats. Since it was first identified, canine flu has been found in almost every state in the US. The symptoms of canine influenza are very similar to that of many upper respiratory viruses and cannot be differentiated without specific testing. Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, and lethargy. Secondary bacterial infections can develop, and in severe cases, fever, pneumonia, and respiratory distress can develop. Canine flu can be deadly in very severe cases, but most cases are mild. Flu is spread through respiratory secretions during coughing, barking, and sneezing. Boarding kennels, grooming facilities, daycare facilities, and shelters are at increased risk of the spread of the virus. Dogs can get it also from indirect sources such as contaminated water and food bowls, shared leashes and collars, infected bedding, and from people who have come in contact with infected dogs. The virus is viable for 48 hours on surfaces, and 12 hours on hands. The virus has a general incubation period of 1-5 days, with most symptoms starting to appear 2-3 days after expo-

anywhere where they will be exposed to other dogs, such as boarding, grooming, or daycare. Canine Influenza is treated with supportive care such as NSAIDs for fever and inflammation, antibiotics for secondary bacterial infections, fluids, and good nutrition. Often the virus runs its course within a week, but illness can last for up to three weeks. The best prevention against canine flu is vaccination; there is a vaccine available for each strain, and many veterinary hospitals carry the bivalent flu vaccine, which is both known strains in one. Flu vaccines require a booster 2-4 weeks after the initial dose, and are then given on an annual basis. Flu vaccines are still considered a “lifestyle,” vaccine, but should certainly be strongly considered for dogs that have exposure risk. It’s important to understand that any dog who visits a boarding kennel, a daycare facility, a groomer, or a dog park can be exposed to a variety of contagious illnesses, no matter how well they are vaccinated. Upper respiratory viruses and bacterial infections are typically highly contagious, and dogs who frequent places where they are exposed to other dogs are at great risk for catching something at some point in their lives. The

US in 2015, and it had previously been a known virus only in Korea, China, and Thailand. It’s thought that H3N2 came from the avian flu that mutated and jumped from birds to dogs, and dogs from Asia who were rescued and

sure, but dogs will be contagious and shedding virus before any clinical signs develop. It is critically important that if you notice your dog coughing, sneezing, or exhibiting any signs of upper respiratory illness, that they are not taken

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anine influenza (also known as dog flu) is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by specific influenza viruses known to infect dogs. These are called “canine influenza viruses.” There are two different influenza dog flu viruses: one is an H3N8 virus and the other is an H3N2 virus. These viruses are different than the seasonal one that affects people every year. Canine Influenza has been around since approximately 2004, when it affected a kennel of racing greyhounds in Florida. That strain was identified as H3N8 and was thought to have been caused by a mutated equine virus that had jumped from horses to dogs. The H3N2 virus was first identified in the


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