THE CITY MAGAZINE of SAINT AUGUSTINE APRIL MAY 2019
MAKING NEIGHBORS OUT OF STRANGERS, ONE STORY AT A TIME
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n the midst of "go-to-print week," I shared a post on Instagram explaining that without purpose, the stress of the magazine publishing business would have drained my joy for this work long ago. So, what purpose could possibly keep me holding on for 11 years?
I am really opinionated about magazines, in particular city magazines, because they have the power to serve a great purpose. But since it's not a requirement to invest in interesting articles, exclusive photography, and a strategic distribution plan to produce a city magazine, oftentimes they fall short of their potential because their primary focus is just selling ads. Anyone can start a magazine. You don't need a lot of upfront capital, and you don't even have to know a single thing about grammar and writing. If you have access to a graphic designer and can convince a business to buy advertising with an inflated sales pitch and cheap rates...you can make a city magazine. The barrier to entry is incredibly low, therefore it attracts people who are more interested in making money than making a difference. I see these kind of magazines everywhere. They are printed with no purpose other than to share whatever type of articles they can come across (probably for free) to fill the space between the advertisements. I don't ever want to be one of those magazines and THAT fuels my fire. That old school business model is a giant missed opportunity to make a positive influence on the lives of people in our community, and I'm here to tell you – people are wising up to the days of boring articles that are just sales pitches in disguise. The purpose of St. Augustine Social is to make a positive influence through the written word, exchange of ideas, and communication for the community. We deliver an introduction, a sense of belonging, a spirit of excitement, and hope for a rising tide of good things in St. Augustine. We are one big giant handshake for our community. And that is a purpose I can stay committed to for a lifetime.
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FAVORITE QUOTE “WE BELIEVE ‘TO BE HAPPY AT HOME IS THE ULTIMATE RESULT OF ALL AMBITION.’ OUR HOMES ARE OUR PLATFORMS FOR BEING AND DOING OUR BEST IN THE WORLD, AND THE PLACES WHERE WE LIVE OUT OUR MOST PRECIOUS, PRIVATE MOMENTS." PAGE 74
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It starts with my extreme distaste of patronizing content. Boring content. Useless articles that are just regurgitated discussions we've all already had.
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ART IN THE ANCIENT CITY
St. Augustine is home to an extensive art community, and on these streets you’ll find musicians, painters, actors, sculptors, poets, photographers. The feature story in this issue is a celebration of a part of that community of artists. We decided to narrow the focus to the visual arts in an effort to do the story justice (expanding to include every art form would have been too much packed into too little space). So this is a way to enter the world of both visual artists and the people that bring that art to the public, to see the way that they view St. Augustine – the good and the bad. This story explores the support for the arts in the community, how it’s thriving and growing, and what keeps these artists and gallery owners here. But at the same time, there are ways that our community can improve, and these artists talk about where they’d like to see advancement. So for us, this story is both a celebration of the local arts and an encouragement to extend our hand even further to our community of artists.
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FAVORITE QUOTE THERE IS A QUOTE OVER THE DOOR AT CUTTER AND CUTTER GALLERY THAT MATT CUTTER SEES AS THE TRUE IDEAL OF ART. THE QUOTE, BY PABLO PICASSO, READS “ART WASHES AWAY FROM THE SOUL THE DUST OF EVERYDAY LIFE.” THIS, MATT SAYS, IS PART OF WHY HE IS AN ARTIST AND A GALLERY OWNER. PAGE 92
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lbert Einstein once said, “Art is standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world, and letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy.” Those words have stayed with me for a long time. Art is something instinctive to the human race, and it connects us to each other and to the world at large. And of course, that art can take many forms, and there is art in the everyday beauty of our work, our lives, and the world around us. But there is something about the arts – a brush to canvas, words on a page, a melody in the air – that has always captivated me.
HOME EXPERTS From builders to real estate agents to retailers, these are the people you need to know to make your house a home.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Charity fundraisers, local festivals, and runs in the sunshine. This event season has plenty to offer.
The Almaguer family shares their favorite restaurants, musttry activities, and go-to spots for life in the Ancient City.
Matthias Herzog of AltWays is bringing energy-efficient solar power and battery backups to the Sunshine State.
Bright, fresh, and bold â€“ this delightful color can carry you through the season with bags, lipstick, shoes, and more.
Andrew Nagorski has lived an incredible life. Read the story of his harrowing and inspiring adventures in journalism.
state of the arts
A few local artists give us insight into their work, their inspiration, and the ins and outs of the art culture of St. Augustine.
It's that time of the year that we're craving something light, fresh, and green. And Prohibition Kitchen delivers.
He's brewing up some of St. Augustine's favorite beers. Meet the man behind the taps at Ancient City Brewery.
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STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.COM romanza festivale
Immerse yourself in the beautiful arts of the Ancient City. For a week in May, performances, concerts, and shows will highlight the talents of local and national artists. Don't miss out.
RECENT PRESS RELEASES >> Plein air paint out
Starting April 23, the event attracts fine artists from near and far seeking to capture the historic, architectural and coastal beauty of the nationâ€™s oldest city. Registration for the event is open until April 16. The public is invited to meet the artists and see their paintings come to life on the easel.
Flagler health+ 24th annual rhythm & ribs festival
Celebrating the arts in St. Augustine!
One of the city's most popular annual festivals is back in 2019. We've got all you need to know about the music, the food, and the fun happening in April.
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Find the best restaurants in the city to enjoy a delicious brunch on Easter Sunday.
spring/summer run schedule Pull on your racing shoes and get out in the sunshine! We've got the full schedule of St. Augustine races going on this spring and summer.
gifts for mom It's almost Mother's Day...Do you still not know how to show mom your appreciation? We understand. So we took some advice from local retailers on gifts mom will love.
Flagler Hospital announced its new and expanded healthcare enterprise. It will serve to advance the physical, social, and economic health of St. Johns County and surrounding Northeast Florida communities.
TALKS & TOURS IN THE PARKS DURING APRIL AND MAY From walks along the local beaches to lectures on conservation to classes about the area wildlife, get in touch with nature this spring with the help of the local state and county parks. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
The National Endowment for the Arts's Challenge America grant of $10,000 was awarded to First Coast Opera for A Tribute to Marian Anderson, a show about one of the trailblazers of the Civil Rights Movement.
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LIFE FAMILY FUN FEST FRANCIS FIELD April 27, 10am-8pm
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Family Fun Fest offers many family-oriented activities for attendees of all ages. Besides the large field of jump houses, food trucks, and snow cone making, there will be many talented groups providing entertainment as well as twenty teams of eight competing in obstacle course races. The event is entering its fourth year and has enjoyed increasing visibility, success and, well, fun! Family Fun Fest is the brainchild of Grace Grimes, a St. Augustine native who works tirelessly to plan, organize, and develop each yearâ€™s festival. After meeting the leaders of Alpha Omega Miracle Home, Grace wanted to find a way to benefit this organization that provides housing, counseling, and education for the new faces of homelessness â€“ single mothers, their children, and senior women, and at the same time, create a family-oriented event that everyone could enjoy. And thus, Family Fun Fest was born. The event does more than give back to a worthy cause and to the community at large, it's great exercise and loads of fun for all ages too. Tickets are $5 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free.
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APRIL & MAY 24TH ANNUAL RHYTHM & RIBS FESTIVAL FRANCIS FIELD April 5-7 Come out for an assortment of finger-licking barbecue, awardwinning culinary champions, live music, arts and crafts, rides, and more. It began in 1995 as a small barbecue fest, but has since expanded into an enormous and lively weekend of toe-tapping music, amazing food, and talented local vendors. For music lovers and barbecue aficionados alike, Rhythm & Ribs is a can’t miss. Friday and Saturday tickets are $10 for adults. Sunday is family day and tickets are $5. Kids 16 and under are free. www.rhythmandribs.net
SHADES OF BUBLÉ FLAGLER AUDITORIUM April 5, 7:30pm With three voices singing incredible songs like "Feeling Good," "Moondance," "Come Fly With Me," "Save the Last
EDGAR DEGAS: THE PRIVATE IMPRESSIONIST THE LIGHTNER MUSEUM April 11 - June 16
Dance for Me" and many more. Shades of Bublé: A ThreeMan Tribute to Michael Bublé brings the swinging standards and pop hits to the stage in an unforgettable high-energy concert event. Beginning with an amazing sold-out debut at the end of the 2014-2015 concert season, this act has already begun wowing audiences around the country with exciting harmonies and smooth choreography. Tickets range from $30.90-34.90. www.flaglerauditorium.ticketforce.com
HOP INTO SPRING FESTIVAL WORLD GOLF VILLAGE April 6, 10am-1pm Start celebrating Easter early with the whole family! Hosted by Jacksonville Business Connections and The Farmer’s Market at World Golf Village, this festival is the first hop towards spring. You
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Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist offers unique insights into Degas’ inner world from the private collection of curator Robert Flynn Johnson. This special exhibition provides a rare look at over 100 original works on paper by the pioneering artist and his circle of friends. Johnson’s collection includes more than 50 works by Degas himself along with a collection of drawings, prints, photographs, and monotypes created by Degas’s inner circle of artists. Pieces offering a fascinating look at the artist’s life and time include works by Mary Cassatt, Édouard Manet, Jean Leon Gerome, Alfred Stevens, Camille Pissarro, and Paul Cézanne to name a few. A fully illustrated catalog written by Degas scholar and Curator of the Royal Academy of Art, Ann Dumas accompanies the exhibit. Tickets are Free for museum members or for $5.00 above the price of museum admission.
www.lightnermuseum.org can come see the Easter bunny and take pictures with him and the kids. Also, come participate in an egg hunt and enjoy other kids activities at this festival, like a kid’s inflatable zone, at the Hall of Fame at the World Golf Village. There will be food and other vendors selling spring goods! Admission is free and open to the public. www.jaxbizevents.com
TOTALLY AWESOME 1980S RUN ANCIENT CITY BREWING TAPROOM
April 6, 5pm Lets party and run like it’s 1985! Hosted by Florida Race Day Race Timing, Run4Beer.Com, and Ancient City Brewing, this 5K or 1.5-mile fun run will be one funky time! Dress up as your favorite 1980s celebrity and come out for a fun run with brews and prizes. There will be Ancient City Brewing draft beer after race for all, Florida race day pint glasses to go around, 80s race shirt for all who finish, and a 5k Finisher Medal for every participant. Registration ranges from $20-
This comedic play will focus on a father whose oldest daughter is getting married. As the father of the bride, he has a difficult time accepting that his child is grown up and moving on to the next stage of life. He finds himself reluctant to let go. Come out and see the local Limelight Theatre put on a wonderful performance of this hilarious comedy. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $26 general admission, $24 seniors, $20 students and military. www.limelight-theatre.org www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
27TH ANNUAL FLAGLER AUDITORIUM GALA FLAGLER AUDITORIUM April 6, 5:30pm Help us celebrate the 27th Annual Flagler Auditorium Gala in Palm Coast benefiting the Flagler Auditorium Governing Board Capital Improvement Fund. This will also be the 27th year the Flagler Auditorium will be serving and providing live entertainment to the Palm Coast community! Join us for an evening of hors d'oeuvres, dinner, and dancing with live music by Traces of Gold. Cocktails will be served from 5:30pm to 7pm and dinner will begin at 7pm. Tickets are $80 per person. www.flaglerauditorium.ticketforce.com
SIBERIAN VIRTUOSI LEWIS AUDITORIUM April 6, 7:30-10pm Come enjoy the performance of the award winning Siberian Virtuosi at Flagler’s Lewis Auditorium as a EMMA Concert Series. The Siberian Virtuosi, also known as the State Ensemble of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), is gaining increasing popularity in Russia and around the world. Founded in 1994, the Ensemble has given over 2000 concerts during the last 22 years, and has won numerous international awards. The group made its American debut in 2012. Tickets range from $5-$40. www.emmaconcerts.com
1964 THE TRIBUTE THE AMP April 6, 8pm Hailed by Rolling Stone Magazine as “The Best Beatles Tribute on
Earth,” 1964: The Tribute focuses on the quintessential moment in history when The Beatles played before a LIVE audience. 1964 meticulously re-creates the excitement of those live Beatles' performances with artful precision and unerring accuracy. This is as close as anyone could get to FEELING the MAGIC! If you love the Beatles, you won’t want to miss the most unique, fun and family-oriented concert event. Tickets range from $85-$117. www.augustineamp.com
APRYLE SHOWERS 10K RUN 2019 NOCATEE SPLASH PARK April 7, 7:30am Sponsored by the Nocatee Community, the 3rd annual Apryle Showers 10k benefits the Apryle Showers Foundation, a non-profit organization raising awareness and funding to serve individuals ages 30-55 currently undergoing treatment for cancer. Held on a 6.2 mile route which makes for the perfect running conditions, the race is known as “Florida’s Fastest 10K.” There will also be a free Apryle Showers Kids Fun Run presented by Ponte Vedra Pediatric Dentistry. Registration ranges from $35-$50. www.apryleshowers.org
ST. AMBROSE SPRING FAIR ST. AMBROSE CATHOLIC CHURCH April 7, 12-4pm Come spend a wonderful day with your family and friends at our St. Ambrose Fair to kick off the amazing spring weather and season! The annual St. Ambrose Spring Fair brings the joy of the warm, blooming season to the Ancient City! The event will offer a number of fun activities for the kids, music, live entertainment, delicious traditional Minorcan food, hayrides and tractor tours, auctions, gifts, and more. Spread your blanket under the live oak and take in the spring air. Admission is free. www.saintambrose-church.org
12 MIDLAND THE AMP April 12, 7:30pm Calling all fans of Midland! There's something special brewing at St Augustine Amphitheatre and you won't want to miss it! As loyal fans, you've waited long enough. Finally, Midland comes to St. Augustine, touching down at St Augustine Amphitheatre for a whole night of next-level entertainment and plenty of surprises! A rare and exciting opportunity to enjoy the incredible talent of Midland in one of Florida's finest venues – this is going to be a truly unforgettable, mind-blowing show! Tickets range from $63-$90. www.augustineamp.com
BETTY GRIFFIN CENTER RUN FOR PEACE ST. JOHNS COUNTY OCEAN PIER April 13, 6:30am The race is open to people of all ages, with both runners and walkers welcome. The race begins and ends at the St. Augustine Beach Pier. The mission of the Betty Griffin Center is to end domestic and sexual violence, and 100 percent of the proceeds from this event to helping victims in St. Johns County. Awards are given to the top three finishers in various age groups and the overall first place male and female winners are awarded a prize. Registration ranges from $15-$30. www.runsignup.com
FEEL THE WHEELS ST. AUGUSTINE OUTLETS April 13, 10am Presented by the Junior Service League of St. Augustine, the annual Feel the Wheels event allows kids some hands-on interaction with an amazing variety of vehicles. The little ones can climb, touch, explore and honk the horns of fire trucks, military vehicles, tractors, boats, and more. And many of the professionals driving these vehicles will be on hand to talk about their jobs. There will even be a visit
REGULAR EVENTS MARKET AT THE PIER ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH PIER Every Wednesday
Shop and support local vendors every Wednesday at St. Augustine Beach, featuring baked goods, hand-made gifts, jewelry and home décor. The market hosts anywhere from 60 to 80 vendors each week and is open from 8am to 12pm every Wednesday, rain or shine.
FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK
DOWNTOWN ST. AUGUSTINE First Friday of the Month
Kick off the weekend on the first Friday of every month, from 5pm to 9pm, for a tour of the latest exhibits, music and entertainment at more than 20 participating galleries in downtown St. Augustine. Jump on board one of Ripley’s Red Sightseeing Trains or Old Town Trolleys for a complimentary shuttle service to a majority of the galleries. Shuttles run every 30 minutes for convenience.
OLD CITY FARMERS MARKET ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE Every Saturday
Visit the Old City Farmers Market for fresh produce, baked goods, handcrafted items and plants directly from the producers. The farmers market is always a lot of fun for the whole family with live entertainment and much more. The Old City Farmers Market takes place every Saturday morning at the St. Augustine Amphitheater on A1A South in St. Augustine. 8:30am to 12:30pm on Saturdays, Admission is Free.
PONTE VEDRA CONCERT HALL Catch a show at the concert hall just a short drive up A1A.
THE EARLS OF LEICESTER FEATURING JERRY DOUGLAS April 5, 8pm
RICHARD MARX April 11, 8pm
EDWIN MCCAIN April 17, 8pm
THE WEIGHT BAND FEATURING MEMBERS OF THE BAND AND THE LEVON HELM BAND April 18, 8pm
THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS April 23, 7:30pm
THE MILK CARTON KIDS May 1, 8pm
WINEHOUSED: THE AMY CELEBRATION May 25, 8pm
ART GARFUNKEL May 30, 8pm
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GATSBY IN THE GARDENS FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH April 13, 7-11pm Transport your mind to the romantic 1920's under the stars when life was magical, art and music was paramount, and anything could happen in the moonlight. The Gatsby for Charity annual event is returning with the theme, Gatsby in the Gardens! Stroll the grounds of the Fountain Of Youth while listening to Ramona and the Lets Ride brass ensemble. Have a cocktail and enjoy the sumptuous flavors from The Café Alcazar! Tickets range from $55-125. www.gatsbyforcharity.com
A TOAST TO THE COAST ANASTASIA STATE PARK April 19, 6pm
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ANASTAS IA PARK RD, ST. AUG USTI NThe E , FL 32080 Anastasia State 300 Park, in partnership with Amp, present “A FOOD AND ALCOHOL WILL Toast to theEVENT Coast” starringAPRIL Southern beach FREE 19California BE AVAILABLE FORrock PURCHASE. WITH PARK ADMISSION NO OUTSIDE COOLERS, FOOD 5PM - 9PM reggae 8.00 duoPER The Sean McCarthy CAR Wheeland Brothers and guest OR BEVERAGES ALLOWED. ALL AGES EVENT WITH ANNUAL PASS live FREE on the beach at Anastasia State Park! A Toast to the Coast will feature live music, food trucks, concessions and fun – all in an effort to raise funds for the Friends of Anastasia State Park whose mission is to further enhance protection of the natural and cultural resources of Anastasia State Park. This event is free and open to the public with park admission. $
OLD TOWN ART SHOW 2019 FRANCIS FIELD April 13-14, 10am-5pm The Old Town Art Show is juried art and craft show consisting of outstanding artists and craftsmen from Northeast Florida and around the country. The jury committee carefully selects only the best work submitted in each category assuring well-rounded quality art and craft show. The Old Town Art Show makes "buying American" easy. You'll have an opportunity to meet and support the artisans who created the work they are exhibiting. This two-day event is free to the public. www.holidayartshows.com
STEVE SOLOMON FLAGLER AUDITORIUM April 13, 7:30pm Steve Solomon’s three-time award winning “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy” has met with rave reviews and great audience acclaim throughout the country; and became one of the longest running one-man shows in Broadway history. To say that an evening spent with Steve Solomon is like being with a dear, funny friend is an understatement. In truth, an evening with Steve
www.augustineamp.com is more like being with dozens of hilarious friends and eccentric members of your own family. Tickets start at $35.90. www.flaglerauditorium.ticketforce.com
BLESSING OF THE FLEET 2019 ST. AUGUSTINE MUNICIPAL MARINA April 14, 12pm The Blessing of the Fleet is a historical ceremony dating back to the city’s earliest days of Spanish colonial occupation. All vessels are invited to receive a blessing from the Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine.With roots from the Spanish Colonial days when seafaring vessels would be blessed so as to have a safe journey, the tradition continues in 2019. All watercraft from trawlers to yachts and more are welcome. Each vessel is encouraged to decorate with flags and bunting. This event is free and open to the public. www.oldestcityeaster.org
LEON BRIDGES WITH GUEST JESS GLYNNE THE AMP April 17, 7pm Grammy Award nominated R&B recording artist and songwriter Leon Bridges has announced a second leg to his sold out headlining North American Good Thing Tour. Due to overwhelming demand, the newly scheduled U.S. shows roll out in the spring of 2019, following on the heels of Leon’s successful 2018 tour launched in support of his acclaimed sophomore album,
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EASTER SUNDAY PROMENADE PLAZA DE LA CONSTITUCIÓN April 21, 12:30pm The Easter promenade features St. Augustine locals and visitors promenading in their Easter finery in the Plaza de la Constitucion, between King Street and Cathedral Place. Here are some of the dress categories where you could be a winner: Largest Family, Oldest Couple, Farthest from Home, Prettiest Hat, Most Original Hat, Best Dressed Little Boy, Best Dressed Little Girl, Best Dressed Mother/Daughter, and finally Best Dressed Father/Son. Put on your favorite finery and head downtown to celebrate Easter! This event is free and open to the public. www.oldestcityeaster.org
EASTER PARADE DOWNTOWN ST. AUGUSTINE April 20, 9am Here in the Nation’s Oldest City, we have a parade that is unique in the first colony in America. St. Augustine adopted The “Parada de los Caballos y Coches”, the Parade of Horses and Carriages in early 1957. Now joining the parade are high stepping bands, marching and twirling units, colorfully decorated Floats, clowns, gaily decorated horse units, and the Easter Bunny! The Parade is sponsored each year by the Easter Festival Committee. The parade winds through downtown St. Augustine and is free and open to the public. www.oldestcityeaster.org Good Thing. British singer/ songwriter Jess Glynne will be opening the shows. Come out to enjoy the music of one of today’s greatest singer songwriters! Tickets range from $29.50-$84. www.augustineamp.com
NAO SANTA MARÍA IN ST. AUGUSTINE ST. AUGUSTINE MUNICIPAL MARINA April 17-May 5 The Nao Santa María is one of the most famous ships known to man. As one of the three ships that first came to America, the Santa María will be the most famous ship to grace St. Augustine’s shores. The visit consists of a guided tour through the 5 decks of the Santa María, where you can find informative panels with the history of the ship, ornamental elements of the time and talk with the crew to feel how to live the Spanish sailors 500 years ago.Tours will commence
from 10am to 7pm each day. Tickets range from $5-$10. www.naosantamaria.org
LINCOLNVILLE JAZZ AT THE EXCELSIOR LINCOLNVILLE MUSEUM & CULTURAL CENTER April 19, 7pm From its African roots to the fusion sounds of the millennia, jazz has had a profound effect on the culture at large. So, in partnership with the St. Augustine Distillery, the Lincolnville Museum & Cultural Center is showcasing jazz through the ages with Lincolnville Jazz at the Excelsior. Lincolnville Jazz at the Excelsior will highlight a number of talented and wellrespected artists. The April 19th performance will feature Clarence Herrington as he celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month through interpretations of songs through the ages. www.lincolnvillemuseum.org/jazz
PLEIN AIR PAINT OUT ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION April 23-May 1 This exciting week-long, community-wide event invites artists to choose among the landmarks, hotels, buildings, open spaces, and cityscapes that reflect the culture and history of the nation’s oldest city. Artists participating in the Plein Air Paint Out will be positioned all over the downtown historic district in St. Augustine from April 23 to 30, 2019. Works that are selected from submitted works will be featured in a juried exhibition, “Where Art Meets History,” at the St. Augustine Art Association that will run from May 3 to May 26, 2019. Registration is $59. www.staaa.org
17TH ANNUAL FLORIDA’S BIRDING & PHOTO FEST CELEBRATION HALL AT ST. ANASTASIA April 24-28 You know what they say – birds of a feather flock together. So, come share your interest in photography at an event that will feature more than 110 different birding and outdoor photography events, workshops, classroom sessions, and night and action photography. This event is not just
for the professionals or experienced photographers, but for beginners, amateurs, and enthusiasts as well. After taking beautiful pictures of the unique birds, join the festivities for a scrumptious dessert reception. Tickets are $15. www.floridasbirdingandphotofest.com
ARBOR DAY ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH CITY HALL April 26, 5:30-7pm The Arbor Day event is held annually to recognize the importance of trees to the ecosystem and to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate all trees. This annual event features live music, free food, nature exhibits, and educational activities for kids and adults. Smokey the Bear will make an appearance to teach the importance of trees and preventing the destruction of forests. There will also be a live beehive exhibit, a touch tank with live sea creatures, butterflies, baby birds, wildlife exhibits, and much more. This event is free and open to the public. www.staugbch.com
KELSEA BALLERINI WITH BRETT YOUNG AND BRANDON RATCLIFF THE AMP April 26, 7pm After completely selling out “The Unapologetically Tour”, Black River Entertainment’s Kelsea Ballerini is dominating venues with her headlining “The Miss Me More Tour” with Brett Young in 2019. Named after her chart-rising bold anthem, “Miss Me More,” the most-added new single on Country radio upon release, the 14-date tour will be coming to St. Augustine! She has invited hit maker Brett Young to join her and special guest Brandon Ratcliff rounds out the bill as the opener for this extraordinary concert experience!
Tickets range from $42-$52. www.augustineamp.com
FREAKY FRIDAY PONTE VEDRA CONCERT HALL April 26-28 When an uber-organized mother and her spontaneous teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right. Masquerading as each other, they must work together to solve the mystery of how to break the spell. This musical is based on the classic Disney movie (which was based on the beloved Mary Rodgers novel) and will have the audience laughing, crying, and singing along. Evening shows on Friday and Saturday begin at 7:30pm. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday begin at 2pm. www.pvconcerthall.com
GATSBY IN THE GARDEN
EARTH DAY 2019 CELEBRATION WASHINGTON OAKS GARDENS April 27, 10am-4pm At this Earth Day event there will be activities for everyone, including live entertainment, prize drawings, arts and crafts vendors, and food and drinks for all. Also, several environmental groups will be on hand to provide educational displays and talks. There will also be a special children's section, along with a painting wall, games, live animal displays, and a potting project. This annual Earth Day celebration is hosted by the Friends of Washington Oaks.Tickets for this event are $5. www.washingtonoaks.org
FAMILY FUN FEST FRANCIS FIELD April 27, 10am-8pm A dynamic all day festival with activities for the whole family! There will be live entertainment, activities with law enforcement members and military members, "Be the Hamster" Snow Cones, jumperamas, team obstacle courses, face painting, DJ line dancing, games, golf activities, fire trucks, costumed characters, community education, crafts, raffle items, vendors, beer, food trucks and so much more! Hosted by Orthopaedic Associates of St.
WITH A PASSION FOR ART AND FOR HELPING OTHERS, SWAY DIFEO PUTS TOGETHER THE SWANKIEST CHARITY EVENT OF THE YEAR. By Kara Pound | Photography by Richard Dole
f you’ve met Sway DiFeo, then it’s easy to see why Gatsby for Charity has become one of the most widely recognized and financially successful philanthropic events in the Oldest City. She’s a lively and passionate woman focused on furthering the arts in our community. Now in its sixth year, Gatsby for Charity has undergone transformation in theme, location, and prominence over time. Sway, an Asheville, North Carolina native who moved to St. Augustine just over eight years ago to open Volkswagen of St. Augustine with her then-husband, started the event as a way to help support local artists and musicians. “I wanted to put funds back into the community and into something I care about,” Sway explains of the nonprofit she started. “The dealership was a great vehicle to do this. Over the past few years, we’ve held Gatsby at different locations around St. Augustine. This year will be a gardenthemed event at the Fountain of Youth.” On Saturday, April 13, Gatsby in the Gardens will take guests on a journey through a 1920s themed garden party while enjoying the sounds of Ramona and the Let’s Ride Brass Band as well as eats and drinks from Café Alcazar, The Perfect Pour, and Ancient City Brewing. Tickets are $55 per person or $100 per couple and VIP tickets are available for $125 each. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
Sway, with the help of an intern, has carefully handcrafted 20 avant-garde costumes relative to the garden party theme – all of which will be worn by local musicians and artists dispersed throughout the event. “Costuming is just another form of art to me,” says Sway, an abstract painter in her own right who studied art history at the University of North Carolina Asheville. “I look at each costume like a party. One man will be completely covered in moss while a woman will be dressed as a flower ballerina. It’s never the same thing twice.” In the first five years, Gatsby for Charity raised $90,000 for the St. Johns Cultural Council to help fund workshops and other educational programs to help area artists build a successful and stable future. This past summer, Sway established her own nonprofit organization to help further the arts community in St. Augustine. STArt Now is growing legs and has lofty goals to help locals with everything from replacing cello strings to buying paint brushes and easels to helping pay for recording costs. “My passion has always been to help others,” Sway explains. "That’s always been intrinsic to who I am. In my opinion, there’s nothing out there that can speak to you like music and art.” www.gatsbyforcharity.com
LIFE a beautiful run/walk that cuts through the historic Anastasia State Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Everyone who attends the Race to the Taste is encouraged to dress the part in their favorite Rock ‘n Roll gear. Relax after the race and enjoy live music on the St. Augustine Amphitheatre stage, along with sampling over 30 local restaurant’s signature dishes! Runners will enjoy free admission for two at The Taste of St. Augustine and access to the Runners Village! Registration ranges from $15-$30. www.epicbh.org/race-to-the-taste
TASTE OF ST. AUGUSTINE THE AMP April 28, 11am-5pm Come try the unique dishes of St. Augustine’s local restaurants as they compete for awards under categories such as Best Ethnic, Best Upscale, Best Family Dining, etc. This event will also feature arts and crafts, face-painting, and live music. Admission for this event is $5 and taste tickets are $1 each with restaurants charging between 1-5 tickets per taste. Children are admitted free. You will receive a map that lists the participating restaurants, the location, and the dishes being served. Bring your friends and family and sample the best of the local cuisine.
www.epicbh.org/taste-of-st-augustine Augustine and a fundraiser for Alpha-Omega Miracle Home. www.facebook.com/ StAugustineFamilyFunFest
FULL CIRCLE FESTIVAL THE AMP April 27, 3-8pm Hosted by Keepers of the Coast and sponsored by The Amp's Green Hands Program, the 2nd Annual Full Circle Festival promises a full afternoon of fun and education for the whole family, ranging from speakers that highlight alternative energy ideas and eco-friendly gardening to kids activities and tips on recycling and conservation. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own containers to fill at The Amp’s water stations and their own shopping bags for eco-friendly, sustainable gifts. There will be food and beverages from local favorites as well as live music for all to enjoy. There is a $5 suggested donation. www.keepersofthecoast.net
28TH ANNUAL TOUR DE FORTS CLASSIC ST. AUGUSTINE HIGH SCHOOL April 28, 7:30am The North Florida Bicycle Club brings you a one-day bicycle event designed for all road cyclists, the 28th Annual Tour de Forts Classic. Come ride in the footsteps of history on coastal roads past the Castillo de San Marcos to Fort Matanzas. On the longer routes ride through farmlands, on the Palatka-to-St. Augustine State Trail and along the St. Johns River. The ride begins at St. Augustine High School, where cyclists can choose their route of 26, 40, 59, 77, or 100 miles. Registration ranges from $60-$70. www.raceroster.com
28 RACE TO THE TASTE 5K RUN & WALK ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE April 28, 11am The Race to the Taste 5K is
1 UNNECESSARY FARCE SCARLETT-HILL THEATER, PALATKA May 1-12 Come out and watch the River City Players of Palatka perform the show Unnecessary Farce! Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go. In a cheap motel room, an embezzling major is supposed to meet his female accountant, while in the room next-door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there's some confusion as to who's in which room, who's being videotaped, who's taking the money, who's hired a hitman, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes. Tickets range from $10-20. www.rivercityplayerspalatka.org
KIDS OCEAN DAY ANASTASIA STATE PARK May 3, 9am-1pm This year will be the 10th Annual Kids Ocean Day hosted here in Florida, by Friends of A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway to create awareness about the wonders of our Earth and environment during such a special day for students. Kids Ocean Day will be filled with environmental games, hands-on events, ocean exhibitions, and other educational activities to teach students and parents alike about the ocean! Free for everyone. www.scenica1a.org
ROMANZA FESTIVALE This celebration of arts and culture is happening at venues throughout the city from May 3-12. Meet the 2019 headliners.
JUANA ZAYAS Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine
May 3, 7pm
UNIDOS EN LA MUSICA: A LATIN AMERICAN FESTIVAL Francis Field
May 4, 10am-11:30pm
CINCO DE MAYO IN THE PLAZA Plaza de la Constitucion
May 5, 7-10pm
GAMBLE ROGERS MUSIC FESTIVAL Colonial Oak Music Park
KALEIDOSCOPE OF DANCE Lewis Auditorium
May 8, 7:30-9:30pm
CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES Ancient City Baptist Church
May 4-11, 12pm
GRIZ ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE May 3, 6:30pm Sax man. Producer. DJ. Musician. GRiZ is all of the above, and then some. To his friends and family, he goes by Grant Kwiecinski, the 28-year-old kid from north Detroit who grew up on a healthy diet of American funk, golden-age hip-hop, and dance music. To the rest of the world, GRiZ is the Denver-based multifaceted artist who’s funkin’ up dance floors worldwide with his self-described “future funk” sound, which mixes electronic music with his fiery live saxophone, energetic funk, and sweeping electro-soul. Tickets start at $49.50. www.augustineamp.com
GAMBLE ROGERS MUSIC FESTIVAL COLONIAL QUARTER May 3-5 For 24 years, St. Augustine has hosted a celebration of the life of recording artist Gamble Rogers, who died trying to save a drowning swimmer in 1991. His legacy lives on in the dozens of musical performers who gather every year for three days in the Colonial Quarter to sing, strum, and play their hearts out for the listening public. This year there will be a youth music competition on Saturday for all the young performers to join the tradition of getting on that stage and giving it their all. A weekend pass starts at $45. www.gamblerogersfest.org
SPUD RUN & CABBAGE CRAWL HASTINGS TOWN HALL May 4, 6am This beloved annual race benefits the Putnam - St. Johns County Farm Bureau and will go towards programs and opportunities for agricultural education, such as
Future Farmers of America, Farm City Week, and 4-H. There will be a 15K Challenge, 10K, a 5K, and a Cabbage Crawl for the little ones. There will be awards given for male and female finishers overall and in a variety of age groups. Dayof registration for the 5K is $35, 10K is $40, 15K is $45. The Cabbage Crawl registration is free without a t-shirt. www.spudrun.net
UNIDOS EN LA MÚSICA FESTIVAL FRANCIS FIELD May 4, 10am-11:30pm This festival is kid friendly so bring your whole family to experience a day filled with Latin music, dance, workshops, art, games, food, and adult beverages! Musical performers include Baba Caiman, Taller de Bomba Balancé & two more big reveals coming soon. There will also be a mural competition as 3 artists showcase their skills live as they create paintings that will come to life right in front of your eyes. Latin American Food Trucks and Restaurant Vendors will include GuanaBana Ice Pops and more! Tickets range from $5-$80. www.unidosenlamusica.com
ROMANZA FESTIVALE OF THE ARTS
VENUES AROUND ST. AUGUSTINE May 3-12
Get your dancing shoes ready and grab a partner to move your body to the rhythm of this exotic festival! Romanza Festivale will feature more than 60 events and exhibits by many organizations. Come and enjoy America’s Most Romantic City with your dearest love and dance the night away as the city celebrates art and music. This event will provide music and dance performances, concerts, art shows, and more. Some of the events are free and others require admission fees. Events will take place at different venues in St. Augustine. Check out the website for a full schedule.
THE AMP May 7, 7:30pm
KEEPING HISTORY ABOVE WATER CONFERENCE CASA MONICA RESORT May 5-8 Join u s in historic St. A ugustine for a p rogram a ddressing sea level r ise with theoretical a nd practical information g eared t o city planners, p reservationists, architects, engineers, floodplain managers, legislators, insurers, property o wners, a nd other decision makers. Experts from the United S tates a nd globally w ill provide strategies for immediate and actionable treatments that can assist communities in protecting historic buildings, landscapes, a nd neighborhoods from the increasing threat o f inundation. Registration ranges from $150-$300. www.historyabovewater.org
Like many great Southern storytellers, singer-songwriter Tyler Childers has fallen in love with a place. The people, landmarks and legendary moments from his childhood home of Lawrence County, Kentucky, populate the 10 songs in his formidable debut, Purgatory, an album that’s simultaneously modern and as ancient as the Appalachian Mountains in which events unfold. Tickets range from $34-$44. www.augustineamp.com
POWER OF THE PURSE LUNCHEON PONCE DE LEON HALL May 9, 10am Join the 5th Annual Power of the Purse Luncheon and silent auction of beautiful purses hosted by the Women of Vision Fund of Flagler College. The mission of the Women of Vision
Fund is to provide scholarships and educational opportunities for women who attend Flagler College. This year’s luncheon will feature guest speaker Sylvia Longmire, an accessible travel writer, travel agent, and entrepreneur. For tickets, please call Jody Hamilton at 819-6437. www.flagler.edu
JUICE WRLD THE AMP May 9, 7pm St. Augustine Amphitheatre is proud to present the “Death Race for Love Tour” with guests Ski Mask The Slump God and The Lyrical Lemonade Allstars. Leading the tour is one of the most commanding artists to emerge from the SoundCloud underground, Juice WRLD makes introspective hip-hop that’s emotionally raw, but powerfully melodic. In 2018, the 20-yearold Chicago native earned such accolades as being named Apple
Music’s Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Spotify’s Biggest Breakout Artist of 2018. Tickets range from $34-$54. www.augustineamp.com
TASH SULTANA WITH GUEST PIERCE BROTHERS THE AMP May 11, 7pm Tash Sultana is an explosive live artist who has commanded world attention since homemade videos went viral. Recent accolades include winning an ARIA award for Blues and Roots Album of The Year with Flow State and reaching over 500M streams, topping the iTunes chart in multiple countries. Tickets are $42. www.augustineamp.com
CALENDAR GIRLS LIMELIGHT THEATRE May 17-June 9 Coming to the Limelight Theatre this summer is another hit comedy for your viewing pleasure. Their main summer performance will focus on a story of a real life media sensation! This play is based on the true story of eleven Women’s Institute members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $26 general admission, $24 seniors, $20 students and military. www.limelight-theatre.org
TREY ANASTASIO BAND THE AMP May 29, 6pm Over the past three decades, composer/guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio has forged a multi-faceted career, winning acclaim in rock, classical and theatrical circles. He is a founding member of Phish, one of today’s most successful and innovative rock bands. Anastasio has collaborated with such artists as Dave Matthews, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Toots and the Maytals, B.B. King and The Roots. Tickets $39.50-$69.50. www.augustineamp.com
A POWERFUL LEGACY THE SUPPORT OF WOMEN'S EDUCATION AND THE CELEBRATION OF THE BRIGHT MINDS AT FLAGLER COLLEGE IS A LEGACY PASSED ON BY ONE OF THE WOMEN OF VISION'S FOUNDERS.
By Molly Wilson | Photography by Zach Thomas of Monarch Studios
very year, the Women of Vision Fund provides scholarships and opportunities to the women attending Flagler College and celebrates the extraordinary women who walk Flagler’s campus. Much of this lifechanging support is raised annually at the Power of the Purse luncheon. Women from all over the community sit in Flagler’s grand dining hall to listen to speakers, gather together, and bid on the items in the silent auction. This year's event will take place on Thursday, May 9. This year’s luncheon speaker is Sylvia Longmire, an unstoppable woman will inspire attendees with tales of her work and her global travel. She's sure to delight and motivate you to pursue your dreams no matter the obstacles and no matter how far you have to go. But though incredible speakers and the chance to come together to support inspiring women draws crowds, the main event is the annual silent auction where community women and local businesses donate purses and accessories of all shapes and sizes and put them up for bid. The highlight of this year’s auction is a tribute to Robin Cooper. Robin Cooper began the Women of Vision fund with Dr. Beverly Carmichael
in 2014. Robin was a driving force of the organization and a strong supporter of women’s education, donating time and money and plenty of purses to see that their mission was carried out. She was the embodiment of all that the Women of Vision stands for. On October 5, 2018, Robin Cooper passed away after a long battle with illness. In her memory, Robin’s husband Brad Cooper has donated some of her favorite purses to the silent auction, stunning pieces that are a tribute to her passion for this cause. In addition to the donated pieces, the Women of Vision’s largest scholarship of the year will also be presented in Robin’s name. Robin Cooper fully believed in empowering young women, supporting their education, and making a difference in the community at large. This event celebrates the work of inspiring women like Robin and the future ahead for the young women of vision at Flagler College. www.flagler.edu
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TAKE A SWING
'TIS THE SEASON FOR A NEW ACTIVITY. SO HEAD OUT INTO THE SPRING SUNSHINE AND GET ACTIVE WITH A MEMBERSHIP TO A LOCAL TENNIS CLUB.
By Molly Wilson
s the weather warms up, and the occasional chilly day is a thing of the past, we’re getting serious cabin fever. The urge to get outside is setting in. But getting outside doesn’t always mean just a trip to lounge on the beach or in a local park. While the unbearable heat of a Florida summer is still a month or two away, we’re ready to do something active. And that makes it the perfect time of year to join a local tennis club. Being a seasoned tennis pro certainly isn’t a necessary requirement for becoming a member of a club. Plenty of classes are offered as well as just access to a court. People of all skill levels are welcome to join in the fun of the game – whether for an afternoon's enjoyment or an intent to go pro. Atlantic Beach and Tennis Club features ten different
courts, and activities on the courts can range from private bookings to individual or group instruction, regular tournaments, or even social round robins. If you feel like your backhand needs some work or even if you’re brand new to the sport, a full staff of USPTA and USPTR-certified professionals is available to work on your game. You’ll find similar amenities at Harbor Island Tennis Centre, where different classes are held each day for a number of skill levels. Your kids can even join in the fun with junior instruction. But like Atlantic Beach and Tennis Club, you can also just go there to get a good workout or play a social game with some friends. You can also easily find tennis courts at almost any of the area's country clubs, if a tennis club isn't quite your style.
So why tennis then? Aren’t there plenty of sports to get involved in if you’re itching to get active outside? Well for one, tennis is an easy game for anyone to start – all you need is a racket and a ball and there’s little else to consider. It’s also a game where (if you’re not up for those fast-paced, high-intensity matches) you can just take it slow while still working up a sweat. A person of any age or any fitness level can pick up a racket and take a swing. And while it can certainly still get competitive, tennis is a great way to make a few friends. So while there’s still a cool spring breeze blowing through the St. Augustine air, try your hand at the sport or even get some instruction from the pros. Meet new people on the court or join a social tournament. Get in a morning workout or develop a new skill. This is the season for a new activity you’ll love (that was a tennis pun). www.atlanticbeachandtennisclub.com www.harbourislandtennis.com
Blight, mildew, and leaf spot are all common diseases that can plague tomatoes, cucumbers, or squash in Florida. These diseases can often be prevented by choosing plant varieties that are meant to grow in the South, providing proper spacing to allow airflow, and watering at the soil line to help keep leaves dry, especially once the sun sets. Unfortunately, these diseases can still set in. If your plants become infected with blight, mildew, or leaf spot, I recommend treating with organic copper fungicide. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and to practice clean pruning techniques by removing all infected leaves from the garden and sanitizing any equipment used on infected plants.
Homeward Bound THESE LOCAL PETS ARE FULL OF LOVE AND READY TO BE ADOPTED. LEARN MORE ABOUT THEM BY VISITING...
A 1-year-old male, Martin is a black and white tuxedo.
Rob DePiazza stands outside his as-yet unfinished home. The structure, built with the help of architect Stephen Bender, is made from nine containers.
INSIDE THE BOX
Mia is a very sweet 9-month-old female tortoise shell.
A 7-month-old female, Dana is a super fun Black Siamese.
This 1-year-old female is a sweet and playful Tortie Point Siamese.
With her adorable bobtail, Bobbi is a 1-year-old tuxedo tabby.
Lucy is a very sweet 3-year-old female orange tabby.
LONG STORY SHORT
CONTAINER HOMES HAVE BEEN CATCHING ON IN COMMUNITIES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. AND NOW THEY'VE MADE THEIR WAY TO OUR CITY.
By Susan Johnson | Photography by David Steele
ob DePiazza could be described as a non-conformist. His business of over 42 years, Screen Arts, once doubled as a gallery that featured artists whose designs were innovative and adventurous. Now Rob is at it again – he’s building a steel container home and is, at this moment, the only person in St. Johns County to do so.
wide. Rob is using 9 containers." But why enlist an architect? Stephen explains, "You can make costly mistakes from not obeying the constraints of the container and working outside the logic of the material. Containers are not included in the Florida building code prescriptive; an architect and engineer who has some experience is very valuable to someone interested in this way of building.”
How Rob lost his former home of 31 years can be summed up in one familiar word: Irma. Going the non-traditional rebuilding route wasn't much of a stretch. "I love the form vs. function, industrial aspect of using space and the concept of embracing materials in their natural state,” says Rob. “I had already begun creating an area for local artists utilizing containers; after Irma, I just switched gears from commercial container use to residential." Rob chose architect Stephen Bender to help.
SJC building official Howard White agrees, "We have a stringent Florida Building Code and containers have no recognized criteria. One must secure the services of a Floridalicensed engineer who can work with an architect on the design to ensure that all safety elements are in place." Howard knew about Rob's home and says, "A considerable amount of time was spent on getting things right. His plans were very well done." Howard recommends talking with an SJC building official if you’re considering a container home project.
Aside from architectural expertise, Stephen is also a UNF professor and lecturer currently working on solutions to affordable housing. He started his first container project in 2009. "Rob is typical of a container homeowner," says Stephen. "He considers cost but is also interested in functionality and the innovative use of natural materials. The most common shipping container in our region is a 40-foot long, steel ‘highcube’ – 9 1/2 ft high x 8 ft www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
As with all projects, delays and frustrations are inevitable. Any words of wisdom from the container pioneer? Rob laughs and says, "I like a challenge, and I have an abundance of fortitude. That helps." This story continues online at www.staugustinesocial.com
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HUGH DO YOU KNOW? By Hugh Ward
NATIVE SOIL AS THE BLOOMS OF SPRING BURST FORTH AND THE LOCAL FLORA AND FOLIAGE BEGIN TO GROW AGAIN, WE'RE WONDERING HOW TO CUT DOWN ON MAINTENANCE IN OUR YARDS AND GARDENS AND KEEP OUR LANDSCAPE A LITTLE MORE SUSTAINABLE. SO WE TURNED TO BRETT KUZOIAN OF CASTLE BAY DESIGN + STUDIO FOR SOME ADVICE ON GOING NATIVE. Photography by Richard Dole Social: Tell us about Castle Bay Design + Studio. What does a Landscape Architect do? Brett Kuzoian: In short, we are a professional planning and landscape architecture firm located here in St. Augustine and primarily provide design consulting services for public parks and their amenities, campuses, resorts, city gateway entrances, waterfronts, streetscapes, and everything in between – including residential design. What is native landscaping? Native landscaping is essentially (you guessed it!) the strategic and planned use of those plant species which have occurred naturally in Florida for
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hundreds of years and, by way of that long-term adaptation, have become self- reliant in their continued existence here. What are the benefits of an all-native landscape? The guiding principle of native landscape design is the conservation and sustainability of our soil and water resources as well as setting the stage for a low (not “no”) maintenance landscape versus one that is intensive on non-native, exotic plantings which bring with them increased demands of supplemental watering, fertilization, pruning, cold protection, etc. A native landscape will require little (if any) supplemental watering, can get by with zero fertilization, and requires no cold protection. Is there a type of yard that native landscape just won’t work on? There are always outliers but, generally speaking, almost any yard can yield positive results from a well-planned native landscape.
How about upkeep? Will it be difficult to maintain? No matter the planting scheme, style, or aesthetic, you will always need to do something. Being said, the time required to maintain and keep a native landscape looking sharp is considerably less than would be required otherwise with a non-native, exotically planted landscape. What advice would you give to a homeowner considering native landscaping? I would say start small, think outside the box of what you have been told an attractive landscape is supposed to look like, and, most importantly, keep it fun and interesting. In designer speak, “form follows function.” A landscape can be both aesthetically pleasing but also interactive and purposeful through its inherent design and species choices. This story continues online at www.staugustinesocial.com
Brought to St. Augustine by Flagler College, Ryan Tempro graduated with a double major in Fine Art and Graphic Design. Now he's the driving force behind local letterpress printer M.C. Pressure. The job allows him to get creative and print the witty, artistic products – like postcards and coasters – that we just can't get enough of. WHAT KIND OF TRAINING DO YOU HAVE? Even though I went to Flagler for a similar(ish) study, I didn’t learn anything about letterpress printing (or pizza making) in school other than what it was. At the time, there was a small stationery shop in town that had a letterpress, and I got a job there working for them. I learned a lot of the basics on how to print letterpress, and from there, all of my knowledge about the craft has been self-taught. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB? My favorite part of my job probably is getting to work with talented creatives! People email us and ask for quotes on amazing projects they have coming up and we love when things work out to be able to work together.
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hef Andrea Rosenblatt opened A. Chef’s Cooking Studio in March of 2007. She discovered a love of teaching while in culinary school, helping with community education classes. “I have always loved solving a problem, reworking it, and finding a simple way to address it and explain that theory – teaching about food is just that,” says Andrea. “Figure out why and what the mystery is. Once I figure that out, I rework it and find a simple clear way to share so that repeating at home become second nature.” And this formula for teaching is clearly working. When we arrived at the Friday
night Tapas Party, people were scattered all over the studio’s kitchen. Some were first-timers like us, but others were studio regulars – 20, 30, even 40 classes in. The group chatted amiably, sipping on the array of wines on offer and examining the stations that were set up on two large tables in the middle of the space. Then the chatter died down as Chef Andrea began to talk. It was immediately apparent why, even apart from learning a new skill, so many people came back time and again. Chef Andrea was witty and personable, throwing in amusing stories of her failures then successes with the recipes chosen for tonight. She described each of the dishes that we would be working on – www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
from lamb chops to salt cod fritters – and told us to pick a station. This style of class was a little less technique-based than some of the others, so we would start to follow the recipe as Andrea and Chef Greg Johnson came around to help and give tips. Heather and I made our way to the Chicken & Chorizo Paella station. This was a scaled-down version of a typically enormous dish, but it was still a little intimidating. Heather opted to read off the recipe while I sautéed and threw ingredients into the pan. Once the saffron gold-tinted mixture was simmering away, our recipe became pretty hands-off, so we wandered around the kitchen, seeing how the other students were getting along.
We wandered around the kitchen, seeing how the other students were getting along. It was a lively, friendly group. A few people knew each other before the class, but everyone had become fast friends – the trial-and-mucherror of cooking tends to bond you. So does food. And there was a lot of it.
It was a lively, friendly group. A few people knew each other before the class, but everyone had become fast friends – the trial-and-mucherror of cooking tends to bond you. So does food. And there was a lot of it. This being a tapas class, instead of eating as a group once everything was complete, we noshed on the dishes as they were finished. And without exception, everything was delicious. Every now and then, I would check back on the simmering paella. Chef Andrea came to join me, talking effortlessly about cooking techniques. “You don’t want to stir it around much,” she said, lifting the aluminum foil to a cloud of steam and the aromatic scent of saffron. “The toasted rice on the bottom of the pan is called socarrat, and it’s the part of the dish
that everyone wants.” Chef Andrea and Chef Greg passed on this kind of knowledge to each station, instructing on what you were looking for when making the dish and what to avoid. Even though they’re not standing over you the whole time, you walk away from the class thinking, “I could go home and do this myself.” The very social, hands-on Friday night parties are only one style of class offered by the studio. You could sit and watch the pros during a Demo & Discuss class or hone your kitchen techniques at the Home Chef Series. From the mouthwatering food to the passionate instructors, there are a hundred reasons why we’ll be back in the studio. www.achefs.com www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
LIFE homeowner Mark Torko. The Torkos moved into their house on Marine Street a week before Hurricane Matthew arrived. They chose to have AltWays install a whole house Battery Backup System (BBS). Now, their home can be off the grid for weeks and have electricity. The BBS is completely automated – a generator starts up when there is a need for battery change; the solar provides power while the sun shines. When the Herzog-Herrick family moved more than 10 years ago, they sought a coastal, sunny place – for many reasons. Quality of life, good schools for their two children, a college where Ms. Herrick could teach art. Yet a desire to use the sun’s energy to meet their electrical needs was also key. “I like renewable energy. I was fascinated by it as a child,” says Matthias, who is originally from Switzerland. Having worked for SunPower Corp, a world-renowned company, Matthias knew he could create a business that provided quality service to customers. In 2013, he co-founded AltWays to design and create solar energy systems. Matthias is a certified installation professional and system inspector with more than a decade of experience. His partner Craig Barzo is a successful entrepreneur. Most of Matthias's work requires visits to residential and commercial sites and computer-based system simulations. Craig explains financing options, as common as financing a car.
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A PLACE IN THE SUN DESIGNING SOLAR SYSTEMS FOR HOMES AND BUSINESSES IN ORDER TO HARNESS THE SUN’S ENERGY MOTIVATES THIS LOCAL BUSINESSMAN. By Marisella Veiga | Photography by Brian Miller
he sun being an infinite source of energy is a draw for Matthias Herzog, CEO of AltWays, LLC. But so is providing customers with the benefits he enjoys – his home and office on Marine Street are 85% solar powered. Once solar panels are paid for, the owner has free electricity. With an added battery storage system, an owner is independent from the utility grid. And, with the latest solar technology and financing options, says Matthias, a solar system is within almost anyone’s reach. “We see it as a bit of insurance,” says local
A solar panel ideally placed on a south-facing roof may be less costly to own than a monthly utility bill. Lack of moving parts ensures they remain intact (Matthias’s rooftop panels did during recent storms). Maintenance is practically nil because panels are under warranty for 25 years. Solar systems also increase home resale value. As hurricane season approaches, Matthias knows the Battery Backup System – with or without a solar panel system – is a smart choice. “If designed correctly," he says, “having a Battery Backup System in place during a power outage, especially after a storm, is comforting.” More and more residents and businesses see the benefits of using solar power. And as a result, the system is becoming easier to implement. Over the past decade, solar system prices have dropped 70%. It might be time to let a little sunshine in. www.altways.com
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he All American Air Charitable Foundation's yearly fundraiser draws in people from all over the community. And they're there for two things â€“ giving back to St. Augustine and some serious table tennis competition. The 10th Annual Table Tennis Classic was held this past February at the Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Augustine Beach Resort, and the event netted nearly $135,000, all of which will be donated back to the community. As the full day of competition came to an end, Ross Truog was this year's Men's Division winner, and Jenna Thomas took home the women's title. At the Youth Championship taking place the day before, the All American Air Charitable Foundation presented a check for $15,000 to the St. Augustine YMCA in support of their top-notch youth programs and youth summer camp. The funds raised at the tournament will be distributed to a large number of worthy causes and charities throughout the community. "As a not-for-profit organization," says the foundation's president Christine Chapman, "we are so blessed to be a small part of giving back to our community."
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Island Prep's developmentally appropriate program provides a balance between preparing for the future and living fully in the present. Our approach to learning allows children to learn through multi-sensory, child-centered, organized experiences and discovery. We provide an environment that is overflowing in exciting opportunities to meet different learning styles and personalities. Our teachers and classes help your child develop positive self-esteem, foster emotional well-being, creativity, and self-direction, and ease adjustments to routines and transitions. The lessons are strategically planned to meet the needs of every child. On an average day, a visitor might observe children painting with vegetables, practicing letters in sign language, planting in the garden, or a peaceful yoga session. Being a friend to the environment is a part of Island Prep's culture and community, and through it, we are able to impart knowledge and techniques to our students. We have become a hub for our parents to share information about conservation techniques, green living ideas as we learn more about becoming more ecoconcious. We have classroom and individual challenges for the students to think of creative ways to help reduce their impact to the environment. The teachers help the students think outside the box and work together as a team. 4171 A1A South • (904)547-2996 • www.islandprep.com
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St. John’s Academy, a classical, Christian, college preparatory school located in St. Augustine will be entering its 25th year. We are now enrolling for grades Kindergarten through 8 for the 20192020 school year. St. John’s Academy’s curriculum emphasizes the classical and Christian heritage of Western Civilization with a concentration on the Liberal Arts and the Classics. We train virtuous scholars to recognize and use rational arguments to both prove and persuade! 1533 Wildwood Dr • (904) 824-9224 • www.stjohnsacademy.com
Trinity Episcopal Learning Center 2K - VPK • CHRISTIAN EARLY LEARNING CENTER
Trinity Episcopal Learning Center is an educational ministry of the Trinity Episcopal parish TELC is located within the beautiful historic preservation district of downtown St. Augustine. The school serves children ages two years through Pre-K. Our purpose is to prepare young children in a loving, Christian environment to reach their potential for entering Kindergarten. We provide age appropriate, multi-sensory experiences in mathematics, language arts, science, social studies, motor-skills, art, music and Christian education. We use a well-rounded, developmental curriculum created for the young child's special ways of learning. It utilizes social integration, learning through play, positive discipline, well-qualified and caring teachers, and an emphasis on self-awareness. At Trinity, a Christian based curriculum includes bible stories, verses in weekly themes and also weekly children's chapel. We see each child as God's unique creation and therefore teach and nurture him or here within a loving, Christian environment. Our teachers are certified and attend continuing education classes and local child care workshops through the year.
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Veritas Classical School K - 9TH GRADE • CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Veritas Classical School takes a classical approach to Christian education, training students to master a core body of knowledge, reason clearly, and articulate effectively. As an independent and interdenominational school, Veritas is not affiliated with a church, but encourages students of many denominations in their faith. Veritas offers small class sizes and partners with parents in Christian community, providing a rigorous academic experience, emphasizing the value of community service, and developing students who love God, love others, and love learning. 253 State Road 16 • (904) 810-1050• www.veritasclassicalschool.org
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Cathedral Parish School is recognized as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. We serve students in our Gold Seal VPK-4 Year Old Program and students in K-8. Scoring in the 95th percentile in the nation in the category of knowledge of their faith, the core values learned here enable students to develop character, academic excellence, leadership skills, and the desire to serve others. Our students thrive, engaging in the rich history of downtown St. Augustine, a virtual laboratory of learning.
Cathedral Parish Early Education Center is the first step in the Catholic School system in St. Augustine. The school is a oneyear-old through VPK preschool, which provides early learning and development in an environment where faith and education go hand in hand. Our dedicated, caring, and attentive teachers are degreed and certified. CPEEC is also certified by the Florida State Department of Children and Families, and accredited by the Florida Catholic Conference and the National Council for Private Schools.
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LOCAL GUIDES St. Joseph Academy 9TH THROUGH 12TH GRADE • CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
Where students, faculty, friends, and families are united by the rich history of Catholic Education in the St. Augustine area, calling to prepare today’s young men and women for a bright, faith-filled future. As a Catholic high school in the Diocese of St. Augustine, we seek to provide an equal opportunity for each student, in a challenging academic environment, to become a knowledgeable, self-directed, compassionate Christian, able to face the challenges of the future with faith, hope, and love. 155 State Road 207 • (904) 824-0431 • www.sjaweb.org
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THE ALMAGUERS THIS FAMILY OF SIX IS LOVING THIS SEASON OF THEIR LIFE AND TAKING ADVANTAGE OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY FAMILY TIME IN THE ANCIENT CITY. Photography by Dawn Wallace Meet the Almaguer family. Billy, Kelli, and their four kids moved to St. Augustine back in 2015 to launch Awaken City Church. Now, four years later, Billy is Lead Pastor (as well as being a Civil Engineer) and Kelli serves as both the the church's Worship Director and the graphics/media designer (when she's not homeschooling the kids). But when they're not serving their church community, you can find mom, dad, Kinley, Myleigh, Colty, and Bode having adventures around the The Almaguer family city, exploring the local parks, relaxing pictured from left: Kinley at the beach, or grabbing some Mexican food at Playa Chac-Mool on the Island. 13, Colty 10, Billy (dad) 45, But whether they're working on school or Kelli (mom) 43, Bode 9, and hanging with friends, the Almaguers are Myleigh 12 embracing their community and their time as a family. When we're not at home, we're usually... We are
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Favorite date night destination? We love to grab Thai food or sushi and then head out for dessert. There is always an interest in heading over to either DOS or The Kookaburra to grab a cup of coffee and to connect as a couple.
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Park. We typically keep an annual pass, so it makes it really easy and affordable to head over there when we need a beach fix. There is nothing quite like the wide open space, salt and sand to help us reset and refocus.
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Favorite place for dessert? St. Augustine has so many great places to grab a dessert! Most often we find ourselves either at Mayday or Cold Cow for some yummy ice cream. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
guests downtown, of course! We love to walk St. George Street, taking in the sights, as well as walking down by the Fort and water. One or our favorite treats for our out-of-town guests is to take them to see the sunrise at the Matanzas Inlet. Image via Facebook
JIM SALANITRI WORKING IN GAS STATIONS AS A BOY GAVE RISE TO A PASSION FOR CARS. NOW JIM IS THE OWNER OF AN AWARD-WINNING 1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE.
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s a boy, Jim Salanitri’s family owned gas stations on New York’s Long Island. This gave him the opportunity to start working after school pumping gas and washing windows instead of delivering newspapers. It was in these gas stations where his interest in cars first came about. Jim has owned a variety of “muscle” cars through the years, but none were so special as his beloved 1960 Chevrolet Corvette. He purchased the car from his cousin Mike Longo after it was put into storage in 1973. In 1999 Jim began its extensive restoration. He was fortunate that most of the original parts (including the original engine) were still with the car, as original parts are often difficult to come by for such a special automobile. Now a restoration of this magnitude doesn’t come cheap and it takes time. Even still, early on in the process Jim had made an important decision regarding the restoration. “I guess with age I had a different perspective on how I was to restore my Corvette. My decision was to do a complete restoration to the original factory
specifications, as it would have come off the assembly line in June of 1960.” The restoration was completed in 2016, and Jim had the Corvette shipped to St. Augustine when he and his wife moved here. Once settled, Jim’s cousin Ron Leone introduced him to the Ancient City Auto Club where he met “some of the greatest car enthusiasts I’ve ever known.”
scored 98.5 out of a possible 100 points. Jim and his Corvette were bestowed the coveted “Top Flight Award,” which is given to any car scoring over 94 points. Following such a prestigious showing, Jim was contacted by the editors of Corvette Magazine, and his 1960 “Fuelie” (so dubbed because of its use of fuel injection as opposed to a carburetor) was featured in a four
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THE HOUSE ON carcaba road WITH FOUR CHILDREN AND FIVE HOMES, JODY AND JESS DAVIS ARE CONSTRUCTING THEIR DREAM LIFE IN ST. AUGUSTINE. By Lauren Eastman | Photography by Brian Miller
ess and Jody Davis are often referred to as the Chip and Joanna Gaines of Florida. And the design of their farmhouseinspired home is just the beginning. Jody, a St. Augustine native, met Jess just before his 30th birthday when she was helping a friend move into Flagler College. They say that luck had something to do with the fact that they knew pretty quickly that they wanted to be together. One decade, four children, and five homes later, they celebrate their 10th anniversary on April 13th. “We met and began renting a house from my parents. I was a mortgage broker at the time and the housing market was going down,” said Jody. “So we bought two lots and built two houses while planning our wedding. The fact that we succeeded in getting married with all that going on gave us both a pretty good idea that we had what it takes to stay together.” Jess, who grew up in New Jersey, loves the Floridian lifestyle and it shows – her
Instagram page, @carcabaroad, draws more than forty three thousand followers who crave her light, airy aesthetic. Her page has been influential in building real life connections, including one with a well-known designer from Oregon who is helping her finish styling her new vacation rental. “All in, we’ve built five homes as cocaptains,” said Jess. “We started with a renovation of the first vacation home and grew from there.” It’s one thing to know great design and another to effortlessly balance their growing family amid constant projects and vacation rentals maintenance, while managing to stay happy, inspiring others, and homeschooling their children. Their dream home, though, is just that. An open and airy five-bedroom, three-bath home with a school room, poised atop a bulkhead, offers a generous backyard for the kids and an elevated view of the marsh from massive windows. One of the most
Details FAMILY: Jess, Jody, Sophie, Emery, James, and Julian Davis Amenities: 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, large open floor plan, a school room, a laundry room, upstairs and downstairs outdoor living space, and an expansive backyard Size: 2900 square feet NEIGHBORHOOD: Vilano Beach
Throughout the house, the decor is clean, simple, and subtly farmhouse coastal. Pops of green from houseplants or blue hues from rugs and blankets catch the eye, but the overall feel of the space is light and airy.
intriguing elements about the space is its massively open floor plan that utilizes many reclaimed materials throughout. Jody, a contractor by trade and real estate agent by design, knew that in order to maximize space for his family, he needed to alleviate walls and hallways to save for special elements such as transom windows. Jess jokes that “it helps to see the kids from all angles.”
whole family. “Our kids are very involved. We often take them to our job sites, and they witness firsthand our commitment and hard work,” says Jess. “Building our dream house and the rentals took great effort, time, investment, and sacrifice for all of us as a family. Tracking the process and sharing it with others has become our passion and the kids are learning a lot along the way.”
The couple is currently building their fourth vacation rental – all located within five blocks of each other. “We service all of them ourselves, with help from family,” says Jess.
From the wormwood driftwood mantel procured by Jody’s uncle in the Bahamas to the Restoration Hardware furnishings scoured by Jess secondhand, the bright, light, clean space says “Welcome Home.” It is evident that not a detail – from the front doors to the gold birdcage pendant lamp positioned above the bed in the master suite – was overlooked.
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says Jody. “I tend to hand over the decision making. I can either fight it for a long or a short time, so it’s really my choice, as she usually wins,” he smirked. Target is her preferred spot, particularly with Hearth and Hand availability. She also loves Marshalls/Home Goods for faux greenery, furniture, and pillows, Etsy, and small shops like Declaration & Co. for personalized items. The upstairs ceilings were painted on the foggiest day of the year, resulting in a less than ideal finish. After two additional coats of paint were not enough to resolve the issue, Jess put his building expertise to the test and installed knotty pine across the upstairs ceilings with a generous molding. With four kids, it seems almost impossible that the white design could really stay clean,
The light colors of the house may seem like a risky choice with four kids running around, and Jess admits that it isn't always pristine. But an abundance of neutrals allows for easy changes in style â€“ a new color choice here, a new rug there. And the palette perfectly complements the profusion of natural light.
The Davis's expansive backyard overlooks the marsh, and in the evenings, the sunsets are unbeatable. A large balcony upstairs is perfect for relaxing, and the downstairs space is an entertaining oasis.
and Jess admits that it isn’t always perfect. “With endless options in design, I play it safe with neutrals and white because you can always add greenery or a pop of color with a rug, and it’s easy to switch up a space once you become bored with it,” she says. “Our house lives well and is most definitely lived in! We make slime, bake, build forts, and we are intentional about purchases. One refreshing thing about moving was simplifying and decluttering and now, instead of getting each kid a toy, we buy a board game, Legos, or a seasonal craft to do together. With a nod to Chip and Jo, Jess says, “They are inspiring to me on all levels. They dream bigger and bigger, hustle harder and harder, everything they touch turns to gold, but they keep simplicity as their core lifestyle. They stay grounded, keeping
family and marriage as their priority.” In closing, Jess says, “We believe ‘to be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition.’ Our homes are our platforms for being and doing our best in the world, and the places where we live out our most precious, private moments. We hope to instill that in our children and hope they follow their dreams to their logical conclusions where they almost all boil down to having a happy home, where we and our families can thrive and enjoy happy, secure, and sometimes messy lives.” See more pictures and resources online at www.staugustinesocial.com
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ANCIENT CITY POETS By Robert Waldner | Photography by Kate Gardiner
n the Spring of 2009, a small group of people with a passion for poetry met in front of an art gallery on King Street with a hope to create an event for National Poetry Month in April. The Ancient City had long been known for its musical and visual artistic talent, but this group wanted to see poetry join the ranks of the local creative outlets. Founding member Glenda Bailey-Mershon enthusiastically suggested the name “Ancient City Poets.” Having evolved over the years to become a household name within the local arts scene, Ancient City Poets currently gather on the last Sunday of every month at The Corazon Cinema
and Cafe. All readings are free admission and everyone is welcome and encouraged to present their work or just soak in the spoken word scene. “We are giving our community an opportunity to speak,” says facilitator Chris Bodor. “Anyone who puts their name on the sign-up sheet and reads a poem becomes an Ancient City Poet.” The sign-up sheet is available at 2:30pm on the day of the reading and the microphone turns on at 3pm. For more events information follow Ancient City Poets on Facebook and subscribe to their YouTube channel. www.bodor.org
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DMITRI SIERACKI AN EYE FOR STYLE AND A SERIOUS TALENT FOR DESIGN SETS THIS HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR APART FROM THE CROWD. FABRIC AND NEEDLE IN HAND, SHE'S SETTING HER SIGHTS ON A BRIGHT FUTURE. By Kara Pound | Photography by Kate Gardiner
t’s been a few weeks since St. Augustine Fashion Week returned for Season 5 with 20 small brand designers and more than 20 emerging student designers showing off their one-of-a-kind creative wares in front of hundreds of attendees. Without a doubt, it was 2018 Student Design Winner, Dmitri Sieracki, who was the one to watch. Born and raised in Jacksonville – heck, she’s still working on the raised part as she’s only a junior at Bartram Trail High School’s Design Academy – Dmitri wowed the judges at last year’s STAFW with an orange floral men’s collared shirt, vest, and pants ensemble. The trio of pieces helped her win one of the most coveted recognitions and secured the opportunity to present her first full collection at this year’s event. “I was shocked,” the 17-yearold explains of being named 2018 Student Design Winner. “There were so many phenomenal pieces that were entered. I was the only one to put a male piece on a male model and I think that helped me win. It was a great experience and a great look behind the scenes of the fashion industry.” Growing up in Northeast Florida, Dmitri learned the basics of sewing from her grandmother, who is still involved in her
creative endeavors and attends every show. “My grandmother taught me how to sew, but I was the one who wanted to start making clothes,” Dmitri explains. “When I was eight years old, I bought zebra fabric from Joann’s and made a shirt and skirt out of it. That was my first taste at being a fashion designer. My family has been and still is extremely supportive of my work. They help me pay for all of the supplies that I need and I’ve always been supremely grateful for them.”
I’ve been sketching since last summer and sewing since winter break. The collection includes three male-cut pieces and seven female-cut pieces, but, honestly, I look at fashion as a fluid thing that shouldn’t be kept to gender roles.” With about a year-and-a-half left of high school, Dmitri is already looking forward to a bright future in fashion design. She will be putting her St. Augustine Fashion Week Season 5 collection into a portfolio for college applications and is working on creating a brand extension of her creations before graduating from Bartram Trail.
For St. Augustine Fashion Week Season 5, Dmitri unveiled a 10-piece collection based on Norse Mythology Dmitri's first full collection debuted during Fashion Week. “I’ve Gods and Goddesses like been sketching since last summer and sewing since winter break. Thor, Odin, The collection includes three male-cut pieces and seven femaleLoki, Freyr, cut pieces, but, honestly, I look at fashion as a fluid thing that Freya, Sif and shouldn’t be kept to gender roles.” Sol, and Mani to name a few. The young designer has enlisted the help of both models provided by STAFW along with her “I really want to get my name out there boyfriend and a few friends from school. and create an identity for the work that I’m doing,” Dmitri says. “Fashion Week “All of my pieces were made specifically has been a huge opportunity to help me for each model,” Dmitri says. “They’re accomplish this. It’s nerve-wracking but all different heights and sizes, so they’re exciting.” the only ones who can wear each piece. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
TIME TESTED GRIT, TENACITY, AND AN ENTERPRISING SPIRIT CARRY ANDREW NAGORSKI THROUGH HIS DECADES-LONG CAREER IN WRITING AND JOURNALISM.
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irst things first: we need mental resets to achieve clarity in our fast-paced world with its beaming screens and myriad notifications. For journalist Andrew Nagorski, morning rituals help. His days begin with walks along the marsh with Skye, his Irish Setter. Upon returning, Andrew might stretch before enjoying a hard copy of the newspaper. Easing into work and letting writing flow freely sometimes involves aquatics. "If I just go for a swim and stop thinking about it," Andrew explains, "I get out of the ocean and say, 'oh, now I know." A former Newsweek correspondent, Andrew keeps busy with speaking engagements, writing for The Daily Beast and completing his seventh book, The Year Germany Lost the War: 1941. Reviewing past titles like The Nazi Hunters makes clear Andrew's expertise. But to grasp how he reached his current destination, we'll look back at events set in motion before his birth – a microcosm of a World War II era Europe. Born and raised in Scotland, Andrew's parents married a year before the war's outbreak. His father was enlisted against German forces. Soon Germany overwhelmed Poland, anticipating surrender. But Andrew's father fled to France where other Polish troops regrouped. As we know, France faced
defeat at Germany's hands, meaning British forces evacuated their troops along with Polish units. Andrew's mother gained passage with her husband. When Andrew was born, his parents found themselves in Scotland with other military families. They quickly emigrated to New York, where his father became a diplomat. So Andrew grew up in Egypt, South Korea, and France. His interest in journalism was somewhat blood-borne. Andrew's father was a correspondent and news agency founder. By the 6th grade, Andrew started a modest school publication. Later as an Amherst College history major, he wrote for the campus paper. After college, Andrew decided he wanted a career in journalism. When the Boston Globe and the Christian Science Monitor seemed out of reach, he found that he was only a few degrees of separation from key players at Newsweek. Andrew was invited to a high stakes "tryout." It lasted for up to six months with www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
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CABE NOLAN IGNITED HIS ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT WITH HIS FIRST BUSINESS LAUNCH WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL, AND HE HASN’T SLOWED DOWN SINCE. By Meeka Anne | Photography by David Steele
s a teen, soccer occupied most of Cabe Nolan’s days, so when his parents suggested that he get a job and offered to match funds for a car, he pondered where he might find the time to work. This became the jumpstart that set his entrepreneurial gears spinning. He set up a web-hosting service on eBay and soon he had a pile of clients, which he eventually sold to another web hosting company for $15,000. His parents had to back out of the matching funds deal,
Cabe divulged that he is a serial entrepreneur and will always venture into multiple businesses. “Sometimes it’s nice to be able to temporarily shift your focus as it allows new ideas to develop or a problem you’ve been struggling to solve to resolve itself naturally.”
but he got himself a nice car. The next sequence of events was a soccer scholarship to Appalachian State in Boone, North Carolina then an injury and a transfer back to Flagler College where he graduated in 2012 with a Business Admin degree. All along the way, the business ideas had been forming and hatching. His businesses develop as quickly as he can create the websites. He is the founder of Bold City Agency (web design), Dolfin Pack (hydration backpack), Two-Way Resume www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
A prolific talent in web development has been a significant asset in all Cabe’s entrepreneurial endeavors. This skill enables him to design his vision, create systems, and update easily. About his vision for Dock Skipper, Cabe says, “I hope to turn it into more of an Airbnb type of experience where the booking, payment, and contract are all handled on the Dock Skipper website. Currently, our system functions more like a Craigslist, but we could easily revert back to the Airbnb format as the market continues to change.”
Cabe divulged that he is a serial entrepreneur and will undoubtedly always venture out into multiple areas of business. “Sometimes it’s nice,” says Cabe, “to be able to temporarily shift your focus as it allows new ideas to develop or a problem you’ve been struggling to solve to resolve itself naturally.” However, he is passionate and committed to Dock Skipper, “Dock Skipper is my favorite concept. I love boats, I love the water, and I love the concept of peer-to-peer sharing.” www.dockskipper.com
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WHAT CONTINUES TO ENGAGE BECKY YANNI IS WORKING TO ENSURE ST. JOHNS COUNTY SENIORS HAVE THE BEST POSSIBLE LIVES.
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ecky Yanni was one of several hundred volunteers who found it satisfying to donate her time and talent to the Council on Aging long before making a professional commitment to it. Before her association with the COA, Becky was a hotel coowner and manager of a 120-room hotel for 25 years. The Days Inn franchise also had a restaurant, a gas station, and a gift shop. During sales negotiations of the hotel property, she was drawn to becoming a realtor. And among her real estate clients was Kay Green, COA’s then volunteer manager. Kay invited Becky on board in 2005. The full-time development manager retired in 2011, and Becky moved into the position for two years.
“Aging is living!” says Becky, now 61 and a new grandmother. “We have to change the conversation about what aging means. It’s not a disease to be cured. It’s important to stay engaged with other people, especially for cognitive enrichment.”
Cathy Brown, then COA’s executive director, retired in 2013, and COA board members approached Becky and asked if they could submit her name as a candidate for the directorship. Becky hesitated. Among her concerns were responsibilities for 200 employees and 700 volunteers. Yet board members were confident. Then her thinking shifted. “Why shouldn’t I do it?” She remembers asking herself. “Why should it not be me?” Her name was submitted, and Becky has been the agency’s executive director since. Becky is no stranger to working through challenges. She was born in Jacksonville, Florida, the youngest of four children. Becky’s father died when she was eight
months old, and her mother went to work. The nearby extended family pitched in – an aunt came to provide childcare, the family visited her maternal grandmother on Sundays, and summer vacations were with paternal grandparents in Ft. Myers and Brooksville, Florida. Becky graduated from high school in Daytona and then from Daytona Beach Community College. “Aging is living!” says Becky, now 61 and a new grandmother. “We have to change the conversation about what aging means. It’s not a disease to be cured.” Becky says that AARP has excelled at addressing a senior’s second act. Increased longevity has given people time to pursue post-retirement interests, including another career. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
Newly-retired and newly-transplanted seniors may uncover a passion or awaken dormant ones. The agency offers lifelong learning classes, programs, hot meals, games and puzzles, and a meeting place for friends. Many of the services and programs are for seniors and/or their caregivers, but there are opportunities for people of all ages. In spite of some shift in how seniors are viewed, a stigma remains about going to a seniors’ center. “Some people become old staying home and watching television and having limited social contact,” she says. “It’s important to stay engaged with other people, especially for cognitive enrichment.” www.coasjc.org
DANNY ERB A FORMER MECHANICAL ENGINEER, THIS PASSIONATE AND INSPIRING HIGH SCHOOL MATH TEACHER WAS RECENTLY NAMED ST. JOHNS COUNTY TEACHER OF THE YEAR. By Carmen Fleischmann | Photography by Brian Miller
s a teacher shaping young minds at his alma mater, Danny Erb never thought he would call another school home. But four years after accepting his position at Pedro Menendez High School, he couldn’t imagine wanting to be anywhere else, and the passion he demonstrates for his students is what made him St. Johns County Teacher of the Year. Known as aAnne student favoritebyacross the By Meeka | Photography David Steele Pedro campus, Danny currently teaches Algebra I, Math for College Readiness, and IB Statistics/Calculus, in addition to sponsoring numerous activities. His enormous acclaim as an educator could be surprising when considering that he was once poised instead for a successful career in engineering. After earning a Bachelors and Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University, Danny took a position with Con Edison in New York, a decision which almost cost him his life. On September 11, 2001, Danny was scheduled to work on a project at the World Trade Center. He was meant to meet his supervisor there that morning, but his supervisor subsequently lost his life in the terrorist attack.
During this time, Danny’s family back home was struggling through his parents’ divorce. “I had had a conversation with my mom a few days before. I could already tell that she needed help,” says Danny. “It wasn’t a hard decision for me … family first. A week later, I was in Virginia and I never looked back.”
Danny. “At my old school, at my alma mater, I was a student favorite there also. I ended up making a lot of promises – like I would never, ever teach at another school. Pedro has really made me change my mind about that. I never thought I would call another school home, but Pedro is home.”
He is often asked what makes him such a Upon learning of his return, his old math favorite among students, so he shared his teacher at Green Run High School sought secret to success. “It’s because I love the him out to fill a vacancy that had just students. Not enough teachers take time to become available. He interviewed that get to know their students. These kids are following Monday. “I fell into it. I fell in smart. They know whether or not these love with it,” says Danny. “I felt like I "At my old school, at my alma mater, I was a student favorite there was home and also. I ended up making a lot of promises – like I would never, ever doing the thing teach at another school. Pedro has really made me change my I was always mind about that. I never thought I would call another school home, supposed to be but Pedro is home." doing.” After teaching for 14 years at Green Run, Danny, his two daughters, and his wife of ten years were beckoned by the allure of St. Augustine’s beaches, festivals, and rich history. It is the students of Pedro and Danny’s fellow faculty members, however, that made them want to stay. “It really, really feels like a family,” says www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
teachers care about them. The first week of school, we just get to know each other – no math,” says Danny. “You have to invest that time. The more time you spend building those connections, the better your teaching is going to be.” www-pmhs.stjohns.k12.fl.us
WITH GOSPEL ROOTS AND A REGGAE SOUND, RACHAEL MILLER IS BUILDING HER SUCCESS ON COLLABORATION AND A PASSION FOR HER CRAFT.
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he Ancient City is a tight knit community built for aspiring creatives that comes complete with a homegrown support system. St. Augustine native, Rachael Miller of Sailor Jane Music, is one local musician who is building a successful career on the values of peer support and collaboration.
“Everything was happening so fast,” she says. “Being only nineteen years old, I just felt like I wasn’t quite ready for it. I realized quickly that I had a lot to learn before putting myself in that environment.”
Her creative seed was planted at a young age and cultivated through a family tree deeply-rooted in faith and gospel music. “My grandfather, Richard Buckner, owned multiple gospel radio stations and my mother, Jill, was a gospel radio DJ,” says Rachael. Having built upon her gospel based upbringing to become one of the Ancient City’s most popular reggae artists, Rachael explains that “Early reggae is rooted in gospel and soul music.” While Rachael’s early musical life is undoubtedly a key element in her artistic composition, perhaps the most noteworthy constituent is her musical journey.
Rachael is a graduate of Douglas Anderson High School in Jacksonville where she studied classical guitar. Almost instantly after graduating Full Sail University in Orlando, Rachael was catapulted into the music industry with a job at the famous Tree Sound Studios in Atlanta. It was during that shotgun initiation that Rachael’s keen sense of personal awareness and self honesty took her life on an unexpected
detour. “Everything was happening so fast,” she says. “Being only nineteen years old, I just felt like I wasn’t quite ready for it. I realized quickly that I had a lot to learn before putting myself in that environment.” So, she stepped away from the music industry, took time to regroup and travel, then came home to St. Augustine where she gave birth to her daughter, Selah. But here Sailor Jane re-entered the workforce in a different capacity as a high school science teacher then a registered nurse. But gradually she made her way back once again into the music scene. “I started ‘Sailor Jane Productions’ and was hired on at Prohibition Kitchen to book live performances,” she says. “Eventually, I started taking more time www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
away from the hospital to start playing music again.” Once again fully focused on music, her Ancient City music resumé lists bands like ‘Individual United’ and First Coast Reggae powerhouse ‘Pili Pili’. After spending eight years with the band, Sailor Jane attributes much of her success to the influence of Pili Pili’s lead singer and bass player. “I learned how to perform live music and a lot about the roots and culture of reggae from King Eddie and Soy Blanco,” she says. Driven by her songwriting passion, Sailor Jane urges the community to rally around original music. “Everybody should support original music. Popular cover songs are fun but they don’t require people to really listen to what artists have to say.” www.sailorjaneproductions.com
LOCALS LOCALS “Repetition, repetition, repetition. In the field, we train MAYDAY calls frequently so that when they actually happen, we know exactly what to do. This same training helps on phone calls. We know we need an address, a situation, and a callback phone number in case the line disconnects prematurely. Even during the excitement and confusion of those high-stress calls, we fall back to the basics of where is this person, what do they need, and how do I contact them again if I need to? Once we get the appropriate units going in the right direction, then we know we have helped to our highest capacity.” Teamwork in the center is critical. “Ascertaining information from a 911 call can be surprisingly difficult,” says Taylor. “We are continually communicating amongst ourselves to get all the elements together. If the call taker thinks we need a helicopter for a critical call, then we start working like a machine. The nonemergency call-taker gets the helicopter dispatch on the phone while the radio operator finds the nearest landing zone to the call, all while the 911 call is still evolving. Our goal is the most appropriate and quickest response for whoever "The rewards needs help.” for me, as
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STATE OF TH E ARTS AS ST. AUGUSTINE GROWS, SO DOES ITS ARTISTIC COMMUNITY. AND WHILE THIS GROWTH PRESENTS NEW OPPORTUNITIES, IT ALSO CREATES NEW CHALLENGES. SO WE TURNED TO FEW LOCAL VISUAL ARTISTS AND GALLERY OWNERS FOR THEIR VIEWS ON STATE OF THE ARTS IN THE ANCIENT CITY. By Lynette Snell | Photography by Kate Gardiner
ike most things in St. College, refers to this as the “Big A, Little which she was happy to share the history. Augustine, art has a rich A” conundrum. Do you create purely for She even grabbed a ladder and pulled a history. It began when a French the purpose of creating? That is Big A. Or painting off a high wall to show spectators king commissioned an artist to do you create for commercial success and the “canvas” on which the artist painted travel to the New World and financial gain? That would fall under the that particular piece — a section of mattress depict what he saw via paintings. Then, “Little A” category. In today’s world, John ticking, the blue and white stripes yellowed during the Gilded Age, Henry Flagler notes, it has become less feasible to create with age but easily distinguished. When a opened the doors of his Ponce de Leon hotel under the “Big A” umbrella. Art is freely visiting couple from Canada asked about a to famous artists, even setting up studios in available online. Major galleries display particular artist, Victoria spoke with them at the hotel in order to lure them to the area. In their wares and sell pieces, all via the length, discussing different pieces that were the 1920s, Nina Hawkins, Florida’s first hired internet. Gone are the days of a wealthy art similar. The warmth and inviting spirit that female editor of a news publication, realized collector commissioning a specific piece and permeated her gallery was evident with every many artists wintered in St. Augustine, supporting the artist during its creation. successive person that stepped across her so she, along with others, formed what is threshold, myself included. now the St. Augustine Art Association. But Today, tech-savvy buyers typically research perhaps the most interesting development making a large luxury I commented on this, Victoria touched The votesextensively are in!before These seven people When captured the hearts in the artistic culture of the nation’s oldest purchase like a piece of art. Whether in the my arm, and took a moment to compose of the St. community their generosity, city is when, during the Great Depression, formAugustine of a painting, sculpture, or some type with herself. “I am so grateful you recognized leadership, spirit, and compassion. encompass a creative genius developed an advertising of ceramics, artistic pieces generate more Together that. It is they very important to me that everyone campaign, that touted St. Augustine as a interest when an online visual representation feels welcome here.” what it means to be an outstanding local. cheaper alternative to painting in Europe. is available. And this may lead to an art And the Ancient City became a Mecca of gallery visit for in-person Cutter, part owner of Cutter and Written by an Lynette Snellinspection. | Photography byMatt Brian Miller sorts for artists, writers, and other creative That’s where the gallery owner steps in. Cutter Gallery on King Street, echoes that individuals. Victoria Golden, owner “When you do make a sale, it Shotartonappraiser location and at The Tringali sentiment. Barn of Lost Art gallery and Sea Spirits Gallery, changes people’s lives.” Matt describes stories In 2019, things have changed from the relishes in the opportunity to welcome a of collectors in professions he would never days when artists traveled to create simply visitor to her gallery. During our interview, have thought would even be interested in for the purpose of creating. John Quick, a she often stopped to greet visitors, answer art, much less purchase a piece and bring it senior Graphic Design student at Flagler questions, and point out different pieces, of into their home. “It’s a great feeling to see
John Quick is a senior Graphic Design major at Flagler College and the hands and face behind John Quick Ceramics (home of quirky and creative ceramics). Here he works on pieces for his senior portfolio project.
someone love something and bring it home,” Matt says. “They are able to then share that love with family and perhaps pass it down to future generations.” And being an artist himself, this aspect of art is especially dear to him. Matt Cutter and his younger brother Mark, both native New Englanders, came to St. Augustine to attend Flagler College. Both men, strongly influenced by their artist grandmother, decided to get involved in business after graduation. Along with their father, they formed a partnership and opened their first business in 1998. Mark describes this store as “an emporium of sorts,” which sold books, items by local residents, and, of course, artwork. After about a year and a half, they realized that the majority of their income resulted from the sale of art pieces. In an effort to continually adapt and develop their business, they made the decision to switch to selling only art. Over the last twenty or so years, the Cutters have owned and operated several different galleries in St. Johns County, but now focus their time on locations in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra. Is it really that simple to get involved in the art community in St. Augustine? Decide to
open doors and sell art like the Cutters? It depends on your perspective. And who you know. Diana Patterson is new to the art world, but not to art itself. After retiring from her “day job” two years ago, Diana threw herself into her art full time. In fact, she loves to create, and you can find her in the midst of some project most days. Sometimes she sews, sometimes she builds zip lines in her backyard for her grandkids to enjoy, but mostly, she paints. Diana began dabbling in the art world about four years ago when she got involved in the Art Association. She says she has learned so much since getting involved. “Most artists are very warm and inviting, and they are willing to help.” Some might be a bit “quirky” about sharing their trade knowledge, but Diana feels the sense of community amongst artists in St. Augustine is strong and encouraging. Is it all sunshine and happiness here? Mostly. But Diana said it is easy to get lost as an artist here. “There are so many artists in St. Augustine that it almost seems like
The weather, the town itself, and the lower cost of living combine to create an appealing place to live and paint. “And it’s also less competition and easier to sell your work,” John adds, “if that’s your goal.”
Matt (left) and Mark Cutter are owners of the Cutter and Cutter Galleries downtown and in Ponte Vedra Beach. Matt is also a wellknown local artist, which gives him a duel perspective on the local artistic culture.
"We see such a diverse group of people from all over the world come to St. Augustine,” Matt says. but it is often that a visitor will say, “I had no idea St. Augustine had so much great art!” 94
you can get lost in the shuffle.” But if you can find a niche, Diana continues, that is when you can really get connected in the art community. Diana isn’t too concerned, however. “I’m not bashful. I will introduce myself to anyone I think might be able to help me learn more.” John Quick has not had much interaction outside of the college community, but the support he receives from this part of the city has been nothing but helpful. John loves the small-town atmosphere that St. Augustine provides. “It’s nice to get feedback,” which doesn’t come as easily in a larger town. And this small-town allure is starting to draw more artists to St. Augustine. The weather, the town itself, and the lower cost of living combine to create an appealing place to live and paint. “And it’s also less competition and easier to sell your work,” John adds, “if that’s your goal.” That brings us back to the “big A, little A” scenario. How successful can an artist be in St. Augustine, if commercial success is their goal? www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
Chris MacEwan, President of the Board of Limelight Theatre, thinks the collaborative spirit in the Ancient City is what makes the art culture thrive. Limelight has a strong relationship with AGOSA (Art Galleries of St. Augustine) and together they have created a mini art gallery in the theater building. Each new theatrical production also brings in a new exhibit, whether it’s a new artist or a new gallery. Chris says being a part of the art culture in St. Augustine is rewarding, if not challenging. With Jacksonville so close, the larger venues there will draw larger productions. Obviously, St. Augustine is never going to compete with New York or Chicago, Chris is quick to point out. But the challenge lies in the goal – grow to become a larger venue or keep that community theater feel with local talent? The question is one that is often discussed, according to Chris. “Limelight is not meant to be Broadway, and that’s part of the attraction of a small town.” Chris talks about seeing a local, who has never done any acting in his or her life, finally work up the courage to try out for a production and get
Though she's new to being an artist, Diana Patterson is a sixth generation St. Augustinian. She's also a member of a few local art organizations – like the St. Augustine Art Association and the Flagler County Art League.
involved. “To see someone who’s never been on stage before taking a total risk and getting out there? That is true community theater.” But that community theater brings its own challenges. Smaller town equals smaller budget. “It’s hard to plan when operating as a non-profit,” Chris says. “Which is why we rely on our community partners along with grants from groups like the St. Johns Cultural Council.” Art in all its forms is essential to leading a well-rounded life, and as an observer, it fulfills, inspires, and challenges everyone differently. There is a quote over the door at Cutter and Cutter Gallery that Matt Cutter sees as the true ideal of art. The quote, by Pablo Picasso, reads “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” This, Matt says, is part of why he is an artist and a gallery owner. But fulfilment and inspiration don’t keep the lights on and the doors to businesses open. It also brings up an interesting question, and it’s one I asked everyone with whom I met.
Does the city of St. Augustine or its artistic organizations do enough to help local galleries, artists, theatres, etc.? The answer, while spoken differently each time, revealed an interesting sentiment. Matt Cutter is an artist as well as a business owner and perhaps views the art world a bit differently than his brother Mark, who is more involved of the business aspect of gallery ownership. Mark says that “it seems that while the city of St. Augustine is focused on supporting businesses in general, it fights new businesses so hard,” that it becomes difficult for potential investors and business owners. “Let people invest and make things better.” I asked Mark to explain that a bit. Mark says that the city does a great job of promoting restaurants, generalized tourist areas, and retailers, but it doesn’t do much to attract the type of people that shop at art galleries or appreciate fine art. Mark isn’t alone in this sentiment.
"Most artists are very warm and inviting, and they're willing to help.” Diana feels the sense of community amongst artists in St. Augustine is strong and encouraging.
Victoria Golden also feels that while most people in northeast Florida know St.
Victoria Golden is the owner of both Lost Art Gallery and Sea Spirits gallery downtown where she works with her son, Alexander. She has been an accredited fine art appraiser for more than 20 years.
Augustine as an art community, not much has been done in the way of expanding that outside of Florida. “There are so many talented artists represented here in St. Augustine, and people outside of this area should know about them.” While Victoria and the Cutters are involved in AGOSA, they both mentioned the lack of awareness about St. Augustine’s art culture. Matt Cutter says, “We see such a diverse group of people from all over the world come to St. Augustine,” but it is often that a visitor will say, “I had no idea St. Augustine had so much great art!” So how does the city help the art community in St. Augustine? Are things improving? Getting worse? For the most part, all the artists I met with felt the city was growing in the right direction. Chris MacEwan terms it “butts in seats” as the benchmark for tracking growth. In the last few years, that number has grown from approximately sixty-five percent capacity to close to ninety percent for the Limelight Theatre. That’s exciting. But the
Limelight has it easier than most – they have a dedicated parking lot. The art galleries downtown do not. Victoria Golden wonders how many visitors have left with an unpleasant vision of St. Augustine because of the parking situation. She feels the city should do more to reach out not just to tourists but to locals and encourage them to visit downtown by providing better parking solutions. Perhaps permitted parking sections for locals only? Discounted parking incentives? A more centrally located parking garage that doesn’t require a long trek to get to the galleries and restaurants located on the southern side of downtown? The answer is as murky as the Atlantic Ocean waters. In other words, there is no clear answer. But while the vehicular traffic is a concern for many of the galleries, theaters and restaurants downtown, foot traffic is never an issue. The Cutters, Victoria Golden, and Chris MacEwan all think the city has done a great job of making people aware of St. Augustine in general. But they also all feel there is much
work to be done. While the Limelight Theatre has worked with the St. Johns Cultural Council for grants and other areas of support, most gallery owners and artists aren’t really involved with the council. In fact, most of them look at the group as more of a stone wall to climb than as a collaborative partner in growing and developing the city’s art community. The Cutters remember dealing with the council when one of their collectors tried to donate a sculpture created by Frederick Hart, creator of the Vietnam Veterans statue in Washington, D.C., to the Lightner Museum. The path was blocked on many occasions. It wasn’t until a long-time resident and active member in the art association backed the effort, pointing out the positive impact such a piece would have on the city’s repertoire of artwork, that the Council finally agreed. The Frederick Hart sculpture now stands in the courtyard at the Lightner. Clearly collaboration provides positive
Chris MacEwan is the President of the Board of Directors at Limelight Theatre as well as an actor himself. In fact, you've probably seen him on stage in numerous Limelight productions.
outcomes and shows hope for the city’s art future. In what direction would these artists and business owners hope to see the Ancient City move? John Quick hopes to see more exhibit space and more contemporary artwork on display. Matt Cutter and Victoria Golden would love to see plein air (the practice of painting or drawing outside) artists become more prevalent. Matt Cutter mentions how often he hears people state, “this would be a great place to paint.” At one time, says Matt, artists did travel here simply to paint. “No one really does that now.” Chris MacEwan would enjoy seeing groups taking more risks, like a Shakespeare production or a different venue for a production that has the city’s support. Diana Patterson hopes the city’s vision for “keeping St. Augustine small” doesn’t block out the chance to draw amazing talent in and to keep that talent here.
on larger scale exhibits. A few years ago, the city had a major Picasso exhibit on display. Mark saw this event as a fantastic achievement for the city and hoped to get involved. However, the city managed the project internally, without input from any gallery owners. Essentially it all comes down to balance – expanding culture while supporting businesses. It’s a fine line upon which to balance, but one that is possible. “We can always do more to improve,” says Mark Cutter. “St. Johns County is expanding and growing rapidly. Any type of awareness that lets people know about St. Augustine’s artistic community, art galleries, etc. is good.” Regardless of the outcome, one thing is abundantly clear – St. Augustine is a growing art community. Have you washed the dust of everyday life from your soul with art lately? Give it a try. You might just learn something new about yourself and our city.
“We can always do more to improve,” says Mark Cutter. “St. Johns County is expanding and growing rapidly. Any type of awareness about st. augustine's artistic community...is good.”
Mark Cutter would love to see collaboration
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TAYLOR REFRIGERATION & AC LUKE TAYLOR
(904) 829-3358 320 State Road 207 www.taylorrefrig.com
or 68 years, Taylor Refrigeration and Air Conditioning has focused on making each relationship with their customers the center of their business. Their well-established reputation and devoted clientele have kept them going and only increased the expertise with which they operate. With more than half a century of excellence on their books, it’s pretty clear that keeping their clients at the center of their business has made Taylor stand out in the industry. In order to stay up-to-date on new products, services, and practices, the team regularly meets with suppliers and other industry experts. Everyone on the team has a unique skill set and specialty, so they are always bringing fresh ideas and innovations to the table. This diversity on the crew also allows problems to be quickly and accurately assessed then fully resolved by an expert on the team. It is important to Taylor Refrigeration and Air Conditioning that they always stick to the idea that no two products, clients, or situations are created equal. Always making sure to listen carefully, they offer customized solutions that fit the customer’s needs, budget, and future plans. It doesn’t make sense to offer the same product to every person, so they take their expertise across the field and provide the best solution possible. Longevity speaks to not only the skills of a team but to the values and concerns at the core of a business. Mario Taylor, Sr. – the founder of Taylor Refrigeration and Air Conditioning – started the business in 1951 with excellence as his basic business practice and the generations that have succeeded him have worked tirelessly to honor him by maintaining that same standard.
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CORNER CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, INC. RYAN CORNELISON
hether you’re building a new home or taking on a renovation project, you need to have a team by your side that you can trust to meet all your expectations. Corner Construction has committed their business to quality craftsmanship, unwavering integrity, and building trusting relationships with every client, on every project. Their clients can expect a steady partnership with a group of dedicated and competent professionals. At the heart of their business is a set of core values by which owner, Ryan Cornelison and his team operate. They develop a win-win-win relationship with customers, vendors, and employees to ensure that everyone walks away from the project pleased with the outcome. In order to accomplish this, they focus on integrity first. Additionally, they commit themselves to making each project happen no matter what, putting their customers first, and maintaining a positive attitude. These values have kept them at the top of the industry since 2007. Ryan and his team come to the business with decades of experience as well as continuing education on the latest technologies for new materials and processes. Their experience and professionalism have afforded them a trusted reputation in the community. And it’s this community that Ryan and Corner Construction work for. “We hope,“ says Ryan, “that we stand proudly among fellow businesses that operate with integrity and create value for St. Augustine residents.”
(904) 342-8475 21 Marion Street www.cornerconstruction.net
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SIMS ALUMINUM CONSTRUCTION ANDY SIMS
ood first impressions are essential in all areas of life, whether it be a job interview, meeting new friends, or even your home. And that last one is where Sims Aluminum Construction are the experts. Andy Sims and his team are known for all aspects of exterior construction services – seamless gutters to soffit and fascia, screen lanais, glass windows, pool enclosures, pavers and handrails to hardie siding and remodels. For over ten years, they’ve cultivated a local reputation of quality craftsmanship and superior results. Curb appeal courtesy of Andy will always be stunning. “We take pride in all parts of our work,” says Andy, “and strive for a superior finished result to our products.” The Sims crew is continually meeting with suppliers, inventors, and vendors to stay up to date and knowledgeable about the newest products and services that they can bring to their clients. Not only will the team be skilled and experienced, but you can trust that they have done their research so that the materials that they use will always be held to the highest standard. Each installer is in-house, goes through extensive training to perfect their work, and is Nichiha and Hardie Lap Siding Certified. Though Sims Aluminum Construction has spent years growing their expertise and skills, at its core, Sims is about the relationships that they’ve built in the St. Augustine area. They have always desired to make an impact by building respect and a good reputation. “I feel when we help other people,” says Andy, “those people tend to pay it forward and this builds a reserve of goodwill in the community.” Each project that they work on is backed by a passion that Andy and his team have for their craft. “I love construction,” he says. “I love seeing customers pleased when I can help them transform their ideas into reality.”
(904) 814-1440 267 Cervantes Ave www.simsexteriorsolutions.com
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DAWN GAFFNEY TEAM WATSON REALTY DAWN GAFFNEY
aised in St. Augustine, Dawn Gaffney has witnessed the tremendous change and growth that’s transformed the area into one of the most sought-after destinations. Dawn returned to St. Augustine after attending college and obtaining a degree in finance at University of North Florida. Her exceptional knowledge of the market coupled with her seasoned insider’s expertise having built, lived in, and sold numerous properties throughout the area make Dawn the unequivocal go-to resource for all your real estate needs. Well known for her expertise and charisma, Dawn Gaffney prides herself in having the utmost regard for her clients’ best interest. “My team’s success is attributed to our core mission,” says Dawn, “to provide legendary customer service. We look at each deal as the first of many transactions, by building a relationship with our clients and treating every client the same.” Whether you want a quaint vacation home in town or an exceptional luxury residence on the water, Dawn knows everything there is to know about locations, value, property types, pricing, building requirements, and zoning – not to mention every possible attraction to entertain you and your family. When not working, she and her husband Brad (team partner at Watson Realty) and their three and a half year old son Barrett can be found enjoying the attractions, festivals, concerts and water adventures that living and playing in St. Augustine has to offer. Dawn Gaffney thoroughly loves her work, and enjoys the fantastic people she meets every day – many of whom have become her friends. “I have the best job in the world,” says Dawn. “I enjoy waking up every day not knowing who I will meet when I go to work, and to me that’s very exciting.”
(904) 742-2662 3505 US 1 South www.dawngaffneyteam.com
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A TO Z ROOFING & WATERPROOFING CHARLES "CHUCK" MCHONE JR.
hether it’s an afternoon summer shower or a full-blown hurricane, St. Augustine buildings have to be prepared for the unexpected Florida weather. So when it comes to your home, you shouldn’t just trust anyone. Charles “Chuck” McHone, Jr. started in the construction industry more than twenty years ago and brings a lifetime of experience and expertise to his business. From new construction to St Augustine's historic churches and museums, A to Z has the capabilities to perform work on even the most delicate and intricate buildings. Chuck’s grandfather, father, uncles and cousins all worked in construction. He spent his teenage years learning the basic skills of the trade, from painting applications and siding installation to carpentry and framing. After years of additional training he became a licensed Residential Contractor. Upon seeing the need for qualified roofers in St Augustine, he studied and became a licensed Roofer. Though the company specializes in cedar shake, tile, shingle, and metal roofing as well as many flat roof coatings and waterproofing applications, Chuck’s extensive experience and multiple licensing means that he is versed in construction from the ground up and can diagnose your problems and concerns with knowledge on his side. Since it began, A to Z Roofing has worked hard every day to provide quality service and products to each and every client, and they bring passion and skill to every project. “My team is known for our hometown values and our reliability,” says Chuck. “We want to continue being our clients’ number one roofer so they can enjoy spending quality time with family while we provide a stress free roof renovation for them.”
904-669-8037 239 State Road 16 www.AtoZroofingandwaterproofing.com
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ST. AUGUSTINE KEY REALTY
AMY CAPO, BROKER/OWNER
DANIELLE & KEITH SHANK
hen you are in the market for a new home or selling your home, you know that having a realtor who is detailed-oriented and puts your needs first is essential to the process. For more than fourteen years, Amy Capo has been that realtor for buyers and sellers in St. Augustine and the surrounding communities. She brings her expert knowledge and understanding to every customer relationship. Committed to a positive real estate experience, Amy is there to answer your questions, keep you on track and develop a successful outcome. Amy Capo is a realtor at heart. Passion for her work and dedication to her customers drive the success of St. Augustine Key Realty. “I endeavor everyday,” says Amy, “to see my customers joy when they find their dream home or sell their current property. Making dreams come to life one home at a time.”
or eight years, Coastal Casual has been offering excellent quality outdoor furniture, casual indoor furniture, and a large selection of accessories to the St. Augustine community. This family owned and operated shop perfectly captures Florida’s coastal beauty with furniture that fits into the local lifestyle. “It’s always our goal,” says owner Danielle Shank, “To continue helping residents in our community make the most of their outdoor space and live life outdoors.” When you walk into their new showroom, a friendly staff will encourage you to sit and try out all of the different styles and ask questions. The team attends annual markets, vendor seminars, and open houses to find the latest trends and the best products; staff receives regular training from manufacturers so that they can answer each client’s questions with expertise and showcase the best products for their application. “We love,” says Danielle, “When our customers come back and show us how well everything worked and that they’re enjoying their space with family and friends.”
440 C B L Drive, Ste 102 www.coastalcasual.net
904.806.5832 www.bayviewhealthcare.org 161 Marine St St. Augustine, FL 32084
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SUPER SALAD By Tiffany Coelho | Photography by Brian Miller
he beautiful spring weather has us in the mood to sit down with some healthy, fresh food. And luckily, there are plenty of restaurants in town that serve up delicious healthy dishes. But one truly stands out for creating a scrumptious super salad you’ll be raving about all season. If you’re ever in search of the perfect light, healthy meal filled with flavorful ingredients, look no further than Prohibition Kitchen’s Super Bowl Salad. Filled with a whopping portion of your favorite greens, this special salad lives up to its super name. The dish features a bowl full of baby kale with crisp asparagus, vibrant snap peas, fresh cucumber, savory hemp hearts, a pickled egg, a bed of quinoa, and a smattering of toasted pumpkin seeds, all tossed in the restaurant’s exquisite house-made green goddess dressing, and topped with a sensational avocado rose. It’s eye-catching, delicious, utterly fresh. Now that the winter chill is behind us, this salad is the perfect way to celebrate the new season. www.pkstaug.com
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YASIER DE LA PINA Owner The Cuban Cafe & Bakery
THE DISH Tofu fra Diablo LIVING ON THE VEG
TOFU FRA DIABLO A VEGETARIAN TAKE ON A CLASSIC ITALIAN DISH, THIS SPICY AND FLAVORFUL PASTA WILL HAVE YOU EATING EVERY LAST BITE. By Molly Wilson | Photography by Brian Miller
ypsy Cab Company doesn’t limit itself to just one type of cuisine. You can find influences of Italian, German, Cajun, Mediterranean, classical European, Southern, and Asian all across their menu. And that’s part of what makes this St. Augustine staple such a classic – going there is an experience for anyone, no matter your tastes. For more than 30 years, the bright colors and the laid-back, comfortable atmosphere has drawn patrons in and invited them to dine on dishes that are both familiar and a little unique. Which brings us to the Tofu fra Diablo. If you’re familiar with Italian cuisine, you’ll recognize the the dish’s name – most commonly known as fra diavolo sauce (which, in Italian, means “devil monk”). Like I said, familiar but still a little individual. And this spicy sauce is the foundation of Gypsy Cab’s delightful vegetarian version of the classic.
that’s then covered in the sauce, which is tomato-based and contains its fair share of heat. That heat is counteracted by a healthy serving of vegetables – like spinach and squash and chopped tomatoes – and this veggie-heavy sauce is tossed with crispy tofu. The sauce is thick and hearty without weighing you down too much. It still feels fresh and flavorful, and the heat adds that extra little punch that sends it over the top. It’s dishes like these that have made Gypsy Cab Company a St. Augustine landmark since it first opened in 1983. They bring together the comfort food of cultures all over the world and give it to you in a new way. The Tofu fra Diablo is a dish that’s certain to delight any diner (whether you’re in the market for something vegetarian or not). Spicy, savory, scrumptious, and hearty – it’s a classic that you shouldn’t miss out on.
What does your day-to-day look like at the cafe? We start the day attending to our regular customers (they always want cafe con leche to start the day). Then we start serving lunch – our famous Cuban sandwich! We enjoy serving both locals and tourists and hearing from them that our food is excellent. What's your favorite memory in the kitchen? A cafecito cubano for the afternoon with some Cuban pastries or our homemade desserts, and we end up with the satisfaction of seeing that our customers liked our food. Where do you find inspiration for the new dishes that you make? I always found inspiration in my mom. She always knows the right way to make Cuban food! Favorite dish that you're making right now? We have two favorites dishes – the Cuban Sandwich and Pan con Bistec which is a Cuban steak sandwich.
828 Anastasia Boulevard www.g ypsycab.com
The Tofu fra Diablo starts with a bed of pasta
How did the Cuban Cafe & Bakery get started? My wife and I came to visit for our honeymoon, and we liked the city and decided to move here. So I thought, what could we do when we came? Cooking food from my country is what I love, so that's how everything for me got started.
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GET ON BOARD A WORLD OF FLAVORS OPENS UP WITH THESE SWEET, SAVORY, UNFORGETTABLE CHARCUTERIE BOARDS. Photography by Brian Miller
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CASA DE VINO 57
Just adjacent to the corner of Treasury Street and Spanish Street, there’s a little wine shop that you enter through a vine-covered trellis. And this is the entrance to charcuterie heaven. The boards are mix-and-match, so you can choose some of your favorites or even something you’ve been dying to try. We were treated to prosciutto, Saucisson Rouge (which is a pork salame), manchego, brie, and gouda. But accompanying these out-of-this-world selections were garnishes of berries, Valencia almonds, cape gooseberries, mustard, fig jam, and sundried tomatoes. Each ingredient was stand-out on its own, and they all complemented each other perfectly. This isn’t a charcuterie board. It’s a work of art. 57 Treasury Street (904) 217-4546
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Terra & acqua
Leave it to Terra & Acqua to take charcuterie to the next level – and make it beautiful at the same time. This hearty board is filled to bursting with Italian specialty meats, cheeses, bruschette, and seafood. We dined on prosciutto, soppressata, mozzarella, provolone, delectable shrimp, and grilled zucchini. There were spicy meats and some a little sweeter, creamy cheeses and some a little more savory. It’s a charcuterie board with a serious range, one that keeps you interested from start to finish, traditional Italian flavors brought to life. And don’t even get us started on the bruschette. This sweet, savory, spicy, creamy, utterly delicious board may be a dish to share, but there’s no judgment if you keep it for yourself. Trust us, you’ll want to. 134 Sea Grove Main Street (904) 429-9647
Scott Keeperman and Patrick Beatty opened Joint Bagel Company this past November on US. 1 at Palencia. Scott had been bringing Patrick his bagels for years, and (after much prodding from Patrick) the two friends decided that it was time to open up their own shop. Now they're serving classic bagel delights – from poppyseed to everything bagels to blueberry to chocolate chip – with pretty much any spread that you could imagine. It's the perfect breakfast, brunch, and lunch joint for bagel lovers everywhere. www.jointbagelco.com www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
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72 SPANISH STREET, ST. AUGUSTINE, FL
(904) 829-0655 THEFLORIDIANSTAUG.COM
JOHN BOTKIN IF YOU’VE NOT BEEN IN THE FIRST WAVE OF VISITORS TO HARVEST & REEL, CHEF JOHN BOTKIN OFFERS QUITE THE CULINARY SURPRISE. By Lauren Eastman| Photography by Brian Miller
nsconced in the whitewashed, driftwood-clad environs of Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort, Harvest & Reel is the signature restaurant of four outlets that Chef John Botkin ensures provide maximum flavor for guests of this new, luxury beachside haven. A delight for the palate, the restaurant recently won the New Hotel Construction & Design award from USA Property Awards, making it an impressive spot to enjoy a delicious meal with friends, family, and visiting guests. John’s approach to the menu for this vast property caters to the local palate as much as visitors to St. Augustine. In keeping with the island lifestyle, John favors simplicity and freshness to overly-complicated dishes. Along with his team of 15 cooks, he creates a wide array of flavors wafting across dining tables nightly from the open kitchen. Signature dishes such as PanSeared Jumbo Crab Cakes with lime mustard aioli; Bouillabaisse; and Diver Scallops with corn maux choux and smoked bacon lardons alongside celery leaves from Ponte Vedra aquaponics farm, GYO Greens, pair with the beautiful surroundings for a delightful afternoon or evening meal. “We want to offer our guests a dining experience that reflects the effortless lifestyle of the beach,” he says, “light and simple items that are easy to understand with a menu that is easy to navigate.”
"Don’t be afraid of your skill in the kitchen. Cook what you love. You don’t have to follow a recipe to the tee. You know your taste better than anyone, just try to hit the sweet, salty and sour notes. If you mess up, throw it out and start over.”
John’s culinary background is heavily based in classic French technique. He trained under three French Master Chefs after graduating from the Culinary Institute of New England. He served as Executive Chef at the Bellagio of Las Vegas before returning to St. Augustine in 2017. From DC to the Outer Banks, Coastal Carolinas and the Caribbean, Chef John has developed a unique flair for preparing sustainable seafood and Southern cuisine. “My personal technique involves getting the most flavor out of food,” he explains. “There is always an underlying French reference to my cooking, even if it is not blatantly obvious.” John and his wife, Ophelia Rose, met in the kitchen at McCormick & Schmicks in Vegas. “The first moment she walked through the doors, I looked at her and asked, where were you 10 years ago?” he recalls. “17 years later, here we are, living www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
the dream.” Now that the couple has become empty nesters with both sons in the military (and a six-year-old grandson to boot), they trek to Guadeloupe in the French West Indies. Packing light with the exception for a few cases of Provençal rosé, they enjoy the quietude of island living. Three quarters of the island is dedicated to agriculture and rainforest with 400,000 residents creating a warm, friendly atmosphere that isn’t so far away from that of St. Augustine’s mind-set. “I love European culture and the fact that the people on the island take naps and are super friendly and open,” he said. “Eventually, we want to buy property and retire there.” In the interim, the chef creates a retreat here at home. Along with Harvest & Reel, he oversees the culinary stylings of Rhum Bar located in the hotel’s lobby with peekaboo ocean views and crowd favorite shareable dishes like Conch Fritters and Fried Calamari with Pickled Shrimp. An impressive rum list includes signature cocktails and flights alongside domestic and craft beers and an extensive by-theglass wine program. Castaway Cantina offers Latin cuisine and poolside favorites. Though a note to everyone hoping for a
“My personal technique involves getting the most flavor out of food,” he explains. “There is always an underlying French reference to my cooking, even if it is not blatantly obvious.”
Photo by Leonard Blush
Photo by Leonard Blush
His are purchased straight off the boat in Winches, North Carolina with year-round availability. His secret? Perseverance. Other favorite purveyors include local farm Bee Hill, for lettuces and greens, Morrison Tomato Farm, Congaree and Penn, and Seafood Shop.
quick après lunch dip: sorry folks, the pool is reserved for paying guests of the resort. The double steak burger – grassfed, organic, sourced from Brasstown Beef Farm in North Carolina – lives up to its reputation. Two 4 oz. patties hug a festival of caramelized onions and homemade steak sauce topped with American cheese on warmed Brioche. Chef John uses minimal filler in his crab cakes (an essential lesson he learned in his years with Clyde’s Restaurant Group
in D.C.). Don’t miss his She Crab Bisque, served with sherry and paprika cream and of course, roe. But Chef has his sticking points when it comes to sourcing. “People don’t realize that 90% of scallops are treated to help them retain water yet leave a chemical taste behind,” he said. “You want a fresh, clean-tasting scallop.” www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
On a parting note, I asked him what his advice to home cooks might be. “Don’t be afraid of your skill in the kitchen. Cook what you love. You don’t have to follow a recipe to the tee. You know your taste better than anyone, just try to hit the sweet, salty and sour notes. If you mess up, throw it out and start over.” 300 A1A Beach Boulevard www.harvestandreel.com
THERE'S MORE THAN COFFEE INVOLVED IN THE MAGIC OF THIS LOCAL CAFE. THE MENU IS COLORFUL, FLAVORFUL, AND CAPTIVATING. By Molly Wilson | Photography by Brian Miller
ven though you’ll never go wrong with a cup, coffee isn’t the only delicious thing coming out of the kitchen of City Bistro Tea House & Coffee Company. Owners Tash Olivera and Shawn Mason have created a dining destination offering a wide range of colorful dishes with flavors that don’t back down. It's a cozy little shop situated in a storefront on US 1, and it's been a popular spot for locals since its inception. When we arrived, City Bistro was quietly busy as it usually seems to be. Patrons took up many of the tables – groups chatting happily over bowls and mugs, others hard at work in front of laptops and on phones. As soon as there was a free moment, Tash came out and greeted us warmly. If her menu was as delightful as she was, we were in for a treat. And it was. We started with a classic – The Salmon Bagel. This tried-and-true combo never fails for the brunch crowd,
and frankly, we could eat it at any point in the day. The Bistro’s creation starts with a Brooklyn everything bagel that’s topped with whipped cream cheese. Then comes the salmon, capers, pickled red onion, arugula, and a light drizzle of smoked paprika oil. It may be a classic, but like many of the dishes at the bistro, it’s so much better than just classic. Next to our table was The Tofu Bowl, a dish that just begs to be stared at for a while (and trust us, we were snapping pics with our phones the whole time). A bed of sautéed local greens gets a helping of romanesco and a large roasted portabella mushroom. Then comes the grilled tofu and hemp hearts and some bright, bold vine-ripened tomatoes. Then add a side of hummus and 8-grain toast, and it becomes totally irresistible. They even have some dishes to satisfy your sweet tooth – like The French Toast. This spiced French toast is covered in White Chocolate Maple Syrup (a creation straight www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
from the angels) then garnished with grilled banana and fresh strawberries and blueberries. Some whipped cream is the final touch, and you’re in breakfast heaven. Last – but by no means least – comes the Ranchero Bowl, a take on the beloved huevos rancheros. It’s a beautiful and flavorful mix of roasted potato hash, sausage, black bean and roasted corn salsa, Monterey Jack, cheddar, jalapenos, and pickled red onion. This out-of-this-world bowl is then topped with two sunnyside eggs. Just the right amount of heat, the hearty ingredients, and complex flavor made this one a personal favorite. City Bistro has some serious range, culinarily-speaking. The menu – though consistently healthy, fresh, and delicious – has something for every palate and every time of day. They’re the gorgeous kind of dishes that you’ll always be craving. 1280 Ponce De Leon Boulevard www.citybistrofl.com
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EATS setting,” Stephen explains. “Casual fine dining. I saw downtown as a busy area that was only going to get busier. I knew if I could find a location to suit our needs, I could start something great." He also has a real love for everything that defines St. Augustine, including our history and, of course, our weather – but he is convinced that it's the people who live and work here that make the difference between our town and every other town. He does his part to support our St. Johns County community by using fresh, locallysourced products. Even the name – Catch 27 – represents a commitment to fresh, Florida-focused food (it's a nod to the fact that Florida was the 27th state to join the Union). Stephen also believes that a major driving force behind the success of Catch 27 is that he truly enjoys meeting and talking with his guests and food suppliers. "Meeting our customers motivates me. Meeting the people who grow our vegetables and catch our seafood motivates me."
STEPHEN HUTSON THIS YOUNG ENTREPENEUR IS THE MAN BEHIND ONE OF THE CITY'S FAVORITE LOCAL SEAFOOD SPOTS. AND HIS PLAN FOR CATCH 27 IS CERTAINLY A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS. By Susan Johnson | Photography by Kate Gardiner
t first glance, a typical day for Stephen Hutson probably looks a lot like yours or mine. He checks in with his work team, pays some bills, and then spends the rest of his time "fixing random things that break." But, for most of us, that's where our day-to-day similarities end. Because Stephen Hutson's life is anything but typical. A Flagler College graduate with a degree in business, Stephen opened the enormously popular Catch 27 restaurant in 2013 when he was just 25 years old. "I started working in the service industry back in 2006. My first job was busing tables. After some time, I was promoted to serving tables. I did some kitchen work as well on expo.
That's where I learned how everything worked together." He says that being a young entrepreneur definitely tipped the scales in his favor; he could put in the long hours necessary to ensure success, and, in hindsight, admits that, "I was more fearless than I should have been, which led me to take more risks that shouldn't have worked out...but did!" Stephen also had the foresight to choose the downtown area back when the tourist industry wasn't quite as bustling as it is now and the slow season seemed like it went on forever. And he had the confidence to turn what many view as obstacles into opportunities. Catch 27 is located right in the heart of historic St. Augustine. "I am a big believer in amazing food in a casual www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
Another factor that keeps Stephen motivated is thinking about the new menus he and Executive Chef Joshua Smith create each season. Working together since 2015, Stephen and Joshua design four different menus annually, a practice that gives each of them a chance to experiment with their classic dishes and pique our palates with some fresh, new offerings. Florida-sourced, of course! "At Catch 27,” says Stephen, “we love the culinary scene of St. Augustine and we think our focus on fresh, locallysourced seafood and produce make us a stand out." If he had a recipe for success, the ingredients might include hard work and a team you can trust. "I've been in the restaurant industry for 12 years now,” he says. “When I hire someone to do something, I can honestly say that I have done what I'm asking them to do. The hardest part is the time between my telling them that and them finding out that I actually can do what I have asked them to do. Thankfully, most of my staff has been with me a while now and we all have each others backs." If there were such a thing as a culinary crystal ball, what would Stephen see in his future? His answer is, again, less-thantypical – "To continue getting better at what we do." For us, that means even more of what we love: innovative, fresh, seasonal and local. 40 Charlotte Street www.catchtwentyseven.com
EATS THE DISH Cupcake Hot Fudge Sundae
FRESH & FLORAL COCKTAILS Springtime is the perfect time to get your flora fix in a local cocktail. From rosemary to elderflower, these are the best way to raise a glass to the new season. THE MAYQUEEN
The Chatsworth Pub
CUPCAKE SUNDAE AS FAR AS COLLABORATIONS GO, THIS ONE MIGHT JUST BE THE SWEETEST. THE SCOOP'S HOT FUDGE SUNDAE BECOMES EXTRA DELICIOUS WITH THE HELP OF A NEIGHBOR. By Tiffany Coelho | Photography by Brian Miller
e’re firm believers in the fact that a day in the Florida sun deserves the perfect cool down – a creamy and delicious ice cream sundae. And to fulfill that sweet craving, look no further than the newest addition to uptown San Marco’s array of restaurants and shops, The Scoop. While The Scoop is situated in uptown St. Augustine, stepping inside is like being transported to a classic beachside ice cream parlor from when you were a kid. The shop’s quirky design features a pastel pelican, a logo owner Brent Beckett created after learning that a group of pelicans is called “a scoop.” Just a few months ago, Brent opened The Scoop as a vibrant ice cream shop built for whipping up your favorite go-to desserts, like heavenly milkshakes, the perfect ice cream float, and soaring sundaes. And to see what this newcomer to the dessert scene of St. Augustine was offering, we decided to take a trip down to The
Scoop to sample some sweet selections. It was then that we happened upon the Cupcake Hot Fudge Sundae, a dessert filled with the most delectable of ingredients. To start, the sundae’s base features hefty scoops of a particularly creamy premium white chocolate ice cream with raspberry swirls and raspberry filled chocolate cups (it just jumped to the top of our list of favorite ice cream flavors). These deliciously classic scoops are adorned with genuine hot fudge and fluffy real whipped cream. To top it all off, one of The Scoop’s neighbors provided the final crowning glory – a LuLi's Cupcakes Mini Chocolate Cherry Cupcake as a garnish. We’re all for dessert collaborations, and this one is a doozy. It’s the perfect blend of sweet flavors, a classic ice cream treat taken to the next level with an out-of-this-world cupcake addition. 78 San Marco Avenue www.facebook.com/thestascoop
A little sweet, a little herbal, a healthy pour of gin – what more could you want? This drink is a mix of St. George Botanivore Gin, Yellow Chartreuse, organic honey, lemon, and rosemary. God save the (May)Queen.
St. Augustine Seafood Company
Heat up cocktail hour with something spicy but still delightfully fresh. A libation of tequila, lime juice, pineapple juice, agave syrup, jalapeno, basil, and ginger is full of fun and full of flavor.
You ever have that drink where you order it without even looking at the menu? This is one of ours. St. Augustine Distillery gin or vodka with some muddled basil and cucumber, a little lime, and simple syrup topped off with an Elderflower wash.
Blackfly the Restaurant
The floral flavors of St. Germain abound in this simple gin cocktail. A mix of Hendrick’s Gin, Aperol, and St. Germain, topped off with a splash of ginger beer has us feeling like a sunshine stroll through the garden.
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alking into Ancient City Brewing will put the truest of St. Augustinians immediately at ease. Locals delight in the familiar charm of picnic tables, dart boards, and crisp, cold beer. Since opening in May of 2015, the yellow and orange logo of Ancient City Brewing has become widely recognized around town and regionally. If you look up from the brewhouse floor you’ll see owner (or as he prefers, “el Presidente”) Greg Tuttle looking out from his treehouse office. After earning his bachelor’s degree in economics, Greg began working at Merrill Lynch…and it lasted 32 days. It’s a tale as old as time; leaving school, joining the workforce, and realizing that what you thought would be your career path for life either isn’t for you or isn’t sustainable. He tried a multitude of professions and, with so many others, experienced the economic crash of 2008. Fortunately for all of us, Greg had an idea.
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