THE CITY MAGAZINE of SAINT AUGUSTINE AUGUST SEPTEMBER 2018
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So let’s talk about our August/September Rising Stars. In past issues, we’ve met the Person of the Year, Emerging Leaders, even St. Augustine’s Favorite Pets through reader nominations. But for our “Family Issue,” we wanted to give the kids of St. Johns County a chance to shine. And shine they most certainly did.
The classic cars at Art N' Motion are too cool to not take photos in.
This group of eight people – all 18 or younger – were nominated by their friends and family for the amazing things that they are already doing with their lives. They are creating non-profits or advocating for cancer research. They are exploring their passion for service or pouring their hearts into music. They are expanding their imaginations through art or sharing their love of hospitality. They are creating projects with significance. Each one has brought talent, passion, and fervor to these pages. And we are delighted to tell their stories.
We just can't get enough of the windows in Raintree's dining room!
Alongside them are artists, athletes, advocates, even archaeologists in whose steps these kids are following. All together they weave the fabric of our community, and together they – we – create something wonderful.
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very issue that we’ve produced has been filled with people who have inspired me. Entrepreneurs taking their business to the next level, volunteers and advocates giving their time to help others, chefs spreading their heritage and joy through the kitchen. St. Johns County is filled with incredible people doing incredible things. But for me, this issue in particular brings to light a group of people that are dedicating themselves to doing something amazing.
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hile waiting for a photoshoot with one of this issue's Top Doctors, I had an interesting conversation about the craziness of life with a woman waiting for her appointment at the new Radiation Oncology center at Flagler Hospital. We chatted about our kids, she told me about her grandson and said unexpectedly, "My grandson makes me angry sometimes, and I like that because it makes me feel crazy for a minute." Humph. That made me think about things that make me angry and crazy for a minute. Like a 312 traffic jam. What a ridiculous thing we do, riding around in air-conditioned chairs, being mad about other people in their air-conditioned chairs. Today's lesson in perspective would come from a friendly woman in the doctor's office, appreciating the ability to feel crazy once in a while and to laugh it off.
Taco-bout good! St. Augustine does tacos right. See page 102 for two local keyplayers.
When I finally slow down on a Sunday, reading our magazine – even though I help make it – is my personal time to reflect about everything going on in the little world around me. When I absentmindedly browse through the internet, my reach is too wide, and I find that I just want to know what my neighbors are doing. Maybe it is a crazy thought, but I hope one day we can all slow down and be neighbors again. Smile at our friend's pictures, learn about that woman down the street you haven't met, grow with your friend's business – and learn to laugh at our moments of craziness.
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TOP DOCTORS St. Augustine is home to some of the best physicians and healthcare providers in Northeast Florida...meet them here.
Lorraine Searle is bringing comfort, support, and relaxtion to moms all over St. Augustine with Well Women 360.
LONG STORY SHORT
Flagler College's living labs get students out in the real world, doing hands-on work. Take a look at what they're all about.
Caleb Cooper, co-creator of A-Frame Datil Pepper Sauce, is here to talk about his truly St. Augustine lifestyle.
BEST FACE FORWARD
After all that harsh summer sun, our faces need some extra care. Explore the creams and serums that will have you looking fresh.
In this new column, we meet local artist Wendy Tatter and learn all about the vibrant, ancient art of batik.
These eight young St. Augustinians are stepping up and moving out toward bright futures in the community.
TALE OF TWO
Shrimp tacos are the name of the game! Explore dishes from the Boulevard taco experts â€“ Osprey Tacos and Mojo's Tacos.
We take a culinary journey through Chef Marcel's native Peru as we dine on favorites from Llama Restaurant.
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FLAGLER COLLEGE ALUMNI DON’T JUST GET JOBS. THEY CREATE THEM. In fact, the accumulated contribution of former students currently employed in the regional workforce amounted to $68.6 million in added income to the Northeast Florida economy in 2016-2017. That’s the equivalent of 1,171 supported jobs. Not to mention, many are entrepreneurs and teachers who employ and prepare tomorrow’s workforce Get the full picture at www.f lagler.edu/thef laglereffect Source: Emsi Economic Impact Study, FY 2016-2017
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If you've always wanted to learn the ins and outs and all the how-tos of kayaking, now's your chance! Join St. Johns County Parks & Rec as they host a kayaking course on August 18. You'll be taught all the basics as well as trip planning, water safety, and more. The cost is $80 per person.
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FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE TO BREAKFAST
It's the most important meal of the day! Let us share some of our favorite breakfast dishes in St. Augustine – from the classic to the out-of-this-world.
7 SPOTS FOR VINTAGE FINDS
As we roll into a new season, give your home and your wardrobe an update with something antique.
SING OUT LOUD FESTIVAL
The area's largest free music festival is back in September! With concerts and shows for any music lover, we've rounded up everything you need to know.
Recent Girl Scout participation in astronomy training at NASA leads the way for astronomy clubs at local Girl Scout troops. Older scouts will be able to join in clubs with five different areas of astronomical exploration.
FLAGLER COLLEGE CELEBRATES 50 YEARS In July, the exhibition “Flagler 50: Celebrating a College and a Preservation Legacy, 1968-2018” opened as part of the upcoming repertoire of 50th anniversary celebrations at Flagler College. The exhibit features historic photos and morsels of information about the humble beginnings of the college through today. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
Beginning in the 2018 fall semester, Flagler College students will have the opportunity to minor in music. Never formally offered before, the program will provide foundational knowledge of music training.
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In his 18th year as a PGA Tour caddy, Paul has seen his share of wins, but this one is different. Approaching the green, Paul spots his children, Alexis and Isaiah, waiting to celebrate. All day, every time he felt overwhelmed, Paul thought about what great wisdom Isaiah would have for him in that moment. “This is fun, Daddy. Chill out, enjoy the ride!”
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Living FLORIDA SKIMBOARDING PRO/AM Vilano Beach
Finish summer out strong – excitement, competition, and fun for everyone on the sand (and in the water)! The annual Skimboarding Pro/Am Tournament returns to St. Augustine in full force this year and Vilano Beach will once again proudly host the event. Skimboarding athletes hailing from more than 75 beaches all across Florida, the United States, and the world will come together to show their skills on the water. The tournament is family-friendly and will span the entire weekend from sunrise to sunset, featuring both professional and amateur divisions. Anyone is welcome to join in or watch as the top ranking athletes from around the world gather to ride the waves of Vilano. So gather your crew, head to the beach, and don’t miss out on one of St. Augustine’s most exciting summer events.
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HEATHERS THE MUSICAL Limelight Theatre July 20-August 19
The darkly comedic cult film of the 80s comes to life with singing and dancing on the Limelight stage! The story follows Veronica, desperate to be at least tolerated during her remaining year in high school, and the Heathers, the mythic elite of the school. In walks the brooding and mysterious J.D. and Veronica’s life is changed forever – not so much for the better. Shows will take place ThursdaySaturday, with matinees on Sunday. www.limelight-theatre.org
THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT Corazon Cinema & Cafe August 3-5
First Coast Opera’s Artistic Director Curtis Tucker is joined onstage by Broadway stage and film actress Annie Gaybis for a reading
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THINGS TO DO IN ST. AUGUSTINE DURING AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER
2018 BIKINI RACE
St. Augustine Yacht Club August 4 Women are at the helm in the annual race for a good cause! Hosted by the St. Augustine Sailing Sisters, the Bikini Race is made up of crews that are at least 50% women and always have a woman at the helm. There will be a launch party on Friday night at Meehan’s Irish Pub and the race itself will begin at 1pm on Saturday. Spectators will get the best views from the Vilano Bridge or Kingfish Grill. Awards and a reception will be held at Kingfish immediately following the race. Proceeds benefit Betty Griffin Center.
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, August 5, 8pm
Steel Pulse may have explored various styles of music since they started out in 1975, but when it comes to the message, the UK’s Grammy winning reggae band has remained close to their roots. The group have continued their commitment to fighting injustice, educating the masses, and promoting positive messages through spiritually uplifting music. They’ve stayed a tough-minded, rootsy sound (that nonetheless makes concessions to contemporary trends) with touches of dancehall and hip-hop. Day-of tickets are $38.50. www.pvconcerthall.com
of the classic comedy Owl and the Pussycat. The story follow a somewhat uneducated actress and model as she lives temporarily with an aspiring writer. Though their differences are marked, the two become unlikely friends. The Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30pm and the Sunday performance begins at 2pm. Tickets are $25 and benefit First Coast Opera. www.firstcoastopera.com
ST. AUGUSTINE MARCH AGAINST FRACKING East Side of the Bridge of Lions August 4, 11am
In partnership with the Northeast Florida Sierra Club, Food & Water Watch, the Matanzas Riverkeeper, Indivisible St. John’s, the St. Augustine Environmental Youth Council, and more, local environmental activists have organized a march to encourage a statewide ban on fracking. The demonstration will start by marching over the Bridge of Lions and end in front of city hall. Local government officials, fracking activists, and medical professionals will speak during the rally. www.facebook.com/staugmarchagainstfracking
BEACH CLEANUP AT VILANO Vilano Beach Access August 8, 10-11:30am
The community comes together for good as we join St. Johns County Park Naturalist Kelly Ussia in being good stewards of our beaches and participate in a beach cleanup at Vilano Beach! All necessary supplies will be provided. Plan accordingly for water, weather, sun, and bugs. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kelly Ussia at the email or phone number below. email@example.com or (904) 209-0335
UPSTAIRS/DOWNSTAIRS TOUR Lightner Museum August 8, 7-9pm
Treat yourself to a unique behind-the-scenes look at life inside the former Alcazar Hotel (now home to the Lightner Museum) – the glitz and glamor, work and service of the guests and the servants living in St. Augustine’s Gilded Age. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Ticket price includes wine, beer, and light hors d'oeuvres. This is the last tour of the summer, so don’t miss out on the luxurious history.
COASTAL RESTORATION COURSE GTM Research Reserve August 13-15
The Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with Duval County IFAS Extension to offer you the Florida Master Naturalist Program's Coastal Restoration Course. This program is for adults of all knowledge levels, and affords them the opportunity to learn more about living shorelines. The course is comprised of classroom presentations, hands-on activities, and field trips and is taught by certified instructors Kelly Ussia and Carol Wyninger. For information and to register, contact Kelly at the email or phone below. firstname.lastname@example.org or (904) 209-0335
THE ALARM Ponte Vedra Concert Hall August 15, 8pm
The Alarm was made in Wales, UK and by the time of 1981's debut single 'Unsafe Building', featured a daring mix of amped-up acoustic guitars, harmonica, and passionate vocals that invited the enduring description “Bob Dylan meets The Clash.” With 17 Top 50 UK singles,
a host of successful albums, and over 5 million sales worldwide, their music has created a unique musical legacy amplified by its enduring message of love, hope, and strength. Tickets are $36. www.pvconcerthall.com
AN UNPREDICTABLE EVENING WITH TODD RUNDGREN Ponte Vedra Concert Hall August 16, 8pm
A Wizard, A True Star. The title of Todd Rundgren's 1973 solo album aptly sums up the contributions of this multifaceted artist to state-of-the-art music. As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist, and, most recently, interactive artist (re-designated TR-i), Rundgren has made a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music. He has performed a diverse range of styles as a solo artist and as a member of the band Utopia. Tickets start at $48. www.pvconcerthall.com
CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA Plaza de la Constitución May 31-August 30 St. Augustine’s free summer music series returns for its 28th season serving up some of the best musical entertainment in Northeast Florida. The series is known for showcasing the favorites of regional musical talent including bluegrass and blues, jazz and country, swing and folk, old time, and popular rock. There is no permanent seating in the Plaza so attendees should bring lounge chairs. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited, but picnics are welcome.
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PARENT’S NIGHT OUT AT TROUT CREEK Trout Creek Community Center August 10, 6-9pm
No need for a babysitter on this date night! Parents can enjoy a well-deserved break while their kids have a night of fun. The theme for the night is Sports Night and kids are encouraged to wear apparel from their favorite sports team or player. This program is open to kids ages 6 through 13 and the cost is $20 for the first child and $10 for each additional child. Register with Josh Bratovich at the email or phone number below. email@example.com or (904) 209-0386 www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
GET OUTSIDE AND LEARN AT OUR LOCAL PARKS Whether you're on the water, in the sand, or hiking through the forest, our little piece of Florida is a great place to learn. So take a tour or listen to a talk from the experts at our state and county parks. Guided Garden Walk Washington Oaks State Park August 3, September 7
Guided Hike GTM Research Reserve August 4, September 1
Fishing Clinic 101 Shands Pier, St. Johns Tuesdays, August 7-September 4
Sunset Dolphin Walk Vilano Beach Access August 14, 15, 17
Moonlight Kayak Trip Trout Creek Park August 23-26, 6-9pm
COPYRIGHT CLASS FOR ARTISTS OF ALL GENRES The Gallery Group August 18
Hosted by the St. Johns Cultural Council, this workshop will walk artists of all of genres through the details and complications of copyrighting your work. The workshop will cover how trademarks, copyrights, and patents are different, and which applies to your work; learn what intellectual property is and what it means; receive practical insights from an attorney who represents artists; and have your questions answered directly. The workshop is free and open to artists and art organizations. www.stjohnsculture.com
ALEXâ€™S CAPES & TIARAS 5K Riverview Club August 18, 8am
Runners, walkers, and wheelchairs are welcome at this third annual 5K that honors Alex Landis, a young woman who made a tremendous difference in helping those who suffer from neuromuscular disabilities (NMD), despite her own physical disadvantages. Never one to shy away from glitter and glitz, the race honors Alex with a 5K, so bring your capes and tiaras and run for fun...or for a good time! Day-of Registration is $35. All proceeds benefit NMD United. www.racesmith.com/races/AlexsCapes&Tiaras5K
CREATING TOUCHABLE ART WORKSHOP St. Augustine Art Association August 18, 9am-4pm
This mixed media workshop will focus on creating art pieces that engage the blind through touch (with the goal of entering the pieces in the 17th Annual Tactile Art Show). The workshop will be led by professional art educator Diane Bradley, who specializes in tactile art techniques. The fee for the workshop is $10 per person, which includes supplies. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunches. www.staaa.org
SEMINOLE WAR COMMEMORATION St. Augustine National Cemetery August 18, 10:30am
The 11th annual commemoration of the Seminole Wars will begin with a parade and finish with a ceremony at the pyramids in St. Augustine National Cemetery. The event takes place every year to honor those who lost their lives in the Seminole Wars of 1842 and will feature reenactors, workshops, and lectures. The event is hosted by the Seminole War Foundation and the West Point Society of North Florida. www.seminolewars.us
2018 JACKSONVILLE TATTOO CONVENTION Renaissance Resort, World Golf Village August 24-26
This 14th Annual Tattoo Convention brings together renowned tattoo artists and a variety of vendors for a family-friendly weekend event. The event will offer live tattooing, face painting,
SURFQUEST Mary Street Beach Ramp, Crescent Beach August 20, September 17
SurfQuest empowers people with disabilities by providing adaptive surfing instruction and therapeutic educational programs on water recreation and enriches lives by assisting families to access the beach and ocean together in a barrier-free environment. They act as an advocate for accessibility to the water that will allow people with limited mobility to reach the beach (i.e. wheelchairs, assisted devices, strollers, etc.). This monthly beach day is free and open for all ages and disabilities. They provide adaptive equipment with education and training for the advancement of adaptive surfing. www.arcsj.org/surfquest
ACA QUICKSTART KAYAK COURSE
Trout Creek Park August 18, 9am - 5pm
Now is your chance to learn all you need to know about kayaking, so you can get out on the water on your own. This course will focus on the fundamentals of kayaking including kayak designs, trip planning, water safety, basic paddle strokes, and rescue techniques taught by two Level 2 Certified ACA instructors. Cost is $80 per person. When setting up a reservation, include a phone number, email, and if you will be using a county kayak. – firstname.lastname@example.org or (904) 209-0335
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 12:30pm every Wednesday, rain or shine. www.thecivicassociation.org
First Friday Art Walk
Photo courtesy of St. Johns County Parks and Recreation contests, and special guests, including a magician who will perform a magic show and do tricks with kids throughout the day. Tickets are $20 per day or $35 for a weekend pass. The Friday event goes from 2-11pm, Saturday from 12-11pm, and Sunday from 12-7pm. www.setattoo.com
RICK SPRINGFIELD PRESENTS "BEST IN SHOW" WITH GUESTS LOVERBOY, GREG KIHN, AND TOMMY TUTONE St. Augustine Amphitheatre August 25, 7pm
Over the past four decades, Rick Springfield has worn many hats as an entertainer and performer. The creator of some of the finest powerpop of the ‘80s, Springfield is a Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold 25 million albums. His concerts are legendary with their rock heavy, high energy full band sets. He’ll be joined by Loverboy, Greg
Kihn, and Tommy Tutone. Tickets start at $44. www.staugamphitheatre.com
MUSIC IN THE BOX: TIM COLLINS Limelight Theatre August 26, 6-8pm
On the last Sunday of each month, a local musician is featured in Limelight Theatre’s Gamache-Koger Studio Theatre. They’ll highlight their unique talents in a two-hour concert that delights audiences and supports their craft. Tickets are $5 at the door and all proceeds go directly to the musician. August’s performer will be Tim Collins. www.limelight-theatre.org
NIGHT MARKET St. Augustine Amphitheatre August 28, 6-9pm
If you’re resistant to dragging yourself out of bed each Saturday morning to browse through the fresh local produce and creative local wares, you’re in luck. On the fourth Tuesday of each month, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
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. www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org
Old City Farmers Market
St. Augustine Amphitheatre Every Saturday Visit the Old City Farmers Market for fresh produce, baked goods, hand-crafted items and plants directly from the producers. There’s even fresh seafood in season. 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. www.staugustinefm.com
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St. Johns Golf and Country Club Tuesdays at 10:30am 205 St. Johns Golf Club Drive Palencia Amenity Center Wednesdays at 10:15am 625 Palencia Club Drive Well Women 360 Friday at 10:30am 240 San Marco Avenue Introduce the little ones to learning through the magic of music! email@example.com
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UMPHREY'S MCGEE WITH GUEST SPAFFORD St. Augustine Amphitheatre August 18, 6pm
The music of Umphrey’s McGee unfolds like an unpredictable conversation between longtime friends. At any moment, heavy guitars can give way to heavier blues as the boys uncover the elusive nexus between jaw-dropping instrumental virtuosity and airtight song craft. With such skill, the concert will be a night to remember. They’ll be joined by the refreshing new sound of Spafford. Tickets are $35. – www.staugamphitheatre.com
is hosting the Night Market. Enjoy all the products and food that you’d find at the Farmers Market with a little bit of party thrown in. Up to 90 vendors with everything from produce to pottery with be present alongside a new musical act each month. www.staugamphitheatre.com
MC50 “KICK OUT THE JAMS: THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR’ St. Augustine Amphitheatre September 6, 7:40pm
Wayne Kramer, leader of MC5, describes the band, “This band will rip your head off. It’s real, raw, sweaty, total energy rock and roll, like a bunch of 40 to 70-year-old punks on a meth power trip.” With a description like that, this is seriously a concert that you can’t miss. It’s a celebration of MC5’s iconic album Kick Out the Jams, the introduction of a major voice of late ’60s counterculture. Day-of tickets are $40. www.staugamphitheatre.com
FOUNDER’S DAY Mission Nombre de Dios September 8, 9am-2pm
Join the city as it commemorates the 453rd anniversary of the landing of the Spanish fleet on its shores. The anniversary of the founding of the city by Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés on September 8, 1565 will take place at the Mission Nombre de Dios and the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. Throughout the day, there will be reenactments of the significant moments of the founding – landing on the mission grounds, ceremonies and Catholic mass, the first Thanksgiving, and more. The event is free. www.missionandshrine.org
16TH ANNUAL PONTE VEDRA AUTO SHOW Nocatee Town Center September 9, 9am-3pm
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St. Johns County Public Library, Main Branch Every Thursday, 11am, 11:30am Let your littles explore the library and be captivated by creative storytelling. Toddler storytime is held in the large meeting room at Main Library. Join Mr. Andy and Mrs. Marcia for singing, dancing and great stories. Toddler storytime is aimed at children ages 1-3, but all are welcome to come and join in the fun. www.sjcpls.org 1960 N Ponce De Leon Blvd.
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Ancient City Martial Arts at Palencia Wednesdays 9:15-11:15am Bring your boys and girls for play time and exercise in a safe environment at Ancient City Martial Arts at Palencia. Obstacles, slides and toys galore! $5 per child. (904) 806-3128 7440 US Highway 1 North Suite 104
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Rebounderz of Jacksonville Mondays and Tuesdays 9:30-11:30am A special time where Rebounderz opens for only the littles (children ages 5 and under). Not available during summer break. $8 per child. www.rebounderzjacksonville.com 14985 Old St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville
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SING OUT LOUD FESTIVAL Venues Around St. Augustine September 1-23
For three weekends in September, the area's largest free music festival is back in 2018! There will be concerts in venues all over the city with local and area musicians in every genre, but don't miss out on these big names coming to the Ancient City.
categories – like Best in Show Porsche, Mazda, Subaru, and Austin Healey. An eclectic gathering of classics, exotic cars, pristine trucks, and sleek motorcycles will be on display. Local food trucks will provide lunch and beverages throughout the show, and there will be other vendor booths on hand as well. The event is free and open to spectators. www.pvautoshow.com
GREAT ST. AUGUSTINE WING OFF AND SING OFF St. Johns County Pier September 9, 11am-3pm
This is one event that seeks to answer two age-old questions – who has the best chicken wings in town and who is the best karaoke singer in town? Join Kids Bridge Supervised Family Visitation Center as they host the first of what will without a doubt become a beloved local fundraiser. Throngs of families from St. Augustine and St. Johns County will want to taste, listen, and decide (or even compete!). All proceeds will benefit Kids Bridge. www.facebook.com/TheGreatSt. AugustineWingOffandSingOff
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS WITH THE WEEPIES, DAVID DONDERO, AL RIGGS, AND MORE Backyard at the Amphitheatre
RISING APPALACHIA WITH SOUTHERN AVENUE, LEAH SONG, AND MORE Backyard at the Amphitheatre
CHUCK RAGAN WITH TIM BARRY AND MORE Front Porch at the Amphitheatre
JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT WITH THE DECEMBERISTS AND LUCERO St. Augustine Amphitheatre
September 22, 5pm
This event will be a benefit concert for the Betty Griffin House and is the only ticketed event of the festival. For a minimum donation of $25, reserved seating or standing pit tickets are available online.
JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR WITH SPECIAL GUEST JD SIMO Ponte Vedra Concert Hall September 11, 8pm
Joanne Shaw Taylor has established herself as the UK’s #1 star of the blues-rock world. The girl with the big voice from the Black Country has toured extensively around the world, released critically acclaimed albums and gained a global fan base as well as having the honor of playing alongside some of her musical idols. She’ll be joined by virtuoso guitarist, JD Simo, who, along with his stellar band, will be the special guest opening act. Tickets are $27. www.pvconcerthall.com
WIDESPREAD PANIC St. Augustine Amphitheatre September 14-16
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FEEL THE LOVE 5K St. Johns County Pier September 8, 8am
Local charity St. Augustine United presents the third annual Feel the Love 5K to benefit the mission of St. Augustine United – helping citizens to aid local charities. The race follows a flat 3.1-mile course through St. Augustine Beach neighborhoods, starting and finishing at the Pier. Awards are given to overall male and female finishers as well as the top three in each age category. Race day registration is $35. www.feelthelove5k.com
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legendary jam band Widespread Panic return to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre for a threenight concert run. Over three decades have passed since forming their original lineup in 1986, Widespread Panic is still hungry to be the best band they can be, every single night, for their loyal fan base. The Friday and Saturday night concerts begin at 7pm and the Sunday concert begins at 6:30pm. Tickets start at $57. www.staugamphitheatre.com
FLORIDA HERITAGE BOOK FESTIVAL Ringhaver Student Center at Flagler College September 15, 9am-4pm
For writers and readers of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, this event is a must. Over the course of the festival, workshops, presentations, and reading take place, along with special events such as critiques of submitted manuscripts and free author presentations. Book signings, hourly drawings, and a marketplace will also occur. Pack up your favorite notebook and pen and be sure to bring coffee. This is a definite power writing event. www.fhbookfest.com
ENDLESS SUMMER RUN 5K/10K Anastasia State Park September 15, 7:30am
Sponsored by Don’s Friends and the Friends of Anastasia State Park, the Endless Summer Run offers runners of all levels an opportunity to participate in a 5K or 10K run through the natural beauty of Anastasia State Park. The 10K (6.2 miles) is a cross-country run through Anastasia State Park’s diverse terrain, including beach, hammock, and salt marsh. Stretch your summer out just a little longer in Florida paradise. Registration starts at $35. www.donsfriend.com
FLORIDA MASTER NATURALIST PROGRAM The Players Community Center September 17-October 3, Mondays and Wednesdays
St. Johns County Parks and Recreation has partnered with Duval County IFAS Extension to offer you the Florida Master Naturalist Program's Freshwater Systems Module. This program is for adults of all knowledge levels, and affords them the opportunity to learn more about Florida's freshwater environment. The class is comprised of classroom presentations, videos, field trips, and practical interpretation and is taught by certified instructors Kelly Ussia and Carol Wyninger. For registration and more information, contact Kelly at the phone number or email below. firstname.lastname@example.org or (904) 209-0335
HERE COME THE MUMMIES “THE WICKED NEVER REST TOUR Ponte Vedra Concert Hall September 22, 8pm
Here Come the Mummies is an eight-piece funk-rock band of 5000 year-old Egyptian Mummies with a one-track mind (yup, you read that right). Their "Terrifying Funk from Beyond the Grave" is sure to get you into them (and possibly vice versa). HCTM’s mysterious personas, cunning song-craft, and unrelenting live show will bend your brain and melt your face. Get ready, for Here Come The Mummies. Day-of tickets are $43.50.
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NIGHT MARKET St. Augustine Amphitheatre September 25, 6-9pm
If you’re resistant to dragging yourself out of bed each Saturday morning to browse through the fresh local produce and creative local wares, you’re in luck. On the fourth Tuesday of each month, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre is hosting the Night Market. Enjoy all the products and food that you’d find at the Farmers Market with a little bit of party thrown in. Up to 90 vendors with everything from produce to pottery will be present alongside a new musical act each month. www.staugamphitheatre.com
LOUIE ANDERSON Ponte Vedra Concert Hall September 27, 7:30pm
One of the country’s most recognized comics, Louie Anderson’s career spans more than thirty years. He is a bestselling author, star of his own standup specials and sitcoms, and he continues to tour the country performing to sold-out crowds. Sharing the ups and downs of his childhood experiences as one of eleven
LEE ANN WOMACK
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall September 21, 8pm
Since the mid-90’s, Lee Ann Womack has stunned audiences with her raw and beautiful approach to a rootsy kind of country music. Her latest album seem to exist separate and apart from any external pressures. It seems to possess both a profound sense of history and a clear-eyed vision for the future. It seems to transcend genres while embracing their roots. She’s created a new piece of art that’s an homage to where she came from. Tickets start at $38.50.
www.pvconcerthall.com children in Minnesota, Louie’s comedy routines have his audiences doubled up with laughter and cheering for more. Tickets start at $41.50. www.pvconcerthall.com
BOOT SCOOTIN’ BBQ St. Augustine Rod & Gun Club September 29
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favorite western-themed charity event. The event will benefit Investing in Kids (INK), an organization that supports teachers and students in St. Johns County. There will be sizzling BBQ, cold drinks, live music, a funny money casino, and games that will make it an entertaining night for all. And all for a good cause! Tickets start at $45. www.ink-stjohns.org/boot-scootin-bbq
PREMIER BRIDAL EXPO Renaissance World Golf Resort September 23, 1-4pm
Brides and grooms of St. Augustine, listen up! You’re about to be introduced to everything you need to know about vendors and venues in our area. The Premier Bride Expo features the top wedding professionals from St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Orange Park, Amelia Island, and the other surrounding areas. Over 100 vendors attend every year with all the wedding knowledge you’ll ever need. Tickets are $8 online and $12 at the door.
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Ponte Vedra Concert Hall September 29, 8pm
Limelight Theatre September 30, 6-8pm
On the last Sunday of each month, a local musician is featured in Limelight Theatre’s Gamache-Koger Studio Theatre. They’ll highlight their unique talents in a two-hour concert that delights audiences and supports their craft. Tickets are $5 at the door and all proceeds go directly to the musician. September’s performer will be Fermin Spanish Guitar.
Enjoy the 16th season of the annual Music by the Sea concert series, every Wednesday from 6-9pm. Each week features different musical entertainment along with a local restaurant pairing. Concert guests are welcome to bring a cooler, lawn chair, and blankets. Dogs are permitted and welcome but must be on a leash. Due to limited parking at Pier Park, attendees are encouraged to ride the Trolley, which runs continuously from City Hall. The first trolley runs at 5:45pm and the last trolley leaves at 9:45pm. Food service begins at 6pm and music begins at 7pm.
AMY ALESIA & SOUL OPERATION August 1 KENNY Y & SOUTHERN TIDE August 8
BLUEZ DUDES August 22 DUFFY BISHOP BAND August 29 JW GILMORE September 5
MBTS ALL STAR BAND September 12
St. Augustine Beach Pier Park Wednesdays in August & September
SOULFIRE August 15
RICKIE LEE JONES WITH SPECIAL GUEST ANDERS OSBORNE Two-time Grammy winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona in many critically acclaimed albums. Rickie is both a character in the songs and the songwriter singing, defying convention with her sometimes brazen sexuality and the mixed bag of jazz, rock and what has come to be known as 'confessional' songwriter performances. She’ll be joined by New Orleans guitarist Anders Osborne.
MUSIC BY THE SEA
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LIVING TRENDING VENTURES
BUSINESS NEWS THIS MONTH St. Augustine businesses are rebranding, relocating, building, and brewing up some serious new opportunities for our small town. Here's what we know this month... Hyppo Cafe has reopened after a brief hiatus for renovations. They're now focused on coffee, ice cream, pastries, and of course, the signature pops. 1765 Tree Boulevard, Unit 5
WELL WOMEN 360
Lorraine Searle has created a nurturing community for moms with an environment built around learning, comfort, and camaraderie. By Meeka Anne | Photography by David Steele
hat does comfort feel like to a mom with young children? Imagine a space where her children can be safely nurtured and educated while she drinks some delicious chai tea and chats with like-minded moms or enjoys a massage or a facial. Lorraine Searle's unique spa offers all of this and more.
After moving to St. Augustine in 2007 with her husband – local obstetrician Tom Searle – Lorraine began to ruminate about her next chapter. “Opening Well Women 360,” she says, “was truly a dream come true and allowed me to put all my passions into one place.” The business, which began as a pregnancy education and health oasis, has organically evolved to fit more widespread needs of the community.
Lorraine’s background covers 360-degrees of understanding the needs of women and children. She began her career in nursing and midwifery, and when it was time to look for educational choices for her own children, she discovered Montessori. Soon, she became a certified Montessori teacher herself and was fortunate to work at the same school her children attended. Her favorite quote of Maria Montessori is “Play is the work of the child.”
“I wanted to create a nurturing, educational environment,” says Lorraine, “which allows all women to come and feel comfortable and safe while giving their children an opportunity to interact and learn.” She loves bringing together the community of St. Augustine and encourages all moms and grandparents to just drop in for a visit. The Montessori concept has become an integral aspect of the spa and offers a variety of
weekly sessions for small children. These include Musical Munchkin Monday which engages children in music with dance and instruments. And then there’s Little Farmer Friday where toddlers can dig in the dirt and learn about planting and the cycles of nature. While the children are learning and playing, moms can sit in the newly-opened Cultivate Tea and Spice Café and sip on some organic tea offered up by Jon Veniard (along with a helping of his knowledge about gardening, herbs, and cooking). The café serves coffee and organic loose-leaf teas and has kombucha on tap. You can also get something tasty for your little ones from the kid’s menu or a delicious light meal for yourself. The spa will be expanding to a medical spa soon under the tutelage of Dr. Megan Casey, but for now you can enjoy massage, facials, or a yoga session. The perfect venue to host a bridal or baby shower or a toddler birthday party, you can also book an event at Lorraine’s space. www.wellwomen360.com
Dreamboat Coffee has opened its doors on St. George Street. Head to the heart of downtown for the coffee, lattes, and breakfast and lunch pastries of your dreams. 100 St. George Street, Suite A W.B. Tatter Designs is on the Boulevard for all your art needs. Wendy Tatter specializes in the ancient and vibrant art of batik, capturing the beauty of St. Augustine. 501 Anastasia Boulevard LEPPDesign has opened their office in the Ancient City. The firm assists businesses with branding through web and print design and illustration. Take your business to the next level. 320 North Shadowwood Drive Awaken City Church Educational Center is here to help! Awaken City Church has expanded their services and ministry to the community at large with the new space. 84 Theater Drive, Suite 400 Luna Cafe is open for service on State Road 16. The casual sister restaurant of local favorite Llama will be slinging Peruvian pastries and coffee. 525 State Road 16
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RAISED-BED GARDENS By Shelby Stec
Our fall vegetable season officially starts in October, making late summer an excellent time to install a low maintenance, raised-bed garden. The length of the beds can be determined by your space and local lumber availability, but the width should be 3.5 feet or less so you can easily reach the middle. Naturally rot-resistant wood, like cedar or cypress, is best for construction; however, two-inch untreated pine will also work. It is essential that you never use pressuretreated wood or plywood in your edible garden as they are packed with chemicals! If you plan to locate your garden beds on the ground, the minimum bed height is 8 inches, while garden beds located on concrete should be at least 16 inches tall. Once your garden boxes are constructed, make sure to fill them with high quality, compost-based soil. Since organic gardens are only as successful as the soil they grow in, make sure not to cut corners on this step!
Students in all different disciplines can take advantage of Flagler's living labs – hands-on learning in the real world. LONG STORY SHORT
LIVING LABS AT FLAGLER COLLEGE
A unique access to coastal ecosystems, ancient history, and forward-thinking entrepreneurs allows Flagler to give its students education beyond the classroom. By Molly Wilson | Photograph via Flagler College
hen you walk around campus and explore the city, it’s no surprise that prospective students of Flagler College are drawn to its historic beauty and beach-adjacent location. But when Flagler was recently named #4 in College Consensus’s “Best Beach Colleges,” the title looked beyond sunny skies and sandy shores. The colleges that made this list have a connection unlike any other to place, to people, to community and take full advantage of their unique access to coastal ecosystems. In Flagler’s case, these connections take the form of living labs as well as projects, trips, and lectures that allow for hands-on education. The living labs are – quite simply – literal, physical spaces where research is performed outside of a four-walled classroom. Even now, three scientists in different disciplines – biology, natural sciences, and anthropology – are researching the effect of prescribed burns on tortoises' natural environments. Their students are testing cells and identifying plant species as well as mapping the tortoises’ burrows on a 4-mile stretch of coastline. “Where else,” says Terri J. Seron, Associate Professor of Biology, “can you see Gopher Tortoises and be doing this type of research in undergrad? Students aren’t nameless faces. They www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
have real interaction and are able to pose real questions. From what I’ve seen, this blows other schools out of the water. This is graduate-level work.” Students in these sciences have unparalleled access to the subjects and environments that they’re studying through research in these living labs. “St. Augustine's beaches,” says Coastal Environmental Science major Westly Woodward, “are the ultimate classroom! Being able to dip your toes into the water that you're learning about brings the subject matter to life and transforms the way you see and think about the environment around you.” But even beyond specifically coastal science, the collaborative nature of the St. Augustine community has allowed students to delve into the world of local professionals and educators in all different fields and disciplines. History and archaeology majors can walk ancient streets, handle artifacts, and work in area museums. Business majors are given the chance to work one-on-one with local entrepreneurs. A hands-on, up-close-and-personal approach to education has created students who are fully invested in their work, their fields of study, and the community around them. www.flagler.edu
LIVING HUGH DO YOU KNOW? By Hugh Ward
CIVILIAN LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY
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For St. Johns County residents who are interested in getting some first-hand knowledge of local law enforcement, CLEA is a perfect place to start. So we sat down with Program Director Greg Suchy to find out what the Academy is all about. Photography by Brian Miller
Tell us a little bit about yourself. What’s your role at the Sheriff's Office? I started with the Sheriff’s Office here in 1999 and next year will be my 20th year with the agency. I am currently assigned to the Community Affairs Unit, where I am responsible for facilitating the outreach programs and events that help keep us connected to the community. What is the mission of the Civilian Law Enforcement Academy? The mission of the CLEA is to provide the participants with a greater understanding of law enforcement, the Sheriff’s Office, and the people who make it work. We want them to look, listen, ask questions, find answers, and decide for themselves if we are doing things the right way, at the right time, for the right reason and taking care of people. What can students expect to learn at the Academy? The program is 12 weeks long and each week covers one or two different topics. It’s not death by PowerPoint; it’s hands-on. We
"It’s not death by PowerPoint; it’s handson. We bring experts in or we take the class out to them in the field. The most frequent comment from the participants at the end of the program is that they can’t believe how much access they had." bring subject matter experts in, or we take the class out to them in the field. Participants can expect an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at nearly every aspect of what we do, and they can expect very candid discussions about the topics discussed during class. Why do you think it’s important for civilians to have an inside look at law enforcement? I think it’s important for people to be exposed to the realities of the profession first hand and to see for themselves what challenges law enforcement agencies face on a daily basis. Until you are sitting
in that patrol car, answering that call in Communications, or dealing with that inmate in jail, raw and uncensored with no filter, you can’t begin to understand the complexities of the job and the dedication of the people doing it. Is there a benefit to your officers as well?Absolutely. All of the employees recognize that these participants are taking the time and effort to see for themselves what it takes to do the job, and they are usually very excited to be involved with the class. Many of these deputies don’t get a lot of positive reinforcement and positive feedback from the community on the job, so they appreciate it a great deal. How often do you offer the program and how long does it last? We offer the program twice a year, in the Spring and Fall. The program lasts twelve weeks, with class every Tuesday night from 6-9pm.
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"For the sake of maintaining an element of surprise and mystery, I won’t reveal the details of the room. But I will tell you we were floored by the talent and skill that went into the set, the story, and the puzzles themselves."
Below: Molly and contributor Steve Parr examine a clue as the clock starts and the game begins. Each new piece of the puzzle gets you a little closer to victory.
With a fleet to save and only an hour to do it, it was time for our team to muster up all our puzzle-solving, note-deciphering, roomescaping skills. By Molly Wilson | Photography by Brian Miller
WE TRIED IT
s a lifelong reader of mystery novels and watcher of police procedurals, trying an escape room seemed right up my alley. For those that aren’t familiar with the concept, escape rooms are an activity where you’re closed in a room and have to work through a number of clues and ciphers to get yourself out or accomplish a goal. They’re themed – around spies, crimes, treasure hunts – and intricately-designed to be both challenging and exciting. So when we were searching for an activity that fit into our “Family Issue,” an escape room seemed just the thing. And not long after, a small group of us walked through the doors of Escape U, ready for a challenge. Before we entered the room itself, the manager gave us the basic run down and a few helpful suggestions. We would have sixty minutes to solve all the puzzles and reach our goal and a total of three hints to help us on our way (if we wanted them). “Make sure you’re looking through everything,” she said. “Hints and pieces to puzzles could be anywhere.”
After these instructions, she led us to our room. Owner Brandon Buzard had suggested that we try Save the Fleet (his personal favorite of the three escape rooms), so once in the room, we were given the backstory and told what we had to do. A hurricane has formed, we were told, and is making its way across Florida and to St. Augustine’s coast. Our group of sailors had to make our way to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse to turn on the beacon and guide the ships away from danger. But here’s the catch – the Lighthouse is haunted. Throughout the game, we’d hear from three different ghosts and one of them would do all he could to stop us from turning on the beacon. This was a promising (and slightly unnerving) start. Then the doors were closed, and we were left on our own. Though the game has you navigating in very low light, the first few pieces were found quickly. Of course, those pieces had to be fit together to actually mean anything, and that’s where we got stuck. I’d consider the members of our team to be at least reasonably intelligent people, but only ten minutes in and www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
we felt like we were staring at a blank wall (and didn't want to admit it). “You say it,” said Brian the photographer. “No, you ask,” said Steve the writer. Finally we called out – “Can we get a hint?” After the voice over the intercom got us on the right track, we found ourselves moving pretty quickly. For the sake of maintaining an element of surprise and mystery, I won’t give you the details of the room (other than to say that at one point, you’re standing in a 15-foot replica of the Lighthouse). But I will tell you that the entire time, we were floored by the detail and production value of the whole game. More talent and skill went into the set, the story, and the puzzles themselves that we ever would have expected. Sure, it’s not your run-of-themill afternoon family activity, but you’ll get the chance to challenge yourself and test your quick-thinking skills in really unusual ways. And the feeling you get from winning is pretty exhilarating. www.escapeuflorida.com
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EXPAND YOUR AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES After the school day ends, your kids are open to explore any activity that piques their interest. But if you can't seem to find something that they love, we're here to give you a few ideas. From art to sports to music, these locals can help your kids discover a new passion.
Creative Me Art Studio
Harbor Island Tennis Centre
Sterry Piano Company
Mastering the game of tennis (or even just playing for fun) is a great way to get outside and move around after a long day of school. And whatever your kid’s skillset or age, Harbor Island offers a variety of different youth classes – from the Tiny Tots at 4 years old to the High Performance players at 17. Ivo uses his years of competition experience and tennis expertise to mold players and make the game fun. Get them out on the court with a racket in their hand!
There’s nothing quite like music to expand a child’s horizons. It’s an incredibly beautiful skill that teaches discipline and precision. And the easiest way to learn is to be taught by an expert like David. Though his principle instrument is the guitar (and he can teach a lot of different styles from classical to electric), he also gives lessons in voice, piano, and music theory. Instill a lifelong joy in music in your child by giving lessons that they’ll love.
If you’ve ever seen an aerialist perform, you might be thinking, “There’s no way a kid could do that!” But if your little one is adventurous and up for a challenge, this just might be the perfect extracurricular. Laura’s aerial fabric youth class is for ages 9 and up, and students are accepted on an audition basis. But don’t worry, there’s no previous experience required. They’ll just need to come with excitement, ready to learn.
If you’re finding that your kid needs a little extra help after school, let them get creative with it. Patti and her team at Tutor Time offer a few different after school clubs to get kids engaged in their education and on the right track with their learning. They can learn team building with group activities, get fit with physical challenges, find homework help, or get connected with their community. Patti guides a number of different clubs for kids of all ages.
Let your budding artist loose on the canvas! Every Tuesday and Thursday, Janine will introduce kids in grades K-8 to different artistic mediums in a class called "Crafternoon Activities." They’ll explore oil pastels, watercolor painting, canvas painting, multimedia art, collage, air dry clay projects, and more in a handson, teacher-guided environment. It’s the perfect afternoon for a kid with a lot of creative energy, who’s in need of an outlet.
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Without the unwavering support of partners like Old Town Trolley, VeloFest Community Initiative could not continue to provide free programs in St. Johns County. Since 2011 free bicycle lights and helmets to education programs and community events, VeloFest has committed to safer streets for all road users and encourages safe cycling. VeloFest hopes to see you on the road and at one of our next projects. For more info go to www.velofest.org. A special thank you to Old Town Trolley and the Historic Tours of America Family for believing in us enough to partner on this crazy endeavor. It should go without saying, but an event of this caliber would not be possible without the partnership and belief in us to represent your successful brand so willingly.
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St. Augustine, FL. Established in 2016, Jail Break 5k, Escape from St. Augustine was launched by VeloFest Community Initiative and Old Town Trolley. The partnership aimed to produce a 5k race as unique as the oldest city. It didn’t take long before planning was underway and some of the zaniest, quirkiest and best 5k details were established. But while distracted, one of the inmates, a tyrannosaurus rex named “Paul”, managed to escape the guards! Thanks to Old Town Trolley and the excellent supporting cast, a point to point 5k was possible. But it wouldn’t be a VeloFest Community Initiative event without bicycle safety. The Jail Break Bike Rodeo provides fitted bicycle helmets, lights and information free to attendees 2-99. Being inclusive, the duo added a 0.0 Costume Contest so no one was left behind. In an effort to ensure success for years to come, VeloFest and Old Town Trolley keep the party going before and after the finish line! Chasing #PaulTheTRex all over St. Johns County and beyond, they have built up quite the excitement. Live local music, the best local food and drinks, entertainment for the whole family and exclusive perks like custom designed t-shirts and entry to the Old Jail await those who register for the fun. This is sure to be an event you will remember. With a partnership like that, it was inevitable that #PaulTheTRex wouldn’t remain on the run for too long and that runners of the Jail Break 5k wouldn’t be caught anywhere else. More info on VeloFest, Old Town Trolley & the Jail Break 5k can be found at www.escapefromstaugustine.com.
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ABOVE: An inmate awaits “The Crawler” as night approaches in the Old Jail, St. Augustine, FL Photo credit: Jak Krumholtz, St. Augustine Pics VeloFest Community Initiative Builds Bike Love in St. Augustine and Beyond Founded in 2011 after our friend Bryan B. Wrigley was killed riding his bicycle, VeloFest is a 501c3 based in St. Augustine, Florida. The mission of Velo Fest is to educate the cycling community and community at large about the historical significance of cycling, as well as build a
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OLD FLORIDA CHARM Take a step into paradise and let yourself become a local. From rum to cigars to island enchantment, The Gates Hotel is introducing its guests to the real Key West. By Molly Wilson
t. Augustine is steeped in centuries of Florida history, and many of our landmarks are nothing short of iconic. But our slice of history is only one piece of the state’s rich and abiding culture. So that’s why, when we got the chance to spend a weekend in Key West at The Gates Hotel, we were excited to see another side to the tapestry of Old Florida. We would be stepping into an entirely different era – an era of white linen suits, minty mojitos, and front porch cigars.
seven and a half hour drive, Key West might be a little bit of a stretch. But the first few hours went by quickly as we made our way down the length of the state, and for the last three hours, you get to drive through the Keys themselves. An almost entirely two-lane road takes you all the way from Key Largo to Key West, and the drive is breathtaking. On either side of you are shining blue waters and quirky beach houses, dive bars and sailboats. But of course, if these hours in the car don’t appeal to you, a flight to Key West is relatively inexpensive.
With each destination featured in our Getaway column, we’ve tried to highlight a city that would be a quick and easy trip for a St. Augustinian’s weekend vacation. And at a
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(and the souvenir shop) and call it a day. But The Gates has procured something a bit more authentic than that. As a hotel, of course, their guests are visitors to the island, but their partnerships reveal a desire to make everyone a little bit more of a local. When we walked into the lobby, the interior was like a breath of fresh air. In blues, whites, and natural textures, it held a subtle and elegant island charm. Refreshing – especially after our time in the car. While we waited in line to check in, an attendant prepared a fruity rum drink for us to sample, and the concierge informed us that the property manager would be down soon to give us a quick tour of the grounds.
For a hotel in as packed an island as Key West, the grounds of The Gates (and its next-door sister hotel 24° North) were surprisingly expansive. The rooms of the hotel surround a large pool with shaded cabanas that you can reserve for the afternoon. Next to the pool is Rum Row, the hotel bar that features (unsurprisingly) a lot of classic cocktails and twists on rum favorites. In between the two hotels was a long green, dotted with picnic tables and the occasional lawn game. The space, explained the property manager, could be rented for weddings, and every once in a while, the green would play host to a concert.
highlight of our trip. Established in only 2013, the distillery is situated in Old Town in a former Coca-Cola bottling plant. And the space is small, only a cozy bar at the front and one large-ish room where the rum is distilled. We were shown around by the owner and self-proclaimed “Chef Distiller,” Paul Menta. Having worked in the restaurant industry as a chef for years, Paul approached rum making a little differently. He favored experimentation over sticking fervently with tradition – a fact that has gotten him a few sidelong glances from seasoned distillers but has succeeded in making an amazing rum.
A quick trip to our room – that held the same refreshing feeling as the lobby – and we walked downstairs to catch the shuttle to Mallory Square. Since the hotel is a few minutes drive from Old Town, the hotel offers a shuttle at intervals throughout the day (and bikes to rent if you prefer a little exercise). The ferry to Old Town, as well, docks close by.
“I’ve been a rum drinker all my adult life,” Paul told us. “But it was always a struggle to find one that didn’t give me a hangover by even drinking just a little.” So when he started distilling his own rum, Paul’s goal was to make it as pure, clean, and as easy to drink as possible. After walking us through the distilling process, Paul regaled us with stories of running their rum into Cuba on a boat and bringing his off-the-wall ideas into distilling conventions. I could tell you those stories, but do yourself a favor and ask Paul yourself. His energy for his work is electric, and his talent for rum distilling is sublime.
After Cuban food at El Meson de Pepe – with some very polite chickens as our dining companions – and a good night's sleep, we were ready for a full day the next morning. On the hotel’s lawn sits The Blind Pig food truck, serving cuisine that’s been lovingly dubbed “conch fusion” (a blend of regional Cuban, Bahamian, Caribbean, and Floridian flavors). So after a hearty breakfast in the sun of omelets with tomato confit and yogurt with fresh fruit, we hopped on the shuttle to meet The Gates Hotel’s local partners. Our first stop was the Key West First Legal Rum Distillery (yeah, that’s a mouthful), the supplier of most of the rum served at Rum Row. With a name like that, we kind of expected a tourist trap – a kitschy tour and a lot of souvenirs – but the distillery ended up being the
After we brought lunch from the Blind Pig to a local beach, our next tour was set for the Rodriguez Cigar Factory that makes the cigars offered in the hotel’s on-site cigar garden, if you feel like indulging in the old school Key West atmosphere. The factory is tucked into an unassuming corner of a side street in Old Town, the dazzling sun turning the shop’s dust gold in the air. An elderly woman swept in the corner as we breathed in the smell of aged tobacco. Each cigar is hand-rolled with cured and aged vintage tobacco leaves on a small grouping of tables in the back of the room. Dark boxes of cigars line the shelves on the walls. Established in 1984, the Rodriguez Cigar Factory is the oldest operating cigar manufacturer on the island. The history of Key West cigars in general, alongside the history of the business itself, is seeped into the floorboards. A stay at The Gates Hotel allows you to be integrated into the history and culture that permeates the island. You dine on delicious flavor, drink something special, and experience a little history. They’ve worked hard to create an experience for guests who wants to become a part of Key West. www.gateshotelkeywest.com
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Retro Revival HOME STYLE
From tiki bars to vintage treasures, the McCarty family is breaking the suburban mold with their fun, throwback style. By Shannon O'Neil | Photography by Leonard Blush
ust a few miles south of St. Augustine’s historic district, the tourist attractions and commercial venues fade into a sprawl of sand pines and suburban ramblers. Here, every neighborhood has an analogous quality, each house blending with the next like they are individual pieces all born of the same set. That is, until you arrive at the affectionately titled “Atomic Ranch Tropicana” in the center of Fort Peyton Forest. In a neighborhood of 1980s-era homes outfitted in dark wood siding, the orange-and-white abode of Kira and Colin McCarty sings a song of its own — you don’t have to be like everyone else. Ten years ago, the McCartys fell in love with St. Augustine after Kira’s brother moved to town. Her parents soon followed suit from St. Petersburg, and though Kira and Colin maintained their permanent residence in Minnesota, they bought a little vacation house in Vilano Beach. Colin, an experienced house flipper, took what had been dubbed a “teardown” and rehabilitated it into the perfect escape from the winter snow. A few years later, the couple invested in another tear-down property in Lincolnville and, board by board, nursed it back to health as well.
But when it came time to move south for good, the McCartys knew they wanted to settle in the suburbs before their son, Harvey, started kindergarten. When the family’s realtor, Nic Lindser, introduced them to their third so-called tear-down in St. Johns County, they were smitten. “People often overlook these single-story rambler homes,” says Colin. “A lot of them go unnoticed and are left to neglect, but they’re affordable and full of potential.” With their previous flips, Kira and Colin consciously chose to stay within the design boundaries of a mass market appeal, but when it came to their new home, it was time to let their own style take over. Inspired by a trip to Palm Springs during the city’s famous “Modernism Week,” Colin, a former drummer in a rockabilly band with a love for Triumph motorcycles, and Kira, who drives a gorgeous ‘73 pick-up and travels the country as a professional vintage hair and make-up stylist, decided to commit to a design aesthetic they both loved. “We made a pact when we bought our ‘forever home’ that we'd purge everything that didn't fit into our love of atomic and mid-century www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
Details Residents: Colin, Kira, and Harvey McCarty Amenities: 2 bedroom, 2 bath, guest suite, large backyard, pool, outdoor tiki bar Size: 1100 square feet
We can't get enough of those pink cabinets! kitsch,” says Kira. True to their word, the McCartys freed themselves of their more contemporary belongings and downsized from their five-bedroom home in Minneapolis to a twobedroom, 1100 square-foot St. Augustine homestead. The couple purchased their home in March 2017 and moved in seven months later, after extensive renovations that included new flooring, updated bathrooms, and a remodeled pink kitchen with a large white marble island.
“We made a pact when we bought our ‘forever home’ that we'd purge everything that didn't fit into our love of atomic and mid-century kitsch."
To furnish their mid-century dreamhouse, Kira quickly became familiar with the St. Augustine thrift store circuit. Her favorites are Betty Griffin House and Haven Hospice, both of which often have great finds and support great causes.
The McCartys have also found a few treasures at a pair of vintage stores in uptown San Marco: Cool and Collected and The Way We Were. “We actually found our dining table on Craigslist,” says Kira. “It needed a ton of restoration, but it matched the chairs we had brought down from Minnesota perfectly. Now it’s one of our favorite ensembles. Sometimes it takes a long time to find the right piece and you have to be patient, but it’s worth it!”
What the McCartys gave up in indoor square footage, they gained back tenfold in outdoor space. With just over a quarter-acre of land, the family has developed a backyard oasis even more unique than their inside space. Part Polynesian escape and part country farm, the yard includes Colin’s customwww.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
Now a statement piece, the dining room table was a Craigslist find in a rough state. But the McCartys put a lot of work and a little bit of love into it, and now it (along with the striking vintage chandelier that hangs above it) draws the eye as soon as you walk through the door.
Eclectic pieces come together in style!
The side room is set up with an adorable mini salon. Kira will occasionally host consultations in their home, but mostly it serves as a spot for experimentation with new styles and cuts (and for Colin, if he needs a haircut).
They've created a suburban backyard paradise! built tiki bar and light-up poolside volcano along with a hen house (delightfully named “The Chick Inn”) for the family’s six chickens. “I knew I didn’t want extra house to clean,” Kira says of the family’s decision to downsize. “I’d much rather spend time in the yard, having fun.”
guest hideaway to their backyard retreat. A glistening 1950 Silver Star camper sits alongside the pool, restored and ready to serve as a daytime retreat from the heat or an overnight oasis.
"We really wanted to create a magical place for our kid to grow up,” says Kira, "This is what life’s about."
Sprawling gardens — with everything from exotic tropical plants to a patch of fruits and vegetables — wraps the yard in greenery. Just like their collection of furnishings, the McCartys have hand-picked many of their plants on a bargain from places like the flea market, Lowe’s clearance section, and even a few discard piles on the side of the road.
No one enjoys the backyard escape more than Harvey. Some mornings he’s up and in the pool before he’s had his cereal. He loves to explore the backyard, collecting eggs from the hens and studying the handcarved tiki totems his father created.
“We really wanted to create a magical place for our kid to grow up,” says Kira. “There’s just something so picturesque about being in a neighborhood like this, full of kids riding bikes and salt-of-the-Earth neighbors. This is what life’s about.”
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ANDREA WHITE By Teddy Regis | Photography by Brian Miller
t. Augustine has a new archaeologist in Andrea White. Can you think of a more fitting setting for excavations? Andrea lived in Tallahassee before studying anthropology at UF. “I've always considered Florida home,” she says. Our city seemed to beckon her until she laid down roots in its storied soil (UF tends to be a launching pad that sends beachgoers to our quaint coast). Andrea had her sights set on archaeology early in life since her dad is a history buff and would often take her to historic landmarks. Andrea attended the College of William & Mary for her archaeology graduate program, and she is now completing her Ph.D. through Louisiana State University. Some of Andrea's first professional assignments took her underwater. She helped deconstruct the 1997 Industry shipwreck. "Archaeology," laughs Andrea, "is not as glamorous as people think." And she describes her work as “controlled destruction.” Her position allows her to piece together lives not well displayed in public record, giving voice to the underrepresented.
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Andrea's days often involve reporting to a lab for field work prep. While in the field, Andrea works with volunteers before heading back to her office to tackle administrative tasks, research, and impact studies. She loves living in a city that “recognizes the importance of archaeology.” www.citystaug.com/archaeology
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Bozard Ford is a household name in St. Augustine, but Andy Harris and his team hope to make Bozard Lincoln’s revolutionary customer service even more recognizable. By Lynette Snell | Photography by Leonard Blush
ndy Harris, a third generation Lincoln salesperson, grew up riding in the back seat of a Lincoln. His father and grandfather paved the way to a career in Lincoln automobiles and one could say Lincoln motor oil runs in his blood. Andy started out as a salesperson at Bozard Lincoln, and now, as Operations Manager, he has big ideas to take the store to the next level.
PICTURED HERE: Andy Harris and Jeff King of Bozard Lincoln with the new 2018 Lincoln Navigator
Bozard Lincoln offers many customer service enhancements for new car buyers, but two of the most prominent are the pick-up and delivery service, and a pilot program called the “effortless car buying” concept where Lincoln brings car buying to the buyer. For example, you’re ready to buy a car and you want to try out one of the newly redesigned Lincoln Navigator SUVs, but your schedule is crazy, you have deadlines at work this week, and the kids’ sports’ schedule is enough to make anyone nuts. How will you ever get the chance to test drive a vehicle? The answer is simple. Call Andy. Andy or one of his dedicated brand ambassadors will hop in the car of your choice, drive it to your home or office, switch cars with you, and let you test drive the car for a few hours or even overnight (along with proof of insurance and your driver’s license). You realize you love the car and it works great with your family, but you just don’t know when you’ll get the chance to go sit for a couple hours finalizing the details at the dealership. You call Andy but he says, “No problem. We’ll come to you!”
You can complete the paperwork, work out the majority of the details, and literally buy your new car right there at work or home. You might still need to make a trip to the dealership to sign the paperwork and finish up minor items, but the time spent at the dealership is minimal compared with previous trends. And when your car is ready for its first oil change? Call Andy. He’ll bring a loaner car to you, have your car serviced and deliver it back to you, all on your own schedule. Effortless. “It’s like Amazon coming into your house, showing you the things you need in your fridge, then stocking it for you. That’s what Effortless Car Buying is like,” Andy says.
Andy also realizes his role as Lincoln Operations Manager places him in a unique position to help local organizations. Becoming a name that symbolizes not only great customer service, but also great community partnership has become a major focus for Andy. Whether it involves raising money by offering test drives for charity (Bozard Lincoln will donate $20 for every test drive to the group who coordinates the event, up to $6,000), or sponsoring events and fundraisers, Andy dreams of Bozard Lincoln becoming a major community player. Andy Harris knows there is much more to being a car salesperson. He is driven in many ways, and not just to succeed in his role at Lincoln. He wants Bozard Lincoln to be one of those groups that serves the town in all ways, not just selling cars. For more information about community partnerships, the pick-up and delivery service, or the effortless car buying process, give Andy Harris a call at (904) 436-6345 or email him at email@example.com.
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ST. AUGUSTINE GLORY Brad Clarke grew up in St. Augustine, attending local schools and watching basketball games in those school gymnasiums. Today, he finds himself on the opposite side of the court. By Lynette Snell | Photography by David Steele
rad Clarke learned early on about the importance of strong leaders in a community. Raised by a strong grandmother – who raised 12 children, worked for 25 years at Ketterlinus Junior High, and was the unofficial mother to many kids and a pillar of the community – Brad Clarke had a lot of people looking out for him. As a middleschooler, he started playing basketball as an alternative to what he called “dangerous, idle times.” By the time he graduated from Englewood High School in Jacksonville, he had a full scholarship to the city's Edward Waters College. After a very successful college basketball career, complete with honors such as Best Male Athlete, All Conference Team, and All-American Mentioning, Brad graduated with a degree in business administration. His dream of playing professional basketball was not realized immediately, so he worked in sales for a few years. But his love of basketball never left him.
“The little round ball followed me everywhere I went,” he says. “No matter where I went, I would find a place to play basketball.” Three years after graduation, he landed his first pro contract with the ABA team The Rainy Knights of Georgia. The contract only lasted for a few months, however, as the team eventually folded. Brad then came home to Jacksonville and played for the Jacksonville Jam and finally the Jacksonville Giants, both ABA teams. During those years as a player, Brad learned a great deal about managing teams — the right ways and the wrong ways. He also saw so many youths in the communities with no leadership or activities that taught responsibility and community involvement. This gave him the idea to start development and coaching clinics geared towards kids. When the leadership of the ABA approached Brad to become an owner, he was uncertain at first. “I prayed for a solid month before making my decision.” In April 2017, he agreed www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
and became the owner of the newly-formed St. Augustine Glory. In November 2017, the team played its first game. Brad structured the team’s mission around what the Glory could bring to St. Augustine. He saw an opportunity to step in and be a support system for law enforcement, educators, ministers, and other community leaders by working in conjunction with those organizations to create activities that would keep kids out of trouble. The team plays in various gymnasiums around St. Johns County right now, from Flagler all the way out to Palatka and even at the Ketterlinus gym on Orange Street. Does he hope the team will have a facility of its own one day? That’s not his focus right now. The main goal for the Glory is to build a team that the community can be excited about supporting and that the team, in turn, can work with the community to build strong programs and events for kids. Brad has been told by visiting ABA scouts that every time they come to a Glory game, they leave feeling positive and uplifted. To Brad, that is all the glory he needs. www.saglory.com
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WENDY TATTER Working in the ancient art of batik, this local artist creates vibrant pieces that celebrate St. Augustine life in a unique and colorful way. By Renee Inge | Photography by David Steele
atik art is a beautiful, ancient, and fascinating art form. It involves bees' wax, paraffin, cold water dyes, and soft fabrics that have just the right feel. With batik, one must think in an almost backward way – painting with molten wax, going from lights to darks, alternating the layering of wax, and dipping the fabric into buckets of dye. Local artist Wendy Tatter has mastered that art form and has grown her skill and techniques, developing her own unique personal style that many collectors enjoy. Wendy was born with artistic talent — there was no choice but to let it manifest itself in her career. And even though she grew up in Maryland, she knew the tropics would be her destination.The colors of the water, the vibrancy of the foliage, the islands, the people, were somehow in her blood. Hearing about an art school in San Miguel de'Allende, Mexico, Wendy decided to relocate and study photography at the Instituto Allende. But she took one class in the Javanese art of batik and was immediately hooked. Photography still plays an important role in the process, however, since she captures images of what she will later reproduce in her studio. Having found her passion, Wendy thus began a successful career in the arts. She spent over a decade living, working, and traveling in Mexico, Costa Rico, Brazil, and many of the Caribbean islands. She became proficient in
speaking Spanish and Portuguese and loved her lifestyle. After moving to California for further studies, Wendy met and married a Florida Gator who dreamed of living in St Augustine. That was 30 years, three sons, and two studios ago. Once established in the city, Wendy opened W. B. Tatter Gallery on San Marco Avenue, which became a significant art destination; she also started the Uptown Saturday Nights events. But after years of operating and stocking two galleries, Wendy decided she would rather work from her home studio. Keeping busy with commissioned work, as well as new designs for the galleries carrying her art, she also teaches batik workshops . The tradition of making batik started with the shrouding of mummies in Egypt but continued to develop in many countries — with the batik of Indonesia being perhaps the best known. In the last several years, UNESCO designated Indonesian batiks a "masterpiece of an intangible heritage of humanity." www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
As an outside passion, Wendy spends a great deal of time advocating for Florida prison reform. She takes speaking engagements all over the state to talk about the ways that everyone can work toward and vote for a better system. In September, she's planning an event at the Corazon Theatre to educate the public. It will include art, speakers, and a short film. Wendy is the recipient of the ROWITA Award (Recognizing Outstanding Women in the Arts), which is a lifetime achievement award for women who made significant contributions to the arts. Wendy's work can be seen at Plum Art Gallery on Aviles Street, and Arts on Douglas in New Smyrna. Although she stays busy in her studio, Wendy will be opening a gallery on August 5th on Anastasia Boulevard. You'll know it when you see it...bright colors and that sweet smell of beeswax wafting through the air! 501 Anastasia Boulevard www.wbtatter.com
THE TESORI FAMILY Guided by the boundless joy of an extraordinary preschooler, the Tesori family is spreading love in the special needs community. By Shannon O'Neil | Photography by Daydream Design
t’s late Sunday afternoon when Paul Tesori walks up the 18th fairway on the TPC Stadium Course. Up ahead, his boss and close friend, Webb Simpson, is a few strokes away from victory. In his 18th year as a PGA Tour caddy, Paul has seen his share of wins, but this one is different. Approaching the green, Paul spots his children, Alexis and Isaiah, waiting to celebrate. All day, every time he felt overwhelmed, Paul thought about what great wisdom Isaiah would have for him in that moment. “This is fun, Daddy. Chill out, enjoy the ride!” Four years ago, on a January night, Paul’s wife, Michelle, gave birth to their son. For a few seconds, everything was as it should be. Then, in one blink, something went wrong. Isaiah was rushed to Wolfson Children’s Hospital where doctors diagnosed him with a dangerous brain bleed. They also informed the Tesoris that their son showed markers for Down’s Syndrome, something that had not shown up in any of Michelle’s prenatal tests. As Isaiah fought for his life, the doctors told his parents to call their pastor and prepare for the worst. Long minutes turned hours and days, until finally Isaiah was released from the hospital. “We came home with a healthy boy who happens to have one extra chromosome,”
says Paul, “And it has transformed our household and our hearts forever.” Before Isaiah came along, Paul and Michelle were already making an impact in the community through the Tesori Family Foundation. Now, the organization has expanded with new programs designed for children with special needs. “When I started talking to other parents with children who are older than Isaiah, I kept hearing that they felt like they missed the first year of their kid’s life being wrapped up in all the worries,” says Michelle. “They missed the chance to celebrate the birth of their child.”
kids with golf lessons from the pros. Since its inception, the program has expanded to include clinics in North Carolina and Florida.
“Even though you have battles ahead," says Paul, "and there is always more work to do, know that your child will absolutely make a positive difference in this world.”
Hoping to nurture the excitement of a newborn, the Tesoris began putting together custom gift baskets they nicknamed “Buddy Baskets.” Since then, 90 local families have received a basket, each containing $3000 in goodies. Of course, golf had to play a role, too. With support from Tour stars like Webb, Jordan Spieth, and Billy Horschel, the Tesoris launched the AllStar Kids Clinic, providing 25 special needs www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
By the end of 2018, the Tesori Family Foundation will reach a milestone of over $1 million in goods and services donated. But beyond the dollars they’ve raised, the most impactful part of the Tesori Family Foundation are the Tesoris themselves. Paul, Michelle, Alexis, and Isaiah are a driving force of positivity and love, as exemplified by their advice to new parents joining the special needs community. “Welcome to the greatest journey you never expected to be on,” says Michelle.
“Even though you have battles ahead and there is always more work to do, know that your child will absolutely make a positive difference in this world,” says Paul. “Isaiah has taught me more in the last four years than I ever learned before. I’m scared for him, I know he will encounter struggles, but I’m so excited to see the positive impact he will make on others.” www.tesorifamilyfoundation.org
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Meet the Bookhout family. Since 2011, Jennifer and Daniel have been the artists and designers behind Creative Whitt and Lemonlark Paperie. Owning their own businesses has allowed them to make family time and family fun a priority. On any given morning, you'll find them starting out the day by brewing up some Kookaburra coffee, and – if mom and dad aren't working in their home office – taking Arwen and her little sister Zadie out to the beach, the library, or the Alligator Farm. When they're hanging out at home, The Bookhout family the back porch will be a canvas for chalk pictured from left: Daniel drawings, and the girls will be spending (Dad) 33, Zadie 18 months, time with the family's dogs, Bowie and Jennifer (Mom) 33, Arwen 3 Boudreaux. Mom and dad are passing on to Arwen and Zadie a love of art, creativity, and spending time together.
Favorite Family Restaurant? We have lots of
family faves — we just love food! One of our faves for sure is Back 40. When the weather is nice, we love sitting at the picnic tables out back. We also really love Gaufres & Goods and go there often after church on Sunday. It's fun to expose our girls to new foods.
Favorite Place for Dessert? Cousteau's
and Peace Pie are usually our top picks when we're walking around and get a sweet tooth. Jenny has always adored ice cream sandwiches, so ice cream sandwiches with a pie filling!? Yes, please!
One place we've always wanted to go, but have never been is...
We've never been to Collage for a date night! We've got to make a reservation and go soon!
When there's not a cloud in the sky, you can typically find us... at the Alligator
Favorite Thing To Do on a Rainy Day? Bust out some
art supplies if the girls are up and get creative. If they're napping, then the adults will play a board game or video game together.
Farm, the beach, or walking around downtown — or a picnic on the lawn at the Fort is one of our faves. We usually pick up Taco Shop take out and head over there. We keep a blanket in the car so we can picnic at a moment's notice!
For most of us, tuning into a classic rock station on the car stereo is a pretty common thing. Drummer Oleg Shkolyar never had that chance.
Written and photographed by Steve Parr
orn in Chisinau, Moldova in 1958, Oleg Shkolyar didn’t exactly grow up listening to the same music kids in the United States did. He couldn’t. Western music, like rock & roll and jazz, was actually forbidden by the Soviet government. For Oleg, that music simply didn’t exist. He grew up listening to Russian folk music and what he calls “Soviet pop.” “It was supposed to make us think how great we are,” says Oleg, “and how good living in Soviet Union is.” When his interest in sports didn't work out, Oleg started to focus more on music when he got into middle school. Oleg’s older brother had a friend who had a reel to reel tape recorder, along with some smuggled tapes of The Beatles. His friend made records of the tapes on x-ray film, and Oleg listened to them over and over. “But I didn’t speak English, and I’m wondering what they are singing about. I don’t understand it.” Oleg had to get creative when it came to a drum set. He made his own cymbals out of metal used for roofs and cymbal stands out of bent metal rods taped to the frames of chairs. He once accepted a cheaply-made cymbal for working in a restaurant in lieu of his pay of 90 rubles. Oleg didn’t have his first “real” drum set until he was 22 years old. “My uncle worked in wood shop and would make me drumsticks.”
In 1977, Oleg was drafted into the Soviet Army. “In Russia, you either go to Army or you go to jail.” After his compulsory two years of service, he worked in a factory that built tractors. During this time, he began focusing on music more and began playing with various local bands playing Russian pop music at parties and dances.
“When I start, I don’t even know English enough to ask directions. But they throw me in the ocean, and I swim. I worked hard for my family, for my daughter, and I made it. And this is what is American dream.”
In the late 1980’s, after living under communist rule all his life, Oleg and his family decided they wanted to emigrate to the United States. After a period of over two years, they were finally allowed to leave the Soviet Union. Oleg, his wife, and his daughter had two suitcases and a few hundred dollars. Not long after arriving in Jacksonville, Oleg took a job as a delivery driver to earn money, and he took two semesters of English to learn the language.
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Fast forward to 2015. Oleg was playing drums in a country band in Jacksonville when he received a call from the late Banner Thomas (of Molly Hatchet fame) asking if he could fill in for a gig with the band Those Guys. Oleg agreed and has been with the band ever since. He also plays with the Jacksonville-based Boogie Freaks. Oleg only recently left that delivery driver job, retiring after 25 years. “When I start, I don’t even know English enough to ask directions. But they throw me in the ocean, and I swim. I worked hard for my family, for my daughter, and I made it. And this is what is American dream.” www.thoseguys.com
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AMY GRIMM With a passion for learning that has lasted a lifetime and a love of her students that pushes them to success, Amy's honor as St. Johns County Teacher of the Year is well-deserved. By Carmen Fleischmann | Photography by Brian Miller
my Grimm, a first grade teacher at Julington Creek Elementary, was recently selected as St. Johns County Teacher of the Year. While she calls the honor a humbling experience, she credits her success to an ability to build relationships with her students at such a critical time in their lives. “First grade is such a huge year for developing maturity and confidence, so it’s wonderful to see the growth that they make,” says Amy. “The love that they have for learning is fantastic!” Julington Creek Elementary is nestled in the northwest corner of St. Johns County and boasts more than 1,000 students. In 2012, Amy was selected as the school’s Teacher of the Year, but this is the first time she has received the award for the entire county. Twenty-two years ago, her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher was fulfilled as she began her career at Ketterlinus Elementary School. Three years later, she accepted a position at Julington Creek and has been there ever since. Her children, Evan and Natalie, also attend school in the area. Along with husband Jason, Amy juggles life as an accomplished teacher and active mother with a great heart for volunteering — a life skill she feels compelled
to pass on to her students. “It’s very important to look outside yourself,” says Amy, “so we try to do a lot of things where we give back and serve others because I think that’s a great life skill.” Over the years, adopting animals is one of the service projects Amy inspires the children to participate in. The title of this year’s studentled project was “Popsicles for Penguins,” in which they sold popsicles to the kindergarten classes to raise money for the World Wildlife Federation. Additionally, they conduct food and clothing drives for local, underprivileged families. “I always tell the students that your character takes you furthest in life,” says Amy. “It’s important to build that character…your academics just come along for the ride. You take pride in who you are as a person, so you want to be successful in all you do.” Amy also does her best to make the various school subjects entertaining for her first grade class. Each year her students participate in a history project in which the students research and portray past presidents and first ladies. Amy realized her dream of becoming a teacher at a rather young age after being inspired by www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
her 4th grade teacher, Paula Mattingly, who provided extra support when Amy was struggling with math. “I just remember her having so much confidence in me and investing in me, and I just wanted to give back like she did.” After all these years, Amy keeps in contact with her childhood mentor, who still lives in her hometown. Obviously, she was extremely proud of Amy’s recent accomplishment as well as her decision to become a teacher. Having realized her dream and been rewarded for it, what is Amy’s next step?
"I always tell the students that your character takes you furthest in life,” says Amy. “It’s important to build that character… your academics just come along for the ride. You take pride in who you are as a person, so you want to be successful in all you do.”
“Within the county,” says Amy, “I have no desire to be out of the classroom, I really feel like that is where my heart is and where I make the most impact.” www-jce.stjohns.k12.fl.us
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The next generation is ready to step up, step out, and get things done. Nominated by our readers, these seven Rising Stars are advocates, musicians, entrepreneurs, and leaders under 21 who are making a difference in our community and taking confident steps toward their bright futures. Meet the locals you should look out for.
Photography by Brian Miller Shot on location at Art N' Motion â€“ the beautiful new building on San Marco Avenue. This stunning venue is home to Art N' Motion, a luxury antique car showroom, and the Scott Lagasse, Jr. NASCAR team.
en-year-old Makala Corbin is a powerhouse of philanthropic work. Though she has now organized and run more than ten fundraisers and even recently launched an official non-profit – The Makala Corbin Foundation – her story of giving started out with a fairly casual thought during the Christmas season of 2015. Her family had a tradition of giving holiday gifts to children in need, and sevenyear-old Makala thought to herself, "What about all the animals in need? They need things too." From that moment, she began saving her own money and reaching out to friends for monetary donations or donations of supplies. This fundraiser for the St. Johns County Pet Center was a huge success and sparked in Makala a passion for charitable work. Since that first fundraiser (which she has continued for the past three years), Makala has kept up a serious momentum. For three years, she has organized a Summer Fun Campaign to benefit homeless children in St. Johns County. She has made blessing bags for Hurricane Irma victims and brought food to St. Francis House on more than one occasion. Makala made duct tape bookmarks and sold them to raise money for Dreams Come True of Northeast Florida. She has filled twelve Angel Tree tags at Christmas and made monetary donations to Team Keegan, a foundation for children battling cancer. This past July, she began a new fundraiser called Fly High with School Supplies that gives school supplies to local students who might not be able to afford them. As she begins a new chapter of her philanthropic work with an official non-profit, Makala hopes to reach and help more children and homeless in the area, as this is where her heart really lies. “My goal,” she says, “is to continue to help as many homeless people as I can. I owe a huge thank you to everyone in the community that has continued supporting my fundraising efforts. This journey would not be possible without you guys.”
on’t be surprised not long from now if you see St. Augustine’s very own Susanna Matza on the silver screen. At only 17-years-old, the actor/model/writer has an enviable resume and repertoire. Though her dreams of being an actor started when she was just a little girl, it wasn’t until a few years ago that she really began to pursue the career seriously. Her mother, the owner of Retail Therapy of St. Augustine, was able to give her modeling opportunities at St. Augustine Fashion Week, and Mike Beaman, the drama teacher at St. Augustine High School, really began to hone her craft on the stage. Since St. Augustine Fashion Week’s inception, Susanna has been involved each year as a model and has made an appearance at the Love Your Mother Eco Fashion Show as well. Though most of her appearances in film have been in Tampa and Orlando, Susanna is currently working on a project right here in St. Augustine. The film – called Being Golden – explores the struggles of being religious and a part of the LGBTQ community. The audience gets a glimpse into the lives of two girls in love under a deeply religious roof. Having written the story herself and acting in the starring role, Susanna is excited to release the film. “I loved writing Being Golden,” she says. “It’s a very wonderful experience being able to share a story so dear to my heart.” She’s certainly got plenty on her plate right now, but Susanna also has definite plans for the future. In order to pursue acting and modeling professionally, she hopes to move to Los Angeles or New York City where the opportunities on the runway and the screen are more frequent and numerous. “Hopefully,” says Susanna, “you’ll see me on the big screen with Morgan Freeman in the near future!”
n 2012, John “Denny” Carnaghi was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and passed away only eight-one days later. In the wake of the loss, John’s 14-year-old grandson, Jackson Carnaghi, felt like he needed to help, but he didn’t know where to begin. When his mother began volunteering with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in Jacksonville, Jackson knew this was his opportunity. He attended meetings with his mother, meeting cancer survivors and listening to their stories. In 2013, Jackson and his family joined the Network in Washington, D.C. for an advocacy day. He has since continued to lobby congress for funding and regularly participated in the Jacksonville PurpleStride 5K. Every November, Jackson organizes a group called “Team Denny” for the race, and in their five years of fundraising, they have raised over $75,000. “My inspiration to get into advocating for pancreatic cancer,” says Jackson, “was to not see anyone, any kid, or any friend have to go through what my family and I went through. It is hard and painful to see someone I loved so much be in so much pain. So my ultimate goal would be to continue to encourage our state and national legislators to fund pancreatic cancer research. It is there that I think we can really make a difference. The cure is out there, we just have to find it.” In the future, Jackson plans on attending law school, but pancreatic cancer research will always be something he advocates for. “Don’t think,” says Jackson, “that because you’re a kid that your voice is not important. Speak up. Your voice is really powerful. You can make just as much of an impact as an adult can. You can be the difference.”
n sixth grade, Davis Loose found his calling. He picked up a guitar, enrolled in some lessons, and fell in love with the sounds and music that he could make. He continually pushed himself beyond what they taught him in class, determined to learn all of his favorite country songs. And once he began to learn them, he took up his pick and a pen and wrote his own music. Then he mounted the stage. And now at only 16, Davis is regularly performing with his band “Davis and the Loose Cannons” at venues throughout St. Augustine and surrounding cities. The music that Davis plays isn’t what kids his age would typically be drawn to – bluegrass, classic country, Western swing, and honky tonk. “This is the music known best as the ‘working man’s music,’” he says. “Songs that tell true stories about hard times, hard work, trains, mamas, and honky tonk Saturday nights.” Though his musical repertoire is already impressive, there’s one performing memory that stands out among the others. Before the show began, Davis attended a meet and greet with his hero, Marty Stuart. While playing one of his biggest hits “Western Girls,” Marty paused, having forgotten the second verse. “He pointed his guitar at me,” says Davis, “and asked if I knew it. I began singing it and he told me to stand up and finish the song out with him. After that he asked if I would be interested in getting up on stage and playing a few songs with him. I answered yes, and that's all she wrote!” Even if being a touring musician doesn’t work out, Davis intends to always be a part of the industry in some way. He plans to attend a university in Tennessee for Music Business then try his hand at performing. Quite simply, he says, “Music is my passion.”
Cassius & Elijah D 'Elena
he fantastical, the whimsical, and the utterly unusual are what brothers Cassius and Elijah D’Elena do best. About a year and half ago, their parents noticed the boys’ talent in art and design and realized that they could do more with it. With their mother being an artist herself, the boys were always drawing, painting, and creating new projects, and by then their colorful designs were nearly second nature. So Cassius and Elijah’s parents began printing the boys’ art on t-shirts and bags. And thus, Yo Dog Designs was born. Each creation at Yo Dog Designs is off-the-wall and imaginative, but if you look closely, the brothers have really distinct styles. 12-year-old Cassius’s art is highly geometric. He creates pyramids and buildings, cubes and cones winding in and out of each other in psychedelic patterns. The designs are very technical and always full of intricate detail. Much of Cassius’s inspiration comes from the movies that he watches and the artwork in the video games that he plays. This style of art has always been his forte, and someday he hopes to shape it into a career in architecture. Art, however, will always be a hobby. Elijah, on the other hand, favors the more fantastical. You’ll most often find the 10-year-old drawing unusual animals, mythical beasts, and crazy creatures. His designs tend to have more than their fair share of eyes or hands growing out of strange places or antlers that twist and turn. He also finds a lot of his inspiration from movies and other artists that he admires. As drawing is his favorite thing to do, he hopes to become a cartoonist. The printing process on all of their products is done at home, so that the boys can be a part of every side of their business. They love most being able to create custom orders. Through Yo Dog Designs, they’ve found a way to share their art with the world.
t a very young age, Aaralyn Shields has been able to accomplish something that many of us only dream of doing – finding a way to use our passion to give back to those around us. Aaralyn’s passion for theatre and helping other children has made her an indispensable part of the team at Limelight Theatre. In late 2016, Aaralyn and her best friend were in the market for an after-school activity and happened upon the auditions for Elf, Jr. Being a part of this play sparked a love for theatre in Aaralyn. She has now been part of multiple shows at Limelight and worked beyond just being in the spotlight. She has helped with costumes, assisted backstage, acted as stage manager, directed theatre games, and volunteered with younger children. “I just love being at the theatre,” says Aaralyn, “and all of my experiences have been so positive! I really enjoy helping out as much as I enjoy being on stage.” “Aaralyn is one of my go-to students when I need assistance with my program,” says Kristin Pidcock, Director at Limelight’s KidzfACTory. “She is gentle and patient with our youngest students. I have watched Aaralyn grow over the last couple of years and admire her kindness, compassion, and dedication to her family and friends. Most of all, I have seen and experienced Aaralyn's passion for service. She gives wholeheartedly to her community, which is a gift at such a young age.” In the future, Aaralyn hopes to continue to explore both her love of theatre and her love of service. “I really want to do something that will make a difference,” she says, “and I'd love to be a teacher at the school I went to for elementary, Moultrie Montessori. That is where I first discovered that I was a good leader and also how much I love to volunteer and help other children.”
t isn’t easy for an 18 -year-old to practically be a Renaissance man, but Blake McClure isn’t here to take the easy path. He’s found his passions in life and is ready to pursue a career that allows him to dabble in all of them. For high school, Blake attended the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville – an institution that allowed him to explore his passion for the performing arts while still maintaining the academic rigor that would best prepare him for college. While there, he was a part of the musical theatre program, performing in numerous plays, musicals, and showcases. This specialized education encouraged him down an artistic path. During high school, however, he maintained a job that allowed him to enjoy a very different – but just as artistic – side of his interests. At A. Chef’s Cooking Studio in Ponte Vedra Beach, he works alongside Chef Andrea Rosenblatt to practice his cooking skills and pass them along to students. “It's kind of a win-win,” says Blake, “in the sense that I help the customers to learn knife skills and become familiar with decadent recipes, while also learning myself!” Having now graduated high school, Blake will be attending the University of Central Florida to major in Entertainment Management. “I am beyond excited,” he says, “to work with some of the best professors in the industry, make great connections to industry professionals, and also complete internships all around the world that will hopefully expose me to the entertainment industry and build connections with professionals to further my career after college.” His exceptionally hard work and cultivation of multiple skill sets has perfectly prepared Blake for his chosen path in life. With talent on his side and a staggering work ethic in tow, this Renaissance man will be one to watch out for.
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TOP DOCTORS AND HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
St. Augustine is home to some of the best physicians and healthcare providers in Northeast Florida, treating everything from your feet to your face with the help of medical advancements, modern technology and a whole lot of heart.
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Oncology TOP DOCTORS
FLAGLER RADIATION ONCOLOGY DR. EMILY TANZLER MEDICAL DIRECTOR
he impact that a cancer diagnosis can have on patients, their loved ones, and their daily life is enormous. That’s why Flagler Hospital has assembled a team of recognized experts and invested in advanced technology to deliver seamless, quality cancer care right here, close to home. Dr. Emily Tanzler serves as Medical Director of Flagler Radiation Oncology, which is located on the hospital’s main campus. The center offers cancer treatment with Versa HD™ by Elekta – a revolutionary technology that delivers highly precise treatment in a shorter amount of time, minimizing the impact of cancer treatment on a patient’s daily life. This new technology supports a strong commitment to excellence, which is at the heart of Dr. Tanzler’s team. Flagler Hospital’s partnership with Cancer Specialists of North Florida allows 32 specialists to combine their resources and expertise to provide advanced, cuttingedge, and most importantly integrated, comprehensive cancer treatment. To achieve the best outcomes, it is crucial for doctors to work together, taking a multi-disciplinary approach to complex diseases. Advancements in cancer treatment also occur rapidly, so this team stays ever-focused on incorporating the latest treatment protocols into personalized care plans for every patient. Patients do not have to feel like they are compromising their care by not traveling to a major academic center. They can receive quality, top-level treatment locally with the personal touch and warm environment that you expect from a community practice. “This team,” says Dr. Tanzler, “works hard to offer peace and kindness in what can be an otherwise terrifying journey. Our focus is on achieving the best possible outcome for every patient. At the same time, if we are able to make a person’s life better for having been their doctor, then that’s the biggest honor and blessing we can have as physicians.”
(904) 819-8200 97 Health Park Boulevard www.flaglercancercare.com
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ANASTASIA MEDICAL GROUP DR. RYAN PEREIRA DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
r. Ryan Pereira received his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his residency in Podiatric Surgery at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Dr. Pereira says, “Sheer luck is what brought me to St. Augustine. I immediately fell in love with the town, accepted my job offer, and here I am 15 years later.” Residents of St. Augustine are fortunate to have such a qualified physician in our small community. Dr. Pereira is double board certified in Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons, Fellow of the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons and on the Board of Directors for the American Orthoplastic Microsurgical Society. Dr. Pereira says, “My practice is very niche oriented and includes complex diabetic limb reconstruction, advanced wound care, peripheral nerve microsurgery and the treatment of varicose veins. Additionally, I use the most progressive surgical techniques and most innovative of procedures to obtain the best outcome for my patients.” Looking towards the future, Dr. Pereira says, “With the increasing rise of diabetes in the United States, diabetic foot ulcerations are on the rise. There is going to be an increasing need for foot and ankle specialists to prevent amputations. The most rewarding aspect of my career is telling a patient I can reconstruct and salvage a limb that others have not been able to.” The best part of Dr. Pereira’s day is making a positive impact in a patient’s life.
(904) 461-0821 1301 Plantation Island Drive Suite 203 B www.anastasiamedicalgroup.com
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Facial Plastic Surgeon TOP DOCTORS
FACIAL REJUVENATION CENTRE DEIRDRE LEAKE, MD
he values and work at the heart of Facial Rejuvenation Centre go far beyond surface care. The team brings passion to everything they do, working to achieve youthful, natural results with the belief that every person deserves to look and feel their best. This passion for their field pushes each person on staff to serve with excellence and provide outstanding care in a warm, welcoming environment. The team at Facial Rejuvenation Centre believes in not only the work that they do, but the products and the services that they offer. Setting realistic expectations and being honest about what is achievable is an essential part of the practice. Part of this excellence of practice requires staying at the forefront of rapidly-developing technology and a field that is ever moving forward. The team continually researches, tests, and provides the most cutting-edge products and services to patients. As an advocate for educational advancement, Deirdre Leake, M.D. sits as an oral board examiner for the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and writes questions for the certification exam. And though she is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, who has been practicing for more than 13 years, surgery is only one of the options she offers. Products and non-surgical procedures are constantly changing and improving, so the team at Facial Rejuvenation Centre works diligently to stay up-to-date with the best options, individually-tailored to every patient. And beyond their doors, the wellness of the community at large is at the heart of their operation. They have a Skin Cancer Foundation that helps fund skin cancer treatment for people in the community who are unable to afford it. They are also active members of She Is Fierce. From their work in their offices to work in the community, the care of St. Augustine â€“ inside and out â€“ is at the core of Facial Rejuvenation Centre.
(904) 810-5434 1750 Tree Boulevard, #10 www.frcentre.com
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WAVES OF CHANGE COUNSELING, PLLC ELIZABETH FLOSTRAND, LMHC, NCC, REGISTERED PLAY THERAPIST
he need for counseling is a highly personal one. Each client approaches a counselor from a different background with different needs and different goals. That requires exceptional counseling to be personalized, tailored to each individual, and able to adapt alongside their changing needs. Service like this is where Waves of Change Counseling excels. Backed by experience in a challenging field with a steep learning curve, Elizabeth Flostrand opened her own practice knowing the importance of nurturing trusting relationships with each client. Elizabeth is known for her strong communication and listening skills, her ability to observe clients’ challenges and assist them with “connecting the dots” throughout their healing process, as well as her ability to relate to her clients. In an often tumultuous, stressful, or challenging time, she is able to adapt and alter her therapeutic techniques to best serve each clients’ needs in that moment. With a commitment to working closely with each client, Elizabeth is able to maximize each person’s progress towards their individualized treatment goals at Waves of Change Counseling. Additionally, Elizabeth is one of the only Registered Play Therapists in the St. Augustine area. Limited therapeutic interventions are available for very young children, and as such play therapy was developed as a specialized intervention for children as young as three. This specialized certification allows Elizabeth to broaden the scope of her counseling and serve a wider clientele. In the practice, Elizabeth is committed to providing trustworthy support, quality guidance, fair, consistent, and excellent counseling to each client no matter their race, gender, orientation, religion, or social status. “I chose to pursue counseling as a profession,” says Elizabeth, “due to having a strong desire to help others work through the challenges and difficulties of life. I have found it to be a pleasure and a privilege to work with clients during some of their most challenging times and assist them with successfully reaching their therapy goals.”
(904) 513-8606 559 W Twincourt Trail #604 www.wavesofchangecounseling.net
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Pharmacist TOP DOCTORS
FLORIDA HEALTHCARE PLANS PHARMACY JIM ASH
our healthcare is an integral part of your life. It’s essential to your wellbeing and greatly affects the way you live day-to-day. That’s why having healthcare that you have confidence in and that meets your personal needs is so necessary. Florida Health Care Plans Pharmacy strives always to provide excellent service with friendly, prompt attention in a professional environment. Because service is offered exclusively to Florida Health Care Plan members, each patient is given personalized care at the lowest possible cost. The pharmacy team knows you and your needs, and they work diligently to offer individual care with excellence. In addition to their commitment to personalized service, the team at Florida Health Care Plans Pharmacy is backed by years of experience and an in-depth knowledge of the medication formulary that allows them to facilitate optimal medication results. Led by Jim Ash, who has been a licensed pharmacist for more than thirty years, the team regularly attends continuing education classes as well as professional conferences. A specialized pharmacy allows the team to build relationships with each patient and work alongside them to help solve any concerns with medication therapy. You can rest assured that the care you receive from Florida Health Care Plans Pharmacy will be personalized and built on a detailed knowledge of the best medications and cutting-edge care. Their work in pharmaceuticals has built their standing as a resource for all Florida Health Care Plan members and strengthened their relationship with the community as a whole. “We strive,” says Jim Ash, “to improve an understanding of the benefits available to current and prospective Florida Health Care Plan members in order to improve patient health and well-being.”
(904) 295-3677 200 Southpark Boulevard, Suite 206 www.fhcp.com
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GORDON DENTAL DR. JEREMY GORDON
(904)460-0999 300 Plantation Island Drive www.gordon-dental.com
orn and raised in St. Augustine, Dr. Jeremy Gordon D.M.D. was excited to return 14 years ago and open his dental practice in his hometown. “I wanted to come back to serve my community and raise my family here.” Dr. Gordon received his Undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Florida and his Doctor of Dental Medicine at UF College of Dentistry. While dental school was always his goal, Dr. Gordon explained that “Psychology and people interested me in a way more than any other undergraduate degree.” Gordon Dental Associates offers complete family dentistry, catering to both kids and adults, and includes services such as implants and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Gordon says, “What we can accomplish now versus just a few years ago is amazing. I can
correspond with the best labs and dentists in the country.” Continuing education and advanced communications consistently raise the bar in the dental profession. Dr. Gordon loves that he gets to help people every day. He says, “The rewards are endless, whether it is relieving pain, helping a nervous patient overcome their anxiety, giving someone a beautiful smile, or even just making it easier for someone to eat.” “We have one of the most amazing teams,” Dr. Gordon and his staff are dedicated to giving their patients an exceptional experience. “Some people can be nervous about dentistry so we work together to make sure that every visit can be as enjoyable as possible for every patient.” When not at his practice, Dr. Gordon enjoys spending time with his family, surfing, and fishing, and regularly volunteers his services at Wildflower Clinic.
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Obstetrician / Gynecologist TOP DOCTORS
SAINT AUGUSTINE OBGYN DR. V. DAVIS DHAS DR. REDA ALAMI
(904) 819-9898 Anderson Gibbs Building 301 Health Park Blvd Ste. 219 www.staugustineobgyn.com
oth Dr. Dhas and Dr. Alami completed their residency at Michigan State University and are board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Dhas and Dr. Alami became acquainted at Michigan State while completing their residencies. In 2008, Dr. Alami settled in St. Augustine after he discovered Flagler Hospital was recruiting young obstetricians. A year later another opening came up, and he reached out to his old friend Dr. Dhas. At the time Dr. Dhas was contemplating a position in Charlotte, North Carolina but the charm and small town appeal of St. Augustine beckoned to his family. Soon after settling in St. Augustine, Dr. Dhas and Dr. Alami met Dr. Joyner and Dr. Kirdnual. These two iconic local obstetricians soon became the mentors of the newly recruited doctors with whom
they shared similar values. Being on the precipice of retirement, Dr. Joyner and Dr. Kirdnual were pleased to have a referral for their loyal patients. After Dr. Dhas and Dr. Alami joined into a single practice in 2011 and their mentors retired, the new practice rapidly accelerated. Three years later they converged with North Florida OB/GYN as a means of releasing some of the administrative duties of running an office and free up more quality time for patients. Dr. Dhas says “We wanted to create a ‘boutique Ob/Gyn practice,’ and the ambiance of St. Augustine fit our plans perfectly. Providing patients with personalized quality care in a comfortable setting are all important to our practice.” They also have incorporated forwardthinking ideas such as including midwives on their staff. They are enthusiastic about the two Certified Nurse Midwives on their team, Anah Blue Marks, and Jessica Dean.
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or us at least, there’s just something special about breakfast. It’s a cozy and warm start to the morning with food that’s always comforting. It brings back childhood memories of sleepy Sundays, waking up to delicious smells wafting into our bedrooms from the kitchen. And sometimes, when you go out for breakfast, you’re eager to recreate that feeling. We’re here to tell you that there’s an easy way to do it. Just order the Momma’s French Toast at The Spot Cafe. The aptly-named dish is French toast like momma used to make. Thick slices of bread are dipped in the cafe’s signature batter, cooked until they’re a deep golden brown, and topped with a generous helping of powdered sugar. And if that’s not quite enough for you, top yours with some fresh fruit. This French toast is the kind of breakfast that will start your day out just right. www.thespotstaugustine.com
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THE DISH Tofu Pad Thai LIVING ON THE VEG
TOFU PAD THAI
Steeped in tradition and packed with flavor, this vegetarian version of one of Thailand's national dishes is one that you just can't miss. By Molly Wilson | Photography by Brian Miller
he first time I ate at Libby’s Thai Bistro, I knew almost immediately that I would become a regular. Each dish I’ve experienced there has been packed with flavor and heat, utterly authentic in the way that it’s cooked and the way that it tastes. The restaurant itself is situated in an unassuming little storefront on State Road 16, but from the moment you walk in the door, you’re hit with a harmonious concoction of delicious smells. So take a seat quickly and put your napkin on your lap, because we’re about to dive into the Tofu Pad Thai. Pad thai is a traditional dish, commonly served in Thailand as a street food. Since its rise in popularity in the country during World War II, pad thai has secured its place as one of Thailand's national dishes. So with such roots in tradition and having had such wonderful food at Libby’s before, the bar was set pretty high for this meal. And boy did it deliver. The Tofu Pad Thai starts with wok-tossed rice noodles. In the wok, the noodles are stir-fried with eggs, bean sprouts, and scallions, all seasoned with
garlic. Once the crispy tofu is added in, the dish is served with crushed peanuts and lime for an extra burst of flavor. As with most of the dishes at Libby’s, you can choose your food’s level of heat. But if you’re not all that into spicy dishes, be forewarned – they don’t mess around when it comes to seasoning. Too often, ordering a vegetarian version of a dish already on the menu means you’re going to have to compromise on flavor. They just remove the meatbased ingredients without adjusting any other part of the recipe. But not so with the Tofu Pad Thai. The traditional recipe is already almost entirely vegetarian, and the sauce coating the noodles, veggies, and tofu is so flavorful on its own that deliciousness is inherent in the dish. A plethora of Thai ingredients in the makeup of pad thai present a complex flavor – garlic, soy sauce, chili pepper, even a little bit of sugar to even things out. The portions at Libby’s are substantial, but you very well might still want seconds. 525 State Road 16, Suite 103 www.facebook.com/libbysthaibistro
Midnight Vulture Ice Plant Bar A rich and delicious blend of Mellow Corn Whiskey, Lairds Applejack Brandy, Becherovka, Dry Curacao, and lemon.
Southampton Port The Chatsworth Pub This cocktail starts with Old Forrester Bourbon and Amaro Montenegro then some blueberry syrup and orange peel.
Rye Not? Tini Martini Bar This simple, fresh drink has Templeton Rye whiskey, Belle de Brillet pear, and a splash of orange bitters.
Raspberry Rye Blackfly the Restaurant The Templeton Rye is made out-of-this-world with real raspberry puree, lemon, ginger beer, and Fernet Branca.
St. John's Son The Floridian We're obsessed with this blend of datil-infused bourbon, muddled peach and rosemary, lemon, and basil-infused Velvet Falernum.
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SHRIMP TACOS Local seafood and tacos all in one? Sign us up. Take a trip to the Boulevard to test out these delicious taco creations. Photography by Brian Miller
Saint Augustine Shrimp Taco OSPREY TACOS
Tacos are a dish that encourages creativity. A simple tortilla can be a vehicle for all sorts of delicious and unusual ingredients, and the preparation can be tailored to any palate and any location. For the St. Augustinian palate in general, we have the aptly-named Saint Augustine taco. Found at Osprey Tacos (the new kid on the Boulevard), the Saint Augustine starts with the local seafood favorite – fried shrimp. The shrimp is then topped with cabbage and pickled onion and drizzled with a housemade datil & pink sauce. All ingredients work in seamless harmony for a delicious crunch and an unbeatable burst of flavor. There’s savory sweetness from the shrimp, heat from the datil pepper, and a vinegary tang from the pickled onion. It’s the perfect blend of fresh seafood and the spice that locals love so much. So pull up a chair (or a picnic table bench) and chow down. 300 Anastasia Boulevard (904) 679-4191
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For nine years, Mojo’s Tacos has been the taco go-to for all manner of people – inside you’ll find patrons in bathing suits and suits, scrubs and jeans. It’s a meeting place for those that just love a good taco. And good tacos are something they have in abundance. As for us, we’re partial to the classic Shrimp Taco. Ask anyone there and they’ll encourage you to get it just as the menu suggests. The dish starts with local Mayport shrimp and is served “double decker,” which means a soft shell tortilla and a hard shell stuck together with cheddar cheese (can I get an Amen?). It’s topped with leaf lettuce and some housemade fresh salsa, then just a drizzle of the signature Mojo sauce – a delectable and tangy hot sauce. There's so much flavor wrapped in this tortilla. Join the throng of people feeling the amazing coastal vibe and tasting the delectable local food. Your search for taco heaven is officially over. 551 Anastasia Boulevard (904) 829-1665
We all know the feeling – you’re sitting in your living room, starving but unwilling to cook and unwilling to change out of your pajamas to go out. Luckily for all those relaxing, staying-in evenings, your culinary options just expanded. Bite Squad has come to St. Augustine. The food delivery service (that just recently acquired Zip It) is serving more than 30 local restaurants and bringing their delicious dishes right to your door. From burgers to seafood, sandwiches to sushi burritos, there’s no shortage of cuisine to choose from. You can order food from Bite Squad through their website or their app. www.bitesquad.com www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
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CHRIS CANTABENE In pursuit of the American Dream, the MacDonald family voyaged here on a yacht from England and found gold. By Lauren Eastman| Photography by Brian Miller
hen Spanish Conquistador Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés landed on the shores of this beautiful area of the world in 1565, he settled on what would become St. Augustine. Flash forward to July 17, 1980, when the MacDonald family ended their yearlong journey across the Atlantic on 45-foot sailboat and decided to stay here. Then 18 year old Lorna, along with her brother Gaere and parents Tristan and Alex, had sailed from England in search of the American Dream. They soon found what they were looking for. Initially, the family planned to settle along Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. Yet St. Augustine drew them in, and they purchased a historic Victorian home on San Marco Avenue. Following a ten-month renovation to the 1879 structure, the MacDonalds opened what would become known as one of the top locations for upscale dining not only in St. Augustine but in their new country. Lorna worked as a bartender and her brother Gaere as Chef on the Raintree Restaurant’s opening night. “When we opened, it was all cummerbunds and bow ties,” says Lorna. “My parents believed in offering a formal dining experience
for our guests. We even had proper Englishstyle gardens surrounding the entirety of the restaurant.” While the authentic charm remains, modern influences and expanded seating have been added. White tablecloths continue to grace the space as a lively ambiance fills the air. What hasn’t changed, in nearly four decades however, is the popularity of classic dishes such as hand-cut Beef Wellington and Brandy Peppersteak that Chef Chris Cantabene has perfected since taking over the kitchen. Chef Chris joined the Raintree Restaurant as General Manager in 1998 and became integral to the operations alongside Lorna. Their partnership led to love, marriage, and the integration of family. However, they’d met previously over a game of paddle tennis at a mutual friend’s home. It was Gaere who initially hired Chris into the operation. Originally from Indiana, Chris’s culinary journey began just before his 16th birthday when his brother hired him to wash dishes at an upscale Mediterranean restaurant. He soon moved his way through this kitchen, among others, and attended Syracuse University before embarking on a voyage of his own www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
making. In 1983, he hitchhiked all the way from upstate New York to Florida. "Hitchhiking wasn’t dangerous back then," says Chris. “In fact, it was a reasonable way to travel, and this was just meant to be a visit to see my brother and cousins. It took me only two hours longer than if I’d driven myself. I did not imagine that I’d actually end up staying.” Chris soon began working as a chef at Cap’s on Vilano Beach, eventually partnering in the restaurant’s purchase, and serving as chef/owner until 1996. Working alongside classically-trained chefs from Europe, Asia, and the Americas, he seeks to interweave international flavors into the menu whenever it makes sense. The Raintree menu boasts largely Mediterranean and American fare — pasta, steak, and seafood options to suit every palate. Champagne Sunday Brunch is famous for its crepes and ‘croques and overflowing buffet. Staying true to its family-owned roots, the Raintree has succeeded in continuously reinventing itself in so subtly throughout the years in fact, that an unmatched authenticity remains at its core. Lorna and Chris serve as the second-generation husband-wife team,
overseeing a multi-generational staff that they call family, as some indeed are. Lorna’s son Zach works as a manager and Chris’s daughter Chelsea helps in dish on Sunday mornings. Each of the couple’s four children have played roles in the Raintree at one time or another, though Brittany is now a lawyer and Caitlan is a paralegal. “My parents taught me a work ethic that I try to pass on,” says Lorna. “I think being generous and kind is the first lesson to kids, and I hope they reflect that in their day to day.”
“We both feel that it is important to give back to the community that has embraced us all these years," says Chris. "We raised our children in St. Augustine and are grateful for a thriving business. We feel privileged to play a part in so many people’s lives."
Lorna and Chris can’t get enough of cooking and entertaining. During the couple’s rare evenings at home together, they do much of the same as at work — cooking for family and friends. They also focus on their other passion, flipping homes. Chris holds a Certified General Contractor license in the State of Florida. “I really enjoy working with my hands, and tend to do a lot of the contracting work myself,” he says. “It’s come in handy while maintaining the Raintree.” Notable awards from the local Taste of St. Augustine to the Wine Spectators Award of Excellence have been bestowed on the Raintree (also listed in the Zagat Survey of Outstanding Restaurants). The restaurant is constantly involved in programs benefitting the community, including Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Dining with Dignity. In addition, Lorna
"I reall y enjoy working hwaitndhy my hands. It’s come in g while maintainin the Raintree."
sits on multiple boards, including Boys & Girls Club, EPIC Behavioral Health, Wildflower Clinic, and Limelight Theatre.
“We both feel that it is important to give back to the community that has embraced us all these years,” Chris says. “We raised our children in St. Augustine and are grateful for a thriving business. As the owners of The Raintree, we www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
feel privileged to play a part in so many people’s lives, who have made this workplace a home, as well as a special spot to share a meal with family.” 102 San Marco Avenue www.raintreerestaurant.com
Pictured Here: Upper Left: The colorful Ceviche Lima is fresh and packed with flavor. Upper Right: Papas is a traditional dish in the Peruvian mountains. Lower Right: Sights, smells, and tastes come together in the Chocolate Mousse. Lower Left: We'd never had fish ribs before, but the Pacu is definitely worth a taste.
In an explosion of flavor and culture, Chef Marcel Vizcarra is bringing the sights, smells, and tastes of Peru right to your plate.
ince its genesis almost two years ago, Llama Restaurant has become a gem of the St. Augustine culinary scene. The building itself is unadorned – the kind your eye might slide over as you speed down Anastasia Boulevard. But as with most things, appearances can be deceiving. Because what Chef Marcel Vizcarra and his team are doing inside with Peruvian cuisine is nothing short of spectacular. When you walk through Llama’s door, it’s easy to be surprised at the size of the space. It’s small, only 20 or 25 chairs and a bar at the far end. But the size matches the experience – intimate, familiar, and purposeful. If you’re not sure exactly what I mean, the way Chef Marcel presented his dishes to us might explain it better than I could. The first dish he brought out is one of the most popular and with good reason. The Ceviche Lima is beautiful in its simplicity, the ingredients perched on the edge of a widebrimmed bowl. It represents Lima, the capital of Chef Marcel’s native Peru, which is itself
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situated on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the sea. The ceviche is made up of fresh Corvina, Andean corns, sweet potato, and Limo peppers, with a Leche de Tigre poured tableside. This is the Peruvian coast. Next to the table was Papas, a delicate little appetizer of the Peruvian mountains. Hard boiled eggs sit atop natural potatoes, Alfonso olives, and Huancaína cream. The cream – a sauce of Amarillo pepper and queso fresco – gets its name from a city in the Peruvian highlands and adds just a little spice and a lot of flavor to an already delicious dish. Straight from the Peruvian jungle, next on our plates were Pacu Ribs. Pacu is a fish, whose ribs Chef Marcel has cooked until they’re crispy and served with squash puree and Lulo fruit gel. You might never have tried fish ribs before, but trust us, it’s savory, sweet, and unforgettable as an entree. Last (but never least), dessert was possibly the most intimate of the dishes. The Chocolate Mousse and Eucalyptus is Quillabamba Cacao, spiced chocolate sauce, and Lucuma www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
fruit. “Sacred Valley eucalyptus,” Chef Marcel told us, “is so abundant that the people will just burn it, so the smell of burning eucalyptus is something I’ll always remember.” In order to evoke that experience, a small bowl of eucalyptus and reindeer moss is set alight tableside. The smell is earthy, warm, and somehow familiar as you taste the rich chocolate and are transported. The menu at Llama takes you on a tour of the rich beauty and thriving tradition of Peru. Chef Marcel has poured his heart and his heritage into each dish, and invited guests to take part in the vibrant culture. From presentation to palate, the experience is unlike any other. Every piece of the menu is intentional and intimate. Every ingredient is personal and precise. It all comes together so that every time you pick up your fork, you're being introduced to the unbridled authenticity of the chef's beloved culture. 415 Anastasia Boulevard www.llamarestaurant.com
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THE DISH The Macarons
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A RAINBOW OF MACARONS
A triumph of French confectionery, the macaron (no matter the flavor) is a treat that we'll never get enough of. By Molly Wilson | Photography by Brian Miller
s someone who has tried on more than one occasion to make my own macarons and failed at it miserably, I appreciate the artistry that goes into these delicate little confections. And though I don’t get to enjoy them often, I savor them when I do. That’s why I jumped at the chance to feature Le Macaron in this issue. A shop that sells nearly only macarons (with just a few other French pastries in the display case) is quite a niche market, but this one has been a rousing success. And we know why. The bright little confectionery might be a franchise, but you would never believe it by trying their pastries. Each handmade macaron has just the right amount of crunch from the shell and a perfect, creamy burst of flavor from the filling. They’re sugary sweet and, though you’ll probably want to eat the whole case, you’ll find yourself savoring each bite. The display case in the Cathedral Street shop is a rainbow of colors and flavors. Looking for a little variety, we selected Strawberry Key Lime, Lemon Creme, Green Tea Matcha, Colombian Coffee, and Bubblegum. It’s easy with some pastries to taste only
the sugar and miss any real flavor, but the taste of these macarons is as varied as their colors. Our first choice was the Strawberry Key Lime and despite the expected sweetness of the macaron, the flavor captured a subtle tartness of the lime and the freshness of the strawberry. The Lemon Creme too avoided being overly sweet with a tangy, citrusy taste. I had never encountered matcha before, but the macaron was subtle in its sweetness with an almost earthy flavor. Colombian Coffee matched its namesake with a robust and nutty undertone hiding behind a chocolatey and caramel sweetness. The Bubblegum tasted like, well, bubblegum – which was unexpected, but surprisingly pleasant. The macaron is a diverse treat and a perfect vehicle for delicious experimentation with color and flavor. Whether you’re giving a sweet gift or just on the lookout for an afternoon snack, you could hardly go wrong with this rainbow of confectioneries. 8 Cathedral Place www.lemacaron-us.com/staugustine
From the new kid on the barbecue block, we're feeling the Hickory Pork Ribs. The flavor of the house BBQ sauce is tangy and delicious and the hickory adds a hint of smokiness to this unbeatable savory dish.
Brisket Sandwich Smokin' D's
This local favorite can serve up just about anything with flavor and style, but we're partial to the richness of the Brisket Sandwich. And they've got sauces from all over the South to satisfy anyone's tastebuds. .
The Whole Hawg Mojo BBQ
This dish is not for the faint of heart, and it's definitely one to share with the table. Think pork, beef, turkey, chicken, ribs, and sausage with your choice of four sides.
BBQ Chicken Brisky's BBQ
This quaint little joint will have you believing that grandma herself is whipping up something in the kitchen. The BBQ Chicken is flavorful and fall-off-the-bone tender.
EATS Llama - @nefl_eateries Fresh corvina, leche de tigre, Andean corn, yam, onion, limo pepper #eatlocal
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