THE CITY MAGAZINE of SAINT AUGUSTINE JUNE JULY 2018
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SUMMER IN ST. AUGUSTINE
erhaps it comes from spending my whole life in Florida, but summer always feels like a magical time to me. It’s the time of cool drinks in sweaty hands, welcome breezes pushing porch swings, the smell of sunscreen and ocean air, fresh fruit to taste, and lush trees all around you. I’ve always been particularly partial to cold air and sweaters, but by the time that April and May roll around, I can feel the summer anticipation.
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We start brainstorming for each issue of the magazine a couple months in advance, so in planning for the June/July issue, that anticipation was growing even faster than usual. And it’s been heightened, too, ever since I moved to St. Augustine. Summer is even more alive and vibrant here than in many places, and the STA-cation Issue gave us a chance to explore that vivacity. It gave us the chance to rediscover St. Augustine, see it in a new perspective, and realize that if you want a summer of adventure, excitement, and creativity, you don’t have to travel far past your front door. Along the way, we met the St. Augustine Sailing Sisters, a group of women whose passion and energy makes you want to hoist a sail and get out on the waves yourself. We explored the vast shark tooth collection of Justin Ashton, and it reminded us of the natural history that stands alongside our manmade one. Our annual Locals Love List brought together a community that enthusiastically celebrates the people around them. Jonny Brenns is singing his heart out, and Jessica Gott is protecting our coast. We swam with dolphins at Marineland Dolphin Adventure and got to explore the incredible beauty of the St. Johns County parks in our feature story.
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There is so much life between these pages. There are new places to explore and old places to rediscover, people to meet and food to try. We hope that our STA-cation Issue will reenergize your days in St. Augustine and contribute just a little to the magic of summer.
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LOCALS LOVE LIST Results from our annual readers' choice awards plus a special advertising section with more details about some of the winning local businesses.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Summer in St. Augustine is more than just beach days! Get ready for the concerts, shows, and more that pack the season.
Leah Lytle, owner of the colorful boutique Artsy Abode, is here to give you advice on a vibrant style and lifestyle.
Get all your beach essentials delivered right to your door! These locals are making days by the sea just a little easier.
TOO HOT TO HANDLE
The Ancient City has its share of locally-made hot sauces. These are the sauces that will heat up your food and your life.
HOW I GOT HERE
Dr. Bonnie Wells is here to protect the local commercial agriculture industry, and she isn't afraid to get her hands dirty.
PARKS & RECREATION
St. Johns County is home to a number of beautiful parks. We've rounded up our ten favorites as well as some helpful info.
The new chef at Obi's Fillin' Station is bringing beachside dining and the burger to a whole new level.
TALE OF TWO
Summer time is ice cream time! Try two deliciously creamy caramel flavors from Cold Cow and Ben & Jerry's.
WHAT’S THE ROI OF A SELFIE? Flagler College’s activities and events have attracted many out-of-region visitors. Their spending at hotels, restaurants, gas stations and other regional businesses added $5.4 million in income for the Northeast Florida economy in 2016 - 2017. That’s equivalent to 129 supported jobs. And lots to smile about. Get the full picture at www.f lagler.edu/thef laglereffect Source: Emsi Economic Impact Study, FY 2016-2017
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7 DAY TRIPS TO TAKE FROM ST. AUGUSTINE If you need a little adventuring outside the city, head to these spots only two hours away! Beautiful springs, exciting museums, magical islands, and a whole lot of fun.
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Feel empowered and learn a little something too! She is Fierce is back with their beloved June lecture series, featuring powerful women sharing their secrets to success.
GIRL SCOUTS OF GATEWAY
Girl Scouts of Gateway celebrated women of distinction. Local female leaders were honored for outstanding professional accomplishments at the Girl Scouts annual fundraiser.
RECYCLE YOUR FISHING LINE
Lobster isn't just for special occasions! The city has some amazing lobster dishes – from mac n' cheese to rolls to something a little more gourmet.
There's still a bit of time to get your fresh and delicious blueberry fix. These local farms offer pick-your-own.
Join St. Johns County Park Naturalists for a week long camp where children will get the opportunity to explore the natural world around us. Campers will have an exciting week chock-full of field trips while expanding their understanding of our local ecosystems, sustainability, and how to collect and analyze data like a scientist.
CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA RETURNS IN THE SUMMER 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 best in regional musical talent including bluegrass and blues, jazz and country, swing and folk, old time, and popular rock. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
Help save the marine life! Thanks to St. Johns County Parks & Rec, there are 15 locations all across the county where you can recycle your fishing lines and keep them out of the ocean.
When it co m e s to s e l ec t in g a h osp it al... Wouldn’t you want to choose one of America’s Best? Flagler Hospital was named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades in 2018. It’s true. One of the nation’s best performing hospitals is right here, close to home. America’s 100 Best are among the top 2% of all hospitals, demonstrating exceptional, comprehensive, and consistent quality clinical care year-over-year. Simply put, patients are more likely to have a successful treatment outcome at America’s Best Hospitals. Flagler Hospital has operated as a not-for-profit healthcare institution in St. Augustine since its founding in 1889. Our commitment to quality has resulted in numerous national accreditations including, designation as a Primary Stroke Care Center, ANCC Magnet Status for Nursing Excellence, national accreditation for its total hip and total knee replacement programs and accreditation of its Cancer Institute by the Commission on Cancer. Flagler Hospital 400 Health Park Blvd. St. Augustine, FL 32086 904.819.5155 To learn more about all of the hospital’s services log on to www.FlaglerHospital.org.
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With a childhood spent in Northern Kentucky, Bradford’s earliest culinary memories are in his grandmother’s garden, picking green beans and peeling onions. Today, his favorite comfort food is still his grandmother’s ham, served with potatoes and green beans. When asked about his favorite ingredient, the onion is the first thing that comes to mind.
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Living DANCING STARS OF SJC Flagler College Lewis Auditorium July 8, 7pm
Get ready for a stupendous night of sparkles, sequins, and dazzling smiles! The St. Augustine Community School of Performing Arts (SACSPA) will be hosting the annual “Dancing Stars of St. Johns County” at Lewis Auditorium. Ala popular television series “Dancing with the Stars,” numerous local “celebrities” don their dancing shoes and pair up with professional dance instructors from Arthur Murray Dance Studio. Doing their best Fred and Ginger, the couples will tango, salsa, and waltz their way into the spotlight. This year’s celebrity dancers will be residential construction lender Julie Basham, Jonathan Birbal, criminologist Kalee Howell, pharmacist Brian Kurz, Zumba instructor and employee of the St. Johns County Clerk Madeline Rivera, makeup artist and facial specialist Natalie Swift, Head Start program manager Noelani Taylor, and artist and writer Tina Verduzco. Each dancing couple will compete for two awards – People’s Choice, based on votes from the general public, and Judges’ Choice, decided by the panel based on the evening’s performances. Proceeds will benefit the non-profit St. Augustine Community School of Performing Arts. General admission tickets are $25. VIP seating is $50.
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THINGS TO DO IN ST. AUGUSTINE DURING JUNE AND JULY MUSIC IN THE PARK Anastasia State Park Select Saturdays, April-August
Bask in the summer sun (or shade if it’s just a little too warm) and enjoy the musical stylings of some of the city’s favorite artists and bands. Each event starts with an open mic session at 5pm and the concert at 6pm. Food and drink are available for purchase at the Island Beach Grill. Concerts are free with park admission. A full schedule of concerts is available online. www.friendsofanastasia.org
COME BACK TO THE FIVE & DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN Limelight Theatre June 1-24
In a small town dime store in West Texas, the “Disciples of James Dean” gather for their 20th reunion. Now middle-aged women, they were teenagers when Dean filmed Giant two
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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 best in 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.
SUMMER MOVIE SERIES
Colonial Oak Music Park Wednesdays, June 6-August 1
Gather your little ones for a summertime tradition and enjoy Ripley Entertainment’s family-friendly movie series. Ripley’s is partnering with the Red Train tours and Colonial Oak Music Park, so bring your favorite blankets and lawn chairs for a night under the starlight-dusted oak trees. The trains offer complimentary shuttles to St. George Street and the movies are free of charge. www.ripleys.com/staugustine
decades ago in nearby Marfa. The ladies’ congenial reminiscences mingle with flashbacks to their youth; then the arrival of a stunningbut-familiar stranger sets off a series of confrontations that smash their delusions and expose bitter disappointments.
6TH ANNUAL FORT MOSE GOLF TOURNAMENT Cimarrone Golf Club June 9, 7:30am
DRAKE’S RAID REENACTMENT Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park June 2, 10am
This June, two companies from the Historic Florida Militia will reenact Sir Francis Drake’s raid on old St. Augustine. In the morning, the Fountain of Youth will host a re-created 16thcentury-style military encampment, featuring drills, weapons demonstrations and living history interpretations. The reenactment will begin at 7pm at the City Gates, proceed down St. George Street, and end at the Plaza de la Constitución. www.drakesraid.com
DANCE GAVIN DANCE WITH GUESTS I SEE STARS, ERRA, AND SIANVAR
HARRY CONNICK JR. "A NEW ORLEANS TRICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION" St. Augustine Amphitheatre June 8, 7:30pm
The prince of sound and stage has exemplified excellence across multiple platforms in the entertainment world. He has received Grammy and Emmy Awards as well as Tony Award nominations for his music, appearances in film and television, and roles on Broadway. His New Orleans roots bring life and beauty into his music and soul. www.staugustineamphitheatre.com
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall June 2, 6:30pm
The California-based rock band Dance Gavin Dance has been called a lot of things – posthardcore, experimental rock, progressive rock, screamo, jazz fusion, even math rock (whatever that means). But whatever you want to call them, Dance Gavin Dance is always a good time. They’ll be joined by electronicore band, I See Stars, metalcore band ERRA, and progressive rock band Sianvar. Day-of tickets are $31.50. www.pvconcerthall.com
JOHN FOGERTY AND ZZ TOP “BLUES AND BAYOUS TOUR” WITH GUEST RYAN KINDER St. Augustine Amphitheatre June 5, 6:30pm
Help support the preservation work of historic Fort Mose by working on your swing and hitting one straight down the fairway! They’re working hard to continue telling the amazing story of Fort Mose and you get a chance to pitch in (and have a little fun in the sunshine at the same time). Registration for the event begins at 7:30am – with a little practice time thrown in. The musket-shot start is at 9am and an awards reception and buffet luncheon at 1:30pm. www.fortmose.org
FLORIDA CHAMBER MUSIC PROJECT: MASQUERADE GALA Ponte Vedra Concert Hall June 9, 7-10pm
At this annual spring fundraiser, you’ll find an evening of tango music and dance (even lessons and a demonstration for those with two left feet), drinks to get you in the dancing mood, hors d'oeuvres, raffle drawings, and a silent auction. In addition to the entertainment, artist Susanne
PARAMORE WITH GUEST FOSTER THE PEOPLE St. Augustine Amphitheatre June 12, 6pm
The iconic rock band is celebrating the release of their fifth album, After Laughter, with a summer amphitheatre and arena tour that kicks off right here in St. Augustine. They’ll be joined by indie pop band, Foster the People. Whether you loved them back in the days of “Misery Business” and “Pumped Up Kicks” or you’re a brand new fan, this’ll be a can’t-miss night. Tickets start at $82. 1340C A1A South • www.staugamphitheatre.com
Legendary rock musicians and cultural icons John Fogerty and ZZ Top will come together for the “Blues and Bayous Tour.” John Fogerty’s career spans over 50 years and ZZ Top is one of the longest-running bands with the original lineup. Together their musical expertise and always on point showmanship will lead to an unforgettable night. Tickets start at $74. www.staugamphitheatre.com
TRACKING: READING NATURE'S NEWSPAPER Masters Tract Stormwater Treatment Facility June 7-8
Learn about the art of tracking! Join Park Naturalist AyoLane Halusky and prepare to get your knees dirty. This is a two-day class and each class is two-and-a-half hours long. On the first day, learn some of the basics of tracking like IDing and aging. On the second day, dive into advance skills of tracking where you can see stories unfold in the daily life of wild animals. Plan accordingly for snacks, water, weather, sun, and bugs. The program is free.
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WOMEN'S WEDNESDAYS TALK SERIES Treasury on the Plaza Wednesdays in June
Get inspired each Wednesday by the stories of women who have been through it all and come out the other side triumphant. Each speaker begins at 6:15pm. Breakout sessions will follow each talk.
Schuenke will present a special exhibit and offer hand-painted masks throughout the night. The event is creative black tie or costume. Tickets are $75 per person. www.flchambermusic.org
GUIDED BIRD WALK Anastasia State Park June 10, 8:30-10:30am
This fun, informative, and free walk is open to participants of all birding levels. Participants will observe a diverse variety of shore birds, marsh birds, and hammock birds by walking the beach, boardwalks, nature trails, and other areas. Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars, water, comfortable walking shoes, and a field guide if you have one. Meet at the Island Beach Shop & Grill pavilion located at the end of the main park drive. This event is weather permitting and subject to cancellation. www.floridastateparks.org/Anastasia
Nancy Hogshead-Makar Olympic Gold Medalist and Founder of Champion Women June 7
Kathryn Thomas Founder, Yoga 4 Change June 13
BEACH CLEANUP AT VILANO BEACH Vilano Beach Access Area June 13, 10-11:30am
We all love our beaches and the fun they afford us all year around, but the beaches need our help! So it's time to get out on the sand to do a little cleanup as summer time get underway! 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. 904-209-0335 or email@example.com
Donna Deegan TV Anchor, Author & Founder, The DONNA Foundation June 20
Letti Bozard Owner, Bozard Ford-Lincoln June 27
VETTES AT THE VILLAGE World Golf Village June 15-16
This annual Corvette show at World Golf Village features more than 100 new, classic, and custom Corvettes on display alongside the Walk of Champions. The event starts off on Friday with a Meet and Greet at Murray Bros. Caddyshack and continues on Saturday with the show. There will be an award ceremony featuring Best of Show and Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice awards. The event is free and open to the public. www.nfca.net
KIDS' BEACH YOGA Frank B. Butler Park June 15, 4-4:45pm
The beach is the perfect place to relax, whether it's just lounging on a towel with a book or pursuing a full-body focus. Let the little ones in on the relaxation by introducing them to beach yoga! They'll be taught to relax their mind and body with some simple, kid-friendly stretches, exercises and activities. Please wear loose clothing and bring your own towel or mat. The event is free and open to the public. 904-209-0335 or firstname.lastname@example.org
BATTLE OF BLOODY MOSE Fort Mose Historic State Park June 16, 9am-4pm
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SURFQUEST Frank B. Butler Park June 16 and July 21, 1pm
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
DONNY & MARIE “SUMMER 2018 TOUR” St. Augustine Amphitheatre July 1, 7:30pm
America’s favorite brother and sister duo are coming to St. Augustine to showcase some new music and revisit some old fan favorites. Add in sibling humor, their supreme Las Vegas band and dancers, along with highenergy style and dance numbers and this is one production that is total entertainment for the young and young at heart. Tickets start at $44.
REGULAR EVENTS Market at the Pier
St. Augustine Beach Pier Every Wednesday Shop and support local vendors every Wednesday at St. Augustine Beach, featuring baked goods, hand-made gifts, jewelry and home décor. The market hosts anywhere from 60 to 80 vendors each week and is open from 8am to 12:30pm every Wednesday, rain or shine. www.thecivicassociation.org
First Friday Art Walk
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
Battle of Bloody Mose is reenacted. Visitors can participate in the commemoration and enjoy other activities in between reenactments – musket demonstrations and colonial Florida craft-making like blacksmithing, 18th-century foods, finger weaving, and pine needle basket weaving. There will also be vendors, food, and kids’ activities. The reenactments will take place at 12pm and 2pm. www.floridastateparks.org/park/Fort-Mose
I LOVE THE 90’S TOUR FEATURING SALT N PEPA, KID ‘N PLAY, COOLIO, TONE LOC, THEA AUSTIN AND C&C MUSIC FACTORY St. Augustine Amphitheatre June 16, 7pm
It’s time to harken back to the days of your youth and get a little nostalgia kick as Salt N Pepa, Kid ‘n Play, Coolio, Tone Loc, Thea Austin, and C&C Music Factory take the Amphitheatre stage. The icons of hip-hop, dance, rap, and more will keep you on your feet and give you flashbacks of high school and college. In the best
Old City Farmers Market possible way. Tickets start at $67.50. www.staugamphitheatre.com
ST. AUGUSTINE MUSIC FESTIVAL Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine June 21-23, 28-30, 7:30pm
Hearing intricate and captivating classical music waft through the evening air has quickly become a summer tradition thanks to the St. Augustine Music Festival. The free concert series will feature virtuoso violinists, pianists, and trios from all over the world giving their gift of music to the Ancient City. Space is limited and seating is first come, first served. www.staugustinemusicfestival.org
20TH ANNUAL CRESCENT BEACH CHALLENGE Marineland Park June 23, 7:30am
The high-energy, family-organized fundraiser supports those affected by leukemia, lymphoma, www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
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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For The Kids! Magical Melodies
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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ANCIENT CITY GAME FISH CHALLENGE Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor July 5-8
This exciting three-day tournament is back in the Oldest City with a vengeance! Show your skills on the water by competing for prizes up to $40,000 all weekend. Along with the riveting competition will be local vendors to browse, music to enjoy, and raffles to enter. It’s a timeless St. Augustine tradition that will be fun for everyone – whether you have your fishing gear out or not. www.acgfa.com
and other blood-related cancers. The challenge features 1k and 5k runs, several ocean events including swimming, kayaking, and surfing, two combined “Kahuna” events, and a fourperson surfboard relay. Registration is a $30 donation per person and includes a t-shirt. www.crescentbeachchallenge.org
REBELUTION WITH GUESTS STEPHEN MARLEY, COMMON KINGS, ZION I AND DJ MACKLE St. Augustine Amphitheatre June 24, 5:30pm
Fourteen years into an effervescent career, California reggae band and touring juggernaut Rebelution remains abundantly creative. Their music still pays homage to the Jamaican inspiration that has always flowed through their sound, but they are constantly reinventing the genre and taking experimental leaps and bounds. Tickets are $39.50. www.staugamphitheatre.com
MUSIC IN THE BOX: SARAH BUTLER & SHAYLA NELSON Limelight Theatre June 24, 6pm
This monthly concert series takes place in the Koger-Gamache Studio Theatre and highlights the work of local musicians. It’s a sampling of the area’s acoustic music come to life on stage! A $5 donation is requested per attendee (all of which goes straight to the performing musicians). Beer, wine, soda, and snacks are available for additional donations in the lobby. June’s performers are Sarah Butler and Shayla Nelson. www.limelight-theatre.org
DOLPHIN CONSERVATION EXPERIENCE SUNSET KAYAK ECOTOUR Marineland Marina June 27, 6:30-8:30pm
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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
Toddler Jump Time
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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Get the little ones out of the house this summer and exploring the city, the beach, even the theatre. There's something for everyone.
Then join in for this sunset dolphin ecoadventure! Your tour takes you into the Marineland Matanzas Basin, where you’ll get an up-close view of the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin’s natural habitat. Ripple Effect Ecotours expert guides focus on the unique behaviors and feeding habits of these incredibly social mammals. Keep your eyes peeled. It's quite possible that you’ll encounter these lovely marine creatures playing in the twilight! www.rippleeffectecotours.com
LIMELIGHT THEATRE June - August
Let your little ones release their inner performer through Guys & Dolls, Bring It On, Willy Wonka, and even improv! www.limelight-theatre.org
PIT SURF SHOP & SURF STATION May - August
Surf camp is an amazing experience for kids of all skill and experience levels, and it’s pretty much guaranteed that they’ll have a great time! www.thepitsurfshop.com www.surfstationsurfschool.com
THE ALLIGATOR FARM June - August
Expand the kids' knowledge of the world with everything from learning about snakes to trying your hand at being a junior zookeeper. www.alligatorfarm.com/zoo-camps
ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION June 4-29
Experience the power of art with camps designed for lovers of every kind of art (whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out!). www.staaa.org/youthprograms
LIGHTNER AFTER HOURS Cafe Alcazar June 28, 6-8pm
Take a sneak peek into the Gilded Age world once the lights go down and the guests depart! The Lightner After Hours event is free and takes place at the Café Alcazar, which is located in the Historic Pool area of the museum. Hors d’oeuvres are complimentary, while beverages are available at happy hour prices. Donations of $3 per drink are encouraged. A variety of musicians will perform monthly, and free parking is available after 5pm. The Cafe will be open with a special dinner menu during the event. www.lightnermuseum.org/cocktail
BOY GEORGE AND CULTURE CLUB WITH THE B-52S AND SPECIAL GUEST THOMPSON TWINS’ TOM BAILEY
BIG BANG 5K Christ Episcopal Church, Ponte Vedra Beach June 30, 8am
The Big Bang 5K is back by overwhelming demand! But this year, the theme is getting just a little more sunshiney and a little more sandy. The 5K is headed to the beach! Instead of last year’s t-shirts, the first 225 registrants will receive a roll up beach mat and the first 225 finishers will receive a custom medal. After the race, there will be a runner’s banquet with beer, water, bagels, and bananas (the typical postrace celebration). Day-of registration is $35. www.bigbang5k.itsyourrace.com/event
DAN & PHIL "INTERACTIVE INTROVERTS" WORLD TOUR St. Augustine Amphitheatre July 5, 7:30pm
Two internet dwelling, insecure nerds standing under the spotlight to give the people what they want: an epic interactive experience of rants, roasts, battles, stories and surprises that will make you laugh, cry, cringe and puts the audience in control unlike anything before! The former radio stars broke through on the internet by sharing their entertaining awkwardness and strange lives. Tickets start at $51. www.staugamphitheatre.com
BARENAKED LADIES WITH GUESTS BETTER THAN EZRA AND KT TUNSTALL
St. Augustine Amphitheatre June 29, 6:30pm
St. Augustine Amphitheatre July 6, 6:30pm
Working on their first new music in two decades, Grammy award-winning legends Boy George and Culture Club will present both old favorites and introduce some new songs to fans attending the 2018 tour. The group is fronted by British singer/songwriter Boy George, who is universally recognized as one of music's most iconic artists of all time. They'll be joined by the "World's Greatest Party Band," the B-52s. Tickets start at $59.50.
The Canadian rock band has been going strong since their inception in the late 80s. Their cult following has only grown stronger since. Though they’re typically billed as an alt rock band, they’ve grown to explore a wide range of styles – including pop, rock, hip hop, and rap. Their live performances are always peppered with comedic banter and freestyle rap in between songs. Get ready for a wild ride. Tickets start at $44.
LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM July 9-13
Get out on the water and discover the coastal community of St. Augustine! Discover how people have lived from the early 1500s to the present. www.staugustinelighthouse.org
FIREWORKS OVER THE MATANZAS Castillo de San Marcos July 4, 6-10pm
Celebrate Independence Day at the Castillo de San Marcos with a live concert by the All Star Orchestra and end the night with a spectacular fireworks display over the bay. The concert begins at 6pm and the fireworks will begin at 9:30pm. A free park & ride shuttle will be available at various locations on Anastasia Boulevard – Anastasia Baptist Church, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, R.B. Hunt Elementary School, and St. Augustine Alligator Farm.
ISLAND PREP May-August
Let the littles learn with field trips, STEM and science activities, sports, cooking, gardening, and water fun! www.islandprep.com
SUMMER MUSICAL THEATRE CAMP
Give your kids a taste of all aspects of musical theatre – acting, music, and dance! www.summermusicaltheatrecamp.com
BRIDGE OF LIONS 5K Castillo de San Marcos July 14, 7:30am
What better running view could you ask for than the one offered by the 34th Annual Bridge of Lions 5K? Starting at the Castillo de San Marcos and winding through downtown, the race will cross the bridge and make its way through the Davis Shores neighborhood before ending at Oglethorpe Park on Anastasia Island. Race day registration is $35. www.bridgeoflions5k.com
SLIGHTLY STOOPID WITH GUESTS STICK FIGURE AND PEPPER St. Augustine Amphitheatre July 19, 5:30pm
Known for their fusion of folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, punk, funk and D.I.Y. work ethic, Slightly Stoopid was formed in California in the late nineties. Even though they’ve always been a touring band, they’ve spent some recent months in the studio working on experimentation and collaboration. Tickets start at $46.50.
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
STEVE MILLER BAND WITH PETER FRAMPTON St. Augustine Amphitheatre July 20, 7pm
Steve Miller was a mainstay of the San Francisco music scene that upended American culture in the late ‘60s and perfected a psychedelic blues sound that drew on the deepest sources of American roots music and simultaneously articulated a compelling vision of what music – and society – could be in the years to come. Tickets start at $64. www.staugamphitheatre.com
5TH ANNUAL SUMMER CRAFT & VENDOR EVENT Renaissance Resort World Golf Village July 21, 10am-4pm
Featuring 139 crafters and vendors, this free event is perfectly kid and family-friendly. There
DON MCLEAN Ponte Vedra Concert Hall July 27, 8pm
Don McLean is one of America’s most enduring singer-songwriters and is forever associated with his classic hits “American Pie” and “Vincent (Starry Starry Night).” Since first hitting the charts in 1971, McLean has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide and in 2004, was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. This is a chance to hear a legendary voice who brought timeless music that spans generations.
www.pvconcerthall.com will be craft workshops throughout the day as well as meet-and-greets with Tinkerbell, the Minions, and characters from Star Wars. There will as well be a huge charity raffle with over fifty prizes – products and services from attending vendors. Tickets for the raffle are $1 and proceeds from the raffle benefit local charity, Project Balance. It's a great place to bring the little ones while you enjoy a unique shopping experience! www.jacksonvillebusinessconnections.com
LIGHTNER AFTER HOURS Cafe Alcazar July 26, 6-8pm
Take a sneak peek into the Gilded Age world once the lights go down and the guests depart! The Lightner After Hours event is free and takes place at the Café Alcazar, which is located in the Historic Pool area of the museum. Hors d’oeuvres are complimentary, while beverages are available at happy hour prices. A variety of musicians will perform monthly, and free parking is available after 5pm. The Cafe will be
MUSIC BY THE SEA St. Augustine Beach Pier Park Wednesdays in June & July
VIOLENT FEMMES AND ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN St. Augustine Amphitheatre July 21, 7:30pm
Violent Femmes came together in 1981 and were quickly applauded as one of the most inventive and original bands of the era, constantly pushing forward with their singular blend of folk and punk, sarcasm and spirituality. They’ll be joined by Echo & the Bunnymen, a unique fusion of post-punk, new wave, and neo-psychedelia that established them as pioneers of a new direction in British rock. Tickets start at $44.
open with a special dinner menu during the event. www.lightnermuseum.org/cocktail
PAUL REISER Ponte Vedra Concert Hall July 28, 8pm
It’s time to spend a night of laughter with Paul Reiser, comedian, actor, television writer, author, and musician who has spent the last 30 plus years acting in Oscar and Emmy awardwinning movies and TV shows (he was also voted one of Comedy Central’s “Top 100 Comedians of All Time). With a repertoire like that – and a recent appearance in Stranger Things – a night with Paul Reiser
is a can’t-miss. Tickets start at $39.50.
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.
STR* UP June 6 JAX SALSA BAND June 13 TAKE COVER June 20 SALT DRIVEN RIDE June 27
DISPATCH WITH GUESTS NAHKO & MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE AND RAYE ZARAGOZA St. Augustine Amphitheatre July 29, 6pm
Long known as one of the country's most successful independent bands, Dispatch has managed to reach new creative milestones with their first new album in five years. The album is built on the struggle of immigrants, forgotten veterans, and children cast aside – songs that tap into the peace and plight of the human condition. It’s a new world that they’re exploring and it promises to be quite a journey. Tickets start at $48.50. www.staugamphitheatre.com www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
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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... Fiction Donuts opened its doors on U.S. 1, so your mornings are about to get sweeter. Get ready for some delicious donuts that are "too good to be true." 1811 U.S. Highway 1 South
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With the right equipment, St. Augustine locals can enjoy a very rejuvenating and exciting staycation on the city’s beautiful beaches. So sit back and enjoy the sun, because these local services deliver right to you. By Alexter Albury | Photograph via Drifters
he warmth of the sun and clear blue skies above the shimmering ocean draws many visitors to St. Augustine beaches. The allure of cool sea spray flowing on summer breezes is hard for vacationers to resist. However, the city’s beaches can also be a welcomed piece of paradise to its residents. Locals can enjoy just as much of the sandy playground as the sunbathing tourists with some added supplies. Several businesses like Drifters and Barney’s Beach Service rent equipment that can make the most seasoned St. Augustinian see the beaches in a different light. And the best part? They'll deliver all the beach essentials right to you. As beautiful and fun as the beach is, it's always a hassle to pack up all the umbrellas, chairs, towels, and toys that it takes to keep
your family entertained all day. These services will take the fuss out of beach day and let your St. Augustine staycation start to feel a little more relaxing. For the active staycationers, bike rentals are a fun way to take in the seaside scene from a new perspective. Pedaling across the wide expanse of seashell-riddled sand gives riders a chance to see more of the beach with little effort. The many restaurants dotting A1A offer bike riders places to recharge from their gallivanting with various delicious fare and soothing drinks. And if you're searching for even more activity, shops like Ocean Extreme Sports will let you rent standup paddleboards. Some of the most fun on St. Augustine beaches can be had by simply finding a perfect piece of sand and making it as comfortable
as possible for a full day of sun, waves, and laughter. Renting a tent is a way to safely enjoy the brilliance of the beach without being overly exposed to the sun. Both large and small tents can be acquired to accommodate the needs of families and friends. To go along with the cool shade of the tents, beach chairs and coolers can also be rented. With the right choices of equipment, a tent on the beach can be an oasis of entertainment and relaxation. But once you've had your time to relax, the beach, with its open space and endless cooling waters, is ideal for games. Games on the beach provide fun as well as a magnet to draw groups to interact more with one another. Golf Toss, horseshoes, and paddle ball are games of minimal accessories that make them easy to carry and set up. They are also games that can be played by all ages of adults and young children. Beach equipment rentals can make each day of the summer a new staycation destination. www.driftersrentals.com www.barneysbeachservice.com www.oceanextremesports.com
Mayday Ice Cream is starting to scoop out some sweet treats. From the folks behind The Hyppo, we're all screaming for these frozen confectionaries of unusual flavors. 1835 U.S. Highway 1 South Choco'Lattes has opened in downtown. The bakers are plating cakes and the baristas are pouring espresso for the dessert bar we've been waiting for. 47 Cordova Street Coconut Barrel is starting business to bring together artisans from all over the area. You'll be able to find furniture, handcrafted treasures, outdoor decor, and more all in one place. 3175 US 1 South, Unit 3 Moonrose Brewing Company just hosted their grand opening! The Palm Coast brewery will offer delicious beer and delicious food. 101 Palm Harbor Parkway, Palm Coast. Linen + Waves is your new spot for adorable swimwear and seaworthy gifts. Coastal lovers, unite! 1020 Anastasia Boulevard
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SUMMER COMPOSTING By Shelby Stec
Compost is key for a successful organic garden. Healthy compost has slow releasing nutrients, beneficial bacteria, fungal filaments, and predatory nematodes that inoculate the soil, increase fruit production, and help plants fight pests and disease. Compost also improves soil structure, helping our loose, sandy soil retain nutrients, moisture, and air. The best part is that you can make compost right in your own backyard! Create your compost pile by layering equal portions of green material like food scraps or manure (no meat or dairy!) and brown material like leaves, dried grass, or mulch. A finished pile should be at least 3 feet wide, deep, and tall with no green material showing and no funny smells. Flip your compost pile at least once after it’s fully formed to reintroduce oxygen and check moisture. You know your compost is finished when none of the original food scraps are visible, small insects have returned, the soil has a uniform dark color, and the odor is fresh and earthy.
Four of the St. Augustine Sailing Sisters stand aboard one of their boats in Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor. LONG STORY SHORT
ST. AUGUSTINE SAILING SISTERS
These "mermaids at heart" are out on the waves, sailing through the salty sea breeze and celebrating sisterhood on the high seas. By Meeka Anne | Photography by David Steele
ailing women are all mermaids at heart who long for the wind and the waves and feel most at home on the water.” In these words, Tracy Sampson captures the essence of the spirit of the group of women who founded the St. Augustine Sailing Sisters. Collective brainstorming over cocktails often manifests into greatness. Add in a few strong-minded female sailing enthusiasts to the mix, and the St. Augustine Sailing Sisters was born. The “sisters” incorporated passion and philanthropy into a sailing club seated in fiery competition and fun. The journey from spinning out name ideas at the Kingfish Grill to their first sailing race took only a few months. In August of 2016, the women launched their first Bikini Race with twelve entries. By the time the second annual rolled around, they had incorporated and added fundraising to the agenda. They chose the locallybeloved charity Betty Griffin House as their beneficiary for 2017 and 2018. At the core of the founding group is six women with dozens of years of collective experience. Tracy Sampson started sailing eight years ago. “From learning at age 49 to making a blue water passage at 52,” she says, “I can say I have come a long way.” Other founders are Kathy Hansen www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
— whose introduction to sailing was racing catamaran’s in the ocean — and Madalin Keeble — who has won many racing events including St. Augustine Race Week and the Lipton Cup this year. “The boats in our group right now are all monohulls,” says Tracy, “and one thing they all have in common is a woman at the helm during races. This year, a boat named Sassy, crewed by an all-woman team over the age of 50 wearing fishnets and mini-skirts, won the Spring Forward Race. It was fabulous.” The Sailing Sisters host two races each year — the Spring Forward Race in March and the Bikini Race in August. Their next big race is the Third Annual Bikini Race on August 4. In between races, they host events to spread awareness about SASS and their mission. “The last three years,” Tracy says, “have been very inspiring for us. Women sail differently than men, and many male partners don’t offer the helm. Perhaps one of my fondest race moments was last year during the Spring Forward Race when the winning boat Skybird, crewed by all eighth-grade girls, came in first place. It was fantastic to see these young women driving through wind and waves.” www.sasailingsisters.com
HUGH DO YOU KNOW?
MEET HUGH WARD
SEARCHING FOR SHARK TEETH
By Molly Wilson
Justin Ashton spends his spare time shark tooth hunting in local waterways and on area beaches. He now has too many teeth to count, so we sat down with him to find out how this massive collection got started. Photography by Dawn Wallace
pretty extensive as far as Florida prehistoric fossils go.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. What’s your day job? I grew up in Jacksonville and St. Augustine. My family is 5th generation Floridian of Minorcan lineage and we take a lot of pride in that. I am an electrician by day and when I am not at work you can probably find me offshore fishing or out fossil hunting.
What do you do with the teeth once you’ve got them?I have a case for the perfect whole teeth and fossils. I make some of those into necklaces. Once I had too many imperfect teeth to keep I started making shark art with the broken ones. They are pretty time-consuming and one of a kind. I sell the originals and prints at dHd Home.
What got you started in shark tooth hunting? Growing up, we were constantly at the beach. My dad started me pretty young looking for sharks teeth while beach fishing. He has a pretty extensive collection of beach teeth and driftwood that he makes cool art out of. Once I started getting more interested in Florida history, geology and prehistoric fossils the obsession really started. How often do you get to go out searching and how many teeth do you typically find? I usually make 3-4 trips per month. Some of them are day trips and other times I spend a few days camping and kayaking, finding spots to search. Sometimes as few as one and as many as 1,000.
"My dad started me pretty young looking for sharks teeth while beach fishing. Once I started getting more interested in Florida history, geology, and prehistoric fossils, the obsession really started." What sort of shark teeth do you find? Are you able to identify them? I am able to identify all of the fossils I find. It's so fascinating and I love doing research. The different color teeth are from different types/colors of clay that they were packed in while fossilizing, and you can guess the age of the tooth based on when that type of shark existed on earth. I have a large collection of megalodon teeth, extinct makos, great whites, bull and tiger sharks. I also have tons of equus teeth, giant ground sloth bones, and a mastodon tooth. My collection is
How many shark teeth do you currently have in your possession? To be totally honest I have too many teeth to count at this point. I probably have tens of thousands of small or broken teeth that I use for art pieces, and several hundred large perfect teeth. My largest tooth is 6.25 inches (the world record is 7.48")
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Hustle: Co-owner of Push Push Salon Talent: A flair for creating and executing relevant events, music and influence. Life Goal: Bring more attention to the local creative scene in St. Augustine. Follow: @classicblends This Flagler College alumnus is an event planner, designer, and DJ making a name for himself as a pretty creative guy. With business endeavors like Push Push Salon, production company Classic Blends, and his work as DJ HU, he’s cued up to meet a lot of amazing people in many different fields. And that’s given him a new mission to make sure you know them too. Enter "Hugh Do You Know" – a new column Hugh will head up every issue to highlight local creatives. KEEP READING ON STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.COM
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MARINELAND DOLPHIN ADVENTURE Our encounter with Casique the dolphin was more than just amusement park entertainment. It was hands-on education. By Molly Wilson | Photography by Brian Miller
WE TRIED IT
n an unseasonably chilly day, the Social editorial team found ourselves driving down A1A on the way to Marineland Dolphin Adventure. For the past couple of weeks, our excitement at being a part of a dolphin encounter was overwhelming, but the overcast sky and 50-degree weather had dampened our spirits. I hoped that the staff's promise of wetsuits had not been insincere. Luckily, we were almost immediately assured that we wouldn’t have to brave the waters without extra protection from the outside temperature, and we all visibly relaxed. All suited up and ready to go, our trainer Dylan walked us through dolphin anatomy on the plastic dolphin that lives by the habitats, pointing out the best places to pet the animals, informing us of the rules for safety, and educating us on the way dolphins interact with their environment. We would be meeting, he told us, Casique – his favorite dolphin (though we weren’t allowed to tell any of the others).
The session started with Dylan leading Casique by us and letting us pet her. Each time we observed something about her – her color, the grittiness of certain parts of her body, the way she moved – Dylan would chime in with the science behind it. More and more, I realized that this wasn’t your average amusement park-style encounter; trainers were there to enrich the experience through education. As Casique became more comfortable with us, Dylan drew attention to the hand signals he had been using to interact with and direct the dolphin. And now it was our turn to try some. He had us signal together to make her jump and to dive to the bottom of the enclosure. Moving slightly apart from each other, we each tried our own signal. Mine was to make her blow bubbles, though I (apparently) was doing it wrong since instead of bubbles, I got repeatedly splashed in the face. Periodically throughout the encounter, Dylan would call for a fish and offer Casique a treat. He laughed, “She’s very food-motivated.” www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
Casique, it turned out however, was most motivated by toys (which were referred to by a more scientific-sounding name that was entirely lost on me). We had her fetch a ball and dive for brightly-colored sticks while Dylan explained that these toys were a good way to keep them engaged. “We always make sure that they never have two days the same. We wouldn’t want them to get bored.” It wasn’t long, though, before we had to wave goodbye to Casique and struggle out of wetsuits that somehow meld to your skin. We left not only feeling exhilarated with the experience, but more informed and just a little bit more in touch with the world around us. www.marineland.net
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HISTORY IN THE MAKING All it takes is a short drive up the coast and you'll be in a city rich with Southern history. Right in the middle of that city is The DeSoto Hotel, a luxurious getaway with a history of its own. By Molly Wilson
he most amazing discovery that When I was looking for cities that I wanted to settle down in, at the top of my list were St. Augustine and Savannah, Georgia. And though St. Augustine eventually won me over, Savannah still holds a dear place in my heart. Which really isn’t surprising since the two cities have quite a bit in common. They’re both steeped in rich history with coastal Southern charm and a burgeoning culinary culture. For St. Augustinians, Savannah could be called a sister city, a kind of home away from home. Situated only about three hours up the coast, it’s an ideal weekend getaway when you don’t
feel like wandering too far from your own front door. HOTEL WITH HISTORY And when you make your way up to Savannah, you really couldn’t find a better place to rest your head than The DeSoto Hotel. Originally built in 1890, The DeSoto has become something of a landmark over the years, and Sotherly Hotels, the new owners, have sought diligently to restore it to its authentic splendor. Compared to many of the ornate historic buildings dotting the city skyline, the outside of the hotel pays homage primarily to the 1970s architecture that brought it back to life after the original hotel was demolished in the mid-1960s. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
But that original splendor has not been forgotten and now the inside seeks to replicate the luxury of a bygone era in a contemporary way – think original chandeliers, restored artwork, alongside modern luxury, incredible food, and unbeatable views. And it’s all situated right on Madison Square. A ROOM WITH A VIEW We started our stay by settling into our room, a corner king with huge windows that showcased a breathtaking view of the Savannah skyline. Snacking on the butterscotch brittle set out in our room, we discussed the plan for the afternoon — a quick trip to the Flannery O’Connor house for a tour, a leisurely exploration of our corner of downtown, and
back to the hotel for dinner in the 1540 Room. CULINARY DELIGHTS IN A COMPETITIVE CITY In the 1540 Room, your eyes are immediately drawn upwards to the expansive ceilings. But despite the cavernous room that it’s situated in, the restaurant is decidedly intimate. Dark floors and the hotel’s original chandeliers make the space feel elegant and moody, while bright white walls and nearly floor to ceiling windows keep it contemporary. And while it’s undoubtedly striking, the space pales in comparison to the food. Savannah has, of late, become a kind of culinary destination. People come from far and wide for innovative food in beautiful buildings, and there’s a lot to choose from. In this city, the 1540 Room had a lot to live up to. The open kitchen allows patrons to watch as chefs prepare hyper-fresh ingredients provided by local farmers. The menu is a Southern/Mediterranean hybrid, so we started with the Salumi plate — everything from Gouda wurst to pate compania to local cabbage mustard. For our entrees, we sampled the homemade pasta and a short rib dish, but don’t expect to find our entrees still on the menu. Chef Kyle Jacovino changes his menu with the seasons in order to stay true to their farm-to-table foundation. From the food to the service to the stunning location, the 1540 Room could certainly hold its own.
On these back streets, we were surrounded by the beautiful foliage and grand houses that you’ll find in every corner of Savannah, but we also passed by restaurants and shops and buildings that we never would have found otherwise. The stroll was designed to show off all the nooks and crannies that the city has to offer, giving you a cursory glance at new destinations that you can explore more on your own. It was a perfect tour to take on one of the first days of your trip. And it was even better with a drink in your hand. A LAST GOODBYE Sunday morning, it was hard to go. The trip had been so delightful – from the accommodations to the tour to the food and atmosphere. We said a last goodbye to the city over breakfast in The DeSoto’s other restaurant (and bar in the evenings), Edgar’s Proof & Provision. The breakfast was a step above what you might expect in a hotel – with fresh favorites and Southern staples – and it soon had us set for the day. We made a quick detour in the lobby to Buffalo Bayou Coffee, and one latte made with local honey later and we were back in the car. It was exciting to explore another city that, like our own, was saturated with such history and to stay in a hotel that celebrated it so fully. Our stay at The DeSoto Hotel had made us feel like a part of Savannah’s history – even if only for a weekend.
A SATURDAY STROLL WITH SOMETHING TO SIP ON Saturday found us in Forsyth Park, down by the river, and in and out of bookshops. Savannah is the kind of city you walk around in, savor, and breathe in, and since our hotel was situated right on one of the legendary squares, we got to enjoy the beauty the moment we stepped out the door.
The foo d is infused with Southern charm and Mediterranean flavor! After some to-die-for noodles on Broughton Street, we made our way back to The DeSoto for an introduction to the hotel’s new Sip N’ Stroll tour. This isn’t your ordinary “here are the most significant historical sites in the city” kind of tour, though. For one, it starts with a to-go drink at the hotel’s bar (thank you, open container!) and secondly, you’ll find yourself quite off the beaten path. We followed our Sotherly guide out the back door of the hotel, onto Madison Square. “We’ll take a few of the back streets,” he said. “We like to introduce our guests to our neighborhood.”
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The locals have spoken. After gathering thousands of votes in just a few short weeks, we've compiled the ultimate list of the best businesses and services in St. Augustine. Whether you're a born-and-bred STA local or a new resident, we're sure you'll read up on a few classics to rediscover and newbies worth checking out!
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PANACHE: AN AVEDA
STORE, SPA AND SALON
or more than thirty years now, Kristy Weeks and her team at Panache have been making St. Augustine just a little more beautiful. With a staff of more than forty talented, hardworking, and creative hair stylists, nail technicians, massage therapists, estheticians, receptionists, and managers, they’re able to pamper guests from head to toe and let them walk out the door with a little, well, panache! “We get to make people feel awesome all day long,” says Kristy, “be creative artists, and form great relationships. We feel very lucky.” From the moment you make the appointment to the minute that you leave, the staff is reliable, consistent, fresh, and fun. They’re committed to doing beautiful work every day and with every guest. Panache is always growing and moving forward. “Our lease is up soon,” says Kristy. “Maybe we will build a ‘Center with Panache’ and invite other women-owned businesses to join us. Something to dream about doing next!”
(904) 461-9552 1089 A1A Beach Boulevard www.getpanache.com
Debbie's Day Spa & Salon
For Mind & Body...
The Yoga Den
Best Personal Trainer Sarah Farmer at Florida Get Fit
Best Hair Stylist Joe Williams at JW Salon
Best Counselor Shannon Miller
Good News Church
Primp & Pampering...
Panache: An Aveda Salon, Spa & Shop
Panache: An Aveda Salon, Spa & Shop
Best Brow Wax Purity Day Spa
Best Massage City Wellness
Spa Life Skin & Laser
Best Men’s Cut
Price’s Barbershop 10 Granada Street
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Our staff strives to achieve excellence with every client and ensures every request is not only met, but exceeded.
SPA LIFE SKIN & LASER AMANDA BRADSHAW AND TEAM KNOWN FOR... ACHIEVING CLIENTS GOALS WHILE USING TOP OF THE LINE TREATMENTS, LASERS, AND AWARD WINNING PRODUCTS.
(904) 806-6999 105 Southpark Boulevard, Suite 203 www.spalifeskinlaser.com
The team from left to right: Hila Cowart, Monica Felix, Natalia Sadowski, Bethany Large, Maggie Tesdorpf and Amanda Bradshaw. Not pictured Kelli Crist, Katy Zappone and Charlotte Fletcher.
elaxation isn’t always just about lighting an aromatherapy candle and getting a massage; real relaxation and renewal go beyond that. That’s why there are medical spas like Spa Life Skin & Laser that take relaxation to a whole new level. That feeling starts the moment you walk through the door and into their tranquil, professionallydecorated space. Past the lobby, you’ll find a plethora of services to pamper you from head to toe – from nails to facials to teeth whitening and brow design. As a licensed medical spa, Spa Life is able to take their specialized care beyond the typical spa services. Dr. Roberto Garcia is on hand for plastic surgery consultation, and Brookes Pittman, a nurse practitioner, offers Botox and fillers. The spa specializes in customized facials, microneedling, hydrafacials, peels, permanent makeup, brown spot removal, and nails. And if you’re looking for laser hair removal, these are the experts. The services use medical skin care lines Obagi and SkinMedica as well as use and sell the much-beloved Eminence line. The Spa Life team is highly-skilled and fully certified in their respective fields while their services are all-encompassing and perfectly customized to each client. “We appreciate that spa visits are a luxury,” says owner Amanda Bradshaw. “Every visit is tailored to the client, not corporate quota.” To achieve true relaxation, renewal, and restoration, you can’t just rely on ready-made and mass-produced services. Spa Life customizes each service not only to the client’s desires but to what will be most effective and beautiful in the long run. “We believe,” says Amanda, “we are our best competition; we strive for complete customer satisfaction. Every day is a new day for our spa to make you look and feel your best.”
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Best Marketing Agency
LOCALS LOVE LIST
Everyone is selling something; it’s just a matter of what. Our job is to help our clients tell a story that attracts attention and acquires customers.
DESIGN EXTENSIONS JAY OWEN AND TEAM KNOWN FOR... HELP BUSINESSES GROW THROUGH DIGITAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS INCLUDING WEBSITE DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT, SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION, ONLINE ADS, AND SOCIAL MEDIA.
(877) 378-6101 701 Market Street, Unit 101 www.designextensions.com
ay Owen and his team at Design Extensions have been helping people grow their businesses long before the boom of social media marketing. For nearly twenty years, they’ve grown year over year, and they love passing on these secrets to their success. An in-house team of designers, developers, copywriters, and strategists allows them to streamline their clients’ websites and every aspect of their digital marketing. In an age where digital marketing is multi-faceted and competition is everincreasing, having a team with a wide variety of skills on your side is a huge advantage. The team at Design Extensions is continually improving their work and remaining up-to-date with the evolving market. They are a Google Partner, which means members of their team have passed Google certifications in AdWords, digital online sales, and more. They’ve also received certifications in inbound marketing, search engine optimization, and multiple areas of design. You’ll frequently find Jay and his team attending conferences, interacting in online communities, or even just catching up on some reading to stay at the forefront of a constantly-evolving industry. Beyond design and marketing expertise, Design Extensions has developed a reputation as a business that cares about its people, its families, and the community that it works so hard to build. Their motivation will always be on a personal level – helping people grow their businesses. "We love to work with companies where we can act as a partner in their marketing efforts," says Jay. "We operate as an extension of their business, providing the digital skills and technical resources to accomplish complicated online digital marketing with ease." One of Design Extensions latest marketing expansions has been Jay's podcast and book by the same title, “Building a Business that Lasts.” Through this resource, they hope to help businesses learn to last through all seasons, regardless of circumstances.
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Best Place... ...to Buy a Gift
Market Street Boutique
...to Go Thrifting Betty Griffin House
...to Buy Beach Gear
Shop & Play...
Best Place to Buy A Gift
...to Redecorate Your Space West to East
...to Buy for a Guy Surf Station
Best Boutique Rochelle's Clothing
MARKET STREET BOUTIQUE
KIMBERLY PATALANO AND TEAM
When you walk through the doors, the bright colors, adorable gifts, and smiling faces are a breath of fresh air. “I absolutely love,” says Kimberly, “when I hear how much someone loves our store. I love walking into a restaurant and seeing our bags at a birthday or hearing ladies talking about how much they enjoy stopping in! It's super cool to know my boutique has an effect on others in such a bright way.”
159 Palencia Village Drive, Suite 103
841 S Ponce de Leon Boulevard
(904) 800-9591 – www.marketstreetb.com
Best Marketing Agency Design Extensions
Friendliest Staff Funkytown Fitness
e all get a little spark of joy when we find something that makes us or our lives just a little more beautiful. And making life a little more beautiful is the business that Kimberly and Market Street Boutique are in. Whether it be a fragrant candle to brighten up your home, a cheerful planner to get you feeling productive, even a big sun hat to help you look put together, Market Street Boutique is the local go-to shop for unique gifts and trendy brands.
DJ & Lindsay at Ancient City Real Estate
Best Financial Planner Denise Hagan at Northwestern Mutual
Best Mortgage Broker Homestar
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Shot on location at DJ and Lindsey's recent Lincolnville renovation they transformed into an AirBnB that sleeps 18.
When it comes to selling or buying your home in St. Augustine, heart matters. Heart brings change. Heart gets results. We love the Ancient City.
DJ AND LINDSEY ANCIENT CITY REAL ESTATE KNOWN FOR... SELLING MORE HOMES IN THE 904 THAN ANYONE ELSE...WITH ONLY FIVE STAR REVIEWS!
(904) 574-4884 900 Anastasia Boulevard www.moveto904.com
uying a home is one of life’s biggest decisions. But before you sign the papers for the home of your dreams, there are a million little decisions that must be made first. If you’re going to have confidence in these crucial little decisions that lead to the crucial big decision, you have to have someone on your side that you trust. For twelve years, DJ DellaSala and Lindsey Skye Maguire at Ancient City Real Estate have been buying and selling with their clients at the heart of their operation. “We believe that the role of the real estate agent,” says DJ, “will continue to change from being the gatekeeper of information to being the trusted advisor who interprets, packages, and presents concise information to the client.” The Northeast Florida real estate market is complex and can be intimidating, so buyers and sellers alike need an advocate who not only knows the local market but has their best interests in mind. Becoming the duo who sells the most homes in the 904 has not been an easy task. DJ and Lindsey have created a high-powered team of ten agents who are young, hungry, and equipped with all the necessary tools to be successful in a competitive and ever-changing market. They all regularly attend conferences across the country to learn the newest technologies and techniques that help them stand out from the crowd. They have an intricate and intimate knowledge of the local area and expertly utilize social media and video to give listings that extra bit of exposure. The real estate market in St. Johns County can be overwhelming, so when a big buying or selling decision is in front of you, you want a team who will operate with expertise and excellence and stays true to their core values. “Act with integrity,” says Lindsey. “Create amazing experiences. Move Fast. Give back. Win together.”
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Best Financial Planner
Making a huge impact on her clients’ lives, providing extraordinarily meaningful information and freeing them to reach their financial goals.
NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL WEALTH MANAGEMENT COMPANY DENISE HAGAN, CHFC®, CLU®, RHU®
KNOWN FOR... WE EMPOWER YOU TO MAKE OPTIMAL USE OF YOUR WEALTH…MAKING YOUR MONEY WORK AS HARD FOR YOU AS YOU WORKED FOR IT…SO YOU CAN BE CONFIDENT AND IMPACTFUL WITH YOUR LIFE.
(904) 484-7756 108 Sea Grove Main St., Ste. C www.denisehagan.nm.com
Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI (NM) (life and disability insurance, annuities and life insurance with long-term care benefits) and its subsidiaries. Denise Hagan is an Insurance Agent of NM. Registered Representative of Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (securities), a subsidiary of NM, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, and member FINRA and SIPC. Representative of Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company®, Milwaukee, WI (fiduciary and feebased financial planning services), a subsidiary of NM and federal savings bank.
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omen and Money: Typically, Denise helps working women who handle their finances and are concerned about making wrong decisions that could prevent them from reaching their goals or even cause them to burden their families. Before working with her, they feel anxious that they’re not doing everything they could do with their wealth. And they’re often frustrated with being sold to or feeling like they’re not being heard or listened to by other advisors. As a woman in a male-dominated field, Denise had to focus on making a name for herself by providing even more value to her clients. She has been able to shine by relating better to her female clients so that she can build lasting relationships. Motivation: Denise has been in the financial business for more than 38 years. Shortly after she and her husband, Ed, moved to Florida in 2004, Ed almost died. In fact, he’s almost died 3 times since the move…so Denise knows how quickly life can change and how important it is to have a plan. What distinguishes you? With her Lazy Dollar Energizer System™, Denise helps women become extremely efficient with their money. She helps her clients optimize the use of every single dollar so their money works as hard for them as they worked for it. Denise empowers women to make better decisions with their money. Her clients come away feeling confident, secure about their finances, freed up to follow their heart. They find the process easy, calming, and extremely meaningful, which has a huge impact on their lives. Her clients become efficient and strategic about their decisions. They feel so good, they often tell her that they’ve had the best night’s sleep they’ve ever had. And that’s why she loves what she’s doing.
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Michael's Tasting Room
Best Outdoor Dining Caps on the Water
Brewz |n| Dawgz
Best Food Truck
Wine & Dine...
Best Wine List
Best Latte Kookaburra
Best Vegetarian Menu Present Moment Cafe
Best Local Seafood Catch 27
Dessert First Bistro
Best Quick Lunch Low Tide Food Co.
DESSERT FIRST BISTRO
CHEF SEBASTIAN SIKORA
123 Burger House
...See a Live Band Prohibition Kitchen
...Take a Foodie Floridian
...for Date Night
n incredible view of the Intracoastal plus a quaint and energetic atmosphere plus a lot of homemade desserts is a pretty foolproof equation for an amazing restaurant. And in the past two years, that equation has proved sound for Dessert First Bistro. They’ve made a name for themselves again and again by the sheer quality of the food that they serve and a menu where every item is a show stopper. It doesn’t need to be complicated, just made with excellence. “Our goal,” says Chef Sebastian Sikora, “is to make your small time with us the best experience of your day.” The dishes on the menu all come from the made-from-scratch kitchen of a well-trained and passionate staff. And the huge selection of always housemade desserts is in a world of its own. What keeps guests coming back for more is a commitment to quality, consistency, and love. “Put love into everything you do,” says Sebastian, “and it translates.”
La Cocina International Restaurant
...Watch a Game Candlelight
(904) 417-0468 – 121 Yacht Club Drive www.dessertfirstbistro.com
Best Restaurant for Date Night
Best Pediatrician Ancient City Pediatrics
OBGYN & Associates
Best Veterinarian Del Mar Veterinarian
Best Urgent Care Healing Arts Clinic
Health & Wellness...
LA COCINA INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANT CHEF NORBERTO JARAMILLO
Chef Norberto Jaramillo has created a perfect blend of cultural staples and unique ingredients. You can sample seared Ostrich or Spanish Octopus as your appetizer, try seafood favorite Bouillabaisse or order a classic Filet Mignon. No matter your tastes, you’ll leave full and happy. Whether you’re searching for the perfect place to celebrate an anniversary or birthday, trying to make a date night extra special, or just craving something new and delicious, La Cocina will fulfill all your needs. And with its amazing location, an after-dinner walk on the beach will certainly be on the agenda.
(904) 461-8288 – 530 A1A Beach Boulevard www.lacocinarestaurants.com
ituated in the beachside hotel, Castillo Real, La Cocina International Restaurant has been a local favorite since it first opened its doors. The intimate eatery has an elegant, cozy atmosphere that is only enhanced by the amazing food that comes out of the kitchen.
Best Attorney Adrianne Gillis
Kresge, Platt & Abare
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Style STYLE WITH SOME BITE By Molly Wilson | Photography by Brian Miller
hen we decided to feature our resident sharktooth hunter, Justin Ashton (page 36), we assumed that he was just a collector. As we learned a little more about him, however, we found that he can also add “artist” to his resume. Justin collects a lot of teeth. And rather than just keeping them for himself, he decided to make shark teeth art works and shark teeth pendants. These pendants are quintessentially St. Augustine. They’re a piece of the history and beauty of the area, created from something natural that ties you to the earth around you. A perfect gift for men or women, the colors and size of the pendants vary enormously, so each piece will be as unique as the animal that it came from. Aesthetic pleasure and conversation starter all in one, the pendant is more than just a piece of jewelry. Justin's pendants can be found at dhd HOME, where you'll also find a few works of art that he creates from the broken teeth and small pieces that he finds in his exploration.
Inside: Trendsetter // St. Augustine Souvenirs // Too Hot to Handle // A Day at the Beach // Home Style
7 8 1 - RUNNING SHOES "I found Brooks Ghost Series shoes a few years back and love their smooth ride and plush fit." Brooks Ghost Series running
shoes, available at Nordstrom
2 - LIPSTICK "I love any makeup that lasts the duration of a day!"
Maybelline Super Stay Matte in Heroine, available at WalMart
3 - PILLOW "I’m passionate about products made by artists and companies I believe in. I was asked to collaborate with the Catstudio team when they designed this!"
St. Augustine pillow, available at Artsy Abode
4 - SUNGLASSES "Yup - my guilty pleasure and dreading the day I lose or break these!” "The Party" sunglasses,
available at Louis Vuitton
If you've ever been into Artsy Abode, you won't be surprised that we turned to owner Leah Lytle for some style advice. She's just as bright, vibrant, and cheery as the vacation lifestyle she sells. So whether you're on the lookout for a custom-designed way to show your love for St. Augustine or just dying to bring some color into your life, Leah is the lifestyle guru you need. Photography by Brian Miller
t-shirt, available at Artsy Abode
6 - HEADPHONES “While running and lifting it's great not to be tied to any cords - and Bose has sound that can't be matched." Wireless
headphones, available at Bose.com
7 - SHOES "I love that this high style shoe also is so comfortable! We designed these with Jack Rogers for Gators fans." Stadium
Jack shoes, available at Artsy Abode
5 - SHIRT “I love wearing our Mer*Made shirts for how soft and comfortable they are. The colors are so vibrant.” Mer*Made
8 - LAZY SUSAN "The brand Sticks was my initial inspiration for opening a retail store. We custom designed this lazy susan to celebrate St. Augustine." St. Augustine Lazy
Susan, available at Artsy Abode www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
7 Deadly Mistakes That Will Cost You Thousands When You Sell Your St. Augustine Home St. Augustine - A new report has just been released which reveals 7 costly mistakes that most homeowners make when selling their home, and a 9 Step System that can help you sell your home fast and for the most amount of money.
The good news is that each and every one of these mistakes is entirely preventable. In answer to this issue, industry insiders have prepared a free special report entitled “The 9 Step System to Get Your Home Sold Fast and For Top Dollar”.
This industry report shows clearly how the traditional ways of selling homes have become increasingly less and less effective in todays market. The fact of the matter is that fully three quarters of home sellers don’t get what they want for their homes and become disillusioned and - worse - financially disadvantaged when they put their homes on the market.
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This report is courtesy of XCELLENCE - Lic.# CQ1027019. Not intended to solicit buyers or sellers currently under contract. Copyright © 2018
ST. AUGUSTINE SOUVENIRS
Forget shot glasses and snow globes. From handbags to wine, there are a lot more stylish ways to show your love for the Ancient City. 1 - BAG Grocery shopping just got a little more stylish! Declare your love for the city every time you head to the farmers market.
Available at Obscura
2 - MUG Sure, a mug is a pretty standard souvenir, but they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all this delicious. Your Monday morning cup of coffee just got a little more adorable.
Available at Declaration & Co.
3 - SHIRT The STA FLA shirt is trendy cool and made right here in St. Augustine.
Available from STA FLA
4 - WINE Raise a glass to this Vinters Red, designed after the St. Augustine Lighthouse.
Available at San Sebastian Winery 5 - BOARD When calligraphy pays homage to the coordinates of this little city, we just can't resist!
Available at Rose & Pearl
6 - MATCHES Add a little vintage charm to your home decor with a matchbox from sunny Florida.
Available from M.C. Pressure
7 - NECKLACE This gold necklace give just a little subtle, Sunshine State style.
Available at Goldfinch Boutique
8 - TEA Nothing says Florida quite like the taste of citrus.
Available at Declaration & Co.
9 - BOOK Nothing makes a better coffee table book for locals than a study of the hotel that made this city such a destination (written by a beloved Flagler professor).
Available from University Press
L E T US I N SP I RE Y O U R S U R O U N DI NG S
Discover our new arrivals!
Interior Design Home Furnishings Lighting Home Accents & DÃ©cor Bedding Fabric Window Treatments Rugs Art
904.217.4150 w w w . p ea c e lo v e h o m e. n et
In Store Monday / Friday / Saturday 10am - 5pm Tuesday - Thursday 10am - 6pm
TOO HOT TO HANDLE
This city has its fair share of locally-made hot sauces. They'll spice up your life, add some heat to your dishes, and make your tastebuds tingle.
1 - COWGILL A sweet, smoky start with just the right amount of kick, this is a sauce that won’t overpower the food you put it on. It’ll just enhance it.
2 - DAT'S NICE Grilling, dipping, just eating straight out of the bottle...there’s really no way that you can go wrong with this one.
3 - FLORIDA GREEK GUY Cayenne peppers, jalapeño peppers, banana peppers, tumeric, and lime juice make one serious hot sauce.
4 - SAN AUGUSTIN These peppers are slow smoked to give them a natural mesquite flavor that blends perfectly with the slight sweetness of the datil.
5 - OLD ST. AUGUSTINE Thick and tangy with just the right amount of heat, this barbeque sauce is a serious party pleaser.
6 - DAT'L DO IT They’re highly concentrated and they’ll knock you off your feet. But you’ll be glad they did!
7 - MINORCAN DATIL PEPPER If regular datil pepper heat isn’t enough for you, try something even hotter with the Minorcan Datil Extra Hot Sauce.
8 - MINORCAN MIKE'S A delicious complement to breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And if you like some heat in your Bloody Marys, this is what you need.
(sale is on in-stock jewelry only)
1811 US 1 SOUTH, ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32084 (904) 824-5145 www.nettlesfinejewelry.com facebook.com/nettlesfinejewelry
Uptown Casual Dining
êêêêê “This is one of the most beautiful and quaint spots in St. Augustine! Whether you are a tourist or a local it’s always a great time. If the weather is good.. You can sit outside...it’s gorgeous. They have a FANTASTIC bar. It’s like you get a different experience each time ..depending on the time of day...where you sit...and time of year...” A Google Review
limelight-theatre.org 904.825.1164 11 Old Mission Ave.
R emarkable P lace for R emarkable D ining
Courtyard & Indoor Dining Sunday Brunch n Dinner Full Bar n Free Parking Available
102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, Fl 32084 n (904) 824-7211 n RaintreeRestaurant.com
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C O M E B AC K T O T H E F I V E A N D D I M E JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN Drama • Matuza Mainstage
YO U T H I M P R O V Summer Camp • Grades 4 - 8
GUYS & DOLLS JR. Summer Camp • Grades 4 - 12
BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL Summer Camp • Grades 9 - 12
H E AT H E R S T H E M U S I C A L Musical • Matuza Mainstage
W I L LY W O N K A K I D S Summer Camp • Grades K - 3
OCEANS OF FUN Summer Camp • Grades K - 3
SQUIRM! Summer Camp • Grades K - 3
TEEN IMPROV Summer Camp • Grades 9 - 12
GO FISH! Summer Camp • Grades K - 3
A DAY AT THE BEACH With the heat at its high point, we're all ready to spend our days splashing in the waves. These local retailers can help you make the most of your time on the sand.
1 - BAG What better way to celebrate summer and enjoy your time on the sand than with a brightlycolored bag and a pun?
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From childhood home to modern family retreat, Cody and Britnye Shore transitioned the perfect house from one generation to the next. . By Shannon O'Neil | Photography by Leonard Blush
hen it came time for Cody and Britnye Shore to find the perfect home for their young family, they knew just the place. Tucked beneath moss-draped oaks on a quiet street a few blocks north of downtown St. Augustine, the little three-bedroom cottage the couple chose was the perfect size, with the perfect mix of historic charm and renovation potential – plus, they didn’t even have to change the name on the mailbox.
But even with the home’s built-in nostalgia, there were still a few things in the 1943-built bungalow that the new generation of Shores knew they wanted to change. “Because the house is over fifty years old, the rooms were all pretty small,” says Britnye. In fact, the kitchen, living and dining rooms were all compartmentalized into separate, cramped spaces. With two energetic toddlers who needed plenty of room to run and play, the family embraced the idea of a more open concept floor plan.
Cody was just a toddler in 1987 when his parents first bought the bungalow that he now shares with his wife and two young children. The first generation of Shores stayed in the house over two decades, right up through high school when Cody and Britnye first met. After attending Flagler College together and getting married in 2006, the second generation of Shores started their family in 2012 with daughter Nola Mae and soon after added a son, Hendricks. By 2014, they needed a place to lay down permanent roots.
Led by husband and wife team Annie and Brandy Holland, of East Coast Design & Construction, Britnye and Cody embarked on a complete renovation of Cody’s childhood home. The result is the perfect marriage of historic detail and modern convenience. Dark wood trim, crown moldings, and a portrait rail match with the home’s original five-panel doors, a few of which even still have glass doorknobs, staying true to the house’s World War II-era roots.
“We just loved it so much and had so many great memories there already,” says Britnye. “Once we had kids, we knew it was time to buy it so that they could have the same experiences growing up there.”
One other historic element that was important to keep in the home was a special door jamb between the front porch and living room. Stacked in two neat columns are a series of dates and pencil marks – one noting Cody’s www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
Residents: Cody, Britnye, Nola Mae, and Hendricks Amenities: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open floor plan Size: 1400 square feet
A historic home with a modern f ee l! growth from 1987 through 1996 and one that starts in 2015 with a line for Nola Mae. Outside of those important historic elements that survived the transition from one Shore generation to the next, much of the home’s other decorative styles had to go. The old black-and-white checkerboard flooring that once covered the kitchen and laundry room were ripped out, along with the dark cabinets and appliances that made the room feel even smaller. Now, beautiful, dark stained hardwood floors run throughout the kitchen, living, and dining rooms. Towering white cabinets with plenty of storage flank stainless appliances, including a modern double-oven and matching stainless hood.
“Once we had kids, we knew it was time to buy it so that they could have the same experiences growing up there.”
“The kids love it because they can ride their bicycles right through the middle of the house,” says Cody. Now six and four yearsold respectively, Nola Mae and Hendricks have perfected a closed circuit from their playroom on the enclosed front porch, through the living and dining rooms, around the kitchen island, and back. Along the route, the kids’ reflections bounce off the tin ceiling in the living room before they zip around the largest obstacle in their path – an eightand-a-half-foot custom made dining table.
“We love to entertain and have family over,” says Britnye. “It’s another benefit to opening up the house a little more that we now have more space for everyone to gather.”
The striking dining room table was custom-designed and built by local firefighter and artist , Noah D. White. It's a perfect setting for entertaining and adds a contemporary feel to the home (while still fitting in the historic atmosphere).
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Britnye and Cody knocked down walls and tore up floors to get the space brighter, lighter, and more open. The little ones are especially happy with the change now that they can ride their bikes straight through the house.
Glass doo r knobs stay true to the home 's history The table, along with a few other select pieces makeup, waxing, nail care, and more. The in the home, were built by Cody’s business quickly grew to encompass fellow St. Johns County Firefighter both a permanent location off Old and local artist Noah D. White. Dixie Highway and a mobile studio “Noah is an extremely talented available to rent for weddings and "It’s another woodworker and he’s very special other events. With such tremendous to our family,” says Cody. success came new opportunities. benefit to One other important aspect of the Shores’ home renovation was the addition of a second bathroom. By reducing the size of their laundry room, Cody and Britnye were able to top off their new spin on an old home with a spa-like master bath complete with double-headed shower.
opening up the house a little more that we now have more space for everyone to gather.”
Around the same time that the Shores completed their renovation and finally settled in to their home, Britnye launched her own business with The Bardot Beauty Lounge, a full-service salon offering hair styling,
In the spring of 2018, Britnye and Cody decided to transition their house to an Airbnb and move their family to Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina to launch a new location for the Bardot, while still maintaining their flagship store in St. Augustine.
“We will still be coming home at least once a month,” says Britnye. “Not just because we have business to conduct here, but because this is really our heart.”
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f you’ve spent any time on the local social media platforms in the past few months, you’ll already know who Jonny Brenns is. In case you haven’t, it’s about time you met him. Jonny started making headlines back in March when he auditioned for American Idol (without giving his parents a heads up), and his sultry voice won over judges and viewers alike. “The audition process is very interesting,” laughs Jonny. “It is definitely long, stressful, and separates the weak from the strong, but it is well worth it. You never know what may happen!” The 18-year-old St. Augustinian’s interest in music started when he was young, performing in school musicals. It wasn’t until a little while later, however, that it blossomed into a real passion. Jonny taught himself guitar and began to relearn piano, and the instrumental skill allowed him to begin composing music of his own.
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American Idol was the first show that Jonny auditioned for, and though he didn’t make it past the Top 10, it helped him realize his dream of pursuing music in the long run. “I do plan on pursuing music,” says Jonny, “and will most likely be moving out to either Los Angeles or Nashville to be able to network and connect with people that could help continue and grow my career. If that route does not pan out, I plan on going to Berkelee College of Music in Boston, studying Music Business, and entering the industry from the other side. That way, even if I am unable to make my personal dreams come true, I can keep an eye out for someone like me that needs a helping hand.” www.facebook.com/jonnybrennsmusic
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BUYERS SOURCE REALTY A trio of local, accomplished real estate professionals is dedicated to guiding families easily and effortlessly through their home purchase. By Meeka Anne | Photography by Brian Miller
ounded on the strength of family and passion for real estate, Buyers Source Realty is a unique resource for home buyers. Chip McGraw, along with his father Ron McGraw teamed up to create a buyer’s agent service, and their mission statement is to put every home buyer at ease. After hearing a host of stories from friends and family about the complications and disappointments faced while purchasing a home, Ron and Chip realized they possessed the perfect blend of expertise to open an exclusive buyer’s agent business. Ron’s experience in real estate coupled with Chip’s business and marketing expertise create the perfect platform of knowledge to help real estate buyers navigate the process. The real estate spirit of Chip McGraw’s family extends back five generations. Chip says, “My family instilled a love of real estate in me at an early age. My maternal great great grandfather came to FL as a real estate investor and developer and settled in Northeast Florida in the 1890’s on the west side of the St. Johns River in an area known as Ortega. My dad
was involved in commercial and agricultural lending, and he often took us on visits to sites his bank was financing.” Even though Ron McGraw was born in Ohio, his early arrival in Florida at age 19 qualifies him as a true local. Ron came to Ocala as a young naval recruit stationed at the Navy bombing range in the Ocala National Forest. After his service, Ron went on to graduate from the University of Florida and eventually gravitated to Real Estate Brokerage after retiring from a successful career in commercial real estate lending. His 45 years of experience in the field enables him to guide homebuyers effortlessly through all phases of the process. Growing up in Ocala, Chip McGraw had plenty of opportunities to enjoy the history and culture of St. Augustine. He spent summers on St. Augustine Beach surfing and enjoying the salt life. After attending the Bolles School in Jacksonville, he had no trouble deciding on Flagler College to further his studies. Upon completion of his degree, Chip embarked on a long-held dream and moved to Costa Rica to blend his loves of surfing and business. While www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
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Thespian Society’s Florida Junior Competition with one of her costume designs. She had never competed in anything like it before and went to the state competition. She said the experience was “intense” but something she will never forget. “Doing costume design gives me great insight into the characters and the show – much more than acting does.” She loves the beautiful art of costume design and points out that one does not need to have natural drawing ability in order to be a costume designer. “It involves swatches, fabric samples, and drawings, and pulling it all together can be a challenge.” Her involvement in the arts program at Murray and now at St. Augustine High School led Colleen to a seemingly natural next step for her future. She began participating in summer camps at Limelight Theatre for teens, and then worked as an intern for the younger, elementary aged kids. So naturally, she is going to pursue a theater-related major to study in college, right? Nope. Colleen, a self-proclaimed “major science geek,” is hoping to pursue biomedical engineering. What is it about science that enthralls her so much? “I love the way science asks questions, and I love to figure out the answers!” In “Doing fifth grade, Colleen’s uncle bought costume her a chemistry kit geared towards design gives ninth grade students. She used any item she could find to perform me great experiments. When I expressed insight amazement that she didn’t blow up into the her house, she sheepishly grinned characters and confessed, “Well, I did burn “I think of and the a hole in my mother’s kitchen myself as –a much cabinets. She wasn’t too happy show success story about that.” more than
COLLEEN REED A hole in her mother’s kitchen cabinets paired with summer internships at the Limelight Theatre makes the jump to biomedical engineering a no brainer. Right? By Lynette Snell | Photography by David Steele
olleen Reed is cheerful when she sits down next to me at a local coffee shop. Her shy sincerity draws me in, and we easily begin chatting. Although Colleen is a St. Augustine native, she grew up in Daytona and Palm Coast before her family moved back to St. Augustine in middle school. After a brief acting career with an
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When discussing why biomedical engineering is her specific interest, Colleen grows somber and says it’s largely due to her Grandmother’s influence. Her grandmother passed away at aged 68 from lung cancer. As she was nearing the end of her life, she told Colleen that one day she would figure out a way to cure cancer. That sentiment has never left Colleen.
But her theatrical life will not be left entirely behind. She loves being on stage and the feeling of stepping into characters. She questioned whether she wanted to give all that up and decided probably not. The theater and all it offers is a part of her that she is not ready to close the door on. Her rising star stands poised in the wings, ready to take center stage. It just might be for an audience of scientists instead of theater-goers.
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For some, protecting our environment is more than a mere duty. It's a heartfelt way of life and a daily practice. By Teddy Regis | Photography by David Steele
hether it’s St. Augustine's rejuvenating beaches or its calming rivers, our waterways draw locals and tourists from near and far. The next time you're enjoying them, you might remember a local advocate on a mission to keep them clean. Jessica Gott is president and founder of North Florida Coastal Caretakers (NFCC), a non-profit organization committed to keeping our beaches and rivers free of unwelcome debris. Raised in a military family, Jessica was born in Germany before growing up in Texas, and eventually relocating to Florida. She has called St. Augustine home for six years. Jessica was an athletic kid. She played volleyball, basketball, and ran track. But she wasn't one dimensional. Looking back, she describes herself as a “tomboy princess.” After moving to Orlando, Jessica attended UCF with initial aspirations of travel writing. She earned a degree in Humanities and is now a certified paralegal specializing in environmental and land use law. Jessica is mommy to a Yorkie-Maltese named Tiffany who is a princess in her own right. You may have seen Tiffany grace the pages of St. Augustine Humane Society calendars over the years. Jessica remembers the moment that sparked
her foray into activism - it was on the Fourth of July some years ago when she saw a man flick a cigarette butt onto the beach. She assumed he was a tourist. When she realized he was a resident, Jessica thought, "How could he do that to his own beach?" In time, she messaged eight friends - inviting them to join her for an informal beach clean up. They all attended and brought friends along. "Everyone had such a great time," recalls Jessica. Demand for more events increased. Regarding initial enthusiasm, Jessica says, "If I didn't have that, it probably would have ended there. It's so rewarding to hear 'I am never using a plastic water bottle again.' That's the kind of impact we're trying to make."
January 2016, NFCC was born, and a 501(c)(3) was established.
"It's so rewarding to hear 'I am never using a plastic water bottle again.'" says Jessica. "That's the kind of impact we're trying to make. I'd like to see... changes in legislation at the local level."
Becoming acquainted with local environmentalist, Adam Morley, was another significant part of Jessica's journey. She has an extensive food and beverage background, and Adam was one of her regular customers. He always ordered beverages without a straw. This led to conversations about protecting the environment. Adam encouraged Jessica to formally spear-head her own non-profit. In www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
In terms of new goals, Jessica says, "I'd like to see changes in legislation at the local level." An ordinance proposing a single-use carryout bag ban within St. Augustine Beach was recently drafted. The month of April saw the test run of a reusable bag program. In May, feedback was given to city commissioners. This is all part of Jessica's vision of changing consumer habits beyond recycling.
When she isn't spearheading river and beach cleanups, Jessica and her boyfriend Jeremy go boating, attend fundraisers, and chow down at Meehan's. Jessica recently made a personal decision to go vegan. "I cannot preach to people about singleuse plastic and littering when I’m not doing everything I can.” For Jessica, it’s a commitment to personal integrity and freeness of speech. If Jessica’s experiences to date are any indication, this Renaissance woman is only getting started. www.nfloridacc.org
This family of four is living their St. Augustine life with a lot of love, food, and fun â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and just a little baseball and paddleboarding thrown in. Photography by Dawn Wallace
Meet the Lanham family. About twelve years ago, Scott and Stefanie met and started their love story. Not long after, they got married and had their two boys, Owen and Quinn. Then they started their food truck Low Tide Food Company that later expanded into a brick and mortar business. And though their restaurant takes up a lot of their time (it's even the boys' favorite place to eat!), they're always ready to take a moment to enjoy each other as a family. They love to let their inner beach bum out and stand-up paddleboard or splash in the waves. When mom and dad get a rare date, you'll find them strolling St. George Street for ice cream in the courtyard. These quiet The Lanham family pictured nights away are the perfect time to engage from left: Quinn 5, Scott with each other and have a chance to fall (Dad) 41, Stefanie (Mom) in love all over again. Scott and Stefanie 30, Owen 7 are raising their boys to love family time together and love their hometown.
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will find us cheering on the Orioles at the St. Augustine Little League fields. The boys have made so many great friends by playing baseball and moving up through this league and we love spending our evenings and Saturdays here and watching the boys learn and grow.
One place we've always wanted to go, but never been is...Potter's
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Favorite place to let the kids loose? Davenport
Park, the one with the carousel. The park is big and we let the kids run free and play with all the other boys and girls. Of course no trip to "Carousel Park" (as our boys call it) is complete without at least a half dozen rides.
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Dr. Bonnie Wells is thriving in the field of Agricultural Science and showing those in the maledominated field that women have no problem getting their hands dirty. By Meeka Anne Photography by Brian Miller
nitially, Dr. Bonnie Wells wanted to pursue a career in journalism, but her history pulled her back to the farmland that runs through her veins. She grew up in the agriculturally-rich heart of the Mississippi Delta; her father managed grain bins and her mother worked as a secretary for 35 years at Mississippi State University’s Delta Research and Extension Center in nearby Stoneville. Bonnie’s winding educational journey led her to become a Doctor of Plant Medicine. This achievement began with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry in 2003 and culminated with an additional four years of classes, labs, and internships in the agricultural fields of Louisiana before receiving her DPM from UF in 2013. After Bonnie’s mom was diagnosed with cancer, her journey led her home to Leland. While there, she worked for six years in DREC’s Plant Pathology department where she studied ways to manage fungal diseases and nematodes attacking soybeans, cotton, rice, and wheat. This research sparked her fascination for fungi and the microscopic world. “I became fascinated with fungi and the diversity of life that we can’t see with our naked eyes,” Bonnie says, “I spent hours under
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prices but also higher expenses. Many of them grow on netted trellises, so the labor demand to plant, maintain, and harvest these crops is tremendous. The goal of Dr. Wells and the agricultural program in St. Johns County is to help growers find solutions to their production challenges by helping them grow more, using less, thereby increasing their profits and sustainability. “We aim to educate the communities,” says Bonnie, “so there is an appreciation and respect for where their food comes from, and in return, they will understand that it is respectfully produced and of the highest quality possible.”
“Our local farms,” she says, “...are diversifying. Asian vegetable acreage has been increasing, and we are seeing more sweet potatoes... Artichokes and sweet corn are trending this year, and certified organic production is gaining interest. Stay tuned!”
At the end of a day, Bonnie says, “It is a blessing to be able to get out into the field, experiencing nature every day.” www.sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/stjohns
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Determined to define her own destiny at a relatively early age, St. Augustine native Emma Moseley has forged an uncompromising musical path to success. Written and photographed by Steve Parr
any kids growing up in Lincolnville don’t spend a lot of time thinking about what the next 30 or 40 years of their life will be like. That wasn’t the case with Emma Moseley. From an early age, she had a pretty good idea on where her life’s journey would take her. She was going to be a musician. With the exception of a three year period spent in Georgia (her stepfather was an Army Ranger stationed at Fort Benning), Emma has called St. Augustine home. While in Georgia, Emma’s mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, and Emma dropped out of high school to help care for her mom while her step-father was deployed overseas. During this time, Emma enrolled in online schooling and got her high school diploma at the ripe old age of 15. “I graduated three whole years before my class. I was working a 40 hour a week job at 16 years old and playing music full time on top of it. I had a much different upbringing than a lot of kids.”
When Emma was only 13, she was invited to play an “open mic” at Tradewinds Lounge. It was at Tradewinds where she met the people who would one day be her musical peers and she was welcomed with open arms. “I was there every Thursday, playing until they basically kicked me out.”
While living in Georgia, she would regularly visit St. Augustine to see her father. It was during one of these visits, when Emma was only 13, that she was invited to play an “open mic” at Tradewinds Lounge. It was at Tradewinds where she met the people who would one day be her musical peers and she was welcomed with open arms. “I was there every Thursday, playing until they basically kicked me out.” During the years between her first Tradewinds
gig and a four-song demo recorded with Jim DeVito at Retrophonics Recording Studios in Crescent Beach, she formed a duo with friend Bobby Turner (who would later join The Emma Moseley Band) and went by the name The Southern Wailers. By the time she was 17 years old, Emma was touring. “We started touring and we made a living; made really good money, actually.”
of the first album “Face South” in 2014 came a tour, consisting primarily of club dates. “We played a lot of free shows and a lot of empty rooms. We paid our dues.” It was when they were gearing up to record their second album, “949,” that the band started getting calls to not only play festivals like “Rhythm & Ribs” in St. Augustine, but also “South By Southwest” in Austin, Texas where they played before a sea of 100,000 people. They also started getting calls to open for national touring acts like Ana Popovich and Ted Nugent.
Emma was around 19 when the idea of “The Emma Moseley Band” started being talked about. It was around this time when she met former Puddle Of Mudd bassist Sean Sammon. “We started writing together a little to see if it would work out, and it did.” With the release
At only 28 years old, Emma Moseley has driven down a musical road that takes some people a lifetime to travel, and she shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
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2ND ALARMERS ASSOCIATION
When firefighters are out battling the flames and saving life, a group of men and women are standing with them, giving much needed behind-the-scenes support. By Carmen Fleischmann | Photography by Betty Kirschbaum
hether from arson or accidental spark, little to no area of the state of Florida is left untouched by fire. Firefighters are living, breathing heroes that keep the flames at bay and hinder them from consuming life and property. Weighted down with protective gear, sweating to a level few other professionals endure, they brave the heat. What keeps them going? Is anyone able to lend a hand and enable them to refuel before returning to the battlefield? More than three years ago, Dave Kirschbaum and a friend sat down for dinner and dreamt up a way to help firefighters and first responders cool down and rehydrate during an emergency call. This dream evolved into 2nd Alarmers Association of St. Johns County, currently a 38-member volunteer organization. “2nd Alarmers was started as a way for St. Johns County residents to be able to give back to our firefighters, our first responders,” said Dave. “They’re always there for us, so we want to be there for them.” Dave drafted a proposal, sent it to the fire rescue chief, and made it his mission to see the project through to fruition. “I thought it was
something we had to do for them and I wasn’t going to give up,” said Dave. While they do not perform any firefighting, rescues or emergency medical services of any kind, they still provide a vital type of aid. They began small, with a handful of helpers arriving on scene to hand out water. Today, the 2nd Alarmers volunteers are fully trained on the fire departments’ air cascade system, which replenishes air bottles for the fire fighters. Additionally, after the fire has been extinguished, volunteers help stow equipment and repack hoses. Taking away tedious tasks allow firefighters to focus on what they have been trained to do – put out fires and minimize loss of life. The organization also assists other types of first responders by serving as an extra set of eyes and hands at high-profile events where injuries or incidents might occur. Once such event is The Players Championship Sawgrass, with which 2nd Alarmers have assisted for the past several years, riding along with medical staff. They also help with the annual St. Augustine Beach Blast Off, where they monitor the crowds and report any incidents. 2nd Alarmers also makes appearances in St. Johns County schools, assisting with fire prevention classes and helping with hands-only CPR training at www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
local high schools. “We do whatever the firefighters need here, because it’s important that they know how much we appreciate them,” said Dave. “We want to do something for them.” As an all volunteer organization, the 2nd Alarmers association relies on a great working relationship with the St. Johns County Fire Rescue. They conduct monthly trainings, gain required certifications, then await the call. Without county funding, they operate solely on community donations and rely on a steady stream of volunteers.
“2nd Alarmers was started as a way for St. Johns County residents to be able to give back to our firefighters, our first responders,” said Dave. “They’re always there for us, so we want to be there for them... We do whatever the firefighters need here."
“We have some who have experience in the fire service – a couple retired law enforcement,” said Dave. “We have lawyers, homemakers, and just St. Johns County residents who want to help.” www.sjcts.org
Not very many people can proudly proclaim the hashtag #weliveinparadise when posting pictures of their hometown. But for St. Johns County residents, the saying couldn't be more true. This place truly is paradise and it's mantained and made available to all of us by the team at the St. Johns County Parks and Recreation department. For your summer schedules, we've outlined our favorite local sites to help you disconnect and explore nature right in our backyard.
lorida is home to a rich and diverse landscape. From the marshes teeming with life to the pristine beaches, there is so much beauty to explore and enjoy. Right here in St. Johns County, we have many of those habitats all concentrated in one place and acres of the natural Florida beauty still preserved. Much of that preservation is thanks to the St. Johns County Parks & Recreation Department. All over the county, they’ve set up and maintained parks that allow for hiking, biking, playtime, sports, and even just exploring nature. In every corner of St. Johns County, you can find playgrounds, natural and paved trails, gardens, dog parks, lookouts, fields for sports of all kinds. The department offers free programs and classes all year round on all different subjects – everything from kayak explorations to identifying animal tracks to growing native Florida plants. It wasn’t until we began working on this feature that
we realized just how expansive the parks of this county are and how much they offer to residents. Of course, these parks don’t just happen on their own. Working tirelessly behind the scenes are the faces of the Parks & Recreation Department. In the department, you have a Park Maintenance Superintendent and a Beach Services Superintendent, an Ocean Pier Coordinator and a Recreation Supervisor, an Environmental Supervisor and the Park Naturalists (who you’ll get to meet on these pages). And that’s only the beginning. Together, they’re maintaining the parks, the flora within them, and the fauna that call them home – making the county just a little more beautiful. So take a class, go on a hike, paddle a kayak, picnic on the beach, kick a ball around, and take your dog on a walk. Whatever you do, take some time to explore and go on an adventure in the St. Johns County parks.
Launch your kayak, boat or SUP in the water at these St. Johns County Boat Ramps Boating Club Road Boat Ramp 615 Boating Club Road Frank Butler West Boat Ramp 400 Riverside Blvd Green Road Boat Ramp 180 Green Rd. Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve N. A1A, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Lighthouse Park Boat Ramp 442 Ocean Vista Ave.32080
Palmetto Road Boat Ramp 395 Palmetto Road
Moultrie Creek Boat Ramp 4805 Shore Drive
Palm Valley Boat Ramp 383 S Roscoe Blvd.
Palmo Road Boat Ramp 8600 Palmo Fish Camp Rd.
Usina Boat Ramp 603 Euclid Ave.
Riverdale Park Boat Ramp 981 CR 13, Fruit Cove, FL 32095
Vilano Boat Ramp 101 Vilano Causeway Doug Crane Boat Ramp 1039 Shore Drive
launch Trout Creek Park Boat Ramp 6795 Collier Rd, Orangedale, FL 32092
In a concerted effort to escape the snow and cold of Rochester, New York, Kelly Ussia went college hunting exclusively in Florida. Active college years of internships, jobs, and volunteer work convinced Kelly that her heart was in education. So after part-time jobs at Marineland Dolphin Adventure and as a Habitat Conservation Plan Technician for St. Johns County Beach Services, she was able to move into her current job of Park Naturalist. On any given day, you’ll find her leading kayak trips, beach walks, public talks, school presentations, outreach events, and other environmental education programs. The other half of the job is more administrative – writing reports, plant and wildlife surveys, creating educational signage, and removing invasive species. Under her Naturalist jurisdiction are Southeast Intracoastal Park, Nease Beachfront Park, part of Vilano Beach, and the Usina Boat Ramp. “The parks are numerous, and all have unique qualities,” says Kelly. “Some parks provide access to our amazing beaches, others to the wonderful views of the marsh, some have cultural and historic sites. The diversity of our parks is endless.” 89
The St. Johns County parks aren't just for hiking trails and exploring nature. All over the county, the little ones can swing and slide, toss a ball, and run around. These are a few of our favorites.
NORTHWEST There are some places that could keep anyone entertained and Veterans Park is one of them. The little ones can swing and slide on the large, sunny playground while your older kids toss or kick a ball on one of the multiple multipurpose fields or even spend some time at the skatepark. At Veterans Park, even your furry friends will have something to do at the dog park. With everybody occupied, enjoy a moment relaxing under the beautiful foliage.
Alpine Groves Park
1332 Veterans Parkway, St. Johns
NORTHEAST So the sun is out and breeze is blowing. The kids are restless, but you’re not feeling like packing up the family and heading to the beach. That’s when a park like Davis Park comes to the rescue. The little ones can spend their time on the expansive playground and the older kids can play on one of eighteen sports fields (while the puppies take a break at the dog parks). They can even spend a little time with a fishing pole at the three stocked fishing ponds.
2060 State Road 13
Canopy Shores & Vaill Point
210 Davis Park Road, Ponte Vedra Beach
SOUTHWEST When the open air is calling your little ones’ names, Al Wilke Park & Community Center will be there for playtime. The six-acre park is home to a large playground as well as a baseball field, tennis courts, basketball courts, a multipurpose field, and a covered picnic area (when playtime gets a little bit exhausting). Active kids will always be entertained. And when the sun gets too hot, head into the center for indoor fun.
800 Christina Drive 630 Vaill Point Road
6150 South Main Street, Hastings
Adjacent to the Riverview Club, along Christina Drive, Canopy Shores Park can be found in the Shores Community. It gets its name from the large oak hammock canopy that offers lovely shade to much of its 33 acres. A one and half mile loop paved trail affords visitors a peaceful way to enjoy nature while hiking, jogging, or even bird watching. You can also find restrooms, parking, and a covered pavilion with picnic tables. Also in the St. Augustine Shores neighborhood is Vaill Point Park, a 23-acre park bordered on the north by Moultrie Creek. It’s panoramic views of the beautiful waterways are the ideal location for picnics and horseback riding. Both of these Shores area parks are pristine places to enjoy the quiet beauty of the neighborhood.
SOUTHEAST Lush, verdant grass spans the length of this 7-acre Collier-Blocker-Puryear Park & Community Center located in West St. Augustine. Send your kids to the large playground while you sit in the covered pavilion – and even make lunch if you feel like grilling. More active kids can head to the tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts or make their way over to the baseball fields or the horseshoe pit. Time to get out and play! 10 North Holmes Boulevard, St. Augustine
Sitting between the St. Johns River and William Bartram Scenic & Historic Highway, Alpine Groves spans 54 acres of Northwest St. Johns County. Visitors of all ages and interests can enjoy the activities, habitats, and structures of this park. An orange grovethemed playground, bathrooms, an outdoor pavilion, and picnic tables are located near the parking lot, while access to the St. Johns River is offered via fishing pier and kayak launch. If you want your trip to the park to be a little more active, the mile-long hiking trail is both handicapped and stroller accessible. The nature of the park is wildly diverse – towering pines, gopher tortoises, and a variety of birds, large live oak, hickory trees, and owls, cypress trees, manatees and alligators. The park is also home to two butterfly gardens and a historical homestead.
405 Palencia Village Drive
Situated adjacent to Palencia Elementary, this beautiful park is an awesome place to bring the kids for a little after-school fun. Underneath the pavilion are picnic tables and grills that are available for reservation, if you feel like hosting a little get-together out in some natural Florida beauty. If you’re on the lookout for something a little more active, you’ll also find basketball courts, three baseball fields, and a multi-purpose field for soccer, football, frisbee, and the like. If your little ones are in need of an imagination boost, send them to the pirate ship-themed playground. Whether you’ve planned out a quiet afternoon lunch or a morning of rousing games, Palencia Park is an ideal location.
You can find this brand new playground at the Canopy Shores Park in the St. Augustine Shores neighborhood. Pack a lunch, stay and play and then walk the paved trails overlooking the Intracoastal to get close to mother nature.
Handicap and stroller accessible trails like this exist all over St. Johns County. Talk about family friendly! You can walk these twists and turns through nature at Vaill Point Park just north of the St. Augustine Shores neighborhood.
In every corner of the county, there are parks with natural and paved trails so that you can enjoy the beauty of Florida's rich and diverse habitats. And there are plenty of parks that encourage you to bring your furry friend along for the ride.
This 50-acre park offers visitors the chance to honor our history at the Veteran’s Memorial Monuments. Each branch of the Armed Forces is represented by an individual monument and a flag. Alongside the memorial are plenty of park amenities for guests to enjoy. Play a game on any of the six full-size, fullylighted multipurpose fields, or shoot some hoops at the four basketball courts. Bring your dog to the large and small dog parks and bring your board to the skatepark. The little ones will enjoy an afternoon on the playground, and the whole family can sit down to lunch at the picnic pavilions. The park is also home to the Creeks Athletic Association. 1332 Veterans Parkway
Dog-Friendly Parks Treaty Park 1595 Wildwood Drive, St. Augustine The nearly one acre dog park features drinking fountains, fire
hydrants, and plenty of open space to run around and catch a ball in. Davis Park 210 Davis Park Road, Ponte Vedra Beach Here you’ll have two dog parks to choose from, and one features a
Bird Island Park Just behind the Ponte Vedra Beach branch of the library sits a magical little park that makes a pristine picnic spot, a flawless strolling and relaxation destination, and an unspoiled setting for small gatherings. Enter through a lovely gazebo and, throughout the park, you can enjoy interactive art sculpture surrounded by native fauna and flora and listen to the trickle of small water features. Four benches sit at the center of a hedged sea turtle maze and a small stage is the center of a labyrinthine storytelling area. A boardwalk surrounds a small pond with Bird Island at the center. You can also find educational signage around the park and learn a little bit more about the ecosystem. 101 Library Boulevard
dog wash (for those extra playful and messy days). Veterans Park 1332 Veterans Parkway, St. Johns The three acres of doggy playground are separated into space for large and small dogs and have a drinking fountain and picnic shelter. Deleon Shores Park 9 Dolphin Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach This Ponte Vedra dog park features an expansive open space as well as a covered bench area for you to
1595 Wildwood Drive
This might be the best park in the county if you’re the kind of person that likes to get out and get active. The 47-acre park has events throughout the year and multiple adult sports leagues. For the softball enthusiasts, you can play at one of four lighted softball fields, or head to a multipurpose field for soccer, kiteflying, Ultimate Frisbee, or even flag football. If you’re more comfortable on a court, choose your game at any of the 6 lighted tennis courts, 8 lighted paddle tennis courts, 8 pickleball courts, 4 racquetball courts, 2 bocce ball courts, or 2 lighted basketball courts. There are bicycle and jogging paths, a playground, picnic and grill pavilion, 3-acre lake, skatepark, and dog park. Whew! What more do you need?
take a rest out of the sun. Ron Parker Park 607 Old Beach Road, St. Augustine If you need some respite from the summer sun, this park is well shaded and offers plenty of fresh water for your dogs to cool off in. Nocatee Community Park 707 Nocatee Center Way If your pup likes to go for a swim, this park – a quarter-mile path centered around a large pond – will be perfect.
Switch out your phone for a pair of binoculars and make a day of exploring the expansive public parks maintained by St. Johns County Parks and Recreation. Enjoy birdwatching, kayaking, biking, and the sounds of nature.
Sometimes there’s nothing better than going outside and having an adventure. And if you team up with the St. Johns County Park Naturalists, that’s easier than ever. Throughout the year, the Parks & Recreation Department hosts free kayak tours, lectures, and nature walks for curious minds to do some exploring. You can learn all about wild edibles and how to find them in nature. Take a walk as the sun sets and do some dolphin spotting. Paddle your kayak along the marsh and even join in a beach cleanup. Park Naturalists, Kelly and AyoLane, guide each program and make sure they’re both informative and fun.
Southeast Intracoastal Waterway
8295 A1A South
Located between Crescent Beach and Fort Matanzas, this 114acre park is bordered by the Matanzas River to the west and A1A to the east. If you’re up for a little exploration, this is the perfect place to see both coastal scrub and the salt marsh along a halfmile paved nature trail. Coastal scrub is home to beautiful live oak trees, and the salt marsh is home to a variety of species (such as oysters, wading birds, and even manatees). The Southeast Intracoastal Waterway Park also has plenty of parking and an outdoor pavilion with picnic tables. The scenic overlook will offer you views of Fort Matanzas along the Matanzas River. Bring your little ones for an adventure or your furry friends on a leash and enjoy the beauty of this natural park.
Trout Creek Community Center
6795 Collier Road
This 16.5-acre park might just have everything that you need. There’s a boat ramp with access to the St. Johns River and Trout Creek, bordered by a boardwalk. A half-mile trail meanders along the inside perimeter of the park, and a small amphitheater is the perfect location for small classes and lectures. It also boasts two separate picnic areas with grills and tables. The Community Center itself (complete with catering kitchen and screened-in porch) and any of the multiple pavilions throughout the park are available for rent. It’s an ideal spot to enjoy nature with some light hiking, take in the sights from the water, host an outdoor class, or get some friends together.
Sunset Dolphin Walk Vilano Beach June 1-2, 20, 22
Moultrie Creek Kayak Trip Moultrie Creek Boat Ramp June 1-3, 14-17 Cosmic Yoga for Kids Frank B. Butler Park June 15 501 Davis Park Road
At the north end of St. Johns County sits Nocatee Preserve, an ideal park for joggers, bikers, walkers, or curious adventurers. Throughout the park are more than three miles of natural, unpaved trails that afford plenty of space to mountain bike, take a stroll, exercise, or even horseback ride. Just south of the Palm Valley Bridge and situated on the natural estuary across from Guana Preserve, this park may not have a lot of fancy amenities, but it’s a wonderful way to get in touch with nature. It does, however, have parking and restrooms as well as a horse-washing station and off-road bike trails. The Nocatee Preserve has future plans to offer access to the Intracoastal Waterway through canoe and kayak launches.
You'll find birdwatching at its best at this boardwalk and overlook at the Southeast Intracoastal Waterway Park.
“The way I see it,” says AyoLane Halusky, “I’ve been a naturalist from birth.” AyoLane grew up in St. Johns County exploring the swamps and local habitats (both above and below the water). After college, he worked with several outdoor education organizations, leading groups on wilderness excursion from Florida to Maine. He also worked with UNF as the Chief Ranger of the Wildlife Sanctuary, but since 2012, has settled quite happily into his role as a Park Naturalist for St. Johns County. As a Park Naturalist, AyoLane creates and leads educational nature programs for visitors and locals alike, as well as directly overseeing Alpine Grove, Beluthatchee, Vail Point, and Canopy Shores Park. You also shouldn't be surprised to find him in any of the parks that has a kayak launch. “Each park has its own uniqueness,” he say, “and I like teaching about the hidden aspects that most don’t see in them. We can as humans coexist with the wilderness areas as long as we are willing to learn beyond our fears and be respectful to the natural world. Allow yourself to wander aimlessly. I was taught by a past mentor, when walking in the wilderness – ‘lose your mind and come to your senses.’”
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SAINT AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA
STA C ATION You live here, but do you really LIVE here? This summer, see St. Augustine through the eyes of a visitor by putting these local attractions on your summer bucket list.
Photography by Leonard Blush
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ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE & MARITIME MUSEUM (904) 829-0745 81 Lighthouse Avenue www.staugustinelighthouse.org
t’s no secret that St. Augustine is rich with heritage and history, but few historical sights capture that with as much awe as the St. Augustine Lighthouse. The Lighthouse has spent more than 25 years celebrating the local culture as a nonprofit museum (and the best view in the city). It was also recently accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a Smithsonian Affiliate. “The mission of the Museum,” says Brenda Swann, “is to discover, preserve, present and keep alive the stories of the Nation’s Oldest Port™, as symbolized by our working St. Augustine Lighthouse.” Not only can you climb to the top of the Lighthouse and take in breathtaking 360-degree views of the city and surrounding water, you can also discover the area’s maritime history inside the museum, take tours, and have a snack in the WWIIthemed “Tin Pickle, Local Gedunk.” Can’t or don’t want to climb? Visit the “View from the Top” experience in the Legends of the Light exhibit in the new Maritime Archaeology and Education Center. Take a tour to learn more in-depth stories about St. Augustine’s past as well as current investigations of shipwrecks off our coast, and then visit the Artifact Conservation Lab viewing area to see shipwreck artifacts being conserved. The little ones can captain the ship in the play area and put on a puppet show in the Maritime Center fun cart, while adult family members can make an etch-a-sketch and see historic photos through an “old fashioned” viewfinder. Though the St. Augustine Lighthouse plays host to visitors from all over the world, it holds a strong place in the heart of locals. It represents a deep and abiding history as well as a bright and thriving future of the community that holds it so dear.
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RIPLEY'S ST. AUGUSTINE ATTRACTIONS (904) 824-1606 19 San Marco Avenue www.ripleys.com/staugustine
t. Augustine has no shortage of fun family activities, but there are a few that stand out among the rest. For 65 years, the Ripley’s attractions have been entertainment staples in the city and have offered year-round excitement and fun for visitors and locals alike. “We try,” says Kim Kiff, “to be the best in providing individuals and families with opportunities to build memories while having fun and exploring the odd and unusual at Ripley’s and the history of our beautiful city with our Red Train and Ghost tours.” The unique history of the city is paramount to the work that Ripley’s does, so their real focus is on the city itself and the people that make up its community. The people are what motivate them. “We love what we do,” says Kim. “We love to laugh and enjoy our workplace, and want our guests to have the same experience here. St. Augustine is a beautiful place to live and a lot of our motivation comes from giving back to the people who live here.” With the Ripley’s attractions, you’ll meet off-the-wall oddities at Ripley’s Believe It or Not, see something spooky on the Ghost Tours, hit a hole-in-one at Bayfront Mini Golf, and learn a little more about your city on a Red Train tour. Kim and the Ripley’s team are not only invested in the history of St. Augustine, but in taking a part in its future as well. “We know the challenges,” says Kim, “of living in a tourist area and we hope to provide experiences for those who live here to show our appreciation (like 50% off to all locals and free movies in the summer). We know that the people who live here are the reason that we are still here and we try to give back whenever possible.”
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ST. AUGUSTINE ALLIGATOR FARM (904) 824-3337 999 Anastasia Boulevard www.alligatorfarm.com
ometimes in the summer, all you need is a little adventure. And what better place to find an adventure than the only facility in the world to house all twenty-four species of crocodilian? Luckily for us, that place is right in our own backyard at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. They’ve been in our community for 125 years, promoting wildlife conservation and education. But beyond that, they strive to create an awe of, excitement over, and appreciation for the world around us, plant and animal life alike – especially the animals that they house and care for every day. For all of their years in business, the park has maintained a standard of excellence both in how they entertain and engage with guests, but also in how they care for their collection of species. They’ve been accredited with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums for almost thirty years, and their most recent inspection received the first perfect score in the association’s history. The staff is constantly furthering its knowledge and skills to keep the Alligator Farm going for another century of excellence. Inside its gates, you’ll meet both local animals and plant life as well as more exotic flora and fauna – lemurs, pythons, and the birds of Africa. Shows are given daily to educate and show the power of the alligators and crocodiles that call the park home. Head to the treetops and strap into the Crocodile Crossing zip line for a bird’s eye view of the animals below. In honor of their 125th Anniversary, the Alligator Farm recently opened the “Oasis on the Nile” exhibit, where you can see Egyptian artifacts, replicas of famous antiquities, the famous Nile crocodile, and even the Gaboon viper! This summer, you don’t need to travel far to go on an exotic adventure.
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TUNA TOSTADA By Molly Wilson | Photography by Brian Miller
ere at St. Augustine Social, we’re all about fusion food. We love the experimentation of combining flavors from cultures in various countries, creating dishes that bring the world just a little closer. That’s why, when the phrase “Tuna Tostada” was brought up, we answered with a resounding “yes” and headed to Salt Life Food Shack to see what all the fuss was about. In this dish, you’re going to experience a lot of the Asian flavors of poke served on a Latin American vehicle, all made up to look kind of like a pizza. Okay, we know that sounds a little odd, but hear us out. The Tuna Tostada starts with a crisp tortilla – a tostada – that’s then topped with fresh spicy tuna. The spicy tuna then gets slices of avocado and a drizzle of wasabi cream and sweet Asian sauce. Despite the presence of what would seem like a lot of spice, the fresh flavors aren’t overwhelmed by the heat. The tuna is light and flavorful with the sauces adding interest to the palate and the avocado cutting through the barrage of different flavors with its own mildness. The tostada adds crispness and texture (and makes eating a lot easier). It’s a delectable starter that captures the taste of summer. www.saltlifefoodshack.com
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The heat of summer is upon us, and one of our favorite ways to keep cool is with a refreshing cocktail. Quench your thirst with something fruity, fresh, and tropical at bars all over the city.
THE DISH The Impossible Burger LIVING ON THE VEG
THE IMPOSSIBLE BURGER
Cheezees Grill has introduced a new burger into the city. And you're not going to believe that it's completely plant-based. The Impossible Burger is changing the veggie burger game.
Main Sail Catch 27 Your choice of vodka or tequila, just a little fresh watermelon juice, ginger, lime, and mint. Sign us up!
Passion Fruit Daiquiri Sunset Grille If you need to keep cool this summer, turn to a chilly and delicious passion fruit daiquiri.
By Molly Wilson | Photography by Brian Miller
f you’re vegetarian, vegan, or even just a more adventurous carnivore, you’ve had an encounter with a veggie burger. And you know that – like their meaty counterparts – not all veggie burgers are created equal. Some don’t try to be anything but what they are and taste like the vegetables they’re made of. Some tend to be tasteless or bland. Others are good, but just don’t taste like a hamburger. But there’s a veggie burger that stands out from the pack. It’s called the Impossible Burger and you can get it right here in St. Augustine. The Impossible Burger is served at Cheezees Grill, the only restaurant in the area to have it. In fact, even Jacksonville only has one location that serves it, despite the size of the city. So consider this burger somewhat of an experience – an experience that you have to see (and taste to believe). Here’s what I mean – the Impossible Burger tastes like a hamburger and a delicious hamburger at that. But the Impossible Burger is made 100% meat-free, an entirely plant-based dish developed by scientists over at Impossible Foods. The burger is made from all-natural ingredients – like wheat, coconut oil,
and potatoes – but what gives it the taste of meat is something called “heme.” Heme is one of the building blocks of life, found throughout nature, but found in abundance in meat. These scientists discovered that heme is what makes meat taste – well – meaty. Knowing this, they were able to create a burger with no meat at all that tastes like it’s completely made of meat. And having gotten to sit down at Cheezee’s to try it myself, I can tell you that the Impossible Burger has achieved the deliciously impossible. If you had asked me to taste it side by side with a regular burger, I would have been hardpressed to tell the difference. And in case you’d like to take one step further, the restaurant can even serve it with vegan cheese and gluten-free bread. Gone are the days of blandness or veggies that are only burger shaped. Veggie burgers everywhere better beware – a new bar has been set for taste. 926 Santa Maria Boulevard www.cheezeesgrill.com
Wodka Flocka Flame Ice Plant Bar Lots of tropical freshness and a little bit of sweetness with pineapple, passion fruit, lime, honey, vodka, and bitters.
Orange Blossom Tini Martini Bar Pay homage to the beautiful state of Florida with an explosion of orange – orange vodka, orange juice, cointreau, and amaretto. Fresh Air Dos Gatos Sometimes simplicity is best. Pineapple ginger mint shrub with a little tequila. Cuke Llama Restaurant It doesn't get much fresher than cucumber, cactus, lime, mint, thyme, and a splash of prosecco.
TALE OF TWO
ICE CREAM These two local shops have brought decadence and deliciousness to a classic summertime treat – caramel ice cream. Photography by Brian Miller
Phish Food Dulce de Leche Cheesecake BEN & JERRY'S
We’ve long since passed the days of plain vanilla and chocolate ice cream. Now you can find flavors from the delectable to the unusual and everything in between to satiate your ice cream cravings. But if you tend toward the whimsical (at least in your frozen delicacies), you might want to head down to St. George Street and stop by Ben & Jerry’s. There you’ll find an ice cream called Phish Food. Phish food is gourmet dessert goodness and happy summer camp memories all rolled into one. Let me explain – it starts with chocolate ice cream with caramel ribbons (classic and indulgent). Alongside the caramel are swirls of gooey marshmallow and little fish made out of fudge. It’s like they took a s’more and froze it into ice cream – then added some caramel for good measure.
It’s about time we abandoned the notion that ice cream is only for parents trying to calm down crying, sticky kids in the hot sun. There are ice creams out there that are just a little more elegant and more than a little decadent. Case in point – the Dulce de Leche Cheesecake at Cold Cow. Even the name implies that this is one frozen confectionary that does not mess around. The base of the dessert is a sweet caramel cheesecake ice cream, and though this alone would be plenty, there are ribbons of dulce de leche and chunks of cheesecake throughout. Having an already complex ice cream base means that the flavors are abundant in every spoonful. The ribbons and chunks are just bursts of added sweetness that will always leave you wanting more.
The flavor will have you feeling nostalgic for campfire songs and hungry for another scoop. No graham cracker required.
This is an ice cream that you could eat a gallon of. Despite being in the company of Cold Cow’s more than 140 flavors, it’s a standout.
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Harkening back to an era when rule-breaking and toe-tapping were always on the menu, make your next escape to Chef Bradford Smith’s Prohibition Kitchen. By Lauren Eastman| Photography by Brian Miller
t’s only 6:20pm on a Thursday, and more than 20 people mingle outside of Prohibition Kitchen, awaiting Executive Chef Bradford Smith’s seasonably up-leveled gastropub fare. The sounds of a live band drift onto St. George Street, keeping spirits high during the wait for a spot so popular, reservations don’t even exist. Once inside the vast amber-lit space, with its vintage flare and energetic warmth, an open seat at the bar beckons one to imbibe a handcrafted cocktail and perhaps some fresh local oysters on the half shell doused with Datil Pepper Mignonette before the meal. Behind the scenes, Chef Bradford coordinates his culinary prowess with a trusted team of 32 line cooks, two prep cooks, and seven others, supporting kitchen operations. He says without a doubt, that the secret to his success is in his team. “My chefs on the line give me the best ideas,” says Bradford. “We have a great collaboration. I work closely with front and back-of-house staff and deeply value their opinions and critiques.”
“Every dish is really important to us. We really got our team to a place where everyone is individually motivated to do their part. They know that I prefer honesty above all else. If you tell me that you burnt the steak and it will be 6 more minutes, I am fine, but I need to trust you.”
With a childhood spent in Northern Kentucky, Bradford’s earliest culinary memories are in his grandmother’s garden, picking green beans and peeling onions. Today, his favorite comfort food is still his grandmother’s ham, served with potatoes and green beans. When asked about his favorite ingredient, the onion is the first thing that comes to mind. In fact, he spent the first three months of his culinary career peeling and slicing onions in the Disney kitchen. “Even through the tears,”
he jokes, “the impressive, coordinated operation was magical on every level.” His early career spanned the kitchens of Universal Studios and the Hard Rock Café in Orlando and as far afield as the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico – all before falling madly in love with St. Augustine and making it his home. Today the chef still uses onions in many of his dishes. His red wine-braised onions top the Black & Blue – a skirt steak over field greens, oven tomatoes, roasted bell peppers, blue cheese, and honey balsamic vinaigrette. Pickled onions top his “divine” deviled eggs www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
and serve as a seasonal accoutrement on the charcuterie board. His specialty red onion bacon jam is served within the PK Signature Burger, replete with a “PK” branded brioche bun and a fried egg. The jam is so popular that patrons continue to ask him to sell it to them in bulk. “I’m never shy about sharing ingredients and recipes,” he says, “because they are always changing and our execution gets better each day. Everything is an evolution.” Bradford gets inspiration by popping into local eateries to ensure he is continuing to keep things fresh and not following the beat anyone else’s drum. “If you want to stand out,” he says, “you have to get out of the safe zone while still
n o rs e p f o e p ty in a rt ce a "It takes 't n o d e l p o e p l a rm o N . is to do th do we ll in kitchens." offering familiar favorites that keep people coming back.” We caught up with him on an odd day outside of the kitchen, in the midst of renovating his bathroom, and learned that he also has a penchant for deconstruction – hence some of the most creative dishes on the menu. “It takes a certain type of person to do this,” he smiles. “Normal people don’t do well in kitchens. If I wasn’t a chef, I’d probably be in construction, or an auto mechanic.” Bradford grew up with a love for DIY. His father ran a successful welding business before buying a campground in Davenport, just outside of the Disney gates, when Bradford was 16. His own son turns 19 in just a few days and surprised him with his choice to go to culinary school. Now, a year and a half in, he loves the job, and Bradford is proud to keep cooking in the family. Bradford’s current culinary inspirations are Sean Brock, a Southern cuisine expert and the
eponymously detail-oriented Thomas Keller, along with EastWest fusing Ming Si. Working closely with local farms and purveyors, he sources from Ben Wells Farms for lettuce, beets, and radishes and works with Black Hog Farms, a co-op of smaller, local farms that offer seasonal items (such as the vine ripened tomatoes, green beans, and kale that spring up on the menu when freshest). Today, his own fridge has beer, milk, orange juice, and some skinless, boneless chicken for dinner. He credits his wife for keeping things well stocked. Beets, radishes, romaine lettuce, great Florida tomatoes, celery, carrots, eggs, and cheese – of course. Chef’s favorites are Stilton Blue and Parmigiano Reggiano – a necessity for topping salads. This type of planning is essential, as some Saturday nights Chef oversees 800 covers. “Every dish is really important to us. We really got our team to a place where everyone is individually motivated to do their part. They know that I prefer honesty above all else. If you www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com
tell me that you burnt the steak and it will be 6 more minutes, I am fine, but I need to trust you.” Speaking of trust, Bradford has real faith in Prohibition Kitchen’s owners Tom and Carol Sheltra and their sons, Travis and Shane, who started Pizzalley’s next door. They’re great believers in the philosophy that all the ingredients have to be the best. “Being a chef is one of the careers where you have to be a craftsman as well as an artist to accomplish your vision. It’s extremely rewarding, continuously teaching me new things, keeping me on the hunt for the finest ingredients, demanding in hours spent in the kitchen and impossible deadlines on a regular basis. And all of that,” he says, “is just a part of one average day.” 119 St. George Street www.pkstaug.com
Pictured Here: Upper Left: The Spare Tire is a bacon burger between two donuts. Um, yum! Upper Right: You can try The DeSoto ribeye sandwich on a hoagie or a wrap. Lower Right: Fresh and delicious, the Wedge Block Salad is simple but flavorful. Lower Left: The pretzel bun of The Rolls Royce adds a little sweetness to the savory ingredients.
OBI'S FILLIN' STATION
From burgers like no other to slushies with a twist, Chef Stephen Dill is mixing up the menu of this retro beachside spot.
By Molly Wilson | Photography by Brian Miller
or three years, Obi’s Fillin’ Station has been a St. Augustine favorite for casual dining. The retro gas station vibe and the huge selection of burgers (with toppings from the classic to the unusual) have drawn locals and visitors alike to its beachside location. Just a few months ago, however, Executive Chef Stephen Dill joined the Obi’s ranks and gave the menu an update. Chef Steve has trained in restaurants all over the world (even having an internship at the famed French Laundry) and had his own Japanese/French restaurant out in California (wrap your head around that fusion).
sweet and savory) ties it all together. You’d have to have a stout heart to eat one on your own, but you won’t regret it.
His resume is no joke, so we decided to travel down to Beach Boulevard to meet the chef and see what the new menu was all about. Chef Steve started us off with a showstopper – The Spare Tire. This burger is topped with bacon and American cheese and sandwiched in between two Krispy Kreme doughnuts. I’ll fully admit to being wary of such a dish, but I was pleasantly surprised. The intense sugar of the doughnut is undercut by the savory burger and the addition of bacon (which is itself both
We were next treated to The DeSoto, a Philly ribeye steak sandwich. Though this sandwich is usually served on a hoagie, Chef Steve gave it to us in a wrap instead, which gave a bit of lightness to a traditionally heavy sandwich. The seasoned shaved steak is topped with creamy Swiss cheese and mixed with caramelized onions. If you’re a fan of the Philly Cheesesteak, it will not disappoint.
Our next dish was The Rolls Royce, another burger with both classic and atypical elements. The half-pound burger is topped with bleu cheese dressing, smoked bacon, grilled onions, and the signature Obi sauce (which I would have every day, if I could). This one, however, is served on a pretzel bun. A pretzel’s natural sweetness is usually masked by coarse salt, but this bun allowed the sweetness to come out and it gave a culinary complexity unexpected in a cheeseburger.
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you ate Obi sauce on its own, the best vehicle for it is definitely the Big Block Piston Rings. They’re extra large, panko-crusted crispy onion rings, and they were nearly gone before we finished photographing the food. The onion to batter ratio is ideal, and the crispness is perfect. Alongside these nearly overwhelming dishes, we were served a wonderfully fresh Wedge Block Salad and a Mango Frozen Beer. Frozen beer is not something I’ve come across before, but I will certainly be seeking it out in the future. It’s chilly and delicious and an amazing protection against the heat of a Florida summer day. Our experience with the new menu of Chef Steven Dill convinces us that Obi’s Fillin’ Station will maintain its reputation as a delicious spot for casual fare. Their unexpected and unique burgers, classic wraps, and nextlevel slushies are hard to beat. 590 A1A Beach Boulevard www.obisfillinstation.com
DATIL DISHES Summertime is the perfect time to enjoy the area's favorite pepper. You can find it just about anywhere, but we've rounded up just a few of our favorite datil pepper dishes.
Shrimp & Grits The Reef
THE DISH The Banana Delight SWEET SPOT
With simply sweet and delightfully fresh layers, this signature dessert has been on the menu for more than three decades.
These award-winning shrimp and grits are cooked in a datil pepper lime sauce. Sign us up!
Datil Chip Burger Old City Market
The spicy, crunchy datil chips can be added to any burger, so it's time to go crazy with a little heat.
By Molly Wilson | Photography by Brian Miller
here’s always something to be said for longevity. In the general way of things, demand and public response will weed out the less-than-desirable and the not-up-to-scratch. There’s also plenty to be said for unfussy and unpretentious simplicity, a dedication to doing something with excellence and without a lot of fanfare. So by that logic, I guess there’s quite a lot that we could say about the Banana Delight dessert from Barnacle Bill’s. We first came across the dish when a number of our readers heralded its praises when asked for their favorite dessert in St. Augustine. If there was such a brouhaha over it (we said to ourselves), we had to take a trip to Barnacle Bill’s to see what all the fuss was about. And the fuss, it turns out, has been going on for 36 years. The Banana Delight has graced the restaurant’s menu since its beginning and remained their unaltered signature dessert from the get-go. Like I said, longevity speaks volumes. But of course, there’s got to be a reason for the dessert’s tenure on the menu. That reason is the pure simplicity of the dish, an achieving of great flavor through modest ingredients and unflashy
construction. The dessert comes in layers of fresh bananas and strawberries, creamy vanilla pudding, and whipped cream on a crunchy pecan and vanilla crust (with a few secret ingredients thrown in, we’re told). The pudding, whipped cream, and even bananas give a soft creaminess throughout while the tartness of the strawberries cuts through the sweetness. The crust and the pecans on top add a crunch and complexity of texture. Each bite of its layers gives you a variety of sweetness – sugary from the pudding, tartness from the fruit, and nuttiness from the crust. We’re not surprised that it was memorable to so many of our readers. The dessert seems to fit perfectly into the atmosphere of Barnacle Bill’s. For more than three decades, they haven’t moved with the trends or felt the need to go for something ostentatious. They have stayed with what they do best and stuck with a dessert that’s been making diners happy for 36 years. 14 West Castillo Drive www.barnaclebillsonline.com
Datil Chicken Black Molly
This delicious, juicy chicken is grilled and topped with goat cheese and a sweet & spicy datil jelly.
Saint Augustine Osprey Tacos
The fried shrimp tacos are topped with pickled onions and cabbage and a house-made datil sauce.
Datil Peach The Hyppo
Popsicles are an unusual way to enjoy peppers, sure. But the heat with the sweetness of peach is a winning combination.
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