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OCTOBER NOVEMBER 2016

THE CITY MAGAZINE FOR ST. AUGUSTINE

Local Angels From Fundraisers to Life Flights, Missionaries, Veterans and Nuns – Meet Your Neighbors Who Make It Their Mission to Change the World

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HELLO From Us

ST. AUGUSTINE SERVES Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a motivated team to create the magazine you have before you. While every issue is a collection of our favorite stories around St. Augustine, we're always bound to have a favorite!

Vreeland eather -HEditorial Director heather@occasionsmediagroup.com

As a Catholic in St. Augustine, the first story that came to mind for this issue is that of the Sisters of St. Joseph. I've seen the Sisters walking down St. George Street on their way home from Mass at the Cathedral and always knew there must be a story worth telling. We spoke with three Sisters, each with very different ministries, that serve our St. Augustine community to get the full scope of their local impact. Rather than limiting the word count, the Sisters quickly became this issue's extended 'Persons of Interest' piece (page 76) – hope you love it as much as I do!

-Erin Rapp Managing Editor

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I first met Barbara Lynch (page 72) months ago at Starbucks for a meeting to discuss advertising for her church. We immediately became sidetracked and she told me stories of all her travels around the world to help end human trafficking. Her stories were inspiring, sad and beautiful all combined into one feeling. I had never met anyone quite like her, and was blown away by all of her selflessness. She truly is a wonderful woman who, one step at a time, is making a difference – not just here locally but throughout the world. We’re lucky to have her in St. Augustine!

-Kaitlin Kennedy Advertising Director

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In celebration of Social's two year anniversary, we put a pilot and his bird on the cover. As you may know I spent almost 10 years as an Air Traffic Controller for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). During those years I "worked" hundreds of air ambulance flights. Helicopters inbound and outbound from accident sites always posed a logistical situation for controllers from a safety standpoint, pilots too. They also fly low and fast, so the next time you see one of these $8 million birds go overhead, be thankful for the professionals who are committed to transporting individuals experiencing the most difficult time in their lives. Thank you for your service Nikolaos!

-Andrew Vreeland Publisher

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I spent more time this issue in retail locations then I ever thought I would in my life. Although I learned that the retail I once new and hated was completely different in a small business. These people absolutely loved their jobs, they loved their product and they really cared about the outcome of the store. That was so refreshing to me, something you do not normally see, and thats coming from a sales guy! Be sure to check out the Shop St. Augustine Guide (page xx) for the best local shops to visit and products to give your loved ones this upcoming holiday season.

-Zach Janik

Advertising Account Executive zach@occasionsmediagroup.com

Team photos by Rob Futrell and Ed Taylor - Thanks guys!!

This 'Giving Issue' gives me hope for humanity in our modern, often turbulent, times. The people featured in this issue are being "the change they want to see in the world" and I will never forget their stories we've had the pleasure of sharing as we put this issue together. They are the unsung heros of St. Augustine who've been called to give their days to helping others with their time, talent, passions and hearts. The inspiration behind their causes – their "whys" – are what bring meaning to our deadlines, sales goals and word counts. It's been said that those who tell stories rule the world. But I think its the people who are creating the stories worth writing about who do.


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COVER Get every issue first... Ever wonder what $7,000,000 looks like? Now you know. This state of the art aircraft was created to withstand long flights (it services St. Johns, Yulee, Flagler, Putnam, Clay, Duval and Volusia Counties) whenever needed.

The issue you hold in your hand is a piece of work. Hard work that takes lots of big thinking, coordination, money and creative design. So we like to make sure no single copy is left behind. That's why you don't see stacks of free magazines around town. That's just not our style. Rather, we like to go direct to the source – our readers like you – via direct mail. If you like the magazine and want to see many more in the future – get on that list and subscribe. HERE'S HOW YOU CAN SUBSCRIBE CUT + MAIL SUBSCRIPTION CARD ON PAGE 112 TO: P.O. BOX 3784 ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32085 OR, FOR FASTER SERVICE... SIGN UP ONLINE AT WWW.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.COM

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ABOUT THE COVER He's a person you hope to never see in real life, but that only makes his story even more intriguing.

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s Nikolaos Kanellos showed us his aircraft, we couldn't help but keep repeating 'I hope I never have to get inside this helicopter!' everytime he pointed out a new piece of equipment. That's the thing about Life flight pilots – you're happy they exist, but you really hope you'll never need them. Nikolaos, a TraumaOne pilot servicing St. Johns County (and beyond) knows that every day he has to fly, it's going to be the worst day of someone else's life... and that's a stress he doesn't take lightly. This October/November issue is all about locals (like Nikolaos) who give their lives, careers and free time to serving those in our community. We like to think of St. Augustine Social as the ultimate way to meet your neighbors – we've compiled their friendly faces and intruging stories to give you a great reason to be proud of this city we call home.

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Refined Fare • Casual Chow • Fast "Foodie" The Who, What And Where To Grab The Best Grub When It's Time To Eat.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Be in the know about all the fun events happening around St. Johns County this October and November.

TRENDSETTER

Meet local veteran, doctor, family man and bow tie aficionado William Foody.

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CROSSROADS

Right up Florida SR 16 lies The Outlets, but you might be surprised to learn about some locally-owned businesses too.

JEROD MEEKS

Meet this local member of the Shrine Club, which is set to host the first annual Chowder Challenge event.

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THANKSGIVING PICKS

The holidays are almost here. We've rounded up our favorite products around town to grace your home this season.

BARBARA LYNCH

One of the kindest people we've ever encountered, this local woman seeks to serve those in need all around the world.

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CHEF FRED MERO

This New York City transplant chef is shaking things up at Costa Brava, and we're loving every bit of it.

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MOJO'S TACOS

Take a trip over the Bridge of Lions to this local cash-only favorite for vegetarians and carnivores alike.

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"Our Sisters today continue with the same spirit as our foundresses; however the needs of the Church and the people are quite different now. Hopefully we have the same measure of zeal as they did!” -Sister Thomas Joseph

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Photographer ••• Husband Father Picture-Taker

S.ister Thomas ED TAYLOR Joseph with our Photographer edit ors Heather ••• Believer and Erin. Husband / Father

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MEAGHAN ALVARADO

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MEEKA ANNE

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From the mouth of William Foody (page 36)... "The military gave me direction, a purpose, the opportunity to meet my beautiful wife, raise two wonderful children and serve my country. After retirement, I was lucky enough to find an outstanding position with Borland Groover Clinic and be an active part of this amazing town, St. Augustine."

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Are there any restaurants or groups in St. Augustine that prepare and deliver meals for families in need on Thanksgiving?

"Yes! Every year there is a free Thanksgiving meal that takes place at the Ketterlinus gym on Thanksgiving day. They also have clothing & toiletries for the attendees." -Eileen Butler "My husband Doug and I take the kids and prepare Thanksgiving dinners for Meals on Wheels. Hundreds of meals are delivered. Vinny D'Amato is amazing!" -Katie Johnson


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World-Class Care, Right Here, Close to Home Flagler Hospital recently received Healthgrades 2016 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award. This distinction places Flagler Hospital within the top 10% of all hospitals evaluated for the exceptional care provided to mothers during labor and delivery. Flagler Hospital’s Maternity Care program features the latest in advanced technology while at the same time providing nurturing, homelike surroundings for parents, babies and family members during their stay. The team at Flagler recognizes that birth is a most personal experience and many mothers, families and cultures have their own desires when it comes to bringing new life into the world.

Flagler Hospital’s Birth Unit has been designed to accommodate all types of delivery preferences. We offer specialty rooms for low-intervention birth experiences where qualified patients and their families deliver in a more natural environment. Our level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit allows some of the nation’s leading experts on neonatal intensive care to bring the best practices, best technology and best staff - allowing our tiniest patients to be cared for right here in our community.

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Living 20TH ANNUAL MAGNOLIAFEST St. Augustine Amphitheatre October 16, 11am - 10pm MagnoliaFest has always been a North Florida staple and a celebration of all things Americana, but this year it’s something even more special than usual. Previously held in the small town of Live Oak, MagnoliaFest is relocating this year and making its debut in the Ancient City. But don’t worry! None of the magic or charm of the previous festivals will be lost under the Amphitheatre’s fabric roof. So grab your camping gear or a cozy blanket and prepare yourself for an unforgettable musical blowout. 2016 is MagnoliaFest’s 20th year and the day is commemorating the centennial of the birth of civil rights activist and author, Stetson Kennedy, in an explosive one-day musical extravaganza. Guests will enjoy the best of bluegrass, country, and Americana from all over the South, so grab the whole family and join in all that heartpumping, crooning-and-cheering, dancingin-your-seat kind of music. The lineup this year features JJ Grey & Mofro, the Infamous Stringdusters, Keller Williams, Zach Deputy, Billy Bragg, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and This Frontier Needs Heroes. Advanced general admission tickets are $93.50. $1 per general admission ticket and $3 per VIP ticket are donated to the Stetson Kennedy Foundation.

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THINGS TO DO IN ST. AUGUSTINE DURING OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER DATIL PEPPER FESTIVAL COOK-OFF St. Johns County Agricultural Center October 1-2 One of the highlights of the annual Datil Pepper Festival, the Datil Pepper Festival Cook-Off gives guests a chance to appreciate the versatility of this little pepper. Local restaurants choose chefs to create a dish where one of the main ingredients is datil peppers. Festival-goers can buy tasting tickets and contribute a vote to the People’s Choice Award. Other awards will be voted on by a panel of professionals judges. www.stjohns.ifas.ufl.edu

SAIRA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL River House Events October 2, 12pm-4pm The St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association is kicking off its seventh annual food and wine festival! Pause at the door to receive a souvenir wine glass, then take your time browsing the delectable culinary creations – appetizers, entrees, and desserts alike – from some of the best local restaurants and sampling over 100

OKLAHOMA! THE MUSICAL Limelight Theatre Through October 23

Set in the wild Oklahoma territory in the early 1900s, two handsome cowboys compete with a hired farmhand and a heartbreaking peddler for the hearts of the girls they love. Set to fun and engaging music, this romantic production is sure to capture the hearts of the audience. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office. Visit the Limelight Theatre’s website or call 904-825-1164 for more information.

11 Old Mission Avenue • www.limelight-theatre.org

FALL HARVEST ACTIVITIES AT THE FARM Rype and Readi October 4-29th, Weekends

Every weekend in October, come by for hayrides, crafts and other fall activities. Check the website for special events like petting zoo and pumpkin painting, Annual Farm Festival and Feast, Oktober Farm Fest and a spooky fun–a haunted house, scarecrow competition and burning.

5780 Country Road 305, Elkton • www.slowfoodfirstcoast.org

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ST. AUGUSTINE RESTAURANT WEEK

October 3-9 The St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association is debuting its St. Augustine Restaurant Week. Take the opportunity to attend participating local restaurants for an affordably priced and delicious chef’s choice menu for lunch or dinner. St. Augustine foodies have the chance to sample some of the city’s best at $20 for a lunch menu and $35 for a dinner menu. www.staugustinerestaurants.com

EDWIN MCCAIN Ponte Vedra Concert Hall October 6, 7-10pm Edwin McCain has built a 20 year long musical career and stunned audiences with his unforgettable love ballads, authenticity, and relatable humor. After writing and recording two of pop’s biggest love songs (“I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More”), Edwin McCain began an annual tour with more than 100 concerts along the way. Tickets begin at $31.50. www.pvconcerthall.com

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SYKES AND COOPER FARMS CORN MAZE Syke and Cooper Farms October 8-30, Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays Explore the nine-acre corn maze, and enjoy hayrides, playgrounds, farm animals, plus other family-friendly activities. Tickets range from $7 to $9. For more information and ticket details, call 904-692-1370 or visit the Sykes and Cooper website. www.sycofarms.com

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different wines. The festival will also feature a silent auction with vintage wines, privately prepared dinners, local merchandise, and much more. All proceeds from the evening benefit the local Boys and Girls Club. www.staugustinerestaurants.com

THINK PINK IN OCTOBER MOTORCYCLE RIDE AND EVENT Flagler Imaging Center October 8, 8:30am-2pm A huge event in supporting the fight against breast cancer, Think Pink Motorcycle Ride is a 70-mile police-escorted ride beginning

and ending at the Flagler Imaging Center. Don’t have a ride? Never fear. Spectating is free and the event features family-friendly activities, live entertainment, a raffle, and local vendors. All raised funds go to Unity Outreach, a non-profit that benefits breast cancer sufferers and survivors. 101 Health Park Blvd. www.thinkpinkinoctober.com

NEEDTOBREATHE AND THEIR “TOUR DE COMPADRES 2016” (SPECIAL GUESTS MAT KEARNEY, PARACHUTE AND WELSHLY ARMS) St. Augustine Amphitheatre October 13, 5pm-11pm GRAMMY-nominated, South Carolina-based rock band NEEDTOBREATHE hardly needs introduction. The quartet signed with a record label way back in 2005 and quickly rose to fame, now boasting an extensive repertoire of national talk shows and international tours. The Tour De Compadres celebrates their recently released album, Hard Love – a unique and adventurous

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS SAVOY MOTEL THE DANDY WARHOLS Ponte Vedra Concert Hall October 4, 7pm-10pm

With ten studio albums under their belts, The Dandy Warhols are no musical amateurs. The music of the Portland-based rock band is a celebration of opposites–sheen with a little bit of grit, the pristine with the distorted, the rhythmic with the unpredictable. And yet, somehow, it all comes together with a distinctive harmony. The band will be performing with Nashville based rockers, Savoy Motel. General admission is $25.

1050 A1A North • www.pvconcerthall.com

Conch House Marina Resort October 6-8 Kicking off with a Captain’s Dinner at the St. Augustine Rod and Gun Club, Oldest City Red Trout Classic Tournament is a two-day catch-and-release event where teams of two fishermen and a provided local guide compete for fantastic prizes. All proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of North Florida. www.redtroutclassic.eventscff.org

2016 GREEK FESTIVAL Francis Field October 7-9 The annual St. Augustine Greek Festival is a celebration of Greek culture, music, food, and dance. The three-day festival features authentic purveyors of Greek food and performers of traditional Greek music and dance as well as a large marketplace with handcrafted merchandise from local vendors. Admission is $5. Children 14 and under are free. www.stauggreekfest.com

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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

Old City Farmers Market

St. Augustine Amphitheatre Every Saturday Visit the Old City Farmers Market for fresh produce, baked goods, hand-crafted items and plants directly from the producers. There’s even fresh seafood in season. The farmers market is always a lot of fun for the whole family with live entertainment and much more. The Old City Farmers Market takes place every Saturday morning at the St. Augustine Amphitheater on A1A South in St. Augustine. 8:30am to 12:30pm on Saturdays, Admission is Free. www.staugustinefm.com

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departure from their usual style. Tickets begin at $29.00. www.staugamphitheatre.com

A21 WALK FOR FREEDOM WITH COLONIAL CHURCH Downtown St. Augustine October 15 9am-12pm On October 15, we will fight together as a global community to illuminate the darkness of human trafficking, and raise funds to rescue and restore more lives than ever before. In over 250 locations around the world, we will lace up our shoes, put black tape on our mouths, and march in single-file to eradicate modern-day slavery for GOOD! Jmm@colonialchurch.life www.a21.org

SERTOMA CLUB OKTOBERFEST Francis Field October 15, 11am-10pm Celebrate your (real or imagined) German heritage with the St. Augustine Sertoma Club at the annual Oktoberfest! Chow down on bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels, and traditional desserts; lift your steins at the biergarten to a fantastic season. A marketplace of local vendors with crafts, merchandise, and works of art as well as a kid-friendly entertainment area will ensure that everyone in the family will have an unforgettable day. Admission is $5. Children under 10 are free. www.saintaugustinesertoma.org

PARTY LIKE IT'S PROHIBITION - ANNUAL JUNIOR SERVICE LEAGUE GALA The Treasury on the Plaza October 21, 7pm Join the Junior Service League on Friday, October 21, at The Treasury on the Plaza for a night full of mobsters, flappers and all that jazz! Guests will be treated to dinner by Michael’s Tasting Room, desserts by Sweet City Cupcakes, and live entertainment. There will be a silent auction and a reverse raffle. Proceeds will benefit the Junior Service League of St. Augustine and the charities we support, including the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum, Kids Bridge Family Supervised Visitation Center, and Tag Children’s Museum of St. Augustine.. www.jslgala.com

FLORIDA’S HAUNTED TRAILS Florida Agricultural Museum October 21, 22, 28, 29 Get yourself prepared for a spooky Halloween with Florida Agricultural Museum’s annual Haunted Trail event. A haunted house and wagon rides through the woods get you good and scared, but magic shows and carnival games will amp up the fun! Costumes are welcome and encouraged, but the museum advises comfortable walking shoes for the trails. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children 5 to 12, and free for children under 5. www.floridahauntedtrails.yolasite.com

ST. AUGUSTINE FALL 2016 RECORD FAIR St. Augustine Amphitheatre October 16, 11am-5pm Calling all music lovers! Over 60 vendors are gathering at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre to provide music merchandise of all kinds and genres. Get your fill of vintage and modern vinyl, unique posters, memorabilia, collectables, t-shirts, and more from the area’s best dealers. While you browse, enjoy live entertainment, delicious food, art activities, and face painting throughout the day. The event is free and open to the public. www.staugamphitheatre.com

11TH ANNUAL TASTE OF THE BEACH St. Johns County Ocean Pier October 16, 12-5pm Enjoy the best of beachside with this annual restaurant competition. Some of the area’s top restaurants will provide the crémé de la crémé of their menus for a People’s Choice Award as well as a number of other awards including Judge’s Choice, Best Entree, Best Dessert, and Best Appetizer. Put in your two cents and cast a vote for your favorites! Proceeds from the event will benefit the Betty Griffin House. 350 A1A Beach Blvd. www.sabca.org

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RUSTED ROOT Ponte Vedra Concert Hall October 22, 8pm Rusted Root is hard to put in any conceivable musical box. Their rhythms are a harmonious fusion of acoustic, rock, and world music with strong percussion and influences of African, Latin, and Native American influences. Over two decades of musical experiences, Rusted Root has released eight albums and been featured in a number of hit television shows and films. Advance tickets, standing room only, are $32. www.pvconcerthall.com

MUSIC IN THE BOX Limelight Theatre October 30, 6-9pm Enjoy live acoustic music by some of the area’s up-and-coming musicians and bands,


on the last Saturday of every month. They will be on stage performing in the KogerGamache Studio Theatre, known to regulars as the black box. Music begins at 6pm. Refreshments including beer and wine will be available for purchase. www.limelight-theatre.org

NF Ponte Vedra Concert Hall November 3, 7-9:30pm The music of rapper Nate Feuerstein (stage name “NF”) is deeply personal, so it’s no wonder that his latest album is entitled “Therapy Session.” The lyrical genius only rose to fame in the past couple of years, but his music has been featured on a number of television shows and even in a video game. Advance general admission, standing room only, is $27. www.pvconcerthall.com

ZZ TOP St. Augustine Amphitheatre November 5, 6-10pm

After almost 45 years of performing, legendary ZZ Top is still going strong. The Texas-based trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame way back in 2004 for being the longest running major rock band with their original personnel intact. The band has sold millions of copies of their albums worldwide and have remained rock icons throughout their careers. Though they have stayed true to their rock, blues, and boogie roots, each new album explores a slightly unique sound and style. Constantly evolving, yet never really abandoning what has made them iconic Tickets begin at $54.

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SCHOOL OF ROCK Limelight Theatre November 4-5 at 7:30pm, 5-6 at 2pm This fantastic, funny, and upbeat Kidzfactory production follows Dewey Finn, a down-onhis-luck musician, who decides to pose as a substitute teacher for some extra cash. Uninterested in the normal curricula, Dewey decides to start a guitar-shredding, bassslapping, mind-blowing rock band with the kids in his new class. Based on the 2003 comedy starring Jack Black, School of Rock the Musical is energetic and highlights the power of music to change lives. www.limelight-theatre.org

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BONNIE RAITT "DIG IN DEEPT TOUR" St. Augustine Amphitheatre October 29, 6-10pm

Blues singer and songwriter, Bonnie Raitt, made Rolling Stone’s list of the top 100 singers of all time and has 10 GRAMMY awards to her name. If the substantial critical acclaim and international sales in the multimillions aren’t enough for you, Bonnie Raitt has made a name for herself in social activism and a portion of her tickets sale go to grassroots non-profits all over the country. Tickets begin at $39.50.

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ST. AUGUSTINE PIRATE GATHERING BLACKBEARD’S REFUGE St. Johns Marketplace November 3-6 Named one of USA Today’s "Top Five Pirate Festivals," the St. Augustine Pirate Gathering is utterly unforgettable. Attend in your own pirate garb, sail an ocean of vendors and activities, down a tankard, and party the night away with some marauding legends. Throughout the day and evening, there will be engaging activities for kids and adults alike and fun for the whole family. Don’t miss special events through the weekend–like the mouthwatering Buccaneer Barbeque and the elegant Buccaneer Bash. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 5 to 12, and free for children under 5. One ticket is good for one day of the festival. www.2016.thepirategathering.com

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DRUM RUNNER SERIES 2016 St. Johns County Fairgrounds November 5, 2-7pm Watch all the equestrian galloping, trotting, and jumping you can handle at the monthly Drum Runner Series! The events include barrel racing, pole, and other timed speed events. Different awards will be offered in each age category and event. The series is free for spectators. Participation fees are $15 for St. Johns County Horse Council members and $25 for non-members. www.sjchc.org/event/drum-runners-2016-series

3RD ANNUAL DASHING THROUGH THE STORE Declaration & Co. November 5, 10am-8pm Declaration & Co. holds their third annual Dashing through the Store fundraiser to benefit the Betty Griffin House of St. Augustine. Guests get to pick their own time-slot of when they want to come in and shop, and they will enjoy holiday music, beverages, and a dessert bar. Tickets are $32.64. For more information, visit Declaration & Co. website to purchase your ticket in advance and reserve your spot for this fun shopping event! www.declarationco.com

VETERANS DAY FREE ADMISSION TO THE CASTILLO Castillo de San Marcos November 11 In order to honor those who have served in our country’s armed forces, the Castillo de San Marcos is offering free admission all day to the fort. At over 320 years old, the national monument is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. It was originally built to defend the Spanish colony in the New World. The fort is open 8:30 am to 5 pm. www.nps.gov

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CHRIS YOUNG St. Augustine Amphitheatre November 12, 6-10pm Chris Young is internationally renowned for his chart-topping country music. From toetapping to heart-melting, Young’s music has been nominated for four American Country Music Awards, including the much-coveted Album of the Year category and has been featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Good Morning, America. His latest album “I’m Comin’ Over” stayed at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart for three weeks straight and his duet “Thinking of You” with Cassadee Pope was an instant hit. Tickets for the event begin at $49.50. www.staugamphitheatre.com

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Maggie’s Herb Farm November 13, 4:30-6:30pm Immerse yourself in an atmosphere of spiritual healing under the fall Grandmother Moon. Bring your family, instruments, an open heart, and a light snack for an evening of healing, openness, personal growth, and wisdom. Admission is free, but RSVPs are required before the event. www.maggiesherbfarm.com

SCHOONER FREEDOM FULL MOON SAIL THE DOOBIE BROTHERS WITH THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS St. Augustine Amphitheatre November 11, 5:30-10pm A familiar name and even more familiar music, the Doobie Brothers have four Grammys to their name and 48 million albums sold worldwide. Rising to astronomical success in the 1970’s, the rock veterans have been delivering mindblowing, roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven rock and roll for more than 40 years. Their most recent album, Southbound, revisits some of the band’s greatest hits and collaborates with other artists to remake and revise them. Tickets begin at $53. www.staugamphitheatre.com

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St. Augustine Municipal Marina November 14 Every month, under the light of the full moon, Schooner Freedom embarks with the wind at its sails for an evening of live music and complimentary beverages. Sit back and relax while the waves lap at your hull and a profound hush engulfs the Ancient City. Tickets are $40 per person and reservations are requested. www.schoonerfreedom.com

SUNSET MOONRISE TOUR St. Augustine Lighthouse November 14, 5:15-6pm Once a month, enjoy the dazzling sunset and the breathtaking moonrise from one of the city’s best vantage points. Take a sip of the complimentary champagne provided www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

CORPORATE 5K St. Augustine Outlets October 20, 5:45pm-8pm

VeloFest puts a spin on the classic 5K marathon by encouraging runners and walkers alike to dress up in suits for their Corporate 5K 2016 race. Prizes for fastest business, best dressed, fastest dressed in a suit and more will be given out at this event. For more info, check out their website below. www.letsgetpedestrian.org

ST. AUGUSTINE HALF MARATHON Francis Field November 12-13. 7am

The 13.1 mile course begins and ends at Francis Field and makes its way through beautiful beachside. Open to participants ages 14 years and older. Registration for the race begins at 5:30 am and the event will start at 7am. Awards will be given to the top three participants in each age category. Onsite registration for the race is $100. www.staugustinemarathon.com

SHUT UP AND RUN 5K Treaty Park November 24, 8am

Every Thanksgiving Day, the Ancient City Roadrunners host a 5K at Treaty Park to benefit the St. Francis House homeless shelter. Registration begins at 6:45 am and the race itself begins at 8 am. Pre-registration for members of the ACRR is $18. The fee for non-members is $20. www.ancientcityroadrunners.org


LIVING by San Sebastian Winery, sample the delectable hors d'oeuvres from The Reef, and let the calm sea breeze wash over you. Space is extremely limited, so reserve your place soon. www.staugustinelighthouse.org

ANCIENT CITY AUTO CLUB ANNUAL AUTO SHOW Florida School for the Deaf and Blind November 19, 8am-3pm A fantastic day out for the gearhead in your life! Browse a large collection of unique vintage and modern automobiles from private collectors all across the area. And if spectating isn’t quite enough for you, preregister your own vehicle for $20 or register at the door for $25. The day will feature live entertainment, door prizes and drawings, and trophies. Admission for spectators is free. www.local.aaca.org/ancientcity

SUPER SCENIC 72 MILE GARAGE SALE A1A Blvd from Ponte Vedra to Flagler Beach November 19, 8am-2pm Garage sales are a great way to find unique furniture, antiques, clothing, and much more at ridiculously low prices. But for even the most veteran enthusiasts, 72 miles of garage sales can be a little overwhelming. Never fear! The discount merchandise is situated along some of the most beautiful stretch of highway in the state, so don’t feel the need to rush it–take in the scenery and the sea breezes. From Ponte Vedra Beach all the way down to Flagler Beach, this garage sale is an all day extravaganza. Keep an eye out for coupons from local restaurants, shops, and attractions as well as raffle tickets at community tables for a chance to win prizes. www.scenica1a.org

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NIGHTS OF LIGHTS Plaza de la Constitucion November 19, 4-8pm

St. Augustine’s Night of Lights has gained worldwide recognition as one of the best seasonal destinations to see some pretty spectacular holiday lights, but everything kicks off mid November with a dazzling night of entertainment and fanfare before a countdown to the lighting of the city. Stand in the middle of the Plaza de la Constitucion under a canopy of towering trees and feel the millions of white lights suddenly illuminate you and take your breath away. The lighting ceremony is free and open to the public.

HOLLY JOLLY SHOPPING SPREE Uptown San Marco November 19, 9am-3pm Enjoy a day of holiday shopping in Uptown San Marco. Guests will be transported from shop to shop in a sightseeing trolley, enjoy a lunch at Le Pavillion, and receive shopper discounts. Tickets are $47 and departure time is 9:45 am. For more information and ticket details, visit the Holly Jolly Shopping Spree’s Facebook page. www.facebook.com/HollyJollyShoppingSpree

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HOLLY JOLLY NIGHTS OF LIGHTS TROLLEY Downtown St. Augustine Nightly from Nov 20-Jan 1 The super convenient and delightful Holly Jolly Trolley is sure to become your family’s newest holiday tradition (if it isn’t a tradition already!). The totally affordable tour of the best of the Nights of Lights displays offers impromptu caroling, magical viewing glasses that turn the lights into different shapes, and a stop at Potter’s Wax Museum for a visit with Santa. The Holly Jolly Trolley is a deluge of holiday traditions all rolled into one. Reservations are not accepted, www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

so make sure you budget a little time to wait for a trolley. Adult tickets are $12.99 and child tickets (ages 6-12) are $5.99. Children under 6 are free. www.trolleytours.com/staugustine/nights-of-lights

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This full-service Italian restaurant is known to be one of St. Augustine's favorite eateries away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown center. Stuck on what dish to order on your next night out? Opt for classic Italian dinner favorites like Eggplant Parmesan or Chicken Marsala. Looking for something a little more lowkey? Pickup a pizza with extra toppings for your next family night in.

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This national realty group, now celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary of being on the First Coast, serves those looking to buy, sell or rent a new home. The company also focuses on training and educating those looking to become realtors.

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Sure to be your child's new favorite after-school activity. Lego-centered activities geared toward creativity and motor skills are a great fit for developing preschoolers, while older kids will love the more advanced robotics program.

It's the gift that always well received – and for good reason. Chocolate-dipped strawberries and pineapple surrounded by other sweet fruity bites... a pretty fool-proof tasty treat if you ask us! Trust this locally-owned franchise location to create a delicious arrangement next time you need to give a gift or say 'thank you.'

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This locally owned fitness center aims to serve a wide range of individuals looking to get in shape. The all ages gym offers classes early bird classes at 5am, after-work classes at 6:30pm and nearly every hour in between.

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Easiest way to turn your kids' week night up a knotch? Take them to the place where GoKarts, mini-golf, batting cages, and an arcade all call home.

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ST. FRANCIS HOUSE This local non-profit provides life-changing services for the homeless of St. Johns county. Moving forward with dignity and respect, this is the place for second chances.

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MEALS ON WHEELS

The Council on Aging provides nutritious meals for homebound seniors in all of St. Johns County.

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By Meeka Anne eals on Wheels is one of the many programs that the Council on Aging provides seniors in St. Augustine and surrounding areas.

COA’s Emily Quam supplied the statistics of the program. Each week, between 200250 seniors benefit from weekly deliveries of nutritious meals. (Those living in the far corners of the county may receive bi-weekly delivery.) The program delivers around 1300 meals per week. Those with limited mobility and resources benefit greatly from the knowledge that someone will be dropping in on them, not just with a hot meal, but also with a kind word. Those who have financial resources yet have experienced situations such as surgery or a fall can also benefit from this program by enrolling in the private pay option. The 250-plus volunteers are the heart of this

program. Those who generously donate their time to program participate in the assembling of the meals, or the logistics of getting the food to the participants. In 2010, a wonderful addition of pet food delivery was added to the program. According to Michael Large, the COA Care Connection Coordinator, this program currently delivers meals for the pets of 41 participating seniors with a total of 64 pets. The program also offers assistance with preventive pet care in collaboration with Johns Veterinary Clinic, Murabella Animal Hospital and the St. Augustine Humane Society. If you have a neighbor or family member that could benefit from the program, it’s as simple as a phone call to the Council on Aging. 180 Marine Street www.coasjc.com

In the works in St. Augustine Beach is the implementation of a search and rescue K-9 division for missing children. Chief Robert Hardwick has always shown a special interest in children and this has become his “pet” project. In the past, the force has had to rely on resources that may take up to an hour to arrive. The commission recently agreed to allocate the funds to add a canine to the force, which is specifically trained to search for missing children. The program coined "Paws" should be up and running soon. For more information visit www.staugbch.com www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com


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Every November, The St. Augustine Record, adds another title to their masthead – Community Fundraiser – as they manage and bring awareness to their annual Empty Stocking Fund to raise funds for needy families of St. Augustine.

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... MBQue has opened its doors on Anastasia Boulevard. The new restaurant of wellestablished Jacksonville favorites, the Medure brothers, serves up BBQ classics like pulled pork, brisket, and burgers made with fresh, delicious ingredients. 604 Anastasia Boulevard

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he Empty Stocking Fund is a longtime tradition of Morris Communications that started by simply sharing a story many, many years ago. In 1928, an unsigned opinion editorial from the December 12th issue of the Augusta Chronicle praised efforts in the Southwest Georgia town of Albany which had set up an “empty stocking fund” to benefit children. Inspired by the effort, two years later The Chronicle started its own Empty Stocking Fund raising $869.29 in the first year. Since then, The Chronicle continued to urge donations every year and in doing so, the fund grew and grew. Decades later, the program is now carried out to support local communities in nearly every market Morris Communications has a publication in. The Record’s newly named Publisher, Tony Bernados will continue to carry on the company tradition in his new position. “Being new to The Record and St. Augustine, I’m curious to learn more about

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the true needs of our community and excited to see for myself the outpouring of support from our readers this year,” says Tony. The fund is a 501(c)3 organization run entirely independent from The Record. There are no administrative fees, no costs. What goes in, goes out. “We absorb all the admin costs so that all the money donated goes to those in need,” he says. While the program runs during the holiday time, the support isn’t just relative to Christmas toys. “We’ve purchased everything from eyeglasses to air conditioners,” he continues. Families in need can apply for assistance by filling out an application at The Record or with partnering agencies like United Way and the Council on Aging. When the fund kicks off in November, The Record publishes a new story daily about a local family to show the

Le Macaron has begun service on Cathedral Place to cater to the French gourmet in all of us. With over 20 delicious flavors of macarons and a selection of other delicious pastries, Le Macaron is the new dessert go-to! 8 Cathedral Place varying levels of need within our community. Then the donations starting rolling in. All donations are counted daily and published in The Record the following day. Last year the fund raised over $100,000.

Red Sable Art Supply has moved to South Dixie Hwy. The art supply store is well-equipped for all your painting, drawing, and crafting needs be they for work or play. 72 South Dixie Highway

The details of this year’s event including partner agencies, deadlines to apply and disbursements will be announced in The St. Augustine Record when the fund kicks off in November. To donate to the fund or help spread the word, you can learn more at www.staugustine.com

Limelight Theatre is celebrating their 25th Anniversary! The theatre has been a St. Augustine stable for a quarter of a decade and has a fantastic lineup of shows to commemorate the year! 11 Old Mission Avenue

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KATELIN MALONEY By Molly Wilson

St. Augustine resident, Katelin Maloney, has dedicated her life to speaking for the voiceless and the broken down. Ten years ago, she began writing her fast paced and engaging novel, Drowning, that deals with a woman in an abusive relationship. As a domestic violence survivor herself, Katelin felt the issue was near and dear to her heart and not only needed some way to educate the public on the prevalence of the issue, but offer hope for victims that they are not alone. Drowning became a perfect medium to get her message out. The novel is captivating and mesmeric and the problem of domestic violence is placed at the forefront, forcing the reader to come to terms with its reality. With the popularity of the novel, Katelin began to accept speaking engagements, deciding that she must do everything she could to get her message out to the public. “I have chosen to give presentations in order to further raise awareness,” says Katelin, “I think my presentations have been well received because communities are searching for answers and ways to help end this prevalent issue.” www.katelinmaloney.com

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VETERANS AFFAIRS

Veterans Council of St. Johns County assists all who’ve served and reside in St. Johns County.

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t. Johns County is no stranger to veterans. Currently, over 22,000 have chosen to make St. Johns County their home and that number doesn’t appear as though it's going to decrease any time soon. With so many who’ve earned the title “veteran,” it’s nice to know that there’s an organization like the Veterans Council of St. Johns County to look out for them all. Established on July 4, 2001, the Veterans Council of St. Johns County is a 501 (C) 3 organization which acts an an advocate for veterans and veterans groups. While their mission is not to work with individuals, they act as an "umbrella" organization for groups like the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion and the like. In St. Johns County, there are a total of 28 of these organizations, and the Veterans Council, as dictated by their mission statement, serves to ensure that all of them are able to speak with a single voice. According to Bill Dudley (Lt. Col. USAF Ret.), Chairman of the Veterans Council of St. Johns County, St. Johns is a great place to be if you're a veteran. "St. Johns County is the friendliest and easiest county in the state of Florida for veterans to obtain the www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

services they require." Why is that, you wonder? "It's because of the attitude of our elected officials in this county. I can go before the county commissioners on just about any veteran need or request and will usually get a vote of 5-0 in our favor and I've never had a request denied." Along with helping veterans groups help their members, the Veterans Council of St. Johns County is involved in many civicminded projects, as well. Currently, the Veterans Council is working on a Veterans Day weekend-long event in St. Augustine, starting with a parade on November 11. "We're also having a film festival featuring five documentaries which include World War II, Korea, Vietnam, POWs and K9s for Warriors." The documentaries, produced by current Secretary for the Veterans Council, Michael Rothfeld, will play in a film festival held at the Corazon Cinema. The weekend will culminate with a patriotic concert, featuring Lee Greenwood on Sunday, November 13 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The Veterans Council of St. Johns County serves a vital role by ensuring that all veterans in the county, and the groups which serve them, receive all of the help, guidance and direction they require. www.veteranscouncilofstjohns.org


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DON TOLEDO HOUSE: AN INSINCERE GIFT Winston Churchill is often quoted as saying “you make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.” What better way to “make a life” than by giving a new house to a bride in St. Augustine?

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By Matt Armstrong The house was actually built by Gaspar Papy sometime between 1803 and 1817, which still makes it one of the few surviving colonialera houses in St. Augustine. The myth of Don Toledo wasn’t attached to the house until Everett C. Whitney leased the house in 1903, billing it as “Whitney’s Oldest House.” Whitney operated several other dubious attractions around town at the time: the Burning Spring Museum on Anastasia Island, wherein water from an artesian well was mixed with gasoline and lit aflame, to dramatic effect; and Whitney’s Ponce de Leon Spring, which was claimed to be the “original” Fountain of Youth located in West Augustine near the present day Crookshank Elementary School (the namesake for both Whitney Street and Spring Street, which run parallel to Masters Drive).

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Even though Whitney only rented the Don Toledo (Gaspar Papy) House for five years, the myth stuck around until the Historical Society leased the house in 1939. It’s easy to be cynical about Whitney’s turn of the century tourist trap, but I like to think all the attention it garnered as the “oldest house” may have protected it from the wrecking ball. So many colonial-era houses have been lost over the years, and it could have easily been the same for this one had it not been that the crumbling plaster walls served to make the title seem more authentic. The house was restored in 1944 and still graces Aviles Street today. Maybe that was Don Toledo’s real gift (via Everett Whitney): he didn’t build the house, but he did help save it for future generations to enjoy.


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"After Mass at the Cathedral I love to treat myself to coffee and an Aussie Pie at Kookaburra. Do I feel guilty about such an indulgence? Sure I do, I'm Catholic."

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"Living in Davis Shores, everything we want to do is biking distance. My wife and I get our best shorts on, treat ourselves to dinner at the Blackfly and off to a concert at the Amphitheatre. Nothing better than dancing the night away to amazing music."

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As a local doctor and U.S. Navy/Air Force veteran, Bill Foody knows a thing or two about service. When he's not practicing medicine at the nearby Borland Groover Clinic, you can find Bill and his wife, Susan, biking from their Davis Shores home, grabbing coffee from The Kookaburra after Mass at the Cathedral or curating what is arguably St. Augustine's best collection of bow ties. Photography by Rob Futrell

"An amazing non-fiction novel of the life of a crewman on the University of Washington Rowing Team. Joe Lantz, the main character, raised himself during the depression, worked his way through college and was a member of the 1936 Olympic Team who won Gold against all odds. Never complained, never wasted time and energy on anger. Hate and anger were wasted energy. Inspirational."

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"Nothing that my wife and I enjoy more than sitting on the beach. Watch the sun set, the families running around, the surfers and the waves while drinking some nice wine from Tim's with a good book. Funny, never seem to finish the book, but always finish the wine."

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"I fell in love with the bow tie duringmy gastroenterology fellowship years in Richmond, VA and Charleston, SC. Brooks Brothers at the Outlet Mall is my go-to spot, ask for Paul."

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"Nothing I cherish more than an early Saturday morning run with the running club. We meet at the Publix Parking lot on the beach, have a healthy banter for 6-10 miles and then coffee."

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WATCH Everytime one of these WeWOOD watches is sold, the company plants a tree somewhere in the world.

Available at Nettles Fine Jewelry FLATS The Root Collective partners with artisans in several countries around the world to produce shoes, apparel and accessories that are made with kindness.

Available at Amistad

BRACELETS Stack on these stylish and colorful Chavez for Charity bracelets knowing your fashions go to a number of deserving organizations.

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Available at Goldfinch Boutique

SCHOOL SUPPLIES Stock up on colorful goods for the kids (since you know they already lost most of their supplies), or your office. Proceeds go towards schools in need.

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You have the vision. We’ve got your tools.

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RedSable is the perfect resource for professionals, crafters, students and anyone who loves making art. We offer classes and workshops, open studio time and weekly demos. Great art products from Gamblin, Daniel Smith, Speedball and much more. Come by and visit us today!

72 Dixie Highway, St Augustine 904.217.8426 www.TheRedSable.com H O U R S

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GIFTS FOR YOUR BOSS Looking for the perfect present for someone who's tricky to shop for? Your boss will be considering a raise in no time, thanks to these clever gifts.

BOURBON For a Mad Men-esque office bar cart, this local newbie is essential. Don't forget a set of snifter glasses from the gift shop too.

Available at St. Augustine Distillery

IPAD CASE This sleek leather take on the manilla inter-office envelope can only be described as 2016 office chic.

Available at Oak & Adze

DESK CLOCK They'll never miss a meeting again thanks to this simple and stylish stand alone clock.

Available at dHd Home

COFFEE MUG There'll be no mistaking whos mug this is in the office.

Available at Spanish Dutch Convoy

REED DIFFUSER Keep the office smelling like a European vacation resort with a sweetly scented Voluspa reed diffuser.

Available at Spanish Dutch Convoy WALL CALENDAR Write down appointments and important days on a trendy Rifle Paper printed wall calendar that'll feel more like a piece of art than a logistical aid.

Available at Market Street Boutique

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CONSTRUCTION LAW

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EXPERTS ON CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION & LIEN LAW St. Johns Law Group handles construction contracts, disputes, defective work, non-payment, and lien claims. We represent Contractors, Subcontractors, Material Suppliers, Homeowner Associations and Owners. With nine attorneys, we can handle all of your residential and commercial needs.


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THANKSGIVING ENTERTAINING PICKS Carefully curated pieces from shops around St. Augustine will turn your house into a home this holiday season.

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1 - MASON JAR COCKTAIL SET Mix up your average cocktail in a not-so-average shaker set and guests are sure to be impressed. Your friends and family members will think you're fit for a job at Ice Plant in no time.

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Available at Declaration & Co. 2 - GUEST BATHROOM SOAPS

Searching for a unique gift to bring to your hostess? Look no further. This sweetly scented soap set comes in an impressive box she'll want to show off to the next guests she invites into her home.

Available at Londons

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3 - PIE CRUST SHIELD

We firmly believe in the importance of a perfectly baked pie crust. Protect that precious dough with an adjustable shield that fits just about any dishes.

Available at Trés Sebastian

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4 - EMBROIDERED TABLE RUNNER

Welcome family, friends and critters to the table with this cheeky handstictched table runner.

Available at West to East

5 - CHARDONNAY

Arguably the most important of any Thanksgiving meal (other than the stuffing) is a nice bottle of white wine to compliment the food and get guests relaxed. Stuck on which to choose? Ask the experts at Tim's.

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Available at Tim's Wine Market 6 - FESTIVE CANDLE

Keep your home smelling holidayready with a Votivo mercury glass filled candle.

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Available at Artsy Abode

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7 - HOLIDAY PLATTER

Change out the decor piece on these Nora Fleming plates and platters with appropriate festive figurines.

Available at Artsy Abode 8- SILVER SERVEWARE

Present your side dishes in a stunning silver serveware guests will want to buy for themselves.

Available at Trés Sebastian

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Classical to Contemporary Antiquities to Contemporary Fine Art from Around the World

Thomas Clough, British, Oil on Canvas

CHALK ® PAINT CLASSES OFFERED

904.824.0095 tresebastian.com 304 Anastasia Boulevard, St. Augustine

Fresh, Local Food & Fun for the Whole Family

Trish Beckham, American, Oil on Panel

Mary Cassatt, American, 1875, Pastel and Pencil on Paper

Torres Rojas, Argentine, Acrylic on Canvas

Oscar Lassario, Cuban, Oil on Canvas

Paul Larkin, American, Oil on Canvas

Open Daily • 9am - 6pm

Stop by Rype & Readi today. There is always something to see, do & taste.

5780 County Rd. 305 Elkton, FL 32233 www.rypeandreadi.com

Museum Quality at Affordable Prices 210 St. George Street (South) St. Augustine, FL 32084 904.827.9800 fineart@lostartgallery.com

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JEWELRY FAVORITES Whether you're looking to treat yourself or find the perfect gift for someone you hold dear, these jewelry pieces sourced from shops around St. Augustine are the perfect answer.

STATEMENT RING You know Pandora for their famous charm bracelets, but chances are you'll love their other pieces too.

LEATHER WRAP BRACELET Start with a Endless leather wrap bracelet and add meaningful and beautiful charms to make it one of a kind.

Available at Artsy Abode

Available at Debbie's Day Spa

GEMSTONE PENDANT Add a dose of glamour with a chic grey and gold necklace by Freida Rothman.

STACKING RINGS Whether you're looking for an additional anniversary band or a first time wedding band, these thin bands are both modern and timeless at the same time.

Available at The Collection Art Jewelry & Gifts

Available at Blue Water Jewelers

BANGLE BRACELET Tacori reigns supreme when it comes to detailed engament ring designs, but for those looking for a smaller gift with just as much beautiful detail, these stackable bangles are a must.

PENDANT A simple and understated addition to your everyday jewelry collection, you'll never want to leave the house without this Sethi pendant.

Available at Nettles Fine Jewelry

Available at Magnolia Supply

Available at Neff Jewelers

EARRINGS Your ears have never looked cuter. Spartina 449 combined our two favorite jewelry details (druzy and gold) to make for a set of dainty and darling studs.

Available at Seaside Sandbox

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NECKLACE This piece combines the cool-girl look of multiple necklaces with the ease of one combined clasp.

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CUFF BRACELET Handcrafted right here in St. Augustine, this statement piece is perfect for any season or style.

Available at Anchor Boutique


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the ultimate guide to shopping local

SAINT AUGUSTINE 'Tis the season of gift giving where our wallets get a workout filling our hearts with joy. We can't think of anything more meaningful than shopping local at some of St. Augstine's chicest boutiques during the holidays. Photography by Ed Taylor


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Jewelry + Diamonds

SHOP ST. AUGUSTINE

*Not available online. Available for purchase in the USA only.

W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Engagement rings, diamond education, quality on-site repair, gifts in all price ranges from the fun and fashionable Alex And Ani Jewelry for only $28 to big diamonds and quality made jewelry to last generations. POPULAR BRANDS... Forevermark Diamonds, Breitling Watches, John Hardy, Alor, Denny Wong, ELLE, SYLVIE Bridal, Simon G. Bridal, A. Jaffe Bridal, William Henry Knives PRICE RANGE $$ - $$$

BLUE WATER JEWELERS J E W E L R Y • WA T C H E S • D I A M O N D S

When you walk through the doors of this fabulous jewelry store you will be greeted with a warm and friendly staff of experts who love what they do. You will also find beautiful handcrafted jewelry, a large selection of Forevermark and GIA diamonds, Breitling Watches, John Hardy, and so much more. Blue Water Jewelers offers a Master Jeweler, watch repairmen and diamond experts, who are available to help you with your jewelry needs. They are excited to announce "A Decade of Dazzle" as they celebrate our 10-year Diamond Anniversary. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

ABOUT THE OWNERS... Robert and Nicole opened Blue Water Jewelers in 2006. The couple always dreamed of having their own jewelry store. In March 2012 their daughter Lillian, "Lilly," arrived. When the family is not at the jewelry store you can find them fishing.

904-829-5855 500 Anastasia Boulevard 24 Cathedral Place, #101 www.bluewater-jewelers.com

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SHOP ST. AUGUSTINE

Apparel + Tours

W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Flagler College collegiate apparel, such as t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, carry bags, stickers, mugs, waterbottles and Flagler Memorabilia Tours departe daily from the Hotel Ponce de Leon Hotel location. POPULAR BRANDS... Branded Tervis items Under Armour products MV Sport PRICE RANGE $ - $$ ABOUT THE OWNERS... Owned and operated by Flagler College, Flagler's Legacy is managed by two Flagler alumni and their staff of Flagler students.

FLAGLER'S LEGACY C OL L EGI AT E W E A R • TOU RS • M E MOR A BI L I A

(904) 823-3378 59 St. George Street 74 King Street www.legacy.flagler.edu

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Flagler's Legacy has two locations in the heart of downtown St. Augustine. The store on St. George street is stocked with a distinctive collection of Flagler College collegiate gear. Men, women, and kids have access to an exciting showcase of Flagler Saints clothing that will show your college colors proudly. The second location is inside the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, the centerpiece of Flagler College, where historic tours depart daily and are perfect for those out of town guests. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com


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Home Accents + Furniture

SHOP ST. AUGUSTINE

W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Unique Gifts Baby Gifts Candles Modern Artwork Furniture Home Decor Lighting POPULAR BRANDS... Rowe, Robin Bruce, Jonathan Adler, Ushamama, Vinotrek, Freakers, Freshly Picked, Milk Barn PRICE RANGE $$ - $$$

WEST TO EAST F U R N I T U R E • HOM E AC C E N TS • GI F TS

West to East is a true lifestyle shop that specializes in a variety of unique merchandise ranging from specialty gifts, home accents and furnishings. Located in Uptown, this beautiful store is home to a curated collection in which West Coast and East Coast design comes together. Inspired by the things and objects that make people happy, this is a place where you can walk in, fall in love, and find that perfect piece for your home or that special person. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

ABOUT THE OWNERS... Rachael and Brian moved to St. Augustine from Southern California almost three years ago. Rachael's background in design and Brian's in residential building make them a great team. They also own West to East Builders.

(904) 458-8180 77 San Marco Avenue, #2 www.shopwesttoeast.com

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SHOP ST. AUGUSTINE

Patio Furniture + Outdoor Decor

W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Resin wicker Recycled plastic Grade-A teak furniture Powder-coated aluminum furniture Patio Wall decor Outdoor granite gas fire tables Custom cushions using Sunbrella fabrics POPULAR BRANDS... Breezesta, Royal Teak Collection, Telescope Casual Furniture, Ratana, OW Lee, Polywood, Kenroy Home, Oriflamme (Designing Fire), Treasure Garden, Sunbrella PRICE RANGE $$$ ABOUT THE OWNERS... "I firmly believe in selling a product that we can stand behind being confident it will hold up to the Florida elements so you can enjoy your Patio Lifestyle!" – Matthew McCullough, Owner

(904) 461-6633 6101 A1A South, Suite 105 www.a1apatio.com

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A1A PATIO T E A K SE TS • OU T DOOR • QUA L I T Y F U R N I T U R E

AIA Patio offers customized beach-friendly furniture that withstands all weather elements, especially Florida's salt and sun. They sell quality indoor and outdoor patio furniture at very competitive prices. The customers are able to purchase off-the floor models or create their own unique styles and colors to match their outdoor living space. During their three years in business, A1A Patio Won "Best Outdoor/Patio Store" for 2014 and 2016 in St. Augustine. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com


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Jewelry +Watches

SHOP ST. AUGUSTINE

W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Unique jewlery gifts for men and women Estate jewelry A large seletion of loose diamonds Custom jewelry design

POPULAR BRANDS... Pandora, Tacori, Hawkhouse, Pyrrha, Raymond Weil, Luminox, Tissot, WEWOOD, Frederic Duclos, Forever 10 Diamonds, Benchmark, Metalsmith, Yael Designs, Parle PRICE RANGE $$- $$$

NETTLES FINE JEWELRY T I M E L E S S J E W E L R Y • D I A M O N D S • WA T C H E S

This family owned and operated jewelry store features over 20 lines of designer jewelry and fine watches. They offer same day, in-house jewelry repair and custom CAD designs. With two stores in the area, they are the perfect spot to find an imaginative and expressive piece of jewelry that communicates exactly how you feel towards your loved one. Whether your budget is $25 or $25,000 you will be greeted with a friendly and knowledgable face eager to help. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

ABOUT THE OWNERS... Clay and Megan Nettles, along with their five children Cole (9), Cooper (9), Bailey Kate (6), Jude (5) and Rose (1), are Florida natives and proud second generation store owners.

904-484-7011 7458 US 1 North, Suite 106 904-824-5145 1811 US 1 South www.nettlesfinejewelry.com

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SHOP ST. AUGUSTINE

Bags + Accessories

W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Luxurious Italian leather bags Bespoke jewelry Body products and candles Everyday accessories POPULAR BRANDS... Brahmin, Hobo, Mary Frances, Canoe Patricia Nash, Kipling, the Sak, SakRoots, Ink and Alloy, Voluspa, Band do, Elliot Lucca PRICE RANGE $ - $$$ ABOUT THE OWNERS... Alphons Vijgen immigrated from the oldest city in the Netherlands to the oldest city in the United States and is a third generation shopkeeper. His wife, Michelle, is a Flagler grad who fell in love with a Dutchman and now co-owns a purse store...winning!

904-824-8053 60 St. George Street 58 San Marco Boulevard www.spanishdutchconvoy.com

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SPANISH DUTCH CONVOY F I N E L E A T H E R B A G S • J E W E L R Y • E V E R Y D AY A C C E S S O R I E S

With two shops located in the heart of St. Augustine, Spanish Dutch Convoy is the local's destination for beautiful leather goods, accessories, and fun gifts. They strive to curate an interesting and unusual collection of bags while providing a personal, boutique shopping experience. Their San Marco location is full of your favorite things... from bags, funny mugs, bespoke jewelry, body products and so much more. Beautiful, classic, unique, quirky and fun... whatever you need, they've got you covered. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com


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Fine Art + Glass

SHOP ST. AUGUSTINE

W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Unique Roman glass jewelry, sea glass, nautical artifacts, wooden watches, unique jewelry, copper and glass fish, blown glass jelly fish chandeliers, stained glass, original ocean/nautical fine art, home decor. POPULAR BRANDS... Charles Albert Weewood Seabits Jewelry PRICE RANGE $- $$$$

SEA SPIRITS GALLERY & GIFTS HOM E AC C E N TS • J E W E L RY • GI F TS

The concept of this beautiful gallery and gift shop is to reflect the owners wonderment of the sea by showcasing specialty, oneof-a-kind pieces and beautifully designed items from around the world. It has been curated with unique sea-inspired fine art, blown glass, stained glass, sculptures, stunning jewelry, nautical artifacts and much more. Sea Spirits offers exceptional statement pieces by designers, artists and artisans with a continual arrival of new items. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

ABOUT THE OWNER... Victoria Golden is a Fine Art Appraiser with the International Society of Appraisers for 24 years. She is one of twelve initiated into the Explorers Club in 2011 for archeological, cultural, oceanographic and conservation efforts. Victoria also owns Lost Art Gallery, next door to Sea Spirits.

(904) 679-3811 210 St. George Street, C-2 www.seaspiritsgallery.com

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SHOP ST. AUGUSTINE

Flowers + Gift Baskets

W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... A large inventory of fresh flowers Tropicals and plants European dish gardens Contemporary/traditional arrangements High-style floral arrangements Silk arrangements Gourmet food and fruit baskets Balloons Greeting cards GIFT IDEA... "Flowers for a Year" gift card PRICE RANGE $ - $$$ ABOUT THE OWNERS... Shirley started her business in 1973 with 78 cents in her pocket. Hard work and dedication led to her being named Woman Business Owner of the Year in 1997. The shop has also been voted "Best of St Augustine" 16 years in a row.

(904) 824-8163 2200 US 1 South www.flowersbyshirley.com

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FLOWERS BY SHIRLEY F R E SH F LOW E RS • GI F TS B A SK E TS • PL A N TS

Over the course of their 43 years in business, Flowers by Shirley has participated in weddings, birth announcements, birthdays, proms, children's weddings and, sadly, sympathy arrangements for families. This life-long relationship is the truest measure of success. The shop is the perfect spot to find that last minute gift that, most likely, can still be delivered the same day. Flowers by Shirley wants their customers to know that they can "just call Shirley's" and they'll be taken care of. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com


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Boutique + Salon

SHOP ST. AUGUSTINE

W H AT ' S I NSI DE ... PERFECT SPOT TO FIND... Trendy clothing & accessories Hair, Nail & Skin Care products Jewelry Gift Certificates for Spa & Boutique POPULAR BRANDS... Goldwell, Pureology, Moroccan Oil Ouidad, KMS, Physiodermie, Pevonia, Circadia, Endless Jewelry Gingersnaps, Periwinkle Jewelry, Coco and Carmen, Noelle PRICE RANGE $$$

DEBBIE'S DAY SPA & SALON S PA S E R V I C E S • B O U T I Q U E A C C E S S O R I E S • B E A U T Y P R O D U C T S

Located on the Island, Debbie's Day Spa & Salon, is an award winning spa and salon that has been a part of St. Augustine since 1992. With a staff of 38 people in their 4,500 square foot facility, Debbie's Day Spa & Salon offers more than just a full spa experience. Inside the boutique you'll find a curated collection of jewelry, accessories and salon products. Looking to share their popular spa services with loved ones? Gift cards are the perfect present no matter the occasion. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

ABOUT THE OWNERS... Debra Kresge began her career at Patchougue Beauty School in Long Island, NY in 1984. After many years as a nail technician, she relocated to Florida with her family to open her own salon. Debbie has three children and six grandchildren, when she is not at the spa, you can find her with them!

(904) 825-0569 403 Anastasia Boulevard www.debbiesdayspasalon.com

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Farm House Chic Home Style

For Kevin and Stacey Marks, home is where the heart is and together they created multi-generational bliss on their two-acre property. By Meeka Anne | Photography by Ed Taylor

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he Marks decided on St. Augustine as the place to settle after a long-distance relationship which spanned Milwaukee to Miami. While visiting family, they noticed the area was becoming more sophisticated and the history of the city appealed to them. They made the decision to have their wedding in St. Augustine and soon the town became their permanent home. Stacey had long dreamed of owning a historic 20s era home. However, after a couple of failed attempts of procuring downtown treasures, the couple changed their approach. Kevin found the acreage and said, “I knew we could build something old here, be close to the beach, be close to town and still have the elbow room to do what we wanted.” Soon, they purchased the land and then waited and pondered for five years. When the time came to nail down the plan, the individual dreams of the extended family became the impetus for the Marks’ blended family compound. Stacey still longed for an old-fashioned Southern style farm home. Her husband Kevin, owner of Shoreland Home Builders, was excited to

utilize his talent and resources to do the construction. The collaboration of this group of dreams became a reality about a year ago when the Marks family moved into their new home. The piece of property coined “Dos Acres” by Stacey provided them with the key elements they required: family, functionality and space. Architect Anthony Harwell had collaborated with Kevin on several projects and they wanted him on this one. “Anthony is a purist when it comes to old homes and he kept us on track," says Stacey. THE PLAN The final plan included the main home with an expansive front porch and a large kitchen/family area. A detached garage with a luxury garage apartment on the top floor would house Stacey’s parents. Finally, a last minute idea to build a private guest suite with a covered walkway completed all the elements they were looking for. REPURPOSING The floors of the main home were constructed of reclaimed wood from an old mill in Tennessee. “It was lots of work

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Details Residents: Kevin and Stacey

Marks and their two children Piper and August, and Charlie, their Goldendoodle. Amenities: 3 beds, 2.5 baths Size: 2400 square feet Year Built: 2015

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The Marks enjoy an expansive open floor plan between their kitchen and living room giving ample space for busy kids and their dog, Charlie. Open shelving in the kitchen feature Stacey's favorite entertaining essentials like ceramic dishware, glassware, cake plates and cookbooks.

getting the floor in; most of it had to be re-planed and there was no way to make it perfect," says Kevin. “It’s not perfect, and that’s what I wanted with a big dog and little kids. I look forward to where the wear spots happen, so I can see where we live the most,” says Stacey. FAVORITE LIVING AREA Both Kevin and Stacey wanted a functional home that would work well for their family. Most evenings find the family sitting around a gorgeous reclaimed seven-foot farm table that Kevin’s aunt gifted them after they told her it was the type of table they were looking for. Above the table is a cage chandelier with Edison style bulbs, which completes the vintage feel. Across the room above the back counter Stacey opted for thick plank shelving with sign lighting for easy access to often used kitchenware. The oversized center island offers plenty of work space, which she

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loves so her friends can join her in the kitchen on special occasions. Stacey’s eyes light up when she talks about hosting friends and family in her new home. “My favorite feature of the home is having enough space to invite friends over – indoors and outdoors. We were condo living so long that now having porches, a bonfire pit, guest room and a big farm table for everyone to sit around is all we’ve ever wanted,” she says. UPSTAIRS Kevin took a risk with a bright green (Behr Healing Plant) sliding barn style door which leads into the laundry room at the top of the stairway. This bold move provides a pop of color that sets the tone for the entire upstairs. Moving on to the master bathroom, a freestanding claw foot tub is the centerpiece alongside a functional roomy dual-head shower and his and her vanities – which

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Kevin's aunt offered to give this kitchen table to the Marks on a family trip to Wisconsin. They couldn't refuse its rustic charm (even so far from home) so they bought a trailer to haul it back to St. Augustine.


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RIGHT: This vintage fireplace was salvaged from an old home Kevin was renovating. Stacey spent hours sanding thorugh the many years of paint to find the original wood and filled the center with chalkboard for a fun addition to their daughter's room.


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Their home was built by Kevin's company, Shoreland Home Builders in 2015. In addition to this chic space, their house is matched with a large garage and incredibly stylish in-law suite where Stacey's parents live. Stay tuned to the February/March 2017 issue to see how this family makes living together look so easy, and beautiful.

provide luxurious spacious comfort for the couple. The children’s bedrooms are tailored to their personalities. August has a teepee (that he often sleeps in) and a wilderness theme, while Piper has a sweet vintage style metal cot complete with a country quilt and offset by a hanging canopy net. The top of the stairway houses a children’s book nook that would rival any library. The built-in book rack features an adjacent wood beam growth chart that is used by both the children and their cousins. The icing on the cake for Kevin and Stacey is sitting on their front porch while their children have the freedom and safety of playing in their large yard. KEVIN’S FUTURE PROJECT WISH-LIST As a builder, Kevin never stops thinking about the next improvement project on his list. On Father’s Day he started a deck extension after he realized there wasn’t quite enough space to house a big gathering. He said, “I’m not sure which one will be first, but my list of projects includes a chicken coop, a tree fort and a raised garden bed.”

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THE KIDS WON’T ASK FOR ANYTHING ELSE

EVER AGAIN.

THEY PROMISE.

Marineland Dolphin Adventure offers a variety of programs including a “Behind the Seas” tour, touch & feed programs, in-water Dolphin Interactions, and so much more. General admission is included with all program purchases. PROCEEDS SUPPORT

EDUCATION

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JEROD MEEKS Jerod Meeks, owner of Arnett Heating and Air, Inc., joined St. Augustine Shrine Club 10 years ago, inspired by the group’s passion for helping children. By Sue Bjorkman | Photography by Rob Futrell As Restaurant Chairman of the First Annual Chowder Challenge for Children, Jerod says he’s just one of many “hard working folks” behind this important fundraiser. The fests’ goal is to have fun tasting (and judging) the area’s best Minorcan, conch, seafood and clam chowders while “maximizing contributions” to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Local Shriners’ events in the past have raised an average of $30,000 a year to support this hospital that provides specialty orthopedic and burn care for children regardless of the family’s ability to pay. Currently six local children are undergoing treatment through the Tampa hospital. Help the cause by just having a sampling, sipping Sunday Fun-day. Join the Shriners at the First Annual Chowder Challenge, October 30, 12-4pm at St. Augustine Amphitheatre. At least 20 St. Augustine independent restaurants are participating. Parking at the Amphitheatre and Elks Club is free. Shuttle service is available from R.B. Hunt Elementary School. Tasting tickets are $1 each, in advance or at the gate. www.staugustineshrineclub.com

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All Star

ETHAN JOHNSON To this St. Augustine teen, there's nothing more enjoyable than combining his passions for surfing and serving others. More often than not you'll find Ethan Johnson at the beach riding the waves and prepping for his next day out in the water volunteering with Surf Quest, a program that serves to connect a caring community of surfers and people with disabilities. By Alexter Albury | Photography by Brian Miller

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than Johnson is an amazing fourteen year-old St. Augustine High School student who truly enjoys riding the waves under the bright North Florida sun. What is so special about this avid young surfer is his desire to help others. Ethan found an interesting way to combine his love for surfing and his compassion to reach out and help others in his community. “About two summers ago I attended the Pit Surf Shop camp,” says Ethan. “That was the first time that I actually stood up on a surfboard.” He immediately felt that he had found his sanctuary and destiny in the shifting warm waters. He says about surfing, “I like the calm of it, not worrying about anything. When I stand up, the motion of being moved by the waves feels like time is slowing down.” That experience at camp introduced Ethan to the life of wave chasing and board wax that he would grow to love. It also led him to to join Surf Quest. Surf Quest, a program

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run by the Arc of the St. Johns, serves the community by helping adults and children with mental and physical disabilities learn to surf and enjoy the waves of St. Augustine Beach. This activity is held every third Saturday of the month. When asked about his first time helping with Surf Quest, Ethan answers, “It was really fun! Some of the kids stood up on the boards on their first and second tries. It was really great to help!” One child attending Ethan's first outing with Surf Quest comes to his mind and an honest and inviting smile appears on his face. He says, as the memory unfolds, “There was this one kid that just wanted to keep going out in the water. He didn’t want to stop! It felt really good to be there with him, helping him surf. That feeling was so awesome!” Ethan's kindness doesn’t end with Surf Quest. He also assisted as the local Rotary Club fed the homeless last Thanksgiving. Then, landing a job at the Dustin Estes Surf School gave Ethan yet another chance to help others learn to surf. www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

Just as Ethan finds the mental focus and physical stamina to keep his footing on a wave barreling toward the hot sands of the beach, he also manages to stay focused on his education. As a student in St. Augustine High School’s AICE program (Advanced International Certificate of Education), his school work can be arduous, but he perseveres to keep quality grades. He even squeezes in time to teach his younger siblings to ride the waves. After a long day of school books and pounding waves, Ethan likes to enjoy his evening admiring the stars through a very impressive telescope that he purchased with funds earned from teaching surfing lessons. He says, “I like astronomy. On real clear nights it's fun to look at the stars. I really love looking at Saturn.” How fitting that a young star burning brightly on earth finds peace and comfort watching stars in the heavens above. www.arcsj.org/surfquest


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NIKOLAOS KANELLOS A clear vision and some skillful maneuvering brought this helicopter pilot to St. Augustine. Fate – and a bit more maneuvering – has brought him back. By Matthew Shaw | Photography by Rob Futrell

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o truly understand Nikolaos Kanellos’ love for his adopted home you’d have to see it from his perspective. In order to do that you’d first have to glean the Oldest City from a few thousand feet above – specifically from the cockpit of Nikolaos’ EC135 helicopter, which he flies all over St. Johns County as a TraumaOne pilot servicing University of Florida hospitals. Even that bird’s eye view wouldn’t tell the whole story, however. In fact, to really gain the proper insight as to how he got here, you’d need to travel another 5,000 miles to Nikolaos’ native city of Athens, Greece. From an early age, Nikolaos says he understood that his love for flying was profound. “I was lucky to be the kind of person who knew at an early age what I wanted to do,” he says. After earning a degree in aircraft engineering, Nikolaos enlisted in Greek Air Force, where he served as a Sergeant mechanic. “That’s where I really fell in love with the helicopter as an idea,” he says of his time in the military. Although he loves his home country – as evidenced by the years he spent in the armed forces – after his time in the service, Nikolaos shocked his friends and family when he announced he would be moving to the United States to attend civilian flight school. “My family thought I was crazy,” he laughs. “I knew no one in the States. I could speak and maybe understand 45 percent of the language.”

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“It hasn’t been easy. I’ve had to work very hard to get to where I am. I am so proud that I get to help other people doing something that I love. And the fact that they pay me for it, that’s amazing,” says Nikolaos.

Despite his own reservations, Nikolaos says the training he would be able to undertake in the United States was well beyond what he could get anywhere else. Just two weeks after he was dismissed from the Greek Air Force, Nikolaos boarded a flight to the United States to attend Titusville’s Bristow Academy – the world’s largest civilian helicopter training facility. “My intentions were always to return to my family in Greece,” he says. “Looking back, I guess I was very naïve. Life ended up getting in the way.”

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Nikolaos excelled at the Bristow Academy, earning certification as a commercial pilot, flight instructor, and instrument flight instructor. Upon graduation he was hired by the Bristow Academy as an instructor. Soon after, Nikolaos went on a date, traveling north to visit St. Augustine. And this is where, one could say, life certainly ended up getting “in the way” of his future plans, as Nikolaos fell head over heals not only for the city he was visiting, but with the person he was visiting the city with – another pilot named Jessica. In


2012, Jessica and Nikolaos got married. The location of their ceremony? Where else, but St. Augustine? “If I could have time back, I’d love to live that era again,” Nikolaos says. “It was such an exciting time. The learning curve for me as a new person to this country and as a pilot was ninety degrees. Then I met my wife. Things couldn’t have worked out better.” The couple moved to South New Jersey, where Nikolaos flew medical helicopters servicing the greater Philadelphia area. But they longed to return to Florida. “We hated the winters up there,” he says. When the company Nikolaos was flying for was bought out, he applied for transfer to Florida. He didn’t get the gig on the first try, but kept at it, finally landing a job to fly for TraumaOne, which was in the process of opening an operation based out of St. Augustine. Saving lives while flying a state of the art

medical helicopter, Nikolaos is living a life that is professionally fulfilling beyond anything he could have ever dreamed. “It hasn’t been easy. I’ve had to work very hard to get to where I am,” he says. “I am so proud that I get to help other people doing something that I love. And the fact that they pay me for it, that’s amazing.”

Northeast Florida from above. It’s a view of which he never tires. But, with a three year old and a ten month old at home, Nikolaos admits his current schedule – which had him working 12 hour shifts weekly, one week on followed by a week off – is just another perk on a long list. “To be able to see my family everyday is such a blessing,” Nikolaos says.

Oh, and the helicopter is pretty cool, too. The Eurocopter EC135P2 Plus (produced by Airbus) is a twin-engine helicopter equipped with night vision and IFR technology (which makes it possible to land in low visibility situations). The aircraft has incredible range allowing Nikolaos and his crew – which typically includes a paramedic and a flight nurse – to service an area that includes St. Johns, Yulee, Flagler, Putnam, and Clay Counties, as well as Duval and Volusia, when needed.

On his days off Nikolaos can be found exploring Anastasia Island with his family or stomping around downtown St. Augustine hunting for vintage finds. “I take the boys with me to look for old books and vinyl, which I’m a big collector of,” he says.

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With the Spanish architecture and the St. Photios Greek National Shrine, Nikolaos says there is plenty to remind of his home continent. While he’s got plenty of whirling and roving journeys left, he hopes his movements will be confined to the cockpit of his helicopter. His itinerant days are over. “We have a very strong bond with St. Augustine,” he says. “I can’t think of a better place to live and raise a family.” www.traumaone.ufhealthjax.org

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THE SUSSMAN FAMILY When this family of five isn't enjoying the outdoors near their Palencia home, you'll find them helping deserving children through their organization, The StarLight Project. Photography by Bethany Walter

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Meet the Sussman family. Craig, a Neonatologist serving young patients at Orange Park Medical Center and Memorial Hospital, met Cherie, a stay at home mom to their three children, during their overlapping time as students at The University of Florida. Together they run The StarLight Project, a non-profit organization partnered with the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville that creates dream rooms and provides therapy equipment for children with special needs. Since the start of the organization in 2011, Cherie and Craig have reached out and supported 70 children in need. The StarLight Project will be completing its next The Sussman Family room makeover this October. pictured from left: Cherie The Sussmans recently became (Mom) 33, Eden (6), Craig a family of five (six if you include (Dad) 38 , Elle (3) and their pup Makena) after traveling to Asher (2). China and adopting their son. www.thestarlightproject.com

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The kids really like Sunday brunch so we take them downtown to Georgie's Diner for a delicious breakfast. Normally pancakes for the little ones. Craig and I get their omelets and their biscuits are amazing! For dinner, we can't get enough of Gas Full Service Restaurant!

When we're not at home, we're usually...

At Serenata Beach Club. We go there most weekends. The kids love to swim at the pool or run on the beach. It is very relaxing. We always feel like we are on vacation every time we go.

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When we have out-of-town guests, we always take them to... to ride

the Red Train Trolley Tours of St Augustine. They love learning about the history of St. Augustine. It is the perfect tour of the city.

Favorite Thing To Do on a Rainy Day in St. Augustine... Ripley's

Favorite place to let the kids let loose? The J & S Carousel Park

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BARBARA LYNCH She felt called to South Africa to serve young women and children in need, but she didn't know where to start fundraising. Years later, she's visited countries across the world serving more individuals than she ever thought possible. By Alexter Albury | Photography by Rob Futrell

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unning a thriving business can be as exhausting as it is lucrative. It’s a truth that Barbara Lynch, owner of Action Cleaning Services, knows firsthand. From cleaning executive business offices to putting a mirror finish on home windows, Barbara and her cleaning service does it all with professional care and courtesy. However, it's the mostly unseen part of her service that actually brings the most pride to Barbara. Through Action Cleaning Service, Barbara returns much of her business proceeds to the community through involvement with local charities and through donations to other charities. And this giving goes to the core of what makes Barbara who she is as a person and as a business woman. Barbara’s warm and caring heart is much too big to be contained in one city. Her kind and giving soul has to be free to serve many, many causes that extend beyond the boundaries of St. Augustine and America. Through the non-profit organization of Act 4 the Nations, Barbara has been given such an opportunity. “It’s all about feeding children’s programs, orphanages,human

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trafficking rescue, and restoring hope to the exploited,” Barbara explains. Act 4 the Nations organization is a mostly womendriven missionary endeavor that sends its missionaries around the world to places like China, Nepal, South Africa, Cambodia, Thailand, and Honduras. Being in such an organization causes Barbara to spend a lot of time out of the country. Act 4 the Nations’ missionaries are responsible for paying for their own travel and necessities for trips abroad. These expenses range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. “I didn't know how in the world I was going to be able to pay for my first trip. But I heard God’s voice saying that he wanted me to go. So I knew that if He wanted me to go, He would provide.” Just as her faith yielded her to believe, through donations from friends and family, Barbara secured the funds for her first missionary trip with Act 4 the Nations. Every trip since then has been sponsored in the same fashion. While embarking on these missionary trips around the world, Barbara and the other women see and experience situations that www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

most American citizens cannot fathom. Going to places where open sewage runs down dirt roads, while shoe-less children play nearby, and hearing the painful cries of starving babies and the helpless wailing of their distraught mothers, are just a few of the things that Barbara experiences often on her journeys. “We only go where we are invited. We never know what we’re walking into. Every trip is different,” she says. One experience that Barbara shares takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa. “In Johannesburg there are these squatter camps that have about two-hundred and fifty thousand people,” she states. “They are small, densely populated pieces of land that the government gives to people who are fleeing from persecution in other parts of Africa. The government digs wells to give the people water. The people live in small shacks, and I tell you, those people are so thankful for what they have. They take so much pride in their homes!” While visiting these squatter camps, Barbara and Act 4 the Nations minister to the people through biblical teaching and by other efforts including providing food


"I DIDN'T KNOW HOW IN THE WORLD I WAS GOING TO BE ABLE TO PAY FOR MY FIRST TRIP. BUT I HEARD GOD’S VOICE SAYING THAT HE WANTED ME TO GO. SO I KNEW THAT IF HE WANTED ME TO GO, HE WOULD PROVIDE." and clothing. But witnessing such gratitude in such dire circumstances gives Barbara a wise perspective on her own life. Stretching out her hands toward the things in her home, she says, “That’s how I know that none of this matters. None of this really matters! Life is about so much more than just having nice things. It’s people that really matter.” Another missionary trip in a different country allows Barbara to see the horrible aftermath of human trafficking. Young girls, often ages fifteen or younger, are forced into prostitution, where they become indebted to their captors for food and lodging for years until they pay a nearly insurmountable amount for their freedom. It’s a debt that many of the young girls and women never earn enough to pay. However, with Act 4 the Nations she was able to make a real difference in the lives of some of these women. “We helped prostitutes that we got off the streets and taught them how to make jewelry to support themselves,” she says. By selling their fashion jewelry, the women find a safe way to earn money to support themselves and to escape a life of destruction. Barbara goes on to describe her experience with some special orphanages in Africa. “We go to these places called Baby Safe Houses. On the outside wall of each house is a slot,

which resembles a large deposit box at a bank. Women who cannot or will not keep their babies for any reason place their babies in the box and close the door. Once the door is closed, the mother cannot open it again. On the other side of the wall in the baby safe house, workers take the babies and clean them and feed them. The babies are all tested for H.I.V. and AIDS.” From there the babies are cared for in the orphanage. These abandoned children are given a chance at life that they may not have received outside the walls of the orphanage. Barbara’s involvement with Act 4 the Nations gives her a very uncommon lifestyle. It’s a lifestyle that a friend of her’s compares to that of a famous theatrical hero. Lynch explains her friend’s comparison, amidst laughter, “He says that I’m like James Bond! I said, not really, but if that helps you understand what I do, then go with it!” Like the jet-setting man of mystery and espionage also known as Agent 007, Barbara Lynch travels the world saving lives and giving hope. But unlike Bond, who resorts to flashy, colorful, gadgets and state-of-the-arts weaponry, this kind woman’s arsenal is totally comprised of love, compassion, kindness, and faith. www.act4nations.com www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

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ELIZABETH ROTH This local muscian makes sharing the gift of music her business by weaving her talent into every aspect of life from teaching, coordinating inspiring and performing for others. Written and photographed by Steve Parr

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n 1985, Elizabeth Roth came to St. Augustine for the summer. That summer has lasted 31 years.

Originally from Jacksonville, Elizabeth has logged some serious stage time. When she was 13 years old, her father bought himself a guitar, but he rarely played it. Elizabeth picked it up and hasn't put it down since. While she really just wanted to play guitar, she began singing as a way to accompany herself and play entire songs. When she was just starting out performing, Elizabeth says she dealt with nerves, stage fright and lacked confidence. She got a small notebook and started keeping track of the number of gigs she was being hired to play as a way to show herself that, despite her fears, she just might be able to do this for a living. When she'd been hired for her tenth gig, she began to realize that music could very well be her career. Now, as she's closing in on her 5,000th show, she looks to those small notebooks in which she's tracked her

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gigs as a testament to both her career and the confidence she's built over the years.

Elizabeth. "It helps you through the bad times and it makes the good times better."

She's also built quite a collection of small notebooks.

Her musical influences are varied. While she's quick to cite artists such as Billy Joel, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin as having an impact on her music, she quickly includes classical music, specifically Beethoven and Dvořák, as examples of what she enjoys listening to during her scarce downtime.

When she's not playing at Tempo, The Conch House, Tradewinds, Zahariah's or any of the other many venues on her resume, Elizabeth can be found at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, where she's worked for the last 14 years. She's the Assistant Director for the Outta Sight Band and N’Vision, which are comprised of high school and middle school aged students who are visually impaired. Members of the Outta Sight Band have to audition and they perform between 25 and 30 shows a year. What's been her most rewarding experience with music? While she's rightly proud of the work she does at FSDB, she's equally proud of the work she did with Body & Soul, a Jacksonville-based organization which would send musicians to perform at hospitals and nursing homes. "I've always believed that music is a healing thing," says www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

In addition to her solo performances, Elizabeth also performs with her group The Grapes Of Roth, with Matt Van Rysdam and Trey Moore. She finds herself performing roughly a dozen times a month, and this January will mark 25 years that she's been the Saturday afternoon performer at Tradewinds on Charlotte Street downtown. And, for those keeping track, that alone would be 1,200 entries in those small notebooks. www.elizabethroth.com


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n Easter Sunday 1916, three nuns were arrested in St. Augustine. Their crime? Being white women teaching black children. Sisters Mary Thomasine Hehir, Mary Scholastica and Mary Beningus were charged with an interpretation of the Jim Crow laws. Yes, they were guilty. By this time they’d been teaching AfricanAmerican children at St. Benedict the Moor for 18 years. But they weren’t going to stop; they answered to a higher authority. The charges were soon dropped after the judge examined the law closer and ruled it didn’t apply to private schools. Amen. These fearless teachers were Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Augustine, a courageous group of vowed women devoted to living a consecrated life. This group began in 1866 in St. Augustine when eight Sisters arrived from France to educate and evangelize the children of freed slaves and the Lincolnville community. They faced prejudice, financial hardships, and many nights spent miserably scratching bed bug and mosquito bites. They even survived – and nursed others through – two Yellow Fever epidemics. Blessed with spiritual spunk, they met each challenge with love and strength, paving the way for the Sisters actively serving today. In the next 150 years, these remarkable Sisters would set up 100 missions and parish schools, essentially establishing much of the Florida Catholic School System. They first established the St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Complex, the first African-American parish of the St. Augustine Diocese and one of Florida’s first all-black Catholic schools. This school was used until desegregation in the 1960s. Currently, the local parish operates the Cathedral Parish Early Education Center, Cathedral Parish School and St. Joseph Academy Catholic High School. They’re renowned as prayerful, powerful pioneers in education, health care and social services in Florida.

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A class of St. Benedict the Moor students, date unknown. St. Benedict the Moor School, previously located at 86 Martin Luther King Avenue in the Lincolnville National Historic District was an all-black Catholic school built in 1898.

FROM FRANCE, WITH LOVE Father Jean-Pierre Medaille founded the SSJ in 1650 in Le Puy-en-Velay, France. The group expanded to America when Florida’s first Bishop, Augustin Verot asked for eight “strong sisters, with a good head and solid virtue,” to come to post Civil War St. Augustine to serve an unprecedented community need. The first Sisters showed godly grit in their controversial ministry, while adapting to a new country, climate and language. They worked alongside a special group of Catholic priests known as ‘Josephites,’ whose mission also focused on ministering to Negroes. Now the Sisters live together in the Motherhouse, busy with a myriad of ministries. They serve the sick and dying, orphans, unwed mothers, teach hundreds

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of students, and much more. Our featured Sisters each hear a different call, encouraged by Medaille’s belief that Sisters should “do whatever a woman is capable of.” SISTER BARBARA CEKOSH: LITURGICAL DESIGNER AND ARCHITECT Wearing jeans and a personalized “Sister” hard hat, Sister Barbara Cekosh is in a category all her own. She’s a Liturgical Designer with a degree in Architecture, as well as a Masters in Pastoral Administration. “I’m not aware of any other architects that are also Catholic nuns. There are a few priests in this ministry, but so far, no Sisters with my particular background,” she says. Congregations nationwide seek her expertise, in everything from drawing up blueprints to choosing the furnishings


to the SSJ because they told her from the beginning there was a place for her gifts and talents. "After 40 years, I can honestly tell you they did not exaggerate,” she says. “I am proud to have the opportunity to give back to God for all He has given me. I am grateful to be part of the Sisters of St. Joseph especially in the idea of finding God in all things, and in being a healing and reconciling presence to God’s people.” SISTER DIANE COUTURE: STAINED GLASS ARTIST Soon after the September 11th tragedy in 2001, the Pastor of St. Frances of Assissi Catholic Church in Manhattan asked Sister Diane Couture to create a Memorial stained glass window honoring all who were lost, including their own Father Michael Judge.

WE STAND ON THE COURAGE, STRENGTH AND LOVE OF THE SISTERS WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE US. EVERYTHING THEY’VE DONE IS PART OF OUR JOURNEY, PART OF WHO WE ARE AND ARE CALLED TO BECOME IN THE FUTURE. and the religious artwork. Before any work commences, she spends time with the parish until she truly understands the theological statement they’re trying to make. Locally, she designed San Sebastian Church, helped with the demolition project of the original St. Joseph Academy and helped put a new façade on the adjacent convent. Her financial compensation goes straight to her Congregation. Some projects are freebies, just to help ensure the project gets completed and God is served. “No one goes into religious life because of money so I have the unique privilege of choosing projects that are challenging and unusual, more than profitable,” she says. Being a Liturgical Designer and a Sister has opened up an amazing variety of ministries, she says. There’s been working with farm worker housing, carrying Eucharist to the homebound, being a founding member of HabiJax, and serving on hospital and Diocesan Boards, for starters. She joined the SSJ of St. Augustine after already graduating from the University of New Mexico, and working in the Jacksonville Urban Development department. She was drawn www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

“This parish lost many members in the towers, so their church members decided to create a memorial shrine,” says S. Diane. She and another Sister walked around New York, amidst the terrible chaos and ruin, gathering insight into how to radiate healing and hope with their art. Stained glass windows have a long tradition of offering light, love and assistance in response to tragedy and disaster, S. Diane says. As an artist whose spirituality is interwoven with creativity, she offers these same gifts. “Beauty begets beauty. If you surround yourself with beauty then that’s what you see and feel. Beauty draws us to the Depth of Soul where the true love and Beauty of God dwells,” she adds. The beautiful memorial window was revealed at the NYC church’s Remembrance Ceremony on 9/11, 2002. She says the experience continues to change and affect her life. She still receives inspiring emails from people who have found comfort in the memorial window. “We strive to create what God calls us to create for his people’s needs. The art is an avenue through which God touches and changes lives for many years to come.” After Hurricane Katrina, the National Guard asked her to help restore damaged stained glass windows in seven Mississippi churches and create new ones to replace those destroyed. She’s also created windows for Jacksonville’s Naval Air Station Chapel, Our Lady of Le Leche Shrine and the Cathedral Basilica locally and other projects in surrounding states. In 2009, she helped set up a Glass Studio at Beacon College of Leesburg, FL. “Once we complete a project we have the humbling experience that now God will begin his work through the windows. He will touch those who gaze upon them,” says S. Diane. S. Diane has served Sisters of St. Joseph for 43

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years. She has a degree in Psychology and counseling and specialized in Gerontology and Oncology. While working in a Catholic Nursing Home, she discovered the ministry of stained glass and answered its artistic call.

before us. Everything they’ve done is part of our journey, part of who we are and are called to become in the future. This includes every form of ministry we engage in. Every person we touch becomes part and sharers of the Legacy.”

Beyond creating art, she encourages others’ creativity. She helped establish the Stained Glass Studio in 1992, where artists design, paint, fabricate and restore stained glass for churches, homes and businesses. The studio also offers classes and workshops for all ages and abilities. She’s especially zealous about teaching art to children.

SISTER THOMAS JOSEPH: AUTHOR AND HISTORIAN Sister Thomas Joseph has witnessed almost half the history of her fellow Sisters; she’s been serving for 73 years. Now 90, she says, “Our Sisters today continue with the same spirit as our foundresses; however the needs of the Church and the people are quite different now. Hopefully we have the same measure of zeal as they did!”

“It’s important because it trains and enlightens that part of the brain that learns to see a whole picture. It teaches the art of reflection and quiet. It’s essential to the development of full human beings and the next generation of good citizens,” she says. Keenly aware of the Sisters’ legacy, she says, “We stand on the courage, strength and love of the Sisters who have gone

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When she joined in 1944, the reason for her devotion was beautifully uncomplicated; “I simply believe it was God’s will for me. I desired to give my life for others.” From 2000 to 2010, this esteemed and humble historian worked in the Congregations’ archives. The invaluable access to these’ historical materials led her

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to the very personal, enlightening letters written by the early Sisters back to their Motherhouse in France. Originally stored in the French Motherhouse’s archives, the letters were translated into English by the St. Augustine sisters. She was fascinated, inspired and “more than surprised” by the contents of the correspondences. “Because of them, we have the first-hand story of our founding history here in St. Augustine in 1866,” she says. Not just the “professional” news was relayed – how they educated the children of liberated slaves – but also often humorous tales of arriving by steamship, makeshift accommodations, and heat so oppressive it “boils in the blood.” There were also letters between bishops and mothers superior discussing the prejudice the Sisters’ faced. And their incredible determination to keep going despite it. The archives contain continued chronicles of the Sister’s works, up to the present day.


Sister Diane Couture delicately crafts stained glass pieces for Catholic churches windows across the state (and country!). What you don't see here? That'd be her to-do list including Irish pubs, restoration for private family homes and churches of all denominations. General Superior (Sister Ann Kuhn) asked S. Thomas Joseph to compile her extensive research into a book as a tribute to the devoted women through the generations. The result was “Beyond the Call: The Legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Augustine, Florida," published in 2008. The book took on new life this year when Rich Conner, WJCT Producer/Director in Jacksonville, produced a one-hour documentary, “Celebrating 150 Years of the Sisters of St. Joseph, A Legacy of Faith.” It premiered in March on Jacksonville’s public TV and was

also shown to packed houses locally. “The PBS documentary is, for the most part, based on ‘Beyond the Call,” says S. Thomas Joseph. Both give lasting evidence to the major role the SSJ of St. Augustine played in advancing the Roman Catholic Church in 19th century Florida and Georgia, she adds. Her role, as author and historian, is also indelible in this honorable history. 241 St. George Street www.ssjfl.org www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

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POLPO ALLA GRIGLIA By Meaghan Alvarado Terra & Acqua’s Polpo Alla Griglia, or grilled octopus, is eye-catching and maybe even a little unexpected. Seared with a Spanish cast iron plancha, the octopus takes on a nice sear and a great flavor. A choice seafood item for grilling, grilled octopus is served in many authentic Italian restaurants in large cities around the country. The Polpo Alla Griglia is one of the most popular dishes at Terra & Acqua and comes highly recommended by the chef. Octopus is a favorite of Chef Simone Parisi’s, and this dish is a summertime classic for his family. When he was a young teenager and 20-something living in Italy the dish was often prepared from his own fresh catch. Served with a potato and green bean salad, this dramatic dish pairs well with a good white wine. As the temperature drops, a white that’s both crisp and floral like Arneis will accentuate the flavors in this crowdpleaser. 134 Sea Grove Main Street www.terraacquarestaurant.com

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CHARCUTERIE CHAMPIONS

If there's one favorite food in the St. Augustine Social offices, it's a lunchtime charcuterie board. We've rounded up their favorite meat and cheese combination plates around town.

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TACO VIDA ON THE BOULEVARD If you’ve got tacos on the brain, Mojo’s Tacos on the Island has just the bite for you.

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ituated conveniently on the south side of Anastasia Boulevard between the beach and downtown, Mojo’s Tacos is a local staple. Though their double-decker tacos are worth writing home about – with a soft shell, hard shell and melted cheese in between – they also serve up delicious burritos, salads, nachos, beer, and breakfast. In local 904 spirit, breakfast kicks off at 9:04am and dinner closes out the day at 9:04pm. At Mojo’s, there’s no frills, only delicious, fresh tastes. Though their all day lunch and dinner menu board reads simple, Mojo’s makes their food memorable by taking a creative spin on classics. In addition to beef and chicken, for those seeking a more traditional island-inspired taco, shrimp and fish are available. If you’re hungry for something a bit more offbeat, check out the Mojo’s special chalkboard, where you just might find the Ahi Tuna Poké Roll, featuring ginger rice and seaweed salad. For vegetarian eaters, Mojo’s offers marinated tempeh and tofu. Rich with both flavor and texture, these options are anything but ordinary, and might even fool, or at least win over, a meat lover. Whatever protein you choose can be enjoyed in any form, though for the hungry diner,

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it’s hard to pass up a hearty burrito loaded with beans and rice. While their creamy Mojo sauce is a signature, swap it out for guacamole and corn salsa and skip the cheese to make a tempeh or tofu selection entirely vegan. Once you’ve ordered at the walk up counter, your order is handwritten on a brown paper bag. When ready, your menu pick will be served in the bag with chips. Beer and other beverages are available from the cooler. And Mojo’s is now serving Local Booch kombucha tea. For those dining in, the best seats in the house might just be along the bar, lining the floor to ceiling windows. If you come with a group, the outside courtyard offers a number of picnic tables and additional seating. Though they don’t take cards, Mojo’s has an ATM conveniently inside the door for you to quickly withdraw cash before ordering. Mojo's Tacos is open daily, 9:04am-9:04pm. Follow along with Mojo’s on Instagram: @mojos_ tacos. 551 Anastasia Boulevard www.mojos904.com

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Ice Plant Sample the best of local cheeses that have been expertly paired with accoutrements and a fresh baguette. And while we’re talking expertise, Ice Plant’s housemade pimento cheese deserves a board of its own. 110 Riberia Street Michael’s Tasting Room Now this is charcuterie on a gourmet level! Choose from smaller plates of Foie Gras or cheeses garnished with various nuts and sauces or the larger board with a little bit of everything. 25 Cuna Street Terra & Acqua For traditional Italian antipasto misto, look no further than Terra & Acqua. The specialty meats, bold cheeses, seafood, and warm breads are always fresh and of the best quality. 134 Sea Grove Main Street Costa Brava Sometimes a charcuterie board doesn’t offer all that you’re searching for, so Costa Brava has come to the rescue with a new charcuterie buffet! All the cured meats, cheeses, and accoutrements you could wish for all in one place, at a very reasonable price. 95 Cordova Street The Floridian If meats aren’t quite your thing, but you’re still searching for some delicious variety, the Floridian is for you. Sample boards of pickled vegetables, fried green tomatoes, and pimento cheese or a selection of Sweet Grass Dairy’s best! 72 Spanish Street


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FRED MERO COSTA BRAVA Costa Brava’s new Executive Chef Fred Mero brings New York City experience and his South American heritage to create adventurous international fine dining in St. Augustine. By Sue Bjorkman | Photography by Rob Futrell

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ine dining is like a Broadway play, Executive Chef Fred Mero believes. Before the curtain rises, or the first seating in this case, the ‘back of the house’ is buzzing. Not rehearsing lines, but busily chopping, slicing, stirring – preparing for the night’s performance of plating a delectably memorable meal for each guest. “Just like a Broadway show, you’ve got to do your absolute best and kill it every night. And then the next day do it even better,” says Mero. While diners don’t customarily applaud this kind of performance, Mero’s stylish blend of classical techniques and legendary creativity could inspire a raucous, ‘Bravo!’ The Broadway comparison comes naturally to this gourmet chef. He’s spent the past three decades building his remarkable restaurant resume in top establishments in and around New York City’s theater district. Now he sets the stage for greatness at the Costa Brava restaurant, the culinary heart of the circa 1888 Casa Monica Resort & Spa. Well-known in big city circles for his “enlightened menus and fresh perspectives,” Chef Fred was initially recruited by the Kessler Group, owners of

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the Casa Monica and eleven other iconic boutique hotels nationwide, for the position at “The Mansion” in Savannah. But during his tasting for executives, Chef Fred's brilliant fish and seafood finesse inspired a change of venue. St. Augustine is where you belong, they agreed. Remarkably, the relocation from New York City to St. Augustine was culture-shock free for this Ecuadorian-born chef and his wife. “When they sent me here, I just fell in love with it. It felt familiar. My wife is from Colombia, and it reminds us of Cartagena. With all the history, the seaside, it reminds me of Europe, too,” says Chef Fred. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MENU Kimberly Wilson, Casa Monica’s General Manager, says they feel very fortunate having Chef Fred lead the food and beverage operations, including catering and special events. “The menu is a true testament to his knowledge of worldly flavors and passion for locally-sourced ingredients,” she says. About that menu, Chef Fred has so many things he wants to do here – risottos, paellas, ceviche and fish, fish, fish. “Here we have such great seafood, shrimp and fish. I love combining fish with fruit, like salmon with a passion fruit or cherries, peaches. It’s all about getting the

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best, freshest ingredients and focusing on the classics.” But don’t expect the menu to always remain the same. “All things should be kept seasonal. Strawberries are best in spring, so that’s when I’ll use them. Truffles are November and December, not yearround. Don’t mess with Mother Nature. She knows what she’s doing.” The same could be said for Chef Fred. INTERNATIONAL INFLUENCES Chef Fred was born in the coastal town of Guayaquil, Ecuador. In 1970, when he was four, his entire family immigrated to New York. “Naturally, we brought all our traditional South American cooking techniques with us. It gave my upbringing a different perspective. My mother was an excellent cook and made everything from scratch always. My breakfast was ceviche. My box lunch for school was soup or octopus,” he says. The transition from “ just a kid who loves food” to chef-dreams happened in college. He was playing soccer on scholarship at St. Johns University in New York when an injury halted his free ride. To get by, he washed dishes at a restaurant, then worked his way up through every job in the kitchen. “This was all way before the Food Network on TV. Back then you learned by doing,


You can catch the most delicious chacuterie buffet daily at Costa Brava's happy hour for just $10 per person. Snack on endless cured meats, marinated vegetables, aged cheese and your libation of choice to unwind in style.

Don’t expect the menu to always remain the same. “All things should be kept seasonal. Strawberries are best in spring, so that’s when I’ll use them. Truffles are November and December, not year-round. Don’t mess with Mother Nature. She knows what she’s doing.” The same could be said for Chef Fred.

by watching real chefs,” he says. He loved it all, the team work, the fierce competitive edge, the pride in a job well-done. He then attended the Culinary Arts program at Brooklyn Technical College and New York Restaurant School. He apprenticed at the famous Creole restaurant, ‘Jezebel,’ and learned European techniques at Manhattan’s Harvard Club. CULINARY CAREER This began an almost 30 year career in NYC where he helped open Tropica and the

Trustee’s Dining Room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1994 he worked as the sous chef at the Four Seasons restaurant. He was “wildly successful” in helping transform their menus, resulting in glowing three-star reviews. Chef Fred's worked with many of the world’s top chefs – Wolfgang Puck, Alfred Portale, Fabio Picchi – just to name-drop a few. A big believer that “travel is knowledge,” Chef Fred hungrily sought new cooking techniques by working with chefs at the finest restaurants www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

in Venice, Northern Italy, Switzerland, France, England and beyond. While executive chef at the Loeb Boathouse Central Park, the NY Magazine food critic described Chef Fred’s octopus carpaccio salad as the “best dish of its kind ever experienced.” That bears repeating: Best. Ever. But his way with eight-legged creatures was just part of his “surprising and adventurous” flavor creations. He has a knack for reawakening ho-hum menus into dishes that delight even the most sophisticated diners. NOW HE’S HERE Now his biggest focus is on challenging, motivating and building his culinary team. With crazy-long, intense shifts, it takes a certain mindset – and stamina – to make it. “It takes commitment. In NYC, teams stay with a chef for 10-15 years. They stay because they like the way things are done and what they’re learning. I’m working on taking us all to the next level,” he says. “And the Casa Monica is such a gorgeous destination place. I want the whole experience to be a combination of the highest hospitality. I want to make the Costa Brava the best of the best.” He loves that “best of the best” description. He lives it, too. “Even at home, I get excited to get up and make the best [of the best] pancakes I’ve ever made. It’s just part of me.” 95 Cordova Street www.casamonica.com

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Behind the Bar

NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS CLUB For those who've served our country, the NCO Club of St. Augustine is a place of community and fellowship... and $2 beers on Thursdays. By Matthew Shaw | Photography by Rob Futrell

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ith decades of experience tending bar in locales around the globe, it’s interesting to wonder about the banter that has found its way into the bartender’s ear of Kenneth “Woody” Woodruff. But, within minutes of talking to the Air Force veteran, it becomes abundantly clear that he’ll not be sharing any privileged information. Besides, the non-commissioned Officers Club’s regulars just don’t seem too interested in gossip. Located inside the cannon-flanked Mark W. Lance Armory on San Marco Avenue in downtown St. Augustine, the St. Augustine NCO Club was founded in 1968 to serve retired or active duty non-commissioned U.S. military officers. Before moving into the armory in 1972 the club used to meet at the White Lion on Cuna Street. It’s open to members on Thursday nights. Members are allowed to bring guests. Originally established as a place for those with a military background to rub shoulders with people who’ve had similar experiences, military clubs have been around for decades. “We’re similar to the VFW or American Legion,” Woody says of the NCO Club. “It’s a place for those who are in the service or those have been in the service to get together, chat, have a drink, or just hangout.” Woody, who’s served in the Air Force for 32

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You won't find Woody pictured here (that's our contributor and Navy veteran, Steve!). Though Woody's happy to help you behind the bar, he's not one to step in front of a camera... you'll have to meet him at the NCO Club to put a face to the name.

years, volunteers to bartend at NCO Club. An Idaho native who speaks in a fast and somewhat frenetic manner, he’s been in St. Augustine since 1991. Before that he’d bartended all over the globe. But Woody is much more interested in talking about the history of the NCO Club, than he is about his own personal history. “Egypt was pretty nice,” he says, quite matter-of-factly. The club is a pretty darn good deal. Membership to the NCO Club is just $1 per month and drinks cost just $2. Woody says his regulars – which usually consists of 10-12 members, but depends heavily on deployment – mostly just drink beer. “This is a beer crowd,” he says. “We drink Bud Light, Yuengling, domestic beers, stuff like that.” The club got rid of its kegerators some years back, so members drink from cans or bottles as they take advantage of the pool tables or dartboards. A few members have started a cigar club, which takes place every third Thursday, while on the first Thursday of each month, the NCO Club provides the main course for a potluck. Woody says the NCO Club’s experiment with Trivia Night – a popular draw at many local bars – was shortwww.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

lived. “Well, we stopped doing trivia about 6 months ago,” he says. The members were coming in for the potluck, but they wanted to eat and chat. They didn’t come in to play trivia.” Ninety percent of the money taken in by the bar at the NCO Club goes toward supporting several local charities, including Wreaths Across America, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, Wags and Whiskers Pet Rescue, and the March of Dimes Cancer walk. Woody says he always looks forward to opening the bar at 1730 (5:30pm for you civilians) each Thursday and doesn’t mind sticking around late, on the rare occasion when members want to push the conversations and revelry into the wee hours of the morning. But, he’s not one to push it there himself. And he’s certainly not barhopping. “I’m not really one to go out,” he says. “I really just like hanging with the guys at the NCO Club.” 190 San Marco Avenue 904-823-4748


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CRĂˆME DE LA COCOA Life is short. Eat dessert first. Written and Photographed by Steve Parr

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t's no secret that there are a lot of great restaurants in St. Augustine. What's far less common, however, are great dessert shops. In fact, if you didn't know where to look, you might not ever find one. But, if you were to find yourself searching at the north end of San Marco Avenue, you'd be in the right spot. Owned by Nils and Bailey Rowland, Crème de la Cocoa opened in their new location this July. Both graduated from the University of Central Florida, Nils with a degree in Hospitality Management and Bailey with degrees in Hospitality Management and Marketing. Nils is also a graduate of the Notter School of Pastry Arts and has been featured on the television show "Cake Wars Christmas" on the Food Network. Nils has a simple philosophy when creating his desserts: "People don't gamble on dessert." It's with this in mind that he strives to offer the best confections possible. Bailey and Nils originally started with dessert catering, as well as providing local businesses with their delectable fare. Before

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Nils and Bailey recently completed an extensive renovation of 299 San Marco Avenue. The new space includes a giant commercial kitchen and chic retail boutique. In addition to tasty desserts and sweets they also offer baking classes for special occasions.

they opened their shop doors, you could find their creations at eateries as diverse as the Marriott at TPC Sawgrass, Casa Monica and even DOS Coffee & Wine. All of the desserts at Crème de la Cocoa are made on site, and the selection is extensive. There's something here for everyone and there's plenty to go around. From cookies to chocolates to pies, the selection begs you to bring your sweet tooth and to leave your diet at the door. A perfect start to your dessert tour would be the macarons. A macaron is a meringuebased confection, filled with buttercream that is delectably sweet. They're a feast for the eyes, as well, as they're one of the more colorful desserts you'll find. Care for something a bit more substantial? The sticky buns are downright decadent and would pair rather nicely with cup of robust coffee. Be forewarned, these are temptingly gooey and, if you eat them with your hands, it's going to be a mess. A yummy, satisfying mess. Are

Location: 299 San Marco Avenue Claim to Fame: Handmade chocolates and desserts, private event classes Fare: Sweet treats Favorites on the Menu: Sticky Buns,

chocolate truffles more your thing? Well, you're not going to be disappointed. All of the chocolates are hand-casted in dark, milk and white chocolate. Flavors range from milk chocolate and peanut butter to cinnamon whiskey. You'll be hard pressed to choose a favorite, as each one seems better than the last. Crème de la Cocoa also serves up some of the most amazing pies and cakes you're likely to find anywhere. The Snickers cheesecake (yes, it's exactly what you think it is) is a cheesecake lover's nirvana. Snickers crumbles are not only baked into the cake, but there's a generous helping on top, as well. Be prepared here: a little goes a long way. A single rich, tasty slice will challenge even hardiest of dessert appetites.

Oatmeal Cream Pies, Snickers Cheesecake, Macarons, Chocolate Truffles Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm Details: www.cremedelacocoa.com

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There's no shortage of places to dine in St. Augustine, but we're always on the hunt for the next best thing. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks or dessert – we love them all. Snap a shot of your new favorite dish and tag us for a chance to appear in the next issue.

THE FLORIDIAN - @alliewisniewski Blackened spiced tempeh over sweet potatoes, zucchini noodles, & summer veggies in a coconut lemongrass sauce. Plus a side of roasted rosemary potatoes because they're my everything. This place never disappoints.

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FAMILY FRIENDLY PIZZA JOINT FEATURING YOUR FAVORITE HANDTOSSED, OVEN BAKED PIZZAS ALONG WITH BURGERS, SALADS, HOAGIES AND A FULL BAR.

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Delicious food in a fun creative environment.

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Pizza, Gluten Free

SETTING: Family friendly,

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Live entertainment on various nights KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD: Just

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Bruschetta, Funguys, Mushroom Soup, Stuffed Portobello, Greek Salad, Pretzels Fresh Mellow dough twisted into pretzels: • Garlic butter and Parmesan, with a side of red sauce • Butter and Kosher salt, with a side of mustard • Cinnamon sugar and honey CHEF SPECIALTIES

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Thai Dye Pizza Olive oil & garlic base, all natural grilled curry chicken, mozzarella cheese, Roma tomatoes, onions. Topped with fresh basil, cucumbers & a sweet swirl of Thai chili sauce. Kosmic Karma Pizza Red Sauce base pizza with Mozzarella, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Spinach, Feta, Roma Tomatoes and a Pesto swirl Chicken and Cheese Calzone Grilled Chicken, Onions, Mushrooms, Green Peppers, and Mozzarella Cheese. Mushroom Club Hoagie Ham, Turkey, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Provolone, Caramelized Onions and Grilled Mushrooms. Enlightened Spinach Salad Fresh spinach topped with dried cherries, apples, homemade candied pecans and feta cheese. Philosopher's Pie Olive Oil and Garlic base pizza with grilled Steak, Portobello Mushrooms, Artichoke Hearts, Kalamata Olives, Provolone, Feta, and Mozzarella Cheese.

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Family friendly dining in a relaxed environment with an expansive menu. CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Greek specialities, classic Italian, steaks, chops and ribs setting: Family dining, outdoor covered gazebo

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Domathes, Cold Gracian Relish Plate, Fried Calamari, Stuffed Mushrooms, Greek Salad, Parthenon Salad

KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD: Beach

Oysters Rockefeller six fresh oysters heaped with creamed spinach, bacon and cheese then broiled to perfection

RESERVATIONS: Yes PARKING OPTIONS:

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Fish Pesada Parmesan crusted fresh filet served with garlic butter. Spanakopita Spinach, onions and feta cheese seasoned with resh dill and baked in a flaky phyllo crust. Veal Parmesan A breaded veal cutlet topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella, served with a side of spaghetti wtih meat sauce. Eggplant Parmesan Breaded eggplant with marinara sauce and mozzarella and served with a side of spaghetti with marinara sauce Captain's Delight Three stuffed shrimp, a stuffed mushroom, broiled flounder, scallops and a deviled crab. Lamb Shank Two juicy and tender lamb shanks with gravy, served with choice of side

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The selection varies from Snapper to Sheepshead, Mahi Mahi to Triggerfish, and Flounder to Black Drum. Sea folk and Landlubbers will all find something they'll enjoy. ENTERTAINMENT:

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Crab Cakes, Shrimp & Grits, Ceviche and Fried Oyster Deviled Eggs, Minorcan Clam Chowder, Caesar Salad CHEF SPECIALTIES

Shrimp & Grits Six cheddar and bacon grit cakes, topped with lightly blackened shrimp and sherry cream sauce. Rustic Fish Local Florida fish seasoned with salt and cracked pepper. Served with farmers market vegetable risotto with lemon herb butter.

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Blackened Fish Local Florida fish, lightly blackened and served with angel hair pasta, bacon-brussel sprouts and a sherry cream sauce. Florida Picatta Local catch, seasoned with salt and cracked pepper and served over angel hair pasta, tossed in a light, white wine lemon-caper butter sauce. Minorcan Clam Chowder Spicy red chowder with locally grown datil peppers and spices.

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Gator Tail, Crab Cakes, Ahi Tuna Stcks, Catfish Fingers CHEF SPECIALTIES

Shrimp & Grits Sautéed shrimp served over cheddar cheese grits topped with bacon and mushroom country gravy Baby Back Ribs Slow smoked and glazed with our homemade Southern Comfort barbeque sauce

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Southern Fare, Local Seafood

North Beach Chicken Twin breasts basted with our homemade Southern Comfort barbeque sauce, topped with ham, provolone, shredded cheddar and tomatoes

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Terrine De Queso Goat cheese layered with olives, pesto. and sun-dries tomatoes Baby Romaine Salad Creamy garlic dressing, shaved parmesan, white anchovies SIGNATURE ENTREES

Vieras Seared sea scallops, leek risotto, vegetable, passion fruit vinaigrette Gauch Cast iron seared hanger steak with yucca mofongo mash, grilled asparagus, salsa verde, and charred shishito peppers

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Spanish Tapas, Seafood Gluten Free, Low Carb SETTING: Historic District,

Outdoor Dining

ENTERTAINMENT: Live

Music on Sundays KID'S MENU: Yes

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Downtown

RESERVATIONS: Yes

SUN-THURS: 5-9PM FRI-SAT: 5-10:30PM

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Escargot, Baked Brie, Cabot Tuna, Seafood Crepes CHEF SPECIALTIES

Lobster & Spinach Ravioli 6 oz Maine Lobster Tail accompanied with Spinach and cheese raviolis topped with our signature Pink Vodka sauce Rack Of Lamb Roasted to perfection and drizzled with a Tangy Rosemary Demi-glace sauce.

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

International Cuisine with a Latin flair SETTING: Located at the

Chilean Sea Bass Over Vegetable Rissoto and Asparagus with Tomato Hollandaise Sauce, Garnished with Shrimp

Casillo Real Hotel

KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD: St.

Augustine Beach

8AM-9PM* MONDAY- SUNDAY 530 A1A BEACH BOULEVARD (904) 461-8288

RESERVATIONS: Yes PARKING OPTIONS:

Self-Parking

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On the Menu STARTERS

Fritto Misto, Grilled Octopus, Special Recipe Meatballs, Tre Mozzarelle CHEF SPECIALTIES

Tagliatelle Boscaiola Housemade pasta, pancetta, porcini mushrooms, plum tomato sugo & cream Pappardelle Cernia Local grouper ragù, housemade pappardelle pasta, citrus gremolata

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Modern Italian Dining

Double Pork Chop Fontina & prosciutto stuffed pork chop served with roasted cauliflower & asparagus

SETTING: Beautiful

restaurant with patio dining SPECIALS: Monthly

Community Table and Wine Dinners KID'S MENU: Yes

MONDAY - SATURDAY LUNCH 11AM-2:30PM, DINNER 4-9PM, 4-10PM FRIDAY-SATURDAY

NEIGHBORHOOD: Sea

Grove, St. Augustine Beach RESERVATIONS: Yes PARKING OPTIONS:

134 SEA GROVE MAIN STREET ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32080

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Sourhern Pie, Beer Battered Dawg Bites

S U N D AY F U N D AY !

Get a Breakfast Dawg and any FL draft for only

$12

Brewz|n|Dawgz

CHEF SPECIALTIES

Chili Dawg Farm-fresh beef dog topped with our grass fed/housemade meat sauce and organic 3 bean chili with Non-GMO Irish cheddar cheese!

Saint Augustine est. 2015

Breakfast Dawg Farm-fresh pork brat and bacon on a garlic butter toasted organic bun and topped with a fried egg* and organic hash fries!

450th est.

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Organic Hotdogs

SETTING: Casual & friendly

'Eh, What's up Dawg?' Organic Carrot‫ ‏‬Dawg marinated in cider and spices then grilled and topped with organic sauerkraut and house-made datil sauce!

ENTERTAINMENT:

Classis board games KID'S MENU: No NEIGHBORHOOD:

Business District near corner of US 1/312

TUES-SAT 11:30AM-11:30PM SUN 12-11PM CLOSED MONDAYS

RESERVATIONS: No PARKING OPTIONS:

Plenty of self-parking! 1974 US 1 SOUTH ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32086

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On the Menu STARTERS, SOUPS AND SALADS

Tomato Salad, Classic Caesar, House Salad CHEF SPECIALTIES

Traditional Club Black Forest ham, Turkey pastrami, Havarti and Muenster cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, garlic herb aioli, and honey mustard on five grain wheat bread

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Soups, Salads, and Sandwiches, Weekly Specials

Philly Steak Seasoned filet of beef or chicken, peppers, onions, Provolone, and smoked gouda, with our Parmesan peppercorn sauce on a hoagie roll

SETTING: Cafe ENTERTAINMENT:

Across from IMAX and Hall of Fame Museum KID'S MENU: No

MONDAY-FRIDAY 10AM-6PM SUNDAY 12-6PM

NEIGHBORHOOD:

World Golf Village

RESERVATIONS: No PARKING OPTIONS:

ONE WORLD GOLF PLACE ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32092 (904) 940-4000

Self-Park

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Gluten Free Corn Chips, Fresh Salsa, Fruit Smoothies, Coffee Drinks, Protein Smoothies, Warm Pitas and Homemade Hummus' CHEF SPECIALTIES

Pita Tosh Made with hummus, cheese, Boars Head Salsilito Turkey, onion, tomato, carrot, avocado, & fresh greens The Nutty Mother mixed greens light cheese, diced tomato, cucumbers, avocado, carrots, toasted almonds, & a side of pocketless pita The Good Karma Cooked sprouted grain tortilla, filled with layers of hummus, carrots, onions, broccoli & avocado

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Health food, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free

SETTING: Window service,

outside seating

KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD:

St. Augustine Beach

11AM-5PM 7 DAYS A WEEK

TO-GO ORDERS: Yes

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Seared Rare Blackened Tuna, Home-Made Blue Cheese Chips, Tender Fried Calamari, Ragtime Shrimp, Blue Crab & Artichoke Dip CHEF SPECIALTIES

Grilled Seafood Paella Split Lobster Tail, Fresh Fish, Shrimp, Chicken, Calamari, Mussels & Chorizo Simmered in a Savory Saffron Court-Bouillon CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Lobster and Shrimp Tacos Crisp Blue Corn Tortillas, Wrapped in Soft Flour Tortillas with Pepper Jack Cheese, Pico de Gallo, Lettuce & a Lemon-Lobster Citrus Sauce

Made from Scratch Menu and Fresh Seafood SETTING: Historic District

overlooking the bayfront SPECIALS: Fresh Fish

Specials Daily

KID'S MENU: Yes

SUNDAY-THURSDAY 11AM-11:30PM FRIDAY-SATURDAY 11AM-1AM

NEIGHBORHOOD:

Downtown

RESERVATIONS: Yes

1 KING STREET, SUITE 101 ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32084 (904) 829-2977

CATERING: Yes

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JR’s Pretzels with a homemade mustard cheeze sauce CHEF SPECIALTIES

The Back It Up Reuben homemade corned beef, aged Swiss cheeze, homemade sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing on deli style rye bread Mr. Raulerson Turkey Sandwich Fresh Roasted Turkey, Monterey Jack Cheeze, with Homemade Cole Slaw & Cranberry Aoili on Deli Style Multigrain Bread

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

All fresh all the time. All meat roasted in house. Hand rolled burgers. Now serving beer and wine.

Terrie's Tantalizing Western Burger Onion rings, bacon, BBQ sauce and cheddar cheeze on a Kaiser roll

SETTING: Casual ENTERTAINMENT:

Occasional live music NEIGHBORHOOD:

The Shores

8AM-6PM: MON-TUES 8AM-8PM: WED-SAT 918 SANTA MARIA BLVD. ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32086 (904) 679-5008

PARKING OPTIONS:

Plenty of self-parking!

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Homemade onion rings, Blue Crab Bites, Smokin' Fish Dip, Oysters Castillo and Florida Gator Tail CHEF SPECIALTIES

Shrimp....So Many Ways Fried, Coconut, Stuffed, Blackened, Grilled, Matanzas, Steamed Salmon Sensation Seasoned with a zesty sauce of sun-dried tomatoes and topped with feta cheese, served with 2 sides. Hickory Crusted Pork Ribeye Flame grilled 8 oz pork ribeye coated with a savory hickory rub, served with 2 sides and roasted garlic bread brushed with herb butter

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Southern Sytle Seafood and a whole lot more SETTING: Coastal, casual

family restaurant with a full bar KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD:

Downtown

RESERVATIONS: No PARKING OPTIONS:

SUNDAY- SATURDAY 11AM - 9PM

Onsite parking lot and public parking garage located directly across the street

14 W. CASTILLO DRIVE ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32084 (904) 824-3663

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'N Grits Florida shrimp, grilled fresh catch or tofu over pan-seared cheesy polenta cakes, topped with seasonal salsa and house made herbed ricotta cheese, served with sautéed seasonal veggies Brisket Posole Slow-smoked beef brisket, simmered in a roasted tomato, black eyed pea and pepper stew. Served over creamy stone-ground grits and topped with a fried egg and green tomato relish N Waffles Slow-smoked BBQ pulled pork served with our crunchy cornmeal waffles. Topped with bourbon-brown sugar glazed fruit, local honey, buttermilk ricotta and candied pecans

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Innovative Southern, Plentiful Gluten Free options

SETTING: Casual Old

South meets funky Florida vibes KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD:

Downtown St. Augustine

11 AM-9PM: SU,M,W,TH 11AM-10PM: F,S

PARKING: Self-Parking,

Street

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72 SPANISH STREET (904) 829-0655

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Fried Gator, Steamed Clams, Conch Fritters, Minorcan Conch Chowder, Caribbean Chop Salad CHEF SPECIALTIES

Sunset Shrimp Tacos Local shrimp lightly fried and tossed in our sweet & spicy sunset sauce. Marley Burger Char grilled, seasoned with a blend of Caribbean spices, fried onions and jalapenos. Datil Pepper Shrimp & Grits Local shrimp sauteed with bacon, garlic and scallions. Caribbean Jerk Chicken Marinated boneless chicken breasts served with Caribbean rice, steamed broccoli and fried plantains.

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Seafood, gluten free options

SETTING: Toes in the sand,

Caribbean, Sunset view, live music SPECIALS: Football

Specials, Happy Hour Mon-Fri from 3-7pm

SUNDAY - THURSDAY: 11 - 9 PM

KID'S MENU: Yes

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: 11 - 10PM

NEIGHBORHOOD: Vilano

Beach

254 VILANO ROAD

PET FRIENDLY: Yes

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Black Bean Hummus, Jerk Chicken Nachos, Cajun Shrimp and Black Bean Quesadilla, ThreeBean Chili and Chips CHEF SPECIALTIES

Wet Burrito A fully loaded black bean, rice, and veggie burrito smothered in a mild chili sauce and cheese Cuban Sandwich Sweet smoked ham and roasted pork shoulder with swiss cheese, pickles, mayonnaise and mustard. pressed on a hoagie roll Shrimp Curry Salad Cajun grilled shrimp over romaine, red cabbage and carrots, tomatoes, marinated cucumbers, toasted coconut, cashews, house made croutons, coconut curry dressing

CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

Vegetarian and Vegan options SETTING: Casual SPECIALS:

Tostada Tuesdays and Daily Happy Hour NEIGHBORHOOD:

Old South Dixie

PARKING OPTIONS:

Plenty of self-parking!

11AM-9PM DAILY 40 OLD SOUTH DIXIE HWY ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32084 (904) 824-0227

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Brunswick Stew, Super Kale Salad, Burnt End Fries, Cheese Biscuits with Datil Pepper Jelly CHEF SPECIALTIES

Brisket Ciabatta Grilled with crisp onions, topped with Provolone and Sweet Heat BBQ Sauce CUISINE SPECIALTIES:

M Burger An M Shack favorite, American Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle and Shack Sauce

BBQ, Slow-Smoked Meats, Homemade Sides, Hand-spun Milkshakes SETTING: Family-Friendly,

Fresh-Casual, Beer & Wine

Homemade Sides Sweet Corn Grits, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw

KID'S MENU: Yes NEIGHBORHOOD:

Anastasia Island

Veggie Burger

PARKING OPTIONS:

Private Lot

MONDAY - SATURDAY 11AM-9PM

SPECIALS:

Weekdays 3-6PM $2 off Beer & Wine, $1 off M Shakes

604 ANASTASIA BLVD. ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32080 (904) 484-7472

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CHEEZEES GRILL DISH: AUSTIN'S AMAZING MAC N CHEESE GRILLED CHEEZE Delicious Homemade Mac N Cheeze, Slices Of American Cheeze On Thick Country White Bread - Something To Write Home About. Served with a pickle and Cheezees signature mini corn muffin.

REFINED FARE

Shorter more refined menus, with an atmosphere and service worthy of formal attire although not required.

BLACKFLY - THE RESTAURANT Seafood Grill

Known for their daily fresh fish specials using local caught fish that you usually don't see on most restaurant menus, along with select fillets of wahoo, mahi, hog snapper and other specialty fish.

108 Anastasia Boulevard (904) 201-6300

COSTA BRAVA

Mediterranean When you first enter Costa Brava, you can’t help but notice the lavish antiques, silk textures and hand-painted gold leaf ceilings. You are surrounded by artful décor, then you discover the Mediterranean influenced cuisine is also celebrated as an art form of its own. Delicious.

95 Cordova Street (904) 810-6810

CELLAR 6

Seafood, Steakhouse, Martinis St. Augustine's premier Wine and Martini Bar. Located in the heart of downtown St. Augustine, Cellar 6 is a full service restaurant featuring a fresh and new dinner menu composed of

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popular urban cuisine dishes as well as weekly dinner specials.

6 Aviles Street (904) 827-9055

CATCH 27

Local Seafood & Seasonal Fare Catch 27 stands in the heart of historic St. Augustine, Florida. They believe in preparing and serving fresh, locally caught seafood from the nation's 27th state and cook everything from scratch with seasonal ingredients and local produce.

40 Charlotte Street (904) 217–3542

COLLAGE

Fine Dining Collage is a small eclectic fine dining restaurant in the heart of downtown. Plan for a date night and enjoy a five course meal prepared by their expert culinary team.

60 Hypolita Street (904)829-0055

THE FLORIDIAN

Modern Southern Grub The Floridian is proud to offer St. Augustine’s locals and visitors regionally authentic, fresh from the source cuisine: a clever synthesis of down home Southern comfort foods and lighter, healthier dishes, with many vegetarian options.

72 Spanish Street (904) 829-0655 www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

LA PENTOLLA

Latin and Mediterranean La Pentola Restaurant offers Latin and Mediterranean inspired cuisine in a beautiful setting in historic downtown. Their culinary team offers seafood, prime steaks, and innovative pasta paired with unique wines and housemade desserts. Lunch is served Tuesday to Saturday 11am-3pm; dinner is served Tuesday to Sunday 5 pm until close; and Sunday Brunch 10am-3pm.

58 Charlotte Street (904) 824-3282

LA COCINA INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANT Latin and Mediterranean

You'll find this classy restaurant located at Castillo Real Resort on St. Augustine Beach featuring intimate fine dining with a Latin flair in a casual atmosphere. Start your day with fresh, cooked to order a la carte breakfast, enjoy a business meeting, or a casual lunch with friends and family and finish a perfect day with an amazing culinary experience in a fine dining romantic candle lit setting for your evening meal.

530 A1A Beach Boulevard (904) 461-8288


MICHAEL'S TASTING ROOM

AUNT KATE'S RESTAURANT

They change their menu every month to bring you the most innovative dishes using the freshest ingredients possible. Chef Michael Lugo believes in organic and sustainable ingredients, and uses local or meticulously sourced products throughout.

Continuing over 100 years of serving the finest in local seafood, Aunt Kate's pleasures both the eye and the palate. Sit in a grove of live oaks on the bank of the Tolomoto River, you can dine on the outside decks under the trees or inside in either the main dining room or the Victory Bar.

25 Cuna Street (904) 810-2400

612 Euclid Avenue (904) 829-1105

PURPLE OLIVE

A1A ALE WORKS

Family owned and operated since 2004, the Purple Olive offers a creative full dinner menu, nightly dinner specials, freshly baked artisan breads, and all homemade soups, sauces, signature salad dressings and desserts.

Located in historic St. Augustine, their dining room and private function facilities overlook the scenic Matanzas Bay. A1A Ale Works’ passion for fresh seafood has been a hit since day one. The menu features a variety of Caribbean, Cuban and Florida influences.

Spanish Tapas & Wine

Mediterranean / New American

4255 A1A South (904) 461-1250

RAINTREE RESTAURANT Upscale American

Their intercontinental menu blends Mediterranean, American and Asian cuisine. You’ll enjoy the finest ingredients in the food prepared just for you, from the Canadian Lobster to the Chilean Sea Bass.

102 San Marco Avenue (904) 824-7211

THE REEF

Seafood / Mediterran There are few remaining true oceanfront restaurants in Northeast Florida, and of those, The Reef, commands the most spectacular views. Sit at any table inside and the view is dynamic to say the least, or enjoy the recently rebuilt and expanded deck where you not only look out at the ocean, you listen to it as the waves break and the birds cry.

4100 Coastal Highway (904) 824-8008

RIPE BISTRO

Healthy, Local Seafood, Italian Ripe Bistro is a unique combination of fresh, healthy, locally grown food combined with gourmet cooking to provide the perfect dining experience.

Southern Seafood

American Seafood

1 King Street, Suite 101 (904) 829-2977

THE BACK 40 URBAN CAFE

Caribbean, New American An eclectic mix of flavors from around the

world, including vegetarian and vegan dishes, at an affordable price. Be sure to stop in an enjoy one of their famous "wet burritos" with a cold brew.

40 South Dixie Highway (904) 824-0227

BARNACLE BILL'S

American Seafood Featuring a variety of grilled, broiled, steamed, blackened and fried seafood items. Steaks, pasta, chicken, alligator, homemade desserts and creative entree salads.

14 W. Castillo Drive (904) 824-3663

BEACHES AT VILANO

American Grill / Seafood Get away from it all at St. Augustine’s coolest new outdoor deck and bar. Enjoy beaches the way it was meant to be – dining on the beach, the patio or inside with college and pro football games on every screen.

254 Vilano Road (904) 829-0589

MBQue DISH: SMOKED TURKEY PLATTER All natural, hormone free turkey set in a quick brine solution, rubbed down with a house blend of fresh ground spices and smoked with Black Jack Oak for two and a half hours and then mopped with an Apple Cider Vinegar and Worcestershire glaze. Pair with Strawberry Milkshake.

1097 A1A Beach Boulevard (904) 471-3177

CASUAL CHOW

You'll find a family-friendly and casual environment at these restaurants with all around great food. Expect your typical sit and be served dining experience here.

AMICI ITALIAN RESTAURANT Italian

Serving authentic Italian cuisine that's both innovative and traditional, their menu includes delicious seafood, meat, homemade pastas, chicken, salads and homemade desserts and a carefully chosen wine list to complement your meal.

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THE BLACK MOLLY GRILL American Seafood Grill

The Black Molly Grill, a family-style, full-service restaurant specializing in seafood, steaks, chops and chicken, is in the Cobblestone Village Shopping Center on State Road 312.

504 W Geoffrey Street (904) 547-2723

BONO'S PIT BAR-B-Q Barbeque

Bono’s has been serving real pit BBQ since 1949. Remember, if you don’t see a Pit, it ain’t Legit. That is why they cook all of their award-winning BBQ fresh everyday and finish it on a live pit, the way real BBQ is supposed to be cooked.

DISH: SEAFOOD CREPES. Homemade crepes filled with local shrimp, crawfish and scallops, sautéed with organic baby spinach, and mushrooms tossed in a white wine homemade creamy sauce, garnished with crispy kale and beet reduction. Paired with Salneval Albariño, Spain

2420 US 1 South (904) 794-9424

BULL & CROWN PUBLICK HOUSE Casual Pub

Join them for an historic adventure in the heart of St. Augustine for great food, fun and full bar in a casual pub atmosphere. Cheer on your favorite team with a cold beer and an overstuffed sandwich or tackle tasty wings watching the crowds go by from St. George Street.

53 St. George Street (904) 342-2869

CAP'S ON THE WATER

Mediterranean / Seafood At Cap's On The Water, they prepare new coastal cuisine, pairing fresh local seafood with traditional Southern, as well as Mediterranean flavors. A large outdoor deck, a sunset oyster bar, a full bar and an intimate indoor dining room, all offer breathtaking views of the Intracoastal Waterway.

4325 Myrtle Street (904) 824-8794

THE CONCH HOUSE Seafood

This full service award winning casual restaurant features the finest seafood, steaks, salads and Caribbean style cuisine. Sit down under a palm tree on the outside deck or dine in one of the unique Jamaican styled grass huts out over the water. One of the most unique dining experiences in the area.

57 Comares Avenue (904) 829-8646

CASA MAYA

Latin American Cuisine Cozy house-turned-restaurant dispatching upmarket Latin dishes inside or on its patio & terrace. Be sure to order an inventive cocktail off their extensive list of signature sippers.

22 Hypolita Street (904) 823-0787

CREEKSIDE DINERY Down Home Eats

Creekside Dinery and marshside deck are nestled among beautiful magnolia trees beside one of St. Augustine's oldest boatyards on Gonzales Creek off the Intracoastal Waterway. Creekside has its own

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distinctive style of southern cuisine with special emphasis on plank cooking - baking fish, chicken and steak on a 1" thick oak plank which seals in the juices and imparts a subtle wood flavor to the meat.

160 Nix Boat Yard Road (904) 829-6113

FUSION POINT Sushi

A local favorite for delicious sushi and a variety of Asian fusion cuisine, Fusion Point has been a constant since 1997.

237 San Marco Avenue (904) 823-1444

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GAS FULL SERVICE RESTAURANT Casual New American

Serving fresh local food you want to eat. The menu aims to offer something for everybody by serving classic comfort food elevated to something new with our creative twist and superior ingredients.

9 Anastasia Boulevard #C (904) 217-0326

GYPSY CAB CO.

European Fusion Gypsy Cab Co. has a reputation for being a casual restaurant with exceptional food that offers a unique dining experience. Located on Anastasia Island just over the Bridge of Lions


828 Anastasia Blvd. (904) 824-8244

(904) 461-1077

HURRICANE PATTY'S

Funky Pizza

Seafood Shack

Hurricane Patty's offers fresh seafood dishes to delight any appetite. From award winning clam chowders to live Maine lobsters and sashimi ahi tuna to beer battered cod, they have it all and bring the ocean to your table.

69 Lewis Boulevard (904) 827-1822

HASZARD'S AT THE BEACH Open Pit BBQ

Owners Tim and Sharon Hazard have brought the taste of Baltimore’s delicious open pit beef sandwiches and the South's love of slow-cooked pulled pork, loin and ribs together with a side of the restaurant's best-seller, Maryland Crab Cakes.

5633 A1A South (904) 461-4201

ICE PLANT BAR AND RESTAURANT

Farm-to-table Dining Inspired by the historical period of the early 20th century, the idea is to reintroduce guests to a time where the experience of having a cocktail and a bite to eat was both healthful and enjoyable.

110 Riberia Street (904) 829-6553

KINGFISH GRILL

Casual Seafood and Sushi Located right at the docks of Camachee Cove Marina, they offer spectacular waterfront views with both inside and outside dining. Enjoy the freshest seafood and casual cuisine served in a relaxed setting. "Bring the Family."

252 Yacht Club Drive (904) 824-2111

MELLOW MUSHROOM Locally owned and operated with a fun groovy vibe, Mellow Mushroom sees baking as an art form, and seeks to bring joy to others by perfecting the art of pizza.

410 Anastasia Boulevard (904) 826-4040

MOJO OLD CITY BBQ Barbeque

MOJO refers to blues song lyrics describing a good luck feeling or vibe and, with a cool clientele and a relaxed atmosphere, the blues filled space at MOJO’s offers a vibe that doesn’t resemble any other barbeque joint in town - and that’s just the way Mojo likes it.

5 Cordova Street (904) 342-5264

JAYBIRD'S RESTAURANT American Eatery

This locally owned new-American restaurant offers a casual atmosphere with breakfast, lunch and dinner served in their spacious dining room or outdoor patio and happy hours from 4-7 pm.

2600 N Ponce de Leon Boulevard (904) 429-7153

OC WHITE'S SEAFOOD & SPIRITS American Grill

Enjoy mouth-watering, fresh Maryland Blue Crab Cakes to bruschetta to a Florida style Bucket O' Steamers. Top it off with one of their frozen specialty drinks such as a Banana Cabana, captivating Coladas or traditional Margarita.

118 Avenida Menendez (904) 824-0808

LA COCINA MEXICAN

PIZZALLEY'S CHIANTI ROOM Italian

A Mediterranean jewel complete with an open kitchen, gorgeous dining areas and expansive veranda. Enjoy favorites such as bruschetta, calamari and crab cakes in a roasted garlic and red pepper sauce, Chef Dees' Marsalas, Lasagnas, and Parmesans.

117 St. George Street (904) 825-2627

ROMANO'S Italian

Independently family owned, Romano’s on the Beach has an authentic Italian lunch or dinner ready for you! Their menu has plenty of options for everyone – pizza, salads, subs, wraps, and delicious dinner entrees like chicken marsala and eggplant parmigiana.

4010 US1 South (904) 797-8989

REDFROG & MCTOADS Grub-n-Pub

Redfrog & McToad’s is the first Grub-N-Pub in Northeast Florida. Stop by today and enjoy the casually cool eating and drinking establishment. With 25 flat screen TVs, you can be assured that you’ll have a great seat for the big game.

5545 A1A South Street (904) 814-8430

SALTWATER COWBOYS

Southern Seafood & Grill A very popular mainstay of the First Coast's restaurant scene for over 50 years, Cowboy's present owners have been serving up their own brand of fresh seafood, BBQ ribs, chicken, steaks, gator tail and frog legs to locals and tourists alike for 35 years.

299 Dondanville Road (904) 471-2332

Mexican

Featuring traditional dishes like Molcajete, Sopa de Mariscos, Veracruz style red snapper, Carnitas, Chiles Rellenos, Beef Tongue and a lot of other great choices, making dining at this restaurant an experience that everyone talks about and can't wait to come back to.

3290 US 1 South (904) 794-1610

MIKATO JAPANESE STEAK HOUSE & SUSHI Steak House & Sushi Bar

Enjoy the finest in steak and seafood skillfully prepared and presented with great flair by master teppanyaki chefs over an open flame on your table top grill.

THE FLORIDIAN DISH: RUSTIC FISH. Local catch, seasoned with salt and cracked pepper and served with rice and a vegetable medley. Topped with a lemon garlic compound butter.

1092 S Ponce De Leon Boulevard (904) 824-7064

MANGO MANGO'S

Caribbean American Mango Mango’s combines the best of classic American fare with flavors from the Caribbean and the Southwest. There are over fifty unique menu items to choose from including award-winning appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads, fish and chicken entrees and desserts.

700 A1A Beach Boulevard www.STAUGUSTINESOCIAL.com

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SAIGON PHO BISTRO Vietnamese

Authentic Vietnamese fare with vibrant modern decor and bistro style dining.

1935 A1A South (904) 461-9190

SOUTH BEACH GRILL

Easy-going Seafood Eatery Regarded as one of the best local restaurants for fresh fish, shrimp, oysters and crab legs! South Beach Grill is proud to serve only fresh, local seafood. All of their fish is hand cut in-house, fresh from the loin.

TERRA & ACQUA DISH: DOUBLE PORK CHOP. Heritage Kurobuta double pork chop stuffed with rich fontina and salty prosciutto. Served atop a bed of oven roasted brussels sprouts and asparagus. Paired with Botromagno Gravina, a tangy Italian white wine with strong aromas of green apples and pears are underscored by notes of white peaches and apricots.

45 Cubbedge Road (904) 471-8700

SCHOONER'S SEAFOOD HOUSE Classic Seafood

Celebrating 20 Years in the Nation's Oldest City! Home of award winning Minorcan Clam Chowder and other local favorites. Serving Lunch and Dinner Daily.

3560 N Ponce De Leon Boulevard (904) 826-0233

SALT LIFE FOOD SHACK American Seafood

Salt Life Food Shack offers a carefully crafted eclectic menu to cater to all tastes and personalities. The casual yet trendy open-air space will accommodate all types from the avid seaman to land lovers looking for a taste of the Salt Life. It'€™s your choice of flops over loafers and soon to be your ideal choice for lunch or dinner!

312 A1A Beach Boulevard (904) 217-3256

TERRA & ACQUA

Italian Seafood Bringing modern, northern Italian cuisine to sunny Florida – Terra & Acqua’s chef/ owner, Simone Parisi, is creating something to experience. Terra & Acqua is a restaurant inspired by the beautiful Atlantic ocean and the freshest of locally-farmed ingredients .

134 Sea Grove Main Street (904) 429-9647

THEO'S RESTAURANT

FAST "FOODIE"

For a quick, flavorful bite; you may or may not find table service at these places, but you'll always find the freshest ingredients.

Greek American

Open for breakfast and lunch, this traditional family restaurant will make you come back for more. Theo’s Restaurant is known for their delicious homemade bread, cinnamon bread, gyros and fried shrimp.

169 King Street (904) 824-5022

ZAHARIAS

Greek / Italian / American Since 1987, Zaharias Restaurant has been serving a legendary variety of Greek, American and Italian cuisines. Begin the day with an equally complete breakfast menu served til 2pm and recharge at night under the cities largest privately owned pavilion and bar.

3945 A1A South (904) 471-4799

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BREWZ |N| DAWGZ

Healthy Dogs & Sausages With a guilt-free, no junk menu this tucked away spot in the plaza of US-1 and 312, is calling to the locals avoiding downtown. A hangout with only fresh, local ,organic/non-gmo ingredients, and all their meats coming from real farms that are trusted to provide the best humanely raised/ grass-fed meats without any of the funny stuff. On the wall they keep 24 FL craft beers on draft and “99 bottles of beer on the wall.”

1974 U.S. 1 South (904) 429-7149

THE BLUE HEN

Southern Breakfast / Lunch Southern charm, with a hint of lime is their claim to fame. This cozy breakfast place is open

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Tuesday - Sunday from 8AM-3PM. There is nothing the local foodie wouldn't want to

try!

117 King Street (904) 217-3777

CHEEZEES GRILL All American

Cheezees Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With delivery, hand crafted sandwiches, fresh salads and homemade soups there’s no reason to deny a tasty meal. For a quick pickme-up, savor our seasonal selections of coffee, lattes and homemade baked goods.

918 Santa Maria Boulevard (904) 679-5008

THE CHEESE WHEEL & SANDWICH BOARD Classic Sandwich Shop

St Augustine's oldest sandwich shop. We serve breakfast and lunch; open Monday-Saturday 6:30-3:30 and Sunday 6:30-2:30.

252 San Marco Avenue (904) 824-8286


CRAVE FOOD TRUCK

Healthy Salads & Wraps Located in a food truck at the San Sebastian Marina, you will order the healthiest lunch filled with dates, hummus, kale and any other colorful vegetable you can think of. Andrés will make you a wrap, salad or smoothie with whatever combination you can dream of. Picnic tables line the water with covering, for rain or shine.

134 Riberia Street (904) 297-1885

FLAVORS EATERY

Ecclectic Smoothies & Wraps Looking for something quick, delicious, humongous and adventurous? Flavors is the place for you! Open for lunch and dinner, there is something for everyone - salad, wraps and nachos are their claim to fame. Stop by for a drink and open mic night!

125 King Street (904) 824-4221

FLORIDA CRACKER CAFE Southern Casual

Located in the heart of St. Augustine's historic district directly on St. George Street, this cafe offers outside dining on the garden patio, or you can enjoy your meal in the contemporary dining room. Perfect for a quick lunch or laid back dinner.

81 St. George Street (904) 829-0397

HOT SHOT BAKERY N' CAFE Breakfast & Lunch

Hot Shot Bakery n' Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch daily. Join them for their freshlybaked goods and a coffee. Come eat a chocolate-dipped Datil pepper and make it on the Wall of Flame!

8 Granada Street (904) 824-7898

THE KOOKABURRA

Hipster Coffee & Aussie Pies Stop by for a filling handmade Aussie meat pie (for lunch or dinner!) or grab a coffee and pasterie in this hometown favorite.

1835 US HWY 1 South 904-209-9391

THE MUSEUM CAFÉ AT WGV Classic Cafe

Located adjacent to the World Golf Hall of Fame Gift Shop, The Museum Café offers inhouse dining and take-out service for lunch. An extensive menu includes an assortment of burgers, deli-fresh sandwiches, soups and salads. The Museum Café also offers a variety of delicious desserts.

One World Golf Place (904) 940-4100

MOJO'S TACOS Simple Tacos

Mojo's Tacos is locally owned unique taco experience featuring an east coast restaurant with a laid back atmosphere, serving fresh mahi, shrimp, chicken, beef, vegetarian & vegan options like tofu & tempeh. Although known for their tacos, they also have burritos, salads,

& nachos. The best kept secret of locals is their breakfast tacos. Everything made to order served fast and fresh. Cash only.

551 Anastasia Boulevard (904) 829-1665

MBQUE

Southern-style, Fresh-casual Barbecue With everything made from scratch and only using high-quality ingredients, MBQue‘s customers can expect delicious smoked meat platters, sandwiches, salads, and handspun milkshakes as well as some of the most popular plates from Matthew and David’s other restaurant, the ever popular M Shack in Jacksonville.

604 Anastasia Boulevard (904) 484-7472

NALU'S TROPICAL TAKE-OUT Tropical Wraps & Burritos

Nalu's specializes in serving the very freshest of ingredients homemade sauces, salsas, pestos, soups, fish jerky and selecting the highest grade and all wild caught Mahi Mahi, Ono (wahoo) and Ahi (yellowfin tuna) to create their tacos, burritos, burgers, sashimi and more.

1020 Anastasia Boulevard (904) 501-9592

SMOKIN D'S BBQ

Grab-n-Go Barbeque It takes 6 to 15 hours to make authentic fresh smoked BBQ. So, these folks get up real early to sell bbq at it's perfect moment.

110 State Road 206 E (904) 797-2050

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KID FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS Casual, comfortable restaurants where your kids can be kids and you can enjoy a nice meal out.

Healthy Wraps & Salads Specializing in healthy lunch cuisine and smoothies. The food is simply divine, made by caring hands with fresh ingredients including mixed greens, fresh ripe avocados, homemade hummus, and Annie’s Goddess salad dressing. All food is made to order, so be prepared to wait a little while if the porch is jammin.

18 A Street (904) 461-4552

THE SPOT

Classic Cafe Family friendly cafe! Serving bountiful breakfasts and daily lunch specials. From traditional breakfast meals to the deep Southern belly busting flavors, there will be something that will catch your hungry eyes! A full lunch menu is also available.

4508 US1 Highway North (904) 824-8212

SEA OATS CAFFE Diner

Tucked in the St. Augustine Beach Publix, this little breakfast joint will have you coming back for more! Sit at the bar or outside and enjoy over 30 different flavors of pancakes. Check out the daily lunch specials.

1075 A1A Beach Boulevard (904) 471-7350

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MELLOW MUSHROOM 410 Anastasia Boulevard

MOJO OLD CITY BBQ 5 Cordova Street

THE BEACHCOMBER 2 A Street

BEACHES AT VILANO 254 Vilano Road

ZAHARIAS RESTAURANT

3945 A1A South

SOUTH BEACH GRILL 45 Cubbage Road

CAP'S ON THE WATER 4325 Myrtle Street

CREEKSIDE DINERY 160 Nix Boatyard Road

AUNT KATE'S 612 Euclid Avenue

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