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MISSION

“To reflect Saint Augustine’s positive image, inspiring readers to explore their surroundings and create a joyful and meaningful life.”

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Family Owned Since 1973 Serving Northeast Florida

9 contributors 10 art 13, 16, 18, 32 flash 14 remember

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19 history

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21 people

St. Augustine, Florida

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24 biz bites 26 day trippin 33 giving 34 organize

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From the Publisher

Luke 5:5 “... nevertheless at Thy word, I will let down the net.”

Dear Friends, Welcome new subscribers and thank you for your support! I’m thrilled and honored to have another fabulous cover shot by fine art photographer Lenny Foster. Not only did he capture Christina Parrish Stone’s beauty, but it put her in the perfect location at this moment in time, on location in the historic Waterworks Building, the new home of the St. Johns Cultural Council. Kudos, Christina! She worked hard and made it happen! The Waterworks will be home to A Classic Theatre as well. A non-profit 501c(3) theater company established to bring classic, historic and original theatrical works to the cultural landscape of Northeast Florida. With Lenny’s ‘Where We Stand’ exhibition at the Administration Building Rotunda Gallery, as well as a new book out—this is a historic cover. Visit Lenny Foster’s www. galleryonefortyfour.com or his Gallery One Forty Four at 144 King Street, St. Augustine. Speaking of fabulous covers, that stellar photo that graced our issue #13/021 cover was shot by international fashion photographer Rudy Arias. Including model Lucy Frazier, we credited his crew of all those who worked to capture the image but somehow neglected to credit Rudy as photographer. I truly am sorry Rudy and do thank you for all you have done to contribute to the growth and popularity of the magazine. Rudy—you rock! Peace and Blessings, Yvette Monell, Publisher / Editor-in-Chief

“True Fashion is the art of simplicity, imperfection and innocence drawing women into the image.” —Rudy Arias

Model: Katherine Grant

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Renee Unsworth Melissa Wissel Mari Jo Adamczyk Doug Serb Dr. Joe Dispenza Michelle Jennings

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Contributors Frank Berna Frank has over 35 years of experience in various aspects of photography. He began his career in Pittsburgh, PA as a commercial and fashion photographer, and as the co-publisher of a fashion/lifestyle magazine, Pittsburgh Style. Moving to south Florida 26 years ago, he managed several camera stores on both the east and west coasts. Currently, Frank owns and operates the Photographic Institute of Naples, an organization dedicated to the advancement of photographic education. photoinnaples.com

Chris Bodor Chris Bodor relocated from New York to Saint Augustine in 2003 after working for ten years in NY City. In August of 2009, Chris started hosting monthly poetry open mic readings on the last Sunday of every month, here in St. Augustine, under the name Ancient City Poets. The name was created by Glenda Bailey-Mershon for a National Poetry Month event in April of 2009 and recently celebrated twelve years. Chris has had his poems, flash fiction, and journalism articles published in local and national publications. His poetry has been translated into French and Polish. bodor.org

Tracy Bradley Tracy followed her dreams and moved to the beach! A Georgia peach with a little southern sass. Having successfully devoted a lifetime to parenting two successful young men, is now eager to explore a new home town, St Augustine. She enjoys time at the beach, time with family and friends, and thrift shopping with a vengeance. A proud mother, mother-n-law, and grandmother, loving life and others are her passions.

Leigh Court With a passion for travel, food and celebrities, Court’s interests take her to barrier islands, chef’s tables, world-class resorts and acclaimed historic inns. Her public relations company, LeighCourtPublicity.com, specializes in creative PR campaigns and integrated marketing, as she represents restaurants, historic hotels and bed & breakfast inns, private islands, celeb chefs and specialty foods. Whether she’s promoting St. Augustine, Eagle Island, GA, Savannah, St. Simons Island, GA, Peachtree City or Spring Lake NJ, there is always a touch of ‘show business’ associated with her clients and projects. LeighCourtPublicity.com

Glo MacDonald A recent transplant to our area from South Florida, Glo has immersed herself into the arts community in St Augustine, namely as a board member of Romanza and A Classic Theatre. She is an award-winning graphic designer with a career that started in television and continued for many years with her own graphic design firm. Glo recently switched gears to pursue other artistic endeavors which have been on the back burner and dedicating more time to her early passion or photography. Though still a graphic designer, she has turned her professional career towards photo editing and retouching, having done so for many years as part of her design career. glomacphotoarts.com

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Interview with Christina Parrish Stone, Executive Director St. Johns Cultural Council by Jule Meyer

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THE PRIMARY SPOTLIGHT ON ART PIONEERS THIS issue is on an arts administrator with an attitude. Christina Parrish Stone’s attitude is “We can make it happen!” Since Christina began her role as Executive Director of St. John’s Cultural Council in early 2021, she has brought a savvy, and tenacious attitude to her challenging position. She balances the needs of the tourism industry with the needs of artists and the demanding public with grace and equanimity. Like many folks I meet here, I had a long and fascinating career before I dove into art. I spent forty years as a professional fundraiser working for global charities. The work demanded a lot of flexibility, travel and broad knowledge of big problems and multiple solutions. I always planned to have a second career in the arts and I am now making that happen. It was a pleasure for me to interview Christina because she has been supportive as I have launched a new business in St. Augustine called Jule’s Art Tours. I never tire of the question, “Why offer Art Tours?” There are several answers—I love looking at art, buying art and getting to know artists and art gallery owners. Through art history classes at Flagler College, I have deepened my understanding of the history behind the art that we see here—from public art to details included in historic structure such as The Lightner Museum and the Casa Monica Hotel. A shop owner in downtown St. Augustine recently said to me, “You know a lot of schlock is sold in this town” and while I agreed we might not need another T-shirt shop, I chuckled at my personal knowledge of artists whose studios are right here, tucked behind and between and above our downtown shops. I sometimes introduce my tour guests to hidden public art in hotels, streets and parks and create conversations about design, beauty, and relevance to social and political themes. I take them to galleries, shops featuring handmade giftable art, as well into private studios to meet the artists. We ask questions and discuss their processes. I show guests small art worlds in a variety of off the beaten path neighborhoods in St. Augustine. I’m excited to write this regular column about the visual arts scene in St. Augustine and I welcome your ideas for my spotlight interviews of local art leaders and creators. For my first two spotlights, I go back almost four years when I was searching for a professional headshot and approached Lenny Foster, local photography gallery owner. I learned that Lenny is a world-renowned fine art photographer and he rarely does headshots (but we convinced him to do one of Christina—for the cover of this issue). Lenny is a fascinating guy with a keen aesthetic and a strong sense of social justice. Today he is hitting his stride in St. Augustine with his new body of work called “Where We Stand.”

Before being selected for her demanding role, Christina served as the Executive Director of Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council, Springfield being a Jacksonville neighborhood. Watching her navigate between tourism officials, art leaders and community activists as well as creatives, I’m in awe. As a former attorney with her own practice, Christina is naturally thoughtful and well-spoken. As a longtime Southerner, she is always gracious as well. She has a strong vision for the area and for elevating our cultural offerings to tourists. Recognizing that we have many hidden treasures and that we are a seat of culture, she has supported the growth of Jule’s Art Tours. Here are the highlights of my conversation with Christina last month: What do you like most about your new hometown? It’s the most fabulous place in the world—incredible architecture, gorgeous landscapes, history, great restaurants and more things to do than I have time for! And we are blown away by the attention to detail and level of customer service provided by City and County employees. They clearly care about this beautiful place and take great pride in their work. What frustrates you? That’s a tough question – I can’t find much here to feel frustrated about. But I do find we have to plan weeks in advance if we want to eat at a few of our favorite restaurants! We avoid frustration by making reservations. We are all so grateful for the role both you and the Council staff and board play to enliven our culture and support the arts in our county. What is your vision for the Cultural Council going forward? As designated local arts agency, it’s critically important that we support local creatives and cultural organizations and ensure that our residents – and visitors – have access to the arts. We need to make the public more aware of the work we do; too many people are only familiar with the grants administration and marketing work we do for the County. That work is very, very important - this County has cultural assets and history as rich and deep as any other place in America - we have many stories to share, some that haven’t been told as well as they should have been. We are working to do a better job of telling our own story, too - we are not a department of the County; we are a non-profit with a variety of funding sources, and we support individual artists and arts organizations in a variety of ways – financially, through collaboration, and with technical assistance. We are connectors and promoters in every sense of those terms. We have also begun to present more of our own cultural programming, which is something I especially enjoy.

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The Cultural Council runs the Cultural Center at St. Augustine Beach next to the Fishing Pier—and soon the Council will find a new home in the City of St. Augustine’s recently restored Waterworks Building. Tell us about this please. The Council began work with the City of St. Augustine Beach to save the former St. Augustine Beach Hotel from likely demolition 20 years ago, raising money through grants and donations to stabilize the building and renovate the first floor. We’ve managed the space as a cultural center since then, and last year worked with consultant Leslee Keys on its nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. This is an effort that was undertaken unsuccessfully about 15 years ago, so we were very excited to learn - just last week - that it has finally been listed on the National Register, at a level of national significance in connection with the Civil Rights movement! The building was constructed as part of a depression era WPA project, opening on Labor Day in 1940, and was a site for “wade-ins” in June of 1964 when activists working with Dr. King gathered there to protest segregation of the beaches. This and other events in St. Augustine played an important role in passage of the Civil Rights Act. We’re now working with the City to identify uses for the second floor of the building. One popular idea has been to create studio space for local artists. We’ll be hosting a community meeting to gather additional input about the future of the building in late March. Our proposed collaboration with the City of St. Augustine to manage the Waterworks – another building on the National Register! – is exciting. It’s not yet a done deal, but we hope to activate the building as a community center for arts, culture and educational programming. There is a real need for performance and meeting space for St. Augustine organizations, and the Waterworks has a unique history related to the arts: it was reimagined as the original community theatre for St. Augustine back in the 1920s, when the municipal water facility moved to West King Street. The City has done a beautiful job restoring the building; we would finish the interior and coordinate scheduling of the auditorium. It’s a big investment for us, both financially and in terms of staff time, but I can’t think of a better way for us to accomplish our mission.

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Christina Parrish Stone, Executive Director, St. Johns Cultural Council Photographed at the old Waterworks Building, the new home of the St. Johns Cultural Council by fine art photographer Lenny Foster

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GALLERY & GIFTS

How can we magazine readers and lovers of art improve our local arts scene? Buy local art, buy tickets and attend performances, make donations of time and treasure to cultural organizations and advocate for them with your local politicians. Email your city and county commissioners and go prepared to speak at public meetings to let them know that the arts are important. You mentioned that SJCC administers a county grant program and that you provide other financial support to local artists and cultural organizations. Where does that grant money come from? Where can we learn more about available funding? Like other nonprofits, we apply for grants and fundraise to help pay for our programming. As local arts agency, we also receive proceeds from the sale of “State of the Arts” license plates, and 100% of that money goes back into the community as grants. The grants we administer for the County are funded by a portion of tourism development taxes paid by visitors who spend the night in local hotels and short-term rentals – bed taxes. That’s an example of why advocacy for the arts is so important — when citizens speak up on behalf of the arts, our commissioners are more likely to protect that funding. Information about the County’s Arts, Culture and Heritage grant programs, State of the Arts grants, and other opportunities can be found on our local arts website – stjohnsculture.com. There is funding available for individual artists, small and large arts organizations, cultural events and exhibitions, and museums. We periodically issue calls to artists, and we work hard to ensure that we provide appropriate stipends – and we always pay performing artists who we ask to perform! Who is your favorite artist of all time? If you are referring to visual artists, I can’t pick just one! But I recommend checking out Eva Gonzalez, a 19th century French painter who studied with Manet. She died at 37, during childbirth, and has never been particularly well known. Her work is beautiful. Some of my favorite musical artists are Chopin, Glen Gould, Joe Henderson, Crissie Hynde, Paul Simon, and the Sugar Hill Gang. Let’s just say my tastes are diverse!

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I understand you and your husband are renovating a wonderful historic home. How might art figure into your plans? I have been collecting the work of local artists for years and have a number of interesting pieces by Jacksonville artists. I’ve recently purchased art created by St. Augustine watercolorist Rosamond Parrish and photographer Lenny Foster and try to buy something at a different gallery at every First Friday Art Walk. Some months my budget may only allow an inexpensive print, but I’m definitely trying to practice what I preach! g Jule Meyer

About twenty years ago, Jule visited St. Augustine and, understanding that the city had a deep artistic heritage, began her search for art treasures and artists with stories. Every year when Jule visited, she connected with artists and gallery owners. When she finally bought a house in Lincolnville, she began to volunteer as a docent at The Lightner Museum and The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. Realizing that many short-term visitors were not able to do the research she has done, she started Jule’s Art Tours to connect people with artists in their natural “habitat.” Jule takes small groups on customized art tours and capitalizes on her experience as a story teller in theatre and as a professional fundraiser. She enjoys meeting and interviewing artists and local visual art leaders. www.julesart.tours

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“Where We Stand”

Scenes from the opening-morning reception of “Where We Stand.” Fine art photographer Lenny Foster provides a glimpse into the abundant African American history of St. Johns County, Florida. This exhibition is free and open to the public through April 22, 2022 at St. Johns County Administration Building, Rotunda Gallery, 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Lucy | Anne Crawford | Brad Powell

Suzanne Shea | Ann Johnson

Lorena Inclan | Kylee Mckay | Ashanti Austin | Lenny Foster Savannah Rodgers | Marithza Ross | Sarah Butler

Emma | Jessica Hayes | Elsie

Cathy Ways | Anai Harley

King Benford | Yasheika | Tony Benford

Tyler Jernagin

Alecia Tarancon | Tim Smith

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“The Gentle Voice of Our Community”

St Augustine Tonight Show Season 5 Opening Night at the Lincolnville Museum & Cultural Center was on January 11, 2022. The dapper Jorge Rivera’s guests were Amy Goldin, Renee Unsworth, Yvette Monell, Bob Blaize, Morgan Gallo and musical guest Caribe Groove. Watch past shows online or get tickets to see the show live at www.firstcoast.tv.

photos by Glo MacDonald

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by Shirley D. Jordan

In that darkened place, I saw a cross section of life... Memories create the harmony of our soul, a melodious yin and yang. Bad memories haunt us, and good memories sustain us. One of my most profound memories is from age eight to about thirteen - sitting in a darkened theater with my friends enjoying a Saturday Matinee. I share that memory now with you.

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THOSE SATURDAY MATINEES

nstructions before leaving for the movie were always the same: watch crossing the street, don’t talk to strangers, and don’t put your hands on the bottom of the seats as there is nasty chewing gum there. I always wondered how my mom knew this if she had never put her hands there. But, while the lights were out, at some moment during the movie one of our group was bound to say “ooey gooey” which meant the last rule had been broken. Then, like a secret command, we all checked the forbidden area. The gang often had to return pop bottles for the two cent deposits so we could all buy tickets, but somehow, we always raised the quarter for our fifteen-cent ticket and a dime for popcorn and a coke. The depression had taken its financial toll on most middle-class Americans. We were mostly all in the same financial fix, so we helped one another out, making sure we all had a quarter. After all, it just wasn’t as much fun unless you had a group of friends to share in the movie and all it included. It was a sad day when I reached my twelfth birthday and had to start buying a full priced ticket. My favorite combination for the afternoon was a Gene Autry feature and a Perils of Pauline serial. If we were really lucky, there would be a Roadrunner or Mr. Magoo cartoon followed by Movietone News.

Three hours of total escape and what we considered quality time with friends. Now, my next-door neighbor and I totally disagreed over who was the greatest cowboy–Gene Autry or Roy Rogers. I liked Roy, but to me, no one could compare to ole Gene. I was totally moved the first time Gene kissed his leading lady. By today’s standards, it was more a peck on the cheek than a kiss, but it seemed so totally romantic at the time. I recall one of the boys saying, “That makes me sick.” I reminded him of that at one of our class reunions as he proudly showed me photos of his three kids. We shared the same giggles we did as children. As Gene would ride off into the sunset to the sounds of “South of the Border,” I was sure he would return one day for me. Once in awhile, another delightful addition to our Saturday at the movies was a Three Stooges trailer or Joe Doakes, “Behind the Eight Ball”. I didn’t understand true slapstick–all I knew was everyone laughed till they cried as Larry, Curly and Moe went through their face-slapping antics. Between the movie and the trailers, the lights would be turned on in the theater and the manager would come on stage to either pitch War Bonds or conduct a drawing for free dishes. I once won a pitcher which I proudly carried home to my mom. I kept wondering how they could afford to give away those wonderful items. more >

Shirley D. Jordan Shirley is the middle generation of three generations of writers. Her mother wrote and illustrated children’s stories. Both of her children are well published. At age fifteen, she had her own column in a city newspaper titled Calling All Kids. Later in life, she was county editor for a large newspaper in Ohio. She’s been fortunate to be published in a variety of magazines. In 2008, she won a national poetry award from The Edward Gorey Foundation. “Once you have ink in your veins you simply must write!” 14 oldcit ymag.com


Since oil had been discovered in what was called the Salem field, that little town had three movie theaters and a drive in. They were all owned by the same man, Mr. Cluster. With a population of only around seven thousand, this was unusual. The older kids preferred the drive in. Girls soon learned to date boys with cars. The three houses were called The Lyric, Globe, and Salem, which was my favorite. The Lyric was smaller and older with a fabulous art deco marquee. It was located smack in the middle of Main Street, adding a bit of glamour to the night. The concession stand in the Salem lobby not only had popcorn and fountain drinks, but also a glass display case housing wonderful treats. Juju Bees, Goobers or Raisinets seemed to be the most popular and were available for one precious nickel. We often pooled our pennies to buy one box to pass around in the darkened theater. There was an unspoken honor code about taking only one piece when you were passed the box. They were tasty morsels indeed, and when you heard the person sitting next to you crush the empty box, you were sorely disappointed. During the WW II years, Movietone News held the adults spellbound. As the enemy was shown killed or taken prisoner, the audience would clap. As scenes of our wounded appeared, there was a strange hush followed by muttering and sometimes tears. Once in awhile, someone would cry out, “There he is!” When that happened, the one spotting a son, brother, husband, or dad called the usher over. A message was sent to the projectionist. When the lights went up at the end of the film, the family involved moved to the front row. The projectionist reran the news for that family. Small towns are wonderful. As I outgrew Gene Autry and all that went with those Saturday matinees, I also outgrew an era of my life that washes over me from time to time like a soothing wave. In that darkened place, I saw a cross section of life which led to most everything ahead of me. The adult’s crying at news of war’s greedy claim on life, the first pang of romance as my hand was held for one split second by a shy young boy, and the thrill of someone bigger than life truly captivating a crowd.

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The theaters in that precious Southern Illinois town are all gone, except for the Salem. It now houses the Salem Theater and Cultural Center. Volunteers bring to life on that old stage performances for the town to enjoy. Yes, 119 South Broadway is still a wonderful place to gather to watch dedicated actors, both adult and children. One of the fundraisers in recent years asking supporters if they would like to buy the seats where the person used to sit with a boyfriend or girlfriend. I once again giggled as I wrote out my check. g 15 oldcit ymag.com

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OPENING NIGHT The 12th Annual Saint Augustine

Film Festival

at Lightner Museum The four day Festival featured 50+ independent and foreign films! The 2022 Festival has been dedicated to Marty Lewis in honor of his tireless commitment to the local film industry. Marty, one of the founders of the Saint Augustine Film Office, passed away this January at age 76 after battling cancer just before the start of this year’s event.

Elisabeth Ruthman

Myrtis Mixon | Virginia & Jim Collins

Saint Augustine Film Festival Mission: “To provide a rich cultural experience to the public that highlights the skills of independent and foreign filmmakers and offers fresh insights into different cultures, the common bonds that link us, and the emotional art of storytelling.” staugfilmfest.com Michael & Helene Pellerin

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“No One is Free, Until We Are All Free” 37th Annual

Commemorative Breakfast

The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was celebrated with the annual breakfast and silent march from 86 MLK Avenue to the Plaza de la Constitucion. The theme “No One is Free, Until We Are All Free.” Guest speaker Melanie Lawson-Minor, Anchor for WJXT Channel 4 in Jacksonville and Rev. Anthony Britton led to commemorate the Dr. King-led marches in St. Augustine during the civil rights movement in the 1960s and the great influence he had in the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

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Middle Passage

Ceremonies and Port Markers Project by Derek Boyd Hankerson, M.A.

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Most people, including African Americans, have no idea that Africans arrived and traveled on ships with the Spanish and other Europeans as they discovered, explored and established colonies on the North American mainland.

s I watched the new television show on Epix, Enslaved, starring Samuel L. Jackson, which first hit the airwaves on October 11, 2020, I wondered how many transatlantic human trade ports existed in the United States. In my quest to seek the truth on the transatlantic trade, I did not have to look far and reached out to Ann Chinn, the founder and Board Chair of the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project (MPCPMP). I had the pleasure of working with Ann when she advocated for the placement of a public marker in St. Augustine at the site of the arrival of 40 to 60 free and enslaved Africans in 1565. That marker, after several years of planning and negotiation, was installed in 2015 at Mission Nombre de Dios to highlight Africans’ arrival as part of the City’s 450th year birthday commemoration activities. In a desire to learn more about the MPCPMP, I asked what led to the start of the organization. Ann responded that her initial focused awareness was our local and national failure to commemorate those who died during the transatlantic voyages known as the Middle Passage. Her research began 20 years before the Project was formally established in 2011. “According to Toni Morrison, the ancestors of the Middle Passage haunted her. She mentioned that to a mutual friend and asked what he thought could be done. As a 39th birthday present, he posed that question to me, with the responsibility to figure out the answer.” As a historian, Ann grappled, I am sure, with numerous options as she also worked on her personal family history. One day while watching Professor Gates interview Professor David Eltis on a genealogy program highlighting “Voyages: The Transatlantic Slave Trade Database” at Emory University, it struck Ann that we in the African Diaspora had little means of documenting our ancestors’ arrivals to the North American mainland. Ann decided that an effort needed to be on this side of the Atlantic, not in Africa. Using research from Voyages she initially identified 42 locations on the U.S. coasts (Atlantic and Gulf) where shipments of captive Africans were delivered. That number of locations has expanded to 52 on the North American mainland and three on U.S. territories (Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Continuing with our conversation, I was curious how Ann became Executive Director. Ann states by default. With an idea and no funding, as the Project’s principal and founder for the first three years, she carried the responsibility of formulating, then explaining the Project’s mission and convincing people that MPCPMP was important historical work. She continued and commented that to garner interest and participation required a lot of research, marketing, the need to identify partners, and strategy. This was basically addressing a shunned and little-known portion of history for most people. Ann put on her research historian, community organizer and advocate hats and began talking and meeting with people, organizations, scholars and academic institutions. Her first formal step was to form a nonprofit corporation and was advised she could serve as both Executive Director and Board Chair temporarily, but eventually would have to choose one or the other. That process has taken ten years, but in 2021, Ann Cobb became the Executive Director and Ann remains the Board Chair. The MPCPMP is based in Jacksonville and the Project is incorporated in Florida. Executive Board members and the Executive Director are located in Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, and Texas. The organization’s support personnel are in Maryland and Louisiana. Granted, technology enables the organization to be geographically spread out. It continues, however, to operate on a shoestring budget, dependent upon donations, local support at the various arrival locations, and one staff person at below minimum wage. more >

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Documented Middle Passage Sites in the Continental United States

Update:

Perth Amboy, NJ, Oxford, MD and Beaufort, NC. Also, recently added to the list of documented arrival locations are the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as U.S. territories, bringing the total now to 55. In 2022, markers are scheduled for installation in Annapolis, MD, Charleston, SC. and Tybee Island, GA.

The documented Middle Passage arrival locations span 17 states from New Hampshire to Texas and the District of Columbia. Middle Passage U.S. History begins in 1526 (Sapelo Sound, Georgia) and ends in 1860 (Mobile, Alabama). While I was curious how the sites were chosen and highlighted along the East coast, Ann commented the Project did not arbitrarily or strategically select the sites on the Atlantic coast. All the locations at first were based exclusively upon ship data gleaned from “Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database.” I learned from Ann that in the last five years scholars and community-based activists have uncovered additional documentation that expanded the history of Africans’ arrival to 10 more sites, with one pending in North Carolina that requires more research. Ann is confident that as this slice of history is considered valuable, there may be even more locations identified in the future. Ann said, “The work required for marker installation and remembrance ceremonies varies by site and is staggered geographically. Some sites take longer than others to “buy in” and the turnaround completion now ranges from twelve months to ten years. Each location has to agree to act once this part of the historical narrative is accepted.” Most people, including African Americans, have no idea that Africans arrived and traveled on ships with the Spanish and other Europeans as they discovered, explored and established colonies on the North American mainland. I was curious why, after all this time, MPCPMP would highlight that between 40 to 60 free and enslaved Africans arrived in St. Augustine with the Spanish in 1565 and at other important Florida sites. Ann stated that the MPCPMP sees, as part of its mission, the need to promote the presence and contributions of Africans - those who survived the Middle Passage and their descendants. Ann commented that in the 16th century, Africans, both enslaved and free, were part of the exploration of and colonization in the Americas. All of the North American mainland was claimed by Spain and named La Florida. I interject here that Africans and Arabs ruled significant portions of Spain for 700 years from 711-1492. Ann continued that by identifying Middle Passage arrival locations, the MPCPMP enables communities to know the before and the after of its Middle Passage history. Ann believes that both Pensacola and St. Augustine are perfect examples, since neither location had documented Middle Passage history related to its founding – that would come in the 18th century, but each place from the beginning of European colonialization had Africans, both free and enslaved, who created the settlements. Ann believes that history reflects people; there is no straight and simple line. It is always varied, unique and complex. This is not only about slavery but truth-telling, justice, and healing. These are the goals and mission of the organization. The remembrance ceremonies and markers enable communities to have a means to publicly remember and to honor the lives of captive Africans and their descendants by including those who perished in the Middle Passage, which is why we have the ship data by location, and those who survived to build the nation. According to Ann, MPCPMP’s mission is distinct because the Project insists upon a public marker installation to raise awareness and expand the narrative of place. “For the long-term, our intent as a result of truth-telling is that residents and visitors will begin to commit to a sensitivity for the need to protect justice and the end result would be healing. It is a process. This Project is only one step. The late Vincent Harding, author, advisor to Martin L. King, Jr., and a former member of MPCPMP’s Honorary Board, once told me that this Project would open a huge box for America. After ten years, I feel that currently we are riding a wave of hyper-racial discourse,” declares Ann. “We want to take advantage of this opportunity to examine our society honestly.” g

Derek Boyd Hankerson, M.A. Derek is a 9th generation Floridian whose family is native to St. Johns County. He is an award winning documentary film producer with Two Taills and Hankerson Henry Productions who has produced and co-produced four documentary films on accurate American Florida history. Several of his films have aired on PBS and nationally. Hankerson was the catalyst for the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, National Park Service Underground Railroad Conference, Rails to Trails, Sea Island Loop and East Coast Greenway cycling trails. He too is a faculty member at UNF, historian, avid cyclist and published author. hankersonhenryproductions.com 20 oldcit ymag.com


Limelight Theatre

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Has a New Executive Director

PLEASE JOIN US IN GETTING TO KNOW SHERRIE PROVENCE the best I can to tell stories truthfully as I embody the lives of each of the as we asked her to share her story. characters. Through my performance, if I do a “I have spent most of my adult life involved in the good job of living truthfully in those imaginary arts, telling stories of many kinds through theatre, circumstances, then I have the opportunity to film and television, writing, directing, and producheal something in the human heart through ing. My first real love has always been theatre. As offering a glimpse of life that might make a 15-year-old girl I was asked to be in a play by my others feel understood, not alone, or seen in English teacher. The first time I heard the audience some way. This is what it means to really be a laugh…I call this my ‘alarm clock moment.’ It was ‘doctor of humanity.’ like something woke up inside of me and I realized As the new Executive Director at the Limelight that I could make a difference in people’s lives. I felt Theatre, it will be a privilege to help others significant and that somehow my life might have a tell stories and be a part of a community that purpose. From that point on I have pursued storyis already so established and passionate about telling in the theatre. local theater. It is an honor to follow in the footI have been fortunate enough to perform steps of many who are very loved and talented that and direct in many different theaters around the come before me. Beth Lambert has welcomed me world. There is nothing more thrilling to me than into the role of Executive Director and the entire Ryan & Sherrie Provence to hear the feedback from an audience member board at the Limelight are some of the most genuwho has been affected by the story that they have inely kind and supportive people that anyone could seen. I believe that I am called to this profession and that it is such a privi- hope to work with. My husband, Ryan, and I are looking forward to joining lege to have the opportunity to help change the way people think, feel, act, the community in Saint Augustine, becoming patrons of the arts family here, and believe all through the stories they see or become a part of on stage. and plan on making it our forever home!,” Sherrie Provence, MFA in Acting. This is the way that I make a difference in humanity. I consider myself an Limelight Theatre provides quality artistic enrichment for St. Johns actor first, having been drawn into the theatre while performing on stage, County through year-round theatrical performances, arts education, and and know that as an actor it is my job to be a “doctor of humanity” … community engagement. Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Avenue, to study the behavior and the psychology and patterns of humanity. I do Saint Augustine, FL 32084 | thelimelighttheatre@gmail.com n

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matters

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Diamonds

by Linda Hart Streeter

for Increasing Your Love Quotients

(LQ)

It is unnatural and unhealthy to disconnect from others because we are social creatures who thrive on touch, kindness and caring. Each of us, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion or geographical location, was endowed with virtues of pure love. It is your right to love and to receive loved. As you increase your capacity to love, you become love. In my book, The Art of Manifesting Love, I discuss 8 Diamonds to increase your capacity to love, which are:

♦ #1

Discover and live from a place of Authenticity - Authenticity is the degree to which you are true to yourself—personality, spirit and character, despite external pressure.

LOVE QUOTIENT IS ALL ABOUT IMPROVING

your ability to express love to yourself and others. While there is an intellectual component to increasing your LQ which aids our ability to improve how we express love, how effective we are at expressing love to ourselves and others is determined by how well we embody love. LQ guides us to understanding love on a spiritual level so that we can apply it on a practical level and to embody the frequency of love. Upon the day of your conception, you were endowed with love in its purest form. A love that is innocent, unafraid, unmarred and capable of giving and receiving love. Then suddenly, life, in some of the most unwanted and unloving ways, happened to you. Love recoiled, leaving you to survive in a world of confusion, lowering your LQ. You hunger and thirst for the very thing you closed yourself off to. When there is an inability to move past the hurt your LQ (capacity to love) is severely clogged, and love ceases to flow in, through and out of you. To avoid the pain associated with love, you resort to emotional cutoff. Emotional cutoff manifests in breaking off emotional ties through physical and/or emotional distancing from one’s family or closest union to self-imposed isolation. Why? Because relationships that foster strong emotional ties can reactivate emotional fusion and anxiety. Consequently, you avoid situations and conversations that make you vulnerable to unresolved issues. Maintaining emotional disconnection is costly and requires a great deal of concerted effort to maintain.

♦ #2

Identify your purpose, the spiritual aspect of the self that promotes meaningful thoughts, behaviors, attitude and actions.

♦ #3

Affirm self-love. Affirmation is affirming what God has already said about you. Every time you use the phrase, “I am” speak truths that align with the essence of God. Be the first to affirm your value and worth.

♦ #4

Master your fears. What I know for sure is that there is no fear in love; because perfect love casts out fear; fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love [I John 4:18].

♦ #5

Open your heart to love. For a moment I want you to get the picture of a tightly closed rose bud in your mind’s eye. Imagine it as your heart. The opening of a rose bud signifies the essence, fragrance and beauty of a heart filled with love. A rosebud that does not open, is indicative of an infestation of bugs, fungus and pesticides. So, it is with the heart.

♦ #6

Never give up on love. If I know anything, it is I must stay in the race of love, for I am love. I have learned that love does not hurt, but love heals and mends all that has been broken.

♦ #7

Do the most. Sometimes love requires doing the most. Doing the most means not measuring your love by the love of another. If everyone purposed to do the most, what love we would experience. What awesome relationships we would have.

♦ #8

Self Discipline as a lifestyle. Why is self-discipline important? It takes self-control and self-discipline, a fruit of the spirit; to harness the virtues of love. Spirit is living at our higher self. When you live disconnected to your spiritual self, you are resistant to the natural flow of love and of life. ♦

Linda Hart Streeter New to the Jacksonville area, is an inspirational author, speaker, licensed and ordained minister, educator, counselor, and mediator. She is CEO of Radiant Living Life Solutions, host of Love & Relationship Matters radio show, and contributes to social media, where she blogs and collaborates with community partners on relevant hot topics on love, life, and family. Inspired through personal life struggles and social conditions, Linda developed a passion for understanding human behavior and silent traumas, teaching principles for overcome adversities and how to live their best life. Studies include a bachelor’s degrees in both theology and psychology, a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, and studies towards a Doctorate in Christian Counseling. Linda is a certified facilitator of Prepare Enrich and SYMBIS (saving your marriage before it begins) assessments. Upon certification as a family mediator with the Florida Supreme Court, she expanded her expertise to include conflict resolution as a counselor/mediator with the Arizona Superior Court, Family Center of Conciliation court. Linda provides online/remote counseling and coaching in the areas of life, relationships and behavioral care; and facilitates divorce recovery and children of divorcing family groups, with Divorce Recovery of Tucson, Arizona. As a consultant and international speaker, Linda became a certified consultant with the Profession Woman Network of Louisville, Kentucky (2001) and has provided services to organizations ranging from corporate and government to non-profits agencies and ministries. Books include The Art of Manifesting Love and The Power of Conflict. www.lindahartstreeter.com 22 oldcit ymag.com


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CREATIVE IDEAS Find Customers for Your Local Business

The key to success for any small business is maintaining your flow of new customers. Finding new customers is essential for any business to survive. There are a number of ways to bring in new business, and the key is to find the ones that work best for your business.

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ere are some tips on how to bring in new customers for your business.

Ask for referrals. Sometimes, the most-effective way to get new business is by reaching out to your existing customers for referrals. Referrals are one of the best ways (and my personal favorite) to get new customers. People love to share their experiences with other people. Therefore, it’s up to you as a business owner to take charge by implementing a system for actively soliciting referrals from your satisfied customers. Build referrals into your sales process.

For example, ask for a referral from your customer as part of the follow-up process. Take it a step further by asking your customer if they mind letting their contact know that you will be reaching out. This will almost certainly lead to an initial conversation with a potential new customer. Make sure your teams, including your B2B salespeople, ask for referrals when they follow up with customers to answer questions after the sale.

Network. Word-of-mouth marketing is one of the most powerful forms of advertising as it’s generated by people talking directly with each other. Join relevant networking organizations and events to share your knowledge about your products or services. Approach networking with the attitude, “How can I help others?” rather than “What’s in it for me?” By thinking about how you can be of service, you’ll build long-lasting relationships that lead to new customers. • Local Chamber of Commerce • BNI - Business Network International • SCORE • Entrepreneurs’ Organization • Young Entrepreneurs Council • American Marketing Association • Rotary Club Keep your website fresh. The internet has revolutionized how customers find businesses for their products and services. This is a significant factor in growing your business. Between search engines and social media, it’s easier than ever to cross paths with a customer looking for your product or service -- which means your website may need updating. Your website is the first impression to prospective customers, so it’s essential that you have an up-to-date design and SEO. If this isn’t your forte, consider enlisting professional help from a company specializing in these areas of expertise.

Re-contact old customers (6-month touchpoint).

Make sure you review your customer contacts regularly. After six months without interaction, reach out to your dormant customers with a promotional offer that will “win them back” with a special offer via email, direct mail, or phone. They’ll be glad you remembered them and want to win them back. For example, I created a program years ago called “Rediscover–The Washington Post–and Save.” This program offered limited-time discounts to past partners who wanted to start advertising with our newspaper again. The program was a huge success in bringing back some of our past customers.

Offer discounts and incentives to new customers only. Introductory offers are a simple way to lure in curious customers with low-risk ways of trying out your products or services. Track which ones redeem your special offers, then target them for marketing messages that encourage repeat purchases.

Partner with complementary businesses. Collaborate and partner with other businesses to form strong partnerships. Partnering can effectively target complementary customer bases that are not directly competitive and brainstorm how you might drive new business for each other’s companies to achieve success. Promote your expertise. Generate interest—and new customers—by publicizing your expertise in a specific industry. You could participate in panels, hold educational sessions or workshops for potential clients within this field of work (or even attend their events), or let people know about all the great things you do that pertain specifically to them.

Use online reviews to your advantage. Have you ever asked your customers to leave a review for the business online? When it comes to your reviews, you should take advantage of the opportunity they provide for building awareness and getting new customers. Cultivate your reviews by posting on social media or linking from other sites; show off what others are saying about how great your business is and build trust with potential clients who may not have heard before now! Participate in community events. One of the most effective ways to grow your small business is by participating in local events. All else being equal, most people like supporting independent businesses that they know and love. Raise your profile within your community through charity work or volunteering with organizations such as SCORE or by getting involved with your local chamber.

Bring a friend. Offer 2-for-1, “buy one, get one free” or “bring a friend” deals to get your “regulars” to introduce new customers to your business. With all the opportunities out there to bring in new customers, you should be able to find the right strategy that fits your business and budget. If none of these ideas seem like they will work for you, let us know, and we will help you work on a marketing plan to help you drive more traffic into your business. Our team is always happy to brainstorm some fresh ideas with you! g Shawn Wilson

CEO and founder of Biz Advisory Consulting in St. Augustine Shawn is an entrepreneur who gets to do what she loves every day—making a difference in people’s lives! As a woman of purpose and passion, she is committed to helping other small business owners reach their goals. With over 20 years in sales, marketing, customer service, communications, and business development—seeing others experience success is Shawn’s greatest reward. Would you like to be a part of the next issue? Please send in any business-related questions, challenges, or thoughts to shawn.wilson@bizadvisory.com to answer for all of our readers in our next issue. 24 oldcit ymag.com


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The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum ...who was a part of the Greatest Generation...

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irtually every person reading this article has at least one family member who served in World War II; perhaps even you yourself are one of those veterans. For me, it was my father who was a part of the Greatest Generation, having served as a ball turret gunner on a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Although he passed away in 1974 when I was a young teenager, he was, and continues to be, my hero. My greatest regret is that we didn’t get the chance to grow old together – to have him share his wisdom and experiences with me, to see his grandsons, one of whom would also become a veteran.

A half-scale model of a B-17

My knowledge of his service was very limited, but on numerous occasions he would refer to the Mighty Eighth Air Force. His jacket from the war hung in our basement, with the Eighth Air Force patch–the yellow “8” with wings on a blue circular field surrounded by a red ring–fading after many years. Although we never really discussed the war, I am sure he was proud of his service, and we built many model aircraft together–the B-17, of course, the B-25 Mitchell, the P-38 Lightning, the German Stuka. All were suspended by thread from the ceiling light in my bedroom for many years. When I moved to Florida, some 25 years ago, one of the things I noticed as I drove from Pittsburgh down I-95 near Savannah was a sign in Pooler, Georgia, for the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force. Much to my chagrin, it took nearly another 25 years to get there. Much to my surprise, it led me on a 4500 mile journey that brought me even closer to my father. (More on that later.)

The museum tour begins with Prelude to War and the rise of the Nazi Party

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The “City of Savannah” restored B-17

The museum is a truly immersive experience. As you weave your way through the museum, the Mission Experience provides visitors with information through three short films of what it was like to fly a bombing mission as a member of an air crew stationed in England during World War II. A Nissen hut and control tower create the feeling of entering onto one of the Eighth Air Force’s East Anglia bases. The highlight of the museum is undoubtedly the Combat Gallery which houses original aircraft, engines, and scale models, as well as a multitude of exhibits. Inside the gallery is the Museum’s very own B-17, which has been restored as the “City of Savannah.” The original “City of Savannah” was the 5,000th airplane processed through Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah in 1944. In the Airman Down exhibit, visitors enter by walking under an unfurled parachute representing airmen who bailed out over enemy territory. The exhibit includes a recreated “safe house” and a POW camp which houses artifacts donated by former POWs. To me, one of the most moving tribute is the Honoring the Eighth exhibit, which displays collections of artifacts donated from various World War II Eighth Air Force groups. Visitors view some of the personal, treasured memorabilia and stories rich in heroism of men of the Eighth. Beyond the display cases is a brief film about the contributions of the Eighth Air Force in the Mighty Eighth Theatre.

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photos: Frank Berna

Memorial Gardens

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[continued from page 27] Outside, to the rear of the museum, the Museum’s Memorial Garden remembers those who have served in the Eighth Air Force as well as those who love and respect them. The Memorial Garden pays tribute to those who served in the Eighth Air Force during WWII and subsequent conflicts, and who are being remembered by families, friends, aircrews, and others. There are many beautiful memorials throughout the garden on both sides of the reflective pool. A few feet away from the Memorial Garden is the Chapel of the Fallen Eagles. The chapel was built to reflect a Gothic English chapel. Like all Gothic English chapels, it has an east-west orientation with the front door facing west and the centerpiece window facing east. The sanctuary has fourteen pews that came from Jones County, Pennsylvania, and were crafted in the late nineteenth century. The railings, lectern and choir stalls are also vintage pieces from antique shops in Tennessee and Georgia that were donated to the Museum. The most impressive features of the Chapel are the stained glass windows, which have been provided by Eighth Air Force veteran groups or family members. On the outside of the building are several displays of aircraft of a more modern vintage. Adjacent to the chapel is a Cold War-era B-47 Stratojet bomber, and in front of the entrance is a Vietnam-era McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom and a Soviet MiG-17A. The Mighty Eighth Museum is located at 175 Bourne Ave, Pooler, Georgia, off Exit 102 of I-95 North. The trip is approximately a two and half hour drive, about 175 miles from St. Augustine.

How my father spent the war

So how did a trip to the museum lead to a 4500 mile pilgrimage? My museum visit took place in July, 2021. During the tour of the B-17, I mentioned to the docent that my father was a ball turret gunner. She very kindly gave me a personal tour of the ball turret, showing me where to put my hands on the triggers that would fire the guns, where to look through the sight, and where my feet would be placed to control the turret’s movements. She asked me if I knew about my father’s squadron or bombardment group. I told her, unfortunately, I did not. At the end of the tour, she gave me the card of the Museum’s archivist, Dr. Vivian Rogers-Price, and told me that she might be able to help. As soon as I arrived home, I emailed her, and the very next day I received a sensational reply. I learned that my father was part of the 447th Bomb Group, 710th Squadron based in Rattlesden, England. I immediately went to Google Earth to find Rattlesden. To my amazement, the main runway was shown intact, and was being used by a glider club. I made a personal vow to myself that some day, somehow, I was going to go to Rattlesden.

more > The ball turret of the B-17

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[continued from previous page]

Fast forward a few months, my lady-friend and I were discussing plans for taking a trip during the Christmas holiday. As we are both from the Northeast, we prefer our Christmases to be a little chillier than we get in Florida. She suggested London, and I was all in! I explained to her that no matter what, I was going to go to Rattlesden. On Boxing Day, Dec. 26th, we rented a car and headed up the M11 for the two-hour excursion to Rattlesden. The day was particularly foggy, and because of the time of year, I had not reckoned on how quickly it would get dark. As night grew closer, I finally made it to the field. Surprisingly, unlike one would expect here in the United States, there was no gate around the runway, although it is considered an active airfield. Just like in the Mission Experience, two Nissen huts and the concrete control tower were still being used by the glider club. I was able to drive my car onto the runway–the fog assured me there was no way anyone would be flying that day. As I taxied down the strip I imagined my father in the four-engine behemoth on this exact tarmac, off to unimaginable dangers. I cannot fully describe the emotions that overcame me. As I write this, I relive those moments and I am overwhelmed again. On the road leading to the airfield is a beautiful black granite memorial dedicated to the 447th Bomb Group. While my father wasn’t at Rattlesden with me bodily, he certainly was in spirit. Carrying his service photo with me to England allowed us to share in the experience. g

19 year old Sgt. Frank Berna

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Nissen huts at Rattlesden

The runway at Rattlesden

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AN EVENING OF ARIAS: Con Amore

John Tibbetts | Victoria Isernia Curtis Tucker | Curtis Powell

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Anna Marr | Gail Heart

Libby Beese | Amy Beese | Lorie Zemlo

Vic & Linda Yerrill | Nancy & Karl Perry

Members Paul Schilling | Michele Bova

First Coast Opera’s annual Gala and Silent Auction was held at the Marsh Creek Country Club. The event featured mezzo-soprano Victoria Isernia and baritone John Tibbetts performing a selection of romantic songs and arias. Guests will be welcomed with a Champagne toast, then enjoy an evening of live performances. firstcoastopera.com 32 oldcit ymag.com


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BLESSINGS In Backpacks

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NIKKI KIMBLETON, CO-OWNER OF MARTHA’S MIX, created an exciting, all-purpose seasoning that donates all profits to charity. Many may recognize Nikki as a former longtime Jacksonville news anchor, or the current Director of Communications for the City of Jacksonville, but her true passion is feeding kids. Nikki and her husband, Scott, created Martha’s Mix in honor of Scott’s mom, Martha, a pastor in North Carolina where she learned that kids at a local elementary school were going hungry on the weekends. To make sure their most basic need was met, she started (and personally funded) a chapter of Blessings In A Backpack. Martha passed away from breast cancer in 2011, and asked Nikki and Scott to find a way to make feeding children her legacy. That’s why sales from the all-purpose seasoning go to feed children at that same school, as well as many more throughout Jacksonville. “When we first made the mix, we never intended to sell it. We just wanted an easy, dry mix that would make great guacamole,” Nikki said. “Then our friends started asking for it and began to put in pizza, chicken, eggs and more. Finally, after my motherin-law passed, several people came to us and said, ‘You have to sell this! It’s just way too good!’ The rest is history.” If you are not familiar with Blessings in a Backpack, kids on the free and reduced lunch program are eligible to get a backpack filled with foods each Friday. Approximately $120 will feed one child for a year. While they started the company nearly ten years ago, Nikki says they are just now really ramping up the marketing and sales. Martha’s Mix is the house seasoning in two restaurants in Jacksonville, and available in several stores, but looking for major expansion in the coming months. Their ultimate goal–providing more money to charities that help address childhood hunger. g

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Too Much

STUFF

“If you have to buy stuff to store your stuff, you might have too much stuff.” —Courtney Carver

byTracy Wells

DO YOU HAVE A RENTED STORAGE UNIT? IS YOUR ATTIC FULL? Can you fit the car(s) in the garage? If your garage and attic are full, are you using your guest room closet to hold more of the clothes you no longer fit into but hope to one day. There is nothing wrong with retaining things we love and cherish, but how many of us hold on to things we are unable to use on a regular basis? With 4 of the 9 children left in the house, we downsized from a 6,500 sq. ft home to a boat. We, 2 adults and 4 kids, were each told to bring one hangup box of clothes, one box of folded clothes, and one box of items we loved, desired and needed. Not knowing if we would all adjust well to living aboard a boat, we filled 3 pods with our home items necessary to move back on land if need be. We paid storage hundreds of dollars each month for the 5 ½ years we lived on the boat. For the money we spent, we could have sold all, or even given it away, and saved more than enough money to simply furnish a home on land. Why do we keep saving, storing, and holding on to things that were useful or special to us at one point in our lives, but are no longer appropriate for keeping today? It may be your grandmother’s silverware, your in-laws old dining room table, or your grown child’s bedroom suit. Why is it hard to let go of things? Does keeping them bring more problems or more peace? More chaos or more comfort? More stress or more solitude? Can you say, “I have enough”? “I have what I need”? or is your common complaint, “We have too much stuff!” I have never seen a hearse with a U-haul trailer behind it because we can’t take anything with us. All that we possess should be for our lives today. Clothes to wear, beds to sleep in, toys to play with, books to read, food to eat. And of these things, how many do we have? Do we have 2 purses, or 20? 6 t-shirts or 60? Granted, some people need that many, but the question is, do I? How much is enough to meet my needs, but not overwhelm my space and life? “Too much of anything is the beginning of a mess.”—Dorothy Draper A few good questions to ask are, “Have I used this thing or worn this dress in the last 6 months?” “Would another person benefit from the things I am just cleaning, maneuvering around, stepping on, tripping over, and yelling at my children not to touch?” Evaluating what we possess compared to what we need is the first step towards minimizing the stuff we own and maximizing the joy we get in using what we have and having what we use.

Tip: Once you have purged out clothes that no longer fit comfortably and grouped them in like categories or colors in your closet, turn all your hangers backwards. Once you have worn an item, hang it up properly. In 6 months, it will be easy to see the clothes you no longer need or choose to wear. Tip: When you want to simplify and make life a bit easier, evaluate an area and relocate the things you use most to the easiest area to access. For example, in the kitchen cabinets, put the dishes and glasses you use most on the lowest shelves and closest to the dishwasher, and put similar things less used up higher. Tip: Are you having trouble letting go of things? When tackling a project…junk drawer, bookshelf, or dish towels, sort into three piles: 1. Definite keeper - Love this; favorite color; use all the time! 2. Not sure – don’t love it; use it if I have to; it was Mom’s. 3. Donate: Don’t ever use it; despise the texture; someone gave it to me. After sorted, put the #1’s in a place of easy access and enjoyment. Place the #2’s put in a box and with the date 6 months out on the outside. If the box is not opened during that time, donate it. Last group, bin, box or bag up the #3’s and get them to a place where others will have access to them (garage sale, thrift store, etc.). Something that one person considers worthless may be considered valuable by someone else. If you are one who would like to a little work to make a little money before donating an item, consider a consignment store with like items or try to sell them on you own through a garage sale or social media sites like Nextdoor, Facebook Marketplace, or craigslist. If donating the items is on your agenda, here in St. Augustine, here are several non-profit places to donate: • Haven – 2497 US-1 • Betty Griffin Center Thrift Store – 6509, 1961 A1A South • Alpha Omega Thrift Store – 525 FL-16 Unit 121 • Ayla’s Acres No-Kill Animal Rescue Thriftique – 413 Anastasia Blvd. If you need a hand getting started in this process of living a life of simplicity, contentment, and peace, visit me at simplifyorganizesatisfy. com and let me help you get started! g

Tracy Wells As a professional organizer, it is a joy for me to use my skills and life experience to help you Simplify where there is chaos, Organize where there is disorder, and feel satisfied instead of stressed! SOS Organizing ~ simplifyorganizesatisfy.com ~ 615.714.0705

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Events

byRenee Unsworth

St. Augustine Lions Spring Festival March 26-27, 2022: The 39th annual St. Augustine Lions Spring Festival, formerly called the St. Augustine Seafood Festival, will take place on March 26-27 at Francis Field, 25 West Castillo Drive, in downtown St. Augustine. More details about this event will be shared at lionsfestival.com Vilano Bridge 5k & 10k Run April 2, 2022: The Vilano Bridge 5K & 10K Run is the perfect event for the whole family with stunning views of Vilano beach, the intracoastal, and downtown Saint Augustine. In addition to running over the bridge and Camachee Cove, the 10k runners will wind through the beautiful grounds of the Florida School for the Deaf & the Blind before making their way back to the North Shores property on Meadow Avenue. At the North Shores Community Center runners, walkers and family can enjoy time with the Party in the Park — food, fun, awards and more! Updates will be posted at www.northshoresfl.com/vilano-bridge-run and our plans are underway for this historic and fun event. Sponsorships are needed for the race and the party in the park. Please email nsiaboard@gmail.com for information. Register: 1stplacesports.com/events/race-calendar/ Old Town Art Show April 9-10, 2022: Artists and artisans from the Northeast Florida and around the country will once again converge at the Old Town Art Show at Francis Field, 25 Castillo Drive, St. Augustine. The show will feature showcase nearly 100 juried artisans and master craftsmen who will be exhibiting their carefully created jewelry, pottery, paintings, fiber art, glass art, sculpture, photography, wood and much, much more. Admission is free. Show hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. www.OldTownArtShow.com St. Augustine Easter Parade April 16, 2022: The St. Augustine Easter Parade will NOT be held on Easter Sunday. The event has been moved to the Saturday before Easter. The 2020 Easter Parade will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 11 along San Marco Avenue and Avenida Menendez in downtown St. Augstine, beginning at the Old Jail Museum. The Easter committeehas commemorated the Easter holiday every year since 1956 in the nation’s oldest city. St. Augustine Easter Promenade April 17, 2022: The Annual Easter Sunday Promenade is held at the gazebo of the Plaza de la Constitución between King Street and Cathedral Place. The FREE event begins at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27. The promenade is a spectacle of Easter bonnets and festive Easter costumes. Awards are presented in various categories, including Most Creative Hat, Best Dressed Pet, Prettiest Hat, Best Dressed Couple, Best Dressed Man and Woman, Best Dressed Boy and Girl, Largest Family, and Family from Farthest Away. Prizes will be handed out at the end of the judging. Anyone is welcome to participate in the contests. 25th Annual Taste of St. Augustine April 24, 2022: This signature food festival takes place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, April 24 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, serving up tastes from St. Augustine’s famous restaurants. The area’s best restaurants will offer samples of their signature dishes. Restaurants will compete for the prestigious TOStA (Taste of St. Augustine) awards, with categories including Best Family Dining, Best Ethnic, Best Upscale and Best Dessert, as well as the ever-popular People’s Choice. Everyone gets to vote. There will be children’s area with fun activities including crafts and face-painting as well as live music throughout the day. Admission is $5 and taste tickets are $1 each with restaurants charging between 1-5 tickets per taste. The event benefits EPIC Behavioral Healthcare. The annual Race to the Taste 5K is part of the event. Go to epicbh.org/tasteofstaugustine for more details.

St. Augustine Brewers’ Fest May 7, 2022: The 3rd annual Sta Brewer’s Fest will take place at the Fountain of Youth, featuring 20+ Florida craft breweries. Stay updated at stabrewersfest.com

Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest April 20-24, 2022: Florida’s Birding and Photo Fest features more than 130 birding and outdoor photography events in St. Johns County and surrounding locations. See the schedule of speakers and workshops here. Go to FloridasBirdingAndPhotoFest.com St. Augustine Fashion Week Season 8 May 1-7, 2022: St. Augustine Fashion Week Season 8 will take place May 1-7, 2022, with the runway show on May 5 at Lightner Museum. STAFW is a registered non-profit 501c3 that seeks to educate the local community by increasing awareness about the art of fashion, and giving small brand designers a platform to present their fashion collections and grow their brand. STAFW donates a portion of proceeds from each event to non-profit organizations in our area who serve the community by providing arts programs, education opportunities, or services to vulnerable populations. Learn more at stafashionweek.com St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival May 4-8, 2022: The second annual St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival, recently named “One of Florida’s Top 10 Food & Wine Festivals” by USA Today, will take place on Florida’s Historic Coast, May 4-8, 2022 at World Golf Village. The St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival, presented by PublixGreenWise Market, will once again be a showcase of culinary, beverage and culture that highlights celebrity guest chefs, local chefs, celebrity winemakers/proprietors, artisans, farmers, local craft spirits and beers, along with renowned wine, spirits and beer brands from around the globe. The inaugural festival offers a wide variety of events for all tastebuds and budgets, from wine dinners and tasting events, to master classes and more. Tickets: staugustinefoodandwinefestival.com Wesley Wells Farms Spring Festival May 6-7, 2022: A Spring Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6-7 at Wesley Wells Farms, 2680 Ada Arnold Road Saint Augustine, FL 32092. This event will feature fresh produce, food trucks, vendors, farm animals and other activities. Stay updated at wesleywellsfarm.com Gamble Rogers Music Festival May 6-8, 2022: The 25th Annual Gamble Rogers Music Festival will celebrate Folk and Americana music May 6-8, 2022 at Colonial Oak Music Park, on Saint George Street in downtown St. Augustine. The Gamble Rogers Festival is dedicated to commemorating the life and music of Gamble Rogers, whose passion for balladry, storytelling, and the oral tradition have shaped American folk music. Along with three full days of great music, the Gamble Rogers Festival offers plenty of food and drink available at the Colonial Quarter’s restaurants. A children’s area features interactive music making, folk arts and crafts demonstrations, and storytelling, making the event ideal for families. Details at gamblerogersfest.org 35 oldcit ymag.com

Unidos en La Musica: A Latin American Festival May 7, 2022: In 2019, this event made history by bringing the firstt Latin American Festival ever to America’s Oldest City — St Augustine, Florida. The festival is kid-friendly, so bring your whole family to experience a day filled with Latin Music, Dance, Workshops, Art, Games, Food & Adult Beverages! Performances, activities, workshops, and schedules will be announced throughout the year. We have limited space so Purchase your tickets today!!! Event is Rain or Shine. Ticket prices are $10 general admission and $60 for VIP. Musical & Dance groups will be performing on and off the main stage throughout the day with a mixture of styles ranging from across Latin America. Cultural Exhibitions will be an exciting way to learn about various Latin American Cultures. Five artists will participate in the Mural Exhibition. The VIP section in 2019 sold out with with 350 passionate fans that enjoyed performer meet & greets, front of stage access, private seated and standing tables under the canopy, private bathrooms with A/C, private access to the VIP Bar, and creative Latin American Inspired Hors d’ oeuvre supplied by a Local Chef. For 2022, the VIP area will be e xpanded to 500 with more activities and private performances, which will be announced. Visit unidosenlamusica.com As If 90s Fest May 21, 2022: As If! 90s Fest is back for its second year! The event will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Francis Field in St. Augustine. The full-day concert lineup featuring national headliners and regional musicians drops January 20. Prior to the big reveal, take advantage of Early Birdticket pricing now through January 18th with general admission only $15, kids 10 and under $5, and VIP only $50. VIP sold out last year and we’re selling 200 fewer tickets than last year, so get ‘em while you can. TICKETS & DETAILS: asifthe90sfest.com

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TRACY WOMACK

DAUPHIN FINE GLASS ART photography & story by Glo MacDonald

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n an area rich with a vibrant arts community, there are not too many artists whose work is unique and stands out from the rest. Tracy Womack, of Dauphin Glass Art, is one such artist.

Tracy is a glass artist with more than thirty years of experience working with molten glass. This type of work is called “flamework” and/or “lampwork”. Each piece is hand formed from solid rods of glass which are heated in a torch flame until molten and shaped into the desired form. To create her pieces, Tracy first makes her own colored rods from clear rods, glass powders, and frit (ground up glass), which provide her with a broad and unique color palette. Tracy’s exquisite use of color and her expert rendering of form is what sets her work apart in the world of art glass. Tracy explains, “When I discovered the use of powders and frits I began ‘painting’ with glass.” Tracy has made many different designs over the years. Her love of the ocean shows in her marine-life pieces as well as in her seascape pendants and earrings which she literally “paints” with glass powders and molten glass. Tracy studied Fine Art, specifically painting, at the University of Arkansas and went on to learn the art of flameworked glass in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. She resided in Germany for four years further refining her style and supporting herself by selling her work on the street markets (Stadfests) and Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmarkte).

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“After so many years of working with molten glass, I find I never tire of it... I think because it is such an alive and beautiful medium.”

—Tracy Womack

Tracy lives and works just a short walk from the beach in St. Augustine, Florida. Visitors are welcome to her studio by appointment. Her work is available in many fine galleries throughout the country and at these local establishments. MetalArtz - Vilano Beach Town Center Butterfield Garage Gallery - King Street St. Augustine Farmers & Artists Market - Amphitheater www.dauphinglass.com g

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As the Old Maps Said:

adventure

photo: Jamie Rohrbaugh

Here Be Dragons!

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ristine white sailboats and motorboats abound along the coast and waterways of St. Augustine, but have you ever seen a colorful and fierce looking dragon boat? Sporting a yellow, green and red dragon head at the bow and a dragon tail at the stern, these long and narrow racing boats are part of a worldwide growing sport. And St. Augustine boasts not only two of these beauties, but also an award-winning racing team and a paddler who competes internationally for the U.S. Twice a week during most of the year, 25 men and women, known as the Salt Run Flyers, practice paddling dragon boats in the waters near their sponsor, the St. Augustine Yacht Club, located behind Anastasia Island’s lighthouse. Jamie Rohrbaugh, Steve Bond, and Judy Fegen–all U.S. Dragon Boat Federation-certified coaches–concentrate on developing synchronized and strong paddling that has paid off with several race wins. But Geri Rohrbaugh must practice at The Villages and Jacksonville to continue her 11 years of competitions that have taken her throughout the United States, Italy, Puerto Rico, Spain and China. She also attends dragon boat clinics. Geri will compete in the Club Crew World Championships in Sarasota, Florida, July 18-24, the first time these championships have been held in the U.S. She will be part of a team known as The Heat International, with members from all parts of the U.S. and Canada. Geri said, “The best part of Dragon Boating for me is meeting like-minded peers who are interested in paddling and keeping fit. Plus, I’ve met people from all walks of life and maintain their friendships off the boat too.”

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The boats used by the Flyers are fiberglass and about 40 feet long and three feet wide. The Salt Run Flyers, a relatively young team organized in 2015, began their first year with unprecedented wins. In total they have garnered three gold, four silver and three bronze awards. Typically, their races are 300 meters long, but 200-meter sprints and 2,000-meter endurance races are also possible. Judy explained what a race is like: “The heart of dragon boating are the festivals with hundreds of various people all coming together to compete. As you approach the starting line, adrenaline gushes through the boat, the horn blows, and we are all paddling like never before. It’s all over in less than two minutes, but the thrill of the competition, coupled with the satisfaction that you’ve helped a charity to succeed, is what builds memories.” Flyers and their band of cheerleaders compete about four times a year in various Dragon Boat Festivals in Florida in places like Mount Dora, Inverness, Weirsdale and Tavares. Causes that Dragon Boat Festivals typically benefit include breast cancer, veterans, youth-at-risk, and mental health. The boats used by the Flyers are fiberglass and about 40 feet long and three feet wide. Ten paddlers sit in pairs, shoulder-to-shoulder. A drummer at the bow sets their cadence, and a steersman, or “sweep,” at the stern guides the boat. The drummer also dons a ceremonial costume for official races. The boats were acquired through donations from the late John Meehan and the foundation of Dr. Catherine Paris.

According to Jamie Rohrbaugh, Salt Run Flyer co-founder with Geri, “What makes dragon boating so unique is it allows for a diversity of genders, ages and abilities, as long as paddlers have upper body strength.” He added, “There are teams throughout the country made up of breast cancer survivors, wounded veterans, school wrestling teams, at-risk youth and private companies. I myself have even coached and raced nuns in their habits.” Steve, who manages the team in addition to coaching, remarked, “As in our Junior Sailing Program, dragon boating enables you to learn a lot about yourself. You gain confidence, learn a new skill and develop as a team, despite any limitations of age or infirmities. It is a sport anyone can successfully participate in and enjoy.” The Salt Run Flyers compete in the Senior C, age 60 and above, and are proud of the skills of one member who is over 80. Dragon boating continues a tradition more than 2,000 years old that began in China and is still popular there. The Dragon Boast Festival in China this year will be a three-day national holiday June 3-5. The modern sport began in earnest in 1976 in Hong Kong. Now 89 countries are represented in the International Dragon Boat Federation. St. Augustine Yacht Club also sponsors youth sailing programs and sailing races. Dragon boating associate memberships are available. For more information, see staugustineyachtclub.com and click on Dragon Boating. g

“There are teams throughout the country made up of breast cancer survivors, wounded veterans, school wrestling teams, at-risk youth and private companies.”

Gaye Saucier Farris A New Orleans native, Gaye retired to St. Augustine 11 years ago after a career as an editor of science research with the U.S. Geological Survey. Previously, she had been a newspaper reporter in New Orleans and Cincinnati and taught college writing and high school journalism. She stays busy now as a volunteer for the Limelight Theatre Guild and the EMMA Concert Guild and is a member of Limelight’s Board of Directors. Her newest adventure has been becoming a member a year ago of the St. Augustine Yacht Club, a place busy with dragon boat and sailing races, sailing lessons, game nights, and, she vows, the most fun socials in town! 40 oldcit ymag.com


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CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES: The Gainesville Brass Quintet May 11 2022: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla St. The St. Augustine Orchestra in Concert May 11, 2022: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm - Lightner Museum High-End Spanish Wine Tasting at the Gifted Cork Apr 29 2022: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm - The Gifted Cork, 64 Hypolita Street

Unidos En La Musica - Latin American Festival May 07 2022: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm - Francis Field

Lisa Lockhart & Friends in “Trouble in Tahiti” by Bernstein Apr 29 2022: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Trinity Hall @ Trinity Parish, 5 Artillery Ln

Chamber Music Series: The North Florida Women’s Chorale May 07 2022: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla St.

Akia Uwanda in a“Tribute to the Ladies of New Jazz & Soul” Apr 30 2022: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm – Trinity Hall @ Trinity Parish, 5 Artillery Ln Afternoon Musicale: Astralis May 01 2022: 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm Memorial Presbyterian Church, 32 Sevilla Street Lincolnville Live! FloArts Students Sing Broadway May 02 2022: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 37 Lovett St. Afternoon Musicale: Clarinet, Piano and Organ May 03 2022: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm – Grace United Methodist Church, 8 Carrera Street Lincolnville Live: Community Drumming with Amber Hall May 03 2022: 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm – St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 37 Lovett St. Lincolnville Live: Yael and Gabriel – Flamenco Rhythms and Gypsy Music May 03 2022: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm – St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 37 Lovett St. Lincolnville Live! Sam Pacetti and His Guitar May 04 2022: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 37 Lovett St.

First Coast Opera presents: “A Life in Song”: a Cabaret May 07 2022: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm - St. Augustine Art Association A Classic Theatre presents “The Immigrant” May 07 2022: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - The Waterworks, 184 San Marco Ave.

Chamber Music Series: RareSong – Early Music Ensemble May 12 2022: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm – Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla St. Marc Dickman Jazz Quintet May 12 2022: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Markland House Lawn, 102 King Street Chamber Music Series: Jacksonville University Choir May 13 2022: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla St. Florida Stories told by The Florida Storytelling Troupe May 13 2022: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Ximenez-Fatio House Garden, 20 Aviles Street

The EMMA Concert Association presents the Gainesville Orchestra in “Jersey Boys and Girls” May 07 2022: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm - Lewis Auditorium, Flagler College

Malbec Mania May 13 2022: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm - The Gifted Cork, 64 Hypolita Street

A Classic Theatre presents “The Immigrant” May 08 2022: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm - The Waterworks, 184 San Marco Ave.

The St. Augustine Concert Band presents their Season Finale May 13 2022: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Pacetti Bay Middle School, 245 Meadowlark Ln

Mama Blue’s Concert Special for Moms – and Everyone! May 08 2022, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm – Lewis Auditorium, Flagler College Chamber Music Series: The Grass Menagerie Plays Bluegrass May 09 2022: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla St.

St. Augustine Youth Chorus in Concert May 05 2022: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla St.

The Storytelling Sims: The 80th Anniversary of World War II and its arrival in St. Augustine May 09 2022: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - The Waterworks, 184 San Marco Ave.

AGOSA – First Friday Art Walk on May 6 May 06 2022: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Various Galleries in Downtown

Chamber Music Series: The Lawson Ensemble May 10 2022: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla St.

Romanza Dance Kaleidoscope May 06 2022: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Lewis Auditorium, Flagler College

Romanza presents the Music of Albert Syeles – an Evening Musicale May 10 2022: 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla St.

A Classic Theatre presents “The Immigrant” May 06 2022: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - The Waterworks, 184 San Marco Ave.

The St. Augustine Orchestra in Concert May 12, 2022: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm - Lightner Museum

A Classic Theatre presents “The Immigrant” May 13 2022: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - The Waterworks, 184 San Marco Ave. Chamber Music Series: From Bach to Bernstein May 14 2022: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm – Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla St. The St. Augustine Community Chorus: “Emerging Light” May 14 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm – Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla St. A Classic Theatre presents “The Immigrant” May 14 2022: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm – The Waterworks, 184 San Marco Ave. A Classic Theatre presents “The Immigrant” May 15 2022: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm – The Waterworks, 184 San Marco Ave. Festivale Closing Event: With a Song in My Heart – Songs of Broadway Through the Ages May 15 2022: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Lincolnville Museum & Cultural Center, 102 M. L. King Avenue

A celebration of creative writing and reciting Friday, April 8th & Saturday, April 9th, 2022

www.historiccoastculture.com/event/st-augustine-poetfest-2022 Presented by St. Johns Cultural Council, Flagler College, and Ancient City Poets. All events to be staffed by ACP volunteers and Flagler College student volunteers.


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eature poet Patricia Konover, in one of a handful of Saint Augustine writers who have gained an international audience through FM Quarterly. Founded by Lewis Fredrick Crystal, and currently edited by Roseanne Terranova Cirigliano, FM Quarterly is a Brooklyn, New York based literary journal that has spotlighted the work of hundreds of writers, including locals Kimmy Van Kooten, Robert Waldner, Annie Kiyonaga, and Lee Weaver, during the last decade. An Ancient City resident since 2000, Konover is quick to mention that she is from a small island in extreme southern New Jersey, Ocean City. “I wrote ‘Knowing’ when a relationship was budding,” says Konover, “I was feeling the intensity of emotion accompanying it.” Pat has been a reader, writer, and artist since pre-school days. During her 38-year career as an educator and an administrator in public schools and in colleges, she always managed to find time for volunteer efforts. In retirement, creating and volunteering continue for her.

Knowing

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Your voice and words are easy on my ear; An aural dance, orchestrated by alchemy. Liquid gold permeating my brain, Flowing unimpeded into my heart… and I lose focus.

You are cordially invited to join the St. Augustine Orchestra for Afternoon Tea in celebration of our 60th Anniversary

Your warm hand is fire on my skin; A tactile reawakening, warmed by longing. Molten lava coursing over terrain Unscathed and hungry for the burning… A casual gesture on your part. Knowing inflames an ember of truth That spreads like wildfire through the tinder: Remains of love’s lush foliage Not yet swept away by ravaging winds Into dustheaps of forgotten emotion. History’s course can hinge on lesser things, Or on events far grander in scale. Accidents are not what they appear When time and will and circumstance collide. Knowing can throw caution to the winds. — Patricia Konover g

Heavy hors d’oeuvres, hot tea and entertainment provided by Orchestra members makes for a perfect afternoon Saturday April 9, 4:00 - 5:30 St Anastasia Catholic Church St. Augustine

Tickets available at: staugustineorchestra.ticketleap.com/six-tea-th-anniversary-high-tea/