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4th of July Fireworks in St. Augustine FL 2017

It’s that time of the year again! If you’re a fireworks junkie like I am, then you can’t miss the Fireworks over the Matanzas!

The event starts at 6 PM on the 4th of July. There will be a band  at the Plaza for a two-hour show. If you like live music, then the Plaza is the place to be.  They will also be performing some patriotic tunes to keep it festive. It’s free to attend, you may want to bring a blanket or a chair.St Augustine 4th of July Fireworks 2013

The fireworks start at 9:30PM, they will last about 20 minutes.  The show is choreographed to music that can be heard all along the Bayfront, from the Fort to the bridge.

The lawn of the Fort is a great place to watch them. It’s a good spot to bring a cooler and a picnic too. Read More→

Dublin’s Irish Tenors and The Celtic Ladies- March 11th 2016 Saint Augustine, FL

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Special Event will open St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage  Festival at Memorial Presbyterian Church in downtown St. Augustine
St. Augustine, FL – Dublin’s Irish Tenors and The Celtic Ladies will perform one-night only in downtown St. Augustine. This headlining concert for the St. Augustine Celtic  Music & Heritage Festival will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 11 in Memorial  Presbyterian Church, 32 Sevilla St., downtown St. Augustine.
Seating is limited for this event. Tickets are sold separately from the Celtic Festival  passes. Tickets are $25 to $60. Purchase tickets
The 6th Annual St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival is set for March 11-13, 2016, when Celtic heritage and music takes over the Ancient City.
In addition to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 12 in downtown St. Augustine, the weekend event is filled with live entertainment, Highland games, clans from Ireland and  Scotland, whisky tasting, and other Celtic activities – all at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo  Drive, in downtown St. Augustine across from the parking garage. Read More→

Free Summer Concerts in the Plaza – Schedule & information for St Augustine FL

promofoto1edit  Concerts in the Plaza Schedule for 2015

Free Concerts in the Plaza run every Thursday night all summer long. Bring a chair or a blanket and sit back, relax and enjoy the show. Picnics and coolers are welcome as are leashed well behaved dogs. Alcohol is not allowed in the plaza.

The show starts at 7:00 pm

The Plaza is located at the foot of the Bridge of Lions at the intersection of Cathedral and King Street,

St. Augustine, FL 32084

Phone: 904-825-1004




On street parking is available near the Plaza and is free throughout the city after 5:00pm. Parking is also available in the Historic Downtown Parking Facility at the St. Augustine and St. Johns County Visitors Information Center, a 10-minute walk along St. George St. from the Plaza. The cost for parking in the parking garage is $10 per entry or $3 with a ParkNow card.
For more information on parking, click here.


Schedule of Events




Ancient City Brass Band

Brass band standards



Ancient City Slickers

Big fun music



The Falling Bones

’60s party and dance rock



The Grapes of Roth

Classic rock



Rob Ellis Peck & Friends

Blues and rock




Mike Hart’s Decoy

Blues, jazz and rock



The Committee

Classic rock and originals



The Rick Arcusa Band

Classic rock



The Gatorbone Band

Original acoustic, jazz, swing, countrypolitan




Lonesome Bert & the Skinny Lizards

Original Americana


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Fireworks at the World Golf Village in St Augustine FL

wgv The Locals’ Guide loves fireworks and here’s another chance to see them on July 3rd, 2015 at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida. These fireworks are spectacular and it’s one of the largest shows in Northeast Florida.



There is plenty of parking and different viewing areas to watch from. Bring the family and a picnic and celebrate Independence Day under the stars.  This is a free event.





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Gamble Rogers Music Festival in St Augustine FL – Acoustic Americana



GRFF Inc. Presents the 20th annual Gamble Rogers Music Festival

May 1st – 3rd, 2015 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.


gamble1The Gamble Rogers Music Festival is one of our favorite music events of the year. If you are like me and are always wanting to find that great new band to listen to over and over again, this event is for you. Last year I fell in love with The Currys. We picked up their CD at the festival after seeing an outstanding performance and have become huge fans. Everyone who hears them asks how we found this unbelievable talented group of guys. Lucky for us they’re back again this year along with so many other fantastic musicians and song writers.

This years lineup is so talented you won’t want to miss a single act.  Read More→

St. Augustine’s Romanza Festivale of the Arts

May 8, 2015 to May 17, 2015


Various Location in St. Augustine, St. Augustine, FL 32084

“St. Augustine’s Romanza Festivale of the Arts”– it’s not one thing.  It’s Everything!  Music, Dance, Theatre, Art, Cuisine, Heritage, Romance..and more! All in the Romantic City of St. Augustine. Romanza Festivale of the Arts is a collaborative production of over forty cultural organizations and businesses.  Over 100 concerts, events, exhibits, tours, will take place.  Watch for details for each event.  Tickets prices vary — many are free!

Gamblefest Americana Music Festival in Ponte Vedra FL

3fbb04_10ac74e1339339d5fb03d4dcef0b8349_png_srz_387_327_75_22_0_50_1_20_0The Gamble Rogers Folk Festival Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, announces the first annual Gamble Rogers Fest at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.

Celebrating 20 years of music production and support of music education, Gamblefest will present a one day Americana music festival at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on December 6th, 2014.

The festival will feature food trucks, art booths, musical memorabilia, a raffle for a variety of must-have treasures and a stunning lineup of live music. Among the acts that will perform are Michael Jordan, The Rubies, Sam Pacetti, Carlos and Carlos, Flagship Romance, Wild Shiners, The Willowacks, Amy Hendrickson and closing out the bill, the phenomenal threesome originally from the Florida panhandle but currently wowing audiences in and around Charlottesville VA, The Currys.


The doors will open at 12:30 and the music will begin at 1:30. Admission is by donation and the recommended minimum donation is $15.

Check out for more details as they emerge and to purchase advance donation receipts. Donations will also be taken at the door on the day of the festival. Proceeds from your donations will support the educational mission of the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival Inc. and are tax deductible.


Fermin Spanish Guitar Trio in St Augustine FL

Fiesta en La Playa!


November  15th, 2014, St. Augustine Beach, Fl. —


The Fermin Spanish Guitar Trio, Saint Augustine’s premier Flamenco / Latin Fusion artist, will be producing Fiesta en La Playa, a cultural concert experience on Saturday, November 15th @ 8:00 pm. The Event will be held at The Art Studio (St. Augustine Beach). Complimentary Wine will be available for guests. Tickets are $15 advance / $20 door. They can be purchased at:



Fermin Spanish Guitar A.K.A. Dennis Fermin and his Trio group have been captivating audiences in the city of St. Augustine for the past four years with an alluring blend of Flamenco’s Passion and Romance with the joy and life of Latin music.  Audiences have been wowed by the band’s performances at venues and events such as The Tasting Room, Romanza, Spanish Wine and Ponce de Leon Festivals.


Fiesta en La Playa promises to be an interactive cultural concert experience. Flamenco and belly dancers along with special guest musicians will be participating in the event. Grab your dancing shoes, a few friends and join us at Fiesta en La Playa!






Band and performers:

Dennis Fermin  – guitar 1 / percussion / vocals

Jacqualine Fermin – guitar 2

Dorian Lopez – hand percussion / vocals

Josmary Haulotte – Flamenco dancer

Gina Marie Newman – Belly Dancer


For further information please contact Dennis Fermin:

(770) 704-8194 – “Passion and Romance from Spain to the Caribbean Islands”.


Veterans Day Ceremony at Francis Field in St Augustine FL

Veterans Day Ceremony at Francis Field

November  2014

St. Augustine
11 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine, FL 32084

The annual Veterans Day Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, November 11th at Francis Field on Castillo Drive.

The Ceremony is hosted by the Veterans Council of St. Johns County with assistance from the Florida National Guard and the Ancient City Chap-ter of the Military Officers Association of America and will commence at 1100 am. The speaker for this event is Brigadier General Craig C. Crenshaw, United States Marine Corps. He is currently the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics, Marine Corps Headquarters at the Pentagon. The Ceremony will begin with a minute or more of sustained gun and cannon fire, to simulate the barrage that was constant throughout World War One and which ended precisely at 1100 on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. This Ceremony honors all veterans, living and deceased, who have defended St. Augustine for the last 459 years and provided the continuous occupa-tion of which the City is so very proud. We will have both re-enactors wearing uniforms of the past and some Active Duty currently serving men and women of the military services passing before the spectators. There will be some static displays to see and all the re-enactors and active duty personnel to speak with before and after the Ceremony. The Field will be open at 0930 for the public. The Salvation Army and the Lions Club will provide water.Parking is not allowed on the Field itself but the Parking Facility is right next door. The drop off lane will be available for that purpose but not for parking. Please join us as we honor the 20,000+ veterans now living in this County. If you need more information con-tact Lt. Col. (retired) Harry Metz at


The Annual Christmas Tour of Homes in Beautiful Historic St Augustine FL

46th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes Presented by Garden Club of St. Augustine St Augustine, Fl –

The 46th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes, “Christmas in the Ancient City,” will be held on December 7, 2014 from 12:00p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Garden Club of St Augustine will decorate six private homes and one church dating from the 1800’s in Historic downtown St Augustine. All homes are beautifully decorated by the Garden Club with fresh wreaths, garlands and floral arrangements. A tea and handmade craft boutique will also be held at the Trinity Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.



Tickets are available online October 1st  at for $25.00. Tickets may also be purchased with cash or check at the following retail locations: Carter’s Jewelry, Flowers by Shirley, Leonardi’s Nursery,  Southern Horticulture, Tre Sebastian, Whetstone Chocolates, Verde-Go Nursery and Hammock Gardens.   “Tickets have sold out early for the last three years,” said Tracey Burke, Executive Treasurer of the Tour of Homes. “It is a fabulous holiday event and a chance to visit and experience some beautifully decorated historic homes in St Augustine by very talented  members of the Garden Club,” she said. “The boutique is also a great opportunity to purchase unique handmade Christmas gifts at great prices.”  The fundraising event allows the Garden Club to enable scholarships and educational seminars throughout the year. For more information visit or

The St Augustine Wedding Expo

wedding expo1Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm

The 2014 Saint Augustine Wedding Expo is a first year event.  Salon Zellanova, Endless Possibilities Event Design LLC and the Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez have partnered up to plan, and produce this bridal show.

Tickets are $10.00

Doors open at 3:00pm

The Expo will take place at the Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez

259 San Marco Avenue

St Augustine, FL 32084



The founders of this event  said they felt that our event companies here in St. Augustine tend to get washed out in the big bridal expo’s like Jacksonville, Orlando and Miami. Why not have an event here in our own city. This expo is a great way to help highlight all that St. Augustine has to offer in an intimate setting.  A setting that will allow Brides to really connect with local wedding vendors.  Many times  a Bride leaves these mega bridal shows and  has talked with 10 photographers, 7 cake decorators, 9 caterers and can’t remember who is who.  It can be a very overwhelming experience for a bride.  This show will allow a bride to sit and relax with each vendor and not feel rushed or overwhelmed.


The expo will also have a cutting edge theatrical & inspiring fashion show!  the fashion shows will be a delightful addition to the bridal expo. The  fashion show director has created a fashion show that will entertain the audience as well as inspire them to think outside the box when it comes to dressing for their “big day.”  This isn’t just “say yes to the dress,” this is say yes to the entire look!  One big element to the fashion show that will make it unique will be an introduction to each fashion line.  Dancing with Victoria, a local dance company has choreographed three different dances to be preformed before each line comes out on stage.

Vintage is in with many wedding themes, the first fashion line out is a Vintage Line sponsored by Daniel Thompson Bridals -“All About the Bride.”  Let’s not forget about the wedding night, the second line out will be Lengerie Line sponsored by Melissa’s Intimates.  Last but not least, they will have the Bridal Line, sponsored by Daniel Thompson Bridals.


The fashion is a big part of the entertainment for the day, but the expo  will also have live music preformed by Sam Pacetti, Amy Hendrickson & Carol Emerson.  Let ‘s not forget about the signature drink bar that will be open from 3pm – 7:15pm and fun giveaways from each vendor.

wedding expoVendors include:

Refinery Athletic Club, Coastal Creation, Westcott B&B, Perfect Pear, Bumpy Photography, Taylor Rental, Oh My Gosh Flowers, Goddess  Wedding Ceremonies, Banana Bread Clothing Comp. Lenders Photo Booth, A Step Above Catering, T Lovely Loos, T L Entertainment, Origami Owl, D’vine Cuisine, The Conch House, Kreation by Karen, The wedding Rental Company, Pin Puppy, St. Johns Illumination, LuLi’s Cupcakes, Pioneer Barn, Endless Possibilities, Salon Zellanova, Melissa’s Intimates, Daniel Thompson Bridals, VIP Entertainment, Film & Photo, St. Augustine Trolleys, Ripley’s Trains, Independent Tour Company, It Works, Avon, Vows & Views, Quality Inn Historic, Passion Party w/ Lindsey, The Perfect Pour.

For tickets call (904) 824-8874

The 17th Annual Greek Festival in St Augustine FL




Greek Music and Dance – A wonderful Tradition Continues at the 17th Annual Greek Festival!!!

Greece is one of the few countries in the world where folk music and dance are as alive today as they were in ancient times. At the 17h Annual Greek Festival, October 10th – 12th, 2014, you can hear and see the stories of the islands, the mountains and the villages of Greece translated into music and dance.  Francis Field, 29 Castillo Drive, will be transformed into a virtual Greek village with all its vibrant sights and sounds.  Hosted by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, festival hours are Friday, from 4-9 p.m., Saturday, 11a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, 12 – 5 p.m The festival is proud to present The Hellenic Band who will perform live all weekend in the main tent.  Interpreting the Greek culture through dance will be the Nisiotes,and Asteria Greek dancers.You can also learn the beautiful steps of Greek dance by participating in the free dance lessons.In addition to the great entertainment, plan to dine on delicious Greek foods, pastries, and beverages.  The parishioners of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church have been busy preparing pans of mouthwatering pastitsio (macaroniwith a delicious meat sauce topped with a crema), and dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves).  The Grill will serve upsouvlaki (pork and chicken shish- kabobs), gyros and kid friendly fare .   The village will also have a Cafenio where you can enjoy steaming Greek coffee with your favorite Greek pastries from the bakery.   Stop by the Taverna for a classic glass of Greek wine or a cold beer.The Agora (or marketplace) will delight the shopper with jewelry, apparel, cookbooks, and art.   You can pick up all your hard to find Greek grocery items at the Bakaliko (Greek grocer).  Unique pastas, cheeses and coffees are some of the items that will be available. The villagebookstore will have a large selection of reading material on the Orthodox faith, icons and other unique items for purchase.    And if you are bringing the younger ones with you, stop by the Kids Center for games, rides and more!   There is something for every age at the 16h Annual Greek Festival.Admission is $3.00 for adults and free for those 12 and under. Free admission for active military and their immediate family with ID.  For more information call (904) 829-0504 or visit of the food available includes:

Food is available A la Carte, Dinner Plate, or Combination
Dinner Plate includes Rice, Greek Salad and Bread
Combination Plate includes Pastitsio, Dolmathes, Spanakopita & Tiropita
Grilled LambSouvlaki –

 Pork or Chicken

Rizi (rice pilaf)
Greek Salad
Gyro Sandwiches – Meat or Veggie
Chicken Strips
French Fries


The Battle of Bloody Mose Commemoration in St Augustine FL

soldiers_fort_mose_5x3 THE “BATTLE OF BLOODY MOSE”


June 21-22, 2014


St. Augustine, Florida

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – June 12, 2014 – In the early morning hours of June 26, 1740, the village of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose (mo-SAY), the first, legally sanctioned free black settlement in the continental U.S., became the site of the bloodiest battle in Florida’s part in the War of Jenkins’ Ear. That day saw Florida’s Spanish soldiers, black militia, and native Yamassee auxiliaries locked in a “clash of empires” with invading English and Scottish troops from Georgia, a battle that culminated in desperate, hand-to-hand fighting as FortMose, St.   Augustine’s northern-most defense, burned around them. The decisive Spanish victory at “Bloody Mose” was one of the factors that ended British Georgia’s invasion of Spanish Florida.


On Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22, 2014, Florida Living History, Inc. (FLH – ), along with Fort Mose Historic State Park ( ) and the Fort Mose Historical Society ( ), will host the fifth, annual Battle of Bloody Mose Commemoration.  Now expanded to a two-day heritage Event, the award-winning Battle of Bloody Mose historical re-enactment will take place from 10AM to 3PM at Fort Mose Historic State Park – 15 Fort Mose Trail; St. Augustine, Florida; 32084.  White, black, and Native American re-enactors and volunteers from across Florida and the Southeast will participate in this heritage Event, presenting living-history demonstrations and interpretati

  • WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22, 2014 / 10AM to 3PM
  • WHERE:Fort Mose Historic State Park / 15 Fort Mose Trail, off of N.   Ponce de Leon Blvd./ US 1, in St. Augustine, FL
  • WHAT: Partnering with Fort Mose Historic State Park and the Fort Mose Historical Society, as well as living-history volunteers from Florida and across the Southeast, Florida Living History, Inc., will present heritage interpretations and demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday, including:


  • Saturday, 10AM – The Battle of Bloody Mose Commemoration 2014 begins; Spanish and British soldiers, militia, and auxiliaries will fire a musket and cannon volley to open this heritage Event; join us in stepping back in time to June 25, 1740 – British-occupied Fort Mose and Spanish San Agustín, the day before the fateful battle!;
  • 11AM – Re-enactment of the “Battle of Bloody Mose” by Spanish and British troops;
  • Following the battle re-enactment, living-historians will answer visitors’ questions about this significant episode in Florida’s and America’s history and pose for photographs;
  • Noon -1PM – Lunch and refreshments may be purchased on-site from food vendors; Local Fare Farm Bag ( ) will offer locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables for sale;
  • During the afternoon, listen to FLH’s member unit, Theater with a Mission, perform an excerpt from a period Spanish play;
  • Meet and talk with 18th-century living-historians throughout the Event;
  • Volunteers from the National Park Services’ Castillo de San Marcos National Monument ( ) will offer period artillery demonstrations throughout Bloody Mose 2014;
  • Demonstrations of colonial Florida textile arts will take place throughout the Event and Gullah arts and crafts will be displayed and on sale;
  • Children will have the opportunity to join members of the Florida Public Archaeology Network/Northeast Region in a fun, educational “build/discover a fort wall” activity!


  • COST: Admission to this heritage Event is free.  The Museum admission fee is $2.00 per adult; children age 5 and younger are free.
  • PARKING: Parking at Fort Mose Historic State Park is limited.  Visitors are encouraged to use the free parking at the Old Jail (167 San Marco Ave.) and travel to and from the park via the free shuttle service provided by Old Town Trolley Tours.


The National Park Service has named the annual Battle of Bloody Mose Commemoration as a Member Program of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom ( ).  Viva Florida, a division of the Florida Department of State promoting Florida culture and heritage, has named the Battle of Bloody Mose Commemoration as a 2014 Featured Event ( ).


The annual Battle of Bloody Mose heritage Event is sponsored by the 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational Florida Living History, Inc., by Fort Mose Historic State Park, and by The Fort Mose Historical Society, in partnership with Viva Florida 500, the National Park Service, and with the support of volunteers from the Fort Mose Militia and other historical re-enactment groups.  Financial support for this Event is provided, in part, by the Florida Humanities Council ( ), the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the generosity of NTE Solutions ( ).





For more information on Florida Living History, Inc., please contact us at or phone us, toll-free, at 1-877-FLA-HIST (1-877-352-4478)!




Drum Man Charters & Blackfly Outfitters on the TV Show Guided – St Augustine FL

Hey St Augustine, Check out our very own Captain James Dumas from Drum Man Charters and Vaughn Cochran from Blackfly Outfitters and the Blackfly Restaurant in St Augustine Florida on the hit show Guided!

Captain James will be guiding Vaughn on the popular World Fishing Network’s show “Guided” with host Mark Melnyk.
Mark interviews Vaughn as they fish the inshore flats around St. Augustine on one of Captain James’ fly fishing boats. Click on the image below to watch the trailer and then be sure to catch the show  Saturday, June 7th 2014, on the WFN channel in your area. The show will air at noon and again at 9:00 PM

To find out more about Captain James and Drum Man Charters check out his website. If you fish with Drum Man Charters the Blackfly will cook your fresh catch for you at the restaurant. You won’t be disappointed. Ask Captain James for more information.



Farm to Family Mobile Farmers Market in St Johns County – Information

farm1North Florida’s First Mobile Farmers Market Launches May 17th, 2014

Local nonprofit Pie in the Sky’s new flagship program, Farm to Family, is due to make it’s official public launch on Saturday, May 17 from 11 – 1 pm at Bozard Lincoln Ford, 540 Outlet Mall Blvd, St. Augustine, Florida.

Farm to Family is a mobile farmers market that sources produce from local farmers and sells it to neighborhoods throughout St. Johns County, including neighborhoods designated by the USDA as “food desert” areas.

The program is the first of its kind in the North Florida region, and was developed in collaboration with the University of Florida IFAS extension office and local farmers in Hastings, Florida. The goal of the mobile market is to bring fresh, healthy foods to neighborhoods in need with an innovative program that sustainably supports our entire local food economy. The program supports local job creation, sustainable farming practices in our area, nutrition education programming and community health.

When you buy from Farm to Family not only are you getting the freshest possible product available (we load our trucks directly from the farm on the day of delivery), but you’re also supporting local community health and education outreach, which the market is also slated to develop. All proceeds from the sale of produce with Farm to Family are rolled directly back into outreach. The truck will make a total of 10 stops at locations through St. Johns County each week to start, with plans to expand as programming grows. To learn more about market stop locations and hours, visit our website at

Farm to Family’s launch event is open to the public and will feature an official Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony, plus a blessing of the truck by retired Bishop Edward Chalfant and presentations by guest speakers Commissioner Ron Sanchez and Assistant County Administrator Jerry Cameron. Afternoon festivities will include live music by local favorite Lonesome Bert and the Skinny Lizard, tours of the mobile market, drinks and appetizers, and an opportunity to take home bags of fresh-picked produce.

For more information on Farm to Family or the launch event, please contact Malea Guiriba at 904-382-9939 or

Launch Event Information:

Pecha Kucha Night in St Augustine FL

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Pecha Kucha Night, Volume 4


Theme: Compassion

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Time: Doors open at 6 pm, Presentations begin at 7 pm.

Where: The St. Augustine Amphitheatre Conference Room (there will be signs)10271474_648396235232528_6783971572463167593_n

Admission: Free (with food by Planet Sabrez and beverage available for purchase)


Volume 4 Presenters:


Irene Arriola

Walter Coker

Derek Coghlan

Erin Rohan Smith

Warren Clark

Seth Teston

Jennifer Wolfe

Todd Neville

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Micah Gilliam


We asked the organizers of the St. Augustine Pecha Kucha how do you pronounce it and what does it all mean. Here’s what they had to say.


People ask us all the time, “What is Pecha Kucha?”


A reasonable question, given such a funny-looking term.


“Peh-cha Cooo-cha? Pay-chie?  Pah-cha?  Choo-chi”, they mumble.  Until finally, “how do you say that anyway?”


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Truth is, we don’t really know how to pronounce Pecha Kucha either.  Of course we googled it. Of course we listened to audio recordings of pronunciations.  Of course we wrote to the Executive Director of Pecha Kucha Night in Tokyo,  but to date not even our team of local organizers is 100% convinced we’re always saying it correctly.


Turns out, however, that’s quite alright.


Technically, Pecha Kucha is a Japanese term that can be loosely translated as “chit-chat” or “chatterbox”, and while experts agree the most accurate pronunciation is puh-chock-a-cha, in St. Augustine, we won’t point and laugh when the term rolls off your tongue in a chunky syllabic mess. We get it, and we sympathize. For us, the most important part of understanding Pecha Kucha has nothing to do with how its pronounced. What really matters is what it means.


Originally devised by two architects, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, in Tokyo, February 2003, Pecha Kucha, in contemporary contexts, has grown synonymous with the art of concise presentation. Speakers selected for Pecha Kucha Night (PKN) collect 20 slides and have exactly 20 seconds to “chit-chat” about each slide – forming a presentation that lasts exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds.  A typical  event will showcase anywhere from 6-10 presentations with topics that range, quite literally, from knitting to nuclear science. Some are funny. Some are serious. Some are a little bit of both. Presenters needn’t be experts on their topics, only enthusiastic in their interest1604587_612445725494246_1420185878_n and champions of an idea.


In early 2013, St. Augustine officially joined the ranks of over 700 cities worldwide to host a Pecha Kucha event of it’s very own downtown, and we’re now gearing up for Volume 4.  For us, PKN represents an evening of listening and learning, community and creativity. It exists to encourage individuals to share the things that light their fire, and to prod us collectively to keep exploring new perspectives. If you love ideas and happen to believe, like we do, that inspiration often emerges from the things we don’t understand – we invite you to join us for Pecha Kucha Night this month.  Regardless of how you utter the name, we’d love to see you there.


– PKN city organizers




Easter Sunday Sunrise Services in St Augustine FL

easterIf you’re looking for a beautiful way to start off your Easter Sunday, start with a Sunrise! Saint Augustine, Florida has two fabulous  Sunrise services on the beach that are family friendly and dog friendly too.



The Locals’ Guide attends the one out at Crescent beach and it is truly a spectacular event. If you have never gone before, I promise you  once you go it will become a tradition. Friends say the Vilano service is as equally impressive if you live over that way. Read More→

St Augustine Classical Music Festival Information and Schedule

home-slider-left1The  Eighth Annual St. Augustine Music Festival

This incredible classical music series of concerts is held in the beautiful Cathedral Basilica Church. This festival has some of the most talented musicians performing from around the globe.



Don’t miss your chance to see and hear the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra joined by internationally renowned artists presenting a variety of classical compositions.

The concerts take place over  two consecutive weekends, June 19-21 and June 26-28, 2014.

All concerts are free and start at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica. No tickets are required.



Week I

June 19 “Opening Night” SAMF Chamber Orchestra, Andrés Cárdenes; violin solo Antonio Vivaldi Violin Concertos from La Stravaganza • Concerto in e minor, Op. 4, No. 2 • Concerto in g minor, Op. 4, No. 6 • Concerto in D Major, Op. 4, No. 11 • Concerto in G Major, Op. 4, No. 12

Felix Mendelssohn • String Symphony No. 8 in D Major

June 20 “Summer Music” Stephen Robinson, Guitar Les Roettges, Flute Boyd Jones, Organ/Harpsichord

• Guitar Quintet No. 4 in D major, G. 448 Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805) • Grave assai: Fandango for guitar and harpsichord • Sonata “La Vibray” Op.2 Nr.2 for Flute and harpsichord Michel Blavet  (1700-1768) • Canonnade for solo harpsichord Claude Balbastre (1724-1799) • I Tempermenti Sonata for guitar and harpsichord Jürg Kindle (b.1960) • Imagine for solo guitar John Lennon (1940-1980) • God is Our Righteousness for guitar and organ Chris DeBlasio (1959-1993) • Elegie – Le Follet for solo flute Francois Donjon (1830-?) • Histoire du Tango for guitar and flute Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) • Bangerang! For guitar and harpsichord Marek Pasieczny (b.1980)

June 21 “Grace and Beauty” Diaz Trio/Pena Trio Ludwig van Beethoven • String Trio in C Minor, Op. 9, No. 3

Johannes Brahms • String Sextet No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 18

Week II

June 26 “Discovery” Louis Spohr • Double String Quartet No. 3 in E minor, Op. 87

Quartet I Quartet II Aurica Duca, Violin Jorge Avila, Violin Clinton Dewing, Violin Antonio Rincon, Violin Jorge Pena, Viola Colin Kiely, Viola Jin Pena, Cello Moisés Molina, Cello

Heinrich von Herzogenberg • Horn Trio in D Major, Op. 61 Eric Olson, Oboe Debra Sherrill-Ward, Horn Eugenio Urrutia-Borlando, Piano

Camille Saint-Saëns • Septet for Trumpet, two Violins, Viola, Cello, Bass and Piano Op.65 Julian Kaplan, Trumpet Jorge Avila, Violin I Aurica Duca, Violin II Jorge Pena, Viola Jin Pena, Cello Patrick Bilanchone, Bass Eugenio Urrutia-Borlando, Piano

June 27 “Piano Spectacular” Eugenio Urrutia–Borlando; Piano Johann Sebastian Bach • Goldberg Variations

June 28 “Mozart and More Mozart” SAMF Chamber Orchestra, Elisa Koljonen; violin solo • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218 • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No. 29 in A, K. 201


Foe more information or to watch the concerts streamed live, visit their website.


El Galeon and the Nao Victoria are Must Seas While visiting St Augustine FL – Tallships

As if Saint Augustine’s Bay front wasn’t beautiful enough, now these two magnificent  ships have sailed in and made it spectacular. This opportunity is as rare as two ships passing in the night. If you haven’t checked them out, you still have time to “SEAS” the day. Read More→

The New Drive Through Holiday Light Display in Jacksonville FL is a Real Kid Pleaser



If you are in the Jacksonville area, be sure to check out the new  drive through holiday lights display. It takes place at the Morocco Shrine Center nightly from November 25th, 2014 – January 5, 2015.






Jax Illuminations has created a wonderful opportunity for families to create a fun new holiday tradition. Load up the car with kids, friends and hot cocoa  and take a drive through this festive light display. Tune the car radio to the Jax Illumination radio station and get into the holiday spirit. You will weave in and out of 500,00 twinkling, dancing lights choreographed to holiday music. On my recent visit I was amazed at how perfectly timed this display was with the music. They did an outstanding job synchronizing the lights and holiday music. The lights shine brilliantly against the night sky as they sparkle and  flash in perfect harmony. Kids will love seeing Santa’s Sleigh all lit up in dazzling lights …  not to mention the 30 foot  Christmas tree.

Admission to the display is only $20 per carload during the week and $25 on weekends. Be sure to like them on Facebook  or follow them on twitter as they are running specials on certain nights. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit a number of local charities in the Jacksonville area.



This year Jax Illuminations is also running two contests for the kids. Check their website for more information and contest rules. “Name Next Year’s Light Show” – the winner will receive a brand new bicycle and “Design a Display” – winners will be able to help Jax Illuminations with the special design of their creation to be on display in the show next year.

The Morocco Shrine Center is located at 3800 St. Johns Bluff Road S.

Hours are from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm nightly

For more information: Call 904-316-5673






Ripley’s Red Train is a Fun Way to See the Nights of Lights in St Augustine


The Locals’ Guide to Saint Augustine may be compensated through the links in the post below, but the opinions are our own.

Ripley’s Red Trains Nights of Lights Tours

Get your tickets early! Click here to buy.

Looking to get into the holiday spirit? The Ripley’s Red Train is a great way to do just that. They offer tours every night of the week. We recently took the ride and had such a great time on board! The Red Train is a fantastic way to see St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights. The ride is complete with Christmas carols, a bit of history, candy canes and best of all your magic glasses! Read More→

Ten Fun Things to Do in St Augustine FL

In town to go shopping on St. George Street or visit the Fort?  Wondering what else to do in the Oldest City? Here are a few ideas. Read More→