With so much going on these past few weeks in St. Augustine, it’s been hard to get all the wonderful community stuff in, so the “weekend” slideshow this week will also include photos from events around town – including a recent anniversary celebration of 15 years of the popular Open Mic performances by local musicians on Thursdays (5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) at the historic Tradewinds Lounge.
And speaking of Aviles – while its not the usual to mix news coverage with community features, please note that during this past Friday’s Art Walk, Aviles Street – though crowded with pedestrians, was open to traffic. It had been closed over the past three months to traffic during Art Walk. Many of the business owners and residents feel this is an accident waiting to happen and near misses observed Friday night were something the city needs to note.
Also see last week’s examiner.com article and slideshow documenting the problem: Its not just trucks, business owners say traffic on Aviles is becoming a hazard
Please note that photos included in the slideshow are not meant to pick on vehicle drivers or pedestrians – but to bring attention to the problem.
233 West King is an art gallery located in the West King Business District, near the historic downtown. It features monthly exhibits of rising and well-established regional and national artists who are new to the St. Augustine arts community. Artists are selected across a full range of mediums and styles and offer a point of view that is unique and engaging.
Also this past week – an instructional gathering by the Historic Florida Militia was held at the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse and featured information on clothing from the 16th century to prepare local reenactors for the upcoming Florida 500th celebrations commemorating Florida’s discovery next year.
Michelle Reyna and Elaine Fraser organized the session. “With 2013 the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s landing, we need to be correct,” said Michelle.
Other advise included hand-sewn eyelets rather than grommets, civilian clothes overlaid with armor rather than uniforms, and – especially – natural fibers.
“You don’t want to be in polyester around black (gun)powder,” reenactor and retired history professor John Powell cautioned.
“Forget grommets,” Brian Bowman added, advising that 16th century clothing “made do sewing eyelets.”
The garb was everyday – for the day. To be a soldier, you donned what you could afford for protection and armament.
More will be presented Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in a School of 1513, offering patterns of clothing for men and women of the period, and instruction in and demonstrations of arms and equipment.
***Special thanks to George Gardner of the Gardner Report, who attended the event, and Scott Manny of SA Entertainer for the photos. Subscribe to the email Gardner Report
The annual Fourth of July Fireworks at the Castillo de San Marco Fort attracted thousands of spectators to the old city downtown. Special thanks to the staff of the St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum for the amazing view.
Also – if you haven’t been by the St. Augustine Art Association at 22 Marine Street to see the new Drake’s Raid Art Y Fact Exhibit, it’s a must! See story of the Grand Opening and artifacts slideshow here.