Arts & Culture

St. Augustine Comes to Life (and Goes to Bed) in New Children's Book

St. Augustine Comes to Life (and Goes to Bed) in New Children's Book

It’s bedtime in the nation’s oldest city! Sweet Dreams, St. Augustine, a children’s book written and illustrated by Diane Thompson Cortese, takes readers on a moonlit tour of St. Augustine, capturing the city’s essence and celebrating its Spanish-inspired architecture, historic landmarks, flavorful Minorcan culture and natural treasures. St. Augustine comes to life and goes to bed in this vividly illustrated lullaby.  “I love, love, love this book,” says Michelle Smith, certified Kindermusik teacher and St. Augustine resident. “The author brings our children on a kid’s eye view of St. Augustine with many of our favorite sights, sounds and smells. The artwork is just beautiful and I can’t wait to read it to my classes.”

Assassins Opens This Week at Limelight Theatre

Limelight Theatre of St. Augustine presents Assassins on the Matuza Main Stage, opening this week. Limelight's Opening Night Gala on Friday, June 17 features free Champagne and a meet-and-greet with the cast and hors d'oeuvres after the show--all for the regular ticket price. Thursday, June 16 is preview night with all seats priced at $10.

High Honors for Ad Agency

At the American Advertising Federation’s National ADDY competition, one small multicultural agency truly shined. Playing in the big leagues, Brunet-García Advertising won three gold and one silver national awards – the most of any agency in Florida and the Caribbean. Only one other multicultural/Hispanic agency received an award at the national level. The winners were selected from 1,382 entries from a full range of advertising agencies around the country.

BG received Gold ADDY awards for the Block x Block Illustrations, the Players by the Sea “The Full Monty” poster and the Players by the Sea poster series. A Silver ADDY was also awarded for the Players by the Sea building design.

Andrew's Crossing Unveiled in St. Augustine

Andrew's Crossing Unveiled in St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- An intersection integral to the civil rights movement has officially been renamed.

The intersection of King and St. George Streets in St. Augustine is now Andrew Young Crossing. 

"It more than makes up for the gathering that was here in 1964," said Young.

On June 9th, 1964, Young was attempting to lead a non-violent march through the Plaza de la Constitucion when he and other activists were stopped by violence.
Young was beaten.

"I don't even remember bleeding.  Nothing hurt me.  I just got knocked out quickly," said Young.

Today, Young finally got to finish that walk through the plaza. Instead of resistance, this time Young received applause as he walked through Andrew Young Crossing.
Metal footprints mark the intended path that civil rights leaders say "foot soldiers" should have been able to take so many years ago.

As Airline Baggage Policies Change After Troop Luggage Controversy, One Vietnam Vet Reflects

As Airline Baggage Policies Change After Troop Luggage Controversy, One Vietnam Vet Reflects

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Several airlines have now changed their active duty luggage policy after a YouTube video of two disgruntled soldiers went viral.

The video shows the duo visibly upset with Delta for charging them $200 for an extra bag.

The clip has one local Vietnam Veteran reflecting on his long trip home in 1966.

"I was proud, I was a second leuitenant," said Reid Oxley. 

He was just 22 years old when he was shipped out to Vietnam in 1965. After a 13 month deployment, he says they were on their own to get home.

"We bought out own ticket, with our own money and we were put on stand by. So we just had to sleep there until a flight became available," he said.  

 When he finally landed on US soil, Oxley says he had to change out of uniform because the anti-war sentiment was so strong.

"As veterans coming home we were held accountable for even serving over there," he said.

David Ouellette at the Rotunda Gallery at the St. Johns County Administration Building

David Ouellette at the Rotunda Gallery at the St. Johns County Administration Building

Renowned artist, David Ouellette will exhibit a collection of original pieces in the Rotunda Gallery located in the  St. Johns County Administration Building. An opening reception will be held Tuesday morning  from 8:15a.m. to 9:00a.m. just before the Board of County Commissioner’s meeting. The event is open to the public and all are invited to enjoy refreshments while viewing the show and meeting the artist.

Seasons and Conservation in our Coastal Region Exhibit

Beaches Museum & History Center will display a series of artistic representations of Florida environments from regional artists, painters and photographers.