Arts & Culture

St. Augustine Prepares to Unveil Monument to Honor Civil Rights Icon

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Workers were back-filling dirt and blowing leaves off a new monument in the Plaza de la Constitucion on Wednesday.

The piece, to be unveiled Saturday, honors a little-known event in the Civil Rights movement, Andrew Young's crossing.

"450 years of history and only 47 years ago, we had one of the most profound histories that changed our nation, changed our culture," explained John Regan, St. Augustine city manager.

Young was leading a group of activists into the Plaza on June 9, 1964, when an opposing group stopped them and began to beat Young in the intersection of King Street and St. George Street.
That intersection will be re-named Saturday as "Andrew Young Crossing" in honor of his leadership that day. 

Museum Researchers Discover Oldest Spanish Mission Church in St. Augustine

Archaeologists welcome media to the site where they discovered a more than 300-year-old church Friday from the first Franciscan mission in Florida.

The Pirate Museum Brings Silver Screen Pirates to Life this May

The Pirate Museum Brings Silver Screen Pirates to Life this May

The silver screen’s feyest pirate, Jack Sparrow, is back and up to no sober good in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides. And moviegoers can cash in at The Pirate Museum.

Endeavour Through Your Eyes

Endeavour Through Your Eyes

Send your Endeavour pics to mycommunity@firstcoastnews.com

Whetstone Offers Chocolate Tours to Tickle Your Taste Buds.

Whetstone Offers Chocolate Tours to Tickle Your Taste Buds.

Ready to become a chocolate aficionado? St. Augustine’s original chocolate tours offer a delectable behind-the-scenes look at the art and science of artisan chocolate-making.

The Whetstone Chocolates’ factory tour, a guided 55-minute chocolate extravaganza, begins at the Whetstone retail store at 139 King Street. The excursions take visitors next door to the 7,800 square foot Whetstone Chocolates’ factory, where chocolatiers are hard at work producing the fine artisan chocolates for which Whetstone has made its name for more than four decades.

Civil Rights Monument Unveiling

Civil Rights Monument Unveiling, Public Reception The St. Augustine Foot Soldiers Remembrance Project invites everyone to the unveiling of the Foot Soldiers Monument, which is dedicated to the many activists involved in the St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement.  The ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2011, in St. Augustine's Plaza de la Constitución.  Speakers will share the history of the 1960's events, and bands will provide entertainment.  Following the ceremony, there will be a public reception at A1A Ale House at 1 King St., St. Augustine.  Both events are free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.  For more information, please search for the St. Augustine Foot Soldier Monument Unveiling on Facebook or contact Dr. Casey Welch at cwelch@flagler.edu or 904-826-8544.

Free Trolley Schedule (Provided by Old Town Trolley)

Whetstone Chocolates of St. Augustine Offers Chocolate Camp for Kids

Whetstone Chocolates of St. Augustine Offers Chocolate Camp for Kids

For the first time in history, Whetstone Chocolates of St. Augustine will offer kids an opportunity to become real gourmet chocolatiers through its Chocolate Camp for Kids programs. This June and July, the 7,800 square foot, air-conditioned Whetstone factory will be open to kids ages 9-12 who want to learn the sweet secrets behind Whetstone’s most beloved chocolate creations.