Arts & Culture

Thomas Arvid Personal Appearance at Galeria del Mar

Thomas Arvid Personal Appearance at Galeria del Mar

New art from Thomas Arvid will be exhibited at Galeria del Mar (9 King Street, St. Augustine, FL) on August 26th and August 27th. This exhibition has been designed for those who love the arts and will include new original works as well as several new limited edition releases. This will be an exciting weekend event and we encourage all art lovers to come by the gallery and meet this “Master of the Modern Still Life”. Galeria del Mar will be unveiling Arvid’s newest major original oil painting to the art collecting community , “Golden Opportunity” a 30” x 48” canvas depicting 6 bottles of Far Niente. Thomas will be available to the public on Saturday from 12:00pm until 4:00pm for book signings and bottle dedications.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Update

Limelight Theatre announces that Murder in the Olde City, the interactive, entertaining murder mystery show currently showing at the Raintree Restaurant's dinner theatre venue, will play every Sunday through the end of August. For all shows, dinner is served at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. (suggested arrival time is 5:30 p.m.)

Bon Beer Voyage

Bon Beer Voyage

Bon Beer Voyage, a specialty tour company for craft beer enthusiasts run by a Florida couple, will be hosting the old city’s first-ever St. Augustine, Florida Weekend Beer Safari September 23-25, 2011. Rates for the weekend tour are specially priced at $475 per person double occupancy and $575 per person for single occupancy.

Fall Drawing and Painting Courses

Fall Drawing and Painting Courses

Joan F. Tasca’s Drawing and Painting Courses at Dow Museum

Enjoy learning to Paint and Draw in the inspiring atmosphere of the Dow Museum of Historic Houses.  Joan holds a B.F.A. with a concentration in painting from the University of Delaware and received Art Education Certification from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and had attended youth art programs at Moore College of Art and Philadelphia Museum College of Art.  Her work is in private collections, and has won awards.  Her courses all focus on learning to “see” as an artist and encourage working from actual subjects, whether students explore objective (realism) or non-objective (abstraction, etc.) work. Beginners learn basics while intermediate/advanced focus on personal style and expressing an idea or concept.  You may want to paint or draw or both, and try realism or lean toward abstraction or non-representational art.  It is wise to look at genre in art history for realism, such as landscape, portraiture, still-life, history and genre scenes.  If you are exploring non-representational art, you should research the appropriate art history period, with instructor help.   See Joan’s bio at

Failing the worm test. Now on to a house with chickens

So we did the test. The worm test. Vermicomposting worms. The kind that eat table scraps and leftover vegetable bits and human flesh. (No, I’m making that last part up.)

My wife said: “If we can keep worms alive then it will be a great test for how we’ll do with chickens.”

Chickens have been her dream for years. Laying hens. Big, fluffy fowl that you wear on your shoulder like a parrot. Who guard your house while furnishing you with eggs. Who bring love and joy and eat everything in your yard, down to the bricks, which they would also eat if only they had sledgehammers.

So first we did worms to see how we would manage. To see if we could do it. To see if we could keep them alive.  

And … well … we killed them all!

Hundreds Turn Out for St. Augustine's 450th Federal Commemoration Commission Meeting

Hundreds Turn Out for St. Augustine's 450th Federal Commemoration Commission Meeting

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- As tourists strolled through the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine Monday, the park's manager was one of about 400 people who gathered to listen to the first meeting of a federal committee. 

It's the 450th St. Augustine Commemoration Commission, one of the entities planning the programs around the celebration.

"I'm excited. We love to get our teeth into things like this. As you see I dress in 16th century style garb for these things," said John Stavely, manager for the Fountain of Youth exhibit.

He and others were dressed in colonial costumes for the meeting.

U.S. Rep. John Mica and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) were there along with the U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. 

Friends of A1A Collaborate with Local Artists For New Travelogue

At the Florida Scenic Highways State Conference held recently at the Hilton Bayfront Inn on June 8, 9 and 10, more than eighty scenic highway leaders saw the premiere viewing of the new A1A video: A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway, A Road That Takes You Everywhere – Always An Adventure.