Brown Bag Lunch – Scott Grant: 1942 Nazi U-Boat Attack on the SS Gulfamerica off the Coast of Jacksonville

Last month a new monument was erected in Jacksonville Beach commemorating the tragic death of 19 men on the SS Gulfamerica, a tanker attacked by Nazi U-Boats in 1942. Local historian, Scott Grant, will be at the Main Library presenting on the horrifying attack that happened so close to Jacksonville Beach that the explosion was seen from St. Augustine to St. Mary’s, Georgia.

Grant holds a degree in History and Economics from Cornell University and uses his vast knowledge of local history to share the details of the night the SS Gulfamerica was torpedoed by a Nazi submarine. His presentations inspired the Ponte Vedra and Neptune Beach chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution to fund the placement of a memorial commemorating these 19 men. He is also the president and CEO of Standfast Asset Management, LLC.

This program is free and open to the public. Seating begins at 11:00 am and the presentation starts at 11:30 am.  Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine.  For additional information, please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Full Strawberry Moon Kayak Ecotour

The June Full Moon is called the Full Strawberry Moon. This Full Moon got its name from the Algonquin tribes who knew it as a signal to gather the ripening fruit of wild strawberries.

Grab a paddle and don’t miss this once a month opportunity to watch the sun set over the Matanzas Basin, while the moon rises to reveal her fabulous full shining light!

The Earth and Moon are ready to change the tide as you paddle in a “glowing” firefly kayak with a Certified Ripple Effect Guide. Swirls of color paint the night as we take you on an excursion into the natural mystery of the estuary. Your senses will come alive as the moonlight twinkles against the darkening water. Encounter wildlife heading out for their nightly hunts, wading birds settling in for the night, fish jumping, and night-sounds aplenty on this one-of-a- kind ecoadventure.

No kayaking experience is necessary and the tour is suitable for ages 10 and up. The cost is $55 for adults and $45 ages 15 and under. This cost includes all top-of-the-line kayaking equipment, full instruction, guide service, and even complimentary passes to Marineland Dolphin Adventures!

Reservations are required so please book online at or call 904-347-1565.

Date Night! Full Moon Kayak Ecotour by Ripple Effect Ecotours

This month the full moon falls on a Saturday, and you know what that means – it’s Date Night! Grab your sweetie, your mom, and your bff, and join us for this once a month experience! The Earth and Moon are ready to change the tide as you paddle with a Certified Ripple Effect Guide. Swirls of color paint the night as we take you into the natural mystery of the estuary. Wildlife will surprise you around every bend as birds dive and soar, and the salt marsh unveils its beauty. Reservations are required, so visit us on the web at and/or call (904) 347-1565

All costs include the finest kayaking equipment and guided service at $55 for adults.

Business Premier Expo

The Business Premier Expo is on Oct. 6, 2018 at the Mark Lance Armory in St. Augustine. Enter on the red carpet, come and learn about area businesses that can help you with your home and business needs. There will be prizes and fun! Don’t miss out! Go to for more information for entrance and vendor opportunities.

Star Gazing at TrailMark

The Ancient City Astronomy Club will join the TrailMark community for our second star gazing event at the TrailMark amenity center. Attendees are welcome to bring their own telescopes but it is not required. The ACAC will be available will telescopes and to help identify the items visible during the event.

Furry Paws Festival

Welcome to the Furry Paws Festival. We are raising awareness and donations for K9s for Warriors while having a fun community day with activities, food trucks, canine demonstrations, face painting and entertainment. Area businesses and sponsors will be showcasing what they can provide to the community. Admission is free, but donations for K9s for Warriors are certainly encouraged.

This will be held
May 18th from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (rain or shine)
World Golf Village Neighborhood Dog Park
3500 International Golf Parkway
St. Augustine, FL 32092

Music Fest 2019 – Vilano Beach

Plan a weekend stay this Mother’s Day in Vilano Beach, Florida! This year’s annual MUSIC FEST 2019 is set for Saturday, May 11th overlooking the beautiful Atlantic Ocean at the Vilano Beach Oceanfront Park. Bands featured at this Great Florida Event are “Peach Life” and “Not Quite Dead” – two of the area’s most popular groups celebrating the tunes of the Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers. The annual MUSIC FEST is one of the many cultural events sponsored by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association in partnership with VISIT FLORIDA.

Food trucks * Music * Raffles * Arts and Craft Vendors * Games * More Food * Drinks

TICKETS – online at or at the gate.

Saturday * May 11 – 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Vilano Beach Oceanfront Park – 2750 Anahma Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32084

The Vilano Beach Music Fest is produced by Vilano Beach Main Street and is funded in part by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, VISIT FLORIDA and community sponsors.

Florida Transportation History: Planes, Trains, & Automobiles (& Steamboats too!)

To finish our esteemed speaker’s series, the Lightner Museum is pleased to welcome Dr. Noll from the University of Florida to give audiences an opportunity to more fully understand how transportation played a pivotal part in the development of Florida. This history as territory and state can be told through the changing methods of transportation designed to move people and goods both to Florida and within Florida. Examining the changing transportation networks in the state, this presentation shows how Florida moved from a backwoods frontier to one of the most important states in the union. Tying transportation history to social history, this presentation moves from Bellamy Road of the 1820s to the modern transportation issues facing Florida in the 21st century. This is a free event. Registration is required and can be made online at

May the 4th Be With You at Jacksonville Ice!

May the 4th be with you on the ice! Celebrate Star Wars Day at Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex May 4th from 12 pm – 2 pm! Dress as your favorite character and learn to be a galactic warrior, while enjoying ice skating with the whole family. Admission includes:

-Free Light Sabers for the first 125 Padawans (Ages 14 & Under)
-Character Meet & Greet
-Light Saber Training (Ages 14 & Under)
-Costume Contest
-Activity Page
-Ice Skating until 4pm

Pre-sale tickets are just $15 and are available online! Hurry, spots are limited!

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Brown Bag Lunch: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and St. Augustine

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, the author of the classic The Yearling and known primarily for her relationship with the people of Cross Creek, Florida, also had very significant ties to St. Augustine. She bought her cottage in Crescent Beach in 1939, spending time in that locale in addition to Cross Creek. In 1942 she married Norton Baskin who owned and managed the Castle Warden Hotel in St. Augustine. These and the years that followed in St. Augustine and Crescent Beach were the years of Cross Creek, Cross Creek Cookery, the Zelma Cason lawsuit, World War II, and The Sojourner.

Barbara C. Wingo is an historian and attorney. She is the president of the Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm, Inc. She received her Ph.D. in United States history from Tulane University and worked in the General Counsel’s Office and as an adjunct history professor at the University of Florida for over 30 years. She is a member of the Historic Architectural Review Board of St. Augustine and is a past president of the St. Augustine Historical Society. She currently serves as an officer and as a board member of a number of history, historic preservation, law and music-related organizations.

This program is free and open to the public. Seating begins at 11:00 am and the presentation starts at 11:30 am. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine. For additional information, please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.