Important news: For those of you who had been planning to pick up a beautiful orchid or two for Mother’s Day while supporting the annual Orchids for Hospice event on May 12, this event has sadly been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. This beautiful and important event will be back in 2013 and we’ll see you then.

City merchant, Shelly Bingham, had her San Marco Avenue business featured in the April 2012 issue of Southern Living. The St Augustine Paper Co was one of only nine “paper stores” that were promoted under the banner of “Queens of Correspondence.” Visit Shelly at or stop by 72 San Marco Avenue to see her line of letterpress-printing greeting cards and other paper products.

Valencia Street resident, Jerry Peters, announced that the annual Model Land block party held this past Saturday was a huge success. This year’s theme was Cinco de Mayo and Luis Maria Peral provided live Latin music. Over 60 neighbors indulged themselves with great food, dancing and a lively game involving a piñata. I had asked for a photo but Jerry said everyone was having too much fun to stand still.

Jean Rahner reminds us that A Classic Theatre kicks off Romanza Week in May with the world premiere of Cross Roads: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Norton S Baskin in Unguarded Moments, written by Deborah B Dickey. Based on the couple’s letters, their voices come alive in pivotal moments of their relationship. Performances start at 7:30 on May 14, 15 and 16 in the Flagler Room on the campus of Flagler College at 74 King Street. Tickets are $20 and reservations can be made by calling 829-5807.

Everyone is invited to the Power of an Hour fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club. On May 15, citizens are invited to what might be called “Speed Charity,” where a collective impact in the lives of St Augustine youth can be made in 60 minutes. A 10-minute presentation, 10 minutes of questions and answers, a tour of the club and the collection of donations with celebration refreshments will fill out the hour with no fuss, no thrills and a down-to-business philanthropic opportunity. The idea is get caring individuals to accomplish together what cannot be done alone. To participate or for more information, contact Jennifer Tesori, liaison and youth advocate, at 669.0107 or [email protected]. See you there.

The St Augustine Community Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary celebration will feature James and Sylvia Kalal, acoustic guitarists from Ohio, who will be playing Vivaldi’s Guitar Concerto in D. Also performing at the concert will be the St Augustine Youth Orchestra made up of 33 elementary school string players from Murray and Webster Middle Schools and private pupils of Dorothy Barrett, Sherry Nelson, Victoria Scarlett and Rocco diGeorgio. May 18th the performance will beheld at the Lightner Museum Antique Courtyard and it starts at 8pm. On May 20th an encore performance will be held at the Ponte Vedra United Methodist Church at 76 South Roscoe Boulevard. For tickets and information, please visit

Loosen up your throwing arm and get yourself down to the first ever Pie in the Sky Pie Hole Tournament being held at Simple Gestures (4 White Street, just past Gypsy Cab on Anastasia Boulevard) on Saturday, May 19th from 10-4. This is the annual spring fundraiser and everyone is invited. Pie in the Sky is the grassroots, fill in the cracks, Hastings non-profit organization that gives away more than 4,000 pounds of food every week to folks in need and that doesn’t begin to describe the other services they provide. Lonesome Bert & the Skinny Lizards and The Skinny will provide live music, there’ll be hot dogs and of course, there will be fabulous pie. A silent auction for one-of-a-kind art on a lamp will be held thanks to the many artists who have donated and decorated a lamp – so come help “light the way” for this incredibly dedicated group to continue their work. For more info, call 827-9997 or visit

Downtown resident, Kathy Schirmacher, reminds us that the St Augustine Community Chorus and the St Augustine Children’s Chorus will be performing “Four Rebels with a Cause” on May 20th starting at 3:15 at the Ancient City Baptist Church at 27 Sevilla Street. The rebels include Giovanni Gabrielli, Richard Wagner, Igor Stravinsky and Leonard Bernstein. Tickets are available at Herbie Wiles Insurance, CNL Bank First Coast, Music Matters, Anastasia Books, the Print Shop and Southern Horticulture or you can go on-line to

Downtown resident, Sue Agresta, is inviting everyone to the Lincolnville Spring Music Fair on May 20th. A full day of free music starting at 11am at the Lincolnville Farmer’s Market which is located behind the recently reopened Willie Gallimore Center on the south end of Riberia Street. Old Town Trolley Tours will be sending free trolleys from their Old Jail depot on San Marco Ave every hour on the hour. There’ll be activities for kids, arts and craft vendors and all the regular food merchants as well. Call 217-0624 with questions.

Get out your sunhats and sunscreen and enjoy.


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