Downtown Neighbors: Downtown is a Busy Place

By Irene Arriola

Posted: St Augustine Record – March 15, 2012

There’s so much to catch up on now that the season of pneumonia and bronchitis has hopefully come to an end and I’m back in the proverbial saddle again.

It appears that spring has come early on the heels of a most temperate winter. You’ve probably noticed that our streets have been teeming with a steady stream of visitors since last fall. This week we’ll be sharing the roads with all of the bikers here to attend the annual Bike Week festivities in and around Daytona. St. Augustine continues to be recognized with all sorts of accolades, which help increase the public’s awareness of our fair city.


■ Hats off to everyone who made last weekend’s St Patrick’s Day Parade and the second annual Celtic Festival successful events. There was no shortage of green-clad people roaming the streets and the music coming from Francis Field made your toes tap even if you were just driving by. John Meehan of Meehan’s Irish Pub and Seafood House on the bayfront, John and Sherrie Cunningham of Ann O’Malley’s Deli and Pub on Orange Street and other members of Romanza helped put together this exciting venue which featured Celtic foods, Scottish games, bagpipes galore and Irish dancing. Be sure to stop by Meehan’s, Ann O’Malley’s and the Barley Republic on Spanish Street as they continue the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day throughout the week.

■ A belated “Happy Anniversary” to the people at Herbie Wiles who recently celebrated their 50th anniversary of being in business here in St Augustine.

■ The next time you see downtown residents Cathy Brown and Jean Troemel, be sure to curtsey or bow and address them as Dames Brown and Troemel. Both women were knighted at the Plaza de la Constitucion this past Sunday for their tireless contributions to the community.

The ceremony included participants from the St. Augustine Easter Week Royal Trio and Family wearing period clothing and entertainment provided by the Sally Walton Dancers and the Sally Walton River House Dancers.

■ St. Augustine Art Association board member Kay Burtin was recently honored for her years of service to the organization and for her contribution toward building the association’s permanent art collection. Friends and family watched her receive a Certificate of Recognition presented by Mayor Joe Boles on behalf of the City of St Augustine. A portrait of Burtin by acclaimed artist Richard Weaver was unveiled at the event and will always serve as a reminder of her continued dedication to the arts.

■ The St. Johns Cultural Council will be recognizing four women for their lifetime achievements and contributions to the arts in St Johns County on March 25, when it honors Shirley Bryce, Barbara Minckley, Sister Diane Couture and Kay Burtin as the ROWITA recipients for 2012. The public is invited to the celebration starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave.

Save the dates:

■ Join Bob Patterson and Joe Mark at the Aviles Street Gallery this Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. for a book signing of their new book, “Dorothy.” Authored by Patterson with watercolor illustrations by Joe Mark, it’s a life story of a remarkable Florida woman who lived through some incredible times. The two men will also provide their own musical entertainment for your enjoyment — a double treat.

■ There’s a new artist in town and you can find her work on exhibit at 57 Treasury located at 144 King St. Kathryn Carr has focused her talent on the art of paper cutting. Taking her inspiration from the German paper cut art Scherenschnitte (Sharon-SNIT-tah), each piece tells its own story in a most delightful way. Stop by and check out her work and then visit her at Call 827-1707 for hours.

■ Enzo Torcoletti and Joe Segal are the featured artists at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum through April 13. Colleagues and friends for over 20 years, this is their first time exhibiting together with the Form and Figure show. On March 21 at 7 p.m. they will hold a “Conversation with the Artists” at the museum and the pubic is invited to attend. The museum is at 48 Sevilla St. For information, go to

■ Downtown residents and local architects, Roxanne Horvath and Peter Rumpel will be among the featured artists at the Architectural Counterpoints show being held at the Museum of Florida Art in DeLand. The opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. March 23. For information, go to

Our condolences:

■ David Monroe Andrews, devoted husband, father and grandfather, respected attorney and an excellent friend left us in February of this year. A true gentleman with a dry wit and a passion for the outdoors, he will be missed by many.

■ Jim and Marcia Byles of the Villa Zorayda Museum recently lost Jim’s mother, Leila V. Byles, at the age of 95. She had an amazing life with a rich history, which she continued after she retired to Davis Shores in the mid-70s.

■ A lifelong resident and faithful member of the Cathedral Basilica, Connie Tringali passed away in early February. She leaves behind her brothers, Domenic and Sam Tringali and a host of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.


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