History, Food, and Music this Weekend


ST. AUGUSTINE BLACK HISTORY TOURJoin this two-hour tour that highlights over 400 years of African American history in the nation’s oldest city. Tour guide Howard (Xhabbo) Lewis, will provide a narrative about Pedro Menendez, Ft. Mose, the Plaza Market, Dr. Alexander Darnes, the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincolnville (formerly called “Africa”), the Civil Rights Era and more of the African-American history which is an integral part of the rich legacy of St. Augustine. The tour departs from Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, 19 San Marco Avenue at 10 a.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for Romanza members and $10 for children 12 and younger. To reserve your ticket, call 904.501.6878, or visit www.RomanzaFl.org


First Food: St. Augustine and the Birth of American Cuisine.
EL FESTIN DE SAN JUANLos Companeros de la Cocina (The Companions of the Kitchen), a group of re-enactors and historians will present exhibits and programs about authentic and historically-accurate 16th century Florida cuisine and culinary customs. Presentations will include Native American, Spanish colonial, French and Hispano-African foods. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Colonial Spanish Quarter’s De Mesa Yard, located at 29 St. George Street in St. Augustine’s historic district. For more information, call 407.345.3127 visit www.FloridaLivingHistory.org , or emailinfo@loscompanerosdelacocina.org

ST. AUGUSTINE MUSIC FESTIVALDon’t miss the opening performance of the 2010 edition of the St. Augustine Music Festival! Featuring a different concert daily Sunday through Friday, the festival includes musicians from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Ritz Chamber Players joined by guest artists to offer a variety of classical compositions. All of the festival’s concerts will take place at the beautiful Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, 38 Cathedral Place. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. The festival opens on Sunday with a special Father’s Day concert at 2 p.m., followed by different performances each evening at 7:30 p.m. The schedule is: Monday, Summer’s Music; Tuesday, Grace and Beauty; Wednesday, Mozart and More; Thursday, Piano Spectacular; and Friday, Back to Bach. For more information, visit www.staugustinemusicfestival.org