The Pirates are Coming!

THE SACK OF ST. AUGUSTINE: CAPT. ROBERT SEARLE’S RAID OF 1668


Relive a horrible day in history as the Historic Florida Militia re-enacts the Sack of St. Augustine. The sack occurred in 1668, when Capt. Robert Searle and his pirates sailed from Jamaica to loot the silver ingots held in the royal coffers at St. Augustine. The raiders will have an encampment set up at the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park on Magnolia Drive, where visitors can experience authentic 17th century arms, equipment and food Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, the buccaneers will proceed to the Plaza de la Constitucion where at 5 p.m. they will attack Spanish soldiers and St. Augustine citizens. Townspeople and soldiers flee up St. George Street to the Redoubt at Orange and Cordova Streets in the Historic District. For more information, call 904.534.6168, visit www.Searlesbucs.com.

ALSO THIS WEEKEND:

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK

Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at more than 20 St. Augustine art galleries. Park free at the San Sebastian Winery, 157 King Street, where sightseeing trains and trolleys offer free round-trips to the heart of the art district – or go on your own self-guided art walk. Galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 904.829.0065 or visit www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com.

FIRST FRIDAY MUSIC AT THE BASILICA

Stop by the Cathedral Basilica to listen to a First Friday Art Walk concert by soprano Hsiao-Ling Wang; metzzo soprano, Janet Rabe-Meyer; and organist Judy Brown. The concert begins at 6 p.m. and admission is free. The Cathedral Basilica is located on Cathedral Place along St. Augustine’s Plaza de La Constitucion. For more information, call 904.824.2896.