Discover First America! Adventure Program
A 450th Commemoration Event
Attend one of Discover First America! Adventure Program presentations and get your St. Augustine 450th Commemoration passport. Souvenir passport stampings will be provided at each program! This free, six-part entertainment series explores facets of St. Augustine’s rich history and culture. Each program will begin at 7 pm, with the doors opening at 6 pm for seating, lobby displays, information, and book signings. The program is presented by the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration in partnership with Flagler College, Florida Power & Light Company, and each program sponsor.
Jan 8 Journey: Vignettes of St. Augustine’s African-American History Chapters of St. Augustine’s lengthy African-American history will come alive throughout this program. The lives of the first African-Americans will be portrayed. Also, the program will feature a reenactment of the famous Civil Rights period sit-in at the Woolworth’s lunch counter. This program is sponsored by Tour St. Augustine and St. Augustine Black Heritage Tours.
Jan 19 Let Freedom Ring This program is brought to the St. Augustine community on the eve of the opening of the 450th Commemoration signature exhibition titled Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience. The program will feature remembrances of landmark events that occurred in St. Augustine during the 1960s by those who witnessed and experienced the events. Also, Florida Memorial College alumni will recount their important role in the Civil Rights Movement. The evening will conclude with a gospel choir performance. This program is sponsored by the St. Augustine New World Center Foundation, Inc.
Feb 26 Fortress of Freedom: The Story of Fort Mose The story of Fort Mose, America’s first freed black settlement, will be told by scholars, re-enactors and state park officials. Also, Bob Moore, a composer for the St. Augustine Orchestra, will perform Someday, which was written by Moore to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. This program is sponsored by Fort Mose State Park.
Mar 12 In White America This is a special performance and preview of Flagler College’s full play titled In White America. The absorbing African-American story will be brought to life on stage. From a letter revealing the heart and soul of a runaway slave to a moving speech by a southern senator in justification of lynching to portraits of Booker T. Washington, each scene has an emotional story. This program is sponsored by Flagler College.
Dec 5 Calling All Tories and Patriots, Too! Towne Meeting On this night, the British will take over Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the British reign and the eve of St. Augustine’s annual British Nightwatch. Jesse Fish, a British Colonial entrepreneur and opportunist, will keep the audience on its toes with his unique mannerisms and wit. Daniel Schafer, British Colonial scholar and professor emeritus at the University of North Florida, will recount life and politics in British St. Augustine. The evening will conclude with colonial dance and demonstrations. This program is sponsored by Tour St. Augustine and City Walks.
Nov 6 Secrets of the Spanish Colonial Archives This program will be the official debut of the Catholic Diocese digital archives developed by Professor Michael Francis of the University of South Florida in collaboration with Vanderbilt University. The program will also provide the audience with a sneak peek of the foods and wines available at Colonial Quarter’s Spanish Mercado with demonstrations of Spanish cuisine. The Colonial Quarter will sponsor a performance by The Picolata Players (a high-energy, historic entertainment show featuring singing, dancing, magic and comedy).