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January 18-20: Super blood moon and total lunar eclipse

Eclipse 2019: A Super Blood Wolf Moon will appear between January 20 and 21 (Image: GETTY)

Next total lunar eclipse won’t be until May 2021

The total lunar eclipse includes a super Moon where a full moon appears 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual!

The full moon can be viewed throughout the weekend of January 18-20, with the lunar eclipse beginning the night of January 20.

Ready to see the FULL MOON from the top of the tower at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum? Dark of the Moon Ghost Tours are on the schedule:

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 18
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 19
  • 7:30 p.m. Sunday, January 20

Hear history and hauntings of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and climb the tower at night, with a few of the super blood moon.

RSVP HERE

More about the super blood moon total lunar eclipse

From gainesville.com:

The silent celestial cogs of the Earth, moon and sun align this month to treat all of North America to a total lunar eclipse, the first show with this reach since September 2015.

For stargazers in north central Florida, the event begins at 9:36 p.m. Jan. 20 as the first delicate slice is taken out of the moon by the Earth’s shadow. The full eclipse begins at 11:41 p.m. as more of the moon is swallowed.

But the peak of the show is at 12:12 a.m. on Jan. 21, as the moon is fully enveloped in a coppery hue — a result of the sun’s rays reaching around Earth and through its thin atmosphere.

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum open during government shutdown

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, a private nonprofit, is open for guests during the government shutdown. Extended holiday hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through January 1; and regular hours (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) return on January 2. The Museum is open seven days a week. Dark of the Moon Ghost Tours also are available December 26-30 and each Friday through Sunday in 2019. For ticket and tour details, go to staugustinelighthouse.org or call 904-829-0745.

The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is not government owned. In 1998 the Museum was separately incorporated as a not-for-profit institution with a mission of maritime history, education and community service.

Climb 219 to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse. Guests are shown on the observation deck of the St. Augustine Lighthouse.

In 1980, the Junior Service League of St. Augustine, Inc., who were then a group of only 16 volunteers, began a fifteen-year campaign to restore the Keepers’ House that was destroyed and gutted by a vandal’s fire. The League went on to restore the lighthouse tower, and with assistance from the United States Coast Guard, they performed the first Fresnel Lens restoration in the world.  The lens had been damaged by a vandal’s bullet, and was almost removed, but the entire community stepped in to save this front porch light for the community.  A maritime museum was opened to the public part-time in 1988 run by volunteers.  In spring 1994, the full site was opened to the public full time. 

The Keepers’ House at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, built in 1886. View multiple exhibits on three levels within the house and basement.

THINGS TO DO

At the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, climb 219 steps to the top of the 165-foot tower for a breathtaking view of historic downtown St. Augustine, the beaches, and the nation’s oldest port.  Discover St. Augustine’s rich maritime history at the site of Florida’s first lighthouse. Explore exhibits in the restored Keepers’ House about the lives of the Lighthouse keepers and their families, and shipwreck discoveries made off the coast of St. Augustine.

Incredible views of the St. Augustine area and the Atlantic Ocean can be seen from the observation deck of the St. Augustine Lighthouse.

Also on site, a WWII US Coast Guard Barracks, Behind the Scenes Tours, a Maritime Hammock Scavenger Hunt, an archaeology lab, and a View from the Top video (for those who don’t climb the Lighthouse) in the Maritime Education Center. For little ones: A shipyard playground and hands-on activities throughout the exhibits and grounds (children less than 44 inches tall can’t climb the tower but get free admission). Don’t forget to shop in the museum store for unique lighthouse and maritime gifts.

View conservation of shipwreck artifacts in the viewing window of the Archaeological Maritime Education Center at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum.

EXHIBITS

  • Wrecked! The Story of a Revolutionary War Shipwreck
  • At Home with the Harns: A Look Inside the Home of a Keeper Family
  • Legends of the Light: Stories from the Lighthouse’s Past
  • US Coast Guard Barracks from WWII with artwork depicting the US Coast Guard
  • Maritime Education Center ship models and Spanish Watchtower replica
This photo shows the WRECKED! exhibit in the basement of the Keepers’ House where shipwreck artifacts are on view from a 1782 British loyalist shipwreck found in St. Augustine.

OTHER THINGS TO DO

  • Self-Guided St. Augustine Light Station Tour
  • View from the Top video (for those who don’t climb and those under 44 inches)
  • Behind the Scenes tour: on the hour from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Keepers’ House
  • Heritage Boatworks: Building on Florida’s Maritime Heritage
  • Northeast Florida Shrimping: Foundation of a Global Enterprise
  • Maritime Hammock Nature Trails & Scavenger Hunt
  • Archaeology Conservation Lab & viewing window 
  • Shipyard Playground
  • Hands-on children’s activities
  • Gift shop with Lighthouse & Maritime items

For more details about the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, visit staugustinelighthouse.org or call 904-829-0745. Stay updated on social media at facebook.com/staugustinelighthouse, Instagram.com/stauglighthouse, and twitter.com/firstlighthouse

Interactive tablets help visitors learn about shipwrecks in the Keepers’ House.

ABOUT THE ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE & MARITIME MUSEUM:

A pivotal navigation tool and unique landmark of St. Augustine for over 140 years, the St. Augustine Light Station is host to centuries of history in the Nation’s Oldest Port®. Through interactive exhibits, guided tours and maritime research, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is on a mission to discover, preserve, present and keep alive the stories of the Nation’s Oldest Port® as symbolized by our working lighthouse. We are the parent organization to the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. (StAugustineLighthouse.org)

A model of the first St. Augustine Lighthouse (Spanish Watchtower) is located in the Maritime Education Center, along with ship models, a View from the Top video, and hands-on children’s activities.

About the American Alliance of Museums:

The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. As the ultimate mark of distinction in the museum field, accreditation signifies excellence and credibility. Accreditation helps to ensure the integrity and accessibility of museum collections,  and reinforces the education and public service roles of museums and promote good governance practices and ethical behavior. Representing more than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community. (www.aam-us.org)  

Shop Local at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

The gift shop at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is the perfect place to find last minute gift items and stocking stuffers!

Find handmade and handpainted ornaments, coffee and tea mugs, photography and art prints, jewelry, bird feeders, stained glass, holiday cards, locally made hot sauce, t-shirts and hats, collectible lighthouse items, Dark of the Moon Ghost Tours merchandise, our Tin Pickle Cafe handmade fudge, and so much more! See photos below of many items offered, or shop online here.

St. Augustine Lighthouse decorates signs & logos all across the city

By Jayda Barnes, Flagler College intern

The St. Augustine Lighthouse can be spotted all across the city, and not just because the light tower is so tall. All throughout town, the Lighthouse decorates signs and logos for many local businesses, organizations and events.

The Lighthouse shows up everywhere, from the St. Augustine Record to Old City Electric. The tower lights up churches, like Anastasia Baptist Church and the Lighthouse Church of God, and schools like R. B. Hunt Elementary. It illuminates the offices of local businesses—Lighthouse Realty, Leonardi’s Nursery, Jackson Law Group—and practitioners, like Lighthouse Chiropractic, St. Augustine OBGYN and Anastasia Eye Associates. You can even eat under the glow of the Lighthouse at restaurants like Anastasia Diner. The Lighthouse even brightens events, such as the Sing Out Loud Festival and the St. Augustine Songwriters Festival. These are only a handful of the places that use the Lighthouse as their personal beacon of light.

All these lighthouses connect us all to the uniting symbol of the St. Augustine Lighthouse. Wherever you go, the Lighthouse is a representation of pride in our home of St. Augustine. Whether it shows up in your name or your logo, the Lighthouse is honored to shine a light in all areas of your life.

Book Signing: Illustrator Deborah Spiller will sign copies of SNOWBALL, THE BEAR WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS

BILINGUAL CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS BOOK A GIFT FROM ST. AUGUSTINE ILLUSTRATOR

On Dec 15 and 16 from 1-4 pm, at the St. Augustine Lighthouse Gift Shop, St. Augustine illustrator, Deborah L. Spiller, will be signing and selling copies of the new bilingual edition of SNOWBALL, THE BEAR WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS. With the original illustrations still in place, this larger format softcover edition tells Snowball’s story in English and Spanish and sells for $14.95. Proceeds will benefit the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum.

The original story was penned by Dr. Jerry Gamache of St. Augustine, to cheer up his wife, Millie Koeger, who had been ill for an extended time. The first edition, illustrated by Ms. Spiller, was released in Oct of 2013, several months after Dr. Gamache passed away from a stroke. Millie saw the hardcover book go on the Christmas market before she passed away in 2014.

Debbie, as she prefers to be called, has been a professional artist for over 45 years and has lived in New Jersey, Venezuela, and Grand Bahama Island before settling in Florida. She earned a master’s degree in Fine Arts from Chamberlayne College in Boston, Mass and sold her first art at the age of 23. A full-time resident of St. Augustine, with her husband Peter, her paintings hang in homes, schools, orphanages, and museums. She’s painted everything from flowerpots, walls, and stair treads to a 100-foot by 14-foot mural in the city of Caracas, Venezuela and the pages of children’s books. She laughingly suggests that no one stand around too long or she may just adorn them with a hand-painted fern or flower.

Her friendship with Dr. Gamache began after an introduction by her husband. Gerry had heard about a children’s book illustrated by Debbie and asked her if she’d consider doing his. After his passing, Ms. Spiller presented Snowball at a variety of venues around the county with the profits all benefiting a local charity from animals to libraries. But, she thought offering it in Spanish was important, too.

The Lighthouse Museum and Gift Shop are open daily from 9 AM to 6 PM daily.  For more information about the Lighthouse signing and gift shop, contact Sam Andrews at 904-829-0745. For more information or to contact Debbie Spiller, visit her website at DeborahLSpillerArt.com