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450th Events: Lighthouse To Host Maritime Folklife Festival Sept. 5th

The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum and Florida Folklife Project will highlight North Florida’s maritime heritage as part of the citywide celebration of St. Augustine’s 450th birthday. 

ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA. –Traditions of St. Augustine’s Spanish, Minorcan and Greek ancestors will be on display at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum’s Maritime Folklife Festival on Saturday, Sept. 5th, during the citywide 450th birthday celebration. This free festival is co-sponsored by the Lighthouse and the Florida Division of Historical Resource’s Florida Folklife Program.

Latin music performer Goliath Flores
Latin music performer Goliath Flores

“So much of our maritime history is tied to the cultural roots of this community,” said Executive Director Kathy A. Fleming. “This event ties in perfectly with our museum’s dedication to folk culture, like our traditional wooden boatworks and exhibits on shrimping and boatbuilding. It’s also a great fit with the 450th celebration.”

The festival will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will include elements of food, music and history (see full schedule below). Volunteers from the museum’s Heritage Boatworks will showcase some of their traditional wooden boatbuilding skills during the morning session, followed by a Minorcan castnet demonstration from Michael Usina. Lunch will feature Cuban and Minorcan food samples provided by Marisella Veiga and Mary Ellen Masters. Continue reading