Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Sinners & Saints - It's Spring in St Augustine

Now that the nights of lights are far behind us, we look forward to the coming spring and all the fun that comes with it – from pirates sacking the city of Saint Augustine to the romance of Saint Valentine ’s Day, to the foot tapping and beer drinking of Saint Pat’s Day – you have best say your prayers.

Beginning with the most romantic of all days, Saint Valentine’s Day kicks off our high-season with flowers, chocolates, and reservations at the finest restaurants. If you do not book early, you are out in the cold. But there is always a room to be found in St Augustine at one of the B&Bs. Check out their Availability page where you can see a list of the 26 B&Bs in the Association and whether they have available rooms for your date, or not.

Shortly after the pedals fall off the stem of the roses, the pirate Searle’s will, yet again, sack the city of Saint Augustine. Back in 1668, Robert Searle, the dreaded ‘privateer’, sacked and burned St Augustine marking the last of the successful attacks on St Augustine. Because after Searle and his men, “slipped into the harbor and attacked the sleeping town, killing sixty people and pillaging government buildings, churches and homes. “ This action forcing the powers that be to finally build serious defenses, including a fort made of Coquina. And Castillo de San Marko still stands undefeated to this day.  But there will still be a sacking, re-enacting the original, which includes (loud) period-firearms fire, running with knifes (swords) and calling of names. Nothing like 17th Century verbal taunting (Reminds us of our high school years)  but it’s still worth seeing at least once.

The final event of spring is a practically a national convention / Super bowl / New Years / all wrapped up into one week. The Saint Augustine Celtic Fest!  Starting the weekend before, but going through St Patrick’s Day at one Irish pub or another, is the St Augustine Celtic Festival!  This March 11th - 13th is the St Augustine Celtic Festival that includes: Highland Games, Whisky Tasting, Song, Dance, Parade, gathering of the Clans, and so much more.   It was only 5 Years ago that our neighbor and friend, the late John Meehan, started this amazing festival, St Augustine’s largest, and his sprit is still felt each year when seeing everyone enjoying this tremendous event. If you miss the Festival, all week long until St Pat’s day all the Pubs (Meehan’s & Barley Republic) of town are filled with music, beer, and good cheer.  It’s hard to explain, so please come and see for yourself and raise a pint to John – he would appreciate that.

And Speaking of John Meehan, he is – again – a sponsor of

St. Augustine Race Week March 31st – April 2nd. As the website says, “Three-day offshore PHRF regatta This Class will have daylight ocean racing March 31st and April 1 and 2. Spinnaker and non-spinnaker classes with PHRF scoring..”  We personally love watching the youngsters competing in bay racing – always fun to watch from the bay front, or Meehan’s front-porch.

So be it for the pirates, or for a Saints, be sure to come see these exciting spring events here in America’s oldest city, Saint Augustine Florida; which is the most romantic city on the eastern seaboard, if not the most romantic city in the country.

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