To kick off the 450 Celebration, Dr. Kathleen Deagan will discuss excavations at the original landing site of Pedro Menendez at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park at a free lecture sponsored by the St. Augustine Archaeological Association. The program, open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 in the Flagler Room of Flagler College.
Since the mid-1970s, the University of Florida has been conducting research at the site, trying to uncover what life was like in the first colony. Recent excavations have focused on understanding the boundaries and fortifications at the settlement.
The September business meeting of the Pilot Club of St. Augustine begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 2 at Applebee’s. The board meets there at 5 p.m.
Among items on the agenda will be finalizing plans for the Sept. 12 from 2-4 p.m. Datil Pepper Tea at the St. Johns County Extension Center. The event is being hosted as a tribute to St. Augustine’s 450th birthday. Tickets are $10, and are available from members of the Pilot Club, at Johnny’s Restaurant, Hastings; or by calling 824-2486 or 471-2246. A limited number will be available at the door, but early purchases are encouraged.
Joining with Pilots for this event are members of St. Johns County Master Gardeners, 4-H of St. Johns County and the Anchor Club of St. Joseph Academy.
The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum will open its doors free of charge Sept. 26 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 11th Annual Museum Day Live! As a nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting Museum Day Live! tickets at a participating museum or cultural institution.
The event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to follow the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C.
According to event organizers, last year’s event attracted more than 400,000 participants nationwide, and this year’s event expects record-high attendance as well.
The Ximenez-House is located in historic, downtown St. Augustine at 20 Aviles St. Museum Day Live! tickets are available to download at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! tickets will gain free entrance for two attendees at the Ximenez-Fatio House on Sept. 26.
For more information about Museum Day Live! 2015 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, visit the website at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/?no-ist.
Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine will be conducting a membership drive Monday through Saturday, Sept. 14 â€“ 19. Each day of the campaign, Friends members will be at a table in the Main Library to answer questions about the benefits of membership and volunteer opportunities, as well as to assist with sign-ups. The hours on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 15, volunteers will be on hand from 10 0 a.m. to 6 p.m. For further information, please contact Friends President Mrs. Toni Siriani at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Main Library at 904-827-6940.
Individual memberships are available for $20 and family memberships for $30. New members joining Friends during this campaign will enjoy the bonus of membership through December, 2016. Additional levels of membership at $50 and $100, as well as a special donation program new this year, are being offered. New members, as well as current members who renew, will be eligible for a daily prize drawing.
Support the St. Augustine Humane Society by dining at the local Columbia Restaurant during the month of September. When the Humane Society is selected as a recipient, the restaurant will donate five percent of all guests’ lunch and dinner checks to the charitable organization in the form of gift certificates to the Humane Society. The process is for lunch and dinner customers to put a check mark next to the name of the non-profit which will be listed on a ballot provided by the restaurant.
The promotion is available at the St. Augustine location, 98 St. George St. and at any of the Columbia locations in Florida. Visit the website at www.ColumbiaRestaurant.com.