LORRAINE THOMPSON: Veterans Day, Taste of the Beach, Surf Illumination round out busy season

Anastasia Island will host several Veterans Day tributes.

 

St. Anastasia Catholic Church, 5205 A1A South, will host its 15th annual Veterans Day tribute today beginning with Mass at 9 a.m. The Mass will honor veterans of all wars, living and deceased. Veterans and those who currently serve in the military are invited to participate. The tribute is open to men and women of all faiths.

Veterans are asked to gather in the church narthex (front door area) by 8:45 a.m. They will be escorted into church by the Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree Color Guard. Military uniforms and/or organization and unit hats are encouraged.

Following Mass, everyone is invited to a reception hosted by the Knights of Columbus in the parish community center. For information call 471-5364.

— The City of St. Augustine Beach will honor veterans from 3 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 11 at Lakeside Veterans Memorial Park. The event, which is open to all veterans, military families and the community, will include an honor guard, bagpipers, guest speakers and veterans groups. Refreshments will be served. The park is located at 2300 A1A S. Free parking is available in the City Hall parking lot.

St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum will offer free admission for veterans and discounts for members of their immediate family on Veterans Day. Proper identification is required. The Lighthouse is located at 81 Lighthouse Ave. on Anastasia Island. Lighthouse hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 829-0745 for information.

— The YMCA salutes the Armed Services and veterans throughout November with a “Do You Know What It Takes to be Army Strong?” challenge. The U.S. Army Physical Fitness Test includes two minutes of push-ups, two minutes of sit-ups and a 2-mile run. Interested “challengers” should stop by the YMCA welcome center or speak with one of the trainers to get started. The trainer will log results and calculate overall scores. Prizes will be awarded to those with the best score at each branch in the age categories of 17-26, 27-36, 37-46 and 46+ for both men and women. The challenge is open to the community, and every guest who participates will receive a one-week pass to the Y. Each participant will receive a commemorative Veteran’s Day T-shirt while supplies last. To participate or for more details, visit the local YMCA at 500 Pope Road on Anastasia Island or call 471-9622

• The annual Taste of the Beach event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the St. Johns County Pier Park and pavilion. Originally scheduled for Sept. 17, the eating feast was postponed because of Hurricane Irma. More than a dozen local restaurants will participate.

Taste tickets will be sold for $1 each. Items will cost anywhere between one and four tickets each. Restaurants will compete for bragging rights and the 12th anniversary etched glassware awards in categories that include Best Appetizer, Best Entree, Best Dessert, Judges Choice, People’s Choice and Best Decorated Booth. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

Entertainment will include the original “Those Guys,” Walt Kulwicki and Chris McVey who are celebrating their silver anniversary as a duo.

The event, a benefit for Betty Griffin House, is sponsored by the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association. For information, visit sabcivic@yahoo.com.

• Choirs from local churches will come together to honor St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music, at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at St. Anastasia Catholic Church.

The Ecumenical Choral Festival will include church choirs of the First United Methodist, Grace United Methodist, Memorial Presbyterian, Memorial Lutheran, St. Monica’s (Palatka), Our Lady Star of the Sea (Ponte Vedra), St. Cyprian and St. Anastasia.

Concert highlights will include performances by each church choir, and a special presentation by the combined choirs of Memorial Presbyterian, Grace Methodist and Ancient City Baptist Church. The concert finale will feature all of the choirs joining together to sing the final set of music.

Admission to the concert is non-perishable food items or financial donations to assist the work of Home Again St. Johns, a nonprofit organization working to alleviate homelessness in St. Johns County by actively engaging homeless individuals in implementing their own return to self-sufficiency. A reception will follow the concert in the parish community center.

The church is located at 5205 A1A South on Anastasia Island. Parking is free. Call 471-5364 for information.

• Holiday lights will begin to sparkle throughout the area starting with St. Augustine Beach’s Surf Illumination festivities. The pre-holiday event, sponsored by the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association, in conjunction with St. Johns County Parks and Recreation and local sponsors, takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 17 at St. Johns County Pier Park, 350 A1A Beach Blvd. Admission is free. Highlights include a visit from Santa with photo ops, holiday music, a bounce house, Sparky the Clown, balloon twisting, face painting and early Christmas shopping opportunities with several local art and craft vendors. Highlight of Surf Illumination will be the lighting of the community Christmas tree at dusk, approximately 5:45 p.m. For more details, visit www.thecivicassociation.com

Have news to share about Anastasia Island or the adjoining areas? Send your information about people and events to staugbeachwatch@aol.com, or call 471-4851.

 

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