It's that time of year to celebrate everyone's hard work...Labor Day is here, and what better time to celebrate respite from the 9 - 5 grind than in the nations oldest city! It is also time to light the candles and celebrate St. Augustine's 444th Birthday. Come to Beacher's Lodge to relax by the ocean and join in the festivities.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday: September 3 - 5
Put on your 16th century party hat and celebrate St. Augustine's 444th Birthday! On Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Native American village of Seloy (now the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park) will come alive with demonstrations of the culture and lifestyles of natives who inhabited the area 500 years prior to the Spanish 1565 settlement. Plus, the Seminoles and other U.S. tribes that have been part of Florida's history will be represented. On Saturday, the Birthday celebration continues at 9:30 a.m. with a re-enactment of the 1565 landing by the city's founder, don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, at the Mission of Nombre de Dios. The landing will be followed, as it was 444 years ago, with a celebration of Mass. Then at 5 p.m. registration for the 16th century First Thanksgiving Cooking Contest begins. At 6 p.m. foods entered into the competition will be presented and judged at the Fountain of Youth Park. Authentic 16th century dinners will be available for purchase. Period music and dancing will be performed throughout the evening. Admission is free to all St. Augustine 444th Birthday Celebration events. The Mission of Nombre de Dios is located at 27 Ocean Avenue off San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.825.1000... information courtesy http://www.historiccity.com/2009/staugustine/news/florida/labor-day-weekend-events-1687
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