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St. Augustine Founder's Birthday to be Celebrated at Lavish 16th Century Ball



We are only 5 years away from the 450th celebration of the nation's oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida. On February 27th, St. Augustine will be celebrating the 491st birthday of don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, the founder of the city of St. Augustine with a lavish Noche de Gala.

There will be re-enactors with an impressive banquet and a colorful ball with guests wearing authentic 16th century clothing or black tie.

This year the gala will have Chaz Mena playing the role of Menendez, the Spanish admiral who founded St. Augustine on September 9, 1565. Mena is known for his role as Judge Montaldo on NBC's Law and Order. Mena has portrayed Menendez before. Last year he gave a performance as Menendez at a First Florida presentation in St. Augustine. He will interact with the guests at Noche de Gala. So, be ready with your questions and to be entertained, as you are educated on St. Augustine's history.

The celebration will begin at 5 p.m. at the ancient City Gate at the north end of St. George Street.  Led by re-enactors, Noche de Gala guests will proceed to the Lightner Museum in a royal procession. Procession 

At the Lightner, they will celebrate the birthday of Menendez at a cocktail reception followed by dinner and dancing in the museum's ballroom. Some of the re-enactors are peasants that enjoy the gala from the bottom floor of the magnificent ballroom. There will be strolling musicians, heralding horns, magicians, and swordsmen. As a past guest of this gala, I can assure you it is a lot of fun! It used to be a masked ball and it was fun surprising people.

  Noche de Gala

The Noche de Gala is a fundraiser for the City of St. Augustine's historic preservations efforts. Please come. Here's the invitation. Please RSVP by February 17th.

Tickets are available for $185 per person for the full evening celebration or $50 for the cocktail reception only.

When: Saturday, February 27, 2010
Where: St. Augustine, FL
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 City Gate north end of St. George Street -  Procession - Public invited! (free!)
         6:30-8:00 Cocktails at the Lightner Museum ($50)
         8:00-midnight Dinner and Ball at the Lightner Museum ($185 includes cocktails, dinner and gala)
Dress: 16th Century or Black Tie
Cost: $50/person Cocktails only; $185/person for full evening celebration 



Barbara Jenness takes joy in assisting people in buying or selling their home or land in northeast Florida (St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra,  and Jacksonville). She is a community activist and leader serving as President of Friends of A1A 2008-2010, Past President of Scenic & Historic A1A in St. Johns County for over 10 years, and past vice-president of Vilano Beach Main Street (North Shores Improvement Association). She is a past president for WCR in St. Augustine and a member of South Ponte Vedra Civic Association, Porpoise Point, Serenata Beach Club, and Palencia. She founded and is a Past President of the St. Augustine Regional Council (StAR Council) to promote the St. Augustine area to individuals outside the region.

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Comment balloon 0 commentsBarbara Jenness • February 15 2010 10:39AM