Once again there is a lot to do in down town Saint Augustine Florida this last weekend in March.
Ponce de León and the Founding of Florida” — from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Mission Nombre de Dios, 27 Ocean Ave., from San Marco Avenue in uptown St. Augustine. The event will commemorate the landing of Don Juan Ponce de León’s “First Fleet,” which carried passengers and crew — white, black, Native American; male and female; soldier and sailor; slave and free — who became the first documented Europeans and Africans to set foot on what is now the continental United States, landing on the east coast of Florida on April 3, 1513.
The Mission is a lovely place to visit just about any time during the year, it’s right on the water and there’s a hugh cross where the landing of Don Juan Ponce deLeon took place. You’ll find manicured lawns to stroll along the Chapel of Our Lady of La Lache where you can light a candle for a loved one. There are old historic grave stones that are very interesting, some show the cause of death and the fact that so many people died very young in the day when life was a daily struggle for survival. You will find spend a peaceful day walking around the mission which is free, if you would like to make a purchase there is a gift shop available. Go on down town and discover the historical wonders St Augustine has to offer.
Also this weekend is the Spring Old Town Art & Craft Show, held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive. this is always a fun day with premium artists who show and sell their paintings, pictures, jewelry and wood working crafts to name a few.
I hope to see you Down Town where there’s always something to do.