Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Night Of The Long Swords

February 24, 2007

Join the 16th Century masked ball in celebration of the 487th birthday of St. Augustine’s founder, Pedro Menendez de Aviles (1519-1574) who with 11 ships and 2,000 soldiers attacked Fort Caroline butchering every Huguenot (men, women and children) and hung some from the trees as an example to others. But all are welcome on this festive night !

Guests will be escorted to the birthday ceremony by re-enactors in period clothing. Dinner will be catered by the Casa Monica Hotel, followed by dancing to the contemporary tunes of the "Royal Court Musicians".Attire is black tie or 16th century costume. Admission is $150 for Historical Preservation Trust members, and $175 for the public. The Gala begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Lightner Museum. Reservations are required. This event is the main fund-raiser for the St. Augustine Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information call 904.825.5088.

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