Thursday, February 24, 2011
Noche de Gala is St. Augustine, Florida's premier event. It is a celebration of the 492nd Birthday of don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, Founder and Adelantado of St. Augustine. The event will be held this Saturday, February 27th in the Lightner Museum. The Lightner Museum, formally known as Henry Flagler's Alcazar Hotel, if a beautiful setting for this special event. Menendez's Noche de Gala is a black tie event, but most of the attendees will be dreesed in 16th century attire.
Noche de Gala Invitations have also been extended to The Counsel General of Spain in Miami, mayors of Avilés and Cadiz, Spain, and to the mayor of Cartagena, Colombia – cities central to St. Augustine’s long standing Spanish tradition and heritage. Cocktails are served at 6:30 p.m. and Dinner is at 8:00 p.m. Entertainment features Menéndez, played by chad Light, 16th century musicians, heralding horns, and swordsmen. Menéndez was robust and exuberant, fond of music and a fine dancer. In fact his guests will join him in song and dance throughout the evening, culminating in shouts of “Viva Avilés, Viva St. Augustine!”
Guests visiting St. Augustine for this event will be quite comfortable staying in St. Augustine. Carriage Way is the better way to stay for Noche de Gala.