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Who is Sky Guy


A graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Tom Vilot is an artist and self-taught software engineer. He has been part of numerous group shows and participated in Boulder’s jurried “Open Studios” two years.
After working in the software industry for almost twenty years, Mr. Vilot decided it was time to merge his two passions: astronomy and kids.
Being the quintessential “kid magnet,” Mr. Vilot has been volunteering at the Fiske Planetarium in Boulder, CO., in their K-12 outreach program.
Mr. Vilot studied acting for two years.
He launched, a series of short videos answering the many questions he has received from kids while volunteering at Fiske. The project is an abrupt change from his past, throwing himself into a completely new industry and learning all new tools. Once again, he is rapidly teaching himself. This time it is video, lighting, sound, editing and animation.


Actors Center director to speak at Flagler College


As founder and director of The Actors Center in New York City, J. Michael Miller has dedicated his life to the development and training of the professional actor. He’ll bring his passion to Flagler College on Nov. 1 as part of the college’s “Ideas and Images” series.

Miller says the theme of the evening will be the actor as artist as opposed to entertainer.

“The overarching question is the role of art in this society, and the responsibility of the artist to it,” said Miller, who is also the co-founder of Tisch School of the Arts and the New York University Graduate Acting Master of Fine Arts program. “The central concern is is the human need for celebrity worship larger than the need for each of us to continue to seek to understand our own human frailties, needs and possibilities?”

Miller founded The Actors Center in 1996 on the concept that established actors need to continue to develop their craft in relation to their growth as human beings. At the Center, established actors work with each other, challenging themselves to achieve a higher level of artistry under the guidance of teachers from around the world.

But Miller promises there will be no lecturing when he speaks at the school on Nov. 1.

“I am not there to lecture anyone, but hopefully to raise issues that register in their own minds,” said Miller.

Miller’s presentation will take place on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Flagler Room at Flagler College, 74 King St.

“Ideas and Images: Visiting Scholars and Artists Program” will feature an international composition of artists and authors, introducing a fresh and creative component to the greater St. Augustine community.

Each event is free and open to the public. Call (904) 819-6282 or visit for more information.

Source: Flagler College

Hotel Ponce de Leon

Flagler College announces anniversary celebration to commemorate 125th anniversary of the Hotel Ponce de Leon


Flagler College will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Hotel Ponce de Leon with a yearlong commemoration of the National Historic Landmark built by Henry Flagler. The Ponce is the centerpiece of the college’s St. Augustine campus, and was included on the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ list of top Florida architecture.

January 10, 2013 marks the anniversary of the opening of the Ponce in 1888. The celebration will include events focusing on the architectural, artistic, recreational and sociological impact the hotel has had on modern society, as well as showcase its historic and architectural highlights.

In conjunction with “Celebrating the Legacy: 125 Years of the Hotel Ponce de Leon,” the college has taken on the final restoration of the hotel, the Solarium. The domed Solarium rises from the center of the building and is flanked by symmetrical roof terraces and twin towers that pierce the St. Augustine skyline. These dramatic outdoor spaces afford unparalleled views of the city, the nearby Intracoastal Waterway and Bridge of Lions, as well as the Atlantic Ocean.

The Solarium served as a place where hotel guests gathered for conversation, enjoyed entertainment or watched activities taking place in town. It has been closed for more than 20 years, and the restoration is expected to be completed in 2013.

The anniversary celebration will honor the legacy of Flagler’s entrepreneurship and community-building. The founding partner with John D. Rockefeller in Standard Oil, he launched a resort empire along Florida’s east coast with construction of the Ponce. The Spanish Renaissance Revival hotel incorporated the talents of New York architects John Carrere and Thomas Hastings (New York Public Library) and Bernard Maybeck (Palace of the Fine Arts, San Francisco), interiors and 79 stained glass windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany, murals by George Maynard and steam power and electricity by Thomas Edison. The Ponce’s twin towers serve as an anchor to St. Augustine’s historic area.

“Celebrating the Legacy” will include: an opening day tour with period re-enactors leading guests through the Ponce on the same day the hotel first opened its doors; an exhibit of beautifully preserved original blueprints of the Ponce; a “Celebrating the Legacy” exhibit on the hotel’s construction, sports, leisure and arts; a community lecture series by Flagler professors; and a gilded age speaker series.

For more events and details about the celebration, go to

Source: Flagler College

Sparkle Movie

Sparkle – Movie Trailer


Musical prodigy, Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) struggles to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. From an affluent Detroit area and daughter to a single mother (Whitney Houston), she tries to balance a new romance with music manager, Stix (Derek Luke) while dealing with the unexpected challenges her new life will bring as she and her two sisters (Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter) strive to become a dynamic singing group during the Motown-era.


Art professor selected for summer fellowship


Flagler College art professor Don Martin has been chosen for a 2012 summer residency fellowship at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts in Rabun Gap, Ga.

“The work I hope to create during the fellowship will focus on printmaking and book arts, two courses I regularly teach at Flagler,” said Martin. “In addition, the potential opportunity to share this experience with artists from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines only adds to my anticipation to of this fellowship.”

The Hambidge Center was established in 1934 as a retreat for creative individuals from the visual arts, writing and music as a place of solitude and support for their creative endeavors. Hambidge accepts seven fellows at any one time and houses them in individual studio/cottages during their stay at the center. The fellowship supports interaction and an exchange of ideas among artists from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.

“The opportunity to have an uninterrupted time to focus on my art work in such a beautiful natural setting is a great privilege,” said Martin. “My artwork focuses on my personal relationship with nature so the location of this fellowship is particularly important to me.”

Source: Flagler College

St Augustine destination

This Weekend in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches


Thursday: May 31
Christening of Fuego del Mar
This evening, the St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation will christen Fuego del Mar, the 16th century boathouse and boatyard located the Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine. This will be the site of the construction of a full-sized Spanish chalupa and a caravel. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. and will feature music, refreshments, silent auction, raffle and demonstration of 16th century boat-building techniques. Admission is $25 (includes a Foundation membership) or $5 for foundation members. For more details, go to

Friday: June 1
First Friday Art Walk
The latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at more than 20 St. Augustine art galleries. Old Town Trolleys offer free round-trips to the heart of the art district from the San Sebastian Winery, 157 King Street, or go on your own self-guided art walk. Galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m. 904.829.0065,

Parents’ Night Out
Let the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park entertain your kids (ages 5-12) from 6-10 p.m. with pizza, crafts, hand-on animal presentations, zoo tour, games and fun! $25 for members; $30 for non-members. Pre-registration required, call Katie at 904.824.3337, x29.

Campfire Program at Anastasia State Park
Park rangers or volunteers present campfire programs on topics ranging from bird watching to star-gazing. Admission to the park, located at 1340 A1A South in St. Augustine, is $8 per vehicle. 904.461.2033

Friday & Saturday: June 1-2
Drake’s Raid
The English corsair, Sir Francis Drake, and his raiders return to St. Augustine in an authentic re-creation of the 1586 sack of the city. Open to the public, the raiders’ camp at the Fountain of Youth Park, 11 Magnolia Avenue, features displays of the arms and armor, craft skills, and lifestyles of the period explained by costumed interpreters. In the late afternoon on Saturday, Drake and his followers will descend on the city’s historic district to skirmish with the town’s Spanish defenders. 904.829.9792,

Ghost Hunt at the Old Jail
Paranormal Seekers lead late-night investigations at St. Augustine’s Old Jail, 167 San Marco Avenue. Tours are every Friday and Saturday night through October and begin at 10:45 p.m. Admission fees are $80 for Adults and $35 for children under 12. 904- 829-3800

Saturday: June 2

Anastasia State Park 18th Annual Beach Bash

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., sand castle building, scavenger hunts, nature walks, and other fun family activities. There will be interpretive programs given by park rangers, a Bird Walk, and the famous “Low Tide Bike Ride”. Prizes will be awarded! Admission to the park is $8 per vehicle for up to 8 people and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. The park is located at 1340 A1A South in St. Augustine – just 2 miles form downtown.904.461.2035,

Every Woman’s Handmade Arts & Crafts Festival
Featuring local and regional women artists and hand-crafted items including original paintings and prints, pottery and ceramics, beaded and semi-precious stone jewelry and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Johns County Pier Park and Pavilion, 305 A1A, in St. Augustine Beach. 904-347.3638,

Historic Weapons Demonstrations at Fort Matanzas
The 18th century Spanish fort that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. From 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors will demonstrate Spanish muskets and cannons. Admission is free including the ferry ride from Rattlesnake Island. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at 8635 A1A at the south end of Anastasia Island approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine.

Sunset Celebration at Vilano Beach Town Center
See a spectacular St. Augustine sunset cast from across the bay at the Vilano Beach Town Center, 95 Vilano Road. This special event includes artistic performers, local arts and crafts and genuine Old Florida surprises. Dine on food samples from businesses along Vilano Road and see why Vilano Beach is the best-kept hidden treasure in the county. Floating docks near the pier allow for waterway transport from the mainland to the island – just as in the early Flagler days. The event is from 3:00 pm to dusk every first Saturday of the month at the Vilano Beach Pier and Pavilion. Free to the public. 904.540-0402,

Saturday & Sunday: June 2-3
Sirenia Eco Cruise
Hop aboard the 27-foot catamaran Sirenia named after Florida’s official state marine mammal – the manatee. Two hours is the perfect amount of time to cruise the estuary in search of wildlife and take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the Matanzas River. Lay on the trampoline to catch some rays or watch the Captain work the sails – the choice is yours! 3:45 and 6:15p.m. departure times. $45/adult and $35/kids. Call St. Augustine Eco Tours for reservations at (904) 377-7245

Nature Movies at GTM Reserve
The GTM Research Reserve will present the nature movie “End of the Line” every Saturday and Sunday during the month of June at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The world’s first major documentary about the devastating effect of overfishing premiered at Sundance Film Festival. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children age 10 to 17 and children under 10 are free. The GTM Environmental Education Center is located at 500 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500

Sunday: June 3
Visiting Marching Band Parade
Tour Saint Augustine Inc. & Entourage Management present the Riverside Brookfield High Marching Band, performing & marching up Cordova Street beginning from the City Plaza at 1pm. Visiting from Riverside, Illinois the marching band will tour the Nation’s Oldest City while on a cruise of the Florida coast. The band will perform a number of musical ensemble pieces and be escorted by Tour Saint Augustine Inc. guides in period dress. This event is free to the public. For more information contact: Tour Saint Augustine Inc. at 904-825-0087 or



Source: Jay Humphreys, Communications Director, Visitors and Convention Bureau

St. Augustine Channel 1

New TV channel called St Augustine Channel 1


Today is April 1st, 2012, and St. Augustine Channel 1 is beginning this new online TV channel and newspaper serving St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and  Flagler County, Florida. St Augustine Channel 1 is part of C1N.TV Channel 1 Networks headquartered in Boulder, Colorado.

St Augustine Channel 1 is operated locally with all local reporting from the city, county, school district, and tourism board. The combination TV channel and newspaper with only local news operates 24 hours a day on the Internet only.

Some of the categories covered on St Augustine Channel 1 are News, Weather, Sports, Food, Movies, and Music.  A big part is city news, police news, education, events, tourism, weather, arts and entertainment. and more.

You can subscribe to St Augustine Channel 1 by RSS or FeedBurner.

Look here for new stories and videos posted daily.

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Tom Vilot is Sky Guy on C1N.TV on Channel 1 Networks. A science TV series answering questions from kids.

SkyGuy Videos

Who is Sky Guy

Who is Sky Guy

Tom Vilot has a web TV series on C1N.TV in which answers science questions from kids. It is fun, quality and the best children's space blot on the net. Sky Guy from Boulder Colorado.[READ|SHARE]


A graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Tom Vilot is an artist and self-taught software engineer. He has been part of numerous group shows and participated in Boulder’s jurried “Open Studios” two years. After working in the software industry for almost twenty years, Mr. Vilot decided it was time to merge his two passions: astronomy and kids. Being the quintessential “kid magnet,” Mr. Vilot has been volunteering at the Fiske Planetarium in Boulder, CO., in their K-12 outreach program. Mr. Vilot studied acting for two years. He launched, a series of short videos answering the many questions he has received[READ|SHARE]
Skyguy - Why Is Mars Red?

Skyguy - Why Is Mars Red?

We call it “The Red Planet.” But how did it get that way? SkyGuy looks at some possible explanations.[READ|SHARE]
Skyguy - Dispatch - Apollo 11

Skyguy - Dispatch - Apollo 11

Skyguy talks about the 40th anniversary of the historical Apollo 11 mission where one small step for man and one giant step for mankind. We also learn about how the spacecraft was designed, where it landed, what the astronauts did on the moon and who was apart of the mission.[READ|SHARE]
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Skyguy - DISPATCH: Hubble First Space Walk

Thursday was a great day for the astronauts working on the Hubble Space Telescope. But …. I have to tell you, it wasn’t all easy.[READ|SHARE]
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Skyguy - DISPATCH: Hubble Repair!

Great news about the Hubble Space Telescope Yesterday, astronauts aboard the space shuttle Atlantis reached the Hubble and — using the shuttle’s robotic arm — pulled it into the cargo bay. Very, very carefully![READ|SHARE]
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Skyguy - DISPATCH: It’s a Comet!! It’s a Comet!! Now!

Comets don’t come along every day. There’s one you can see RIGHT NOW!! Check it out![READ|SHARE]
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Skyguy - Will Earth End Up Like Venus?

SkyGuy takes a look at global climate change, Venus, and the future of Earth.[READ|SHARE]
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Skyguy - What is the Hottest Planet in our Solar System?

SkyGuy continues to explore the planets in our solar system and answers the question about what the hottest planet in our solar system is. You’re first guess is probably, lets say you’re getting warmer...[READ|SHARE]
Skyguy - What’s Hot about Mercury?

Skyguy - What’s Hot about Mercury?

The MESSENGER probe is circling Mercury right now. Why is it there? What’s so interesting about Mercury?[READ|SHARE]
Skyguy - DISPATCH: Hubble Trouble!

Skyguy - DISPATCH: Hubble Trouble!

Uh oh. SkyGuy has some bad news. It’s not ALL bad, but it’s pretty important to people who care about space…[READ|SHARE]
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Skyguy - Why Are Galaxies Shaped Like a Swirl?

Spiral galaxies are beautiful and swirly. But why? The answer my surprise you. Also, SkyGuy introduces the three other main types of galaxies.[READ|SHARE]
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Skyguy - The Perseids!

August 11th and 12th mark the peak of the Perseid meteor shower. But what is a meteor shower and what causes it? SkyGuy explains…[READ|SHARE]
Skyguy - What is The Difference Between a Comet and a Shooting Star?

Skyguy - What is The Difference Between a Comet and a Shooting Star?

Comets and shooting stars are very different beasts. But what exactly are they? SkyGuy gives the answer...[READ|SHARE]
Skyguy - What is a Solstice?

Skyguy - What is a Solstice?

June 20th was the summer solstice for people in the northern hemisphere. But what, exactly, is a solstice? Skyguy helps us answer that question.[READ|SHARE]
Skyguy - How Many Stars Are There?

Skyguy - How Many Stars Are There?

Ever tried to count all the stars in the sky? Ever wondered how many there really are? Well, you probably won’t believe it but here is the answer![READ|SHARE]
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Skyguy - Does The Sun Go Around the Earth?

It sure seems like the sun goes around the earth. In fact, for thousands and thousands of years, that is exactly what people thought. SkyGuy answers this question from Mina, who is five years old.[READ|SHARE]
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Skyguy - How Many Galaxies Are There?

Galaxies are huge!. They contain at least 100 billion stars each. But how many galaxies are there? SkyGuy tries to give an accurate number![READ|SHARE]
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