Raintree Restaurant Group Dinner Show Option

Florida: The First 450 Years

Raintree Restaurant of St. Augustine and Dianne Thompson Jacoby can offer your group an historical dinner theater experience. A Stetson University’s Elderhostel/Road Scholar, Dianne is an Historical Dramatist who performs one woman dramas. All shows are available full length and luncheon length.
Contact Raintree Restaurant at (904) 824-7211
to reserve a dramatic culinary experience for your group.

Description of Florida: The First 450 Years

Mrs Flagler 450th

450 years of history come alive with two unique and beautifully costumed ladies from Florida’s past. Elegant 16th century Spanish noblewoman, Dona Maria de Menendez, illegitimate daughter of the founder of St. Augustine tells of La Florida’s Conquistadors and their first encounters with the native people and the colony’s desperate struggle to survive.

Next to enter is sparkling Mary Lily Kenan, wife of empire builder Henry Flagler, recalls what led to Spain’s loss of La Florida after the vicious attacks upon Florida by both Pirates and the English and then recalls Florida tales of the 1800s from territory to statehood, through bloody battles and warfare, to the glittering Gilded Age of Florida’s grand hotels

And what she wonders does the future hold? Both woman shares her experience, strength and hope just as she lived Florida’s fascinating history.

Contact Raintree Restaurant at (904) 824-7211
to reserve a dramatic culinary experience for your group.

Meet Dianne Thompson Jacoby

Dianne Thompson Jacoby as Mary Lily Flagler

Dianne is a fourth generation Floridian living in St. Augustine, the Oldest City where she lectures, performs and coordinates Stetson University’s Elderhostel/Road Scholar programs for Stetson University as an adjunct professor. She is also a graduate of Stetson University.

As an Educator, she taught for many years and was an adjunct professor o Art at Flagler College for ten years.

As an Artist, Dianne has exhibited her paintings throughout the United States, she is now specializing in portraits and custom mural painting.

As an Historical Dramatist she researched, wrote and performs one woman dramas.

She is a founding member of St. George Players Theater Troupe performing 16th century Comedia and Mummers shows. She also performs dinner theatre, mystery theatre as well as historical films and educational videos.

As a historical re-enactor she interprets personas from the 1500’s through the Victorian Gilded Age. She serves as a consultant and educator in the area of historical clothing and costuming. She has National Park Service certification in black powder cannon and musket.

Her special interests include Historical preservation and heritage tourism.

Florida: The First 450 Years March 26, 2015