Florida: The First 450 Years

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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.
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

Share in the celebration of St. Augustine’s 450 years with three fascinating and historically significant women in
Florida: the First 450 Years. The story of Florida’s history is told first by elegant 16th century Spanish noblewoman, Dona Maria de Menendez, illegitimate daughter of the famous founder of St. Augustine, Don Pedro Menendez. She arrives in the wilderness of La Florida from 16th century Spain and relates her story of the tumultuous early years of La Florida when Spanish Conquistadors encounter Florida’s native people and found the Oldest City: St. Augustine.

Throughout the next two centuries, the Spanish fight the invading English forces & blood thirsty Pirates for possession of La Florida. I portray Mrs. Sara Fish, the flamboyant British wife of scoundrel Jesse Fish. Sara shares an adventurous look at this bloody conflict as relating historical vignettes from the 1700s that range from the amusing to the tragic.

The final storyteller is vivacious Mary Lily Flagler, wife of empire builder Henry Flagler, the most powerful man in Florida. He built grand hotels and railroad lines as Mary Lily hosted diplomats and dignitaries. Mrs. Flagler relates life in St. Augustine’s glorious Gilded Age to the present.

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

Meet Dianne Thompson Jacoby

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

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Raintree Restaurant
102 San Marco Ave.
St. Augustine , Fl 32084
(904) 824-7211
Restaurant parking available. Courtesy shuttle within city limits.

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