St. Augustine, Fla. (October 15, 2015) – Community First Credit Union and the St. Johns County Cultural Events Division proudly announce the return of Community First Credit Union’s A December To Remember to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. This year’s December To Remember lineup of events features two major concert events that will be free and open to the public – The Blind Boys of Alabama on November 29 and country superstar Clint Black on December 5 – along with the return of the beloved family movie nights, Santa appearances, train rides, and several other family-friendly, community-based holiday festivities. All free, family-friendly events at the Amphitheatre are presented by Friends of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre (FOSAA).
This year’s Community First Credit Union’s “A December To Remember” will be the biggest lineup of events yet, packed with free performances by gospel legends The Blind Boys of Alabama and country superstar Clint Black; free movie screenings of holiday classics like “Elf”, “The Muppet Christmas Carol”, and “A Christmas Story”; an appearance in the St. Augustine Christmas Parade; the St. Augustine Fire Department Chili Cook Off and more. Ticketed events include Handel’s Christmas Messiah, Matisyahu’s Festival of Light and Leon Russell. For a complete listing of free and ticketed December To Remember events, please visit www.staugamphitheatre.com and www.facebook.com/adecembertoremember.
The Amphitheatre will be open to the public and fully decorated all month long with lights, festive décor, a holiday tree, an Elf Village and festive music. Families are invited to enjoy free train rides, visits with Santa, face-painting, a nightly snowfall and a bounce house during several of the free holiday events held at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. To further the mission of spreading goodwill throughout St. Johns County, this year’s December To Remember events will coincide with the City of St. Augustine’s holiday food drive during its annual Nights of Lights. December To Remember and Nights of Lights attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for donation to local charities throughout the season.
“This year’s December To Remember is truly the biggest we’ve ever hosted,” said St. Johns County Cultural Events Division General Manager Ryan Murphy. “It’s very exciting to open the Amphitheatre gates and invite the public out for free performances by The Blind Boys of Alabama on November 29 and Clint Black on December 5, plus all of the movie nights, Santa visits, drive-in theatre events, chili cook-offs and more. We could not do it all without the generous support of our incredible community partners Community First Credit Union and the Friends of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. We are so grateful for their partnerships which support our goal of providing as many free, family-friendly, community-based activities as possible during the holiday season.”
“Community First is proud to present this family-friendly holiday tradition,” said John Hirabayashi, president and CEO of Community First. “The St. Augustine Amphitheatre and the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall continue to create treasured community events. We’re looking forward to the best ever lineup of events this year.”
The St. Johns County Cultural Events Division manages the daily operations of both the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, as well as supports events and festivals throughout St. Johns County. During 2015, over 150,000 visitors attended concerts, festivals, and community events at both venues.
Community First Credit Union of Florida is a state-chartered credit union based in Jacksonville serving anyone who lives or works on the First Coast. Community First is one of the 10 largest credit unions in the state, serving more than 111,000 members and with assets of $1.3 billion. Community First has 17 locations and 300 employees. A not-for-profit, Community First is a full-service financial institution offering banking, loans, mortgages and investments for consumers and businesses throughout the First Coast.