Vilano Fest 2019
Tunes, Tastes and Tours
Members of the public will have an opportunity to celebrate the history and unique character of Vilano Beach on Nov. 2 and 3 when Vilano Fest returns for the third year running. This popular event features a themed party on the Vilano Beach pier and a tour of homes representing the uniqueness and diversity of the community.
Here’s a look at the festivities:
Sea Turtle Soiree
The Roaring ’20s will be back as guests don tuxedos, top hats and flapper dresses to revisit the Art Deco period of Vilano Beach’s past. The party will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 2 under a 200-foot lighted tent at the far end of the community’s pier on the Intracoastal Waterway. Those attending will have a view of the sunset at 6:37 p.m. over the Tolomato River.
Music by the Ramona Band trio and eight-piece big band will set the mood, and gourmet dining will be catered by the Reef Restaurant. The menu will include passed appetizers, including smoked salmon crostini, chicken liver pate and bruschetta, and mains will be shrimp and grits, jambalaya, pasta salad, fresh vegetables and house salad.
There will also be a cash bar.
Tickets are $60 and must be purchased in advance at vilanofest.com. There is a limited VIP package for two available for $175, which includes tickets for both the Soiree and Sunday’s Tour of Homes, VIP parking and first VIP tour trolley, swag bag and a bottle of champagne at the Soiree.
For more information about The Reef Restaurant, go to thereefstaugustine.com.
Tour of Homes
This year’s tour will feature homes with water views from mid-century beach cottages to a modern home built by the title sponsor, Generation Homes. Guests will be transported by Old Town Trolley.
The eight-stop tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 3. Tickets cost $20 and are limited in quantity. They must be purchased in advance at vilanofest.com.
The tour begins at Magic Beach Motel, 50 Vilano Road, built in 1951 and known as a set for movies and the TV series “Safe Harbor” starring Rue McClanahan and Gregory Harrison. The hotel’s décor includes St. Augustine-themed murals on room walls.
There will be a refreshment stop at the North Shores Community Center where local restaurants, including Everything Bagel, Puccini’s Pizzeria and Beaches at Vilano, will serve food and drinks, with music provided by Chelsea Saddler and Jim Johnston.
Every year, a Vilano Beach artist is selected to paint the homes on the tour. This year’s artist is Barb Valentine, who paints with oil on canvas in a plein-air setting. The paintings are featured in the Tour of Homes printed booklet and given to the home owner as a gift.
Vilano Fest was begun by a group of residents who are passionate about their small, eclectic and growing beach community. Event partners are Generation Homes, The Reef Restaurant, OId Town Trolley Tours and North Shores Improvement Association.
Proceeds from the event will be reinvested in the community to improve quality of life, lighting and walkability.
Vilano Beach was designed by a New York developer in the late 1920s at the same time that highway A1A was constructed by mules dragging slip pans behind them to help complete a route from Maine to the Florida Keys. A new revitalization began in 1997 by residents in partnership with St. Johns County to build a sustainable, pedestrian-friendly Vilano Beach Town Center.
For further information, go to vilanofest.com.