The St. Johns Council on Aging will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a 450th + 1 Author Luncheon. The community is invited to hear authentic folk music from the island of Menorca and sample free datil pepper products developed from old Menorcan recipes by long-time St. Johns County residents Sylvia and Kenny Johns.
A luncheon of Menorcan clam chowder and pilau served with chicken will precede a short talk and reading by St. Augustine poet Ann Browning Masters. Masters, who is of Floridano and Menorcan descent, will share some of the bold and humorous stories from her book “Floridanos, Menorcans, Cattle-Whip Crackers: Poetry of St. Augustine”. She’ll also describe how four visits to the island of Menorca shaped her understanding of local oral traditions, including those about the beloved datil pepper and fromajardis.
The cost for the luncheon is $20 and is due at registration by or before Tuesday, September 13.
KJ’s datil pepper jams, jellies, and pickled products will be available for sale. “Floridanos, Menorcans, Cattle-Whip Crackers: Poetry of St. Augustine”, published by the Florida Historical Society Press, will also be available for sale and signing.