A quiet day in St. Augustine
With temperatures bouncing back into the 70s, the clouds blown out to sea and the sunshine returning to the Sunshine State, the Town Criers made a weekday visit to the historic district of St. Augustine, Florida. The Town Criers are a committee of the Saint Augustine Tea Party. [See “A look at Town Crier’s history” in this publication August 26, 2013] The holiday crowds of the last few outings were gone. It is not uncommon to see groups of children and their teachers in the historic district on Fridays. So it was today. Yvonne Heikkinen has been a Town Crier for nearly 3 years. There’s hardly a week that she does not make an appearance on St. George Street. This delightful woman loves to engage the public and maintains a constant smile. A couple years ago, on the Fourth of July, Yvonne thought it would be nice to give out flags to the children. She has had so much fun doing it that she now makes it part of her engagement with the public. Criers report that she does this at her own expense.
Today was a perfect time for Yvonne. Clearly, she enjoys giving out flags and Constitutions, to the youngsters. She is pictured above. While the children enjoyed the sun, the flags and the history, it was noted, by the expressions on their faces and by their body language, that the teachers were not so enchanted with the idea of the Tea Party. “In the past, we have had teachers forbid their student’s acceptance of an American flag and a Constitution,” a Town Crier said. Continuing, “The public should beware that when the Constitution, the American flag and the Tea Party are considered radical and unacceptable, perhaps, the teachers and their unions are the ones who are extreme.”
Town Criers rock Scarlet O’Hara’s
Completing their duties on St. George Street, part of the group proceeded to Scarlet O’Hara’s. Scarlet O’Hara’s is a restaurant and pub which is located in the historic district near Flagler College. Scarlet’s has an outdoor bar and porch where food is served. Upon their arrival customers on the porch wanted their pictures taken holding the Town Crier signage; see picture above. The Town Criers were seated at a table next to the railing of the porch. A Gadsden flag hung over the rail, clearly visible from the street. Town Criers have, for a long time, understood that the yellow Gadsden flag has a special recognition. It has power. The St. Augustine Tea Party Chairman, Lance Thate, made reference to the recognition of the flag by the people and their respect for it, in his presentation at the “Rally in Tally” event in Tallahassee, Florida on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. As the Criers sat there eating, they noticed that the Old Town Trolleys would stop at the stop sign and then turn north. This gave the trolley trains an extended period as they passed. It appears that the public was taken by surprise at the sight the Gadsden flag on Scarlet O’Hara’s porch. Whole trolley cars began responding. At which point, the big red sign which states, OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST was displayed. Several trains passed by and the response was the same, which caused the people on the porch to “rock”. “The public is so ready to acknowledge who and what Obama is and they want him impeached. The liberals hate being exposed! They hate the Tea Party! We were not supposed to be here at their final moment of glory. But, we are and we are not going away,” the Criers said.