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The Saint Augustine Tea Party at Prime Osborn

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SATP AT Prime Osborn Gun Show

The Saint Augustine Tea Party (SATP) maintained a table at the North Florida Arms Collectors Gun, Knife and Militaria Show for the two-day event on June 7 and 8, 2014. It was reported that the SATP has been engaged in various fundraising activities since acquiring the Dartmouth on March 7, 2014. The Dartmouth is pictured below. [The original Dartmouth was one of three ships, in the Boston Harbor, from which tea was thrown overboard by the “Sons of Liberty” on December 16, 1763] In the early days of the Tea Party movement, the modern day replica of the Dartmouth made many appearances in parades and rallies in Northeast Florida and Georgia. It also made trips to Washington, DC during the massive Tea Party rallies held in 2009 and 2010 in the Nation’s Capital. The modern day replica of the Dartmouth was constructed by an early Tea Party activist, Glenn Lord.

SATP meets its Fundraising Goal

In spite of a rather light attendance at the Prime Osborn Center Gun Show, the SATP experienced an exceptionally successful event. The SATP was the only Tea Party attending the exhibit. Acceptance of the Tea Party presence was similar to the acceptance experienced by the Town Criers in the historic district of St. Augustine, Florida. The Town Criers are a Committee of the SATP [See “A look at Town Crier’s history” August 26, 2013 at http://www.examiner.com/review/a-look-at-town-crier-s-history] A spokesman for the Tea Party announced that all promotional costs and the funds necessary to complete the Dartmouth purchase were secured by the end of this weekend event at the Prime Osborn. The Dartmouth’s next scheduled duty is for July 4, 2014 in the historic district of St. Augustine, Florida.

“The Tea Party movement and the people are united. Neither political party understands this. I offer you, as evidence, the recent Tea Party victory in Virginia, of Dave Brat over Eric Cantor, Republican Majority Whip,” said Dave Heimbold, SATP Media Chairman, with delight.

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