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Frank and Mary Lee Sweet perform as Backintyme. Dressed in 19th century clothing, they share stories and music from the pages of history. Each performance piece consists of an anedote drawn from historical research, interwoven with a related song of the time. The stories tell what people did back then. They form the source of our knowledge of the past. The songs reveal what they felt. They weave the fabric of our understanding.

Thursday, July 11 from 1-2 pm at The Waterworks, 184 San Marco Avenue in uptown St. Augustine, Florida. Admission is FREE. The Waterworks is available through the generosity of the City of St. Augustine and the St. Johns Cultural Council.


Soldiers and Romance in Colonial St. Augustine

Backintyme presents a collection of stories and songs from 1785 St. Augustine. The change from British to Spanish rule saw the departure of 10,000 British residents, replaced by 450 Irish soldiers and a handful of Spanish administrators. During the chaotic transition, military balls sparkled, friendships were made and broken, love affairs flourished and withered, and unruly teenagers were raised. Hear tales from history garnished with baroque contradance tunes, popular songs of the day, and marching songs of the Inniskilling Dragoons and the Regimiento de Hibernia.


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