Public Garden Party In Fatio
House, Garden Is Set, April 18th
The date is April 18th; the The Colonial Dames are selling
occasion is the Garden Party at tickets, and those who have not
the Fatio House on Aviles Street, secured them in advance may
with the Colonial Dames, owners procure them at the Garden Gate
of the property, sponsoring. The the day of the party. Those at-
hours will be from 11:00 a.m. to tending will be served refresh.
9:00 p.m., and tickets may be ments and will enjoy such ex-
secured at the Garden Gate. Re- hibits as dolls, fans and old
sidents in general are asked to quilts. Many charming gift ideas
remember the date and the occa- will be found at the "treasure
sion. table." Items there have -been
Above all, citizens are asked donated by the Colonial Dames.
to remember the purpose of the There will also be a "pantry
party, which is to raise money shelf," where home-made pre-
with which the Colonial Dames serves and jellies will be of-
of Florida may continue their fered.
preservation and maintenance The house, which is the mu-
work on historic and picturesque seum house of Florda's Colonal
Aviles Street. Dames, will be open throughout
e C nia D h givn the hours of the party, and will
The Colonial Dames have given be in gala dress for the event.
consideration to preservation, This promises to he an out-
mkintenance and restoration in This promises to be an out-
m maintenance and restoration in standing event of springtime, and
St. Augustine for many years as so much interest is being
They have been among leaders shown in advance, with many
of the work in this community shown in advance, with many
of the work i this community questions being asked, it is ex-
for a generation or more, when pected that attendance will ful-
they started marking historic fill the hopes of the Colonial
sites. They placed a bronze plaque Dames in raising a substantial
in Castillo de San Marcos, long sum or eir fine program of
before the National Park Serv- sum for their fine program of
ice launched its comprehensive This fits into the picture of
program of preservation at the St. Augustine today, with so
fine old fortification. They, also much interest being taken in
placed a plaque on the City preservation and restoration. The
Gesi. o b m recent trip to Williamsburg of
Desiring to be more closelyome fifty prominent citizens,
identified with e toric city financed by he two local banks
they purchased the Fatio House and the St Augustine Record,is
in 1939. At the time the restor- indicative of the renewed interest.
ation program for St. Augustine ___
was flowering, with the Car-
negie Institution having a w-
arearg team here to acquire su-
thentic information, and make a
program that would help put St.
Augustine before the eyes of the
nation as the Oldest Permanent
Settlement in continental United
States. Much was accomplished
to arouse interest, with the St.
Augustine Historiacal Society
and the Colonial Dames among
Although the program did not
develop as hoped for, these or-
ganizations have continued their
work, and new groups that have
come into being to help in pre-
serving and restoring the old at-
mosphere of the city are the
Aviles Street Guild, and the St.
George Street Improvement As-
sociation. Many individuals have
also been at work, and have ac-
complished worthwhile things.
The Colonial Dames applaud
these fine efforts, and accom-
plishments, and meanwhile have
continued to expand their own
program. Last summer they ac-
quired the property to the north
of the Fatio House, this being
bought from Mrs. Daisy Pfeiffer,
whose husband, the late Heinrich
Pfeiffer, was a prominent mem-
ber of the local arts colony. Al-
though the building on the lot"
is of comparatively recent origin,
the land itself has a long history,
belonging to the Spanish regime
of St. Augustine., It is located
between the Public Library build-
ing and the Fatio House. Feeling
that the interests of Aviles Street
could best be served by leasing
the property to a person of recog-
nized artistic ability, the Colonial
Dames accepted as a tenant Mrs.
Anthony Thieme, whose late hus-
band was one of the best-known
artists ever to winter here. Mrs.
Thieme opened a gallery there,
and has made house and garden
a delightful and picturesque ad-