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DATELINE: St. Augustine, Florida – 2nd International Conference Wrap-Up – Welcoming Reception -Wednesday March 15, 2017

Hello, all.  As promised in a prior Newsletter post, what follows Is the first in a series of Newsletter items summarizing the events associated with the recent Conference held at Flagler College in St. Augustine a few weeks ago.

Since this report is rather long and contains numerous pictures, it was determined that it would make better sense to post this summary in several installments rather than in one extremely long post. We believe this approach will make reading about the Conference and related events more enjoyable.

For those of you who were fortunate enough to be there, I hope you will find that this wrap up will bring back some pleasant memories. For those who could not make it, I hope that this will allow you to at least enjoy the pictures and live the moment vicariously.

If you would like to see the real thing, though, you may wish to contact David Lisot, Executive Producer for  The Fleet Society hired David to record the Conference and events associated with the Conference, such as the receptions and dinner. More about the receptions and dinner later. But for now, let’s go back and review the events of March 15 – 18, 2017 in St. Augustine.

Wednesday,  March 15, 2017, 5:00 PM:  Welcoming Reception, Virginia Room,  Ringhaver Student Center, Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida

The official start to the 2nd International Conference on the 1715 Fleet was on Wednesday afternoon when the Fleet Society sponsored a reception to greet Conference attendees and presenters.

The reception was catered by Flagler College Catering which, incidentally, catered several of our events. Handled by Sue Baker, the food and service were absolutely superb. About 45 people attended this reception and it was the perfect beginning to the Conference that was scheduled to begin the next day.

Manual Almeida and his wife, Teresa, at the Welcoming Reception, Flagler College, Wednesday, March 15, 2017.    Photo courtesy John de Bry

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