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Menendez Landing at the Mission & Fountain of Youth

Description: This event commemorates the 448th anniversary of the landing of Admiral Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, Founder's Day and the First Thanksgiving taking place at the Mission of Nombre De Dios and the Fountain of Youth.

We will meet at 9:00am at the Mission of Nombre De Dios.  At 10:00am there will be a re-enactment of the landing of Menedez.  From approximately 10:15 to 11:45 will be a Catholic Mass at the Rustic Altar.  During this time we will take the opportunity to go to the Fountain of Youth (individuals can of course stay but please be respectful, the re-enactors at both sites will be observing a period of silence).  After the religious ceremonies, Menendez' entourage will proceed to the Fountain of Youth where they will be welcome by cheers, flag waving, and a set of volleys by small arms and artillery.  At approximately 12:30pm the procession will arrive at the site for a re-enactment of the First Thanksgiving.

During the day members of the Men of Menendez will present living history demonstrations of weapons, material culture, military drills, and camp life in the 16th.

Come on out for what is going to be an excellent opportunity to photograph to 2 photogenic sites and historic re-enactments.

Recommended Skill Level: All

Recommended Equipment: Camera, possibly monopod or tripod

Costs: The Mission of Nombre De Dios is free to visit.  Tickets for the Fountain of Youth is $12.00 for adults.  Tickets can be purchased online here

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  • Ed W.

    I had a great time and met some great folks!

    September 14, 2013

  • Joe S.

    First time at Menendez Landing at the Mission & Fountain of Youth . It was great to meet new people. And I had a great time.

    September 8, 2013

  • Fred

    First time ever visiting Menendez Landing at the Mission & Fountain of Youth. I did get some great shots. This meetup was particularly special because I got the the chance to network with others. This for me was priceless! ;-)

    September 7, 2013

  • Edwin

    I had a great time at the Menendez Landing. I did not go to the Fountain, I have been to it a few times already. It was great to see you all.

    September 7, 2013

  • Frank

    Sadly we have had a death in my family and I will not be able to attend this meetup. However the meetup itself is still happening - my plan was was to stand around just inside the Shrine to meet and greet people. So if you find yourself amongst a gaggle of photographers - take a moment introduce yourselves, have fun, and get lots of great photos.

    September 6, 2013

    • Eduardo M.

      Sorry to hear that Frank. My thoughts are with you

      September 6, 2013

    • Edwin

      I will pray for you and your family. May our Lord give you strength and peace in this time of sorrow. God be with you!

      September 6, 2013

  • Michael K.

    I got to miss this one as well. Will be at Photoshop World.

    August 25, 2013

  • Daryll C.

    Sorry guys, I'll be out of town for this one.

    August 24, 2013

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