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Route 66 – Part 22 – California

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Route 66 – Part 22 – California – Includes Tucumcari NM, Vega TX, Amarillo, Cadillac Ranch, China Town, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Venus Beach, and The Azusa Drive In.

St. Augustine, Florida

This week Tuesday through Sunday: January 22 – 27

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nights-of-lightsTuesday through Sunday: January 22 – 27
Nights of Lights – St. Augustine’s famed Nights of Lights illuminate the nation’s oldest city’s historic district with the gentle glow of more than three million tiny white lights, providing a luminous setting for an exciting agenda of holiday events and fun through January 31. www.NightsofLights.com

2013 Annual Figure & Portrait Show – Expressions of the human form and face lend personality to this exhibit. Artworks may include gesture drawings, academic figure studies, formal portraits or busts and people in groups rendered in any style or material. The St. Augustine Art Association Gallery, 22 Marine St., St. Augustine is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is Free. www.staaa.org

Celebrate Art: 6th Annual Juried Artist Member Exhibition – Thirty-five of the area’s finest artists will present their juried works in this popular members’ exhibition on display through February 15. The galleries are free and open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra, 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-280-0614 www.ccpvb.org

Dressing of the Palms – Complementing Nights of Lights, the Dressing of the Palms in the Town Center at Vilano Beach features holiday decorations adorning over 200 palm trees along Vilano Road and Coastal Highway in Vilano Beach. Through January. Free. Vilano Beach Town Center 260 Vilano Road, St Augustine Phone: 904-540-0402 www.VilanoBeachFL.com

Water Taxi Nights of Lights Tours – Board the Horizons II for a relaxing Nights of Lights tour from the water. Tickets are $39 on weeknights and $49 on weekends. Tours depart from Vilano Beach Fishing Pier, 298 Vilano Road, Vilano Beach. www.jaxwatertaxi.com
904-322-7194

Nights of Lights Wine and Carriage Tour – Step aboard an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage and meander the historic streets on this 45 minute tour. While enjoying the spectacular light display, indulge in a bottle of delicious boutique wine (red or white). Tours depart from Isabella’s Cuban Bar at 19 Cuna Street, at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $46 per person – Adults only! 904-386-5482 www.thetastingtours.com

Hotel Ponce De Leon Carrere & Hastings Blueprint Exhibit – In commemoration of the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Ponce de Leon Hotel, historically and culturally significant ephemera relating to the construction and early years of the Hotel Ponce de Leon will be on display through February 22. This exhibit includes original Carrere and Hastings and McGuire drawings and blueprints, photographs, a copy of an 1885 map, and construction documents. Additionally, the exhibit highlights a group of artists who made the Hotel Ponce de Leon their seasonal home during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Original artwork and other artifacts related to their time in Saint Augustine will also be displayed at Flagler College’s Crisp – Ellert Art Museum, located at 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. The museum is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free. www.ponce125.com 904-829-6481

Tuesday: January 22
Hotel Ponce de Leon 125th Anniversary Community Lecture – A presentation by Dr. Tom Graham titled “Life and Leisure in Flagler’s St. Augustine.” This presentation is part of the commemorative events celebrating The 125th Anniversary of the opening of the Hotel Ponce de Leon. Takes place at 10 a.m. in the Flagler Room at the former Hotel Ponce De Leon, 74 King St., St. Augustine. Admission to the program is free. www.ponce125.com

Tristan MacDonald Book Signing – Meet author Tristan MacDonald and have him personalize a copy of his latest book “Into My Fourth Quarter – Going for Overtime.” Books will be available for purchase for $10 for black and white and $25 for color. If you have already purchased a copy, bring it by for signing anytime between 6 -9 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. The signing takes place at the Raintree Restaurant, 102 San Marco Ave. in St. Augustine. 904-824-7211

Richard Thompson Concert – Named as one of the world’s 20 best guitarists by Rolling Stone magazine, Richard Thompson performs at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $40 and $35. www.pvconcerthall.com 904-209-0399

Wednesday: January 23
Discover First America Series – Juan Ponce de Leon Finds La Florida – Theories and fascinating evidence of the landing of Ponce de León will be explored while re-enactors bring to life the moment when Old World and New World cultures collided. The program will take place at 7 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St. Admission is free. www.StAugustine-450.com

St. Augustine Eco Tours Wildlife Boat Ride – See the natural side of St. Augustine aboard an ultra-stable rigid hull inflatable boat with a front row seat to see historic sites and the amazing animals that call this area home. Departure times vary. Tickets are $35. St. Augustine Eco Tour is located at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. 904-377-7245

Thursday: January 24
Evenings at Whitney: Marine “Jelly Balls” – An evening lecture series about current science topics or on-going research at the Whitney Lab. This lecture about jelly balls, a part of our complex ecosystem, will be presented by Dr. Mark Martindale, Professor of Biology, University of Florida. The lecture takes place at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public. The Center for Marine Studies at Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience is located at 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine (Marineland). 904-461-4000

Friday: January 25
Nation’s Oldest City Kayak Tour – St. Augustine Eco Tours 2-hour program with a unique perspective of the historic Castillo de San Marcos and gorgeous views of Matanzas Bay. Guide will identify wildlife along the way and explain local salt marsh ecology. Stable tandem kayaks make the paddle enjoyable for all. $40 pe person. St. Augustine Eco Torus is located at St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. 904-377-7245 ww.staugustineecotours.com

Marshall Crenshaw & the Bottle Rockets Concert – Pop singer and songwriter Marshall Crenshaw & the Bottle Rockets perform at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $35 & $30. www.pvconcerthall.com
904-209-0399

We Got It Covered – Meet many of St. Augustine’s influential, and at times notorious, celebrities who have appeared on the cover of Old City Life Magazine during the magazine’s first seven years. The free event takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the 233 West King Art Gallery in St. Augustine. Live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres from Culinary Outfitters and a wine tasting included! The gallery is located at 233 West King Street. 904-217-7470

Friday and Saturday: January 25 & 26

New Year’s Rockin Trolley Tour – Take a musical journey back in time aboard the New Year’s Rockin’ Trolley. Featuring the most popular songs of each decade since the 1920′s, the trolley tours through the historic St. Augustine amid the dazzling Nights of Lights holiday display. The Pink Lady hostess and leather-jacketed conductor, characters straight out of Grease, lead guests in singing and dancing their way through musical history. The 35-minute tours depart at 6 and 7 p.m. from St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, 10 W. Castillo Drive. Tickets are $9 adults and $4 children ages 6-12. 904-829-3800
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: January 25 – 27

Limelight Theater Presents Lost in Yonkers – Neil Simon’s coming of age tale about a young man who must come to terms with his bleak life in Yonkers. The production takes place Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are priced at $25 for adults; $22 for seniors; and $20 for students and active-duty military. www.Limelight-Theatre.org 904-825-1164

Saturday: January 26

Matanzas 5000 33rd Annual 5K & Fun Run – The 33rd Annual Matanzas 5K begins at 9 a.m. and the Fun Run begins at 10:15 a.m. from Swing Park at Francis Field, located on Castillo Dr. in St. Augustine, and continues downtown along the historic bayfront. The awards ceremony follows the race. Registration is $20 in advance through January 12th, $25 January 13th – January 25; $30 the day of the race. 904-461-1615 www.ancientcityrr.org www.matanzas5k.com

Living History Days at Fort Mose – From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., volunteers in period clothing offer visitors a fascinating glimpse into the past at the site of the first, legally-sanctioned, free black community in the United States. Program is weather permitting. Fort Mose State Park is located at 15 Fort Mose Trail in St. Augustine. Admission is $4 per vehicle or $2 for pedestrians or bicyclists. Info: 904-823-2232 www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose

St. Augustine Chocolate Tour – Guided journey to the finest chocolatiers in St. Augustine. Learn the history of chocolate while sampling truffles, pastries, and gooey delights. The 2 hours tour departs at 1:30 p.m. from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center at 27 San Marco Ave. The tour cost is $60. 904-829-3800
www.trolleytours.com/st-augustine/tour-chocolate.asp

Uptown Saturday Night – From 5 – 9 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month, experience live music, refreshments, new exhibits, book signings and much more at the galleries, antique stores and unique shops on St. Augustine’s San Marco Avenue between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. The Mission Nombre de Dios provides FREE PARKING. 904-823-9263.

Sunset/Moonrise at The St. Augustine Lighthouse – Enjoy the sunset and moonrise from the most unique perspective in all of St. Augustine – the top of the Lighthouse! This special event includes a champagne toast, provided by San Sebastian Winery, hors d’oeuvres from The Reef and an informative overview of the history of the St. Augustine Light Station, 81 Lighthouse Ave. Admission is $25 for non-museum members and $20 for members. Advance ticket purchase required. 904-829-0745
www.staugustinelighthouse.org

Torchlight Tours at Fort Matanzas National Monument – Spanish reenactors conduct spectacular nighttime firings of two six-pounder reproduction cannons. Tours will depart the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center dock at 6:00, 6:45, 7:30 and 8:15 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be available beginning January 13th only at the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center. The cost is $7 per person and children 3 and under are free. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at 8635 A1A at the south end of Anastasia Island approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. 904-471-0116 www.nps.gov/foma

EMMA Concert Series: The China National Symphony Orchestra – One of the most outstanding professional symphony orchestras in Asia, performs at 8 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St. in St. Augustine. Tickets are $35 per person. www.EmmaConcerts.com 904-797-2800

Sunday: January 27

Royal Family Transfer of Office
Colorful transfer of royal duties from the 2012 Royal Family to the 2013 Royal Family composed of heritage residents representing Queen Marianna, King Juan Carlos and Princess Margarita Maria — the Spanish Royal Family of 1672, the year in which work began on the Castillo de San Marcos. The event begins at 2 p.m. at the Isabella Gardens located at the corner of Hypolita and St. George Streets in St. Augustine. 904-829-2333

Local Resident Specials

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St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Spanish Military Hospital Museum, and the Historic Tours of Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission isfree to everyone at the Authentic Old Drug Store, Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed).

Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum and Red Train Tours will be offering discoutned rates to St. John’s County residents through February 8, 2013. Admission to Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-11. The Red Train tours will also extend this discount to residents for a one day pass on the Red Trains!

Source: Visitors and Convention Bureau

St. Augustine, Florida

This Weekend in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, & The Beaches: September 14 – 16

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Friday: September 14
First Muster at Florida National Guard Barracks

The Florida National Guard and Florida Department of Military Affairs, in partnership with La Compañía de Santiago (The Company of St. James), a member unit of Florida Living History, Inc., will commemorate the 447th anniversary of the first mustering of America’s original citizen-soldiers and the “birthday” of the US National Guard. This heritage Event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Florida National Guard’s headquarters in the St. Francis Barracks, at 82 Marine St., in St. Augustine. The museum will have an open house until 3 p.m. and a military retreat with historical re-enactors will take place from 3-3:30 p.m. Admission is free.1-877-FLA-HIST

Saturday: September 15
Florida Heritage Book Festival

Celebrate Florida’s rich and colorful literary heritage at the Florida Heritage Book Festival at the Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla Street in St. Augustine. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be author presentations and a book marketplace. At 11:45 a.m., Jeff Lindsay will be there to sign copies of his Dexter novels – the basis for the popular TV series of the same name on the Showtime network. His wife, Hilary Hemingway, niece of Ernest Hemingway, will be there too. Admission is free. www.fhbookfest.com

Coastal Cleanup Day

From 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. Local volunteers can join over a half million people in more than 150 countries cleaning up the shores of rivers, lakes, streams and oceans. Participants can pick up their supplies from the GTM Research Reserve’s Environmental Education Center, located at 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach South or the Marineland office, 9741 Ocean Shore Blvd, St. Augustine. The Reserve hopes to have people cleaning the Atlantic shoreline throughout Florida’s Historic Coast. 904-823-4500

3rd Saturday Beach Walk

Join GTM Research Reserve volunteers Rick and Roz Edwards for a beach walk at the Guana South beach location. Learn about the animals that call the beach their home as well as seashells and other interesting facts. This is a “Beaches 101″ experience that the entire family will enjoy. 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. http://www.gtmnerr.org/events.htm

Tolomato Cemetery Tours

The self-guided and docent led tours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Tolomato Cemetery, an historic cemetery is located on Cordova Street, the site of an earlier Franciscan Indian mission (Our Lady of Guadalupe of the Tolomato) in St Augustine. Burials officially ceased in 1884. Visits are free of charge, but visitors are encouraged to offer a donation. All money goes to the preservation and restoration of the cemetery. For more information, visit www.tolomatocemetery.com

Kayak Astronomy Tour

Paddle beneath the stars and then drift on the quiet waters of the Guana River during this special astronomy tour presented by Ripple Effects Eco Tours. Guides point out both nature and the constellations on this unforgettable nighttime adventure. The tour, from 7-9 p.m., begins at the GTM midway between Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine. Tickets are only $55 for adults. Plus, their kayaking tours of the beautiful Matanzas basin depart daily from Marineland. For details and reservations, call904-347-1565 or check out their complete schedule of tours at www.rippleeffectecotours.com

Vegas Revue

Kevon Remonte and Trey Dees present a dazzling visual and vocal tribute to some of the greatest singers of all time – Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, Lou Rawls and many others! It all takes place at 7 p.m. at the Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez, 259 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. Tickets are only $12 and can be ordered by calling 904-824-8874.

Saturday & Sunday: September 15 & 16
Ecology Boat Tour

Join St. Augustine Eco Tours aboard their comfortable explorer boat for a 12+-mile excursion. Use the boat’s underwater microphones to listen in on dolphin conversations and see fascinating wildlife. Learn something new from the naturalist guide – guaranteed! Departs from the St. Augustine City Marina at 10 a.m. and noon each day. Tickets are $35 per person. Call 904-377-7245 for reservations.

Local Resident Specials

NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Spanish Military Hospital Museum, and the Historic Tours of Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are freeto everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Authentic Old Drug Store, Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed).

NEW: St. Johns County residents who purchase full-price admisssion to the St. Augustine Lighthouse ($9.50 adults; $7.50 seniors and children 12 and under; free for children under 44 inches in height) can now receive a pass good for free admission for an entire year! The Lighthouse is now open until 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.. Also, on the first Monday of each month, St. Johns County residents are admitted free to the Dow Museum of Historic Houses, 246 St. George Street, St. Augustine.NEW: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID now receive FREE admission to the Oldest House in St. Augustine.

Source: Visitors and Conventions Bureau

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St. Johns County Road and Bridge Department to Improve the Safety and Accessibility of North Beach Subdivision

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The St. Johns County Road and Bridge Department is scheduled to begin construction on Oak Street in the North Beach Subdivision of Anastasia Island on September 4. The work is estimated to be complete in approximately four weeks.

The project consists of paving Oak Street between 12th St. and 13th St. and correcting the alignment of the existing pavement between 13th St. and 14th St. The improvements made to Oak Street will allow greater accessibility for public and emergency response vehicles, increased visibility of children and pedestrians, and create a safer traffic path for residents whose driveways meet Oak Street.

By paving the uneven dirt section of Oak Street, the County will also eliminate costly grating maintenance. During construction, short periods of road closings are anticipated. Signs will be posted to assist in redirecting through traffic.

Source: St. Johns County

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This Weekend in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, & The Beaches: August 31 – September 2

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Friday: August 31
St. Augustine Lighthouse Sunset/MoonriseEnjoy the sunset and moonrise from the most unique perspective in all of St. Augustine – the top of the Lighthouse! This special event includes a champagne toast, provided by San Sebastian Winery, hors d’oeuvres from The Reef and an informative overview of the history of the St. Augustine Light Station. The tour takes place from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m. at the St. Augustine Lighthouse located at 81 Lighthouse Avenue. The fee is $25 for non-museum members and $20 for members. Reservations are required.904-829-0745  www.StAugustineLighthouse.org Stars Flashin’ with Passion for Fashion

Several fashion designers fight to stay in and become the top fashion designer for 2012. The competition takes place at 7 p.m. at the Pioneer Barn at Old Florida Museum, located at 259 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.     904-824-8874 http://oldfloridamuseum.com/index_files/Calender.htm

Before and After 1565: A Participatory Examination of St. Augustine’s Native American History

Through October 19, an examination of the rich history of the First Coast’s indigenous population, as well as the later history of Native American internment at the Castillo de San Marcos, on display at Flagler College Crisp-Ellert Art Museum located at 48 Sevilla Street, St. Augustine. The museum is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free Admission.  www.flagler.edu/crispellert/upcoming-exhibitions/index.html

Friday thru Monday: August 31-September 3
Blue Moon Sails…and moreThe Schooner Freedom will offer two, rare Blue Moon Sails — one each on Friday and Saturday, departing from the St. Augustine City Marina at 8:45 p.m. and returning at 10 p.m. There will not be another blue moon until 2015. In addition, the Freedom will be sailing all weekend with 12:15-2 p.m. day sails and 6:15 p.m. two-hour sunset sails. Tickets for each trip, including the Blue Moon Sails, are $35 per person and include complimentary soda, water, beer and wine. Plus, you can bring your own picnic basket for the entire family! For reservations, call 904-810-1010www.schoonerfreedom.comPatriot Days at World Golf Hall of Fame

The World Golf Hall of Fame is joining with the PGA of America in support of the sixth annual Patriot Golf Days, which benefit the Fields of Honor Foundation which provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving. The World Golf Hall of Fame will match donations from visitors collected at the box office for Folds of Honor. For more information, go to the Events Calendar at www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org

Saturday: September 1
Platters, Coasters, Drifters and Temptations Salute

Former Platters lead-singer Myles Savage presents a Motown musical salute at the Pioneer Barn at Fort Matanzas, 239 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine. Performances are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. – plus there’s an exhibition of classic cars throughout the day. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.904-824-8874http://oldfloridamuseum.com/index_files/Calender.htm
Faver-Dykes Kayaking Tour
A guided kayaking eco-tour led by a Ripple Effect’s interpretive naturalist guide includes instruction in proper kayaking techniques. The cost is $55 which includes the finest kayaking equipment and admission to the park.  Space is limited to ensure a high quality experience.  Faver Dykes State Park is located at 1000 Faver Dykes Road of US 1 South and I-95, St. Augustine. 904-347-1565  www.RippleEffectEcoTours.com
Sunset Celebration At Vilano Beach Town Center
See a spectacular St. Augustine sunset cast from across the bay at the Vilano Beach Town Center, 95 Vilano Road. This special event includes artistic performers, local arts and crafts and genuine Old Florida surprises. Dine on food samples from businesses along Vilano Road and see why Vilano Beach is the best-kept hidden treasure in the county. Floating docks near the pier allow for waterway transport from the mainland to the island – just as in the early Flagler days. The event is from 3:00 pm to dusk every first Saturday of the month at the Vilano Beach Pier and Pavilion. Free to the public.www.vilanobeachfl.com  904.540-0402.
Historic Haunts Author at Ripley’s
Jamie Roush Pearce, author of Historic Haunts Florida, will be signing copies of her book beginning at 6 p.m. at Ripley’s Believe It or Not’s Castle Warden in St. Augustine. Roush features Castle Warden in her book, especially the story of the two female hotel guests who died in a fire there n 1944. She maintains the women were murdered and attributes other paranormal activity in the building to the bizarre items displayed there in Ripley’s museum. For more information, call 904-824-1606.
Saturday & Sunday: September 1 & 2
International Vulture Awareness Days at St. Augustine Alligator FarmExhibits and demonstrations about the Vultures of the World at St. Augustine Alligator Farm, located at 999 Anastasia Boulevard, St. Augustine. Activities include vulture presentations, Kidz Zone – build a Vulture nest, vulture displays, and interactive self-guided quizzes and games. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission is Adults $21.95. Children $10.95 (ages 3-11). www.alligatorfarm.comHomes For Our Troops CookoutAmerican Legion Post 37, located along St. Augustine’s historic bayfront will be barbecuing burgers, hot dogs, and brats from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to help fund the construction of a new specially adapted home in Saint Augustine. This Homes For Our Troops project will benefit Marine Gunnery Sergeant John Hayes who was on his 4th deployment when he lost both of his legs and suffered life-threatening injuries in Sangin, Afghanistan on December 28, 2010. http://legionpost37.com

Catamaran Excursions

Celebrate Saturday thru Monday with a relaxing excursion aboard St. Augustine Eco Tour’s catamaran. Traverse Matanzas Bay and learn about manatees, dolphins and more! Perfect for the entire family. Departures are at 12:15; 2:45; and 5:15 p.m. Tickets are $45 for adults and $35 for children. For reservations, call 904-377-7245.  www.StAugstineEcoTours.com

Monday (Labor Day): September 3
Labor Day Concert In The PlazaCelebrate Labor Day at a free concert by the St. Augustine Jazz Society in St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitucion, 1 King Street. The free concert takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. 904-825-1004.   http://www.plazaconcerts.com
Local Resident Specials
NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden SchoolhouseSpanish Military Hospital Museum, and the Historic Tours of Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are freeto everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Authentic Old Drug StoreFort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed).
NEW:  St. Johns County residents who purchase full-price admisssion to the St. Augustine Lighthouse ($9.50 adults; $7.50 seniors and children 12 and under; free for children under 44 inches in height) can now receive a pass good for free admission for an entire year!  The Lighthouse is now open until 6 p.m. on  Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.. Also, on the first Monday of each month, St. Johns County residents are admitted free to the Dow Museum of Historic Houses, 246 St. George Street, St. Augustine.NEW: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID now receive FREE admission to the Oldest House in St. Augustine.Source: Visitors and Convention Bureau
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This Weekend in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches

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Thursday: May 31
Christening of Fuego del Mar
This evening, the St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation will christen Fuego del Mar, the 16th century boathouse and boatyard located the Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine. This will be the site of the construction of a full-sized Spanish chalupa and a caravel. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. and will feature music, refreshments, silent auction, raffle and demonstration of 16th century boat-building techniques. Admission is $25 (includes a Foundation membership) or $5 for foundation members. For more details, go to www.staugmaritimeheritage.org

Friday: June 1
First Friday Art Walk
The latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at more than 20 St. Augustine art galleries. Old Town Trolleys offer free round-trips to the heart of the art district from the San Sebastian Winery, 157 King Street, or go on your own self-guided art walk. Galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m. 904.829.0065,www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com

Parents’ Night Out
Let the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park entertain your kids (ages 5-12) from 6-10 p.m. with pizza, crafts, hand-on animal presentations, zoo tour, games and fun! $25 for members; $30 for non-members. Pre-registration required, call Katie at 904.824.3337, x29.

Campfire Program at Anastasia State Park
Park rangers or volunteers present campfire programs on topics ranging from bird watching to star-gazing. Admission to the park, located at 1340 A1A South in St. Augustine, is $8 per vehicle. 904.461.2033 www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia

Friday & Saturday: June 1-2
Drake’s Raid
The English corsair, Sir Francis Drake, and his raiders return to St. Augustine in an authentic re-creation of the 1586 sack of the city. Open to the public, the raiders’ camp at the Fountain of Youth Park, 11 Magnolia Avenue, features displays of the arms and armor, craft skills, and lifestyles of the period explained by costumed interpreters. In the late afternoon on Saturday, Drake and his followers will descend on the city’s historic district to skirmish with the town’s Spanish defenders. 904.829.9792,
www.DrakesRaid.com

Ghost Hunt at the Old Jail
Paranormal Seekers lead late-night investigations at St. Augustine’s Old Jail, 167 San Marco Avenue. Tours are every Friday and Saturday night through October and begin at 10:45 p.m. Admission fees are $80 for Adults and $35 for children under 12. 904- 829-3800

Saturday: June 2

Anastasia State Park 18th Annual Beach Bash

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., sand castle building, scavenger hunts, nature walks, and other fun family activities. There will be interpretive programs given by park rangers, a Bird Walk, and the famous “Low Tide Bike Ride”. Prizes will be awarded! Admission to the park is $8 per vehicle for up to 8 people and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. The park is located at 1340 A1A South in St. Augustine – just 2 miles form downtown.904.461.2035, www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia

Every Woman’s Handmade Arts & Crafts Festival
Featuring local and regional women artists and hand-crafted items including original paintings and prints, pottery and ceramics, beaded and semi-precious stone jewelry and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Johns County Pier Park and Pavilion, 305 A1A, in St. Augustine Beach. 904-347.3638, www.everywomansart.moonfruit.com

Historic Weapons Demonstrations at Fort Matanzas
The 18th century Spanish fort that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. From 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors will demonstrate Spanish muskets and cannons. Admission is free including the ferry ride from Rattlesnake Island. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at 8635 A1A at the south end of Anastasia Island approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. 904.471.0116.www.nps.gov/foma

Sunset Celebration at Vilano Beach Town Center
See a spectacular St. Augustine sunset cast from across the bay at the Vilano Beach Town Center, 95 Vilano Road. This special event includes artistic performers, local arts and crafts and genuine Old Florida surprises. Dine on food samples from businesses along Vilano Road and see why Vilano Beach is the best-kept hidden treasure in the county. Floating docks near the pier allow for waterway transport from the mainland to the island – just as in the early Flagler days. The event is from 3:00 pm to dusk every first Saturday of the month at the Vilano Beach Pier and Pavilion. Free to the public. 904.540-0402, www.vilanobeachfl.com

Saturday & Sunday: June 2-3
Sirenia Eco Cruise
Hop aboard the 27-foot catamaran Sirenia named after Florida’s official state marine mammal – the manatee. Two hours is the perfect amount of time to cruise the estuary in search of wildlife and take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the Matanzas River. Lay on the trampoline to catch some rays or watch the Captain work the sails – the choice is yours! 3:45 and 6:15p.m. departure times. $45/adult and $35/kids. Call St. Augustine Eco Tours for reservations at (904) 377-7245

Nature Movies at GTM Reserve
The GTM Research Reserve will present the nature movie “End of the Line” every Saturday and Sunday during the month of June at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The world’s first major documentary about the devastating effect of overfishing premiered at Sundance Film Festival. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children age 10 to 17 and children under 10 are free. The GTM Environmental Education Center is located at 500 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500

Sunday: June 3
Visiting Marching Band Parade
Tour Saint Augustine Inc. & Entourage Management present the Riverside Brookfield High Marching Band, performing & marching up Cordova Street beginning from the City Plaza at 1pm. Visiting from Riverside, Illinois the marching band will tour the Nation’s Oldest City while on a cruise of the Florida coast. The band will perform a number of musical ensemble pieces and be escorted by Tour Saint Augustine Inc. guides in period dress. This event is free to the public. For more information contact: Tour Saint Augustine Inc. at 904-825-0087 or www.staugustinetours.com

 

 

Source: Jay Humphreys, Communications Director, Visitors and Convention Bureau

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