9/01/2014

Labor Day Events and Post-Labor Day: Educator Appreciation at Ripleys, First Friday Art Walk, Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration and More!

September 1, 2014
Monday - Sunday: September 1 - 7
Journey To The South Pacific at IMAX Theater - www.worldgolfimax.com 
 
Educator Appreciation Days at Ripley's Believe It or Not! - The original Ripley's Believe It or Not! hosts Educator Appreciation days for teachers from Sept. 2 - Oct. 19. Teachers are admitted free of charge and guests receive a 50% discount on tickets at this popular St. Augustine attraction. 19 San Marco Avenue. 904-824-1606 www.facebook.com/staugustineripleys
 
Nao Victoria Tour - Tour this full-sized replica 16th century Spanish tall ship. Currently docked at the St. Augustine City Marina, the Nao Victoria is a replica of the first ship to successfully circumnavigate the world commanded by Ferdinand Magellan in the 16th century. The ship is available for tours Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 1- a.m.to 7 p.m.Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth.111 Avenida Menendez. 904-824-1606 www.elgaleon.org/noavictoriaship 
  
For a complete list of  eco/kayak, food, and history tours, and other special tours taking place on Florida's Historic Coast this week, visit Florida'sHistoricCoast.com/events 
Monday: September 1
Patriot Golf Days at the Hall of Fame - The World Golf Hall of Fame joins with the PGA of America in support of the seventh annual Patriot Golf Days, which benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation (www.FoldsofHonor.org). The Foundation provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving. World Golf Hall of Fame will match donations from visitors collected at the box office for Folds of Honor. The World Golf Hall of Fame is open Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.   Adult admission is $19.50, $18.50 for seniors and $10 for students. One World Golf Pl., St. Augustine. 904-940-4123 www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org
Wednesday:  September 3
First Wednesday: Lightner Museum Curator Tours - Lightner Museum curator provides a themed interactive tour designed to give participants an opportunity to see acquisitions in operation rather than just as static displays.   The tour, which is included in admission, takes place at 10 a.m. on the second floor of Lightner Museum.   Regular admission is $10 adults; $6 for active duty military; $5 college student and youth ages 12-18; under 12 are free. 75 King St., St. Augustine 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org
 
Farmer's Arts and Crafts Market - Farmer's Market located at the oceanside St. Johns County Pier Park featuring selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more!  Open 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. rain or shine. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 904-347-8007
 
Music by the Sea Concert Series 2014 - Every Wednesday night through September 24, live concerts take place from 7 - 9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion. This week 's band is Mid-Life Crisis playing Classic R/R. Cafe Atlantico Restaurant will offer signature dinners for $10.  Admission is free.  For comfortable seating, bring a folding chair.  350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach 904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.org
Friday:  September 5

First Friday Art Walk  - From 5 - 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, the Art Galleries of St. Augustine feature new exhibits, refreshments and live music at more than 20 galleries. The event is held rain or shine inside the member galleries and is a free, self-guided walking tour (tour maps available at participating galleries). Plus, free Art Walk Trolleys and Trains provided by St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys, provide free transportation throughout downtown for the art walk.   832-779-2781 www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org
 
Hand, Voice and Vision Exhibition - Artists' books by 36 artists published over 30 years by the Women's Studio Workshop are featured at the opening of this new exhibit at The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College. The exhibit, which continues through Oct. 18, is a comprehensive retrospective featuring some of the most influential book artists in America. The opening is from 5 - 9 p.m. The Museum is open Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 - 4 p.m. 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8530 www.flagler.edu/crispellert
 
Courtney Asztalos: Bourbon Street Exhibition - From 6 - 9 p.m., the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College hosts the opening of artist Courtney Asztalos' exhibition titled "Bourbon Street." The exhibit, which runs through Oct. 18, features photographs, screen grabs and an artists' book that explores the mysterious histories and alluring tourism of New Orleans. The Museum is open Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 - 4 p.m. 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8530 www.flagler.edu/crispellert
 
Meet the Treasure Hunters - From 6 - 8 p.m., the St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum hosts Mark Anthony, a treasure diver and collector known worldwide, and founder of St. Augustine's 'Treasures by Mark Anthony'. To have an item appraised by Anthony, send a photo of it along with a brief description to tracy@thepiratementmuseum.com in advance. The event is free. 12 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine 877-467-5863 www.thepiratemuseum.com
 
Friday - Sunday:  September 5-7
The St. Augustine Outdoorsman Adventure and Boat Show - The outdoorsman's show of the year takes place daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Augustine's Francis Field, located behind the Historic Downtown Parking Facility on West Castillo Drive. All kinds of outdoor gear for hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and boating will be on display, including RV's, ATV's, kayaks, canoes, surf equipment, fishing boats, sportswear and more. There will even be outdoor survival and how-to clinics throughout the weekend. Admission is $5. There will also be several large boats exhibited at the City Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. Contact Mike Cunningham, 904-501-4556 http://saoabs.com/home.html
 
St. Augustine Art Association's Font: The Language of Letters - Inspired by the written word from typography to poetry, this special invitational installation showcases unique works by students and faculty of Flagler College's Art Department and continues through Sept. 28. The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday noon - 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 - 5 p.m. Admission is free. 22 Marine St. St. Augustine. 904-824-2310 http://www.staaa.org
Saturday:  September 6
Old City Farmers' Market -Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more.  Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheater. Open 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733
   
GTM Research Reserve Guided Cultural Hike - The first Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. features a Guided Cultural Hike that focuses on the Guana Peninsula's 5,000 years of human history This 1.5 mile guided walking tour departs from the Trailhead Pavilion located just west of the Guana Dam. The programs are free.   There is a $3 parking fee. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach 904-823-4500  http://gtmnerr.org
 
Living History Day at Fort Matanzas - From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad reenactors demonstrate Spanish cannons at this fortress that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. Admission is free including the ferry ride to and from Rattlesnake Island. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at 8635 A1A, approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. 904-471-0116 www.nps.gov/foma

 The Founding of St. Augustine - Florida Living History, Inc., Mission Nombre de Dios and the Diocese of St. Augustine present the annual, historical re-enactment of the Admiral Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles' landing and founding of the city of St. Augustine in the year 1565. The event is from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is free. Mission Nombre de Dios, 27 Ocean Avenue 877-352-4478 Founder's Day at the Fountain of Youth - Beginning at noon, historical re-enactors depicting the crew of Pedro Menendez de Aviles will process from the Mission up Magnolia Street to the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, the original location of Menendez' first settlement of St. Augustine. Once there, a blessing and reenactment of the first Thanksgiving will occur as Timucuans, nobles, priests, Captains, and commoners celebrate the successful founding of the settlement four and a half centuries ago. There will be a demonstration kitchen set up using foods and techniques from the 1500s as the first documented Thanksgiving in the Continental US is re-enacted. In addition, local restaurants will offer heritage inspired foods for sale in the Fountain's 3,000 square foot Events Pavilion. Standard park admission rates of $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and $8 for children ages 6-12 apply for entry to the Fountain of Youth. St. Johns County residents receive 50% off admission. www.fountainofyouthflorida.com
 
Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration - A celebration of a spectacular sunset across the bay featuring dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more at the Vilano Pier on the Intracoastal Waterway.   Activities are from 4 p.m. - dusk. Admission is free. 260 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine 904-540-0402 www.vilanobeachfl.com
Saturday - Sunday:  September 6-7
Sea Your History Weekend - Get a taste of Native American history in Florida with a special presentation from chef Richard Hetzler of the Mitsitam Cafe at the Smithsonian Museum. Sample traditional Native American foods during a live food demonstration at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum. Additional presentations on archaeology and wooden boatbuilding will take place throughout the weekend. Climb the tower, explore the keepers' house, walk on the nature trails and experience history. Call or go online to purchase tickets (Admission $9.75 adults; $7.75 children and seniors) 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-0745 www.staugustinelighthouse.org
Sunday:  September 7
Schooner Freedom Full Moon Sail - St. Augustine's premier tall ship, the Schooner Freedom, sails through the calm waters of Matanzas Bay lit by the glow of the full moon. This memorable sailing excursion departs at 8:15 p.m. from the City Marina. Complimentary beer, soda and wine are included in the $35 per person rate. Bring along a picnic basket to make it a night to remember. 111 Avenida Menendez 904-810-1010 www.schoonerfreedom.com 

8/29/2014

St Augustine Commemorates Founder's Day Sept 6, 2014

Reprinted from The Visitors and Convention Bureau:

August 27, 2014
St. Augustine Commemorates Founder's Day

St. Augustine, Fla. (August 27, 2014) -- On Saturday, September 6, Florida Living History, Inc., Mission Nombre de Dios, the Diocese of St. Augustine and the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park will present the annual historical re-enactment of Admiral Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles' landing and founding of the city of St. Augustine in the year 1565 along with the first feast of Thanksgiving.





In September 1565, 449 years ago, Admiral Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés stepped ashore off Matanzas Bay on behalf of Spain and founded St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest continuously occupied, European city, port, and parish in the continental United States.

Founder's Day activities begin at 10 a.m. at the Mission Nombre de Dios, 27 Ocean Avenue, with a re-enactment of the landing of Pedro Menendez and his crew and a Catholic Mass of thanks and celebration. Period liturgical music will be performed by volunteers from Cantorae St. Augustine. The event at the Mission is free and open to the public with free parking. Seating is limited so participants are encouraged to bring a folding chair.

At noon, the re-enactors will process from the Mission up Magnolia Street to the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, the original location of Menendez' first settlement of St. Augustine.
Once there, a blessing and re-enactment of the first Thanksgiving will occur as Timucuans, nobles, priests, Captains, and commoners celebrate the successful founding of the settlement four and a half centuries ago.

There will be a demonstration kitchen set up using foods and techniques from the 1500s as the first documented Thanksgiving in the Continental US is re-enacted. In addition, local restaurants will offer heritage inspired foods for sale to the public in the Fountain's 3,000 square foot Events Pavilion.

Standard park admission rates of $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and $8 for children ages 6-12 apply for entry to the Fountain of Youth. St. Johns County residents receive 50% off admission.

Located midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Florida's Historic Coast includes historic St. Augustine, the outstanding golf and seaside elegance of Ponte Vedra, 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches For more information on events, activities, holiday getaway and vacation opportunities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com become a fan, Facebook/OfficialStAgustine or call 1.800.653.2489.

ISSUU - Perimeter North Lifestyle September 2014 by Lifestyle Publications


Here is a great article by travel writer Ruksana Hussain about visiting St Augustine (including a stay at the St Francis Inn, of course!).  What we really like about it is the great picture of our own chef Janice Leary!  Check it out:



ISSUU - Perimeter North Lifestyle September 2014 by Lifestyle Publications



Perimeter North Lifestyle is a monthly magazine serving north metro Atlanta.

8/28/2014

If You've Never Stayed At A Bed And Breakfast, Here's What You're Missing Out On



From a Pillow-Library in Stowe, Vermont to Staycation Packages in New Smyrna, Florida, B&Bs provide a fantastic stay that hotels cannot even begin to offer.  Hey, anyone for S'mores, Locally-Distilled Gin-Tastings, and more at the St Francis Inn???!!!



If You've Never Stayed At A Bed And Breakfast, Here's What You're Missing Out On

8/26/2014

Peaks & Potholes: Hanging Out with Henry Flagler

Photo by Carol Antman
Travel writer Carol Antman recently stayed with us here at the St. Francis Inn.  She writes a travel blog called Peaks and Potholes.  Her recent blog about St. Augustine features the city and its environs through Henry Flagler's vision of problem-solving.  Enjoy:



Peaks & Potholes: Hanging Out with Henry Flagler