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.


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


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


Museums, Tours, Art Exhibits, Music by the Sea and in the Plaza, and Labor Day Special Events!

August 25, 2014
Monday - Monday: August 25 - September 1 (Labor Day)
Guardians of the Galaxy at the IMAX Theaterwww.worldgolfimax.com 
Journey To The South Pacific at IMAX Theater -www.worldgolfimax.com 
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: August 25 
Free Admission to Castillo de San Marcos National Monument - Enjoy free admission as the Castillo de San Marcos celebrates the National Park Service 98th birthday. The Castillo is open from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Cannon firings and historic weapons demonstrations take place throughout the day. 1 South Castillo Dr. St. Augustine. 904-829-6506 x 233 www.nps.gov/casa
Monday - Friday: August 25 - 29
ACCORD Civil Rights Museum - Discover St. Augustine's role in the struggle for civil rights and the city's pivotal influence in the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.  Housed in the former offices of Dr. Robert Hayling, a local dentist who was instrumental in getting Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. to personally participate in the efforts to desegregate the Oldest City, the museum features numerous artifacts and documents relating to the local civil rights movement.  Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Admission is free (donations accepted). 79 Bridge St., St. Augustine. 904-347-1382
Tuesday - Sunday: August 25 - 31
5th Annual Nature & Wildlife Exhibit -This stunning exhibition features landscapes, florals, marine life, birds, plant life and more. The St. Augustine Art Association 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.www.staaa.org
Wednesday:  August 27
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 Billy Buchannan & The Free Avenue Band playing Soul - Pop - Rock.  Gypsy Cab 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
Thursday:  August 28
Concerts in the Plaza - Lonesome Bert & The Skinny Lizards will perform the final night of free music for the 24th season of Concerts in the Plaza. The concert takes place from 7 - 9 p.m. in St. Augustine's historic Plaza de la Constitucion.  Bring a chair or blanket for seating.   904-825-1004 www.plazaconcerts.com
Thursday - Sunday :  August 28 - 31
Motherhood Out Loud at Limelight Theatre - A joyous, hilarious and altogether thrilling theatrical play that shatters traditional notions about parenthood. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday - Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday through August 31.  Tickets are $25; $22 seniors; $20 student and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine 904-825-1164 www.limelight-theatre.org

Friday - Monday:  August 29 - September 1
Schooner Freedom Labor Day Sail - Close out summer 2014 with a sail aboard the tall ship Schooner Freedom! Kick back and enjoy a relaxing day sail or a romantic sunset sail -- or help the crew by grabbing a halyard and raising a sail.  The 2-hour day sail on the Matanzas River casts off at 12:15 p.m. and the Sunset Sail depart at 6:15 p.m. from the St. Augustine Marina.  The rate for the day sail is $35 adults, $25 for kids 2-12; the Sunset Sail is $45 per person.   Pack a picnic or bring dessert.  Complimentary beer, wine, soda and water included. 111 Avenida Menendez 904-810-1010  www.schoonerfreedom.com
Saturday:  August 30
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  
Chocolate & Wine Tasting Tour - Celebrate with this special VIP wine and chocolate tasting tour of St. Augustine.  Presented by St. Augustine City Walks, participants indulge themselves in the best selections found in the oldest city, plus learn about the history of chocolate and its role in St. Augustine. Visit unique "foodie" hot spots and sample other foods along the way.  A full glass of boutique wine specially paired by the chef is included at several stops. The tour is $89 per person (parking included) and reservations are required. Tours depart at 2 p.m. from the Tour St. Augustine office at 4 Granada St., St. Augustine.  904-825-0087 www.StAugustineCityWalks.com 
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.
Friends of Anastasia Hot Dogs and Music Jam Event - The Friends of Anastasia host a Hot Dogs and Music Jam event at Anastasia State Park from 6 - 9 p.m.  Bring an instrument, your voice, or just your willingness to listen and jam out with some local musicians.  Hot dog specials and other food available for purchase at Island Beach Grill.  Regular admission of $8/vehicle with 2-8 occupants, $4/single-occupant vehicle, and $2/bicyclist or walker. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-461-2035  www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia
The Downtown Bazaar - The Downtown Bazaar is held on the last Saturday of every month from 6-10 p.m. on the grounds of the Colonial Quarter.  The event is open to the public and includes a free concert, art show, magician, face painters a flag raising ceremony and more.  Come check out what's behind the walls of the Colonial Quarter...you're sure to have an inspiring evening.  33 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-315-7454 www.thedowntownbazaar.com

Sunday:  August 31
Plant-A-Poem Workshop and Reading - Arrive with a poem seed and cultivate it in an hour with miracle grow from the Ancient City Poets.   The workshop is 1:45 - 3 p.m. at The Gallery Cafe, 1974 US 1 (in the OLD Staples Plaza) in St. Augustine. $10 per person includes endless coffee and sweet treats. Following the workshop go to City Coffee located at 1280 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd) from 3 - 5 p.m., for a free open mic poetry reading.  904-501-0043 www.bodor.org