9/30/2014

El Conquistador Returns to St Augustine - YouTube



Have you ever seen one of our (St Johns County, St Augustine and the Beaches Visitors Convention Bureau) El Conquistador ads on TV?  This is one of our favorites!  Enjoy!



  El Conquistador Returns to St Augustine - YouTube

9/29/2014

Music by the Sea extends concert season for one more week | StAugustine.com







Music by the Sea extends concert season for one more week | StAugustine.com

Autumn a Great Time to Take an Eco-Tour!

From our friends at St. Augustine Eco-Tours :

Welcome back to school season, and a slight reprieve of steamy southern weather as the first day of autumn brought bluster and a cooler clime! St. Johns County and the surrounding area offers plenty of outdoor spaces, coastal and inland, to bike, hike, kayak, surf, and otherwise explore. We've been traversing the waterways by boat with guests and Flagler college students this month. We've taken note of the bald eagles return earlier than normal in the beginning of August, and have recently spotted black-bellied plovers snacking in the oyster beds. These bird species have winter and summer homes for the purpose of abundant food supply and safe breeding grounds. Birds may migrate north during spring months to reproduce and seek more plentiful insect populations to feed their young. They may return further south for fall and winter months due to a decrease in northern food supplies, though physically they can survive in cold weather. Many other factors like genetics and competition influence a species opportune odds of survival, but the quest for energy (food) and secure breeding grounds prevail.

Migratory bird patterns are evident along the coast, or wherever you call home. Raptors and insectivores, like swifts and swallows, fly during the day; most songbirds migrate at night. Keep an eye out for flying friends overhead, as it's certain they're on a mission. We hope that your missions are panning out well, and that you'll keep us in mind for your eco-adventure appetite whenever in the St. Augustine area! Enjoy the ever-changing signs of the seasons, and try to be mindful what our impact as humans produces. Check out this interactive carbon map to learn more.

Do some good,

Kaleigh, Jodi,  & Jen
Office Staff & Kayak Guides

Source: http://www.zoosociety.org/

The St. Francis Inn offers a couple of Eco-Packages featuring tours with St. Augustine Eco-Tours.  Click here for more information!

9/26/2014

Historic St. Augustine building demolished after partially collapsing

This is THE BIG NEWS in our little city today:  Historic St. Augustine building demolished after partially collapsing  We are sad to see this historic building gone.  This building was on the corner of Spanish Street and Hypolita and used to house the Bath Junkie.  That business is no longer located there; in fact, the building was empty.

9/23/2014

St. Augustine FALL EVENT list (Sept.-October 2014) | Totally St. Augustine

 Here is an easy-to-read list of all the Fall Events taking place in St. Augustine this year.  Take a peek!



St. Augustine FALL EVENT list (Sept.-October 2014) | Totally St. Augustine

5 Haunted Lighthouses That Will Spook You Silly

The St. Augustine Lighthouse appears on this list of the 5 Haunted Lighthouses That Will Spook You Silly.  Have you ever taken the Dark of the Moon Paranormal Tour (billed as “all ghost, no gimmicks”) .....???

9/22/2014

King of Spain among dignitaries expected at St. Augustine summit in 2015 | StAugustine.com

St. Augustine's 450th Birthday is shaping up!



King of Spain among dignitaries expected at St. Augustine summit in 2015 | StAugustine.com

Florida Heritage Book Festival, Educator Appreciation Days Continue, Art Exhibits, Lost Skills Workshop, Final Music by the Sea Concert, Uptown Sat Night, and Ken Griffey Sr! What a Week!


 September 22, 2014
Monday - Sunday: September 22- 28

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 https://www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys
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 - Thursday: September 22 - 25

The Maze Runner at the IMAX Theater-  www.worldgolfimax.com
Monday - Friday, September 22 - 26

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 features photographs, screen grabs and an artists' book that explores the mysterious histories and alluring tourism of New Orleans. The exhibit will be open through October 18. 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; http://readme.readmedia.com/CEAM-presents-Countney-Asztalos-Bourbon-Street/9644947
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 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

Tuesday - Sunday, September 23 - 28

St. Augustine Art Association's Annual Fall Members' Show -  www.staaa.org
Tuesday - Thursday, September 23 - 25

Lost Skills Workshop Series - Learn lost skills from the past in this series of workshops presented by the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in cooperation with local artisans. Each workshop creates a hands-on, skills-sharing experience that encourages creativity. Each workshop is from 6-8 p.m. in the Amphitheatre's newly-renovated Catering Room and all materials are included in the registration fee. Sept. 23: Wild Edibles Forage & Apothecary  presented by Southern Roots Apothecary and Green Harmony Aromatherapy. $20 per person (sold out); Sept. 24: Fermented Beverages, presented by Small Batch Farms $25 per person (sold out); Sept. 25: Natural Dye presented by The Conservatoire. $25; Next week's workshops include Sept. 30: Fermented Vegetables presented by The Present Moment Cafe. $25 (sold out); Oct. 2: Leather Smithing presented by Silverfox Leather Shop. $50. 1340 A1A South 904-349-5638 www.staugamphitheatre.com

Wednesday:  September 24


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  - This final season performance of Music by the Sea Concert Series live concert performed by Phoenix playing classic rock takes place from 7 - 9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion. Sunset Grille 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:  September 25

Baseball Great Ken Griffey, Sr. Dinner - Hear baseball legend Ken Griffey, Sr. discuss his career as part of the Big Red Machine of the mid-1970s - plus, enjoy a fabulous dinner, drinks and raffle. Griffey headlines Flagler College's Crimson and Gold Banquet (6 p.m. social and silent auction; 7 p.m. dinner) in the former Hotel Ponce de Leon's elegant dining room. Griffey helped lead the Reds to two World Series championships (1975 and 1976), finished his career with a .296 batting average, 152 home runs and 200 stolen bases. Tickets are $75 each and proceeds benefit Flagler College's athletic program. Call for tickets. 74 King St., St. Augustine. 904-819-6205

Thursday - Saturday:  September 24 - 27


The Florida Heritage Book Festival &Writers Conference - Florida's rich and colorful literary heritage is celebrated at a series of workshops, presentations and readings. Meet award-winning authors, fellow book lovers and publishing professionals. Best-selling author Robin Cook (author of Coma and 27 other New York Times bestsellers) will be honored at the festival's Literary Legends Awards banquet.   Admission is free to Saturday's book festival at Flagler College in St. Augustine. The two-day Writers Conference will be held Thursday and Friday at Flagler College, 74 King Street. On Friday evening, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort Convention Center will be the location of the Literary Legends banquet. 500 S. Legacy Trail, (I-95 exit 323) St. Augustine 904-940-0194 www.fhbookfest.com


Saturday:  September 27
Fort Mose: Colonial Children Story Time and Crafts - From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,, children visiting Fort Mose State Park will learn about what life was like for African children living at Fort Mose in 1738. Storytellers will share the adventures of children whose families found freedom by fleeing to Spanish Florida from British colonies to the north. Children will also have an opportunity to make their own Spanish colonial crafts, learn about flint lock muskets and drill with the Spanish soldiers who defended Fort Mose. The event is free. 15 Fort Mose Trail St. Augustine 904-823-2232
Smithsonian Museum Day at The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum - Admission is free to the St. Augustine Lighthouse &Museum for visitors who print their tickets in advance from the Smithsonian Museum Day website. The Lighthouse is open from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Regular price admission is $9.95 Adults; $7.95 Children and Seniors. (Children must be 44" tall to climb the Lighthouse.) 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-0745 www.StAugustineLighthouse.org
Smithsonian Museum Day at the World Golf Hall of Fame - Admission is free to the World Golf Hall of Fame for visitors who print their tickets in advance from the Smithsonian Museum Day website. The World Golf Hall of Fame is located at World Golf Village. Open Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday. One World Golf Pl. St. Augustine. 904-940-4123 www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org
Smithsonian Museum Day at Ximenez-Fatio House - Admission is free to the historic Ximenez-Fatio House Museum for visitors who print their tickets in advance from the Smithsonian Museum Day website. The museum is open from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Built in 1798, the house presents historic Florida lifestyles portrayed through the re-creation of its role as a boarding house. Regular admission is $7 adults; $15 family; $5 student, senior, & military.   20 Aviles St., St. Augustine. 904-829-3575 www.ximenezfatiohouse.org
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.
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 http://www.thedowntownbazaar.com
EMMA Concert Performance - Swingle Singers perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. For half a century, the Swingle Singers have pushed the boundaries of what the human voice can achieve. Their vocal agility and blend, combined with captivating showmanship, continues to thrill audiences around the globe. Tickets are $35 for adults and $5 for students and children. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine www.emmaconcerts.com  904-797-2800 




Sunday:  September 28


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
Music in the Box - Live acoustic music by Aslyn and the Naysayers, a local trio playing folk and bluegrass music will be on stage at Limelight Theatre's studio space. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., concert starts at 8 p.m. Admission $5. Refreshments available for purchase. 904-825-1164 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine https://www.facebook.com/events/1460294280918054/?ref=22

9/18/2014

Historic inn shares pear pie recipe | StAugustine.com

The St Francis Inn and our cook Janice Leary made the local paper today!  Check it out (and there's a recipe included!)...





Historic inn shares pear pie recipe | StAugustine.com




9/15/2014

Concerts, Boatbuilding, Las Vegas Revue, Candlelight Tours of the Fort, Cemetery Tours and Talk Like a Pirate Day!

September 15, 2014
Monday - Sunday: September 15 - 21
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  https://www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys
 
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
  
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

Tuesday, September 16
The St. Augustine Slow Down - This food fair combines locally-crafted St. Augustine Distillery Company cocktails and delicious appetizers prepared by top local chefs using fresh, local ingredients from some of Northeast Florida's finest small family farms.  The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Distillery Company.  Tickets are $20 each and proceeds go to Slow Food First Coast.  112 Riberia St., St. Augustine. 904-825-4962 http://staugustinedistillery.com/happenings/the-st-augustine-slow-down
Tuesday - Sunday, September 16 - 21
St. Augustine Art Association's Annual Fall Members' Show - St. Augustine Art Association's Annual Fall Members Show runs through September 28 and features a broad array of artistic styles, media and subjects. 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 www.staaa.org
Wednesday:  September 17
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  - Live concert from 7 - 9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion. This week's band is the Navy Pride playing Rock- Pop.  Coquina Beach Surf Club 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 19
International Talk Like a Pirate Day Celebration - Arrrgh! Don't miss the exciting celebration of International Talk Like a Pirate Day at the St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum and Taberna del Caballo.  From 5 - 7 p.m., the museum's courtyard features loads of free family fun including a children's scavenger hunt, pirate picture taking, face painting, pirate games, storytelling and a roving musician. Famous pirate Captain William Mayhem will take part in an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  At 6:30 p.m., everyone is invited for a group photo.   At 7 p.m., the party moves to a grown-up atmosphere at the Taberna del Caballo's Pirate Cove where piratical authors and painters discuss their work, drink and food specials are available including a rum tasting; a 50/50 auction, Liars Dice tournament and silent auction benefitting the Pirate Toy Drive.  At 8 p.m., the legendary Dirty James entertains with ebullient music and sea shanties. All events are free of charge.  For the evening, admission to the Pirate and Treasure Museum is discounted for costumed pirates -- $9.99 adults; kids 12 and under free. 12 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. 904-819-1444 www.thepiratemuseum.com 
 
Gourmet Beer Paired Dinner - A1A Ale Works chef John Stillmunks and brewer Doug Murr offer a gourmet beer-paired dinner at 7:30 p.m. at their restaurant.  The five-course meal will be paired with five outstanding craft beers brewed in St. Augustine.  The cost is $62 per person.  Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Bon Beer Voyages, a private tour company offering a St. Augustine Beer Safari on September 19-21 that includes a two-night hotel stay, private tours, meals, trolley passes and much more for $525 double occupancy or $650 single. 1 King St., St. Augustine. 888-846-2337 www.BonBeer.com 
Thursday - Sunday:  September 18 - 21

The Maze Runner at the IMAX Theater -  www.worldgolfimax.com 
 
  
The Addams Family at The Limelight Theatre - The weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly delightful life in The Addams Family at the Limelight Theatre.  Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday - Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.  Tickets are $25; $22 seniors; $20 student and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine 904-825-1164 www.limelight-theatre.org 
 
Saturday:  September 20
 
Guided Beach Exploration Guana South Beach - Join GTM Research Reserve Docents from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. for a beach walk at the Guana South beach location on A1A, South Ponte Vedra Beach.  Learn about the animals that call the beach home as well as seashells and other interesting facts.  This is a "Beaches 101" experience that the entire family will enjoy.  There is a $3/per vehicle parking fee.  1768 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500 www.gtmnerrbeachexploration.eventbrite.com
 
Tolomato Cemetery Guided Tour - Tour the oldest extant planned cemetery in the State of Florida with burials starting during the First Spanish Period (1565-1763).   Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.  Tours are from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 16 Cordova St., St. Augustine www.tolomatocemetery.com
 
Castillo de San Marcos by Candlelight  - Candlelight tours of the ancient Spanish fortress, Castillo de San Marcos, take place on the third Saturday of the month.  The tours depart from the ticket booth at 6:15, 7:15 and 8:15 p.m.  Weather permitting.  Advance tickets are $8 per adult ages 15 and older; $4 per child 5 - 15; and free for children 4 and younger.  Tickets are on a first come first serve basis.  1 South Castillo Dr. St. Augustine.  904-829-6506 x 233 www.nps.gov/casa
 
Las Vegas Revue! - At 7 p.m., The Pioneer Barn at the Old Florida Museum hosts the very talented Mr. Trey Dees featuring the music of some of the greats of the 50's, 60's, and 70's.  Enjoy music from the likes of Elvis, Chuck Berry, Dean Martin, Roy Orbison, and Tom Jones. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 seniors.  259 San Marco Ave. St. Augustine.  904-824-8874 www.fortmenendez.com
 
Emma Concert Performance - Preservation Hall Jazz Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. When not performing at the renowned Preservation Hall in New Orleans, they tour the country to assure the popularity of American Jazz stays alive. Tickets are $40 for adults and $5 for students and children. 14 Granada Street, St. Augustine www.emmaconcerts.com  904-797-2800
Saturday & Sunday:  September  20 & 21
Sea Your History Weekend - Discover the British influences on St. Augustine's maritime history with traditional wooden boatbuilding, guest presenters and shipwreck artifacts from a 1782 Loyalist vessel found just off St. Augustine's coast.  Climb the tower, explore the keepers' house, walk on the nature trails and experience history.   Call or go online to purchase tickets (Admission $9.95 adults; $7.95 children and seniors) 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine.  904-829-0745 www.staugustinelighthouse.org
Sunday:  September 21
Sunday Funday Party Barge (21+) - This fun party on the water begins at the Vilano Beach Pier at 12:30 returning at 2 p.m.  Party along the Bayfront on the Matanzas River and back.  You are welcome to bring a small cooler filled with your choice of adult beverages.  Tickets are $25.  254 Vilano Road, St. Augustine. 904-332-7194 www.JaxWaterTours.com
 
Music In The Park: Billy Buchanan and Free Avenue - Rock & Roll meets Rhythm & Blues at this Billy Buchanan and Free Avenue concert at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. This 2 - 5 p.m. concert not only features great music, it includes a kid-friendly zone with bubbles, a painting wall, hula hoops and other fun activities.  Bring chair or blanket for seating. The concert is included in regular park admission of $5 per vehicle with 2-8 occupants, $4 single occupant vehicle, $2 for pedestrians and cyclists. A $1 per person donation for the concert is suggested. 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. 386-446-6783 www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks