7/22/2014

St Francis Inn's Famous Feline Zeke

Zeke came to us many years ago.  He had been evicted from his home on St. George Street for violating the rule about wetting the bed.  Homeless, rejected, and sad he sat on the deck of Margaret's Room and wondered what would happen to him.  Lucky for Zeke, Bob and Lynn Volin were staying in Margaret's Room.  Both are cat lovers and immediately fell in love with the beautiful gray cat.  They doted on him all week - feeding him treats and brushing him and playing with him - and only left him at the Inn because they didn't think their own cats at home would agree to yet another feline in the house.  Their loss was the Inn's gain!

Zeke made himself at home, claiming all St Francis Inn property as his!  And every year Bob and Lynn Volin come back to the Inn and visit with Zeke, spoiling him rotten.

During their most recent visit Bob agreed to send us some of his favorite pictures of Zeke; enjoy!

Zeke and Frankie - Frankie lived at the Inn for a couple of years and the two male cats tolerated each other.  One of our neighbors liked Frankie so much he let him in his cottage all the time and fed him.  When the neighbor moved, he took Frankie with him.  Zeke threw a small party of celebration.  :)

Bob labelled this photo "Zeke hungover"!  Could be!  Will be a good photo to use when we have our next Caption Zeke Contest.

Zeke...being Zeke.

7/21/2014

Concerts by John Legend, Sara Bareilles, and Fall Out Boy Frame an Event-Filled Week in St. Augustine!

 July 21, 2014
Monday - Sunday: July 21 - 27
Nao Victoria Tour - Tour this full-sized replica  16th century Spanish tall ship. 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 beginning at 10 a.m. daily. 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 


Wednesday:  July 23
Farmer's Arts and Crafts Market - Farmer's Market located at the ocean-side 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 Oh No playing Classic R/R.  Red Frog & McToad's 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 
 
Movie by the Bay -  Ripley's St. Augustine Attractions and the St. Augustine Municipal Marina present free movies each Wednesday throughout the summer.  The movies are shown at 8:30 p.m. at the Marina behind Bayfront Mini Golf, 111 Avenida Menendez.  Bring beach chair and blanket for comfortable seating by the bay.  904-824-1606 www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys
 
Thursday:  July 24
2014 Concerts in the Plaza - - The 24th season of Concerts in the Plaza continues with a free live performance every Thursday night from 7 - 9 p.m. in St. Augustine's historic Plaza de la Constitucion.  Bring a chair or blanket for seating. This week's performers are The Grapes of Roth (rock and roll).  904-825-1004 www.plazaconcerts.com
Thursday & Friday:  July 24 & 25
Saltwater Fishing Workshops - Washington Oaks Gardens State Park will host a series of hands-on, saltwater fishing workshops to teach visitors the basic techniques for catching fish, as well as the importance of conservation and safety.  The workshops are designed for two different age groups.  Adult workshops for ages 18 and over, will be held Thursdays, July 10, 17, 24 & 31.  Youth workshops for ages eight to 17, will take place on Fridays, July 11, 18, & 25.  The 3-hour workshops start at 9 a.m. and costs $20 per participant, including park entrance fee.  Advance registration is required.  6400 North Oceanshore Boulevard, Palm Coast, 386-446-6783; www.Washingtonoaks.org
Friday:  July 25
John Legend Concert - St. Augustine Amphitheatre hosts nine-time Grammy Award winner John Legend. "An Evening with John Legend Tour" features John in an intimate and acoustic setting highlighted by guitar/vocal accompaniment as well as a string quartet.  In a recent review, Billboard hailed the show as "one of the best concerts ever."  The concert comes on the heels of Legend's latest hit, "All of Me," which recently claimed the #1 spot on Billboards Hot 100 Singles Chart. Tickets range from $49 - $99.  The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. (gates open 6 p.m.)  1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com
 
Farm to Glass Cocktail Workshops - Each Friday at 6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m., the St. Augustine Distillery presents hands-on workshops that are one part instruction, one part inspiration and one part innovation.  Participants learn bartending basics and gain inspiration from fresh, in-season ingredients, Then, they are set loose with seasonal samples and a table filled with spirits, mixers, garnishes and more to build their own delicious concoctions.  Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased up to one-hour prior to the event by going to www.eventbrite.com/o/st-augustine-distillery-co-6266122955  Free tours of the distillery are conducted daily.  112 Riberia St. St. Augustine. 904-825-4962 www.staugustinedistillery.com
Friday & Saturday:  July 25 & 26
World Wide Rodeo - Big time rodeo comes to the St. Johns County Fairgrounds!  Events include breakaway roping, calf roping, team roping, junior barrel racing, open barrel racing, chute dogging and bull riding.  The rodeo begins at 8 p.m. each evening.  Admission is $12 for ages 13 and up; $7 ages 6-12; free for ages 5 and under.  S.R. 207, Elkton.  904-845-7492
 
A Taste of Broadway at The Raintree Restaurant - The Raintree Restaurant will host Blake Michael Osner in The Upstairs Supper Club at 6:30 p.m.  Great songs form your favorite Broadway shows paired with a sumptuous meal.  Tickets are $35 + alcohol/tax/gratuity.  Reservations required by calling any day after 1 p.m.102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. 904-824-7211 www.raintreerestaurant.com
Saturday:  July 26
Bridge of Lions 5K Run - The annual run across St. Augustine's Bridge of Lions starts at 7:30 a.m. Runners and walkers start at the historic Castillo de San Marcos (The Fort), in downtown St. Augustine, run over the Bridge of Lions, and through Davis Shores. The race finishes at Oglethorpe Park, on Anastasia Island. Advance registration is $25 & $30 and $35 day of race. Parking at the Castillo is free until 10 a.m.  1 South Castillo Dr. http://bridgeoflions5k.com 
 
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 
 
Family Seining at the GTM Research Reserve - Join GTM Research Reserve docents from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. to learn how to pull a seine net, collecting species of fish, crabs and more.  Learn about the animals and their roles in the habitat.  Waders and boots will be provided. The program is included with regular admission to the Reserve and takes place in the Environmental Education Center.   505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach 904-823-4500 gtmnerrfamilyseine-eorg.eventbrite.com
 
Beer Truck Wars - Sample brews from around the state and great food from local beer trucks while enjoying live and recorded music and fun games with great prizes at the first ever Beer Truck Wars in St. Augustine.  Event wristband tickets are $35 in advance $45 at the door. Designated Driver and children are $20. Each admission includes beer samples from dozens of brews and a meal ticket for your choice of meal at one of the Gourmet Food Trucks. It all takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Augustine's Francis Field, 10 W. Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. Info@FloridaExpoServices.com   407-296-5882 www.BeerTruckWars.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.
 
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
 
Sara Barelles "Little Black Dress" Tour - The St. Augustine Amphitheatre will host multi-platinum selling, Grammy-nominated recording artist Sara Barelles headlining the "Little Black Dress" summer tour. The concert begins at 7 p.m. (doors open 5:30 p.m.)  Tickets range from $29.50 - $55. 1340 A1A South St. Augustine 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com
 
Gin 101 and Gin Cocktail Workshops - Each Saturday evening at 6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m., the St. Augustine Distillery presents workshops that explain gin's history, its various categories, how the distillery's New World Gin is created and shows participants how to create their own gin cocktails.  Tickets are $38 per person and can be purchased up to one-hour prior to the event by going to  www.eventbrite.com/o/st-augustine-distillery-co-6266122955 Free tours of the distillery are conducted daily.  112 Riberia Street 904-825-4962 www.staugustinedistillery.com
Saturday & Sunday: July 26 & 27
5TH Annual Nature & Wildlife Exhibit - This stunning exhibition features landscapes, florals, marine life, birds, plant life and more. The St. Augustine Art Association Gallery in St. Augustine is open Tuesday - Saturday noon - 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 - 5 p.m.   Admission is free.  22 Marine St  904-824-2310  www.staaa.org
Sunday: July 27
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
 
Fall Out Boy Concert - The St. Augustine Amphitheatre hosts the Grammy-nominated band Fall Out Boy. Released in April 2013, their latest album "Save Rock and Roll" debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 and No. 1 on iTunes in 27 countries. New Politics will open for Fall Out Boy.  Tickets range from $35 - $45. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. (gates open 6 p.m.)  1340 A1A South St. Augustine 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com

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7/14/2014

El Galeon and Nao Victoria: Two ships hold many stories of travel in the past and present | StAugustine.com

El Galeon and Nao Victoria: Two ships hold many stories of travel in the past and present | StAugustine.com

Last Week to Tour El Galeon and Final Days of Award-Winning Journey Exhibit!! Lots to Do - It's Summer!

 July 14, 2014
Monday - Sunday: July 14 - 20
El Galeón and Nao Victoria Tour -  LAST WEEK FOR EL GALEON!!!   Tour full-sized replicas of 16th and 17th century Spanish tall ships. Docked at the St. Augustine City Marina, El Galeón Andalucia and Nao Victoria are both open for daily tours. This is the last week that both ships will be here. El Galeon will depart after July 20. El Galeón is an exact replica of the famous galleons that played an important role in the creation and maintenance of the Spanish Empire.  Built in Spain, it is similar to the galleon that brought Pedro Menendez to Florida where he founded St. Augustine in 1565. The Nao Victoria is a replica of the first ship to successfully circumnavigate the world commanded by Ferdinand Magellan in the 16th century. The ships are available for tours beginning at 10 a.m. daily. El Galeón admission is $15 for adult and $8 for youth. Nao Victoria admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth. A combo ticket for both ships is available for $20 for adults and $10 for youth. 111 Avenida Menendez. 904-824-1606 www.elgaleon.org
 
Transformers: Age of Extinction: An IMAX 3D Experience - The Transformers 4 is playing at The IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame through July 10. This IMAX Theater features the largest 3-D screen in the Southeast.  Adults $13, Seniors/Students/Military $12, and Children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for show times. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfimax.com 
 
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 - Tuesday: July 14 & 15
Final Days of The Award-Winning Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience- Recognized by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation as an outstanding heritage education program, Journey: 450 Years of the African American Experience covers the long and storied history of African-Americans in St. Augustine. The story of African-Americans begins in St. Augustine with the first Africans both free and slave among founding colonists in 1565. The exhibition is designed for cultural and heritage visitors interested in the full history of America and its beginnings and comprises four themes: Genesis of the African-American Experience; Fortress of Freedom; Breaking the Chains; and Crossroads of Change.  Tickets are $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; $3 for youth 7-12; under 7 free. Free admission for military in uniform. Located at the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, 10 West Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. www.Journey2014.com
Monday: July 14 
Schooner Freedom Privateers and Pirates Set Sail - Set sail on the Schooner Freedom and learn all about the privateer and pirates who sailed the waters of St. Augustine and the coast of Florida.  The schooner's captain and crew are joined by an educator from the St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum to present tales of adventure beneath the Jolly Roger banner.  Plus, passengers get a chance to hoist the sails, see some artifacts and enjoy complimentary soda, water, beer and wine.  The schooner departs at 2:15 p.m. and returns at 4:15 p.m.  Tickets are $50 adults; $30 for kids 16 and under. Reservations suggested. 111 Avenida Menendez  904-810-1010 www.schoonerfreedom.com

Wednesday:  July 16
Farmer's Arts and Crafts Market - Farmer's Market located at the ocean-side 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 Smoke n Mirrors playing Classic Rock.  The Seafood Kitchen 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
 
Movie by the Bay - Ripley's St. Augustine Attractions and the St. Augustine Municipal Marina present free movies each Wednesday throughout the summer.  The movies are shown at 8:30 p.m. at the Marina behind Bayfront Mini Golf, 111 Avenida Menendez.  Bring beach chair and blanket for comfortable seating by the bay.  904-824-1606 www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys
Thursday:  July 17
Saltwater Fishing Workshop - Washington Oaks Gardens State Park will host an adult's hands-on, saltwater fishing workshop to teach participants the basic techniques for catching fish, as well as the importance of conservation and safety.  The 3-hour workshops start at 9 a.m. and costs $20 per participant, including park entrance fee.  Advance registration is required.  6400 North Oceanshore Boulevard, Palm Coast, 386-446-6783; www.Washingtonoaks.org

2014 Concerts in the Plaza - The 24th season of Concerts in the Plaza continues with a free live performance every Thursday night from 7 - 9 p.m. in St. Augustine's historic Plaza de la Constitucion.  This week's performers are Falling Bones featuring vintage rock, rhythm and blues.  Bring a chair or blanket for seating. 904-825-1004 www.plazaconcerts.com 
Thursday - Sunday:  July 17 - 20
British Open Week at the World Golf Hall of Fame - Watch the British Open on monitors throughout the Hall of Fame. Learn about Hall of Fame members who won the Open Championship and take part in special scavenger hunts.  Photo opportunities are available with the Claret Jug.  World Golf Village 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. For this special week, residents of the U.K. and Ireland will be admitted free with ID. One World Gold Pl., St. Augustine 904-940-4123www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org
Friday:  July 18
Saltwater Fishing Workshop - Washington Oaks Gardens State Park will host a hands-on, saltwater fishing workshops to teach youth (8 -17) the basic techniques for catching fish, as well as the importance of conservation and safety.  The 3-hour workshops start at 9 a.m. and costs $20 per participant, including park entrance fee.  Advance registration is required.  6400 North Oceanshore Boulevard, Palm Coast, 386-446-6783; www.Washingtonoaks.org
 
Fins & Freedom Sail - The tall ship Schooner Freedom and dolphin experts from Marineland are partnering up for a one-of-a-kind sailing experience.  Come on board, help raise sails, and then kick back and relax while educators and trainers from the world's first oceanarium talk about dolphins.  Tickets for the sail including admission to Marineland are $50 per person (complimentary soda, water, beer and wine are included).  Reservations suggested for this 2:15 p.m. departure time. 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine  904-810-1010 www.schoonerfreedom.com
 
Farm to Glass Cocktail Workshops - Each Friday at 6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m., the St. Augustine Distillery presents hands-on workshops that are one part instruction, one part inspiration and one part innovation.  Participants learn bartending basics and gain inspiration from fresh, in-season ingredients, Then, they are set loose with seasonal samples and a table filled with spirits, mixers, garnishes and more to build their own delicious concoctions.  Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased up to one-hour prior to the event by going to www.eventbrite.com/o/st-augustine-distillery-co-6266122955  Free tours of the distillery are conducted daily.  112 Riberia St. St. Augustine. 904-825-4962 www.staugustinedistillery.com
 
TRANCE! Featuring The Amazing Barry Rice - The Pioneer Barn will host "Trance," a hysterical journey through the fascinating world of hypnosis with Barry Rice at 7:30 p.m.  Watch as your friends and family revert to being 4 years old and imagine themselves as aliens from another planet.  Admission is $12.  259 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. 904-824-8874  www.fortmenendez.com
Friday & Saturday:  July 18 & 19
Swamp Radio Presents Summer in the Ancient City - Swamp Radio presents a live broadcast of Summer in the Ancient City featuring the groovy sounds of the WillowWacks, a quirky, not-so-serious side to St. Augustine's history, the secret of of creating a Watermelon Mint popsicle, Irish storytelling with a North Florida twist, Ask the Swamp Lady...and much more! It all takes place at 7:30 p.m. each evening at the Lewis Auditorium in St. Augustine (a free, performing arts expo takes place one-hour before the curtain goes up.) Tickets are $25 adults, $20 students, military and seniors. 14 Granada Street, St. Augustine www.swampradiojax.com 
Saturday:  July 19
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 
 
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
 
Walk on the Wild Side at Anastasia State Park - Learn about coastal flora and fauna on this 2.5-mile guided walk through the dunes, along the shoreline and across the marsh on a wooden boardwalk. (Participants may choose to complete only one-half of the trek.) Suggested item to bring include binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, camera, drinking water, bug spray and sunscreen.  The walk is 9-11 a.m. and begins at the beach parking lot at end of the main park road.  The walk is included in the regular park admission of $8 per vehicle with 2-8 occupants; $4 per vehicle with single occupant; $2 per bicyclist.  1340A A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-461-2033 www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia
 
Photography Challenge Event - Photographers, from beginners to professionals, compete to take the best photo at three designated locations within Washington Oaks Gardens State Park.  Maps to the featured locations can be obtained from the Ranger Station or from volunteers in the main parking lot. Each month, park volunteers will select the winning photo which will then be displayed at the VIC kiosk and the park's gift shop.  There is no cost to compete.  Park admission is $5 per vehicle; $2 per pedestrian/bicyclist.  6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. 609-247-8146 washingtonoaksphotoentry@gmail.com; www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks
 
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
 
Gin 101 and Gin Cocktail Workshops - Each Saturday evening at 6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m., the St. Augustine Distillery presents workshops that explain gin's history, its various categories, how the distillery's New World Gin is created and shows participants how to create their own gin cocktails.  Tickets are $38 per person and can be purchased up to one-hour prior to the event by going to  www.eventbrite.com/o/st-augustine-distillery-co-6266122955 Free tours of the distillery are conducted daily.  112 Riberia Street 904-825-4962 www.staugustinedistillery.com
 
Sunday: July 20
American Idol Live!   - Get up close and personal with the Season 13 finalists of the hit TV show American Idol at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.  Performers include C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette. Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf.  Tickets range from $40.50 - $80.50. The concert starts at 7 p.m. (gates open 5:30 p.m.)  1340 A1A South St. Augustine. 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.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 Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, City Walks History Mystery Murder Evening Tour, Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience Exhibit, and the Hotel Ponce de Leon Legacy Tours at Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the 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). Many other local attractions offer discounted admissions to St. Johns County residents with valid ID.