10/15/2014

SFI Plants - with Gardener Jill Ziebell's Hard Work - Win Ribbons at Home and Garden Show

Gardener Jill Ziebell picked four of our beautiful plants to compete in the recent Home and Garden Show.  All won some kind of Ribbon!  The Tassel Fern won a 1st Place Ribbon, the Leopard Plan won 2nd Place, and the Coontie (a Native Plant) won 3rd Place.  The Button Ginger won both 1st Place and Best in Selection!  Congratulations to Jill and the St Francis Inn!!!









10/14/2014

New Pool Heater Installed!

New Pool Heater Installed!  You have to feel it to believe it!  Think ahead and book your stay in January (when occupancy is low and the town is quiet) and bring your swimsuit!!!





10/07/2014

Flavors of Florida's Historic Coast, Full Moon Sail, Greek Festival, Corn Maze, and CROCtoberfest!!!

October 5, 2014
October 1 - 31
Flavors of Florida's Historic Coast - More than 20 outstanding restaurants offer "Chef's Choice prix fixe three course dining showcasing their chef's talents and the rich culinary heritage of Florida's Historic Coast. Intriguing lodging options and enticing cultural events combine with this special dining promotion to make October an exciting and flavorful time to visit St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches. www.HistoricCoastFlavors.com
Monday - Sunday: October 6 - 12
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/saintaugustineripleys
 
Undisclosed: Photographs from the Hidden Lightner Hidden Exhibition - For the past two years, photographer Theresa Segal has explored the historic Lightner Museum's restricted fourth floor: 44 small rooms that were the servants quarters of the Alcazar Hotel, but now make up "the best attic in the world," says Segal. This new exhibition features a selection of 20 of her photographs that chronicle the museum's hidden, stored collections.   Regular museum admission is $10 adults; $6 for active duty military; $5 college student and youth ages 12-18; under 12 are free. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  (last ticket sold 4 p.m.)  75 King St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.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  things-to-do/sightseeing tours

 
Monday - Saturday: October 6 - 11
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
 
Courtney Asztalos: Bourbon Street Exhibition -  The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College hosts the 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
 
Tuesday & Wednesday: October 7 & 8

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 St. Augustine 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.  904-810-1010 www.schoonerfreedom.com
Tuesday - Sunday: October 7 - 12
13th Annual Tactile Art Show & Thread to the Past: 1855 St. Augustine Bayfront Quilt - The very popular annual show at the St. Augustine Art Association features "touchable" art created in partnership with the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind.  Plus, The Piecemaker's Quilt Guild rolls out a panoramic interpretation of St. Augustine's 19th century harbor. This collaborative quilt celebrates St. Augustine's 450-year old artisan traditions.  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:  October 8
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
 
Sunset/Moonrise at St. Augustine Lighthouse - Enjoy the sunset and moonrise from the top of the Lighthouse!  The $25 admission 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., St. Augustine. 904-829-0745 www.staugustinelighthouse.org
Thursday:  October 9
 
Thursday - Sunday:  October 9 - 12 
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  
Friday:  October 10
 
Lost Ships Archaeology Tour - Dive into history and discover the shipwrecks of St. Augustine as researched by the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum's underwater archaeology team.  Beginning at 3 p.m., this 90-minute presentation features cannons, muskets, pistols and more from a 1782 Loyalist vessel found just off St. Augustine's coast.  Learn about this untold piece of American history! Plus, climb the tower, explore the keepers' house, walk on the nature trails and experience history. Call or go online to purchase tickets (admission $19.95) 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-0745 www.staugustinelighthouse.org
Friday - Sunday: October 10 - 12
17th Annual St. Augustine Greek Festival - Enjoy Greek food, live Greek music, traditionally-costumed Greek folk dancers, arts & crafts vendors, and a kid's center with games, rides, & more at Francis Field in St. Augustine.  Open Friday 4-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and free for those 12 and under. Free admission for active military & family.  904-829-0504 www.stauggreekfest.com
 
The Pellicer Creek Raid - A Civil War Re-Enactment - Florida Agricultural Museum presents a living history look at Florida during the Civil War. Authentic camps for 1864 cavalry, artillery and infantry troops will be open to the public 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day.  Admission is $6; school group rate is $3 per person; kids under 12 are $5. 7900 Old Kings Rd. N, Palm Coast. 386-446-7630 www.MyAgMuseum.com
 
Sykes and Cooper Farms Corn Maze - This award-winning nine-acre maze is sure to get your family pumped up for fall -- there's even a Spookley the Square Pumpkin maze for the kids. Located on SR 207 in Elkton, Sykes-Cooper Farm features a nine-acre corn maze, hayrides, a playground, and farm animals to see and meet. Through October 26, hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. General admission is $9, seniors and active military $7, children 2 and younger admitted free. 5995 Brough Rd., Elkton.  http://sycofarms.com

 St. Augustine Amateur Golf Championship - The 11th annual St. Augustine Amateur Golf Championship takes place at the St. Johns Golf Club in Elkton.  This popular tournament attracts elite young players from throughout the U.S., as well as international and local players. Registration is $299 for the St. Augustine Amateur and $75 for the St. Augustine Amateur Qualifier.  All proceeds go to First Tee of Northeast Florida. 4900 Cypress Links Blvd., Elkton. 904-209-0350 www.staugustineamateur.com
Saturday:  October 11
Old City Farmers' Market - Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more.  Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Open 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733 
 
GTM Reserve Guided Trail Hike - Join GTM Research Reserve volunteers from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for a 1.5 mile guided walk along the Guana Trail. After the walk, visit the GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center. There is a $3 parking fee.  505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach 904-823-4500 http://gtmnerr2ndtrailhike.eventbrite.com
 
City Walks Pet Friendly Tours - Bring Fido to join City Walks for a free Pet Friendly Tour of St. Augustine's Historic District.  The tour departs at 10 a.m. from Tour Saint Augustine's office.  Pets must be leashed, and reservations are required.  4 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-825-0087 www.staugustinecitywalks.com
 
CROCtoberfest at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm - Celebrate CROCtoberfest with German specialties including bratwurst, sauerkraut, German chocolate cake, potato salad and Sam Adams Octoberfest beer at the zoo's Toucantina. Plus, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., meet St. Augustine native and NASCAR driver Scott Lagasse.  Also, face painting for kids.  Admission is $21.95 for Adults and Kids 3-11 is $10.95. 904-824-3337  www.alligatorfarm.com
 
Creekside Festival Kayak Adventure - Kayak the Pellicer Flats and Princess Preserver while listening to live bluegrass music from the Creekside Festival.  Provides by Ripple Effect Ecotours, this special tour departs at 11 a.m. from the Marineland Marina under the leadership of a professional kayaker and master naturalist.  The tour ends at 2 p.m.  $45 per person (age 10 and up only), includes kayak, equipment and free admission to Marineland Dolphin Adventure.  Register online or by phone.  101 Tolstoy Ln., St. Augustine. 904-347-1565 www.rippleeffectecotours.com
 
Earth, Wind and Fire Concert -  Soul-Funk-Fusion powerhouse Earth, Wind and Fire perform at 7 p.m. (gates open at 5:30 p.m.) at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The seventh-ranked top-selling group of all time, Earth, Wind and Fire have won eight Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards and have eight R&B #1 hits to their credit.  A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the band has sold more than 90 million albums worldwide.  Tickets are $79.95 seated pit; $69.50 100-level; $59.50 200-level; $49.50 300 level. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com
Saturday - Sunday: October 11 & 12
Victorian Halloween at Villa Zorayda - Experience Halloween from the Victorian Age at the Villa Zorayda Museum in St. Augustine.  Built in 1883, the Villa features period decorations from the late 1800's to early 1900's.  Plus, see the ghost of Franklin Smith, the architect and owner of the Villa.  Self-guided audio tours in English, Spanish and French are also available.  Hours are 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.  Admission is $10 adults; $4 children ages 7-12; free age 6 and under.  83 King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-9887 www.villazorayda.com
Sunday:  October 12
St. Augustine Record Fair - Live bands, a professional DJ between band sets, a bounce house for the kids, food and drinks and the very best in records are all part of the St. Augustine Record Fair, presented by Tonevendor in conjunction with St. Johns County.  The fair is from noon - 6 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and is free and open to the public. The Fair will feature new and used merchandise from many regional dealers.  Items to expect include collectibles, turntable supplies, posters, CDs, and of course, Tons of vinyl records.  1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-342-7981 www.staugamphitheatre.com
 

10/01/2014

5th Annual Fiesta de Aviles, First Friday Art Walk, Sunset Celebration, Datil Pepper Festival - and MORE

October 1, 2014
October 1 - 31
Shop Pink - In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the St. Augustine Outlets will sell $2 Shop Pink and Save cards offering discounts of up to 30% at participating merchants. All proceeds from the sale of cards will go to local charitable women's organizations. 500 Outlet Blvd., I-95 & SR 16, St. Augustine. 904-826-1052 www.staugoutlets.com
 
Flavors of Florida's Historic Coast - More than 20 outstanding restaurants offer "Chef's Choice prix fixe three course dining showcasing their chef's talents and the rich culinary heritage of Florida's Historic Coast. Intriguing lodging options and enticing cultural events combine with this special dining promotion to make October an exciting and flavorful time to visit St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches. www.HistoricCoastFlavors.com
Wednesday - Sunday: October 1- October 5
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/saintaugustineripleys
 
Wednesday - Saturday: October 1 - October 4
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/crispellerthttp://bit.ly/1sLlQZc

Hand, Voice and Vision Exhibition - Artists' books by 36 artists published over 30 years by the Women's Studio Workshop are featured at the new exhibit at The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College. The exhibit, open through October 18, is a comprehensive retrospective featuring some of the most influential book artists in America. 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 
Wednesday:  October 1 
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
 
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 
Thursday:  October 2 
St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum "An Evening with the Harns" - at 7 p.m.,The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum hosts an evening of Victorian culture at the grand opening of their newest exhibit "At Home with the Harns." Indulge in a delicious meal re-created from the January 1888 menu at the Hotel Ponce de Leon. History comes alive with keynote speaker, Ed Bearss, and an exciting silent auction is included. Tickets $125 non members; $100 members and can be purchased on the Lighthouse website. 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-0745 www.StAugustineLighthouse.org
 
Author Larry Baker at Flagler College - St. Augustine resident and award-winning author Larry Baker discusses his latest book, "The Education of Nancy Adams." His presentation is part of Flagler College's Writers-in-Residence program. The author of four novels, Baker is best known for his "Flamingo Rising" that was adapted as a Hallmark TV movie. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Flagler Room at the college.   Admission is free. 74 King St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8582  
Thursday - Sunday:  October 2 - 5 
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  
Friday:  October 3 
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 

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 

First Friday at High Tide Gallery - As part of St. Augustine's First Friday Art Walk, meet coastal artist and surfing legend Patrick Madden and copper metalsmith Cristina Zandomenego from 5 - 9 p.m. at High Tide Gallery.   Patrick shows and discusses his work while Cristina displays and answers questions about her popular jewelry line. Refreshments served and the evening includes a raffle of a large Steve Ryder painting. 51-A & B Cordova St., St. Augustine. 904-829-6831 www.TheHighTideGallery.com
Friday - Sunday: October 3 - 5
5th Annual Fiesta De Aviles - Celebrate St. Augustine's Old Town Spanish heritage and art on Aviles Street -- the oldest street in the nation. The event kicks off on Friday evening with a special First Friday Art Walk featuring Aviles Street artists. The Fiesta features live music, costumes, art exhibits and a special running of the "bulls" along Aviles Street on Saturday. The next day is Sangria Sunday featuring a sangria competition with the public voting for their favorites. Activities are from 4 - 10 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, contact Aviles Street Merchants Association. 904-377-0198.  
 
13th Annual Tactile Art Show & Thread to the Past: 1855 St. Augustine Bayfront Quilt - First Friday Art Walk grand opening reception for this popular show at the St. Augustine Art Association features "touchable" art created in partnership with the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. Exhibit runs through November 2. Plus, The Piecemaker's Quilt Guild rolls out a panoramic interpretation of St. Augustine's 19th century harbor. This collaborative quilt celebrates St. Augustine's 450-year old artisan traditions. The free gallery reception is 5 - 9 p.m. on the 3rd. 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

Undisclosed: Photographs from the Hidden Lightner Hidden Exhibition - For the past two years, photographer Theresa Segal has explored the historic Lightner Museum's restricted fourth floor: 44 small rooms that were the servants quarters of the Alcazar Hotel, but now make up "the best attic in the world," says Segal. This new exhibition, which runs through January 2, features a selection of 20 of her photographs that chronicle the museum's hidden, stored collections.   Regular museum admission is $10 adults; $6 for active duty military; $5 college student and youth ages 12-18; under 12 are free. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (last ticket sold 4 p.m.) 75 King St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2874  www.lightnermuseum.org 
Saturday:  October 4 
First Saturday Living History Day at Ft 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
 
5K Pink Up the Pace 5K Walk/Run - Pink Up the Pace raises money to assist local uninsured and underinsured residents in the early detection of breast cancer and to increase public awareness of teh importance of early detection. The St. Augustine 5K Walk/Run and the age 14 and under 5K Walk/Run start at 8 a.m. from Francis Field located behind the Downtown Historic Parking Facility. Awards presented to the top three finishers in nearly 20 age categories, plus awards for first place male and female. Registration is $25 each for adults and $20 age 14 and under -- register online via the event website. 10 South Castillo Dr., St. Augustine.   www.pinkupthepace.com
 
Old City Farmers' Market - Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more.  Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Open 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733

First Saturdays 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 

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
 
World Golf Village Golf Festival - Celebrate everything that makes the game of golf great at this inaugural event at World Golf Village. This free event is from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and includes free admission to the World Golf Hall of Fame, free golf movies (Caddyshack, Happy Gilmore and Tin Cup) at the IMAX Theatre and opportunities to meet Hall of Fame members Gene Littler and Doug Ford. Throughout the day, a Closest to the Pin contest with prizes takes place at the Hall of Fame Challenge Hole. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., guests can play Wii Golf on the Museum's big screen and kids can enjoy activities based on the Science of Golf. The free Demo Day at the Slammer & Squire begins at 10 a.m. and includes representatives from PING, Nike, Titleist, Callaway, Oakley and TaylorMade. From noon to 1 p.m., the Grand Champions will conduct an interactive golf clinic at the driving range followed from 2 - 5 p.m. with a free golf experience at the Slammer & Squire with advanced tee boxes and expanded (8-inch wide) golf holes. (Tee times are free, but space is limited and must be reserved in advance.) The PGA Tour Academy will be onsite with a series of free, unique golf challenges. From 3 - 6 p.m., The Academy will host a Women's Clinic featuring instructor Anne Cain, women's golf fashions and a wine tasting. Plus, the day will feature live music, food trucks, bounce houses and beginner golf activities. One World Golf Place, off I-95 exit 323, St. Augustine. 904-940-4123  www.worldgolfhalloffame.org
Saturday - Sunday: October 4-5
Datil Pepper Festival and Cook Off with Home & Garden Show - Annual celebration of the spicy little Datil Pepper! On Saturday, local restaurants participate in a cook off of recipes using the datil pepper. Judging 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.on Sunday. Vote for your favorite pepper delight. Tickets are $1 each. The Home & Garden Show takes place on Saturday and Sunday. 3125 Agricultural Center Dr., St. Augustine 904-209-0430

Sykes and Cooper Farms Corn Maze - This award-winning nine-acre maze is sure to get your family pumped up for fall -- there's even a Spookley the Square Pumpkin maze for the kids. Located on SR 207 in Elkton, Sykes-Cooper Farm features a nine-acre corn maze, hayrides, a playground, and farm animals to see and meet. Through October 26, hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. General admission is $9, seniors and active military $7, children 2 and younger admitted free. 5995 Brough Rd., Elkton.  http://sycofarms.com  
Sunday:  October 5 
Discover the Birds at Anastasia State Park - Led by an Anastasia State Park volunteer, this fun and informative walk is open to participants of all birding levels. From 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., observe a diverse variety of shore birds, marsh birds, and hammock birds by walking the beach, boardwalks, nature trails, and other areas. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars, water, comfortable walking shoes, and a field guide if you have one. Meet at the Island Beach Shop & Grill Pavilion. The program is weather permitting and included in the regular admission of $8/vehicle with 2-8 occupants, $4/single-occupant vehicle, and $2/bicyclist or walker. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-461-2033 www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia 
 
EMMA Concert Performance - The Italian Saxophone Quartet with Piano will perform at 2 p.m. at Flagler College's Lewis Auditorium. They are four of the most established saxophone soloists in their field. Tickets are $30 adult, $5 student and children. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-797-2800 www.emmaconcerts.com
 

Widespread Panic Concert - Southern Rock jam band Widespread Panic performs at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Featuring a loose, rootsy brand of Southern rock infused with jazz and blues textures, the band has sold more than three million records and established grassroots following. Tickets range from $39.50 to $47.50. The concert starts at 6 p.m. (gates open 5 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 School House, City Walks History Mystery Murder Evening Tourand the Hotel Ponce de Leon Legacy Tours at Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery and St. Augustine Distillery 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). During the Month of September 2014, Old Town Trolley Tours are free to St. Johns County residents. Many other local attractions offer discounted admissions to St. Johns County residents with valid ID.For more information on events and activities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com or call 1-800-653-2489.

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”) .....???