7/28/2014

Summer Fun in St Augustine: Music, Outdoor Markets, Treasure Hunters, and Sunset Celebration!

 July 28, 2014
Monday - Sunday: July 28- August 3
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 
Monday - Thursday: July  28 - 31
Hercules at World Golf IMAX Theater - Hercules is a revisionist take on the classic myth playing in 3D at the IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame. 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 
Wednesday:  July 30
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 Jimmy Parrish & the Ocean Waves playing Beach Music.  Mango Mango'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 
 
The Soulshine Tour - The St. Augustine Amphitheatre hosts Michael Franti & Spearhead's first-ever music & yoga tour. The event features daytime and nighttime experiences including music, yoga, sustainable lifestyle and DJs guaranteeing a full--blown dance party.  SOJA, Brett Dennen, and Trevor Hall will be joining the North American Tour along with special guest yoga teachers such as Canada's Ryan Leier. In the afternoon, a mass yoga and acoustic music jam with Michael Franti & Friends will give way to the full concert beginning at 6 p.m.  Tickets range from $30.50 - $40.50. 1340 A1A South St. Augustine 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com 
 
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 31
Adult Saltwater Fishing Workshop - 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.  This 3-hour workshop is designed for adults and begins 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
  
Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson Concert - The St. Augustine Amphitheatre hosts multi-platinum recording artists Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson in concert.  DeGraw's latest smash hit Make a Move and his hit single Best I Ever Had have received rave reviews. Nathanson's latest album, The Last of the Great Pretenders, was named Album of the Week by USA Today.  He has evolved into one of the most applauded songwriters and engaging performers on the music scene today. Tickets range from $37.50 to $57.50.  The concert starts at 6 p.m. (gates open 5 p.m.)  1340 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com 
 
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 Rob Ellis Peck & Friends.  904-825-1004 www.plazaconcerts.com 
 
Thursday Night Groove at Amici's Milano Room - Join Linda Cole from 7-10 p.m. for an evening of jazz, rhythm and blues as Amici's Milano Room is transformed into a groovy, candlelit jazz club.  Cole, who has appeared with The Spinners, Count Basie and many other greats, isn't a song stylist, but instead is an interpreter who brings a conversational intimacy to the most familiar standards.  Choice food and drink menu specials will be offered.  Reservations are recommended. 1915 A1A South., St. Augustine.  904-461-0102
Friday:  August 1 
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 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 
 
Amiro Art & Found Displays Cabinet of Curiosities - As part of St. Augustine's Art Walk from 5 - 9 p.m., Amiro Art & Found creates a modern-day Cabinet of Curiosities when they fill the gallery with art, oddities, and other objects of interest.  The Gallery is open Thursday-Monday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 7 p.m.  9C Aviles St., St. Augustine. 904-824-8460  www.amiroartandfound.com
 
Poems by Rev. J. H. Hankerson - During the First Friday Art Walk, Anastasia Books will host Derek B. Hankerson as he interprets poems written by this great grandfather Rev. J. H. Hankerson. His poems were first printed in 1931 by Rhythmic Religious Logic, written by the first Negro Postmaster in Armstrong, FL, St. Johns County.  81 King St., St. Augustine. 904-377-3465
 
Free Community First Night Owl Cinema at the Amphitheatre - The Lorax is the featured film to be shown at 8 p.m. on the big screen at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre (gates open at 7 p.m.) The free cinema is presented by Community First Credit Union and the Amphitheatre.  Admission and parking are free and no tickets are required.  A variety of concessions will be available for purchase.  1340 A1A South, St. Augustine  904-209-0367; www.staugamphitheatre.com
Friday - Sunday:  August 1 - 3
Guardians of the Galaxy at the IMAX Theater - An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunter after stealing a mysterious orb.  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 showtimes. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfimax.com
Saturday:  August 2 
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
 
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 2 p.m. - dusk.  Admission is free. 260 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine 904-540-0402 www.vilanobeachfl.com
 
Dirty Heads & Pepper Concert - The St. Augustine Amphitheatre will host Dirty Heads & Pepper along with special guest AER at 6:30 p.m. (gates open 5:30 p.m.).  Huntington Beach's Dirty Heads mix hip-hop, reggae, and rock along with that laid back, South Cali attitude.  Tickets range from $24.50 - $39.50.  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
Sunday: August 3
First Sunday St. Augustine Vintage Car Tour of Mission Nombre de Dios - Travel in style aboard an electric, vintage-style automobile to the peaceful, historic grounds where the first parish Mass in what is now the United States was celebrated in 1565.  The tour includes a visit to the museum, shrine, and gift shop.  Tour departs at 1 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month. The cost is $25 per person.  Reservation Required.  21 Orange St., St. Augustine 904-430-3542  www.staugustinevintagecartours.com

7/25/2014

Friday and Saturday Nights at the St Francis Inn - How to Make the Perfect Gin Cocktail

Innkeepers Elle and Travis attended the  GIN 101- GIN COCKTAILS class at the Ice Plant yesterday.

Elle and Travis sample some gin cocktails - what a tough class!

They learned a lot about gin - the history - the mystery - and also tasted a lot of gin!  About 4 shots each!

Mixologists Extraordinaire at The Ice Plant:  Zach and Anthony!
They also learned how to make a perfect Gin Gimlet.


And they learned to use some really cool tools of the trade.


Did you know that at the Ice Plant they make their own ice?  And that they can make a perfectly round ball of ice?



Elle (Fridays) and Travis (Saturdays) will be demonstrating their new gin cocktail skills during our Friday & Saturday Social Hours using St. Augustine Distillery Gin.


You can purchase the locally made gin in the Gift Center at the St. Francis Inn!





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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