5/27/2010

Memorial Day Weekend in St. Augustine

Concerts in the Plaza return for their 20th season this Memorial Day. Celebrating two decades of entertainment, the concerts have been described as "the best way to spend a Thursday night in St. Augustine". The season begins with an afternoon performance under the majestic oaks of the Plaza de la Constitucion from 1 to 5pm on Memorial Day. The St. Augustine Jazz Society will feature ET "Swings the Thing" and Roland Fleming Connection R&B. The concerts continue all summer long on Thursdays at 7pm. For more information click here.

SAT & SUN MAY 29 & 30
ST AUGUSTINE NAUTICAL FESTIVAL AND BOAT SHOW
This exciting two-day event will feature new and used boats for dale, vintage boats and all things nautical. Plus, equipment demonstrations, food and beverages and much more! The festival will be held at St. Augustine's Francis Field located directly west of the Historic Downtown Parking Facility on Castillo Drive. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is FREE each day. For more information, go to
www.staugnauticalfestival.com .

SATURDAY MAY 29

MEET THE COW CAVALRY
Find out what it was like to serve in the Confederate Cow Calvary - the special cavalry responsible for bringing Florida cattle north to feed the Confederate Army during the War Between the States. This living history demonstration takes place for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Florida Agricultural Museum and the corner of U.S. 1 and Old Kings Road in Palm Coast. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children. For more information, call 386.446.7630.

UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT
A favorite end-of-the-month event, Uptown Saturday Night takes place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Uptown San Marco Shopping District, St. Augustine. Galleries, antique stores and unique shops between Ripley's Museum and the Mission of Nombre de Dios remain open during this special time. Meet the artists, book signings, live music, refreshments and other events contribute to the party-like atmosphere. The Mission of Nombre de Dios provides FREE PARKING for Uptown Saturday Night. The event is sponsored by the San Marco Avenue Merchants Association. Please call 904.823.9263 for more information.

SUNDAY MAY 30
VILANO BEACH SUNDAY MARKET
Don't miss the final Sunday Market to take place at the Vilano Beach Pier. Market hours are 1-4 p.m. Plans are underway to create a Sunset Market on Friday evenings. For more information, call 904.501.5545

5/26/2010

Memorial Day Weekend: What are YOU doing?



Picture yourself:
Enjoying the beautiful beaches of St. Augustine...
Sipping wine or beer (oh, heck, it's a holiday...indulge in a frozen Margarita!) and nibbling appetizers in our courtyard as you debate restaurant choices for dinner....
Strolling the sea wall and watching pelicans dive for their meals...

We have the following rooms available for this holiday weekend (as of 5/26/10 10:42am):
Lily's Room, The Overlook Room, the Garcia Suite, the Dummett Room, Miss Emily's Room, and the Wilson Suite. Our Beach House is also available ... book online or give us a call......!!!

5/25/2010

Blue Crab Festival is next weekend | StAugustine.com

Palatka is a short drive (approximately 43 miles) from St. Augustine. It is situated on the St. Johns River southwest of our Oldest City. Stay with us for the Memorial Day Weekend and take one day to "get crabby in Palatka"!

Blue Crab Festival is next weekend | StAugustine.com

5/20/2010

This Weekend in St. Augustine

WILD DREAMS - DISCOVERING HENRY FLAGLER * Friday and Saturday, May 21-22
See Henry Flagler brought to life in this critically-acclaimed performance by Paul Jellinek. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. at the San Marco Theater across from Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum in St. Augustine. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 children. For more information, call 904.429.0280.

ST. AUGUSTINE GARRISON AT FORT MOSE * Saturday, May 22

Experience living history demonstrations conducted by authentic colonial Spanish re-enactors. The demonstrations begin at 11 a.m. at Fort Mose located at 15 Fort Mose Trail in St. Augustine. Admission is $4 per vehicle or $2 for pedestrians or bicyclists. For more information, call 904.823.2232 or visit www.floridastateparks.com/fortmose.

NATIONAL MARITIME DAY AT THE ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE * Saturday, May 22
Celebrate National Maritime Day at the St. Augustine Lighthouse with a musical program entitled Let the Waves Roll High! Explore the history of the historic light station and at 3 p.m. set sail to a shanty hear bold tales and foc'sle tunes suitable for he entire family while learning about life aboard a tall ship during days gone by. Admission is $9 adults, $7 children 12 and under and $7.50 for seniors. Admission is always half-price for St. Johns County residents with proof of address. For more information, call 904.829.0745 x208.

NIGHTOWL CINEMA AT ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE * Saturday, May 22
Head over to St. Augustine Amphitheatre to enjoy this fun, free outdoor movie, Charlotte's Web. Showtime is 8 p.m. and concessions are available. For more information call 904.471.1965 or visit www.StAugAmphitheatre.com .

BIRD WALK AT ANASTASIA STATE PARK * Sunday, May 23
Join state park volunteers for a fun, informative walk to meet the birds that live in the park. The walk is from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Admission to the park is $8 per vehicle, up to 8 people, $4 for single occupant admission, and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. Anastasia State Park is located on A1A on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.461.2035, or visit www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia.


5/13/2010

This Weekend in St. Augustine



ANNUAL VILANO BRIDGE 5K RUN & WALK * SAT. MAY 15
Get great exercise, enjoy spectacular views, maybe win a medal and treat yourself to a country-style breakfast at this popular event. For more details, call 904.829.0978 or go to www.ancientcityrr.org .

KNOW YOUR CITY TOUR * SAT. MAY 15
Learn fascinating and little-known facts about St. Augustine on two tours conducted by local historian David Nolan. Sponsored by Citizens for the Preservation of St. Augustine and held in recognition of National Preservation Month, the tours will include the city's "streetcar suburbs" from more than a century ago, old plantations that are now subdivisions, hidden hotels from the Flagler era and much more. Plus, the tours will look at endangered properties in need of preservation. The tours take place at 9:30 a.m. and noon and depart from The Old Jail Museum, 167 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. Tickets are $15 each and advance reservations are required. To reserve a seat on these special tours, call 904.808.1886.
RIDING INTO HISTORY MOTORCYCLE EVENT * SAT. MAY 15
For the 11th straight year,Riding Into History, one of America's premier motorcycle events, will return to the World Golf Village from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature classic American motorcycles and include charity rides to World Golf Village, a bike show featuring hundreds of motorcycles along the Village's Walk of Champions and a Biker's Ball to be held at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village. All proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. World Golf Village is located at I95 Exit 323 in St. Augustine. For more information, please visit
www.ridingintohistory.org .
HISTORIC GARDENING AT FORT MOSE * SAT. MAY 15
Come learn the gardening techniques that residents of Fort Mose would have used more than 270 years ago and how they still apply today. This program takes place at 1 p.m. and is free with the regular park entrance fee of $4 per vehicle or $2 for individuals who bicycle, walk, or ride the trolley. The event is weather permitting. Fort Mose is located of U.S. 1 North on 15 Fort Mose Trail in St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.823.2232 or visit
www.FloridaStateParks.org/FortMoseHistoricStatePark
DAVID GARRARD'S FISHING FOR THE CURE * SAT. MAY 15
Hosted by Jacksonville Jaguars Quarterback David Garrard, this exciting tournament features an inshore and offshore fishing competition and a VIP party. NFL players from around the country will gather at the Conch House Marina, located at 57 Comares Avenue in St. Augustine, for a day of fishing with locals and visitors, competing for 10 prize packages. The VIP party that night will feature live music, great food & drink, celebrity signings, and an auction. Proceeds will benefit the David Garrard Foundation that supports families impacted by breast cancer and Crohn's disease and promotes healthy lifestyles for today's youth. Fishing is from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The VIP Party is 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For registration and more information, visit
www.fishingforthecure.org or call 904.588.4140.
TASTE OF THE BEACH * SUNDAY MAY 16
Take a nibble from the signature dishes from more than 20 of the finest restaurants in St. Augustine Beach at this annual 'taste-fest". The crowd and judges get to pick the coveted "Best of the Beach" restaurant at the end of the evening. Performing artist Kenya will entertain the crowd with an interactive performance featuring a variety of musical instruments. Admission is free and taste tickets sell for $1 each. The Taste of St. Augustine Beach takes place from noon to 6 p.m. at St. Augustine Beach Park Pier Pavilion located at 350 A1A Beach Blvd. For more information, call 904.347.8007 or visitwww.staugbchcivicassoc.com
ST AUGUSTINE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA MASTERWORKS CONCERT * SUNDAY MAY 16
Enjoy the final performance of the season when the St. Augustine Community Chorus presents Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, conducted by Ted Mathews. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Pool of Lightner Museum, located at 25 Granada Street. Admission is free. For more information, call 904.471.3026 or visit
http://staugustinecommunitychorus.org

5/11/2010

The Spanish Bakery

One of the "secret treasures" of St. Augustine is The Spanish Bakery. In business for more than 25 years, The Spanish Bakery is tucked away in the gardens adjacent to busy St. George Street. Authentic Spanish food is served for lunch every day at a great price. The menu includes, but is not limited to, soup, empanadas, and spicy sausage wrapped in a flaky crust. Locals and visitors alike enjoy stopping in for lunch or just to pick up a loaf of fresh-baked bread. And don't forget the cookies!

5/06/2010

1st Friday Art Walk*Cabbage & Potato Festival*Wild Dining

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK
FRIDAY MAY 7
Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at more than 20 participating St. Augustine galleries. Tours begin at Rembrandtz American Craft Gallery, 131 King Street. Galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m. St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys offer attendees a complimentary shuttle service to most of the galleries. Shuttles run on a continuous loop every 30 minutes. For more information, call 904.829.0065 or visit www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com.

HASTINGS POTATO AND CABBAGE FESTIVAL
SATURDAY MAY 8
Come help celebrate this year's harvest season as this annual event returns to St. Johns County. Known as the Potato Capital of Florida, the town of Hastings will host a fun- filled day with entertainment of all kinds, kids' activities, art and history exhibits and a Farmer's Market. It all take place at the Hastings Recreational Field, 150 Main Street off SR 207 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 904.692.3655.

16th ANNUAL DINE ON THE WILD SIDE
SATURDAY MAY 8
Explore the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and enjoy a complete BBQ or vegetarian dinner and lively entertainment! This annual event helps raise funds for HAWKE, a not-for-profit organization that rehabilitates injured and orphaned wild birds, mammals, and reptiles including endangered species. Come early to enjoy the park, then stay all evening to participate in a guided tour of the bird rookery to view thousands of birds including endangered wood storks. Bring your camera for unique photographic opportunities! Once the park closes to the general public, the wild fun begins. The St. Augustine Alligator Farm is located at 999 Anastasia Boulevard in St. Augustine Dine on the Wild Side is from 6 to 9 p.m., but your come early and enjoy the park. Tickets are $35 kids 5 to 11 are $20. For more information, call 904.692.1777 or visit www.hawkewildlife.org .

**Who are the staff pictured in our Cinco de Mayo posting?
1st picture L-R: Mike (sitting on the wall), Ellie, Patrick, Anna & Bozena (standing), Max, Carolee (dangling her legs in the pool).
2nd picture L-R: Mike, Ellie, Kelly, Patrick, Bozena, Max, Carolee

5/05/2010

Chillin' with Frozen Margaritas at SFI



It's Cinco de Mayo and what better way to celebrate than to introduce our new Frozen Margaritas and Frozen Strawberry Daiquiris here at the St. Francis Inn.

Our Frozen Drinks are regularly $4.95 ($2.50 for no-alcohol versions) and available from noon until 10:00 pm.

For a limited time we are giving all of our guests $1.00 Off Frozen Drink Coupons when they check in.

Just to get in the spirit we had some of the staff pose by our pool. Do you know who they are? Answers in our next blog.

5/04/2010

The Players Championship May 3 - May 9

Only 25 miles from the St. Francis Inn (a 40 minute drive north on scenic A1A), you can see your favorite player at TPC Sawgrass on golf's greatest stadium in Ponte Vedra Beach. THE PLAYERS Championship is recognized by PGA TOUR members as “their” championship tournament. It features one of the most coveted titles in professional golf, the strongest field of competitors and the richest purse. Previous winners of THE PLAYERS Championship include Henrik Stenson - 2009, Sergio Garcia – 2008, Phil Mickelson – 2007, Stephen Ames – 2006, Fred Funk – 2005, and Davis Love III – 2003. This year’s tournament schedule is: Monday through Wednesday, practice rounds. Wednesday is Military Appreciation Day. The tournament takes place Thursday through Sunday, broadcast live on the Golf Channel on Thursday and Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. and on NBC on Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. For ticket package information, call 888.401.8000 or visit www.PGATOUR.com.

Location: TPC Sawgrass

Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.