If you're in Northeast Florida the answer is probably "no", but we're curious to see if any of you "out there" have seen the RED COUCH ads currently being run by our Visitors and Convention Bureau for St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches. We posted a Red Couch Ad from YouTube a couple days ago; this one featured a delightful boy describing all the history and watching a Spanish soldier (re-enactor) firing a canon.
We'd love to know if you've seen these ads on TV and where you live.
If you want to see any of them online, click here!
MURDER IN THE OLDE CITY * FRIDAY JULY 23 St. Augustine's Raintree Restaurant and the Limelight Theatre are teaming up to bring patrons the acclaimed murder mystery, "Murder in the Olde City" for the very first time! Set in 1880's St. Augustine, this powerful tale of murder, scandal, love, and deceit is presented in an entertaining 'you are there' style of staging. Based on a true story of love, hate, and revenge in the year 1886, and told with a seamless combination of history, theatre, and storytelling, the audience becomes the jury! Featuring a sumptuous sit-down dinner and professional performers in full period attire, this promises to be the hit of the season!. Tickets are $35 per person all inclusive, with adult beverages also served separately. Dinner will be served at the Raintree Restaurant (102 San Marco Avenue) at 7 p.m. with the show to follow at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Limelight Theatre (11 Old Mission Avenue) during their regular box office hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday 2 p.m.-6 p.m. and at the Raintree Restaurant on the day of the event. Please call 904- 825-1164 for reservations, or 904-347-5103 for more information.
BAD COMPANY AT ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE * FRIDAY JULY 23 The original members for the British Supergroup Bad Company reunite for this special concert featuring their best-known hits including "Can't Get Enough", "Feel Like Makin' Love", "Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy" & "Bad Company". The show starts at 8 p.m. St. Augustine Amphitheater is located at 1340 A1A in St. Augustine. Tickets are $85, $65, $49 & $39. For more information call 904.471.1965 or visit www.StAugAmphitheatre.com
PRO RODEO AT ST. JOHNS COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS * FRIDAY JULY 23 & SATURDAY JULY 24 This Western-inspired event will feature entertainment for all ages including bull riding, rodeo clowns, team and calf roping, and barrel racing. Local youth will be invited to compete in youth barrel racing and roping competitions. The action all takes place at 8 p.m. at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds; located at 5840 State Road 207 in Elkton. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children 6 to 11, 5 and under are free. For more information, call 904.471.1965 or visit www.stjohnscountyfairgrounds.com .
ST. AUGUSTINE GARRISON AT FORT MOSE * SATURDAY JULY 24 Experience living history demonstrations conducted by authentic colonial Spanish reenactors on the last Saturday of each month. The demonstration take place at 11 a.m. Fort Mose is located 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.
SUBLIME PERFORMS WITH ROME AT ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE * SATURDAY JULY 24 Original members of the multi-platinum artist Sublime, Eric Wilson & Bud Gaugh will take the stage with a new lead singer/guitar player, Rome. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, located at 1340 A1A in St. Augustine. Tickets are $49.50, $39.50 & $29.50. VIP Tickets are available for $100 and include a meet and greet with the band, laminate pit ticket, and a specialty tour item. For tickets and more information call 904.471.1965 or visit www.StAugAmphitheatre.com
GUANA FULL MOON KAYAK TOUR * SUNDAY JULY 25 Experience a natural exploration of the pristine waters of the Guana River in an extraordinary ambient twilight setting of the sun over the Guana River while the full moon rises over the Atlantic Ocean. Osprey, bald eagles, and many other estuary dependent species salute the sunset over the Guana River on this two-hour exploration of the GTM Research Reserve. This 2-hour tour departs from the GTM Research Reserve Dam, located at 505 Guana River Road in Ponte Vedra Beach at 7:30 p.m. Ticket are $50 per person. For more information, call (904)347-1565 or register online at www.RippleEffectEcotours.com. SUNSET/MOONRISE TOUR * SUNDAY JULY 25 Be a guest of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and enjoy viewing the sunset and moonrise from the most unique perspective in all of St. Augustine! This special event includes a champagne toast, provided by San Sebastian Winery, atop the tower and an informative overview of the history of the St. Augustine Light Station. The tour takes place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Lighthouse located at 81 Lighthouse Avenue in St. Augustine. The fee is $25 for non-museum members and $20 for members.www.staugustinelighthouse.com. For reservations, call 904.829.0745.
On July 19th (Monday) former Senator George MacGovern will get his birthday wish: to jump from a plane! The former Presidential candidate will jump over the Kennedy Space Center. Why? "...us old guys don't want to be put on the shelf." Click here for more details.
(Picture from a visit Senator McGovern made to the St. Francis Inn December 2009.)
RINGO STAR AND THE ALL-STARR BAND AT THE ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE Former Beatle Ringo Starr will be performing with an All-Starr line up including Rick Derringer, Richard Page from Mr. Mister, Wally Palmer from the Romantics, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, and Greg Bissonette. The show takes place Saturday, July 17, at the
St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A in St. Augustine at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $99.00, $74.00, $59.00 & $39.00. For more information call 904.471.1965 or visit www.staugamphitheatre.com.
EVERY WOMEN'S ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL
* SUNDAY JULY 18 Enjoy original paintings, jewelry, candles, prints garden art and other textiles crafts and works of art made by local women artist and crafters. The festival takes place at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and works are moderately priced. For more information, visit www.everywomansart.moonfruit.com .
INCEPTION AT IMAX
* FRIDAY AND SATURDAY (JULY 16-17)
Be among the first to see Christopher Nolan's newest film, Inception,on the largest screen in northeast Florida. The film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio will premiere at the 2D World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater at noon, 4, 7 and 10 p.m. On Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m., the IMAX Theater will host a "Protect Your Thoughts" event before the 7 p.m. showing of Inception. Guests can arrive early to enjoy a variety of activities including spinning the red dice upon arrival for a chance to enter the theater early and get the first "Kick"-back seats; solving mazes; challenging others in a top-spinning contest with Cobb's silver top; answer "Dream or Reality" trivia and more! Tickets for the special engagement film will be $13 for adults, $12 for seniors, students and military and $10 for children. For more film information, show times and to purchase tickets, visitwww.WorldGolfIMAX.com or visit.
MURDER IN THE OLDE CITY * FRIDAY JULY 16St. Augustine's Raintree Restaurant and the Limelight Theatre are teaming up to bring patrons the acclaimed murder mystery, "Murder in the Olde City" for the very first time! Set in 1880's St. Augustine, this powerful tale of murder, scandal, love, and deceit is presented in an entertaining 'you are there' style of staging. Based on a true story of love, hate, and revenge in the year 1886, and told with a seamless combination of history, theatre, and storytelling, the audience becomes the jury! Featuring a sumptuous sit-down dinner and professional performers in full period attire, this promises to be the hit of the season!. Tickets are $35 per person all inclusive, with adult beverages also served separately. Dinner will be served at the Raintree Restaurant (102 San Marco Avenue) at 7 p.m. with the show to follow at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Limelight Theatre (11 Old Mission Avenue) during their regular box office hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday 2 p.m.-6 p.m. and at the Raintree Restaurant on the day of the event. Please call 904- 825-1164 for reservations, or 904-347-5103 for more information.
Recently, as part of our ongoing "Green Lodging" program, we started recycling leftover guest soaps. Every day thousands of hotels and other lodgings discard thousands of pounds of leftover soaps which then end up in landfills. We have partnered with Clean the World (cleantheworld.org) to have all of our leftover soaps "re-batched" and sterilized. Clean the World then distributes the recycled soap products to impoverished countries and domestic homeless shelters.
We received our first report from Clean the World and we are proud to annouce that last month we donated enough soap for 40 children for one month!
Special recognition goes to Kelly (our inn manager) and our wonderful housekeepers: Bozena, Anna, Peter, and Agata. Thank you for your efforts!
Here's your chance to be counted! Voting starts tomorrow, Saturday, July 10. Vote online at www.staugustine.com/bestof2010 for YOUR favorite B&B: the St. Francis Inn! You can also vote for your favorite restaurants and attractions. Additional categories include:
KINGFISH CHALLENGEChase the big ones in this exciting competition that offers cash and prizes for the biggest catch. Registration is limited to 400 boats. Friday is the Junior Kingfish Challenge, Tournament Registration and the Captain's Meeting. Fishing days are Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a fish fry and awards on Sunday. It all begins at the St. Augustine City Marina located at 111 Avenida Menendez. For more information and registration forms, call 904.824.8322 or 904.669.0490 or visitwww.acgfa.com/kingfishchallenge.html .
THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
Back by popular demand, the Limelight Theatre's original cast returns to present Richard O'Brien's cult rock and roll horror-comedy. Audience participation is encouraged at this live performance, but please no props from home - prop packages will be made available prior to the show. The horror begins at 7:30 p.m. both nights. The show will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through July 10. This weekend is your last opportunity to see this great show! Tickets are $25 each. The Limelight Theatre is located at 11 Old Mission Avenue in St. Augustine. For more information and reservations, call 904.825.1164 or go to www.Limelight-Theatre.org .
TWILIGHT AT IMAXSee The Twilight Saga: Eclipse on a screen six stories high during this special engagement at the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX theatre. This highly anticipated third installment in the The Twilight Saga and the event film of the summer looks amazing on IMAX. For show times and tickets, go to www.WorldGolfIMAX.com