9/23/2010

This Weekend: Authors, Books, Museum Day, Uptown Saturday Night and More


TONIGHT & FRIDAY NIGHT: AUTHOR ROBERT MACOMBER IS STAYING AT ST FRANCIS INN! Robert Macomber (click here for his website), author of the Award-Winning Honor series will be staying with us while he attends the Florida Heritage Book Festival!

FLORIDA HERITAGE BOOK FESTIVAL * FRI & SAT
Get literary at this celebration of the authors and books that chronicle the ethnic, social, and historical heritage of the Sunshine State. The festival will feature a wide array of events and activities including workshops, readings, and book signings by popular authors. On Friday, writer's workshops take place at the Casa Monica Hotel in historic St. Augustine, then the Literary Legends Awards Banquet takes place at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village from 6:30 to 10 p.m., where Carl Hiaasen, one Florida's most entertaining authors, will be awarded the 2010 recipient of the Literary Legends Award. Banquet tickets are $75. On Saturday, Festival activities began at 9 a.m. at the Flagler College Auditorium where Carl Hiassen will deliver the keynote address. Next, the festival moves to the Ringhaver Student Center at Flagler College where panel discussions will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be special Children's Programs from 10:30 a.m - 3:30 p.m. All Saturday sessions are free and open to the public. For ticket prices and more information, go to www.fhbookfest.com or call 904.940.0194.

CAT IN THE HAT IN ST. AUGUSTINE * FRI & SAT

Celebrate the artistic legacy of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, at a special exhibition at Loves' City Gate Gallery, 1 St. George Street in St. Augustine. "The Art of Dr. Seuss" focuses on his private collection of paintings and sculptures created throughout his nearly 70 years of artistic innovation. The exhibit includes bronze sculptures of some of his favorite characters. This limited engagement will be open on Friday and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 904.827.9006.


SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM DAY * SATURDAY
Take your family to a museum during this nationwide event, Smithsonian Magazine's Annual Museum Day. Florida's Historic Coast participating museums include The Colonial Spanish Quarter, located at 29 St. George Street in St. Augustine, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Government House Museum, Cathedral Place, St. Augustine; The Florida Agricultural Museum, located at 7900 Old Kings Road in Palm Coast, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: and the World Golf Hall of Fame, located at One World Golf Place, just off I-95 at Exit 323 in St. Augustine, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to these museums is free for the day with a Smithsonian Museum Day ticket. To get your free ticket, visitwww.smithsonian.com/museumday


ST. AUGUSTINE GARRISON AT FORT MOSE * SATURDAY

Experience living history demonstrations conducted by authentic colonial Spanish re-enactors. The demonstration takes place at 11 a.m. at Fort Mose, 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 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose.


UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT * SATURDAY

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 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 Nombre de Diosprovides 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.

9/15/2010

This Weekend: Pottery, Music and Food

BEGINNERS PRIMITIVE POTTERY WORKSHOP*SAT.*9/18

Learn the history of local Native American pottery and try the techniques used for thousands of years at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine. The workshop is from 9 a.m. to noon and costs $40 per person - including all the needed materials and you take your pottery home! Registration required for these limited spots. Call 904-829-3168 to register today or email veryhoppy@gmail.com.


GAMBLE ROGERS FALL FUND RAISER CONCERT*SAT.*9/18

Get a sample of the exceptional Folk music that is part of the annual Gamble Rogers Folk Festival during this Fall fund raiser. The Morse Family Band, Jamie DeFrates and Susan Brown, Charlie Robertson, and Men in the House will perform on stage at the Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for upper tier seating and $35 for Stage-front VIP seating and can be purchased in advance by calling 904.794.4163, or visit Music Matters or Simple Gestures in St. Augustine. For more information and more upcoming plans for the 2011 Gamble Rogers Festival, visitwww.gamblerogersfest.org.

O.A.R PERFORMS AT ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE*SAT.*9/18

Enjoy a performance by O.A.R., the band that has come to stand for authentic rock music that reflects the collective triumphs and tragedies we all experience in this world: real people making real music that resounds deeply with their fans. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A in St. Augustine. Tickets are $32.50 in advance and $35 day of show. For more information, visitwww.staugamphitheatre.com or call 904.471.1965.

SAIRA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL * SUNDAY * 9/19

Enjoy tasting more than 100 wines and the signature dishes presented by 17 of St. Augustine's top chefs at this afternoon event created by St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association to celebrate the city's unique culinary and cultural diversity. The Festival takes place from noon to 5 p.m. at the COA River House, located at 179 Marine Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $50 per person and proceeds from the Festival benefit the Boys and Girls Club. For more information, visitwww.staugustinerestaurants.com.

9/09/2010

This Weekend: Lighthouse Dark of the Moon and more...

DARK OF THE MOON * FRIDAY & SATURDAY SEP 10-11

Climb into the paranormal on this two-hour tour of the historic St. Augustine Lighthouse. History and legend blend in an unforgettable setting. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for children. Tours begin each night at 8:30 p.m. Reservations required. Call 904.829.0745 (Photo by Judyth Piazza www.visitsouth.com)

NIGHT OWL CINEMA AT THE AMPHITHEATRE * FRI SEP 10

Bring the entire family to enjoy a night at the movies, featuring "School of Rock". In addition to the movie, South Woods Elementary Rock Band will be performing prior to the start of the movie and during intermission. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 8 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, go to www.StAugAmphitheatre.com or call 904.471.1965.

ST. AUGUSTINE CYCLING FESTIVAL * SAT & SUNDAY SEP 11-12

Pedal in to St. Augustine for a great weekend that is all about riding your bike. From bicycle touring to an exposition of bike vendors and food, this second annual event features North Florida Bicycle Club's Endless Watermelon Ride; vendors from local bicycle shops and bike manufacturers; Adult and Children's Bicycle Safety Course; and performances by two live bands, Pili Pili and Trap Door. The Festival is based out of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, located at 1340 A1A S in St. Augustine. For more information about this exciting family event, visit www.staugustinecyclingfestival.com.

Friends of Washington Oaks Second Saturday Plant Sale * SATURDAY, SEPT 11

Come explore Washington Oaks State Park and shop for featured plants that are unusual and hard to find. Many of the plants were propagated and grown in the park by volunteers. All proceeds benefit the park for enhancement of current and new facilities. The sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is located at 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd. in Palm Coast. Admission to the park is $5 per vehicle and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. For more information, call 386.446.6783.

9/08/2010

What Are You Doing in October?

From our Visitors and Convention Bureau....YUM!

October is dedicated to Flavors of Florida's Historic Coast, a month-long dining experience that offers visitors an opportunity to experience the wide-range of local culinary diversity. Each of the participating restaurants is presenting a "Chef's Choice" prix fixe (fixed price) three-course meal reflecting its unique flavor and style. Great food, paired with enticing "stay and eat" accommodation packages, makes October the perfect month to visit Florida's Historic Coast.
October 2010 Featured Events:

October 1 - 31: Flavors of Florida's Historic Coast - A month-long fixed price dining event that introduces visitors to the culinary diversity and regional flavors that have made Florida's Historic Coast a favorite foodie destination.

October 1: First Friday Art Walk - A walk through the exciting art galleries in St. Augustine.

October 1: Grand Re-opening of Aviles Street - The oldest street in the oldest city, Aviles Street has undergone a transformation that has resulted in returning it to its original 17th century authenticity-complete with sidewalk dining.

October 2: Hispanic Heritage Festival - An afternoon of Hispanic heritage featuring colonial Spanish re-enactors, flamenco dancing, Latin music and more!

October 2 & 3: Datil Pepper Festival - an event featuring the spicy little pepper that is a great part of St. Augustine's epicurean history. Taste local dishes and purchase pepper products along with plants and garden d├ęcor.

October 8 through 10: 13th Annual Greek Festival - A celebration of the Greek culture that is an integral part of St Augustine's history. The festival has plenty of freshly prepared Greek food and pastries, costumed Greek dancers and musicians, and an Agora (market).

October 16: Cracker Day - Florida's Country Cracker Heritage featuring bluegrass, horsemanship demonstrations and mouth-watering barbecue.

October 23: Oktoberfest Celebration - Lots of German beer, wine, food and entertainment!

November 7: 25th Annual Great Chowder Debate - More than 30 area restaurants come together in a flavorful competition to decide who has the best chowder on Florida's Historic Coast.

To learn more about the October 2010 Flavors of Florida's Historic Coast Prix Fixe dining celebration as well as outstanding lodging opportunities, visitwww.HistoricCoastFlavors.com or call 1.800.494.1420.




9/03/2010

HAPPY 445TH BIRTHDAY,
ST. AUGUSTINE!
YOU DON'T LOOK A DAY OVER 400!