1/27/2011

History Comes Alive This Weekend

LIVING HISTORY DAYS AT FORT MOSE * Saturday, Jan 29

See what it was like to be a Spanish citizen of St. Augustine. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,members of the Los Presidiales de San Agustín willpresent 18th-century historical interpretation programs at Fort Mose. Established in 1738, Fort Mose is the site of the first, legally- sanctioned free black settlement in the continental U.S. Fort Mose State Park is located at 15 Fort Mose Trail in St. Augustine. Admission is $2 per person. For more information, call 904.823.2232 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose. (Photo by Ebyabe)

SCHOOL OF THE 16TH CENTURY * Saturday, Jan 29

Come learn authentic 16th century living skills at this gathering and workshop organized by Historic Florida Militia. This educational event provides the opportunity for re-enactors (pros or novice), or anyone interested in the early settlers of St. Augustine, to exchange ideas and information about 16th century military and society. Topics covered will include assemblies and drills, cooking demonstrations, clothing and fun. All classes will provide hands on experiences. It all takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park, located at 11 Magnolia Street in St. Augustine. Admission is $10 for adults; $9 seniors; and $6 children. Admission is free for St. Johns County residents. For more information, call 904.829.3168.


UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT * Saturday, Jan 29

From 5 to 9 p.m., 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. For more information, call 904.823.9263.

1/25/2011

Haunted Lodgings: Check out this blog!

Our resident ghost Lily has been written about on a blog about haunted lodgings:

4girlsandaghost.wordpress.com

We love the name of the blog!

Here's link to the story about Lily:

1/19/2011

BIRDING, RUNNING, EATING, SWINGING, AND SINGING!

BEGINNER'S BIRDING BOAT TOUR

Presented by St. Augustine Eco Tours, this 90-minute tour focuses on the area's most common bird residents and their identifying features. Led by an experienced birder, the tour will also include birds visiting on a seasonal basis. The cost of the tour is $35 per person. Departure times determined by local tide conditions. For more details and reservations, call 904.377.7245. Friday & Saturday (Jan 21-22)


MATANZAS 5K & FUN RUN

Take the lead, just keep pace, or cheer from the sidelines at one of St. Augustine's most popular races. This 5K run begins from Swing Park at Francis Field, located on Castillo Drive in St. Augustine, and continues the historic streets of beautiful St. Augusitne. The race begins at 9 a.m. with an awards ceremony after the race. Registration is $20 in advance, $25 the day of the race. For more information, please call 904.461.1615 or visit www.ancientcityrr.org. SATURDAY JAN 22

ST. AUGUSTINE'S ORIGINAL CHOCOLATE TOUR

Learn the history of chocolate and chocolate making while sampling truffles, pastries and gooey delights from the finest chocolatiers on this exciting tour presented by Old Town Trolleys. The tours depart from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center located at 27 San Marco Avenue at 1:30 p.m. Tickets for this 2-hour tour are $60 per person. The tour includes stops and samples at Raintree Restaurant, Hilton Bayfront Aviles Restaurant, Casa Monica Hotel, Claude's Chocolates, Peterbrooke's Chocolates, and St. Augustine's original chocolatier, Whetstone's Chocolates. For more information and reservations, call 904.829.3800 or visit www.TrolleyTours.com/st-augustine/tour-chocolate.asp. SATURDAY JAN 22


AN EVENING OF SWING

Celebrate a vibrant moment in St. Augustine's history when German saboteurs and submarines were at our beaches and the Coast Guard replaced our town's tourist economy. This big band concert and swing dance will be headlined by the acclaimed 18 piece Florida Swing Orchestra, with highlights such as a stirring "Tribute to Our Armed Forces" and an opening floor demonstration of the evolution of swing dance. It all takes place from 7:30 to 11:00 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, located at 190 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. Tickets are$35 general admission; $45 for reserved seating at tables of 10 around the dance floor. For more information, visit www.Romanzafl.org or call 904.794.7564. SATURDAY JAN 22


FIRST COAST OPERA - TOSCA

Enjoy a performance of Pucinni's Tosca! Set in 1800, the story centers on the evil doings of that city's chief of police, Scarpia, his lust for the beautiful opera singer Tosca, and his execution of her lover, the painter, Cavaradossi. This opera is sung in Italian, with supertitles in English. The performances take place at Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For tickets or more information, call 904.417.5555 or visit http://www.firstcoastopera.com. SATURDAY & SUNDAY - JAN 22-23



1/17/2011

IT'S A BOY!!!!

We are proud and happy to announce that our St. Francis Inn family now includes:

KAYDEN BURTON BROOKS
BORN 1/16/11
10:24 pm...9`lbs 2oz. 21 inches long.
MOM, DAD AND BABY ALL DOING GREAT!

Kayden is the son of Kelly and Michael Brooks. Congratulations to Kelly & Mike!!!

1/12/2011

This Weekend in St. Augustine

Friday and Sunday: January 14 & 16

BEGINNER'S BIRDING BOAT TOUR

Presented by St. Augustine Eco Tours, this 90-minute tour focuses on the area's most common bird residents and their identifying features. Led by an experienced birder, the tour will also include birds visiting on a seasonal basis. The cost of the tour is $35 per person. Departure times determined by local tide conditions. For more details and reservations, call 904.377.7245.

Saturday: January 15

ST. AUGUSTINE'S ORIGINAL CHOCOLATE TOUR

Learn the history of chocolate and chocolate making while sampling truffles, pastries and gooey delights from the finest chocolatiers on this exciting tour presented by Old Town Trolleys. The tours depart from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center located at 27 San Marco Avenue at 1:30 p.m. Tickets for this 2-hour tour are $60 per person. The tour includes stops and samples at Raintree Restaurant, Hilton Bayfront Aviles Restaurant, Casa Monica Hotel, Claude's Chocolates, Peterbrooke's Chocolates, and St. Augustine's original chocolatier, Whetstone's Chocolates. For more information and reservations, call 904.829.3800 or visit www.TrolleyTours.com/st-augustine/tour-chocolate.asp.

AN AFTERNOON WITH NANCY LOPEZ

Be there when LPGA legend Nancy Lopez tours her new exhibit at The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum. The exhibit, "Nancy Lopez: Pride Passion & Personality," features more than 100 pieces of memorabilia from her electric career, including LPGA Championship trophies, her trophy from the inaugural Solheim Cup and even the legendary Ray Cook putter she used to win so many of her 48 LPGA titles. From 4-6 p.m., guests will have an opportunity to tour the museum, see the Lopez exhibit and attend a speaking program with her in the museum's Shell Hall. Advance tickets to this limited seating event are $25. For tickets and more information, call 904.940.4129 or visitwww.z2systems.com/np/clients/wghof/event.jsp?event=14. The Hall of Fame is located in St. Augustine's World Golf Village, I-95 exit 323.

THE PLATTERS, THE COASTERS, THE DRIFTERS AND THE TEMPTATIONS SALUTE

Experience this exciting musical salute to The Platters, The Coasters, The Drifters and the Temptations at Fort Menendez located at 259 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. Performed by Myles Savage, former lead singer for The Platters, and Ira Greig of The Drifters, this salute features the all time classic songs of these immortal groups. The show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $40 with a limited time "buy one, get one free offer". To purchase tickets, CALL Fort Menendez at Old Florida Museum at 904.824.8874.

1/05/2011

Celebrate History This Weekend!

FRIDAY, JANUARY 7


FLORIDA'S SEIZURE OF FORT MARION

Mark the 150th Anniversary of the 1861 seizure of Fort Marion (Castillo de San Marcos) by Florida State Militia with a visit to the scene of the event. At 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., re-enactors will re-create this historic moment when St. Augustine entered the Civil War. Military drills and musket demonstrations will take place throughout the day. For more information, call 904.829.6506.

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK

Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at more than 20 St. Augustine art galleries. Park for free at the San Sebastian Winery, 157 King Street, where sightseeing trains and trolleys offer free round-trips to the heart of the art district - or go on your own self-guided art walk. Galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 904.829.0065 or visit www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 8


A MUSTER OF LOS PRESIDIALES DE SAN AUGUSTN

Head over to Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archeological Park to experience a special day of real living history. Members of los Presidiales, portraying St. Augustine's 18th-century soldados and citizens, will gather for military drills and discussions of historical interpretation. Demonstrations will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children 6 -12. The Fountain of Youth is located at 11 Magnolia Street in St. Augustine. For more information, call 1-877-FLA-HIST or email info@presidialesdesanagustin.org.