2/28/2011

CELTIC MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL COMING TO ST. AUGUSTINE

CELTIC MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL COMING TO ST. AUGUSTINE

On March 11-17, many of the greatest Celtic musicians, artists and poets from Ireland, Spain, and the U.S. will converge on the wonderfully romantic city of St. Augustine, Florida, for the Celtic Music and Arts Festival. The week-long festival will arguably be the finest international collaboration of Celtic music and art ever seen in the United States.

Presented by Romanza in association with Meehans on Matanzas, the festival will be directed by internationally-acclaimed Benny O'Carroll of County Kerry, Ireland. Following exciting weekend concerts, day-long festivities will continue throughout the week. Celtic masters will present traditional pub music sessions, contemporary and classical musical performances, workshops, dancing, storytelling, good humor, and lots of good food - all of which will culminate with the ultimate Celtic Party - St. Patrick's Day! The celebration will include a St. Patrick's Day Parade beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 12.

St. Augustine,the nation's oldest city, was founded by don Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565. Appropriately, the festival headliner isHEVIA from Aviles, the hometown of the city's founder and the heart of Celtic Spain. The band HEVIA is a Spanish Celtic phenomenon. Jose Angel Hevia has become an international sensation, revolutionizing popular music with his midi bagpipe and selling 2.5 million albums worldwide.

The festival will also feature Ireland's own Four Men & A Dog, Benny O'Carroll's Traditional All Ireland Band, Dublin City Ramblers, Timmy "The Brit" McCarthy, Sean Murphy and Patrick Coldrick. Outstanding American Celtic entertainers from New York and Florida will also perform. These include Black 47, Derek Coghlan, Michael Funge, 7 Nations, Rathkeltair and The Wobbly Toms.

To purchase tickets or to preview festival peformers and their schedules, go towww.CelticStAug.com.

2/23/2011

Events: Live Music, Living History, and Winter Thrills!

UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT * SATURDAY 2/26/11

From 5 to 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. For more information, call 904.823.9263.

MILITARY HISTORY TIMELINE/PATRIOTS WEEKEND * SATURDAY 2/26/11 & SUNDAY 2/27/11

Learn the history of militia in St. Augustine when soldiers, veterans and re-enactors present a military salute complete with a living history from 1513 to the present featuring military uniforms, weapons and equipment. This interactive living history presentation takes place each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archeological Park. For more information, call 904.829.3168 or email FOYexplorer@gmail.com.

CATHEDRAL FESTIVAL * FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY 2/25/11 - 2/27/11

Catch the Winter Thrill at this 26th annual festival that brings mid-way rides, food & art vendors and lots of entertainment to the fair grounds of the Mission of de Dios on San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. This year's event, "Catch the Winter Thrill," will feature winter time games and themed rides, as well as plenty of chowder, chili and hot chocolate. For more information, visit http://www.thecathedralfestival.com

2/18/2011

Warm and Sunny This Weekend and Beyond

What are you doing this weekend? How about this weather? Loving St. Augustine!
(picture thanks to news4Jax.com)

2/17/2011

Events in St. Augustine This Weekend

President's Weekend is almost here and, along with the Daytona 500 on Sunday (just 45 minutes south of St. Augustine), there are lots of events here in town and nearby. Stay with us! We still have a few rooms available!


BALD EAGLE BIRD WATCHING TOUR * SAT & SUN 2/19 & 2/20

Experience something like never before...this boat tour will leave from the St. Augustine City Marina to observe wild dolphins, a variety of birds and many other marine organisms. Then, the boat make a special stop beneath an endangered Bald Eagle's nest. This stop will provide a chance to see two eagles that have recently returned to the area. Cameras are encouraged whether you're a novice or experienced photographer. Binoculars are provided on board as well as all the information you could ask for about the creatures and environment you see. Tours are limited to 2-6 guests, $35 for adults / $30 for kids 12 & under. Saturday and Sunday 10:00am. Call Zach for reservations and details 904-377-7245.


EMMA CONCERT: Capetown Philharmonic Orchestra * SAT 2/19

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, South Africa's "orchestra for all seasons", featuring violinist Philippe Quint will perform at 2 p.m. at the Flagler College Auditorium located at 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $35 for adults and $ 5 for students. For more information, call 904.797.2800 or visit www.emmaconcerts.com.


GYPSY AT LIMELIGHT THEATRE * FRI & SAT & SUN 2/19 2/20 2/21

Performances through March 6 are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $20 for active military and students. The Limelight Theatre is located at 11 Old Mission Avenue in St. Augustine. For reservations, or more information, visit www.limelight-theatre.org.


RUSSIAN ARTISTS IN ST. AUGUSTINE * FRI & SAT 2/19 2/20

Meet Michael and Inessa Garmash at the Galeria del Mar, 9 King Street in St. Augustine. Two of the greatest Romantic Impressionists of our day, they will exhibit a large body of new and impressive work. For details, call the gallery at 904.829.2120.


FIRST COAST PLAYWRIGHT'S FESTIVAL * SAT 2/19

Enjoy staged readings at Flagler College's Gamache-Koger Theatre in the Ringhaver Student Center, 44 Sevilla Street in St. Augustine. First Coast Playwright's Festival is produced by This Veddy Theatre Group to present new plays with a focus on St. Augustine history. Tom Rahner and Roger Rueff will be the two guest speakers. A native of St. Augustine, Tom Rahner is Professor Emeritus of Flagler College, founder and chair of the Theatre Dept. for 31 years, director, designer, playwright, actor and technician for 60 years with 35 years teaching experience. He currently performs his one-man show,Henry Flagler Remembers, throughout Florida. For nearly a decade, he was the director of Florida's official State play, Cross and Sword, and served as the General Manager for St. Augustine's 400th Anniversary. Roger Rueff is an award-winning writer whose produced dramatic works include stage plays, teleplays, and screenplays. His stage play Hospitality Suite premiered in 1992 and has been subsequently produced internationally. His works for the screen include the teleplay God Lives produced by the Magic Door Children's Theater in Chicago and The Big Kahuna, his screen adaptation of Hospitality Suite, starring Kevin Spacey and Danny DeVito. In 2000, The Big Kahuna was one of three films nominated for the 2000 Humanitas Award for independent film. Winning plays submitted to the festival will be considered for full production during the city's 2013-2015 historic celebrations. Tickets are $20 per person. For more information, call 904.806.2423 or visit www.VeddyTheatre.org.

2/10/2011

St Augustine Events This Weekend

Just 30 minutes south of St. Augustine lies a beautiful and unique state park: Washington Oaks State Park. The park extends from the ocean - with unique coquina rock formations - to the Matanzas River - with formal gardens and trails through the live oak trees. A great way to spend a morning or afternoon! WEATHER FORECAST: SUNNY WITH HIGH'S IN THE 50'S AND 60'S.

WASHINGTON OAKS GARDENS PLANT SALE & CITRUS SHOWCASE

Join the Friends of Washington Oaks for their 2nd Saturday Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Choose from citrus plants for the patio/lanai, Valentine's plants for your sweetheart and many other varieties. A portion of the plants for sale were propagated and grown right there in the park by volunteers. All proceeds benefit the park for enhancement of current and new facilities. Admission is $5 per vehicle and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. For more information, call 386.446.6783, or emailWashington.Oaks.Gardens@dep.state.fl.us.


HOT AND SPICY FOOD & MUSICAL FESTIVAL

Head over to the Florida Agricultural Museum for an afternoon of scorching hot Florida Blues and spicy foods. Bill Wharton, the Sauce Boss, cooks his famous gumbo on stage accompanied by his spicy original music, Florida Slide Guitar Blues. There will be lots of spicy flavors, craft beers and other tasty beverages available too! The Festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Florida Agricultural Museum's Caldwell Dairy Barn, located at 7900 Old Kings Road in Palm Coast. Admission to the festival is $5 per person and admission to the Florida Agricultural Museum is $6 for adults and $4 for children. For more information, call 386.446.7630 or visit www.MyAgMuseum.com.


ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

Enjoy this EMMA concert featuring the principal players of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. This Chamber Ensemble tour showcases a string octet, string sextet and other configurations. The performance takes place at 8 p.m. at Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $30 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call 904.7947.2800 or visit www.emmaconcerts.com.

2/08/2011

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH ON SUNDAY'S NBC TODAY SHOW!

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH ON SUNDAY'S NBC TODAY SHOW!

This Sunday's broadcast of NBC TODAY will feature St. Augustine's Fountain of Youth. The segment discusses the archaeological importance of the site, Ponce de Leon and the Fountain of Youth. The weekend edition of NBC TODAY is broadcast nationally beginning at 8 a.m. on Sunday. The story will also be featured on First Coast News and the The Record.

2/03/2011

St Augustine Events This Weekend

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK * FEB 4
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.

FIGURE & PORTRAIT SHOW * FRIDAY FEB 4

Be the first to see the latestSt. AugustineArt Association Juried art exhibit featuringworks with a primary subject of the human figure or face, including figure studies, formal portraits, busts or people in groups. On display through February 27, the opening for this exhibit is from 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Also, a compelling photography exhibition called Incursions: Man-Made America opens. The St. Augustine Art Association Gallery is located at 22 Marine Street and is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 904.824.2310 or visitwww.staaa.org.


FIRST FRIDAY MUSIC AT THE BASILICA * FRIDAY FEB 4

Stop by the St. Augustine Cathedra Basilica for a First Friday Concert with Philip Borter on the violin. The concert begins at 6 p.m. and admission is free. The Cathedral Basilica is located at on Cathedral Place along St. Augustine's Plaza de La Constitucion. For more information, call 904.824.2896.


GYPSY AT LIMELIGHT THEATRE * FRIDAY FEB 4

Don't miss the premier of the Limelight Theatre's production of Gypsy. Based on the memoirs of famous burlesque stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, "Mama" Rose is determined to break into show business by pushing the vaudeville act of her younger daughter, Baby June. But it's shy elder daughter Louise who will one day play to packed houses. Performances through March 6 are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $20 for active military and students. The Limelight Theatre is located at 11 Old Mission Avenue in St. Augustine. For reservations, or more information, visit www.limelight-theatre.org.


ST. PHOTIOS PILGRIMAGE WEEKEND * FRI, SAT, SUN FEB 4-6

Join the annual pilgrimage celebrating of the feast of the patron of the St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine in St. Augustine. The dedication begins at 5 p.m. on Friday with a Trisagion at the Tolomato Cemetery on Cordova Street followed by a reception at the St. Photios Chapel, 41 St. George Street. Saturday at 5:30 p.m., Great Vespers and a Blessing of the Loaves take place at the Chapel. Then, on Sunday at 8:30 a.m., Orthos and Divine Liturgy take place at the Shrine Chapel and the National Shrine Day Feast takes place at the Casa Monica Hotel at 12:30 p.m. Tickets to the feast are $50 per person. For more information, please call 904.829.8205 or e-mail info@StPhotios.com.


CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF * FRI, SAT, SUN FEB 4-6

Actors with a Cause will present Tennessee Williams' classic Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by award-winning playwright Lorraine Portman in the Flagler Room at the former Ponce de Leon Hotel (Flagler College). The performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Each performance will be in celebration and to benefit the retirement of Rabbi Samuel Cywiak, 91, who has served the Congregation Sons of Israel in St Augustine since 1992. Tickets are $25 per person. For tickets and reservations, call 386-313-1792.

BALD EAGLE BIRD WATCHING TOUR * SAT & SUN FEB 5-6

Experience something like never before...this boat tour will leave from the St. Augustine City Marina to observe wild dolphins, a variety of birds and many other marine organisms. Then, the boat make a special stop beneath an endangered Bald Eagle's nest. This stop will provide a chance to see two eagles that have recently returned to the area. Cameras are encouraged whether you're a novice or experienced photographer. Binoculars are provided on board as well as all the information you could ask for about the creatures and environment you see. Tours are limited to 2-6 guests, $35 for adults / $30 for kids 12& under. Saturday and Sunday 10:00am. Call Zach for reservations and details 904-377-7245.

2/02/2011

Find could be from 1500s

Article and Picture from the St. Augustine Record January 16, 2011:

Every morning for the past week, St. Augustine city archaeologist Carl Halbirt and a handful of volunteers worked in the cold to uncover what may be a very big part of St. Augustine's colonial history.

Halbirt and his team spent the past few days at a dig site on State Road A1A across from the Castillo de San Marcos sifting through the soil between the No Name Bar and Liquor Store and the White Lion Restaurant across from the bayfront. This property, which was dug up to create a new trolley pull-in station, soon became one of Halbirt's biggest archaeological digs, and may also hold one of his biggest finds.

"I think the post holes and large soil stains we've found so far are potentially associated with an early fortification," Halbirt said. "This could very well be one of the early wooden forts built in St. Augustine before the Castillo de San Marcos."

Halbirt uncovered large soil stains while excavating the area alongside the roadway, he said. These stains show remnants of old wooden posts once used to hold up bigger structures. The size of the post holes indicate that Halbirt and his team may have stumbled upon the corner of a very big structure, he said.

"We're looking at a large structure, at least 14-feet in diameter that dates to the early colonial period prior to the 1700s," Halbirt said. "It looks like something built in the late 1500s to early 1600s."

The building may be one of three wooden forts that were built in the 16th century before the Castillo de San Marcos. But the structure could also be the remnants of a large warehouse, boat house or even a labor camp used while the Castillo was being built, he said.

"There were three wooden forts that were burnt down before the Castillo that we know very little about," he said.

From what Halbirt has studied in the ground so far, the building looks as though it is sitting at a right angle and may extend into what is now the A1A roadway. Although the dig site won't expand farther than what has already been dug up, Halbirt said there is still plenty of information and artifacts to find.

Beside the post holes and soil stains, Halbirt recovered completely intact glass bottles, an ornate candlestick holder, shards of colored pottery, plates and animal remains.

The archaeological team also found trash pits dating from the 19th century, and a large construction well that dips five feet deeper than the excavation, Halbirt said.

Halbirt is unsure how long he and his team will excavate the site, but he does think it will be a few weeks before they know for certain what they've found.

"I hope to have some other historians and archaeologists come out and see the site," Halbirt said. "It would be good to see what their ideas and interpretations are of all this."

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Discovery to be exhibited

The newest archaeological finds from a dig on the small strip of land on State Road A1A across from the Castillo de San Marcos will soon be created into an exhibit as apart of a renovation to the Spanish Quarter, according to Dana Ste. Claire, executive director for the Spanish Quarter department.

The City of St. Augustine began construction this week, with a vision of a new entryway to the Spanish Quarter and a colonial village-like interactive museum, Ste. Claire said. The original plans included a new boat building project and maritime history museum. But recent findings by city archaeologist Carl Halbirt have changed the plans for the new interactive museum.

"We couldn't ask for a more ideal site to focus on now that we know Carl Halbirt has found something so significant here," Ste. Claire said.

After completing a new pull-in station for trolleys, Ste. Claire said construction will begin on a boat building project and interactive public archaeological display. The new Spanish Quarter village will have a program that delves into what it's like to be an archeologist, Ste. Claire said.

"It's important for people who come here to see and explore the role of an archaeologist," he said. "Visitors will be able to see how archaeologists have played a major role in piecing together the history of St. Augustine."

In this program, visitors will be able to see firsthand a true excavation site, the one which Halbirt and his team have been working on this week, he said.

The new project will also serve as an interpretive center for colonial maritime activity and offer information to visitors about the Nation's oldest port, the Matanzas Inlet and the important rolls they played in the historical and cultural development of St. Augustine, Ste. Claire said.

"We're going to build a colonial period vessel from the 16th century in partnership with the Maritime Heritage Foundation as a part of the 450th celebration," Ste. Claire said. "I don't think there's a more appropriate place to create a 15th century shipyard and village."

Although construction for the new village has begun, Ste. Claire hopes that it will all come together with in the next few years.

"A new entryway will give visitors access not only to the Spanish Quarter, but the Castillo de San Marcos and the new Pirate Museum," Ste. Claire said.

Story written by: Justine Griffin of the St. Augustine Record

2/01/2011

MIRANDA LAMBERT ST. AUGUSTINE!

MIRANDA LAMBERT* APRIL 15

Going to the Concert? Stay at the St. Francis Inn, mention "Miranda Lambert Concert" and receive 20% off your room for Friday, April 15th!
Miranda Lambert with Justin Moore and Josh Kelly at the Saint Augustine Amphitheatre. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, February 4th at 10:00am. The Miranda Lambert venue pre-sale starts Thursday, February 3rd at 10:00am and ends at 10:00pm. Enter "HOUSE" into the "Venue" pre-sale box on the Saint Augustine Amphitheater web site.