5/25/2011

Summertime

Those "lazy crazy hazy" days of summer are upon us. Frankie took up his position in the courtyard last Friday.








Tuesday afternoon a pair of gray legs was spotted poking out from a patch of shade...







He blends in well with the shade...that's our Zeke in there!























5/24/2011

AIR SHOW COMING TO ST. AUGUSTINE

This Memorial Day weekend, the skies above the Nation's oldest city will be filled with daring men and women in their fabulous flying machines when the St. Augustine Air Show returns to the Northeast Florida Regional Airport. The two-day show will feature world-renowned aerobatic pilots, military exhibits and static displays and a special appearance by the world's first car-nivorous monster - Robo Saurus.

Gates will open on both May 28 and 29 at 9:30 a.m. and the show will begin at 1 p.m. Among the performers will be aerobatic pilot Gene Soucy with wing-walker Teresa Stokes; the jet aerobatics of Team MS 760; the Misty Blues all-women skydiving team; Elliot Cross and his World War II Curtis P-40; Viper East F-16 Fighting Falcon jet fighter demonstration; and Shock Wave, the extreme jet-powered truck.

The event will honor America's military with a special "Salute to Veterans" past and present. Proceeds from the show will support United Way of St. Johns County, Wounded Warrior Project, Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Naval Special Warfare Foundations (SEALS). Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more details, go towww.StAugustineAirShow.net .

(Article and photo from the Visitors Convention Bureau - St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra)

5/19/2011

St. Augustine Attractions - Fountain of Youth

A white peacock arches his tail feathers into a magnificent fan in hopes of attracting a mate at The Fountain of Youth on Wednesday. By DARON DEAN, daron.dean@staugustine.com Courtesy of the St. Augustine Record.

5/17/2011

More Free Guest Amenities!

NEW! We now have complimentary soda and bottled water available at the Front Desk. AND... For our guests who arrive late or guests who just need something to tide them over until breakfast in the morning, we will set out Evening Snacks (crackers, granola bars, etc.) just before the innkeeper leaves every night.

5/16/2011

CANON FIRING DEMONSTRATIONS

DID YOU KNOW that every weekend you can see a canon fired here in St. Augustine?

Rangers and Garrison volunteers will demonstrate the weapons and relate the experiences of the colonial Spanish soldier of 1740s St. Augustine. Historic weapons demonstrations will be presented at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30. Firing times are subject to change depending on weather conditions and staff availability.
Location: Castillo de San Marcos
Hours: 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Admission: $6 for adults, children under 15 free when accompanied by an adult

5/11/2011

Weekend Events: History! Food! Golf!


SATURDAY, MAY 14


ST AUGUSTINE GARRISON Spanish Colonial Grand Muster
Be part of the Grand Muster parade, a St. Augustine tradition that commemorates the events leading up to the 1740 invasion of Spanish Florida by the British colonies to the north. This reenactment will begin at the City Gates on the north end of St. George Street at 7:30 p.m. where the guard will be changed, a musket volley will be fired, and new sentries posted. Visitors are then invited to join the Grand Muster Parade and follow the Spanish governor, his soldiers, and townsfolk in the Grand Muster celebration as they march down St. George Street to the Plaza de la Constitution for the Blessing of the Flag at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. The Grand Muster parade will conclude at the Governor's Palace with a salute of musket-fire in honor of the Governor. For more information, visit www.staugustinegarrison.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 15

Take a nibble from the signature dishes 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. Admission is free and taste tickets sell for $1 each. Sample the signature dishes of more than 15 of the island's favorite restaurants. The Taste of St. Augustine Beach takes place from noon to 6 p.m. at St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion located at 350 A1A Beach Blvd. For more information, call 904.347.8007 or visit www.thecivicassociation.com.

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY, MAY 13-15

THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
The game's greatest players compete at TPC Sawgrass - THE PLAYERS Stadium Course 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 Tim Clark in 2010, Henrik Stenson in 2009, Sergio Garcia in 2008, Phil Mickelson in 2007, Stephen Ames - 2006, Fred Funk - 2005, and many other greats. The competition takes place Thursday through Sunday and will be broadcast live on the Golf Channel from 1 to 7 p.m. and on NBC on Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. For ticket package information, call 904.285.PUTT or 1.800.741.3161 or visit www.pgatour.com.

ALSO THIS WEEKEND:

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER * FRI SAT SUN MAY 13-15
Experience the first theater on St. Augustine's St. George Street since a terrible fire destroyed the Genovar Opera House in 1914. The St. Augustine Murder Mystery Theatre features a great meal and great live entertainment daily with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. and an evening show at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $43.15 each. For more information, call 904.671.2508 or go to www.StAugustineMurderMysteryDinnerTheater.com

JEFFERSON STARSHIP AT PONTE VEDRA CONCERT HALL * FRI MAY 13
Experience a performance by Jefferson Starship at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, a stop on their 40th Anniversary Tour. Original members Paul Kantner & David Freiberg, along with other band members will perform Somebody to Love, Wooden Ships, White Rabbit and many other favorites. The show starts at 7 p.m. and VIP tickets are $55 per person, regular admission is $40 per person. The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall is located at 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach. For more information, visit www.pvconcerthall.com, or call 904.209.0367.

BOCCE BY THE SEA * SAT MAY 14
Bowl with the Sons of Italy at this bocce tournament at the St. Johns County Pier Park in St. Augustine Beach. The action takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For details, call 904.471.7089.

ANNUAL DINE ON THE WILD SIDE * SAT MAY 14
Explore the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park and enjoy a complete BBQ or vegetarian dinner and lively entertainment at this annual event that helps to raise funds for HAWKE, a not-for-profit organization licensed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Federal US Fish and Wildlife Service to rehabilitate injured and orphaned wild birds, mammals, and reptiles. Dine on the Wild Side is from 6 to 9 p.m., but come early to enjoy the park and 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! When 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. For ticket prices and more information, call 904.692.1777 or visit www.hawkewildlife.org.

ST AUGUSTINE COMMUNITY CHORUS MASTERWORKS CONCERT * SUN MAY 15
Don't miss the St. Augustine Community Chorus' final performance of the season as they present The Bookends of Romanticism, featuring Shubert's Mass in G and Mahler's finale to Symphony 2. The performance will take place at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, located on Cathedral Place downtown. For tickets and information, visitwww.staugustinecommunitychorus.org.


The Legend of KT

** We'd like to introduce everyone to KT. KT, everyone. Everyone, KT.
*******
Last fall our Inn Manager, Kelly Brooks, rushed into the Inn saying, "There's a turtle in the fish pond!" We all hurried outside to see this - we've never had a turtle in the pond as long as any of us can remember! But...nothing. Just fish. Kelly insisted the turtle had been sitting on a rock and must have gotten scared and jumped in the water.

This happened over and over and over...October into November into December. Kelly would see her phantom turtle, rush into the Inn, and drag a potential witness out to the fish pond to see her turtle. And the turtle was never there.

Now is a good time to mention that Kelly was VERY pregnant at the time and we all began thinking this was some kind of pregnancy psychosis.

January rolls around, Kelly has her wonderful baby son Kayden, she's out on maternity leave.

One cold day in late January Max sees something ... different ... in the fish pond. It's a turtle! Max rushes into the Inn and drags out the first person she finds: "Look! It's Kelly's turtle! He's real!" They gazed in amazement at the newest St. Francis Inn family member. And the next email Max sent was to Kelly at home telling her we all apologized and now believed she wasn't seeing things and that her turtle was real.

As the days have warmed KT (Kelly's Turtle) has been spending more and more time sunning himself on the flat rocks surrounding the fountain in the fish pond. He seems to be less shy, but still will jump in the water if we startle him.

Next time you visit take a look in the fish pond; maybe KT will say Hi!

5/05/2011

Weekend Events: Art Walk, Potato Festival, Music!

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK * FRIDAY MAY 13

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 visitwww.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com.

GLOBAL LATITUDES AT ST. AUGUSTINE ART ASSOCIATION

FRIDAY MAY 13 - SUNDAY MAY 29

Enjoy this juried art show of works that have an artistic spin from around the world. The opening takes place at 7 p.m. during First Friday Art Walk and the exhibit will be on display through May 29. The St. Augustine Art Association Gallery, located at 22 Marine Street in St. Augustine is open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 904.824.2310 or visit www.staaa.org.

HASTINGS POTATO AND CABBAGE FESTIVAL * SATURDAY MAY 14

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 takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hastings Recreational Field, 150 Main Street off SR 207 Admission is free. For more information, call 904.471.0909, or emailrotaryclubhastings@gmail.com.

ORCHIDS FOR MOTHER'S DAY * SATURDAY MAY 14

Get Mom a beautiful orchid, be entertained and support a great cause at this fundraiser conducted by the Junior Service League to benefit the Bailey Family Center for Caring of Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. A vast assortment of blooming award-winning orchids will be made available through a silent auction from 10 a.m.-noon at the Yacht Club, 442 Ocean Vista Avenue (Lighthouse Park), St. Augustine. Orchid experts will be on hand to offer advice on the care and growing of orchids, light hors d'oeuvres will be served and the band Mood will perform. Admission is free.

MUSIC FOR MARLEE * SUNDAY MAY 15

Celebrate Mother's Day with seaside music from four live bands, beverages, hot dogs, raffle, silent auction and much more - all for a good cause. Music for Marlee and Friends is sponsored by Haven Horse Ranch and raises funds for local children affected by autism and epilepsy. The event is from noon to 6 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier. Admission is free. For more information, call 904.813.5710.