11/23/2011

Thanksgiving Weekend Events include Boating Excursions, Alligators and More!


BLACK FRIDAY NOV 25
FAMILY BOATING EXCURSION
Avoid the shopping madness by taking a cruise into the waters surrounding St. Augustine for a tour you'll be talking about in years to come. Passionate Captains explain marine wildlife behavior.  Underwater microphones make for a unique experience as you listen for dolphins, snapping shrimp & more!  $35/Adults, $30/Kids 3-12. (There's also a Thanksgiving Day Eco Tour.) Call St. Augustine Eco Tours today at 904-377-7245. www.staugustineecotours.com  

THANKSGIVING GOES WILD
The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park will continue the city's wildest Thanksgiving tradition with Thanksgiving-themed feeding sessions and special holiday hours on Thanksgiving Day and Friday for the 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Goes Wild. Maximo will leap for a turkey dinner, alligators will enjoy a special poultry feast, tortoises will munch on winter squash, and much more.  This year, guests will even be invited to design and create enrichment devices for the animals. Call 904.824.3337  

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY NOV 25-27

TOUR DE CHOCOLATE
Join City Walks on the brand new Tour de Chocolate every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 12:00 noon for a 2-hour fantastic journey into the world of Chocolate. From the Aztecs and Mayans to Europe via the Spanish Conquistadors, explore the history and indulge yourself in the wonderful world of CHOCOLATE. The tour is 2 hours long and includes all tastes and samplings, and a VERY special take home gift of chocolates. All ages welcome, Adults are $36 and Children under 10 are $25, per person. Reservations are required and are available for online reservations/purchase, where guests will save $2 per person. Make your reservation now at http://www.staugustinecitywalks.com or call904.377.8234

SUNSET SAIL
See the sparkling Nights of Lights from the beautiful deck of the Schooner Freedom on these special daily sunset sails. The Schooner Freedom departs daily from the St. Augustine City Marina at 4:15 p.m. for 2 hours, will feature the illumination of the city. Rates are $45 per adults, kids 2-12 are $35, under 2 sails free, we provide complimentary beer, wine, soda, and water. Call 904.810.1010

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, NOV 25-26

CANDLE LIGHT TOURS OF VILLA ZORAYDA

Explore the beautiful Villa Zorayda, decorated for the Holiday season, featuring a Christmas tree in the "Court of Lions", decorated in the Villa's traditional red and gold and a beautiful crèche nativity scene that that has been a Villa tradition since the 1930s.  Starting at 6 p.m., enjoy refreshments of cookies and punch. Then the guided candlelight tour begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for children 7 -12, children 4 -6 are free (not recommended for children under 3).  Villa Zorayda is located at 83 King Street in St. Augustine. Reservations are suggested. For more information, visit www.villaZoryada.com or call 904.829.9887.


NIGHTS OF LIGHTS CARRIAGE AND HOLIDAY WINE TOUR
Step aboard an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage and enjoy the spectacular light displays while indulging in delicious boutique wines!  Lights, Carriage and Holiday 'Cheer'!  These special tours depart from 6 Granada Street at 6 pm, 7:30 pm and 9 pm on Monday through Saturday through January 31..  Tickets are $49 per person. Reservations are required. For more information, visitwww.TheTastingTours.com, text or call 904.325-3911.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, NOV 26-27

46TH ANNUAL FALL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
See art created from lace to limestone and crayons to crystal. More than 150 artists from around the USA are juried into this Thanksgiving Weekend art festival takes place at Francis Field behind the St. Augustine Downtown Historic Parking Facility located on West Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. The festival is sponsored by the St. Augustine Art Association and takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is a $1 donation. For more information, call 904.824.2310 or visit www.staaa.org.  
   
WINTER WONDERLAND AT ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE
Bring the whole family to enjoy St. Augustine's Winter Wonderland which features a real ice skating rink, ice slide, Elf Express train rides, The Elf Village, sleigh rides and SNOW!  There are even scheduled visits from Santa.  Adults are welcome to relax and enjoy refreshments in the Igloo Lounge (21 and up only). St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340 A1A St. Augustine. Hours are November 26 through December 16, Monday through Friday 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 10 p.m..; and December 17 through January 1 from 2 to 10 p.m. daily except Christmas Day (5 - 10 p.m.) and New Year's Eve (noon to 5 p.m.) Admission is free with activity participation fees.   For more information, call 904.209.0367 or visit www.WinterWonderlandFlorida.com.  

UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT
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 
 EMMA CONCERT SERIES: WOLFGANG DAVID & DAVID GOMPPER
Enjoy a musical presentation by international violin recitalist Wolgang David and pianist/composer David Gompper at the Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25 per person. For more information or to order tickets, visitwww.EmmaConcerts.com or call 904.797.2800.


SUNDAY NOV 27



LINCOLNVILLE FARMER'S MARKET
Get fresh produce, arts, crafts, jewelry, delicious lunch selections and family fun at downtown St. Augustine's new Lincolnville Farmer's Market.  Open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- turn south on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and follow it to the market behind the Galimore Center.  



11/18/2011

Marathon! 72-mile Garage Sale! Nights of Lights! WOW!


Saturday and Sunday:  November 19 & 20
ST. AUGUSTINE MARATHON WEEKENDPut on your running shoes and participate in a foot-race that suites your running level. On Saturday there will be a 10K run at 7 a.m.; a Family 5K Run at 7:15 a.m.; and the St. Augustine's Kids Race at 9:30 a.m. Then on Sunday at 6:05 a.m., the starter's pistol will fire for  the St. Augustine Full Marathon & Half Marathon. The Marathon course will be USATF-certified. Each run takes place at various locations between St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach and Crescent Beach. A special awards presentation will take place Sunday at 1 p.m. at the City Marina. For more information and registration, visit www.StAugustineMarathon.com or call 305.716.1111.

 MID-MORNING KAYAK TOUR

Grab breakfast and then head to downtown St. Augustine for an amazing 10am-12pm kayak trip!  A great way to see the salt marsh up close and discover the treasures it beholds.  Recent sightings include dolphins and bald eagles!  Call St. Augustine Eco Tours at 904-377-7245 for reservations.  $40/adult, $35 ages 6-12. www.staugustineecotours.com



Saturday:  November 19
CRUISE TO FORT MATANZASGo on a spectacular boating experience AND get FREE coffee and bagels courtesy of Everything Bagel on this special 9 a.m. to noon cruise from the Vilano Boat Ramp. USCG-certified captain takes passengers on an interesting tour to Fort Matanzas. Book individually at $30 per person, reservations required. Call Captain Mike at 352.246.3836. For more information, go to www.Yachtoffun.net

SCENIC A1A 72-MILE GARAGE SALE
Discover the scenic beauty of A1A while shopping at group garage sales from Ponte Vedra to Flagler Beach. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., this 72-mile stretch of scenic, seaside highway will have huge garage sales at 10 designated stops along the way. Plus, you can tour the culture and history of the highway via a special cell phone tour.   Sponsored by the Friends of A1A. For more information, call 904.425.8055 or 540.0402.
 BANDFEST
See some of the area's hottest bands and soloists when Friends of St. Augustine Amphitheatre present Bandfest from 12:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the amphitheatre. Penguin Teeth Band, Will Pearsall, Rob Peck, Smokin Mirrors, Anthony Wild and the Suspects are just a few of the featured performers. Tickets are available at the door and through Ticket Master and are priced at $15 for adults and $10 for students. Half for the proceeds will be donated to St. Johns County schools. For more information, call 904.471.4113.

KIDS ROCK THE NATION AT ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE
Enjoy this all-day musical event from 12:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre featuring some of the area's hottest bands and soloists and spotlighting the talent of Kids Rock the Nation Foundation award recipients. The Kids Rock the Nation Foundation, led by musician Anthony Wild of Palm Coast, promotes self-esteem through musical performance by recognizing and rewarding potential musical talent in kids nine to sixteen years old. Half of the proceeds will be donated to St. Johns County schools to provide opportunities for students to see and experience live performances. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students 18 and under. Children under five will be admitted for free. The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340 A1A in St. Augustine. For more information, visit www.staugamphitheatre.com or call 904.471.4113.


 18th ANNUAL NIGHTS OF LIGHTS CELEBRATION
More than three million tiny white lights will glow along the ancient streets and historic buildings of the Nation's oldest city when the 18th Annual Nights of Lights celebration sparkles to life.  The festivities begin in the Plaza at 4 p.m. with performances by Showtime USA and the All Star Orchestra. The lighting ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.. Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a lighted white candle during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting in St. Augustine reflects the city's 447-year history while creating a beautiful setting for the holidays through January 31. For more information, visit www.NightsofLights.com or call 800.653.2489.   
       
NIGHTS OF LIGHTS LIGHT UP NIGHT ABOARD VICTORY III Hop aboard the Victory III Scenic Cruise at the St. Augustine Marina to watch the city come to light during the 18th annual lighting of St. Augustine's Nights of Lights. Boarding is at 6 p.m. aboard the Victory III located at St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez, just south of the Bridge of Lions. Tickets are $17.76 (includes tax) for all ages and include free hot cocoa and cookies.  For additional information call  904.824.1806 ext 210 or visit www.scenic-cruise.com  
  

11/10/2011

Veterans' Weekend Events in St. Augustine


CASTILLO DE SAN MARCOS HONORS VETRANS WITH FREE ADMISSION FRI/SAT/SUN NOV 11-13
Enjoy a visit to Castillo de San Marcos with the family - for free. In honor of our Nation's military veterans, the National Parks Service is offering free admission to the Castillo de San Marcos for the weekend. The Castillo is open from 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Historic Spanish Military weapons demonstrations take place at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.NPS.gov/casa.

WASHINGTON OAKS STATE GARDENS WEEKEND FRI/SAT/SUN NOV 11-13
Come celebrate the improvements to the Washington Oaks Historic District. On Friday there will be free admission to the park and a Veterans Day Observance will begin at 10:00 a.m. with music performed by the Matanzas High School Jazz Band and singer Jimmy Lopez. At 11 a.m. there will be a moment of silence in observance of our country's veterans and at 1 p.m. there will be an inaugural tour of the Historic District Interpretive Panels. On Saturday at 10 a.m. the Friends of Washington Oaks will celebrate the restoration of Mrs. Louise P. Young's Greenhouse and at 11 a.m. there will be an orchid workshop and plant clinic. On Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. the Tim Rippey Benefit Concert will take place. A special silent auction fundraiser will take place throughout the weekend. Other activities on this special "Washington Oaks Weekend" include a Friends Bake Sale, food from JT's Seafood Shack, a youth area featuring patriotic and planting activities, tours and the gift shop will be open. Admission to the Park on Friday and Saturday is free. The Benefit Concert tickets on Sunday are $15 which includes park admission. For more information, visitwww.floridastateparks.org, or call 386.446.6783.



VETERANS DAY ECO ADVENTURE! FRI/SAT NOV 11-12
The kids are off school so join us on our 1.5 hour Eco Tour boat ride in the estuary that's sure to keep everyone entertained - underwater microphones & more!  Guides provide educational information on local marine life including dolphins and shorebirds!  Veteran price is $35 with ID.   For more information, call 904.377.7245 or visit www.staugustineecotours.com.



JOHN FOGERTY AT ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE SAT NOV 12
Get over to the Amphitheatre to enjoy a performance by rock legend John Fogerty. Best known as the lead voice for Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fogerty will perform at 7:30 p.m. The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340 A1A on Anastasia Island in St. Augusitne. Tickets are $37 to $77. For more information, call 904.209.3759 or visit http://www.staugamphitheatre.com/



BIRD WALK AT FORT MOSE HISTORIC STATE PARK SUN NOV 13
Come meet the birds at Fort Mose Historic State Park.  Led by a park volunteer, this fun, informative walk is open to the public and to birders of all levels.  We'll view the rookery and search for marsh birds and migrating warblers.  The walk takes place form 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars and a field guide if you have one.  Walk and park entrance are free.  Fort Mose is off of US Highway 1, one mile north of SR 16 at 15 Fort Mose Trail in St. Augustine. For more information, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org, or call904.823.2232.

LINCOLNVILLE FARMERS MARKET SUN NOV 13
St. Augustine's newest fresh market offers farm-fresh vegetables, meats/fish, cheese, bread, treats, arts & crafts, prepared food, jewelry and more. Plus there are picnic areas and a playground! The Market takes place every Sunday at 399 Riberia Street in Lincolnville from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.lincolnvillefarmersmarket.com

POPPIN PEPPER PALOOZA SUN NOV 13
Be brave and pop a pepper. Or just have fun watching as others celebrate one of St. Augustine's favorite culinary delights the Datil Pepper. This first time chocolate-dipped Datil Pepper eating contest will take place at 4 p.m. on the Hot Shot Bakery Deck and in the Villa Zorayda Parking Lot at 8 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Registration is $10 per person and starts at 3 p.m. Judging is at 5 p.m. There will be lots of prizes, entertainment and food. Proceeds will go to The Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Augustine. For more information, visit www.hotshotbakery.com or call904.824.7898.







11/03/2011

Chowder, Art, Evil Haunts and More this Weekend



26th ANNUAL GREAT CHOWDER DEBATE - SUNDAY NOVEMBER 6
Satisfy your passion for great seafood at the Conch House Marina's celebrated annual Great Chowder Debate. More than 30 area restaurants come together to compete to see who has the best chowder.Everyone can be a judge and savor an almost limitless variety - from local favorites like the Menorcan chowders to an assortment of New England chowders - made with clams, conch, lobster, scallops and crab and laced with secret concoctions of herbs and spices. The event starts at noon and runs throughout the day. All proceeds benefit the Shriner's Hospitals for Crippled Children. The Conch House Marina is located at 57 Comares Avenue. For more Information, call 904.829.8646.  

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK - FRIDAY NOVEMBER 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 visitwww.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com.

FIRST FRIDAY BOOK SIGNING - FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4
Get artsy and literary at the same time at this Meet-the-Author event. Visit Worley Faver Gallery, 11A Aviles Street in St. Augustine, to meet author Dennis Smith, Jr. to find out about his new book The Trilogy of Swamp Hattie - the most evil ghost to ever haunt Florida's Historic Coast. 904.238.8900.  

 FIFTH ANNUAL EVERYWOMAN'S ART FESTIVAL - SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5
Shop for unique, one-of-a-kind art created by female artists from throughout the region.  Features original paintings and prints, pottery and ceramics, beaded and semi-precious stone jewelry, glass art, hand-poured soaps and candles, beach kitsch, pet items and much more.  The festival is from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion.  For more information, call 904. 669.2260 or go towww.everywomansart.com.

FIFTEEN & FOREVER EXPO - FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4-6
Come learn about the most unique sites and services available for your Quincienara or Wedding on Florida's Historic Coast. This exciting Expo highlights the romantic settings of the Nation's Oldest City and the surrounding seaside venues as well as the many companies that offer services that make Florida's Historic Coast a favorite location for these lifetime celebrations. Admission to the entire three-day Expo is $25 per person, and includes the Friday night reception at 7 p.m.; on Saturday the tour of ceremony and reception sites from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Fashion Show at 7 p.m. at Lightner Museum; and the Sunday Expo which takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine.   Admission to just the Sunday Expo is $10 per person. For more information about the Fifteen and Forever Expo, call 800-814-7529 or go to www.FifteenandForever.com