1/27/2012

Events: History, Shopping, and Music



Saturday Jan 28


School of the 16th Century
Learn 16th Century Living History techniques including: Black Powder Weapons, cooking, navigation, creating a historic persona, research, clothing and more! This one-of-a-kind living history school takes place at Ponce De Leon's Fountain of Youth Archeological Park, 11 Magnolia Street. Admission to the Park is $10 adults and $6 for Children 6 - 12. Children under 6 are free. For more information, visit http://www.fountainofyouthflorida.com/index.php, or call (904) 829-3168.

Living History Days at Fort Mose
Experience living history demonstrations as volunteers in period dress offer visitors a fascinating glimpse into the past. Program is weather permitting.The demonstrations take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fort Mose State Park located at 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

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: Marika Bournaki

Enjoy a piano concert by nineteen year old pianist Marika Bournaki. Bournaki is quickly emerging as an exciting young artist with an extraordinarily engaging musicianship; as one critic noted, her playing exudes passion. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. at the Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information, visit www.EmmaConcerts.com or call 904.797.2800.

Sunday: January 29


Travis Tritt in concert 

Enjoy a lively country/rock performance by the legendary Travis Tritt at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Tritt has been on the country music scene since the 90s and won two Grammy awards for his work on the singles "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'" and "Same Old Train." Doors open at 7 p.m. p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are reserved seating at $65.50 and $77.50. The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall is located at 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach. For more information, call 904.209.0367or visit www.PVConcertHall.com.

HOLIDAY TOURS AND ATTRACTIONS
Last Weekend To Enjoy The Nights of Lights -- Selected by National Geographic as one of the 10 Best Holiday Lights Displays in the WORLD! 

1/25/2012

Martina McBride, Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt in St. Augustine!



St. Augustine Amphitheatre Announces 2 New Shows:

Country Superstar Martina McBride will perform on Friday, April 13th, 2012. Martina McBride is a multi-platinum performing artist who has sold over 18 million albums worldwide. In addition to album success, Martina has won the Country Music Association's "Female Vocalist of the Year" award four times and the Academy of Country Music's "Top Female Vocalist" award three times.

Tickets for this show will go on sale Friday, January 27th at 10am.

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt are bringing their co-headlining tour to the Saint Augustine Amphitheatre on Friday, March 23rd, 2012. Lyle Lovett is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Since 1980 he has recorded thirteen albums and released 21 singles to date. John Hiatt is an American rock guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter. Hiatt began his solo career in 1974, and over the next decade he ran through a number of different styles from rock & roll to to new wave pop before he finally settled on a rootsy fusion of rock & roll, country, blues and folk.

Tickets for this show will go on sale Friday, January 27th at 10am.




1/19/2012

St. Augustine Events: Film Festival, Harvey, Fun Run, Cemetery Tours & More


FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY * JAN 20-22

St. Augustine Film Festival
Challenge your imagination and celebrate films at St. Augustine's Flagler College Film Festival, the newest film festival venue sponsored by the Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival. Starting Thursday evening, watch movies and party with the film makers. Each film ticket is $10 general admission and $8 for students and seniors. FAST Passes are available for $15 for films only and $45 for films and parties. For a complete schedule of the films presented at various locations on the Flagler College Campus, visit http://www.fliff.com/St._Augustine, or call 904-826-8522.


Harvey at Limelight Theatre
Enjoy this family friendly comedy production about mild-mannered Elwood who insists his imaginary friend Harvey - a man sized rabbit - is real and his sister decides to have him committed. Performance times are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. All performances take place at the Limelight Theatre, located at 11 Old Mission Avenue in St. Augustine. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $20 for students and military. For more information, call 904.825.1164 or visit www.limelight-theatre.org.

SATURDAY, JAN 21

Matanzas 5K & Fun Run 
This 5K run begins from Swing Park at Francis Field, located on Castillo Drive in St. Augustine, and continues downtown along the bay front.  The race starts at 9 a.m. An awards ceremony follows the race.  Registration is $15 in advance, $25 the day of the race.
www.ancientcityrr.org 904.461.1615

Tolomato Cemetery Tours
Come explore the historic markers at the oldest extant cemetery in Florida. The self-guided and docent-led tours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Tolomato Cemetery is located on Cordova Street, the site of an earlier Franciscan Indian mission (Our Lady of Guadalupe of the Tolomato) in St Augustine. Burials officially ceased in 1884. Visits are free of charge, but visitors are encouraged to offer a donation.  All money goes to the preservation and restoration of the cemetery. For more information, visit www.tolomatocemetery.com.  

HOLIDAY TOURS AND ATTRACTIONS

ST. AUGUSTINE GOLD TOURS NIGHTS OF LIGHTS
Tour the dazzling display of lights in comfort and style with just 7 passengers on all electric silent shuttle bus with individual seat restraints. All tours are $7 (inclusive of 3D glasses) starting and finishing at the Old Drug Store car park on Orange Street where the kids can meet Santa.
Tours take place each night, except Tuesday from 5 till 10 p.m. For more information, call 904.325.0547, or visit www.staugustinegoldtours.com.    
      
NIGHTS OF LIGHTS SUNSET SAIL
See the glittering Nights of Lights from the deck of a authentic 19th century schooner! Every night now through January will feature a memorable and beautiful sunset Nights of Lights cruise aboard the Schooner Freedom. The two-hour cruise departs from the St. Augustine City Marina at 4:15 p.m. Tickets are $45 per adults, kids 2-12 are $35, under 2 sail free, complimentary beer, wine, soda, and water provided. For reservations, call 904.810.1010.
PRIVATE NIGHTS OF LIGHTS TOUR CHARTERS
Plan a private tour of the Nights of Lights for your large group. Old Town Trolley Tours offers a special 40 minute tour for groups of 20 or more. Tours are available in advance every night.  Private tour rates are $9 for adults and $4 for children. Tours depart from the Visitor Information Center, located at 11 W Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.829.3800
NIGHT OF LIGHTS CARRIAGE AND WINE TOUR
Step aboard an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage and meander the historic streets in true southern comfort on this hour long tour. While you enjoy St. Augustine's spectacular light display, snuggle up and indulge in delicious Spanish boutique wines. $49 per person. Tours are held Tuesday through Sunday at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.  Last tour date is January 29.    Reservations are required. 904.325.3911 www.thetastingtours.com



1/12/2012

  FRIDAY, JAN 13
  Shelter - A Photographic Exhibition
"Shelter," an exhibition of the exceptional photographs of Mark Ruwedel, opens with a reception from 5-9 p.m. at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College in St. Augustine. A professor of photography at California State University in Long Beach, Ruwedel has spent more than 25 years photographing the open landscapes of western North America and documenting evidence of the West's ancient inhabitants. The exhibition will be on view through February 24. Admission is free. For more information, call 904-826-8530 or go to www.flagler.edu/our-community

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, JAN 13-14


Chocolate and Wine Pairing
Join Whetstone Chocolates, St. Augustine's original chocolate family, every Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. for a 1-1/2 hour chocolate and wine pairing event. Learn the similarities of growing and harvesting grapes and chocolate. Taste four different wines as each is paired with a unique chocolate piece. Experience the difference in flavor profiles with each wind and bite of chocolate. Must be 21 years or older to participate. Adults are $25 per person and includes a sample box of chocolate to take home. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 904-217-0275. Pairing event takes place at Whetstone Chocolates, 13 Anastasia Blvd.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JAN 14-15



Fee Free Days at Castillo de San Marcos
In Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr Weekend, admission to the Castillo de San Marcos is free on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.. Built by the Spanish military between 1672 and 1692, the Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fortification in the U.S. Friday through Saturday visitors can experience living history during Spanish Military cannon firings. The Castillo de San Marcos is located on Avenida Menendez, overlooking Matanzas Bay in historic St. Augustine.  www.NPS.gov/casa

SATURDAY, JAN 14


The Maritime World of Ponce de Leon
Get a close-up look a the daily life of Spanish mariners sailing the Caribbean in the 16th century when Florida Living History presents The Maritime World of Juan Ponce de Leon.  Developed in partnership with the First Light Maritime Society, the presentation will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum in St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest, continually occupied European settlement and port in the continental United States.  Throughout the day, re-enactors will show how Spanish mariners lived and worked - with special emphasis on Ponce de Leon's fleet that discovered Florida in 1513.  The navigation tools used to find their way will be demonstrated.  Admission is free.  For more information, go to www.floridalivinghistory.org or call the Lighthouse at 904.829-0745.

A Day in the Colonial Market
Step back in time and browse the wares of artisans who will be demonstrating and selling colonial crafts at the Colonial Spanish Quarter, 29 St. George Street in St. Augustine. There will also be a petting zoo, lots of food and music and theatre troupes recreating life in an18th century colonial Spanish market. The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free with a suggested donation of $1 per person. 904-825-6830
   
Changing of the Guard
Witness twilight time in colonial St. Augustine as soldiers guarding the town are dismissed for the night, and their replacements arrive to take over guarding Government House. The commander of the new watch puts the replacement soldiers through a rigorous drill before they take over their posts. The retiring soldiers are ordered to clear their weapons with the command of "Disparen!" The resounding blast of musket fire assures 18th century St. Augustine that the changing of the guard has taken place and the town is safe for the night. This traditional Spanish military parade travels along St. George Street from City Gates at 5:30 p.m. The changing of the guard takes place at 6 p.m. in front of St. Augustine's Government House in the Plaza de la Constitucion. The event is free. For more information, call 904.808-1999.

Limelight Theatre 20th Anniversary Celebration
Enjoy twenty songs from twenty seasons celebrating 20 years of great theatrical performances at Limelight Theatre in St. Augustine. This dazzling performance features cast members and musicians form previous Limelight productions and guest artist appearances form First Coast Opera, St. Augustine Community Chorus and the St. Johns County Center for the Arts. The celebration takes place at Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $40 each. www.limelight-theatre.org.

SUNDAY, JAN 15


EMMA Concert Series:  America's Dream Chamber
Experience America's Dream Chamber Artists musical performance that is changing the face of chamber music, bringing about a resurgence of the great chamber music masterworks with renewed and energized freedom and expression, making it approachable and enjoyable to all audiences. The concert takes place at 2 p.m. at the Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $30 per person. For more information, visit www.EmmaConcerts.com or call 904.797.2800.




1/05/2012


Friday: January 6
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

FIGURE AND PORTRAIT ART EXHIBIT
Stop in to the St. Augustine Art Association Gallery to view artistic works with a primary subject of the human body or face. Figure studies, including academic drawings, formal portraits or busts, people in groups. The gallery is located at 22 Marine Street in St. Augustine. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 904.824.2310 or visit www.staaa.org.


Friday, Saturday and Sunday: January 6-8
PIERCING THE DARKNESS
Recapture the trials, tribulations and triumphs of St. Augustine Lighthouse Keepers at this special one-man presentation by Lee Weaver. This world premier presentation is for this weekend only at the Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Avenue in St. Augustine. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20. For tickets, call 825-1164.


Saturday and Sunday: January 7 & 8
THE LAST STAND: TEXAS RANGERS AND THE OUTLAWS
Saddle up and head over to the American Tactical Training Arms Center in St. Augustine for the biggest shootout since the OK Corral!  More than 400 Cowboys, Cowgirls, Buckeroos and Buckerettes dressed in full Western attire will demonstrate their skills with six-guns, shotguns and lever-action rifles at one of the nation's largest shooting competitions.  Hosted by the Ancient City Shooting Range and Ghost Town Gunslingers, this event is the State of Florida Championship Match.  Action takes place 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and the Top Gun Shoot-Off featuring the 32 highest scoring competitors is at High Noon on Sunday.  The Arms Center is located adjacent to the St. Johns County Agricultural Center just off SR 16 west of I-95. Admission is free.  For more details, call 904-808-8559 or email misusina@gmail.com

NATURE MOVIES AT GTM RESERVE
Every Saturday and Sunday in January the GTM Reserve features the nature movie "Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Adventures". Peabody and Emmy Award-winning Jean-Michel Cousteau and his acclaimed diving teams as they explore a thrilling array of natural phenomena, investigate little known territories and ecosystems hundreds of feet beneath the ocean's surface, and come face to face with the friendly and ferocious inhabitants of the deep in this film. Showings are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The GTM Environmental Education Center (EEC) is located at 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. There is no cost to see the movie.  Tours of the GTM Environmental Educations Center are available before or after the film and the cost is $2.00 for adults, $1.00 for children age 10 to 17 and children under 10 are free.  For more information, call 904-823-4500.

Saturday:  January 7
EMMA CONCERT SERIES: Trio con Brio Copenhagen

Enjoy a beautiful musical performance by Trio con Brio Copenhagen, whose family ties, cultural blending and musical connections all converge to color, shape and energize the concerts they present worldwide. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. at the Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information, visit www.EmmaConcerts.com or call 904.797.2800.

NIGHTS OF LIGHTS CONTINUES THROUGH THE MONTH OF JANUARY...