3/29/2012

Free Concert! Pirates! Sailboat Race! Living History! Craft Show! WOW!


FRIDAY MARCH 30
Free Concert at Villa Zorayda
Get inspired with a beautiful mix of music and architecture when the Royalaires choir performs at Villa Zorayda. The Royalaires, from Gentry, Arkansas, will be under the direction of Leandro Bizama, a native of Argentina with a masters in choral conducting from the University of Arkansas. The Royalaires' repertoire includes spirituals, hymns, sacred songs and original Spanish-language compositions written by Bizama. The 45-minute concert begins at 4 p.m. at Villa Zorayda, 83 King Street in St. Augustine. Admission is free. For more information, call 904.829.9887.

Queen of the Pirates
Join the infamous female pirate Anne Bonney for a rollicking return to the Golden Age of Piracy! Portrayed by historian and actor Dianne Jacoby, the Queen of the Pirates will entertain and thrill guests with tales of high seas piracy and plundering. Presented by The Florida Heritage Book Festival, the evening will also feature complimentary rum punch, assorted tapas and door prizes. It all takes place from 5- 7 p.m. at the A1A Ale Works' Bayview Room, 1 King Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $28 per person through March 20; $35 after that date. (Pirate attire optional. Elevator available.)   For more information and reservations, call 904-940-0194 or email kdvor@bellsouth.net Tickets may be purchased online at www.fhbookfest.com

FRIDAY & SATURDAY MARCH 30-31 

First Coast Offshore Challenge
Hoist your sails or watch from the coast. Beginning on Wednesday, there will be three PHRF sailboat races covering over 100 miles of offshore sailing. The historic city of St. Augustine, Florida is the start and stop point for each race. The Series is open to all seaworthy cruising sailboats that are not less than 24 feet in length. Ceremonies and awards follow each day's race at various locations. The final ceremony takes place at St. Augustine Yacht Club, located by water at   29º 53' 10" N / 81º 17' 12" W or 442 Ocean Vista Ave, St. Augustine. For more information, call 904-396-6382.

SATURDAY MARCH 31


Cultural History Tour at Guana Peninsula
Celebrate Florida's Archeology Month by taking a guided tour of Guana Peninsula, which has 5,000 years of human history. The peninsula has been home to Timucuan villages, a Spanish mission, the British governor of Florida and several Minorcan families. This two-mile hiking tour departs at 9 a.m. from the Guana Trailhead Pavilion at GTM Research Reserve, located at 505 Guan River Road in Ponte Vedra Beach. There is a $3 parking fee. For more information, call 904-823-4500.

This Other World: Ponce de León and the Founding of Florida
Enjoy celebratory activities and presentations about the landing of Don Juan Ponce de León's "First Fleet," which carried passengers and crew - white, black, Native American; male and female; soldier and sailor; slave and free - becoming the first documented Europeans and Africans to set foot on what is now the continental United States. The original landing took place on the east coast of Florida on April 3rd, 1513.  This heritage event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mission Nombre de Dios, located on San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. For more information, visit www.floridalivinghistory.org, or call 877-352-4478.

Ximinez-Fatio House Girl Scouts Living History Day
Bring the whole family to the Ximinez-Fatio House when Gateway Girl Scouts Council present a celebration of accomplishments of the past women owners of the house during the hardships of the Seminole Indian uprisings, Yellow Fever, Territorial days and Florida's early statehood. Visitors will get to interact with the Lady proprietors, their guests and servants to experience what like was like in a 18th fashionable St. Augustine boarding house. It all happens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ximinez-Fatio House, located at 20 Aviles Street in St. Augustine. Admission is $5.
For more information, call 904-829-3575.

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.


The Ghosts of Aviles
Join Denice and Larry Altman at their shop, Antiques & Uniques Collectibles, for thrilling information on "the Ghosts of Aviles". Located at 11 Aviles Street in St. Augustine, the special building that houses their shop was built in 1888 as the City Jail - on the location of a former cemetery! The stories and fun are from 2-4 p.m. Admission is free.



Timucua: A Native American Program at Faver Dykes State Park
Come be a part of a unique, hands-on Native America experience and discover the life ways of the Timucuan Indians and their relationship to the land that they loved. Explore with an expert guide and enjoy stories about the Timucuans and the important role the river, forest and ocean played in their everyday lives. See a 1500's Timucuan Camp and experience the food, clothing and shelter of these amazing people first hand. Try your hand at throwing an atlatl or starting a fire using a bow and drill. The program will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Faver Dykes State Park picnic area. The program will be included in the regular park entrance fee of $5 per vehicle. Faver Dykes State Park is located at 1000 Faver-Dykes Road, off I-95 Exit 298 and US 1 South in St. Augustine. For more information call 386-446-6783 or email Melissa.Kafel@dep.state.fl.us .

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.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY MARCH 31-APRIL 1

Old Town Art & Craft Show
Celebrate spring at this juried art and fine craft show featuring outstanding artists and craftsmen from St. Augustine and around the country. Features the very best from exquisite jewelry to funky and functional pottery, abstract sculpture to glistening glass, hand-woven fashions to stunning photography, extraordinary paintings to wonderful wood carvings - and much more! Show hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days. Held at Francis Field, 25 W. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine. FREE admission. For more information, email lynn@holidayartshows.com

Spring Member Show
Stop in the St. Augustine Art Association Gallery to see this wonderful exhibit of Association member's art. The open media, open subject works will be juried for awards and will be on display through April 21.. The St. Augustine Art Association Gallery is located at 22 Marine Street in St. Augustine. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.staaa.org or call 904-824-2310.

SUNDAY APRIL 1

Blessing of the Fleet
Witness a ceremony that dates back to the City of St. Augustine's Spanish occupation as those that take to the sea, in commercial and pleasure craft alike; receive a blessing from the Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine. The event draws thousands on Palm Sunday to watch as watercraft from trawlers and yachts to sailboats and motor craft - all decorated with flags and bunting --receive this special blessing. The ceremony begins at noon with a procession from the Cathedral Basilica along the Plaza de La Constitucion to the St. Augustine Municipal Marina. For more information, call 904.824.9725 or visit www.sayc2000.com





3/28/2012

ZZ Top & 3 Doors Down - Concert - June 8

 Gang of Outlaws featuring ZZ Top, 3 Doors Down, Gretchen Wilson, and the Ben Miller Band will appear at the St. Augustine Amphitheater Friday, June 8, 2012!  Tickets go on sale March 30, 2012!

(Show your ticket at check-in on June 8 and receive a 10% discount off your room that night!)

3/22/2012

FRIDAY CHOICE: Lyle Lovett OR Spanish Soldiers Attack British Invaders


FRIDAY, MARCH 23
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt Perform at St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Enjoy an evening performance that combines the talents of American rock guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter John Hiatt with singer-songwriter and actor, Lyle Lovett. The performance takes place at 8 p.m. Tickets are $49.50, $39.50, $29.50. The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340 C A1A in St. Augustine. For more information, visit www.staugamphitheatre.com.


FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, MARCH 23 & 24
Viva St. Augustine! Spanish Grand Muster
Learn about the 18th century Spanish militia in the Nation's oldest city. Authentic re-enactors will be on hand both days at the encampment at the Colonial Spanish Quarter, 32 St. George Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Friday, visit the Castillo de San Marcos in the evening to watch the Spanish soldiers attack British invaders at a 1740 Siege reenactment. Admission to the Castillo on Friday Night is $3. Admission to the Encampment at the Spanish Quarter is free. For more information, visit www.NPS.gov/casa  or call 904-501-0391.


SATURDAY, MARCH 24
Low Tide Bike Ride
Get a great cardio workout on one of the most awesome beaches in Florida. This Ranger led event will start with a 3 ½ mile low tide bike ride and bird watch.  Participants will enjoy an ecology talk at the point of Conch Island and then start the return trip. The ride starts at 3:30 p.m. Meet at the Island Beach shop and Grill pavilion 15 minutes prior to the event. Bring at least one pint of water, bicycle, snack, binoculars, and sunscreen. This program is free with paid park admission.  Anastasia State Park is located on A1A on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine. Admission to the park is $8 per vehicle up to 8 people, and $2 per additional passengers. Pedestrians and bicyclist admission is $2. For more information, call 904.461.2033 or visit www.floridastateparks/anastasia
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Real Florida Kayak Tour
Join The Friends of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park when they host a kayak journey that explores the remote and serene Pellicer Creek. The tour departs from Faver-Dykes State Park and will highlight an aquatic landscape that took shape after the last ice-age. This 3-hour kayak tour will depart at 10 a.m. This certified-naturalist-led tour includes instruction on proper kayaking technique, admission to the park, guide services, and the use of the finest kayak equipment available. Faver-Dykes State Park is located at 1000 Faver Dykes Rd, off I-95 Exit 298 and US 1 in St. Augustine. The cost is $55 per person. For more information, call 904-347-1565, or visit www.rippleeffectecotours.com.  

Trashy Art Show at Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Join Ripley's Believe It or Not for a fashion show that helps to promote creative recycling. Ripley's is looking for the best outfit and artwork made out of trash! Bring in your creative art work made of household trash. The winners of the show will have their piece on display at Ripley's museum for a month and receive $100 cash and four Ripley combo passes.   The Trashy Art Show takes place at 2 p.m. at Ripley's Belive It or Not!, located at 19 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. There is no fee to participate, but prior registration is required for the fashion show. To register, please e-mail your name and details to kkiff@ripleys.com . For more information on the show, please follow Ripley's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/redtrains .

Gamble Rogers Festival Spring Concert
Get a sampling of some of extraordinary Folk talent that will perform at the May 2012 Gamble Rogers Folk Music Festival during this one-night fund raising special. Folk singer/songwriter/guitarists Patty Larkin and Michael Reno Harrell one of the headliners at the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival in 2011. This special concert takes place at Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $35. 904-794-4163

Magic and Comedy at the Pioneer Barn
Laugh and be amazed at the comedy and magic of Mark Alan! His high-energy Las Vegas-style of performing has made him one of the funniest standup comedy magicians you will ever have the pleasure of watching. Mark's shows are fast, funny, CLEAN, filled with audience participation, comedy mind reading, hysterical escapes and best of all APPROPRIATE FOR ALL AGES!!!. Tickets are $8 for adults; $6.50 for kids ages 6-13. Door open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. The Pioneer Barn is located inside Fort Menendez, 259 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. For reservations of more information, call 904-824-8874




3/20/2012

"Home Improvement" B&B Style

Last week we had several trees trimmed around our parking lot.  In addition, our neighbor's tree had died and several branches were hanging over the parking lot and it was scheduled to be cut down.  Heather (our youngest innkeeper and therefore the most energetic!) was assigned MISSION IMPOSSIBLE:  getting guests' cars moved to the Oldest House parking lot before the tree guys arrived...and with the least amount of trouble to our guests!  (And a shout out to our friends at the Oldest House for donating several parking spaces that day!!!) All of our guests cheerfully helped us out by moving their cars by the deadline.  It was a weird sight to see an empty parking lot!


The dead tree's branches were all removed - the largest logs will be hauled off by the tree service soon.  They have now been stacked out of the way.  Everything that could go into the chipper and turned into mulch was then piled into a corner of our lot, so our gardener could use for mulch all throughout the gardens here.



As most of you can imagine it takes a lot of upkeep to keep the Inn and adjacent properties up and running!  Last month we rebuilt the large balcony that overhangs our courtyard.  You won't see anything new - but the entire floor was ripped off, subflooring was replaced, then the new planks for the floor of the balcony were installed.  Other reinforcements were tested, replaced as necessary, and repainted with the entire balcony.   This process involved 2 days of scaffolding, sawing, and hammering, and left us with a new, improved balcony that looks just like the old one!  We wish we had pictures of the construction, but the few pictures we took were deleted accidentally.

3/15/2012


Friday: March 16
Experience Hendrix 2012 Tribute Tour 
Celebrate the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix when the Hendrix Experience 2012 Tribute Tour visits St. Augustine. The tour offers a relevant way to convey the music of Hendrix live from the stage and this year the artists that are involved include longtime Hendrix bassist Billy Cox, Buddy Guy, The Doors' Robby Krieger and Aerosmith's Brad Whitford to name a few. This live performance takes place at 8 p.m. (gates open at 6:30 p.m.) at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre located at 1340 A1A  in St. Augustine. For more information, visit  www.StAugAmphitheatre.com 

Friday, Saturday &  Sunday: March 16-18
31st Annual Lions Club Seafood & Music Festival
Get ready for great seafood nearly any way you want it; tap your toes to live bluegrass, folk and country music, then stroll through more then 100 arts and crafts exhibitors. This three-day event, drawing well over 20,000 people is a favorite throughout northeast Florida and features tons of delicious seafood, outstanding music and affordable arts & crafts. There is even a special Kid Zone with games and activities. It all takes place at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive in St. Augustine, next to the Visitors Center garage. Admission is $2 and kids under 12 are free. All net proceeds go to benefit Lions Club charities. Visit www.lionsfestival.com or call 904-829-1753.

Ma'Ceo Acrobatic Equestrian Performance
See this unique theatrical performance featuring an international cast of acrobats, aerialists and multiple breeds of horses. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on March 16; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on March 17; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on March 18. The performances take place beneath a beautiful Italian big top at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds located in Elkton on SR 207 approximately 7 miles west of I-95 exit 311. Tickets are $45 ringside; mezzanine $35 adults and $24 children; and general admission is $25 adults and $17 children. Tickets may be purchased at www.cavalloeqarts.com, at the door or by calling  813.995.4749.

Celebrate Sara's 100th Birthday!
Help celebrate Sara's 100th birthday at this weekend-long party at Sara's Crepe Café, 100 St. George Street (corner of Hypolita and Spanish) in St. Augustine. On Friday and Saturday, Maja Gitana will perform music from around the world. Sunday features the jazz of Carlos - all performed on the outdoor patio. There will be great Russian dishes, wine, Russian and Ukranian beers. Plus, a St. Patrick's Day menu will also be available. For reservations (recommended) call 904-810-5800. www.sarascrepecafe.com

Friday and Saturday: March 16 & 17
St. Patty's Pub Crawl
Knock the moss of your Blarney Stone with this innovative pub crawl. None of the usual standing in a crowded bar - this is a walking tour that is fun, flavorful and educational. Learn fun and quirky facts about micro-brewed beers; get a feel and smell of the barley and hops; hear stories about the Irish and their love of beer, plus savor 5 generous samples on this 2-hour, all inclusive tour. $46 per person. The tour departs on Thursday and Friday at 2 p.m.; and at 1 and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. For details and reservations, call 904-325-3911 or visit www.thetastingtours.com  

Is Life Worth Living?
Celebrate St. Patrick's weekend with this hilarious Irish comedy presented in association with the Romanza Celtic Music and Heritage Festival. This delightful farce is a "Love Letter" to the theatrical profession. The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Pioneer Barn located inside Fort Menendez at 259 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 904-824-8874

Equus Y Momentos Art Exhibit
Meet Spanish Master Artist Royo and see more than 70 of his works at this special exhibition at Brilliance in Color, 25 King Street in St. Augustine. This impressive exhibit will be open to the public on Friday from 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. For more information, call 904810-0460.


Saturday: March 17
Viva St. Augustine! Lighthouse Maritime Festival
Bring the family and join the fun when admission to the grounds and museum is free from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (There is a $2 charge to climb the tower.) The historic Light Station will offer something for everyone, including local musicians and entertainers throughout the day, special games and crafts for children, food, living history portrayals, pony rides, terrestrial and maritime archaeology activities, contests and much more. This year's featured attraction is the ship building and interpretive programs about the area's Spanish maritime cultural heritage.   St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum is located at 81 Lighthouse Avenue, St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.829.0745 or visit www.staugustinelighthouse.org 

20th Annual St. Augustine Lighthouse 5K Walk & Fun Run
Spend the day at St. Augustine Lighthouse Festival then talk a walk or run in the annual Fun Run around Lighthouse Park and Davis Shores in St. Augustine. The Run begins at 4 p.m. and is a Flat 3.1 Mile course and will use Chip Timing. The Fun Run begins at 5 p.m. at the St. Augustine Lighthouse, located at 81 Lighthouse Avenue. For more information, call 386.747.3532 or visit www.lighthouse5k.com

GTM Friends of the Reserve 3rd Annual 5K/10K Trail Race
Come out and enjoy this jewel of a natural resource, one of the best-kept secrets during this annual trail race. Meet at the reserve's trailhead pavilion located at 505 Guana River Road just off of State Road A1A in South Ponte Vedra Beach to enjoy a beautiful outdoor and trail experience. The run begins at 9 a.m. The participation fee is $25 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K until March 10. After March 10, the fee is $30 for the 5K and $35 for the 10K. A student fee for the 5K or 10K is only $15 (present valid ID at the race).  There is $3/per vehicle parking fee.  For online registration go to http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2007156 For further information contact Breanna Korsman at 904-400-3661.

Little Gems
Meet four incredible artists and see this unique exhibit of works of art priced under $500 each. The Worley Faver Gallery, 11A Aviles Street in St. Augustine will host this exhibit which includes an opportunity to meet artists Russ Wilson,Claire J. Kendrick, Kristin Hosbein and Wendy Norton.The event takes place from 5 until 8:30 p.m. For more details, call 904.829.2450.
   
EMMA Concert: Nordwest Deutsche Philharmonic
Experience a performance by The Nordwest Deutsche Philharmonic, a German symphony orchestra based in Herford. Founded in 1950, this world renowned orchestra has been shaped by conductors such as Wilhelm Schüchter, Hermann Scherchen, Toshiyuki Kamioka and Andris Nelsons. The performance takes place at 8 p.m. in the Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $35. For more information, www.EmmaConcerts.com  or call 904- 797-2800.

Moody Blues at St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Enjoy an evening at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre when the Moody Blues, whose legacy spans four decades of hit-making and sell-out tours, entertain the audience with their timeless music. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. (gates open at 7 p.m.) and tickets are $79.50; $59.50; $49.50; and$39.50. Tickets go on sale on December 9, 2011. The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340 C A1A in St. Augustine. For more information, visit http://www.staugamphitheatre.com


3/09/2012

AND...

BIKE WEEK IS HERE!

The Irish are Coming! The Irish are Coming!


2012 Celtic Music and Heritage Festival
It's here at last! Celebrate the Celtic Heritage that is such an important part of our Nation's oldest city. The fun begins with the second annual St. Patrick's Day Parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Then on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Francis Field located behind the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, traditional Irish music, Scottish pipes and drums, contemporary Celtic Rock, literature, and all things Celtic will converge in celebration to honor St. Augustine's remarkable Celtic history and heritage dating back to its founding in 1565! The Celtic Festival features music by international headliners and regional stars, Clans, Celtic vendors, plenty of fun for kids and even a comic Irish play. Admission to the festival is $5 per day and VIP admission is $35 for the weekend and includes t-shirts and more. For more information, visit  http://romanzastaugustine.org


Friday, Saturday &  Sunday: March 9-11
Celtic Festival Pub Sessions
Get started on a week-long celebration of St. Augustine's Celtic heritage when more than a dozen Celtic musical performers entertain at several pubs in the Oldest City.  For a complete list of performances through March 17 along with pub locations, go to:  http://romanzastaugustine.org    
   
House of Blue Leaves at Limelight Theatre
Come see this dark comedy set in Sunnyside Queens in 1965. As a zookeeper who dreams of making it big as a songwriter contemplates pursuing his dreams, committing his wife and helping his AWOL son, the only thing for sure is that the world around him will never be the same.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

Kiss Me Kate
Don't miss this special production of Kiss Me Kate presented by Flagler College's Department of Theatre Arts. This sophisticated musical will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Flagler College Auditorium in St. Augustine. Tickets are $20 and available from noon to 5 p.m. at the auditorium box office (cash or check only). For more information, call 904-826-8600.


Friday and Saturday: March 9 & 10
Turn and Burn Barrel Racing at St. Johns County Fairgrounds
Head over to the St. Johns County Fairgrounds to experience this display of excellent Horsemanship presented by youth & adults. The St. Johns County Fairgrounds is located at 5840 State Road 207 (approximately 7 miles west of I-95) in Elkton. http://fairgrounds.sjcvenues.com


Saturday and Sunday: March 10 & 11
2012 Celtic Music and Heritage Festival
It's here at last! Celebrate the Celtic Heritage that is such an important part of our Nation's oldest city. The fun begins with the second annual St. Patrick's Day Parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Then on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Francis Field located behind the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, traditional Irish music, Scottish pipes and drums, contemporary Celtic Rock, literature, and all things Celtic will converge in celebration to honor St. Augustine's remarkable Celtic history and heritage dating back to its founding in 1565! The Celtic Festival features music by international headliners and regional stars, Clans, Celtic vendors, plenty of fun for kids and even a comic Irish play. Admission to the festival is $5 per day and VIP admission is $35 for the weekend and includes t-shirts and more. For more information, visit  http://romanzastaugustine.org

Eco-Explorer Adventure
Go on a one-of-a-kind excursion for remarkable wildlife viewing aboard an Eco-Explorer boat. The naturalist-led adventure departs from the downtown St. Augustine City Marina at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Trips can be reserved for up to six guests -- $35 per passenger ages 12 and over and $15 for ages 2-11. For reservations, call 904-377-7245.

World Golf Hall of Fame Putting Championship 
Put your putting skills to the test during the 8th annual World Golf Hall of Fame Putting Championship. Set on the Hall of Fame's 18-hole, natural grass putting course, you have a chance to compete for more than $10,000 in prizes including golf rounds at area courses, gift certificates and tickets to THE PLAYERS. Qualifying rounds are Saturdays and Sundays. Tee times are 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. The Finals are April 2. Tickets are $35 each and include a free lunch, one practice round, admission to the Hall of Fame and a gift bag! For more information, visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org.

St. Augustine Community Chorus Performs "On Broadway"
Enjoy the exceptional vocal talents found in St. Augustine when the Community Chorus performs under the direction of Kathleen Vande Berg a varietyshow tunes and masterpieces from Broadway Shows. The performances take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday at The Performing Arts Auditorium at St. Augustine High School, located at Varella Street. For ticket prices and more information, visit http://www.StAugustineCommunityChorus.org.


Saturday: March 10
Menorcan Heritage Celebration
Come learn about this unique cultural heritage found in St. Augustine. The Menorcan Heritage Society will hold their annual celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the historic Llambias House, located at 31 St. Francis Street in St. Augustine. There will be demonstrations of mullet net making, Spanish dance performances, Menorcan foods, and story telling by Menorcan descendents. There will be t-shirts books and foods for sale. Admission is free. For more information,  call 904.826.3388.

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. In addition to demonstrations, exhibits and goods presented by a silversmith, blacksmith, jewelers, spice & tea traders, leatherworkers, woodworkers, beekeepers, local farmers piglets, needlework, soap makers, weavers, and a sponge monger, 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

Civil War Sesquicentennial Federal Capture of St. Augustine
Spend a day at the Castillo de San Marco experiencing living history impressions of the Civil War.
The majority of Confederate forces from St. Augustine consisted of a company called the St. Augustine Blues. The city of St. Augustine was occupied by Federal forces for the majority of Civil War. The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument is located along the Bayfront in downtown St. Augustine. For more information, visit www.NPS.gov/casa.

 Sunday: March 11
Bird Walk at Fort Mose
Come meet the birds at Fort Mose Historic State Park.  Led by a park volunteer, this fun, informative walk takes place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and is open to birders of all levels.  We'll view the rookery and search for marsh birds and migrating warblers.  Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars and a field guide if you have one.  Walk and park entrance are free. Visitor center entrance fees are $2 per person.  Fort Mose is located at 15 Fort Mose Trail, on Highway 1, one mile north of Route 16. For more information, call 904-823-2232.






3/05/2012

St Francis wins White Glove Award Again!



The St. Francis Inn received the Donal A. Dermody White Glove Award in recognition of its outstanding performance in housekeeping. The award was presented as a result of an annual quality-assurance audit performed by The Property Review Program - an independent on-site inspection service serving the hotel and cruise industries.  The St. Francis Inn is a member of the prestigious Superior Small Lodgings Program.

"One of the great things about these awards is that they are not given to simply recognize conformance to quality requirements. They reflect conformance to guest expectations," said Ben Hirschenfang, quality assurance auditor and chief information officer for The Property Review Program. "Innkeepers are challenged to meet the expectations of their guests and these awards confirm that's exactly what they have done."

Congratulations to our housekeepers and to Kelly Brooks, Inn Manager!


3/01/2012

Art Walk, Drama, Privateers, and Hank Williams Jr!


Art Walk, 2 new Plays Opening, Privateers Sack the City, and Hank Williams Jr - What a Weekend!




Friday: March 2
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
Worley Faver Pottery Demonstration
See the master at work beginning at 7 p.m. at the Worley Faver Gallery on Aviles Street in St. Augustine. This special demonstration by Worley is a First Friday Art Walk "must see". For more details, call the gallery at 904-860-1098 or visit Worley Faver on Facebook. Cellar Six is a partner for this event - for pre-demo dinner reservations, call 904-827 9055

Friday, Saturday &  Sunday: March 2-4
Food For Thought Art Exhibit
Stop in the St. Augustine Art Association Gallery to see this tasteful juried exhibit.This exhibit combines both the literal images of food, such as still life, with imaginative thought-provoking interpretations of any subject that offers "food for thought." A food drive underscores the exhibit. The St. Augustine Art Association Gallery is located at 22 Marine Street in St. Augustine. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.staaa.org
or call 904-824-2310.  
House of Blue Leaves at Limelight Theatre
Come see this dark comedy set in Sunnyside Queens in 1965. As a zookeeper who dreams of making it big as a songwriter contemplates pursuing his dreams, committing his wife and helping his AWOL son, the only thing for sure is that the world around him will never be the same.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
Kiss Me Kate
Don't miss this special production of Kiss Me Kate presented by Flagler College's Department of Theatre Arts. This sophisticated musical will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Flagler College Auditorium in St. Augustine. Tickets are $20 and available from noon to 5 p.m. at the auditorium box office (cash or check only). For more information, call 904-826-8600.



Saturday: March 3
Searle's Sack of St. Augustine
Relive history as the Historic Florida Militia re-enact Captain Robert Searle's 1668 attack on St. Augustine. Searle and his privateers sailed from Jamaica to loot the silver ingots held in the royal coffers at St. Augustine.  From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the public can visit the raiders' encampment at the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park.  Beginning at 5 p.m., the raiders will attack the city's Spanish soldiers and colonial citizens. Townspeople and soldiers will flee up St. George Street to the City's historic gate at Orange and Cordova Streets where the skirmish continues. For more information, call 904.534.6168, visit  www.searlesbucs.com




Hank Williams Jr  in Concert
Are you ready for some Hank Williams Jr? Originally, he copied and played his father's music, but as he grew older, he began to carve out his own niche and it was one that owed as much to country-rock as it did to honky-tonk. Williams retooled his image to appeal both to outlaw country fans and rowdy Southern, resulting in a string of Top Ten singles including the number one hits "Texas Women," "Dixie on My Mind," "All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)," "Honky Tonkin'," and "Born to Boogie." Hank Williams Jr. will be performing live at 8 p.m. (gates open at 6:30 p.m.) at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, located at 1340 A1A in St. Augustine. Tickets are $29.50, $49.50, $62.50 and $100. For more information, visit www.StAugAmphitheatre.com