Smiles, cheers greet HMS Bounty | StAugustine.com

Smiles, cheers greet HMS Bounty | StAugustine.com

Music! Ribs! HMS Bounty! Birding & PhotoFest! Theatre! Tasting! WOW!

Friday: April 27

Rise Against in Concert

Enjoy an alternative music performance by Rise Against in St. Augustine during their Spring 2012 Tour. This show promises great performances, including special appearances by A Day to Remember and Title Fight. The show takes place at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, located at 1340C A1A S. on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine. Advance tickets are $39.50 and $31.50. Day of show thickets are $42.50 and $34.50. For more information, visit St. Augustine Amphitheatre  or call 904-209-0366.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: April 27-29

17TH Annual Rhythm & Ribs Festival

Enjoy non-stop music and award-winning scrumptious barbecue all weekend long, plus a Saturday night performance by JJ Grey and Mofro! Other activities include lots of tasty ribs and barbecue, vendors and plenty of children's activities. Rhythm & Ribs takes place at Francis Field, located behind the historic Downtown Parking Facility on West Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. The festival hours are Friday 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $2 per person, except Saturday evening, when it is $5. Kids 12 and under are free.  Rhythm and Ribs or call  904.669.1872

HMS Bounty Visits St. Augustine

Visit the replica of The Bounty, built for the 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty with Marlon Brando, when it stops at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina for dockside tours. Plus, get a discount ticket to experience both the Bounty and St. Augustine's Pirate and Treasure Museum. Guests can learn how the ship works today from the crew members who sail her, as well as see how sailors lived and worked 200 years ago. In addition to being skilled sailors, the Bounty crew is knowledgeable in maritime history and movies. A discount ticket to visit both the Bounty and The Pirate Museum are available at the Museum or from their website and are priced at $18.99 for adults (a $22.99 value) and children ages 5-12 $9.99 (a $11.99 value) Tickets to tour the Bounty only are available at the City Marina and are $10 for adults and $5 for children. The Bounty will be docked at the City Marina in historic St. Augustine and available for tours each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the Pirate and Treasure Museum will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Pirate Museum  and Tall Ship Bounty

Florida's Birding and PhotoFest

Experience northeast Florida's abundant bird life and photogenic natural beauty by stopping by the 2012 Florida's Birding & PhotoFest! The festival is headquartered at the Whitney Lab for Marine Bioscience at Marineland, located 15 miles south of St. Augustine on A1A. Discover the region's phenomenal bird life and the abundant natural habitats that sustain them.  This Festival is guaranteed to excite nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. For more information, visit Florida's Birding and Photo Festival  

Children of a Lesser God at Limelight Theatre

See this dramatic performance about a renegade teacher at a school for the deaf challenges a bitter young deaf woman who works there to learn to talk, romance-and conflict-develops. But will their strong wills tear them apart or be the very glue that binds them together? Performance times are Thursday through Saturday at 730 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through May 13, 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 Limelight Theatre.

Saturday: April 28

Beach Walk at GTM Reserve

Join GTM Research Reserve volunteers Rick and Roz Edwards from 8:30 am to 10:30 a.m. on for a beach walk at the Guana South beach location. Learn about the animals that call the beach their home as well as seashells and other interesting facts. This is a "Beaches 101" experience that the entire family will enjoy.  There is a $3/per vehicle parking fee. This event is FREE however, due to limited spacing reservations are requested. South Beach Parking lot located at 1640-1798 Ponte Vedra Blvd. (A1A), Ponte Vedra Beach. For more information, call 904-823-4500 or Register Online

Living History Days at Fort Mose

Experience living history demonstrations as volunteers in period dress offer visitors a fascinating glimpse into 18th Century live at Fort Mose Historic State Park, the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States. The Living history program is weather permitting and takes 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.

Taste of St. Augustine

Taste of St. Augustine 2012Savor the unique tastes of St. Augustine during this flavorful event that showcases more than 30 area restaurants' signature dishes. All the fun takes place at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S, which will be transformed into a culinary marketplace offering the participating restaurants "signature tastes" as well as cookbooks, cooking equipment and other specialty food items. Throughout the afternoon and evening restaurants are judged for the "best of" 'upscale dining', 'ethnic tastes', 'family dining', 'desserts', and 'The People's Choice Award'. This tasty event takes place from noon to 8 p.m. Admission to the Taste of St. Augustine is $5 and taste tickets are $1 each with restaurants charging between 1 and 5 tickets per taste. Admission tickets also include discounts to several St. Augustine area attractions. Call 904.829.3295 or visit EPIC Community Services.

Race to the Taste

Lace up your running shoes and walk/run in this chip timed out and back race. All proceeds from Race to the Taste will benefit EPIC Community Services. The walk/run is from noon to 4 p.m., starts and ends at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, located at 1340C, A1A in St. Augustine. Pre-race registration is $25 per person, includes discounts to several St. Augustine area attractions. Day of race registration is $30. Prices will be awarded in all age categories. For more information, visit Race to the Taste  

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.

Star Party at GTM Reserve

Come gaze at the night sky and learn about our viewable star system at the GTM Research Reserve. A classroom presentation will begin promptly at 7p.m. followed by stargazing at the viewing stations at 8:00 p.m. It is encouraged to bring snacks, limited refreshments will be provided. Please be prepared and wear insect repellent. Kids are welcome and encouraged to attend. There is no cost for this program but a donation of $5 is suggested. THE GTM Research Resever is located at 500 Guana River Road in Ponte Vedra Beach. Space is limited so please RSVP by calling (904) 823-4500.

Busy St. Augustine Weekend plus New Events


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Two New St. Augustine Concerts Announced!

The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue, featuring Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs will stop at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Friday, July 27th. 

The three hit-making artists will appear on stage, together as one band, to perform a show consisting of their signature mix of blue-eyed soul, rock, jazz and R&B.  Rolling Stone has described the show as "a loose blast through the stars' hits ("Reelin' in the Years," "Lowdown," "Takin' It to the Streets") and revved-up covers that had the crowd twisting in the aisles."  

Tickets will go on sale this Friday, April 20th at 10am! Stop by the Amphitheatre Box Office to get your tickets and enjoy complimentary coffee and snacks courtesy of the Amphitheatre-- starting at 9am!

Don't miss Train when they appear at the St Augustine Amphitheatre on Thursday, September 6th at 8:00pm! 

Train was inescapable during the turn of the 21st century, when songs like "Meet Virginia", "Calling All Angels" and "Drops of Jupiter" made the San Francisco residents some of America's most popular balladeers. Although formed during the glory days of post-grunge, the group found more success in the pop/rock world, where Train straddled the line between adult contemporary and family-friendly alternative rock. Train continued releasing material throughout the rest of the decade and even returned to the charts in 2010, when the single "Hey, Soul Sister" became a surprise Top 10 hit.

 Tickets will go on sale NEXT Friday, April 27th at 10am! Stop by the Amphitheatre Box Office to get your tickets and enjoy complimentary coffee and snacks courtesy of the Amphitheatre-- starting at 9am!


This Weekend's Events in St. Augustine

Friday: April 13

Martina McBride Performs at St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Enjoy a concert performed by four-time winner of Country Music Association's "Female Vocalist of the Year" Martina McBride.  McBride's performance will take place at 8 p.m. Tickets are $29.50, 449.59, $59.50 and $79.50. St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340 C A1A in St. Augustine. www.staugamphitheatre.com

Friday and Saturday: April 13 & 14

Don's Friends 5K Fun Fest

Head over to St. Augustine Beach Pier Park for two-whole days of fun and run. Whether you participate in the 5K run, the "Stand-up" paddleboard race or enjoy the music, vendors and more. Don's Foundation is dedicated to encouraging College Students to choose the Alternative Break, where students choose to travel on their vacations breaks and help others less fortunate.  It all takes place at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Park, located on A1A on St. Augustine Beach. For entry fees and more information, visit www.DonsFriends.com or call 904-687-5951.

Saturday: April 14

Treasure Chest Quest

Yield to your inner pirate and go sailing with the crew of the Black Raven on a quest to capture Blackbeard's Treasure Chest. The Black Raven will exchange cannon fire with Queen Anne's Revenge while children learn proper sword play techniques in anticipation of a boarding. If you're brave enough, there will booty for all! And if you're not, you're sure to capture a lifetime of memories.  The Black Raven sails from St. Augustine Marina on this quest at 12:15 and 2:15 p.m. Tickets are $34.95 for adults and seniors, $24.95 for children. For more information, call 877-578-5050 or go to www.PirateShipBlackRaven.com

Historic Weapons Demonstrations at Fort Matanzas

Take the National Park Service's ferry to Rattlesnake Island and experience daily military life at Fort Matanzas - the 18th century Spanish fort that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine.  From 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors will demonstrate Spanish muskets and cannons at the fort.  Admission is free.  Fort Matanzas National Monument is located on A1A at the south end of Anastasia Island approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine.  For more information, call 904.471.0116 or visit www.nps.gov/foma  

VeloFest at St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Come learn about the historical significance of cycling, and how to ensure an environment where cyclists and vehicles can co-exist to make a more peaceful riding experience while decreasing carbon foot print, promoting healthy activity, and promoting the cultural importance of cycling. VeloFest will feature vendors, music and bicyclists comrade. It all takes place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, located at 1340C A1A in St. Augustine. Admission is FREE. For more information, visit www.StAugAmphitheatre.com.

Vegas Review: Kevon Re'Mon'te & Trey Dees

Experience this high-energy tribute to some of the greatest vocalists of all time - including the Righteous Brothers, Marvin Gaye, Nat King Cole, Elvis, Tom Jones and many others. This 90-minute show begins at 7 p.m. at the Pioneer Barn located at Fort Menendez, 259 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door or reserved by calling 904-824-8874. Free parking!

Saturday and Sunday: April 14 & 15

Florida Farm Days

Head over to the Florida Agricultural Center to learn all about Florida Farming. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. enjoy historic demonstrators, food activists, re-enactors, organic growers, heritage livestock & poultry, trendy vendors, historic culture and music.Guest speakers will address various farming and gardening topics. See traditional Florida come to life with canning, weaving, cast iron cooking, hand plowing contests, whip cracking, tractor contests and so much more! Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children under 12. It all takes place at the Florida Agricultural Museum,located at 7900 Old Kings Road in Palm Coast,  off US 1 approximately 2 miles west of I-95 Exit 298.

Marine Ecology Adventure

Go on a naturalist-led marine ecology adventure aboard an Explorer boat! Remarkable wildlife viewing on a one-of-a-kind excursion departing from downtown St.Augustine at noon and 2 p.m... Trips reserve for up to 6 guests. $35 per adult and $15 for adges 12 and under. Call St. Augustine Eco Tours for reservations at 904-377-7245.www.staugustineecotours.com 

Sunday: April 15

Fromajardes Serenade and St. Augustine Royal Tea

Participate in this traditional Menorcan Fromajardes celebration in which young men are rewarded for their serenading abilities with "Fromajardes", delightful Menorcan cheese pastries. Then, enjoy an afternoon tea party with St. Augustine's Royal Family. Queen Marianna, King Juan Carlos, Princes Margarita Maria portrayed by local heritage residents. It all takes place from 2-4 p.m. at the Spanish Bakery, 42 St. George Street in St. Augustine. Admission is Free. For more information, call 904-829-2333.


Florida Heritage Book Festival will honor author Edna Buchanan in September | StAugustine.com

Florida Heritage Book Festival will honor author Edna Buchanan in September | StAugustine.com

Have you made plans for September yet?  Want to meet some great authors?  The Florida Heritage Book Festival will be held September 13-15, 2012.  There will be authors to meet, books to buy, workshops to enjoy...so whether you're an aspiring author or book-loving reader, you will find plenty to see and do.

Some of the authors attending the events:

Edna Buchanan, winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize - chosen for the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award
Steve Berry, NY Times international bestselling author
William McKeen, chairman of the Dept of Journalism at Boston University
Jeff Lindsay, author and creator of "Dexter", hero of the popular Showtime program

Bookmark this link for more announcements:  http://www.fhbookfest.com/

We have plenty of rooms available for that weekend!  MENTION THIS BLOG AT TIME OF BOOKING AND RECEIVE 10% OFF YOUR ROOM!  Make your plans early because they will go fast....


Friday: April 6
Whale and Dolphin Lecture
Join Naturalists Zach McKenna and Angie Golubovich, along with environmental Filmmaker & Author Hardy Jones for an exciting talk about whales and dolphins, efforts to learn more about local cetaceans, and ways that the fate of marine mammals and humans are intertwined.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch. A limited amount of refreshments will be available. The talk begins at noon and is sponsored by the GTM Research Reserve, St. Augustine Eco Tours, and BlueVoice.org. For more information please call (904) 377-7245.

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.

233 West King Grand Opening
Be among the first to visit the exciting new art gallery, 233 West King, located at (of course) 233 West King Street in St. Augustine. The gallery will open its doors for the first time for First Friday Art Walk and visitors will be thrilled by "Bug Shots" featuring nature and wildlife photographs by Frank Berna. The photos capture visually beautiful flora and eye-popping insects and reptiles. Frank Berna will be on hand and on Saturday, April 7, will present a workshop. The exhibit will run through the month of April and a portion of the show's proceeds will be donated to the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. For more information, call 904.910.8925.

Spring Flowers Show
Enjoy a springtime rendition of flowers in art at the new exhibit at Worley Faver Gallery, 11A Aviles Street in St. Augustine. The special First Friday event and exhibit opening includes an opportunity to meet artists Worley Faver, Kristin Hosbein, Russ Wilson, Wendy Norton, C Ford Riley, Richard Warholic and Claire Kendrick. This exhibit will be open through April 27. For more information, call 904.829.2450 or visit www.favergallery.com

First Friday Carnival Show
Walk the nation's oldest street and arrive in Brazil when Restaurant and Café Sol at 8 Aviles Street in St. Augustine presents a BIG First Friday Art Walk Carnival! From 6:30-8:30 p.m., join Chef Sol and his staff as the present live Rio dancers, Samba drummers, Joel & Band with two dancers performing both Flamenco and Classical routines. It's a street party - and free of charge! Plus, it's the grand opening of Restaurant and Café Sol serving the finest in Brazilian cuisine.

Sunset/Moonrise at St. Augustine Lighthouse
Enjoy the sunset and moonrise from the most unique perspective in all of St. Augustine - the top of the Lighthouse!  This special event includes a champagne toast, provided by San Sebastian Winery, hors d'oeuvres from The Reef and an informative overview of the history of the St. Augustine Light Station.  The tour is from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at the St. Augustine Lighthouse located at 81 Lighthouse Avenue.  Check for times. Admission is $25 for non-museum members and $20 for members.  Reservations are required.  For more information, visit www.StAugustineLighthouse.org, or to reserve a spot, call 904.829.0745.

Sunday: April 8
Vilano Beach Easter Sunrise Service
Celebrate Easter morning seaside starting with a with musical sunrise meditation at 6:30 a.m. Then at 7a.m. a service of song and dance and a brief message on living life with the joy and hope. It all takes place at Vilano Beach ramp, at the east end of Vilano Road in St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.808.8304.

Sunrise Services at Castillo de San Marcos
Celebrate the dawn of Easter Sunday at a sunrise service on the grounds Castillo de San Marcos, overlooking the Matanzas Bay, in St. Augustine. The Services will take place at 7 a.m. Music will be presented by the NcNaught family.

Crescent Beach Easter Sunrise Service
Greet the Easter sunrise with thousands of worshippers seaside at Crescent Beach.  The program, presented by Crescent Beach Baptist Church, begins at 7:15 a.m. on the beach with special music and an inspiring message. For more information, call 904.794.7777.

Annual St. Augustine Easter Parade
Enjoy the spectacle of marching bands, floats, drill teams, clowns, the Royal Family and the city's carriage horses wearing hats donated by nationally- recognized women and the Easter Bunny. The parade begins at 3 p.m. at the Mission of Nombre de Dios and winds through downtown St. Augustine. Trophies will be presented in four categories. For more information, call 904-829-2333.


Before and After: Courtyard Garden

Our new gardener, Jill Ziebell (www.FindYourInnerDirt.com), has a vision for the 
St. Francis Inn.  She believes that "Gardening is Art through Design."  And we are seeing her vision come to life.

She started by cleaning out the beds around the fish pond, cutting down the small tree that had sprouted there, and transplanting many plants to other places in our courtyard garden.  She found an old cast iron pot on the property and had it brought to the front of the garden.  None of us know how old it is, but we wouldn't be surprised if it used to sit over a fire in the old kitchen 100+ years ago!   As you can see in the picture above, Zeke used the area for a couple days as "his space".
 A close-up of Zeke enjoying "his space". 
The soil was tilled, the plants were positioned, and...it's beautiful!  She used pine bark mulch to this area to protect the plants and because it is so visible.  Very attractive!  Of course, the bamboo plants are shedding leaves at this time, so you see those yellowed leaves scattered over everything in the picture.
This work and expense will make our enclosed  courtyard even more enjoyable for our guests.  
And we're enjoying it, too!  

In order to use the old cast iron pot for planting, Jill had our Mike drill a couple of drainage holes in the bottom of the pot.  Easier said than done!  It took a couple hours of drilling with bits especially purchased for this job to get the holes drilled!  

Colorful pots are strategically placed near the goldenrain tree....

You will see more Spanish-styled pots around our courtyard and pool area....

Remember the trees we had trimmed and the neighbor's tree that was cut down a couple weeks ago?  This is what's left of our mulch pile (it was twice this large last week!).  Mulch is being used all around the Wilson House, parking area, and parts of the courtyard.