8/30/2012

International Vulture Awareness Days.....SAY WHAT?


We did not know that vultures had their own day...much less days!  Good for them!

Lots happening this long holiday weekend - hope you have a great weekend wherever you are.


Friday: August 31

St. Augustine Lighthouse Sunset/Moonrise

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 takes place from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m. at the St. Augustine Lighthouse located at 81 Lighthouse Avenue. The fee is $25 for non-museum members and $20 for members. Reservations are required. 904-829-0745  www.StAugustineLighthouse.org

Stars Flashin' with Passion for Fashion

Several fashion designers fight to stay in and become the top fashion designer for 2012. The competition takes place at 7 p.m. at the Pioneer Barn at Old Florida Museum, located at 259 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.     904-824-8874  http://oldfloridamuseum.com/index_files/Calender.htm
 

Before and After 1565: 

A Participatory Examination of St. Augustine's Native American History

Through October 19, an examination of the rich history of the First Coast's indigenous population, as well as the later history of Native American internment at the Castillo de San Marcos, on display at Flagler College Crisp-Ellert Art Museum located at 48 Sevilla Street, St. Augustine. The museum is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free Admission.www.flagler.edu/crispellert/upcoming-exhibitions/index.html 

Friday thru Monday: August 31-September 3

Blue Moon Sails...and more

The Schooner Freedom will offer two, rare Blue Moon Sails -- one each on Friday and Saturday, departing from the St. Augustine City Marina at 8:45 p.m. and returning at 10 p.m. There will not be another blue moon until 2015. In addition, the Freedom will be sailing all weekend with 12:15-2 p.m. day sails and 6:15 p.m. two-hour sunset sails. Tickets for each trip, including the Blue Moon Sails, are $35 per person and include complimentary soda, water, beer and wine. Plus, you can bring your own picnic basket for the entire family! For reservations, call 904-810-1010. www.schoonerfreedom.com

Patriot Days at World Golf Hall of Fame

The World Golf Hall of Fame is joining with the PGA of America in support of the sixth annual Patriot Golf Days, which benefit the Fields of Honor Foundation which provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving. The World Golf Hall of Fame will match donations from visitors collected at the box office for Folds of Honor. For more information, go to the Events Calendar at www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org

Saturday: September 1

Sunset Celebration At Vilano Beach Town Center

See a spectacular St. Augustine sunset cast from across the bay at the Vilano Beach Town Center, 95 Vilano Road. This special event includes artistic performers, local arts and crafts and genuine Old Florida surprises. Dine on food samples from businesses along Vilano Road and see why Vilano Beach is the best-kept hidden treasure in the county. Floating docks near the pier allow for waterway transport from the mainland to the island - just as in the early Flagler days. The event is from 3:00 pm to dusk every first Saturday of the month at the Vilano Beach Pier and Pavilion. Free to the public. www.vilanobeachfl.com  904.540-0402.

Historic Haunts Author at Ripley's

Jamie Roush Pearce, author of Historic Haunts Florida, will be signing copies of her book beginning at 6 p.m. at Ripley's Believe It or Not's Castle Warden in St. Augustine. Roush features Castle Warden in her book, especially the story of the two female hotel guests who died in a fire there in 1944. She maintains the women were murdered and attributes other paranormal activity in the building to the bizarre items displayed there in Ripley's museum. For more information, call 904-824-1606.

Saturday & Sunday: September 1 & 2

International Vulture Awareness Days at St. Augustine Alligator Farm

Exhibits and demonstrations about the Vultures of the World at St. Augustine Alligator Farm, located at 999 Anastasia Boulevard, St. Augustine. Activities include vulture presentations, Kidz Zone - build a Vulture nest, vulture displays, and interactive self-guided quizzes and games. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission is Adults $21.95. Children $10.95 (ages 3-11). www.alligatorfarm.com

Homes For Our Troops Cookout

American Legion Post 37, located along St. Augustine's historic bayfront will be barbecuing burgers, hot dogs, and brats from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to help fund the construction of a new specially adapted home in Saint Augustine. This Homes For Our Troops project will benefit Marine Gunnery Sergeant John Hayes who was on his 4th deployment when he lost both of his legs and suffered life-threatening injuries in Sangin, Afghanistan on December 28, 2010. http://legionpost37.com
 

Catamaran Excursions

Celebrate Saturday thru Monday with a relaxing excursion aboard St. Augustine Eco Tour's catamaran. Traverse Matanzas Bay and learn about manatees, dolphins and more! Perfect for the entire family. Departures are at 12:15; 2:45; and 5:15 p.m. Tickets are $45 for adults and $35 for children. For reservations, call 904-377-7245.www.StAugstineEcoTours.com

Monday (Labor Day): September 3

Labor Day Concert In The Plaza

Celebrate Labor Day at a free concert by the St. Augustine Jazz Society in St. Augustine's Plaza de la Constitucion, 1 King Street. The free concert takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. 904-825-1004.
http://www.plazaconcerts.com

8/29/2012

Constantly Working - Constantly Improving

Back in the spring we did a major renovation on our Elizabeth Suite.  We had the ceiling pulled down and completely replaced.  We also had the Elizabeth Suite bathroom completely re-caulked and painted, along with installing a new ceiling fan.  While we were at it we painted the outside of the Inn - and worked on the south wall while the Elizabeth Suite renovation was taking place.

All of this work was performed in just 4 days in May and with a minimum of noise and disruption to our other guests.  Many of the guests enjoyed peeking in the room to see the progress and watching Mike and Joe the Painter outside on the scaffolding!

We've posted several pictures on our Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/StFrancisInn ) so, if you haven't visited us there and "Liked" us, do so today - enjoy the pictures!  We're posting a few here for your enjoyment:

Elizabeth Suite after the  renovation.

The new ceiling.

Painters work inside while Mike repairs and paints outside.

8/22/2012

This Weekend's Events in St. Augustine


Saturday: August 25

Walk on the Wild Side at Anastasia State Park

A 2.5 mile Ranger-led walk that starts at 9 a.m. is a leisurely stroll through the Maritime Hammock, marsh, dunes and shore line at Anastasia State Park, 1340A A1A, St. Augustine. Participation is free with paid park admission. For more information, call 904-461-2033


Uptown Saturday Night

Live music, refreshments, new exhibits, book signings and much more from 5 to 9 p.m. 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.  Free parking at the Mission Nombre de Dios, 27 Ocean Avenue. 904.823.9263.


Nickelodeon's Fresh Beat Band Concert

Preschoolers can sing and dance along as they help Kiki, Shout, Marina and Twist solve everyday challenges at this live performance. The show will take place at 7 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre located at 1340 C A1A in St. Augustine. Tickets are $29.50 and $39.50. For more information, visit www.StAugAmphitheatre.com

 

Saturday & Sunday: August 25-26

Dolphin Boat Trip  

See dolphins in their natural habitat by joining the Naturalists of St. Augustine Eco Tours on a 1.5-hour boat ride. This 12-mile voyage features dolphins - you might even get to hear the sounds they make - and other amazing sights including shorebirds, salt marsh habitats, and more! Special rate: $35/adults and $30/kids ages 3-12. Call 904-377-7245 to make reservations or visit www.staugustineecotours.com  to learn more.


VCB event at "The Villages" 11-7-12

VCB event at "The Villages" November 7, 2012

That's our Joe Finnegan (far left) at last year's VCB Event.  The Visitors and Convention Bureau will be hosting another event at the Villages, Florida AKA "A Boomer Generation Retirement Mecca" on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 9am-4pm.  This one day event will feature an industry tradeshow, door prizes, etc. throughout the day to make it fun and educational for The Villages residents. 

8/16/2012


Saturday: August 18

Beach Fest and Ocean's Expo 

Keepers of the Coast will host a Back to School Beach Fest from 2-5 p.m. on the beach just north of the St. Augustine Beach Pier. The festival will feature surfing lessons, a fun run and a beach clean up. From 6-10 p.m., the event moves to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre for the Ocean's Expo featuring local bands and surfing movies.  For more information, call 240-925-6282 or go to   www.staugamphithteatre.com
or http://keepersofthecoast.org/2nd-annual-back2school-beach-fest/



Sunday: August 19

Rebelution, The Expendables and Passafire Concert 

Rebelution, The Expendables and Passafire will perform Sunday, August 19 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 C A1A S, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 advanced, $28 day of show. 904-209-0367. http://www.staugamphitheatre.com


8/08/2012

Weekend Events in St. Augustine


Friday - Sunday: August 10, 11, 12

PGA Championship at World Golf Hall of Fame

Learn about golfers who have won the PGA Championship, as you take a special scavenger hunt through the Hall of Fame located at 21 World Golf Place in St. Augustine. There will also be a photo opportunity with the Wanamaker Trophy Thursday - Sunday. The broadcast will be shown throughout the museum during the week during business hours. All South Carolina residents and PGA Professionals receive free admission with ID. http://www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org     904-940-4123

Swamp Hattie's Lair at Worley Faver Gallery

Entertain the children this weekend with a visit to Swamp Hattie's Lair at Worley Faver Gallery, 11-A Aviles Street in St. Augustine. A literary critic recently wrote: "Now that there are no more new Harry Potter books on the horizon, Swamp Hattie can provide you with your supernatural fix. Dennis' books have elements of The Lord of the Rings and the original Star Wars movies, and, like both of those trilogies, the second Swamp Hattie book concludes with a dark cliffhanger... every single line of these books rhymes with another line, and that's no small feat. With Chris Armstrong's vivid and intricate illustrations, these books are the sort that you'll want to pass along to your grandchildren."  Weekend hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 904-304-2310

Saturday: August 11


GTM Research Reserve 2nd Saturday Trail Hike

A GTM Research Reserve staff and/or volunteer-led 1.5 mile walk that the entire family will enjoy. Meet at the Trailhead Pavilion at 8:30 a.m. Wear comfortable closed toe shoes. There is a $3 per vehicle parking fee. GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. http://gtmnerr2ndtrailhike.eventbrite.com  904-823-4500  

Sunday: August 12

PACT Triathlon

Triathlon in support of PACT Prevention. From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Anastasia State Park, 1340A A1A South, St. Augustine. http://www.PactPrevention.org

Birding for Kids

Anastasia State Park invites families with children ages 8-12 to participate in a free kid's birding class from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The program will begin with an outdoor classroom session on how to identify birds, followed by a scavenger hunt to find a list of target birds in the park. Must pay regular park admission of $8 per vehicle to participate. Anastasia State Park is located at 1030 A A1A S in St. Augustine. http://www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia  904-461-2033

8/06/2012

New Free Guest Amenity - SFI Robes


Guest Robes

Now when you stay at the St. Francis Inn you can enjoy our plush white Inn-monogrammed terry guest robes as a free guest amenity!  Robes are provided in your guest room, for you to snuggle up in or wear to the swimming pool during your stay at St. Francis Inn.

8/01/2012

First Friday Art Walk Starts the Weekend in St. Augustine


Friday: August 3

Pottery Demonstration at Worley Favor Pottery on Aviles Street
Photo credit:  Photo by Rhonda Parker

First Friday Art Walk 

Free Parking and 

Free Trains/Trolleys

Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at more than 20 downtown St. Augustine art galleries from 5 - 9 p.m. 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. http://www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com




Saturday: August 4

Sunset Celebration at Vilano Beach Town Center

Food, artist performers, local arts and crafts, and genuine Old Florida surprises from 3 p.m. to dusk at the Vilano Beach Pier & Pavilion, 115 Vilano Rd #A in St. Augustine. Floating docks near the pier allow for waterway transport from the mainland to the island - just as in the early Henry Flagler days. 904- 540-0420.http://www.vilanobeachfl.com

Campfire Program at Anastasia State Park

Free presentation on different topics from bird watching to star-gazing around the campfire. Anastasia State Park is located at 1340 Florida A1A in St. Augustine. Admission to the park is $8.00 per vehicle or $2.00 per pedestrian or bicyclist. 904-461-2033. http://www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia

Historic Weapons Demonstation 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. to 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors will demonstrate Spanish muskets and cannons at the fort. Admission is free. Located at 8635 A1A S in St. Augustine. 904-471-0116.  http://www.nps.gov/foma