1/30/2013

12 best kid-friendly destinations | www.palmbeachpost.com

Budget Travel names St. Augustine as  one of the 12 best kid-friendly destinations!  We totally agree!

12 best kid-friendly destinations | www.palmbeachpost.com

Picasso exhibit ready to shine | StAugustine.com

The Picasso exhibit will open to the public Friday, February 1, 2013 and run until May 11, 2013.

Picasso exhibit ready to shine | StAugustine.com

1/28/2013

January 29, 2013 : Spring at the Inn

Another Camellia blooms in the courtyard.

Check out these red blooms!

St. Francis seems to approve of our jonquils.

Last Week to see Nights of Lights!


Nights of Lights - St. Augustine's famed Nights of Lights illuminate the nation's oldest city's historic district with the gentle glow of more than three million tiny white lights, providing a luminous setting for an exciting agenda of holiday events and fun through January 31.  www.NightsofLights.com

1/24/2013

Uptown Saturday Night, Sunset/Moonrise at the Lighthouse, and Torchlight Tours at Fort Matanzas


Saturday, January 26

Uptown Saturday Night - From 5 - 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. 904-823-9263.

Sunset/Moonrise at The 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, 81 Lighthouse Ave.  Admission is $25 for non-museum members and $20 for members.  Advance ticket purchase required.  904-829-0745
www.staugustinelighthouse.org

Torchlight Tours at Fort Matanzas National Monument - Spanish reenactors conduct spectacular nighttime firings of two six-pounder reproduction cannons. Tours will depart the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center dock at 6:00, 6:45, 7:30 and 8:15 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be available beginning January 13th only at the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center. The cost is $7 per person and children 3 and under are free. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at 8635 A1A at the south end of Anastasia Island approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. 904-471-0116  www.nps.gov/foma  

EMMA Concert Series: The China National Symphony Orchestra - One of the most outstanding professional symphony orchestras in Asia, performs at 8 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St. in St. Augustine. Tickets are $35 per person. www.EmmaConcerts.com  904-797-2800

Sunday: January 27

Royal Family Transfer of Office  Colorful transfer of royal duties from the 2012 Royal Family to the 2013 Royal Family composed of heritage residents representing Queen Marianna, King Juan Carlos and Princess Margarita Maria -- the Spanish Royal Family of 1672, the year in which work began on the Castillo de San Marcos. The event begins at 2 p.m. at the Isabella Gardens located at the corner of Hypolita and St. George Streets in St. Augustine. 904-829-2333

1/17/2013

Chocolate Almond Raspberry Tart




Chocolate Almond Raspberry Tart

Tart Shell Recipe (makes 2)

1 cup butter softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup finely chopped toasted almonds
1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine ingredients into a dough, split into two balls. Press each ball into an un-greased tart pan (bottom and up the sides). Bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes. Let cool.

Filling

24 oz chocolate chips
2 1/2 cup heavy cream

Scald the cream (heat until small bubbles appear around the edges of the pan), pour over chocolate chips. Stir until smooth. Pour into tart shells, refrigerate until set.

Top with raspberries or strawberries.

1/16/2013

In St. Augustine's shadows - Have you seen our Secret Sights?

Great photos accompany this article - check them out!

In St. Augustine's shadows

Have you seen these?

Segui-Kirby Smith House
The Prince Murat House (Dow Museum of Historic Houses)
St. Augustine National Cemetery (including the Pyramids)
St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine
Fort Matanzas National Monument
Father Miguel O'Reilly House Museum
The Ximenez-Fatio House
The Peña-Peck House

1/15/2013

So Much To See & Do! Lots of Art, Flagler 125th, Film Festival, MLK Events and Nights of Lights Continues!


This Week:  Monday through Monday: January 14 - 21

Nights of Lights - St. Augustine's famed Nights of Lights illuminate the nation's
oldest city's historic district with the gentle glow of more than three million
tiny white lights, providing a luminous setting for an exciting agenda of holiday
events and fun through January 31. www.NightsofLights.com

2013 Annual Figure & Portrait Show - Through Jan. 27, expressions of the human form
and face lend personality to this exhibit. Artworks may include gesture drawings,
academic figure studies, formal portraits or busts and people in groups rendered
 in any style or material. The St. Augustine Art Association Gallery, 22 Marine
St., St. Augustine is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday 2
 to 5 p.m.  Admission is Free. www.staaa.org

Dressing of the Palms  - Complementing Nights of Lights, the Dressing of the Palms
in the Town Center at Vilano Beach features holiday decorations adorning over 200
palm trees along Vilano Road and Coastal Highway in Vilano Beach. Through January.
Free. Vilano Beach Town Center 260 Vilano Road, St Augustine Phone: 904-540-0402
www.VilanoBeachFl.com

"The Meanies" Art Exhibit at Space Eight - Exhibition of mixed-media creations by
artist Jordie Hudson. Titled "The Meanies," the exhibit takes place at the Space
 Eight Gallery, 228 W. King St., in St. Augustine. Info: www.spaceeight.com
904-829-2838

Water Taxi Nights of Lights Tours - Board the Horizons II for a relaxing Nights
of Lights tour from the water. Tickets are $39 on weeknights and $49 on weekends.
Tours depart from Vilano Beach Fishing Pier, 298 Vilano Road, Vilano Beach. www.jaxwatertaxi.com
904-322-7194

Nights of Lights Wine and Carriage Tour - Step aboard an old-fashioned horse-drawn
carriage and meander the historic streets on this 45 minute tour. While enjoying
 the spectacular light display, indulge in a bottle of delicious boutique wine (red
or white). Tours depart from Isabella's Cuban Bar at 19 Cuna Street, at 6, 7 and
 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $46 per person
- Adults only! 904-386-5482 www.thetastingtours.com

Hotel Ponce De Leon Carrere & Hastings Blueprint Exhibit - In commemoration of the
125th anniversary of the opening of the Ponce de Leon Hotel, historically and culturally
significant ephemera relating to the construction and early years of the Hotel Ponce
de Leon will be on display through February 22. This exhibit includes original Carrere
and Hastings and McGuire drawings and blueprints, photographs, a copy of an 1885
 map, and construction documents.  Additionally, the exhibit highlights a group
of artists who made the Hotel Ponce de Leon their seasonal home during the late
19th and early 20th centuries. Original artwork and other artifacts related to their
time in Saint Augustine will also be displayed at Flagler College's Crisp - Ellert
Art Museum, located at 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. The museum is open Monday
through Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is free.
www.ponce125.com
904-829-6481
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Tuesday:  January 15

Hotel Ponce de Leon 125th Anniversary Community Lecture - A presentation by John
 Blades titled "Amazing Things About Henry M. Flagler Very Few People Know," this
presentation is part of the commemorative events celebrating The 125TH Anniversary
of the opening of the Ponce de Leon Hotel. Takes place at 7 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium
at Flagler College, 14 Granada St. in St. Augustine. Admission is free.
www.ponce125.com
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Thursday through Sunday: January 17 - 20

Humana Challenge Weekend Honoring Bob Hope - Enjoy the World Golf Hall of Fame's
 "Bob Hope: Shanks for the Memory" exhibit while watching the Humana Challenge,
formerly the Bob Hope Classic, in the Bob Hope Theater. Plus, there will be a scavenger
hunt with a Human Challenge Prize Pack going to the winner. Active and retired military
receive free admission to this event. Admission to the Hall of Fame, located at
1 World Golf Place off I-95 exit 323 in St. Augustine, is $19.50 adults; $18.50
seniors; $10 for students age 13 and over; and $5 for children ages 5-12. www.worldgolfhalloffame.org

St. Augustine Film Festival - The 3rd Annual St. Augustine Film Festival featuring
19 films will take place on the Flagler College campus and at The Epic Theatre.
The films from Spain, Greece, Germany, France, Cameroon, India and the United States
include six comedies, four thrillers, one musical, one dance film, two 3D animated
films for kids, two documentaries and one skateboard film. A St. Augustine Film
Fest FAST Pass is available for $45 general admission and $40 for seniors and students
for admission to all the openings, films and parties for this festival. Online advance
tickets are $7 for general admission $5 for seniors; and $3 for Flagler College
students, staff and faculty. www.fliff.com
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Friday: January 18

"Flight of the Butterflies 3D" Opening Night - Beginning at 6:30 p.m., The World
 Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater will celebrate the opening night of the IMAX documentary
"Flight of the Butterflies." The evening will include a presentation on butterflies
by the University of Florida and the Florida Museum of Natural History and "A Taste
of South of the Border" courtesy of the Colorado Burrito Company. The World Golf
 Hall of Fame IMAX Theater is located at One World Golf Place, just off I-95 exit
323 in St. Augustine. www.WorldGolfIMAX.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Friday and Saturday: January 18 & 19

New Year's Rockin Trolley Tour - Take a musical journey back in time aboard the
New Year's Rockin' Trolley.  Featuring the most popular songs of each decade since
the 1920's, the trolley tours through the historic St. Augustine amid the dazzling
Nights of Lights holiday display.  The Pink Lady hostess and leather-jacketed conductor,
characters straight out of Grease, lead guests in singing and dancing their way
through musical history.  The 35-minute tours depart at 6 and 7 p.m. from St. Augustine
Visitors Information Center, 10 W. Castillo Drive. Tickets are $9 adults and $4
children ages 6-12. 904-829-3800

Sea Your History Weekend: The American Revolution - Patriots and the Sea in a British
Colony is the theme of a special weekend presentation at the St. Augustine Lighthouse
& Museum, 81 Lighthouse Ave. Friday from 1-3 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. -noon, there
will be special ship modeling presentations in the Anastasia Gallery. On Friday
from 3-6 p.m., join the Lighthouse archaeologists as they unlock the secrets of
long-lost artifacts from St. Augustine's Lost Ships while children engage in the
 Science of Conservation with Lighthouse Education Staff and Betsy Bowers, deputy
director of museum education at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center. On Saturday
at 9 a.m., visitors can meet and work with traditional wooden boatbuilders as they
build a boat from centuries gone by. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m., every 30 minutes, Betsy
Bowers will lead interactive hands-on, family activities that will bring the past
alive for children of all ages. Weekend value pack which includes all Friday's Lost
Ships Tours AND Saturday's Smithsonian Family Experience is only $14 when purchased
online. www.staugustinelighthouse.org  904-829-0745
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Friday, Saturday, Sunday: January 18 - 20

The Secret: The Spanish Inquisition in Old St. Augustine - Could Jews, fleeing for
their lives from Spain, have arrived with Pedro Menendez in 1565 when he founded
 the City of St. Augustine? This stunning new play by Lee Weaver features this possibility,
along with the drama of an ocean crossing, Indian and pirate attacks, religious
intolerance and an unforgettable love story. This one-person show covers 50 years
in St. Augustine as one family struggles with both survival in the New World and
 the betrayal, secrecy and bigotry of the Spanish Inquisition. Performances times
at the Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez, 259 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine are
7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $20 for general
admission; $15 for students and groups of 15 or more.   Info:www.OldFloridaMuseum.com
or 904-824-8874
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Saturday: January 19

"Flight of the Butterflies 3D" Family Day - From noon to 3 p.m., The World Golf
Hall of Fame will feature a Family Day to celebrate the first weekend opening of
 the IMAX documentary "Flight of the Butterflies". Featured activities include a
 bounce house, face painting, butterfly displays and a milkweed planting courtesy
of the Florida Museum of Natural History. The World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater
is located at One World Golf Place, just off I-95 exit 323 in St. Augustine. www.WorldGolfIMAX.com

Tolomato Cemetery Guided Tour - The Tolomato Cemetery is the oldest extant planned
cemetery in the State of Florida, with burials starting during the First Spanish
 Period (1565-1763).   Visitor access is limited to the 3rd Saturday of each month
when docents provide guided tours. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.
The cemetery will be open from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and is located at 16 Cordova Street
in St. Augustine. www.tolomatocemetery.com

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Bird Walk at Fort Mose Historic State Park - Find a variety of herons, egrets, wood
storks, hawks and owls on this guided tour of Fort Mose State Park, 15 Fort Mose
 Trail in St. Augustine. Birders of all levels are invited. The event is weather
 permitting from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and is free; museum entry fee is $2 a person.
  904-823-2232 www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose
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Monday: January 21 (Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday)

Free Entrance Day:Castillo de San Marcos - In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,the
National Park Service is offering free admission to Castillo de San Marcos. 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 

Screening of "Crossing In St. Augustine" - There will be a free screening of the
 Crossing St. Augustine, a documentary about the Civil Rights Movement in St. Augustine.
Rev. Andrew Young, sent to St. Augustine by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was brutally
beaten by police while leading a peaceful march in 1964, and returned to tell the
story 45 years later. The Documentary begins, "with the story of a personal odyssey
that will surprise, educate and inspire viewers". The screening takes place at 2
 p.m. at the Willie Galimore Community Center, 399 Riberia Street, St. Augustine.
http://www.idealist.org/view/volop/79Z6hcDn2gW4

1/09/2013

Observer News - St. Augustine, Florida: America’s oldest city where everything old is new again, well...almost

A lovely article about our fair city which includes details about:


  • a stay at the lovely St. Francis Inn (learn about the "oldest innkeeper")
  • renovations at the Fountain of Youth
  • the new Colonial Quarter opening this spring


Observer News - St. Augustine, Florida: America’s oldest city where everything old is new again, well...almost

1/08/2013

3rd Annual St Augustine Film Festival Jan 17-20

Jan. 17-20: The 3rd Annual St. Augustine Film Festival will take place Jan. 17-20 on the Flagler College campus an in Epic Theatres. The four-day event will feature 19 films from Spain, Greece, Germany, France, Cameroon, India and the United States. There are six comedies, four thrillers, one musical, one dance film, two 3D animated films for kids, two documentaries and one skateboard film. Organized by Flagler staff, students and Gregory von Hausch, the CEO of the Fort Lauderdale film festival, the event will feature a filmmakers panel discussion, a tribute to actor Hugh Marlowe, and four parties including an opening night party at Markland House, and a closing night dinner. Screenings will be in the Gamache-Koger Theatre (GK), Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College (FCA), Kenan Hall (KH), the Virginia Room (VR); and children’s films can be seen at Epic Theatres (ET). Online advance tickets are $7 for general admission;, $5 for seniors; and $3 for Flagler College students, staff and faculty. Free apps for iPad, iPhone or Google device, with links available online at fliff.com, as well as advance ticket purchases. For further details, email info@fliff.com.

1/03/2013

Fort Mose - Have you visited this treasure yet?

Hidden away in the marshes of St. Augustine, Florida is one of the most important sites in American history: the first free community of ex-slaves, founded in 1738 and called Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose. Video sponsored by VisitFlorida.com.

Travel Video | ArcaMax Publishing

1/01/2013

Happy New Year! This Week's Events...


Tuesday through Monday: January 1 - 7

Nights of Lights - St. Augustine's famed Nights of Lights illuminate the nation's oldest city's historic district with the gentle glow of more than three million tiny white lights, providing a luminous setting for an exciting agenda of holiday events and fun through January 31. www.NightsofLights.com 

Tuesday through Sunday: January 1-6

Winter Wonderland - The 6th Annual Winter Wonderland at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre is hosted by the St. Johns County Cultural Events Division. Winter Wonderland features North Florida's premiere outdoor ice skating rink, along with a brand new Ice Chute, RC Race Track and Kid's Room and visits with Santa! St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. Event Pricing: Each activity priced separately. Phone: 904-209-0367  winterwonderlandflorida.com

Friday: January 4

First Friday Art Walk - Experience one of St. Augustine's most popular cultural events from 5 - 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at over 20 participating galleries. Tours begin at San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St. St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys offer attendees a complimentary shuttle service to most of the galleries. Shuttles run on a continuous loop every 30 minutes.  Info: 904-829-0065; www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com

Saturday: January 5

Living History Day at Fort Matanzas National Monument - From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors will demonstrate Spanish cannons at this fortress that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. Admission is free including the ferry ride to and from Rattlesnake Island. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at 8635 A1A at the south end of Anastasia Island approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. Info: www.nps.gov/foma; 904-471-0116

Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration - Features a spectacular sunset across the bay -- plus, dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more can be found on the pier! Activities are from 3 p.m. - dusk. Admission is free. Located at 115 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine. Info: 904-540-0402;  www.vilanobeachfl.com/14-events/18-sunset-celebration