2/26/2013

A Fun Week Coming Up: Art Walk, Hall & Oates, Searle's Sack of St. Augustine Re-Enacted, and Lots More

http://www.searlesbucs.com/searles.html
Monday through Sunday: February 25 -March 3
Picasso: Art & Arena Exhibit - at the Visitor Information Center
www.picassoartandarena.com       904-825-1000

Edwin Augustus Moore Special Exhibit at the Lightner Museum - 
 904-824-2874    www.lightnermuseum.org

Asian Vignettes Photographs by John Roppolo -  The Pasta Art Gallery, 214 Charlotte St.
904-824-0251  www.pastaartgallery.net

Friday and Saturday: March 1-2 
 

Sea Your History Weekend: Oh My Stars!  
How mariners navigate their ships by using the location of celestial bodies  is the theme of a special weekend presentation at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, 81 Lighthouse Ave. Friday from 3-6 p.m. visitors can help Lighthouse archaeologists unlock the secrets of long-lost shipwrecks. Saturday at 9 a.m., visitors can meet and work with traditional wooden boatbuilding as they build a boat from centuries gone by. At 11 a.m., a Smithsonian Presentation gives visitors an opportunity to meet some of the people who make the Smithsonian the world's leader in research and exploration. Weekend value pack which includes all 3 events and 2 days at the Lighthouse is $25.  www.staugustinelighthouse.org    904-829-0745
Friday: March 1 

First Friday Art Walk
Join 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/

Swamp Stories
Return to the cracker days of old Florida with musician and entertainer Steven Shanholtzer, as he share his grandfather's tales of Volusia and St. Johns Counties when wild hog hunts were common, and life was harder but so much simpler. His tales will bring laughter and learning. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, and will be presented at the Anastasia Island Branch Library, 124 Seagrove Main St. at 2 p.m. Info: 904-209-3730; www.sjcpls.org.

Daryl Hall and John Oates Concert
Named the most successful duo of the Rock Era by Billboard Magazine, Hall and Oates have seven platinum and six gold albums to their credit. They perform at 8 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A in St. Augustine. Tickets priced at $79.50, $59.50, $49.50 & $34.50. Info: www.StAugAmphitheatre.com 904-471-1965 

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: March 1-3 

'As You Like It'
The Flagler College Department of Theatre Arts brings one of Shakespeare's most beloved plays to the stage of the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St. Show times are 7:30 p.m. March 1-2 and March 8-9; and 2 p.m. on March 3 and March 10. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the auditorium box office from noon - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Info: 904-826-8600.

"Negro Y Blanco" Art Exhibit at Space Eight
Exhibition of black and white creations by artist Anthony Ausgang. Titled "Negro Y Blanco," through March 29 at the Space Eight Gallery, 228 W. King St., in St. Augustine.  Info: www.spaceeight.com; 904-829-2838

What Could Be Exhibition
Artist Anna von Mertens' What Could Be exhibition at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, 48 Sevilla St., in St. Augustine. The artist meticulously translates empirical data about subjects as far ranging as energy in nuclear explosions to auras in historical paintings into paintings and hand-dyed and hand-stitched fabrics. The gallery will host the exhibition through April 12. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Mon. thru Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays noon to 4 p.m. Info: www.flagler.edu/crispellert

Art Exhibit: Global Latitudes: Travels Near & Far
Through March 30, the St. Augustine Art Association hosts a visual travelogue of the places and diverse cultures lost and found on planet Earth. The gallery is located at 22 Marine St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Info: http://www.staaa.org; 904-824-2310

32nd Annual Lions Club Seafood & Music Festival
This northeast Florida favorite features tons of delicious seafood, affordable arts and crafts, outstanding live bluegrass, country and folk music. Open Friday 3 - 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Francis Field, 29 Castillo Dr. Info: 904-829-1753  www.lionsfestival.com  

Saturday: March 2 
 
First Saturday 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 

First Saturday Nature Program at Anastasia State Park 
Park rangers or volunteers present programs on various topics ranging from sea turtles to star gazing. Programs take place at open-air pavilions with one of the most beautiful scenic backdrops in Northeast Florida as inspiration. Program included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. Times vary throughout year. For more information, call 904-461-2035; http://www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia

Living History Day at Fort Matanzas National Monument
From 10:30 p.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
 
Evening Nature Program at Anastasia State Park
Park rangers or volunteers present programs on various topics ranging from sea turtles to star gazing. Programs take place at open-air pavilions with one of the most beautiful scenic backdrops in Northeast Florida as inspiration. Program included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. Times vary throughout year. For more information, call 904-461-2035;  http://www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia 

Searle's Sack of St. Augustine
Authentic re-enactment of 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.  During the day, the Raiders will have an encampment set up at the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and in the evening re-enactors will attack the city's Spanish soldiers and colonial citizens. Beginning at the Plaza at 5 p.m. townspeople and soldiers will flee up St. George St. to the City's historic gate at Orange and Cordova Streets where the skirmish continues. Info: 904.534.6168; www.Searlesbucs.com

Night Fest at The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
A celebration of historic preservation, community gatherings and family outings from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Lighthouse, 81 Lighthouse Ave. Night Fest begins at 4:30 p.m. with the 5k Walk and Fun Run starting at 5:30 p.m.. Then, at dusk, the French lens comes alive with light at the top of the tower. A special presentation on navigating by the stars will be presented via the Smithsonian Institutions Affiliates Program. A local cooking contest will also be featured with voting from attendees. Plus, there will be boatbuilding, a crafts tent and a new shipyard play area for children. Admission to Night Fest is only $5 per adults and $3 per child. Runners, museum members and holders of local Annual Pass will be admitted free. To register for the fun run/walk, go to www.jslofstaugustine.org To enter the cooking competition or for more information on Night Fest, call 904-829-0745 or go to  www.staugustinelighthouse.org 

Sunday: March 3 
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Hot Foods N' Spicy Blues Festival
This 3rd annual festival hosted by The Florida Agricultural Museum from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. will open with Linda Cole whose unique blend of blues and jazz was shaped by some of the artists she has performed with including the Count Basie Orchestra, Spyro Gryra, and Chuck Mangione. Miss Cole will be on state from noon - 1:30 p.m. Then from 2 - 4 p.m. Bill "The Sauce Boss" Wharton and the Ingredients on stage playing his signature Florida Slide Guitar Blues. Hot & spicy foods from area restaurants will be featured. The program benefits Feed Flagler Organization and donations of canned goods are welcomed. Admission is $5 per person. The Museum is located at 7900 Old Kings Rd. in Palm Coast. Info: 386-446-7630; www.MyAgMuseum.com

2/25/2013

Florida Azalea Festival This Weekend in nearby Palatka

Putnam County Neighbors: Azalea Festival starts Saturday | StAugustine.com

Spotlight on mullet nets at Menorcan celebration | StAugustine.com

The Annual Menorcan Celebration happens right across the street from the St. Francis Inn!  The celebration is held in the Llambias House and spills through its gates into St. Francis Park.  Join us March 9th!

Spotlight on mullet nets at Menorcan celebration | StAugustine.com

2/20/2013

Tasty Town - Dining in St. Augustine

DeKalb County Ga has another fun article about St. Augustine!  Great pics, too!

library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1102635762144-465/TastyTown.pdf

TV Celebrity Alana De La Garza Loves St. Augustine

Former guest Paul Russell sent us this article from the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel.  TV Star Alan De La Garza (Law & Order: LA, Law & Order, Do No Harm)  loves  St. Augustine:

Celebrity travel with Alana De La Garza - mcall.com

2/19/2013

Events Feb 18-24: Vienna Boys Choir, Menendez Birthday, Uptown Saturday Night


Monday through Sunday: February 18 -24

Picasso: Art & Arena Exhibit - An exhibition featuring dozens of Picasso originals, including many that have never been seen previously in the United States. Both famous and rare, these pieces were produced in different styles, techniques and media; providing unique insights into one of Picasso's main themes: bullfighting.  The exhibition is at the Visitor Information Center,10 Castillo Dr. in St. Augustine. Admission: Adults $10; Seniors $8; Kids 6 & Under - Free; Kids 7 - 12 - $5; Family of 4 - $20; Military in Uniform - Free; Flagler College Student with ID - Free. The Picasso Exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday - Thursday; Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. www.picassoartandarena.com       904-825-1000
 
Big Red Art Show - A celebration of the color red includes works that convey a range of moods and meanings with any variation of the spectrum's hottest color. The St. Augustine Art Association Gallery is located at 22 Marine St. in St. Augustine and is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. www.staaa.org  904-824-2310

Edwin Augustus Moore Special Exhibit at the Lightner Museum - The private collection of Edwin Augustus Moore paintings will be featured as a special exhibit at The Lightner Museum through May 1. Moore was an American painter, traveler, journalist, photographer and composer who used St. Augustine for many of his landscape watercolor subjects. He visited the ancient city in 1895 along with other members of his artistic and eccentric family. The Lightner Museum, located at 75 King Street, is open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is adults $10; Active military with ID $6; College students and young people 12-18 $5; Children under 12 (with adult) free; St. John's County residents are free. 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org

Asian Vignettes Photographs by John Roppolo - "An Asian Vignette" features photographs from a recent trip to Southeast Asia, where Roppolo spent six weeks traveling throughout Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam, experiencing the cultures and lifestyles of the people. The Pasta Art Gallery, 214 Charlotte St. is open noon - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday - Sunday. 904-824-0251 www.pastaartgallery.net

Friday: February 22

Vienna Boys Choir - The world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. at St. Augustine's Cathedral Basilica located at 38 Cathedral Place. The performance is part of the Cathedral's "Rejoice and Restore" campaign leading up to the 2015 celebration of the city's 450th anniversary. www.thefirstparish.org
Friday and Saturday: February 22 & 23

Sea Your History Weekend: Connecting to Our Shared History-Genealogy, DNA Sampling in the Oldest City - Genealogy is the theme of a special weekend presentation at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, 81 Lighthouse Ave. Friday from 3-6 p.m. visitors can help Lighthouse archaeologists unlock the secrets of long-lost shipwrecks. Saturday at 9 a.m., visitors can meet and work with traditional wooden boatbuilding as they build a boat from centuries gone by. At 11 a.m., a Smithsonian Presentation gives visitors an opportunity to meet some of the people who make the Smithsonian the world's leader in research and exploration. Weekend value pack which includes all 3 events and 2 days at the Lighthouse is $25. www.staugustinelighthouse.org    904-829-0745

Saturday: February 23

Menendez Birthday Grand Procession - Colorful and authentic 16th Century re-enactors, musicians and entertainers stroll along St. George Street to Lightner Museum for the opening of the Nocha de Gala, the 494th birthday celebration of St. Augustine's founder Pedro Menendez de Aviles.The procession begins at 5 p.m. at St. Augustine's City Gate located at Orange and St. George Streets.  904-669-1485.

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 shop on St. Augustine's San Marco Ave. between Ripley's Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. The Mission Nombre de Dios provides FREE PARKING.  904-823-9263.

2/12/2013

St. Augustine Events Feb 12-17

Art Exhibits and Outdoor Activities This Week:


Monday through Sunday: February 11- 17

Edwin Augustus Moore Special Exhibit at the Lightner Museum - The private collection of Edwin Augustus Moore paintings will be featured as a special exhibit at The Lightner Museum through May 1. Moore was an American painter, traveler, journalist, photographer and composer who used St. Augustine for many of his landscape watercolor subjects. He visited the ancient city in 1895 along with other members of his artistic and eccentric family. The Lightner Museum, located at 75 King Street, is open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is adults $10; Active military with ID $6; College students and young people 12-18 $5; Children under 12 (with adult) free; St. John's County residents are free. 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org

Picasso: Art & Arena Exhibit - An exhibition featuring dozens of Picasso originals, including many that have never been seen previously in the United States. Both famous and rare, these pieces were produced in different styles, techniques and media; providing unique insights into one of Picasso's main themes: bullfighting.  The exhibition is at the Visitor Information Center,10 Castillo Dr. in St. Augustine. Admission: Adults $10; Seniors $8; Kids 6 & Under - Free; Kids 7 - 12 - $5; Family of 4 - $20; Military in Uniform - Free; Flagler College Student with ID - Free. The Picasso Exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday - Thursday; Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. www.picassoartandarena.com       904-825-1000
 
"Negro Y Blanco" Art Exhibit at Space Eight - Exhibition of black and white creations by artist Anthony Ausgang. Titled "Negro Y Blanco," the exhibit takes place at the Space Eight Gallery, 228 W. King St., in St. Augustine. 904-829-2838 www.spaceeight.com

Big Red Art Show - A celebration of the color red includes works that convey a range of moods and meanings with any variation of the spectrum's hottest color. The St. Augustine Art Association Gallery is located at 22 Marine St. in St. Augustine and is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. www.staaa.org  904-824-2310

Asian Vignettes Photographs by John Roppolo - "An Asian Vignette" features photographs from a recent trip to Southeast Asia, where Roppolo spent six weeks traveling throughout Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam, experiencing the cultures and lifestyles of the people. The Pasta Art Gallery, 214 Charlotte St. is open noon - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday - Sunday. 904-824-0251 www.pastaartgallery.net

Planning and Painting in Paradise - The exhibition "Planning and Painting in Paradise: The Art and Architecture of the Hotel Ponce de Leon" will open at 5 p.m. This collection of art architectural drawings related to Henry Flagler's beautiful hotel will be open through February 22 at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, 48 Sevilla Street in St. Augustine. The museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday thru Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free. 904-826-8530 www.flagler.edu/crispellert

Wednesday through Sunday: February 13 - 17

Limelight Theatre Presents Lost in Yonkers - Neil Simon's coming of age tale about a young man who must come to terms with his bleak life in Yonkers.  The production takes place Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are priced at $25 for adults; $22 for seniors; and $20 for students and active-duty military.  www.limelight-theatre.org   904-825-1164


Saturday: February 16 

Castillo By Candlelight - Night tours by candlelight will be from 6 -9 p.m. at the Castillo de San Marcos, 1 South Castillo Drive. Revisit the events of the Second Seminole War from the eyes of a United States Army Sergeant. Admission is $8 per adult ages 15 and older; $4 per child 5 - 15; and free for children 4 and younger. www.nps.gov/casa
 904-829-6506, ext. 233.

Great Backyard Bird Count - Saturday adventure for birders from novice to expert begin at the Anastasia Island Library, 124 Sea Grove Main Street in St. Augustine. From 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. participants will head out to count as many feathered friends as possible!  Guides will offer suggestions on locations and will be present at many key birding sites.  Last year, St. Augustine placed 5th nationally in this nationwide bird counting event. 904-209-3730 aibirdcount@gmail.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

A Day in Old Florida at Faver-Dykes State Park - Faver-Dykes State Park hosts living history demonstrations including pine needle basketry, a 1700s Trapper Trader Camp, blacksmithing, a Timucua Native American display, and a mullet net knitting. Features an activity center where children can paint a natural habitat, dig archaeology, play Native American games, and a palm frond activity. There will be scheduled nature hikes (11 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.) and Ranger led kayak tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.Reservations are required for the kayak tours and cost $10 per person (must be 12 years old or older). Food will be on sale, including pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, beverages baked goods and kettle corn.  The Festival is from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Faver-Dykes State Park, 1000 Faver-Dykes Rd. in St. Augustine. Admission is $5 per vehicle. 386-446-6783 www.floridastateparks.org/faverdykes

St. Augustine Chocolate Tour - Guided journey to the finest chocolatiers in St. Augustine. Learn the history of chocolate while sampling truffles, pastries, and gooey delights. The 2 hours tour departs at 1:30 p.m. from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center at 27 San Marco Ave. The tour cost is $60.   904-829-3800
www.trolleytours.com/st-augustine/tour-chocolate.asp


Saturday and Sunday: February 16 & 17

Arts and Crafts Festival at St. Augustine Beach Pier - A seaside display of fine art and crafts along with live music and lots of great food. The event takes place from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Park located on A1A in St. Augustine Beach. Admission is free.  352-344-0657  www.tnteventsinc.com


2/11/2013

Update: Mumford & Sons tickets still available with hotel packages | StAugustine.com

Mumford & Sons Update:  The St. Francis Inn has one room left for a 2-night stay Saturday & Sunday nights (Sep 14 & 15th) and then we are 100% totally and completely full for the weekend.  All Friday nights are gone.
 
Tickets to the 2-day event are sold out, too, BUT we are letting you know that there are tickets available with certain hotel packages - we just saw this in the St. Augustine Record online news.   Good hunting and best of luck!!!


Update: Mumford & Sons tickets still available with hotel packages | StAugustine.com

2/06/2013

Citrus festival Saturday | StAugustine.com

Washington Oaks State Park hosts the Citrus Festival Saturday.  Fresh picked citrus will be for sale, along with cold-hardy citrus trees.  Cooking demonstrations, Recipes and a tour of the citrus grove:

Citrus festival Saturday | StAugustine.com

2/05/2013

St. Augustine to Host Mumford & Sons Stopover Tour 2013

The City of St. Augustine today announced that St. Augustine will be one of the 2013 tour stops for the popular band Mumford & Sons. The Mumford & Sons Stopover Tour will bring a full line up of bands to Francis Field September 13 & 14. 

This Grammy and BRIT award winning folk rock band brings legions of fans from around the world to their sold out concerts.  The Stopover Tour is more than a concert; it is a complete event celebrating the music, food and people of the city.  

Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 8, 11 a.m. ONLY at  www.gentlemenoftheroad.com 

This Week's Events in St. Augustine: Picasso, Hikes, Tours, Bird Count, Opera, and World Record Attempt at Wedding Vow Renewals

DAILY until May 11, 2013:

Picasso: Art & Arena Exhibit - An exhibition featuring dozens of Picasso originals, including many that have never been seen previously in the United States. Both famous and rare, these pieces were produced in different styles, techniques and media; providing unique insights into one of Picasso's main themes: bullfighting.  The exhibition will be at the Visitor Information Center,10 Castillo Dr. in St. Augustine. Admission: Adults $10; Seniors $8; Kids 6 & Under - Free; Kids 7 - 12 - $5; Family of 4 - $20; Military in Uniform - Free; Flagler College Student with ID - Free. The Picasso Exhibit will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday - Thursday; Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. www.picassoartandarena.com       904-825-1000


Saturday: February 9

Second Saturdays GTM Reserve Guided Trail Hike - Join GTM Research Reserve volunteers from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for a 1.5 mile guided walk through the Guana Trail. After the walk, visit the GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center (EEC).  The EEC is located at 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach.  There is a $3.00 parking fee.  904-823-4500 http://gtmnerr2ndtrailhike.eventbrite.com

Flight to Freedom Fort Mose - Unique living history event depicts the flight of slaves from the British colonies to St. Augustine's Fort Mose where they are freed by the Spanish.  From 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. there will be guided tours, food, drumming and music, authentic historic reenactors, colonial weapons demonstrations and more.  It all takes place at Fort Mose Historic State Park, located at 15 Fort Mose Trail just north of St. Augustine.  Free shuttle service from the Old Jail at 167 San Marco Ave. will be provided.  Admission to the park is $2 per person.  904-823-2232 http://www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose/default.cfm

Great Backyard Bird Count - Two Saturday adventures for birders from novice to expert begin at the Anastasia Island Library, 124 Sea Grove Main Street in St. Augustine.  At 2 p.m. on Feb. 9, an Audubon expert provides an informative presentation on how to identify birds likely to be seen in St. Augustine. Plus, field guide leaders who will be heading out on the bird count the following Saturday will be present and a go-kit with basic birding information will be available.  Then from 10 a..m - 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, participants will head out to count as many feathered friends as possible!  Guides will offer suggestions on locations and will be present at many key birding sites.  Last year, St. Augustine placed 5th nationally in this nationwide bird counting event. 904-209-3730 e-mail aibirdcount@gmail.com

St. Augustine Chocolate Tour - Guided journey to the finest chocolatiers in St. Augustine.  Learn the history of chocolate while sampling truffles, pastries, and gooey delights.  The 2 hours tour departs at 1:30 p.m. from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center at 27 San Marco Ave.  The tour cost is $60.  www.trolleytours.com/st-augustine/tour-chocolate.asp        
904-829-3800

First Coast Opera Performs Puccini's Turandot - First Coast Opera performs Turandot,Puccini's final operatic masterpiece, sung in Italian by international cast accompanied by a full orchestra. The performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St. in St. Augustine.  Advance tickets $25, $30 at door.  Students with ID $10.  904-417-5555 www.FirstCoastOpera.com

 Sunday: February 10

Wedding Vow Renewal:  World Record Attempt - Ripley's Believe It or Not! in St. Augustine hosts an attempt to set a new record for the world's largest wedding vow renewal ceremony -- 1,087 couples are needed! Registration is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., with the big ceremony at 2 p.m..  To take the vow, couples need a copy of their marriage license, valid ID and a signed photo release (provided onsite or on website). Participating couples get lots of goodies including a flower, wedding cake, romantic train ride down the bay front, confetti, live music and dancing -- it's all FREE!  Ripley's is located at 19 San Marco Ave. in St. Augustine.  www.ripleys.com/staugustine  904-824-1606

Recipes from Florida’s oldest B & B, St. Francis Inn, St. Augustine - National Food & Recipes | Examiner.com

Recipes from Florida’s oldest B & B, St. Francis Inn, St. Augustine - National Food & Recipes | Examiner.com