1/28/2014

History and the Last Week of Nights of Lights - St. Augustine Events

January 28, 2014
Tuesday - Sunday : January 28 - February 2
 
"We the People" at the IMAX Theater - The Documentary Film "We the People" opens at The IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame. This is a story of America's founding documents and the people who wrote, shaped and tested them.  The magnificent buildings, monuments and memorials of Washington DC, archival imagery from America's great museums and dramatic reenactments of key events come alive through the immortal words of Washington, Madison, Jefferson, Lincoln. and Martin Luther King Jr.  This IMAX theater features the largest 3-D screen in the Southeast. Adults $13, Seniors/Students/Military $12, and Children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for show times. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfimax.com

Nights of Lights - Selected by National Geographic Traveler in 2011 and 2012 as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine's Nights of Lights feature millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation's oldest city through February 2. Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a white candle in the window during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting reflects the city's 449-year history and illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories. www.NightsofLights.com 
 
Historic Spanish Ships in St. Augustine - Full-sized replicas of 16th century Spanish ships are open for tours at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina.  The Nao Victoria is a replica of the first ship to sail around the world.  In 1522, it was the only member of Ferdinand Magellan's five-ship fleet to complete the first circumnavigation of the globe.  El Galeón, the larger of the two ships is an exact replica of the famous galleons that played such an important role in the creation and maintenance of the Spanish Empire.  It is similar to the galleon that brought Pedro Menendez to Florida where he founded St. Augustine in 1565.   The Nao Victoria will be in port through February 8.  Through July 15, El Galeón will be docked at the marina. The ships are available for tours beginning at 10 a.m. daily.  Admission to the Nao Victoria is $10 for adults; $5 for youth. Admission to El Galeón is $15 for adults; $8 for youth, for both ships, admission is $20 for adults; $10 for youth.  111 Avenida Menendez 904-824-1606 www.staugustine-450.com
 
Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience
Journey: 450 Years of the African American Experience covers the long and storied history of African-Americans in St. Augustine. The story of African-Americans begins in St. Augustine with the first Africans both free and slave among founding colonists in 1565. The exhibition is designed for cultural and heritage visitors interested in the full history of America and its beginnings and comprises four themes: Genesis of the African-American Experience; Fortress of Freedom; Breaking the Chains; and Crossroads of Change.  Tickets are $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; $3 for youth 7-12; under 7 free. Free admission for military in uniform. Located at the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, 10 West Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. www.Journey2014.com 
  
"Little Picture Show" Exhibit - Through January 31, Lost Art Gallery presents an exhibition of art from classical to contemporary, featuring small and affordable works in a variety of mediums including oil on canvas, oil on copper, etchings and watercolors by European and regional artists.  210 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-827-9800 www.lostartgallery.com
 
For a complete list of  eco/kayak, food, and history tours  and other events taking place on Florida's Historic Coast this week, visit Florida's Historic Coast Events  
Tuesday - Thursday:  January 28 - 30
'Playbook' Art Exhibit at space:eight Gallery  -  Through January 30th, space:eight will host 'Playbook,' an exhibition of new works by Roswell, GA, artist George Long and Brooklyn artist Mario Schambon.  The new series of works is pulled and pushed from a very diverse set of feelings and adventures fueled by desires, hunger and thirst.  space:eight Gallery is open Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  After hours by appointment.  228 West King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-2838 

Tuesday - Saturday:  January 28 - February 1
"The Object Tells a Story: African-American Folk Art from Florida" - The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum new exhibition "The Object Tells a Story: African American Folk Art from Florida" brings together a selection of works by four well-know African-American vernacular artists from Florida: Alynne Harris, Mary Proctor, Ruby C. Williams and Purvis Young.  Interspersed throughout the exhibition will be objects lent by members of St. Augustine's African American community, including paintings, quilts, dolls and ceramics, along with artwork created by students from Ketterlinus and Osceola Elementary Schools during recent workshops with Ruby C. Williams at Fort Mose Historical State Park.  The Museum is open Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 - 4 p.m.  48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8530 http://readme.readmedia.com/Crisp-Ellert-Art-Museum-presents-The-Object-Tells-a-Story-African-American-Folk-Art-from-Florida/7557493
Tuesday - Sunday:  January 27 - February 2
Portrait & Figure Show - The St. Augustine Art Association hosts a juried exhibition of expressions of the human face and form lending personality to a variety of styles and media. The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday noon - 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 - 5 p.m. Admission is free. 22 Marine St. St. Augustine.  904-824-2310 www.staaa.org
Wednesday:  January 29
Farmer's Arts and Crafts Market - Farmers' Market located at the ocean-side St. Johns County Pier Park featuring selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more!  Open 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Rain or shine. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 904-347-800y    www.thecivicassociation.com 
 
A Coquina Rock Beach Walk - From noon to 1:30 p.m., explore the second largest outcropping of coquina rock on the Atlantic Coast with a park volunteer at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park.  Learn about coquina and discover the inhabitants of the rock, its geological makeup and gain a better understanding of the beach ecosystem.  Regular park entrance fee of $5 per vehicle, up to eight people; $4 per vehicle for single occupancy or $2 per person on bicycle applies.   6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast.  386-446-6780 www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks
 
Thursday - Sunday:  January 30 - February 2
Limelight Theatre Presents "Butterflies are Free" - This classic comedy features a blind man who moves to San Francisco to escape his over-protective mother and soon meets a zany neighbor who teaches him things he would have never learned from Mom.  Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday - Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.  Tickets are $25 adults; $22 seniors; $20 student and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. 904-825-1164 www.limelight-theatre.org
Saturday:  February 1
Old City Farmer's Market - Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more.  Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre,  Open 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733
 
GTM Research Reserve Guided Cultural Hike - The first Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. features a Guided Cultural Hike that focuses on the Guana Peninsula's 5,000 years of human history  This 1.5 mile guided walking tour departs from the Trailhead Pavilion located just west of the Guana Dam.  The programs are free.   There is a $3 parking fee.  505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500 http://gtmnerr.org
 
School of the 16th Century - From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park steps back to the 16th century with related displays, demonstrations, training drills and interpretations.  See weapons and cooking demonstrations and camp life.  Regular park admission of $12 Adults, $11 seniors, $8 Children 6 - 12 applies (local discount available).  11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-3168 www.fountainofyouthflorida.com
 
Living History Day at Fort Matanzas - From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically-clad re-enactors 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, approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. 904-471-0116  www.nps.gov/foma
 
Nature Program at Anastasia State Park - Park rangers and volunteers present programs on various topics ranging from sea turtles to star gazing.  The program is included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle. Times vary. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-461-2035 www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia
 
Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration - A celebration of a spectacular sunset across the bay featuring dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more at the Vilano Pier on the Intracoastal Waterway.   Activities are from 2 p.m. - dusk.  Admission is free. 260 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine. 904-540-0402 www.vilanobeachfl.com
Sunday: February 2
Royal Family Transfer of Office - Colorful transfer of royal duties from the 2013 Royal Family to the 2014 Royal Family composed of heritage residents representing Queen Marianna, King Carlos II 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 St. in St. Augustine.  904-829-2333
 
Plaza Stroll Historic Walking Tour - St. Augustine City Walks presents a one-hour, free guided walking tour of the beautiful monuments in the city's historic Plaza de la Constitucion.  It's the perfect way to learn about all of the cultural influences that have left their mark here, including explorers, entrepreneurs and famous personalities.  The free tour departs at 4 p.m. from the Tour St. Augustine office. Reservations Required.  4 Granada St. 904-825-0087  www.StAugustineCityWalks.com
 
Love Letters at The Raintree Restaurant - A smash hit on and off Broadway, Love Letters tells the story of the bittersweet relationship between a staid lawyer and a lively, unstable artist. Tickets to this exciting dinner theatre experience in the upstairs dining room of the Raintree Restaurant are $39.95 (adult beverages served separately).  Dinner is served at 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. arrival suggested) and the show begins at 7 p.m. 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. 904-824-7211 www.raintreerestaurant.com

1/24/2014

At the St. Augustine Visitors' Center Now Through February 28, 2014: Journey: 450 Years of the African-Ameri8can Experience

January 24, 2014  
African-American History Month: The history of African-Americans Begins in St. Augustine, Florida
 
St. Augustine, Fla. (Jan. 24, 2014) -- St. Augustine holds a unique place in the history of African-Americans in North America as the location of the first legally sanctioned free African-American town in the nation. And from the time Spanish explorers stepped onto the shore of Florida, Africans had a place among the adventurous crew and among the earliest settlers.

St Augustine is celebrating African-American History month in February by telling the story of its role in history with a comprehensive exhibit called Journey: 450 Years of the African- American Experience along with a series of events in February and throughout the year.  

African-American heritage in the United States begins 450 years ago when blacks, both free and enslaved, were among the 800 colonists who established the St. Augustine settlement under the leadership of Spanish explorer Admiral Pedro Menendez de Aviles. From St. Augustine's earliest days through the turbulent 1960s, African-Americans have played key roles in the development of both the city and nation. This vital contribution by people of color is well-documented, but not well-known. That is about to change.  

Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience tells the fascinating story of blacks who helped settle the nation with original documents and artifacts, interviews, photos, art and more. The Journey exhibition is designed for cultural and heritage visitors interested in the full history of America and its beginnings and comprises four themes: Genesis of the African-American Experience; Fortress of Freedom; Breaking the Chains; and Crossroads of Change.  

Among the fascinating and rarely seen artifacts in theJourney exhibit is the first known birth certificate of an African-American child, born in St. Augustine in 1595. A marriage certificate is also on display, a historic record that documents the earliest known marriage between two African-Americans in St. Augustine in 1598. The lunch counter of the local Woolworth's, where four young people made history in a 1963 protest, is on display along with photos that tell the story of the "St. Augustine Four." Perhaps the most compelling artifact is the arrest record and fingerprint card for Martin Luther King Jr., who was arrested in peaceful protest in 1964. St Augustine is the only Florida location in which Dr. King was arrested.  

Journey is located inside the St Augustine Visitors Information Center and runs through July 15. The exhibit is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; $3 for youth 7-12; under 7 free. www.Journey2014.com.    

Why St. Augustine?  

What makes St Augustine different from other U.S. destinations is the experiences of free blacks. In 1738 in Spanish Florida, former slaves escaping their English masters founded Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, a settlement charter by Florida's Spanish Governor, which is today known as Fort Mose. Fort Mose became the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in the United States and was viewed as a sanctuary for Africans from English slavery. Today, Fort Mose Historic State Park is located three miles north of St. Augustine's city gate.

Blacks in Florida had very different experiences under Spanish rather than British rule.
Under Spanish rule:
  • Some blacks were free and some were not. Slavery was based on religion, not color. Not all Spanish slaves were African and not all Africans were slaves.
  • Free blacks competed with whites for jobs.
  • Slaves were entitled to earn wages and had protection from mistreatment by their owners. 
  • African were able to retain and practice their native customs and these cultural traditions were embedded in the first colony, creating a richly blended multicultural society.
Under British rule:
  • Thousands of enslaved Africans faced starvation, torture and even death on their journey to the Americas on The Middle Passage.
  • Blacks worked in a fast-growing plantation economy.
  • Enslaved Africans were forced into labor and endured brutal punishments.
  • Blacks had no legal standing and virtually no rights.
In addition to Fort Mose, the city played other significant roles in the history of African-Americans.

Freed at the end of the Civil War, former local slaves created the Lincolnville district of St. Augustine-an area that has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.  

In 1963 and 1964, Civil Rights demonstrations in St. Augustine and the violent attempts to stop them gained national and international media attention. In St. Augustine's Plaza de la Constitucion, the Andrew Young Crossing commemorates the June 9, 1964, Civil Rights march led by Young and there is a monument dedicated to the St. Augustine Foot Soldiers who participated in the Civil Rights Movement.    

In recognition of February as African-American History month, several events will take place in St. Augustine. Click here to download a list of events.  

Located midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Florida's Historic Coast includes historic St. Augustine, the outstanding golf and seaside elegance of Ponte Vedra and 42 miles of pristine, Atlantic beaches. For more information on events, activities, holiday getaway and vacation opportunities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at   www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com, become a fan on Facebook or call 1.800.653.2489.

 
Media Contact
Kathy Catron, Director of Communication
St. Augustine Ponte Vedra Visitors & Convention Bureau
904.209.4424, 386-451-4213

Barbara Golden, Communication Manager
St Augustine Ponte Vedra Visitors & Convention Bureau

Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience
Contact: Jennifer Zuberer  
City of St. Augustine 450th Commemoration 
904.825.1053, 904.460.8763

1/21/2014

2013 Trends, Ideas-from Interior, Food Photographers Jumping Rocks

B&B and food photographers Mark and Matthew of Jumping Rocks Photography were here in December to take new shots of rooms and amenities we've updated.  We were so pleased when they then featured the St. Francis Inn - twice! - on their blog discussing 2013 Trends:  Check it out - especially for their fabulous photos!



  2013 Trends, Ideas-from Interior, Food Photographers Jumping Rocks

1/20/2014

St. Augustine Events and Things To Do January 20-26

January 20, 2014

Monday - Sunday : January 20 - 26

Nights of Lights - Selected by National Geographic Traveler in 2011 and 2012 as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine's Nights of Lights feature millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation's oldest city through February 2. Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a white candle in the window during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting reflects the city's 449-year history and illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories. www.NightsofLights.com

Historic Spanish Ships in St. Augustine - Full-sized replicas of 16th century Spanish ships are open for tours at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina.  The Nao Victoria is a replica of the first ship to sail around the world.  In 1522, it was the only member of Ferdinand Magellan's five-ship fleet to complete the first circumnavigation of the globe.  El Galeón, the larger of the two ships is an exact replica of the famous galleons that played such an important role in the creation and maintenance of the Spanish Empire.  It is similar to the galleon that brought Pedro Menendez to Florida where he founded St. Augustine in 1565.   The Nao Victoria will be in port through February 8.  Through July 15, El Galeón will be docked at the marina. The ships are available for tours beginning at 10 a.m. daily.  Admission to the Nao Victoria is $10 for adults; $5 for youth. Admission to El Galeón is $15 for adults; $8 for youth, for both ships, admission is $20 for adults; $10 for youth.  111 Avenida Menendez 904-824-1606 www.staugustine-450.com

Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience
Journey: 450 Years of the African American Experience covers the long and storied history of African-Americans in St. Augustine. The story of African-Americans begins in St. Augustine with the first Africans both free and slave among founding colonists in 1565. The exhibition is designed for cultural and heritage visitors interested in the full history of America and its beginnings and comprises four themes: Genesis of the African-American Experience; Fortress of Freedom; Breaking the Chains; and Crossroads of Change.  Tickets are $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; $3 for youth 7-12; under 7 free. Free admission for military in uniform. Located at the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, 10 West Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. www.Journey2014.com

 "Little Picture Show" Exhibit - Through January 31, Lost Art Gallery presents an exhibition of art from classical to contemporary, featuring small and affordable works in a variety of mediums including oil on canvas, oil on copper, etchings and watercolors by European and regional artists.  210 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-827-9800 www.lostartgallery.com

Portrait & Figure Show - Through February 2, the St. Augustine Art Association hosts a juried exhibition of expressions of the human face and form lending personality to a variety of styles and media. The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday noon - 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 - 5 p.m. Admission is free. 22 Marine St. St. Augustine. 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org

For a complete list of  eco/kayak, food, and history tours  and other events taking place on Florida's Historic Coast this week, visit Florida's Historic Coast Events.  

Monday:  January 20

MLK March - At 11:45 a.m. the Commemorative Martin Luther King Jr. March will depart the St. Paul AME Church, 85 MLK Avenue and proceed along King Street to the Plaza de la Constitucion in St. Augustine. At noon, Rev. Gregory James will speak at the Plaza.

Black History and Civil Rights Heritage Nights Walking Tour - In honor of Martin Luther King Day, St. Augustine City Walks presents a special, free, walking tour focusing on the city's black history and the pivotal role played by St. Augustine in the passage of the Civil Rights Act.  The free one-hour tour departs at 4 p.m. and explores the Lincolnville Historic District and other relevant areas.  Reservations required. 904-825-0087 www.StAugustineBlackHeritageTours.com
 

Monday - Thursday:  January 20 - 23

'Playbook' Art Exhibit at space:eight Gallery  -  Through January 30th, space:eight will host 'Playbook,' an exhibition of new works by Roswell, GA, artist George Long and Brooklyn artist Mario Schambon.  The new series of works is pulled and pushed from a very diverse set of feelings and adventures fueled by desires, hunger and thirst.  space:eight Gallery is open Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  After hours by appointment.  228 West King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-2838
www.spaceeight.com

Monday - Saturday:  January 20 - 25

"The Object Tells a Story: African-American Folk Art from Florida" - The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum new exhibition "The Object Tells a Story: African American FolkArt from Florida" brings together a selection of works by four well-know African-American vernacular artists from Florida: Alynne Harris, Mary Proctor, Ruby C. Williams and Purvis Young.  Interspersed throughout the exhibition will be objects lent by members of St. Augustine's African American community, including paintings, quilts, dolls and ceramics, along with artwork created by students from Ketterlinus and Osceola Elementary Schools during recent workshops with Ruby C. Williams at Fort Mose Historical State Park.  The Museum is open Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 - 4 p.m.  48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8530 http://readme.readmedia.com/Crisp-Ellert-Art-Museum-presents-The-Object-Tells-a-Story-African-American-Folk-Art-from-Florida/7557493

Tuesday:  January 21

Lecture: Nixon and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - The Flagler College Forum on Government and Public Policy welcomes former correspondent and author John A. Farrell who will discuss "Watch What We Do, Not What We Say: Nixon and the Civil Rights Act of 1964."  Farrell is the author of biographies of Clarence Darrow, Tip O'Neill and a forthcoming biography of Richard Nixon.  The free lecture begins at 7 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium and Flagler College.  14 Granada St., St. Augustine.  904-819-6400 www.flagler.edu/ourcommunity

Tuesday - Sunday:  January 21 - 26

Portrait & Figure Show - The St. Augustine Art Association hosts a juried exhibition of expressions of the human face and form lending personality to a variety of styles and media. The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday noon - 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 - 5 p.m. Admission is free. 22 Marine St. St. Augustine.  904-824-2310 www.staaa.org

Wednesday:  January 22

Farmer's Arts and Crafts Market - Farmers' Market located at the ocean-side St. Johns County Pier Park featuring selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more!  Open 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Rain or shine. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.com

Wednesday - Saturday:  January 22 - 25

The C.B. Smith Show - Direct from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, the Smith Family has been entertaining families for years with their amazing variety show steeped in Southern culture and music.  This award-winning show, featuring the Man of a Thousand Voices, comes to St. Augustine on select dates. See Charlie Bob Smith perform his high-energy, laugh-filled show at 7 p.m.  Wednesday - Saturday nights through April 12.  The show takes place at the National Guard Armory, 190 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine. 877-284-8457 www.smithfamilytheater.com

Thursday:  January 23

"Southern African American Folk Art: Recycling, Resistance, and Resilience" Lecture - Dr. Kristin Congdon, Professor Emerita, Philosophy and Humanities, University of Central Florida will lecture at 7 p.m. about the Recycling, Resistance, and Resilience of Southern African- American Folk Art.  The lecture is free and will take place at the Ringhaver Student Center.  50 Sevilla St., 904-825-8530 www.flagler.edu/crispellert

Friday - Sunday: January 24 - 26

Limelight Theatre Presents "Butterflies are Free" - This classic comedy features a blind man who moves to San Francisco to escape his over-protective mother and soon meets a zany neighbor who teaches him things he would have never learned from Mom.  Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday - Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.  Tickets are $25 adults; $22 seniors; $20 student and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. 904-825-1164 www.limelight-theatre.org

Saturday:  January 25

Old City Farmer's Market - Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more.  Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre,  Open 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733

Family Seining at the GTM Research Reserve - Join GTM Research Reserve docents from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. to learn how to pull a seine net, collecting species of fish, crabs and more.  Learn about the animals and their roles in the habitat.  Waders and boots will be provided. The program is included with regular admission to the Reserve and takes place in the Environmental Education Center.   505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500 http://gtmnerrfamilyseine-eorg.eventbrite.com

34th Matanzas 5K & Fun Run - One of Florida's fastest 5K races on a scenic USATF-certified course, this run begins from Swing Park at Francis Field in St. Augustine and continues downtown along the bay front.  The 5K begins at 9 a.m. and the Fun Run at 10:15 a.m.  An awards ceremony follows the race.  Registration is $20 & 25 in advance, $30 the day of the race. 29 West Castillo Drive, St. Augustine 904-461-1615 www.matanzas5k.com

Staying Healthy in the Gardens at Washington Oaks State Park - From 1 - 4 p.m., learn the ins and outs of staying fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through your everyday eating choices. Presented by Wendy Lynch, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent.  A tour through the beautiful gardens and a fun run or walk to the picturesque river through a Spanish moss-covered hammock provide a great opportunity to get outdoors and exercise.  Regular park entrance fee of $5 per vehicle, up to eight people; $4 per vehicle for single occupancy or $2 per person on bicycle applies.  6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast.  386-446-6783 www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks

 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

Castillo de San Marcos by Candlelight -  Candlelight tours of the ancient Spanish fortress, Castillo de San Marcos, take placeon the third Saturday of the month.  Weather permitting.  Advance tickets are $8 per adult ages 15 and older; $4 per child 5 - 15; and free for children 4 and younger. 1 South Castillo Dr. St. Augustine. 904-829-6506 www.nps.gov/casa

  Opera's Greatest Hits - At 7:30 p.m., First Coast Opera performs "Opera's Greatest Hits" at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.  14 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-417-5555 www.firstcoastopera.com

Saturday & Sunday: January 25 & 26

Sea Your History Weekend - Tip your teacups to the British influences of St. Augustine during Sea Your History Weekend at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum. Uncover the historical roots of Britain's reign over the Oldest City while experiencing maritime history up close.  See artifacts recovered from a 1782 British shipwreck in St. Augustine and learn how traditional wooden boats were built by our ancestors. Included in regular admission to the Lighthouse which is $9.75 adults; $7.75 seniors and children 12 & under. 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-0745 www.staugustinelighthouse.org

Sunday: January 26

Open Mic Poetry Reading - On the last Sunday of the Month, Ancient City Poets holds an open mic poetry reading from 3 - 5 p.m. at City Coffee Company.  Free/donations are welcome.  1280 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine.  904-501-0043 www.bodor.org

1/16/2014

Chilly Nights are S'More Fun at the St. Francis Inn!

January 15, 2014
Chilly nights are more fun at the St. Francis Inn now that we have our gas fire pit.  On nights when the temps drop below 55 degrees, guests can enjoy toasting S'Mores out on the fire pit.  We provide the graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallows, and stick!

1/13/2014

This Week's Events in St. Augustine

January 13, 2014

Monday - Sunday : January 13 -19

Nights of Lights - Selected by National Geographic Traveler in 2011 and 2012 as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine's Nights of Lights feature millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation's oldest city through February 2. Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a white candle in the window during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting reflects the city's 449-year history and illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories. www.NightsofLights.com

Historic Spanish Ships in St. Augustine - Full-sized replicas of 16th century Spanish ships are open for tours at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina.  The Nao Victoria is a replica of the first ship to sail around the world.  In 1522, it was the only member of Ferdinand Magellan's five-ship fleet to complete the first circumnavigation of the globe.  El Galeón, the larger of the two ships is an exact replica of the famous galleons that played such an important role in the creation and maintenance of the Spanish Empire.  It is similar to the galleon that brought Pedro Menendez to Florida where he founded St. Augustine in 1565.   The Nao Victoria will be in port through February 8.  Through July 15, El Galeón will be docked at the marina. The ships are available for tours beginning at 10 a.m. daily.  Admission to the Nao Victoria is $10 for adults; $5 for youth. Admission to El Galeón is $15 for adults; $8 for youth, for both ships, admission is $20 for adults; $10 for youth.  111 Avenida Menendez 904-824-1606 www.staugustine-450.com

 "Little Picture Show" Exhibit - Through January 31, Lost Art Gallery presents an exhibition of art from classical to contemporary, featuring small and affordable works in a variety of mediums including oil on canvas, oil on copper, etchings and watercolors by European and regional artists.  210 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-827-9800 www.lostartgallery.com

Portrait & Figure Show - Through February 2, the St. Augustine Art Association hosts a juried exhibition of expressions of the human face and form lending personality to a variety of styles and media. The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday noon - 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 - 5 p.m. Admission is free. 22 Marine St. St. Augustine. 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org

For a complete list of  eco/kayak, food, and history tours  and other events taking place on Florida's Historic Coast this week, visit Florida's Historic Coast Events.  

Monday - Thursday:  January 13 - 19 

'Playbook' Art Exhibit at space:eight Gallery  -  Through January 30th, space:eight will host 'Playbook,' an exhibition of new works by Roswell, GA, artist George Long and Brooklyn artist Mario Schambon.  The new series of works is pulled and pushed from a very diverse set of feelings and adventures fueled by desires, hunger and thirst.  space:eight Gallery is open Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  After hours by appointment.  228 West King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-2838
www.spaceeight.com

The Hobbit:  The Desolation of Smaug at the IMAX Theater - The Hobbit trilogy continues at The IMAX Theatre at World Golf Hall of Fame. Adults $13, Seniors/Students/Military $12, and Children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for showtimes. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4133 www.worldgolfimax.com

Tuesday:  January 14

Civil Disobedience Lecture - As part of its Community Lecture Series titled "The Rights Revolution: Civil Rights, Human Rights and Beyond," Flagler College assistant professor Brenda Kauffman discusses how outstanding individuals have used civil disobedience to inspire profound and fundamental changes to policies and norms that allow for injustices to persist.  Admission is $5 to the 10 a.m. lecture in the Flagler Room.  A coffee and pastry reception will follow.  Reservations required. 74 King Street, St. Augustine. 904-819-6282 www.flagler.edu/our-community

"Theater of the Mind: Storytelling" - The Tale Tellers of St. Augustine present Theater of the Mind: Storytelling at 7:30 p.m. at the Limelight Studio Theatre.  "Swamp Cabbage Chronicles" features small lies, tall tales and other truths performed by popular tellers Wayne & Jane Sims, The Storytelling Sims. General admission is $10; group rates are available.  11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine.
904-471-0179, 386-446-4909 http://taletellers.org

Wednesday:  January 15

Farmer's Arts and Crafts Market - Farmers' Market located at the ocean-side St. Johns County Pier Park featuring selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more!  Open 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Rain or shine. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.com

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. Admission is $25 for non-museum members and $20 for members.  Advance ticket purchase required. 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine.
904-829-0745 www.staugustinelighthouse.org

Wednesday - Saturday:  January 15 - 18

The C.B. Smith Show - Direct from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, the Smith Family has been entertaining families for years with their amazing variety show steeped in Southern culture and music.  This award-winning show, featuring the Man of a Thousand Voices, comes to St. Augustine on select dates. See Charlie Bob Smith perform his high-energy, laugh-filled show at 7 p.m.  Wednesday - Saturday nights through April 12.  The show takes place at the National Guard Armory, 190 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine. 877-284-8457 www.smithfamilytheater.com


Thursday:  January 16

Continuity and Change in Southern Religion - Dr. Charles Reagan Wilson, Kelly Gene Cook, Chair of History and Professor of Southern Studies, University of Mississippi, Oxford, presents "Continuity and Change in Southern Religion"  at 7 p.m. in the Flagler Room at Ponce Hall. The lecture is part of the speaker series Race and the American South: St. Augustine in Context, presented by the Flagler College Ideas and Images program marking the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. The lecture is free and open to the public. 74 King St., St. Augustine. 904-819-6282 www.flagler.edu/our-community

Thursday - Sunday:  January 16 - 19

St. Augustine Film Festival - The 4th Annual Saint Augustine Film Festival features more than 20 films from around the world including France, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Kenya, Laos, Israel, Belgium, Paraguay Puerto Rico and USA.  Films will be shown at Lewis Auditorium, Gamache-Koger Theatre and Epic Theatres.  The Thursday Opening Night Party takes place at The Lightner Museum.  Friday evening features a Lifetime Achievement Award to actor Keir Dullea (DAVID & LISA, 2001: SPACE ODYSSEY).  Film tickets are $8 General Admission, $6 Seniors & Students.  Opening Night Party is $25.  Other parties are $15.  A FAST Pass good for all films and parties is $55.  For complete details visit www.FLIFF.com

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 Humana Challenge Prize Pack going to the winner.  Active and retired military receive free admission to this event and St. Johns County residence receive 30% off admission.  Admission to the Hall of Fame is $19.50 adults; $18.50 seniors; $10 for students age 13 and over ; and $5 for children ages 5-12.   One World Golf Place, (off I-95 exit 323) St. Augustine. 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfhalloffame.org

Friday: January 17

"Creatures of the Night Series" at Faver-Dykes State Park - From 5 - 6 p.m., Faver-Dykes State Park hosts a Luna Moth Program as part of their "Creatures of the Night Series."  The program starts with a half-mile informative hike through luna moth habitat.  Participants design their own luna moth mask to take home.  Meet at the campfire circle between sites 14 and 16 in the campground.  The program is included in admission ($5 per vehicle up to 8 people, $4 for single occupancy, or $2 per person on bicycle) to the park located at 1000 Faver-Dykes Road, St. Augustine.  904-794-0997 www.floridastateparks.org/faverdykes

Friday - Sunday: January 17 - 19

Elizabeth Mowry Pastel Painting Workshop - The St. Augustine Art Association hosts internationally-acclaimed pastel artist Elizabeth Mowry for an intensive three-day studio workshop.  The workshop takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and will focus on creating evocative landscape compositions using natural landscape components.  Registration is $495 ($475/StAAA members) and includes lunch Friday and Saturday.  22 Marine St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org

Saturday:  January 18

Old City Farmer's Market - Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more.  Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre,  Open 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733

Photography Challenge Event - Photographers, from beginners to professionals, compete to take the best photo at three designated locations within Washington Oaks Gardens State Park.  Maps to the featured locations can be obtained from the Ranger Station or from volunteers in the main parking lot. Each month, park volunteers will select the winning photo which will then be displayed at the VIC kiosk and the park's gift shop.  There is no cost to compete.  Park admission is $5 per vehicle; $2 per pedestrian/bicyclist.  6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. 609-247-8146; e-mail washingtonoaksphotoentry@gmail.com; www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks

Finding the Way to Freedom in Spanish Florida - Fort Mose hosts Peter Cowdrey, historian and authority on navigation, surveying and mapmaking.  He will describe how slaves fleeing the Carolinas used their knowledge of the land and position of the stars and sun to help guide them to freedom in Spanish Florida.  The program is free and takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine. 904-823-2232 www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose

Tolomato Cemetery Guided Tour - Tour the oldest extant planned cemetery in the State of Florida with burials starting during the First Spanish Period (1565-1763).   Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.  Tours are from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 16 Cordova St., St. Augustine. www.tolomatocemetery.com

Old Florida Museum presents "Two Piano Splendor" - Pianists Margy Barber & Dan Shorb entertain on Two Grand Pianos at 5 p.m. at Fort Menendez at The Old Florida Museum.  Tickets are $20 for Adults; Students/Seniors are $15.  259 San Marco Ave. St. Augustine.  904-824-8874 www.fortmenendez.com

Torchlight Tours at Fort Matanzas National Monument - Spanish re-enactors conduct spectacular nighttime firings of two six-pounder reproduction cannons.  Tours will depart the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center dock at 6, 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; free for children age 3 and younger.  8635 A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-471-0116 www.nps.gov/foma

Sunday: January 19

Discover First America Program - Let Freedom Ring! -  This program is brought to the St. Augustine community on the eve of the opening of the 450th Commemoration signature exhibition titled Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience. Persons who witnessed and experienced the landmark events that occurred in St. Augustine during the 1960s present rememberances. Also, Florida Memorial College alumni recount their important role in the Civil Rights Movement. The evening concludes with a gospel choir performance. This program is sponsored by the St. Augustine New World Center Foundation, Inc.  Held in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, admission to the program is free.  St. Augustine 450th Commemoration passports with souvenir stampings are complimentary to attendees. 14 Granada Street, St. Augustine www.Staugustine-450.com

EMMA Concert:  Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee - Four Hand Piano - Ran Dank, Israeli Conservatory of Music, and Soyeon Kate Le, Korean-American pianist, will perform at 2 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. Tickets are $30. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-797-2800 www.emmaconcerts.com

St. Augustine archaeologists find 12 levels of roadway in dig | StAugustine.com

St. Augustine archaeologists find 12 levels of roadway in dig | StAugustine.com

Straight On Till Morning: Ins and Outs of the St. Francis Inn in St. Augustine, FL

Thanks to Crystal Ward for her fun blog post about her stay at the Inn last month.  We especially love all her pictures!

Straight On Till Morning: Ins and Outs of the St. Francis Inn in St. Augustine, FL

1/06/2014

January 6, 2014
Monday - Sunday : January 6 - 12

Nights of Lights - Selected by National Geographic Traveler in 2011 and 2012 as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine's Nights of Lights feature millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation's oldest city through February 2. Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a white candle in the window during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting reflects the city's 449-year history and illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories. www.NightsofLights.com

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at the IMAX Theater - The Hobbit trilogy continues at The IMAX Theatre at World Golf Hall of Fame through January 16. Adults $13, Seniors/Students/Military $12, and Children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for showtimes. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4133 www.worldgolfimax.com

"Little Picture Show" Exhibit - Through January 31, Lost Art Gallery presents an exhibition of art from classical to contemporary, featuring small and affordable works in a variety of mediums including oil on canvas, oil on copper, etchings and watercolors by European and regional artists.  210 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-827-9800 www.lostartgallery.com

Portrait & Figure Show - Through February 2, the St. Augustine Art Association hosts a juried exhibition of expressions of the human face and form lending personality to a variety of styles and media. The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday noon - 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 - 5 p.m. Admission is free. 22 Marine St. St. Augustine. 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org

For a complete list of special Nights of Lights, eco/kayak, food and history tours taking place on Florida's Historic Coast this week, visit Florida's Historic Coast Events.

Monday - Thursday:  January 6 - 9

'Playbook' Art Exhibit at space:eight Gallery  -  Through January 30th, space:eight will host 'Playbook,' an exhibition of new works by Roswell, GA, artist George Long and Brooklyn artist Mario Schambon.  The new series of works is pulled and pushed from a very diverse set of feelings and adventures fueled by desires, hunger and thirst.  space:eight Gallery is open Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  After hours by appointment.  228 West King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-2838
www.spaceeight.com

Wednesday:  January 8

Farmer's Arts and Crafts Market - Farmers' Market located at the ocean-side St. Johns County Pier Park featuring selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more!  Open 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Rain or shine. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.com

First Wednesdays Lightner Museum Tours - Lightner Museum's curator provides an exclusive encounter with some of the museum's eclectic relics.  This themed interactive tour is designed to give participants an opportunity to talk with the curator and to see acquisitions in operation rather than just as static displays.   The curator tour begins at 10 a.m. on the second floor of the museum.  The tour is included in the regular admission price of $10 adults; active duty military $6; $5 college students and young people ages 12-18; free for under 12.  75 King St., St. Augustine.904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org

Discover First America Program - Journey: Vignettes of St. Augustine's African-American History.  Chapters of St. Augustine's lengthy African-American history come alive throughout this program that features re-enactments of the lives of the first African-Americans. Also, the program includes a re-enactment of the famous Civil Rights Period sit-in at the Woolworth's lunch counter. This program is sponsored by Tour St. Augustine and St. Augustine Black Heritage Tours.  The program begins at 7 p.m. in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, admission is free.  St. Augustine 450th Commemoration passports with souvenir stampings are complimentary to attendees. 14 Granada Street www.Staugustine-450.com

Friday: January 10

Celebrate Art 2014:  7th Annual Juried Artist Member Exhibition Opening - Through February 21, the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach will host the 7th Annual Juried Artist Member Exhibition. The exhibit opening takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free and is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-280-0614 www.ccpvb.org

Saturday:  January 11

Old City Farmers' Market - Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more.  Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre,  Open 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733

Second Saturday: GTM Reserve Guided Trail Hike -  Join GTM Research Reserve volunteers from 8:30 - 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).   There is a $3 parking fee. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500 http://gtmnerr2ndtrailhike.eventbrite.com

Second Saturday:  City Walks Pet Friendly Tours - Bring Fido to join City Walks for a free Pet Friendly Tour of St. Augustine's Historic District.  The tour departs at 10 a.m. from Tour Saint Augustine's office.  Pets must be leashed, and reservations are required.  4 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-825-0087 www.staugustinecitywalks.com

Florida Orienteering Festival - From 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., the Florida Agricultural Museum presents a fascinating course on how to navigate through the Florida wilderness.  Open to all ages and levels of experience.  This trail-hiking program is a light competition with different skill-level trails.  Instructors will be on site to explain how the game works.  There are 3 orienteering courses from one to three-miles in length and participants must finish within two hours of their start time (3 p.m. is the deadline for completion).  Admission is $2 per person + $4 per map.  Compasses available for rent .50 cents each, $20 deposit.  7900 Old Kings Rd. N, Palm Coast. 386-446-7630 www.MyAgMuseum.com

St. Augustine Chocolate Tour -  A guided journey to the finest chocolatiers in St. Augustine every Saturday through February.  Learn the history of chocolate while sampling truffles, pastries and gooey delights.  The 2-hour tour departs at 1:30 p.m. from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center.  The tour is $60 per person and reservations are required.  27 San Marco Ave. 904-829-3800
www.trolleytours.com/st-augustine/tour-chocolate.asp

Changing of the Guard Ceremony - At 6:30 p.m., St. Augustine's Spanish Garrison conducts a 1740 Changing of the Guard Ceremony in the city's Plaza de la Constitucion.   The event begins at 5:30 p.m., with two groups of soldiers marching from the Spanish Bakery -- one heads north on St. George Street to the City Gate and the other group comes south on the street to the Governor's House where they will demonstrate Spanish military arts and explain the purpose of the Changing of the Guard.  At 6:15 p.m., after greeting the public at the City Gate, the second group of soldiers marches down St. George Street to join their comrades at the Governor's House where the Changing of the Guard, complete with a volley of musketry, will be performed. The Garrison will then march back to the Spanish Bakery.  St. George St. and Government House on the Plaza, St. Augustine.
historic-florida-militia.org

Sunday: January 12

Discover the Birds of Anastasia - Led by an Anastasia State Park volunteer, this fun and informative walk is open to participants of all birding levels.  From 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., observe a diverse variety of shore birds, marsh birds and hammock birds by walking the beach, boardwalks, nature trails and other areas.  Dress for the weather and bring binoculars, water, comfortable walking shoes and a field guide if you have one.  Meet at the Island Beach Shop & Grill Pavilion.  The program is weather permitting and included in the regular admission of $8/vehicle with 2-8 occupants, $4/single-occupant vehicle and $2/bicyclist or walker. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-461-2035 www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia

St. Francis Inn wins landscape award | StAugustine.com

You will never guess who gets his little paws mentioned in this article!?!?
St. Francis Inn wins landscape award | StAugustine.com

1/01/2014

Spotted @ Beach Blast Off 2013 | StAugustine.com

Happy New Year, Everyone!  Last night was perfect - a bit chilly, but clear.  What a wonderful night for fireworks at the beach:  the annual Beach Blast Off:

Spotted @ Beach Blast Off 2013 | StAugustine.com