2/25/2014

March is a Great Time to Stay with us! Look what's Happening!


For March we are having the "Luck of the Irish Drawing".  Each guest gets to fill out an entry form when they check in during the month of March.  They will throw it in our golden pot at the front desk.  At the end of the month we will draw 1 name. The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to the St Francis Inn and a $50.00 Gift certificate to Meehan's Irish Pub.  

Other special things happening at the inn in March are:

-Corned beef hash for breakfast St Patrick's day morning.
-Irish soda bread in the mornings for breakfast instead of English muffins.
-Irish cream Lattes with Real irish cream for those who desire it.
-Desserts through out the month made occasionally with Baileys.

Gamble Rogers Fest pass holders can get presale tickets for Willie Nelson concert | StAugustine.com

Want to go see Willie Nelson and Allison Krauss May 6, 2014?  Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 28, 2014.  Stay with us and show us your tickets and you will get 10% off your night's stay!!!



Gamble Rogers Fest pass holders can get presale tickets for Willie Nelson concert | StAugustine.com



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2/24/2014

Events in St. Augustine February 24-March 2, 2014: Pirates, History, Coquina, and More

   February 24, 2014
Tuesday - Sunday : February 24 - March 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
 
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 
 
El Galeón Tour - Tour a full-sized replica of a 17th century Spanish galleon. Docked at the St. Augustine City Marina, El Galeón Andalucia is an exact replica of the famous galleons that played an important role in the creation and maintenance of the Spanish Empire.  Built in Spain, it is similar to the galleon that brought Pedro Menendez to Florida where he founded St. Augustine in 1565.  The ship is available for tours beginning at 10 a.m. daily. Admission is $15 for adult; $8 for youth.  111 Avenida Menendez. 904-824-1606
  
"A Stroll Through Europe" Exhibit - Through February 28, Lost Art Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings of classical European scenes.  German painters, including Mohr, Stadimayr  and Klaiberg capture the essence of Old-World charm depicting scenes of life in the country, on the hunt and in the tavern.  210 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-827-9800  www.lostartgallery.com 
 
St. Augustine Art Association 90th Anniversary Exhibition - One of the oldest arts groups in the State of Florida, the St. Augustine Art Association celebrates 90 years of championing the arts in the nation's oldest city.  Newly acquired works from the permanent collection and a "Lost Colony" retrospective are on display through March 2.  The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday noon - 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 - 5 p.m. Admission is free.  22 Marine St.  904-824-2310 www.staaa.org
  
Gerald Branch Exhibition - Gerald Branch is an accomplished African American artist who works in mixed media to chronicle his experiences as a black man in America. He draws on history and presents historical and emotional works of art that provoke intense involvement. Highly collectible, this artist uses his amazing skills to look more deeply into our past. Exhibition on display through March 4. Admission is free. Open daily 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Butterfield Garage Art Gallery, 137 King St., St. Augustine. 904-825-4577  www.butterfieldgarage.com 
 
For a complete list of  eco/kayak, food, and history tours, and other special tours taking place on Florida's Historic Coast this week, visit Florida'sHistoricCoast.com/events
 
Monday:  February 24
Coquina Rock at Washington Oaks State Park
A Coquina Rock Beach Walk - From 9:30 - 11 a.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
Monday - Saturday:  February 24 - March 1
"The Object Tells a Story: African-American Folk Art from Florida" - Through February 28, 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:  February 25
"The Irish Presence in Colonial Florida" - James Cusick, Curator, P.K. Younge Library of Florida History at the University of Florida, will discuss "The Irish Presence in Colonial Florida".  His talk is part of the Historical St. Augustine Research Institute lecture series, "St. Augustine's Forgotten People." Admission is free to these lectures held at 7 p.m. in the Flagler Room of Ponce de Leon Hall at Flagler College.  74 King St., St. Augustine 904-829-8481 www.flagler.edu
 
"An Evening With Acoustic Eidolon" - The Gamble Rogers Folk Festival presents "An Evening With Acoustic Eidolon" -- an amazing duo produces incredibly beautiful musical renderings.  The performance takes place at 7 p.m. at the St. Augustine Art Association.  Advance tickets arer $20 or $25 at the door.   22 Marine St., St. Augustine. www.gamblerogersfest.org
Wednesday:  February 26
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 
 
Navy Band at the River House - The River House will host the Navy TGIF Band for a special free performance at 10 a.m. One of the U.S. Navy's 13 official bands, TGIF is famous for its New Orleans-style Dixieland renditions.  179 Marine St., St. Augustine. 904-826-6210
 
Discover First America Program: Fortress of Freedom - The story of Fort Mose, America's first freed black settlement, is told by scholars, re-enactors and state park officials. Also, Bob Moore, a composer for the St. Augustine Orchestra, performs Someday, which was written by Moore to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.  This program is sponsored by Fort Mose State Park. Held in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, admission is free. St. Augustine 450th Commemoration passports with souvenir stampings are complimentary to attendees. 14 Granada Street, St. Augustine. www.Staugustine-450.com
Friday: February 28
Walk on the Wild Side at Anastasia State Park - Join Park Service Volunteer for a hike from 1 - 3 p.m. and observe what life is like on the wild side.  The walk starts out on the beautiful shoreline, continues up through the sand dues, and travels along the boardwalk over the salt marsh.  After an intermission at the Windsurf Pavilion, continue along Salt Run, our estuarine habitat, and through the maritime hammock.   Participants may choose to only walk the first half or the full 2.5 miles round trip. Suggested items to bring are binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, camera, drinking water, bug spray, and sunscreen.  The program is included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle. 1340-A State Road A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-461-2033 www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia
 
Astronomy Program at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park - Experience the magic of the night sky with Park Services Specialist Joe Woodbury at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park.  View planets, galaxies, star clusters and other beautiful objects on a clear night.  Come prepared for the weather from 7 - 8 p.m.  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 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. 386-446-6783 www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks

Friday - Saturday: February 28 and March 1
World Wide Rodeo at the Fairgrounds - The St. Johns County Fairgrounds hosts the World Wide Rodeo. Starting at 8 p.m., the event includes calf roping, team roping, bull riding  chute dogging and barrel racing.  Free calf scramble for 10 years and younger. Tickets are $12 adults, $7 ages 6-12, free for children under 5.  5840 State Road 207, Elkton. 904-845-7492 
Friday - Sunday: February 28 - March 2
'Dancing at Lughnasa' - Flagler College Theatre Arts presents a play set in a small Irish village in 1936 during the festival of Lughnasa (celebrating the pagan god of harvest) at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. Tickets for general admission are $15. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Fri. & Sat., and at 2 p.m. on Sun., Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8600
 
29th Annual Cathedral Festival - One of the area's largest festivals features midway rides, games, bingo, a silent auction, mouthwatering food, beverages, a fireworks show and favorite local bands playing each day.  The festival takes place at the Mission of Nombre de Dios, 101 San Marco Avenue from 5 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. on Friday, noon to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission for festival grounds is adults $5; children 11-17 and adults 65+ $3; children under 10 and active duty military are admitted free.  Tickets for rides are $1 each (most rides take 4 - 6 tickets). http://thecathedralfestival.com
 
"Jerusalem" at the IMAX Theater - The documentary film "Jerusalem" opens at The IMAX Theatre at World Golf Hall of Fame. This film explores how this small city became such a pivotal part of human history.  Jerusalem is home to some of the most sacred sites in the world for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. This IMAX theater features the largest 3D 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
 
St. Augustine Orchestra Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act - The St. Augustine Orchestra marks the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act with three concerts.  Each performance includes Bob Moore's new composition "Someday" as well as renowned pianist Thomas Pandolfi performing Grieg's Piano Concerto. The Friday and Saturday performances take place at 8 p.m. at the Lightner Museum, while the Sunday performance is at 3 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.  Moore and Pandolfi will also participate in the orchestra's fundraiser event scheduled for Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the Lightner Museum Lobby.   Concert tickets for the Friday night and Sunday afternoon performance are $20; Saturday night performance is $50 and includes A Trio of Musical Events.   Tickets can be purchased online.  25 Granada St., St. Augustine.  http://staugustineorchestra.org/calendarevents-2/
Saturday:  March 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
 
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.  From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Raiders will have an encampment set up at the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park (11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine). In the evening, re-enactors will attack the city's Spanish soldiers and colonial citizens.  Beginning at the Plaza at 4:30 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.   1 King St., St. Augustine. 904-534-6168;www.Searlesbucs.com 
 
First Saturday: 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 included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle. 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
 
Treasure Hunt and Sea Battle Adventure - Sail aboard The Black Raven pirate ship to the Sunset Celebration on Vilano Beach.  A treasure chest has been buried somewhere on the beach and the ship's crew will embark on a quest to find this buried booty.  Kids will get their own treasure map, a shovel and set out on their own search for this fortune.  When the chest is found, it will be brought on board the ship and opened during the return trip to home dock.  The booty will be shared among the kids. The treasure hunt voyage launches from the St. Augustine City Marina at 2:25 p.m. and departs Vilano at 4:30 p.m. for the trip home.  Tickets are $34.95 for adults and $24.95 for children.  Plus, while the treasure hunt is underway, The Black Raven will depart Vilano at 3:15 p.m. for a seagoing showdown with the infamous Queen Anne's Revenge.  The battle ends at 4:15 p.m. with the pirate ship's return to Vilano.  Tickets to sail into battle are $15.95 adults; $12.95 children. Reservations recommended for both seagoing adventure.  111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine. 904-826-0000 www.blackravenadventures.com
 
Pirate Plunder Tour - St. Augustine City Walks presents a one-hour tour featuring the town's most famous pirate lore. Kidnapped by a well-known pirate captain, tour participants will find out what it was like to live in 17th century St. Augustine - complete with the threat of pirate raids. This fun, free tour departs at 4:30 p.m. from the Tour St. Augustine office, 4 Granada St., St. Augustine.   Reservations required. 904-825-0087 www.StAugustineCityWalks.com
 
Night Fest at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum - Celebrate 140 years of light at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum's annual Night Fest.  In partnership with the Junior Service League's Lighthouse 5k Run, this special event is a great night of fun for the whole family.  Admission to the lighthouse is free from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Explore the light station grounds, climb the 165 ft. tall lighthouse tower and discover maritime history inside the Victorian-era keepers' house.  Kids will love the face painting, temporary tattoos and other free activities.  Snacks, sodas and beer will also be available for purchase in the lighthouse courtyard.  Come out for the race and stay for the celebration.  81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine, 904-829-0745 www.StAugustineLighthouse.org
 
Iron & Wine Concert - Indie-folk singer Iron & Wine (Samuel Beam) performs at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Ponte Vedra Beach.  Touring and recording since 2002, his fifth album, Ghost on Ghost was released in 2013.  Tickets for this standing-room only show are $30 in advance;$35 at the door. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-209-0399  www.pvconcerthall.com
Saturday & Sunday: March 1 & 2
"Prisms" Exhibit - Lost Art Gallery features the work of Argentinian artist Raul Torres-Rojas.  Unmistakable in style, Rojas sees the world as if through a "prism" in his paintings of figures, birds, flowers and boating scenes.  210 St. George Street, St. Augustine, 904-827-9800 www.lostartgallery.com
 
Gerald Branch Exhibition -Gerald Branch is an accomplished African American artist who works in mixed media to chronicle his experiences as a black man in America. He draws on history and presents historical and emotional works of art that provoke intense involvement. Highly collectible, this artist uses his amazing skills to look more deeply into our past. The artist will be giving an informative talk Feb. 9, at 2 pm. describing his paintings and what they mean. Admission is free. Open daily 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Butterfield Garage Art Gallery, 137 King St., St. Augustine. 904-825-4577 http://www.butterfieldgarage.com 
Sunday: March 2
St. Augustine Vintage Car Tour of Mission Nombre de Dios - Travel in style aboard an electric, vintage-style automobile to the peaceful, historic grounds where the first parish Mass in what is now the United States was celebrated in 1565.  The tour includes a visit to the museum, shrine, and gift shop.  Tour departs at 1 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month. The cost is $25 per person.  Reservation required.  21 Orange St., St. Augustine. 904-430-3542 www.staugustinevintagecartours.com
Local Resident Specials 
NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, City Walks History Mystery Murder Evening Tour, Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience Exhibit, and the Hotel Ponce de Leon Legacy Tours at Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O'Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed). Many other local attractions offer discounted admissions to St. Johns County residents with valid ID.

2/21/2014

Top 10 weekend events (Feb. 21-23) | StAugustine.com

Top 10 weekend events (Feb. 21-23) | StAugustine.com



Hope you have a great weekend - wherever you are!



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2/18/2014

Vote for St. Augustine in Coastal Living's "Happiest Seaside Town" contest! 
 
The March issue of Coastal Living magazine launches a contest to choose the "Happiest Seaside Town in America." And
St. Augustine has made the list. 

Through the end of March, you can vote to let America know that St. Augustine is the "happiest!" Simply click on the link below and cast your vote. You can also encourage your friends to vote and place the link on your organization's Facebook page to build support.

Click here to vote now! 

2/14/2014

Happy Valentine's Day from the St. Francis Inn!

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!  It's a beautiful sunny day here in St. Augustine, and we are looking forward to a full house all weekend long.  Lots of fun and lots of things to do here in the Oldest City.
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Feb. 14-20: St. Augustine EVENTS list | StAugustine.com

A great list of St. Augustine Events for this Valentine's Day weekend and beyond!  Happy Valentine's Day from everyone here at the St. Francis Inn!!!



Feb. 14-20: St. Augustine EVENTS list | StAugustine.com

2/10/2014

Valentine's Day Gift Guide - from StAugustine.com

A couple of Valentine Specials at local businesses:

Valentine's Day Gift Guide - from StAugustine.com
February 10, 2014
Monday - Sunday : February 10 - 17 (Includes Presidents' Day Weekend) 
"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
 
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 
 
El Galeón Tour - Tour a full-sized replica of a 17th century Spanish galleon. Docked at the St. Augustine City Marina, El Galeón Andalucia is an exact replica of the famous galleons that played an important role in the creation and maintenance of the Spanish Empire.  Built in Spain, it is similar to the galleon that brought Pedro Menendez to Florida where he founded St. Augustine in 1565.  The ship is available for tours beginning at 10 a.m. daily. Admission is $15 for adult; $8 for youth.  111 Avenida Menendez. 904-824-1606
  
"A Stroll Through Europe" Exhibit - Through February 28, Lost Art Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings of classical European scenes.  German painters, including Mohr, Stadimayr  and Klaiberg capture the essence of Old-World charm depicting scenes of life in the country, on the hunt and in the tavern.  210 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-827-9800  www.lostartgallery.com 
 
St. Augustine Art Association 90th Anniversary Exhibition - One of the oldest arts groups in the State of Florida, the St. Augustine Art Association celebrates 90 years of championing the arts in the nation's oldest city.  Newly acquired works from the permanent collection and a "Lost Colony" retrospective are on display through March 2.  The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday noon - 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 - 5 p.m. Admission is free.  22 Marine St.  904-824-2310 www.staaa.org
  
Gerald Branch Exhibition - Gerald Branch is an accomplished African American artist who works in mixed media to chronicle his experiences as a black man in America. He draws on history and presents historical and emotional works of art that provoke intense involvement. Highly collectible, this artist uses his amazing skills to look more deeply into our past. The artist will be giving an informative talk Feb. 9, at 2 pm. describing his paintings and what they mean. Exhibition on display through March 4. Admission is free. Open daily 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Butterfield Garage Art Gallery, 137 King St., St. Augustine. 904-825-4577  www.butterfieldgarage.com 
 
For a complete list of Valentine's Day, eco/kayak, food, and history tours; and other events taking place on Florida's Historic Coast this week, visit Florida's Historic Coast Events  

Wednesday:  February 12
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 
 






Plaza Stroll Historic Walking Tour - St. Augustine City Walks presents a one-hour, 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.  Reservations required. The free tour departs at 4 p.m. from the Tour St. Augustine office, 4 Granada St., St. Augustine.   904-825-0087 www.StAugustineCityWalks.com 
 





"Gathering" with the St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation - At 6 p.m., the St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation will host a "Gathering" at the St. Augustine Yacht Club.  The doors open at 5:30 p.m. with SAYC menu items available for purchase.  A guest speaker focusing on the rich past, present, and future of St. Augustine's maritime heritage will be the highlight of the evening.  The event is open to the public and free of charge.  442 Ocean Vista Ave.  904-599-3800 staugmaritimeheritage.org
Monday - Saturday:  February 10 - 15
"The Object Tells a Story: African-American Folk Art from Florida" - Through February 28, 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

Friday: February 14
Sunset/Moonrise at St. Augustine Lighthouse - Enjoy the sunset and moonrise from the top of the Lighthouse!  The $25 admission 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., St. Augustine. Reservations required. 904-829-0745 www.staugustinelighthouse.org
 





"It Was A Very Good Year" by Tony Sands - Tony Sands presents his musical tribute to Frank Sinatra featuring the songs that made "Ol' Blue Eyes" one of America's greatest entertainers.   Performance at the Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez starts at 7:30 and tickets are $14 Adults and $12 Students for general admission.   259 San Marco Ave. St. Augustine.  904-824-8874 www.fortmenendez.com
Thursday - Sunday:  February 13 - 16
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. Showing through February 16. 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
Friday - Monday: February 14 - 17
Presidents' Day Weekend at World Golf Hall of Fame - Special tours focus on the Presidents and their respective love affairs with golf. Guests can tour the museum to find a collection of golf stories and Presidential memorabilia, including some from 2009 Inductee Dwight D. Eisenhower and 2011 Inductee George H.W. Bush. Scavenger hunt participants can win a Hall of Fame package.  Photo opportunities with the President's Cup trophy will be available. The World Golf Hall of Fame is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and noon - 6 p.m. on Sunday.  For this event, active and retired military get $10 admission and children under 12 are free.  Adult admission is $19.50, $18.50 for seniors and $10 for students. One World Golf Place, (off I-95 exit 323) St. Augustine. 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfhalloffame.org
Saturday:  February 15
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

Guided Beach Exploration at Guana South Beach - Join GTM Research Reserve docents from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. for a beach walk at the Guana South Beach location on A1A, South Ponte Vedra Beach.  Learn about the animals that call the beach home as well as seashells and other interesting facts.  This is a "Beaches 101" experience that the entire family will enjoy.  There is a $3/per vehicle parking fee.  1768 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500 www.gtmnerrbeachexploration.eventbrite.com 
 
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 select the winning photo which is then be displayed at the Visitor Information Center 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   www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoak
 

Fort Matanzas Bird Walk - Join a National Park Service volunteer for a two hour stroll to look for the many birds that call this National Monument their home. No experience is needed. Meet at the Fort Matanzas National Monument Visitor Center. Bring binoculars, sun screen, and walking shoes. The walk takes place from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Admission is free.  8635 A1A South, St. Augustine. 
904-471-0116 www.NPS.gov/foma 
 

Fourth Annual Hot Foods and Spicy Blues Festival - This popular festival features international fare, cold beer (including a variety of microbrews), spicy foods from area restaurants and live musical performances. The fourth annual festival takes place from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. rain or shine at the Florida Agricultural Museum.  Admission is $5.  This year's featured act will be the Slickwood Band, known for their eclectic "Jamgrass Roots" musical style derived from Bluegrass, Jam and Folk music.  Also, the famous Banana Derby Racing Dogs & Monkeys will provide some light-hearted entertainment.    Please bring canned goods to benefit Feed Flagler.  7900 Old Kings Rd. N, Palm Coast. 386-446-7630 www.MyAgMuseum.com
 
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 
 
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 Government 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 march down St. George Street to join their comrades at the Government 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 Governor's House on the Plaza, St. Augustine. 
 
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 6:00, 6:45, 7:30 and 8:15 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance only at the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center.  The cost is $7 per person and children 3 and under are free.  8635 A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-471-0116 www.nps.gov/foma 
Saturday & Sunday: February 15 & 16
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 festival 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.  Admission is free.  350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach 352-344-0657 www.tnteventsinc.com

Local Resident Specials 
NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, City Walks History Mystery Murder Evening Tour, Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience Exhibit, and the Hotel Ponce de Leon Legacy Tours at Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O'Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed). Many other local attractions offer discounted admissions to St. Johns County residents with valid ID.
 
For a current list of Florida resident specials, Mid-week vacation packages and other Hot Deals on Florida's Historic Coast, visit www.floridashistoriccoast.com/listings/deals.

Alligator Farm adds parking, considering new zip line | StAugustine.com

More parking - another exhibit - and maybe a kids' zip line:  good things coming to the Alligator Farm. Alligator Farm adds parking, considering new zip line | StAugustine.com



The St. Francis Inn has a cool package that includes tickets to this fun and historic attraction:

http://www.stfrancisinn.com/eco.html




2/07/2014

A House for Zeke

Zeke isn't getting any younger and we have had one of the coldest and wettest winters in awhile, so we've been concerned about him staying out of the weather, especially at night.

Janice constructed a lovely house for him - with curtains, a plush pillow inside, and even his name!  She set it up in the Wilson House front yard by the front wall where it is screened by the surrounding plants - a place where he likes.

Today is it 56 degrees, drizzling, and windy.  Is he in his house?


Grandparents proud of Olympian granddaughter | StAugustine.com

A St. Augustine connection to the Olympics in Sochi:



Grandparents proud of Olympian granddaughter | StAugustine.com

2/04/2014

Slideshow: A foggy Tuesday in St. Augustine | StAugustine.com

Slideshow: A foggy Tuesday in St. Augustine | StAugustine.com

Foggy Morning in St. Augustine, FL ! Good Morning from the St. Francis Inn!

Foggy Morning in St. Augustine, FL ! Good Morning from the St. Francis Inn!

Coming over the Bridge of Lions into downtown - well, where is downtown?  There it is!  Forecast today is for possible rain and 72 degrees.  Yesterday was glorious - 79 and sunny!



2/03/2014

This Week's Events in St. Augustine, FL


February 3, 2014
Monday - Sunday : February 3 - 9
"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
 
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 
 
El Galeón Tour - Tour a full-sized replica of a 17th century Spanish galleon. Docked at the St. Augustine City Marina, El Galeón Andalucia is an exact replica of the famous galleons that played an important role in the creation and maintenance of the Spanish Empire.  Built in Spain, it is similar to the galleon that brought Pedro Menendez to Florida where he founded St. Augustine in 1565.  The ship is available for tours beginning at 10 a.m. daily. Admission is $15 for adult; $8 for youth.  111 Avenida Menendez. 904-824-1606
  
"A Stroll Through Europe" Exhibit - Through February 28, Lost Art Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings of classical European scenes.  German painters, including Mohr, Stadimayr  and Klaiberg capture the essence of Old-World charm depicting scenes of life in the country, on the hunt and in the tavern.  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  

Wednesday:  February 5
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 
 
Lightner Museum Curator Tours - Lightner Museum curator provides a themed interactive tour designed to give participants an opportunity to see acquisitions in operation rather than just as static displays. This month's tour is entitled "Erotic Lightner."  In the spirit of Valentine's Day, this tour will offer a cheeky look into some of Otto Lightner's less discreet pieces of fine and decorative art.  From flowing haired maidens to provocatively rendered marbles, ceramics and oils, this tour may leave you blushing.    The tour, which is included in admission, takes place at 10 a.m. on the second floor of the Lightner Museum.   Regular admission is $10 adults; $6 for active duty military; $5 college student and youth ages 12-18; under 12 are free.  75 King St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2874  www.lightnermuseum.org
Monday - Saturday:  February 3 - 8
"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
Thursday:  February 6
"The Loving Story" - At 7 p.m., the National Endowment for the Humanities African-American Experience Film Series presents "The Loving Story" in the Virginia Room Ringhaver Student Center, Flagler College.  The lecture is part of the series Race and the 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 presentation is free and open to the public.  50 Sevilla Street, 904-819-6282 www.flagler.edu/our-community
Thursday - Sunday:  February 6 - 9
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. Showing through February 16. 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
Thursday & Sunday:  February 6 &  9
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. every Thursday and Sunday through February 27 at 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. 904-824-7211 www.raintreerestaurant.com
Friday: February 7 
First Friday Art Walk  - From 5 - 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, new exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments are featured at more than 20 participating galleries in St. Augustine.  Tours begin at San Sebastian Winery.  Complimentary shuttle service to most galleries is provided by St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys. 157 King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-0065  www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com
 
HeART Amiro Art & Found - As part of St. Augustine's First Friday Art Walk and Valentine's Day, Amiro Art & Found will display a variety of soulful and heartfelt artwork from 5 - 9 p.m.  9C Aviles St., St. Augustine. 904-824-8460 www.amiroartandfound.com
 
Meet The Treasure Hunters - From 6 - 8 p.m., The St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum hosts Mark Anthony, a treasure diver and collector known worldwide, founder of St. Augustine's 'Treasures by Mark Anthony'.  To have an item appraised by Anthony, send a photo of it along with a brief description to tracy@thepiratementmuseum.com in advance.  The event is free.  12 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. 877-467-5863 www.thepiratemuseum.com
 
St. Augustine Art Association Gala - Sail through the St. Augustine Art Association's illustrious 90 year-history--from its inception as the Galleon Club to its evolution as a cultural epicenter--during this elegant evening featuring live music, fine foods and libations, dancing, treasure hunting and a stunning premiere of "Lost Colony" works of art.  Tickets are $75 and gala is from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.  22 Marine St. 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org
Friday & Saturday: February 7 & 8
Paranormal Investigation at the Old Jail - The Old Jail has been featured on the Sy-Fy Channel series Ghost Hunters and is listed on the Florida and National Registers of Haunted Places.  Guided paranormal investigations take place every Friday and Saturday night from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Cost is $80 per person, reservations required (call or book online). 167 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine.  904-671-5010  www.2ghouls.com
Friday - Sunday: February 7 - 9
Gerald Branch Exhibition - Gerald Branch is an accomplished African American artist who works in mixed media to chronicle his experiences as a black man in America. He draws on history and presents historical and emotional works of art that provoke intense involvement. Highly collectible, this artist uses his amazing skills to look more deeply into our past. The artist will be giving an informative talk Feb. 9, at 2 pm. describing his paintings and what they mean. Admission is free. Open daily 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Butterfield Garage Art Gallery, 137 King St., St. Augustine. 904-825-4577  http://www.butterfieldgarage.com 
Saturday:  February 8
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
 
Flight to Freedom at Fort Mose - Every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors will be taken on a guided walk along the freedom trail to experience what it was like for the hundreds of slaves who traveled to Fort Mose in search of freedom from the British. At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., noted experts from the University of Florida or University of South Florida will present enlightening discussions of the role of slavery in the struggle between Spain and Britain for control of the southeastern United States.  The event is free. 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine. 904-823-2232 www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose
 
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 along the Guana Trail. After the walk, visit the GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center. There is a $3 parking fee.  505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500  http://gtmnerr2ndtrailhike.eventbrite.com/ 
 
Second Saturday Plant Sale - Washington Oaks Gardens State Park hosts their monthly plant sale from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  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
 
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
 
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-hour tour departs at 1:30 p.m. from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center.  The tour is $60 per person and reservations required.  27 San Marco Ave. 904-829-3800 www.trolleytours.com/st-augustine/tour-chocolate.asp
 
 "Zora Neale Hurston: Ahead Of The Curve Then and Now" Lecture - Columbia University Associate Professor John McWhorter will discuss author and former St. Augustine resident Zora Neale Hurston at Flagler College's Solarium at 3 p.m.  Admission is free. 74 King St., St. Augustine. 
 
Pirate Plunder Tour - St. Augustine City Walks presents a one-hour tour featuring the town's most famous pirate lore.  Kidnapped by a well-known pirate captain, tour participants will find out what it was like to live in 17th century St. Augustine - complete with the threat of pirate raids.  This fun, free tour departs at 4:30 p.m. from the Tour St. Augustine office. Reservations Required. 4 Granada St., St. Augustine.   904-825-0087 www.StAugustineCityWalks.com
 
EMMA Concert:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra - As Buffalo's cultural ambassador, the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under Music Director JoAnn Falletta will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.  Tickets are $35. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. 
904-797-2800 www.emmaconcerts.com  
  
Saturday & Sunday: February 8 & 9
St. Augustine Art Association 90th Anniversary Exhibition - One of the oldest arts groups in the State of Florida, the St. Augustine Art Association celebrates 90 years of championing the arts in the nation's oldest city.  Newly acquired works from the permanent collection and a "Lost Colony" retrospective will be unveiled.  The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday noon - 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 - 5 p.m. Admission is free.  22 Marine St. 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org
Sunday: February 9
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