3/31/2014

Fun Week in St. Augustine Leads to Rhythm & Ribs Festival Weekend!


 March 31, 2014
Monday - Sunday : March 31 - April 6

Jerusalem at the IMAX Theater - The documentary film "Jerusalem" plays each day through  May 30 at The IMAX Theater 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 
  
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

"The Colors of Spring" Exhibit - Beginning April 1, Lost Art Gallery features the colorful works of Darwin Chaves.  Rainbows are the pallet of this Peruvian-born artist.  Rich in color and texture, Chavez paints his favorite beach scenes, streetscapes and gardens in acrylic on canvas. Through April 30. 210 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-827-9800 www.lostartgallery.com


Celeste Roberge: Ocean Floors - Flagler College and the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum host an exhibition of new sculpture and works on paper by Celeste Roberge through April 19.  The exhibition entitled "Oceans Floors" opens to the public on Friday from 5 - 9 p.m. and will continue through April 19.  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-Celeste-Roberge-Ocean-Floors/8220732

Society of Mixed Media Exhibition - A juried exhibition of the Society Of Mixed Media Artists ends March 31. Chosen artists will exhibit their latest works of art. Juried by Gene Roberds the exhibit features collage, assemblage, sculpture and other experimental works introducing mixed media as an important contribution to the fine arts community. 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 - Thursday:  March 31 - April 3

Noah at the IMAX Theater - Academy Award winner Russell Crowe stars as Noah, a man chosen by God for a great task before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world.  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  

Tuesday & Friday:  April 1 & 4

Woman's Exchange Spring Luncheons - Enjoy a special luncheon in the gardens of the historic Pena-Peck House. Doors to the Gift Shop open at 10:30 a.m. and the luncheon is served at noon.  Reservations are required. Tickets are $25 and include $5 fun money for shopping. 143 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-829-5064 www.PenaPeckHouse.com 

Wednesday:  April 2

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 Tour - 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.   The tour, which is included in admission, takes place at 10 a.m. on the second floor of 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
Poet Stephen Kampa Reading at Flagler College - Award-winning poet Stephen Kampa, winner of the Florida Book Award, will read from and discuss his second collection "Bachelor Pad," to be released by The Waywiser Press at 7 p.m. in the Flagler Room of the historic Ponce Hall.  The event is free.  74 King Street, St. Augustine. 904-819-6282 www.flagler.edu/our-community

Wednesday - Saturday:  April 2 - 5

First Coast Offshore Challenge - Beginning on Wednesday, there will be three PHRF sailboat races covering over 100 miles of offshore sailing. The historic city of St. Augustine is the start and stop point for each race. The Series is open to all seaworthy cruising sailboats that are not less than 24 feet in length. Ceremonies and awards follow each day's race at various locations.  The final ceremony takes place at St. Augustine Yacht Club, located by water at   29º 53' 10" N / 81º 17' 12" W , or 442 Ocean Vista Ave, St. Augustine.904-396-6382 www.fcoc2014.com

Thursday:  April 3

"Black Society in St. Augustine" - Dr. Jane Landers, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt, Professor of History, Vanderbilt University, presents "Black Society in St. Augustine" at 7 p.m. in the Flagler Room at Flagler College's 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 Street, St. Augustine. 904-819-6282 www.flagler.edu/our-community

Thursday through Sunday:  April 3 - 6

Kraft Nabisco Championship at World Golf Hall of Fame - There's no better time to visit the Hall of Fame at World Golf Village than during the Kraft Nabisco Championship Week.  Enjoy learning about Hall of Fame members who are past champions and take a special scavenger hunt through the Hall.  Photo opportunities with the trophy will be available.  The broadcast of the Championship will be shown throughout the museum during the week.  The World Golf Hall of Fame is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.    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: April 4

First Friday Art Walk - From 5 - 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, the Art Galleries of St. Augustine feature new exhibits, refreshments and live music at more than 20 galleries.  The event is held rain or shine inside the member galleries and is a free, self-guided walking tour (tour maps available at participating galleries).  Plus, free Art Walk Trolleys and Trains provided by St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys, provide free transportation throughout downtown for the art walk.   832-779-2781 www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org 
Mirror, Mirror on the Walls of Amiro Art & Found - As part of St. Augustine's First Friday Art Walk, Amiro Art & Found displays a variety of etched, vintage, mermaid,  driftwood with raku, and mosaic mirrors from artists Jan Tomlinson, Karen Cockcroft, Wendy Mandel-McDaniel and Estella Fransbergen  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, and 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

Friday & Saturday: April 4 & 5

Paranormal Investigation of the Old Jail - Featured on the Sy-Fy Channel series Ghost Hunters, St. Augustine's Old Jail 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. Tickets are $80 per person. 167 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. 904-671-5010 www.2ghouls.com
VIP Wine and Chocolate Tasting Tour - St. Augustine City Walks presents this special VIP wine and chocolate tasting tour of St. Augustine.  Participants indulge themselves in the best selections found in the oldest city, plus learn about the history of chocolate and its role in St. Augustine. Visit unique "foodie" hot spots and sample other foods along the way.  A full glass of boutique wine specially paired by the chef is included at several stops. The tour is $69 per person and reservations are required. Tours depart at 2 p.m. from the Tour St. Augustine office, 4 Granada St., St. Augustine.  904-825-0087 www.StAugustineCityWalks.com

Friday - Sunday: April 4 - 6

World Golf Hall of Fame Putting Championship - Compete for prizes including rounds of golf and more at this popular putting competition.   The event takes place on the Hall of Fame's 18-hole, natural grass putting course at World Golf Village.  Qualifying days are Friday and Saturday.  One World Golf Place (just off I-95 exit 323), St. Augustine. 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfhalloffame.org
Spring Members Show - The St. Augustine Art Association's Annual Spring Members Show features a broad array of artistic styles, media and subjects.   The gallery reception is 5-9 p.m. on the 4th.  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 http://www.staaa.org
19th Annual Rhythm & Ribs Festival - Non-stop music and award-winning scrumptious barbecue all weekend-long at St. Augustine's Francis Field.  The festival hours are Friday 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $2 per person, except Saturday evening, when it is $5. Kids 13 and under are free.  29 W. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. 904-417-8470 www.rhythmandribs.net 

Saturday:  April 5

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
Chalking Workshop - A three-hour chalk-art class led by Lee Jones, featured chalk artist with Peseo Pastel - St. Augustine Chalk Walk (May 2-4), will offer a mix of classroom learning and hands on chalking techniques.  The class is from 9 a.m. - noon at Fullerwood Center, 10 Hildreth Dr.  St. Augustine. Seating is limited.  To register go to  www.staugustinechalkwalk.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
Ponce and The Espiritu - Greet the Espiritu, a replica 16th century Spanish sailing vessel created by local craftsmen, as it makes its maiden voyage to the Vilano Beach pier just across the bay from St. Augustine.  The event begins at 10 a.m. in the park adjacent to the pier and includes demonstrations of early 16th century (Ponce de Leon Period) military arts, cooking and crafts. 260 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine. http://historic-florida-militia.org/upcoming-events
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: April 6

Lincolnville Farmers Market - Eddie Vickers Park hosts this farmer's market with farm-fresh vegetables, meats/fish, cheese, bread, treats, arts & crafts, prepared food, jewelry, picnic areas, playground and more! This special re-opening event features live music by The House Cats. Every Sunday from noon - 4 p.m.  399 Riberia St., St. Augustine.  www.facebook.com/lincolnvillefarmersmarket
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
EMMA Concert:  Cavatina Duo - The Cavatina Duo, Eugenia Moliner, flute (from Spain) and Denis Azabagic, guitar (from Bosnia) will perform at 2 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.  The duo's repertoire includes music from the Baroque, Classical Romantic and contemporary periods.  Tickets are $25. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-797-2800 www.emmaconcerts.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. 

3/18/2014

Moody Blues, Divergent at the IMAX, Spring Bike Tour, Tours of All Kinds This Week

 March 18, 2014

 Tuesday - Sunday : March 18 - 23
Jerusalem at the IMAX Theater - The documentary film "Jerusalem" plays each day through  May 30 at The IMAX Theater 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 
  
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
 
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 
 
Society of Mixed Media Exhibition - A juried exhibition of the Society Of Mixed Media Artists. Chosen artists will exhibit their latest works of art. Juried by Gene Roberds the exhibit features collage, assemblage, sculpture and other experimental works introducing mixed media as an important contribution to the fine arts community. 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 

Tuesday:  March 18
"The Limits of Legislation: The Black Freedom Struggle After 1964" Lecture - Flagler College Assistant Professor Michael Butler discusses the cultural issues that continued to divide whites and blacks in the years after legal segregation ended. He will also discuss the resulting unforeseen political and economical consequences experienced by the local community into the 21st century.   His talk is part of Flagler College's Community Lecture Series titled "The Rights Revolution: Civil Rights, Human Rights and Beyond."   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
 
GTM Research Reserve Marineland Lecture - This lecture series is held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10 - 11 a.m. at the GTM Research Reserve Marineland Field Office.  The series is designed to help inform the public about their coastal natural world.  The lectures are free so space is limited and reservations are requested.  9741 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Marineland.  904-823-4500 http://gtmnerrmarinelandlecture.eventbrite.com 
 
"How Greek Traditions Transformed the Waterfront" - Brendan Burke, Archaeologist, Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, will discuss "How Greek Traditions Transformed the Waterfront."  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
Tuesday - Sunday:  March 18- 23 
Canvas, Clay, Collage & Cutting Edge - The St. Augustine Art Association combines four exciting themes into one juried exhibit.  Cutting Edge is defined as work that pushes the boundaries of ideas and/or materials. 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:  March 19
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 
Thursday - Sunday:  March 20 - 23
"Divergent" at the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater - "Divergent" plays at The IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame.  "Divergent" is a gripping action thriller set in a futuristic world where society has been divided into five factions.  As each person approaches adulthood, he or she must choose a faction and commit to it for the rest of their life. 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 
 
Limelight Theatre Presents "The Miss Firecracker Contest" - Delightful twists and turns create a hilarious story of one girl's ambitious attempt to win the Miss Firecracker Contest and leave her small southern town in a blaze of glory.  Playing through March 30th, performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday - Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.  Tickets are $25; $22 seniors; $20 student and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. 904-825-1164 www.limelight-theatre.org
Friday: March 21
Marineland Beach Walk - The GTM Research Reserve presents a free, guided walk along the beach at Marineland.  The hike focuses on birdlife, habitats and the unusual geology of the shore.  The 90-minute hike begins at 9 a.m. Watch for the temporary event sign posted on the west side of A1A at the south end of Marineland.  Reservations requested.  9741 Ocean Shore Blvd., Marineland.904-823-4500 http://gtmnerrmarinelandbeach.eventbrite.com
 
Fins & Freedom Sail - The tall ship Schooner Freedom and dolphin experts from Marineland are partnering for a one-of-a-kind sailing experience.  Come on board, help raise sails, and then kick back and relax while educators and trainers from the world's first oceanarium talk about dolphins.  Tickets for the sail including admission to Marineland are $50 adults, $40 for kids 16 & under (complimentary soda, water, beer and wine are included).  Reservations suggested for this 2:15 p.m. departure time. 111 Avenida Menendez.  904-810-1010  www.schoonerfreedom.com
Friday - Sunday: March 21 - 23
33rd St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival - This northeast Florida favorite features delicious seafood, affordable arts & crafts, a kids' zone and outstanding live music, including jazz on Friday night. The festival is open Friday 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Francis Field.  Admission $3 adults; Children 12 & under free. All net proceeds go to benefit Lions Club charities. 25 W. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. 904-829-1753 www.lionsfestival.com
Saturday:  March 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
 
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 gtmnerrfamilyseine-eorg.eventbrite.com
 
Founding of Fort Mose - The founding of Fort Mose on March 15, 1738, is the central theme of programs presented from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  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
 
Walk on the Wild Side at Anastasia State Park - Join a Park Service volunteer for a hike to observe what life is like on the wild side.  The walk starts at 1 p.m. 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, the hike continues along the estuarine habitat of Salt Run and through the maritime hammock.   Participants may choose to only walk the first half or the full 2.5-mile 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
 
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, Granada St., St. Augustine.   Reservations required. 904-825-0087 www.StAugustineCityWalks.com
 
Voices from the Past at the Castillo de San Marcos - The National Park Service will celebrate Women's History Month with a guided tour of the Castillo that features re-enactors portraying women from St. Augustine's who describe the city's long history through their unique stories.  Tours begin at the Castillo's ticket booth at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. and will be limited to 30 participants per tour.  Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children 5-15, and free for children under 5.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at the ticket booth. 1 South Castillo Dr. St. Augustine.  904-829-6506 x 233 www.nps.gov/casa
 
EMMA Concert: Southwest Florida Symphony - All Mendelssohn Program - The Southwest Florida Symphony, under the direction of Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor Leif Bjaland will perform a special All Mendelssohn program in memory of Gordon and Amy Shoolman 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
 
The Moody Blues Concert - The St. Augustine Amphitheatre hosts The Moody Blues.  Formed in 1964, this English band has sold more than 70 million albums.  Their classic album Days of Future Passed features their signature song "Nights in White Satin." Tickets range from $39.50 - $89.50. The concert starts at 8 p.m. (gates open 7 p.m.)  1340 A1A South St. Augustine. 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com
Saturday and Sunday: March 22 & 23
BF20 Magical History Tour - Bike Florida  20th Annual Spring Bike Tour in Northeast Florida is a fully supported week-long mass tour that starts and ends in Palatka, FL.  The tour consists of 4 layover days and 3 travel days.  The tour will continue through Friday, March 28. The host cities for layover days are Palatka, Daytona Beach and St. Augustine.  BF20 also includes nightly celebrations and guest speakers, plus an anniversary celebration at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine.  The cost to participate is $120 for the 2-day tour and $395 for the 7-day tour.  For more information or to register, contact Ken Foster at Bike Florida.  Ken@bikeFlorida.org  352-224-8602 www.bikeflorida.org

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. 
  

3/17/2014

St Paddy's Day....stormin' rainin' drinkin'

Joe, Linda, and Nancy sippin' on our genuine Irish coffees!  (Are ye likin' our greenery .. ????)
Nancy's holdin' Office Max's coffee; Max forgot her greenery and refused to appear in the pics. 

Our antique Spanish fireplace mantle dressed up with new-fangled shamrock lights.

We're supposed to work after drinkin' these??!!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! St Francis Inn Celebrates!!!

The St Francis Inn is all in green as we celebrate another St. Patrick's Day!  It's a great day to be partyin' and wear your green!  Along with our Irish Coffee that we are offering all month long, we are continuing the contest:  all guests fill out a green entry form when they check-in.  At month end we will pull one ticket and the winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to stay at the St Francis Inn and a $50 gift certificate to Meehan's Irish Pub and Restaurant!  Sure and Begorrah!!!

Even Zeke is getting into the spirit!  It did take some patience and crawling around in the Wilson House yard, but we did get a picture of the rascal wearin' his own green!

"Who are you and why are you bothing me??!!!"

"No way!  I'm not going to wear that thing!"

"Go away!"

"I can't believe I let you do this to me!"

3/14/2014

St. Patrick's Day Events - from StAugustine.com

St. Patrick's Day Events - from StAugustine.com



And an early Happy St. Patrick's Day wish to you from all the staff at the St Francis Inn and Joe and Margaret FINNEGAN!!!



May the luck of the Irish be with you!



If you’re enough lucky to be Irish... You’re lucky enough!



May you always have a clean shirt, a clear conscience, and enough coins in your pocket to buy a pint!




3/13/2014

For hot fudge sauce recipes, pairings and more read our blog! | In Great Taste

The St. Francis Inn is now carrying In Great Taste's Hot Fudge Sauce!  Check out former innkeeper Tracey's blog for more information.



For hot fudge sauce recipes, pairings and more read our blog! | In Great Taste

3/11/2014

Favorite Friday Video: St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum #VFFamilyInsider | Carrie with Children

Here's a short, fun video (about 2 minutes) about our St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum.  Guests of the St. Francis Inn receive FREE TICKETS to the Lighthouse!  Have YOU climbed all those stairs?  You are rewarded with a terrific view at the top!



Favorite Friday Video: St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum #VFFamilyInsider | Carrie with Children

3/10/2014

St Augustine Events March 10-16 It's Spring! Get Outside!

The St. Francis Inn has added an EVENTS calendar to our web site (click here for a direct link:  http://www.stfrancisinn.com/area.html and scroll to the bottom of the page.)  For events happening when you are planning to visit, click here and enter your travel dates.

 March 10, 2014
Monday - Sunday : March 10 - 16
Jerusalem at the IMAX Theater - The documentary film "Jerusalem" plays each day through  March 20 at The IMAX Theater 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 
  
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
 
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 
 
Society of Mixed Media Exhibition - A juried exhibition of the Society Of Mixed Media Artists. Chosen artists will exhibit their latest works of art. Juried by Gene Roberds the exhibit features collage, assemblage, sculpture and other experimental works introducing mixed media as an important contribution to the fine arts community. 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 

Tuesday - Sunday:  March 11- 16
Canvas, Clay, Collage & Cutting Edge - The St. Augustine Art Association combines four exciting themes into one juried exhibit.  Cutting Edge is defined as work that pushes the boundaries of ideas and/or materials. 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
Tuesday:  March 11
Navigating By Sail - Join St. Augustine Lighthouse historians aboard the Schooner Freedom for a two-hour cruise and discussion of how waterways influenced the history and settlement of St. Augustine.  Sit back and relax, enjoy the sun or help the crew set sail.  The cruise departs the St. Augustine City Marina at 12:15 p.m.  Tickets are $50 each and include admission to the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum plus complimentary soda, water, beer and wine.  Tickets must be purchased through www.staugustinelighthouse.com.  111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine. 904-810-1010 www.schoonerfreedom.com
Wednesday:  March 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
 
Discover First America Program: In White America Preview - This is a special preview performance of Flagler College's full play titled In White America. The absorbing African-American story is brought to life on stage. From a letter revealing the heart and soul of a runaway slave to a moving speech by a southern senator in justification of lynching to portraits of Booker T. Washington, each scene has an emotional story. This program is sponsored by Flagler College.  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. 

Friday: March 14
A Coquina Rock Beach Walk - From 1 - 2:30 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:  March 13 - 16
In White America - Flagler College Theatre Arts presents this absorbing and award-winning story of African-Americans.  From a letter revealing the heart and soul of a runaway slave to a moving speech by a southern senator in justification of lynching to portraits of Booker T. Washington, each scene has an emotional story. First produced in 1963, the play sets the stage for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.   Performances take place at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.  Tickets for general admission are $10.  Show times are 7:30 p.m. on March 13, 14 & 15  and 2 p.m. March 16.  14 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8600 
 
Limelight Theatre Presents "The Miss Firecracker Contest" - Delightful twists and turns create a hilarious story of one girl's ambitious attempt to win the Miss Firecracker Contest and leave her small southern town in a blaze of glory.   Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday - Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.  Tickets are $25; $22 seniors; $20 student and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. 904-825-1164 www.limelight-theatre.org
Friday and Sunday: March 14 & 16
I'll Give You A Day - Derek Coghlan presents "I'll Give You a Day" - The Pioneer Barn at the Old Florida Museum hosts a one-man show written and performed by Derek Coghlan.  The play, "I'll Give You a Day", focuses on emigration, culture shock, small southern towns, guilt, unemployment, lunacy, and the fabulous assortment of wonderfully odd people he met along the way from Ireland to America.  Friday's performance is 7:30 p.m. and Sunday's starts at 2:30 p.m.  Admission is $20 and $15 for students.  259 San Marco Ave. St. Augustine.  904-824-8874 www.fortmenendez.com

Saturday and Sunday: March 15 & 16
God's Trombones presented by the St. Augustine Community Chorus - Directed by Ms. Kathleen Vande Berg, the St. Augustine Community Chorus presents "God's Trombones," a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at St. Augustine High School Auditorium.  The Saturday concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday concert starts at 3 p.m.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for adults, students and children are $5.  3205 Varella Ave., St. Augustine. www.staugustinecommunitychorus.org
 
Schooner Freedom Full Moon Sail - St. Augustine's premier tall ship, the Schooner Freedom, sails through the calm waters of Matanzas Bay lit by the glow of the full moon.  This memorable sailing excursion is departs at 8:15 p.m. from the City Marina.  Complimentary beer, soda and wine are included in the $35 per person rate.  Bring along a picnic basket of hor d'ouvres or desserts to make it a night to remember.  111 Avenida Menendez.  904-810-1010 www.schoonerfreedom.com
Saturday:  March 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
 
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 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
 
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
 
 "Artisans Through The Ages" Exhibit - The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum hosts its annual "Artisans Through The Ages" exhibit. The event honors the 19th century history of the house with arts and crafts produced by members of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Florida (NSCDA-FL) and local artists and reenactors. Open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Donations accepted. 20 Aviles St., St. Augustine.  904-829-3575  www.ximenezfatiohouse.org
Sunday: March 16
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. 904-829-0745 www.staugustinelighthouse.org
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.