6/18/2014

St Francis Inn Room of the Week: Elizabeth's Suite

One of the most popular accommodations at the St Francis Inn is Elizabeth's Suite on the second floor.


This suite features two spacious rooms overlooking St. Francis Park.

Both rooms feature wood-paneled ceilings and large, shuttered windows.




The sitting room has a queen sleeper sofa. mini-fridge, microwave oven, and a flat-screen TV.

The sitting room even has a small dinette table where you can enjoy your breakfast if you wish!


The large, sunny bedroom contains a comfy Queen bed, a vanity and dresser, an arm chair, and another flat-screen TV.


In addition, Elizabeth's Suite has an electric fireplace next to the bed which adds a lot of ambience, but no heat!  The fireplace adds a romantic touch any time of year!



The bathroom features a large whirlpool tub with shower and more shuttered windows.





Many guests comment on the "feel" of Elizabeth's Suite - that, as soon as they enter, they feel like they have "come home".


6/16/2014

June 16, 2014
Monday - Sunday: June 16 - 22
The Award-Winning Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience - Recognized by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation as an outstanding heritage education program, 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 and Nao Victoria Tour - Tour full-sized replicas of 16th and 17th century Spanish tall ships. Docked at the St. Augustine City Marina, El Galeón Andalucia and Nao Victoria are both open for daily tours. El Galeón 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 Nao Victoria is a replica of the first ship to successfully circumnavigate the world commanded by Ferdinand Magellan in the 16th century. The ships are available for tours beginning at 10 a.m. daily. El Galeón admission is $15 for adult and $8 for youth. Nao Victoria admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth. A combo ticket for both ships is available for $20 for adults and $10 for youth. 111 Avenida Menendez. 904-824-1606 www.elgaleon.org
 
"Islands of Lemurs: Madagascar" at IMAX Theater - 
 
St. Augustine Art Association Annual Honors Show - St. Augustine Art Association's Annual Honors Show through July 6 will feature new works by artists who have won awards at association exhibits during the previous three years. 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
 
Katherine Parker Retrospective - The St. Augustine Art Association features a special, solo retrospective of the works of the late Katherine Parker through July 6.  The artist lived in St. Augustine for 30 years where she developed a unique technique creating monotype serigraph silkscreens overlaid with gouache, pencil and gold leaf.  The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday noon - 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 - 5 p.m. Admission is free. 22 Marine St., St. Augustine.  904-824-2310 www.staaa.org
 
For a complete list of  eco/kayak, food, and history tours, and other special tours taking place on Florida's Historic Coast this week, visit Florida'sHistoricCoast.com/events 
Monday: June 16
Schooner Freedom Privateers and Pirates Set Sail - Set sail on the Schooner Freedom and learn all about the privateer and pirates who sailed the waters of St. Augustine and the coast of Florida.  The schooner's captain and crew are joined by an educator from the St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum to present tales of adventure beneath the Jolly Roger banner.  Plus, passengers get a chance to hoist the sails, see some artifacts and enjoy complimentary soda, water, beer and wine.  The schooner departs at 2:15 p.m. and returns at 4:15 p.m.  Tickets are $50 adults; $30 for kids 16 and under. Reservations suggested. 111 Avenida Menendez  904-810-1010 www.schoonerfreedom.com
Wednesday:  June 18
Farmer's Arts and Crafts Market - Farmer's 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

Music by the Sea Concert Series 2014 - Every Wednesday night through September 24, live concerts take place from 7 - 9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion. This week's band is The Committee playing pop rock music.  La Strada Restaurant will offer signature dinners for $10.  Admission is free.  For comfortable seating, bring a folding chair. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach 904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.org
 
Movie by the Bay - Ripley's St. Augustine Attractions and the St. Augustine Municipal Marina present free movies each Wednesday throughout the summer.  The movies are shown at 8:30 p.m. at the Marina behind Bayfront Mini Golf, 111 Avenida Menendez.  Bring beach chair and blanket for comfortable seating by the bay.  904-824-1606 www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys
Tuesday: June 17
Panel Discussion With Arrested Rabbis - The largest mass arrest of rabbis in the United States took place in St. Augustine on June 18, 1964. To mark the 50th anniversary of this event, six of the arrested rabbis will participate in a panel discussion of their participation in the civil rights movement and their resulting arrest in St. Augustine. The 7 p.m. event takes place in the Flagler Room of Flagler College. Admission is free. 74 King Street, St. Augustine. justicejustice1964@gmail.com 
 
Thursday:  June 19
Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry Concert - The multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry (four Grammy nominations and four No. 1 Top 40 hits) perform at the St, Augustine Amphitheatre.  Plus, they will be joined by Plain White T's to create a special summer night of great American rock music. The concert begins at 6 p.m. (gates open at 4:30 p.m.)  Tickets range from $49.50 to $79.50 (seated pit). 1340 A1A South St. Augustine 904-209-0367

 2014 Concerts in the Plaza - The 24th season of Concert in the Plaza continues with a 7- 9 p.m. performance by Bob & Joline and the Friends of Mine Band. Bring a chair or blanket for seating.  904-825-1004 www.plazaconcerts.com
Thursday - Saturday:  June 19 - 21
St. Augustine Music Festival - The Eighth annual music festival features free, classical music concerts including returning internationally-acclaimed guest artists The Diaz Trio, pianist Eugenio Urrutia-Borlando and violinist Elissa Lee Koljonen.   All concerts are free and begin at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica, 38 Cathedral Place. www.StAugustineMusicFestival.org
Thursday - Sunday:  June 19 - 22
U.S. Women's Open Championship at Hall of Fame - Watch the Championship in the Bob Hope Theater, get a photo taken with the U.S. Women's Open Trophy, and go on a special scavenger hunt. The World Golf Hall of Fame is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $19.50/adults; $18.50/seniors; and $10/students. 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfhalloffame.org
Limelight Theatre Presents "Oliver!" - The well-loved musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale comes to the stage of the Limelight.  Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday - Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday through July 6.  Tickets are $25; $22 seniors; $20 student and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine 904-825-1164 www.limelight-theatre.org
Saturday:  June  21
Old City Farmers' Market - Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more.  Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Open 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733 
 
Photography Challenge Event - Photographers, from beginners to professionals, compete to take the best photo at three designated locations within Washington Oaks Gardens State Park.  Maps to the featured locations can be obtained from the Ranger Station or from volunteers in the main parking lot. Each month, park volunteers will select the winning photo which will then be displayed at the 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/washingtonoaks
 
Children's Arts Festival - The Friends of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre (FOSAA) will host an interactive event for children to explore their own creativity while showcasing the diversity of the local arts community.  Each artist or art organization has a designated space to offer a unique interactive experience. Children will be introduced to a variety of art forms including drumming, creating a collage, painting, playing an instrument and storytelling that will hopefully inspire and encourage them to pursue new interests. It all takes place from 2 to 8 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Admission is free. 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine 904-471-4113 www.fosaa.org/artsfestival.html 
 
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
Saturday & Sunday: June 21 & 22
Battle of Bloody Mose -  This 6th annual re-enactment of the June 26, 1740, Battle of Bloody Mose provides park visitors with an exciting look at this pivotal battle between the British under the command of Georgia's James Ogelthorpe and the Spanish militia composed of former British slaves who had been granted their freedom in Spanish Florida.  This award-winning historical re-enactment includes white, black, and Native American re-enactors and volunteers from across Florida and the Southeast, presenting living-history demonstrations and interpretations. This event takes place at Fort Mose State Historic Site, 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augstine. Admission is free. 904-823-2232 www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose
Sunday: June 22
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! Live music by The House Cats. Every Sunday from noon - 4 p.m.  399 Riberia St., St. Augustine.  www.facebook.com/lincolnvillefarmersmarket
 
Free Community First Night Owl Cinema at the Amphitheatre - Frozen is the featured film to be shown at 8 p.m. on the big screen at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre (gates open at 7 p.m.) The free cinema is presented by Community First Credit Union and the Amphitheatre. Admission and parking are free and no tickets are required. A variety of concessions will be available for purchase. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-209-0367; www.staugamphitheatre.com    
 
Maritime Heritage Family Fun Day  - The St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation, along with the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum and the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, present the 2nd Annual Family Fun Day.  Held at the Fountain of Youth from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event features model boat building and races, shipwreck artifacts, youth sailboat rigging, demonstrations, exhibits, cannon firings, contests, prizes, food and much more!  Includes visits with Foundation boat builders who are creating a replica of a 16th century Spanish Colonial boat.  Fun Day included with regular admission to the park -- Adults $12, Seniors $11, Children 6-12 $8, ages 5 and under free.  St. Johns County residents admitted free of charge. 11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine 904-599-3800
 
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.
 

6/13/2014

Winners Announced in "Caption Zeke Contest" for the St Francis Inn!

During the month of May we ran a contest on our facebook page (if you haven't LIKED us on facebook, will you now?  www.facebook.com/StFrancisInn ).  We were flooded with entries!  We had so much fun going through all your comments, captions, and pictures!  We will definitely have to do this again.

Originally Joe was going to award 2 Prizes of $50 St Francis Inn Gift Certificates, but he was so impressed with the volume and quality of the entries, he decided to give away 5 Prizes of $50 St Francis Inn Gift Certificates!  Congratulations to all the winners and THANKS TO EVERYONE who participated!

So...drum roll.....................(click on the pictures to enlarge and/or download)......................



Cassandra Poertner
"Zeke Auditions for the Walking Dead"
We think Zeke makes an awesome zombie! And we are big time zombie fans!
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Dawn Lavallee-Distler

"I'm Too Sexy"

We giggle every time we read this one and see Zeke with a top hat and cane!  Then we get the song stuck in our heads!  Max loves the catwalk pun...

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Kevin the Tour Guide (Segways)

"The Most Interesting Cat in the World"

Kudos to Kevin for getting Zeke to pose with a Segway.  Another timely and funny caption.

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Kevin the Tour Guide (Segways)

"Help me, I have fallen..."

Kevin captures Zeke's personality perfectly in this caption.  



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Art Tweedie
"I Did Not Drool on the Tablecloth"  
O Yes! So many of us can relate to Zeke with this!
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HONORABLE MENTION


Terry McGarry
"My buddy and me...since 2003"
We all just love this photo!!!
Cassandra Poertner
"Puss in Boots"
Another entry from our 1st Place winner, this entry has the historic Spanish flavor we love!
Jenny Horodysky Harker

"I do my people-watching from the garden posing like a statue."

We just loved this caption; totally captures the expression on Zeke's face!







Dawn Lavalee-Distler
"BREAKING NEWS"

Our 2nd-Place Winner also entered this and managed to tie Zeke and Lily together!


6/11/2014

St Francis Inn's Gardeness (Our Own Garden Elf!)


Those of you who have stayed at the St. Francis Inn in the past two years have probably seen our gardener, Jill Ziebell.  She can usually be spotted sitting somewhere on the property snipping, digging, and babying our various plants.  Jill has become yet another ambassador for the Inn:  helping passersby with directions and helping guests with questions not only about the gardens, but about the Inn. So who is this Jill?
Jill grew up in Milwaukee, WI  and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study Horticulture and Art Metals. Her adventurous spirit wanted to explore and learn through people, places and nature, rather than books, so she decided to fulfill a childhood dream:  to travel to Europe alone, and learn the ways of her ancestors. 
Everyone thought she was crazy to go alone  and bet she would only last a month.

Jill lived in Europe for 10 years.  She visited her relatives in Norway and also learned the ways of the German side of her family.  She worked as a Gymnastic Instructor and Recreation Specialist and learned the local folklore, arts, and crafts. Traveling around, she visited most of the famous and not so famous gardens, farmers' markets and hardware stores.

When she returned to America she settled in Steamboat Springs, CO., working in tourism and
recreation, and going to college.  She eventually received a degree in Resort Management.  Jill started her own company in 1991 to take care of second-homes and gardens, and also got involved with the grassroots effort to create the principles of Xeriscaping with Denver Water.  In 1996 they published the Xeriscape Plant Guide (Fulcrum Publishing), and received national and international attention. Jill was one of the Research Volunteers mentioned in the book.




After about 10 years in Colorado, Jill’s adventure-seeking needs cropped up again, and she moved to St. Augustine, FL in 1998.  She continued her business and studies, becoming a Master Gardener and a Master Naturalist through the University of Florida.  In addition, she was the Founding President of the Sea Oats Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, serving St. Johns County, in 2008.


Also, she continues to create artwork and has received numerous recognitions.



Currently, she is the "Gardeness" for the St. Francis Inn in historic St. Augustine, maintaining and designing new gardens with Native and Florida Friendly plants using sustainable earth-friendly practices. Her Design Style is Artistic European with Historic Flavor. Since Jill has worked on our gardens the Inn has received a Certified Wildlife Habitat designation from the Sierra Club and the Civic Beautification Award from the Garden Club of St. Augustine!


Jill lives on Anastasia Island with her dog Sheva. Her evolving website is www.FindYourInnerDirt.com.
                             



Photos (from top to bottom)

1 Jill has brought the courtyard to life with a mixture of Natives and Florida-friendly tropical plants.

2 Jill working in front of the Wilson House

3 Jill's staging area for the Wilson House - she is peeking around the well house.

4 Native plants are featured all over the St Francis Inn grounds, but we have a special "Natives Only" area by the parking lot.






5 Because of Jill's efforts the Inn has received Certified Wildlife Habitat status from the Sierra Club.
6 The Garden Club of St. Augustine noticed all the improvements and awarded the Inn the Civic Beautification Award late last year.
7 Jill even got our camellia to bloom!
8 An old stump was put to good use. It now holds a bird bath and it is used frequently by our feathered friends!
9 Jill added not only all the colorful Mexican pots (these are in the pool area), but also the fun animal pottery hanging near the pool; for example, the tree frog and lizard. She also brought in the Fish pot which is featured near the fish pond.


10 Joe Finnegan (and Zeke!) were featured in our local newspaper (the St. Augustine Record) last winter about the St Francis Inn being awarded the Civic Beautification Award by the St. Augustine Garden Club.


6/06/2014

Sir Francis Drake's Raid on St. Augustine to be Re-enacted Saturday, June 7, 2014


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"The Raid on St. Augustine was a military event during the Anglo-Spanish War in which the Spanish settlement of St. Augustine was captured in small fight and burnt by an English expedition fleet led by Francis Drake.[1] This was part of Francis Drake's Great Expedition and was the last engagement on the Spanish main before Drake headed north for the Roanoke Colony. The expedition also forced the Spanish to abandon any settlements and forts in present-day South Carolina."

"War had been already been unofficially declared by Philip II of Spain after the Treaty of Nonsuch in which Elizabeth Ihad offered her support to the rebellious Protestant Dutch rebels. The Queen through Francis Walsingham ordered Sir Francis Drake to lead an expedition to attack the Spanish New World in a kind of preemptive strike. Sailing fromPlymouth, England, he struck first at Santiago in November 1585 then across the Atlantic at the Spanish new world city of Santo Domingo of which was captured and ransomed on 1 January 1586 and following that successfully attackedthe important city of Cartagena on 19 February.[1][4]
Drake wanted to strike at another Spanish city on the Main before finally visiting and replenishing Sir Walter Raleigh's new colony of Roanoke Colony on the American East Coast. Then after this he hoped to make the Transatlantic crossing back to England."
"The fleet traveled north within sight of land on the Florida peninsula sailing past the West coast. On 27 May 1586 as they approached further north a small fort was spotted on the shore, with a small inlet close by. This was the location of St Augustine, the most northerly town in Spain's New World Empire, and the oldest permanent colonial settlement in North America.[2] Drake knew of the place and was also aware of the fact that the Spanish under Pedro Menéndez de Avilés had ordered all of the French Huguenot colonists that had tried to settle in the area executed. Drake decided on one final opportunity to raid and plunder, and a chance to avenge his fellow Protestants.[4]"

When the Spanish saw the number of English soldiers they knew they were outnumbered and withdrew from the wooden fort that then protected St. Augustine.  All the townspeople also fled.  Drake's soldiers spent the night in the abandoned fort.

"The following day [Drake's soldiers] razed the whole of St. Augustine to the ground. All buildings were torched, crops were destroyed and anything of value was either taken or destroyed.[2] The fort of San Juan was burnt and all the artillery pieces were carried by the English among other booty.[3][6]
Once the English had gone Menéndez and the rest of the Spanish settlers returned to find a smoldering ruins and very little left. He soon and begged for help from the viceroy of Cuba and the settlement took a while to build it self back up. The destroyed fort was replaced with the present day Castillo de San Marcos.[3]"
Legacy

In the present day the events of Sir Francis Drake's Raid are recreated in June at St. Augustine."

6/02/2014

Busy Week Ahead: BOSTON Concert, Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration, Flagler Solarium Tours, Weezer, Beach Bash, Drake's Raid, Drive-By Truckers and MORE!

  June 2 - 8, 2014
Monday - Sunday: June 2 - 8
The Award-Winning Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience - Recognized by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation as an outstanding heritage education program, 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 and Nao Victoria Tour - Tour full-sized replicas of 16th and 17th century Spanish tall ships. Docked at the St. Augustine City Marina, El Galeón Andalucia and Nao Victoria are both open for daily tours. El Galeón 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 Nao Victoria is a replica of the first ship to successfully circumnavigate the world commanded by Ferdinand Magellan in the 16th century. The ships are available for tours beginning at 10 a.m. daily. El Galeón admission is $15 for adult and $8 for youth. Nao Victoria admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth. A combo ticket for both ships is available for $20 for adults and $10 for youth. 111 Avenida Menendez. 904-824-1606 www.elgaleon.org
 
Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to African-Americans in Golf - The World Golf Hall of Fame's new, permanent exhibit titled "Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to African-Americans in Golf" details the long, rich history of African-Americans in golf, from the difficult beginnings in the late 1800s for pioneers like John Shippen, to the progress and challenges of today.  The exhibit also highlights the struggles and successes of notable golfers like Hall of Fame member Charlie Sifford and major personalities such as Althea Gibson, Joe Louis and Tiger Woods.  The World Golf Hall of Fame is open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Induction Day.  Hours are Mon.- Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays noon - 6 p.m.  Admission is $19.50 adults; $18.50 seniors, military and Florida residents; $10 students ages 13 and over; and $5 for children ages 5-12.  One World Golf Place (I-95 exit 323), St. Augustine. 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfhalloffame.org 
 
"Islands of Lemurs: Madagascar" at IMAX Theater - "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar" opens at The IMAX Theatre at World Golf Hall of Fame. This film takes audiences on a journey to the remote island of Madagascar to explore the diverse species of highly endangered lemurs that live there. 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 Pl., St. Augustine 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfimax.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: June 2 - 5
Maleficent: An IMAX 3D Experience - In Maleficent: an IMAX 3D Experience, a vindictive fairy is driven to curse an infant princess only to realize the child may be the only one who can restore peace. Maleficent plays through June 5. 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 Pl., St. Augustine 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfimax.com

Wednesday:  June 4
Farmer's Arts and Crafts Market - Farmer's 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
 
Music by the Sea Concert Series 2014 - Every Wednesday night through September 24, live concerts take place from 7 - 9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion. This week's band is Rob Peck & Friends playing jazz.  The Caribbean Sol Restaurant will offer signature dinners for $10.  Admission is free.  For comfortable seating, bring a folding chair. Go to the website for a listing of the band and restaurants for each Wednesday.  350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach 904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.org
Thursday:  June 5
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
 
2014 Concerts in the Plaza - The 24th season of Concerts in the Plaza continues with a free live performance every Thursday night from 7 - 9 p.m. in St. Augustine's Plaza de la Constitucion.  Bring a chair or blanket for seating. This week's performers are the House Cats playing jazz, swing & jump blues. 904-825-1004 www.plazaconcerts.com
Friday:  June 6
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
 
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
 
Weezer Concert - Nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Song "Beverly Hills" and Grammy winner for Best Short Form Music Video, rock band Weezer performs at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.  Their debut album, "The Blue Album," has been certified triple platinum.  Their 2005 album "Make Believe" also went platinum and made it to number one on the charts in Canada and number two in the States.  Weezer's single "Pork and Beans" topped the Billboard Modern Rock chart for 11 weeks.   The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. (gates open at 6 p.m.).  Tickets range from $49.50 to $75.  1340 A1A South St. Augustine 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com
 
Drive-By Truckers Concert - Athens, Georgia's Drive-By Truckers perform at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. DBT formed in 1996 and their 2001 double album Southern Rock Opera received a 4-star review from Rolling Stone.  Their 14 and latest album, English Oceans, was released in March. General Admission Standing Room Only tickets are $30 each.   1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0399 www.pvconcerthall.com
Friday - Sunday:  June 6 - 8 
St. Augustine Art Association Annual Honors Show - St. Augustine Art Association's Annual Honors Show will feature new works by artists who have won awards at association exhibits during the previous three years. 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
 
Katherine Parker Retrospective - The St. Augustine Art Association features a special, solo retrospective of the works of the late Katherine Parker.  The artist lived in St. Augustine for 30 years where she developed a unique technique creating monotype serigraph silkscreens overlaid with gouache, pencil and gold leaf.  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
Saturday:  June 7
Old City Farmers' Market - Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more.  Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Open 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733 
 
Drake's Raid  - The English corsair, Sir Francis Drake and his raiders return to St. Augustine in an authentic re-creation of the 1586 sack of the city.  Open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the raiders' camp at the Fountain of Youth Park features the arms and armor, craft skills and lifestyles of the period explained by costumed interpreters.  In the late afternoon, Drake and his followers descend on the city's historic district.  At 7 p.m., the battle between the English privateers and the brave defenders of St. Augustine begins at the Santo Domingo Redoubt, near the City Gate, proceeds down St. George Street and ends in the Plaza de la Constitucion.  904-824-9823  www.DrakesRaid.com 
 
Beach Bash at Anastasia State Park - From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Anastasia State Park hosts a day of fun activities starting with a scavenger hunt and ending with a spectacular sandcastle/sculpture contest.   Come enjoy the park and kick off summer with a trip to the beach.  The day features interpretive programs, a geo-caching event, many interactive and informative table displays from community organizations, and thanks to the donations of local businesses, lots of great prizes.  Everyone leaves a winner.  Regular park  entrance fees apply at $4/single-occupant vehicle, $8/vehicle with 2-8 occupants, and $2/bicyclist. 1340-A State Road A1A South, St. Augustine 904-461-2033 www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia
 
Living History Day at Fort Matanzas  - From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad reenactors 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
 
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 3 p.m. - dusk.  Admission is free. 260 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine 904-540-0402 www.vilanobeachfl.com
 
The Raintree's Upstairs Supper Club    -  The Raintree's Upstairs Supper Club  hosts "A Taste of Broadway" starring Blake Michael Osner.  Great songs from your favorite Broadway shows paired with a sumptuous dinner.  Tickets are $35 plus tax and gratuity with limited seating.   Reservations required by calling any day after 1 p.m.  102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. 904-824-7211 www.raintreerestaurant.com
 
Boston Concert - The St. Augustine Amphitheatre hosts one of American rock's classic bands, Boston.  Their "More Than A Feeling", "Peace of Mind" and many others are unforgettable contributions to 1970's rock. Their latest album, "Life, Love and Hope" was released in December 2013.   Tickets range from $39.50 - $125. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. (gates open 6:30 p.m.)  1340 A1A South St. Augustine 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com  
Saturday and Sunday: June 7 & 8
Flagler College Solarium Tours - Following a $2.3 million restoration, the magnificent Solarium of Henry Flagler's Hotel Ponce de Leon is now open for public tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m on Saturdays and Sundays.  Closed for decades, the Solarium was one of the outstanding amenities of the hotel when it opened in 1888.  Now Flagler College, the former hotel was one of the world's most exclusive destinations during America's Gilded Age.  The Solarium is a fourth-floor parlor above the Rotunda and boasts a breathtaking panoramic view of the city.  Tickets are $6 per person.  74 King St. St. Augustine 904-823-3378 http://legacy.flagler.edu
Sunday: June 8
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! Live music by The House Cats. Every Sunday from noon - 4 p.m.  399 Riberia St., St. Augustine.  www.facebook.com/lincolnvillefarmersmarket
 
Schooner Freedom World Ocean Day - Celebrate World Oceans Day with a gorgeous sailing trip aboard the tall ship Schooner Freedom. Two hours at sea provide opportunities to see dolphins, sea birds and other wildlife.  The afternoon sail departs the St. Augustine City Marina at 12:15 p.m. (tickets $35 for adults; $25 for kids) and the evening cruise casts off at 6:15 p.m.(tickets $45 per person).  Complimentary beverages provided on each cruise, plus you can bring your own picnic. 111 Avenida Menendez 904-810-1010 www.schoonerfreedom.com