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A Great Week in St Augustine, September 3 2013

 

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       September 3, 2013
Tuesday – Sunday : September 3 – 8
Ordinary People – This exhibit is a colorful, folksy presentation featuring some of St. Augustine’s first colonists. The exhibit is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center, 10 Castillo Dr. www.StAugustine-450.com
Great White Shark 3D and Tornado Alley 3D at the IMAX Theater – Two thrilling films, one GIANT experience – Great White Shark 3D and Tornado Alley 3D! Purchase any full-priced ticket to one documentary and get the second for only $1. Check the website for the daily show schedule at World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater, One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4133 www.worldgolfimax.com
Ignorance is a Choice Art Exhibit – Artist Donny Miller’s Ignorance is a Choice exhibit on display at St. Augustine’s space:eight Gallery. Donny’s unique graphic style of pairing seemingly benign images with witty declarations about humanity is as much philosophic as it is artistic. Ignorance is a Choice runs thru September 27. 228 West King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-2838 www.spaceeight.com
Savory Faire First Thanksgiving Food & Wine Tour – Throughout September, the original “foodie” historical adventure tour, Savory Faire, explores fascinating, little-known facts about the First Thanksgiving in St. Augustine! The city was founded on September 8, 1565, and on that date a Feast of Thanksgiving was shared between the Spaniards and native Timucua Indians.  This special 2-1/2 hour tour features tastes of the city’s cultural heritage.  Tickets are $49.  Reservations are required. 904-825-0087www.staugustinecitywalks.com
Wednesday:  September 4
Farmer’s Arts and Crafts Market – Farmers’ Market located at the ocean-side St. Johns County Pier Park, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Features selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more!  Open 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. rain or shine.  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.   The tour, which is included in admission, takes place at 10 a.m. on the second floor of Lightner Museum.  $10 adults; $6 for active duty military; $5 college student and youth ages 12-18; under 12 are free.  75 King St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2874www.lightnermuseum.org
Music By The Sea Concert Series 2013 – Live concert with the band ET Swing playing jazz takes place from 7-9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion.   Admission is free and local restaurant By Design Catering Co. will offer signature dinners for $10. For comfortable seating, bring a folding chair.  350 A1A Beach Blvd. St. Augustine Beach. 904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.org
Thursday: September 5
Backwaters Kayaking Trip from Faver-Dykes State Park – Guided by master naturalists, this kayak tour explores the coastline of Princess Place Preserve and Pellicer Creek — one of the cleanest and most pristine waterways in all of Florida. The tour departs at 9 a.m. from Faver-Dykes State Park.  Tickets (which include park admission, guide service, kayak and gear) are $55 for adults and $45 for 15 years or younger.  1000 Fayer-Dykes Rd., St. Augustine. 904-347-1565 www.RippleEffectEcotours.com
Thursday – Sunday: September 5 – 8
Ideas and Images Presents Artist Liz Rodda – The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College will host works of multi-media artist Liz Rodda, who uses sculpture and video as a means to investigate our notions of fate, personal control and the future.  The artist considers each work a “psychological experiment.”  On Thursday, Flagler College presents a talk and reception featuring artist Liz Rodda at 7 p.m. in the Gamache-Koger Theatre in teh Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla St.. The opening reception is 5-9 p.m. on Friday at the museum.  Admission is free for each event.  Rodda’s exhibition will run through October 18.  904-826-8530 www.flagler.edu/crispellert
Friday thru Sunday: September 6 – 8
Delicious Destinations at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club – Food and wine sophisticates unite!  The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club will host northeast Florida’s premier food and wine event — Delicious Destinations.  On Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. meet celebrity chefs at a welcome reception.  On Saturday evening from 7-10 p.m., the chefs will don their aprons and showcase their culinary talents for all to see and taste.  200 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 888-839-9145 http://deliciousdestinationsjax.com
St. Augustine Art Association’s Annual Fall Members’ Show – St. Augustine Art Association’s Annual Fall Members Show features a broad array of artistic styles, media and subjects.  The gallery reception is 5-9 p.m. on Friday.  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
Friday: September 6
President’s Golf Tournament – Join Flagler College President William T. Abare, Jr. at the TPC Sawgrass Dye Valley course for an exciting tournament to benefit the college’s Athletic Scholarship Fund.  $300 per player.  110 Championship Way in Ponte Vedra Beach.www.flagler.edu/golftournament
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 over 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
Wood & Landscape Art Exhibit Opening –  The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach will host the works of Gene Roberds and Grant Ward.  Grant specializes in turning wood and spinning metal vessels using a lathe.  Gene Roberds works include watercolors, oil and acrylic, plus some photographs and drawings.   Admission to the gallery is free daily. The opening reception will be from 6-8 p.m. at the Cultural Center,  50 Executive Way,  Ponte Vedra Beach 904-280-0614www.ccpvb.org
Sunset Kayak Tour – Hop into a stable kayak and paddle into one of the most peaceful places to experience the sunset – the salt marsh.  One of St. Augustine Eco Tours expert guides will lead this quiet journey through an area where beautiful wading birds forage and roost.  If you’re lucky you might even see an endangered sea turtle.  The tour is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and departs from the St. Augustine Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. The tour is $40 for adults.  904-377-7245 www.staugustineecotours.com
Saturday: September 7
Old City Farmers’ Market – Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more. Open 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South.
904-471-3733.
Founder’s Day and First Thanksgiving Celebration at Fountain of Youth – Opening at9 a.m,, Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archeological Park presents a day of celebratory events marking the 448th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine. Throughout the day, the public is invited to visit an authentic 16th century encampment featuring the Men of Menendez portraying the original soldiers and civilians who founded the city.  At 10 a.m., a waterfront cannon barrage salutes Menendez.  At 12:15 p.m., a cannon volley will be fired and repeated on the hour from 1 to 5 p.m.  At 1 p.m.,sixteenth century reenactors present an accurate portrayal of the First Thanksgiving Dinner, which occurred in 1565 at the present site of the Fountain of Youth.   Fifty-five years before the arrival of the Pilgrims in New England, Spanish colonists sat down with Native Americans for a Feast of Thanksgiving. The feast ends at 3 p.m. and will be followed by demonstrations of 16th century Spanish military and civilian life through 5 p.m.  Admission is $12 adults; $8 children (6-12).  11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-3168 www.fountainofyouthflorida.com
                              
448th Anniversary of the Founding Of St. Augustine –  Dozens of authentic reenactors portray the 1565 founding of St. Augustine by Pedro Menendez and his Spanish colonists. Colorful ceremonies and presentations, including the landing of Menendez, are followed by a special Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Bishop Felipe J. Estévez, Bishop of St. Augustine at the Mission Nombre De Dios’ outdoor altar, a Grand Procession, and an inspiring talk about the founding of St. Augustine by Dr. Timothy J. Johnson, Chairman of the Department of Humanities at Flagler College. The commemoration begins at 10 a.m.Admission and parking are free. The Mission Nombre de Dios is located off San Marco Avenue at 27 Ocean Ave., St. Augustine. www.floridalivinghistory.org
Living History Day at Fort Matanzas National Monument – 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.   8635 A1A S., St. Augustine. 904-471-0116www.nps.gov/foma
Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration – This fun evening at the Vilano Pier features a spectacular sunset across the bay plus dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more.  Activities are from 3 p.m. – dusk.  Admission is free.  260 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine. 904-540-0402www.vilanobeachfl.com
Civil Rights & Black Heritage Tour– St. Augustine Black Heritage Tours Inc. will offer a FREE historic walking tour at 5 p.m. Learn about St. Augustine’s historic role in Black History and events leading up to the Civil Rights act of 1964. Tours depart from the Tour Saint Augustine office, 4 Granada Street and encompass several blocks over the course of an hour. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. 904-825-0087 www.StAugustineBlackHeritageTours.com
Evening Nature Program at Anastasia State Park – Park rangers or volunteers present programs on various topics ranging from sea turtles to star gazing.  Programs take place at open-air pavilions with one of the most beautiful scenic backdrops in Northeast Florida as inspiration.  Program included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle.    Times vary throughout year. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-461-2035 http://www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia
Sunday: September 8
Story Time Celebration – Washington Oaks Gardens State Park will host a Story Time Celebration. At 2:30 p.m., Frank and Mary Lee Sweet, also known as “Back in Tyme” will tell stories and sing folksongs from the nineteenth century that tell how to take care of all the things that live and grow on our planet.  Celebrate literacy as “Back in Tyme” uses the art of storytelling and the emotion of music to illuminate Florida’s history and folklore. Admission is $5 per vehicle. 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast, 32137 386-446-6783www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks
St. Augustine Beach Sculpture Garden Concert – Have a picnic in the park and enjoy live music and the Sculpture Garden from 4 – 6 p.m.  Admission is free.   2300 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach 904-824-4483 www.st-augustine-sculpture-garden.org
“Check, Please” at the Raintree Restaurant – A theatrical performance of “Check, Please” combined with great dining create a memorable and enjoyable evening of entertainment.  Tickets to this exciting dinner theatre experience in the upstairs dining room of the Raintree Restaurant are $39.95 (adult beverages served separately).  Dinner is served at 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. arrival suggested) and the show begins at 7 p.m.  102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine 904-824-7211 www.raintreerestaurant.com
Steely Dan Concert – Jazz/rock icon Steely Dan bring their Mood Swings: 8 Miles to Pancake Day Tour to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre,1340 A1A South.   The show begins at7 p.m.  Tickets range from $52.50 to $99.50. 904-471-1965 www.staugamphitheatre.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 Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), theXimenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, City Walks History Mystery Murder Evening Tour 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.

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