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A Great Week in St Augustine

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        January 7, 2013
This Weekend is now This Week
which means more great events for you to know about!
Monday through Sunday: January 7 – 13

Nights of Lights – St. Augustine’s famed Nights of Lights illuminate the nation’s oldest city’s historic district with the gentle glow of more than three million tiny white lights, providing a luminous setting for an exciting agenda of holiday events and fun through January 31.www.NightsofLights.com

 

2013 Annual Figure & Portrait Show – Through Jan. 27, expressions of the human form and face lend personality to this exhibit. Artworks may include gesture drawings, academic figure studies, formal portraits or busts and people in groups rendered in any style or material. The St. Augustine Art Association Gallery, 22 Marine St., St. Augustine is openTuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 5 p.m.  Admission is Free.www.staaa.org

 

Dressing of the Palms  – Complementing Nights of Lights, the Dressing of the Palms in the Town Center at Vilano Beach features holiday decorations adorning over 200 palm trees along Vilano Road and Coastal Highway in Vilano Beach. Through January. Free. Vilano Beach Town Center 260 Vilano Road, St Augustine Phone: 904-540-0402www.VilanoBeachFL.com

 

“The Meanies” Art Exhibit at Space Eight – Exhibition of mixed-media creations by artist Jordie Hudson. Titled “The Meanies,” the exhibit takes place at the Space Eight Gallery, 228 W. King St., in St. Augustine. Info: www.spaceeight.com; 904-829-2838

Water Taxi Nights of Lights Tours – Board the Horizons II for a relaxing Nights of Lights tour from the water. Tickets are $39 on weeknights and $49 on weekends. Tours depart from Vilano Beach Fishing Pier, 298 Vilano Road, Vilano Beach. www.jaxwatertaxi.com

904-322-7194

 

Nights of Lights Wine and Carriage Tour – Step aboard an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage and meander the historic streets on this 45 minute tour. While enjoying the spectacular light display, indulge in a bottle of delicious boutique wine (red or white). Tours depart from Isabella’s Cuban Bar at 19 Cuna Street, at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $46 per person – Adults only! 904-386-5482www.thetastingtours.com

Wednesday:  January 9
Discover First America Series – Palace in Paradise: The Hotel Ponce de Leon Turns 125. Henry Flagler and a cast of Victorian Age reenactors portray late 19th century life at this magnificent St. Augustine hotel – now Flagler College. 7 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St. Admission is free. www.StAugustine-450.com
 
Wednesday through Sunday: January  9 – 13
Siege at St. Augustine: SASS Florida State Cowboy Action Shooting Championship

The Florida SASS State Championship will take place at the Ancient City Shooting Range, 3021 Agricultural Center Drive in St. Augustine. Events include a Black Powder Match, Cowboy Fast Draw and side matches, safety meetings and several other shooting-style matches. http://siegeatstaugustine.com

Thursday: January 10
Tom Rush Concert – Folk legend Tom Rush along with Bob Gallagher perform at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall located at 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets $29 – $39.  ww.pvconcerthall.com   904-209-0399

 

 

 

 

Friday: January 11
The Woods Brothers Concert – Folk musician siblings Chris and Oliver Woods perform at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall located at 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach. Advance Tickets $20; Day of the Show $22. www.pvconcerthall.com   904-209-0399
Friday and Saturday: January 11 & 12
New Year’s Rockin Trolley Tour – Take a musical journey back in time aboard the New Year’s Rockin’ Trolley.  Featuring the most popular songs of each decade since the 1920’s, the trolley tours through the historic St. Augustine amid the dazzling Nights of Lights holiday display.  The Pink Lady hostess and leather-jacketed conductor, characters straight out of Grease, lead guests in singing and dancing their way through musical history.  The 35-minute tours depart at 6 and 7 p.m. from St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, 10 W. Castillo Drive. Tickets are $9 adults and $4 children ages 6-12. 904-829-3800
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: January 11 – 13
The Secret: The Spanish Inquisition in Old St. Augustine – Could Jews, fleeing for their lives from Spain, have arrived with Pedro Menendez in 1565 when he founded the City of St. Augustine? This stunning new play by Lee Weaver features this possibility, along with the drama of an ocean crossing, Indian and pirate attacks, religious intolerance and an unforgettable love story. This one-person show covers 50 years in St. Augustine as one family struggles with both survival in the New World and the betrayal, secrecy and bigotry of the Spanish Inquisition. Performances times at the Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez, 259 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine are 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $20 for general admission; $15 for students and groups of 15 or more.   Info:www.OldFloridaMuseum.com or 904-824-8874
Hotel Ponce De Leon Carrere & Hastings Blueprint Exhibit – Through February 22

In commemoration of the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Ponce de Leon Hotel, historically and culturally significant ephemera relating to the construction and early years of the Hotel Ponce de Leon will be on display. This exhibit includes original Carrere and Hastings and McGuire drawings and blueprints, photographs, a copy of an 1885 map, and construction documents.  Additionally, the exhibit highlights a group of artists who made the Hotel Ponce de Leon their seasonal home during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Original artwork and other artifacts related to their time in Saint Augustine will also be displayed at Flagler College’s Crisp – Ellert Art Museum, located at 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. The museum is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free. 904-829-6481 http://www.ponce125.com

Saturday: January 12
Crabbing for Beginners Workshop – A Faver-Dykes State Park ranger explains the necessary equipment, techniques, skills, rules and regulations to catch blue crabs. A Florida Saltwater shoreline fishing licensing is required for participants over the age of 16. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to make reservations. The workshop begins at 11 a.m. at the Picnic Area Fishing Dock. The park is located at 1000 Faver-Dykes Rd. The price of the program is included in the regular park entrance fee of $5 per vehicle of up to eight people; $4 per vehicle for single occupancy; and $2 per person on bicycles.         904-794-0997 www.FloridaStateParks.org

Second Saturdays GTM Reserve Guided Trail Hike – Join GTM Research Reserve volunteers from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for a 1.5 mile guided walk through the Guana Trail. After the walk, visit the GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center (EEC).  The EEC is located at 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach.  There is a $3 parking fee. 904-823-4500 http://gtmnerr2ndtrailhike.eventbrite.com

 

125th Anniversary Tour of Hotel Ponce De Leon – Walk the same halls as did Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison and Henry Flagler during this special tour that commemorates the 125th Anniversary of Henry M. Flagler’s magnificent Hotel Ponce De Leon Hotel. Trumpeters will announce the arrival of guests as the gates open and the orchestra plays on the Loggia. Mingle with the guests and hotel staff and perhaps say hello to Mr. and Mrs. Flagler as they dine in the Hotel’s grand dining room, the Ponce de Leon Hall, 74 King St., St. Augustine. Tour hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free admission.www.ponce125.com  904-823-3378

 

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

 

Marcia Ball & Her Band Concert – Boogie and blues pianist/vocalist Marcia Ball & Her Band will perform at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall located at 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $50 and $40. www.pvconcerthall.com    904-209-0399

 

Limelight Theatre 2013 Gala and “The Best of Broadway” Performance – The 21st season fundraising Gala will include open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction at the historic Lightner Museum from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. At 8 p.m. the party will cross the street to the elegant Lewis Auditorium for a musical tribute to Broadway. Tickets are $75 for pre-party and show; $40 for performance only. 904-825-1164  www.limelight-theatre.org

 
Sunday: January 13
Happy New Year from Mark Twain – Robert Gill presents a spellbinding impression of famed author Mark Twain and includes the  author’s irreverent take on many subjects, along with an assortment of reflections on the New Year. Tickets to this five-star dinner theatre experience at 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. Advance tickets can be purchased beginning at 2 p.m. daily at the Raintree, 102 San Marco Ave. in St. Augustine. 904-824-7211

Entertainment

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Books

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet

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Art

The Day After the Day Of

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Real Estate

History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder

  History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder by Amy Lignor   For the longest time, scientists and archaeologists have been confused and bemused by various discoveries they’ve unearthed that offer little or no explanation as to the who, what, and why of the people who created these things or left them behind. Even now, in 2017, there are discoveries being studied; stories that were once legends now have actual bits of proof being found that … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

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Outdoors

Skeeter SX210

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Sports

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Business

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Travel

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Green Living

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