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A Great Weekend in St. Augustine

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        January 22, 2013
This Weekend is now This Week
which means more great events for you to know about!
Tuesday through Sunday: January  22 – 27
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 – 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 open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 5 p.m.  Admission is Free. www.staaa.org
Celebrate Art: 6th Annual Juried Artist Member Exhibition – Thirty-five of the area’s finest artists will present their juried works in this popular members’ exhibition on display through February 15. The galleries are free and open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra, 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach.  904-280-0614 www.ccpvb.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
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
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!  904-386-5482 www.thetastingtours.com
 
 Hotel Ponce De Leon Carrere & Hastings Blueprint Exhibit – 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 through February 22. 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. www.ponce125.com 904-829-6481
Tuesday:  January 22
Hotel Ponce de Leon 125th Anniversary Community Lecture – A presentation by Dr. Tom Graham titled “Life and Leisure in Flagler’s St. Augustine.” This presentation is part of the commemorative events celebrating The 125th Anniversary of the opening of the Hotel Ponce de Leon. Takes place at 10 a.m. in the Flagler Room at the former Hotel Ponce De Leon, 74 King St., St. Augustine. Admission to the program is free. www.ponce125.com
 
Tristan MacDonald Book Signing – Meet author Tristan MacDonald and have him personalize a copy of his latest book “Into My Fourth Quarter – Going for Overtime.” Books will be available for purchase for $10 for black and white and $25 for color. If you have already purchased a copy, bring it by for signing anytime between 6 -9 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. The signing takes place at the Raintree Restaurant, 102 San Marco Ave. in St. Augustine.  904-824-7211
 
Richard Thompson Concert – Named as one of the world’s 20 best guitarists by Rolling Stone magazine, Richard Thompson performs at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $40 and $35.www.pvconcerthall.com  904-209-0399
Wednesday: January 23
Discover First America Series – Juan Ponce de Leon Finds La Florida – Theories and fascinating evidence of the landing of Ponce de León will be explored while re-enactors bring to life the moment when Old World and New World cultures collided. The program will take place at 7 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St. Admission is free.www.StAugustine-450.com
 
St. Augustine Eco Tours Wildlife Boat Ride – See the natural side of St. Augustine aboard an ultra-stable rigid hull inflatable boat with a front row seat to see historic sites and the amazing animals that call this area home. Departure times vary. Tickets are $35. St. Augustine Eco Tour is located at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. 904-377-7245
Thursday: January 24
Evenings at Whitney: Marine “Jelly Balls” – An evening lecture series about current science topics or on-going research at the Whitney Lab. This lecture about jelly balls, a part of our complex ecosystem, will be presented by Dr. Mark Martindale, Professor of Biology, University of Florida. The lecture takes place at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public. The Center for Marine Studies at Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience is located at 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine (Marineland).  904-461-4000
Friday: January 25
Nation’s Oldest City Kayak Tour – St. Augustine Eco Tours 2-hour program with a unique perspective of the historic Castillo de San Marcos and gorgeous views of Matanzas Bay. Guide will identify wildlife along the way and explain local salt marsh ecology. Stable tandem kayaks make the paddle enjoyable for all. $40 pe person. St. Augustine Eco Torus is located at St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez.  904-377-7245 ww.staugustineecotours.com
 
Marshall Crenshaw & the Bottle Rockets Concert – Pop singer and songwriter Marshall Crenshaw & the Bottle Rockets perform at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $35 & $30.  www.pvconcerthall.com
 
We Got It Covered – Meet many of St. Augustine’s influential, and at times notorious, celebrities who have appeared on the cover of Old City Life Magazine during the magazine’s first seven years.  The free event takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the 233 West King Art Gallery in St. Augustine.  Live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres from Culinary Outfitters and a wine tasting included!  The gallery is located at 233 West King Street.  904-217-7470
Friday and Saturday: January 25 & 26
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 25 – 27
Limelight Theater Presents Lost in Yonkers – Neil Simon’s coming of age tale about a young man who must come to terms with his bleak life in Yonkers. The production takes place Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are priced at $25 for adults; $22 for seniors; and $20 for students and active-duty military. www.Limelight-Theatre.org     904-825-1164
Saturday: January 26
Matanzas 5000 33rd Annual 5K & Fun Run – The 33rd Annual Matanzas 5K begins at 9 a.m. and the Fun Run begins at 10:15 a.m. from Swing Park at Francis Field, located on Castillo Dr. in St. Augustine, and continues downtown along the historic bayfront.  The awards ceremony follows the race.  Registration is $20 in advance through January 12th, $25 January 13th – January 25; $30 the day of the race.     904-461-1615 www.ancientcityrr.org   www.matanzas5k.com
 
Living History Days at Fort Mose – From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., volunteers in period clothing offer visitors a fascinating glimpse into the past at the site of the first, legally-sanctioned, free black community in the United States. Program is weather permitting. Fort Mose State Park is located at 15 Fort Mose Trail in St. Augustine. Admission is $4 per vehicle or $2 for pedestrians or bicyclists. Info:  904-823-2232 www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose
 
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 hours tour departs at 1:30 p.m. from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center at 27 San Marco Ave. The tour cost is $60.  904-829-3800
 
Uptown Saturday Night – From 5 – 9 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month, experience live music, refreshments, new exhibits, book signings and much more at the galleries, antique stores and unique shops on St. Augustine’s San Marco Avenue between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. The Mission Nombre de Dios provides FREE PARKING.  904-823-9263.
 
Sunset/Moonrise at The St. Augustine Lighthouse – Enjoy the sunset and moonrise from the most unique perspective in all of St. Augustine – the top of the Lighthouse!  This special event 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.  Admission is $25 for non-museum members and $20 for members.  Advance ticket purchase required.   904-829-0745
 
Torchlight Tours at Fort Matanzas National Monument – Spanish reenactors conduct spectacular nighttime firings of two six-pounder reproduction cannons. Tours will depart the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center dock at 6:00, 6:45, 7:30 and 8:15 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be available beginning January 13th only at the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center. The cost is $7 per person and children 3 and under are free. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at 8635 A1A at the south end of Anastasia Island approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine.  904-471-0116  www.nps.gov/foma
 
EMMA Concert Series: The China National Symphony Orchestra – One of the most outstanding professional symphony orchestras in Asia, performs at 8 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St. in St. Augustine. Tickets are $35 per person.www.EmmaConcerts.com  904-797-2800
Sunday: January 27
Royal Family Transfer of Office
Colorful transfer of royal duties from the 2012 Royal Family to the 2013 Royal Family composed of heritage residents representing Queen Marianna, King Juan Carlos and Princess Margarita Maria — the Spanish Royal Family of 1672, the year in which work began on the Castillo de San Marcos. The event begins at 2 p.m. at the Isabella Gardens located at the corner of Hypolita and St. George Streets in St. Augustine.  904-829-2333

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