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A Happy New Year of Events this week in St Augustine

 

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        January 1, 2013
  Special Holiday Edition of This Week!
This Weekend is now This Week
which means more great events for you to know about!
Tuesday through Monday: January 1 – 7
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. Closed New Year’s Day. Admission is Free. www.staaa.org
Dressing of the Palms  – Complimenting 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
Ripley’s Big Red Christmas Train – Ripley’s Big Red Christmas Train transports riders through St. Augustine’s magical Nights of Lights. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season while viewing a magical holiday illusion through your free Magic viewing glasses. Nightly tours are from 6 to 8 p.m. (till 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday) and begin at Ripley’s Believe It or Not, 19 San Marco Avenue On Friday and Saturday, there will be entertainment in the lines and FREE admission to Santa’s Village!  904-824-1606 http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001xbeBLNc7RyOff7SdFAfh-JZGx84GwgFeE9W-6UHOl9ASp7avpULtuOMkkrr8kwytzkJNPakNhd-Ld-ZdItsIwbRLyrquBTz1ij7WkGviwveQtxZsIdVxBt-jBdyaXNYUb45X4QzSDYPXgu4fHwdSS8-_TAGcGh7M
Electric Bus Nights of Lights Tours – See the City lights on a 7-seat comfortable all-electric vehicle with a fully narrated 45-minute tour covering all the downtown city lights and sights, tour covers both the narrow and main streets. Nightly departures from parking lot at rear of Love Tree Café, 31 Orange Street at 6, 7, 8 & 9 p.m. Adults $12 Child under 12 $10.  904-325-0547 www.staugustinegoldtours.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  904-733-7782
Sundancer Yacht Nights of Lights – Tour Sundancer Yacht is providing special sightseeing and Nights of Lights cruises through the holidays. Cruises aboard this beautiful 117 foot luxury yacht are full of holiday spirit with decorations, lights, and music. Daytime sightseeing cruises are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 – 6. The special Nights of Lights Cruises depart at 5:15, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Cruises are $16 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 – 6. All cruises depart from St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez.  877-446-6465
Monday:  January 1
First Day Hike Anastasia State Park – Leisurely one-mile, guided hike featuring birds, butterflies, flowering vegetation and a scavenger hunt using GPS. Participants will need a smart phone with GPS or some other type of GPS. Binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, bug spray and water are also recommended. The hike begins at 2 p.m. from the Ancient Dunes Trail trailhead and is included in admission ($8 per vehicle) to the park located at 1340 A1A in St. Augustine. Info:  904-461-2033 www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia

First Day Hike Faver-Dykes State Park – Ranger-guided nature hike along the beautiful, 2.6-mile Hiram-Faver Trail. The hike through oak hammocks and pine flatwoods provides opportunities to learn about the plants, wildlife and history of the area. Bring binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, bug spray and water. The hike begins at 1 p.m. at the Ranger Station. Hike is included in admission ($5 per vehicle) to the park located at 1000 Faver-Dykes Road, St. Augustine. Info:  904-794-0997www.floridastateparks.org/faverdykes
Tuesday through Sunday: January 1-6
Winter Wonderland – The 6th Annual Winter Wonderland at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre is hosted by the St. Johns County Cultural Events Division. Winter Wonderland features North Florida’s premiere outdoor ice skating rink, along with a brand new Ice Chute, RC Race Track and Kid’s Room and visits with Santa! St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. Event Pricing: Each activity priced separately. Phone:  904-209-0367  winterwonderlandflorida.com
Holly Jolly Holiday Trolley – Explore St. Augustine’s famous Nights of Lights in the cozy comfort of the Holly Jolly Trolleys. Guests of all ages delight at the festive glittering lights throughout St. Augustine’s historic area while enjoying caroling, hot apple cider and homemade cookies. Tours depart from St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, 10 W. Castillo Drive. www.TrolleyTours.com
Thursday: January 5
Living History Day at Fort Matanzas National Monument
From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors will 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 at the south end of Anastasia Island approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. Info:www.nps.gov/foma 904-471-0116
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. For reservations and more information:  904-829-3800;  www.trolleytours.com/st-augustine/tour-chocolate.asp 
Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration
Features a spectacular sunset across the bay — plus, dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more can be found on the pier! Activities are from 3 p.m. – dusk. Admission is free. Located at 115 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine. Info:  904-540-0402www.vilanobeachfl.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. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. Times vary throughout year. For more information, call 904-461-2035;  http://www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia 
EMMA Concert Series: Inspirata
Acclaimed vocal and stage artists perform at 8 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College,14 Granada St. in St. Augustine. Tickets are $30 per person.
Info:  904-797-2800;  www.EmmaConcerts.com 
Thursday through Sunday: January 3-6
Limelight Theatre Presents Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings
Through January 6, Christmas classics delight as well as audience favorites featuring the Rockettes and the Chipmunks! This holiday show is truly heaven-sent! Located at 11 Old Mission Avenue, performances will take place Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. 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
Friday: January 4
First Friday Art Walk
Experience one of St. Augustine’s most popular cultural events from 5 – 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at over 20 participating galleries. Tours begin at San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St. St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys offer attendees a complimentary shuttle service to most of the galleries. Shuttles run on a continuous loop every 30 minutes.
Info:  904-829-0065; www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com
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Friday, Saturday, Sunday: January 4-6
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
School of the 16th Century
A three-day course titled “How To Survive in the 16th Century” provides an in-depth look at the clothing, weapons, food, history, resources and more at the 1565 Menendez settlement site. The school takes place on the grounds of Ponce de Leon’s Archaeological Park, 11 Magnolia Ave. St. Augustine. Tuition is $100 which includes Friday reception and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Info: FOYexplorer@gmail.com or  904-599-2113.

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