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America’s Most Ancient City Celebrates Easter Weekend

Friday: April 6

Whale and Dolphin Lecture

Join Naturalists Zach McKenna and Angie Golubovich, along with environmental Filmmaker & Author Hardy Jones for an exciting talk about whales and dolphins, efforts to learn more about local cetaceans, and ways that the fate of marine mammals and humans are intertwined. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch. A limited amount of refreshments will be available. The talk begins at noon and is sponsored by the GTM Research Reserve, St. Augustine Eco Tours, and BlueVoice.org. For more information please call (904) 377-7245.

First Friday Art Walk

Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at more than 20 St. Augustine art galleries. Park for free at the San Sebastian Winery, 157 King Street, where sightseeing trains and trolleys offer free round-trips to the heart of the art district – or go on your own self-guided art walk. Galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 904.829.0065 or visit www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com.

233 West King Grand Opening

Be among the first to visit the exciting new art gallery, 233 West King, located at (of course) 233 West King Street in St. Augustine. The gallery will open its doors for the first time for First Friday Art Walk and visitors will be thrilled by “Bug Shots” featuring nature and wildlife photographs by Frank Berna. The photos capture visually beautiful flora and eye-popping insects and reptiles. Frank Berna will be on hand and on Saturday, April 7, will present a workshop. The exhibit will run through the month of April and a portion of the show’s proceeds will be donated to the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. For more information, call 904.910.8925.

Spring Flowers Show

Enjoy a springtime rendition of flowers in art at the new exhibit at Worley Faver Gallery, 11A Aviles Street in St. Augustine. The special First Friday event and exhibit opening includes an opportunity to meet artists Worley Faver, Kristin Hosbein, Russ Wilson, Wendy Norton, C Ford Riley, Richard Warholic and Claire Kendrick. This exhibit will be open through April 27. For more information, call 904.829.2450 or visit www.favergallery.com.

First Friday Carnival Show

Walk the nation’s oldest street and arrive in Brazil when Restaurant and Café Sol at 8 Aviles Street in St. Augustine presents a BIG First Friday Art Walk Carnival! From 6:30-8:30 p.m., join Chef Sol and his staff as the present live Rio dancers, Samba drummers, Joel & Band with two dancers performing both Flamenco and Classical routines. It’s a street party – and free of charge! Plus, it’s the grand opening of Restaurant and Café Sol serving the finest in Brazilian cuisine.

Sunset/Moonrise at 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. The tour is from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at the St. Augustine Lighthouse located at 81 Lighthouse Avenue. Check for times. Admission is $25 for non-museum members and $20 for members. Reservations are required. For more information, visit www.StAugustineLighthouse.org, or to reserve a spot, call 904.829.0745.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: April 6-8

Masters Weekend at the World Golf Hall of Fame

Celebrate the Masters Tournament with a visit to the World Golf Hall of Fame to enjoy photo opportunities with the Hall’s Masters trophy go on a special scavenger hunt and watch the broadcast throughout the museum. The Hall of Fame hours are Sunday noon to 6 p.m., and Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The World Golf Hall of Fame is located 1 World Golf Place, just off I-95 Exit 323 in St. Augustine. All residents of Augusta, Georgia get free admission during the week. Regular admission applies for all others. For more information, visit www.worldgolfhalloffame.org.

Saturday: April 7

Easter Egg Hunt at Adventure Landing Take the kids to Adventure Landing for games, rides, and a fun filled Easter Egg Hunt. Three age category hunts will take place between 9 and 11 a.m. Registration is at 8 a.m. Admission is $3 per child. Bring your own basket. In addition, Adventure Landing will offer special pricing on go-karts and miniature golf. Adventure Landing is located at 2780 S.R. 16 in St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.827.6400, or visit www.adventurelanding.com/staugustine.

Pellicer Creek Aquatic Preserve Kayak Tour

Explore the Pellicer Creek Aquatic Preserve while kayaking for a cause. Extensive marshes border this tidal creek with ample opportunity to see both the inhabitants of the estuary and the sky. This trip is guided by a Florida Master Naturalist Instructor. Proceeds from this kayak trip go to the Friends of Washington Oaks State Park to help with this vast conservation effort while exploring the true heart of Florida. Reservations required. The tours depart from Faver Dykes State Park, located at 1000 Faver-Dykes Rd, off US 1 at I-95 Exit 298. The cost is $55 per person and includes admission into the park and all kayaking equipment. For more information, call 904-347-1565 or visit www.RippleEffectEcotours.com.

Masters Watch Party at the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater

Get inspired at a special viewing of the Masters tournament at the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theatre. Admission for viewing one of the biggest events in golf on the giant screen is free. Concessions including Masters inspired sandwiches and snacks will be available. The Masters Watch party takes place from 3:30 to 7 p.m. The World Golf Hall of Fame is located 1 World Golf Place, located off I-95 Exit 323 in St. Augustine. For more information, visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org.

Jacaré Brazil Chamber Concert at Whitney Lab Auditorium

Enjoy an evening of Brazilian Chamber music at Whitney Lab Auditorium. The performance by Jacaré Brazil represents a diverse ensemble, specializing in the musical traditions of Brazil. Under the direction of acclaimed guitarist and singer Welson Tremura, the Jacaré Brazil collective comprises four complementary ensemble sections percussion, voice, guitar, and choro (Brazilian instrumental ensemble). The performance will take place at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10. Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience is located at 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd. in Marineland, about 15 miles south of St. Augustine on A1A. For more information, call 904-461-4000, or visit www.whitney.ufl.edu

Sunday: April 8

Vilano Beach Easter Sunrise Service

Celebrate Easter morning seaside starting with a with musical sunrise meditation at 6:30 a.m. Then at 7a.m. a service of song and dance and a brief message on living life with the joy and hope. It all takes place at Vilano Beach ramp, at the east end of Vilano Road in St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.808.8304.

Sunrise Service at Mickler’s Beach at Ponte Vedra Beach

During this 6:30 a.m. service, enjoy a special dramatic presentation of “The Cross Builder.” Mickler’s Beach is located at the south end of Ponte Vedra Beach off Highway A1A. For more information, visit www.pvpc.com

Sunrise Services at Castillo de San Marcos

Celebrate the dawn of Easter Sunday at a sunrise service on the grounds Castillo de San Marcos, overlooking the Matanzas Bay, in St. Augustine. The Services will take place at 7 a.m. Music will be presented by the NcNaught family.

Crescent Beach Easter Sunrise Service

Greet the Easter sunrise with thousands of worshippers seaside at Crescent Beach. The program, presented by Crescent Beach Baptist Church, begins at 7:15 a.m. on the beach with special music and an inspiring message. For more information, call 904.794.7777.

Annual St. Augustine Easter Parade

Enjoy the spectacle of marching bands, floats, drill teams, clowns, the Royal Family and the city’s carriage horses wearing hats donated by nationally- recognized women and the Easter Bunny. The parade begins at 3 p.m. at the Mission of Nombre de Dios and winds through downtown St. Augustine. Trophies will be presented in four categories. For more information, call 904-829-2333.

Local Resident Specials

NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, and the Spanish Military Hospital Museum. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Authentic Old Drug Store, Fort Matanzas National Monument, Government House Museum, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed).

NEW: St. Johns County residents who purchase full-price admisssion to the St. Augustine Lighthouse ($9.50 adults; $7.50 seniors and children 12 and under; free for children under 44 inches in height) can now receive a pass good for free admission for an entire year! The Lighthouse is now open until 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.. Also, on the first Monday of each month, St. Johns County residents are admitted free to the Dow Museum of Historic Houses, 246 St. George Street, St. Augustine.

For more information on events and activities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com or call 1.800.653.2489.

Entertainment

Best Picture Nominated WWII Biopic Arriving on DVD

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Books

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet

  The President's Kitchen Cabinet The Story of the African-Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas by Adrian Miller University of North Carolina Press Hardcover, $30.00 292 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-4696-3253-7 Book Review by Kam Williams “[This opus] vividly tells the stories of the African-Americans who worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

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

Trump and Traditions of the Founders

  Trump and Traditions of the Founders By Ezrah Aharone Maybe I should watch more CNN or MSNBC to be convinced since most Black people seemingly regard Donald Trump as some sort of abrupt political mutation who violates America’s traditions. What I see in Trump is “America’s traditional reflection in the mirror.” I see the exact same hardline and hostile government that the founders deliberately engineered with deep political and racial … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Skeeter Recognized Again for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction

  Skeeter Recognized Again for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction    Skeeter, a leader in performance fishing boats, announced today from the Miami International Boat Show® that the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA®) has again recognized Skeeter with a CSI Award for excellence in customer satisfaction in the Freshwater Fiberglass Outboard Boat category. This year’s award is the fifteenth consecutive for Skeeter, an … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

Super Bowl LI’s Message: Patriotism

  Super Bowl LI’s Message: Patriotism by Amy Lignor   There are some people waking up this morning completely stunned. Why? Because they shut the Super Bowl off after the third quarter. They knew what was “going to happen” and had to go to work today, so why bother staying up and watching the rest of what was going to be an obvious blow-out? Besides, they had been given some memorable commercials, a great country western singer ushering … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Mobile Phone Forecast: Is Saturation of the Market in Sight?

  Mobile Phone Forecast: Is Saturation of the Market in Sight? by Amy Lignor   It is a fact that when people say no matter where they look – whether it be while walking down a neighborhood sidewalk, driving in their cars, shopping at the grocery store – it seems that everyone on the planet is holding a phone to their ear, or staring down at the screen in order to text, get information, search online, or watch Facebook and Twitter … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

It’s Time to Save for Summer Vacation!

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Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

  Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden by Amy Lignor   Many are still dealing with that wintery mix Mother Nature just loves to toss down from the sky this time of year. Yet, that gardener living inside the soul – the one just dreaming of the sunny skies and lazy rainy days that are must-haves in order to grow the best vegetables possible – is already jotting down the facts, tricks and tips they need to know in order to make that … [Read More its Good for You...]