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Fun Filled Weekend in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches

 

Friday and Saturday: October 14 & 15

ST. AUGUSTINE AMATEUR MEN’S GOLF TOURNAMENT

See some of the nation’s best amateur and collegiate golfers competing in what has become one of the best tournaments of its kind in the Southeast.  Played over 54 holes at the St. Johns Golf Club, the tournament’s competitors will be selected on the basis of their golfing resumes.   Points awarded to the winner, runner up and Top 5 finishers will count toward the Golfweek/Titleist Men’s Amateur Rankings.   The St. Johns Golf Club is located at 4900 Cypress Links Blvd., in Elkton. For more information, call904.209.0352 or visit www.staugustineamateur.org.

 

THE PELLICER CREEK RAID

Experience a Civil War reenactment at the Florida Agricultural Museum. There will be several living history groups from around the Southeastern US on hand to demonstrate what Civil War military life was like in 1864. On Saturday and Sunday, infantry, cavalry and artillery troops will stage a battle at 1 p.m. The encampment is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Florida Agricultural Museum, located on the corner of Old Kings Road and U.S. 1 in Palm Coast. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children, toddlers and infants are free. For more information, call 386.446.7630 or visit www.myAgMuseum.com.

 

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM

Enjoy this classic production at the Limelight Theatre. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this family-friendly musical comedy tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. Show times through October 23 are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $20 for students and active military. The Limelight Theater is located at 11 Old Mission Avenue in St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.825.1164 or visit www.Limelight-Theatre.org

GOLD CITY HISTORY TOURS

Ride in comfort and style with just seven other passengers on an all- electric shuttle bus while enjoying a narrated tour of the sites of St. Augustine. This tour goes where others can’t and is personalized to allow stops whenever requested. St. Augustine Gold Tours operate from the Old Drug Store car park on Orange Street. Tours are $15, children six and over $10. Special party bookings are also available by reservation. For more information, call 904.325.0547 or go to www.staugustinegoldtours.com

 

MUSIC AT SARA’S CREPE CAFE

Enjoy delicious crepes and a great European atmosphere while enjoying live music all weekend at Sara’s Crepe Cafe at the corner of Spanish and Hypolita Streets in St. Augustine.  Friday afternoon from 4-7 p.m.and Sunday from 3-6 p.m., enjoy the Nuevo Flamenco and Latin sounds of Dennis Fermin’s classical Spanish guitar. Friday from 8-11 p.m. it’s the dynamic duo of Maja and Gitana and their Latin, Gypsy and Jazz music.  Saturday and Sunday from 7-11 p.m., The Groov Band will bring a touch of sophisticated romance to the courtyard.  For more details, call 904.810.5800 or go to

Friday:  October 14

CELEBRATE PONTE VEDRA

Support the arts in grand style at this annual benefit for the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach.  Held at the beautiful TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse, THE PLAYERS Benefit for the Arts will feature delicious food, an open bar, silent auction and live music and dancing under the stars.  Cocktails and auction begin at 5:30 p.m. and the music performed by “Party On the Moon” is from 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.   The TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse is located at 110 Championship Way in Ponte Vedra Beach.  Tickets are $150 each. For more information, call 904-280-0614 x 202 or go to www.ccpvb.org .

Saturday: October 15

CRACKER DAY

Celebrate Florida’s Country Cracker Heritage with bluegrass banjos, horsemanship demonstrations and mouth-watering barbecue. Enjoy a full day of horseback games, horseback racing, barrel racing, livestock show, cracker whipping demonstrations, and exhibits of Florida Cracker equipment. Events take place all day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Barbecue is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds located on SR 207 west in Elkton. Adult admission is s $10, children (under 12) admission is $4. Price includes parking and barbecue dinner (Race participation fees not included). For more information, call Chuck Stephens at 904.824.9720.

 

TOLOMATO CEMETERY TOURS

Come explore the historic markers at the oldest extant cemetery in Florida. The self-guided and docent led tours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. TheTolomato Cemetery, an historic cemetery is located on Cordova Street, the site of an earlier Franciscan Indian mission (Our Lady of Guadalupe of the Tolomato) in St Augustine. Burials officially ceased in 1884. Visits are free of charge, but visitors are encouraged to offer a donation.  All money goes to the preservation and restoration of the cemetery. For more information, visit www.tolomatocemetery.com.

 

FAMILY MARINE BIOLOGY ADVENTURE

Join the Captains & Naturalists of St. Augustine Eco Tours on their research boat for a fun ride into the estuary where dolphins and other marine life abound.  The 11:30-1:00 trip leaves time for lunch in downtown after your trip!  $40/adults, $30/kids.  Call (904) 377-7245 to make reservations!  Visitwww.staugustineecotours.com for more information, including testimonials!

 

OCEAN WISE SUSTAINABLE DINING EVENT

Enjoy a signature dining event at the GTM Research Reserve Center. Selected chefs from local restaurants will prepare and offer a variety of ocean-friendly sustainable seafood fare. The evening will begin with a beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres cocktail reception. There will also be ocean-friendly exhibits and a silent auction that will benefit the Friends of the GTM Reserve.  Ocean Wise starts at 6 p.m. at the GTM Research Reserve Environmental Center, located at 505 Guana River Road, off A1A at Ponte Vedra South. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, visitwww.friendsofgtmoceanwise.org or call 904.823.4527.

 

ROMANZA BIG BAND CONCERT: SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY

Swing into history at Romanza’s second celebration of St Augustine during WWII when the Coast Guard occupied the Ponce de Leon Hotel and German submarines were spotted near our beaches.  This fun-filled evening features the 18-piece Florida Swing Orchestra from Jacksonville. This sentimental journey will take place from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 190 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. Tickets are $35 general admission and $50 for reserved VIP seating. Military dress or 40’s attire encouraged. For more information, visit www.RomanzaFL.org  or email:RomanzaFL@gmail.com.

Sunday: October 16

WETLANDS AND FORESTS KAYAK TOURS AT FAVER-DYKES

Paddle along miles of protected Florida marshland and witness Clapper Rails and Otters foraging for food. See Monarch butterflies and many other varieties fluttering just overhead as they continue on their 1,000+ mile migrations. Expedition kayaks glide effortlessly and silently along the water without disturbing wildlife and paddling with a certified UF Master Naturalist Instructor is certain to enlighten and enrich this journey. The tour is from noon to 3 p.m. and the cost is $55 per person which includes free admission into the park, guide service, and the finest kayaking equipment.  Faver-Dykes State Park is located on Faver-Dykes Road, off US 1 South at I95 Exit 294 in St. Augustine. Space is limited so to ensure a high quality experience: 904.347.1565 www.RippleEffectEcotours.com

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

Architecture in America That Would Make Frank Lloyd Wright Proud

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Outdoors

Yamaha Marine Receives 2017 Silver Star of Excellence

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Sports

Gonzaga Celebrates the Final Four

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Business

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Travel

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Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

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