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Incredible Weekend in St Augustine

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        January 28, 2013
This Weekend is now This Week
which means more great events for you to know about!
Monday through Thursday: January  28 – 31
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
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
Monday through Sunday:  January 28 – February 3
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
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
Friday: February 1
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.   904-829-0065 www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com
Music from the HeART Amiro Art & Found – As part of St. Augustine’s First Friday Art Walk, Amiro Art & Found will open a special exhibit titled Music From the HeArt featuring the works of local artist and musical instrument designer Dick Bozung.  His unique folk art inspired by the harmony of the natural world has been exhibited throughout the Southeast.  In celebration of the exhibit and upcoming Valentine’s Day, Peterbrook Chocolatier on Anastasia Island will provide chocolates. Amiro Art & Found is located at 9C Aviles St. The event is from 5 – 9 p.m.   904-824-8460 www.amiroartandfound.com
Small Potatoes in Concert – The wit and poignant folk music of Small Potatoes are featured in this Gamble Rogers Folk Festival production. The concert takes place at 7:30p.m.at the Lohman Auditorium of the Whitney Laboratory, 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., Marineland.   Advance tickets are $20, at the door $25.   904-794-4163www.gamblerogersfest.org

Ed Kowalczky Concert – Legendary songwriter and former lead singer for Live, Ed Kowalczky will 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   904-209-0399

Friday and Saturday: February 1 & 2
Enchanted Sunset Ecotours – Ripple Effect Ecotours will take you, friends and family into the natural mystery of the estuary GTM Reserve. These guided ecotours take you on paddling or motorized tours through St. Augustine’s hidden treasure along the water. Tours are at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.   904-347-1565 www.RippleEffectEcotours.com
Thursday –  Sunday: January 31 – February 3
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
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: February 1 – 3
“Negro Y Blanco” Art Exhibit at Space Eight – Exhibition of black and white creations by artist Anthony Ausgang.  Titled “Negro Y Blanco,” the exhibit takes place at the Space Eight Gallery, 228 W. King St., in St. Augustine.  The opening party with Mr. Ausgang will be from 5-11 p.m. on February 1.   www.spaceeight.com     904-829-2838
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.  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
Picasso:  Art & Arena Exhibit – An exhibition featuring dozens of Picasso originals, including many that have never been seen previously in the United States.  This impressive collection showcases the Spanish cultural flavor and artistic traditions introduced into what would become the United States when, in 1565, Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles came ashore here with soldiers, artisans and craftsman to found the City of St. Augustine — the oldest, continuously- occupied European settlement in the continental U. S. The exhibition will be at the Visitor Information Center,10 Castillo Dr. in St. Augustine.  Admission: Adults $10; Seniors $8; Kids 6 & Under – Free; Kids 7 – 12 – $5; Family of 4 – $20; Military in Uniform – Free; Flagler College Student with ID – Free.  The Picasso Exhibit will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday – Thursday; Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  www.picassoartandarena.com    904-825-1000
Big Red Art Show  – A celebration of the color red includes works that convey a range of moods and meanings with any variation of the spectrum’s hottest color. The St. Augustine Art Association Gallery is located at 22 Marine St. in St. Augustine and is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.  www.staaa.org     904-824-2310
Saturday: February 2
Maritime Archaeology Day – Special program from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Anastasia State Park showcases the park’s maritime history.  Fun and educational booths set up by the Florida Public Archaeology Network, LAMP of the St. Augustine Lighthouse, The Pirate and Treasure Museum, The St. Augustine Yacht Club, Fort Matanzas and other groups tell the story.  Plus, there will be free guided kayak tours of Salt Run at 10:15 and 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. (first come, first served), guided nature walks, live local music and seafood fare from the Island Grill.  All events are included in the regular park admission of $8 per vehicle with 2-8 people, $4 single occupant vehicle, $2 pedestrians and bicyclists.  Anastasia Sate Park is located at 1340-A A1A in St. Augustine.    www.friendsofanastasia.org  904-461-2033
Living History Day at Fort Matanzas National Monument – From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad reenactors 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.  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 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.   904-829-3800
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.    904-540-0402 www.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.   904-461-2035  www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia
EMMA Concert Series: New York Chamber Soloist Orchestra – This twelve-member ensemble of strings, winds, and keyboard along with violin soloist Rachel Barton Pine performs at 8 p.m. in the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St. in St. Augustine. Tickets are $35. www.EmmaConcerts.com    904-797-2800
Through the Keyhole  –  Experience a Victorian Era tradition — afternoon tea, while learning the bygone taboos of mystic parlor games such as tea-leaf reading, pendulum dowsing and the talking spirit board.  Tea will be served at 2 p.m. in the Upstairs Tea Room of the Spice and Tea Exchange, 59 Hypolita St. in St. Augustine.  The cost is $25 per person.  904-671-5010
Saturday and Sunday: February 2 & 3
11th Annual Triple Crown Classic – This fast-pitch softball tournament features teams from 13 Southeastern junior colleges.  Play begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday and concludes with the championship game at 3:15 on Sunday.  The tournament takes place at St. Augustine’s Treaty Park, 1595 Wildwood Dr.   904-209-0333  bclarkson@sjcfl.us 
Guided Kayak Adventure – An eco-educational journey providing an intimate paddle through the beautiful twisting and enchanted tidal creeks of the GTM National Estuarine Research Reserve. The cost is $55 for adults and $45 for 15 years or younger that includes free general admission into Marineland Dolphin Adventure, guide service, and the finest kayaking equipment. Saturday tours are at noon and 2:30 p.m. Sunday tours are at 12:30 and 3 p.m. For directions and reservations call  904-347-1565 or use the Kayak Calendar to reserve online at www.RippleEffectEcotours.com
Sunday: February 3
Murder in The Old City – A murder mystery in the nation’s oldest city, combined with great dining, creates a memorable and enjoyable evening of entertainment.  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.  The Raintree is located 102 San Marco Ave. in St. Augustine.
 904-824-7211
Big Game, Big Screen, Big Fun! – See the Super Bowl on the giant IMAX theater screen at the World Golf Hall of Fame! There will be a pre-game tailgate party beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Fairways restaurant next door along with frosty beverages to enjoy in the theater. Fairways tailgaters will also receive priority seating in the IMAX theater for the game. Seating is limited. An online reservation via the website is mandatory. The World Golf Hall of Fame is located at 1 World Golf Place off I-95 exit 323 in St. Augustine.  www.worldgolfimax.com  904-940-4133

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