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June 11-12: St. Augustine Fun For The Weekend

Saturday: June 11

2011 FOUNTAIN MERCURY KING BUSTER 400

Put your fishing skills to the test in the premiere Southern Kingfish competition of the year – with over $175,000 in cash and prizes! The tournament starts from St. Augustine Municipal Marina, located at Avenida Menendez and the Bridge of Lions. The King Buster 400 is limited to 400 boats. Fishing days are Friday and Saturday. There will be a party with live music Friday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and prizes will be awarded at Sunday’s Festivites from noon to 6 p.m.. Tournament entry fees are $449.50. Lady anglers register for free. For more information, call 904.759.6588 or visit www.kingbuster400.com.

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER

Experience the first theater on St. Augustine’s St. George Street since a terrible fire destroyed the Genovar Opera House in 1914. The St. Augustine Murder Mystery Theatre features a great meal and great live entertainment daily with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. and an evening show at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $43.15 each. For more information, call 904.671.2508 or go to www.StAugustineMurderMysteryDinnerTheater.com.

COMEDY AND CLASSIC SONGS

Start your weekend with mesmerizing comedy when hypnosis comedian Dr. Jon Taylor performs on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Old Florida Museum’s Pioneer Barn. Tickets are $15, but locals get $2 off for adults and $5 off for children. Then, on Saturday night don’t miss the Platters, Coasters, Drifters and Temptations Salute. Lead singer for the Platters, Myles Savage will perform at Fort Menendez at Old Florida Museum, 259 San Marco Avenue. Performances will include classic songs of these immortal groups as Myles sings for all in attendance and audience participation is encouraged. Performances are Saturdays at 7:00pm (for more dates and information, call the reservation line at 904-824-8874. Tickets are $40.00 pp with required reservations. A buy one, get one FREE ticket deal is being offered for limited time, be sure to mention this when making your reservations. Regular priced tickets can be purchased at the door and are based upon available seating. For more information please visit www.oldfloridamuseum.com or call 904-824-8874.

W.W.R.A. RODEO AT ST. JOHNS COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS

Head over to the St. Johns County Fairgrounds for a night at the rodeo. There will be fun for the whole family including Barrel racing, team roping, kids calf scramble (for those 10 and under and free), tiedown roping, bull riding, chute dogging and more. The show begins at 8 p.m. both evenings. Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for children. The Fairgrounds are located on S.R. 207 (7 miles west of I-95 exit 311) in Elkton. For more information, call 904.845.7492.

ANDREW YOUNG CROSSING DEDICATION

Don’t miss the dedication ceremony for the new Andrew Young Crossing monument in St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitucion. The monument commemorates Ambassador Young’s experience in St. Augustine during the push for the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. Ambassador Young will be in attendance. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. For more information, call 904.825.1004.

MARINELAND KAYAKING TOURS

Have fun and learn about the coastal environment while paddling through the most unique setting for kayaking in Northeast Florida — Marineland Dolphin Adventure. This kayak trip is perfectly timed with the tides to ensure hours of relaxing exploration making kayaking accessible for ages 6 and up! (Call for times.) This eco-educational experience is made possible through partnerships between Ripple Effect Ecotours, Marineland, and UF’s Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience. $55 per person includes free admission to the Marineland Dolphin Adventure. Call 904.347.1565 or check our calendar at www.RippleEffectEcotours.com.

WASHINGTON OAKS STATE GARDENS PLANT SALE

Join the Friends of Washington Oaks for their 2nd Saturday Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Choose from citrus plants for the patio/lanai, Valentine’s plants for your sweetheart and many other varieties. A portion of the plants for sale were propagated and grown right there in the park by volunteers. All proceeds benefit the park for enhancement of current and new facilities. Admission is $5 per vehicle and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. For more information, call 386.446.6783, or email Washington.Oaks.Gardens@dep.state.fl.us.

Saturday and Sunday: June 11 & 12

CATAMARAN ECO-TOURS

Relax and unwind on a stable 27 foot catamaran! Leave the work up to our captains as they take you on a 2-hour sailing journey through the beautiful waters of St. Augustine. Look for wildlife such as dolphins or try your hand at sailing! $45 per adult, $30 for kids. Call St. Augustine Eco Tours to reserve your spot today – 904-377-7245.

PGA TOUR Golf Academy Clinics

The PGA TOUR Golf Academy at World Golf Village is offering one-hour clinics for $20 to focus on the building blocks of a consistent swing. Cost is $20 per person. For more information, call 904.940.3600 or visit www.touracademy.com.

Sunday: June 12

THE LIVES AND WIVES OF HENRY FLAGLER

End your weekend with this delightful Limelight Theatre dinner theater presentation of the The Lives and Wives of Henry Flagler. The dinner and show are presented at St. Augustine’s Raintree Restaurant at 102 San Marco Avenue. Tickets are $39.95 and include the meal and the show, adult beverages are served separately. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and Henry and his wives come alive at 7 p.m. For reservations, call 904.825.1164.

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, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed).

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

Dax Shepard and Michael Pena Co-Star in Raunchy Revival of Classic Cop Series

  Chips Film Review by Kam Williams Dax Shepard and Michael Pena Co-Star in Raunchy Revival of Classic Cop Series Whenever a classic television series is made into a movie, the buzz always seems to be about whether the screen version will be a creative variation on the theme or merely a campy, cornball, take-the-money-and-run ripoff trading in familiar formulas and shopworn cliches. After all, for every inspired adaptation like Batman … [Read More its Good for You.....]

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

2017 Hobbies That Bring You Serenity

  2017 Hobbies That Bring You Serenity by Amy Lignor   Origami. Memory albums. Quilting. What do these have in common? Well, at one point or another in time, they have represented the “hottest” hobbies in the United States. Taking up hobbies are not only a fun thing to do for the “artistic/creative” type, but they also help to reduce stress. Even the AMA has cited the fact that taking up a hobby can produce a calming environment … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

The Versatile Ballyhoo

  The Versatile Ballyhoo By Capt. Gus Cane When targeting reef and offshore gamefish, the versatile ballyhoo is an excellent bait choice. Fished whole or cut into chunks, ballyhoo will entice everything from snapper to dolphin to blue marlin. It’s readily available, either live or frozen, and can be rigged in a variety of ways. Although common in subtropical waters around the globe, the Florida Keys is where ballyhoo first made an … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

Will NASCAR Theatrics Bring Back Viewers?

  Will NASCAR Theatrics Bring Back Viewers? by Amy Lignor   For any of the millions who once watched ABC’s Wide World of Sports and heard the words “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,” they remember the footage of a skier’s crash when it came to the “agony” side of things. Everyone knew that sight was a fact – a video that was absolutely real. Nowadays, however, it seems that more and more sports are “making up” shots that … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

How Are Retail Sales in 2017?

  How Are Retail Sales in 2017? E-Commerce Reigns by Amy Lignor   Despite consumer uncertainty, as well as a very sluggish beginning to 2017, the U.S. retail sales industry is projected to increase 4% this year. Headlines show that many retailers and companies posted “soft” holiday sales to end 2016, which caused some notable retailers to either cut jobs or close stores as a result. However, when it comes to 2017, the National … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Where to Vacation? Go Big or Stay Home!

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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...]