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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

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Books

Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

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Art

The Day After the Day Of

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Real Estate

History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder

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Lifestyle

Stunning Stenberg!

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Outdoors

Finding Bass During a Mixed Spawn Season

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Sports

A Sport Where You Feel the Thrill Without Going to the Extreme

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Business

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Travel

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Green Living

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