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St Augustine Events for the Week of January 20 – 26 2014

 

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January 20, 2014
Monday – Sunday : January 20 – 26
Nights of Lights – Selected by National Geographic Traveler in 2011 and 2012 as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights feature millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation’s oldest city through February 2. Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a white candle in the window during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting reflects the city’s 449-year history and illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories. www.NightsofLights.com
 

Historic Spanish Ships in St. Augustine –

 
Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience
Journey: 450 Years of the African American Experience covers the long and storied history of African-Americans in St. Augustine. The story of African-Americans begins in St. Augustine with the first Africans both free and slave among founding colonists in 1565. The exhibition is designed for cultural and heritage visitors interested in the full history of America and its beginnings and comprises four themes: Genesis of the African-American Experience; Fortress of Freedom; Breaking the Chains; and Crossroads of Change.  Tickets are $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; $3 for youth 7-12; under 7 free. Free admission for military in uniform. Located at the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, 10 West Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. www.Journey2014.com
 

Portrait & Figure Show –

Monday:  January 20
MLK March – At 11:45 a.m. the Commemorative Martin Luther King Jr. March will depart the St. Paul AME Church, 85 MLK Avenue and proceed along King Street to the Plaza de la Constitucion in St. Augustine. At noon, Rev. Gregory James will speak at the Plaza.
Black History and Civil Rights Heritage Nights Walking Tour – In honor of Martin Luther King Day, St. Augustine City Walks presents a special, free, walking tour focusing on the city’s black history and the pivotal role played by St. Augustine in the passage of the Civil Rights Act.  The free one-hour tour departs at 4 p.m. and explores the Lincolnville Historic District and other relevant areas.  Reservations required. 904-825-0087 www.StAugustineBlackHeritageTours.com
Monday – Thursday:  January 20 – 23
‘Playbook’ Art Exhibit at space:eight Gallery  –  Through January 30th, space:eight will host ‘Playbook,’ an exhibition of new works by Roswell, GA, artist George Long and Brooklyn artist Mario Schambon.  The new series of works is pulled and pushed from a very diverse set of feelings and adventures fueled by desires, hunger and thirst.  space:eight Gallery is open Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  After hours by appointment.  228 West King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-2838
Monday – Friday:  January 20 – 24
Celebrate Art 2014:  7th Annual Juried Artist Member Exhibition – The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach hosts the 7th Annual Juried Artist Member Exhibition.  Admission to the gallery is free and open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-280-0614 www.ccpvb.org
Monday – Saturday:  January 20 – 25
“The Object Tells a Story: African-American Folk Art from Florida” – The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum new exhibition “The Object Tells a Story: African American FolkArt from Florida” brings together a selection of works by four well-know African-American vernacular artists from Florida: Alynne Harris, Mary Proctor, Ruby C. Williams and Purvis Young.  Interspersed throughout the exhibition will be objects lent by members of St. Augustine’s African American community, including paintings, quilts, dolls and ceramics, along with artwork created by students from Ketterlinus and Osceola Elementary Schools during recent workshops with Ruby C. Williams at Fort Mose Historical State Park.  The Museum is open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 – 4 p.m.  48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8530 http://readme.readmedia.com/Crisp-Ellert-Art-Museum-presents-The-Object-Tells-a-Story-African-American-Folk-Art-from-Florida/7557493
Tuesday:  January 21
Lecture: Nixon and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – The Flagler College Forum on Government and Public Policy welcomes former correspondent and author John A. Farrell who will discuss “Watch What We Do, Not What We Say: Nixon and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”  Farrell is the author of biographies of Clarence Darrow, Tip O’Neill and a forthcoming biography of Richard Nixon.  The free lecture begins at 7 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium and Flagler College.  14 Granada St., St. Augustine.  904-819-6400www.flagler.edu/ourcommunity
Tuesday – Sunday:  January 21 – 26
Portrait & Figure Show – The St. Augustine Art Association hosts a juried exhibition of expressions of the human face and form lending personality to a variety of styles and media. The gallery is openTuesday – Saturday noon – 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 – 5 p.m. Admission is free. 22 Marine St. St. Augustine.  904-824-2310 www.staaa.org
Wednesday:  January 22
Farmer’s Arts and Crafts Market – Farmers’ Market located at the ocean-side St. Johns County Pier Park featuring selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more!  Open 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Rain or shine. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 904-347-8007www.thecivicassociation.com
Wednesday – Saturday:  January 22 – 25
The C.B. Smith Show – Direct from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, the Smith Family has been entertaining families for years with their amazing variety show steeped in Southern culture and music.  This award-winning show, featuring the Man of a Thousand Voices, comes to St. Augustine on select dates. See Charlie Bob Smith perform his high-energy, laugh-filled show at 7 p.m.  Wednesday – Saturday nights through April 12.  The show takes place at the National Guard Armory, 190 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine. 877-284-8457 www.smithfamilytheater.com
Thursday:  January 23
“Southern African American Folk Art: Recycling, Resistance, and Resilience” Lecture – Dr. Kristin Congdon, Professor Emerita, Philosophy and Humanities, University of Central Florida will lecture at 7 p.m. about the Recycling, Resistance, and Resilience of Southern African- American Folk Art.  The lecture is free and will take place at the Ringhaver Student Center.  50 Sevilla St., 904-825-8530 www.flagler.edu/crispellert
Friday: January 24
Shawn Colvin Concert – Grammy award winner for Best Contemporary Folk Recording, Shawn Colvin performs at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Ponte Vedra Beach. The concert begins at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)  Tickets are $42 – $52. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0399www.pvconcerthall.com
Friday – Sunday: January 24 – 26
Limelight Theatre Presents “Butterflies are Free” – This classic comedy features a blind man who moves to San Francisco to escape his over-protective mother and soon meets a zany neighbor who teaches him things he would have never learned from Mom.  Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday- Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.  Tickets are $25 adults; $22 seniors; $20 student and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. 904-825-1164 www.limelight-theatre.org
Saturday:  January 25
Old City Farmer’s Market – Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more.  Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre,  Open 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733
 
Family Seining at the GTM Research Reserve – Join GTM Research Reserve docents from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. to learn how to pull a seine net, collecting species of fish, crabs and more.  Learn about the animals and their roles in the habitat.  Waders and boots will be provided. The program is included with regular admission to the Reserve and takes place in the Environmental Education Center.   505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500 http://gtmnerrfamilyseine-eorg.eventbrite.com
34th Matanzas 5K & Fun Run – One of Florida’s fastest 5K races on a scenic USATF-certified course, this run begins from Swing Park at Francis Field in St. Augustine and continues downtown along the bay front.  The 5K begins at 9 a.m. and the Fun Run at 10:15 a.m.  An awards ceremony follows the race.  Registration is $20 & 25 in advance, $30 the day of the race. 29 West Castillo Drive, St. Augustine 904-461-1615 www.matanzas5k.com
Staying Healthy in the Gardens at Washington Oaks State Park – From 1 – 4 p.m., learn the ins and outs of staying fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through your everyday eating choices. Presented by Wendy Lynch, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent.  A tour through the beautiful gardens and a fun run or walk to the picturesque river through a Spanish moss-covered hammock provide a great opportunity to get outdoors and exercise.  Regular park entrance fee of $5 per vehicle, up to eight people; $4 per vehicle for single occupancy or $2 per person on bicycle applies.  6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast.  386-446-6783 www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks
 
 Uptown Saturday Night – From 5 – 9 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month, experience live music, refreshments, new exhibits, book signings and much more at the galleries, antique stores and unique shops on St. Augustine’s San Marco Avenue between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. The Mission Nombre de Dios provides free parking.  904-823-9263
 
Castillo de San Marcos by Candlelight –  Candlelight tours of the ancient Spanish fortress, Castillo de San Marcos, take placeon the third Saturday of the month.  Weather permitting.  Advance tickets are $8 per adult ages 15 and older; $4 per child 5 – 15; and free for children 4 and younger. 1 South Castillo Dr. St. Augustine. 904-829-6506 www.nps.gov/casa
 
 Robyn Hitchcock Concert – English songwriter/guitarist Robyn Hitchcock performs his distinctive alternative rock and psych folk at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Ponte Vedra Beach. The concert begins at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)  Tickets are $40 and $30. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-209-0399 www.pvconcerthall.com
 
 Opera’s Greatest Hits – At 7:30 p.m., First Coast Opera performs “Opera’s Greatest Hits” at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.  14 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-417-5555www.firstcoastopera.com
Saturday & Sunday: January 25 & 26
Sea Your History Weekend – Tip your teacups to the British influences of St. Augustine during Sea Your History Weekend at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum. Uncover the historical roots of Britain’s reign over the Oldest City while experiencing maritime history up close.  See artifacts recovered from a 1782 British shipwreck in St. Augustine and learn how traditional wooden boats were built by our ancestors. Included in regular admission to the Lighthouse which is $9.75 adults; $7.75 seniors and children 12 & under. 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-0745www.staugustinelighthouse.org
Sunday: January 26
Open Mic Poetry Reading – On the last Sunday of the Month, Ancient City Poets holds an open mic poetry reading from 3 – 5 p.m. at City Coffee Company.  Free/donations are welcome.  1280 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine.  904-501-0043 www.bodor.org
St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival Presents Gaelic Storm – The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall will host the core of Celtic-rock group, the Gaelic Storm including front man Patrick Murphy and guitarist-vocalist Steve Twigger.  Advance tickets for the 8 p.m. concert (doors open at 7 p.m.) are $32 in advance and $36 the day of the show.  1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-209-0399www.pvconcerthall.com
Local Resident Specials
NOTE:
St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, City Walks History Mystery Murder Evening Tour and the Hotel Ponce de Leon Legacy Tours at Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, thePena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed). Many other local attractions offer discounted admissions to St. Johns County residents with valid ID.

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