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St Augustine This Week

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        March 4, 2013
This Weekend is now This Week
which means more great events for you to know about!
Monday through Sunday: March 4 – 10
Picasso: Art & Arena Exhibit – An exhibition featuring dozens of Picasso originals, including many that have never been seen previously in the United States. Both famous and rare, these pieces were produced in different styles, techniques and media; providing unique insights into one of Picasso’s main themes: bullfighting.  The exhibition is 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 is 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

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. 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. http://www.ponce125.com
Edwin Augustus Moore Special Exhibit at the Lightner Museum – The private collection of Edwin Augustus Moore paintings are featured as a special exhibit at The Lightner Museum through May 1. Moore was an American painter, traveler, journalist, photographer and composer who used St. Augustine for many of his landscape watercolor subjects. He visited the ancient city in 1895 along with other members of his artistic and eccentric family. The Lightner Museum, located at 75 King Street, is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is adults $10; Active military with ID $6; College students and young people 12-18 $5; Children under 12 (with adult) free; St. John’s County residents are free. 904-824-2874
Art Exhibit: Global Latitudes: Travels Near & Far – The St. Augustine Art Association hosts a visual travelogue of the places and diverse cultures lost and found on planet Earth. The gallery is located at 22 Marine St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. http://www.staaa.org  904-824-2310
Monday – Friday: March 4 – 8
What Could Be Exhibition – Artist Anna von Mertens’ What Could Be exhibition is on display at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, 48 Sevilla St., in St. Augustine. The artist meticulously translates empirical data about subjects as far ranging as energy in nuclear explosions to auras in historical paintings into paintings, hand-dyed and hand-stitched fabrics. The gallery will host the exhibition through April 12. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Mon. thru Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays noon to 4 p.m. www.flagler.edu/crispellert
Coalition for the Visual Arts Exhibition – The showcase of works of the Jacksonville Coalition for the Visual Arts is on display at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. The exhibition opening will be February 22 from 6 – 8 p.m. The gallery is free and open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.   904-280-0614 www.ccpvb.org
Tuesday: March 5
“Penetrating The Darkness of Time” – The St. Augustine Archaeological Association presents Barbara A. Purty, Professor Emerita of Anthropology and Curator Emerita in Archaeology at Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida. She is the author/editor of twelve books about Florida history and prehistory. The presentation will be held at the Flagler Room, Flagler College, 74 King St. at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Info:http://www.saaa.shutterfly.com
Wednesday: March 6
First Wednesdays Lightner Museum Tours – Lightner Museum curator provides an exclusive encounter with some of the museum’s eclectic relics. The themed interactive tours are changed monthly and are designed to give participants an opportunity to talk with the curator and to see acquisitions in operation rather than just as static displays.   Tours begin at 10 a.m. on the second floor of the museum located at 75 King Street in St. Augustine. The tour is included in the regular admission price of $10 adults; active duty military $6; $5 college students and young people ages 12-18; free for under 12. Donations welcomed. I904-824-2874  www.lightnermuseum.org
Wildlife Boat Tour – Guided 90-minute nature tour perfect for spotting Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, interesting shorebirds and serene salt marsh habitats. Listen for dolphin chatter with underwater microphones.   The tour departs at 1 p.m. from the St. Augustine City Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez, and costs $35/adult or $175 for a group of 6. -377-7245www.staugustineecotours.com
Luxury Sunset Eco Tours – Ride the tide into the sunset on a guided tour with Riple Effect Eco Tours. Swirls of color paint the nighttime sky as you learn about the natural mystery of the estuary. The tour is from 5 to 7 p.m. and departs from Marineland Marina, 101 Tolstoy Lane, St. Augustine (Marineland). The $55 adults and $45 for 15 years or younger fee includes the finest kayaking equipment and guided service. 904-347-1565www.rippleeffectecotours.com
Thursday: March 7
Judy Collins Concert – Folk artist Judy Collins performs at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets $65 and $45.www.pvconcerthall.com  904-209-0399
Friday: March 8
Celtic Whiskey Tasting – The Whiskey Tasting includes 5 offerings and a general admission ticket to the Celtic Festival — all for $30.   The tasting will be held at the 2nd Stage Tent on Francis Field 29 W. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will start at 7 p.m.  www.celticstaugustine.com
Sister Hazel Concert – Renowned Gainesville-based Southern rock band Sister Hazel performs at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach. Concert is standing room only. Tickets $27.50 www.pvconcerthall.com 904-209-0399.
 
St. Augustine Orchestra, Ancient City Brass present “Brass Battles” – The orchestra together with the Ancient City Brass Band, will provide the effect of dueling brasses as a special feature at 8 p.m. at the Lightner Museum, 25 Granada St., in St. Augustine. Tickets are $15. www.staugustineorchestra.org
Oz: The Great and Powerful – IMAX Theater premier of “Oz: The Great and Powerful in 3D,” starring James Franco and Mila Kunis, will be at 12:01 a.m.. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.worldgolfimax.com  or at The World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater, One World Golf Place, St. Augustine.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: March 8 – 10
Luxury Sunset Eco Tours – Ride the tide into the sunset on a guided tour with Ripple Effect Eco Tours. Swirls of color paint the nighttime sky as you learn about the natural mystery of the estuary. The tour is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday. The tours depart from the Marineland Marina, 101 Tolstoy Lane, St. Augustine (Marineland). The $55 adults and $45 for 15 years or younger fee includes the finest kayaking equipment and guided service. www.rippleeffectecotours.com 904-347-1565
Limelight Theatre Presents: The Rainmaker – Richard Nash’s play about the Curry family and their hopes of a marriage and rain during the American Depression Era. Performance times are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. All performances take place at the Limelight Theatre, located at 11 Old Mission Ave. in St. Augustine. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $20 for students and military.
Saturday: March 9
St. Augustine Wildlife Cruise – The St. Johns Audubon Society and HAWKE host a unique opportunity to view the area’s coastal wildlife from the decks of the Victory III tour boat. The 2-hour guided tour includes a continental breakfast, and departs the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez at 8:30 a.m. The tour will visit the St. Augustine harbor and Salt Run. Advance tickets are $35/adults and $20 for children accompanied by an adult. Tickets the day of departure are $40/adult and $25 accompanied children. 386-559-4283www.stjohnaudubonsociety.blogspot.comwww.helphawke.orgwww.scenic-cruise.com
“Mindfulness and a Cup of Tea” – Join Park Services Specialist Joe Woodbury at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park on a special botanical garden walk that starts with a Japanese style tea ceremony to settle the mind and calm the body. For reservations, call386-446-6783. The 10 a.m. tour is included with regular park entrance fee of $2 per person on bicycle, $4 per vehicle for single occupancy or $5 per vehicle, up to eight people. The park is located at 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast, FL.  www.FloridaStateParks.org
Family Kayak Tour – Guided 2-hour tour that is great for beginners or experienced paddlers. Safe loading from a stable floating dock system and kayak rudders that allow for even greater maneuverability. Gain a new perspective of the salt marsh habitat, spy interesting shorebirds, and maybe even see a dolphin. Your guide will ensure a safe and informative tour. The tour departs at 10 a.m. from the St. Augustine City Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez, and costs $40/adult paddler and $35/for kids. 904-377-7245 www.staugustineecotours.com
Second Saturdays GTM Reserve Guided Trail Hike – Join GTM Research Reserve volunteers from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for a 1.5 mile guided walk through the Guana Trail. After the walk, visit the GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center (EEC).  The EEC is located at 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach.  There is a $3 parking fee. 904-823-4500 http://gtmnerr2ndtrailhike.eventbrite.com
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – This colorful celebration of everything Irish marches through the streets of the Oldest City’s Historic District. The circular route is from Francis Field to Cordova, to Orange to Castillo Dr/Avenida Menendez, to Cathedral, to Cordova to Francis Field. The parade is from 10 a.m – 11 a.m. The parade is free family fun!www.celticstaugustine.com
Minorcan Heritage Celebration – The Minorcan Heritage Society holds their annual celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the historic Llambias House, 31 St. Francis St. in St. Augustine. There will be demonstrations of mullet net making, Spanish dance performances, Minorcan foods, and story-telling by Minorcan descendants. There will be t-shirts, books and food for sale. Admission is free. 904-826-3388.
Saturday and Sunday: March 9 & 10
2013 Celtic Music and Heritage Festival – On Saturday,  St. Augustine’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place at 10 a.m. as the kick-off of the Celtic Festival.  From  11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., traditional Irish music, Scottish pipes and drums, contemporary Celtic Rock, literature, and all things Celtic will converge in celebration of St. Augustine’s remarkable Celtic history and heritage dating back to its founding in 1565! The Celtic Festival features music by international headliners and regional stars including Albannach, Ireland’s Dublin City Ramblers and Jacksonville’s Rathkeltair and Spade McQuade & The All Stars. Clans, Celtic vendors, plenty of fun for kids and a comic Irish play are included. The festival takes place at Francis Field located behind the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center. Admission to the festival is $5 per day and VIP admission is $40 for the weekend and includes t-shirts and more.www.celticstaugustine.com
On Broadway! Act Two presented by St. Augustine Community Chorus – The St. Augustine Community Chorus, under the direction of Kathleen Vande Berg, presents On Broadway! Act Two at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the St. Augustine High School Auditorium, 3205 Varella Ave., St. Augustine, FL 32084. www.staugustinecommunitychorus.org
Sunday: March 10
St. Augustine Orchestra and Ancient City Brass present “Brass Battles” – The orchestra together with the Ancient City Brass Band, will provide the effect of dueling brasses as a special feature at 3 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Dr., in Ponte Vedra. Tickets are $15. www.staugustineorchestra.org
Outstanding Women in the Arts Ceremony
The 2013 Recognition Ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. at The Limelight Theatre’s Black Box, 11 Old Mission Ave. in St. Augustine. Five women will receive Dr. Gail Pflaster Awards in recognition of their contributions to the artistic environment in St. Johns County. The ceremony is free and open to the public. 904-808-7330 stjohnscultural@bellsouth.net
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. Dinner served at 6 p.m., show begins 7 p.m. Raintree Restuarant is located at 102 San Marco Ave. 904-824-7211

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