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The Polar Express to UpTown Saturday San Marco

Friday: November 27

NATIVE AMERICAN CELEBRATION
Put your Thanksgiving weekend in perspective with this colorful celebration of Native American traditions. Featuring Jim Sawgrass and his nationally acclaimed dancers, drummers and storytellers, this unique event is sure to impress and entertain under the stars. The celebration takes place at 7 p.m. at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, 11 Magnolia Avenue, in St. Augustine. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children age 12 and under. Seating is limited. For tickets and reservations, call 904.829.3168.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday: November 27-29

THE POLAR EXPRESS AT IMAX THEATRE
See a great holiday story on the giant IMAX screen at the World Golf Hall of Fame! “The Polar Express” takes audiences along on a boy’s extraordinary journey to the North Pole with the train’s conductor (voice of Tom Hanks) where he receives a special gift only those who believe in Santa can experience. The World Golf Hall of Fame & IMAX Theater is located at the World Golf Village, off I-95 at exit 323. Tickets to the IMAX Theatre are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and students and $6 for children. For show times and more information call 904.940.4123 or go to World Golf Village.

PALS AND PAWS DOG SHOW
It’s a dog lover’s a delight all weekend at the Pals and Paws Dog Show at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds located 7 miles west of I-95 on S.R. 207 in Elkton. For more information, call 904-262-3653.

Saturday: November 28

UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT
Don’t miss Uptown Saturday Night from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Uptown San Marco Shopping District, St. Augustine. Galleries, antique stores and unique shops between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission of Nombre de Dios remain open during this special time. Meet the artists, book signings, live music, refreshments and other events contribute to the party-like atmosphere. The Mission of Nombre de Dios provides FREE PARKING for Uptown Saturday Night. Appetizers are provided by the Saint Augustine Independent Restaurant Association (SAiRA). The event is held on the last Saturday of each month and is sponsored by the San Marco Avenue Merchants Association. For more information, call 904.824.3152.

ST. AUGUSTINE GARRISON AT FORT MOSE
Experience living history demonstrations conducted by authentic colonial Spanish re-enactors on the last Saturday of each month. This month’s presentation begins at 11 a.m. and includes a Colonial Thanksgiving featuring 18th century cooking demonstrations. Fort Mose is located at 15 Fort Mose Trail in St. Augustine. Admission is $4 per vehicle or $2 for pedestrians or bicyclists. For more information, call 904.823.2232.

Saturday & Sunday: November 28-29

43rd ANNUAL FALL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Enjoy more than 150 of the finest regional and national artists displaying jewelry, glass blowing, sculpture, woodwork, pottery, paintings, photography, textile batik and much more. Festival activities include Kids Art Zone, Cultural Displays, Artist Demos, Raffle Prizes and an Artist Paint Out. Entertainment will be provided by the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival with a line-up of popular local & regional performers. The art festival takes place at Francis Field behind the St. Augustine Downtown Historic Parking Facility located on West Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. The festival is sponsored by the St. Augustine Art Association and takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is a $1 donation. For more information, call 904.824.2310 or visit St. Augustine Art Association.

NOTE:St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to Government House Museum, the Lightner Museum, the Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, the Spanish Military Hospital Museum and the Father Miguel O’Reilly 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 Peña-Peck House and the Father Miguel O’Reilly 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 or call 1.800.653.2489.

Entertainment

Best Picture Nominated WWII Biopic Arriving on DVD

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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

Trump and Traditions of the Founders

  Trump and Traditions of the Founders By Ezrah Aharone Maybe I should watch more CNN or MSNBC to be convinced since most Black people seemingly regard Donald Trump as some sort of abrupt political mutation who violates America’s traditions. What I see in Trump is “America’s traditional reflection in the mirror.” I see the exact same hardline and hostile government that the founders deliberately engineered with deep political and racial … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Skeeter Recognized Again for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction

  Skeeter Recognized Again for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction    Skeeter, a leader in performance fishing boats, announced today from the Miami International Boat Show® that the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA®) has again recognized Skeeter with a CSI Award for excellence in customer satisfaction in the Freshwater Fiberglass Outboard Boat category. This year’s award is the fifteenth consecutive for Skeeter, an … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

Super Bowl LI’s Message: Patriotism

  Super Bowl LI’s Message: Patriotism by Amy Lignor   There are some people waking up this morning completely stunned. Why? Because they shut the Super Bowl off after the third quarter. They knew what was “going to happen” and had to go to work today, so why bother staying up and watching the rest of what was going to be an obvious blow-out? Besides, they had been given some memorable commercials, a great country western singer ushering … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Mobile Phone Forecast: Is Saturation of the Market in Sight?

  Mobile Phone Forecast: Is Saturation of the Market in Sight? by Amy Lignor   It is a fact that when people say no matter where they look – whether it be while walking down a neighborhood sidewalk, driving in their cars, shopping at the grocery store – it seems that everyone on the planet is holding a phone to their ear, or staring down at the screen in order to text, get information, search online, or watch Facebook and Twitter … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

It’s Time to Save for Summer Vacation!

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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...]