This Week In St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra!

 

January 8, 2018
Nights of Lights Runs Nightly in St. Augustine
Click here for information about the many 
Nights of Lights Tours and Events through January 31   
Monday – Monday,  January 8-15
 
Dressing Downton: Changing Fashions for Changing Times Exhibition – Extended through February 4

Immerse yourself in fashion and history in this acclaimed exhibition at the Lightner Museum. Dressing Downton™, a display of 36 authentic Victorian Era costumes and accessories from PBS’s most popular television drama in history, Downton Abbey®, is elegantly displayed in the museum’s Grand Ballroom Gallery. The museum is open Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for college students and seniors, $10 for 12-17-year-olds, and free for youth under age 12. The ticket cost includes entry to the museum. There will be special Upstairs/Downstairs Tours and Afternoon Teas that take place daily during the exhibition. Tickets can be purchased through the website. 75 King St., St. Augustine 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org/dressing-downton
Star Wars: Episode VIII, The Last Jedi at IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame
Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga. This film is showing at the IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame. Visit the website for show times and ticket pricing. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfimax.com
Monday – Friday, January 8-12

 
Ponte Vedra Artisan Market
The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach introduces the Ponte Vedra Artisan Market, a pop-up shop exclusively dedicated to promote and sell wearable items designed and crafted by artists. The center’s curatorial committee will hand select wearable art that is original in concept, design and execution. Admission into the market is free and open to the public. The Market will be available through January 12. The center is open Monday to Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-280-0614 www.ccpvb.org
Tuesday, January 9
 
Wine Class and Tasting
Enjoy this wine class and tasting at TPC Sawgrass from 6-7:30 p.m. Learn about Jackson Family Wines. The cost is $25. Call for reservations. 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-543-5105 www.tpc.com/sawgrass
 
 
Wednesday, January 10
 
Marineland Beach Walk
See the beach from a new perspective during this free walk while an interpretive guide talks about the birds, rocks and flowers of the area. Meet at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve Marineland Field Office  located on the west side of A1A. The walk is from 9-10:30 a.m. Reservations are available online or by phone. 9741 Oceanshore Blvd., Marineland 904-823-4500 www.gtmnerr.org
 
Thursday, January 11
 
Walk the (Wrack) Line
Learn about what washes up on the beach’s wrack line during this walk on Vilano Beach led by County Naturalist Kelly Ussia from 10-11:30 a.m. During the walk, participants will learn about the importance of the wrack line and what can be found in it. Call or email to register. 2750 Anahma Dr., St. Augustine 904-209-0335 kussia@sjcfl.us www.sjcfl.us/recreation
Throwback Thursday: Salt on the Earth at the Corazon Cinema and Cafe
Mexican workers at a zinc mine call a general strike. It is only through the solidarity of the workers and the indomitable resolve of their wives, mothers and daughters that they eventually triumph. This film is showing at the Corazon Cinema and Cafe at noon. The cost is $10, which includes a meal, popcorn, small drink and showing of the movie. 36 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-679-5736 www.corazoncinemaandcafe.com
Evenings at Whitney
Rachel Mallinger, assistant professor in the University of Florida Department of Entomology and Nematology, will share a talk titled Native Bees of North America: Who Are They, What Do They Do and How Can We Conserve Them? at 7 p.m. Mallinger will talk about the diversity, biology and behavior of native wild bees in North America. The lecture series is free and open to the public. Registration or reservations are not necessary. 9505 Oceanshore Blvd., St. Augustine 904-461-4000 www.whitney.ufl.edu
Thursday – Monday, January 11-15
The Commuter in IMAX 2Dat IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame
A businessman is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home. This film is showing at the IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame. Visit the website for show times and ticket pricing. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfimax.com
Friday, January 12
Walk on the Wild Side
This walk at Anastasia State Park from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. starts out on the beautiful shoreline, continues up through the sand dunes and travels along the boardwalk over the salt marsh. Participants will then have an intermission and restroom break at the Windsurf Pavilion. From there the walk will continue along Salt Run, the park’s estuarine habitat, and through the maritime hammock. Participants will discover an assortment of flora and fauna that populate the several ecosystems of the park, and they will increase their knowledge of some history of the park and the surrounding area. The round-trip length is 2.5 miles, but the walk proceeds at a leisurely pace. If a shorter distance is preferred, participants may choose to walk just the first half. Suggested items to bring are binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, a camera, drinking water, bug spray and sunscreen. Meet in the beach parking lot at the end of the main park road. This event is weather permitting and subject to cancellation. The walk is free with regular park admission, which ranges from $8-$2. 300 Anastasia Park Rd., St. Augustine 904-461-2033 www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia
Friday & Saturday, January 12 & 13
Nights of Lights Historic Walking Tour
Enjoy St. Augustine’s sparkling history to learn about unique colonial folklore and holiday traditions as you take in sights like the opulent Lightner Museum courtyard, Plaza de la Constitución and enchanting bayfront – all amid the backdrop of millions of dazzling white lights during this seasonal spectacular. This 90-minute guided tour departs from Tour Saint Augustine at 6:30 p.m. and begins with homemade hot chocolate or ice cream, depending on the temperature outside, provided by Claude’s Chocolates. Tickets are $20 per person. Advance reservations required. 4 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-825-0087 www.tourstaug.com
Saturday, January 13
Family Seining at the GTM Research Reserve
Hosted by the GTM Research Reserve, you’re invited to join docents from 8:30-10:30 a.m. to learn how to pull a seine net. Participants will collect fish and crabs as well as learn about their habitats and role in the environment. Waders and boots provided. The program takes place in the Environmental Education Center. There is a $3 parking fee per vehicle. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach 904-823-4500 www.gtmnerr.org
Come All Ye Bold Heroes
Florida Living History in partnership with the National Park Service’s Castillo de San Marcos National Monument will recreate a 1779 recruitment drive at Fort St. Mark in St. Augustine, the capital of British East Florida, enlisting soldiers to “take the King’s shilling” and march against the American rebels. The event takes place at the Castillo de San Marcos from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be a lecture presented by Roger Smith at 2 p.m. inside the Castillo titled The 14th Colony: The American Revolution’s Best Kept Secret (Why Florida Mattered!). Sgt. Batten’s stirring recruitment speech will conclude the event at 3 p.m. on the Castillo lawn. General admission into the park is $10, and admission for youth ages 15 and under is free. 1 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine 877-352-4478 www.floridalivinghistory.org
World-Renowned Maritime Artist at the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum
The St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum is pleased to announce the return visit of world-renowned maritime artist Mike Casalino at 10 a.m. to the courtyard of the museum. Casalino will be exhibiting his portrait of the El Cazador, a treasure ship lost to the seas in the 1780s, as well as his display of El Cazador coins. 12 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine 904-819-1444 www.thepiratemuseum.com
Children’s Shorebird Nesting Program
Hosted by St. Johns County Parks and Recreation along with the St. Johns County Audubon Society, this free program teaches youth in grades third and up about the birds found near the area’s beaches. The program offers activities that showcase the work of bird biologists and begins at 10 a.m. at Nease Beachfront Park. Call or email to register. 3171 Coastal Hwy., St. Augustine 904-209-0335 kussia@sjcfl.uswww.sjcfl.us/recreation
Pet Walk Pup Crawl
Explore the timeless streets of St. Augustine and hear tales of the city’s rich history while touring with your beloved pets. This free one-hour guided walking tour covers several square blocks of the downtown plaza area. All pets must be on leashes and all city ordinances followed. This is a great way to share quality time with man’s best friend while exploring St. Augustine. The walk departs from Tour Saint Augustine at 10 a.m. Advance reservations required. 4 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-825-0087 www.staugcitywalks.com
Art & Architecture Walking Tour
The St. Augustine Art Association offers its popular Art and Architecture Walking Tour that focuses on the iconic art, architecture and history of the St. Augustine community. In this 90-minute tour, the art historian guide will point out paintings and examples of Spanish, Colonial and Victorian architecture, monuments, murals, public sculptures and stained glass. The tour is from 10-11:30 a.m. Admission is $20.22 Marine St., St. Augustine 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org
Walk the (Wrack) Line
Learn about what washes up on the beach’s wrack line during this walk on Vilano Beach led by County Naturalist Kelly Ussia from 1-2:30 p.m. During the walk, participants will learn about the importance of the wrack line and what can be found in it. Call or email to register. 2750 Anahma Dr., St. Augustine 904-209-0335 kussia@sjcfl.us
Fourth Annual Forward March St. Augustine Military Ball
Join Forward March for this military ball at the Mark Lance National Guard Armory. At the event, SMG Ray Quinn will be honored with the Outstanding Military Achievement Award. There will be a VIP cocktail reception from 5-6 p.m., and the ball is from 6-11 p.m. Tickets for the reception are $50. Tickets for the ball are $100. The event is open to the public. At the ball, there will be a dinner buffet by The Black Molly Restaurant, complimentary open bar and music by The Chris Thomas Band. Attire is black tie and military dress uniform. Call for more information and reservations. 190 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine 904-794-2883 www.4wardmarch.org
EMMA Concert Association, Gainesville Orchestra with Conductor Evans Haile 
EMMA Concert Association presents the Gainesville Orchestra. The orchestra has been part of Alachua County’s culture for more than 30 years. The concert takes place at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $40. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-797-2800 www.emmaconcerts.com
Sunday, January 14
The St. Augustine Glory vs. DMV Warriors
The St. Augustine Glory, an American Basketball Association professional team, has come to the oldest city in the United States to bring professional basketball, family fun and excitement to this region. The Glory will tip off at 7 p.m. against the DMV Warriors at the Flagler College Gymnasium. Visit the website for ticket information. 12 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-437-7298 www.saglory.com
Monday, January 15
Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Breakfast and Remembrance March
This event is hosted by the Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Committee of St. Johns County and begins with a commemorative breakfast at the Mark Lance National Guard Armory, 190 San Marco Ave., from 7:30-10 a.m. For the breakfast, the cost is $30 per ticket. The silent march begins at 11:30 a.m. at 86 M. L. King Ave. and ends at the Plaza de la Constitución at noon where there will be a guest speaker and presentation. 904-669-8863www.mlkcelebrationcommittee.com
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