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This Week In St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra!

St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, Florida, Nights of Lights, Movies, Theatre, Tours, First Friday Art Walk, First Saturday, Concerts, Bird Walk

January 3, 2017 

Ongoing

 

Nights of Lights
St. Augustine’s annual Nights of Lights glows with holiday magic – from the ground to the rooftops.  Selected by National Geographic in 2011 and 2012 as one of the 10 best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine’s Night of Lights features millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation’s oldest city. 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 451-year history and illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories For more information on Nights of Lights and for a list of special tours visit www.NightsofLights.com

IMAX 3D Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. All dates are subject to change if additional films are added or removed. Visit the website for show times and the most up-to-date schedule. CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY. Showing through January 19, admission is $13 adults; $12 students/seniors/military; $10 children ages 3-12; free for children under 3.  One World Golf Pl., St. Augustine 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfimax.com

Tuesday – Thursday, January 3 – 5
Visions: Ancient and Modern Exhibit
The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach presents this exhibition of fine art and pottery by Worley Faver and Mary Lou Gibson in the Main Gallery through January 5. Admission to the gallery is free. Hours are Monday to Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-280-0614 www.ccpvb.org
Wednesday, January 4   

Lightner Museum Curator Tours 
Lightner Museum curator provides a themed interactive tour designed to give participants an opportunity to see acquisitions in operation rather than just as static displays. The tour, which is included in admission, takes place at 10 a.m. on the second floor of the Lightner Museum. Regular admission is $10 adults; $6 for active duty military; $5 college student and youth ages 12-18; under 12 are free. 75 King St., St. Augustine 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org   
Friday, January 6    
 

First Friday – Garden Walk

Visit Washington Oaks Gardens State Park on the first Friday of every month for a guided tour of the beautiful gardens. Meet in the garden parking lot at 10 a.m. and wear comfortable shoes. The tour will last approximately one hour. Admission into the park is $5 per vehicle, up to eight people; $4 per vehicle for single occupancy or $2 per person on bicycle. 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast 386-446-6783

First Friday Art Walk
From 5-9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, the Art Galleries of St. Augustine feature new exhibits, refreshments and live music at more than 20 galleries. The event is held rain or shine inside the member galleries and is a free, self-guided walking tour. Tour maps are available at participating galleries. The trains and trolleys are not available for the December and January Art Walk. 832-779-2781 www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org
First Friday Art Walk Recital

The Lopez Tabor Duo will perform at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine as part of the St. Augustine First Friday Art Walk. The Lopez Tabor Duo, Alfonso Lopez, violin, and Michelle Tabor, piano, has performed and toured together in the southeastern U.S. and Venezuela since 2004. The concert is free and open to the public. 38 Cathedral Pl., St. Augustine 904-824-2806 www.thefirstparish.org

Art Walk Off the Beaten Path
This event is a sponsored Main Street monthly event designed to celebrate art and creativity in Vilano Beach’s Town Center. It complements the monthly First Friday Art Walks found throughout the region. The Vilano and North Beach area is home to a plethora of artists and crafts dealers who have formed a local network to promote art. This event is in tandem with schools and community volunteers and Art 4 Charities. It begins at 6 p.m. on the sidewalks in the Town Center along Vilano Road near Casa Benedetto’s Ristorante. 904-540-0402 www.vilanobeachfl.com
Friday and Sunday, January 6 & 8

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

Puccini’s tragic cross-cultural love story remains one of the world’s most popular operas. Be transported to early 20th-century Japan through this production fully-staged at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. This story is sung in Italian with projected English supertitles. General admission is $40; students are $10. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-417-5555 www.firstcoastopera.com

Saturday, January 7

First Saturday – GTM Research Reserve Guided Exploration Hike

The first Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. take a guided exploration hike that focuses on the Guana Peninsula’s 5,000 years of human history. This 1.5-mile guided walking tour departs from the Trailhead Pavilion located just west of the Guana Dam. The program is free. There is a $3 parking fee. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach 904-823-4500

First Saturday – Militia Muster and Training at Fort Mose
Visit Fort Mose on the first Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. of each month to be transported back to the 18th century. The members of the Fort Mose Militia come together to practice their firing drills, teach new Militia members historic weapons use and safety and generally have an enjoyable Saturday at Fort Mose. Visitors will experience historic weapons demonstrations including musket firing drills. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in the children’s militia training using wooden toy muskets and authentic uniform accessories. The park is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission into the park is free. Admission into the Visitor Center is $2 per person. 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine 904-823-2232

Drum Runner Series Barrel Racing at St. Johns County Fairgrounds
Saddle up and head over to the St. Johns County Fairgrounds for monthly barrel, pole and other timed speed horse events. The event is open to public; free for spectators. Participants must have own horse. Participation fees are $15 for St. Johns County Horse Council members and $25 for non-members. Awards will be presented for each age group in each event. The races are held from 2-7 p.m. at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds. 5840 S.R. 207, Elkton 904-588-8017 www.sjchc.org
Flip for Fun 5K
This race benefits WGV Gymnastics and begins at 3 p.m. at the Golfway Center. Registration ranges from $35-$25. A tech t-shirt, goody bag and finishers medal are provided to each participant. Also, there will be post-race refreshments. Awards will be provided to the overall male and female finishers and top three runners in each age group. 421 Golfway Dr., St. Augustine 386-747-3532 www.racesmith.com
EMMA Concert Association Presents Carpe Diem String Quartet
Carpe Diem is an ensemble that has earned widespread critical and audience acclaim for its innovative programming and electrifying performances. With programming that reflects its passions for Gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock and jazz-inspired music alongside the traditional string quartet repertoire, the quartet continues to rack up accolades and awards. The performance is at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $35. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-797-2800 www.emmaconcerts.com
It’s All Greek! Cultural Workshop at St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum
Learn traditional Greek dancing and how to cook Old World Greek dishes that are still a part of a healthy Mediterranean diet. Add to that an introduction of Greek language for a complete cultural experience! The four-week session takes place each Saturday morning from 10 a.m.-noon. The cost is $90 for all four sessions, plus materials. 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine 904-829-0745 www.staugustinelighthouse.org/education/folkworkshops
Sunday, January 8

Bird Walk at Anastasia State Park

Come meet the birds at Anastasia State Park for the monthly bird walk led by local writer and park volunteer, Sue Killeen. This fun and informative walk from 8:30-10:30 a.m. is open to participants of all birding levels. Participants will observe a diverse variety of shore birds, marsh birds and hammock birds by walking the beach, boardwalks, nature trails and other areas. Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars, water, comfortable walking shoes and a field guide, if you have one. We will meet at the Island Beach Shop & Grill pavilion located at the end of the main park drive. Park admission is $8 per vehicle (2-8 people); $4 single-occupant vehicle; $2 per pedestrian, bicyclist or extra passenger. 300 Anastasia Park Rd., St. Augustine 904-461-2035 www.floridastateparks.org/park/anastasia

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