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This Week In St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra!

Nights of Lights, Celebrate Art, Fiber & Fire, Matanzas Inlet Guided Walk, MORE

 

January 23, 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

Monday – Saturday, January 23- 28

Celebrate Art 2017 Exhibition
This is a juried artist member exhibition at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach. Admission is free. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-280-0614
Fiber and Fire Exhibition
This exhibition at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach features kaleidoscopic watercolor works by Sandy Harrington and a collection of felted and woven, wool and silk tapestries by Amy Dove. Admission is free. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach
904-280-0614 www.ccpvb.org

Tuesday, January 24

Matanzas Inlet Guided Walk
Presented by the GTM Research Reserve and the National Park Service, participants are invited to explore nature through this free, guided interpretive walk around Matanzas Inlet from 1-2:30 p.m. The walk offers participants an explanation of the changing shoreline, tidal flats, beaches, dunes, vegetation and the natural movement of the sand. Bring cameras and binoculars. Meet the guide at the western parking lot on A1A just north of the Inlet Bridge and the Town of Marineland. Call for reservations. 8655 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-823-4500
St. Jude Miracle on the Bayfront Kick-Off Party

This Spanish-themed kick-off party takes place at Marsh Creek Country Club from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event features heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Also, there will be entertainment by Dennis Fermin, Spanish and Latin guitarist. Tickets are $50 and are available through the website. 169 Marshside Dr., St. Augustine 904-669-9169

Ideas & Images at Flagler College – Business as a Force for Good
As part of the Ideas & Images series hosted by Flagler College, Flagler College Graduate and United Nations Global Compact Manager Margaret Fenwick discusses the role of business in practicing and promoting sustainability. The free event is at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College at 7 p.m. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-819-6443 www.flagler.eduwith for more than a decade, lauds him as one of the most gifted guitarists he has ever encountered. Doors open at 7 p.m.; performance at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $38 and $34.1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367 www.pvconcerthall.com

Tuesday – Sunday, January 24 – 29  
2017 Black, White & Shades of Gray Exhibition
The St. Augustine Art Association presents the Black, White & Shades of Gray exhibition. Back by popular demand, this juried exhibit is bold and sophisticated, featuring 2D & 3D colorless works of art of any subject or medium. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday noon-4 p.m. and Sunday 2-5 p.m. 22 Marine St., St. Augustine 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org

Thursday, January 26

Last Thursday – Lightner After Hours
Kick off the weekend in style in the Lightner Museum’s Grand Ballroom Gallery for this monthly social. The Lightner Museum hosts evening socials the last Thursday of the month. January’s cocktail hour will feature local guitarist Sam Pacetti, who specializes in finger-style guitar playing. This event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. is free and open to the public. Wine, beer and appetizers are available for purchase from Café Alcazar. 75 King St., St. Augustine 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org/cocktail
Pin Up Paws Travel Tails Party

This event hosted by the St. Augustine Humane Society has a travel theme where guests can enjoy a selection of travel-related auction items and wines from around the world as well as dinner, cocktails, music and a photo booth. The 2017 calendar will also be unveiled. The event takes place at the Mark Lance Armory from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $60 at the door. 190 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine 904-829-2737 www.staughumane.org

Friday, January 27

J Boog Performs at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly announces that R&B and Reggae singer J Boog with special guest Jemere Morgan will perform on Friday. Jerry “J Boog” Afemata, a reggae singer of Samoan descent, was born in Long Beach and raised in Compton, California. Steeped in Samoan culture and as the son of a Samoan chief, J Boog’s large family has had a huge impact on his artistry. Each sibling offered exposure to other genres, such as rap and R&B, which allowed J Boog a sense of freedom to be himself. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; performance at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20 and $18. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367 www.pvconcerthall.com

Friday – Sunday, January 27-29

IMAX 3D – Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Alice (Milla Jovovich) travels to the Hive in Raccoon City to prevent the evil Umbrella Corp. from wiping out the last remaining survivors of the zombie apocalypse. Resident Evil will show through February 9. Visit the website for showtimes and ticket costs.One World Golf Pl., St. Augustine 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfimax.com
Hedda Gabler at the Limelight Theatre
The Limelight Theatre presents Hedda Gabler, a social drama written by Henrik Ibsen. The drama is about a woman living in the late 19th century who explores her longing for individual and spiritual freedom.Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Hedda Gabler will be showing through February 19. Tickets are $26 general admission; $24 seniors; $20 students and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine 904-825-1164 www.limelight-theatre.org

Saturday, January 28

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 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 www.gtmnerr.org
River Blessing
The River Blessing at Alpine Groves Park from 9-11 a.m. is hosted by the Stetson Kennedy Foundation and St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department. Join in this spiritual but non-religious event inspired by Native American teachings. The purpose of the event is to give thanks to the river and show gratefulness for its existence. The Matanzas River and St. Johns River Keepers will offer inspirational words. 2060 S.R. 13, St. Johns 904-209-0348 www.sjcfl.us/recreation
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
Beluthahatchee Park Tours
The Stetson Kennedy Foundation is hosting free tours of Beluthahatchee Park from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn about the unique history of the site, such as its designation for being a double-literary landmark. The site is the home of the late Stetson Kennedy, who is known for his work as an author, human rights activist and folklorist. 1523 State Road 13, St. Johns 904-707-5207 www.sjcfl.us/recreation
Uptown Saturday
Uptown Saturday is the perfect event for fashionistas, art lovers and antique shoppers from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month. Uptown Saturday takes place year-round and combines a festive party atmosphere with hospitality and special deals in the unique shops on St. Augustine’s San Marco Avenue, concentrated between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. Many participating shops also serve refreshments. The Mission Nombre de Dios provides free parking most months. 904-829-6831 www.facebook.com/uptownstaugustine
Music at Grace
The performance will feature Barbara MacGregor playing the organ at 5 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church. MacGregor is a Professor Emeritus of Music at The University of Akron where she taught organ, harpsichord and music theory courses. Admission is free. There will be a free-will offering. 8 Carrera St., St. Augustine 904-829-8272 www.gracestaugustine.org
EMMA Concert Association Presents National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, established in 1918, is considered to be one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe. Oleksander Horilyj was the original conductor, followed by Natan Rachlin. The performance is 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

Saturday & Sunday, January 28 & 29

 

Old City Pirate Fest
The Old City Pirate Fest, hosted by the St. Augustine Swashbucklers, is a new event to kick off 2017. The event features vendors, entertainment, prizes, sword fights and more at the Colonial Quarter from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. This is a family friendly event that appeals to all levels of pirate enthusiasm. Admission is $13 adults, $10 youth, free for youth 4 and under. There is a special ticketed concert on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. featuring Tom Mason from Nashville and the Blue Buccanneers. Concert admission is $15. 33 St. George St., St. Augustine 904-342-2857 www.staugustineswashbucklers.com

Sunday, January 29

Florida Chamber Music Project Performance at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
The Florida Chamber Music Project and St. Johns County Cultural Events Division present a season of performances at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. This performance features Quintet in C Major by Schubert. The concert begins at 3 p.m. Admission is $25. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367 www.pvconcerthall.com
Music in the Box                       

On the last Sunday of the month at the Limelight Theatre, enjoy live acoustic music by some of the area’s best up-and-coming bands and musicians from 6-9 p.m. on stage in the Koger-Gamache Studio Theatre. This month features Light Elixir. Admission is $5. Refreshments available for purchase. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine 904-825-1164 www.limelight-theatre.org

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