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This Week in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra!

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  June 23, 2014
Monday – Sunday: June 23 – 29

The Award-Winning Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience – Recognized by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation as an outstanding heritage education program, Journey: 450 Years of the African American Experience covers the long and storied history of African-Americans in St. Augustine. The story of African-Americans begins in St. Augustine with the first Africans both free and slave among founding colonists in 1565. The exhibition is designed for cultural and heritage visitors interested in the full history of America and its beginnings and comprises four themes: Genesis of the African-American Experience; Fortress of Freedom; Breaking the Chains; and Crossroads of Change.  Tickets are $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; $3 for youth 7-12; under 7 free. Free admission for military in uniform. Located at the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, 10 West Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. www.Journey2014.com

 

El Galeón and Nao Victoria Tour – Tour full-sized replicas of 16th and 17th century Spanish tall ships. Docked at the St. Augustine City Marina, El Galeón Andalucia and Nao Victoria are both open for daily tours. El Galeón is an exact replica of the famous galleons that played an important role in the creation and maintenance of the Spanish Empire.  Built in Spain, it is similar to the galleon that brought Pedro Menendez to Florida where he founded St. Augustine in 1565. The Nao Victoria is a replica of the first ship to successfully circumnavigate the world commanded by Ferdinand Magellan in the 16th century. The ships are available for tours beginning at 10 a.m. daily. El Galeón admission is $15 for adult and $8 for youth. Nao Victoria admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth. A combo ticket for both ships is available for $20 for adults and $10 for youth. 111 Avenida Menendez. 904-824-1606 www.elgaleon.org

 

“Islands of Lemurs: Madagascar” at IMAX Theater – This film takes audiences on a journey to the remote island of Madagascar to explore the diverse species of highly endangered lemurs that live there. the film shows through July 31. This IMAX Theater features the largest 3D screen in the Southeast. Adults $13, seniors/students/Military $12, and children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for show times.  One World Golf Pl., St. Augustine 904-940-4123

 

St. Augustine Art Association Annual Honors Show – St. Augustine Art Association’s Annual Honors Show through July 6 will feature new works by artists who have won awards at association exhibits during the previous three years. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday noon – 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 – 5 p.m. Admission is free. 22 Marine St., St. Augustine 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org

 

Katherine Parker RetrospectiveThe St. Augustine Art Association features a special, solo retrospective of the works of the late Katherine Parker through July 6.  The artist lived in St. Augustine for 30 years where she developed a unique technique creating monotype serigraph silkscreens overlaid with gouache, pencil and gold leaf.  The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday noon – 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 – 5 p.m. Admission is free. 22 Marine St., St. Augustine.  904-824-2310 www.staaa.org

 

For a complete list of  eco/kayak, food, and history tours, and other special tours taking place on Florida’s Historic Coast this week, visit Florida’sHistoricCoast.com/events

Monday – Wednesday: June 23 – 25
How to Train Your Dragon 2 at the IMAX Theatre – How to Train Your Dragon 2 is playing at The IMAX Theatre at World Golf Hall of Fame. The thrilling second chapter of How to Train Your Dragon trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. This IMAX Theater features the largest 3D screen in the Southeast. Adults $13, seniors/students/Military $12, and children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for show times. One World Golf Pl., St. Augustine. 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfimax.com
Monday – Thursday: June 23 – 26

D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 at IMAX Theater – The Documentary Film “D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944” opens at The IMAX Theatre at World Golf Hall of Fame. Narrated by renowned journalist and author Tom Brokaw, this film pays tribute to the men and women, soldiers and civilians, who gave their lives for our freedom 70 year ago during World War II.   This IMAX theater features the largest 3-D screen in the Southeast. Adults $13, Seniors/Students/Military $12, and Children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for showtimes. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4123  www.worldgolfimax.com

Wednesday:  June 25
Farmer’s Arts and Crafts Market – Farmer’s Market located at the ocean-side St. Johns County Pier Park featuring selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more!  Open 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. rain or shine. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 904-347-8007

Music by the Sea Concert Series 2014 –  Every Wednesday night through September 24, live concerts take place from 7 – 9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion. This week ‘ s band is Amy Alissa & The Soul Operation playing Motown. Napoli’s Restaurant will offer signature dinners for $10. Admission is free. For comfortable seating, bring a folding chair. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach 904-347-8007www.thecivicassociation.org 

 

Movie by the Bay – Ripley’s St. Augustine Attractions and the St. Augustine Municipal Marina present free movies each Wednesday throughout the summer.  The movies are shown at 8:30 p.m. at the Marina behind Bayfront Mini Golf, 111 Avenida Menendez.  Bring beach chair and blanket for comfortable seating by the bay.  904-824-1606 www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys

Thursday:  June 26
2014 Concerts in the Plaza – The 24th season of Concert in the Plaza continues with a 7- 9 p.m. performance by Mid Life Crisis. Bring a chair or blanket for seating. 904-825-1004

Thursday – Saturday:  June 26 – 28

St. Augustine Music Festival – Eighth annual music festival features free, classical music concerts including returning internationally-acclaimed guest artists The Diaz Trio, pianist Eugenio Urrutia-Borlando and violinist Elissa Lee Koljonen.  All concerts are free and begin at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica, 38 Cathedral Place. www.StAugustineMusicFestival.org

Thursday – Sunday:  June 26 – 29
Limelight Theatre Presents “Oliver!” – The well-loved musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale comes to the stage of the Limelight.  Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday through July 6.  Tickets are $25; $22 seniors; $20 student and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine 904-825-1164 www.limelight-theatre.org

Friday:  June 27

A Summer Trail Hike Wildlife Tracking at Faver-Dykes State Park – From 9 – 11 a.m., The Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection’s Faver-Dykes State Park features a hike and educational program about wildlife tracks. The program is open for all ages and is included in the regular admission to the park ($5 per vehicle up to 8 people, $4 for single occupancy, or $2 per person on bicycle). Reservations are appreciated The park is located at 1000 Faver-Dykes Road, St. Augustine. 904-794-0997

Kayaking Old Florida – Guided by Master Naturalists, these kayak tours explore the coastline of Pellicer Creek — one of the most pristine waterways in all of Florida. The three-hour tour departs from Faver-Dykes State Park at 9:30 a.m. and returns at 12:30 p.m. Tickets (which include park admission, guide service, kayak and gear) are $55 for adults and $45 for ages 15 and under. For more information and reservations, call 904-347-1565; 1000 Faver-Dykes Rd. www.RippleEffectEcotours.com

 

Transformers 4 at World Golf IMAX Theater – The Transformers 4 opens at the IMAX Theatre at World Golf Hall of Fame. This IMAX Theater features the largest 3-D screen in the Southeast. Adults $13, Seniors/Students/Military $12 and Children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for show times. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfimax.com

 

Rebelution Concert – The St. Augustine Amphitheatre hosts Rebelution, one of the best-selling reggae artists on the planet. The band’s first three albums have placed #1 on iTunes in the Reggae genre and two have placed #1 on Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums. Their fourth album, Count Me In, was released June 10. They will be joined by Iration, The Green, Stick Figure & DJ Mackle.The concert begins at 6 p.m. (gates open at 5 p.m.) Advance tickets are $24.50; day of the show $27. 1340 A1A South St. Augustine 904-209-036 www.staugamphitheatre.com 

 

Saturday:  June  28

Old City Farmers’ Market – Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more.  Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Open 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733 

 

Fourth Saturday: Family Seining at the GTM Research Reserve – Join GTM Research Reserve docents from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. to learn how to pull a sein net, collecting species of fish, crabs and more. Learn about the animals and their roles in the habitat. Waders and boots will be 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

 gtmnerrfamilyseinee.org.eventbrite.com/

 

Uptown Saturday Night – From 5 – 9 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month, experience live music, refreshments, new exhibits, book signings and much more at the galleries, antique stores and unique shops on St. Augustine’s San Marco Avenue between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. The Mission Nombre de Dios provides free parking. 904-823-9263.

 

Bob Patterson and Michael Reno Harrell Concert – The Gamble Rogers Folk Festival presents an Evening of Song and Story at the Lohman Auditorium with Bob Patterson and Michael Reno Harrell in concert. Doors open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 and $20 at the door. 8505 Ocean Shore Blvd.(A1A), Marineland. www.gamblerogersfest.org

 

The Downtown Bazaar – From 6 – 10 p.m., The Colonial Quarter courtyard hosts an evening filled with fine art, unique artisan crafts, local authors sharing their stories of local lore, live music by studio recording musicians and mystifying magic. Take a stroll through the quarter or enjoy fabulous food and beverages by the Taberna Del Caballo. The event is free, including your pets. 33 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-315-7454  www.thedowntownbazaar.com

 

State of the Art Drum Corps Competition – Five drum and bugle corps from Florida, North Carolina and Georgia compete in the State of the Art Drum Corps Competition — the only competition of its type held in the Sunshine State. The event features music, marching, food, fun and family entertainment! The competition begins at 7:30 p.m. at St. Augustine High School. Advance tickets ($12) may be purchased at www.sundevilsdrumcorps.org. Tickets at the gate are $15 each. 3205 Varella Aveune, St. Augustine.

Sunday: June 29

Free Community First Night Owl Cinema at the Amphitheatre – The Little Mermaid is the featured film to be shown at 8 p.m. on the big screen at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre (gates open at 7 p.m.) The free cinema is presented by Community First Credit Union and the Amphitheatre. Admission and parking are free and no tickets are required. A variety of concessions will be available for purchase. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-209-0367   www.staugamphitheatre.com 

 

Plant-A-Poem Workshop and Reading – Arrive with a poem seed and cultivate it in an hour with miracle grow from the Ancient City Poets.   The workshop is 1:45-3 p.m. at The Gallery Cafe in St. Augustine. $10 per person includes endless coffee and sweet treats. From 3-5 p.m., there is a free open mic poetry reading. 1280 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine 904-501-0043 www.bodor.org

 

Local Resident Specials

NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, City Walks History Mystery Murder Evening Tour, Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience Exhibit, and the Hotel Ponce de Leon Legacy Tours at Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed). Many other local attractions offer discounted admissions to St. Johns County residents with valid ID.

 

For a current list of Florida resident specials, Mid-week vacation packages and other Hot Deals on Florida’s Historic Coast, visit www.floridashistoriccoast.com/listings/deals.

For more information on events and activities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com or call 1-800-653-2489.

To submit events to be included on the VCB Events calendar and website, please submit details to FHCeventlist@gmail.com.

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