This Week In St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra!


Jewish Influence, Justin Hayward, Lego Batman, Audubon Photography, Houghton Singers, Tours, Concerts, Theatre, History of Florida, Kayak trip, Art Walk


February 27, 2017 

Monday, February 27 
A Review of Jewish Influence in the Mid-19th Century South
Sponsored by the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society, Harry Green of the Amelia Island Museum of History will talk about David Yulee. Yulee, who lived in St. Augustine, was the first Jewish person to serve in the United States Senate. The free talk begins at 7 p.m. at the St. Johns River State College Teaching Auditorium on the St. Augustine campus. 2990 College Dr., St. Augustine 904-626-5956   

Justin Hayward at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly welcomes vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for Moody Blues, Justin Hayward. Hayward brings his The Wind of Heaven Tour to Ponte Vedra Beach in support of his latest album release, All The Way. Hayward will be performing new songs from the album as well as Moody Blues favorites. Doors open at 6 p.m.; performance at 7 p.m. Admission is $73 and $63. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367

Monday – Thursday, February 27 – March 2

Lego Batman, IMAX Hollywood Film
There are big changes brewing in Gotham, but if Batman, played by Will Arnett, wants to save the city from the Joker’s hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. LEGO Batman will be showing through March 2. Visit the website for show times and admission. One World Golf Pl., St. Augustine 904-940-4123
Monday – Saturday, February 27 –  March 4


Audubon Photography Awards Exhibition  
Hosted by the St. Johns County Audubon Chapter, enjoy the winning bird photographs from this year’s Audubon Photography Awards and learn more about the local bird life at this exhibition hosted by Wild Birds Unlimited. The store is open Monday through Saturday10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday noon-4 p.m. Admission is free. There will be a reception on Monday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m. 450 S.R. 13 North, Ste.108, St. Johns 904-230-3242

Intimate and Exceptional: Works from the Cultural Center Teaching Staff

Experience this exhibition at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, which showcases the talents of the center’s instructors. The works include painting, ceramics, drawing, pastel, mixed-media and glass. Admission is free. The gallery is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-280-0614

Tuesday, February 28
Houghton Singers Pop A Cappella Ensemble 
This Hosted by the St. Augustine Art Association, the Houghton Singers Pop A Cappella Ensemble will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. The group of singers is from the Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College in New York. Music of all genres will be performed. There will be a free-will offering. Call to reserve a seat. 22 Marine St., St. Augustine 904-824-2310


Wednesday, March 1 

First Wednesday – Lightner Museum Curator Tour
The Lightner Museum’s curator provides a themed interactive tour designed to give participants an opportunity to see acquisitions in operation rather than just as static displays. The theme for this month’s tour is the art of tobacco accessories from the 19th century to the 1920s and beyond. Guests will get an in-depth look at Otto Lightner’s tobacco-related collection, which includes art, smoking etiquette and accessories. The tour, 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
Marc Cohn at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Marc Cohn is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his platinum-selling debut record, Marc Cohn, with a series of very special concerts. Joined by an all-star band, Cohn will be performing his GRAMMY award-winning record in its entirety, from start to finish. Fans will hear a sequence of songs that have stood the test of time. Doors open at 7 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m. Admission is $49.50 and $39.50. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367
Thursday, March 2 
Towers in the Sand: The History of Florida Broadcasting Talk by Donn R. Colee Jr.
Hosted by the St. Augustine Historical Society, Donn R. Colee Jr. will talk about his book titled Towers in the Sand: The History of Florida Broadcasting. Colee, a seventh-generation Floridian having family ties to St. Augustine since 1820, will share about what shaped the broadcasting industry in Florida with a focus on the local area of St. Augustine and Jacksonville. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and book signing. The presentation will start at 7 p.m. The event takes place at the Flagler Room in Flagler College. Admission is free. 74 King St., St. Augustine 904-824-2872
St. Augustine Orchestra Concert 
The March concert under the musical direction of conductor Scott Gregg is themed Along the Danube and the Rheine. Guest pianist Scott Watkins will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto #12 K414, Allegro. Other pieces include Schumann, Schubert, Liszt and Brahms. The concert is at 8 p.m. at the Lightner Museum. Tickets are $20 adults; $5 students; youth under 12 are free. 75 King St., St. Augustine 904-824-2874

Thursday – Sunday, March 2 – 5

Intermediate-Level Guided Kayak Trip
Hosted by St. Johns County Parks and Recreation along with the Florida Park Service, this free kayak trip takes participants down the Tolomato River and near Fort Mose Historic State Park. Due to the currents along this route, this trip is not recommended for beginning kayakers. The kayaks will be launched at the Usina Boat Ramp. The trips are offered on Thursday at 9 a.m., Friday at 10 a.m., Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at noon. Call to reserve a spot. 603 Euclid Ave., St. Augustine 904-209-0335
Logan, IMAX 2D Hollywood Film
In 2024, mutant births are severely in decline, and people aren’t sure why. A government-type operation is turning mutant children into killing machines. From this, Logan emerges as a mentor to a mutant girl, who has two claws instead of his three. Visit the website for show times and admission. One World Golf Pl., St. Augustine 904-940-4123
Friday, March 3

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
Iconic Image of Feminism and Racial Equality Displayed at Plum Gallery
In the 1970s, a photo of Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes standing shoulder to shoulder with their fists raised was taken by photographer Dan Wynn and has represented feminism and racial equality throughout the past four decades. Recently, the photo was recreated by Dan Bagan, a St. Augustine photographer, showing the women in the same pose at the ages of 75 and 80. The signed recreated photo is available to see at Plum Gallery from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission is free. 10 Aviles St., St. Augustine 904-825-0069
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 available at participating galleries). 832-779-2781
Art Walk Off the Beaten Path
This event is a sponsored Vilano Beach 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
First Friday Art Walk Concert
During First Friday Art Walk, enjoy a concert at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine at 6 p.m. featuring the Don Thompson Chorale. Directed by R. Hugh Patterson, the chorale will perform music composed by Beethoven, Brahms, Fauré, Mendelssohn, Mozart and more. There will be a free-will offering. 38 Cathedral Place, St. Augustine 904-824-2806
Head Space Exhibition by Jamie Isenstein
The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum showcases the artwork of Jamie Isenstein in an exhibition titled Head Space, which includes recent and past work of the New York artist. Isenstein’s photography and sculptures on display represent reflections of the body. There will be an opening reception Friday from 5-9 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. The museum is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m-4 p.m. and Saturday noon-4 p.m. 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine 904-826-8530

The Weight at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly announces The Weight, featuring members of The Band, the Levon Helm Band and the Rick Danko group. The Weight will perform songs of The Band. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $43 and $33. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367

Friday & Saturday, March 3 & 4
Searle’s Raid of St. Augustine
This annual event commemorates the bloody pirate raid led by Robert Searle against the city and inhabitants of St. Augustine in 1668. On Friday starting at 4:30 p.m., there will be a call to arms and procession followed by a weapons demonstration near the City Gate. On Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., there will be a historic encampment with 17th century weapons, clothing, equipment, camp life and social activities shown and demonstrated at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, 11 Magnolia Ave. The re-enacted battle will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Plaza de la Constitución and will progress to the City Gate. 616-990-5456
Friday – Sunday, March 3 – 5
St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival 
This annual festival includes delicious seafood, Kidz Zone, Arts & Crafts show, Spanish Landing and Pirate Village. Friday night is Jazz night; Saturday and Sunday feature Country and Americana music. It’s a family friendly event with rides, magic shows, pirate fun, super heroes and princesses, clowns and an interactive drum show. Admission is $5 for adults; free for kids ages 15 and under. The festival takes place at Francis Field. Hours are Friday 3-9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Please, no pets or coolers. W. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine 904-829-1753

Miniature Marks Exhibition  
This is a juried exhibition at the St. Augustine Art Association. The exhibition features 2D and 3D pieces that are no larger than 12 inches, including the frame. 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

Saturday, March 4

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 programs are 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 each month from 9-11:30 a.m. to be transported back to the 18th century. Learn from the members of the Fort Mose Militia as they practice firing drills and demonstrate how to use historic weapons and show musket firing drills. There is also a children’s militia training that uses wooden toy muskets. 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

Living History Day at Fort Matanzas
From 10 a.m.-3 p.m., visit Fort Matanzas National Monument for this special event that features re-enactors portraying Spanish colonial women. The re-enactors will share what life was like for a St. Augustine woman during Spanish Colonial times. Also, visitors will learn about how foods from three different cultures – Native American, African and Spanish – were combined to create popular Spanish Florida dishes. Admission is free. 8635 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-471-0116
Active Boomers and Seniors Expo
For active Baby Boomers, seniors and caregivers, this event features more than 60 vendors plus live entertainment and health screenings. There will also be a Treasures from the Attic antique appraisal. Exhibitor categories include leisure activities, health and fitness, finance, home and patio, living options, home care, legal and elder law, veterans services, mobility, holistic medicine, insurance and many more. The event is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the St. Augustine Outlets. Admission is free. 500 Outlet Mall Blvd., St. Augustine 904-810-8535
Menorcan Heritage Celebration
The Menorcan Cultural Society hosts the Menorcan Heritage Celebration in the gardens of the Llambias House. The event is from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. There will different types of pilau, chowder, baked goods and displays. Activities include mullet net making, storytelling and songs. Admission is free. 31 St. Francis St., St. Augustine 904-826-3388

First Saturday – 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 $20 for St. Johns County Horse Council members and $30 for non-members. Awards will be presented for each age group in each event. The races begin at 2 p.m. at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds. 5840 S.R. 207, Elkton 904-588-8017
5K, Fun Run & Night Fest at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum          
Celebrate 143 years of light at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum’s annual Night Fest. In partnership with the Junior Service League’s Lighthouse 5K run and fun run, this special event is a great night of fun for the entire family. Admission to the lighthouse is free from 4-8 p.m. Explore the light station grounds, climb the 165 ft. tall lighthouse tower and discover maritime history. There will be crafts, live music and refreshments. The 5K race is at 4:30 p.m.; the fun run is at 5:30 p.m. Come for the races and stay for the celebration. The 5K is $35 and fun run is $10. 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine 904-829-0745
Rock & Roll Benefit Bash
Island life will come alive at the Rock & Roll Benefit Bash at Bozard Ford Lincoln. The event begins at 5 p.m. with a cocktail party, continues with dinner and a live auction at 6 p.m. and concludes with a Rock the Islands after party at 8 p.m. Dinner will be provided by Michael’s Tasting Room. Admission into all of the events is $150. Admission into the after party is $75. All proceeds benefit the local Boys & Girls Club. 540 Outlet Mall Blvd., St. Augustine 904-824-1641
A Cuban Celebration of Art, Music and Dance
Presented by Lost Art Gallery, this evening will feature Cuban music by Jax English Salsa Band with singer Barbara Martin. There will also be a performance by Cuban ballerina Jessie Dominguez. The artwork of Nancy Reyes, a Cuban artist, will be on display. A donation of $20 for admission is requested. The event is from 7-10 p.m. White attire is suggested. 210 St. George St., Ste. C-1, St. Augustine 904-827-9800
Lucinda Williams at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly announces the return of award-winning Americana artist Lucinda Williams. We’ve all heard about the iconic vibe of Route 66, the neon lights on Broadway and the ocean air of the Pacific Coast Highway. But there are untold stories emanating from countless highways across the land. Lucinda Williams brings those stories to life – and gives listeners a remarkably vivid look at how the highway has been a literal and figurative backdrop throughout her entire life. Doors open at 7 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m. Admission is $43.50. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367
Sunday, March 5

KT Tunstall at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly welcomes critically acclaimed Scottish alternative pop singer/songwriter KT Tunstall. She says her most recent music is the most impassioned and inspired of her life. The songs were fueled by the openness of desert spaces and wild ocean cliffs and the intimacy of being snowbound in Taos, New Mexico during winter writing retreats. Doors open at 7 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m. Admission is $45 and $40. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367
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