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This Week In St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra!

Owl Prowl, Children's Shorebird Nesting Program, David Bromberg Quintet, Spring Break Events, Celebrity Book Signings , Anastasia Music Festival, MUCH MORE

 

March 13, 2017 

Monday – Thursday, March 13-16

 

Kong: Skull Island, IMAX 3D Hollywood Film
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ Kong: Skull Island re-imagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific – as beautiful as it is treacherous – unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong. Visit the website for show times and admission. One World Golf Pl., St. Augustine 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfimax.com
Monday – Saturday, March 13 – 18 
Jacksonville Watercolor Society Exhibition 
This exhibition is hosted by The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach. It features works from the Jacksonville Watercolor Society. 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
Monday & Tuesday, March 13 & 14
Owl Prowl
Hosted by St. Johns County Parks and Recreation, this free walk allows participants to learn about the local owls as well as other creatures of the night. The walk takes place at Canopy Shores Park at 7:30 p.m. on both dates. It is recommended to dress for the weather and come prepared with a flashlight, bug spray and water. Registration is available by phone. 804 Christina Dr., St. Augustine 904-209-0348 www.sjcfl.us/recreation

Tuesday, March 14

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 to register. 3171 Coastal Hwy., St. Augustine 904-209-0335 www.sjcfl.us/recreation

World Golf Hall of Fame 2017 Inductees Q&A Session

Four of the five members of the 2017 World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Class, Davis Love III, Meg Mallon, Lorena Ochoa and Ian Woosnam, will visit the museum. The inductees will participate in a Question & Answer session at 1 p.m. with museum guests in Shell Hall. The event is open to the public. The event is free, but general admission into the museum is $21. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine 904-940-4000 www.worldgolfhalloffame.org

Tour Presentation at Lightner Museum

The public is invited to learn about an exciting opportunity during a free presentation hosted by Bartimus Travel Group at the Lightner Museum from 4-6 p.m. The presentation is about a 13-day trip to England, which departs on Aug. 13, 2017, that is hosted by the Lightner Museum. The trip includes airfare, transfers, 16 meals and a donation to the Lightner Museum. During the trip, guests will tour the Highclere Casltle, London, Buckingham Palace, Stonehenge, Cornwall Palace, Bath, Blenheim Palace, the Lake District, Ives, York, and much more. The trip presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Call to make a reservation to the presentation. 75 King St., St. Augustine 904-392-1703 www.lightnermuseum.org

David Bromberg Quintet at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly welcomes Americana godfather David Bromberg as he brings his David Bromberg Quintet to Ponte Vedra Beach. For Americana godfather David Bromberg, it all began with the blues. His incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and includes – but is not limited to – adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. Doors open at 7 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m. Admission is $44 and $39. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367 www.pvconcerthall.com

Tuesday – Friday, March 14-17

 

Spring Break Events at the St. Augustine Aquarium

From Tuesday through Friday during Spring Break week, the St. Augustine Aquarium will host youth events each day. Story time will be held on Tuesday from noon-3:30 p.m. Craft day will be held on Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Those attending craft day are asked to bring an empty water bottle. There will be games all day and face painting from 10:30 a.m.-noon and 2-3:30 p.m. on Thursday. There will be scavenger hunts throughout the day on Friday. The aquarium is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission into the aquarium is $8 for adults and $5 for youth. 2045 S.R. 16, St. Augustine 904-429-9777 www.saaquarium.com

Tuesday – Sunday, March 14 – 19

 

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 www.staaa.org
Wednesday, March 15  

River-to-Sea Trail Walk

Take a free guided trail walk at the River-to-Sea Preserve and learn how Native Americans lived in the area. An interpretive guide will share information about the indigenous plants throughout the trail. The trail is located on A1A south of the Town of Marineland (across from the ocean). The guide will begin the tour at 9 a.m. from the parking lot. Call for reservations. 7115 Flagler Beach to Marineland Trail, Palm Coast 904-823-4500 www.gtmnerr.org

The 26th Annual Lenten Organ Concert Series

For the past 26 years, Memorial Presbyterian Church has provided beautiful mid-day organ music through the Lenten season with the Annual Lenten Organ Concert Series. Organists from Northeast Florida share their talent on the church’s magnificent Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. For this concert, Jackson Merrill performs at noon. There will be a free-will offering. 32 Sevilla St., St. Augustine 904-829-6451 www.memorialpcusa.org

Wednesday – Friday, March 15 – 17

1715 Fleet Society International Conference

For those interested in history, archaeology and shipwrecks, including the 1715 Fleet, this conference is for you. The conference features international speakers, including several archaeologists from Cuba. The event begins on Wednesday at 5 p.m. with a Welcoming Reception at the Virginia Room at Flagler College. On Thursday and Friday, the conference is from 8:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Gamache-Koger Theater at Flagler College. There will be a reception on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum as well as a reception on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Historical Society. On Saturday, there will be a membership meeting from 8:30 a.m.-noon at the St. Augustine Art Association and dinner at 5 p.m. at the Flagler College Solarium. The cost to attend the two-day conference and receptions is $250. The cost to attend for one day is $125. The cost for the Saturday dinner is $100. Reduced rates are available for 1715 Fleet Society members. 74 King St., St. Augustine 724-344-3171  www.1715fleetsociety.com

Thursday, March 16

 

Evenings at Whitney – From Fast to Ultra-Fast: The Biological World of Extreme Movement
Evenings at Whitney presented by Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience returns at 7 p.m. with the program titled From Fast to Ultra-Fast: The Biological World of Extreme Movement. Duke University Associate Professor of Biology Sheila Patek will talk about the fastest movements found in organisms, including that of the mantis shrimp, a marine predator that has the fastest feeding strike measured of any animal. 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 & Saturday, March 16 & 18

The Trial of B. B. Wolf and Trial by Jury

Hosted by First Coast Opera, this is a one-act opera that gets the audience involved. The Big Bad Wolf is placed on trial for what he did to the Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother. This comedic performance asks for the audience’s vote as to whether The Big Bad Wolf is guilty or not. There will be two performances – Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. at Ancient City Baptist Church. General admission tickets are $35; student tickets are $10. Tickets are available through the website. 27 Sevilla St., St. Augustine 904-495-8601 www.firstcoastopera.com

Thursday – Saturday, March 16 – 18

 

Celebrity Book Signings at the St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum
Join the St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum for three days of book signings. The six guest authors have written about the topic of sunken treasure. All book signings begin at 2 p.m. in the museum’s courtyard. There will also be festivities by the St. Augustine Swashbucklers. Admission into the book signings is free. Admission into the museum is $12.99 for adults; $6.99 for youth 5-12; youth under 5 are free. 12 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine 877-467-5863 www.thepiratemuseum.com
Anastasia Music Festival
Celebrating traditional and modern bluegrass music, the Anastasia Music Festival will debut at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. In an epic three-day bluegrass celebration, the festival will host nearly 20 of the brightest bluegrass stars touring today, including The Del McCoury Band, David Grisman’s Bluegrass Experience, Sam Bush, Elephant Revival, Fruition, Cabinet, Jeff Austin Band, The Travelin’ McCourys, Mandolin Orange, Joe Pug and many more. On Friday and Saturday, there will be a Kid’s Tent and daily yoga. On Thursday, doors open at 3 p.m.; performances start at 4 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, doors open at 11 a.m.; performances start at noon. Admission ranges from $250-$50. Youth ages 10 and under are free. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-209-0367 www.anastasiamusicfestival.com
Thursday – Sunday, March 16 – 19
Beauty & The Beast, IMAX Hollywood Film
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Visit the website for show times and admission. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfimax.com
The Mystery of Irma Vep at the Limelight Theatre
This is a comedy that has everything from a sympathetic werewolf, a vampire and an Egyptian princess. All of the roles are played by only two actors. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $26 general admission; $24 seniors; $20 students and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine 904-825-1164 www.limelight-theatre.org
Friday, March 17
St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society Honors Memory of Army Corporal Leon Breslaw
Join the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society for this ceremony that honors the Jewish people buried in the St. Augustine National Cemetery, including Army Air Force Corporal Leon Breslaw as well as five other service members. The 20-minute ceremony begins at noon at the cemetery. Admission is free. 104 Marine St., St. Augustine 804-914-4460 www.sajhs.org
Third Friday – Homes & Buildings of St. Augustine

Journey though St. Augustine’s past as you view the unique architecture of the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the United States. Since the city was burnt to the ground many times in its history, the only structure that predates the 1702 British siege is the Castillo de San Marcos. The tour will begin with the Spanish Colonial Period and continue with the British Colonial Period, Victorian Period, Flagler Era, early 20th century, Boom Era, Depression Era and into modern times. The cost is $16 adults; $10 youth. The tour meets at the clock tower near the Visitor Information Center at 11 a.m. Reservations are required. 10 W. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine 904-392-7137 www.staugustinehistorictours.com

Fins and Freedom Sail
Schooner Freedom Charters and Marineland, the dolphin experts, are bringing you a one-of-a-kind sailing experience. Guests will hear from Marineland educators about the world’s first oceanarium. Also, guests will learn about dolphins and the conservation efforts at Marineland. Complimentary beverages included; passengers may bring snacks or a picnic. Ticket price includes the sail and admission into Marineland. The boat departs at 2:15 p.m. from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina and lasts two hours. Ticket costs are $60 adults; $45 youth under 16. 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine 904-810-1010 www.schoonerfreedom.com
Friday & Saturday, March 17 & 18
St. Patty’s Beer ‘Crawl’/Tour

Join a fun and entertaining beer tasting that will knock the moss right off your Blarney Stone! This 2.5-hour all-inclusive St. Patty’s Pub Crawl will take you to some of our favorite haunts, including a visit to a locally owned and award-winning microbrewery featuring five generous samples of drafts brewed onsite. The tour is offered both days at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The cost is $49 per person; advanced reservations required. 59 Cuna St., St. Augustine 904-325-3911

Saturday, March 18

 

Vilano Bridge 5K Run & Walk
The Vilano Bridge 5K run/walk starts at 8 a.m. at the Vilano Beach Community Center and Park. The race route takes runners through the Vilano Beach community and across the Vilano Bridge with views of the Intracoastal and beaches. The race finishes at the Community Park where there will be a post-race celebration featuring food, drink, music and a raffle. The One Mile Fun Run begins immediately following the 5K. The registration cost ranges from $35-$30 for the 5K. The Fun Run is $10. 120 Meadow Ave., St. Augustine 904-461-1615 www.1stplacesports.com/vilano5k.html
Spring-4-A-Cause 5K
Participate in this race to help end domestic violence. It begins at the St. Augustine Shores Riverview Club at 8 a.m. The 5K course is a loop through the St. Augustine Shores neighborhood. Awards will be given to the top three finishers; recognition will be given to the top finishers in various age groups. Registration ranges from $35-$30. 790 Christina Dr., St. Augustine 386-747-3532 www.racesmith.com
Coastal Realty 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
Enjoy a day of golfing, gathering and giving during the Coastal Realty 2nd Annual Golf Tournament. The event takes place at St. Augustine Shores Golf Club and begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. The registration cost is $50, which includes a round of 18 holes of golf, range balls, lunch and coffee. All proceeds benefit K9s for Warriors. 707 Shores Blvd., St. Augustine 904-471-9212 www.coastalrealtyfl.com
Founding of Fort Mose
Fort Mose, founded by Spanish Florida Governor Manuel de Montiano in 1738, was the first legally sanctioned free Black community in the continental United States. This event begins with a reading of the governor’s proclamation that provided freedom to Captain Francisco Menendez and his militia men and established Fort Mose. Then, the site will be blessed by Franciscan Friar Don Joseph de Leon. Also, there will be a presentation and a Middle Passage Remembrance Ceremony to honor those who were lost at sea or risked the journey in search of freedom. The free event is from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine 904-823-2232 www.fortmose.org
Third Saturday – Tolomato Cemetery Guided Tour
Tour the oldest extant planned cemetery in Florida with burials starting during the First Spanish Period (1565-1763). Admission is free; donations encouraged. Tours are from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 14 Cordova St., St. Augustine 904-257-3273 www.tolomatocemetery.com
Third Saturday – Free Black Heritage & Civil Rights Walking Tour
Join St. Augustine Black Heritage Tours for a walking tour of historical sites in St. Augustine where more than 400 years of African-American history lives. A licensed, professional guide takes you to several locations that were significant to the Civil Rights Movement of St. Augustine, and you will hear stories and see history come alive as you follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King and Andrew Young. You will learn of Martin Luther King’s visit to St. Augustine as well as see the site of the famous Woolworth’s demonstration. This 1.5-hour tour departs from Tour Saint Augustine at 4 p.m. Advance reservations required; individual bookings only. 4 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-825-0087 www.staugustineblackheritagetours.com
Castillo by Candlelight: Sisters & Survivors
In honor of Women’s History Month, visitors will learn about the females who played critical roles in the history of St. Augustine and the Castillo de San Marcos through this guided tour. Tours are available at 6:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 adults; $5 for youth 5-15; free for youth under 5. Reserve tickets in advance by phone or at the Castillo ticket booth. Tickets are limited, advance reservations recommended. 1 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine 904-829-6506 Ext. 239 www.nps.gov/casa

Saturday & Sunday, March 18 & 19
 

Gullah Geechee Spring Tour
Learn about the Gullah Geechee culture while bicycling throughout St. Johns and Putnam counties. The event features live music, beer, wine and, of course, bicycling. All of the bike routes begin at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds where camping is also offered. Route distances range from 35-100 miles. Registration ranges from $650-$500 for the week or $250-$100 for the weekend – on site registration only. There will be a free kick-off party on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. featuring a performance by McIntosh County Shouters. 5840 S.R. 207, Elkton 352-224-8601 www.bikeflorida.org/gg-tour-2017

Sunday, March 19

How to Read Nature’s News, The Story is in the Tracks
Learn all about tracking animals in nature by St. Johns County Naturalist AyoLane Halusky. Participants will learn about gate patterns, pressure points and track identification. The program is offered at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Gourd Island Conservation Area and will last 2.5 to 3 hours. Call to register. 10182 Russell Sampson Rd., St. Johns 904-209-0348 www.sjcfl.us/recreation
EMMA Concert Association Presents the Janoska Ensemble
Three brothers, Ondrej, Frantisek and Roman, and their brother-in-law, Julius Darvas, founded The Janoska Ensemble. The musicians are from Bratislava, Slovakia and currently live in Vienna. They received their education from renowned music institutions and world-famous teachers. The performance is at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College at 2 p.m. Admission is $35. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-797-2800 www.emmaconcerts.com
Air Plant Wreath Workshop
Hosted by The Kookaburra, Amy Armstrong will teach workshop participants how to create and care for an air plant wreath. At the end of the workshop, each participant will be able to take home a completed wreath along with a care guide. The event is at The Kookaburra Roastery from 4:30-6 p.m. The workshop cost is $45, which includes wreath supplies plus a small drink. 76 Dockside Dr., St. Augustine 904-209-9391 www.amyplants.ticketleap.com/air-plant-wreath-workshop
The Chieftains with the Jacksonville Symphony at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre presents legendary Irish performers The Chieftains live in concert with a special appearance by the Jacksonville Symphony. The Chieftains has been highly recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music on a contemporary and international scale. The Jacksonville Symphony, founded in 1949, is a leading cultural establishment in Northeast Florida that has performed with a variety of talented musicians ranging from The Beach Boys and singer Audra McDonald to renowned violinist Joshua Bell. Doors open at 5 p.m.; performance at 6 p.m. Admission ranges from $79-$39. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com

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