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This Week in St Augustine February 3 – 9 2014

 

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    February 3, 2014
Monday – Sunday : February 3 – 9

“We the People” at the IMAX Theater –

 

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.

 

El Galeón Tour – Lost Art Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings of classical European scenes.  German painters, including Mohr, Stadimayr  and Klaiberg capture the essence of Old-World charm depicting scenes of life in the country, on the hunt and in the tavern.  210 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-827-9800

Monday – Friday:  February 3 – 7
Celebrate Art 2014:  7th Annual Juried Artist Member Exhibition – The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach hosts the 7th Annual Juried Artist Member Exhibition. Admission to the gallery is free and is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-280-0614www.ccpvb.org
Monday – Saturday:  February 3 – 8
“The Object Tells a Story: African-American Folk Art from Florida” – The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum new exhibition “The Object Tells a Story: African American Folk Art from Florida” brings together a selection of works by four well-know African-American vernacular artists from Florida: Alynne Harris, Mary Proctor, Ruby C. Williams and Purvis Young.  Interspersed throughout the exhibition will be objects lent by members of St. Augustine’s African American community, including paintings, quilts, dolls and ceramics, along with artwork created by students from Ketterlinus and Osceola Elementary Schools during recent workshops with Ruby C. Williams at Fort Mose Historical State Park.  The Museum is open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 – 4 p.m.  48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8530 http://readme.readmedia.com/Crisp-Ellert-Art-Museum-presents-The-Object-Tells-a-Story-African-American-Folk-Art-from-Florida/7557493
Wednesday:  February 5
Farmer’s Arts and Crafts Market – Farmers’ 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. 904-347-8007www.thecivicassociation.com
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. This month’s tour is entitled “Erotic Lightner.”  In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, this tour will offer a cheeky look into some of Otto Lightner’s less discreet pieces of fine and decorative art.  From flowing haired maidens to provocatively rendered marbles, ceramics and oils, this tour may leave you blushing.    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. 904-824-2874www.lightnermuseum.org
Thursday:  February 6
“The Loving Story” – At 7 p.m., the National Endowment for the Humanities African-American Experience Film Series presents “The Loving Story” in the Virginia Room Ringhaver Student Center, Flagler College.  The lecture is part of the series Race and the South: St. Augustine in Context, presented by the Flagler College Ideas and Images Program marking the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. The presentation is free and open to the public.  50 Sevilla Street, 904-819-6282 www.flagler.edu/our-community
Thursday – Sunday:  February 6 – 9
Limelight Theatre Presents “Butterflies are Free” – This classic comedy features a blind man who moves to San Francisco to escape his over-protective mother and soon meets a zany neighbor who teaches him things he would have never learned from Mom. Showing through February 16. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.  Tickets are $25 adults; $22 seniors; $20 student and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. 904-825-1164 www.limelight-theatre.org
Thursday & Sunday:  February 6 &  9
Love Letters at The Raintree Restaurant – A smash hit on and off Broadway, Love Letters tells the story of the bittersweet relationship between a staid lawyer and a lively, unstable artist. Tickets to this exciting dinner theatre experience in the upstairs dining room of the Raintree Restaurant are $39.95 (adult beverages served separately).  Dinner is served at 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. arrival suggested) and the show begins at 7 p.m. every Thursday and Sunday through February 27 at 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. 904-824-7211 www.raintreerestaurant.com
Friday: February 7
First Friday Art Walk  – From 5 – 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, new exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments are featured at more than 20 participating galleries in St. Augustine.  Tours begin at San Sebastian Winery.  Complimentary shuttle service to most galleries is provided by St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys. 157 King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-0065www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com
HeART Amiro Art & Found – As part of St. Augustine’s First Friday Art Walk and Valentine’s Day, Amiro Art & Found will display a variety of soulful and heartfelt artwork from 5 – 9 p.m.  9C Aviles St., St. Augustine. 904-824-8460 www.amiroartandfound.com
Meet The Treasure Hunters – From 6 – 8 p.m., The St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum hosts Mark Anthony, a treasure diver and collector known worldwide, founder of St. Augustine’s ‘Treasures by Mark Anthony’.  To have an item appraised by Anthony, send a photo of it along with a brief description to tracy@thepiratementmuseum.com in advance.  The event is free.  12 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine.877-467-5863 www.thepiratemuseum.com
St. Augustine Art Association Gala – Sail through the St. Augustine Art Association’s illustrious 90 year-history–from its inception as the Galleon Club to its evolution as a cultural epicenter–during this elegant evening featuring live music, fine foods and libations, dancing, treasure hunting and a stunning premiere of “Lost Colony” works of art.  Tickets are $75 and gala is from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.  22 Marine St. 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org
Friday & Saturday: February 7 & 8
Paranormal Investigation at the Old Jail – The Old Jail has been featured on the Sy-Fy Channel series Ghost Hunters and is listed on the Florida and National Registers of Haunted Places.  Guided paranormal investigations take place every Friday and Saturday night from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Cost is $80 per person, reservations required (call or book online). 167 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine.  904-671-5010  www.2ghouls.com
Friday – Sunday: February 7 – 9
Gerald Branch Exhibition – Gerald Branch is an accomplished African American artist who works in mixed media to chronicle his experiences as a black man in America. He draws on history and presents historical and emotional works of art that provoke intense involvement. Highly collectible, this artist uses his amazing skills to look more deeply into our past. The artist will be giving an informative talk Feb. 9, at 2 pm. describing his paintings and what they mean. Admission is free. Open daily 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Butterfield Garage Art Gallery, 137 King St., St. Augustine. 904-825-4577http://www.butterfieldgarage.com
Saturday:  February 8
Old City Farmer’s 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
Lincolnville Book Author Speaks at Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach –  At 10 a.m., the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach hosts author Rosamond Parish who will discuss her book “Lincolnville: St. Augustine Historic Neighborhood.” Free admission.  50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-280-0614 www.ccpvb.org
Flight to Freedom at Fort Mose – Every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors will be taken on a guided walk along the freedom trail to experience what it was like for the hundreds of slaves who traveled to Fort Mose in search of freedom from the British. At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., noted experts from the University of Florida or University of South Florida will present enlightening discussions of the role of slavery in the struggle between Spain and Britain for control of the southeastern United States.  The event is free. 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine. 904-823-2232 www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose
GTM Reserve Guided Trail Hike – Join GTM Research Reserve volunteers from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for a 1.5 mile guided walk along the Guana Trail. After the walk, visit the GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center. There is a $3 parking fee.  505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500  http://gtmnerr2ndtrailhike.eventbrite.com/
Second Saturday Plant Sale – Washington Oaks Gardens State Park hosts their monthly plant sale from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Regular park entrance fee of $5 per vehicle, up to eight people; $4 per vehicle for single occupancy or $2 per person on bicycle applies.  6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast.  386-446-6783 www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks
City Walks Pet Friendly Tours – Bring Fido to join City Walks for a free Pet Friendly Tour of St. Augustine’s Historic District.  The tour departs at 10 a.m. from Tour Saint Augustine’s office.  Pets must be leashed, and reservations are required.  4 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-825-0087www.staugustinecitywalks.com
St. Augustine Chocolate Tour – Guided journey to the finest chocolatiers in St. Augustine.  Learn the history of chocolate while sampling truffles, pastries and gooey delights.  The 2-hour tour departs at1:30 p.m. from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center.  The tour is $60 per person and reservations required.  27 San Marco Ave. 904-829-3800 www.trolleytours.com/st-augustine/tour-chocolate.asp
 “Zora Neale Hurston: Ahead Of The Curve Then and Now” Lecture – Columbia University Associate Professor John McWhorter will discuss author and former St. Augustine resident Zora Neale Hurston at Flagler College’s Solarium at 3 p.m.  Admission is free. 74 King St., St. Augustine.
Pirate Plunder Tour – St. Augustine City Walks presents a one-hour tour featuring the town’s most famous pirate lore.  Kidnapped by a well-known pirate captain, tour participants will find out what it was like to live in 17th century St. Augustine – complete with the threat of pirate raids.  This fun, free tour departs at 4:30 p.m. from the Tour St. Augustine office. Reservations Required. 4 Granada St., St. Augustine.   904-825-0087 www.StAugustineCityWalks.com
EMMA Concert:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra – As Buffalo’s cultural ambassador, the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under Music Director JoAnn Falletta will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.  Tickets are $35. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine.
904-797-2800 www.emmaconcerts.com
Saturday & Sunday: February 8 & 9
St. Augustine Art Association 90th Anniversary Exhibition – One of the oldest arts groups in the State of Florida, the St. Augustine Art Association celebrates 90 years of championing the arts in the nation’s oldest city.  Newly acquired works from the permanent collection and a “Lost Colony” retrospective will be unveiled.  The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday noon – 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 – 5 p.m. Admission is free.  22 Marine St. 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org
Sunday: February 9
Discover the Birds of Anastasia – Led by an Anastasia State Park volunteer, this fun and informative walk is open to participants of all birding levels.  From 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., observe a diverse variety of shore birds, marsh birds, and hammock birds by walking the beach, boardwalks, nature trails, and other areas.  Dress for the weather and bring binoculars, water, comfortable walking shoes, and a field guide if you have one.  Meet at the Island Beach Shop & Grill Pavilion.  The program is weather permitting and included in the regular admission of $8/vehicle with 2-8 occupants, $4/single-occupant vehicle, and $2/bicyclist or walker. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-461-2035www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia
Florida Chamber Music Project Presents “Schubert”  –  Hear Schubert’s String 14 in d minor, known as Death the Maiden, in this special performance by the Florida Chamber Music Project.  The music begins at 3 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall (doors open at 2 p.m.).  Tickets for general admission seating are $25. Other performances in this series include: May 11, Mozart/Prokofiev; andJune 8, Piazzola/Dvornak.   1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach, 904-209-0399www.pvconcerthall.com

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