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This Week in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches

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

“We the People” at the IMAX Theater – The documentary film “We the People” at The IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame is the story of America’s founding documents and the people who wrote, shaped and tested them.  The magnificent buildings, monuments and memorials of Washington DC, archival imagery from America’s great museums and dramatic reenactments of key events come alive through the immortal words of Washington, Madison, Jefferson, Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr.  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

 

Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience – 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 Tour – Tour a full-sized replica of a 17th century Spanish galleon. Docked at the St. Augustine City Marina, El Galeón Andalucia 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 ship is available for tours beginning at 10 a.m. daily. Admission is $15 for adult; $8 for youth.  111 Avenida Menendez. 904-824-1606

 

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 & Tuesday:  March 3 & 4

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. Admission is free. Open daily 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Butterfield Garage Art Gallery, 137 King St., St. Augustine. 904-825-4577 http://www.butterfieldgarage.com

Monday – Friday: March 3 – 7

The Last Good War: The Faces and Voices of World War II – Exhibit of photographs of 30 World War II veterans along with their stories of the Last Good War opens at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach.  Photographer Thomas Sanders captured these images and stories now presented in a traveling exhibition that will be at the Cultural Center through April 4.  The Cultural Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is free.  50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach.  904-280-0614 www.ccpvb.org

Tuesday:  March 4

“Canary Islenos in Colonial Florida” – Diane Reigelsperger, Adjunct Instructor at Flagler College, will discuss “Canary Islenos in Colonial Florida.”  Her talk is part of the Historical St. Augustine Research Institute lecture series, “St. Augustine’s Forgotten People.” Admission is free to these lectures held at 7 p.m. in the Flagler Room of Ponce de Leon Hall at Flagler College.  74 King St., St. Augustine 904-829-8481 www.flagler.edu

 

“Freedom-Riders” – At 7 p.m., the National Endowment for the Humanities African-American Experience Film Series presents “Freedom Riders” in the Virginia Room, Ringhaver Student Center, Flagler College.  The film 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

Wednesday:  March 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. 904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.com

 

Guided Trail Walk at River to Sea Preserve, Marineland – Visit the GTM Research Reserve at 9 a.m. for a free, guided hike in Flagler County’s “River to Sea Preserve.”  Stroll along a mile-and half trail through wooded coastal hammock to the Matanzas River.  Meet the guide in the parking lot of the River to Sea Preserve located on the west side of A1A at the southern end of the town of Marineland.  A directional “NERR” road sign will also be placed at the entrance.  Be sure to wear comfortable, closed toe shoes. Reserve space on-line or by phone.  9805 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Marineland 904-823-4500 http://gtmnerrmarinelandtrail.eventbrite.com

 

Lightner Museum Curator Tour – 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 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; 12 and under free.  75 King St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org

Thursday:  March 6

Lightner’s Hidden Treasures – The Lightner Museum will host Harriet Baskas, author of “Hidden Treasurers, What Museums Can’t or Won’t Show You” for a book signing event, reception and 4th floor tour from 6 – 9 p.m.  Enjoy personal tours of the 4th floor  of the Museum (not normally available for tours) by Director Robert Harper and Curator Barry Myers.  Refreshments will be provided.  Reservations are required and tickets are $45.  75 King St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2874 www.lightnermuseum.org

 

The Common Folk Culture of the South:  The Interrelationship of Blacks and Whites in the Making of Dixie’s Music – Dr. Bill C. Malone, Professor Emeritus of History, Tulane University, presents this program at 7 p.m. in the Flagler Room at Flagler College’s Ponce Hall. The lecture is part of the speaker series Race and the American 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 lecture is free and open to the public. 74 King Street, 904-819-6282 www.flagler.edu/our-community

 

Carolina Chocolate Drops – The Carolina Chocolate Drops return to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.).  Their album “Genuine Negro Jig” garnered a Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy last year and proved that the old-time, fiddle and banjo-based music is a living breathing, ever-evolving sound.    Tickets are $40 and $50. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0399 www.pvconcerthall.com

Friday: March 7

St. Augustine Distillery Grand Opening – At 10 a.m., the new St. Augustine Distillery opens its doors to the public for the first time.  The beautiful new distillery is located in the historic power and ice plant built in stages between 1905 and 1927. The distillery will offer free tours and tastings six days a week (closed on Mondays).  The grand opening includes the release of the first spirit legally produced in Northeast Florida since prohibition.  Bottles of this 100% Florida Cane Vodka will be available for purchase. 112 Riberia Street, St. Augustine. 904-825-4962 www.staugustinedistillery.com

 

Celtic Pub Crawl – Get an authentic start to the Celtic Music and Heritage Festival with a memorable Celtic Pub Crawl.  This rousing tour departs at 7 p.m. from Ann O’Malley’s, 23 Orange Street, and includes 3-5 Celtic bars and pubs in St. Augustine.  The crawl includes a welcome domestic pint or glass of wine and discounts at all of the pubs on the tour.  Plus, guide provides true tales of the city’s Celtic history — and introduces some great drinking traditions.  Tickets are $19 per person and reservations are required — call 904-392-7137.  www.celticstaugstine.com

 

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).  Plus, free Art Walk Trolleys and Trains provided by St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys, provide free transportation throughout downtown for the art walk.   832-779-2781 www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org

 

HeART Amiro Art & Found – As part of St. Augustine’s First Friday Art Walk, Amiro Art & Found will display a variety of wrapped jewelry and 3-D artistry of Kelsey Schirard from 5 – 9 p.m.  9C Aviles St., St. Augustine. 904-824-8460 www.amiroartandfound.com

 

Peep Hole Art – As part of First Friday Art Walk, 17 students in Flagler College’s advance sculpture class will offer unique displays of their creations at individual locations throughout downtown St. Augustine.  Each student’s display is housed in a special box and can be seen by looking through a peep hole.  The Peephole Art will be on display 5 – 9 p.m.  904-819-6441  http://readme.readmedia.com/Flagler-College-art-students-present-Peep-Hole-installations-at-First-Friday/8274059

 

Meet The Treasure Hunters – From 6 – 8 p.m., The St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum hosts Carl Fismer, international noted treasure diver and explorer.   He will discuss aspects of the St. Augustine Pirate And Treasure Museum’s newest exhibits will assessing and appraising local collectors finds as well.  To have an item appraised by Fismer, 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

Friday – Sunday: March 7 – 9

Limelight Theatre Presents “The Miss Firecracker Contest” – Delightful twists and turns create a hilarious story of one girl’s ambitious attempt to win the Miss Firecracker Contest and leave her small southern town in a blaze of glory.   Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.  Tickets are $25; $22 seniors; $20 student and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. 904-825-1164 www.limelight-theatre.org

 

Canvas, Clay, Collage & Cutting Edge – The St. Augustine Art Association combines four exciting themes into one juried exhibit.  Cutting Edge is defined as work that pushes the boundaries of ideas and/or materials. 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

 

Society of Mixed Media Exhibition – A juried exhibition of the Society Of Mixed Media Artists. Chosen artists will exhibit their latest works of art. Juried by Gene Roberds the exhibit features collage, assemblage, sculpture and other experimental works introducing mixed media as an important contribution to the fine arts community. Admission is free. Open daily 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Butterfield Garage Art Gallery, 137 King St., St. Augustine. 904-825-4577 http://www.butterfieldgarage.com

 

2014 Celtic Music and Heritage Festival – This popular festival kicks off on Friday at 7 p.m. with a Whisky Tasting and pre-festival party ($50 ticket includes tasting and party). On Saturday, St. Augustine’s fourth annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 10 a.m.  Then, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., traditional Irish music, Scottish pipes and drums, contemporary Celtic Rock, literature, and all things Celtic will converge in celebration of St. Augustine’s remarkable Celtic history and heritage dating back to its founding in 1565! The Celtic Festival features music by international headliners and regional stars including Black ’47, Albannach, Ireland’s Dublin City Ramblers and Jacksonville’s Rathkeltair.  Don’t miss the Highland Games of skill and strength on Saturday and Sunday! Clans, Celtic vendors, plenty of fun for kids and a comic Irish play are included. The festival takes place at Francis Field located behind the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center.  Admission to the festival is $8 per day (St. Johns County residents $7; free to active duty and retired military with ID) and VIP admission is $50 for the weekend and includes t-shirts, special seating and more.  29 W. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine.  www.celticstaugustine.com

 

Celeste Roberge: Ocean Floors – Flagler College and the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum host an exhibition of new sculpture and works on paper by Celeste Roberge.  The exhibition entitled “Oceans Floors” opens to the public on Friday from 5 – 9 p.m. and will continue through April 19.  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-Celeste-Roberge-Ocean-Floors/8220732

Saturday:  March 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

 

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

 

Matanzas Inlet Guided Hike – Join GTM Research Reserve and National Park guides for a free hiking tour along the inlet’s shore to learn about seashells, coquina rock, dune vegetation, heavy minerals, mollusks, dune vegetation, and the history of beach sand.  Meet guides at the inlet parking area on A1A Matanzas Inlet Bridge before 9 a.m. for this 1 1/2 hour tour.  Reservations are required.  8655 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-823-4500 www.gtmnerrmatanzashike.eventbrite.com

 

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. 904-825-0087 www.staugustinecitywalks.com

The Minorcan Heritage Celebration – The Minorcan Heritage Society holds its annual celebration from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the historic Llambias House. Learn about Minorcan heritage and their 18th century arrival in St. Augustine through singing, dancing, displays and storytelling.  31 St. Francis St., St. Augustine. 904-826-3388

Gallery Night at City Coffee – Meet St. Augustine photographer Stacey Sather and artist Caroline Conklin at this special event at City Coffee.  Outstanding examples of their work featuring scenes from the Oldest City will be on display.   The event includes live music and an opportunity to mingle with local artists, have a snack and support cultural arts in St. Augustine.  This free event is from 6-9 p.m.  1280 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine.  904-209-6810

 

Steve Miller Band Concert – The St. Augustine Amphitheatre hosts The Steve Miller Band — one of classic rock’s most well-known and  most beloved bands.  Formed in 1967 in San Francisco, hits like The Joker, Fly Like an Eagle, Jet Airliner and Abracadabra insure that more than 40 years later, they continue to perform before sold-out audiences.  Tickets range from $39.50 – $89.50. The concert starts at 7 p.m. (gates open 5:30 p.m.)  1340 A1A South St. Augustine. 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com

Sunday: March 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. 904-461-2035 www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia

 

Mindful Garden Walk at Washington Oaks – Start with a warm cup of tea to settle the mind and calm the body.  Next, join Park Services Specialist Joe Woodbury on a walk into the botanical gardens at Washington Oaks State Park to discover how refreshing, healing, and wondrous the present moment can be.  Participants will be free to enjoy the peace and beauty that surrounds them.  Two tours are offered, the first at 10 a.m. and the second at 1 p.m. Both depart from the Gardens parking lot. Reservations are required. Please refrain from bringing personal electronic devices.  Meet in the garden parking lot.  The tour will be included in the regular  park entrance fee of $2 per person on bicycle, $4 per vehicle for single occupancy or $5 per vehicle, up to eight people.  6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast.  386-446-6783 www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks

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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