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This Week in St. Augustine & Ponte Verdra

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    March 10, 2014
Monday – Sunday : March 10 – 16

Jerusalem at the IMAX Theater – The documentary film “Jerusalem” plays each day through  March 20 at The IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame. This film explores how this small city became such a pivotal part of human history.  Jerusalem is home to some of the most sacred sites in the world for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. 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 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

 

Prisms Exhibit – Lost Art Gallery features the work of Argentinian artist Raul Torres-Rojas.  Unmistakable in style, Rojas sees the world as if through a “prism” in his paintings of figures, birds, flowers and boating scenes.  210 St. George Street, St. Augustine, 904-827-9800 www.lostartgallery.com

 

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 www.butterfieldgarage.com

 

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 – Friday:  March 10 – 14

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 11

Navigating By Sail – Join St. Augustine Lighthouse historians aboard the Schooner Freedom for a two-hour cruise and discussion of how waterways influenced the history and settlement of St. Augustine.  Sit back and relax, enjoy the sun or help the crew set sail.  The cruise departs the St. Augustine City Marina at 12:15 p.m.  Tickets are $50 each and include admission to the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum plus complimentary soda, water, beer and wine.  Tickets must be purchased through www.staugustinelighthouse.com.  111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine. 904-810-1010 www.schoonerfreedom.com

Tuesday – Sunday:  March 11- 16

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

Wednesday:  March 12

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

 

Discover First America Program: In White America Preview – This is a special preview performance of Flagler College’s full play titled In White America. The absorbing African-American story is brought to life on stage. From a letter revealing the heart and soul of a runaway slave to a moving speech by a southern senator in justification of lynching to portraits of Booker T. Washington, each scene has an emotional story. This program is sponsored by Flagler College.  Held in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, admission is free. St. Augustine 450th Commemoration passports with souvenir stampings are complimentary to attendees. 14 Granada Street, St. Augustine.

www.Staugustine-450.com

Thursday:  March 13

“Evenings at Whitney” monthly lecture at 7 p.m. at The Whitney Lab Lohman Auditorium at Marineland, Karen A. Bjorndal, Ph.D., Dept. of Biology, University of Florida, presents her fascinating program entitled “Role of Sea Turtles in Marine Ecosystems.”  The program is free.  9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine. 904-461-4000 www.whitney.ufl.edu

Thursday – Sunday:  March 13 – 16

In White America – Flagler College Theatre Arts presents this absorbing and award-winning story of African-Americans.  From a letter revealing the heart and soul of a runaway slave to a moving speech by a southern senator in justification of lynching to portraits of Booker T. Washington, each scene has an emotional story. First produced in 1963, the play sets the stage for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.   Performances take place at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.  Tickets for general admission are $10.  Show times are 7:30 p.m. on March 13, 14 & 15  and 2 p.m. March 16.  14 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8600

www.flagler.edu/our-community/events/theatre.html

 

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

Friday: March 14

A Coquina Rock Beach Walk – From 1 – 2:30 p.m., explore the second largest outcropping of coquina rock on the Atlantic Coast with a park volunteer at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park.  Learn about coquina and discover the inhabitants of the rock, its geological makeup and gain a better understanding of the beach ecosystem.  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.  386-446-6780 www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks

Farmers Market at World Golf Village – The World Golf Village Associates host a series of farmers markets.  Local vendors from North Florida offer a variety of fresh produce and other items along the Walk of Champions.  The market will be open from 3 – 7 p.m.  One World Golf Place, St. Augustine.  904-940-4133 www.worldgolfhalloffame.org

Friday and Sunday: March 14 & 16
I’ll Give You A Day – Derek Coghlan presents “I’ll Give You a Day” – The Pioneer Barn at the Old Florida Museum hosts a one-man show written and performed by Derek Coghlan.  The play, “I’ll Give You a Day”, focuses on emigration, culture shock, small southern towns, guilt, unemployment, lunacy, and the fabulous assortment of wonderfully odd people he met along the way from Ireland to America.  Friday’s performance is 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s starts at 2:30 p.m.  Admission is $20 and $15 for students.  259 San Marco Ave. St. Augustine.  904-824-8874 www.fortmenendez.com

Friday – Sunday: March 14 – 16

The Spring Vendor Show – The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach will feature beautiful spring merchandise from dozens of hand-picked vendors from all over the country.  Admission to the gallery is free and it is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-280-0614 www.ccpvb.org

Saturday:  March 15

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

 

Nocatee Farmer’s Market – Featuring more than 70 vendors, Nocatee Farmer’s Market takes place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 245 Little River Rd., Ponte Vedra.  www.nocatee.com

 

4th Annual Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic – The world famous TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course hosts the 4th Annual Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic to raise funds for the Foundation.  Fans who wish to experience this exclusive event with Tim and his celebrity friends may purchase tickets on the website.  110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-380-8499 www.timtebowfoundation.org

 

Guided Beach Exploration Guana South Beach – Join GTM Research Reserve Docents from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. for a beach walk at the Guana South beach location on A1A, South Ponte Vedra Beach.  Learn about the animals that call the beach home as well as seashells and other interesting facts.  This is a “Beaches 101” experience that the entire family will enjoy.  There is a $3/per vehicle parking fee.  1768 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach 904-823-4500 www.gtmnerrbeachexploration.eventbrite.com

 

Photography Challenge Event – Photographers, from beginners to professionals, compete to take the best photo at three designated locations within Washington Oaks Gardens State Park.  Maps to the featured locations can be obtained from the Ranger Station or from volunteers in the main parking lot. Each month, park volunteers select the winning photo which will then be displayed at the VIC kiosk and the park’s gift shop.  There is no cost to compete.  Park admission is $5 per vehicle; $2 per pedestrian/bicyclist.  6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. 609-247-8146; e-mail washingtonoaksphotoentry@gmail.com;  www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks

 

Tolomato Cemetery Guided Tour –  Tour the oldest extant planned cemetery in the State of Florida with burials starting during the First Spanish Period (1565-1763).   Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.  Tours are from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 16 Cordova St., St. Augustine. www.tolomatocemetery.com

 

 “Artisans Through The Ages” Exhibit – The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum hosts its annual “Artisans Through The Ages” exhibit. The event honors the 19th century history of the house with arts and crafts produced by members of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Florida (NSCDA-FL) and local artists and reenactors. Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Donations accepted. 20 Aviles St., St. Augustine.  904-829-3575  www.ximenezfatiohouse.org

Saturday and Sunday: March 15 & 16

God’s Trombones presented by the St. Augustine Community Chorus – Directed by Ms. Kathleen Vande Berg, the St. Augustine Community Chorus presents “God’s Trombones,” a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at St. Augustine High School Auditorium.  The Saturday concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday concert starts at 3 p.m.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for adults, students and children are $5.  3205 Varella Ave., St. Augustine. www.staugustinecommunitychorus.org

 

Schooner Freedom Full Moon Sail – St. Augustine’s premier tall ship, the Schooner Freedom, sails through the calm waters of Matanzas Bay lit by the glow of the full moon.  This memorable sailing excursion is departs at 8:15 p.m. from the City Marina.  Complimentary beer, soda and wine are included in the $35 per person rate.  Bring along a picnic basket of hor d’ouvres or desserts to make it a night to remember.  111 Avenida Menendez.  904-810-1010 www.schoonerfreedom.com

Sunday: March 16

Sunset/Moonrise at St. Augustine Lighthouse – Enjoy the sunset and moonrise from the top of the Lighthouse!  The $25 admission includes a champagne toast, provided by San Sebastian Winery, hors d’oeuvres from The Reef and an informative overview of the history of the St. Augustine Light Station. 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-0745 www.staugustinelighthouse.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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