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This Weekend in St Augustine and Ponte Verda

Friday, Saturday and Sunday; February 24, 25, & 26

Florida Sun Cats 21st Annual St. Augustine Cat Show

The Purrr-fect cat lover event takes place when Florida Sun Cats holds their Twenty-First Annual Cat Show at the Renaissance World Golf Resort in St. Augustine. On Friday, the Safari International Bengal Cat Symposium, including a special judging for Bengal cats will take place at 4 p.m.  Then on Saturday and Sunday, more than 200 cats will compete in seven different rings where judges will evaluate these felines and present their top ten ‘final awards’ in each category competition.  Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, military, and children (5-12), and children under 5 are admitted free.  The Renaissance World Golf Resort is located in the World Golf Village located at I-95 Exit 323. For more information, call 706-374-4216 or email coonslady@aol.com.

Saturday: February 25

Living History Days at Fort Mose

Experience living history demonstrations as volunteers in period dress offer visitors a fascinating glimpse into the past. Program is weather permitting.The demonstrations take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fort Mose State Park located at 15 Fort Mose Trail in St. Augustine. Admission is $4 per vehicle or $2 for pedestrians or bicyclists. For more information, call 904.823.2232 or visit

www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose

 

Menendez Birthday Grand Procession

Everybody loves a parade – especially a 16th century exhibition. Enjoy this colorful and lively procession of authentic 16th Century reenactors, musicians and entertainers as they stroll along St. George Street to Lightner Museum for the opening of the Nocha de Gala, the 493rd birthday celebration of St. Augustine’s founder Pedro Menendez de Aviles. The procession begins at 5 p.m. at City Gates, located at Orange and St. George Streets. For more information call 904-669-1485.

 Casa Monica Nocha de Gala (Night of the Ball)

Be a part of this 16th century masked ball celebrating the 493rd birthday of St. Augustine’s founder, Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés.  The celebration begins at 5 p.m. with a grand and exciting procession through downtown St. Augustine to announce the arrival of Menéndez and his colorful entourage. A cocktail reception and dinner will be followed by dancing to contemporary tunes.  Gala attire is black tie or 16th century costume.  The Noche de Gala takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Lightner Museum Ballroom, 75 King Street in St. Augustine.  Sponsored by the Casa Monica Hotel, this is St. Augustine’s most exciting social event of the year. Tickets are $195 per person, or $75 per person for just the cocktail reception. All proceeds go toward the restoration of Lightner Museum.

 

Pablo Cruise Performs at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Pablo Cruise performs honest, real, down to earth vocals, accompanied by fun yet elegant, infectious grooves at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, located at 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $36.50 and $49.50. www.PVConcertHall.com    904-209-0399

 

19th Annual RSVP Chocolate and Beyond Gala

Savor a parade of chocolate delicacies from many of the area’s finest restaurants and specialty shops at this annual event hosted by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of St. Johns County.  The gala begins at 6:30 p.m. at St. Augustine First Coast Technical Institute, 3640 Gaines Road.  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Whetstone’s Chocolates and Cold Cow Ice Cream or by calling904.547.3945


Uptown Saturday Night
From 5 to 9 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month, experience live music, refreshments, new exhibits, book signings and much more at the galleries, antique stores and unique shops on St. Augustine’s San Marco Avenue between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios.  The Mission Nombre de Dios provides FREE PARKING. For more information, call 904.823.9263.

A Sampling of March 2012 Events

March 2: 

First Friday Art Walk  

www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com 

 

March 2- 3

3rd Annual Ponte Vedra Home & Art Show     

www.ccpvb.org

 

March 3

Re-enactment of Searles’ 1668 Sack of St. Augustine 

www.Searlesbucs.com 

 

March 9 & 11

St. Augustine Community Orchestra 50th Anniversary Bash 

www.staugustineorchestra.org 

Turn and Burn Barrel Racing at St. Johns County  Fairgrounds

http://fairgrounds.sjcvenues.com 

March 10

Civil War Sesquicentennial Federal Capture of St. Augustine 

 

March 10 & 11

2012 Celtic Music and Heritage Festival  

 

March 16 -18

31st Annual Lions Club Seafood & Music Festival 

www.lionsfestival.com 

 

March 17

St. Augustine Lighthouse Maritime Festival  

 

March 19

Former President Bill Clinton Speaks at St. Augustine Amphitheatre 

 

March 23 & 24

Viva St. Augustine! Spanish Grand Muster

 

Entertainment

Raunchy Adaptation of Classic TV Series Arrives on Home Video

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Books

Gil’s Goodwill!

  Gil Robertson The “Book of Black Heroes” Interview with Kam Williams Gil's Goodwill! For nearly three decades, writer/author Gil L. Robertson, IV has used the written word to enlighten, empower and uplift. The one-time political organizer initially made his mark in entertainment journalism, penning over 50 national magazine covers and contributing bylines to a wide range of publications that include the Los Angeles Times, the Atlanta … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

How to Hire a Winner in Real Estate

  How to Hire a Winner in Real Estate by Amy Lignor   You want to buy that new house because the twins are on their way. Little Betty and Little John are already there, but who knew you would have even more so soon? What’s that? Oh…well, of course, in order to buy that new home with four bedrooms instead of two, you will also need to sell your present homestead in order to get the money needed to start paying on a new one. And, of … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Ejogo’s Largo!

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Outdoors

Tidewater 230 LXF Combines Luxury, Family Friendly Features

  Tidewater 230 LXF Combines Luxury, Family Friendly Features By Craig Lamb Are you looking for a family friendly, center console fishing rig in the 23-foot class? Your search is over with the 230 LXF from Tidewater Boats. The all-new 230 LXF has a centerline of 23’ with a wide beam spanning 8’ 10.” The boat weighs 3,200 pounds and has a fuel capacity of 95 gallons for peace of mind on long trips. Best balance of performance and fuel … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

You Don’t Have to be Greek to be a “Zorba” Fanatic

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Business

Add Value with Summer Home Renovation Projects

  Add Value with Summer Home Renovation Projects by Amy Lignor   There are a whole list of summer activities for you and the kids planned. Most of them, of course, you want to be nothing but fun, such as grilling outside on the patio or swimming in the pool. However, having the backyard pool and patio are two things you really need in place before either of those activities could be enjoyed. And building this area could be a great … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Finding Relaxation in the Most Remote Locations of All

    Finding Relaxation in the Most Remote Locations of All by Amy Lignor   It is a fact that the largest travel locations are also beyond popular. Among the downsides of this fact is that when you’re looking for peace, quiet, and basically a chance to do nothing more than spend time with yourself and, perhaps, one other best friend, the most popular places don’t offer that. In other words, it is the most remote (sometimes most … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

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