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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

Abductee Seeks to Escape Kidnappers in Mindbending Sci-fi Thriller

  Rupture Film Review by Kam Williams Abductee Seeks to Escape Kidnappers in Mindbending Sci-fi Thriller Renee (Noomi Rapace) was leading an unremarkable existence in suburban Kansas City the day she was abducted by five strangers after her car broke down. Until then, she was just an average divorcee' doing her best to shield a young son (Percy Hynes White) from an embittered ex-husband's (Paul Popowich) vicious barbs.   Otherwise, … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

Cop under Fire

  Cop under Fire Moving Beyond Hashtags of Race, Crime and Politics for a Better America by Sheriff David Clarke, Jr. with Nancy French Foreword by Sean Hannity Worthy Publishing Hardcover, $21.99 272 pages ISBN: 978-1-617-95857-1 Book Review by Kam Williams “David Clarke refuses to bow a knee to political correctness, and he refuses to give his party over to the hands of black activists whose politics would destroy America. … [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

History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder

  History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder by Amy Lignor   For the longest time, scientists and archaeologists have been confused and bemused by various discoveries they’ve unearthed that offer little or no explanation as to the who, what, and why of the people who created these things or left them behind. Even now, in 2017, there are discoveries being studied; stories that were once legends now have actual bits of proof being found that … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Make Way for Dulé!

  Dulé Hill The “Sleight” Interview with Kam Williams Make Way for Dulé! Born in Orange, New Jersey and raised in Sayreville, Dulé Hill began attending dance school when he was 3 years- old. He later received his first break as the understudy to Savion Glover on Broadway in “The Tap Dance Kid.” Dulé went on to perform the lead role in the musical’s national tour. And his additional stage credits include “Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Cajun Baby chooses Skeeter for a reason

  Cajun Baby chooses Skeeter for a reason By Craig Lamb Cliff Crochet, known on the pro bass tour as the Cajun Baby, has a lot to be proud of besides his south Louisiana roots. In Cajun country, boats are part of life, either for a livelihood or connection to the outdoors for recreation with friends and family. Crochet quote about Cajun roots. Crochet's resume includes 9 Top 10 finishes, three appearances in the Bassmaster Classic, and a … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

“Sin City” Becomes Acceptable?

  “Sin City” Becomes Acceptable? by Amy Lignor   So…what changes will occur if an NFL team hits Las Vegas? Not many, actually. Perhaps more of the ‘contract money’ will be lost considering the blackjack tables ARE right in the vicinity; however, NFL owners seem just fine with the fact that the Raiders will once again wave good-bye to their “Nation” and relocate to Sin City. But when you look at the news headlines, the NFL has and … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Buying & Selling: Learning the Art of the Tag Sale

  Buying & Selling: Learning the Art of the Tag Sale by Amy Lignor   When people speak about making a few extra bucks, there is more than one way to skin a cat these days. Perhaps you’re trying to save up for a vacation for the family to take this summer. Perhaps you are looking for collectibles to invest in. Oddly enough, many people do not realize what, exactly, was in Great Grandma’s house when she passed on to a happier place. … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Vacations…Underground

  Vacations…Underground by Amy Lignor   There are millions of spots to visit and sites to see around the world when it comes to vacation time; however, there are also those you can’t necessarily “see.” In this world of digital technology and highly imaginative architecture that creates buildings that are higher and more “glitzy” than ever before, it is important to remember that in ancient times, people were building “down.” Various … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

  Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden by Amy Lignor   Many are still dealing with that wintery mix Mother Nature just loves to toss down from the sky this time of year. Yet, that gardener living inside the soul – the one just dreaming of the sunny skies and lazy rainy days that are must-haves in order to grow the best vegetables possible – is already jotting down the facts, tricks and tips they need to know in order to make that … [Read More its Good for You...]