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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

Love Gurus Date Despite Philosophical Differences in Delightful Romantic Romp

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Books

Volume 2 of Yes Sir, Yes Sir, 3 Bags Full! – You Do NOT Want to Miss This

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Art

The Day After the Day Of

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Real Estate

New Home Sales Jump in April

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Lifestyle

Gain all Access Mobility with Roundabout Woodsman

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Outdoors

Gain all Access Mobility with Roundabout Woodsman

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Sports

The Best & Worst (So Far) of the 2016 NFL Season

  The Best & Worst (So Far) of the 2016 NFL Season by Amy Lignor     Okay…we’re almost dead center, folks, so it’s time to sum up the best and silliest actions and reactions that the 2016 NFL season has provided fans thus far.   Analysts are always yapping, and most likely nothing they say will actually come true. However, right now almost everyone is agreeing to the fact that Tom Brady has a score to settle. Yes, … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Charity Begins at Home

  Charity Begins at Home by Amy Lignor   Turning a blind eye is easy for some; preferred by others. But the fact is that the bad doesn’t become good – in any area – unless eyes are open wide to not only see what’s occurring, but also to gain the knowledge needed to stop the bad from getting even worse. Remarks are made about “other countries” and what they do wrong when it comes to the harming of animals for profit. However, in … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Exploring the Holidays Around the Globe

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Green Living

Forecasting Climate Change

  Forecasting Climate Change by Amy Lignor As with anything in this world, it depends on whose opinion or observations you trust as to just how bad climate change is becoming. As 2016 begins to wrap up, climate scientists, atmospheric physicists, chemists, oceanographers – you name it – no one can come up with any other explanation for climate change and the warming of our planet other than human activity. How fast is it happening? … [Read More its Good for You...]