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This Weekend in St. Augustine and Ponte Verda

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: January 27, 28, & 29

Harvey at Limelight Theatre

Enjoy this family-friendly comedy production about mild-mannered Elwood who insists his imaginary friend Harvey – a man sized rabbit – is real and his sister decides to have him committed. Performance times are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. All performances take place at the Limelight Theatre, located at 11 Old Mission Avenue in St. Augustine. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $20 for students and military. For more information, call 904.825.1164 or visitwww.limelight-theatre.org.

Saturday and Sunday: January 28 & 29

Catamaran Eco Tours

Hop aboard a stable 27′ catamaran for a unique journey in the rivers of St. Augustine. Spy dolphins and birds in their natural environment and catch some afternoon rays. Help the Captain sail or just kick back and relax. Departs each afternoon and evening. $45/adults and $35/kids. Call St. Augustine Eco Tours for reservations at 904.377.7245.

 

Nature Movies at GTM Reserve

Every Saturday and Sunday in January the GTM Reserve features the nature movie “Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Adventures”. Peabody and Emmy Award-winning Jean-Michel Cousteau and his acclaimed diving teams as they explore a thrilling array of natural phenomena, investigate little known territories and ecosystems hundreds of feet beneath the ocean’s surface, and come face to face with the friendly and ferocious inhabitants of the deep in this film. The GTM Environmental Education Center (EEC)is located at 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. There is no cost to see the movie.  Tours of the GTM Environmental Educations Center are available before or after the film and the cost is $2 for adults, $1for children age 10 to 17 and children under 10 are free.  For more information, call 904-823-4500.

Saturday: January 28

School of the 16th Century

Learn 16th Century Living History techniques including: Black Powder Weapons, cooking, navigation, creating a historic persona, research, clothing and more! This one-of-a-kind living history school takes place at Ponce De Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archeological Park, 11 Magnolia Street. Admission to the Park is $10 adults and $6 for Children 6 – 12. Children under 6 are free. For more information, visithttp://www.fountainofyouthflorida.com/index.php, or call (904) 829-3168.
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 visitwww.floridastateparks.org/fortmose.

  

Third Annual All American Air Table Tennis Classic

See more than 50 players competing in three divisions AND “Open Your Heart for the Arts” to benefit Limelight Theatre, the Children/s Museum of St. Johns and the Center for Arts at St. Augustine High School. Play begins at 4 p.m. and continues throughout the evening. From 6:30 p.m. until midnight, enjoy cocktails, dinner and dancing. It all takes place at St. Augustine’s beautiful River House, 180 Marine Street. Tickets are $125. Visit www.aaacharitablefoundation.org for details and to purchase tickets.

 

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.   TheMission Nombre de Dios provides FREE PARKING. For more information, call 904.823.9263.
EMMA Concert Series: Marika Bournaki

Enjoy a piano concert by nineteen year old pianist Marika Bournaki. Bournaki is quickly emerging as an exciting young artist with an extraordinarily engaging musicianship; as one critic noted, her playing exudes passion. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. at the Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information, visitwww.EmmaConcerts.com or call 904.797.2800.

Sunday:  January 29

TRAVIS TRITT IN CONCERT 

Enjoy a lively country/rock performance by the legendary Travis Tritt at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Tritt has been on the country music scene since the 90s and won two Grammy awards for his work on the singles “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin'” and “Same Old Train.” Doors open at 7 p.m. p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are reserved seating at $65.50 and $77.50. The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall is located at 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach. For more information, call 904.209.0367or visitwww.PVConcertHall.com.

Holiday Tours and Attractions

Last Weekend To Enjoy The Nights of Lights — Selected by National Geographic as one of the 10 Best Holiday Lights Displays in the WORLD! 

 

ST. AUGUSTINE GOLD TOURS NIGHTS OF LIGHTS

Tour the dazzling display of lights in comfort and style with just 7 passengers on all electric silent shuttle bus with individual seat restraints. All tours are $7 (inclusive of 3D glasses) starting and finishing at the Old Drug Store car park on Orange Street where the kids can meet Santa.

Tours take place each night, except Tuesday from 5 till 10 p.m. For more information, call904.325.0547, or visit www.staugustinegoldtours.com.

NIGHTS OF LIGHTS SUNSET SAIL

See the glittering Nights of Lights from the deck of a authentic 19th century schooner! Every night now through January will feature a memorable and beautiful sunset Nights of Lights cruise aboard the Schooner Freedom. The two-hour cruise departs from the St. Augustine City Marina at 4:15 p.m. Tickets are $45 per adults, kids 2-12 are $35, under 2 sail free, complimentary beer, wine, soda, and water provided. For reservations, call 904.810.1010.

 

PRIVATE NIGHTS OF LIGHTS TOUR CHARTERS

Plan a private tour of the Nights of Lights for your large group. Old Town Trolley Tours offers a special 40 minute tour for groups of 20 or more. Tours are available in advance every night.  Private tour rates are $9 for adults and $4 for children. Tours depart from the Visitor Information Center, located at 11 W Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.829.3800

 

TOUR DE CHOCOLATE

Join City Walks on the Tour de Chocolate every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at noon for a 2-hour journey into the world of chocolate. From the Aztecs and Mayans to Europe via the Spanish Conquistadors, explore the history and indulge yourself in the wonderful world of CHOCOLATE. The tour  includes all tastes and samplings, and a VERY special take home gift of chocolates. All ages welcome, Adults are $36 and Children under 10 are $25, per person. Reservations are required and are available for online reservations/purchase, where guests will save $2 per person.  Plus, through January 31, all of City Walks’ historical tours will take a look at the origins of our holiday traditions.

Make your reservation now at http://www.staugustinecitywalks.com .

CHOCOLATE TOURS

Go on a chocolate tasting tour presented by Whetstone Chocolates, St. Augustine’s original chocolate family. Find out about the history and making of chocolate, the Whetstone story and then walk through the factory. The 4-tiered tasting matches varying flavors of dark, milk and white chocolate. Tours are guided and last 55 minutes. All ages are welcome. Adults are $8.00, children age 5-17 are $5.50, and children 4 and under are free. Tour times Sunday through Friday, 11am, 1pm, 2:15pm, 3:30pm; Saturday tours start at 10am and run approximately every half hour with the last tour at 4pm. Tour starts at Whetstone Chocolate 139 King Street.   Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 904-217-0275.

 

NIGHT OF LIGHTS CARRIAGE AND WINE TOUR

Step aboard an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage and meander the historic streets in true southern comfort on this hour long tour. While you enjoy St. Augustine’s spectacular light display, snuggle up and indulge in delicious Spanish boutique wines. $49 per person. Tours are held Tuesday through Sunday at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.  Last tour date is January 29.    Reservations are required. 904.325.3911www.thetastingtours.com

 

WINE AND INN HOLIDAY CARRIAGE TOUR

Visit the ‘Best of the Best’ Inns in St. Augustine on this holiday Bed and Breakfast Tour with exclusive boutique wine tasting via horse drawn carriage! Take a narrated carriage ride along the historic streets of St. Augustine and indulge in delicious boutique wines on this 2.5 hour tour.  Experience the gracious southern hospitality of 5 beautiful Inns!  Tour the romantic rooms, lush gardens and much more! History, Romance, Carriage and ‘Holiday Spirits’!  Priceless! Limited time only. The tour takes place on Tuesdays at 1 pm. $59 per person. 904.325-3911 www.thetastingtours.com

Entertainment

Historical Drama Recounts Scandalous Interracial Romance

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Books

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet

  The President's Kitchen Cabinet The Story of the African-Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas by Adrian Miller University of North Carolina Press Hardcover, $30.00 292 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-4696-3253-7 Book Review by Kam Williams “[This opus] vividly tells the stories of the African-Americans who worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards … [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

Trump and Traditions of the Founders

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Outdoors

The Perfect Roasted Duck

  The Perfect Roasted Duck by Amy Lignor   The hunt, itself, is a memory that lasts a good long time. But for those who do not wish to head to the taxidermist, a recipe to create a mouth-watering meal is another path to consider. Some will say that a perfect, whole roasted duck is more like a creative idea than an actual fact. Yes, it is true that a combination of crispy skin, tender meat and just enough fat to make a perfect … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

Looking Forward to the NFL’s “Top” Free Agents

  Looking Forward to the NFL’s “Top” Free Agents by Amy Lignor   Now that the Patriots have (once again) walked away with the Super Bowl title, it is time that the NFL teams focus on the draft and what free agents they need to most definitely keep on their roster. The Pittsburgh Steelers always seem to be on all the “experts” lists to make it to the end and finally get back to the Super Bowl’s main stage. Unfortunately, the Steelers can’t … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Business Industries to Explore in 2017

  Business Industries to Explore in 2017 by Amy Lignor   It’s no surprise that with the popular TV show “Shark Tank” taking over the headlines, promoting small businesses and giving people the chance to ‘make it big,’ that the industry researchers have gotten together a list of the very best opportunities when it comes to starting up companies in 2017. The profits are there, in some categories, just waiting to be made, and most do … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

It’s Time to Save for Summer Vacation!

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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...]