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This Weekend in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and The Beaches

So what’s there this weekend in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and The Beaches?

Friday: November 16

Acoustic Alchemy to Perform at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Contemporary instrumental and smooth jazz band Acoustic Alchemy will perform at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall at 8 p.m. Ticket are $28 and $30. Ponte Vedra Concert Hall is located at 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach. www.PVConcertHall.com.

Saturday: November 17

Sea Your History

St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, 81 Lighthouse Avenue, will host Sea Your History Weekend which will provide unique behind-the-scenes archaeology and conservation experiences, a VIP sunrise tour, a cultural boatbuilding demonstration and an opportunity to meet and learn from a Smithsonian scholar. Tickets and packages are available on line. StAugustineLigthhouse.org

A1A 72-Mile Super Scenic Garage Sale

Celebrate the A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway with a fabulous scenic shopping spree. Join the 72-Mile Super Scenic Garage Sale at multiple entrance areas – from the north, from the south, or from the west. Ten major communities will be participating with hundreds of shoppers, sellers and business supporters from Ponte Vedra Beach southward to Flagler Beach. More sites and maps can be viewed at www.scenica1a.org. For more information call Sallie O’Hara at 904-540-0402.

School of the 16th Century

Learn about surviving in 1565 St. Augustine, Florida. November 17th, 10-4p.m. $30 per person includes lunch. History, clothing, weapons, food and more! Comfortable dress. Reservations required atFOYexplorer@gmail.com. Viva!

NIGHTS OF LIGHTS LIGHT-UP NIGHT

The switch will be flipped to light up the Nation’s Oldest City for this year’s annual Nights of Lights. At 6:30 p.m., all attending will be asked to participate in the countdown to the lighting. This free event takes place downtown in the Plaza de La Constitución. For more information, visitwww.NightsofLights.com.

MAYOR’S HOLIDAY LIGHTING GALA

Be a part of St. Augustine Mayor’s Holiday Lighting Gala. The fun begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the Government House at 5:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., from the King’s Balcony, the Mayor will welcome the crowds in the Plaza de la Constitucion, for the Nights of Lights Lighting Ceremony. Following the Lighting Ceremony, Gala participants will be led by a 1740 Color Guard to the Courtyard of the historic Lightner Museum, located at 78 King Street, dinner, dancing and a silent auction follow. Tickets are $150.00 per person. All proceeds benefit the Home Again St. Johns. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 904-825-1004.

Saturday and Sunday: November 17 & 18

St. Augustine Half Marathon

Put on your running shoes and participate in a foot-race that suits your running level. On Saturday there will be a 10K run at 7 a.m.; a Family 5K Run at 7:15 a.m.; and the St. Augustine’s Kids Race at 9:30 a.m. Then on Sunday at 6:15 a.m., the St. Augustine Half Marathon begins. More information and registration details are available at www.StAugustineMarathon.com or call 305.716.1111.

Sunday: November 18

First Coast Opera Performs La Passione

First Coast Opera will perform La Passione (scenes from Italian Opera) at Trinity Hall at Trinity Episcopal Parish, 215 St. George St., St. Augustine. The performance begins at 4 p.m. Advance tickets $20, $25 at door. Students with ID $10. 904-417-5555 www.FirstCoastOpera.com

A Classical and Brazilian Guitar Concert Hosted at the Whitney Laboratory

The University of Florida College of Fine Arts presents a Brazilian Guitar concert featuring Ulisses Rocha, known for his acoustic, freestyle and jazz guitar playing. The program takes place at 4 p.m. in the Whitney Laboratory Auditorium, located at 9505 Oceanshore Boulevard, St. Augustine, FL 32084. Tickets are $10 per person. www.whitney.ufl.edu 904 461-4003

NOTE:  Do you have a 2013 event that will bring visitors to Florida’s Historic Coast? Email details to: fhceventlist@gmail.com.

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 Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Spanish Military Hospital Museum, and the Historic Tours of 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 Authentic Old Drug Store, 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).

NEW:  St. Johns County residents who purchase full-price admission to the St. Augustine Lighthouse ($9.75 adults; $7.75 seniors and children 12 and under; free for children under 44 inches in height) can now receive a pass good for free admission for an entire year!  The Lighthouse is now open until 6 p.m. on  Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Also, on the first Monday of each month, St. Johns County residents are admitted free to the Dow Museum of Historic Houses, 246 St. George Street, St. Augustine.

NEW: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID now receive FREE admission to the Oldest House in St. Augustine.

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

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