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

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This Weekend MHead updated 5.20.10
          May 16, 2012
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: May 18-20
Romanza

Celebrate St. Augustine, the oldest continuously-occupied city in the continental United States, with a full weekend of colorful entertainment. Weekend highlights include Saturday’s Fire of Flamenco, featuring Tampa Bay Flamenco, in the courtyard of the Columbia Restaurant on Hypolita Street (free admission). Also free on Saturday is Romanza’s Spain Bicentennial Parade and Celebration featuring hundreds of costumed participants, live Latin music, Spanish dancers and dignitaries. The parade and celebration take place on St. George Street and in the Plaza de la Constitucion. Romanza ends on Sunday with Latin Beauty and Music at the Fountain of Youth Park. This event features Latin bands, Hispanic folk dancers, and the Latin Beauty Queens. Admission is $8. For more details and a complete listing of events, go to www.Romanzastaugustine.org

Friday and Saturday: May 18 & 19
Riding into History Motorcycle Concourse

For the 12th straight year,Riding Into History, one of America’s premier motorcycle events, returns to World Golf Village in St. Augustine. On Friday, at 10 a.m. there will be a Grand Marshall Historic Ride lead by National Champion Racer and Motorcycle Hall of Famer, Kevin Scwantz. Then on Saturday the gates to the Concours d’Elegance open at 10 a.m. The event will feature hundreds of classic American motorcycles along the Village’s Walk of Champions. Vendors, exhibitors and entertainment will be included. All proceeds will benefit Wounded Warrior Project.  World Golf Village is located at I-95 Exit 323 in St. Augustine. For more information, please visit  www.ridingintohistory.org

 

2012 Music and Art Breastaval

Enjoy art, health and music at the Fountain of Youth. Friday evening’s event begins with a Vaudeville performance followed by a Swing Band Dance; on Saturday afternoon the Breastaval features a Health Awareness and Art Show. Lots of art, music and kids activities. Then, on Saturday evening, enjoy entertainment by a mini-British invasion featuring Terry Sylvester performing favorite hits from the Hollies and Jimmy Laine performing hits from the Moody Blues and Wings. These fun music and art event benefits ArtBreakers, St. Augustine local charity assisting cancer patients. It all takes place at the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park, 11 Magnolia Street, St. Augustine. For more information, visit .

www.artbreakers.org

Friday and Sunday: May 18 & May 20
Piercing the Darkness at Limelight Theatre

As part of Romanza Week, noted actor and playwright Lee Weaver will present Piercing the Darkness: St. Augustine Light House Keepers. This innovative production puts the beloved lighthouse at the center of the story of St. Augustine’s long history. Three lighthouse keepers from three different eras tell the story in dramatic and compelling fashion. Performances are Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Avenue in St. Augustine. Tickets are $20 each. For reservations, call the box office at 904.825.1164 or purchase tickets online at www.Limelight-Theatre.org

Saturday: May 19
Tolomato Cemetery Tours

Come explore the historic markers at the oldest extant cemetery in Florida. The self-guided and docent led tours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. TheTolomato Cemetery, an historic cemetery is located on Cordova Street, the site of an earlier Franciscan Indian mission (Our Lady of Guadalupe of the Tolomato) in St Augustine. Burials officially ceased in 1884. Visits are free of charge, but visitors are encouraged to offer a donation.  All money goes to the preservation and restoration of the cemetery. For more information, visit www.tolomatocemetery.com

 

Low Tide Bike Ride at Anastasia State Park

Ranger-led bike ride and bird watch on Conch Island. Ride is 3 ½ miles and departs at 2:30 p.m. Anastasia State Park is located on A1A on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine. Participation is free with paid Park admission. For more information, call 904.461.2033 or visit http://www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia

 

Kayak with St. Augustine Eco Tours

The most convenient kayaking location in town allows provide an opportunity to get a unique view of the Castillo de San Marcos, an up-close investigation of productive salt marsh habitats, and a little exercise! 10 a.m. to noon. $35 per paddler. Call St. Augustine Eco Tours at 904-377-7245

Romanza! Lincolnville Street Fair

Visit the Lincolnville Street Fair for music, art and more. Sponsored by Cyprian’s Center for the Expressive Arts, this promises an artistic immersion into the cultural and history and arts that are a very important part of St. Augustine’s Lincolnville neighborhood.www.FirstCoastOpera.com    904-829-8828

Sunday: May 20
Taste of the Beach

Take a nibble from the signature dishes of the finest restaurants in St. Augustine Beach at this annual ‘taste-fest”. The crowd and judges get to pick the coveted “Best of the Beach” restaurant at the end of the evening. Admission is free and taste tickets sell for $1 each. Sample the signature dishes of more than 15 of the island’s favorite restaurants. The Taste of St. Augustine Beach takes place from noon to 6 p.m. at St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion located at 350 A1A Beach Blvd. For more information, call 904-347-8007 or visit www.thecivicassociation.org

 

Sea Turtle Festival

Grab the family and head to the downtown St. Augustine City Marina for a fun filled afternoon! Children can earn a prize for completing a series of education activities where they’ll learn about sea turtles, birds, dolphins and more!  Shoppers will love the unique selection of arts, crafts, and goods provided by local artisans where you can shop at individual vendor booths or try your luck in the silent auction. The Sea Turtle Festival takes place from noon to 5 p.m. at the St. Augustine Marina, located at 111 Avenida Menendez (at the base of the bridge of Lions). For more information, visit www.keepersofthecoast.org.

 

Alligator Farm’s 119th Anniversary

Head over to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park to celebrate their 119th anniversary. The farm opened in 1893 and over the years has become a world class zoological park. In addition to their exciting exhibits, hundreds of nesting coastal birds are now on the property – perfect for photos! Plus, just mention Alligator Farm Day to the staff at the TouCantina snack bar and receive a free bag of popcorn! For more information, call 904.824-3337 or go towww.alligatorfarm.com

 

St. Augustine Chorus Performs Four Rebels with a Cause

Enjoy this enlightening performance which features works from composers that changed the way we think about music. Featured compositions include “In Ecclesiis” by Giovanni Gabrielli; “Chorus and Finale” (from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) by Richard Wagner; “Symphony of Psalms” by Igor Stravinsky and “Chichester Psalms” by Leonard Bernstein. The performance will take place at 3:30 p.m. at Ancient City Baptist Church located on Sevilla Street in St. Augustine. For more information and ticket prices, visit www.StAugustineCommunityChorus.org

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