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

September 16 – 18

SAWGRASS WINE AND SPIRITS FESTIVAL

Taste and learn about wines and spirits at the luxurious Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort. On Thursday, participate in a ticketed wine dinner at one of the participating restaurants. On Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., be part of the spirits tastings on the grounds of the Marriott Sawgrass, Then, from 1 to 5 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday, participate in the wine tasting festivities at the Marriott Sawgrass. More than 40 wine vendors with more than 150 different wines will be on hand to provide tastings. In addition to the wines and spirits, there will be a gourmand tent where participants can sample culinary delights. A retail outlet for foods and wines will be open. It all takes place at the Marriott Sawgrass Golf Resort, located at 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra. For more information, call 904.285.2004 or visit www.PonteVedraChamber.org.

GOLD CITY HISTORY TOURS

Ride in comfort and style with just seven other passengers on an all- electric shuttle bus while enjoying a narrated tour of the sites of St. Augustine. This tour goes where others can’t and is personalized to allow stops whenever requested. St. Augustine Gold Tours operate from the Old Drug Store car park on Orange Street. Tours are $15, children six and over $10. Special party bookings are also available by reservation. For more information, call 904.325.0547 or go to www.staugustinegoldtours.com

El CONQUISTADOR THRILL RIDE

Go for a thrilling, high-speed, one-hour ride across Matanzas Bay aboard El Conquistador, St. Augustine’s newest thrill ride.  Narrated tour features history, speed and fun aboard this powerful speedboat.  El Conquistador departs from the City Marina’s Slip 73.  Tickets are $39.50 for adults and $29.50 for children (ages 4-12).  Free for active duty military.  Special rates for groups of eight or more.  For safety reasons, children under four and pregnant women are not allowed onboard.    For information and reservations, go to www.elconspeedboat.com or call 904.738.4695.

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER

Experience the first theater on St. Augustine’s St. George Street since a terrible fire destroyed the Genovar Opera House in 1914.  The St. Augustine Murder Mystery Theatre features a great meal and exciting live entertainment at 8:30 p.m.  Tickets are $43.15 each.  For more information, call 904.671.2508 or go to www.StAugustineMurderMysteryDinnerTheater.com.

YACHT OF FUN

Have a captain and a fun-equipped 22-foot boat at your service from dawn to dusk! Yacht of Fun takes up to six people on a full day of whatever passengers prefer – fishing, swimming, stopping at waterfront restaurants, sunning – you name it.  The boat leaves from St. Augustine and offers the perfect way to spend a day. The rate is $60 per person for a party of six.  For more information, go to www.yachtoffun.net or call Cap’n Mike at 352.246.3836

MUSIC AT SARA’S CREPE CAFÉ

Combine delicious fresh crepes, authentic Old World charm and outstanding music at Sara’s Crepe Café, 100 St. George Street in St. Augustine. From 8-11 p.m. on Friday,the dynamic duo of Maja & Gitana blend violin and acoustic guitar while singing Latin, Gypsy and Jazz.On Saturday from 7-11 p.m. and again on Sunday from 7-10 p.m., The always-popular Groov Band will provide an entertaining backdrop for delicious crepes,  For more information, call 904.810.5800.

BEACH HORSEBACK RIDING

Experience the fun and excitement of horseback riding at the edge of the sea.  Country Carriages offer daily one-hour rides (weather and tides permitting) from Surfside Park on Vilano Beach.  The cost is $75 per person.  For reservations (a must) and more information, call 904.826.1982.

Saturday: September 18

ENDLESS SUMMER BEACH RUN AND WALK

Extend your summer with this invigorating beach run and walk presented by the Friends of Anastasia State Park. The 10K run and 5K walk begin at 7:30 a.m. and the course goes through the park’s beautiful and scenic setting. Participants need to be prepared for soft sand, uneven terrain, mixed pavement types, sun exposure, heat and humidity. Participation costs $20 through September 16 and includes park admission. The fee is $25 on the day of the event. A special $40 fee includes registration for the run/walk, membership in the Friends and 12 free passes to the park – a $96 value! Proceeds from the event will help the park host new community and educational events. For more information and to download registration forms, go to www.endlesssummerrun.org or call 904.461.2035.

INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP DAY AT GTM RESERVE

Help make a difference during the world’s oldest and largest volunteer effort to clean up our marine environment.  Each year, volunteers remove and record data on the trash and debris collected from their local beaches, rivers, lakes and streams as well as along shorelines and underwater.  To be a part of the clean up of our local beaches and contribute data to this international effort, come out to the GTM Research Reserve, between 8 and 11 a.m. to sign up and pitch-in. The GTM Reserve is located at 505 Guana River Road (Off A1A) in Ponte Vedra Beach South, or go to the Marineland office, located at 9741 Ocean Shore Blvd. Marineland (south of St. Augustine). For more information, call 904.823.4500.

CATAMARAN ADVENTURE

Climb aboard for a two-hour adventure aboard a unique Stiletto catamaran.  The six-guest maximum ensures a great experience for all.  Lie on the trampoline or look for wildlife!  Discount rate: $45/adult, $35/kids 12 and under. $250 for a private trip. Call for reservations. 904-377-7245www.staugustineecotours.com

DOO-WOP MUSICAL SALUTE

Experience an exciting musical salute to The Platters, The Coasters, The Drifters and the Temptations at Fort Menendez at Old Florida Museum. Performed by Myles Savage, former lead singer from The Platters, this salute features the all-time classic songs of these immortal groups. The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 (limited time, buy one-get one free!) Reservations are required. To purchase tickets, call Fort Menendez at Old Florida Museum at 904-824-8874 or visit www.oldfloridamuseum.com for more information. Fort Menendez is located at 259 San Marco Avenue St Augustine, Florida.

Saturday: September 18-19

MILITARY APPRECIATION WEEKEND AT ADVENTURE LANDING

All active and retired military personnel are invited to bring their entire family for fun times at Adventure Landing in St. Augustine. Saturday and Sunday, all active and retired military receive a free Quest Pass which is good for miniature golf and a go-kart ride, and their families receive $5 off a Quest Pass (regularly $16.99) Kids 3 and under are free with a paying adult. Adventure Landing is located at 2780 S.R. 16 in St. Augustine. For more information, visit www.AdventureLanding.com or call904.827.9400.

GHOSTS AND GRAVESTONES FRIGHTSEEING ADVENTURES

Explore the darker side of the Nation’s Oldest City.  Visit the site of the terrible tragedy that occurred in 1873 at the St. Augustine Lighthouse and on these special limited dates, Ghosts & Gravestones will include complimentary admission into “Riot at the Old Jail” St. Augustine’s Premier Haunted House.  Tours are from 8 to 10 p.m.  Admission is $26 per Adult and $14 per Child (ages 6 – 12.)  Children 5 and under are not permitted. All tours depart form The Old Jail, 167 San Marco Avenue.  For more information, all 904.829.3800 or visit www.ghostsandgravestones.com.

Entertainment

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Books

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Art

The Day After the Day Of

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Real Estate

History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder

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Lifestyle

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Outdoors

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Sports

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Business

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Travel

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