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This Weekend in St Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches

Friday: April 13, 2012

Martina McBride Performs at St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Enjoy a concert performed by four-time winner of Country Music Association’s “Female Vocalist of the Year” Martina McBride.  McBride’s performance will take place at 8 p.m. Tickets are $29.50, 449.59, $59.50 and $79.50. St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340 C A1A in St. Augustine.www.staugamphitheatre.com

Friday and Saturday: April 13 & 14 2012

Don’s Friends 5K Fun Fest

Head over to St. Augustine Beach Pier Park for two-whole days of fun and run. Whether you participate in the 5K run, the “Stand-up” paddleboard race or enjoy the music, vendors and more. Don’s Foundation is dedicated to encouraging College Students to choose the Alternative Break, where students choose to travel on their vacations breaks and help others less fortunate.  It all takes place at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Park, located on A1A on St. Augustine Beach. For entry fees and more information, visit www.DonsFriends.com or call 904-687-5951.

Saturday:  April 14, 2012

Treasure Chest Quest

Yield to your inner pirate and go sailing with the crew of the Black Raven on a quest to capture Blackbeard’s Treasure Chest. The Black Raven will exchange cannon fire with Queen Anne’s Revenge while children learn proper sword play techniques in anticipation of a boarding. If you’re brave enough, there will booty for all! And if you’re not, you’re sure to capture a lifetime of memories.  The Black Raven sails from St. Augustine Marina on this quest at 12:15 and 2:15 p.m. Tickets are $34.95 for adults and seniors, $24.95 for children. For more information, call 877-578-5050 or go towww.PirateShipBlackRaven.com
Historic Weapons Demonstrations at Fort Matanzas

Take the National Park Service’s ferry to Rattlesnake Island and experience daily military life at Fort Matanzas – the 18th century Spanish fort that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine.  From 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors will demonstrate Spanish muskets and cannons at the fort.  Admission is free.  Fort Matanzas National Monument is located on A1A at the south end of Anastasia Island approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine.  For more information,call 904.471.0116 or visit www.nps.gov/foma

VeloFest at St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Come learn about the historical significance of cycling, and how to ensure an environment where cyclists and vehicles can co-exist to make a more peaceful riding experience while decreasing carbon foot print, promoting healthy activity, and promoting the cultural importance of cycling. VeloFest will feature vendors, music and bicyclists comrade. It all takes place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, located at 1340C A1A in St. Augustine. Admission is FREE. For more information, visit http://www.StAugAmphitheatre.com.
Vegas Review: Kevon Re’Mon’te & Trey Dees

Experience this high-energy tribute to some of the greatest vocalists of all time – including the Righteous Brothers, Marvin Gaye, Nat King Cole, Elvis, Tom Jones and many others. This 90-minute show begins at 7 p.m. at the Pioneer Barn located at Fort Menendez, 259 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door or reserved by calling 904-824-8874. Free parking!

Saturday and Sunday:  April 14 & 15, 2012

Florida Farm Days

Head over to the Florida Agricultural Center to learn all about Florida Farming. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. enjoy historic demonstrators, food activists, re-enactors, organic growers, heritage livestock & poultry, trendy vendors, historic culture and music.Guest speakers will address various farming and gardening topics. See traditional Florida come to life with canning, weaving, cast iron cooking, hand plowing contests, whip cracking, tractor contests and so much more! Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children under 12. It all takes place at the Florida Agricultural Museum,located at 7900 Old Kings Road in Palm Coast,  off US 1 approximately 2 miles west of I-95 Exit 298.

 

Marine Ecology Adventure

Go on a naturalist-led marine ecology adventure aboard an Explorer boat! Remarkable wildlife viewing on a one-of-a-kind excursion departing from downtown St.Augustine at noon and 2 p.m… Trips reserve for up to 6 guests. $35 per adult and $15 for adges 12 and under. Call St. Augustine Eco Tours for reservations at 904-377-7245.www.staugustineecotours.com

Sunday:  April 15, 2012

Fromajardes Serenade and St. Augustine Royal Tea

Participate in this traditional Menorcan Fromajardes celebration in which young men are rewarded for their serenading abilities with “Fromajardes”, delightful Menorcan cheese pastries. Then, enjoy an afternoon tea party with St. Augustine’s Royal Family. Queen Marianna, King Juan Carlos, Princes Margarita Maria portrayed by local heritage residents. It all takes place from 2-4 p.m. at the Spanish Bakery, 42 St. George Street in St. Augustine. Admission is Free. For more information, call 904-829-2333.

Entertainment

Justice Denied Documentary Chronicles Racist Targeting of Chinese-American Bank

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Books

Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

  Rising Star The Making of Barack Obama  by David J. Garrow William Morrow Hardcover, $45.00 1472 pages ISBN: 978-0-06-264183-0 Book Review by Kam Williams “Barack Obama's speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention instantly catapulted him into the national spotlight and led to his election four years later as America's first African-American president. In this penetrating biography, David J. Garrow delivers an epic work … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

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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

Stunning Stenberg!

  Amandla Stenberg The “Everything, Everything” Interview with Kam Williams Stunning Stenberg! Amandla Stenberg first gained recognition for her role as Rue in The Hunger Games, alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson. After the success of that film, Amandla earned the 2012 Teen Choice Award with Jennifer for Best Film Chemistry. She was also nominated for NAACP Image and Black Reel Awards for that … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Finding Bass During a Mixed Spawn Season

  Finding Bass During a Mixed Spawn Season Yamaha Pro Mark Davis Offers Two Solutions For Catching Bass This Spring Warmer-than-normal winter temperatures have shuffled bass spawning schedules on many lakes throughout the country this spring, but Mark Davis has seen it before, and the veteran Yamaha Pro knows just how to approach the problem. “With the milder winter, bass began spawning much earlier than usual this year so when a … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

A Sport Where You Feel the Thrill Without Going to the Extreme

  A Sport Where You Feel the Thrill Without Going to the Extreme by Amy Lignor   There are many sports “fanatics” out there who literally dive head-first into an extreme sport in order to get their adrenaline pumping – taking on a sport that comes hand-in-hand with a monumental amount of risk. But for those who are not interested in being scared to death, yet wish to feel the thrill, data has shown that zip lining has become the … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

The Hottest Locales for Small Business in the U.S.

  The Hottest Locales for Small Business in the U.S. by Amy Lignor   No, Silicon Valley is not being replaced. However, with the Kauffman Foundation releasing its annual Startup Activity Index last week showing, in detail, trends in U.S. business startups for 2017, it was revealed that California has been booted out of first place. The top spot for new businesses to be built and thrive in the United States has been taken over by the big, … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Once Upon a Time Vacations

  Once Upon a Time Vacations by Amy Lignor   Whether you are a lover of history or you simply have the “Beauty & the Beast” obsession – which, according to movie revenue data, millions all over the world are suffering from – just think how amazing it would be to stay in an actual castle. We already know what the beauty would be from the female perspective, but when it comes to the gentlemen out there, just think about how much … [Read More its Good for You...]

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...]