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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

Dax Shepard and Michael Pena Co-Star in Raunchy Revival of Classic Cop Series

  Chips Film Review by Kam Williams Dax Shepard and Michael Pena Co-Star in Raunchy Revival of Classic Cop Series Whenever a classic television series is made into a movie, the buzz always seems to be about whether the screen version will be a creative variation on the theme or merely a campy, cornball, take-the-money-and-run ripoff trading in familiar formulas and shopworn cliches. After all, for every inspired adaptation like Batman … [Read More its Good for You.....]

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

2017 Hobbies That Bring You Serenity

  2017 Hobbies That Bring You Serenity by Amy Lignor   Origami. Memory albums. Quilting. What do these have in common? Well, at one point or another in time, they have represented the “hottest” hobbies in the United States. Taking up hobbies are not only a fun thing to do for the “artistic/creative” type, but they also help to reduce stress. Even the AMA has cited the fact that taking up a hobby can produce a calming environment … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

The Versatile Ballyhoo

  The Versatile Ballyhoo By Capt. Gus Cane When targeting reef and offshore gamefish, the versatile ballyhoo is an excellent bait choice. Fished whole or cut into chunks, ballyhoo will entice everything from snapper to dolphin to blue marlin. It’s readily available, either live or frozen, and can be rigged in a variety of ways. Although common in subtropical waters around the globe, the Florida Keys is where ballyhoo first made an … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

Will NASCAR Theatrics Bring Back Viewers?

  Will NASCAR Theatrics Bring Back Viewers? by Amy Lignor   For any of the millions who once watched ABC’s Wide World of Sports and heard the words “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,” they remember the footage of a skier’s crash when it came to the “agony” side of things. Everyone knew that sight was a fact – a video that was absolutely real. Nowadays, however, it seems that more and more sports are “making up” shots that … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

How Are Retail Sales in 2017?

  How Are Retail Sales in 2017? E-Commerce Reigns by Amy Lignor   Despite consumer uncertainty, as well as a very sluggish beginning to 2017, the U.S. retail sales industry is projected to increase 4% this year. Headlines show that many retailers and companies posted “soft” holiday sales to end 2016, which caused some notable retailers to either cut jobs or close stores as a result. However, when it comes to 2017, the National … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Where to Vacation? Go Big or Stay Home!

  Where to Vacation? Go Big or Stay Home! by Amy Lignor   We speak about luxury vacations, budget vacations, vacations that are fun for the kids, and many more areas of travel at this time of year. But there is also a category that many do not touch upon because they “assume” it is far too difficult for those on a budget to be able to enjoy these jaw-dropping wonders. However, whether you are a backpacker looking to “become a … [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...]