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

Friday May 11  2012

Parents’ Night Out

Let the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park entertain your kids (ages 5-12) from 6-10 p.m. with pizza, crafts, hand-on animal presentations, zoo tour, games and fun! $25 for members; $30 for non-members. Pre-registration required, call Katie at 904.824.3337, x29.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday May 11- 13 2012

THE PLAYERS Championship 

The game’s greatest players compete at TPC Sawgrass – THE PLAYERS Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach.THE PLAYERS Championship is recognized by PGA TOUR members as “their” championship tournament. It features one of the most coveted titles in professional golf, the strongest field of competitors and the richest purse. Previous winners of THE PLAYERS Championship include K.J. Choi in 2011, Tim Clark in 2010, Henrik Stenson in 2009, Sergio Garcia in 2008, Phil Mickelson in 2007, Stephen Ames in 2006, Fred Funk in 2005, and many other greats.  In addition to practice rounds Monday through Wednesday, this year’s schedule includes Executive Women’s Day on Monday; Community Day on Tuesday, Military Appreciation Day on Wednesday and THE PLAYERS Championship competition rounds Thursday through Sunday.  Television coverage will be aired live on the Golf Channel from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 12 to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with NBC Sports picking up weekend coverage from 2 to 7 p.m. each day.  www.pgatour.com or call 800-741-3161 

 

Free Mini-Golf

From Friday thru Monday, the mini golf course operated by Ripley’s at the St. Augustine City Marina will be free for everyone to play. Bayfront Mini Golf will be open from 9:a.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday. For more information, kkiff@ripleys.com 

Saturday May 12 2012

Historic Weapons Demonstrations at Fort Matanzas

Take the National Park Service’s ferry to Rattlesnake Island and experience daily military life at FortMatanzas – 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 

 

National Miniature Golf Day at Adventure Landing

Adventure Landing will celebrate National Miniature Golf Day by offering a free Miniature Golf SeasonPass ($59.99 value) to the first 100 guests that purchase a round of golf! Other discounts, Activities and special offers will be available throughout the day. Adventure Landing is located at 2780 SR 16 (At the entrance to the St. Augustine Premium Outlet Mall). Admission to the park is $7 click here

 

Annual Dine on the Wild Side

Explore the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park and enjoy a complete BBQ or vegetarian dinner and lively entertainment at this annual event that helps to raise funds for HAWKE, a not-for-profit organization licensed torehabilitate injured and orphaned wild birds, mammals, and reptiles. Dine on the Wild Side is from 6 to 9 p.m., butcome early to enjoy the park and then stay all evening to participate in a guided tour of the bird rookery to view thousands of birds including endangered wood storks. Bring your camera for unique photographic opportunities! When the park closes to the general public, the wild fun begins. The St. Augustine Alligator Farm is located at 999 Anastasia Boulevard in St. Augustine. For ticket prices and more information, call 904-692-1777 or visit www.hawkewildlife.org.  


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

Saturday & Sunday: May 12 – 13 2012

Roger Bansemer’s Landscape Painting Journey Workshop

Take advantage of a special workshop led by Roger Bansemer, one of today’s most insightful artists and host of PBS series Painting & Travel. Roger’s Landscape Painting Journey workshop will take place at the St. Augustine Art Association Gallery, located at 22 Marine Street in St. Augustine. The workshop takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and the cost is $275 per person. For more information, call 904-824-2310 or visit www.staaa.org/education 

 

Mother’s Day Eco Tour

Celebrate mom by taking her on a relaxing 2-hour sail aboard the stable Sirenia (named after the endangered manatee). Hop on the 3:45 trip and be done in time to treat mom to a special dinner in beautiful, historic St. Augustine. Have the boat all to yourselves for $250 (up to 6 people) or pay $45 per passenger with mention of this ad. You can’t go wrong on this peaceful, professionally guided sail! Call(904) 377-7245 for reservations or visit www.staugustineecotours.com  

 

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