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This Weekend in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Oct. 7,8, & 9

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; October 7, 8, & 9

14th ANNUAL GREEK FESTIVAL

Come join the fun and experience St. Augustine’s fascinating Greek Heritage at the 14th Annual Greek Festival hosted by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Enjoy a delicious assortment of Greek foods, pastries and beverages along with nonstop entertainment with live Greek music and performances by Greek dance troupes.   The Festival takes place from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Francis Field behind St. Augustine’s Historic Downtown Parking Garage on Castillo Drive. Admission is $2, children under 12 are free. For more information, call 904.829.0504 or visit www.stauggreekfest.com.

FIESTA DE AVILES AND RUNNING OF THE BULLS

Run with the “bulls” on the oldest street in the oldest city when the 2nd Annual Fiesta de Aviles takes place in downtown St. Augustine. As part of First Friday Art Walk, the Fiesta’s opening event from 5-9 p.m. will feature the shops and galleries of Aviles Street. Saturday at 5 p.m., the running of the bulls will take place in a colorful and fun version of the world-famous event at Pamplona. The “bulls: will be propelled by Flagler College students who will chase runners dressed in traditional white with red sashes. There will also be live music in the street from noon to 10 p.m. Sunday is Sangria Sunday with a lively and tasty sangria contest and Tango dancers. Admission to all events is free and colorful Festival shirts will be available for $5. For more information, call 904.377.5166.


A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM

Enjoy this classic production at the Limelight Theatre. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this family-friendly musical comedy tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. Show times through October 23 are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $20 for students and active military. The Limelight Theater is located at 11 Old Mission Avenue in St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.825.1164 or visit www.Limelight-Theatre.org

Friday: October 7

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK

Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at more than 20 St. Augustine art galleries.  Park for free at the San Sebastian Winery, 157 King Street, where sightseeing trains and trolleys offer free round-trips to the heart of the art district – or go on your own self-guided art walk.  Galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m.  For more information, call 904.829.0065 or visitwww.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com.

10TH ANNUAL TACTILE ART SHOW

Touch some art at this unusual annual exhibition of art that can be felt. Sponsored by Community First Credit Union, the juried exhibit of touchable art is part of the International Art Beyond Sight Awareness initiative that takes place at prestigious museums around the world. Students from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind created Braille tags for each piece on exhibit and will be there for guided tours and hands-on art activities during the exhibition’s run through October 29. The Tactile Art Show is at the St. Augustine Art Association, 22 Marine Street in St. Augustine. The Art Association is open free Tuesday – Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. and Sundays, 2 to 5 p.m. To schedule free guided tours, call the Art Association at (904) 824-2310 or visit www.staaa.org.

TOP 30 AT THE CRISP-ELLERT

Meet French-Canadian artist Julie Lequin at the opening of her Top 30 exhibit at Flagler College’s Crisp-Ellert Art Museum in St. Augustine. Top 30 is a video installation with accompanying drawings which weave together a semi-autobiographical narrative with humor. From 5-9 p.m. a reception will be held for the artist. The exhibit will available for viewing through November 24. Lequin will also give a talk about her at the museum at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 10. The events and gallery are open to the public at no charge. For more information, call 904.819.6282 or visit www.flagler.edu/our-community .

PETER FRAMPTON AT ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE

Experience Peter Frampton’s live performance of his “Frampton Comes Alive”— one of the most celebrated live albums in music history! Plus, he’ll perform some of his other Grammy Award-winning hits. The gates open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $79.00, $49.00, & $39.00. The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340 A1A South in St. Augustine. For more information call904.471.1965 or visit www.StAugAmphitheatre.com.

JUNIOR BOYS IN CONCERT

Experience this Canadian indie-electro duo live and in person!  Junior Boys have won acclaim from music reviewers in North America and Europe and their fourth and latest album, It’s All True, was launched on June 14.  The Junior Boys take the stage at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach.  Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 the day of the show.  For more information, visit www.pvconcerthall.com or call 904.471.1965.

ANASTASIA STATE PARK CAMPFIRE PROGRAMS

Sit around the campfire and enjoy a program about the park’s environment. The program begins at 7 p.m. Anastasia State Park is located on A1A on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine. Admission to the park is $8 per vehicle up to 8 people, and $2 per additional passengers. Pedestrians and bicyclist admission is $2. For more information, call 904.461.2033 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia.

Friday and Saturday: October 7 & 8

FIRST COAST CLASSIC BALLROOM AND LATIN DANCE CHAMPIONSHIP

Come see the Pros perform in their dazzling costumes as they Cha-Cha…Samba…Tango…and Waltz their way to the World Masters title. For Ballroom Dancers this is the last competition to qualify for Best of the Best in Ohio. The First Coast Classic takes place at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village, located off I-95 at Exit 323 at 500 Legacy Trail in St. Augustine. Tickets are $20 for afternoon events, $40 for evening events, and $55 for front row evening seating. For more information, visitwww.FirstCoastClassic.com.

Saturday and Sunday:  October 8 & 9

23rd ANNUAL ST. AUGUSTINE COLONIAL FOLK ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL

See colonial craftspeople from throughout Florida demonstrate “Lost Arts” such as spinning, weaving, basket making, blacksmithing, pottery making and many other arts and crafts. Historical musical performances, children’s hands-on craft experiences, storytelling and much more show how entertaining the old days could be. The event takes place each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum, 53 St. George St., St. Augustine. Admission is free. For more detailed information, contact 904.825.8055.

ECO KAYAK TOURS!

Check out the salt marshes of St. Augustine on a kayak trip into the habitat of unique birds with possible sightings of dolphins & sea turtles. Call St. Augustine Eco Tours at 904-377-7245 or go towww.staugustineecotours.com . Mention that you saw the tour in the This Weekend news release and get $5 off each ticket.

Saturday: October 8

FAMILY FUN: PAINTING IN THE PARK

Bring your family and friends for a fun painting experience at Bird Island Park located behind the Pont Vedra Library. A Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach instructor will provide step by step directions on how to paint the landscape. This workshop is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and is appropriate for children 5 and older. An adult must accompany children. Participation is $15 for CCPVB members and $20 for non members. For more information, visit www.ccpvb.org.

HERBS IN THE GARDEN

Enjoy a series of herb-growing and use workshops at the Second Saturday Plant Sale at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. The sale is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At 10:30 there will be a presentation about using and growing herbs; at noon, a presentation about using herbs in cooking and at 1:30 p.m. a presentation about using herbs for medicinal purposes. In addition, there will be herb-themed baked goods and herbal teas available. And, there will be Chance Drawings for beautiful herb planters. All proceeds benefit the park for enhancement of current and new facilities. Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is located on A1A in Palm Coast. For more information, call 386.446.6783 or visitwww.floridastateparks.com/washingtonoaks.

MAXIMO’S BIRTHDAY PARTY

Join Maximo for his 40th birthday party! From 2:40 p.m. until 5:40 p.m., the giant saltwater crocodile star of the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park will celebrate his birthday in grand style. He’ll get a special feeding at 3:40 p.m., the cake cutting will be at 4:40 p.m. and the lagoon feeding will take place at 5:40 p.m. Admission to Maximo’s birthday party is included in the regular admission. For details, call904.824.3337 or go to www.alligatorfarm.com

EMMA CONCERT SERIES: THE GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA

Enjoy a performance by one of the most popular and sought after Big Bands in the world, the Glenn Miller Orchestra. The current Glenn Miller Orchestra, with its unique jazz sound, was formed in 1956 has been touring consistently since with as many as 300 performances each year. The Concert takes place at 8 p.m. at the Flagler College Auditorium, located at 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $30 per person. For more information or to order tickets, visit www.EmmaConcerts.com, or call904.797.2800.

RALPH STANLEY & THE CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS

See and hear a living legend of American music – Ralph Stanley! The recipient of a Living Legend Award from the Library of Congress and the first recipient of the Traditional American Music award from the National Endowment for the Humanities, he is undoubtedly the best banjo picker and tenor singer in bluegrass music.  He has won Grammys for “Best Country Male Vocalist” and “Album of the Year”.  The show starts at 7 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach.  Tickets are $39 and $44.  For more information, visit www.pvconcerthall.com or call904.471.1965.

Sunday: October 9

MULTI-HABITAT FLORIDA KAYAK TOURS

Experience the real Florida wilderness and miles of secluded kayak paddling, as far from civilization as you can get in Northeast Florida. This kayak tour is from 8 to 11 a.m. and departs from Faver-Dykes offering impressive vistas of endless marshes, maritime oak hammocks, pine uplands and all the dynamics an estuarine system has to offer.  Impressive bald eagle nests, migrating song birds, American river otter and bottlenose dolphin all frequent these habitats and paddling with a Florida Master Naturalist Instructor is certain to be an enlightening and enriching experience. The cost is $55 per person which includes free admission into the park, guide service, and the finest kayaking equipment.  Faver-Dykes State Park is located on Faver-Dykes Road, off US 1 South at I95 Exit 294 in St. Augustine. Space is limited so to ensure a high quality experience. 904.347.1565www.RippleEffectEcotours.com

Entertainment

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Books

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet

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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

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Outdoors

Skeeter Recognized Again for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction

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Sports

Super Bowl LI’s Message: Patriotism

  Super Bowl LI’s Message: Patriotism by Amy Lignor   There are some people waking up this morning completely stunned. Why? Because they shut the Super Bowl off after the third quarter. They knew what was “going to happen” and had to go to work today, so why bother staying up and watching the rest of what was going to be an obvious blow-out? Besides, they had been given some memorable commercials, a great country western singer ushering … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Mobile Phone Forecast: Is Saturation of the Market in Sight?

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Travel

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Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

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