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Visit St. Augustine Florida This Weekend for An Ancient City Throwdown

Friday: March 5
FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK
Join one of St. Augustine’s most popular cultural events from 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at over 20 participating galleries. Tours begin at Rembrandtz American Craft Gallery, 131 King Street. St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys offer a complimentary shuttle service to most of the galleries. Shuttles run on a continuous loop every 30 minutes. For more information, call 904.829.0065 or visit Art Galleries of St. Augustine.

ALL-COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL ART EXHIBITION
See the future of art when the St. Johns All-County High School Art Exhibition opens at 5 p.m. at the St. Augustine Art Association, 22 Marine Street. The exhibit, which runs through March 26, showcases the work of superior high school art students from throughout the county. Awards will be presented on Sunday at 2 p.m. during the opening of the Art Association’s Clay, Collage and Cutting Edge show. Admission is free. For more information, call 904.806.3921.

GO FLY A KITE!
Painted kites add a new dimension to First Friday Art Walk when an exhibit created jointly by Flagler College artists and students at Osceola and Murray Middle Schools opens at 5 p.m. at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum on the Flagler Campus. For more information, call 904.806.3921.

PARENT’S NIGHT OUT
The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park presents a special evening for kids ages 5-12. From 6 to 10 p.m., they can enjoy pizza, drinks, hands-on animal presentations, twilight zoo tour, crafts, games and lots of fun! $30 per child. Call 904.824.3337 ext. 10

Friday, Saturday & Sunday: March 5-7
THE SACK OF ST. AUGUSTINE: CAPT. ROBERT SEARLE’S RAID OF 1668

Re-live a horrendous day in 1668 when Capt. Robert Searle and his privateers sailed from Jamaica to loot the silver ingots held in the royal coffers at St. Augustine. Friday through Sunday, the raiders will have an encampment set up at the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park on Magnolia Drive, where visitors can experience authentic 17th century arms, equipment and food. On Saturday, the buccaneers will proceed to the Plaza de la Constitucion where at 5 p.m. they will attack Spanish soldiers and St. Augustine citizens. Townspeople and soldiers flee up St. George Street to the Redoubt at Orange and Cordova Streets in the Historic District. For more information, call 904.534.6168, visit Searle’s Buccaneers.

Friday and Saturday: March 5 & 6
WILD DREAMS – DISCOVERING HENRY FLAGLER

See Henry Flagler brought to life in this critically-acclaimed performance by Paul Jellinek. In Wild Dreams, Henry Flagler tells the story of his development of St. Augustine as a world class resort destination, his work with John D. Rockefeller, the expansion of his empire to the Keys – even the story of his three marriages. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. at the San Marco Theater across from Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum in St. Augustine. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 children. For more information, call 904.429.0280.

Friday and Sunday: March 5 & 7
ST. AUGUSTINE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCE

Come listen to the St. Augustine Community Orchestra’s spring performance of It’s Good To Be King. The first performance will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday in the pool area of Lightner Museum located at 25 Granada Street in St. Augustine. The encore performance will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Switzerland Community Church located at 2179 State Road 13 in Switzerland. Admission is a $10 donation per person, children 12 and under free. For more information, visit St. Augustine Community Orchestra.

Saturday: March 6
THE MOODY BLUES AT ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE

Come see the band that is best known for their fusion of orchestral sound with rock and roll. For over four decades the Moody Blues have lit up the hearts of fans with anthems like Nights in White Satin, Tuesday Afternoon, and I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band). The Moody Blues will perform one night only at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, located on A1A in St. Augustine. Tickets are $39 – $79 each. For tickets and more information, visit St. Augustine Amphitheatre.

PONTE VEDRA AND THE CIVIL WAR
Visit the 75th Ohio Volunteer Infantry as they set up their Civil War camp at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, 101 Library Boulevard. The camp opens at 10 a.m. and there’s a formal presentation at 2 p.m. For more information, call 904.827.6950.

NATURE PROGRAM AT ANASTASIA STATE PARK
Come learn about the different species of plants and animals that live among the unique ecosystems of Anastasia State Park. The program takes place at the Park’s Wind Surf Pavilion. The program is free with paid admission to the park. Anastasia State Park is located at 1340 A1AS, St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.461.2033.

NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to Government House Museum, the Lightner Museum, the Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, the Spanish Military Hospital Museum and the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Authentic Old Drug Store, Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House and the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum. (donations are welcomed)…

For more information on events and activities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.Getaway4Florida.com or call 1.800.653.2489.

Entertainment

And the Oscar Goes To…

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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

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Lifestyle

Ice Cube in a Mellow Mood!

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Outdoors

ChatterBaits a Key for Early Season Bass

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Sports

Looking Forward to the NFL’s “Top” Free Agents

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Business

Business Industries to Explore in 2017

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Travel

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Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

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