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Viva St. Augustine! Weekend Fun in St. Augustine!

Friday: March 23

St. Augustine Women’s Exchange Luncheon

Enjoy the Spring of Things luncheon on the grounds of the Women’s Exchange historic Peña – Peck House at 143 St. George Street in St. Augustine. The luncheon, prepared by members of the Women’s Exchange, will be served at noon. After lunch, tour the house and visit the Exchange gift shop. Tickets are $25 and include the luncheon and a $5 coupon for the gift shop. For more information, call 904-829-5064.

Viva St. Augustine! Legado: A Spanish Legacy Black Tie Event

Celebrate St. Augustine’s Spanish American Legacy from the landing of Ponce De Leon at near 30 degree 8 minutes, to the legacy of Spanish Patriot Bernardo Galvez, who made Saint Augustine the place where the American Revolution really ended. The Legado will be held at the Visitor Information Center from 6:30-10:30 pm. The event is black-tie or period style attire. Tickets are $150 each. For more information, call 904-829-0745 x212

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt Perform at St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Enjoy an evening performance that combines the talents of American rock guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter John Hiatt with singer-songwriter and actor, Lyle Lovett. The performance takes place at 8 p.m. Tickets are $49.50, $39.50, $29.50. The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340 C A1A in St. Augustine. For more information, visit www.staugamphitheatre.com.

Friday and Saturday: March 23 & 24

Viva St. Augustine! Spanish Grand Muster

Learn about the 18th century Spanish militia in the Nation’s oldest city. Authentic re-enactors will be on hand both days at the encampment at the Colonial Spanish Quarter, 32 St. George Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Friday, visit the Castillo de San Marcos in the evening to watch the Spanish soldiers attack British invaders at a 1740 Siege reenactment. Admission to the Castillo on Friday Night is $3. Admission to the Encampment at the Spanish Quarter is free. For more information, visit www.NPS.gov/casa or call 904-501-0391.

Saturday: March 24

Low Tide Bike Ride

Get a great cardio workout on one of the most awesome beaches in Florida. This Ranger led event will start with a 3 ½ mile low tide bike ride and bird watch. Participants will enjoy an ecology talk at the point of Conch Island and then start the return trip. The ride starts at 3:30 p.m. Meet at the Island Beach shop and Grill pavilion 15 minutes prior to the event. Bring at least one pint of water, bicycle, snack, binoculars, and sunscreen. This program is free with paid park admission. 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/anastasia

Real Florida Kayak Tour

Join The Friends of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park when they host a kayak journey that explores the remote and serene Pellicer Creek. The tour departs from Faver-Dykes State Park and will highlight an aquatic landscape that took shape after the last ice-age. This 3-hour kayak tour will depart at 10 a.m. This certified-naturalist-led tour includes instruction on proper kayaking technique, admission to the park, guide services, and the use of the finest kayak equipment available. Faver-Dykes State Park is located at 1000 Faver Dykes Rd, off I-95 Exit 298 and US 1 in St. Augustine. The cost is $55 per person. For more information, call 904-347-1565, or visit www.rippleeffectecotours.com.

Trashy Art Show at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Join Ripley’s Believe It or Not for a fashion show that helps to promote creative recycling. Ripley’s is looking for the best outfit and artwork made out of trash! Bring in your creative art work made of household trash. The winners of the show will have their piece on display at Ripley’s museum for a month and receive $100 cash and four Ripley combo passes. The Trashy Art Show takes place at 2 p.m. at Ripley’s Belive It or Not!, located at 19 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. There is no fee to participate, but prior registration is required for the fashion show. To register, please e-mail your name and details to kkiff@ripleys.com . For more information on the show, please follow Ripley’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/redtrains.

Gamble Rogers Festival Spring Concert

Get a sampling of some of extraordinary Folk talent that will perform at the May 2012 Gamble Rogers Folk Music Festival during this one-night fund raising special. Folk singer/songwriter/guitarists Patty Larkin and Michael Reno Harrell one of the headliners at the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival in 2011. This special concert takes place at Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $35. 904-794-4163

Magic and Comedy at the Pioneer Barn

Laugh and be amazed at the comedy and magic of Mark Alan! His high-energy Las Vegas-style of performing has made him one of the funniest standup comedy magicians you will ever have the pleasure of watching. Mark’s shows are fast, funny, CLEAN, filled with audience participation, comedy mind reading, hysterical escapes and best of all APPROPRIATE FOR ALL AGES!!!. Tickets are $8 for adults; $6.50 for kids ages 6-13. Door open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. The Pioneer Barn is located inside Fort Menendez, 259 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. For reservations of more information, call 904-824-8874

Saturday and Sunday: March 24 & 25

Eco Boat Trip

Show your out-of-town guests the best view of St. Augustine on our Eco-Explorer Boat Trip! Dolphins, birds, and fresh air will be a hit with your guests. A wonderful and personal trip with a max of 6 passengers. Special rate: $35/adults and $30/kids ages 3-12. Call 904-377-7245 to make reservations or visit www.staugustineecotours.com.

Sunday: March 25

Guana Family Kayak Tours

Explore the Guana River with the whole family on this kayaking adventure designed for all ages with discounted pricing for the kids. Knowledgeable and professional guides will lead you through all the intricacies of the the estuary and uncover everything natural in this pristine coastal ecosystem. Our triple cockpit kayaks make for a perfect trip for youngsters (up to 80lbs.) while kayaking with 3 people in the same kayak. More experienced paddlers will appreciate our tandem expedition kayaks. $50 for adults and $45 for kids (a percentage goes for Guana conservation programs) includes free passes to the GTM NERR Environmental Education Center. Reserve online at www.RippleEffectEcoTours.com or call (904)347-1565 for other available times and dates.

Emma Concert Series: Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra

Enjoy an evening with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra as they deliver hit spy-film themes Bond and Beyond for an espionage homage of the highest caliber. Themes from Goldfinger, From Russia With Love, Mission Impossible and Austin Powers feature one of Broadway’s biggest personalities, Debbie Gravitte.The performance takes place at 8 p.m. in the Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $35. For more information, visit www.EmmaConcerts.com or call 904- 797-2800.

Local Resident Specials

NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, and the Spanish Military Hospital 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, Government House Museum, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed).

NEW: St. Johns County residents who purchase full-price admission to the St. Augustine Lighthouse ($9.50 adults; $7.50 seniors and children 12 and under; free for children under 44 inches in height) can now receive a pass good for free admission for an entire year! The Lighthouse is now open until 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.. Also, on the first Monday of each month, St. Johns County residents are admitted free to the Dow Museum of Historic Houses, 246 St. George Street, St. Augustine.

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

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

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Lifestyle

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Outdoors

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Sports

Super Bowl LI’s Message: Patriotism

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Business

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Travel

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Green Living

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