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This Week in St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra

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    March 24, 2014
Monday – Sunday : March 24 – 30

Jerusalem at the IMAX Theater – The documentary film “Jerusalem” plays each day through  May 30 at The IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame. This film explores how this small city became such a pivotal part of human history.  Jerusalem is home to some of the most sacred sites in the world for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. This IMAX theater features the largest 3D screen in the Southeast.  Adults $13, Seniors/Students/Military $12, and Children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for show times. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfimax.com

Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience – Journey: 450 Years of the African American Experience covers the long and storied history of African-Americans in St. Augustine. The story of African-Americans begins in St. Augustine with the first Africans both free and slave among founding colonists in 1565. The exhibition is designed for cultural and heritage visitors interested in the full history of America and its beginnings and comprises four themes: Genesis of the African-American Experience; Fortress of Freedom; Breaking the Chains; and Crossroads of Change.  Tickets are $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; $3 for youth 7-12; under 7 free. Free admission for military in uniform. Located at the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, 10 West Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. www.Journey2014.com

 

El Galeón Tour – Tour a full-sized replica of a 17th century Spanish galleon. Docked at the St. Augustine City Marina, El Galeón Andalucia is an exact replica of the famous galleons that played an important role in the creation and maintenance of the Spanish Empire.  Built in Spain, it is similar to the galleon that brought Pedro Menendez to Florida where he founded St. Augustine in 1565.  The ship is available for tours beginning at 10 a.m. daily. Admission is $15 for adult; $8 for youth.  111 Avenida Menendez. 904-824-1606

 

Prisms Exhibit – Lost Art Gallery features the work of Argentinian artist Raul Torres-Rojas.  Unmistakable in style, Rojas sees the world as if through a “prism” in his paintings of figures, birds, flowers and boating scenes.  210 St. George Street, St. Augustine, 904-827-9800 www.lostartgallery.com

 

Society of Mixed Media Exhibition – A juried exhibition of the Society Of Mixed Media Artists. Chosen artists will exhibit their latest works of art. Juried by Gene Roberds the exhibit features collage, assemblage, sculpture and other experimental works introducing mixed media as an important contribution to the fine arts community. Admission is free. Open daily 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Butterfield Garage Art Gallery, 137 King St., St. Augustine. 904-825-4577 www.butterfieldgarage.com

 

For a complete list of  eco/kayak, food, and history tours, and other special tours taking place on Florida’s Historic Coast this week, visit Florida’sHistoricCoast.com/events

Monday – Friday:  March 24 – 28

The Last Good War: The Faces and Voices of World War II – Exhibit of photographs of 30 World War II veterans along with their stories of the Last Good War opens at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach.  Photographer Thomas Sanders captured these images and stories now presented in a traveling exhibition that will be at the Cultural Center through April 4.  The Cultural Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is free.  50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach.  904-280-0614 www.ccpvb.org

Monday – Saturday:  March 24 – 29

Celeste Roberge: Ocean Floors – Flagler College and the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum host an exhibition of new sculpture and works on paper by Celeste Roberge.  The exhibition entitled “Oceans Floors” opens to the public on Friday from 5 – 9 p.m. and will continue through April 19.  The Museum is open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 – 4 p.m.  48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8530 http://readme.readmedia.com/Crisp-Ellert-Art-Museum-presents-Celeste-Roberge-Ocean-Floors/8220732

Tuesday:  March 25

“Chains, Roots and Wings” Lecture – Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr. surveys the South’s complicated and torturous racial history in his talk “Chains, Roots, and Wings.”  The free lecture begins at 7 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.  14 Granada St., St. Augustine.  904-819-6400 www.flagler.edu/ourcommunity

Tuesday & Friday:  March  25 & 28

Woman’s Exchange Spring Luncheons – Enjoy a special luncheon in the gardens of the historic Pena-Peck House. Doors to the Gift Shop open at 10:30 a.m. and the luncheon is served at noon.  Reservations are required. Tickets are $25 and include $5 fun money for shopping. 143 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-829-5064 www.PenaPeckHouse.com

Tuesday – Sunday:  March  25 – 30

Canvas, Clay, Collage, & Cutting Edge – The St. Augustine Art Association combines four exciting themes into one juried exhibit.  Cutting Edge is defined as work that pushes the boundaries of ideas and/or materials. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday noon – 4 p.m. and Sunday 2-5 p.m. Admission is free.  22 Marine St. St. Augustine. 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org

Wednesday:  March 26

Farmer’s Arts and Crafts Market – Farmers’ Market located at the ocean-side St. Johns County Pier Park featuring selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more!  Open 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. rain or shine. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.com

 

“A Man Named Pearl” Film Screening – Flagler College and the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum will host a film screening of “A Man Named Pearl” at 7 p.m. at the Gamache-Koger Theater in the Ringhaver Student Center.   48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8530  www.flagler.edu/crispellert

Thursday:  March 27

Kate Maury Artist Talk  – University of Wisconsin-Stout professor Kate Maury will give an artist talk in the Flagler College Solarium at 6 p.m.  Her work is featured in both juried and invitational shows at regional, national and international venues.  In addition Maury’s work is published in contemporary ceramic art books such as “Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface, ” “500 Bowls,” “The Art of Contemporary American Pottery” and “High–Fire Glazes.”  Admission is free. 74 King St., St. Augustine. 904-819-6282 www.flagler.edu/our-community; http://redme.readmedia.com/Maury-to-give-artist-talk-in-Flagler-College-Solarium/8332266

 

“Who Stole the American Dream” Lecture – The Flagler College Forum on Government and Public Policy welcomes Pultizer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter Hedrick Smith.  Smith will discuss his 2012 book “Who Stole the American Dream?”  The book details how two “Americas” have been created as a result of the imbalance in wealth that has occurred since the 1970s. The free lecture begins at 7 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium and Flagler College. Sign language interpreters are provided.  14 Granada St., St. Augustine.  904-819-6400 www.flagler.edu/ourcommunity

Thursday through Sunday:  March 27 – 30

Limelight Theatre Presents “The Miss Firecracker Contest” – Delightful twists and turns create a hilarious story of one girl’s ambitious attempt to win the Miss Firecracker Contest and leave her small southern town in a blaze of glory.   Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.  Tickets are $25; $22 seniors; $20 student and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. 904-825-1164 www.limelight-theatre.org

 

Noah at the IMAX Theater – Academy Award winner Russell Crowe stars as Noah, a man chosen by God for a great task before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world.  This IMAX theater features the largest 3D screen in the Southeast.  Adults $13, Seniors/Students/Military $12, and Children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for show times. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfimax.com

Friday: March 28

Bike Florida Spring Tour Celebration – Join the celebration of the end of the BF20 Tour from 9 a.m. –  2 p.m. at Armstrong Park in Elkton.  Drinks, karaoke, games and country cooking dinners for $10.  4950 Harvey Ave., Elkton 32033, 904-806-3939

 

1740 Siege Night Event “Enemy at the Gates”   – The Castillo de San Marcos hosts their annual 1740 siege night called “Enemy at the Gates.”  Tours run every 15 minutes from 6:45 until 8:15 p.m.  Cannons fire throughout the evening.  Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for ages 5-15 and children 5 and under free.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at the ticket booth. 1 South Castillo Dr. St. Augustine.  904-829-6506 x 233 www.nps.gov/casa

Friday & Saturday: March 28 & 29

Paranormal Investigation of the Old Jail – Featured on the Sy-Fy Channel series Ghost Hunters, St. Augustine’s Old Jail is listed on the Florida and National Registers of Haunted Places.  Guided paranormal investigations take place every Friday and Saturday night from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Tickets are $80 per person. 167 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. 904-671-5010 www.2ghouls.com

Friday – Sunday: March 28 – 30

Girl Scout Encampment at Fountain of Youth – The Girl Scouts set up camp at the The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park and demonstrate a wide variety of historically interesting skills such as basket weaving, candle making, and sewing.  The park is open daily from 9 a.m. with last ticket sold at 5 p.m.  Regular park admission of $12 Adults, $11 seniors, $8 Children 6 – 12 required (local discount available).  11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-3168 www.fountainofyouthflorida.com

 

WJCT 3×5 Classic Film Festival – The Brumos Companies present WJCT’s 3×5 Classic Film Festival featuring three days of the best films in American cinematic history.  In keeping with WJCT’s mission, the festival encourages appreciation and understanding of the art of cinema. The festival begins at 7 p.m. on Friday with an opening reception featuring piano jazz performed by John Thomas and a showing of the classic film Citizen Kane. Saturday’s lineup includes The Wizard of Oz (2 p.m.), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (5 p.m.) and The Big Sleep (8 p.m.) Sunday’s matinee is Notorious (2 p.m.).  The festival takes place at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.  Tickets are $7.50 for each film (five tickets for $25).  1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach, 904-209-0399  www.wjct.org/3×5/ 

Saturday:  March 29

Old City Farmer’s Market – Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more.  Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.  Open 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733

 

2014 Spud Run and Cabbage Crawl – The Spud Run and Cabbage Crawl is a 5K/10K/15K challenge with a 1 Mile Kids Fun Run at the Hastings Community Building.  Registration for children is $6 and includes a race bag and a t-shirt.  Registration for adults is $25- $30.  The 10K begins at 7 a.m. while the Cabbage Crawl begins at 9:30 a.m.  All proceeds go to economically disadvantaged school children.  6195 S. Main Street, Hastings. 904-806-1706 e-mail swesspudrun@yahoo.com

 

12th Regional Mustang and Ford Show – The St. Augustine Outlets will host the 12th Regional Mustang and Ford Show presented by the Jacksonville Mustang Club from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  This juried classic car show will feature classic Mustangs, Cobras and Ford trucks all on display in the north parking lot next to Talbots.  500 Outlet Mall Blvd., St. Augustine. 904-826-1311 www.StAugOutlets.com

 

5th Annual Living History Day – The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum serves as the host site for local Girl Scouts who will be portraying the lives of the brave women who operated, worked or visited this establishment during the early years of Florida’s statehood and tourism industry. The museum celebrates the historic accomplishments of these extraordinary women as they persevered with their daily ordinary chores. Amidst the chaos of Seminole Indian uprisings, the separation of families, the threat of the Yellow Fever epidemic, geographical isolation, and the feared prediction of the American Civil War, the ordinary became extraordinary at the Ximenez-Fatio House during the period of 1845-1860. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Donations accepted. 20 Aviles St., St. Augustine. 904-829-3575 http://www.ximenezfatiohouse.org

 

“A Journey Through Time” Nature Hike – From 2 – 3 p.m.,Faver-Dykes State Park hosts an educational and relaxing hike celebrating Florida’s Archeology Month.  Park Ranger Chalkley will lead a half-mile informative hike and discuss the way of life of the Timucua, the native flora and fauna seen along the journey and answer any questions about the park.  The program is included in admission ($5 per vehicle up to 8 people, $4 for single occupancy or $2 per person on bicycle) to the park located at 1000 Faver-Dykes Road, St. Augustine.  904-794-0997 www.floridastateparks.org/faverdykes

Plaza Stroll Historic Walking Tour – Celebrate the first day of spring with St. Augustine City Walks’ free, one-hour, guided walking tour of the beautiful monuments in the city’s historic Plaza de la Constitucion.  It’s the perfect way to learn about all of the cultural influences that have left their mark here, including explorers, entrepreneurs and famous personalities.  The free tour departs at 4 p.m. from the Tour St. Augustine office, 4 Granada St., St. Augustine.   Reservations required. 904-825-0087 www.StAugustineCityWalks.com

 

Uptown Saturday Night – From 5 – 9 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month, experience live music, refreshments, new exhibits, book signings and much more at the galleries, antique stores and unique shops on St. Augustine’s San Marco Avenue between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. The Mission Nombre de Dios provides free parking.  904-823-9263.

Sunday: March 30

Lincolnville Farmers Market – Eddie Vickers Park hosts this farmer’s market with farm-fresh vegetables, meats/fish, cheese, bread, treats, arts & crafts, prepared food, jewelry, picnic areas, playground and more! This special re-opening event features live music by The House Cats. Every Sunday from noon – 4 p.m.  399 Riberia St., St. Augustine.  www.LincolnvilleFarmersMarket.com

 

EMMA Concert:  Karkowska Sisters Duo – Piano, Violin and …Humor – The Karkowska Sisters Duo, an internationally acclaimed, award-winning ensemble, will perform at 2 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.  Tickets are $30. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-797-2800 www.emmaconcerts.com

 

St. Augustine Jazz Society – From 2 – 6 p.m., the St. Augustine Jazz Society presents its monthly Jazz Jam featuring the UNF Jazz Ensemble at the Royal St. Augustine Golf & Country Club.  Featuring Dixieland and jazz favorites, dancing, and dinner available for purchase.  Proceeds go toward scholarships for music students.  Admission is members $5; non-members $7.  301 Royal St. Augustine Parkway, St. Augustine.  www.staugustinejazzsociety.org

 

Open Mic Poetry Reading – On the last Sunday of the month, Ancient City Poets holds an open mic poetry reading from 3 – 5 p.m. at City Coffee Company.  Free/donations are welcome.  1280 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine.  904-501-0043 www.bodor.org

Local Resident Specials

NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, City Walks History Mystery Murder Evening Tour, Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience Exhibit, and the Hotel Ponce de Leon Legacy Tours at Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed). Many other local attractions offer discounted admissions to St. Johns County residents with valid ID.

For a current list of Florida resident specials, Mid-week vacation packages and other Hot Deals on Florida’s Historic Coast, visit www.floridashistoriccoast.com/listings/deals.

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.

To submit events to be included on the VCB Events calendar and website, please submit details to FHCeventlist@gmail.com.

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