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This Week in St. Augustine & Ponte Verda!

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    March 17, 2014
Monday – Sunday : March 17 – 23

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:  March  17

3rd Monday Art & Merchant Walk – The St. Augustine Beach Arts Group hosts their 3rd Monday Art & Merchant Walk on St. Paddy’s Day from 5 – 8 p.m.  The walk runs from Oddities on the north of A1A Beach Blvd. and south to The Sunshine Shop.  Many artists and displays will be in front of numerous stores and restaurants.  A Pedi-Cab service is available for those who prefer not to walk.    A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach.

Monday – Friday:  March 17 – 21

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

Tuesday:  March 18

“The Limits of Legislation: The Black Freedom Struggle After 1964” Lecture – Flagler College Assistant Professor Michael Butler discusses the cultural issues that continued to divide whites and blacks in the years after legal segregation ended. He will also discuss the resulting unforeseen political and economical consequences experienced by the local community into the 21st century.   His talk is part of Flagler College’s Community Lecture Series titled “The Rights Revolution: Civil Rights, Human Rights and Beyond.”   Admission is $5 to the 10 a.m. lecture in the Flagler Room.  A coffee and pastry reception will follow.  Reservations required. 74 King Street, St. Augustine. 904-819-6282 www.flagler.edu/our-community

 

GTM Research Reserve Marineland Lecture – This lecture series is held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10 – 11 a.m. at the GTM Research Reserve Marineland Field Office.  The series is designed to help inform the public about their coastal natural world.  The lectures are free so space is limited and reservations are requested.  9741 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Marineland.  904-823-4500 http://gtmnerrmarinelandlecture.eventbrite.com

 

“How Greek Traditions Transformed the Waterfront” – Brendan Burke, Archaeologist, Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, will discuss “How Greek Traditions Transformed the Waterfront.”  His talk is part of the Historical St. Augustine Research Institute lecture series, “St. Augustine’s Forgotten People.” Admission is free to these lectures held at 7 p.m. in the Flagler Room of Ponce de Leon Hall at Flagler College.  74 King St., St. Augustine 904-829-8481 www.flagler.edu

Tuesday – Sunday:  March 18- 23

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 19

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

Thursday – Sunday:  March 20 – 23

“Divergent” at the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater – “Divergent” plays at The IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame.  “Divergent” is a gripping action thriller set in a futuristic world where society has been divided into five factions.  As each person approaches adulthood, he or she must choose a faction and commit to it for the rest of their life. 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

 

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.  Playing through March 30th, 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

Friday: March 21

Marineland Beach Walk – The GTM Research Reserve presents a free, guided walk along the beach at Marineland.  The hike focuses on birdlife, habitats and the unusual geology of the shore.  The 90-minute hike begins at 9 a.m. Watch for the temporary event sign posted on the west side of A1A at the south end of Marineland.  Reservations requested.  9741 Ocean Shore Blvd., Marineland.904-823-4500 http://gtmnerrmarinelandbeach.eventbrite.com

 

Fins & Freedom Sail – The tall ship Schooner Freedom and dolphin experts from Marineland are partnering for a one-of-a-kind sailing experience.  Come on board, help raise sails, and then kick back and relax while educators and trainers from the world’s first oceanarium talk about dolphins.  Tickets for the sail including admission to Marineland are $50 adults, $40 for kids 16 & under (complimentary soda, water, beer and wine are included).  Reservations suggested for this 2:15 p.m. departure time. 111 Avenida Menendez.  904-810-1010 www.schoonerfreedom.com

Friday – Sunday: March 21 – 23

33rd St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival – This northeast Florida favorite features delicious seafood, affordable arts & crafts, a kids’ zone and outstanding live music, including jazz on Friday night. The festival is open Friday 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Francis Field.  Admission $3 adults; Children 12 & under free. All net proceeds go to benefit Lions Club charities. 25 W. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. 904-829-1753 www.lionsfestival.com

Saturday:  March 15

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

 

Family Seining at the GTM Research Reserve – Join GTM Research Reserve docents from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. to learn how to pull a seine net collecting species of fish, crabs and more.  Learn about the animals and their roles in the habitat.  Waders and boots will be provided. The program is included with regular admission to the Reserve and takes place in the Environmental Education Center.   505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500 gtmnerrfamilyseine-eorg.eventbrite.com

 

Founding of Fort Mose – The founding of Fort Mose on March 15, 1738, is the central theme of programs presented from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., noted experts from the University of Florida or University of South Florida will present enlightening discussions of the role of slavery in the struggle between Spain and Britain for control of the southeastern United States. The event is free. 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine. 904-823-2232 www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose

Walk on the Wild Side at Anastasia State Park – Join a Park Service volunteer for a hike to observe what life is like on the wild side.  The walk starts at 1 p.m. on the beautiful shoreline, continues up through the sand dues, and travels along the boardwalk over the salt marsh.  After an intermission at the Windsurf Pavilion, the hike continues along the estuarine habitat of Salt Run and through the maritime hammock.   Participants may choose to only walk the first half or the full 2.5-mile round trip. Suggested items to bring are binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, camera, drinking water, bug spray, and sunscreen.  The program is included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle. 1340-A State Road A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-461-2033 www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia

 

Pirate Plunder Tour – St. Augustine City Walks presents a one-hour tour featuring the town’s most famous pirate lore.  Kidnapped by a well-known pirate captain, tour participants will find out what it was like to live in 17th century St. Augustine — complete with the threat of pirate raids.  This fun, free tour departs at 4:30 p.m. from the Tour St. Augustine office, Granada St., St. Augustine.   Reservations required. 904-825-0087 www.StAugustineCityWalks.com

 

Voices from the Past at the Castillo de San Marcos – The National Park Service will celebrate Women’s History Month with a guided tour of the Castillo that features re-enactors portraying women from St. Augustine’s who describe the city’s long history through their unique stories.  Tours begin at the Castillo’s ticket booth at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. and will be limited to 30 participants per tour.  Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children 5-15, and free for children under 5.  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

 

EMMA Concert: Southwest Florida SymphonyAll Mendelssohn Program – The Southwest Florida Symphony, under the direction of Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor Leif Bjaland will perform a special All Mendelssohn program in memory of Gordon and Amy Shoolman at 7:30 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.  Tickets are $35. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-797-2800 www.emmaconcerts.com

 

The Moody Blues Concert – The St. Augustine Amphitheatre hosts The Moody Blues.  Formed in 1964, this English band has sold more than 70 million albums.  Their classic album Days of Future Passed features their signature song “Nights in White Satin.” Tickets range from $39.50 – $89.50. The concert starts at 8 p.m. (gates open 7 p.m.)  1340 A1A South St. Augustine. 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com

Saturday and Sunday: March 22 & 23

BF20 Magical History Tour – Bike Florida  20th Annual Spring Bike Tour in Northeast Florida is a fully supported week-long mass tour that starts and ends in Palatka, FL.  The tour consists of 4 layover days and 3 travel days.  The tour will continue through Friday, March 28. The host cities for layover days are Palatka, Daytona Beach and St. Augustine.  BF20 also includes nightly celebrations and guest speakers, plus an anniversary celebration at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine.  The cost to participate is $120 for the 2-day tour and $395 for the 7-day tour.  For more information or to register, contact Ken Foster at Bike Florida.  Ken@bikeFlorida.org  352-224-8602 www.bikeflorida.org

Sunday: March 23

Marc Cohn Duo – Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn performs at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.  Cohn combines the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man.  Tickets are $38 & $47.  1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach, 904-209-0399  www.pvconcerthall.com

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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