This Weekend in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches on Apr23 2010

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Saturday: April 24

A TASTE OF ST. AUGUSTINE
Savor the unique tastes of St. Augustine during this flavorful event that showcases more than 30 area restaurants’ signature dishes. All the fun takes place at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, which will be transformed into a culinary marketplace offering the participating restaurants “signature tastes” as well as cookbooks, cooking equipment and other specialty food items. Throughout the afternoon and evening, restaurants are judged for the ‘best of,’ ‘upscale dining’, ‘ethnic tastes’, ‘family dining’, ‘desserts’, and ‘The People’s Choice Award’. Admission to the Taste of St. Augustine is $5 and taste tickets are $1 each with restaurants charging between 1 and 5 tickets per taste. Call 904.829.3295 or visit www.epiccommunityservices.org.

ST. AUGUSTINE GARRISON AT FORT MOSE
Experience living history demonstrations conducted by authentic colonial Spanish re-enactors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fort Mose State Park located at 15 Fort Mose Trail in St. Augustine. Admission is $4 per vehicle or $2 for pedestrians or bicyclists. For more information, call 904.823.2232 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose.

HOME TOURS FOR THE ARTS
The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) will host tours of four beautiful homes to raise funds for the Center’s arts education programs. The tours, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., feature an ASID designer at each home who will answer questions about architectural features. Tour tickets are $30 each and may be purchased at the Cultural Center, located at 50 Executive Way, online at www.ccpvb.org or by calling 904.280.0614.

MUSIC AND HORSES AT THE MUSEUM
The Florida Agricultural Museum will present a free “Open Jam” from 3- 6 p.m. featuring “Nothin’ But Bluegrass and Gospel” music – all musicians are invited to participate. From 6-8 p.m., Cheryl Watson and the Watertown Band will perform (tickets are $5). Plus, beginning at 9:30 a.m., the Museum will feature a six-mile equestrian obstacle challenge and fundraiser. Riders will travel along trails to Princess Place and back. An awards ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. Entry fee is $25 for riders 18 and under; $35 for older. For information on the ride, call 386.437.3472. For details on the music event, call 386.446.7630. The Museum is located at 7900 Old Kings Road in Palm Coast.

UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT
Uptown Saturday Night takes place 5 – 9 p.m. in the Uptown San Marco Shopping District, St. Augustine. Galleries, antique stores and unique shops between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission of Nombre de Dios remain open during this special time. Meet the artists, book signings, live music, refreshments and other events contribute to the party-like atmosphere. The Mission of Nombre de Dios provides FREE PARKING for Uptown Saturday Night. The event is sponsored by the San Marco Avenue Merchants Association. Please call 904.824.3152 for more information.

Saturday and Sunday: April 24-25

SECOND SEMINOLE WAR
Rangers, Native Americans and living-history volunteers will offer a glimpse at Florida’s early territorial period. Presentations into the daily life of citizens; culture and life ways of the Seminole Indians; 19th century medicine; and the experience of the common U.S. Army soldier, will run from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine. Historic Weapons Demonstrations of early 19th century cannon and musket firings will also be given throughout the day. Call 904.829.6506, ext 233, or visit www.nps.gov/casa.

Note: In recognition of National Park Service Week, admission to the Castillo de San Marcos will be free of charge throughout the weekend.

Sunday: April 25

ALICE IN CHAINS AT ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE
Come hear the heavy metal and acoustic tunes from this Seattle-based rock band. The concert takes place at 7 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre located at 1340 A1A in St. Augustine at 7 p.m. Tickets are $29.50 to $49.50. For more information call 904.471.1965 or visit www.StAugAmphitheatre.com.

RUBBER DUCK RACE
The Relay for Life of St. Augustine presents its 5th Annual Rubber Duck Race from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the St. Johns County Pier and Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Boulevard, St. Augustine Beach. 904.307.6930

EMMA FREE CONCERT FEATURING SZWECZYK & CLARK
Polish-born violinist and composer Piotr Szewczyk teams up with pianist Christine Armington Clark for this free concertat 2 p.m. in the Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. For tickets and more information, call 904.797.2800 or visit www.EMMAConcerts.com.

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.

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