Survey Says: You Need Stuff to Do This Weekend on Nov4 2010

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Friday, Saturday & Sunday: November 5-7


Come celebrate St. Augustine’s amazing African-American heritage while enjoying great music, entertainment and family-fun activities.  Headline performers include Boyz II Men, Kool and the Gang, Percy Sledge, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Guitar Shorty, the Jazz Ambassadors of the US Army Field Band, Willie Green and Joy Dennis.  The Festival takes place Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Francis Field, located on Castillo Drive behind the Historic Downtown Parking Facility. General admission is $5 per person. VIP tickets are $35 – $50 for one day and $85 to $100 for three days. For more information call 904.471.1965 or visit

Friday: November 5


Join one of St. Augustine’s most popular cultural events on the first Friday of every month.  Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at over 20 participating galleries – plus, great food courtesy of the St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association.  Tours begin at Rembrandtz American Craft Gallery, 131 King Street.  Galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m.  St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys offer attendees a complimentary shuttle service from San Sebastian Winery to most of the galleries.  Shuttles run on a continuous loop every 30 minutes.  For more information, call 904.829.0065 or visit .


Meet Roger Bansemer, the co-host of the soon-to-be-released PBS series “Painting and Travel”.   From 6-8 p.m., Roger will be at the St. Augustine Art Association to show some his work, talk about the show -even his pictorial account of his dive expedition to the Titanic.  Admission is free.  The St. Augustine Art Association is located at 22 Marine Street.  For more information, call 904.824.2310.

Don’t miss the opening reception for this fascinating exhibit devoted the Parthenon.  The reception begins at 5 p.m. and at 6 p.m. Peter C. Yalanis will present a photographer’s lecture titled Behind the Lens.  At 6:30 p.m., Michael J. Reppas II, Esq. president of the ACRPS will present Effecting the Return of the Parthenon Marbles from London to Athens.  His talk will address the aesthetic and historical importance of the Parthenon; the need for continuing education and promotion of the protection of cultural property and efforts to return looted Parthenon sculptures from London to Athens.  It all takes place at St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine, 41 St. George Street in St. Augustine.  For more information, call 904.829.8205.


On Friday night, November 5, from 6:00-10:00 p.m., The Alligator Farm will host Parents’ Night Out, a fun-filled evening for kids to tour the park, play games and participate in hands-on wildlife presentations. The event, which includes pizza and drinks for kids, offers parents an opportunity to enjoy a night on the town or a quiet evening at home while knowing their children are in a safe, fun environment. Parents’ Night Out is open to children aged 5 to 12; costs are $25 for Alligator Farm members and $30 for non-members.  For more information, call 904.824.3337.

Friday and Saturday: November 5 & 6


On Friday night, Lola Haskins and Wil Haygood will present a reading of their short stories and poetic works. Saturday night features readings by Terese Svoboda and Diane Wakoski. The readings take place at 7:30 p.m. in Flagler Room of Flagler College’s Ponce Hall, located at 74 King Street in St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.819.6400.

Saturday: November 6


Walk a mile along our great beaches and upload a photo to show the world just how beautiful (and oil-free) the beaches are in the Sunshine State.  Organized by VISIT FLORIDA, the goal is to provide near real-time photos of all 825 miles of Florida’s beaches.  To signup, go to The Great VISIT FLORIDA Beach Walk.  The deadline is 5 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday).  The event runs from sunrise to 11 a.m.  Professional photographer and Tourist Development Council executive director Glenn Hastings will be at the pier at St. Augustine Beach beginning at 6:30 a.m. to provide instruction in taking great beach photos.  Re-enactors will be walking the beach in period clothing and sand sculptor Dave Walker will create a sand castle at Crescent Beach.


Get some exercise at the Guluwalk 5K run/walk departing at 9 a.m. along the beach just south of the St. Johns County Pier in St. Augustine Beach. The purpose is to raise money for war-affected youth in northern Uganda.  For more information, call 904.540.5626.


Come learn about the fabulous food that the earliest Floridians enjoyed. Interpretations and demonstrations of the food and foodways of early Florida and the southeastern U.S. will be demonstrated to the public by the living history group, Los Compañeros de la Cocina / The Companions of the Kitchen at the Colonial Spanish Quarter, 29 St. George Street in St. Augustine. The presentations will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is free and samples of food are available for purchase.  For more information, call 1.877.352.4478 or email .


Escape the hustle-bustle and explore an aquatic landscape that took shape after the last Ice Age. This guided kayak tour on the remote and serene Pellicer Creek takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. An interpretive naturalist will teach proper kayaking technique – so beginners are welcome. The tour starts from Faver Dykes State Park, 1000 Faver-Dykes Rd.located off US 1 at I-95 intersection in St. Augustine. The cost is $55 per person and includes park admission, guide, and kayaking equipment. For more information or to make reservations, call 904.347.1565.


Take the National Park Service’s ferry to Rattlesnake Island and experience daily military life at Fort Matanzas – the 18th century Spanish fort that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine.  From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors will demonstrate Spanish muskets and cannons at the fort.  Admission is free.  Fort Matanzas National Monument is located on A1A at the south end of Anastasia Island approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine.  For more information, call 904.471.0116 or visit


Satisfy your appetite and contribute to a good cause at the Farm to Table Dinner Benefit and Silent Auction at the Augustine Grille at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach.  The five-course meal prepared by Northeast Florida’s finest chefs will spotlight seasonal and signature dishes using fresh ingredients for local and regional farmers and artisans.  The 6:30 p.m. event will benefit the Beaches Local Food Network’s Children Gardening Program and Slow Food First Coast’s school garden installations.  The cost is $150 per person.  For more information, call 904.270.0273.

Sunday: November 7


Satisfy your passion for great seafood at the Conch House Marina’s celebrated annual Great Chowder Debate. More than 30 area restaurants come together to compete to see who has the best chowder.  Everyone can be a judge and savor  an almost limitless variety – from local favorites like Menorcan chowders to an assortment of New England chowders – made with clams, conch, lobster, scallops and crab and laced with secret concoctions of herbs and spices. The event starts at noon and runs throughout the day.  All proceeds benefit the Shriners’ Hospitals for Crippled Children.  The Conch House Marina is located at 57 Comares Avenue in St. Augustine.  For more Information, call 904.829.8646.


Pianist Thomas Pandolfi performs “the Revolutionary Piano” featuring music composed by Chopin and Liszt.  Part of the EMMA Concert Series, the concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Flagler College Auditorium, located at 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information call 904.797.2800 or visit

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, 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, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios 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 or call 1.800.653.2489.

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The Author John Danz Jr is a serious writer with a penchant for poetry and building a foundation in every form of writing. He is motivated by a never-ending thirst for informed knowledge and the feeling of accomplishment that comes with every completed poem or story. A drummer drawn to classic and modern rock/metal music, John is deeply interested in meteorology, psychology, sociology and philosophy. Weather has always fascinated him, he wants to know why people do what they do, understand the cultures of the world, reflect on great minds and gain a better understanding of this world and our place in it. | All posts by | Topic: Entertainment | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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