This Week In St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra!

January 16, 2018
Nights of Lights Runs Nightly in St. Augustine
Click here for information about the many 
Nights of Lights Tours and Events through January 31   
Tuesday – Sunday,  January 16 – 21
Dressing Downton: Changing Fashions for Changing Times Exhibition – Extended through February 4

Immerse yourself in fashion and history in this acclaimed exhibition at the Lightner Museum. Dressing Downton™, a display of 36 authentic Victorian Era costumes and accessories from PBS’s most popular television drama in history, Downton Abbey®, is elegantly displayed in the museum’s Grand Ballroom Gallery. The museum is open Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for college students and seniors, $10 for 12-17-year-olds, and free for youth under age 12. The ticket cost includes entry to the museum. 75 King St., St. Augustine 904-824-2874
Tuesday, January 16
Flagler Forum on Government and Public Policy
The guest speaker of this free forum hosted by Flagler College is Craig Gordon, Washington Bureau Chief for Bloomberg News. The talk is titled Trumping Fake News: Facts in the Age of Trump. This lecture begins at 7 p.m. in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-826-8572
Artistry of the Saint John’s Bible Lecture
The St. Augustine Art Association presents a free lecture on the artistry of the acclaimed Saint John’s Bible at 7 p.m. The speaker, The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Program Executive Director Jim Triggs, will explore the ways in which medieval artistic tools and materials used in creating the richly illustrated Bible celebrate modern science.  Admission is free. Call to reserve a seat. 22 Marine St., St. Augustine
Tuesday – Thursday, January 16 – 18
Star Wars: Episode VIII, The Last Jedi at IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame

Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga. This film is showing at the IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame. Visit the website for show times and ticket pricing. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine 904-940-4123

Wednesday, January 17
Walk Through Time
St. Johns County Parks and Recreation has partnered with the County Cultural Resource Coordinator to offer a new and exciting program on the history of Butler Beach at Frank B. Butler Park East. Take a walk back in time and learn about the important cultural and ecological history of this unique area. This event is from 10-11:30 a.m. Please make a reservation by phone or e-mail. 5860 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-209-0335
Discovery Marsh Walk
Explore the Anastasia Marsh Trail at Anastasia State Park with a park ranger and learn about the importance of estuarine systems that surround the inshore sides of barrier islands from 2-3 p.m. Suggested items to bring are binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, a camera, drinking water, bug spray and sunscreen. Meet in front of the ranger station. This event is weather permitting and subject to cancellation. The walk is free with regular park admission, which ranges from $8-$2.300 Anastasia Park Rd., St. Augustine 904-461-2033
Thursday, January 18
An Evening with Governor Patrick Tonyn
The Woman’s Exchange of St. Augustine presents an Evening with Governor Patrick Tonyn at The Pena-Peck House featuring Dr. Roger Smith, historian and author. Smith will entertain with stories about St. Augustine’s British Period. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, dessert and coffee will be available. The event is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. General admission is $35. Call for reservations. 143 St. George St., St. Augustine 904-829-5064
Thursday – Sunday, January 18-21
Career Builder Challenge Weekend Honoring Bob Hope
The World Golf Hall of Fame is celebrating the Career Builder Challenge, formerly the Bob Hope Classic. Guests can enjoy the museum’s Bob Hope: Shanks for the Memory exhibition while watching the tournament in the Bob Hope Theater. In a nod to Hope’s years of service entertaining the U.S. military, the Hall of Fame is giving active and retired military free admission to the museum. The museum is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-6 p.m. on Sunday. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine 904-940-4123
Saint Augustine Film Festival
This four-day film festival takes place at various locations throughout St. Augustine, including the Corazon Cinema and Cafe, 36 Granada St., Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., and the Gamache-Koger Theatre, 50 Sevilla St. The festival begins at 10 a.m. each day. On Friday, the opening gala will be at the Lightner Museum, 75 King St. On Saturday, there will be a party at the Solarium at Flagler College, 74 King St., and on Sunday there will be a closing party at Markland House, 102 King St. The gala and parties are only available with the All Access Pass. Passes to see films range from $180-$60. Individual tickets to see the films at Lewis Auditorium range from $10-$7. Visit the website for the films and information. 904-461-3993
Fool for Love at Limelight Theatre
A classic show with a twist,  Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love is a western based in the Mojave Desert. Performance times at the Limelight Theatre are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. There is a preview day on January 18. Tickets are $26 general admission, $24 seniors and $20 students and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine 904-825-1164
Friday, January 19
Arbor Day Ceremony
The City of St. Augustine will commemorate Arbor Day at Hamilton Upchurch Neighborhood Park with a ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. The event will include planting of trees by city officials, presentations by the Street Tree Advisory Committee and free saplings distributed by Smokey Bear. The event is open to the public. Intersection of Anastasia Blvd. and Red Cox Dr., St. Augustine 904-825-1004
Faver-Dykes State Park Astronomy Program
Join Park Ranger Joe Woodbury at Favor-Dykes State Park to see the mysteries of the stars unfold. Observe stars, planets and satellites as ancient people would have while hearing age mythological tales about the constellations. Bring your own binoculars – no telescopes needed. The program starts at 6:30 p.m. Meet at the ranger station. The program is included in park entrance fees. Admission ranges from $5-$2. 1000 Faver-Dykes Rd., St. Augustine 386-446-6783
Friday – Sunday, January 19-21
Jibade-Khalil Huffman Exhibition
The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum and Flagler College are pleased to announce A Tondo for Rajon Rondo, an exhibition of recent work by Jibade-Khalil Huffman, including video, photography and sculpture. The exhibition will kick off with an artist talk on January 19 at 5 p.m. followed by an opening reception from 6-7:30 p.m. in Kenan Hall 300 located at 74 King St., on the Flagler College campus. The hours of the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum are Monday-Friday 10 a.m-4 p.m. and Saturday noon-4 p.m.  Admission  is free. 904-826-8530
Saturday, January 20
Ultimate Nature Photo Scavenger Hunt
Bring your smartphone or digital camera and have fun taking pictures to complete a photo scavenger hunt while exploring Anastasia State Park from 10 a.m.-noon. Work alone or as a team. Bring a refillable water bottle, bug spray, sunscreen, appropriate clothing and wear comfortable shoes. Meet at the Island Beach Grill in the park at the start of the program and end of the program. The event is free with regular park admission, which ranges from $8-$2. 300 Anastasia Park Rd. St. Augustine 904-461-2033
North Atlantic Right Whale Program
Learn about the North Atlantic right whale at Fort Matanzas National Monument. Certain times of the year, lucky beach goers can spot these whales off the northeast coast of Florida as they migrate between feeding grounds and calving grounds. Visit the park from 10 a.m.-noon to learn more about these fascinating creatures. This program is child-friendly. Entrance into the park is free. 8635 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-471-0116
Tolomato Cemetery Guided Tour
Tour the oldest extant planned cemetery in Florida with burials from the First Spanish Period, 1565-1763. Admission is free, and donations are encouraged. Tours are from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 14 Cordova St., St. Augustine 904-257-3273
Black Heritage & Civil Rights Walking Tour
A 90- minute guided walking tour of historical sites in St. Augustine where more than 400 years of African American history lives, including several locations that were significant to the Civil Rights Movement of St. Augustine and following in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King and Andrew Young.  Tickets are $20 per person, and a portion of the proceeds from the ticket sales for this tour will be donated to the ACCORD Civil Rights Museum in St. Augustine. Advance reservations required. 4 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-825-0087
Music at Grace
Enjoy a performance by master of Ragtime and Boogie-Woogie piano, Bob Milne. The performance will take place at 5 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church. Admission is a $10 donation. 8 Carrera St., St. Augustine 904-829-8272
BBQ, Bonfire and Hayride
This family friendly event features a hayride where guests can feed the animals. After, guests can gather around the bonfire and enjoy a BBQ dinner. Admission is $10, which includes the hayride and BBQ dinner. The event is from 5-9 p.m. 5780 C.R. 305, Elkton
Owl Prowl
Hosted by St. Johns County Parks and Recreation, this free walk allows participants to learn about the local owls as well as other creatures of the night. The walk takes place at Alpine Groves Park at 5:30 p.m. It is recommended to dress for the weather and come prepared with a flashlight, bug spray and water. Registration is available by phone or e-mail. 2060 S.R. 13, St. Johns 904-209-0348
Changing of the Guard
At 6 p.m., see history come to life when 18th century Spanish soldiers march down St. George Street from the Colonial Quarter to the Governor’s House Cultural Center & Museum where they perform authentic military drills before firing an exciting volley of musketry. The event features the St. Augustine Garrison. 48 King St., St. Augustine 904-834-1540
Gamble Rogers Music Festival Concert Series
David Mallett, world-renowned singer/songwriter from Maine, will be in St. Augustine to perform at this Gamble Rogers Music Festival concert that takes place at Lohman Auditorium at Whitney Laboratory. Larry Mangum will open the show. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the performance is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door and $15 in advance. 9505 Oceanshore Blvd., St. Augustine 904-794-4163
Saint Anastasia Catholic Church Concert Series
This concert at Saint Anastasia Catholic Church features Duo B Hirono and Philip Borter. The concert is at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. 5205 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-471-5364
The Travelin’ McCourys at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall welcomes adventurous bluegrass ensemble The Travelin’ McCourys to the stage. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the performance is at 8 p.m. Admission is $27.50 and $23.50. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367
Sunday, January 21
Ancient Dunes Trail Hike
Enjoy a mile-long guided hike through ancient dunes shaded by a maritime hammock at Anastasia State Park from 10-11 a.m. Discover the park’s natural communities while exploring this unique trail. Meet at the Hilltop Picnic Area, near the parking lot. Suggested items to bring are binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, a camera, drinking water, bug spray and sunscreen. This event is weather permitting and subject to cancellation. The hike is free with regular park admission, which ranges from $8-$2. 300 Anastasia Park Rd., St. Augustine 904-461-2033
Town of Marineland Marina Ribbon Cutting Celebration
Join the Town of Marineland at 1 p.m. for a celebration of the new expansion at the Town of Marineland Marina. New floating docks and facilities will provide a great atmosphere for marina festivities and enjoyment for the surrounding communities. Live music will be provided by The Hombres and the Salt Air Farmer’s Market will be in full swing through the afternoon. Enjoy local art, wood-fired pizzas, raffle/giveaways and much more. 101 Tolstoy Lane, St. Augustine 904-814-9886
Cooking Class at Rype & Readi Golf Bistro
Join Chef Gareth Alanso for this cooking class at Rype & Readi Golf Bistro from 6-9 p.m. Visit the website to purchase tickets. The cost for the class ranges from $60-$45. 4900 Cypress Links Blvd., Elkton 904-209-0360
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