This Week in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra

St. Augustine, Florida, Ponte Vedra, Family Fun, Concerts, Theatre, Tours, This week in entertainment

February 22, 2016 

Monday – Sunday, February 22- 28
Obelisk Art 450 
A temporary public art initiative of Compassionate St. Augustine, Obelisk Art 450 pays tribute to the 450th anniversary of the nation’s oldest city in 2015 while promoting a legacy of compassion. This very first  St. Augustine’s public arts exhibit features 25 artistically interpreted 8.5-foot tall obelisk replicas of the Monumento a la Constitución on St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitucion. Each of the 25 renowned artist’s obelisks demonstrates a story line and the four foundational values to the monument originally dedicated in 1813: Freedom, Democracy, Human Rights and Compassion. Each obelisk will be located at a site in St. Augustine that relates to the artist’s interpretation. The Obelisk’s will be on display through February. For more details and obelisk descriptions and locations, visit
Deadpool at the IMAX Theater
The IMAX at World Golf Village presents Deadpool based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, telling the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson. Adults $13, seniors/students/military $12, and children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for show times. One World Golf Pl., St. Augustine. 904-940-4123
Monday – Friday, February 22 – 26
Krysten Cunningham Exhibit at Crisp Ellert Art Museum
LA-based artist Krysten Cunningham’s art explores woven textiles as a sculptural subject. This new exhibit, titled “Layout,” probes the relationship between text and textile and includes sets of over-sized industrial fabricated bookends paired with hand-woven textiles. The exhibit is open during regular museum hours, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free.48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8530
Tuesday, February 23
Villa Zorayda Behind the Scenes Audio Guide Tours
Every Tuesday morning at 9 and 9:30 a.m., experience a special docent “Behind the Scenes” and self-guided audio tour of St. Augustine’s Villa Zorayda. Participants get to visit rarely seen areas of the museum and learn about both the past and future of Villa Zorayda. Highlight of the tour is the never-before-seen “Tower of the Princesses” located on the third floor. Reservations are suggested. Adult admission is $19.95; children ages 8-12, $9; (not recommended for children under age 7). St. Johns County residents receive a $5 discount. 83 King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-9887
EMMA Concert Performance: Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
EMMA Concert Association presents the internationally celebrated Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium. The Orchestra played a crucial role in shaping and developing the cultural climate of the newly formed state of Israel, commissioning and performing modern works, both Israeli and foreign; combining local soloists and conductors with guest artists. Tickets are $40 ($5 for students) and may be purchased in advance on the website. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-797-2800
Tuesday – Sunday, February 23 – 28
Poetry of the Body; Figures and Faces Exhibit at the St. Augustine Art Association
The St. Augustine Art Association presents its annual figurative exhibit, “Poetry of the Body.” This juried show highlights interpretations of the human form rendered in any style or media to lend personality to this expressive exhibit. Admission is free. Gallery hours are noon – 4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; 2 – 5 p.m. Sundays. 22 Marine St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2310
Wednesday, February 24
Bag Lady Luncheon at The Sawgrass
The Bag Lady Luncheon is the biggest annual fundraiser presented by the Friends of the Arts, the affinity group for The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach. In addition to the delicious luncheon, diners receive access to an unbelievable silent auction featuring more than 100 gorgeous handbags. The luncheon takes place from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Sawgrass Country Club. Tickets are $40 each and available by phone. 10034 Golf Club Dr., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-280-0614
Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Charles Bradley, the “Screaming Eagle of Soul,” and His Extraordinaires perform at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Bradley began his career as a James Brown impersonator, but his career took off following the 2013 release of his “No Time for Dreaming” album. His latest album, “Victim of Love,” continues his musical evolution that includes songs comparable to those of The Four Tops and Temptations, having earned rave reviews at shows such as South by Southwest and Austin City Limits. The show is at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). Tickets are $38 day of show; $33 advance reserved seating. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach.
Thursday, February 25
A Tea With Zora and Marjorie Benefit Performance
This special benefit performance by A Classic Theatre re-creates the 1942 meeting between St. Augustine residents Zora Neale Hurston and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings – two of America’s most successful writers. African-American Hurston had come to prominence largely as a result of “Their Eyes Were Watching God” and “Dust Tracks on a Road.” Rawlings was well known for “The Yearling” and “Cross Creek.” This play is a charming and entertaining story of their meeting over tea (whiskey) at the segregated Castle Warden Hotel. Performed at 7:30 p.m. at the Lincolnville Museum Cultural Center, a portion of ticket sales goes to benefit the center. Tickets are $25 for the show and museum tour; $20 for the show only. 102 ML King Ave., St. Augustine. 904-501-5093
Dance! Dance! Dance!

Kick up your heels with a fun evening of live jazz and swing by the Lighthouse Band at this fundraising event for the St. Augustine Youth Orchestra. The night kicks off with a special classical musical demonstration by members of Ponte Vedra High School’s ProArte, then the night is filled with dance. Tastings of sparkling wines provided by ARIA Wines and a selection of delicious hors d’oeuvres provided by The Tasting Room and Gaufres & Goods are included in the $35 per person admission. It all takes place at the Riverview Club in St. Augustine Shores from 7 to 10 p.m. (Lighthouse Band plays 8 to 10 p.m.). 790 Christina Drive, St. Augustine 904-829-9844

Friday – Sunday, February 26 – 28
31st Annual Cathedral Festival
One of the area’s largest festivals features midway rides, games, bingo, a silent auction, mouthwatering food, beverages, a fireworks show and favorite local bands playing each day. The festival takes place at the Mission Nombre de Dios, from 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. on Friday, noon – 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, and noon – 9 p.m. on Sunday. Fireworks go off Saturday at 9 p.m. See website for entertainment schedules. Admission for festival grounds is adults $5; children 11-17 and adults 65+ $3; children under 10 and active duty military are admitted free. Tickets for rides are $1 each (most rides take 4 – 6 tickets). 101 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine.
Saturday, February 27
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 starts in the Environmental Education Center. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500 
23rd Annual RSVP Chocolate and Beyond 
Savor a parade of chocolate delicacies from many of the area’s finest restaurants and specialty shops at this annual event hosted by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of St. Johns County. The event is from 2 – 4 p.m. at First Coast Technical College. Tickets are $10 prior to the event day ($12 online and at the door) and includes 8 tasting tickets; additional tasting tickets are $1 each. 2980 Collins Ave., Bldg. C, St. Augustine. 904-547-3945
VIP All Things Chocolate Tasting Tour
Take an indulgent walking tour of St. Augustine’s historic district for Valentine’s month and experience the most unique chocolate selections that the oldest city has to offer. Led by a licensed, professional guide, the tour explores delicious chocolate in all forms including wine, sauces, toppings, dips, desserts and much more at culinary venues and “foodie” hot spots. This two-hour tour departs at 1 p.m. from the Tour Saint Augustine office. $79 per person, reservations required. 4 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-825-0087
Free Black Heritage & Civil Rights Walking Tour
In observance of Black History Month, walk with a licensed, professional tour guide to locations in St. Augustine that were significant in the city’s Civil Rights Movement. Hear stories of the struggle for civil rights while walking in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Andrew Young. This free, 1.5-hour tour departs at 4 p.m. from the Tour St. Augustine office. Reservations required. 4 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-825-0087
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 Ave., between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. The Mission Nombre de Dios provides free parking.
Changing of The Guard
At 6 p.m., see history come to life when 18th century Spanish soldiers march down St. Augustine’s St. George Street to Government House where they perform authentic military drills before firing an exciting volley of musketry. The event features the St. Augustine Garrison. 48 Cathedral Pl., St. Augustine.
 Acoustic Eidolon in Concert at the St. Augustine Art Association
The St. Augustine Art Association hosts Acoustic Eidolon as part of the Gamble Rogers Concert Series.  Acoustic Eidolon is a sublime duo in contemporary instrumental music offering warm, emotional melodies. Doors open at 6 p.m. with music at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door (if available) or $15 in advance. Purchase online or at Music Matters, Simple Gestures, The Bead Chick or by calling 904-794-4163. 22 Marine St., St. Augustine. 904-794-4163
To Kill A Mockingbird: An Evening with Scout at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Visit the St. Augustine Amphitheatre to see a special free showing of the 1962 version of “To Kill a Mockingbird” preceded by a talk by Academy Award-nominated actress Mary Badham, who played the character Scout in the movie. At 6 p.m., Badham will discuss her lifelong friendship with Gregory Peck and the legacy of Harper Lee. The film will begin at 7 p.m. This exceptional free event is presented by the Amphitheatre with the generous support of seven St. Johns County Friends of the Library groups. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Families are encouraged to bring pillows and blankets for warmth and comfort and to take advantage of the refreshments being sold at the Amphitheatre. 1340 C A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-827-6928
Richard Marx at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Chart-topping singer/songwriter Richard Marx performs at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Throughout the past 30 years, this Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, earned a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal performance and a 2004 Grammy as the co-author of the Song of the Year, “Dance With My Father.” As a writer and performer, he has had 14 #1 singles. The show begins at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $59.50 for the first 9 rows and $49.50 for all remaining rows. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-209-0399

Saturday & Sunday, February 27 & 28
Arts and Crafts Festival at St. Augustine Beach Pier

This seaside display of fine art and crafts along with live music and lots of great food takes place from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Park. Admission is free. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach 352-344-0657

Sunday, February 28
Music in the Box
On the last Sunday of the month, enjoy live acoustic music by some of the area’s best up-and-coming bands and musicians from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. onstage at the Limelight Theatre. This month’s artists are Dennis Fermin, Jacqualine Fermin and Dorian Lopez performing as the Fermin Spanish Guitar Trio. Admission is $5. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. 904-825-1164
Alabama in Concert at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Country legend Alabama returns to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre – the last performance here was a sellout concert in 2013. Alabama is the band that changed everything in country music. The band recorded 43 #1 singles, including 21 #1 singles in a row, won two Grammys, got inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and sold 73 million albums. Tickets for the 7 p.m. concert (doors open at 6 p.m.) are $110 seated pit; $79.50 level 100; $69.50 level 200; $49.50 level 300; $39.50 obstructed view. 1340 C A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-209-0367
The Corazon Cinema and Café’s 2nd Annual Oscars Party
St. Augustine Corazon Cinema will host a party for the 88th Academy Awards. The fun begins at 6 p.m. with a red carpet greeting and champagne and photographs with Beyonce and Elvis at the door.  Singer and performer “Diane Scherff” will be singing favorite tunes. More food and fun awaits as guests choose to take the Oscars Challenge with a chance to score awesome prizes. The Oscar Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. Dress up and enthusiasm suggested. Tickets are $25 per person. Reservations required.  904-679-5736
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