This Weekend in St. Augustine

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Saturday and Sunday: December 18 & 19

SANTA'S FAMILY FUN HOLIDAY VILLAGE
Visit Santa's Village and Toy Workshop for holiday family fun in St. Augustine. Children will get to visit Santa's workshop to make his / her own ornament, enjoy holiday treats and visit with the jolly old elf himself - Santa! Fun for kids of all ages, admission is $3 per or free with the purchase of a Red Sightseeing Nights of Lights Train ticket. Santa's Village takes place nightly through December 23 at the Sightseeing Trains Depot on the corner of Orange Ave, and Cordova Street. For more information, call 904.829.6545 or visit http://www.redtrains.com/


TOUR MARKLAND HOUSE
Take a holiday tour of St. Augustine's historic Markland House, former home of Dr. Anderson, Henry Flagler's personal physician. These rare tours feature the grandeur of this historic home as well as background on the residence and its importance in St. Augustine's rich history. Tour times are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day. Tours are limited to 25 participants so reservations are a must. Tickets are $15 each. A Legacy Tour of Flagler's Ponce de Leon Hotel is available for an additional $7. To make reservations for the Markland House tour, call Flagler's Legacy at (904) 823-3378.


Saturday: December 18

ETIQUETTE FOR CHILDREN
Give your kids the lasting gift of good manners in this theatre-inspired class presented by Veddy Theatre Group. Children ages 6 to 14 learn everything from table manners to cell phone etiquette while engaged in role-playing in the comfort of a private room at the beautiful and sophisticated Casa Monica Hotel, 95 Cordova Street in downtown St. Augustine. The class is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes a supervised 3-course lunch. Registration is $49. For questions preferably please email info@veddytheatre.org, call 904-806-2423 or visit www.veddytheatre.org and join Veddy Theatre Group on Facebook

FAMILY PHOTO WITH MARINELAND DOLPHIN
Include one of Marineland's beautiful and fun-loving dolphins in a holiday family photo! This special will take place at 10:15 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Reservations are suggested as there are limited opportunities per time period. Santa hats will be available for purchase if desired or bring your own props. (No pets allowed.) You will receive one 8 x 10 photo and a CD with the image(s) taken for a charge of $25 plus tax. General Admission is required. Reservations can be made by calling 904-471-1111 Ext 116 or go directly to the reservations page of the website www.marineland.net.


BRIDGE OF LIONS BOOK SIGNING
Join author Beth Bowen at the Oldest House Museum, 14 St. Francis Street in St. Augustine from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a book signing and conversation. Her latest book, A Bridge to a Dream, commissioned by the St. Augustine Historical Society will be the topic. A Bridge to a Dream is the story of the building of the Bridge of Lions and Davis Shores in the 1920s. Photos taken before and during construction show the amazing transformation of marshland into a platted subdivision as only photos can illustrate. These beautiful hardbound books sell for $29.95 and can be purchased at the Oldest House Museum Store. Call 904-824-2872 today to reserve your copy or order online at www.thesahs.org .


ST. AUGUSTINE'S ORIGINAL CHOCOLATE TOUR
Learn the history of chocolate and chocolate formation while sampling truffles, pastries and gooey delights from the finest chocolatiers on this exciting tour presented by Old Town Trolleys. The tours depart from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center located at 27 San Marco Avenue at 1:30 p.m. Tickets for this 2-hour tour are $60 per person. The tour includes stops and samples at Raintree Restaurant, Hilton Bayfront Aviles Restaurant, Casa Monica Hotel, Claude's Chocolates, Peterbrooke's Chocolates, and St. Augustine's original chocolatier, Whetstone's Chocolates. For more information and reservations, call 904.829.3800 or visit www.TrolleyTours.com/st-augustine/tour-chocolate.asp.


GUIDED KAYAK TOURS
Paddle on a guided kayak tour on seldom seen waters along the northern border of the Florida Agricultural Museum. This adventure provides the history and ecology of one of the best-preserved floodplains in all of Florida. The tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Florida Agricultural Museum is located off US 1 South in Palm Coast. Admission is $60 and includes all equipment, and photos taken by the guide. For more information, call 904.347.1565.


GUANA RIVER SUNSET KAYAK TOUR
Enjoy the sounds of birds and waves crashing on the beach paddling with the rhythms of nature while watching the sun set over the preserve. A certified Master Naturalist Instructor interprets the abundance of wildlife in one or Northeast Florida's most natural wonders. The tour is from 4 to 6 p.m. and the cost is $55 per person. The tours depart form GTM Research Reserve, located on A1A North, between St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra. For more information, call 904.347.1565.


CANDLE LIGHT TOURS OF VILLA ZORAYDA
Explore the beautiful Villa Zorayda, decorated for the Holiday season, featuring a live Christmas tree in the "Court of Lions", decorated in the Villa's traditional Red and Gold Colors and a beautiful crèche nativity scene that that has been a Villa tradition since the 1930s. Starting at 6:30 p.m., enjoy refreshments of cookies and punch. Then the guided candlelight tour begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children 7 -12, children 4 -6 are free (not recommended for children under 3). Villa Zorayda is located at 83 King Street in St. Augustine. For more information, visit www.villaZoryada.com or call 904.829.9887.


Sunday: December 19


THE WIVES AND LIVES OF HENRY FLAGLER
Enjoy dinner and a lively production of this theatrical portrayal of the Flagler legacy. Following a specially prepared dinner by the chefs at Raintree Restaurant, this Limelight Theatre production cast of theatre veterans, Margaret Kaler, Dianne Jacoby, Darlene Jacobs, and Robert Gill, take the stage for what promises to be a stellar performance. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $39.95. It all takes place at Raintree Restaurant, located at 102 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. For more information and tickets, call 904.825.1164

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