This Weekend in St. Augustine

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Friday and Sunday: January 14 & 16


BEGINNER'S BIRDING BOAT TOUR
Presented by St. Augustine Eco Tours, this 90-minute tour focuses on the area's most common bird residents and their identifying features. Led by an experienced birder, the tour will also include birds visiting on a seasonal basis. The cost of the tour is $35 per person. Departure times determined by local tide conditions. For more details and reservations, call 904.377.7245.


Saturday: January 22


MATANZAS 5K & FUN RUN
Take the lead, just keep pace, or cheer from the sidelines at one of St. Augustine's most popular races. This 5K run begins from Swing Park at Francis Field, located on Castillo Drive in St. Augustine, and continues the historic streets of beautiful St. Augusitne. The race begins at 9 a.m. with an awards ceremony after the race. Registration is $20 in advance, $25 the day of the race. For more information, please call 904.461.1615 or visit http://www.ancientcityrr.org/.


ST. AUGUSTINE'S ORIGINAL CHOCOLATE TOUR
Learn the history of chocolate and chocolate making 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.


THE PLATTERS, THE COASTERS, THE DRIFTERS AND THE TEMPTATIONS SALUTE
Experience this exciting musical salute to The Platters, The Coasters, The Drifters and the Temptations at Fort Menendez located at 259 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. Performed by Myles Savage, former lead singer for The Platters, and Ira Greig of The Drifters, this salute features the all time classic songs of these immortal groups. The show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $40 with a limited time "buy one, get one free offer". To purchase tickets, CALL Fort Menendez at Old Florida Museum at 904.824.8874.


AN EVENING OF SWING
Celebrate a vibrant moment in St. Augustine's history when German saboteurs and submarines were at our beaches and the Coast Guard replaced our town's tourist economy. This big band concert and swing dance will be headlined by the acclaimed 18 piece Florida Swing Orchestra, with highlights such as a stirring "Tribute to Our Armed Forces" and an opening floor demonstration of the evolution of swing dance. It all takes place from 7:30 to 11:00 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, located at 190 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. Tickets are$35 general admission; $45 for reserved seating at tables of 10 around the dance floor. For more information, visit http://www.romanzafl.org/ or call 904.794.7564.


Saturday and Sunday: January 22 & 23


FIRST COAST OPERA - TOSCA
Enjoy a performance of Pucinni's Tosca! Set in 1800, the story centers on the evil doings of that city's chief of police, Scarpia, his lust for the beautiful opera singer Tosca, and his execution of her lover, the painter, Cavaradossi. This opera is sung in Italian, with supertitles in English. The performances take place at Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For tickets or more information, call 904.417.5555 or visit http://www.firstcoastopera.co/.

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