This Weekend in St. Augustine

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES IN ST. AUGUSTINE 
 
Monday through Monday: January 14 - 21

Nights of Lights - St. Augustine's famed Nights of Lights illuminate the nation's oldest city's historic district with the gentle glow of more than three million tiny white lights, providing a luminous setting for an exciting agenda of holiday events and fun through January 31. www.NightsofLights.com 

2013 Annual Figure & Portrait Show - Through Jan. 27, expressions of the human form and face lend personality to this exhibit. Artworks may include gesture drawings, academic figure studies, formal portraits or busts and people in groups rendered in any style or material. The St. Augustine Art Association Gallery, 22 Marine St., St. Augustine is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 5 p.m.  Admission is Free. www.staaa.org

Celebrate Art: 6th Annual Juried Artist Member Exhibition - Thirty-five of the area's finest artists will present their juried works in this popular members' exhibition on display through February 15. The galleries are free and open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra, 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-280-0614 www.ccpvb.org 

Dressing of the Palms  - Complementing Nights of Lights, the Dressing of the Palms in the Town Center at Vilano Beach features holiday decorations adorning over 200 palm trees along Vilano Road and Coastal Highway in Vilano Beach. Through January. Free. Vilano Beach Town Center 260 Vilano Road, St Augustine Phone: 904-540-0402 www.VilanoBeachFL.com 

"The Meanies" Art Exhibit at Space Eight - Exhibition of mixed-media creations by artist Jordie Hudson. Titled "The Meanies," the exhibit takes place at the Space Eight Gallery, 228 W. King St., in St. Augustine. Info: www.spaceeight.com; 904-829-2838
 
Water Taxi Nights of Lights Tours Board the Horizons II for a relaxing Nights of Lights tour from the water. Tickets are $39 on weeknights and $49 on weekends. Tours depart from Vilano Beach Fishing Pier, 298 Vilano Road, Vilano Beach. www.jaxwatertaxi.com 
 904-322-7194

Nights of Lights Wine and Carriage Tour - Step aboard an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage and meander the historic streets on this 45 minute tour. While enjoying the spectacular light display, indulge in a bottle of delicious boutique wine (red or white). Tours depart from Isabella's Cuban Bar at 19 Cuna Street, at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $46 per person - Adults only! 904-386-5482 www.thetastingtours.com

Hotel Ponce De Leon Carrere & Hastings Blueprint Exhibit - In commemoration of the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Ponce de Leon Hotel, historically and culturally significant ephemera relating to the construction and early years of the Hotel Ponce de Leon will be on display through February 22. This exhibit includes original Carrere and Hastings and McGuire drawings and blueprints, photographs, a copy of an 1885 map, and construction documents.  Additionally, the exhibit highlights a group of artists who made the Hotel Ponce de Leon their seasonal home during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Original artwork and other artifacts related to their time in Saint Augustine will also be displayed at Flagler College's Crisp - Ellert Art Museum, located at 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. The museum is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is free.
www.ponce125.com 904-829-6481

Tuesday:  January 15
Hotel Ponce de Leon 125th Anniversary Community Lecture - A presentation by John Blades titled "Amazing Things About Henry M. Flagler Very Few People Know," this presentation is part of the commemorative events celebrating The 125TH Anniversary of the opening of the Ponce de Leon Hotel. Takes place at 7 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St. in St. Augustine. Admission is free.  

Thursday: January 17
Sonny Landreth Concert - Blues artist Sonny Landreth performs at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $35. www.pvconcerthall.com 904-209-0399

Wildlife Boat Ride - Celebrate the end of the outdoors aboard St. Augustine Eco Tour's Explorer boat for a fun time on the Matanzas River. A naturalist will provide details about marine wildlife and ensure this experience is a highlight to the start of 2013! Tours depart at 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Cost is $35 per person.    904-377-7245   www.staugustineecotours.com

Thursday through Sunday: January 17 - 20 
Humana Challenge Weekend Honoring Bob Hope - Enjoy the World Golf Hall of Fame's "Bob Hope: Shanks for the Memory" exhibit while watching the Humana Challenge, formerly the Bob Hope Classic, in the Bob Hope Theater. Plus, there will be a scavenger hunt with a Human Challenge Prize Pack going to the winner. Active and retired military receive free admission to this event. Admission to the Hall of Fame, located at 1 World Golf Place off I-95 exit 323 in St. Augustine, is $19.50 adults; $18.50 seniors; $10 for students age 13 and over; and $5 for children ages 5-12. www.worldgolfhalloffame.org904-940-4000 

St. Augustine Film FestivalThe 3rd Annual St. Augustine Film Festival featuring 19 films will take place on the Flagler College campus and at The Epic Theatre. The films from Spain, Greece, Germany, France, Cameroon, India and the United States include six comedies, four thrillers, one musical, one dance film, two 3D animated films for kids, two documentaries and one skateboard film. A St. Augustine Film Fest FAST Pass is available for $45 general admission and $40 for seniors and students for admission to all the openings, films and parties for this festival. Online advance tickets are $7 for general admission $5 for seniors; and $3 for Flagler College students, staff and faculty. www.fliff.com.




Friday: January 18 

"Flight of the Butterflies 3D" Opening Night - Beginning at 6:30 p.m., The World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater will celebrate the opening night of the IMAX documentary "Flight of the Butterflies." The evening will include a presentation on butterflies by the University of Florida and the Florida Museum of Natural History and "A Taste of South of the Border" courtesy of the Colorado Burrito Company. The World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater is located at One World Golf Place, just off I-95 exit 323 in St. Augustine. www.WorldGolfIMAX.com
  
Friday and Saturday: January 18 & 19  

New Year's Rockin Trolley Tour - Take a musical journey back in time aboard the New Year's Rockin' Trolley.  Featuring the most popular songs of each decade since the 1920's, the trolley tours through the historic St. Augustine amid the dazzling Nights of Lights holiday display.  The Pink Lady hostess and leather-jacketed conductor, characters straight out of Grease, lead guests in singing and dancing their way through musical history.  The 35-minute tours depart at 6 and 7 p.m. from St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, 10 W. Castillo Drive. Tickets are $9 adults and $4 children ages 6-12. 904-829-3800

Sea Your History Weekend: The American Revolution - Patriots and the Sea in a British Colony is the theme of a special weekend presentation at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, 81 Lighthouse Ave. Friday from 1-3 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. -noon, there will be special ship modeling presentations in the Anastasia Gallery. On Friday from 3-6 p.m., join the Lighthouse archaeologists as they unlock the secrets of long-lost artifacts from St. Augustine's Lost Ships while children engage in the Science of Conservation with Lighthouse Education Staff and Betsy Bowers, deputy director of museum education at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center. On Saturday at 9 a.m., visitors can meet and work with traditional wooden boatbuilders as they build a boat from centuries gone by. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m., every 30 minutes, Betsy Bowers will lead interactive hands-on, family activities that will bring the past alive for children of all ages. Weekend value pack which includes all Friday's Lost Ships Tours AND Saturday's Smithsonian Family Experience is only $14 when purchased online. www.staugustinelighthouse.org  904-829-0745

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: January 18 - 20  
The Secret: The Spanish Inquisition in Old St. Augustine - Could Jews, fleeing for their lives from Spain, have arrived with Pedro Menendez in 1565 when he founded the City of St. Augustine? This stunning new play by Lee Weaver features this possibility, along with the drama of an ocean crossing, Indian and pirate attacks, religious intolerance and an unforgettable love story. This one-person show covers 50 years in St. Augustine as one family struggles with both survival in the New World and the betrayal, secrecy and bigotry of the Spanish Inquisition. Performances times at the Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez, 259 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine are 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $20 for general admission; $15 for students and groups of 15 or more.   Info:www.OldFloridaMuseum.com or 904-824-8874

Saturday: January 19  
"Flight of the Butterflies 3D" Family Day - From noon to 3 p.m., The World Golf Hall of Fame will feature a Family Day to celebrate the first weekend opening of the IMAX documentary "Flight of the Butterflies". Featured activities include a bounce house, face painting, butterfly displays and a milkweed planting courtesy of the Florida Museum of Natural History. The World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater is located at One World Golf Place, just off I-95 exit 323 in St. Augustine. www.WorldGolfIMAX.com    

St. Augustine Chocolate Tour - Guided journey to the finest chocolatiers in St. Augustine. Learn the history of chocolate while sampling truffles, pastries, and gooey delights. The 2 hour tour departs at 1:30 p.m. from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center at 27 San Marco Ave. The tour cost is $60.          www.trolleytours.com/st-augustine/tour-chocolate.asp     904-829-3800

Tolomato Cemetery Guided Tour - The Tolomato Cemetery is the oldest extant planned cemetery in the State of Florida, with burials starting during the First Spanish Period (1565-1763).   Visitor access is limited to the 3rd Saturday of each month when docents provide guided tours. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. The cemetery will be open from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and is located at 16 Cordova Street in St. Augustine. www.tolomatocemetery.com 

Nation's Oldest City Kayak Tour - Join the guides at St. Augustine Eco Tours for a 2-hour paddling tour with a unique perspective of the historic Castillo de San Marcos and views of St. Augustine's bay front. The Interpretive Guide will identify wildlife along the way and explain local salt marsh ecology. Tour cost is $40 for adults. 904-377-7245 www.staugustineecotours.com


Sunday: January 20  
Happy New Year from Mark Twain - Robert Gill presents a spellbinding impression of famed author Mark Twain and includes the  author's irreverent take on many subjects, along with an assortment of reflections on the New Year. Tickets to this five-star dinner theatre experience at the Raintree Restaurant are $39.95 (adult beverages served separately). Dinner is served at 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. arrival suggested) and the show begins at 7 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased beginning at 2 p.m. daily at the Raintree, 102 San Marco Ave. in St. Augustine. 904-824-7211

Bird Walk at Fort Mose Historic State Park - Find a variety of herons, egrets, wood storks, hawks and owls on this guided tour of Fort Mose State Park, 15 Fort Mose Trail in St. Augustine. Birders of all levels are invited. The event is weather permitting from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and is free; museum entry fee is $2 a person.   904-823-2232 www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose 

Monday: January 21 (Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday)   
Free Entrance Day:Castillo de San Marcos - In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,the National Park Service is offering free admission to Castillo de San Marcos. Built by the Spanish military between 1672 and 1692, the Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fortification in the U.S. Friday through Saturday visitors can experience living history during Spanish Military cannon firings. The Castillo de San Marcos is located on Avenida Menendez, overlooking Matanzas Bay in historic St. Augustine.

Screening of "Crossing In St. Augustine" - There will be a free screening of the Crossing St. Augustine, a documentary about the Civil Rights Movement in St. Augustine. Rev. Andrew Young, sent to St. Augustine by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was brutally beaten by police while leading a peaceful march in 1964, and returned to tell the story 45 years later. The Documentary begins, "with the story of a personal odyssey that will surprise, educate and inspire viewers". The screening takes place at 2 p.m. at the Willie Galimore Community Center, 399 Riberia Street, St. Augustine. http://www.idealist.org/view/volop/79Z6hcDn2gW4 

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