This Weekend in St. Augustine

Friday, March 08, 2013

Friday: March 8   
Celtic Whiskey Tasting - The Whiskey Tasting includes 5 offerings and a general admission ticket to the Celtic Festival -- all for $30.   The tasting will be held at the 2nd Stage Tent on Francis Field 29 W. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will start at 7 p.m.  www.celticstaugustine.com

Sister Hazel Concert - Renowned Gainesville-based Southern rock band Sister Hazel performs at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach. Concert is standing room only. Tickets $27.50 www.pvconcerthall.com 904-209-0399.

St. Augustine Orchestra, Ancient City Brass present "Brass Battles" - The orchestra together with the Ancient City Brass Band, will provide the effect of dueling brasses as a special feature at 8 p.m. at the Lightner Museum, 25 Granada St., in St. Augustine. Tickets are $15. www.staugustineorchestra.org

Oz: The Great and Powerful - IMAX Theater premier of "Oz: The Great and Powerful in 3D," starring James Franco and Mila Kunis, will be at 12:01 a.m.. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.worldgolfimax.com  or at The World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater, One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 


Friday, Saturday and Sunday: March 8 - 10
Luxury Sunset Eco Tours - Ride the tide into the sunset on a guided tour with Ripple Effect Eco Tours. Swirls of color paint the nighttime sky as you learn about the natural mystery of the estuary. The tour is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday. The tours depart from the Marineland Marina, 101 Tolstoy Lane, St. Augustine (Marineland). The $55 adults and $45 for 15 years or younger fee includes the finest kayaking equipment and guided service. www.rippleeffectecotours.com 904-347-1565

Limelight Theatre Presents: The Rainmaker - Richard Nash's play about the Curry family and their hopes of a marriage and rain during the American Depression Era. Performance times are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. All performances take place at the Limelight Theatre, located at 11 Old Mission Ave. in St. Augustine. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $20 for students and military.

Saturday: March 9
St. Augustine Wildlife Cruise - The St. Johns Audubon Society and HAWKE host a unique opportunity to view the area's coastal wildlife from the decks of the Victory III tour boat. The 2-hour guided tour includes a continental breakfast, and departs the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez at 8:30 a.m. The tour will visit the St. Augustine harbor and Salt Run. Advance tickets are $35/adults and $20 for children accompanied by an adult. Tickets the day of departure are $40/adult and $25 accompanied children. 386-559-4283 www.stjohnaudubonsociety.blogspot.com; www.helphawke.org; www.scenic-cruise.com

"Mindfulness and a Cup of Tea" - Join Park Services Specialist Joe Woodbury at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park on a special botanical garden walk that starts with a Japanese style tea ceremony to settle the mind and calm the body. For reservations, call 386-446-6783. The 10 a.m. tour is included with regular park entrance fee of $2 per person on bicycle, $4 per vehicle for single occupancy or $5 per vehicle, up to eight people. The park is located at 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast, FL.  www.FloridaStateParks.org

Family Kayak Tour - Guided 2-hour tour that is great for beginners or experienced paddlers. Safe loading from a stable floating dock system and kayak rudders that allow for even greater maneuverability. Gain a new perspective of the salt marsh habitat, spy interesting shorebirds, and maybe even see a dolphin. Your guide will ensure a safe and informative tour. The tour departs at 10 a.m. from the St. Augustine City Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez, and costs $40/adult paddler and $35/for kids. 904-377-7245 www.staugustineecotours.com

Second Saturdays GTM Reserve Guided Trail Hike - Join GTM Research Reserve volunteers from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for a 1.5 mile guided walk through the Guana Trail. After the walk, visit the GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center (EEC).  The EEC is located at 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach.  There is a $3 parking fee. 904-823-4500 http://gtmnerr2ndtrailhike.eventbrite.com
  
St. Patrick's Day Parade - This colorful celebration of everything Irish marches through the streets of the Oldest City's Historic District. The circular route is from Francis Field to Cordova, to Orange to Castillo Dr/Avenida Menendez, to Cathedral, to Cordova to Francis Field. The parade is from 10 a.m - 11 a.m. The parade is free family fun! www.celticstaugustine.com

Minorcan Heritage Celebration - The Minorcan Heritage Society holds their annual celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the historic Llambias House, 31 St. Francis St. in St. Augustine. There will be demonstrations of mullet net making, Spanish dance performances, Minorcan foods, and story-telling by Minorcan descendants. There will be t-shirts, books and food for sale. Admission is free. 904-826-3388.

Saturday and Sunday: March 9 & 10 
2013 Celtic Music and Heritage Festival - On Saturday,  St. Augustine's St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place at 10 a.m. as the kick-off of the Celtic Festival.  From  11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., traditional Irish music, Scottish pipes and drums, contemporary Celtic Rock, literature, and all things Celtic will converge in celebration of St. Augustine's remarkable Celtic history and heritage dating back to its founding in 1565! The Celtic Festival features music by international headliners and regional stars including Albannach, Ireland's Dublin City Ramblers and Jacksonville's Rathkeltair and Spade McQuade & The All Stars. Clans, Celtic vendors, plenty of fun for kids and a comic Irish play are included. The festival takes place at Francis Field located behind the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center. Admission to the festival is $5 per day and VIP admission is $40 for the weekend and includes t-shirts and more. www.celticstaugustine.com

On Broadway! Act Two presented by St. Augustine Community Chorus - The St. Augustine Community Chorus, under the direction of Kathleen Vande Berg, presents On Broadway! Act Two at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the St. Augustine High School Auditorium, 3205 Varella Ave., St. Augustine, FL 32084. www.staugustinecommunitychorus.org

Sunday: March 10
St. Augustine Orchestra and Ancient City Brass present "Brass Battles" - The orchestra together with the Ancient City Brass Band, will provide the effect of dueling brasses as a special feature at 3 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Dr., in Ponte Vedra. Tickets are $15. www.staugustineorchestra.org

Outstanding Women in the Arts Ceremony
The 2013 Recognition Ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. at The Limelight Theatre's Black Box, 11 Old Mission Ave. in St. Augustine. Five women will receive Dr. Gail Pflaster Awards in recognition of their contributions to the artistic environment in St. Johns County. The ceremony is free and open to the public. 904-808-7330 stjohnscultural@bellsouth.net

Murder in The Old City
A murder mystery in the nation's oldest city combined with great dining creates a memorable and enjoyable evening of entertainment. Tickets to this five-star dinner theatre experience at the Raintree Restaurant are $39.95. Dinner served at 6 p.m., show begins 7 p.m. Raintree Restuarant is located at 102 San Marco Ave. 904-824-7211   

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