This Week in St. Augustine

Friday, July 05, 2013

Friday: July 5
Viva España! Viva St. Augustine! Wine Tasting- In celebration of Spanish culture in historic St. Augustine and the United States of America, 95 Cordova Restaurant at the Casa Monica Hotel will be featuring a taste of genuine imported Viña Luparia from the BodegasGalan Winery in Spain. Tastings are in the hotel lobby and complimentary glasses of wine will be served with lunches and dinners in the restaurant. This Viva event celebrates American Independence Day as part of the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration effort to infuse Spanish culture into the city that was home to America's first permanent European settlement. https://sites.google.com/site/staugustine450/News/viva-events

World Golf Village Fireworks, Dinner and a Movie - World Golf Village celebrates Independence Day with its annual Community Fireworks-one of the largest displays in Northeast Florida. Join Fairways Cafe for a special All American BBQ from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.followed by priority seating for the IMAX showing of Man of Steel at 7:15 p.m. Fireworks begin after the movie. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for kids and include the buffet dinner, movie and parking. World Golf Village is located off I-95 Exit 323, St. Augustine.www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org

Red, White & Boom! World Golf Village Fireworks - Renaissance World Golf Resort celebrates Independence Day with its annual American Tasting Room and special seating for the World Golf Village fireworks. The American Tasting takes place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the ballroom at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort. Then from 8 - 10 p.m., VoicePlay, a five-piece a cappella group creating a musical masterpiece using only their voice will perform under the fireworks display with reserved seating. Family packages which include the tasting, entertainment and reserved seating for the Fireworks are $120 for 2 adults and up to 4 children. Additional packages, including hotel accommodations are available. World Golf Village is located off I-95 Exit 323, St. Augustine. http://www.worldgolfrenaissance.com

Free Movies By The BayRipley's St. Augustine Attractions and the St. Augustine Municipal Marina present free movies each Wednesday and Friday throughout the summer. The movies are shown at 8:30 p.m. at the Marina behind Bayfront Mini Golf, 111 Avenida Menendez. Bring beach chair and blanket for comfortable seating by the bay.  Friday's classic film is From Here to Eternity. 904-824-1606 www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys

First Friday Art Walk - From 5 - 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month new exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments are featured at over 20 participating galleries in St. Augustine. Tours begin at San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St. Complimentary shuttle service to most galleries is provided by St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys. 904-829-0065 www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com

Body of Work at Amiro Art & Found - The new Body of Work exhibit featuring works depicting the human body opens from 5-9 p.m. at Amiro Art & Found in St. Augustine. Wire sculptures, wood carvings, raku and drawings are included in the new exhibit. 9C Aviles Street, 904-824-8460, www.amiroartandfound.com  
 Friday and SundayJuly 5 & 7 
Colonial Crew Revue - Unique, audience-immersive musical and comedy show debuts at the Colonial Quarter, 33 St. George Street, St. Augustine. Performing on the Colonial Quarter's stage beneath the stately Colonial Oak, the 8 p.m. show features the Picolata Players who share their music, magic and zany stage performances in a one-of-a-kind tribute to the history of St. Augustine. Tickets are $29.99 adults and $14.99 children and include complimentary snacks, draft beer, wine and soft drinks. 1-888-991-0933www.colonialquarter.com
Saturday and SundayJuly 6 & 7
Solarium Tours - Following a $2.3 million restoration, the magnificent Solarium of Henry Flagler's Hotel Ponce de Leon is now open for public tours. Closed for decades, the Solarium was one of the outstanding amenities of the hotel when it opened in 1888. Now Flagler College, the former hotel was one of the world's most exclusive destinations during America's Gilded Age. The Solarium is a fourth floor parlor above the Rotunda and boasts a breathtaking panoramic view of the city.   The 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Solarium tours, which include the hourly Historical Tours of Flagler College, are $18 per person. Flagler College is located at 74 King St. Reservations are required. 904-823-3378 http://legacy.flagler.edu
SaturdayJuly 6
Living History Day at Fort Matanzas National Monument - From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad reenactors demonstrate Spanish cannons at this fortress that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. Admission is free including the ferry ride to and from Rattlesnake Island. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at 8635 A1A, approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. 904-471-0116 www.nps.gov/foma

Marine Biology Eco Tour - Join one St. Augustine Eco Tour's expert naturalist on a small boat tour to learn about St. Augustine's unique marine environment. See beautiful shorebirds, learn about dolphin behavior, and listen to the sounds of dolphin chatter from underwater microphones. Tours depart at 11am1 pm, & 3pm from St. Augustine Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. Tickets are $35 per adult, $30 kids 12 and under, or $175 for private boat up to 6 guests. 904 377-7245 www.staugustineecotours.com

Chocolate & Wine Tasting Tour- City Walks provides a unique 2.5 hour tour to explore the history of chocolate in St. Augustine. The tour departs from 4 Granada Street at 2 p.m. $42 per person. Reservations are required. 904.825.0087 www.StAugustineCityWalks.com

Guided Cultural Hike - From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., visitors can learn about the cultural history of the Guana Peninsula during a guided cultural hike. Find out about the peninsula's 5,000 years of human history, including how native peoples used estuarine resources, what European plantation life was like and current efforts to learn about and save these resources. Meet at the GTM Research Reserve's Trailhead Pavilion located west of the Guana Dam. Wear comfortable closed toe shoes. There is a $3 per vehicle parking fee.http://gtmnerrculturalhike.eventbrite.com 904-823-4500

Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration - Features a spectacular sunset across the bay plus dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more at the Vilano Pier, 260 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine.   Activities are from 3 p.m. - dusk. Admission is free.
904-540-0402 www.vilanobeachfl.com

Evening Nature Program at Anastasia State Park - Park rangers or volunteers present programs on various topics ranging from sea turtles to star gazing. Programs take place at open-air pavilions with one of the most beautiful scenic backdrops in Northeast Florida as inspiration. Program included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle. 1340-A A1A, St. Augustine. Times vary throughout year. 904-461-2035; www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia

Summer Break Tour: Big Time Rush - Superstars Big Time Rush will perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South. Gates open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m.Tickets range from $32 to $68. 904-471-1965 www.staugamphitheatre.com 
SundayJuly 7
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 (adult beverages served separately). Dinner is served at 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. arrival suggested) and the show begins at7 p.m. The Raintree is located 102 San Marco Ave. in St. Augustine. 904-824-7211 after 1 p.m.

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