This Week in St. Augustine

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tuesday - Sunday : February 18 - 23 
"We the People" at the IMAX Theater - The documentary film "We the People" opens at The IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame. This is a story of America's founding documents and the people who wrote, shaped and tested them.  The magnificent buildings, monuments and memorials of Washington DC, archival imagery from America's great museums and dramatic reenactments of key events come alive through the immortal words of Washington, Madison, Jefferson, Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr.  This IMAX theater features the largest 3-D screen in the Southeast. Adults $13, Seniors/Students/Military $12, and Children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for show times. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4123 www.worldgolfimax.com
 
Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience - Journey: 450 Years of the African American Experience covers the long and storied history of African-Americans in St. Augustine. The story of African-Americans begins in St. Augustine with the first Africans both free and slave among founding colonists in 1565. The exhibition is designed for cultural and heritage visitors interested in the full history of America and its beginnings and comprises four themes: Genesis of the African-American Experience; Fortress of Freedom; Breaking the Chains; and Crossroads of Change.  Tickets are $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; $3 for youth 7-12; under 7 free. Free admission for military in uniform. Located at the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, 10 West Castillo Dr., St. Augustine.www.Journey2014.com 
 
El Galeón Tour Tour a full-sized replica of a 17th century Spanish galleon. Docked at the St. Augustine City Marina, El Galeón Andalucia is an exact replica of the famous galleons that played an important role in the creation and maintenance of the Spanish Empire.  Built in Spain, it is similar to the galleon that brought Pedro Menendez to Florida where he founded St. Augustine in 1565.  The ship is available for tours beginning at 10 a.m. daily. Admission is $15 for adult; $8 for youth.  111 Avenida Menendez. 904-824-1606
  
"A Stroll Through Europe" Exhibit - Through February 28Lost Art Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings of classical European scenes.  German painters, including Mohr, Stadimayr  and Klaiberg capture the essence of Old-World charm depicting scenes of life in the country, on the hunt and in the tavern.  210 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-827-9800  www.lostartgallery.com 
 
St. Augustine Art Association 90th Anniversary Exhibition - One of the oldest arts groups in the State of Florida, the St. Augustine Art Association celebrates 90 years of championing the arts in the nation's oldest city.  Newly acquired works from the permanent collection and a "Lost Colony" retrospective are on display through March 2.  The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday noon - 4 p.m.and Sunday 2 - 5 p.m. Admission is free.  22 Marine St.  904-824-2310 www.staaa.org
  
Gerald Branch Exhibition - Gerald Branch is an accomplished African American artist who works in mixed media to chronicle his experiences as a black man in America. He draws on history and presents historical and emotional works of art that provoke intense involvement. Highly collectible, this artist uses his amazing skills to look more deeply into our past. Exhibition on display through March 4. Admission is free. Open daily 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Butterfield Garage Art Gallery, 137 King St., St. Augustine. 904-825-4577  www.butterfieldgarage.com 
 
For a complete list of  eco/kayak, food, and history tours, and other special tours taking place on Florida's Historic Coast this week, visit Florida'sHistoricCoast.com/events
 
Tuesday:  February 18
'Race Pride Man' Lecture - Dr. Thomas Graham will discuss Frank P. Thompson, a rising leader among the black employees of Henry Flagler's hotels during the turn of the twentieth century. His talk is part of Flagler College's Community Lecture Series titled "The Rights Revolution: Civil Rights, Human Rights and Beyond."   Admission is $5 to the 10 a.m. lecture in the Flagler Room. A coffee and pastry reception will follow. Reservations required. 74 King Street, St. Augustine. 904-819-6282www.flagler.edu/our-community
 
GTM Research Reserve Marineland Lecture - This lecture series is held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10 - 11 a.m. at the GTM Research Reserve Marineland Field Office. This month Gary Raulerson, PhD., GTM Research Reserve Assistant Manger, will discuss "Mangroves in Northeastern Florida". The series is designed to help inform the public about their coastal natural world. The lectures are Free so space is limited and reservations are requested. 9741 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Marineland.904-823-4500 http://gtmnerrmarinelandlecture.eventbrite.com/
 
St. Augustine's Forgotten People Lecture: White Indentured Servants - Dr. Susan Parker, Executive Director of the St. Augustine Historical Society, will discuss the plight of white indentured servants who were the first to run away from English colonies in search of a better life in Spanish Florida. Her talk is part of the Historical St. Augustine Research Institute lecture series, "St. Augustine's Forgotten People." Admission is free to these lectures held at 7 p.m. in the Flagler Room of Ponce de Leon Hall at Flagler College. 74 King St., St. Augustine 904-829-8481 www.flagler.edu
Tuesday - Friday:  February 18 - 21
Celebrate Art 2014:  7th Annual Juried Artist Member Exhibition - The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach hosts the 7th Annual Juried Artist Member Exhibition. Admission to the gallery is free and is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-280-0614www.ccpvb.org
Tuesday - Saturday:  February 18 - 22
"The Object Tells a Story: African-American Folk Art from Florida" Through February 28, the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum new exhibition "The Object Tells a Story: African American Folk Art from Florida" brings together a selection of works by four well-know African-American vernacular artists from Florida: Alynne Harris, Mary Proctor, Ruby C. Williams and Purvis Young.  Interspersed throughout the exhibition will be objects lent by members of St. Augustine's African American community, including paintings, quilts, dolls and ceramics, along with artwork created by students from Ketterlinus and Osceola Elementary Schools during recent workshops with Ruby C. Williams at Fort Mose Historical State Park.  The Museum is open Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 - 4 p.m.  48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8530 http://readme.readmedia.com/Crisp-Ellert-Art-Museum-presents-The-Object-Tells-a-Story-African-American-Folk-Art-from-Florida/7557493
Wednesday February 19
Farmer's Arts and Crafts Market Farmers' Market located at the ocean-side St. Johns County Pier Park featuring selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more!  Open 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Rain or shine. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. 904-347-8007www.thecivicassociation.com 
 
Friends of the Arts: Bag Lady Luncheon - The Friends of the Arts supporting the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach present their popular Bag Lady Luncheon at the Beach Club at Sawgrass. The event includes a delicious 3-course luncheon, wine and an opportunity to participate in a silent auction featuring more than 100 handbags donated by individuals and retailers. The auction begins at 11 a.m.with lunch at 12:15 p.m. Tickets are $40 each and may be purchased by calling 904-280-0614, ext.205. 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. www.ccpvb.org
Thursday:  February 20
"Portraiture, Politics, and the Documentary Impulse of the Photography of Chris McNail" 
Dr. Bridget Cooks, Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine, presents "Portraiture, Politics, and the Documentary Impulse of the Photography of Chris McNail" at 7 p.m. in the Flagler Room at Flagler College's Ponce Hall. The lecture is part of the speaker series Race and the American South: St. Augustine in Context, presented by the Flagler College Ideas and Images Program marking the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. The lecture is free and open to the public. 74 King Street, 904-819-6282 www.flagler.edu/our-community
 
Flying Colors Lecture - As part of its ongoing 90th Anniversary Celebration, the St. Augustine Art Association welcomes historian Dr. Wayne W. Wood who will present a vivid talk on the life and work of aviator/artist Julian Courtney Hunt. Titled "Flying Colors," the 7 p.m. lecture highlights Hunt's love of flying (and the ladies), his 70-year career as an artist and the stunning collection featured in the gallery. Admission is free, but reservations are required. 22 Marine Street, St. Augustine. 904-824-2310www.staaa.org
Thursday & Friday:  February 20 & 21
Tommy Emmanuel with Martin Taylor Concerts - Best known for his Classical Gas, Australian guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel and British jazz guitarist Martin Taylor perform on two nights at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Ponte Vedra Beach. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. each night (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Tickets are $36.50, $44.50 and $52. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach
904-209-0399 www.pvconcerthall.com
Friday: February 21
Marineland Beach Walk - The GTM Research Reserve presents a free, guided walk along the beach at Marineland. The hike focuses on birdlife, habitats and the unusual geology of the shore. The 90-minute hike begins at 9 a.m. Watch for the temporary event sign posted on the west side of A1A at the south end of Marineland. Reservations Requested. 9741 Ocean Shore Blvd., Marineland.904-823-4500http://gtmnerrmarinelandbeach.eventbrite.com
 
Faver-Dykes State Park Sunset Hike - From 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Faver-Dykes State Park features a relaxing, ranger-led half-mile Sunset Hike. The program is included in the regular admission to the park ($5 per vehicle up to 8 people, $4 for single occupancy, or $2 per person on bicycle). The park is located at 1000 Faver-Dykes Road, St. Augustine. 904-794-0997 www.floridastateparks.org/faverdykes
 
French Boys Choir Concert - Les Petits Chanteurs de Noget-sur-Marne, a 30-member French boys choir, performs at 7:30 p.m. at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. Founded 60 years ago, the choir has performed throughout the world. Conducted by Francois Olivier, the choir will perform 16th century music as well as selections from French folklore. Admission is free (free-will offering will be taken). 38 Cathedral Place, St. Augustine.
Friday - Sunday: February 21 - 23
'Dancing at Lughnasa' - Flagler College Theatre Arts presents a play set in a small Irish village in 1936 during the festival of Lughnasa (celebrating the pagan god of harvest) at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. Tickets for general admission are $15. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Fri. & Sat., and at2 p.m. on Sun., Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8600
Saturday:  February 15
Old City Farmer's Market - Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants, and more.  Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre,  Open 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733
 
Matanzas Inlet Guided Hike - Join GTM Research Reserve and National Park guides for a free hiking tour along the inlet's shore to learn about seashells, coquina rock, dune vegetation, heavy minerals, mollusks, dune vegetation, and the history of beach sand. Meet guides at the inlet parking area on A1A Matanzas Inlet Bridge before 9 a.m. for this 1 1/2 hour tour. Reservations are required. 8655 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-823-4500 www.gtmnerrmatanzashike.eventbrite.com
 
Health and Wellness Expo - Enjoy a free health fare from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. hosted by WSOS 99.5. 500 Outlet Mall Blvd., St. Augustine. 904-826-1311 www.StAugOutlets.com
 
Family Seining at the GTM Research Reserve - Join GTM Research Reserve docents from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. to learn how to pull a sein net, collecting species of fish, crabs and more. Learn about the animals and their roles in the habitat. Waders and boots will be provided. The program is included with regular admission to the Reserve and takes place in the Environmental Education Center.   505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500 http://gtmnerrfamilyseine-eorg.eventbrite.com 
 
21st Annual RSVP Chocolate and Beyond - Savor a parade of chocolate delicacies from many of the area's finest restaurants and specialty shops at this annual event hosted by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of St. Johns County. The event is from 2 - 4 p.m. at the First Coast Technical College. Tickets are $10 per person (includes 8 tasting tickets; additional tickets $1 each). Bldg. C, 2980 Collins Ave., St. Augustine. 904-547-3945 http://rsvpstjohns.com
 
Pirate Plunder Tour - St. Augustine City Walks presents a one-hour tour featuring the town's most famous pirate lore. Kidnapped by a well-known pirate captain, tour participants will find out what it was like to live in 17th century St. Augustine - complete with the threat of pirate raids. This fun, free tour departs at 4:30 p.m. from the Tour St. Augustine office, 4 Granada St., St. Augustine.   Reservations required. 904-825-0087 www.StAugustineCityWalks.com
 
Uptown Saturday Night - From 5 - 9 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month, experience live music, refreshments, new exhibits, book signings and much more at the galleries, antique stores and unique shops on St. Augustine's San Marco Avenue between Ripley's Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. The Mission Nombre de Dios provides free parking. 904-823-9263.
 
Delbert McClinton Concert - Three-time Grammy Award winner Delbert McClinton brings his unique mix of Texas rock and electric blues to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Ponte Vedra Beach. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $65 each for the first seven rows; $49.50 for the remaining seats. 1050 A1A North 904-209-0399 www.pvconcerthall.com
 
Casa Monica Hotel Noche de Gala - St. Augustine's most exciting social event of the year, the annual Noche de Gala, will celebrate the 495th birthday of Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, Adelantado of Florida. This 16th century masked ball will feature a cocktail reception and dinner followed by dancing to a contemporary band. Gala attire is black tie or 16th century costume. Noche de Gala takes place from 6:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. in the Lightner Museum Ballroom. Tickets are $195 per person, advance reservations required and sponsorships are available. This is a Casa Monica Hotel sponsored 450th Commemoration event in conjunction with Colonial Quarter Museum. Contact Joni Dooley Barkley at 904-819-6004 or joni.barkley@KesslerCollection.com.
Saturday & Sunday: February 22 & 23
Sea Your History Weekend at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum - Discover maritime lore  at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum. Featuring traditional wooden boatbuilding, guided tours and the best view in St. Augustine. This weekend of festivities will highlight the influence of African-American culture on maritime history. Event festivities are included in regular admission to the Lighthouse which is $9.75 adults; $7.75 seniors and children 12 & under. 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-0745 www.staugustinelighthouse.org
Sunday: February 23
26.2 With Donna: The National Marathon to Fight Breast Cancer - Donna Deegan's famous National Marathon to Fight Breast Cancer begins in Ponte Vedra. The Full Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay will start at 7:30 a.m. from 200 ATP Tour Blvd. in Ponte Vedra Beach. The route winds through four beautiful beach communities on historic coastal A1A, over the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge (just once!) on Butler Blvd., and finishes at Mayo Clinic. www.VisitPonteVedra.com
 
Open Mic Poetry Reading - On the last Sunday of each month, Ancient City Poets hold an open mic poetry reading from 3 - 5 p.m. at City Coffee Company, 1280 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine. Free/donations are welcome. 904-501-0043 www.bodor.org
 
Dark Star Orchestra - At 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall hosts Dark Star Orchestra, continuing the Grateful Dead experience. Dark Star Orchestra's determined commitment to 'raising the Dead' has drawn nationwide attention: "Quite possibly the most talented and accomplished tribute band out there...they've definitely mastered their inspiration's vagabond nature." - from RollingStone.com. Advance tickets are $25; $28 at the door. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-209-0399 www.pvconcerthall.com

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