This Week in St. Augustine

Monday, February 24, 2014

Tuesday - Sunday : February 24 - March 2 
"We the People" at the IMAX Theater -
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.
El Galeón Tour - Lost 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  
Monday:  February 24
A Coquina Rock Beach Walk - From 9:30 - 11 a.m., explore the second largest outcropping of coquina rock on the Atlantic Coast with a park volunteer at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park.  Learn about coquina and discover the inhabitants of the rock, its geological makeup and gain a better understanding of the beach ecosystem.  Regular park entrance fee of $5 per vehicle, up to eight people; $4 per vehicle for single occupancy or $2 per person on bicycle applies.   6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast.  386-446-6780 www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks
Monday - Saturday:  February 24 - March 1
"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
Tuesday:  February 25
"The Irish Presence in Colonial Florida" - James Cusick, Curator, P.K. Younge Library of Florida History at the University of Florida, will discuss "The Irish Presence in Colonial Florida".  His 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

"An Evening With Acoustic Eidolon" - The Gamble Rogers Folk Festival presents "An Evening With Acoustic Eidolon" -- an amazing duo produces incredibly beautiful musical renderings.  The performance takes place at 7 p.m. at the St. Augustine Art Association.  Advance tickets arer $20 or $25 at the door.   22 Marine St., St. Augustine. www.gamblerogersfest.org
Wednesday:  February 26
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

Navy Band at the River House - The River House will host the Navy TGIF Band for a special free performance at 10 a.m. One of the U.S. Navy's 13 official bands, TGIF is famous for its New Orleans-style Dixieland renditions.  179 Marine St., St. Augustine. 904-826-6210

Discover First America Program: Fortress of Freedom - The story of Fort Mose, America's first freed black settlement, is told by scholars, re-enactors and state park officials. Also, Bob Moore, a composer for the St. Augustine Orchestra, performs Someday, which was written by Moore to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.  This program is sponsored by Fort Mose State Park. Held in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, admission is free. St. Augustine 450th Commemoration passports with souvenir stampings are complimentary to attendees. 14 Granada Street, St. Augustine. www.Staugustine-450.com
FridayFebruary 28
Walk on the Wild Side at Anastasia State Park - Join Park Service Volunteer for a hike from 1 - 3 p.m. and observe what life is like on the wild side.  The walk starts out on the beautiful shoreline, continues up through the sand dues, and travels along the boardwalk over the salt marsh.  After an intermission at the Windsurf Pavilion, continue along Salt Run, our estuarine habitat, and through the maritime hammock.   Participants may choose to only walk the first half or the full 2.5 miles round trip. Suggested items to bring are binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, camera, drinking water, bug spray, and sunscreen.  The program is included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle. 1340-A State Road A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-461-2033 www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia

The Last Good War Opening Reception - Meet photographer Thomas Sanders whose photographs of World War II veterans will be exhibited through April 4 at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach.  At 6 p.m., the opening reception (cocktails and appetizers) with Sanders takes place and at 7 p.m. the photographer will present a lecture on his experiences in taking the photos and co-writing the book "The Last Good War."  Admission is $50 military; $60 Cultural Center members. and $70 non-members (admission includes a signed copy of "The Last Good War".) 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach,904-280-0614www.ccpvb.org

Astronomy Program at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park - Experience the magic of the night sky with Park Services Specialist Joe Woodbury at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park.  View planets, galaxies, star clusters and other beautiful objects on a clear night.  Come prepared for the weather from 7 - 8 p.m.  Regular park entrance fee of $5 per vehicle, up to eight people; $4 per vehicle for single occupancy or $2 per person on bicycle applies.  6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. 386-446-6783 www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks

Art Garfunkel in Concert - At 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall hosts Art Garfunkel -- a performer who has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and half of the unrivaled Simon & Garfunkel. The New York Times described Garfunkel as a "beautiful countertenor." Tickets are $49.50 for the first 7 rows and $39.50 all remaining rows.  1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-209-0399 www.pvconcerthall.com
Friday - SaturdayFebruary 28 and March 1
World Wide Rodeo at the Fairgrounds - 
Friday - SundayFebruary 28 - March 2
'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
www.flagler.edu/our-community/events/theatre.html

29th Annual Cathedral Festival - One of the area's largest festivals features midway rides, games, bingo, a silent auction, mouthwatering food, beverages, a fireworks show and favorite local bands playing each day.  The festival takes place at the Mission of Nombre de Dios, 101 San Marco Avenue from 5 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. on Fridaynoon to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission for festival grounds is adults $5; children 11-17 and adults 65+ $3; children under 10 and active duty military are admitted free.  Tickets for rides are $1 each (most rides take 4 - 6 tickets). http://thecathedralfestival.com

"Jerusalem" at the IMAX Theater - The documentary film "Jerusalem" opens at The IMAX Theatre at World Golf Hall of Fame. This film explores how this small city became such a pivotal part of human history.  Jerusalem is home to some of the most sacred sites in the world for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. This IMAX theater features the largest 3D 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

St. Augustine Orchestra Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act - The St. Augustine Orchestra marks the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act with three concerts.  Each performance includes Bob Moore's new composition "Someday" as well as renowned pianist Thomas Pandolfi performing Grieg's Piano Concerto. The Friday and Saturday performances take place at 8 p.m. at the Lightner Museum, while the Sunday performance is at 3 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.  Moore and Pandolfi will also participate in the orchestra's fundraiser event scheduled for Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the Lightner Museum Lobby.   Concert tickets for the Friday night and Sunday afternoon performance are $20; Saturday night performance is $50 and includes A Trio of Musical Events.   Tickets can be purchased online.  25 Granada St., St. Augustine. http://staugustineorchestra.org/calendarevents-2/
Saturday:  March 1
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

GTM Research Reserve Guided Cultural Hike - The first Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m.features a Guided Cultural Hike that focuses on the Guana Peninsula's 5,000 years of human history  This 1.5 mile guided walking tour departs from the Trailhead Pavilion located just west of the Guana Dam.  The programs are free.   There is a $3 parking fee.  505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500 http://gtmnerr.org

Searle's Sack of St. Augustine - Authentic re-enactment of Captain Robert Searle's 1668 attack on St. Augustine.  Searle and his privateers sailed from Jamaica to loot the silver ingots held in the royal coffers at St. Augustine.  From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Raiders will have an encampment set up at the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park (11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine). In the evening, re-enactors will attack the city's Spanish soldiers and colonial citizens.  Beginning at the Plaza at 4:30 p.m., townspeople and soldiers will flee up St. George St. to the City's historic gate at Orange and Cordova Streets where the skirmish continues.   1 King St., St. Augustine. 904-534-6168;www.Searlesbucs.com 

First Saturday: Living History Day at Fort Matanzas  - From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors 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

Nature Program at Anastasia State Park - Park rangers and volunteers present programs on various topics ranging from sea turtles to star gazing.  The program included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-461-2035 www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia

Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration - A celebration of a spectacular sunset across the bay featuring dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more at the Vilano Pier on the Intracoastal Waterway.   Activities are from 2 p.m. - dusk.  Admission is free. 260 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine. 904-540-0402 www.vilanobeachfl.com

Treasure Hunt and Sea Battle Adventure - Sail aboard The Black Raven pirate ship to the Sunset Celebration on Vilano Beach.  A treasure chest has been buried somewhere on the beach and the ship's crew will embark on a quest to find this buried booty.  Kids will get their own treasure map, a shovel and set out on their own search for this fortune.  When the chest is found, it will be brought on board the ship and opened during the return trip to home dock.  The booty will be shared among the kids. The treasure hunt voyage launches from the St. Augustine City Marina at 2:25 p.m. and departs Vilano at 4:30 p.m. for the trip home.  Tickets are $34.95 for adults and $24.95 for children.  Plus, while the treasure hunt is underway, The Black Raven will depart Vilano at 3:15 p.m. for a seagoing showdown with the infamous Queen Anne's Revenge.  The battle ends at 4:15 p.m. with the pirate ship's return to Vilano.  Tickets to sail into battle are $15.95 adults; $12.95 children. Reservations recommended for both seagoing adventure.  111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine. 904-826-0000www.blackravenadventures.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

Night Fest at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum - Celebrate 140 years of light at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum's annual Night Fest.  In partnership with the Junior Service League's Lighthouse 5k Run, this special event is a great night of fun for the whole family.  Admission to the lighthouse is free from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Explore the light station grounds, climb the 165 ft. tall lighthouse tower and discover maritime history inside the Victorian-era keepers' house.  Kids will love the face painting, temporary tattoos and other free activities.  Snacks, sodas and beer will also be available for purchase in the lighthouse courtyard.  Come out for the race and stay for the celebration.  81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine, 904-829-0745 www.StAugustineLighthouse.org

Iron & Wine Concert - Indie-folk singer Iron & Wine (Samuel Beam) performs at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Ponte Vedra Beach.  Touring and recording since 2002, his fifth album, Ghost on Ghost was released in 2013.  Tickets for this standing-room only show are $30 in advance;$35 at the door. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-209-0399  www.pvconcerthall.com
Saturday & SundayMarch 1 & 2
"Prisms" Exhibit - Lost Art Gallery features the work of Argentinian artist Raul Torres-Rojas.  Unmistakable in style, Rojas sees the world as if through a "prism" in his paintings of figures, birds, flowers and boating scenes.  210 St. George Street, St. Augustine, 904-827-9800 www.lostartgallery.com

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. The artist will be giving an informative talk Feb. 9, at 2 pm. describing his paintings and what they mean. Admission is free. Open daily 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Butterfield Garage Art Gallery, 137 King St., St. Augustine. 904-825-4577http://www.butterfieldgarage.com 
SundayMarch 2
St. Augustine Vintage Car Tour of Mission Nombre de Dios - 

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