This Week in St. Augustine

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Monday - Sunday: July 7 - 13
The Award-Winning Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience - Recognized by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation as an outstanding heritage education program, 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 and Nao Victoria Tour Tour full-sized replicas of 16th and 17th century Spanish tall ships. Docked at the St. Augustine City Marina, El Galeón Andalucia and Nao Victoria are both open for daily tours. El Galeón 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 Nao Victoria is a replica of the first ship to successfully circumnavigate the world commanded by Ferdinand Magellan in the 16th century. The ships are available for tours beginning at 10 a.m. daily. El Galeón admission is $15 for adult and $8 for youth. Nao Victoria admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth. A combo ticket for both ships is available for $20 for adults and $10 for youth. 111 Avenida Menendez. 904-824-1606www.elgaleon.org
 
Transformers: Age of Extinction: An IMAX 3D Experience The Transformers 4 is playing at The IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame through July 10. 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 
 
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 
Wednesday:  July 9 
Farmer's Arts and Crafts Market Farmer's 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. 904-347-8007
 
Music by  the Sea Concert Series 2014Every Wednesday night through September 24, live concerts take place from 7 - 9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion. This week ' s entertainment is Steam the Band playing rock and roll.  The Purple Olive Restaurant will offer signature dinners for $10.  Admission is free.  For comfortable seating, bring a folding chair.  350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach 904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.org
 
Movie by the Bay Ripley's St. Augustine Attractions and the St. Augustine Municipal Marina present free movies each Wednesday throughout the summer. This week's feature is "George of the Jungle".  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.  904-824-1606 www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys
Thursday:  July 10
Saltwater Fishing Workshop - Washington Oaks Gardens State Park will host an adult's hands-on, saltwater fishing workshops to teach participants the basic techniques for catching fish, as well as the importance of conservation and safety.  The 3-hour workshops start at 9 a.m. and costs $20 per participant, including park entrance fee.  Advance registration is required.  6400 North Oceanshore Boulevard, Palm Coast, 386-446-6783; www.Washingtonoaks.org

2014 Concerts in the Plaza - The 24th season of Concerts in the Plaza continues with a free live performance every Thursday night from 7 - 9 p.m. in St. Augustine's historic Plaza de la Constitucion.  Bring a chair or blanket for seating. This week's performers are the Ancient City Slickers. 904-825-1004www.plazaconcerts.com
 
Lighthouse Dark of the Moon Special Ghost Investigation - This special three-hour investigation at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum takes place annually on the anniversary of three tragic deaths that occurred here in 1873.  Explore the tower, keepers' house and nature trails with your own ghost hunting equipment or rent an EMF meter on site. The investigation begins at 10:45 p.m.  Space is limited. Call or go online to purchase advance tickets ($35 non-members/$30 members). 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine 904-829-0745 www.staugustinelighthouse.org
Friday:  July 11
First Friday Art Walk  (Note date change for month of July only) - From 5 - 9 p.m. on this special 2nd Friday edition of the First Friday Art Walk, the Art Galleries of St. Augustine feature new exhibits, refreshments and live music at more than 20 galleries.  The event is held rain or shine inside the member galleries and is a free, self-guided walking tour (tour maps available at participating galleries).  Plus, free Art Walk Trolleys and Trains provided by St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys provide free transportation throughout downtown for the art walk.  832-779-2781  www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.org
 
Amiro Art & Found Debuets Cabinet of Curiosities - As part of St. Augustine's Art Walk from 5 - 9 p.m., Amiro Art & Found creates a modern-day Cabinet of Curiosities when they fill the gallery with art, oddities, and other objects of interest.  9C Aviles St., St. Augustine. 904-824-8460www.amiroartandfound.com
 
Farm to Glass Cocktail Workshops - Each Friday at 6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m., the St. Augustine Distillery presents hands-on workshops that are one part instruction, one part inspiration and one part innovation.  Participants learn bartending basics and gain inspiration from fresh, in-season ingredients, Then, they are set loose with seasonal samples and a table fill with spirits, mixers, garnishes and more to build their own delicious concoctions.  Tickets are $38 per person and can be purchased up to one-hour prior to the event by going to www.eventbrite.com/o/st-augustine-distillery-co-6266122955 Free tours of the distillery are conducted daily.  112 Riberia St. St. Augustine. 904-825-4962www.staugustinedistillery.com
Friday & Saturday July 11 & 12
Schooner Freedom Full Moon Sail - St. Augustine's premier tall ship, the Schooner Freedom, sails through the calm waters of Matanzas Bay lit by the glow of the full moon.  This memorable sailing excursion departs at 8:45 p.m. from the St. Augustine Marina.  Complimentary beer, soda and wine are included in the $35 per person rate.  Bring along a picnic basket or desserts and make it a night to remember.  111 Avenida Menendez  904-810-1010 www.schoonerfreedom.com
Friday - Sunday July 11 - 13
2014 Annual Ancient City Game Fish Challenge - The Ancient City Game Fish Challenge, formerly known as the Kingfish Challenge, takes place at the St. Augustine Marina and features a two-day SKA-sanctioned Kingfish Tournament along with an Inshore Tournament.  Junior anglers compete on July 11.  This year's Challenge will be in memory of Jerad Revels, a local high school student who lost his life while working on his family farm.  111 Avenida Mendez Ave.  http://acgfa.com
Saturday July 12
Old City Farmers' Market Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more.  Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheater. Open 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733 
 
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 along the Guana Trail. After the walk, visit the GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center. There is a $3 parking fee.  505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach 904-823-4500 http://gtmnerr2ndtrailhike.eventbrite.com 
 
Second Saturday:  City Walks Pet Friendly Tours Bring Fido to join City Walks for a free pet friendly Tour of St. Augustine's Historic District.  The tour departs at 10 a.m. from Tour Saint Augustine's office.  Pets must be leashed, and reservations are required.  4 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-825-0087 www.staugustinecitywalks.com
 
Living History Day at Fort Matanzas - 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. 904-471-0116www.nps.gov/foma
 
Flip Flop Till You Drop - Go on a pleasant beachside walk, enjoy live music, food and drink specials and more while raising funds for Kids Bridge Family Visitation Center.  The annual 1 p.m. event begins and ends at Jack's Bar-B-Que on the corner of A1A and A Street in St. Augustine Beach.  904-501-0923
 
Gin 101 and Gin Cocktail Workshops - Each Saturday evening at 6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m., the St. Augustine Distillery presents workshops that explain gin's history, it's various categories, how the distillery's New World Gin is created and show participants how to create their own gin cocktails. Tickets are $38 per person and can be purchased up to one-hour prior to the event by going towww.eventbrite.com/o/st-augustine-distillery-co-6266122955 Free tours of the distillery are conducted daily.  112 Riberia Street 904-825-4962 www.staugustinedistillery.com
 
Sunset/Moonrise at St. Augustine Lighthouse - Enjoy the sunset and moonrise from the top of the Lighthouse!  The $25 admission includes a champagne toast, provided by San Sebastian Winery, hors d'oeuvres from The Reef and an informative overview of the history of the St. Augustine Light Station. 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine 904-829-0745 www.staugustinelighthouse.org
Sunday: July 13
2nd Annual St. Johns Business Network Charity Golf Tournament - Held at Royal St. Augustine, one of St. Johns County's premier golf courses, this tournament benefits Betty Griffin House, a non-profit agency providing emergency shelter for abused women, men and their minor children. The tournament features a 9 a.m. tee-off with a 4-player scramble best ball format.  It is open to men, women and mixed foursomes with prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and last place.  The 18-hole event includes breakfast provided by Leroy's Hole in the Wall and lunch from Ned's Southside Grill -- plus raffles, prizes and gifts.  The cost to play is $60 per person and $240 per team. 301 Royal St. Augustine Parkway, St. Augustine. 904-808-8544
 
Free Community First Night Owl Cinema at the Amphitheatre - The Goonies is the featured film to be shown at 8 p.m. on the big screen at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre (gates open at 7 p.m.) The free cinema is presented by Community First Credit Union and the Amphitheatre.  Admission and parking are free and no tickets are required.  A variety of concessions will be available for purchase.  1340 A1A South, St. Augustine  904-209-0367; www.staugamphitheatre.com

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