This Week in St. Augustine

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Monday - Sunday : September 30 - October 6
Great White Shark 3D and Tornado Alley 3D at Word Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater Two thrilling films -- one GIANT experience -- Great White Shark 3D and Tornado Alley 3D! Purchase any full-priced ticket to one documentary and get the second for only $1. Check the website for show schedule. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4133
Ordinary People - This exhibit is a colorful, folksy presentation featuring some of
St. Augustine's first colonists. The exhibit is open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the
St. Augustine Visitor Information Center, 10 Castillo Dr.
Wood & Landscape Art Exhibit - The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach will host the works of Gene Roberds and Grant Ward.  Grant specializes in turning wood and spinning metal vessels using a lathe.  Gene Roberds works include watercolors, oil and acrylic, plus some photographs and drawings.   Admission to the gallery is free and it is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  50 Executive Way,  Ponte Vedra Beach 904-280-0614;
Monday - ThursdaySeptember  30 - October 3
Wizard of Oz 3D - Relive the timeless children's tale about a Kansas girl's journey over the rainbow with the re-release of "The Wizard of Oz: An IMAX 3D Experience." Tickets are $13 adults; $12 seniors/students/military and $10 children 3-12. Check the website for show schedule. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4133 
Monday - Friday: September 30 - October 4
Liz Rodda Clockwise Exhibit - The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College will host works of multi-media artist Liz Rodda, who uses sculpture and video as a means to investigate our notions of fate, personal control, and the future.  The artist considers each work a "psychological experiment".  Admission is free.  The Museum is open to the public Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The museum is closed when classes are not in session.   48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8530
Monday: September 30
Savory Faire First Thanksgiving Food & Wine Tour - Throughout September, the original "foodie" historical adventure tour, Savory Faire, explores fascinating, little-known facts about the First Thanksgiving right here in St. Augustine! The city was founded on September 8, 1565 and on that date a Feast of Thanksgiving was shared between the Spaniards and native Timucua Indians.  This 2-1/2 hour tour features tastes of the city's cultural heritage.  Tickets are $49.  Reservations are required. 904-825-0087

Tuesday - Sunday: October 1 - 6
Flavors of Florida's Historic Coast - More than 22 outstanding restaurants offer "Chef's Choice" prix fixe (fixed price) three-course dining showcasing their chef's talents and the rich culinary heritage of Florida's Historic Coast.  October is an exciting time to dine at St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches.

The Tasting Tours "Corks and Forks" Celebrates Pink! - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Come hungry to stroll St. Augustine's brick lined streets on this guided 3-hour food and wine tour and The Tasting Tours will donate $5 per ticket towards Breast Cancer Awareness! Tours are on Tuesday through Sunday at 1:30 pm.  Tickets are $79 pp all inclusive. Tours depart from The Gifted Cork, 64 Hypolita Street.  904-325-3911

Tuesday:  October 1
Salt Air Farmer's Market - Marineland Marina hosts the Salt Air Farmers Market from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Find an array of fresh, organically-grown produce and other yummy things.  101 Tolstoy Lane, St. Augustine. 904-814-9886
WednesdayOctober 2
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. 904-347-8007

Tidal Creek Exploration by Kayak at Marineland  -  Go kayaking with Ripple Effect Ecotours from 9 - 11:30 a.m. Explore tidal creeks made naturally with dynamic habitats and abundant wildlife. Guides are professional, very knowledgeable and passionate about your guided ecotour.  All costs include passes to Georgia Aquarium's Marineland Dolphin Adventure and the finest kayaking equipment at $55 for adults and $45 for 15 years or younger.  101 Tolstoy Lane, Marineland. 904-347-1565

Adventure EcoTour - Step off land and onto a stable research boat and leave the work up to St. Augustine Eco Tours.  Boats cruise at safe and steady speeds that allow the best of both worlds--wildlife sightings and a great breeze!   A highlight to any trip includes marine mammal sightings by resident dolphins or manatees.  Tours depart at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 & 5:30 p.m. from St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez.  904-377-7245

Lightner Museum Curator Tour  - Lightner Museum curator provides a themed interactive tour designed to give participants an opportunity to see acquisitions in operation rather than just as static displays.  The tour, which is included in admission, takes place at 10 a.m. on the second floor of Lightner Museum.  Admission is $10 adults; $6 for active duty military; $5 college student and youth ages 12-18; under 12 are free. 75 King St., St. Augustine. 

Fashionable Lunch - The Fashion Trendsetters present unique fashions and jewelry for the sophisticated mature woman from Rochelle's Boutique. The 11:30 a.m. luncheon, at the Casa Monica Hotel's 95 Cordova Restaurant, includes champagne or mimosa, choice of appetizer, entree, dessert and coffee or tea for $23.75.  Reservations suggested.  
904-810-6810, 95 Cordova St., St. Augustine.
Thursday - Sunday: October 3 - 6
"Gravity" at the IMAX Theater - "Gravity" is a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space on the biggest screen in Northeast Florida at the IMAX Theater, World Golf Hall of Fame.  See the biggest movie of fall staring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Adults $13, Seniors/Students/Military $12, and Children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for showtimes. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4133

Spamalot at the Limelight Theatre - The Monty Python-inspired musical comedy "Spamalot" comes to St. Augustine's Limelight Theatre. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday - Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.  Tickets are $25; $22 seniors; $20 student and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. 904-825-1164
ThursdayOctober 3
"Racial Identity in the American South" - Dr. James Cobb, Spalding Distinguished Research Professor, University of Georgia, will present "Racial Identity, and Reality in the American South" at 7 p.m. in the Flagler Room of Ponce Hall. The lecture is part of the speaker series Race and the 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, St.  Augustine.        904-819-6282

Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck Concert - Legendary music icons and Grammy Award winners, Brian Wilson (co-founder of The Beach Boys) and Jeff Beck (Yardbirds), will perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The show begins at 7 p.m. (gates open at 5:30 p.m.). Tickets range from $40 - $80. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-471-1965
Friday - Sunday: October 4 - 6
Presidents Cup Weekend - The World Golf Hall of Fame celebrates the 2013 Presidents Cup with activities including a special scavenger hunt, a photo opportunity with the Hall's Presidents Cup, and more! Open Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.  Adult admission is $19.50, $18.50 for seniors and $10 for students. For this special week, residents of Illinois and PGA professionals will be admitted free. 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4123

12th Annual Tactile Art Show    - This popular show at the St. Augustine Art Association features "touchable" art created in partnership with the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind.  The exhibit will be located in the Art Association's gallery.   The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday noon - 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 - 5 p.m. Admission is free. 22 Marine St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2310

'Art Dorks Rise' Art Exhibit at space:eight gallery - 'Art Dorks Rise' is a group show of 30 internationally-acclaimed artists exhibiting 30 pieces of original work.  The opening party is on the 4th from 5 - 11 p.m. at St. Augustine's space:eight gallery. The show runs through November 30.  228 West King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-2838

The Tasting Tours 'Vittles and Vino' Tour Celebrates Pink! - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Hop on board a Vittles and Vino VIP (horse drawn) Carriage Tour for a 3 hour food and wine experience in October and we will donate $5 per ticket towards Breast Cancer Awareness.  Tours are Friday - Monday at 2 p.m. Tours depart from 100 St. George Street, Suite E.  Tickets are $109 pp all inclusive. Call or text 904-325-3911 for more info or visit
Friday: October 4
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park Garden Tour - Join Park Ranger, Cheryl Thomdike, on a 10 a.m. guided walk through the formal Gardens to learn about the various flower and plant species that the park has to offer.  The tour is free with 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

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 more than 20 participating galleries in St. Augustine.  Tours begin at San Sebastian Winery.  Complimentary shuttle service to most galleries is provided by St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys. 157 King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-0065

Colonial Quarter Magic Show - Magic, pirates, history and comedy combine in the family-friendly Colonial Quarter Magic Show each Friday at 8 p.m. on the outdoor stage under the stately Colonial Oak. Led by "Mayhem de Magnifico," audience members are both amazed and included in the enchanted performance. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5 to 15. Under age 5 free. 33 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-599-2113

ARTober Fest - The harvest is in and that means it's time for another ARTober Fest, a celebration of art and the artists who create it at Amiro Art & Found Gallery.  Stop by during the First Friday Art Walk from 5 - 9 p.m.  9C Aviles St., St. Augustine, 904-824-8460

Autumn Sunset Guided Ecotour - Ripple Effect Ecotours provides this one of kind guided adventure from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. into the National Estuarine Research Reserve, one of twenty-eight in USA. Learn more about the importance for an estuarine system and coastal habitats that are important for all life. You will find nature in pristine condition using the finest kayaking equipment guided by a master naturalist. No experience required. The cost is $55 for adults and $45 for 15 years or younger; includes general admission passes to Marineland Dolphin Adventure. 904-347-1565

City and Colour with The Paper Kites Concert - City and Colour brings a unique blend of folk, country and blues to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. The concert begins at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $32 in advance and $35 the day of the show. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-209-0399
Saturday & Sunday: October 5 & 6
St. Johns County Home & Garden Show - Plant clinics, horticulture workshops and demonstrations, garden boutique, tours and other garden tips for the home from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sunday. Free Admission and Parking. St. Augustine Agricultural Center, 3125 Agricultural Center Dr., St. Augustine. 904-209-0430

Corn Maze at Skyes and Cooper Farms - A 9-acre corn maze full of "cornfusing" twists and turns, "live" entertainment including Jack, the loudest hee-hawing donkey around and some more good ole family fun will be at the Sykes and Cooper Farms.  The hours are Friday 5 - 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Admission (cash only) is $9 general admission, children 2 and under FREE. 5995 Brough Rd., Elkton. 904-692-1370 
Saturday: October 5
Old City Farmers' Market - Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more. Open 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South. 
Paddle Pellicer Creek from Faver-Dykes - A local favorite and guided by Ripple Effect Ecotours. Start from Faver-Dykes State park at 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. with a leisure paddle along the twisty path to relaxation and educational awareness of this beautiful Aquatic Preserve; one of the last remaining natural watersheds that flows into an estuarine system without major man-made alterations. A portion of the proceeds goes directly to the Friends of Washington Oaks for park improvement projects.  All costs include the finest kayaking equipment and guided service at $55 for adults and $45 for 15 years or younger. 

Living History Day at Fort Matanzas National Monument - From 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors demonstrate life in the British Colonial Navy at this Spanish fortress that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine.  Admission to Fort Matanzas National Monument is free including the ferry ride to and from Rattlesnake Island.  8635 A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-471-0116

Datil Pepper Cook-off Festival  - The Datil Pepper Festival is a celebration of culture, tradition, flavor, and heat.  The St. Johns County Agricultural Center will host a Datil Pepper Cook-off from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  during the Annual Home and Garden Show.  Chefs compete for People's choice and professional awards by presenting dishes using the datil pepper.  Admission is free and tasting tickets are available at the event. There will be four awarded prizes to participating chefs. 3125 Agricultural Center Dr., St. Augustine. 904-209-0430

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.  Activities are from 3 p.m. - dusk.  Admission is free. 260 Vilano Rd. St. Augustine. 904-540-0402

Civil Rights & Black Heritage Tour- St. Augustine Black Heritage Tours Inc. will offer a FREE historic walking tour at 5 p.m. Learn about St. Augustine's historic role in Black History and events leading up to the Civil Rights act of 1964. Tours depart from the Tour Saint Augustine office, 4 Granada Street and encompass several blocks over the course of an hour. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. 904-825-0087 
Sunset sailing aboard Sirenia! -  Feel your worries melt away on this 2-hour journey into the estuary surrounding the nation's oldest city.  Take in views of St. Augustine's historic bayfront as a romantic sunset colors the sky.  Your Captain will do the work or let you try your hand at sailing, otherwise you can relax as the world passes you by. Buy 1 ticket full price at $50/adult and get $10 off 2nd adult ticket!  The tour departs St. Augustine Municipal Marina at 5:15 p.m., 111 Avenida Menendez   904-377-7245

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.  The program is included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle.   Times vary throughout year.  1340-A A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-461-2035

Picolata Players at Colonial Quarter - Every Saturday evening at 8 p.m., the talented performance troupe Picolata Players takes the stage under the stately Colonial Oak at the Colonial Quarter's outdoor theatre.  The hour-long Improve Sketch Comedy shows infuse merriment with the rich Spanish Colonial history of St. Augustine. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5 to 15. Under age 5 free. 33 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-599-2113

EMMA Concert:  Pianist Alexander Kobrin - Named the "Van Cliburn of Today" by BBC Russia, internationally-acclaimed Alexander Kobrin will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.  Tickets are $30. 14 Granada St. St. Augustine. 904-797-2800

The Black Crowes Concert - One of rock's best live acts with over 35 million sold albums, The Black Crowes will perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre at 8 p.m. (gates open at 6:30 p.m.).  Tickets are  $33.50 - $41. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-209-0367
Sunday: October 6
"Middle Passage" Commemoration  - This special presentation from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the north lawn of the Castillo de San Marcos is part of a nationwide initiative to "remember the Africans who were brought to these shores by ships in bondage...more commemorate those who did not survive this arduous trip we call the Middle Passage".  This 90-minute event will feature dancers and drummers; a Native American site cleansing and blessing; ancestral libation; a youth-oriented flowers-into-the-water tribute; a historical statement; and remembrance prayers by various faith groups. 1 South Castillo Dr. St. Augustine. 

SAiRA Food & Wine Festival  - From noon to 4 p.m., seventeen independently-owned St. Augustine restaurants will present their signature dishes and tastings of more than 100 wines in a fun atmosphere at the beautiful River House.  Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door.  Proceeds benefit THE PLAYERS Championship Boys & Girls Club. 180 Marine St., St. Augustine.

"Check, Please" at the Raintree RestaurantA theatrical performance of "Check, Please" combined with great dining create a memorable and enjoyable evening of entertainment.  Tickets to this exciting dinner theatre experience in the upstairs dining room of the Raintree Restaurant, 102 San Marco Ave., are $39.95 (adult beverages served separately).  Dinner is served at 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. arrival suggested) and the show begins at 7 p.m.  904-824-7211

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