This Weekend in St. Augustine

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Monday - Sunday : May 5 - 11
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. 
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.
Miniature Marks - Through June 1 the St. Augustine Art Association hosts a juried open media and subject exhibit of artists making their personal mark in this installation of works no larger than 12 inches.  Small, but mighty, the individual pieces explore a wide range of subjects, ideas and materials.   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
 Amiro Art & Found  "By the Sea" - Through May 30th,  Amiro Art & Found features a collection of ocean-inspired artwork which includes artwork by Miami-based artist, Jeanine Maleno, as well as local artists Jim Macbeth, Nancy Hamlin-Vogler, Deane Kellogg, and Wendy Mandel McDaniel.  The Gallery is open Thursday-Monday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 7 p.m.  9C Aviles St., St. Augustine. 904-824-8460
 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 at the IMAX Theater - Spider-Man 2 plays at the IMAX Theater at World Golf Hall of Fame through May 15.  Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead and realizes that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.  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.
 Florida Artists Group Juried Exhibition - Through June 1, the St. Augustine Art Association hosts the annual symposium and exhibition of the FLORIDA ARTIST Group (FLAG).  The exhibition contains a diverse collection of work by the many active painters, photographers, sculptors and mixed-media artists that make up that prestigious group.    The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday noon - 4 p.m. andSunday 2 - 5 p.m. Admission is free.  22 Marine St. St. Augustine. 904-824-2310
 Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to African-Americans in Golf - The World Golf Hall of Fame opens a new,permanent exhibit titled "Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to African-Americans in Golf." The exhibit details the long, rich history of African-Americans in golf, from the difficult beginnings in the late 1800s for pioneers like John Shippen, to the progress and challenges of today.  The exhibit also highlights the struggles and successes of notable golfers like Hall of Fame member Charlie Sifford and major personalities such as Althea Gibson, Joe Louis and Tiger Woods.  The World Golf Hall of Fame is open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Induction Day.  Hours are Mon.- Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays noon - 6 p.m.  Admission is $19.50 adults; $18.50 seniors, military and Florida residents; $10 students ages 13 and over; and $5 for children ages 5-12.  One World Golf Place (i-95 exit 323), St. Augustine. 904-940-4123
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' 
Monday:  May 5
Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl - Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the original, world famous St. Augustine City Walks Pub Crawl! Amble with your City Walks Pub Scout and visit some of the city's most interesting taverns.  Enjoy tales of the city's history mixed with traditional "pub lore," plus find out how beer is made and how to distinguish different types.  All premium beers, ales, wines and sangria (and some snacks) are included at each quaint watering spot on the tour -- some fun Cinco de Mayo activities included. The tour is from 8:30 to 11 p.m. and tickets are $39 per person. Reservations required.  904-825-0087
Tuesday - Sunday:  May 6 - 11
 THE PLAYERS Championship - The game's greatest players compete at on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach. THE PLAYERS Championship is recognized by PGA TOUR members as "their" championship tournament. It features one of the most coveted titles in professional golf, the strongest field of competitors and the richest purse. Previous winners of THE PLAYERS Championship include Tiger Woods in 2013, Matt Kurchar in 2012, K.J. Choi in 2011, Tim Clark in 2010, Henrik Stenson in 2009, Sergio Garcia in 2008, Phil Mickelson in 2007, and many other greats.  In addition to practice rounds Tuesday and Wednesday, this year's schedule includes Community Day on Tuesday, Military Appreciation Day on Wednesday featuring country music superstar Jake Owen, and THE PLAYERS Championship competition rounds are Thursday throughSunday.  Television coverage will be aired with NBC Sports and on the Golf Channel.  Parking at THE PLAYERS is free with 4 or more passengers per vehicle with a car pool parking pass available online.  All other parking must be purchased online in advance.
Wednesday May 7
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. 
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.904-823-4500
Lightner Museum Curator Tours - 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.   Regular 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.
Free Movie:  "Ray" - Ripley's St. Augustine Attractions and the St. Augustine Municipal Marina present "Ray" -- the Academy Award and Golden Globe winning movie about the life of R&B legend Ray Charles.  The free movie begins 8:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina behind Bayfront Mini Golf, 111 Avenida Menendez.  Bring beach chair and blanket for comfortable seating by the bay.  
Thursday:  May 8
"Evenings at Whitney" 2nd Thursday Monthly Lecture - At 7 p.m. at The Whitney Lab Lohman Auditorium at Marineland, H. Jane Brockmann, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Biology, University of Florida, presents her lecture entitled "Horseshoe Crabs The Surprising Reproductive Behavior of a Living Fossil."  The program is free.  9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine.
The Head and The Heart Concert - Indie Folk artist The Head and The Heart with Lost in the Trees will perform at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall at 8 p.m. (doors open 7 p.m.)  General admission standing room only tickets are $30.  1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0399
Thursday - Saturday: May 8 - 10
Live Music During THE PLAYERS - Put the perfect finishing touch on each day at THE PLAYERS with live music at Alice & Pete's Pub at the Sawgrass Marriott. These 7-11 p.m. performances are open to the public.  Thursday, it's Flagship Romance, Billy Buchanan and The Free Avenue; Friday features ProBono and Saturday features Carl and the Black Lung and Stephen Carey (winner of Rock the Players 2014).  1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach 904-285-7777
Thursday - Sunday: May 8 - 11
Limelight Theatre Presents "Other Desert Cities" - A promising young writer returns home to announce the imminent publication of her novel based on a tragic event in the family's history - an event her parents want to forget.  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
THE PLAYERS Championship Week at the Hall of Fame - Celebrate THE PLAYERS with a visit to the World Golf Hall of Fame.  Guests can win a special PLAYERS prize pack (no purchase necessary), take advantage of photo opportunities with THE PLAYERS Championship trophy and go on a special scavenger hunt.  All exhibits will be on display, along with the television broadcast of the tournament.  The World Golf Hall of Fame is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. andnoon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.   Admission to the Hall of Fame is $19.50 adults; $18.50 seniors; $10 for students age 13 and over; and $5 for children ages 5-12.  All THE PLAYERS tickets and badge holders will receive 50% off admission with proof of purchase.   One World Golf Place, off I-95 exit 323, St. Augustine. 904-940-4123
Friday: May 9
Navigating by Sail - Join St. Augustine Lighthouse historians aboard the Schooner Freedom for a two-hour cruise and discussion of how waterways influenced the history and settlement of St. Augustine.  Sit back and relax, enjoy the sun or help the crew set sail.  The cruise departs the St. Augustine City Marina at 12:15 p.m.  Tickets are $50 each and include admission to the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum plus complimentary soda, water, beer and wine.  Tickets must be purchased  111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine.
Farmers Market at World Golf Village - The World Golf Village Associates hosts a series of farmers markets along the Walk of Champions.  Local vendors from North Florida offer fresh produce and other items.  The market will be open from 3 - 7 p.m.  One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 
The Fab Four Concert - The Fab Four, the ultimate Beatles tribute band,performs at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Ponte Vedra Beach. The concert begins at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)  Tickets are $42.50. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach  904-209-0399
Friday - Sunday: May 9 - 11
"Romanza Festivale" - Celebration of art and music in the Nation's oldest city features more than 60 events and exhibits by dozens of organizations to kick off St. Augustine's "anniversary years."  Daily events include music and dance performances, concerts, art shows, fashion show, dramatic productions and much more at locations throughout the city.  Many events are free, admission required for others.
Saturday May 10
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
Romanza Parade - Romanza Festivale includes this festive and colorful walking processional of historical re-enactors, drummers, soldiers, pirates and bands as they walk from the City Gate, down St. George St. ending at the Romanza on Aviles Street and King Street Festival street fairs.  The parade begins at 1 p.m.   For a complete schedule of the Romanza festivities go to
Romaza Festivale Headliner: The Ray Charles show featuring Frank Rondell - "The Legend Lives On...A tribute to the Genius of Ray!" Re-live Ray Charles in concert!  Frank Rondell recreates the sound, style and persona of Ray Charles in this incredible tribute to a great entertainer. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium in St. Augustine.  Advance purchase tickets $25 available starting Valentine's Day on the website.  Tickets at the door are $30.  14 Granada St., St. 
Sunday: May 11 - Mother's Day 
Lincolnville Farmers Market - Eddie Vickers Park hosts this farmer's market with farm-fresh vegetables, meats/fish, cheese, bread, treats, arts & crafts, prepared food, jewelry, picnic areas, playground and more! Live music by The House Cats. Every Sunday from noon - 4 p.m.  399 Riberia St., St. Augustine.
Discover the Birds of Anastasia - Led by an Anastasia State Park volunteer, this fun and informative walk is open to participants of all birding levels.  From 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., observe a diverse variety of shore birds, marsh birds, and hammock birds by walking the beach, boardwalks, nature trails, and other areas.  Dress for the weather and bring binoculars, water, comfortable walking shoes, and a field guide if you have one.  Meet at the Island Beach Shop & Grill Pavilion.  The program is weather permitting and included in the regular admission of $8/vehicle with 2-8 occupants, $4/single-occupant vehicle, and $2/bicyclist or walker. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-461-2035
Schooner Freedom Mother's Day Sail - Celebrate Mother's Special Day with a cruise aboard St. Augustine's premier tall ship, the Schooner Freedom. The 2-hour day sail on the Matanzas River casts off at 12:15 p.m. and the Sunset Sail departs at 6:15 p.m. - both from the City Marina. The rate for the day sail is $35 adults, $25 for kids 2-12; the Sunset Sail is $45 per person.  Pack a picnic or bring desert.  Complimentary beer, wine, soda and water included.  111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine.  904-810-1010
Mother's Day Dining at the Sawgrass - Give Mom her choice of dining locations on the final day of THE PLAYERS.  The Sawgrass Marriott has special Mother's Day menus at both Vernon's and 619 Ocean View.  From 12:30-6 p.m., Mom can dine in style while enjoying the floor-to-ceiling windows with breathtaking views of the waterfall and lagoon at Vernon's.  Adults $59, children $24 (ages 4-12). Reservations 904-280-3405.  From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mom can enjoy free-flowing mimosas and ocean breezes during lunch at 619 Ocean View. Adults $40, children $15.  Reservations 904-285-7777. 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach
Mother's Day at The Raintree Restaurant - Treat your Mother to a special dining experience at The Raintree Restaurant.  Serving brunch from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for $20.  Menu lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Dinner from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Menus are available on their website under Mother's Day.Reservations suggested by calling any day after 1 p.m.102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. 904-824-7211
VIP Wine and Chocolate Tasting Tour - Make Mother's Day special with this special VIP wine and chocolate tasting tour of St. Augustine.  Presented by St. Augustine City Walks, participants indulge themselves in the best selections found in the oldest city, plus learn about the history of chocolate and its role in St. Augustine. Visit unique "foodie" hot spots and sample other foods along the way.  A full glass of boutique wine specially paired by the chef is included at several stops. The tour is $69 per person (50% discount for moms) and reservations are required. Tours depart at 2 p.m. from the Tour St. Augustine office at 4 Granada St. St. Augustine.  904-825-0087

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