Barbara Golden, Communications Manager for the St Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau, informed local Historic City News reporters about the following entertaining events for our St Johns County readers.
Local Resident Specials
St Johns County residents with valid identification are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, City Walks History Mystery Murder Evening Tour and the Hotel Ponce de Leon Legacy Tours at Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Fort Matanzas National Monument, St Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum. Many other local attractions offer discounted admissions to St Johns County residents with valid identification.
|Monday - Sunday : September 16 – 22|
|Ignorance is a Choice Art Exhibit – Artist Donny Miller’s Ignorance is a Choice exhibit on display at St. Augustine’s space:eight Gallery. Donny’s unique graphic style of pairing seemingly benign images with witty declarations about humanity is as much philosophic as it is artistic. Ignorance is a Choice runs thru September 27. 228 West King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-2838 http://www.spaceeight.com
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. http://www.StAugustine-450.com
St. Augustine Art Association’s Annual Fall Members’ Show – St. Augustine Art Association’s Annual Fall Members Show features a broad array of artistic styles, media and subjects. 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 http://www.staaa.org
|Monday – Friday: September 16 – 20|
|Ideas and Images Present Artist Liz Rodda – 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.” The Gallery, located at 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Rodda’s exhibition will run through October 18. 904-826-8530 http://www.flagler.edu/crispellert/upcoming-exhibitions|
|Tuesday: September 17|
|Hotel Ponce de Leon 125th Anniversary Community Lecture - Professor Catherine McFarland presents a lecture titled “The Aesthetic Movement in America” as part of the commemorative events celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the opening of Henry Flagler’s Ponce de Leon Hotel. The presentation takes place at 10 a.m. in the Flagler Room at the former Hotel Ponce De Leon, 75 King Street. Admission is $5 per person. 904-819-6282 http://www.ponce125.com|
|Wednesday: September 18|
|Farmer’s Arts and Crafts Market – Farmer’s Market located at the ocean-side St. Johns County Pier Park, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Features selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more! Open 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. rain or shine. 904-347-8007 http://www.thecivicassociation.com
Music By The Sea Concert Series 2013 – Live concert with the band Beach St. a Go-Go playing classic rock and roll takes place from 7-9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion, 350 A1A South. Admission is free and local restaurant Cafe 11 will offer signature dinners for $10. For comfortable seating, bring a folding chair.
|Thursday: September 19|
|A Conversation with Andrew Young – The first in a lecture 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. Dr. Young’s lecture will take place on Thursday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m. in the Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. Each event is free and open to the public. 904-819-6282 flagler.edu/our-community
The Search for Jellyfish – At 7 p.m., The Whitney Lab Lohman Auditorium at Marineland, 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., will host National Geographic Emerging Explorer Dr. Kakani Katija Young who will share the exploration challenges, accidental encounters and (painful) lessons learned in the search for jellyfish. 904-461-4000 http://www.whitney.ufl.edu
Asian Autumn Moonrise Celebration at Washington Oaks Beachside – See the sunset and moonrise from Washington Oaks Gardens State Park’s unique coquina rock beach. From 7:45 – 8:30 p.m., Park Service Specialist Joe Woodbury tells Moon Festival stories, and provides samplings of green tea and moon cakes. Entrance to Washington Oaks, 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., is $5 per vehicle, up to eight people; $4 per vehicle for single occupancy or $2 per person on bicycle applies 386-446-6783 http://www.FloridaStateParks.org
|Saturday: September 21|
|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.
Guided Beach Exploration Guana South Beach – Join GTM Research Reserve volunteers from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. for a beach walk at the Guana South beach location on A1A, 1768 Ponte Vedra Blvd., South Ponte Vedra Beach. Learn about the animals that call the beach home as well as seashells and other interesting facts. This is a “Beaches 101″ experience that the entire family will enjoy. There is a $3/per vehicle parking fee.
City Walks Pet Friendly Tours – Bring your pooch 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 at 4 Granada Street. Pets must be leashed and reservations are required. 904-825-0087 http://www.staugustinecitywalks.com
Sea Turtle Talk and Walk at Washington Oaks – Join Park Ranger, Steve Alexander from 9 – 10 a.m. for this illuminating sea turtle program at Washington Oaks, 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. Assist with the sea turtle patrol and learn about the various sea turtle species found in our area, their habits, habitats and more. The program is included 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. 386-446-6783 http://www.FloridaStateParks.org
Nocatee Farmer’s Market – Featuring more than 70 vendors, Nocatee Farmer’s Market takes place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 245 Little River Rd., Ponte Vedra. http://www.nocatee.com
Photography Challenge Event – Photographers, from beginners to professionals, compete to take the best photo at three designated locations within Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd. Maps can be obtained from the Ranger Station or from volunteers in the main parking lot. There is no cost to compete. Park admission is $5 per vehicle; $2 per pedestrian/bicyclist. 609-247-8146; e-mail email@example.com http://www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks
Tolomato Cemetery Guided Tour – Tour the oldest extant planned cemetery in the State of Florida with burials starting during the First Spanish Period (1565-1763). Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Tours are from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 16 Cordova St., St. Augustine. http://www.tolomatocemetery.com
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 http://www.StAugustineBlackHeritageTours.com
Castillo de San Marcos by Candlelight – Candlelight tours take place at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument on the third Saturday of the month. Weather permitting. Advance tickets are $8 per adult ages 15 and older; $4 per child 5 – 15; and free for children 4 and younger. 1 South Castillo Dr. St. Augustine. http://www.nps.gov/casa