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Entertainment in St Augustine this week

December 9, 2013 | By More

400-GOLD-TOUR_5418Barbara 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.

December 9, 2013
Monday – Sunday : December 9 – 15
Nights of Lights – Selected by National Geographic Traveler in 2011 and 2012 as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights feature millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation’s oldest city. Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a white candle in the window during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting reflects the city’s 449-year history and illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories. http://www.NightsofLights.com

TPC Sawgrass Tour of Trees – Through January 1, 2014, experience the self-guided tour of the grandiose TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse to view the spectacular holiday decorations in each room! The Clubhouse is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. 103 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-273-3235 http://www.tpc.com/sawgrass

Viva Florida Exhibit at the St. Augustine Art Association – Through December 29, Florida’s 500th Anniversary year concludes with this popular exhibition at the St. Augustine Art Association celebrating the sights and structures, beaches and byways, flora and fauna, history and happenings that are uniquely Florida. 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

Miniature Historic St. Augustine Village Holiday Exhibit – Through December 29, a miniature village of historic St. Augustine buildings, created by woodworker Leonard Ruel, is on display at the St. Augustine Art Association. This special holiday installation features 39 small-scale replicas of iconic buildings such as the Cathedral Basilica, Villa Zorayda, Government House, the Pena Peck House and others. 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

New World in the Eyes of Explorers Exhibit – Through January 5, 2014, this intriguing exhibit of images of the New World and its indigenous peoples and animals provide a fascinating look at the first encounter between the peoples of the Old World and the New World -an epic event that changed the world forever. The exhibit is located in the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center and is open from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 10 West Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. http://www.StAugustine-450.com

Dressing of the Palms in Vilano Beach – Through January 4, 2014, the second annual Dressing of the Palms along Vilano Beach features palm trees decorated in holiday finery — A Celebration of Coastal Living. The trees showcase creative talents of residents, artists, businesses, clubs, schools, and organizations. Vilano Beach Main St., St. Augustine. 904-910-8386 http://www.VilanoBeachFL.com

Monday & Tuesday: December 9 & 10
Charlie Brown Christmas with David Benoit – As part of “A December to Remember,” the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will host “A Charlie Brown Christmas” with David Beniot. The 7 p.m. performance is sponsored by the Community First Credit Union and admission is free. 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-471-1965 http://www.staugamphitheatre.com
Tuesday: December 10
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 http://www.marinelandmarina.com

Hotel Ponce de Leon 125th Anniversary Community Lecture – Dr. Judith Burdan presents a lecture titled “Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country: Money, Power and the ‘New Woman’ in the Guided Age.” The presentation is part of the commemorative events celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the opening of Henry Flagler’s Ponce de Leon Hotel and takes place at 10 a.m. in the Flagler Room at the former Hotel Ponce De Leon, now Flagler College. Tickets are $5 per person for a single lecture or $15 for four lectures. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Active military personnel may attend at no charge. The lecture will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a coffee and pastry reception. 74 King St., St. Augustine. 904-819-6282 http://www.flagler.edu/our-community/events/community-lecture-series/index.html

Wednesday: December 11
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 http://www.thecivicassociation.com

Pet Friendly Food Tour - Bring Fido to join City Walks for a Pet Friendly Food Tour of St. Augustine’s Historic District. Each Wednesday, join City Walks and explore the history and culture of St. Augustine through its rich culinary influences, visiting unique pet-friendly restaurants and eateries. Tours benefit the local St. Augustine Wild Reserve. Tickets are $49 and limited to 12 humans plus leashed pets. Tours depart at 2 p.m. from the Tour St. Augustine office, 4 Granada St. 904-825-0087. http://www.StAugustineCityWalks.com

Thursday: December 12
Evenings at Whitney; Dying Young as Late in Life as Possible – At 7 p.m., The Whitney Lab Lohman Auditorium at Marineland hosts Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, PhD. from University of Cincinnati, who now holds the prestigious post of Investigator at the Stowers Institute of Medical Research in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Alvarado’s presentation is based on his current research efforts aimed at elucidating the molecular and cellular basis of animal regeneration using the free-living flatwork Schmidtea mediterranea. 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine. 904-461-4000 http://www.whitney.ufl.edu
Thursday & Saturday: December 12 &14
Pet Friendly St. Augustine Food Tour – Bring your best friend along from 1:30 – 4 p.m. to learn some of the history of St. Augustine and taste some of the delectable offerings in the “first city.” The tour stops at five pet friendly restaurants. All pets must be leashed. The tour is limited to 10 humans with their fur babies. Tickets are $49 (receive a discount with online booking). 904-392-7137 http://www.StAugustineHistoricTours.com
Thursday – Saturday: December 12 – 14
Fall 2013 Senior Portfolio Exhibition – The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum presents the Fall 2013 Senior Portfolio Exhibition with an opening reception on Thursday from 5 – 9 p.m. The B.F.A. exhibition will include paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints, textiles, video, and mixed media works by Flagler College’s graduating B.F.A. and B.A. candidates. The works will be on display Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and on Saturday form 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8530 http://www.flagler.edu/crispellert
Friday: December 13
A Night in Bethlehem – The holiday season comes alive from 6:30-8:30 p.m. when Memorial Lutheran Church presents A Night in Bethlehem. The event features the ancient city of Bethlehem where visitors can explore an unforgettable marketplace, bake bread, make crafts, visit a stable with real animals and chat with Joseph and Mary as they hold their newborn baby. Throughout the evening, students will be singing some of their favorite Christmas songs. 3375 U.S. 1 South, St. Augustine 904-797-8777 http://www.LutheranChapelSchool.com
Friday – Sunday: December 13-15
Shadows of the Past at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park – Take a nighttime guided tour of the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park to experience the eerie beauty of the Timucua burials, and Indian village and the Menendez settlement field by moonlight. Tours start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. 11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-3168 http://www.fountainofyouthflorida.com/nighttours.html

Historic Weapon Demonstrations at Castillo de San Marcos – National Parks Service volunteers and personnel demonstrate the weapons and relate the experiences of the Colonial Spanish soldier stationed in St. Augustine in the 1740s. Demonstration times are 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults; Children 15 and under are free. The Castillo is open 8:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. daily. http://www.nps.gov/casa

Saturday: December 14
Old City Farmers’ Market – Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more. Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733

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 http://www.staugustinecitywalks.com

GTM Reserve Guided Trail Hike – Join GTM Research Reserve volunteers from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. for a 1.5 mile guided walk through the Guana Trail. After the walk, visit the GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center (EEC). There is a $3 parking fee. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500http://gtmnerr2ndtrailhike.eventbrite.com

Musket Firing Demonstrations at Fort Matanzas - Reenactors fire flintlock muskets at Fort Matanzas National Monument 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Admission is free including the ferry ride to and from the island. Fort Matanzas is located at 8635 A1A, 15 miles south of St. Augustine. 904-471-0116 http://www.nps.gov/foma

Second Saturdays 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

Holiday in the Gardens – From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Washington Oaks Gardens State Park comes alive with tasteful holiday decorations and activities for the entire family! Arts and crafts, face painting and games with prizes take place in the Holidays Around the World Playground. Santa will be at the Visitor Center accepting “wish lists” and posing for photos for a nominal fee. At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Mrs. Claus will host a tea party in the gardens including tea, reindeer sandwiches and storytelling – $5 for each party, reservations required. The event also includes arts and crafts vendors and the Second Saturday Plant Sale. Admission is one non-perishable food item per person or a toy for Toys For Tots. 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. 386-446-6783 http://www.floridastateparks.org/washingtonoaks

Living History Day at Fort Matanzas National Monument – From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad reenactors will 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 approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. 8635 A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-471-0116 http://www.nps.gov/foma

Regatta of Lights – Annual holiday parade of motorized vessels – sailboats, trawlers, shrimp boats and many other vessels all-a-glitter with brilliant lighted displays ranging from patriotic to whimsical. Awards for the best theme, most colorful, best in class and best overall. Beginning at 6 p.m., the boats will light up St. Augustine’s Matanzas Bay between the Bridge of Lions and Castillo de San Marcos. The Regatta of Lights is hosted by the St. Augustine Yacht Club. 904-824-9725 http://www.sayc2000.com

Chili Cook-Off & Double Feature – As part of Community First Credit Union’s “A December to Remember”, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will host a chili cook-off and a movie double feature. The St. Augustine Fire Department Chili Cook starts at 2 p.m. The first movie, ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ (Stop Motion) starts at 6 p.m. The second movie ‘Elf’ starts at 7 p.m. The event is free. 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-471-1965 http://www.staugamphitheatre.com

Changing of the Guard Ceremony – See an authentic re-creation of St. Augustine’s 18th century Changing of the Guard. Presented by the city’s Spanish Garrison, the event portrays the 1740 version of what was once a daily ritual. The colorful military drill begins at 4:30 p.m., with two groups of soldiers marching from the Spanish Bakery located at 42 St. George Street — one heads north to the City Gate and the other group comes south to the Governor’s House on the Plaza de la Constitucion where they will demonstrate Spanish military arts and explain the purpose of the Changing of the Guard. After greeting the public at the City Gate, the first group of soldiers will march down St. George Street and meet their comrades at the Plaza at 4:45 p.m. At 5 p.m., the Changing of the Guard, complete with a volley of musketry, will be performed. The Garrison will then march back up St. George Street to the Castillo de San Marcos. http://historic-florida-militia.org/upcoming-events/

Saturday & Sunday: December 14 & 15
20th Annual Bed and Breakfast Holiday Tour “Christmas Around the World” – Christmas Around the World is a two-day tour from 1- 5 p.m. each day featuring 24 inns throughout historic St. Augustine. Each day, 12 inns open their doors to display entertaining decorations and scenes based on the culture, history and holiday traditions of colorful places from Spain to Germany to Ireland – and perhaps some imaginative places that may surprise you. Each inn is paired with a distinguished St. Augustine restaurant or other culinary partner offering savory nibbles, sweet treats and other refreshments. The self-guided tour is easily navigated on foot, but a special tour shuttle also will offer transportation along the route. Tickets are $25 and should be purchased in advance (partial proceeds benefit a local charity). http://www.staugustinebandbtour.com

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