Weekend full of St Augustine entertainment choices

St. Augustine Visitors and Convention Bureau Communications Director Jay Humphreys informed Historic City News reporters that in addition to the regular First Friday Art Walk event, this week holds some extra special events including the 26th Annual Great Chowder Debate to benefit the Shriner Children’s Hospital and a chance to slip back to the late 1970’s during an Al Stewart concert.

Friday: November 4


Enjoy a very special luncheon prepared members of the St. Augustine Women’s Exchange in the Gardens of the historic Pena-Peck House. The luncheon includes a special Christmas Shop. Doors to the Christmas Shop open at 10:30 a.m., and the luncheon is served at noon. Tickets are $25 and include a $5 coupon for shopping. The Pena-Peck House is located at 143 St. George Street in St. Augustine. For menus and more information, please visit the Women’s Exchange Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/PenaPeckHouse or call 904.829.5064


Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at more than 20 St. Augustine art galleries. Park for free at the San Sebastian Winery, 157 King Street, where sightseeing trains and trolleys offer free round-trips to the heart of the art district – or go on your own self-guided art walk. Galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 904.829.0065 or visit www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com.


Entertain your kids with a safe and educational outing at the St, Augustine Alligator Farm while you and yours have a night on the town, From 6-10 p.m., kids ages 5-12 can enjoy pizza, drinks, hands-on animal presentations , twilight zoo tour, crafts, games and lots of fun! Admission is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Call 904.824.3337 x29 for reservations.


Get artsy and literary at the same time at this Meet-the-Author event. Visit Worley Faver Gallery, 11A Aviles Street in St. Augustine, to meet author Dennis Smith, Jr. to find out about his new book The Trilogy of Swamp Hattie – the most evil ghost to ever haunt Florida’s Historic Coast. 904.238.8900.


Sit around the campfire and enjoy a natural/cultural program relative to the environment found at Anastasia State Park. The program which take place the First Friday evening each month, begins at 7 p.m. Anastasia State Park is located on A1A on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine. Admission to the park is $8 per vehicle up to 8 people, and $2 per additional passengers. Pedestrians and bicyclist admission is $2. For more information, call 904.461.2033 or visit http://www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia.


Don’t miss out on a fun evening of Doo-Wop and Oldies performed by Malt Shoppe Memories. This group of four friends recreates the old time sounds they listened to as youngsters on car radios and on Malt Shoppe jukeboxes. The show takes place at 7 p.m. in the Pioneer Barn at Old Florida Museum Fort Menendez, located at 259 San Marco Avenue. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 904.824.8874 or visit www.FortMenendez.com.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: November 4-6


Come learn about the unique sites and services available for your Quincienara or Wedding on Florida’s Historic Coast. This exciting Expo highlights the romantic settings of the Nation’s Oldest City and the surrounding seaside venues as well as the many companies that offer services that make Florida’s Historic Coast a favorite location for these lifetime celebrations. Admission to the entire three-day Expo is $25 per person, and includes the Friday night reception at 7 p.m.; on Saturday the tour of ceremony and reception sites from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Fashion Show at 7 p.m. at Lightner Museum; and the Sunday Expo which takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine. Admission to just the Sunday Expo is $10 per person. For more information about the Fifteen and Forever Expo, call 800-814-7529 or go to www.FifteenandForever.com .

Saturday and Sunday: November 5 & 6


Go on a relaxing two-hour sail on the Matanzas River and learn fascinating facts about the local environment including dolphins and more! Soak in the afternoon sun on either the 1:15 or the 3:45pm sail. Mention this ad and get $5 off each ticket! Call St. Augustine Eco Tours at (904) 377-7245 for reservations or visit www.staugustineecotours.com to learn more.


Enjoy the opening season performance of First Coast Opera. Grandi Voce includes scenes from Italian Opera including Verdi, Puccini and Mozart. The performances take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at in the Flagler Room at Flagler College, 81 King Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Students with ID are $10. For more information, visit www.FirstCoastOpera.com or call 904.417.5555.

Saturday: November 5


Take the National Park Service’s ferry to Rattlesnake Island and experience daily military life at Fort Matanzas – the 18th century Spanish fort that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors will demonstrate historic weapons demonstrations at the fort. Admission is free. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located on A1A at the south end of Anastasia Island approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.471.0116 or visit www.nps.gov/foma.


Go on a spectacular boating experience, including free coffee and bagels, courtesy of Everything Bagel, AND see the Spanish cannons firing from Fort Matanzas! This special 9 a.m. to noon cruise departs from the Vilano Boat Ramp with a USCG-certified captain in command. . Book individually at $30 per person, reservations required. Call Captain Mike at 352.246.3836. For more information, go to www.Yachtoffun.net,


Head over to Wolfs Head Books, 67 San Marco Avenue, St, Augustine and from 2-4 p.m. meet Tom Sargent who will be autographing his book Big Red: A Football Story. In 1975, Tom was the football coach at Cooper High in Brevard County. Some of his players adopted Big Red as the team’s mascot and…well you’ll just have to get the book to find out. For more information, call 904.824.9357.


Shop for unique, one-of-a-kind art created by female artists from throughout the region. Features original paintings and prints, pottery and ceramics, beaded and semi-precious stone jewelry, glass art, hand-poured soaps and candles, beach kitsch, pet items and much more. The festival is from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion. For more information, call 904. 669.2260 or go to www.everywomansart.com.


Experience an exciting musical salute to The Platters, The Coasters, The Drifters and the Temptations at Fort Menendez at Old Florida Museum. Performed by Myles Savage, former lead singer from The Platters, this salute features the all-time classic songs of these immortal groups. The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 (limited time, buy one-get one free!) Reservations are required. To purchase tickets, call Fort Menendez at Old Florida Museum at 904-824-8874 or visit www.oldfloridamuseum.com for more information. Fort Menendez is located at 259 San Marco Avenue St Augustine, Florida.

Saturday and Sunday: November 5 & 6


Enjoy the opening season performance of First Coast Opera. Grandi Voce includes scenes from Italian Opera including Verdi, Puccini and Mozart. The performances take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at in the Flagler Room at Flagler College, 81 King Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Students with ID are $10. For more information, visit www.FirstCoastOpera.com or call 904.417.5555.

Sunday: November 6


Satisfy your passion for great seafood at the Conch House Marina’s celebrated annual Great Chowder Debate. More than 30 area restaurants come together to compete to see who has the best chowder. Everyone can be a judge and savor an almost limitless variety – from local favorites like the Menorcan chowders to an assortment of New England chowders – made with clams, conch, lobster, scallops and crab and laced with secret concoctions of herbs and spices. The event starts at noon and runs throughout the day. All proceeds benefit the Shriner’s Hospitals for Crippled Children. The Conch House Marina is located at 57 Comares Avenue. For more Information, call 904.829.8646.

Prisoners of War: Stolen Freedom

Come be a part of this program, which honors our Nation’s prisoners of war. The program will include posting of the colors by The Florida National Guard Mixed Services Color Guard, a performance of “A Patriotic Medley”, a presentation of Essay Contest Winners and the premiere of “Prisoners of War: Stolen Freedom” Remembrance Ceremony film, and a moving chorale Service Salute. It all takes place at Anastasia Baptist Church located at 1650 A1A South, St Augustine. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the program is free and is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 904-829-0381 or visit http://www.AnyVeteran.org.


Hear Al Stewart perform his 1979 hits “Year of the Cat” and “Time Passages,” plus an astounding repertoire of other great hits, all at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Doors to the show open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $29. The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall is located at 1050 A1A North. Go to www.pvconcerthall.com or call 904.209.0399.

NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, and the Spanish Military Hospital Museum. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Authentic Old Drug Store, Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum.

For more information on events and activities, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com or call 1.800.653.2489.
Jay Humphreys, Communications Director
St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau
29 Old Mission Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32084


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