Weekend of nautical entertainment

St. Augustine Visitors and Convention Bureau Communications Director Jay Humphreys announced to Historic City News readers to prepare for a weekend of nautical entertainment featuring the St. Augustine Nautical Festival and Boat Show, Fishing for the Cure Tournament, the 38th Annual Bluewater Tournament and even watch Captain Jack Sparrow and his Pirates of the Caribbean in 3D.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday: May 20-22


Come see the excitement of big game fishing during this annual tournament sponsored by the Northeast Florida Marlin Association. Boats from all over the Southeast come to participate. Big prizes for the biggest catches are awarded. Registration is $901 per vessel. However, there is free admission to observe the large vessels all decked out with top line fishing gear and to see the big fish that swim off our coast at the daily weigh-ins. The Bluewater Tournament takes place at the Camachee Cove Marina, located on St. Augustine’s Vilano Beach Causeway. For more information, call 904.674.4552 or visit www.NEFMA.com


See Captain Jack Sparrow and his Pirates of the Caribbean in 3D as they search for the fabled Fountain of Youth – on the giant iIMAX screen at the World Golf Hall of Fame! The largest IMAX theater in the Southeast will be premiering the new On Stranger Tides installment from the Pirates of the Caribbean throughout the weekend. For details and tickets, go to www.worldgolfimax.com or call 904.940.4133.


Experience the first theater on St. Augustine’s St. George Street since a terrible fire destroyed the Genovar Opera House in 1914. The St. Augustine Murder Mystery Theatre features a great meal and great live entertainment daily with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. and an evening show at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $43.15 each. For more information, call 904.671.2508 or go to www.StAugustineMurderMysteryDinnerTheater.com

Friday and Saturday: May 20-21


For the 12th straight year, Riding Into History, one of America’s premier motorcycle events, returns to World Golf Village in St. Augustine. On Friday, at 10 a.m. there will be a Grand Marshall Historic Ride lead by National Champion Racer and Motorcycle Hall of Famer, Kevin Scwantz. Then on Saturday the gates to the Concours d’Elegance open at 10 a.m. The event will feature hundreds of classic American motorcycles along the Village’s Walk of Champions. Vendors, exhibitors and entertainment will be included. All proceeds will benefit Wounded Warrior Project. World Golf Village is located at I-95 Exit 323 in St. Augustine. For more information, please visit www.ridingintohistory.org.

Saturday and Sunday: May 21-22


Learn to paint from one of today’s most insightful and nationally-recognized artists. This weekend landscape painting workshop explores color and composition with tips that bring the painting life using highlights and lively brushwork. This workshop is for artists of all skill levels and takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the St. Augustine Art Association Gallery, 22 Marine Street in St. Augustine. The participation fee is $275 per person and space is limited. For more information, visit www.staaa.org or call 904.824.2310.


Buy a new or used boat, check out nautical arts and crafts, see boating displays and demonstrations, enjoy food and beverages, music and much more at the St. Augustine Nautical Festival and Boat Show. The event is 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday at St. Augustine’s Francis Field on West Castillo Drive just behind the Visitors’ Center and the Historic Downtown Parking Facility. Admission is $2. For details, go to www.StAugNauticalFestival.com

Saturday: May 21


Visit the “Big Easy” when the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach presents “Arts Alive/Arti-Gras” – their annual fundraiser for children’s arts and education programs. Cajun-inspired gourmet food and music, complimentary wine, live blues performed on the terrace, a fortune teller, “Moving Sculptures” presented by the Ponte Vedra Ballet, live and silent auctions, and much more are featured from 7 p.m.- 11 p.m. Tickets are $75 for members and $100 for non-members. For online ticket purchases and more information, go to www.ccpvb.org. or call 904.280.0614. The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach is located at 50 Executive Way.


Meet Jaguars quarterback David Garrard and a host of other Jags players at the Fishing for the Cure Tournament and MVP Party at 6 p.m. at the Conch House Marina Resort in St. Augustine. The party features live music by PARMALEE & Ken Anderson, Caribbean cuisine and cocktails, silent auction and much more all to benefit North Florida families impacted by breast cancer and Crohn’s disease. For tickets and more information, go to www.fishingforthecure.org .

Sunday: May 22


Put on your black tie and celebrate the 20th Anniversary of BRASS (Beaches Residents Actively Supporting the Symphony) at a gala featuring a live performance of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Fabio Mechetti. Held at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, the event begins at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, open bar and silent auction. At 7 p.m., the dinner, live auction and symphony begin. For more information and tickets, call 904.543.7717.

Photo credits: © 2011 Historic City News contributed photograph by St. Augustine Nautical Festival and Boat Show

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