Weekend entertainment in the historic city

St. Augustine Visitors and Convention Bureau Communications Director Jay Humphreys informed Historic City News reporters that among other entertaining activities, the Bridge of Lions 5K run to benefit Gamble Rogers Middle School will be held this weekend.

Friday: July 20

Lend Me A Tenor at The Limelight Theatre

Bring the family to see this play about a famed Italian tenor who passes out prior to his performance, the manager persuades his assistant, an aspiring tenor, to take his place. When Il Stupendo comes to, two Othellos are chasing lingerie-clad women and this classic farce is at its finest! Performance times are Thursday through Saturday at 730 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. All performances take place at the Limelight Theatre, located at 11 Old Mission Avenue in St. Augustine. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $20 for students and military. For more information, call 904-825-1164. http://www.limelight-theatre.org

WJCT’s Electro Lounge Movie Series
WJCT’s Electro Lounge at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N, will present a screening of It’s a Mad, Mad World, Friday, July 20th. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., movie starts at 7:30 p.m. $5 admission fee will be collected at the door. Any dollar contributed over the requested $5 will be matched by an anonymous donor to WJCT and will be used to support 89.9 WJCT. Join us an hour before the show to enjoy complimentary wine and coffee, courtesy of Lillie’s. http://www.pvconcerthall.com

SoMMA (Society of Mixed Media Arts) Exhibition
Featuring selected artist members from SoMMA curated by David Engdahl and Jan Miller at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, 50 Executive Way. Free to the public. Gallery opening reception is July 20th from 6 – 8 p.m. with light appetizers and wine. Regular exhibition hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from July 21 – September 1. 904-280-0614. http://www.ccpvb.org

Archaeo Tours – The Lost Ships
Discover the methods of maritime archaeology on this exclusive 90 minute tour of the St. Augustine Lighthouse, 81 Lighthouse Ave. After the tour, enjoy complimentary adult beverages for guests 21+. Tours are $48/per person; scheduled three times per day on Mondays and Fridays. Visit http://www.staugustinelighthouse.org for specific times. 904-829-0745.

Saturday: July 21

Bridge of Lions 5K
Join the fun, get some exercise, enjoy the historic sites and support a good cause. All proceeds will benefit Gamble Rogers Middle School. The race starts at 7:30 a.m. from the Castillo de San Marcos, 1 S. Castillo Drive, on St. Augustine’s Bayfront. http://www.racesmith.com/races/bridgeoflions5k.html

Kayak to Support Conservation Lands
Kayak for a cause and explore the Pellicer Creek Aquatic Preserve in St. Augustine from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. A percentage of all proceeds go to the Friends of Washington Oaks State Park . Tour is $55.00 per person and starts at Faver-Dykes State Park, 1000 Faver-Dykes Rd. 904-347-1565. http://www.rippleeffectecotours.com

Butterfly Program at Anastasia State Park
Mike Boulware, Living Exhibit Specialist and Outreach Co-coordinator from The University of Florida’s Butterfly Rainforest will provide a program about butterfly gardening in Florida at 10 a.m. at Anastasia State Park’s Gazebo at the Hilltop picnic area at 10 a.m. The program is free with admission, $8 per vehicle, $2 for pedestrians and bicycles. Anastasia State Park is located at 1340A A1A South in St. Augustine. 904-461-2035. http://www.FloridaStateParks.org/Anastasia

Nature Movies at GTM Reserve
The GTM Research Reserve will present the nature movie “Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?” at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at 500 Guana River Rd in Ponte Vedra. Bag It follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he tries to make sense of our dependence on plastic bags. Admission is $2.00 for adults, $1.00 for children 10 to 17 years old and children under ten are free. 904-823-4500.

Sunday: July 22

Guana Family Kayak Trip

Join Ripple Effect Ecotours on a kayak tour designed for all ages and skill levels on the Guana Family Day Kayak tours. Triple cockpit kayaks available so that an adult can paddle with 2 children in the same kayak. No experience is necessary. Discounted pricing of $50 for adults and $45 for kids includes free admission to the GTM NERR Environmental Education Center, 500 Guana River Rd in Ponte Vedra. Tour is from 10 a.m. to noon. 904-347-1565. http://www.RippleEffectEcotours.com

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.

NEW: Tours of Flagler College’s historic Hotel Ponce de Leon are free to St. Johns County residents with a valid I.D. now to July 31st to celebrate the upcoming 125st anniversary of the Hotel Ponce de Leon. Legacy Tours highlight the architectural heritage of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, a nationally designated historic landmark building, built by Henry Flagler in 1887. Tours depart at the top of each hour from the college Rotunda, 74 King Street. 904-823-3378.

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