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.
|Tuesday – Sunday : September 3 – 8|
|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.
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
|Wednesday: September 4|
|Farmer’s Arts and Crafts Market – Farmers’ 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
Lightner Museum Curator Tours – Lightner Museum curator provides a themed interactive tour designed to give participants an opportunity to see acquisitions in operation rather than just as static displays. The tour, which is included in admission, takes place at 10 a.m. on the second floor of Lightner Museum. $10 adults; $6 for active duty military; $5 college student and youth ages 12-18; under 12 are free. 75 King St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2874
Music By The Sea Concert Series 2013 – Live concert with the band ET Swing playing jazz takes place from 7-9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion. Admission is free and local restaurant By Design Catering Co. will offer signature dinners for $10. For comfortable seating, bring a folding chair. 350 A1A Beach Blvd. St. Augustine Beach. 904-347-8007
|Thursday – Sunday: September 5 – 8|
|Ideas and Images Presents 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.” On Thursday, Flagler College presents a talk and reception featuring artist Liz Rodda at 7 p.m. in the Gamache-Koger Theatre in teh Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla St.. The opening reception is 5-9 p.m. on Friday at the museum. Admission is free for each event. Rodda’s exhibition will run through October 18. 904-826-|
|Friday thru Sunday: September 6 – 8|
|Delicious Destinations at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club – Food and wine sophisticates unite! The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club will host northeast Florida’s premier food and wine event — Delicious Destinations. On Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. meet celebrity chefs at a welcome reception. On Saturday evening from 7-10 p.m., the chefs will don their aprons and showcase their culinary talents for all to see and taste. 200 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 888-839-
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 reception is 5-9 p.m. on Friday. 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
|Friday: September 6|
|First Friday Art Walk – From 5 – 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. New exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments are featured at over 20 participating galleries in St. Augustine. Tours begin at San Sebastian Winery. Complimentary shuttle service to most galleries is provided by St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys. 157 King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-0065
Wood & Landscape Art Exhibit Opening – The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach will host the works of Gene Roberds and Grant Ward. Grant specializes in turning wood and spinning metal vessels using a lathe. Gene Roberds works include watercolors, oil and acrylic, plus some photographs and drawings. Admission to the gallery is free daily. The opening reception will be from 6-8 p.m. at the Cultural Center, 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-280-0614
|Saturday: September 7|
|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. 904-471-3733.
Founder’s Day and First Thanksgiving Celebration at Fountain of Youth – Opening at 9 a.m,, Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archeological Park presents a day of celebratory events marking the 448th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine. Throughout the day, the public is invited to visit an authentic 16th century encampment featuring the Men of Menendez portraying the original soldiers and civilians who founded the city. At 10 a.m., a waterfront cannon barrage salutes Menendez. At 12:15 p.m., a cannon volley will be fired and repeated on the hour from 1 to 5 p.m. At 1 p.m.,sixteenth century reenactors present an accurate portrayal of the First Thanksgiving Dinner, which occurred in 1565 at the present site of the Fountain of Youth. Fifty-five years before the arrival of the Pilgrims in New England, Spanish colonists sat down with Native Americans for a Feast of Thanksgiving. The feast ends at 3 p.m. and will be followed by demonstrations of 16th century Spanish military and civilian life through 5 p.m. Admission is $12 adults; $8 children (6-12). 11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine. 904-829-3168
448th Anniversary of the Founding Of St. Augustine – Dozens of authentic reenactors portray the 1565 founding of St. Augustine by Pedro Menendez and his Spanish colonists. Colorful ceremonies and presentations, including the landing of Menendez, are followed by a special Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Bishop Felipe J. Estévez, Bishop of St. Augustine at the Mission Nombre De Dios’ outdoor altar, a Grand Procession, and an inspiring talk about the founding of St. Augustine by Dr. Timothy J. Johnson, Chairman of the Department of Humanities at Flagler College. The commemoration begins at 10 a.m. Admission and parking are free. The Mission Nombre de Dios is located off San Marco Avenue at 27 Ocean Ave., St. Augustine.
Living History Day at Fort Matanzas National Monument – From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad reenactors 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. 8635 A1A S., St. Augustine. 904-471-0116
Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration – This fun evening at the Vilano Pier features a spectacular sunset across the bay plus dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more. Activities are from 3 p.m. – dusk. Admission is free. 260 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine. 904-540-0402
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
Evening Nature Program at Anastasia State Park – Park rangers or volunteers present programs on various topics ranging from sea turtles to star gazing. Programs take place at open-air pavilions with one of the most beautiful scenic backdrops in Northeast Florida as inspiration. Program included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle. Times vary throughout year. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-461-2035
|Sunday: September 8|
|Story Time Celebration – Washington Oaks Gardens State Park will host a Story Time Celebration. At 2:30 p.m., Frank and Mary Lee Sweet, also known as “Back in Tyme” will tell stories and sing folksongs from the nineteenth century that tell how to take care of all the things that live and grow on our planet. Celebrate literacy as “Back in Tyme” uses the art of storytelling and the emotion of music to illuminate Florida’s history and folklore. Admission is $5 per vehicle. 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast, 32137 386-446-6783
St. Augustine Beach Sculpture Garden Concert – Have a picnic in the park and enjoy live music and the Sculpture Garden from 4 – 6 p.m. Admission is free. 2300 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach 904-824-4483