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.
Monday – Saturday: April 29 – May 4
Farm to Table Week – The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach hosts cooking classes, celebrity chef dinner and a farm, food and art market. Cooking classes and lunch-and-learns will take place daily through May 3 at the Cultural Center. From 6-10 p.m. Thursday, local chefs from the area’s best restaurants prepare incredible meals with locally-grown ingredients at a Farm to Table Dinner at Crosswater Hall, 245 Little River Road (Nocatee Center Way) in Nocatee. Tickets are $125 each. On Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., a farm, food and art market will be held at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, 50 Executive Way. Admission is free. 904-280-0614, x205. www.ccpvb.org
Friday: May 3
First Friday Art Walk – Join one of St. Augustine’s most popular cultural events from 5 – 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at over 20 participating galleries. Tours begin at San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St. St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys offer attendees a complimentary shuttle service to most of the galleries. www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com
FLOAT – The Floating Art Gallery – The Standard will host over 20 visual artists, 5 music acts, and a cinema featuring locally produced videos, and food trucks. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are $5. The Standard is located at 200 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. www.thestandardfl.com
Friday & Saturday: May 3 & 4
2-Ghouls Paranormal Investigation of the Old Jail – Explore one of the most haunted buildings in St. Augustine. Hear sinister accounts of life inside the Victorian prison. Conduct your own investigation with professional equipment. Tours take place at 10:30 p.m. at the Old Jail, 167 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. Tickets are $80 each. 904-671-5010
Friday – Sunday: May 3 – 5
Gamble Rogers Folk Festival – Annual celebration of the folk music, stories and dance that made Gamble Rogers famous. This year, Gamble Rogers Folk Festival performances take place at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and venues downtown. Festival performers will play during First Friday Art Walk in various galleries in downtown St. Augustine and on stage at the city marina located at the base of the Bridge of Lions. Then on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m. performers will take to several stages at the Amphitheatre. Tickets are available for single venue shows and in a variety of packages including an all-access weekend pass. 904-794-4163 www.gamblerogersfest.org
The American Glass Guild Presents American Glass Now: 2013 – The St. Augustine Art Association will host the second juried American Glass Guild exhibition featuring works by acclaimed stained glass artists. Admission is free. The gallery is located at 22 Marine St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. www.staaa.org 904-824-2310
St. Augustine Art Association Canvas, Clay, Collage & Cutting Edge – The St. Augustine Art Association combines four exciting themes into one juried exhibit. Cutting Edge is defined as work that pushes the boundaries of ideas and/or materials. The gallery is located at 22 Marine St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. www.staaa.org 904-824-2310
Saturday: May 4
Change of Flags – Reenactment of the 1763 ceremony when the Spanish relinquished Florida to the British as a result of the Treaty of Paris that ended what was known in America as the French & Indian War. The Change of the Flags will take place at noon, 2 and 3 p.m. at Castillo de San Marcos, 1 South Castillo Dr. Admission is $7; 16 and under are free. www.nps.gov/casa 904-829-6506, ext. 233.
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. 1340-A A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-461-2033 www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia
Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration – Features a spectacular sunset across the bay dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more can be found on the pier! Open 3 p.m. to dusk. Admission is free. Located at 115 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine
Sunday: May 5
Anastasia Bird Walk – Anastasia State Park hosts a spectacular Bird Walk from 8:30-10:30 a.m. The walk will provide participants with an ideal opportunity to see a diverse variety of shorebirds, birds of the marsh and birds of the hammock. Comfortable walking shoes, camera, drinking water, bug spray, sunscreen and a field guide are recommended. The Bird Walk is included free of charge with park admission ($8 per vehicle) and will begin from the Island Grill. The park is located at 1340A A1A South in St. Augustine. 904-461-2033 www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia
EMMA Concert Series: Peter & Helen Morin – Peter and Helen Morin playing piano and violin will perform at 2 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. Admission is free. www.EmmaConcerts.com 904-797-2800
Local Resident Specials
St. Johns County residents with a valid ID 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, Spanish Military Hospital Museum, and the Historic Tours of 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 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. Also, on the first Monday of each month, St. Johns County residents are admitted free to the Dow Museum of Historic Houses, 246 St. George Street, St. Augustine.