St Augustine St Johns County entertainment

400-LIGHTHOUSE-CASAMONICACommunications Manager Barbara Golden provided Historic City News local reporters with highlights of entertainment activities available to visitors and residents of St Augustine and St Johns County this week.

For more information on events and activities in St Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website.

Tuesday through Monday: January 1 – 7

Nights of Lights – St. Augustine’s famed Nights of Lights illuminate the nation’s oldest city’s historic district with the gentle glow of more than three million tiny white lights, providing a luminous setting for an exciting agenda of holiday events and fun through January 31.

2013 Annual Figure & Portrait Show – Through Jan. 27, expressions of the human form and face lend personality to this exhibit. Artworks may include gesture drawings, academic figure studies, formal portraits or busts and people in groups rendered in any style or material. The St. Augustine Art Association Gallery, 22 Marine St., St. Augustine is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 5 p.m. Closed New Year’s Day. Admission is Free.

Dressing of the Palms – Complimenting Nights of Lights, the Dressing of the Palms in the Town Center at Vilano Beach features holiday decorations adorning over 200 palm trees along Vilano Road and Coastal Highway in Vilano Beach through January. Free. Vilano Beach Town Center 260 Vilano Road, St Augustine Phone: 904-540-0402

“The Meanies” Art Exhibit at Space Eight – Exhibition of mixed-media creations by artist Jordie Hudson. Titled “The Meanies,” the exhibit takes place at the Space Eight Gallery, 228 W. King St., in St. Augustine. Info: 904-829-2838

Tuesday through Sunday: January 1-6

Holly Jolly Holiday Trolley – Explore St. Augustine’s famous Nights of Lights in the cozy comfort of the Holly Jolly Trolleys. Guests of all ages delight at the festive glittering lights throughout St. Augustine’s historic area while enjoying caroling, hot apple cider and homemade cookies. Tours depart from St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, 10 W. Castillo Drive.

Thursday: January 5

Living History Day at Fort Matanzas National Monument – From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors will 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. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at 8635 A1A at the south end of Anastasia Island approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. Info: 904-471-0116

Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration – Features a spectacular sunset across the bay — plus, dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more can be found on the pier! Activities are from 3 p.m. – dusk. Admission is free. Located at 115 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine. Info: 904-540-0402

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 A1A, St. Augustine. Times vary throughout year. For more information, call 904-461-2035;

Friday: January 4

First Friday Art Walk – Experience 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. Shuttles run on a continuous loop every 30 minutes. Info: 904-829-0065.

Art Galleries of St Augustine Members 2012 – 2013

1. Rembrandtz Art Gallery – 131 King Street, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
2. Butterfield Garage Art Gallery – 137-A King Street, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
3. 57 Treasury Art & Design – 144-I King Street, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
4. Spear House Gallery – 149 Cordova Street, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
5. Absolute Americana Art Gallery – 77 Bridge Street, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
6. Crisp-Ellert Art Museum – 48 Sevilla Street, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
7. Lightner Museum – 75 King Street, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
8. P.A.St.A Fine Art Gallery – 214 Charlotte Street, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
9. St Augustine Art Association – 22 Marine Street, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
10. Abbott Tract Artists – 31 San Marco Avenue, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
11. St Augustine Photographic Art – 35 Hypolita Street, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
12. High Tide Gallery – 51 Cordova Street, #A & B, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
13. Sydney McKenna Gallery – 5 Inlet Place, Saint Augustine, Florida 32080