Monday, May 9, 2016

Another great lineup of activities in Saint John's county this month. No excuse not to take a road trip and see what our area has to offer! I'm sure it won't disappoint. WWW.PEACEANDPLENTYINN.COM

May 9, 2016  
Monday - Sunday: May 9 - 15
"Captain America: Civil War" at World Golf IMAX
Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War" finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. Adults $13, seniors/students/military $12, and children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for show times. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4123 
Romanza Festivale of the Arts
Join a celebration of art and music in America's Most Romantic City featuring more than 100 events and exhibits by dozens of organizations. Daily events include music and dance performances, concerts, art shows, dramatic productions and much more at locations throughout the city. Many events are free. There will be dozens of arts and cultural organizations hosting events at various locations throughout St. Augustine. For a schedule of events, times, locations and ticket prices, visit the website.  904-315-8061
Monday - Thursday, May 9 - 12
Sweet Emmaline, the Musical Journey of Debbie McDade
Sweet Emmaline tells the story of Debbie McDade, born Emmaline Maultsby, who journeyed from her home in St. Augustine's Lincolnville to New York City, the city she dreamed of as a child listening to the weekly radio broadcasts from The Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. There she found a career on the stage, performing and touring as a vocalist with the likes of Earl "Fatha" Hines and Count Basie. The production features many of Debbie's own compositions along with musical standards of the American songbook. Performances are at 3 p.m. on Sunday and 7:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday at the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center. Tickets are $25 each. 102 Martin Luther King Avenue, St. Augustine. 904-501-5093
Monday - Saturday, May 9 - 14
Sharon Booma Exhibit at Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach
Nationally-recognized artist Sharon Booma's "Collections of Impulses" exhibit is a vigorous pursuit of a balance between the states of chaos and order that alternate and overlap in our lives. Her exhibit will be on display through May 27. Admission is free. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-280-0614 
Tuesday, May 10
The 1975 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre
As one of the breakthrough British bands of the past decade, their self-titled debut album entered the U.K. charts at No. 1 and went on to sell one million copies. Their 2016 tour brings them to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre to support their sophomore album "I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware" released in February 2016. The Japanese House also performs at this concert that begins at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). Tickets are $49.50 standing pit; $49.50 level 100; $39.50 level 200; and $29.50 level 300. 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-209-0367 
Tuesday - Saturday, May 10 - 14
THE PLAYERS Championship
The game's greatest players compete at TPC Sawgrass - THE PLAYERS Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach. THE PLAYERS Championship is recognized by PGA TOUR members as "their" championship tournament. It features one of the most coveted titles in professional golf, the strongest field of competitors and one of the richest purses. Previous winners of THE PLAYERS Championship include Rickie Fowler in 2015, Martin Kaymer in 2014, Tiger Woods in 2013, Matt Kurchar in 2012, K.J. Choi in 2011, Tim Clark in 2010 and many other greats. 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-285-7888 
St. Augustine Art Association presents Canvas, Clay, Collage and 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 open Tuesday - Saturday noon - 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 - 5 p.m. Admission is free. 22 Marine St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2310  
Wednesday, May 11 
Marineland River-to-Sea Trail Walk
Go on a guided trail walk at the River-to-Sea Preserve and travel through ancient Florida coastal woodlands to learn how Native Americans once thrived there on nature's bounty. Discover indigenous plants bordering the trail to the Matanzas River. The 1.5-hour walk begins at 9 a.m. from the River-to-Sea parking lot across from the ocean near the GTM Research Reserve Marineland Field Office. The tour is free, but reservations are required. 9741 North Oceanshore Boulevard, Marineland. 904-823-4500
Music by the Sea Concert
This week's featured performer is Outta Sight Band with Rotageezer. Starting at 6 p.m. Raintree Restaurant offers dinner as an option for concert goers. All dinners are priced at $10 or less. Concert goers are encouraged to car pool or ride the shuttle from the St. Augustine Beach City Hall. The pier is located at 350 A1A Beach Boulevard, St. Augustine Beach. 904-347-8007
Thursday, May 12

Flagler's Women of Vision Luncheon Featuring Guest Speaker Prissy Elrod
The second annual Women of Vision Power of the Purse® scholarship fundraising luncheon will take place at 10 a.m. in Flagler College's historic Ponce de Leon Hall. In addition to a popular silent auction of beautiful and unique purses, the event will be headlined by guest speaker Prissy Elrod, best-selling author of "Far Outside the Ordinary," a memoir detailing the death of Elrod's husband and her efforts to rebuild after the devastating loss. The cost is $50 per ticket. 74 King Street, St. Augustine. 904-826-8582
Evenings at Whitney - Historic Trees: The Science Behind the Preservation and Conservation of our Largest Specimens
The Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series program  titled Historic Trees: The Science Behind the Preservation and Conservation of our Largest Specimens takes place at 7 p.m. Danny Lippi, International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist and qualified tree risk assessor as well as University of Florida master naturalist instructor, will talk about the biology of tree growth, specifically how older trees grow in comparison to younger trees. The free lecture is presented at Lohman Auditorium. 9505 Ocean Shore Boulevard, St. Augustine. 904-461-4000
Cantus Performs at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine 
Cantus, a nationally known vocal ensemble from Minnesota features the sounds of nine male singers. Cantus is hailed as the premier men's vocal ensemble in the United States and winner of the prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America. Tickets are $30 for adults; $10 for students with I.D.; $5 for children 12 and younger.  The performane begins at 7 p.m. 38 Cathedral Place, St. Augustine. 904-315-8061
Thursday - Sunday, May 12 - 15

THE PLAYERS Championship at World Golf Hall of Fame
Celebrate THE PLAYERS with a visit to the World Golf Hall of Fame. Visitors can win a special Hall of Fame prize pack (no purchase necessary) and take advantage of photo opportunities with THE PLAYERS Championship artifacts. All exhibits will be on display and the television broadcast of the tournament will be aired throughout the Hall. The museum is open Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday noon - 6 p.m. Admission is adults $19.50; seniors, military and Florida residents $18.50; students $10; children (ages-5 - 12) $5; age 4 and under free. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4123
Friday, May 13

Kids Ocean Day and Environmental Education Fair 
The Friends of A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway is hosting the Kids Ocean Day and Environmental Education Fair at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park at 10 a.m. Kids can explore the rose garden, take nature walks and identify wildlife such as manatees and fish. Admission into the park is $5 per vehicle (2-8 people), $4 single-occupant vehicle, $2 pedestrians, bicyclists and extra passengers. 6400 North Oceanshore Boulevard, Palm Coast. 386-446-6780 
 St. Augustine Orchestra Season Finale
Returning to the Lightner Museum, the St. Augustine Orchestra performs a memorable program titled "Lincoln Portrait" for its season finale. Under the leadership of musical director William McNeil, the orchestra's performance and the unique setting of the museum's Antique Courtyard combine to create an unforgettable evening of music and culture. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 adults; $5 students. 75 King Street, St. Augustine.

"A Ghostly Experience" Special Event: Origins of Friday the 13th Tour
Learn about the Origins, Myths and Superstitions surrounding Friday the 13th as you explore St. Augustine's ghostly history on this family friendly evening tour of the "off-the-beaten-path" back alleys in the historic downtown district. This special walking tour departs from Tour St. Augustine at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. Advance reservations required. 4 Granada Street, St. Augustine. 904-825-0087
Saturday, May 14
Family Seining at the GTM Research Reserve  
Join GTM Research Reserve docents from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. to learn how to pull a seine net collecting species of fish, crabs and more. Learn about the animals and their roles in the habitat. Waders and boots will be provided. The program is included with regular admission to the reserve and takes place in the Environmental Education Center. 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500 
Free St. Augustine Pet Walk Pup Crawl
Explore the timeless streets of St. Augustine and hear tales of the city's rich history while touring with your beloved pets. This free, one-hour guided walking tour covers several square blocks of the downtown plaza area. All pets must be leashed and all city ordinances followed. This is a great way to share quality time with "man's best friend" and explore the nation's oldest city. Tour departs at 10 a.m. from Tour St. Augustine office. Reservations required. 4 Granada Street, St. Augustine. 904-825-0087
Author D.J. Niko Presents The Oracle
Join the Literary Lions Book Club at the Main Library to meet D.J. Niko, award-winning journalist and author of The Oracle. Niko (Daphne Nikolopoulos) will be discussing her latest novel, the third book in the Sarah Weston Chronicles featuring British archaeologist Weston and her American partner, Daniel Madigan. The free event is from 10:30 a.m. - noon. Seating is limited. 1960 North Ponce De Leon Boulevard, St. Augustine. 904-827-6940
Change of Flags Ceremonies
Styx with Special Guests .38 Special and The Outlaws at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre 
The six men comprising Styx have committed to "Rockin' the Paradise" together with audiences far and wide by entering their second decade of averaging more than 100 shows a year, with each member dedicated to making the next show better than the last. The band draws from more than four decades of barn burning chart hits, joyous sing-alongs and hard-driving deep cuts to do so. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $84.50 seated pit and level 100; $64.50 level 200; $49.50 level 300; $39.50 obstructed view. 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine. 904-209-0367
RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
The world's biggest touring drag review takes the stage at 9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.) at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. The Battle of the Seasons is hosted by series judge Michelle Visage and features an all-star cast of past winners, runners up and fan favorites from the mega-hit TV show "RuPaul's Drag Race." Tickets are $39.50 standing room only, $299 each for the Superstar VIP package and $199 for the Shantay You Stay VIP Package. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-209-0399
Sunday, May 15 
EMMA Concert Performance: Janet Rabe-Meyer, Soprano & Ensemble
Janet Rabe-Meyer will present a free concert as a gift to EMMA concert goers at Flagler College's Lewis Auditorium at 2 p.m. Known for her "radiant voice and intense acting" Janet Rabe-Meyer is a true singing actress. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-797-2800 
Guided Bird Walk at Fort Mose Historic State Park 
Join Master Naturalist Arliss Ryan for a guided bird walk through the grounds of Fort Mose Historic State Park. The park is located along the Atlantic Flyway and offers several natural communities, including an estuarine tidal marsh and a maritime hammock, drawing a wide variety of birds. "Rookery Island" is home to many nesting species, including several heron and egret varieties. This season a mated pair of bald eagles has taken up residency, becoming the busy parents of two eaglets that have recently fledged and are learning to hunt. The walk is from 9 to 11 a.m. Entrance into the park grounds is free. Entrance to the Visitor Center is $2 per person; children up to 5 years in age are free. 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine. 904-823-2232
Sweet Emmaline, the Musical Journey of Debbie McDade
Sweet Emmaline tells the story of Debbie McDade, born Emmaline Maultsby, who journeyed from her home in St. Augustine's Lincolnville to New York City, the city she dreamed of as a child listening to the weekly radio broadcasts from The Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. There she found a career on the stage, performing and touring as a vocalist with the likes of Earl "Fatha" Hines and Count Basie. The production features many of Debbie's own compositions along with musical standards of the American songbook. Her performances is at 3 p.m. (additional Performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. May 9 -12) at the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center. Tickets are $25 each. 102 Martin Luther King Ave., St. Augustine. 904-501-5093 
Saturday & Sunday, May 14 & 15
The Ballet of Peter Pan
The St. Augustine Ballet presents the Ballet of Peter Pan, including swashbuckling pirates, beautiful fairies and mermaids, a ticking crocodile (courtesy of the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park) and, of course, Peter Pan and Wendy. Performance times are 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Lewis Auditorium. Tickets are $25 each with reserved seating. 14 Granada Street, St. Augustine. 855-222-2849
Sunday, May 15
Masterworks Concert by St. Augustine Community Chorus
The St. Augustine Community Chorus, one of St. Augustine's most recognized music organizations, is proud to announce its spring Masterworks Concert at 3 p.m. at Ancient City Baptist Church. The chorus will perform an American Choral Sampler, which features selections from 20th and 21st century composers. Ticket prices are $20 at the door; $15 advance purchase; $5 for students and active military. 27 Sevilla Street, St. Augustine. 701-793-1673

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Things to Do in St. Augustine, Florida 

St. Augustine, Florida
Located along the warm Atlantic coast, St. Augustine is a beautiful city with rich historical and cultural traditions with plenty of attractions for tourists and holidaying. Being one of the oldest European settlements in the United States, St. Augustine is peppered with historical churches, archaeological parks, forts and museums. The coast also boasts a string of vacation rentals and facilitates interested tourists to dabble in the fabulous beach-front real estate market. Although there are several places of interest that cater to a wide variety of tourists, here is a list of the absolutely must-visit places in and around St. Augustine.

Castillo de San Marcos

Castillo de San Marcos
The key attraction at St Augustine for history buffs and tourists alike is the Castillo de San Marcos, which is the oldest fort in the mainland of the U.S. The fort lets you soak in over 300 years of history with commendable guides that make your tour more interesting. At the end of the tour, there is also a grand display of the firing of the cannons from the fort, which is a great delight for kids and adults as well.

The Ripley’s Red Train Tour

The Ripley’s Red Train Tour is a hop-on, hop-off style tour of the city with over twenty convenient stops. The tour is a nice way to cover the city’s top spots of interest in a comprehensive manner and it covers museums, famous eateries & restaurants and also has a themed historic route. The tour has special offers for tour groups like students and wedding parties. One of the stops is the famous ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum located in a magnificent 19th century mansion.

Beach Resorts and Vacation Rentals

Along the coast of the city are a number of beach resorts and vacation rentals with plenty of recreational activities at hand. It is a good idea to book rentals and resort rooms in advance, especially during spring and summer, which attract a lot of tourists. Several of the vacation rentals are owned by realty companies. If you fancy buying some beach front property, the city has several St. Augustine realtors that will guide you through the process. There are several options of ownership with First Choice ranging from renting over short and long spells, sole ownership and even time-share.

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

Built in the 19th century, the St. Augustine Lighthouse is a great place to get an eagle eye’s view of the otherwise flat city. Apart from the breathtaking view from the top of the lighthouse, the nearby maritime museum is a wonderful place to learn about marine sciences in a fun and interactive manner. The lighthouse is also a hot spot for haunted stories and supernatural enthusiasts. There are ghost tours available for those brave enough to take them!
With a sprawl of historicity combined with Florida’s pleasant weather, St. Augustine makes for an ideal beach holiday. The beach front properties, unlike in California are still relatively untapped and full of potential realty options. Apart from the usual historical tours, there is also some solace for wildlife enthusiasts since the St. Augustine Alligator Park and Anastasia State Park are located close by.
For more information on St Augustine travel visit the Local’s Guide to St Augustine.

Really Old Florida: Five Ways to Soak up History in America's Oldest City

Really Old Florida: Five Ways to Soak up History in America’s Oldest City

Twitter Pinterest

By Mike Dojc
St. Augustine, just 45 minutes south of Jacksonville, is America's oldest city—and we're not talking about retirees. It's the longest continuously occupied city in the United States with roots predating the colonization of Jamestown and the pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock. The term Old Florida is bandied about a lot to nostalgically reference the classic beach bungalow era of Sunshine State tourism long before Wizarding Worlds and Art Basel, when the term “fast pass” still meant a move pulled by a lead-footed motorist on I-75. Laidback St. Augustine just celebrated its 450th birthday last year—it doesn’t get any more Old Florida. If that’s not enough of a reason to scope out this storied and architecturally rich seaside ville, here are five more.
Have a Buccaneer Blast
Sir Francis Drake, Robert Searles and their swashbuckling mateys spent time in port in theses parts back in the golden age of piracy. Inspired by the history, Pat Croce, up and moved his massive collection of pirate artifacts from Key West to St. Augustine, opening the city’s  Pirate & Treasure Museum in 2011. Highlights of the trove of plunder include ill-gotten doubloons, one of Blackbeard’s blunderbusses, an original “Jolly Roger” flag and a treasure chest that once belonged to Thomas Tew. Hands on exhibits where you can sniff and guess the cargo (mmm…butter rum), or fire a simulated cannon salvo make it fun for the whole family.
Take to the Sky
Slip on a pair of aviators and saddle into the open-cockpit of a 1935 Waco biplane replica, a barnstorming beauty of the golden age of aviation. While the wooden propeller whirs in the foreground you’ll glide over the shimmering intracoastal waters low enough to see the sea life. Architectural sights include the lighthouse on Anastasia Island, the star shaped Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the Continental United whose coquina shell rock walls repelled cannon fire and the magnificent orange tiled roof of Flagler College’s Ponce de León Hall. Flights start at $120 for a 15-minute tour and can cozily accommodate two passengers.
Peruse a Collection of Collections
The Lightner Museum is a dazzling example of Spanish Renaissance Revival architecture. Built as the Alcazar hotel in 1887, the museum houses the collection of Otto C. Lightner, the publisher of Hobbies Magazine, who once famously said: “Everyone should collect something." Peruse three storeys of everything from Tiffany glass and toasters to antique typewriters. Munch on shrimp scampi and escargot at the museum’s elegant café (open 11AM to 3PM seven days a week), where you’ll dine in what was once was the deep end of the world’s largest indoor swimming pool at 120 by 50 feet filled with sulfur water from an artesian well. Admission: $10
Go Fort Hopping
To protect the city’s coffers from marauding pirates, in 1672 the Spanish began to construct the Castillo de San Marcos using coquina, a shell and limestone compound. The fortress prevailed and never fell in battle, standing guard over St. Augustine through the late 1800s. The Castillo was also the site of Florida’s very first golf club, the St. Augustine GC, a little three-hole ditty, right outside the walls. South of the city you can take a free ferry ride to Rattlesnake Island to check out Fort Matanzas, erected in the aftermath of the siege of St. Augustine in 1740 to guard the inlet. Today the area around the fort offers plenty of outdoors fun with a 300-acre park complete with picnic areas and walking trails.
Putter about Golf’s Shrine
The World Golf Hall of Fame pays tribute to the game and its greats with engaging displays and interactive exhibits routed through a sprawling 35,000 sq foot exhibition space. Golf history comes alive when you try to roll a gutta-percha ball into the hole using a hickory putter on an 1880s style green or walk over a replica of the Swilcan bridge. While homages to the legends of the game fill this shrine, players personalities come to the fore in the member locker room area where inductees spruce up their cubbies with personal artifacts. Along with trophies and clubs you’ll spy the Barbie dolls Nancy Lopez’ father used to give her for winning tournaments, a harmonica Payne Stewart used to jam on, and “Jumbo” Ozaki’s samurai sword.