Big Week in the Ancient City: Lots to Do and Nights of Lights LIGHT UP!

November 19, 2013

Tuesday – Sunday : November 19 – 24

New World in the Eyes of Explorers Exhibit  – This intriguing exhibit of images of the New World and its indigenous peoples and animals provide a fascinating look at the first encounter between the peoples of the Old World and the New World – an epic event that changed the world forever. The exhibit is located in the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center and is open from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 10 West Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. www.StAugustine-450.com
 
Art Dorks Rise’ Art Exhibit at space:eight gallery – ‘Art Dorks Rise’ is a group show of 30 internationally-acclaimed artists exhibiting 30 pieces of original work. The show runs through November 30. 228 West King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-2838 www.spaceeight.com  
 
Viva Florida Exhibit at the St. Augustine Art Association – Florida’s 500th Anniversary year concludes with this popular exhibition at the St. Augustine Art Association Gallery. The exhibited works celebrate the sights and structures, beaches and byways, flora and fauna, history and happenings that are uniquely Florida. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday noon – 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 – 5 p.m. Admission is free. 22 Marine St. 904-824-2310 www.staaa.org 

Tuesday- Friday: November 19 – 22

The Chess Project Exhibition – The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College will host artist Lee Walton’s “The Chess Project,” an exhibition that is the tangible manifestation of the artist’s pursuit to master his hobby. Admission is free. The Museum is open to the public Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine 904-826-8530 www.flagler.edu/crispellert

Tuesday:  November 19

Salt Air Farmer’s Market – Marineland Marina hosts the Salt Air Farmers Market from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Find an array of fresh, organically-grown produce and other yummy things.  101 Tolstoy Lane, St. Augustine. 904-814-9886 www.marinelandmarina.com 
  
National Cemetery’s Story Presented – At 7 p.m., Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Greg Moore presents the story of St. Augustine’s National Military Cemetery including interesting details on the notables and lesser-knowns buried there. The presentation takes place in the Virginia Room (upstairs) at Flagler’s Ringhaver Student Center. Lt. Col. Moore has authored a book on the subject and copies will be available for sale with the proceeds going to a military charity.
50 Sevilla St., St. Augustine.
 
Music Masters Lecture and Performance – EMMA and Flagler College host a Music Masters lecture and recital series from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Flagler Room at Flagler College. Janet Rabe-Meyer, is known for her “radiant voice and intense acting.” She will present “Witches, Bitches and Boys: A Mezzo Soprano Gets Into Character.” Admission is $6 at the door. 74 King St., St. Augustine. 904-797-2800 www.emmaconcerts.com

Wednesday:  November 20

Farmer’s Arts and Crafts Market  – Farmer’s Market located at the ocean-side St. Johns County Pier Park on St. Augustine Beach, featuring selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more!  Open 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. rain or shine. 350 A1A Beach Blvd.  904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.com 

Pet Friendly St. Augustine Food Tour – Bring your best friend along from 1:30 – 4 p.m. to  learn some of the history of St. Augustine and taste some of the delectable offerings in the “first city.” The tour stops at 5 pet friendly restaurants. All pets must be leashed. The tour is limited to 10 humans with their fur babies. Tickets are $49 (receive a discount with online booking). 904-392-7137 www.StAugustineHistoricTours.com 
 
Fall Eco-Explorer Tour  – Join St. Augustine Eco Tours on a 90-minute boat trip through the waters of St. Augustine to look for wild dolphins and amazing wading birds.  Nature lovers of all kinds will enjoy this expedition guided by trained interpretive naturalists.  Great photo opportunities!   Departs from the Municipal Marina at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Special rate: $35/adults and $30/kids ages 3-12, $175 for private tour up to 6 guests. 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine. 904-377-7245 www.staugustineecotours.com
 
Wednesday Night River Cruise – Cap’s Restaurant and Jax Water Tours present a 45 minute cruise leaving the Cap’s dock at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. for $10 per person (children up to 6 years $5). Tickets are first-come, first-served. Plan a Cap’s dinner after the cruise, plus take some hot coffee drinks or home made deserts from Cap’s along on the cruise. 435 Myrtle St., St. Augustine. 904-824-8794 http://capsonthewater.com
 

Wednesday – Saturday:  November  20 – 23

Senior Conservatory One-Acts (presented over two nights each) – Senior student-directed one-act plays, serving as capstone projects for Theatre Arts majors at Flagler College, presented over the course of two nights. $5 admission is good for two nights of these one-act presentations. Show times are 7 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8600

Thursday – Sunday: November 21 – 24

Limelight Theatre Presents “Bad Seed” – Written by Maxwell Anderson, “Bad Seed” is set in a small southern town where a penmanship contest and a child’s drowning combine to create a memorable mystery thriller. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $25; $22 seniors; $20 student and military. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. 904-825-1164 www.limelight-theatre.org 

Thursday: November 21

Shrimp Boat City’ Book Signing & Shrimp Boil – From 5:30 – 7 p.m. Johnny & Bennie’s Kitchen in Hastings will host a book signing for Shrimp Boat City, a new publication covering 100 years of St. Augustine’s commercial shrimping and boat building history. Meet Brendan Burke, archaeologist and author of the book. Indulge in a delicious shrimp boil provided by Johnny & Beanie’s Kitchen. Tickets are $10 and a portion of the proceeds will support the nonprofit mission of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum to preserve maritime history and present educational programs. 224 N. Main St., Hasting, FL. 904-829-0745 www.staugustinelighthouse.org

Friday – Sunday: November 22 – 24

Shadows of the Past Tour –  Take a night-time guided tour of the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park to experience the eerie beauty of the Timucua burials, an Indian Village, and the Menendez Settlement field by moonlight.Tours start at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 per person. 11 Magnolia Avenue. http://www.fountainofyouthflorida.com/nighttours.html

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at the IMAX Theater– The IMAX 3D Theatre at World Golf Hall of Fame features The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the continuing adventures of Katniss Everdeen in a futuristic dystopian world.  Adults $13, Seniors/Students/Military $12, and Children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for showtimes. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4133 www.worldgolfimax.com 

Friday: November 22

Magic at Colonial Quarter – Mayhem de Magnifico and crew perform a kid-friendly Magic Show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5 to 15. Under age 5 free. 33 St. George St., St. Augustine. 904-599-2113 www.colonialquarter.com

Saturday: November 23

Old City Farmers Market – Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more. Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733 
 
Fourth Saturday: 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 Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500 gtmnerrfamilyseine-eorg.eventbrite.com
 
Colonial Autumn in Spanish Florida – Fort Mose will host from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. a Local Farm Fare market of vegetables, herbs and fruits from colonial times that are still grown locally today. At 11 a.m. & 1 p.m., Annie Francis, independent scholar, presents research findings on foods commonly consumed in Colonial Spanish Florida along with original recipes. Take a walking tour through the market to sample and learn more about these traditional products and their preparations. Vegetables and fruits may be purchased. Admission is $4 per vehicle or $2 for pedestrians or bicyclists. 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine. 904-823-2232 www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose
 
Flagler Creates! – Flagler College hosts the fourth annual Flagler Creates! handmade festival from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the College’s West Lawn at the Ringhaver Student Center. This festival offers Flagler students, faculty, staff, alumni and Flagler families the opportunity to display and sell items they have created. Participant entry fees go to benefit the Flagler College Annual Fund. 50 Sevilla Street, St. Augustine. 904-829-6481 www.flagler.edu/FlaglerCreates
  
Nights of Lights Light up! Millions of tiny white lights will glow along the ancient streets and historic buildings of the Nation’s oldest city when the 20th Annual Nights of Lights celebration sparkles to life at 6:30 p.m. in St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitucion. Holiday music, the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree and an exciting countdown add to the splendor of the lighting of one of the world’s greatest holiday light displays. 10 Cathedral Place, St. Augustine. www.NightsofLights.com 
 
Castillo de San Marcos by Candlelight -Candlelight tours of the ancient Spanish fortress, Castillo de San Marcos, take place on the third Saturday of the month. Weather permitting. Advance tickets are $8 ages 15 and older; $4 per child 5 – 15; and free for children 4 and younger. 1 South Castillo Dr. St. Augustine. 904-829-6506 www.nps.gov/casa
 

 
Saturday & Sunday: November 23 & 24

9th Annual St. Johns County Festival of Trees at World Golf Village – The St. Johns County Convention Center and Renaissance World Golf Village Resort showcase trees and wreaths decorated and donated by local businesses, organizations, families and friends from the community. The display is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the final day. Admission is free. The trees and wreathes will be part of a silent auction and visitors will also be encouraged to fill out a ballot indicating the number of votes (in minimum $1 bids) they would like to cast for their favorites. Proceeds will benefit the St. Augustine Record’s Empty Stocking Fund and the United Way of St. Johns County.
500 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine. 904-940-4000 www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org
 
Nights of Lights Boat Tour – Take a boat from Camachee Cove Marina at 6:30 p.m. or
8 p.m. for a 1-hour tour through the Bridge of Lions, and along the Bayfront and Fort. Tickets are $39 weekdays and $49 weekends. You may BYOB if you like and dress warmly. 282 Yacht Club Dr., Dock A-19, St. Augustine. 904-332-7194 www.JaxWaterTours.com
 
Nights of Lights Sunset Sail – See the Nights of Lights from aboard the Schooner Freedom’s daily sunset cruise on Matanzas Bay. The two-hour cruise departs from the St. Augustine City Marina at 4:15 p.m. and are priced at $45 per adult; $35 per child (ages 2-12); under 2, free. All cruises include complimentary soda, water, beer and wine. 111 Avenida Menendez, 904-810-1010 www.schoonerfreedom.com
 
St. Augustine Vintage Car Nights of Lights Tours – Celebrate the holidays and see St. Augustine’s fabulous Nights of Lights on a relaxing and romantic ride in a comfortable electric vintage car replica. Tours begin and end at the Villa Zorayda Museum. Tickets are $15 per person (maximum of six passengers per tour). Call for reservations and times. 83 King St., St. Augustine. 904-430-3542 www.staugustinevintagecartours.com
 
Gold Tour’s Private Nights of Lights Tours – See the world-renowned St Augustine lights on a tour aboard a quiet electric tour bus. Travel the narrowest and quaintest streets of the ancient city to see all the lights and historic buildings up close. These narrated tours last 45 minutes and accommodate a maximum of 7 passengers. Reservations are required. Tour times vary. $15 per person or $80 for the whole bus. 31 Orange St., St. Augustine. 904-325-0547 www.staugustinegoldtours.com

Sunday: November 24

Santa’s Big Red Christmas Train – See St. Augustine’s spectacular Nights of Lights aboard Ripley’s Big Red Christmas Trains. The tours start from Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum and include magic lightseeing glasses, snow, family friendly-movies and marshmallow roasting. The tours are Sunday – Thursday 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights include holiday classic movies on the Big Screen like Frosty, the Grinch, Rudolph, etc. Tickets are $8 adults and $4.50 for kids.  19 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine. 904-824-1606 www.ripleys.com/RedTrains
 
The Holly Jolly Nights of Lights Trolley – Explore St. Augustine’s famous Nights of Lights in the comfort of the Holly Jolly Trolley. Tours depart nightly 6 – 8 p.m. (and later on weekends). Complimentary hot apple cider and homemade cookies, visits with Santa, and magical viewing glasses. Stops at the Old Drugstore and the Colonial Quarter. Weekend tickets (Friday & Saturday) $12 adults and $4 children; weekday tickets (Sunday – Thursday) $9 adults and $4 children. Tours depart from the Visitors Information Center, 10 W. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. FREE parking and shuttle to the tour is available from the Old Jail, 167 San Marco Ave.; the Welcome Center, 27 San Marco Ave.; and the Welcome Center 1700 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd. 904-829-3800   www.trolleytours.com
 
“Check, Please” at the Raintree Restaurant – A theatrical performance of “Check, Please,” combined with great dining, creates a memorable and enjoyable evening of entertainment. Tickets to this dinner theatre experience in the upstairs dining room of the Raintree Restaurant are $39.95 (adult beverages served separately). Dinner is served at 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. arrival suggested) and the show begins at 7 p.m. 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. 904-824-7211 www.raintreerestaurant.com