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Birding and Photo Festival, Gamble Rogers Festival, Chalk Walk Festival and More This Week in St Augustine!


April 28, 2014


Monday – Sunday : April 28 – May 4

Islands of Lemurs: Madagascar at IMAX Theater  – “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” opens at The IMAX Theatre at World Golf Hall of Fame. This film takes audiences on a journey to the remote island of Madagascar to explore the diverse species of highly endangered lemurs that live there. This IMAX Theater features the largest 3D screen in the Southeast. Adults $13, Seniors/Students/Military $12, and Children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for show times. One World Golf Pl., St. Augustine. 904-940-4123 
Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience – Journey: 450 Years of the African American Experience covers the long and storied history of African-Americans in St. Augustine. The story of African-Americans begins in St. Augustine with the first Africans both free and slave among founding colonists in 1565. The exhibition is designed for cultural and heritage visitors interested in the full history of America and its beginnings and comprises four themes: Genesis of the African-American Experience; Fortress of Freedom; Breaking the Chains; and Crossroads of Change.  Tickets are $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; $3 for youth 7-12; under 7 free. Free admission for military in uniform. Located at the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, 10 West Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. 
El Galeón and Nao Victoria Tour – Tour full-sized replicas of 16th and 17th century Spanish tall ships. Docked at the St. Augustine City Marina, El Galeón Andalucia and Nao Victoria are both open for daily tours. El Galeón is an exact replica of the famous galleons that played an important role in the creation and maintenance of the Spanish Empire.  Built in Spain, it is similar to the galleon that brought Pedro Menendez to Florida where he founded St. Augustine in 1565. The Nao Victoria is a replica of the first ship to successfully circumnavigate the world commanded by Ferdinand Magellan in the 16th century. The ships are available for tours beginning at 10 a.m. daily. El Galeón admission is $15 for adult and $8 for youth. Nao Victoria admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth. A combo ticket for both ships is available for $20 for adults and $10 for youth. 111 Avenida Menendez. 904-824-1606


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Wednesday:  April 30



Farmer’s Arts and Crafts Market – Farmer’s Market located at the ocean-side St. Johns County Pier Park 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., St. Augustine Beach. 904-347-8007
Backcountry Guided Tour at Faver-Dykes State Park    – From 8 – 11 a.m., Faver-Dykes State Park hosts a 3 mile informative hike traversing through several unique habitats which are home to many native plants and animals including several species of carnivorous plants.  You will have many photographic opportunities through the back property.  The suggested donation is $10 and includes the regular admission fee. 1000 Faver-Dykes Rd., St. Augustine.  904-794-0997



Wednesday & Thursday:  April 30 & May 1



“Karst Window” Screening – Flagler College and the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum host a film screening of Kevin Mahoney’s “Karst Window” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Gamache-Koger Theater in the Ringhaver Student Center.  The film will also be screened at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. on Thursday.  48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8530



Wednesday – Sunday: April 30 – May 4



Birding and Photo Festival, Gamble Rogers Festival, Chalk Walk Festival and More This Week in St Augustine! 3 St. Francis Inn St. Augustine Bed and Breakfast
12th Annual Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest – Experience northeast Florida’s abundant bird life and photogenic natural beauty at more than 110 exciting birding and outdoor photography events!  In addition to the ever-popular nature tours and excursions, new discoveries for this year’s event include workshops on preparing images and composition, photographing birds in flight, selections and layer masking, flash techniques and many in field photography workshops. The festival is headquartered at the GTM Research Reserve, located 8 miles north of St. Augustine on A1A North. Discover the region’s phenomenal bird life and the abundant natural habitats that sustain them with bird walks and boat and kayak trips to undisturbed areas. This Festival is guaranteed to excite nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.  505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-4422



Thursday – Saturday: May 1- 3



Spring 2014 Senior Portfolio Exhibition – The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum presents the Spring 2014 Senior Portfolio Exhibition with an opening reception on Thursday from 5 – 9 p.m.  The B.F.A. exhibition will include paintings, sculpture, video, and mixed media works by Flagler College’s graduating B.F.A. and B.A. candidates.  The works will also be on display Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.; and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8530



Thursday – Sunday: May 1- 4



Limelight Theatre Presents “Other Desert Cities” – A promising young writer returns home to announce the imminent publication of her novel based on a tragic event in the family’s history – an event her parents want to forget.  Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday – 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



Friday: May 2



First Friday Art Walk – From 5 – 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, the Art Galleries of St. Augustine feature new exhibits, refreshments and live music at more than 20 galleries.  The event is held rain or shine inside the member galleries and is a free, self-guided walking tour (tour maps available at participating galleries).  Plus, free Art Walk Trolleys and Trains provided by St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys, provide free transportation throughout downtown for the art walk.   832-779-2781
Meet The Treasure Hunters– From 6 – 8 p.m., The St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum hosts Captain Carl Fismer – who will share tales of treasure dives and will be on hand to appraise local collector’s maritime treasures.  To have an item appraised by Captain Fismer, send in advance a photo of it along with a brief description to in advance.  The event is free.  12 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. 877-467-5863



Friday – Sunday: May 2 – 4



St. Augustine Chalk Walk Festival –
This St. Augustine 450th Anniversary event begins at 7 p.m. on Friday with a Chalk Walk party. Then, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, more than 70 artists will use the 500-year old art form of chalking to express St. Augustine’s Spanish Colonial heritage on the sidewalks between the Historic Downtown Parking Facility and the Visitor Information Center.  Cash prizes will be presented for the best sidewalk creations. This is a free event for people of all ages to participate and create.  Sunday is a full day of public viewing ending with a sidewalk washing.  10 West Castillo Dr., St. Augustine.
Gamble Rogers Music Festival  – The 19th annual celebration of the folk music, stories and dance that made Gamble Rogers famous features a Friday night show (5-9:30 p.m.) at the St. Augustine Marina, the all-day (noon-10:30 p.m.) Saturday music-on-numerous-stages show at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and the Sunday (noon-7 p.m.) free festival party and live music event at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion.  More than 20 bands and solo performers are featured.  Tickets are $15 for the Friday performances; $35 for Saturday or $45 for weekend a weekend pass. For the musical lineup, ticket information, and other details consult
Amiro Art & Found Opens “By the Sea”   – As part of St. Augustine’s First Friday Art Walk, Amiro Art & Found features a collection of ocean-inspired artwork from 5 – 9 p.m.  The exhibit include artwork by Miami-based artist, Jeanine Maleno, as well as local artists Jim Macbeth, Nancy Hamlin-Vogler, Deane Kellogg, and Wendy Mandel McDaniel.  The exhibit will remain through the month of May.  The Gallery is open Thursday-Monday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 7 p.m.  9C Aviles St., St. Augustine. 904-824-8460
Florida Artists Group Juried Exhibition – The St. Augustine Art Association hosts the annual symposium and exhibition of the FLORIDA ARTIST Group (FLAG).  The exhibition contains a diverse collection of work by the many active painters, photographers, sculptors and mixed-media artists that make up that prestigious group.    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
Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to African-Americans in Golf – The World Golf Hall of Fame opens a new,permanent exhibit titled “Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to African-Americans in Golf.” The exhibit details the long, rich history of African-Americans in golf, from the difficult beginnings in the late 1800s for pioneers like John Shippen, to the progress and challenges of today.  The exhibit also highlights the struggles and successes of notable golfers like Hall of Fame member Charlie Sifford and major personalities such as Althea Gibson, Joe Louis and Tiger Woods.  The World Golf Hall of Fame is open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Induction Day.  Hours are Mon.- Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays noon – 6 p.m.  Admission is $19.50 adults; $18.50 seniors, military and Florida residents; $10 students ages 13 and over; and $5 for children ages 5-12.  One World Golf Place (i-95 exit 323), St. Augustine. 904-940-4123
Miniature Marks – The St. Augustine Art Association hosts a juried open media and subject exhibit of artists making their personal mark in this installation of works no larger than 12 inches.  Small, but mighty, the individual pieces explore a wide range of subjects, ideas and 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 



Saturday:  May 3



Old City Farmer’s Market – Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more.  Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheater.  Open 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Admission is free. 1340 A1A, St. Augustine. 904-471-3733
GTM Research Reserve Guided Cultural Hike   – The first Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. features a Guided Cultural Hike that focuses on the Guana Peninsula’s 5,000 years of human history  This 1.5 mile guided walking tour departs from the Trailhead Pavilion located just west of the Guana Dam.  The programs are free.   There is a $3 parking fee.  505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach 904-823-4500
Living History Day at Fort Matanzas  – From 10:30 p.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.  Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at 8635 A1A, approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. 904-471-0116
Changing of the Flags Ceremony – Eighteenth-century military re-enactors commemorate the 1763 transfer of St. Augustine and the Castillo de San Marcos from Spanish to British control in accordance with the Treaty of Paris.  Ceremonies take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Admission is free.  Castillo de San Marcos, 1 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. 904-820-6506, ext. 233;
Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration – A celebration of a spectacular sunset across the bay featuring dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more at the Vilano Pier on the Intracoastal Waterway.   Activities are from 2 p.m. – dusk.  Admission is free. 260 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine. 904-540-0402
PGA Tour Grand Demo Day – From 11 a.m.-4 p.m., The PGA Tour Golf Academy at World Golf Village hosts a Grand Demo Day at the Slammer & Squire driving range.  The event showcases the latest products from PING, NIKE, TaylorMade, Sky Caddie, Cleveland Golf and more.   One World Golf Place, off I-95 exit 323, St. Augustine. 904-940-4123



Sunday: May 4 



Lincolnville Farmers Market – Eddie Vickers Park hosts this farmer’s market with farm-fresh vegetables, meats/fish, cheese, bread, treats, arts & crafts, prepared food, jewelry, picnic areas, playground and more! Live music by The House Cats. Every Sunday from noon – 4 p.m.  399 Riberia St., St. Augustine.
St. Augustine Vintage Car Tour of Mission Nombre de Dios – Travel in style aboard an electric, vintage-style automobile to the peaceful, historic grounds where the first parish Mass in what is now the United States was celebrated in 1565.  The tour includes a visit to the museum, shrine, and gift shop.  Tour departs at 1 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month. The cost is $25 per person.  Reservation required.  21 Orange St., St. Augustine. 904-430-3542
EMMA Concert:  Matthew Young, Pianist – Matthew Young, a winner of multiple competitions, including the highest division solo piano competition at the Florida Federation of Music Clubs Festival, will perform at 2 p.m. at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.  This is a free concert.  14 Granada St., St. Augustine.  904-797-2800



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