FRIDAY CHOICE: Lyle Lovett OR Spanish Soldiers Attack British Invaders

FRIDAY, MARCH 23
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt Perform at St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Enjoy an evening performance that combines the talents of American rock guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter John Hiatt with singer-songwriter and actor, Lyle Lovett. The performance takes place at 8 p.m. Tickets are $49.50, $39.50, $29.50. The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340 C A1A in St. Augustine. For more information, visit www.staugamphitheatre.com.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, MARCH 23 & 24
Viva St. Augustine! Spanish Grand Muster
Learn about the 18th century Spanish militia in the Nation’s oldest city. Authentic re-enactors will be on hand both days at the encampment at the Colonial Spanish Quarter, 32 St. George Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Friday, visit the Castillo de San Marcos in the evening to watch the Spanish soldiers attack British invaders at a 1740 Siege reenactment. Admission to the Castillo on Friday Night is $3. Admission to the Encampment at the Spanish Quarter is free. For more information, visit www.NPS.gov/casa  or call 904-501-0391.

SATURDAY, MARCH 24
Low Tide Bike Ride
Get a great cardio workout on one of the most awesome beaches in Florida. This Ranger led event will start with a 3 ½ mile low tide bike ride and bird watch.  Participants will enjoy an ecology talk at the point of Conch Island and then start the return trip. The ride starts at 3:30 p.m. Meet at the Island Beach shop and Grill pavilion 15 minutes prior to the event. Bring at least one pint of water, bicycle, snack, binoculars, and sunscreen. This program is free with paid park admission.  Anastasia State Park is located on A1A on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine. Admission to the park is $8 per vehicle up to 8 people, and $2 per additional passengers. Pedestrians and bicyclist admission is $2. For more information, call 904.461.2033 or visit www.floridastateparks/anastasia
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Real Florida Kayak Tour
Join The Friends of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park when they host a kayak journey that explores the remote and serene Pellicer Creek. The tour departs from Faver-Dykes State Park and will highlight an aquatic landscape that took shape after the last ice-age. This 3-hour kayak tour will depart at 10 a.m. This certified-naturalist-led tour includes instruction on proper kayaking technique, admission to the park, guide services, and the use of the finest kayak equipment available. Faver-Dykes State Park is located at 1000 Faver Dykes Rd, off I-95 Exit 298 and US 1 in St. Augustine. The cost is $55 per person. For more information, call 904-347-1565, or visit www.rippleeffectecotours.com.  

Trashy Art Show at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Join Ripley’s Believe It or Not for a fashion show that helps to promote creative recycling. Ripley’s is looking for the best outfit and artwork made out of trash! Bring in your creative art work made of household trash. The winners of the show will have their piece on display at Ripley’s museum for a month and receive $100 cash and four Ripley combo passes.   The Trashy Art Show takes place at 2 p.m. at Ripley’s Belive It or Not!, located at 19 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. There is no fee to participate, but prior registration is required for the fashion show. To register, please e-mail your name and details to kkiff@ripleys.com . For more information on the show, please follow Ripley’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/redtrains .

Gamble Rogers Festival Spring Concert
Get a sampling of some of extraordinary Folk talent that will perform at the May 2012 Gamble Rogers Folk Music Festival during this one-night fund raising special. Folk singer/songwriter/guitarists Patty Larkin and Michael Reno Harrell one of the headliners at the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival in 2011. This special concert takes place at Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $35. 904-794-4163

Magic and Comedy at the Pioneer Barn
Laugh and be amazed at the comedy and magic of Mark Alan! His high-energy Las Vegas-style of performing has made him one of the funniest standup comedy magicians you will ever have the pleasure of watching. Mark’s shows are fast, funny, CLEAN, filled with audience participation, comedy mind reading, hysterical escapes and best of all APPROPRIATE FOR ALL AGES!!!. Tickets are $8 for adults; $6.50 for kids ages 6-13. Door open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. The Pioneer Barn is located inside Fort Menendez, 259 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. For reservations of more information, call 904-824-8874