Weekend Events: History! Food! Golf!

SATURDAY, MAY 14

ST AUGUSTINE GARRISON Spanish Colonial Grand Muster
Be part of the Grand Muster parade, a St. Augustine tradition that commemorates the events leading up to the 1740 invasion of Spanish Florida by the British colonies to the north. This reenactment will begin at the City Gates on the north end of St. George Street at 7:30 p.m. where the guard will be changed, a musket volley will be fired, and new sentries posted. Visitors are then invited to join the Grand Muster Parade and follow the Spanish governor, his soldiers, and townsfolk in the Grand Muster celebration as they march down St. George Street to the Plaza de la Constitution for the Blessing of the Flag at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. The Grand Muster parade will conclude at the Governor’s Palace with a salute of musket-fire in honor of the Governor. For more information, visit www.staugustinegarrison.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 15

Take a nibble from the signature dishes of the finest restaurants in St. Augustine Beach at this annual ‘taste-fest”. The crowd and judges get to pick the coveted “Best of the Beach” restaurant at the end of the evening. Admission is free and taste tickets sell for $1 each. Sample the signature dishes of more than 15 of the island’s favorite restaurants. The Taste of St. Augustine Beach takes place from noon to 6 p.m. at St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion located at 350 A1A Beach Blvd. For more information, call 904.347.8007 or visit www.thecivicassociation.com.

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY, MAY 13-15

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 the richest purse. Previous winners of THE PLAYERS Championship include Tim Clark in 2010, Henrik Stenson in 2009, Sergio Garcia in 2008, Phil Mickelson in 2007, Stephen Ames – 2006, Fred Funk – 2005, and many other greats. The competition takes place Thursday through Sunday and will be broadcast live on the Golf Channel from 1 to 7 p.m. and on NBC on Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. For ticket package information, call 904.285.PUTT or 1.800.741.3161 or visit www.pgatour.com.

ALSO THIS WEEKEND:

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER * FRI SAT SUN MAY 13-15
Experience the first theater on St. Augustine’s St. George Street since a terrible fire destroyed the Genovar Opera House in 1914. The St. Augustine Murder Mystery Theatre features a great meal and great live entertainment daily with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. and an evening show at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $43.15 each. For more information, call 904.671.2508 or go to www.StAugustineMurderMysteryDinnerTheater.com

JEFFERSON STARSHIP AT PONTE VEDRA CONCERT HALL * FRI MAY 13
Experience a performance by Jefferson Starship at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, a stop on their 40th Anniversary Tour. Original members Paul Kantner & David Freiberg, along with other band members will perform Somebody to Love, Wooden Ships, White Rabbit and many other favorites. The show starts at 7 p.m. and VIP tickets are $55 per person, regular admission is $40 per person. The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall is located at 1050 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach. For more information, visit www.pvconcerthall.com, or call 904.209.0367.

BOCCE BY THE SEA * SAT MAY 14
Bowl with the Sons of Italy at this bocce tournament at the St. Johns County Pier Park in St. Augustine Beach. The action takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For details, call 904.471.7089.

ANNUAL DINE ON THE WILD SIDE * SAT MAY 14
Explore the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park and enjoy a complete BBQ or vegetarian dinner and lively entertainment at this annual event that helps to raise funds for HAWKE, a not-for-profit organization licensed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Federal US Fish and Wildlife Service to rehabilitate injured and orphaned wild birds, mammals, and reptiles. Dine on the Wild Side is from 6 to 9 p.m., but come early to enjoy the park and then stay all evening to participate in a guided tour of the bird rookery to view thousands of birds including endangered wood storks. Bring your camera for unique photographic opportunities! When the park closes to the general public, the wild fun begins. The St. Augustine Alligator Farm is located at 999 Anastasia Boulevard in St. Augustine. For ticket prices and more information, call 904.692.1777 or visit www.hawkewildlife.org.

ST AUGUSTINE COMMUNITY CHORUS MASTERWORKS CONCERT * SUN MAY 15
Don’t miss the St. Augustine Community Chorus’ final performance of the season as they present The Bookends of Romanticism, featuring Shubert’s Mass in G and Mahler’s finale to Symphony 2. The performance will take place at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, located on Cathedral Place downtown. For tickets and information, visitwww.staugustinecommunitychorus.org.