June 12-14: St. Augustine WEEKEND events

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Buffalo Soldiers at the Fountain of Youth

June 13: Buffalo Soldiers of Florida will give demonstrations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday, June 13 at the Fountain of Youth, 11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine. These men and their horses recreate the history of heroic black Americans who were members of two Cavalry Regiments and three Infantry Regiments enacted by Congress in September, 1866. The Buffalo Soldiers of Florida are an historical re-enactment group founded in 1992 to tell the true story of the black men who were the first to serve in the Regular U.S. Army, starting in mid 1800s. They will discuss their history in full period uniforms. They will also demonstrate Cavalry tactics on horseback, and give saber and revolver demonstrations, all on the lush grounds of the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. General admission rates apply. Go to www.fountainofyouthflorida.com

Book signing at the Fountain of Youth

June 13: Dr. Roger Smith will sign copies of his book,”Hope of Freedom: Southern Blacks and the American Revolution” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fountain of Youth, 11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine. This book tells the stories of enslaved blacks in the British American colonies during the latter part of the 18th century, and traces their exodus south to the Territory of East Florida. The plight of these people in this tragic era of American history demands to
be heard, and Dr. Smith is telling their story. General admission rates apply. Go to www.fountainofyouthflorida.com

St. Francis House Fundraiser at Limelight Theatre

June 13: Five popular St. Augustine restaurants are serving appetizers at the Limelight Theatre on Saturday, June 13 before the evening’s performance of Hello, Dolly. Menu selections will be served by Candlelight South, Meehan’s Irish Pub & Seafood House, Mellow Mushroom, O.C. White’s Seafood & Spirits, and South Beach Grill. This special “Sample a few … Restaurant Preview” begins at 6:30 p.m. and benefits St. Francis House, the only full-time emergency shelter between Jacksonville and Daytona. Tickets are $45 each and can only be reserved online at stfrancisshelter.org or by sending a check to St. Francis House, 70 Washington St., St. Augustine, FL 32084.

Worley Faver and Matthew J. Cutter exhibit

June 13: Local artists Matthew J. Cutter and Worley Faver will exhibit artwork at Brilliance In Color gallery, 25 King St., across from the plaza in downtown St. Augustine. Faver is considered a master of the ancient hand-coiled pottery technique. Cutter will exhibit his latest works created “en plein air,” as well as works on paper including oils, acrylics, sketches and studies. Call 810-0460 or go to cutterandcutter.com.

The Downtown Bazaar at the Colonial Quarter

June 13: The Downtown Bazaar is held from 6 to 10 p.m. on the grounds of the Colonial Quarter, 33 St. George St. Artists, artisans, re-enactors, magicians, belly dancers and live music on the stage under the stars is featured. Admission is FREE. Call 904-315-7454 or go to thedowntownbazaar.com.

Fermin Spanish Guitar performances

June 12-13: Dennis Fermin of Fermin Spanish Guitar will perform from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 12 at the Taberna Del Caballo (Colonial Quarter), 37 St. George St,. Saint Augustine. On June 13, he will perform from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at O. C. White’s, 118 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine.

IMAX: Jurassic World

June 12-14: The IMAX Theater at World Golf Village presents Jurassic World! Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly. Tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for seniors/students/military; and $10 for children ages 3 to 12. For show times, call 904-940-4123 or go to www.worldgolfimax.com

The Corazon Cinema & Cafe

June 12-14: The Corazon Cinema & Cafe, 36 Granada St. (formerly Pot Belly’s), will screen movies throughout the weekend. “Welcome To Me” is on screen at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 12-13 (8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Tuesday matinee; and 3 p.m. Sunday matinee through June 25). An environmental documentary called  “Cowspiracy” will play at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 14. Lunch is served beginning at 11 a.m. daily, with dinner, drinks (beer and wine) available during all screenings. Munchkin Mondays during the summer feature at family film at noon, with lunch included in the price. Go to www.corazoncinemaandcafe.com

Comedy shows

June 12-13: A comedy showcase will begin at 8:30 p.m. every Friday at Jackie Knight’s Comedy Club at the Gypsy Corner Bar, 828 Anastasia Blvd., next to Gypsy Cab Restaurant. Tickets are $10 for the Friday show. The Saturday show features a stand-up comedian headliner and opener. For reservations, call 904-461-8843. Go to thegypsycomedyclub.com to view the upcoming schedule.

Hello, Dolly at Limelight Theatre

Through July 5: This classic Broadway musical runs through July 5 on the Matuza Main Stage at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Hello, Dolly is the story of Mrs. Dolly Levi’s efforts to marry Horace Vandergelder, the well-known half-a-millionaire, and send his money circulating among the people like rainwater (the way her late husband, Ephraim Levi, taught her). Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 per person. There are no performances on July 4; and two performances on July 5, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Call 904-825-1164 or purchase tickets online at limelight-theatre.org. 

Reggae Sunday

June 14: Live reggae music will be on stage from 3 to 7 p.m. every Sunday beginning through Oct. 25, 2015 at The Conch House, 57 Comares Ave., on the island over the Bridge of Lions. Go to conch-house.com/lounge/reggae-sunday/ to view the entire schedule.

Sunday Acoustic Open Mic

June 14: Join host Fre Gordon every Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Scarlett O’Hara’s, 70 Hypolita St. Musicians are invited to perform during the weekly event. All musicians and singer-songwriters are invited to participate.

Night Owl Cinema at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre

June 14: “Napoleon Dynamite” will be on screen at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 14 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine. Gates open at 7 p.m. FREE admission and parking. Concessions will be available for purchase. Call 904-209-0367 or go to staugamphitheatre.com.

Game Day at Washington Oaks State Park

June 14: Game Day will be from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 14 at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 North, Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. Corn hole, Frisbee, and other outdoor games will be set up in the event field. Bring a picnic lunch. The program is included with park admission of $5 per vehicle (up to eight people); $4 per vehicle for single occupancy or $2 per person on bicycle. Call 386-446-6783 or go to floridastateparks.org/park/Washington-Oaks.

ONGOING EVENTS

TAPESTRY: THE CULTURAL THREADS OF FIRST AMERICA

Daily through Sept. 20: This signature St. Augustine 450th Commemoration exhibition shares the story of how three intertwining cultures — Hispanics, Africans and Native Americans — came together to form the foundation of American culture  and create the blended society of today’s St. Augustine.  This state-of-the-art exhibition features authentic objects, original documents and interactive elements.  The exhibition anchors a citywide passport program that connects visitors, residents and students with important historical sites and programs throughout St. Augustine and St. Johns County. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Visitors Information Center, 10 W. Castillo Dr., downtown St. Augustine. Admission is FREE. Call 904-825-1000 or go to www.staugustine-450.com/tapestry

OLD CITY FARMERS MARKET

Every Saturday: Find fresh produce, plants, bread, cheese, handmade products, fine art and crafts from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South, just south of the lighthouse. Also at the market, art classes and live music. Free parking and admission. Go to staugustinefm.com

COCKTAIL WORKSHOPS AT THE ST. AUGUSTINE DISTILLERY

Saturday: Each Saturday evening at 6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m., the St. Augustine Distillery presents workshops that explain gin’s history, it’s various categories, how the distillery’s New World Gin is created and show participants how to create their own gin cocktails. Tickets are $38 per person and can be purchased up to one-hour prior to the event here. Free tours of the distillery are conducted daily. The St. Augustine Distillery is at 112 Riberia St., downtown St. Augustine. Call 904-825-4962 or go to  www.staugustinedistillery.com

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Victorian spiritualism immersion. Learn to read tea leaves, master pendulum dowsing with angel cards and talking spirit board. Afternoon sessions at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday are $35 per person. Keyhole After Dark is at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and is priced at $40 per person. Sessions take place above the Spice and Tea Exchange, 59 Hypolita St., St. Augustine. 904-671-5010 or go to www.2ghouls.com

VITTLES & VINO CARRIAGE TOURS

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: VIP tours featuring more than 3 hours of carriage travel in St. Augustine with 4-5 food tasting stops, stops at 3-4 wine sampling venues and a bottle of wine to enjoy on the ride. The tours are presented by The Tasting Tours. The Vittles and Vino tour is $109. Call 904-325-3911 or go to www.thetastingtours.com 

HISTORIC WEAPONS DEMONSTRATIONS

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: National Parks Service personnel demonstrate the weapons and relate the experiences of the Colonial Spanish soldier stationed in St. Augustine in 1740′s. Demonstration times are 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Firing times are subject to change depending on weather conditions and staff availability. The Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fortification in the U.S., was built by the Spanish in 1672 to help protect their empire in the New World. Admission is $7 for adults. Children 15 and under are admitted free. The Castillo is open 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. daily. For details, go to www.nps.gov/casa

ST. AUGUSTINE FLEA MARKET

Saturdays and Sundays: The St. Augustine Flea Market, 2495 State Road 207, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. More than 100 vendors offer a variety of items including fresh produce, datil pepper sauce, prepared foods, antiques and collectibles, instruments, cell phones, jewelry, art and everything in between. Free admission and parking. On the third Sunday of each month, a motorcycle swap meet is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 904-824-4210 or go to staugustinefleamarket.com

FLAGLER COLLEGE TOURS

Daily: Take a tour of Flagler College that highlights the architectural heritage of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon. Built by millionaire developer, Henry Flagler, in 1888, the hotel is considered one of the finest examples of Spanish Renaissance architecture and houses the largest collection of in use Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows. Located at 74 King Street, tours depart from the Rotunda at the top of each hour between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $1 for children, and FREE to St. Johns County Residents. Call 904-823-3378 or go to legacy.flagler.edu/Tours  

SCHOONER FREEDOM SAILING

Daily: The Schooner Freedom sets sail daily from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. The tour provides guests with an unforgettable two-hour sailing adventure. Daytime sails are $35 for adults, $25 for kids ages 2-12, free for under age 2. Sunset sails are $45 per person and once each month there’s a full moon sail for $35 per person. All sails are weather permitting. Call for reservations and departure times. Call 904-810-1010 or go to www.schoonerfreedom.com

ST. AUGUSTINE ECO TOURS

Daily: St. Augustine Eco Tours take nature enthusiasts of all ages on guided tours of the waters and salt marshes surrounding the Oldest City. See coastal birds like ospreys and herons, marine mammals including bottlenose dolphin and an occasional manatee. Daily tours aboard a special explorer vessel take 2-6 guests through 12 miles of tidal creeks and coastal waters — listen for dolphin conversations using the vessel’s underwater microphones. Call 904-377-7245 or go to www.staugustineecotours.com

ST. AUGUSTINE SCENIC CRUISE

Daily: The Victory III sets sail  at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. Since the 1900′s St. Augustine Scenic Cruise family have been giving visitors to St. Augustine a unique view of the city and a way to enjoy historic landmarks and natural beauty by water. Cost is $16.75 for adults; $9.75 for ages 9 to 13; $7.75 for ages 4 to 12; $13.75 for ages 60 and older. Cruises are weather permitting. Reservations are recommended. Go to www.scenic-cruise.com or call 904-824-1806.

 

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