Oct. 4-8: Top Six Weekend Events


Oct. 4-Jan. 7: The Dressing Downton exhibit opens Oct. 4 in Lightner Museum’s Grand Ballroom Gallery, 75 King St., downtown St. Augustine. Dressing Downton, Changing Fashion for Changing Times is an exquisite exhibition of 36 costumes and accessories paired to perfection in engaging vignettes, immersed amongst Otto Lightner’s collection of turn of the century fine art and furniture. Many museum pieces in storage and others presently being restored will be on view for the first time as a part of the exhibition, masterfully displayed in the Museum’s Grand Ballroom Gallery. Admission is $19.99 for adults; $14.99 for military/students/seniors; $9.99 ages 12-17; and free for ages 11 and younger. Go to www.lightnermuseum.org/dressing-downton/


Oct. 7: The Pink Up The Pace 5K is a walk/run for breast cancer, with proceeds going to help local women with mammograms and treatment. On race day, registration and packet pick up will be available starting at 7 a.m. on Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, near the downtown parking garage. The race begins at 8 a.m. at Francis Field on Saturday, Oct. 7. A race expo will be from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 at First coast Technical College, 2980 Collins Ave, St. Augustine. The race expo is FREE and open to the public. Visit the booths of local community business vendors as they support Pink Up The Pace. They will be sharing information, raffling prizes and giving out gifts. Race fees are $15 for ages 14 and younger in advance, $25 for adults in advance, and $30 for adults after Aug. 29. To register online, go to www.pinkupthepace.com

The corn maze at Sykes and Cooper Farm.


Oct. 7-29: Nine acres of a local farm becomes Sykes & Cooper Corn Maze each year — the maze, hayrides, food and games, live animals and more at 5995 Brough Road in Elkton, off State Road 207. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Cost is $10 for ages 3 to 64; $8 for seniors and military with ID; and free for ages 2 and younger. Admission is CASH ONLY. Homeschool Day set for Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Live music will be offered from 7 to 10 p.m. on certain Saturday nights. Go to www.sycofarms.com for more details.


Oct. 7-8: The Datil Pepper Festival and Home and Garden Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8 at the St. Johns County Agricutural Center, 3125 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine. A variety of vendors, both inside and outside, will showcase unique items for sale. There will also be a food court, rain barrels for sale, and the always popular Master Gardener plant sale. Tours of the arboretum and community gardens will be conducted by our Master Gardeners throughout the weekend festivities. The festival’s famous Datil Pepper Restaurant Cook-off will be held on Saturday only, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 1. Local chefs will offer samples of their Datil-inspired cuisine. You will be able to purchase taste tickets for $1 per ticket starting at 11 a.m, and they sell out question. Interested in being a vendor or a sponsor for the 2016 Datil Pepper Fall Festival? Call 904-209-0430 for more information.

The St. Ambrose Fair is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Elkton. This photo shows the crowd in front of the historic church at a previous fair. Photo by Renee Unsworth


Oct. 8: The annual St. Ambrose Fall Fair will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 6070 Church Road, in Elkton, from State Road 207. The most popular item at the fair is the Minorcan clam chowder, prepared by Mary Ellen Masters and her chowder crew, which features the famous Datil pepper and a recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation. More than 100 gallons are made for each fair in the spring and in the fall — and it all sells out every time! Hay rides, children’s games, tours of the historic church (built in 1907), live music by The Red River Band, face painting, a bake sale, a yard sale, a 50/50 drawing, and silent auction also are part of the event. Other food includes barbecued pork sandwiches, french fries, chicken wings, hot dogs, handmade desserts, ice cream, and assorted beverages including beer. Admission is FREE.


Sept. 21-October 22: The Full Monty, a ten-time Tony Award nominee, is filled with engaging melodies and the most highly anticipated closing number of any show. The Full Monty is the opening show of Limelight Theatre’s 26th Season. Opening night on September 21 includes dinner at Raintree Restaurant and the show. Regular show dates are September 22-October 22. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a 2 p.m. Sunday Matinee. Reservations are encouraged. Choose your seats at limelight-theatre.org or call 904-825-1164. Limelight is located at 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine. Free parking is available on site and street-side.

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