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Parking information in St. Augustine … Click here … Park Now, Metered Parking, maps, etc.   Find out about that Park Now card … you will be able to park at the downtown parking facility for just $3 with it –St Johns County Residents only!  Parking  On street parking is available near the Plaza and is free throughout the city after 5:00pm. Parking is also available in the Historic Downtown Parking Facility (HDPF), 10 S. Castillo Dr., located at the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, a 10-minute walk along St. George St. from the Plaza. The cost for parking in the HDPF is $12 per entry or $3 with a ParkNow card.  And the meters are just .50 vs $1.50!

IMAX at WGV:  -  Click here for show times, and future shows!   Adults $13, Seniors/Students/Military $12, and Children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for show times. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4123  www.worldgolfimax.com  All shows and times subject to change … call or check website before going.   To purchase membership, click here or contact the box office at 904-940-4133. Please allow 10 business days for delivery.

IMAX WGV – Now Playing  -    Check for the documentaries also, including Amazon Adventure!  Walking with Dinosaurs.  Dream Big Engineering Our World.  Extreme Weather.   Coming soon:  Marvel’s Inhumans (Premieres August 31) and Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Premieres September 21); Blade Runner 2049; and Justice League

CaddyShack - Click here to link to their new menu.  CaddyShack specials this week … Calamari Fritti $9.95 or Spiced Pork Tacos $12.95 … click here for all the delicious details!  (as of 8/15)

St. Augustine Amphitheatre — Click here to see what’s happening CLICK HERE for the St. Augustine Amphitheatre’s full Ticketmaster event listing, including premium parking on an event-by-event basis!

Epic Theatres of St Augustine  — Click here for what’s playing

Limelight Theatre — click here for events   Coming up … check their schedule for more events … 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (musical) 7/21-8/20   Box office: 825-1164

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall:   check here for concert events http://www.pvconcerthall.com/ Click here to see what’s happening at the

World Golf Hall of Fame:   www.worldgolfhalloffame.org

The Pioneer Barn is located inside The Old Florida Museum 259 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084 http://www.oldfloridamuseum.com/  904-824-8874

Alhambra Dinner Theater – Jacksonville – this is great fun … food … entertainment! See the new 2017 line up of shows, including Showboat, Dreamgirls, Steel Magnolias, Annie, The Swim Club, The Addams Family and the Christmas Carole (Get on their mailing list …they had a Barbra Streisand impersonator that was fantastic and now in November Donna Summer and Barry White impersonators — going to be awesome)

The Corazon Cinema and Cafe   Click here for Showtimes, movie prices, menus, schedule and more.  Located at 36 Granada Street, in historic downtown St. Augustine  904-679-5736

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Now -  Join the National Wreaths Across America Day – December 16, 2017 – please donate toda and/or sign up to volunteer for 12/16

Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S.states, at sea, and abroad.  Click here to see the national website.  Click here to see the St Augustine National Cemetery area of the website.  On this page there is a 1. Donate, 2. Volunteer and 3. View Ceremony  Details.   Businesses and youth groups are encouraged to participate in honoring our veterans.   You can select what group you want to go through for your donation … For example … Individual wreaths are $15.00, but for each two wreaths purchased, the council receives a third wreath without charge. Checks should be made payable to WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA and mailed to: Veterans Council of St. Johns County, P. O. Box 2117, St. Augustine,FL 32085-2117. I spoke with Quinn today and he may be contacted by telephone at 904.797.5622 if you have additional questions.

Now – Sept – Register now for Adult Ed classes – Mill Creek SchoolGet back in SCHOOL- and have the time of your life! New courses are now posted on the St. Johns County School District Community Education website http://communityed.stjohns.k12.fl.us/ courses. Classes begin in September so sign up now to reserve your seat.  There are a few classes being held right here at MillCreekSchool like drawing, painting and Excel intermediate.  Our neighbor Barbara Scheidker will be returning … do you have a special sewing project or alterations you need help doing … sign up and bring your sewing machine and project. 

8/18-8/21 More Solar Eclipse activities are planned at Fort Matanzas to celebrate and commemorate this exciting astronomical event.  In preparation they will have activities for the whole family 8/18 thru 8/21.  Pick up free glasses specifically designed for viewing the sun for your use on Monday.  On 8/21 meet at the Visitor Center at 1pm for a ranger presentation about the history and cultural perspectives of solar eclipses. The partial eclipse will begin at 1:17 p.m. and the maximum eclipse of 90% will be visible at 2:49 p.m.  The event will conclude by 4:15 p.m. (The park is 14 miles south of St Augustine, address 8635 A1A South, St. Augustine, FL 32080.)  For more info call 471-0116.

8/21 SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING AT COLLIER-BLOCKER-PURYEAR PARK

The St. Johns County Public Library System, in partnership with NASA@ My Library, and the St. JohnsCountyParks and Recreation Department will be hosting a Solar Eclipse celebration on Monday, August 21st from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Collier-Blocker-PuryearPark in West Augustine. Eclipse viewing glasses will be provided by the Space Science Institute through a grant funded by the Moore Foundation, and solar-filtered telescopes and binoculars will also be on hand. This fun-filled event is for the whole family! Come to the park and join us as we celebrate this first time in 100 years – United States only coast to coast “Great American Eclipse.” For more information, please contact Leslie Goode at 904-827-6944 or lgoode@sjcfl.us.

The Eclipse … on Monday 8/21 … be careful out there … be sure you have the viewing glasses with special purpose solar filters if you look at the eclipse.  Be sure the kids understand how important this is.  This NASA gov website has some safety tips to share … click here.

8/22- 8/23 The First Coast Card Club – Dates for August 2017:

Tuesday, August 22nd-St Augustine Main Library, 1960 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd., St Augustine1:30pm

Wednesday, August 23rd-PonteVedraBeach Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., PonteVedraBeach1:30pm

We meet more interested card players in our community each month. Please call Leanne Dally at: 904-829-0643 for more information and verification.

8/23 Wine Wednesday – Renaissance Resort World  Golf Village

Join us every Wednesday evening in our Villagio Lounge from5:30pm – 6:30pmfor complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvre tasting.  Sample red and white wines from around the world and savor a chef inspired appetizer to complement the wines.

8/23  Weekly –  St. Johns County Pier Park Wednesday – Farmer’s Arts and Crafts Market at the Pier 

Farmer’s Market located at the ocean side  -  Over 70 vendors on hand with locally grown produce (some organics), baked goods, honey, nuts arts & crafts, jewelry, soaps & lotions, art, clothing and much more! Open 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. rain or shine. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. AugustineBeach. 904-347-8007  If you are interested in being a vendor or want more info … click here.

8/23  Concerts by the Sea – St Augustine Pier – Wednesdays

Free events:  6pm – 9pm … food available 6pm for $10 or less; entertainment 7pm

Click here for their website for parking and shuttle information.

2017 Dates *  Band Style *   Featured Restaurant

8/23 Maggie Baugh Country, Gypsy Cab
8/30 Catch the Groove Jazz, Funk, R & B, Salt Life Food Shack
9/6   15th Anniversary All Star Show Classic Rock, Viola’s Pizza & Pasta
9/13  Mr. Natural Southern & Classic Rock, Sunset Grille

8/24   2017 Concerts in the Plaza season - Thursdays – 7pm

Parking  On street parking is available near the Plaza and is free throughout the city after 5:00 p.m. Parking is also available in the Historic Downtown Parking Facility located at the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, a 10-minute walk from the Plaza. The cost for parking in the garage is $12 per entry or $3 with a ParkNow card.

       Date       Band & Style 
 August 24  The Gatorbone Band, Original, traditional contemporary tunes from old time to jazz
August 31  Lonesome Bert & The Skinny Lizards, Americana, songwriter, boogie

8/25  Renaissance Resort WGV Friday Night Live - August & Sept Artists

Our weekly Friday Night Live events begin at 5:30pm with a complimentary Chef inspired hors d’oeuvre and a complimentary mixologist’s choice cocktail served until 6:00pm.

We have live entertainment from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Our local entertainers for July &  August 2017 are:

8/25/2017                 CAP’NS JACK & ROGER

9/1/2017                    DERON BAKER
9/8/2017                   CLAY BENJAMIN
9/15/2017                 PIERRE KENDRICK
9/22/2017                CAP’NS JACK & ROGER
9/29/2017                BILLY BUCHANAN

8/25  Meeting – Helping Hands of St Johns County

On August 25 we will back at Faith Community Church at 3450 CR 210 W.  This meeting will be a food drive for the St. Francis House in St. AugustinePlease bring a canned or non-perishable item for the drive.  Also, we are planning a fun time with a “Trip Around the World Luncheon”.  Members are to bring a dish for 8 that reflect their heritage, places they visited or family ties.  It will be nice to hear and see and taste all the interesting food and celebrate our cultures and experiences. We are collecting shoe boxes (the 2 piece kind only) for our holiday project.  They will be covered in holiday paper and filled with donated items to be handed out in our community. For more information contact via email: jacqphil@aol.com.

8/25  Free Admission to Castillo de San Marcos – National Parks Birthday

Happy Birthday National Parks Service – there will be free admission to Castillo de San Marcos on Friday to visitors and residents in recognition of Founder’s Day.  This large Spanish stone fortress is over 315 years old and the oldest structure in the city of St Augustine(1 S Castillo Drive, St Augustine 32084) Open 8:45am to 5:15pm (last entry 4:45pm) 

8/25 – 8/27  Tattoo Convention – Renaissance WGV

The Jacksonville Tattoo Convention – doors open to the public Friday 1-11pm; Saturday Noon to 11pm; Sunday Noon to 8pm

 

8/25-8/28 Florida Skimboarding Pro/Am – Vilano Beach

Participants come from 75 different beaches in the U.S. and the world to compete for trophies and prizes, and finish on Sunday with awards ceremonies and the traditional cookout. Videos of the competition so far and including prior parts of the Crossover Pro/Am held in Tampa and Orlando a few days before are shown at a Saturday night party. There are 11 amateur divisions with a limit of 150 amateur entries.

Entry deadline is midnight, August 22. Fax the completed entry form to (904) 823-9885. Get it from rundropslide.com/flproam. If enough time, mail to 1102 Sand Dollar CT, Vilano Beach FL 32084. Check payable to: “Run Drop Slide”, or call (904) 540-1189.   For more info and to register click:  Run Drop Slide   

8/26 Give Kids the World FUNdraiser and Pool Party

The Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort hosts the 20th Annual Give Kids the World Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year’s event will be held poolside at the Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort, with plenty of activities for the whole family, including a two-story water slide, live and silent auctions, raffles and giveaways for hotel stays across the state of Florida and beyond. There will be live entertainment as well as a BBQ lunch and refreshments available for purchase.  100% of proceeds will benefit Give Kids the World, an 84-acre non-profit resort in Central Florida for children with life-threatening illnesses.  Free event – open to the public.  860 A1A Beach Blvd on St Augustine Beach. 

8/27  BINGO Night at Slammer & Squire

Join us for BINGO at the Slammer & Squire’s Legends Grille, beginning at 6PM. Dinner will begin at 5PM. Open to the Public. Please make reservations by contacting (904) 940-6117. For more information, visit www.golfwgv.com/legends-grille.

Location: Legends Grille at the Slammer & Squire Clubhouse Reservation: (904) 940-6117

8/29  First Coast Card Club/Trivia Dates For August 2017

Tuesday, August 29th-Dinner/Trivia Evening. Moon Dog Pie House-St Johns 6PM

Please call Leanne Dally at: 904-829-0643 for more information and verification.

8/31 (Vodka)  Lightner Museum Announces Sponsorships for Summer Mixology Series

The Lightner Museum is pleased to announce Manifest Distilling and The Perfect Pour as new sponsors for its upcoming “Summer Mixology Series”.  From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the museum’s Historic Pool Area.  Tickets are $45.00 each and are available online by visiting www.lightnermuseum.org/summer-mixology.

The “Summer Mixology Series” will seek to highlight the social trends of the Gilded Era, one of the more popular and iconic changes being the development of the cocktail. Guests will be able to sample specialty-crafted cocktails and enjoy food-pairings while also learning how to entertain with ease and style in their own homes.  “It will be as if Martha Stewart and F. Scott Fitzgerald were in attendance”, said Lightner Museum Educator Elizabeth Graham. Guests will be able to sample featured craft cocktails and food pairings.

9/1 & 9/2 OLGC Boutique on Church Rd (off Pacetti Rd – 4 mi from K&B)

See what’s new at the OLGC… new items monthly.  Stop in and buy a few items or bring a few items to donate.  Either way it is such a nice experience visiting this very old and unique church turned boutique that is a resale clothing and home goods store that directly benefits the many ministries of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church.  Click here to go to their Facebook page.   First Friday & Saturday monthly.

9/1  First Friday Artwalk  1st Friday of the Month

On the first Friday of each month, enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at more than 20 St.   Augustine art galleries. Park for free at the San Sebastian Winery, 157 King Street, where sightseeing trains and trolleys offer  free round-trips to the heart of the art district – or go on your own self-guided art walk. Galleries are open from 5 to 9pm. Free to the public. Don’t forget to check out 233 West King for the featured artist of the month!  For info: 904.829.0065 |www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com

9/1  Art Walk Off the Beaten Path – 6-9 pm – Vilano Beach – First Friday Monthly

9/1  First Fridays: Meet The Treasure Hunters

From 6 – 8 p.m., The St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum hosts Mark Anthony, a treasure diver and collector known worldwide and founder of St. Augustine’s ‘Treasures by Mark Anthony’.  To have an item appraised by Anthony, send a photo of it along with a brief description to tracy@thepiratementmuseum.com in advance.  The event is free.  12 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. 877-467-5863 www.thepiratemuseum.com

9/2, 10/7, 11/4  Drum Runners Series – Equestrian Competitions

Do you like horses … there is a Drum Runners Series with equestrian competitions that are free for spectators.  they are the first Saturday of the month through to November 4, 2017 at the St Johns County Fairgrounds in Elkton.   Start time is 5pm. 

9/6 Volunteer Orientation – ELC of North Florida

Impacting thousands of preschoolers in six area counties, the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida provides reading and literacy programs for area preschools through coordinated volunteer outreach. 

Managed by the Coalition, volunteers are screened and trained before setting foot in the classroom. The Coalition provides weekly volunteer readers to groups of 3-5 year olds in daycares and preschools, reading for 30 minutes to an hour as well as literacy outreach volunteers who hold monthly literacy-themed programs. Volunteers may participate in one or both programs. 

The Early Learning Coalition (ELC) of North Florida is  seeking more volunteers to join this wonderful program. There will be a required orientation session on Wednesday, September 6th from 10:00-12:30 at the St. Augustine Record building located at One News Place in St. Augustine. To register or for more information to become a weekly volunteer or literacy outreach volunteer please contact Joan Whitson with the ELC of North Florida at 904-342-2267 ext. 202 and at jwhitson@elcnorthflorida.org

9/8-10 Spanish Wine Festival

Come celebrate St Augustine‘s Spanish heritage with wine and food events benefiting local charities with experts from around the world.  All the festival events will take place at the St Augustine Shipyard located at 117 Dockside DriveClick here to go to the website for all the details.  One event is the Batalla de Vino on 9/9 6:30-7pm … an outrageous wine fight … becoming a St Augustine tradition.  The Grand Tasting (more than 125 varieties of wine) is 9/10 2-5pm.

9/8-10; 9/15-17; 9/22-24 Sing Out Loud Music Festival

3 weekends of free events in September at multiple venues.  All concerts are free and open to the public.  Click here to go to their website.  

For three weekends this September, over 200 musicians, singers, songwriters, storytellers, poets and comedians will take part in the largest free music festival ever held in North Florida – the Sing Out Loud Music Festival – held in St. Augustine

The free, multi-day, multi-venue festival features national acts including Steve Earle & The Dukes, Lake Street Dive, Wolf Parade, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Los Lobos, Lucero, Deer Tick, The Infamous Stringdusters, Justin Townes Earle, Langhorne Slim, John Moreland and many more in addition to a massive regional and local lineup!

9/10 & 9/17  FIRST COAST OPERA AUDITION NOTICE – Singers Wanted

First Coast Opera in Saint Augustine, Florida, announces auditions for adult and youth singers on Sundays, September 10 and 17, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PMAuditions are by appointment at Ancient City Baptist Church, 27 Sevilla Street in St. Augustine.

Singers of all ages sought for Principal Roles and Chorus for upcoming productions. 

       Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti) – Performance on December 13, 2017

            I Pagliacci (Leoncavallo)/The Stranger’s Tale (Tucker) – Spring 2018

             Various concert performances and future staged productions

Singers of all levels are encouraged to audition.  Paid and volunteer positions available.  Some roles may be filled outside of these auditions.

Auditioners should be prepared to sing one or two selections.  A pianist will be provided.  Singers must provide sheet music for the pianist.  There is no cost to audition.

To schedule an audition time, contact Curtis Tucker, Artistic Director, by email at ctuckermusic@gmail.com, indicating your preferred audition day and time.  Singers not scheduled in advance will be heard on a space-available basis.  In-person auditions are preferred, but singers unable to attend the auditions may be considered by submitting photo, resumé, and either audio/video files or links to online sources.

For additional information about the company, see www.firstcoastopera.com.

9/21 – 10/22  Limelight – The Full Monty

Opening night includes dinner at Raintree Restaurant and the show. 

9/22-23 Florida Heritage Book Festival

Enjoy a free celebration of writers and book lovers, a full day of free literary events in the heart of the Ancient City. Meet best selling authors, hear author’s presentations, interact with authors at book signings. Visit the author’s marketplace and be creatively inspired. All presentations take place at the Ringhaver Center of beautiful and historic Flagler College. Enjoy and learn from twenty best selling authors. Now entering its 10th successful year, the Florida Heritage Book Festival attracts a high caliber of regional and nationally-known presenters and features a variety of authors in various genres who spotlight the history, culture, and special character of Florida. Go to fhbookfest.com

9/23  DON’S FRIENDS ENDLESS SUMMER RUN

September 23: This benefit event is at 5K Beach Run/Walk and 10K Cross Country Run in Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine. Don Ausman passed away in 2009. The Don Ausman Foundation is dedicated to encouraging college students to choose the alternative break, where students choose to travel on their vacations and spring breaks and help others less fortunate.  Go to  www.donsfriend.com for more details.

9/23  Museum Day Live! World Golf Hall of Fame

Receive free admission to the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum on Saturday, September 23 as part of Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! Be sure to register through the magazine’s website — click here and bring your ticket to the Hall of Fame to take advantage of the free admission. #MuseumDayLive

9/26/17  World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum – 2017 Induction Ceremony

The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum announced that it will stage its 2017 Induction Ceremony onTuesday, September 26, 2017inNew York Cityin conjunction with the Presidents Cup to be played at nearby Liberty National Golf Club. The World Golf Hall of Fame announced its 2017 Induction Class: Henry Longhurst, Davis Love III, Meg Mallon, Lorena Ochoa and Ian Woosnam. These five new Members will be enshrined at the World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony onSeptember 26, 2017at Cipriani Wall Street inNew York Citythe week of the Presidents Cup.

9/30  BOOT SCOOTIN’ BBQ BENEFIT

Investing in Kids (INK), which assists St. Johns County Public Schools, will hold the annual Boot Scootin’ BBQ Benefit event at 6:30 p.m. September 30 at the St. Augustine Rod and Gun Club, 401 Gun Club Road, St. Augustine. Barbecue from the Old City’s finest BBQ establishments will be service, along with live music, mechanical bull rides, Gold Rush and Corn Hole games, and cow plot bingo. Get ready to have good ‘ole fashioned yes-haw fun. Adults only. Tickets are $75 for general admission, and $50 for teachers. To register, go to www.ink-stjohns.org

10/3 Opening Reception for the Dressing Downton event at Lightner

See the exhibition before it opens to the public at the Opening Reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Tuesday, October 3, 2017Dressing Downton™, a thirteen-week display of 36 authentic Edwardian Era costumes and accessories from PBS’s most popular television drama in history, Downton Abbey, will be elegantly displayed in the Museum’s Grand Ballroom Gallery.

The Lightner Museum welcomes Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra, the world’s premier Jazz-Age dance orchestra, to the Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times™ exhibition opening reception, October 3, 2017, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.   $125 per person.  Click here to purchase tickets.

Hors d’oevres, early 20th century inspired cocktails, music, and snobbery will ensue.  Period appropriate attire is encouraged.   Parking is free after 5 p.m.

Rub elbows with Jessica Fellowes, author and speaker on everything Downton Abbey®. Jessica Fellowes is in her fifth year of global lectures, accompanying her latest official companion books to the hit television series. Her books, The Wit & Wisdom of Downton Abbey, a collection of her favorite quotes, and Downton Abbey: A Celebration, a review of all six seasons, were on the New York Times’ bestseller lists. As niece of creator and scriptwriter Julian Fellowes, Jessica is well placed to deliver insights into the real-life inspirations behind the show.

10/5/17 – 1/7/18  Dressing Downton at the Lightner Museum, St Augustine There will be a thirteen-week display of 36 authentic Victorian Era costumes and accessories from PBS’s most popular television drama in history, Downton Abbey, will be elegantly displayed in the Museum’s Grand Ballroom Gallery.

10/7  PINK UP THE PACE 5K

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

10/7 – 10/8 DATIL PEPPER FESTIVAL

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.

10/7 – 10/29  CORN MAZE & MORE

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.

10/13-15 Greek Festival – Francis Field

This festival will be held at Francis Field.  Delicious fod and traditional Greek dance and music (was rescheduled due to the effects of Hurricane Matthew).

Admission: Adults are $5.00 and children 14 and under are free. Active-duty military and their immediate families with ID are free. And in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, all first responders to the storm will be admitted free as well.

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 13, 14, and 15, 2017. 4 – 10 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.

10/17 Datil Pepper festival Cook-Off

Celebrate at the St Johns County Agricultural Center.  Vote for our favorite datil pepper dish by some of the finest restaurants in town.  Admission to the festival is free and tasting tickets are $1 per taste.

Where: The event will take place at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center at 3125 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine 32092. The facility is located at the end of Agricultural Center Drive, accessible by CR 208 from SR 16. 209-0430

10/7/17 – 4/7/2018  EMMA Concerts New Season

10/7 The EMMA concerts new season starts October 7, 2017 and ends on April 7, 2018.

Sat., Oct. 7, 2017 • Opening Night – Orlando Jazz Orchestra with Jazz Singer Linda Cole

Wed., Dec. 13, 2017 • Holiday Traditions • First Coast Opera Amahl & the Night Visitors

Sat., Jan. 13, 2018 • Gainesville Symphony Orchestra

Sat., Jan. 27, 2018 • Estonian Nat’l Symphony Orchestra

Sat., Feb. 3, 2018 • Mozart Orchestra of New York

Tues., March 13, 2018 • Nat’l Symphony Orchestra of

Sat., April 7, 2018 • Broadway Live!

Information:  www.emmaconcerts.com    Tickets:  https://emmaconcerts.secure.force.com/ticket

And a way to raise funds for EMMA is their EMMA Goes River Cruising!  Melodies of the Danube, April 13-20, 2018I have listed the contact and discount info on the Calendar. 

10/13 – 10/15 ST. AUGUSTINE GREEK FESTIVAL

The St. Augustine Greek Festival celebrates all things Greek — food, music, dancing and heritage. The annual event is held at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. Live music will be on stage throughout the weekend, with dance performances, a dance floor for the public, an outdoor marketplace, children’s activities and more. Admission is $5 for adults, and children age 14 and younger are admitted free with paying adults. Free admission for active military and first responders. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Go to www.stauggreekfest.com for more details.

10/21 THE GREAT AMERICAN SCARECROW FESTIVAL

The annual Great American Scarecrow Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at Simple Gestures, 4 E. White St. and Anastasia Boulevard, on the island over the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine. The event includes scarecrow making, apple bobbing, corn hole, face painting, barbecue, pies (that benefit Pie in the Sky in Hastings), pumpkin painting, live music by Lonesome Bert and the Skinny Lizards and other local musicians. Admission is FREE. Proceeds go to Pie in the Sky, a community outreach program in Hastings.

10/27 – 10/29THE WIZARD OF OZ

The Wizard of Oz will be presented by KidzfACTory students at Limelight Theatre. This classic tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations. Tickets will be available in September at limelight-theatre.org. Students can enroll online here. Call 904-825-1164 for more details.

10/27, 10/29 FIRST COAST OPERA – Preview our 2017-18 Season

Opera’s Most Haunting Melodies

A concert of ghostly encounters and the beautiful tunes that haunt us.  Audience invited to dress in costume if they are in a Ghoulish Mood!

October 27, 2017, at 7:30 pm   Mark Lance Armory, St. Augustine  -  Tickets $35.00

October 29, 2017, at 4:00 pm   Ponte Vedra Concert Hall,  Ponte Vedra, Florida  -  Tickets $35.00

Tickets for both productions:   www.FirstCoastOpera.com

10/28 First Coast Arts & Crafts Fall Show

9am-3pm at the Mark Lance National Guard Armory.  669-5950. This is an annual event with unique vendors, arts and crafts show.  Admission is free.  Food and drink vendors will also be there.  Jewelrry, home decor, clothing, candles, artwork and more.    190 San Marco Ave., just north of St. Augustine’s historic district. 

10/28  ANCIENT CITY KIDS DAY

The 21st Annual Ancient City Kids Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at Francis Field , 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. The event is FREE for the public, and will include over 40 youth service agencies offering carnival style games and activities, arts and crafts, contests for kids, and live entertainment all day. Information about community resources will be available for parents. The only cost to the public will be for food or drinks. The event is a community outreach for Epic Behavioral Healthcare of St. Augustine. Go to epicbh.org

11/4/17 Cascades Arts & Crafts Festival — all are invited … raffle tickets to everyone entering … lots of holiday items too!

11/5  GREAT CHOWDER DEBATE

Love chowder?  Want to try as many chowders as possible in St. Augustine? The 34th annual Great Chowder Debate will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 at The Conch House, 57 Comares Ave. SOriginated by The Conch House in 1984, the event is one of the longest-running chowder championships in the country. Local restaurants compete for the ultimate chowder bragging rights by entering their specialty chowders in one of five categories:  Minorcan conch, Minorcan clam, New England clam, seafood, and non-Seafood.  There is also the People’s Choice, voted on by the public so patrons are encouraged to make their vote count. In addition to the delicious chowder, the main goal of the Great Chowder Debate is to help raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Johns County (BBBS).  All proceeds go to this local charity. Admission is FREE. Patrons can purchase taste tickets for $1 each. Go to conch-house.com/chowder-debate or call 904-829-8646.

11/17 – 11/19  FLORIDA TINY HOUSE FESTIVAL

The 2nd Annual Florida Tiny House Festival will be held at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds, 5480 State Road 207, in Elkton. There will be a large assortment of tiny houses and micro homes, workshops, presentations, vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities, and more. The 2017 Florida Tiny House Festival is a charitable event with proceeds going to charities, non-profits, and the local community. Nov. 17 offers free admission from 5-8 p.m. for everyone, with free admission every day for Active & Retired Military, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters and EMTs. Half off admission for ages 60 and older. Tickets and camping reservations are all available online at www.unitedtinyhouse.com/shop/ 

11/18 – 1/31 NIGHTS OF LIGHTS

The 23rd Annual Nights of Lights opens on Saturday, Nov. 19 during Light-Up Night, an event that includes live music in the Plaza de la Constitucion, between King Street and Cathedral Place in downtown St. Augustine. The music will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the lighting ceremony will start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. Each year, former St. Augustine mayors gather to flip the switch during Light Up Night. The City of St. Augustine’s giant tree in the Plaza is lit first, then all the lights come on surrounding the area. Many families start the holiday season with this tradition — going to dinner downtown and and then watching as the lights are turned on. Nights of Lights, which includes more than 2 million lights on city buildings and businesses, continues through Jan. 31, 2016. Go to nightsoflights.com

11/25 – 11/26  FALL ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL

The 52nd Annual Fall Art & Craft Festival, hosted by the St. Augustine Art Association on Thanksgiving weekend, features more than 150 artists offering painting, pottery, jewelry, glassware, sculpture, fiber art, photography and mixed media. The even takes place at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25; and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26. Go to www.staugustineartfestival.com for more details.

12/9  First Coast Arts & Crafts Fall Show

9am-3pm at the Mark Lance National Guard Armory.  669-5950. This is an annual event with unique vendors, arts and crafts show.  Admission is free.  Food and drink vendors will also be there.  Jewelry, home decor, clothing, candles, artwork and more.    190 San Marco Ave., just north of St. Augustine’s historic district.

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1/18-21 2018   St Augustine Film Festival – 8th Annual Event Their website is still showing the events from 2017 … they are just announcing the dates for the 2018 event.     Check back as they update their films for 2018  http://www.staugfilmfest.com/

3/3-4 2018  72nd Annual Florida Azalea Festival – Palatka – Free Admission

Celebrate with an early spring with a hometown parade, live music, fod and drink, arts and crafts, and azaleas in bloom.  There’s a hometown parade hosted by the Shriners’ Club on Saturday on Main Street in Palatka. The parade begins at 10 a.m. Also on Saturday is the Florida Azalea Car Show at Riverfront Park (open throughout the day) and the Miss Florida Azalea Scholarship Pageant at 7 p.m.  This is an outside pet-friendly event.  Click here for their website.

3/16-18 2018  St Augustine Lions Seafood Festival – Francis Field

Seafood, live music, arts and crafts, and more fun activities. Hours: Friday 3pm – 9pm; Saturday 10am – 9pm; Sunday 11am – 5pm  Note: Arts & Crafts Exhibitors Close at Sundown.  No Pets or Coolers on Festival Grounds

4/13-4/20/2018  EMMA Goes Cruising – Fundraiser

There is a fundraising cruise to benefit EMMA: EMMA goes River Cruising! $1,000 Discount! Emma Concert Association is sponsoring “Melodies of the Danube”, a river Cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen, Germany, April 13-20, 2018. The cruise is on AMA Waterways Serena, an award winning river cruise line. Until July 31 there is a discount of $1,000 per person, with prices starting at $1,899 per person. For more information contact: Bartimus Travel Group in World Golf Village, (904) 392-1703 or email: LBartimus@CruiseOne.com.

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WEEKLY EVENTS AT CADDYSHACK — starting at 7pm Wednesday nights are for  TRIVIA night … can you and your team beat the group that seems to be winning  week after week!?

RENAISSANCE   Check out the  music on  Friday nights.

For Jax events / Time-Union Performing  Arts and more go to this website:  (Look for the Broadwy in  Jacksonville lineup – http://www.jaxevents.com/timesunion.php New  Events posted to their calendar:  http://www.jaxevents.com/events-calendar/

FREE St. Augustine Activities – no charge to St. Johns County Residents (from Floridas Historic Coast): NOTE: St. Johns County  residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest  House, the Lightner Museum, the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden School  House, City Walks History Mystery Murder Evening Tour and the Hotel Ponce de  Leon Legacy Tours at Flagler College. Every Thursday admission to the First Colony Exhibit at the Government House is also free to SJC residents.  The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery and St. Augustine Distillery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed).  Many other local attractions offer discounted admissions toSt. Johns County residents with valid ID.

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